2006 Archives, Page Two
Detainee bill allows rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse: Turning Back the Clock on Rape (The New York Times) 23 Sep 2006 Rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse are mentioned twice in the bill [as crimes and war crimes]. But in each case, the wording creates new and disturbing loopholes. In the bill, rape is narrowly defined as forced or coerced genital or anal penetration. It utterly leaves out other acts, as well as the notion that sex without consent is also rape, as defined by numerous state laws and federal law. That is the more likely case in a prison, where a helpless inmate would be unlikely to resist the sexual overtures of a guard or interrogator.
Lawyer: US officer at Guantánamo threatened me with internment 27 Sep 2006 A British lawyer who represents detainees at Guantánamo Bay yesterday claimed he was threatened with internment at the notorious camp by a US military officer. Clive Stafford-Smith has made at least eight visits to the camp, situated on Cuban land occupied by the US, to consult with several detainees he represents. He said the alleged intimidation reached a peak last summer during a mass hunger strike. In August 2005, he said, "a military lawyer took me into a cell and said it would be for me, as he alleged I was behind the hunger strike. They have been making stuff up about the clients and now they are making it up about me."
'They were celebrating beating us. They were behaving like criminals' --Iraqi says British troops relished beating captives --Soldiers were as bad as Saddam, court martial told 27 Sep 2006 An Iraqi hotel owner told a court martial yesterday that British soldiers relished beating him, making bets on whether they could knock him to the ground and laughing when he complained. Ahmad Taha Musa al-Matairi said soldiers at a detention centre in Basra, southern Iraq, took turns to punch and kick him and his fellow civilian prisoners. "They were celebrating beating us. It was like Christmas," he said.
The United States of Barbarism By James Bovard 25 Sep 2006 The U.S. Senate is cutting a deal with President [sic] Bush to make America a banana republic. Last week, three senators reached an agreement with the White House that will de facto permit the CIA to continue torturing people around the world. And the deal will prevent anyone — including Bush administration officials — from being held liable for the torture... Former Secretary of State Colin Powell warned recently that Bush’s efforts to gut the Geneva Conventions would cause the world to "doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism." But more important, the Senate-White House torture deal should cause Americans to doubt the moral basis of their entire government. [Right, but it's not 'our' entire government; Bush was never elected.]
"You might not be able to go early medieval, but you go late medieval." --MSNBC's "Countdown" 22 Sep 2006 Professor Jonathan Turley: Well, the president always has the authority to interpret treaties. But that doesn‘t mean the world will accept it. What this does, though, is, it seems to give legitimacy to the earlier torture memo that was recently—or not that recently, rejected by the administration. Under that torture memo, Alberto Gonzales, the attorney general, argued that they could do anything short of organ failure or death. Much of that approach seems captured in this language, that, you know, you might not be able to go early medieval, but you go late medieval. I mean, it‘s a very poor document when it comes to human rights.
Intel report: Iraq a 'cause celebre' for extremists 26 Sep 2006 The war in Iraq has bred deep resentment in the Muslim world and provided Islamist militants with a "cause celebre" that allowed the global movement to cultivate supporters, according to excerpts of a secret intelligence report released Tuesday.
Cost of War: $550 Billion and Counting 26 Sep 2006 The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service estimates that the total price tag for U.S. military activities in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as counterterrorism activities around the world, will significantly exceed the half-trillion-dollar mark over the next fiscal year.
PR Firm Gets $12.4 M to Monitor Iraq Media, Plant Propaganda 26 Sep 2006 A public relations company known for its role in a controversial U.S. military program that paid Iraqi newspapers for 'stories favorable to coalition forces' [pro-occupation propaganda] has been awarded another multimillion dollar media contract with American forces in Iraq. Washington-based Lincoln Group won a two-year contract to 'monitor' [censor] a number of English and Arabic media outlets and produce 'public relations-type products such as talking points or speeches' [propaganda] for U.S. forces in Iraq, officials said Tuesday. The type of contract, its cost, and the fact that it was awarded to the PR and communications company have raised questions.
Halliburton paid $4 million to politicians for 600% gain on contracts since 2000 26 Sep 2006 (HalliburtonWatch.org) Halliburton spent $4.6 million since 2000 buying influence in Washington via campaign donations and lobbying, a HalliburtonWatch analysis reveals. In 2000, Halliburton was the 20th largest federal contractor, receiving $763 million in federal contracts. By 2005, Halliburton had grown to become the 6th largest federal contractor, receiving nearly $6 billion in federal contracts during that year.
Mortar bombs kill family in Iraq's Baquba, 8 dead 27 Sep 2006 A barrage of mortar rounds fell on and around a home in the Iraqi town of Baquba early on Wednesday killing eight people, including seven members of one family, and wounding two others, police said.
Three Servicemembers Killed In Iraq 26 Sep 2006 Two U.S. soldiers died in Iraq today, and another U.S. soldier was killed there yesterday.
Suicide attack outside police base in Afghanistan 27 Sep 2006 A suicide car-bomb went off outside a police base in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Wednesday, witnesses said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.
Suicide bomb kills 18 in south Afghanistan 26 Sep 2006 A suicide bomber killed 18 in south Afghanistan and a blast killed an Italian NATO soldier. On Tuesday, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the suicide blast outside the governor's office in Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province.
'Million bomblets' in S Lebanon 26 Sep 2006 Up to a million cluster bomblets discharged by Israel in its conflict with Hezbollah remain unexploded in southern Lebanon, the UN has said.
Israeli Air Strike Kills Teenage Girl --7 Others Hurt In Bombing On Gaza-Egypt Border 26 Sep 2006 Israeli air strikes on a house in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah early Wednesday killed a 14-year-old girl and wounded seven other people, hospital officials said.
UN says Gaza crisis 'intolerable' 26 Sep 2006 Standards of human rights in the Palestinian territories have fallen to intolerable new levels, says a UN expert on the Mid-East conflict. John Dugard said Israel was largely to blame for turning Gaza into "a prison" and "throwing away the key".
Saudis deny secret Israel contact 26 Sep 2006 Saudi Arabia has denied holding talks with Israelis, including a meeting with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
Rice calls for sanctions against Syria 27 Sep 2006 According to a state department transcript released on Tuesday, Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state [war criminal], told the New York Times: "We'd like to get some others to join us in other kinds of sanctions [against Syria]."
Arms spending hits all-time high 22 Sep 2006 Global spending on arms has hit a record high, swelling to 17 times the amount earmarked for alleviating world hunger. This year, £561billion will be used to buy weapons – more than the £547billion spent at the peak of the Cold War.
AWOL Soldier Surrenders at Army Base 27 Sep 2006 An Army medic who fled rather than serve a second tour in Iraq because he believes war is immoral turned himself in Tuesday to face a possible court-martial.
Peaceful Iraq war protests prompt 71 arrests 26 Sep 2006 Two Presbyterian ministers were among 71 people arrested during a series of peaceful protests against the Iraq war Tuesday, said a spokeswoman for a group participating in the protests.
CIA Leak Probe Relatively Inexpensive 27 Sep 2006 Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald, who investigated whether senior Bush administration officials illegally leaked the name of a CIA operative for political payback, has spent $1.4 million in his probe over the past three years, his office reported yesterday -- a figure that establishes him as remarkably frugal in the ranks of recent special investigators.
Going, going, not quite gone --Commanding speech ends in rapturous send-off 27 Sep 2006 Tony Blair bade farewell to his party last night, insisting it was "right for him to let go" and challenging his successor to avoid the political comfort zone and show "raw courage" in meeting the new global task of reconciling liberty and security.
Rice OK'd Claim of 'Safe Air' After 9/11 24 Sep 2006 Condoleezza Rice's office gave final approval to the infamous Environmental Protection Agency press releases days after 9/11 claiming the air around Ground Zero was "safe to breathe," internal documents show. Scientists and lawmakers have since deemed the air rife with toxins. [Air that key members of the Bush regime need to breathe 24/7? <g>]
A textbook definition of cowardice --Keith Olbermann comments on Bill Clinton's Fox News interview 26 Sep 2006 Consider the timing: the very weekend the National Intelligence Estimate would be released and show the Iraq war to be the fraudulent failure it is—not a check on terror, but fertilizer for it. The kind of proof of incompetence, for which the administration and its hyenas at Fox need to find a diversion, in a scapegoat. It was the kind of cheap trick which would get a journalist fired—but a propagandist, promoted: Promise to talk of charity and generosity; but instead launch into the lies and distortions with which the Authoritarians among us attack the virtuous and reward the useless.
Republican Congress Robs the Poor By Bill Gallagher 26 Sep 2006 The Republican-controlled Congress has abrogated its most basic constitutional obligations, ignored an unprecedented assault on the Bill of Rights, allowed the president to dictate legislative decisions and willingly yielded to power-crazed George W. Bush's lust to have the absolute power that corrupts absolutely. The worst Congress in more than a century has besmirched the institution by making K Street lobbyists gods, creating an atmosphere for rampant bribery and favor-taking, and spending more on pork-barrel projects than any Congress in history. The spending is wildly out of control, and Bush enables the fiscal benders (he's never vetoed a spending bill) so he can keep the GOP Congress in line and subservient to him.
Big Oil Bleeding Taxpayers Dry As Washington Republicans Look Away By John Hanchette 26 Sep 2006 One huge energy corporation, Kerr-McGee, has filed a mammoth lawsuit claiming that Congress never authorized the Department of Interior to set royalty cut-offs on leases awarded at the end of the Clinton years whenever the price of crude oil reached a certain per-barrel price. If the company wins the suit, as many experts predict, about 75 percent of the oil and natural gas produced in the Gulf of Mexico over the next five years will be royalty free. The Government Accountability Office predicts such an outcome could mean the federal government -- and taxpayers -- could lose about $80 billion in royalty revenues over the next quarter century.
Americans skeptical about gas price drop 25 Sep 2006 According to a new Gallup poll, 42 percent of respondents agreed with the statement that the Bush administration "deliberately manipulated the price of gasoline so that it would decrease before this fall's elections."
Bill Criminalizing Minor Abortions OK'd 27 Sep 2006 Accompanying a minor across a state line to obtain an abortion and avoid parental notification in the girl's home state would become a federal crime under a bill the House passed Tuesday.
Bill Would Reimburse States for Printing Alternate Ballots 27 Sep 2006 Three Senate Democrats proposed emergency legislation on Tuesday to reimburse states for printing paper ballots in case of problems with electronic voting machines on Nov. 7.
Officials urge Coloradans to vote by absentee ballot 26 Sep 2006 Some Colorado counties stand ready to help voters cast their paper ballots by mail to alleviate concerns about potential tampering or other problems with computerized 'voting' machines. The secretary of state did an "abysmal" job of security testing on the new touch-screen machines, Denver District Judge Lawrence Manzanares ruled Friday. But he said it was too late to bar the machines from the election, as plaintiffs in the lawsuit requested. [The GOP owned & operated electronic 'voting' machines need to be destroyed. They are not voting machines; they are tools of the next coups. --LRP]
U.S. blocked hurricane report, journal says --Nature: Commerce official withheld panel finding on global warming A federal agency has blocked release of a report that suggests global warming is contributing to the frequency and strength of hurricanes, the journal Nature reported Tuesday.
Earth within whisker of hottest climate in million years: NASA 26 Sep 2006 The Earth’s rapid warming has pushed temperatures to their hottest level in nearly 12,000 years and within a hairbreadth of a million years, a study by the US space agency showed on Monday.
World 'warmest for 12,000 years' 26 Sep 2006 The world is the warmest it has been in the last 12,000 years as a result of rapid warming over the past 30 years, a study has suggested.
Detainee Measure Allows Indefinite Detention of U.S. Citizens 26 Sep 2006 In recent days, the Bush regime and its House allies successfully pressed for a less restrictive description of how the government could designate civilians as "unlawful enemy combatants," government sources said yesterday. As a result, human rights experts expressed concern yesterday that the language in the new provision would be a precedent-setting congressional endorsement for the indefinite detention of anyone who, as the bill states, "has engaged in hostilities or who has purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States" or its military allies. The definition applies to foreigners living inside or outside the United States and does not rule out the possibility of designating a U.S. citizen as an unlawful combatant. Kate Martin, director of the Center for National Security Studies, said that by including those who "supported hostilities" -- rather than those who "engage in acts" against the United States -- the government intends the legislation to sanction its seizure and indefinite detention of people far from the battlefield.
Boys Gone Wild --Pick Your Favorite Homoerotic Torture Technique By Ted Rall 19 Sep 2006 No one talked about it much at the time, but those now-forgotten photos of torture and humiliation at Abu Ghraib were the kind of extreme homoerotic kink your local porn vendor keeps hidden under the counter... Of course, America's state media censored the most disturbing images. Hundreds of photos showed sex acts between and among soldiers and detainees. Male prisoners were videotaped while being forced to masturbate and have sex with one another... U.S. soldiers, CIA torturers and private mercenaries hired by the Bush Defense Department sodomized them with flashlights and possibly broomsticks. They were kept naked for days at a time.
McCain Names Practices Detainee Bill Would Bar --Senator Says 3 Interrogation Methods Are Among the 'Extreme Measures' the Plan Would Outlaw 25 Sep 2006 A Republican senator who played a leading role in drafting new rules for U.S. interrogations of terrorism suspects said yesterday that he believes a compromise bill embraced by party leaders and the White House will bar some of the most extreme techniques said to have been used by the CIA.
Congress in dark on terror program --Few briefed on CIA interrogation 23 Sep 2006 As lawmakers prepare to debate the CIA's special interrogation program for terrorism suspects, fewer than 10 percent of the members of Congress [40 of 535] have been told which interrogation techniques have been used in the past, and none of them know which ones would be permissible under proposed changes to the War Crimes Act.
Guantanamo Inmates Turn to Library Books 24 Sep 2006 A detainee library is housed in a trailer inside the Guantanamo Bay prison complex. Library books are being delivered to all the detention camps, officials said. The detainees are avid readers, according to the librarians. With detainees largely confined to cramped cells most of the day, reading provides an outlet and can help take their minds off the prospect that they may be jailed for years or even the rest of their lives with no trial. The deputy commander of the detention facilities said many of the roughly 460 detainees have college degrees. "There are some very smart individuals here,'' said Army Brig. Gen. Edward A. Leacock. [Oh, good! At least I'll get to read. --LRP]
Wiretap Bill Moves Closer to Passage 26 Sep 2006 [Minor] Last-minute changes to legislation authorizing the National Security Agency's warrantless wiretapping program have won the support of three balking Senate Republicans, improving the chances that a bill expanding the Bush regime's surveillance authority will pass Congress this week.
Terror bounty paid by CIA 26 Sep 2006 The CIA paid Pakistan millions of dollars for handing over to the US more than 350 suspected al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] terrorists, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has said. The claims come in the military ruler's new memoir, In the Line of Fire. Such payments are banned by the US government.
Homeland Security awards $400M in anti-terror funds 25 Sep 2006 The Homeland Security Department on Monday awarded nearly $400 million to help cities 'protect' their ports, rail lines, bus routes, buildings and other potential terrorist targets.
Anti-terror funds to protect big California ports decreasing 25 Sep 2006 Federal funding to protect California's biggest ports from terrorist attacks is decreasing dramatically this year, the Department of Homeland Security said Monday.
D.C. First Responders Hold 'Rock & Roll' Terror Drill 22 Sep 2006 First responders in the District held a drill on Wednesday in order to prepare for a [Bush bin Laden] large-scale terrorist attack. The scene was an attack during a large rock concert at RFK Stadium called Rock & Roll 2006. During the simulated rock concert, a "suicide bomber" entered a tunnel below Independence Avenue and detonated a bomb, leaving mass casualties in the mock terror attack.
Bush hikes the fearmongering before the 'elections,' even though we all know Cheney Halliburton sent the Fort Detrick-born and bred anthrax to the Democrats so that they would change their minds and vote for the 'Patriot' Act (they did.) FBI Is Casting A Wider Net in Anthrax Attacks 25 Sep 2006 Five years after the anthrax attacks that killed five people, the FBI is now convinced that the lethal powder sent to the Senate was far less sophisticated than originally believed, widening the pool of possible suspects in a frustratingly slow investigation. The finding, which resulted from countless scientific tests at numerous laboratories, appears to undermine the widely held belief that the attack was carried out by a government scientist or someone with access to a U.S. biodefense lab. [Why were White House personnel taking Cipro one *month* before the first anthrax attack??]
U.S. Eases Carry-On Liquid Ban 26 Sep 2006 Passengers on commercial airplanes will be allowed to travel with small amounts of liquids and gels in their carry-on luggage starting this morning -- the first major revision of a ban enacted last month in reaction to an alleged transatlantic bomb plot. Drinks purchased inside secure areas [What a racket!] also will be permitted on board.
Proposal to Carve Up Iraq Moves Forward 25 Sep 2006 Iraq's ethnic and sectarian groups moved ahead Monday with forming a committee to consider amending the constitution after their leaders agreed to delay any division of the country into autonomous states until 2008. The deal was a victory for Sunni Arabs, who had been fighting the federalism bill proposed by Shiite cleric Abdel Aziz al-Hakim, the leader of the United Iraqi Alliance. They fear that if not amended, it will splinter the country and deny them a share of Iraq's oil, which is found in the predominantly Kurdish north and the heavily Shiite south.
New judge in Saddam's court is not a judge By LadyBird 23 Sep 2006 Elaph revealed that the new judge in Saddam’s court is not a judge A judicial source close to the Iraqi Criminal Court revealed that the judge of the Supreme Court in Saddam Hussein trial is not a judge and didn’t exercise this profession ever in his life. "Majid Mohamed Aribi" was chosen with hurry to get rid of the former Judge Abdullah Al-Amri. [That's OK - Bush is not a president. He was chosen in a hurry, too. --LRP]
Generals, spies attack Bush Iraq policy 26 Sep 2006 Part of a comprehensive spy report finished in April and leaked last weekend said the U.S. invasion of Iraq helped create a new generation of Islamic radicals and increased the global terrorism threat. That's the opposite of what President [sic] George W. Bush has been telling Americans for weeks in pre-election speeches and it could have a significant impact on whether the party retains control of Congress this fall.
Army Warns Rumsfeld It's Billions Short --An extraordinary action by the chief of staff sends a message: The Pentagon must increase the budget or reduce commitments in Iraq and elsewhere. 25 Sep 2006 The Army's top officer withheld a required 2008 budget plan from Pentagon leaders last month after protesting to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld that the service could not maintain its current level of activity in Iraq plus its other global commitments without billions in additional funding. The decision by Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, the Army's chief of staff, is believed to be unprecedented and signals a widespread belief within the Army that in the absence of significant troop withdrawals from Iraq, funding assumptions must be completely reworked, say current and former Pentagon officials.
US Army looks for ways to send more troops to Iraq 25 Sep 2006 The US Army and Marine Corps are looking for ways to send more combat units into the Iraq rotation pool and are considering accelerating the pace of deployments for some brigades in order to keep more than 140,000 troops in the country through at least the spring of 2007.
Top Generals Hint at Army Expansion of 60,000 Troops 25 Sep 2006 The strain on the Army from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan has become so great that top officials are now privately saying the only long-term solution may be to make the overall size of the Army bigger, adding as many as 60,000 troops, ABC News has learned.
U.S. Army Extends Iraq Duty for 4,000 25 Sep 2006 In a new sign of mounting strain from the war in Iraq, the Army has extended the combat tours of about 4,000 soldiers who would otherwise be returning home, a defense official said Monday.
Retired military officers criticize Rumsfeld at Democratic hearing 25 Sep 2006 Retired military officers today bluntly accused Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld of bungling the war in Iraq, saying U.S. troops were sent to fight without the best equipment and that critical facts were hidden from the public.
Retired US generals demand Rumsfeld resign 25 Sep 2006 Two retired army generals and a retired Marine colonel demanded Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld resign, accusing him of incompetence, arrogance and determination to wage war in Iraq on the cheap.
2 Senior Commanders in Iraq Reassigned 25 Sep 2006 Two of the Army's top commanders in Iraq have been selected for new assignments.
Navy Strike Group Contributing to Iraq, Afghanistan Security 25 Sep 2006 U.S. Navy forces in the Arabian Gulf have been contributing to the war on [of] terror by conducting maritime security operations and providing support to troops on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan, a Navy strike group commander said today.
Afghan women's affairs director shot dead 26 Sep 2006 The Taleban has claimed responsibility for killing the director of a women's affairs office in a drive-by shooting in Afghanistan.
Soldier's death blamed on helicopter setting off mine 25 Sep 2006 A Scottish solider was killed in Afghanistan by a landmine blast which was set off by the downdraft from a RAF helicopter, it was claimed last night.
Egypt criticizes West on Israeli nuclear arsenal 25 Sep 2006 Egypt criticized Western powers on Saturday for blocking efforts to declare Israel's reputed nuclear arsenal a threat.
5,000 Israeli troops linger in South 25 Sep 2006 Despite an Israeli pledge to withdraw from Lebanese territory once the number of United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon troops reaches 5,000, Israeli soldiers remain in their positions in the South on Sunday.
Pope Rat is helping the GOP again, as he did in 2004 when he criticized Kerry and abortions before the 'elections:' Pope to Meet With Muslims to Defuse Anger 25 Sep 2006 Muslim diplomats were meeting Monday with Pope Benedict XVI in the pontiff's latest effort to mend relations after his remarks about Islam and violence ignited the Vatican's most serious international crisis in decades. [Pope Rat purposely made the incendiary comments to provoke Muslims into (justified) protests, which in turn provide fodder for the Reichwing media to force Bush's 'war on terror' down our throats.]
"Jihad" car commercial upsets U.S. Muslims 25 Sep 2006 A car commercial proclaiming a jihad on the U.S. auto market and offering "Fatwa Fridays" with free swords for the kids is offensive and should not be aired, Muslim leaders said on Sunday. The radio advertisement for the Dennis Mitsubishi car dealership in Columbus, Ohio, has "a whole jihad theme," said Adnan Mirza, director of the Columbus office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Oil Price Manipulation: Taking from the Poor to Give to the Rich By Phil Davis 15 Sep 2006 There can be no doubt as to the [Cheney Energy Task Force]’s effect (even though we are not allowed to know who was on it or what was said), as oil climbed 25% in 2002 to average $25 for the year. Our Vice-President [sic] (former Halliburton Co. CEO) found this to be unacceptable and sprang into action, reconvening the secret society in 2002... Well, Exxon earned $10b last quarter alone, more money than they earned in all of 1999 when those pesky Democrats were in office! ...On a global scale, Cheney and Bush's circle of friends are raking in $1 trillion more per year than they did in 2000—Mission Accomplished for sure!
GOP aide busted for fake blog posts on liberal sites 25 Sep 2006 Liberal bloggers have uncovered a staff member to Rep. Charles Bass (R-NH) using government computers to make fake posts on liberal blogs in New Hampshire, today's ROLL CALL reports.
Mega barf alert! Snow to raise money for GOP candidates 25 Sep 2006 White House press secretary Tony Snow is taking his gift of gab across the country in the coming weeks to raise money for Republican candidates, an unusual task for the president's top spokesman.
"I never thought I'd see the United States — champion of human rights and rule of law — legislating torture and Soviet-style kangaroo tribunals. I never thought I'd see Congress and a majority of Americans supporting such police state measures." U.S. gets 'Sovietized' By Eric Margolis 24 Sep 2006 Prisoners taken in the dead of night to Lubyanka [Moscow’s prison] were systematically beaten for days with rubber hoses and clubs. Prisoners taken in the dead of night to Lubyanka were systematically beaten for days with rubber hoses and clubs. There were special cold rooms where prisoners could be frozen to near death. Sleep deprivation was a favourite and most effective Cheka technique. I recall these past horrors because of what this column has long called the gradual "Sovietization" of the United States... We have seen America's president [sic] and vice president [sic], sworn to uphold the Constitution, advocating some of the same interrogation techniques the KGB used at the Lubyanka. They apparently believe beating, freezing, sleep deprivation and near-drowning are necessary to prevent terrorist attacks. So did Stalin. The White House insisted that anyone — including Americans — could be kidnapped and tried in camera using "evidence" obtained by torturing other suspects.
GOP Upbeat on Terror-Trial Bill [GOP Upbeat on Torture] 23 Sep 2006 A few liberal Democratic lawmakers attacked the bill yesterday, but none signaled all-out plans to try to kill it... Caroline Fredrickson, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Washington legislative office, called the legislation a "get out of jail free" card for the administration's "top torture officials." She said it would render the Geneva Conventions' protections "irrelevant and unenforceable."
Specter Objects to Part of Detainee Bill 24 Sep 2006 The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Sunday he has a problem with the Republican agreement on rules for the interrogation and trial of suspects in the war on [of] terror. Dictator Bush is pushing Congress to put the agreement into law before adjourning for the midterm elections, but Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said Sunday he "vigorously" disagrees with the habeas corpus provision of the bill.
Defense Lawyers Assail Legislation on Detainees --The bill faces scrutiny for stripping habeas corpus. Rights groups worry over vagueness. 23 Sep 2006 Military defense lawyers assailed compromise legislation for interrogating and prosecuting terrorism suspects, contending Friday that proposed rules would prevent them from learning whether evidence used against their clients was obtained through coercion or torture.
Afghan officers arrested for smuggling weapons to Taliban: report 23 Sep 2006 Several Afghan officers were detained for trafficking weapons and ammunition to Taliban militants, a local newspaper reported. Several Afghan officers, including Brigadier Abdul Faqir, chief of weapon depots in Khirabad, south of Kabul, have been arrested for being involved in the smuggling case, the newspaper said.
Secret Torture in Afghanistan --The concealed deaths of two detainees at Gardez paints a troubling picture of abuse by U.S. Special Forces units there. 23 Sep 2006 Apparently unknown to Army officials, two detainees had died in the team's [Green Berets of ODA] 2021 custody in separate incidents during the unit's final month in eastern Afghanistan. Several other detainees allege that they were badly beaten or tortured while held at the base in Gardez... An 18-year-old Afghan army recruit died after being interrogated at the firebase. Descriptions of his injuries were consistent with severe beatings and other abuse. A member of the Special Forces team told The Times his unit held a meeting after the teen's death to coordinate their stories should an investigation arise.
Suspected CIA Kidnappers Identified 21 Sep 2006 The US intelligence agents involved in wrongly kidnapping a German citizen of Arab descent [Khaled al-Masri] could soon face warrants for their arrest. Clues to their identity have turned up from Spanish authorities and German TV journalists.
Iraq war created a terrorist flood, American spymasters warn Bush 24 Sep 2006 America's spy agencies have concluded that the invasion of Iraq has created a flood of new Islamic terrorists and increased the danger to US interests to a higher level than at any time since the 9/11 attacks.
Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Worsens Terror Threat 24 Sep 2006 A stark assessment of terrorism trends by American intelligence agencies has found that the American invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks.
Republicans Say Terror Report Shouldn't Alter Goals [of enriching Halliburton's coffers] 24 Sep 2006 A national intelligence assessment that concludes the Iraq war has increased the threat from terrorism shouldn't cause the U.S. to abandon military operations there, leading Senate Republicans said.
"They took this money and parked it to use later." Army Corps Faked Budget Entries --Funds for Iraq work, set to expire, were stashed. 23 Sep 2006 The Army Corps of Engineers improperly created fake entries in government ledgers to maintain control over hundreds of millions of dollars in spending for the reconstruction of Iraq, according to a federal audit released Friday. Corps officials listed $362 million in potential contracts for a nonexistent contractor labeled "Dummy Vendor" in a government database, an accounting trick to preserve funds due to expire at the end of this fiscal year, the audit said.
Ex-Halliburton Worker Calls for Probe 22 Sep 2006 A former Halliburton Co. employee wants Congress to investigate what he claims are the company's efforts to cover up violations of corruption laws and to mislead investigators.
16 killed in violence across Iraq 24 Sep 2006 At least sixteen people were killed in separate incidents across Iraq on Sunday.
Blast near Iraq Health Ministry kills 6 24 Sep 2006 A car bomb exploded by a police patrol and killed six people near the Health Ministry, which was shelled with mortars earlier in the morning. The bomb attack killed four policemen and two civilians. It wounded four officers and two civilians, police said.
Explosion kills at least 37 in Baghdad 23 Sep 2006 At least 37 people were killed and dozens of others were wounded in a fiery Sadr City bomb blast. At least 38 people were wounded in the blast that blew up a kerosene tanker, and authorities expect the casualty toll to rise.
'Iraqi troops refusing Baghdad duty' 23 Sep 2006 The US commander in Baghdad has said that more troops are needed on the streets of Baghdad, but Iraqi soldiers are refusing to leave other parts of the country to serve in the capital.
Saddam lawyers to protest new judge by boycotting genocide trial 24 Sep 2006 Saddam Hussein's top lawyer said Sunday the former Iraqi president's defense team will not attend his genocide trial when it resumes Monday in protest at the new chief judge's behavior, and will stay away "indefinitely," according to statements quoted by AP. The original judge was replaced last week by the government after he said in court Hussein was not a dictator.
Blair: Afghan War Tougher Than Expected 24 Sep 20006 Prime Minister Tony Blair said Sunday that NATO's battle with Afghan insurgents has been more difficult than anticipated but must continue.
Thousands at city's anti-war demo 23 Sep 2006 Thousands of anti-war protesters have gathered in Manchester for what organisers said was "one of the biggest mobilisations outside London". Demonstrators were protesting against government policies in the Middle East and nuclear weapons, on the eve of the Labour Party conference in the city.
"Now I have no documents and cannot travel." Chavez minister verbally abused, strip-searched during 90-minute interrogation 24 Sep 2006 Venezuela has accused US officials of stopping its foreign minister, Nicolas Maduro, and stripping him of his travel documents after he visited the UN. Venezuela has made a formal complaint to the US authorities and to the UN secretary general about the incident. At a news conference in New York, the foreign minister said his ticket and passport were confiscated illegally by US officials at the security check. He said he was then verbally abused and strip-searched during a 90-minute interrogation.
Venezuela rejects U.S. apologies after foreign minister detained 24 Sep 2006 Venezuela has complained to the United Nations after its foreign minister accused officials at a U.S. airport of illegally detaining him and then trying to frisk, handcuff and strip-search him.
U.S. Apologizes for Detaining Venezuela Diplomat 23 Sep 2006 Venezuela's foreign minister was detained at a New York airport on Saturday, prompting an apology from the U.S. government and compounding already tense relations between the two countries.
Chavez: U.S. Detained Foreign Minister 23 Sep 2006 Venezuela's foreign minister was detained by U.S. authorities at a New York airport for more than hour Saturday as he tried to return to the South American country, President Hugo Chavez said.
U.S. to blame for attack on its embassy: Syria 24 Sep 2006 The United States and its Middle East policies are to blame for a recent failed attack on the U.S. embassy in Damascus, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was quoted on Sunday as saying in a German magazine.
Report: Bin Laden Already Dead 26 Dec 2001 Usama bin Laden has died a peaceful death due to an untreated lung complication, the Pakistan Observer reported, citing a Taliban leader who allegedly attended the funeral of the Al Qaeda leader. Bin Laden, according to the source, was suffering from a serious lung complication and succumbed to the disease in mid-December, in the vicinity of the Tora Bora mountains.
France, US, unable to confirm report bin Laden dead 23 Sep 2006 France and the United States said on Saturday they could not confirm a report that Osama bin Laden had died and France launched a probe into how a secret document containing the claim was leaked.
Students, Beware Professor Osama By Rosa Brooks 15 Sep 2006 A typical [David] Horowitz cause celebre: a Colorado student whose professor allegedly gave her an F when she refused to agree that George W. Bush is a war criminal. When critics took a close look, though, it turned out that the student actually got a B, that she had misrepresented the assignment and that the professor was … a Republican. The real agenda behind this so-called bill of rights has nothing to do with fostering intellectual pluralism and everything to do with marginalizing or eliminating academics who deviate from the right-wing party line.
Top secret: Banff security meeting attracted U.S., Mexico officials 21 Sep 2006 A North American security meeting was secretly held in Banff last week, attracting high-profile officials from the United States, Mexico and Canada.
The Dollar$ & $en$e of 911 By Douglas Herman 18 Sep 2006 Who benefitted most by the New York Massacre? Millions were invested before the attack. Hundreds of millions were made the same day. Neither crime received much attention by the US government. Perhaps because friends of the US government stood to gain billions of dollars, in the following years... Remember those Put Options? "The identity of this person who had foreknowledge of the attack is known and this person's identity is being protected by our government and this is a fact! Period, end of story," reported Jesse Richard, editor of TVNewsLies.com.
Texas Democrats File Suit Against Voting Fraud Law 23 Sep 2006 In the latest of the nation’s skirmishes over voting rights, Texas Democrats have sued two top Republican state officials over an antifraud law that the suit says is being used to intimidate minority voters casting ballots by mail.
Antarctic ozone hole nears record: U.N. agency 22 Sep 2006 The hole over Antarctica's ozone layer is bigger than last year and is nearing the record 29-million-square-km (11-million-sq-mile) hole seen in 2000, the World Meteorological Organization said on Friday.
"You might not be able to go early medieval, but you go late medieval." --MSNBC's "Countdown" 22 Sep 2006 Professor Jonathan Turley: Well, the president always has the authority to interpret treaties. But that doesn‘t mean the world will accept it. What this does, though, is, it seems to give legitimacy to the earlier torture memo that was recently—or not that recently, rejected by the administration. Under that torture memo, Alberto Gonzales, the attorney general, argued that they could do anything short of organ failure or death. Much of that approach seems captured in this language, that, you know, you might not be able to go early medieval, but you go late medieval. I mean, it‘s a very poor document when it comes to human rights.
Detainee Deal Comes With Contradictions 23 Sep 2006 The compromise reached on Thursday between Congressional Republicans and the White House on the interrogations and trials of terrorism suspects is, legal experts said yesterday, a series of interlocking paradoxes. It would impose new legal standards that it forbids the courts to enforce.
Compromise on treatment of terror suspects assailed --Critics include military defense lawyers who say it's 'worse' than the system in place 22 Sep 2006 Military defense lawyers assailed compromise legislation for interrogating and prosecuting terrorist suspects, contending Friday that proposed rules would prevent them from learning whether evidence used against their clients was obtained through coercion or torture.
Senate-White House compromise sanctions CIA torture of detainees By Joe Kay and Barry Grey 23 Sep 2006 The Bush administration and Republican senators agreed Wednesday night on legislation that sanctions secret CIA prisons and permits abusive interrogation methods that violate the Geneva Conventions and other international and domestic anti-torture statutes. The bill also gives congressional approval for military commissions that strip Guantánamo detainees of basic due process rights, while denying them the elementary right to seek redress from arbitrary imprisonment through the filing of habeas corpus suits in US courts. With this agreement, the US Congress is preparing to give its official imprimatur to the use of barbaric methods historically associated with military and fascist dictatorships, as well as the repudiation of democratic principles that go back to the Magna Carta of 1215.
The Abuse Can Continue --Senators won't authorize torture, but they won't prevent it, either. (The Washington Post) 22 Sep 2006 ...Mr. Bush, as he made clear yesterday, intends to continue using the CIA to secretly detain and abuse certain terrorist suspects. He will do so by issuing his own interpretation of the Geneva Conventions in an executive order and by relying on questionable Justice Department opinions that authorize such practices as exposing prisoners to hypothermia and prolonged sleep deprivation. Under the compromise agreed to yesterday, Congress would recognize his authority to take these steps and prevent prisoners from appealing them to U.S. courts. The bill would also immunize CIA personnel from prosecution for all but the most serious abuses and protect those who in the past violated U.S. law against war crimes.
A Bad Bargain (The New York Times) 22 Sep 2006 While the White House agreed to a list of "grave breaches" of the conventions that could be prosecuted as war crimes, it stipulated that the president could decide on his own what actions might be a lesser breach of the Geneva Conventions and what interrogation techniques he considered permissible. It’s not clear how much the public will ultimately learn about those decisions. They will be contained in an executive order that is supposed to be made public, but Mr. Hadley reiterated that specific interrogation techniques will remain secret... It allows the president to declare any foreigner, anywhere, an "illegal enemy combatant" using a dangerously broad definition, and detain him without any trial.
Bush Gets His Way By Dan Froomkin 22 Sep 2006 Pay no attention to the news stories suggesting that the White House caved in yesterday. On the central issue of whether the CIA should continue using interrogation methods on suspected terrorists that many say constitute torture, the White House got its way... The "compromise"? The Republican senators essentially agreed to look the other way... Members of the traditional press were paying scant attention to the issue of state-sanctioned torture until a rift appeared within the Republican party itself.
Bill Clinton warns against wide torture approval 21 Sep 2006 Former U.S. President Bill Clinton joined a chorus of critics of Bush regime proposals for treating suspected terrorists, saying it would be unnecessary and wrong to give broad approval to torture.
Lost in a Bermuda Triangle of Injustice - The Facts on the Ground --Mini-Gulags, Hired Guns, Lobbyists, and a Reality Built on Fear By Tom Engelhardt 21 Sep 2006 Camp Cropper itself turns out to be an interesting story, but one with a problem: While the emptying of Abu Ghraib made the news everywhere, the filling of Camp Cropper made no news at all. And yet it turns out that Camp Cropper, which started out as a bunch of tents, has now become a $60 million "state-of-the-art" prison... We really have no idea what it consists of or what it looks like, even though it's in one of the few places in Iraq that an American reporter could safely visit, being on a vast American military base constructed, like the prison, with taxpayer dollars.
More Death Squad Victims Found in Iraq 23 Sep 2006 The bodies of five apparent victims of [Bush's] death squads were turned in Saturday to the morgue in Kut, 100 miles southeast of Baghdad. The victims were blindfolded with their arms and hands bound, and showed signs of having been tortured, he said.
No timetable for US withdrawal: Iraq 22 Sep 2006 Iraq's President Jalal Talabani said the government will not talk about a timetable for withdrawing US-led forces until the Iraqi armed forces are capable of ending terrorism and maintaining security.
U.S. fatalities in war exceed those from Sept. 11 --Military deaths in Iraq, Afghanistan reach 2,974 22 Sep 2006 Now [Likely, a lot earlier] the death toll is 9/11 times two. U.S. military deaths from Iraq and Afghanistan now surpass those of the most devastating terrorist attack in America’s history, the trigger for what came next.
Bomb Ignites Tanker in Iraq, Killing 37 23 Sep 2006 A bomb blew up a kerosene tanker truck in Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood on Saturday, killing at least 37 people, police said.
Blast damages mosque in Iraq --Blaze spreads to homes, bakery; trouble getting Iraqi troops to patrol Baghdad 23 Sep 2006 [US] Attackers severely damaged a Sunni mosque in western Baghdad before noon Friday, and the resulting blaze set fire to eight nearby homes and a bakery, a U.S. military official said.
Danish soldier dies in roadside bomb blast in Iraq 23 Sep 2006 A Danish soldier was killed and eight others were injured by a roadside bomb in southern Iraq Saturday, the army said. He was the fourth Danish soldier to die in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion.
American killed at UK base in Iraq's Basra 23 Sep 2006 A U.S. 'contractor' [mercenary] working for the American consulate in Iraq's second biggest city, Basra, was killed by a rocket that struck the main British compound in the city overnight, U.S. and British officials said on Saturday.
Officers warn about plight of British troops --Frontline messages tell of Afghanistan casualty rate --Army let down by 'utterly useless' RAF 23 Sep 2006 British troops in Afghanistan are exhausted and desperately short of helicopters, and there is no sign that the casualty rate will fall, according to accounts yesterday from officers on the frontline.
Major calls RAF support 'utterly, utterly useless' 22 Sep 2006 The RAF are "utterly, utterly useless" in protecting troops on the ground in Afghanistan, a major with the main UK battle group says in a leaked e-mail.
'We Don't Have The Troops' 22 Sep 2006 Leaked emails from a British serving officer in Afghanistan have revealed more of the armed forces' concerns about the fight against the Taliban. The three emails - seen by Sky News - say some RAF pilots have been "utterly, utterly useless" in supporting troops on the ground.
War Signals? By Dave Lindorff 21 Sep 2006 As reports circulate of a sharp debate within the White House over possible US military action against Iran and its nuclear enrichment facilities, The Nation has learned that the Bush Administration and the Pentagon have moved up the deployment of a major "strike group" of ships, including the nuclear aircraft carrier Eisenhower as well as a cruiser, destroyer, frigate, submarine escort and supply ship, to head for the Persian Gulf, just off Iran's western coast. This information follows a report in the current issue of Time magazine, both online and in print, that a group of ships capable of mining harbors has received orders to be ready to sail for the Persian Gulf by October 1.
Plan to expand US base sparks row 22 Sep 2006 Premier Romano Prodi's government is under pressure to block plans to set up the biggest American military base outside the US on Italian territory.
New York City's Reservists Are Asked to Return Iraq Pay 23 Sep 2006 When they were called up for military service in the wake of 9/11, hundreds of uniformed city workers in the Reserves faced the suspension of their city health and pension benefits. The city offered them an option: it would keep paying their salaries and continue their benefits, but when they returned they would have to repay the city their city salary or their military pay, whichever was less. Now the bills from the city are coming due, for far more than many veterans imagined they would have to pay — as much as $200,000 — and often for more money than they ever received. The city is demanding that the veterans repay their gross salaries, even though they never saw about a third of the money, which went for taxes and other deductions.
Nasrallah: No army can disarm Hezbollah 22 Sep 2006 Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah 'defied the international community' [no he didn't] in his first major appearance since the war with Israel, telling hundreds of thousands of supporters at a victory rally Friday that no army could disarm his militia.
French paper says bin Laden died in Pakistan 23 Sep 2006 A French regional newspaper quoted a French secret service report on Saturday as saying that Saudi Arabia is convinced that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden died of typhoid in Pakistan last month.
U.S. has nothing to back French bin Laden report 23 Sep 2006 The U.S. government has no evidence to support a French newspaper report suggesting that al Qaeda [al CIAduh] leader Osama bin Laden died of typhoid a month ago, an intelligence official said on Saturday.
Leaders duck 'stone age' threat 23 Sep 2006 US President [sic] George W. Bush and Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf overnight celebrated their close cooperation in the war on terrorism but did not deny that it began with a US threat to bomb Pakistan "back to the Stone Age."
'Dirty Bomb' Prep Reveals Radiation In S.I. Park 21 Sep 2006 Anti-terrorism officials conducted a helicopter survey of New York City's radiation sources in preparation for a so-called "dirty bomb" attack -- and discovered a Staten Island park with dangerously high levels of radium, a new report found.
Radioactive 'hot spots' threat to city: study 22 Sep 2006 A helicopter survey revealed 80 radioactive "hot spots" in New York City, including a Staten Island park with dangerously high levels of radium, a congressional report disclosed yesterday.
Govt 'ruining' terror suspect's life 23 Sep 2006 (AU) The federal government is ruining the life of freed terrorist suspect Jack Thomas with "extreme and draconian" measures to appear tough on the war on [of] terrorism, his brother says.
Feds Seek to Block Oregon Spying Case 23 Sep 2006 U.S. inJustice Department lawyers filed an appeal Friday aimed at blocking a lawsuit by a former Islamic charity that has challenged a Bush regime secret surveillance program. U.S. District Judge Garr M. King ruled earlier this month that a lawsuit by the defunct Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation chapter in Ashland could go forward without damaging national security.
DHS aims to keep more about security clearance applications secret 20 Sep 2006 The Homeland Security Department is proposing to scale back what information can be viewed by clearance applicants under the 1974 Privacy Act, saying the investigative techniques of its Office of Security are jeopardized when documents are made available.
SF Chronicle Reporters to Be Jailed 21 Sep 2006 Two San Francisco Chronicle reporters were sentenced to a maximum 18 months in prison Thursday, pending an appeal, for refusing to testify about who leaked them secret grand jury testimony from Barry Bonds and other elite athletes.
Church fighting IRS over anti-war sermon won't give up documents 22 Sep 2006 An Episcopal church's decision Thursday not to cooperate with an IRS investigation into an anti-war sermon delivered before the 2004 presidential election sets up a high-profile confrontation between the liberal congregation and the IRS, which usually keeps such inquiries private.
Lopez Obrador to Form Cabinet 22 Sep 2006 Amid a transition taking place from Vicente Fox to president-elect Felipe Calderon, opposition leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced his own working cabinet as the political crisis deepens in Mexico.
"It makes us feel good to give." Chavez to Double Energy Subsidies to Needy in U.S. 22 Sep 2006 A day after he called President [sic] Bush "the devil" from the podium at the United Nations, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez stood at the altar of a Harlem church and presented himself as an angel, offering 100 million gallons of subsidized heating oil to needy Americans.
U.S. Best Seller, Thanks to Rave by Latin Leftist 23 Sep 2006 Ever since Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chávez, held up a copy of a 301-page book by Noam Chomsky, the linguist and left-wing political commentator, during a speech at the United Nations on Wednesday, sales of the book have climbed best-seller lists at Amazon.com, BN.com, and booksellers around the country have noted a spike in sales.
Fox News Sunday, Interview With President Bill Clinton 22 Sep 2006 (Rough Transcript) CLINTON: I think it’s very interesting that all the conservative Republicans who now say that I didn’t do enough, claimed that I was obsessed with Bin Laden. All of President [sic] Bush’s neocons claimed that I was too obsessed with finding Bin Laden when they didn’t have a single meeting about Bin Laden for the nine months after I left office. All the right wingers who now say that I didn’t do enough said that I did too much. Same people. [Oh, they had *lots* of meetings - *planning* meetings.]
U.S. Senate Democrats decry voter photo ID bill 22 Sep 2006 Senate Democrats on Friday said legislation that would require voters to show proof of U.S. citizenship to vote in federal elections was little more than a poll tax and urged Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to stop the bill. [Yeah, there's as much chance of *that* happening as a cat with a long tail in a room filled with rockers. --LRP]
Bush on Democrats: 'They will raise your taxes' 21 Sep 2006 President [sic] George W. Bush charged on Thursday that Democrats would raise taxes if put in control of the U.S. Congress, turning to a familiar campaign theme as he seeks to stave off Republican losses in November.
Bush reading program gets failing grade 22 Sep 2006 A scorching internal review of the Bush administration's billion-dollar-a-year reading program says the Education Department ignored the law and ethical standards to steer money how it wanted. The government audit is unsparing in its view that the Reading First program has been beset by conflicts of interest and willful mismanagement. It suggests the department broke the law by trying to dictate which curriculum schools must use.
Calif. Gov. Vetoes Universal Health Bill 23 Sep 2006 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) vetoed a universal health care bill Friday, saying it would create a "vast new bureaucracy." The bill would have provided every California resident with health insurance.
Clinton Effort Reaps Pledges of $7.3 Billion in Global Aid 23 Sep 2006 Yesterday, Mr. Clinton triumphantly announced the results of this year’s Clinton Global Initiative from a circular stage in a hushed ballroom [Midtown Manhattan] filled with more than 1,000 people. "As of now, we have 215 commitments from two times that many people and the value, my staff swears, is $7.3 billion," he said.
Deal struck on torture guidelines 22 Sep 2006 The White House and senior Republican politicians have reached an agreement overnight guidelines for interrogating suspects in the US-led war on [of] terror, top US senators and national security counsellor Stephen Hadley has announced. "Today we have come to announce that those goals have been achieved," announced Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.
Deal keeps 'potent' anti-terror tools 22 Sep 2006 US President [sic] George W. Bush has overnight hailed a [Faustian] deal with the US Senate covering the treatment of terrorism suspects, saying it preserved CIA interrogations and created military tribunals to try alleged extremists.
U.S. says detainee bill would clarify access to evidence 21 Sep 2006 A deal reached on rules for questioning and trials of suspected terrorists held by the United States would put some limits on the suspects' access to evidence [illegal], a White House official said on Thursday. "A provision dealing with classified evidence makes sure that no sensitive intelligence will have to be shared with terrorists or their lawyers," White House National Security Adviser [war criminal] Stephen Hadley told reporters.
"Details of the agreement were sketchy." Bush, GOP rebels reach accord on tribunal laws --Bush urges Congress to pass bill on interrogating [torturing] terror suspects 21 Sep 2006 The White House and rebellious Senate Republicans announced agreement Thursday on rules for the interrogation and 'trial' of suspects in the war on [of] terror.
House panels OK interrogation, expanded spying bills 21 Sep 2006 House Republicans handed Dictator Bush narrow victories Wednesday on two broad anti[pro]-terrorism measures, sending them to likely votes next week. After a week of intense lobbying from administration officials, Republican lawmakers on the Judiciary and Intelligence committees pushed through a measure to expand government surveillance powers, particularly at the National Security Agency.
House panel endorses controversial spy bill 20 Sep 2006 Republicans on a key congressional committee on Wednesday approved legislation they described as a necessary rewrite to electronic surveillance law but attacked by Democrats, civil libertarians and technology advocacy groups as flawed and unconstitutional [just like the Bush regime itself].
CIA officers refused to work at secret prisons -FT 21 Sep 2006 The Bush administration emptied its CIA prisons and transferred top terrorism suspects to Guantanamo Bay partly because CIA officers refused to carry out interrogations, the Financial Times reported on Thursday. CIA officers were concerned they could be prosecuted for using illegal interrogation techniques and refused to continue their work until their legal situation could be clarified, the newspaper said in an article quoting unnamed former spy agency officials.
Germany under pressure to seek arrest of CIA agents 21 Sep 2006 German authorities were under mounting pressure on Thursday night to issue arrest warrants for US agents working for the CIA who allegedly kidnapped and detained a German national for four months in 2004.
German police shadowed man before CIA seized him: witness 21 Sep 2006 German police were shadowing Khaled el-Masri and exchanging information on him with U.S. authorities before he was seized by the CIA and taken to Afghanistan, a German federal policeman said on Thursday.
"They told me one year ago I was innocent. So why did they only release me now?" Three years on, Guantánamo detainee, 78, goes home --Hero's welcome for ex-Mujahideen commander with failing eyesight and a walking frame 22 Sep 2006 It's hard to picture Haji Nasrat Khan as an international terrorist. For a start, the grey-bearded Afghan can barely walk, shuffling along on a three-wheeled walking frame. His sight is terrible - he squints through milky eyes that sometimes roll towards the heavens - while his helpers have to shout to make themselves heard. And as for his age - nobody knows for sure, not even Nasrat himself.
Torture in Iraq worse now than under Saddam Hussein? --U.N. official: Violence perpetrated by terrorists, government is 'out of hand' 21 Sep 2006 Torture in Iraq may be worse now than it was under Saddam Hussein, with militias, terrorist groups and government forces disregarding rules on the humane treatment of prisoners, the U.N. anti-torture chief said Thursday. [The (illegitimate) Bush regime in Iraq needs to go bye-bye. Here, too.]
UN: Human rights worsening in Iraq 21 Sep 2006 The United Nations assistance mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has said that human rights violations in Iraq [Bush's illegitimate dictatorship] are continuing on a massive scale amid growing violence in all sections of society. Bodies found in the Baghdad morgue "often bear signs of severe torture including acid-induced injuries and burns caused by chemical substances, missing skin, broken bones - back, hands and legs, missing eyes, missing teeth and wounds caused by power drills or nails," the report said.
10 'terrorists' executed in Iraq 21 Sep 2006 Iraq's northern Kurdistan administration has executed 10 people, officially described as terrorists, sentenced to death for taking part in [US] beheadings and bombings.
$70B OK'd for Iraq and Afghan war funds 21 Sep 2006 House-Senate negotiators Thursday approved a new $70 billion infusion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as they wrapped up talks on a $447 billion Pentagon funding bill. The additional war funds would bring the total approved by Congress for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001, to more than $500 billion, with another installment likely to come next spring.
Halliburton ambush in Iraq caught on video 21 Sep 2006 HalliburtonWatch has obtained the first video of an ambush against a Halliburton convoy in Iraq that resulted in the deaths of three truckers who worked for the company's KBR subsidiary.
U.S. Diplomatic and Commercial Relationships with Iraq, 1980 - 2 August 1990 Prepared by Nathaniel Hurd 15 Jul 2000 (updated 12 Dec 2001 by Nathaniel Hurd and Glen Rangwala) U.S. intelligence reported in 1991 that the U.S. helicopters sold to Iraq in 1983 were used in 1988 to spray Kurds with chemicals. "Reagan administration records show that between September and December 1988, 65 licenses were granted for dual-use technology exports. This averages out as an annual rate of 260 licenses, more than double the rate for January through August 1988."
Army may look to Guard for more relief --Need for troops in Iraq, Afghanistan greatly exceeds past projections 22 Sep 2006 Strains on the Army from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have become so severe that Army officials say they may be forced to make greater use of the National Guard to provide enough troops for overseas deployments.
Clinton Says Iraq 'Hasn't Helped' War on Terror 21 Sep 2006 Former President Bill Clinton said the war in Iraq "hasn't helped" the broader global fight against terrorism. The conflict particularly has strained the U.S. effort in Afghanistan and the search for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, Clinton said in an interview in New York.
Thanks to Bush: Afghan president sees 15-year fight against opium 21 Sep 2006 Eradicating Afghanistan's surging opium production and weaning poor farmers from growing the raw material for heroin will take at least 10 to 15 years, the country's president said on Thursday.
Antiwar Push Starts Near White House; 34 Arrested 22 Sep 2006 A group of ministers, veterans and peace activists attempted to deliver a "declaration of peace" to the White House yesterday, kicking off a week of vigils and other activities in 350 communities across the country calling for the prompt withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.
Restraining order to prevent attacks on Iran, Syria denied 20 Sep 2006 A federal judge on Wednesday denied a former Republican congressional candidate’s [Mary Maxwell] request for a restraining order barring President [sic] George Bush or Vice President [sic] Richard Cheney from bombing Iran or Syria.
World military budget tops Cold War record-Oxfam 22 Sep 2006 Global military spending is expected to hit $1.06 trillion this year, topping the record set during the Cold War era, an international aid agency reported on Friday.
US Firms Plan Somali Operations 10 Sep 2006 US security firms have designed plans to run covert military operations in support of Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf's interim government against the influential Islamic Courts with CIA and United Nations officials being kept posted on the schemes, The Observer revealed on Sunday, September 10.
US threatened post 9/11 attack on ally 22 Sep 2006 The United States threatened to bomb Pakistan "back to the stone age" unless it cooperated with the US-led war on [of] terror after the September 11, 2001 attacks, President Pervez Musharraf said in an interview released overnight.
No evidence of terrorist attack 22 Sep 2006 There is no evidence that Joseph Thomas, the first Australian subjected to a control order, planned a terrorist attack here, according to the head of counter-terrorism at the Australian Federal Police.
State counterterrorism officials casting wider Net 12 Sep 2006 Colorado counterterrorism officials used the 9/11 anniversary to launch an Internet system that lets ordinary people electronically report "suspicious activity" - ferreting out possible terrorist bombers or plotters in their midst. The system lets anybody with Internet access send a report and photos (via www.ciac.co.gov) documenting anything that strikes them as suspicious. Officials said suspicious activity may include "unusual requests for information," "unusual interest in high-risk or symbolic targets," "unusual purchases or thefts," "suspicious or unattended packages," "suspicious persons who appear out of place" or people acquiring weapons, uniforms or fraudulent identification.
States say new IDs could cost billions 21 Sep 2006 New federal security rules for issuing driver's licenses could cost $11 billion to implement, raising concerns among states about paying for the changes, according to a national survey of states released Thursday.
US federal judge declares boating illegal in all US navigable waters (IBI Magazine) 14 Sep 2006 In a rather bizarre ruling that has marine industry officials worried, Judge Robert G. James of the United States District Court, Western Division of Louisiana, has said that it is criminal trespass for the American boating public to boat, fish, or hunt on the Mississippi River and other navigable waters in the US. The shallows of the navigable waters are no longer open to the public. That, in effect, makes boating illegal across most of the country.
Venezuela's Chavez continues anti-Bush harangue 21 Sep 2006 After branding President [sic] Bush as the devil at the United Nations, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez took his anti-imperialist rhetoric to Harlem on Thursday and ridiculed the Texan as a puffed-up John Wayne wannabe. And the crowds -- a 'carefully selected' group of leftists and liberals -- loved it. ['Carefully selected???' Uh, I think Reuters has the Harlem meeting confused with GOP 'town meetings,' whereupon dissenters were arrested by Secret Service thugs for 'No Blood for Oil' bumper stickers. --LRP]
Bush bin Laden prepping his next 9/11-style attack: Karl Rove Promises October Surprise 21 Sep 2006 In the past week, Karl Rove has been promising Republican insiders an "October surprise" to help win the November congressional elections.
"I realized that the far right has complete control of the party." Wave of Party Switchers Hits Republicans --Citing extremism, more GOPers are joining the Democrats By Hans Johnson 13 Sep 2006 A trend of local, below-the-radar party-switches is undercutting Republicans as they face the sternest challenge in a decade to one-party control of Congress and several state legislatures.
Only 25% in Poll Approve of the Congress 21 Sep 2006 With barely seven weeks until the midterm elections, Americans have an overwhelmingly negative view of the Republican-controlled Congress, with substantial majorities saying that they disapprove of the job it is doing and that its members do not deserve re-election, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
Ehrlich Wants Paper Ballots For Nov. Vote --State Election Chief Says Staff Toiling to Fix Electronic Glitches 21 Sep 2006 A week after the primary election was plagued by human error and technical glitches, Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) called yesterday for the state to scrap its $106 million electronic voting apparatus and revert to a paper ballot system for the November election.
Will The Next Election Be Hacked? --Fresh disasters at the polls -- and new evidence from an industry insider -- prove that electronic voting machines can't be trusted. By Robert F. Kennedy Jr. 21 Sep 2006 In Tarrant County, Texas, electronic machines counted some ballots as many as six times, recording 100,000 more votes than were actually cast. In San Diego, poll workers took machines home for unsupervised "sleepovers" before the vote, leaving the equipment vulnerable to tampering. And in Ohio - where, as I recently reported in "Was the 2004 Election Stolen?" [RS 1002], dirty tricks may have cost John Kerry the presidency - a government report uncovered large and unexplained discrepancies in vote totals recorded by machines in Cuyahoga County.
Oops! Commerce Department loses 1,137 laptops 22 Sep 2006 The Commerce Department has lost 1,137 laptop computers since 2001, most of them assigned to the Census Bureau, officials said Thursday night.
Government Accused of Censorship Over Global Warming --E-Mails Suggest Officials Stopped Scientist From Talking About Global Warming 20 Sep 2006 Commerce Department officials may have tried to stop a government scientist from speaking to reporters because of his views on global warming, a California congressman says. The officials "tried to suppress a federal scientist from discussing the link between global warming and hurricanes," according to a letter sent Tuesday from Rep. Henry Waxman to Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez.
Top E.P.A. Official Rejects Recommendations on Soot 22 Sep 2006 The Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator on Thursday rejected the recommendations of his staff — and an unusual public plea from independent science advisers — choosing instead to tighten only one of two standards regulating the amount of lethal particles of soot in the air.
California sues car firms for global warming --Six largest manufacturers creating 'public nuisance' 21 Sep 2006 America's most populous state, California, opened a new front in its struggle with climate change yesterday when it announced that it was suing the six largest carmakers in the US for allegedly contributing to global warming.
Branson plans $3B against global warming 21 Sep 2006 British business mogul Richard Branson said Thursday he would invest about $3 billion to combat global warming over the next decade.
WHO ranks bird flu as top health threat 22 Sep 2006 Bird flu remains the number one danger facing global public health, the World Health Organisation warned as a five-day conference on issues facing the western Pacific region wrapped up today.
Measures Seek to Restrict Detainees' Access to Courts --If enacted, lawsuits brought in federal court by about 430 detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, would be wiped from the books. 21 Sep 2006 Although the effort has been partly obscured by the highly publicized wrangling over military commissions for war crimes trials, the Bush regime and its allies in Congress are trying to use the same legislation to strip federal courts of their authority to review the detentions of almost all terrorism suspects.
"The honor of our nation would be stained by this detestable legislation." --Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) U.S. House Panel Opposes Military Tribunals Measure, Sends It 'Unfavorably' to Full House 20 Sep 2006 A U.S. House committee opposed the Bush regime's version of legislation to create military tribunals for terror suspects, while allowing the measure to reach the floor for a full House vote. In a surprise move, the panel voted 20-17 against the bill and then took a voice vote to send it "unfavorably'' to the full House.
"They gouged his eyes. They held his eyes open and shined a Maglite [torch] in them for minutes on end, generating intense heat." UK suspects in new claims of torture at Guantanamo 21 Sep 2006 The extent of the torture and abuse that British residents held at Guantanamo Bay claim to have suffered is revealed for the first time in a series of recently declassified interviews between the detainees and their human rights lawyers. Documents submitted to the American courts allege that one of the detainees was strapped to a chair by prison guards and beaten and tortured to the point of death.
'High-value' Guantanamo detainees to face military hearings 20 Sep 2006 The 14 "high-value" terror suspects recently transferred from secret CIA prisons to Guantanamo Bay are expected to face Combatant Status Review Tribunal hearings in the next two to three months, according to Navy Capt. Phil Waddingham, director of the US Defense Department's Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants.
Sept. 11 Figure Faces Guantanamo Hearing 20 Sep 2006 Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, is expected to face a hearing at the Guantanamo prison camp within three months, a military official said Wednesday.
Lawyers for Guantanamo detainee ask US court to compel release from isolation 19 Sep 2006 Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee Shaker Aamer, a UK resident held by the US since 2002, filed a motion in federal district court Monday seeking Aamer's release from solitary confinement, arguing that Aamer's almost year-long isolation violates the Geneva Conventions, which require that prisoners be treated humanely. According to the court filing, Aamer has been held in solitary confinement in a 6-by-8 foot cell for 360 days, has been beaten by military guards, has been exposed to extreme hot and cold temperatures, and has become mentally unbalanced.
NY judge orders release of more Guantanamo detainee information 20 Sep 2006 A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Department of Defense to release documents detailing mistreatment or disciplinary action taken against detainees at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and other information sought by The Associated Press.
CIA 'refused to operate' secret jails 20 Sep 2006 The Bush regime had to empty its secret prisons and transfer terror suspects to the military-run detention centre at Guantánamo this month in part because CIA interrogators had refused to carry out further interrogations and run the secret facilities, according to former CIA officials and people close to the programme. The former officials said the CIA interrogators' refusal was a factor in forcing the Bush administration to act earlier than it might have wished.
US general calls for Geneva Conventions definition 20 Sep 2006 The U.S. general who oversees the Guantanamo prison for terrorism suspects urged Congress on Wednesday to offer clear guidance on what interrogation techniques are prohibited under international accords barring inhumane treatment of war prisoners.
The torture battle royal --The public violation of the Geneva convention has created a schism between the president and military By Sidney Blumenthal 21 Sep 2006 President [sic] Bush's torture policy has provoked perhaps the greatest schism between a president and the military in American history. From the outside, this battle royal over his abrogation of the Geneva conventions appears as a shadow war. But since the supreme court's ruling in Hamdan v Rumsfeld in June, deciding that Bush's kangaroo court commissions for detainees "violate both the UCMJ [Uniform Code of Military Justice] and the four Geneva conventions", the struggle has been forced into the open.
UK soldier 'enjoyed' Iraqis' pain 20 Sep 2006 A British soldier "enjoyed" hearing Iraqis call out in pain as they were kicked and punched while in a detention centre, a court martial has heard. British Cpl Donald Payne referred to the noises made as "the choir", which he "conducted" in front of visitors to the centre, said a prosecuting QC.
Torture rampant in Iraqi prisons, streets, UN says 21 Sep 2006 Torture is rampant in Iraqi [US] detention centers and in the widespread sectarian [US] killings seen across the country, the United Nations reported on Wednesday, based on the signs of abuse on victims' bodies. "Detainees' bodies show signs of beating using electrical cables, wounds in different parts of their bodies including in the head and genitals, broken bones of legs and hands, electric and cigarette burns," the human rights office of the U.N. Assistance Mission in Iraq said in a new report. Bodies found in the Baghdad morgue "often bear signs of severe torture including acid-induced injuries and burns caused by chemical substances, missing skin, broken bones -- back, hands and legs, missing eyes, missing teeth and wounds caused by power drills or nails," the report said.
UN: Nearly 6,600 Iraqi civilians killed in July, August 20 Sep 2006 Violence killed nearly 6,600 Iraqi civilians during July and August, while more than 8,000 were wounded, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.N. Assistance Mission in Iraq. More than 20,600 Iraqi civilians have died in attacks so far this year, according to UNAMI.
Italy to complete military withdrawal from Iraq before end of this year 21 Sep 2006 Visiting Italian Defense Minister Arturo Parisi said on Wednesday that the mandate of the Italian troops deployed in southern Iraq would expire by Christmas this year, and their peacekeeping mission would be transferred to the Iraqi authorities.
UN Official Warns of Possible Afghanistan Collapse 20 Sep 2006 A United Nations official who recently called for NATO forces in Afghanistan to help combat the sharply expanding [US-created] opium trade says the country is becoming increasingly unstable. VOA's Dan Robinson reports on remarks to U.S. lawmakers by Antonio Maria Costa, head of the U.N. Office of Drugs and Crime... Noting Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai's warning last year that either Afghanistan destroys opium or opium will destroy Afghanistan, Costa says the country is dangerously close to the second option.
NATO to Send Additional Troops to Afghanistan 21 Sep 2006 NATO countries are sending thousands more troops to Afghanistan to help battle a surprisingly violent Taliban resurgence in the south -- the alliance's first test in ground combat for "a long, long time," NATO's top commander said yesterday.
Deadly harvest: The Lebanese fields sown with cluster bombs --Lebanese villagers must risk death in fields 'flooded' with more than a million Israeli cluster bombs - or leave crops to rot 18 Sep 2006 The war in Lebanon has not ended. Every day, some of the million bomblets which were fired by Israeli artillery during the last three days of the conflict kill four people in southern Lebanon and wound many more. The casualty figures will rise sharply in the next month as villagers begin the harvest, picking olives from trees whose leaves and branches hide bombs that explode at the smallest movement. Lebanon's farmers are caught in a deadly dilemma: to risk the harvest, or to leave the produce on which they depend to rot in the fields.
Venezuelan President Chavez Calls Bush the 'Devil' in UN Speech 20 Sep 2006 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called President [sic] George W. Bush "the devil'' and "world tyrant'' in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in which he urged the member governments to fight U.S. domination. "The devil came here yesterday,'' Chavez, 52, said in remarks that included accusations that the U.S. is plotting to overthrow him and that the UN is helpless to combat the threat posed by U.S. power. He said the podium in the General Assembly hall still "smells of sulphur today,'' a reference to what is termed the devil's element in mythology.
President Hugo Chavez Delivers Remarks at the U.N. General Assembly CQ Transcripts Wire 20 Sep 2006 Speaker: Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela I have the feeling, dear world dictator, that you are going to live the rest of your days as a nightmare because the rest of us are standing up, all those who are rising up against American imperialism, who are shouting for equality, for respect, for the sovereignty of nations.
Islamists to Train Students for Preparation of War 19 Sep 2006 The Islamic Courts headquartered in Mogadishu have for the first time announced they would open training camps for Mogadishu's public school pupils for preparation of holy war against the foreign 'peacekeepers' expected to arrive in Somalia early October.
American CIA Explosive Experts Are Due to Arrive in Somalia in 24 Hours 20 Sep 2006 The United States government was quick to respond the Somali transitional government's appeal to find international help over probing the double car bombings that engulfed the lives of at least 11 and injured dozens. [Yes, the CIA is going there to investigate their own bombings.]
Courts set to admit wiretap evidence --Phone-taps key to prosecuting criminals and terrorists, says attorney general 21 Sep 2006 (UK) The attorney general [Lord Goldsmith] has thrown his weight decisively behind the use of intercept evidence in court, making it highly likely that the ban on phonetap evidence will be lifted.
Bill changed to allow warrantless wiretapping on Americans when attack 'imminent' 20 Sep 2006 On Wednesday, House Republicans moved closer to the Bush regime's position on its domestic wiretapping program. Rep. Heather Wilson's bill initially would have given legal status to Bush's domestic surveillance program only after an attack. Instead, her bill now would grant the administration's plea to allow wiretapping against Americans without warrants when it is believed a terrorist attack is "imminent."
State pushes on in NSA probe 19 Sep 2006 (VT) State regulators will not back down from investigations into whether phone companies improperly granted government access to their customers' records, despite arguments from the companies that the inquiries could violate national secrecy rules.
DHS plans data systems to supplement surveillance 20 Sep 2006 In addition to surveillance, the Homeland Security Department intends to deploy other major IT systems as part of its Secure Border Initiative strategy to better control access to the U.S. borders. The SBI includes provisions for guards, funding for beds to hold people [KBR's detention centers] caught crossing the border, fencing and roads and a comprehensive border surveillance system incorporating sensors and cameras.
Boeing wins multibillion-dollar homeland security contract --Plan calls for towers, cameras, sensors 20 Sep 2006 Aerospace and defense giant Boeing Co. has won a multibillion-dollar contract to revamp how the United States guards about 6,000 miles of border in an attempt to 'curb illegal immigration,' [keep us in, when Dictator Bush declares martial law after his next false-flag terror alert] congressional sources said yesterday. Boeing's proposal relied heavily on a network of 1,800 towers, most of which would need to be erected along the borders with Mexico and Canada. Each tower would be equipped with a variety of sensors, including cameras and heat and motion detectors.
Teens drive stolen car onto anti-terrorism base 20 Sep 2006 Two teenage car thieves drove a stolen car on Wednesday without being stopped onto the U.S. military base that commands much of the war on [of] terror [MacDill Air Force Base], triggering an investigation into the security breach, police and military officials said.
U.S. offers autopsy instructions in deaths of Sept. 11 terror attack workers 20 Sep 2006 Federal health officials have drawn up a plan for autopsies of workers at the site of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks when they die, to determine whether they were slowly killed by their exposure to World Trade Center dust
Air Controllers Chafe at Plan to Cut Staff 20 Sep 2006 (Dallas) A drive by the Federal Aviation Administration to cut the number of air traffic controllers nationally by 10 percent below negotiated levels, and even more sharply at places like the busy radar center here, is producing tension, anger and occasional shows of defiance among controllers.
Suits Say U.S. Impeded Audits for Oil Leases 21 Sep 2006 Four government auditors who monitor leases for oil and gas on federal property say the Interior Department suppressed their efforts to recover millions of dollars from companies they said were cheating the government. The accusations, many of them in four lawsuits that were unsealed last week by federal judges in Oklahoma, represent a rare rebellion by government investigators against their own agency.
Exxon Mobil Accused of Misleading Public 20 Sep 2006 Britain's leading scientific academy has accused oil company Exxon Mobil Corp. of misleading the public about global warming and funding groups that undermine the scientific consensus on climate change.
Abramoff-linked duo visited White House dozens of times 20 Sep 2006 Republican activists Grover Norquist and Ralph Reed totaled more than 100 visits to the Bush White House, according to documents released Wednesday that provide the first official accounting of the access and influence the two presidential allies have enjoyed.
Ney eligible for pension after prison --Reforms he urged didn’t pass; he still can get benefits 20 Sep 2006 Even though he voted four months ago to deny pension benefits to members of Congress convicted of a felony relating to their official duties, Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) will be eligible to receive his congressional pension after he serves his prison sentence.
House passes bill to make voters show ID 20 Sep 2006 The House voted Wednesday to require Americans to show proof of citizenship in order to vote. "This bill is tantamount to a 21st century poll tax," said Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md. "It will disenfranchise large number of legal voters."
Georgia Law Requiring Voters to Show Photo ID Is Thrown Out --Judge Says Some Would Be Disenfranchised; State Plans Appeal 20 Sep 2006 A state judge yesterday rejected a Georgia law requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification, writing in his decision, "This cannot be."
Bush anti-terror plan edges forward 19 Sep 2006 President [sic] Bush's stalled anti[pro]-terrorism agenda edged forward Tuesday, with a rebellious House member rewriting her bill on wiretaps more to his liking and maverick Senate Republicans reopening talks over how to handle detainees. Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM), offered to substitute her original bill on giving legal status to Bush's domestic surveillance program with a bill that would grant a key administration request: allow wiretapping on Americans in the event of an "imminent" terrorist attack.
Gonzales: ISPs must keep records on users 19 Sep 2006 Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Tuesday stepped up his efforts to lobby for federal laws requiring Internet providers to keep track of what their customers do online. Gonzales asked senators to adopt "data retention" legislation that would likely force Internet providers to keep customer logs for at least a year or two.
Revealed: the tough interrogation techniques the CIA wants to use 18 Sep 2006 Details emerged yesterday about the seven interrogation techniques the CIA is seeking to be allowed to apply to terror suspects. Several of those techniques chime with information gleaned about interrogation methods used against some serious terror suspects.
Bush, Republicans Hash Out Terror Interrogation Legislation 19 Sep 2006 The White House and dissident Senate Republicans began a fresh round of talks Tuesday over how to treat and prosecute terrorism suspects. President [sic] George W. Bush is having difficulty gaining approval for his plan because it would legalize interrogation techniques many see as torture including mock-drowning, stripping, and hooding of detainees. [Yes, the 'compromise' reached by Congress will permit torture for one hour sessions instead of one and a half hour sessions. --LRP]
Dissidents' Detainee Bill May Face Filibuster --Frist Warns GOP Opponents of Bush's Proposal They Must Accept Two Key Provisions 20 Sep 2006 Senate Majority Leader Bill ['Cat Torturer,' soon to be 'People Torturer'] Frist signaled yesterday that he and other White House allies will filibuster a bill dealing with the interrogation and prosecution of detainees if they cannot persuade a rival group of Republicans to rewrite key provisions opposed by President [sic] Bush. Frist's chief of staff, Eric M. Ueland, called the dissidents' bill "dead."
Canadian terror suspect tortured in Syria after 'rendition' by US 20 Sep 2006 Campaigners have demanded that the Bush regime be held accountable for the illegal seizure of a Canadian citizen who was handed over to Syrian authorities and subsequently tortured.
Canada may protest U.S. treatment of tortured man 19 Sep 2006 A formal Canadian protest to Washington appeared to be planned on Tuesday as the result of an official inquiry into the U.S. deportation in 2002 of a Canadian citizen to Syria, where he was subsequently tortured.
Red Cross delegation will visit detainees at Guantanamo 19 Sep 2006 A Red Cross delegation will travel next week to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to meet with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and 13 other reputed terrorists recently transferred to U.S. military custody after years of imprisonment in secret CIA jails.
Torture Is Torture --Bush's 'Program' Disgraces All Americans By Eugene Robinson 19 Sep 2006 It's past time to stop mincing words. The Decider, or maybe we should now call him the Inquisitor, sticks to anodyne euphemisms. He speaks of "alternative" questioning techniques, and his umbrella term for the whole shop of horrors is "the program..." It is not possible for our elected representatives to hold any sort of honorable "debate" over torture. Bush says he is waging a "struggle for civilization," but civilized nations do not debate slavery or genocide, and they don't debate torture, either.
British soldier is first to admit war crime 20 Sep 2006 A British soldier has become the first person to plead guilty to war crimes. Cpl Donald Payne admitted inhumanely treating civilians in Basra four months after the official end of the war.
Congress Considering Strip Searching Students --Congress to vote on HR 5295 Tuesday or Wednesday 18 Sep 2006 (drugpolicy.org) The Student Teacher Safety Act of 2006 (HR 5295) is a sloppily written bill that would require any school receiving federal funding (essentially every public school) to adopt policies allowing teachers and school officials to conduct random, warrantless searches of every student, at any time, for essentially any reason they want. These searches could be pat-downs, bag searches, or strip searches depending on how far school administrators wanted to go.
Iraq most dangerous place for journalists: study 20 Sep 2006 Journalists are being killed at a pace of more than three a month worldwide, with Iraq the deadliest place for media to work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Wednesday.
Iraqi journalist killed in western Iraq 19 Sep 2006 [US] Gunmen shot dead an Iraqi television journalist in the western province of Anbarover the weekend, the TV station he worked for reported on Tuesday. The Journalistic Freedom Observatory, a U.S.-based committee on protection of journalists, condemned Karboli's assassination,saying that "the goal of killing journalists, especially in the restive areas, is to hide the facts of what is happening there."
U.S. eyes up to $750 million in military sales to Iraq 19 Sep 2006 The Pentagon notified U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday about the possible sale to Iraq of up to $500 million in helicopters, weapons and vehicles and up to $250 million in logistics support for those systems.
Halliburton unlawfully sent civilian truckers into combat in Iraq 19 Sep 2006 (HalliburtonWatch.org) Former Halliburton employees in Iraq told a Senate committee yesterday that the company's KBR subsidiary (1) knowingly puts unarmed civilian truck drivers into extremely dangerous war zones in violation of military law, (2) hires employees through a Cayman Island subsidiary in order to avoid U.S. laws, (3) deliberately overcharges U.S. taxpayers "in true Enron-style" for recreational services provided to the troops, and (4) escapes punishment because the Bush administration successfully circumvents "whistleblower" laws that expose unscrupulous contractors.
Ties to GOP Trumped Know-How Among Staff Sent to Rebuild Iraq --Early U.S. Missteps in the Green Zone 17 Sep 2006 Adapted from "Imperial Life in the Emerald City," by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Knopf 2006 --After the fall of Saddam Hussein's government in April 2003, the opportunity to participate in the U.S.-led effort to reconstruct Iraq attracted all manner of Americans... But before they could go to Baghdad, they had to get past Jim O'Beirne's office in the Pentagon... O'Beirne's staff posed blunt questions to some candidates about domestic politics: Did you vote for George W. Bush in 2000? Do you support the way the president is fighting the war on terror? Two people who sought jobs with the U.S. occupation authority said they were even asked their views on Roe v. Wade.
Iraq bombings kill at least 28, wound dozens --Separate attacks hit city in northern Iraq and Baghdad, police say 20 Sep 2006 Separate bombings near an army base and a police building killed at least 28 people and wounded at least 56, Iraqi police said Wednesday.
Top commander says U.S. may boost forces in Iraq 19 Sep 2006 The U.S. military is likely to maintain and may even increase its force of more than 140,000 troops in Iraq through next spring, the top American commander in the region said Tuesday in one of the gloomiest assessments yet of when troops may come home.
Four US soldiers die across Iraq 19 Sep 2006 Another four US soldiers have died in series of incidents across Iraq, the US military reported on Tuesday.
Two blasts kill 18 people near Iraqi city of Mosul 19 Sep 2006 A car bomb followed by a suicide blast killed 18 people and wounded 11 in a town near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Tuesday, a police source said.
Troops will stay Afghanistan: PM 19 Sep 2006 Australian troops will not leave Afghanistan despite it becoming more dangerous, Prime Minister John Howard says.
Harper to defend Afghanistan mission in first United Nations speech 19 Sep 2006 Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be promoting Canada as a key global player at his first United Nations speech Thursday, while trying to mollify critics at home who say the Afghanistan mission is exacting too high a price.
Iran Tells U.N. Nuclear Program Peaceful 19 Sep 2006 Taking the stage at the U.N. General Assembly hours after President [sic] Bush, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused the United States of having double standards by criticizing his country's nuclear program while maintaining its own nuclear weapons arsenal. "The question needs to be asked: if the governments of the United States or the United Kingdom, who are permanent members of the Security Council, commit aggression, occupation and violation of international law, which of the U.N. organs can take them into account?," he asked.
During U.N. talks, Bush hints at Iran sanctions --Bush to try persuading skeptical leaders about his [insane] Mideast policy 19 Sep 2006 Ahead of his speech to other world leaders gathered here, President [sic] Bush on Tuesday said Iran must immediately begin negotiations on its nuclear program and warned Tehran that delay would bring consequences.
US may ban sale of cluster bombs to Israel 20 Sep 2006 The discovery of hundreds of US-made cluster bombs among the tens of thousands of unexploded munitions carpeting the south of Lebanon, has led to calls on Washington to impose a moratorium on sales of the weapons to Israel.
Thailand's military ousts prime minister 20 Sep 2006 Thailand's army commander ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a military coup, while Shinawatra was in New York, circling his offices with tanks, declaring martial law and revoking the constitution. Already, the military has declared a provisional government, instituted martial law, and announced it will abrogate Thailand's constitution.
Terror accused to stand trial 20 Sep 2006 Two Melbourne men, including one who allegedly promised Osama bin Laden he would commit jihad, will stand trial over terrorism charges. Shane Kent, 29, of Meadow Heights, and Aimen Joud, 21, of Hoppers Crossing, allegedly produced a propaganda video for al-Qaeda called Such as the Messengers Tested.
US jails 'powerless as terror trainees recruited' 19 Sep 2006 The US' prisons are becoming major breeding grounds for Islamic terrorists, but states and local authorities are too cash-strapped to prevent or monitor recruiting, a new report says today. Additionally, state and local prison officials struggle to track radical behaviour changes [?!?] of inmates or religious counsellors.
War on terror: the boardgame 20 Sep 2006 UK-based TerrorBull Games says it has created 5000 copies of the $75 War on Terror: The Boardgame, which are due to go on sale online from late October. A company press release says: "Players liberate the world while bickering over oil, funding and fighting terrorism, forcing regime changes and discovering those elusive WMD. All the time alliances waver: old enemies become friends, while previous allies turn bad guys with one casual flick of the Axis of Evil spinner."
Flippant e-mail to 'new government' costs scientist his job 19 Sep 2006 Longtime federal government scientist Andrew Okulitch was outraged when he received a memo from the office of Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn ordering him to refer to "Canada's New Government" instead of the "Government of Canada," and he admits his response was undiplomatic. However, the 64-year-old Saltspring Island resident never expected to be fired from his role as scientist emeritus by e-mail one hour later.
'Swift Boat' Money Man Has New Target 19 Sep 2006 A group behind automated phone calls attacking Democratic congressional candidate Baron Hill is being funded by the Republican donor who helped bankroll the Swift Boat attack ads on Democratic Sen. John Kerry's war record.
Congressman Sherrod Brown Proudly Earns Backbone Award By Patrick Carano 19 Sep 2006 On September 17th Congressman Sherrod Brown from Ohio’s 13th district, a host of local and statewide candidates, and numerous labor leaders gathered in Tallmadge, Ohio’s historic circle district for a Democratic Unity Rally... The afternoon culminated in the presentation of the Backbone Award to Rep. Brown by Tim Carpenter, National Director of PDA on behalf of the Backbone Campaign. The Backbone Campaign chose Rep. Brown for its prestigious award because of his monumental efforts to defeat CAFTA in the face of strong support of the bill by the Bush administration and the Republican Congress.
US deficit widens more than forecast 19 Sep 2006 The US current account deficit widened more than forecast last quarter to the second-largest on record as the trade gap expanded and more interest was paid to overseas investors, a government report showed.
White House Offers New Proposal on Interrogations 19 Sep 2006 White House officials sent Congress a revised proposal last night on rules governing the interrogation of detainees at secret CIA prisons... Henry J. Hyde (R-Ill.), chairman of the House International Relations Committee, indicated he may ask to examine portions of the bill pertaining to international treaties, leadership aides acknowledged. Hyde would also like to examine a section of the bill suspending detainees' right of habeas corpus, a provision that civil libertarians strongly criticize but that so far has not been controversial in Congress. A White House official expressed confidence that House GOP leaders will bring to a vote a bill of the president's [sic] liking.
"it seems torture is not just a random thing. It's a policy and everyone is required to follow it." New Leaders, Similar Story at Iraq's Abu Ghraib 16 Sep 2006 Fresh allegations of brutality are being reported from inside the walls of Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, which was transferred from U.S. military to Iraqi government control on September 1st. Sa'dik al-Hasnawi, who heads up Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's offices in the southern city of Diwaniya, told OneWorld, "it seems torture is not just a random thing. It's a policy and everyone is required to follow it." Hasnawi has been interviewing inmates as they're released from Abu Ghraib.
UK government accused of collusion in Guantánamo war crimes 18 Sep 2006 More than 100 senior doctors today accused the government of colluding in war crimes by refusing to give medical aid to British residents detained at Guantánamo Bay... Last year the New England Journal of Medicine reported that psychiatrists and psychologists had been involved in coercive interrogation tactics being used on detainees at the camp since 2002.
Canadians Fault U.S. for Its Role in Torture Case 19 Sep 2006 A government commission on Monday exonerated a Canadian computer engineer [Maher Arar] of any ties to terrorism and issued a scathing report that faulted Canada and the United States for his deportation four years ago to Syria, where he was imprisoned and tortured.
Report slams RCMP for giving erroneous information on Arar to U.S. 19 Sep 2006 The RCMP passed misleading, inaccurate and unfair information to U.S. authorities that "very likely" led to the arrest of Maher Arar and his deportation to face torture in Syria, a public inquiry concludes. In a report released Monday, Justice Dennis O'Connor absolved Arar of any suspicion of terrorist activity and urged the federal government to offer financial compensation for his suffering.
Bubble-Boy Bush Defends Torture By Bill Gallagher 19 Sep 2006 Give torture a chance. And grant me a law to justify anything I have done or will do... Bush looked like a man possessed at a ranting, spit-spewing news conference last Friday. Bush rose into rapture, trying to sell his mad plan for fascist rule in America, urging us to shed those old-fashioned protections in the Bill of Rights, so we can "protect the nation," and he can use the fight to attempt to save his political hide in the process. Bush can only function with single-party rule.
Bush demands US Congress pass bill sanctioning torture of detainees By Joe Kay 16 Sep 2006 President [sic] George Bush held a news conference on Friday at which he demanded that Congress pass a bill sanctioning interrogation methods of detainees that are defined by international law as torture and banned by the Geneva Conventions... The CIA prisons, which Bush openly defends, are themselves illegal under international law, since the International Red Cross is denied access to them. Those held in these gulags have been subjected to what Bush terms "alternative interrogation methods"—a euphemism for torture.
New rule on government spying powers goes to Congress --Compromise measure would give government more leeway to listen in 18 Sep 2006 Five years after President [sic] Bush launched the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program, Congress is expected to take up a measure this week that would strengthen the president's authority to conduct domestic espionage.
Iraq in danger of civil war, warns Annan ahead of crucial UN assembly 19 Sep 2006 The UN secretary general warned yesterday that Iraq was in danger of sliding into anarchy and civil war. Addressing an international aid conference at the UN, Kofi Annan said: "If current patterns of alienation and violence persist much longer, there is a grave danger that the Iraqi state will break down, possibly in the midst of full-scale civil war."
Suicide attacks, bombs kill 62 in Iraq 19 Sep 2006 At least 62 people were killed around Iraq, 21 of them in a suicide attack on people waiting for their butane gas ration cards [?!?] in the northern city of Tal Afar.
Bomb kills 17 in market in Iraq's Tal Afar-police 18 Sep 2006 A bomb killed 17 people and wounded 27 in a market in the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar on Monday, local police said.
Halliburton to Wounded Employee: You'll Get a Medal -- If You Don't Sue By Justin Rood 18 Sep 2006 Halliburton will help its combat-zone employees get the honors and recognition they deserve -- if they promise not to sue the company. That's according to new documents released today by Senate Democrats.
Bush's bitch Merkel and the navy gathering in the Lebanon coast By Zam 18 Sep 2006 1. A great navy gathering is in the Lebanon coast... 2. Troops of the NATO member countries are in Lebanon below UN mandate. 3. The bitch of Bush, Merkel, said, after Germany's Cabinet approved the deployment of warships to Lebanon as part of the expanded United Nations peacekeeping force known as UNIFIL.
Rumsfeld adviser resigns as Pentagon shake-up looms 18 Sep 2006 The Pentagon's top special operations policy-maker [Thomas W. O'Connell, assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict (SOLIC)] is quitting in a move that several Bush administration sources say is the first negative fallout from a major reorganization of advisers in the office of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.
Labour admits: we made mistakes on Afghanistan --Strength and determination of Taliban were misjudged, says defence secretary 19 Sep 2006 The defence secretary, Des Browne, will admit today that Britain and its Nato allies seriously underestimated the strength of the Taliban and the violent resistance faced by western forces in Afghanistan.
Four Canadians killed in Afghan suicide bombing 18 Sep 2006 The first of four Canadian servicemen killed by a bicycle bomber targeting troops in southern Afghanistan was identified on Monday as a Manitoba-based soldier. An undisclosed number of Canadian soldiers and at least 27 Afghan civilians were also wounded in the blast in the Kafir Band village, located in the Kandahar province district of Panjwaii.
Thanks to Bush: Taliban: 500 Suicide Bombers Ready to Attack 18 Sep 2006 Rahimullah Yusufzai Reports: In a rare interview, the Taliban's top military commander told ABC News he has 500 suicide bombers at his disposal and could launch them at any time. Speaking by satellite telephone from an undisclosed location, Mulla Dadullah Akhund told ABC News the suicide bombers will target Kabul, the capital, because it is the headquarters for U.S. and NATO forces. "They attacked us. We didn't go to the U.S. to fight them. We are fighting for our religion and homeland," he said.
Africa key to Pentagon counterterrorism [terrorism] strategy 14 Sep 2006 Nearly five years after the 'fall' [?!?] of the Taliban in Afghanistan, Africa has emerged as a leading front in a U.S. military campaign to deny [foment] al Qaeda [al CIAduh] a new safe haven in the continent's vast, hard-to-govern regions. Small groups of special forces, known as A-teams and often numbering less than a dozen soldiers, have begun traversing the hinterlands of more than a dozen countries in the Horn of Africa, the Sahel and Sahara regions.
Bush blocks campaign to put pressure on Sudan over Darfur 19 Sep 2006 The Bush regime and big business interests have been accused of undermining efforts to exert financial pressure on the Sudanese government to stop the killing in Darfur.
National Guard to Stay in New Orleans Through December 18 Sep 2006 National Guard troops and state police will patrol the city through December, Gov. Kathleen Blanco said Saturday at a summit of law enforcement officials and crime experts called to address a spate of [Blackwater's?] killings marring the recovery from Hurricane Katrina.
FEMA Camp Footage (Concentrations Camps in USA) Added by MasterpieceConCen (YouTube video) 23 Apr 2006
CCTV gets a voice in English town (London) Big Brother - in the form of closed-circuit television cameras - is not only watching people misbehaving in one English town, it is also telling them off. Municipal council officials in Middlesbrough, northeast England, have fitted microphones to seven CCTV cameras in the town centre that yell at people up to no good. [That's seven CCTV cameras that need to be *unplugged.*]
'Universal' ID Card Part of Federal Security Upgrades 18 Sep 2006 New identification cards ["super CAC" ID cards] to be issued to Defense Department employees beginning next month will help standardize workforce identification and security access systems across the government, a senior Defense Department official said here Sept. 15.
Armed man crashes through Capitol barricade 18 Sep 2006 An armed man ran through the hallways of the U.S. Capitol after crashing his vehicle on the Capitol grounds Monday in the worst [?!?] breach of security since a gunman killed two police officers eight years ago.
Bush administration names cyber security czar 18 Sep 2006 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security named its first cyber security czar [Gregory Garcia] on Monday, filing a job that had been vacant since it was created a year ago.
Film Shows Youths Training to Fight for Jesus --New Documentary Features Controversial Bible Camp, Evangelical Movement 17 Sep 2006 An in-your-face documentary out this weekend is raising eyebrows, raising hackles and raising questions about evangelizing to young people. Speaking in tongues, weeping for salvation, praying for an end to abortion and worshipping a picture of President [sic] Bush [*puke*] -- these are some of the activities at Pastor Becky Fischer's Bible camp in North Dakota, "Kids on Fire," subject of the provocative new documentary, "Jesus Camp."
Mega barf alert! U.S. Uploads Anti-Drug Videos to YouTube 18 Sep 2006 The Bush administration is taking its fight against illegal drugs to YouTube, the trendy Internet video service that already features clips of wacky, drug-induced behavior and step-by-step instructions for growing marijuana plants. [YouTube should block any uploads by the Bush dictatorship.]
Impeachment Referendum on Wisconsin Rapids Ballots 18 Sep 2006 Supporters of a referendum on whether President [sic] Bush and Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney should be impeached gathered more than 900 signatures -- enough to get the question printed on the ballot.
Pittsville voters asked if Bush, Cheney should be impeached 30 Aug 2006 (WI) Voters in Pittsville, a tiny Wood County community, will be asked to vote on a question calling for the impeachment of President [sic] Bush and Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney.
"Hotel Minibar" Keys Open Diebold Voting Machines 18 Sep 2006 By Ed Felten The access panel door on a Diebold AccuVote-TS voting machine — the door that protects the memory card that stores the votes, and is the main barrier to the injection of a virus — can be opened with a standard key that is widely available on the Internet. On Wednesday we did a live demo for our Princeton Computer Science colleagues of the vote-stealing software described in our paper and video. Afterward, Chris Tengi, a technical staff member, asked to look at the key that came with the voting machine. He noticed an alphanumeric code printed on the key, and remarked that he had a key at home with the same code on it. The next day he brought in his key and sure enough it opened the voting machine.
Republican N.Y. Mayor to Campaign For Lieberman 18 Sep 2006 Republican New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will host a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Joe LieberBush at the mayor's Upper East Side town house.
Major State Union Switches to Lamont --AFSCME Council 4 Drops Lieberman, Citing Movement Toward Bush Policies 18 Sep 2006 One of Connecticut's largest labor unions has dropped its endorsement of U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman and switched its support to Democratic primary winner Ned Lamont.
A Thousand Words --Sen. Lieberman's car parked at Fairfield University this morning [in a handicapped parking space] (lamontblog) 15 Sep 2006
Gore: Global Warming an Immediate Crisis 19 Sep 2006 President Al Gore on Monday called for immediate action to stop global warming, calling the phenomenon a "climate crisis'' that demands attention from American leaders.
Hydropower, Geothermal Research Could Disappear In 2007 15 Sep 2006 The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is quitting the hydropower and geothermal power research business — if Congress will let it. Declaring them "mature technologies" that need no further funding, the Bush administration in its FY 2007 budget request eliminates hydropower and geothermal research, venerable programs with roots in the energy crises of the 1970s.
Mercury Contamination Moves Beyond Fish --'Every Link of the Food Chain Affected' a New Report Says 18 Sep 2006 Mercury contamination is making its way into nearly every habitat in the United States, not just oceans, according to a report that the National Wildlife Federation will release Tuesday. The problem with high mercury levels in certain types of fish has been well documented, resulting in 46 states issuing advisories for pregnant women and children to avoid eating certain types of fish. But this is the first report to expose the problem in such a wide variety of species, 40 to be exact.
Stubborn Calif. Fire Doubles in Size 19 Sep 2006 Teams of firefighters hiked into the remote wilderness along the Los Angeles-Ventura County line on Monday to fight a stubborn, two-week-old wildfire that has scorched more than 125 square miles of chaparral and timber.
U.S. War Prisons Legal Vacuum for 14,000 --A Global network of U.S overseas prisons keeps 14,000 detainees beyond the reach of established law. 17 Sep 2006 In the few short years since the first shackled Afghan shuffled off to Guantanamo, the U.S. military has created a global network of overseas prisons, its islands of high security keeping 14,000 detainees beyond the reach of established law. Captured on battlefields, pulled from beds at midnight, grabbed off streets as suspected insurgents, tens of thousands now have passed through U.S. detention, the vast majority in Iraq.
U.S. holds AP photographer in Iraq 5 mos 17 Sep 2006 The U.S. military in Iraq has imprisoned an Associated Press photographer for five months, accusing him of being a security threat but never filing charges or permitting a public hearing. "We want the rule of law to prevail. He either needs to be charged or released. Indefinite detention is not acceptable," said Tom Curley, AP's president and chief executive officer. "We've come to the conclusion that this is unacceptable under Iraqi law, or Geneva Conventions, or any military procedure."
"We're transferring things that are military today into a civil implementation." Firms Vie to Provide the Future of Border Security 18 Sep 2006 The Department of Homeland Security is expected within days to name a winner in a competition that could permanently change the way the United States conducts surveillance, apprehension and detention operations along its northern and southern boundaries. Overall, the proposals lean heavily on technology developed for the battlefield. "We're transferring things that are military today into a civil implementation," said Bruce Walker, a Northrop Grumman vice president who has led the California company's efforts. [See: KBR awarded $385M Homeland Security contract for U.S. detention centers 24 Jan 2006.]
Attorney general warns US on torture bill 18 Sep 2006 (UK) The attorney general [Lord Goldsmith] warned the US at the weekend that its bill to try to limit its obligations under the Geneva convention while interrogating and trying detainees risked international condemnation.
CIA asks for 'legal clarity' on torture 16 Sep 2006 CIA director Michael Hayden said overnight he needed to know with greater clarity what is lawful under the Geneva Conventions for interrogations of key Al-Qaeda [Al-CIAduh] suspects to continue. In a message to CIA employees, Hayden said a secret CIA program in which "an alternative set of procedures" was used to interrogate key Al-Qaeda detainees could not resume unless Congress defines the CIA's responsibilities under the Geneva Conventions. [Should an 'alternative set of procedures' be used to interrogate key members of the Bush administration to find out was (actually) behind the 9/11 terror attacks?]
Powell leads the right in a Bush-whack By Andrew Sullivan 17 Sep 2006 In the Senate, the president’s bid to legalise torture and ad hoc military tribunals was stopped not by the Democrats but by four key Republican senators... It is hard to dismiss [John] McCain and [Colin] Powell as men who do not know a thing about war or torture. One was tortured by the Vietcong; another actually won a war in Iraq. The contrast with the current White House is almost painful to observe... [Lindsey Graham of South Carolina] is also a former military lawyer and, along with the entire legal leadership in the US military, opposes Bush's military kangaroo courts.
Compromise Called Possible on Interrogations 18 Sep 2006 President [sic] Bush’s national security adviser signaled on Sunday that he was seeking a compromise with the Republican senators who are rebelling against the administration’s proposal to explicitly permit certain severe interrogation practices [torture] against terrorism suspects.
Doctors demand an end to British 'collusion' over Guantanamo Bay 18 Sep 2006 Senior doctors have condemned the Government’s failure to provide medical aid to British residents held at Guantanamo Bay. In a letter to The Times today, 120 signatories from the medical profession call for an independent investigation to determine the medical needs of the detainees, and criticises the "shameful" refusal of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to respond to a request by the British Medical Association to send a team of doctors to Cuba.
Doctors at Guantanamo (Letter to Editor, The Times) 18 Sep 2006 Recently the BMA proposed that an independent group of British doctors visit Guantanamo to assess their medical treatment... The Foreign Office has refused to act on this request. ...[G]iven that the US military has awarded medals for doctors involved in the care of Guantanamo detainees (for medical treatment that would warrant a criminal investigation if carried out in Britain), we have no confidence in the proposed investigation of the recent suicides. It is clear that an independent scrutiny is urgently required by physicians outside the US military. The silence of the Foreign Office is shameful and reflects the collusion of this country in a war crime.
Spy Agencies Outsourcing to Fill Key Jobs --Contractors, many of them former employees, are doing sensitive work, such as handling agents. A review of the practice has been ordered. 17 Sep 2006 At the National Counterterrorism Center — the agency created two years ago to prevent another attack like Sept. 11 — more than half of the employees are not U.S. government analysts or terrorism experts. Instead, they are outside contractors. Contractors also are turning up in increasing numbers in clandestine facilities around the world.
'Death of a President' drama wins film award 18 Sep 2006 A controversial Channel 4 docudrama in which President [sic] George Bush is assassinated has received a prestigious award at the Toronto Film Festival. Death of a President, by the British director Gabriel Range, was awarded the International Critics' Prize on Saturday. [It needs to spawn a sequel - 'Death of a Vice President.']
Blasts in Kirkuk Kill 26; Police Bureau Destroyed 18 Sep 2006 A wave of seven suicide car bombs and explosions rocked Kirkuk on Sunday, killing at least 26 people and wounding 85 others, police said. The northern city declared a state of emergency and hastily put up dozens of checkpoints to thwart further attacks, police Maj. Jalal Mahmood Aras said.
U.S. denies Baghdad trench plans 16 Sep 2006 The U.S. military denied reports on Saturday that Iraq plans to dig a giant ring of trenches [LOL!] around the city of Baghdad. Iraq's Interior Ministry announced earlier this week that it plans to set up 28 checkpoints that would allow controlled access to the city, while closing off other roads as part of a security crackdown.
Baghdad Bomb Kills U.S. Soldier 17 Sep 2006 An American soldier was killed Sept. 15 when the vehicle he was traveling in was struck by a roadside bomb south of Baghdad, according to U.S. officials.
UK troops 'to spend 10 years' in Afghanistan 17 Sep 2006 The commander of the British taskforce in southern Afghanistan said last week that UK troops could be in the country for as long as 10 years.
Soldier Killed as 'Mountain Fury,' Other Ops Continue in Afghanistan 17 Sep 2006 One U.S. soldier died and another was wounded in Afghanistan during two separate battles on a firebase near Khowst, near the Pakistan border, U.S. officials said yesterday.
Nuclear foes start talking at summit 18 Sep 2006 Developing countries wrapped up a summit in Cuba with North Korea claiming US threats drove it to acquire deterrent nuclear weapons, and Iran winning solid support in its nuclear row.
Global popular power --The struggle for justice and prosperity in the Arab world and everywhere depends upon popular resistance to US imperialism and its local clients, writes George Galloway 14 Sep 2006 Do the ultimate perpetrators of the killings [in Iraq and Afghanistan], as they sit behind their mahogany desks in the White House and Downing Street, imagine that the rest of us have not noticed how they do not deem those Arab and Muslim dead worthy of the same grief as attends their own? Do they think we have not noticed how they refuse even to count the number killed in Iraq? Did they believe that the pornographic images of Abu Ghraib would be discounted? Did George Bush and Tony Blair delude themselves into thinking they could whet the knife that Israel plunged into Lebanon without being seen as accomplices to war crimes?
Support Our Boys in Uniform By Suzy Menkes (The New York Times Style Section) 17 Sep 2006 You know that a new fashion is on the march when Miuccia Prada sends out a paramilitary helmet covered in fur... And if you want heroic, you could do worse than Napoleon Bonaparte as a fashion role model. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana seem to be obsessed with Bonaparte’s strut, bringing brass buttons to their smart tailoring and even favoring the emperor’s old clothes (and Josephine’s Empire dresses) for the Dolce & Gabbana women’s collection.
Mexican left in parallel government 17 Sep 2006 Supporters of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico's left-wing presidential 'runner-up' [winner], voted on Saturday to make him the leader of a parallel government. Lopez Obrador is to be sworn into his new post as "legitimate president" on November 20. [That's because Lopez Obrador *is* the legitimate president!]
US warns Nicaraguans not to back Ortega [Someone please swat Bush's busy bees, once and for all.] 14 Sep 2006 The US ambassador to Nicaragua has issued a vigorous warning to this small Central American country’s electors against supporting Daniel Ortega, the veteran leftwing Sandinista leader and the frontrunner in November’s presidential election.
Chavez proposes creation of 'Bank of the South' 17 Sep 2006 On Friday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has proposed the creation of a bank of south-American nations to use international reserves for financing the development of these countries.
Next Attack Imminent: Muslims ordered to leave the United States (Canada Free Press and Northeast Intelligence) 16 Sep 2006 Urgent news from Abu Dawood, the newly appointed commander of the al Qaeda [al CIAduh] forces in Afghanistan: Final preparations have been made for the American Hiroshima, a major attack on the U. S. Muslims living in the United States should leave the country without further warning. The attack will be commandeered by Adnan el Shukrijumah ("Jaffer Tayyer" or "Jafer the Pilot"), a naturalized American citizen, who was raised in Brooklyn and educated in southern Florida.
Clerics 'teach secret jihad' [?!?] 18 Sep 2006 Islamic clerics in Sydney and Melbourne are using covert tactics to preach martyrdom and jihad to young followers, recruiting them under the guise of classes teaching the Koran. Singapore-based terrorism analyst Rohan Gunaratna told The Australian that despite their denials and stronger terror laws, religious leaders in the two cities continued to preach violence to impressionable followers, though they now did it away from their mainstream teachings.
Muslim leaders rubbish terror claims 18 Sep 2006 Muslim leaders have rubbished claims by terror 'expert' Rohan Gunaratna that Islamic clerics in Sydney and Melbourne are teaching jihad in secret. The chair of the government's Muslim advisory committee, Dr Ameer Ali, says if Dr Gunaratna has such information he should hand it to authorities.
Bush terror team prepping for GOP October Surprise: Agencies hold mock-terror drill at mall 17 Sep 2006 (Boston, MA) Federal, state, and local agencies this morning staged the largest anti-terror drill in New England since Sept. 11, 2001, simulating the response to a mock detonation of a [Bush bin Laden] radioactive "dirty bomb" in the food court of the CambridgeSide Galleria. Hundreds of firefighters, military, paramedics, and police converged on the mall at dawn, creating a massive triage and decontamination center to treat people acting the roles of exposed and wounded in the exercise.
Simulated Terror Drills Held Throughout Boston 17 Sep 2006 Massachusetts is making great efforts to prepare for the worst in the event of a [GOP] terrorist attack. Simulated anti-terrorism drills were held on Sunday at various locations throughout Boston. The event is called "Operation Poseidon."
Big Brother is shouting at you 16 Sep 2006 Big Brother is not only watching you - now he's barking orders too. Britain's first 'talking' CCTV cameras have arrived, publicly berating bad behaviour and shaming offenders into acting more responsibly.
Project BioShield: a $5.6 billion Bush boondoggle for pharma-terrorists 18 Sep 2006 The last of the anthrax-laced letters [traced to Fort Detrick, sent by a Cheney Halliburton troll to strongarm senators into voting for the 'Patriot' Act] was still making its way through the mail in late 2001 when top Bush administration officials reached an obvious conclusion: the nation desperately needed to expand its medical stockpile to prepare for another biological attack. The result was Project BioShield, a $5.6 billion effort to exploit the country’s top medical and scientific brains and fill an emergency medical cabinet with new drugs and vaccines for a host of threats. But the project, critics say, has largely failed to deliver.
Inner Circle Taking More of C.D.C. Bonuses 17 Sep 2006 Top officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention received premium bonuses in recent years at the expense of scientists and others who perform much of the agency's scientific work, agency records show. Those inside the office of the centers' director, Dr. Julie L. Gerberding, have benefited the most, the records show
IRS Orders All Saints to Yield Documents on '04 Political Races --Antiwar remarks at All Saints in Pasadena were made two days before the 2004 election. The church is ordered to hand over records. 16 Sep 2006 Stepping up its probe of allegedly improper [?!?] campaigning by churches, the Internal Revenue Service on Friday ordered a liberal Pasadena parish to turn over all the documents and e-mails it produced during the 2004 election year with references to political candidates. All Saints Episcopal Church and its rector, the Rev. Ed Bacon, have until Sept. 29 to present the sermons, newsletters and electronic communications.
Judges could be fired for bench decisions --Voters may give panel of citizens power to enforce accountability 17 Sep 2006 Now comes the newest statement on morals [sic] and conservative values from the roughly 800,000 people who live between Nebraska and North Dakota, Minnesota and Wyoming: A South Dakota Judicial Accountability plan that would require judges to follow [sic] the Constitution.
Clinton pins voting woes on Blackwell 17 Sep 2006 Former President Bill Clinton, in a brief stop Saturday in Cleveland, blamed Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell for Ohio's voting problems during the state's close 2004 presidential 'election' [coup d'etat]. Campaigning for Democrat Ted Strickland, Clinton referred to Blackwell, the state's chief election officer, as a "fellow whose main credential as a Republican is that he tried to disempower so many people."
Suit: Ban computer voting --Attorney fears fraud, says Colorado 'headed for train wreck' in Nov. 15 Sep 2006 Voting on computer screens is so vulnerable to massive fraud that Colorado's November election is "headed for a train wreck," says an attorney who is seeking to have the equipment barred at trial next week.
Voters Will Choose Voting Technology 16 Sep 2006 Voters in this Southwest Florida county [Sarasota] will be able to decide in November whether to continue using computerized voting booths or go back to paper ballots, a circuit judge ruled.
Democrats Rap GOP for Medicare Rate Hike 16 Sep 2006 Democrats say failed Republican policies are behind rising Medicare premiums that are leaving millions of older Americans scrambling for basic health care.
Bush 'prepares emissions U-turn' 17 Sep 2006 President [sic] Bush is preparing an astonishing U-turn on global warming, senior Washington sources say. After years of trying to sabotage agreements to tackle climate change, he is drawing up plans to control emissions of carbon dioxide and rapidly boost the use of renewable energy sources.
Bush Threatens to Halt CIA Program if Congress Passes Rival Proposal 16 Sep 2006 Dictator Bush warned defiant Republican senators yesterday that he will close down a CIA interrogation program that he credited with thwarting terrorist attacks if they pass a proposal regulating detention of enemy combatants, escalating a politically charged battle that has exposed divisions within his party.
President resorts to scare tactics after Senate revolt 17 Sep 2006 Warning that terrorists "are coming again", US President [sic] George Bush says he will shut down a secret CIA interrogation program if the US Senate refuses to give interrogators wide latitude in dealing with detainees. "It's a dangerous world," [thanks to him] Mr Bush said as he prodded Congress to follow his lead in dealing with suspected terrorists. "I wish I could tell the American people, 'Don't worry about it, they're not coming again.' But they are coming again." [Is Bush bin Laden planning another 9/11-style terror attack, prior to the 2006 'elections?']
Bush insists tougher terror suspect policies must pass 16 Sep 2006 President [sic] Bush is standing firm in his battle to get Congress to approve the White House plan for detaining, interrogating and prosecuting suspected terrorists. Bush's standoff with lawmakers is over legislation authorizing military tribunals and harsh interrogations [torture] of terror suspects.
Senate Dems Call for Probe of WH Coercion (TPMuckracker) 15 Sep 2006 We've been following the growing concern among senior senators that the White House pressured top military lawyers to weaken their opposition to the administration's torture policy. Now, Sens. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) are asking for an investigation.
Letter from Senators Kennedy and Durbin to Senator Arlen Specter 15 Sep 2006 A letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) from Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Richard Durbin (D-IL), asking Specter to investigate the role Department of Defense General Counsel William J. Haynes may have played in pressuring judge advocates general to sign a letter advocating the Bush Administration's detainee torture proposal.
29 Retired Military Leaders, Former DoD Officials Urge Congress to Preserve Geneva Conventions 15 Sep 2006 In a letter to Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee released publicly today, 29 retired military leaders urged Congress to reject a provision of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 that would redefine Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions so as to downgrade the Conventions' standards for humane treatment.
CIA faces new scrutiny 16 Sep 2006 The CIA believed it was operating lawfully in detaining and interrogating 96 suspected terrorists at locations from Thailand to Europe, until the Supreme Court this summer demolished that legal foundation. "At the end of the day, the director — any director — of the CIA must be confident that what he has asked an agency officer to do under this program is lawful," CIA Director Michael Hayden wrote employees on Thursday. Dictator Bush was more blunt: "They don't want to be tried as war criminals," [which they *are*] he said at a news conference Friday.
EU tells U.S. to heed law with terror suspects 16 Sep 2006 The European Union on Friday called on the United States to respect international law in its handling of terrorism suspects after Dictator Bush acknowledged his country had operated secret prisons abroad.
Ex-FBI Agent: Harsh Interrogation Doesn't Work 16 Sep 2006 Amid a debate between Dictator Bush and bipartisan members of Congress over how harshly to question terror detainees, a former FBI agent said some of the most aggressive interrogation techniques in dispute are rarely effective anyway. "Generally speaking, those don't work," said Jack Cloonan, a former FBI agent and an ABC News consultant.
Bush Untethered (The New York Times) 17 Sep 2006 This nation is built on the notion that the rules restrain our behavior, because we know we’re fallible. Just look at the hundreds of men in Guantánamo Bay, many guilty of nothing, facing unending detention because Mr. Bush did not want to follow the rules after 9/11. Now Mr. Bush insists that in cleaning up his mess, Congress should exempt C.I.A. interrogators from the Geneva Conventions.
U.S. Files Lawsuit Against DPUC Over Phone Records Surveillance Inquiry 09 Sep 2006 (CT) The U.S. Department of inJustice has filed suit against the state Department of Public Utility Control, saying the department's efforts to find out information about a federal telephone surveillance program violate federal law... The federal government claims a response by AT&T and Verizon could cause "exceptionally grave harm to national security."
Congress to Expand FEMA 17 Sep 2006 The Federal Emergency Management Agency would be expanded within the Department of Homeland Security, and FEMA's chief could obtain direct access to the president in a crisis, under terms of a compromise overhaul of the troubled agency announced last night by congressional negotiators.
Bomb scare closes part of Washington area airport 16 Sep 2006 A suspect bag that prompted a partial evacuation of a the Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) Airport did not contain an explosive device, a fire marshal said.
Police find 47 bodies in Baghdad 16 Sep 2006 Iraqi police patrol found 47 bodies in different parts of Baghdad during the past 24 hours, a well-informed Interior Ministry source said on Saturday.
Iraq: death squad kill-spree By Bill Weinberg 16 Sep 2006 The level of death squad activity in Iraq appears to far outstrip that in El Salvador 20 years ago, from which the so-called "Salvador Option" takes its name. But there was no equivocation about the fact that there was a civil war going on in El Salvador, while everyone seems intent on denying this obvious reality in Iraq.
Your tax dollars at work: Iraq Plans to Ring Baghdad With Trenches 16 Sep 2006 The Iraqi government plans to seal off Baghdad within weeks by ringing it with a series of trenches and setting up dozens of traffic checkpoints to control movement in and out of the city of seven million people, an Interior Ministry spokesman said Friday.
"His anger is not directed at the insurgents. Instead, it's directed at his employer, Kellogg Brown and Root, a subsidiary of Halliburton." Contractors Sue Over Deaths In Iraq --KBR Employees Say Attack That Killed 7. U.S, Civilians In Iraq Could've Been Prevented 15 Sep 2006 Heading to Baghdad airport, a fuel convoy turned into an inferno, and resulted in the largest single loss of American civilians in the Iraq war. Seven died and 26 were injured, CBS News reports... As the truck burned, Ray Stannard held a friend who died in his arms. "What they did was murder," he says, "and I stick by that." But his anger is not directed at the insurgents. Instead, it's directed at his employer, Kellogg Brown and Root, a subsidiary of Halliburton.
Defence investigating Iraq videos 17 Sep 2006 The Australian Defence Force is investigating videos taken in Iraq that reportedly show Australian soldiers allegedly mishandling weapons and fraternising with Iraqis. Details of the 14 video clips were revealed in an article on the Time Asia magazine website. One, Time Asia said, shows a soldier pointing a handgun at the head of a kneeling man, possibly another Australian soldier dressed in Arab robes. Another shows charred corpses, the victims of terror bombings.
Experimental drug given to British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan --Troops could launch lawsuits, warns expert --Veterans' groups criticise 'guinea pig' decision 16 Sep 2006 Soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq are being treated with an experimental blood-clotting drug that has not been fully tested. Because randomised controlled trials have not yet been carried out into the drug's effectiveness, it is impossible to know whether it is doing more harm than good to patients.
Britain may send more troops to bolster Nato in Afghanistan 17 Sep 2006 Britain is considering sending extra troops to Afghanistan following Nato's failure to offer the reinforcements requested by commanders struggling to combat a reinvigorated Taliban.
Occupation soldier killed in E. Afghanistan 17 Sep 2006 One US-led occupation soldier was killed and another wounded during two separate attacks by militants at a fire base in the eastern Khost province of Afghanistan, an occupation statement said Saturday.
Iranian president claims US is the nuclear threat --Ahmadinejad also calls for thorough reform of Security Council. 16 Sep 2006 Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed Friday the United States was the real nuclear threat [it is] and reiterated his insistence Tehran's nuclear atomic program had peaceful aims. "Why should people live under the nuclear threat of the United States?" he asked at a summit of the 118-strong Non-Aligned Movement in Havana. "What is the UN Security Council waiting for to react to those threats?"
In a replay of Iraq, a battle is brewing over intelligence on Iran 15 Sep 2006 In an echo of the intelligence wars that preceded the U.S. invasion of Iraq, a high-stakes struggle is brewing within the Bush administration and in Congress over Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program and involvement in terrorism. U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials say Bush political appointees and hard-liners on Capitol Hill have tried recently to portray Iran's nuclear program as more advanced than it is and to exaggerate Tehran's role in Hezbollah's attack on Israel in mid-July.
Pressures mount on Bush to bomb Iran 16 Sep 2006 President [sic] George W Bush is coming under enormous pressure from Israel - and from Israel's neoconservative friends inside and outside the US administration - to harden still further his stance toward Iran. They want the American president to commit himself to bombing Iran if it does not give up its program of uranium enrichment - and to issue a clear ultimatum to Tehran that he is prepared to do so.
U.S. Asks Finance Chiefs to Limit Iran's Access to Banks 17 Sep 2006 The United States pressed the top finance officials of the world’s leading industrial nations on Saturday to crack down on what Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. said was the exploitation of their banking systems by at least 30 Iranian front companies involved in illicit [?!?] activities.
Fort Lewis war objector faces new charge 16 Sep 2006 The Army added another charge against a lieutenant who refused to serve in Iraq because he believes the war is illegal, but did not say if the case will proceed to a court martial. The new charge is based on Lt. Ehren Watada's remarks to the national convention of Veterans for Peace, held in Seattle last month, Army spokesman Joe Piek said Friday.
Swifboat backer bankrolling new campaign against Dems 15 Sep 2006 The Republican donor [Bob J. Perry] who helped bankroll the Swift Boat attacks on Democratic Sen. John Kerry's war record has given $5 million to a new group targeting Democratic candidates.
Diebold Machines Crash 40 Times At Baltimore Primary Precinct 16 Sep 2006 Maryland's new electronic voter check-in system, which poll workers across the region reported would abruptly shut down and reboot during Tuesday's primary, had never been used before during an election, the manufacturer acknowledged yesterday. At one Baltimore precinct, poll worker Al Samples, a 38-year-old computer scientist, said he could not prevent the three small check-in stations made by Diebold Election Systems Inc. - called e-poll books - from suddenly turning off. The machines crashed about 40 times, he said.
Major Problems At Polls Feared [Nah, 'ya think?] 17 Sep 2006 An overhaul in how states and localities record votes and administer elections since the Florida 'recount battle' [coup d'etat] six years ago has created conditions that could trigger a repeat -- this time on a national scale -- of last week's Election Day debacle in the Maryland suburbs, election experts said.
GOP kills $2B for sick 9/11 workers 15 Sep 2006 Senate Republicans killed a bid for nearly $2 billion to help sick 9/11 responders yesterday - blocking the measure without letting it come up for a vote. Senate leaders invoked parliamentary rules, saying Sen. Hillary Clinton's (D-N.Y.) amendment to a measure funding port security was not "germane."
U.S. Has Been Stockpiling Banned Pesticide --The U.N. hadn't known the size of the reserve -- about a year's worth -- when it gave exemptions to make ozone-depleting methyl bromide. 15 Sep 2006 The United States has stockpiled millions of pounds of methyl bromide, a pesticide that depletes the ozone layer, according to newly public documents — information that could create a stir during international negotiations next month, when the Bush regime seeks permission to produce more.
EPA plans to close labs, drop scientists and reduce oversight 15 Sep 2006 The Environmental Protection Agency intends to close labs, cut its cadre of upper-level scientists and reduce regulatory oversight, according to an internal agency document.
Texas alone pollutes more than Canada 13 Sep 2006 During the past three decades, the water in Texas' coastal bays has warmed by 3 degrees Fahrenheit. Texas, however, is as much a global warming culprit as it is a victim. Already No. 1 among all U.S. states in greenhouse gas emissions and seventh worldwide - emitting more than Canada or the United Kingdom - Texas could be about to sanction enormous increases in the carbon dioxide it sends into the atmosphere.
Protests over 'toxic slops' dumping in Ivory Coast turn violent 16 Sep 2006 Protesters in Ivory Coast attacked a minister and burned down the home of the director of the port at Abidjan yesterday [Good job!] as public anger erupted over the dumping of deadly toxic waste in the lagoon-side city. The enraged mob carried out the attacks in Abidjan's Riviera II residential district, as the number of deaths caused by the poisonous black sludge deposited around the city rose to seven, four of them children.
Polar bears drown, islands appear in Arctic thaw 15 Sep 2006 Polar bears are drowning and receding Arctic glaciers have uncovered previously unknown islands in a drastic 2006 summer thaw widely blamed on global warming.
Tornado hits during freak storm 14 Sep 2006 A householder has spoken of his horror when the roof was blown off his house in a tornado which struck Leeds and Harrogate during a freak storm.
"The administration no longer conceals what it wants." A Defining Moment for America --The president [sic] goes to Capitol Hill to lobby for torture. (The Washington Post) 15 Sep 2006 Of course, Mr. Bush didn't come out and say he's lobbying for torture. Instead he refers to "an alternative set of procedures" for interrogation. But the administration no longer conceals what it wants. It wants authorization for the CIA to hide detainees in overseas prisons where even the International Committee of the Red Cross won't have access. It wants permission to interrogate those detainees with abusive practices... And it wants the right to try such detainees, and perhaps sentence them to death, on the basis of evidence that the defendants cannot see and that may have been extracted during those abusive interrogation sessions.
Bush defends demands for CIA 'torture' power 16 Sep 2006 Dictator Bush launched an impassioned counterattack on critics of his proposals to give CIA interrogators a free rein in their treatment of terror suspects yesterday, saying "it's vital that the folks on the front line have the tools necessary to protect the American people". The CIA programme, involving controversial secret camps outside the US, was one of the most important elements in warding off future terrorist strikes, Mr Bush told reporters.
CIA asks for 'legal clarity' on torture 16 Sep 2006 CIA director Michael Hayden said overnight he needed to know with greater clarity what is lawful under the Geneva Conventions for interrogations of key Al-Qaeda [Al-CIAduh] suspects to continue.
EU condemns secret CIA prisons 15 Sep 2006 The European Union condemned on Friday the detention of terrorism suspects by the United States in secret overseas prisons, whose existence U.S. President [sic] George Bush first acknowledged last week. "The existence of secret detention facilities where detained persons are kept in a legal vacuum is not in conformity with international humanitarian law and international criminal law," Finnish Foreign minister Erkki Tuomioja told a news conference after the bloc's 25 ministers discussed Bush's comments.
Bush Pushes for Terror Legislation 15 Sep 2006 Warning that "time's running out" for Congress to act, President [sic] Bush urged lawmakers today to pass legislation that would create special military tribunals to try terrorist suspects and allow the CIA to continue a program in which captured 'al-Qaeda' leaders have been held and interrogated in clandestine prisons abroad.
Bush holds news conference on [his] terror 15 Sep 2006 Facing a GOP revolt in the Senate, President [sic] Bush urged Congress on Friday to join in backing legislation to spell out strategies for interrogating and trying terror suspects, saying "the enemy wants to attack us again. Time is running out," Bush said in a Rose Garden news conference. "Congress needs to act wisely and promptly." [Yes, promptly impeach this f*cker and then try him for treason.]
Senate committee approves surveillance bills --Controversial changes would radically re-shape legal landscape 14 Sep 2006 An advocacy group called a government surveillance authorization bill, approved by a Senate committee Wednesday, one of the worst bills imaginable for people concerned about civil liberties. The National Security Surveillance Act, one of three surveillance bills approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, would give congressional authorization to a National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program that critics have complained is illegal.
9th Circuit: Laptops May Be Subject to Customs Inspections After Overseas Trips 15 Sep 2006 In U.S. v. Romm, No. 04-10648, the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit ruled that customs officials can seize and search the contents of anyone’s laptop computer, even in the absence of a search warrant or probable cause.
CIA Learned in '02 That Bin Laden Had No Iraq Ties, Report Says 15 Sep 2006 The CIA learned in late September 2002 from a high-level member of Saddam Hussein's inner circle that Iraq had no past or present contact with Osama bin Laden and that the Iraqi leader considered bin Laden an enemy of the Baghdad government, according to a recent Senate Intelligence Committee report.
Senate probes clash over CIA reports on Iraq arms 16 Sep 2006 A U.S. Senate panel has begun an inquiry to determine what a top official in Saddam Hussein's government told the CIA about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction in late 2002 as the Bush regime made its case for war.
Iraq to Seal Off Baghdad Next Month 15 Sep 2006 The Iraqi government plans to seal off Baghdad next month by ringing it with a series of trenches and setting up dozens of traffic checkpoints to control movement in and out of the city of seven million people, an Interior Ministry spokesman said today.
Baghdad to dig 50-mile trench to stem gruesome wave of [US] torture and murder 16 Sep 2006 The Iraqi government plans to dig trenches around Baghdad in an attempt to halt savage killings that have led to the torture-deaths of almost 200 people this week.
Fifty more tortured bodies found in Baghdad 15 Sep 2006 The bound bodies of dozens more torture victims were found in Baghdad in the past day, officials said on Friday, fuelling anarchic sectarian anger that a U.S. general said could lead to civil war.
Four U.S. soldiers killed, 25 injured in Iraq 15 Sep 2006 Bombings and shootings killed four American soldiers and wounded 25 in and around Baghdad on Thursday, the U.S. military said Friday.
Demand for the Immediate Release of Dr Fadhil Al-Bedrani --Member of the BRussells Tribunal Advisory Committee and participant in the World Tribunal on Iraq held by US Forces 15 Sep 2006 The BRussells Tribunal today demands that the US government immediately release Dr Fadhil Al-Bedrani and all members of his family who were taken into US military custody 12 September 2006. Dr Fadhil Al-Bedrani is a professor of journalism and a prominent patriotic writer known for his anti-occupation stand and whose reports appear on Al-Jazeera as well as Reuters and the BBC.
Revolving Door to Blackwater Causes Alarm at CIA --Plus: More on the Agency's "Wehrmacht" 12 Sep 2006 By Ken Silverstein Blackwater USA, the private security contractor that has operated in places such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, and New Orleans [killing as many poor people as possible, as in Iraq?], has been booming the past few years... How did Blackwater rise so high, so fast? The "war on terrorism" got the ball rolling for the firm, but one suspects that political connections played a big part as well. Erik Prince, Blackwater's founder, is a former SEAL who is deeply involved in Republican Party politics. Since 1998, he has funneled roughly $200,000 to GOP committees and candidates, including President [sic] Bush. In 2004, Blackwater retained the Alexander Strategy Group, the PR and lobbying firm that closed down earlier this year due to its embarrassing ties to Jack Abramoff and Tom DeLay.
Afghanistan body count raises skepticism 15 Sep 2006 NATO's estimate of Taliban killed this month has created skepticism and worry in Afghanistan, with local officials saying that either the militant force has grown bigger than imagined - or too many innocent Afghans are being killed.
NATO commander renews Afghanistan troop request 16 Sep 2006 NATO's top commander has renewed an appeal for allies to urgently provide up to 2,500 troops for the battle with Taliban insurgents in southern Afghanistan, but officials said it likely would take two weeks before governments replied.
Groups gather evidence of possible Israeli war crimes in Lebanon 14 Sep 2006 Israeli aircraft and artillery killed more than 850 Lebanese during the 34-day conflict, most of them civilians, and left a moonscape of ruin. Hizbollah pummelled northern Israel with thousands of rockets that killed 39 civilians among the total Israeli war dead of 159. Now human rights groups in Lebanon are collecting evidence that could be used in cases filed under a legal principle known as universal jurisdiction, which says that war crimes are so serious they can be prosecuted anywhere — not just where they were committed.
Israel: Settlers May Be Banned From Non-Aligned Movement Countries 14 Sep 2006 Israeli officials are reportedly worried about a possible decision by countries participating in the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), currently being held in the Cuban capital, Havana, to ban Israeli tourists and products from entering their countries.
Sean Penn: Bush Caused 'Enormous Damage to Mankind,' May Bring Fascism to U.S. 15 Sep 2006 Actor Sean Penn, in a taped Larry King Live interview aired Thursday night on CNN... suggested President Bush may bring fascism to America, charged that Bush has "devastated our democracy," insisted Donald Rumsfeld and Bush have done "enormous damage" to "this country and mankind" and claimed the war on terrorism is meant to distract from reality. Clearly referring to President Bush, ...Penn recalled: "Well, in 1932 Huey Long said something very interesting. It was, 'Fascism will come to America, but likely under another name, perhaps anti-fascism.'"
Muslim leaders demand apology for Pope's 'medieval' remarks 16 Sep 2006 Pope Benedict XVI was last night facing angry demands from Muslims that he apologise for a speech in which he appeared to say the concept of jihad was "unreasonable" and quoted a medieval ruler who said Muhammad's innovations were "evil and inhuman". Protests swept across the Islamic world and the furore threatened a scheduled visit by the Pope to Turkey.
Muslim group in New London threatened 15 Sep 2006 (CT) Threats called into a Muslim civil rights group in New London are being taken very seriously. The caller threatened retaliation if "anything happens again in this country." Hamza Collins says he was shocked when he heard a message left on a cell phone which belongs to CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations. It came in Wednesday night, two days after 9/11.
Reichwing whackjobs try to stop Steven Jones from speaking truth to power: BYU's Jones denies bias 14 Sep 2006 Stung by what he [and any sane person] said are false accusations of anti-Semitism, Brigham Young University physics professor Steven Jones said Wednesday he has decided to stop talking about who might have been behind what he has alleged was government involvement in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Bin Laden's superspy worked for the FBI, CIA and US Army 15 Sep 2006 Bin Laden’s spy in America, Ali Mohamed, manipulated American Intelligence from within the US, leading up to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This according to a National Geographic two-hour documentary [28 August] called "Triple Cross: Bin Laden’s Spy in America," The documentary is said to reveal the extraordinary tale of Osama bin Laden’s brilliant intelligence agent who played a key role in al-Qaeda terror plots while "triple crossing" US officials before 9/11. Ali Mohamed, a radical ex-Egyptian Army officer worked for the CIA, FBI and US Army, and answered to Osama bin Laden. The burning question is: how did Mohamed survive inside the United States for more than 14 years as a spy for Egyptian Islamic Jihad and al-Qaeda?
TGen to Participate in DoD Program Studying Pharmacogenomics of Breast Cancer 15 Sep 2006 The Translational Genomics Research Institute will play a "primary" role in a $10.7-million Department of Defense breast cancer research program, the nonprofit said yesterday. [*Why* is the DoD 'researching' breast cancer?]
House again votes to build fencing along U.S.-Mexico border 13 Sep 2006 On Thursday, GOP leaders sought to resurrect stalled immigration 'reform' legislation before the November elections and approved a 700-mile fence along America's boundary with Mexico for a second time.
Rep. Ney Agrees to Plead Guilty 15 Sep 2006 Rep. Robert Ney (R-OH) agreed today to plead guilty to conspiring to commit multiple official acts for lobbyists in exchange for campaign contributions, meals and luxury travel, sports tickets and gambling chips. He became the first elected official to face charges in the ongoing influence-peddling investigation of former lobbying powerhouse Jack Abramoff.
Manual recount begins in Milwaukee 15 Sep 2006 A manual recount has been started of the number of votes cast in Milwaukee during Tuesday's primary election after election officials said the city polling-place records had to be re-examined because the reported turnout appeared to be greatly inflated.
Pa. Supreme Court decides judges can keep controversial pay raises --Justices overrule measure by legislators that canceled increases 15 Sep 2006 More than 1,000 state judges will get to keep their middle-of-the-night pay raises even though the Legislature repealed the judicial raises in November. In a much-awaited ruling issued yesterday, the state Supreme Court, whose members also will get the higher pay, overruled part of Act 72.
Republican Voters Dismayed by Biggest Spending Rise Since 1990 15 Sep 2006 This year, Republican voters' wrath is aimed at their own party. The Republican-controlled Congress heads into the Nov. 7 elections having increased federal spending this year by 9 percent -- the most since 1990 -- to about $2.7 trillion, according to projections from the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Interior Near 2 New Pacts in Oil Leases 15 Sep 2006 The Interior Department, struggling to prevent the government from losing billions of dollars in royalties for oil and gas produced in publicly owned waters [Yeah, right!], said Thursday that it was close to agreement with 2 of the 56 companies that hold lucrative drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico.
Ford to sack one-third of workforce 16 Sep 2006 Ford Motors said overnight it will slash $6.64 billion in costs and one-third of its work force as it warned that its motor vehicle business will not make a profit in North America for another three years.
Massive surge in disappearance of Arctic sea ice sparks global warning --Arctic meltdown is speeding up... sea ice is vanishing faster than ever before... polar bears face extinction... and America's top climate scientist warns we only have a decade to save the planet 15 Sep 2006 The melting of the sea ice in the Arctic, the clearest sign so far of global warming, has taken a sudden and enormous leap forward, in one of the most ominous developments yet in the onset of climate change.
EU lawmaker denounces US president's CIA prisons 'lies' 14 Sep 2006 A European parliamentarian probing suspected secret CIA prisons denounced Thursday US President [sic] George W. Bush and members of his administration as liars. "I am stunned that he lied to us for months. Mrs (US Secretary of State Condoleezza) Rice lied to the European Council," Italian socialist deputy Claudio Fava told other members of the investigating commission. "We have to find out where these prisons were. We have to go beyond the American administration's wall of lies," he said. [Well, *we* have to go beyond it every day of our lives, starting with the biggest lie of all of them: the 2000 'election.' --LRP]
Bush faces Senate rebellion on U.S. tribunals 15 Sep 2006 A U.S. Senate committee rebelled against Dictator George W. Bush on Thursday, passing a bill it said would protect the rights of foreign terrorism suspects and repair a U.S. image damaged by harsh treatment of detainees.
GOP split as Senate panel bucks Bush on terror tribunals 14 Sep 2006 The Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday voted 15-9 to recommend a bill -- over the objections of the Bush regime -- that would authorize tribunals for terror suspects in a way that it says would protect suspects' rights.
Bush in bid to twist Republican arms on security 14 Sep 2006 President [sic] George W. Bush went to the U.S. Capitol on Thursday to prod fellow Republicans to back his plans to track and try terrorism suspects, but some pressed on with a competing measure the White House rejects.
Stampeding Congress (The New York Times) 15 Sep 2006 Stampeded by the fear of looking weak on terrorism, lawmakers are rushing to pass a bill demanded by the president that would have minimal impact on antiterrorist operations but could cause profound damage to justice and the American way. Yesterday, the president [sic] himself went to Capitol Hill to lobby for his bill, which would give Congressional approval to the same sort of ad hoc military commissions that Mr. Bush created on his own authority after 9/11 and that the Supreme Court has already ruled unconstitutional. It would permit the use of coerced evidence, secret hearings and other horrific violations of American justice... The idea that the nation’s chief executive is pressing so hard to undermine basic standards of justice is shocking.
Senior British Minister Calls Guantanamo Bay "A Shocking Affront" 13 Sep 2006 In a rare scene of diplomacy, a senior British minister has sternly denounced the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. During a speech to lawyers in Australia, Lord Chancellor Charles Falconer, a close ally of Prime Minister Tony Blair, said the U.S. military camp is a "shocking affront to the principles of democracy." [Yes, but Bush is a greater affront.]
Now, from Guantanamo Bay, it's Habib the star 15 Sep 2006 Call it celebrity culture run riot. Two years ago Mamdouh Habib was in a cell in south-east Cuba accused of training with terrorists. Yesterday he was at Melbourne University ringed by star-struck students wanting his autograph. The undergraduates were chasing a memento after hearing the former Guantanamo Bay detainee speak against, among other things, secret overseas prisons run on behalf of the US — the sort of jail where Mr Habib says he was held.
Guantanamo's Catch-22: defining the rules of the road By Moazzam Begg 14 Sep 2006 The then specialist, Damien Corsetti , didn't mistreat me [in Guantanamo Bay prison]. He never interrogated me and he always passed by my cage with a smile, often stopping to talk. He even gave me reading books at a time when they were hard to come by. One of the books, ironically, Heller's "Catch-22," is described as "the classic antiwar novel of our time."
War-on-Terror-themed photo spread in Vogue Italia (boingboing) 10 Sep 2006 First-ever mainstream TSA porn: "State of Emergency," a most disturbing fashion pictorial shot by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia, September 2006. Models: Hilary Rhoda & Iselin Steiro. [LiveJournal entry with scanned pages]
Explosives experts probe M40 find 14 Sep 2006 Explosive officers are investigating after a number of unidentified items were found in woodland near the M40 in Buckinghamshire. Police were called to the motorway between junctions three and four, near High Wycombe, after the items were found by the public on Wednesday night.
Nearly 100 bodies found in two days in Baghdad 14 Sep 2006 Police found the bodies of 32 more [US] death squad victims scattered around Baghdad on Thursday, bringing the two-day total to nearly 100. Bodies of victims bound, tortured and shot have been found in Baghdad for months.
Death squads threaten Iraq's politics 14 Sep 2006 [US] 'sectarian' death squads could bring the collapse of politics in Iraq, a top Sunni leader said on Thursday as police found a score of bodies dumped in the capital, raising the total to more than 80 in two days.
Bullet Hits Japanese Envoy's Car in Iraq 14 Sep 2006 An official vehicle carrying Japan's acting ambassador to Iraq was hit by bullets on Thursday in Baghdad, but there were no injuries, the Foreign Ministry said.
Three US soldiers killed in Iraq 14 Sep 2006 The US military announced the deaths of three soldiers in Iraq, two of whom lost their lives on Thursday.
Australia to send 20 more soldiers to Iraq 15 Sep 2006 Australia will send an additional 20 troops to Iraq, the government said on Friday, the second time in a month it has announced a small increase in its troop deployment to the country.
Hussein Wasn't Dictator, Judge Says [Bush, however, *is.*] 14 Sep 2006 The chief judge in Saddam Hussein's genocide trial said Thursday that he does not believe Hussein was a dictator.
Nato fears new front in Afghanistan 14 Sep 2006 As Nato troops exert pressure on Taliban forces in southern Afghanistan, militants have regrouped in western provinces and ignited violence that has killed a dozen people in two days, officials said today.
Poland offers troops for Afghanistan, part of planned rotation 14 Sep 2006 Poland announced on Thursday it would send 1,000 more troops to Afghanistan in the first offer since an urgent NATO appeal for reinforcements, but it said they would only be on the ground by next February. Thursday's announcement confirmed a long-held plan for Poland, which currently has 100 soldiers in Afghanistan, to add troops there as part of a NATO rotation due next February.
Carter says Blair has failed to moderate US policy 14 Sep 2006 Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter accused British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Thursday of simply copying U.S. foreign policies instead of acting as a moderating influence. "I have been really disappointed in the apparent subservience of the British government's policies related to many of the serious mistakes that have been originated in Washington," Carter told the BBC's Newsnight programme.
Venezuela's Chavez Pledges Support for Iran, Cuba 14 Sep 2006 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez pledged Thursday that Venezuela will support Iran if it is invaded as a result of the Middle Eastern nation's high-stakes nuclear standoff with the United Nations Security Council.
US nuclear study of Iran called 'outrageous and dishonest' 15 Sep 2006 United Nations inspectors investigating Iran's nuclear program have angrily complained to the Bush Administration and a Republican congressman about a report on Iran's capabilities, calling parts of the document 'outrageous and dishonest'.
IAEA protests "erroneous" U.S. report on Iran 14 Sep 2006 U.N. inspectors have protested to the U.S. government and a Congressional committee about a report on Iran's nuclear work, calling parts of it "outrageous and dishonest", according to a letter obtained by Reuters.
Israeli general resigns over Lebanon war 13 Sep 2006 The Israeli general who was in charge of the northern command [Major General Udi Adam] during the month-long Lebanon war has resigned, the army said.
'Entire Villages Were Cluster-Bombed' 14 Sep 2006 Israel’s Army dropped more than 1.2 million cluster bombs on Lebanon during the monthlong conflict, the Haaretz newspaper reported yesterday, citing an Israeli Army officer. The unidentified officer described his unit’s use of the controversial bomblets during Israel’s 34-day offensive as "crazy and monstrous." "We covered entire villages with cluster bombs," the newspaper quoted the commander as saying.
Germany to send up to 2,400 troops to Lebanon 13 Sep 2006 Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday the German government had approved sending frigates and fast patrol boats with up to 2,400 navy troops to secure Lebanon's coast as part of a United Nations peacekeeping force for the country.
Novak Slams His Source On CIA Agent --Columnist: Richard Armitage's ID of Valerie Plame Wasn't Done Casually 14 Sep 2006 Syndicated columnist Robert Novak has turned on his own source. Novak says Richard Armitage, the man who told him Valerie Plame was a CIA agent, didn't disclose her identity in a casual manner, and instead urged him to make her a column item.
Kissinger warns of possible "war of civilizations" 13 Sep 2006 Former US secretary of state [history's worst war criminal] Henry Kissinger warned that Europe and the United States must unite to head off a "war of civilizations" arising from a nuclear-armed Middle East. [Kissinger wasn't hanged after a Hague conviction for war crimes?]
Mexico president moves celebrations 15 Sep 2006 Leftist protests have forced [rightist] Vicente Fox, the Mexican president, to abandon plans to lead Mexico's main independence day ceremony in the capital.
US Orchestrated 9/11 Attacks, Claims Chavez 14 Sep 2006 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez asserted on Tuesday that the United States could have orchestrated the Sept. 11 attacks five years ago to justify its invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Physical Evidence By Michael Cook 11 Sep 2006 We the undersigned support Dr. Steven Jones and his work involving physical evidence pertaining to the attacks of 9/11/01. We are in favor of the scientific investigation of crime.
Ohio congressman to plead guilty --Ney expected to enter plea in federal corruption probe, GOP officials say 14 Sep 2006 Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, is expected to plead guilty as early as Friday to at least one criminal charge in an election-year congressional corruption investigation, Republican officials said Thursday night.
"The whole project was just stopped - end of discussion." Media ownership study ordered destroyed --FCC draft suggested fewer owners would hurt local TV coverage 14 Sep 2006 The Federal Communications Commission ordered its staff to destroy all copies of a draft study that suggested greater concentration of media ownership would hurt local TV news coverage, a former lawyer at the agency says. Adam Candeub, now a law professor at Michigan State University, said senior managers at the agency ordered that "every last piece" of the report be destroyed.
New Anti-Immigrant Law Chasing "Nonexistent Problem" is Dropping Millions of U.S. Citizens from Medicaid Coverage (BuzzFlash) 14 Sep 2006 A new provision requiring Medicaid applicants to provide "satisfactory documentary evidence of citizenship or nationality" may prevent coverage for many of the U.S. citizens who need it the most, according to a letter sent to the General Accountability Office (GAO) by senior House Democrats John Dingell and Henry Waxman. Applicants must now submit original documents like birth certificates or passports, which millions of low-income citizens do not have, or certified copies, which can incur significant effort, costs, and delays.
Voting rights center says voters may be prevented from casting ballots 13 Sep 2006 Leaders of a voting-rights center that successfully sued Florida, Washington, Ohio and other states over their election laws said Wednesday that tens of thousands of eligible voters will be prevented from casting ballots in November.
Princeton prof hacks Diebold e-vote machine 13 Sep 2006 In a paper posted on Princeton University's Web site, computer science professor Edward Felten and two graduate students described how they had tested a Diebold AccuVote-TS machine they obtained, found ways to quickly upload malicious programs and even developed a computer virus able to spread such programs between machines.
Report: Ford, UAW to offer buyouts to workers 14 Sep 2006 Ford Motor Co. and the United Auto Workers union are planning to offer buyouts to all the company’s 75,000 U.S. workers, the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site today.
Braidwood Nuclear Plant to Resume Discharges 09 Sep 2006 (IL) Routine liquid radioactive discharges into the Kankakee River will resume in two weeks. The discharges were halted earlier this year when higher than normal levels of tritium were discovered in and around the Braidwood nuclear power plant.
City of London to have bird flu drill 14 Sep 2006 The City of London financial services sector will next month test out how it would cope with a bird flu pandemic in an exercise run by finance industry regulators. The Bank of England, the Financial Services Authority and the Treasury will organise the bird flu simulation event, which will run from October 13 to November 24.
City exercise will test its ability to cope with 'flu pandemic' 15 Sep 2006 The City of London's ability to cope with a flu pandemic will be tested next month when UK financial authorities conduct a six-week exercise to gauge the financial service sector's preparedness for such a threat. Ominously, the simulation will start on Friday the 13th.
World has 10-year window to act on climate: expert 13 Sep 2006 A leading U.S. climate researcher said on Wednesday the world has a 10-year window of opportunity to take decisive action on global warming and avert a weather catastrophe.
U.S. Has Second Warmest Summer On Record --Nation Experienced Warmest January - August Period On Record 14 Sep 2006 Summer 2006 was the second warmest June-to-August period in the continental U.S. since records began in 1895, according to scientists at the NOAA National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C.
"It is alarming." Arctic Ice Melting Rapidly, Study Says 14 Sep 2006 Arctic sea ice in winter is melting far faster than before, two new NASA studies reported Wednesday, a new and alarming trend that researchers say threatens the ocean's delicate ecosystem. Scientists point to the sudden and rapid melting as a sure sign of man-made global warming.
NYPD Built, Partially Detonated 2,400-Pound Bomb for Terror Study 13 Sep 2006 It was known as Operation Kaboom: Police investigators posed as apple growers and secretly built a 2,400-pound truck bomb to determine how easy it would be for homegrown terrorists to launch an attack with homemade explosives. Then, they partially detonated it. The 2004 experiment, revealed by city officials Tuesday, was part of a New York Police Department program to monitor suspicious sales of ammonium nitrate and other common chemicals sold by suppliers in the New York City area.
'US should first test non-lethal weapons at home' 14 Sep 2006 The United States should test non-lethal weapons it has developed for crowd control or police actions at home before using them for military purposes overseas, Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne said. [Any suggestions for alternative test subjects?]
US Air Force to test beam weapons on Americans --If it kills them we won't use it on foreigners By Nick Farrell 13 Sep 2006 Anyone planning voicing their democratic right in a fashion deemed a little out of line by the American armed forces, could find themselves at the business end of some natty experimental technology. The US Air Force is apparently itching to test some nonlethal weapons such as high-power microwave devices on unruly US citizens in "crowd-control situations". According to Airforce Secretary Michael Wynne it is important that the weapons be tried out on American citizens in before being used on the battlefield.
"Light years or miles beyond the Patriot Act" NSA Bill Performs a Patriot Act 13 Sep 2006 A bill radically redefining and expanding the government's ability to eavesdrop and search the houses of American citizens without court approval passed a key Senate committee Wednesday, and may be voted on by the full Senate as early as next week. By a 10-8 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved S.2453, the "National Security Surveillance Act."
Democrats Call NSA's Input to Senate Panel Inappropriate 13 Sep 2006 Democrats on the Senate intelligence committee are complaining that the National Security Agency has played politics in support of the secret program to intercept phone calls between alleged terrorists in the United States and abroad. On July 27, shortly after most members of the committee were briefed on the controversial surveillance program, the NSA supplied the panel's chairman, Pat Roberts (R-KS), with "a set of administration approved, unclassified talking points for the members to use," as described in the document.
Falconer condemns 'shocking' Guantánamo 13 Sep 2006 Guantánamo Bay is a "shocking affront to the principles of democracy" and a violation of the rule of law, the lord chancellor, Lord Falconer, said today. The criticism from the highest-ranking official in the British legal system represents the most direct government attack yet on the US military detention camp.
Falconer accuses US of affront to democracy 13 Sep 2006 The lord chancellor, Lord Falconer, is expected to accuse the US government today of a "shocking affront" to the principles of democracy in deliberately seeking to put terrorist suspects beyond the reach of the law in Guantánamo Bay. His comment, which comes in the text of a speech on Magna Carta to be delivered in Sydney, is the most outspoken attack yet on US policy over Guantánamo Bay by a senior member of the government.
GOP Leaders Back Bush on Wiretapping, Tribunals 14 Sep 2006 Congress's Republican leadership yesterday threw its weight behind two of President [sic] Bush's most controversial national security programs, warrantless wiretapping and extrajudicial military tribunals.
Anti-terrorism Act unconstitutional argues lawyer in terror trial 13 Sep 2006 (Ontario Superior Court) Drunk drivers, restaurant waitresses and political activists could be prosecuted as terrorists under the vague and sweeping provisions of the Anti-terrorism Act, an Ottawa lawyer told court Tuesday. Lawrence Greenspon made the arguments on the second day of a hearing to have sections of the act declared unconstitutional for violating a host of charter rights, including freedom of religion, association and expression.
Six charged with terror offences in UK 14 Sep 2006 Six men were charged with an array of terrorist offences in Britain on Wednesday after police swooped on what they said was a network of suspected terrorist recruiters. Several men were detained in raids across south London at the start of this month, 12 of them as they ate in a Chinese restaurant.
Six more charged by terror police 13 Sep 2006 Five men and one youth have been charged in connection with a police operation targeting an alleged network of terrorist recruiters. A total of 10 people have now been charged following a raid on a Chinese restaurant in Borough, south London.
Iraqi police find 65 bodies with signs of torture 13 Sep 2006 Police found the bodies of 65 men who had been tortured, shot and dumped, most around Baghdad. Police said 60 of the bodies were found overnight around Baghdad; another five were found floating down the Tigris river in Suwayrah, 25 miles south of the capital.
Death squads leave 65 more bodies for Iraq morgue 14 Sep 2006 Sixty-five bodies have been discovered in and around Baghdad, Iraqi police said yesterday. One victim was beheaded and most of the rest were tortured before being shot in the head.
At least 30 killed in Baghdad attacks 13 Sep 2006 At least 30 people were killed in attacks in Baghdad Wednesday, while the bodies of a further 18 victims of violence were discovered, witnesses and police said.
Two blasts kill 14 people in central Baghdad 13 Sep 2006 A total of 14 people were killed and 57 others wounded when a roadside bomb blast followed by a car bombing hit a traffic police headquarters near Baghdad Stadium on Wednesday, a well-informed police source said.
Car bomb kills 8, injures 48 in Baghdad 13 Sep 2006 A car bomb exploded in eastern Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 8 people and wounding another 48, police said. The bomb detonated in a large square used mostly as a parking lot near the main headquarters of Baghdad's traffic police department, police Cap. Mohammed Abdel-Ghani said.
Police: Car Bomb Kills Five in Iraq 12 Sep 2006 A parked car bomb detonated Tuesday in Baghdad's upscale Mansour neighborhood, killing at least five people and wounding 13, police said.
Two Soldiers Killed in Iraq 13 Sep 2006 A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died yesterday when his vehicle struck a makeshift bomb south of Baghdad, and a soldier assigned to a battalion under the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force died Sept. 11, from injuries suffered due to enemy action in Iraq’s Anbar province, U.S. military officials reported.
Iraq war 'disaster for Mid-East' 14 Sep 2006 The UN secretary general has said that most Middle East leaders regard the US-led invasion of Iraq and its aftermath as a disaster for the region. Kofi Annan, speaking at a briefing following his recent tour of the region, said that the timing of any US withdrawal was now a key issue.
Iran slams Iraq 'terrorists' 13 Sep 2006 Iran on Wednesday condemned "terrorist acts" in Iraq and said it supported the Baghdad government's efforts to end the violence, as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki wrapped up his first official visit to Tehran.
Iran: Occupying forces must leave Iraq 13 Sep 2006 Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has praised the new Iraqi government and said Iran [and the whole world] looks forward to the day when U.S. troops leave Iraq, according to an Iranian media report.
Baker surfaces as key adviser to Bush on Iraq 12 Sep 2006 President [sic] Bush has acceded to his father's urging and has made former Secretary of State [and 2000 coup d'etat architect] James Baker a leading adviser on Iraq.
"At one point our Apaches [helicopter gunships] ran out of missiles they have fired so many." Soldiers reveal horror of Afghan campaign 13 Sep 2006 Soldiers deployed in Helmand province five years on from the US-led invasion, and six months after the deployment of a large British force, have told The Independent that the sheer ferocity of the fighting in the Sangin valley, and privations faced by the troops, are far worse than generally known.
Blair tells Nato: send more troops to Afghanistan 13 Sep 2006 Poodle Tony Blair today called on Nato members to contribute more troops to Afghanistan. The prime minister's appeal came as a difficult campaign to take control of two insurgent-held districts approached its second week.
Germany to extend mission in Afghanistan 14 Sep 2006 German troops are likely to have their mission in Afghanistan extended by one year, a government spokesman said on Wednesday. Their current peacekeeping operation in the Central Asian state expires on October 13.
NATO's Afghanistan Troop Reinforcement Appeal Goes Unanswered 14 Sep 2006 The North Atlantic Treaty Organization's plea for troop reinforcements in Afghanistan went unanswered, as its forces battle a Taliban insurgency in the country's southern provinces.
Rep. Murtha introduces resolution for Rumsfeld resignation --Expressing the Sense of Congress that the President [sic] should immediately replace the Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld - In the House of Representatives 13 Sep 2006
Plame Sues Armitage Over CIA Leak 13 Sep 2006 One-time covert CIA officer Valerie Plame sued the former No. 2 official at the State Department on Wednesday, accusing him of violating her privacy rights. However, the lawsuit did not accuse Richard Armitage, who was deputy secretary of state in the Bush administration, of participating in an administration conspiracy to blow her cover.
U.S. seeks Iran sanctions 14 Sep 2006 The United States said on Wednesday Iran was "aggressively" pursuing atom bombs and should face sanctions now, but EU allies stressed it was not too late for talks on a negotiated solution to its disputed nuclear work.
Syria Says US Behind Attack On Own Embassy 13 Sep 2006 Senior Syrian government official have accused the US of being behind Tuesday's assault on its own embassy in downtown Damascus. A Baath party official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told WorldNetDaily, "We in the government are 100 percent sure America was behind this attack, which is not the same as other attacks by Islamic groups." He explained, "Only the Americans can succeed in carrying out an attack just 200 meters from President [Bashar] Assad's residence in the most heavily guarded section of Syria."
The growth of suicide terrorism By Robert A. Pape 11 Sep 2006 The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, brought us face to face with the horror of suicide terrorism. In the years since, pundits have painted Al Qaeda as a fearless enemy motivated by insatiable religious hatred. Amid prognostications of doom, we lost sight of the truth: Suicide terrorism is a tactic, not an enemy, and beneath the religious rhetoric with which it is perpetrated, it occurs largely in the service of secular aims. Suicide terrorism is mainly a response to foreign occupation rather than a product of Islamic fundamentalism.
Britain's Role in the Israeli-Hezbollah War By David Wearing 12 Sep 2006 . London was accused of "standing back and doing nothing" during the conflict [2006 Israel-Hezbollah war]. But on the contrary, it played an active role in supporting Israel’s actions, supplying substantial military, diplomatic and political support.
AA Prepared to Pull Ads From ABC 12 Sep 2006 American Airlines is prepared to pull its advertising from ABC in order to protest its portrayal in the network's recently aired movie The Path to 9/11, according to a source. The carrier also said it is considering legal action against the network.
Bush/ChoicePoint coup d'etat nears completion: Mexican Officials to Burn Ballots --Mexican electoral officials say they will destroy ballots from disputed presidential vote 13 Sep 2006 Electoral officials said Tuesday that they will burn the ballots from the disputed presidential election despite calls from both candidates to spare them. Leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had asked that the ballots be saved, claiming fraud and meddling by President [Bush troll] Vicente Fox stole the election.
US judge dismisses Sudan genocide lawsuit against Canadian energy company 12 Sep 2006 US District Judge Denise Cote of the Southern District of New York on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit alleging that Canadian oil and gas producer Talisman Energy aided genocide in order to access oil in Sudan.
Former Texas Governor Ann Richards Dies 14 Sep 2006 Former Gov. Ann Richards, the witty and flamboyant Democrat who went from homemaker to national political celebrity, died Wednesday night after a battle with cancer, a family spokeswoman said.
Texas Court to Reconsider DeLay Charge 13 Sep 2006 Texas' highest criminal appeals court agreed Wednesday to consider reinstating a conspiracy charge against former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a move that could delay his trial until next year.
Pharma-terrorists at Merck & Co. hoping for financial windfall as GOP maggot in Michigan pushes for mandatory deadly vaccine$ State might require new vaccine for girls 13 Sep 2006 Girls entering sixth grade next year would be required to be vaccinated against a virus that can cause cervical cancer under groundbreaking legislation proposed Tuesday by state Sen. Beverly Hammerstrom, R-Temperance.
EPA proposals would relax pollution control requirements 11 Sep 2006 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed three major changes to the rules regulating when companies' oil process facilities must integrate new pollution control equipment. Environmental advocates say the rule changes, put forward Friday, allow companies to ignore the total pollution produced by a facility, instead focusing on emissions produced by individual pieces of machinery.
Arctic sea ice shrinks, a sign of greenhouse effect 13 Sep 2006 Arctic perennial sea ice -- the kind that stays frozen year-round -- declined by 14 percent between 2004 and 2005, climate scientists said on Wednesday, in what one expert saw as a clear sign of greenhouse warming.
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