September 2007 Archives
New bin Laden video identifies 9/11 hijacker BBC revealed 'alive and well' on 23 Sept. 2001 by Lori Price 11 Sep 2007 New bin Laden video surfaces (CNN) 11 Sep 2007 A new video purportedly featuring an introduction from al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] leader Osama bin Laden appeared on the Internet Tuesday, the sixth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington. In the video's introduction, a voice identified as bin Laden's praises 9/11 hijacker Waleed al-Shehri, from Saudi Arabia. He sat in seat 2B on American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into World Trade Center's north tower. [See: Hijack 'suspects' alive and well (BBC) 23 Sep 2001 Another of the men named by the FBI as a hijacker in the suicide attacks on Washington and New York has turned up alive and well. The identities of four of the 19 suspects accused of having carried out the attacks are now in doubt. Saudi Arabian pilot Waleed Al Shehri was one of five men that the FBI said had deliberately crashed American Airlines flight 11 into the World Trade Centre on 11 September. His photograph was released, and has since appeared in newspapers and on television around the world. He told journalists there that he had nothing to do with the attacks on New York and Washington, and had been in Morocco when they happened.
WTC contractors with mob ties, fraud: Daily News probe 09 Sep 2007 Seven contractors cited for everything from mob ties to tax fraud to fatal accidents are getting a slice of the $16 billion reconstruction at Ground Zero, a Daily News investigation has found. All of the companies work for the Port Authority, the Dormitory Authority or the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. on taxpayer-funded contracts worth millions of dollars.
Ground zero workers' health clouds 9/11 11 Sep 2007 US presidential politics and the health of ground zero workers loom over the former World Trade Centre site this September 11 perhaps more than at any other anniversary of the 2001 terror attacks.
US to build military base on Iraq-Iran border 10 Sep 2007 The US military said on Monday that it is to build a base on Iraq's border with Iran to stem [facilitate] what it charges is rampant smuggling of weapons and fighters.
Bush policy to bequeath Iraq to successor 10 Sep 2007 The talk in Washington on Monday was all about troop reductions, yet it also brought into sharp focus President [sic] Bush's plans to end his term with a strong U.S. military presence in Iraq and to leave tough decisions about ending the unpopular war to his successor.
Nine US Troops Killed in Iraq 11 Sep 2007 Nine U.S. troops were killed in Iraq, the military announced Monday, including seven who died in a vehicle accident in northwestern Baghdad.
The view from Baghdad: Mounting death toll which makes a mockery of US optimism 11 Sep 2007 By the time General Petraeus had finished speaking yesterday the slaughter in Iraq for the previous 24 hours could be tallied. ...[S]even US soldiers lay dead and 11 injured in the capital; other instances of sectarian violence included a suicide bomb which had killed 10 and wounded scores near Mosul while 10 bodies were found in Baghdad. Three policemen were killed in clashes in Mosul, and a car bomb outside a hospital in the capital had exploded, killing two and wounding six.
A disgraceful and cynical surge of self-interest (The Independent) 11 Sep 2007 The surge was never truly about stabilising Iraq. The US had already lost the ability to control events on the ground when the troops began to pour in earlier this year. Its primary purpose was to stave off demands from Democrats and some Republicans for a timetable for a US troop withdrawal. This is cynical and disgraceful. But what else can we expect from a military adventure that was formed in a spirit of hubris and carried out in an atmosphere of crashing incompetence and reckless arrogance? The US-led occupation of Iraq is unravelling in the same morally compromised manner in which it began.
Petraeus, Crocker Argue Iraqi Government Needs Time 11 Sep 2007 The top U.S. military commander and diplomat in Iraq today came under sharp questioning from Democratic and Republican senators demanding a justification for the continued commitment of American lives and resources to Iraq more than four years after the March 2003 U.S. invasion. In testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker argued that the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki needs more time to take advantage of improved security that they said has resulted from operations spearheaded by U.S. reinforcements.
Sen. Hagel on Iraq: Where is this going? By Frank James 11 Sep 2007 Questioning of Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and Amb. Ryan Crocker by members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was much livelier than was the case yesterday when the two men appeared before two House committees. Some of the most caustic questioning came from Sen. Chuck Hagel, the Nebraska Republican who has long been the Bush Administration's harshest Republican critic in the Senate... 'Ambassador and General, as much as you want to put a good picture on this, and that's partly, I understand, your job, and I understand it's your responsibility, and I don't question you believe exactly what you have come before this committee to say. But I have to ask this question: Where is this going?'
Walsh says it's time to withdraw troops 11 Sep 2007 Rep. Jim Walsh (R-Onondaga), in a dramatic break with the White House, returned Monday from a trip to Iraq saying it's time to bring troops home and stop funding the war.
Surge a failure, Democrats tell general 11 Sep 2007 Anti-war Senate Democrats bluntly told Iraq commander General David Petraeus Tuesday his troop surge strategy was an abject failure in its prime objective -- forging an Iraqi political settlement.
Most Americans see Iraq war as failure 11 Sep 2007 Most Americans see the Iraq war as a failure, despite a US build-up of 30,000 troops, an Associated Press-Ipsos poll shows. Just 36 per cent in the AP poll said the troop increase has helped stabilise Iraq, only slightly more than the 32 per cent who said they thought it would in February as the build-up began.
Australia won't reduce Iraq troops: PM 11 Sep 2007 Australia has no intention of reducing the number of troops it has in Iraq, Prime Minister John Howard says.
Republicans introduce measure condemning MoveOn ad 10 Sep 2007 House Republican leaders introduced a resolution Monday condemning a full-page newspaper ad from MoveOn.org that criticizes the character of Gen. David Petraeus [Betrayus], the commanding general of U.S. troops in Iraq.
Israel conducted air strike inside Syria: US official 11 Sep 2007 Israel carried out an air strike well inside Syria last week, apparently to send Damascus a message not to rearm Hezbollah in Lebanon, a US defense official said Tuesday.
Israel tried to attack ground targets in Syria, says Bishara --Former MK says IAF's infiltration of Syrian airspace was meant to take out anti-aircraft missile facilities, ground targets. 'This was a full blown aerial operation and we are treading on dangerous ground,' he says 10 Sep 2007 "Israel not only invaded Syrian airspace, but apparently tried to execute some sort of secret strategic operation," said former Knesset Member Azmi Bishara in an article published on a Syrian website Monday.
Suicide attack in Afghanistan, two drivers killed 11 Sep 2007 A suicide car bomb exploded Tuesday near a convoy of trucks supplying NATO military bases in southern Afghanistan, killing at least two drivers, police said.
Suicide Bombings Kill Dozens in Afghanistan 10 Sep 2007 Twin suicide bombings ripped through a market in southern Afghanistan at dusk Monday, killing 26 people and injuring more than 50 others, local officials said. The coordinated attacks, carried out in the Gereshk district of Helmand province, appeared to target police officers. But many civilians, including two children, were killed, according to district official Abdul Manaf.
Al-Qaeda threatens more attacks on US 11 Sep 2007 Six years after the September 11 attacks, Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network is bleeding the US military in Iraq while regrouping with an avowed aim of another strike on the United States.
US military steps up security at German base after threat 11 Sep 2007 The US military and German police mounted an extensive security operation around a US airbase on Tuesday following an anonymous bomb threat but police said they believed it was a hoax.
Lodi man convicted of aiding terrorists gets 24 years in prison 10 Sep 2007 (CA) A federal judge sentenced a Lodi man today to 24 years in prison for supporting terrorists by training with them in his family's homeland of Pakistan. Hamid Hayat, 25, was convicted in April 2006 of providing and attempting to conceal material support and resources to terrorists and of making false statements to federal agents.
Use of new wiretap law to nab suspects disputed --Bush Aide Tries to Boost Its Importance 11 Sep 2007 The government's ability to eavesdrop on suspected terrorists overseas allowed the United States to obtain information that led to the arrests last week of three Islamists accused of planning bomb attacks in Germany, said Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence. But a government official said McConnell might have misspoken [lied]. McConnell said the information had been obtained under a newly updated and highly contentious wiretapping law, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. But the official, who has been briefed on the eavesdropping laws and the information given to the Germans, said those intercepts were recovered under the old law.
U.S. Spy Chief Argues for Permanent FISA Surveillance Authority 10 Sep 2007 The nation’s spy chief Monday urged Congress to make permanent an overhaul of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, [lying] saying a temporary fix had helped thwart a plot to bomb U.S. interests in Germany.
In Unusual Step, Human Rights Groups Oppose CIA Nominee (PRNewswire) 11 Sep 2007 Human rights groups and advocacy organizations have urged the U.S. Senate to reject the nomination of John Rizzo to serve as General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) because of his stated views on torture. In a letter to the members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the human rights and advocacy groups cited Rizzo's testimony before the committee in June, during which he said that he had not raised any objections to the August 2002 legal memorandum on torture prepared by the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel.
ACLU - Stand Up! The ACLU presents Defenders of Freedom, our first graphic novel. Defenders of Freedom has two stories based on critical civil liberties issues. 'A Question of Obligation' --This story looks at the government's abuse of power.
New Orleans prostitute tied to Vitter passes lie detector test 10 Sep 2007 Weeks after U.S. Sen. David Vitter tried to discredit her allegations, a woman who used to work as a prostitute in New Orleans [Wendy Yow Ellis] passed a lie detector test averring that she had a "sexual relationship" with Vitter that lasted at least four months.
Edwards wins Texas Democratic informal "ePrimary" 10 Sep 2007 Former U.S. Sen. John Edwards received 38 percent of the vote to win an informal poll of Texas Democrats conducted online, the state's Democratic party said on Monday.
Senate OKs $1 billion to repair bridges --DOT says $65 billion needed nationwide to fix backlog 11 Sep 2007 The Senate approved $1 billion on Monday to speed repair and replacement of America's crumbling network of bridges, six weeks after the Interstate 35W span collapsed in Minneapolis.
Dollar hits fresh 15-year low 11 Sep 2007 The dollar fell to a fresh 15-year low against a basket of currencies on Tuesday as the greenback continued to suffer from the prospect of a cut in US interest rates.
Study finds left-wing brain, right-wing brain 10 Sep 2007 Exploring the neurobiology of politics, scientists have found that liberals tolerate ambiguity and conflict better than conservatives because of how their brains work. In a simple experiment reported todayin the journal Nature Neuroscience, scientists at New York University and UCLA show that political orientation is related to differences in how the brain processes information.
Arctic Ice Continues Record Melting --Arctic Ice the Size of Florida Gone in a Week 10 Sep 2007 An area of Arctic sea ice the size of Florida has melted away in just the last six days as melting at the top of the planet continues at a record rate. 2007 has already broken the record for the lowest amount of sea ice ever recorded, say scientists, smashing the old record set in 2005.
US predicts polar bear meltdown 10 Sep 2007 Two-thirds of the world's polar bears will be gone by the middle of the century, says a US government agency. The US Geological Survey (USGS) says parts of the Arctic are losing summer ice so fast that no bears will be able to live there within several decades.
Troop surge to peak at 172,000 in mid-October 10 Sep 2007 The U.S. military surge in Iraq has reached a record high and is projected to continue over the next few months. Officials said the U.S. military presence would further increase to 172,000 by mid-October amid the current troop surge designed to quell [foment] the 'insurgency' in Iraq.
Poll: Iraqis say US troops not helping --57 percent of Iraqis including nearly all Sunnis and half of Shiites — said they consider attacks on occupation forces acceptable, a slight increase over the past half year. 10 Sep 2007 Overwhelming numbers of Iraqis say the U.S. troop buildup has worsened security and the prospects for economic and political progress in their country, according to a poll released Monday that provides a strikingly bleak appraisal of the war. Seventy percent in the survey said they believe security has worsened where the added forces were sent, with another 11 percent saying the buildup has had no effect.
Bush not trusted to end Iraq war: poll 11 Sep 2007 Only 5 per cent of Americans say they trust the Bush Administration to resolve the Iraq conflict, says a poll published on the eve of the American commander's appearances before Congress.
Poll: Most want Iraq pullout deadline 09 Sep 2007 On the eve of critical testimony to Congress by Gen. David Petraeus [Betrayus], most Americans are skeptical of what he will say and support setting a timetable to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq regardless of the military situation there. A record 60% say the United States should set a timetable to withdraw forces "and stick to that timetable regardless of what is going on in Iraq."
Sheehan, Three Others Arrested Outside Hearing 10 Sep 2007 Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan and three other protesters were arrested shortly after noon today outside the Capitol hearing room where Army Gen. David H. Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker were testifying in a joint hearing of the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees.
Betrayus: US surge plan in Iraq 'working' 10 Sep 2007 The military objectives of the US troop surge in Iraq "are largely being met", the top US military commander in Iraq, Gen David Petraeus [Betrayus], has said. Gen Petraeus' comments came as he and Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker began testiLYING before Congress.
Petraeus: 30,000 extra troops out by next summer 10 Sep 2007 George Bush's surge strategy of sending 30,000 extra troops to Iraq should be reversed by next summer, his top commander in the war, General David Petraeus, recommended today. By the middle of next July a further four brigades should return to the US taking the overall troop levels to 130,000, the same level before the surge began.
The surge must go on, Petraeus to tell Congress --General to testiLIE amid claims he lacks credibility --Majority of US public want troop reduction, says poll 10 Sep 2007 The Bush regime's most senior advisers on Iraq, the commander of US forces, General David Petraeus [Betrayus], and the ambassador to Baghdad, Ryan Crocker, will launch a new drive today to defer any exit of troops until April 2008 amid growing doubts about their credibility in Congress and among the public.
General Petraeus or General Betray Us? Cooking the books for the White House (moveon.org) 10 Sep 2007
Republicans bash MoveOn.org over anti-Petraeus ad 10 Sep 2007 Mitt Romney this morning blasted the liberal political group MoveOn.org for questioning the independence of General David H. Petraeus [Betrayus] on the eve of his much-anticipated testimony today to Congress on the Iraq war. In a full-page ad in today's New York Times, the group asked in a headline, "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?" and accused the top US military commander in Iraq of "cooking the books for the White House."
Sen. Joe LieberBush (I-Israel) On MoveOn.org's Attack Ad Against General David Petraeus [Betrayus] --Reichwing whackjob, Joe LieberBush, issued the following statement, which was picked up by the RNC and disseminated through their email roster. 10 Sep 2007 (Press Release, 09 Sep 2007) "The personal attack on Gen. David Petraeus launched today by Moveon.org is an outrageous and despicable act of slander that every member of the Congress - Democrat and Republican - has a solemn responsibility to condemn... As a member of the Senate Democratic Caucus, I therefore call on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to Denounce Moveon.org in no uncertain terms for its vile attack on Gen. Petraeus." [Screw you, Joe, six ways from Sunday.]
Lieberman Rejects New Democratic Compromise on Iraq 07 Sep 2007 Senator Joseph LieberBush opposed a compromise measure suggested by top Senate Democrats that would mandate a starting date for a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq while imposing no deadline for completing the pullout.
Seven U.S. soldiers killed in Baghdad accident 10 Sep 2007 Seven U.S. soldiers were killed and 11 injured in a vehicle accident in western Baghdad on Monday, the U.S. military said. It said two suspects being transported in the vehicle were also killed [?].
Israel wants US pension funds to shun Iran-linked firms: Netanyahu 10 Sep 2007 Israel is aiming to get powerful US pension funds to sell their holdings in European companies doing business with Iran as a way to pressure Tehran over its nuclear programme, opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday. [Gee, can someone tell Nitwit Netanyahu it's none of his business where US pensions are invested?]
Rumsfeld Calls Afghanistan 'Big Success' 10 Sep 2007 In an interview billed as his first since leaving the top Pentagon post, Donald Rumsfeld calls Afghanistan "a big success," but says U.S. efforts in Iraq are hampered by the failure of Iraq's government to establish a foundation for democracy. [See: Afghan Opium Output at Record High 28 Aug 2007 and Record-breaking opium crop destabilises Afghanistan 26 Aug 2007. Yup, mission accomplished!]
Smugglers kill Iran police commander, opium seized 09 Sep 2007 Iranian police hunting the killers of a local police chief shot dead one bandit and seized 1.5 tonnes of opium in the country's southeast, the official IRNA news agency said on Sunday.
Afghan police open fire during speech by President Hamid Karzai 09 Sep 2007 Sensing unrest outside a packed stadium, Afghanistan's president abruptly cut short a speech Sunday as police fired shots into the air in an attempt to restrain a crowd trying to enter, officials said. Shortly after being rushed off the podium, President Hamid Karzai said security in Afghanistan was deteriorating and renewed a call for negotiations with Taliban militants.
Harper wants troops to 'finish job' in Afghanistan; dims hope for quick vote 09 Sep 2007 Prime Minister Stephen Harper has set the benchmark for what might be called winning conditions on a vote to extend Canada's military mission in Afghanistan. Harper said Sunday there'll be no vote in Parliament anytime soon unless he can find enough support to ensure his wish to "finish the job." [What, exactly, *is* "the job" --poppy production at 100 per cent?]
Rudd to PM: call it now 10 Sep 2007 Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd today challenged Prime Minister John Howard to call the election now that APEC is over. Mr Rudd also challenged the Prime Minister to stay for his full three-year term. He said it was time to get over the phoney election campaign.
Bringing nuclear warheads up north? Not if I have my way, warns Salmond 10 Sep 2007 Alex Salmond has told officials to explore every possible avenue in an attempt to prevent the UK government from transporting nuclear warheads across Scotland, it emerged last night.
700,000 On U.S. Terror Watch List --Terror Watch List Still Riddled With False Information By Ryan Singel 07 Sep 2007 The nation's centralized terrorist watch list that is used to screen 270 million individuals every month now contains more than 700,000 entries, but remains marred by duplication, erroneous information, incorrect tracking codes and poor coordination between the watch list and the agencies that use the list, according to an audit released Thursday by the Justice Department's inspector general.
Officials Warn of Continuing Terrorist Threat 10 Sep 2007 The nation’s top counterterrorism officials are warning today that the United States will face a persistent threat from Al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] and other terrorist groups for years to come, but they plan to offer no specific evidence of any imminent plots against targets on American soil.
al-Qaida Says 2nd Bin Laden Video Coming 10 Sep 2007 Osama bin Laden will appear for the second time in a week in a new [CIA-edited] video to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, presenting the last will and testament of one of the 'suicide hijackers,' al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] announced Monday.
MPs failing badly on terrorism laws, report says 10 Sep 2007 Canadian MPs are doing a shameful job of discussing crucial anti-terrorism measures, favouring "simplified, sensationalized and politicized" debates to substantial discussion about powers intended to prevent mass casualty attacks, according to a new research paper to be released today.
Langley jets grounded next week for safety review 06 Sep 2007 Langley Air Force Base will ground its jets next week. The Air Force says the service's Air Combat Command has ordered all jet fighters and bombers to remain grounded so airmen can review 'safety procedures' and protocol. Officials say the stand down next Friday was prompted by an August incident where a B-52 bomber was 'mistakenly' armed with six nuclear warheads and flown across several states.
Two 9/11-Sick Cops Die 06 Sep 2007 Two more cops have died of 9/11-related lung cancer, according to their families. Officer Frank Macari and Officer Madeline Caro both spent days working at the World Trade Center site.
Overweight Trucks Damage Infrastructure 10 Sep 2007 More than a half-million overweight trucks are allowed onto the nation's roads and bridges - an increasingly routine practice that some officials say is putting dangerous wear and tear on an already groaning infrastructure.
Mexico Sends 1st Long-Haul Trucks to US 09 Sep 2007 Two Mexican tractor-trailers have delivered payloads in New York and South Carolina, becoming the first trucks to operate deep in the United States under a long-delayed, NAFTA-mandated program criticized on both sides of the border.
'This is truly only about one thing: stealing the presidency.' Attorney seeks probe of electoral vote plan --Lafayette man wants Congress to investigate whether White House sought ballot initiative to change system 08 Sep 2007 A Lafayette attorney who specializes in election law is seeking a Congressional investigation into whether the White House was involved in pushing a California ballot initiative to change the way the state allocates its electoral votes. Barry Fadem, who is working for the group opposed to the initiative, also made a Freedom of Information Act request with the White House on Friday to reveal all contacts between Bush Administration officials, the Republican National Committee and other political operatives discussing potential changes to the state's electoral college laws.
Craig files to withdraw guilty plea 10 Sep 2007 Sen. Larry Craig filed court papers Monday seeking to withdraw his guilty plea in an airport sex sting, arguing that he entered the plea under stress caused by media inquiries into his sexuality.
Next 50 years may be last for polar bears 08 Sep 2007 Shrinking sea ice will eliminate nearly all of the world's polar bear population in the next 50 years, U.S. government scientists predict. The prediction was prepared as Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne is deciding whether to designate polar bears as a threatened species. [Please sign NRDC's petition.]
Greenland: Where Towering Icebergs Raise Sea Levels --Scientists, Tourists Visit Glacier Threatened by Global Warming 09 Sep 2007 Scientists packed the C-130 taking us to Greenland — the vast and wild land that now attracts ice experts from many countries to assess the danger of global warming. The Jakobshavn glacier and ice fjord at Ilulissat, jammed with towering icebergs, are breathtaking to see, but scientists report they are now pouring out some 20 million tons of frozen water into the ocean every day.
Guantanamo medics similar to doctors who abetted Biko death: Lancet letter 08 Sep 2007 US medics who abet abuse at Guantanamo Bay are akin to the doctors who covered up the murder of South African anti-apartheid leader Steve Biko 30 years ago, a protest letter published in The Lancet says. Its 260 signatories, who include doctors, professors of medicine and anti-torture activists, accuse the US medical authorities of closing ranks to protect military medical workers involved in the War on [of] Terror.
Texas Co. Signs Iraq Oil Deal With Kurds --Hunt Oil CEO Also Serves on Halliburton Board 09 Sep 2007 Texas' Hunt Oil Co. and Kurdistan's regional government said they have signed a production-sharing contract for petroleum exploration in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, the first such deal since the Kurds passed their own oil and gas law in August. "We're very pleased to have the opportunity to be a part of these landmark events by actively participating in the establishment of the petroleum industry," Ray L. Hunt, Hunt's CEO, said in a statement. Hunt, who is also on the board of Halliburton, has been a key fundraiser for President [sic] George W. Bush, who named him to the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.
Dallas-based Hunt Oil signs production sharing deal with Kurds 09 Sep 2007 Kurdistan's regional government and Texas' Hunt Oil Company have signed a production-sharing contract for petroleum exploration in northern Iraq. The parties say that a Hunt subsidiary, Hunt Oil Company of the Kurdistan Region, will begin geological survey and seismic work by the end of 2007. ['Insurgents?']
Biden: Petraeus 'dead flat wrong' on Iraq --Back from overseas, senator indicates Democrats will persist in pullout date 09 Sep 2007 President [sic] Bush's war strategy is failing and the top military commander in Iraq is "dead flat wrong" for warning against major changes, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee [Joseph Biden, DE] said Sunday.
Wide Skepticism Seen on Iraq --Poll Respondents Doubt Petraeus Will Give True Picture of Situation in Iraq 09 Sep 2007 Most Americans think this week's report from Army Gen. David H. Petraeus [Betrayus] will exaggerate 'progress' in Iraq, and few expect it to result in a major shift in President [sic] Bush's policy.
Britain urged to keep soldiers in southern Iraq 09 Sep 2007 The US commander in Iraq [General David Petraeus] has urged Britain to keep troops in the country amid growing fears that pulling out of Basra will cede control of Iraq's second city to 'Iranian'-backed militias.
Iraq says fired 14,000 Interior Ministry employees 09 Sep 2007 More than 14,000 employees in Iraq's Interior Ministry have been sacked for failing to respect human rights, the government said on Sunday, rejecting a report by a U.S. panel that accused the police of sectarianism.
Iraq's New Danger: Armor-Piercing Grenades 05 Sep 2007 An al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] propaganda video dated Aug. 15, 2006, shows a brazen attack on U.S. soldiers with a hand grenade that's more deadly than any other. The explosion is huge, as three armor-piercing bombs find their target. It's not a new weapon on the Iraqi battlefield, but CBS News has learned it's being used more now than ever. And for the first time, the Army has admitted this weapon is killing its soldiers. [Translation: A CIA propaganda tape from April 2006 is revealed in September 2007 so that Bush can get another 50 billion for KBR and Blackwater USA.]
Thousands of GIs Cope With Brain Damage 09 Sep 2007 The war in Iraq is not over, but one legacy is already here in this city and others across America: an epidemic of brain-damaged soldiers. Thousands of troops have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, or TBI.
Army inquest backlog grows --Widows must wait longer for results because coroner has yet to receive promised funds 09 Sep 2007 (UK) Money urgently needed to reduce the vast backlog of inquests into soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan has not been provided by the government, raising fresh fears that existing delays will grow longer.
Syrian VP: We'll retaliate for Israeli aggression 08 Sep 2007 "Damascus will retaliate," Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Shara said Saturday in an interview with Italian newspaper Le Repubblica following Israel's reported violation of Syrian airspace on Thursday. Asked what the response would be, al-Shara replied, "I cannot reveal the details, as this is an issue of national security. All I can say is that the military and political echelon is looking into a series of responses as we speak. Results are forthcoming."
Syria mulling 'responses' to Israeli airspace violation 08 Sep 2007 Syria is mulling a "series of responses" after Israeli warplanes violated its airspace this week, Vice President Faruq al-Shara said in an interview with an Italian newspaper published Saturday.
U.S. threatens Turkey over energy support to Iran 07 Sep 2007 The United States has suggested that Turkey could come under sanctions for its energy cooperation with Iran. The State Department has criticized Turkey for its agreement for natural gas cooperation with Teheran. A senior official pointed out that Congress was working on legislation that would sanction Ankara or others that help develop Iran's energy sector.
U.S. Viewed as Turkey's "Greatest Threat" 07 Sep 2007 Nearly two-thirds of the Turkish public named the United States as their country's greatest future threat, a recent Pew Global Attitudes Project survey has revealed -- the highest percentage of any Middle Eastern or Islamic country polled.
Oops! Maps site reveals US nuclear sub secrets 05 Sep 2007 A man looking for a new home on an online mapping service has stumbled across an aerial image of a US nuclear-powered submarine in dry dock showing its secret propeller design. The image - which appears on Microsoft's Virtual Earth mapping service - is of the seven-bladed propeller used on an Ohio class ballistic missile submarine. The vessel was being worked on at a dry dock at the Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Washington State, in the north-west of the United States. The base is part of Bangor's Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific which houses the largest nuclear weapons arsenal.
Schroeder calls U.S. missile plan "dangerous" 08 Sep 2007 U.S. plans to site parts of a missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic are "politically dangerous," former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said on Saturday.
Mega barf alert! Rumsfeld to be visiting fellow at Stanford --Hoover Institution Invitation Riles Some 08 Sep 2007 Former U.S. Secretary of Defense [war criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld, who directed the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and then resigned in November after months of mounting pressure, will join Stanford University's Hoover Institution as a visiting fellow.
Alex Jones Arrested In New York --Cuffed during Fox News protest on "unspecified charges," now released, cameramen also arrested By Paul Joseph Watson 09 Sep 2007 Media activist Alex Jones was arrested by New York Police Department officers while filming a documentary about the sixth anniversary of September 11th and joining the protest against the official version of what happened on 9/11... NYPD officers arrested Jones for "unspecified charges" and removed him from the protest crowd to be taken to the nearest police precinct where he was later released following a protest outside the jail by other 9/11 truthers who chanted "let him go".
Bin Laden Video Is a Forgery: All References to Current Events Are Made
During Video Freeze By George Maschke 09 Sep 2007 Osama Bin
Laden's widely publicized video address to the American people has a
peculiarity that casts serious doubt on its authenticity: the video
freezes at about 1 minute and
US loner helps bin Laden to taunt Bush 09 Sep 2007 The al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] leader's first video message for three years featured a bizarre rant against America, with references to global warming, "insane taxes", the US mortgage market meltdown and rising interest rates. What surprised analysts was his use of the language of Left-wing protesters [LOL!], which showed detailed knowledge of the economic travails of middle America. Bin Laden referred to "the reeling of many of you under the burden of interest-related debts, insane taxes and real estate mortgage" and blamed "global warming and its woes" on "emissions of the factories the major corporations". American officials said the US government had obtained a copy of the video even though it had not been posted on Islamist websites - sparking speculation that US intelligence has developed an informant or cracked al-Qaeda's cyber security. [Or, the *obvious* explanation: The video was generated in a CIA lab, emerging at this moment to detract from the General Betrayus report. --LRP]
Giuliani: 'For me every day is an anniversary of Sept. 11.' Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani in Florida 08 Sep 2007 Basking in the lasting glow of his Sept. 11 leadership while campaigning in Pinellas County and Orlando on Friday, Giuliani stressed national security and electability, rather than the sort of hot-button social issues that are thought to be critical to winning the Republican nomination. "For me every day is an anniversary of Sept. 11," Giuliani said after reviewing emergency response equipment at the Pinellas Sheriff's Office with Attorney General Bill McCollum and Sheriff Jim Coats.
National Security Bubble --How the Bush administration's attempt to protect the country went awry 08 Sep 2007 The goal of the Bush administration after Sept. 11, 2001, was simple and clear: Protect the country from another devastating attack. [Bullsh*t! The goal of the Bush dictatorship was/is to build toward a second attack by turning every possible 'friend' of the US against the US, while at the same time, turning the National Treasury over to Halliburton, KBR, Blackwater USA, and all the other corpora-terrorist friends of Cheney Anthrax.]
Injuries, arrests as thousands protest against Bush in Sydney 08 Sep 2007 Two policemen were injured and three protesters arrested as thousands marched under tight security through Sydney on Saturday in a protest against visiting US President [sic] George W. Bush and the Iraq war.
In U.S., science is distorted to promote political and corporate agendas By Mike Adams 07 Sep 2007 In the United States today, science is no longer a pure study. The science primarily publicized today is science that supports the interest of business. You see this in many areas, but most notably in medical and environmental science... Science today seems largely dedicated to conning people out of their money or conning people into believing falsehoods about health or the environment.
Mexican trucks ready to roll --A pilot program to allow the haulers anywhere in the U.S. -- and vice versa -- is stoking new debates over NAFTA on both sides of the border 08 Sep 2007 Critics contend that Mexican drivers don't meet U.S. standards in training, licensing and work hours... To illustrate the point, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) held a news conference in Washington, D.C., Thursday with a woman who lost three relatives in a California crash with a Mexican truck driver. Along the border, one protester held a sign reading "NAFTA kills." [People need to start setting up blockades.]
Snakes found in luggage at Ga. airport --Man's bags contained 30 dead reptiles in jars, bottles; officials investigating 09 Sep 2007 A man flying into Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport from South Korea recently packed 30 dead snakes in jars and bottles inside boxes he checked as luggage, said Jon Allen, spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration.
Oversalted burger leads to charges 09 Sep 2007 (Union City, GA) A McDonald's employee spent a night in jail and is facing criminal charges because a police officer's burger was too salty, so salty that he says it made him sick. Kendra Bull was arrested Friday, charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct and freed on $1,000 bail.
Mega barf alert! Edwards' Cabinet List Includes GOP Names 08 Sep 2007 Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards carries a running list of people he might put in his Cabinet, and it includes "more than one" Republican. "I want to be ready for when I get sworn in," the former North Carolina senator said between campaigns stops as he dug into a travel bag for the list.
The appalling fate of the polar bear, symbol of the Arctic --It has been declared at risk by conservation groups. Yet rich Westerners are paying thousands of dollars for the privilege of shooting an animal whose very existence is already threatened by environmental disaster. By Geoffrey Lean 09 Sep 2007 Polar bears – the very symbol of the Arctic's looming environmental disaster – are crashing towards extinction as a result of global warming, the US government has found. The admission, the result of a massive investigation by the Bush administration, could force the President [sic] finally to take action against climate change. [Have you added your name to NRDC's petition, to get the sociopath running the US government to add the polar bear to the 'threatened' list? Please sign!]
The bloody business of the trophy hunters 09 Sep 2007 Rich "sportsmen" are paying up to $35,000 (£17,000) per trip to hunt down and kill polar bears, which are then stuffed and mounted for display. An IoS investigation has identified 10 companies offering polar bear hunting trips... Once in the Arctic, the clients travel by dog sled accompanied by local guides. On sighting a bear, the dogs chase down the bears until, exhausted and trapped, they can be shot at by the tourists. [Too bad he 'client' isn't the target, instead of the polar bear.]
Protect the polar bear, save the planet 09 Sep 2007 The polar bear is under threat. In recent months the photogenic creature has become a symbol of the dangers posed by global warming. As Geoffrey Lean, our award-winning environment editor, reports from Greenland today, that threat is more urgent than hitherto feared. One fact alone from his report on page 6 should make us aware that the pointer on the global dial is entering the red zone. The Sermeq Kujalleq glacier is melting at a rate of 35 cubic kilometres a year. We suspect that most of our readers, however, will not have been aware that polar bears are also shot by American trophy-hunters. The results of the investigation that we publish today reveal for the first time the extent of this distasteful leisure pursuit. It should come as no surprise that The Independent on Sunday believes that hunting polar bears for sport is wrong.
Tropical Storm Gabrielle hits North Carolina 09 Sep 2007 Tropical Storm Gabrielle buffeted the North Carolina coast on Sunday but was expected to turn back out over the Atlantic Ocean without strengthening into a hurricane, U.S. forecasters said.
F.B.I. Data Mining Reached Beyond Target Suspects 09 Sep 2007 The F.B.I. cast a much wider net in its terrorism investigations than it has previously acknowledged by relying on telecommunications companies to analyze phone-call and e-mail patterns of the associates of Americans who had come under suspicion, according to newly obtained bureau records. The documents indicate that the Federal Bureau of Investigation used secret demands for records to obtain data not only on individuals it saw as targets but also details on their "community of interest" — the network of people that the target in turn was in contact with.
Wide Net Cast in Terrorism Inquiries 08 Sep 2007 FBI demands to telecommunications companies went beyond requesting phone records of customers under suspicion to include analyses of their broader patterns of communication with others as well, newly obtained documents show. The Federal Bureau of Investigation used national security letters to request information on the wider "community of interest" linked to individuals under suspicion, according to the documents.
US auditor queries military Iraq casualty figures 07 Sep 2007 An independent US government auditor on Friday cast doubt on US military statistics expected to show a huge dip in sectarian violence in Iraq under the current troop surge strategy. Comptroller General David Walker said there was a "significant difference" of approach between the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which he heads, and Pentagon evaluations of violence in Iraq.
Petraeus Disappointed At Political State of Iraq 08 Sep 2007 In a preview of his report to Congress next week, Gen. David H. Petraeus yesterday expressed disappointment in the lack of progress toward political reconciliation in Iraq. Administration officials said he wants to return to Washington for another assessment in six months [!] to allow more time for Iraqi politics to catch up with what Petraeus regards as 'rapidly improving' security conditions. [Bush moving the goal-post for KBR again - f*ck that!]
Bush Says Resolve on Iraq 'Strong as It's Ever Been' 08 Sep 2007 President [sic] George W. Bush said he is as committed as ever to keeping up the fight against 'insurgents' and terrorists in Iraq after meeting with U.S. military personnel wounded in the conflict and their families. "My resolve is as strong as it's ever been,'' Bush said at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii during a refueling stop on his way back to Washington from Sydney, Australia, where he attended an economic conference.
No more Iraq funds without limits: key Democrat 07 Sep 2007 The No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. Senate said on Friday he could no longer vote for funding the war in Iraq unless restrictions were attached that would begin winding down American involvement there. "This Congress can't give President [sic] Bush another blank check for Iraq," said Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin, who has always opposed the war but until now voted to fund it.
250 troops to leave Iraq in four weeks 09 Sep 2007 Britain's military deployment in southern Iraq is to be cut by 500 to 5,000 over the next few months, the Ministry of Defence announced yesterday, just six days after British troops withdrew from their base at Basra Palace.
Bombs kill 20 in Iraq 08 Sep 2007 Bombs killed 20 people in Iraq on Saturday, including 15 in Baghdad, police said, as U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush said his resolve to press on with the job of stabilizing [destroying] Iraq was as strong as ever.
7 Americans Killed in Iraq Attacks 07 Sep 2007 Four U.S. Marines were killed in fighting in Anbar province, and three were killed by a roadside bomb in northern Iraq, the military said Friday.
Doctors slam medical abuse at Bay 08 Sep 2007 The US medical establishment seems to have turned a blind eye to the abuse of military medicine at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba, doctors from around the world said in a letter published in the medical journal The Lancet. Healthcare workers in the US military seem to have put their loyalty to the state above their duty to care for their patients and American regulatory bodies have done nothing to remedy the situation, the doctors said.
Brutal Iraq film is Venice hit --Award for real-life story of rape by US soldiers 09 Sep 2007 A film that shocked audiences with its brutal reconstruction of the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl by US soldiers has won the Silver Lion award for best director at the Venice Film Festival. Redacted, a docu-drama by Amercian director Brian De Palma based on the Mahmudiyah killings of March 2006 in Iraq, was a surprise winner and one that some may view as a cultural indictment of the behaviour of American troops.
Brian De Palma wins Best Director award 08 Sep 2007 Veteran US director Brian De Palma won the Best Director award at the Venice film festival on Saturday for "Redacted," his hard-hitting Iraq war film. The dramatisation of the rape and murder of an Iraqi girl by US soldiers, was also honoured on Friday with the Future Film Festival Digital Award, for the film that makes the best use of animation or visual effects.
Two British soldiers killed in Afghanistan 08 Sep 2007 Two British soldiers were killed and two others were seriously injured on Saturday in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, the Ministry of Defence said.
Senate passes bill on cluster bomb use 07 Sep 2007 The U.S. Senate has moved to restrict the sale or transfer of U.S. cluster bombs, the munitions blamed for the deaths of Lebanese civilians in a conflict with Israel last summer.
F-15s to Fly Over NY On Sept. 11 for Operation Noble Eagle 07 Sep 2007 On the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Air Force fighters assigned to the Continental U.S. NORAD Region will be visible over the New York City area. Two F-15 Eagles from the 102nd Fighter Wing at Otis Air National Guard Base, Mass., will over fly New York City as part of the continuing Operation Noble Eagle mission. The F-15s will make low approaches on LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy, Newark and Teterboro airports.
Florida Troops Deploy to Nation's Capital 24 Aug 2007 Members of the 1st Battalion 265 Air Defense Artillery have mobilized and are on a plane headed first to Ft. Bliss, then for federal active duty in the capital region. The troops will be deployed for a year. The 265th is part of Operation Noble Eagle. They are ordered by the president [sic] to the nation's capital, where they will operate high-tech weapons systems 'against' any potential air threat.
Bin Laden video may signal new attacks 08 Sep 2007 Abandoning his Kalashnikov and dyeing his beard from grey to black, 'Osama bin Laden' presents a new image to the world in a video that makes no specific threats but may be a signal for new al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] attacks.
Al-Qaeda planning fresh attacks on US: CIA chief 07 Sep 2007 CIA director Michael Hayden warned Friday that Al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] was plotting fresh attacks on the United States aimed at sowing death and destruction on a massive scale. [Right, that's why Bush bin Laden has ordered All stateside Air Force fighter, bomber flights to be halted September 14.]
Neo-Cons Enlist Bin Laden's Help to Counter 9/11 Truth --Discredited Pentagon-affiliated IntelCenter to release another dubious tape right when Bush needs it most, Osama pops up hours after new Zogby poll shows Americans want new 9/11 investigation for second time running. By Paul Joseph Watson 07 Sep 2007 The U.S. government, via its closely affiliated IntelCenter front, is to release a new tape of Osama Bin Laden on the sixth anniversary of 9/11 in a desperate ploy to counter 9/11 truth and a new Zogby poll that again proves the majority of Americans are highly suspect of the official story... [T]he thing to bear in mind here is that Osama has never failed in ensuring his tapes get released at the most politically opportune times - not for 'Al-Qaeda' - but for the Neo-Cons and the Bush administration.
Report blasts TSA air cargo security 07 Sep 2007 The Transportation Security Administration's program for keeping bombs out of airplane cargo holds is riddled with holes that leave passenger planes vulnerable to attack, a government investigation shows. The TSA has too few cargo inspectors, an ineffective database to track violations and "vague regulations" for screening cargo being put on passenger planes, the Homeland Security Department inspector general said in a report released Thursday.
Government lab blamed for foot-and-mouth 08 Sep 2007 Blunders at a government-run laboratory have been blamed for last month's outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, which cost British farmers more than £30m.
New Smallpox Vaccine Approved 05 Sep 2007 The FDA has approved Acambis’ ACAM2000 (smallpox [vaccinia] live) vaccine for the active immunization and protection against [with] smallpox in patients who are determined to be at high risk for smallpox infection. ACAM2000 is the first biodefense vaccine to be approved as part of the US response to the 2001 [Cheney anthrax] bioterrorism attacks.
Chip Implants Linked to Animal Tumors 08 Sep 2007 When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved implanting microchips in humans, the manufacturer said it would save lives, letting doctors scan the tiny transponders to access patients' medical records almost instantly. The FDA found "reasonable assurance" the device was safe, and a sub-agency even called it one of 2005's top "innovative technologies." But neither the company nor the regulators publicly mentioned this: A series of veterinary and toxicology studies, dating to the mid-1990s, stated that chip implants had "induced" malignant tumors in some lab mice and rats.
Look up: Seattle cops may soon be watching 07 Sep 2007 Seattle police may turn to private security cameras around the downtown business core to help watch for assaults, drug deals and other crimes. Following the lead of many other U.S. cities, police and the Downtown Seattle Association are examining the creation of a surveillance system that would allow officers to track live video footage from security cameras on and around downtown buildings. [Two words: rocks, pebbles.]
Truckers protest trial plan to permit Mexican trucks in U.S. 06 Sep 2007 Dozens of truckers waved signs and American flags at a border crossing Thursday to protest a pilot program that will allow up to 100 Mexican trucking companies to freely haul their cargo anywhere in the United States.
Hagel won't seek re-election 07 Sep 2007 Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) will announce Monday he’ll not seek re-election next year. Hagel also will tell an Omaha news conference he does not intend to be a candidate for any office in 2008, clamping a lid on speculation he might be pondering a late-inning presidential bid.
Skilling Wants Verdicts Overturned 08 Sep 2007 Former Enron Corp. Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Skilling, found guilty of leading a fraud that destroyed the company and spurred stricter corporate governance laws, has asked a federal appeals court to overturn his conviction.
Warming Is Seen as Wiping Out Most Polar Bears 08 Sep 2007 Two-thirds of the world’s polar bears will disappear by 2050, even under moderate projections for shrinking summer sea ice caused by greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, government scientists reported on Friday... The report makes no recommendation on listing the bears as a threatened species or taking any action to slow ice cap damage. Polar Bear SOS! Tell the Bush Administration to protect polar bears and their critical habitat.]
Most polar bears could be gone by 2050: report 07 Sep 2007 Two-thirds of the world's polar bear population could be gone by mid-century if predictions of melting sea ice hold true, the U.S. Geological Survey reported on Friday.
Bad news for polar bears 07 Sep 2007 Nine new studies released today from the U.S. Geological Survey predict serious declines in polar bear populations as summer sea ice continues to shrink. It's grim. From the Center for Biological Diversity: A new USGS study has concluded that two-thirds of the world's polar bears will disappear by the middle of this century. Polar bears will also disappear entirely from Alaska during this same time period. The study is based on "middle of the road" climate projections, which do not account for the more rapid rate of warming actually observed. As of September 4, 2007, sea ice extent had fallen to 4.75 million square miles -- fully 250,000 square miles below the previous record low of 5.05 million square miles in September, 2005, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
Polar Bear SOS! Tell the Bush Administration to protect polar bears and their critical habitat. The Bush Administration's proposal to list the polar bear as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act is a crucial first step toward ensuring a future for these magnificent Arctic creatures. Yet the administration's proposal does not designate "critical habitat" for protection, even though melting habitat from global warming is the main threat to the polar bear's survival.
Scientists fear ice caps melting faster than predicted 07 Sep 2007 The Greenland ice cap is melting so quickly that it is triggering earthquakes as pieces of ice several cubic kilometres in size break off. Scientists monitoring events this summer say the acceleration could be catastrophic in terms of sea-level rise and make predictions this February by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change far too low.
Gabrielle Moves Toward North Carolina 08 Sep 2007 Subtropical Storm Gabrielle moved toward the East Coast, where a tropical storm warning was in effect for North Carolina's shoreline early Saturday.
Iraq withdrawals "off the table": Republicans 06 Sep 2007 Leading Republicans in Congress on Thursday declared that troop withdrawal legislation should be scrapped because the United States has made significant 'progress' in the Iraq war, just as Democrats were resuming efforts to bring soldiers home. [Gee, how much more GOP-style progress can Iraq take?]
DemocRATs Newly Willing to Compromise on Iraq 06 Sep 2007 With a mixed picture emerging about progress in Iraq, Senate DemocRATic leaders are showing a new openness to compromise as they try to attract Republican support for forcing at least modest troop withdrawals in the coming months.
General urges U.S. to reduce Iraq 'footprint' 07 Sep 2007 The U.S. military should reduce its "footprint' in Iraq to counter the impression that it is an occupying force, a prominent retired Marine general said Thursday in congressional testimony that challenged the case for continuing the troop increase backed by the White House.
Most people want troops out of Iraq: global poll 07 Sep 2007 Two-thirds of people questioned around the world want US-led troops to pull out of Iraq within a year, but fewer than half believe that they will ever leave, according to a poll published Friday.
US troops levels edge toward new record 06 Sep 2007 The number of U.S. troops in Iraq has climbed to a record high of 168,000, and is moving toward a peak of 172,000 in the coming weeks — a level that could extend into December, a senior military official said Thursday.
Iraq government near collapse, secret report says 06 Sep 2007 Lawmakers returning here this week got hit with more bad news about Iraq in a confidential report that says the fragile democracy [sic] is "collapsing," the Daily News has learned. The boycott of the government by certain Shiite and Kurdish political blocs has left Iraq's leadership hanging by a thread, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service.
Britain 'backed US decision to disband Saddam's army' 07 Sep 2007 The British Government and military high command fully supported the controversial US policy of disbanding Saddam Hussein's armed forces after the 2003 invasion, according to Washington's former proconsul in Baghdad, Paul Bremer.
US strikes in Baghdad kill 14 sleeping civilians 06 Sep 2007 US combat helicopters and tanks bombarded a Baghdad neighbourhood in pre-dawn strikes on Thursday, killing 14 sleeping civilians and destroying houses, angry residents and Iraqi officials said.
Seven US troops killed in Iraq 07 Sep 2007 The US military said on Friday that 'insurgents' have killed seven American troops in separate attacks in Iraq. Four marines and three soldiers were killed in two different incidents on Thursday, the military said.
Police break up anti-war meeting in Washington 06 Sep 2007 Mounted police charged in to break up an outdoor press conference and demonstration against the Iraq war in Washington on Thursday, arresting three people, organizers and an AFP reporter said.
General says troop shortage is hindering Afghanistan gains --Top NATO officer, a Canadian, says 'gaps' are being debated as alliance meets in Ottawa 07 Sep 2007 A shortage of NATO and Afghan forces on the ground in Afghanistan is hampering efforts to win and hold ground from 'insurgents,' NATO's top military commander says.
Israeli jets 'drop ammunition' in sortie over Syria 07 Sep 2007 Syria was considering its response last night after an Israeli warplane violated Syrian air space and was accused of dropping ammunition inside the country. The incident, near the Turkish border on Wednesday, came just after midnight at a time when tensions are running high between the two neighbours. It prompted Syrian air defence units to open fire on the Israeli jets, Syrian officials said. ['Drop ammunition in sortie.' Uh, that's called 'bombing.' --LRP]
Doctors accuse US of 'unethical practices' at Guantanamo Bay 07 Sep 2007 More than 260 doctors from around the world have launched an unprecedented attack on the American medical establishment for its failure to condemn unethical practices by medical practitioners at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba. In a letter to The Lancet, the doctors from 16 countries, including Britain and America, say the failure of the US regulatory authorities to act is "damaging the reputation of US military medicine".
Germany sounds out US over arrest warrants for suspected CIA agents 06 Sep 2007 Germany's Justice Ministry is sounding out U.S. authorities over whether they would be willing to cooperate with legal proceedings against suspected CIA agents sought in the alleged kidnapping of a German citizen, an official said Thursday. The ministry sent a formal legal request over the warrants issued by German prosecutors earlier this year, a ministry spokeswoman said on customary condition of anonymity.
Heads up! A US false flag may arrive mid-September: All stateside Air Force fighter, bomber flights to be halted September 14 --Air Force investigates 'mistaken' transport of nuclear warheads 06 Sep 2007 Six nuclear warheads on cruise missiles were mistakenly carried on a flight from North Dakota to Louisiana last week, prompting a major investigation, military officials have confirmed... The Air Force announced that all flights of fighters and bombers in the United States will be halted on September 14 to allow for a review of procedures. Once the mistake was discovered, the Air Force immediately began an inventory of all of its nuclear weapons [LOL!], a military official said.
Exercise Vigilant Shield '08 slated for October 30 Aug 2007 North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command along with U.S. Pacific Command, the Department of Homeland Security as well as local, state and other federal responders will exercise their response abilities against [with] a variety of potential threats during Exercise Vigilant Shield ‘08, a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff-designated, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM)-sponsored, and U.S. Joint Forces Command-supported Department of Defense exercise for homeland defense and defense support of civil authorities missions. VS-08 will be conducted concurrent with Top Officials 4 (TOPOFF 4), the nation’s premier exercise of terrorism preparedness sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, and several other linked exercises as part of the National Level Exercise 1-08. These linked exercises will take place October 15-20...
U.S. has copy of purported bin Laden video [Right, and as soon as they're done editing/Photoshopping, they'll release it.] 07 Sep 2007 The White House has obtained a copy of a purported video by Osama bin Laden ahead of the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and has begun to analyze its contents, a Bush administration official said Friday. The official would not discuss the contents or say whether any conclusion has been reached about whether it’s really the al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] leader.
Osama bin Laden is poised to release a 'new' (CIA-edited/NSA hosted video) to scare everyone into supporting the bumper-crop of Reichwing terror-mongers and GOPedophiles (Dr. Ron Paul excluded) running for president: Bin Laden 're-emerges' to mark 9/11 attacks 07 Sep 2007 A new video message from 'Osama bin Laden' to the American people will soon be broadcast, to mark the sixth anniversary of the attacks of 11 September, according to a terrorism analyst group. The Site intelligence group, which monitors Islamist websites, said al-Qa'ida's media arm al-Sahab had announced the forthcoming video.
Osama bin Laden to Address the American Public 06 Sep 2007 Terror monitoring groups are reporting that terrorist mastermind Osama [Bush] bin Laden plans to address the American public via video, regarding the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The Intelcenter, which monitors 'Islamic' websites said the video is expected within the next 72 hours.
George & Osama: Friends Helping Friends By Terry L. Clark 06 Sep 2007 Seems that George wants to jack up his poll numbers for a mandate to blast Iran into smithereens, murdering millions in the process, so he's called upon his old friend Osama to yell "Boo". Or at least send a video card. Let's see, we have the announcement, a report of a dye job on the beard, lookin' good we're told. And while the US is being turned into a totalitarian state, in which the Brownshirts can tap your phone clear across the country, the new Osama video is gonna rock DerBu$hler's poll numbers upward, and not a single electron is going to be moved in any attempt to stop the video from being broadcast around the world.
Police fuming after bin Laden lookalike cracks APEC's security blockade 07 Sep 2007 The TV comedy [The Chaser's War on Everything] pranksters charged for breaching APEC's $250-million security blockade with a bogus motorcade say police gave them permission... "The police only detained the Chaser motorcade when it was turning around and after Chas Licciardello emerged from a car dressed as Osama bin Laden." The comics left authorities red-faced yesterday after the security breach only metres from the Sydney hotel where US President [sic] George W. Bush is staying. Eleven people were charged, including Licciardello, who sat in the back of one of the cars dressed as bin Laden, and Morrow, who posed as a security guard running alongside. The 10 men and one woman were last night charged under new APEC laws on entering a restricted area without justification. Police are furious about the prank.
Laden comic mistaken for Canada diplomat
06 Sep 2007 A group of Australian comedians, including one dressed as
terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, have managed to penetrate the high-security
lockdown in place in Sydney, where world leaders have gathered for Asia
Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) talks. The security measures, the
toughest ever imposed in Australia, include closing much of the city
and erecting steel and concrete barriers around landmarks such as the
Bush goes into gaffe overdrive 07 Sep 2007 Bushisms were famous before the man even entered the White House. But with his pResidency entering its twilight phase, there is no end, it seems, to the steady supply of inadvertent slips of the tongue. Yesterday he had reached only the third sentence of his address to an audience at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, when he committed his first gaffe.
Germany considers increased spying on Muslims 06 Sep 2007 After thwarting what might have become a "massive" attack on American installations [Yeah, right!], German authorities will review ways to fight [foment] homegrown terrorists, including a proposal to allow Internet spying on all German converts to Islam. The search for seven other suspected members of a German cell of the Pakistan-based Islamic Jihad Union continued into Thursday night, with investigators saying only that they knew who they were seeking.
10 hunted over German terror plot --International quest for backers of Islamist cell --Immediate threat has receded, police say 07 Sep 2007 German authorities launched an international quest yesterday to close the net on 10 suspects who they believe supported an Islamist cell intent on causing massive destruction in the country.
German police hunt for terror plot 'back-up team' 06 Sep 2007 German police were today searching for around 10 more members of a terror cell suspected of plotting major bomb attacks, after the arrest of three men and the seizure of explosives materials.
Edwards: Throw away Bush's 'failed' terrorism policies; 'reengage with the world' 07 Sep 2007 President [sic] Bush's "so-called 'global war on terror' " has been a "a double-edged failure," Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards will argue later this morning during a speech at Pace University in Manhattan.
Zogby Poll: 51% of Americans Want Congress to Probe Bush/Cheney Regarding 9/11 Attacks; 67% also fault 9/11 Commission for not investigating anomalous collapse of World Trade Center 7 --Over 30% Seek Immediate Impeachment (Zogby International) 06 Sep 2007 As America nears the sixth anniversary of the world-churning events of September 11, 2001, a new Zogby International poll finds a majority of Americans still await a Congressional investigation of President [sic] Bush' and Vice President [sic] Cheney's actions before, during and after the 9/11 attacks. [See and sign CLG's Petition to Senate to Investigate Oddities of 9/11, started January 2002 - over 32,500 signatures.]
Judge Rules Provisions of Patriot Act Unconstitutional 06 Sep 2007 A federal judge today struck down portions of the USA Patriot Act as unconstitutional, ordering the FBI to stop issuing "national security letters" that secretly demand customer information from Internet service providers and other businesses. In his 106-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero wrote that Patriot Act provisions related to NSLs are "the legislative equivalent of breaking and entering, with an ominous free pass to the hijacking of constitutional values."
Judge: Court order needed before ISPs turn over user info without notification --A federal court struck down part of the USA Patriot Act 06 Sep 2007 A federal court today ruled that the FBI can't compel ISPs to turn over user records without notifying those users unless it has a court order or a grand jury subpoena. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York struck down part of the amended Patriot Act's National Security Letter (NSL) provision, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which had filed a lawsuit challenging the provision.
Judge fails to see patriotic side of FBI gags on Net service providers 06 Sep 2007 If you’re scoring at home, that’s strike two for the idea that under the umbrella of national security investigations, the FBI, without oversight, can demand customer records from an Internet service provider while ordering the ISP never to disclose the probe to its customers or anyone else.
Justice Department opposes 'Net neutrality' 06 Sep 2007 The inJustice Department on Thursday said Internet service providers should be allowed to charge a fee for priority Web traffic. The agency told the Federal Communications Commission, which is reviewing high-speed Internet practices, that it is opposed to "Net neutrality," the principle that all Internet sites should be equally accessible to any Web user.
Bush's New World Order marches on, under the Iraq radar: Mexican Trucks Can Start U.S. Deliveries Today 06 Sep 2007 Mexican trucks are getting ready to roll across the border. The first of up to 150 Mexican trucks is ready to deliver cargo throughout the United States today.
Argentina shuts Shell refinery, citing pollution 06 Sep 2007 Argentina's government on Wednesday ordered the closure of Royal Dutch Shell's 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) refinery, citing environmental concerns.
Sen. Johnson welcomed back to work 06 Sep 2007 Nine months after being stricken by a brain hemorrhage, Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) returned to the Senate on Wednesday to the applause of his colleagues and the relief of his party. "It must already be clear to you that my speech is not 100%," Johnson said on the Senate floor, his words and his gait slowed by the life-threatening attack. "But my thoughts are clear and my mind is sharp, and I'm here to be a voice for South Dakota in the Senate."
Craig Still 'Expects to Resign' From Senate, Spokesman Says 06 Sep 2007 Idaho Senator Larry Craig still "expects to resign" from the Senate this month and is preparing for the transition, his spokesman [Dan Whiting] said.
Back-breaking work, 17-hour days, minimal pay: a glimpse inside the factories of Victorian Britain 07 Sep 2007 A fascinating new light has been shed on the attitudes of child workers, their parents, employers and the government's inspectors early in Queen Victoria's reign has been shed in a 900-page document posted on the internet yesterday. It is a set of reports to the Children's Employment Commission on conditions in the textiles industry in 1841.
U.S. builds for future at Guantanamo 05 Sep 2007 The U.S. military is building a mobile [kangaroo] courtroom complex on an unused runway at the Guantanamo Bay naval base and plans to be ready by March to conduct as many as three terrorism trials at a time. The $10 million [KBR] project will add two new courtrooms to the existing one, which is being fitted with a new computer projection system to display 'evidence' for the war crimes tribunals set up to try suspected 'al Qaeda' operatives held at the U.S. naval base in eastern Cuba.
Defense Dept. pays $1B to outside analysts 29 Aug 2007 The Defense Department is paying private contractors more than $1 billion in more than 30 separate contracts to collect and analyze intelligence for the four military services and its own Defense Intelligence Agency, according to contract documents and a Pentagon spokesman.
US military pushes for changes to Iraq report 06 Sep 2007 A bleak portrait of the political and security situation in Iraq has sparked sharp protests from top US military officials in Baghdad, who described it as flawed and "factually incorrect".
U.S. report says Iraq Interior Ministry 'dysfunctional' 05 Sep 2007 Iraq's Interior Ministry is regarded as "dysfunctional and sectarian," and the National Police should be "disbanded and reorganized," according to an independent report obtained by CNN.
Iraqi police force should be scrapped-U.S. report 05 Sep 2007 The Iraqi National Police force should be scrapped and reorganized because of ethnic divisions in its ranks, a new U.S. report said on Wednesday. "The National Police should be disbanded and reorganized," the report said. [Blackwater USA (and other US mercenaries) got billion$ to 'train' and 'equip' the Iraqi police force so that it can be scrapped and they can get billion$ to 'reorganize' it.]
Iraq says won't disband police despite U.S. report 06 Sep 2007 Iraq's Interior Ministry said on Thursday it would not disband the [US-funded] national police despite a report by an independent U.S. panel that will recommend scrapping and reorganizing the force.
Petraeus hints at Iraq troop cuts early in 2008 05 Sep 2007 The top U.S. military commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, has suggested he would recommend a cut in U.S. troop numbers around March when he delivers long-awaited testimony to Congress next week.
Bush: 'We're kicking ass' in Iraq 06 Sep 2007 The US President [sic], George Bush, has rallied to the cause of [fellow Reichwinger] John Howard by backing his embattled friend over the Iraq war, climate change and nuclear power and warning that the Prime Minister is not finished yet... Mr Bush later thanked Australian military personnel at a lunch at Garden Island. He believes success is being achieved in Iraq and told the Deputy Prime Minister, Mark Vaile, upon arrival on Tuesday night that "we're kicking ass".
Bush knew Saddam had no weapons of mass destruction --Two former CIA officers say the president squelched top-secret intelligence, and a briefing by George Tenet, months before invading Iraq. By Sidney Blumenthal 06 Sep 2007 On Sept. 18, 2002, CIA director George Tenet briefed President [sic] Bush in the Oval Office on top-secret intelligence that Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction, according to two former senior CIA officers. Bush dismissed as worthless this information from the Iraqi foreign minister, a member of Saddam's inner circle, although it turned out to be accurate in every detail... Nor was the intelligence included in the National Intelligence Estimate of October 2002, which stated categorically that Iraq possessed WMD. No one in Congress was aware of the secret intelligence that Saddam had no WMD as the House of Representatives and the Senate voted, a week after the submission of the NIE, on the Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq. The information, moreover, was not circulated within the CIA among those agents involved in operations to prove whether Saddam had WMD.
Coalition of nuns calls for impeaching Bush and Cheney 01 Sep 2007 A progressive group of U.S. nuns has called on Congress to impeach President [sic] Bush and Vice President [sic] Cheney because of their roles in the war in Iraq. "The National Coalition of American Nuns is impelled by conscience to call you to act promptly to impeach President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for ... high crimes and misdemeanors," the group wrote in a letter written on behalf of its board members.
Syrian News Agency: Israeli Aircraft Hit Syrian Targets 06 Sep 2007 Israeli war planes crossed the Syrian border and tried to bomb Syrian targets, according to Syrian sources. The Syrian news agency SANA said the attack occurred shortly after midnight on Thursday.
Israel accused of air raid on Syria 06 Sep 2007 Syrian air defences opened fire on Israeli aircraft that violated Syrian airspace overnight, a Syrian military spokesman said today. The Israeli planes broke the sound barrier and "dropped ammunition" over deserted areas of northern Syria, the official Syrian Arab news agency quoted the official as saying.
Syrian minister: 'Israel can't survive without aggression' 06 Sep 2007 "Israel in fact does not want peace. It cannot survive without aggression, treachery and military messages," Syrian Information Minister Mohsen Bilal said Thursday, a day after IAF aircraft allegedly violated Syrian airspace in an overnight operation.
Syria Says It Fired At Israeli Aircraft Flying Over Its Airspace 06 Sep 2007 Syrian military officials say that Syrian air defenses fired upon Israeli aircraft for violating Syrian airspace at dawn on Thursday.
Roadside bomb kills two British soldiers in Afghanistan 06 Sep 2007 Two British soldiers were killed yesterday by an improvised bomb in southern Afghanistan. A third British soldier and a civilian interpreter serving with Nato forces were also wounded in the attack, in which 20 suspected 'insurgents' died.
Two British troops killed in Helmand 05 Sep 2007 Two British soldiers were killed today while on patrol in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, the Ministry of Defence said. The men were taking part in a routine patrol when their vehicle was attacked, the MoD said in a statement.
US, West interests in Nigeria risk "terror attack" 06 Sep 2007 U.S. and other Western interests in Nigeria are at risk of "terrorist attack", the United States embassy in Africa's top oil producer said on Thursday. The official warning, in a message for U.S. citizens in Nigeria, gave few details, but said potential targets include official and commercial installations in the capital Abuja and the commercial city of Lagos. [Exxon Mobil makes a killing on phony US terror alerts.]
Drop the fork -Cafe near Bush's hotel ordered to get rid of its potential terrorist weapons: forks and knives. 06 Sep 2007 Last week, a butter knife was a handy dining implement. This week, it seems, APEC security staff have declared knives and forks as potential terrorist weapons. On the same day police won a court battle to stop protesters marching down George Street through the APEC security zone, it emerged yesterday that at least one cafe near George Bush's hotel [Museum of Sydney Cafe in Bridge Street] has been ordered by police not to set outdoor tables with silverware, lest it fall into the wrong hands. [This entry is also posted here.]
No forks allowed, but six nuclear armed cruise missiles are good to go: 6 nuclear warheads fly over U.S. --B-52 bomber, 'accidentally' armed with warheads, went over several states 05 Sep 2007 A B-52 bomber was 'mistakenly' armed with six nuclear warheads and flown for more than three hours across several states last week, prompting an Air Force investigation and the firing of one commander, Pentagon officials said Wednesday.
B-52 flew Bush WMDs [nuclear bombs] across US by mistake 06 Sep 2007 A B-52 bomber flew the length of the United States 'mistakenly' loaded with as many as six nuclear armed cruise missiles, US military officials confirmed today. The mix-up last week was only discovered after the aircraft landed at Barksdale air force base in Louisiana after making the three and a half hour journey from Minot Air Base in North Dakota. [The 'mistake' was that someone pulled the plug on the Bush regime's false flag operation.]
Staging Nukes for Iran? By Larry Johnson 05 Sep 2007 My buddy... reminded me that the only times you put weapons on a plane is when they are on alert or if you are tasked to move the weapons to a specific site... Barksdale Air Force Base is being used as a jumping off point for Middle East operations... Why would we want to preposition nuclear weapons at a base conducting Middle East operations? His final point was to observe that someone on the inside obviously leaked the info that the planes were carrying nukes. A B-52 landing at Barksdale is a non-event. A B-52 landing with nukes. That is something else. Now maybe there is an innocent explanation for this? I can’t think of one. What is certain is that the pilots of this plane did not just make a last minute decision to strap on some nukes and take them for a joy ride... Did someone at Barksdale try to indirectly warn the American people that the Bush Administration is staging nukes for Iran?
Chaser team charged 06 Sep 2007 Eleven members of ABC's The Chaser have been charged and granted bail following their arrest in Sydney today. Julian Morrow and Chas Licciardello, two of the stars of the satirical show, were among those detained by police today, after staging a fake motorcade through Sydney as part of an APEC week stunt. They were charged under new APEC laws with entering a restricted area without justification.
Comedy TV show team penetrates tight APEC security 06 Sep 2007 A television comedy show penetrated tight security around the Asia-Pacific summit in Sydney on Thursday, driving a fake motorcade unchallenged through two security check points. Members of Australia's Chaser television comedy programme, drove three cars, accompanied by motorcycles, near the city centre, where thousands of police and high fences have been installed to protect world leaders. <g>
Melbourne protestors searched for drugs 06 Sep 2007 APEC protesters travelling from Melbourne to Sydney have been stopped and searched for drugs in an operation by NSW police officers this evening.
Islamist Terrorists Planned Massive Attacks in Germany 05 Sep 2007 The three suspected terrorists seized Tuesday were [allegedly] planning huge bomb attacks on targets in Germany. The bombs they were [allegedly] planning to make would have had more explosive power than those used in the [Aznar-backed] Madrid and London terror attacks.
U.S. Navy 'Top Gun' Pilot Questions 9/11 By Alan Miller 05 Sep 2007 U.S. Navy 'Top Gun' pilot, Commander Ralph Kolstad, started questioning the official account of 9/11 within days of the event... Commander Kolstad is especially critical of the account of American Airlines Flight 77 that allegedly crashed into the Pentagon. He says, "At the Pentagon, the pilot of the Boeing 757 did quite a feat of flying. I have 6,000 hours of flight time in Boeing 757’s and 767’s and I could not have flown it the way the flight path was described..." Regarding the alleged impact site of United Airlines Flight 93 near Shanksville, PA, he asks, "Where is any of the wreckage? Of all the pictures I have seen, there is only a hole! Where is any piece of a crashed airplane? Why was the area cordoned off, and no inspection allowed by the normal accident personnel? Where is any evidence at all?"
DHS Data Mining System Shut Down After Privacy Slip Ups By Ryan Singel 05 Sep 2007 Homeland Security is shelving a $42 million data mining system [ADVISE], following revelations that the system development was paused after a report that it was tested using personal data without first doing a required privacy audit, according to a story from the Associated Press.
DHS Ends Criticized Data-Mining Program 05 Sep 2007 The Homeland Security Department scrapped an ambitious anti-terrorism data-mining tool after investigators found it was tested with information about real people without required privacy safeguards.
A 'chilling' proposal for a universal DNA database 06 Sep 2007 A civil liberties storm erupted yesterday after a senior judge called for the genetic details of every person in Britain, and all visitors to the country, to be added to the national DNA database. Critics warned that the "chilling" move would infringe privacy, be hugely impractical and have only a marginal impact on crime.
Judge scolds U.S. Justice Department over warrantless wiretapping records 05 Sep 2007 A U.S. judge scolded the Bush regime Wednesday for responding with sometimes blanket secrecy to a request for documents on its warrantless wiretapping program. Privacy groups and civil rights organizations sued the Justice Department last year, demanding it release documents under the Freedom of Information Act... U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. said Wednesday that reasoning is not good enough. "While the court is certainly sensitive to the government's need to protect classified information and its deliberative processes, essentially declaring 'because we say so' is an inadequate" defense, Kennedy wrote.
Archive Sues to Recover 5 Million Missing White House E-mails 05 Sep 2007 The National Security Archive today sued the White House seeking the recovery and preservation of more than 5 million White House e-mail messages that were apparently deleted from White House computers between March 2003 and October 2005.
Sidelining Safety -- The FDA's Inadequate Response to the IOM By Sheila Weiss Smith, Ph.D. 06 Sep 2007 Having been commissioned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to evaluate the U.S. drug-safety system, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published a report, The Future of Drug Safety, in September 2006 identifying weaknesses in the laws, regulations, resources, and practice of ensuring drug safety... In general, the IOM implored the agency to "embrace a culture of safety" by increasing the priority accorded to the safety of patients... Sadly, the FDA's official response falls far short of what the American public expects and deserves. Indeed, it highlights the very reason that the agency — with which I have had some firsthand experience — is in need of monumental change: its philosophy is no longer aligned with its regulatory mandate.
'This mining plan should never have been approved.' Union official says Utah mine was unsafe 05 Sep 2007 Government mine safety officials should have known that Utah's Crandall Canyon mine was unsafe and closed it before the collapse in August that killed nine people, a union official told senators Wednesday.
'He saw ghosts - coming out of the wall.' Book reveals Bush's bouts of crying, ghostly visions 04 Sep 2007 George W. Bush, the U.S. President [sic], is prone to bouts of crying caused by the stress of his job and claims to have seen ghosts emerge from the Lincoln Bedroom in the White House, according to a new book [Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush] on his presidency. The younger Mr. Bush found the White House a "creepy place," John Draper writes. After exercising in a White House gym one evening, he told a friend he froze in his steps while approaching the Lincoln Bedroom. Mr. Bush insists "he saw ghosts - coming out of the wall," according to the friend.
Craig supporters call for boycott of Minneapolis airport 05 Sep 2007 Supporters of Sen. Larry Craig with the American Land Rights Association are calling for a boycott of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport. The Battle Ground (Washington) based association says airport police who arrested the senator in a men's room sex sting are responsible for weakening private property rights in the West. Craig is a Republican member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The American Land Rights Association, which has an office in Washington, D-C, advocates for the use of federal lands and against what it calls federal "land grabs."
Craig Aide Says He's Likely to Leave 06 Sep 2007 Sen. Larry Craig has all but dropped any notion of trying to complete his term, and is focused on helping Idaho send a new senator to Washington within a few weeks, his top spokesman said Thursday. "The most likely scenario, by far, is that by October there will be a new senator from Idaho," Craig spokesman Dan Whiting told the Associated Press.
Ex-S.C. Treasurer Guilty in Cocaine Case 06 Sep 2007 Former South Carolina Treasurer Thomas Ravenel (R), once seen as a rising political star, pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Ravenel admitted during a hearing that he bought cocaine from several different people and said he used the drug sometimes as often as once a week. Ravenel was also the state chairman for Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, but he left the campaign amid his indictment.
Congressman Found Dead at Home 05 Sep 2007 Veteran Ohio Republican Rep. Paul Gillmor is dead at the age of 68. Two members of Gillmor's staff found the Congressman's body at the bottom of a staircase in his suburban Washington home at 11:10 Wednesday morning, according to Arlington County, Va. Police Department spokesman John Lysle.
Mega barf alert! Thompson Announces Candidacy On Leno --Actor, Former Senator Plans 15-Minute Webcast to Explain Candidacy --Lazy Reichwing whackjob, Fred Thompson, is running for president. The veteran actor and former Republican senator made his long-expected announcement during a taped appearance Wednesday on NBC's "Tonight Show."
MSNBC: Vote on the New Hampshire Republican debate --Who do you think did the best or worst in the following six categories? 06 Sep 2007
Global warming: Too hot to handle for the BBC --Green groups protest after corporation calls off day of programming dedicated to climate change 06 Sep 2007 The transformation of climate change from a scientific to a political issue became clear last night when the BBC dropped plans for a day-long TV special on global warming.
More 'megafires' to come, say scientists 02 Sep 2007 Fires of unprecedented ferocity are sweeping around the world, fuelled by global warming and misguided environmentalism. Dubbed "megafires", they rage over thousands of miles at 1,000C and create their own weather, even triggering tornadoes. Rapidly increasing in number, they are often unquenchable by any human efforts, burning unchecked until they reach coasts or are put out by heavy rainfall.
Caught On Tape: Bear Cub Takes Dip In Pool (Hunters, Washington) A bear cub that found the summer heat unbearable cools off in a backyard pool, and the whole thing is caught on tape. (Slideshow)
'We're one bomb away from getting rid of that obnoxious [FISA] court.' New Book Details Cheney Lawyer's Efforts to Expand Executive Power 05 Sep 2007 Vice President [sic] Cheney's top lawyer [David S. Addington, now Cheney's chief of staff], pushed relentlessly to expand the powers of the executive branch and repeatedly derailed efforts to obtain congressional approval for aggressive anti-terrorism policies for fear that even a Republican majority might say no, according to a new book written by a former senior Justice Department official... [Jack L.] Goldsmith described Addington as "the chief legal architect of the Terrorist Surveillance Program," which bypassed the secret court that administers FISA and allowed the National Security Agency to spy on communications between the United States and overseas without warrants. In a February 2004 meeting, Addington said sarcastically: "We're one bomb away from getting rid of that obnoxious [FISA] court."
PM: Australian troops to remain in Iraq at present levels 05 Sep 2007 Australian Prime Minister John Howard Wednesday reiterated that the Australian troops would remain at their current levels in Iraq.
Bush just playing us with 'troop withdrawal' --'Revelation' contradicts every other rationale offered in the last 500 days By Keith Olbermann 04 Sep 2007 As he deceived the troops at Al-Asad Air Base yesterday with the tantalizing prospect that some of them might not have to risk being killed and might get to go home, Mr. Bush probably did not know that, with his own words, he had already proved that he had been lying, is lying and will be lying about Iraq. He presumably did not know that there had already appeared those damning excerpts from Robert Draper's book "Dead Certain." "I'm playing for October-November," Mr. Bush said to Draper. That, evidently, is the time during which, he thinks he can sell us the real plan, which is "to get us in a position where the presidential candidates will be comfortable about sustaining a presence." ...Your goal is not to set the stage for eventual withdrawal. You are, to use your own disrespectful, tone-deaf word, playing at getting the next Republican nominee to agree to jump into this bottomless pit with you, and take us with him, as we stay in Iraq for another year, and another, and another, and anon.
US report paints bleak picture of Iraq 05 Sep 2007 A bleak portrait of the political and security situation in Iraq released by the US Government Accountability Office has sparked protests from top US officials in Baghdad, who described it as "factually incorrect". The controversy followed last-minute changes made in the final draft after the Defence Department maintained that its conclusions were too harsh. The GAO rejected several changes proposed by the Pentagon and concluded that Iraq had failed to meet all but two of nine security goals Congress had set as benchmarks of progress. The report, published days before the Bush Administration's own progress report on Iraq, said that only one of eight political goals — safeguarding minority rights in the Iraqi Parliament — had been met.
Report: Iraq missed most goals set by U.S. 04 Sep 2007 A U.S. congressional watchdog agency said on Tuesday that Iraq has failed to meet 11  out of 18 political and military goals set by Congress. [WHY is the US setting another country's goals - and controlling their oil distribution?]
US commander hints at Iraq rollback next year --'Surge' may be reversed by next March --Announcement before report to Congress 05 Sep 2007 America's leading military commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, last night signalled that the Bush administration may be ready to reverse its troop surge in Iraq and begin pulling soldiers out as early as next March. Only days before he is to deliver his progress report to Congress on the 'surge', Gen Petraeus told ABC television he did not foresee maintaining present troop levels in Iraq because of the strain on the military.
Time to Head to Congress --Gen. Petraeus Preps for Much-Anticipated Iraq Progress Report 04 Sep 2007 The top military general in Iraq [Gen. David Petraeus] hinted to ABC that next week's much-anticipated report on the status of the troop surge in Iraq would include a recommendation for troop reduction in March, if not sooner, to avoid a strain on the Army.
U.S. holding 22,000 Iraqi prisoners 04 Sep 2007 U.S. invasion troops detain more than 22,000 Iraqis in their prisoner camps across the country, senior government officials say. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said many of those languishing in U.S. jails are innocent and have been incarcerated for long periods without trial or charges.
Documents show US troops disregard of rules for war 05 Sep 2007 U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have failed to understand and observe the rules on interrogations and deadly actions when they committed crimes against local civilians, say documents released on Wednesday. The report by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) showed it was common that U.S. soldiers believed they did not break any law when killing local citizens.
At least 13 civilians killed in Baghdad 05 Sep 2007 A roadside bomb rocked an eastern Baghdad Shiite neighborhood early on Wednesday, killing at least 13 people and injuring 25 others when it exploded next to buses used by morning commuters, police and hospital officials said.
4 U.S. Troops Killed In Baghdad 05 Sep 2007 Four American soldiers were killed and four others were wounded in two attacks in Baghdad, the U.S. command said Wednesday.
Lawsuit demands US reveal civilian deaths in Iraq, Afghanistan 04 Sep 2007 A US civil rights group filed a lawsuit Tuesday demanding the American military release documents about civilians killed by US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, accusing the government of trying to hide the human cost of war. The American Civil Liberties Union's legal move came after a request for documents related to civilian deaths under the country's Freedom of Information laws was rebuffed by the US Navy, the Air Force and Marines. The US Army complied with the ACLU's year-old request.
Pentagon slow to spend on safety for US troops in Iraq 04 Sep 2007 The Pentagon often has dragged its feet or refused to spend on safer equipment for US troops in Iraq, forcing the Congress to step in, a study published on Tuesday found. The report published in USA Today came as a crucial report on the military situation is due within days in Washington.
Two NATO Soldiers Killed in Southern Afghanistan 05 Sep 2007 NATO says two of its soldiers were killed Wednesday while on patrol in southern Afghanistan. A NATO statement says another soldier and an interpreter were injured. No further details were provided.
Suicide Bombers Kill 3 Afghan Policemen 04 Sep 2007 Afghan officials say three police officers have been killed in two different suicide bombings Tuesday. Authorities say one officer was killed when a bomber rammed a police car in the southern province of Paktika, near the border with Pakistan.
They can not predict 'the volume of our response.' Iran warns U.S. not to launch military attack 05 Sep 2007 An Iranian top official warned the United States on Tuesday to beware of the possible results if it launch a military action against the Islamic Republic, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.
Guess who's building nuclear power plants? 15 May 2006 This is an ad from the 1970s purchased by a number of U.S. power companies using the Shah's nuclear power program to convince Americans of the necessity and safety of nuclear energy.
Oops! B-52 bomber mistakenly carried nuclear warheads on domestic flight: report 05 Sep 2007 A B-52 bomber was mistakenly armed with six nuclear warheads and flown for more than three hours across several states last week, prompting a U.S. air force investigation and the firing of one commander, Pentagon officials said Wednesday.
B-52 mistakenly flies with nukes aboard 05 Sep 2007 A B-52 bomber mistakenly loaded with five nuclear warheads flew from Minot Air Force Base, N.D, to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., on Aug. 30, resulting in an Air Force-wide investigation, according to three officers who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to discuss the incident.
EU's Frattini says new Europe-wide anti-terror measures needed 05 Sep 2007 The European Union's top justice official said more EU-wide 'anti'-terror measures were needed because the threat of terrorism in the 27-nation bloc remains high. "All sources indicate that the threat of new terror attacks continues to be high," said EU Justice and Home Affairs Commissioner Franco Frattini.
Germany Foils 'Massive' Bomb Attacks, Prosecutor Says 05 Sep 2007 Police arrested three men suspected of planning "massive" terrorist attacks on U.S. and other targets in Germany, preventing the deaths of "many, many people," Chief Federal Prosecutor Monika Harms said. Two Germans and a Turkish national were detained yesterday at a house in Oberschledorn, a village in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, officials said. Bomb-making materials and military detonators were also seized.
Three arrested in Germany over alleged attack plans 05 Sep 2007 German Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung says three men have been arrested on suspicion of planning attacks against the US military base at Ramstein and the Frankfurt airport. Mr Jung says the men had been in the last stages of carrying out their plans. [LOL, they always are.]
Three held in Germany over attack plot 05 Sep 2007 Germany has arrested three men suspected of belonging to an Islamist terrorist group and planning attacks, German officials said on Wednesday. The three are suspected of planning attacks at Frankfurt international airport and a major U.S. military base in Ramstein, German public broadcast network Suedwestrundfunk (SWR) said.
John Howard snubs George W. Bush for rugby league 05 Sep 2007 Prime Minister John Howard did not greet the most powerful 'man' in the world when he arrived in Sydney last night, instead deciding to attend the Dally M National Rugby League Player of the Year awards.
Police win protest action 05 Sep 2007 Protesters have been denied permission to march to the edge of police lines during an anti-APEC rally in Sydney on Saturday. The NSW Supreme Court today granted Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione's application for an order preventing up to 20,000 people from marching to the corner of George and King streets.
Five more activists added to blacklist 05 Sep 2007 Five more activists have been added the APEC blacklist, and at least two of them have vowed to defy the ban. These five bring to 34 the number of people who are banned from entering the APEC declared areas. All five are associated FLARE in the void conference.
FBI probes e-mailed threat at CMU 05 Sep 2007 (Pittsburgh) An office building at Carnegie Mellon University was evacuated and searched yesterday in the latest of a series of bomb threats the FBI is investigating at prominent universities. The e-mailed threat was the second at Carnegie Mellon since Aug. 24. It referenced Whitfield Hall and said a bomb also had been left in a brown paper bag in an unspecified outdoor campus location, according to an alert posted yesterday on the school's Web site.
Senate blocks mandatory ID implants in employees --The bill would prevent employers in the state from requiring workers to have the devices. 31 Aug 2007 Tackling a dilemma right out of a science fiction novel, the state Senate passed legislation Thursday that would bar employers from requiring workers to have identification devices implanted under their skin. State Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) proposed the measure after at least one company began marketing radio frequency identification devices for use in humans.
NYC Cabbies: GPS is 'Intrusive,' Strike 05 Sep 2007 A group of taxi drivers launched a two-day strike Wednesday, right in the middle of the New York Fashion Week and the U.S. Open tennis tournament, to protest a city plan to require GPS tracking in cabs. The New York Taxi Workers Alliance called the strike in the nation's largest city to protest new rules requiring all cabs to have global positioning systems and touch-screen monitors that will let passengers pay by credit card. Some cabbies fear the GPS systems could be used to track their movements and that they could get stuck paying hefty fees for credit card processing.
Calif. Ballot Proposal's GOP Ties 04 Sep 2007 Lawyers behind a California ballot proposal that could benefit the 2008 Republican presidential nominee have ties to a Texas homebuilder who financed attacks on Democrat John Kerry's Vietnam War record in the 2004 presidential campaign. Charles H. Bell and Thomas Hiltachk's law firm banked nearly $65,000 in fees from a California-based political committee funded almost solely by Bob J. Perry that targeted Democrats in 2006. Perry, a major Republican donor, contributed nearly $4.5 million to the group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth [sic]... He and Bell are the sole officers of a new political committee, Californians for Equal Representation, that is raising money to place the plan on the ballot in June.
Craig may not be resigning after all 05 Sep 2007 In a surprise twist, Sen. Larry E. Craig (R-Idaho) has left open, albeit slightly, the possibility that he will not resign from the Senate if he succeeds in his fight to clear his name of allegations that he solicited sex in a Minnesota airport restroom in June.
Craig Said to Consider Not Resigning 05 Sep 2007 Senator Larry E. Craig of Idaho opened the door Tuesday to returning to the Senate, creating another twist in his unfolding political drama and raising the possibility of an ugly showdown with national Republican leaders. Dan Whiting, a spokesman for Mr. Craig, an Idaho Republican, said Tuesday night that Mr. Craig had not ruled out reversing his plan to step down Sept. 30.
Ohio Congressman Gillmor Found Dead --No Word Given On Cause of Death 05 Sep 2007 Ohio U.S. Rep. Paul Gillmor (R) was found dead in his apartment Wednesday, a Republican leadership aide said.
St. Bernard sewage reveals waste --FEMA hauls it rather than build new plant 01 Sep 2007 When floodwaters were finally pumped out of St. Bernard Parish after the 2005 hurricanes, local officials had hoped to move quickly to rebuild basic services, including the sewage-treatment system, so 66,000 displaced residents could return home. They hadn't counted on "44 CFR 206.226..." It turns out that a new sewage-treatment system in St. Bernard Parish wasn't covered.
Loss of Arctic ice leaves experts stunned 04 Sep 2007 The Arctic ice cap has collapsed at an unprecedented rate this summer and levels of sea ice in the region now stand at record lows, scientists have announced. Experts say they are "stunned" by the loss of ice, with an area almost twice as big as the UK disappearing in the last week alone.
The Polar Bear Is Threatened (The Hartford Courant) 04 Sep 2007 More than eight months ago, the U.S. Interior Department agreed to consider listing the polar bear as "threatened" under the federal Endangered Species Act. There's still no word on a final decision, but as the agency's ruminations continue at a pace that can be fairly described as glacial, the polar bear's habitat is melting... We urge Mr. [Interior Secretary Dirk] Kempthorne and the Bush administration to finally start walking the walk on global warming. Officially designating the polar bear as threatened would be a useful and important step. [Quick action! Tell the Bush Administration to protect polar bears and their critical habitat (NRDC) Send a message urging the Bush Administration to finalize the listing of the polar bear and designate its critical habitat.]
Battle! 04 Sep 2007 'Forces on the Left, including every major newspaper in America and Democrat Pols are gearing up to pour cold water on the upcoming Patraeus Report. [Fox's John] Gibson speaks to Far Left Duke Professor Mike Rectenwald, founder of Citizens for Legitimate Government, to see if there is ANYTHING Patraeus can say that he’ll believe.' Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D., CLG Founder/Chair, appeared on John Gibson's Fox News radio show to debate the Iraq troop surge with John Gibson.
Iraq Oil: The Vultures are Waiting By Sarah Meyer 03 Sep 2007 The oil majors met at the Iraq Oil, Gas, Petrochemical & Electricity Summit from 2 – 4 September 2007 in Dubai to discuss "the future of Iraq’s abundant energy resources." Attending were US puppets, described as "some of the most important figures from Iraq’s energy sector." Also attending were the waiting vultures, BP, Exxon, ConocoPhillips, Chevron, Lukoil, Statoil, Marathon Oil, Total, Shell, Kuwait National Petroleum, Annadarko, Schlumberger, ABB, ONGC, General Electric, Cummins Power, Mitsui, Aegis, ArmorGroup, Janussian, Control Risks Group, Unity, Hart, Olive Security, GardaWorld and Triple Canopy. [See: CIA March 2003 oil map of Iraq.]
Iraq MP: U.S. oil law pressure no help 04 Sep 2007 U.S. pressure on Iraq's government to pass an oil law as one of 18 benchmarks didn’t help and the law isn't ready to pass now, a top parliamentarian said. Next week U.S. Embassy and military officials in Baghdad are to deliver a report on how Iraq’s government fared on the benchmarks, most of which were missed.
Private security contractors' shootings grows in Iraq 03 Sep 2007 The number of times that private security contractors [mercenaries] working for the U.S. military fired warning or deadly shots at Iraqis nearly doubled during the past year, according to the U.S. military command in Iraq. In the year ending May 2007, there were 207 reported incidents of mercenaries firing shots, up from 115 during the same period the year prior, according to the Multi-National Force-Iraq. The incidents resulted in four deaths of Iraqis in separate shootings.
Another Iraqi oil official targeted, shot 31 Aug 2007 Thursday’s assassination of a top oil official southwest of Baghdad highlights the security situation the oil sector faces, like the rest of Iraq. Ali Abu Haydar al-Hasnawi, the director of an oil depot in Najaf, was gunned down in front of his house just days after the release of four kidnapped oil officials, including the deputy minister. [Oops! He must have been against passage of the oil law.]
U.S. says five Britons kidnapped in Iraq still alive 04 Sep 2007 The U.S. military believes that five Britons, a computer expert and four bodyguards, kidnapped in Baghdad in May are still alive, a top U.S. general said on Tuesday. "We track every day where we think they might be," [? i.e., where Blackwater USA is keeping them] said Lieutenant-General Raymond Odierno, the day-to-day commander of U.S. troops in Iraq.
Try Bush for war crimes, urges US combat veteran 05 Sep 2007 George W. Bush should be tried as a war criminal for his role in launching the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and the Howard Government is culpable for supporting him, a US anti-war activist claims. The US President [sic] and John Howard were committed to a failing war that was being waged for oil and economic motives, former US marine and two-time combat tour veteran Matt Howard said in Sydney yesterday.
Bremer refutes Bush's accusations over Iraqi army 04 Sep 2007 Paul Bremer, America's former proconsul in Baghdad, yesterday defended his reputation against comments from President [sic] George Bush that the official had acted on his own accord in committing one of the most calamitious mistakes of the Iraq war.
Envoy's Letter Counters Bush on Iraq Army 04 Sep 2007 A previously undisclosed exchange of letters shows that President [sic] Bush was told in advance by his top Iraq envoy in May 2003 of a plan to "dissolve Saddam’s military and intelligence structures," a plan that the envoy, L. Paul Bremer, said referred to dismantling the Iraqi Army. Mr. Bremer provided the letters to The New York Times on Monday after reading that Mr. Bush was quoted in a new book as saying that American policy had been "to keep the army intact" but that it "didn’t happen."
Basra pullout no guarantee for Iraq withdrawal 04 Sep 2007 The tactical redeployment of 550 British troops from Saddam Hussein's old palace in the centre of Basra to the more secure and better protected compound at the city's airport is an important milestone towards Britain's ultimate objective of returning the city to Iraqi control.
Iraqi flag signals the transfer of power in Basra 04 Sep 2007 The Iraqi flag was fluttering over Basra Palace yesterday, in a potent symbol of British withdrawal from the last base inside the city. Both British and Iraqi officials declared a successful transition from UK to local control and insisted that law and order will not collapse.
Iraq confirms death sentence for 'Chemical Ali' 04 Sep 2007 Iraq's [US-installed] top court said on Tuesday it has confirmed the death sentence on "Chemical Ali" and two other cohorts of Saddam Hussein convicted of genocide and they will be hanged within 30 days. "The Iraqi Supreme Court has confirmed the death sentence on Ali Hassan al-Majid, Sultan Hashim al-Tai and Hussein Rashid al-Tikriti," court chief Judge Aref Shaheen told a press conference.
Troop buildup fails to reconcile Iraq 04 Sep 2007 The U.S. military buildup that was supposed to calm Baghdad and other trouble spots has failed to usher in national reconciliation, as the capital's neighborhoods rupture even further along sectarian lines, violence shifts elsewhere and Iraq's government remains mired in political infighting.
On visit to Iraq, Bush raises possibility of troop cuts 04 Aug 2007 On a surprise visit to Iraq on Monday for meetings with his commanders and top Iraqi officials, President [sic] George W. Bush raised the possibility that some U.S. troops could be withdrawn from Iraq if, he said, security there 'continued' to improve. [Bush is lying like a rug, because he knows the Betrayus report is going to show the complete and utter failure that is the illegal US occupation of Iraq, and Republicans will start to demand troop withdrawals. --LRP]
George Bush insists that Iran must not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. So why, six years ago, did the CIA give the Iranians blueprints to build a bomb? 05 Sep 20007 In an extract from his explosive new book ['State of War'], New York Times reporter James Risen reveals the bungles and miscalculations that led to a spectacular intelligence fiasco.
Test Marketing 31 Aug 2007 If there were a threat level on the possibility of war with Iran, it might have just gone up to orange. Barnett Rubin, the highly respected Afghanistan expert at New York University, has written an account of a conversation with a friend who has connections to someone at a neoconservative institution in Washington. Rubin can’t confirm his friend’s story; neither can I. But it’s worth a heads-up: They [the source’s institution] have "instructions" (yes, that was the word used) from the Office of the Vice-President [sic] to roll out a campaign for war with Iran in the week after Labor Day; it will be coordinated with the American Enterprise Institute, the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, Commentary, Fox, and the usual suspects. It will be heavy sustained assault on the airwaves, designed to knock public sentiment into a position from which a war can be maintained. Evidently they don’t think they’ll ever get majority support for this—they want something like 35-40 percent support, which in their book is "plenty." [Yeah, and there's 'plenty' of support for this.]
Canada sending more police trainers to Afghanistan 04 Sep 2007 Senior government officials say Canada will be sending 22 more civilian police officers to help train the Afghan National Police, who've been persistent targets of Taliban militants.
Defense Dept.: 364 Afghan-area deaths 31 Aug 2007 As of Friday, Aug. 31, 2007, at least 364 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to the Defense Department. The department last updated its figures Aug. 28, 2007.
North Korea Says U.S. Will Lift Sanctions 04 Sep 2007 North Korea announced Monday that the United States had agreed to lift economic sanctions and remove it from a list of countries accused of sponsoring terrorism, a move that would satisfy one of the North Korean government’s principal conditions for giving up nuclear weapons.
Lawyers Challenge Rice, Hadley Subpoenas 30 Aug 2007 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other senior intelligence officials should not be forced to testify about whether they discussed classified information with pro-Israel lobbyists, federal prosecutors argued in a closed-door court hearing Friday.
Court gives Navy go-ahead to use sonar off coast --Appellate ruling gives the go-ahead for training off the Southland coast, despite concerns that whales may be harmed. 01 Sep 2007 A federal appeals court in San Francisco has given the U.S. Navy a temporary go-ahead to use high-powered sonar during nearly a dozen upcoming training exercises in Southern California waters.
Chinese military hacked into Pentagon 03 Sep 2007 The Chinese military hacked into a Pentagon computer network in June in the most successful cyber attack on the US defence department, say American officials. The Pentagon acknowledged shutting down part of a computer system serving the office of Robert Gates, defence secretary, but declined to say who it believed was behind the attack. [Right, Bush doesn't want to offend China and disrupt their supply of deadly products to the Wal-Mart terrorists.]
U.S. envoy: N. Korea still on terror list 04 Sep 2007 North Korea remains on a list of states that sponsor terrorism, a senior U.S. diplomat said Tuesday, dismissing North Korean claims that Washington decided to remove the designation. "No, they haven't been taken off the terrorism list," Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill told Japanese reporters as he arrived in Australia's business capital for a meeting of Pacific Rim nations.
Explosive cargoes steam by airport 05 Sep 2007 Almost 1500 tonnes of chemical explosive will be shipped in and out of Botany Bay during this week's APEC summit by crews from Burma, the Philippines and eastern Europe who have undergone no background security checks.
F.L.A.R.E. is happening in Sydney from September 4 to 9. We hope to create a pre-APEC convergence space as well as opportunities to learn from each other & strengthen networks of resistance beyond a single summit protest.
A full-blown police state is underway in Australia for Bush's visit: Police in APEC truancy blitz 04 Sep 2007 Police will be roaming trains, buses and the CBD tomorrow in search of truants who skip school to take part in a planned APEC protest, Commissioner Andrew Scipione warned today. Mr Scipione again told students to stay away from the protest for their own safety [LOL!] and warned that if they were playing truant, there was a good chance that the police would find them and report them to their school or parents as part of a specific truancy blitz.
Police to target student protesters 05 Sep 2007 Police will be roaming trains, buses and the central business district as part of a crackdown on students who skip school to take part in a planned Asia-Pacific Economic Co-oporation protest, the Police Commissioner, Andrew Scipione, has warned students.
Police bid to stop march 04 Sep 2007 A NSW Police attempt to get a court to ban protesters from marching through Sydney's APEC declared security no-go zone [LOL!] will be heard at 7am tomorrow. Lawyers for the police wanted the matter dealt with today, after the NSW Police Commissioner, Andrew Scipione, decided to press ahead with the Supreme Court action last night.
Deceptive kind of calm as city lockdown starts 04 Sep 2007 The traffic was light, there were more free seats on trains, and the streets were eerily vacant. Fenced off from residents, parts of Sydney felt like a ghost town yesterday. But do not be lulled into a false sense of security. "You ain't seen nothing yet," warned the NSW Minister for Transport, John Watkins.
Danish Police Hold 8 Terrorism Suspects in Copenhagen 04 Sep 2007 Danish police arrested eight "militant Islamists" with alleged al-Qaeda links on suspicion of plotting a "major" attack. Police held the men, whose ages are between 19 and 29, in the Copenhagen area today, Jakob Scharf, head of the Security Intelligence Service, told a news conference in the capital.
Bush Restricts Travel of More Than 100k Americans By Sherwood Ross 04 Sep 2007 The freedom to travel of more than 100,000 Americans placed on "watch" and "no fly" lists is being restricted by the Bush-Cheney regime. Citizens who have done no more than criticize the president [sic] are being banned from airline flights, harassed at airports', strip searched, roughed up and even imprisoned, feminist author and political activist Naomi Wolf reports in her new book, "The End of America."
DNA backlog piles up for FBI 03 Sep 2007 The FBI has fallen behind in processing DNA from nearly 200,000 convicted criminals — 85% of all samples it has collected since 2001 — Justice Department records show. The backlog, which expands monthly, means most of the biological samples the bureau collects have not been stored in the national DNA database and used to solve crimes.
Court rules Vietnam War-era CIA records can remain confidential 04 Sep 2007 Judges at a federal appeals court say the CIA can keep confidential two briefing reports it gave to President Lyndon Johnson during the Vietnam War.
"Five Heroes" From Cuba Await Their Fate --Arrested In 1998 For Spying On the U.S., 5 Cubans Await Court Ruling That May Bring Freedom 03 Sep 2007 In Cuba, the 'spies' are known as the "Five Heroes," wrongfully imprisoned. Meanwhile, the man Havana considers responsible for the worst of terrorism in Cuba, Luis Posada Carriles, is a free man living legally in Miami. Posada is accused of bombing a Cuban airliner in 1976, killing 73 passengers. To Cubans, he's a symbol of U.S. hypocrisy in the war on [of] terror.
9/11 Lawsuits Will Get Their Day in Court 04 Sep 2007 In the days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks... Michelle Cottom was being forced to deal with an ugly bottom line. How much was her child’s life worth? The Cottoms — and the families of 41 other victims — may soon get an answer as the little-noticed lawsuits they have brought against the airlines, security companies and other parties move toward a trial in a Manhattan courtroom.
Name changed to hide 'Superhighway?' WND obtains secret document revealing original moniker of 'SuperCorridor' By Jerome R. Corsi 02 Sep 2007 A 1998 document which WND has obtained shows the North American SuperCorridor Coalition, or NASCO, was originally named the North American Superhighway Coalition. The document plays into an emerging debate in which a number of critics, including President [sic] Bush, want to deny that a NAFTA "Superhighway" exists.
Microsoft 811 - Safety For Voting Machine Vendors By Michael Collins 04 Sep 2007 At a New Jersey town meeting this July, Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) said of his bill, House Resolution 811, "It’s not my bill anymore..." The current version of Holt's bill up for vote this week backs off of the public right to inspect voting machine software, open source code, in a big way and lets vendors keep secret the software and methods that determine your elections. Let me put it another way, you don't get to see how the voting machines work that elect the officials who govern you – ever!
Killer heat wave bakes southern California 04 Sep 2007 A heat wave swept southern California for a sixth day on Sunday, claiming the lives of an elderly couple, setting record temperatures and [corpora-terrorists] leaving thousands of customers without power. The mercury eclipsed the century mark throughout the area, sending millions of people to the beaches for relief on the Labor Day holiday.
British forces withdraw from Basra Palace base 03 Sep 2007 British troops began pulling out of Basra Palace last night and expect to hand control of the base to Iraqi forces within days, amid new Anglo-American recriminations about the aftermath of the Iraq war. The UK battlegroup in Saddam Hussein's former compound comprises about 500 troops and their redeployment to the city's airbase is the penultimate stage of Britain's presence in the country. Their withdrawal will be followed by the handover of the city itself to the Iraqi authorities in the autumn, the Ministry of Defence said.
MoD denies deal over withdrawal from Basra 31 Aug 2007 British forces have released more than two dozen Iraqi prisoners over the last three months in the run-up to their now imminent withdrawal from the UK base at Saddam's Hussein's former palace compound in Basra, though the government denies doing a deal with Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi army to stave off last-minute attacks.
Bush Makes Unannounced Iraq Visit on Way to APEC 03 Sep 2007 President [sic] George W. Bush arrived in Iraq on an unannounced trip to an air base in the country's Anbar province ahead of a 'progress' report on the war that Congress is set to get next week.
We're in Iraq for US, says PM as Bush flies in 04 Sep 2007 The need to maintain a close alliance with the United States was reason enough for Australia to keep its troops in Iraq, John Howard said yesterday as his Defence Minister, Brendan Nelson, said the soldiers were "angry" about Kevin Rudd's plan to bring them home early.
UK ex-generals condemn US over Iraq 02 Sep 2007 A second former UK army chief has condemned the US for its "fatally flawed" policy in Iraq. Major-General Tim Cross, the most senior UK officer involved in post-war Iraq planning, told the UK Sunday Mirror he had been "very concerned" about the lack of detail that had gone in to plans to rebuild Iraq following the 2003 US-led invasion. His remarks came a day after General Sir Mike Jackson, head of the British army during the Iraq war, criticised the US for how Iraqi reconstruction was handled.
Briton Blames Rumsfeld for Situation in Iraq 02 Sep 2007 The general who headed the British army during the 2003 Iraq invasion said that former U.S. defense secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's handling of postwar Iraq was "intellectually bankrupt" and pointed to Rumsfeld as "one of those most responsible for the current situation in Iraq." Mike Jackson, the British former chief of general staff who retired last year, strongly criticized Rumsfeld and the U.S. postwar effort in Iraq in his new book, "Soldier."
Iraq Far From U.S. Goals for Energy --$50 Billion Needed To Meet Demand 02 Sep 2007 Iraq's crucial oil and electricity sectors still need roughly $50 billion to meet demand, analysts and officials say, even after the United States has poured more than $6 billion into them over more than four years. Since the U.S. [illegal] invasion of Iraq in 2003, the Bush administration has focused much of its $44.5 billion reconstruction plan on oil and electricity [Halliburton, KBR]. [The terrorists at Exxon Mobil, KBR, Halliburton and Blackwater USA want more billion$. They'll continue blowing up Iraq's infrastructure until the DemocRATs roll over and submit to Bush's demands.]
Army Examines Possibility of Private Medical Contractor 03 Sep 2007 Whom do you turn to when the enormous number of military contract employees in Iraq creates problems for the U.S. Army as it tries to fight there? Another contractor, of course. Last week, Joint Contracting Command-Iraq provided details on its July 27 Request for Information (RFI W91GDW-07-R-4024), titled "Civilian Contractor Hospital Services throughout Iraq." It asks whether private health-care providers might be interested in establishing "medical treatment facilities at Forward Operating Bases throughout Iraq that would provide medical treatment to contractors working with the coalition forces."
'[I] think we will get people injured or killed tomorrow.' Iraq convoy was sent out despite threat --Unarmored trucks carrying needed supplies were ambushed, leaving six drivers dead. Records illuminate the fateful decision. 03 Sep 2007 Senior managers for defense contractor KBR overruled calls to halt supply operations in Iraq in the spring of 2004, ordering unarmored trucks into an active combat zone where six civilian drivers died in an ambush, according to newly available documents. Company e-mails and other internal communications reveal that before KBR dispatched the convoy, a chorus of security advisors predicted an increase in roadside bombings and attacks on Iraq's highways. They recommended suspension of convoys.
Detained 'Scholar' Allowed to Leave Iran 03 Sep 2007 Washington 'scholar' Haleh Esfandiari was allowed to leave Tehran early this morning, ending an eight-month saga of imprisonment and virtual house arrest that heightened tense relations between the United States and Iran. In two one-hour documentaries this summer, state-controlled Iranian television tried to link Esfandiari with the Bush regime's new $75 million project to promote 'democracy' in Iran.
Hefty re-up bonuses offered 02 Sep 2007 The Army is making a year-end push to re-enlist soldiers in priority specialties and those scheduled to leave active duty within the next few weeks. Bonuses for these soldiers range from $6,500 to $33,500.
Protesters make their presence felt at new home of Lieberman 29 Aug 2007 (Stamford, CT) U.S. Sen. Joseph LieberBush, R-Conn., got an anti-war welcome to his new neighborhood yesterday, but he may not have been around to receive it. Opponents of the war in Iraq, which the senior senator has supported, handed out leaflets in front of his recently purchased Strawberry Hill condominium yesterday afternoon, then gathered outside the Government Center to protest the war.
Vital Lockerbie evidence 'was tampered with' --Fragments of bomb timer that helped to convict a Libyan ex-agent were 'practically carbonised' before the trial, says bankrupt Swiss businessman Alex Duval Smith, Europe correspondent 02 Sep 2007 The key piece of material evidence used by prosecutors to implicate Libya in the Lockerbie bombing has emerged as a probable fake.
Holes emerge in case against Habib 03 Sep 2007 Holes have emerged in the evidence Australian intelligence agencies have relied on to paint former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mamdouh Habib as a national security threat. Authorities have used phone calls made by a US terrorist to Mr Habib's Sydney home in 1993 to bolster their case against him. But The Australian has learned the terrorist could not have made the calls, which phone records reveal were made after he was arrested over the 1993 bomb attack on New York's World Trade Centre.
Fortress Sydney: the lockdown begins 30 Aug 2007 An FA-18 Hornet thundered through the sky. Soldiers swarmed over cars. Military divers clad in black plunged into the harbour. Police and the Australian Defence Force flexed their muscle yesterday in a show of strength before the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum summit... A restricted air zone has been set up over a 45 nautical mile radius around the airport, and pilots have been warned to get permission before they enter. Authorities have been working with the aviation sector, and any pilot who violates the restriction will be warned that the area is out of bounds. In the worst case, they could be shot down. "This would be an extraordinary step," said Brigadier Andrew Smith. "Arrangements have been made and agreed at the highest level of government."
Who has the missing weapons? Search on for missing rocket launchers --Nine launchers may be in Sydney region 04 Sep 2007 When George W. Bush flies into Sydney tonight, one very awkward question will be in the minds of Australian security staff: where are the rocket launchers? The failure to be able to answer that question comes at the end of one of the most extraordinary searches seen in this country - involving, at different times, up to 30 officers from ASIO, the Australian Federal Police and NSW Police.
Hospitals on stand-by for terrorist attack 03 Sep 2007 A disaster plan has been established to deal with a catastrophe such as a terrorist attack during the APEC summit. The nine main trauma hospitals in Sydney have been given specific roles - with each able to take up to 40 critically injured people - in the event of a terrorist attack or other emergency.
'Rioters' plot to target Bush --Manual tells of how to confront police --Tourists forced to delete photos of fence 03 Sep 2007 One group of militant APEC protesters [FLARE, For Liberation Autonomy Resistance Exodus] is 'secretly plotting an outbreak of violence' for US President [sic] George W. Bush's arrival in Sydney tomorrow, distributing a rioter's training manual on how to wear gas masks, confront police and even evade fares. Police are already on edge about security, yesterday clamping down on activity in the Sydney CBD - including forcing three German tourists to delete photographs they had of the security fence.
Bush Greases Skids For UN Pandemic Power Grab --Bestselling author [Jerome Corsi] "wouldn't put it past" Globalists to release virus to capitalize on control By Paul Joseph Watson 02 Sep 2007 The World Health Organization and the U.N. have been handed complete control over response procedures in the event of a pandemic outbreak in the U.S. after an agreement was signed by President [sic] Bush at the recent SPP meeting that bypasses congressional approval. [See CLG's Flu 'Oddities'.]
Flu pandemic 'could kill 650,000' 31 Aug 2007 Up to 650,000 people could die in England and Wales if there were a flu pandemic, according to a Home Office document that outlines plans for dealing with an outbreak, including measures for mass burials and refrigerated storage of bodies. See: Making Killer Flu 12 Jun 2007 and Killer flu recreated in the lab 07 Oct 2004.]
Bridge inspectors hide behind terrorism concerns --AP: More than 1,500 Illinois bridges have worse structural ratings than the Minneapolis bridge that collapsed last month. 02 Sep 2007 Illinoisans who want to know about the safety of local bridges can't get the information easily. The Department of Transportation won't release inspection reports that provide detailed information about bridge conditions. Citing fears of 'terrorism,' agency officials claim those reports are not public documents.
IL bridges in worse condition than fated Minneapolis span 02 Sep 2007 More than 1,500 Illinois bridges carry worse structural ratings than the Minneapolis span that collapsed last month and killed 13 people. That's according to an Associated Press analysis of federal transportation records.
Court denies opponents' bid to block Mexican trucks 03 Sep 2007 About 1,000 Mexican trucks could be rolling through all parts of the U.S. as early as this Thursday after a San Francisco Appeals Court ruled the controversial project may proceed as planned. [Poll: Would you like to see the Mexican border open up soon? Absolutely. I'd love access to a new market; or be able to run less costly truckers up here. 19% No Way: Just think how Mexican competition would erode our domestic linehaul rates. 81%.]
Mexico trucks to roll on U.S. highways 01 Sep 2007 The Bush regime can proceed with a plan to open the U.S. border to long haul Mexican trucks as early as next week after an appeals court rejected a bid by labor, consumer and environmental interests to block the initiative.
Barclays urges BoE to bail out money markets 02 Sep 2007 Bob Diamond, the chief executive of Barclays Capital, has made a thinly veiled plea for the Bank of England to intervene in the money markets. In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Diamond said short-term liquidity in the money markets remained the biggest problem for the global financial system and said it was down to central banks to restore stability, praising the US Federal Reserve and European Central Bank's moves to inject liquidity.
U.S. at risk of recession from housing 01 Sep 2007 The weak housing market could topple the country into a full-blown recession and the Federal Reserve should slash interest rates aggressively, one of the country's most prominent economists warned on Saturday.
Student loan auction proposal stirs opposition 03 Sep 2007 A proposal to test a radical change in the U.S. student loan industry by putting it on the auction block is set to pit Democratic lawmakers against the Bush administration and the banking industry.
Steel, Mining Unions Back Edwards 03 Sep 2007 In a city that still maintains strong ties to the steel and mining industries [Pittsburgh], Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards received the endorsement of two powerful unions that represent their workers. Today the United Steelworkers and United Mine Workers of America, which have a combined 1.8 million members, threw their support behind Mr. Edwards.
Felix is second monster of the season, say storm scientists 03 Sep 2007 Hurricane Felix, cruising towards Central America on Monday, is the second maximum-category storm of the 2007 season, which has not even reached its midway point, British and French scientists noted.
Hurricane Felix becomes rare top-ranked storm 03 Sep 2007 Hurricane Felix became a rare and dangerous Category 5 storm on Sunday as it swept through the southern Caribbean toward Central America and Mexico.
Pentagon 'three-day blitz' plan for Iran 02 Sep 2007 The Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive airstrikes against 1,200 targets in Iran, designed to annihilate the Iranians’ military capability in three days, according to a national security expert. Alexis Debat, director of terrorism and national security at the Nixon Center, said last week that US military planners were not preparing for "pinprick strikes" against Iran’s nuclear facilities. "They’re about taking out the entire Iranian military," he said.
Will President Bush bomb Iran? 02 Sep 2007 In a nondescript room, two blocks from the American Capitol building, a group of Bush administration staffers is gathered to consider the gravest threat their government has faced this century: the testing of a nuclear weapon by Iran... The good news is that this was a war game; for those who fear war with Iran, the less happy news is that the officials were real. The simulation, which took four months, was run by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank with close links to the White House. Its conclusions, drawn up last month and seen by The Sunday Telegraph, have been passed on to military and civilian planners charged with drawing up plans for confronting Iran.
Poll: 71% of Israelis want U.S. to strike Iran if talks fail 18 May 2007 Fully 71 percent of Israelis believe that the United States should launch a military attack on Iran if diplomatic efforts fail to halt Tehran's nuclear program, according to a new poll.
Fresh UK attack on US Iraq policy 01 Sep 2007 A second key British general has criticised US post-war policy in Iraq. Maj Gen Tim Cross, who was the most senior UK officer involved in post-war planning, told the Sunday Mirror US policy was "fatally flawed". His comments came after Gen Sir Mike Jackson, head of the Army during the invasion, told the Daily Telegraph US policy was "intellectually bankrupt".
Ex-army chief criticises U.S. over Iraq 01 Sep 2007 The head of the army during the Iraq invasion has launched a scathing attack on U.S. post-war policy, The Daily Telegraph reported on Saturday, underlining growing transatlantic strains over Iraq. General Sir Mike Jackson, a now retired former chief of the general staff, said the approach taken by former U.S. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was "intellectually bankrupt" and described his comment that U.S. forces "don't do nation-building" as "nonsensical", the paper said.
UK troops poised to quit Basra 02 Sep 2007 Britain is preparing to hand over control of Basra to the Iraqi army as early as next month, sparking renewed claims from the US that the British are preparing to "cut and run".
Anger at terror suspects freed in Basra [surrender] deal 02 Sep 2007 Leading terror suspect Abu Aya... has been released as a result of a deal to free prisoners prior to the imminent British withdrawal from Basra to a desert airbase outside. A Ministry of Defence statement said the British were currently holding 88 people. But British forces have reportedly struck a deal to release prisoners in what some Iraqi officials say is a necessary concession to secure their safe departure.
More than 1,800 Iraqis killed in August 01 Sep 2007 Civilian deaths rose in August to their second-highest monthly level this year, according to figures compiled Saturday by The Associated Press.
Iraqi civilian deaths climb again --War-related fatalities rose in August, the second month in a row, suggesting that the U.S. troop increase has had little effect. 01 Sep 2007 Bombings, sectarian slayings and other violence related to the war killed at least 1,773 Iraqi civilians in August, the second month in a row that civilian deaths have risen, according to government figures obtained Friday. The statistics appear to indicate that the increase in troops ordered by President [sic] Bush this year has done little to curb civilian bloodshed, despite U.S. military statements [lies] to the contrary.
'We should kill everybody in that vicinity.' Haditha witness alleges squad leader planned to kill 31 Aug 2007 One week before 24 civilians were slain by members of a Marine platoon in the Iraqi city of Haditha, the squad leader allegedly said his men should kill everyone in the area if they were attacked by a roadside bomb, a government witness alleged Friday. Sgt. Sanick Dela Cruz made the accusation Friday morning during the second day of a hearing that will determine if the squad leader, Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, will face trial on 17 murder charges.
King Bush's Palace: Welcome to the new US embassy --It's bigger than Saddam's palace and, with a cinema, gym and pool, is the safest and smartest place to live in Iraq... 01 Sep 2007 This is the largest US Embassy built – roughly the size of Vatican City – and at $600 million (£300 million) the most expensive. At a time when millions of Baghdadis outside the green zone receive only a couple of hours of water and electricity daily, Iraqis observe that this project has been completed on time, on budget, and is entirely self-sufficient with its own fresh water supply, electricity plant, sewage treatment facility, maintenance shops and warehouses. "People are very angry," said one young Iraqi. "It’s for the Americans, not for the Iraqis." [The 'insurgents' haven't found it yet? What's up with that?]
Pentagon Justice --No officer will serve jail time for the crimes at the Abu Ghraib prison. (The Washington Post) 02 Sep 2007 There were certainly officers at Abu Ghraib overseeing interrogations of prisoners. There were other senior officers who drew up or approved methods -- such as the use of dogs to terrorize detainees -- that violated the Geneva Conventions and U.S. military codes. And there were civilian political appointees in the Pentagon, including then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, who demanded more aggressive steps to collect intelligence from prisoners... All have been excused from criminal charges, even while the low-ranking personnel who tortured Iraqi detainees -- in some cases under orders -- serve prison sentences.
UK Zionist group cancels Israeli reporter's talk 31 Aug 2007 Senior Haaretz columnist Danny Rubinstein's participation in a British Zionist Federation conference in London this weekend was cancelled, by mutual agreement, after Rubinstein was quoted as having described Israel as "an apartheid state" at a UN conference in Brussels. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported on Thursday evening that Rubinstein, a member of the Haaretz editorial board who has taught at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba, told the UN conference: "Today Israel is an apartheid state with different status for different communities."
Ha'aretz editor slams Israel at U.N. conference 30 Aug 2007 The Arab affairs editor for the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz, Danny Rubinstein, told participants at a United Nations conference in Brussels Thursday that Israel is an apartheid state. "Today Israel is an apartheid state with different status for different communities," Rubinstein said, according to observers at the event, which is being held at the European Parliament. Observers also quoted Rubinstein, a prominent columnist and member of the newspaper's editorial board, as saying: "Hamas won the election of the international community and Israel cannot ignore that."
Afghan Police Are Set Back as Taliban Adapt 02 Sep 2007 Over the past six weeks, the Taliban have driven government forces out of roughly half of a strategic area in southern Afghanistan that American and NATO officials declared a success story last fall in their campaign to clear out 'insurgents' and make way for development programs, Afghan officials say.
Defense Lawyers: U.S. Losing Legal War on Terror (American Bar Association) 31 Aug 2007 The United States is losing the legal war on [of] terror, according to interviews the ABA Journal conducted with 50 defense attorneys who have litigated terror cases since 9/11. The Journal also sought the opinions of 50 federal prosecutors who have handled terrorism cases since 9/11, but a Department of Justice official told them not to participate in the interviews. Asked by the Journal "what grade would you give the entire U.S. justice system – including the executive, legislative and judicial branches – in the legal war on terror," the lawyers gave an average grade of D+.
University of South Florida students indicted on explosives, terrorism charges --2 men carried explosives across state lines, say authorities 31 Aug 2007 Two Egyptian students [Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed and Youssef Samir Megahed] at a south Florida university were indicted Friday on charges of carrying explosive materials across states lines and one was accused of teaching the other how to use them for violent reasons.
Bush bin Laden wants no witnesses at his crime scenes: Feds to restrict volunteers at disasters 01 Sep 2007 In an effort to provide better control and coordination [dissemination of lies and cover-ups], the federal government is launching an ambitious ID program for rescue workers to keep everyday people from approaching a disaster scene. A prototype of the new first responder identification card is already being issued to fire and police personnel in the Washington, D.C., area.
Mexican carriers to gain access throughout U.S. --Court rejects union's appeal of truck plan 01 Sep 2007 A long-delayed plan to allow Mexican trucks to roam throughout the United States for the first time since 1982 appears to have surmounted its last legal hurdle. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco yesterday rejected an appeal from the Teamsters union to block the controversial initiative.
Court: Mexican trucks program to proceed 01 Sep 2007 The Bush regime can go ahead with a pilot program to allow as many as 100 Mexican trucking companies to freely haul their cargo anywhere within the U.S. for the next year, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request made by the Teamsters union, the Sierra Club and the nonprofit Public Citizen to halt the program. [People need to *block* the trucks from passing.]
Rising Pressure From G.O.P. Led Senator to Quit 02 Sep 2007 Within hours of the disclosure of Senator Larry E. Craig’s arrest and conviction after an undercover sex sting, Republican Senate leaders concluded that the exploding political scandal needed a fast resolution, one that necessitated the Idaho Republican’s prompt resignation.
Embattled U.S. senator quits over sex sting bust 01 Sep 2007 A conservative U.S. senator embroiled in an airport restroom sex scandal has seen his quarter-century national political career crumble from the pressure of the backlash. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, told a news conference in Boise on Saturday that he would resign from the Senate at the end of September.
The affair of US Senator Craig: Media sensationalism and political hypocrisy By Patrick Martin 01 Sep 2007 It is the political and media furor over Republican Senator Larry Craig of Idaho which should arouse outrage and disgust, not anything Craig may have done in a men’s bathroom at the Minneapolis airport three months ago. Once again, official Washington is focused with hysterical intensity on the private conduct of an individual politician, while the great public crimes being committed by the Bush administration and abetted by the Democratic-controlled Congress go unpunished.
Republican event organizer quits, citing 'lies' --Calling claims against him irrelevant and 'old news,' an organizer for a presidential event in which Rudy Giuliani will be the keynote speaker said he would step down. 01 Sep 2007 A St. Petersburg organizer [Barry S. Edwards] for a Rudy Giuliani presidential event plans to step down amid revelations of his arrests for allegedly extorting an FSU student in a sex case and his conviction for dealing in stolen state computers.
Giuliani event aide quits over sex, theft charges 31 Aug 2007 An organizer [Barry S. Edwards] for a Rudy Giuliani presidential event plans to step down amid revelations of his arrests for allegedly extorting an FSU student in a sex case and his conviction for dealing in stolen state computers.
Cuba Aids Nicaragua with Eye Center 01 Sep 2007 The first of two eye centers to open as part of Cuban aid to Nicaragua. The center will be located on the Atlantic coast and be inaugurated this month, said Maritza Cuan, Public Health minister. Since its inauguration three months ago, Cuban ophthalmologists have operated on more than 6,400 low-income Nicaraguans.
'It is a complete disaster.' Safety Agency Faces Scrutiny Amid Bush Cutbacks 02 Sep 2007 Under the Bush administration, which promised to ease what it viewed as costly rules that placed unnecessary burdens on businesses, industry-friendly officials have been installed [oh, just like Bush himself] at agencies that oversee the nation’s workplaces, food suppliers, environment and consumer goods. Top officials at the Consumer Product Safety Commission... have blocked enforcement actions, weakened industry oversight rules and promoted voluntary compliance over safety mandates, according to interviews with current and former senior agency officials and consumer groups and a review of commission documents.
Feds try to scale back Medicaid payments 31 Aug 2007 The Bush administration issued proposed rules Friday to trim Medicaid payments to schools. Medicaid is the federal-state health insurance program for poor people.
Bush's plan for aiding homeowners is less than it appears 31 Aug 2007 President [sic] Bush on Friday unveiled his plan to address homeowners who face foreclosure in the nation's credit crunch and housing slump. The proposals, however, duplicate efforts already under way by Congress and other federal agencies, would help at most 21 percent of the homeowners facing foreclosures and would do little to help areas in which inflated real estate prices are a problem.
John Edwards to visit Pittsburgh, gain USW endorsement 31 Aug 2007 Former Sen. John Edwards is expected to start his Labor Day in Pittsburgh and leave with the endorsement of the United Steelworkers.
Ice fjords, lifeblood for polar species, at risk in melting Arctic 31 Aug 2007 The Svalbard archipelago near the North Pole is already seeing the dramatic effects of global warming: the mercury is rising twice as fast as elsewhere on the planet, posing a serious threat to the ecosystem. The Arctic sea ice has never been as small as it is now. This year, it shrank to less than five million square kilometers (1.93 million square miles) -- a grim record for the planet.
Red Sox rookie Buchholz no-hits Orioles 01 Sep 2007 Before Clay Buchholz made his major league debut two weeks ago, the Boston Red Sox told him he was going back to the minors -- even if he pitched a no-hitter... The 23-year-old rookie pitched that no-hitter in just his second outing, using a dazzling three-pitch assortment of fastballs, curves and changeups to beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-0 Saturday night. The Boston newcomer became the third pitcher since 1900 to throw a no-hitter in his first or second major league start, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
'DC Madam' defense likely to disclose evidence, identities deemed classified' By Lori Price 01 Sep 2007 Citizens for Legitimate Government has learned that Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the 'DC Madam,' has filed with the Court a pro se "Motion for Pretrial Conference to Consider Matters Relating to Classified Information" under the Classified Information Procedures Act. This filing alerts the government that Palfrey's defense will likely involve the disclosure of evidence and identities presently deemed "Classified" by the U.S. government.
Hawaii soldiers died before testifying 01 Sep 2007 The Army has confirmed that "several" of the 10 Schofield Barracks soldiers who died in an Aug. 22 helicopter crash in northern Iraq were witnesses in a murder case involving two other Schofield soldiers accused of shooting an Iraqi prisoner. "Their tragic deaths do not affect the prosecution of the cases, which will proceed as planned," said Lt. Col. Michael Donnelly, a spokesman for Task Force Lightning in northern Iraq.
British general roasts US over Iraq 31 Aug 2007 The head of the British Army during the invasion of Iraq has blasted the United States for its handling of the aftermath, a newspaper reported Saturday. General Sir Mike Jackson laid into the then US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld in a stinging attack, said The Daily Telegraph, which is to serialise his forthcoming autobiography, "Soldier".
Army chief attacks US over Iraq 01 Sep 2007 General Sir Mike Jackson, the head of the British Army during the invasion of Iraq, has launched a scathing attack on the United States for the way it handled the post-war administration of the country. The former chief of the general staff said the approach taken by Donald Rumsfeld, the then US defence secretary, was "intellectually bankrupt", describing his claim that US forces "don't do nation-building" as "nonsensical".
Bush Gets Mounting Reports of Iraq Woes 31 Aug 2007 Awaiting a visit Friday by President [sic] Bush to discuss the war, the Pentagon defended its efforts to rid the Iraqi national police of sectarian bias and corruption, even as an independent review found the force too tainted to continue.
US to intensify fight against Qaeda after Iraq militia freeze 01 Sep 2007 The US military said on Saturday the freeze on militia activities by Iraq's Shiite Mahdi Army will help in the fight against Al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh], blamed for some of the bloodiest attacks in the war-ravaged country.
Lawmakers' plane evades ground fire in Iraq --Military cargo C-130 avoids attempted attack after takeoff from Baghdad 31 Aug 2007 A military cargo plane carrying three senators and a House member was forced to take evasive maneuvers and dispatch flares to avoid ground fire after taking off from Baghdad on Thursday night. The lawmakers said their plane, a C-130, was under fire from three rocket-propelled grenades over the course of several minutes as they left for Jordan.
"Redacted" stuns Venice 31 Aug 2007 A new film about the real-life rape and killing of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl by U.S. soldiers who also murdered her family stunned the Venice festival, with shocking images that left some viewers in tears. "Redacted", by U.S. director Brian De Palma, is one of at least eight American films on the war in Iraq due for release in the next few months and the first of two movies on the conflict screening in Venice's main competition.
Forty 'insurgents' killed in Afghanistan by Afghan army 01 Sep 2007 Afghan police and foreign forces killed around 40 suspected Taliban fighters, many in the region where the insurgents recently released a group of South Korean hostages, authorities said on Saturday.
Afghan attack 'kills civilians' 31 Aug 2007 An attack aimed at a US-led occupation base in Afghanistan has killed at least 10 people, officials have said. The dead were reported to be civilians killed when rockets or mortars missed the base and landed on a village in the eastern province of Kunar.
U.S. report says 'mass disturbances' up sharply among Guantanamo detainees 31 Aug 2007 "Mass disturbances" are up sharply at the Guantanamo Bay prison this year despite a security overhaul and the release of dozens of prisoners, according to a new U.S. military report. A one-page report titled "Danger Inside the Wire" said there were 385 mass disturbances in the first six months of 2007 compared to 201 for all of 2006, an increase of more than 90 per cent with half the year still to go.
Rice, other US officials challenge AIPAC subpoenas in closed-door court hearing 31 Aug 2007 US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other senior administration officials should be exempt from testifying about whether they shared classified national defense information with two American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) lobbyists, lawyers argued at a closed-door court session Thursday. Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman, indicted in 2005 under the 1917 Espionage Act for allegedly conspiring to receive and disclose classified US defense information over a five-year period dating back to 1999, say that AIPAC helped write US foreign policy in the Middle East with the tacit endorsement of US officials; they have subpoenaed Rice and other US intelligence officials to testify to this.
Bush Seeks Legal Immunity for Telecoms 31 Aug 2007 The Bush regime wants the power to grant legal immunity to telecommunications companies that are slapped with privacy suits for cooperating with the White House's controversial [illegal] warrantless eavesdropping program.
U.S. Cites 'Secrets' Privilege as It Tries to Stop Suit on Banking Records 31 Aug 2007 The Bush regime is signaling that it plans to turn again to a legal tool, the "state secrets" privilege, to try to stop a suit against a Belgian banking cooperative that secretly supplied millions of private financial records to the United States government, court documents show. The suit against the consortium, known as Swift, threatens to disrupt the operations of a vital national security program and to disclose "highly classified information" if it continues, the Justice Department has said in court filings.
Verizon and Government Seek Dismissal of Data-Mining Programs on Secrecy and Free Speech Grounds By Ryan Singel 30 Aug 2007 Verizon and its government allies told a federal court judge Thursday that national security requires the dismissal of lawsuit accusing the phone provider of violating federal privacy laws by allegedly providing millions of phone records to a secret anti[pro]-terrorism data-mining program. Verizon also argues that the nation's telephone privacy laws interferes with the company's free speech rights.
Bush E-Mail Mystery Deepens: White House Won't Name Tech Contractor 31 Aug 2007 The White House will not identify a private company which appears to be involved in the disappearance of potentially millions of White House e-mails. The company was responsible for reviewing and archiving White House e-mails, a White House official told congressional staff in May, according to a letter yesterday from House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif. Congressional investigators asked then for the name of the company and "have repeatedly requested" the information since then, according to Waxman.
Judge Orders a Web Site Selling Tax-Evasion Advice to Close 30 Aug 2007 A Web site that sells materials stating that individuals can legally stop paying taxes has been shut on the order of a federal judge. Judge Thomas J. McAvoy, a senior judge in the Northern District of New York who issued the order on Aug. 9, wrote that the First Amendment did not protect the two organizations that operate the Web site, or their founder, because the site incited criminal conduct. [Right, but the taxes are *paying* for criminal conduct! --LRP]
University student faces terror charge --He and friend also indicted for carrying explosives across state lines 31 Aug 2007 Two Egyptian students at the University of South Florida who were arrested earlier this month were indicted Friday, accused of carrying explosive materials across states lines. One of the men also was charged with teaching the other how to use them for violent reasons.
Suit Filed Over Security Steps at NASA Facility 31 Aug 2007 Twenty-eight scientists, engineers and other workers at one of NASA’s top research centers filed suit in federal court yesterday challenging new security measures, including questions about loyalty and sexual orientation, that they say violate their constitutional rights. To obtain new ID badges, NASA is requiring private workers at all installations to provide detailed background information and sign waivers allowing open-ended checks of past employment, questioning of former employers and neighbors, fingerprinting and other measures.
Civilian prisons coming soon to U.S. Army base near you --Little-noticed regulation allows construction on military installations 31 Aug 2007 The U.S. Army is authorized to create civilian prison labor camps on military installations, according to a little-noticed regulation. The Army prison camp policy is defined in Army Regulation 210-35, entitled "Installations: Civilian Inmate Labor Camps," signed Feb. 14, 2005, by Sandra R. Riley, then-administrative assistant to the secretary of the Army.
'It's dungeons for dollars.' Increase in inmates opens door to private prisons 24 Aug 2007 Having long lusted after a share of California's 173,000-inmate population, the nation's big private prison companies now foresee a steady stream of business. Over the last decade, the number of inmate beds in private prisons has jumped sixfold to about 112,000 in mid-2006, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
White House Press Secretary Snow Resigns 31 Aug 2007 President [sic] Bush announced Friday that press secretary Tony Snow, who has waged a battle with cancer while manning the White House lectern, will resign and be replaced by his deputy, Dana Perino, on Sept. 14.
Sen. Larry Craig to resign --Craig's office plans a news conference for 10:30 a.m. MDT at the Boise Depot. 01 Sep 2007 A restroom-sex scandal will drive Sen. Larry Craig from office today, bringing an anguished end to the Idaho Republican's 27-year career in Congress. Craig's office said late Friday that he would reveal his plans at 10:30 a.m. at the Boise Depot. Republican officials told the Idaho Statesman and The Associated Press that Craig will resign.
Republican senator poised to resign over gay sex charge 31 Aug 2007 A staunchly conservative Republican senator is poised to resign after his arrest in a men’s public toilet heaped ridicule upon him and caused dismay within President [sic] Bush’s scandal-plagued party.
Prof Sees 'Silver Lining' In Sen. Craig Case 31 Aug 2007 Sen. Larry Craig's arrest for alleged gay overtures in a Minneapolis restroom may spell the end of his political career, but some in the lesbian, gay and bisexual community are hoping the scandal has a silver lining. "Regardless of Larry Craig's true sexual orientation, the real story here is the extremes that some people must go through to hide their real self from a hostile society," says James Reid, a clinical psychologist who studies sexual identity and prejudice at Washington University in St. Louis.
Our View: Craig must resign --Senator violates public trust, squanders credibility (Idaho Statesman) 30 Aug 2007 Sen. Larry Craig needs to resign... It is difficult and unpleasant to call on Idaho’s senior senator to end a career in public service. We don’t do this casually, or unanimously. However, we cannot abide an elected official who didn’t disclose a lewd conduct arrest until the story broke 77 days later — a lie by omission and a violation of the public trust. We cannot believe Craig can effectively serve Idaho, under the shadow of his guilty plea on a lesser charge of disorderly conduct.
It's a set-up, says senator in hot seat 01 Sep 2007 In the moments after US Senator Larry Craig was arrested in a Minneapolis airport toilet, he accused an undercover police sergeant of entrapping him, emphasised he did not want to go to court or to jail and frequently said: "I don't recall," when asked about his reported sexual advances to the officer. The tense exchanges between the Republican senator from Idaho and the sergeant were captured on a nine-minute audiotape made public on Thursday under the Minnesota public records law.
Key Republican senator Warner to retire 31 Aug 2007 Sen. John Warner of Virginia, a leading Republican on military affairs who recently called on President [sic] George W. Bush to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, on Friday said he would not run for re-election next year.
Bush plan seen as "Band-Aid" for consumers 01 Sep 2007 President [sic] George W. Bush's proposals to help homeowners burdened with subprime mortgages they can't afford are a "Band-Aid" that will offer U.S. consumers little aid, investors and analysts said on Friday.
Bird flu shock 31 Aug 2007 Up to 650,000 people could die in the UK if there was a worldwide outbreak of human or avian flu. A Home Office report outlines emergency plans for mass burials and morgues in refrigerated trucks.
Bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease found in Phoenix 31 Aug 2007 Traces of Legionanella bacteria were found at the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona building. It is located in Phoenix near I-17 and Northern Avenue.
Judge Sentences Nifong to 1 Day in Jail 31 Aug 2007 A judge has sentenced disgraced prosecutor Mike Nifong to one day in jail for lying to a judge while pursuing the Duke lacrosse rape case. Nifong will serve his time beginning 9 a.m. September 7 and will end 9 a.m. September 8.
Monster spider web spun in Texas 31 Aug 2007 (Wills Point, TX) Entomologists are debating the origin and rarity of a sprawling spider web that blankets several trees, shrubs and the ground along a 200-yard stretch of trail in a North Texas park.
Upbeat Bush hints at more troops for Iraq 30 Aug 2007 The US President [sic], George Bush, has given his strongest indication yet that he intends to continue with plans to increase troop numbers in Iraq after the September 15 report to Congress, when he delivered an upbeat assessment of military progress and a more positive view of the political outlook.
White House Pushes Back on Iraq Report 31 Aug 2007 An independent assessment concluding that Iraq has made little political progress in recent months despite an influx of U.S. troops drew fierce objections from the White House on Thursday and provided fresh ammunition for Democrats who want to bring troops home.
US tactics in Iraq 'are not working': report 31 Aug 2007 An official report by the US Congress has cast serious doubt on the success of America's new military tactics in Iraq. It found that only three out of 18 political and security benchmarks set by the Bush administration had been met.
Iraq 'meets only 3 out of 18 US goals' 30 Aug 2007 Iraq has met only three out of 18 goals set by Washington for political and security progress, according to a draft of a key report being prepared for Congress, The Washington Post reported on Thursday. The findings by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress, are at odds with a more positive assessment [lie] the White House gave in July that Iraq had met eight out of 18 benchmarks, the newspaper said.
Panel Will Urge Broad Overhaul of Iraqi Police 31 Aug 2007 An independent commission established by Congress to assess [US-funded] Iraq’s security forces will recommend remaking the 26,000-member national police force to purge it of corrupt officers and Shiite militants suspected of complicity in sectarian killings, administration and military officials said Thursday.
Cholera spreads in Iraq as health services collapse 31 Aug 2007 Lack of clean drinking water and poor sanitation has led to 5,000 people in northern Iraq contracting cholera. The outbreak is among the most serious signs yet that Iraqi health and social services are breaking down as the number of those living in camps and poor housing increases after people flee their homes.
US Lawmakers' Plane Under Fire in Iraq 31 Aug 2007 A military cargo plane carrying three senators and a House member was forced to take evasive maneuvers and dispatch flares to avoid ground fire after taking off from Baghdad on Thursday night. The lawmakers said their plane, a C-130, was under fire from three rocket-propelled grenades over the course of several minutes as they left for Amman, Jordan.
Army combs for abuses in Iraq contracts 30 Aug 2007 The Army will examine as many as 18,000 contracts awarded over the past four years to support U.S. forces in Iraq to determine how many are tainted by waste, fraud and abuse, service officials said Wednesday.
Jury can see Iraqi's notes on alleged talk with Wyatt, judge says 30 Aug 20007 The jury in the criminal trial of Houston oilman Oscar Wyatt, scheduled to start next week, can be told about an Iraqi document that suggests he discussed American troop levels and possible dates for an attack with a member of Saddam Hussein's government before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, a federal judge ruled today.
Marine testifies against accused Haditha ringleader 30 Aug 2007 A U.S. Marine testified on Thursday he shot to death two unarmed Iraqi men in the town of Haditha and watched members of his squad kill more civilians after a roadside bomb ripped apart a fellow Marine in November 2005.
Justice Department Lawyers Refuse Detainee Cases --Some lawyers in the civil appeals division object to the government's policies on Guantánamo Bay 30 Aug 2007 Up to one fourth of the department's own civil appellate staff has recently opted out of handling the government's cases against prisoner appeals, two sources familiar with the matter tell U.S. News. These conscientious objectors—their exact number is not known—have decided not to take part in the government's litigation against the prisoners because of disagreements with the legal approach, these sources say.
Suicide bomber strikes near Kabul airport 31 Aug 2007 A suicide bomber detonated a car packed with explosives near an entrance to the Afghan capital's airport early on Friday, killing at least one Afghan and wounding several other people, police and witnesses said.
3 Ft. Lewis soldiers die in Afghanistan --Combat engineers killed by bomb 30 Aug 2007 Three Fort Lewis soldiers, including one from Vancouver, were killed Tuesday in Afghanistan, Army officials confirmed.
Pentagon earmarks $17.5 bln for secret military research, development 30 Aug 2007 The Pentagon is expected to spend 17.5 billion U.S. dollars in secret military research and development programs in the next fiscal year starting Oct. 1, the Defense News reported on Thursday. The expenditure will mark the Pentagon's largest outlay in such secret programs to date, according to the report.
Oops! U.S. nuclear weapons parts misplaced: Audit 30 Aug 2007 Some facilities that handle the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile misplaced classified bomb components under their care, according to an Energy Department audit.
Book on pro-Israel lobby set to make splash in US 31 Aug 2007 An upcoming book ["The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy"] that challenges whether diplomatic and military support for Israel is in the United States' best interests is set to spark fresh debate on Washington's role in the Middle East.
Blackwater Starts Active-Threat Classes 28 Aug 2007 Private security contractor [Waffen-SS] Blackwater USA has developed an intensive training course to prepare law enforcement officers to handle active shooters such as the one who killed 32 people at Virginia Tech. The five-day session, advertised Monday, will put trainees into simulated [false flag] scenarios at a mock high school and a 5,000-square-foot tactical house, among other facilities at Blackwater's sprawling campus in northeastern North Carolina.
Blackwater Buys Brazilian Bombers 27 Aug 2007 Security company [terrorists] Blackwater U.S.A. is buying Super Tucano light combat aircraft from the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer. These five ton, single engine, single seat aircraft are built for pilot training, but also perform quite well for counter-insurgency work The aircraft can carry up to 1.5 tons of weapons, including 12.7mm machine-guns, bombs and missiles.
UN Nuclear Watchdog Says Iran's Cooperation a 'Significant Step Forward' 30 Aug 2007 The U.N. nuclear watchdog says Iran's cooperation to resolve questions about its nuclear program is what the agency calls a "significant step forward." The International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, also said Iran's uranium enrichment program is continuing at a slower rate than expected.
Suspected chemical weapons found at U.N. office 30 Aug 2007 Workers found vials believed to contain the poison gas phosgene at a U.N. office building in New York, U.N. officials said Thursday.
Dangerous Iraq chemicals found at U.N. in NY 30 Aug 2007 United Nations officials found vials of dangerous chemicals in a locked box in a U.N. building near the world body's New York headquarters that inspectors had removed from Iraq a decade ago, but U.N. officials said on Thursday there was no danger. The FBI was called in to help remove the substances.
Warning of new bird flu danger 31 Aug 2007 Bird flu has spread between several humans, according to a new study of deaths in Indonesia last year. [See: Making Killer Flu 12 Jun 2007 CDC scientists swap genes between bird flu and human strains to 'plot the path of' [*create*] a possible pandemic and Killer flu recreated in the lab 07 Oct 2004.]
Bush's SPP power grab sets stage for military to manage flu threats --U.S. under U.N. law in health emergency By Jerome R. Corsi 28 Aug 2007 The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America summit in Canada released a plan that establishes U.N. law along with regulations by the World Trade Organization and World Health Organization as supreme over U.S. law during a pandemic and sets the stage for militarizing the management of continental health emergencies. The "North American Plan for Avian & Pandemic Influenza" was finalized at the SPP summit last week in Montebello, Quebec. At the same time, the U.S. Northern Command, or NORTHCOM, has created a webpage dedicated to avian flu and has been running exercises in preparation for the possible use of U.S. military forces in a continental domestic emergency involving avian flu or pandemic influenza.
Combatting Avian Flu in North America: The North American Plan for Avian and Pandemic Influenza 17 Aug 2007 The North American Plan for Avian and Pandemic Influenza was announced by the Presidents of the United States and Mexico and the Prime Minister of Canada on August 21, 2007 in Montebello, Canada, at the North American Leaders Summit. The Plan was developed as part of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP). The SPP is a trilateral effort launched in March 2005 to increase security and enhance prosperity in Canada, Mexico and the United States through greater cooperation and information sharing. [See: Flu 'Oddities'.]
NORTHCOM Prepares for Possible Pandemic 01 Feb 2006 U.S. Northern Command recently hosted representatives from more than 40 international, federal and state agencies for an exercise designed to provoke discussion and determine what governmental actions, including military support [martial law, KBR detention cetnres] , would be necessary in the event of an influenza pandemic in the United States... "NORTHCOM will not be running the show in the event of a pandemic," said Dave Wilkins, the NORTHCOM exercise facilitator. "We will be taking guidance and requests from other agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security, via the secretary of defense."
Panel: Va. Tech Failed to Respond to Cho Warning Signs 30 Aug 2007 The long-awaited report of the Virginia Tech Review Panel contains a wealth of new details about the life of Seung Hui Cho, the troubled 23-year-old senior who murdered 32 students and faculty before turning a gun on himself. [See: Virginia Tech Shooting 'Oddities'.]
Law Council head says terrorism legislation flawed 31 Aug 2007 President of the Law Council of Australia, Tim Bugg, has described the Federal Government's terrorism laws as ill-considered and a breach of individual rights.
Union: Mexican Trucks Begin Crossing Border Saturday --Union Asks Court to Block Mexican Trucks 30 Aug 2007 The Teamsters Union said it has been told by officials in the Transportation Department's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that the first Mexican trucks will be coming across the border on Saturday.
Justice Department Investigating Whether Gonzales Misled Congress 30 Aug 2007 The Justice Department’s inspector general is examining the veracity of congressional testimony by embattled Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales.
Lawmaker seeks White House e-mail report 30 Aug 2007 A Democratic House leader asked presidential counsel Fred Fielding on Thursday to turn over a report first requested three months ago about the White House's problems with lost e-mail. In a letter to Fielding, Rep. Henry Waxman set a Sept. 10 deadline for the White House to turn over information about the missing e-mail, a problem that apparently was discovered by administration officials in 2005.
GOP support for Sen. Larry Craig dwindles 31 Aug 2007 U.S. Sen. Larry Craig's support among key party leaders weakened Thursday, leaving Idaho facing diminished clout in Congress whether the embattled Idaho Republican stays or quits.
More shame for arrested toilet senator 31 Aug 2007 Republican Senator Larry Craig's humiliation deepened today, as US television networks played an audio tape of his police interrogation following his arrest in an airport bathroom. Repeated airings of the embarrassing tape made the Idaho conservative's position increasingly tenuous, as he battled to keep his job after pleading guilty in a case brought by police probing lewd conduct incidents.
Officer Accuses Craig of Lying --Audio of Sen. Craig's Police Interview Released 30 Aug 2007 A combative Sen. Larry Craig denied that he was soliciting sex in an airport men's room but told the undercover officer who arrested him "I don't want to be in court" to fight the charges, according to a police interview with Craig released today.
Transcript of police interview of Sen. Larry Craig 30 Aug 2007 The following is an unedited transcript of an interview between police Sgt. Dave Karsnia and police Detective Noel Nelson with Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, regarding a June 11 incident at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Audiotapes and a transcript of the interview were released today.
Media ignored Mississippi's use of waivers to redirect funds designated for low-income Katrina victims (mediamatters.org) 30 Aug 2007 Summary: Despite widespread reporting on the reconstruction in the Gulf Coast, the media have largely ignored reports that Mississippi Republican Gov. Haley Barbour has used waivers to redirect funds designated for low- to moderate-income Katrina victims.
Health secretary defends insurance cutoff 30 Aug 2007 The U.S. 'health' secretary [Mike Leavitt] defended new eligibility limits in a federal health plan for needy children on Thursday, urging states to take responsibility for insuring more of their populations.
Exxon Valdez plaintiffs want $5 bln award restored 30 Aug 2007 Plaintiffs in the long-running case surrounding the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil disaster this week asked the U.S. Supreme Court to restore a $5 billion punitive fine against Exxon Mobil Corp, a petition filed with highest U.S. court shows.
GAO sees little progress on Iraq goals --Officials: Administration is preparing case to play down GAO findings 29 Aug 2007 Congressional auditors have determined that the Iraqi government has failed to meet the vast majority of political and military goals laid out by lawmakers to assess President [sic] Bush's Iraq war strategy, The Associated Press has learned. One official said specific findings of the GAO report would put the Iraqi government's success rate at about 20%.
Analysts say Iraq surge can't last past Aug. '08 30 Aug 2007 The Pentagon cannot sustain its current force levels in Iraq beyond next summer, effectively giving the Bush administration and the Iraqi government until the middle of 2008 to capitalize on recent security improvements before the US military must draw down its forces, according to US military officials and foreign policy analysts.
Pentagon won't make surge recommendation to Bush 29 Aug 2007 In a sign that top commanders are divided over what course to pursue in Iraq, the Pentagon said Wednesday that it won't make a single, unified recommendation to President [sic] Bush during next month's strategy assessment, but instead will allow top commanders to make individual presentations.
Sadr calls six-month ceasefire to prevent civil war 30 Aug 2007 The Shia nationalist cleric Muqtada al-Sadr suspended the activities of his powerful Mehdi Army militia for six months yesterday after clashes in the holy city of Kerbala killed 52 people and forced hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to flee. His spokesman, Sheikh Hazim al-Araji, said... the Mehdi Army will no longer make attacks on US and other coalition forces.
Iraq says 72 gunmen arrested after Kerbala chaos 30 Aug 2007 Iraqi security forces have arrested 72 gunmen following clashes in the city of Kerbala this week that forced hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to flee a religious festival, the Defence Ministry said on Thursday.
Northern Iraq hit by major cholera outbreak: minister 29 Aug 2007 Health officials in northern Iraq are treating nearly 4,000 suspected cases of cholera and eight people have died so far, the health minister for Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region said on Wednesday. [Gee, I am thinking that most Iraqis (well, those who survived Bush's genocide) are wishing for the days of Saddam Hussein.]
Thousands of Iraqis buried unidentified-ICRC 29 Aug 2007 Thousands of Iraqis killed since 2003 were buried without being identified by their families, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday.
U.S. court hearing set for accused Iraq massacre leader 30 Aug 2007 A U.S. Marine accused of leading troops who Iraqi witnesses say massacred 24 unarmed civilians in Haditha will appear on Thursday for proceedings to determine if he should face court-martial. Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich faces what is known as an Article 32 hearing in connection with the Marine squad's fatal shootings of men, women and children on November 19, 2005.
Pentagon balks at using 'ray gun' for Iraq crowd control 29 Aug 2007 Despite repeated requests from U.S. commanders in Iraq, the Pentagon has balked at deploying a non-lethal energy beam to control crowds because of fears the weapon could be seen as a torture device, the AP is reporting, citing "internal military correspondence."
US refuses all 'friendly fire' inquest requests 29 Aug 2007 Inquests into "friendly fire" cases will never hear evidence in person from US military witnesses, the Ministry of Defence has disclosed. It is thought that the Pentagon fears that US troops suspected of negligently killing British service personnel may be arrested for manslaughter if they set foot in Britain.
Pentagon probes missing weapons, contract fraud 29 Aug 2007 The Pentagon's independent watchdog has launched a probe into the military's inability to account for weapons in Iraq... the Defense Department said on Wednesday. "Since January, the inspector general's office has been thoroughly investigating reports of unaccounted-for weapons as well as allegations of arms ending up in the wrong hands," Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said.
The Coalition of the Bribed: State Department Offers New Perk to Lure U.S. Diplomats to Iraq 29 Aug 2007 The State Department is offering U.S. diplomats the chance to lock in a three-year tour in a coveted capital such as Rome or Paris if they will first sign up for a year in far-flung outposts in war-torn Iraq... With the bonus, the salary can be almost double -- to as much as $212,100.
Iran Protests Detentions in Iraq 29 Aug 2007 U.S. troops' detention of eight Iranians in Iraq _ along with TV images of them being led away blindfolded and handcuffed _ drew swift condemnation Wednesday from Tehran officials.
Abu Ghraib Officer's Sentence: Reprimand 29 Aug 2007 A military jury recommended a reprimand Wednesday for the only officer court-martialed in the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal, sparing him any prison time for disobeying an order to keep silent about the abuse investigation. The jury had acquitted Army Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan a day earlier of all three charges directly related to the mistreatment of prisoners at the U.S.-run prison in Iraq.
Officer acquitted of mistreatment in Abu Ghraib case --Only higher-up at prison to have faced abuse trial 29 Aug 2007 The only military officer to face trial for the abuses at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison was acquitted yesterday of all charges of mistreatment of detainees. But a military jury in Fort Meade, Md., found Army Lieutenant Colonel Steven L. Jordan guilty of disobeying an order not to discuss a 2004 investigation into the allegations.
Abu Ghraib Swept Under the Carpet (The New York Times) 30 Aug 2007 We would have been hard pressed to think of a more sadly suitable coda to the Bush administration’s mishandling of the Abu Ghraib nightmare than Tuesday’s verdict in the court-martial of the only officer to be tried for the abuse, sexual assault and torture of prisoners that occurred there in 2003. The verdict was a remix of the denial of reality and avoidance of accountability that the government has used all along to avoid the bitter truth behind Abu Ghraib: The abuses grew out of President [sic] Bush’s decision to ignore the Geneva Conventions and American law in handling prisoners after Sept. 11, 2001... President Bush, Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other top officials have long claimed that the abuses at Abu Ghraib were the disconnected acts of a small number of sociopaths. It’s clear that is not true. [Actually, they're right - and they're them!]
Has Bush Boxed Himself In? By Pat Buchanan 28 Aug 2007 George Bush and his generals are laying out the case for a new war... Who is pushing for attacks on Iran? Israel and its lobby. Vice President [sic] Cheney. Sen. Joe Lieberman, who has been calling for air strikes on Al Quds camps for months. And a War Party facing lasting disgrace for having lied the country into an unnecessary war, and for having assured the American people it would be a "cakewalk..." The War Party is thus seeking an excuse to launch air strikes on Iran, as that would trigger Iranian counterstrikes on our forces. Then they will have their long-sought casus belli for U.S. strikes on Iran's nuclear facilities.
US kills 100 'insurgents' in Afghanistan battle 29 Aug 2007 The US today said its forces had killed more than 100 suspected 'insurgents' after a convoy was ambushed in the southern province of Kandahar.
2 NATO Troops Dead in Afghanistan 30 Aug 2007 A soldier with the NATO-led military force in Afghanistan and an Afghan interpreter were killed Thursday while on patrol in the country's south, NATO said. Two other troopers were wounded in the incident, NATO's ISAF force said in a statement, which did not give the nationality of the foreign soldier or location of the incident.
Canadian soldier dies of gunshot wound in Kabul compound --Military to 'investigate' 29 Aug 2007 A Canadian soldier serving at the NATO coalition headquarters in Kabul died Wednesday morning after being found shot in his room.
Bhutto claims Musharraf will leave army post 30 Aug 2007 Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has signalled he is willing to step down as head of the army in a high stakes gamble to save his presidency, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto claimed last night.
Secret facility tracks government employees missing in foreign contries 29 Aug 2007 A secret military facility outside Spokane tracks [?] the movements of government employees and contractors who are missing in foreign countries, a newspaper reported Wednesday. Few residents know about the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency, which oversees the school but also conducts more clandestine work.
Plane held overnight after dispute involving Iraqis 29 Aug 2007 All passengers on an American Airlines redeye flight to Chicago were ordered off a plane after complaints about a group of Arabic-speaking Iraqi men, forcing them to stay overnight.
Verizon and Feds to Seek Dismissal of Anti-Spying Suit Thursday By Ryan Singel 29 Aug 2007 Telecom giant Verizon and their Justice Department backers will be asking a federal judge Thursday afternoon to throw out a lawsuit seeking millions in damages for Verizon's alleged mass transfer of customer calling records to the National Security Agency. The government intervened in the case to assert the "state secrets" privilege, saying the case involved national secrets and must be thrown out.
FBI's Wiretap Network Revealed And Request for Reader Document Analysis By Ryan Singel 28 Aug 2007 The FBI has quietly built a sophisticated, point-and-click surveillance system that performs instant wiretaps on almost any communications device, according to nearly a thousand pages of restricted documents newly released under the Freedom of Information Act and provided to Wired News by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The surveillance system, called DCSNet, for Digital Collection System Network, connects FBI wiretapping rooms to switches controlled by traditional land-line operators, internet-telephony providers and cellular companies.
EFF Documents Shed Light on FBI Electronic Surveillance Technology 29 Aug 2007 The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has obtained documents through the Freedom of Information Act that reveal the inner workings of the FBI's Digital Collection System Network (DCSNet), a software suite that allows the Bureau to conduct surveillance on a wide variety of digital devices.
Virginia Tech Criticized for Actions in Shooting 30 Aug 2007 A state panel has sharply criticized decisions made by Virginia Tech before and after last April’s shooting massacre, saying university officials could have saved lives by notifying students and faculty members earlier about the killings on campus. [See: Virginia Tech Shooting 'Oddities' By Lori Price.]
Skeptic's Corner --A so-called "9/11 truth activist" sets up in PDX as the anniversary of the terror attacks approaches. By Don Lieber 22 Aug 2007 Portland International Airport’s main terminal may not leap to mind as a likely place to encounter organized 9/11 conspiracy theorists. Even less likely is the notion that U.S. airport administrators or even—gasp!—airport security wouldn’t oppose efforts to convince PDX’s estimated 38,000 daily air travelers that the government has falsely presented the events behind the Sept. 11 attacks. But on the eve of 9/11’s sixth anniversary, local "9/11 truth activist" [CLG board member] David Morrison has proven these assumptions wrong... Morrison applied for—and got—a permit this month from the Port of Portland to locate his "coverup" table in the airport’s busy thoroughfare separating gates A, B and C on one side from gates D and E.
911 General Strike Gains Momentum By Michael Collins 29 Aug 2007 "No Work, No School, No Shopping – Hit the Streets" --The 911 General Strike called by a coalition of antiwar, 911 Truth, and pro impeachment groups is gaining strength with gatherings scheduled across the country and rapidly expanding activity on the Internet, where the idea originated... The Washington, DC 9/11/2007 action includes a rally in Lafayette Park at noon, another rally at the White House, a march to the Capitol, and the delivery of a petition to Congress.
Scandal-hit senator urged to quit 29 Aug 2007 A US Republican senator who pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after his arrest in a men's toilet has come under increasing pressure to resign.
US Senator caught in gay sting 'should resign' 30 Aug 2007 Political support eroded yesterday for the conservative Republican senator, Larry Craig, following allegations he solicited sex from men in public bathrooms. The White House expressed "disappointment" at the Idaho senator, who pleaded guilty earlier this month to a charge stemming from an undercover police sting in an airport men's room. His is the latest in a series of scandals involving Republicans that threaten to further tarnish the party's reputation.
3 GOP lawmakers call for Sen. Craig to resign --Lawmakers push Idaho politician accused of lewd conduct from senior posts 29 Aug 2007 Idaho Sen. Larry Craig’s political support eroded by the hour on Wednesday as fellow Republicans in Congress called for him to resign and party leaders pushed him unceremoniously from senior committee posts.
Craig resigns from committee posts 29 Aug 2007 Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) stepped down from his committees on Wednesday at the request of GOP leaders as calls for his resignation continued to multiply. Craig will relinquish the senior GOP posts on the Veterans Affairs Committee, the Appropriations subcommittee in charge of the Interior Department, and the Energy Committee’s panel on public lands.
Gonzales's Exit Gives Democrats Advantage in White House Probes 28 Aug 2007 The departure of U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, while removing a political burden on President [sic] George W. Bush, gives congressional Democrats new power to expand investigations of White House scandals.
Louisiana court curbs hurricane insurance recovery 29 Aug 2007 A divided Louisiana state appeals court has ruled that people who lost their homes in hurricanes are not necessarily entitled to recover the full amount of their losses if their insurance policies covered only some perils but not others. Tuesday's decision by Louisiana's Third Circuit Court of Appeal is a partial victory for the insurance industry, which has for two years battled Gulf Coast homeowners over the amounts it must pay to cover damage from several storms, including Hurricanes Katrina, Dennis, Rita and Wilma.
Edwards proposes "Brownie's Law" at Katrina conference 28 Aug 2007 Former Sen. John Edwards said at a Hurricane Katrina conference he would propose what he called "Brownie's Law" requiring that qualified people, not political hacks, lead key federal agencies. Edwards, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, drew laughter when he spoke on Monday of the proposal at the "Hope and Recovery Summit" ahead of the two-year anniversary of the storm on Wednesday.
"They wanted them poor niggers out of there." New Orleans two years after By Greg Palast 29 Aug 2007 We needed an answer to a weird, puzzling and horrific discovery. Among the miles and miles of devastated houses, rubble still there today in New Orleans, we found dry, beautiful homes. But their residents were told by guys dressed like Ninjas wearing "Blackwater" badges: "Try to go into your home and we’ll arrest you..." I had a good idea what this scam was all about: 89,000 poor and working class families stuck in Homeland Security’s trailer park gulag while their good homes were guarded against their return by mercenaries.
Teamsters to Try to Block Mexican Trucks 29 Aug 2007 The Teamsters Union said Wednesday it will ask a federal appeals court to block the Bush regime's plan to allow Mexican trucks to carry cargo anywhere in the United States. The union said it has been told by officials in the Transportation Department's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that the first Mexican trucks will be coming across the border on Saturday.
Bush Wants $50 Billion More for Iraq War --Planned Request Signals Confidence That Congress Won't Prevail on Pullout 29 Aug 2007 President [sic] Bush plans to ask Congress next month for up to $50 billion in additional funding for the war in Iraq, a White House official said yesterday, a move that appears to reflect increasing administration confidence that it can fend off congressional calls for a rapid drawdown of U.S. forces. [Fend *this.*]
Bush Cites Nuclear Risk of Leaving Iraq 29 Aug 2007 President [sic] Bush told a receptive audience of veterans on Tuesday that an American withdrawal from Iraq would unsettle the entire Middle East, create a haven for Al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] and embolden a belligerent Iran. He said Tehran’s nuclear programs threatened to put "a region already known for instability and violence under the shadow of a nuclear holocaust."
Bush: Fight Against Extremism Is Crucial 28 Aug 2007 Broadening his defense of the war in Iraq, President [sic] Bush said Tuesday that withdrawing U.S. forces would allow the Middle East to be taken over by extremist forces and put the security of the United States in jeopardy.
U.S. troops release detained Iranians 29 Aug 2007 U.S. troops released seven Iranians early Wednesday, hours after detaining them at a central Baghdad hotel, an Iranian embassy official said. The Iranian diplomat, who refused to give his name, told The Associated Press that one of those released contacted the embassy Wednesday morning to say that they have been handed over to Iraqi authorities... Videotape shot Tuesday night by AP Television News showed U.S. troops leading about 10 blindfolded and handcuffed men out of the hotel in central Baghdad.
U.S. troops raid Baghdad's Sheraton hotel 28 Aug 2007 U.S. troops raided a Baghdad hotel Tuesday night and detained about 10 people. A U.S.-funded radio station said the group included six members of an Iranian delegation here to negotiate contacts with the Iraqis. The Iranian Embassy said seven Iranians including an embassy employee and six members of a delegation from Iran's Electricity Ministry were staying at the Sheraton Ishtar Hotel, which American forces entered late Tuesday.
'The resistance will continue until the last soldier leaves Basra.' As British leave Basra, militias dig in --An Iraqi official says a deal was struck with the Mahdi Army to ensure a safe departure. 28 Aug 2007 The last contingent of British soldiers based in the center of this southern city will leave by Friday, says a senior Iraqi security official, adding that a deal has been struck with leaders of Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army to ensure their safe departure [surrender].
Miliband: US will not dictate our pullout from Iraq 28 Aug 2007 The decision to pull troops out of Iraq will be independent of the United States and based only on the "British national interest," the Foreign Secretary [David Miliband] said today.
Iraq imposes curfew after clashes 29 Aug 2007 The Iraqi authorities imposed curfew on Tuesday in the holy city of Karbala, ordering dozens of thousands of Shiite pilgrims to evacuate the city, after fierce clashes between gunmen and the Iraqi police, a local police source said.
Toll rises to 52 in clashes in Iraq's Shiite holy city 29 Aug 2007 About 52 were killed and more than 206 others injured so far during fierce clashes between gunmen and police in Iraq's Shiite holy city of Karbala, which initially erupted on Monday night, a local police source said on Tuesday evening.
US officer convicted for discussing abuse at Abu Ghraib 28 Aug 2007 The only US officer tried over the abuse scandal at Baghdad's infamous Abu Ghraib jail was cleared Tuesday of mistreating prisoners there, but found guilty of disobedience in its wake. Lieutenant Colonel Steven Jordan, 51, is the only US officer charged in the abuse scandal which emerged in 2004 when photographs of naked Iraqi prisoners being tormented by grinning US troops circulated around the world. Jordan now faces sentencing for disobeying an order not to discuss the scandal with other people, when he sent two emails about it to a colleague in spring 2004.
Leaked Red Cross report sets up Bush team for international war-crimes trial --History Will Not Absolve Us By Nat Hentoff 28 Aug 2007 If and when there's the equivalent of an international Nuremberg trial for the American perpetrators of crimes against humanity in Guantánamo, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the CIA's secret prisons, there will be mounds of evidence available from documented international reports by human-rights organizations, including an arm of the European parliament—as well as... deeply footnoted books... While the Democratic Congress has yet to begin a serious investigation into what many European legislators already know about American war crimes, a particularly telling report by the International Committee of the Red Cross has been leaked that would surely figure prominently in such a potential Nuremberg trial.
Faster, deadlier pilotless plane bound for Afghanistan 27 Aug 2007 The Air Force this fall will deploy a new generation of pilotless airplane with the bombing power of an F-16 to help stop [foment] the Taliban 'insurgency' in Afghanistan. The Reaper is an upgraded version of the Predator, which has become one of the military's most sought-after planes since it first appeared in Afghanistan in 2001.
US own goal with 'Allah' footballs 28 Aug 2007 American troops in Afghanistan have provoked anger in eastern Afghanistan by distributing footballs bearing the name of Allah. The "blasphemous" balls show the Saudi Arabian flag, which includes the Muslim declaration of faith and the revered words Allah and Muhammad, the prophet. The footballs, which were dropped from a helicopter over the province of Khost, led to an angry, 100-man demonstration.
The Coalition of the Bribed: Army turns to National Guard for recruiting help 28 Aug 2007 The U.S. Army is turning to the National Guard for help recruiting would-be soldiers in hometowns across America. Army leaders, struggling to meet recruitment goals in the midst of a long and unpopular war in Iraq, are quietly working out final details of a program that would give 'bonuses' of $2,000 per recruit to any National Guard soldier who brings somebody into the active duty Army.
Survey Shows a High Rate of Asthma at Ground Zero 28 Aug 2007 Rescue and recovery workers at ground zero have developed asthma at a rate that is 12 times what would be expected for adults, according to findings released yesterday by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Study confirms 2006 human-human spread of bird flu 28 Aug 2007 A mathematical analysis has confirmed that H5N1 avian influenza spread from person to person in Indonesia in April, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday. They said they had developed a tool to run quick tests on disease outbreaks to see if dangerous epidemics or pandemics may be developing [in Bush's labs].
DemocRATs poised to surrender, once again: Bush May Fight for New Attorney General --President Seeks Agreement With Policies 29 Aug 2007 A half-dozen or so lawyers are being discussed among administration officials as possible candidates to replace Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, but no clear favorite has emerged, and Dictator Bush is willing to fight for the right candidate, administration officials and Republican advisers said yesterday. Democratic Senate leaders have called on the White House to consult them closely during the selection process, but administration officials warned yesterday that the president [sic] intends to nominate an attorney general who agrees with his policies.
New confirmation hearings could shine light on secrets 28 Aug 2007 The departure of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales could unlock the Bush regime's legal closet, bringing new details tumbling into the open about issues including the treatment of terrorism suspects, warrantless surveillance of Americans, and the administration's definition of official secrets.
American Nightmare: Gonzales "wrong and illegal and unethical" By Greg Palast 28 Aug 2007 Specifically, Attorney General Gonzales, [David] Iglesias told me, wanted him to bring what the prosecutor called "bogus voter fraud" cases. In effect, US Attorney Iglesias was under pressure from the boss to charge citizens with crimes they didn’t commit. Saddam did that. Stalin did that. But Iglesias would NOT do that - even at the behest of the Attorney General. Today, Captain Iglesias, reached by phone, told me, "I’m not going to file any bogus prosecutions." But it wasn’t just Gonzales whose acts were "unethical, wrong and illegal." It was Gonzales’ boss. Iglesias says, "The evidence shows right now, is that [Republican Senator Pete] Domenici complained directly to President [sic] Bush. And that Bush then called Alberto Gonzales, the Attorney General, and complained about my alleged lack of vigorous enforcement of voter fraud laws."
Attorney General becomes the latest Bush ally to quit 28 Aug 2007 The US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, a close friend of President [sic] George Bush and one of the most controversial members of the administration, resigned abruptly yesterday without explanation. Mr Gonzales was the architect of the Bush administration's policy of placing detainees captured in the fight against terrorism beyond the protection of any law. His policies cleared the way for brutality against detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and other secret "black site" prisons. But his downfall came when critics said he lied under oath to Congress over the firing of nine US attorneys and for ordering the FBI to spy on Americans without court warrants.
'I am not gay!' Toilet arrest GOP senator gives statement concerning Minneapolis arrest --Declares war on The Idaho Statesman
U.S. anti-gay marriage senator admits misconduct in homosexual scandal 28 Aug 2007 U.S. Senator Larry E. Craig, a firm gay marriage opponent, was arrested in June at an airport's men's bathroom and has pleaded guilty to misconduct, The New York Times reported Tuesday. Craig (R-Idaho) has been fined more than 500 U.S. dollars and placed on unsupervised probation for a year, according to the report. A 10-day jail sentence was suspended, according to a copy of a court document in the case.
Sen. Larry Craig Maintains He Is Not Gay and Insists He Did Nothing Wrong Despite Pleading Guilty to Charges of Disorderly Conduct 28 Aug 2007 Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, strongly asserted this afternoon that he is not gay and that his decision to plead guilty to disorderly conduct in a public men's room was a mistake. The conservative senator was arrested in June on charges of lewd and disorderly conduct in a men's restroom at the Minneapolis, Minn., airport. "Let me be clear, I am not gay. I never have been gay," Craig told reporters in Boise, Idaho. [See: Senator Larry Craig's Arrest Report from 11 June 2007.]
Ethics Complaint Filed Against Craig 28 Aug 2007 Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington announced today they've filed an ethics complaint against U.S. Sen. Larry Craig. They believe Craig may have violated the Senate's Code of Conduct by engaging in disorderly conduct, the only conviction to which Craig has plead guilty.
Conservative radio host calls for Craig to resign 28 Aug 2007 Reichwing radio host Sean Hannity called for Idaho Sen. Larry Craig to resign this afternoon -- if allegations that Craig solicited sex in a public men’s room outlined in the Minneapolis police report are true.
Administration breaking law by withholding global warming report, judge rules 22 Aug 2007 The Bush administration has violated a 2004 congressional deadline for presenting the latest scientific research about global warming to lawmakers and the public and must submit its report by next spring, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. Federal officials have "unlawfully withheld action they are required to take," preparing a new scientific assessment by November 2004 and a research plan by July 2006, said U.S. District Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong of Oakland.
Bill would ban cellphone use by teen drivers --All mobile devices, even hands-free ones, are targeted by measure passed by the Assembly. 28 Aug 2007 (CA) Citing a fistful of studies that show teenagers among the most distracted and dangerous of drivers, the state Assembly on Monday passed a bill that would prohibit drivers under the age of 18 from using a cellphone, pager, text-messaging device or laptop while driving.
Laptop Stolen With State Tax Data For 106,000 28 Aug 2007 State officials said a computer laptop with the names and Social Security numbers of more than 100,000 Connecticut taxpayers has been stolen.
Calls grow louder for international overview of U.S. markets --Loan crisis blamed on lax regulators 28 Aug 2007 Politicians, regulators and financial specialists outside the United States are seeking a role in oversight of American markets, banks and rating agencies in the wake of recent problems related to subprime mortgages.
A third of UK's 700 biggest businesses pay no corporation tax 28 Aug 2007 Nearly a third of the UK's 700 biggest businesses paid no corporation tax in the 2005-2006 financial year, an official study has revealed. A further 30 per cent paid less than £10 million each in tax.
Kucinich is right on healthcare By Derrick Z. Jackson 29 Aug 2007 With poll numbers at 1 or 2 percent, the Ohio congressman [Dennis Kucinich] is the nudge kicking at the knees of the Democratic Party to offer more than incremental change. He deserves more attention than he gets. On healthcare, he says what Americans believe, even as his rivals rake in contributions from the industry.
Lib Dem plan to ban petrol-driven cars 28 Aug 2007 Petrol-driven cars could be banned across Britain by 2040, under radical Liberal Democrat plans to tackle climate change. The Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Menzies Campbell, and the party's environment spokesman, Chris Huhne, unveiled the proposal today as part of a package of measures designed to make Britain carbon-neutral by 2050.
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