September 2007 Archives, Page Two
CLG exclusive: Subpoenas Served On ABC's Brian Ross/New York Post's Cindy Adams By 'DC Madam' By Lori Price 26 Sep 2007 Citizens for Legitimate Government has learned that so-called DC Madam, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, has issued subpoenas for the depositions of (i) Troy Burrus, the IRS case agent on Palfrey's case, for Friday, September 28th in Washington, D.C., and (ii) Brian Ross of ABC News, (ii) Cindy Adams of the New York Post and (iv) Bill Bastone of The Smoking Gun for Friday October 5th in New York City.
Bush threatened nations that did not back Iraq war: report 26 Sep 2007 US President [sic] George W. Bush threatened nations with retaliation if they did not vote for a UN resolution backing the Iraq war, according to a transcript published Wednesday of a conversation he had with former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar.
U.S. Needs 'Long-Term Presence' in Iraq, Gates Says 27 Sep 2007 Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told Congress on Wednesday that he envisioned keeping five combat brigades in Iraq as a "long-term presence."
Pentagon Asks $190 Billion in 2008 Iraq War Spending 26 Sep 2007 The Pentagon is requesting almost $190 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in fiscal year 2008, which would be the largest annual expenditure since the conflicts began. The Pentagon today added $42.3 billion to its previous $147 billion request.
Contracts to BLACKWATER USA (FY 2000-2007) (fedspending.org) Total dollars: $1,059,633,363 - Total number of contractors: 1 - Total number of transactions: 724
Roots of Iraq Weapon Probes Date to 2004 27 Sep 2007 Tens of thousands of rifles, pistols, body armor, vehicles, and radios, along with millions of ammunition rounds, had been delivered to Iraqis over a three-month period, then-Lt. Gen. David Petraeus wrote in a commentary for The Washington Post six weeks before the presidential election. About 190,000 weapons and countless pieces of other gear, paid for with tens of millions of U.S. tax dollars, were indeed flowing - but not always to the right places or into the right hands. The accounting failures are at the heart of a broad inquiry by the Pentagon's inspector general, sharp questions from Republicans and Democrats in Congress, and complaints from officials in Turkey who claim that pistols used in violent crimes in their country came from U.S.-funded stocks.
Waxman Accuses State Department of Blocking Probes 25 Sep 2007 Representative Henry Waxman accused the U.S. State Department of obstructing a House investigation into the conduct of private security contractor Blackwater USA, which is under investigation over a Baghdad shooting. A State Department official has directed Blackwater not to provide documents to House investigators without agency approval, Waxman, the chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, objected today in a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Blackwater Logs Most Shootings of Firms in Iraq 27 Sep 2007 The American security contractor [mercenaries] Blackwater USA has been involved in a far higher rate of shootings while guarding American diplomats in Iraq than other security firms providing similar services to the State Department, according to Bush administration officials and industry officials.
Blackwater 'may be worse than Abu Ghraib' --This is a debacle so severe and humiliating, only the Bush administration could pull it off. By Steve Benen 26 Sep 2007 "This is a nightmare," said a senior U.S. military official. "We had guys who saw the aftermath, and it was very bad. This is going to hurt us badly. It may be worse than Abu Ghraib, and it comes at a time when we’re trying to have an impact for the long term." At this point, the State Department seems to be treating Blackwater contractors as the agency’s own private army, accountable to no one outside the department. The Maliki government believes Blackwater is a criminal enterprise, the Iraqi people resent Blackwater’s presence, the Pentagon believes Blackwater is lying about the Sept. 16 incident in Nisoor Square, and congressional Democrats have questions about what has transpired — which the State Department refuses to answer.
Hunt oil deal creating tension in Iraq: US 27 Sep 2007 A US official on Thursday criticised an oil deal between Texas-based Hunt Oil Company and Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), saying it had "needlessly elevated tensions" in Iraq. Hunt had been advised by the US State Department not to enter the deal before the Iraqi parliament passed a [US-backed] national oil bill that will share out [steal] the country's lucrative oil revenues but it went ahead anyway, a US embassy official in Baghdad told reporters.
Saddam Hussein 'wanted $1bn exile deal' 27 Sep 2007 Saddam Hussein offered to go into exile for $1 billion (£500 million) one month before the invasion of Iraq, it has been claimed. The revelation is contained in a previously unpublished transcript of talks between President [sic] George W Bush and the then Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar in February 2003 at the US leader's Texas ranch.
Thanks to Bush bin Laden: Afghan farmers find alternative to opium: marijuana 27 Sep 2007 As Afghanistan struggles to cut its raging opium production, aid workers try to find alternative crops, but for some former poppy farmers the choice was easy -- they planted marijuana instead. Afghanistan's opium crop topped all records this year, producing some 93 percent of the world's supply of the drug.
U.S. fire scatters crowd after Afghan bomb: witness 27 Sep 2007 At least one U.S. soldier opened fire to scatter a crowd of civilians and police on Thursday after failed suicide bomb attacks on a U.S. military convoy [Yeah, right!], the U.S. military and witnesses said.
Ex-commander in Iraq cites leadership crisis in U.S. 22 Sep 2007 Retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez said Saturday there is a "crisis in national political leadership" and that partisanship is preventing a strategy that would help the U.S. take on the threat of Islamic extremism.
Cuban FM calls Bush 'a liar' who lacks moral authority 27 Sep 2007 Cuban FM Felipe Perez Roque at the UN General Assembly meeting has said that George W. Bush Lacks moral authority to judge other nations. Perez Roque was responding to Bush's UN speech on Tuesday, when the US president [sic] called for "free speech, free assembly and ultimately free and competitive elections" in Cuba. [LOL, Bush calling for 'free and competitive elections!']
Iran condemns U.S. move to brand Guards "terrorist" 27 Sep 2007 Iran has said any U.S. move to brand its elite Revolutionary Guards a foreign terrorist organisation would be illegal and amount to a confrontation with the entire Islamic Republic. The House of Representatives approved a bill on Tuesday mandating sanctions on foreign energy companies doing business with Iran and urging the U.S. government to brand the Guards 'terrorist'.
US Senate brands Iran Guard 'terrorist organization' 26 Sep 2007 The US Senate has called for Iran's Revolutionary Guards to be officially designated a "foreign terrorist organization," a day after the House of Representatives passed a similar measure. The Senate on Wednesday voted 76-22 for the non-binding amendment sponsored by Republican Jon Kyl and 'independent' Joseph LieberBush to place the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, or Pasdaran, on the US terrorist blacklist.
US, Russia Spar Over Iran Sanctions 27 Sep 2007 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov exchanged sharp words Wednesday as the Bush regime tried to cement support for new U.N. sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programs.
President Ahmadinejad meets rabbis in New York 25 Sep 2007 President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Monday afternoon met with a group of rabbis who gave him a silver grail as a sign of friendship. The president is currently in New York to address the United Nations General Assembly. The rabbis carried a placard which read, "I am Jewish not a Zionist."
EC expects Poland to investigate secret CIA prisons issue 25 Sep 2007 According to unofficial sources, the European Commission will repeat its request for Poland and Romania to conduct independent investigations to explain the issue of alleged CIA prison camps on their territories.
PM gets powers under terrorism bill 27 Sep 2007 A Parliamentary committee has decided the prime minister, rather than the High Court, should carry out three-yearly reviews of who is considered a terrorist despite concerns too much power would rest with an individual. The Terrorism Suppression Amendment Bill was reported back by the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee today.
2 Patriot Act provisions ruled unlawful 27 Sep 2007 A federal judge issued a stern rebuke of a key White House antiterror law, striking down as unconstitutional two pillars of the USA Patriot Act. U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken ruled Wednesday that using the act to authorize secret searches and wiretapping to gather criminal evidence — instead of intelligence gathering — violates the constitutional protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.
Department of Homeland Security 'Tests' US Power Grid --"Aurora Generator Test" was conducted in March by government researchers 27 Sep 2007 A government video shows the potential destruction caused by hackers seizing control of a crucial part of the U.S. electrical grid... The video, produced for the Homeland Security Department and obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday, was marked "Official Use Only."
FBI: Metra Tracks Were 'Sabotaged' --12 Railroad Spikes Found Missing On South Side's Electric Line 27 Sep 2007 The FBI is investigating whether a section of commuter train tracks was sabotaged after Metra workers discovered a dozen railroad spikes missing in an area on Chicago's South Side. The spikes hold down metal plates that bind the rails to wooden ties.
IBM software aids in vast surveillance of Chicago streets --Sweeping video program aimed ultimately at "suspicious behavior" 27 Sep 2007 The City of Chicago is developing a futuristic video surveillance system designed to scan city streets looking for everything from bombs to traffic jams. For the past few years Chicago has been rolling out thousands of video surveillance cameras linked by fiber-optic cables. Now, with the help of IBM Corp., Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) is looking to expand the system's capabilities so that IBM's software can analyze the thousands of hours of video being recorded by Operation Virtual Shield.
The Nightmare of DHS's *Secure Flight* By Blue Patriot Woman (Daily Kos) 17 Sep 2007 ...[O]n September 20, the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) will hold public hearings on their "Secure Flight Plan..." Beginning in February 2008, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will implement their "Advance Passenger Information System (APIS)," the gist of which is that you will need permission from the United States Government to travel on any air or sea vessel that goes to, from or through the U.S. The travel companies will not be able to issue a boarding pass until you are cleared by DHS. This applies to ALL passengers, US citizens and visitors alike.
Cheney to address secret group --Reichwing Council for National Policy will meet in downtown Salt Lake 26 Sep 2007 Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney will speak to a super-secret, conservative policy group in Utah on Friday during his second trip to the state this year. The Council for National Policy - made up of few hundred powerful conservative activists - holds confidential meetings and members are advised not to use the name of the group in communications, according to a New York Times profile of the group. "The media should not know when or where we meet or who takes part in our programs, before [or] after a meeting,'' a list of rules obtained by The Times showed.
Washington, D.C., Judge Issues Bench Warrant for Cindy Sheehan 27 Sep 2007 A bench warrant was issued Thursday for antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan, who did not appear for arraignment Thursday in a Washington, D.C., courtroom to face charges related to her Sept. 10 disorderly conduct arrest at the Capitol.
Ohio, Florida laws could dampen Democratic voting 26 Sep 2007 Ohio and Florida, which provided the decisive electoral votes for President [sic] Bush's two razor-thin national election triumphs [coup d'etats], have enacted laws that election experts say will help Republicans impede Democratic-leaning minorities from voting in 2008.
Verizon Wireless says no to abortion rights messages 27 Sep 2007 Verizon Wireless has rejected a request from an abortion rights advocacy group to set up text message alerts for subscribers who signed up for the information, but a company spokesman said on Thursday it was reviewing its text messaging policy.
Prosecutor drops appeal in Louisiana race case 27 Sep 2007 A Louisiana prosecutor has dropped an appeal in the case of a 17-year-old accused of assaulting a school mate in a decision that could hasten the release of the youth at the center of civil rights protests.
Bush prepares for 'greenwashing' climate summit 27 Sep 2007 For the first time in 16 years, a major environmental conference opens in Washington, hosted by the Bush regime. But no concrete results are expected, and that – say European participants – is the point of this high-level meeting. Far from representing a Damascene conversion on climate change by President [sic] George Bush, the two-day gathering of the world's biggest polluting nations is aimed at undermining the UN's efforts to tackle global warming, say European sources.
US criticised over climate forum 25 Sep 2007 The Bush regime was criticised yesterday for organising an alternative climate change forum, as the United Nations secretary general and Britain stressed that the UN is the best place to discuss global measures.
Cheney mulled Israeli strike on Iran: Newsweek 23 Sep 2007 Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney had at one point considered asking Israel to launch limited missile strikes at an Iranian nuclear site to provoke a retaliation, Newsweek magazine reported on Sunday. The news comes amid reports that Israel launched an air strike against Syria this month over a suspected nuclear site.
The Whispers of War 01 Oct 2007 One official who pushed a particularly hawkish line on Iran was David Wurmser, who had served since 2003 as Dick Cheney's Middle East adviser... A few months before he quit, according to two knowledgeable sources, Wurmser told a small group of people that Cheney had been mulling the idea of pushing for limited Israeli missile strikes against the Iranian nuclear site at Natanz—and perhaps other sites—in order to provoke Tehran into lashing out. The Iranian reaction would then give Washington a pretext to launch strikes against military and nuclear targets in Iran.
War Inches Closer to Iran --U.S. Soldiers Create Military Base on Iraq-Iran Border to Halt [Alleged] Weapons Smuggling From Iran 25 Sep 2007 Iran's role with the violence in Iraq remains a major preoccupation of the Bush regime, with the U.S. military now building a base, practically within shouting distance of Iran — an extraordinary step to curb [stage] what it says is the smuggling of advanced weapons into Iraq.
US: Iran Smuggling Missiles to Iraq --U.S. Military Says Iran Is Smuggling Advanced Weapons, Including Missiles, Into Iraq 24 Sep 2007 The U.S. military accused Iran on Sunday of smuggling surface-to-air missiles and other advanced weapons into Iraq for use against American troops. The new allegations came as Iraqi leaders condemned the latest U.S. detention of an Iranian in northern Iraq, saying the man was in their country on official business.
US Congress denounces Iranian president, votes to tighten sanctions 25 Sep 2007 The US Congress moved quickly Tuesday to signal its disapproval of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, calling for tighter sanctions against his government and designation of his military as a terrorist group. The swift rebuke reflected lawmakers' long-held nervousness surrounding Tehran's aggression in the region, particularly toward Israel - a sentiment fueled by the pro-Israeli lobby in Congress whose influence reaches across party lines. [Burned by DemocRATs, once again. They are so f*cking useless that the light from useless is going to take ten billion years to reach the earth.]
Webb: Lieberman And Kyl’s Hawkish Iran Amendment Is 'Cheney’s Fondest Pipe Dream' By Matt 25 Sep 2007 On the Senate floor today, Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) made an impassioned appeal to his fellow senators, declaring that the Lieberman-Kyl amendment on Iran should be "withdrawn" because the "proposal is Dick Cheney’s fondest pipe dream." Webb cautioned that the "cleverly-worded sense of the Congress" could be "interpreted" to "declare war" on Iran.
Iranian president questions 9/11 facts --Leader appeared at Columbia University 25 Sep 2007 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in New York to address the UN General Assembly today, reiterated his desire to visit Ground Zero to express sympathy for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks – officials have denied his request – but then appeared to question if Al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] was responsible. "Why did this happen? What caused it? What conditions led to it?" he said. "Who truly was involved? Who was really involved and put it all together?"
Iran border closure costs Kurdish region a million a day: Iraq 26 Sep 2007 Iran's border closure is costing the autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq one million dollars a day, the regional administration said on Wednesday as a US general defended the arrest that led to the shutdown.
Iraq's Kurds say Iran closes border over detention 24 Sep 2007 A senior official in Iraq's northern Kurdistan said on Monday that Iran had closed its border with the semi-autonomous region in protest at the detention of Iranians by U.S. forces.
U.S. eyes weapons sales worth up to $2.3 billion to Iraq 26 Sep 2007 The Pentagon on Wednesday told Congress it was ready to sell Iraq up to $2.3 billion worth of weapons to help the Iraqi Army ['insurgents'] expand and take over missions now carried out by U.S. and allied forces.
Gates Seeks $190 Billion for Bush's Wars 26 Sep 2007 Defense Secretary Robert Gates will ask Congress Wednesday to approve nearly $190 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2008, increasing initial projections by more than a third.
Guard contracts in Iraq raising military worries --State Has Paid Blackwater $833,673,316 26 Sep 2007 A confrontation between the U.S. military and the State Department is unfolding over the involvement of Blackwater USA [Waffen-SS] in the shooting deaths of Iraqi civilians in a Baghdad square Sept. 16, bringing to the surface long-simmering tensions between the military and private security companies in Iraq, according to U.S. military and government officials... According to federal spending data compiled by the independent Web site FedSpending.org, the State Department's Blackwater contracts vastly exceed those of the Pentagon. Since 2004, State has paid Blackwater $833,673,316, compared with Defense Department contracts of $101,219,261.
Blackwater Inquiry Blocked by State Dept., Official Says 26 Sep 2007 The Democratic chairman of a House committee complained Tuesday that the State Department was blocking his panel’s efforts to investigate the private security firm Blackwater USA and its [terrorist] operations in Iraq.
Lawmaker says Rice interfered with Iraq inquiry 25 Sep 2007 A leading Democratic lawmaker on Tuesday accused Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice of interfering in congressional inquiries into corruption in Iraq's government and the activities of U.S. security firm Blackwater. Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman said State Department officials had told the Oversight and Government Reform Committee he chairs they could not provide details of corruption in Iraq's government unless the information was treated as a "state secret" and not revealed to the public.
WHO reports 2,100 cholera cases in Iraq 25 Sep 2007 More than 2,100 people in Iraq have cholera which is spreading across the country, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday.
Surge in Basra killings may force British back to city 26 Sep 2007 A surge in violence in Basra has raised the prospect of British troops having to go back into the city if the security situation deteriorates further.
Sunni Insurgents in New Campaign to Kill Officials 26 Sep 2007 Sunni Arab [US] extremists have begun a systematic campaign to assassinate police chiefs, police officers, other Interior Ministry officials and tribal leaders throughout Iraq, staging at least 10 attacks in 48 hours.
Miliband: 'There was never a military solution to Iraq' 26 Sep 2007 David Miliband moved to distance Britain from George Bush's surge strategy in Iraq yesterday, insisting there was "never a military solution" to international conflicts and a political settlement was always essential for long-term stability.
Generals opposing Iraq war break with military tradition 23 Sep 2007 What might be called The Revolt of the Generals has rarely happened in the nation's history. In op-ed pieces, interviews and TV ads, more than 20 retired U.S. generals have broken ranks with the culture of salute and keep it in the family. Instead, they are criticizing the commander in chief [thief] and other top civilian leaders who led the nation into what the generals believe is a misbegotten and tragic war.
Israel kills 9 in Gaza as warns of big sweep 26 Sep 2007 Israel killed nine Palestinians in military [terrorist] operations in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday and threatened a major ground sweep of the Hamas-run territory to stem cross-border rocket fire.
Canadian military wrote Karzai speech: NDP 25 Sep 2007 Afghan President Hamid Karzai's speech to Parliament last year was written by the Canadian military as part of an "elaborately staged political stunt,'' the NDP is charging. The claim, based on heavily censored access-to-information documents, ruffled diplomatic feathers Tuesday and prompted a strong denial from the Afghan ambassador in Ottawa.
U.S. Airstrikes Kill 165 Suspected Taliban 26 Sep 2007 U.S.-led forces used artillery and airstrikes to kill more than 165 [suspected] 'insurgents' and repel massed assaults on coalition troops in two strongholds of Taliban militants and Afghanistan's rampant drug trade, officials said Wednesday.
Billings Marine Unit Now Part of Nation's Only Anti-Terrorism Battalion 25 Sep 2007 Montana's lone Marine Corps Reserve Unit is eyeing a new mission. Over the last year, the Marines have been transitioning from their recon status to what is now the Marine Corps' only 'anti'-terrorism battalion.
Attorney to tell of abuse of prisoners by U.S. 26 Sep 2007 ACLU attorney Jameel Jaffer's presentations on alleged prisoner abuse by U.S. military troops keep evolving — and revealing more disturbing facts — as government documents continue to surface about how prisoners have been treated in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.
White House pulls nomination for top CIA lawyer 25 Sep 2007 The White House withdrew the nomination of John Rizzo to be the CIA's top attorney on Tuesday after months of controversy over his role in the agency's interrogation [torture] policy.
Dozen anti-Bush protesters are arrested near UN 25 Sep 2007 About a dozen anti-war protesters were arrested Tuesday during a demonstration against U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush's speech to the United Nations General Assembly. "I want Bush and Cheney arrested," said Ben Maurer of Brooklyn, one of the protesters who was handcuffed by police and put in a van. The arrestees were among about 400 people opposing the Bush regime's war in Iraq, and its incarceration in Guantanamo Bay of more than 300 men.
NPR Rebuffs White House On Bush Talk Radio --Network Wanted to Choose Its Interviewer By Howard Kurtz 26 Sep 2007 The White House reached out to National Public Radio over the weekend, offering analyst Juan Williams a presidential interview to mark yesterday's 50th anniversary of school desegregation in Little Rock. But NPR turned down the interview, and Williams's talk with Bush wound up in a very different media venue: Fox News.
Police in B.C. searching planes after bomb threat 26 Sep 2007 Harbour Air planes in Vancouver, Victoria and Langley are being searched by police after a bomb threat. The search at Langley's airport has also forced the lockdown of Langley Senior Secondary school next door.
Terror plot on the Turnpike? Well, not exactly --Suspicious activity that placed the toll road on alert turns out to be two men taking pictures for a prospective bidder 26 Sep 2007 State police took two suspicious men into custody on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Harrisburg yesterday and interrogated them for taking unauthorized photos of toll road facilities over a three-day period. "We are treating this as a possible terrorist activity," turnpike Chief Executive Officer Joe Brimmeier said initially, but it turned out that the two men were carrying out a work assignment for a company looking into buying or leasing the toll road.
FBI Reorganizes Terror Effort --Two international units to merge into new structure that borrows from Britain's MI5. 26 Sep 2007 The FBI has begun the most comprehensive realignments of its counterterrorism division in six years so it can better detect [foment] the growing global collaborations by terrorists and dismantle [create] larger terrorist enterprises, according to senior bureau officials. The bureau will merge its two international terrorism units... into a new structure that borrows both from Britain's MI5 domestic intelligence agency and the bureau's own successful efforts against organized-crime families, Joseph Billy Jr., the FBI's assistant director for counterterrorism, said in an interview.
Australia pushes further Web censorship 21 Sep 2007 A bill introduced this week by Australia's Parliament would give the Australian federal police the power to control which sites can and cannot be viewed by Australian Web surfers. Introduced on Thursday, the bill--titled the Communications Legislation Amendment (Crime or Terrorism Related Internet Content) Bill 2007--would empower the federal police to alter the "blacklist" of sites that are currently prohibited by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
Mega barf alert! Justices Agree to Hear Case About Voter ID Laws 26 Sep 2007 The Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to decide whether laws that require voters to take government-issued photo identification to the polls place an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote. All of the laws have been enacted since the disputed Florida vote in the 2000 presidential election [coup d'etat], and all have been pushed by Republican legislators who maintain that the laws are necessary to 'deter' voter fraud. [The GOP decries 'vote fraud' while *stealing* entire *elections!*]
Inspector Finds Broad Failures in Oil Program 26 Sep 2007 The Interior Department’s program to collect billions of dollars annually from oil and gas companies that drill on federal lands is troubled by mismanagement, ethical lapses and fears of retaliation against whistle-blowers, the department’s chief independent investigator has concluded. The report, a result of a yearlong investigation, grew out of complaints by four auditors at the agency, who said that senior administration officials had blocked them from recovering money from oil companies that underpaid the government.
House OKs Child Health Insurance Bill --Measure Would Expand Insurance For Children But President Bush Promises Veto 25 Sep 2007 The House voted Tuesday to expand health insurance for children, but the Democratic-led victory may prove short-lived because the margin was too small to override President [sic] Bush's promised veto.
Democratic Party Maintains Solid Image Advantage Over GOP --Public Prefers Democratic Party to Republican for handling terrorism, military security 25 Sep 2007 According to Gallup's annual Governance survey, conducted Sept. 14-16, 2007, the Democratic Party enjoys a 15-point lead over the Republicans in overall favorability, 53% vs. 38%.
Giuliani $9.11 Event Comes Under Fire 25 Sep 2007 The Giuliani campaign is being forced to distance itself from the decision of a supporter to throw a fundraising party where supporters of the Republican candidate for president have been asked to donate $9.11.
UAW Reaches Tentative Agreement With GM 26 Sep 2007 General Motors and the United Auto Workers agreed to a new contract early Wednesday, ending a two-day nationwide strike with a watershed deal that establishes a new union-managed trust fund for retiree health care but does not include wage hikes.
Four teens charged with beating of black FIU student --According to Miami-Dade police, four teenagers beat a college student with a bat and tried drowning him at Haulover Beach Park Marina on Sunday. 25 Sep 2007 Four teenagers have been charged with a hate crime, accused of the beating and attempted drowning of a black college student at Haulover Beach Park Marina over the weekend.
'The worldwide polar bear population is under great stress.' Treaty may restart polar bear hunts in Russia: WWF 24 Sep 2007 A new Russia-U.S. treaty could allow hunters in Russia to kill polar bears, a species already under threat from global warming, WWF said on Monday.
Court Advances Military Tribunals 25 Sep 2007 A special military appeals court, overturning a lower court ruling, on Monday removed a legal hurdle that has derailed 'war crime' trials for prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The decision, by a three-judge panel of a newly formed military appeals court, was an important victory for the government in its protracted efforts to begin prosecuting some of the 340 detainees at Guantánamo.
Lawyers for Canada Guantanamo inmate mull appeal 25 Sep 2007 Lawyers for a young Canadian prisoner in Guantanamo Bay on Tuesday said they might appeal the decision of a U.S. military court to reinstate terrorism charges against their client. Omar Khadr, 21, is accused of killing one U.S. soldier with a grenade and wounding another during a firefight at a suspected al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] compound in Afghanistan in 2002.
US Military Appeals Court Overrules Judge in Khadr Case 24 Sep 2007 Terror charges have been reinstated against Canadian prisoner Omar Khadr. A US military appeals court has overruled a judge who threw out the terrorism charges against Khadr.
Closing Guantanamo lockup looks increasingly unlikely 24 Sep 2007 The U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been embraced by many Republicans as a potent political symbol in their quest to seize the terrorism issue ahead of next year's 'elections.' GOP presidential candidates have jockeyed to demonstrate their support for the prison. One candidate has called for doubling its use. Another praised the menu and health plan 'offered to' prisoners. [Such as the forced-feedings?!]
Iraq ministry finishes draft law on contractors 25 Sep 2007 Iraq's Interior Ministry has finished draft legislation that would end the legal immunity enjoyed by private security contractors [mercenaries] after a deadly shooting involving U.S. firm Blackwater, an official said on Tuesday.
Snipers Baited and Killed Iraqis, Soldiers Testify --Classified "Baiting Program" is revealed 25 Sep 2007 Under a program developed by a Defense Department warfare unit, Army snipers have begun using a new method to kill Iraqis suspected of being 'insurgents,' using fake weapons and bomb-making material as bait and then killing anyone who picks them up, according to testimony presented in a military court.
Bombs kill more than 40 in Iraq in less than 24 hours 25 Sep 2007 A spate of powerful car and suicide bombings has killed 44 people and wounded more than 100 in less than 24 hours across Iraq, shattering what had been a relatively calm [!?!] holy month of Ramadan.
MoveOn to Pay Full Times Ad Rate By Kate Phillips 23 Sep 2007 On the issue of an issue that just hasn’t moved on, the liberal activist group MoveOn.org announced this afternoon that, in light of today’s column by The Times’s public editor, Clark Hoyt, it would pay the full advertisement rate of $142,083 for its controversial "General Betray Us?" spot in the A-section of the newspaper nearly two weeks ago.
Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan 25 Sep 2007 A Canadian soldier was killed and four were wounded during a military operation in southern Afghanistan, the Canadian military said.
Sarkozy says letting Iran go nuclear could cause war 25 Sep 2007 Allowing Iran to acquire nuclear weapons could destabilize the world and lead to war, French President Nicolas Sarkozy told the United Nations on Tuesday. In his maiden speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Sarkozy said: "There will be no peace in the world if the international community falters in the face of [US] nuclear arms proliferation."
Ahmadinejad faces public dressing down at US university 24 Sep 2007 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was treated to a humiliating and public dressing down when he appeared at a top US university Monday, where he was described as a "petty and cruel dictator." ['Petty and cruel dictator?' Oh, I thought university president Lee Bollinger had just introduced Bush!]
Israel orders Olmert corruption probe 24 Sep 2007 Israel ordered a criminal graft probe of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert over a real estate deal on Monday, in the latest scandal to hit the premier who had been steadily regaining popularity.
'This is descending into a complete banana republic.' Dictator Bush's ally in Islamabad clings to power: Musharraf arrests opposition leaders --Police raids round up politicians planning demonstrations against the President; politicians fear democratic process has broken down 24 Sep 2007 Opposition leaders were arrested over the weekend in Pakistan as General Pervez Musharraf extended his crackdown on dissent ahead of a presidential election. Heavy police raids rounded up politicians, who had been planning to spearhead demonstrations in the capital of Islamabad this week against Gen. Musharraf's re-election plans. Leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League, the party of exiled former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, and some religious party chiefs were taken away.
Mystery surrounds deaths of Minot airmen 22 Sep 2007 Six members of the US Air Force who were involved in the Minot AFB incident, have died mysteriously, an anti-Bush activist group [Citizens for Legitimate Government] says. The incident happened when a B-52 bomber was "mistakenly" loaded with six nuclear warheads and flown for more than three hours across several states, prompting an Air Force investigation and the firing of one commander.
Financial Institutions to Undergo Pandemic Flu Response Test 24 Sep 2007 Don't be alarmed if your local bank teller is looking a bit sickly over the next three weeks. It is only a cyber-illness. Hundreds of banks and other financial institutions are participating in the largest test of its kind ever conducted to ensure the nation's financial system can keep functioning in case of an outbreak of pandemic flu [Bush bioterrorism].
Bio-briefcase 24 Sep 2007 In January 2003, the US Department of Homeland Security began deploying a national system of monitors capable of detecting airborne pathogens such as anthrax and sarin gas... John Dzenitis and colleagues at the Livermore labs have developed a similarly capable device the size of a briefcase, containing a microfluidic laboratory that looks for the telltale signs of airborne pathogens.
DHS and NSF Announce $8 Million for the Fiscal Year 2007 Academic Research Initiative Awards 21 Sep 2007 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) announce approximately $8 million in grant awards to academic institutions for the Academic Research Initiative (ARI). The ARI program will foster frontier research in radiological and nuclear detection at academic institutions and build the nation’s intellectual capital in nuclear sciences and engineering.
Germs taken to space come back deadlier 24 Sep 2007 It sounds like the plot for a scary B-movie: Germs go into space on a rocket and come back stronger and deadlier than ever. Except, it really happened. The germ: Salmonella, best known as a culprit of food poisoning. The trip: Space Shuttle STS-115, September 2006.
NSA to develop monitoring system for communications and control networks across US --DHS 'Cyber Initiative' could have 2,000 people assigned to project 25 Sep 2007 The NSA (National Security Agency) is drawing up plans to encourage the various public and private communications and utilities companies across the US to increase their levels of Internet protection. The NSA's game plan is for it to co-ordinate with the Department for Homeland Security, the FBI and numerous other agencies in developing a monitoring system for major public, as well as private, communications and control networks across the US, and so help 'prevent' any form of attack.
No Dragnet, No Billions in Fines: Why Do Nation's Spying Telcos Need Immunity From Congress? By Ryan Singel 24 Sep 2007 President [sic] Bush, the nation's telecoms and the nation's top spook Michael McConnell are united in their efforts to have Congress give the nation's internet and phone companies immunity for massive violations of the nation's privacy laws when they helped the government spy Americans phone calls without warrants.
Supreme Court to decide photo ID voting law 25 Sep 2007 The Supreme Court said on Tuesday it would rule on whether U.S. voters must show a government-issued photo identification at the polls, a divisive issue ahead of next year's national elections. The justices said they would review a U.S. appeals court ruling that upheld an Indiana law considered the most restrictive in the nation requiring voters to present a photo ID issued by the state or federal government, such as a driver's license or a passport.
Department of Homeland Security sues Illinois 24 Sep 2007 The Department of Homeland Security sued the state of Illinois on Monday to block a recently enacted state law that prevents Illinois employers from participating in a new federal citizenship verification program.
300 at CSU urge firing of editor over anti-Bush profanity 25 Sep 2007 The student newspaper that stirred up a hornet's nest when it dropped the F-bomb last week drew more fire Monday. College Republicans at Colorado State University collected more than 300 signatures calling on CSU's Board of Student Communications to fire Editor in Chief David McSwane. [CLG this poll! Free speech is losing!] Should CSU's student newspaper editor be fired over his anti-Bush editorial? Yes 83% 640 votes; No 16% 123 votes 763 total votes. Poll snapshot: 14:17 EDT 25 Sep 2007.]
White supremacist backlash builds over Jena case 24 Sep 2007 No sooner did tens of thousands of African-American demonstrators depart the racially tense town of Jena, La., last week after protesting perceived injustices [Uh, nooses hanging on a 'Whites Only' tree?! NOT 'perceived' injustices - *actual* injustices!] than white supremacists flooded in behind them... "There is a major white supremacist backlash building," said Mark Potok, a hate-group expert at the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights group in Montgomery, Ala. [The Second Amendment can and should take care of white supremacists, Nazis, KKKers and - while we're at it - the terrorists who allow them to flourish.]
US Supreme Court to examine legality of lethal injections 25 Sep 2007 In a move which could suspend capital punishment in the United States, the Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to consider the constitutionality of lethal injections which are used in almost all US executions.
Bush quietly advising Hillary Clinton, top Democrats 24 Sep 2007 President [sic] Bush is quietly providing back-channel advice to Hillary Rodham Clinton, urging her to modulate her rhetoric so she can effectively prosecute the war in Iraq, if elected president. In an interview for the new book "The Evangelical President," White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten said Bush wants enough continuity in his Iraq policy that "even a Democratic president would be in a position to sustain a legitimate presence there." To that end, the president has been sending advice, mostly through aides, aimed at preventing an abrupt withdrawal from Iraq in the event of a Democratic victory in November 2008. [OMG! Dictator Bush - who can't even sustain a 'legitimate presence' in the White House - is giving advice on sustaining a 'legitimate presence' in Iraq?! --LRP]
Giuliani Fund Raising Reaches Into Kazakhstan 25 Sep 2007 Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's campaign is looking for political cash this week in an unlikely place: Resource-rich Kazakhstan, where the Republican presidential front-runner's law firm does substantial business in the often murky oil, gas and minerals industries. A fund-raising event tomorrow in Almaty, the commercial center of the former Soviet republic, will mark the campaign's third foray overseas for cash.
Vitter earmarks funds for religious group --Nonprofit supports creationist 'education' 23 Sep 2007 Sen. David Vitter, R-La., earmarked $100,000 in a spending bill for a Louisiana Christian group that has challenged the teaching of Darwinian evolution in the public school system and to which he has political ties. The money is included in the labor, health and education financing bill for fiscal 2008 and specifies payment to the Louisiana Family Forum "to develop a plan to promote better science education."
Minnesota prosecutor responds to Larry Craig By Carrie Budoff Brown 24 Sep 2007 Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) knew what he was doing when he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from his arrest in a men's room sex sting, said the prosecuting attorney in papers filed Monday in Minnesota... The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in Minnesota.
Administration lobbied against clean-air waiver 24 Sep 2007 The White House approved a Transportation Department campaign to lobby against California's application for a waiver to combat global warming through auto emissions limits tougher than federal standards, a lawmaker charged Monday. In a letter to James L. Connaughton, the head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, called the campaign an "inappropriate use of taxpayer money" and asked Connaughton to repudiate it.
Bush Admin. urges Social Security 'fix' 24 Sep 2007 The Bush regime said in a new report Monday that Social Security is facing a $13.6 trillion shortfall and that delaying reforms is not fair to younger workers. [The shortfall was created when Cheney Halliburton and his merry band of GOPedophiles raided the National Treasury to fund the corpora-terrorists for the Iraq invasion and for the US police state. --LRP]
Supreme Court to Hear Enron-Snohomish County Case 25 Sep 2007 The Supreme Court said Tuesday it will rule on two cases involving electricity contracts that Washington state's Snohomish County and a Nevada power company seek to invalidate because they were signed at the height of the 2000-2001 Western energy crisis.
US auto workers shut down General Motors (WSWS) 25 Sept 2007 Seventy three thousand General Motors workers struck the largest US auto company Monday, shutting down all 82 facilities in a struggle to defend their most basic conditions—health care, jobs and wages.
Halve global-warming pollution by 2050, Europe tells UN summit 24 Sep 2007 European countries hurled down a challenge at a UN summit on climate change here Monday, calling for the world to set a goal of halving global greenhouse-gas pollution by 2050.
Iran's Ahmadinejad: No Attack on Israel 24 Sep 2007 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that Iran would not launch an attack on Israel or any other country, and he does not believe the U.S. is preparing for war against Iran. ''Iran will not attack any country,'' Ahmadinejad told The Associated Press. Iran has always maintained a defensive policy, not an offensive one, he said, and has ''never sought to expand its territory." [Unlike Dictator Bush.]
Iranian Leader Denies Bomb, War Reports --Ahmadinejad Arrives In New York 23 Sep 2007 Iran's president denies Tehran is building an atomic bomb and says it's not on a path to war with the U.S. In an interview on CBS' "60 Minutes," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that "the time of the bomb is passed." And he says there's "no war in the offing" with the U.S.
Iran leader will visit Bolivia, sign energy deals 24 Sep 2007 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is set to visit Bolivia on Thursday to tighten diplomatic ties and sign energy and industrial aid agreements, Bolivia's government spokesman said. [Could Iran's energy deals be the actual reason behind the Bush regime's aggression toward Iran?]
Secret US air force team to perfect plan for Iran strike 23 Sep 2007 The United States Air Force has set up a highly confidential strategic planning group tasked with "fighting the next war" as tensions rise with Iran. Project Checkmate, a successor to the group that planned the 1991 Gulf War’s air campaign, was quietly reestablished at the Pentagon in June. It reports directly to General Michael Moseley, the US Air Force chief, and consists of 20-30 top air force officers and defence and cyberspace experts with ready access to the White House, the CIA and other intelligence agencies.
US, allies readying sanctions against Tehran, officials say 23 Sep 2007 The United States and its European allies are preparing to impose their own broad military and economic sanctions against Iran if Russia and China balk at voting for a tough new resolution at the United Nations, according to US and European officials.
Brzezinski: U.S. in danger of 'stampeding' to war with Iran 24 Sep 2007 Former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski likened U.S. officials' saber rattling about Iran's alleged nuclear ambitions to similar statements made before the start of the Iraq war.
Legislatures May Act on Columbia --Silver Warns of Impact on State Aid 24 Sep 2007 As the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, prepares to address Columbia University today amid a storm of student protest, state and city lawmakers [fascists] say they are considering withholding public funds from the school to protest its decision to invite the leader to campus.
$50 Billion for Military Is Added to Budget 23 Sep 2007 The Bush regime plans to increase its 2008 financing request for military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere by almost $50 billion, Pentagon officials said Saturday. The increase would bring the amount the administration is seeking to finance the war effort through 2008 to almost $200 billion.
Graft in U.S. Army Contracts Spread From Kuwait Base 24 Sep 2007 Pentagon officials are investigating some $6 billion in military contracts, most covering supplies as varied as bottled water, tents and latrines for troops in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. The inquiries have resulted in charges against at least 29 civilians and soldiers, more than 75 other criminal investigations and the suicides of at least two officers.
Iraq says no Blackwater move until after inquiry 24 Sep 2007 Iraq said on Monday no action would be taken against U.S. private security firm Blackwater over a shooting in which 11 people were killed until after a joint investigation with U.S. officials. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki had vowed to freeze the work [terrorism] of Blackwater, which guards the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, and prosecute its staff over the shooting eight days ago which he called a crime. But Iraq has since appeared to soften its stand.
Maliki Accuses Blackwater of Challenging Iraq's Sovereignty [Oh, but Shock & Awe didn't?] 24 Sep 2007 Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki said Sunday that the shooting of Iraqi civilians last week by Blackwater USA, a private American security company [Waffen-SS], amounted to a challenge to the nation’s sovereignty, but he added that the his government was working jointly with the United States to bring those responsible to justice.
U.S. Repeatedly Rebuffed Iraq on Blackwater Complaints 23 Sep 2007 Senior Iraqi officials repeatedly complained to U.S. officials about Blackwater USA's alleged involvement in the deaths of numerous Iraqis, but the Americans took little action to regulate the private security firm until 11 Iraqis were shot dead last Sunday, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials. Before that episode, U.S. officials were made aware in high-level meetings and formal memorandums of Blackwater's alleged transgressions. They included six violent incidents [acts of terrorism] this year allegedly involving the North Carolina firm that left a total of 10 Iraqis dead, the officials said.
Iraqis: Video shows Blackwater guards fired 1st --Official in Baghdad says U.S. contractors were responsible for 11 deaths 22 Sep 2007 Iraqi investigators have a videotape that shows Blackwater USA guards [terrorists] opened fire against civilians without provocation in an incident last week in which 11 people died, a senior Iraqi official said Saturday. He said the case had been referred to the Iraqi judiciary.
Blackwater's 'Drug War' Bonanza $15 billion of your money up in smoke for under-fire mercenary company, other defense contractors. By Harkavy 19 Sep 2007 While Blackwater's mercenaries beg for mercy for killing a baby and 19 other people in Baghdad on Sunday, they're already working on another lucrative government contract on yet another foreign adventure: the "war on drugs." In a major new outsourcing deal reported by only a few outlets, including the Army Times, Blackwater will divvy up a $15 billion pot of government gold, along with four huge defense contractors: Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and Arinc.
$15B narcoterrorism war to be outsourced 14 Sep 2007 The U.S. Defense Department has invited five contractors to bid on elements of a new, multibillion dollar effort to combat [expand] the global flow of illegal drugs allegedly used to finance terrorism. Awarded by the Pentagon’s Counter-Narcoterrorism Technology Program Office in Dahlgren, Va., the contract vehicle has a potential value of $15 billion over five years. One participant is ARINC, a Maryland-based provider of airline communications systems.
U.S. Aims to Lure Insurgents With 'Bait' --Snipers Describe Classified Program 24 Sep 2007 A Pentagon group has encouraged some U.S. military snipers in Iraq to target suspected insurgents by scattering pieces of "bait," such as detonation cords, plastic explosives and ammunition, and then killing Iraqis who pick up the items, according to military court documents. The classified program was described in investigative documents related to recently filed murder charges against three snipers who are accused of planting evidence on Iraqis they killed.
Unknown gunmen kill journalist in Baghdad 24 Sep 2007 Unknown gunmen [Blackwater terrorists?] on Sunday attacked and killed an Iraqi journalist [Jawad Saadon al-Daami] working for the secular al-Baghdadiyah satellite channel in Baghdad, a police source said. With al-Daami's death, the number of journalists killed in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003 reached 236 according to the Iraqi journalists' syndicate estimates.
Cholera case found in southern Iraq - Health Min 22 Sep 2007 A case of cholera has been confirmed in southern Iraq, a senior health official said on Saturday, raising fears the virulent water-borne disease is spreading through the country.
Bombing in Iraq city kills 20, wounds 30 - police 24 Sep 2007 A suicide bomber killed 20 people and wounded 30 when he blew himself up inside a mosque compound in the Iraqi city of Baquba on Monday, police said. The dead included the police chief of Baquba and two other senior police officers.
Suicide bomber kills police chief in Iraq city 24 Sep 2007 A suicide bomber killed the police chief of the Iraqi city of Baquba and two other senior officers when he blew himself up inside a mosque compound on Monday, police said.
Iraq bomb kills American soldier 24 Sep 2007 A US soldier has been killed and another wounded when an armor-piercing roadside bomb hit their patrol in the Iraqi capital. The incident took place when an explosively-formed penetrator (EFP) exploded near their patrol during combat operations in eastern Baghdad, a military statement said.
Sen. Clinton Can't Pledge Troop Withdrawal --'We Don't Know What We're Going to Inherit,' Democratic Candidate Says 23 Sep 2007 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., said this morning that she will not make any pledges regarding a U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq.
Ricks of 'Wash Post': U.S. May Still Be at War in Iraq 15 Years from Now By E&P Staff 20 Sep 2007 ...[T]he comments from Thomas Ricks, military reporter at The Washington Post, on Tavis Smiley’s PBS interview show last night were startling. ...[I]n closing, he remarked that President [sic] Bush’s current strategy was simply to make sure there are at least 100,000 troops left in Iraq when he leaves office in January 2009. Further, Ricks said he wouldn’t be surprised if "we have troops still fighting in Iraq" when the next president’s term ends. Smiley, perhaps not believing his ears, asked if he meant the next president’s first term or possibly his second? Ricks said it could be the latter.
Maclean's cover featuring Bush dressed as Saddam causing flap in U.S. The latest cover of Maclean's magazine featuring President [sic] George W. Bush dressed as Saddam Hussein is provoking a flap south of the border. ABC News, in a web article Friday, notes that bloggers on the left and right have been having a field day debating the merits of depicting Bush as Saddam, complete with a moustache, beret and military attire. Newsbusters, a U.S.-based conservative blog, took aim at the article by writer Patrick Graham that says Bush is "reaching out to the late dictator's henchmen."
Guantanamo lawyers to seek appeal on ruling that restricted access 21 Sep 2007 Attorneys for Guantanamo Bay prisoners will ask a judge to rescind a ruling that dismissed 16 lawsuits challenging the indefinite confinement of dozens of men and created a new hurdle for some lawyers seeking to visit their clients at the prison in Cuba.
Germany 'drops CIA extradition' 23 Sep 2007 Germany has dropped a request to the US to extradite 13 suspected CIA agents accused of abducting a German citizen, officials and media reports say. The citizen, Khaled al-Masri, says he was abducted in Macedonia in 2003 and flown to Afghanistan for interrogation [torture].
Germany: US Won't Extradite CIA Suspects 22 Sep 2007 U.S. authorities have informed Germany that they will not extradite 13 suspected CIA agents sought in the alleged kidnapping of a German citizen, an official said Saturday.
Keelty hints at new laws to stop terrorism 25 Sep 2007 Australians must adapt to a post-September 11 environment in which police are required to 'prevent' acts of terrorism long before their intended execution, the federal Police Commissioner has warned. "The courts are going to need to change the way they view evidence, witnesses and forensics. [They] will be dealing with larger numbers of … crimes that are prevented at a very embryonic stage of execution. Sentencing in this environment could become problematic, at least in the early stages."
Seven CIA Veterans Challenge 9/11 Commission Report --Account of 9/11 a "Joke" and a "Cover-up" By Alan Miller Official 23 Sep 2007 Seven CIA veterans have severely criticized the official account of 9/11 and have called for a new investigation. "I think at simplest terms, there’s a cover-up. The 9/11 Report is a joke," said Raymond McGovern, 27-year veteran of the CIA, who chaired National Intelligence Estimates during the seventies.
FBI investigates anti-Jena 6 Web page --Site purports to list addresses of teens accused of beating white student 23 Sep 2007 The FBI is reviewing a white supremacist Web site that purports to list the addresses of five of the six black teenagers accused of beating a white student in Jena and "essentially called for their lynching," an agency spokeswoman said Saturday.
Schools to lose transit funding --Transportation for disabled kids is on Medicaid chopping block. [Is this 'No Child Left Behind?'] The Bush regime plans to stop reimbursing states for school-based Medicaid activities, including transporting disabled students, a move that would cost California schools more than $100 million a year.
U.N. Chief Urges Immediate Climate Action 24 Sep 2007 Secretary General Ban Ki-moon opened a meeting of world leaders on climate change here today stating that the scientific evidence of its global impact was sound and the moment to act was now.
Bush to Skip U.N. Talks on Global Warming 24 Sep 2007 Dozens of world leaders are to gather at the United Nations on Monday for a full agenda of talks on how to fight global warming, and President [sic] Bush is skipping all the day’s events but the dinner.
Iraq war budget jumps for 2008 --Bush plans to increase his request to nearly $200 billion. 22 Sep 2007 After smothering efforts by war critics in Congress to drastically cut U.S. troop levels in Iraq, President [sic] Bush plans to ask lawmakers next week to approve another massive spending measure -- totaling nearly $200 billion -- to fund the war through next year, Pentagon officials said. If Bush's spending request is approved [and, we know the DemocRATs will roll over for Bush], 2008 will be the most expensive year of the Iraq war. [Arming the Left: Is the time now? --by Charles Southwell 21 Oct 2003 As long as we pose no REAL threat to the powers-that-be, to what is shaping up into [is] a dictatorship, we will continue to be ignored. Right now, we are ignored because we present no organized power to fight this onslaught of anti-democratic, totalitarian government that we are up against.]
War Costing $720 Million Each Day, Group Says --Bush's war is costing $500,000 a minute 22 Sep 2007 The money spent on one day of the Iraq war could buy homes for almost 6,500 families or health care for 423,529 children, or could outfit 1.27 million homes with renewable electricity, according to the American Friends Service Committee, which displayed those statistics on large banners in cities nationwide Thursday and Friday.
Embassy Builder Linked to Kickbacks --$592 million Baghdad embassy is world's largest 20 Sep 2007 The Kuwaiti company building the U.S. embassy in Baghdad has been accused of agreeing to pay $200,000 in kickbacks in return for two unrelated Army contracts in Iraq. The scheme, outlined in a now-sealed court document obtained by The Associated Press, allegedly involved First Kuwaiti General Trading & Contracting and a manager for Kellogg Brown & Root Inc. or KBR, a firm hired to handle logistics for the military in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Security Firm Faces Criminal Charges in Iraq 23 Sep 2007 The Iraqi government expects to refer criminal charges to the Iraqi courts within days in the killing of at least eight Iraqis by a private American security company, the state minister for national security affairs said Saturday, and he said that the government had received little information so far from the American side of the joint investigation... National Security Ministry and Defense Ministry stated that "the murder of citizens in cold blood in the Nisour area by Blackwater is considered a terrorist action against civilians just like any other terrorist operations."
Feds probe Blackwater weapons smuggling 21 Sep 2007 Federal prosecutors are investigating whether employees of the private security firm [Waffen-SS] Blackwater USA illegally smuggled into Iraq weapons that may have been sold on the black market and ended up in the hands of a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, officials said Friday.
Blackwater 'arms smuggling probe' 22 Sep 2007 Federal prosecutors are investigating whether staff from US security company [terrorists] Blackwater smuggled weapons to Iraq, according to reports.
Iraq Probe of U.S. Security Firm Grows --Blackwater, Accused of Killing 11 on Sunday, Cited in Earlier Deaths 22 Sep 2007 Iraq's probe into a deadly shooting by Blackwater USA in Baghdad last weekend has expanded to include allegations about the security firm's involvement in six other violent episodes this year that left at least 10 Iraqis dead. The incidents include the killing of three guards at a state-run media complex and the shooting death of an Iraqi journalist outside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Brig. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf, chief spokesman for the Interior Ministry.
Iraq's hired hands under fire as the pot of gold starts to run low --Security boom ends amid complaints about civilian killings and immunity 22 Sep 2007 Iraq was awash with billions of dollars from the US, and company profits soared, while those on the ground were earning much more than US and British soldiers. But the Iraq boom for private security firms is coming to an end, even without the Blackwater shooting row, according to those in the trade.
The real story of Baghdad's Bloody Sunday --Six days ago, at least 28 civilians died in a shooting incident involving the US security company Blackwater. Kim Sengupta reports from the scene of the massacre 21 Sep 2007 The eruption of gunfire was sudden and ferocious, round after round mowing down terrified men women and children, slamming into cars as they collided and overturned with drivers frantically trying to escape...
Blackwater working again in Iraq 21 Sep 2007 The US security firm Blackwater has resumed limited operations in the Iraqi capital Baghdad four days after a deadly shootout involving the company.
Senate Rejects Fixed Date to Pull Iraq Troops 22 Sep 2007 The Senate on Friday rejected a nine-month timetable for bringing most troops home from Iraq, yet another legislative defeat for Democrats in what is shaping up as a losing battle to force President [sic] Bush to end the war.
U.S., Iraqi forces control half of Baghdad: general 21 Sep 2007 U.S. or Iraqi forces control more than half of Baghdad's neighborhoods while the rest still experience high levels of fighting and 'sectarian' violence, the U.S. commander in Iraq's capital [Army Maj. Gen. Joseph Fil] said on Friday.
Two Sistani aides killed in Iraq 21 Sep 2007 Two aides of Iraq's most senior Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, have been shot dead in separate incidents in southern Iraq.
Thanks to Bush: Cholera spreads to Iraq's southernmost city 21 Sep 2007 Cholera was confirmed Friday in a baby in Basra, the farthest south the outbreak has been detected. Officials expressed concern over a shortage of chlorine needed to prevent the disease from spreading.
'In light of this development, counsel access (both legal mail and in-person visits) is no longer permitted.' U.S. bars attorneys' access to detainees 21 Sep 2007 Attorneys for at least 40 Guantanamo Bay prisoners have been barred from visiting or writing their clients because of a judge's order dismissing legal challenges to the men's confinement, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.
Time Running Out for Sami Al-Haj By Ajmal 17 Sep 2007 Al Jazeera cameraman and Guantanamo detainee Sami Al-Haj is feared to be in critical condition on the 250th day of his hunger strike, as pressure mounts for his release. Recent reports warn of a severe deterioration in the physical and mental health of Al-Haj, who has been held at Guantanamo Bay for more than five years. Al-Haj has been on a hunger strike for 250 days and is being force-fed.
Iran warns West against attack 22 Sep 2007 Iran told Western powers on Saturday they would regret any attack over Tehran's nuclear activities and it rolled out a display of missiles and other military hardware to back the warning.
Nicolas Sarkozy backs US on Iran bomb 22 Sep 2007 President Nicolas Sarkozy of France has directly accused Iran of seeking a nuclear bomb and urged "stronger sanctions" against Teheran. It was the latest sign that Mr Sarkozy is positioning France as America's key European ally in tackling Teheran's nuclear ambitions.
Bush may bypass UN with tough sanctions against Iran 22 Sep 2007 President [sic] Bush is prepared to bypass the United Nations and instead work with European allies on imposing tougher sanctions against Iran’s defiant stance on its nuclear programme.
UN Vaccinates Polio in S. Afghanistan 22 Sep 2007 Afghan elders have given safe passage to thousands of volunteer vaccinators immunizing children against [with] polio in Afghanistan's violent south, a region health workers haven't worked in for months, UNICEF said Saturday.
Rep. Peter King: There are "too many mosques in this country" 19 Sep 2007 New York Rep. Peter King, a prominent House Republican, said there are "too many mosques in this country" in a recent interview with Politico. "There are too many people sympathetic to radical Islam," King said. "We should be looking at them more carefully and finding out how we can infiltrate them." [What would happen if a US politician said there were 'too many synagogues in this country?' Or, what if one said there were 'too many churches in this country?' (Btw, we DO think there are too many churches in the country. Churches, synagogues and mosques are generally ideological state apparatuses used to maintain the status quo.) --MDR]
Cyberspace is the final frontier in war on terror 22 Sep 2007 "Jihad University" to "Terrorists 007" to 5,000 or more other sites, terrorists are using the Internet to spread propaganda, recruit members, raise money, offer training and instruction and plan operations.
Collecting of Details on Travelers Documented --U.S. Effort More Extensive Than Previously Known 22 Sep 2007 The U.S. government is collecting electronic records on the travel habits of millions of Americans who fly, drive or take cruises abroad, retaining data on the persons with whom they travel or plan to stay, the personal items they carry during their journeys, and even the books that travelers have carried, according to documents obtained by a group of civil liberties advocates and statements by government officials. The personal travel records are meant to be stored for as long as 15 years, as part of the Department of Homeland Security's effort to assess the 'security threat' posed by all travelers entering the country.
DHS Sponsors Martial Law Exercise For Kids 21 Sep 2007 The Department of Homeland Security is currently sponsoring an event in Huntsville, AL where children have the opportunity to participate in a mock martial law oriented disaster exercise. The event called the Be Ready Camp is being held in two sessions as part of the government’s National Preparedness Month initiative.
United States Forest Service Purchases 700 TASER X26 Electronic Control Devices 19 Sep 2007 TASER International, Inc., today announced that it received an order from the United States Forest Service for 700 TASER(r) X26 electronic control devices and related accessories. [Why?!]
Electronic tagging of young offenders is set to continue 22 Sep 2007 Controversial powers to allow the electronic tagging of teenage young offenders, which were put into law by Labour will be retained by the new SNP Government.
In 2008, Bush v. Gore Redux? By Bob Herbert 22 sep 2007 Right now it’s just a petition drive on its way to becoming a ballot initiative in California. But you should think of it as a tropical depression that could develop into a major storm that blows away the Democrats’ chances of winning the White House next year. And it could become a constitutional crisis... The party that took [literally, *took*] the White House in 2000 while losing the popular vote figures it may have to do it again. The Presidential Election Reform Act is the name of a devious proposal that Republican operatives have dreamed up to siphon off 20 or more of the 55 electoral votes that the Democrats would get if, as expected, they win California in 2008... If this proposed change makes it onto the ballot and becomes law, those 20 or so electoral votes could well be enough to hand the White House to a Republican candidate who [again] loses the popular vote nationwide... The proponents of the initiative understand completely that a constitutional crisis could damage the nation’s democratic process and undermine the legitimacy of a presidential election. In their view that’s preferable to a Republican defeat.
Bush Says He'll Veto Congress's Plan for Children's Health Care 22 President [sic] George W. Bush dismissed an agreement reached yesterday by congressional leaders to expand the government's children's health insurance program and said he will veto the measure.
Nooses Found Hanging on N.C. High School Campus 22 Sep 2007 Detectives are trying to determine who hung three nooses on the campus of a High Point, N.C. high school [Andrews High School] Friday. The incident happened a day after thousands from across the country gathered in support of the Jena 6 in Louisiana.
Judge Denies Request to Free Jena Teen 21 Sep 2007 A judge on Friday denied a request to release a teenager [Mychal Bell] whose arrest in the beating of a white classmate sparked this week's civil rights protest in Louisiana.
N.H. Judge Rhymes Ruling to 'Green Eggs And Ham' 21 Sep 2007 A New Hampshire prison inmate's file drove a federal judge to rhyme to express himself. U.S. District Court Judge James Muirhead reached for Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham" for inspiration when a prison inmate protesting his diet attached a hard-boiled egg to documents sent to court. "I do not like eggs in the file. I do not like them in any style. I will not take them fried or boiled. I will not take them poached or broiled. I will not take them soft or scrambled Despite an argument well-rambled," Muirhead wrote in his response to inmate Charles Wolffe.
New foot and mouth case confirmed 21 Sep 2007 Authorities said on Friday they had confirmed another case of foot and mouth on a farm in southern England and ordered the slaughter of its cattle.
Arctic sea ice 'melts to all-time low' 22 Sep 2007 Sea ice in the Arctic shrank to the smallest area on record this summer, prompting fears it could melt completely within decades and speed up global warming.
Sea level rise could flood many cities 22 Sep 2007 Ultimately, rising seas will likely swamp the first American settlement in Jamestown, Va., as well as the Florida launch pad that sent the first American into orbit, many climate scientists are predicting. In about a century, some of the places that make America what it is may be slowly erased.
Minot AFB Clandestine Nukes 'Oddities' 17 Sep 2007 Updated!
Blackwater security company back on the streets of Baghdad 21 Sep 2007 US private security company [Waffen-SS] Blackwater was back on the streets of Baghdad, four days after being grounded following a shooting incident in which 10 people were killed, a US official said Friday.
US resumes Blackwater convoys in Iraq 21 Sep 2007 American convoys under the protection of Blackwater USA resumed on Friday, four days after the U.S. Embassy suspended all land travel by its diplomats and other civilian officials in response to the alleged killing of civilians by the mercenaries.
Maliki blasts Blackwater firm for other incidents 19 Sep 2007 Blackwater security guards who protect top U.S. diplomats in Iraq have been involved in at least seven serious incidents, some of which resulted in the deaths of innocent civilians, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki said Wednesday... Defense Ministry spokesman Mohammed al Askari told McClatchy Newspapers that one of the incidents was former Iraqi Electricity Minister Ahyam al Samarrai's escape from a Green Zone jail in December. Samarrai had been awaiting sentencing on charges that he had embezzled $2.5 billion that was intended to 'rebuild' Iraq's decrepit electricity grid. Until now, Iraqi officials hadn't named the private security company that they believe helped Samarrai, the only Iraqi cabinet official convicted of corruption, to escape from a jail that was overseen jointly by U.S. and Iraqi guards. He subsequently was spirited out of the country and is believed to be living in the United States.
Congress Wants Testimony From Blackwater Boss 20 Sep 2007 The founder and chairman of Blackwater USA, the private security contractor, has been told to appear next month before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. In a letter today to Blackwater chairman Erik Prince, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., said the hearing would concentrate on "the mission and performance of Blackwater USA and its affiliated companies [mercenaries] in Iraq and Afghanistan."
Iraqi corruption report made public 21 Sep 2007 A damning report by the US embassy detailing corruption in the Iraqi government was made public on Friday, days ahead of a meeting between Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and US President [sic] George W. Bush.
Hundreds of students protest Halliburton recruiters at UW-Madison 20 Sep 2007 Students jammed into a University of Wisconsin-Madison building Thursday to disrupt Halliburton Co.'s attempt to recruit at a campus job fair. Protesters angrily accused the company of profiting from the war in Iraq and sat in front of the company's booth to discourage students from meeting with its representatives.
Head of firm paid to track Iraq spending investigated 20 Sep 2007 Robert Raggio quit his $97,000-per-year government job as a financial manager for the Iraq reconstruction effort in September 2005. That same day, Raggio's newly formed company, Reviewer Management International (RMI), received a U.S. contract to audit $7.3 billion in Iraqi reconstruction spending, according to Army documents obtained by USA TODAY under the Freedom of Information Act. The $1.5 million contract was designed to help investigators fight fraud in Iraq. Now, Raggio is under investigation.
Bush's genocide in Iraq: WHO Confirms 1,500 Cholera Cases in Iraq --The Outbreak Has Spread to Baghdad, WHO Says 21 Sep 2007 More than 1,500 people have been confirmed as having cholera in Iraq and the outbreak has spread from the north to Baghdad, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday.
Iranian officer 'seized in Iraq' 20 Sep 2007 US-led forces in Iraq say they have arrested an Iranian officer operating in the north of the country. "This individual has been involved in transporting improvised explosive devices," the American military said. [I call bullsh*t.]
Kurds denounce U.S. detention of Iranian 20 Sep 2007 U.S. troops arrested an Iranian man during an early morning raid on a hotel in this northern Iraqi city Thursday and accused him of helping to smuggle a deadly type of roadside bomb into Iraq. But the Kurdistan Regional Government in a statement called the arrest "illegitimate," said the man was a member of a trade delegation that had been invited to Sulaimaniyah by the local government and demanded that he be released. ['Illegitimate' --like the Bush regime itself.]
U.S. calls meeting to prepare new sanctions against Iran 20 Sep 2007 After 18 years of concealing a nuclear program from the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency... Iran has pledged to come clean with facts to back up its claim that it isn't seeking to build a nuclear weapon. But the Bush regime, wary of any Iranian moves short of an immediate halt to its nuclear enrichment program, will attempt to convince other major powers Friday to impose tougher United Nations sanctions on Tehran.
Bush Condemns MoveOn.org's Ad About Petraeus 20 Sep 2007 President [sic] Bush today condemned the recent MoveOn.org advertisement that described Army Gen. David H. Petraeus as General "Betray-Us," voicing disappointment that leading Democrats had not denounced it as well.
Olbermann to Bush: 'Your hypocrisy is so vast' --A reaction to Thursday’s press conference: The president was the one who interjected Gen. Petraeus into the political dialogue in the first place By Keith Olbermann 20 Sep 2007 Terrorizing your own people in hopes of getting them to vote for your own party has never brought as much as a public comment from you? The Republican hamstringing of Captain Max Cleland and lying about Lieutenant John Kerry met with your approval? But a shot at General Petraeus... [it] was you who reduced him from four-star hero to a political hack, merits this pissy juvenile blast at the Democrats on national television? Your hypocrisy is so vast that if we could somehow use it to fill the ranks in Iraq you could realize your dream and keep us fighting there until the year 3000.
Israel, U.S. Shared Data On Suspected Nuclear Site --Bush Was Told of North Korean Presence in Syria, Sources Say 21 Sep 2007 Israel's decision to attack Syria on Sept. 6, bombing a suspected nuclear site set up in apparent collaboration with North Korea, came after Israel shared intelligence with President [sic] Bush this summer indicating that North Korean nuclear personnel were in Syria, U.S. government sources said.
Fury as Netanyahu confirms Syria strike 21 Sep 2007 Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of the right-wing opposition party Likud, was characteristically at the centre of a controversy yesterday after appearing to be the first Israeli politician to confirm an air strike against Syria two weeks ago. With reporting in Israel covered by military censorship, Mr Netanyahu startled television viewers – and reportedly shocked the office of the Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert – by answering a question about the supposed air strike in an interview.
Two British soldiers killed in S Afghanistan 21 Sep 2007 Two British soldiers were killed Thursday in a road accident in southern Afghanistan, the UK's ministry of defense confirmed.
Yale loses court case over military recruiters 20 Sep 2007 Yale Law School will end its policy of not working with military recruiters after a court ruling this week jeopardized about $300 million in federal funding, officials said Wednesday.
Britain has plutonium for 17,000 Nagasaki bombs 20 Sep 2007 Britain has amassed a stockpile of more than 100 metric tons of plutonium -- enough for 17,000 bombs of the size that flattened Japan's Nagasaki in 1945, a report from the country's top science institution said on Friday.
Military Aircraft to Fly Over D.C. Today 21 Sep 2007 The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is conducting in-flight training exercises that include Air Force F-16s and C-38s and Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopters. Exercise Falcon Virgo 07-12 is designed to test NORAD's intercept and identification operations and the National Capital Region's visual warning system, officials said in a statement about the exercise today. The flights will last into the night.
DHS blowing up bridges to test them 18 Sep 2007 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has begun testing bridge designs -- blowing them up in the search for new technologies [?!?] to make them stronger. Daniel Dayton, a spokesman for Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate, told UPI the work was being done at a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers research laboratory in Vicksburg, Miss. [I-35 Bridge mystery solved!]
Police: Woman carried fake bomb into airport --19-year-old MIT student arrested at gunpoint after Boston scare 21 Sep 2007 A woman [Star Simpson] who walked into Logan International Airport allegedly wearing a fake bomb strapped to chest was arrested at gunpoint Friday, officials said.
2 Students Shot at Delaware State 21 Sep 2007 Two students were shot and wounded, one seriously, at Delaware State University early Friday, and the campus was locked down [!] as police searched for a gunman, officials said. Classes were canceled for the day and students were being kept inside.
French Plan to Screen DNA of Visa-Seekers Draws Anger 21 Sep 2007 The French National Assembly on Thursday approved a controversial proposal authorizing the use of DNA testing to determine whether foreigners applying for visas are actually related to family members they seek to join in France.
Bush is "cockiest guy I ever met": Mexico's Fox 20 Sep 2007 George W. Bush "is the cockiest guy I have ever met," former Mexican President Vicente Fox says in an autobiography that pokes fun at the U.S. president's [sic] bad Spanish and false cowboy bravado.
Mandela still alive after embarrassing Bush remark 21 Sep 2007 Nelson Mandela is still very much alive despite an[other] embarrassing gaffe by U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush, who alluded to the former South African leader's death in an attempt to explain sectarian violence in Iraq.
Rumsfeld as Fellow Draws a Protest at Stanford 21 Sep 2007 The appointment of Donald H. Rumsfeld, the former defense secretary [war criminal], as a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution is drawing fierce protests from faculty members and students at Stanford University and is threatening to rekindle tensions between the institution, a conservative research body, and the more liberal campus.
'Jena Six' bring back US civil rights protest 21 Sep 2007 Black American leaders hailed the beginnings of a 21st century civil rights movement as tens of thousands of demonstrators descended on a tiny town in Louisiana to support six black teenagers arrested over the beating of a white classmate.
Protest in Louisiana Echoes the Civil Rights Era 21 Sep 2007 In a slow-moving march that filled streets, spilled onto sidewalks and stretched for miles, more than 10,000 demonstrators rallied Thursday in this small town to protest the treatment of six black teenagers arrested in the beating of a white schoolmate last year.
Alaska Senator's Calls Were Secretly Taped --Recorded Conversations Between Stevens, Businessman Part of Public Corruption Probe 21 Sep 2007 An Alaska oil contractor cooperated with the FBI by tape-recording phone calls with Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) as part of a public corruption investigation, a source familiar with the probe said last night. The recordings done by former Veco Corp. chief executive Bill Allen mean that Stevens, who is the longest serving Republican in the Senate, was under scrutiny by the FBI much earlier than June, when the senator first acknowledged publicly that he was a subject of FBI inquiries.
Carlyle sells stake to Abu Dhabi 20 Sep 2007 Carlyle agreed on Thursday to sell a 7.5 per cent stake in itself to an arm of Abu Dhabi’s government – the latest US private equity group to bring in a sovereign wealth fund as a big investor.
US to probe Borse Dubai and Nasdaq deal 21 Sep 2007 President [sic] George W. Bush said Thursday US authorities would probe security implications of a proposed deal which would see Borse Dubai take a stake in the New York-based Nasdaq stock exchange.
US Treasury to investigate Nasdaq sale 21 Sep 2007 The US Treasury is to investigate Nasdaq's sale of a 19.9pc share stake to Borse Dubai amid Capitol Hill concerns that the transaction may harm national security.
Fears of dollar collapse as Saudis take fright 20 Sep 2007 Saudi Arabia has refused to cut interest rates in lockstep with the US Federal Reserve for the first time, signalling that the oil-rich Gulf kingdom is preparing to break the dollar currency peg in a move that risks setting off a stampede out of the dollar across the Middle East.
House Moves to Protect Air Passengers 20 Sep 2007 Airlines and airports would have to come up with plans to provide passengers stranded by long delays with food, water and other basic amenities under an aviation bill approved by the House Thursday.
Bush Threatens Veto of Child Health Bill 20 Sep 2007 President [sic] Bush, bracing for a series of battles with Congress over spending, threatened today to veto a bill expanding a popular children’s health insurance program, calling it "a step toward federalization of health care."
Scientists Report Severe Retreat of Arctic Ice 21 Sep 2007 The cap of floating sea ice on the Arctic Ocean, which retreats under summer’s warmth, this year shrank more than one million square miles — or six Californias — below the average minimum area reached in recent decades, scientists reported Thursday.
CBO: Bush Plans For Iraq Will Cost Trillions 20 Sep 2007 A new Congressional study finds that President [sic] Bush's plans for the U.S. in Iraq over the next several decades will reach the trillions of dollars, on top of the approximately $567 billion the war has already cost. That accounting assumes a significant troop draw-down -- and still tallies a daunting expense for the United States.
US Guard chief: Billions more needed for equipment 19 Sep 2007 The U.S. National Guard has been strained by multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and faces equipment shortfalls totaling tens of billions of dollars, the Guard's top general said on Wednesday.
US State Department Investigator Target of Congressional Probe 19 Sep 2007 A U.S. congressman has opened an investigation into the actions of a top U.S. State Department official [Inspector General Howard Krongard] accused of blocking investigations into government fraud and abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Gates: 'I Don't Know' If Iraq War Worth It 19 Sep 2007 It's been an article of faith for the Bush administration that the invasion of Iraq was the right thing to do. However, the man now in charge of running that war said he is not sure. Defense Secretary Robert Gates' stunningly candid answer came in an interview with New York Times columnist David Brooks. Asked if the invasion of Iraq was worth doing, Gates first rephrased the question: "If I'd known then what I know now, would I have done the same? I think the answer is, 'I don't know.'"
Richardson: US Troops Add to Iraq Unrest 19 Sep 2007 Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson on Wednesday called for the U.S. to end the war in Iraq, arguing that the troops exacerbate the sectarian violence and the billions spent could be used for health care and other needs.
US restricts diplomat travel in Iraq 19 Sep 2007 The US has suspended all land travel by its diplomats and other civilian officials outside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone due to an "increased threat" in the aftermath of the alleged killing of civilians by the American embassy's security provider, Blackwater. The move came as the Iraqi government appeared to back down from its initial statements after Sunday's shootout that it would order Blackwater's 1,000 mercenaries to leave the country.
Iraqi Government says US Security Firm Suspended, Not Expelled 19 Sep 2007 Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says the company that provides bodyguards to U.S. diplomats in Iraq has been suspended while the government investigates a deadly shooting incident involving the firm last Sunday. The government said earlier it was expelling the mercenaries.
Iraq Disputes Blackwater's Account of Baghdad Killings --Blackwater Investigation Places Greater Scrutiny on Role of Mercenaries in Iraq War 19 Sep 2007 The Iraqi government is disputing the account by Blackwater mercenaries over a weekend shooting in Baghdad that it now says killed 20 Iraqis and wounded scores of others.
180,000 Private Contractors Flood Iraq 19 Sep 2007 The United States has assembled an imposing industrial army in Iraq larger than its uniformed fighting force and responsible for a such a broad swath of responsibilities the military might not be able to operate without its private-sector partners. More than 180,000 Americans, Iraqis, and nationals from other countries work under a slew of federal contracts to provide security, gather intelligence, build roads, forge a financial system, and transport needed supplies in a country the size of California [destroy Iraq's infrastructure so that they can get paid to 'rebuild' it].
Senate Republicans Block Restrictions on Iraq Troop Deployments 20 Sep 2007 Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic proposal yesterday to give troops more time between combat tours, in the first vote on a series of measures intended to change U.S. strategy in the Iraq war. The measure fell four votes short of the 60 required to pass under Senate rules.
3 Fort Lewis soldiers die in Iraq; their Stryker unit deployed in April 19 Apr 2007 The Department of Defense reported Wednesday night that three more soldiers from Fort Lewis were killed in Iraq.
Senate Republicans block Iraq bill 19 Sep 2007 Senate Republicans blocked a plan on Wednesday to give U.S. troops in Iraq more home leave, defeating a proposal widely seen as the Democrats' best near-term chance to change President [sic] George W. Bush's Iraq strategy.
Refugees in their own land: 2m Iraqis forced to flee their homes 20 Sep 2007 Nearly two million Iraqis have become refugees in their own land in the past year, redrawing the ethnic and sectarian map of Baghdad and other cities, a report by the Iraqi Red Crescent said yesterday. In Baghdad alone, nearly a million people have fled their homes.
Three Iranians detained in Iraq 20 Sep 2007 US troops on Thursday raided a hotel in a northern Iraq town and detained three Iranians, two of them said to be government officials from the neighboring country's border area, a Kurdish official in Iraq said.
MP Antoine Ghanem assassinated --At least seven others killed, 56 wounded as ruling coalition fingers Damascus 20 Sep 2007 A car bomb killed a pro-government MP and at least seven others in Beirut on Wednesday, just days before the Lebanese Parliament is due to elect a new president for the country, with many fingering Syria [?!?] as the culprit.
Iran president asks to lay wreath at ground zero, request denied 19 Sep 2007 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asked permission to lay a wreath at the World Trade Center site when he comes to New York City next week, but the request was denied, a police official said Wednesday.
Fight the U.S., al Qaeda's Zawahri tells Muslims in video 20 Sep 2007 Al Qaeda's second-in-command [Gee, how many 'second-in-commands' does al-CIAduh have?] Ayman al-Zawahri called on Muslims to fight the United States and its allies around the world and praised the operations of Islamist militants in a new video released on Thursday.
Bin Laden video to declare war on Musharraf: site 20 Sep 2007 An Islamist Web site said on Thursday it would carry a new video from al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] leader Osama bin Laden in which he declares war on Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and the Pakistani army.
Darth Cheney 19 Sep 2007 "Vice President [sic] Cheney came up to see the Republicans yesterday. You can always tell when the Republicans are getting restless, because the Vice President’s motorcade pulls into the Capitol, and Darth Vader emerges," Hillary Clinton said just now at a $100-a-head fundraiser at Town Hall near New York's Times Square, referring to Cheney's efforts shore up Republican congressional support for the Iraq war.
Senate Blocks Detainees' Rights Bill 20 Sep 2007 Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked an effort to give terrorism prisoners the right to appeal their detention to federal courts, rejecting complaints that a new law denying that option ran against the nation’s principles. Senators voted 56 to 43 to cut off debate on the proposal, 4 votes short of the 60 needed to overcome a filibuster.
Senate bars bill to restore habeas corpus 19 Sep 2007 The Senate voted on Wednesday against considering a measure to give Guantanamo prisoners and others the right to challenge their detention in the U.S. courts. The measure would have granted foreign terrorism suspects the right of habeas corpus, Latin for "you have the body," which prevents the government from locking people up without review by a court.
"Enemy Combatants" Can Be Held Indefinitely, For Now 19 Sep 2007 An attempt to grant "enemy combatants" the right to challenge their detentions in U.S. courts was narrowly defeated in the Senate Wednesday, although a majority of senators voted to approve the controversial measure.
Bush Looks to Make Warrantless Wiretapping Law Permanent 19 Sep 2007 President [sic] Bush today called on Congress to make permanent a law that gives the government broad authority to eavesdrop without warrants on phone calls, e-mail and other communication between people in the United States and suspected terrorists abroad. The president wants Congress to extend the law, set to expire in February, that allows spy agencies to [illegally] intercept the communications of suspected terrorists that pass through U.S. switching facilities.
Bush prods Congress to extend domestic spying law 19 Sep 2007 President [sic] George W. Bush urged Congress on Wednesday to expand the government's domestic spying powers permanently, saying a failure to do so would leave the country vulnerable to another terrorist attack.
Bush heads to NSA, huddles with conservatives By Mark Silva 19 Sep 2007 With a day-trip to the secretive National Security Agency in Maryland, less than an hour up the road from the White House, President [sic] Bush and his senior team of advisers today hope to make the case for a permanent extension of the federal law on wiretapping of terrorism suspects.
U.S. Airport Screeners Are Watching What You Read By Ryan Singel 20 Sep 2007 International travelers concerned about being labeled a terrorist or drug runner by secret Homeland Security algorithms may want to be careful what books they read on the plane. Newly revealed records show the government is storing such information for years... The breadth of the information obtained by the Gilmore-funded Identity Project (using a Privacy Act request) shows the government's screening program at the border is actually a "surveillance dragnet," according to the group's spokesman Bill Scannell.
British Police's New Spy Drone By David Hambling 20 Sep 2007 British police are now using the Microdrone from German company Microdrones GmbH in trials. According to The Times it was used to police a rock festival this summer, and there has also been interest from "MI5, the Metropolitan police, and Soca, the Serious Organised Crime Agency "
Germany Intends to Criminalize Terrorist Preparation 18 Sep 2007 Germany's justice minister plans to extend the country's 'anti'-terror laws. In the future, preparing an attack or receiving explicit training for a violent act will be punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
David Hicks to obey US gag order, says lawyer 20 Sep 2007 David Hicks has told his lawyer he will abide by the US-ordered ban on speaking to the media when he is released from jail in December.
Federal police interview Hicks 19 Sep 2007 The lawyer for convicted terrorism supporter David Hicks says his client is being interviewed by Federal Police in Adelaide today as part of arrangements that allowed his release from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
Agroterrorism Training Exercise to be Held in Seattle 19 Sep 2007 The FBI will host an Agroterrorism Comprehensive Integrated Training Exercise in Seattle, Washington, on Thursday, September 27, 2007, as part of a weeklong training workshop.
Saga of the nooses, the beating and a major small town race flare-up 20 Sep 2007 Protesters are converging on a small Louisiana town for a rally in support of six black teenagers accused of beating a white schoolmate. Rights activists say the case has come to represent continued racism in the state, decades after the American civil rights movement.
Dan Rather Sues CBS for $70 Million 19 Sep 2007 Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather sued his former employer today for $70 million, claiming that the company failed to properly investigate the handling of a discredited story on President [sic] Bush's National Guard service and did not give Rather enough airtime -- in violation of his contract. The suit, filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, claims that CBS and its executives made Rather "a scapegoat" in an attempt "to pacify the White House."
Budget Shortfall May Shutter White House Probe 17 Sep 2007 A task force probing allegations of illegal activity by Karl Rove and other former and current White House officials is in jeopardy due to lack of funding [LOL!], according to its spokesman. [Oh, but there's billions available for the Waffen-SS, Blackwater USA.]
Attorney General Mukasey and the Rule of Law By Michael Collins 18 Sep 2007 The U.S. Attorney General v. A Lawless Administration - The real concern is simple. Can this nominee reign in and stop the ongoing illegal acts of the Bush-Cheney administration?
Bush's farm secretary quits, latest to go 20 Sep 2007 US Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said Thursday he is resigning, the latest in a series of departures among President [sic] George W Bush's top aides.
August foreclosure filings highest since Jan 05 18 Sep 2007 Foreclosure filings rose 36 percent in August from July and 115 percent from a year ago, hit by declines in once-hot housing markets such as California, Nevada and Florida, according to a report released on Tuesday.
Phoenix passes texting-while-driving ban 19 Sep 2007 The Phoenix City Council today approved an ordinance banning text messaging while driving. Officers can begin stopping drivers immediately, however, citations won't be issued until Oct. 20.
ElBaradei warns of drift into Iran war 19 Sep 2007 The UN's chief nuclear weapons inspector has warned against the use of force against Iran, in what he said was an attempt to halt an "out of control" drift to war. Mohamed ElBaradei's outspoken remarks on Monday, which drew a parallel between Iran and Iraq, appeared to be aimed at the US and Britain.
Rice swipes at IAEA, urges bold action on Iran 19 Sep 2007 U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice scolded the U.N.'s atomic watchdog agency on Wednesday over its Iran strategy and called for diplomacy with "teeth" to end Tehran's nuclear plans.
Russia fears talk of Iran 'war' 19 Sep 2007 Russia's Foreign Minister says he is concerned about talk of war with Iran after a meeting with his French counterpart. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Russia is worried by reports that serious consideration is being given to military action against Iran.
Military intervention in Iran would be "catastrophic": Moscow 18 Sep 2007 Any US military intervention in Iran would be a "political error" that would have "catastrophic" consequences, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losyukov said in an interview published Tuesday.
Iran Draws Up Plans to Bomb Israel Iran if Israel attacks --Draws Up Plans to Retaliate in Case of Attack by Israel, Says Air Force Chief 19 Sep 2007 The deputy commander of Iran's air force said Wednesday that plans have been drawn up to bomb Israel if Israel attacks Iran, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.
Israel declares Gaza 'hostile entity' 19 Sep 2007 Israel on Wednesday branded the Gaza Strip a "hostile entity," clearing the way for it to shut off basic supplies to the Hamas-run territory in revenge for rocket fire, a senior official told AFP.
Syria blast 'linked to chemical weapons': report 19 Sep 2007 Iranian engineers were among those killed in a blast at a secret Syrian military installation two months ago, defence group Jane's said Wednesday after claiming that the base was being used to develop chemical weapons.
U.S. Officials Seek to Ease Strain With Britain Over Iraq 19 Sep 2007 The top two American military and diplomatic officials in Iraq sought to play down differences over Iraq policy as they met with senior British officials on Tuesday, at a time of mounting pressure here for the withdrawal of Britain’s remaining 5,200 soldiers from southern Iraq.
U.S. suspends official Green Zone travel 18 Sep 2007 The United States on Tuesday suspended all land travel by U.S. diplomats and other civilian officials in Iraq outside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, amid mounting public outrage over the alleged killing of civilians by the U.S. Embassy's mercenaries, Blackwater USA.
Soldiers sold weapons from Iraq for cocaine, court martial hears 19 Sep 2007 Two soldiers [Lance Corporals Michael White and Anthony Creswick] who smuggled guns and ammunition out of Iraq to sell to other members of their unit accepted cocaine as payment for a pair of pistols, a court martial heard yesterday.
Al-Maliki Says Blackwater Should Be Replaced for 'Criminal Act' 19 Sep 2007 Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called on the U.S. to replace Blackwater, the security company that protects State Department staff in Iraq, after the firm was involved in a shooting incident he called a "criminal act".
Iraqis round on Blackwater 'dogs' after shooting 18 Sep 2007 Hated by Iraqis who refer to them as "Mossad," Blackwater mercenaries are also mistrusted by fellow private security guards operating in Iraq who say they are arrogant, rude and dangerous. "They kill innocent people in the street," Hameed Hussein, a pensioner in west Baghdad's Al-Maamoun neighbourhood said on Tuesday, two days after guards from the US mercenaries opened fire on civilians, killing 10 people and wounding 13. "Where else in the world does this happen?" asked 60-year-old Hussein. "These are not security forces but rather forces to kill Iraqis. They are frenzied dogs."
War means a windfall for CEOs By Michael Brush 19 Sep 2007 While policymakers in Washington wrangle over how much progress we've made in Iraq, one thing is clear: The war on terror is making some people rich. President [sic] Bush's military buildup has caused defense-contractor revenue to double, triple and even more during the past five years, and their executives have reaped huge bonuses and stock windfalls as the companies' share prices have jumped.
U.S. Working to Brainwash Iraqi Prisoners --Moderate Muslims Enlisted to Steer Adults and Children Away From 'Insurgency' 10 Sep 2007 The U.S. military has introduced "religious enlightenment" [*puke*] and other education programs for Iraqi prisoners, some of whom are as young as 11, Marine Maj. Gen. Douglas M. Stone, the commander of U.S. detention facilities in Iraq, said yesterday.
Marine Corps Exonerates Captain in Haditha Killings 19 Sep 2007 A U.S. Marine company commander who led the unit that killed as many as 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha, Iraq, has had all criminal charges against him dismissed nearly two years after the murders occurred. Marine Corps officials announced yesterday that Capt. Lucas M. McConnell no longer faces two counts of dereliction of duty in allegedly not investigating the Nov. 19, 2005, shootings [war crimes] and not reporting up his chain of command.
Baghdad bombs kill 12 18 Sep 2007 At least 12 people were killed and 37 wounded today after Baghdad was hit by two parked car bombs and two roadside bombs, police said.
Pew Poll: Petraeus Report Doesn't Change Americans' Minds 18 Sep 2007 Gen. David Petraeus' report to Congress and President Bush's nationally televised address have had little impact on Americans' distaste for the Iraq war and their desire to withdraw U.S. troops, polls show.
Jail for soldier who paid to be shot to avoid Iraq 18 Sep 2007 A 20-year-old soldier who paid someone to shoot him in the leg to avoid being redeployed to Iraq will serve one year in jail, prosecutors said on Tuesday.
Russia calls arms move serious signal to West 19 Sep 2007 Russia said on Wednesday its decision to suspend the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) treaty later this year was a serious sign to the West, but stressed Moscow was not seeking confrontation. "Our aim today is to give a signal, a serious signal, to our Western partners that things cannot go on like this," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak told parliamentary hearings on the CFE.
US Air Force sets up Cyber Command 18 Sep 2007 The US Air Force established a provisional Cyber Command Tuesday as part of an expanding mission to prepare for wars in cyberspace, officials said.
Call Congress: Don't Let Freedom Fall Through the Cracks (ACLU) With a vote on restoring habeas corpus today, September 19 and three hearings on NSA spying this week, Congress needs to hear from you. Tell Congress not to permanently change the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act until Congress and the public get answers about what surveillance activities have been conducted over the last six years. Ask your Members of Congress to restore habeas corpus and co-sponsor the Restoring the Constitution Act.
Spy czar urges extension of warrantless wiretap law 18 Sep 2007 Under grilling from congressional Democrats on Tuesday, the nation's intelligence chief said he doesn't know how many Americans' phone and e-mail conversations have been inadvertently overheard in the process of foreign-oriented snooping.
Spy chief seeks more eavesdropping power --McConnell says aggressive China and Russia spying near Cold War levels 18 Sep 2007 The top U.S. intelligence official asked Congress Tuesday for even more changes to a law that he says has limited the government's ability to eavesdrop - not just on terrorists but also on more traditional potential adversaries.
Warrantless Wiretaps Not Used, Official Says 19 Sep 2007 The National Security Agency has not conducted wiretapping without warrants on the telephones of any Americans since at least February, the nation’s top intelligence officer told Congress [testilied] on Tuesday.
Searching Passengers' Faces For Subtle Cues to Terror 19 Sep 2007 A popular tactic in the government's effort to 'fight' terrorism: detecting lawbreakers or potential terrorists by their behavior. The TSA has embraced the strategy, training 600 of its screeners in detection techniques. Such screeners patrol the Washington region's three airports, and by year's end, 1,000 screeners at more than 40 airports will be trained. The TSA also plans to train screeners in the art of observing slight facial movements that indicate a person is lying. [Oh, I guess the entire Bush regime won't be able to fly any more.]
Clock to tick down U.S. privacy 18 Sep 2007 A "Surveillance Society Clock" created by the American Civil Liberties Union will symbolize the encroachment of government spying on private citizens as part of the war against [of] terrorism — and the ticktock is fast approaching midnight.
APEC violence reports go to Ombudsman 19 Sep 2007 Complaints about police violence during the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit have been lodged with the NSW Ombudsman. Seven protests about police conduct during APEC, ranging from "rudeness to excessive force", were received, the Ombudsman, Bruce Barbour, said yesterday.
Furor Ends in Deanship for Liberal Scholar 18 Sep 2007 After backing out of a deal last week, the University of California, Irvine, reversed course yesterday and announced that it was hiring Erwin Chemerinsky, a liberal law professor, to be dean of its new law school after all.
Ebola Error in Wisconsin Shows Lax Federal Biodefense Oversight --Similar Violations May be Undetected Elsewhere (The Sunshine Project) 19 Sep 2007 In 2005 and into the summer of 2006, researchers at the University of Wisconsin at Madison (UW) made and manipulated copies of the entire Ebola virus genome without proper safety precautions. Although federal safety rules required a maximum protection Biosafety Level Four (BSL-4) lab for the research, UW allowed it to proceed at the much less safe and secure BSL-3 level... They prohibit working at BSL-3 with Ebola (and similarly dangerous) virus material that has not been rendered irreversibly incapable of reproducing. UW does not have a BSL-4 lab suitable for handling Ebola virus, which is one of the most dangerous pathogens in the world. [See also: Flu 'Oddities'.]
Angry UF students march on campus 18 Sep 2007 (Gainesville, FL) Nearly 200 angry students marched on the campus of the University of Florida tonight, demanding justice for a student who was tasered and arrested by campus police. The student, 21-year old Andrew Meyer was arrested after loudly and repeatedly trying to ask U.S. Sen. John Kerry questions during a campus forum.
Student arrested, Tasered at Kerry event 18 Sep 2007 A university student with a history of taping his own practical jokes was Tasered by campus police and arrested after loudly and repeatedly trying to ask U.S. Sen. John Kerry questions during a campus forum.
CREW releases "Beyond DeLay: The 22 Most Corrupt Members of Congress (and two to watch)" (CREW) 18 Sep 2007 This encyclopedic report on corruption in the 110th Congress documents the egregious, unethical and possibly illegal activities of the most tainted members of Congress. CREW has compiled the members’ transgressions and analyzed them in light of federal laws and congressional rules.
In bold stroke, Fed cuts base rate half point to 4.75 percent 18 Sep 2007 The Federal Reserve slashed its base federal funds rate by a half point Tuesday to 4.75 percent, in what analysts called a bold move to stimulate an economy imperiled by housing and credit market stress.
N.C. foreclosure rate up 83% in August 18 Sep 2007 North Carolina's mortgage foreclosure rate jumped 83 percent from July to August, according to RealtyTrac Inc. The state had one foreclosure filing for every 1,131 households, the tracking firm reports
New York oil price hits record high of 81.80 dollars 18 Sep 2007 The price of New York crude surged to a new record high of 81.80 dollars a barrel on Tuesday ahead of a US interest rate call [?] and as traders fretted over tight energy supplies in the United States [corpora-terrorists' greed].
Successful vaccine may come with a price: 'superbug' ear infections, doctors report 18 Sep 2007 A vaccine that has dramatically curbed pneumonia and other serious illnesses in children is also having an unfortunate effect: promoting new superbugs that cause ear infections.
UN nuclear chief warns warmongers over Iran --Heed lessons from Iraq, ElBaradei says 17 Sep 2007 The head of the UN's nuclear agency today warned against any increase in "hype" about war with Iran, saying countries should heed the lessons of the build-up to the Iraq conflict. The strongly worded comments by Mohamed ElBaradei, who runs the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), followed a warning by the French foreign minister that the world should brace itself for a possible war with Iran.
Prepare for war with Iran: French warning 18 Sep 2007 The world should "prepare for war" with Iran, the French Foreign Minister, Bernard Kouchner, said on Sunday, escalating tensions over the country's nuclear program. Mr Kouchner said that while "we must negotiate right to the end" with Iran, if Tehran possessed an atomic weapon it would represent "a real danger for the whole world" and the world should "prepare for the worst … which is war".
Abizaid: World could abide nuclear Iran 17 Sep 2007 Every effort should be made to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, but failing that, the world could live with a nuclear-armed government in Tehran, a recently retired commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East said Monday.
Speculation flourishes over Israel's strike on Syria --PM Ehud Olmert enforces news blackout on air raid --Target believed to have been nuclear project 17 Sep 2007 Israel has enforced a news blackout on what may be its air force's most audacious raid since its jets destroyed Saddam Hussein's nuclear reactor in 1981. The Israeli government has made no comment about the raid on what is believed to be a nuclear installation in Syria and Israeli newspapers have been forbidden to write anything on the subject.
Killings by U.S. contractors stoke troubles in Iraq 17 Sep 2007 Iraqi authorities on Monday threatened to revoke the license of a private U.S. mercenary company that guards top American officials after shots fired from a diplomatic convoy killed eight Iraqis. Blackwater, founded by a major Republican Party benefactor, is among the most prominent — and controversial — of dozens of companies that provide security to both government and private individuals in Iraq... Witnesses said the dead included the driver of one car and a mother and child whom he was transporting. Police said the dead included five Iraqi police officers who’d tried to help. At least nine cars were set on fire. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack described the incident as a firefight, but three people who claimed to have witnessed the shooting said that only the Blackwater guards were firing.
'They use their machine guns like car horns.' Iraq Expels American Security Firm 17 Sep 2007 The Iraqi government announced Monday it was ordering Blackwater USA, the security firm that protects U.S. diplomats, to leave the country after what it said was the fatal shooting of eight Iraqi civilians following a car bomb attack against a State Department convoy. The presence of so many visible, aggressive Western security contractors has angered many Iraqis, who consider them a mercenary force that runs roughshod over people in their own country. Sunday's shooting was the latest in a series of incidents in which Blackwater and other foreign contractors have been accused of shooting to death Iraqi citizens. None has faced charges or prosecution.
Blackwater Guards Accused of Past Deaths 17 Sep 2007 In the past year, employees of the Blackwater USA security firm have been involved in other incidents in which they were accused of killing civilians and security forces in Iraq.
Rice apologises for US security firm shootings --Move to prevent Iraq government expulsions --Blackwater guards blamed for deaths of eight civilians 18 Sep 2007 The US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, apologised to the Iraqi government yesterday in an attempt to prevent the expulsion of all employees of the mercenary firm Blackwater USA. The ministry of interior yesterday took the decision to expel Blackwater after eight Iraqi civilians were killed and 13 wounded in Baghdad when shots were fired from a US state department convoy on Sunday.
US vows Blackwater killings probe 18 Sep 2007 The US has vowed to investigate a deadly Iraqi civilian shooting after the Iraqi government ordered Blackwater USA, the main American security [mercenary] firm in the country, to get out over the killings.
Iraq contractor, an ex-colonel, sentenced for smuggling $50,000 18 Sep 2007 American contractor who buried secret payments from Iraqi subcontractors in a Baghdad yard was sentenced Monday to five months in prison for trying to smuggle $50,000 into the United States.
Democrats to Wait on War Funding Debate 18 Sep 2007 Democrats are not expected to take up President [sic] Bush's war spending request until November, giving them time to calculate their next move and see if Republican support for his policies deteriorates.
U.S. says seizes Iraqis linked to Iran Qods force 17 Sep 2007 U.S. forces captured 12 Iraqis in Baghdad on Monday suspected of smuggling weapons from Iran, including one linked to Tehran's elite Qods force [Yeah, right!], the U.S. military said in a statement. The suspects were involved in "production and distribution of deadly explosively formed penetrators", a particularly lethal form of roadside bomb.
Bush's Fake Sheik Whacked: The Surge and the Al Qaeda Bunny By Greg Palast 17 Sep 2007 Why was "sheik" Abu Risha so important? ...Abu Risha was the PR hook used to sell the "success" of the surge. The sheik wasn’t a sheik. He was a fake. While proclaiming to Rick that he was "the leader of all the Iraqi tribes," Abu lead no one. But for a reported sum in the millions in cash for so-called, "reconstruction contracts," Abu Risha was willing to say he was Napoleon and Julius Caesar and do the hand-shakie thing with Bush on camera.
Suicide bomber kills 8 in southern Afghanistan 17 Sep 2007 A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a local government compound in southern Afghanistan on Monday, killing four policemen, four civilians and wounding seven others, the district chief said.
Soldier faces threats from military after refusing anthrax vaccine 17 Sep 2007 A soldier serving in Iraq who is stationed in Baghdad says he has faced "threats" and "intimidation" from his Army superiors – including the possibility of forced inoculations – after he refused to take the military’s controversial [deadly] anthrax vaccine. Private First Class Leif Hamre, 22, is currently serving out a Field Grade Article 15, a non-judicial punishment for disciplinary offenses, for refusing to take the Pentagon’s anthrax vaccine, BioThrax, earlier this summer.
Student found guilty in terrorism trial 17 Sep 2007 A Scottish student was found guilty on Monday of possessing terrorism-related materials including bomb-making instructions, despite arguing he was only conducting research. Mohammed Atif Siddique, 21, described by the prosecution as a "wannabe suicide bomber", was found guilty of possessing and distributing terrorist material [!] via Web sites. [What is 'terrorist material?']
34 computers and 5,000 discs: how to download terror 18 Sep 2007 At 7am on 13 April, officers arrived at the house of Mohammed Atif Siddique, using a battering ram to break into the seven-bedroom house in Myretoungate... Some 34 computers and hard drives were examined. More than 5,000 computer discs and DVDs were removed, along with 25 mobile phones and another 19 SIM cards. Almost 700 documents were taken from the computers and more than 1,000 statements taken.
Terrorist detectors for every UK airport 09 Sep 2007 Cameras which can automatically spot potential terrorists are to be installed at all major British airports within months, Scotland on Sunday can reveal. The cameras - which are already used in the US - will be installed in check-in halls to help protect passengers from al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] suicide bombers.
Chiquita fined 25 million dollars for payment to rightwing terrorists 17 Sep 2007 A US federal court Monday ordered the Chiquita banana company to pay 25 million dollars in fines for paying millions of dollars in protection money to Colombian paramilitary groups [rightwing terrorists] between 1997 and 2004.
Settlements Reached in Sept. 11 Cases 18 Sep 2007 The families of more than a dozen Sept. 11 victims reached a settlement Monday. The 14 cases were brought by families who opted not to receive payments under the Sept. 11 victims' compensation fund, which distributed about $7 billion... Those families viewed the fund as "inherently unfair," and wanted to know more details about what happened on that day, said a lawyer representing 14 families.
Democrats Warn of Hurdle for Justice Nominee 17 Sep 2007 Two Senate Democrats warned today that they might delay confirming President [sic] Bush’s next attorney general unless the White House turns over documents relating to several investigations, a move that could provoke the kind of confirmation fight that the Bush administration was hoping to avoid.
Bush Names Choice for Successor to Gonzales 17 Sep 2007 President [sic] Bush said this morning that he will nominate Michael B. Mukasey, a former federal judge from New York who has presided over some high-profile terrorism trials, as his next attorney general.
Considering Mr. Mukasey (The New York Times) 18 Sep 2007 Michael Mukasey, President [sic] Bush’s nominee to be attorney general, is being promoted as a "consensus choice," which is meant to signal the Senate that it should be grateful and confirm him without delay... Aspects of his record, however, are troubling... In the case of Jose Padilla, who was accused of participating in a dirty bomb plot, he ruled that the president may detain American citizens indefinitely as "enemy combatants." His dangerously narrow reading of the Constitution was rightly reversed by a federal appeals court. In a 2004 Wall Street Journal op-ed article, Mr. Mukasey denounced the "hysteria" of Patriot Act critics... And writing in The Journal this year, he promoted the truly awful idea of a separate national security court that would try suspected terrorists. The Senate should question Mr. Mukasey about all of this, and about the government’s domestic spying program, which has operated illegally, and about which Mr. Gonzales has been unable to tell the truth.
Interior Attorney Placed On Protected Witness List --Secrets Case on Assets Mismanagement Elevated to Presidential Appointee 17 Sep 2007 An Interior Department attorney who revealed extensive mismanagement of Indian properties has been named as a witness against his own agency in a multi-billion dollar lawsuit, according to filings released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). At the same time, the decision whether to fire that attorney for disclosing government misdeeds has been elevated to the Interior Solicitor, a presidential appointee.
Chemerinsky returns to UC Irvine 17 Sep 2007 University of California, Irvine, Chancellor Michael V. Drake and Erwin Chemerinsky have reached an agreement that will return the liberal legal scholar to the dean's post at the university's new law school, the university announced Monday. With the deal, they hope to end the controversy that erupted when Chemerinsky was dropped as the first dean of the Donald Bren School of Law.
Another GOPedophile bites the dust: Federal Prosecutor Arrested In Child Sex Sting 17 Sep 2007 A U.S. Justice Department official has been arrested on suspicion of traveling to Detroit over the weekend to have sex with a minor. John David R. Atchison, 53, an assistant U.S. attorney from the northern district of Florida, was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Detroit Monday afternoon.
Thanks to Bush: Black Lung Rates Doubled in Past Five Years By Mike Hall 14 Sep 2007 During the past five years, the rate of deadly black lung disease in coal miners has doubled, a new study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) finds. The Mine Workers (UMWA) union says the news is "shocking and disturbing."
Oil Rises to Record $81.18 on Expected Supply Drop, Rate Cut 18 Sep 2007 Crude oil rose above $81 a barrel for the first time in New York on speculation rising global demand may hamper efforts to store fuel for the fourth quarter.
Report: Greenspan says euro could replace U.S. dollar as reserve currency of choice 17 Sep 2007 Former U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan said it is possible that the euro could replace the U.S. dollar as the reserve currency of choice.
Petroleos de Venezuela to Convert Accounts to Euros 16 Sep 2007 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez instructed Petroleos de Venezuela SA, the state oil company, to convert its investment accounts from dollars to euros and Asian currencies to reduce risk.
Foot-and-mouth found on another Surrey farm 18 Sep 2007 Preliminary tests for foot-and-mouth have shown another Surrey farm to be infected with the disease. The farm is within the “protected zone” set up in a 3km radius around two other farms in the county that were confirmed last week to have the infection. The first outbreak was traced to laboratories at Pirbright, where the virus was used for research and making vaccines.
China confirms bird flu outbreak 18 Sep 2007 China has confirmed an outbreak of the H5N1 bird flu virus among ducks in an outlying district of the southern city of Guangzhou.
Pesticides can 'double' the risk of asthma 17 Sep 2007 Exposure to pesticidal chemical sprays doubles the risk of developing asthma, researchers have found. In the first study of its kind, scientists discovered adults who come into contact with pesticides are at a higher risk of developing respiratory problems.
Judge tosses global warming lawsuit 17 Sep 2007 A federal judge on Monday tossed out a lawsuit filed by California that sought to hold the world's six largest automakers accountable for their contribution to global warming. In its lawsuit filed last year, California blamed the auto industry for millions of dollars it expects to spend on repairing damage from global-warming induced floods and other natural disasters.
Benn bans import of polar bear hunting trophies 16 Sep 2007 Hilary Benn, the Environment Secretary, is to stop the importation into the UK of hunting trophies from endangered species, including stuffed and mounted polar bears killed by sportsmen in the Arctic. He will also press the European Commission to take action against the trade in polar bear parts to protect the endangered mammals... Fewer than 25,000 polar bears are believed to remain in the wild and experts believe that 1,000 are being shot by hunters and poachers each year. [Thank you, Hilary Benn!]
Move troops to Iran border, Brown told 16 Sep 2007 General David Petraeus will press Gordon Brown to increase the number of British troops patrolling the Iraqi border with Iran when he meets the Prime Minister this week. The US commander in Iraq wants Britain to move a significant proportion of the 5,000 troops garrisoned at Basra airport to cut off the [alleged] smuggling of Iranian weapons to Shia militias.
World should brace for possible war over Iran: France 16 Sep 2007 The world should brace for a possible war over the Iranian nuclear crisis but seeking a solution through talks should take priority, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said on Sunday.
Report: US wants war with Iran 16 Sep 2007 The United States Department of Defense has developed a list of up to 2,000 bombing targets in Iran, the Sunday Telegraph reported. According to the report, senior CIA and US defense officials believe that the White House was taking steps to ensure military confrontation with Iran, for fear that diplomatic efforts to slow the country’s nuclear weapons program are doomed to fail. According to a senior US intelligence officer, the escalation to military confrontation could begin with a public denunciation of Iran's suspected meddling in Iraq, the report said.
US Iran report branded dishonest 14 Sep 2007 The UN nuclear watchdog has protested to the US government over a report on Iran's nuclear programme, calling it "erroneous" and "misleading". In a leaked letter, the IAEA said a congressional report contained serious distortions of the agency's own findings on Iran's nuclear activity.
CIA analyst says West losing in Iraq, Afghanistan [And soon, Iran] 17 Sep 2007 The West is losing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan because it does not understand the true motives of terrorists and is thus taking wrong strategies against them, a former analyst of U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [Michael Scheuer] said Sunday.
U.S. troops probably stay in Iraq for "protracted period" 17 Sep 2007 U.S. troops would probably stay in Iraq for a "protracted period" despite gradual withdrawal, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Sunday.
'Help Wanted' Ad Belies Report on Iraq Security 17 Sep 2007 A week ago today, Gen. David H. Petraeus started his rounds on Capitol Hill, reporting that security in Iraq was improving to the point that a small number of troops could begin coming home by year's end. But 10 days ago, his commanders in Baghdad began advertising for private contractors to work in combat-supply warehouses on U.S. bases throughout Iraq because half the soldiers who had been working in the warehouses were needed for patrols, combat and protection of U.S. forces.
'They are worse than Saddam, they do the same and even worse.' Briton jailed in Iraq for terrorism claims he was tortured 17 Sep 2007 A British barber who has been convicted in Iraq of being a terrorist has told the Guardian that he was repeatedly tortured. Mohammed Hussein, from Birmingham, was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment by an Iraqi court late last month. He says he suffered beatings and that the torture he suffered included attempts to pull his fingernails out. [Hopefully, Bush will be tried for war crimes, and face the same fate as Saddam Hussein.]
Iraqi police colonel assassinated near home 16 Sep 2007 An Iraqi police colonel was gunned down near his home in Afak on Sunday, marking the third government official killed in the Iraqi Shiite town in five weeks, an Interior Ministry official said.
Security contractors open fire in Baghdad, at least 9 killed 17 Sep 2007 US mercenaries opened fire in western Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least nine civilians and wounding 18, Iraqi police said. The US Embassy said 'contractors' working for the State Department were involved in an incident but provided no further details. [Right, but we all know they were likely the terrorists from Blackwater USA.]
Iraq suffers triple bomb attacks 16 Sep 2007 Dozens of people have been killed in three separate suicide bomb attacks in Iraq... At least 34 people have been killed by bomb blasts and gunfire in Iraq since the start of the holy month of Ramadan on Thursday.
17 killed in Iraq violence 16 Sep 2007 At least 17 people were killed in bombings and gunbattles in Iraq on Sunday as the death toll rose to 46 from violence since the start of Ramadan, which Al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] warned would be bloody.
US soldier killed in Iraq 16 Sep 2007 'Insurgents' killed a US soldier and wounded four others in a roadside bomb attack in Iraq, the military said Sunday.
UT law students defending terrorism suspects at Guantánamo --Security, human rights clinic concerns some conservatives [LOL!] 16 Sep 2007 When someone asks law student Shane Sanders why he hates freedom, they're usually only half serious. But it's a ribbing he's getting used to, as one of a handful of future lawyers at the University of Texas at Austin who's earning school credit for defending the rights of terrorism suspects in Guantánamo Bay.
It is the death of history By Robert Fisk 17 Sep 2007 2,000-year-old Sumerian cities torn apart and plundered by robbers. The very walls of the mighty Ur of the Chaldees cracking under the strain of massive troop movements, the privatisation of looting as landlords buy up the remaining sites of ancient Mesopotamia to strip them of their artefacts and wealth. The near total destruction of Iraq's historic past – the very cradle of human civilisation – has emerged as one of the most shameful symbols of our disastrous occupation.
Republicans and Bush condemned by Greenspan 17 Sep 2007 The revered former Federal Reserve chairman, Alan Greenspan, lashed out against the Bush administration over the weekend, accusing the White House and the Republicans in a new book of swapping "principle for power" and allowing fiscal policy to run out of control.
Former Fed chair Greenspan criticizes Bush in book 15 Sep 2007 Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan in a memoir to be released on Monday criticized President [sic] George W. Bush and congressional Republicans for abandoning fiscal discipline and for putting politics ahead of sound economics.
AP Fact-Checks Bush Iraq Speech 13 Sep 2007 Political realignment in Iraq's volatile Anbar province was Exhibit A for President [sic] Bush's argument Thursday that Iraq is a fight that the United States is winning. A look at some of Bush's assertions...
Oil industry 'sleepwalking into crisis' --Former Shell chairman says that diminishing resources could push price of crude to $150 a barrel 16 Sep 2007 Lord Oxburgh, the former chairman of Shell, has issued a stark warning that the price of oil could hit $150 per barrel, with [corpora-terrorists' greed] oil production peaking within the next 20 years.
US to give Jordan an extra US$78 million to 'combat' terrorism and accommodate refugees 16 Sep 2007 The United States is giving cash-strapped Jordan an additional US$78 million (euro 56 million) this year to boost its Arab ally's efforts to combat [foment] terrorism and compensate it for hosting hundreds of thousands of Iraqi refugee, the embassy said in a statement Sunday. The money, which will be disbursed by Sept. 30, is in addition to US$454 million (euro 327 million) in economic and military aid already appropriated this fiscal year for Jordan.
Scientists Use 'Dark Web' to Snag Extremists and Terrorists Online 14 Sep 2007 Funded by the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies, Hsinchun Chen and his Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Arizona have created the Dark Web project, which aims to systematically collect and analyze all terrorist-generated content on the Web.
Blackwater Offers Classes to Combat Active Shooters 27 Sep 2007 Private security contractor [terrorists] Blackwater USA has developed an intensive training course to prepare law enforcement officers for active shooters like the one that killed 32 people at Virginia Tech. The five-day session will put trainees into simulated scenarios at a mock high school and a 5,000-square-foot tactical house.
Bush Settles on Mukasey to Replace Gonzales 16 Sep 2007 President [sic] Bush has settled on retired federal judge Michael B. Mukasey to replace Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General, two sources familiar with the decision said Sunday. The appointment of Mukasey, 66, considered a law-and-order conservative and authority on national security issues, could come as early as Monday morning, the sources said.
GOP doesn't want Ohio's voting machines tested [Right, as tools of the GOP - they should just be destroyed.] By Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman 14 Sep 2007 Ohio Republicans have blocked a proposal to test electronic voting machines prior to the 2008 presidential primary. By a 4-3 vote, Republicans on Ohio’s State Controlling Board blocked Democratic Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner’s proposed $1.8 million unbid contract for voting machine testing. Brunner had already set aside the $1.8 million for the test.
Chafee quietly quits the GOP 16 Sep 2007 Lincoln D. Chafee, who lost his Senate seat in the wave of anti-Republican sentiment in last November’s election, said yesterday that he has left the party. Chafee said he disaffiliated with the party he had helped lead, and his father had led before him, because the national Republican Party has gone too far away from his stance on too many critical issues, from war to economics to the environment.
'And it's all about race. It's as clear as daylight.' Alabama Plan Brings Out Cry of Resegregation 17 Sep 2007 After white parents in this racially mixed city complained about school overcrowding, school authorities set out to draw up a sweeping rezoning plan. The results: all but a handful of the hundreds of students required to move this fall were black — and many were sent to virtually all-black, low-performing schools. Black parents have been battling the rezoning for weeks, calling it resegregation.
1 Killed in West Virginia Coal Mine 16 Sep 2007 A worker was killed Sunday in an underground coal mine in southern West Virginia [Mountain Laurel Complex], a state mine safety official said.
US Chief Scientist says world could become 'unliveable' under global warming 14 Sep 2007 The US Government's chief scientist Professor John Marburger has admitted that the world could become 'unliveable' if CO2 emissions are not checked. Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Marburger said that although there was uncertainty in the climate models, increasing human carbon dioxide emissions would simply make the planet 'hotter and hotter' without an 'end point'.
'A strike will probably follow a gradual escalation. Over the next few weeks and months, the US will build tensions and evidence around Iranian activities in Iraq.' Bush setting America up for war with Iran 16 Sep 2007 Senior American intelligence and defence officials believe that President [sic] George W Bush and his inner circle are taking steps to place America on the path to war with Iran, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt. Pentagon planners have developed a list of up to 2,000 bombing targets in Iran, amid growing fears among serving officers that diplomatic efforts to slow Iran's nuclear weapons programme are doomed to fail.
Proxy war could soon turn to direct conflict, analysts warn --US strikes on Iran predicted as tension rises over arms smuggling and nuclear fears 15 Sep 2007 The growing US focus on confronting Iran in a proxy war inside Iraq risks triggering a direct conflict in the next few months, regional analysts are warning. US-Iranian tensions have mounted significantly in the past few days, with heightened rhetoric on both sides and the US decision to establish a military base in Iraq less than five miles from the Iranian border to block the [alleged] smuggling of Iranian arms to Shia militias.
Was Israeli raid a dry run for attack on Iran? Mystery surrounds last week's air foray into Syrian territory. The Observer's Foreign Affairs Editor attempts to unravel the truth behind Operation Orchard and allegations of nuclear subterfuge 16 Sep 2007 ...So Operation Orchard can be seen as a dry run, a raid using the same heavily modified long-range aircraft, procured specifically from the US with Iran's nuclear sites in mind.
Israelis 'blew apart Syrian nuclear cache' --Secret raid on Korean shipment 16 Sep 2007 It was just after midnight when the 69th Squadron of Israeli F15Is crossed the Syrian coast-line. On the ground, Syria’s formidable air defences went dead. An audacious raid on a Syrian target 50 miles from the Iraqi border was under way. At a rendezvous point on the ground, a Shaldag air force commando team was waiting to direct their laser beams at the target for the approaching jets.
Alan Greenspan claims Iraq war was really for oil 16 Sep 2007 America’s elder statesman of finance, Alan Greenspan, has shaken the White House by declaring that the prime motive for the war in Iraq was oil. In his memoir, Greenspan, a Republican whose 18-year tenure as head of the US Federal Reserve was widely admired, will also deliver a stinging critique of President [sic] George W Bush’s economic policies. However, it is his view on the motive for the 2003 Iraq invasion that is likely to provoke the most controversy. "I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil," he says.
Bush-linked Texas company signs oil deal with Iraqi Kurds By Joe Kay 15 Sep 2007 Earlier this month, the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq announced that it had signed a production-sharing deal with Texas-based Hunt Oil... Ray Hunt, the CEO and president of privately held Hunt Oil, is a close confidant of President [sic]Bush and a prominent figure in the US political and intelligence establishment... Hunt is also on the board of directors of Halliburton... In 2000, Hunt was one of 241 Bush "pioneers"—meaning he raised more than $100,000 for the Bush presidential campaign. He was finance chairman for the Republican National Committee’s Victory 2000 Committee.
Billions over Baghdad By Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele Oct 2007 Between April 2003 and June 2004, $12 billion in U.S. currency—much of it belonging to the Iraqi people—was shipped from the Federal Reserve to Baghdad, where it was dispensed by the Coalition Provisional Authority. Some of the cash went to pay for projects and keep ministries afloat, but, incredibly, at least $9 billion has gone missing, unaccounted for, in a frenzy of mismanagement and greed. Following a trail that leads from a safe in one of Saddam's palaces to a house near San Diego, to a P.O. box in the Bahamas, the authors discover just how little anyone cared about how the money was handled.
Top US General Admits Mistakes Before Iraq Invasion 15 Sep 2007 U.S. Marine General Peter Pace, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says he made several key mistakes in the days before the start of 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Bush warns against hasty Iraq withdrawal 16 Sep 2007 US President [sic] George W. Bush cautioned Saturday that a hasty withdrawal from Iraq would damage US national security, as Senate Democrats reportedly reached a deal that would force soldiers to spend more time at home.
Troops May Not Shrink to Pre-Surge Level 14 Sep 2007 Even with cutbacks promised by President [sic ] Bush, the United States may wind up with thousands more troops in Iraq next summer than before the buildup of forces he ordered in January.
Thanks to Bush: WHO: Cholera Cases in Iraq Keep Rising 16 Sep 2007 The number of suspected cholera cases in northern Iraq continues to rise, with 16,000 people now showing symptoms, the World Health Organization said Friday.
More than 1,000,000 Iraqis murdered Sep 2007 In the week in which General Petraeus reports back to US Congress on the impact the recent 'surge' is having in Iraq, a new poll reveals that more than 1,000,000 Iraqi citizens have been murdered since the invasion took place in 2003. Previous estimates, most noticeably the one published in the Lancet in October 2006, suggested almost half this number (654,965 deaths). These findings come from a poll released today by O.R.B., the British polling agency that have been tracking public opinion in Iraq since 2005.
British polling agency: More than one million Iraqi deaths since US invasion By Patrick Martin 15 Sep 2007 As part of its campaign to justify a long-term US occupation of Iraq, the Bush administration has increasingly resorted to warning of chaos and even genocide in the wake of a withdrawal of American troops. But a new report suggests that something akin to genocide is already taking place, under American auspices. The British polling agency ORB reported Thursday that the death toll in Iraq since the 2003 US invasion has passed the one million mark.
Sunni Leaders in Iraq Threatened 16 Sep 2007 An al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] front group threatened to assassinate Sunni leaders who support American troops in Iraq as a Shiite bloc loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr defected Saturday from the Iraqi government's parliament base.
Sadr group quits Iraq ruling bloc 15 Sep 2007 The political movement loyal to Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr has withdrawn from Iraq's governing Shia alliance. The move deprives Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's coalition of 30 votes - leaving it in control of about half the seats in parliament.
Baghdad Car Bomb Strikes Bakery; 11 Dead 15 Sep 2007 A car bomb struck a bakery crowded with customers lining up for bread, killing at least 11 people on Saturday as they ended their daytime Ramadan fast, officials said.
Guantanamo detainees caught with contraband undies 14 Sep 2007 The U.S. military has its knickers in a knot over the discovery that two Guantanamo Bay prisoners have been sporting unauthorized underwear. Both prisoners were caught wearing brand-name briefs from the Under Armour line, and one also had on a Speedo swimsuit, according to a U.S. Defence Department letter obtained Friday by the Associated Press.
Dozens Arrested in Antiwar Protest Near Capitol 16 Sep 2007 A rally on Saturday to protest the war in Iraq, which began with a peaceful march of several thousand people to the Capitol, ended with dozens of arrests in a raucous demonstration that evoked the angry spirit of the Vietnam era protests of more than three decades ago.
More Than 190 Arrested at D.C. Protest 16 Sep 2007 Several thousand anti-war demonstrators marched through downtown Washington on Saturday, clashing with police at the foot of the Capitol steps where more than 190 protesters were arrested.
Protesters in Washington demand end to war 16 Sep 2007 Thousands of angry protesters including the families of dead US soldiers marched in Washington demanding an end to the war in Iraq, the return of US troops and the impeachment of President [sic] George W Bush. A crowd of protesters some 4,000 to 6,000 strong gathered outside the White House before marching under a clear sky to the US Capitol building.
Army records first UAV kills --The Army is mounting precision-guided weapons on hundreds of unmanned aerial vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan. 15 Sep 2007 When Army scouts in Iraq spotted two men planting a roadside bomb Sept. 1, they called in a nearby Hunter unmanned aircraft, which dropped a laser-guided bomb and killed the two men. "We had the first confirmed use of an Army weaponized UAV," said Col. Don Hazelwood, project manager for Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems at Redstone Arsenal, Ala.
U.S. develops 14-ton super bomb, bigger than Russian vacuum bomb 13 Sep 2007 The U.S. has a 14-ton super bomb more destructive than the vacuum bomb just tested by Russia, a U.S. general said Wednesday. The statement was made by retired Lt. General McInerney, chairman of the Iran Policy Committee, and former Assistant Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force.
USAID in Bolivia and Venezuela: The Silent Subversion By Eva Golinger 12 Sep 2007 The United States government has almost perfected a method of intervention that is able to penetrate and infiltrate all sectors of civil society in a country which it deems to be of economic and strategic interest. In the case of Venezuela, this strategy began to take form in 2002, with the increase in financing of sectors of the opposition via the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the opening of an Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) of USAID in Caracas.
Conservatives line up for, against possible attorney general nominee 15 Sep 2007 Conservatives on Saturday lined up for and against potential attorney general nominee Michael Mukasey, the man they believe has ascended to the top of President [sic] Bush's list of replacements for Alberto Gonzales. Earlier in the week, Democrats in the Senate threatened to block confirmation of another prospect — Theodore Olson, a longtime GOP ally and former solicitor general who represented Bush before the Supreme Court in the contested 2000 presidential election [coup d'etat].
Extravagances expose Justice Dept. --Audit uncovers lobster, $4 meatballs, 2-year conference costs of $81 million 15 Sep 2007 It doesn't rival the Pentagon's $600 toilet seat, but the Justice Department can fork over a mean $4 meatball. An internal Justice audit, released Friday, showed the department spent nearly $7 million to plan, host or send employees to 10 conferences over the last two years. This included paying $4 per meatball at one lavish dinner and spreading an average of $25 worth of snacks around to each participant at a movie-themed party.
UCI reportedly working on a deal to rehire Chemerinsky 15 Sep 2007 UC Irvine officials on Friday were attempting to broker a deal to once again hire liberal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky as dean of its fledging law school, just three days after its chancellor set off a national furor by dumping him.
Bank of England in dramatic intervention --Northern Rock forced to seek emergency funding --Savers are assured that their money is secure 14 Sep 2007 The Bank of England was last night forced to hand emergency funding to one of Britain's biggest mortgage providers - Northern Rock - as it became the first major financial institution in the UK to run into serious trouble as a result of the credit crisis that has caused turmoil in world financial markets.
'They swapped principle for power. They ended up with neither.' Former Fed Chief Attacks Bush on Fiscal Role 15 Sep 2007 Alan Greenspan, who was chairman of the Federal Reserve for nearly two decades, in a long-awaited memoir, is harshly critical of President [sic] Bush, Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney and the Republican-controlled Congress, as abandoning their party’s principles on spending and deficits.
Exec: Workers Helped on Senator's Home 14 Sep 2007 In the latest sign of corruption problems for Republicans, a corporate executive testified Friday that his employees worked for months to remodel the Alaska home of Sen. Ted Stevens. Stevens, the longest-serving Republican senator, is under scrutiny in a corruption investigation that also is targeting Alaska state officials. Bill Allen, former chief executive of oil services company VECO, testified that he spent more than $400,000 to bribe state legislators and for work at Stevens' house in the ski resort town of Girdwood.
General Wesley K. Clark (ret) on his Endorsement of Senator Clinton 15 Sep 2007 "Senator Hillary Clinton has earned the support of millions of Americans in her campaign for president -- and today I am pleased to count myself among them... I believe Senator Clinton is that leader, and I whole-heartedly endorse her for President of the United States."
'A day will come that the current U.S. president and officials will be tried in an international supreme court for the catastrophes they caused in Iraq.' Iran Leader: Bush Will Be Tried 14 Sep 2007 President [sic] Bush and other American officials will one day face trial just like deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein for "the catastrophes they caused in Iraq," Iran's supreme leader said Friday. Speaking to thousands of worshippers during the first Friday prayer of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Bush will be called to account for the U.S.-led invasion.
Civilian death toll in Iraq may top 1 million: Poll --A British survey offers the highest estimate to date. 14 Sep 2007 A new survey has suggested that the civilian death toll from the war could be more than 1 million. According to the ORB poll, a survey of 1,461 adults suggested that the total number slain during more than four years of war was more than 1.2 million.
Washington 'misled' Blair over plans for postwar Iraq 13 Sep 2007 Britain’s outgoing Ambassador to Washington [Sir David Manning] has accused the Bush Administration of misleading Tony Blair over its much-criticised plans for the reconstruction of Iraq after the invasion of 2003.
Iraqi government has made no progress, US concludes 15 Sep 2007 The White House yesterday issued a new report admitting Baghdad had made almost no new progress in achieving stability and reconciliation between the country's feuding factions, just hours after President [sic] Bush argued on national television for a continuing massive US troop presence in Iraq.
1 of 18 Iraq Goals Reached, Official Says --War Benchmarks Report Due Friday 14 Sep 2007 A new White House report on Iraq will show improved progress on just one of 18 political and security goals, according to a senior administration official.
Gates hopes for Iraq drawdown to 100,000 troops by end of 2008 14 Sep 2007 US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday he hopes US forces in Iraq can be drawn down to about 100,000 troops by the time a new president takes office in January 2009.
U.S.-Led Coalition Becoming Ever More All-American 15 Sep 2007 The former Soviet republic of Georgia will reduce its troop deployment in Iraq to 300 soldiers from 2,000 by next July, in keeping with previous plans, the country’s defense minister said Friday. After expected troop reductions announced by foreign governments, including Georgia, the total of non-American troops next summer will be about 9,000, Jason Campbell, a researcher at the institution, said in a telephone interview.
Truck bomb kills 10 in northern Iraq 14 Sep 2007 A suicide bomber rammed a truck laden with explosives into two police cars near the northern Iraqi town of Baiji on Friday, killing 10 people, a police source said.
Four US soldiers killed in Iraq 14 Sep 2007 Four US soldiers were killed when a bomb exploded near their vehicle in Iraq, the US command said. The attack on the Task Force Lightning soldiers came in Diyala province, the military said in a statement.
War Critic Dies In Iraq, Mom Wants Answers --Mother Seeks Details Of Soldier's Death Weeks After He Co-Authored Op-Ed Criticizing War 13 Sep 2007 The mother of an Army sergeant who died in a Baghdad vehicle accident weeks after writing a New York Times op-ed critical of the Pentagon's positive assessment of the Iraq war said Wednesday she wants the Army to explain his death. "I want to know all the details of how he died. I want to know the truth," said Olga Capetillo, whose 28-year-old son, Sgt. Omar Mora, died Monday. "I don't understand how so many people could die in that accident. How could it be so bad?" [*Blackwater USA.*]
Mr Stafford Smith has written back dismissing the allegations as ridiculous, saying the letter he received is the "most extraordinary" he has ever received in his career as a human rights lawyer. The case of the Guantanamo lawyer, the detainees and the illegal pairs of pants 14 Sep 2007 Commanders at the US naval base in Cuba have written to lawyers for two of the inmates accusing their clients of wearing contraband underpants and Speedo swimming trunks which they claim have been illegally smuggled into the high-security compound. In a bizarre development that would be laughable if it did not have such serious implications, the US prison's staff judge advocate has now launched an official inquiry to discover who is behind the smuggling operation. The judge has named the prisoners' lawyers as the two prime suspects... The second detainee accused of wearing the contraband underwear is a juvenile named Mohammed El Gharani, a Chad national, who was just 14 years old when he was seized by the Pakistani authorities and sold to the US military. ...He is now one of 20 juveniles Reprieve has identified as being held in Guantanamo Bay. In interviews with his lawyers he claims he has been terribly abused, including having a cigarette stubbed out on his arm by an interrogator. He states that much of the abuse stems from his vocal objection to being called a "nigger" by US military personnel.
CIA Bans Water-Boarding in Terror Interrogations 14 Sep 2007 The controversial interrogation technique [torture] known as water-boarding, in which a suspect has water poured over his mouth and nose to stimulate a drowning reflex, has been banned by CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden, current and former CIA officials tell ABCNews.com.
Mystery deepens over Israeli strike on Syria 15 Sep 2007 Israel is still maintaining official silence a week after Syria complained that Israeli aircraft invaded its airspace in a mysterious incident which raised tensions and triggered a welter of US media speculation about possible targets for the operation.
British academics warn US is preparing "shock and awe" attack on Iran By Peter Symonds 11 Sep 2007 An 80-page study written by two British security analysts and released on August 28 makes a chilling estimation of the overwhelming force that the US would use in the event of any attack on Iran. "The US has made military preparations to destroy Iran’s WMD, nuclear energy, regime, armed forces, state apparatus and economic infrastructure within days, if not hours, of President [sic] George W. Bush giving the order," the paper declared.
Media, politicians maintain silence on flight of US nuclear bomber By Bill Van Auken 14 Sep 2007 [On August 30, a US B-52 Stratofortress bomber flew nearly 1,500 miles over the length of the United States with six nuclear-tipped cruise missiles fixed to its wings.] ...One [Military Times] correspondent, identifying himself as a "retired B-52 crew chief," described the official account as "unbelievable." ...Another posting reads: "I think everyone here is making an assumption that they didn’t know. This is an absurd assumption. As soon as those ACMs [advanced cruise missiles] hit the hard-mounts, the talkback between the computers instantly enabled. The crew knew they were carrying nukes long before they finished the checklist for takeoff."
Tehran asks EU not to ruin Iran-IAEA deal under U.S. pressure 15 Sep 2007 A top security official has urged the Europe Union and the IAEA to resist the U.S. pressure and not to "ruin" the recent agreement between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
New Iran sanctions not necessary: Germany 15 Sep 2007 Discussion of a third round of sanctions against Iran for refusing to freeze its nuclear program will not be necessary if Iran cooperates with the United Nations, Germany's Foreign Ministry said on Friday. The United States wants the UN Security Council to expand sanctions on Iran for pressing ahead with its uranium enrichment program.
Defense, Homeland Security can't pass audits --Disorganized records leave big-budget agencies vulnerable to waste, fraud 14 Sep 2007 Ten years after Congress ordered federal agencies to have outside auditors review their books, neither the Defense Department nor the newer Department of Homeland Security has met even basic accounting requirements, leaving them vulnerable to waste, fraud and abuse. An Associated Press review shows that the two departments’ financial records are so disorganized and inconsistent that they have repeatedly earned "disclaimer" opinions, meaning that they simply cannot be fully audited.
Report: Bin Laden Already Dead 26 Dec 2001 Usama bin Laden has died a peaceful death due to an untreated lung complication, the Pakistan Observer reported, citing a Taliban leader who allegedly attended the funeral of the Al Qaeda leader. Bin Laden, according to the source, was suffering from a serious lung complication and succumbed to the disease in mid-December, in the vicinity of the Tora Bora mountains. The source claimed that bin Laden was laid to rest honorably in his last abode and his grave was made as per his Wahabi belief. [But he arises from the dead to make videotapes whenever Bush needs a new distraction. --LRP]
Confidential Chicago terrorist threat assessment leaked to Fox News affiliate --The study was done in '02 by consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton 13 Sep 2007 Officials at consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. are looking into how a Fox News reporter acquired a confidential terrorist threat assessment on Chicago over a public file-sharing network. Larry Yellen, an investigative reporter with WFLD Fox News in Chicago, on Tuesday reported that he recently used a peer-to-peer (P2P) program called LimeWire to obtain the Booz Allen document.
UC Irvine reverses field on Chemerinsky --The constitutional scholar says university officials told him the deal was off to head the new school because he was too 'politically controversial.' 12 Sep 2007 In a showdown over academic freedom, a prominent legal scholar said Wednesday that the University of California, Irvine's chancellor had succumbed to conservative political pressure in rescinding his contract to head the university's new law school, a charge the chancellor vehemently denied.
A Bad Beginning in Irvine (The New York Times) 14 Sep 2007 A law school would be mighty fortunate to have Erwin Chemerinsky, a distinguished Duke Law School professor, as its dean. The University of California, Irvine, realized this when it asked him to head up its new law school. This week, however, it rescinded the offer, evidently because of his political views. It’s a disgraceful decision. The University of California system should admit its mistake and, with apologies, extend the offer again.
Contractor pleads guilty to post-Katrina levee bribery 12 Sep 2007 A former contractor [Raul Jorge Miranda] for the Army Corps of Engineers accused of giving confidential information to a company seeking work on a levee reconstruction project pleaded guilty Wednesday to bribery.
New dike for Everglades restoration called unsafe 13 Sep 2007 A new reservoir built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for Everglades restoration already has sprung leaks and is so rife with structural and design flaws that it can't be safely filled, a state water manager said Wednesday. The earthen dike needs at least $13 million in repairs and even then, it won't supply all of the water it promised to restore to Ten Mile Creek and the St. Lucie River... Without the fixes, the dike near Fort Pierce -- like the 70-year-old levee around Lake Okeechobee the Corps is repairing -- poses a potential danger to homes that have since been built nearby, said George Horne, a district deputy executive director. In some spots, he said, the levee ringing the 550-acre reservoir is so weak that it could be loosened easily with a penknife.
Mega barf alert! Gov't Didn't Act After E. Coli Outbreak --Government Never Improved Produce Inspections After Deadly E. Coli Outbreak 12 Sep 2007 Government regulators never acted on calls for stepped-up inspections of leafy greens after last year's deadly E. coli spinach outbreak, leaving the safety of America's salads to a patchwork of largely unenforceable rules and the industry itself, an Associated Press investigation has found.
Gingrich: Republicans need "clean break" from Bush 14 Sep 2007 Republican presidential candidates need to make a "clean break" from President [sic] George W. Bush and the U.S. government or they will lose in November 2008, a veteran Republican leader said on Friday.
Bush aide says warming man-made 14 Sep 2007 The US chief scientist has told the BBC that climate change is now a fact. Professor John Marburger, who advises President [sic] Bush, said it was more than 90% certain that greenhouse gas emissions from mankind are to blame.
Large areas of Arctic sea ice only 1 metre thick, reveals 14 Sep 2007 Large areas of the Arctic sea-ice are only one metre thick this year, equating to an approximate 50 percent thinning as compared to the year 2001, the latest findings by the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremhaven, Germany has revealed.
Bush Preserves Big Troop Level in Iraq 14 Sep 2007 President [sic] Bush's claim that progress in Iraq justifies preserving a large U.S. military presence there for at least 10 more months was shadowed by discouraging developments on the security and political fronts. In his 18-minute remarks Thursday night, the president ordered U.S. troop levels to drop to a point they were already slated to reach, while saying they would start seven months sooner than scheduled.
Bush 'cuts' troops as 'return on success' in Iraq 14 Sep 2007 President [sic] George Bush has announced that 5,700 troops will be withdrawn by the end of 2007, and more will follow by July 2008, returning troop levels to around 140,000 - around the level that existed before January's "surge". "The principle guiding my decisions on troop levels in Iraq is 'return on success'", the president said.
Bush: U.S. engagement in Iraq will stretch beyond his presidency 12 Sep 2007 Rejecting calls to leave Iraq, President [sic] Bush on Thursday approved gradual U.S. troop reductions from their highest level of the war and said more can return home as 'progress' is made. At the same time he said Iraq needs "an enduring relationship with America [Halliburton, Blackwater USA, and KBR]." Bush said the U.S. engagement will stretch beyond his presidency, requiring military, financial and political support from Washington.
Troop levels in Iraq likely to remain above 130,000 12 Sep 2007 More than 130,000 U.S. troops are likely to remain in Iraq next summer after the withdrawal of five combat brigades, military officials familiar with U.S. deployments said Wednesday.
'Return on Suckcess' --The White House 13 Sep 2007 (Transcript)
Democratic Response to pResident's Address --Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I. 14 Sep 2007 (Transcript)
Edwards blames Bush, Congress on war --Democratic presidential candidate takes out ad after Bush speech 13 Sep 2007 White House candidate John Edwards criticized President [sic] Bush in a televised response Thursday for failing to pull out of Iraq, but also spread some of the blame to the Democratic-led Congress.
Fallon Derided Petraeus, Opposed the Surge By Gareth Porter 12 Sep 2007 In sharp contrast to the lionisation of Gen. David Petraeus by members of the U.S. Congress during his testimony this week, Petraeus's superior, Admiral William Fallon, chief of the Central Command (CENTCOM), derided Petraeus as a sycophant during their first meeting in Baghdad last March, according to Pentagon sources familiar with reports of the meeting. Fallon told Petraeus that he considered him to be "an ass-kissing little chickenshit" and added, "I hate people like that", the sources say.
NY Times criticized for ad attacking Petraeus 13 Sep 2007 An ad criticizing the top U.S. general in Iraq [Gen. David Betrayus] raised charges on Thursday that The New York Times slashed its advertising rates for political reasons -- an accusation denied by the paper.
U.S. Troops Detain Iraqi Commander 13 Sep 2007 U.S. troops have taken into custody an Iraqi army battalion commander suspected of ordering militia attacks on American forces, the military said Thursday. The commander - whose name and rank were not released - was picked up last week by elements of the 1st Infantry Division's 2nd Brigade combat team, the military said in a statement.
An assassination that blows apart Bush's hopes of pacifying Iraq 14 Sep 2007 Ten days after President [sic] George Bush clasped his hand as a symbol of America's hopes in Iraq, the man who led the US-supported revolt of Sunni sheikhs against al-Qa'ida [al-CIAduh] in Iraq was assassinated. Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha and two of his bodyguards were killed either by a roadside bomb or by explosives placed in his car by a guard, near to his home in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar, the Iraqi province held up by the American political and military leadership as a model for the rest of Iraq.
Key U.S. Iraqi ally killed in his own compound 13 Sep 2007 A key U.S. ally in the Sunni Muslim tribal rebellion against al Qaida [al-CIAduh] in Iraq was in his own protected compound Thursday when an explosion from a hidden bomb ripped through his armored vehicle, killing him, his nephew and two bodyguards. [See: Iraq insurgents join Bush's Coalition of the Bribed: US bribes insurgents to fight Al-Qaeda 09 Sep 2007.]
US accuses Iran over Iraq attacks 12 Sep 2007 Senior US officials have singled out Iran for criticism, a day after giving a 'progress' report on security in Iraq. Gen David Petraeus, top US commander in Iraq, and US envoy to Baghdad Ryan Crocker both cited evidence of Iranian involvement in attacks on US troops.
Iraq: WHO Cholera Alert In the North, Baghdad At Risk 13 Sep 2007 A cholera epidemic has affected at least 7,000 people in the northern provinces of Iraq and may reach Baghdad in the next few weeks. The accomplices were the terrible conditions of the water system and Iraqi infrastructures due to the war [US]. The alert was raised by the World Health Organization (WHO) and has been confirmed by Baghdad authorities.
Cholera breaks out in northern Iraq 13 Sep 2007 A cholera epidemic in northern Iraq has infected about 7000 people and could reach the capital within weeks as it spreads through the country's decrepit and unsanitary water system. The World Health Organisation reported on Tuesday that the epidemic was concentrated in the northern regions of Kirkuk and Sulaimaniya and that 10 people were known to have died.
U.S. Army Awards Iraq Security Work to British Firm 14 Sep 2007 The U.S. military confirmed yesterday that it awarded the largest security contract in Iraq to a private British firm, Aegis Defence Services, in a deal worth up to $475 million over two years.
Romney names terrorism policy advisers 13 Sep 2007 GOPervert Mitt Romney today tapped a former CIA official, who is now a top officer in a private security firm with widespread operations in Iraq, to head his counterterrorism policy advisory group. Cofer Black, who also served as a top State Department counter-terrorism official, is now chairman of Total Intelligence Solutions and vice-chairman of Blackwater USA.
Poll: Lamont Beats Lieberman 13 Sep 2007 Ned Lamont would defeat Joe LieberBush in a general election rematch if the Connecticut Senate race took place today, according to a poll conducted by Research 2000 and commissioned by the liberal Web site Daily Kos. Lamont would win 48-40-10 over LieberBush and Republican Alan Schlesinger.
Senate Intelligence Panel Seeks CIA Nominee's Withdrawal 13 Sep 2007 Members of the Senate intelligence committee have requested the withdrawal of the Bush regime's choice for CIA general counsel, acknowledging that John Rizzo's nomination has stalled because of concerns about his views on the treatment of terrorism suspects. During his confirmation hearing in June, Rizzo testified that he did not object to an administration memo in 2002 that deemed legal some extremely harsh interrogation techniques [torture] for CIA detainees.
Details on terror suspects' interrogations 13 Sep 2007 An NBC News investigation has learned that a total of 13 high value prisoners— all of them [alleged] ranking al-Qaida operatives—were subjected to "enhanced interrogation techniques" [torture] in 2002 through 2004. The techniques in some cases have been abandoned because they have become controversial; while others are still being practiced by interrogators.
Intelligence Chiefs Back A Guantanamo Reversal 12 Sep 2007 The Bush regime's top intelligence officials have all filed declarations to a federal appeals court -- including two classified top-secret -- warning that its recent ruling ordering the release of information about prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will cause grave harm to national security. The warnings of five officials... were filed Friday by the 'Justice' Department as it seeks a reversal of the court's July ruling. That decision allowed prisoners' lawyers to have access to information about their clients as they challenge the prisoners' imprisonment.
Talking to al Qaeda? Don't rule it out, some say 13 Sep 2007 Six years after the September 11 attacks, a few cautious voices are beginning to suggest the unthinkable -- maybe it is time to consider talking to al Qaeda. [Hell, Bush and Cheney Halliburton have them on the payroll!]
Calif. terrorism case could expand legal definition of community 13 Sep 2007 Should a California man who poses little threat to his neighbors remain behind bars because of his alleged ties to a terrorist group that threatens lives halfway around the world? Federal prosecutors say yes... Legal experts are watching the federal case, which could set precedent for other terrorism suspects being held without bail by greatly expanding the legal definition of community.
Security chief says terrorists have been arrested on Texas border 12 Sep 2007 Texas' top homeland security official [Director Steve McCraw] said Wednesday that terrorists with ties to Hezbollah, Hamas and al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] have been arrested crossing the Texas border with Mexico in recent years.
Pentagon censors 9/11 suspect's tape 13 Sep 2007 The Pentagon has censored an audio tape of the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks speaking at a military hearing — cutting out Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's explanation for why Islamic militants waged jihad against the United States.
9/11 First Responder Heard WTC 7 Demolition Countdown --Former Air Force Special Operations for Search and Rescue expert witnessed officials attempt to conceal planned nature of demolition By Paul Joseph Watson 13 Sep 2007 A 9/11 first responder has gone on the record to describe how he heard a demolition-style countdown precede the collapse of WTC 7, eyewitness testimony that dovetails with other EMTs and rescue personnel who were also told that Building 7 was going to be "brought down".
Banks go to Fed's discount window for $7.2 billion 13 Sep 2007 U.S. banks tapped the Federal Reserve's discount window for $7.2 billion on Wednesday, the Fed said Thursday, the highest total since the terror attacks in 2001 and the first significant borrowing from the Fed since the Fed lowered the discount rate on Aug. 17.
Verizon Wireless Suing Over Auction Rules 14 Aug 2007 Verizon Wireless has sued the Federal Communications Commission, seeking to overturn auction rules requiring the buyers of some airwaves to make their networks compatible with any device.
Conn. governor asks Congress to probe natgas price 13 Sep 2007 Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell (R) on Thursday said she had asked the U.S. Congress to investigate whether domestic producers of natural gas tried to pump up prices by shutting badly needed production.
N.J.'s Corzine to Defy New Health-Care Rules --Fight Grows Over Changes in Children's Program 14 Sep 2007 Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine informed President [sic] Bush this week that New Jersey will not obey federal rules that would make it harder to enroll middle-income kids for a popular government-subsidized health insurance program.
Senators Seek Public Listing of Payments to Doctors 07 Sep 2007 Makers of drugs and medical devices would be required to report publicly nearly all payments and gifts to doctors under legislation introduced Thursday in the Senate.
Stark warning of extinction list: 'Life on Earth is disappearing' 13 Sep 2007 Gorillas, vultures, corals, Asian crocodiles and even seaweeds are joining thousands of other species on the slide towards extinction, according to the latest edition of the Red List, the international catalogue of threatened wildlife, published yesterday.
Polar ice levels lowest on record "This is a collapse of the ice cover." 14 Sep 2007 Ice cover on the Arctic Ocean reached its lowest level on record this summer and climate experts say an ice-free North Pole within the next 20 to 30 years is all but inevitable. Satellite images show ice over the Arctic Ocean melted to such an extent this summer that the Northwest Passage is nearly ice-free.
Emaciated polar bear spotted far from usual range "This one was in a real sad state of starvation." 14 Sep 2007 (Nunavik, Quebec) Nunavik Tourism executive director Allen Gordon, photographer Heiko Wittenborn and Wye Yoshida were traveling by jet boat Sept. 4 on the Caniapiscau River... when they spotted a polar bear on the shore. The polar bear was visibly malnourished, with its fur hanging from its bones. "It's so sad to see a polar bear in this condition," Wittenborn said. The poor condition of that polar bear would raises doubt about whether polar bears could be successful hunting land animals if they can no longer hunt seals and other marine mammals out on the ice.
U.S. Officials Begin Crafting Iran Bombing Plan 11 Sep 2007 A recent decision by German officials to withhold support for any new sanctions against Iran has pushed a broad spectrum of officials in Washington to develop potential scenarios for a military attack on the Islamic regime, FOX News confirmed Tuesday.
Report: US to attack Iran in 8-10 months 13 Sep 2007 Germany's unwillingness to impose further sanctions on Iran has pushed the United States closer towards a decision on a military strike, FOX News reported on Wednesday. According to the report, Germany's decision has spurred senior US army officials to try and convince US Foreign Secretary Condoleezza Rice to abandon once and for all the diplomatic route of preventing a nuclear Iran. The report further stated that the date of preference for an attack against Iran is in eight to 10 months - after the US presidential candidates for both the Democrats and the Republicans have been chosen, but before the major presidential campaign kicks off.
Iran leader denies interference in Iraq 13 Sep 2007 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday rejected the congressional testimony of the top U.S. officials in Iraq accusing Iran of interfering in its war-torn neighbor.
Iran says will not halt nuclear work despite EU call 12 Sep 2007 Iran will not stop uranium enrichment, chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said on Wednesday, despite a call by the European Union and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to halt sensitive nuclear work.
Gag me with a chainsaw! President Petraeus? Iraqi official recalls the day US general revealed ambition 13 Sep 2007 The US commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus [Betrayus], expressed long-term interest in running for the US presidency when he was stationed in Baghdad, according to a senior Iraqi official who knew him at that time. Sabah Khadim, then a senior adviser at Iraq's Interior Ministry, says General Petraeus discussed with him his ambition when the general was head of training and recruitment of the Iraqi army in 2004-05.
Rice warns of long US involvement in Iraq 12 Sep 2007 The US will have to stay in Iraq for a long time to safeguard its territorial integrity [?] even when its troop strength is reduced, the secretary of state warned today. Condoleezza Rice said "the territorial security of Iraq" with regard to its neighbours - especially Iran - was among them.
Compromise on Oil Law in Iraq Seems to Be Collapsing 13 Sep 2007 A carefully constructed compromise on a [US-backed] draft law governing Iraq’s rich oil fields, agreed to in February after months of arduous talks among Iraqi political groups, appears to have collapsed. The apparent breakdown comes just as Congress and the White House are struggling to find evidence that there is progress toward reconciliation and a functioning government here.
Gunmen in police uniforms steal $550,000 12 Sep 2007 Gunmen wearing police commando uniforms waylaid an armored truck Wednesday on a major Baghdad street, overpowered the guards and made off with about a half-million dollars in Iraqi currency, police said.
Two War Critic Soldiers Killed in Iraq 13 Sep 2007 Two of seven soldiers who wrote a controversial New York Times editorial about their war experiences in Iraq were killed Sept. 10 in Baghdad. Sgt. Omar Mora, 28, and Staff Sgt. Yance T. Gray, 26, two of the authors of "The War as We Saw It," were killed in Baghdad Monday when the five-ton cargo truck they were riding in overturned. [Blackwater USA?]
Toilet arrest senator hails 'progress' in Iraq 12 Sep 2007 In his first public comments unrelated to his arrest in an airport sex sting, Sen. Larry Craig said the United States is making progress in Iraq because of a troop escalation overseen by Gen. David Petraeus.
Schwarzenegger Vetoes Iraq Pullout Vote 12 Sep 2007 [GOP-installed] Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced early Wednesday he had vetoed legislation that would have allowed Californians to vote on an advisory measure calling for President [sic] Bush to immediately withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq.
Charges dropped against US Marine in Iraq killing 12 Sep 2007 - A U.S. military commander dropped murder charges on Wednesday against a U.S. Marine [Sgt. Jermaine Nelson] accused last month of killing an unarmed prisoner in Iraq.
Al-Jazeera man close to death at Guantanamo Bay 'close to death' 13 Sep 2007 An al-Jazeera journalist captured in Afghanistan six years ago and sent to Guantanamo Bay is close to becoming the fifth detainee at the US naval base to take his own life, according to a medical report written by a team of British and American psychiatrists Sami al-Haj, a Sudanese national, is 250 days into a hunger strike which he began in protest over his detention without charge or trial in January 2002.
Afghan suspect transferred to Guantanamo: Pentagon 12 Sep 2007 The Pentagon said on Wednesday an Afghan national it described as a dangerous terrorism suspect [?!?] had been transferred to the U.S. military prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Guantanamo Bay detainee sues British intelligence agencies over torture claim 12 Sep 2007 A former prisoner at the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay filed a lawsuit against the British government Wednesday, alleging the country's spy agencies knew he was being abused [tortured] yet allowed his continued interrogations.
Harper eyeing bigger Australian role in Afghanistan --Receives encouraging signals as Howard recognizes 'heavy burden' Canada is carrying in Kandahar 12 Sep 2007 Australia–Canada has received encouraging signals from leaders here on the future of Australia's military commitment in Afghanistan.
Air raids kill dozens of Taliban in Afghan south: U.S. 12 Sep 2007 U.S.-led occupation airstrikes killed more than 45 'Islamist Taliban fighters' in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, the U.S. military said. More than 7,000 people have been killed during the past 19 months in Afghanistan, the worst violence since the militants' U.S.-led ouster in 2001.
Israel Stages Limited Gaza Incursion 13 Sep 2007 Israeli ground troops entered the central Gaza Strip Wednesday night, a day after rocket fire from the Palestinian territory wounded dozens of Israeli soldiers. But the military described the incursion as routine and said it was not part of a large-scale mission.
Senate panel slashes European missile defense plan --Appropriations Committee cuts $85M from $310.4M request 12 Sep 2007 A U.S. Senate committee voted on Wednesday to cut funding for George W. Bush's plan to put missile 'defense' elements in the Czech Republic and Poland, but met his request for an airborne laser program [$549 million] led by Boeing Co.
Russian army 'tests the father of all bombs' 12 Sep 2007 Russia has delivered a belligerent message of defiance to the West after army generals claimed to have tested "the father of all bombs". Developed in secret, the unchristened bomb, a vacuum device capable of emitting shockwaves as powerful as a nuclear weapon, was unveiled with great theatre on state television's main evening broadcast.
Heads up! Bush Extends 2001 National Emergency Declaration For One Year --Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Certain Terrorist Attacks (whitehouse.gov) 12 Sep 2007 Consistent with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency I declared on September 14, 2001, in Proclamation 7463, with respect to the terrorist attacks... and the continuing and immediate threat of further attacks on the United States. Because the terrorist threat continues, the national emergency declared on September 14, 2001, last extended on September 5, 2006, and the powers and authorities adopted to deal with that emergency, must continue in effect beyond September 14, 2007. Therefore, I am continuing in effect for an additional year the national emergency I declared on September 14, 2001, with respect to the terrorist threat.
Al-Qa'eda 'as strong today as it was on 9/11' 13 Sep 2007 The al-Qa'eda [al-CIAduh] terror organisation of Osama bin Laden is as strong today as it was six years ago during the September 11 attacks and retains the capability to carry out similar atrocities, according to a report by one of Britain's leading think tanks.
Al-Qaida has revived, spread and is capable of a spectacular strike --Stark warning from leading think tank 13 Sep 2007 Al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] has revived, extended its influence, and has the capacity to carry out a spectacular strike similar to the September 11 attacks on America, one of the world's leading security thinktanks warned yesterday. There is increasing evidence "that 'core' al-Qaida is proving adaptable and resilient, and has retained an ability to plan and coordinate large-scale attacks in the western world despite the attrition it has suffered", said the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). "The threat from Islamist terrorism remains as high as ever, and looks set to get worse," it added.
Private aircraft to file passenger data under new rule 11 Sep 2007 Private aircraft entering the United States would have to give U.S. government authorities their passengers' identities under a proposal by the Department of Homeland Security, which says it's concerned the growing ranks of these planes could be used to fly terrorists onto U.S. soil.
Top Democrat vows to block possible Bush nominee 12 Sep 2007 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowed on Wednesday to block former Solicitor General [2000 Coup architect] Theodore Olson from becoming attorney general if President [sic] George W. Bush nominates him to replace Alberto Gonzales.
Liberal scholar loses UCI law post 23 Sep 2007 In a showdown over academic freedom, a prominent legal scholar said Wednesday that UC Irvine's chancellor had succumbed to conservative political pressure in rescinding his contract to head the university's new law school, a charge the chancellor vehemently denied. Erwin Chemerinsky, a well-known liberal expert on constitutional law, said he had signed a contract Sept. 4, only to be told Tuesday by Chancellor Michael V. Drake that Drake was voiding their deal because Chemerinsky was too liberal and the university had underestimated "conservatives out to get me."
Foot and mouth returns 12 Sep 2007 Around 300 cattle on a Surrey farm were being culled today after the discovery of a new case of foot and mouth disease, the government's chief vet said. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said it was "pretty clear" that the virus escaped from Pirbright, but added that it was not possible to pinpoint whether the exact source was the Institute for Animal Health or Merial, which shares the site. The animal health laboratory uses live viruses for research, and Merial uses them to produce vaccines.
Feds May Step In to Reduce Airline Delays --FAA Administrator Admonishes Airlines to Adjust Schedules, Reduce Delays 11 Sep 2007 It has been a summer of record delays, and the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration threw down the gauntlet to the nation's airlines Tuesday, warning them to take a hard look at their schedules, which she said "aren't worth the electrons they are printed on."
Ex-Oil Exec Says He Paid Alaska Lawmaker 13 Sep 2007 The former head of an oil field services company testified Wednesday that he paid a lawmaker nearly $8,000 to help keep him in office and advocate for the construction of a natural gas pipeline tapping the state's vast North Slope Reserves. Bill Allen, former chairman of VECO Corp., testified that he paid $7,993 to former House Speaker Pete Kott in an inflated invoice for a flooring job to Kott's business.
Crude futures touch $80 for first time on Nymex 12 Sep 2007 Crude futures touched $80 a barrel for the first time ever on the New York Mercantile Exchange. October crude was last up $1.58, or 2%, at $79.81 a barrel.
Dollar tumbles to record low against the euro 12 Sep 2007 The dollar tumbled to its weakest ever against the euro and fell against a range of other major currencies as bets hardened that the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates next week to stave off a deeper slump in the US economy.
Quick action! Genetically Engineered Sugar to Hit Stores In 2008 12 Sep 2007 American Crystal, a large Wyoming-based sugar company, who ironically have launched an "organic" line of their sugar,and several other leading U.S. sugar providers have announced they will be sourcing their sugar from genetically engineered (GE) sugar beets beginning this year and arriving in stores in 2008. Like GE corn and GE soy, products containing GE sugar will not be labeled as such. [Scroll to bottom of article to sign online petition.]
Threatened species Red List shows escalating 'global extinction crisis' 12 Sep 2007 Corals and seaweed have joined the ranks of threatened species, and more apes and reptiles are now facing extinction according to the World Conservation Union, which warns of a "global extinction crisis".
Knut Feigning Sore Paw to Get Attention 11 Sep 2007 Berlin Zoo's polar bear superstar Knut is so lonely that he has been deliberately limping to get some attention, says his keeper Thomas Dörflein, who knows the shaggy cub better than anyone else. The ruse is working: Visitors have been cooing over him and alarmed fans have been writing in from as far away as Brazil and Hawaii.
The 'proxy war': UK troops are sent to Iranian border --British soldiers return to action as tensions between US and Iran grow 12 Sep 2007 British forces have been sent from Basra to the volatile border with Iran amid warnings from the senior US commander in Iraq that Tehran [US] is fomenting a "proxy war". In signs of a fast-developing confrontation, the Iranians have threatened military action in response to attacks launched from Iraqi territory while the Pentagon has announced the building of a US base and fortified checkpoints at the frontier.
US Senator asks for Iran invasion 12 Sep 2007 Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, among the US Senate's fiercest hawks, has once again asked for the expansion of US invasion into Iran. "Is it time to give you authority, in pursuit of your mission in Iraq, to pursue those Iranian Quds Force operations in Iranian territory, in order to protect American troops in Iraq," LieberBush asked at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee. But Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of US troops in Iraq, demurred at the idea of an expansion into Iran.
US confirms Israeli air strike on Syria 12 Sep 2007 A US official has confirmed that Israeli warplanes carried out an air strike "deep inside" Syria, escalating tensions between the two countries. The target of the strike last Thursday remained unclear but Israeli media reported that a shipment of Iranian arms crossing Syria [Yeah, right!] for use by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia in Lebanon was attacked.
UN nuclear chief walks out on EU speech on Iran: diplomats 11 Sep 2007 UN nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei walked out on an afternoon session Tuesday of his IAEA to protest an EU speech which did not fully support his deal for new inspections in Iran, diplomats told AFP.
Officials Cite Long-Term Need for U.S. in Iraq 12 Sep 2007 The two top American military and diplomatic officials in Iraq conceded Tuesday that the Bush administration’s overall strategy in Iraq would remain largely unchanged after the temporary increase in American forces is over next summer, and made clear their view that the United States would need a major troop presence in Iraq for years to come.
'Current Troop Levels Cannot Be Maintained' --US security expert Dan Serwer spoke to SPIEGEL ONLINE about his long-term vision for Iraq. The director of the Iraq Study Groups says he doesn't expect any big breakthrough from General Petraeus' report to Congress on Monday but thinks that a partial withdrawal of US troops from Iraq is inevitable. 10 Sep 2007
Bush's Endorsement of Petraeus Plan Draws Fire --Democrats, Some Republicans Seek a Faster Withdrawal 12 Sep 2007 Plans by President [sic] Bush to announce a withdrawal of up to 30,000 U.S. troops from Iraq by next summer drew sharp criticism yesterday from Democratic leaders and a handful of Republicans in Congress, who vowed to try again to force Bush to accept a more dramatic change of policy... Several Republicans joined Democrats in saying that Petraeus's proposal to draw down troops through the middle of next summer would result only in force levels equivalent to where they stood before the increase began, about 130,000 troops.
Bush to endorse withdrawal of 30,000 Iraq troops --Troop levels would decrease from 168,000 to 130,000 12 Sep 2007 President [sic] George W. Bush is expected to endorse in a televised speech tomorrow a plan to withdraw some 30,000 US troops from Iraq by July 2008, US media reported today. The aides said Bush will also caution that the cuts would be conditional on continued military 'gains' and that he plans to outline what he sees as the dire consequences of failure in Iraq, according to the Washington Post, which did not quote the officials.
Swear Him In! by Ray McGovern 11 Sep 2007 That’s all I said in the unusual silence on Monday afternoon as first aid was being administered to Gen. David Petraeus’ microphone before he spoke before the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees. It had dawned on me that when House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Missouri) invited Gen. Petraeus to make his presentation, Skelton forgot to ask him to take the customary oath to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. I had no idea that my suggestion would be enough to get me thrown out of the hearing.
Iraq insurgents join Bush's Coalition of the Bribed: US bribes insurgents to fight Al-Qaeda 09 Sep 2007 American forces are paying Sunni 'insurgents' hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash to switch sides and help them to defeat Al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] in Iraq. The Sunday Times has witnessed at first hand the enormous sums of cash changing hands. One sheikh in a town south of Baghdad was given $38,000 (£19,000) and promised a further $189,000 over three months to drive Al-Qaeda fighters from a nearby camp.
Iraq Insurgents Attack U.S. Headquarters 11 Sep 2007 'Insurgents' fired rockets or mortars Tuesday at the sprawling garrison that houses the headquarters of American forces in Iraq, killing one person and wounding 11 occupation soldiers, the U.S. command said. The command said the person killed was a "third country national," meaning someone who is not an American or Iraqi.
Suicide bomber hits security firm in Afghan south 11 Sep 2007 A suicide bomber struck a U.S. security firm convoy in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand on Tuesday, a police official said, but there was no immediate word on whether there were any casualties.
Afghanistan suicide attack kills 28 11 Sep 2007 A suicide bomber on a motorized rickshaw detonated explosives yesterday in a marketplace in Helmand province, killing 28 people in one of the deadliest bombings since the fall of the Taliban.
MI5 and MI6 to be sued for first time over torture 12 Sep 2007 A British man who was held in Guantánamo Bay has begun a civil action against MI5 and MI6 over the tactics that they use to gather intelligence. The suit has been brought by Tarek Dergoul, 29, who claims he was repeatedly tortured while he was held by the US, and that British agents who had also questioned him were aware of the mistreatment. He wants a high court ruling that will ban the security services from "benefiting" from the abuse of prisoners being held in detention outside the UK.
AP reports of abuse in Guantanamo 12 Sep 2007 Pentagon transcripts imply that Guards interrupt detainees at prayer, interrogators withhold medicine and hostility lingers at Guantanamo. The Pentagon gave the AP transcripts of hearings held last year in a trailer at Guantanamo after the news agency sought the material under the Freedom of Information Act.
US false flag 14 Sept.? ACC orders commandwide standdown Friday 10 Sep 2007 On Sept. 14, flight lines will be very quiet at Air Combat Command bases. The entire command — about 100,000 active-duty airmen — is standing down training flights and many other operations as part of a command-wide 'safety' day. [Bush was on the phone to al-CIAduh, to let them know that Friday would be a good day to attack.]
Banks face 10-day debt timebomb 10 Sep 2007 Britain's biggest banks could be forced to cough up as much as £70bn over the next 10 days, as the credit crisis that has seized the global financial system sparks a fresh wave of chaos. Almost 20 per cent of the short-term money market loans issued by European banks are due to mature between September 11 and September 19. [No worries - Bush's false flag will save the UK bank problem.]
Is USAF Stand Down To Find A Missing Nuke? Someone, operating under a special chain of command within the United States Air Force, just stole a nuclear weapon. By Chuck Simpson 12 Sep 2007 Barksdale Missile Number Six deserves far more public attention than it's received to date. Missile Number Six is potentially the major story of at least this year... Six nuclear weapons disappeared from Minot AFB in North Dakota. Five nuclear weapons were discovered at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana. Which leads to my chilling conclusion: Someone, operating under a special chain of command within the United States Air Force, just stole a nuclear weapon.
No terror charges for Chiquita execs 11 Sep 2007 The Justice Department said Tuesday it will not prosecute 10 Chiquita Brands International executives involved in the company's now-defunct payoff of Colombian [Reichwing] terrorists protecting its most profitable banana-growing operation.
Mega barf alert! Bush Is Nearing a Choice to Lead the 'Justice' Dept. 12 Sep 2007 The White House is closing in on a nominee to replace Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, with former Solicitor General [2000 Coup d'etat architect] Theodore B. Olson considered one of the leading candidates, administration and Congressional officials said Tuesday.
Hearing on Craig's Guilty Plea Is Set for Sept. 26 12 Sep 2007 Senator Larry E. Craig’s request to withdraw his guilty plea in an airport sex sting will be heard on Sept. 26, four days before he has said he will leave the Senate. A spokesman for Mr. Craig, Republican of Idaho, said he was unlikely to try to finish his third term unless Hennepin County District Court moved quickly to overturn the conviction. Mr. Craig has been under pressure from fellow Republicans to resign.
'DC Madam' confirms Ronald Roughead of SAIC was a customer --Palfrey Asserts "Honey Pot" Defense By Lori Price 11 Sep 2007 Citizens for Legitimate Government has learned that the so-called DC Madam, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, confirms for the first time that another individual with very high government security clearance -- Ronald Roughead of SAIC -- was 'a customer.' Updated! 12 Sep 2007
Ex-prostitute says she had sexual relations with Sen. Vitter 11 Sep 2007 A former New Orleans prostitute [Wendy Ellis] who will be featured in Larry Flynt's Hustler magazine appeared at his office Tuesday to accuse Sen. David Vitter of having a sexual relationship with her in 1999.
Hundreds of anti-tollers locked out of Toll Road Hearing By Sal Costello 12 Sep 2007 In today’s Statesman article, Ben Wear creates the impression of grand support of the freeway to tollway plan - as hundreds of anti-tollers were locked out of the main auditorium. It is important to note that Belinda Gaudet, General Manager of the Austin American-Statesman is a Vice Chair for the executive committee of the Austin Chamber of Commerce (also known as Take on Traffic - pro-tollers). The Statesman has continued to squelch the citizens who speak out against the freeway to tollway plan with it’s articles, pro toll editorials and by keeping hundreds, if not thousands of letter to the editor from being published on the subject in the past years.
Oil Firms Waste $40B per Year in Gas --Up to 170 billion cubic meters of natural gas is burned off by the world's oil producers every year with enormous economic and environmental costs 10 Sep 2007 In spite of all the recent talk about climate change, the Kyoto Protocol and tight energy resources in Europe, the oil industry continues to burn huge volumes of natural gas that rises from oil deposits on land or under the sea.
Old Farmer's Almanac: 2008 will be the warmest year in a century 11 Sep 2007 The Old Farmer's Almanac is relying on time-honored, complex calculations to predict that 2008 will be the warmest year in a century, but it also is banking on a factor anyone can understand: years that end in "8" have weird weather. People still talk about the frigid winters of 1748 and 1888, tornadoes of 1908, Northwest floods and the Northeast hurricane of 1938. If the forecast and tradition hold true, they'll look back on the heat of 2008.
Patriots at center of NFL spy storm 11 Sep 2007 The New England Patriots were at the center of a sports espionage storm Tuesday as the National Football League probed charges they stole secret signals from opponents the New York Jets.
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