October 2005 Archives
Bird flu could be used as a weapon 12 Oct 2005 Counter-terrorism authorities have drawn up plans to defend Australia against terrorists spreading avian influenza. The National Counter Terrorism Committee has included the use of bird flu strain H5N1 as a weapon in possible terrorism attack scenarios, Attorney-General Philip Ruddock's office confirmed. Australia joins the US and Canada in treating bird flu as a possible "agri-terrorism" weapon against the West. [The *US* was/is experimenting with the bird flu virus, digging up corpses from the 1918 flu virus and manipulating the virus.]
FEMA Restricts Evacuee Data 12 Oct 2005 The Federal Emergency Management Agency is restricting the release of information on Hurricane Katrina evacuees. Citing privacy concerns [LOL!], FEMA has rejected a request by Texas officials for access to its database of the more than 100,000 evacuees who have registered for state aid, according to the governor's office. FEMA has also declined requests from five states to cross-check a database of convicted sex offenders and parolees against a list of evacuees requesting federal assistance, law enforcement officials said.
Summary justice needed to fight crime says Blair 12 Oct 2005 Tony Blair yesterday threatened to impose "summary justice" on people accused of offences including terrorism, organised crime and neighbourhood yobbery. Claiming that the criminal justice system was "passing through a watershed," the Prime Minister suggested a radical and far-reaching shift in legal practice, hinting that many traditional legal protections could be swept away.
Cheney's Halliburton stock options rose 3,281% last year, senator finds 11 Oct 2005 An analysis released by a Democratic senator found that Vice pResident Dick Cheney's Halliburton stock options have risen 3,281 percent in the last year, RAW STORY can reveal. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) asserts that Cheney's options -- worth $241,498 a year ago -- are now valued at more than $8 million.
Iraq war now costing $6 billion a month 07 Oct 2005 The Bush regime is spending about $7 billion a month to wage the war on terror, and costs could total $570 billion by the end of 2010, assuming troops are gradually brought home, a congressional report estimates.
Iraq officials accused over missing $1bn 11 Oct 2005 Iraqi prosecutors have issued arrest warrants against five ministers from the US-backed dictatorship of the former Iraqi prime minister Ayad Allawi over the misappropriation [LOL - say it the way it is - *theft*] of military procurement funds.
Bush 'confident' as Iraq violence kills 46 --Government issues arrest warrants for 23 defense Ministry officials 12 Oct 2005 At least 46 people were killed in attacks in Iraq, including a suicide car bombing in a crowded market, but U.S. Dictator George W. Bush maintained an optimistic tone saying he was confident Iraqis would vote [sic] despite the bloodshed. Meanwhile, Iraq has issued arrest warrants for two dozen officials including former Defense Minister Hazem al-Shaalan over the suspected embezzlement of more than $1 billion, the country's top anti-corruption official said.
Dozens die in Iraq car bomb attacks 12 Oct 2005 Two bomb attacks killed nearly 30 Iraqis in the northern town of Tal Afar and in Baghdad yesterday.
UK agrees to pay Basra raid damages 11 Oct 2005 Britain is to pay compensation for injuries and damage caused during the storming by the Army of a police station in Basra in an operation to release two SAS soldiers held by local Iraqi militias.
Danish PM faces Iraq war lawsuit 11 Oct 2005 An unusual constitutional battle is about to get underway in Denmark. After two years of preparation, a group of 24 citizens have brought a suit against the Danish prime minister over Denmark's role in the Iraq war.
Poll: Americans Favor Bush's Impeachment If He Lied about Iraq (afterdowningstreet.org Press Release) 11 Oct 2005 "By a margin of 50% to 44%, Americans want Congress to consider impeaching President [sic] Bush if he lied about the war in Iraq, according to a new poll commissioned by AfterDowningStreet.org, a grassroots coalition that supports a Congressional investigation of President Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003."
"US presence has given power to terrorism" 11 Oct 2005 Iran's Interior Minister Mostafa Pur-Mohammadi said that the US military presence in the region has strengthened terrorism and drug trafficking, ISNA news agency reported. "We are currently faced with the issue of terrorism and drug smuggling," the minister noted. "Unfortunately, the US presence in the region has increased both terrorism and drug trafficking."
Terror suspect 'confesses' to Bush plot 11 Oct 2005 A U.S. citizen accused of joining al-Qaida and plotting to assassinate Dictator Bush said in a videotaped 'confession' that he was motivated by hatred of American support for Israel... Ahmed Omar Abu Ali's attorneys want the confession thrown out. They argue that the 24-year-old falsely confessed after being tortured and whipped by the Saudis, and they say U.S. authorities were complicit in the torture.
Grand Lake Theater Marquee "Prescott Bush Financed Hitler" By Steve Brown 09 Oct 2005 "Great Grand Lake Theater Marquee 'George Bush's grandfather Prescott Bush Financed Hitler Until late 1942' visible from 580 Freeway and Oakland's Lake Merced."
Report: Lawyers say investigation into CIA leak widens to probe 'broader conspiracy' around Iraq 11 Oct 2005 There are signs that prosecutors now are looking into contacts between administration officials and journalists that took place much earlier than previously thought, the Wall Street Journal will report Wednesday, RAW STORY can reveal.
Libby Did Not Tell Grand Jury About Key Conversation 11 Oct 2005 In two appearances before the federal grand jury investigating the leak of a covert CIA operative's name, Lewis (Scooter) Libby, the chief of staff to Vice President [sic] Cheney, did not disclose a crucial conversation that he had with New York Times 'reporter' Judith Miller in June 2003 about the operative, Valerie Plame, according to sources with firsthand knowledge of his sworn testimony.
Cheney spokesman departs country as CIA leak investigation wraps up 11 Oct 2005 The chief spokesman for Vice pResident Dick Cheney, Steve Schmidt, left the United States Oct. 3 and won't return until Oct. 26, just as the investigation into who outed a covert CIA agent wraps up, RAW STORY has confirmed.
Document Provides Glimpses Into Qaeda's Intentions 11 Oct 2005 A senior American intelligence official said today that a document obtained this summer by American forces in Iraq had provided the United States with "a comprehensive view of Al CIA-duh strategy in Iraq and beyond" that provided a revealing glimpse into "the intentions of the enemy." ...In releasing the full text today [?!?], in Arabic and English, the office of John D. Negroponte, the new director of national intelligence, took the extraordinary step of posting it on his office's Web site, www.dni.gov. [LOL, Negroponte posted it on his own website as it's likely his own document!]
Blair stands firm on anti-terror plans 11 Oct 2005 Tony Blair and Charles Clarke have been giving mixed messages over the Government's draft Counter-Terrorism Bill. Tony Blair said it was his "duty" to pass tough new counter-terrorism powers allowing police to detain suspects for up to three months. However, Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, appeared willing to compromise and said that time limit was "not God given".
Clarke stays firm on holding terror suspects for 90 days 12 Oct 2005 The home secretary, Charles Clarke, last night signalled that he intends to push ahead with his plan to allow the police to hold terror suspects for up to three months without charge. He told MPs yesterday it was now "highly unlikely" that a cross-party compromise could be reached over the extension of the current 14-day limit on detention without charge.
90-day detention of suspects 'unlawful' 10 Oct 2005 Government plans to detain and question suspected terrorists for up to three months are likely to prove unlawful, according to a recently-retired senior judge.
Don't try to push us around, lord chief justice tells Labour 12 Oct 2005 The government should not attempt to browbeat judges over its new anti[pro]-terrorism laws, the new senior judge in England and Wales warned yesterday.
Anti-terror bill 'threatens academic freedom' 11 Oct 2005 University lecturers have warned that the government's terrorism bill will restrict academic freedom and could force staff to fall foul of the law if they teach or research controversial subjects. This week the Association of University Teachers and the other lecturers' union, Natfhe, are lobbying MPs over the bill, which will make it an offence to encourage or glorify terrorism or to disseminate terrorist publications.
New York subway threat was a hoax, security sources admit 12 Oct 2005 The alleged terror threat that sparked a big security alert on New York's trains and subway last week turned out to be a hoax concocted by an unreliable US informant in Iraq, it emerged yesterday.
Iraqi 'informant' tip on N.Y. subway threat a hoax 11 Oct 2005 Information that led to heightened security for the New York City transit system was a hoax, government sources said Tuesday. The sources said an informant in Iraq who provided the tip had told investigators there was a terrorist plot involving New York's subway system. That informant [LOL! How much is the CIA paying him?] admitted he gave false information, the sources said.
Fabricated fear 11 Oct 2005 Sources confirmed yesterday that the train-bomb threat that prompted days of precautions appeared fabricated, while authorities announced they'll soon scale back subway security measures. A counterterrorism source and two Bush regime officials said interrogators in Iraq determined over the weekend that an informant, previously deemed reliable, apparently misled them this time.
Venezuela Warns: Bush Is the True Atomic Threat 11 Oct 2005 Venezuelan authorities denied with indignation an accusation by US Rev. Pat Robertson that Venezuela is preparing a nuclear attack against the United States. Venezuelan Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel asserted Venezuela is willing to launch "love, affection, and appreciation" to the US people, but the true atomic bomb threatening the United States is President [sic] George W. Bush.
Power Outage Hits Parts of Downtown L.A. 11 Oct 2005 A blackout hit downtown government buildings, Chinatown and adjacent areas Tuesday. It was the third significant electrical failure in the city since mid-September.
With federal contracts, it's not easy to follow Katrina money 11 Oct 2005 Under federal election law, a click of a mouse traces every campaign donation. Yet no comprehensive public database exists for federal contracts... Because only new contracts must be disclosed, agencies need not reveal information when awarding no-bid work to politically connected companies such as Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root that have pre-existing government contracts.
DeLay's Lawyers Subpoena His Prosecutor 11 Oct 2005 Indicted Rep. Tom DeLay's attorneys turned the tables on a Texas prosecutor Tuesday, delivering a subpoena to compel his testimony about his conduct with grand jurors.
"American Civics II" By Filmstripinternational (animation) Warning! Language
Los Angeles Files Recount Decades of Priests' Abuse 12 Oct 2005 The confidential personnel files of 126 clergymen in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles accused of sexual misconduct with children provide a numbing chronicle of 75 years of the church's shame, revealing case after case in which the church was warned of abuse but failed to protect its parishioners.
Goodbye, Posse Comitatus:
Military May Propose an Active-Duty Force for Relief Efforts 11 Oct 2005 The military's Northern Command is developing a proposal to organize a specially trained and equipped active-duty force that could respond quickly to assist 'relief' efforts in the event of overwhelming natural [or, more than likely, Bush-created] disasters. The force under consideration would keep hundreds of soldiers standing by on short notice to assist National Guard soldiers.
Homeland Security to take over during flu pandemic 11 Oct 2005 If an avian flu pandemic emerges, it will fall to the Department of the Homeland Security, not the medical establishment, to manage [foment] the crisis, according to federal documents and interviews with government officials... Extreme measures jumped into the spotlight last week when Dictator Bush suggested that federal military troops — not just the National Guard — may have to be called in to enforce a quarantine. DHS officials privately acknowledge that any such forced quarantine could swiftly turn violent, with people rioting to get away from a perceived diseased area. [You can be sure of that. *NO ONE* is accepting incarceration in FEMA's concentration camps. We all witnessed Dictator Bush's Superdome experiment, which took place when the levees mysteriously gave way AFTER the brunt of Hurricane Katrina had passed. --LRP.]
U.S. to create a bird flu virus mutation 24 Mar 2005 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has begun a series of experiments to see how likely the bird flu virus could result in a human pandemic.
Gene From 1918 Virus Proves Key to Virulent Influenza (University of Wisconsin Press Release) 06 Oct 2004 "Using a gene resurrected from the virus that caused the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, recorded history's most lethal outbreak of infectious disease, scientists have found that a single gene may have been responsible for the devastating virulence of the virus."
Bird flu vaccines no guarantee in pandemic: WHO 11 Oct 2005 News Vaccine stockpiles may prove useless against an outbreak of the human form of bird flu, a UN official warned Tuesday. Current vaccines may not work against whichever mutant strain triggers the pandemic that UN officials view as inevitable, said David Nabarro, the United Nations co-ordinator for avian and human influenza. [Right, but Bush's pharma-terrorists will make a *killing,* regardless, by spreading the disease via the deadly vaccines, loaded with mercury.]
Colombia detects 1st suspected bird flu case 12 Oct 2005 Colombian authorities said Monday they had detected the first suspected cases of bird flu in the South American country, but insisted the strain was not harmful to humans.
MSNBC Poll: Do you have confidence in the government's response if there were to be a bird flu outbreak? *10415 responses - Yes 13% - No 87% [Poll snapshot: 02:10 EST 12 Oct 2005]
Great Gourds! Washington grower wins pumpkin weigh-off for fifth straight year 11 Oct 2005 A retired Washington firefighter won the annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay on Monday, presenting a gigantic pumpkin that weighed 1,229 pounds.
Ex-Iraqi Officials Sought in $1B Theft 10 Oct 2005 Iraq has issued arrest warrants against the defense minister and 27 other officials from the U.S.-backed dictatorship of former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi over the alleged disappearance or misappropriation of $1 billion in military procurement funds, officials said Monday.
Poor Halliburton Migrants Work in Iraqi Netherworld --U.S.-hired contractors rely on laborers from impoverished countries, but no one looks out for the rights -- or lives -- of the foreigners. 09 Oct 2005 Contractors working for the United States, including KBR, a Houston-based subsidiary of Halliburton Corp., have brought tens of thousands of workers into Iraq from impoverished countries such as Nepal, the Philippines and Bangladesh to do menial jobs... In relying on a workforce of third-country nationals, however, the U.S. has embraced a system of labor migration rife with abuse, corruption and exploitation, according to dozens of contractors, migrant workers, labor officials and advocates interviewed in four countries.
Blackwater USA trolling for terrorists: New Orleans and Texas Security Opportunities - Blackwater USA has an immediate need for Security Professionals for the New Orleans and Texas AO. 10 Oct 2005 Interested candidates must posses the following: Current Law Enforcement Officer (if not current, must have maintained credentials and been separated or retired within the last two years.) At least 4 years Military Experience with duties involving carrying a weapon... This opportunity is for immediate deployment. Earning potential up to $9000 a month. Interested, qualified candidates, contact Blackwater at 252-435-2488 ext. 360 and forward resume to email@example.com.
Air Force Finds Itself in a Ground War 10 Oct 2005 Straining to find ground troops to maintain its force levels in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon has begun deploying thousands of Air Force personnel to combat zones in new jobs as interrogators, prison sentries and gunners on supply trucks.
Iraq prepares for 'polls' with security clampdown 11 Oct 2005 Thousands of soldiers and police were deployed in Iraqi cities yesterday to prepare for a nationwide security clampdown in the run-up to Saturday's 'referendum on a new constitution.' Extra patrols and checkpoints appeared in Baghdad, Mosul and Basra, as efforts began to ban movement between provinces, close foreign borders and bar car travel before 'polling' day.
Taliban rebels ambush police convoy, kill 19 --Southern Afghanistan attack, gun battle is deadliest in months 11 Oct 2005 Suspected Taliban rebels ambushed a police convoy in southern Afghanistan and killed 19 officers, the deadliest attack on police in several months, an official said Tuesday. The convoy of 150 police was attacked late Monday while driving down a dirt road along the side of a mountain in Helmand province, said Interior Ministry spokesman Yusuf Stanikzai.
U.S. Soldier, 3 Afghans Killed in Attacks 10 Oct 2005 A suspected Taliban militant detonated explosives strapped to himself, killing a former militia commander and two others Monday in a southern Afghan city, while a second suicide bomber was thwarted when he blew himself up as he fled police.
No Nobel Prize For War President By Bill Gallagher 11 Oct 2005 "Bush wants us to imagine bin Laden is Stalin and al-Qaeda is the Soviet army. Such pure crap. The Soviets had the biggest army on earth and a huge arsenal of nukes to go with it. Our courageous 'war president' promises to lead the Christian armies to triumph, declaring, 'We will never back down, never give in, and never accept anything less than complete victory.' What does 'victory' mean? Getting the lights on in Baghdad? The garbage picked up?"
Arab paper: Al-Qaida puts job ads on Internet --Organization seeks video, Web producers 06 Oct 2005 Al-CIA-duh has put job advertisements on the Internet asking for supporters to help put together its Web statements and video montages, an Arabic newspaper reported. The London-based Asharq al-Awsat said on its Web site this week that al-Qaida had "vacant positions" for video production and editing statements, footage and international media coverage about resistance movements in various areas. [Just go to Porter Goss have the positions filled.]
Explosives Found Near Georgia Tech Dorms 10 Oct 2005 Three explosive devices found in a courtyard between two Georgia Tech dormitories on the East Campus Monday morning were part of a "terrorist act," an Atlanta police official said. One of the devices exploded, injuring the custodian who found them inside a plastic bag. Two others were detonated by a bomb squad.
Shield Law Sponsor: Bloggers 'Probably Not' Considered Journalists 10 Oct 2005 Bloggers would "probably not" be considered journalists under the proposed federal shield law, the bill's co-sponsor, U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar (R.-Ind.), told the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) Monday afternoon
Clarke to be quizzed on terror bill --Home Secretary Charles Clarke is to face questions over controversial plans to tackle terrorists. 11 Oct 2005 Mr Clarke will give evidence to the House of Commons' home affairs committee on the Government's anti[pro]-terrorism Bill, to be published on Wednesday.
Lawyer: Taped Beating Subject Wasn't Drunk 10 Oct 2005 A 64-year-old man who was repeatedly punched in the head by police in an incident caught on videotape was not drunk, as police have alleged, and put up no resistance as he was being pummeled, his lawyer said Monday.
Police Shot Man Listed As Hurricane Victim 10 Oct 2005 One of the people included in Hurricane Katrina's death toll in New Orleans was shot by police. Danny Brumfield, 45, was killed by Officer Ronald Mitchell outside the convention center around 2 a.m. on Sept. 3, just before the National Guard arrived to evacuate the building, police said.
Lobbyists Advise Katrina Relief --A Senate bill includes billions of dollars in projects for clients of 'experienced experts.' 10 Oct 2005 Lobbyists representing transportation, energy and other special interests dominated panels that advised Louisiana's U.S. senators crafting legislation to rebuild the storm-damaged Gulf Coast, records and interviews show... "I was basically shocked," said Ivor van Heerden, director of a hurricane public health research center at Louisiana State University. "What do lobbyists know about a plan for the reconstruction and restoration of Louisiana?"
Liberal Hopes Ebb in Post-Storm Poverty Debate 11 Oct 2005 Conservatives have already used the storm for causes of their own, like suspending requirements that federal contractors have affirmative action plans and pay locally prevailing wages... Congressional Republican leaders are pushing for spending cuts, with programs like Medicaid and food stamps especially vulnerable. "We've had a stunning reversal in just a few weeks," said Robert Greenstein, director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal advocacy group in Washington. "We've gone from a situation in which we might have a long-overdue debate on deep poverty to the possibility, perhaps even the likelihood, that low-income people will be asked to bear the costs. I would find it unimaginable if it wasn't actually happening."
Cuts in Energy Spending May Prove Elusive 11 Oct 2005 In the Senate, Republicans, pushed by the Bush regime, are moving to eliminate the Energy Department's six regional energy efficiency field offices, just as the nation enters what promises to be one of the toughest winter heating seasons in memory. Those field offices help low-income families insulate their homes, issue and monitor grants aimed at energy efficiency, and help local, state and federal governments implement energy-saving efforts.
Will Bush Deliver? By Paul Krugman 10 Oct 2005 "...Congress has just gone on recess. By the time it returns, seven weeks will have passed since the levees broke. And the administration has spent much of that time blocking efforts to aid Katrina’s victims... Since the administration is already nickel-and-diming Katrina’s victims, it’s a good bet that it will do the same with reconstruction - that is, if reconstruction ever gets started."
Another Cruel Vote By Senate Republicans (yellowdogblog) 10 Oct 2005 "I wrote on Thursday about an under-the-radar Senate vote that happened the previous week, in which Republicans voted to gut the Community Services Block Grant program, which provides money to help low-income people with essential living expenses... But there were the Republicans last week... yanking the plug on a bill that would have fully funded the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Sponsored by Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and co-sponsored by 28 senators, the amendment was defeated 50-49 last week by a point of order that blocked an up-or-down vote."
Gasoline costs will wipe out raises, study says 10 Oct 2005 Brace yourself -- this is going to hurt. Workers can expect an average pay raise of about 3.7 percent his year, but because of sky-high gasoline prices, they'll pour all but a smidgen of that extra cash down the gas tank commuting to work according to an analysis by Salary.com.
Mega barf alert! Documents Show Miers's Close Ties to Bush 11 Oct 2005 "You are the best governor ever - deserving of great respect," Harriet E. Miers wrote to George W. Bush days after his 51st birthday in July 1997. She also found him "cool," said he and his wife, Laura, were "the greatest!" and told him: "Keep up the great work. Texas is blessed."
Group Asks Calif. Gov. to Return Donation 10 Oct 2005 A watchdog group is calling on [GOP-installed] Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign to return a $105,000 donation from the insurance industry that came the same day he vetoed a bill the group opposed.
U.S Health Secretary Warns of Flu Pandemic 10 Oct 2005 The likelihood of a human flu pandemic is very high, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt warned Monday as he sought Southeast Asian cooperation to combat the spread of bird flu. [As a key operative of the Bush bioterror team, he would know. Bird flu 'will have arrived' on US shores the day Rove is indicted in the Plame investigation.]
"Bird Flu" Similar to Deadly 1918 Flu, Gene Study Finds 05 Oct 2005 Scientists have reconstructed the genetic code of the deadly 1918 "Spanish flu," which swept the globe and killed an estimated 20 to 40 million people. Among their findings: The 1918 virus strain developed in birds and was similar to the "bird flu" that today has spurred fears of another worldwide epidemic. By studying the once deadly 1918 virus's genetic information, scientists may become better able to [start] predict future pandemics, or widespread epidemics.
Indonesia's Fifth Human Bird Flu Case Is Confirmed 11 Oct 2005 The World Health Organization confirmed Indonesia's fifth human case of avian influenza after a 21-year-old man in Lampung province in Sumatra tested positive for the virus.
Hurricane Center Has One Name Left: Wilma 10 Oct 2005 With the forming of the 20th tropical storm in the Atlantic Basin, this season becomes the second busiest on record. If one more storm forms, as is likely, 2005 will tie for the record and the last name on the list will be used.
Storm Drops 20 Inches of Snow in Colo. 10 Oct 2005 A powerful storm that dropped up to 20 inches of snow in parts of Colorado knocked out power Monday to thousands of people, closed a lengthy stretch of a major highway and triggered rock slides in the foothills.
Iraq rebuilding slows as U.S. money for projects dries up 10 Oct 2005 "American money has dried up," says Brent Rose, chief of program/project management for the Army Corps of Engineers in southern Iraq. And tracking the billions of dollars that flooded into a war zone in the wake of the U.S.-led invasion has proved difficult, too. Nearly $100 million in reconstruction money is unaccounted for.
US consulate hotel hit by mortar shell in Iraq 10 Oct 2005 A mortar shell hit an hotel where the US consulate is based in Hillah, Iraq, but no casualties were immediately reported, police said.
Iraqi violence hits new peak for British troops 10 Oct 2005 The front of the building had crumbled to rubble. Inside the smouldering ruins was the dead body of a woman and her child, and those of five others injured... The bombing in the early hours of yesterday was just the latest example of the violence sweeping through British-run Shia southern Iraq.
Iraq: UK troops to stay 'as long as needed' 10 Oct 2005 Defence Secretary John Reid has told the Commons that British troops would remain in Iraq "for as long as we are needed and no longer".
UK shaves Iraq troop numbers in "routine" rotation 10 Oct 2005 Britain said on Monday it would cut troop numbers in Iraq by 500 but stressed its capability in the south of the country would be unaffected.
More Scottish troops sent to Iraq 10 Oct 2005 About 600 Highlanders are going to Iraq for the first time More than 1,300 extra Scottish troops are being sent to Iraq, Defence Secretary John Reid has announced.
US weighed military strikes in Syria 09 Oct 2005 The United States recently debated launching military strikes inside Syria against camps used by resistance fighters operating in neighboring Iraq, a US magazine reported.
US 'seeks new Syrian leader' as pressure mounts 10 Oct 2005 As it steps up pressure on Damascus, the US is actively seeking an alternative who would take over from President Bashar al-Assad, according to sources close to the Bush regime. [OMG, the whole *world* is 'actively seeking an alternative' who would take over from p-Resident Bush!]
Iran official says US incapable of going to war 09 Oct 2005 Washington is not in a position to go to war against Tehran and its pressure over the Islamic Republic's disputed nuclear programme is nothing more than 'intimidation', Iran's top nuclear negotiator said.
When Torture becomes Policy By Mike Whitney 09 Oct 2005 "President [sic] Bush has made it clear that he will veto the $435 billion Pentagon appropriations bill because it restricts his ability to abuse prisoners in the war on terror. The bill, which forbids the 'cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment' of prisoners in US custody, was passed by an overwhelming 90 to 9 majority in the Senate... This week, former UN chief weapons inspector, Scott Ritter, compared George Bush and Tony Blair to Nazi war criminals saying that, 'Both of these men could be pulled up as war criminals for engaging in actions that we condemned Germany in 1946 for doing.' Bush's veto removes any doubt about the veracity of Ritter's comments."
House GOP May Try to Weaken Detainee Rules 07 Oct 2005 Leading House Republicans signaled Friday that they will try to weaken a Senate effort to limit interrogation techniques that U.S. service members can use on terrorism suspects.
Wacky races: Pentagon funds race for driverless car --Deep in the Mojave desert, a robot revolution is under way. Driverless cars are competing for a $2m prize - and the Pentagon is signing the cheque. 10 Oct 2005 Lured by a $2m (£1.15m) prize offered by the Pentagon, teams from some of the United States' leading universities threw themselves into the challenge and watched their souped-up four-wheel drives and military vehicles negotiate tunnels, lake beds, a steep mountain pass and numerous rocks.
Clarke proposes ban on 15 'terror organisations' 10 Oct 2005 Charles Clarke, the home secretary, proposed on Monday the banning of 15 international terror organisations, putting forward a draft bill to Parliament under the 2000 Terrorism Act. The ban is subject to approval by both houses of parliament and will be debated by MPs and peers later this week.
15 more groups face Terrorism Act ban 10 Oct 2005 The government will ban 15 more international organisations under the Terrorism Act 2000, the Home Office announced today. Under the act, being a member of a proscribed organisation is punishable with a 10-year jail term.
Anti-terrorism laws 'an attack on personal freedoms' 10 Oct 2005 A coalition of legal groups has spoken out against the Federal Government's proposed counter-terrorism package, saying it is an attack on personal freedoms, especially as Australians are not protected by a bill of rights.
New York ends high alert for subway system 10 Oct 2005 New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday called off a high alert for the city's subway system after the attack date cited in a federal warning passed without incident.
Officials: NYC Terror Plot Uncorroborated 09 Oct 2005 A reported plot to bomb city subways with remote-controlled explosives has not been corroborated after days of investigation, law-enforcement officials said Sunday amid an easing sense of concern. "The intelligence community has been able to determine that there are very serious doubts about the credibility of this specific threat," Homeland Security Department spokesman Russ Knocke said.
Tight security in New York, plotter may be in US 09 Oct 2005 New Yorkers went about their business under tightened security on Sunday, the day federal officials said the subway system might be attacked, as investigators sought a possible plotter [?!? of a nonexistent plot?] in the United States.
Terror Threats: MSNBC's Countdown Counts Thirteen Coincidences By brian 07 Oct 2005 "...[O]n last night's Countdown, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann did his part to question the NYC subway threat. 'Keith said that his staff found 13 circumstances when a brand new terror alert 'just happened' to come at a time when there was trouble in the administration,' an e-mailer says. [Transcript]"
AP: FBI May Relax Drug Use Hiring Policy 09 Oct 2005 The FBI is considering whether to relax its hiring rules over how often applicants could have used marijuana or other illegal drugs earlier in life.
New Orleans police beating caught on tape 09 Oct 2005 At least one police officer repeatedly punched a 64-year-old man accused of public intoxication, and another officer assaulted an Associated Press Television News producer as a cameraman taped the confrontations.
New Orleans police caught attacking suspect 09 Oct 2005 In the most recent set of grisly images to come out of a still-reeling New Orleans, several police officers appear to beat an elderly man, then rough up a member of the news crew that caught the incident on tape.
New Orleans officers plead not guilty --Three charged with battery on 64-year-old man 10 Oct 2005 Three New Orleans police officers pleaded not guilty Monday to battery charges based on a videotape showing two patrolmen repeatedly punching a 64-year-old man accused of public intoxication and a third officer grabbing and shoving an Associated Press Television News producer who helped capture the confrontation on tape.
Leading right-wingers join revolt over Bush's choice of judge 10 Oct 2005 A conservative revolt over pResident Bush's latest Supreme Court nominee is gathering momentum with several prominent right-wing commentators calling for Harriet Miers' withdrawal.
Bush's Guard service may affect Miers nomination --A former Texas Lottery official said he wants to talk to senators about the Supreme Court nominee's role in covering up his Bush's record 04 Oct 2005 former Texas lottery official, who claimed that then-Gov. George W. Bush's desire to cover up his National Guard record helped steer decisions about a key lottery contract, said he wants to talk to senators about Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers' possible role in that effort.
DeLay seeks dismissal of Texas charges 07 Oct 2005 U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay asked on Friday that indictments accusing him of money laundering in a Texas campaign finance scheme be dismissed because of alleged prosecutorial misconduct.
William Bennett's Bakersfield appearance draws protest 08 Oct 2005 (CA) About 100 people in this conservative rural town protested on Saturday the first public speech by former Education Secretary William Bennett since he made a comment linking the crime rate and the abortion of black babies on his radio show.
They See Al Gore by a Nose in 2008 (usnews.com) "Our source--a top aide in the previous Bush administration--is planning meetings with [President Al] Gore's team to push an early entry while Clinton runs for re-election in New York. It doesn't end there: The Gorebots want him to pick Sen. Barack Obama, the youthful Illinois African-American, as his No. 2."
Dean fires up Connecticut Democrats 10 Oct 2005 His speech interrupted several times by applause, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean delivered the party's game plan for unifying Democrats and winning back the White House on Sunday.
Resurrecting the 1918 Flu Virus --The recreation of the deadly strain of Spanish influenza is an astonishing scientific feat. 10 Oct 2005 It took a lot of digging to bring back to life the Spanish influenza virus of 1918. Some was done with invisible molecular primers in a PCR machine in Rockville. Some was done with pick and shovel in the frozen ground of Alaska... Experiments with the reborn virus [?!?] began in August at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and have already answered some questions, which may lead to better vaccines and drugs. [No, the *experiments* will lead to Bush killing off a large percentage of the US population, invoking a full-blown police state, and grabbing (further) totalitarian powers.]
Britain is blamed for vaccine delay as bird flu comes closer --The Government is stalling over financial support for research on improving available protection 10 Oct 2005 Global preparations for an avian flu pandemic are being compromised by British delays in funding critical vaccine research, according to leading scientists.
Europe on high alert over avian flu 10 Oct 2005 Europe was on high alert yesterday over a possible bird flu epidemic after fears of an outbreak of the disease in Romania and Turkey. Authorities in Germany said that they were preparing emergency measures to stop the disease from spreading, following its apparent arrival from Asia at the borders of the EU.
GM crop 'ruins fields for 15 years' 09 Oct 2005 GM crops contaminate the countryside for up to 15 years after they have been harvested, startling new government research shows.
Nuclear energy: 'The other white meat' By Eric J. Epstein "The energy bill was the right bill for the wrong century. The legislation revisits failed solutions from the 20th century with financial giveaways not seen since the great railroad plunders of the 19th century. Tom DeLay was able to squirrel away $1.5 billion for an energy center in his home district without public debate. In short, Congress has made nuclear power the 'other white meat.' The energy industry is enjoying record profits, yet nuclear companies will be guaranteed $2 billion in federal insurance to cover construction delays caused by court challenges or anything outside 'normal business risks.'"
Wyoming Coal Price Surges to Record 10 Oct 2005 The price of coal mined in Wyoming's Powder River Basin surged to record highs last week, as electric utilities bid aggressively in the market to make up for shipments lost by a host of problems that have dogged coal producers and railroads since May.
The New York Times extols the virtues of global warming: As Polar Ice Turns to Water, Dreams of Treasure Abound 10 Oct 2005 It seems harsh to say that bad news for polar bears is good for Pat Broe. Mr. Broe, a Denver entrepreneur, is no more to blame than anyone else for a meltdown at the top of the world that threatens Arctic mammals and ancient traditions and lends credibility to dark visions of global warming. With major companies and nations large and small adopting similar [entrepreneurial] logic, the Arctic is undergoing nothing less than a great rush for virgin territory and natural resources worth hundreds of billions of dollars. Even before the polar ice began shrinking more each summer, countries were pushing into the frigid Barents Sea, lured by undersea oil and gas fields and emboldened by advances in technology.
Race for Arctic pipeline heats up for Canada, U.S. 08 Oct 2005 The race is officially on to deliver the Arctic's vast reserves of natural gas to energy-hungry markets in Canada and the United States. Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski says he's just days away from striking a royalty deal with [terrorists] Exxon Mobil Corp., British Petroleum and ConocoPhillips Co. that would pave the way for the $20-billion (U.S.) pipeline megaproject.
Earthquake death toll rises to 30,000 10 Oct 2005 More than 30,000 people were killed by this weekend's powerful earthquake centred below the Hindu Kush mountain range in Pakistan, sending shockwaves across south Asia and reducing cities and villages to rubble.
NYPD checking for terror suspects in U.S. --Security stepped up for Yankees postseason game 09 Oct 2005 Investigators are trying to determine if anyone involved in an alleged terror plot against the New York City subway system is in the United States, the city's top police official said Sunday.
US-Iraqi Dictatorship Announces New Security Measures 08 Oct 2005 The [US-installed] Iraqi dictatorship on Saturday announced plans to clamp down with security measures including a curfew, weapons ban and a closure of the borders ahead of next week's 'constitutional referendum.' Movement between provinces will be banned starting Friday. International borders, airports and ports also will be closed. On the day of the 'vote,' movement by car will be barred.
Iraq to shut borders, ban guns for 'referendum' 08 Oct 2005 Iraq will impose special security measures including travel restrictions and a gun ban for several days on either side of an Oct. 15 'referendum' on a new constitution, the government said on Saturday.
Iraq will impose curfew 09 Oct 2005 Iraq announced a curfew, a weapons ban, border closings and other security measures Saturday to clamp down ahead of next weekend's key constitutional referendum and 'prevent' [foment] insurgent attacks.
Fears of death squads swirl --Bodies are turning up in the hundreds, most of them Sunnis. 08 Oct 2005 On Aug 18, some 50 vehicles full of men in Interior Ministry uniforms swept into Baghdad's Iskan neighborhood just after dawn, going into houses and grabbing 22 young men — some of them pairs of brothers, said Jamal Amin Mustafa, 60, who lives nearby and was at Friday's funeral service. "We blame the government, which came to save us from Saddam's terrorism but has brought terrorism worse than Saddam," said Mahmoud al-Sumeidaie, the cleric who delivered prayers during the service.
Bush will veto anti-torture law after Senate revolt 07 Oct 2005 The Bush regime pledged yesterday to veto legislation banning the torture of prisoners by US troops after an overwhelming and almost unprecedented revolt by loyalist congressmen.
Webmaster for site with Iraqi corpse pics accused of obscenity 08 Oct 2005 A man who runs a pornographic Web site that includes pictures of Iraqi war dead has been arrested on sexual obscenity charges. The charges come a week after his site made national news and launched a Pentagon investigation into how war zone photos of charred and dismembered bodies described as victims of U.S. attacks could have surfaced.
US Marine killed during offensive in Iraq 09 Oct 2005 A US Marine was killed by a roadside bomb during a US-Iraqi military offensive in western Iraq, the military said on Sunday.
Suicide Car Bomb Kills Two in Basra 09 Oct 2005 A suicide car bomb killed two people Sunday outside an apartment building used by the US and Iranian-backed Badr Brigade, a Shi'i militia linked to one of the main parties in the Iraqi government, police said.
Three guardsmen from New Jersey battalion injured in Iraq crash 09 Oct 2005 Three soldiers with the 50th Main Support Battalion of the New Jersey National Guard were seriously injured in Iraq when the vehicle they were driving in flipped over, just days before their scheduled return home.
Two US soldiers killed in Iraq 08 Oct 2005 Two United States Army soldiers died of wounds sustained during an offensive in western Iraq on Friday, the military said today.
Guard: Hostile Fire Caused Copter Crash 08 Oct 2005 Military investigators have determined that a helicopter crash that killed five Army National Guardsmen in Afghanistan last month was the result of hostile fire, not an accident. Resistance fighters claimed they shot down the aircraft, but Army investigators initially believed the crash was the result of a mechanical failure or other problem.
Wilson: "This president has no credibility, he has failed us." 09 Oct 2005 Civil war is virtually inevitable in Iraq whenever the United States withdraws its forces from the country and maybe sooner, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson told Oregon Democrats on Saturday... He said the "president's men" have "defamed and slandered citizens who have done nothing more than bring truth to power," in a reference to attacks against him after he accused the White House of manipulating intelligence information to justify the Iraq invasion. He said he believes the administration used leaks to disclose his wife Valerie Plame's occupation, possibly a federal crime, in revenge for his criticism.
Ten Men Arrested in Anti-Terrorism Raids in U.K. 08 Oct 2005 U.K. police said they arrested 10 men today as part of an investigation into suspected international terrorism. "The arrests were made as the result of an intelligence-led investigation involving police and the Security Service,'' the statement said.
London police ask for more anti-terrorism funding 09 Oct 2005 London’s Scotland Yard needs more resources and funding to tackle the increased threat of terrorism after bombs killed 52 people, one of its most senior officers said on Saturday.
Goldsmith challenges Blair over terror laws --Attorney General warns ministers. 90-day lock-up plan 'not justified' 09 Oct 2005 Tony Blair's most senior legal adviser has expressed doubts about whether holding terrorist suspects for as long as three months without charge would be justified.
U.K.'s Hoon Sees 'Compromise' on Terrorist Detention Laws 09 Oct 2005 U.K. Leader of the House of Commons Geoff Hoon said the government is willing to compromise after encountering opposition from senior lawyers over its plans to detain terror suspects without charge for as long as 90 days.
Ricin jurors attack new terror laws --'Knee-jerk reaction' under fire on BBC programme 09 Oct 2005 (UK) Three jurors in the so-called 'ricin trial', whose acquittal of four Algerian terror suspects in April caused deep embarrassment to the government, police and security service, will condemn the government's new terrorism legislation in their first television interviews tonight.
Top UK police officer could be charged over Brazilian's death 09 Oct 2005 A senior British police officer could be charged with manslaughter over the killing of an innocent Brazilian man who police shot after mistaking him for a suicide bomber, a report said late Friday.
NYPD's Kelly says probing if subway plotter in US 09 Oct 2005 New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said on Sunday authorities were investigating the possibility that a plotter in a planned attack on the city's subway was in the United States. Asked on Fox News Sunday whether a suspected plotter had made it into the United States, Kelly said: "That's certainly part of the investigation, yes."
Bulletin: Beware of bloody Sunday --Feds warn of remote-controlled bombs 07 Oct 2005 A frightening federal bulletin warned that "a team of terrorist operatives" - possibly already in New York - was planning to bomb the subways tomorrow, the Daily News has learned. The bulletin, obtained yesterday by The News, said the strike would be carried out by terrorists using "remote-controlled" bombs hidden in briefcases, suitcases or strollers.
NYC officials defend terror threat disclosure 08 Oct 2005 Commuters cautiously rode subways and buses yesterday while city officials defended their decision to publicize information that terrorists might be plotting to strike the mass transit system.
New technology enables military to monitor online discussions 29 Sep 2005 Military institutions now have the ability to monitor and evaluate online discussion groups with a new technology developed by Pearson Knowledge Technologies.
The Police State Is Closer Than You Think By Paul Craig Roberts 08 Oct 2005 "President [sic] Bush claims the power to set aside habeas corpus and to dispense with warrants for arrest and with procedures that guarantee court appearance and trial without undue delay. Today in the US, the executive branch claims the power to arrest a citizen on its own initiative and hold the citizen indefinitely... In times before our own when people were properly educated, they understood the injustices that caused the English Parliament to pass the Habeas Corpus Act of 1679 prohibiting the arbitrary powers that are now being claimed for the executive branch in the US."
Government Can't Explain Increase in 2002 TSA Contract --Homeland Security Office Says It Lacks Documentation on $343 Million Change 09 Oct 2005 In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the government changed a contract to hire federal airline passengers screeners in a way that cost taxpayers an additional $343 million. More than three years later, officials cannot explain exactly why. Homeland security officials say they have no memos, e-mails or other paperwork to document the reason for the change, as required by federal contracting regulations. They have also offered accounts of the decision that conflict with internal government documents obtained by The Washington Post.
Blue (VERY Blue) state screwed *again* by the Bush dictatorship: Connecticut faces deeper homeland security cuts 08 Oct 2005 A federal homeland security bill approved by Congress this week could mean further cuts for Connecticut's homeland security funding. [Only $7.1 million for CT? Why not use some of the missing $343 million?] Despite lobbying by Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell and opposition from the Democratic members of Connecticut's congressional delegation, the bill passed the House 347-70 on Thursday and was approved by a voice vote in the Senate on Friday.
Breaking America's grip on the net --After troubled negotiations in Geneva, the US may be forced to relinquish control of the internet to a coalition of governments [Great!] 06 Oct 2005 The EU has decided to end the US government's unilateral control of the internet and put in place a new body that would now run this revolutionary communications medium.
Teachers testify on refusal to promote intelligent design --Two Dover High School teachers said it would be unethical to present the idea in science classrooms. 07 Oct 2005 (PA) Dover High School science teachers were so outraged by a decision to introduce what they said was Bible-based creationism into biology class that they refused to read a mandatory statement to their students promoting the idea, according to two science faculty members testifying in a federal trial over the teaching of evolution.
'Shame, shame,' cry Dems, as House OKs bill to help oil giants 08 Oct 2005 The House voted to encourage U.S. oil companies to build new refineries Friday in a raucous roll call that Republican leaders extended 40 minutes while they buttonholed their own members to avoid defeat. Democrats crying ''shame, shame'' -- and some GOP moderates -- called the bill a sop to rich oil companies that would do nothing to ease energy costs, including expected soaring heating bills this winter.
Venezuelan Gasoline Arrives in Houston 07 Oct 2005 Citgo Petroleum Corp. received a shipment of 240,000 barrels of gasoline Monday at the Port of Houston. Citgo's parent company, Petroleos de Venezuela SA, sent the shipment as part of its pledge to provide 1 million barrels of gasoline to help alleviate fuel shortages in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
MSNBC Poll --Can President [sic] Bush recover from his low approval rating? 47132 responses: Yes, he has already demonstrated his commitment to winning back support and will have upcoming opportunities to do so. 18% No, having lost the support of previously loyal groups, it will be too difficult to improve the general public's sentiment of him. 82% [Poll snapshot 15:19 EST, 08 Oct 2005]
Poll: Bush governs as a moderate [LOL!] 08 Oct 2005 A poll by ConservativeHQ.com of 83 U.S. conservative leaders shows that 83 percent of them believe President [sic] George Bush is not governing as a conservative. [Right, he's governing as a *dictator.*]
CIA Leak: Karl Rove and the Case of the Missing E-mail 17 Oct 2005 The White House's handling of a potentially crucial e-mail sent by senior aide Karl Rove two years ago set off a chain of events that has led special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to summon Rove for a fourth grand jury appearance this week. His return has created heightened concern among White House officials and their allies that Fitzgerald may be preparing to bring indictments when a federal grand jury that has been investigating the leak of a CIA agent's identity expires at the end of October.
Flanigan Withdraws as Nominee for Deputy Attorney General 08 Oct 2005 The Bush regime's choice for deputy attorney general has withdrawn his nomination amid mounting questions from Senate Democrats over his dealings with indicted Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff and over his role in shaping controversial interrogation policies.
Ohio Scandal: Noe transferred coin cash before giving to politicians --Records show deposits into personal business account 09 Oct 2005 Tom Noe often transferred tens of thousands of dollars from the Ohio rare-coin funds he managed to his personal business before bankrolling Republican candidates and causes with contributions and loans.
Schwarzenegger May Face Other Side of Recall Challenge 09 Oct 2005 Friday, Dr. Kenneth Matsumura showed up at Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office in Sacramento and delivered a formal notice of a recall against the governor.
Clinton Inducted Into Women's Hall of Fame 08 Oct 2005 Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was enshrined Saturday in the National Women's Hall of Fame, along with nine other inductees.
Plans to bury nuclear waste under the sea 09 Oct 2005 (UK) Radioactive waste from nuclear power stations would be buried in a network of tunnels deep beneath the sea bed, under a plan being considered by the government. The tunnels would connect the mainland to underground storage facilities.
New Cases of Avian Flu Are Reported in Europe 09 Oct 2005 Asian bird flu appeared to continue its westward spread this weekend with reports of two outbreaks in birds in Europe. Romania reported its first cases of avian influenza on Saturday, and Turkey today, both presumed to involve birds that migrate from Asia in autumn.
2,000 turkeys dead from avian flu in Turkey: TV 08 Oct 2005 About 2,000 turkeys have died from avian flu in western Turkey, CNN Turk reported on Saturday, in the first known case among domestic birds in this country since the recent outbreak of the disease in Asia.
Indonesia says bird flu found in boy 09 Oct 2005 A 4-year-old boy has tested positive for bird flu in Indonesia, a case which if confirmed would be the sixth in the world's fourth-most populous country, the health ministry said on Sunday.
Gore: "It's almost as if America has entered 'an alternate universe''' --Text of President Al Gore's remarks at the We Media conference on Wednesday in New York 07 Oct 2005 "I came here today because I believe that American democracy is in grave danger. It is no longer possible to ignore the strangeness of our public discourse. I know that I am not the only one who feels that something has gone basically and badly wrong in the way America's fabled 'marketplace of ideas' now functions. How many of you, I wonder, have heard a friend or a family member in the last few years remark that it's almost as if America has entered 'an alternate universe?'" [To President Gore: Right, democracy is in 'grave danger,' (as all of us predicted would happen, back in December 2000). So, instead of the passionate *surrender speech* you gave when you 'offered your concession' in December 2000 [F*ck that!], you should have called for an overturn of the 2000 coup d'etat, *by any means necessary.* Yes, you may have lost your career, but thousands of lives (indeed, the human race itself) may have been saved. -LRP]
Bush Wants Legal Documents Drafted to Justify Quarantining Thousands 08 Oct 2005 A 381-page plan developed by the Bush regime to deal with any possible outbreak of pandemic flu calls for quarantine and travel restrictions... The plan's 10 supplements suggest specific ways that local and state governments, and hospitals and healthcare workers should prepare now for an eventual pandemic by, for instance, drafting legal documents now that would justify quarantining thousands. The plan details the responsibilities of top health officials in each phase of a spreading pandemic, starting with planning and surveillance efforts and ending with coordination with the Department of Defense. [Note: Bush's media whores at the New York Times have already changed the article. CLG summarized the earlier version.]
Bush seizes on flu threat to press for martial law power By Bill Van Auken 07 Oct 2005 "[George W.] Bush suggested that large numbers of troops could be needed to 'effect a quarantine,' essentially sealing off whole cities or regions of the country in the event of an [avian flu] outbreak... Referring to the danger of a flu pandemic, Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, warned that the US government 'is phenomenally not prepared for this.' Describing Bush’s proposal as 'extraordinarily draconian,' Dr. Redlener added, 'The translation of this is martial law in the United States.'"
"Shame. Shame. Shame." House Passes Bill to Boost Construction of Refineries 07 Oct 2005 The House-approved "Gasoline for America's Security Act" would direct the president to designate sites, including former military bases, for new refineries, streamline the issuing of permits, and provide federal funds to compensate oil and gas companies for "unforeseen regulatory or litigation delays" to refinery projects. It would limit the different gasoline blends produced to meet clean-air rules. The measure was approved, 212-210 after House GOP leaders kept open what was supposed to be a five-minute roll call for about 40 minutes in order to round up votes. "Shame. Shame. Shame," Democrats chanted in protest. The scene was reminiscent of the 2003 vote on the Medicare prescription drug benefit when House leaders had to extend the vote for three hours in the middle of the night while Dictator Bush and GOP leaders twisted arms.
Senators vent frustration over Katrina aid bill 07 Oct 2005 Leaders of a Senate committee, including its Republican chairman, angrily accused the Bush administration on Thursday of sabotaging a bill to provide Medicaid health assistance for victims of Hurricane Katrina. "Unfortunately, the White House is working against me behind the scenes, and I resent that, considering how I've delivered so much for the White House over the last 5 years," Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley said in a hearing on recovery efforts from the U.S. Gulf Coast hurricanes.
US Senate okays $50-billion more for wars 07 Oct 2005 The U.S. Senate voted Friday to give U.S. Dictator George W. Bush $50-billion more for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan [Halliburton] and U.S. military efforts against [for] terrorism, money that would push total spending for the operations beyond $350-billion.
U.S. 'lacks moral authority' in Iraq 05 Oct 2005 "I don't know if I have the moral authority to send troops into combat anymore," a senior American general recently told United Press International. He knows what his power means -- that on his word hundreds or thousands of young men would step into danger. "I'm no longer sure I can look (a soldier or a Marine) in the eye and say: 'This is something worth dying for.'"
George Bush: 'God told me to end the tyranny in Iraq' --President [sic] told Palestinians God also talked to him about Middle East peace 07 Oct 2005 George Bush has claimed he was on a mission from God when he launched the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, according to a senior Palestinian politician in an interview to be broadcast by the BBC later this month. [Did God tell Bush to have Lynndie England put the Iraqi detainees on a leash? Apparently, God told Bush to order the Pentagon to shop at S&M stores, and stock up on leashes and masks for the occasion.]
Senate bans degrading treatment of detainees 07 Oct 2005 In another blow to George Bush's authority, Senate Republicans have defied the White House and voted to impose new restrictions on the way the US military handles terrorism suspects.
US forces bomb Iraq's Euphrates bridges 06 Oct 2005 US-led forces have bombed eight bridges on the Euphrates River in western Iraq to stop 'insurgents' from using them, US military spokesperson Major General Rick Lynch said Thursday. "We have been taking out portions of bridges with precision strikes," he told a news conference. [Will Halliburton be paid to rebuild that which they destroyed?]
Roadside Bomb Blasts Kill Six Marines in Iraq 07 Oct 2005 Six Marines were killed in action by improvised explosive devices Oct. 6 in Iraq, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported.
AP: 539 Bodies Found in Iraq Since April 07 Oct 2005 The 22 bodies, lined up in coffins in a mosque courtyard Friday, are shriveled after lying a month in the desert where they were dumped, bound and bullet-ridden. They were Sunni Arabs, rounded up from their Baghdad homes one night by men in police uniforms. Relatives and neighbors in mourning are convinced they were killed by government-linked Shiite death squads they say are behind corpses that turn up nearly every day in and around the capital — two more on Friday. A cousin of the victims, Khaled al-Azawi, fumed. He accused the Interior Ministry of waging "genocide against the Sunni Arabs in Iraq with the knowledge of the American forces."
Western-trained, Western-armed, enemies By Ramtanu Maitra 07 Oct 2005 "From Iraq to Afghanistan to the Central Asian republics, Western militaries are finding it is one thing to train a local army, quite another to obtain its loyalty. The US and British militaries have suspended their training programs for Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Georgia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan after more than 800 troops from these countries deserted, and many reportedly joined militant groups, such as al-Qaeda and Chechen rebel forces."
U.N. Nuclear Agency and Its Chief Win Nobel Prize for Peace 07 Oct 2005 The International Atomic Energy Agency and its chief Mohamed ElBaradei today won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2005 for their work in stopping the spread of nuclear weapons. Mr. ElBaradei won a third term as chief of the I.A.E.A. earlier this year despite opposition from Washington.
IAEA, ElBaradei share Nobel Peace Prize 07 Oct 2005 The U.N. nuclear watchdog and its head Mohamed ElBaradei, who clashed with Washington over Iraq, won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for fighting the spread of nuclear weapons.
GAO Report Hits Pentagon's Ballistic Missile Defense Program 07 Oct 2005 A new report by the government's watchdog agency knocks delays associated with the Pentagon's $22.7 billion ballistic missile defense program.
Officials voice concern about DoD plan 07 Oct 2005 The current round of base closures has barely begun, but already Department of Defense officials have made clear the process will be unlike any used during the four previous base closure rounds, especially regarding the Pentagon's intent to seek fair market value for former base properties...
Pentagon Seeks Leeway to Approach Citizens 07 Oct 2005 Attempting to loosen decades-old restrictions, the Pentagon is asking Congress to allow its intelligence agents to go undercover when they approach Americans who may have useful [?!?] national-security information, rather than identifying themselves as intelligence operatives. The provision found in a wide-ranging intelligence bill would give the Defense Intelligence Agency new latitude to meet U.S. citizens without pulling out their DIA badges and later sending a formal notice of their rights under the landmark 1974 Privacy Act.
Pentagon seeks US informants on insurgencies 07 Oct 2005 Pentagon officials said on Friday they could fight 'insurgencies' in Iraq and Afghanistan more effectively if Congress would allow intelligence operatives to hide their identities from potential informants in the U.S. Muslim population. Civil liberties advocates say the Pentagon is simply using troubles abroad to reacquire domestic espionage powers that Congress revoked in the wake of Vietnam-era abuses.
Request for Domestic Covert Role Is Defended 08 Oct 2005 As part of the expanding counterterrorism role being taken on by the Pentagon, Defense Intelligence Agency covert operatives need to be able to approach potential sources in the United States without identifying themselves as government agents, George Peirce, the DIA's general counsel, said yesterday... The provision would grant limited authority for DIA agents to clandestinely collect information about U.S. citizens or emigres in this country to help determine whether they could be recruited as sources of intelligence information.
Credibility issues over New York subway threat 07 Oct 2005 New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday defended his decision to put the city on high alert over a threat to the subway system based on intelligence that Washington said was of doubtful credibility.
How Bloomberg Benefits From the Latest Terror Threat By Minister of Intelligence 07 Oct 2005 "He was taking a lot of heat for refusing to participate in a mayoral debate at the Apollo Theater in Harlem Thursday Night. As a result, for the last several days, his opponent Freddy Ferrer has had Mike on the defensive over charges of disrespect to the black community. The front pages of the New York tabloids were all set to have a 'Where's Mike?' festival, until this interestingly-timed subway alert. Now instead of the front page being this, it is this."
Bomb scare at New York's Penn Station 07 Oct 2005 A bomb scare took place today at New York's Penn Station, one of Manhattan's main transport hubs... Police officials said they were investigating a suspicious substance that had been reported in a soft-drink can near an Amtrak inter-city line at Penn Station in midtown Manhattan. The heavy security response included National Guard troops and sniffer dogs.
Third man arrested, police hunting for possible fourth suspect in terror plot 07 Oct 2005 The investigation into an alleged plot to bomb the city's subway moved forward on several fronts Friday as a third suspect was arrested in Iraq and authorities looked into whether a fourth person had traveled to New York as part of the scheme, officials said.
NY Subway Threat Prompts Conn. to Increase Train Security 07 Oct 2005 Gov. M. Jodi Rell on Thursday night ordered increased security on Metro-North trains because of what New York City officials called a credible threat of a potential terrorist attack to their city's subway.
Washington Monument is evacuated after bomb threat reported, police say 07 Oct 2005 The Washington Monument was evacuated Friday after a bomb threat was called in [by the Karl Rove 'Weapons of Mass Distraction' team?] to local police.
Look for an increase in the bogus (and real) terror alerts and suspicious packages as... 'Reporter' turns over notes in CIA leak case 07 Oct 2005 A New York Times 'reporter' has given investigators notes from a conversation she had with a top aide to Vice pResident Dick Cheney weeks earlier than was previously known, suggesting White House involvement started well before the outing of a CIA operative, legal sources said. Times 'reporter [Bush media whore] Judith Miller discovered [?!?] the notes -- about a June 2003 conversation she had with Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby -- after her testimony before the grand jury last week, the sources said on Friday.
Miller to meet with CIA leak prosecutor --Interview could lead to another appearance before grand jury 07 Oct 2005 The special prosecutor in the CIA leak investigation will interview New York Times 'reporter' Judith Miller next week, according to one of Miller's attorneys, Floyd Abrams.
Rove Says He Wasn't Involved in CIA Leak 07 Oct 2005 White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove told pResident Bush and others that he never engaged in an effort to disclose a CIA operative's identity to discredit her husband's criticism of the administration's Iraq policy, according to people with knowledge of Rove's account in the investigation.
Outside Inquiry Sought on Prosecutor's Demotion 07 Oct 2005 The ranking Democrats on three House committees called Thursday for an outside investigator to determine why a prosecutor in Guam was demoted in 2002 after opening a criminal investigation of Jack Abramoff, the Washington lobbyist now at the center of a federal corruption investigation.
Judiciary Will Hold Hearing on Flanigan's Ties to Abramoff 06 Oct 2005 The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing Oct. 18 to explore the ties between Timothy Flanigan, President [sic] Bush's pick for the No. 2 spot at the Justice Department, and former GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who was indicted recently on federal mail and wire fraud charges.
Condi's Cable Love Connection (radaronline) 04 Oct 2005 "After a grueling day of diplomatic affairs, Condoleezza Rice could probably use an affair of her own. But things must be pretty grim if even Fox News feels compelled to hook her up. Not surprisingly, the blog world is abuzz this week after a recent interview [Port-au-Prince, Haiti 27 Sep 2005] in which Fox correspondent James Rosen lobbied the defiantly single Secretary of State on the charms of a comely female colleague."
ACLU Sues Over Conditions at La. Jail 07 Oct 2005 A civil rights group filed court papers Thursday demanding access to the New Orleans city jail to investigate allegations that inmates were abandoned for days after Hurricane Katrina, without food or drinking water, in chest-high floodwaters with floating corpses. [Gee, I don't even think the Nazis did that one. Bush is breaking all sorts of records, with this regime.]
Air Force sued over religious intolerance 07 Oct 2005 A Jewish father of two Air Force Academy cadets sued the Air Force on Thursday, claiming senior officers and cadets illegally imposed Christianity on others at the school.
LA Mayor Slams Schwarzenegger 'Reforms' 07 Oct 2005 Democratic Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, in an unexpected broadside, accused [GOP-installed] Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday of misusing the state's ballot initiative process to force his political agenda on the Legislature.
Judge Strikes Merck Witness' Testimony 07 Oct 2005 The judge in the second Vioxx product liability trial delivered a stunning blow to Merck & Co. Friday when she struck the testimony of its first defense witness from the record.
First deadly bird flu cases suspected in Europe --H591 virus may have caused deaths of ducks in Romania, officials say 07 Oct 2005 Three domestic ducks have died of bird flu in eastern Romania, but authorities said Friday they had not confirmed whether the birds were infected by the H5N1 strain that experts are tracking for fear it could mutate and spawn a human flu pandemic.
Bird flu drugs are taking on second lives [Not to mention, a taxpayer-funded corporate-welfare boondoggle that will go unquestioned.] 07 Oct 2005 Growing fears of a global bird flu pandemic are revitalizing drugs like peramivir, a flu treatment that BioCryst Pharmaceuticals gave up on three years ago... A Japanese company, Sankyo, has developed an advanced version of Relenza that did not go beyond early clinical trials but that now, with money from Washington, was being studied as a possible avian flu treatment.
5 Alligators Found In Philadelphia Basement Animals 07 Oct 2005 Philadelphia authorities searching homes in an anti-drug operation found five alligators in one of the targeted houses. Officers found the alligators, which are 5 to 7 feet long, and a small crocodile [LOL!] in the basement.
FedEx Plane Carrying Flu Virus Crashes In Winnipeg --Cessna 208 was carrying frozen influenza and herpes viruses 07 Oct 2005 A cargo plane crashed on railway tracks not far from Winnipeg's city centre Thursday, killing the pilot but missing buildings and vehicles in the area, police said... In its cargo were six half-millilitre vials of virus samples - frozen influenza and herpes viruses - being sent to Thunder Bay for research, FedEx spokeswoman Karen Cooper said from Toronto. Although the samples were labelled dangerous goods, they were not considered hazardous at the crash site since all the cargo was destroyed in the blaze, she said [we hope]. [Federal Express. When your herpes virus absolutely, positively, has to get there overnight. --LRP]
Bush warns of 'war on humanity' [Right, it's him versus the human race.] US Dictator George W Bush says the insurgency in Iraq is part of a wider strategy by al-Qaeda and other Islamic militants to wage war against humanity. Mr Bush said militants wanted to establish a radical Islamic empire, stretching from Spain to Indonesia.
British Terrorism in Iraq By Dr. Elias Akleh 30 Sep 2005 "It had been long known to the Iraqis, to the Arabs, and to all Moslems in countries bordering Iraq that the majority of the terrorist attacks in Iraq, especially car bombing, are perpetrated by covert British, American, and Israeli operatives. It is also well known to them that the terrorist Abu Musab Al Zarqawi and his 'Al-Qaeda in Iraq' are just inventions of the coalition forces to justify their existence... The arrest of two undercover British SAS operatives last week, disguised as Arabs trying to plant a car bomb in the middle of Basra during the Karbala Festival, which draws as many as 3 million pilgrims to the city, is just the latest of such revelations."
Bush: Iraq will be cleared of terrorists 'city by city' 06 Oct 2005 Laying out a broad plan to win the War on [of ] Terror, Dictator Bush on Thursday outlined an approach that includes public diplomacy, "city-by-city" fighting, military support for Iraqis and ridding that country and the world of terrorists.
Bush claimed God told him to invade Iraq, Afghanistan: BBC 06 Oct 2005 US Dictator George W. Bush allegedly said God told him to invade Iraq and Afghanistan, a new BBC documentary will reveal, according to details.
Cheney Calls Terror Fight Decades-Long 05 Oct 2005 The United States must be prepared to fight the war on [of] terror for decades to bring peace to Iraq and the rest of the Middle East, Vice pResident Dick 'Halliburton' Cheney said Wednesday. [Does that war include more anthrax mailings, or is he stopping at five dead from his 2001 bioterror attack?]
Fresh bombs shake Iraqi capital 06 Oct 2005 A suicide bomber blew himself up on a bus near the oil ministry in central Baghdad, killing at least 10 Iraqis. Reports say the blast, a few hundred metres from the ministry, also wounded 11 others. Earlier a suicide car bomb exploded in the east of Baghdad, killing a female bystander and wounding many.
U.S. Soldier Is Among 13 Killed in Iraq 06 Oct 2005 Resistance fighters using suicide and roadside bombs killed at least 13 people, including a U.S. soldier, and wounded 19 on Thursday in the latest of a series of attacks aimed at wrecking Iraq's 'constitutional referendum' next week.
Blair Warns Iran Against Iraq Interference 06 Oct 2005 Prime Minister Tony Blair warned Iran on Thursday not to meddle in Iraq after declaring [lied] that explosive devices that have killed U.S.-led troops were similar to those used by the Iranian-linked militant group Hezbollah... Iran's ambassador in London, Seyed Mohammad Hossein Adeli, said the charges "cannot be supported by either any political analyst or any concrete evidence. We are against any kind of action which might jeopardize or destroy the stabilization process of Iraq,'' the ambassador said.
Iraq war costs could hit $570 billion US by 2010, troop levels not sustainable 06 Oct 2005 The U.S. administration is spending about $7 billion a month to wage the war on terror and costs could total $570 billion by the end of 2010, assuming troops are gradually brought home, a congressional report estimates.
Clinton: Iraq war's 'a quagmire' 06 Oct 2005 Former President Bill Clinton says Iraq "looks like a quagmire," and estimates "the odds are not great of our prevailing there."
Pentagon analyst admits passing classified info to Israel 06 Oct 2005 A top Pentagon analyst pleaded guilty Wednesday to giving classified information to an Israeli diplomat and members of a pro-Israel lobbying group, saying he did it because he was frustrated with U.S. government policy.
Israel bans use of human shields 06 Oct 2005 Israel's supreme court has banned the use of Palestinian human shields in arrest raids, saying the practice violates international law. The court issued a temporary injunction against the practice in 2002 after a teenager was killed when troops made him negotiate with a wanted militant.
McCain Tortures Bush --Which causes Bush to torture us some more By Ward Harkavy 06 Oct 2005 "Call it the drip torture — or torture of the drip: Ex-POW John McCain used and abused ex-National Guard absentee George W. Bush on the floor of the Senate yesterday... On Wednesday, in formally introducing the measure that would order the Pentagon to follow the Army Field Manual and stop the "cruel, inhumane, degrading treatment" of prisoners, McCain invoked the name of Captain Ian Fishback, the brave soldier who has helped expose yet another torture center run by U.S. soldiers in Iraq."
Fears mount as US opens new military installation in Paraguay By Benjamin Dangl 05 Oct 2005 "Controversy is raging in Paraguay, where the US military is conducting secretive operations. Five hundred US troops arrived in the country on Jul. 1, 2005 with planes, weapons and ammunition. Eyewitness reports prove that an airbase exists in Mariscal Estigarribia, Paraguay, which is 200 kilometres from its border with Bolivia and may be utilized by the US military... The tri-border area is home to the Guarani Aquifer, one of the world's largest reserves of water."
Police Investigate New York Subway Terror Threat --Security Increased Following Possible Plot Information 06 Oct 2005 The New York Police Department and FBI are investigating a "credible" tip that 19 operatives have been deployed to the city to place bombs in the subway [!?! Just as there were 19 'hijackers' on 9/11. Apparently, Bush is using the same freelance crew.], and security in the subways has been increased. Department of Homeland Security sources told ABC News they were very doubtful the threat information is credible, however.
New York subway 'baby stroller bomb' alert 07 Oct 2005 A major security blanket has been thrown over New York's subway system after American soldiers in Iraq [?!?] claimed they had uncovered evidence of a terrorist bomb plot. Although Washington intelligence and law enforcement officials said the information about the threat was shaky, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered an anti-terror clampdown after being brief by the FBI. He said the threat - including the use of explosive packed in baby strollers - suggested New York's underground train network and its 4.5 million daily passengers could be attacked within days.
Credible Threat [?!?] 06 Oct 2005 Authorities stepped up security on the city's mass transit system Thursday after receiving a credible threat that the New York City subway may be the target of a terrorist attack in the coming days. Mayor Bloomberg appeared at a news conference alongside Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly in which they announced the threat and said it was the most specific they had received to date. A law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the threat is "specific to place, time and method,'' and that the method is bombing. [Of course!! KKKarl Rove is about to be indicted, so the Bush terror attacks are on the way!]
New York City Subways Placed on Heightened Alert Over Threat 06 Oct 2005 New York police stepped up counter- terrorism patrols on the city's subways after receiving a "specific threat," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today. "This is the first time we have had a threat with this level of specificity,'' Bloomberg said at a news conference at police headquarters.
Toronto Health Officials Identify Illness 06 Oct 2005 Health officials identified Legionnaire's disease Thursday as the illness that killed 16 elderly people at a Toronto nursing home, a medical officer said.
Explosion reported at Texas plastics plant 06 Oct 2005 An explosion and fire occurred at the Formosa Plastics Corp. plant at Point Comfort, Texas, city officials said on Thursday.
FBI Examines Computers in Cheney's Office 07 Oct 2005 FBI agents examined computers in Vice pResident Dick Cheney's office and talked to former and current White House aides Thursday as they investigated an FBI intelligence analyst accused of passing classified information to Filipino officials. [Maybe the agents will find evidence of other crimes, such as the 2001 anthrax murders.]
Rove Ordered to Talk Again in Leak Inquiry 06 Oct 2005 The special prosecutor in the C.I.A. leak case has summoned Karl Rove, the senior White House adviser, to return next week to testify to a federal grand jury in a step that could mean charges will be filed in the case, lawyers in the case said Thursday.
Rove to testify in CIA leak case without immunity 06 Oct 2005 Federal prosecutors have accepted an offer from presidential adviser Karl Rove to give 11th hour testimony in the case of a CIA officer's leaked identity and have warned they cannot guarantee he won't be indicted, according to people directly familiar with the investigation.
US officials brace for decisions in CIA leak case 05 Oct 2005 The federal prosecutor investigating who leaked the identity of a CIA operative is expected to signal within days whether he intends to bring indictments in the case, legal sources close to the investigation said on Wednesday.
AP: DeLay, Blunt Traded Secret Donations 06 Oct 2005 Tom DeLay deliberately raised more money than he needed to throw parties at the 2000 presidential convention, then diverted some of the excess funds to longtime ally Roy Blunt through a series of donations that benefited both men's causes.
Group wants DeLay donations returned 06 Oct 2005 A group calling itself "We the People" has been delivering recorded phone messages to homes in Reps. Ralph Regula’s and Bob Ney’s congressional districts (OH), urging residents to tell their Republican congressman to return any donations received from indicted House Republican leader Tom DeLay.
Democrats Seek Criminal Fraud Investigation of Agency Spending 06 Oct 2005 Democratic senators on Thursday pressed for a criminal fraud investigation of the Bush administration's hiring of a commentator to promote its agenda. Congressional auditors concluded last week that the Education Department engaged in illegal "covert propaganda'' by hiring Armstrong Williams to endorse the No Child Left Behind Act without requiring him to disclose he was paid.
Poll: Bush Ratings Hit New Low 06 Oct 2005 A CBS News Poll finds an American public increasingly pessimistic about the economy, the war in Iraq, the overall direction of the country, and the pResident. Americans' outlook for the economy is the worst it has been in four years. Bush job approval - All, 37%
Casey Surges As Santorum Slides In PA Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Bush And Santorum Approvals Drop to New Lows 06 Oct 2005 Pennsylvania State Treasurer Robert Casey, Jr., has opened a 52 - 34 percent lead over incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum in the 2006 Senate race, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today... Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as President [sic]? Bush job approval - Philadelphia, 19%
Saving Ohio --Did a reporter with GOP ties suppress a story that could have cost Bush the White House? By Bill Frogameni 06 Oct 2005 "...Bush's reelection [sic] may have been made possible by a Blade reporter with close ties to the Republican Party who reportedly knew about Noe's [Republican donor, Tom Noe] potential campaign violations in early 2004 but suppressed the story. According to several knowledgeable sources, the Blade's chief political columnist, Fritz Wenzel, was told of Noe's potential campaign violations as early as January 2004. But according to Blade editors, Wenzel never gave the paper the all-important tip in early 2004."
Refinery Construction Bill Is Drawing Broad Criticism 07 Oct 2005 A Texas congressman's bill to give the oil industry incentives to increase refinery capacity would gut air-quality protections that currently govern the refining and power industries, Democrats, environmental groups and state and local regulators are charging.
Network feud leads to Net blackout 06 Oct 2005 Two major Internet backbone companies are feuding, potentially cutting off significant swaths of the Internet for some of each other's customers.
Bill To Limit Reproductive Rights For Gays, Singles Dropped 05 Oct 2005 A state senator has changed her mind about sponsoring a bill that would prohibit homosexuals and unmarried people in Indiana from using medical science to assist them in having a child.
Wash. Woman Booted Off Plane Over T-Shirt 06 Oct 2005 A woman was booted off a Southwest Airlines flight for wearing a T-shirt that bore an expletive and images of pResident Bush, Vice pResident Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
San Francisco cop fired for protest clubbing report 06 Oct 2005 A San Francisco police officer who broke the arm of an anti-war protester was fired for deliberately filing a false report about the incident, the police commission said.
Forecasters: Another hurricane could hit 06 Oct 2005 With two months left in the Atlantic hurricane season, forecasters warn that another devastating storm could hit the U.S. this year. And some of the conditions that sent Hurricanes Katrina and Rita slamming into the Gulf Coast appear to still be in place.
Majority of Dead Katrina Victims Nameless 06 Oct 2005 Within weeks of the attack on the World Trade Center, the public knew a lot about many of the Sept. 11 victims — their families, their jobs, their commute, even some of the intimate details of their final moments. More than a month after Hurricane Katrina, the vast majority of the nearly 1,000 [more than that] dead in Louisiana lie anonymously in a morgue — largely because authorities have released only a few dozen names...
Hotel Chain Asks Katrina Evacuees to Leave 06 Oct 2005 At least one hotel chain, Hilton Hotels, the parent company of Hampton Inn and other brands, has asked some Hurricane Katrina evacuees to check out so it can honor the reservations of incoming guests.
New Orleans Penguin Evacuees Go On Display 06 Oct 2005 Penguins rescued from New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina went on display at their new home Wednesday. The penguins were rescued from the New Orleans Aquarium. They moved into the Splash Zone at the Monterey Bay Aquarium with the penguins that already live there.
Record early snowstorm hits North Dakota 06 Oct 2005 The earliest major snowstorm on record in North Dakota left scores of travelers stranded in shelters and blocked highways in parts of the Midwestern state on Thursday, officials said. In Bismarck, the capital, temperatures were below freezing on Thursday after hitting 90 degrees (32 C) last weekend.
Security fears as flu virus that killed 50 million is recreated 06 Oct 2005 Scientists have recreated the 1918 Spanish flu virus, one of the deadliest ever to emerge, to the alarm of many researchers who fear it presents a serious security risk. Undisclosed quantities of the virus are being held in a high-security government laboratory in Atlanta, Georgia, after a nine-year effort to rebuild the agent that swept the globe in record time and claimed the lives of an estimated 50 million people. [Will Bush announce that bird flu has 'arrived on US soil' (actually, it's already sitting in a US bio-weapons lab) on the day the Plame investigation concludes? I predicted this, 05 July. --LRP]
Scientists resurrected 1918 flu, brought virus back to life 05 Oct 2005 Scientists who resurrected the 1918 "Spanish flu" virus that killed as many as 50 million people said on Wednesday they are beginning to understand why it caused such a deadly pandemic and say it could happen again... "We felt we had to recreate the virus and run these experiments to understand the biological properties that made the 1918 virus so exceptionally deadly," said Terrence Tumpey of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta... The experiment, in which the virus was recreated employing a process called reverse genetics using preserved samples of the 1918 virus, allowed the researchers to test it in the laboratory and in several animals. It will help answer important questions, said Dr. Jeffery Taubenberger of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Rockville, Maryland. Taubenberger's team used pieces of virus taken from preserved samples from 1918 victims, as well as from the corpse of a victim dug up from a frozen grave in Alaska in 1998. They used these pieces to make a replica of the 1918 virus, and brought it back to "life" -- viruses are not truly alive like other microbes -- by combining it with modern influenza virus pieces and growing it in bacteria. [OMFG, how blatant can they get?]
From frozen Alaska to the lab: a virus 39,000 times more virulent than flu --Tight security to prevent 'select agent' escaping --Publication of its genetic code raises fears of misuse [*Duh.*] 06 Oct 2005 Only a handful of scientists have security clearance to access the laboratory at 1600 Clifton Road in Atlanta, Georgia, home to the US government's Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Before entering, they must pull on a protective hood, don breathing apparatus and pass through electronic fingerprint and retina scanners to prove their identity. Inside the lab lies a batch of a virus, designated a "select agent", that more than justifies the extreme level of security. Resurrected nearly 90 years after it spread around the globe, leaving an estimated 50 million people dead, it is a replica of the 1918 Spanish flu virus.
1918 pandemic caused by bird flu, experts say --Reconstruction of the lethal virus shows it jumped directly to humans 06 Oct 2005 The 1918 influenza virus, the cause of one of history's most deadly epidemics, has been reconstructed and found to be a bird flu that jumped directly to humans, two teams of federal and university scientists announced yesterday.
Bird flu virus 'similar to great killer of 1918' 06 Oct 2005 The bird flu virus sweeping South-east Asia has chilling similarities to the one that caused one of the world's most deadly disease outbreaks, scientists revealed yesterday.
Bush Wants Army to Combat Bird Flu 06 Oct 2005 The US military might have to quarantine areas of the United States if there was a serious outbreak of the deadly avian flu, George Bush has said. The pResident said he would ask Congress to consider giving him powers to use the army if bird flu struck.
CIA agents exempted from punishment for 9/11 errors 06 Oct 2005 The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) will not hold any of its former and current members accountable for intelligence lapses related to the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the agency's chief said Wednesday. By making the decision, CIA Director Porter Goss rejected recommendations of an internal audit report that calls for setting up an accountability board to examine the performance of some CIA officers assigned to track down the al-Qaeda before the 2001 attacks.
Cars stolen in US cities used in Iraqi suicide attacks 04 Oct 2005 The FBI's counterterrorism unit has launched a broad investigation of US-based theft rings after discovering some vehicles used in deadly car bombings in Iraq, including attacks that killed US troops and Iraqi civilians, were probably stolen in the United States, according to senior US Government officials. The FBI's deputy assistant director for counterterrorism, Inspector John Lewis, said the investigation did not prove the vehicles were stolen specifically for car bombings in the Middle East, but there was evidence they were smuggled out of the US by [Bush's] organised criminal networks that included terrorists and 'insurgents.' [Yeah, Iraqi terrorists and insurgents are trolling impounded vehicle lots (under police watch) in Los Angeles, Seattle, and Houston - able to provide proper paperwork to release stolen vehicles and get them into Iraq for bombing missions. LOL!]
Senate Supports Interrogation Limits --90-9 Vote on the Treatment of Detainees Is a Bipartisan Rebuff of the White House 06 Oct 2005 The Senate defied the White House yesterday and voted to set new limits on interrogating detainees in Iraq and elsewhere, underscoring Congress's growing concerns about reports of abuse of suspected terrorists and others in military custody.
Detainee Dies At Camp Bucca 05 Oct 2005 A 43-year-old male security detainee died this morning at Camp Bucca (Iraq). Detainees from his compound carried the unconscious detainee to the compound gate and notified the guards... The cause of death appears to have been a heart attack.
Soldier Reports More Abuses to Senator 05 Oct 2005 An Army captain who has reported new allegations of detainee abuse [torture] in Iraq met Tuesday with Senator John McCain and staff aides on the House Armed Services Committee and gave them additional accounts of abuse [torture] in Iraq that other soldiers had sent him in recent days, Congressional aides said.
Italy orders further CIA warrants 30 Sep 2005 An Italian court has issued three more arrest warrants for suspected CIA agents accused of helping to kidnap a Muslim cleric in 2003. The authorities have already ordered the arrest of 19 people suspected of being involved in the abduction of Egyptian Osama Mustafa Hassan.
FBI to get veto power over PC software? 27 Sep 2005 By Declan McCullagh "The Federal Communications Commission thinks you have the right to use software on your computer only if the FBI approves. No, really. In an obscure 'policy' document released around 9 p.m. ET last Friday, the FCC announced this remarkable decision. According to the three-page document, to preserve the openness that characterizes today's Internet, 'consumers are entitled to run applications and use services of their choice, subject to the needs of law enforcement.'"
Law Would Place DNA of Innocent Arrestees in National Database 05 Oct 2005 As part of the reauthorization and expansion of a 1994 law aimed at protecting women from sexual predators, two US senators are asking their colleagues to approve a measure that would place DNA information from people arrested for alleged crimes but never charged in a national database. Exonerated arrestees would have to go through a yet-to-be-defined opt-out process to remove their names and DNA from federal records.
Business Groups Want to Limit Patriot Act 05 Oct 2005 Some prominent business organizations are complaining to Congress that the Patriot Act makes it too easy for the government to get confidential business records.
Poll: Bush approval rating hits all-time low in New York 05 Oct 2005 Dictator Bush's job approval rating has hit an all-time low in New York with just 29 percent of New York voters giving him favorable marks, a statewide poll reported Wednesday.
Woman kicked off flight in Reno over anti-Bush T-shirt 05 Oct 2005 A Portland woman's Southwest Airlines flight home was stopped short in Reno, because of the message on the T-shirt she was wearing. The shirt had pictures of members of the Bush Administration, and a phrase based on the movie "Meet the Fockers," but with one crucial vowel changed.
Night and Fog Revisited - Is Harriet Miers a Closet Sadist? By Ted Rall 04 Oct 2005 "The legal cover for the Bush Administration's updating of Night and Fog comes courtesy of then-White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales, since promoted to attorney general... Harriet Miers, Bush's nominee to succeed Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court, replaced Gonzales in November 2004. Has she ever questioned Gonzales' extreme and bizarre legal opinions justifying the torture, indefinite detention and disappearing of countless innocent people? We don't know."
Protesters Want Apology For Bennett's Remarks --Some Go Inside But Are Turned Away 05 Oct 2005 A group of protesters gathered outside the studio Wednesday morning where former education secretary and current radio talk show host [Nazi] William Bennett does his show "Morning in America." The group wanted an apology from Bennett for his comments, made one week ago, included talk of aborting African-American babies to reduce crime.
[Blue] State may lose two-thirds of homeland security budget 06 Oct 2005 Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell (R) is looking for answers as the state is set to lose two-thirds of its homeland security budget. Governor Rell says this year, the state is guaranteed a little over seven million dollars. It was three times that last year. [Only seven million dollars for Connecticut, while in May, Halliburton received $72 million in bonuses for logistics 'work' in Iraq.]
Landowners must yield to ballpark 06 Oct 2005 The District will begin using eminent domain to acquire parcels of land at the site of the Washington Nationals' ballpark by the end of this month, after unsuccessful negotiations with nearly half of the landowners.
Congress Seeks to Slash Food Aid for Poor 05 Oct 2005 Under orders to whittle 'agriculture' spending by $3 billion, Republicans in Congress propose to slash food programs for the poor by $574 million and subsidies and conservation programs by $1 billion each, The Associated Press has learned.
Mega barf alert! Clone-Generated Milk, Meat May Be Approved --Favorable FDA Ruling Seen as Imminent 06 Oct 2005 The Food and Drug Administration is expected to rule soon that milk from cloned animals and meat from their offspring are safe to eat [*puke*]. Hundreds of cloned pigs, cows and other animals are already living on farms around the country, as companies and livestock producers experiment and await a decision from the FDA.
Climate change and pollution are killing millions, says study 06 Oct 2005 The Guardian Almost a fifth of all ill health in poor countries and millions of deaths can be attributed to environmental factors, including climate change and pollution, according to a report from the World Bank.
19th storm ties a record 06 Oct 2005 Tropical Storm Tammy makes landfall near Jacksonville as forecasters watch yet another low pressure system near Cuba. The 2005 hurricane season became the second busiest in history Wednesday and gave ample notice that it's far from over...
Iraqi border guards arrest British national in desert 04 Oct 2005 A British national has been arrested by Iraqi border guards near the Saudi border in Najaf province, British and Iraqi officials said. A British military spokesman said on Tuesday that the Foreign Office was investigating the arrest which was believed to have taken place on Monday night. An Iraqi border guards spokesman in Najaf, Saadun al-Jaaberi, said guards arrested "a terrorist group consisting of 10 people, including one British national called Colin Peter, near Mathlum, near the Saudi border". [Gee, it looks like the Occupation forces really *are* the terrrorists in Iraq... which is exactly what CLG has been saying since March 2003.]
Commerce Department tells National Weather Service media contacts must be pre-approved 04 Oct 2005 The Department of Commerce has issued a blanket media policy to employees of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), requiring that all requests for contact from national media be first approved by the Department, RAW STORY has learned.
What is the true Bush body count in Louisiana? La. Search for Katrina Dead Ends at 964 04 Oct 2005 The search for Hurricane Katrina victims has ended in Louisiana with a death toll at 964, but more searches will be conducted if someone reports seeing a body, a state official said Monday. [OMFG! Someone *sees a body* every five pico-seconds, according to the emails I have been receiving! This is the biggest Bush cover-up since, well, the 2000 coup d'etat, Bush's (9/11) Reichstag fire, Cheney's (Fort Detrick) anthrax mailers, the Whore High Court burying the Energy Task Force documents (Scalia went duck hunting with Cheney), the outing of Valerie Plame, Ken Blackwell's theft of Ohio in 2004, and the suppression of Downing Street 'Memos' due to Blair's 'suicide bombings' in July 2005.]
Boycott threat to Iraq poll as voting rules are changed 05 Oct 2005 Sunni Arab leaders yesterday threatened to boycott next week's referendum on a new Iraqi constitution after ruling party MPs changed voting rules, all but ensuring the charter will be approved. The United Nations, which is overseeing the Oct 15 poll, said it would withdraw its seal of approval unless Iraq's Shia-dominated parliament reversed its decision.
New Rules on Iraqi Vote May Violate Standards, U.N. Says 04 Oct 2005 The United Nations said today that newly adopted rules for the coming Iraqi constitutional referendum appeared to violate accepted international standards for elections.
5 soldiers killed; new U.S. assault in Iraq 04 Oct 2005 Some 2,500 U.S. troops along with Iraqi forces launched their second major offensive in western Iraq in a week Tuesday, sweeping into three towns to take them back from resistance fighters who had killed Marines there last month. ['Take them back?' The US forces are the foreign invaders. How can you 'take back' something that was never yours from the outset?] The U.S. military announced that four troops were killed by roadside bombs during the fighting and a fifth elsewhere.
Londoners think Iraq contributed to terror 04 Oct 2005 Seven out of 10 Londoners believe the Iraq war contributed to the July terrorist attacks in the city, and nearly as many want British troops withdrawn from Iraq, according to a poll published Tuesday.
Bomb kills three in Afghanistan 04 Oct 2005 Three people were killed when a bomb exploded at an Afghan security post on the border with Pakistan while security forces shot dead five suspected Taliban militants in separate encounters, officials said.
US sees up to $2.1 bln arms sales to Saudi Arabia 03 Oct 2005 The U.S. Defense Department on Monday notified Congress of possible military sales to Saudi Arabia worth up $2.1 billion for items ranging from tactical display terminals to aircraft maintenance.
US Army falls short on recruiting for 2005: officials 04 Oct 2005 The US Army has fallen more than eight percent short of its recruitment goal for the year, army officials said, acknowledging a setback for plans to enlarge a force strained by combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Bush wants right to use military if bird flu hits 04 Oct 2005 Dictator George W. Bush asked Congress on Tuesday to consider giving him powers to use the military to enforce quarantines in case of an avian influenza epidemic. [This is why CLG has been busy as a bee, working on this page: http://www.legitgov.org/flu_oddities.html. Pay particular attention to the article which reveals that researchers went to the UK in 2004 to exhume a body from the 1918 flu pandemic. And, no one asked 'Why.']
Bush proposes using military to enforce quarantines where avian flu breaks out Dictator George W. Bush said Tuesday that any part of the country where the avian flu breaks out could likely be quarantined, and he's considering using the military to enforce it. [Right. New Orleans and the FEMA camps were the 'dry run.' They are going full-court press soon, the day the Plame investigation concludes.]
Bush wants military to keep order in bird flu pandemic scenario 04 Oct 2005 U.S. Dictator George Bush said Tuesday that in event of a bird flu pandemic, American troops would be the best solution to enforce quarantines.
N.H. officials training for possible flu pandemic 04 Oct 2005 In New Hampshire, public health officials begin training sessions Wednesday on the roles and responsibilities of police, the courts, prisons and public health in handling an outbreak, and any quarantine that might be imposed. Public Health spokesman Greg Moore said so many jurisdictions would be involved because public health would have to issue a quarantine order, which could be appealed to the courts. Those who don't comply could be jailed. [Oh, the courts. Yeah, the 'courts' are sure going to help. LOL! Bush just installed Damien Thorn as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and a silent sicko is warming up in the bullpen. Do you really think Bush's *personal lawyer* - with twenty years of loyal service to (and obsession with) Bush - is going to rule against *any* of his edicts? Gag me with a chainsaw! Everybody needs to start worshipping Amendment #2. --Lori Price]
U.S. to create a bird flu virus mutation 24 Mar 2005 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has begun a series of experiments to see how likely the bird flu virus could result in a human pandemic. The six-month series of experiments seeks to simulate the mixing and matching of genes from the H5N1 avian flu virus that has plagued Asia and a common human flu virus that public-health experts fear could turn avian flu into a pandemic, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. CDC scientists inside an ultra-secure laboratory [?!?] have started swapping the genes of the H5N1 avian virus with the genes of an H3N2 virus, the strain behind most recent human flu outbreaks.
Military intelligence warns that avian flu could be used as weapon: report 08 Mar 2005 [Scroll to item.]
Coroner Wants to Shrink-Wrap Bodies --Coroner Wants to Shrink-Wrap Bodies in the Case of a Natural Disaster or Terrorist Attack 19 Feb 2005
Killer flu recreated in the lab 07 Oct 2004, 05:02 GMT 06:02
1918 killer flu secrets revealed 05 Feb 2004, 19:00 GMT
Flu victim exhumed after 85 years 30 Jan 2004, 20:08 GMT --Scientists are preparing to exhume the body of a woman who died of flu 85 years ago to find out how the virus killed millions across Europe. [Why?]
Ten people dead as mystery virus hits Toronto home 04 Oct 2005 Ten people have died from a mystery viral outbreak at a Toronto nursing home and another 40 are in hospital, public health officials said on Tuesday as they raced to contact anyone who visited the home recently.
Newsday Shields Long Island Readers From 9/11 Skeptics By Nicholas Levis 04 Oct 2005 "We reported early Saturday morning that New York Newsday published an article about people who reject the US government's account of the September 11 events. The story by Newsday Staff Writer Patricia Hurtado had already appeared on the newsday.com website. But we later discovered that the editors kept it out of the newspaper itself. (That applies to the Long Island Saturday and 'Early Sunday' editions, which are nearly identical in news content; the story did run in the lower-circulation New York City editions.)"
Mayor: New Orleans must lay off 3,000 workers 04 Oct 2005 Mayor Ray Nagin said Tuesday the city is laying off as many as 3,000 employees — or about half the city’s workforce — because of the damage done to New Orleans’ finances by Hurricane Katrina.
Here's a big *bleeping* surprise - President, Citing Executive Privilege, Indicates He'll Reject Requests for Counsel's Documents 05 Oct 2005 President [sic] Bush signaled on Tuesday that he would most likely reject any requests from the Senate for documents written by Harriet E. Miers during the nearly six years she worked in the White House before he chose her to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court.
Claims of cronyism force Bush to defend choice for Supreme Court 05 Oct 2005 The Republican high command was under new pressure yesterday as pResident Bush was forced into a long defence of his latest Supreme Court nominee, and the party's erstwhile congressional powerhouse Tom DeLay faced new and career-threatening campaign finance charges.
Cronyism and Capitulation - The Scoop on Harriet Miers By Joshua Frank 04 Oct 2005 "So you thought that Harriet Miers, George W. Bush’s new Supreme Court pick has no paper trail. You were wrong. One of Miers only qualifications for the high court -- as she hasn’t an ounce of judicial experience -- is that she was the head of Locke, Liddell & Sapp; a sleazy corporate law firm based in Dallas, Texas. According to the InterNet Bankruptcy Library (IBL), Locke Liddell & Sapp paid $22 million in a suit alleging it aided a client in defrauding investors."
Bush ally stung by new charge and questions on favours for lobbyist Senate leader indicted over money laundering --Scandal also brews over DeLay's 2000 UK golf trip Julian Borger in Washington Wednesday 05 Oct 2005 One of pResident George Bush's closest allies in Congress, Tom DeLay, was yesterday facing his second indictment in a week, after being charged with money laundering by a Texas grand jury.
Ten Commandments judge to run for Alabama governor 03 Oct 2005 Former Alabama Chief Justice [and Reichwing nutball] Roy Moore, who was fired in 2003 for disobeying a federal order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from a courthouse, said on Monday he would be a candidate for governor of Alabama in 2006.
Corporate profits at five-year high in UK 04 Oct 2005 UK corporate profitability has risen to its highest level for five years as oil companies enjoy record earnings in the North Sea and manufacturers show early signs of recovery.
Blackwell in Baghdad? Range of political figures complain vote is being fixed in Iraq 03 Oct 2005 Iraq's Shiite and Kurdish leaders quietly adopted new rules over the weekend that will make it virtually impossible for the constitution to fail in the upcoming national referendum, prompting Sunni Arabs and a range of independent political figures to complain that the vote was being fixed... "This is a mockery of democracy, a mockery of law," said Adnan al-Janabi, a secular Sunni representative and a member of former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's party. [Join the club. We've put up with 'a mockery of democracy' since November 2000. Unfortunately, we don't have an organized resistance movement here.]
Shooting of reporter in Iraq was justified, U.S. report says 01 Oct 2005 A U.S. military investigation of the June 24 shooting death of Yasser Salihee, a Knight Ridder Iraqi correspondent, confirmed that he was killed by an American soldier and then left dead in his car, splattered with blood and shattered glass in the middle of the street. The 3rd Infantry Division's report concluded the shooting was justified because the soldiers thought Salihee could have been a suicide bomber or attempting to run them over as he approached an intersection in western Baghdad. [No, because that's what the US death squads in Iraq do to *real* reporters --the ones who refused to become emBEDded media whores.]
'Worse things' happened at Abu Ghraib 03 Oct 2005 A US soldier convicted of humiliating and abusing Iraqi prisoners said, in remarks made public late on Sunday, she knew of "worse things" happening at Abu Ghraib and insisted military commanders were fully aware of what was going on in Iraq's infamous jail... Private First Class Lynndie England said one night she heard blood-curdling screams coming from the block's shower room, where non-military interrogators had taken an Arab detainee.
Speaking of GOP whores: Making Faux Martyrdom Pay: Judy Miller Lands a Book Deal By Arianna Huffington 03 Oct 2005 "Sources tell me that Judy Miller is telling friends that she has made a $1.2 million book deal with Simon & Schuster. I’ve heard from senior editors at the publishing house that the deal is still so hush-hush that word of it has not appeared in the memos that circulate among the editorial staff, keeping them updated on pending deals and acquisitions."
Lawyer Casts Blame on 'Reporter' for Time in Jail --Source Insists He Released Miller to Testify Last Year 04 Sep 2005 A lawyer for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, said yesterday that New York Times 'reporter' Judith Miller and her attorneys are responsible for Miller's 85 days in jail, reiterating that she was given permission a year ago to tell a prosecutor about private conversations she had with Libby. [Right, but the jail time was necessary for a lucrative book deal.]
U.S. helicopters fire on town in western Iraq 03 Oct 2005 The U.S. launched airstrikes Monday in a town on the Euphrates River in western Iraq, part of a three-day offensive against insurgents that has killed at least 36 militants since the fighting began, officials said. In Baghdad, Iraq's oil minister narrowly survived an assassination attempt Monday [What a shame!] when a roadside bomb blasted his seven-car convoy, killing three of his escorts, officials said.
Iraq's oil minister survives assassination attempt 03 Oct 2005 Iraq's oil minister survived an apparent assassination attempt on Monday when a roadside bomb blasted his motorcade in Baghdad as U.S. troops broadened a battle against resistance fighters near the Syrian border.
Five detained under anti-terrorism laws 03 Oct 2005 Dawn raids in London, the West Midlands and Cardiff on Monday, carried out under anti[pro]-terrorism laws, have lead to the detention of five foreign nationals who are now facing deportation.
Five foreign men detained under expulsion powers 03 Oct 2005 Five foreign men are today facing expulsion from Britain after they were detained in a new swoop on people deemed a threat to national security.
Supreme Cronyism: Longtime Confidante of Bush Has Never Been a Judge 03 Oct 2005 President [sic] Bush nominated Harriet E. Miers, the White House counsel, as his choice to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor this morning, his second nominee for the Supreme Court in the past two and half months. Ms. Miers, 60, a longtime confidant of the president's, has never been a judge, and therefore lacks a long history of judicial rulings that could reveal ideological tendencies.
Mike Brown, Redux: Court Nominee Has No Judicial Experience 03 Oct 2005 pResident Bush named White House counsel Harriet Miers to a Supreme Court in transition Monday, turning to a longtime loyalist without experience as a judge or publicly known views on abortion to succeed Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
Bush picks loyalist for Supreme Court 03 Oct 2005 US President [sic] George W. Bush nominated White House counsel and longtime loyalist Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court, a move that may shape legal battles on divisive issues like abortion for decades.
Miers Had Stormy Tenure at Texas Lottery 03 Sep 2005 Harriet Miers proved to be a tough administrator during her five years heading the Texas Lottery Commission, overseeing the firing of two executive directors. She left early amid lagging sales. One of the firings stirred questions about whether political influence helped George W. Bush avoid active duty in Vietnam.
Miers Gave $5000 to Bush-Cheney Recount Fund in 2000 03 Oct 2005 Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers contributed to the campaign of Texas Gov. George W. Bush, who was running against Al Gore, in 2000. When the votes were still being counted in Florida and the outcome was in doubt, she gave $5,000 to the Bush-Cheney Inc. Recount Fund, according to Political MoneyLine.
Miers said to be on 'extreme end' of pro-life movement 03 Oct 2005 As political activists rush to mine Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers' slender public record, a former campaign manager says she opposed abortion rights while running for Dallas City Council in 1989. "She is on the extreme end of the anti-choice movement," said Lorlee Bartos, who managed Miers' first and only political campaign and said they discussed abortion once during the race.
What's the Deal With Harriet Miers? Bush's Supreme Court pick never a judge, often a contributor By James Ridgeway 03 Oct 2005 "By nominating Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court, President [sic] Bush is turning to a trusted advisor who has a reputation for keeping her mouth shut—and putting her in a key position for damage control. Her nomination might make people like Karl Rove, Scooter Libby, and Tom DeLay breathe a little easier."
Second Indictment Issued Against DeLay 04 Oct 2005 A grand jury in Texas issued a second indictment on Monday against Representative Tom DeLay, accusing the Texas Republican and two aides of money laundering in a $190,000 transaction that prosecutors have described as a violation of the state's ban on the use of corporate money in local election campaigns.
New indictment against Bush ally 04 Oct 2005 New charges have been brought against Tom DeLay, a US Congressional leader in the state of Texas, following a conspiracy indictment last week. The new indictment against the House of Representatives Republican leader contains counts of money laundering and conspiring to launder money.
Margaret Thatcher embroiled in US corruption probe 03 Oct 2005 The US Justice Department is seeking to question Baroness Thatcher as part of a high-level inquiry into allegations of a "flights-for-favours" corruption scandal at Congress. Officials have asked the Metropolitan Police to question the former Tory Prime Minister over a meeting she held with leading Republican Tom DeLay in the UK in 2000.
Keep It Sealed Keep It Secret --Secret paper links Thatcher to freebies probe 03 Oct 2005 A document linking Margaret Thatcher to a US corruption probe is so explosive civil servants have been asked to ensure it remains "sealed". The former Premier is said to have met Congressman Tom DeLay in Britain while he was on a suspected favours-for-freebies scam.
In Pennsylvania, It Was Religion vs. Science, Pastor vs. Ph.D., Evolution vs. the Half-Fish 02 Oct 2005 The school board in Dover, PA, is being sued by 11 parents who say that intelligent design is creationism cloaked as science, is inherently religious and has no place in a ninth-grade biology class.
Documents taken from hospitals where patients died after Katrina 03 Oct 2005 Investigators are piecing together evidence in the probe of Louisiana hospitals and nursing homes where dozens of elderly patients died in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. At a legislative committee hearing Monday, Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti said six hospitals and 13 nursing homes were being investigated.
Gulf Firms Losing Cleanup Contracts --Most Money Going Outside Storm's Path 04 Oct 2005 Companies outside the three states most affected by Hurricane Katrina have received more than 90 percent of the money from prime federal contracts for recovery and reconstruction of the Gulf Coast, according to an analysis of available government data.
Shots at helicopters shrouded in a 'fog' 03 Oct 2005 Among the rumors that spread [by Rove's trolls - to justify Bush's lack of response] as quickly as floodwaters after Hurricane Katrina, reports that gunmen were taking potshots at rescue helicopters stood out for their senselessness. On Sept. 1, as patients sweltered in hospitals without power and thousands of people remained stranded on rooftops and in attics, crucial rescue efforts were delayed as word of such attacks spread. But more than a month later, representatives from the Air Force, Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security and Louisiana Air National Guard say they have yet to confirm a single incident of gunfire at helicopters.
Tularemia agent found in DC air 03 Oct 2005 In a Sep 30 message to health agencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said environmental air monitors in the Capitol Mall [Sep 24, 25] "signaled the low level presence of Francisella tularensis," the bacterium that causes tularemia. The microbe is one of the six agents considered most likely to be used by [Bush's] terrorists as a biological weapon.
Did Bush administration attack peace movement with military grade biological bacteria? By Bob Fitrakis October 4, 2005 "What do we make of the Saturday, October 1 Washington Post headline 'Poison Found in Air During Anti-War Protest'? ...Coincidence theorists. You gotta love ‘em and their great faith in believing in the statistically improbable occurrence of events, rather than an alternative hypothesis: that friends of Bush (FOBs) planted the tularemia bacteria, just as most likely sent anthrax to Democratic senators and the media."
CDC locks up flu data 03 Oct 2005 Amid growing concerns that avian influenza will develop into a deadly pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is under fire by some in the scientific community for hoarding data crucial for vaccine development. The allegations come as CDC has issued new and controversial rules on what data, documents and other information it will — and will not — share with the public. Open government advocates are critical of the CDC's "Information Security" manual, the 34-page document that gives officials 19 categories to shield data from public scrutiny without obtaining a "secret" classification.
Concern grows over secrecy at CDC 03 Oct 2005 Scientists are accusing the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of hoarding crucial data that could help vaccinations at a time when there is growing concern about a possible influenza pandemic. The nation's disease control center is also under fire from open-government advocates for recently issuing a guide on how to keep data, documents and information from public inspection.
Iraq war delayed Katrina relief effort, inquiry finds 03 Oct 2005 Relief efforts to combat Hurricane Katrina suffered near catastrophic failures due to endemic corruption, divisions within the military and troop shortages caused by the Iraq war, an official American inquiry into the disaster has revealed. The confidential report, which has been seen by The Independent, details how funds for flood control were diverted to other projects, desperately needed National Guards were stuck in Iraq and how military personnel had to "sneak off post" to help with relief efforts because their commander had refused permission.
The Bush body count is suppressed in the Gulf Coast (as in Iraq) -- Gulf Coast: Authorities Keep Bodies, Information 02 Oct 2005 A month after Katrina upended the lives of hundreds of thousands, families of the dead have been traumatized again by the ordeal of trying to pry their loved ones' bodies from a bureaucratic quagmire. They say they have spent weeks being rebuffed or ignored by state and federal officials at a massive temporary morgue that houses hundreds of decomposed corpses. Although authorities have been provided with ample information to identify dozens of corpses, they are still holding onto them — to the dismay of family members scattered across the country.
25 Questions About the Murder of New Orleans By Mike Davis and Anthony Fontenat 30 Sep 2005 "1. Why did the floodwalls along the 17th Street Canal only break on the New Orleans side and not on the Metairie side? ...2. Who owned the huge barge that was catapulted through the wall of the Industrial Canal, killing hundreds in the Lower Ninth Ward--the most deadly hit-and-run accident in US history? 3. All of New Orleans and St. Bernard Parish east of the Industrial Canal were drowned, except for the Almonaster-Michoud Industrial District along Chef Menteur Highway. Why was industrial land apparently protected by stronger levees than nearby residential neighborhoods?"
Role of Rove, Libby in CIA Leak Case Clearer --Bush and Cheney Aides' Testimony Contradicts Earlier White House Statement 02 Oct 2005 As the CIA leak investigation heads toward its expected conclusion this month, it has become increasingly clear that two of the most powerful men in the Bush regime were more involved in the unmasking of operative Valerie Plame than the White House originally indicated.
Prosecutor in Plame Case May Seek Conspiracy Charges 02 Oct 2005 Many observers of the unfolding Plame/CIA case lament the revelations in the federal grand jury probe but suggest it may all be in vain because the level of malfeasance may not produce a specific criminal charge. But that doesn't mean serious charges--including far-ranging ones, connecting the offices of Karl Rove and Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney--could not be brought, via the "conspiracy" route.
Source to Stephanopoulos: President Bush Directly Involved In Leak Scandal (thinkprogress.org) 02 Oct 2005 "Near the end of a round table discussion on ABC’s This Week, George Stephanopoulos dropped this bomb: 'Definitely a political problem but I wonder, George Will, do you think it’s a manageable one for the White House especially if we don’t know whether Fitzgerald is going to write a report or have indictments but if he is able to show as a source close to this told me this week, that President [sic] Bush and Vice President [sic] Cheney were actually involved in some of these discussions.'"
Times 'reporter' tried to cut earlier CIA leak deal 02 Oct 2005 New York Times 'reporter' Judith Miller tried a year ago to make a deal with the prosecutor investigating the leak of a CIA operative's identity but the prosecutor would not agree then to limit her testimony to Vice pResident Dick Cheney's top aide, her lawyer said on Sunday.
Over 600 held under terror act at Labour conference 03 Oct 2005 More than 600 people were detained under the Terrorism Act during the Labour party conference, it was reported yesterday. Anti-Iraq war protesters, anti-Blairite OAPs and conference delegates were all detained by police under legislation that was designed to combat violent fanatics and bombers - even though none of them was suspected of terrorist links.
GOP Proposal to Increase Pentagon Surveillance of American Citizens 01 Oct 2005 Republicans on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence want to strip from the CIA its primary role as manager of overseas collection of human intelligence, suggesting that Director of National Intelligence John D. Negroponte take over that responsibility. [Also, buried in the PentaPost article:] Another proposal reflected increased Pentagon interest in intelligence operations in the United States involving American citizens. The proposal included in the bill would give a "limited" exemption to defense intelligence personnel, allowing them to recruit sources and collect personal information on U.S. citizens clandestinely, without disclosing they worked for the government, when "significant" foreign intelligence is being sought.
Health Officials Vigilant for Illness After Sensors Detect Bacteria on Mall --Agent Emerged During Protests in DC 02 Oct 2005 Health officials in the Washington area were notified Friday that the filters on biohazard sensors that make up the BioWatch network detected the tularemia bacteria Sept. 24, when tens of thousands of people were on the Mall for antiwar demonstrations. [Also, buried in the PentaPost article - the last sentence, LOL:] Tularemia was amassed by the U.S. military as a biological weapon in the 1960s.
Toxic Gas Tested On Norwich --Biological war trial is 'linked to double normal cancer rate' 03 Oct 2005 Hundreds of lives may be at risk because of secret Cold War chemical trials carried out by the Ministry of Defence. RAF planes released clouds of zinc cadmium sulphide (ZCS) over Norwich in 1963 and 1964 to assess the effects of a biological attack.
Biotech Firm Gets Anthrax Drug Deal 03 Oct 2005 Human Genome Sciences Inc. plans to announce a deal today under which the federal government might buy as many as 100,000 doses of an experimental drug to treat [spread] anthrax, potentially giving the nation a new defense [sic] against one of the most feared agents of biological terrorism.
Torture of Iraqis was for 'stress relief', say US soldiers 02 Oct 2005 For the first time, American soldiers who personally tortured Iraqi prisoners have come forward to give testimony to human rights organisations about crimes they committed. Three soldiers – a captain and two sergeants – from the 82nd Airborne Division stationed at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Mercury near Fallujah in Iraq have told Human Rights Watch how prisoners were tortured both as a form of stress relief and as a way of breaking them for interrogation sessions.
In New Book Ex-Chaplain at Guantánamo Tells of Abuses 03 Oct 2005 James J. Yee, a former Muslim chaplain at the Guantánamo Bay detention center, says in a new book that military authorities knowingly created an atmosphere in which guards would feel free to abuse [torture] prisoners.
'Iraq guilt' mars morale at British army: Army chief 02 Oct 2005 Army morale and recruitment are suffering because troops are seen as "guilty by association" with Prime Minister Tony's Blair's decision to invade Iraq, Britain's top soldier claimed in comments published here Sunday. General Sir Michael Walker, chief of the defence of staff, also said, in an interview with the Sunday Times, that Britain and the United States will have to make do with a less-than-perfect outcome from the US-led war.
Top generals say U.S. troops' presence may fuel insurgency 01 Oct 2005 The U.S. generals running the war in Iraq presented a new assessment of the military situation in public comments and sworn testimony this week: The 149,000 U.S. troops in Iraq are increasingly part of the problem.
Troops 'Sweep' Through Lawless Iraq Cities 02 Oct 2005 Periodic U.S. offensives across Iraq's huge western region aim to keep resistance fighters on the run. But stamping them out completely is another matter: Once the assault ends, the resistance fighters usually come back.
Gunmen told: take British hostages --Cleric tries to buy back his men 02 Oct 2005 Shi’ite leader Moqtada al-Sadr has authorised his militia to kidnap two Britons in Iraq in the hope of swapping them for two of his senior officials who are held in Basra by British forces.
U.S, Afghan soldiers killed in southern attack 01 Oct 2005 A U.S. soldier and an Afghan soldier have been killed in a militant attack in the southern province of Kandahar, the U.S military said on Saturday.
Boeing, Bell apologize for mosque attack ad 30 Sep 2005 Boeing Co. apologized on Friday for a mistakenly published advertisement for its V-22 Osprey aircraft showing troops dropping onto the roof of a mosque in what appears to be a simulated battle scene.
Iraq's President Calls for PM to Step Down 02 Oct 2005 Iraq's Kurdish 'president' called on the country's Shiite 'prime minister' to step down, the spokesman for the president's party said Sunday, escalating a political split between the two factions that make up the government.
National Guard sent to protect oil, not people By Stacy Bannerman 01 Oct 2005 "Hurricane Katrina blew apart President [sic] Bush's rickety arguments about how invading Iraq would make us safe. We don't know Hurricane Katrina's death toll, or how many Americans might have lived had the thousands of National Guard troops trained to help in the wake of hurricanes and floods not been protecting oil in the desert."
Reimbursement Program for Troops Stalls 03 Oct 2005 The Pentagon has not completed guidelines for allowing soldiers, their families and charities to be reimbursed for some combat equipment they bought for use in Iraq and Afghanistan, a year after the passage of legislation calling for such a program.
500,000 People Vanish in Washington, DC By Ron Scott 26 Sep 2005 "Imagine 500,000 people marching down the meandering thoroughfares of Pennsylvania Avenue and 14th Street and Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC [to protest]. How could they vanish from the headlines?... It happened this weekend, with our media, in our country, in our time." [Right, that is why we need Plan 'B.' The protest was a good exercise in solidarity, but until the left becomes militant, nothing will happen.]
Venezuela Denounces Bush Family Ties with Terrorists 01 Oct 2005 Vice President of Venezuela José Vicente Rangel has accused the Bush family of ties with terrorists, especially criminal Luis Posada Carriles. As CIA chief, George Bush, Sr. sponsored terrorism and later, as President, he pardoned some terrorists including Orlando Bosh, Rangel pointed out during Friday's launching of the fourth edition of "Pusimos la Bomba...y qué? (We Planted the Bomb... So What?).
Venezuelans Line Up for Chance to Trade in Junk for Food 02 Oct 2005 ...Venezuelans who came to turn in their trash Saturday in one Caracas slum said they felt grateful to President Hugo Chavez and his allied mayor, Freddy Bernal, who promote the program as a way to clean up the streets while helping feed the needy. Chavez says he is leading a socialist revolution for the poor and has put a billions of dollars in oil profits toward public works projects and social programs to build homes, fund health care programs and subsidize state food markets. [WTG, Chavez!]
American 'Minutemen' patrol B.C.-Washington border 02 Oct 2005 A group of armed Americans began patrolling part of the 49th parallel Saturday, saying they'll be keeping an eye on those who illegally cross into the U.S. from British Columbia.
Salazar: Bush 'acts like a king' 30 Sep 2005 Saying pResident Bush sometimes acts "like a king," Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., warned Friday that he would vehemently oppose Bush's next Supreme Court pick if it turns out to be one of two controversial U.S. Circuit Court judges or someone else he considers an unqualified ideologue. [Well, I can't imagine Bush picking anyone else.]
'Commander-in-Chief' Sutherland: Bush Will Destroy Our Lives 02 Oct 2005 The star of the new ABC drama lashed out at the real White House during a dramatic sit down interview with the BBC. Sutherland ripped Bush and his administration for the war and Hurricane Katrina fallout. "They were inept. The were inadequate to the task, and they lied," Sutherland charged. "And they were insulting, and they were vindictive. And they were heartless. They did not care. They do not care. They do not care about Iraqi people. They do not care about the families of dead soldiers. They only care about profit."... "We're back to burning books in Germany," Sutherland said of NBC's editing out of Kanye West's comment on Bush during a hurricane relief telethon.
Defiant DeLay sees quick return to US party power 02 Oct 2005 Rep. Tom DeLay, removed as U.S. House of Representatives Republican leader after an indictment in Texas, on Sunday predicted a quick return to his former post.
Something stinks in America --As a leading Republican prepares to face corruption charges, the fallout will be felt as far afield as Westminster By Will Hutton 02 Oct 2005 "So far, the US media have been supine. [Tom] DeLay's tentacles, and those of Karl Rove, Bush's top political adviser, have cowed media owners into the same compliance; if they want favours, best advance the Republican cause like Murdoch's Fox News. American newsrooms are fearful places."
Senators cut funds for food and heat 01 Oct 2005 On Friday, Republican Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins voted to slash three-quarters of the funding for a program for heating-oil assistance and food banks in Maine.
Poll: Taft approval rating reaches historic low [LOL!] Republican Gov. Bob Taft's already-feeble approval rating among Ohioans has fallen to 15 percent, a new poll indicates. The poll, conducted by The Columbus Dispatch, finds support for Taft lower than the three most unpopular U.S. presidents in the history of polling and possibly the lowest of any Ohio governor.
Abort all black babies and cut crime, says Republican 01 Oct 2005 George Bush has distanced himself [Yeah, right!] from comments made by a leading Republican crusader on moral [*puke*] values who declared that one way to reduce the crime rate in the US would be to "abort black babies". Speaking on his daily radio show, William Bennett, education secretary under Ronald Reagan and drugs czar under the first George Bush, said: "If you wanted to reduce crime, you could, if that were your sole purpose; you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down."
Parents want to abort Bennett's $3M pact 01 Oct 2005 Philadelphia parents and education activists are demanding that the city school district end the $3 million contract it awarded in April to K12 Inc., in light of controversial remarks the company's board chairman made this week about aborting black babies.
NJ Creutzfeldt-Jakob cluster turns suburban mom into crusader 02 Sep 2005 Janet Skarbek, 37, began combing obituaries and over time identified 18 people she believes died of CJD from 1993 to 2004 and had eaten regularly at the same restaurant at the now-closed racetrack. ..."I think it's so important to get this story out there" to the public, Skarbek said. "They need to know about mad cow, that it's here and that the government covered it up."
Global warming ends white Christmas 02 Oct 2005 A white Christmas may soon be no more than a dream in many parts of southern England because of global warming, experts warn. Friends of the Earth said the build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere was making snow in December less and less likely in the south west, south east, East Anglia and parts of the Midlands.
Buying of News by Bush's Aides Is Ruled Illegal 01 Oct 2005 Federal auditors said on Friday that the Bush administration violated the law by buying favorable news coverage of President Bush's education [sic] policies, by making payments to the conservative commentator Armstrong Williams and by hiring a public relations company to analyze media perceptions of the Republican Party. In a blistering report, the investigators, from the Government Accountability Office, said the administration had disseminated "covert propaganda" in the United States, in violation of a statutory ban.
Ethics cloud hangs over new House GOP leader --He employs adviser indicted with DeLay 30 Sep 2005 As he worked to unite the party and turn its attention back to the legislative agenda, Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri, DeLay's successor as majority leader, faced ethics questions himself. Records on file with the Federal Election Commission show that since 2003, Blunt's political action committee has paid $94,000 in salary to the consulting firm of Jim Ellis, a longtime associate of DeLay. Ellis has been indicted in the same case as DeLay, for allegedly conspiring to illegally influence the outcome of Texas legislative elections by channeling corporate money to Republican candidates.
Bush threatens defense bill veto, warning on amendments regulating prisoner abuse 30 Sep 2005 The White House on Friday threatened to veto a $440.2 billion defense spending bill in the Senate because it wasn't enough money for the Pentagon [LOL!!] and also warned lawmakers not to add any amendments to regulate the treatment of detainees or set up a commission to probe abuse. Last summer, Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and John Warner of Virginia and others sought legislation banning cruel and degrading treatment of prisoners.
Joseph Wilson: "act of cowardice" of Miller's source --Former US Ambassador, Joseph C. Wilson, comments to Citizens For Legitimate Government on the release of Judith Miller from jail 30 Sep 2005 "I am delighted that Judith Miller's ordeal has come to an end. She spent time in jail, by her own admission because her source had not given her the authorization she felt she required consistent with her personal understanding of her obligation as a journalist to protect the identity of that source. It was an act of cowardice on the part of her source, a senior official in the administration, to allow her to languish in jail for the past several months rather than step forward to acknowledge his or her responsibility in this matter."
U.S. Commander Doubts Iraq Troop Cutbacks 01 Oct 2005 Sunni Arab opposition to Iraq's draft constitution has increased the potential for instability and called into question U.S. hopes for substantial troop cuts next spring, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said Friday.
U.S. Troops Launch 'Operation Iron Fist' in Iraq 01 Oct 2005 U.S. forces in western Iraq began a massive operation against insurgents early Saturday, military officials said. About 1,000 U.S. Marines, soldiers and sailors launched Operation Iron Fist in the town of Sa'da, about 12 miles from the Syrian border, CNN reported.
1,000 U.S. Troops Launch New Iraq Offensive 01 Oct 2005 About 1,000 U.S. troops, backed by attack helicopters, swarmed into a tiny Iraqi village near the Syrian border Saturday in an offensive aimed at rooting out fighters from al-Qaida in Iraq, the U.S. military said.
Car bomb increases deaths in last 2 days to at least 110 01 Oct 2005 A car bomb detonated Friday near a fruit and vegetable market in Hilla, a Shiite town south of Baghdad, killing at least eight people and wounding 41. It was the second attack in two days of bloodletting that has left at least 110 people dead.
Car Bomb Kills 10 at Crowded Iraqi Market 30 Sep 2005 Sunni-led insurgents killed at least 10 people with a car bomb in a crowded vegetable market Friday, the Muslim day of worship, in the second blast against Shiite civilians in as many days, police said. The death toll rose to 102 from the previous day's attacks in another Shiite town.
Five Soldiers Killed in Ramadi IED 30 Sep 2005 Five soldiers assigned to 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), were killed by an improvised explosive device in Ramadi, Iraq, on Sept. 28, military officials reported.
Army Sees Uphill Recruiting Battle 30 Sep 2005 The Army closed the books Friday on one of the leanest recruiting years since it became an all-volunteer service, missing its enlistment target by the widest margin since 1979 and raising questions about its plans for growth.
Feingold Blasts Administration's Iraq Policy 30 Sep 2005 Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold spoke on the floor of the Senate on Thursday, bashing Dictator Bush's handling of the Iraq war. In his statement, Feingold said "the Bush administration's policies in Iraq are making America weaker." Feingold continued, saying "The administration's polices in Iraq are breaking the United States Army." Feingold heaped a share of the blame on his fellow senators, saying "The senate has not performed its duties, and the state of the U.S. military desperately needs our attention."
So many ironies, so little time: Uzbeks Stop Working With U.S. Against Terrorism 30 Sep 2005 After cutting off U.S. access to a key military base, Uzbekistan has also quietly terminated cooperation with Washington on counterterrorism, a move that could affect both countries' ability to deal with [work with] al Qaeda and its allies in Central Asia and neighboring Afghanistan, U.S. officials said.
Chavez: Venezuela Moves Reserves to Europe 30 Sep 2005 Venezuela has moved its central bank foreign reserves out of U.S. banks, liquidated its investments in U.S. Treasury securities and placed the funds in Europe, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Friday.
Arrest of Procurement Policy Chief Could Undercut Contracting-Out Agenda 30 Sep 2005 The arrest of the Bush regime's procurement policy chief has rocked the federal contracting community and raised questions about whether the White House can quickly recruit a replacement and maintain its "competitive sourcing" initiative. David H. Safavian, administrator of the federal procurement office at the Office of Management and Budget, was arrested Sept. 19 after the FBI filed a complaint accusing him of lying and obstructing a criminal investigation into the dealings of a Washington lobbyist.
N.Y. Times 'Reporter' Testi-Lies in CIA Leak Case 30 Sep 2005 New York Times 'reporter' Judith Miller appeared before a federal grand jury today to testify on the leak of a CIA agent's identity after spending nearly three months in jail for refusing to cooperate with the investigation.
Rare Germ Found in D.C. on Sept. 24, 25 (DC Protest Days) Tularemia Is Highly Infectious; Can Cause Pneumonia and Systemic Infection 30 Sep 2005 A relatively rare biological agent has been detected in air filters serving Washington D.C. in recent weeks, ABC News has learned -- but current evidence does not show any indication whatsoever of terrorism [?!?]. The federal government found six air filters around the nation's capital checked on Sept. 24 and 25 contained "trace amounts" of tularemia, a type of bacteria. No additional traces have been detected since Sept. 24 and 25. [Gee, how blatant can they get? We need to start fighting back. Tolerating their terrorism is becoming the greater crime. --Lori Price.]
Biohazard Sensors Triggered 01 Oct 2005 Biohazard sensors showed the presence of small amounts of potentially dangerous tularemia bacteria in the Mall area last weekend as huge crowds assembled there, but health officials said they believed the levels were too low to be a threat. Health authorities in the Washington area were notified yesterday that the bacteria were found in and near the area between the U.S. Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial, where crowds gathered Saturday for an antiwar rally and a book festival.
Incoming FDNY chaplain questions 9/11 story 30 Sep 2005 An imam [Intikab Habib] slated to be sworn in Friday as the second Muslim chaplain in Fire Department history said he questioned whether 19 hijackers were responsible for the Sept. 11 terror attacks, and suggested a broader conspiracy may have brought down the Twin Towers and killed more than 2,700 people.
FDNY Chaplain Resigns After Remarks About 9/11 Conspiracy Theory 30 Sep 2005 The fire department's Muslim chaplain abruptly resigned Friday after saying in a published interview that a conspiracy, not 19 al-Qaida hijackers, may have been responsible for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks... "It takes two or three weeks to demolish a building like that. But it was pulled down in a couple of hours," Intikab Habib told Newsday. "Was it 19 hijackers who brought it down, or was it a conspiracy?"
Because the 'old' charges were bogus: New charges filed against 2 Albany, NY Muslims 30 Sep 2005 Two Islamic men accused in an FBI sting are facing new charges of helping a terrorist organization a year after the judge in the case said there was no evidence of their links to extremist groups. The indictments were based on new evidence presented by prosecutors who, since being sharply criticized by the judge a year ago, have traveled the globe [at taxpayers' expense] to 'strengthen' their 'case.'
Bush pardons drug dealers and bomber - destruction of 'energy facility' --Justice Department Releases List of Pardons Granted by President Bush U.S. Newswire 30 Sep 2005 President [sic] George W. Bush granted pardons to the following 14 individuals... "Jesse Ray Harvey, Scarbro, W.Va. Offense: Property damage by use of explosives and destruction of an energy facility; 18 U.S.C. 844(i) and 1366(a)."
FEMA Sent $100 Million Ice Cubs on Trips to Nowhere 02 Oct 2005 Ninety-one thousand tons of ice cubes - intended to cool food, medicine and sweltering victims of the Hurricane Katrina - cost taxpayers more than $100 million... and most of it would never be delivered.
Texas mayors say FEMA didn't deliver on promise to do better 30 Sep 2005 ...Throughout Jefferson County, where Rita downed power lines and trees, knocked out communications and damaged homes and oil refineries, mayors and local officials this week voiced similar complaints. They said FEMA failed to keep its promise to deliver emergency aid and avoid making some of the same mistakes that followed Hurricane Katrina.
AAS Statement on the Teaching of Evolution Adopted 20 September 2005 "The American Astronomical Society supports teaching evolution in our nation’s K-12 science classes. Evolution is a valid scientific theory for the origin of species that has been repeatedly tested and verified through observation, formulation of testable statements to explain those observations, and controlled experiments or additional observations to find out whether these ideas are right or wrong... Even if there were no such agreement, 'Intelligent Design' fails to meet the basic definition of a scientific idea: its proponents do not present testable hypotheses and do not provide evidence for their views that can be verified or duplicated by subsequent researchers. Since 'Intelligent Design' is not science, it does not belong in the science curriculum of the nation’s primary and secondary schools."
Minutemen step up US border patrol; violence feared 30 Sep 2005 A U.S. militia group will launch a month-long sweep for illegal immigrants along the border with Mexico this weekend, stepping up a campaign that has raised fears of violence.
Police: Killers target immigrants 01 Oct 2005 Tifton, Georgia --Five people, including one of Efrain Navarro's roommates, had been brutally slain in their homes. Six more were wounded, one critically. The dead were all Mexican immigrants...
Bennett blasted for crime comment 30 Sep 2005 Democratic lawmakers and civil rights leaders have denounced former U.S. Education Secretary [Reichwing whackjob] William Bennett for his remark on crime and black abortions. Bennett, a conservative radio talk show host, suggested on the air that aborting black children would reduce the U.S. crime rate.
House approves major overhaul of Endangered Species Act 30 Sep 2005 The House yesterday destroyed ['approved a top-to-bottom overhaul'] of the landmark 1973 Endangered Species Act, perhaps the nation's most powerful environmental law.
Baby Bear Gets Close To Crawling 01 Oct 2005 The National Zoo's giant panda cub, born July 9, is 12 weeks old today. Born with his eyes closed and with no fur to defend himself from the cold, the cub now can see and is a fully furred miniature version of a black-and-white adult...
Bird flu jumps transmission barrier in humans 01 Oct 2005 Bird flu has broken the transmission barrier and jumped from human to human, according to the World Health Organisation. Most cases have been bird to human but transmission between people increases fears of a global pandemic.
Colo. prairie dogs hit with bubonic plague 29 Sep 2005 Health officials have issued a warning concerning bubonic plague-infected prairie dogs in the Boulder, Colo., area.
SEC Opens Full Probe Into Frist Stock Sale 29 Sep 2005 Federal prosecutors and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating the sale of HCA Inc. stock by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Cat Torturer-Tenn., whose family founded the company that grew into the nation's largest for-profit health care chain. [See: Dr. Bill Frist, Moral Monster: He'd Do Anything for Pussy By Alexander Cockburn 31 Dec 2002 "...[Citing a profile of Bill Frist] by Michael Kranish in the Boston Globe Sunday magazine for October 27, 2002, covering the years when Frist was in Boston, first at Harvard Medical School and then at Mass General. '...Frist now found himself forced to kill animals during medical research. And his new dilemma was finding enough animals to kill. Soon, he began lying to obtain more animals. He went to the animal shelters around Boston and promised he would care for the cats as pets. Then he killed them during experiments. 'It was a heinous and dishonest thing to do,' Frist wrote. 'I was going a little crazy.'"]
Feds Unable to Search Own Anti-Terrorism Database --TSA Stops Deleting "Secure Flight" Records, But Drags Feet On Project Transparency 29 Sep 2005 After receiving hundreds of requests from Americans asking to know what personal information the government has obtained about them, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) told passengers that it "does not have the capability to perform a simple computer-based search" to locate individual records.
FCC Releases Orders for Internet Backdoor Wiretap Access 29 Sep 2005 Quietly last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a 59-page document outlining new rules forcing broadband internet and voice-over-IP (VoIP) phone service providers to open up their systems to federal, state and local law enforcement officials.
Retired general: Iraq invasion was 'strategic disaster' 29 Sep 2005 The invasion of Iraq was the "greatest strategic disaster in United States history," a retired Army general said yesterday, strengthening an effort in Congress to force an American withdrawal beginning next year.
Top U.S. General Says Number of Capable Iraqi Battalions Drops to One 29 Sep 2005 The number of Iraqi battalions capable of combat without U.S. support has dropped from three to one, the top American commander in Iraq told Congress Thursday, prompting Republicans to question whether U.S. troops will be able to withdraw next year.
Iraqi bombers kill 60 while US Senate told of troop shortfalls 30 Sep 2005 A volley of evening suicide bombs devastated the centre of the mainly Shia town of Balad, killing at least 60 people and injuring 70 others, as American top brass admitted there were fewer Iraqi troops capable of fighting 'insurgents' than previously claimed.
Triple car bomb attack kills at least 85 30 Sep 2005 At least 85 people were killed and more than 110 wounded today when three car bombs exploded within minutes of each other in the mainly Shi'ite central Iraqi town of Balad, police said.
Female bomber kills 6 Iraqi army recruits 29 Sep 2005 A woman disguised in a man's robe and headdress slipped into a line of army recruits Wednesday and detonated explosives strapped to her body, killing at least six recruits and wounding 35 -- the first known suicide attack by a woman in Iraq's insurgency.
Troops Wait for Body Armor Reimbursements 29 Sep 2005 Nearly a year after Congress demanded action, the Pentagon has still failed to figure out a way to reimburse soldiers for body armor and equipment they purchased to better protect themselves while serving in Iraq. [11 May 2005: Army gives Halliburton $72m bonus --The US Army said yesterday that it had awarded $72 million in bonuses to Halliburton Co. for logistics work in Iraq.]
Judge Orders Release of Abu Ghraib Photos 29 Sep 2005 Saying the United States "does not surrender to blackmail," a judge ruled Thursday that pictures of detainee abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison must be released over government claims that they could damage America's image.
Blair apologises to manhandled heckler 30 Sep 2005 The British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, apologised yesterday to an 82-year-old man who was ejected from the Labour Party annual conference for heckling the Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, over the Iraq war. Walter Wolfgang shouted "liar" and "nonsense" at Mr Straw as he made his speech about Iraq on Wednesday.
'We have been lied to about the war. I dared to speak the truth' By Walter Wolfgang 30 Sep 2005 "My case is not important. But what happened to me when I was ejected from the Labour conference - simply for a one-word protest during Jack Straw's speech this week - tells us there is something deeply wrong with the culture of our Government under Tony Blair. We have been lied to about the war. But not only that. The party has been manipulated so that it has not been allowed to discuss the issue properly."
Top Officials Told to Testify in Rights Suit 29 Sep 2005 A federal judge in Brooklyn ruled yesterday that former Attorney General John Ashcroft, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other top government officials will have to answer questions under oath in a lawsuit that accuses them of personally conspiring to violate the rights of Muslim immigrants held in a federal detention center in Brooklyn after 9/11.
Ex-Pentagon Analyst Is Said to Agree to a Guilty Plea 29 Sep 2005 Lawrence A. Franklin, the former Defense Department analyst charged in a far-ranging national security inquiry with passing classified military information to pro-Israel lobbyists, has agreed to a guilty plea, officials said Thursday.
Bin Laden's little helper --US administration lectures about God delivered to Muslims are a dangerous folly By Sidney Blumenthal "This week, [Karen] Hughes embarked on her first trip as undersecretary... 'It is stunning to the extent Hughes is helping bin Laden,' says Robert Pape, a University of Chicago political scientist who has conducted extensive research into the motives of suicide terrorists... 'If you set out to help bin Laden,' he says, 'you could not have done it better than Hughes.'" [Well, actually, Bush did it better, by employing him.]
Judith Miller released from jail 29 Sep 2005 Judith Miller, the New York Times 'reporter' jailed since July 6 for refusing to identify a source, was released this afternoon following a telephone conversation with the alleged source - the vice pResident's chief of staff. She is expected to testify before a grand jury in Washington, a source said, possibly as early as Friday. Miller spoke from jail two weeks ago with Vice pResident Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby, according to Libby's lawyer, Joseph Tate. During that conversation, Libby reaffirmed that he had released Miller from a promise of confidentiality more than a year ago, Tate said.
Miller Agrees to Testify in CIA Leak Probe 30 Sep 2005 After nearly three months behind bars, New York Times 'reporter' Judith Miller was released Thursday after agreeing to testify in the investigation into the disclosure of the identity of a covert CIA officer.
Cuba says exile ruling belies U.S. anti-terror war 29 Sep 2005 Cuba accused the U.S. government on Thursday of protecting a Cuban exile wanted for the bombing of a passenger plane while hypocritically sending American soldiers to die fighting terrorism.
U.S. wants to keep Internet governance control 29 Sep 2005 A senior U.S. official rejected calls today for a U.N. body to take over control of the main computers that direct traffic on the Internet, reiterating U.S. intentions to keep its historical role as the medium's principal overseer.
Bush's man confirmed as US chief justice 29 Sep 2005 John Roberts was today confirmed as the 17th US chief justice, an appointment that could set the tone of the supreme court for more than a generation. Mr Roberts, a conservative appeal court judge and Dictator George Bush's choice, was confirmed by a vote in the US senate as the successor to the late William Rehnquist. [Roberts was in the White House, watching the Confirmation hearings on TV with Dictator Bush. Remember the 'Omen,' Part III? Damien's in.]
Senate Roll Vote 29 Sep 2005 The Senate voted 78-22 to confirm John G. Roberts as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. YES [for confirmation] - 55 Republicans, 22 Democrats, One Independent
Roberts sworn in as Chief Justice 29 Sep 2005 John Roberts has been sworn in as the 17th Chief Justice of the United States, taking his oath at a White House ceremony attended by Dictator George W Bush and other justices of the Supreme Court.
DeLay Court Appearance Set for Late Oct. 30 Sep 2005 Rep. Tom DeLay was summoned to appear in a Texas courtroom in three weeks, the initial legal step in his transition from the second-ranking House Republican to a criminal defendant. DeLay, meanwhile, provided new details Thursday about his behind-the scenes effort to try to convince prosecutors he shouldn't be indicted.
Lawmakers want probe of FDA chief's departure 29 Sep 2005 U.S. lawmakers requested on Thursday an investigation into the sudden resignation of Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Lester Crawford and whether it was related to potential conflicts of interest from financial holdings.
Senators Want Cruise Ship Deal Explained 30 Sep 2005 Two senators on Thursday asked federal officials to explain their decision to sign a $236 million deal with Carnival Cruise Lines for Hurricane Katrina housing, saying Greece was ready to provide two ships for free.
Million-dollar refugee ships lying half empty 30 Sep 2005 They are the biggest, most expensive refugee boats, hired by the US Government to house the victims of Hurricane Katrina at a cost of a quarter of a billion dollars. But the three cruise liners are lying more than half empty and critics say they are evidence of the Government's mismanagement of the disaster and lack of preparation.
Housing for Storm's Evacuees Lagging Far Behind U.S. Goals 30 Sep 2005 After Hurricane Katrina left hundreds of thousands of people homeless, the Federal Emergency Management Agency signed contracts for more than $2 billion in temporary housing, including more than 120,000 trailers and mobile homes. But the agency has placed just 109 Louisiana families in those homes.
Here's a big *bleeping* surprise: All Gulf oil output shut down 29 Sep 2005 'Hurricanes Rita and Katrina' [Halliburton, ExxonMobil terrorists] have damaged more offshore drilling rigs than any storm in recent times, and one report Wednesday said all oil production in the Gulf of Mexico has temporarily ceased.
'Rita' may shut 2 U.S. oil reserve sites for 10 days 29 Sep 2005 Two sites in Texas and Louisiana that store the government's emergency oil stockpile could be without electricity for up to 10 days because of 'Hurricane Rita' [Halliburton, ExxonMobil terrorists] and will not be able to release crude, according to the Energy Department.
Calif. Gov. Vetoes Bills to Hike the Minimum Wage 29 Sep 2005 GOP-installed California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill Thursday that would increase the minimum wage by $1 an hour to $7.75 over the next two years.
Calif. Gov. Vetoes Gay Marriage Bill 29 Sep 2005 GOP-installed California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger followed through Thursday on his promise to veto a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.
Calif. Gov. Vetoes Bill Banning Redskins Team Name 30 Sep 2005 GOP-installed California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed on Thursday a bill that would have banned public schools from using "Redskins" as a sports team name because it is racist [just like Schwarzenegger himself].
Bennett Under Fire for Remark on Crime and Black Abortions 30 Sep 2005 Democratic lawmakers and civil rights leaders denounced conservative commentator [Reichwing whackjob] William J. Bennett yesterday for suggesting on his syndicated radio show that aborting black children would reduce the U.S. crime rate.
Senator Demands Bennett Apology for Remark 29 Sep 2005 Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and other Democrats on Thursday demanded that former Education Secretary William Bennett apologize for remarks on his radio program linking the crime rate and the abortion of black babies.
Pandemic 'could kill 150m people' 30 Sep 2005 A leading United Nations official has warned there could be a new influenza outbreak at any time which could kill up to 150 million people.
50 Indonesia bird flu cases suspected 29 Sep 2005 Indonesia faces more than 50 suspected cases of deadly bird flu, Indonesian health ministry officials said on Thursday, while lowering their figure on deaths from the disease to five from an earlier estimate of six.
Senate approves $4 bln to fight bird flu 29 Sep 2005 The Senate passed legislation on Thursday to add $4 billion to the U.S. fight 'against' deadly avian flu by stocking up on anti-viral drugs and increasing global surveillance of the disease.
Southern California Fire Spreads to 17,000 Acres 29 Sep 2005 Along the northwestern edge of Los Angeles, firefighters aren't making any progress against a wildfire that now covers 17,000 acres or more, and threatens hundreds of homes.
US forces 'out of control', says Reuters chief 28 Sep 2005 Reuters has told the US government that American forces' conduct towards journalists in Iraq is "spiralling out of control" and preventing full coverage of the war reaching the public... The Reuters news service chief referred to "a long parade of disturbing incidents whereby professional journalists have been killed, wrongfully detained, and/or illegally abused by US forces in Iraq".
Republicans See Signs That Pentagon Is Evading Oversight 29 Sep 2005 Republican members of Congress say there are signs that the Defense Department may be carrying out new intelligence activities through programs intended to escape oversight from Congress and the new director of national intelligence.
Heckler, 82, who dared called Straw a liar is held under terrorist law 29 Sep 2005 An 82-year-old activist last night after he was roughly thrown out of the party conference for heckling Jack Straw on Iraq. Walter Wolfgang, a refugee from Nazi Germany [déjà vu] and a Labour Party member since 1948, was immediately surrounded by security staff in full view of the television cameras and ejected from the hall in Brighton as officials revoked his pass. When he tried to re-enter the secure zone, he was stopped by a police officer citing the Terrorism Act.
U.S. general casts doubt on 2006 troop cut in Iraq 28 Sep 2005 The top U.S. general in Iraq on Wednesday cast doubt on his previous forecasts of a substantial cut in American forces in 2006, saying Iraq was in a period of heightened uncertainty that made it "too soon to tell" if troops can be brought home.
Iraqi civilians killed wounded in Tal Afar 28 Sep 2005 Five Iraqi civilians were killed and 30 were wounded in a suicide-bomber attack in Tal Afar, Iraq, today, military officials reported.
Police infiltrators hold Basra in grip of terror New details of last week's violence have highlighted what many long suspected: Basra has fallen under the control of a cabal of renegade police commanders [US-UK agents] who have enforced a reign of terror in the city.
Nine dead in suicide attack on Afghan army center 28 Sep 2005 A suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up at an army training center in the Afghan capital, killing eight soldiers and a civilian and wounding 28 other troops, the defence ministry said.
Prisoner abuse wasn't a priority 28 Sep 2005 Army Capt. Ian Fishback said he tried for more than a year to get his commanding officers to pay attention to reports of widespread abuses [torture] of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. troops.
US troops upload photos of dead Iraqis for porn 29 Sep 2005 The US military said yesterday it was opening an investigation into reports that soldiers based in Iraq were posting gruesome photographs of dead Iraqis, including explicit shots of severed body parts and internal organs, on a Florida-based website in exchange for access to the site's pay-only archive of pornography.
Venezuela Says U.S. 'Hypocritical' With Terrorism 28 Sep 2005 Venezuela said the U.S. government is "hypocritical" in its fight against terrorism after a U.S. judge in Texas blocked extradition of terror suspect Luis Posada Carriles.
Pentagon cautious on police powers for U.S. troops 27 Sep 2005 Active-duty U.S. troops could take a greater early role in responding to future domestic natural disasters without assuming police duties, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Tuesday. The nation's top military officer, Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, also urged caution in any changes to an 1878 law that forbids federal troops from domestic law enforcement.
Negroponte Says Terror Database Is Working 28 Sep 2005 New York City police were led to a possible al-Qaida associate last month after a search of a federal terror database during a routine traffic search, National Intelligence Director [Reichwing terrorist] John D. Negroponte said Tuesday.
Assaulting police to be a felony 28 Sep 2005 Police officers and elected officials from across the state gathered in Annapolis yesterday to raise awareness of a new state law that makes it a felony to assault a police officer.
FEMA's Brown Was Warned Early of Shortages 28 Sep 2005 Former FEMA director Michael Brown was warned weeks before Hurricane Katrina hit that his agency's backlogged computer systems could delay supplies and put personnel at risk during an emergency, according to an audit released Wednesday.
Rita death toll makes dramatic jump 27 Sep 2005 At least 31 people died in Harris County connected to Hurricane Rita That's according to the Harris County Medical Examiner's office, and doesn't count the traffic deaths outside the county. The miles and miles of traffic jams, sweltering heat, and lack of water, services, fuel and help [Bush-FEMA f*ckups] along the routes took its toll.
LSU Has New 'Fraternity': the FBI 28 Sep 2005 A new fraternity of sorts has moved in on the Greek row at Louisiana State University: the FBI. About 50 New Orleans agents displaced by Hurricane Katrina will be living in the red-brick home once occupied by a fraternity exiled for hazing violations.
Brown Still On FEMA Payroll 27 Sep 2005 Former FEMA director Michael Brown is continuing to work at the Federal Emergency Management Agency at full pay, with his Sept. 12 resignation not taking effect for two more weeks, said Homeland Security Department spokesman Russ Knocke. The reason he will remain at FEMA about a month after his resignation, said Knocke, is that the agency wants to get the "proper download of his experience." [Why would that take a *month?* That download could be complete in 7 pico-seconds.]
After the storm, US media held to account for exaggerated tales of Katrina chaos 28 Sep 2005 The stories out of New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina... armed gangs terrorising evacuees in the Superdome and convention centre, bodies piling up by the dozen amid the stench and human waste, bodies stuffed into a freezer, children raped, murdered and thrown into waste bins. One month after the storm, however, it appears that few, if any, of the most lurid reports breathlessly repeated on American television, echoed in official statements and duly reported in many of the world's newspapers, had any basis in fact.
Blunt Picked to Replace DeLay as U.S. House Majority Leader 28 Sep 2005 U.S. Representative Roy Blunt of Missouri was selected by Republican lawmakers to become majority leader, replacing Tom DeLay, who temporarily [?!?] stepped aside after he was indicted today.
DeLay must appear in Austin on charge 28 Sep 2005 The next step in the criminal proceedings against Republican leader Tom DeLay is a trip to Austin to be fingerprinted and photographed. DeLay was indicted Wednesday on one count of criminal conspiracy for his alleged role in a campaign finance scheme that helped give Republicans power in the Texas House and in Congress.
Jury indicts top US congressman 28 Sep 2005 The Republican majority leader in the US House of Representatives Tom DeLay has been indicted with criminal conspiracy by a grand jury in Texas. The charge relates to a campaign finance scheme in which two of Mr DeLay's associates also stand accused.
Frist Made At Least $2 Million on Insider Trade By Jamie Court 28 Sep 2005 "New details of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's dumping of HCA stock just before it plummeted should give the SEC even more to chew over as it begins a formal investigation, with subpoena power, into Frist's contact with insiders at his family-founded and -run company. A new analysis by my Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights has found that Senator Frist made between $2 and $6 million by selling his HCA holdings just before stocks plummeted in the face of a bad earnings report."
SEC Ratchets Up Probe of Frist's HCA Stock Sale, People Say 27 Sep 2005 The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ratcheted up its probe of Senate Majority Leader [R-Thief] Bill First's sale of HCA Inc. shares, granting agency staff more legal power to obtain evidence, people with direct knowledge of the inquiry said.
Senate Poised to Confirm Roberts to Be 17th U.S. Chief Justice 29 Sep 2005 The U.S. Senate is poised to confirm John G. Roberts Jr. as the nation's 17th chief justice, and the first in 19 years, as Dictator George W. Bush moves closer to choosing a nominee to fill a second Supreme Court vacancy.
HCC officials ask county for money to build biotech labs 28 Sep 2005 (MD) Hagerstown Community College President Guy Altieri and Innovation Center director Chris Marschner discussed HCC's plans to build five or six biotechnology labs, also known as "wet labs," at the college's Innovation Center. Altieri wrote in the letter that he expects new firms to be created in the area as a result of the federal government's $5 billion plan to create a biodefense campus at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md.
Here's a big bleeping surprise: US House panels push bills to help energy industry 28 Sep 2005 Spurred by higher gasoline prices from two hurricanes, a U.S. House of Representatives panel was expected to approve on Wednesday a hastily written Republican bill that would boost refining capacity and roll back some air pollution rules. Democrats accused Republicans of exploiting gasoline price shocks set off by hurricanes Katrina and Rita to loosen bedrock Clean Air Act protections and hand incentives to U.S. oil companies basking in record profits.
Oil profits soaring, drivers suffering 28 Sep 2005 The nation's top five oil companies Exxon Mobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron and ConocoPhillips own 42 percent of U.S. refining. Comparing the first half of 2005 to the first half of 2004, net income increased 65 percent for ConocoPhillips; 39 percent for Royal Dutch Shell; 38 percent for Exxon Mobil; and 31 percent for BP. Chevron reported a 4 percent decrease.
Protesters ask Kennedy to vote against Alaska drilling 29 Sep 2005 Two St. Cloud State University professors and about two dozen other people gathered outside U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy's [R-Minn.] St. Cloud office Tuesday and urged him to vote against opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.
Sea ice melts to record low because of global warming 29 Sep 2005 Arctic sea ice has melted to a record low this month, prompting fears that the entire polar ice cap may disappear within decades.
Arctic ice 'disappearing fast' 28 Sep 2005 The area covered by sea ice in the Arctic has shrunk for a fourth consecutive year, according to new data released by US scientists. They say that this month sees the lowest extent of ice cover for more than a century.
Alaska landscape transformed by warmer climate 28 Sep 2005 Sinking villages perched on thawing permafrost, an explosion of timber-chewing insect populations, record wildfires and shrinking sea ice are among the most obvious and jarring signs that Alaska is getting warmer as the global climate changes, scientists say.
Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Infection in Humans --The Writing Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) Consultation on Human Influenza A/H5 (The New England Journal of Medicine) 29 Sep 2005 "An unprecedented epizootic avian influenza A (H5N1) virus that is highly pathogenic has crossed the species barrier in Asia to cause many human fatalities and poses an increasing pandemic threat."
Unease over bird flu pecking order 29 Sep 2005 (AU) The Federal Government should roll back the "culture of secrecy" surrounding how life-saving drugs will be rationed in the event of a bird flu pandemic, Labor says.
Bird flu: 54 Indonesians ill 28 Sep 2005 At least 54 people were being treated on Wednesday for suspected bird flu in Indonesia, where the disease had already claimed six lives, said officials.
Armed and dangerous - Flipper the firing dolphin let loose by Katrina 25 Sep 2005 Armed dolphins, trained by the US military to shoot terrorists and pinpoint spies underwater, may be missing in the Gulf of Mexico. Experts who have studied the US navy's cetacean training exercises claim the 36 mammals could be carrying 'toxic dart' guns. The US navy admits it has been training dolphins for military purposes, but has refused to confirm that any are missing.
House arrest for terror suspects 28 Sep 2005 Suspected terrorists as young as 16 will face house arrest for up to a year without being convicted of an offence under sweeping laws agreed to by all Australian governments.
Powers pave way for secret new world 28 Sep 2005 (AU) Secret detentions without charge, house arrests, even the possible monitoring of lawyers - this is the brave new security world embraced by Australia's leaders as a necessary evil in the fight against terrorism. A control order on a suspect that could put him or her under house arrest for a year, without charge, without trial, and without criminal standards of evidence, can be granted by a judge operating in a closed court, under the proposals the premiers agreed to.
High school project considered potential threat to Bush "The thumbtack in the photo was apparently placed somewhere on Bush's head." [ROFL!] 24 Sep 2005 A high school student's class project on freedoms in the U.S. attracted Secret Service agents to his school this week... In the student's photograph, a photograph of Bush is shown fastened to a wall with a thumbtack. Over the picture of Bush is a "thumbs-down" sign. The thumbtack in the photo was apparently placed somewhere on Bush's head, school spokeswoman Sandy Kinzel, said. Concerned that the thumbtack might represent a potential threat to the pResident, the company that developed the student's film notified authorities.
Saudis to get U.S. aid for 'war on terror' 28 Sep 2005 U.S. President George W. Bush has certified that Saudi Arabia is cooperating in the "war on [of] terrorism," clearing the way for aid that would otherwise have been blocked under U.S. law.
Evacuees kept in Dallas Decker Detention Center 26 Sep 2005 ...Approximately 700 hurricane evacuees will likely go to the city's convention center and Dallas County's Decker Detention Center, a former jail. The evacuees were prevented from talking with the media Monday afternoon as they filed into Reunion.
Rita victims are living 'like cavemen' in wake of storm 27 Sep 2005 Nearly four days after Hurricane Rita hit, many of the storm's sweltering victims along the Texas Gulf Coast were still waiting for electricity, gasoline, water and other relief Tuesday, prompting one top emergency official to complain that people are "living like cavemen."
RFID VeriChips were implanted in bodies of hurricane victims 24 Sep 2005 Forensic experts have implanted computer chips in the bodies of Hurricane Katrina victims to help identify the hundreds left dead in South Mississippi and Louisiana.
Hurricanes Give Lobbyists Hope --Groups Recast Wish Lists as Relief 28 Sep 2005 With Congress dangling as much as $200 billion in hurricane-related aid, lobbyists for oil companies, airlines, manufacturers and others are clamoring to get their share.
FEMA Criticized for $236M Cruise Ship Deal 28 Sep 2005 On Sept. 1, the Federal Emergency Management Agency pleaded with the U.S. Military Sealift Command: The government needed 10,000 berths on full-service cruise ships, FEMA said... The hasty appeal yielded one of the most controversial contracts of the Hurricane Katrina relief operation, a $236 million agreement with Carnival Cruise Lines for three ships that now bob more than half empty in the Mississippi River and Mobile Bay. Carnival, which is headquartered in Miami but incorporated for tax purposes in Panama, paid just $3 million in income tax benefits on $1.9 billion in pretax income last year, according to company documents.
FEMA Rehires Michael Brown 26 Sep 2005 CBS News correspondent Gloria Borger reports that Michael Brown, who recently resigned as the head of the FEMA, has been rehired by the agency as a consultant to evaluate its response following Hurricane Katrina. [Scroll to '6:44 PM' item.]
MSNBC 'Question of the Day' Mike Brown on FEMA's payroll: Can it be justified? * 11631 responses - Yes 18%; No 82%
Former FEMA Head Blames Others for Hurricane Response Problems --Michael Brown calls Louisiana officials "dysfunctional." [Hello, Pot? This is Kettle...] 27 Sep 2005 Former FEMA Director Michael Brown today blamed much of what went wrong with the government's response to Hurricane Katrina on Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, telling a House committee that the key elected officials were "dysfunctional" as the hurricane bore down on New Orleans.
Brown: Focus on terrorism drained FEMA 28 Sep 2005 The Bush administration's fixation on fighting terrorism has drained the Federal Emergency Management Agency, leaving it demoralized, ill-equipped and under-manned, the agency's former director told a House investigative panel on Tuesday.
FEMA Plans to Reimburse Faith Groups for Aid --As Civil Libertarians Object, Religious Organizations Weigh Whether to Apply 27 Sep 2005 After weeks of prodding by Republican lawmakers and the American Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said yesterday that it will use taxpayer money to reimburse churches and other religious organizations that have opened their doors to provide shelter, food and supplies to survivors of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Pelosi, Waxman Introduce Anti-Cronyism Bill 27 Sep 2005 U.S. Newswire --Today, Congressman Henry A. Waxman and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi introduced the Anti-Cronyism and Public Safety Act, which would prohibit the President from appointing unqualified individuals to critical public safety positions in the government.
Bill would give Bush $50B more for wars 26 Sep 2005 The Senate would give Dictator Bush $50 billion more for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan [Halliburton and Bechtel] as part of a $440 billion 'defense' spending measure a panel approved Monday.
Blair Tells His Party He Will Keep Troops in Iraq 28 Sep 2005 In a keynote speech intended to reinforce his political dominance, a pugnacious Prime Minister Tony Blair pledged Tuesday to keep British troops in Iraq and to "remain the strongest ally of the United States."
Britons want troops out of Iraq 26 Sep 2005 Fifty-one percent of British people want the government to set out plans for withdrawing from Iraq, according to an opinion poll published on Monday.
Entire 101st Airborne Division Deploying to Iraq 23 Sep 2005 The 101st Airborne Division is once again answering the call to serve in Iraq. Around 20,000 soldiers got their final briefing Friday afternoon at Ft. Campbell.
Bomb Kills 7 Police Recruits in Hub of Iraq's Insurgency 28 Sep 2005 A man wearing a belt of explosives under his clothing walked into a crowd of recruits gathered outside a police compound northeast of Baghdad on Tuesday morning and detonated his payload, killing seven and wounding 23 in a spray of burning metal, police officials said.
Iraq bomber kills 10 oil workers 26 Sep 2005 A suicide bomber has rammed his car into a bus carrying employees of Iraq's oil ministry, killing at least 10 and wounding 30.
Five teachers shot dead in classroom 28 Sep 2005 'Armed men dressed as police officers' [US death squads] burst into a primary school south of Baghdad, rounded up five Shiite teachers and their driver, marched them to an empty classroom and killed them.
For the hundredth time: No. 2 Leader of al-Qaida in Iraq Killed 28 Sep 2005 Iraqi and U.S. forces claimed a major blow against one of the country's deadliest 'insurgent' groups Tuesday, saying [*again*] they killed the No. 2 leader of al-Qaida in Iraq... [BTW, there was no 'al Qaeda' in Iraq, prior to Bush's invasion.]
Depleted uranium tests for US troops returning from Iraq 28 Sep 2005 US troops returning from Iraq are for the first time to be offered state-of-the-art radiation testing to check for contamination from depleted uranium - a controversial substance linked by some to cancer and birth defects.
Army Probes Complaints of Corpse Photos 27 Sep 2005 The Army is investigating complaints that soldiers posted photographs of Iraqi corpses on an Internet site in exchange for access to pornographic images on the site, officials said Tuesday.
Hicks trial: attempted murder charge 'farcical' 27 Sep 2005 Australian terror suspect David Hicks will face "farcical" charges at a US military tribunal hearing starting on November 18, his father says. The Pentagon today announced that date as Hicks' first scheduled motions hearing at the US military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - where the Adelaide born man has been detained since January 2002.
Private Gets 3 Years for Iraq Prison Abuse 28 Sep 2005 Pfc. Lynndie England, a 22-year-old clerk in the Army who was photographed with naked Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison, was sentenced on Tuesday to three years in prison and a dishonorable discharge for her role in the scandal.
Two U.S. Servicemembers Killed in Afghanistan 27 Sep 2005 A U.S. soldier and a U.S. Marine were killed Sept. 26 in separate attacks near Kandahar and Asadabad, Afghanistan, military officials reported today.
9/11 = Inside Job! Contingent at SF Anti-War Rally By Carol Brouillet 26 Sep 2005 "In San Francisco on Saturday in a crowd that was, at least, 50,000 strong. There were many 9-11 Truth activists."
Sheehan Arrested During Anti-War Protest 26 Sep 2005 Cindy Sheehan, the California woman who has used her son's death in Iraq to spur the anti-war movement, was arrested Monday while protesting outside the White House.
25 Arrested at Pentagon Action (dc.indymedia) 26 Sep 2005 25 Activists arrested at the Pentagon this morning in a direct action. Others asked to have their bags searched. Pentagon Metro station apparently closed down momentarily.
Iraq war opponents march on White House 26 Sep 2005 Several hundred anti-war protesters marched to the White House today, demanding the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq.
From St. Petersburg to London, protesters unite --Hundreds gather in Williams Park to protest the war while other rallies, including one 100,000 strong in Washington, take place around the world. 25 Sep 2005 An estimated 400 to 500 people gathered downtown in Williams Park (FL) on Saturday to protest the war in Iraq.
Police Chief Abruptly Resigns in New Orleans 27 Sep 2005 The police superintendent of New Orleans, Edwin P. Compass III, abruptly resigned today, four weeks after Hurricane Katrina put the city under water and into chaos, with people who had stayed behind left for days to fend for themselves amid reports of looting and lawlessness.
Reports of anarchy at Superdome overstated 26 Sep 2005 The vast majority of reported atrocities committed by evacuees inside the Superdome — mass murders, rapes and beatings — have turned out to be false, or at least unsupported by any evidence, according to key military, law-enforcement, medical and civilian officials in positions to know.
White Lawmaker Likens Black Colleagues, KKK 27 Sep 2005 A white Tennessee lawmaker [and Nazi] lamenting his exclusion from the state's Black Legislative Caucus claimed Tuesday the group was less accommodating that even the Ku Klux Klan.
'Intelligent Design' Court Battle Begins 26 Sep 2005 "Intelligent design" is a religious theory that was inserted in a school district's curriculum with no concern for whether it had scientific underpinnings, a lawyer told a federal judge Monday as a landmark trial got under way.
Societies worse off 'when they have God on their side' 27 Sep 2005 Religious belief can cause damage to a society, contributing towards high murder rates, abortion, sexual promiscuity and suicide, according to research published today. According to the study, belief in and worship of God are not only unnecessary for a healthy society but may actually contribute to social problems.
America's Next Election Nightmare By Andrew Gumbel 27 Sep 2005 "In the 2000 presidential election we had Katherine Harris. In 2004 it was Kenneth Blackwell. And now a new horror show is about to play out in the troubled landscape of America’s dysfunctional democracy – yet another top state election official who also happens to be openly cheerleading for one side in a race for high office. The new poster-child for how not to run elections is Cathy Cox, the Secretary of State of Georgia... She won’t merely be helping to run someone else’s campaign in next year’s mid-terms; she will be running for office herself."
Three charged in gangland-style murder of Suncruz founder 'Gus' Boulis 27 Sep 2005 Perhaps solving one of South Florida's most notorious crimes, police arrested three men Tuesday in the 2001 ambush slaying of Konstaninos "Gus'' Boulis -- a murder that happened a few months after Boulis sold a fleet of casino boats to prominent Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a partner.
Weather Modification Act of 2005 --Weather Modification Research and Technology Transfer Authorization Act of 2005 (Introduced in House) [ed. and the Senate as S 517 IS] HR 2995 IH June 20, 2005 --A BILL To establish the Weather Modification Operations and Research Board, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the 'Weather Modification Research and Technology Transfer Authorization Act of 2005'. SEC. 2. PURPOSE. It is the purpose of this Act to develop and implement a comprehensive and coordinated national weather modification policy and a national cooperative Federal and State program of weather modification research and development.
Changes to Endangered Species Act could remove roadblocks to energy development 25 Sep 2005 As a sweeping rewrite of the Endangered Species Act makes its way to the House floor as early as this week, some environmentalists are fearful the legislation could further Colorado’s already booming oil and gas industry.
U.S. to cut critical bird habitat on West Coast 27 Sep 2005 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife DisService on Monday announced that West Coast beach-front critical habitat for the threatened western snowy plover will be cut back by nearly 40 percent, continuing a Bush regime policy of reducing habitat protections for threatened and endangered species to reduce economic losses.
TV Series Pitch Ends in Arrest on Fraud Charges 24 Sep 2005 Saying his 'Homeland Security' drama had the blessing of President [sic] Bush and others in Washington, D.C., Joseph M. Medawar in May 2003 quickly found plenty of backers for the show — one that he promised would be followed by a reality-based series titled "Fighting Terrorism Together." But on Friday, Medawar was arrested by FBI and IRS agents on charges that he bilked at least 70 investors out of more than $5.5 million.
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