October 2006 Archives
US Citizen Indicted for Treason Since WWII Era 11 Oct 2006 A
former resident of Orange County, Calif., has become the first person
to be charged with treason against the United States since the World
War II era, the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Wednesday. Adam
Gadahn "gave al Qaeda aid and comfort ... with intent
to betray the United States," according to the treason count in the
indictment, which was returned by a federal grand jury in Santa Ana,
Calif. [The first 'person' to be indicted for treason should be George
US weighs first treason charges in over 50 years 11 Oct 2006 A California-born convert to Islam could become the first American accused of treason since World War Two after he appeared in al Qaeda [al CIAduh] videos, sources familiar with the man's case said on Wednesday.
Al Qaeda Suspect: U.S. Government Gave Me LSD 11 Oct 2006 An alleged operative for 'Al Qaeda' imprisoned for 3 1/2 years as an enemy combatant is saying he was tortured and forcibly medicated with "a sort of truth serum" while in a Navy brig. Lawyers for Jose Padilla made the claims of torture in a motion filed last week with a federal court in Florida. "He was threatened with being cut with a knife and having alcohol poured on the wounds. He was also threatened with imminent execution," the chief federal defender in Miami, Michael Caruso, wrote. "Additionally, Padilla was given drugs against his will, believed to be some form of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) or phencyclidine (PCP), to act as a sort of truth serum during his interrogations." Padilla's attorneys argued that the alleged torture constitutes "outrageous government conduct" that requires that the criminal case against Padilla be dismissed.
Jose Padilla claims US agents tortured him 10 Oct 2006 Jose Padilla is claiming that US agents tortured him after he was charged with being an al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] operative. In this Intelligence Report: startling details of Padilla's allegations.
Court to rule on UK Guantanamo cases 12 Oct 2006 Relatives of British residents still held by the United States at Guantanamo Bay camp will learn on Thursday whether their latest legal moves to force the UK Foreign Secretary to seek their release have been successful. They have challenged the High Court's refusal earlier this year to condemn the Foreign Office for not putting pressure on the Unites States for their release.
Bankruptcy Judge Denounces U.S. Policy 09 Oct 2006 A judge who usually constrains his opinions to the technicalities of bankruptcy law broke from habit last week and denounced U.S. policy on the detention of "enemy combatants" as "the tactics of the old Soviet Union." In an e-mail message to National Public Radio that was read aloud on NPR's "Morning Edition" program Friday, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Leif Clark attacked the views of a former Bush administration official who had framed the White House policy on the detention of suspected terrorists.
Iraq deaths put at 655,000 11 Oct 2006 American and Iraqi public health experts have calculated that about 655,000 Iraqis have died as a result of the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion and subsequent violence, far above previous estimates.
Violence forces 1,000 Iraqis a day to flee homes: U.N. 11 Oct 2006 Over 1,000 Iraqis are fleeing their homes each day because of rampant [US] violence, and revenge killings are "totally out of control," the U.N.'s top humanitarian official said on Wednesday. Jan Egeland, U.N. Under-Secretary General, told a news conference that sectarian violence and military operations had forced over 315,000 to flee their homes in the past eight months.
Baghdad death toll: 110 in two days 11 Oct 2006 Iraqi police found 50 bodies dumped across Baghdad yesterday, apparent victims of 'sectarian' [US] death squads, and a bombing at a bakery in the capital killed 10 people in the biggest single attack of the day. The discovery of the bodies, many tortured and all shot, brought to at least 110 the number found in Baghdad in the past two days, an Interior Ministry official said.
5 Killed in Violence Around Iraq 11 Oct 2006 Violence around Iraq claimed at least five lives on Wednesday, including a bomb in a parked car that exploded next to a police patrol in southeastern Baghdad, killing two passers-by.
Army: Troops to Stay in Iraq Until 2010 11 Oct 2006 The U.S. Army has plans to keep the current level of soldiers in Iraq through 2010, the top Army officer said Wednesday, a later date than any Bush administration or Pentagon officials have mentioned thus far.
No way out soon in Iraq, Rove tells GOP faithful 10 Oct 2006 Pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq now could leave behind a [US] terrorist state with oil revenue to finance attacks around the world, White House political strategist Karl Rove said in Fayetteville on Tuesday.
U.S. general sees high troop level in Iraq for years 11 Oct 2006 The U.S. Army is planning on the basis that it may have to keep its current high troop levels in Iraq until at least 2010, its chief of staff said on Wednesday.
U.S. court backs fine for Iraq humanitarian visits 10 Oct 2006 A Seattle man who traveled to Iraq nine times to deliver medicines during the 1990-2003 international embargo was properly fined more then $13,000, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday.
Britain forced to use private helicopters in Afghanistan 11 Oct 2006 The desperate shortage of helicopters in Afghanistan has forced the Ministry of Defence to seek the help of a private helicopter company, the government has admitted.
Bush Says North Korea Faces 'Serious Repercussions' 11 Oct 2006 President [sic] George W. Bush said North Korea must face "serious repercussions" for its claim that it tested a nuclear device while pledging to deal with the crisis through diplomacy rather than military confrontation.
Quake off Japan said source of false nuke test report 10 Oct 2006 The U.S. Geological Survey said on Tuesday it had detected a 5.8 magnitude earthquake off the coast off northern Japan and a U.S. official said the temblor appeared to be the source of speculation that North Korea had tested another nuclear device.
New Bush Space Policy Unveiled, Stresses U.S. Freedom of Action 07 Oct 2006 U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush has authorized a sweeping new national space policy, green-lighting an overarching national policy that governs the conduct of America’s space activities. Without fanfare [of course], the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) rolled out the National Space Policy on October 6—a document that supersedes a September 1996 version of the directive... The policy calls upon the Secretary of Defense to "develop capabilities, plans, and options to ensure freedom of action in space, and, if directed, deny such freedom of action to adversaries." The Director of National Intelligence is charged by the policy to "provide a robust foreign space intelligence collection and analysis capability that provides timely information and data to support national and homeland security."
Letter From Space Journalists to NASA Administrator Griffin Regarding Recent Security Policy Changes at NASA Headquarters 10 Oct 2006 'Dear Dr. Griffin: As journalists who cover NASA, we are deeply concerned about the new policy effective October 1 barring all news media from entering headquarters in Washington without an escort from the Office of Public Affairs. This policy, made without consultation with the media, runs directly counter to the space agency's longstanding tradition and reputation for openness and cooperation with reporters and editors. In order to receive a NASA badge, journalists must provide detailed information as well as their fingerprints to agency security officials. The badge entitles media to meet with officials within headquarters without a constant escort. Under the new policy, the only advantage that the badge will confer is the ability to pass through security without being searched. We are unclear as to why this change was made, and the nature of the threat posed by credentialed journalists.'
Bush administration encouraged to use kids as informants to quell school violence [Stop sending CIA snipers on killing sprees as Weapons of Mass Distraction - that'll work.] 10 Oct 2006 Encouraging school kids to be informants when necessary may be one way to stop violence before it erupts, a summit called by Dictator George W. Bush was told Tuesday. "Our first line of prevention is really having good intelligence," Delbert Elliott, director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence in Boulder, Colo., told participants in a conference called by the Bush regime in the wake of a spate of recent [CIA] shootings in schools.
Officer Shows Up to School Because of 8-Year-Old's Overdue Books 06 Oct 2006 An eight-year-old East Texas boy got a visit from a Mt. Vernon police officer during school hours. The reason: five overdue library books from the Franklin County Library.
Guardsmen on patrol in New Orleans shoot man 10 Oct 2006 Two Louisiana National Guard soldiers shot at a man, officials said. Monday’s shooting occurred when the man, whom police didn’t identify, refused an order to drop an object in his hand [?!?] as he approached the soldiers.
Pennsylvania Officer Shoots, Kills Man 11 Oct 2006 A Reading police officer shot and killed a man in the city Monday night. Police said Thomas Troop was inside his home on North 6th Street when he was shot. Police said Troop refused to drop a knife and moved toward the officer [?!?] before he was shot.
Brown says Britain must stand firm with US in fight against terror 11 Oct 2006 Gordon Brown has warned that the fight against [for] terrorism will be undermined unless Europe and the United States avoid a repeat of the divisions between them over the Iraq war.
FBI Agents Still Lacking Arabic Skills --33 of 12,000 Have Some Proficiency 11 Oct 2006 Five years after Arab terrorists attacked the United States, only 33 FBI agents have even a limited proficiency in Arabic, and none of them work in the sections of the bureau that coordinate investigations of international terrorism, according to new FBI statistics.
Professor says U.S. gov't behind 9/11 attacks 11 Oct 2006 An American professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who believes the U.S. government organized the Sept. 11 attacks has included his essay comparing President [sic] Bush to Adolf Hitler in a book of essays students are required to purchase for his course.
"Hitler had a good 20 to 30 IQ points on Bush, so comparing Bush to Hitler would in many ways be an insult to Hitler." [Exactly.] --Kevin Barrett UW Instructor Compares Bush to Hitler 11 Oct 2006 A university instructor who came under scrutiny for arguing that the U.S. government orchestrated the Sept. 11 attacks likens President [sic] Bush to Adolf Hitler in an essay his students are being required to buy for his course. The essay by Kevin Barrett, "Interpreting the Unspeakable: The Myth of 9/11," is part of a book of essays by 15 authors called "9/11 and American Empire: Muslims, Jews, and Christians Speak Out."
9/11 Politics Turns Bizarre --Wisconsin politicians display ignorance, paranoia, and pandering, Scholars say By James H. Fetzer 12 Oct 2006 (press release, scholarsfor911truth.org) The founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth explains why Kevin Barrett's comparison between Bush and Hitler may have struck a nerve and drawn so much attention from Wisconsin politicians.
Plane crash in New York triggers air defence 11 Oct 2006 A small plane crashed into a high rise apartment building on the East Side of Manhattan on Wednesday, killing at least one person, jogging fears of another terrorist attack and triggering deployment of US fighter aircraft, broadcast reports said. Within a half hour or 40 minutes after the crash at 2:45 pm, the Pentagon had scrambled fighters from the North American Air Defence over New York City's airspace, Cable News Network reported.
Yankees' player Lidle killed in NY plane crash 11 Oct 2006 A New York Yankees player was killed when he crashed his small aircraft into a 52-story building on Manhattan's posh Upper East Side on Wednesday, the famed baseball team said.
'Vaccinate 11-year-olds against sex virus' 06 Oct 2006 Girls as young as 11 should receive compulsory [deadly] vaccinations 'against' a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer, according to an influential medical journal. The Sunday Telegraph revealed last month that ministers have commissioned secret research into parental attitudes towards a concerted vaccination programme in primary schools.
GOP Officials Brace for Loss of Seven to 30 House Seats 10 Oct 2006 Republican campaign officials said yesterday that they expect to lose at least seven House seats and as many as 30 in the Nov. 7 midterm elections, as a result of sustained violence in Iraq and the page scandal involving former GOP representative Mark Foley.
Report refutes fraud at poll sites 11 Oct 2006 At a time when many states are instituting new requirements for voter registration and identification, a preliminary report to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission has found little evidence of the type of polling-place fraud those measures seek to stop.
New voter registration laws leave thousands off the rolls 10 Oct 2006 Some of this year's elections could be decided by those who can't vote. Across the country, new laws restricting who can register and vote have reduced the number of people who are eligible. Some of those laws have been blocked in court. Even so, critics say, the damage has been done.
Prosecutor: Rove didn't sway spam probe 11 Oct 2006 Presidential adviser Karl Rove had nothing to do with the prosecution of a man accused of manipulating stock prices, a prosecutor says, disputing the man's claims that Rove set off probes to retaliate for a flood of spam e-mails to President [sic] Bush.
FBI investigating actions of Specter staff member 11 Oct 2006 The FBI is investigating whether a member of Sen. (R-PA) Arlen Specter's staff broke the law by helping her husband, a lobbyist, secure almost $50 million in Pentagon spending for his clients, the senator acknowledged Tuesday.
Foley Cruising in His BMW; Another Dorm Visit in 2000 11 Oct 2006 Rhonda Schwartz Reports: A staff supervisor at the dorm for congressional pages intervened when former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) tried to pay the teens a nighttime visit in the summer of 2000, ABC News has learned. The pages were having an informal "mixer" party in their dorm at the Tip O'Neil building behind the Capitol, according to a former page who was 17 at the time.
Egypt detects new human H5N1 bird flu case 10 Oct 2006 Egypt has detected its first human case of the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus since May in an Egyptian woman who raised ducks from her home, a World Health Organisation official said on Tuesday.
CIA kidnap victim tells of torture 11 Oct 2006 A German who says he was kidnapped in Europe and held for five months in Kabul broke down as he told a Spanish court he was tortured, force-fed and dumped hundreds of kilometres from home. The case of Khaled al-Masri has fuelled debate in Europe about secret CIA terrorism-suspect flights, and led Spain to investigate whether US secret services used an airport on the Spanish island of Mallorca as part of their operations.
German Tells Court CIA Kidnapped Him 09 Oct 2006 A German citizen testified Monday in a Spanish court that he was kidnapped and tortured by U.S. intelligence agents in 2003, then flown by the CIA to Afghanistan where he was imprisoned and abused [*tortured*] for five months. Khaled al-Masri, 43, broke down in tears several times during his testimony before National Court Judge Ismael Moreno, who is investigating reports that the CIA used a Spanish airport to secretly transfer suspected terrorists to countries where they were tortured.
N.C. House Members Call for Investigation of 'Torture Taxi' Company (Stop NC Torture Taxis) 09 Oct 2006 On October 2, twelve members of the North Carolina House of Representatives called on Robin Pendergraft, director of the State Bureau of Investigation, to launch an investigation of Aero Contractors, which conducts torture flights for the CIA from the Global TransPark, a state funded agency in Kinston, N.C. Aero also conducts torture flights from Johnston County Airport, near Smithfield, N.C.
US inquiry into jail abuse a cover-up: Hicks lawyer 11 Oct 2006 A United States Defence Department investigation that found David Hicks suffered no abuse while in US custody was the "biggest cover-up of all time", his US military lawyer says. Major Mori, who has represented Mr Hicks since 2003, told the Herald that it was likely that Mr Hicks had been stomped on during his detention. He had also been able to verify that Mr Hicks had had his head "rammed in" when detained by US forces in Afghanistan, rendering him unconscious.
Illegal detention of ex-Guantanamo prisoner 09 Oct 2006 A division bench of the Peshawar High Court on Monday put on notice the defence division secretary and the NWFP advocate-general in a habeas corpus petition, filed against the illegal detention of an Afghan scholar, Abdur Raheem Muslim Dost by an intelligence agency.
Iraqi kidnapped journalist found dead 10 Oct 2006 The Journalistic Freedoms Observatory said on Tuesday that Iraqi journalist Azad Mohammed Hassan was found killed after he was kidnapped by an armed group a week ago.
Police find 60 bodies across Baghdad in 24 hours 10 Oct 2006 Iraqi police said on Tuesday they found 60 bodies across Baghdad in the last 24 hours, all with gunshot wounds with some showing signs of torture.
Fire breaks out at U.S. base in Baghdad 10 Oct 2006 A fire broke out at an ammunition dump at a U.S. base in southern Baghdad on Tuesday night, causing a series of explosions that rocked the capital, the U.S. military said in a statement.
Barrage of blasts rock Baghdad 10 Oct 2006 A barrage of about 20 blasts rocked districts across Baghdad on Tuesday night, police and witnesses said. Reuters reporters counted more than 10 explosions in the space of a few minutes. The blasts began around 11 p.m. (4 p.m. EDT).
Bombing at Iraq Bakery Kills at Least 11 10 Oct 2006 A bombing at a Baghdad bakery killed at least 11 people Tuesday. The bomb, planted under a car in the neighborhood of Dora - was the worst of the day's attacks, which left at least 22 dead across the country.
Gunmen assassinate Iraqi Vice-President's brother 10 Oct 2006 [US] Gunmen wearing military uniforms assassinated the brother of Iraq's Sunni Arab Vice-President in his home yesterday - the third sibling the official has lost this year to the country's violence.
Thanks to Bush: More than 300,000 Iraqis have fled 10 Oct 2006 More than 300,000 Iraqis have fled their homes to other parts of the country to escape violence since the 2003 fall of Saddam Hussein, with the rate swelling in the past six months of Shiite-Sunni killings, the immigration minister said Tuesday.
Making [Stealing] Water From Thin Air 06 Oct 2006 A company that developed technology capable of creating water out of thin air nearly anywhere in the world is now under contract to nourish U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq [and to steal more water from the Palestinians]. The water-harvesting technology was originally the brainchild of the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency [DARPA], which sought ways to ensure sustainable water supplies for U.S. combat troops deployed in arid regions like Iraq.
Nearly 75 die in clashes, blasts in Afghanistan 10 Oct 2006 A bomb ripped through a government vehicle in eastern Afghanistan yesterday and killed five people while the security forces reported they had killed more than 70 militants in clashes at the weekend.
Eisenhower Carrier Group Sails for Iran Theater By Dave Lindorff The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Eisenhower and its accompanying strike force of cruiser, destroyer and attack submarine slipped their moorings and headed off for the Persian Gulf region on Oct. 2, as I had predicted in a piece in The Nation magazine a few weeks back. The Eisenhower strike force, according to my sources, is scheduled to arrive in the vicinity of Iran around October 21, at the same time as a second flotilla of minesweepers and other ships.
Carrier strike group departs from Norfolk 05 Oct 2006 The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group deployed Oct. 3 from Norfolk in support of maritime security operations, or MSO.
Rummy's North Korea Connection --What did Donald Rumsfeld know about ABB's deal to build nuclear reactors there? And why won't he talk about it? By Richard Behar and Brenda Cherry 12 May 2003 ...[I]t's surprising that there is no clear public record of his views on the controversial 1994 deal in which the U.S. agreed to provide North Korea with two light-water nuclear reactors in exchange for Pyongyang ending its nuclear weapons program. What's even more surprising about Rumsfeld's silence is that he sat on the board of the company that won a $200 million contract to provide the design and key components for the reactors. The company is Zurich-based engineering giant ABB, which signed the contract in early 2000, well before Rumsfeld gave up his board seat and joined the Bush administration.
Mega barf alert! Bush says North Korea giving missile technology to Iran, Syria United States President [sic] George W. Bush accused North Korea on Monday of supplying Iran and Syria with missile technology, hours after Pyongyang announced that it had successfully conducted its first nuclear test.
It was an explosion, but it didn't emit any radiation 11 Oct 2006 North Korea shook the world's political leaders with some sort of blast on Monday, but no one could say for sure yesterday that it really was a nuclear explosion.
White House casts doubt on N. Korean nuclear arms 10 Oct 2006 The White House on Tuesday tried to raise doubts about the strength of North Korea's nuclear program and sought to play down the significance of its reported test of an atomic weapon.
N Korea tells US: you can't threaten us 11 Oct 2006 The world's newest nuclear power, now brandishing a missile threat, wants to sit "face to face at the negotiation table with the United States".
US wants swift payback for nuclear test 10 Oct 2006 The United States proposed today a series of UN financial and weapons sanctions to punish North Korea for detonating a nuclear device, including inspections of cargo going in and out of the country.
Bush warns N Korea but options are limited 09 Oct 2006 Although President [sic] George W. Bush delivered a stern warning to North Korea over the consequences of its nuclear test, analysts say the US has few options but to rely on its international leverage, which has been severely weakened by the war in Iraq.
Punitive measures on the agenda 10 Oct 2006 The UN security council held an emergency session yesterday to discuss imposing tough sanctions on North Korea over its claim to have conducted an underground nuclear test.
Australia backs N Korea sanctions 10 Oct 2006 Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has told North Korea's ambassador to Australia that the government will support sanctions against the regime in response to its first nuclear weapons test.
Britain's BAE wins 'billion-dollar' US defence contracts 10 Oct 2006 British group BAE Systems announced that it has won a clutch of US government defence contracts potentially worth 1.2 billion dollars (957 million euros) in value.
America trains Abbas' loyalists in secret camp in Jericho 08 Oct 2006 In an apparent American step to ignite a Palestinian civil war, high-ranking Palestinian sources have unveiled that the United States was establishing a secret military camp in the West Bank city of Jericho to train the PA presidential guards (Force-17). The concealed American step comes in the framework of preparing that force for fighting against Hamas Movement under American and Israeli directives, as the IOF troops sponsored munitions supplies to the PA presidential guards.
In N.Y., Sparks Fly Over Israel Criticism --Polish Consulate Says Jewish Groups Called to Oppose Historian 09 Oct 2006 Two major American Jewish organizations helped block a prominent New York University historian from speaking at the Polish consulate here last week, saying the academic was too critical of Israel and American Jewry.
Brown targets terror fund charities 10 Oct 2006 There will be "no hiding place" for people who fund terrorism, Chancellor Gordon Brown declared as he unveiled new measures to tackle the extremist threat. Secret intelligence will be used for the first time to freeze suspect assets, target "dubious" charities, and tougher rules imposed on bureaux de change, he said.
Leftover jelly triggers German security alert 09 Oct 2006 A small pile of leftover jelly discarded beside the road after a wedding party caused a large-scale security alert in Germany with biochemical experts, firemen and police called in to investigate.
CIA sniper attacks pay off for Bush's croney$ in the 'security' industry: Bush addresses summit on school violence 10 Oct 2006 President [sic] Bush challenged the nation Tuesday to turn its remorse into aggressive action to keep kids 'safe' [and grow US the police state]. In panel discussions led by members of his Cabinet, speakers said the best response is basic: get parents, school leaders, students and police to work together.
CIA knew about Cuba bomb plot 10 Oct 2006 An anti-Castro militant [*terrorist,* not *militant*] now in a Texas jail warned the CIA months before the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner that fellow exiles were planning such an attack, according to a newly released US government document. The document shows that Luis Posada Carriles — who had worked for the CIA but was cut off by the agency earlier that year — was secretly telling the CIA that his fellow far-right Cuban exiles opposed to Fidel Castro's communist government were plotting to bring down a commercial jet. The document does not say what the CIA did with Posada's tip.
How the FBI protected Al Qaeda's 9/11 Hijacking Trainer --New Revelations about Ali Mohamed By Dr. Peter Dale Scott 08 Oct 2006 As I say in our book, in 1993 Ali Mohamed had been detained by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Canada, when he inquired at an airport after an incoming al Qaeda terrorist who turned out to be carrying two forged Saudi passports. Mohamed immediately told the RCMP to make a phone call to the United States, and the call secured his release. We’ve since been told that it was Mohamed’s West coast FBI handler, John Zent, "who vouched for Ali and got him released."
Extremists advocate murder of immigrants, politicians --National pro-immigrant marches inspire calls for carnage from radical right By Susy Buchanan and David Holthouse 30 Mar 2006 Neo-Nazis and anti-immigration extremists responded to a highly publicized wave of immigration reform demonstrations in major U.S. cities with open calls for terrorist violence, including truck bombs, machine gun attacks, and assassinations of U.S. senators and members of Congress. [Since it's *apparently* legal for the rightwing to make such calls, why aren't *we* calling for the same to occur for these Nazis and their supporters? What's good for the Reichwing goose is good for the Leftwing gander. --LRP]
Mexico may globalize border-fence issue 10 Oct 2006 Mexico’s foreign secretary said Monday the country may take a dispute over U.S. plans to build a fence on the Mexican border to the United Nations.
Arizona to appeal voter ID case to U.S. Supreme Court 10 Oct 2006 Arizona's Attorney General said Tuesday he will file an emergency appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to reinstate a requirement that voters show identification at the polls. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an injunction last week barring the state from enforcing the state's voter-approved identification requirements during the Nov. 7 general 'election.'
Poll: Dems gain big lead 10 Oct 2006 A Capitol Hill sex scandal has reinforced public doubts about Republican leadership and pushed Democrats to a huge lead in the race for control of Congress four weeks before 'Election' Day, the latest USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows.
Foley's Alleged Visit to the Page Dormitory --New Testimony May Pose Problems For GOP Leadership 10 Oct 2006 House speaker Dennis Hastert R-Ill., is trying to change the subject. But the accusations about Hastert subordinates who were allegedly told about Congressman Mark Foley's questionable activities keep coming.
Hastert to Fire Any Staffer Engaged in Cover-Up [Start with yourself.] 10 Oct 2006 House Speaker [GOPedophile] Dennis Hastert said he would fire anyone who helped cover up former Representative Mark Foley's electronic messages to teenage congressional pages.
Former Foley aide to testify Thursday 10 Oct 2006 Mark Foley's former chief of staff, who says he warned the House speaker's staff three years ago of inappropriate Foley conduct toward pages, is to testify Thursday before the House ethics committee.
Vehicles From Sudan to Be Sprayed Against Bird Flu 10 Oct 2006 Vehicles from Sudan entering Uganda through Koboko and Arua districts are to be 'disinfected,' reports Frank Mugabi. All vehicles will be subjected to drive through a disinfection [sic - infection] wheel well to be sunk at Oraba border post in Koboko district while passengers will be required to disinfect their shoes. The workshop also agreed that a check-point be set up at Oraba to check for smuggled fowl.
Warming, melting Arctic forces native Alaskan village to move 10 Oct 2006 The Inupiaq of Shishmaref have lived in this island village for generations, but with the waters rising all around and ever fierce storms blasting the settlement, they are being forced to move far away from the seas they have always depended upon.
US push for air strikes 10 Oct 2006 Pentagon hawks will try to persuade US President [sic] George W. Bush he should order immediate military air strikes to obliterate North Korean nuclear sites. Australian National University defence expert Ron Huisken said Mr Bush's chief advisers would be gunning for action without waiting for a lead from the United Nations.
'We will have no more books. I will redact the [expletive] out of your book so no one will want to read it.' Suing Over the CIA's Red Pen --Retired Operative Says Agency Unfairly Edited His Book 09 Oct 2006 When Gary Berntsen sat down for dinner last year with the CIA's executive director, Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, the agency's No. 3 tried to talk him out of resigning from the National Clandestine Service... But the Capital Grille meal quickly degenerated when Berntsen told Foggo that not only was he planning to resign but he intended to write a book about his experiences. Foggo, according to Berntsen, stated flatly that Goss wanted no more books published by current or former CIA officials.
"Bush Hunted Like a Rat." Way Radical, Dude 09 Oct 2006 A new video game lets players kill President [sic] Bush. It's called "Quest for Bush." "Quest for Bush," a.k.a. "Night of Bush Capturing," is a free online game released by the Global Islamic Media Front. Armed with a rifle, a shotgun or a grenade launcher, players navigate various missions that include "Jihad Growing Up," "Americans' Hell" and "Bush Hunted Like a Rat." In the final stage, you fight Bush. The gunplay in "Quest for Bush" is crude, akin to "Doom." The goal is to kill. In the beginning, the player goes around what looks like a U.S. military camp, with walls plastered with photos of President [Dictator] Bush, Secretary of Defense [War Criminal] Donald Rumsfeld and British Prime Minister [Poodle] Tony Blair, among others. [Is it the most popular game in the world?]
U.N. council rebukes N. Korea over nuke claim --U.S. wants sanctions, Bush calls for 'immediate response' 09 Oct 2006 North Korea's claim Monday that it had tested a nuclear weapon triggered international rebuke, with the U.N. Security Council taking just 30 minutes to condemn the claim and Dictator Bush denouncing it as "unacceptable." The Security Council will next discuss "appropriate measures" to respond to the test, Japanese Ambassador Kenzo Oshima said.
North Korea test "provocative," "unprovoked": WHouse [Just like his invasion of Iraq] 09 Oct 2006 A North Korean nuclear test would constitute a "provocative act" and Washington expects the U.N. Security Council to take immediate actions, the White House said early on Monday.
N Korea's nuclear test backlash 09 Oct 2006 North Korea today announced it had carried out its first nuclear weapons test, sparking an immediate barrage of condemnation from world leaders. The test was the equivalent to blowing up 550 tons of TNT, a state-run South Korean geological institute said.
North Korea in nuclear test claim 09 Oct 2006 North Korea says it has carried out its first ever test of a nuclear weapon, the state news agency has reported. A South Korean official said an explosion had been detected in the north-east of North Korea, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale.
Yen, Won, Asian Stocks Slump After North Korean Nuclear Test 09 Oct 2006 The Japanese yen, South Korea's won and Asian stocks declined after the North Korean government said it had carried out a nuclear weapons test, defying calls for restraint from world leaders.
Republicans stand to profit from nuclear test 'fear factor' 09 Oct 2006 Within hours of North Korea’s proclaimed nuclear test yesterday Dennis Hastert, the Republican speaker in Congress, and John Boehner, the Republican majority leader on Capitol Hill, issued politically charged statements. With only a month to go before mid-term congressional elections many Republicans believe the tests could help restore their waning prospects.
Iraq arrests cooks after hundreds of police poisoned 09 Oct 2006 Iraqi authorities have arrested a produce supplier and four cooks after hundreds of police fell sick at their training barracks in an apparent bout of food poisoning, a spokesman said. "We are not sure whether there was something in the water or if the food was spoiled," the officer from the 4th police division, a largely Shiite unit answering to the interior ministry, told AFP. [See: Contractor served troops dirty food in dirty kitchens 14 Dec 2003 The Pentagon repeatedly warned contractor Halliburton-KBR that the food it served to US troops in Iraq was "dirty," as were as the kitchens it was served in, NBC News reported on Friday... The Pentagon reported finding "blood all over the floor," "dirty pans," "dirty grills," "dirty salad bars" and "rotting meats ... and vegetables" in four of the military messes the company operates in Iraq, NBC said, citing Pentagon documents. Halliburton gets $72 million bonus for work in Iraq 10 May 2005.]
Hundreds of Iraq Police Sick From Poison 08 Oct 2006 Hundreds of Iraqi policemen fell sick from poisoning Sunday at a base in southern Iraq after the evening meal breaking their daily Ramadan fast, and officials said they were investigating whether the poisoning was intentional. Some of the policemen began bleeding from the ears and nose after the meal, said Jassim al-Atwan, an inspector for the Environment Ministry. [Well, it might turn out to be just another bad meal from Halliburton. --LRP]
Hundreds of Iraqi police poisoned 09 Oct 2006 Hundreds of Iraqi policemen fell ill from poisoning Sunday after having their evening meal at a base located in the town of Numaniyah, southern Iraq. Between 600-700 policemen were affected to varying degrees, and 11 who had the heaviest amount of the food had died, al-Atwan told AP.
Tigris River yielding corpses 08 Oct 2006 The Tigris River, which fed the ancient cradle of civilization, has become a river of death, as hundreds of corpses float south from Baghdad. A fence-like system of weirs originally trapped lily pads moving downriver from Baghdad, preventing them from clogging irrigation canals. Now they catch corpses floating from the capital, ABCNews.com said. Local police said they've pulled almost 350 bodies of men, women and children from the filters since January 2005.
Thirty-five corpses found in Baghdad 09 Oct 2006 Baghdad police found the bodies of 35 murder victims scattered around the Iraqi capital today, many of them showing signs of [US] torture and all shot dead at close range, security officials said.
Iraqi VP's brother killed in home 09 Oct 2006 [US] Gunmen killed the brother of Iraq's vice president and kidnapped four body guards from his home in Baghdad, police said... Elsewhere in Baghdad, police reported [US] gunmen surrounded an Iraqi army checkpoint and kidnapped 11 Iraqi soldiers, CNN said.
Gunmen kill brother of Iraq's VP, carbomb kills 13 09 Oct 2006 [US] Gunmen in camouflage uniforms killed the brother of Iraq's Sunni Arab Vice President Tareq al -Hashemi on Monday, drawing swift condemnation from across Iraq's political divide and senior U.S. officials... A car bomb exploded in a busy Baghdad market at dusk as people were heading home to break their daylong Ramadan fast, killing 13 and wounding 46, police said.
US casualty rate in Iraq worst since Fallujah 09 Oct 2006 The number of US troops being wounded in Iraq is now at its highest level for two years as American forces are confronted by increasing sectarian violence and a continuing 'insurgency.' Figures released by the Pentagon show that 776 soldiers were wounded in action in Iraq last month.
Next six months always 'critical' in Iraq debate 08 Oct 2006 General George Casey, head of US forces in Iraq, has joined the long list of those to have warned that the next six months will be critical for the country ... over the past three-and-a-half years. The tradition began in February 2003 when US Defence Secretary [War Criminal] Donald Rumsfeld, in a now much mocked prediction, told soldiers based in Europe that the Iraq war "could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months."
U.K. tried to curb U.S. on Iraq, ex-minister says --Blunkett: Britain was incapable of stopping war plans by Cheney, Rumsfeld 08 Oct 2006 The British government tried to rein in U.S. policy in Iraq from the outset of the March 2003 invasion but found itself powerless to do so, a former cabinet minister was quoted on Saturday as saying.
Blunkett: Cabinet was riddled with animosity 09 Oct 2006 The former home secretary, David Blunkett, has revealed the depth of the rifts in the Cabinet and detailed the level of opposition over the decision to invade Iraq.
Australia PM says troops will stay in Iraq despite poll showing Australians want them out 08 Oct 2006 Prime Minister John Howard on Monday vowed his government will keep troops in Iraq despite a new poll showing that most Australians support the major opposition party's policy of withdrawing the soldiers.
US Marine reports widespread prisoner abuse at Guantánamo By Joe Kay 09 Oct 2006 A US Marine Corps sergeant has given a sworn affidavit reporting widespread abuse at the US prison camp in Guantánamo Bay. The affidavit comes only a week after the US Congress passed legislation sanctioning indefinite detention, abusive treatment and denial of due process and habeas corpus rights for prisoners held at the facility and at other US prisons around the world.
Police 'exaggerated evidence' against British 9/11 suspect 09 Oct 2006 Police and prosecutors are facing allegations that they misled a judge and grossly exaggerated evidence against the only man to be detained in Britain over September 11, The Times has learnt.
Australian government rejects limits on sedition powers By Mike Head 30 Sep 2006 For the second time in less than a year, the Australian Attorney-General Philip Ruddock has brushed aside key recommendations in an official report calling for limits on the government’s new sedition laws.
Afghans 'may swing to Taliban' says Nato commander 09 Oct 2006 Nato's commander in Afghanistan has warned that the country is at a tipping point and that the majority of Afghans will begin supporting Taliban militants unless conditions improve in the country in the next six months.
21 killed by 'dud' bomblets since war 09 Oct 2006 Twenty-one Lebanese have been killed and more than 100 wounded by unexploded Israeli bombs and bomblets dropped by Israel in the July-August war, the United Nations and Lebanese police said Sunday.
Olbermann News Commentaries Target Bush 08 Oct 2006 On August 30, Keith Olbermann ended his MSNBC "Countdown" show with a blistering retort, questioning both the interpretation of history and Donald Rumsfeld's very understanding of what it means to be an American. It was the first of now five extraordinarily harsh anti-Bush commentaries that have made Olbermann the latest media point-person in the nation's political divide. Since that first commentary, Olbermann's nightly audience has increased 69 percent, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Arrests made after anti-Bush protest in downtown Portland 06 Oct 2006 (OR) Police made several arrests in the streets of downtown Portland Thursday afternoon after an anti-Bush rally began spilling into traffic. The protesters had gathered downtown Portland on Thursday to call for what they called a regime change in the United States.
Alaska: 2004 Electronic Election Data Was Changed in 2006 By Kay Brown 05 Oct 2006 The Alaska Democratic Party today asked the Division of Elections to explain why changes were made in July of 2006 to the electronic database that contains the results of the 2004 General Election. A review of the audit trail of the GEMS database for the 2004 elections shows that modifications were made to the database on July 12 and July 13, 2006.
Republicans Say They Can Still Win [With Diebold] --Despite The Foley Scandal, 'Some Issues' [Diebold] Can Carry G.O.P. Through 08 Oct 2006 In the wake of the Mark Foley sex scandal, Republicans are doing their best to hold the party together in the face of the upcoming election in which Democrats are making serious threats to retake control of Congress.
Lawmaker Saw Foley Messages In 2000 --Page Shared Exchanges With GOP Rep. Kolbe 09 Oct 2006 A Republican congressman knew of disgraced former representative Mark Foley's inappropriate Internet exchanges as far back as 2000 and personally confronted Foley about his communications.
What's Wrong With Washington: Exhibit A By Colbert I. King 07 Oct 2006 The powers that be, from Capitol Hill to the White House, will deny it, but the face of Washington these days is former Florida Republican congressman Mark Foley and the House GOP leadership, represented by Speaker J. Dennis Hastert. Together the two men serve as proxies for much that is wrong with this town.
The End of a Revolution --Sex, lies and power games are just the latest symptoms of a Republican Party that has strayed from its ideals By Karen Tumulty 08 Oct 2006 Every revolution begins with the power of an idea and ends when clinging to power is the only idea left. The epitaph for the movement that started when Newt Gingrich and his forces rose from the back bench of the House chamber in 1994 may well have been written last week in the same medium that incubated it: talk radio.
Border Fence - Republicans Lied!!! (again) By Ron Corvus 09 Oct 2006 [Citing a Washington Post article] In Border Fence's Path, Congressional Roadblocks 06 Oct 2006 No sooner did Congress authorize construction of a 700-mile fence on the U.S.-Mexico border last week than lawmakers rushed to approve separate legislation that ensures it will never be built, at least not as advertised, according to Republican lawmakers and immigration experts... But shortly before recessing late Friday, the House and Senate gave the Bush regime leeway to distribute the money to a combination of projects -- not just the physical barrier along the southern border. The funds may also be spent on roads, technology and "tactical infrastructure" to support the Department of Homeland Security's preferred option of a "virtual fence."
Medicare and Medicaid Security Gaps Are Found 08 Oct 2006 Federal investigators say they have found serious computer security flaws that could lead to the improper disclosure of sensitive medical information on people enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid.
Postal Worker Becomes Third Case of Legionaires In Conn. 09 Oct 2006 A third case of Legionaires disease is causing concern in Waterbury because the victim is a postal worker. The Naugatuck man has become the third Connecticut resident in the past two weeks to be diagnosed with the disease.
Bird flu found in pigs in Indonesia's Bali 09 Oct 2006 The H5N1 bird flu virus has infected pigs on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, a senior agriculture ministry official said on Monday.
U.S. Casualties in Iraq Reach Two-Year High 08 Oct 2006 The number of U.S troops wounded in Iraq has surged to its highest monthly level in nearly two years as American GIs fight block-by-block in Baghdad to try to check a spiral of 'sectarian' [US] violence that U.S. commanders warn could lead to civil war.
Mega barf alert: US claims Guantanamo 'saved lives' --Evidence from the camp where torture is alleged foiled attacks in Britain, says intelligence chief 08 Oct 2006 The interrogation of detainees at Guantanamo Bay has saved Britain from at least two major terrorist attacks, according to President [sic] George Bush's chief intelligence adviser.
Guantánamo defense lawyer forced out of Navy 08 Oct 2006 The Navy lawyer who took the Guantánamo case of Salim Hamdan to the U.S. Supreme Court — and won — has been passed over for promotion by the Pentagon and must soon leave the military. A Pentagon appointee, Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift embraced the alleged al-Qaida's sympathizer's defense with a classic defense lawyer's zeal, casting his captive client as an innocent victim in the dungeon of King George, a startling [but accurate] analogy for the attorney whose commander-in-chief [thief] is President [sic] George Bush.
Reporter was 'shot by US military on way to hospital' 06 Oct 2006 Terry Lloyd, the ITN journalist, was shot dead by American troops as he was taken to hospital after being injured in crossfire during the Iraq war, an inquest heard today. The father of two’s vehicle was seen bursting into flames before crashing at the side of the road in Basra, southern Iraq. Mr Lloyd was helped into a minibus but as it sped towards a hospital, American soldiers riddled it with bullets shooting Mr Lloyd in the head, it was claimed.
Italian prosecutors wrap up CIA kidnap case 07 Oct 2006 Italian prosecutors have wrapped up an investigation into the 2003 suspected CIA kidnapping of a terrorism suspect in Milan, which could lead to criminal charges being brought against 38 people, most of them CIA agents.
U.S. must follow Nuremberg code By David Rupel 06 Oct 2006 Perhaps it was by some quirk of Intelligent Design that Congress passed the law legitimizing the Bush administration's right to do whatever it chooses to detainees (short of rape and mutilation) almost 60 years to the day of the verdicts at Nuremberg. Two of the Nuremberg trial defendants, Field Marshall Wilhelm Keitel and Gen. Alfred Jodl, were sentenced to death on Oct. 1, 1946, in part, for delegating Hitler's infamous "commando order." Hitler ranted that allied commandos who attacked German troops by stealth were not soldiers but common criminals. Gangsters, he added, were not covered by the Geneva Convention. Substitute the word "enemy combatants" for "gangsters," and the Bush administration's approach is certainly rooted in precedent.
U.S. project could start atomic war, experts warn 07 Oct 2006 A Pentagon project to modify its deadliest nuclear missile for use as a conventional weapon against targets such as North Korea and Iran could unwittingly spark an atomic war, two weapons experts warned Thursday.
America ponders cutting Iraq in three 08 Oct 2006 An 'independent' commission set up by Congress with the approval of President [sic] George W Bush may recommend carving up Iraq into three highly autonomous regions, according to well informed sources.
Iraq leaders move to ban inter-sect fighting 08 Oct 2006 Iraqi Sunni and Shiite religious leaders are planning to sign in Saudi Arabia a declaration that forbids inter-Islamic fighting, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference said yesterday. [Right, but the violence will continue, as it's always been the US death squads carrying out the acts of terrorism in Iraq.]
Curfew "until further notice'' ordered in Kirkuk 07 Oct 2006 Authorities imposed a ban on all pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the northern city of Kirkuk, which has been hit by a wave of violence recently. Some 2,000 police and Iraqi soldiers used the curfew to conduct a series of raids, arresting 150 suspected insurgents and seizing more than 220 assault rifles, said police Lt. Gen. Sherko Shaker. The measure was put in place at 6 p.m. (1500 GMT) Friday, extending the regular 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew "until further notice,'' Shaker said.
Thousands of Iraq police hurt since 2004 06 Oct 2006 About 4,000 Iraqi police have been killed and more than 8,000 injured over the past two years, the U.S. commander in charge of the police training said Friday.
Bomb Kills 14 in Iraqi City That Bush Had Lauded as Safe 08 Oct 2006 A suicide car bomb slammed into an Iraqi army checkpoint Saturday and killed at least 14 people in Tall Afar, a northern city that President [sic] Bush has previously hailed as a symbol of security and normalcy in Iraq.
At least 25 killed in Iraq violence 07 Oct 2006 A suicide bomber rammed a police checkpoint in northern Iraq with an explosives-laden vehicle Saturday, killing 14 people, including some who died when their homes collapsed in the blast.
Five killed in fierce Iraqi firefight 08 Oct 2006 Australian troops killed at least five combatants in an ambush in Iraq that was meant to wipe out the Diggers. US F-16 fighter jets were called in to assist the besieged Diggers.
Soldier killed by one of his own men 08 Oct 2006 A British soldier killed in Iraq during an operation to capture a key terrorist leader was shot by one of his own men, it was reported last night.
30 Iraq militants killed in street battle with US 08 Oct 2006 American and Iraqi troops have killed 30 Shia militiamen during fierce street battles in the southern city of Diwaniya, according to the US military.
2 German journalists shot dead in Afghanistan 07 Oct 2006 Two German journalists were shot dead in northern Afghanistan in the early hours of Saturday, the interior ministry said.
German government sharply condemns killing of 2 journalists in Afghanistan 07 Oct 2006 The German government on Saturday condemned as "atrocious and senseless" the murder of two journalists from the nation's international broadcaster working in Afghanistan.
Soldier dies in Afghanistan --Military death toll in Afghanistan hits 40 as patrol hit by explosion 07 Oct 2006 A roadside bomb killed a Canadian soldier today as he rode inside a Nyala armoured truck, a blast-resistant monster hailed by soldiers and brass alike as the ultimate protection against such attacks.
Rumsfeld Shift Lets Army Seek Larger Budget 08 Oct 2006 Defense Secretary [War Criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld is allowing the Army to approach White House budget officials by itself to argue for substantial increases in resources. Pentagon officials said the Army was seeking about $138 billion for the next fiscal year, compared with its $112 billion request last year.
Nations to pursue sanctions against Iran 06 Oct 2006 Six world powers agreed Friday to pursue possible U.N. sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, but left crucial questions about the scope and timing of any measures unresolved.
Cheney Back Delivering the Grim Campaign Speech --Democrats Cast As Foils to the Nation's Security 08 Oct 2006 Vice President [sic] Cheney talks about the prospect of [his regime carrying out] "mass death in the United States." The not-so-happy warrior of the past two campaign cycles is back on the road delivering a grim message about danger, defeatism and the stakes of the coming 'election.'
'Bomb plotter' quizzed in Belgium 05 Oct 2006 Police in Belgium are questioning an Iranian man who claims to be involved in a plot to blow up an airliner. The man - whose name has not been released - turned himself in last week. He said he had been asked by a stranger [CIA] to blow up a passenger flight from Charleroi, southern Belgium, to Dublin, Ireland, using liquid explosives.
Md. State Police Stop Suspicious Vehicle; No Charges 23 Sep 2006 Maryland State Police say they released a 24-year-old Israeli man without charges Friday night after questioning him about photographing the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore. Police say they found a laptop computer and a digital camera containing pictures of the tunnel inside the van, but nothing else [?] suspicious.
Castro Foe [Terrorist] With C.I.A. Ties Puts U.S. in an Awkward Spot 08 Oct 2006 Cubana Airlines Flight 455 crashed off the coast of Barbados on Oct. 6, 1976, killing all 73 people aboard. Plastic explosives stuffed into a toothpaste tube ignited the plane, according to recently declassified police records. Implicated in the attack, but never convicted, was Luis Posada Carriles, a Cuban exile who has long sought to topple the government of Fidel Castro. His case presents a quandary for the Bush regime, at least in part because Mr. Posada is a former C.I.A. operative and United States Army officer who directed his wrath at a government that Washington has long opposed. Mr. Posada received military training in the United States and worked for the C.I.A. as far back as the failed Bay of Pigs invasion. He played a role in supplying the contras in Nicaragua. He has admitted, but subsequently denied, involvement in a string of bombings of Cuban tourist facilities. [He's a f*cking terrorist - where's the 'quandary?']
Investigation shows FEMA spent millions on puppet shows, bingo, yoga [not to mention, detention centers] 08 Oct 2006 At the Pinitos Learning Center in Boca Raton, disaster workers dressed as "Windy Biggie" and "Sunny" teach 30 preschoolers a song about how the wind is good, even during a hurricane. "Windy Biggie is our friend. Windy Biggie is strong wind. She turns, turns, turns, turns around. She's knocking things to the ground." This is FEMA tax money at work. It's also paying for Hurricane Bingo, puppet shows, "salsa for seniors," and yoga on the beach.
Letters on Voter ID Confuse Ga. Voters 06 Oct 2006 Tens of thousands of Georgia voters recently received letters telling them they must show a photo ID to cast a ballot Nov. 7 - a message some fear will create confusion on Election Day, since a judge recently struck down the requirement. The State Board of Elections mailed more than 300,000 of the letters - about 20,000 of them after the judge issued his ruling Sept. 19.
Dems Positioned to Challenge GOP Control [Oh, but there's *Diebold* and the DemocRATs will just roll over and submit, as they always do.] 07 Oct 2006 Aided by public revulsion over an Internet-age sex scandal, Democrats enter the final month of the campaign well-positioned to challenge for control of Congress, while Republicans increasingly express concern about holding onto power.
Foley's ex-aide to testify Hastert was told about conduct in '03 --He will tell panel House speaker's aide had spoken to lawmaker about contact with pages 08 Oct 2006 A former senior aide to former Rep. Mark Foley expects to go before the House ethics committee this week and testify under oath that he alerted the speaker's office as early as 2003 to inappropriate contact with teenage pages by Foley, his attorney said Saturday.
Ex-Page Tells of Foley Liaison 08 Oct 2006 A former House page says he had sex with then-Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) after receiving explicit e-mails in which the congressman described assessing the sexual orientation and physical attributes of underage pages but waiting until later to make direct advances. The former page said his electronic correspondence with Foley began after he finished the respected Capitol Hill page program for high school juniors. His sexual encounter was in the fall of 2000, he said. At the time, he was 21 and a graduate of a rural Northeastern college.
Conflicting Accounts Leave Plot Holes in Foley Saga --House Ethics Committee and FBI Will Try to Sort Out Who Knew What -- and When 08 Oct 2006 Despite countless hours of TV coverage and reams of newspaper reporting on the House's handling of the Mark Foley page scandal, numerous fundamental questions remain unanswered as the FBI and the House ethics committee begin their first full week of inquiries. Gaps and inconsistencies in the public accounts include such basic matters as when House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) and his top aides first learned of concerns about Foley's relationships with male pages, and what they did about it.
Same song, different scandal By Robert Kuttner 07 Oct 2006 Mark Foley was chairman of a House caucus on missing and exploited children. This was a party that literally put a pedophile in charge of pedophilia. Does that have a vaguely familiar ring? It should. It’s the same party that put the oil companies in charge of energy policy, and invited the drug and insurance industries to write the Medicare prescription bill for their own maximum profit. As investigations have revealed, it put lobbyists for polluting industries in charge of environmental protection. [a must read]
Trial may hurt Ohio GOP on Election Day 07 Oct 2006 Just a month before the elections, a former Republican fundraising star is set to go on trial on charges that he stole millions of dollars from a state investment in rare coins. Democrats are poised to take back the governor's office and are in position to win a majority of the five statewide races, according to recent polls.
AP: Allen didn't disclose stock options 08 Oct 2006 For the past five years, Sen. George Allen, has failed to tell Congress about stock options he got for his work as a director of a high-tech company. The Virginia Republican also asked the Army to help another business that gave him similar options.
Protesters corner Jeb Bush in Pa. 07 Oct 2006 Protesters greeted Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on his way to a campaign event for a Pennsylvania senator, and he briefly took refuge in a subway station supply closet to avoid the anti-Republican demonstrators.
Pesticide exec to lead regional EPA office 07 Oct 2006 Elin Miller will serve as regional administrator for the EPA's Region 10, which includes Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. Miller worked as an executive at Dow Chemical from 1996 to 2004, overseeing public affairs and the global pest-management and Asia Pacific operations, according to an EPA news release. Miller most recently served as president of the North American arm of Arysta LifeScience, a Tokyo-based pesticide maker. While working in the pesticide industry, Miller served on the boards of two leading industry lobbying groups, CropLife and Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment.
U.S. Rules Allow the Sale of Products Others Ban --Chemical-laden goods outlawed in Europe and Japan are permitted in the American market. 08 Oct 2006 Destined for American kitchens, planks of birch and poplar plywood are stacked to the ceiling of a cavernous port warehouse. The wood, which arrived in California via a cargo ship, carries two labels: One proclaims "Made in China," while the other warns that it contains formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical. Because formaldehyde wafts off the glues in this plywood, it is illegal to sell in many countries. But in the United States this wood is legal, and it is routinely crafted into cabinets and furniture.
Marine Scientists Report Massive "Dead Zones" 05 Oct 2006 Rising tides of untreated sewage and plastic debris are seriously threatening marine life and habitat around the globe, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) warned in a report Wednesday. The number of ocean "dead zones" has grown from 150 in 2004 to about 200 today, said Nick Nuttall, a UNEP spokesperson.
Evacuated N.C. Residents to Return Home 07 Oct 2006 Most residents who left their homes to escape the fumes from a fire at a hazardous materials plant began returning Saturday, two nights after officials urged 17,000 people to evacuate.
Bush cites authority to bypass FEMA law --Signing statement is employed again 06 Oct 2006 President [sic] Bush this week asserted that he has the executive authority to disobey a new law in which Congress has set minimum qualifications for future heads of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. To shield FEMA from cronyism, Congress established new job qualifications for the agency's director in last week's homeland security bill. Bush signed the homeland-security bill on Wednesday morning. Then, hours later, he issued a signing statement saying he could ignore the new restrictions. Bush maintains that under his interpretation of the Constitution, the FEMA provision interfered with his power to make personnel decisions. [Lori's 'signing statement' rant: This is f*cking bullsh*t. All the CIA's Snipers of Mass Distraction - whether in Baghdad, Iraq or in rural US schools - all the 'sudden' revelations about a ten-year old 'Law & Order' plot that the media whores at Faux tried to 'Cold Case' regarding another GOPedophile - will not deter us from reporting news of Bush's creeping dictatorship. We will *not remain silent* in the face of US state-sponsored terrorism, festering since George W. Bush was installed in the *first* GOP coup d'etat, December 2000. Rendition me now, maggots... --Lori Price Arming the Left: Is the time now? --by Charles Southwell]
Venezuela Official Calls Bush 'Monster' [LOL - It is!] 06 Oct 2006 Venezuela's foreign minister called President [sic] Bush a "monster" on Friday, adding to a list of insults by President Hugo Chavez who recently called the U.S. leader devil and donkey. Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro called for Bush's removal from the White House and denounced what he called a worldwide campaign by Washington to block Venezuela's bid for a seat on the U.N. Security Council. "That monster who is in the White House must be removed because we, the peoples (of the world), want peace and justice," Maduro said at a news conference in Caracas.
Lloyd shot dead by US troops, inquest told 06 Oct 2006 ITN reporter Terry Lloyd was shot in the head by American troops as he was being driven to hospital, the inquest into his death was told today. An account by an Iraqi witness that was read out at the inquest in Oxford claimed Lloyd was still alive after the original attack on his car but was killed by US troops as he was driven from the scene... Deputy assistant coroner for Oxfordshire, Andrew Walker, said the witness also said he had seen Lloyd's press pass and described a white Kuwaiti pass clipped on a yellow short-sleeved shirt.
Army 'held back information' over death of ITN journalist 04 Oct 2006 The British military was suspected of not being fully candid about the death in Iraq of the ITN journalist Terry Lloyd, an inquest heard yesterday. Stewart Purvis, former chief executive of the news organisation, told the court that only "limited" information was provided by the Army about Mr Lloyd, despite repeated requests to the Defence Secretary.
Medic gets a year in prison in Iraqi's death 06 Oct 2006 A U.S. medic who helped kidnap an Iraqi grandfather later killed execution-style by an American squad was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday, but will end up serving a year under a plea deal... Military Judge Col. Steven Folsom appeared surprised to learn the plea deal set a year limit on the sentence and also nullified his earlier sentencing that called for a dishonorable discharge. The judge learned the details of the plea agreement on sentencing only after announcing his ruling.
Sailor: I watched Marines kill Iraqi civilian 06 Oct 2006 A Navy corpsman testified Friday that Marines in his patrol seized an Iraqi civilian from his home, threw him into a hole and put at least 10 bullets in his head after growing frustrated in their search for an insurgent. "I was shocked and I felt sick to my stomach," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Melson J. Bacos.
U.S. Navy medic admits role in Iraqi murder case 06 Oct 2006 A U.S. Navy medic admitted on Friday to participating in the kidnapping of an Iraqi civilian but avoided murder charges in a plea deal in which he agreed to testify on his own role and that of seven Marines in the Iraqi's death.
US medic in Iraq kidnap plea deal 06 Oct 2006 A US Navy medic has pleaded guilty to helping kidnap an Iraqi civilian in Hamdaniya, while agreeing to testify about his comrades' roles in his death. Seven marines are at various stages of the military justice process over the kidnap and murder of Hashim Awad. The case is one of several in which US troops are accused of murdering civilians in Iraq.
"Everyone in the group laughed at the others stories of beating detainees." AP learns Guantanamo guards brag of beatings 06 Oct 2006 Guards at Guantanamo Bay bragged about beating detainees and described it as common practice, a Marine sergeant said in a sworn statement obtained by The Associated Press. This fall, the Navy plans to open a new, $30-million maximum-security wing at its Guantanamo Bay prison complex, a concrete-and-steel structure replacing temporary camps. [See: Halliburton given $30m to expand Guantanamo Bay 18 Jun 2005 A subsidiary [KBR] of Halliburton, the oil services group once led by the US Vice-President [sic], Dick Cheney, has won a $30m (£16m) contract to help build a new permanent prison for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.]
Pentagon to probe Gitmo beatings claim 06 Oct 2006 The Pentagon said Friday that it will investigate a Marine's sworn statement that guards at Guantanamo Bay bragged about beating detainees and described it as a common practice.
4,000 Iraq police killed in past 2 years 06 Oct 2006 About 4,000 Iraqi police have been killed and more than 8,000 wounded in the past two years, the U.S. commander in charge of police training said Friday, but he said the force's performance was improving and officials are working to weed out militiamen.
Leading Republican offers dismal view of Iraq 06 Oct 2006 The Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, a Bush loyalist offered his darkest assessment of Iraq yet on Thursday, suggesting the war there was "drifting sideways" without a firm commitment from its government to disarm militias and rebuild the country.
Israeli Bomblets Plague Lebanon 06 Oct 2006 Since the war between Israel and Hezbollah ended in August, nearly three people have been wounded or killed each day by cluster bombs Israel dropped in the waning days of the war, and officials now say it will take more than a year to clear the region of them.
"Any launch of a long-range nonnuclear armed sea or land ballistic missile will cause an automated alert of the Russian early warning system." Experts warn of an accidental atomic war --Nuclear missile modified for conventional attack on Iran could set off alarm in Russia 06 Oct 2006 Pentagon project to modify its deadliest nuclear missile for use as a conventional weapon against targets such as North Korea and Iran could unwittingly spark an atomic war, two weapons experts warned Thursday.
America boils, calls Bush's policies crime 06 Oct 2006 Hundreds of people called the Bush administration's policies a crime and held up yellow police tape in front of the White House amid a nationwide day of protest against him.
Anti-war protesters gather in New York, elsewhere, bash Bush 05 Oct 2006 From longtime activists to toddlers, thousands of protesters clogged streets around the country Thursday to speak against the war in Iraq and the Bush administration.
Jeb Bush gets rude welcome --Police disperse angry protesters in Downtown T-station 07 Oct 2006 (Pittsburgh, PA) Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, in town for a fund-raiser for Sen. Rick Santorum, had a close encounter with a large group of anti-Republican protesters as he was making his way to the Duquesne Club, Downtown... By now, Mr. Bush was cornered. He was surrounded by signs that said "Pittsburgh is a Santorum Free Zone," "Honk if you're sick of Rick," and a crowd growing increasingly louder, according to Jon Vandenburgh, one of the protesters. "We don't want you here," protesters chanted.
Time Warner Gives Bush-Bashing Comic the Hook 04 Oct 2006 Comic Paul Mooney was midway through a taping of the famed Harlem theater's weekly variety show when the plug was abruptly pulled. Mooney claims the show's producer, Suzanne de Passe, told him material in his monologue had offended unnamed officials from Time Warner, whose chairman, Richard Parsons, heads the Apollo Theater Foundation's board of directors and is among the country's most prominent black Republicans... Mooney said, "My point is ever since 9/11, we lost all our rights. They're practicing on the minorities, but when they get good at it they're going to do it to the white folks."
Secret Papers Could Halt CIA Case --Libby Intends to Present Classified Evidence; Judge Skeptical 07 Oct 2006 Vice President [sic] Cheney's former chief of staff intends to load up his criminal trial with information about nine national security matters, the names of foreign leaders and details about various terrorist groups, according to court filings in the Valerie Plame leak case. The papers filed this week hint at what has been taking place behind closed doors as Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald tries to limit the amount of classified data that I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby is permitted to use at his trial, scheduled for January.
Padilla's lawyers ask for criminal charges to be dropped 06 Oct 2006 Criminal charges against accused al-Qaida operative Jose Padilla should be thrown out because of "outrageous government conduct" during his 3 1/2-year detention in a South Carolina Navy brig, Padilla's defense lawyers say. "The government's conduct vis-a-vis Mr. Padilla is a stain on this nation's character, and through its illegal conduct, the government has forfeited its right to prosecute Mr. Padilla," his lawyers said in a legal motion filed this week.
Existence of "Al-Qaeda" Is Crap; Quite Literally By Paul Joseph Watson 06 Oct 2006 Former Leader of the House of Commons Robin Cook, who admirably resigned in protest of the 2003 Iraq invasion, penned a piece in the London Guardian shortly before his death that shed light on the true genesis of the name. "Al-Qaida," states Cook, "literally 'the database', was originally the computer file of the thousands of mujahideen who were recruited and trained with help from the CIA to defeat the Russians." Former French Military Intelligence official Pierre Henry Bunel expands, noting that "Al-Qaeda," was an early form of intranet, which was used by Islamic nations and influential families to communicate with each other. It was also used by the "American agent," Osama bin Laden to send coded or covert messages back to his CIA handlers from Afghanistan.
Straw: I'd rather no one wore veils 06 Oct 2006 The row over whether Muslim women should wear veils today intensified when Jack Straw said he would rather they were not worn at all. The Islamic Human Rights Commission said Mr Straw was "selectively discriminating".
EU and U.S. set accord on sharing travel data 06 Oct 2006 Seeking to balance the U.S. fight against terrorism with European demands for privacy, EU and American negotiators reached a deal Friday on disclosing extensive personal information about travelers flying from the 25-nation bloc to the United States. The United States won approval of its demand that intelligence and law enforcement agencies, including the CIA and FBI, be allowed to share and study the European information more easily.
Report: Thousands wrongly on terror list 06 Oct 2006 Thousands of people have been mistakenly linked to names on terror watch lists when they crossed the border, boarded commercial airliners or were stopped for traffic violations, a government report said Friday. More than 30,000 airline passengers have asked just one agency — the Transportation Security Administration — to have their names cleared from the lists, according to the Government Accountability Office report.
Bag Checks to Resume on Boston Subways 06 Oct 2006 Police will resume inspections of bags on public trains, buses and boats in the greater Boston area for the first time since the city hosted the Democratic National Convention in 2004, Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Terrorist) announced Thursday.
Top Rove Aide Linked to Abramoff Resigns --Scandal Claims Its First West Wing Job 07 Oct 2006 A top aide [Susan B. Ralston] to White House strategist Karl Rove resigned yesterday after disclosures that she accepted gifts from and passed information to now-convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, becoming the first official in the West Wing to lose a job in the influence-peddling scandal.
Foley Could Face Charges in Some States 06 Oct 2006 Even if former Rep. Mark Foley did not violate federal laws by exchanging sexually explicit Internet communications with underage boys, he still could find himself charged under state statutes. In some states, where the Florida Republican communicated with children, attempting to seduce a minor might be enough to bring charges. Federal prosecutors investigating Foley are examining whether Florida authorities might be better positioned to seek charges against him, according to a senior Justice Department official who spoke Friday on condition of anonymity.
Voter registrations faked in GOP drive --About 150 forms questioned in Metro, Williamson County 06 Oct 2006 At least five apparently bogus voter registration forms were submitted to the Metro Nashville election commission by a worker with ties to the Republican National Committee, and up to 150 other registrations have been called into question, The Tennessean has learned.
In Border Fence's Path, Congressional Roadblocks 06 Oct 2006 No sooner did Congress authorize construction of a 700-mile fence on the U.S.-Mexico border last week than lawmakers rushed to approve separate legislation that ensures it will never be built, at least not as advertised, according to Republican lawmakers and immigration experts.
No Bush Left Behind --The pResident's brother Neil is making hay from school reform 16 Oct 2006 George W. Bush's No [Every] Child Left Behind Act compels schools to prove students' mastery of certain facts by means of standardized exams. After five years of development and backing by investors like Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal and onetime junk-bond king Michael R. Milken, Neil Bush aims to roll his high-tech teacher's helpers into classrooms nationwide. He calls them "curriculum on wheels," or COWs. Bush's Ignite! Inc. has sold 1,700 COWs since 2005, mainly in Texas, where Bush lives and his brother was once governor... The company expects 2006 revenue of $5 million.
Where is the outrage? Retired Forest Planner Blasts Secret Forest Service Project By Bill Schneider 01 Oct 2006 Dick Artley retired from the Forest Service (FS) on the very first day he became eligible for retirement, September 3, 2003. In an open letter to "fellow citizens who enjoy recreating on public land with our families" making the rounds in cyberspace, Artley sharply criticizes the Recreation Site Facility Master Planning (RSFMP) project currently underway within the FS. His criticism follows vocal opposition to the project from green groups like Wild Wilderness and Western Slope No Fee Coalition that claim it will result in the closing or privatizing of thousands of recreation sites.
Fire in North Carolina Spews Chemical Fumes, Forcing Thousands to Flee 07 Oct 2006 Fire at a building that stored industrial chemicals produced toxic fumes that drove thousands of people from their homes in this Raleigh suburb early Friday. The fire, which touched off explosions that caused the plant to collapse, continued burning for most of the day.
17,000 people flee toxic fire in North Carolina 06 Oct 2006 More than 17,000 residents were asked to evacuate the suburban town of Apex, North Carolina early Friday after a hazardous materials fire shot flames some 40 metres into the sky. The fire released a greenish-yellow cloud of deadly chlorine gas into the air that could be seen and smelled from as far as three kilometres away.
In pictures: US chemical blast 06 Oct 2006 Up to 17,000 people were told to evacuate homes in the town of Apex in the US state of North Carolina after a blast at a chemical plant.
California Court Upholds State's Ban on Same-Sex Marriage 06 Oct 2006 A California appeals court on Thursday upheld the state’s ban against same-sex marriage.
Bush says he can edit security reports 05 Oct 2006 President [sic] Bush, again defying Congress, says he has the power to edit the Homeland Security Department's reports about whether it obeys privacy rules while handling background checks, ID cards and watchlists. In the law Bush signed Wednesday, Congress stated no one but the privacy officer could alter, delay or prohibit the mandatory annual report on Homeland Security department activities that affect privacy, including complaints.
"Bush has used signing statements to challenge more than 800 laws." Bush signings called effort to expand power --Report sees broad strategy 05 Oct 2006 President [sic] Bush's frequent use of signing statements to assert that he has the power to disobey newly enacted laws is "an integral part" of his "comprehensive strategy to strengthen and expand executive power" at the expense of the legislative branch, according to a report by the non partisan Congressional Research Service... Last week, Bush signed the 2007 military budget bill, but then issued a statement challenging 16 of its provisions. The bill bars the Pentagon from using any intelligence that was collected illegally, including information about Americans that was gathered in violation of the Fourth Amendment's protections against unreasonable government surveillance.
"I just have to scratch my head and say, 'My God, what have we created here?'" Unlikely Terrorists On No-Fly List --List Includes President of Bolivia, Dead 9/11 'Hijackers' 05 Oct 2006 60 Minutes has obtained the secret list used to screen airline passengers for terrorists and discovered it includes names of people not likely to cause terror, including the president of Bolivia, people who are dead and names so common, they are shared by thousands of innocent fliers. But the names of some of the most dangerous living terrorists or suspects are kept off the list [so Bush bin Laden can hire them]. The 11 British suspects recently charged with plotting to blow up airliners with liquid explosives were not on it, despite the fact they were under surveillance for more than a year.
Sacramento man indicted for making threats against Bush 05 Oct 2006 A Sacramento man was indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly making threats against Dictator Bush, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento announced Thursday. Howard Kinsey, 41, is accused in a Sept. 22 arrest warrant of threatening to take the life and inflict harm upon the president [?!? Bush isn't the president], U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott said in a press release.
Firm with alleged CIA ties exits Oregon --Mystery - The owner of a jet, which activists say carried terrorism suspects, lets its business license lapse 05 Oct 2006 A Portland tie to a shadowy private jet and CIA torture allegations has apparently ended. In 2004, a mysterious Portland, Oregon, company called Bayard Foreign Marketing took ownership of a Gulfstream V jet that human-rights activists say was used by the CIA to ferry terrorism suspects to countries that practice torture. Public records searches turned up no trace of its purported owner, Leonard T. Bayard. Human-rights groups said they suspect Bayard doesn't exist and the company was a CIA front.
Cuba sees hypocritical US freeing CIA-linked bomber 05 Oct 2006 The recording of Tomas Rodriguez's last words is repeatedly played on Cuban TV 30 years later as a reminder of what Cuba says was an act of terrorism that the United States, applying double standards, prefers to sweep under the carpet. Luis Posada Carriles, a former CIA operative [terrorist] and one of the two anti-Castro Cuban exiles accused of plotting the bomb attack from Caracas, has been held in Texas since May, 2005 for illegally sneaking into the United States. But Havana expects the man it labels "Latin America's bin Laden" to soon walk free because he has become a political hot potato for the Bush administration.
Iraq suspends 1200 police for ties to abductions, murders 06 Oct 2006 Iraqi authorities have suspended an entire brigade of about 1200 police officers for suspected connections to a mass kidnapping and murder.
CBS: Death Squads In Iraqi Hospitals --Intelligence Seen By CBS News Says Hospitals Are Command Centers For Shiite Militia 04 Oct 2006 An assembly line of rotting corpses lined up for burial at Sandy Desert Cemetery is what civil war in Iraq looks like close up... The takeover began of the main morgue began after the last election in December when Moqtada al-Sadr's political faction was given control of the Ministry of Health. The U.S. military has documented how Sadr's Mahdi Army has turned morgues and hospitals into places where [US] death squads operate freely.
30 bodies found in Baghdad in 24 hours 05 Oct 2006 The Iraqi police patrols found 30 bodies in different Baghdad neighborhoods during the past 24 hours, police said on Thursday. The bodies were bound, blindfolded and showing signs of torture with bullet holes in different parts of their bodies, he said.
Iraq's universities and schools near collapse as teachers and pupils flee 05 Oct 2006 Iraq's school and university system is in danger of collapse in large areas of the country as pupils and teachers take flight in the face of threats of [US] violence.
US in Iraq (BBC) Gavin Esler talks to retired US Army Major General, Paul Eaton. 05 Oct 2006 A group of Generals has called on US Defense Secretary [War Criminal], Donald Rumsfeld, to resign. One of them is Major General Paul Eaton, now retired. Both he and the other rebellious generals accuse Rumsfeld of incompetence. But Gavin Esler asks Paul Eaton if the Generals are trying to mount a political coup? [Hope springs eternal.]
US 'made it impossible' to free Guantanamo inmates 04 Oct 2006 The UK was unable to take back British residents held at Guantanamo Bay because of impossible conditions demanded by the US, the Lord Chancellor said last night. Speaking in Washington, Lord Falconer said the Government "could not legally deliver" on the terms for their release. The deal reportedly came with the pre-condition that the prisoners were kept under 24-hour surveillance if set free in the UK.
Profile: 'Forgotten' Cuba detainees (BBC) 05 Oct 2006 The lawyer acting for several UK residents being held at Guantanamo Bay has said the Americans would send them home now if Britain gave the go-ahead. Who are these people and how did they come to be in Guantanamo?
Torture, By Any Other Name By Dan Froomkin 05 Oct 2006 President [sic] Bush repeatedly says he's against torture. The detainee legislation recently approved by Congress ostensibly bans torture. But that's meaningless if the Bush administration won't say how it defines the word.
A special comment about lying --Keith Olbermann on the difference between terrorists and critics 05 Oct 2006 The president [sic] of the United States — unbowed, undeterred and unconnected to reality — has continued his extraordinary trek through our country rooting out the enemies of freedom: the Democrats. Yesterday at a fundraiser for an Arizona congressman, Mr. Bush claimed, quote, "177 of the opposition party said, ‘You know, we don’t think we ought to be listening to the conversations of terrorists.'" The hell they did. One hundred seventy-seven Democrats opposed the president’s seizure of another part of the Constitution. Not even the White House press office could actually name a single Democrat who had ever said the government shouldn’t be listening to the conversations of terrorists.
UN offices get terror warning 05 Oct 2006 The United Nations tightened security at its European headquarters on Thursday after receiving a warning that it could be a terrorist target, officials said. The memo, obtained by The Associated Press, said: "This attack would take place between October 5 and October 10."
Tories not concerned about FBI in Canada 05 Oct 2006 Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day says American FBI agents can travel as far as they want into Canada without being of concern to him because Canadian agents do the same thing in the U.S. Day was responding to an audit by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that suggests FBI operations in Canada are growing — including unauthorized visits.
Official says U.S. bird flu plans near "state of the art" 05 Oct 2006 U.S. preparations against a possible outbreak of the deadly form of the H5N1 avian flu virus are solid, but other countries may not be as ready, a U.S. health safety official warned on Thursday. "We're ... close to the state-of-the-art in the United States with preparations and strong biosecurity measures," said Ambassador John Lange, the State Department's special representative on avian and pandemic influenza. [See: KBR Awarded U.S. Department of Homeland Security Contingency Support for Emergency Support Services 24 Jan 2006 (halliburton.com) "The contract, which is effective immediately, provides for establishing temporary detention and processing capabilities to augment existing ICE Detention and Removal Operations (DRO) Program facilities... to support the rapid development of new programs."]
Chicago Plans to Add 100 Stealth Cameras 04 Oct 2006 Chicago will spend $1 million next year to install 100 more surveillance cameras on high-crime street corners -- this time, cameras of the stealth variety -- to monitor 'gang and drug activity.'
Anti-Bush Ad, Call for Ouster 'Treasonous,' Says Bauer 05 Oct 2006 GOPedophile Gary Bauer says it's a sign of the sickness on the political left that several high-profile Hollywood personalities, college professors, and even members of Congress would endorse the efforts of a far-left group calling for the overthrow of the Bush administration. Pro-family [a la Mark Foley] activist and American Values [puke] president Gary Bauer believes the Alliance's ad border on treason. "If that's not treasonous, I don't know what is," he says, "because the ad comes very close to directly advocating violence or some other activity other than voting." [LOL, you're gonna *love* this one, maggot: Arming the Left: Is the time now? --by Charles Southwell 21 Oct 2003]
Thousands Nationwide Protest Bush 05 Oct 2006 Hundreds of people called the Bush regime's policies a crime and held up yellow police tape along a three-block stretch in front of the White House on Thursday as part of a nationwide day of protest against the pResident. The 500 demonstrators were among many who gathered for similar events in more than 200 cities to protest Bush on issues ranging from global warming to the war in Iraq.
Oaxaca Protesters on Red Alert 04 Oct 2006 In the heart of this southern Mexican city, protesters grouped in more than 350 different social organisations, who have been camping out in the parks and on the streets for over four months, are governing through people's assemblies and running radio stations that they have taken over, while their own security guards keep watch. [We need to do that here, instead wasting our time with pathetic 'protests' in the US that receive NO media coverage.]
Livingstone suspension overturned 05 Oct 2006 The high court has overturned a decision to suspend Ken Livingstone from his duties as mayor of London. Mr Livingstone challenged a decision by the Adjudication Panel for England that he was guilty of being "unnecessarily insensitive and offensive" in comparing a London Evening Standard journalist with a Nazi.
Security Breaches Worry Outsourcing Industry 05 Oct 2006 India’s outsourcing industry, flourishing with business from an expanding base of American and European customers, is facing greater criticism after a series of security breaches. On Thursday, a British television documentary scheduled on the independent Channel 4 will say that a 12-month investigation, with filmmakers’ clips, had "infiltrated criminal networks which trade British consumers' bank and other confidential information for huge profits in India, the world’s call-center capital."
Vote recount regulation changed 05 Oct 2006 Changing nearly 30 years of election regulations, House and Senate candidates as well as state parties will have to abide by federal fundraising limits to pay for vote recounts, federal regulators decided Wednesday.
Court blocks Arizona voter ID law enforcement 06 Oct 2006 A federal appeals court on Thursday blocked an Arizona state law requiring voters to present identification at polling stations and proof of citizenship when registering to vote.
Signs to say Negron will get Foley votes 05 Oct 2006 Supervisors of elections in former Rep. Mark Foley's district may post signs telling voters that Joe Negron is the Republican candidate even though it will be Foley's name on the ballot, Florida elections officials said Thursday.
"The difference could be between a 20-seat loss and 50-seat loss." Internal Poll Suggests Hastert Could Devastate GOP 05 Oct 2006 House Republican candidates will suffer massive losses if House Speaker Dennis Hastert remains speaker until Election Day, according to internal polling data from a prominent GOP pollster, FOX News has learned.
Hastert blames Democrats, ABC News 05 Oct 2006 Republican House Speaker [GOPedophile] Dennis Hastert, resisting calls for his resignation by conservative groups over his handling of a sex scandal involving former Rep. Mark Foley and teenage congressional pages, said Democrats and ABC News were fanning the controversy. Hastert, R-Ill., told the Chicago Tribune in an interview published Thursday that he had no intention of resigning.
Hastert Takes Responsibility While Lashing Out at Democrats 05 Oct 2006 House Speaker Dennis Hastert, saying "the buck stops here,'' accepted personal responsibility for the safety of congressional pages while lashing out at Democrats and the news media for fueling the Mark Foley sex scandal. The Illinois Republican, battling to hold his post amid controversy over his handling of the Foley matter, dismissed calls for his resignation and said core Republican supporters shouldn't desert the party over the issue.
Panel Approves Subpoenas in Page Scandal 05 Oct 2006 The House ethics committee approved nearly four dozen subpoenas Thursday as its investigation of a page sex scandal sprang to life with a promise by its leaders to go "wherever the evidence leads us." Speaker Dennis Hastert held to his assertion that he did not know about Foley's e-mails and instant messages to former pages until the scandal broke last week. In the past several days, several Republican lawmakers and staff members said they were aware of the messages. Democrats were not notified.
Ethics panel investigates U.S. sex scandal 06 Oct 2006 A congressional ethics committee approved about 50 subpoenas on Thursday as it launched a probe into former Rep. Mark Foley's contacts with teenage assistants in a sex scandal enveloping Republicans as they struggle to keep control of Congress.
Unredacted Foley Messages --Foley's Exchange With Underage Page --Brian Ross and the Investigative Team 29 Sep 2006 The following is an instant message exchange a former page says he had with Rep. Foley in 2003. Warning: sexually explicit language, reader discretion is advised.
Marijuana may help stave off Alzheimer's --Active ingredient in pot may help preserve brain function 05 Oct 2006 Smoking pot may stave off Alzheimer’s disease. New research shows that the active ingredient in marijuana may prevent the progression of the disease by preserving levels of an important neurotransmitter that allows the brain to function.
US sets aside £11m for Iraq 'success party' 05 Oct 2006 What a celebration they have in mind is unclear. When the celebration will take place is also uncertain. But Republicans in Washington are so certain of the US making progress in Iraq and Afghanistan that they have set aside $20m (£11m) for a "commemoration of success".
Car and road bombs hit year high in Iraq: US military 04 Oct 2006 The past week has seen the highest number of car bombs and roadside bombs in Iraq than at any time this year, said a US military spokesman. "Last week we also saw the highest number of vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices this year," said Major General William Caldwell, using the military terminology for car bombs.
Iraq police brigade linked to death squads --Entire Baghdad police brigade demobbed for allowing death squads to move freely in capital. 04 Oct 2006 Iraq has demobilised an entire Baghdad police brigade accused of complicity with 'sectarian' death squads and moved it to a US military base for retraining, a spokesman for US forces said Wednesday.
Iraqi police brigade accused of letting death squads 'move freely' 04 Oct 2006 An Iraqi police brigade is suspended, while investigators look into whether its members were working with death squads. According to the U-S military, the police might have been allowing death squads to "move freely" around the capital.
Iraqi police unit linked to militias 04 Oct 2006 Iraqi authorities have taken a brigade of up to 700 policemen out of service and put members under investigation for "possible complicity" with death squads following a mass kidnapping earlier this week, the U.S. military said Wednesday.
Baghdad bomb kills 14 as blasts reach peak 04 Oct 2006 At least 14 people were killed and 75 wounded in a car bomb attack on the convoy of Iraq's industry minister on Wednesday, Interior Ministry sources said. Minister Fawzi al-Hariri was not in the convoy when it was attacked in central Baghdad ['tipped-off' by the US?], but two of his bodyguards were among those killed, said Industry Ministry spokeswoman Dhuha Mohammed.
Attacks in Baghdad Kill 13 U.S. Soldiers in 3 Days --Officials Cite Troops' Increased Exposure in Capital 05 Oct 2006 Thirteen U.S. soldiers have been killed in Baghdad since Monday, the American military reported, registering the highest three-day death toll for U.S. forces in the capital since the start of the war.
Four US soldiers killed in Iraq 04 Oct 2006 Four US soldiers have been killed in an attack in north-west Baghdad, the US military said.
Lie by Lie: Chronicle of a War Foretold: August 1990 to March 2003 (Mother Jones) 23 Aug 2006 In this timeline, we’ve assembled the history of the Iraq War to create a resource we hope will help resolve open questions of the Bush era. What did our leaders know and when did they know it?
US war costs since September 11 exceed $500bn 28 Sep 2006 The Iraq war is currently costing US taxpayers around $2bn (£1.07bn) a week, as the military replaces damaged equipment and tries to establish more permanent bases, reports in US newspapers said today.
GOP lawmaker calls for Rumsfeld to quit 04 Oct 2006 (CT) Rep. Chris Shays, who is facing a tough challenge from an anti-war Democrat, on Wednesday called for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to resign — a rare demand from a longtime Republican.
Two Marines plead not guilty to Hamdania murder 04 Oct 2006 Two U.S. Marines pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to murder, kidnapping and other charges in the April death of an Iraqi man in the town of Hamdania.
"He hit my head on the ground and the Americans found this funny." Ex-Guantanamo inmate says German soldiers abused him 04 Oct 2006 A Turk with German residency [Murat Kurnaz] who spent years in the Guantanamo Bay prison camp said in a magazine interview that German soldiers abused him in Afghanistan shortly after Pakistan handed him to U.S. authorities in 2001.
Paraguay refuses diplomatic immunity for U.S. troops 03 Oct 2006 Paraguay's decision to refuse diplomatic immunity for U.S. troops and not to renew a military cooperation pact sparked debate Tuesday... Foreign Minster Ruben Ramirez said Monday that Paraguay and Washington would not renew a defense-cooperation agreement for 2007 over the South American country's refusal to grant U.S. troops inside Paraguay immunity from prosecution by the International Criminal Court. [Why pardon Bush's war criminals, torturers, and terrorists?]
Kangaroo Selected as New Hussein Judge By Andy Borowitz 29 Sep 2006 (satire) Two weeks after the judge in Saddam Hussein’s trial for crimes against humanity was dismissed for displaying leniency toward the former Iraqi dictator, the proceedings became embroiled in controversy once again as legal experts questioned the selection of a kangaroo as the judge’s replacement.
"I suspect there's nothing out there." British Find No Evidence of Arms Traffic From Iran 04 Oct 2006 Britain, whose forces have had responsibility for security in southeastern Iraq since the war began, has found nothing to support the Americans' contention that Iran is providing weapons and training in Iraq, several senior military officials said.
US 'cannot allow' nuclear N Korea 05 Oct 2006 The US will not accept a North Korea armed with nuclear weapons, a top US envoy has said, a day after Pyongyang announced plans for a nuclear test.
Sheridan claims to be 'victim of MI5 plot' 04 Oct 2006 As a conspiracy theories go, it has to be one of the more bizarre: MI5 and Rupert Murdoch had conspired to concoct a videotape to overthrow his crusade for an independent socialist Scotland. In a political rally that quickly turned into a personal attack on one of the most powerful media moguls of modern times, Tommy Sheridan claimed that a video allegedly showing him admitting to visiting a swingers club was "utterly untrue". The tape, released by the Murdoch-owned News of the World, was forged by "splicing" extracts of his own voice with other voices, Mr Sheridan claimed.
Bush Signs Homeland Security Bill 05 Oct 2006 President [sic] Bush yesterday signed a homeland security bill that includes an overhaul of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $1.2 billion for fencing along the America-Mexico border to stem illegal immigration.
US can continue domestic spying program while appeal is heard: court 05 Oct 3006 A US federal appeals court ruled that the government can continue running warrantless domestic spying operations launched after the September 11, 2001 attacks until an appeal against a ban on the program is heard.
Court says eavesdropping program can continue 04 Oct 2006 The government can continue to use its [illegal] warrantless domestic wiretap program pending the Justice Department's appeal of a federal judge's ruling outlawing the program, an Appeals Court in Cincinnati ruled on Wednesday.
Illinois State Police unit to focus on online crimes 03 Oct 2006 A new 25-member unit within the Illinois State Police will focus on online crimes -- including identity theft and child pornography. Governor Rod Blagojevich today announced the formation of the Internet Crimes Unit. The proposed changes include making Internet stalking a felony for first-time offenders and making misrepresenting yourself on the Internet a criminal offense. [GOPedophiles: Take note.]
More Police Cameras Coming In Chicago --Newest Batch Will Look Like Streetlights 04 Oct 2006 Police will soon be mounting more cameras across Chicago. The city has announced it will spend $1 million next year to install 100 more surveillance cameras to catch crooks in action. Unlike the current cameras, which have blue flashing lights and are easy to spot, the new ones will be more discreet, resembling a normal streetlight. [One word: *pebbles.*]
Display of Banned Books Removed at Harrisonburg High School 04 Oct 2006 (VA) A display at Harrisonburg High School of books that have, at some point in history, either been banned or challenged was ordered removed last month by Harrisonburg Schools Superintendent Donald Ford. The display, which Ford ordered removed Sept. 27, was part of the American Library Association’s annual Banned Books Week, the last week of September.
Arrest over Cheney barb triggers lawsuit 03 Oct 2006 A Denver-area man filed a lawsuit today against a member of the Secret Service for causing him to be arrested after he approached Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney in Beaver Creek this summer and criticized him for his policies concerning Iraq.
CIA 'did warn Rice of 9/11 terror plots' 05 Oct 2006 The embattled US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, admitted yesterday that she had received an intelligence briefing from CIA chiefs warning of 'al-Qa'ida' plots two months before the attacks of September 11, 2001.
"This story has more legs than a centipede." [LOL!] 04 Oct 2006 Hardball host, Chris Matthews, commenting on the Foley scandal
"People go to prison for much less than this." 04 Oct 2006 MSNBC news analyst, commenting on the Foley scandal
More heads may roll as Foley sex scandal widens 05 Oct 2006 Amid a growing crisis in the Republican Party over the sex messaging scandal involving disgraced Republican Congressman [GOPedophile] Mark Foley, it has emerged that warnings about Mr Foley's over-friendliness with young staff may have dated back to 1995.
Lewis cancels fundraiser with Hastert, cites page scandal 04 Oct 2006 U.S. Rep. Ron Lewis (R-KY) has canceled an event next week with U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, citing the growing Capitol Hill sex scandal.
Hastert Working to Staunch Backlash From Foley Sex Scandal 04 Oct 2006 Conservative activist Paul Weyrich, president of the Free Congress Foundation, reversed his call for House Speaker Dennis Hastert to resign over the Mark Foley sex scandal after getting a personal call today from Hastert.
Ex-Aide To Foley Cites '03 Warnings --Former Staffer Says He Alerted Hastert's Office 05 Oct 2006 A longtime chief of staff to disgraced former representative Mark Foley (R-FL) approached House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert's office three years ago, repeatedly imploring senior Republicans to help stop Foley's advances toward teenage male pages, the staff member said yesterday.
Top GOP Staffer Forced Out for Role in Page Scandal 04 Oct 2006 Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz Report: The chief of staff for Republican Congressman Tom Reynolds, Kirk Fordham, resigned after questions were raised about his role in the handling of the congressional page scandal, according to Republican sources on Capitol Hill.
Fresh claims fuel US e-mail row 04 Oct 2006 The US Republican Party is struggling to contain the scandal surrounding former Congressman Mark Foley's e-mails to young men amid new allegations. US media revealed a possible romantic link with a young congressional worker and that warnings about Mr Foley's conduct went as far back as 1995.
Faux Mislabels GOPedophile Foley as a Democrat 04 Oct 2006 The 8 pm ET version of Tuesday’s O’Reilly Factor featured some old footage of ex-congressman, Republican Mark Foley, with a lower third on top of it with a "D" instead of "R" for party identification.
Report: Interior workers spend hours on Web --Employees visit shopping, sex and gambling Web sites 04 Oct 2006 Interior Department employees aren’t just using their computers to oversee parks and wildlife, an investigation found. They’re spending thousands of hours a week visiting shopping, sex and gambling Web sites... More than 4,700 log entries were to sexually explicit and gambling Web sites.
Ned Lamont on Joe Lieberman's Defense of Dennis Hastert 04 Oct 2006 "Joe Lieberman just can’t bring himself to hold anyone in Washington accountable, even when the safety of our children is at stake. If Dennis Hastert knew that Mark Foley was harassing minors and didn’t do anything about it, he should resign immediately... The fact that Joe Lieberman says calling for Hastert's resignation is too 'partisan' demonstrates that he’s been in Washington so long that he can’t recognize the difference between what’s right and what’s partisan."
Lobbyists: Sports Tickets and Springsteen—The E-Mail Trail 09 Oct 2006 The White House has launched an internal ethics inquiry into one [Karl] Rove aide in response to new e-mails showing that Rove's office had far more extensive conduct with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff than previously acknowledged. The e-mails, obtained by a House committee, show that Rove's executive assistant, Susan Ralston, may have violated a White House ban on accepting gifts worth more than $20 from lobbyists. At the same time, Ralston—who previously worked for Abramoff—was helping the lobbyist and his associates set up meetings with Rove and providing them with inside info about presidential appointments and White House decision making, including at least one matter relating to a business deal in Iraq for an Abramoff client, the e-mails show.
Banks' $7 Billion Tax-Exempt Bond Ruse Yields Nothing for Needy 04 Oct 2006 During the past decade, local governments across the U.S. have issued more than 70 of these phantom bonds -- at least $7 billion of them. Proceeds from the tax-exempt bond sales are supposed to be used to improve homes for the poor or upgrade health care for the elderly or supply computers to inner-city schools. Taxpayers never get most of those benefits; the winners are the banks, insurance companies and financial advisers that get paid millions of dollars for crafting these transactions and then profit by using bond proceeds for their own investment gains.
US House control in Democrats' reach -Reuters poll 04 Oct 2006 Democrats lead in races for 11 of 15 crucial Republican-held U.S. House seats a month before Nov. 7 elections, putting them within reach of seizing control of the chamber, according to Reuters/Zogby polls released Wednesday.
GOPedophiles trolling for the senior vote: U.S. to stop seizing Canadian drug imports --New policy allows seniors to order cheaper prescriptions through the mail 04 Oct 2006 The federal government will stop seizing small amounts of lower-priced prescription medications mailed from Canada, officials said. The new policy, which takes effect Oct. 9 [LOL, just before the 'elections'], was announced in an e-mail from the Department of Homeland Security to congressional staff Monday, Nelson said.
Ozone Hole Matches Record Size 03 Oct 2006 The "ozone hole" over Antarctica this year has matched the record size of 11.4 million square miles, the U.N. weather agency said Friday.
"It is just creepy and Orwellian." DHS Funding Software For Gov't to Monitor Opinions of U.S. 04 Oct 2006 A consortium of major universities, using Homeland Security Department money, is developing software that would let the government monitor negative opinions of the United States or its leaders in newspapers and other publications overseas. Such a "sentiment analysis" is intended to identify potential threats to the nation, security officials said.
Judge: Patriot Act challenge can proceed 03 Oct 2006 Nearly three years after hearing arguments in the case, a federal judge has ruled that an American Civil Liberties Union challenge to the constitutionality of the USA Patriot Act may proceed.
Washington scrubs NSA wiretapping inquiry 02 Oct 2006 The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission decided last week that it will put its investigation into phone companies' participation in the NSA's wiretapping program on hold 'til the federal courts have ruled on the topic. In Oregon, though, the process continues.
In Bill's Fine Print, Millions to Celebrate Victory 04 Oct 2006 Tucked away in fine print in the military spending bill for this past year by Republicans was a lump sum of $20 million to pay for a celebration in the nation’s capital "for commemoration of success" in Iraq and Afghanistan. A paragraph written into spending legislation and approved by the Senate and House allows the $20 million to be rolled over into 2007.
Iraqi Journalists Add Laws to List of Dangers 29 Sep 2006 Ahmed al-Karbouli was the fourth journalist killed in Iraq in September alone, out of a total of more than 130 since the 2003 invasion, the vast majority of them Iraqis... Under a broad new set of laws criminalizing speech that ridicules the government or its officials, some resurrected verbatim from Saddam Hussein's penal code, roughly a dozen Iraqi journalists have been charged with offending public officials in the past year.
Britain to US: we don't want Guantánamo nine back --British residents have no right to return say officials 03 Oct 2006 The United States has offered to return nearly all British residents held at Guantánamo Bay after months of secret talks in Washington, the Guardian has learned. The British government has refused to accept the men, however, with senior officials saying they have no legal right to return. Documents obtained by the Guardian show US authorities are demanding that the detainees be kept under 24-hour surveillance if set free - restrictions that are dismissed by the British as unnecessary and unworkable. Although all are accused of terrorist involvement, Britain says there is no intelligence to warrant the measures Washington wants, and it lacks the resources to implement them. "They do not pose a sufficient threat," said the head of counter-terrorism at the Home Office.
UK 'turned down Guantanamo offer' 04 Oct 2006 Britain has refused to repatriate UK residents held at Guantanamo Bay because the US terms of release were too stiff, the lord chancellor says. Lord Falconer said: "We could not take people back into the UK on terms that we could not legally deliver." Earlier, the Guardian newspaper claimed to have seen leaked documents revealing how the Americans had demanded that any freed detainees would be stopped from leaving the UK. US officials, the newspaper said, also wanted to be sure that the British would know immediately if the freed men met known extremists, or planned, supported or promoted extremism or violence.
Fatal Vision: The Deeper Evil Behind the Detainee Bill By Chris Floyd 02 Oct 2006 All of this is bad enough - a sickening and cowardly surrender of liberty not seen in a major Western democracy since the Enabling Act passed by the German Reichstag in March 1933. But it is by no means the full extent of our degradation... For in addition to the dictatorial powers of seizure and torment given by Congress on Thursday to George W. Bush - powers he had already seized and exercised for five years anyway, even without this fig leaf of sham legality - there is a far more sinister imperial right that Bush has claimed - and used - openly, without any demur or debate from Congress at all: ordering the "extrajudicial killing" of anyone on earth that he and his deputies decide - arbitrarily, without charges, court hearing, formal evidence, or appeal - is an "enemy combatant."
Violence in Iraq leaves at least 52 dead 04 Oct 2006 A suicide bomber unleashed a blast in a Baghdad fish market Tuesday and two Shiite families were found slain north of the capital as violence across Iraq claimed at least 52 lives.
Up to seven U.S. soldiers killed in attacks around Iraq 04 Oct 2006 Seven U.S. soldiers have been killed in attacks in Baghdad and Iraq's western Anbar province in the past three days, the U.S. military said on Tuesday.
Up to 90,000 Afghans said displaced by war 04 Oct 2006 Fighting between NATO-led forces and insurgents across southern Afghanistan has displaced an estimated 80,000 to 90,000 people over the past few months, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Wednesday.
2 Canadians killed in Afghan attack 03 Oct 2006 Two Canadians were killed and five other soldiers injured in southern Afghanistan, military officials said Tuesday.
Rumsfeld defends war on terrorism, rejects talks 03 Oct 2006 Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, under fire from critics for his handling of Iraq, on Tuesday vigorously defended the U.S. war on [of] terrorism and ruled out negotiation with Muslim extremists.
Hugo Chavez Calls Rumsfeld 'Mr. Dog,' Defends Arms Deals 03 Oct 2006 President Hugo Chavez called U.S. Defense Secretary [War Criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld a "dog of war" on Tuesday, saying the defense chief has no business suggesting neighboring countries are concerned about Venezuela's arms purchases. Chavez said it's disingenuous for Rumsfeld to say he knows of no country that is threatening Venezuela, and he insisted that the U.S. is a threat.
5,700 US troops coming for war exercises in Luzon 04 Oct 2006 Some 5,700 American military personnel will join Filipino troops this month in major war drills, including live-fire exercises, amphibious landings and ship interdictions, US and Philippine military officials said yesterday.
Atta's Father Accuses Israel and U.S. of Planning 9/11 03 Oct 2006 Muhammad a-Sayed Atta, father of Muhammad Atta, one of the [alleged] terrorists who carried out the 9/11 fatal attacks, claims that recently published photographs of his son were "forged by the United States." In an interview with Saudi newspaper Al Watan, Atta senior says, "the United States is who orchestrated the Sept. 11 attacks and was assisted by Jewish planners. This was in order to cover up even greater disasters that were starting to be revealed."
Rice Offered to Resign Following Bush's 2004 Re-Selection 02 Oct 2006 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she offered to resign as President [sic] Bush’s National Security Adviser as part of a broader house-cleaning following the president’s re-selection in 2004. "I did tell the president at one point that I thought maybe all of us should go, because we had fought two wars and we ... had [executed] the largest terrorist attack in American history," Rice disclosed Sunday night while en route to the Mideast.
N Korea ready to test first nuclear bomb 04 Oct 2006 North Korea says it will conduct its first nuclear test, blaming a US "threat of nuclear war and sanctions" for forcing its hand.
New Foley Instant Messages; Had Internet Sex While Awaiting House Vote 03 Oct 2006 Brian Ross and Maddy Sauer Report: Former Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) interrupted a vote on the floor of the House in 2003 to engage in Internet sex with a high school student who had served as a congressional page, according to new Internet instant messages provided to ABC News by former pages. ABC News now has obtained 52 separate instant message exchanges, which former pages say were sent by Foley, using the screen name Maf54, to two different boys under the age of 18.
Ex-page threatened over role in Foley flap 03 Oct 2006 A former male House page from Louisiana has received threats since reports surfaced Friday that former Rep. [GOPedophile] Mark Foley sent him inappropriate e-mails, another congressman [Rodney Alexander (R-LA)] said Monday night.
Hastert Fights to Save His Job in Page Scandal 04 Oct 2006 Backed by measured words of support from President [sic] Bush, Speaker J. Dennis Hastert opened an intense drive on Tuesday to hold on to his post, but behind the scenes senior Republicans weighed whether he could survive the scandal surrounding former Representative Mark Foley.
Attorney: Foley Was Molested as a Teen by a Clergyman 03 Oct 2006 Former Rep. Mark Foley was molested between the ages 13 and 15 by a clergyman, his attorney Mark Roth told reporters late Tuesday.
British documentary alleges pope linked to child abuse cover-up 01 Oct 2006 A British documentary claimed that Pope Benedict XVI [Pope Rat] was implicated in the systematic cover-up of child sex abuse allegations against Catholic priests. Before becoming head of the church, the then cardinal Joseph Ratzinger enforced church doctrinal orthodoxy, including a "secret Vatican decree which seemed to shelter the perpetrators and silence the victims of abuse", the Panorama programme said.
Miami Herald chief quits over Cuba revelations 03 Oct 2006 The publisher of the Miami Herald resigned today, citing revelations that 'journalists' in the group had been paid by the US 'government' [regime] to help undermine Fidel Castro's Cuban 'regime' [government].
U.S. paid anti-Castro journalists in Miami: paper 08 Sep 2006 At least 10 Florida 'journalists' received regular payments from a U.S. government program aimed at undermining the Cuban government of Fidel Castro, The Miami Herald reported on Friday.
Dow surges to new closing high 03 Oct 2006 The Dow Jones industrial average finally reached new heights Tuesday, extending Wall Street’s seven-year recovery with a record closing level after climbing into uncharted territory in trading earlier in the day. The index of 30 blue chip stocks ended the session at 11,727.34, according to preliminary calculations, wiping out the previous record of 11,722.98.
Mystery illness kills at least six in Panama 03 Oct 2006 Panama's Health Ministry declared a national epidemic alert on Tuesday after a mystery illness killed at least six people and left others suffering with fever, diarrhea and partial paralysis. Doctors do not know the cause [Bush bioterror team] but say the disease progresses rapidly to the renal system and causes neurological damage.
The century of drought --One third of the planet will be desert by the year 2100, say climate experts in the most dire warning yet of the effects of global warming. 04 Oct 2006 Drought threatening the lives of millions will spread across half the land surface of the Earth in the coming century because of global warming, according to new predictions from Britain's leading climate scientists.
Global warming devastates sea ice in Arctic Circle 04 Oct 2006 Sea ice in the Arctic last month melted to its second lowest monthly minimum in the 29-year record of satellite measurements.
Red alert as climate change takes its toll on Scotland 03 Oct 2006 Scotland was put on red alert over climate change yesterday, with experts saying it was already responsible for placing endangered species at greater risk, for rising sea levels, major floods and landslides. And environmental watchdog the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency warned the situation was likely to worsen. [Opinion poll: Is Edinburgh council right to arrange for every high school pupil to see Al Gore's global warming film?]
"Citizens for Legitimate Government, whenever they discuss the President, put in brackets the [P], so it is the resident. So I've adopted that as my own standard." --US Rep. Cynthia McKinney, (D-GA) press conference 30 Sep 2006 McKinney Condemns E-Voting, Keeps Options Open US Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) is keeping her options open, and is reviewing public records concerning her 2006 Primary and Run-off Elections with Bev Harris of BlackBoxVoting and others while deciding whether to legally challenge the election, The Atlanta Progressive News has learned in an exclusive interview with the Congresswoman.
Gingrich urges overriding Supreme Court 29 Sep 2006 Supreme Court decisions that are "so clearly at variance with the national will" should be overridden by the other branches of government, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said during a Georgetown University Law Center conference on the judiciary.
Headteacher group tells staff to spot 'terror' pupils 02 Oct 2006 An organisation which represents Scotland's headteachers has said that teaching staff must watch for signs that youngsters are being brainwashed and led into terrorism. The Headteachers' Association of Scotland (HAS) made the call for teachers to be vigilant for potential radicalisation among young Muslim pupils. [Why aren't they taught to spot 'terror' pResidents?]
90 terror suspects waiting 03 Oct 2006 At least 90 terror suspects are awaiting trial in Britain, the Metropolitan Police's anti[pro]-terror chief revealed yesterday. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke said that a further 70 investigations are continuing. It came as he unveiled a new 1,500-strong Met squad - known as SO15 - to fight [foment] the threat of terrorism in Britain.
Detainees in U.S. prison held without charge 02 Oct 2006 ...Capt. Amanullah is far from alone in his assertion of innocence - or his inability to make that heard for so long. Like many who have passed through the secretive jail set up after the fall of the Taliban regime, Amanullah found himself entangled in a system where he had no protection and no rights, and not even the pressure of public scrutiny that helped inmates at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, or Abu Ghraib, Iraq.
Frist: Taliban Should Be in Afghan Gov't [Why not? They're already running the US gov't.] 02 Oct 2006 U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Monday that the Afghan war against Taliban guerrillas can never be won militarily [*duh*] and urged support for efforts to bring "people who call themselves Taliban" and their allies into the government. The Tennessee Republican said he learned from briefings that Taliban fighters were too numerous and had too much popular support to be defeated on the battlefield.
Over 800 attacks every week in Iraq --Woodward and Pentagon clash over war toll --Colonel says only pullout will end insurgency 30 Sep 2006 The Bush administration has misled the American people about the level of violence in Iraq, where there is an attack by insurgent forces every 15 minutes, Bob Woodward, the investigative journalist, said yesterday. "It's getting to the point now where there are 800-900 attacks a week. That's more than a hundred a day. That is four an hour attacking our forces," Woodward told CBS television in an interview to be aired tomorrow night.
50 bodies of tortured Iraqis found, two U.S. Marines killed 02 Oct 2006 Iraqi police say at least 50 bodies showing signs of torture have been found in the Baghdad area. Police say the mutilated corpses, discovered early Monday, had bullet wounds and were most likely victims of 'sectarian' [US] violence.
Two Soldiers, Three Marines Killed in Iraq 02 Oct 2006 Two soldiers and three Marines died in Iraq in incidents yesterday and today, military officials reported.
British soldier killed, another injured in Basra: MoD 02 Oct 2006 One British soldier was killed and another seriously injured by a fire attack in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, British Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Monday said in London.
80pc of Australians believe Iraq war has failed 03 Oct 2006 An overwhelming eight out of 10 Australians believe the Iraq war has not reduced the threat of global terrorism. A new poll conducted by the Lowy Institute found two-thirds of Australians did not agree the war would lead to the spread of democracy in the Middle East.
War Continues On Disastrous Course By Bill Gallagher 03 Oct 2006 Iraq is lost and we are losing Afghanistan. The U.S. Army is in shambles, and the entire military is in disarray. We are creating and nurturing more terrorists, and our nation is despised around the globe. The president's "war time consigliere" is a war criminal... Bush is a lying, immoral coward who uses religion to spread hate and division. He is a vile, irredeemable fraud, and like most of those who crave dictatorial power, a mistake of history whose arrogance and megalomania are substitutes for leadership and decency. America better wake up in a hurry or we are going to find ourselves sliding deeper into a fascist state and then wondering, "Gee, how did this happen?" And like many of the fascist experiments in the 20th century, the dictators get their dirty deeds done with the complicity of a cowardly legislature.
U.S. eases demand for Iran sanctions 28 Sep 2006 Acting on EU advice, the United States has postponed its call for immediate U.N. sanctions against Iran over nuclear policy. [See: Halliburton and Iran: One Pea, Two Pods By Andy Grotto 31 Mar 2005 In January, Halliburton Products & Services Limited and Oriental Kish finalized a contract to develop two sectors of the South Pars oil and gas field in Iran.
Mega barf alert! Rumsfeld: Venezuela build-up is concern 02 Oct 2006 The recent military build-up in Venezuela by U.S. nemesis President Hugo Chavez has other countries in the region worried that the weapons could end up in the hands of terrorists, Defense Secretary [actual terrorist] Donald H. Rumsfeld said Monday.
Beijing secretly fires lasers to disable US satellites 26 Sep 2006 China has secretly fired powerful laser weapons designed to disable American spy satellites by "blinding" their sensitive surveillance devices, it was reported yesterday.
Chavez says he has White House informant --Bush administration plotting to kill him, Venezuela president claims 02 Oct 2006 Venezuela President Hugo Chavez said Sunday he has received warnings from within the White House that the Bush administration is plotting to assassinate him or topple his government.
Intruder caught at British PM's residence 03 Oct 2006 An intruder armed with a knife was arrested after scaling a wall and getting into a secure area of British Prime Minister Tony Blair's official London residence, police said.
Airports to lift luggage restrictions in November 29 Sep 2006 The ban on objects such as toothpaste and perfume being carried through airport security in hand luggage will be lifted at UK airports in November.
Rumsfeld, Ashcroft received warning of al Qaida attack before 9/11 02 Oct 2006 Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and former Attorney General John Ashcroft received the same CIA briefing about an imminent al-Qaida strike on an American target that was given to the White House two months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The State Department's disclosure Monday that the pair was briefed within a week after then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice was told about the threat on July 10, 2001, raised new questions about what the Bush administration did in response, and about why so many officials have claimed they never received or don't remember the warning.
C.I.A. Chief Warned Rice on Al Qaeda 03 Oct 2006 A review of White House records has determined that George J. Tenet, then the director of central intelligence, did brief Condoleezza Rice and other top officials on July 10, 2001, about the looming threat from Al Qaeda, a State Department spokesman said Monday.
Rice: No Memory of CIA Warning of Attack 02 Oct 2006 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she cannot recall [?!?] then-CIA chief George Tenet warning her of an impending al-Qaida attack in the United States, as a new book claims he did two months before the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Rice Disputes Report CIA Warned Her About Attack 02 Oct 2006 Secretary of State [war criminal and lying sack of sh*t] Condoleezza Rice Sunday vehemently denied that she ever received a CIA warning about an imminent terrorist attack on the United States, angrily rebutting new allegations about her culpability in U.S. policy failures before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks by al Qaeda [al CIA-duh].
GOPedophiles, the lords of hypocrisy - Mark Foley on Bill Clinton in 1998: "It's more sad than anything else, to see someone with such potential throw it all down the drain because of a sexual addiction." Congress sees through party-colored glasses By Bill Adair 12 Sep 1998 For more than a week, members of Congress said they would avoid partisan politics when they got Kenneth Starr's report on President Clinton... Republicans were aghast at Clinton's behavior, with many saying it showed he had lied and abused his power. "It's vile," said Rep. Mark Foley, R-West Palm Beach. "It's more sad than anything else, to see someone with such potential throw it all down the drain because of a sexual addiction." ...Some of the strongest reaction Friday was in response to Starr's account of [Monica] Lewinsky performing oral sex on Clinton as he chatted with members of Congress on the telephone. That was "just sad," Foley said. "It's unbelievable that he could behave so carelessly in that setting."
"Maf54: cool..dont forget to measure for me." --GOPedophile Mark Foley on IM, asking *underage* page to measure his sexual organ for him. Foley's Behavior No Secret on Capitol Hill --A GOP staff member told congressional pages to watch out for former Congressman Foley. 01 Oct 2006 It turns out Foley's obsession with 16- and 17-year-old male pages has been known to Republicans on Capitol Hill for at least five years. But other than issue a warning, little else seems to have been done about the congressman. A former page has come forward to tell ABC News warnings were issued about Foley to the pages in 2001.
FBI Knew in July About Foley E-Mails to Teen 03 Oct 2006 The FBI acknowledged yesterday that it did not begin an investigation in late July after receiving copies of e-mails sent in 2005 by then-Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) to a Louisiana teenager -- messages that troubled the boy's parents. Key House Republicans learned of the e-mails in 2005 and chose to deal with Foley privately, warning him to cease contact with the 16-year-old former House page.
FBI looking into congressman Foley 02 Oct 2006 A scandal over a U.S. Republican congressman sending sexually explicit e-mails to underage boys ratcheted up on Sunday with the FBI and a congressional ethics committee looking into the accusations.
Putting Party Before Predators: Why Didn't GOP Leaders Stop Foley? By Cenk Uygur 01 Oct 2006 In a scandal that will likely take down the entire House Republican leadership, everyone is wondering why Rep. Mark Foley, Chairman of the Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus was allowed to carry on his predatory behavior with a teenage boy a year after his relationship was revealed to party leaders. Watch a video of Rep. Foley giving an interview on child predators, in which he states "If I were one of these sickos, I’d be nervous with America’s Most Wanted on my trail." ["In a scandal that will likely take down the entire House Republican leadership..." No, they'll just order another random shooting (of mass distraction) in another rural community. --LRP]
Ex-Rep. Foley Checks Into Alcohol Rehab 02 Oct 2006 Former Rep. Mark Foley, under FBI investigation for e-mail exchanges with teenage congressional pages, has checked himself into rehabilitation facility for alcoholism treatment and accepts responsibility for his actions, his attorney said Monday. [Where does he "check into" for pedophilia?]
Republican cover-up charge over sex e-mails to boy, 16 02 Oct 2006 Republican Party leaders in the United States faced calls for an inquiry yesterday amid accusations they turned a blind eye to a Florida congressman [GOPedophile] who sent sexually explicit e-mails to a 16-year-old boy.
Resign, Mr. Speaker (The Washington Times) 03 Oct 2006 The facts of the disgrace of Mark Foley, who was a Republican member of the House from a Florida district until he resigned last week, constitute a disgrace for every Republican member of Congress. Red flags emerged in late 2005, perhaps even earlier, in suggestive and wholly inappropriate e-mail messages to underage congressional pages. His aberrant, predatory -- and possibly criminal -- behavior was an open secret among the pages who were his prey. The evidence was strong enough long enough ago that the speaker should have relieved Mr. Foley of his committee responsibilities contingent on a full investigation to learn what had taken place, whether any laws had been violated and what action, up to and including prosecution, were warranted by the facts. This never happened... House Speaker Dennis Hastert must do the only right thing, and resign his speakership at once.
Judge May Have Stymied Abramoff Probe 29 Sep 2006 The bribery investigation involving influence-peddler Jack Abramoff may have been stymied by a federal judge in Florida just as prosecutors began asking questions about the lobbyist's ties to the White House. A congressional report released Friday showed that Abramoff had hundreds of contacts with White House officials over three years, including 10 with top Bush aide Karl Rove.
Foley, GOPedophiles rejoice: House Approves Strip Search Bill 20 Sep 2006 A bill approved by the U.S. House yesterday would require school districts around the country to establish policies making it easier for teachers and school officials to conduct wide scale searches of students. These searches could take the form of pat-downs, bag searches, or strip searches depending on how administrators interpret the law. The Student Teacher Safety Act of 2006 (HR 5295) would require any school receiving federal funding--essentially every public school--to adopt policies allowing teachers and school officials to conduct random, warrantless searches of every student, at any time, on the flimsiest of pretexts.
Lieberman says he has been promised seniority 03 Oct 2006 Sen. Joe LieberBush, the longtime 'Democratic' senator from Connecticut running for re-election as an independent, says the party leadership has assured him he would keep his seniority if he returns to Congress. Local Democrats are responding with irritation, political opponents voice disbelief, and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) denies making a decision.
Pastors Guiding Voters to GOP 01 Oct 2006 With a pivotal election five weeks away, leaders on the religious right have launched an all-out drive to get Christians from pew to voting booth. Their target: the nearly 30 million Americans who attend church at least once a week but did not vote in 2004. Their efforts at times push legal limits on church involvement in partisan campaigns. That is by design. With control of Congress at stake Nov. 7, those guiding the movement say they owe it to God and to their own moral principles [sic] to do everything they can to keep social conservatives in power.
Military Absentee Ballots to be Counted by Corporate Executive who Donated to Bush/Cheney '04 By Steve O 02 Oct 2006 Dreifus Associates, LTD. who is run by Henry N. Dreifus has been contracted by the Pentagon to count all Military absentee ballots. Public record shows that Mr. Dreifus donated $2,000.00 to the Bush/Cheney ‘04 campaign. 'DoD should strongly consider implementing IVAS for the 2006 election to bring DoD into full compliance with PL 109-234 §1212. With less than 100 days before the election, the only viable option is to award a contract to Dreifus Associates, LTD.'
AP, Networks Sue Over Fla. Exit Poll Law 30 Sep 2006 A Florida law that bars exit polling near voting places violates the press' rights under the First Amendment, a lawsuit filed by The Associated Press and five television networks alleges. [The Reichwing can't afford to be embarrassed when the exit polling reveals that *nobody* voted for GOPedophiles, but miraculously --the electronic 'votng' tally shows an opposite outcome.]
1,000ft high tornado hits Brighton coast 02 Oct 2006 Racing across the sea at breakneck speed, this is a 1,000ft-high tornado heading straight for Brighton. The twister loomed over the city's burnt-out pier as it churned up seawaters into a massive whirlpool yesterday.
Reid fights to end torture shield for terror suspects 01 Oct 2006 John Reid, the home secretary, is heading for a showdown with the judiciary over plans to strip some terror suspects of the automatic right to be protected from torture. Reid is preparing a new anti-terror law that would sideline human rights legislation protecting suspects from torture if ministers ruled there were "overriding considerations of national security". The move is aimed at foreign terrorist suspects, including 32 detained in prison without charge or being monitored on strict bail conditions.
New US trials are worse: Hicks lawyer 02 Oct 2006 Sleep deprivation does not fit the definition of torture and is an acceptable method of interrogating terrorism suspects, according to the Attorney-General, Philip Ruddock.
Australian at Guantanamo to be among first tried by U-S military tribunals 01 Oct 2006 The only Australian held at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba will be among the first terror suspects tried by the overhauled U-S military commissions. Australia's attorney general tells Australian Broadcasting that the tribunals could take months to begin. But he says he has pressed his U-S counterpart, [terrorist] Alberto Gonzalez, to deal with the matter quickly.
Inmates detail U.S. prison near Kabul 01 Oct 2006 Capt. Amanullah, a former mujahedeen commander, smooths his black beard with his palm and gives a deep and ironic laugh as he recounts his 14 miserable months in Bagram, the U.S. prison for terror suspects in Afghanistan.
Report says CIA rendition flight was likely 30 Sep 2006 A leaked interim report by Swiss federal prosecutors has allegedly indicated that the CIA used Swiss air space to fly a Muslim cleric to Egypt for interrogation.
British troops in secret truce with the Taliban 01 Oct 2006 British troops battling the Taliban are to withdraw from one of the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan after agreeing a secret deal with the local people. Over the past two months British soldiers have come under sustained attack defending a remote mud-walled government outpost in the town of Musa Qala in southern Afghanistan. It has now been agreed the troops will quietly pull out of Musa Qala in return for the Taliban doing the same.
Defense Ministry Admits German Planes in Action in Afghanistan 30 Sep 2006 A defense ministry source has revealed that German military aircraft are seeing action in the volatile southern region of Afghanistan. The report comes days after German help in the south was officially ruled out.
Twelve dead in Afghan suicide blast 30 Sep 2006 At least 12 people have been killed and 42 injured after a suicide bomber blew himself up in front of the Interior Ministry in Kabul.
Baghdad under total daylight curfew 30 Sep 2006 Iraq imposed a total daylight curfew on Baghdad on Saturday, banning all movement, as U.S. forces said they had foiled a possible suicide plot to attack the city's sprawling "Green Zone" government compound. [Gee, it sure looks like life under Saddam Hussein was a *better deal.*]
Saudis build 550-mile fence to shut out Iraq 01 Oct 2006 Security in Iraq has collapsed so dramatically that Saudi Arabia has ordered the construction of a 550-mile high-tech fence to seal off its troubled northern neighbour. The huge project to build the barrier, which will be equipped with ultraviolet night-vision cameras, buried sensor cables and thousands of miles of barbed wire, will snake across the vast and remote desert frontier between the countries.
Gunmen kidnap 26 workers in Baghdad 01 Oct 2006 Gunmen kidnapped 26 workers from a refrigerated food factory Sunday in what appeared to be a new 'sectarian' [US] attack, a security official said.
Two GIs Killed In Anbar; U.S. Soldier Dies In Truck Accident 01 Oct 2006 Two U.S. soldiers were killed yesterday during fighting in Anbar province, Iraq, while another soldier died yesterday from injuries suffered in a Humvee accident near Mosul, U.S. military officials said.
Wars get $70 billion down payment in defense bill 30 Sep 2006 Congress on Friday authorized an additional $70 billion in emergency funds to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through early next year. The $70 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan is a down payment on war costs the White House has estimated will hit $110 billion for the budget year beginning Oct. 1.
Cost of Bush's war? Just keep adding zeroes 01 Oct 2006 It was only four years ago when Lawrence Lindsey, then-head of the White House's National Economic Council, estimated that the "upper bound" of the cost of going to war with Iraq would be between $100-billion and $200-billion... Well, we've kissed the $200-billion limit goodbye long ago. We're currently out of pocket more than $400-billion and adding to the bill at the rate of $8-billion per month... So what's the current upper-range estimate? Trillions.
Congress okays funding increase for joint Israel-US defense programs 01 Oct 2006 The US Congress approved an increase of $460 million in funding for joint Israeli-American defense programs over the weekend, including $20 million for the development of a short-range ballistic missile defense system which will provide protection from Katyusha rockets.
US may accept Iranian nuclear bomb 01 Oct 2006 America is going to have to learn to live with a nuclear Iran, US intelligence analysts have concluded at a secret meeting near Washington.
Halliburton and Iran: One Pea, Two Pods By Andy Grotto 31 Mar 2005 In January, Halliburton Products & Services Limited and Oriental Kish finalized a contract to develop two sectors of the South Pars oil and gas field in Iran. A primary shareholder of Oriental Kish is none other than Sirous Nasseri, head of the Iranian delegation to the IAEA negotiating the future of Iran’s nuclear programs. Nasseri is also rumored to have been a close advisor and consultant to Halliburton.
"Mr. Vice President, I would call for your resignation as well, were you not a constitutional officer." Biden Wanted Cheney Out Too --Said On CBS Program 'Not One Piece of Advice' On Iraq Was Right 01 Oct 2006 On CBS News's Face the Nation Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, said he thinks Rumsfeld should lose his job because of what he sees as mismanagement of the war. Biden also said that, in an Oval Office meeting, he told President [sic] Bush and Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney that he wanted Cheney to step down for the same reasons. "The present said to me, quote, 'Why do you keep picking on Rummy?' I looked at the president, and I said, 'Mr. President, with all due respect' – and I looked at the vice president – 'Mr. Vice President, I would call for your resignation as well, were you not a constitutional officer,'" Biden told host Bob Scheiffer.
Woodward's book damns Bush team 02 Oct 2006 The White House is bracing for a week of damage control in the wake of the publication of a new book by the Watergate journalist Bob Woodward in which the Bush Administration is described as dysfunctional and faction-ridden, and President [sic] George Bush as "intellectually incurious".
The paranoid whackjob didn't even trust his poodle: US kept spying data from Blair --White House plot to get rid of Rumsfeld claimed 01 Oct 2006 Tony Blair was angered by America’s refusal to share intelligence on Iraq with Britain, according to a revealing new book by Bob Woodward, the veteran journalist who exposed the Watergate scandal. The prime minister protested to President [sic] George W Bush about the way intelligence was routinely marked NOFORN (no foreigners), denying access to the US’s closest ally.
Powell 'warned Bush of Iraq quagmire' 02 Oct 2006 Former US secretary of state Colin Powell warned President [sic] George W. Bush he was facing a difficult insurgency in Iraq in their final meeting in January last year, a new biography of Mr Powell claims.
Book asserts Rice saw no urgency in summer 2001 al-Qaeda threat 30 Sep 2006 The latest book by Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, "State of Denial," paints a portrait of an administration driven by personal and policy disagreements exacerbated by a deteriorating situation in Iraq that has grown even worse than Bush admits to the public... The book also reports that then-CIA Director George J. Tenet and his counterterrorism chief, J. Cofer Black, grew so concerned in the summer of 2001 about a possible al-Qaeda attack that they drove straight to the White House to get high-level attention. Tenet called Rice, then the national security adviser, from his car to ask to see her, in hopes that the surprise appearance would make an impression. But the meeting on July 10, 2001, left Tenet and Black frustrated and feeling brushed off, Woodward reported. Rice, they thought, did not seem to feel the same sense of urgency about the threat and was content to wait for an ongoing policy review. The July 10 meeting of Rice, Tenet and Black went unmentioned in various investigations into the Sept. 11 attacks...
The laughing 9/11 bombers 01 Oct 2006 Film of the ringleader of the September 11 hijackers reading his "martyrdom" will inside Afghanistan at Osama Bin Laden’s headquarters has emerged five years after the Al-Qaeda outrage. [*LOL!* Five years later?!? Al-CIAduh needs to hire quicker editors!]
"The whole attack was planned by Pakistan's ISI." Pakistan spy agency behind Mumbai bombs-police 30 Sep 2006 Indian police said on Saturday they had found evidence that Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba carried out the July 11 bombings in Mumbai and Pakistan's military spy agency was behind the plot.
Humiliation at 33,000 feet: Top British architect tells of terror 'arrest' 01 Oct 2006 In Seth Stein's case, he was pounced on as the crew and other travellers looked on. As he settled down with a book and a ginger ale, the father-of-three was grabbed from behind and held in a head-lock. "This guy just told me his name was Michael Wilk, that he was with the New York Police Department, that I'd been acting suspiciously and should stay calm. I could barely find my voice and couldn't believe it was happening," said Mr Stein.
U.S., EU Fail on Air Passenger Data Deal 30 Sep 2006 The United States and the European Union failed to reach a new deal on sharing air passenger data by Saturday's deadline, though officials said negotiations would continue.
Why I'm Banned in the USA By Tariq Ramadan 01 Oct 2006 For more than two years now, the U.S. government has barred me from entering the United States to pursue an academic career. The reasons have changed over time, and have evolved from defamatory to absurd, but the effect has remained the same: I've been kept out... My experience reveals how U.S. authorities seek to suppress dissenting voices and -- by excluding people such as me from their country -- manipulate political debate in America. Unfortunately, the U.S. government's paranoia has evolved far beyond a fear of particular individuals and taken on a much more insidious form: the fear of ideas.
Special: Dateline CLG: 'To Catch a Predator' news compilation --by Lori Price
Agencies consider whether Foley should face charges 01 Oct 2006 A spokesman for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed late Saturday the agency is deciding whether to press charges against former U.S. Rep. [GOPedophile] Mark Foley, who hastily resigned from office Friday. "We will be discussing this matter with the FBI in an effort to determine if there are grounds for a criminal investigation and if so, who has jurisdiction," said Tom Berlinger, chief media spokesman for the FDLE. Berlinger said the decision would be made this week.
Former page: We knew about Foley 'for years' 01 Oct 2006 Sexually explicit messages from former Rep. Mark Foley to one former congressional page might be just the tip of the iceberg, the leader of an alumni association for former congressional pages told Scripps Howard News Service on Saturday. While Foley resigned this week after published reports of "friendly" e-mails to one 16-year-old male page and the pending broadcast of more sexually explicit instant messages, similar graphic messages from him were received by at least three other teenage boys who once worked in the page program, said Matthew Loraditch, a Maryland college senior who runs the U.S. House Page Alumni Association's Internet message board. "I've known about them (messages) for several years now," he said Saturday.
Democrats Assail G.O.P. for Silence on Foley 01 Oct 2006 Democrats expressed outrage today that Republican leaders had waited nearly a year to tell them about e-mails between Representative Mark Foley and a former teenage page, allowing the Florida GOPedophile during that time to remain head of the Congressional caucus on children’s issues.
GOP Leader Rebuts Hastert on Foley --Reynolds: Speaker Knew of E-Mails in Spring 01 Oct 2006 House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) was notified early this year of inappropriate e-mails from former representative [GOPedophile] Mark Foley (R-FL) to a 16-year-old page, a top GOP House member said yesterday -- contradicting the speaker's assertions that he learned of concerns about Foley only last week. Hastert did not dispute the claims of Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds (R-NY), and his office confirmed that some of Hastert's top aides knew last year that Foley had been ordered to cease contact with the boy and to treat all pages respectfully.
US speaker's staff knew about Foley matter in 2005 30 Sep 2006 The Republican leader of the U.S. House of Representatives said his office knew a year ago about inappropriate contact between a former intern and newly resigned Rep. [GOPedophile] Mark Foley and called on Saturday for a criminal probe of the matter. Foley, 52, a six-term Florida Republican, resigned from the House on Friday after ABC News reported he sent messages to current and former congressional pages with references to sexual organs and acts.
GOP leaders knew of Foley e-mail in '05 30 Sep 2006 Rep. Thomas Reynolds, head of the House Republican election effort, said Saturday he told Speaker Dennis Hastert months ago about concerns that a fellow GOP lawmaker had sent inappropriate messages to a teenage boy. Hastert's office said aides referred the matter to the proper authorities last fall but they were only told the messages were "over-friendly ['Over-friendly?' Uh, *illegal.*]
Judge rejects feds' request to delay Abramoff prison sentence 30 Sep 2006 The bribery investigation involving influence-peddler Jack Abramoff may have been stymied by a federal judge in Florida just as prosecutors began asking questions about the lobbyist's ties to the White House. U.S. District Judge Paul Huck refused to delay Abramoff's prison sentence for fraud charges Thursday, rejecting a plea by the Justice Department's top corruption prosecutor, who said Abramoff was providing information about officials whose names hadn't yet surfaced in the case. In the past month, the FBI has been pursuing leads about Abramoff's access to the White House and whether he was able to help lawmakers get Bush administration backing for their bills, according to someone familiar with the direction of the investigation who spoke on condition of anonymity because of its secrecy.
Voters vanish in U.S. By Michael Harris 29 Sep 2006 The election of the president of the United States is increasingly founded on a system of vote-counting that can't be verified... How could the world's greatest democracy come up with an electoral process that defies an audit? ...In four key battleground states in the November mid-term elections -- Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania and Michigan -- the Republicans have been busily redrawing electoral districts.
Schools punishing kids for what they say online --Critics say policies that extend to posts from home computers are unconstitutional 01 Oct 2006 A growing number of school officials in the Indianapolis area are trying to punish students for Internet commentary they deem inappropriate -- including postings on home computers -- drawing outrage from teens and free-speech advocates.
Under the Bush dictatorship, *every* child is left behind: "They're forcing schools to spend millions on ineffective programs." The Education Issue By Michael Grunwald 01 Oct 2006 Five years [after the No Child Left Behind Act was passed], an accumulating mound of evidence from reports, interviews and program documents suggests that Reading First has had little to do with science or rigor. Instead, the billions have gone to what is effectively a pilot project for untested programs with friends in high places. Department officials and a small group of influential contractors have strong-armed states and local districts into adopting a small group of unproved textbooks and reading programs with almost no peer-reviewed research behind them.
Gonzales Cautions Judges on Interfering with Bush's Anti-Terror Tactics 29 Sep 2006 Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who is defending Dictator Bush's anti[pro]-terrorism tactics in multiple court battles, said Friday that federal judges should not substitute their personal views for the president's judgments in wartime.
US warns charities on any links to terror groups 29 Sep 2006 The U.S. Treasury Department warned charities on Friday to be sure they are not even indirectly funding activities that build support for terrorist organizations. In an annex to the guidelines, the department for the first time cautioned that charitable activities could build public support for terrorist groups, even if they don't channel funds to terrorist organizations. "Terrorist abuse also includes the exploitation of charitable services and activities to radicalize vulnerable populations and cultivate support for terrorist organizations and activities," the Treasury said.
Congress Sends Bush Terror Tribunal Bill 29 Sep 2006 Congress sent President [sic] Bush a bill Friday that endorses his plan to interrogate and prosecute terror suspects, legislation Republicans hope will win them political points on the campaign trail. Once Bush signs it, which he was expected to do very soon, the military can begin prosecuting terror suspects.
U.N. Official Decries Anti-Terror Bill 29 Sep 2006 The top U.N. official on torture said Friday that a bill before the U.S. Congress could deprive terrorism suspects of a fair trial and was especially troubling after the mistreatment of prisoners at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.
Bush faces wave of challenges to terror law 30 Sep 2006 The Bush regime yesterday faced a raft of legal challenges to a sweeping new regime for Guantánamo that would deny court oversight to detainees in the war on terror, and would bar prosecution of US personnel for war crimes.
Attorneys For Guantanamo Detainees Could Be Detained As Enemy Combatants Under New Legislation --President Given Undue Power to Silence Critics 26 Sep 2006 On September 26, 2006, attorneys for the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) determined that what appears to be the final version of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 could allow the government to detain the attorneys themselves as 'enemy combatants.' CCR Legal Director Bill Goodman said: "This ominously broad definition of enemy combatants would mean that almost anyone who actively opposes the President or the government could be locked up indefinitely. This bill makes a mockery of the rule of law."
Vote Summary 28 Sep 2006 On Passage of the Bill (S. 3930 As Amended) Measure Number: S. 3930 Measure Title: A bill to authorize trial by military commission for violations of the law of war, and for other purposes. Vote Result: Bill Passed. [Did you ever thought you'd live to see the day when Congress would vote on 'acceptable levels' of torture, rape and biological experiments? [Arming the Left: Is the time now? --by Charles Southwell 21 Oct 2003]
DemocRATs who voted for torture: Carper (DE), Johnson (SD), Landrieu (LA), Lautenberg (D-NJ), LieberBush (CT) [Gee, there's a big f*cking surprise], Menendez (NJ), Nelson (NE), Nelson (FL), Pryor (AK), Rockefeller (WVA), Salazar (CO), Stebenau (MI).
"This unprecedented and expansive suspension of habeas corpus is utterly unconstitutional, and we will challenge it." Legal Battle Over Detainee Bill Is Likely --The Senate approves Bush's plan for military tribunals. Limits on terror suspects' options for appeal could lead to a Supreme Court ruling. 29 Sep 2006 The Senate on Thursday approved President Bush's plan to question and try foreign terrorism suspects before military judges — without oversight by the federal courts. Bush is expected to receive a bill he can sign into law in the next few days, but legal challenges almost assuredly will be pursued against the prosecution process, which the administration considers a key element in its war on [of] terrorism.
Canadian torture victim gets apology 29 Sep 2006 Canada's police commissioner has apologised to a Canadian man deported by US authorities to Syria and tortured based on bad Canadian intelligence, but said the US shared blame... Giuliano Zaccardelli, commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said on Thursday that US authorities were advised of the mistake while Arar was still in US custody in New York. "When Mr Arar was in New York City, we clearly communicated with the Americans that there was false information there and we tried to correct that false information," he testified. "I have no information, no indication as to why the Americans took the decision ... to detain him and send him to Syria," Zaccardelli said. "We have attempted to get that information. We have not gotten that," despite closer US-Canada security ties since 2002, he later said.
Amnesty slams abuse of terror suspects in Pakistan 29 Sep 2006 Rights group Amnesty International condemned Pakistan over abuse of terror suspects, claiming hundreds had been "disappeared," while many were tortured before being sold on to US authorities. In a report the London-based group said bounty hunters routinely help arrest suspects, who are then sold on abroad including to the United States' infamous prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
House passes warrantless domestic spying measure 28 Sep 2006 The House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday that would provide congressional authorization for Dictator George W. Bush's warrantless domestic spying program but subject it to new rules [?]. The president would be permitted to order warrantless surveillance, for example, after an "armed attack," "terrorist attack" or when the president deems there is an "imminent threat." Rep. John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, charged: "Hidden in the fine print are provisions which grant the administration authority to maintain permanent records on innocent U.S. citizens, granting the administration new authority to demand personal records without court review, and terminating any and all legal challenges to unlawful wiretapping."
President Carter: Bush Has Brought US "International Disgrace" 29 Sep 2006 Former President Carter urged Nevadans on Thursday to elect his Democratic son, Jack, to the Senate to help combat a Bush administration he says has brought "international disgrace" to the United States.
Card Urged Bush to Replace Rumsfeld, Woodward Says 29 Sep 2006 Former White House chief of staff Andrew Card on two occasions tried and failed to persuade President [sic] Bush to fire Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, according to a new book by Bob Woodward that depicts senior officials of the Bush administration as unable to face the consequences of their policy in Iraq.
Chickens are home to roost in Iraq --The Bush administration is running out of troops, money and ideas, warns Andrew Bacevich 27 Sep 2006 As if by stealth, almost without our noticing, the Iraq war's long-awaited turning point has arrived. After the innumerable events touted as decisive that turned out to be anything but that ... the end game now becomes clear. And the outcome points ineluctably towards an American failure of immense proportions. Historians of the global war on terror will likely recall September 2006 as a pivotal moment. Throughout this month, chickens have come home to roost.
Lott: Bush barely mentioned Iraq in meeting with Senate Republicans By Ted Barrett 28 Sep 2006 President [sic] Bush barely mentioned the war in Iraq when he met with Republican senators behind closed doors in the Capitol Thursday morning and was not asked about the course of the war, Sen. Trent Lott, R-Mississippi, said. "No, none of that," Lott told reporters after the session when asked if the Iraq war was discussed. "You're the only ones who obsess on that. We don't and the real people out in the real world don't for the most part." [Did an IED land on his head?]
Bush: Dems Have Become Obstructionists 28 Sep 2006 President [sic] Bush counterpunched at Democrats on Thursday, saying their criticism of the war in Iraq has turned their party into one of "cut-and-run" obstructionists. At a GOP fundraiser, Bush accused Democrats of using a new intelligence estimate that ties the war in Iraq to rising extremism to win votes in November.
Bush says critics swayed by terrorist propaganda 29 Sep 2006 President [sic] George W. Bush accused some Iraq war critics, who have seized on US government findings that the conflict fuels terrorist recruitment, of buying into "the enemy's propaganda." [LOL, and he was swayed by... Jack Abramoff.]
*Speaking* of terrorist propaganda: Deal to monitor media, produce propaganda --The two-year contract goes to the PR firm that paid Iraqi papers for flattering stories. 28 Sep 2006 A public relations company that participated in a U.S. military program that paid Iraqi newspapers for stories favorable to occupation forces has been awarded another multimillion-dollar media contract. Washington-based Lincoln Group won a two-year contract to monitor a number of English and Arabic media outlets and produce 'public relations-type products such as talking points or speeches' [propaganda] for U.S. forces in Iraq, officials said Tuesday.
Bush's full-blown dictatorship in Iraq: Total curfew declared in Baghdad 29 Sep 2006 The Iraqi government has declared an immediate curfew in the capital, Baghdad, to run until Sunday morning. The move affects both vehicles and pedestrians, a spokesman for the Iraqi prime minister said.
Attack on Baghdad mosque kills 10 27 Sep 2006 At least 10 people have been killed in the Iraqi capital at a shoot-out near a Sunni mosque, police say. The incident happened at the al-Mashahada mosque in the Hurriya district, when [US] gunmen opened fire on worshippers attending evening prayers. Eleven people were wounded in the attack, police said.
Two More Fort Hood Soldiers Die In Iraq 29 Sep 2006 (TX) Fort Hood Staff Sgt. Edward C. Reynolds, Jr., 27, of Groves and Pfc. Henry Paul, 24, of Kolonia Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia died Tuesday in Iraq, the military said Friday.
U.S. citizen found in Iraq charged with supporting terror group 30 Sep 2006 A naturalized U.S. citizen from Iran who was found in Iraq was indicted on charges of providing support to a terrorist organization that seeks to overthrow the current Iranian regime, federal prosecutors said.
U.N. says Israel used precision bomb to hit U.N. officers 29 Sep 2006 Israel used a precision-guided bomb to launch a direct hit on four U.N. peacekeepers killed in southern Lebanon last July, the United Nations said on Friday of its probe into the incident.
Hi-tech firm boycotts Israel over 'war crimes' --Belgian hi-tech company specializing in development consulting notifies manager of Israeli company seeking cooperation that 'your country has conducted war crimes and is an apartheid regime' 27 Sep 2006 Following the recent war in Lebanon, Ynet has received several complaints from Israeli companies that have encountered refusal of companies from various countries to cooperate with Israelis because of the war.
Ports security bill passes in the House 29 Sep 2006 The House approved a major ports security bill early Saturday. The bill approves $400 million a year over five years for risk-based grants for training and exercises at ports.
With Senate Vote, Congress Passes Border Fence Bill 30 Sep 2006 The Senate gave final approval last night to legislation authorizing the construction of 700 miles of double-layered fencing on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Reichwing terrorism running rampant: Judge received death threats after ruling on intelligent design 27 Sep 2006 A judge who struck down a Dover, Penn., school board's decision to teach intelligent design in public schools said he was stunned by the reaction, which included death threats and a week of protection from federal marshals.
"Johnson stated that a young man from the Air Force asked for the burning, and the church agreed." Youth group holds vice [book] burning 29 Sep 2006 (Minot, SD) A [Hitler] youth group at First Assembly of God church held a burning Wednesday night by burning anything they wanted to get out of their lives that they feel is hindering their relationship with the Lord. Some of the items burned included CDs, DVDs, magazines, books and anything else they could think of. But unlike the negative connotations burnings are generally associated with, this burning was intended to be a positive event for everyone involved [!?!]. [LOL! The Reichwing 'reporter' (Dan Feldner) tries to put a 'positive spin' on the event by failing to report the titles of the books, CDs and magazines which would undoubtedly invoke criticism of the 1984-style book-burning. --LRP]
Abramoff Put White House Contacts at 400 29 Sep 2006 Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his colleagues billed their clients for more than 400 contacts with White House officials between 2001 and 2004, according to a report released yesterday by the House Government Reform Committee. The report did not determine how many of those contacts -- referenced in e-mails and Abramoff's often falsified client bills -- actually occurred.
"A disgraced lobbyist traded perks and campaign contributions for special access to the Bush White House." Report Says Rove Aide Accepted Abramoff Gifts 30 Sep 2006 A top aide to presidential adviser Karl Rove passed along inside White House information to corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff at a time when she was also accepting his tickets to nine sports and entertainment events, according to e-mails released yesterday in a bipartisan congressional report.
Another GOPedophile bites the dust! Foley to Resign Over Sexually Explicit Messages to Minors 29 Sep 2006 Brian Ross and Maddy Sauer Report: Saying he was "deeply sorry," Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) resigned from Congress today, hours after ABC News questioned him about sexually explicit internet messages with current and former congressional pages under the age of 18.
GOPedophiles Boehner, Hastert knew of Foley's actions in the spring - did nothing --Rep. Foley Sent Explicit Online Notes to Boy, 16 30 Sep 2006 Six-term Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) resigned yesterday amid reports that he had sent sexually explicit e-mails to at least one underage male former page. Foley, who was considered likely to win reelection this fall, resigned. The resignation rocked the Capitol, and especially Foley's GOP colleagues, as lawmakers were rushing to adjourn for at least six weeks. House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) told The Washington Post last night that he had learned this spring of some "contact" between Foley and a 16-year-old page. Boehner said he told House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL), and that Hastert assured him "we're taking care of it."
Poll shows Virginia Senate race is dead heat 30 Sep 2006 Incumbent Republican Senator [racist maggot] George Allen and Democratic challenger Jim Webb are tied in the latest MSNBC/McClatchy poll conducted by Mason-Dixon. Each candidate received the support of 43 percent of likely voters in Virginia with 2 percent supporting a third candidate and 12 percent undecided.
Diebold Added Secret Patch to Georgia E-Voting Systems in 2002, Whistleblowers Say 28 Sep 2006 Top Diebold corporation officials ordered workers to install secret files to Georgia’s electronic voting machines shortly before the 2002 Elections, at least two whistleblowers are now asserting, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.
Police: 2 priests stole millions from Fla. parish --Monsignor held on charges he stole $8.6 million; reverend still on the lam 28 Sep 2006 Two Roman Catholic priests stole millions in offerings and gifts made to their parish over several years, authorities said Thursday.
Exelon Found Elevated Levels of Cancer-Causing Chemical At Southwest Suburban Facility 29 Sep 2006 A new study by ComEd parent company Exelon says except for the Braidwood plant, there are no new radioactive tritium leaks in any of its nuclear power plants. At the Braidwood facility, slightly elevated levels of the cancer-causing chemical had already been discovered in two nearby drinking wells. [?!? Are we supposed to be *thankful* that there's only *one* tritium leak?]
Breast cancer cases rise 80% since Seventies 29 Sep 2006 A total of 36,939 women were diagnosed in England in 2004, an 81 per cent increase in incidence of breast cancer since 1971, after statistical adjustment for the ageing of the population.
Senate passes bill on terror detainee trials --Bush backs legislation, had gone to Congress to lobby for it 28 Sep 2006 The Senate on Thursday endorsed Dictator Bush's plans to prosecute and interrogate [torture] terror suspects... The measure also provides extensive [circumlocutious] definitions of war crimes such as torture, rape and biological experiments, but gives the president broad authority to decide which other techniques U.S. interrogators may use legally.
Senate Nears Final Vote on Detainee Bill 28 Sep 2006 The Senate today rejected an amendment to a bill creating a new system for interrogating and trying terror suspects that would have guaranteed such suspects access to the courts to challenge their imprisonment. The bill's ultimate passage was assured on Wednesday when [spineless, useless] Democrats agreed to forgo a filibuster in return for consideration of the amendment.
Republicans Reject 'Habeas Corpus' Amendment by Specter 28 Sep 2006 The Senate, siding with Dictator Bush shortly after he personally lobbied lawmakers at the Capitol, rejected a move Thursday by a leading Republican to allow terrorism suspects to challenge their imprisonment in court. The Senate voted 48-51 against an amendment by Sen. Arlen Specter that would have allowed terror suspects to file "habeas corpus" petitions in court. "This is a constitutional requirement and it is fundamental that Congress not legislate contradiction to a constitutional interpretation of the Supreme Court," said Specter, R-Pa., chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
Vote Summary 28 Sep 2006 On the Amendment to strike the provision regarding habeas review. (Specter Amdt. No. 5087 ) Vote Date: 28 September 2006 11:49 AM Vote Result: Amendment Rejected.
"This is un-American, this is unconstitutional, this is contrary to American interests, this is not what a great and good and powerful nation should be doing." --Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) House Passes Detainee Bill as It Clears Senate Hurdle 28 Sep 2006 Congress took major steps on Wednesday toward establishing a new system for interrogating [torturing] and trying terror suspects as the House approved legislation sought by President [sic] Bush and the Senate defeated efforts to alter the measure. The House voted 253 to 168 in favor of extensive new rules governing the questioning of terror suspects and bringing them before military tribunals.
Rushing Off a Cliff (The New York Times) 28 Sep 2006 Republicans say Congress must act right now to create procedures for charging and trying terrorists — because the men accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks are available for trial. That's pure propaganda. Those men could have been tried and convicted long ago, but President [sic] Bush chose not to. He held them in illegal detention, had them questioned in ways that will make real trials very hard, and invented a transparently illegal system of kangaroo courts to convict them. It was only after the Supreme Court issued the inevitable ruling striking down Mr. Bush's shadow penal system that he adopted his tone of urgency... The Republicans have made it clear that they’ll use any opportunity to brand anyone who votes against this bill as a terrorist enabler. But Americans of the future won’t remember the pragmatic arguments for caving in to the administration. They'll know that in 2006, Congress passed a tyrannical law that will be ranked with the low points in American democracy, our generation’s version of the Alien and Sedition Acts.
The White House Warden --Congress may give the president the power to lock up almost anyone he thinks is a terror threat. By Bruce Ackerman 28 Sep 2006 Buried in the complex Senate compromise on detainee treatment is a real shocker, reaching far beyond the legal struggles about foreign terrorist suspects in the Guantanamo Bay fortress. The compromise legislation, which is racing toward the White House, authorizes the president to seize American citizens as enemy combatants, even if they have never left the United States. And once thrown into military prison, they cannot expect a trial by their peers or any other of the normal protections of the Bill of Rights.
Intelligence report cites "leftist" groups as a terror threat Summary of Glenn Greenwald post 27 Sep 2006 The now-declassified summary of the National Intelligence Estimate on "Trends on Global Terrorism" [includes this passage:] "Anti-U.S. and anti-globalization sentiment is on the rise and fueling other radical ideologies. This could prompt some leftist, nationalist, or separatist groups to adopt terrorist methods to attack US interests. The radicalization process is occurring more quickly, more widely, and more anonymously in the Internet age, raising the likelihood of surprise attacks by unknown groups whose members and supporters may be difficult to pinpoint." That this claim about "leftist" terrorist groups made it into the NIE summary is particularly significant in light of the torture and detention bill that is likely soon to be enacted into law. That bill defines "enemy combatant" very broadly (and the definition may be even broader by the time it is enacted) and could easily encompass domestic groups perceived by the administration to be supporting a "terrorist agenda."
Think tank wants group to be placed on terror list 29 Sep 2006 The United States should proscribe a small group of Islamic converts in the Philippines [Rajah Solaiman Movement (RSM)] who are slowly emerging as a leading regional terrorist organization, a security expert warned yesterday.
Manila wants to blacklist Islamic convert group 28 Sep 2006 The Philippines said on Thursday it would ask the United States to place a small group of Islamic converts on a list of international terrorist organisations to stop it getting overseas funding. Ricardo Blancaflor, director of Manila's anti-terrorism task force, said the Rajah Solaiman Islamic Movement had become one of the most dangerous Muslim militant organisations in the country and was capable of planting bombs in the capital.
Iraq war 'has radicalised Muslims' 28 Sep 2006 The war in Iraq has radicalised Muslims and acted as a "recruiting sergeant" for extremists, according to a leaked MoD document. The report by the Defence Academy - an MoD thinktank - "paints a stark picture of failure" on the war on terror, according to BBC's Newsnight programme which has obtained the report.
House Dems Want to Probe Findings of Leaked Intelligence Report 26 Sep 2006 House Democratic leaders sent a letter to House Speaker Dennis Hastert on Monday, asking him to hold hearings on an intelligence report [April 2006 National Intelligence Estimate] that was leaked to the New York Times -- apparently to undermine President [sic] Bush's claim that the war in Iraq has made Americans safer.
Bob Woodward: Bush Misleads On Iraq --Tells 60 Minutes' Mike Wallace Kissinger Is Regular Visitor to White House 28 Sep 2006 Veteran Washington reporter Bob Woodward tells Mike Wallace that the Bush administration has not told the truth regarding the level of violence, especially against U.S. troops, in Iraq. He also reveals key intelligence that predicts the insurgency will grow worse next year. According to Woodward, insurgent attacks against occupation troops occur, on average, every 15 minutes, a shocking fact the administration has kept secret.
U.S. general warns that Iraq is close to dissolving into civil war 27 Sep 2006 A top-ranked U.S. military officer in Iraq said Wednesday that the United States thought that the government of Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki was running out of time to prevent Iraq from dissolving into outright civil war.
40 men found tortured, shot dead in Iraq 28 Sep 2006 The bodies of 40 men who been tortured were found in the capital in a span of 24 hours, police said Thursday. Bombings and shootings killed at least 21 people in and around Baghdad, including five people who died from a car-bomb explosion near a restaurant.
Heralded Iraq Police Academy a 'Disaster' --Academy part of a $21 billion reconstruction effort marred by corruption, fraud 28 Sep 2006 A $75 million project to build the largest police academy in Iraq has been so grossly mismanaged that the campus now poses health risks to recruits and might need to be partially demolished, U.S. investigators have found. "This is the most essential civil security project in the country -- and it's a failure," said Stuart W. Bowen Jr., the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, an independent office created by Congress. "The Baghdad police academy is a disaster." ['Failure...' 'Disaster...' all pointing to the biggest failure and disaster in US history, George W. Bush. --LRP]
Check Cheney's pockets: Reports: Iraq lost $16 billion (€12.6 billion) on oil exports 28 Sep 2006 Iraq's most important moneymaker — its oil industry — lost $16 billion (€12.6 billion) in potential foreign sales over two years to 'insurgent' [US] attacks, criminals and bad equipment, a U.S. audit says.
Poll: Iraqis back attacks on U.S. troops 27 Sep 2006 About six in 10 Iraqis say they approve of attacks on U.S.-led forces, and slightly more than that want their government to ask U.S. troops to leave within a year, a poll finds.
House Passes Ban on Permanent Iraq Bases 27 Sep 2006 Congress is on the verge of barring the construction of permanent bases for U.S. forces in Iraq, a move aimed at quelling concerns in the Arab world that American forces will remain in the war-torn country indefinitely.
German lawmakers extend Afghanistan mission 28 Sep 2006 German lawmakers on Thursday agreed to keep German troops in Afghanistan for another year as part of a NATO peace-keeping mission despite concerns the Bundeswehr could be stretched by its overseas commitments.
Israel Releases High-Ranking Hamas Official 27 Sep 2006 An Israeli military court today released the Palestinian deputy prime minister, Nasser al-Shaer, one of more than 30 Hamas lawmakers and cabinet ministers who have been detained by the Israelis over the past three months.
Iran rejects demands to halt enrichment 28 Sep 2006 President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday rejected demands that Tehran suspend its uranium enrichment activities, saying his government was determined to continue pursuing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
North Korea rejects talks, blames U.S. 26 Sep 2006 North Korea on Tuesday rejected further talks on its nuclear program and blamed the breakdown in negotiations directly on the United States, claiming Washington wants to rule the world.
Boycott 7-Eleven: 7-Eleven drops Citgo gasoline, cites Chavez 27 Sep 2006 7-Eleven Inc. will drop Venezuelan-controlled Citgo Petroleum Corp. as its gasoline supplier, the convenience store operator said on Wednesday, a week after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called President [sic] Bush "the devil."
"Blair is not Hitler. But he is building the tools of totalitarianism." Outrage over ads depicting Blair as Hitler 25 Sep 2006 Tony Blair is being compared to Hitler in an advertising campaign against ID cards. The advert - sponsored by the Lib-Dem party and Labour MP Diane Abbott, and supported by Blur's Damon Albarn - is running in newspapers and on billboards and shows a photo of the Prime Minister with a barcode on his lip like the Nazi leader's moustache. The caption reads: "ID cards have worked well in Europe before." Campaign group NO2ID is behind the advert. [Great ad!]
O'Connor warns of growing efforts at 'judicial intimidation' 27 Sep 2006 Retired US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor warned Wednesday against growing efforts at "judicial intimidation" in the United States... Earlier this year, both O'Connor and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said they had received death threats after Republican politicians criticized judges for citing foreign law or being "activist" in their rulings.
'NY Post' Makes Fun of Olbermann's Reaction to Getting Letter With White Powder By E&P Staff 27 Sep 2006 One would think journalists might not make fun of a high-profile industry colleague, in this day and age, receiving an envelope -- at home -- which contains white powder. But that seemed to be the case at the New York Post's "Page Six" today in reporting on an alleged incident involving Keith Olbermann, host of MSNBC's "Countdown."
Olbermann: Threatening letter no joke --Keith Olbermann responds to the New York Post's report 27 Sep 2006 The Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper, The New York Post, may have just impeded an FBI investigation into terroristic threats. I know this because I was a recipient... We will not be intimidated here. "Whether they gave him a lollipop on the way out isn't known. Olbermann had no comment." [New York Post article] What they gave me on the way out was not a lollipop, but a prescription for Cipro, the antibiotic most frequently used in the event of exposure to Anthrax.
Metra Train Photo Ban 'Clarified' --Train Enthusiasts Can Continue Taking Photos 28 Sep 2006 A photo ban that had been issued by the Union Pacific Railroad for its public Metra stops has been "clarified," officials said, to allow train enthusiasts to continue taking pictures. Union Pacific had issued the ban on its Metra stops for security reasons, NBC5 reported. The new policy will allow photos, but suspicious activity would also allow any employee to question the photographer.
EU states back limits on liquids aboard planes 27 Sep 2006 The European Union moved closer to adopting new, uniform rules on airline security on Wednesday after aviation experts backed proposals to limit the amount of liquids passengers may take aboard planes.
State Orders Millstone to Reinstate Whistleblower 28 Sep 2006 Connecticut utility regulators have ruled that a whistleblower who lost his job after reporting security concerns at Millstone Power Station must be reinstated for now.
Four banks helped me, Enron's Fastow says 27 Sep 2006 Andrew Fastow, the former chief financial officer of Enron, sought yesterday to implicate four banks, including Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland, by claiming that they had devised structures that helped him to hide losses. His claims form the most detailed accusation yet against the four — which also include Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse — of their involvement in the collapse of Enron, the energy giant that went bankrupt in 2001.
Federal judge rules Ohio anti-abortion law unconstitutional 28 Sep 2006 US District Judge Susan Dlott ruled Wednesday that an Ohio law prohibiting use of the abortion-inducing pill RU-486 is unconstitutional.
New Hope for Democrats in Bid for Senate 28 Sep 2006 Six weeks before Election Day, the Democrats suddenly face a map with unexpected opportunities in their battle for control of the Senate.
GOP Attack Calls May Violate Fed Rules By Paul Kiel 27 Sep 2006 Starting about four weeks ago, Paige Barnes said she started getting "tons of calls a day," sometimes between ten and twenty, from angry West Virginians and Iowans, demanding that her company stop bombarding them with political calls... She didn't know it, but Barnes was the latest victim of the GOP's newest, biggest attack machine, the innocuously-named Economic Freedom Fund. Without her knowledge or consent, a "robo calling" firm appears to have used Barnes' company name to make thousands of negative campaign calls for EFF, attacking Democratic congressional candidates... Such caller ID "spoofing," as the practice is known, may violate FCC rules.
Democrats line up lawyers 26 Sep 2006 Democrats are openly lining up Election Day teams of lawyers across the country to fight what they allege could be GOP efforts to suppress votes. The parties’ efforts come after the 2000 'recount' [coup d'etat] in Florida and irregularities in Ohio’s 'elections' [coup d'etat] two years ago.
Feingold, Kerry Introduce Resolution Urging Back-Up Plans for Voting Machines --Difficulties with Recent Primary Elections Highlight Need for Back-Up Systems Like Paper Ballots 27 Sep 2006 U.S. Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI) and John Kerry (D-MA) have introduced a resolution calling on state and local governments to have back-up systems in place on election day to ensure that every eligible voter who wants to vote is able to.
Scientists infect mice with reconstructed version of deadly 1918 flu virus 28 Sep 2006 The 1918 Spanish flu that killed up to 50 million people worldwide caused a severe immune response which may help to explain why it was so deadly, American scientists said on Wednesday. By infecting mice with a reconstructed version of the 1918 virus and monitoring their response, a team of scientists believe they have found some clues to solve the puzzle as well as a possible new way to fight [foment] pandemic flu.
Suspected bird flu case in Sydney 27 Sep 2006 An international traveller is being tested for bird flu after landing at Sydney Airport from Vietnam today.
Possible Bird Flu Cluster Develops In Indonesia 27 Sep 2006 Indonesia, the country hardest hit by avian influenza, has seen a number of human infections and at least one fatality in recent days, causing concern among health and veterinary officials that an infection cluster may have emerged.
Stubborn SoCal Blaze Won't Die --Winds Could Whip Up Wildfire That's Been Burning Since Labor Day 28 Sep 2006 Crews braced Thursday for irregular winds and dry weather as they battled a massive wildfire [the 'Day fire'] that threatened hundreds of dwellings in rural Southern California. The fire has been burning since Labor Day and has flared several times, sometimes covering thousands of acres in hours.
New York to outlaw trans fats in 24,000 restaurants --City health board acts over heart disease worries --Food outlets face limit of half gram per serving 28 Sep 2006 New York is set to become the first city in the US to ban all but tiny quantities of trans fats from being used in its 24,000 restaurants.
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