November 2005 Archives
Senate Denies Habeas Corpus Rights of U.S. Detainees 11 Nov 2005 The Senate voted Thursday to strip captured "enemy combatants" at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, of the principal legal tool given to them last year by the Supreme Court when it allowed them to challenge their detentions in United States courts. Nearly 200 of roughly 500 detainees there have already filed habeas corpus motions, which are making their way up through the federal court system. As written, the amendment would void any suits pending at the time the law was passed.
Senate votes to strip Guantanamo detainees of their right to challenge their detention 11 Nov 2005 The Senate voted Thursday to bar suspected terrorists being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from challenging their captivity in federal courts, a move that seeks to reverse a landmark Supreme Court decision and heightens the debate about what to do with prisoners captured in the war on [of] terror.
Don't cross the habeas corpus line (Los Angeles Times) 10 Nov 2005 "The writ of habeas corpus is rightly considered the glory of Anglo-American common law. For centuries, it has served as a central check on governmental power, permitting those held in custody to challenge the legality of their detention... [E]ven assuming that the relevant constitutional standard for a suspension of habeas corpus has been met, proposals to eliminate habeas review of enemy combatant classifications are premature."
Five more terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay charged 07 Nov 2005 Five suspected al-Qaeda 'terrorists' are the latest Guantanamo Bay detainees headed for the kind of military tribunals that now face a Supreme Court review.
Rumsfeld, deputy can override new "humane" interrogation directive 09 Nov 2005 US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld can authorize exceptions to a new Defense Department policy on military interrogations that bars torture and calls for "humane" treatment of detainees, a spokesman said. A little noticed loophole in the directive, which was made public Tuesday, gives the secretary of defense or his deputy authority to override the policy.
Senate demands report on CIA prisons 11 Nov 2005 The U.S. Senate demanded a classified account on Thursday of whether the CIA was running a secret prison system as it debated a bill that would regulate the Bush regime's treatment of military detainees.
House to Probe CIA Prisons Leak 10 Nov 2005 The House Intelligence Committee will look into a possible leak of classified information about secret CIA prisons but will not reopen its 2003 inquiry into prewar intelligence on Iraq.
Frist worried about leak, not prisons 10 Nov 2005 Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist says he is more concerned about the leak of information regarding secret CIA detention centers than activity in the prisons themselves. Frist told reporters Thursday that while he believed illegal activity should not take place at detention centers, he believes the leak itself poses a greater threat to national security and is "not concerned about what goes on" behind the prison walls. [Too bad *he's* not behind the prison walls, where Rumsfeld's 'waterboarding' is permitted.]
42 Killed at Iraq Restaurant, Army Center 10 Nov 2005 Bombers killed 42 people Thursday at a Baghdad restaurant favored by police and an army recruiting center to the north, while Iraqi troops along the Iranian border found 27 decomposing bodies, unidentified victims of the grisly violence [US] plaguing the country.
McCain calls for 10,000 extra troops for Iraq 11 Nov 2005 Senator John McCain on Thursday called for an immediate increase of 10,000 troops in Iraq, and said the "stakes are higher than they were in Vietnam" for US foreign policy.
Any Soldier Will Do 09 Nov 2005 By Gene C. Gerard "Last week the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative unit of Congress, released a report indicating that the Pentagon has been calling up reserve soldiers who are ill or medically unfit to serve. The reservists are serving primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan."
UN warns on Iraq environment fate 10 Nov 2005 Derelict factories, military scrapyards and battle sites across Iraq pose a threat to the environment and to public health, the United Nations has said. Chemical spills, unsecured hazardous material and widespread pollution by depleted uranium are among the issues.
Republicans kill amendment to investigate Halliburton contract abuse; pledge hearings in December 10 Nov 2005 (HalliburtonWatch.org) Although Senate Republicans killed an amendment that would have established a special investigation into war profiteering by Halliburton and other companies by a vote of 53 to 44 today, they have pledged to investigate Halliburton before the end of the year.
Halliburton violated pension laws 10 Nov 2005 A U.S. investigation of Halliburton's pension plans has uncovered three violations of the law, including charging some costs of Halliburton's executive pension and bonus plans to the workers' pension fund, correspondence from the U.S. Labor Department shows.
Publisher to Reissue I. Lewis Libby's Rape, Pedophilia Novel 10 Nov 2005 Used copies of I. Lewis Libby's 1996 novel, "The Apprentice," a thriller set in Japan that includes references to bestiality, pedophilia and rape, have been offered for as high as $2,400 on Amazon.com. Now publisher St. Martin's Press has decided to bring the book back into print, announcing a new run of 25,000 copies.
Diplomat Says 'The Press Was Set Up' 10 Nov 2005 Former United States ambassador Joseph Wilson criticized the Bush administration at a campus event yesterday, saying officials deliberately dismissed his intelligence findings and outed his wife, Valerie Plame, as a CIA operative.
UK foreign policy 'drives terrorism' 10 Nov 2005 British foreign policy as a "key contributory factor" in driving British Muslims to extremism is not just the view of the government's opponents on Iraq, but also of official Home Office advisers. Government working groups, set up in the wake of the July 7th bombings, have advised that Labour should learn from the impact of its foreign policies.
BYU professor thinks bombs, not planes, toppled WTC 10 Nov 2005 The physics of 9/11 — including how fast and symmetrically one of the World Trade Center buildings fell — prove that official explanations of the collapses are wrong, says a Brigham Young University physics professor. In fact, it's likely that there were "pre-positioned explosives" in all three buildings at ground zero, says Steven E. Jones.
GOP memo touts new terror attack as way to reverse party's decline By Doug Thompson 10 Nov 2005 "A confidential memo circulating among senior Republican leaders suggests that a new attack by terrorists on U.S. soil could reverse the sagging fortunes of President [sic] George W. Bush as well as the GOP and 'restore his image as a leader of the American people.'"
Roberts Pushes for Patriot Act Subpoenas 10 Nov 2005 Rebuffed by both chambers of Congress, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday launched a new effort to expand the FBI's subpoena power in terrorism cases. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) said he will push hard for the panel to enact administrative subpoena power in the final product.
Report urges merging Homeland Security units --Congress drafting bill to implement inspector general recommendations 10 Nov 2005 Draft legislation quietly circulating on Capitol Hill calls for merging two major investigative agencies within the Department of Homeland Security, MSNBC.com has learned.
Australia Arrests 18th Man in Anti-Terrorism Swoop 11 Nov 2005 Australian police arrested an 18th man over alleged terrorism offences three days after detaining members of suspected terrorist cells in Sydney and Melbourne.
Terror suspects 'cut off' 11 Nov 2005 Lawyers for seven terrorist suspects who are to appear via videolink in a Sydney court today say they have been given no access to their clients.
Court rejects bail for terrorism suspect 11 Nov 2005 A Sydney magistrate has refused bail for the first of eight men to appear in court in relation to a counter-terrorism operation earlier this week. Defence barrister Phillip Boulten SC told the court his client's charges are based on the most marginal evidence.
New Orleans prosecutor to review police shooting 10 Nov 2005 New Orleans homicide detectives are compiling a report on the September 4 shooting on Danziger Bridge, the single biggest police action in the weeks that followed the August 29 killer storm, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office said... Police said they had no motive to explain why the men opened fire on officers. The incident came after U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractors 'working on a levee breach' [Contractors caught sabotaging the levees?] reported having taken fire.
Televangelist Robertson warns town of God's wrath 10 Nov 2005 Conservative Christian televangelist [Reichwing terrorist] Pat Robertson told citizens of a Pennsylvania town that they had rejected God by voting their school board out of office for supporting "intelligent design" and warned them on Thursday not to be surprised if disaster struck.
'In God We Trust' Posters Going Up In Some Ga. Schools 10 Nov 2005 Brunswick, Ga. --Over the next few months, posters reading "In God We Trust" will appear in every Glynn County school classroom.
House Could Alter 19th Century Mining Law 10 Nov 2005 As many as 20 million acres of public land could be sold under a proposed change in mining law that is tucked into a budget bill in the House.
Bush Borrowed More Than All Previous Presidents Combined, Group Says 04 Nov 2005 President [sic] Bush and the current administration have borrowed more money from foreign governments and banks than the previous 42 presidents combined, a group of conservative to moderate Democrats said Friday.
FOX Poll: pResident Bush's Ratings Continue to Suffer 10 Nov 2005 As investigations and accusations surround the White House, the latest FOX News poll finds pResident George W. Bush's approval rating at a record low for the second time in as many months. Today, 36 percent of Americans approve and 53 percent disapprove of the job Bush is doing as pResident.
Alito Defends His Actions In Two Appeals Court Cases --In Letter to Senators, Nominee Denies Conflict of Interest 11 Nov 2005 Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr. said yesterday that he did nothing improper when he ruled in cases involving two financial firms in which he held accounts, although he had told the Senate 15 years ago that he would step aside in matters involving the companies.
DeLay Team Weighed Misdemeanor Plea to Save GOP Post 11 Nov 2005 Lawyers for Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) tried unsuccessfully in late September to head off felony criminal indictments against the then-majority leader on charges of violating Texas campaign law by signaling that DeLay might plead guilty to a misdemeanor, according to four sources familiar with the events.
House GOP Leaders Scuttle Budget-Cut Vote 10 Nov 2005 House Republican leaders scuttled a vote Thursday on a $51 billion budget-cut package in the face of a revolt by lawmakers over scaling back Medicaid, food stamp and student loan programs.
Bush drops drilling plan for Arctic wilderness 11 Nov 2005 The Bush regime's sinking popularity and the Republican party's declining electoral fortunes have brought at least a temporary reprieve for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Alaska Refuge wins reprieve as oil drilling plan dropped 11 Nov 2005 Plans to drill for oil in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge have been knocked off course after the measure was forced out of a crucial budget bill on Capitol Hill. A plan that would have allowed individual states to lift a ban on drilling for oil on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts was also dropped.
First Documentary on Genetically Engineered Trees Released --Dangers of Genetic Engineering in Forestry Explained (gmwatch.org) 10 Nov 2005 "During the past year, in response to grassroots campaigns for GE-Free zones, the industry has been working to establish pre-emptive state laws that prohibit local governments from regulating GE plants. Genetically engineered trees have the potential to transfer pollen for hundreds of miles carrying genes for traits including insect resistance, herbicide resistance, sterility and reduced lignin."
Computer 'Glitch' Delays Norwalk Election Results 10 Nov 2005 (CT) A computer 'glitch' delayed results in the Norwalk mayor's race until Wednesday morning. City election officials decided around 10 p.m. on Tuesday that they had to recount more than 600 absentee ballots by hand because the optical scan machine had not counted them properly.
Affidavit says Wal-Mart knew of illegal workers 08 Nov 2005 A pair of senior Wal-Mart executives knew cleaning contractors were hiring illegal immigrants, many of whom were housed in crowded conditions and sometimes slept in the backs of stores, according to a federal agency’s affidavit.
Bird flu 'lung damage danger' 11 Nov 2005 A lethal ability to trigger inflammation in the lungs is one of the main reasons why H5N1 bird flu is so deadly to humans, scientists have revealed. The strain, which experts fear could spark a pandemic claiming many millions of lives, is 10 times more efficient at inducing inflammation than the ordinary human flu virus, research has shown.
China Quarantines 116 People Following Two Bird Flu Outbreaks 10 Nov 2005 Authorities in China said Thursday they have quarantined 116 people in northeastern Liaoning province after two new outbreaks of bird flu there.
CDC may ship killer virus to U.S. labs --Millions around the world died from Spanish flu in 1918 09 Nov 2005 Federal scientists say they will consider requests to ship the recently recreated 1918 killer flu virus to select U.S. research labs. Last month, U.S. scientists announced they had created — from scratch — the 1918 virus. It was the first time an infectious agent behind a historic global epidemic had ever been reconstructed.
CDC Will Allow 1918 Killer Flu Off Campus 09 Nov 2005 Federal scientists say they will consider requests to ship the recently recreated 1918 killer flu virus to select U.S. research labs. There are 300 non-government research labs registered to work with deadly germs like the Spanish flu, which killed millions of people worldwide.
Senate asks Pentagon to probe Feith role on Iraq 08 Nov 2005 The Pentagon's inspector general has been asked to investigate the prewar intelligence role of a planning office headed by former U.S. defense policy chief Douglas Feith, a main architect of the Iraq war, officials said on Tuesday.
Chalabi US trip stirs controversy 09 Nov 2005 U.S.-installed puppet dictator ['Iraqi deputy premier'] Ahmed Chalabi has met senior officials in the US despite an ongoing investigation into whether he passed US secrets to Iran.
Iraqi policemen killed in Baquba 09 Nov 2005 At least four Iraqi policemen were killed and nine others wounded by a suicide bomb attack near the Iraqi city of Baquba, security sources said.
Hussein's lawyers to boycott trial 10 Nov 2005 Lawyers acting for Saddam Hussein and his fellow defendants announced yesterday that they will boycott the forthcoming trial following the murder of the second member of the defence team.
A name that lives in infamy --The destruction of Falluja was an act of barbarism that ranks alongside My Lai, Guernica and Halabja By Mike Marqusee 10 Nov 2005 "The city's [Falluja's] main hospital was selected as the first target, the New York Times reported, 'because the US military believed it was the source of rumours about heavy casualties'. An AP photographer described US helicopters killing a family of five trying to ford a river to safety. 'There were American snipers on top of the hospital shooting everyone,' said Burhan Fasa'am, a photographer with the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation... The US also deployed incendiary weapons, including white phosphorous. 'Usually we keep the gloves on,' Captain Erik Krivda said, but 'for this operation, we took the gloves off'. By the end of operations, the city lay in ruins."
The Dark Heart of Dick Cheney By Georgie Anne Geyer 28 Oct 2005 "In both the Afghan and the Iraq war, the U.S. has been involved -- as never before in ANY war -- with carefully conceived methods of torture -- 'waterboarding' or simulated drowning, mock execution, beatings until death, the deliberate withholding of pain medication, the burning and desecration of enemy bodies, and every possible form of sexual perversion. These acts were the direct outcome of the president's, [Dick] Cheney's and Donald Rumsfeld's errant dismissal of the Geneva Accords, to which we are a signatory, of an international treaty against torture negotiated and ratified by the Reagan administration and, not least, of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which forbids 'cruel and unusual punishment.'"
Central Torture Agency? --Exempting the CIA From the McCain Amendment Sends the Wrong Signal to Our Officers By Jeffrey H. Smith 09 Nov 2005 "Americans do not join the CIA to commit torture. Yet that could be the result if a proposal advanced by Vice President [sic] Cheney becomes law."
Judith Miller to leave New York Times 09 Nov 2005 New York Times 'reporter' Judith Miller, a 'journalist' at the center of the CIA leak controversy that led to the indictment of a White House aide, will leave the paper, the New York Times said on Wednesday.
UK warns Syria over UN interviews 09 Nov 2005 British officials have warned that Syria’s failure to respond positively to UN investigators’ demand for the questioning of six officials could trigger another meeting of the UN Security Council by the end of the month, and more international pressure on Damascus.
Racial divide evident in military 08 Nov 2005 Last year, as U.S. casualties mounted in Iraq, only three residents in two neighborhoods of Manhattan's upper East Side - the city's richest area - joined the Army, Air Force or Navy... At the same time, an astounding 113 joined in the Morrisania and Highbridge sections of the South Bronx. Meanwhile, in two zip codes of Brooklyn's poverty-stricken East New York, 116 men and women joined the military...
San Francisco voters ban military recruiters from high schools, colleges 09 Nov 2005 San Francisco voters have approved a measure to oust military recruiters from high school campuses in the city. Measure I, dubbed "College Not Combat," opposed the presence of military recruiters at public high schools and colleges.
Political protesters bare breasts, go to jail, in California 08 Nov 2005 Two women who bared their breasts to protest the US war in Iraq and the special election in California were arrested during a protest at the state capitol building in Sacramento, according to police.
Attacks at U.S.-Based Hotels in Amman Were Minutes Apart 10 Nov 2005 Terrorist bombs ripped nearly simultaneously through three popular hotels here on Wednesday night, killing dozens and wounding hundreds. At least 53 people were killed and 300 wounded when bombs tore through the lobby of the Grand Hyatt Hotel, hit a wedding party at the Radisson SAS Hotel down the street, and exploded at the Days Inn Hotel, all within minutes.
Israelis evacuated from Amman hotel hours before bombings 10 Nov 2005 A number of Israelis staying on Wednesday at the Radisson hotel were evacuated before the bombing by Jordanian security forces, apparently due to a specific security alert. They were escorted back to Israel by security personnel.
FBI and CIA identified as helping Plan Venezuelan Prosecutor's Murder 09 Nov 2005 A key witness in the Danilo Anderson murder trial, Giovani Jose Vasquez De Armas, has identified FBI and CIA agents as being involved in the preparations to assassinate the Venezuelan State Prosecutor. Speaking on behalf of Vasquez De Armas, the Attorney General's office said that those planning the killing, "all discussed the plan with the help of the FBI and CIA."
France to deport foreign rioters 09 Nov 2005 Interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy has ordered the expulsion of all foreigners convicted of taking part in the riots that have swept France for 13 nights. He told parliament 120 foreigners had been found guilty of involvement and would be deported without delay.
Major terrorism attack foiled in Australia, 17 suspects held 09 Nov 2005 Australia said it foiled a "catastrophic act of terrorism" inspired by a radical Islamic cleric after police raids on Tuesday detained 17 suspects.
Law waves goodbye to 12 angry men 10 Nov 2005 (AU) Yesterday, the State Government announced plans to allow 11-1 verdicts for all criminal trials, against the recommendation of the NSW Law Reform Commission and to the disgust of the legal profession. "I would sit the politicians down in a quiet dark room and make them watch 12 Angry Men," said the secretary of the NSW Bar Association, Robert Toner, SC.
Blair humiliated over terror bill defeat 09 Nov 2005 Tony Blair's Government was rocked today by its first defeat since coming to power in 1997. MPs rejected the bid to extend the detention of terrorist suspects for up to 90 days without charge by 322 votes to 291, majority 31. However, MPs compromised on a 28 day period.
Blair defeated on Terror Bill 09 Nov 2005 MPs delivered a massive snub to Prime Minister Tony Blair, rejecting his proposals for police to be allowed to hold terror suspects for 90 days and voting instead for a much shorter 28-day period.
After eight years in power Tony Blair hears a new word: Defeat --Labour rebels leave terror plan in shreds and question PM's future 10 Nov 2005 Tony Blair was facing backbench calls to stand aside after nearly 63 Labour MPs inflicted a first, and overwhelming, Commons defeat on his eight-year-old government, spurning his personal plea to respect the police by giving them powers to detain terrorist suspects for up to 90 days.
Congress May Curb Some Patriot Act Powers 09 Nov 2005 Congress is moving to curb some of the police powers it gave the Bush regime after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, including imposing new restrictions on the FBI's access to private phone and financial records.
Consent for police searches of homes divides high court --Justices to decide what happens when one resident gives permission but another objects 09 Nov 2005 The U.S. Supreme Court appeared to be closely divided Tuesday as it debated when police should be allowed to search a home without getting a warrant.
U.S. Homeland Security Refused Requests for Checks of Evacuees 09 Nov 2005 The U.S. Homeland Security Department refused requests by Alabama officials to conduct background checks on Hurricane Katrina evacuees to keep criminals out of temporary housing facilities, according to e-mails released by congressional investigators.
Halliburton's KBR Gets $15M to Repair Houses In Florida 09 Nov 1005 Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Arlington, Va., was awarded on Nov. 4, 2005, a $15,000,000 modification to task order 0023 under a cost reimbursement, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity emergency construction capabilities contract (N62470-04-D-4017) for disaster recovery efforts in response to the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Wilma for recovery activities and repair to the family housing units and continued hurricane relief efforts in South Florida and the Key West Florida region. Award of this modification brings the total task order amount to $19,500,000.
Big Oil On The Hot Seat 09 Nov 2005 The chiefs of five major oil companies defended the industry's huge profits Wednesday at a Senate hearing where lawmakers said they should explain prices and assure people they're not being gouged. Democrats had wanted the executives to testify under oath, but Republicans rejected the idea. "If I were a witness I would demand to be put under oath," said Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii... Committee chairman Ted Stevens, R-Terrorist-Alaska, told Democrats not to display charts showing the CEO's multi-million dollar bonuses, reports CBS News.
House GOP makes concession on Arctic drilling --Leaders drop hotly debated ANWR drilling plan from omnibus budget bill 09 Nov 2005 House leaders late Wednesday abandoned an attempt to push through a hotly contested plan to open an Alaskan wildlife refuge to oil drilling, fearing it would jeopardize approval of a sweeping budget bill Thursday.
Energy crisis 'will be permanent' 10 Nov 2005 Scarce and expensive energy supplies are to become the norm in the UK, leading academics have warned.
Lobbyist Sought $9 Million to Set Bush Meeting 10 Nov 2005 The lobbyist Jack Abramoff asked for $9 million in 2003 from the president of a West African nation to arrange a meeting with pResident Bush and directed his fees to a Maryland company now under federal scrutiny, according to newly disclosed documents.
Bush, GOP mired in political quicksand 09 No 2005 The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, released Wednesday night, finds that all five of Bush’s job approval ratings — on overall job performance, the economy, foreign policy, terrorism and Iraq — are at all-time lows in the survey. In addition, the CIA leak scandal seems to be taking a toll on the administration, with nearly 80 percent believing the indictment of Vice pResident Cheney's former chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, is a serious matter... [No worries. The Bush bioterror team is counting on the avian flu - and subsequent declaration of martial law and the end of 'elections' - to save him and the GOP.]
Schwarzenegger bloodied by election defeat 09 Nov 2005 Arnold Schwarzenegger picked the fight and emerged badly bloodied. The special election he called cost 20 percent of the California governor's popularity and $300 million in campaign spending, including $7 million of his personal fortune. The Republican emerged battered a year before he would be up for re[s]election in the generally Democratic state, with all eight initiatives on his ballot soundly defeated.
Maine voters keep gay rights law on the books 09 Nov 2005 Maine voters decided Tuesday to keep the state´s gay rights law on the books, making Maine the last New England state to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Security firm: Sony CDs secretly install spyware 08 Nov 2005 Sony is spying on thousands of listeners who buy and play its music CDs on their computers, a leading computer security firm said yesterday. Computer Associates International Inc. said that new anticopying software Sony is using to discourage pirating of its music also secretly collects information from any computer that plays the discs.
Kansas State Board Votes to Teach Intelligent Design in Schools 08 Nov 2005 The Kansas State Board of Education approved a proposal to teach intelligent design along with evolution as a scientific explanation of how life began. The board voted 6 to 4 in favor of the guidelines, which say schools should teach that doubt exists about the validity of evolution, a theory that originated with British biologist Charles Darwin in the nineteenth century.
US criticised for use of phosphorous in Fallujah raids 09 Nov 2005 A leading campaign group has demanded an urgent inquiry into a report that US troops indiscriminately used a controversial incendiary weapon during the battle for Fallujah. Photographic evidence gathered from the aftermath of the battle suggests that women and children were killed by horrific burns caused by the white phosphorus shells dropped by US forces.
US denies using white phosphorus on Iraqi civilians 08 Nov 2005 The U.S. military in Iraq denied a report shown on Italian state television on Tuesday saying U.S. forces used incendiary white phosphorus against civilians in a November 2004 offensive on the Iraqi town of Falluja. It confirmed, however, that U.S. forces had dropped MK 77 firebombs -- which a documentary on Italian state-run broadcaster RAI compared to napalm -- against military targets [Yeah, right!] in Iraq in March and April 2003.
Report Warned on C.I.A.'s Tactics in Interrogation 09 Nov 2005 A classified report issued last year by the Central Intelligence Agency's inspector general warned that interrogation procedures approved by the C.I.A. after the Sept. 11 attacks might violate some provisions of the international Convention Against Torture, current and former intelligence officials say.
Democrats push prisoner abuse probe --Leading GOP senator dismisses call for 9/11-style commission 08 Nov 2005 Senate Democrats stepped up their attacks on the Bush regime's handling of the war on [of] terrorism and the war in Iraq with calls Monday for an independent probe into the treatment of prisoners in U.S. custody.
GOP Congressional Leaders Seek 'Black Sites' Leak Probe 08 Nov 2005 Congress's top Republican leaders today demanded an immediate joint House and Senate investigation into the disclosure of classified information [*they should know*] to The Washington Post that detailed a web of secret prisons being used to house and interrogate terrorism suspects. The Post's story, published on Nov. 2, has led to a rash of new questions about the treatment of detainees and the use of so-called "black sites" in Eastern Europe and elsewhere by the Central Intelligence Agency.
C.I.A. Asks Criminal Inquiry Over Secret-Prison Article 09 Nov 2005 The Central Intelligence Agency has asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation to determine the source of a Washington Post article that said the agency had set up a covert prison network in Eastern Europe and other countries to hold important terrorism suspects, government officials said on Tuesday.
Libby Establishes a Fund to Help Pay Legal Bills 09 Nov 2005 I. Lewis Libby Jr., Vice pResident Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, is establishing a fund to help pay for his legal defense in the C.I.A. leak case, and associates of Mr. Libby have begun soliciting money from his friends and Republican donors, lawyers and people who have been contacted about the fund said on Tuesday.
US Democrats call for rejection of presidential pardon for White House aide 08 Nov 2005 Democrats have called on US pResident George W Bush to rule out a possible pardon for indicted White House aide I Lewis 'Scooter' Libby if he is convicted on charges related to the unmasking of an undercover CIA agent.
Poll: Libby indictment hits major nerve 08 Nov 2005 The recent indictment of Vice pResident Cheney's top aide has struck a nerve with the American public. Four in five, 79 percent, said the indictment of former Cheney aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby on perjury and other charges is important to the nation, according to a poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.
Under fire from Democrats, Cheney pushes back 08 Nov 2005 With Vice pResident Dick Cheney under mounting fire, his office together with the White House and the Republican Party responded with a coordinated counter-attack on Tuesday, accusing Sen. Harry Reid of malicious conduct "unbecoming" his role as Democratic leader.
Second Lawyer in Saddam Trial Assassinated 08 Nov 2005 Three masked gunmen in a speeding Opel assassinated a second lawyer in the Saddam Hussein trial Tuesday. The brazen daylight attack on a major avenue came three weeks after the kidnap-slaying of another defense lawyer, Saadoun al-Janabi.
Another lawyer in Hussein trial shot dead 08 Nov 2005 Gunmen on Tuesday opened fire on a car carrying two lawyers defending some of Saddam Hussein’s co-defendants in his trial, killing one and wounding the other, police and defense team sources said. The attack followed the murder of another defense lawyer in the team who was shot the day after the trial started in Baghdad last month.
The media are minimising US and British war crimes in Iraq --The reporting of the Iraqi death toll - both in its scale and account of who is doing the killing - is profoundly dishonest By George Monbiot 08 Nov 2005 "Almost every week the Pentagon claims to have killed 50 or 70 or 100 insurgents in its latest assault on the latest stronghold of the ubiquitous monster Zarqawi. In May the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said that his soldiers had killed 250 of Zarqawi's 'closest lieutenants' (or so 500 of his best friends had told him)... In July Jack Keane, the former vice chief of staff of the US army, claimed that coalition troops had killed or captured more than 50,000 'insurgents' since the start of the rebellion. Perhaps they were all Zarqawi's closest lieutenants."
Mugabe tells US ambassador to 'go to hell' 09 Nov 2005 President Robert Mugabe told the US ambassador to Zimbabwe to "go to hell" on Tuesday, after the envoy blamed the country's economic and political crisis on mismanagement and corrupt rule. [Well said!]
Intelligence Center Is Created for Unclassified Information 08 Nov 2005 Top intelligence officials on Tuesday announced the creation of a new agency, the Open Source Center, to gather and analyze information from the Web, broadcasts, newspapers and other unclassified sources around the world. The new center will absorb the Foreign Broadcast Information Service, a branch of the Central Intelligence Agency that has already expanded beyond its historical duty of translating foreign broadcasts and periodicals to study Web sites and more obscure sources like T-shirt slogans in countries of interest. [Here's one for them.]
Arrests in Australia foil 'catastrophic act of terror' 09 Nov 2005 Australian police staged fresh raids last night, less than 24 hours after arresting 17 men who they believe were planning a "catastrophic act of terrorism".
Australian Officials Accuse 16 Men of Plotting Terrorist Attacks 08 Nov 2005 Sixteen men arrested during sweeping raids in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, were charged Tuesday with belonging to a terrorist organization and plotting terrorist attacks.
France declares state of emergency 08 Nov 2005 France today declared a state of emergency to allow the introduction of localised curfews in an attempt to end the wave of riots which has flared across the country for 12 nights.
U.K.'s Clarke Offers 'Sunset Clause' Concession on Terror Bill 08 Nov 2005 U.K. Home Secretary Charles Clarke offered a concession so proposed anti-terror laws would need to be renewed within a year in an effort to persuade lawmakers in his own Labour Party to support the Terror Bill.
Backbenchers vent anger at Blair as he gambles on Tory votes to win 09 Nov 2005 Tony Blair was last night suffering a backlash from angry Labour MPs who accused him of betraying promises to water down plans to allow police to detain terrorist suspects for up to 90 days without charge.
US anti-terrorism trial a 'political case': lawyer 08 Nov 2005 Former Florida university professor Sami al-Arian is on trial as an alleged terrorist because of his support for a Palestinian state, his attorney said on Tuesday during closing arguments.
Mega barf alert! White House staff begins ethics classes 08 Nov 2005 The White House began mandatory, hourlong briefings Tuesday for an estimated 3,000 staffers on ethics and the handling of classified information in response to the indictment of a top official in the CIA leak investigation. Among those who attended the first ethics briefing were some assistants to the pResident with top security clearances, White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters.
White House keeps dossiers on more than 10,000 'political enemies' By Doug Thompson 08 Nov 2005 "Spurred by paranoia and aided by the USA Patriot Act, the Bush Administration has compiled dossiers on more than 10,000 Americans it considers political enemies and uses those files to wage war on those who disagree with its policies."
Supreme Court Backs Workers in Pay Dispute 09 Nov 2005 The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that companies must pay workers for the time it takes to change into protective clothing and safety gear and walk to their workstations.
Equal rights watchdog sues Fox News for harassing women 09 Nov 2005 Rupert Murdoch's Fox [Faux] News Channel is being sued by the US equal employment opportunity commission for harassing and discriminating against its female staff, it was reported yesterday.
Democrats Win Gov. Races in N.J., Va. 08 Nov 2005 Democrats swept both governors' races Tuesday, with Sen. Jon Corzine easily winning New Jersey and Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine taking Virginia despite a last-minute campaign push for his opponent from Dictator Bush.
LI Dems have banner night 08 Nov 2005 With a wave of Democratic advances across Long Island, a 41-year-old former prosecutor last night claimed victory over Nassau District Attorney Denis Dillon, ending his 31 years in office. From Brookhaven Town Hall to the Nassau County seat in Mineola, Democrats appeared to further undermine the Republican Party's former dominance on Long Island.
Bloomberg re-elected New York mayor 09 Nov 2005 Republican New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was re-elected to a second term by a large margin on Tuesday after what is believed to be the most costly race in the city's history.
Calif. voters reject measure to limit spending 09 Nov 2005 California voters appeared to reject a ballot measure that would limit state spending and allow Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to cut spending when revenues fall below forecast, according to early election results on Tuesday.
Calif. Voters Reject Energy Measure 09 Nov 2005 California voters rejected a complex initiative Tuesday that would have increased state oversight of utilities and limited customers' ability to choose electricity providers.
'Intelligent-design' school board ousted in Penn. 09 Nov 2005 Voters on Tuesday ousted a Pennsylvania local school board that promoted an "intelligent-design" alternative to teaching evolution, and elected a new slate of candidates who promised to remove the concept from science classes.
Texas voters add gay marriage ban to constitution 08 Nov 2005 Texans voted overwhelmingly to add a prohibition of same-sex marriage to their constitution on Tuesday, becoming the 19th U.S. state to do so.
indicate GOP vote instead of intended Dem vote in Roanoke Co.
08 Nov 2005 (VA) Election day voting is going on across the Old Dominion,
but everything has not gone smoothly in Roanoke County. News 7 has received
calls from several voters in at least four different precincts who say
their votes for Democrat Tim Kaine were not recorded or took several
attempts to go through. They contend the electronic touch screens repeatedly
indicated they were voting for Republican candidate Jerry Kilgore instead
of registering their intended vote for his Democratic opponent Tim Kaine.
Roanoke Co. Registrar Judy Stokes says she doesn't want to say the problem
is operator error on the part of the voters, but she points out the
touch screens are sensitive [?!?].
Schwarzenegger Hits Snag at Polling Place 08 Nov 2005 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger showed up to his Brentwood neighborhood polling station today to cast his ballot in the special election — and was told he had already voted.
World Bank seeks $1 billion war chest for bird flu 09 Nov 2005 Health and veterinary officials from across the world hope to clinch a global plan for tackling bird flu, funded by a $1 billion World Bank war chest, at a conference on Wednesday.
WHO warns pandemic could cost $800B, kill millions 08 Nov 2005 Countries around the world need to start rehearsing plans for tackling a human flu pandemic to identify hidden obstacles and ensure the best response once the virus arrives, the World Health Organization said yesterday.
Bird flu capable of causing 'incalculable' misery --100-nation meeting focuses on plans to contain outbreak 08 Nov 2005 Delegates from 100 nations meeting at the World Health Organization headquarters here were urged Monday to prepare against the avian flu or risk a human pandemic that scientists fear could kill millions and cause up to $800 billion in economic damage worldwide.
US forces 'used chemical weapons' during assault on city of Fallujah 08 Nov 2005 Powerful new evidence emerged yesterday that the United States dropped massive quantities of white phosphorus on the Iraqi city of Fallujah during the attack on the city in November 2004. Provided by the Studies Centre of Human Rights in Fallujah, dozens of high-quality, colour close-ups show bodies of Fallujah residents, some still in their beds, whose clothes remain largely intact but whose skin has been dissolved or caramelised or turned the consistency of leather by the shells. [Photographs on the website of RaiTG24, the broadcaster's 24-hours news channel, www.rainews24.it and video.]
"Bodies melted away before us." Italian Satellite TV to Broadcast Evidence of US Use of Chemical Weapons on Civilians By paper tigress 07 Nov 2005 "[Citing an article in Repubblica] Shocking revelation RAI News 24. Use of chemical weapons by the US military in Iraq. Veteran admits: Bodies melted away before us. White phosphorous used on the civilian populace: This is how the US 'took' Fallujah. New napalm formula also used... A US veteran of the Iraq war told RAI New correspondent Sigfrido Ranucci this: I received the order use caution because we had used white phosphorus on Fallujah. In military slag it is called 'Willy Pete'. Phosphorus burns the human body on contact--it even melts it right down to the bone... I gathered accounts of the use of phosphorus and napalm from a few Fallujah refugees whom I met before being kidnapped, says Manifesto reporter Giuliana Sgrena, who was kidnapped in Fallujah last February, in a recorded interview. I wanted to get the story out, but my kidnappers would not permit it.'"
Italian TV Alleges U.S. Used Chemical Weapons In Fallujah 07 Nov 2005 A documentary to be aired on Tuesday by Italian state satellite TV channel RAI News 24 alleges that US troops used chemical weapons during their assault on the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah in November last year. The documentary - 'Fallujah - the hidden massacre' - uses witness accounts from former US soldiers, Fallujah residents, video footage and photographs, to support its claim that contrary to US State Department denials, white phosphorous was used indiscriminately on the city, causing terrible injuries to civilians, including women and children.
US troops kill Iraqi civilian in Baghdad 07 Nov 2005 US troops opened fire at a civilian car on the Baghdad airport road on Sunday, killing the driver and wounding his wife, police said.
U.S. soldiers killed in spate of Iraq bombings 07 Nov 2005 Four U.S. soldiers were among at least 15 people killed in a day of suicide car bombings in and around Baghdad on Monday as a major offensive against Sunni Arab 'insurgents' took place near Iraq's border with Syria.
Deaths in Iraq 07 Nov 2005 A U.S. soldier was killed and two more troops and an Iraqi translator wounded by a makeshift bomb while on patrol near Dawr on Sunday, the military said on Monday. Earlier, the U.S. military said a Marine was killed by enemy fire also on Sunday while conducting operations in Husayba during Operation Steel Curtain.
92,000 US troops told to prepare for Iraq rotation 07 Nov 2005 The Pentagon on Monday notified 92,000 fresh U.S. troops to prepare for rotation to Iraq over a two-year period beginning in mid-2006, but cautioned that the number did not signal immediate plans to slash a much-higher U.S. troop level now in that country.
British Official Warns Iran Not to Meddle in Iraq 07 Nov 2005 Iran shouldn't meddle in Iraqi affairs, Great Britain's top defense official said here today. Appearing at a Pentagon news conference with 'Defense' Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, British Secretary of State for Defense John Reid was asked by a reporter if he was concerned about reports of Iranian-sponsored interference in Iraq... [Hello, Pot? This is Kettle...]
US spy drones crashed on its territory, Iran says 07 Nov 2005 Iran has found the wreckage of two U.S. unmanned spy planes on its territory in recent months, Tehran said on Monday, accusing Washington of violating its sovereignty through illegal overflights.
Bush: 'we do not torture' 07 Nov 2005 The U.S. government is aggressively taking action to protect Americans from terrorism but "we do not torture," Dictator Bush said on Monday, responding to criticism of reported secret CIA prisons and the handling of terrorism suspects.
Pentagon Plans Tighter Control of Interrogation 08 Nov 2005 The Pentagon has approved a new policy directive governing interrogations as part of an effort to tighten controls over the questioning of terror suspects and other prisoners by American soldiers.
Five US soldiers charged with abuse 07 Nov 2005 Five U.S. soldiers in Iraq alleged to have punched and kicked Iraqi detainees have been charged with abusing them, the U.S. military said on Monday.
UN, US disagree on Guantanamo 06 Nov 2005 UN human rights experts will not travel to the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba next month unless they are allowed to talk freely with prisoners and guards, the UN's special reporter on torture said on Saturday.
High court to review military trials 07 Nov 2005 The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday that it would decide whether Dictator George W. Bush has the power to create military tribunals to put Guantanamo prisoners on trial for war crimes, an important test of the regime's policy in the war on [of] terrorism.
U.S. Supreme Court Will Review Guantanamo Military Tribunals 07 Nov 2005 The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the Bush regime can use military tribunals to try terrorism suspects, agreeing to consider an appeal from a man accused of being Osama bin Laden's driver.
Agency Seeks Broad Standard for 'Dirty Bomb' Exposure 08 Nov 2005 The Homeland Security Department, preparing advice on responding to a "dirty bomb" attack, has concluded that cities and states should take into account the cost of abandoning or cleaning up contaminated areas when deciding how much exposure to radiation is acceptable.
Army shoot-to-kill on top of new laws 08 Nov 2005 (AU) Soldiers will have shoot-to-kill powers before the Commonwealth Games in March to deal with any serious terrorism threat, says the Foreign Affairs Minister, Alexander Downer.
Australian Police Arrest 15 People in Anti-Terrorism Raids 08 Nov Australian police arrested 15 people in Sydney in Melbourne for being in the "final stages'' of planning a terrorist attack on Australian soil, New South Wales state police commissioner Ken Moroney said.
Raid shooting man 'critical' 08 Nov 2005 A man shot and critically wounded by police in Sydney's west today is one of several people arrested in a series of anti[pro]-terrorist raids across the city, police say.
UK cans 90-day detention plan 07 Nov 2005 The British government, bowing to pressure from the opposition and civil liberty groups, said on Monday it would amend new legislation that would have enabled police to hold terrorism suspects for 90 days.
Antiwar Sermon Brings IRS Warning 07 Nov 2005 The Internal Revenue Service has warned one of Southern California's largest and most liberal churches that it is at risk of losing its tax-exempt status because of an antiwar sermon two days before the 2004 presidential election.
Three youths arrested in France for inciting riots on their websites 07 Nov 2005 Three teenage boys have been arrested in France for inciting violence by using their websites to urge others to join the rioting that is raging in the country, Justice Minister Pascal Clement told a media conference Monday.
French to Impose Curfews, Deploy Forces 07 Nov 2005 Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said Monday that curfews would be imposed wherever they are needed and 9,500 police officers and gendarmes are being deployed to stop rioting that has spread across France.
France: Riots 'out of control' 07 Nov 2005 Riots in France's poor city suburbs appeared to be spiralling out of control on Monday after the worst [sic] night of violence to date, in which more than 30 police were injured and 1400 cars burnt across the country.
Rioting Spreads to 300 Towns in France 07 Nov 2005 Rioting by French youths spread to 300 towns overnight... police said Monday. Urban unrest has spread to neighboring Belgium and possibly Germany.
Tension Over Christmas Observance Begins 04 Nov 2005 It's weeks before Thanksgiving but already interest groups are preparing for an intense year of conflict over Christmas observances by cities and public schools, with one conservative group lining up hundreds of attorneys to work on the issue. This week, the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal group based in Scottsdale, Ariz., announced that its 800 cooperating attorneys have volunteered to handle without fee complaints about "improper attempts to censor the celebration of Christmas in schools and on public property."
Pa. High Court Justices Face Angry Voters 07 Nov 2005 Critics of the high court say Pennsylvania's justices must be held accountable for condoning such legislative arrogance. The Legislature approved the pay-raise bill at 2 a.m. July 7 without debate or public notice. [LOL!] The bill boosted lawmakers' pay by 16 percent to 54 percent, pushing the base legislative salary to $81,050 - higher than any other state but California... On Monday, citizens activists erected a 25-foot, inflatable pig outside the state Capitol and called for the justices' ouster.
Flu pandemic now just a matter of time, conference told 07 Nov 2005 A three-day council of war on avian influenza opened here to warnings that a flu pandemic was inevitable, could kill millions and inflict up to 800 billion dollars in economic damage if the world failed to defend itself.
DoD's Pandemic Flu Web Site Goes Live 07 Nov 2005 In partnership with other federal agencies, the Defense Department's Deployment Health Support Directorate went 'live' today with a Web site to help meet the objectives outlined in Dictator Bush's national 'strategy' for pandemic influenza.
Rummy's bird flu bonanza/Blair backer's smallpox bonanza (gmwatch.org) 06 Nov 2005 "..It appears that the defense secretary is quite an accomplished hand at getting the government to buy vaccines from companies in which he has a direct financial interest. ...Rumsfeld at that time [just after 9/11] ordered members of the armed forces to be inoculated against smallpox, an inoculation with horrendous side effects. The package also included injection with a drug named Vistide, to treat side-effects of smallpox infection should it occur. Vistide was also a product of Gilead Sciences... [Rumsfeld holds a Gilead stake valued at between $5 million and $25 million, according to his federal financial disclosures.]"
Greenhouse gas 'to rise by 52%' 07 Nov 2005 Global greenhouse gas emissions will rise by 52% by 2030, unless the world takes action to reduce energy consumption, a study has warned.
World's energy policy is not sustainable 07 Nov 2005 The world must change its energy habits or struggle with choking fumes, runaway oil demand and a growing dependence on the volatile Middle East for fuel, the International Energy Agency said on Monday.
Nuclear Inspector to Test Connecticut Yankee Power Plant 07 Nov 2005 A nuclear inspector will be conducting tests Monday morning at the decommissioned Connecticut Yankee nuclear power plant. An inspector with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will secure samples of soil and concrete from the spent fuel pool building after a leak was detected there a week ago.
Tornado Survivors Question Siren Warning System 08 Nov 2005 As firefighters paced up and down a cornfield here on Monday, searching for more bodies in a wild tangle of metal, insulation and furniture left behind by the weekend's tornado, those who had survived the storm kept coming back to a question: Who heard the warning sirens go off?
Watch That Pea: What the administration is doing while you're watching Scooter & Sammy By John M. Kelley 04 Nov 2005 "Given this administrations willingness to ignore public opinion and forge on in spite of its mistakes, exposed lies and corruption it is not a far stretch to imagine what kind of power it might try and seize in case of a national emergency like a flu pandemic. If you think the last two elections have been a farce, what about no election because of a pandemic, what about the suspension of congress and the prohibition of any public gathering enforced by the military. Maybe I’m just paranoid, but then again maybe anybody who believes this administration is on the run hasn’t been reading past the headlines."
Long-Predicted Flu Finally Tops National Agenda 07 Nov 2005 The Pandemic influenza threat has taken a tortuous route to a place occupied by few health issues. Last month, scientists completed a 10-year project in which they reconstructed the 1918 virus from the frozen and chemically preserved tissue of three victims. [WHY isn't anyone asking WHY this deadly virus was reconstructed? See: Rumsfeld's growing stake in Tamiflu 31 Oct 2005 Defense Secretary, ex-chairman of flu treatment rights holder, sees portfolio value growing.]
Flu Plan Counts on Public Cooperation --Strategies Include Inoculations for High-Risk Groups, Isolating [Quarantining] People at Home 03 Nov 2005 The federal government unveiled a massive pandemic influenza plan yesterday that would fight an outbreak with tools including surveillance of air travelers, rationing antiviral drugs, imposing community-wide "snow days" to keep people at home and aggressively controlling rumors to prevent panic.
Governors Balk at Bigger Role for Military 06 Nov 2005 Several governors have been critical of a Bush administration suggestion that the active-duty military take a greater role in disaster response, calling it an attempt to usurp state authority over National Guard units. Governors in Washington, Mississippi, Michigan, Arkansas, West Virginia, Delaware and Alabama are among those who have panned the idea, questioning whether it would even be constitutional.
Holy Mike Brown redux, Batman! Before Rearming Iraq, He Sold Shoes and Flowers 06 Nov 2005 Ziad Cattan was a Polish Iraqi used-car dealer with no weapons-dealing experience until U.S. authorities turned him into one of the most powerful men in Iraq last year — the chief of procurement for the Defense Ministry, responsible for equipping the fledgling Iraqi army. As U.S. advisors looked on, Cattan embarked on a massive spending spree, paying hundreds of millions of dollars in Iraqi funds for secret, no-bid contracts, according to interviews with more than a dozen senior American, coalition and Iraqi officials, and documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times... Cattan is now facing corruption charges leveled by the Iraqi Justice Ministry.
U.S.'s $1.3 billion for Afghanistan rebuilding seen as wasteful 07 Nov 2005 Four years after American-led forces ousted the Taliban, the United States has spent $1.3 billion on reconstruction [reconstructing what the U.S.-led occupation destroyed] in Afghanistan... To Afghans, the Turmai clinic [an unfinished shell] is emblematic of what they see as a wasteful, slow-moving effort that benefits foreigners far more than themselves.
UK's Blair "seduced" by U.S. before Iraq war - ex-diplomat 07 Nov 2005 Prime Minister Tony Blair was "seduced by the glamour of U.S. power" in the build-up to the Iraq war and repeatedly failed to influence U.S. policy, a former top British diplomat said in comments published on Monday.
MPs unite for inquiry into Blair's conduct over Iraq 06 Nov 2005 Tony Blair is set to face an unprecedented parliamentary inquiry into his conduct in the run-up to the Iraq war. A coalition of Tory and Labour MPs is to table a motion to set up a Commons committee to examine "the conduct of ministers" both before and after the war.
Democrats Seek Report on Prewar Iraq Intel 06 Nov 2005 A government document raises doubts about claims 'al-Qaida' members received training for biological and chemical weapons in Iraq, as Senate Democrats on Sunday defended their push for a report on how the Bush administration handled prewar intelligence.
US intel on Iraq-Qaeda ties 'intentionally misleading': document 07 Nov 2005 US military intelligence warned the Bush administration as early as February 2002 that its key source on Al-Qaeda's relationship with Iraq had provided "intentionally misleading" data, according to a declassified report. Nevertheless, eight months later, Dictator George W. Bush went public with charges that the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein had trained members of Osama bin Laden's terror network in manufacturing deadly poisons and gases.
Cheney Fights for Detainee [Torture] Policy --As Pressure Mounts to Limit Handling Of Terror Suspects, He Holds Hard-Line 07 Nov 2005 Over the past year, Vice pResident Cheney has waged an intense and largely unpublicized campaign to stop Congress, the Pentagon and the State Department from imposing more restrictive rules on the handling of 'terrorist' suspects, according to defense, state, intelligence and congressional officials.
Agents 'shielded' from torture charges 07 Nov 2005 The US government's policies on interrogating terrorist suspects may preclude the prosecution of CIA agents who commit abuses or even kill detainees, a US magazine reported overnight.
Iraqi politicians condemn US offensive 07 Nov 2005 Iraqi politicians have condemned the latest US offensive on villages and towns close to the Syrian border, calling it a killing operation.
Warplane assault on resistance stronghold 07 Nov 2005 American troops have been involved in prolonged street-fighting after launching one of the biggest military offensives since last year's assault on Fallujah. US warplanes dropped 500lb bombs and helicopter gunships made repeated strafing sorties at the town of Husaybah near the Syrian border.
Terrified Residents Flee Iraq Fighting 07 Nov 2005 Scores of terrified Iraqis fled a besieged town Sunday, waving white flags and hauling their belongings to escape a second day of fighting between U.S. Marines and 'al-Qaida-led militants' along the Syrian border. U.S. and Iraqi troops battled resistance fighters [?!?] house-to-house, the U.S. military said.
Marine Killed in Ambush on Iraq-Syria Border 07 Nov 2005 A marine was killed in a resistance ambush on Sunday when his patrol raided a house in this tense border town.
Police shot at in Paris riots 07 Nov 2005 Youths fired birdshot at police and hurled Molotov cocktails at churches, schools, cars and a daycare centre [?!?] in an 11th night of mayhem in France. President Jacques Chirac promised to arrest and punish those who "sow violence or fear."
US vastly increases surveillance of foreigners under Patriot Act 06 Nov 2005 US government surveillance of foreign nationals living in the United States -- even those suspected of no wrongdoing -- has increased dramatically since the adoption of the USA Patriot Act, a US newspaper reported.
Homeland Security rights chief urges Muslim fliers to register 06 Nov 2005 The head of civil rights for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is urging Muslim air travelers to register with the federal government before flying, to 'reduce the chances they might be stopped at an airport [?!?] because their name is on or similar to names on an anti-terrorism watch list.'
FBI Use of Patriot Act Concerns Lawmakers 06 Nov 2005 Lawmakers expressed concern Sunday that the FBI was aggressively pushing the powers of the anti-terrorist USA Patriot Act to access private phone and financial records of ordinary people. "We should be looking at that very closely," said Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., who is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "It appears to me that this is, if not abused, being close to abused."
Lawmakers Call for Limits on F.B.I. Power to Demand Records in Terrorism Investigations 07 Nov 2005 Republicans and Democrats in Congress called on Sunday for greater restrictions on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's ability to demand business and personal records in terrorism investigations without a judge's approval and to retain the records indefinitely.
Bitter Blair accepts defeat over plan to hold terrorism suspects for 90 days 07 Nov 2005 Tony Blair has been forced into a humiliating climbdown over the controversial Terrorism Bill and is set to announce a compromise over proposals to allow the police to detain suspects for 90 days without charge.
Blair faces angry rebel MPs with an offer of terror Bill compromise 07 Nov 2005 Tony Blair will accept today that he cannot force through plans to hold suspected terrorists in detention for 90 days without charge. Mr Blair is expected to signal a compromise on the time limit when he tries to shore up his battered authority at a meeting of the parliamentary Labour Party tonight.
Beware alarmist rubbish, says Beattie 07 Nov 2005 One of the premiers who backed the urgent passage of anti-terrorism laws has now accused the Federal Government of "alarmist rubbish" on national security. Queensland's Peter Beattie said a push to bolster the military's powers before next year's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne was fanning unnecessary fear, and that comments by the Minister for Defence, Robert Hill, were "a load of rot". His comments came amid further scrutiny by Labor of the timing of last week's legislation, and whether the country in fact faced an "imminent threat" - as suggested by the Prime Minister, John Howard.
'Raids planned' on terror suspects 07 Nov 2005 Extra counter-terrorism police have been rushed to Sydney to monitor two terrorist suspects. The two men were believed to be planning an attack on Australian soil, newspaper reports said today.
Sedition gag is no joke, say satirists 07 Nov 2005 (AU) The Federal Government may never launch a single prosecution against a comedian, satirist or commentator under its proposed sedition clause in the anti[pro]-terrorism legislation - but it still has a chilling effect on those who poke fun at our political masters.
A Cheney-Libby Conspiracy, Or Worse? Reading Between the Lines of the Libby Indictment By John W. Dean 04 Nov 2005 "[Special Counsel Patrick] Fitzgerald has clearly thrown a stacked indictment at [Vice pResident Cheney's former Chief of Staff Lewis 'Scooter'] Libby, laying it on him as heavy as the law and propriety permits... It appears he is trying to flip Libby - that is, to get him to testify against Cheney -- and not without good reason. Cheney is the big fish in this case... ...[S]hould Republicans lose control of the Senate (where they are blocking all oversight of this administration), I predict Cheney will resign 'for health reasons.'"
A White House Without Rove? By Mike Allen 06 Nov 2005 "Karl Rove's colleagues don't know exactly when it will happen, but they are already laying out the reasons they will give for the departure of the man President [sic] George W. Bush dubbed the architect... If he [Rove] leaves, he will not be alone. Several well-wired Administration officials predict that within a year, the President will have a new chief of staff and press secretary, probably a new Treasury Secretary and maybe a new Defense Secretary."
Rove linked to investigation of conservative broadcaster 06 Nov 2005 Karl Rove, still under investigation for his alleged role in leaking the identity of an undercover CIA agent, faced possible implication in further scandal yesterday after the resignation of an ally accused of misusing public broadcasting funds for partisan political purposes.
March demands accountability of Gretna police action 07 Nov 2005 A March to Gretna in protest of the actions of the Gretna police in the aftermath of Katrina and in support of displaced African-Americans from New Orleans, who continue to be denied access to participation and opportunity in the reconstruction process is planned for Monday, November 7.
Deadly twister tears through Indiana, Kentucky 06 Nov 2005 At least 22 people are dead and more than 200 injured after a tornado ripped through northern Kentucky and southern Indiana early Sunday. The tornado touched down shortly after 2:00 a.m. ET, packing winds of at least 254 kilometres per hour, making it an F3 tornado on the Fujita scale.
Frist urges germ spies --Bill would cloak war on bioterror 05 Nov 2005 A bill moving rapidly through the Senate would create a secretive national research center to respond to bioterrorism threats and natural [and man-made] disease outbreaks. The bill, co-sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), would shift the main responsibility for developing bioterrorism countermeasures out of the Department of Homeland Security and into a new Biological Advanced Research and Development Agency in the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency, commonly referred to as BARDA, would be given a first-year budget of $1 billion and some unusually strong powers. It would have authority to shield drug manufacturers from liability lawsuits in the event a drug used to counteract a bioterrorism event or disease outbreak caused death or injury. It also would be granted a blanket exemption from the federal Freedom of Information Act.
Bird Flu Scam to Cost Us Plenty By John Hanchette 25 Oct 2005 "...[P]roposed legislation will strip Americans of the right to a trial by jury if they are harmed by either an experimental or licensed drug or vaccine they are forced by the government to take whenever federal health officials declare a public health emergency... ...Fisher [Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the National Vaccine Information Center] points out, the government, under this bill, "could force all citizens to use these drugs and vaccines while absolving everyone connected from any responsibility for injuries and deaths which occur" in their wake.
CLG Action!! List of Senators pushing for Senate Bill 1873 --Write and Call now! Please take action and forward this action to other listserves. http://www.legitgov.org/action_biodefense_pandemic_vaccine_act_201005.html
The FBI's Secret Scrutiny --In Hunt for Terrorists, Bureau Examines Records of Ordinary Americans 06 Nov 2005 A Connecticut case affords a rare glimpse of an exponentially growing practice of domestic surveillance under the USA Patriot Act, which marked its fourth anniversary on Oct. 26. "National security letters," created in the 1970s for espionage and terrorism investigations, originated as narrow exceptions in consumer privacy law, enabling the FBI to review in secret the customer records of suspected foreign agents. The Patriot Act, and Bush administration guidelines for its use, transformed those letters by permitting clandestine scrutiny of U.S. residents and visitors who are not alleged to be terrorists or spies.
Former Powell aide links Cheney's office to abuse directives 03 Nov 2005 Vice pResident Dick Cheney's office was responsible for directives that led to U.S. soldiers' abusing prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan, a former top State Department official said Thursday. Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, then the secretary of state, told National Public Radio he had traced a trail of memos and directives authorizing questionable detention practices up through Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's office directly to Cheney's staff.
Iraqi Prisoner Abuse Triggered by Cheney 04 Nov 2005 Vice pResident Dick Cheney's office triggered abuse of Iraqi prisoners with word that filtered down to soldiers in the field that interrogations were not providing needed intelligence, a former senior State Department official has alleged. Lawrence Wilkerson, who was Secretary of State Colin Powell's chief of staff during pResident Bush's first term, said Thursday, ''It was clear to me there that there was a visible audit trail from the vice president's office through the secretary of defense down to the commanders in the field.''
Cheney Seeks CIA Exemption to Torture Ban 05 Nov 2005 Vice pResident Dick Cheney made an unusual personal appeal to Republican senators this week to allow CIA exemptions to a proposed ban on the torture of terror suspects in U.S. custody, according to participants in a closed-door session.
UN demands access to Guantanamo detainees --UN human rights experts will not travel to the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba next month unless they are allowed to talk freely with prisoners and guards. The UN's special rapporteur on torture, Manfred Nowak, says after a year and a half, the US Government finally agreed to the visit. However, the Government has restricted it to one day and has yet to authorise meetings with prisoners.
Suspicion over Thai 'black ops' site 05 Nov 2005 Thailand's official denial that it is housing a secret interrogation centre where 'al-Qaeda' and other 'terrorist' suspects are being held incommunicado has been met with open disbelief. Suspicion has fallen on a remote Voice of America relay station near the north-eastern Thai city of Udon Thani, and rumours - all so far unconfirmed - abound that it has been used as a front for "black" or "secret" operations.
Europe puts heat on US over camps 05 Nov 2005 Pressure is growing on the US and its new allies in eastern Europe amid allegations that the CIA has been interrogating [torturing] 'al-Qaeda' suspects at former Soviet camps in Poland and Romania.
Iraq war has exposed us to terror at home, says Meyer 05 Nov 2005 Britain's former ambassador to Washington, Sir Christopher Meyer, delivers a damaging critique of Tony Blair's approach to the war in Iraq in an interview in the Guardian today.
US launches new offensive in Iraq --'Operation Steel Curtain' 05 Nov 2005 Several thousand US and Iraqi troops have begun a new operation on Iraq's Syrian border against resistance fighters from the 'al-Qaeda in Iraq' [?!?] group. [Where is 'Operation Arm the Left?']
US$85m '7-star' hotel set for Baghdad's Green Zone 05 Nov 2005 No, no, says Thair Feely, chairman of the Iraqi Commission for Investment, emphatically denying rumors that a five-star hotel is about to be built in the center of Baghdad. Then, drawing out the words for effect, he adds: "We are building a 7-star hotel!" The government [U.S. taxpayers] is donating the land but providing no funds. The US$85 million (HK$663 million) hotel is being financed by an Iraqi businessman whose identity is being kept secret for security reasons.
US should repay Iraq for Halliburton work: audit 05 Nov 2005 The United States should reimburse Iraq for $208 million in apparent overcharges paid to a Halliburton Co. subsidiary [Kellogg, Brown and Root], an U.N. watchdog agency said on Saturday.
U.N.: Shoddy work, overcharges merit $208M refund 06 Nov 2005 A U.N. auditing board has recommended that the United States reimburse Iraq up to $208 million for contracting work carried out by the U.S.-based Kellogg, Brown & Root, in the past two years.
Report Warned Bush Team About Intelligence Suspicions 06 Nov 2005 A high Qaeda [CIAduh] official in American custody was identified as a likely fabricator months before the Bush regime began to use his statements as the foundation for its claims that Iraq trained 'Al Qaeda' members to use biological and chemical weapons, according to newly declassified portions of a Defense Intelligence Agency document. The document, an intelligence report from February 2002, said it was probable that the prisoner, Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, "was intentionally misleading the debriefers" in making claims about Iraqi support for Al Qaeda's work with illicit weapons.
Source of Forged Niger-Iraq Uranium Documents Identified 04 Nov 2005 Italy's spymaster identified an Italian occasional spy named Rocco Martino on Thursday as the disseminator of forged documents that described efforts by Iraq to buy uranium ore from Niger for a nuclear weapons program, three lawmakers said Thursday. ...Senator Massimo Brutti, a member of a parliamentary committee that oversees secret services, told reporters that Italian intelligence had warned Washington in early 2003 that the Niger-Iraq documents were false.
Iran offers shares to the poor 05 Nov 2005 The Iranian government has approved plans to offer share options to low-income families, the country's official news agency IRNA has reported. Under the plan, millions of Iranian families could have the chance to buy shares in state-owned companies.
Unrest Reaches Paris; 28 Cars Torched 06 Nov 2005 Ten nights of urban unrest that brought thousands of arson attacks on cars, nursery schools [?!?] and other targets from the Mediterranean to the German border reached Paris where at least 28 cars were burned overnight in the French capital, government officials said Sunday.
Schools burn as Paris riots enter 10th night 06 Nov 2005 Two schools have been burned down in Paris and hundreds of cars set on fire in cities across France in a 10th night of rioting in poor suburban areas. About 68 people have been arrested after the renewed violence.
Suspects may have plotted to blow up White House, US landmarks: magazine 05 Nov 2005 US and British authorities are investigating whether three suspects recently arrested in London were plotting to blow up the White House and other landmarks in the United States capital, a US magazine reported.
Some Debate Whether Rove Should Retain Top-Secret Clearance [Some debate whether Rove should be shot by firing squad or hanged - for treason.] 05 Oct 2005 An intelligence analyst temporarily lost his top-secret security clearance because he faxed his resume using a commercial machine... But in the White House, where top advisor Karl Rove is under federal investigation for his role in the exposure of a covert CIA officer, the longtime advisor to Dictator Bush continues to enjoy full access to government secrets.
Bush Orders White House Staff to Take Ethics Refresher [?!?] Class [*Puke*] 05 Nov 2005 Dictator George W. Bush ordered the White House staff to take refresher classes on ethics rules in response to the indictment of Vice pResident Dick Cheney's top aide on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. [Nah, let's just get the treason trials going - with all possible penalties for treason on the plate.]
Bush feels hand of God as poll ratings slump 05 Nov 2005 America's faith in George Bush and in his decision to go to war in Iraq has plummeted in the wake of a White House intelligence scandal that went to court this week, according to a new poll. As the pResident encountered violent protests in Argentina at the start of his Latin America tour yesterday, a survey published by the Washington Post and ABC News showed that public confidence was eroding rapidly back home.
GOP admits it erred in challenging some voters' registration 05 Nov 2005 (WA) Republicans admitted Friday they made numerous mistakes in challenging the registrations of 1,944 King County voters last week.
Gore did win and it does matter--as Kerry also won, and they will steal the next one too Post on salon.com by a CLG member 05 Nov 2005 "The lessons of 2000 and 2004, years in which presidential elections were stolen by the Republican party for their candidate (Bush), are not for Democrats to learn in order to be better at theft prevention. Rather, they are lessons for all of us as citizens to learn, in order to get prepared for seizing state power if power is first stolen from us by the right wing. We must be ready to seize the power of the state when the next election is stolen, if not before. To this end, the left must get over its taboo about weapons and must begin to arm itself. Liberals will do nothing except wave peace flags till Kingdom Come. But until the liberals become leftists, leftists without phobias about force, they will be useless in the real struggle for power. Power must be taken from those who would and are destroying the world. Such power is not possible to take by parliamentary means, as these means are now being abolished. The process of elections has been completely co-opted by corporate rightists, and they will not yield it without being forced to. The time to act indeed is now. But the act we must prepare for is revolution, not some pansy liberal b.s."
Court Nominee Has Paper Trail Businesses Like 05 Nov 2005 Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. has reliably favored big-business litigants as he has pushed the federal appeals court in Philadelphia in a conservative direction. His extensive paper trail of 15 years of opinions reveals a jurist deeply skeptical of claims against large corporations.
Spending Inquiry for Top Official on Broadcasting 05 Nov 2005 Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, the head of the federal agency that oversees most government broadcasts to foreign countries, including the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe, is the subject of an inquiry into accusations of misuse of federal money and the use of phantom or unqualified employees, officials involved in that examination said on Friday.
The Case of Behe vs. Darwin 05 Nov 2005 As he took the witness stand in a packed courtroom, ready to dissect Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, biochemist [Reichwing fraud] Michael J. Behe looked confident and relaxed. Then he learned what it felt like to be under a microscope. Isn't it true, an attorney asked, that Behe's critique of Darwin and support for intelligent design, a rival belief about the origins of life, have little scientific support? Yes, Behe conceded. Isn't it also true, the attorney pressed, that faculty members in Behe's department at Lehigh University have rejected his writings as unscientific? Behe grudgingly answered yes. [Ok, then why does this f*cking *charlatan* have a job *teaching* on the university level?]
EPA Creates "Intelligence" Unit In New Reorganization — Office of Children's Health Protection Axed (PEER Press Release) 03 Nov 2005 "In its first restructuring under Administrator Stephen Johnson, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is creating a new 'national security and intelligence' operation, according to an agency email released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). At the same time, EPA would eliminate the Office of Children’s Health Protection and bury its function inside an environmental education bureau."
Sentries in U.S. Seek Early Signs of the Avian Flu 06 Nov 2005 With the country waiting nervously for avian flu to arrive, catching wild birds is no hobby. Hundreds of ornithologists, veterinarians, amateur bird-watchers, park rangers and others being recruited by the National Wildlife Health Center to join a surveillance effort along the major American migratory flyways...
FluWrap: Three new Asian outbreaks 04 Nov 2005 Avian influenza affected three Asian countries Friday, with confirmed outbreaks in China and Vietnam and indications of an outbreak in Japan.
US launches offensive near Syria 05 Nov 2005 US and Iraqi forces have launched an offensive along the border with Syria called Operation Steel Curtain [?!?] involving some 3500 troops, the US military said today.
U.S. Should Repay Millions to Iraq For K.B.R. Contract Work: Audit 05 Nov 2005 An auditing board sponsored by the United Nations recommended yesterday that the United States repay as much as $208 million to the Iraqi government for contracting work in 2003 and 2004 assigned to Kellogg, Brown & Root, the Halliburton subsidiary. The work was paid for with Iraqi oil proceeds, but the board said it was either carried out at inflated prices or done poorly.
Iraq war 'fuelled terrorism': ex-British ambassador 04 Nov 2005 Britain's involvement in the Iraq war has "partly radicalised and fuelled" the rise of home-grown terrorism, London's former ambassador to Washington, Sir Christopher Meyer, says.
Iraq al-Qaida Threatens Attacks on Envoys 05 Nov 2005 The country's most feared terror group warned foreign diplomats Friday to flee Iraq after announcing it will put to death two kidnapped Moroccan Embassy employees.
Cheney Pushes Senate For CIA Exemption to Torture Ban 04 Nov 2005 Vice pResident Dick Cheney made an unusual personal appeal to Republican senators this week to allow CIA exemptions to a proposed ban on the torture of terror suspects in U.S. custody, according to participants in a closed-door session.
House Delays Vote on U.S. Treatment of Terrorism Suspects 04 Nov 2005 The House Republican leadership has delayed a vote on a proposed ban against cruel and degrading treatment of prisoners in American custody, and Democrats say the move is an effort to spare Vice pResident Dick Cheney an embarrassing defeat.
US Senate again backs prisoner torture ban 04 Nov 2005 The US Senate reaffirmed its support for an amendment outlawing the torture of prisoners, approving the measure that is attached to the 2006 defense spending bill and that Dictator George W. Bush has threatened to veto.
Italy warned U.S. on Iraq war intelligence 05 Nov 2005 Italian intelligence warned the U.S. about bogus information on Saddam Hussein's nuclear ambitions at about the time U.S. Dictator George W. Bush cited them as a crucial reason for invading Iraq, an Italian parliamentarian said on Thursday.
Bush Has Little to Say About Questions on Rove 05 Nov 2005 Dictator Bush was asked four times on Friday about Karl Rove and the C.I.A. leak investigation, and four times he refused to answer.
Senior Democrats question Rove's security clearance 04 Nov 2005 Four senior members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to Mark Frownfelter, Associate Director of the Security Division of the Executive Office of the President, inquiring whether White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove is still eligible for a security clearance given allegations of criminal conduct...
Lawmaker From Ohio Subpoenaed in Abramoff Case 05 Nov 2005 Rep. Robert W. Ney notified Congress yesterday that he had been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury examining the lobbying activities of Jack Abramoff, making the Ohio Republican the first lawmaker to receive such a demand in the expanding influence-peddling investigation.
President Gore's Remarks By CLG Founder and Chair, Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D. 04 Nov 2005 "Gore won not only the popular vote, but also the electoral vote. Every media consortium, analyst and actual vote count confirms this fact. Bush is a complete fraud and will never be legitimate. Further, with Bush's hijacking of the presidency, I knew that this world was in grave danger, as what we needed was the EXACT OPPOSITE of what Bush represented. We needed the exact opposite of the Big Oil Company Pawn running the world into the apocalypse. We needed Gore desperately and the stolen presidency of 2000 may be the most significant political catastrophe, leading to the most significant global catastrophe, in recorded history." [See also: Writings of Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D.]
Mark Crispin Miller: "Kerry Told Me He Now Thinks the Election Was Stolen" 04 Nov 2005 "University professor and author Mark Crispin Miller says in an interview on Democracy Now!: '[Kerry] told me he now thinks the election was stolen. He says he doesn't believe he is the person that can be out in front because of the sour grapes question. But he said he believes it was stolen.'"
Target Washington? Three men arrested in London may have been part of a plot to blow up the U.S. Capitol and the White House 04 Nov 2005 Investigators in the United States and Britain are investigating information suggesting that a group of terrorism suspects recently arrested in the London area may have been plotting to blow up Washington landmarks using homemade bombs. Counterterrorism officials, who asked to remain anonymous because the investigation was continuing, said the suspects’ possible targets included the White House and the U.S. Capitol complex.
British Terror Suspect Had U.S. Images 04 Nov 2005 A terror suspect arrested in England had images of the Capitol and other Washington landmarks on his computer, according to federal authorities, who were skeptical that an attack on the nation's capital was being planned.
"Fascist Bush! You are the terrorist!" Anti-Bush protests rage before summit 04 Nov 2005 More than 1,000 rampaging anti-American protesters set a bank ablaze as the Summit of the Americas opened, shattering shopfront windows with wooden clubs. Others furiously threw rocks at scores of riot police who responded with arcing tear gas and held plastic shields. The violence capped a day of massive protests by more than 10,000 demonstrators who marched through the streets and shouted slogans against Dictator George W. Bush. Chanting "Fascist Bush! You are the terrorist!" the protesters hung from the engine and moved up the sides of the train, trying to shake hands with those inside.
Protesters Riot as President Bush Attends 34-Nation Talks in Argentina 05 Nov 2005 Dictator Bush's troubles trailed him to an international summit meeting here on Friday as anti-Bush protesters turned violent just blocks from the gathering site, and Hugo Chávez, Venezuela's fiery populist leader, rallied a soccer stadium filled with at least 25,000 people against the United States.
In Brazil, More Protests May Await Bush 05 Nov 2005 Trade talk and Brazilian barbecue will be on the table when the presidents of the United States and Brazil meet here Sunday, but landless peasants have called for demonstrations against Dictator Bush.
Immigrant Rioting Flares in France for Ninth Night 05 Nov 2005 France's worst urban violence in a decade exploded for a ninth night on Friday as bands of youths roamed the immigrant-heavy, working-class suburbs of Paris, setting fire to dozens of cars and buildings while the government struggled over the violence and the underlying frustrations fueling it.
Rioting Spreads Beyond Paris Suburbs 05 Nov 2005 Marauding youths set fire to cars and warehouses and pelted rescuers with rocks early Saturday, as the worst rioting in a decade spread from Paris to other French cities.
Council Members Receive Threats Over Anti-War Resolution --E-Mails, Phone Calls Forwarded to Police 04 Nov 2005 Hundreds of threatening e-mails have been sent to Sacramento City Council members since Tuesday, when the council passed a highly controversial, anti-war resolution.
'Registered Travelers' Avoid Airport Pat-Downs 03 Nov 2005 The government plans to offer airline passengers nationwide the chance to avoid extra security checks by paying a fee and agreeing to a background check.
Senate OK's oil drilling in Arctic refuge 04 Nov 2005 The Senate yesterday narrowly approved a plan to allow oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, paving the way for energy exploration in an environmentally sensitive region that has been closed to developers for more than four decades.
Louisiana faces hefty storm 'recovery' bill from FEMA 05 Nov 2005 Louisiana is expecting a $3.7 billion bill from the federal government for the state's share of the hurricane recovery, far exceeding anything the governor had anticipated.
Bush's Popularity Reaches New Low --58 Percent in Poll Question His Integrity 04 Nov 2005 For the first time in his presidency a majority of Americans question the integrity of pResident Bush, and growing doubts about his leadership have left him with record negative ratings on the economy, Iraq and even the war on terrorism, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows.
The time to act is now --The climate crisis and the need for leadership. By Al Gore 04 Nov 2005 "It is now clear that we face a deepening global climate crisis that requires us to act boldly, quickly and wisely. 'Global warming' is the name it was given a long time ago. But it should be understood for what it is: a planetary emergency that now threatens human civilization on multiple fronts. Stronger hurricanes and typhoons represent only one of many new dangers as we begin what someone has called 'a nature hike through the Book of Revelation.'
Jailed microbiologist's appeal rejected 05 Nov 2005 A court in Texas has rejected an appeal from Thomas Butler, the microbiologist jailed after reporting that plague bacilli were missing from his laboratory in 2003.
Britain to head European flu pandemic exercise 04 Nov 2005 Britain will stage a surprise exercise involving 28 European countries to test their ability to cope with a human influenza pandemic, the project's director said on Friday. The two-day drill will take place before the end of the year but health services will not know the precise dates in advance in order to make it as realistic as possible. [Will the 'exercise' happen to coincide with an actual bioterror event? 'Anti-'terror exercises took place prior to the 9/11 and 7/7 attacks.]
Singapore's bird park turns chickens into flu police 05 Nov 2005 As Asian governments keep a lookout for new cases of bird flu, Singapore is deploying some unlikely "flu police" at the world's largest bird park: chickens. Singapore's Jurong Bird Park has put 19 chickens, known as "sentinel chickens", in all its aviaries to help detect the presence of any infectious disease. "These chickens are bred without any immunity. So they will be the first ones to fall ill if there is an outbreak of bird flu or other infectious diseases at the park," Wong Hon Mun, executive director of Jurong Bird Park, told Reuters. [Can we get FEMA's Mike Brown to be bred for that task here in the U.S.?]
Baby Giant Panda Takes First Steps 02 Nov 2005 The National Zoo's baby giant panda has taken his first steps. Tai Shan, whose name means "peaceful mountain," is almost 4-months-old, weighs 15.5 pounds and measures 27.1 inches from head to tail.
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FEMA Director's self-assessment, as Katrina slammed ashore: "I am a fashion god." 03 Nov 2005 Rep. Charlie Melancon, whose district south of New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, posted a sampling of e-mails written by Federal Emergency Management chief Michael Brown on his Web site on Wednesday. On August 29, the day of the storm, Brown exchanged e-mails about his attire with Cindy Taylor, FEMA's deputy director of public affairs, Melancon said. She told him, "You look fabulous," and Brown replied, "I got it at Nordstroms. ... Are you proud of me?" An hour later, Brown added: "If you'll look at my lovely FEMA attire, you'll really vomit. I am a fashion god," according to the congressman. [Read these e-mails from the outrageously flippant Michael Brown. Brown and the man who hired him should be tried for mass murder for this, among other crimes.]
GOP mulls ending birthright citizenship 04 Nov 2005 House Republicans are looking closely at ending birthright citizenship and building a barrier along the entire U.S.-Mexico border as they search for solutions to illegal immigration.
EU promises inquiry into CIA's 'gulag' 04 Nov 2005 Poland and Romania are at the centre of a row over human rights after the European Commission promised to investigate whether the two nations hosted secret jails for CIA interrogation of 'al-Qa'ida' suspects.
Inquiry into CIA's 'secret European jails' 04 Nov 2005 European countries alleged to have allowed the CIA to open secret prisons to interrogate al-Qa'eda suspects using methods outlawed in the United States were warned yesterday that they could face severe action by the European Union.
House Blocks Democrats' Iraq Resolution 03 Nov 2005 Democrats tried unsuccessfully Thursday to force the House to take up a measure condemning Republicans for "their refusal to conduct oversight" of the Bush administration's Iraq war policy and to order investigations into it.
Cheney's aide pleads not guilty in CIA leak case 04 Nov 2005 Lewis "Scooter" Libby's court appearance took less than 10 minutes. The first serving White House official to be indicted in 130 years pleaded not guilty to five counts relating to the CIA leak affair.
Lewis Libby, Former Cheney Aide, Pleads Not Guilty 03 Nov 2005 I. Lewis Libby, Vice pResident Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, pleaded not guilty to criminal charges in the investigation of who leaked a CIA agent's name in retaliation for her husband's criticism of the Iraq war.
Italians Deny Role in Iraq Uranium Dossier 03 Nov 2005 Italy's spy chief denied on Thursday that Italian intelligence had any hand distributing a dossier that claimed Saddam Hussein tried to buy uranium in Niger, Italian lawmakers said.
Iraq police: Bodies of torture victims found 03 Nov 2005 The bodies of 11 people were found in the southeastern part of the Iraqi capital, police said Thursday. Some showed signs of torture, and most had been shot execution-style, according to officials.
British troops cleared of murdering Iraqi as trial collapses 03 Nov 2005 Charges against seven British soldiers accused of murdering an Iraqi teenager were dismissed after the judge ruled there was insufficient evidence.
Al-Qaida Claims Downing of U.S. Helicopter 03 Nov 2005 Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed Thursday it shot down a U.S. attack helicopter that crashed, killing two Marines, and a U.S. general said witnesses saw the aircraft take ground fire and break up in the air.
Breaking tradition, Carter rips Bush's policies 03 Nov 2005 Former President Jimmy Carter said Thursday that "fundamentalism" under George W. Bush has resulted in a "dramatic and profound and unprecedented change" in American policy that threatens the United States at home and abroad. Carter, who is promoting a new book critical of Bush, faulted the Bush administration for "an unprecedented and overt ... merger of the church and state, of religion and politics."
Argentine resort braces for anti-Bush protests 03 Nov 2005 Shopkeepers boarded up storefronts and residents fled town on Thursday as thousands of demonstrators prepared to protest against U.S. Dictator George W. Bush at an Americas-wide presidential summit at this Argentine seaside resort.
French youths open fire on police 03 Nov 2005 French youths fired at police and burned over 300 cars last night as towns around Paris experienced their worst night of violence in a week of urban unrest.
Rioting Spreads to 20 Towns Around Paris [Excellent! BTW, how *useless* are the protests in the US, that Faux News refuses to cover?] 03 Nov 2005 Rampaging youths shot at police and firefighters Thursday after burning car dealerships and public buses and hurling rocks at commuter trains, as eight days of riots over poor conditions in Paris-area housing projects spread to 20 towns.
Some Travelers to Be Screened for Diseases 03 Nov 2005 The federal government will install a new quarantine station at Logan International Airport to evaluate travelers who may pose a health threat to the region, officials said.
Appeals Court Hears Cases on Patriot Act 03 Nov 2005 A federal appeals panel has suggested it might require the government to permit libraries, major corporations and other groups to challenge FBI demands for records under the Patriot Act.
Blair and Clarke split on 90-day detention 04 Nov 2005 Tony Blair and Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, were at odds yesterday over whether to back down in the face of growing opposition to the proposal for terror suspects to be held without charge for up to 90 days.
Police 'have power to act' 04 Nov 2005 Police will be able to act immediately against suspected terrorists planning an attack following the royal assent to new legislation last night, Attorney General Philip Ruddock says.
Terrorist laws toned down as MPs dig in 04 Nov 2005 (AU) Backbenchers have forced the Federal Government to soften its anti[pro]-terrorism bill to include more safeguards in its preventive detention measures.
GAO report upholds Ohio vote fraud claims By Joe Baker "As if the indictment of Lewis 'Scooter' Libby wasn’t enough to give the White House some heavy concerns, a report from the Government Accounting Office takes a big bite out of the Bush clique’s pretense of legitimacy. This powerful and probing report takes a hard look at the election of 2004 and supports the contention that the election was stolen... The agency’s agreement with what have been brushed aside as 'conspiracy theories' adds even more weight to the conclusion that the Bush regime has no business in the White House whatever."
Senate Hearings for Alito to Begin Jan. 9 03 Nov 2005 The Republican-controlled Senate will begin hearings Jan. 9 on Judge Samuel Alito's appointment to the Supreme Court, spurning pResident Bush's call for a final confirmation vote before year's end.
Texas County Official Won't Prosecute Rove 03 Nov 2005 A Texas county official said Thursday he would not prosecute presidential adviser Karl Rove after investigating whether he voted illegally in the state.
Faux News Paid for DeLay's Travel 03 Nov 2005 Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) "filed a report with the Clerk of the House of Representatives indicating he received free travel valued at $13,998.55 from Fox News Sunday for 'officially connected travel' on October 1-2, 2005, from Sugarland, TX to Washington, D.C. and back to Sugarland, TX. Rep. DeLay appeared on Fox News Sunday on October 2, 2005, the weekend after his indictment on September 28, 2005."
AP: DeLay's staff tried to help Abramoff 03 Nov 2005 Investigators have unearthed e-mails showing Rep. Tom DeLay's office tried to help lobbyist Jack Abramoff get a high-level Bush administration meeting for Indian clients, an effort that succeeded after the tribes began making a quarter-million dollars in donations.
Second Judge Out for DeLay Trial 03 Nov 2005 Two days after Rep. Tom DeLay won a fight to get a new judge in his case, prosecutors Thursday succeeded in ousting the Republican responsible for selecting the new judge. Administrative Judge B.B. Schraub withdrew after District Attorney Ronnie Earle filed a request to have him removed.
Kentucky prepares to remake Medicaid 03 Nov 2005 People who use Medicaid could be moved into new health plans with higher costs and more restrictions on services as soon as January, state officials said yesterday. If the state gets federal approval, Medicaid would no longer be a program without limits for services or one with little or no cost to the nearly 700,000 Kentuckians it serves.
*Every* child left behind by Bush: South Carolina High School Exit Exam Scores Down 03 Nov 2005 South Carolina High School exit exam scores are down from last year and administrators are questioning why. The State Department of Education and local school administrators were expecting this year's scores to be higher than last and can't explain why they weren't.
Court Rejects Mo. Child Abuse Registry 03 Nov 2005 A judge declared Missouri's child abuse registry unconstitutional Thursday, ruling that suspected offenders deserved a court-like hearing before being listed.
U.S. Senate backs oil drilling in Alaskan refuge 03 Nov 2005 The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to allow oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, barely rejecting a Democratic-led attempt to strike the controversial plan from a budget bill.
NRC: Radioactive Water Leaked From Connecticut Yankee 03 Nov 2005 (Haddam, CT) The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said that there is evidence that gallons of radioactive water leaked from the decommissioned Connecticut Yankee nuclear plant.
Hurricanes sunk 100 sq miles of southeast Louisiana 03 Nov 2005 The storm surges from hurricanes Katrina and Rita submerged 100 square miles of southeastern Louisiana marshes, according to satellite data compiled by U.S. scientists.
'Katrina Cough' Lingers in Wake of Hurricane 03 Nov 2005 A large number of people along the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts are developing a condition that some have dubbed "Katrina cough," believed to be linked to mold and dust circulating in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Health officials say they are trying to determine how widespread the problem is, but there are suggestions that it is popping up regularly among people who have returned to storm-ravaged areas, particularly New Orleans.
Recession alert over bird flu 04 Nov 2005 New bird flu outbreaks have been reported as the Asian Development Bank warns that a global flu pandemic could kill up to 3 million people in Asia and plunge the world into recession.
Vietnam confirms bird flu outbreaks in three northern villages 04 Nov 2005 Vietnam on Friday confirmed bird flu outbreaks among poultry in three northern villages, despite increased efforts to fight the disease, an official said.
China reports fourth bird flu outbreak in a month 04 Nov 2005 China reported an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu in its northeast province of Liaoning on Friday, the fourth to hit the country in a month.
Caiman Takes Dip In Fla. Pool 02 Nov 2005 (Perrine, FL) A South Florida homeowner found something unusual splashing around in his swimming pool Tuesday. Dennis Lowe returned home Tuesday night after power was restored to his house. He said when he turned on the pool pump, he found a creepy-crawly surprise...
US military to open counterinsurgency school in Iraq 03 Nov 2005 Responding to increased attacks in Iraq, the US military will soon open a counterinsurgency school in that country for officers, The New York Times reported Wednesday. The new facility, which will open in the next few days at the Taji base north of Baghdad, will train US battalion and company commanders immediately after they arrive in Iraq, according to the report.
U.S. Circulates Resolution to Keep U.S.-Led Force in Iraq for Another Year 03 Nov 2005 The United States on Wednesday circulated a draft U.N. Security Council resolution that would extend the mandate of the nearly 180,000-strong U.S.-led force in Iraq for a year, a move that could face opposition from Russia and others.
Iraq Asks Return of Some Officers of Hussein Army 03 Nov 2005 The Iraqi government called Wednesday for the return of junior officers from the disbanded army of Saddam Hussein, openly reversing an American directive issued in 2003.
Aides Debate Whether Rove Should Resign 03 Nov 2005 Top White House aides are privately discussing the future of Karl Rove, with some expressing doubt that Dictator Bush can move beyond the damaging CIA leak case as long as his closest political strategist remains in the administration.
Scooter's Sex Shocker By Lauren Collins 31 Oct 2005 "'Out West, where you vacation, the aspens will already be turning. They turn in clusters, because their roots connect them. Come back to work—and life,' he [Lewis 'Scooter' Libby] wrote in a jailhouse note to Judith Miller... For even more difficult prose, however, one must revisit an earlier work. 'The Apprentice'—Libby’s 1996 entry in the long and distinguished annals of the right-wing dirty novel—tells the tale of Setsuo, a courageous virgin innkeeper who finds himself on the brink of love and war... Homoeroticism and incest also figure as themes. The main female character, Yukiko, draws hair on the 'mound' of a little girl. The brothers of a dead samurai have sex with his daughter." [Gotta' love those GOPedophilia 'family values.']
Bush critics conclude U.S. is losing war on terrorism 01 Nov 2005 U.S. terrorism experts Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon have reached a stark conclusion about the war on terrorism: the United States is losing.
CIA Operates Secret Prison Network 02 Nov 2005 The CIA has operated a secret prison system where more than 100 terror suspects have been locked up since Sept. 11. The so-called "black sites" -- which were so covert that only a handful of government officials even knew about them until today -- operated over the past four years in eight different countries, including Thailand, Afghanistan and several Eastern European states, according to a story first reported today in the Washington Post.
Policies on Terrorism Suspects Come Under Fire --Democrats Say CIA's Covert Prisons Hurt U.S. Image; U.N. Official on Torture to Conduct Inquiry 03 Nov 2005 The Bush regime's policies for holding and detaining suspected terrorists came under sharp scrutiny and criticism yesterday after disclosure that the CIA had set up covert prisons in several Eastern European democracies and other countries.
Pentagon: Top al-Qaida Operative Escaped 01 Nov 2005 A man once considered a top al-Qaida operative escaped [?!?] from a U.S.-run detention facility in Afghanistan and cannot testify against the soldier who allegedly mistreated him, a defense lawyer involved in a prison abuse case said Tuesday. [OMG, how convenient *is that?*]
6 U.S. Soldiers, 26 Civilians Killed in Iraq 02 Nov 2005 At least six American troops died around Iraq today and a Cobra attack helicopter may have been downed, while a suicide bomber struck the town of Musayyib at dusk, killing at least 19 Iraqis near a mosque. Another car bomb went off in the northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk, causing at least two deaths, while five people were killed in Baghdad when a bomb apparently intended for a police vehicle struck civilians traveling in a car.
Copter Crash, Bombing Leave Four GIs Dead 02 Nov 2005 Four U.S. troops were killed two in a helicopter crash Wednesday and two from a roadside bomb as American ground forces fought resistance fighters around the city of Ramadi, and a suicide car bomb south of Baghdad killed about 20 Iraqis. The U.S. command said the AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter went down about 8:10 a.m. near Ramadi, killing the two Marines aboard.
20 killed in attack on Iraq market 03 Nov 2005 A suicide car bomb killed more than 20 Iraqis and wounded about 60 in a town south of Baghdad yesterday, officials said.
Bush War Policy Is Now in Play 03 Nov 2005 In the face of solidifying public opposition to the war, a mounting U.S. body count and a renewed focus on the faulty intelligence used to justify the war, Democratic lawmakers and candidates have sharpened their critique of the Bush regime's policy and, in some cases, urged a withdrawal of U.S. troops.
Kent State Administration Threatens Iraq Veteran with Expulsion By Nikki Robinson 29 Oct 2005 "Iraq war veteran and Kent State student, Dave Airhart, is under attack for opposing the war he considers 'unjust' and attempting to stop any more students from being used as 'cannon fodder.'"
Chavez, Maradona, protests await Bush summit visit 02 Nov 2005 The sparring of U.S. Dictator George W. Bush and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez are sure to steal the show in this week's summit of 34 leaders from the Americas with a fight to steer the region's course. Protesters have organized an anti-summit outside the security ring around Mar del Plata's top hotels. Bush will be the focus of their ire.
Pandemic Is Inevitable, Govt. Officials Say --Doctors Believe our Health Care System 'Will Collapse' When It [Bush's excuse to end all domestic programs] Comes 02 Nov 2005 It's inevitable, say government officials: a pandemic will strike the United States and the impact will be profound... A Jerry Bruckheimer film? Not according to information released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "Pandemics happen," said HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt in a teleconference today. "They happened before, and they'll happen again. If it isn't the H5N1 [bird flu] virus, it'll be another virus." [How does he know? Well, I am sure the 78 dead microbiologists were working on *something.*]
Pandemic response plan includes travel restrictions, rationing 02 Nov 2005 Issuing its long-awaited pandemic response plan Wednesday, the Bush regime made clear that a flu pandemic could make it necessary to impose travel restrictions, shut down schools and businesses, quarantine cities and ban public gatherings.
Experts dismiss scare over bird flu 02 Nov 2005 Gary Butcher, Ph.D., said that although there is a potential that the virus could mutate, as it exists, it could not become an important disease in humans. "For it to become dangerous to humans, it has to go through a pretty significant genetic change. If you put this in perspective, it's not going to happen. For a person to be infected now, it appears that the exposure level has to be astronomical," Butcher said.
Blair's bad day ends in terror bill climbdown 02 Nov 2005 Tony Blair today suffered one of the most damaging days of his premiership, with the twin blows of the resignation of David Blunkett and a last-minute climbdown on the most controversial aspect of the terror bill.
Concessions signaled on UK terror bill 02 Nov 2005 Britain's home secretary signaled Wednesday that he was prepared to make concessions on sweeping anti-terrorism legislation, as opposition lawmakers and members of his own party joined forces in an attempt to block it.
Key national anti-terrorism body 'not activated' 03 Nov 2005 ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope says a key national counter-terrorism body was not informed of the latest terrorism threat... Mr Stanhope has questioned the nature of the threat, given the two territory governments were not informed. "It is interesting that the Prime Minister didn't believe the threat was serious enough to involve the governments of the ACT or the Northern Territory, that the 500,000 residents of the ACT and the Northern Territory haven't been taken into the Prime Minister's confidence, nor have their police forces or emergency services authorities," he said. [Looks like Howard is taking a page from Bush's phony terror alert playbook, to ram the new Fascist 'anti'-terror laws through Parliament.]
Legislation to broaden definition of terrorist act 03 Nov 2005 The Senate will sit today to pass legislation the Federal Government says could help authorities deal with a specific threat of terrorism. The Government says the new laws broadening the definition of a terrorist act are urgently needed because of a specific and credible threat of terrorism in the last few days. It says the legislation will broaden the definition of a terrorist act, enabling people who are plotting an attack to be prosecuted.
Police on standby for terror cell raids 03 Nov 2005 Security agencies are poised to swoop on alleged terrorist cells throughout the country once Parliament passes an amendment to the anti[pro]-terrorism laws today. The Prime Minister, John Howard, said yesterday he had received new, "specific" intelligence this week from spies and police indicating a "potential terrorist threat".
Premiers give go-ahead to terrorism laws 03 Nov 2005 (AU) Its own backbenchers remain unhappy with new sedition provisions in the Federal Government's new anti[pro]-terrorism laws, but the premiers have already agreed to the legislation, which is likely to be introduced into Parliament today.
Howard deflects nation's gaze away from the ball 03 Nov 2005 By announcing the existence of a specific terrorist threat yesterday, John Howard successfully shifted attention away from Labor's favoured focus and onto the Government's.
Critics See Ammunition In Alito's Rights Record 03 Nov 2005 ...Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr.'s dissent prompted a rebuke from his normally congenial colleagues. The law that bans employment discrimination, the other two judges wrote, "would be eviscerated" if courts followed Alito's logic.
Bush admin opposes oil donations to heating fund 02 Nov 2005 The Bush regime opposes a Republican request that oil companies donate some of their record profits to a federal fund to help poor Americans pay winter heating bills because it sounds too much like a tax, Energy Secretary Sam Bodman said on Wednesday. [Where are the 'insurgents,' when you need them?]
Consumer ire grows over oil profits 02 Nov 2005 Critics understand the companies' priority is to make money but say that is not going to block public outrage with oil at $60 a barrel and companies seeking incentives to repair infrastructure damaged by the hurricanes and build new refineries. "They don’t know when to stop asking," says an energy analyst. "The numbers are obscene."
Medicare Gives Hospitals a Raise, Physicians a Pay Cut 02 Nov 2005 Final federal rules issued Wednesday will cut Medicare's reimbursement rates for doctors next year by 4.4 percent while increasing payments for most hospitals by at least 3.7 percent.
Malfeasance Might Have Hurt Levees, Engineers Say 03 Nov 2005 The head of a team of engineering experts told a Senate committee on Wednesday that malfeasance during construction might have been one reason for the catastrophic failure of the levees that were supposed to protect New Orleans from hurricanes.
E-Mails Portray Ex-FEMA Chief As Image Conscious 02 Nov 2005 Former Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael Brown, already denounced by lawmakers for his handling of Hurricane Katrina, is coming in for more criticism. Internal e-mails, dating from the time Katrina hit, show that Brown was preoccupied with how he came across on television. In one e-mail, a FEMA public affairs official tells Brown his outfit looks "fabulous," to which Brown replies, "I got it at Nordstroms," then adds, "Are you proud of me? Can I quit now? Can I go home?"
Bush's Job Approval Hits New Low 02 Nov 2005 Dictator Bush's job approval has reached the lowest level yet. Only 35 percent approve of the job he's doing.
4,000 honor Rosa Parks at Detroit service 03 Nov 2005 In a seven-hour funeral filled with song and impassioned eulogies, thousands of mourners crowded into Greater Grace Temple on Wednesday to pay final respects to Rosa Parks, whose act of defiance helped spark the civil-rights movement.
Son of Miami Chief Timoney arrested on drug charges in New York 02 Nov 2005 The 25-year-old son of Miami police Chief [Reichwing terrorist] John Timoney was arrested for trying to buy 400 pounds of marijuana from an undercover federal agent, the Drug Enforcement Administration said Wednesday.
Most Offspring Died When Mother Rats Ate Genetically Engineered Soy By Jeffrey M. Smith Oct 2005 "The Russian scientist planned a simple experiment to see if eating genetically modified (GM) soy [Monsanto's Roundup Ready soy] might influence offspring. What she got, however, was an astounding result that may threaten a multi-billion dollar industry... [T]he real shock came when the rats started dying."
CIA Holds Terror Suspects in Secret Prisons --Debate Is Growing Within Agency About Legality and Morality of Overseas System Set Up After 9/11 02 Nov 2005 The CIA has been hiding and interrogating some of its most important 'al Qaeda' captives at a Soviet-era compound in Eastern Europe, according to U.S. and foreign officials familiar with the arrangement. The secret facility is part of a covert prison system set up by the CIA nearly four years ago that at various times has included sites in eight countries, including Thailand, Afghanistan and several democracies [*sic*] in Eastern Europe, as well as a small center at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, according to current and former intelligence officials and diplomats from three continents.
Rumsfeld says no U.N. access to Guantanamo inmates 01 Nov 2005 Spurning a request by U.N. human rights investigators, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Tuesday the United States will not allow them to meet with detainees at the Guantanamo prison for foreign 'terrorism' suspects.
Rumsfeld defends Guantanamo decision [Warning: graphic details] 02 Nov 2005 US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has defended a decision not to allow UN investigators to meet foreign terror suspects at the Guantanamo Bay prison following allegations of torture and a hunger strike by some. Rumsfeld also told a Pentagon news conference that the 27 hunger strikers, some of whom have been force-fed since they began fasting in August, were simply trying to attract media attention. [? They don't get any media attention here. Remember, Natalee Holloway - an attractive white woman - is still missing.]
Bush aide says Iraq withdrawal bad for Israel 31 Oct 2005 US pResident George W. Bush's national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, warned that a hasty US withdrawal from Iraq would embolden extremists who seek "the eventual destruction of Israel."
Arab League scuttled secret exile offer for Saddam: U.A.E. officials 29 Oct 2005 Deposed Iraqi president Saddam Hussein accepted an 11th-hour offer to flee into exile weeks ahead of the U.S.-led 2003 invasion but Arab League officials scuttled the proposal, officials in Dubai said. Hussein allegedly accepted the offer to try and halt the invasion and bring elections to Iraq within six months, said the official and Sheik Zayed's son.
U.S. Discusses Invasion of Saudi Arabia 01 Nov 2005 The United States has raised the prospect of a military invasion of Saudi Arabia. The response could include the deployment of three U.S. Army divisions backed by fighter-jets and airborne early-warning and alert aircraft. In all, the U.S.-led mission could include up to 300,000 troops.
Senate forced into unusual closed session over Iraq war 01 Nov 2005 Democrats forced the Republican-controlled Senate into an unusual closed session Tuesday, questioning intelligence that led to the Iraq war and deriding a lack of congressional inquiry. "I demand on behalf of the America people that we understand why these investigations aren't being conducted," Democratic leader Harry Reid said.
Time Reporter Says He Learned Agent's Identity From Rove 31 Oct 2005 One of the reporters at the center of the investigation into the leak of the identity of an undercover CIA officer, says he first learned the agent's name from pResident Bush's top political advisor, Karl Rove. Time magazine reporter Matt Cooper also said today in an interview with "Good Morning America," that the vice pResident's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, confirmed to him that Ambassador Joseph Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, was a CIA operative.
What Judy forgot: Your right to know By Robert Scheer 01 Nov 2005 "The most intriguing revelation of Special Prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald's news conference last week was his assertion that he would have presented his indictment of I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby a year ago if not for the intransigence of reporters [sic] who refused to testify before the grand jury. He said that without that delay, 'we would have been here in October 2004 instead of October 2005.' Had that been the case, John Kerry probably would be president of the United States today."
Bill "Shut Up" O'Reilly Takes on Bloggers By Kurt Nimmo 04 Oct 2005 "'CLEAN AND LOAD YOUR GUNS,' screams [George M Weinert IV]. 'FIND THE OPERATORS of… radical left wing web sites who are GIVING AID AND COMFORT TO THE ENEMY AND LET THEM FACE A CITIZEN FIRING SQUAD—EXECUTE THE BASTARDS NOW!' ...Mr. Weinert, a self-described Zionist, would like to kill—or have somebody else kill—the following people: Steve Watson, Chris Floyd, Mike Whitney, Juan Cole, Sam Hamod, Lori Price, yours truly, and others. In a normal world, or a non-Bushzarro world, Weinert would be arrested for making death threats, confined for observation in a mental institution, and locked up as a potential menace."
Group organizes walkout by students to protest war 01 Nov 2005 An advocacy group called Youth Against War and Racism has planned a student walkout to protest the Iraq war... Organizers, who want high-school students to walk off campus at noon, said they're expecting as many as 2,000 students from 30 schools in Seattle and beyond.
Congress to air concerns over Negroponte's office 31 Oct 2005 U.S. intelligence chief John Negroponte is expected to face lawmakers next week to answer concerns about whether his new office is meeting the goals Congress envisioned in a 2004 intelligence overhaul, congressional officials said on Monday...
NSA article raises questions about Vietnam War 31 Oct 2005 The National Security Agency has been blocking the release of an article by one of its historians that says intelligence officers falsified documents about a disputed attack that was used to escalate the Vietnam War, according to a researcher who has requested the article.
'Specific' terror threat against Australia: PM 02 Nov 2005 Australian intelligence authorities have received specific information about a terrorist threat in Australia, Prime Minister John Howard says. "The Government has received specific intelligence and police information this week, which gives cause for serious concern about a potential terrorist threat," he told reporters in Canberra. As a result, Mr Howard said part of the new anti-terror laws would be introduced to Parliament today. [Holy convenience, Batman!]
'Shoot to kill' dumped from terror bill: Bracks 02 Nov 2005 Controversial "shoot-to-kill" provisions have been dumped from the Federal Government's proposed new terror laws, Victorian Premier Steve Bracks said today.
Amnesty International on Blair's terror laws: Dangerous. Ill-conceived. An assault on human rights. 02 Nov 2005 Tony Blair's plans for tough new anti-terror legislation have been subjected to a damning critique by Amnesty International, as MPs prepare to debate the measures today. In a submission to MPs, Amnesty International denounced the proposals to increase police powers of detention and make a new offence of the glorification of terrorism. It called them "ill-conceived and dangerous" , amounting to an attack on "the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law".
Bacteria On CDC's Bioterrorism List Detected In San Jose 31 Oct 005 (CA) One of the Centers for Disease Control's top five biological terrorism agents, the tularemia bacteria, has been detected in air monitors in San Jose but public health officials do not believe it is the result of any type of terrorist attack. The Francisella tularensis bacteria was found in an air-monitoring station in San Jose on Sunday morning.
Bush's avian flu 'protection' plans are for the birds: MSNBC Question of the Day "Do you trust the [US] government to protect you from the bird flu?" 12018 responses Yes 13% No 87% [Poll snapshot: 23:16 EST 01 Nov 2005]
Bush asks Congress for $70m for flu vaccine 01 Nov 2005 US Dictator George Bush today outlined a 5.9bn strategy today to prepare for the danger of a pandemic influenza outbreak, saying he wanted to stockpile enough vaccine to protect [sic] 20 million Americans against an illness caused by the current strain of bird flu.
Bush: $7.1B to Thwart Bird Flu --Dictator Bush unveils a plan to prepare for a flu pandemic by strengthening the U.S. vaccine industry. 01 Nov 2005 Dictator George W. Bush on Tuesday proposed a $7.1-billion campaign to thwart [foment] a possible pandemic of avian flu by producing 20 million doses of vaccine, stockpiling treatments, and shielding manufacturers from liability.
Congress Set to Pass Law Eliminating Liability For Vaccine Injuries 19 Oct 2005 The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is calling the "Biodefense and Pandemic Vaccine and Drug Development Act of 2005" (S. 1873), which passed out of the U.S. Senate HELP Committee one day after it was introduced "a drug company stockholder's dream and a consumer's worst nightmare." ...The bill establishes the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency (BARDA), as the single point of authority within the government for the advanced research and development of drugs and vaccines in response to bioterrorism and natural disease outbreaks such as the flu. BARDA will operate in secret, exempt from the Freedom of Information Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act, insuring that no evidence of injuries or deaths caused by drugs and vaccines labeled as "countermeasures" will become public.
Urgent CLG Action!! By Pamela 20 Oct 2005 "Here is the list of politicians pushing for us to face forced vaccines and forced drugging with untested/experimental drugs and vaccines giving freedom from liability to drug companies. Contact them ALL. Keep this list of these traitors for your voting records. They ALL need to go! This bill is called 'The Biodefense and Pandemic Vaccine and Drug Development Act of 2005.' You will find the wording under Senate Bill 1873 [S. 1873]."
Nominee's Reasoning Points to a Likely Vote Against Roe v. Wade 02 Oct 2005 For supporters and skeptics, Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr.'s record is not ambiguous, and it points toward the same conclusion: He would probably vote to strike down Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that recognized a constitutional right to abortion.
DeLay Succeeds in Having Judge Removed 01 Nov 2005 Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay won the first skirmish in his conspiracy and money laundering case today when a Texas judge was removed from presiding over the trial after DeLay's attorneys showed he has been a significant financial contributor to Democratic causes.
Fed Boosts Key Interest Rate to 4 Percent 01 Nov 2005 The Federal Reserve, still concerned about inflation, raised a key interest rate on Tuesday to the highest level in more than four years and signaled more increases are likely.
Wal-Mart flexes, backs Schwarzenegger 31 Oct 2005 Wal-Mart and the deep-pocketed Walton family have emerged as big supporters of Gov. Schwarzenegger, giving $1 million to causes he supports, as he vetoed some Wal-Mart "unfriendly" legislation over the past year, according to a published report Monday. USA Today said... a second bill vetoed last year would have stopped employers from locking workers inside workplaces -- a policy Wal-Mart has when employees stock shelves and clean floors after closing hours, the paper said.
'Devastating' winter ahead, says chemicals giant 01 Nov 2005 The British chemicals group Ineos has warned a parliamentary inquiry that business in this country faces a "devastating energy crunch" this winter.
New Study Warns of Total Loss of Arctic Tundra 01 Nov 2005 If emissions of heat-trapping gases continue to accumulate in the atmosphere at the current rate, there may be many centuries of warming and a near-total loss of Arctic tundra, according to a new climate study.
Rumsfeld's growing stake in Tamiflu --Defense Secretary, ex-chairman of flu treatment rights holder, sees portfolio value growing. 31 Oct 2005 The prospect of a bird flu outbreak is proving to be very good news for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other politically connected investors in Gilead Sciences, the California biotech company that owns the rights to Tamiflu, the influenza remedy that's now the most-sought after drug in the world. Rumsfeld served as Gilead's chairman from 1997 until he joined the Bush regime in 2001, and he still holds a Gilead stake valued at between $5 million and $25 million, according to federal financial disclosures filed by Rumsfeld. The forms don't reveal the exact number of shares Rumsfeld owns, but in the past six months fears of a pandemic and the ensuing scramble for Tamiflu have sent Gilead's stock from $35 to $47. [See: CLG's Flu 'Oddities' page.]
U.S. Military Wants to Own the Weather 31 Oct 2005 Military officials and weather modification experts could be on the verge of joining forces to better gauge, react to, and possibly nullify future hostile forces churned out by Mother Nature. While some consider the idea farfetched, some military tacticians have already pondered ways to turn weather into a weapon. [Uh, I think the horse has already left *that* barn.]
U.S. Ranks 44th in Worldwide Press Freedom Index --Nation's openness sinking after Sept. 11, northern Europe tops the list 01 Nov 2005 The annual worldwide press freedom index from Reporters Without Borders shows the United States, which is supposedly spreading freedom and liberty throughout the world, is in a fast decline regarding the freedom of its own press... A full list can be found at the RSF Web site.
Howard Dean: Indict Dick Cheney 31 Oct 2005 Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean is urging Leakgate Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald to indict Vice President Dick Cheney if he had anything to do with the decision of his chief of staff, Lewis Libby, to leak CIA employee Valerie Plame's identity to the media.
"This is a firing offence." Wilson Demands Rove's Sacking 01 Nov 2005 Joseph Wilson, the former US diplomat in the eye of the CIA-leak storm, has demanded the scalp of top White House political aide Karl Rove, over a scandal which has already toppled one key official... "I don't believe that Mr Rove should be permitted to resign. I believe this is a firing offence," he said.
Republicans join call for Rove to resign 01 Nov 2005 Both Republicans and Democrats have called for a radical overhaul of the Bush Administration, increasing the pressure on the US pResident to force Karl Rove, his closest political adviser, to resign over the CIA leak affair.
Libby defiant as Senate investigates Rove's role 01 Nov 2005 An official said yesterday that Lewis "Scooter" Libby would appear in a federal court in Washington on Thursday morning, where he would be formally charged, or arraigned. Mr Libby, 55, has made it clear he will plead not guilty. He was replaced yesterday by David Addington, a longtime aide to Vice-President [sic] Dick Cheney and his top legal adviser. Mr Addington was among the authors of a White House memo justifying torture of terrorism suspects.
Cheney Promotes Individuals Named In Indictment By Faiz 31 Oct 2005 "The White House announced today that it is elevating two members of Cheney’s staff who are named in the Scooter Libby indictment... 'The Vice President today appointed David S. Addington of Virginia to be the chief of staff to the Vice President. The Vice President also appointed John P. Hannah of the District of Columbia as the Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs.' Both Addington and Hannah are named in the indictment."
Cheney appoints Addington to replace Libby 31 Oct 2005 Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney on Monday appointed his counsel, David Addington, as chief of staff to replace Lewis Libby, who was indicted in the CIA leak investigation, the vice president's office said. Cheney also appointed John Hannah, who had served on his national security staff since March 2001, as assistant to the vice president for national security affairs.
Personnel Announcement (White House Press Release) 31 Oct 2005 "The Vice President [sic] today appointed David S. Addington of Virginia to be the chief of staff to the Vice President. The Vice President also appointed John P. Hannah of the District of Columbia as the Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs."
Guantanamo Desperation Seen in Suicide Attempts --One Incident Was During Lawyer's Visit 01 Nov 2005 Jumah Dossari's suicide attempt two weeks ago is believed to be the first such event witnessed by an outsider at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, and one of several signs that lawyers and human rights advocates contend point to growing desperation among the more than 500 detainees there.
UN envoys say must quiz Guantanamo detainees 31 Oct 2005 Three United Nations human rights investigators said on Monday they could only accept a U.S. invitation to visit Guantanamo prison camp in Cuba if they are permitted to interview detainees.
US says bombs Qaeda house, Iraqis say 40 dead 31 Oct 2005 U.S. aircraft bombed a house near the Syrian border before dawn on Monday in what the military said was a precision strike on an 'al Qaeda' leader. A local hospital doctor in the Iraqi town of Qaim said 40 people were killed and 20 wounded, many of them women and children, and a tribal leader said there were no resistance fighters in the area.
Seven More U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq 01 Nov 2005 Capping the bloodiest month for American troops since January, the U.S. military reported Monday that seven more U.S. service members were killed - all victims of increasingly sophisticated bombs that have been become the deadliest weapon in the resistance fighters' arsenal.
Bomb kills 20 in Iraq after bloodiest month for US 31 Oct 2005 A car bomb killed 20 people in Iraq's second city of Basra on Monday at the end of the bloodiest month for U.S. troops in Iraq since early this year. Witnesses said a suicide bomber targeted Iraqi troops.
ElBaradei wants talks on nuclear-materials pact 01 Nov 2005 Chief U.N. nuclear watchdog Mohamed ElBaradei called on Monday for the start of negotiations on a long-stalled global treaty banning the production of nuclear materials for weapons.
Bush heading into den of leftists [Good! Hopefully, they will be hungry.] At Latin summit, he faces resurgent bloc 31 Oct 2005 The fourth Summit of the Americas will bring Bush into territory that is not quite enemy but far less allied than before. A resurgent left is reshaping Latin America. This year alone, leftist protests toppled governments in Ecuador and Bolivia. A socialist took power for the first time in Uruguay. And Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is rallying the region against the United States and its economic prescriptions.
Terrorism law detainees 'depressed' 01 Nov 2005 Detainees held without trial under the Anti-Terrorism Act have suffered serious damage to their mental health, researchers said. Following independent assessment, eight detainees held at Belmarsh Prison were all found to be clinically depressed. Several had experienced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Terror laws: PM agrees to backbench changes 01 Nov 2005 The Coalition party room is set to give the nod today to tough new counter[pro]-terrorism laws after Prime Minister John Howard agreed to several changes. But state and territory leaders appear unlikely to sign off on them as their legal officers continue to examine their details.
Fed Plan on Protecting Ports Is Delayed 31 Oct 2005 The Bush regime has missed dozens of deadlines set by Congress after the Sept. 11 attacks for developing ways to protect airplanes, ships and railways from terrorists.
DeWine Says He'll Back Ban On Filibusters In US Senate 31 Oct 2005 Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) said he would back conservative threats to change Senate rules to ban filibusters of judicial nominees if anyone dared to use the tactic to challenge pResident Bush's latest Supreme Court choice.
Bush Supreme Court Row Looms 01 Nov 2005 US pResident George W Bush is preparing for another battle over his latest nomination to the US Supreme Court, after the withdrawal of Harriet Myers, who withdrew over allegations of cronyism. Mr Bush named an arch conservative, Judge Samuel Alito, to fill the position.
Bush Picks Conservative Judge for Court Four Days After Withdrawal of First Choice [to deflect attention from the CIA leak investigation] 31 Oct 2005 Dictator Bush nominated Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. for the Supreme Court today, four days after Mr. Bush's previous choice withdrew.
Bush nominates conservative Alito to Supreme Court 31 Oct 2005 U.S. Dictator George W. Bush nominated conservative judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court on Monday in a move likely to set off a partisan battle with Democrats as he tries to right his struggling pResidency.
US court nominee Alito a conservative like Scalia 31 Oct 2005 Samuel Alito, a federal appeals court judge chosen by Dictator George W. Bush for the U.S. Supreme Court, has a staunchly conservative judicial philosophy that has earned him the nickname of "Scalito."
Mich. Court: Proposal Should Go on Ballot 01 Nov 2005 A proposal to end some affirmative action programs in Michigan should be allowed on the November 2006 ballot, the state appeals court ruled Monday... Opponents of the proposed ballot measure have said that an undetermined number of signatures were gathered through misrepresentation, and that black people had been tricked into signing a petition they thought would protect affirmative action and civil rights.
US FCC approves two huge telecom mergers 31 Oct 2005 The Federal Communications Commission approved SBC Communications' acquisition of AT and T Corp. and Verizon's purchase of MCI, increasing the size of the two largest US telecom groups.
A New Weapon for Wal-Mart: A War Room 01 Nov 2005 The phone rings, and a 20-something woman answers. "Turn on Fox," she yells, running up to the TV with a notepad... A scene from a campaign war room? Well, sort of. It is a war room inside the headquarters of Wal-Mart, the giant discount retailer that hopes to sell a new, improved image to reluctant consumers.
Democrats criticize oil industry subsidies 29 Oct 2005 House Republicans recently pushed through legislation that would give more federal subsidies to the oil industry instead of trying to help U.S. consumers cope with sharply higher energy prices, the top Democrat on the House Commerce Committee said on Saturday. [See: Exxon Mobil Quarterly Profit Skyrockets to Nearly $10 Billion 27 Oct 2005]
Climate change: 10 ways to save the world (The Independent) 01 Nov 2005 "Today, Tony Blair will address energy ministers from around the world on tackling climate change. But he is failing to meet his own targets, with British carbon emissions on the rise again. There are, though, measures he could adopt..."
Global warning: Temperature I --The past two years were the warmest ever recorded in some of Greenland's coastal communities ... ice didn't form 29 Oct 2005 The past two years were the warmest on record in some of Greenland's coastal communities. The winters were so warm that many Inuit were unable to travel on the ice, because it didn't form. Greenland's fishermen have begun catching cod again for the first time in centuries...
Mighty Amazon close to running out of water 30 Oct 2005 A state of emergency has been declared in the Amazon River basin, which is suffering its worst drought in 42 years.
Report: Bush fundraisers got $1.2 billion in public funds 30 Oct 2005 Thirty Ohioans who raised a combined $4.1 million for pResident Bush's re-selection campaign have received more than $1.2 billion in public funds for their companies and clients, a newspaper reported. Since Bush took office [literally, *took* office] in 2001, the federal government has given those companies more than $447 million in subsidies, contracts and other payments, according to records analyzed by The Blade.
Bush fund-raisers reap millions in contracts, corporate subsidies --They were executives, lobbyists, evangelical Christians, political veterans and rookies, and a rare-coin dealer from Maumee. They bankrolled a pResident. Thirty Ohioans collected at least $4.1 million for George W. Bush's re-selection campaign last year - exceeding Sen. John Kerry's entire take from the state.
Big G.O.P. Donor Is Indicted by U.S. in '04 Election Case 28 Oct 2005 A coin dealer and major Republican donor [Tom Noe] at the center of a scandal in Ohio government was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday on charges of illegally funneling $45,400 in contributions to pResident Bush's re-selection campaign.
Noe Freed On $1 Million Bond In Bush Campaign Scandal 30 Oct 2005 The day after a federal grand jury returned a three count indictment against him for allegedly laundering $45,500 into pResident Bush's re-selection campaign, Tom Noe appeared in shackles and handcuffs before a U.S. magistrate in Orlando to be arraigned.
Prosecutor Plans On Calling Cheney As Witness In Open Court --Executive Privilege Fight Looms 30 Oct 2005 Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald is planning to call Vice pResident Dick Cheney as a witness in the trial of Lewis Libby, the DRUDGE REPORT has leaned. But the high stakes move could result in an executive privilege showdown between the White House and Fitzgerald, a top government source said Sunday. [No, Cheney will just have another 'heart attack' to avoid testilying.]
Democrats Demand Rove's Firing --Further Details Sought on Cheney's Involvement in Plame Leak 31 Oct 2005 Democrats demanded yesterday that pResident Bush fire Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove and that the White House fully account for Vice President [sic] Cheney's role in the unmasking of CIA operative Valerie Plame, as Republicans acted to limit the political damage from Friday's indictment of Cheney's chief of staff.
Outed CIA agent 'is facing threats' 29 Oct 2005 Threats have been made against the CIA operative whose unmasking is at the heart of the political scandal rocking George W Bush's pResidency, her husband said yesterday.
Wilson says leak destroyed wife's CIA career 30 Oct 2005 Valerie Plame's nearly two-decade career at the CIA and the secret life she crafted to conceal it were blown when her identity was revealed by a newspaper columnist, her husband, Joe Wilson said in a CBS "60 Minutes" interview on Sunday.
Our 27 months of hell By Joseph C. Wilson IV 29 Oct 2005 "The grand jury has now concluded that at least one of the president's men committed crimes... The attacks on Valerie [Plame] and me were upsetting, disruptive and vicious. They amounted to character assassination. Senior administration officials used the power of the White House to make our lives hell for the last 27 months. But more important, they did it as part of a clear effort to cover up the lies and disinformation used to justify the invasion of Iraq. That is the ultimate crime."
White House Ethics, Honesty Questioned 30 Oct 2005 A majority of Americans say the indictment of senior White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby signals broader ethical problems in the Bush administration, and nearly half say the overall level of honesty and ethics in the federal government has fallen since pResident Bush took office [literally, *took* office], according to a new Washington Post-ABC News survey. In the aftermath of the latest crisis to confront the White House, Bush's overall job approval rating has fallen to 39 percent, the lowest of his pResidency in Post-ABC polls.
'If I were Cheney I'd be sweating a little' 30 Oct 2005 The vice-president [sic] should watch out: this prosecutor doesn’t stop with one scalp, writes Andrew Sullivan For years in Chicago, because Fitzgerald hadn’t yet accumulated enough evidence, [George Ryan, the former governor] was referred to in the Illinois case as State Official A. In the Libby indictment, the same formulation popped up — Official A — but this time, in the White House. Most people assume the title refers to Karl Rove, the president’s key political adviser. Ominously, Fitzgerald refused to say that Rove was out of legal jeopardy, even though he hasn’t been indicted. Yet."
Reassign NBC's Pete Williams By Dan Carol 30 Oct 2005 "Ok, so it's weird enough to see Tim Russert acting as prosecutor and witness-in-waiting in the CIA Leak case, but I think it's time to ask former Bush 41 DOD chief press flack Pete Williams to take a bow out from actively covering the story which involves his old boss Dick Cheney and former DOD colleague Scooter Libby."
Can you hear me now? UK Envoys Lose Sat Phone, Iraqi Rebels Find It & Run Up £500,000 Bill Calling Al-Qaeda In Yemen and Saudi Arabia --No-One Noticed For Two Years 30 Oct 2005 British diplomats had a satellite phone stolen in Baghdad...and only noticed it was missing after a bill for FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS was run up. The invoice shows thousands of phone calls made to Yemen and Saudi Arabia, bases for al-Qaeda terror networks. Now furious Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has launched a major investigation into how the theft was allowed to happen - and why nothing was done until the huge bill was uncovered. [They should have switched to T-Mobile, to avoid roaming charges, <g> --LRP]
More troops 'may go to Afghanistan' 30 Oct 2005 Defence Secretary John Reid has given the strongest hint yet that more British troops will be sent to Afghanistan, as family and friends mourned a soldier shot dead in an ambush.
Cabinet Adviser, Trade Minister Among 11 Killed in Iraq 30 Oct 2005 Gunmen killed an adviser to the cabinet of Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari today and wounded the country's deputy trade minister in a spate of attacks around Baghdad that left at least 11 people dead, the authorities said.
US pounds Iraqi border area 30 Oct 2005 At least 10 people have reportedly been killed in a renewed US military offensive in Iraq's border area with Syria.
"U.S. soldiers cleaned their boots with Qur'an pages" 22 Oct 2005 A Bahraini detainee held at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba revealed more sexual abuses by the American soldiers there and confirmed Qur’an desecration.
Bahrain formally demands probe into Gitmo torture 30 Oct 2005 The Bahraini Embassy in Washington has formally asked the U.S. government to launch an immediate investigation into torture, abuse and other brutal tactics used against a Bahraini prisoner held at its detention center in Guantanamo, Bay, Cuba, Bahraini foreign ministry source has revealed.
Bush's Kangaroo Court in Iraq --Saddam Hussein’s trial has been engineered to avoid any mention of the war that the dictator inflicted on Iran, in good measure on behalf of the United States. According to this op-ed article from the Tunis Hebdo of Tunisia, the way that the trial is being conducted is sure to dangerously inflame the already deep divisions in Iraqi society. By Tahar Selmi 24 - 30 Oct 2005 issue "Everything possible was done to prevent this trial from being transparent and equitable, as would have befit a just and fair democracy... ...[T]here is merely a pretence of justice. All things considered, it hardly differs from trials that occur under the extreme totalitarian regimes Mr. George Walker Bush claims to be fighting."
Violence Drives Iraq's Brightest Abroad 30 Oct 2005 ...The 40-year-old businessman packed up his family and fled the southern city of Basra to the United Arab Emirates, joining an exodus of educated and affluent Iraqis driven out by instability and violence at a time their rebuilding homeland desperately needs their skills.
UN Council ministers brace for Syria sanctions vote 30 Oct 2005 UN Security Council members prepared to vote on Monday on a resolution threatening economic sanctions against Syria if it does not cooperate fully with a UN probe into the murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. The United States, France and Britain, co-sponsors of the measure, are aiming for unanimous approval.
Military Recruiters, Parents Battle at High School --Parents Oppose No [Every] Child Left Behind Provision Requiring Access for Recruiters 30 Oct 2005 Outraged parents in Seattle helped push through new rules restricting military recruiters in school -- specifically, rules that put organizations opposed to the military on campus at the same time as recruiters.
U.S. opposes push to defend local languages, cultures 17 Oct 2005 Delegates at the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Monday began debating a convention to protect "cultural diversity" which is expected to be approved by the body's General Assembly on Thursday despite opposition from the United States. The convention enjoys the backing of virtually all of UNESCO's 191 member states, which see it as an important tool for protecting local languages, arts and culture against the inroads of English-speaking globalization. However it is strongly opposed by the United States...
Oops! Government misses dozens of security deadlines 30 Oct 2005 The Bush regime has missed dozens of deadlines set by Congress after the Sept. 11 attacks for developing ways to protect airplanes, ships and railways from terrorists.
Trial On Random Subway Searches Set to Begin --Constitutionality At Issue 30 Oct 2005 The constitutionality of the city's random searches of bags in the subways to deter [sic] terrorism will be challenged at a federal trial Monday by civil liberties lawyers who say the searches do nothing to accomplish that goal.
Bush to Announce Supreme Court Nominee 31 Oct 2005 Dictator Bush's next nominee to the Supreme Court is likely to have a strong conservative judicial record, and sources close to the White House say the leading candidates are federal appeals judges Samuel Alito and J. Michael Luttig.
House Bill Takes Aim At Voters of Color By Cynthia Tucker 29 Oct 2005 "Last week, an ugly bit of business transpired in the GOP-dominated House of Representatives, where Republican hard-liners succeeded in passing a measure that would limit the ability of nonprofit groups to conduct voter registration drives. ...[T]o placate an ultraconservative group called the Republican Study Committee, an amendment was added that prohibits any nonprofit group from receiving any of the federal affordable-housing funds if it has conducted a voter registration campaign in the past year, even if it has used its own funds to do so."
Governor faults White House over rebuilding 30 Oct 2005 Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, flanked by veteran Democratic activists and a union leader, criticized the Bush administration on Saturday for allowing hurricane rebuilding contracts to go to out-of-state firms and low-wage workers.
How Aspartame Became Legal - The Timeline 24 Dec 2002 In 1985 Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle, the chemical company that held the patent to aspartame, the active ingredient in NutraSweet. Monsanto was apparently untroubled by aspartame's clouded past, including a 1980 FDA Board of Inquiry, comprised of three independent scientists, which confirmed that it "might induce brain tumors."...
Mild Version of Avian Flu Has Already Hit Conn. 30 Oct 2005 Mild versions of the avian virus have appeared off and on in the United States for years, including a strain that infected thousands of laying hens at the largest egg farm in Connecticut two years ago.
Scientists: 100,000 Iraqis have died since war 29 Oct 2004 Deaths of Iraqis have soared to 100,000 above normal since the Iraq war, and many victims have been women and children who died violently, experts from the United States said. Airstrikes by planes and helicopters by the US-led occupation have been big killers. [Note: This article is from 29 Oct 2004, not 2005. Editor's error in categorizing it as breaking news. Regardless, this article points to an Iraqi death toll much higher than the Pentagon's estimate of '26,000 Iraqi deaths since January 2004.' --LRP]
Pentagon estimates Iraqi dead at 26,000 since January 2004 30 Oct 2005 In a rare look at how the Defense Department tracks non-U.S. casualties in the war in Iraq, the Pentagon is estimating that 26,000 Iraqis have been killed or wounded by 'insurgents' [sic - the US illegal occupation] since Jan. 1, 2004.
Syrians tense as Iraq war laps at border 29 Oct 2005 These days, it's not just the sounds of war that drift across the 700-kilometre-long Iraqi-Syrian border. More and more often, the fighting comes right up to, and even over, the frontier.
Galloway gets Wilsoned: Aziz denies naming British MP in UN oil probe-lawyer 29 Oct 2005 Former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz has denied telling investigators that a maverick British lawmaker personally profited from the U.N. oil-for-food program for Iraq, Aziz's lawyer said on Saturday. U.S. congressional investigators said this week they had evidence that George Galloway had profited from the defunct U.N. program created to protect Iraqis from the harsh effects of sanctions against their government. "It is part of a media campaign aimed at smearing Galloway's reputation," said Badia Aref, who last saw Aziz on Tuesday.
You know things are *really bad* for the Bush regime when... Bush turns to Iraq to deflect critics 30 Oct 2005 An embattled pResident George W. Bush sought yesterday to shift the focus away from a host of domestic political crises by calling for the American people to back the struggle for democracy in Iraq.
Bush heckled as he sets out war on [of] terror policies 28 Oct 2005 US pResident Bush sought to bolster public backing for his war policies today, just days after the US death toll in Iraq surpassed 2,000. Outside the Norfolk convention hall, a small group of anti-war protesters greeted him by chanting "Bush lies." Inside, as Bush spoke, a man on the second level interrupted him, yelling "War is terrorism. War is terrorism. Step down now Mr President. Torture is terrorism."
Feingold urges probe of 'phony evidence' for war 29 Oct 2005 Congress needs to "investigate the whole mess" related to "phony evidence to justify a war" in the wake of Friday’s indictment of the vice president’s chief of staff, U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold said Friday in La Crosse.
Berlusconi says warned Bush against Iraq war 29 Oct 2005 Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, on the eve of a trip to Washington, said he repeatedly tried to persuade U.S. pResident George W. Bush against invading Iraq.
Arab League says end of Iraq unrest hinges on US pullout 30 Oct 2005 Arab League Secretary General Amr Mussa charged in an interview that Washington's refusal to offer a troop withdrawal timetable was threatening the stability of Iraq.
Brother of Iraq Official Shot to Death 30 Oct 2005 A brother of one of Iraq's two vice presidents was gunned down Sunday on his way to work in Baghdad, while a top Trade Ministry official was wounded and two of his bodyguards were killed in a separate attack.
Violent day in Iraq kills 50 30 Oct 2005 The truck bombing was the deadliest incident in a day of violence across Iraq that claimed at least 50 lives. In the resistance stronghold of Husaybah, west of Baghdad along the Syrian border, U.S.-led forces killed 10 suspected resistance fighters in two simultaneous raids on houses in different neighborhoods, the U.S. military said in a statement.
30 killed by Iraq truck bomb 31 Oct 2005 Thirty people were killed and 42 wounded in a suicide truck bomb attack on a small Shi'ite Muslim town north of Baghdad, hospital staff said yesterday, raising the death toll in Saturday evening's blast.
Three soldiers killed in Iraq 30 Oct 2005 Three U.S. soldiers were killed in and around Baghdad on Saturday, the military said in a statement. Eight U.S. soldiers have been killed by resistance fighters since Thursday.
U.S. Priorities Set Back Its Healthcare Goals in Iraq 30 Oct 2005 ...[E]xperts questioned the priorities of Washington's $1-billion rebuilding plan, which has focused on 'construction' [Halliburton] instead of basic needs such as better training for doctors and public healthcare campaigns... Although reliable statistics are scarce, it does not appear that U.S. spending has markedly improved Iraq's bleak healthcare landscape.
Two U.S. Soldiers Charged In Alleged Afghan Prisoner Assault 30 Oct 2005 Two American soldiers have been charged with allegedly assaulting two detainees at a U.S.-led occupation base in southern Afghanistan, the military said Sunday.
"Treat Them Like Dogs" Interview by Amy Goodman 26 Oct 2005 Col. Janis Karpinski, the highest-ranking officer demoted in connection with the torture scandal, speaks out about what happened at the Abu Ghraib prison. "COL. JANIS KARPINSKI: ...General Miller said -- his first observation was that they [interrogators] were not -- they were being too nice to them [the prisoners]... And he used the example at Guantanamo Bay that the prisoners there, when they're brought in, that they're handled by two military policemen. They're escorted everywhere they go -- belly chains, leg irons, hand irons -- and he said, 'You have to treat them like dogs.'"
U.S. and Japan Agree to Strengthen Military Ties 30 Oct 2005 The United States and Japan announced Saturday a sweeping agreement to reshape their military alliance, including the reduction of marines on Okinawa and the construction of a new generation of radar equipment in Japan as part of a missile defense system.
Army secret surfaces: Deadly chemicals at sea --Millions of pounds of unused weapons of mass destruction were dumped in oceans before Congress banned the practice in 1972. The threat is still out there, and may be growing. By John Bull "...What was long-feared by the few military officials in the know had come to pass: Chemical weapons that the Army dumped at sea decades ago had finally ended up on shore in the United States."
Bush, Cheney Urged to Apologize for Aides 30 Oct 2005 Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said Sunday that pResident Bush and Vice pResident Dick Cheney should apologize for the actions of their aides in the CIA leak case.
Reid Calls for Rove to Resign 30 Oct 2005 The leader of the Senate Democrats today called for White House chief political strategist Karl Rove to resign, saying it's time for pResident Bush to "come clean" with the American people about the administration's role in the disclosure of a CIA operative's name.
Scooter, Meet José Padilla --Suddenly, Bush Embraces Right of Fair Trials By Dave Lindorff "'In our system,' he [George W. Bush] said, 'each individual is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial.' Sure. That's what will happen with Scooter, and with Karl Rove if he gets indicted when the other shoe drops. But what about Jose Padilla? This U.S. citizen, picked up at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport back in 2001, has been held in a military brig without charge, without access to an attorney, and in solitary confinement without any contact with family members for four years..."
Libby indictment 'a sad time for the presidency' 28 Oct 2005 Two members of Vermont’s congressional delegation issued a harsh assessment of the Bush administration Friday after a federal grand jury handed down a five-count indictment against Vice Pres. Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. "The indictment of Lewis Libby confirms my suspicions about how far this administration is willing to go to defend its flawed justifications for going to war in Iraq, and to silence those who challenge their reasoning..." said U.S. Sen. James Jeffords, I-VT, in a statement.
Government to Unveil Super-Flu Strategy 29 Oct 2005 The Bush regime's long-awaited plan on how to fight [foment] the next super-flu will likely include beefed-up attempts to spot human infections early, both here and abroad. Expect recommendations on how to 'isolate the sick' [i.e., invoke martial law, suspend Posse Comitatus, enforce quarantines and fill FEMA's concentration camps with those who don't want the mandatory, deadly vaccines.] "If it isn't the current H5N1 virus that leads to an influenza pandemic, at some point in our nation's future another virus will," Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said last week.
Homeland Security plan off-limits 27 Oct 2005 A Department of Homeland Security plan to protect the nation's roads, bridges and other infrastructure from terrorist attacks remains classified and hidden from the state and local officials it was intended to help, a Senate panel was told Wednesday. Until recently, the Department of Homeland Security refused even to acknowledge to Congress the existence of the National Strategy for Transportation Security plan -- despite the fact that lawmakers were the ones who ordered the plan as part of a 2004 intelligence bill.
Homeland Security prompts shift of troopers to ferries 29 Oct 2005 More than a dozen Washington State Patrol troopers are being diverted to provide extra ferry security so the state can meet new mandates from the federal Department of Homeland Security. But Homeland Security hasn't provided any money to the patrol for taking on duties previously handled by the U.S. Coast Guard.
US begins switch to RFID passports 28 Oct 2005 The US State Department has finalised plans to go ahead with passports containing radio frequency identification chips, reports eWeek. The State Department plans to begin implementing the electronic passport programme in December with a pilot test of government employees who use official passports for work.
UK rail stations to get airport-style security 31 Oct 2005 Airport-style security checks using body scanners and X-ray machines are to be introduced at British mainline railway stations. Passengers boarding trains will be obliged to pass through security scanners while their baggage is scanned by X-ray machines. They are also likely to be frisked by security staff.
Terrorism threat prompts CCTV standards 30 Oct 2005 The head of ACT Urban Services says it is working with the Federal Government to develop a standardised system of closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in preparation for a potential terror attack. [Right, cameras that the government can conveniently switch to 'off' when it's the government behind the attacks, such as the 7/7 bombings of the Tubes in the UK.]
Hurricane Bends Landfill Rules --An Old Dump Site Reopens 30 Oct 2005 This place is called the Old Gentilly Landfill, an ancient dump that was shut down after being identified by federal regulators as a possible hazardous waste site nearly a quarter-century ago and that taxpayers have spent millions to clean up... Robert Wiygul, a lawyer for the environmental groups filing suit Monday, said placing new debris on the old dump at Gentilly could squeeze toxic liquids out of the buried garbage.
Oil profits fuel consumer outrage --Exxon Mobil earned nearly $10 billion in third quarter 28 Oct 2005 Friday, Chevron joined the eye-popping profits parade. The nation's No. 2 oil company reported earnings of $3.6 billion. The totals only get bigger: Conoco Phillips made $3.8 billion, BP made $6.5 billion, Royal Dutch Shell made $9 billion and Exxon Mobil raked in a whopping $9.9 billion in just three months.
Lawmakers urge gas drilling in Fla. 27 Oct 2005 Lawmakers urged the Bush regime on Thursday to open an area of the eastern Gulf of Mexico to natural gas development, although the Interior Department has told Florida it considers the area off limits for the time being.
Bird flu 'could stop air travel' 30 Oct 2005 International air travel would virtually stop if bird flu triggered a lethal human pandemic in the Asia-Pacific region, Australia's health minister has said.
Mega Barf Alert of 2005: Scientists aim to beat flu with genetically modified chickens 29 Oct 2005 The long-term threat of an avian flu pandemic could be greatly reduced by a project to produce genetically modified chickens that can resist lethal strains of the virus. British scientists are genetically engineering chickens to protect them against the H5N1 virus, with a view to replacing stocks with birds that are not susceptible to influenza.
Merry Fitzmas and Treason's Greetings! So far, we got five presents: one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury.
'Official A' Stands Out in Indictment 28 Oct 2005 In a sign of the trouble lingering for the Bush regime, the indictment handed up Friday in the CIA leak probe refers to someone at the White House known as "Official A." The unidentified official could become a courtroom witness against I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who left his job as vice presidential aide shortly after his indictment on charges of obstruction of justice, making false statements and perjury.
Wilson: There Have Been Threats 28 Oct 2005 Joe Wilson, whose wife’s unmasking as a CIA agent is at the center of the special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s investigation, said today that that his wife, Valerie Plame, has been threatened. "There have been specific threats [against Plame]. Beyond that I just can’t go," Wilson tells CBS correspondent Ed Bradley. Wilson says he and his wife have discussed security for her with "several agencies."
Statement of Ambassador Joseph Wilson with Respect to the Indictment --Statement read by Christopher Wolf, counsel for Ambassador and Mrs. Joseph Wilson, on behalf of Ambassador Wilson at 3 PM in front of the U.S. Courthouse, 28 Oct 2005 "Today, however, is not the time to analyze or to debate. And it is certainly not a day to celebrate. Today is a sad day for America. When an indictment is delivered at the front door of the White House, the Office of the President is defiled. No citizen can take pleasure from that."
Indictment reaction from Joseph Wilson 28 Oct 2005 Joseph Wilson says any time an indictment is delivered to the front door of the White House, the office of the presidency is defiled. Attorney Chris Wolf read a statement on behalf of the former diplomat, who claims the administration revealed the identity of his wife, a C.I.A. operative.
Kennedy on the Libby Indictment 28 Oct 2005 "Today is an ominous day for the country, signifying a new low since Watergate in terms of openness and honesty in our government. This is far more than an indictment of an individual. In effect it’s an indictment of the vicious and devious tactics used by the Administration to justify a war we never should have fought. It’s an indictment of the lengths Administration officials were willing to go to cover up their failed intelligence, their distortion on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, and their serious blunders on the war."
Transcript of Special Counsel Fitzgerald's Press Conference (FDCH e-MEDIA) 28 Oct 2005; 3:57 PM "FITZGERALD: Good afternoon. I'm Pat Fitzgerald. I'm the United States attorney in Chicago, but I'm appearing before you today as the Department of Justice special counsel in the CIA leak investigation..."
Cheney Adviser Resigns After Indictment 28 Oct 2005 Vice presidential adviser I. Lewis "Scooter' Libby Jr. resigned Friday after being charged with obstruction of justice, perjury and making a false statement in the CIA leak investigation, a politically charged case that could throw a spotlight on President [sic] Bush's push to war. The grand jury indictment charged Libby with one count of obstruction of justice, two of perjury and two of making false statements. If convicted on all five, he could face as much as 30 years in prison and $1.25 million in fines.
Aide to Cheney Is Indicted on 5 Counts in CIA Leak Case 28 Oct 2005 Vice presidential adviser I. Lewis "Scooter' Libby Jr. was indicted Friday on charges of obstruction of justice, making a false statement and perjury in the CIA leak case.
Libby Indictment Shows Campaign to Discredit Iraq War Critic 28 Oct 2005 The case against I. Lewis Libby, Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney's chief of staff who is accused of lying about the leak of a CIA agent's name, describes a three-month White House campaign to discredit a critic of the Iraq war.
Office of Special Counsel Press Release (.pdf) 28 Oct 2005 "White House Official I. Lewis Libby Indicted On Obstruction of Justice, False Statement and Perjury Charges Relating to Leak of Classified Information Revealing CIA Officer's Identity"
I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby Indictment (.pdf) 28 Oct 2005
Bush: leak investigation "serious" 28 Oct 2005 President George W. Bush said on Friday the CIA leak investigation that resulted in the indictment of senior White House official Lewis Libby was "serious" and now the process moves into a new phase.
Indictment rocks Bush administration 28 Oct 2005 By Paul Reynolds "The indictment - and resignation - of Lewis Libby, chief-of-staff to Vice-President Dick Cheney, is a wound in the side of the president. It raises serious questions about how the Bush administration sought to justify the war against Iraq and brings into scrutiny the possible role of Mr Cheney in the unlawful disclosure of a CIA agent. Some will say that something is rotten in the state of the administration."
CIA Leak Scandal is 'Especially Idiotic' By Pierre Rousselin 27 Oct 2005 "George W. Bush is in jeopardy over 'one of those apparently benign events that can seriously affect decision-making in the most powerful country on the planet.' According to this op-ed article from France’s Le Figaro, 'the fraud which served as a pretext for the war in Iraq has come to haunt the White House.'...The Administration of George W. Bush has arrived, in its turn, at the hour of truth, at the moment when its indiscriminate methods which functioned for a time have turned against their authors."
Libby Helped Make Case for Iraq Invasion 28 Oct 2005 Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney's chief of staff Lewis Libby is known to be a quiet but powerful force in the Bush administration. The 55-year-old Mr. Libby helped build the case for the U.S. invasion of Iraq, arguing that Saddam Hussein's regime had weapons of mass destruction. No such weapons have been found.
Iraq car bomb kills 12 northeast of Baghdad 29 Oct 2005 A car bomb exploded in a crowded small town northeast of Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least 12 people and wounding 20 more, police sources said.
Three US soldiers killed in Iraq; two die in Kuwait 29 Oct 2005 Three US soldiers were killed in two incidents in Iraq, the US military announced, as two more US servicemen were reported dead in neighbouring Kuwait.
US paratrooper killed in Afghanistan 29 Oct 2005 A U.S. paratrooper and a British peacekeeper were killed in separate attacks in eastern and northern Afghanistan on Saturday and five British peacekeepers were wounded, officials in London and Kabul said.
F.B.I. Is Still Seeking Source of Forged Uranium Reports 28 Oct 2005 A two-year inquiry by the Federal Bureau of Investigation has yet to uncover the origin of forged documents that formed a basis for sending an envoy on a fact-finding trip to Niger, a mission that eventually exploded into the C.I.A. leak inquiry, law enforcement and intelligence officials say.
Big oil groups implicated in oil-for-food scandal 28 Oct 2005 Well known international oil companies used traders to distance themselves from the illegal surcharges being paid under the United Nations oil-for-food deal in Iraq, the final Volcker report has concluded. ...[S]hamed by the 623-page report: Texaco, part of Chevron, the US’s second largest energy group. BP of the UK, Anglo/Dutch Royal Dutch Shell, Total, of France, and Spain’s Repsol were all named as examples of "established oil companies" involved in the oil-for-food programme before surcharges began in 2001
Report details kickbacks for Iraq 28 Oct 2005 Saddam Hussein received $1.8 billion in kickbacks and other illicit payments from 2,392 international companies including DaimlerChrysler, Volvo and Siemens, according to the report of an independent inquiry into the United Nations' "oil-for-food" program in Iraq... Coastal Petroleum of Houston was a "rare exception" to Iraq's policy of generally denying oil contracts to U.S. firms, the report said.
Groups Balk at Teaching Intelligent Design 29 Oct 2005 Two national groups [The National Academy of Sciences and National Science Teachers Association] say the state can't use their copyrighted material in proposed science standards that critics contend promote creationism.
Next Nominee May Well Spark a Climactic Battle 29 Oct 2005 When Harriet E. Miers withdrew her nomination to the Supreme Court, she may have taken with it the last chance to avoid a climactic confrontation over who will succeed Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who is retiring.
Bush goes judge shopping 28 Oct 2005 Dictator Bush, eager to put a bruising brawl within his own party behind him, is expected to announce his new pick for the Supreme Court within days. That could point Bush back to a slate of federal appellate 'judges' often mentioned as top contenders. That list includes Samuel Alito, J. Michael Luttig, J. Harvie Wilkinson, Alice Batchelder, Priscilla Owen [*puke*] and Karen Williams as well as Michigan Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan.
DeLay goes judge shopping --Records of judges sought in DeLay probe 28 Oct 2005 A Texas prosecutor is seeking records on political contributions by judges from three counties in advance of a hearing on Rep. Tom DeLay's request that the judge in his case be removed because of his financial support of Democratic and liberal groups.
Prosecutor Subpoenas MoveOn.org Director 28 Oct 2005 A Texas prosecutor has subpoenaed the head of a liberal activist group and records of political contributions from mostly Republican state judges in advance of a hearing Tuesday to decide who should preside over former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's criminal case.
Prosecutor Seeks DeLay Associates' E-Mails 28 Oct 2005 Three indicted associates of Republican U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay are being asked to hand over to a Texas prosecutor all their e-mails from 2002 in an investigation into an alleged campaign finance scheme.
Exxon Mobil Employees Given Fake Flu Shots --Outside contractor hired by Exxon Mobil gave some Texas employees fake flu shots, authorities say 28 Oct 2005 Fake flu shots were given out last week at a health fair at Exxon Mobil Corp.'s Baytown complex and an investigation was under way, authorities said. Exxon Mobil spokeswoman Treacy A. Roberts said Thursday that the FBI told the company that what was administered "definitely not the flu vaccine."
Exxon Mobil Quarterly Profit Skyrockets to Nearly $10 Billion 27 Oct 2005 Soaring energy prices sent profits and revenues gushing at Exxon Mobil Corp., which today reported record high quarterly earnings of nearly $10 billion on revenues of more than $100 billion.
US may need oil windfall tax: senator 28 Oct 2005 The Senate should consider imposing a windfall profit tax on oil companies to help poor and elderly Americans pay home heating bills that are expected to be sharply higher this winter, the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee said on Friday.
Senator orders probe into high energy prices 27 Oct 2005 Amid record-high earnings from oil companies, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist Thursday ordered a Senate hearing with testimony from major oil company executives on why energy prices are high. [We need a Senate hearing to know that they're greedy terrorists?]
House panel votes $844 mln cut in food stamps 28 Oct 2005 On a party-line vote, a Republican-run U.S. House of Representatives committee voted to cut food stamps by $844 million on Friday, just hours after a new U.S. Agriculture Department report showed more Americans are struggling to put food on the table.
Company Wanted Out of Body Collection Job 28 Oct 2005 A company assigned the delicate duty of collecting Hurricane Katrina's dead in Louisiana wanted out of the federal job days later, complaining of a "bureaucratic quagmire" in its dealings with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Take a Tour of Arnold's Neighborhood (Phil Angeles, Democrat for Governor 2006) "Arnold has been masquerading as a 'moderate Republican' since he took office, but underneath that garb, he is all conservative. In response to Schwarzenegger's deception, Phil Angelides has released ArnoldsNeighborhood.com, a cartoon exposing Schwarzenegger's relationships with some of the most prominent right-wing figures."
Rosa Parks to Lie in Honor at Capitol 28 Oct 2005 In death, Rosa Parks is joining a select few, including presidents and war heroes, accorded a public viewing in the Capitol Rotunda.
Bush regime ushers in Gothic trend: Embrace the Darkness 30 Oct 2005 Rarely since the mid-19th century, when it first became a crowd pleaser, has the Gothic aesthetic gained such a throttlehold on the collective imagination... Allen Grove, an associate professor of English at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y., theorizes that during war or in the aftermath of disaster, whether wrought by a hurricane or a terrorist cell, dark themes surface in part as a way to confront society's worst fears.
Army alert on bird flu 30 Oct 2005 Australian army engineers and emergency services teams could be drafted in to dispose of bodies in mass graves if the death toll from a bird flu epidemic soars. Australian health authorities are also considering introducing communal burials and mandatory cremations.
Bird flu to hit Africa within weeks: UN expert (AM Transcript) 29 Oct 2005 "ELIZABETH JACKSON: The United Nations top expert on bird flu says the fatal virus will hit Africa within weeks, and it could be the most dangerous development yet in the spread of the fatal disease. Dr Joseph Domenech from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation is warning that Africa might not be able to contain the outbreak quickly, which could create a greater chance for the virus to jump from birds to humans."
Vietnam has two new suspected bird flu deaths - doctor 29 Oct 2005 Vietnam, where the bird flu virus has killed more than 40 people, has two new suspected human deaths from the disease, a hospital official said on Saturday.
Beta Becomes 13th Hurricane of Season 29 Oct 2005 The storm Beta strengthened as it battered the tiny Caribbean island of Providencia on Saturday, setting a record by becoming the 13th hurricane of this relentless Atlantic season.
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