November 2006 Archives
Bush quietly resumes training Latin American militaries --Training takes place in the US 10 Nov 2006 President [sic] Bush has quietly granted a waiver that allows the United States to resume training militaries from 11 Latin American and Caribbean countries. A 2002 US law bars countries from receiving military aid and training if they refuse to promise immunity from prosecution to US servicemembers who might be brought before the International Criminal Court. The law allows presidential waivers. The White House lifted the ban on 21 countries, about half in Latin America or the Caribbean, through a presidential memorandum Oct. 2 to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Rumsfeld sued for 'torture' 11 Nov 2006 An association of lawyers defending detainees held at a United States naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, said on Friday that it would be filing suit against outgoing US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld for his alleged role in sanctioning torture. The group said the Centre for Constitutional Rights "would file a criminal complaint against former secretary of defence Donald Rumsfeld in a German court" on November 14.
Charges Sought Against Rumsfeld Over Prison Abuse --A lawsuit in Germany will seek a criminal prosecution of the former Defense Secretary and other U.S. officials for their alleged role in abuses at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay. 10 Nov 2006 New legal documents, to be filed next week with Germany's top prosecutor, will seek a criminal investigation and prosecution of former Defense Secretary [War Criminal] Donald Rumsfeld, along with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former CIA director George Tenet and other senior U.S. civilian and military officers, for their alleged roles in abuses [torture] committed at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison and at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Egyptian claims torture after CIA kidnap in Italy 10 Nov 2006 Electric shocks, beatings, rape threats and genital abuse are among the types of torture alleged by an Egyptian prisoner [Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, also known as Abu Omar] at the center of Europe's biggest CIA "rendition" case.
I was tortured in cell after kidnap by CIA, says Muslim cleric 11 Nov 2006 A Muslim cleric has claimed to have been tortured with electric shocks, left in a cell where rats crawled on him and threatened with rape after he was allegedly kidnapped from a Milan street by CIA agents three years ago.
Sweden Violated Torture Ban in CIA Rendition 10 Nov 2006 The United Nations' ruling that Sweden violated the global torture ban in its involvement in the CIA transfer of an asylum seeker to Egypt is an important step toward establishing accountability for European governments complicit in illegal US renditions, Human Rights Watch said today.
Poland criticised over CIA probe 10 Nov 2006 A European Parliament delegation probing allegations the CIA held terror suspects in illegal European detention centres has sharply attacked Poland. Poland was criticised for failing to co-operate with the investigation and warned it could lose voting rights in the EU if the allegations were proved.
Blair Says Homegrown Terrorism Is Generation-Long Struggle 11 Nov 2006 Prime Minister Tony Blair said Friday that the threat from homegrown Islamic terrorism would last "a generation," reinforcing a highly unusual warning by the head of the MI5 domestic intelligence agency that it was keeping some 1,600 suspects in 200 terrorist cells under surveillance.
British public warned terror attack "inevitable" 11 Nov 2006 The news is sinking in in Britain that it will be many years before the threat of terrorism is lifted... After the head of MI5 warned Britain's problem was bigger than expected and growing, Interior Minister John Reid delivered a warning of his own: "I think it is better to say to the British public: we're at a threat level which indicates that an attack is likely, we know the terrorists are trying to attack".
U.K. spymaster raises alarm 11 Nov 2006 Britain's top spymaster [Dame Eliza Manningham Buller] raised eyebrows in Canada and around the world by painting an alarming picture of the threat from home-grown terrorism, saying her agency is tracking at least 1,600 terrorists, involved in as many as 30 plots meant to "to kill people and to damage our economy."
Al Qaeda internet audio clip boasts of 12,000 terror 'troops' 10 Nov 2006 An audio clip purportedly recorded by the leader of Iraq's al Qaeda [al CIAduh] wing, has been posted on the internet gloating over the resignation of US Defense Secretary [War Criminal] Donald Rumsfeld and boasts that the group has 12,000 armed fighters ready to fight US troops in Iraq.
Judge rejects claim of warrantless eavesdropping in al-Qaida case 10 Nov 2006 A federal judge dismissed claims that prosecutors illegally built their case against a convicted 'al-Qaida' supporter on information obtained from the Bush administration's warrantless eavesdropping program.
Universities move to hide work from U.S. eyes 11 Nov 2006 Concerned about the U.S. government's prying eyes, a number of Canadian universities are changing the way their professors and students conduct online research. Many university libraries subscribe to RefWorks, a popular U.S.-based Internet tool used by academics and students. But the Patriot Act — which grew out of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and which potentially allows U.S. authorities to sweep through databases such as RefWorks — has prompted Canadian postsecondary institutions to abandon the American server for one housed at the University of Toronto.
Nat'l Guard Units Face 2nd Tours in Iraq 10 Nov 2006 The Pentagon is developing plans that for the first time would send entire National Guard combat brigades back to Iraq for a second tour, the Guard's top general said in the latest sign of how thinly stretched the military has become.
Four Servicemembers Die in Iraq 10 Nov 2006 Two soldiers and a Marine were killed in Iraq yesterday, and another Marine died today in western Iraq.
U.S. offers $50,000 for soldier kidnapped in Iraq 11 Nov 2006 The U.S. military said on Saturday it was offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of a U.S. soldier who was kidnapped nearly three weeks ago in Baghdad.
Car bombs kill eight in Baghdad market 11 Nov 2006 Two car bombs killed eight people and wounded at least 38 others when they exploded in quick succession in central Baghdad's wholesale Shorja market on Saturday, an interior ministry source said.
Blair to discuss Iraq with U.S. panel 11 Nov 2006 British Prime Minister Tony Blair will give evidence on Tuesday to a U.S. bipartisan panel that is reviewing policy in Iraq as Washington and London seek to stem violence in the country and draw down their troops.
McGovern to meet with Congress on war 10 Nov 2006 George McGovern, the former senator and Democratic presidential candidate, said Thursday that he will meet with more than 60 members of Congress next week to recommend a strategy to remove U.S. troops from Iraq by June.
Rumsfeld's Replacement: The Robert Gates File --Iran-Contra figure, regime-change enthusiast, alleged intelligence manipulator -- meet Robert Gates, the man who’s poised to be the next Secretary of Defense. By James Ridgeway 09 Nov 2006 While Donald Rumsfeld was Ronald Reagan’s errand boy to Saddam Hussein in the mid-1980s, Robert Gates, the man named yesterday to succeed him as Secretary of Defense, was at the very heart of the American intelligence apparatus, actively planning and carrying out covert operations in Central America and the Middle East.
French troops almost fired at Israel jets: minister 09 Nov 2006 French peacekeeping troops in Lebanon recently came within two seconds of firing missiles at Israeli fighter jets that approached as if to attack them, French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said. Speaking to the lower house of parliament on Wednesday night, she said it was the latest in a string of incidents in which Israeli warplanes had "adopted a hostile attitude" to French and German forces and added it was "not tolerable".
Israeli military strike on Iran possible, official says 10 Nov 2006 The deputy defence minister suggested Friday that Israel might be forced to launch a military strike against Iran's disputed nuclear program — the clearest statement yet of such a possibility from a high-ranking official.
Deputy Defense Minister: Israel must be ready to stop Iranian nuclear program 'at all costs' 10 Nov 2006 Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh suggested in comments published Friday that Israel must be ready to prevent Iran's nuclear program "at all costs," and might be forced to launch a military strike against Iran's nuclear program - the clearest statement yet of this possibility from a high-ranking Israeli official.
USA to try and halt condemnation of Israel at the UN 10 Nov 2006 The UN Security Council met today in an emergency session called by Qatar to tackle the situation in the Palestinian occupied territories, reported EFE. Qatar – the only Arab nation represented on this UN body – has proposed a motion condemning Israel and ordering a ceasefire. Many doubt that it will be successful because of opposition by the United States.
Iran vows to hit back if Israel attacks 11 Nov 2006 Iran's armed forces on Saturday vowed to hit back against any military strike after a top Israeli official refused to rule out attacking the Islamic republic over its disputed nuclear programme.
Chávez attacks Bush as a 'genocidal' leader 09 Nov 2006 The Venezuelan government, to judge from recent events, officially regards George W. Bush as a genocidal Nazi who arranged the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to justify aggression against other nations. In a speech Tuesday, President Hugo Chávez criticized the decision of an Iraqi court to sentence former dictator Saddam Hussein to the death penalty. ''If sentencing is to be done,'' Chávez said, "the first one to be given the most severe sentence this planet has to offer should be the president of the United States, if we're talking about genocidal presidents.'' [Well-said!]
In Florida, Echoes of 2000 as Vote Questions Emerge 10 Nov 2006 A Democrat who narrowly lost the Congressional race here is seeking a recount after dozens of people reported problems using Sarasota County’s touch-screen voting machines and a significant number of ballots had no recorded votes in the high-profile race.
Florida 'Missing' 18,000 E-Votes in Close Race --Irregularities in Sarasota County House of Representatives race spur Florida recount and calls for revote. 10 Nov 2006 Government watchdog group Common Cause has called for an investigation of electronic voting machines used in Florida's 13th congressional district because of 18,000 missing votes. About 18,000 people who cast votes in other races in Tuesday's election failed to record a vote for either candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Waxman Set to Probe Areas of Bush Gov't 11 Nov 2006 The Democratic congressman who will investigate the Bush administration's running of the government says there are so many areas of possible wrongdoing, his biggest problem will be deciding which ones to pursue. There's the response to Hurricane Katrina, government contracting in Iraq and on homeland security, decision-making at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration, and allegations of corporate profiteering, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-CA, told the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.
Democrats are set to subpoena --The new majority is expected to hold hearings on military spending and the Iraq war -- just for starters. 10 Nov 2006 With control of every committee in Congress starting in January, the new majority will inherit broad powers to subpoena and investigate. The agenda is likely to be dominated by the Iraq war, but could include probes into the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance, environmental policies and new prescription-drug program for seniors. Industries, such as oil companies, could also come under closer scrutiny.
MSNBC Poll: Do you believe President [sic] Bush's actions justify impeachment? 365776 responses --Yes, between the secret spying, the deceptions leading to war and more, there is plenty to justify putting him on trial. 87% No, like any president, he has made a few missteps, but nothing approaching "high crimes and misdemeanors." 4.4% No, the man has done absolutely nothing wrong. Impeachment would just be a political lynching. 6.5% I don't know. 1.9% [Poll snapshot: 11:49 EST 11 Nov 2006]
Truckers call for boycott of foreign-owned road --Union opposes tollway, Trans-Texas Corridor, Mexican drivers 10 Nov 2006 Truckers are being called on to boycott a decision by Indiana to lease a highway to foreign investment groups. Todd Spencer, executive vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, OOIDA, has called for truckers to bypass the Indiana Toll Road, which has been leased to a consortium composed of Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transport, S.A., a Spanish investment consortium.
Alternative Minimum Tax Targeted --Democrats Seek Fix For Middle-Class Families 11 Nov 2006 Democratic leaders this week vowed to make the alternative minimum tax a centerpiece of next year's budget debate, saying the levy threatens to unfairly increase tax bills for millions of middle-class families by the end of the decade.
Beating of L.A. Suspect Sparks Outcry --Police and FBI Investigate Case After Tape Was Shown on YouTube 11 Nov 2006 A video of Los Angeles police officers punching a suspect in the face set off a wave of outrage that crashed onto the doorstep of police headquarters Friday after the tape was posted on YouTube. [The Reichwing solution will be to shut down YouTube.]
Halloween No Treat for Young Deer 11 Nov 2006 A plastic jack-o'-lantern meant for collecting Halloween candy is threatening the life of a small deer that frequently visits a gated community. The fake pumpkin has been stuck on the animal's snout for at least six days. It appears to be snagged on the young buck's ears or horn buds, and it is keeping the animal from eating and possibly drinking.
MI5: 30 terror plots being planned in UK --Intelligence chief says 200 networks currently under surveillance 10 Nov 2006 MI5 has identified 30 major terrorist plots being planned in Britain and is targeting more than 1,600 individuals actively engaged in promoting attacks here and abroad, Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, the head of the agency, warns today.
MI5 head's warning on terrorism 09 Nov 2006 The "serious, growing threat" of terrorism will be "with us for a generation", MI5's head has warned. MI5 knew of up to 30 alleged terror plots to kill and was watching about 200 networks or groups, Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller said in a speech to an audience of academics.
In Letter, Cleric Details CIA Abduction, Egyptian Torture 10 Nov 2006 In an account smuggled out of prison, a radical Muslim cleric has detailed how he was kidnapped by the CIA from this northern Italian city and flown to Cairo, where he was tortured for months with electric shocks and shackled to an iron rack known as "the Bride." Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, wrote an 11-page letter describing his 2003 abduction at the hands of the CIA and Italian secret service agents.
Woman charged under UK terrorism act 10 Nov 2006 A 22-year-old woman has been charged with a series of offences after British police found terrorist handbooks and weapons manuals on a computer hard drive. London's Metropolitan Police said Samina Malik was charged with four offences under the Terrorism Act 2000, including possessing information likely to be useful [?!?] to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.
2 students out of jail after DA intervenes 09 Nov 2006 (Pittsburgh, PA) The two Carnegie Mellon University students who tried to break into Heinz Field early Sunday morning were released from jail yesterday after their $1 million bonds were reduced to zero.
US Court grants AT&T, govt. appeal in spy case 07 Nov 2006 The U.S. government and AT&T Inc, fighting against a lawsuit accusing the telephone operator of illegally allowing the government to monitor telephones and e-mails, won the right to argue for dismissal of the case before a U.S. Appeals Court on Tuesday.
Mega barf alert of 2006: Sen. Reid Backs Lieberman for Homeland Security Chairmanship 09 Nov 2006 Newly re-elected Sen. Joe LIEberBush has been promised by Sen. Harry Reid – who is in line to become the next Senate Majority Leader – that he will support Lieberman's efforts to become chairman of the powerful Homeland Security Committee.
Iraqi Official: 150,000 Civilians Dead 09 Nov 2006 A stunning new death count emerged Thursday, as Iraq's health minister estimated at least 150,000 civilians have been killed in the war - about three times previously accepted estimates.
UN watchdog: $22 mln missing in Iraq contracts 09 Nov 2006 An audit of 15 noncompetitive contracts paid for by U.S. government agencies with Iraqi oil money was unable to account for $22.4 million in funds, a U.N.-led watchdog said on Monday. [Hello, Democrats?]
'Victory' still Bush's Iraq goal 10 Nov 2006 As President [sic] George Bush launches the final two years of his presidency, his effort to secure his legacy is encumbered by two inflexible factors: the loss of a once supportive congressional majority and the weight of an unpopular war.
Iraq policy won't change, says Howard 09 Nov 2006 US midterm election results and the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld will force a change in the occupation's Iraq 'strategy,' despite John Howard's protestation to the contrary, a foreign policy expert says.
Troops in Iraq must stay - Beckett 09 Nov 2006 Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett has warned against any "precipitous" moves to withdraw British troops from Iraq.
Handover to Iraqi Army 'set for the end of next year' 10 Nov 2006 American and Iraqi officials have set a date for giving Iraq’s forces responsibility for security across the country. Under a plan to be presented to the UN Security Council next month, the Iraqi Government would assume authority from occupation troops by the end of next year.
Iraqis skeptical Democrat gains will bring change 08 Nov 2006 Iraqi leaders predicted no change in U.S. Iraq policy and ordinary citizens doubted any U.S. party could restore their wrecked country after Democrats swept mid-term elections and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld quit.
'Hang Saddam and Iraq will turn into blood pools' 10 Nov 2006 Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak warned against carrying out the death sentence on Saddam Hussein, saying that hanging the former dictator would lead to more sectarian strife in Iraq. "Carrying out this verdict will explode violence like waterfalls in Iraq," Mubarak was quoted on Thursday as saying to editors of state-run dailies. The verdict "will transform (Iraq) into blood pools and lead to a deepening of the sectarian and ethnic conflicts," the Egyptian president said.
Removal of Rumsfeld Dates Back to Summer 10 Nov 2006 President [sic] Bush was moving by late summer toward removing Donald H. Rumsfeld as defense secretary, people inside and outside the White House said Thursday. Weeks before Election Day, the essential question still open was when, not whether, to make the move.
The Secret World of Robert Gates By Robert Parry 09 Nov 2006 Robert Gates, George W. Bush’s choice to replace Donald Rumsfeld as Defense Secretary, is a trusted figure within the Bush Family’s inner circle, but there are lingering questions about whether Gates is a trustworthy public official. ...Gates has long faced accusations of collaborating with Islamic extremists in Iran, arming Saddam Hussein's dictatorship in Iraq, and politicizing U.S. intelligence to conform with the desires of policymakers – three key areas that relate to his future job. Gates skated past some of these controversies during his 1991 confirmation hearings to be CIA director – and the current Bush administration is seeking to slip Gates through the congressional approval process again, this time by pressing for a quick confirmation by the end of the year, before the new Democratic-controlled Senate is seated.
The Cheney-Gates Cabal By Ray McGovern 09 Nov 2006 I almost feel sorry for Donald Rumsfeld (and I’m not just saying that because, with the "Military Commissions Act" now signed into law, he can declare me—or anyone—an unlawful enemy combatant and "disappear" me into some black hole for the rest of my days). What betrayal. What disingenuousness. Et tu, Cakewalk Ken? The neoconservatives are attempting to push the blame onto Rumsfeld for the debacle they authored. Parallel attempts by administration officials to scapegoat Rumsfeld will be equally transparent and unconvincing.
Rumsfeld replacement (Robert Gates) was director of voting company By Bev Harris 08 Nov 2006 Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld will resign, reportedly to be replaced by former CIA director Robert Gates... Gates was on the board of directors of VoteHere, a strange little company that was the biggest elections industry lobbyist for the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). VoteHere spent more money than ES&S, Diebold, and Sequoia combined to help ram HAVA through. And HAVA, of course, was a bill sponsored by by convicted Abramoff pal Bob Ney and K-street lobbyist buddy Steny Hoyer.
Bolton unlikely to win Senate approval [Great! One less war criminal on the loose.] 09 Nov 2006 John Bolton's prospects for staying on as U.N. ambassador essentially died Thursday as Democrats and a pivotal Republican said they would continue to oppose his nomination.
Olmert says 'technical failure' led to killing of Gaza family [And... Saddam Hussein was sentenced to hang for killing (using Rumsfeld-supplied WMD) 148 people? How many people does Olmert kill every day? --LRP] 10 Nov 2006 Ehud Olmert, the Israeli Prime Minister, yesterday declared that the killing of 18 Palestinian civilians on Wednesday was a "mistake" after an internal military investigation blamed a radar malfunction for the deaths.
Israel accused of 'state terrorism' 09 Nov 2006 A Palestinian official has accused Israel of state terrorism after an attack in Gaza that killed 18 civilians, and said Israeli apologies for such incidents were insincere and no longer acceptable.
Thousands attend Gaza mass funerals 09 Nov 2006 Tens of thousands of Palestinians have attended the funerals of 18 civilians killed by Israeli shelling a day earlier.
"The beginning of the end of a six-year nightmare for the world." Around the Globe, Relief Over U.S. Vote 10 Nov 2006 For Europe and much of the rest of the world, U.S. voters' repudiation of the Bush regime in midterm elections Tuesday and the dismissal of Defense Secretary [War Criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld on Wednesday confirmed the widespread view that President [sic] Bush and his policies have done more to tarnish America's image abroad and strain its global relations than any other U.S. president in recent history. The Socialist Group in the European Parliament, the legislative body's second-largest voting bloc, called the election results "the beginning of the end of a six-year nightmare for the world."
Democrats Take Senate; Concession in Virginia Completes Midterm Sweep 10 Nov 2006 Democrats gained control of the Senate on Thursday, giving them a majority in both houses of Congress for the first time since 1994 and increased influence over President [sic] Bush’s policies at home and abroad, starting with the war in Iraq.
Democrats win control of Senate by taking Virginia 10 Nov 2006 The resurgent Democrats formally grasped their vaunted double crown last night, retaking control from the Republicans of not just one but of both houses of the United States Congress, as George Allen, the incumbent Republican in the breathtakingly close Virginia Senate race, publicly conceded defeat.
George Allen Concedes Virginia Senate Race to Democrat Jim Webb 09 Nov 2006 Virginia Republican George Allen conceded to his Democrat challenger Jim Webb in the state's Senate race after two days of ballot canvassing showed little change in Webb's lead of about 9,000 votes.
Sen. Burns concedes Montana race --Written statement congratulates Tester, offers transition help 09 Nov 2006 U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns conceded defeat to Jon Tester on Thursday, acknowledging that a tight election had gone to the Democrats' favor, Burns' campaign told The Associated Press.
Montana's Tester Squeaks by GOP Rival 09 Nov 2006 Democrat Jon Tester ran as an outsider to what he called Washington's "culture of corruption" but got a boost from opposition to the war in Iraq and his Republican opponent's gaffe-laden campaign. The 50-year-old organic farmer and state Senate president rode that populist horse all the way to a Senate seat by ousting Republican Sen. Conrad Burns by a wafer-thin margin.
R.I. senator may leave Republican Party 09 Nov 2006 Two days after losing a bid for a second term, Sen. Lincoln Chafee said he was unsure whether he would remain a Republican.
Mehlman to step down from RNC post 09 Nov 2006 Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, whose party lost both chambers of Congress in the midterm elections, will step down from his post when his two-year term ends in January, GOP officials said Thursday.
Our Long National Nightmare Has Just Begun: Like Cornered Rats, GOP Losers More Dangerous Than Ever By Ted Rall 07 Nov 2006 [George W.] Bush's legislative and military agendas are dead. But our long national nightmare has just begun... On October 17, 2006 Bush signed the Military Commissions Act. The new law, scarcely mentioned in the media, is breathtaking for the breadth of its attack on basic rights... In January 2006 HomeSec awarded a $385 million contract to Kellogg, Brown and Root, the subsidiary of Halliburton Co., to build "temporary detention and processing capabilities"--internment camps--"in the event of an emergency influx of immigrants into the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs."
Republican Losses to Spur Lame-Duck Push for Senate Offshore Drilling Plan 08 Nov 2006 The Democrats' House takeover is prompting industries that rely on natural gas to press for final congressional passage of the Senate's offshore oil-and-gas drilling plan before the new Congress begins, lobbyists say.
Election's over; here's a big f*cking surprise: Crude futures end at two-week high above $61 --Oil-product supply tightens; natural-gas prices rally on supply decline 09 Oct 2006 Crude-oil futures closed above $61 a barrel Thursday for the first time in two weeks, buoyed by data showing a smaller-than-expected rise in U.S. crude inventories in the latest week, a fifth week of declining distillate supplies and growing expectations that major oil producers will follow through with a promise to cut output.
British firm faces £100m claim for 'dumping toxic waste' 10 Nov 2006 A London-based multinational commodities company is facing a £100m claim for compensation over allegations that it arranged to dump 400 tons of toxic waste in Ivory Coast, causing the deaths of 10 people and injuring up to 100,000.
I've taken a thumping: Bush 09 Nov 2006 Democrats have seized control of the US Senate and with it complete domination of Congress, as US President [sic] George W Bush licked his wounds and let his defence chief fall on his sword. In sharp contrast to his buoyant, confident demeanour in the lead up to yesterday's election, a contrite George W Bush faced reporters today, describing the defeat of his Republicans as "thumping''.
Democrats to control Senate and House-media 08 Nov 2006 Control of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate shifted to Democrats on Wednesday, with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld the first victim of heavy Republican election losses fueled by voter anger at President [sic] George W. Bush and his Iraq policies.
Webb's Small Lead Holding Up As 'Senator-Elect' Starts Staffing 09 Nov 2006 Virginia's Democratic Senate candidate, James Webb, claimed the title of senator-elect Wednesday and began organizing his congressional staff, while Republican incumbent George Allen declined to concede but was described as "realistic" about the outcome if he seeks a recount challenging Webb's thin lead.
Webb wins Virginia Senate race: AP 08 Nov 2006 Democrat James Webb has won Virginia's Senate race, beating Republican incumbent George Allen, according to a media report Wednesday night.
Democrats edge closer to control of Senate --GOP incumbent ousted in Mont.; Democrats claim victory in Va. race 08 Nov 2006 The battle for the Senate hung on a single race after Democrats picked up a seat in Montana, defeating incumbent Republican Sen. Conrad Burns on Wednesday, NBC News reported.
Republican senator won't concede in Montana 08 Nov 2006 Democrat Jon Tester declared victory over Republican Sen. Conrad Burns in Montana on Wednesday in a close contest, but the incumbent declined to concede in a race crucial to control of the U.S. Senate.
Recount Triggered In Tight 2nd Congressional District Race 08 Nov 2006 The votes in the tight 2nd Congressional District race will be recounted, Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz said Wednesday. Democrat Joe Courtney led three-term Republican incumbent [Bush troll] Rob Simmons by 167 votes with all precincts in the eastern Connecticut district reporting, according to vote totals from Bysiewicz's office.
Sample Ballots in Pr. George's Misidentify Candidates 07 Nov 2006 Inaccurate sample ballots describing Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Senate candidate [maggot] Michael S. Steele as Democrats were handed out to voters in at least four polling sites in Prince George's County this morning. The ballots were distributed by people who said they arrived by buses this morning from Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Election Could Have Been Thrown, Says Fraud Expert --Harris considers token victory for Democrats fixed to quell dissent on mass voting fraud, liberal bloggers begin to attack anyone who doesn't jump on the Pelosi bandwagon By Paul Joseph Watson 09 Nov 2006 Voting rights activist Bev Harris fears the mid-term elections may have been thrown in order to quell suspicions about vote fraud in anticipation of a major 2008 coup. Liberal blog sites are already naively telling whistleblowers and "conspiracy theorists" to keep quiet now that the left arm of the establishment, the Democrats, have re-emerged.
AP: Hastert Won't Seek House Leader Post 08 Nov 2006 Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., told fellow Republican lawmakers on Wednesday he does not intend to run for minority leader when Democrats take control of the House in January, officials said.
Thank you, America (The Guardian) On Tuesday, in the midterm US congressional elections, American voters rebuffed Mr Bush in spectacular style and with both instant and lasting political consequences. ...[T]he results change the political landscape in Washington for the final two years of this now thankfully diminished presidency. They also reassert a different and better United States that can again offer hope instead of despair to the world. Donald Rumsfeld's resignation last night was a fitting climax to the voters' verdict. Thank you, America.
Rumsfeld resigns in poll fallout 09 Nov 2006 The US Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, resigned today, paying the price for the Democrat surge to power in Congress driven by a wave of public anger over the Iraq war.
Rumsfeld steps down under fire from many quarters 08 Nov 2006 The first post-election shift on Iraq policy was swift and significant: the resignation Wednesday of embattled Defense Secretary [War Criminal] Donald Rumsfeld. A somber President [sic] Bush announced Rumsfeld's departure, acknowledging the need for a "fresh perspective" on Iraq just days after he had stated that Rumsfeld would remain in the administration for its final two years.
Bush names former CIA chief Robert Gates as Defense Secretary 08 Nov 2006 US President [sic] George W. Bush named former CIA chief Robert Gates as defense secretary on Wednesday to replace Donald Rumsfeld, who resigned following the Democratic victories in legislative elections.
Gates accused of hiding truth about Iran-Contra affair 08 Nov 2006 Robert Gates, the 63-year-old career intelligence officer chosen to replace Donald Rumsfeld at the Pentagon, takes over with the clearest of missions: get American troops out of Iraq as quickly and cleanly as possible... Gates was first nominated as CIA director in 1987 by Ronald Reagan but withdrew amid questions over his and the CIA’s role in the secret sales of arms to Iran and the diversion of profits to Nicaragua’s Contra 'rebels' [terrorists] - the accusation against him being that he hid the truth about the Iran-Contra affair from Congress. He was nominated again by the first President Bush and led the CIA from 1991 to 1993.
Congressional Record: Gates Nomination (Senate - 07 Nov 1991) [Page: S16305] Mr. HARKIN. Mr. President, I rise in opposition to the nomination of Robert Gates to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency... Mr. President, I also have doubts and questions about Mr. Gates' role in the secret intelligence sharing operation with Iraq. Robert Gates served as assistant to the Director of the CIA in 1981 and as Deputy Director for Intelligence for 1982 to 1986. In that capacity he helped develop options in dealing with the Iran-Iraq war, which eventually involved into a secret intelligence liaison relationship with Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Gates was in charge of the directorate that prepared the intelligence information that was passed on to Iraq. He testified that he was also an active participant in the operation during 1986. The secret intelligence sharing operation with Iraq was not only a highly questionable and possibly illegal operation, but also may have jeopardized American lives and our national interests. The photo reconnaissance, highly sensitive electronic eavesdropping and narrative texts provided to Saddam, may not only have helped him in Iraq's war against Iran but also in the recent gulf war.
Bob Gates. He's Back By Larry Johnson 08 Nov 2006 Before the media goes overboard extolling the virtues of Bob Gates as the replacement for Don Rumsfeld, it is important to look back at Gates' record and reputation... The press has forgotten that Bob Gates, during his time at CIA, acquired a reputation for trying to tailor intelligence to satisfy political masters in the Reagan White House. In addition, Bob Gates, a man of enormous intellect and a photographic memory, conveniently forgot salient facts and meetings surrounding the Iran Contra scandal. The doubts about Gates surfaced during confirmation hearings held in the fall of 1991 to consider his nomination to become the Director of CIA.
US was warned of Iraq chaos, says ex-diplomat 09 Nov 2006 A former diplomat has revealed that the British mission to the United Nations opposed the policy of regime change in Iraq but was ordered by London to change its position in the lead-up to war. The disclosure was made to MPs yesterday by Carne Ross, a member of the mission who resigned in protest at the Iraq war.
Congress Tells Auditor in Iraq to Close Office 03 Nov 2006 Investigations led by a Republican lawyer named Stuart W. Bowen Jr. in Iraq have sent American occupation officials to jail on bribery and conspiracy charges, exposed disastrously poor construction work by well-connected companies like Halliburton and Parsons, and discovered that the military did not properly track hundreds of thousands of weapons it shipped to Iraqi security forces. And tucked away in a huge military authorization bill that President [sic] Bush signed two weeks ago is what some of Mr. Bowen’s supporters believe is his reward for repeatedly embarrassing the administration: a pink slip. The order comes in the form of an obscure provision that terminates his federal oversight agency, the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, on Oct. 1, 2007. The clause was inserted by the Republican side of the House Armed Services Committee over the objections of Democratic counterparts during a closed-door conference, and it has generated surprise and some outrage among lawmakers who say they had no idea it was in the final legislation.
State of emergency renewed in Iraq 09 Nov 2006 Beset by rampant 'sectarian' [US] violence, Iraq's parliament has voted to extend the country's state of emergency by 30 days, after at least 66 more Iraqis were killed or found dead. Wednesday's deaths included those of eight soccer players and fans cut down by a pair of mortar rounds that slammed onto a field in Baghdad's Sadr City neighbourhood.
"On the orders of the prime minister, we have closed two television channels." Iraq shutters two TV stations for 'inciting violence' 06 Nov 2006 Iraqi authorities Sunday shut down two Sunni-run television stations, claiming that they had incited violence with their coverage of Saddam Hussein's sentencing, a government official said. "On the orders of the prime minister, we have closed two television channels, Zawra TV and Salaheddin, for inciting violence and murder," interior ministry spokesman General Abdel Karim said.
43 dead as violence wracks Baghdad 09 Nov 2006 At least 43 people died in attacks on Wednesday as violence returned to Baghdad and other flashpoint regions of Iraq after the lifting of a curfew imposed during the sentencing of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.
British toll rises to 121 as soldier is shot dead 08 Nov 2006 A young soldier who had just arrived in southern Iraq for a six-month tour of duty was killed by a burst of machinegun fire as he was standing on sentry duty outside one of the British bases in central Basra.
Two US servicemen die in Iraq; eight killed in mortar attack on Sadr City 08 Nov 2006 Two US servicemen have been killed in separate incidents in Iraq, the US military said. Meanwhile, eight people were killed and 15 wounded when two mortars fell on Sadr City in east Baghdad today, according to initial reports by security sources.
Superbug brought back by Iraq war casualties 08 Nov 2006 Injured soldiers returning from Iraq have brought back a superbug that has been linked with outbreaks in NHS hospitals where they have been treated, a health minister has confirmed.
Peace mom Sheehan arrested in Washington 09 Nov 2006 Activist Cindy Sheehan was arrested Wednesday as she led about 50 protesters to a White House gate Wednesday to deliver anti-war petitions she said were signed by 80,000 Americans.
Israeli Shelling Kills 18 Gazans; Anger Boils Up 09 Nov 2006 Israeli tank shells killed 18 Palestinians, including 8 children and 6 women, at a cluster of houses here on Wednesday, one of the largest single losses of life in Gaza in years.
Gaza children cannot escape as Israel mounts its bloodiest attack in months 09 Nov 2006 Eighteen Palestinian civilians, most of them women and children from the same family, have been killed as they tried to flee a barrage of Israeli artillery shells fired on and around the house where they had been sleeping minutes earlier.
"We saw legs, we saw heads, we saw hands scattered in the street." Hamas threatens revenge after civilian massacre 09 Nov 2006 Israeli artillery shells killed 18 civilians in a town in northern Gaza yesterday, the deadliest strike in the territory in four years, Palestinian officials and witnesses said.
LOL! Dems' Wins in U.S. Races Concern Israel 08 Nov 2006 Israelis are worried the Democratic power swing in Washington curbing President [sic] Bush's power will lead to less decisive action on Iran's nuclear ambitions, which they consider an imminent threat.
DHS Plans to Screen All Who Enter, Leave U.S. 07 Nov 2006 The federal government disclosed details yesterday of a border-security program to screen all people who enter and leave the United States, create a terrorism risk profile of each individual and retain that information for up to 40 years.
Analysts outraged over U.S. adjustments of employment data --'Massive revisions' make report 'nonsense' 07 Nov 2006 U.S. non-farm payrolls data -- arguably the most closely watched indicator in the world's largest economy -- are revised so often and by so much that they can't be trusted, some strategists argued yesterday.
Conservative consolation prize in US election: gay marriage bans 08 Nov 2006 Americans voted to ban gay marriage in seven states, a cause championed by conservatives in an otherwise disastrous election for the US right wing.
Rejected measures: Arizona gay marriage ban, South Dakota abortion ban 08 Nov 2006 In a triple setback for conservatives, South Dakota rejected a law that would have banned virtually all abortions, Arizona became the first state to defeat an amendment to ban gay marriage and Missouri approved a measure backing stem cell research.
Record Number of Gays Elected to Office 08 Nov 2006 The wave that swept Democrats to victory on Tuesday led to unprecedented success in electing openly gay candidates. Sixty-seven candidates endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, an organization that helps LGBT candidates gain office, were elected in national, state and local races.
Stockpiling suggested for possible bird flu 06 Nov 2006 US citizens in Hong Kong have been advised to build a three-month stockpile of food, medicine and water in their homes in case of a bird flu pandemic, a news report said Tuesday. An advisory has been sent out to all 60,000 registered US citizens in the former British colony... which suggests stockpiling 4.5 litres of water per person per day and to prepare water purification equipment in case of "complete infrastructure breakdown," the South China Morning Post reported. [You can be sure Halliburton, Blackwater USA, Bechtel and the entire Bush regime is *banking* on it.]
"Dick Cheney is the most unpopular person on earth, since Pol Pot and Idi Amin died." --Conservative pundit Tucker Carlson, MSNBC 08 Nov 2006
Democrats seize House in major blow to Bush 08 Nov 2006 Democrats have won control of the House of Representatives and are challenging the Republican majority in the Senate in a mid-term election blow to President [sic] George Bush. Democrats rode to victory on a powerful wave of public anger over the war in Iraq and scandal at home.
Democrats Take Majority in House; Pelosi Poised to Become Speaker --Senate Still Up for Grabs 08 Nov 2006 Democrats captured a majority in the House of Representatives in midterm elections Tuesday, as voters delivered a rebuke to the Bush regime and the governing Republicans amid an increasingly unpopular war in Iraq and a rash of scandals tainting GOP incumbents in several states.
GOP Loses 4 Key Senate Races, Wins Tenn. 08 Nov 2006 Democrats captured four of the six Republican Senate seats they needed to take control of the Senate, winning critical contests in Ohio, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Missouri and inching closer Wednesday to erasing the GOP majority.
Exit Polls: Scandals and Iraq Hurt GOP 07 Nov 2006 The Iraq war and congressional scandals hurt Republican candidates in the midterm elections, as the GOP lost the advantage on their central issue of terrorism, exit polls found.
Menendez basks in NJ Senate win over Kean 08 Nov 2006 New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez will return to Washington riding a wave of anti-war sentiment from voters who brushed aside months of corruption allegations hurled by his Republican opponent.
Poll: Menendez rides voter dismay over Bush and war to victory 07 Nov 2006 (NJ) Bob Menendez won a bitter race for U.S. Senate Tuesday by using voter discontent about the Iraq war and President [sic] Bush to assemble a traditional Democratic coalition of women and labor, according to an Associated Press exit poll.
Tester keeps lead over Burns with 44 percent in 08 Nov 2006 Democrat Jon Tester took an early lead over GOP U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns in preliminary results Tuesday night.
Democrat McCaskill Defeats GOP Sen. Talent in Missouri Senate Race 08 Nov 2006 Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill defeated Republican Sen. Jim Talent in one of the nation's most closely contested Senate races, significantly boosting Democratic hopes of seizing control of the chamber from Republicans.
Webb holds narrow lead over GOP Sen. Allen in Virginia 08 Nov 2006 Democratic challenger James Webb holds a lead of less than 3,000 votes over Republican Sen. George Allen in Virginia, with 99% of precincts counted, CNN reported early Wednesday morning. Allen said vote counting would likely stretch well into Wednesday.
Senate's No. 3 Republican Santorum Loses 07 Nov 2006 Sen. Rick Santorum, a strong voice for conservatives who rose to be the No. 3 Senate Republican, was routed Tuesday by Bob Casey, the anti-abortion, anti-gun control son of a popular Pennsylvania governor.
Republican Senators Ousted in Pa., Ohio 07 Nov 2006 Democrats, seizing on voter unrest over the Iraq war, defeated incumbent Republicans in Ohio and Pennsylvania on Tuesday in a bid to take control of the Senate.
Spitzer Leads Historic Sweep in N.Y. by Democrats 07 Nov 2006 Eliot Spitzer, the reform-minded state attorney general who crusaded against Wall Street corruption, was elected governor of New York tonight in a historic Democratic sweep of statewide offices, which included a huge victory by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton that positions her for a possible presidential bid in 2008.
Clinton Retains New York Senate Seat 07 Nov 2006 Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton strolled to re-election Tuesday, sweeping past little-known Republican John Spencer on the way to a second term _ and perhaps, to a historic run for the White House.
Cardin, O'Malley Win in Md. Races 08 Nov 2006 Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley (D) ousted Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) in a close race and U.S. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin (D) defeated Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele (R-Maggot) in the race to represent Maryland in the U.S. Senate.
Strickland vows 'rebirth' 07 Nov 2006 Ted Strickland, who will become the first Democratic governor in 16 years, said "we are standing on the threshold of a rebirth of our great state.'' Strickland, a congressman from Lisbon, trounced Republican secretary of state [Rove troll] Ken Blackwell.
Misleading GOP Handouts Called a Political 'Low Point' 08 Nov 2006 At least six chartered buses carried mostly poor, black men from as far as Philadelphia to hand out inaccurate voter guides in Baltimore and Prince George's County yesterday as part of an effort by backers of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and U.S. Senate candidate Michael S. Steele to woo black voters.
Democrats Guaranteed Governor Majority 08 Nov 2006 Democrats reclaimed governors' offices Tuesday from the Northeast to the Rockies and even in the South, giving them control of the top political job in a majority of states for the first time in 12 years and an edge in places critical to the 2008 White House race.
Napolitano cruises to easy re-election 07 Nov 2006 Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano cruised to re-election Tuesday, winning with a campaign that focused on Arizona's economic and fiscal revival under her watch.
GOP Rep. Johnson Loses House Seat to Democrat Murphy in Connecticut's 5th District 07 Nov 2006 Rep. Nancy Johnson, a 12-term Republican who ran a tough-on-terror campaign and touted her co-authorship of the Medicare prescription drug legislation, lost her re-election bid Tuesday to anti-war Democrat Chris Murphy.
Voter smashes touch-screen machine in Allentown 07 Nov 2006 (PA) A man who reportedly believed Republicans were conspiring to steal today's election entered an Allentown polling site, signed in and proceeded to smash the screen of one of the electronic voting machines with a metal cat paperweight, poll volunteers said. [They all need to suffer a similar fate.]
FBI launches probe of Virginia pre-election calls 07 Nov 2006 The FBI is taking a preliminary look at allegations that some voters in eight Virginia counties received deceptive phone calls before Election Day, law enforcement sources said.
Lawyers poised as US vote hit by technical glitches --Third of electorate use controversial machinery --Early indications of high turnout in close contests 08 Nov 2006 Americans turned out yesterday to decide who will control Congress for the last two years of the Bush era, closely watched by poll observers and thousands of lawyers from both parties ready to step in to the fray if the results were close.
Computer glitches disrupt voting 08 Nov 2006 The decision to entrust American democracy to computers is likely to come under scrutiny in the wake of yesterday's elections as widespread reports of glitches in new electronic voting machines raised the spectre of legal challenges to the results.
Election Day Brings Scattered Reports of Lines, Machine Errors 07 Nov 2006 Reports of long lines, voting machine malfunctions and court disputes over ballot procedures surfaced as U.S. voters chose all 435 members of the House of Representatives and picked senators in 33 states.
Voting Machines Woes Cause Early Delays 07 Nov 2006 Voting machines began wreaking havoc the minute the polls opened Tuesday, delaying voters in dozens of Indiana and Ohio precincts and leaving some in Florida with little choice but turn to paper ballots instead.
How Rove's pet 'won:' Oversleeping Leads to Polling Problems 07 Nov 2006 Some new technology at voting booths along with some general glitches led to several polling problems across Connecticut Three different voting methods were being used Tuesday. The telephone-based system for the disabled and optical scan machines are brand new.
CIA aircraft made 80 flights in UK air space, claims MP 08 Nov 2006 The government said last night that an aircraft which an MP claims is used by the CIA may have made 80 flights into UK air space. Transport Minister Gillian Merron said flight plans for the aircraft "were filed for operations into the UK on approximately 80 occasions between 2001 and 2003".
CIA seeks more restrictions on senior al Qaeda suspects at Guantánamo 07 Nov 2006 Even as 14 top 'al Qaeda' suspects are in U.S. military custody, the CIA is still trying to impose secrecy around the high-value detainees now held at the Guantánamo Bay detention center. The arena for the effort is the U.S. District Court of Judge Reggie Walton, in Washington, D.C., where the government is seeking a still-undefined restriction on the attorney-client relationship in the case of Guantánamo captive Majid Khan, one of the 14.
Prosecutors renew extradition request for Americans in alleged CIA kidnapping 07 Nov 2006 Prosecutors have renewed their request for Italy to ask Washington to extradite 26 Americans in the alleged CIA kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric in Milan in 2003, a prosecutor in the northern city said Tuesday.
U2 wants Hicks out of Guantanamo 08 Nov 2006 Irish supergroup U2 have used the opening concert of their Australian tour to campaign for terrorist suspect David Hicks to be released from Guantanamo Bay.
Iraq charges 100 over prison torture 07 Nov 2006 Iraq's Interior Ministry has charged nearly 100 employees, including a police general and other high-ranking officers, with involvement in torturing detainees at a prison in Baghdad known as Site 4.
17 Marines' conduct in Iraq investigated 07 Nov 2006 Seventeen Marine reservists just back from Iraq have been ordered to remain at Camp Lejeune while allegations of misconduct during their deployment are investigated, a spokesman said Tuesday.
Prosecutor: Marine accused in Iraqi murder 'key player' 07 Nov 2006 The government on Tuesday described a Marine corporal as a "key player" in a plot to kidnap and murder an Iraqi man, while the serviceman's lawyer said his client was an honorable warrior [*puke*] who should be released from prison.
Israeli tank shells 'kill 18 Palestinians in sleep' 08 Nov 2006 Israeli tank shells killed at least 18 people in their sleep when they landed in Gaza early today, witnesses report. Eight children were said to be among the dead.
London terrorist plotter gets 40 years [Gee, imagine how many years Baghdad terrorist plotter Bush gets?] A Muslim convert who plotted mass murder in Britain and the United States was sentenced to a minimum of 40 years' jail in London yesterday. Briton Dhiren Barot was sentenced to life by a London court after pleading guilty last month to conspiracy to murder. The prosecutor said the plan had been submitted to the al-Qaeda leadership for approval and funding.
Ortega wins Nicaragua's presidency 07 Nov 2006 Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega, a former Marxist revolutionary who fought off a U.S.-backed insurgency in the 1980s, won Nicaragua's presidential election, election results showed Tuesday.
This is a test of the Emergency Alert System: Vote for Dick Mountjoy! By Justin Beck 06 Nov 2006 In an apparent violation of FCC rules, conservative talk radio station KFBK 1530 AM in Sacramento transmitted a paid political advertisement to an unknown number of other stations in the area, using the federal Emergency Alert System (EAS), thus automatically forcing the ad onto the stations' airwaves. This is according to a press release issued today by KDVS FM, a non-commercial community station in Davis that received and inadvertently aired the transmission. The advertisement is for Richard "Dick" Mountjoy, the Republican running against incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
Senior Dems Call for Probe of GOP Robo-Calls By Justin Rood 06 Nov 2006 Two high-ranking Democrats are asking the Justice Department, the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Election Commission to investigate harassing GOP robo-calls we've been reporting on.
Second GOP Firm Tied to Harassing Robo-Calls By Justin Rood 06 Nov 2006 Earlier today, Paul connected harassing "false-flag" robo-calls in a number of congressional districts to the National Republican Congressional Committee, via the firm they appear to have paid to carry out the calls. That firm, Conquest Communications Group, was responsible for NRCC-backed calls in 20 House races. Now, Paul has found a second firm calling voters in another 10 House districts on behalf of the NRCC.
NRCC Robo-Calls Hitting 20 Districts By Paul Kiel 06 Nov 2006 Over at TPM, we've been keeping tabs on the robo-calls being done by the National Republican Congressional Committee all over the country... Counter to FCC rules, which require that the caller identify themselves early on in the call, the calls only reveal that they are paid for by the NRCC at the end of the call.
According to TPMmuckraker, the Robo-calls are produced by a firm called Conquest Communications. Conquest Communications phone: 804-358-0560. FAX: 804-213-0797. The street address is 2812 Emerywood Parkway, Suite 103, Richmond, Virginia 23294.
Election Fixing Charges Fly in Utah County 06 Nov 2006 Voting appears to be very popular in Daggett County, Utah. Daggett County has registered 947 voters for Tuesday's election. According to the most recent Census figures, that's four more than the county's population in 2005. Democrats suspect County Clerk Vickie McKee is letting outsiders swell the Daggett County registration rolls to give Republicans an advantage. The Democrats also say the father of a Republican deputy running for sheriff has 14 adults registered at his household.
Rove poised to steal CT: 25 Towns to Use Optical Scan 06 Nov 2006 For this election, 25 towns across Connecticut will be using optical scan technology. In the 25 towns, voters sign in as usual and then are given a sheet and escorted to a private area to fill out votes and place it in a machine to be 'counted.'
Judge Rejects ACLU Lawsuit Over Absentee Ballots 06 Nov 2006 (MD) The American Civil Liberties Union failed to persuade a Circuit Court judge Monday to extend by 24 hours the deadline for voters to mail their absentee ballots to local election boards. The suit filed by the ACLU and other parties alleged that some voters would be disenfranchised because their requests for absentee ballots were not processed by local boards in time for voters to receive them and then have them postmarked by the Monday deadline.
Detainees' Access to Lawyers Is Security Risk, C.I.A. Says 05 Nov 2006 The Central Intelligence Agency and the Justice Department have told a federal court that permitting lawyers access to high-level Qaeda suspects without tighter secrecy procedures could damage national security by revealing harsh "alternative interrogation methods" used in secret C.I.A. prisons overseas.
Swift justice, then Swift booted --Navy attorney is ousted after victory for Gitmo inmate By Bob Drury 05 Nov 2006 Not just any attorney, but a U.S. Navy judge advocate general's corps attorney. A uniformed officer who stood defiant against his superiors in the name of America's judicial values. A JAG attorney who took the case of an abject, illiterate Arab detainee all the way to the Supreme Court and won - casting his client, no less, "as an innocent victim in the dungeon of King George." By doing so, this heroic sailor proved to the world that our legal system is not a sham. And if anyone in authority had a clue, Lt. Commander Charles Swift would now be the poster boy for American legal values. This, alas, is not to be. Two weeks after the Supreme Court ruled in Swift's favor in Hamdan vs. Rumsfeld, the Navy fired him.
EU to investigate secret CIA jails in Poland 07 Nov 2006 A delegation of the European Council will arrive in Warsaw on Tuesday to start a three-day probe into alleged secret CIA prisons in Poland, the Polish Press Agency reported.
Cost of Taking Fuel to Iraq Is Questioned 07 Nov 2006 A Halliburton subsidiary charged the Iraqi government as much as $25,000 per month for each of as many as 1,800 fuel trucks that were to deliver gasoline to Iraq after the 2003 invasion, but the trucks often spent days or weeks sitting idle on the border, says a report released yesterday by an auditing agency sponsored by the United Nations. ...The agency said the findings raised new questions about hundreds of millions of dollars billed by the company under a $2.4 billion contract that the Army awarded on the eve of the conflict to KBR, the Halliburton subsidiary formerly known as Kellogg Brown & Root.
72 people found dead across Iraq by daybreak 07 Nov 2006 Despite one of the tightest security crackdowns this year, the US military said three more Americans had died and police said 72 people were found dead across Iraq by daybreak. Iraq's Government has imposed the open-ended curfew on Baghdad and the edgy provinces of Diyala and Salahuddin, closed its international airport, added checkpoints and stepped up police patrols with the US military. All leave for Iraqi soldiers was cancelled.
Saddam will be hanged 'by end-January' 06 Nov 2006 The former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein will be hanged by the end of January, a senior member of Nouri al-Maliki’s Dawa party predicted today as an around-the-clock curfew kept the lid on 'sectarian' [US] violence after the deposed dictator was sentenced to death. [Surely, Hussein can't hang *alone* for war crimes; the replacement 'Shock & Awe' regime has trumped Saddam Hussein in the war crimes department.]
I asked Yasso the obvious question, "Was it better under Saddam?" Quickly and emphatically, he replied, "Much better, yes." Is George W. Bush Clinically Insane? By Bill Gallagher 06 Nov 2006 [George W.] Bush goes well beyond gutter rhetoric and the politics of desperation. He is a delusional madman and a disgrace to our national heritage... The man who ran for the presidency claiming "I'm a uniter, not a divider" is one of the most divisive figures in American history and he will only get worse as his fiasco in Iraq continues to spiral into the abyss and the nation unravels... Republican House Majority Leader John Boehner tried to shift responsibility for the Iraq disaster away from Rumsfeld. Boehner quickly filled the disgraced Tom DeLay's shoes as the most loathsome member of Congress. [LOL! But that distinction goes to Joe LieberBush.]
Five More U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq 06 Nov 2006 Two American soldiers were killed aboard a helicopter that crashed in Iraq today, and three U.S. service members died over the weekend from fighting in the country's volatile Anbar province, the U.S. military said.
Dutch soldier refusing service in Afghanistan convicted without punishment 07 Nov 2006 A Dutch military court convicted a soldier for refusing to be redeployed to Afghanistan, but spared him punishment because he was suffering post-traumatic stress from the earlier service of duty. The court in the central city of Arnhem said in a written judgment that both the soldier and the armed forces were responsible to deal with the negative consequences of a mission, such as post-traumatic stress syndrome.
Red Cross Descries Shooting of Medics 06 Nov 2006 The International Red Cross Committee condemned Friday's shooting of two Palestinian Red Crescent Moon medics during an Israeli military operation against the Gaza strip. The medics, who were wearing the appropriate clothing signalling they were part of the International Red Cross, were trying to recover a corpse in the bombing that has left over 50 dead and dozens wounded.
Leftist Headed Toward Victory in Nicaragua 07 Nov 2006 Sixteen years after he left power, Daniel Ortega, a former Marxist president and the Sandinista leader, appeared headed to a victory on Monday in the Nicaraguan presidential election.
Explosions damage offices in Mexico City 06 Nov 2006 Homemade bombs exploded early Monday at the Federal Electoral Tribunal, a bank branch and the headquarters of the former ruling party in the country's capital.
British terrorist plotted wave of attacks to emulate 11 September 07 Nov 2006 A senior British al-Qa'ida [al-CIAduh] terrorist plotted to emulate the 9/11 attacks and the Madrid train bombings to kill thousands of people in London and New York, a court has been told.
Muslim officer sacked from guarding Blair 07 Nov 2006 An experienced Muslim firearms officer has begun race and religious discrimination proceedings against the Metropolitan Police after he was removed from a close-protection unit guarding senior dignitaries, including Tony Blair.
Military services seek $160 billion extra to cover war costs 03 Nov 2006 The military services and defense agencies have requested as much as $160 billion in supplemental spending for the remainder of fiscal 2007 -- a staggering figure that would bring wartime costs this year to $230 billion, defense sources said Friday.
Cheney: U.S. Will Continue 'Full-Speed Ahead' in Iraq 05 Nov 2006 The United States will go "full-speed ahead" in implementing the strategy [?!?] in Iraq and won’t be swayed by political pressures or "because it’s hard going," Vice President [sic] Richard B. Cheney reaffirmed today. "The president has made clear what his objective is: It’s victory in Iraq," Cheney said this morning on ABC’s This Week. "It’s full speed ahead on that basis, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do."
'Involuntary mobilizations of the reserves' Possible Iraq Deployments Would Stretch Reserve --Force Leaders Express Concern Over Troop Rotation Plans 05 Nov 2006 The Army's National Guard and Reserve are bracing for possible new and accelerated call-ups, spurred by high demand for U.S. troops in Iraq, that leaders caution could undermine the citizen-soldier force as it struggles to rebuild. Two Army National Guard combat brigades with about 7,000 troops have been identified recently in classified rotational plans for possible special deployment to Iraq, according to senior Army and Pentagon officials, who asked that the specific units not be named. A more sweeping policy shift is under consideration that would allow the Pentagon to launch a new wave of involuntary mobilizations of the reserves, as a growing proportion of Guard and Reserve soldiers are nearing a 24-month limit on time deployed, they said.
18 Americans Killed In Iraq In November 06 Nov 2006 Two more Americans have been killed in Iraq. The military said the two soldiers were killed early Monday when their helicopter crashed north of Baghdad.
Soldiers, Marines Killed In Iraq 06 Nov 2006 Three U.S. soldiers and two Marines have been killed in Iraq, military officials reported. Two Task Force Lightning soldiers attached to 25th Combat Aviation Brigade were killed when a helicopter crashed in Salah Ad Din province today... One soldier assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, died today from wounds suffered due to enemy action in Anbar province.
US 'breeding extremism' in Iraq 06 Nov 2006 An Iraqi parliamentary delegation has accused the US army in Iraq of breeding extremism by carrying out an "irresponsible arrest campaign". Adnan al-Dulaimi, the chairman of the Iraqi Accordance Front, said: "There are now around 17,000 Iraqi detainees in Buka camp in the south. Most of them are innocent people. They get arrested and thrown in jail for months and years without charges and without trial, and while in prison they are approached by al-Qaeda people."
Bush-style democracy in Iraq: Iraq shuts down 2 Sunni TV stations 05 Nov 2006 Iraqi security forces have closed two Sunni Muslim television stations for violating curfew and a law that bans airing material that could undermine the country's stability [*What* stability?], the Interior Ministry said. Brig. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf, the Interior Ministry spokesman, told The Associated Press that the Al-Zawraa and Salahuddin stations were closed with the approval of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. He said that the stations violated a curfew imposed in three provinces [!!!] by speaking to people in the streets and airing comments that were deemed to "incite violence."
Iraq to lift curfew on Tuesday morning 06 Nov 2006 A curfew in Baghdad and other areas in Iraq to prevent an 'insurgent' backlash against a court ruling that Saddam Hussein should hang will be lifted on Tuesday, the prime minister's office said on Monday. It said vehicles will be allowed back in the streets of the capital at 6 a.m. (0300 GMT). Pedestrians are free to travel immediately in Baghdad.
Iraq Law May Reinstate Saddam Hussein Supporters 06 Nov 2006 A day after Saddam Hussein was sentenced to hang, the country's Shiite-dominated government declared a major concession to his Sunni Muslim backers that could see thousands of purged Baath Party members reinstated to their jobs. The Supreme National Commission for de-Baathification has prepared a draft law with the amendments and will soon send it to parliament for ratification, the commission's executive director, Ali al-Lami told The Associated Press Monday.
Appeal ruling on Hussein verdict expected in January 06 Nov 2006 Iraq's appeals court was expected to rule on the verdict and sentence of Saddam Hussein by mid-January, the chief prosecutor said Monday. Should the court uphold the death penalty, the Associated Press has learned that Iraq's three-man presidential council agreed previously [?!?] not to block Mr. Hussein's hanging, which must be carried out within 30 days.
Call to oppose Hussein hanging 06 Nov 2006 The government's failure to object to Saddam Hussein's death sentence will make it harder for it to object when Australians face a similar punishment overseas, says Greens Senator Kerry Nettle. [When/if Bush is convicted - will there be any such calls?]
Hussein and 2 co-defendants sentenced to hang 05 Nov 2006 Iraq's former leader, Saddam Hussein, was convicted of committing crimes against humanity in the 1982 killings of 148 people and sentenced to die by hanging. Iraqi High Tribunal Chief Judge Raouf Abdel-Rahman took 40 minutes to summarize the 200-page judgment and pronounce Saddam guilty of crimes including murder, torture, imprisonment and forced deportation. [*Why* hasn't Bush, Cheney Halliburton and Rumsfeld been tried and convicted for the same --and so much more? 148 people? The morgues overflow in Iraq every month due to Bush's war crimes. US death squads are killing thousands of innocent Iraqis, not to mention the 'Shock & Awe' and Depleted Uranium body counts. --LRP]
Saddam Hussein sentenced to death by hanging 05 Nov 2006 Ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death by hanging Sunday after being convicted by the Iraqi criminal court of crimes against humanity. Saddam and six of his former top government aides were found guilty of ordering the killing of 148 Shiites [using Rumsfeld-supplied WMDs] in the town of Dujail in 1982 in retaliation for an attempt on Saddam's life.
Families of British soldiers killed in Iraq demand inquiry 06 Nov 2006 The families of two teenage soldiers killed in Iraq went to court Monday in a bid to convince British judges to order a public inquiry into the legality of the war.
U.K. Soldiers' Families Seek Probe Into Iraq Invasion 06 Nov 2006 The British government didn't take reasonable steps to ensure the invasion of Iraq was legal, failing in its human rights obligations to four slain soldiers, a lawyer for their relatives told a London court.
Rumsfeld must go, says US Army newspaper 06 Nov 2006 In a fresh blow to the Republican Party's rapidly diminishing midterm election hopes, an influential US Army newspaper group is today calling on the Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, to resign for the "failure" of his military strategy.
Military Times editorial: 'Rumsfeld must go' 04 Nov 2006 Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld — Saying Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has lost credibility with the uniformed leadership, with the troops, with Congress and with the public at large, a Military Times editorial calls on President [sic] Bush to fire him. Published in the Nov. 13 issue of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times, on newsstands Monday, the editorial says it is time for the president "to face the hard bruising truth."
Time for Rumsfeld to go (Military Times) 06 Nov 2006 Now, the president [sic] says he’ll stick with Rumsfeld for the balance of his term in the White House. This is a mistake. It is one thing for the majority of Americans to think Rumsfeld has failed. But when the nation’s current military leaders start to break publicly with their defense secretary, then it is clear that he is losing control of the institution he ostensibly leads. Rumsfeld has lost credibility with the uniformed leadership, with the troops, with Congress and with the public at large. His strategy has failed, and his ability to lead is compromised... Regardless of which party wins Nov. 7, the time has come, Mr. President, to face the hard bruising truth: Donald Rumsfeld must go.
Politics & Policies: And now Richard Perle 06 Nov 2006 A one-time Pentagon adviser, staunch neoconservative and one of the original architects of the war on Iraq [Richard Perle], admitted that the Bush administration has turned the situation in the war-ravaged country and U.S. policy on Iraq into a disaster.
Neo Culpa --As Iraq slips further into chaos, the war's neoconservative boosters have turned sharply on the Bush administration, charging that their grand designs have been undermined by White House incompetence. In a series of exclusive interviews, Richard Perle, Kenneth Adelman, David Frum, and others play the blame game with shocking frankness. Target No. 1: the president [sic] himself. By David Rose 03 Nov 2006
C.I.A. Review Highlights Afghan Leader's Woes 05 Nov 2006 A recent Central Intelligence Agency assessment found that the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, had been significantly weakened by rising popular frustration with his American-backed government, American officials say. The assessment found that increasing numbers of Afghans viewed Mr. Karzai’s government as corrupt, failing to deliver promised reconstruction and too weak to protect the country from rising Taliban attacks.
Roadside bomb kills 3 U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan 06 Nov 2006 Three U.S. soldiers have died of wounds received in a bomb explosion in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Monday. The soldiers died October 31 of injuries suffered when a roadside bomb blew up near their vehicle in Wygal Valley, the military said.
Israeli official wants homogenous nation 05 Nov 2006 Israel's new deputy prime minister [Nazi Avigdor Lieberman] on Sunday called for a near-total separation between Arabs and Jews in the Holy Land, sparking a wave of condemnation less than a week after the far-right politician joined the Cabinet.
Coordinated explosions hit Mexico City 06 Nov 2006 Simultaneous explosions hit the Federal Electoral Tribunal, a bank branch and the headquarters of the former ruling party early today and authorities deactivated a homemade explosive device at a second bank branch, Mexican news media reported. Authorities told Mexican news media there were no injuries. [Apparently, citizens are not accepting the Reichwing coup d'etat... in Mexico.]
Report: Feds Refusing FBI Terror Cases 05 Nov 2006 The Justice Department increasingly has refused to prosecute FBI cases targeting suspected terrorists over the past five years, according to private researchers who reviewed department records. The government says the findings are inaccurate and "intellectually dishonest."
U.S. Plans to Screen All Who Enter, Leave Country --Personal Data Will Be Cross-Checked With Terrorism Watch Lists; Risk Profiles to Be Stored for Years 03 Nov 2006 The federal government disclosed details yesterday of a border-security program to screen all people who enter and leave the United States, create a terrorism risk profile of each individual and retain that information for up to 40 years. While long known to scrutinize air travelers, the Department of Homeland Security is seeking to apply new technology to perform similar checks on people who enter or leave the country "by automobile or on foot," the notice said... "They are assigning a suspicion level to millions of law-abiding citizens," said David Sobel, senior counsel of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "This is about as Kafkaesque as you can get."
Letter to the CLG Editor: DHS Screening By James I. Monroe 06 Nov 2006 Trying to escape? Remember when we thought the Communists were oppressive when they kept people from escaping? Now the United States publishes that US citizens are going to have to show ID to leave the country while only a few newspapers, the ACLU and a few others seem to notice.
Heinz Field arrests spur terror response 06 Nov 2006 (Pittsburgh) Two Carnegie Mellon University students caught trying to sneak into Heinz Field in the middle of the night -- purportedly to film a music video -- prompted an anti-terrorist response that included pumped-up security at yesterday's Steelers game against the Broncos. The two young men were being held last night in the Allegheny County Jail on $1 million straight bond each.
3 Calif. schools to fingerprint students 05 Nov 2006 A plan to fingerprint elementary school students when they buy lunch has some parents worrying that Big Brother has come to the cafeteria.
Scientists collar bird flu's 'killer' gene 06 Nov 2006 Scientists in China report that they have identified the gene which determines the virulence of the H5N1, or bird flu, virus in poultry. The breakthrough could pave the way for new [deadly] vaccines, the scientists claim. Some strains of H5N1 kill more than half those they infect, while others leave virtually all their victims standing [?!?]. [Wow, let's hope Bush or this other Nazi doesn't get hold of this virus: Israeli official wants homogenous nation 05 Nov 2006 Israel's new deputy prime minister on Sunday called for a near-total separation between Arabs and Jews in the Holy Land, sparking a wave of condemnation less than a week after the far-right politician joined the Cabinet.]
WHO issues bird flu warning, warns on Tamiflu research 03 Nov 2006 The World Health Organisation has warned that there is no guarantee that a pandemic strain of the H5N1 virus will be less deadly to people. The report, published this week, also cautioned against regarding the anti-viral drug Tamiflu as a magic bullet, highlighting that some H5N1 viruses seem to already be naturally resistant to the effects of the drug. The report comes less than two weeks after the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) in the UK issued a warning about the possible environmental effects of large scale use of Tamiflu. [See: Rumsfeld's growing stake in Tamiflu 31 Oct 2005 Defense Secretary, ex-chairman of flu treatment rights holder, sees portfolio value growing.]
Blair aide to be questioned again over loans 06 Nov 2006 The Prime Minister's longest serving political adviser is to be questioned under caution by the police investigating the cash-for-honours affair.
Killer e-mail sends Blair into panic over cash for honours row 05 Nov 2006 Tony Blair is in a blind panic over the looming threat of being arrested in the police inquiry into the cash-for-peerages scandal, Cabinet sources have revealed. A senior Minister said a 'black cloud' had descended over Downing Street at the growing realisation that the Prime Minister and his closest allies face the risk of being prosecuted over the affair.
Fury at Goldsmith vow to advise on Blair loan charge 05 Nov 2006 Lord Goldsmith, the Attorney General, was under intense and growing pressure last night to stand down from advising on whether Tony Blair should be charged in the "cash for honours" affair.
FBI willing to go undercover in Congress if necessary 05 Nov 2006 The new chief of the FBI's Criminal Division, which is swamped with public corruption cases, says the bureau is ramping up its ability to catch crooked politicians and might run an undercover sting on Congress. Assistant FBI Director James Burrus called the bureau's public corruption program "a sleeping giant that we've awoken," and predicted the nation will see continued emphasis in that area "for many, many, many years to come."
Republicans prepare for the worst as disaster looms in midterm elections 06 Nov 2006 After one of the hardest-fought election campaigns of recent years, America will vote in the midterms tomorrow, with the latest polls suggesting that Democrats will seize control of the House of Representatives and possibly take the Senate as well.
New Telemarketing Ploy Steers Voters on Republican Path 06 Nov 2006 Using a telemarketing tactic that is best known for steering consumers to buy products, the organizers of the political telephone calls say they have reached hundreds of thousands of homes in five states over the last several weeks in a push to win votes for Republicans. Ohio-based conservatives, who include current and former Procter & Gamble managers, are behind the new campaign. Democrats say the calls present a distorted picture.
Glitches in state databases could turn away voters 06 Nov 2006 Eligible voters in Florida may arrive at the polls tomorrow and find that they are ineligible to cast ballots because of the strict requirements for inclusion in the state's new database of registered voters.
Protecting the Right to Vote (The New York Times) 06 Nov 2006 No one expects Florida elections to go smoothly, but this year the state got off to an alarming start. Voters reported that after selecting Democratic candidates on electronic voting machines, the review screens registered that they had chosen Republicans... As people go to the polls tomorrow, they should be on the lookout for: [list]
With Judge's OK, Ohio Absentee Ballots Scanned Early 06 Nov 2006 Cuyahoga County elections officials began scanning absentee ballots Monday with a judge's permission, despite a request by state officials [GOP coupmeisters] that counties hold off until Election Day.
As Vote Nears, Parties Prepare for Legal Fights 04 Nov 2006 "Both sides are lawyering up," said Doug Chapin, director of the nonpartisan Election Reform Information Project. "Election night is not necessarily the finish line anymore." [Well, since the polls predict a Democratic takeover of Congress, we know the GOP won't stop litigating until Coup 2006 is complete...]
Cheney to go hunting on Election Day --Vice pResident heads to S.D. for first trip since accidentally shooting friend 05 Nov 2006 Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney will spend Election Day on his first hunting trip since he accidentally shot a companion last February while aiming at a covey of quail on a private Texas ranch.
The Difference Two Years Made (The New York Times) 05 Nov 2006 Republican leaders, particularly in the House, have developed toxic symptoms of an overconfident majority that has been too long in power... Their only mission seems to be self-perpetuation. The current Republican majority managed to achieve that burned-out, brain-dead status in record time, and with a shocking disregard for the most minimal ethical standards... For us, the breaking point came over the Republicans' attempt to undermine the fundamental checks and balances that have safeguarded American democracy since its inception. ...[O]ver the past two years, the White House has made it clear that it claims sweeping powers that go well beyond any acceptable limits. Rather than doing their duty to curb these excesses, the Congressional Republicans have dedicated themselves to removing restraints on the president’s ability to do whatever he wants... After the revelations about the abuse, torture and illegal detentions in Abu Ghraib, Afghanistan and Guantánamo Bay, Congress shielded the Pentagon from any responsibility for the atrocities its policies allowed to happen. On the eve of the election, and without even a pretense at debate in the House, Congress granted the White House permission to hold hundreds of noncitizens in jail forever, without due process, even though many of them were clearly sent there in error... It is frightening to contemplate the new excesses he [Bush] could concoct if he woke up next Wednesday and found that his party had maintained its hold on the House and Senate. [a must read]
Ex-Judges: Detainee Law Unconstitutional 02 Nov 2006 Seven retired federal judges from both political parties have joined dozens of Guantanamo Bay detainees in urging an appeals court to declare key parts of President [sic] Bush's new anti[pro]-terrorism law unconstitutional. The judges, in a rare court filing Wednesday, said stripping courts of the right to question how the military handles terrorism suspects "challenges the integrity of our judicial system" and effectively sanctions the use of torture.
"Kafka-esque doesn't do it justice. This is 'Alice in Wonderland.' " U.S. Seeks Silence on CIA Prisons --Court Is Asked to Bar Detainees From Talking About Interrogations 04 Nov 2006 The Bush administration has told a federal judge that terrorism suspects held in secret CIA prisons should not be allowed to reveal details of the "alternative interrogation methods" [torture] that their captors used to get them to talk... Joseph Margulies, a Northwestern University law professor who has represented several detainees at Guantanamo, said the prisoners "can't even say what our government did to these guys to elicit the statements that are the basis for them being held. Kafka-esque doesn't do it justice. This is 'Alice in Wonderland.' "
U.S. seeks silence from CIA prisoners: W. Post 03 Nov 2006 The Bush administration is arguing that detainees held in secret CIA prisons shouldn't be allowed to describe in court how they were interrogated, the Washington Post reported in its Saturday edition. The government believes that interrogation methods used by the CIA are among the nation's most sensitive national security secrets, and that their release "could reasonably be expected to cause extremely grave damage," the Post said, citing recent court filings.
U.S. Seeks to Silence Terror Suspect --U.S.: Detainee Shouldn't Be Allowed to Tell Attorney About CIA's Interrogation Techniques 04 Nov 2006 A suspected terrorist who spent years in a secret CIA prison should not be allowed to speak to a civilian attorney, the Bush administration argues, because he could reveal the agency's closely guarded interrogation techniques. Human rights groups have questioned the CIA's methods for questioning suspects, especially following the passage of a bill last month that authorized the use of harsh but undefined interrogation tactics.
Seattle U honors Guantánamo case lawyer 04 Nov 2006 The Navy lawyer [Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift] who led a successful U.S. Supreme Court challenge of the Bush regime's military tribunals for Guantánamo detainees has received a Distinguished Alumnus award from Seattle University Law School.
Bush Says U.S. Pullout Would Let Iraq Radicals Use Oil as a Weapon 05 Nov 2006 During the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, President [sic] Bush and his aides sternly dismissed suggestions that the war was all about oil. "Nonsense," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld declared. "This is not about that," said White House spokesman Ari Fleischer. Now, more than 3 1/2 years later, someone else is asserting that the war is about oil -- President Bush.
Bush vows not to retreat from Iraq 05 Nov 2006 U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush vowed on Saturday that the United States will not retreat from Iraq although the Iraq war has cost the lives of more than 2800 American servicemen.
Military publications: 'Rumsfeld must go' 03 Nov 2006 Just days after President [sic] Bush publicly affirmed Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's job security through the end of his term, a family of publications catering to the military [the Military Times Media Group] will publish an editorial calling for the defense secretary's removal. "This is not about the midterm elections," stated the editorial, which will appear in the Army Times, Air Force Times, Navy Times, and Marine Corps Times on Monday. "Regardless of which party wins Nov. 7, the time has come, Mr. President, to face the hard bruising truth: Donald Rumsfeld must go."
1999 War Games Foresaw Problems in Iraq 04 Nov 2006 The U.S. government conducted a series of secret war games in 1999 that anticipated an invasion of Iraq would require 400,000 troops, and even then chaos might ensue. In its "Desert Crossing" games, 70 military, diplomatic and intelligence officials assumed the high troop levels would be needed to keep order, seal borders and take care of other security needs.
Tense Iraq awaits Saddam verdict 05 Nov 2006 An Iraqi court is preparing to give its verdict on whether Saddam Hussein is guilty of crimes against humanity and if so, whether he should be executed. [When does Bush's trial begin?]
Iraq on high alert for verdict 05 Nov 2006 Iraq's military is on war-footing and a total curfew has been imposed in key provinces as the country prepares for a verdict in the war crimes trial of ousted president Saddam Hussein.
Iraq's New Secret Police --Military Gov't May Be Best Answer By Ralph Peters 01 Nov 2006 We went to Iraq to overthrow a police state. Through a combination of stubbornness, naivete and noble intentions, we've replaced it with another police state - more violent, more corrupt and less accountable. As an Army officer remarked to me, Saddam's starting to look good... The secret police are back, in the form of death squads... In the coming months, we may find that the only hope of restoring order is a military government. It sounds repellent, but a U.S.-backed coup [?!? Holy f*cking irony, Batman!] may be the only alternative to endless anarchy. [Firstly, not to belabor the point, but I thought we invaded Iraq to prevent Saddam Hussein from using his Rumsfeld-supplied WMDs? Secondly, as to the US backing a coup d'etat in Iraq - been there, bought the Shock & Awe T-shirt! What we need is a coup d'etat in the US to replace the first (and second) Bush coup d'etats in the US. --LRP]
Baghdad police: 56 bodies found in 24 hours --Negroponte in Iraq; U.S. military reports deaths of 3 soldiers, 4 Marines 03 Nov 2006 U.S. National Intelligence Director [War Criminal] John Negroponte met Friday with Iraq’s prime minister. The unannounced meeting comes amid spiraling violence that included seven American deaths and the discovery of 56 bodies in the Iraqi capital bearing signs of torture. The bodies found scattered around Baghdad were of Iraqi men between 20 and 45 years old, and all were apparent victims of 'sectarian' [US] death squads, police said Friday.
Seven US troops killed in Iraq 04 Nov 2006 Seven American troops were killed on Thursday in Iraq, the US military said overnight, updating an earlier toll.
Kidnapped Greek aid worker freed in Iraq 04 Nov 2006 A Greek aid worker kidnapped in Iraq last week was freed and is in good health after being held by unknown abductors for five days, the Greek foreign ministry said.
UK paratroopers on standby as [Bush's] drug war looms in Afghanistan 05 Nov 2006 British military planners have put a battalion of 600 paratroopers on standby to jump into Afghanistan, amid fears that an Afghan government effort to wipe out opium poppy production could trigger heavy fighting with the Taliban this winter.
Israel mounts air strikes in Gaza 04 Nov 2006 Israeli forces have killed at least seven people including a 12-year-old girl in air raids and incidents during an ongoing offensive in Gaza. The deaths bring the number of those killed since Wednesday to at least 42.
Hold on to your hats! Kissinger powwows with Jewish leaders on Iranian threat to Israel 03 Nov 2006 In a meeting last week in New York, former U.S. secretary of state [war criminal] Henry Kissinger took part. Kissinger had accepted an invitation from the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute to participate in last week's discussion - the [alleged] Iranian threat to Israel.
Benn calls for cluster bomb ban 05 Nov 2006 (UK) A worldwide ban on the use of cluster bombs is being called for by the international development secretary.
Thanks to Bush: Six Arab states join rush to go nuclear 04 Nov 2006 The spectre of a nuclear race in the Middle East was raised yesterday when six Arab states announced that they were embarking on programmes to master atomic technology. The move, which follows the failure by the West to curb Iran’s controversial nuclear programme, could see a rapid spread of nuclear reactors in one of the world’s most unstable regions, stretching from the Gulf to the Levant and into North Africa.
Dems Seek Answers on Nuclear Weapons Postings 04 Nov 2006 Four Democratic senators demanded on Saturday that the Bush administration explain its decision to post documents from Saddam Hussein's covert nuclear program on a now-shuttered federal Web site. The documents, mostly in Arabic, were posted since March on a federal Web site called the "Operation Iraqi Freedom Document Portal."
US shuts down 'how to build a nuclear bomb' website 04 Nov 2006 The US government has shut down a [its] website containing Iraqi documents from the Saddam Hussein era, after complaints - including one from the United Nations' nuclear watchdog - that they amounted to a manual on how to build an atomic bomb.
Nuclear Lab Breach Could Be 'Devastating' --CBS News: Data Found In Drug Raid Contains Weapons-Design Secrets 03 Nov 2006 The recent security breach at Los Alamos National Laboratory was very serious, with sensitive materials being taken out of the facility — possibly including information on how to deactivate locks on nuclear weapons, officials tell CBS News.
Anthrax Vaccine Testing Called Off 04 Nov 2006 Federal drug regulators halted plans by a California biotechnology firm to begin human testing of an anthrax vaccine this month, throwing the fate of the troubled program into doubt. The anthrax vaccine effort, already years behind schedule, is by far the largest component of the Bush regime's Project BioShield, a $5.6 billion effort to counter [foment] bioterrorism threats.
White powder found at US senator's office 03 Nov 2006 Police were called to the New York offices of US Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer after a white powder was found in a letter received in the mail, police said. Police later said that the powder was found to be not toxic but that an investigation would be carried out.
White powder at Clinton office found non-toxic --Secret Service says substance found with a "rambling diatribe" letter 27 Oct 2006 NYPD and Secret Service agents said the white powder found inside former President Bill Clinton's office on West 125th Street in Harlem has been deemed inert and non-toxic. Late Friday night, several Clinton staffers were still being held inside the building as officials decide whether or not to decontaminate them.
Unpopular and unwelcome, Bush hits the campaign trail 04 Nov 2006 In the final days of America's election battle, George Bush is hitting the campaign trail in an effort to rally the faithful both to help his party and safeguard the last two years of his pResidency.
Rep. Ney of Ohio resigns from Congress 03 Nov 2006 Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH), who pleaded guilty last month in the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling investigation, has resigned his seat in Congress, his chief of staff said Friday.
Blogger handcuffed at George Allen rally 04 Nov 2006 A liberal blogger who was manhandled by supporters of Sen. George Allen (R-Waffen-SS) this week was handcuffed by authorities and escorted from another rally Saturday after an Allen backer claimed the man pushed him to the ground.
Evangelical Dumped for Alleged 'Immoral Conduct' --Church Founder and Pastor Resigns Amid Gay Sex and Drug Allegations 04 Nov 2006 "Dismissed." That was the blunt language from the Overseer Board of the Rev. Ted Haggard's New Life Church. "Our investigation and Pastor Haggard's public statements have proven without a doubt that he has committed sexually immoral conduct," the four-member board decided late today.
Kansas Abortion MD Wants O'Reilly Probe 04 Nov 2006 An abortion doctor [Dr. George Tiller] plans to ask for an investigation of the state attorney general and Bill O'Reilly [O'Lielly] over comments by the Fox television host that he got information from Kansas abortion records, the doctor's attorneys said Saturday.
Test Spits Out Wrong Results At Board of Elections 03 Nov 2006 (OH) A problem has been discovered with the optical scanner in connection with one race at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Friday afternoon. During a test using an optical scanner, officials discovered that the machine was providing incorrect election results for the race for the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
The American coup 2006 is growing exponentially By Mark Yannone 03 Nov 2006 Citizens for Legitimate Government is already tracking election irregularities this year. Once again, it's not a pretty sight. One point about the touchscreen voting scam machines that I believe has yet to be made by anyone so far is this: Just because a machine prints a paper record doesn't mean that record will be used for a recount. If it's not machine-readable, a judge could easily agree with an objecting county elections department that a manual recount of a paper record is just too tedious to justify.
Make Them Steal Your Vote - Election Protection By CactusPat 02 Nov 2006 Below are listed several Election Protection initiatives to help stop the disenfranchisement by the Republican election suppression machine and maybe catch them red-handed. Make them steal your vote....
US stops audit of Iraq rebuilding 03 Nov 2006 A US government agency that has exposed corruption in Iraqi reconstruction projects will close in 2007. Washington lawmakers have reacted with shock at the discovery that an obscure clause in a military spending bill will terminate the work of the auditor.
Washington bid to take over UN forces 03 Nov 06 The United States is lobbying to put an American, possibly a general, in charge of all UN peacekeeping operations. The unprecedented US bid for the top UN peacekeeping post would place an American in command of the 95,000 UN peacekeepers in [US-created] trouble spots from Lebanon to Sudan. The American lobbying effort is set to prove hugely controversial. If successful, the change would amount to a radical remaking of the organisation, bringing it closer to its origin in World War II as a US-led alliance. Some UN officials fear that putting an American at the head of peacekeeping potentially could enable the US to use UN operations for covert activities - as it did with the UN weapons inspection teams in the Iraq of Saddam Hussein.
British believe Bush more dangerous than Kim Jong-il --US allies think Washington threat to world peace 03 Nov 2006 America is now seen as a threat to world peace by its closest neighbours and allies, according to an international survey of public opinion published today that reveals just how far the country's reputation has fallen among former supporters since the invasion of Iraq. The research also shows that British voters see George Bush as a greater danger to world peace than either the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, or the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Britons wary of Bush more than Kim Jong-il: poll 03 Nov 2006 The United States is seen as a threat to world peace by its closest neighbors and allies, with Britons saying President George W. Bush poses a greater danger than North Korea's Kim Jong-il, a survey found on Friday.
Iraq a 'work of art in progress' says US general after 49 die 03 Nov 2006 An American general in Baghdad called Iraq a "work of art" in progress yesterday in one of the most extraordinary attempts by the US military leadership to put a positive spin on the worsening violence. On a day in which 49 people were killed or found dead around the country, Major General William Caldwell, the chief military spokesman, argued that Iraq was in transition, a process that was "not always a pleasant thing to watch.
U.N.: Nearly 100,000 flee Iraq monthly 03 Nov 2006 Nearly 100,000 Iraqis are fleeing each month to Syria and Jordan, forcing the United Nations to set aside its goal of helping refugees return home after the U.S.-led invasion, officials said Friday.
Kroll pulls security team out of Iraq 01 Nov 2006 Manhattan security company Kroll has withdrawn its bodyguard teams from Iraq and Afghanistan after it lost four workers in Iraq, its parent company said Wednesday. Michael Cherkasky, president and chief executive of Kroll owner Marsh & McLennan Cos., told The Associated Press that the business in the two countries wasn't worth risking the lives of their employees.
Iraq: Bush has a plan, and it's working (Asia Times Online Ltd.) 03 Nov 2006 Asia Times Online columnist Spengler has pointed out that chaos is probably the best option for the Bush administration, not only in Iraq but in the region (see How I learned to stop worrying and love chaos, March 14, 2006, and Mistah Kurtz, he clueless, May 11, 2004). Mark LeVine writes (The chaos theory in action, April 6, 2004): "It is chaos that makes this whole [post-invasion Iraqi] system possible. Without the chaos, Iraqis would not allow the country to be sold off wholesale, or allow the US troops to remain after the June 30 'transfer' of sovereignty." A strategy of fomenting chaos makes perfect sense in a twisted sort of way: a stable, autonomous Iraq means oil will be pumped, bringing down international crude prices, and that's the last thing the Bush administration's backers want. Who are the administration's backers, and who has a hotline to the presidency, via Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney? Big Oil.
Madrassa not a terror camp, say survivors 03 Nov 2006 The only three survivors of the Chenagai madrassa attack, which killed 80 people on Monday, claim that the students there had received no military training and were nearly all locals from the Bajaur tribal district. Since the attacks, anger has mounted over what was the largest loss of life in an attack on suspected militants on Pakistani soil and growing suspicions that it was carried out on American orders. The Daily Telegraph spoke to the three boys as Pakistan came under intensified pressure last night to produce evidence to support its claim that the destroyed seminary was "a terrorist training camp".
Abu Ghraib Offender Heads Back to Iraq --A military dog handler convicted for his role in the prisoner abuse scandal has been ordered back to help train the country's police. 02 Nov 2006 One of the men [Sgt. Santos Cardona] implicated in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal is returning to the scene of the crime. The U.S. military tells TIME that one of the soldiers convicted for his role in Abu Ghraib, having served his sentence, has just been sent back to serve in Iraq. His 23rd MP Company has been selected to train [!?!] Iraqi police.
Military tribunals expected next year 03 Nov 2006 The 14 senior al-CIAduh operatives held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba won't be the first to go on trial when the new system of military tribunals begins next year. Instead, senior military officials say the first detainees to be tried will involve those charged with lesser crimes, The New York Times reports. Ten people whose earlier trials were aborted when the Supreme Court struck down the previous system of military commissions are expected to be the first to go before new military tribunals. The chief prosecutor, Col, Morris D. Davis of the Air Force, says a team of Justice Department lawyers, along with FBI agents, will participate in the tribunals for the 14 men, all expected to face the death penalty. [Bush, Cheney Halliburton, Rumsfeld and Rove need to be tried *first.* --LRP]
Officials See Military Trials Using New Law in 2007 03 Nov 2006 The Pentagon expects to begin conducting the first 'war crimes' [kangaroo] trials at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, under the new military tribunal law by summer, senior military officials have said.
State Department screened speakers for possible dissent 03 Nov 2006 An internal State Department review has found that U.S. officials screened the public statements and writings of private citizens for criticism of the Bush regime before deciding whether to select them for foreign speaking projects. The screenings amounted to "virtual censorship" in the State Department's selection of speakers, said a report by the department's Inspector General's Office.
Former Agent Says Google and CIA in Partnership By Marcus Yam 31 Oct 2006 Is Google's quest to manage the world's information leading straight to the CIA? Former CIA clandestine case officer Robert David Steele made some very hot comments on his appearance on the Alex Jones radio show. Steele cites his contacts within the agency with the information that Google and the CIA are involved with one another.
Police arrest 10,733 'fugitives' in U.S.-led sweep 02 Nov 2006 More than 10,000 'fugitives,' including 1,659 alleged sex offenders [start w. Foley], were arrested in a week-long sweep by law enforcement officials in 24 eastern states, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said on Thursday... John Clark, director of the U.S. Marshals Service, said the roundup of the 10,733 fugitives was planned "without regard to any political elections coming up." He said agents wanted to have the advantage of the warm fall weather, when fugitives are still circulating outside. [?!?]
U.S. Web Archive Is Said to Reveal a Nuclear Guide 03 Nov 2006 Last March, the federal government set up a Web site to make public a vast archive of Iraqi documents captured during the war. In recent weeks, the site has posted some documents that weapons experts say are a danger themselves: detailed accounts of Iraq’s secret nuclear research before the 1991 Persian Gulf war. The documents, the experts say, constitute a basic guide to building an atom bomb. Last night, the government shut down the Web site after The New York Times asked about complaints from weapons experts and arms-control officials. One diplomat said the agency’s technical experts "were shocked" at the public disclosures. The documents, roughly a dozen in number, contain charts, diagrams, equations and lengthy narratives about bomb building that nuclear experts who have viewed them say go beyond what is available on the Internet and in other public forums. For instance, the papers give detailed information on how to build nuclear firing circuits and triggering explosives, as well as the radioactive cores of atom bombs.
Bomb cookbook website shut down 04 Nov 2006 The US government hurriedly closed down an official website this week after a newspaper reported it contained Iraqi documents that included details for building a nuclear bomb, officials said overnight.
America's Point of No Return By Robert Parry 02 Nov 2006 In many ways, Election 2006 not only marks the last chance to exact some accountability from those responsible for the disastrous Iraq War and other failures, but it also represents a point of no return for a nation hurtling toward a future of endless warfare abroad and a new-age totalitarianism at home... The elections have become a referendum on whether the United States will wage a virtually endless "World War III" against Muslim radicals – a kind of global version of Iraq – and whether the U.S. Constitution will be effectively repealed, replaced by a new system without "unalienable rights" for citizens and with an all-powerful President [sic].
Two Palestinian protestors shot dead 03 Nov 2006 Two Palestinians, including a woman, who were protesting for Israeli troops to leave the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanun, were shot dead by Israeli gunfire today, a medical source said.
2-yr old Palestinian released from Israeli prison! By Haitham Sabbah 02 Nov 2006 The attached are from our local Al-Quds newspaper on Nov 1, 2006. They are from a story about a 2-yr old girl who was released from an Israeli prison near Ramallah... Aiysha’s mother gave birth to her while detained in an Israeli prison. Aiysha was released two days ago, her mother is still being detained under "Administrative Detention..."
BA's terror alert bill hits £100m 03 Nov 2006 Tough airport security measures brought in after August's terror alert have cost British Airways £100m.
Man Mistakes Nuclear Power Plant For Gas Station --Another Man Thinks Guard Station Is Toll Booth 02 Nov 2006 (IL) A highly intoxicated Oak Park man faces several charges after driving up to the Braidwood nuclear power plant in search of gasoline Saturday, police said. The incident was the second time in two weeks that a drunken motorist mistakenly pulled up to a security checkpoint at the Braidwood Generating Station.
Nun who helped at Ground Zero dies 03 Nov 2006 A nun [Sister Cynthia Mahoney] who said her lungs were permanently damaged after she spent six months at ground zero following the Sept. 11 attacks has died. No cause of death was given, but Mahoney, 54, had said in several interviews that she thought poisoned air where the World Trade Center towers fell gave her a deadly mix of asthma and pulmonary and digestive problems.
Foreign Lobbies Took the Guise of Nonprofits 03 Nov 2006 Early last year, two little-known nonprofit groups paid for Rep. John T. Doolittle (R-Calif.) and his 12-year-old daughter to travel to South Korea and Malaysia... Doolittle's junket, which cost $29,400, was among the most expensive privately sponsored trips by members of Congress in recent years. The two groups that split the bills were fronts for vigorous lobbying campaigns bankrolled by foreign entities and were operated by a Washington lobbying firm, Alexander Strategy Group, according to public records and people who worked with the firm.
Evangelical Leader and Gay Marriage Opponent Admits to Meth and Massage (But Not Gay Sex) 03 Nov 2006 Evangelist Ted Haggard admitted Friday that he bought methamphetamine and received a massage from a gay prostitute who claims he was paid for drug-fueled trysts by the outspoken gay marriage opponent. Haggard resigned Thursday as president of the National Association of Evangelicals and stepped down as leader of his Colorado megachurch while the two groups investigate the allegations. Talking to reporters outside his house Friday, Haggard denied the sex allegations but said that he did buy meth from the man because he was curious. "I bought it for myself but never used it," he said.
Key Evangelical quits amid gay sex claim 02 Nov 2006 The leader of the influential National Association of Evangelicals, a vocal opponent of the drive for same-sex marriage, resigned Thursday after being accused of paying for sex with a man. The Rev. Ted Haggard also stepped aside as head of his 14,000-member New Life Church while a church panel investigates.
Today's Coup 2006 Updates [See also: CLG's Coup 2006.]
GOP maggots already scheming to cover the scenes of their crimes: The Exit Pollsters: An Election Night Quarantine --In 2004, bloggers got a hold of early exit poll data and hailed a premature [accurate] Kerry victory. This time, things will be different. (TIME) 02 Nov 2006 After early exit poll data that favored John Kerry was leaked online in 2004, the networks have changed their policy. Now their exit pollsters will be quarantined together on Nov. 7 until 5 p.m. EST. This means that even network news executives themselves won't know the results until just before the evening newscasts.
12 Smartcards Go Missing In Tennessee; Control Electronic Voting Machines 03 Nov 2006 Political insiders have expressed alarm after 12 voter smartcards have gone missing from one Shelby County, TN early vote location. The cards are used to activate electronic voting machines. Someone possessing a smartcard could use 'off the shelf equipment' [equipment that reprograms the card] and alter it to be used multiple times, and cast multiple votes.
Button on e-voting machine allows multiple votes --Sequoia touch-screen is California's most widely used 01 Nov 2006 Days before the election, state officials have learned that California's most widely used electronic voting machines feature a button in back that can allow someone to vote multiple times.
Voting machines vulnerable, says report by UConn faculty --State takes extra security steps before election By Michael Kirk 06 Nov 2006 UConn faculty members contracted by the state to evaluate the security of new voting machines to be used in some Connecticut municipalities on Nov. 7 have issued a report identifying vulnerabilities in the system which, if exploited maliciously, could affect the outcome of the election in those precincts. [Click here for full report.]
E-Mail Ballots for Military Questioned 02 Nov 2006 A New Jersey congressman raised questions Thursday about a new military voting program that lets service members request and submit their ballots by fax or e-mail. In a letter to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Democratic Rep. Rush Holt said the electronic registration and voting service is well-intentioned, but could expose troops to identity theft, or allow [GOP] hackers or others to tamper with the ballots when they are in transit.
Official states electronic voting system added votes never cast in 2004 Presidential election; audit log missing By Peter Peckarsky, Ron Baiman, and Robert Fitrakis 01 Nov 2006 An electronic vote counting system included votes never cast in the total vote count reported for the 2004 Presidential election according to an official directly in charge of conducting the election, the Republican Director of the Miami County (Ohio) Board of Elections. The audit log for the system is missing all information for the 2004 Presidential election. [Click here for full document.]
GOP mayor stops free flu shots for poor at polling places 02 Nov 2006 Houston Mayor Bill White ordered a halt Wednesday to the city health department's privately funded drive to offer flu vaccinations at early voting sites in predominantly Hispanic and black neighborhoods, amid conservative criticism that the effort would boost Democratic turnout. About 1,300 flu shots were given to people age 50 or older in the past three days under the program, which didn't require the recipients to vote. Health officials said they were only trying to reach people in medically underserved communities.
GOP Complaints Nix Flu Shots at Polls 02 Nov 2006 The city has stopped offering free flu shots at early voting sites after Republicans alleged it was a ploy by the mayor to lure more Democrats to the polls. Health officials said they were targeting medically underserved areas, not Democratic neighborhoods.
Signs link Dems to terror and illegal immigrants 02 Nov 2006 Fort Bend County Democrats are irate about campaign signs linking Democrats to illegal immigrants and terrorists, but the Republican county commissioner who paid for them said they accurately reflect Democratic positions.
In Kansas, 9 former Republicans run as Democrats 02 Nov 2006 In Kansas, at least nine candidates running on the November 7 ballot are Republicans-turned-Democrats. They include a veteran county prosecutor seeking to unseat the Republican attorney general and a former state Republican Party chairman running as the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor. A cross-section of Democrats, moderate Republicans and independents are backing the party-switchers.
Medicare Cuts Payments For Many Services 5% 02 Nov 2006 Doctors caring for the elderly and the disabled will see a 5 percent cut in reimbursement rates when they treat Medicare patients next year. Doctors warned that that the lower rates would lead to fewer doctors taking on new Medicare cases.
How to Get Out of the United States in 60 Days (with more than the clothes on your back) By Ezekiel Jones 05 Oct 2006 Things have reached the point in the U. S. where people in target groups should be making plans to emigrate. This is an under-discussed, almost taboo topic that needs to be highlighted now before it's too late. How much difference can 60 days make? Here's what happened in Germany in the first 60 days after Adolph Hitler, head of a minority party, was appointed Chancellor of Germany.
'Only 50 years left' for sea fish 02 Nov 2006 There will be virtually nothing left to fish from the seas by the middle of the century if current trends continue, according to a major scientific study. Stocks have collapsed in nearly one-third of sea fisheries, and the rate of decline is accelerating.
"This is not an election anymore, it's an intervention." After President Meets Reporters, Sullivan -- Once a Bush Backer -- Now Suggests He May Have 'Lost His Mind' By E&P Staff 01 Nov 2006 In a move that no doubt sent a shiver through several candidates in his own party, President [sic] Bush, in a special interview with wire service reporters in the White House, today guaranteed a job for his Pentagon chief for two more years, adding that both Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President [sic] Cheney "are doing fantastic jobs and I strongly support them." But it wasn't only endangered Republicans who have been calling for Rumsfeld's ouster who may have blanched. Andrew Sullivan, the conservative writer who was once a key media supporter for the Iraq war, denounced the latest Bush statement on CNN on Wednesday night, stating that the president is so delusional, "This is not an election anymore, it's an intervention."
Feds stall Halliburton bribe probe --Bribes paid when Cheney was CEO (HalliburtonWatch.org) 02 Nov 2006 The Bush administration has successfully stalled a federal investigation into alleged bribes that were paid by Halliburton when Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney was CEO, a company filing released Tuesday shows. Investigators think the bribes -- totaling $180 million -- were paid to officials in the government of Nigeria for the purpose of winning a multi-billion dollar construction contract.
Halliburton agrees to extend SEC probe 01 Nov 2006 Halliburton Co. has said it will agree to the Securities and Exchange Commission's request [?!?] for more time to investigate possible bribery and corruption in connection with the company's natural gas operations in Nigeria. The oilfield services conglomerate disclosed the SEC's recent request for a so-called tolling agreement in a regulatory filing on Tuesday. Such an accord will put off the time when the legal clock started running, or tolling, on the case under the statute of limitations - generally five years for such investigations. The agreement also gives Houston-based Halliburton more time to make its case to the SEC against possible civil charges under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or to work out a settlement with the agency.
3 More Years --Iraqi President: U.S. troops needed to help fight terrorists 02 Nov 2006 Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said on Thursday U.S. troops should remain in Iraq for up to three more years to enable the local authorities to develop their own security forces... Talabani said "international terrorists" [the US-led occupation forces] were still concentrating all their efforts in Iraq which meant the country needed outside help to defeat them.
Pentagon Looking Into Leak of Classified Intel to New York Times 01 Nov 2006 The Pentagon is looking into how classified information indicating Iraq is moving closer to chaos wound up on the front page of Wednesday's New York Times, and is not ruling out an investigation that could lead to criminal charges. [It's 'classified' that Iraq is 'moving closer to chaos?!?']
Military Charts Movement of Conflict in Iraq Toward Chaos 01 Nov 2006 A classified briefing prepared two weeks ago by the United States Central Command portrays Iraq as edging toward chaos, in a chart that the military is using as a barometer of civil conflict. A one-page slide shown at the Oct. 18 briefing provides a rare glimpse into how the military command that oversees the war is trying to track its trajectory, particularly in terms of sectarian fighting.
Rumsfeld: Terrorists Plan Attacks to Manipulate U.S. Media [They (GOP/Faux News) already do!] 01 Nov 2006 [US] Terrorists operating in Iraq are staging attacks that garner negative press coverage so that the American people become soured on the war, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told two radio talk show hosts yesterday. "You know, they're very good at manipulating the American press and managing the news in a way that advantages them and tries to break the will of the American people," Rumsfeld told Bill LuMaye during a telephone interview on WPTF in Raleigh, N.C.
Bush bin Laden insures the 'need' for Blackwater USA in Iraq by giving the 'insurgents' their playbook: Hunt for 'super-snipers' who uses US tactics 30 Oct 2006 Snipers attacking US troops in Baghdad are using an American shooting textbook to assist in their operations, an insurgent group has claimed.
Rumsfeld OKs Increase in Iraqi Forces 31 Oct 2006 Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Tuesday endorsed a proposal to spend at least $1 billion to expand the size and accelerate the training and equipping of Iraqi security forces.
Motorcycle bomb kills seven in Iraq 03 Nov 2006 A motorcycle bomb killed seven people and wounded 45 others as it ripped through a crowded motorbike market in Baghdad's Shiite Sadr City district. The bomb, detonated by remote control, targeted shoppers in the Mureydi market.
Two Soldiers Killed in Iraq 02 Nov 2006 Two U.S. soldiers are among the latest casualties in Iraq, military officials reported.
Alyssa Peterson Suicide 31 Oct 2006 Army specialist Alyssa Peterson was an Arabic speaking interrogator assigned to the prison at the Tal-afar airbase in far northwestern Iraq near the Syrian border. According to the Army's investigation into her death, obtained by a KNAU reporter through the Freedom of Information Act, Peterson objected to the interrogation techniques used on prisoners. She refused to participate after only two nights working in the unit known as the cage... They say all records of those techniques have now been destroyed. Instead she was assigned to the base gate, where she monitored Iraqi guards. She was sent to suicide prevention training. But on the night of September 15th, 2003, Army investigators concluded she shot and killed herself with her service rifle.
29 percent of Americans approve of Bush's handling of Iraq war 02 Nov 2006 The final New York Times/CBS News poll before the midterm 'elections' showed that 29 percent of Americans approve of the way President [sic] Bush is managing the war, matching the lowest mark of his pResidency. Nearly 70 percent said Mr. Bush did not have a plan to end the war, and 80 percent said Mr. Bush’s latest effort to rally public support for the conflict amounted to a change in language but not policy.
Bush owes troops an apology, not Kerry --Keith Olbermann: Bush 'appearing to be stupid' about Kerry's joke 02 Nov 2006 The senator, in essence, called Mr. Bush stupid. The context was unmistakable: Texas; the state of denial; stuck in Iraq. No interpretation required. And Mr. Bush and his minions responded by appearing to be too stupid to realize that they had been called stupid... That phrase — "appearing to be too stupid" — is used deliberately, Mr. Bush.
Bush chides Democrats as soft on terror 02 Nov 2006 President [sic] Bush, campaigning in a Republican stronghold for an endangered GOP senator, tried to rally his supporters Thursday by portraying Democrats as soft on terrorists and opposed to conservative judges. Bush chided Democrats who voted against legislation to detain and interrogate [torture] suspected terrorists, the National Security Agency's [illegal] eavesdropping program and the [unconstitutional] U.S.A. Patriot Act.
Hicks refused visit for fear of punishment: lawyer 02 Nov 2006 The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is not aware of allegations that Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks has refused to meet consular officials because he believes he has been punished after previous visits.
Minister's doubts over Guantanamo 03 Nov 2006 A senior Government minister [Senator Helen Coonan] has conceded that the military commission process faced by Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks may be flawed.
Syria denies Lebanon 'plot' claim 02 Nov 2006 Syria has denied White House claims that, together with Iran and Hezbollah, it is planning to try to topple the Lebanese government. The "rumours" spread by the US were wrong, the foreign ministry said.
US issues Lebanon 'plot' warning 01 Nov 2006 The United States has said there is "mounting evidence" [More 'yellowcake from Niger?'] that Syria, Iran and Hezbollah are planning to topple the Lebanese government. The White House said Syria hoped to stop the formation of an international tribunal to try suspects in the killing [by the CIA] of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri.
Israeli killings resume in Gaza Strip 02 Nov 2006 Israeli troops are reported to have killed five Palestinians in northern Gaza, three of them civilians including a 75-year-old, in one of its biggest operations in the coastal strip in months. Witnesses said soldiers, backed by tanks and using loudspeakers, ordered all residents over 16 years of age in the town of Beit Hanoun to present themselves at a school for questioning. The town of 30,000 people has been effectively under an army curfew since the Israeli troops entered it on Wednesday, the witnesses said.
Cluster bomb victims 'mostly civilians' 02 Nov 2006 Nearly all the victims of cluster bombs are civilians, a third of them children, according to a report by the campaign group Handicap International.
Missiles fired in Iran exercise 02 Nov 2006 The Iranian military has fired missiles capable of carrying cluster bombs during a military exercise in the south of the country, Iranian TV reports.
Iran test-fires Shahab-3 Missile 02 Nov 2006 Iranian state-run [as opposed to corporate-run] television said Thursday the country had test-fired dozen of missiles, including the long-range Shahab-3, during the first hours of new military maneuvers. The report said the elite Revolutionary Guards also had launched several kinds of short-range missiles in a central desert area of Iran.
Big Brother Britain 2006: 'We are waking up to a surveillance society all around us' 02 Nov 2006 Britain has sleepwalked into becoming a surveillance society that increasingly intrudes into our private lives and impacts on everyday activities, the head of the information watchdog warns.
Blogger Subdued at Sen. Allen Event 01 Nov 2006 A campaign appearance by Sen. George Allen turned physical when a liberal blogger was wrestled to the ground after heckling the senator about his divorce and court records.
Democratic activist claims abuse by Allen's staffers 02 Nov 2006 A Democratic activist who 'verbally confronted' [questioned] U.S. Sen. George Allen, R-VA, at a campaign rally in Charlottesville Tuesday was shoved, put into a headlock and thrown against a window by three men wearing Allen stickers, according to a widely disseminated video of the incident. W. Michael Stark, who identified himself in an e-mail after the incident as a University of Virginia law student, yelled a question at Allen about whether he had ever spit on his first wife, an unsubstantiated charge that has been circulating on liberal blogs on the Internet. Allen supporters [Waffen-SS troops] hauled him away from the senator as television cameras rolled.
Issaquah bus driver appeals firing for "flipping off" President Bush 02 Nov 2006 (WA) An Issaquah school bus driver fired for allegedly "flipping off" President [sic] Bush during a visit to Seattle in June is appealing her termination. According to Issaquah School District officials, the incident happened when a district school bus stopped for Bush's motorcade while returning from a field trip in Seattle.
Coulter Refuses to Cooperate in Voting Probe 01 Nov 2006 Conservative 'columnist' [Reichwing whackjob] Ann Coulter has refused to cooperate in an investigation into whether she voted in the wrong precinct, so the case will probably be turned over to prosecutors, Palm Beach County's elections chief said Wednesday.
Doughnut hole to get bigger next year, study of Medicare Part D finds 01 Nov 2006 It's called the "doughnut hole,'' and it's the most controversial piece of Part D, Medicare's prescription drug program. The hole requires seniors trapped inside it to pay for drug insurance and, at the same time, pay the entire cost of the drugs they buy. On Wednesday, a study by a health consumer watchdog group said the cost to insure yourself against the hole next year will go up 111 percent in Missouri and 72 percent in Illinois. Nationwide, the average cost will increase 87 percent in 2007, says Families USA, a universal health care advocate whose study is based on records the insurers filed with Medicare.
U.S. Agency to Review Oil Royalties 02 Nov 2006 The Government Accountability Office, the watchdog agency for Congress, is beginning a broad investigation into potential deficiencies in how the government collects billions of dollars in royalties from companies that produce oil and gas on federal territory. The Minerals Management Service of the Interior Department, which oversees royalty collections, has come under growing criticism from lawmakers in both parties for losing track of billions of dollars in royalties.
Bush Names Exxon Chief to Chart America's Energy Future (Bush Greenwatch) 02 Nov 2006 Even for an administration dedicated to putting industry lobbyists in charge of the very agencies they have devoted their careers to undermining (coal and oil lobbyist J. Stephen Griles as Deputy Secretary of the Interior is one of dozens of examples), President [sic] Bush has recently outdone himself. He has named Lee Raymond, the retired chief of ExxonMobil, to head a key study to help America chart a cleaner course for our energy needs. Raymond currently chairs the National Petroleum Council (NPC), one of the most powerful lobbies in Washington. [Quick action! Tell Secretary Bodman Not to Let Exxon Chart America's Energy Future.]
Is the Bush administration muzzling warming research? Senator: Two inspectors general investigating 'censorship and suppression' 02 Nov 2006 Two federal agencies are investigating whether the Bush administration tried to block government scientists from speaking freely about global warming and censor their research, a senator said Wednesday. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-NJ, said he was informed that the inspectors general for the Commerce Department and NASA had begun "coordinated, sweeping investigations of the Bush administration’s censorship and suppression" of federal research into global warming.
PM's vow to tackle global warming hit by plans to treble flights 02 Oct 2006 Britain's airports are planning to treble the number of flights by 2030, despite the recent Stern report's grave warnings about the environmental effects of expanding air travel in the UK.
Diebold demands that HBO cancel documentary on voting machines 01 Nov 2006 Diebold Inc. insisted that cable network HBO cancel a documentary that questions the integrity of its voting machines, calling the program inaccurate and unfair. The program, "Hacking Democracy," is scheduled to debut Thursday, five days before the 2006 U.S. midterm 'elections.' The film claims that Diebold voting machines aren't tamper-proof and can be manipulated to change voting results.
Baghdad is under siege By Patrick Cockburn 01 Nov 2006 As American and British political leaders argue over responsibility for the crisis in Iraq, the country has taken another lurch towards disintegration... The scale of killing is already as bad as Bosnia at the height of the Balkans conflict. An apocalyptic scenario could well emerge - with slaughter on a massive scale. As America prepares its exit strategy, the fear in Iraq is of a genocidal conflict between the Sunni minority and the Shias in which an entire society implodes.
MPs attack Blair for 'vainglorious' approach to the conflict in Iraq 01 Nov 2006 MPs made angry demands for an inquiry into the Iraq war as they lambasted the Government over its handling of the invasion during the first full debate on the war in more than two years.
Blair fends off demand for inquiry with majority of 25 01 Nov 2006 Tony Blair avoided a humiliating defeat over Iraq last night when the Government headed off all-party demands for an inquiry into the Iraq war and its aftermath. The Commons voted down calls for an immediate investigation by 298 votes to 273, a government majority of 25.
Anti-war protesters mass to send message to Commons 01 Nov 2006 A vocal crowd brought an anti-war message yet again to Westminster last night as MPs debated inside, and they took heart that the need for an inquiry into the Iraq war was at last being discussed in Parliament.
Pentagon boosts 'media war' unit 31 Oct 2006 The US defence department has set up a new unit to better promote its propaganda across 24-hour rolling news outlets, and particularly on the internet. The Pentagon said the move would boost its ability to counter "inaccurate" news stories and exploit new media. Defence Secretary [War Criminal] Donald Rumsfeld said earlier this year the US was losing the propaganda war to its enemies.
Pentagon mounts media campaign to defend Rumsfeld 31 Oct 2006 The Pentagon is taking aim at the Internet and Web logs, the so-called "new media," in a campaign to deflect mounting criticism of Defense Secretary [War Criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld by a U.S. public that is becoming increasingly disenchanted with the conflict in Iraq.
Bush: If Democrats win, terrorists win 31 Oct 2006 "However they put it, the Democrat approach in Iraq comes down to this: The terrorists win and America loses," Bush told a raucous crowd of some 5,000 GOP partisans packed in the arena at an earlier stop at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. Dick Cheney, meanwhile, said in an interview with Faux News that he thought insurgents are timing their attacks to influence the American 'elections.'
Kerry apologizes to troops after 'botched joke' --Senator’s comments on Iraq policy were met with anger from both parties 01 Nov 2006 Thrust into the midst of the midterm election campaign, Sen. John Kerry apologized Wednesday to "any service member, family member or American who was offended" by remarks deemed by Republicans and Democrats alike to be insulting to U.S. forces in Iraq.
Kerry Apologizes for 'A Botched Joke' 01 Nov 2006 Sen. John Kerry apologized for "a botched joke" about President [sic] Bush's Iraq policies that led Bush and fellow Republicans to accuse him of insulting U.S. troops. Some Democrats in close races assailed Kerry, while others called the flap a ploy by the GOP to alter its fortunes in next week's midterm 'elections.'
Kerry draws Republican fire 31 Oct 2006 Democratic U.S. Sen. John Kerry drew election-year fire from President [sic] Bush and other Republicans on Tuesday for saying college students could "get stuck in Iraq" if they do not study hard. But Kerry, who unsuccessfully challenged Bush in the 2004 presidential election, refused to apologize and said his remark was a "botched joke" aimed at the pResident, not U.S. troops.
President Seizes on Kerry Comments --Bush Uses Senator's 'Botched Joke' to Push for GOP Votes 31 Oct 2006 The White House and Sen. John Kerry traded their harshest accusations since the 2004 presidential race on Tuesday, with President [sic] George W. Bush accusing the Democrat of troop-bashing and Kerry calling the president's men hacks who are "willing to lie."
Iraq seeks $100 billion in aid 31 Oct 2006 Iraq needs around 100 billion dollars from donor countries to develop its infrastructure [that the US destroyed] over the next five years, an Iraqi official said at the opening of a donors' meeting in Kuwait.
Bechtel weary of 'rebuilding' that which they destroyed: Bechtel ends Iraq 'rebuilding' after a rough 3 years 01 Nov 2006 Bechtel Corp. went to Iraq three years ago to help rebuild a nation torn by [their] war. Since then, 52 of its people have been killed and much of its work sabotaged as Iraq dissolved into 'insurgency' and sectarian violence. Now Bechtel is leaving.
Iraq PM ends US blockade of militia bastion 31 Oct 2006 U.S. troops lifted roadblocks around a Baghdad militia stronghold on Tuesday when Iraq's prime minister ordered them out.
Baghdad Shi'ites protest "U.S. siege" of stronghold 31 Oct 2006 Shops were shut and many workers stayed at home on Tuesday in Baghdad's Sadr City after a local militia leader ordered protests at what he called a U.S. military "siege" of the sprawling suburb. For the past week, Iraqi and U.S. troops have been manning checkpoints and mounting raids in the area, home to some two million people, in the hunt for an American soldier of Iraqi origin who was kidnapped in central Baghdad last Monday.
US force in Iraq swells to 150,000: Pentagon 30 Oct 2006 With the US death toll in Iraq passing 100 this month and mid-term elections just days away, the Pentagon said the US force in Iraq has grown to 150,000 troops, the biggest it has been since January.
103 U.S. Troops Killed This Month In Iraq 31 Oct 2006 A car bomb killed three people and wounded five others in Baghdad's Sadr City section early Tuesday, a day after a bombing killed at least 33 people in the neighborhood.
Car bomb at wedding procession kills at least 15 01 Nov 2006 A car bomb ripped through a wedding procession in northeastern Baghdad, killing at least 15 people, including four children. Another 19 people were wounded when the blast struck a convoy of vehicles celebrating a wedding in the district of Ur.
Over 40 Iraqis kidnapped north of Baghdad - police 31 Oct 2006 More than 40 people are missing after armed kidnappers ambushed minibuses travelling to Baghdad on a main road north of the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, police in the city of Tikrit said.
3 killed in second bomb attack in Iraq 31 Oct 2006 A car bomb killed three people and wounded five others in Baghdad's Sadr City section early Tuesday, a day after a bombing killed at least 33 people in the overwhelmingly Shiite neighborhood.
2 Sunni coaches are abducted in Baghdad 01 Nov 2006 Gunmen seized two Sunni coaches from a youth club Wednesday in Baghdad, while authorities searched for dozens of Shiites abducted along a highway north of the capital in another outbreak of Iraq's relentless sectarian [US] violence.
Canada hands control of southern Afghanistan to the Dutch 01 Nov 2006 Canada's Brigadier-General David Fraser has handed NATO control of southern Afghanistan to the Dutch. It's a rotational change of command that wraps up a deadly eight months for Gen. Fraser in one of the world's most dangerous zones.
Suicide bombing injures 2 ISAF soldiers in S. Afghanistan 01 Nov 2006 A suicide bombing injured two ISAF soldiers in Kandahar province of southern Afghanistan on Wednesday,an officer of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.
Swedes think US 'greatest threat to peace' 29 Oct 2006 Swedes think that the United States and North Korea pose the greatest threats to world peace, according to the results of a poll released on Sunday. Nearly one in three Swedes, 29 percent, think that the US is the biggest threat to peace on earth [It is.], the poll, commissioned by Axess Television, reveals.
An undiplomatic conflict of interest By Kevin McKiernan 01 Nov 2006 Most people would agree that it's bad ethics for government officials to invest in companies that they regulate. But what about a US special envoy to a Middle East trouble spot who happens to be a director of an arms company selling weapons to one of the parties in the conflict? That's the case of retired Air Force General Joseph Ralston, who was appointed by the Bush administration in August to help US ally Turkey counter the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK , the Kurdish rebels who are seeking autonomy from Turkey and have bases in northern Iraq.
Fitzgerald doesn't want to talk about Armitage --Files to prevent jury considering evidence on who leaked CIA agent's name 30 Oct 2006 Without ever mentioning him by name, Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, in a court filing Monday, argues that a jury in the CIA/Leak trial should not consider evidence concerning why he did not charge former State Department official Richard Armitage with leaking Valerie Plame's name to reporters. It is a crime to intentionally disclose the name of a classified CIA operative.
Australian lawyers and Amnesty want Australian returned from Guantanamo Bay 31 Oct 2006 Australia's top lawyers' group and human rights watchdog Amnesty International called on the government Wednesday to bring home the only Australian terror suspect still held by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
Reid says terror threat is worse than Cold War 01 Nov 2006 John Reid has likened the fight against terrorism to Britain's battle for survival against the Nazis as he called for a new generation of innovators to help protect the country from [Bush bin Laden's] suicide bombers.
Congresswoman has no-fly list troubles 30 Oct 2006 A California congresswoman [Loretta Sanchez, D] said she was briefly denied access to a United Airlines flight last week because her name appeared on a "no fly list" set up after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
U.S. using Wikipedia software for intelligence reports 01 Nov 2006 The CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies have created a new computer system that uses software from a popular Internet encyclopedia site to gather input on sensitive topics from analysts across the spy community, part of an effort to fix problems that plagued prewar estimates on Iraq.
Growing DNA database 'turning Britain into a nation of suspects' 01 Nov 2006 One in four men could soon be included on the national DNA database which is helping to turn Britain into a nation of suspects, an expert group has warned.
Maine lawyer arrested after dressing as bin Laden 31 Oct 2006 A Maine attorney who released information in 2000 about George W. Bush's drunken driving conviction was arrested on Tuesday after he dressed up as 'al Qaeda' leader Osama bin Laden and waved a fake gun at traffic.
U.S. Drops Bid Over Royalties From Chevron 31 Oct 2006 The Interior Department has dropped claims that the Chevron Corporation systematically underpaid the government for natural gas produced in the Gulf of Mexico, a decision that could allow energy companies to avoid paying hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties. The agency had ordered Chevron to pay $6 million in additional royalties but could have sought tens of millions more had it prevailed. The decision also sets a precedent that could make it easier for oil and gas companies to lower the value of what they pump each year from federal property and thus their payments to the government.
Witness says Noe moved $11.2M just before search 31 Oct 2006 Just two days before Ohio authorities seized Tom Noe's assets after executing a search warrant last year, Noe transferred more than $11.2 million in rare coins out of the state-funded investment he managed, an ex-state employee said yesterday.
Vaccine-Resistant Bird Flu Spreading in Asia 30 Oct 2006 A new strain of vaccine-resistant H5N1 bird flu virus has emerged in China and is spreading through southeast Asia, Hong Kong researchers report.
U.S. Failed to Track Hundreds of Thousands of Weapons for Iraqis 30 Oct 2006 The American military has not properly tracked hundreds of thousands of weapons intended for Iraqi security forces and has failed to provide spare parts, maintenance personnel or even repair manuals for most of the weapons given to the Iraqis, a federal report released Sunday has concluded... The American military did not even take the elementary step of recording the serial numbers of nearly half a million weapons provided to Iraqis, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction found, making it impossible to track or identify any that might be in the wrong hands. [That's the *whole idea.* That way, Bush bin Laden can keep Al-CIAduh well-armed and thereby justify the 'need' to fund Blackwater USA terrorists and other private 'security' mercenaries. --LRP]
Audit: Pentagon cannot account for 14,030 weapons in Iraq 29 Oct 2006 Nearly one of every 25 weapons the military bought for Iraqi security forces is missing, a government audit said Sunday... The Pentagon cannot account for 14,030 weapons _ almost 4 percent of the semiautomatic pistols, assault rifles, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and other weapons it began supplying to Iraq since the end of 2003, according to a report from the office of the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction. Missing from the Defense Department's inventory books were 13,180 semiautomatic pistols, 751 assault rifles and 99 machine guns, according to an audit requested by Sen. John Warner, R-VA, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Blair accused of trying to 'privatise' war in Iraq 30 Oct 2006 The Government has been accused of reneging on pledges to control private security companies operating in Iraq because it wants to "privatise the war" as part of its exit strategy.
Security firms abusing Iraqis 30 Oct 2006 Private security firms operating in Iraq are committing human rights abuses, a charity has claimed. A report by War on Want says no prosecutions have been brought despite hundreds of complaints of abuse.
Support 'our' [sic, *sick*] troops? *NOT.* Another US terrorist accused of war crimes against children in Iraq: Third Soldier Charged With Rape, Murder 28 Oct 2006 The Army arraigned a 101st Airborne Division soldier Friday who was charged with raping and killing a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing three others in her family.
British to evacuate consulate in Basra after mortar attacks 30 Oct 2006 The British consulate in Basra will evacuate its heavily defended building in the next 24 hours over concerns for the safety of its staff. Despite a large British military presence at the headquarters in Basra Palace, a private security assessment has advised the consul general and her staff to leave the building after experiencing regular mortar attacks in the last two months.
31 dead in Iraq blast; VP threatens to quit 30 Oct 2006 A bomb targeting poor Iraqi Shiites lining up for day jobs in the Baghdad's Sadr City killed at least 31 people and injured more than 50 others, police said... Political tension deepened in Baghdad when Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, the country's ranking Sunni politician, threatened to resign if Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki did not act fast to eradicate two feared militia groups.
Bomb at Baghdad Market Kills 31 People 30 Oct 2006 A bomb targeting poor Iraqi Shiites lining up for day jobs in Baghdad's Sadr City killed at least 31 people Monday and wounded more than 50 others, police said.
October Deaths in Iraq Reach 101 for U.S. as Bush Aide Visits 30 Oct 2006 The October death toll for U.S. soldiers in Iraq reached 101 as National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley made an unannounced visit to Baghdad today to consult with Iraqi officials. The tally makes October the fourth deadliest month for Americans since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003, according to military statistics.
U.S. military deaths in Iraq hit 100 in October 30 Oct 2006 The U.S. military death toll in Iraq in October reached 100 when a U.S. Marine was killed on Sunday in western Anbar province.
Army reviews soldiers' deaths --7 U.S. families received misleading info 29 Oct 2006 A review of battlefield deaths that included the case of former pro football player Pat Tillman has concluded that the Army gave wrong or misleading information to the families of seven dead soldiers, according to the Army's casualty notification office.
Iraqi women's rights champion murdered 28 Oct 2006 Gunmen broke into the house of an Iraqi women's rights campaigner and shot her dead in front of her three children, police have said. Human rights activists say the lives of women in Iraqi society have worsened dramatically since the US-led invasion of March 2003.
Anthrax vaccine opponents gear up to renew fight 30 Oct 2006 As the Pentagon prepares to resume mandatory anthrax shots, vaccine opponents — including lawyers, medical experts and veterans — gathered Saturday in Washington to discuss current cases and potential legal avenues for helping those who say they were harmed by the vaccine.
Pakistan says it has struck an al-Qaida-linked training camp in northwest 30 Oct 2006 Pakistani troops backed by helicopters firing missiles destroyed an 'al-Qaida'-linked training facility in a northwestern tribal area near the Afghan border Monday, killing "many" militants, officials said.
Iran criticizes U.S.-led nuke 'exercise' 30 Oct 2006 A naval 'training exercise' led by the U.S. and aimed at blocking smuggling of nuclear weapons began Sunday in the Persian Gulf. Iran called the two-day maneuvers "adventurist," but the Foreign Ministry said the Islamic Republic's response would be "rational and wise." [Unlike *Bush.*]
U.S. general says expects 2nd N.Korean nuclear test 30 Oct 2006 The commander of U.S. Forces in South Korea said on Monday he expects North Korea to explode another nuclear device but added the North's test earlier this month did not change the balance of power on the peninsula.
UN investigates Israel's 'uranium weapons' 30 Oct 2006 The United Nations Environment Programme is investigating allegations, first published in The Independent, that Israel may have used uranium-based weapons during this summer's war in Lebanon. Twenty UN experts, working with Lebanese environmentalists, have spent two weeks assessing various samples. They are planning to report their findings in December.
Israeli prosecutor urges president to stand down 29 Oct 2006 The legal official who will decide whether there is enough evidence to bring rape charges against Israeli President Moshe Katsav recommended on Sunday that Katsav stand down until his investigation is over.
Mexican police seize center of Oaxaca 30 Oct 2006 Federal police backed by armored vehicles and water cannons tore down barricades and stormed embattled Oaxaca on Sunday, seizing control of the city center from protesters who had held it for five months.
Italian spy chief eyes jail over CIA abduction --Only trying to help By Thomas C Greene 30 Oct 2006 There's nothing new about governments exploiting the 9/11 atrocities for such purposes as passing draconian laws at home, or pleasing the USA enough to feast on some of its rich security pork. But there is something new about a country's top-ranked security official facing criminal charges for trying to please the Bush administration through their weak spot, the so-called war on terror. And yet, that's just the predicament in which Italian intelligence director Nicolo Pollari will likely find himself next month. At issue is the kidnapping of Abu Omar, aka Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, from the streets of Milan by CIA thugs. Omar was rendered to Egypt, where he is believed to have been tortured, then released. He then disappeared, either because he wisely went into hiding, or by virtue of being abducted again and sent to one of those CIA black holes where no one can hear you scream... And there is evidence suggesting that Pollari did more than turn a blind eye to the kidnapping. There are allegations that he actually participated in the abduction and rendition to please his master, Silvio Berlusconi, who in turn was keen to please his master, George W Bush.
Australians face terror charges 30 Oct 2006 At least three Australians, all recent converts to Islam who have links to 'al-Qaeda,' face terrorism charges after being arrested in Yemen for smuggling weapons to Somalia.
Anti-secrecy panel called 'puppet' 30 Oct 2006 A panel set up last year to reduce excessive secrecy in government is being labeled toothless after its chairman told lawmakers that he could not act except at the request of the president. "The statute under which we operate provides that [President [sic] Bush] must request the board undertake such a review before it can proceed," wrote L. Britt Snider, chairman of the Public Interest Declassification Board, to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-OR. Government transparency advocates say that if the statute is interpreted that way, it makes the board, in the words of Steven Aftergood, of the Federation of American Scientists, "a White House puppet."
FEMA to Tour New Orleans Parish Prison 30 Oct 2006 The Federal Emergency Management Agency will tour the Orleans Parish Prison on Monday with Sheriff Marlin Gusman. FEMA wants to see the latest improvements [?!?] to the jail since Hurricane Katrina struck. The sheriff's office received $30 million from FEMA to rebuild and refurbish the heavily damaged facility.
Black boxes spark uproar --Safety advocates, automakers ask feds to rewrite the rules 30 Oct 2006 A new federal rule to standardize minimum requirements for "black boxes" in vehicles wasn't expected to be controversial, but it has ignited a firestorm of protests from groups. States are split on whether police need a warrant to get the data. Privacy advocates have voiced concern about data falling into the wrong hands or about "spying" on drivers. Hundreds have written to the NHTSA in recent months denouncing the devices.
Los Alamos lab confirms FBI probe of data breach 27 Oct 2006 The FBI is investigating a potential security breach at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico after police recovered three USB thumb drives that supposedly contained nuclear data in a trailer belonging to a former subcontractor at the lab. The drives were discovered by police on Oct. 17 while they were searching the trailer for drugs after initially responding to a domestic disturbance call.
Poll: Murphy Takes Lead Over Johnson In Fifth District 30 Oct 2006 (CT) The Hartford Courant-UConn poll shows Democrat Chris Murphy with the support of 46 percent of likely voters in the Fifth District, compared to 42 percent for the Republican incumbent [and Reichwing maggot], Nancy Johnson.
Voter ID rules change a third time in four days 30 Oct 2006 A federal appeals court Sunday jumped into the fray over Ohio's new voter-identification law, changing the rules for absentee voters for the third time since Thursday morning. A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati blocked an emergency order issued by a federal judge in Columbus Thursday night that had set aside ID requirements for absentee voters after determining that they were vague, confusing and unevenly applied by county election boards.
Governor Warns of Crisis in Wake of Diebold 'Repair' Revelations 27 Oct 2006 A so-called "technical refresher" which purportedly involved everyday maintenance procedures conducted on Diebold Election Systems electronic voting equipment in Maryland during the summer of 2005, included the replacement of motherboards on account of their ability to cause systems to freeze without warning, the Baltimore Sun reported yesterday. But state voting officials were never apprised of the equipment replacement, said Giles W. Burger, chairman of the State Board of Elections, in an interview with the Sun, nor were they told that the cause of such freezes had been discovered by Diebold three years earlier.
Diebold machine glitch fixed quietly --'05 repair not disclosed to elections board 26 Oct 2006 Diebold Election Systems shipped Maryland flawed electronic voting machines that were used in the 2004 election, then quietly replaced the malfunctioning components last year, documents and interviews show. Gilles W. Burger, chairman of the State Board of Elections, said this week that he and fellow members were initially told that Diebold was performing a "technical refresher" of the voting machines during July and August last year. He later learned that the refresher was really the repair of a flaw discovered by Diebold about three years earlier but not disclosed to him and other board members.
execs knew of woes before TX refinery blast-US 30 Oct 2006 BP
Seventh Egyptian dies of bird flu - agency 30 Oct 2006 An Egyptian woman died of bird flu on Monday, bringing the total number of human deaths in Egypt to seven, the state news agency MENA said.
Climate at 'tipping point': Blair 30 Oct 2006 Britain will pressure Australia and other countries to join an expanded EU carbon trading market on the back of a new report warning of the dire economic consequences of global warming. Tony Blair has called the document "the most important report on the future" he's ever received as British prime minister.
Environmentalist: Bush goals on climate change 'business as usual' 30 Oct 2006 The White House on Monday gave a nod to a British report urging action on global warming but one environmentalist said the Bush administration goals on climate change amount to business as usual.
"When Bar Harbor is underwater, then we can do global warming stories." At 2 TV Stations in Maine, What Al Gore's Movie Says Isn't News 30 Oct 2006 How important is global warming in Maine? Not important enough for local television. Michael Palmer, the general manager of television stations WVII and WFVX, ABC and Fox affiliates in Bangor, has told his joint staff of nine men and women that when "Bar Harbor is underwater, then we can do global warming stories. Until then," he added. "No more."
World's Largest Pumpkin Astonishes Commuters 30 Oct 2006 The world's largest pumpkin made an appearance at Grand Central Terminal in New York City on Sunday. Grand Central, which brought the pumpkins in for the event, purchased the big pumpkin from a Rhode Island man for an undisclosed amount. The rotund pumpkin, which weighs 1,502 pounds, was on display at an event called Halloweekend.
Citizens for Legitimate Government Exclusive: Who are the eighteen members of Congress that signed Abramoff letter to Customs Trademark division? By Lori R. Price 28 October 2006 Bob Ney (R-Ohio) and seventeen other members of Congress signed a letter to Customs in 2002 advocating special consideration to allow Stolichnaya (Stoli) Vodka to import vodka that was illegally labeled "Made in Russia" when in fact, it was made in Latvia. In an unprecedented move, Customs gave dispensation authority to Stoli to import the improperly labeled vodka less than a month after the request by Abramoff and the Eighteen. Who pushed the extra-judicial action which appears completely outside the normal review procedure for such requests? [Updated: 30 Oct 2006]
Secret Cabinet memo admits Iraq is fuelling UK terror 28 Oct 2006 Tony Blair's claim that there is no link between Britain's foreign policy and terrorist attacks in this country is blown apart by a secret cabinet memo revealed today. A classified paper written by senior Downing Street officials says that everything Britain does overseas for the next decade must have the ultimate aim of reducing "terror activity, especially that in or directed against the UK".
Official: About 60-80 Guantanamo Detainees to Go On Trial 26 Oct 2006 A senior defense official on Wednesday said that about 60 to 80 of the suspected terrorists detained at the Guantanamo Base camp in Cuba are expected to go on trial soon. Brigadier General Edward Leacock, the deputy commander of the joint task force that runs detention operations at Guantanamo, said the proposals for the construction [Halliburton or KBR?] of a new judicial complex with five to 10 court rooms to handle multiple trials by special military tribunals [kangaroo courts] was underway.
Soldiers 'hit Iraqis if they forgot nicknames' 28 Oct 2006 Iraqi prisoners allegedly abused by British soldiers in a holding centre in Basra three years ago were nicknamed after famous footballers and beaten if they could not remember them, a court martial was told yesterday.
Germany suspends 2 soldiers over photos 27 Oct 2006 Germany's military has suspended two soldiers from duty in connection with photos of service members posing with skulls in Afghanistan, Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung said Friday. The pictures were published in the top-selling Bild daily; Bild says the pictures were taken in early 2003. The pictures show soldiers posing with the skull on the hood of their vehicle and one soldier holding the skull next to his exposed genitals.
15 Iraq Policemen Kidnapped, Then Killed --Iraqi leader's bodyguard hurt in Baghdad attack; 15 policemen, 2 translators killed in Basra 29 Oct 2006 Gunmen killed 15 policemen working as instructors at the local police academy and two translators in the southern city of Basra, police said. The men were forced off a bus on the city's outskirts Sunday afternoon and their bodies were found hours later dumped in several locations, police said.
Foreign militants turn attention from Iraq to fight in Afghanistan 29 Oct 2006 The conflict in Iraq is drawing fewer foreign fighters as Muslim extremists aspiring to battle the West turn their attention back to the symbolically important and increasingly violent turf of Afghanistan, European and US antiterrorism officials say.
NATO apologizes for Afghan civilian deaths 28 Oct 2006 NATO's supreme allied commander of Europe apologized Saturday for the deaths of civilians in heavy fighting with Taliban forces in southern Afghanistan earlier this week.
NATO Massacres 80 During Ramadan Holiday 27 Oct 2006 NATO continued its operations in southern Afghanistan during the Ramadan holiday, a major Islamic festival. Up to 80 civilians, mostly women and children, were reportedly killed in NATO air strikes.
More civilians die in Afghanistan; UN expresses concern 28 Oct 2006 Fourteen civilians were killed in a bomb blast in southern Afghanistan yesterday as the government said it believed around 25 were killed in fighting between NATO and Taliban three days ago. The UN meanwhile expressed concern about the rising civilian death toll in Afghanistan.
Roadside blast kills 14 in Afghanistan 27 Oct 2006 A roadside blast struck a pickup truck in southern Afghanistan Friday, killing 14 villagers who were traveling to a provincial capital for holiday celebrations, an official said.
Troops 'locked down' by suicide bombers 29 Oct 2006 British forces in southern Afghanistan are experiencing periods of lockdown in two key areas, halting patrols to avoid suicide bombings by the Taliban. A senior officer called the security threat "critical".
Afghanistan war is 'cuckoo', says Blair's favourite general 29 Oct 2006 Tony Blair's most trusted military commander [General the Lord Guthrie] yesterday branded as 'cuckoo' the way Britain's overstretched army was sent into Afghanistan.
T.O. rally demands Afghanistan troop withdrawal 28 Oct 2006 A group [The Coalition to Stop the War] rallied in front of the U.S. Consulate in Toronto urging an end to fighting in Afghanistan and the return of Canadian troops. Toting placards reading "Support The Troops, Bring Them Home Now" and "Stephen Harper Warmonger," protesters began a rally and march in Toronto.
U.S.-led Gulf War Game Aims a Message at Tehran --Washington draws Arab allies into a dress rehearsal for intercepting 'suspect' ships 28 Oct 2006 Frigates, patrol boats and intelligence and law enforcement officers from 23 nations are massing in Bahrain over the weekend, poised to stalk and intercept a British-flagged ship as it steams across the Persian Gulf with a cargo purported to be parts for a nuclear weapons program. If all goes as planned, the vessel will be intercepted Monday before it reaches a destination that a senior U.S. official would identify only as a "country of proliferation concern."
European plans for arms sanctions against Iran are too weak, says US 26 Oct 2006 The United States indicated yesterday that it wants tougher sanctions on Iran - for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment - than the measures in a UN resolution drafted by Britain, France and Germany.
Boehner: 'Rumsfeld Is the Best Thing That's Happened to the Pentagon In 25 Years' This morning on ABC’s This Week, George Stephanopoulos asked House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) whether he agreed with the growing number of prominent conservatives who think Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld should resign. Boehner said that "Rumsfeld is the best thing that’s happened to the Pentagon in 25 years."
An enigma that only the Israelis can fully explain By Chris Bellamy 28 Oct 2006 The initial tests on samples taken from the site of the Israeli strike on Khiam present an enigma which will only be solved when the people who produced and deployed the weapon explain themselves. Speculation that the device was some form of "dirty bomb" or micro-yield nuclear weapon can probably be dismissed. The radiation levels and the amount of Uranium-235 in the sample clearly indicate that it was not a nuclear fission weapon... It is also uncertain whether the munition was made in the US or by the Israelis themselves.
Israel backs down on visas for Palestinians from US 28 Oct 2006 Israel may be forced to reverse a controversial policy of expelling Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza after a vigorous protest from America.
Mexican Police Advance Into Oaxaca 29 Oct 2006 Federal police with assault rifles and riot-shields advanced into Oaxaca on Sunday, extinguishing a barricade of burning tires and tree trunks in this city wracked by five months of violent protests... Protesters accused Oaxaca state Gov. Ulises Ruiz of rigging his 2004 election and using thugs to kill or intimidate political opponents. They say they will not return home without his resignation. [Right, why haven't we done the same, against Dictator Bush?]
The Toll of Friday the 27th: Three People Assassinated, Eleven Wounded, Two Missing - The APPO Installs 1,000 Barricades in Broad Daylight; PRI Militants and Police Respond with 21 Armed Attacks By Diego Enrique Osorno 28 Oct 2006 (Oaxaca City, Mexico) In the face of a renewed civil strike established in this capital city yesterday by the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO), groups of gunmen linked to three municipal mayors from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) launched a "cleansing" of the barricades and building occupations that opponents of PRI Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz have been maintaining for months.
Brad Will, New York Documentary Filmmaker and Indymedia Reporter, Assassinated by Pro-Government Gunshot in Oaxaca While Reporting the Story - Photographer Oswaldo Ramirez of the Daily Milenio Wounded in Attack by Shooters for Ulises Ruiz Ortiz in Santa Lucia del Camino By Al Giordano 27 Oct 2006 Brad Will, 36, a documentary filmmaker and reporter for Indymedia in New York, Bolivia and Brazil, died today of a gunshot to the chest when pro-government attackers opened fire on a barricade in the neighborhood of Santa Lucia del Camino, on the outskirts of Oaxaca, Mexico. He died with his video camera in his hands.
EU announces launch of anti-terror project 28 Oct 2006 The EU on Thursday announced the launch of a wide-ranging bloc-wide anti[pro]-terror project aimed at tackling terrorist financing, investigating the causes of violent radicalization and protecting key infrastructure against attacks.
CIA-style agency to cost millions 28 Oct 2006 The head of Canada's spy agency says CSIS must expand its ability to work abroad in an era when Canadians increasingly turn up in hot spots as soldiers, hostages and refugees.
Sept. 11 Plotter Asks Court for Lawyer, Trial --Case Embodies Debate Over Habeas Rights 26 Oct 2006 Ramzi Binalshibh was captured by the United States in Pakistan in 2002 and taken to secret detention facilities. He has filed a legal challenge in federal court in Washington on Oct. 10, asserting his rights to contest his detention and requesting that a court-appointed lawyer represent him free of charge. Binalshibh may never get the hearing he is seeking. His is one of hundreds of cases the government asked the courts to dismiss immediately after Bush signed the new law. [You know you're living in a full-blown police state when you have to fight to have a lawyer and a trial.]
Looming storm cancels terror drill 28 Oct 2006 (Norwalk, CT) A strong storm expected to sweep into the area today with high winds and heavy rains has canceled a terrorist emergency preparedness drill. The drill, called Operation Ready Region, was to simulate a terrorist bombing of a Danbury line commuter train under Interstate 95's Yankee Doodle Bridge, bringing emergency responders from 14 nearby communities to the scene. [LOL!! I guess due to wind and rain, Operation Ready Region *wasn't.*]
School 'safety' drill upsets some parents 28 Oct 2006 A school safety drill that included police officers in riot gear with weapons has caused concern among some parents who say it was too realistic and frightened some students. Police in the western Michigan community of Wyoming entered two classrooms at Lee Middle and High School on Thursday and announced there was a threat to the school, The Grand Rapids Press reported. Students, who were unaware police were conducting a drill, were taken from the classroom into the halls, patted down by officers and asked what they had in their pockets, the newspaper said.
Businesses Seek Protection on Legal Front 29 Oct 2006 Frustrated with laws and regulations that have made companies and accounting firms more open to lawsuits from investors and the government [?!?], corporate America — with the encouragement of the Bush regime — is preparing to fight back. Two influential industry groups with close ties to administration officials are drafting proposals to provide broad new protections to corporations and accounting firms from criminal cases brought by federal and state prosecutors as well as a stronger shield against civil lawsuits from investors.
Future Tax Shock (The New York Times) 29 Oct 2006 One of President [sic] Bush’s be-very-afraid lines this campaign season is that Democrats, if elected, will raise taxes. What he doesn’t say is that if you are one of tens of millions of Americans who make between $75,000 and $500,000 a year, your taxes are already scheduled to rise starting next year — because of laws that Mr. Bush championed and other actions he failed to take.
GAO chief warns economic disaster looms 28 Oct 2006 "This is about the future of our country, our kids and grandkids," the comptroller general of the United States warns a packed hall at Austin's historic Driskill Hotel. "We the people have to rise up to make sure things get changed." David M. Walker is head of the Government Accountability Office.
The Senate Race in Connecticut (The New York Times) 29 Oct 2006 "[Joe Lieberman] did not protest when Dick Cheney said that people who voted for Mr. [Ned] Lamont were giving comfort to "Al Qaeda types." His only reflection seemed devoted to a re-examination of the rules for getting back on the ballot. Since his primary defeat, Mr. Lieberman has run a well-packaged campaign built around his self-assigned bipartisan image — "It’s not about politics," say his ads. But it is very much about politics — from the flood of special interest campaign donations that has been running Mr. Lieberman's way to the old Karl Rove lesson that political winners never admit to error... We endorse Ned Lamont for Senate.
Rove's whores at The Hartford Courant endorse Joe LieberBush. Having followed their biased, anti-Lamont coverage for months, I conclude that there are no surprises here: U.S. Senate: Mr. Lieberman (The Hartford Courant) 28 Oct 2006 Three months ago, we endorsed Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman in the Democratic primary because he is a much-needed diplomat in a warring Congress. We still believe he is the right choice and warrants voter support on Nov. 7. [My comments to The Hartford Courant: KKKarl Rove's media whores who own and operate The Hartford Courant are endorsing Bush troll, Joe LieberBush. Yet, the Courant did *not* endorse LieberBush when he was running with Al Gore in 2000 for the presidency. The Courant again endorsed George W. Bush in 2004, even with the knowledge that the GOP stole the 2000 'election.' Apparently, it's all about making sure that the Reichwing maggots running your parent company are satiated. Lori R. Price, Citizens For Legitimate Government.]
Glitches cited in early voting --Early voters are urged to cast their ballots with care following scattered reports of problems with heavily used machines. 28 Oct 2006 ...Debra A. Reed voted with her boss on Wednesday at African-American Research Library and Cultural Center near Fort Lauderdale. Her vote went smoothly, but boss Gary Rudolf called her over to look at what was happening on his machine. He touched the screen for gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis, a Democrat, but the review screen repeatedly registered the Republican, Charlie Crist.
Ohio County Defies Blackwell, Will Begin Early Scanning of Absentee Ballots 28 Oct 2006 Hamilton County elections officials said they will defy a state order and scan absentee ballots before Election Day. Early scanning of absentee ballots is needed to prevent a delay in election results November 7th, said Hamilton County Board of Elections Director John Williams.
U.S. Investigates Voting Machines' Venezuela Ties 29 Oct 2006 The federal government is investigating the takeover last year of a leading American manufacturer of electronic voting systems by a small software company that has been linked to the leftist Venezuelan government of President Hugo Chávez. [When are the takeovers of 2000, 2002, 2004 and (soon-to-be) 2006 by the Bush regime going to be investigated?!?]
Atlantic current came to halt for 10 days in 2004 --No new ice age yet, but Gulf Stream is weakening 27 Oct 2006 Scientists have uncovered more evidence for a dramatic weakening in the vast ocean current that gives Britain its relatively balmy climate by dragging warm water northwards from the tropics. The slowdown, which climate modellers have predicted will follow global warming, has been confirmed by the most detailed study yet of ocean flow in the Atlantic. Most alarmingly, the data reveal that a part of the current, which is usually 60 times more powerful than the Amazon river, came to a temporary halt during November 2004.
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