November 2006 Archives, Page Two
Justice Department Launches Internal Probe of Role in NSA's Domestic Wiretap Program 27 Nov 2006 The Justice Department's internal watchdog said Monday it has opened an investigation into the agency's use of information gathered in the government's warrantless surveillance program.
Jordan King: 3 Mideast Civil Wars Possible in 2007 --ABC News Chief Washington Correspondent George Stephanopoulos spoke with King Abdullah II of Jordan on "This Week." 26 Nov 2006 George Stephanopoulos: Is it a civil war in Iraq right now? King Abdullah: Well, George, the difficulty that we're tackling with here is, we're juggling with the strong potential of three civil wars in the region, whether it's the Palestinians, that of Lebanon or of Iraq... And we could possibly imagine going into 2007 and having three civil wars on our hands.
"The state has collapsed." Bombings push Iraq closer to abyss 26 Nov 2006 The bloodiest bombings in Baghdad since the U.S. invasion in 2003, and the reprisals that swiftly followed, show that Iraq's sectarian conflict may be too far gone for leaders to stop, even if they want to. "The state has collapsed. Maliki is a prime minister without a viable army and government institutions have become fiefdoms of various parties," Joost Hiltermann, Middle East director of the International Crisis Group think-tank, told Reuters from Amman.
Annan: Iraqis 'almost' in civil war 27 Nov 2006 U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan said Monday that Iraq is close to civil war. Asked by reporters at the U.N. if Iraq is in a civil war now, Annan replied, "I think given the developments on the ground, unless something is done drastically and urgently to arrest the deteriorating situation, we could be there. In fact we are almost there."
NBC Deems Iraq to Be In 'Civil War' --Network Says Sectarian Violence Fits Definition of Civil War; L.A. Times Also Uses Term 27 Nov 2006 NBC News and MSNBC broke away from the pack of mainstream media and decided to use the term "civil war" to describe current fighting in Iraq. Over the weekend, the Los Angeles Times became one of the first newspapers to use the term "civil war" without a qualifier.
NBC calls Iraq conflict civil war, at odds with White House 27 Nov 2006 NBC News on Monday branded the Iraq conflict a civil war -- a decision that put it at odds with the White House and that analysts said would increase public disillusionment with the U.S. troop presence there. NBC, a major U.S. television network, said on "The Today Show" that the Iraqi government's inability to stop spiraling violence between rival factions fit its definition of civil war.
U.S. military spokesman says Iraq is not having a civil war [Right, they're actually having a shopping spree at The Mall at Short Hills.] 27 Nov 2006 In spite of escalating violence, the spokesman for occupation forces in Iraq [Major General William Caldwell] says that nation is not engaged in a civil war.
Iraq In Top 5 U.S. Wars 26 Nov 2006 The war in Iraq has now lasted longer than the U.S. involvement in the Second World War. Only the Vietnam War (eight years, five months), the Revolutionary War (six years, nine months), and the Civil War (four years), have engaged America longer.
Crowd stones Iraq PM's motorcade 27 Nov 2006 The motorcade of Iraq's Prime Minister has been pelted with stones by fellow Shiites in Baghdad's Sadr City when he paid respects to some of the 200 who died there last week.
Mortars Set Fire to U.S. Base in Iraq 26 Nov 2006 Two mortar rounds hit a U.S. military post in eastern Baghdad on Sunday, setting it on fire, police and witnesses said. A large cloud of black smoke was seen rising above Baladiyat, a predominantly Shiite area of capital, at about 3 p.m.
U.S. F-16 Crashes Near Baghdad 27 Nov 2006 A U.S. Air Force F-16 engaged in support of occupation ground combat operations crashed about 20 miles northwest of Baghdad today. The crash occurred at about 1:35 p.m. Iraq Time with one pilot on board.
Three Soldiers Killed in Baghdad 27 Nov 2006 Three Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers were killed during combat operations in Baghdad at about 9 a.m. yesterday, military officials reported. Two other soldiers were injured in the incident.
Two Marines, Soldier Killed in Iraq 26 Nov 2006 Two Marines and a soldier were killed in separate incidents in Iraq yesterday, Multinational Force Iraq officials announced. Two other soldiers were injured.
Britain to Downgrade Commitment to Iraq 27 Nov 2006 Thousands of British soldiers will leave Iraq over the next year, significantly downgrading the country's commitment in the region, the defense secretary said Monday. Poland and Italy also announced the impending withdrawal of their remaining troops.
Detainee dies at Camp Bucca 26 Nov 2006 A security [?!?] detainee died Nov. 25 at Camp Bucca, Iraq, from what appears to be natural causes. An investigation is pending to determine the cause of death, a standard procedure for detainees who die while in custody of the Multi-National Force.
Nothing to hide on AWB, says PM 27 Nov 2006 Prime Minister John Howard has angrily rejected claims the Cole inquiry into the Iraq kickbacks scandal has been a whitewash, insisting, "we hid nothing". Senior executives linked to mining giant BHP Billiton have also been heavily criticised for being unable to explain how a $US5 million gift of wheat to the Iraqi people turned into an $US8 million debt paid to a wealthy, London-based opportunist, Norman Davidson Kelly, whose company is registered in the tax haven of Gibraltar.
Assassination tribunal OKd, igniting anger 26 Nov 2006 The U.S.-backed government approved an international tribunal for suspects in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, overriding the objections of the Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah amid a political crisis that threatens to plunge Lebanon into violence. [Where's the f*cking 9/11 tribunal? Everyone knows the CIA/Mossad offed Hariri; let's get the 9/11 investigation ball rolling.]
Opium is making Afghanistan go up in smoke 27 Nov 2006 When NATO leaders meet for their summit in Riga at the end of this month, there will be a ghost at the feast: Afghanistan's opium. Afghanistan is in danger of falling back into the hands of terrorists, insurgents and criminals [the US], and the multi-billion-dollar opium trade is at the heart of the country's malaise. This year's record harvest of 6,100 tons of opium will generate more than $3 billion in illicit revenue - equivalent to almost half of Afghanistan's GDP.
Bombing kills two NATO soldiers in Afghanistan 27 Nov 2006 Two NATO soldiers are dead following a suicide bomber's attack on a convoy of foreign troops in southern Afghanistan.
Afghan Suicide Attack Kills 15 26 Nov 2006 One NATO soldier and an estimated 57 'insurgents' were killed in four separate attacks in southern Afghanistan, while a suicide bomb attack at a restaurant killed 15 Afghans and wounded 24, officials said Sunday.
Chavez vows to 'defeat the most powerful empire on earth' 26 Nov 2006 Venezuela's leftist President Hugo Chavez on Sunday promised hundreds of thousands of supporters he would win a resounding victory in his December 3 reelection bid he describes as a challenge to Washington. "We are confronting the devil, and we will hit a home run off the devil next Sunday," said Chavez, who ruffled feathers in October by calling Dictator Bush the devil in remarks at the United Nations. "On December 3 we're going to defeat the most powerful empire on earth by knockout," Chavez said.
Police Detain 160 Uprising Leaders in Oaxaca, Tens of Thousands Protest Governor Ruiz 27 Nov 2006 In the Mexican state of Oaxaca, the police have detained at least 160 members of APPO, the Popular Assembly of the Peoples' of Oaxaca. On Saturday, tens of thousands of protesters marched in Oaxaca to call on the state's governor Ulises Ruiz to resign. [Hopefully, a full-blown revolution will follow.]
Pinochet indicted for 1973 executions 27 Nov 2006 Former dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet was indicted Monday and ordered to remain under house arrest for the execution of two bodyguards of Salvador Allende, the freely elected Marxist president who was toppled in a 1973 [US] coup.
Bush bin Laden's 9/11 model: U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba 01 May 2001 In the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba. Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities.
Authorities close Lincoln Memorial after finding suspicious bottle, note 27 Nov 2006 The Lincoln Memorial was closed Monday after authorities found suspicious bottles in a restroom and a note, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. "Do you know what anthrax is?" and "Do you know what a bomb is?" Authorities found a bottle appearing to contain a liquid in a basement ladies' rest room, along with the note, said an official from the Department of Homeland Security.
Police Investigate Threatening Letter, Substance at Lincoln Memorial 27 Nov 2006 The FBI is helping the U.S. Park Police and Washington, D.C. police investigate what is described as the discovery of an "anthrax threat letter" and a suspicious package at the Lincoln Memorial. A strange liquid was found in the women's restroom on the property Monday afternoon. Authorities would not confirm what the note said or what the substance may have been.
Word on the street ... they're listening 26 Nov 2006 Police and councils are considering monitoring conversations in the street using high-powered microphones attached to CCTV cameras. The microphones can detect conversations 100 yards away and record 'aggressive exchanges before they become violent.' [Two words: rocks, pebbles.]
Subdivision bans Christmas wreath with peace sign 26 Nov 2006 In a town in scenic southwestern Colorado homeowners are battling over whether a Christmas wreath that includes a peace sign is an anti-Iraq war protest or even a promotion of Satan.
The gloves come off --Keith Olbermann's anti-Bush views have driven up the ratings of his MSNBC show. By Matea Gold 27 Nov 2006 The Democrats may have wrested back control of power in Congress, but that hasn't quieted the ire of Keith Olbermann.
W library in record book $500M center would be priciest for a Prez 27 Nov 2006 He may be a certified lame duck now, but President [sic] Bush and his truest believers are about to launch their final campaign - an eye-popping, half-billion-dollar drive for the Bush presidential library. [$500M to house 'The Pet Goat?!?]
Democrat pledges array of investigations 26 Nov 2006 The incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee is promising an array of oversight investigations. Among the investigations he said he wants the committee to undertake: The new Medicare drug benefit; spending on government contractors in Iraq, including Halliburton Co., the Texas-based oil services conglomerate once led by Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney; an energy task force overseen by Cheney; a review of food and drug safety, particularly in the area of nutritional supplements. [Will Bush bin Laden carry out another 9/11-style terrorist attack, in order to halt these investigations?]
Radiation found at more London sites 27 Nov 2006 Traces of radiation have been found at several more sites in London during investigations into the death of a former Russian spy last week, Home Secretary John Reid said on Monday.
U.K. Tests 3 With Radiation Signs After Ex-Spy Dies 27 Nov 2006 U.K. health authorities will test three people showing potential symptoms of radiation exposure less than a week after former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko died in a London hospital with a "significant quantity" of the radioactive polonium 210 isotope in his body.
Radioactive death ignites British health scare 27 Nov 2006 Authorities in Britain are trying to calm public concern after radioactive material was found in central London during investigations into the death of the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.
Feds plan redo of weapon sites --Nevada Test Site being considered for new consolidated plutonium center 26 Nov 2006 The federal government will head to Las Vegas this week to discuss its proposed top-to-bottom makeover of the nation's nuclear weapons system, an archipelago of research and production sites across two-thirds of the country. One of the proposed changes could result in plutonium being manufactured at Nevada Test Site, 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
AP Analysis: Firms Crimping Oil Supplies 26 Nov 2006 An Associated Press analysis suggests that big oil companies have been crimping supplies in subtler ways across the country for years. The findings support a conclusion already reached by many motorists. Fifty-five percent of Americans believe gas prices are high because oil companies manipulate them, a Pew Research Center poll found in October.
Massachusetts to sue Big Dig companies 27 Nov 2006 The state is preparing a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the companies that worked on the Big Dig highway tunnel project, alleging their negligence led to the ceiling collapse that killed a woman, a spokesman said Monday. The lawsuit, to be filed in Suffolk Superior Court, alleges project manager Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff and Modern Continental Construction Co. were "grossly negligent" in constructing the ceiling that collapsed.
Gunned down on his wedding day: the groom who died in a hail of police bullets 27 Nov 2006 (NY) The details and circumstances of the shooting outside the Kalua Cabaret club in the early hours of Saturday are still being investigated but, amid the claims of police brutality and racism, the tragedy of what had transpired is all too clear for the family of Sean Bell and for his bride-to-be. New York police have previously been involved in controversial shootings of black men.
Rumsfeld okayed abuses, says former US army general 25 Nov 2006 Outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld authorised the mistreatment [torture] of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, the prison's former U.S. commander [Army Brigadier General Janis Karpinski] said in an interview on Saturday.
US carried out madrasah bombing 26 Nov 2006 The bombing of a Pakistani madrasah last month, in which 82 students were killed, was carried out by the United States, a Pakistani official has admitted. The madrasah in the tribal agency of Bajaur was bombed during a visit to Pakistan by the Prince of Wales amid allegations that it was being used to train suicide bombers. "We thought it would be less damaging if we said we did it rather than the US," said a key aide to President Pervez Musharraf.
U.S. Involved in Iraq Longer Than WWII 26 Nov 2006 The war in Iraq has now lasted longer than the U.S. involvement in the war that President [sic] Bush's father fought in, World War II. As of Sunday, the conflict in Iraq has raged for three years and just over eight months.
'The trail to Hussein loyalists' assets 'has grown cold.'' [LOL! In other words, it leads to Halliburton, Blackwater USA and the CIA.] U.S. Finds Iraq Insurgency Has Funds to Sustain Itself 26 Nov 2006 The 'insurgency' [US death squads] in Iraq is now self-sustaining financially, raising tens of millions of dollars a year from oil smuggling, kidnapping, counterfeiting, corrupt charities and other crimes that the Iraqi government and its American patrons have been largely unable to prevent, a classified United States government report has concluded. The report, obtained by The New York Times, estimates that armed groups responsible for many of the 'insurgent' and terrorist attacks across Iraq are raising between $70 million and $200 million a year from illegal activities. Between $25 million and $100 million of the total comes from oil smuggling and other criminal activity involving the state-owned oil industry that is aided by "corrupt and complicit" [US-installed, owned & operated] Iraqi government officials. [Gee, I wonder who benefits from the oil smuggling? If oil does not flow from Iraq, gas prices stay *sky high* and the corpora-terrorists at ExxonMobil have another banner year!]
El Salvador-style 'death squads' to be deployed by US against Iraq militants 10 Jan 2005 The Pentagon is considering forming hit squads of Kurdish and Shia fighters to target leaders of the Iraqi insurgency in a strategic shift borrowed from the American struggle against left-wing guerrillas in Central America 20 years ago. Under the so-called "El Salvador option", Iraqi and American forces would be sent to kill or kidnap 'insurgency' leaders, even in Syria, where some are thought to shelter.
Honduras fines U.S. company subsidiary, saying it illegally trained mercenaries to work in Iraq 24 Nov 2006 The Honduran government said Friday it has fined the local subsidiary of a U.S. company US$25,000 (€19,000) for allegedly training more than 300 Hondurans and foreigners last year to work as mercenaries in Iraq. The company Your Solutions trained 340 Hondurans, Chileans and Nicaraguans in violation of labor laws, Public Safety Department spokesman Santos Flores told a news conference.
Al-Sadr loyalists take over Iraqi television station 25 Nov 2006 Followers of the militant Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr took over state-run television Saturday to denounce the Iraqi government, label Sunnis "terrorists" and issue what appeared to many viewers as a call to arms.
'In Saddam's time I never saw a friend killed in front of my eyes. I never saw neighbours driven out of their homes just for their sect. And I never saw entire families being slaughtered and killed.' 25 Nov 2006 Against a backdrop of spiralling violence in Baghdad, The Times persuaded six ordinary Iraqis to visit its bureau to describe their lives. Sunni or Shia, they all had a strikingly similar tale to tell.
Ferocity of Iraq attacks leaves US troops helpless 26 Nov 2006 More than 3½ years after President [sic] George W Bush launched an invasion of Iraq, which his supporters proclaimed as a "cakewalk", American troops were yesterday engulfed in a wave of sectarian bloodletting that threatens to destroy the Iraqi government and may jeopardise a crisis summit this week with Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister.
Iraq extends curfew amid violence 25 Nov 2006 The Iraqi authorities have extended until Monday a curfew imposed on the capital in response to recent killings.
Iraq-Iran summit delayed again by curfew 25 Nov 2006 Iraqi President Jalal Talabani will not fly to Tehran on Sunday to meet Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad due to an extension of a curfew and closure of Baghdad airport, a spokesman for Talabani said on Saturday.
Iraq closer to civil war as insurgents entrench 25 Nov 2006 The threat of civil war lurched closer in Iraq Saturday as a suicide bomb killed four people and Iraq's Shiite prime minister faced criticism as he prepared for a summit with U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush.
Mosques hit amid Baghdad clashes 24 Nov 2006 Gunmen have attacked a Sunni Arab area of Baghdad, burning mosques and homes, with at least 30 people reported killed, according to police officials.
Guantanamo Bay inmate reveals all --An ex Guantanamo Bay prisoner is to speak publicly about his experiences for the first time – in Luton. 26 Nov 2006 Mozzam Begg will speak at a public meeting organised by the Respect Party on December 6 at Dallow Community Learning Centre at 7pm.
At CIA, Robert Gates advocated air strikes against Nicaragua in 1984, documents say 24 Nov 2006 In 1984, Robert Gates, then the No. 2 CIA official, advocated U.S. airstrikes against Nicaragua's government to reverse what he described as an ineffective U.S. strategy to deal with 'communist' advances in Central America, previously classified documents say.
Britain told: do peace deal with Taliban 26 Nov 2006 The British will never win in Afghanistan by military means and should open negotiations with the Taliban, according to the former leader of Pakistan’s forces in the border areas.
Suicide bombing injuries 3 civilians in Afghanistan 26 Nov 2006 A suicide bombing, which was apparently targeting NATO troops, injured three civilians in Logar province of central Afghanistan on Saturday, a local official said.
Marine deployed despite request for conscientious objector discharge 24 Nov 2006 A Marine from New Jersey [Lance Cpl. John Rogowskyj Jr.] was deployed to Iraq this month despite being recommended for a military discharge by a hearing officer who agreed that the man should receive conscientious objector status.
Israeli military chief may quit over failed campaign 26 Nov 2006 The Israeli chief of staff, Brigadier General Dan Halutz, is considering resignation as a series of military inquiries into his command during the inconclusive [lost] war in Lebanon last summer prepare to report.
Gaza truce begins, Israeli army withdraws 25 Nov 2006 A ceasefire began in the Gaza Strip on Sunday. The Israeli army said it had withdrawn its forces from Gaza overnight, before the truce took effect.
Israel, Palestinians agree to Gaza cease-fire 25 Nov 2006 Israel and the Palestinians agreed to a cease-fire Saturday to end a five-month Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip and the firing of rockets by Palestinian militants into Israel — a major step toward possibly reviving long-stalled peace talks. The cease-fire was to go into effect at 6 a.m. Sunday (11 p.m. Saturday EST), both sides said.
Police, Protesters Clash in Mexican City 26 Nov 2006 Oaxaca, Mexico Police fired tear gas at dozens of protesters hurling gasoline bombs, rocks and powerful fireworks near the main square of this southern Mexican city troubled by months of unrest. The clashes erupted as some 4,000 leftist protesters marched to within two blocks of the main square.
Ex-employee says FAA warned before 9/11 24 Nov 2006 From 1995 to 2001, Bogdan Dzakovic served as a team leader on the Federal Aviation Administration's Red Team. Set up by Congress to help the FAA think like terrorists, the elite squad tested airport security systems... The team repeatedly warned the FAA of the potential for security breaches and hijackings but was told to cover up its findings, Dzakovic says.
'State secrets privilege' blocks fired translator from suing FBI 24 Nov 2006 Sibel Edmonds, who formed the 100-plus member National Security whistle-blowers Coalition in 2002, began working as a linguist for the FBI the week after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The Middle Eastern language specialist was fired in March 2002... Edmonds' lawsuit to contest her firing was dismissed. Legal briefs show the government had invoked the so-called state secrets privilege, arguing that the lawsuit would jeopardize national security.
Customers face radioactivity tests 25 Nov 2006 Customers at a restaurant and an hotel visited by a poisoned ex-KGB officer will be tested for the radioactive substance that killed him, said health chiefs. The Health Protection Agency called for people who had been to the Itsu sushi restaurant or Millennium Hotel in central London on November 1 to come forward.
Experts Concerned as Ballot Problems Persist 25 Nov 2006 This month’s midterm election revealed that the country is still far from able to ensure that every vote counts. Tens of thousands of voters, scattered across more than 25 states, encountered serious problems at the polls, including failures in sophisticated new voting machines and confusion over new identification rules, according to interviews with election experts and officials.
Drug Industry Is on Defensive as Power Shifts 24 Nov 2006 Hoping to prevent Congress from letting the government negotiate lower drug prices for millions of older Americans on Medicare, the pharmaceutical companies have been recruiting Democratic lobbyists, lining up allies in the Bush administration and Congress, and renewing ties with organizations of patients who depend on brand-name drugs.
Mega barf alert! Bayer's GMO rice safe without oversight, USDA says 24 Nov 2006 The U.S. Department of Agriculture [Agribusiness] on Friday formally approved a strain of genetically engineered rice whose discovery in commercial stocks earlier this year triggered a food market dispute with the European Union and Japan.
States will tell Supreme Court feds must act on warming --The EPA must address warming, California and others will tell justices. 25 Nov 2006 The polar icecaps are melting, summers growing hotter and hurricanes becoming more powerful, but the Bush regime has insisted it cannot regulate the gases that many believe are responsible. On Wednesday, a coalition of 12 states, led by California and Massachusetts, will try to persuade the Supreme Court that the nation's environmental regulators have the legal authority and responsibility to control greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming — which many scientists describe as the biggest environmental threat to the planet.
Australians urged to pray for rain --Drought prompts Archbishop to ask worshippers to pray for rain 26 Nov 2006 Christian churches across Australia will today hold special prayers for rain. The National Day of Prayer has been called by Christian leaders throughout Australia.
Iraq war was good for Israel: Olmert 22 Nov 2006 The Iraq war was a boon for Israel's security, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Wednesday, voicing fresh endorsement for a Bush administration sapped by the unpopularity at home of its Middle East policies.
Iraq descends towards civil war --Key ally tells PM to choose between him and Bush 24 Nov 2006 Iraq’s precarious government was teetering today as a powerful Shia militia leader threatened to withdraw support after 'sectarian' [US] killings reached a new peak and the country lurched closer to all-out civil war.
US helicopter fires on Iraqi funeral party-ministry 24 Nov 2006 A U.S. helicopter fired on a funeral party in Baghdad, one of dozens taking place after Thursday's devastating bombings in Sadr City, in response to ritual shooting, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said.
Shiites burn six Sunni worshippers alive 24 Nov 2006 Shiite militiamen grabbed six Sunnis as they left Friday worship services, doused them with kerosene and burned them alive near Iraqi soldiers who did not intervene, police Capt. Jamil Hussein said.
Bombs Kill 22 After Deadly Day in Iraq 24 Nov 2006 Two bombs killed 22 people in northern Iraq on Friday, a day after 'Sunni-Arab insurgents' [US death squads] killed 215 people in an attack on Baghdad's Sadr City that intensified Shiite anger at the United States.
Shiite group warns Iraqi PM not to meet Bush 24 Nov 2006 Followers of Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr on Friday threatened to boycott parliament and the cabinet if Iraq's prime minister meets U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush next week, a lawmaker said... The politicians said U.S. forces were to blame for Thursday's bombings in Sadr City that killed more than 200 people because they failed to provide security.
White House condemns [their] huge bomb attack in Iraq 24 Nov 2006 The White House said on Friday that the bombing in a Shi'ite stronghold of Baghdad that marked the deadliest attack since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 was a "senseless act" aimed at creating instability. [Exactamundo! Cui Bono? Halliburton, Blackwater USA and the Bush regime running Iraq, who can now invoke a perpetual curfew and install a new, friendlier dictatorship.]
Iraq extends Baghdad curfew into Saturday 24 Nov 2006 Iraqi authorities have extended a curfew imposed on Baghdad after a massive bomb attack so that vehicles will continue to be banned in city on Saturday, a Defence Ministry spokesman said on Friday.
Baghdad locked down 23 Nov 2006 Baghdad was under curfew on Friday after [US] car bombs in a Shi'ite stronghold killed 160 in the bloodiest single attack of the war, pushing Iraq closer to the abyss of anarchy. A further 257 people were wounded in the blasts, which left bloodied remains and blackened bodies scattered amid blazing vehicles.
Death toll in Sadr City rises to 202 24 Nov 2006 'Sunni Muslim insurgents' [US death squads] blew up five car bombs and fired mortars into Baghdad's largest Shiite district Thursday, killing at least 202 people and wounding 252 in a dramatic attack that sent the U.S. ambassador racing to meet with Iraqi leaders in an effort to contain [foment] the growing sectarian war. [BTW, why does AP (via USA Today pea-brains) add 'Muslim' after the word Sunni? Did they add 'Christian' after Timothy McVeigh, when he blew up the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City? --LRP]
"I saw a car from a wedding party, covered in ribbons and flowers. It was burning. There were pools of blood ... and children dead." --Kareem Al-Rubaie, News Photographer Iraq's blackest day leaves 160 dead and raises fears of all-out civil war 24 Nov 2006 Six car bombs killed 160 people in a Shiite stronghold of Baghdad yesterday in the bloodiest attack since the 2003 Iraq invasion. A further 257 people were wounded in the series of blasts in Sadr City.
U.S. Fights Highly Trained Militants in Iraq 23 Nov 2006 Sunni Arab militant groups suspected of ties to Al Qaeda [al CIAduh] in Mesopotamia have established training camps east of Baghdad that are turning out well-disciplined units willing to fight American forces in set-piece battles, American military commanders said Thursday.
Three Marines Killed in Iraq 24 Nov 2006 Three Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 7 died Nov. 22 from wounds suffered due to enemy action in Iraq’s Anbar province, military officials in Iraq reported.
Doctors Are Reportedly Fleeing Iraq 22 Nov 2006 Iraq's top doctors are under threat and are fleeing the country, leaving hospitals in the hands of medical students or junior physicians, an Iraqi lawmaker said Wednesday.
US proposes doubling Afghanistan troops 22 Nov 2006 The US military has proposed doubling the size of Afghanistan's army as US President [sic] George W Bush prepares to urge NATO members to send in more troops to contain increasing violence.
France okays firing at IAF over Lebanon 23 Nov 2006 French soldiers in Lebanon who feel threatened by aggressive Israeli overflights are permitted to shoot at IAF fighter jets, a high-ranking French military officer told The Jerusalem Post.
Israeli troops kill 10-yr-old boy in Jabalya 24 Nov 2006 IDF soldiers shot and killed a 10-year-old Palestinian boy on Friday afternoon in the northern Gaza Strip town of Jabalya, hospital officials said.
US hawk judges 'war on terror' a mistake 23 Nov 2006 Fred Iklé, a Nixon-era arms control veteran and mentor to the current generation of nuclear "hawks", has an apocalyptic vision of the future. However, he is also highly critical of the Bush administration’s handling of threats to the US, and calls the "global war on terror" a serious mistake.
Nato set to expand role to tackle WMD and terrorism 24 Nov 2006 The Nato alliance should further expand its role to include counter-terrorism, cyber-security [!?!] and the security of natural resources, according to a classified document to be endorsed by presidents and prime ministers next week. Some US officials are keen to open the door to a greater Nato role in helping with "homeland security", although this remains controversial within the alliance.
Senate Democrats Revive Demand for Classified Data 24 Nov 2006 Seeking information about detention of terrorism suspects, abuse of detainees and government secrecy, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are reviving dozens of demands for classified documents that until now have been rebuffed or ignored by the Justice Department and other agencies. "I expect real answers, or we’ll have testimony under oath until we get them," Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, who will head the committee beginning in January, said in an interview this week.
Ex-Guantanamo prisoner said his CIA evidence was the reason he was jailed 22 Nov 2006 A man [Murat Kurnaz] who was held in Guantanamo Bay for no reason says he was sold to Americans. Apparently he had some evidence about activities of the CIA in Europe and that may have been the reason for his being jailed.
Germany's Schily Tells Inquiry He Didn't Know of CIA Abduction 23 Nov 2006 Former German Interior Minister Otto Schily told an inquiry today that he didn't know of an alleged abduction by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency of Khaled el- Masri, a German of Lebanese origin, until el-Masri's release.
'They treat a whistle-blower like a virus' 24 Nov 2006 Most people first heard about Russell Tice last December when the former National Security Agency intelligence analyst asked to testify before Congress about NSA programs he claims are illegal... Just days after publicly urging Congress to pass stronger protections for federal intelligence agency whistle-blowers facing retaliation, he was fired in May 2005. "They treat a whistle-blower like a virus which they basically surround with buffers in an attempt to marginalize, isolate and prevent from having an impact on an organization," says Tice's lawyer, Joshua Dratel.
Two U.S. men charged with broadcasting Hezbollah TV --Each face maximum of 110 years in prison if convicted of all 11 counts 20 Nov 2006 U.S. authorities brought terrorism charges against two men [Saleh Elahwal and Javed Iqbal] for providing satellite broadcasts of Hezbollah television channel al-Manar to U.S. customers, according to an indictment unsealed on Monday.
Iran Says It Will Build Heavy-Water Reactor Without Agency's Help 24 Nov 2006 Iran said Thursday that it would build a heavy-water reactor on its own after the United Nations nuclear monitoring agency decided to remove the item from a list of projects for which it planned to provide technical assistance.
Reid wary of phone tap data as evidence 24 Nov 2006 A rift has opened between senior ministers over the use of phone-tap evidence in terrorist prosecutions. John Reid, the Home Secretary, is at odds with Lord Goldsmith, the Attorney General, who wants to lift the ban on allowing such evidence. Lord Goldsmith has said it could be a "key tool" in the fight against terrorism and organised crime.
Couple plans to sue RCMP over 911 reaction 22 Nov 2006 A North Vancouver couple has complained to District of North Vancouver council and said they will sue the North Vancouver RCMP after officers responded to their hang-up 911 call by breaking down their door, making a forceful arrest and jailing them overnight when the couple refused to allow a house-search.
More CIA propaganda: Creation vs. Darwin takes Muslim twist in Turkey 22 Nov 2006 A lavishly illustrated "Atlas of Creation" is mysteriously turning up at schools and libraries in Turkey, proclaiming that Charles Darwin's theory of evolution is the real root of terrorism.
The Spoils of Defeat 24 Nov 2006 (The New York Times) The departing Republican majority in Congress is about to leave the nation a memorial to its own shameful history as the grand enabler of record debt and deficits. G.O.P. leaders are preparing to walk away from their most basic constitutional responsibility — passing a budget. Instead of finishing work on government spending bills needed for the next year, they’re reported to be planning nothing more than a cut-and-paste, short-term continuing resolution. That will allow them to run out early from their lame-duck session, leaving the mess to the incoming Democrats in January.
Family Planning Farce 24 Nov 2006 (The New York Times) It sounds like a late-night parody of President [sic] Bush’s bad habit of filling key posts with extreme ideologues and incompetents. To head family planning programs at the Department of Health and Human Services, Mr. Bush has tapped Eric Keroack, a doctor affiliated with a group vehemently opposed to birth control and someone nationally known for his wacky theory about reproductive health.
NASA okays the polluting of outer space with space station waste 22 Nov 2006 The buildup of unwanted clutter from the International Space station has sparked years of debate, so NASA has finally decided that the best approach is to jettison some of the waste into space.
Nuclear waste dump faces new roadblocks 24 Nov 2006 The most ardent foe of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump is about to become Senate majority leader. Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid's new job, which gives him control over what legislation reaches the Senate floor, could deal a crippling blow to the already stumbling project. Among Reid's first acts after this month's election was to convene a conference call with home-state reporters to declare Yucca Mountain "dead right now."
Secret plan to impose EU-wide carbon limit --Industry commissioner urges introduction of unilateral emissions target by 2020 24 Nov 2006 Europe should set a new, unilateral, target for cutting CO2 emissions, agree legally binding plans to boost renewable energy and bring cars into its carbon trading scheme, according to a European Commission document.
Dead spy was victim of radiation --Radioactive traces found in bar and restaurant --Putin dismisses accusations 24 Nov 2006 The Russian former spy Alexander Litvinenko had received a high dose of radiation, probably polonium 210, before he died, scientists at the Health Protection Agency (HPA) revealed this afternoon. The HPA chief executive, Pat Troop, told a news conference the agency was dealing with "an unprecedented event in the UK": the deliberate poisoning of someone with a radioactive substance.
Ex-spy accuses Putin after radiation death 24 Nov 2006 An ex-KGB spy accused Vladimir Putin of his murder on Friday in a statement read out after his slow death from radiation poisoning, but the Russian president brushed off the accusations as "political provocation."
Turkeys try for fast train out of Jersey 23 Nov 2006 Some wild turkeys, it appears, were trying to get out of New Jersey before Thanksgiving Day. A spokesman for the NJ Transit said train officials reported a dozen or so wild turkeys waiting on a station platform in Ramsey, about 20 miles northwest of New York City, on Wednesday afternoon.
US soldiers taunt Iraqi children with bottle of water 14 Sep 2006 [video] Posted by njdube
Indefinite curfew slapped on Baghdad 24 Nov 2006 The Iraqi government imposed an indefinite curfew in Baghdad today, after one of the worst days of violence since the US invasion in 2003, Iraqi state television said, quoting an Interior Ministry official.
3 suicide car bombs, 2 mortar attacks kill 145 Iraqis, wound 238 in Baghdad 23 Nov 2006 In the deadliest attack since the beginning of the Iraq war, suspected Sunni-Arab [US] militants used three suicide car bombs and two mortar rounds on the capital's Shiite Sadr City to kill at least 145 people and wound 238 on Thursday, police said.
Bombs kill 133 in Baghdad, gunmen storm ministry 23 Nov 2006 Up to six car bombs killed [more than] 133 people in a Shi'ite militia stronghold in Baghdad on Thursday, in one of most devastating such attacks since the U.S. invasion. A further 201 people were wounded, police said, and the Health Minister said the toll could rise. "Many of the dead have been reduced to scattered body parts and are not counted yet," Ali al-Shemari told Reuters.
U.N.: 3,709 Iraqis slain in Oct.; highest toll yet --Officials blame growing armed militias, rampant torture for 'grim picture' 22 Nov 2006 The United Nations said Wednesday that 3,709 Iraqi civilians were killed in October, the highest monthly toll since the March 2003 U.S. invasion and another sign of the severity of Iraq’s 'sectarian' [US] bloodbath.
UN says Iraqi deaths hit new high, many flee 22 Nov 2006 Iraqi deaths hit a new high in October and 100,000 people are fleeing abroad every month to escape worsening [US] violence that is segregating the country on sectarian lines, a U.N. report said on Wednesday.
Scores of Suspected 'Terrorists' Detained in Iraq Operations 22 Nov 2006 Occupation and Iraqi forces have detained scores of suspected 'terrorists,' freed hostages and seized a major weapons cache in operations over the last few days, military officials reported. Soldiers detained 45 suspects during a combat operation yesterday in Lutufiyah, Iraq.
Flugge knew invasion plans 23 Nov 2006 One year before the invasion of Iraq, Australia's then ambassador to the United Nations, John Dauth, confidentially told AWB's former chairman, Trevor Flugge, that the Howard Government would participate in military action with the US to overthrow Saddam Hussein, new AWB documents reveal. Details of the extraordinary conversation undercut previous statements by the Prime Minister that Australia had not agreed to join the war in Iraq before the UN debate in late 2002 and early 2003.
Beckett predicts Basra handover by the spring 23 Nov 2006 Britain could complete the handover of southern Iraq to the country's security forces by next spring, Margaret Beckett, the Foreign Secretary, said yesterday.
UK could hand Basra to Iraq in early 2007 22 Nov 2006 The government said on Wednesday it could hand back Basra province to Iraqi control early next year, for the first time putting a date on a major step towards reducing Britain's presence in Iraq.
Poll: Most Americans Now Say Iraq War Similar to Vietnam Conflict 22 Nov 2006 Claims by critics of the war in Iraq that this conflict is similar in many ways to the U.S. experience in Vietnam have long been derided by pundits and administrations officials. But a new survey finds that almost 6 in 10 Americans believe that the analogy is accurate.
Guantanamo inmates compared notes on how they were tortured: Hicks was tortured says Guantanamo inmate 23 Nov 2006 A former Guantanamo Bay inmate says he spoke to Australian David Hicks every night for months and compared notes with him on how they were being tortured. Sometimes Hicks returned to his cell crying after being interrogated, Ruhal Ahmed said. A British Muslim, Mr Ahmed had planned to visit Australia to promote the film, The Road to Guantanamo, but has been banned from entering the country because of an adverse security ruling by spy agency ASIO.
Guantanamo film subject barred by Australian authorities 23 Nov 2006 Reporter: Rafael Epstein ELEANOR HALL: The movie, The Road to Guantanamo, opened in Australian cinemas this week, but the British man on whom the film is based has been barred by Australian authorities from travelling here to promote it. Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Ruhal Ahmed has been deemed a security risk by ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organisation).
The Rumsfeld-Mengele connection: Guantanamo prisoner alleges botched medical procedures 21 Nov 2006 A detainee at Guantanamo Bay who needs a medical procedure on his heart said Tuesday he doesn't want it performed there because operations on other detainees have been botched — an accusation the base commander denied. Saifullah Paracha, a Pakistani businessman held at Guantanamo, "believes that two prisoners have lost their vocal cords after routine tonsillectomies, that a prisoner lost part of his leg because of a surgical sponge left in him which became infected, and that a prisoner lost a testicle from similar neglect," said Gaillard T. Hunt, his attorney.
U.S. judge denies Guantanamo prisoner request 20 Nov 2006 A federal judge on Monday rejected arguments by a prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and refused to stop the U.S. military from performing a medical procedure on the detainee's heart.
U.S. plans to boost military aid for Lebanon 22 Nov 2006 The Bush administration plans to give the Lebanese government more military aid and other support, fearing more bloodshed after this week's [CIA/Mossad-backed] political assassination, said a senior U.S. official.
Israeli troops advance into Gaza towns 22 Nov 2006 Israeli ground troops, tanks and armored vehicles advanced on two northern Gaza towns Wednesday in pursuit of Palestinian rocket squads [?!?], besieging a well-known Hamas lawmaker's house and engaging militants in ferocious gunbattles, Palestinian officials said.
Afghanistan Will Become Failed State Without Support, UN Says 23 Nov 2006 Afghanistan needs "sustained support and assistance" from the international community to ensure the Taliban insurgency and increasing drug production don't derail its path to 'democracy,' a United Nations envoy said.
Blair 'overriding cabinet' on renewal of Trident 23 Nov 2006 Tony Blair has been accused of "bouncing" the Cabinet and Labour MPs into a decision to renew Britain's Trident nuclear weapons system at a cost of up to £25bn.
Bush snr jeered for saying 'my son is honest' 23 Nov 2006 Former US President George Bush was jeered when he told a hostile Arab audience in Abu Dhabi: "My son is an honest man".
USA Disses UN Human Food Rights 18 Nov 2006 The government of President [sic] George W. Bush shamed the United States into international isolation after it rejected a UN resolution defending the human right to food. After a week of UN debates on humanitarian affairs, US diplomats were the only ones to vote against a resolution supporting the Right to Food.
ACLU files new briefs in NSA case 22 Nov 2006 The American Civil Liberties Union said it had filed five new briefs in its case against the U.S. National Security Agency. The ACLU said in a statement Tuesday that it had filed five new friend-of-the-court briefs in support of its challenge to the National Security Agency's domestic security surveillance program spying program.
Federal judge rejects request for NSA wiretapping records 22 Nov 2006 The National Security Agency is not required to release details about its secret wiretapping program, a federal judge said this week.
NYPD Installs "Sky Watch" In Harlem Neighborhood 22 Nov 2006 The NYPD has installed a patrol tower in a Harlem neighborhood in an effort to cut crime in the 'high-risk' neighborhood. The two-story booth tower, called Sky Watch, gives the officer sitting inside a better vantage point from which to monitor the area. Officers in the booth have access to a spotlight, sensors, and four cameras. [Two words: rocks, pebbles.]
Motorists to give fingerprints at roadside 22 Nov 2006 Drivers who get stopped by the police could have their fingerprints taken at the roadside, under a new plan to help officers check people's identities. A hand-held device being tested by 10 forces in England and Wales is linked to a database of 6.5m prints.
Briton wins libel payout over terrorism plot gaffe 23 Nov 2006 A woman who was wrongly linked to a suspected plot to blow up U.S.-bound transatlantic airliners, won "substantial" damages on Thursday from UK broadcasters and newspapers.
Sacramento anti-war leader accuses federal government of withholding surveillance information of his group 22 Nov 2006 The leader of an anti-war protest group in Sacramento accused the federal government of withholding surveillance information of his group. The Pentagon issued a report on its surveillance following a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The report confirms the National Security Agency collected information on the Sacramento chapter of Veterans for Peace for five months in 2005.
Email Purgatory By Jamey Malcomb 21 Nov 2006 While email may seem like a quick and easy way to write Congress, many people are unable to get their voice heard because of a new layer of security called a "logic puzzle." Before those constituents can send an email, they must go to their representative’s website, type in their full name, phone number, and address with a ZIP code in that member’s state. After completing the email and before clicking "submit," they are met with another question: "What is the sum of 7 plus 1?"
CIA role claim in Kennedy killing --New video and photographic evidence that puts three senior CIA operatives at the scene of Robert Kennedy's assassination has been brought to light. 21 Nov 2006 The evidence was shown in a report by Shane O'Sullivan, broadcast on BBC Newsnight. It reveals that the operatives and four unidentified associates were at the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles in the moments before and after the shooting on 5 June, 1968. The CIA had no domestic jurisdiction and some of the officers were based in South-East Asia at the time, with no reason to be in Los Angeles.
Analysis: Ballots favored Dems --Sarasota's 'undervotes' were examined in 5 state races. 22 Nov 2006 The group of nearly 18,000 voters that registered no choice in Sarasota's disputed congressional election solidly backed Democratic candidates in all five of Florida's statewide races, an Orlando Sentinel analysis of ballot data shows.
H5N1 Influenza — Continuing Evolution and Spread By Robert G. Webster, Ph.D., and Elena A. Govorkova, M.D., Ph.D. 23 Nov 2006 ...[G]iven the number of cases of H5N1 influenza that have occurred in humans to date (251 as of late September 2006) and the rate of death of more than 50%, it would be prudent to develop robust plans for dealing with such a pandemic... If H5N1 influenza achieves pandemic status in humans — and we have no way to know whether it will — the results could be catastrophic.
Global warming said killing some species 21 Nov 2006 Animal and plant species have begun dying off or changing sooner than predicted because of global warming, a review of hundreds of research studies contends.
Explosion heard more than 20 miles away destroys homes in Danvers 23 Nov 2006 (MA) It could take weeks to determine what caused a pair of explosions that ripped through a commercial and residential neighborhood here. The explosions occurred about 2:50 a.m. at CAI Inc., a manufacturer of solvents and inks. It sparked a 10-alarm fire that attracted a response from 30 cities and towns surrounding this town about 20 miles northeast of Boston.
US could bomb Iran nuclear sites in 2007: analysts 21 Nov 2006 President [sic] George W. Bush could choose military action over diplomacy and bomb Iran's nuclear facilities next year, political analysts in Washington agree. "I think he is going to do it," John Pike, director of Globalsecurity.org, a military issues think tank, told AFP.
Bomb Blasts Speaker's Car in Green Zone 22 Nov 2006 A bomb exploded in an armored car among those belonging to the speaker of Parliament, wounding the American security guard who was driving it out of a parking area in the government Green Zone and disrupting a meeting of lawmakers nearby, a parliamentary aide said.
U.S. troops blow up cars in Baghdad 21 Nov 2006 U.S. troops blew up two cars Tuesday inside the heavily fortified Green Zone after dogs indicated explosives were inside the vehicles that were used in the motorcade of the parliament speaker, an adviser to parliament said.
UN chief says U.S. is 'trapped in Iraq' 21 Nov 2006 The U.S. is "trapped in Iraq" and the Bush administration needs to time any withdrawal of its troops from the beleaguered country carefully to avoid a deepening of violence there, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said Tuesday.
Kucinich Calls for Cutting Off Iraq War Funds "That's the only way we're going to end this war." 15 Nov 2006 Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) called Wednesday for cutting off funding of the Iraq war, as the surest way out of Iraq. His statements were made in an interview by Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman.
Syria, Iraq restore ties to combat militants 21 Nov 2006 Iraq and Syria restored full diplomatic relations on Tuesday after a 24-year rift in a move Iraq hopes can help stem what it says is Syrian support for militants and encourage other Arab states to rally to its aid.
Iran ready to help Iraq refurbish national grid: Fattah 21 Nov 2006 Iran-Iraq-Electricity Iranian Minister of Energy Parviz Fattah said in Baghdad on Tuesday that Iran is ready to help Iraq rebuild its electricity networks [destroyed by the US].
Two Canadians hurt in Afghanistan landmine blast 21 Nov 2006 Two Canadian soldiers were injured during foot patrol on Tuesday when an anti-personnel landmine detonated in southern Afghanistan.
US pharma-terrorists poised to make a *killing*: Polio vaccination campaign targets children in south Afghanistan 21 Nov 2006 Afghanistan has begun its latest drive to vaccinate millions of children under five 'against' [*with*] the crippling polio virus, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) officials have said.
Report: Jewish Settlements Built on Palestinian Property 21 Nov 2006 An Israeli advocacy group has found that 39 percent of the land used by Jewish settlements in the West Bank is private Palestinian property, and contends that construction there violates international and Israeli law guaranteeing the protection of property rights in the occupied territories.
Gunmen assassinate Lebanese minister 21 Nov 2006 The Lebanese Christian leader Pierre Gemayel, an outspoken critic of Syria, has been shot dead in a suburb of Beirut today.
Bush warns Syria, Iran after Lebanon killing 21 Nov 2006 US President [sic] George W. Bush accused Syria and Iran of fomenting violence and instability in Lebanon, as he condemned the [CIA/Mossad?] assassination of Lebanese cabinet minister Pierre Gemayel.
UN condemns murder of Lebanon minister 22 Nov 2006 The 15-nation U.N. Security Council condemned the killing of a Lebanese Christian Cabinet minister on Tuesday, deploring any attempt to destabilise Lebanon through political assassination. [Cui bono? Bush and Olmert.]
U.S. citizen charged with terrorism in Uganda after being found with unlicensed guns 21 Nov 2006 A U.S. citizen was charged with terrorism Tuesday after being found with three unlicensed guns in a volatile region of northern Uganda, officials said.
Chemical weapons' disposal delayed 20 Nov 2006 The Pentagon has extended its timeline to destroy its aging chemical weapons arsenal until 2023, despite concerns by Congress and watchdog groups that the stockpiles raise the risk of an accident or theft by terrorists.
Reno Files Challenge to Terror Law 20 Nov 2006 Former Attorney General Janet Reno and seven other former Justice Department officials filed court papers Monday arguing that the Bush administration is setting a dangerous precedent by trying a suspected terrorist outside the court system. Former attorneys general rarely file court papers challenging administration policy.
Tapes Provide First Glimpse of Secret Guantanamo Panels 21 Nov 2006 Audio recordings obtained by NPR provide the outside world with its first window into the secret world of military tribunals at the U.S. prison camp for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba... "They relied instead on secret evidence that was classified," Seton Hall law professor Mark Denbeaux says. "And the government's procedure was, anything in that secret evidence was presumed to be valuable and valid. And then the detainee was given the opportunity to rebut the secret evidence. But he was never told what the secret evidence was."
Top-Secret Torture --The Bush administration claims detainees can't disclose how they were treated. (The Washington Post) 21 Nov 2006 Mr. [Majid] Khan was one of the al-Qaeda suspects who was detained in a secret prison of the CIA and subjected to "alternative" interrogation tactics -- the administration's chilling phrase for methods most people regard as torture. Now the government is arguing that by subjecting detainees to such treatment, the CIA gives them "top secret" classified information -- and the government can then take extraordinary measures to keep them quiet about it. If this argument carries the day, it will make virtually impossible any accountability for the administration's treatment of top al-Qaeda detainees. And it will also ensure that key parts of any military trials get litigated in secrecy.
Your Papers Please --Passport, the new 'it' document 20 Nov 2006 For U.S. travelers desiring to hop a plane going to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Bermuda, Central or South America, come Jan. 8, will need a passport. And for the 73 percent of Americans who don't have a valid passport, it's time to get with the program because everyone will need one as identification by Jan. 1, 2008, when it will be required for international land and sea travel as well as air.
U.S. to Require Passports for Nearly All 21 Nov 2006 Nearly all air travelers entering the U.S. will be required to show passports beginning Jan. 23, including returning Americans and people from Canada and other nations in the Western Hemisphere. The date was disclosed Tuesday by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff in an interview with The Associated Press.
Chertoff Praises Biometric Fingerprint System, 10 Point Capture is Next 21 Nov 2006 The following are comments about biometric fingerprinting and how is helps [sic] homeland security by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff: "One of the reasons I wanted to come today was to acknowledge the substantial progress that has been made in developing faster, high-quality 10-print capture devices... What that will let us do, when we get the 10-print capture device, is for any single foreigner who crosses into our borders, get their 10 prints, and run them not only against our existing databases to see whether they have been here before under a different name or whether there is a criminal record in this country or internationally against them, but to stand those 10 prints against latent prints lifted from around the world in terrorist safe houses or in battlefields, to see whether the person crossing the border has ever been involved in training in an al Qaeda training or believed running an al Qaeda safe house."
Report Finds DHS Lax on Contracting Procedures 22 Nov 2006 Private consultants hired by the Department of Homeland Security have found widespread problems with its contracting operation, including nearly three dozen contract files that could not be located. Files that could be found often lacked basic documentation required under federal rules, such as evidence that the department negotiated the best prices for taxpayers, according to a copy of the consultants' report obtained by The Washington Post.
New Orleans must hire public defenders 21 Nov 2006 The board overseeing the city public defender's office, struggling after Hurricane Katrina sent an already shaky system into crisis, has been ordered to hire more attorneys to represent impoverished criminal defendants. The order, issued Monday by judges in the Criminal District Court, said mismanagement of the Orleans Parish Indigent Defender Program has denied poor defendants their 6th Amendment right to proper legal representation.
California court: websites not liable for libel in third-party postings 20 Nov 2006 Websites that publish inflammatory information written by other parties cannot be sued for libel, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday.
US journalists afraid their jobs will be outsourced --A passage to India By Nick Farrell 20 Nov 2006 Journos working for the US print media are steaming with righteous indignation as their bosses start outsourcing their jobs to India.
Unelected Mexican leftist claims office 20 Nov 2006 Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador swore himself in as Mexico's "legitimate" president Monday, launching a parallel government he hopes will prevent President-elect Felipe Calderon from governing. [Well, the US had a rightist swear himself in as America's "legitimate" president in 2001 and 2005.]
Winner declared in Florida House race 21 Nov 2006 State officials Monday certified Republican Vern Buchanan won the House seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Katherine Harris, though the loser immediately sued for a new election, arguing that touch-screen 'voting' machines had malfunctioned. Democrat Christine Jennings contested her 369-vote loss in the 13th District, asking a judge to order a new election because of problems in Sarasota County, where more than 17,000 voters who cast ballots in other races Nov. 7 failed to vote in the congressional contest.
Some Curbs on Sex Offenders Called Ineffective, Inhumane --Ga. rule places nearly all homes in some counties off-limits, practically amounting to banishment. 22 Nov 2006 As convicted sex offenders go, they seem to pose little danger. One is 100 years old. Another can barely walk and is in the late stages of Alzheimer's disease. Another is dying of heart disease in a nursing home. Yet under a new Georgia law, thousands of registered sex offenders, even the old and feeble, could be pushed from their homes and hospices.
No-Bid School Contracts Draw City Council's Ire 22 Nov 2006 The New York City Council Education Committee grilled and berated top city education officials yesterday about hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts awarded without the competitive bidding normally required of city agencies.
Report: Hunger ['very low food security'] rising in New York City 21 Nov 2006 The number of city residents relying on food from charities and unable to feed their families is rising, according to a report issued by an advocacy group.
No class-action allowed against Monsanto 15 Nov 2006 A seed company and a group of Midwestern farmers who sued [pharma-terrorists] Creve Coeur-based Monsanto Co. for allegedly monopolizing the biotech corn seed market were denied class-action status Monday in federal court in Wilmington, Del.
Bush's Daughter Robbed in Argentina 21 Nov 2006 George W. Bush's daughter, Barbara Bush, had her purse and cell phone stolen as she had dinner in a restaurant in Buenos Aires, Argentina, even though she was being guarded by a detail of Secret Service agents, according to law enforcement reports made available to ABC News.
NASA looks at plan to blot out Sun 20 Nov 2006 The idea seems like something out of a Superman comic: a machine or missile shoots tonnes of particles into the atmosphere that would block the Sun's rays, cool down the overheated Earth, and reverse global warming.
Judge rejects request for NSA wiretapping documents 20 Nov 2006 The National Security Agency is not required to release details about its secret wiretapping program, a federal judge said Monday.
War on terror could last 30 years: report 21 Nov 2006 The fight 'against' terrorism could last 30 years or more, according to a report published by a British think tank that specialises in international security. "There is every prospect of the 'war on [of] terror' extending for 30 years or more," said the report by the Oxford Research Group.
Reno, former Justice Department officials criticize terror law 20 Nov 2006 Former Attorney General Janet Reno is speaking out for the first time against Bush administration policy on terror suspects. Reno and seven other former Justice Department officials filed court papers today, charging the administration is setting a dangerous precedent by trying a suspected terrorist outside the court system.
Italy fires spymaster accused of aiding CIA kidnappers 21 Nov 2006 The head of Italy's SISMI military intelligence agency [Nicolo Pollari], accused of helping the CIA abduct an Egyptian imam in 2003, was fired on Monday.
U.S. judge denies Guantanamo prisoner request 20 Nov 2006 A federal judge on Monday rejected arguments by a prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and refused to stop the U.S. military from performing a medical procedure on the detainee's heart. [Would *you* trust the US Nazi torturers at Guantanamo Bay to perform your *surgery?!?*]
US asks court to deny Guantanamo prisoner 18 Nov 2006 A Guantanamo prisoner's legal petition to move a heart procedure from the remote United States military base in Cuba should be denied because a similar medical procedure was successfully performed there in 2003, the US government said in court documents filed on Friday.
Fair trial for Hussein impossible: watchdog 20 Nov 2006 The Iraqi court that sentenced Saddam Hussein to hang this month was guilty of shortcomings so serious that a fair trial for the former president was all but impossible, an international rights watchdog said today. There were so many procedural flaws that the verdict could be viewed only as unsound, New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a 97-page report on the trial.
Iraq death toll hits 1,370 for November 20 Nov 2006 [US] Assassins killed a popular TV comedian and a college professor but failed in attempts to kill two Iraqi government officials. The attacks raised the November death total to at least 1,370, well above the 1,216 who died in all of October, which was the deadliest month in Iraq since The Associated Press began tracking the figure in April 2005.
At least 700 Iraqis die in 8 days of unrelenting violence 19 Nov 2006 The numbers are staggering: In the past eight days, 714 Iraqis have fallen victim to the country's 'sectarian' [US] bloodbath. At least 111 people were killed nationwide on Sunday, following a week of appallingly high daily death tolls: 134, 90, 119, 106, 49, 52 and 53.
U.S. Considers Large, Temporary Troop Increase in Iraq 21 Nov 2006 Pentagon officials conducting a review of Iraq strategy are considering a substantial but temporary [Yeah, right!] increase in American troop levels and the addition of several thousand more trainers to work with Iraqi forces, a senior Defense Department official said Monday.
More US death squads, 'Shock & Awe' war crimes on the way: Pentagon May Suggest Short-Term [sic] Buildup Leading to Iraq Exit 20 Nov 2006 The Pentagon's closely guarded review of how to improve the situation in Iraq has outlined three basic options: Send in more troops, shrink the force but stay longer, or pull out, according to senior defense officials. Insiders have dubbed the options "Go Big," "Go Long" and "Go Home."
Obama calls for troop withdrawal in 6 months 20 Nov 2006 Illinois Sen. Barack Obama (D) called this afternoon for troop withdrawal from Iraq starting next year and negotiations with Iran and Syria over the war-torn country's future.
Key Democrats oppose renewing military draft 20 Nov 2006 Leading Democrats who soon will control the legislative agenda in the U.S. Congress rejected on Monday a colleague's call for reinstatement of the U.S. military draft.
Iraq says to restore full ties with Syria 20 Nov 2006 Iraq and Syria expect to restore full diplomatic ties this week, the Iraqi government said on Monday after Syria's visiting foreign minister pledged support in helping its neighbour quell rampant violence.
Bush: I'd understand if Israel chose to attack Iran 20 Nov 2006 U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush and President Jacques Chirac of France met several weeks ago. Bush told his French counterpart that the possibility that Israel would carry out a strike against Iran's nuclear installations should not be ruled out. Bush also said that if such an attack were to take place, he would understand it.
White House brushes off CIA report on Iran: report 20 Nov 2006 The White House dismissed a classified CIA draft assessment that found no conclusive evidence of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program, the New Yorker reported.
The Next Act --Is a damaged Administration less likely to attack Iran, or more? By Seymour M. Hersh 20 Nov 2006 The C.I.A. found no conclusive evidence, as yet, of a secret Iranian nuclear-weapons program running parallel to the civilian operations that Iran has declared to the International Atomic Energy Agency... The C.I.A.’s analysis, which has been circulated to other agencies for comment, was based on technical intelligence collected by overhead satellites, and on other empirical evidence, such as measurements of the radioactivity of water samples and smoke plumes from factories and power plants.
Troops halt 'ambush alley' work 20 Nov 2006 Zhari District, Afghanistan - Construction on a deadly road that claimed the lives of six Canadian soldiers in Afghan-istan last month has been halted amid mounting security concerns sparked by a sudden withdrawal of Afghan troops from the area.
Military Data Reveal Tips on Antiwar Activities 21 Nov 2006 An antiterrorist database used by the Defense Department in an effort to prevent attacks against military installations included intelligence tips about antiwar planning meetings held at churches, libraries, college campuses and other locations, newly disclosed documents show.
Police probe Bush suicide bomber reports 21 Nov 2006 Police were probing unconfirmed reports that a suicide bomber was planning an attack during US President [sic] George W. Bush's visit to Indonesia, where thousands rallied against American foreign policy in the Middle East and the Iraq war. Demonstrations by Islamic hard-liners, students, housewives and taxi drivers have been staged every day this month and nearly 10,000 turned out in Bogor, some holding banners that said, "Bush is a terrorist."
Six investigated in Germany for plot to blow up plane 21 Nov 2006 At least six people are under investigation over an alleged terrorist plot to blow up a commercial aircraft, German prosecutors said. The six are believed to have begun preparations for an attack on behalf of "so far unknown" terrorist backers [Bush bin Laden?], federal prosecutors said in a statement.
Judge Orders FBI to Correct Disclosures Concerning Government Evacuation of Saudi Royals and bin Laden Family After 9/11 --FBI's Exemption Argument "Strains Credulity" (Judicial Watch) 20 Nov 2006 Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that U.S. District Court Judge Richard W. Roberts of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation to submit "proper disclosures" to the Court and Judicial Watch by December 15, 2006 concerning the U.S. government’s evacuation of Saudi royals and members of the bin Laden family from the United States immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Mexico leftist to swear in as "legitimate president" 20 Nov 2006 Mexico's leftist opposition leader was to swear in as "legitimate president" on Monday to revive his flagging campaign against a July election he says was rigged and to prevent his conservative rival from running the country. Tens of thousands of supporters were expected to cram into Mexico City's vast Zocalo square to see Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador take an oath of office in a ceremony that has no legal weight but could mark the start of new street protests. [That is *exactly* what Al Gore should have done in January 2001.]
UK demands Halliburton drop KBR float 15 Nov 2006 Britain has made a last-minute demand that Halliburton, the US oil services group, withdraw the imminent flotation of its KBR subsidiary or face being stripped of its ownership of the Devonport naval dockyard.
Divine Strake back in Nevada --The fight is on, again. (The Spectrum) 18 Nov 2006 Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, says the Defense Threat Reduction Agency told him the Divine Strake test explosion of 700 tons of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil will take place at the Nevada Test Site... This test is likely to kick up settled radioactivity from the desert floor and spew it into the atmosphere, only to be dumped at the will of the jet stream who knows where.
House Republican group backs Senate drilling bill 20 Nov 2006 A group of Republican lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday said the House should abandon its broad legislation to expand offshore drilling, giving a boost to a much narrower Senate drilling bill that could pass in Congress' lame duck session.
Report predicts a nuclear future 21 Nov 2006 Australia could have about 20 nuclear power stations built as part of a wholesale switch to atomic power, according to a landmark report to be released today.
US push for drink detectors in cars 21 Nov 2006 Alcohol detectors may be fitted to all vehicles in the US... In the first phase, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, backed by a national association of highway officials and car manufacturers, plans to campaign to change drink-driving laws in 49 states to require that even first offenders be forced to install a device that tests drivers and disables the car if it detects alcohol. The next step would be a program to develop new devices that would unobtrusively test any driver for alcohol, and disable the car to thwart drunk driving.
GOP fundraiser gets 18 years in prison 20 Nov 2006 A GOP fundraiser who embezzled from a state investment in rare coins was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison in a scandal that helped bring down Ohio's ruling Republican Party on Election Day. Tom Noe was also fined $139,000.
Lyme Disease Guidelines Focus of Antitrust Probe 17 Nov 2006 Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) said Thursday that he has launched an investigation into whether the Infectious Diseases Society of America has violated antitrust laws in setting new guidelines for diagnosing and treating Lyme disease. "These guidelines were set by a panel that essentially locked out competing points of view," Blumenthal said.
Low food security is the new hunger 21 Nov 2006 The US government has tweaked its terminology in referring to the nearly 11 million Americans who face a constant struggle with hunger to refer to them as people with "very low food security".
Brother, Can You Spare a Word? (The New York Times) 20 Nov 2006 First the good news: the government’s annual hunger report shows a slight decline last year in the number of citizens in need of food. Now the bad news: the annual hunger report has dropped the word "hunger." Instead, there were 35 million Americans last year suffering from "low food security," meaning they chronically lacked the resources to be able to eat enough food. Of these, 10.8 million lived with "very low food security," meaning they were the hungriest among the hungry, so to speak... The government insists that no Orwellian plot is in the works to mask a national blight.
Did the CIA kill Bobby Kennedy? In 1968, Robert Kennedy seemed likely to follow his brother, John, into the White House. Then, on June 6, he was assassinated - apparently by a lone gunman. But Shane O'Sullivan says he has evidence implicating three CIA agents in the murder Monday 20 Nov 2006 Given the positive identifications we have gathered on these three, the CIA and the Los Angeles Police Department need to explain what they were doing there.
CIA analysis finds no Iranian nuclear weapons drive: report 19 Nov 2006 A classified draft CIA assessment has found no firm evidence of a secret drive by Iran to develop nuclear weapons, as alleged by the White House, a top US investigative reporter [Seymour Hersh] has said.
Global Hawk to Fly 1st Mission Over U.S. --Air Force drones provide aerial surveillance 19 Nov 2006 They've become a fixture in the skies over Iraq and Afghanistan, a new breed of unmanned aircraft operated with remote controls by "pilots" sitting in virtual cockpits many miles away. The first Global Hawk is scheduled to land at Beale Air Force Base in northern California, on Monday. [Oh, gee. Looky here: Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman Post Strong 3Q Profit 24 Oct 2006 Profits at aerospace and defense contractors Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp. climbed in the third quarter on strong sales... the companies said Tuesday. Both companies expected further strong growth in 2007 based on Congressional defense spending priorities. The company, which builds ships, satellite systems and [drumroll, please...] the Global Hawk unmanned surveillance plane, said it has offered to settle potential claims brought by the Department of Justice and a classified government customer concerning microelectronic parts produced by TRW Inc. before Northrop bought TRW in 2002.]
Judge won't halt AT&T wiretapping lawsuit 18 Nov 2006 A federal district judge on Friday rejected the Bush regime's request to halt a lawsuit that alleges AT&T unlawfully cooperated with a broad and unconstitutional government surveillance program.
Gonzales Blasts Surveillance Critics 18 Nov 2006 Attorney General Alberto Gonzales contended Saturday that some critics of the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance program were defining freedom in a way that poses a "grave threat" to U.S. security.
ACLU seeks FBI records on monitoring of Islamic groups 16 Nov 2006 Six groups, including the Anaheim-based Council on American Islamic Relations in Southern California, filed a Freedom of Information Act request Monday asking about suspected law enforcement monitoring of Islamic religious institutions.
Study rejects claim that Muslim areas harbour terrorists 20 Nov 2006 Muslims living in ghettos are no more likely to become involved in terrorism than those living in mixed areas, according to research to be published today. The study by Manchester University says that "terrorist hotbeds" are a fantasy and concludes that Islamist terrorists are as likely to come from towns and cities with small Muslim populations as from so-called "self-segregating" Muslim areas.
Missing presumed tortured --More than 7,000 prisoners have been captured in America's war on [of] terror. Just 700 ended up in Guantanamo Bay. Between extraordinary rendition to foreign jails and disappearance into the CIA's "black sites", what happened to the rest? By Stephen Grey 20 Nov 2006 Last month, Bush signed into law his new Military Commissions Act, which provides for the trial at Guantanamo of top al-Qaeda leaders. The act grants fewer rights to defendants than the Nazis got at Nuremberg... In this new justice, the big terrorists are granted privileges, and the other missing prisoners, subtracted from the public record, are disappeared off the face of the earth.
Stop US Nazi medical experiments on Guantanamo prisoners: Attorney: Guantanamo detainee refuses to have heart procedure at base 19 Nov 2006 A 59-year-old Guantanamo Bay detainee [Saifullah A. Paracha] has refused to have a required [?!?] medical procedure performed on his heart at the U.S. military base, one of his attorneys said Sunday.
Reform on Detentions --Democrats will now have the chance to curtail the Bush administration's human rights abuses. (The Washington Post) 19 Nov 2006 Earlier this fall congressional Democrats made only a token effort to stop passage of deeply flawed Bush administration legislation on the detention, interrogation and trial of "enemy combatants" in the war on terrorism... Having won that  election, the Democrats now have a second chance to temper the administration's excesses and to insist on accountability for past crimes. It ought to be at the top of their agenda.
Kissinger: Iraq Military Win Impossible 19 Nov 2006 Military victory is no longer possible in Iraq, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said in a television interview broadcast Sunday. Kissinger presented a bleak vision of Iraq, saying the U.S. government must enter into dialogue with Iraq's regional neighbors _ including Iran _ if progress is to be made in the region.
Rep. Rangel Will Seek to Reinstate Draft 19 Nov 2006 Americans would have to sign up for a new military draft after turning 18 if the incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has his way. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., said Sunday he sees his idea as a way to deter politicians from launching wars and to bolster U.S. troop levels insufficient to cover potential future action in Iran, North Korea and Iraq.
Republican senator McCain: More troops needed in Iraq to ensure victory, avert attacks 19 Nov 2006 Without additional troops to ensure 'victory' [sic] in Iraq, the U.S. could find itself more vulnerable to terrorist attacks at home, Republican Senator John McCain said.
52 killed across Iraq on Sunday 19 Nov 2006 A suicide bomber blew up a minivan on Sunday morning, killing 22 people and wounding 44 in the mainly Shiite southern city of Hillah, police said. Attacks by 'suspected insurgents' [US death squads] in other areas of Iraq killed 30 people and wounded 58, raising the country's death toll to 52 by midday Sunday.
Twin pipeline to Turkey rendered useless, says minister 18 Nov 2006 The twin pipeline which once used to carry more than 1 million barrels of Iraqi crude oil to terminals in Turkey is no longer of any use, according to Oil Minister Hussein al-Shahristani. Repeated rebel attacks and lack of repairs have rendered the pipeline useless, he said... The pipeline’s loss means that anti-U.S. rebels have finally succeeded in putting the gigantic oil fields of Kirkuk outside the reach of international markets, and denying the pro-U.S. government in Baghdad an important source of hard cash. [Less $$$ for ExxonMobil, Blackwater USA and the US death squads.]
Brown: Iraq troops reduction in months --Chancellor pledges £100m aid and talks of handover as he visits Basra 19 Nov 2006 Gordon Brown said last night that British troops could begin withdrawing from Iraq within a 'few months' as the government outlined the first steps in a rethink of the war on terrorism.
Blair does not concede Iraq a disaster 19 Nov 2006 Tony Blair's office said today comments he made in a TV interview were not an admission that going to war in Iraq, the British leader's least popular decision in a decade in power, had been a disaster.
Mega barf Poodle alert! Web 'fuelling crisis in politics' 17 Nov 2006 Tony Blair's outgoing chief strategy adviser fears the internet could be fuelling a "crisis" in the relationship between politicians and voters.
Howard digs in over Iraq 20 Nov 2006 John Howard has angrily rejected suggestions the situation in Iraq is a disaster. Two days ago, British Prime Minister Tony Blair accepted the proposition put to him in an interview with Sir David Frost on Al-Jazeera's new English language channel that Iraq had been "pretty much a disaster".
Syrian Official, in Iraq, Offers Assistance 20 Nov 2006 Syria’s foreign minister said Sunday during a visit here that his government was ready to help stabilize Iraq, and he called for a timetable for the withdrawal of American troops, saying it would help reduce the violence.
"They killed a 52-year-old crippled man in cold blood." Plea deals pile up in Iraq murder cases --Experts surprised that military has agreed to lighter sentences 18 Nov 2006 In the beginning, there were eight. A squad of seven Marines and a Navy corpsman charged with kidnapping and murdering an Iraqi man [the Hamdania cases], a crime described by a prosecutor as especially brutal. They faced military trials; the death penalty was possible. And now there are four. The death penalty is off the table and four of the defendants have struck plea bargains.
U.S. Lawyers: Libby May Have Disclosed Iraq Secrets 17 Nov 2006 Former White House aide, I. Lewis Libby, may have disclosed conclusions from a highly classified government report on Iraq to journalists before the report was declassified by President [sic] Bush, federal prosecutors said in a new court filing.
Blair urged to change course in Afghanistan --Security tight for PM's visit to war-torn country 20 Nov 2006 The west's leading Muslim ally urged Nato to change course in Afghanistan yesterday, as it was revealed that Tony Blair is to visit the war-torn country today. Pervez Musharraf, the Pakistan president, said Nato could not rely solely on military might but also had to make political settlements and pump billions into 'the Afghans' neglected economy' [US contractors' pockets].
Dangerous remedy 19 Nov 2006 American military doctors in Iraq have injected more than 1,000 of the war's wounded troops with a potent and largely experimental blood-coagulating drug [Recombinant Activated Factor VII] despite mounting medical evidence linking it to deadly blood clots that lodge in the lungs, heart and brain. FDA researchers published a study in January blaming 43 deaths on clots that developed after injections of Factor VII. Yet the Army's faith in the $6,000-a-dose drug is based almost entirely on anecdotal evidence and persists despite public warnings and published research suggesting that Factor VII is not as effective or as safe as military officials say.
Israeli soldiers kill 2 Palestinians in Gaza 18 Nov 2006 Israeli forces clashed with militants in the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday, killing two Palestinians, residents and hospital officials said.
Israeli: No Order Given for Cluster Bombs 19 Nov 2006 Israel's army chief charged Sunday that his ground forces used cluster bombs against orders [Yeah, right!] in Lebanon during the summer war, defense officials said.
Political Crisis Deepens in Lebanon --Hezbollah Urges Anti-Government Protests Aimed at U.S.-Backed Premier 19 Nov 2006 In a deepening crisis that has paralyzed Lebanese politics, the leader of Hezbollah urged his well-organized followers to prepare for mass protests aimed at toppling the U.S.-backed government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.
Gaddafi: Oil behind Darfur crisis 19 Nov 2006 Muammar Gaddafi has accused the West of trying to grab Sudan's oil wealth with its plan to send UN troops to Darfur. The Libyan president, a mediator in several African wars, was echoing Sudanese criticisms of the proposed deployment as a Western attempt at colonisation. Gaddafi also urged the Khartoum government to reject the proposal.
U.S. Won't Standardize Autopsies of 9/11 Workers 19 Nov 2006 The federal government has abandoned an effort to create standard autopsy guidelines that could document a link between toxic air at Ground Zero and deaths of rescue workers, citing concerns that the data could be misinterpreted.
Police probe radioactive find at N.M. fairground 19 Nov 2006 A criminal investigation is under way into how radioactive material ended up at a New Mexico fairground, police said Sunday.
Republicans plot to bring down Pelosi ... and Clinton with her 19 Nov 2006 Republican strategists plotting their party's comeback after it lost control of Congress have identified the "first lady" of Democrat politics as a key target in the 2008 White House campaign — even though she will not be running. Senior party operatives told The Sunday Telegraph that they are already co-ordinating plans to attack Nancy Pelosi, the liberal Californian congresswoman and Speaker-in-waiting who suffered a damaging rebuff from her own party caucus last week. The Republican strategy is not only to undermine Mrs Pelosi's control of the House but also to associate her in voters' minds with Senator Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner for the 2008 Democrat presidential nomination.
Clear Evidence 2006 Congressional Elections Hacked --Results Skewed Nationwide In Favor of Republicans by 4 percent, 3 million votes By Rob Kall 17 Nov 2006 A major undercount of Democratic votes and an overcount of Republican votes in U.S. House and Senate races across the country is indicated by an analysis of national exit polling data, by the Election Defense Alliance (EDA), a national election integrity organization.
Dems Take Aim at Oil Company Tax Breaks 19 Nov 2006 House Democrats are targeting billions of dollars in oil company tax breaks for quick repeal next year. A broader energy proposal that would boost alternative energy sources and conservation is expected to be put off until later.
R.I. utility shutoffs at all-time high 19 Nov 2006 Utility companies have tuned off service for a record number of Rhode Islanders, the most since the state starting keeping track in 1997. More than 25,000 people lost electricity or natural gas service by last month because they could not pay, according to the state Division of Public Utilities and Carriers.
Contraception, abortion foe to head family-planning office 17 Nov 2006 The Bush regime, to the consternation of its critics, has picked the medical director of an organization that opposes premarital sex, contraception and abortion to lead the office that oversees federally funded teen pregnancy, family planning and abstinence programs.
US pours scorn on international greenhouse tax proposal 20 Nov 2006 The US Secretary of State [War Criminal], Condoleezza Rice, has described as unacceptable a French proposal to tax the imports of countries that refuse to sign the Kyoto Protocol.
Dutch bask in warmest autumn in three centuries 19 Nov 2006 The autumn of 2006 has been the warmest in the Netherlands for over 300 years, 12.5 percent hotter than the previous year which was already a record, meteorologists said. "Beating the record by more than one degree centigrade, that is exceptional," the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute said in a statement.
Russia, U.S. sign WTO trade deal 19 Nov 2006 Russia and the United States signed a bilateral deal on Sunday for Moscow's entry in the World Trade Organisation, removing the last major obstacle in Russia's 13-year-old bid to join the global trade body.
Arrests as anti-G20 turns violent 19 Nov 2006 Police have arrested four G20 protesters for assault after they chained themselves to a car near the Victorian parliament in central Melbourne late on Saturday night.
Ambos anger at 'disgusting' protests 19 Nov 2006 Ambulance officers say the G20 protests in Melbourne this weekend are the most violent the city has ever seen.
We're drinking what? US consumers dump BST milk By Martha 18 Nov 2006 Look at photos of the gigantic udders on rBST treated dairy cows and it's not hard to imagine the artificial hormone's role in increasing U.S. rates of breast and prostate cancer, precocious puberty and obesity. But U.S. milk producers and agricultural officials continue to say Monsanto's Posilac, which has been used unlabeled in much of the U.S. public milk supply since 1994, is safe. Even as they jump all over each other to ban it.
Chertoff says U.S. threatened by international law 17 Nov 2006 A top Bush regime official [Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, a former federal appellate judge] on Friday said the European Union, the United Nations and other international entities increasingly are using international law to challenge U.S. powers to reject treaties and protect itself from attack.
Calif. Company Said to Plan Alleged CIA Terror Flights 16 Nov 2006 A company in downtown San Jose is said to have helped the Central Intelligence Agency get prisoners to alleged torture sites such as Abu Ghraib prison, Guantanamo Bay, and a host of other places. The 16th floor of a gleaming tower on West Santa Clara Street is home to the Jeppesen corporation's International Trip and Flight Planning office. But Charlotte Casey of South Bay Mobilization says they should be called the travel agents of terror.
U.S. military plans new compound for military trials 17 Nov 2006 The U.S. military said it plans to build a US$125-million compound at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base where it hopes to hold war-crimes trials for terror suspects by the middle of next year. [Hold them for Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld.]
Padilla Case's Troubles Raise Questions on Anti-Terror Tactics 19 Nov 2006 A Republican-appointed federal judge in Miami has already dumped the most serious conspiracy count against Jose Padilla [arrested in 2002], removing for now the possibility of a life sentence. The same judge has also disparaged the government's case as "light on facts," while defense lawyers have made detailed allegations that Padilla was illegally tortured, threatened and perhaps even drugged during his detention at a Navy brig in South Carolina... The defense alleges that Padilla was held for 1,307 days in a 9-by-7-foot cell, isolated for days or weeks at a time, physically assaulted and threatened with execution and other violence, kept awake with lights and noises, and forced to take mind-altering drugs, possibly PCP or LSD.
Cheney says no troops withdrawal from Iraq 18 Nov 2006 U.S. Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney said on Friday that the U.S. forces would not "retreat" from Iraq. Addressing a powerful conservative lawyers' association, Cheney said U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq would encourage terrorist violence.
Iraq is a 'disaster' admits Blair 17 Nov 2006 Tony Blair admitted that British intervention in Iraq has been a disaster last night [during an interview on the new Al Jazeera English television channel with Sir David Frost] - sending shockwaves through Westminster. In his frankest admission about the war to date, Mr Blair admitted that Western forces have been powerless to stop the descent into violence.
Storm over Blair 'Iraq disaster' remarks 18 Nov 2006 British Prime Minister Tony Blair provoked a storm Saturday after apparently admitting that the invasion of Iraq by the United States and Britain was "a disaster."
Power lines sabotaged South Baghdad 18 Nov 2006 Power lines south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad were sabotaged yesterday, Iraqi Ministry of Electricity said Saturday. Power lines have repeatedly been damaged by resistance fighters in north Baghdad and south Al-Yousefia and Al-Latifiyah areas.
Major battle in Iraq's Baqouba kills 18 18 Nov 2006 Iraqi and American forces fought Sunni 'insurgents' in an hours-long street battle Saturday in the city of Baqouba. City police said at least 18 people were killed and 19 wounded. Nationwide, police and morgue officials said the death toll was 53, including those killed in Baqouba.
Kidnapping of Americans Linked to al Sadr --Four Contractors Taken Prisoner When Convoy Was Ambushed, Military Officials Say 17 Nov 2006 A senior Defense Department official told ABC News that Shiite militiamen tied to anti-American cleric Moqtada al Sadr were behind the abduction of four American security contractors [mercenaries] and an Austrian co-worker seized in a brazen attack on a supply convoy near the southern Iraqi city of Basra.
Gunmen kill leading Iraqi Shi'ite politician, wife 18 Nov 2006 [US] Gunmen shot dead a leading member of Iraq's most powerful Shi'ite political party and his wife as they were driving through western Baghdad on Saturday, police and a party official said.
Brown reveals £100m aid for Iraq 18 Nov 2006 Chancellor Gordon Brown paid his first visit to Iraq and said he hoped to see a reduction in the numbers of British troops there within the next few months. Mr Brown announced £100 million worth of reconstruction aid for the country as he met Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih in Basra during his day-long trip.
NATO Trains ISAF for Possible Nuclear Attack in Afghanistan 17 Nov 2006 NATO has launched training courses for International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Afghan police in the case of a possible [Bush] nuclear strike in their vulnerable country.
Afghan 'threat to wider region' 18 Nov 2006 Afghan President Hamid Karzai has warned that instability in Afghanistan poses a huge threat to peace and prosperity in the whole region.
UN chief: Nato cannot defeat Taliban by force --Official says alliance failing in Afghanistan as Blair admits Iraq is a 'disaster' 18 Nov 2006 Nato "cannot win" the fight against the Taliban alone and will have to train Afghan forces to do the job, the UN's top official in the country warned yesterday. "At the moment Nato has a very optimistic assessment. They think they can win the war," warned Tom Koenigs, the diplomat heading the UN mission in Afghanistan. "But there is no quick fix."
Israel developing anti-militant 'bionic hornet' [We need to develop 'bionic bug spray.' --LRP] 18 Nov 2006 Israel is using nano technology to try to create a robot no bigger than a hornet that would be able to chase, photograph and kill its targets, an Israeli newspaper [Yedioth Ahronoth] reported on Friday.
Israeli official: Kill Hamas leaders 18 Nov 2006 Israel's deputy prime minister on Saturday said Israel should assassinate Hamas' leadership, ignore the moderate Palestinian president and walk away from international peace efforts, the latest in a string of hard-line positions voiced by the newest member of the Cabinet.
Israeli minister wants partial recapture of Gaza 18 Nov 2006 A member of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's cabinet called on Saturday for Israel to recapture a part of Gaza evacuated a year ago and dismissed moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as "irrelevant."
French troops prepare guns against IAF jets 17 Nov 2006 French UN anti-aircraft batteries have taken "preparatory steps" to respond to Israeli jets violating Lebanese airspace, despite global criticism of such incursions.
U.N. Condemns Israeli Offensive --U.S. Assails Rights Agency [!?!] 18 Nov 2006 The U.N. General Assembly voted 156 to 7 on Friday to condemn Israel for "indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force" in its military offensive in Gaza, during an emergency session that provided scores of U.N. members with a familiar platform to excoriate Israel's policies in the region.
Bolton in extraordinary outburst against United Nations 18 Nov 2006 The U.S. Ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, launched a scathing attack on the United Nations Friday. Bolton was furious over the adoption by the General Assembly of a resolution which said the assembly regretted the deaths of 19 civilians in an attack by the Israeli military in the town of Beit Hanoun last week. Despite the resolution being significantly watered down at the behest of the United States, and being passing by 156 votes to seven, Bolton launched a blistering attack on the UN, and many of its members.
Israeli firm gets Mexico border wall contract By Bill Weinberg 08 Nov 2006 How ironic. We noted in August that ex-Israeli security chief Uza Dayan was warning the US against emulating Israeli strategies in securing the Mexican border. Now it appears that Elbit Systems, an Israeli firm which is building the "Apartheid Wall" in occupied Palestine, has been awarded a contract, along with Boeing, to build the wall on the Mexican border.
Syrian Officials and Iraq Study Group Met, Envoy Says 18 Nov 2006 James A. Baker III, the former secretary of state [2000 coup d'etat architect] who is now Republican co-chairman of a 'bipartisan' group examining strategic options in Iraq, has met several times with Syrian officials to discuss how they might cooperate with the United States, the Syrian ambassador here said Friday.
Official says U.S. may mull pre-emptive Iran strike 14 Nov 2006 The United States or other countries will 'one day be forced to consider' [sic - no one is 'forcing' Cheney Halliburton] pre-emptive action if Iran and North Korea continue to seek nuclear weapons, a senior U.S. government official said on Tuesday.
Indonesia cannot rule out terrorism for Bush visit 18 Nov 2006 Acts of terrorism during U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush's visit on November 20 are possible because Islamic militants remain at large, the chief of Indonesia's intelligence agency said on Saturday.
Activists to Question NSA Surveillance 18 Nov 2006 Thirteen anti-war activists cited in July for protesting outside the National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade plan to use their trial to question the agency's monitoring of nonviolent groups.
UCLA orders outside probe of Taser arrest --The move comes hours after a protest march by more than 200 students. 18 Nov 2006 Hoping to calm the furor created when UCLA police used a Taser to subdue a student studying in Powell Library, the university's acting chancellor announced Friday that a veteran Los Angeles law enforcement watchdog would head up an independent investigation of the incident.
Quick action! Call UCLA and demand an investigation of Taser-tortured student: 310-825-4321 - ask to be transferred to the police unit.
Employers May Get Access to Applicants' Minor 'Offenses' 17 Nov 2006 The FBI wants to start including "non-serious offenses" on criminal-history reports to employers – a move some say could unduly taint people's job prospects and spread misinformation.
Pizza Boxes in California Town to Ask for Clues 17 Nov 2006 Families who order takeout pizza this weekend will have their food delivered with a plea to help police solve a shocking Merced crime. Fliers atop pizza boxes will advertise a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever killed Bill and Lena Chapman, a married couple murdered in their East South Bear Creek Drive home on Oct. 1.
Ultra-liberals rise on moderate wings By Dick Morris 15 Nov 2006 The results of the ’06 election are in. The left wing of the Democratic Party has taken over Congress. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is the Speaker. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) is the new chairman of the Ways and Means panel. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is majority leader, and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) runs the Environment Committee. The left is empowered. [We hope.]
Democrats Warned Not to Block Bush's Judges [Who the f*ck are they to warn *anyone?!?* Bush was never elected--he lost the popular vote and was installed by the GOP in two coup d'etats. Vote-fraud/Diebold machine sleepovers were responsible for GOP 'victories' to give the Reichwing maggots the 'majority.'] 18 Nov 2006 The Senate's next Republican leader [Mitch McConnell, KY] issued a veiled threat to block action on legislation if Democrats refuse to allow confirmation votes on Dictator Bush's troubled judicial nominations.
Another Republican blocks Bush pick to lead US FDA 17 Nov 2006 Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley has protested U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush's pick to head the Food and Drug Administration, according to a letter released on Friday, making him the third Republican lawmaker blocking the nomination. Nominee [corpora-terrorist] Andrew von Eschenbach, who has served as acting FDA commissioner since September 2005, refused to cooperate with a Senate investigation into a controversial antibiotic that included requests for agency documents and staff interviews, Grassley said.
Bizarre Ingredients In Tamiflu By Patricia Doyle, DVM, Ph.D. 14 Nov 2006 If you are allergic to anything that is listed below for your form of Tamiflu, or you have reacted badly to Tamiflu before, do not take Tamiflu. [See: Rumsfeld's growing stake in Tamiflu 31 Oct 2005 Defense Secretary, ex-chairman of flu treatment rights holder, sees portfolio value growing. ...The federal government is emerging as one of the world's biggest customers for Tamiflu. In July, the Pentagon ordered $58 million worth of the treatment for U.S. troops around the world, and Congress is considering a multi-billion dollar purchase.]
Not family-friendly 18 Nov 2006 (The Boston Globe) By now, Americans might expect President [sic] Bush to appoint an opponent of abortion to a key public health position in his administration. But to name an opponent of family planning to oversee the nation's family planning program is perverse even by the standards of a government that doesn't much believe in government... Dr. [Eric] Keroack oversees a network of "crisis pregnancy" centers across Massachusetts, where staffers not only try to talk women out of having abortions, but also oppose the use of contraception, even for married couples.
Katrina's Purgatory (The New York Times) 18 Nov 2006 Excuses sound hollow when you’re trapped in a flimsy trailer. For Gulf Coast residents waiting for long-promised government housing assistance, patience has given way to anger, and anguish. What is clear more than a year after Hurricane Katrina is that their needs — and the demand for action from the American public — have largely gone unmet.
US army 'seized Iraqi homes' 17 Nov 2006 A leading Iraqi lawyer has accused the US army of throwing 211 families, including his, out of their homes. Rabah al-Alwan, head of the Union of Lawyers in al-Anbar governorate in western Iraq, said that the US army has occupied his family's house and those of with dozens of other families in al-Ramadi, the capital of al-Anbar governorate.
Military may ask $127B for wars --Iraq conflict could cost more than Vietnam War 16 Nov 2006 The Bush regime is preparing its largest spending request yet for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a proposal that could make the conflict the most expensive since World War II. The Pentagon is considering $127 billion to $160 billion in requests from the armed services for the 2007 fiscal year, which began last month, several lawmakers and congressional staff members said. That's on top of $70 billion already approved for 2007.
Bush 'Plans 20,000 Troops For Iraq' 17 Nov 2006 George Bush is thinking about sending 20,000 more troops to Iraq. The president [sic] has told senior advisors the US and its allies need to make a "last big push" to win the Iraq war.
Pentagon announces U.S. troop deployments to Iraq 17 Nov 2006 The Pentagon announced Friday that 57,000 U.S. troops, including five combat brigades, have been told to deploy to Iraq early next year – a move that will maintain current force levels there.
Georgia-based unit will be 1st Army division to serve 3 Iraq tours 17 Nov 2006 The Army's 3rd Infantry Division, which helped lead the charge to Baghdad at the outset of the war, will return next year and become the first Army division to serve three tours in Iraq.
Pentagon puts 6,050 Fort Riley soldiers on alert for Iraq 17 Nov 2006 More than 6,000 Fort Riley soldiers have been told they're going to Iraq next year, the Pentagon announced Friday.
Cheney says U.S. must not retreat from Iraq 18 Nov 2006 U.S. Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney insisted on Friday that America must not turn its back on Iraq, even as the Bush administration considers a course change in the war [it is?] after voters vented anger over it in this month's elections.
Americans' approval of Bush's Iraq policy drops to lowest level yet 17 Nov 2006 Americans' approval of Dictator Bush's handling of Iraq has dropped to the lowest level ever, increasing the pressure on the commander in chief to find a way out after nearly four years of war. The latest Associated Press-Ipsos poll found just 31 percent approval for Bush’s handling of Iraq.
Minister says Iraq was Blair's "mistake" 17 Nov 2006 A government minister was quoted on Friday as saying the Iraq war was Prime Minister [Poodle] Tony Blair's "big mistake in foreign affairs", in a potential new embarrassment for the Labour government. Margaret Hodge, minister for industry, also accused Blair of "moral imperialism" -- trying to impose British values and ideas on other countries, said The Islington Tribune, a north London local newspaper.
Raid frees two hostages, one dead 18 Nov 2006 One American hostage was found dead and two others were rescued by Iraqi police overnight. They were among five Westerners kidnapped the previous day in the country's south. One US citizen and an Austrian are yet to be traced.
Raids follow abduction of Iraq convoy guards 17 Nov 2006 British and U.S. forces mounted raids in southern Iraq on Friday, a day after four Americans and an Austrian were abducted when the 'civilian' [mercenary] convoy they were guarding was hijacked, Iraqi security sources said.
U.S. Searching for Americans Abducted in Southern Iraq 17 Nov 2006 American and British military forces scoured farmland in southern Iraq today looking for four American 'security contractors' [mercenaries] and their Austrian colleague, who were abducted from a supply convoy on Thursday afternoon at a checkpoint operated by men in Iraqi police uniforms, American officials said.
Iraq police kill American, Briton wounded 17 Nov 2006 Iraqi police said they killed an American in civilian clothes and wounded another on Friday near the southern town of Zubayr in a clash that a British military spokesman said wounded a British civilian.
U.S. Airstrikes Climb Sharply in Afghanistan 17 Nov 2006 The Air Force has conducted more than 2,000 airstrikes in Afghanistan over the past six months, a sharp increase in bombing that reflects the growing demand for American air cover since NATO has assumed a larger ground combat role, Air Force officials said.
Islamic militancy could yield world war-US general 18 Nov 2006 The top U.S. general in the Middle East said on Friday that if the world does not find a way to stem the rise of Islamic militancy, it will face a third world war. Army Gen. John Abizaid compared the rise of militant ideologies, such as the force driving al Qaeda [George W. Bush], to the rise of fascism in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s that set the stage for World War Two.
Pentagon wants to build mini-city for terror trials --The Pentagon wants to build a compound costing up to $125 million for upcoming military trials at Guantánamo. 17 Nov 2006 The Pentagon plans to build a military commissions compound at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, costing up to $125 million, a major undertaking meant to accommodate up to 1,200 people for the first U.S. war crimes trials since World War II, The Miami Herald learned Thursday. [When will the treason trials begin for Bush, Cheney Halliburton and Rumsfeld?]
Groups object to plan for war-crimes trials at Guantanamo 17 Nov 2006 Critics of the Guantanamo Bay detention center Friday reacted with fury to Pentagon plans to build a major compound for war-crimes trials at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba - deriding project as a "white elephant'' and urging its rejection by Congress. "Once again, the Defense Department seems to be operating in - even constructing - its own universe," said Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International's U.S. division. New York civil liberties lawyer Michael Ratner called the proposed compound, which could cost as much as $125 million, "another huge waste of taxpayer money . . . to carry out kangaroo trials that will never pass constitutional muster.''
Head of Military Commissions Quits 15 Nov 2006 As the Bush administration gears up for another try at prosecuting suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, it’ll have to proceed without the retired Army major general [John Altenburg] who’s run the effort since 2004.
Democrats Demand CIA Detainee Documents 17 Nov 2006 A Senate Democrat who will chair its Judiciary Committee next year asked the Justice Department to release newly acknowledged documents setting U.S. policy on how suspects in the war on terrorism are detained and interrogated.
U.S. Releases Three Men From Terror Camp In Guantanamo 17 Nov 2006 The U.S. Department of Defense has released three detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Albania. A Combatant Status Review Tribunal (CSRT) found the trio to be "No Longer Enemy Combatants" (NLEC).
Group Will Sort Terrorism Alerts for Local Governments 17 Nov 2006 A new plan to 'improve' [control] information-sharing about terrorism, signed by President [sic] Bush this week and delivered to Congress yesterday, establishes a Washington-based "threat assessment group" that includes federal, state and local officials. Thomas E. McNamara expects the new Interagency Threat Assessment Coordination Group, based at the National Counterterrorism Center and headed by the Department of Homeland Security, to be operating by year's end. It will include officials from Justice, Defense, Transportation and Energy, and from state government and local law enforcement.
Terror list causes US bond trader four-month delay at immigration 17 Nov 2006 An Indian-born bond trader [Amir Khan]whose name matched that of a suspect on a terrorism watch list spent four months in Canada when US authorities refused to allow him back into the country after a holiday.
Bush Revives Espionage Act --Bush's war on the disloyal press climaxes in a trial on classified information. By Nat Hentoff 10 Nov 2006 This is the first prosecution ever of private citizens for receiving and distributing classified information. —Floyd Abrams, "The State of Free Speech," New York Law Journal, October 18. Not many Americans know about this trial, slated for next January, that could result in future government suppression of news stories—based on classified information... The defendants, Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman, are former and dismissed staff members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the leading pro-Israel lobbying organization. They are accused by the Justice Department of having received classified information from a Defense Department analyst, Lawrence Anthony Franklin, who has since pleaded guilty and been sentenced to prison. Rosen and Weissman are charged with giving the information to an Israeli diplomat—and to a journalist.
UCLA student stunned by Taser plans suit 17 Nov 2006 The UCLA student [Mostafa Tabatabainejad] stunned with a Taser by a campus police officer has hired a high-profile civil rights lawyer who plans to file a brutality lawsuit.
Taser Incident in UCLA Library Sparks Outrage, Investigation 17 Nov 2006 In an incident caught on a cellphone camera and sparking outrage after a YouTube posting, an Iranian-American senior at the University of California, Los Angeles was stunned five times with a Taser after he refused to show ID in the library and then would not exit promptly.
Police prepare for G20 protests 18 Nov 2006 Melbourne is bracing for a day of major protest as G20 opponents take to city streets for today's start of the international summit.
Voodoo practitioner tries to jinx Bush 16 Nov 2006 A renowned black magic practitioner [Ki Gendeng Pamungkas] performed a voodoo ritual Thursday to jinx President [sic] George W. Bush and his entourage while he was on a brief visit to Indonesia. [God, I hope it works!]
Some Think Rove's Days Are Numbered In Weeks, Not Months 16 Nov 2006 The rumors that chief White House political architect Karl Rove will leave sometime next year are being bolstered with new insider reports that his partisan style is a hurdle to President [sic] Bush's new push for bipartisanship. "Karl represents the old style and he's got to go if the Democrats are going to believe Bush's talk of getting along," said a key Bush advisor... The advisor said that Rove is aware of the situation and that a departure might come in "weeks, not months." A Rove ally, however, noted that he has a record of out-witting his critics. -- Bulletin exclusive from U.S. News
GOP Chooses Boehner as Minority Leader 17 Nov 2006 Rep. John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), the current majority leader, was elected 168 to 27 over challenger Mike Pence (R-Ind.) to serve as minority leader in the Democratic-controlled Congress that will convene in January. Rep. Joe Barton of Texas received one vote.
Blunt wins GOP vote to become House minority whip in January 17 Nov 2006 House Republicans this morning chose Rep. Roy Blunt of Springfield to become Minority Whip over Republican Rep. John Shadegg of Arizona. The official vote count was 137 to 57 in Blunt's favor.
GOP Definition of Insanity - Keep the Same Leaders and Expect Different Results (ConservativesBetrayed.com) 17 Nov 2006 The following is a statement by Richard A. Viguerie, author of Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause, regarding the election of John Boehner as minority leader and Roy Blunt as minority whip: "House Republicans have decided to reward failure. "Republicans are like the Biblical Jews who had to wander through the desert for 40 years until that generation of corrupt and immoral leaders had passed from the scene... President Bush and congressional Republican leaders in recent years seemed to have adopted a one-word strategy for governing -- BRIBERY."
Banks warned of 'end to the good times' 16 Nov 2006 (UK) The City regulator issued a warning to the high street banks yesterday that the "clouds were already darkening" and urged them to prepare for the impact of rising unemployment and the knock-on effect on bad debts.
U.S. rejects Annan call to cut greenhouse gases 15 Nov 2006 The United States rejected on Wednesday a plea by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to cut emissions of greenhouse gases and to join the U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol on fighting global warming.
McCain: Bush Admin Breaks Laws to Hide Global Warming Data By Justin Rood 17 Nov 2006 "They're simply not complying with the law. It's incredible." Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) raised eyebrows yesterday with that comment regarding the Bush administration, made before a crowd of several hundred at a Washington, D.C. event.
Fewer polar bear cubs survive in Alaska 16 Nov 2006 Far fewer polar bears cubs are surviving off Alaska's northern coast, a federal government report released Wednesday has concluded.
Top 10 data loss disasters --Never ship your drives in dirty socks 16 Nov 2006 Some disaster stories about data loss are more colorful than others, but here are some of the best for 2006. Compiled from a global poll undertaken by data recovery services company, Ontrack Data Recovery Inc. in Eden Prarie, Minn., it is a top 10 list of the more memorable disasters.
"This is a show trial." Guantanamo detainees routinely denied witnesses, evidence in hearings, report finds 16 Nov 2006 The U.S. military called no witnesses, withheld evidence from detainees and usually reached a decision within a day as it determined that hundreds of men detained at Guantanamo Bay were "enemy combatants," according to a new report.
CIA Flights: Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Relives His Ordeal 16 Nov 2006 British citizen Ruhal Ahmed - who together with two friends was detained for two and a half years at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba has given a dramatic account of their experience to journalists in the Italian capital. Ahmed described the shocking treatment he, Asif Iqbal and Shafiq Rasul received in Afghanistan and at Guantanamo; beatings, shackling, sleep deprivation, inadequate food and water, exposure to extremes of temperature, and terrorising by dogs. "The physical abuse included slapping, kicking, punching and beating unconscious of prisoners, and some detainees were sodomised and sexually abused by female interrogators," he said.
Republicans propose last-minute spy bill 15 Nov 2006 The outgoing Senate Judiciary Committee chairman's [Arlen Specter, R-PA] latest effort drew near-immediate skepticism from the American Civil Liberties Union and from California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who co-sponsored what civil liberties groups viewed as a more stringent bill with Specter earlier this year.
Counter-terror bill 'by Christmas' 16 Nov 2006 The Government is planning to bring forward new counter-terror legislation before Christmas, Prime Minister Tony Blair revealed. And the bill looks set to include a new attempt to lengthen the period for which terror suspects can be detained before charge, following a failed bid to extend it to 90 days last November.
Halliburton's KBR rallies in big IPO day 16 Nov 2006 KBR Inc. opened at $21 a share, well above its price of $17 a share. The stock changed hands at $21 a share for a jump of 24%. The company sold 27.84 million shares, raising roughly $473 million to help it pay off debt owed to Halliburton. [See: KBR awarded $385M Homeland Security contract for U.S. detention centers 24 Jan 2006 KBR, the engineering and construction subsidiary of Halliburton Co., said Tuesday it has been awarded a contingency contract from the Department of Homeland Security to supports its Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities in the event of an emergency.]
Troop levels in Iraq may rise --The Central Command head says he sent 2,000 Marines and requested more military advisors. 16 Nov 2006 The commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East said Wednesday that he had requested an increase in the number of U.S. military advisors in Iraq and had sent another 2,000-Marine unit into the country's restive western region, moves that will increase the number of American troops in Iraq.
Iraq's state involved in kidnappings? [*Obviously,* since the kidnappers had to pass Iraq's checkpoints, *duh.*] New allegations from Iraq's education minister that the state may be complicit in mass kidnappings. By Jonathan Miller 16 Nov 2006 Another mass kidnapping in Iraq: passengers from up to six minibuses have been abducted at a fake checkpoint in Baghdad. It follows Tuesday's abduction of up to 150 people from a Ministry of Education building by armed men wearing police uniforms. Iraq's education minister claims the state may be complicit in the terror.
Violence in Iraq at almost satanic levels, says CIA director 16 Nov 2006 Reporter: Michael Rowland - Eleanor Hall: In the United States, the top spy says violence in Iraq has reached almost satanic levels, and he fears the Iraqi Government is not capable of bringing it under control. General Michael Hayden, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, gave a grim assessment of the security outlook in Iraq during an appearance before a key Senate committee in Washington.
Iraq degenerating into a rat's nest, general testifies 16 Nov 2006 America's top military commander in the Middle East [Gen. John Abizaid] on Wednesday warned the U.S. has only "four to six months" to secure Iraq before the country slips into chaos, but rejected the need for more American troops to end the violence.
Iraq issues an arrest warrant for a top Sunni cleric 16 Nov 2006 Iraq's Shiite-led Interior Ministry on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for one of the country's most prominent Sunni Muslim clerics, charging him with violating antiterrorism laws. The move against Sheik Harith al-Dhari, leader of the Association of Muslim Scholars, is likely to stoke sectarian [US] fighting in a city that's already flooded with corpses [which is why they issued to warrant].
Why Rumsfeld Can Rest Easy Over German Charges --The decision over whether to try the outgoing Defense Secretary for 'war crimes' rests with a German government appointee rather than a judge, making it unlikely the case will proceed. 16 Nov 2006 The lawsuit filed in Germany this week against Defense Secretary [War Criminal] Donald Rumsfeld and other senior Administration officials for alleged war crimes in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo has little chance of making it into court.
U.S. soldier in Iraq gang rape gets 90 years 17 Nov 2006 A U.S. soldier who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and the killing of her family was sentenced on Thursday to up to 90 years in prison.
U.S. Marine sentenced to 21 months in Iraq death 17 Nov 2006 A U.S. Marine who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and conspiracy to obstruct justice in the shooting death of an Iraqi man near the town of Hamdania was sentenced on Thursday to 21 months in prison under a deal with prosecutors.
Americans Contractors Abducted, Convoy Hijacked 16 Nov 2006 The US military says a convoy of civilians [mercenaries] traveling near Nasiriyah, in southern Iraq, has been hijacked. A Pentagon spokesman says preliminary reports suggest there could be as many as 14 people captured and that the convoy included about 19 vehicles.
Four Soldiers Killed in Iraq; 45 U.S. Deaths This Month 16 Nov 2006 The U.S. military announced today that four soldiers have been killed in Iraq, bringing the total number of American deaths in the country to at least 45 this month.
Taliban, Al-Qaeda Resurge In Afghanistan, CIA Says 16 Nov 2006 'Al-Qaeda's' influence and numbers are rapidly growing in Afghanistan, with fighters operating from new havens and mimicking techniques learned on the Iraqi battlefield for use against U.S. and allied troops, the directors of the CIA and defense intelligence told Congress yesterday.
Claim al Qaida 'planted evidence' 16 Nov 2006 A senior al Qaida operative deliberately planted evidence to encourage the United States into war against Iraq, it has been claimed. The extraordinary allegation is made by a man who reportedly spent seven years inside the al Qaida terror network working as a spy for European intelligence agencies.
Incoming Senate Leader Wants $75B for War-Worn Forces 16 Nov 2006 When U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, the incoming Senate majority leader, said he wants to boost defense spending by $75 billion to rebuild the war-worn U.S. Army, his announcement raised some key budget questions but provided few answers, defense analysts said.
'Mushroom cloud' blast destined for Nevada desert, senator says 15 Nov 2006 If the government goes ahead with plans for a non[sic]-nuclear explosion to test bunker-buster bombs it will be in Nevada, not in New Mexico, Sen. Pete Domenici said Wednesday. The New Mexico Republican, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, issued a statement in Washington, D.C., saying the Defense Threat Reduction Agency had decided not to conduct the "Divine Strake" test at the White Sands Missile Range... A spokesman for the National Nuclear Security Administration, which operates the Nevada Test Site, said Wednesday the Nevada site remained under consideration.
U.S. says it has removed 50,000 unexploded bombs in Lebanon 17 Nov 2006 The United States has helped remove more than 50,000 unexploded bombs in southern Lebanon since the end of the war last August with Israel, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday. The U.S. government's aid chief, Randall Tobias, said unexploded bombs remained a major problem in Lebanon where Israel dropped many thousands of cluster bombs. Many of those bombs are reported to be U.S.-made.
Mega barf alert! Bush gives go-ahead for building 'Bush Center' in Israel 15 Nov 2006 United States President [sic] George Bush was informed on Tuesday of an initiative to establish a center under his name in Israel, as a sign of gratitude for his support for the country and its security.
Police question Katsav again 16 Nov 2006 Police questioned President Moshe Katsav under warning for the sixth time yesterday on allegations of witness harassment and obstruction of justice, in connection with the ongoing police investigation of the president on suspicion of rape and other crimes. The questioning focused on specific evidence about which Katsav had not previously been interrogated, in advance of a decision on whether to indict the president.
Man arrested with $78,000, nuclear info --Court records say suspect was carrying cash, data about nukes and cyanide. 16 Nov 2006 A man [Sisayehiticha Dinssa, a U.S. citizen] was arrested at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after officials say they found him carrying more than $78,000 in cash and a laptop computer containing information about nuclear materials and cyanide.
Barrett Leaving UW 14 Nov 2006 Controversial instructor Kevin Barrett told 27 News he is not returning to teach at UW-Madison in the spring semester.
Student tapes teacher proselytizing in class --Accept Jesus or 'you belong in hell,' he said 15 Nov 2006 A Kearny High School student has accused a history teacher of crossing the line between teaching and preaching -- and he says he's got the tapes to prove it. Junior Matthew LaClair, 16, said history teacher David Paszkiewicz, who is also a Baptist preacher in town, spent the first week of class lecturing students more about heaven and hell than the colonies and the Constitution. LaClair said Paszkiewicz told students that if they didn't accept Jesus, "you belong in hell."
Single mothers to be offered paedophile check on partners --Report says people should also have right to know if sex offenders live in their area 17 Nov 2006 (UK) Single mothers will be able to ask the police to check the background of a new partner to find out whether he is a sex offender under moves being considered by the Home Office, the Guardian can reveal.
Tommy Thompson: The "Chipper" President? Election Bid Raises Specter of RFID Implant Threat (spychips.com) 16 Nov 2006 Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson is considering a run for president in 2008, a move that should spark alarm among those familiar with Thompson's calls for widespread RFID chipping of Americans.
House Democrats choose Hoyer as majority leader 16 Nov 2006 In an early check on the power of incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, her own Democratic caucus on Thursday rejected the anti-war leader she wanted as her top deputy and instead chose a Maryland 'moderate' [Bush troll].
House Democrats name Pelosi speaker 16 Nov 2006 Nancy Pelosi (CA) was unanimously named speaker-elect by House Democrats Thursday, the first woman set to take the post that is second in line of succession to the presidency.
Bush revives stalled judicial nominations --Six of his conservative judicial picks [Reichwing whackjobs] return, angering Democrats. 16 Nov 2006 President [sic] Bush irked Senate Democrats on Wednesday by resubmitting the names of six judicial nominees whom they had stalled before the election as too conservative for the bench. The president also submitted four new judicial nominees, including former U.S. Rep. James E. Rogan of Glendale, who gained national attention as one of the managers of the House impeachment of President Clinton. [No worries: Bush can always count on LIEberBush for a yes-vote on all of them.]
USDA drops 'hungry' from annual report --Lack of food will be labeled as 'very low food security' 16 Nov 2006 The U.S. government has promised that Americans will never be hungry again. But they may experience "very low food security." Every year, the Agriculture Department issues a report that measures Americans' access to food, and it has consistently used the word "hunger" to describe those who can least afford to put food on the table. But not this year. The department said 12 percent of Americans -- 35 million people -- could not put food on the table at least part of last year. Eleven million of them reported going hungry at times. Beginning this year, the Agriculture Department has determined "very low food security" to be a more scientifically palatable description for that group.
Bush's budget chief rejects Democrats' tax idea 16 Nov 2006 President [sic] George W. Bush's budget chief [Rob Portman] on Thursday rejected plans by Democrats in Congress to impose tough controls that would only allow tax cuts if they are offset by increases in other taxes or by spending reductions.
Illegal GM rice in UK samples 16 Nov 2006 Illegal GM strains were found in nearly 10% of American long grain rice samples tested in the UK, the food watchdog said.
N.C. Tornados Leave Destruction; 8 Dead 16 Nov 2006 (Raleigh) A tornado flipped cars, shredded trees and ripped mobile homes to pieces in this little riverside community early Thursday, killing at least eight people, authorities said.
Tornado watch issued for Washington, DC 16 Nov 2006 Urgent - immediate broadcast requested - Tornado Watch number 868 NWS Storm Prediction Center - Norman OK 1045 am EST Thu Nov 16 2006. Effective this Thursday morning and evening from 1045 am until 600 PM EST. Tornadoes... hail to 1.5 inches in diameter... thunderstorm wind gusts to 80 mph... and dangerous lightning are possible in these areas.
US plans last big push in Iraq --Strategy document calls for extra 20,000 troops 16 Nov 2006 President [sic] George Bush has told senior advisers that the US and its allies must make "a last big push" to win the war in Iraq and that instead of beginning a troop withdrawal next year, he may increase US forces by up to 20,000 soldiers, according to sources familiar with the administration's internal deliberations.
US soldier admits killing family after raping girl --Body of 14-year-old was burned to conceal atrocity --Defendant pleads guilty to avoid death penalty 16 Nov 2006 An American soldier yesterday pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and the killing of three members of her family in a village near Baghdad in March in one of the most brutal examples of attacks on civilians in Iraq.
CIA acknowledges Bush signed secret directive on interrogating terror suspects 15 Nov 2006 The CIA has acknowledged for the first time the existence of two classified documents, including a directive signed by President [sic] George W. Bush, that have guided the agency's interrogation and detention of terror suspects.
Former prisoner tells of torture at Guantanamo 14 Nov 2006 A German-born Turk, who was held for four years in the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, has alleged systematic torture in the hands of the US military, from beatings to being chained to a ceiling for days. Murat Kurnaz, 24, who was released in August because of lack of evidence he was involved in terrorist activities, said he endured "many types of torture -- from electric shocks to having one’s head submerged in water, (subjection to) hunger and thirst, or being shackled and suspended."
Senate to Take Up Biological Threats 15 Nov 2006 The Senate is moving to take up legislation as soon as this week revamping a struggling multibillion-dollar effort to counter bioterrorism threats with a national stockpile of new [deadly] vaccines and other drugs... The legislation creates a central authority within the Health and Human Services Department to manage the effort, sets aside an additional $1 billion for research... The initiative is intended to salvage the Bush administration's Project BioShield, a $5.6 billion program to counter [sic] biological and radioactive weapons. Meanwhile, Project BioShield's most significant investment, a nearly $1 billion effort by VaxGen Inc. to develop an anthrax vaccine, is in limbo after the Food and Drug Administration refused to let the company conduct human tests and Health and Human Services threatened to end the company's contract. The new legislation aims to correct those problems. [?!?]
Iraq 4-6 months from total bedlam: U.S. general 15 Nov 2006 America’s top military man in Iraq warns the U.S. has only "four to six months" to secure Iraq before the country dives into total bedlam.
Emboldened Democrats to press Bush advisers on leaving Iraq 15 Nov 2006 The Bush administration must tell Iraq that U.S. troops will begin withdrawing in four to six months, the next chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Wednesday, as Congress began re-examining U.S. policy in the wake of last week's Democratic election victory.
Lieberman: Withdrawal would be a 'very serious mistake' 15 Nov 2006 Sen. Joe LieberBush, may have agreed to caucus with the Democrats in the next congressional term, but the Connecticut independent [traitor] made it clear Wednesday he would not hold the party line on a call for phased troop withdrawals.
U.S. military leaders oppose timetable on Iraq 15 Nov 2006 U.S. military leaders in Iraq and in Washington on Wednesday rejected the calls for a timetable for withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq, underscoring the difficulty of reaching any consensus on a new Iraq policy.
Scores of academics seized in mass kidnap --Five senior police officers held over ministry attack 15 Nov 2006 Five senior Iraqi police officers were arrested last night after gunmen in police uniforms seized scores of people at a prominent scientific research institute in Baghdad in an audacious operation... As many as 80 armed men took part in the morning attack, which netted male academics, employees and visitors to the ministry of higher education's scientific research, scholarships and cultural relations directorate in Baghdad's relatively peaceful Karradah district.
Senior police held over mass Iraq kidnap 16 Nov 2006 Five senior police officers, including the police chief and four high-ranking deputies in the Karrada neighbourhood, where the abductions of scores of employees and visitors took place, had been arrested by Tuesday evening.
Soldiers, Marines Killed in Iraq 15 Nov 2006 On Tuesday, a soldier assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, and three Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 7 were killed in action in Iraq’s Anbar province. Also, two Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle was in northwest Baghdad.
White House seeks dismissal of CIA leak suit 14 Nov 2006 The Bush administration asked a federal judge on Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit brought by former CIA officer Valerie Plame and her husband against Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney and others for alleged involvement in disclosing her employment as a clandestine CIA operative. Cheney and the other high-level defendants in the lawsuit have valid claims of immunity because of their official positions, Justice Department lawyers said in their request to have the case thrown out. ['Valid claims of immunity'... like Bill Clinton had when Reichwing whackjob Paula Jones sued him for 'sexual harassment?']
San Francisco schools to phase out Junior ROTC programs 14 Nov 2006 High schools across the city soon will no longer have Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps programs, after officials decided to eliminate them because of the Pentagon's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy regarding gay service members.
More students say 'No' to the military 14 Nov 2006 (Portland, OR) Military recruiters wooing Grant High School students will find few generals willing to join their ranks -- 73 percent of this year's juniors and seniors refused to provide their names, phone numbers and addresses to the military.
Blair finally annoints Brown his successor at No. 10 16 Nov 2006 Tony Blair anointed Gordon Brown as his chosen successor in unveiling his final package of legislation before standing down as Prime Minister next year.
US sees reinvigorated Al Qaeda 16 Nov 2006 Al Qaeda [al CIAduh] is reinvigorating its operations from havens on the Afghan-Pakistani border and poses a growing challenge to US interests in both Iraq and Afghanistan, American intelligence officials have said.
Australian fined for saying 'bomb' on Singapore flight 16 Nov 2006 An Australian retiree has been fined after asking a SilkAir stewardess where a bomb was kept when he could not find space for his bags in the overhead compartment, news reports said today.
Press freedom being eaten away, says watchdog chief 14 Nov 2006 Sir Christopher Meyer, the chairman of the Press Complaints Commission who sparked a political furore by lifting the lid on his time as ambassador to Washington, warned last night that freedom of the press was being gradually chipped away by the government. He said the breakdown in communication between the government and newspapers was unhealthy for democracy.
Fox News Internal Memo: "Be On the Lookout For Any Statements From the Iraqi Insurgents...Thrilled At the Prospect of a Dem Controlled Congress" 14 Nov 2006 Huffington Post has obtained an internal Fox News memo written by the network's Vice President of news. The memo details Fox's game plan the day Democrats won control of both the Senate and the House.
Trent Lott wins back leadership slot 15 Nov 2006 Sen. Trent Lott, ousted from the top Senate Republican leadership job four years ago because of remarks considered racially insensitive, won election to the No. 2 post Wednesday for the minority GOP in the next Congress.
McConnell picked as Senate Republican leader 15 Nov 2006 Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was elected on Wednesday to be Senate Republican leader as his party prepares to turn over control of Congress to Democrats in January, a Republican aide said.
One More Time for Judicial Nominees 15 Nov 2006 After calling for bipartisanship, President [sic] Bush surprised Senate Democrats with plans to renominate a controversial list of judges – some of whom may be unacceptable even to a few Republican senators.
Tech asks departing Republicans for favors 14 Nov 2006 As Republican politicians return this week to Washington for the waning days of their rule of Capitol Hill, technology lobbyists are frantically pressing for last-minute legislation before Democrats take over next year.
Pharma-terrorists weigh in: HHS Chief Opposes Negotiation of Medicare Drug Prices 14 Nov 2006 The nation's top health official [Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt] said yesterday that the government should not negotiate Medicare drug prices, a position that sets the stage for an early confrontation with the incoming Democratic Congress.
DOJ: Abramoff Will Still Cooperate From Prison 14 Nov 2006 Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz Report: Department of Justice officials "fully expect Jack Abramoff to continue to cooperate with them," and "his reporting to prison tomorrow means nothing," a senior Justice Department spokesman told ABC News.
House Member Wants E-Voting Paper Trail 15 Nov 2006 Citing the disputed vote in a Florida congressional district [not to mention, the vote fraud in Conn.], a Democratic lawmaker on Wednesday urged Congress to approve his measure requiring a paper trail for electronic voting.
City Clerk Vaden resigns 14 Nov 2006 (CO) Denver Clerk and Recorder Wayne Vaden resigned today amid chaos in the Denver Election Commission which he oversees... The resignation came exactly one week after a disastrous election in which absentee and provisional ballots still haven't been counted. Computer glitches caused voters to wait in line up to three hours.
Democrat Wins Tight Connecticut House Race 15 Nov 2006 Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz made it official Wednesday, announcing that Democrat Joe Courtney won by 91 votes in Connecticut's close 2nd Congressional District race.
Recount Gives Courtney Win In 2nd 14 Nov 2006 (CT) A roller-coaster recount that stretched nearly a week and uncovered significant vote-counting flaws in at least three communities came to an end Tuesday night, confirming (D) Joe Courtney's general election victory over (R-Bush troll) Rep. Rob Simmons.
Australia and US 'Bonnie and Clyde' of global warming: Gore 15 Nov 2006 Former United States president Al Gore described the US and Australia as the "Bonnie and Clyde" of the global climate crisis for failing to ratify the Kyoto Protocol.
White House Sued Over Global Warming 14 Nov 2006 Environmentalists sued the Bush administration Tuesday for failing to produce a report on global warming's impact on the country's environment, economy and public health.
Blair shuns yearly targets to reduce carbon emissions 15 Nov 2006 The Government is to set five-yearly targets for reducing Britain's carbon dioxide emissions in an attempt to head off the mounting pressure for a law to enforce year-on-year cuts.
Iraq, Al Gore films in running for Oscars documentary prize 15 Nov 2006 Films about Iraq and former US presidential candidate Al Gore's "Inconvenient Truth" are among the final 15 entries for the 2007 Oscars best documentary, organizers said.
US: Immigrants May Be Held Indefinitely 13 Nov 2006 Immigrants arrested in the United States may be held indefinitely on suspicion of terrorism and may not challenge their imprisonment in civilian courts, the Bush administration said Monday, opening a new legal front in the fight over the rights of detainees. In court documents filed with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., the Justice Department said a new anti-terrorism law being used to hold detainees in Guantanamo Bay also applies to foreigners captured and held in the United States. [Cui bono? Halliburton's KBR, of course! See: KBR awarded $385M Homeland Security contract for U.S. detention centers 24 Jan 2006. See: KBR Awarded U.S. Department of Homeland Security Contingency Support for Emergency Support Services 24 Jan 2006 (halliburton.com) "The contract, which is effective immediately, provides for establishing temporary detention and processing capabilities to augment existing ICE Detention and Removal Operations (DRO) Program facilities... to support the rapid development of new programs."]
Attorneys For Guantanamo Detainees Could Be Detained As Enemy Combatants Under New Legislation --President Given Undue Power to Silence Critics (CCR) 14 Nov 2006 On September 26, 2006, attorneys for the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) determined that what appears to be the final version of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 could allow the government to detain the attorneys themselves as 'enemy combatants.' CCR Legal Director Bill Goodman said: "This ominously broad definition of enemy combatants would mean that almost anyone who actively opposes the President or the government could be locked up indefinitely. This bill makes a mockery of the rule of law."
Administration: Detainees Have No Rights --In Court Filings, Justice Department Says Guantanamo Detainees May Not Challenge Detention 13 Nov 2006 The Bush regime said Monday that Guantanamo Bay prisoners have no right to challenge their detentions in civilian courts and that lawsuits by hundreds of detainees should be dismissed. In court documents filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the inJustice Department defended the military's authority to arrest people overseas and detain them indefinitely without access to courts.
Rumsfeld faces lawsuit for alleged war crimes in Iraq 14 Nov 2006 The former head of Abu Ghraib jail [Janis Karpinski] today gave a graphic account of conditions in the US detention centre as part of an attempt to put Donald Rumsfeld in the dock for allegedly aiding and abetting war crimes in Iraq.
Rumsfeld faces renewed war crimes claims 14 Nov 2006 A US-based civil rights group today asked German prosecutors to take legal action against the former US secretary of defence Donald Rumsfeld for war crimes. The Centre for Constitutional Rights (CCR) lodged a complaint with the German federal prosecutor urging investigations of Mr Rumsfeld, who resigned last week, and other former US officials over alleged abuses in Iraq and at Guantánamo Bay.
Iraqi artist paints Rumsfeld gloating over ruins of Iraq 14 Nov 2006 Dominating the wall of a Baghdad art gallery in Adhamiyah is a massive mural by Moayyed Mohsen that is no tribute to the outgoing US defense secretary [war criminal]. Donald Rumsfeld is depicted leaning back reading papers, with combat-boot-clad feet propped up on a ruined building. Beside him is a weathered image of the Lion of Babylon -- potent symbol of Iraq's illustrious past -- atop a ruined plinth. The US official is surrounded by whirling bits of paper that morph into birds and fly off into the distance.
Call for a Special Prosecutor to Investigate U.S. Torture 14 Nov 2006 The Center for Constitutional Rights is calling for the appointment of a Special Prosecutor to conduct a full, independent and public inquiry into the role of high-ranking U.S. officials in the abuse and torture of detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantánamo and elsewhere around the world.
Poll: Most U.S. Voters Say Guantanamo Bay Prisoners Deserve Legal Rights (Kuwaiti Family Committee) 13 Nov 2006 Nearly 60% of voters in the recent U.S. national elections believe the prisoners being held in Guantanamo Bay should either be granted a hearing before an independent judge or be released to their home countries, and fewer than 20% of those polled believe that the detainees should be held indefinitely.
When Activism Becomes Terrorism By John Hanchette 14 Nov 2006 Back to the proposed Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act -- S. 1926 in the Senate, and H.R. 4239 in the House. No, this does not mean preventing renegade dolphins -- trained by the U.S. Navy to place underwater magnetic bombs on enemy ship hulls -- from turning on our own destroyers and aircraft carriers... Free-speech attorney [Jeff] Kerr points out this misguided legislation could easily lead to jail time for... [list] And the charges wouldn't be jaywalking or disturbing the peace. The "offender" would be charged with terrorism. Boycott a pet store, find yourself in Guantanamo Bay. Talk about clamping down on robust social debate. This is ludicrous.
Blair 'faces new rebellion over anti-terror legislation' 14 Nov 2006 Tony Blair has been warned that he faces renewed dissent over planned anti[pro]-terror laws as research showed the Government faced record levels of rebellion from its backbenchers last year.
Human Rights Act 'was used as scapegoat' 14 Nov 2006 Senior ministers have been accused of fuelling public concern about the Human Rights Act by using it as a scapegoat for failings in the Government.
Canada to boost security on key transit systems 14 Nov 2006 Canada will boost security on major public transit systems in a bid to prevent bloody attacks of the kind that rocked London last year, Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon said on Tuesday.
Dozens snatched in mass kidnap at Iraq ministry 14 Nov 2006 [US] Gunmen in Iraqi police uniforms rounded up as many as 100 men at a government building in central Baghdad on Tuesday, in what may be the biggest mass kidnap seen in a city becoming used to such violence.
Scientists abducted in daylight raid on Baghdad institute 14 Nov 2006 Gunmen wearing Interior Ministry commando uniforms [US terrorists] kidnapped about 25 scientists and other staff members from a Baghdad research institute directly under the Ministry of Higher Education, police said. Gunmen arrived at the institute in downtown Karradah in a fleet of 20 vehicles at about 9:30 a.m., said police spokesman Major Mahir Hamad. [*Who* has a fleet of 20 vehicles able to pass in full-view of Baghdad police checkpoints?!? Blackwater USA, not 'insurgents.']
Up to 150 people kidnapped from Baghdad research institute in largest mass kidnapping since start of U.S. occupation 14 Nov 2006 [US] Gunmen dressed as police commandos kidnapped up to 150 staff and visitors in a lightning raid on a Baghdad research institute Tuesday, the largest mass abduction since the start of the U.S. occupation. Iraq's higher education minister immediately ordered all universities closed until security improvements are made, saying he was "not ready to see more professors get killed. [The first sign of a US-installed fascist police state: the closure of the universities. Saddam Hussein was *such* a better deal. --LRP]
Five Iraqi police officers held over Baghdad kidnappings 14 Nov 2006 Five senior Iraqi police officers were arrested tonight after gunmen in police uniforms seized scores of people at a prominent scientific research institute in Baghdad in an audacious [US] operation.
Iraq's education sector crippled by bloodshed 14 Nov 2006 Even before Tuesday's audacious mass kidnapping of dozens of employees at a Higher Education Ministry building in central Baghdad, teaching in Iraq was a deadly profession. Ever since the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq in April 2003 and the violence that has erupted since, university professors and other academics from various backgrounds have frequently been targets of assassinations. More than 100 have been killed.
US Raid Kills 30 In Western Iraq: Iraqi TV 14 Nov 2006 A US military raid on a district in Ramadi, 110 kilometres west of Baghdad, killed at least 30 Iraqis and wounded 17, Iraqi television reported Tuesday. The report quoted Iraqi police sources as saying that the US military carried out ground and air raids Monday night and Tuesday morning, destroying more than 20 houses in the process.
10 people killed in car bomb in central Baghdad 14 Nov 2006 Ten people were killed and 25 others wounded when a car bomb went off in a central Baghdad commercial area on Tuesday, an Interior Ministry source said.
Car bomb explodes in Tikrit, wounding five 14 Nov 2006 A car bomb Tuesday went off near a gas station in central Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, wounding five people, a source from the U.S. and Iraqi liaison office told Xinhua.
Boat attack forces review of military tactics 14 Nov 2006 The attack on a patrol boat in Basra that killed four British servicemen and injured three others will lead to an urgent review of UK forces' tactics in southern Iraq.
SPIEGEL Interview With Iraq's Health Minister: "We Will not Be Able to Survive Much Longer" Iraq's health minister, Ali al-Shameri discusses the effects of the US elections on his country. 14 Nov 2006 SPIEGEL: How bad is the situation in your country? Shameri: About 100 people die every day as a result of violence, and three times as many are wounded. Doctors are being threatened and are fleeing the country. Of a total of 18,000 doctors, the best -- close to a thousand -- have already left the country. I don't have enough hospitals and far too few beds. We are running out of strength, both financially and otherwise, and we will not be able to survive much longer.
SPIEGEL Interview With Richard Haass: "Iraq Is Not Winnable" What happens next in the Middle East? SPIEGEL spoke to Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, to find out. A widely respected foreign policy expert, Haass warns that the Middle East could become dangerous for years to come. 13 Nov 2006 SPIEGEL: Is Iraq still winnable for the United States? Haass: We've reached a point in Iraq where we've got to get real. And this is not going to be a near-term success for American foreign policy. The Iraq situation is not winnable in any meaningful sense of the word "winnable."
Olmert draws fire in U.S. over praise of Iraq war 14 Nov 2006 President [sic] George W. Bush, speaking after a meeting with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, called Monday for the world to unite in isolating Iran until it "gives up its nuclear ambitions." In addition, Olmert publicly praised the American operation [occupation] in Iraq, which he said brought stability to the Middle East. [?!?]
Afghanistan: Growing insurgency and booming opium trade major challenges – Security Council 13 Nov 2006 The growing Taliban-led insurgency and the ongoing rise in [CIA] opium production are the major challenges facing war-ravaged Afghanistan, head of a United Nations Security Council mission to the country, Japanese Ambassador Kenzo Oshima, said on Sunday in the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Taliban support grows in rural Afghanistan 14 Nov 2006 Five years after the Taliban's fall, tribal leaders from the sun-baked mud villages around Qalat, an ancient town east of Kandahar, say life isn't much better. "Day by day, support for the Taliban is increasing," said Neamat Khan, 35, director of a local construction agency.
Plutonium found in Iran waste facility 14 Nov 2006 International Atomic Energy experts have found unexplained plutonium and highly enriched uranium traces in a nuclear waste facility in Iran and have asked Tehran for an explanation, an IAEA report said Tuesday.
Bush Warned Not to Sidestep Congress on Bolton Nomination 14 Nov 2006 The Bush administration's plans to reappoint John Bolton as its top diplomat at the United Nations may run into legal snags, warn lawyers who specialize in U.S. constitutional law.
Murtha blasts 'swift boat-style' attacks 14 Nov 2006 Pennsylvania congressman and Democratic leadership candidate John Murtha blasted what he called "swift-boat style attacks" on his ethics Tuesday and accused rival Steny Hoyer of siding with President [sic] Bush on the war in Iraq.
Joe LieberBush By Ron Corvus 13 Nov 2006 The last two races that Joe Lieberman ran, his opponent got exactly 448,077 votes. In 2000 the opponent was a Republican, and in 2006 the opponent was a Democrat. When you roll a dice, the chance you can get a 6 is 1 in 6. The chance that you can get a 6 twice in a row is 1 in 6x6, or 1 in 36. Chances of rolling a 448,077 twice in a row are 1 in 200,772,997,929.
Ohio's 2006 vote count now includes a higher percentage of uncounted ballots than in 2004, and a statistically impossible swing to the Republicans By Bob Fitrakis, Harvey Wasserman and Ron Baiman 14 Nov 2006 The percentage of uncounted votes in the allegedly "fraud free" 2006 Ohio election is actually higher than the fraud-ridden 2004 election, when the presidency was stolen here. A flawed voting process that allowed voters to be illegally turned away throughout the morning on Election Day may have cost the Dems at least two Congressional seats and a state auditor's seat.
Mega barf alert! Giuliani Takes First Step in Presidential Bid 13 Nov 2006 Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Republican best known for his stewardship of the city after the [his] Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, has taken the first step in a 2008 presidential bid, GOP officials said Monday.
Pregame Hitler speech stirs fury --Charlotte Catholic coach says Forestview players used racial slurs 07 Nov 2006 (NC) When Charlotte Catholic's boys' soccer team got to Forestview High School in Gastonia on Saturday night for an N.C. 3A playoff game, the Cougars heard something over the public address system they never would've expected: A 90-second portion of a speech from Adolf Hitler.
Wal-Mart pulls T-shirts with Nazi skull logo 14 Nov 2006 Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is pulling a skull-and-crossbones T-shirt from its shelves after a Maryland blogger complained [revealed] that the image was identical to a Nazi SS emblem from World War II.
Dow industrials close at all-time high --Index also sets new intraday best 14 Nov 2006 U.S. stocks ended higher Tuesday as gains for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Home Depot Inc., and Intel Corp. helped offset weak economic data and boosted the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a fresh all-time high.
'Torture Taxis' Make Regular Stops in Las Vegas By George Knapp 10 Nov 2006 This is the story of so called rendition planes, otherwise known as torture taxis. They are civilian aircraft often owned by companies suspected of being fronts for the CIA... It sounds like a faraway intrigue, except these alleged torture planes have made Las Vegas a regular pit stop. The I-Team has the video to prove it.
Brown backs 90-day detention for terror suspects 13 Nov 2006 Chancellor Gordon Brown backed calls for police to be given up to 90 days to question al- Qa'ida [al-CIAduh] suspects without charge as he vowed to take personal charge of the fight against [sic] terrorism if he becomes prime minister.
Government Still Trying to Dismiss NSA Spy Program Lawsuits --A federal judge this week agreed to hear appeals from the federal government and AT&T on a ruling that the case could go forward despite claims that it would hurt national security. 09 Nov 2006 The Electronic Frontier Foundation is fighting attempts to dismiss its lawsuit over the National Security Agency's spy program.
Hicks's fate rests on charges, says Ruddock 13 Nov 2006 The Federal Government still plans to ask the US to send terrorist suspect David Hicks home to Australia if fresh charges are not laid against him. Attorney-General Philip Ruddock today reiterated that he expected Hicks to face new charges once the US worked out new rules for a revamped military commission system.
Danish journalists on trial for publishing leaked intelligence reports on Iraq 13 Nov 2006 The editor in chief and two reporters at one of Denmark's largest newspapers went on trial Monday for publishing classified intelligence reports about former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's weapons program. In February and March 2004, reporters Michael Bjerre and Jesper Larsen wrote a series of articles based on leaked reports from the Danish Defense Intelligence Service. The reports said there was no evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction during Saddam Hussein's rule — one of the main reasons behind the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.
Halliburton to the rescue: Iraq reconstruction needs more than $100B 13 Nov 2006 The civil reconstruction of Iraq will cost at least $100 billion, U.S. officials in Baghdad told Iraqi contractors who are vying for some of the work.
Blair under renewed pressure to deliver exit strategy from Iraq 13 Nov 2006 Tony Blair is facing renewed and angry demands to set out a timetable for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq in the wake of yesterday's deaths in Basra.
Blair asks 'axis of evil' for help in Iraq 13 Nov 2006 Tony Blair will call tonight for dialogue with Iran and Syria to secure peace in Iraq and the Middle East. The Prime Minister will use a major foreign affairs speech to the City of London to warn both states - once named by George W Bush as members of the "axis of evil" - of the consequences of failing to help.
Democrats Push for Troop Cuts Within Months 13 Nov 2006 Democratic leaders in the Senate vowed on Sunday to use their new Congressional majority to press for troop reductions in Iraq within a matter of months, stepping up pressure on the administration just as President [sic] Bush is to be interviewed by a bipartisan panel examining future strategy for the war.
Bush Meets With Iraq Study Group 13 Nov 2006 President [sic] Bush, after meeting Monday with a bipartisan group seeking consensus on a new approach for the war in Iraq, said "I'm not going to prejudge" the report the panel soon will issue.
Gunmen kill Iraqi cameraman working for private satellite channel 13 Nov 2006 [US] Gunmen in two sedans Monday shot and killed an Iraqi television cameraman in the northern city of Mosul, police said.
Huge death toll in day of Iraq violence 13 Nov 2006 Iraqi security forces found 75 dead bodies in Baghdad and Baquba yesterday on a day of violence exceptional even by the country's grim standards. Twenty-five bullet-riddled and handcuffed bodies were dumped in several parts of the capital. In Baquba, 35 miles to the north-east, 50 bodies were found behind the offices of the provincial electric company.
20 killed in bus bombing in Baghdad 13 Nov 2006 A bomb tore through in a minibus in a largely Shiite Baghdad neighborhood Monday, killing at least 20 people and wounding 18. Gunmen killed at least 10 people, including a television cameraman, a city councilman and a Sunni sheik, in [US] executions and assassinations around Iraq.
Iraq readies new cabinet as suicide blast kills 10 13 Nov 2006 Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki is soon to call new names for his sweeping cabinet reshuffle to address the dysfunctional government’s inability to deal with the myriad problems wracking Iraq, lawmakers said on Monday. The urgency of the situation was underlined by a suicide bomber who killed 10 people when he blew himself up in northeast Baghdad, just a day after twin bombers killed 40 recruits at a police commando base.
Four troops killed in attack on patrol boat 13 Nov 2006 Four British servicemen were killed and three seriously injured in Basra yesterday, one of the worst days for UK forces since the start of the Iraq war.
Saudi Arabia says Iraq "major base" for militants 13 Nov 2006 Iraq has become a major centre for Islamic militancy in the region, Saudi Arabia's Interior Minister said in comments carried by state media on Monday.
Four-fold increase in Afghanistan killings: report 13 Nov 2006 A report on the 'insurgency' in Afghanistan says there has been a four-fold increase in the number of people killed in the conflict this year. The latest fatality figures come from a body called the Joint Coordinating and Monitoring Board.
State Agency Clamps Down On Mom's E-Mails With Soldier Son 11 Nov 2006 (Conn.) A state worker has run up against the government's computer-use policy in trying to exchange e-mails with her son, who is serving with the military in Afghanistan.
Olmert hints at possible military action against Iran 13 Nov 2006 Prime Minister Ehud Olmert hinted on Sunday for the first time at the possibility of Israeli military action against Iran to thwart its nuclear efforts.
Iran TV broadcasts 'US ship spy plane footage' 11 Nov 2006 Iran's Arabic language television station broadcast footage it claimed showed a US aircraft carrier cruising in Gulf waters it said was taken by an unmanned Iranian drone.
Lieberman refuses to close door on switching parties 12 Nov 2006 Sen. Joe LieberBush on Sunday repeated his pledge to caucus with Senate Democrats when the 110th Congress convenes in January, but refused to slam the door on possibly moving to the Republican side of the aisle. [Right, he has to come up with some way to thank Karl Rove for financing his Connecticut 'victory.']
Pelosi Endorses Murtha as Next Majority Leader 13 Nov 2006 House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) endorsed Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) yesterday as the next House majority leader.
Democrats: Identify pork sponsors 13 Nov 2006 Democrats aim to open the next Congress in January with a new rule that identifies lawmakers who use legislative "earmarks" to help special interests — a change Republicans promised but didn't implement.
Administration Opposes Democrats' Plan for Negotiating Medicare Drug Prices 13 Nov 2006 The Bush administration said on Sunday that it would strenuously oppose one of the Democrats’ top priorities for the new Congress: legislation authorizing the government to negotiate with drug companies to secure lower drug prices for Medicare beneficiaries.
Florida recounting votes, again 13 Nov 2006 Florida is recounting votes again, six years after the southeastern state gained international notoriety for holding up the outcome of the 2000 presidential 'election' [coup d'etat]. Authorities in Sarasota started a recount and an audit of ballots cast in the county in last week's mid-term US elections, after an unusually high number [*18,000*] of abstentions were recorded.
Like Clockwork: Hour of Delay, Hour of Flight --Delta Shuttle From N.Y. to D.C. Arrived Late Every Time in September 13 Nov 206 Few things are certain in air travel today, but one comes close: If you're on Delta Connection Flight 5283 from New York to Washington, you can expect to be late. The flight had the nation's worst on-time performance in September, arriving late 100 percent of the time at Reagan National Airport, according to a recent government report.
Poles apart, and melting 13 Nov 2006 The volume of ice at both ends of the world appears to be shrinking. Earlier this year a study of Antarctica's ice sheet found it had lost about 152 cubic kilometres of ice a year since April 2002.
Outrage at London sting by US spies 11 Nov 2006 Undercover American agents are staging secret 'sting' operations in Britain against criminal and terrorist suspects they want to extradite to the US. Urgent questions were being asked about whether the British Government had been aware of the operation. If so, it raises issues of the State collaborating with foreign agencies to entrap suspects - and if not it raises the spectre of American spies working unchecked on British soil. [Well, Israeli spies work unchecked on US soil.]
Beware: George Bush's secret agents can now arrest us in our own country By Alun Jones QC, lawyer of the NatWest Three 11 Nov 2006 The Government last week cravenly surrendered control of the independence of our criminal justice system to the United States. It rejected a final chance to make two key amendments to the Extradition Act 2003 - a dereliction of duty that means American secret agents can now arrest us in our own country.
Britain monitoring hundreds who plot "active terrorism" 11 Nov 2006 British spies are watching 1,600 people in 200 cells believed to be plotting terrorist acts in Britain or overseas, according to the head of Britain's domestic spy agency.
Brown backs stronger anti-terrorism powers 12 Nov 2006 Chancellor Gordon Brown, favourite to succeed Tony Blair as prime minister, said he supported police calls to extend a 28-day maximum limit on holding terrorist suspects without trial. Saying fighting terrorism should be a prime minister's "first priority", Brown also backed police demands to allow intercept evidence to be used in court to help secure convictions against terrorists.
Brown says no to calls for terrorism minister 12 Nov 2006 Gordon Brown has declared that protecting the country from terrorism would be his "first priority" as Prime Minister, dismissing Tory calls for a dedicated cabinet security minister. The Chancellor, in an interview with the Sunday Times, also backed calls from Britain's top police officer Sir Ian Blair for anti-terror powers to be toughened.
Imams sent to high-security prisons to convert 'radicals' 12 Nov 2006 Moderate [?!?] imams are to be sent into Britain's high-security prisons in a desperate bid to "turn" terrorists away from radical versions of Islam that make them a lethal danger to society. Ministers have turned to the Saudi-style "re-education programmes" amid growing fears that they have effectively lost a generation of disaffected young Muslims to the threat of radicalism, and potential terrorist acts.
Warrantless Eavesdropping Claim Rejected 10 Nov 2006 A federal judge has 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.
Despite US Confession, Europe Insists on Hiding CIA Bases 11 Nov 2006 The European Union made no progress in its investigations concerning the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) prisoner transfers in Europe.
Morocco jails 3 ex-Guantanamo detainees 11 Nov 2006 Three former detainees at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were convicted in Morocco for creating a criminal group and forging documents [?!? The GOP does that every day], the state news agency reported.
Actual lower-third on Faux News live broadcast: 'Liberal blogs & Al Qaeda: Both sending the same message?' 11 Nov 2006
Rumsfeld faces threat of lawsuit over 'war crime' 13 Nov 2006 Donald Rumsfeld, the outgoing American defence secretary, faces the threat of a lawsuit in the German courts accusing him of involvement in prisoner abuses at Guantanamo Bay detention camp and in Iraq. A writ brought by a US-based human rights group is due to be filed this week, taking advantage of German laws that allow for the prosecution of "war crimes" committed anywhere in the world.
Threat to Blair as Democrats pledge inquiry on Iraq 12 Nov 2006 Tony Blair, who narrowly defeated a recent parliamentary attempt to call an inquiry into the Iraq war, is facing a new threat from Washington, where victorious Democrats are expected to call British witnesses as they launch congressional investigations into the war.
Democrats Aim to Save Inquiry on Work in Iraq 12 Nov 2006 Congressional Democrats say they will press new legislation next week to restore the power of a federal agency in charge of ferreting out waste and corruption in Iraq and greatly increase its investigative reach. The bills, the first of what are likely to be dozens of Democratic efforts to resurrect investigations of war profiteering and financial fraud in government contracting, could be introduced as early as Monday morning.
Despite Billions Spent, Rebuilding Incomplete 12 Nov 2006 The United States has committed more than $38 billion to reconstructing Iraq, far more than any other nation, according to the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction. Most of that money is now gone.
Troops to stay in Iraq, says Downer 12 Nov 2006 The Democrats' victory in the US election will not see an immediate American troop withdrawal from Iraq, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer says.
Clark: Iraq a "Hopeless, Spiraling Failure" 11 Nov 2006 Using war to bring democracy to Iraq is a "hopeless, spiraling failure" that hurts the United States' power and prestige beyond its borders, retired U.S. Gen. Wesley Clark said Friday. "It was a flawed, fatally flawed idea," said Clark, a presidential candidate in the Democratic primary in 2004. "Now we have to back away from it."
Blasts kill 35 at Iraq police recruit HQ 12 Nov 2006 A pair of suicide bombs ripped through a crowd of would-be police recruits in Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 35.
Gunmen Kill 10, Kidnap 50 In Iraq 11 Nov 2006 [US] Gunmen set up a false security checkpoint and ambushed several minibuses south of Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least 10 passengers and kidnapping about 50, police reported.
'Friendly fire' death in Afghanistan raises disturbing questions --The question remains: Was it really an accident? 12 Nov 2006 The latest inquiry into Pat Tillman's death by friendly fire should end next month; authorities have said they intend to release to the public only a synopsis of their report. ...Taken together, these findings raise more questions than they answer, in a case that already had veered from suggestions that it all was a result of the "fog of war" to insinuations that criminal acts were to blame. The Pentagon's failure to reveal for more than a month that Tillman was killed by friendly fire have raised suspicions of a coverup. To Tillman's family, there is little doubt that his death was more than an innocent mistake.
US vetoes UN resolution condemning Israel on Gaza 11 Nov 2006 The United States on Saturday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution urging an immediate withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza and condemning an Israeli attack there that killed 18 Palestinian civilians.
How Israel put Gaza civilians in firing line --Military chiefs were warned that change of safety margin for gunners risked killing the innocent 12 Nov 2006 Israeli military commanders drastically reduced the 'safety' margins that separate artillery targets from the built-up civilian areas of Gaza earlier this year, despite being warned that the new policy risked increasing Palestinian civilian deaths and injuries, The Observer can reveal.
Israel's Olmert says Iran should "pay dearly" if it continues its nuclear program 11 Nov 2006 The international community must make clear to Iran that it will "pay dearly" if it does not halt its nuclear program, Ehud Olmert said in an interview published Saturday, a day before the Israeli leader was to arrive in Washington. Iran is set to be a main item on the agenda when Olmert meets with U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush.
Gauge *this.* Olmert heads to U.S. to gauge post-election policy 12 Nov 2006 Israeli Prime Minister [War Criminal] Ehud Olmert begins a U.S. visit on Sunday, seeking from President [sic] George W. Bush a post-election picture of U.S. policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran.
Hello, Pot? This is Kettle! White House calls Iran, Hezbollah a 'global nexus of terrorism' 12 Nov 2006 The White House branded Iran and Hezbollah on Saturday as a "global nexus of terrorism" and applauded an Argentine court for seeking the arrest of former Iranian officials in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center.
'Gates will uphold solid US-Israel ties' 09 Nov 2006 Departing Ambassador to Washington Danny Ayalon said Thursday that he expected Israel's strong strategic relationship with the US to continue should Robert Gates be confirmed as the next secretary of defense.
Gates' role in Iran-Contra scandal still debated --Bush's pick to lead Pentagon says he didn't know about deals while at CIA [Yeah, right!] 12 Nov 2006 Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada says he has questions about Robert Gates' involvement in Iran-Contra. Republicans plan to push the nomination through before they lose control in January. Thomas Blanton, director of the National Security Archive, a private group that has collected hundreds of thousands of pages of documents on the scandal and published several books on it, calls Gates "the ultimate hear-no-evil see-no-evil high official during Iran-Contra."
Gates' old enemy By Robert D. Novak 11 Nov 2006 One reason for hurrying Senate confirmation of Robert Gates as secretary of defense through the lame-duck session of Congress is to avoid confrontation with an old enemy: James Webb, who will be a Democratic senator from Virginia in the new Congress starting in January. During President Reagan's second term, Gates and Webb clashed as colleagues. Webb as secretary of the Navy objected to plans by Gates, then deputy national security adviser, for U.S. warships to protect oil platforms in the Persian Gulf.
Bush stands by his man for U.N. envoy 12 Nov 2006 President [sic] Bush will not relent in his defense of John Bolton, his nominee for U.N. ambassador, despite unwavering opposition from Democrats who view Bolton as too combative for international diplomacy, aides said Sunday.
Frustration Grows at Carousel as More Baggage Goes Astray 12 Nov 2006 Since Aug. 10, when a ban on most carry-on liquids sent the amount of checked luggage soaring, airlines have been misplacing many more bags... The Transportation Department reported that 183,234 more passengers had mishandled bags than a year earlier, up 92 percent.
FEMA Official Gets Dunked in New Orleans 11 Nov 2006 For $5, residents of one of the city's hardest hit neighborhoods received three tennis balls Saturday — and a chance to vent 15 months of frustration at the slow pace of rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina. The object of their annoyance sat perched atop a dunk tank — Bob Josephson, director of intergovernmental affairs in Louisiana for the reviled and much-lampooned Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Bush's approval rating reaches a new low 11 Nov 2006 President Bush’s job approval rating has fallen to just 31 percent, according to the new NEWSWEEK Poll. [Since GOP whores run News-weak, the actual number is buried deep in the article, nestled in between a list of (irrelevant) historical ratings of Democrats' low points, lol.]
E-voting woes surface in Florida 10 Nov 2006 Headlines after Tuesday's election tended to categorize reports of electronic voting machine troubles as mere "hiccups." But as it turns out, irregularities in one Florida county could carry far more weight--and are already spawning renewed calls for paper trails on so-called "black box" electronic voting machines.
18,000 votes in U.S. House race may be lost --Thousands of votes were either not counted or not cast in Sarasota's nationally watched congressional race. 09 Nov 2006 The latest Florida election whodunit, replete with a razor-thin vote margin and a looming recount, played out here Wednesday as state and county officials were at a loss to explain why 18,382 votes weren't cast or recorded in the nationally watched congressional race to replace Katherine Harris.
Mayoral Candidate in East Arkansas Disputes Tally of Zero Votes 11 Nov 2006 In his campaign for mayor in this town of 80 residents, Randy Wooten figured he'd get at least one vote - even if he was just his own. So when he saw the results from Tuesday's election, he was shocked to learn he'd garnered zero.
Global growth in carbon emissions is 'out of control' 11 Nov 2006 The growth in global emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels over the past five years was four times greater than for the preceding 10 years, according to a study that exposes critical flaws in the attempts to avert damaging climate change.
Deer frees itself from plastic pumpkin 11 Nov 2006 A small deer who garnered national attention by getting its head stuck in a plastic Halloween jack-o-lantern for several days will be fine now that it is freed itself from the bucket, animal rescuers said Saturday.
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