November 2007 Archives, Page Two
Blackwater guards pumped on steroids, lawsuit alleges --Suit accuses Blackwater of fostering "culture of lawlessness" 27 Nov 2007 A quarter of Blackwater mercenaries in Iraq use steroids and other "judgment-altering substances," according to a lawsuit filed by the families of several Iraqis killed or wounded in a Baghdad shooting in September.
Reporters say Baghdad too dangerous despite surge 28 Nov 2007 Nearly 90 percent of U.S. journalists in Iraq say much of Baghdad is still too dangerous to visit, despite a recent drop in violence [?!?] attributed to the build-up of U.S. forces, a poll released on Wednesday said. The survey by the Washington-based Pew Research Center showed that many U.S. journalists believe coverage has painted too rosy a picture of the conflict.
35 Are Killed in Iraq, 5 by U.S. Troops 28 Nov 2007 American troops in Iraq killed at least five people, including a child, when they fired on vehicles [allegedly] trying to drive through roadblocks in two separate episodes over the past two days, military officials and witnesses said Tuesday.
US shootings at roadblocks kill 5 Iraqis 27 Nov 2007 U.S. troops fired on vehicles at checkpoints in Baghdad and northern Iraq, killing a child and at least four other people, the military command said Tuesday. It also said it was checking a report an American patrol shot at civilian cars near a Baghdad bridge, killing two Iraqis.
Attack by Iraq "shepherd" bomber kills 9-police 27 Nov 2007 Nine people were killed when a suicide bomber posing as a shepherd attacked police north of Baghdad on Tuesday and U.S. soldiers killed at least six civilians in a spate of shootings, security officials said.
Female suicide bomber wounds 7 U.S. troops in Iraq 28 Nov 2007 A female suicide bomber wearing an explosives vest blew herself up in a city north of Baghdad, wounding seven U.S. soldiers and five Iraqi civilians, the U.S. military said on Wednesday.
Two American soldiers killed in an explosion north of Baghdad 27 Nov 2007 The military says two U.S. soldiers have been killed in an explosion north of Baghdad.
Japan's upper house passes bill to end Iraq 'mission' 28 Nov 2007 Japan's opposition-ruled upper house voted Wednesday to end the country's air mission to Iraq, but the bill was expected to be overridden by the lower chamber of the divided parliament. The opposition has accused the government of blindly following the United States into Iraq and opposes Japan's Kuwait-based air mission which flies goods and supplies into the war-torn country.
Texas oilman Wyatt sentenced to year in prison 27 Nov 2007 Texas oilman Oscar Wyatt was sentenced to one year and one day in prison on Tuesday for conspiracy in the U.N. oil-for-food scandal, becoming the most prominent figure jailed over corruption in the program to buy oil from Saddam Hussein's Iraq.
Turning down heat in Iran By Bill Corcoran 27 Nov 2007 As most people know, the Bush White House has been rattling sabers about the possibility of using military action on Iran, and the administration's propaganda arm, Fox News, has virtually come out calling for a military strike on Iran using retired military officers to supposedly give credit to an air strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. Why couldn't the same diplomacy be used with Iran which has been used with North Korea to turn the heat down?
Afghanistan Cannabis Crop Up 40 Percent 27 Nov 2007 Cannabis cultivation rose 40 percent in Afghanistan this year, to 173,000 acres from 123,550 in 2006, the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime estimated in its 2007 opium survey. The crop is being grown in at least 18 of Afghanistan's 34 provinces, according to the survey released last month.
Car Bomb Attack Kills 2 in Afghan Capital 28 Nov 2007 A huge car bomb exploded in a residential district of Kabul that is used by foreign diplomats and international organizations, killing two civilians and wounding four others, the police said.
Musharraf Quits Pakistan Army; Kayani Takes Over 28 Nov 2007 Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's ruler since seizing power in a 1999 military coup, stepped down as army chief, resisting opposition calls to also quit as president. Musharraf handed over responsibility for the army to Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, former chief of Pakistan's spy agency, at a ceremony in Rawalpindi today.
Canadian fighter jets temporarily fill in for U.S. air defences 27 Nov 2007 Canadian CF-18 fighter jets helped plug a hole in U.S. air defences for almost two weeks this month after American jets were grounded as part of a crash investigation. The request to fill in for U.S. F-15s over the Alaskan coast was considered an urgent priority for NORAD, especially in light of the return of Russian strategic bombers to Arctic patrols.
U.S. provide anti-terrorism training for Cambodians forces 27 Nov 2007 The United States' Marine Corps personnel here on Tuesday started to provide 'anti'-terrorism training for Cambodia's National Counter Terrorism Task Force (NCTTF).
Weeping Habib tells of G-Bay torture --Australians, Americans present at a number of interrogations and interviews 28 Nov 2007 Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Mamdouh Habib says he was injected with drugs in front of an Australian official while being interrogated in Pakistan. Mr Habib was visibly distressed while giving evidence today at a second-stage defamation hearing in the NSW Supreme Court, weeping and at one point asking for a break as he spoke of his alleged torture.
Court to Release Audio in Guantanmo Case 27 Nov 2007 The Supreme Court will hear arguments next week about the rights of prisoners who have been detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and will immediately release audio tapes of the proceeding.
Geneva Conventions must be 'clarified' on terrorism: US State Department official 27 Nov 2007 US State Department Legal Adviser John Bellinger III Tuesday called for the international community to "clarify" Geneva Convention rules pertaining to treatment of detained terror suspects.
Top State Dept lawyer seeks US clarity on torture 27 Nov 2007 The United States, accused of using torture on terrorism suspects, should make clearer what it permits during interrogation and what it does not, the State Department's top lawyer [John Bellinger] said on Tuesday.
'No-fly' case ramped up --3 years after being denied Air Canada seat and getting no answers, he heads to rights commission 27 Nov 2007 Shahid Mahmood wasn't arrested, sent to Syria, tortured or even questioned by authorities, but he was once stopped from boarding a Canadian fight and after more than three years no one will tell him why.
US withdraws subpoena seeking identity of 24,000 Amazon customers 27 Nov 2007 U.S. prosecutors have withdrawn a subpoena seeking the identities of thousands of people who bought used books through online retailer Amazon.com Inc., newly unsealed court records show. The withdrawal came after a judge ruled the customers have a right to keep their reading habits from the government.
TSA to check aviation workers 28 Nov 2007 More than a million aviation workers — including pilots, mechanics and flight attendants — will begin undergoing more thorough background checks in January as the U.S. focuses on preventing insider terrorist attacks. The Transportation Security Administration will take over the job of checking backgrounds of 1.2 million aviation workers, TSA spokeswoman Ellen Howe said.
Justices uphold welfare home searches 27 Nov 2007 County welfare officers may conduct routine searches of the homes of welfare recipients to combat fraud under a ruling in a California case that the Supreme Court let stand Monday. The justices refused to hear a challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union, which contended that San Diego County's policy of requiring home searches without a warrant violated privacy rights.
Police say Paris rioters are armed as clashes escalate --Officials claim they face urban guerrilla tactics --Violence is described as worse than in 2005 28 Nov 2007 The Guardian Officials in Paris last night warned that rioters in the suburb of Villiers-le-Bel were armed with hunting rifles and air rifles as clashes with police continued to escalate.
Arrested but with nowhere to go 28 Nov 2007 Police officers across Scotland are spending hours driving suspects around in patrol vehicles because there are simply not enough cells for prisoners to be held in. In a dramatic admission, a senior official with the Scottish Police Federation said it was now commonplace for police vans to operate in a holding pattern - what he called "doing the Heathrow stack with prisoners" - because facilities at stations were full or inadequate.
Pigs' heads staked at Islamic site 28 Nov 2007 The heads of two pigs have been found on stakes at the site of a proposed Islamic school in Sydney's south-west.
A Muslim in Romney's Cabinet? Probably not 27 Nov 2007 Mansoor Ijaz, an American-born Muslim, writes in an opinion piece in today's Christian Science Monitor that he attended a private fund-raiser this month for Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney in Las Vegas. Ijaz says he asked Romney whether he would consider a Muslim for a national security post in his Cabinet, since he says radical jihad is the biggest threat facing America. According to Ijaz, Romney said that based on the proportion of Muslims in the US population, a Cabinet post would not be "justified," though he could "imagine" Muslims serving in lower-level jobs in his administration.
Out of Spotlight, Giuliani Embraces Convicted Moneyman 27 Nov 2007 A Pennsylvania man convicted in a notorious corruption case [Bob Asher] played host to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani at a fundraiser last night, despite the Giuliani campaign's public efforts to distance itself from the man.
Brown outlines four sites for nuclear power stations 28 Nov 2007 Four sites were earmarked for the new generation of nuclear power stations yesterday as Gordon Brown gave the clearest signal so far that he will give the go-ahead in the New Year for a major expansion of Britain's nuclear power output.
FDA advisers call for stronger Tamiflu warning 27 Nov 2007 The most widely used flu drug in the world should carry a stronger warning label about psychiatric problems seen in a handful of patients, government advisers said Tuesday. [see: Rumsfeld's growing stake in Tamiflu 31 Oct 2005 Defense Secretary, ex-chairman of flu treatment rights holder, sees portfolio value growing.]
Reversal of endangered species rulings --Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) cites "this administration's penchant for torpedoing science." 27 Nov 2007 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday reversed seven rulings that denied endangered species increased protection, after an investigation found the actions were tainted by political pressure from a former senior Interior Department official.
UN releases a new dire global warming report 27 Nov 2007 Floods, droughts and other disasters will rob millions of children of the decent meals and schools they need unless rich nations provide $86 billion by 2015 to help the poor adapt to global warming, an expert panel warned Tuesday.
World must fix climate in less than 10 years: U.N. 27 Nov 2007 Unless the international community agrees to cut carbon emissions by half over the next generation, climate change is likely to cause large-scale human and economic setbacks and irreversible ecological catastrophes, a United Nations report says on Tuesday.
State Quarters Near End of Popular Run 28 Nov 2007 The final five designs in the popular State Quarters series were announced yesterday by the United States Mint. A total of 31.2 billion quarters with the various statehood designs were made through the end of 2006, the director of the Mint, Edmund C. Moy, said. Moy said the surplus translates to a government profit, or seigniorage, of $3.8 billion as a result of collectors’ taking the state quarters out of circulation.
Ahmadinejad offers to be an observer at US presidential election 27 Nov 2007 Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has offered himself as an observer in next year's presidential 'election.' The proposal came in a speech to volunteers with the Basij, a pro-government militia. He said he was prompted by a belief that Americans would vote against the current administration in a truly free poll. [He is more legitimate than Bush, who stole two elections. Of course he means the neo-cons, who will try to steal another election. --MDR]
Putin accuses U.S. of meddling in Russia vote 26 Nov 2007 President Vladimir Putin accused Washington on Monday of plotting to undermine December parliamentary elections seen widely as a demonstration of his enduring power in Russia. Putin, drawing on resurgent nationalist sentiment ahead of Sunday's poll, also said Russia must maintain its defences to discourage others from "poking their snotty noses" in its affairs. [The US concerns itself with every country's voting - except its own.]
Al Qaeda media wing says it will soon air new message from bin Laden 26 Nov 2007 Al-Qaida's media wing [sponsored by Halliburton] announced Monday that it would soon release a new message from the terror network's leader Osama bin Laden. As-Sahab said bin Laden would address European countries in the message.
weapons-smuggling probe stifled by conflicts 26 Nov 2007 The
State Department's acerbic top auditor wasn't happy when Justice Department
officials told one of his aides to leave the room so they could discuss
a criminal investigation of Blackwater Worldwide, the
Air firm accused of rendition flights role --US trying to halt torture lawsuit 27 Nov 2007 The US government is attempting to halt a lawsuit that could establish whether any of the Central Intelligence Agency's so-called rendition flights have been partly planned on British soil. Lawyers representing a number of men who have been held at Guantánamo are suing Jeppesen Dataplan, a subsidiary of the Boeing Corporation, accusing Jeppesen of involvement in the flights that took the men to secret prisons around the world. Once there, the men say, they were tortured.
Ministers sneaked out missile plan, say MPs --Timing of statement on US defence system criticised --Public treated with contempt, alleges CND 26 Nov 2007 Ministers were accused by MPs yesterday of manipulating parliament to sneak out a decision to allow an RAF base to be used by the US for its ballistic missile defence system.
Iraq to Seek Long-Term US Presence 26 Nov 2007 Iraq's government, seeking protection against foreign threats and internal coups, will offer the U.S. a long-term troop presence in Iraq in return for U.S. security guarantees as part of a strategic partnership, two Iraqi officials said Monday. Preferential treatment for U.S. investors could provide a huge windfall if Iraq can achieve enough stability to exploit its vast oil resources. [LOL, Bush was right: Mission accomplished!]
Republicans threaten to cut aid to Iraq 27 Nov 2007 Two Republican senators said Monday that unless Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki makes more political progress [implements ExxonMobil's Oil Law] by January, the U.S. should consider pulling political or financial support for his government.
Gunmen slaughter 11 relatives of Iraqi journalist 26 Nov 2007 An Iraqi journalist said on Monday gunmen went on a killing spree in his Baghdad home, murdering seven children and four adult relatives in the latest assault on media staff in the war-scarred country. Dia al-Kawwaz, editor of Internet website Shabeqat Akhbar al-Iraq (Network of Iraqi News), said [US] militiamen sprayed his relatives with bullets after storming into his house on Sunday.
Officer: Iraq Groups Supported by Iran 26 Nov 2007 There's been no letup in attacks and weapons-smuggling by Iranian-backed Shiite militants in some parts of Iraq's capital, the area's top U.S. commander said Monday. The comment by Army Col. Don Farris contrasts with suggestions in recent weeks that Iran was slowing the flow of bombs, money and other support to Shiite extremists in Iraq.
Iran builds new longer-range missile: report 27 Nov 2007 Iran has built a new longer-range missile named "Ashura" with a range of 2,000 kilometres, (1,240 miles), the defence minister announced on Tuesday, the Fars news agency reported.
British friendly fire kills Danes 27 Nov 2007 British troops killed two Danish soldiers by "friendly fire" during an operation against the Taliban in Afghanistan, British and Danish defence sources disclosed yesterday. They fired missiles over the heads of the Taliban hitting a small Danish compound more than a mile away on the other side of the river Helmand in the Upper Geresk valley, Denmark's TV2 station said, quoting Danish military sources.
Roadside bomb kills 4 gov't troops in E Afghanistan 26 Nov 2007 Four Afghan soldiers were killed as a roadside bomb struck their vehicle in Afghanistan's eastern Paktia province Monday, spokesman of provincial administration Deen Mohammad Darwish said. "The Taliban rebels detonated a roadside bomb by remote control in Zarmat district today at noon, destroying a military vehicle and killing four soldiers on the spot," Darwish told Xinhua.
Thirteen-point Tory lead over Labour is highest for 19 years 27 Nov 2007 The Conservatives have opened a commanding 13-point lead over Labour, their biggest for 19 years, according to the latest monthly poll by ComRes for The Independent.
Probe finds other DHS fake briefings 26 Nov 2007 The fake October news conference held by the Federal Emergency Management Agency was not the first time a Homeland Security public affairs official has acted like a reporter by asking questions during a briefing. In January 2006, an official with Immigration and Customs Enforcement asked a question during a news conference in San Antonio, Texas, according to an investigation by the Homeland Security Department -- the parent agency of both FEMA and ICE.
'This is a bad book.' Rejected math book raises brows 25 Nov 2007 The Texas Board of Education's refusal to put the text, Everyday Mathematics, published by McGraw-Hill, on either its conforming or non-conforming textbook list will cut off state funding for the book after this year... The board's critics fear that conservative members plan to veto more books in the future, despite a state law restricting the panel's discretion over texts that address curriculum elements and meet other basic requirements. The seven Republican board members, all social or religious conservatives, who voted to block the McGraw-Hill book complained that it didn't do enough to help students memorize multiplication tables and prematurely encouraged the use of calculators.
Cheney's Heart Restored to Normal Rhythm 26 Nov 2007 Doctors administered an electrical shock to Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney's heart and restored it to a normal rhythm during a 2 1/2 hour hospital visit Monday. Cheney, 66, went home from George Washington University Hospital and was expected back at work on Tuesday.
Cheney found to have irregular heartbeat during doctor's visit [The actual 'breaking news' is that Cheney *has* a heart.] 26 Nov 2007 Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney, who has a history of heart problems, was found to have an irregular heartbeat during a doctor's visit Monday morning, his office said. Cheney visited his doctor because of a lingering cough from a cold and during the examination he was found to have an irregular heartbeat, which on further testing was determined to be "an abnormal rhythm involving the upper chambers of the heart," said Megan Mitchell, spokeswoman for Cheney. He will visit the hospital for more evaluation on Monday.
Scott McClellan - Where are the Headlines? By Michael Collins 26 Nov 2007 Former Bush press secretary Scott McClellan accused George W. Bush and Dick Cheney of deceiving the public about a devastating blow to the national security and safety of United States. The revelation concerns the leak of Valerie Plame's identity as one of the government's top intelligence agents... White House involvement in compromising a top intelligence agent was a matter of great concern in 2003. Why the indifference in 2007?
$52M-plus payday for Christie's old boss --Ashcroft firm to monitor med-implant settlement 20 Nov 2007 When U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie announced a $311 million settlement to end a probe into kickbacks by leading manufacturers of knee and hip replacements, he touted the agreement as a groundbreaking development for consumers and the industry. The deal also proved to be lucrative for Christie's old boss. Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft was one of five private attorneys whom Christie hand-picked to monitor the implant makers. Now Ashcroft's D.C.-based firm is poised to collect more than $52 million in 18 months, among the biggest payouts reported for a federal monitor.
Clinton comes out on top of Gallup poll 26 Nov 2007 A new Gallup presidential poll sees Sen. Hillary Clinton with a slight, but not statistically significant, lead over the possible Republican candidates.
Lott's Departure Fuels Democratic Chances to Gain Senate Seat 27 Nov 2007 The unexpected retirement of Mississippi Republican Trent Lott gives Democrats another opportunity to expand their one-vote Senate majority in next year's elections.
Lott to resign by end of year 26 Nov 2007 Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi, the Senate's No. 2 Republican, plans to resign his seat by the end of the year, congressional and Bush administration officials said Monday.
welcomes Gore to Oval Office
27 Nov 2007 Talk about an inconvenient truth. Al Gore
American-backed killer militias strut across Iraq 25 Nov 2007 Members of the Baghdad Brigade receive $300 a man each month from the Americans, who also provide vehicles, uniforms and flak jackets. In return the brigade 'keeps out' Al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh], dismantles roadside bombs and patrols the area, a task performed with considerable swagger by many of its 4,000 recruits.
Iraq official: U.S. guards detained in Baghdad --Soldiers reportedly stop two mercenaries after security convoy opens fire 25 Nov 2007 Iraqi soldiers detained two American mercenaries along with several other foreigners traveling Monday in a private security convoy after they opened fire in Baghdad, wounding one woman, an Iraqi military spokesman said.
Anglican Leader Blasts US Over Iraq 25 Nov 2007 Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, criticized the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in an interview published Sunday, saying it was worse than the British land grabs of the colonial era. The spiritual leader of the Church of England and the Anglican Communion described the situation in Iraq as "the worst of all worlds," and compared it to the time when Britain was at the height of its imperial power.
Levin Says Democrats Won't Block Iraq Troop Funding 25 Nov 2007 Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin said DemocRATs won't cut funding for U.S. troops in Iraq even as attempts to set a goal for a withdrawal are blocked by Republicans. "We're going to fund the troops,'' Levin, a Michigan Democrat, said today on the "Fox News Sunday" program.
could withdraw up to 20,000 troops from Iraq by July
25 Nov 2007 U.S. military officials say the
New Australian PM signals Iraq pullout 25 Nov 2007 Australia's new prime minister, Kevin Rudd, will mark his arrival on the international stage by announcing the withdrawal of his country’s combat troops from Iraq and signing the Kyoto treaty on climate change.
Armed Forces face 'failure' in Afghanistan 25 Nov 2007 British troops are facing "operational failure" in Afghanistan due to years of chronic Government under-funding, according to former heads of the armed forces. General Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank, who served as the Chief of the Defence Staff in 2001, said: "Operational and tactical failure in Afghanistan is now not impossible to believe."
Bomb blast kills four Afghan civilians south of Kabul 26 Nov 2007 A bomb blast hit a vehicle just south of the Afghan capital Monday, killing four civilians, police said. The blast occurred in the Musayi district of Kabul province but it was not immediately clear if the explosion was caused by a newly planted bomb or an old landmine, regional police commander Gen. Zalmai Oryakhail said.
French prosecutor rejects war crimes lawsuit against Rumsfeld 24 Nov 2007 French prosecutor Jean-Claude Marin has dismissed a war crimes claim against former US Secretary of Defense [war criminal] Donald Rumsfeld alleging that Rumsfeld authorized US personnel to torture prisoners in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, according to a lawyer for the Paris-based International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH) on Friday.
US fascism on the rise: Military training program for teens expands in US 25 Nov 2007 One in 10 public high school students in Chicago wears a military uniform to school and takes classes -- including how to shoot a gun properly. That number is expected to rise as junior military reserve programs expand across the country now that a congressional cap of 3,500 units has been lifted from the nearly century-old scheme.
Terror detentions slammed --Government is considering extending pre-charge detention limit from 28 days to 56 days 26 Nov 2007 The Government's plan to increase the length of time a terror suspect can be detained without charge was dealt another blow after two human rights organisations criticised the move. Amnesty International and Justice, in separate reports, have dismissed any case for extending the limit.
Children must give prints for passports 24 Nov 2007 Children over the age of six will have their fingerprints taken when applying for a passport to comply with new EU regulations. The European Commission says youngsters must be fingerprinted for all new EU passports and national ID cards – even those issued in the UK.
Ottawa orders review of RCMP rules for taser use 21 Nov 2007 The federal government has asked the RCMP complaints commissioner to review the way the force uses tasers and to deliver a first report in three weeks, as public outrage over the death of a man at Vancouver's airport continues to reverberate.
Anti-terrorism officer faces inquiry into expenses claims 26 Nov 2007 Scotland Yard's most senior anti-terrorism officer is facing questions about his expenses claims, it emerged yesterday. Assistant commissioner Andy Hayman has been asked to explain the bills, which insiders say are higher than for other officers of his rank.
US obtains Swiss records and flies in British witness in BAE investigation --Washington wants papers from SFO's Saudi inquiry --Britain trying to block questions on payments 26 Nov 2007 US corruption investigators have gone behind the back of Downing Street to fly a British witness to Washington to testify about Saudi arms deals with the UK arms firm BAE Systems, the Guardian can disclose. In a hitherto secret move, Swiss federal prosecutors have also agreed to hand over to Washington financial records linked to the Saudi royal family. The US is seeking - but has so far been refused - more than a million pages of documents seized from BAE, its bankers, Lloyds TSB, and the Ministry of Defence during an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.
Romney: Judge he appointed should resign 25 Nov 2007 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Saturday a judge he appointed while Massachusetts governor should resign because she released without bail a convicted killer now charged with murdering a young couple.
Oil climbs to near $99, lifted by weather, dollar 26 Nov 2007 Oil rose to a near record high on Monday, as colder U.S. weather and sustained weakness in the dollar drove prices once again toward the $100 a barrel mark.
Edwards offers heating oil plan 25 Nov 2007 Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards will outline a plan Sunday to provide immediate relief to families struggling with high heating oil bills and to ensure affordable prices in the future. The former North Carolina senator is calling on Congress to release some of the nation's home heating oil and crude oil reserves as a way to bring down prices by increasing supply. He also is urging Congress to fully fund the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, according to a copy of his plan provided to The Associated Press.
Foreclosure surge hits every corner of Tucson --Thousands face likelihood of losing homes 25 Nov 2007 More than 5,000 homes have fallen into foreclosure in the Tucson region during the first nine months of this year, according to foreclosure information service RealtyTrac. That's nearly double the number over the same time last year.
New Buchanan Book Declares 'End of America' 25 Nov 2007 "America is coming apart, decomposing, and...the likelihood of her survival as one nation...is improbable -- and impossible if America continues on her current course," declares Pat Buchanan. Specifically, Buchanan contends: Free trade is shipping jobs, factories and technology to China and plunging America into permanent dependency and unpayable debt. One of every six U.S. manufacturing jobs vanished under Bush. --As U.S. wages are stagnant, corporate CEOs are raking in rising pay and benefits 400 to 500 times that of their workers.
In Korea, a boot camp cure for web obsession 26 Nov 2007 Up to 30 per cent of South Koreans under 18, or about 2.4 million people, are at risk of internet addiction, says Ahn Dong-hyun, a child psychiatrist at Hanyang University in Seoul, who has just completed a three-year government-funded survey of the problem. To address the problem the government has built a network of 140 internet-addiction counselling centres, in addition to treatment programs at almost 100 hospitals and, most recently, the Internet Rescue camp.
Weather-related disasters quadruple over last 20 years [Well, Bush-related disasters quadruple every four days.] 25 Nov 2007 Weather-related disasters have quadrupled over the last two decades, Oxfam said in a report published on Sunday. From an average of 120 disasters a year in the early 1980s, there are now as many as 500, with Oxfam attributing the rise to unpredictable weather conditions cause by global warming.
This winter may be warmest ever 26 Nov 2007 The Northern Hemisphere is the warmest this year since record-keeping started 127 years ago, according to the National Climatic Data Center. If the trend continues, the year could break the record for the warmest set in 2005. The Southern Hemisphere is its ninth-warmest since record-keeping began, the center said. Worldwide, this is the third-warmest year through October.
US is 'worst' imperialist: archbishop 25 Nov 2007 The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that the United States wields its power in a way that is worse than Britain during its imperial heyday. Rowan Williams claimed that America’s attempt to intervene overseas by "clearing the decks" with a "quick burst of violent action" had led to "the worst of all worlds".
Flight logs reveal secret rendition 25 Nov 2007 The secret flight plans of American military planes have revealed for the first time how European countries helped send prisoners, including British citizens, to the Guantanamo Bay prison camp. Despite widespread criticism of alleged human rights abuses and torture at the US base in Cuba, a Sunday Times investigation has shown that at least five European countries gave the United States permission to fly nearly 700 terrorist suspects across their territory.
Iran's navy to carry out military maneuvers in Feb. 25 Nov 2007 Iran's navy commander said on Saturday that his forces will launch military maneuvers in Hormuz Strait and Gulf of Oman in February to exercise their naval capabilities, the official IRNA news agency reported. Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari told reporters that the military exercises, code named, "Ettehad 86," or "Unity 86," will continue for a week.
Iran completes enrichment process 24 Nov 2007 The director of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization says Tehran has completed the enrichment process and can produce its own nuclear fuel. Gholam-Reza Aqazadeh said the pellets applicable in the 40-megawatt Arak heavy water research reactor have been produced based on existing standards.
Iraq blast blamed on Iran-backed militants --U.S. military pins bombing of Baghdad pet market on Shiite extremists [Blackwater Worldwide and DynCorp are blowing up everything in sight so that they can 'justify' their illegal occupation of Iraq.] 24 Nov 2007 The U.S. military on Saturday blamed the deadly bombing of a pet market in Baghdad on Iranian-backed Shiite militants, raising concerns that Shiite extremist activity could escalate and jeopardize waning violence in Iraq.
Cholera spreading through Baghdad 24 Nov 2007 The Iraq Health Ministry says reported cases of cholera have risen in the capital Baghdad over the past weeks to more than 80. A ministry official said Friday most instances of the disease were reported in impoverished areas that lack water and other necessary services. [I am thinking that at this stage of the game, 99.9 per cent of Iraq's population (all but Bush bin Laden's corpora-terrorist trolls) is dying for the days of Saddam Hussein - when people had food, water and electricity. --LRP]
U.S. Scales Back Political Goals for Iraqi Unity 25 Nov 2007 The Bush regime has lowered its expectation of quickly achieving major steps toward unifying the country, including passage of a long-stymied plan to share [Yeah, right!] oil revenues and holding regional elections. [Well, we knew *that* was never going to happen - there's no elections in the US, either!] The short-term American targets include... passing legislation to allow thousands of Baath Party members from Saddam Hussein's era to rejoin the government.
Iraq nullifies Kurdish oil deals 24 Nov 2007 Iraq's oil ministry has declared all crude contracts signed by the Kurdish regional authorities with foreign companies null and void, a government official said on Saturday. "The ministry has nullified all contracts signed by the Kurdistan Regional Government," the official told AFP, asking not to be named. "They will not be recognised."
jailed for selling smuggled Iraq weapons 24 Nov 2007 Two soldiers
who smuggled stolen guns out of Iraq to sell
Two Iraqis killed in south of Baghdad 24 Nov 2007 Two people were killed and three others injured in south of Baghdad, while two policemen were wounded in a bomb attack, police said on Saturday. Unknown [US] armed men opened fire on worshippers while leaving a mosque late on Friday in the city of Hilla, some 100 km south of the capital, killing two of them and injuring three others, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
5000 US troops to withdraw from Iraq [Part of normal troop rotation?] 24 Nov 2007 About 5000 US troops will head home later this month as part of a withdrawal plan announced by President [sic] George W. Bush.
Strategic Goals Unmet in Afghanistan, White House Concludes 25 Nov 2007 A White House assessment of the war in Afghanistan has concluded that wide-ranging strategic goals that the Bush regime set for 2007 have not been met, even as U.S. and NATO forces have scored significant combat successes against resurgent Taliban fighters, according to U.S. officials. [I call bullsh*t on 'significant combat successes against resurgent Taliban fighters.' See: More than half of Afghanistan 'under Taliban' 22 Nov 2007.]
Suicide bomb kills 9 Afghans, Italian soldier 25 Nov 2007 A suicide bomb on the outskirts of the Afghan capital Kabul yesterday killed nine civilians, four of them children, and an Italian soldier, the Italian army said.
Suicide attack targets U.S.-led forces in E Afghanistan 24 Nov 2007 A suicide bomber driving a motorcycle exploded himself near a patrol of the U.S.-led Occupation forces in Afghanistan's eastern province Khost on Saturday, causing no casualties to the troops, police said. ...Other sources said the civilian was not injured by the blast but by the Coalition forces' firing which followed the explosion.
Suicide Attacks Heighten Tension in Pakistan --Musharraf Rival
Preparing to Return From Exile Today 25 Nov 2007 Fears of renewed terrorist
violence in this tense country, now ending its third week under
AG: Musharraf to take oath as Pakistan's president on Nov. 28 24 Nov 2007 Incumbent Pakistani President Musharraf will likely take oath as president for another five-year term on Nov. 28, Attorney General of Pakistan Malik Muhammad Qayyum said Friday.
Howard's reign in Australia ends 24 Nov 2007 Prime minister John Howard today admitted defeat in Australia's general election, and looks set to lose his parliamentary seat. Labor Party leader Kevin Rudd swept to power, ending an 11-year conservative era and promising major changes to policies on global warming and his country's role in the Iraq war.
Bush Ally Defeated in Australia 24 Nov 2007 Australia’s prime minister, John Howard, one of President [sic] Bush’s staunchest allies in Asia, suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of the electorate on Saturday, as his Liberal Party-led coalition lost its majority in Parliament.
Labor Party Wins Big in Australia 24 Nov 2007 Conservative Prime Minister John Howard, one of the Bush regime's staunchest allies, suffered a humiliating election defeat Saturday at the hands of an opposition leader who has vowed to pull troops out of Iraq. Labor leader Kevin Rudd, a Chinese-speaking former diplomat, has also promised to sign the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, leaving the U.S. as the only industrialized country not to have joined it.
Lebanon postpones presidential election for 5th time, causing fears of political vacuum 24 Nov 2007 Lebanese parliament on Friday postponed its session for electing a new president for the fifth time on Friday, raising fears of a political vacuum in the country.
Local 2 Investigates Police Secrecy Behind Unmanned Aircraft Test --The invitation spelled out, "NO MEDIA ALLOWED." --Police official: Unmanned aircraft to be used for homeland security, 'tactical' efforts and may include covert police actions 21 Nov 2007 Houston police started testing unmanned aircraft and the event was shrouded in secrecy, but it was captured on tape by Local 2 Investigates. Neighbors in rural Waller County said they thought a top-secret military venture was under way among the farmland and ranches, some 70 miles northwest of Houston. KPRC Local 2 Investigates had four hidden cameras aimed at a row of mysterious black trucks. Cameras were rolling as an unmanned aircraft was launched into the sky and operated by remote control. HPD Chief Harold Hurtt attended, along with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and dozens of officers from various police agencies in the Houston area.
Show all 10 fingers if heading to the US [Too bad we just can't show one finger - to Bush.] 25 Nov 2007 Measures will be introduced on Thursday requiring all international travellers to provide 10 fingerprint samples as well as a photograph when entering the US. A joint project between the Department of Homeland Security and US Customs and Border Protection, the system will be trialled at Washington DC's Dulles Airport immediately, with Boston, New York, and San Francisco airports added over the next few months.
Canadian Man Dies After Being Tasered 25 Nov 2007 A Canadian man died Saturday, four days after police used a Taser stun-gun on him because he reportedly was acting erratically in a store, police said. He was the third person to die in recent weeks in Canada after being shocked by the hand-held weapon.
£100m move to double stockpile of drugs in readiness for flu pandemic 23 Nov 2007 The Scottish Government is to double its stock of antiviral drugs to cover at least half the population in the event of a flu pandemic. Around the world, governments are stockpiling medicine to reduce the severity of flu, known as antivirals, preparing to produce [deadly] vaccines and implementing emergency plans such as banning mass gatherings. [See: DoD to 'augment civilian law' during pandemic or bioterror attack --Is Bush is getting ready to play the Bioterror Card?]
WHO fails in giving developing nations access to bird flu virus 24 Nov 2007 Health officials have failed to reach agreement on a new system to ensure developing countries benefit more from sharing bird flu virus samples used to develop vaccines, the World Health Organisation said on Friday. Developing states like Indonesia want guarantees from richer nations and drugmakers that they will have access to cheap vaccines if they share samples. Sharing samples is deemed vital to see if viruses have mutated [in US Army labs], become drug resistant or grown more transmissible.
FDA: Flu drugs affecting kids' behavior 24 Nov 2007 Government health regulators recommended adding label precautions about neurological problems seen in children who have taken flu drugs made by Roche and GlaxoSmithKline. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday released its safety review of Roche's Tamiflu and Glaxo's Relenza. FDA began reviewing Tamiflu's safety in 2005 after receiving reports of children experiencing neurological problems, including hallucinations and convulsions. [See: Rumsfeld's growing stake in Tamiflu --Defense Secretary, ex-chairman of flu treatment rights holder, sees portfolio value growing. 31 Oct 2005 The prospect of a bird flu outbreak may be panicking people around the globe, but it's proving to be very good news for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other politically connected investors in Gilead Sciences, the California biotech company that owns the rights to Tamiflu, the influenza 'remedy.' Rumsfeld served as Gilead (Research)'s chairman from 1997 until he joined the Bush administration in 2001, and he still holds a Gilead stake valued at between $5 million and $25 million, according to federal financial disclosures filed by Rumsfeld. In the past six months fears of a [US-engendered] pandemic and the ensuing scramble for Tamiflu have sent Gilead's stock from $35 to $47. That's made the Pentagon chief, already one of the wealthiest members of the Bush cabinet, at least $1 million richer.]
Squaring the circle By Eric Walberg 22 Nov 2007 For those who object to this conspiratorial view of American politics -- that elections are a farce and that the real power lies behind the throne, in the hands of organisations such as the American Israel Political Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Bilderberg Group and the Council of Foreign Affairs, consider that polls show 54 per cent of Americans want the troops home now, 68 per cent disapprove of Bush's handling of the situation in Iraq, 64 per cent are against the war, 70 per cent believe Dick Cheney has abused his powers as vice- President [sic], and 43 per cent definitely want him impeached. Yet the only candidates who represent the broad majority are dismissed as unelectable.
Oil at new high in thin trading --Crude closes at $98.18 a barrel, up 89 cents, on tight heating oil supplies and a stock market rally. 24 Nov 2007 Oil futures resumed their march toward $100 a barrel Friday, rising to a new record close in light holiday trading on concerns about tight heating oil supplies while drawing support from a buoyant stock market.
Justice Seeks Delay in Court Challenge to Immigration Plan --Bush Administration Says It Will Modify Crackdown on Employers Who Hire Illegal Workers 25 Nov 2007 The Bush regime said Friday that it will modify its planned crackdown on U.S. companies that employ illegal immigrants, asking a federal judge to delay hearing a lawsuit brought by major American labor, business and farm organizations until the new strategy is completed.
Mega barf alert! It's the 5,348,756th deadly dead cow recall under Bush bin Laden's 'no inspection' reign of corpora-terror: Wis. Company Recalls Beef Products 25 Nov 2007 A company voluntarily recalled nearly 96,000 pounds of ground beef products after two people were sickened, possibly by the E. coli bacteria, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Saturday. The beef products by American Foods Group include coarse and fine ground beef chuck, sirloin and chop beef.
Little chance of love for Knut 22 Nov 2007 Germany's celebrity polar bear Knut will have to leave home to find love, Berlin Zoo officials said on Wednesday. Though polar bears are loners, Knut will need to be among other bears to mate once he turns three or four years old, spokesperson Ragnar Kuehne said, and his pool of potential mates in Berlin is too old to have an eye for the adolescent Knut.
Firefighters taking new role as anti-terrorist eyes of US government --Unlike police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel need no warrants to enter hundreds of thousands of homes and buildings each year. 23 Nov 2007 Firefighters in major U.S. cities are being trained to take on a new role as lookouts for terrorism, raising concerns of eroding their standing as trusted American icons and infringing on people's privacy. Unlike police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel need no warrants to enter hundreds of thousands of homes and buildings each year, which puts them in position to spot behavior that could indicate terror activity or planning. There are fears, however, that they could lose the faith of a skeptical public by becoming the eyes of the government, looking for 'suspicious items.'
B-2 bombers practice on US targets 22 Nov 2007 More than 18,000 feet above the mountains on Hawaii's biggest island, two B-2 stealth bombers drop six 2,000-pound inert bombs on a training range below. It's a scene being repeated monthly as the Air Force's sleek, boomerang-shaped planes use Hawaii for target practice.
'Al Qaeda rolodex' found in Iraq [LOL! And, if it's an alphabetical listing, 'Bush' is before 'Cheney.'] 22 Nov 2007 As many as 60 percent of the foreign fighters who entered Iraq in the past year have come from Saudi Arabia and Libya, according to documents discovered in a raid in September near the Syrian border, a senior U.S. military official in Baghdad confirmed to CNN Thursday.
Iraqi school guard, wife beheaded as children watch 23 Nov 2007 Three suspected al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] militants, including two sisters, beheaded their uncle and his wife, forcing the couple's children to watch, Iraqi police said on Friday. [This has Blackwater/DynCorp written all over it.]
Dressed as' Iraqi Troops Kill at Least 11 in Village Near Baghdad
23 Nov 2007 Men described by witnesses as
Bombs kill 26 in Baghdad, northern Iraq 23 Nov 2007 Two bombs exploded hours apart Friday in a central Baghdad pet market and a police checkpoint in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, killing 26 people and wounding dozens, officials said.
Baghdad pet market bomb kills 13 people, wounds dozens 23 Nov 2007 Two bombs hidden in a carton exploded simultaneously in Baghdad's popular Al-Ghazl pet market mid-morning, killing at least 13 people and wounding 58, Iraqi officials said.
18 Sunnis killed south of Baghdad --Suspected 'al-Qaida' fighters slay Iraqi soldiers, take their Humvees 22 Nov 2007 Suspected al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] fighters killed two Iraqi soldiers early Thursday, then used their Humvees to kill at least 18 rival Sunnis south of Baghdad, police said, a brazen example of the challenges still facing Iraqis despite a lull in violence.
All private security firms must close: Afghanistan 22 Nov 2007 Authorities in Afghanistan want to close down all private security firms operating in the country, many of them illegally, President Hamid Karzai's office said. About nine unlicensed companies have already been shut down in a crackdown that has been under way in Kabul for weeks, according to city police.
7 Police Beheaded in Afghanistan 24 Nov 2007 Taliban militants beheaded seven policemen Friday after overrunning their checkpoints in southern Afghanistan, officials said, while in a separate clash, an Australian soldier and three civilians were killed.
Digger won't be the last to die: ADA 24 Nov 2007 The Australia Defence Association (ADA) says Australians should expect more diggers will die in Afghanistan. Private Luke Worsley became the third Australian serviceman killed in Afghanistan in two months when he died in a commando raid on a suspected Taliban bomb factory on Friday morning (AEDT).
Suicide bombings hit near Pakistani army HQ --Strikes on intelligence bus, army checkpoint leave at least 35 dead 23 Nov 2007 Suicide bombers hit a bus carrying intelligence agency employees and a checkpoint near the headquarters of the Pakistan army on Saturday, killing at least 35 people. The two attackers struck in Rawalpindi, a garrison city just south of the capital, Islamabad.
U.S. Navy steps up fuel deliveries to Gulf forces 23 Nov 2007 The U.S. military has stepped up chartering of tankers and requests for extra fuel in the U.S. Central Command area, which includes the Gulf, shipping and oil industry sources say. A Gulf oil industry source said the charters suggested there would be high naval activity, possibly including a demonstration to Iran that the U.S. Navy will protect the Strait of Hormuz oil shipping route during tensions over Tehran's nuclear programme.
Iran hints it could halt nuclear enrichment for a quid pro quo 23 Nov 2007 Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency said Friday that his country could suspend uranium enrichment if the United States and Western Europe agreed to acknowledge that its nuclear program was peaceful.
Iran warns sanctions talk may halt nuclear cooperation 23 Nov 2007 Iran on Friday accused Western nations seeking harsher U.N. sanctions against it of adding "fuel to the flame" and said this could halt its steps to clarify nuclear activity to U.N. inspectors.
Iran will pile 'tsunamis of resistance' on enemies 23 Nov 2007 The chief of the IRGC has warned that the enemies will have to suffer the tsunamis of resistance if they continue to plot against Iran. Brigadier General Mohammad-Ali Ja'fari said on Friday the Iranian nation is ready to fend off any attacks from the West. "Our enemies should know that although Iran has so far been patient with the West, this is the calm before the storm," he cautioned.
20,000 vets' brain injuries not listed in Pentagon tally 23 Nov 2007 At least 20,000 U.S. troops who were not classified as wounded during combat in Iraq and Afghanistan have been found with signs of brain injuries, according to military and veterans records compiled by USA TODAY.
French prosecutors throw out Rumsfeld torture case 23 Nov 2007 The Paris prosecutors' office has dismissed a suit against Donald Rumsfeld accusing the former U.S. defense secretary of torture, human rights groups who brought the case said on Friday.
judge questions government --Judge
'can no longer trust' CIA, other government agencies with classified
info in terror cases 20 Nov 2007 A federal judge expressed
frustration Tuesday that the government
Summit terror threat advisory issued 23 Nov 2007 Federal authorities have advised local law enforcement agencies to be alert to possible terrorism threats because of the Middle East peace conference next week in Annapolis, Homeland Security and FBI officials said Friday.
U.S. remains vulnerable to anthrax attack, experts say 24 Nov 2007 The United States is still "very poorly prepared" for an anthrax attack six years after a 2001 assault against Congress and television broadcasters, a former CIA director [Neo-CON James Woolsey] says. [See: DoD to 'augment civilian law' during pandemic or bioterror attack --Is Bush is getting ready to play the Bioterror Card?]
Canada's third Taser death sparks 8th concurrent probe 23 Nov 2007 A third death in five weeks linked to the use of Taser stun guns by police in Canada on Thursday prompted a ministerial inquiry in easternmost Nova Scotia province.
New Warnings Urged For Flu Drugs' Labels 24 Nov 2007 Food and Drug Administration experts are recommending new label warnings about possible dangerous psychiatric side effects of influenza drugs Tamiflu and Relenza, according to FDA documents. The documents, posted on the agency's Web site yesterday, were prepared for a meeting Tuesday of the FDA's Pediatric Advisory Committee. [See: Rumsfeld's growing stake in Tamiflu 31 Oct 2005 Defense Secretary, ex-chairman of flu treatment rights holder, sees portfolio value growing.]
Exit poll predicts Labor victory 24 Nov 2007 A major exit poll of voters in today's federal election predict Kevin Rudd will be the next prime minister of Australia and that John Howard will lose his seat of Bennelong. The Sky News exit poll taken in 31 key seats predicts a two-party preferred result of 53 per cent to Labor to 47 per cent to the Coalition.
Judge says Jena Six teen's case must be open to public 21 Nov 2007 A Louisiana judge ruled that legal proceedings against Mychal Bell, one of a group of black teenagers whose prosecution in the beating of a white classmate was deemed too harsh by U.S. civil rights leaders, must be open to the public.
Two Atlanta cops to go to jail for fatal '06 raid --A year later, judge orders two narcotics officers to turn themselves in by Dec. 3. 20 Nov 2007 A year after the violent death of 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston, the two Atlanta narcotics officers who pleaded guilty in that crime are going to jail. A federal judge Monday ordered Jason R. Smith and Gregg Junnier to turn themselves in to the United States Marshals Service by Dec. 3.
President of Evangelical University Resigns 24 Nov 2007 Facing accusations that he misspent university money to support a lavish lifestyle, the president of Oral Roberts University [Richard Roberts] has resigned, officials said Friday.
Cannabis compound 'halts cancer' 19 Nov 2007 A compound found in cannabis may stop breast cancer spreading throughout the body, US scientists believe. The California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute team are hopeful that cannabidiol or CBD could be a non-toxic alternative to chemotherapy. [Right, and that's exactly why the pharma-terrorists will make sure it's unavailable.]
War, economy have red state thinking blue --74% of Hoosiers say nation is headed in wrong direction, leading some to rethink party loyalty 23 Nov 2007 Disillusioned with President [sic] Bush's handling of the war, the economy and immigration, nearly half of likely voters in Indiana appear poised to buck 40 years of tradition and vote for a Democratic presidential ticket -- if it includes Sen. Evan Bayh, according to a new Indianapolis Star-WTHR (Channel 13) poll.
Where the Votes Are, So Are All Those Calories 23 Nov 2007 The candidates are "for all intents and purposes out of control of their diets," said Walter Scheib, former White House chef to the Clintons and the Bushes. Many big events on the preprimary calendar -- the Harkin Steak Fry in Iowa; the Clyburn Fish Fry in South Carolina; the Iowa State Fair, an everything-fry -- seem as likely to produce heart attacks as votes.
WWF Launches Polar Bear Tracker Website 22 Nov 2007 Climate Change is putting polar bears at risk, and now you can see first hand how the world's largest land carnivore is coping with vanishing sea ice. WWF-Canada's new Polar Bear Tracker at wwf.ca allows visitors to watch the movements of six polar bears in the Hudson Bay region.
Polar Bear Knut May Soon Have Siblings 23 Nov 2007 Knut, the Berlin Zoo's well-known polar bear, may soon have as many as three little siblings before Christmas, the zoo's veterinarian said Friday. Knut's mother, Tosca, and the zoo's two other female polar bears, Katjuscha and Nancy, may all be pregnant after mating earlier this year with Knut's father, Lars, veterinarian Andre Schuele said. They could give birth before the end of December, he said.
Secret Warrants Granted For Cellphone Tracking --Powers Granted On Request and Without Probable Cause 23 Nov 2007 Federal officials are routinely asking courts to order cellphone companies to furnish real-time tracking data so they can pinpoint the whereabouts of [alleged] criminal suspects, according to judges and industry lawyers. In some cases, judges have granted the requests without requiring the government to demonstrate that there is probable cause to believe that a crime is taking place or that the inquiry will yield evidence of a crime. [And, for this Bush turkey and so many others, people need to start reading.]
A plan to attack Iran swiftly and from above --A bombing campaign has been in the works for months - a blistering air war that would last anywhere from one day to two weeks 22 Nov 2007 Massive, devastating air strikes, a full dose of "shock and awe" with hundreds of bunker-busting bombs slicing through concrete at more than a dozen nuclear sites across Iran is no longer just the idle musing of military planners and uber-hawks. Although air strikes don't seem imminent as the U.S.-Iranian drama unfolds, planning for a bombing campaign and preparing for the geopolitical blowback has preoccupied military and political councils for months.
U.S. and EU allies to urge more Iran sanctions 22 Nov 2007 The United States and three key European allies said on Thursday Iran had not done enough to win trust in its atomic work and the United Nations should now consider tougher sanctions.
US general says Iran helping stop Iraq bloodshed 21 Nov 2007 A US general [Lieutenant General James Dubik] on Wednesday acknowledged Iran's role in helping quell the bloodshed in Iraq, saying Tehran had contributed to stopping the flow of arms across the border into the country.
make up 41% of foreign fighters who join insurgency in Iraq
--US raid on insurgent camp finds treasure trove of data --Bombings
and border crossings fall after seizure 23 Nov 2007 More than 40%
Mortars hit Baghdad Green Zone 22 Nov 2007 Al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] militants killed at least eight members of a neighborhood police unit in southern Baghdad on Thursday, raking them with machinegun fire from a stolen Iraqi army vehicle, police said. Separately, police said 'insurgents' fired 10 mortar bombs at Baghdad's Green Zone just before dusk, in attacks coinciding with Thanksgiving. A Reuters witness said he saw what appeared to be a body hanging from a damaged minibus in the zone, which houses the U.S. embassy and many government ministries.
Plan Increases Role of G.I.'s in Iraq Training 23 Nov 2007 With violence in Iraq on the decline [It is? Looks like the Whore York Times forgot to read Thursday's Reuters article about the body hanging from a minibus in the Green Zone and the ten mortar bombs lobbed at same.] and a quarter of American combat brigades scheduled to leave by July, commanders plan to give the remaining brigades an expanded role in training and supporting Iraqi forces, according to officials involved in a confidential military review of the next phase of the American troop deployment.
Baghdad bomb attacks wounds 6 22 Nov 2007 Three roadside bombs attacks rocked the Iraqi capital on Thursday morning, leaving six people wounded, including four policemen, an Interior Ministry source said. A roadside bomb went off near a police commando patrol in Baghdad's southeastern neighborhood of Jesr Diyala, damaging a police vehicle and wounding two policemen aboard, the source said on condition of anonymity.
Two British soldiers killed in helicopter crash near Baghdad 21 Nov 2007 Two British soldiers were killed when their helicopter crashed southeast of Baghdad on Tuesday, the British military said on Wednesday. The British Ministry of Defense confirmed in a statement on its website the death of "two military personnel near Baghdad, Iraq, last night, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007."
More than half of Afghanistan 'under Taliban' 22 Nov 2007 More than half of Afghanistan is back under Taliban control and the Nato force in the country needs to be doubled in size to cope with the resurgent group, a report by the Senlis Council think-tank says. A study by the group found that the Taliban, enriched by illicit [CIA] profits from the country's record poppy harvest, had formed de-facto governments in swathes of the southern Pashtun belt.
Aussie commando killed 23 Nov 2007 A 26-year-old Australian commando [Luke Worsley] has been killed in a fire fight with Taliban extremists in Afghanistan.
Alerted U.S. It Planned Emergency Rule 23 Nov 2007 Pakistani
President Pervez Musharraf startled his countrymen this month by imposing
Court Dismisses Legal Challenge Against Musharraf --Move Clears Way for Leader to Serve Another Presidential Term 22 Nov 2007 President Pervez Musharraf's script for a tightly controlled political transition moved ahead on cue Thursday, as his hand-picked Supreme Court [just like the GOP's Supreme Court, in 2000] dismissed the final legal challenge to Musharraf becoming president for another five-year term and officials said he would resign as army chief within days.
Pentagon considers Hawaii buildup 22 Nov 2007 Under Pentagon expansion plans, more than 1,400 soldiers and 1,000 Marines could be added to the military ranks in Hawaii.
Army Recruiter Facing Child Porn Charges 22 Nov 2007 (AR) Jonesboro police arrested an Army recruiter they say tried to solicit sex from a 16-year-old girl he met during a high school visit. Greggory John DeBoer, 28, is charged with felony possession of child pornography, though police said he could soon face other charges.
Three KSU Students Arrested at SOA Protest 22 Nov 2007 Three college students from Kennesaw State University were arrested at the protest of the School of the Americas, held in Fort Benning, Georgia, Sunday, November 19, 2007, for carrying white crosses that were said to be too large.
Hicks wants Howard voted out 23 Nov 2007 The father of
Macdonald: 'No need to increase detention limit' 22 Nov 2007 Gordon Brown's plans to double the 28-day limit on the detention of terrorist suspects were in crisis yesterday after the country's chief prosecutor cast doubt over the need for any increase.
Government 'colluding' to expand airport 22 Nov 2007 Greenpeace accused the airport operator BAA and the Government of "extraordinary collusion" over the launch today of the consultation exercise that is expected to approve Heathrow's third runway.
Publicity-Shy Giuliani Backer Is Thrust Into Spotlight --GOP backer building for Coup 2008 Paul E. Singer is the founding partner of one of the oldest hedge funds around. And while he has become a major donor to Republican and conservative causes in recent years, he has largely managed to stay out of the limelight... This year Mr. Singer became one of the biggest supporters of Rudolph W. Giuliani’s presidential campaign, making his jet available to Mr. Giuliani, while Mr. Singer and workers at his companies have donated $200,000 to the campaign. And he became the largest individual backer of a California ballot initiative that many Democrats believe could sink their chances of winning the presidency.
Ill. Rep. claims pulled over for 'DWB' 22 Nov 2007 U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., says he knows in his "heart of hearts" a Chicago police officer pulled him over because he is black. Davis, who is serving his seventh term in the House of Representatives, told WBBM-TV in Chicago he was driving three friends home early Monday morning when two white police officers pulled him over and told him he had crossed the center line.
Congressman Accuses Police of Racial Profiling 21 Nov 2007 U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (D-7th District) said Wednesday he was the victim of racial profiling. CBS 2's Mike Parker reports, the congressman insists the only reason he was pulled over by Chicago police is because he is black. "I hope that this was some kind of isolated instance, but I know in my heart of hearts, I know that it's not," Davis said.
Note, rope trigger probes --Fire officials, police, FBI investigate possible racial incident at city station 22 Nov 2007 A note with racial overtones and a knotted rope found in an East Baltimore firehouse early yesterday triggered a probe by the city's fire and police departments, and the FBI has begun its own preliminary investigation into possible civil rights violations.
Loses Court Papers Bid In Tax Dispute: Report 23 Nov 2007 A
North Carolina state judge rejected an attempt by Wal-Mart Stores Inc
Labs don't report tainted food imports 19 Nov 2007 The U.S. government does not require food importers to submit the results of private lab tests if those results indicate food is contaminated.
Proposed Ban on Genetically Modified Corn in Europe 23 Nov 2007 European Union environmental officials have determined that two kinds of genetically modified corn could harm butterflies, affect food chains and disturb life in rivers and streams, and they have proposed a ban on the sale of the seeds, which are made by [corpora-terrorists] DuPont Pioneer, Dow Agrosciences and Syngenta.
New outbreak of foot-and-mouth at Surrey lab 23 Nov 2007 A fresh "probable" leak of the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) virus has occurred at animal laboratories in Surrey, it was confirmed yesterday, prompting accusations of gaps in biosecurity and government incompetence. The private company had its licence to produce virus for vaccines suspended after its labs, with the neighbouring publicly owned Institute for Animal Health, were held responsible for the leak of FMD virus earlier this year. Hilary Benn, the Environment Secretary, said yesterday his department restored the licence to Merial Animal Health to produce FMD and Bluetongue viruses for vaccine production on 6 November after detailed inspections had verified improved biosecurity.
Bird flu confirmed in Saudi Arabia 22 Nov 2007 Saudi Arabia's agriculture ministry said on Wednesday that more than three million birds have been culled or are in the process of being destroyed following an outbreak of bird flu. The ministry said new cases of bird flu had been detected in farms west and south of Riyadh.
Birds slaughtered after bird flu suspected on new British farm 21 Nov 2007 Poultry were being slaughtered at another British farm after a suspected outbreak of bird flu, the government said Wednesday. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the site was within a surveillance zone set up after the disease was confirmed on a nearby farm earlier this month. Two outbreaks of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu have been confirmed in eastern England.
Inspectors cite Buffalo Zoo in 3 polar bear deaths 22 Nov 2007 The death of 3 polar bears in the last 16 months is raising concerns about animal care and conditions at the Buffalo Zoo. A recent Department of Agriculture report prompted People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to seek revocation of the zoo's national accreditation.
Polar bear hunting policies could lead to population collapse, study suggests 21 Nov 2007 New research suggests Canadian polar bear hunting policies could be pushing populations of the iconic Arctic predator toward sudden, steep declines.
US 'heat wave' gun may be used in Iraq --The US military directorate has invested more than a decade developing the Active Denial System (ADS). 21 Nov 2007 American commanders in Iraq are urging Pentagon chiefs to authorise the deployment of newly-developed heat wave guns to disperse angry crowds or violent rioters. Washington fears a barrage of adverse publicity in the suspicious Muslim world and is concerned that critics will claim the invisible beam weapons were being used for torture.
How I was zapped by a heat wave gun By Philip Sherwell 21 Nov 2007 On a cold and rain-swept morning on a US marine base, I stood and braced myself to be zapped by the latest prototype weapon in the American armoury - an invisible heat beam from a high-powered ray gun. The non-lethal device is designed for crowd control and the scientists responsible for monitoring this Star Trek technology had just assured me that I would suffer no harm and only temporary discomfort.
Terrorists in Iraq Are Tied to Allies of U.S. 22 Nov 2007 Saudi Arabia and Libya, both considered allies by the United States in its fight against terrorism, were the source of about 60 percent of the foreign fighters who came to Iraq in the past year to serve as suicide bombers or to facilitate other attacks, according to senior American military officials.
Two SAS soldiers die as RAF helicopter crashes in Iraq 22 Nov 2007 An inquiry was under way last night into why an RAF Puma helicopter crashed, killing two SAS soldiers and seriously injuring two others, in an anti-'insurgency' mission on the outskirts of Baghdad.
Ex-Iraq Commander Says Bring Troops Home 21 Nov 2007 Retired Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the top commander in Iraq shortly after the fall of Baghdad, said this week he supports Democratic legislation that calls for most troops to come home within a year.
Iraq reporter faces terror charge 20 Nov 2007 The US military says it will recommend criminal charges against an Associated Press photographer detained in 2006 on suspicion of helping Iraqi insurgents. The Pentagon says additional evidence has come to light proving Bilal Hussein is a "terrorist media operative" [Oh, like Dana Perino?] who infiltrated the news agency.
AP challenges photographer's detention 22 Nov 2007 A series of accusations raised by the U.S. military against an Associated Press photographer detained for 19 months in Iraq are false or meaningless, according to an intensive AP investigation of the case made public Wednesday. Evidence and testimony collected by the AP show no support for allegations that Bilal Hussein took part in insurgent activities or bomb-making, and few of the images he provided dealt directly with Iraqi 'insurgents.'
News Organizations Say Access Limited to Guantanamo Tribunal 21 Nov 2007 Five news organizations complained Wednesday that they are being denied access to much of the military tribunal proceeding against a Canadian terror suspect. Various arguments in the case of Omar Khadr at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are apparently made via e-mail -- a communications channel to which the public has no access -- and issues apparently are being raised in closed sessions for which no transcripts or summaries are available, the news organizations, including The Associated Press, wrote in a filing.
Video footage proves Khadr a child soldier, lawyers say 20 Nov 2007 Lawyers for Omar Khadr say an incriminating video broadcast on U.S. television buttresses a key defence argument: If the young Canadian was helping to build bombs at 15, he was under the tutelage of elders who exploited him. "The 60 Minutes piece confirms that if Omar did all he is alleged to have done, he is a child soldier," said U.S. Lieutenant-Commander William Kuebler in an e-mail to The Globe and Mail. The military-appointed defence lawyer added: "This is what the government has been dying to get out - and it shows nothing more than a 15-year-old kid taping a couple of wires together."
Lawyers call on Britain to press Canada over young Guantanamo detainee 20 Nov 2007 Lawyers for the last Westerner detained at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, called Tuesday for Britain to press Canada to intervene in the case of the former child soldier. Omar Khadr, a Canadian national held at Guantanamo for about five years, is accused of hurling a grenade that killed one U.S. soldier and injured another in Afghanistan in 2002. He was 15 at the time of his arrest.
IAEA chief set to defend Iran's progress 21 Nov 2007 The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief is set to urge full backing for an Iran transparency plan at an agency governors meeting on Thursday after Western powers said Tehran must do more to allay fears about its atomic agenda.
CLG: Law and Resistance: The Republic in Crisis and the People's Response --By Professor Francis A. Boyle 21 Nov 2007 Today, the American people must reaffirm our commitment to the Nuremberg Charter, Judgment, and Principles by holding our government officials fully accountable under international law and U.S. domestic law for the commission of such grievous international and domestic crimes. We must not permit any aspect of our foreign affairs and defense policies to be conducted by acknowledged "war criminals" according to the U.S. government's own official definition of that term as set forth in U.S. Army Field Manual 27-10 (1956), the U.S. War Crimes Act, and the Geneva Conventions. The American people must insist upon the impeachment, dismissal, resignation, indictment, conviction, and long-term incarceration of all U.S. government officials guilty of such heinous international and domestic crimes.
Resurgent Taliban closing in on Kabul: report 21 Nov 2007 The conflict in Afghanistan has reached "crisis proportions," with the resurgent Taliban present in more than half the country and closing in on Kabul, a report said on Wednesday. If NATO, the lead force operating in Afghanistan, is to have any impact against the 'insurgency,' troop numbers will have to be doubled to at least 80,000, the report said.
NATO should double troops in Afghanistan: report 21 Nov 2007 A new report is calling on NATO to double its troop levels in Afghanistan to 80,000 soldiers. The report by the Senlis Council -- an international think tank with an office in Ottawa -- also argues that resurgent Taliban now have a presence in about half of Afghanistan and could threaten Kabul.
Dictators in love: Bush backs 'indispensable' Musharraf 21 Nov 2007 Days after sending a ''clear message'' to Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to lift the emergency rule, US President [sic] George W Bush has offered his strongest support to a defiant but ''indispensable'' key ally. The general ''hasn't crossed the line'' and ''truly is somebody who believes in [Bush-style] democracy'', said Bush a day after a top US envoy returned from a failed mission to persuade Musharraf to shed his military uniform and take the democratic path.
China blocks USS Kitty Hawk carrier from Hong Kong 22 Nov 2007 China has refused permission for a U.S. aircraft carrier [USS Kitty Hawk] and accompanying vessels to visit Hong Kong for a long-planned Thanksgiving holiday visit, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.
Nigeria rejects U.S. Africa Command site 20 Nov 2007 Nigeria's president rejected a proposal to place the new U.S. Africa Command military headquarters in his country, the Leadership newspaper reported Tuesday. Umaru Yar'Adua said he would not allow the United States to build an AFRICOM, or African Command, base in the West African country.
Putin accuses west of meddling in Russian poll 22 Nov 2007 President Vladimir Putin has accused the west of meddling in Russia's forthcoming elections, and said that the country's opposition was conspiring to grab power via an orange-style revolution.
Britain's Brown faces new challenge over terror law plans 21 Nov 2007 Britain's chief prosecutor and ex-government legal adviser dealt new blows Wednesday to Prime Minister Gordon Brown's faltering plans to tighten terror laws, saying tougher measures are unnecessary and likely to stir ill-feeling in Muslim communities. Lord Peter Goldsmith, a former attorney general and a close adviser to former Prime Minister Tony Blair, told lawmakers he has seen no evidence to support stiffer rules on detaining suspected terrorists.
Gag me with a chainsaw! Publisher: McClellan doesn't believe Bush lied --Spokesman 'did not intend to suggest' the president purposely misled him 21 Nov 2007 Former White House spokesman Scott McClellan does not believe President [sic] Bush lied to him about the role of White House aides I. Lewis Scooter Libby or Karl Rove in the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity, according to McClellan's publisher. Peter Osnos, the founder and editor-in-chief of Public Affairs Books, which is publishing McClellan's book in April, tells NBC from his Connecticut home that McCLellan "Did not intend to suggest Bush lied to him."
Former aide accuses Bush on CIA leak 22 November 2007 A three-paragraph extract from a book yet to be published has revealed that George Bush and his closest aides were "involved" in giving the press false information about the CIA leak case. The revelation by Scott McClellan, the former White House press secretary is already reviving the incessant drumbeat of left-wing Democrats for Mr Bush and Vice-President [sic] Dick Cheney's impeachment.
Former aide blames Bush for leak deceit 20 Nov 2007 Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan blames President [sic] Bush and Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney for efforts to mislead the public about the role of White House aides in leaking the identity of a CIA operative.
Judge Cancels Vitter Testimony in 'DC Madam' Case --'Mr. Sibley, frankly, is taken aback by this latest injustice.' --Jeane Palfrey, commenting to CLG 21 Nov 2007 From Montgomery Blair Sibley, Jeane Palfrey's attorney: This afternoon, US District Judge Gladys Kessler entered an order which canceled the hearing she had previously set for Wednesday, November 28, 2007, on whether the injunction prohibiting Ms. Palfrey's suit against a former escort should be dissolved. Earlier this week, Ms. Palfrey had served a subpoena on Senator David Vitter (R-LA) for that hearing and demanded the appearance of AUSA William Cowden to testify upon the allegations he made under oath last March in order to obtain the temporary restraining order from Judge Kessler. By canceling this hearing, those witnesses will not now be cross examined under oath anytime soon.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Cowden Refuses to Testify at Vitter Hearing --Assistant U.S. Attorney William Cowden Refuses to Appear and Testify at November 28 'DC Madam' Hearing 21 Nov 2007 By Lori Price The so-called DC Madam, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, has requested the appearance of Assistant U. S. Attorney William Cowden to testify upon the allegations he made under oath last March in order to obtain the temporary restraining order from Judge Kessler. In response, the government has stated: "If you wish to present Mr. Cowden as a witness, you will need to subpoena him. We will oppose that subpoena."
Day apologizes for 'tragic' Taser death --Lawyers' group calls for Taser moratorium in wake of deaths 21 Nov 2007 Five weeks after a man died after being shot with a Taser at the Vancouver airport, Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day followed the British Columbia government's apology with one of his own.
For Edwards, a Relationship That Never Quite Fit 21 Nov 2007 On Election Day , the running mates [Sens. Kerry, Edwards] spent much of the day believing exit polls that showed them winning [because they won]. The next morning, with Ohio still up in the air, Mr. Edwards pressed to send lawyers to Columbus to challenge the way the state counted provisional ballots... As the men ended the campaign at Faneuil Hall in Boston, Mr. Edwards refused to say "lose" or "concede" or "defeat" -- what his wife, Elizabeth, described in her memoir as his "small gesture" of defiance.
New Hampshire Primary Set for Jan. 8 21 Nov 2007 The final piece of the 2008 primary season puzzle is in place. New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner announced today that the state's primary will be held on Jan. 8, preserving its status as "First in the Nation."
Border Fence Work Raises Environmental Concerns 21 Nov 2007 The Department of Homeland Security is ahead of schedule in building some 700 miles of fencing along the Mexican border, but some environmental groups, elected officials and local Indian tribes say too little attention is being paid to the environmental consequences of the barriers.
At Jets Game, a Halftime Ritual of Harassment 20 Nov 2007 At halftime of the Jets’ home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, several hundred men lined one of Giants Stadium’s two pedestrian ramps at Gate D. Three deep in some areas, they whistled and jumped up and down. Then they began an obscenity-laced chant, demanding that the few women in the gathering expose their breasts.
children were deliberately shot after suicide attack, UN says
--U.N. report describes gunmen's actions as "crimes" 19 Nov 2007
An internal U.N. report obtained Monday said lawmakers'
KBR Dominates Iraq, Afghan Contracting --DynCorp International,
U.S. soldier charged in Baghdad fuel theft 20 Nov 2007 A U.S. Army warrant officer [Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Crenshaw] has been charged in New York in an alleged scheme to steal fuel from Camp Liberty in Baghdad. [Right, it's only legal when Halliburton and KBR steal it. --LRP]
Iraqis Join Insurgency for Cash [Oh, just like Blackwater mercenaries.] 20 Nov 2007 U.S. military commanders say that insurgents across the country are increasingly motivated more by money than ideology and that a growing number of insurgent cells, struggling to pay recruits, are turning to gangster[Bush]-style racketeering operations. U.S. military officials have responded by launching a major campaign to disrupt al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] in Iraq's financial networks and spread propaganda that portrays its leaders as greedy thugs [they should know].
Spokesman: Iraqi troops hold 43 people for interrogation after Baghdad shooting 20 Nov 2007 The Iraqi military said on Tuesday that its troops detained 43 people, including 33 Asians, for interrogation after shooting involving security guards in Baghdad on Monday.
Two soldiers killed in Iraq helicopter crash - U.S. 20 Nov 2007 A 'coalition' forces helicopter crashed in Iraq on Tuesday, killing two soldiers and injuring 12, the U.S. military said.
Wounded Soldier: Military Wants Part of Bonus Back 19 Nov 2007 (Pittsburgh) The U.S. Military is demanding that thousands of wounded service personnel give back signing bonuses because they are unable to serve out their commitments. To get people to sign up, the military gives enlistment bonuses up to $30,000 in some cases. Now men and women who have lost arms, legs, eyesight, hearing and can no longer serve are being ordered to pay some of that money back. One of them is Jordan Fox, a young soldier from the South Hills. Fox was seriously injured when a roadside bomb blew up his vehicle. His back was injured and lost all vision in his right eye. His injuries prohibited him from fulfilling three months of his commitment. A few days ago, he received a letter from the military demanding nearly $3,000 of his signing bonus back.
Military Says Bonus Letter Was A 'Mistake' [I call bullsh*t.] 20 Nov 2007 The Army ordered soldier Jordan Fox to return thousands of dollars in bonus money because his injuries prevented him from completing his tour... A military spokesman told KDKA's Marty Griffin the bill sent to Fox was a mistake. Major Banks says Fox will not have to pay back his bonus. Fox says "fine," but he wants more. "Hopefully this will turn into change for not only me but many other soldiers that have lost limbs, you know, become permanently deaf," he said. "I hope to see a change for everybody."
Iran says will soon hold talks with U.S. on Iraq 20 Nov 2007 Iran has agreed to hold a new round of talks soon with the United States on how to improve security in Iraq, Iran's foreign minister said on Tuesday. Ambassadors of the two old foes have held three meetings in Baghdad since May on Iraq, but the last one was three months ago.
Russia's Putin slams NATO "muscle-flexing" 20 Nov 2007 President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday warned that Moscow would not remain indifferent to NATO's "muscle-flexing" and said Russia's nuclear forces would be ready for an adequate response to any aggressor.
police detain 150 journalists 21 Nov 2007 Police detained about
150 journalists on Tuesday after clashing with them during a protest
UN complains to U.S. official about Khadr's military 'trial' at Guantanamo 20 Nov 2007 The United Nations has registered its unease over the military 'trial' of Canadian terror suspect Omar Khadr. Radkhika Coomaraswamy, the UN Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict, complained Tuesday to the secretary of state's top legal adviser, John Bellinger. "She raised her concerns about the creation of an international precedent where an individual is being tried for war crimes with regard to alleged acts committed when he was a child," said spokeswoman Laurence Gerard.
UN protests U.S. decision to try Omar Khadr 19 Nov 2007 The United Nations has launched a formal protest with the United States over its decision to try Canadian terrorism suspect Omar Khadr, who was 15 years old when captured on the battlefield in Afghanistan.
Wiretap Issue Leads Judge to Warn of Retrial in Terror Case 21 Nov 2007 A federal judge warned Tuesday that if the government did not allow lawyers to review classified material on possible wiretapping of an Islamic scholar convicted of inciting terrorism, she might order a new trial for him. Lawyers for Ali al-Timimi, an Islamic scholar in Northern Virginia sentenced to life in prison in 2005 for inciting his followers to commit acts of terrorism, maintain that he may have been illegally wiretapped by the agency as part of its program of eavesdropping without warrants that was approved by President [sic] Bush soon after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Government Secrecy May Lead to New Trial In Va. Terrorism Case 21 Nov 2007 A federal judge criticized the government's secrecy yesterday in the case of a prominent Muslim spiritual leader from Fairfax County who was convicted on terrorism charges, and she threatened to grant a new trial if the government doesn't share information about the Bush administration's terrorist surveillance program. U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema in Alexandria said her skepticism in the case of Ali al-Timimi stems from government misinformation in another major terrorism prosecution: that of Zacarias Moussaoui. Federal prosecutors recently revealed that the CIA had told Brinkema that the interrogations of enemy combatant witnesses in Moussaoui's trial had not been audiotaped or videotaped, when they had.
McGovern attacks US for 'imperialist' Emmy 21 Nov 2007 Jimmy McGovern, creator of the BBC1 drama The Street, which has just won two International Emmys, hit out at American "cultural imperialism" yesterday, saying that winning a Bafta was more important to him than the US award. The veteran Liverpudlian scriptwriter said, "It's nice to win, but I've got a wee bit sick of American cultural imperialism. Should we really give a damn about what they think about our culture?"
Foreigners fingerprinted in anti-terrorism move 21 Nov 2007 Japan is fingerprinting foreigners entering the country in an anti-terrorism policy, bringing complaints from human right activists, business travellers and residents.
surrender, says Sarkozy as strike action spreads
21 Nov 2007 Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday vowed there would be "no surrender"
in the face of the widest ranging strikes of his leadership, as French
civil servants, teachers and nurses joined transport workers in walkouts
'I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest-ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice president, the president's chief of staff and the president himself.' McClellan blames Bush for CIA leak deceit --Former spokesman says both president and vice president involved 20 Nov 2007 Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan blames President [sic] Bush and Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney for efforts to mislead the public about the role of White House aides in leaking the identity of a CIA operative.
Pardon Me! By Dana Milbank 21 Nov 2007 The annual pardoning of the Thanksgiving turkey has gained new attention since President [sic] Bush allowed the administration's most famous almost jailbird, vice presidential [sic] aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, to fly the coop... Somebody said the two birds should be named "Scooter" and "Libby." Ken Herman of Cox News feared that Bush would ship the birds off to Gitmo, where they would be "water-basted." Another reporter, in an allusion to the president's low poll ratings, wondered whether there would be difficulty figuring out which one is the turkey. [Bush's other turkeys he'll pardon: Blackwater and Halliburton.]
Move to Block Bush Appointments
21 Nov 2007 Who says the Senate cannot act quickly? It conducted a full
day’s business in less than 30 seconds on Tuesday. Fearing that President
[sic] Bush would again use a Congressional recess to install
Gonzales protesters released from jail 21 Nov 2007 Two University of Florida students arrested at an appearance by former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Monday night were released from the Alachua County Jail on Tuesday afternoon. Donning orange jumpsuits and black hoods, Richard Gutierrez and Kevin Hachey climbed on stage about 15 minutes into Gonzales' address at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
Protesters arrested at Gonzales speech 20 Nov 2007 In his first appearance at a university since resigning in August, former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was met at the University of Florida on Monday with a mixture of cheers [!?!], boos and scattered interruptions by protesters, two of whom were arrested. Gonzales, who resigned from his position after a controversial tenure, spoke to more than 800 people at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
Voting machine maker sued by Secretary of State 20 Nov 2007 California Secretary of State Debra Bowen is seeking $15 million in penalties and reimbursements from Election Systems and Software Inc. [ES&S] based on allegations that the firm sold uncertified voting machines in five counties.
Lost in the post - 25 million at risk after data discs go missing --Mass fraud fear as personal details of 7m families mislaid --Tories claim blunder is 'nail in coffin' of ID cards scheme 21 Nov 2007 The government was forced to admit the most fundamental breach of faith between the state and citizen yesterday when it disclosed that the personal records of 25 million individuals, including their dates of birth, addresses, bank accounts and national insurance numbers had been lost in the post, opening up the threat of mass identity fraud and theft from personal bank accounts.
Supreme Court to Hear Second Amendment Case 20 Nov 2007 The Supreme Court agreed today to consider an issue that has divided politicians, constitutional scholars and ordinary citizens for decades: whether the Second Amendment to the Constitution protects an individual right to "keep and bear arms." [See: DoD to 'augment civilian law' during pandemic or bioterror attack.]
Legislators to seek Homeland Security probe of spill 20 Nov 2007 A House subcommittee grilled the federal and state commanders in charge of handling the oil spill in San Francisco Bay and, unhappy with the responses, announced Monday they would seek a new probe by the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security.
Forecast: U.S. dollar could plunge 90 pct 19 Nov 2007 A financial crisis will likely send the U.S. dollar into a free fall of as much as 90 percent and gold soaring to $2,000 an ounce, a trends researcher [Gerald Celente] said.
Crude oil hits record $99.29 a barrel 20 Nov 2007 Crude oil for January delivery touched a record $99.29 a barrel in electronic trading before easing to $98.77 a barrel, rising 74 cents from the close of trading on New York Mercantile Exchange Tuesday.
Hazardous toys still on U.S. store shelves: groups 20 Nov 2007 Two consumer groups called on Tuesday for tougher toy oversight by the U.S. government's product safety agency, saying they had easily found toys in stores with high lead levels and other dangers. [Toxic toys? Send them to the White House - King George will likely play with them.]
Hunting male polar bears risks population collapse 21 Nov 2007 The Canadian policy of "harvesting" mainly male polar bears could bring about the collapse of entire populations of the already vulnerable bears, warn researchers.
police seize foreign security guards after shooting 19 Nov 2007
Iraqi authorities on Monday detained at least 33 foreigners, including
two men with U.S. Department of Defense-issued identification cards,
in connection with a shooting incident in central Baghdad that injured
a woman, the U.S. military said. The arrests were the latest sign of
growing Iraqi impatience with the activities of
US security guards arrested by Iraqi forces after woman is shot
20 Nov 2007 Iraqi soldiers detained two US
Shooting reignites Iraqi furor; U.S. issues apology 18 Nov 2007 A U.S. military convoy opened fire on a column of cars Sunday morning, killing at least two Iraqi civilians in southern Iraq and igniting a new round of anger over the apparent loss of innocent life... Police charged that the shootings were unprovoked and said six people, including two Iraqi policemen, died in a barrage of bullets. The first word of the incident came from an apology jointly issued late Sunday by the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. military, but the statement referred to only two deaths and four injuries.
Prosecutors Subpoena Blackwater Employees 20 Nov 2007 Federal
prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to some of the Blackwater
U.S. strikes killed pro-U.S. Iraq fighters - officer 18 Nov 2007 A group of gunmen killed in U.S. airstrikes in Iraq last week were pro-U.S. fighters, an American military officer said on Sunday, despite the military's public statements that they were insurgents. The officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said U.S. military officials had talked to Sunni Arab tribal sheikhs in Taji, just north of Baghdad, to express their regret for the loss of life in the attack, which took place last Tuesday.
most dangerous war in the history of journalism --Three
times more journalists have been killed in Iraq than in both world wars
– many deliberately targeted by
Military Keeps News Photographer Charges Secret --AP Decries 'Sham Process' 19 Nov 2007 The U.S. military is planning to seek a criminal case in an Iraqi court against an award-winning Associated Press photographer. But the military is refusing to disclose what evidence or accusations would be presented. An AP attorney today strongly protested the decision, calling the plans a "sham of due process."
US Plans Case Against AP Photographer 19 Nov 2007 The U.S. military plans to seek a criminal case in an Iraqi court against an award-winning Associated Press photographer but is refusing to disclose what evidence or accusations would be presented. An AP attorney on Monday strongly protested the decision, calling the U.S. military plans a "sham of due process." The journalist, Bilal Hussein, has already been imprisoned without charges for more than 19 months.
Give children anti-terrorism lessons, says Israeli security specialist 19 Nov 2007 Children should be given terrorism-awareness classes in Scottish schools in response to the increased threat of suicide bomb attacks, according to a leading security expert. Amnon Maor, the head instructor of counter-terrorism warfare for the Israeli defence force and the Israeli police, is urging the government to launch an education drive for young people... and to encourage them to report suspicious behaviour to the police.
Police with Dogs: Vaccinating Kids in Maryland By Barbara Loe Fisher 19 Nov 2007 I watched them bundled up against the cold winter air on Saturday, November 17, 2007, with their children and the letter from the State of Maryland threatening them with imprisonment or fines of $50 a day for failing to show proof their children had gotten a chickenpox or hepatitis B shot. Confused, angry or scared but mostly resigned, they were... trudging toward the courthouse to face the Judge ordering them to get vaccinated or go to jail. Patrolling the scene was a SWAT team of policemen with dogs. [See: DoD to 'augment civilian law' during pandemic or bioterror attack --Is Bush is getting ready to play the Bioterror Card?]
Afghan governor's son killed in attack 19 Nov 2007 A suicide bomber who was targeting an Afghan provincial governor, has instead killed his son and six police bodyguards. Provincial police in the town of Zaranj, near the Iranian border, say the governor escaped unhurt from the attack.
Challenges to Musharraf struck down in court 19 Nov 2007 Pakistan's Supreme Court has dismissed five major challenges to President Pervez Musharraf's re-election. Two petitions lodged by a retired judge and a senior member of Benazir Bhutto's opposition Pakistan Peoples Party were struck down together with other petitions filed by individuals seeking to have Musharraf's candidacy cancelled.
'God willing, with the fall of the dollar, the deviant US imperialism will fall as soon as possible too' Iran and Venezuela vow united front 20 Nov 2007 The presidents of Venezuela and Iran have promised a united front against the US, predicting that the country was nearing the end of its world domination with the weakening greenback. "Here are two brother countries, united like a single fist," Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan leader, was quoted as saying in Tehran by Venezuela's Bolivarian news agency.
Chavez Tells OPEC to Use Politics, Curb 'Imperialism' 19 Nov 2007 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez brought his revolutionary zeal [?] to the cartel that controls 40 percent of the world's oil, urging fellow members at a weekend summit to fight against [US] "imperialism" and "exploitation." Chavez used the Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to advance a struggle for the soul of the cartel.
Chavez says "empire of dollar is crashing" 19 Nov 2007 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Monday the "empire of the dollar is crashing", a day after his country and anti-U.S. ally Iran advocated action over the weakening U.S. currency during an OPEC summit in Riyadh.
Radiation Detectors for Border Are Delayed Again --GAO investigating if DHS ordered data destroyed 20 Nov 2007 A $1.2 billion plan by the Department of Homeland Security to buy a new kind of radiation-detection machine for the nation's borders has been put on hold again, a blow to one of the Bush administration's top security goals. At the same time, federal authorities are investigating whether Homeland Security officials urged an analyst to destroy information about the performance of the machines during testing, according to interviews and a document.
DHS Erred in $475 Million Contract Given to Native Firm 20 Nov 2007 The Department of Homeland Security improperly awarded a half-billion-dollar, no-bid contract in 2003 to a little-known company to maintain thousands of X-ray, radiation and other screening machines at U.S. border checkpoints, incorrectly designating the firm a disadvantaged small business, according to a report by the department's inspector general.
Bush Homeland Security Adviser Resigns 19 Nov 2007 President [sic] Bush's chief terrorism adviser [Frances Fragos Townsend] announced this morning that she is stepping down, becoming the latest in a series of high-level exits from the White House as the Bush pResidency heads toward its final year.
Police chief warns of further terrorist attacks in Scotland 19 Nov 2007 Scotland's top police officer has said that he expects there could be further terrorist attacks on Scotland in the coming years. The newly appointed Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police, Stephen House, said he fully recognised the force's need to be "prepared and respond speedily to any future terrorist threat".
U.S. attorney being moved to Washington 19 Nov 2007 Rachel Paulose, the embattled U.S. attorney for Minnesota, will be leaving the post to take a position at the Justice Department in Washington, according to a Bush administration official and congressional aide. In April, three top supervisors stepped down from their management roles in Paulose's office and went back to prosecuting cases, prompting a visit from a high-ranking Justice official.
'ES&S ignored the law over and over and over again, and it got caught.' California suing Nebraska voting machine maker for $15 million 19 Nov 2007 California Secretary of State Debra Bowen sued a Nebraska 'voting' machine company on Monday, seeking fines and reimbursements of nearly $15 million from the firm for allegedly selling nearly 1,000 uncertified machines to San Francisco and four other counties. San Francisco's 558 AutoMARK ballot-marking devices were among 972 of the machines that Election Systems & Software sold in California last year without putting them through the state testing process.
9-11 group blasts GOP hopeful Giuliani 19 Nov 2007 With the New Hampshire presidential primary now seven weeks away, a New York group [9/11 Parents & Families of Firefighters] whose members lost relatives in the World Trade Center attacks in 2001 tried to dent Republican candidate Rudy Giuliani's image as "America's Mayor" Monday night, saying he failed to prepare the city to deal with a major disaster in the years before the attack.
Sept. 11 Panel Chairman Backs McCain 19 Nov 2007 The chairman of the panel that examined the nation's security before Sept. 11, 2001 and the aftermath of the terrorist attacks [former New Jersey Gov. (R) Thomas Kean] announced Monday he was endorsing John McCain -- and not former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani -- for president.
Virtually brainless: Giuliani Promotes Virtual Fence 19 Nov 2007 Republican presidential contender [and 9/11 co-conspirator] Rudy Giuliani pushed the idea of a "virtual" rather than a real fence along much of the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday, an issue that's controversial in the Rio Grande Valley where many people oppose construction of a physical fence to stop illegal immigration.
Poll: Obama's New Ideas Garner Favor in Iowa 19 Nov 2007 A growing focus on fresh ideas coupled with lingering doubts about Hillary Clinton's honesty and forthrightness are keeping the Democratic presidential contest close in Iowa, with Barack Obama in particular mounting a strong race against the national front-runner.
US prison system 'costly failure' 19 Nov 2007 The US prison population has risen eight-fold since 1970, with little impact on crime but at great cost to the taxpayer, researchers say. There are more than 1.5 million people in US state and federal jails, a report by a Washington-based criminal justice research group, the JFA Institute says.
Loophole keeps FDA in the dark on tainted food imports 19 Nov 2007 About 150 imported food shipments a month are tested at a San Francisco laboratory for contaminants consumers shouldn't eat... At least 10% of the time, the lab finds the shipments contaminated, says David Eisenberg, chairman of Anresco Labs. Most of the time, the lab tells no one but the importer who's paying for the test, Eisenberg says. The Food and Drug Administration is none the wiser. The practice has been going on for years, at Anresco and other labs that test imported food. The FDA gets the favorable test results, but failing ones aren't sent to the FDA if importers tell labs not to send them, five lab operators told USA TODAY.
Wall Street Plans $38 Billion of Bonuses as Shareholders Lose 19 Nov 2007 Shareholders in the securities industry are having their worst year since 2002, losing $74 billion of their equity. That won't prevent Wall Street from paying record bonuses, totaling almost $38 billion.
Decline of the Tenure Track Raises Concerns 20 Nov 2007 Professors with tenure or who are on a tenure track are now a distinct minority on the country’s campuses, as the ranks of part-time instructors and professors hired on a contract have swelled, according to federal figures analyzed by the American Association of University Professors.
Coalition 'cannot win' in Iraq or Afghanistan 18 Nov 2007 One of Australia's top defence experts says the United States-led 'coalition' cannot win the conflicts in either Iraq or Afghanistan. Professor Hugh White, the head of Canberra's Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, has told the ABC's Correspondents Report the coalition will eventually abandon Afghanistan. He says the US cannot succeed in Iraq, but has no escape from the tragedy its invasion has created in the strategically important Gulf region.
General: British forces 'can't go on like this' 18 Nov 2007 The head of the Army has warned that years of Government under-funding and overstretch have left troops feeling "devalued, angry and suffering from Iraq fatigue", The Sunday Telegraph can reveal. General Sir Richard Dannatt, the Chief of the General Staff, reveals in a top-level report that the present level of operations is "unsustainable", the Army is "under-manned" and increasing numbers of troops are "disillusioned" with service life.
Army chief warns of troops anger 19 Nov 2007 The head of the British Army, General Sir Richard Dannatt, has warned that British troops are "devalued, angry and suffering from Iraq fatigue", in remarks that could increase tension between the military and the Government.
Suicide bombing, attack in southwestern Afghanistan kills eight police 19 Nov 2007 A suicide bomber struck outside a government building in southwestern Afghanistan on Monday, killing six policemen and wounding 14 other people, an official said. The attacker detonated explosives strapped to his body outside the governor's house in the town Zaranj, in Nimroz province, as people were coming to work, said the provincial deputy governor Maluang Rasooli.
Policemen's bodies hung from trees 18 Nov 2007 Afghanistan's Taliban militia shot dead five policemen they had abducted two months ago and strung up their bodies in trees in a village, a provincial police chief said. The officers had been captured in Dihrawood district, where they were also hanged, he said.
Canadian soldiers killed in Afghan bombing 17 Nov 2007 A roadside bomb in the southern Afghanistan has killed two Canadian soldiers and their interpreter. Three other soldiers were wounded.
U.S. Digs In to Guard Iraq Oil Exports --Long-Term Presence Planned At Persian Gulf Terminals Viewed as Vulnerable 12 Nov 2007 The U.S. Navy is building a military installation atop this petroleum-export platform as the U.S. establishes a more lasting military mission in the oil-rich north Persian Gulf. The new construction suggests that one footprint of U.S. military power in Iraq isn't shrinking anytime soon: American officials are girding for an open-ended commitment to protect the country's oil industry. [Will the 'insurgents' start to focus on this platform?]
US, British and Australian forces build oil-protection base in Iraq By Patrick Martin 13 Nov 2007 The US Navy, with the assistance of British and Australian commandos, is building a permanent base to guard two oil-export platforms in Iraqi waters at the northern end of the Persian Gulf, according to a report Monday in the Wall Street Journal... The Journal account also notes that the oil-export installation could play a role in forthcoming US moves against Iran: "The new outpost also offers a convenient perch from which to monitor Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps... The naval component of the Revolutionary Guards Corps operates from a partially submerged barge and crane visible on clear days." The British sailors captured earlier this year by Iranian forces were among those participating in the oil-protection mission--a fact that was suppressed in the media accounts at the time.
U.S. struggles to restore drinking water to Iraqis 18 Nov 2007 Despite the fact that Iraq and U.S. officials have made [destroying] water projects among their top priorities, the percentage of Iraqis without access to decent water supplies has risen from 50 percent to 70 percent since the start of the U.S.-led war, according to an analysis by Oxfam International last summer. The portion of Iraqis lacking decent sanitation was even worse -- 80 percent. Now, though, some U.S. officials think they're about to make progress. [The US terrorists destroyed Iraq's infrastructure so that Bush's corpora-terrorist cronies could get billion$ in 'reconstruction' contracts.]
Iraq violence flares, 3 U.S. troops killed 18 Nov 2007 At least 17 Iraqis were killed by explosions in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities on Sunday, and three U.S. soldiers died in a suicide attack, Iraqi and U.S. officials said. In Baghdad, nine people were killed and at least 20 others were wounded in one of the worst attacks in the Iraqi capital in several weeks, which police said targeted Iraqi Finance Ministry adviser Salman al-Mugotar.
Bombs strike children, US troops in Iraq 18 Nov 2007 A [US] suicide bomber detonated his explosives as American soldiers were handing out toys [?] to children northeast of Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least three children and three of the troopers, U.S. and Iraqi authorities said. Seven children were wounded in the attack in Baqouba, where U.S. soldiers 'wrested control from' al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] in Iraq last summer.
Iran won't use oil as weapon if attacked: Ahmadinejad 18 Nov 2007 Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday his country would not use oil as a weapon even if it is attacked by the United States over Tehran's disputed nuclear program. "We would never like to use oil as a weapon ... there are other means at our disposal to respond," Ahmadinejad told a news conference held after a summit of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. [Oops! Who will Bush bin Laden blame for sky high oil prices when his corpora-terrorists accelerate their profiteering?]
'Pentagon is preparing for nuclear Iran' 18 Nov 2007 The Pentagon is updating the US's policy of deterrence to take into account a nuclear-armed Iran, The Sunday Telegraph reported. Officials in both the US and Israel reportedly told the Telegraph that Iran has hidden and scattered its nuclear facilities more effectively than previous intelligence has indicated.
US and Israel 'face up to' Iran bomb 18 Nov 2007 America and Israel are secretly drawing up plans to deal with an Iran that has acquired nuclear weapons, The Sunday Telegraph has learned. Teheran's two arch-foes are preparing for what they have long declared is an unacceptable scenario, as the prospects for air strikes to cripple Iran's nuclear network fade, and China and Russia undermine efforts to forge an international sanctions regime.
Refuses to Say When Emergency Will End 18 Nov 2007 Continuing
to defy the United States, Pakistan’s president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf,
declined to tell a senior American envoy on Saturday when he would lift
Five days left and Howard looks a goner 19 Nov 2007 Prime Minister John Howard today starts his final week of campaigning for Saturday's elections so far behind the only question remaining is how large a majority Labor will win.
Abu Hamza al-Masri can be extradited to the US 16 Nov 2007 Abu Hamza al-Masri can be extradited to the United States, a judge ruled yesterday - three and a half years after the extremist preacher was arrested on a "fast-track" warrant. Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, has two months in which to make the final decision on whether the former imam of Finsbury Park mosque will be flown to New York to face trial on terrorist charges.
NZ anti-terrorism laws branded incoherent after raid fiasco 18 Nov 2007 The future of New Zealand's controversial terrorism suppression laws is in doubt, after authorities ruled that none of those arrested in last month's raids on Maori communities will face terrorism charges.
Boston, Tucson embrace the police state with a lingering French kiss "Take my house keys. Come back any time you like." By Mark Yannone 18 Nov 2007 Marketed as a tool to empower parents, warrantless door-to-door police searches for drugs and weapons have come to Boston... But when three cops knock on their doors, will parents be too intimidated to stand on their constitutionally protected rights to tell them to go to hell? If Boston is anything like Saint Louis, the answer is yes. The very first year they tried this in Saint Louis, a full 98 percent of the households approached opened their doors wide and said, "Come on in!" Ninety-eight percent. Not even a Stop sign gets that level of cooperation.
Oil leaders' private debate televised by mistake 18 Nov 2007 A private meeting of Opec leaders, gathered this weekend in Riyadh... had just been broadcast to the world's media for more than half an hour after a technician had mistakenly plugged the TV feed into the wrong socket. On Friday night, during what the participants thought were private talks, Venezuela's oil minister Venezuela Rafael Ramirez and his Iranian counterpart Gholamhossein Nozari, argued that pricing - and selling - oil using the crippled dollar was damaging the cartel.
OPEC Interested in Non-Dollar Currency --OPEC Members Interested in Converting Cash Reserves Into Non-Dollar Currency 18 Nov 2007 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday that OPEC's members have expressed interest in converting their cash reserves into a currency other than the depreciating U.S. dollar, which he called a "worthless piece of paper."
inconvenient task: Bush to honour Gore 19 Nov 2007 The former
Rudy Giuliani jets to campaign stops using casino kingpin's plane 18 Nov 2007 Rudy Giuliani is jetting around the country wooing Bible-thumping conservatives, but his plane is often provided by a king of Sin City. The Republican presidential hopeful anted up more than $122,000 last summer alone for jets traceable to casino kingpin Sheldon Adelson, whose Las Vegas Sands empire has made him the third-richest American, a Daily News review of campaign records shows.
Many more toys tainted with lead, inquiry finds --Tribune tests prompt stores to pull items from shelves 18 Nov 2007 Many Chicago-area stores are routinely selling lead-tainted toys, including items with levels more than 10 times government safety limits, testing by the Tribune shows.
Here it is: the future of the world, in 23 pages 19 Nov 2007 It is about the size and weight of a theatre programme and when it was published in Valencia, Spain, at the weekend, the first eagerly grabbed copies were held together by a hastily punched staple. Yet these 23 pages are crucial for the future of the world.
UN warns of climate catastrophe --Global warming 'absolutely proven' 19 Nov 2007 Climate change is upon us and its impacts could be abrupt and irreversible. The latest UN report on global warming predicts that in just 13 years, Queensland's Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics will start to suffer significant biodiversity losses.
Street smarts? Motorists trying to navigate Boston's New Age roads find old, whirled ways 18 Nov 2007 For five years, drivers bumbled through Charles Circle like so many milling cattle [LOL!] - herded through tight spaces further narrowed by construction crews. Now that renovations are nearly complete at the MBTA's Charles/MGH Station and along Cambridge Street, shiny new signs direct motorists through the tangled intersection. And drivers are hitting the brakes trying to decipher what the signs mean. Welcome to the new Charles Circle, more confounding than the old. [A photo montage accompanies the article, including these caption gems: 'The brand new sign across from Massachusetts General Hospital on Boston’s Cambridge Street was confusing even before MassHighways planted a tree in front of it.' 'An old sign directs drivers incorrectly to drive straight past the hospitals. Rather than replacing the sign, the state partially blocked it, and the hospital posted a new sign correctly recommending left turns.']
Justice Dept. Conducting Criminal Probe of Baghdad Embassy Contracts 16 Nov 2007 The Justice Department is conducting a criminal probe into the awarding of the contract and related subcontracts in the troubled construction of the massive $736 million U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, according to sources and congressional testimony this week.
State Dept official asks to cancel Blackwater hearing 17 Nov 2007 The lawyer for State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard asked on Saturday that he not be called to testiLIE before Congress on discrepancies between his statements and those of his brother over the brother's ties to the Blackwater security firm.
Tony Blair: 'I wanted war – it was the right thing to do' 17 Nov 2007 Tony Blair has admitted for the first time that he ignored the pleas of his aides and ministers to deter President [sic] Bush from waging war on Iraq because he believed that America was doing the right thing. And he has acknowledged that he turned down a last-ditch offer from Mr Bush to pull Britain out of the conflict.
No return timetable for troops in Iraq 16 Nov 2007 U.S Senate Republicans have managed to block a Democratic proposal tying an Iraq war funding bill to a timetable for troop withdrawal. The vote against the bill, which had passed in the House of Representatives, was 53-45.
30 decomposed bodies found in S Baghdad 17 Nov 2007 'Anti Qaida' fighters found 30 bodies Saturday in a deserted area in southern Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.
Poland to pull out troops from Iraq in 2008 17 Nov 2007 New Polish Defense Minister Bogdan Klich confirmed Saturday that Poland will end its military presence in Iraq in 2008.
violating Geneva treaty, MPs say --Opposition accuses government
of hiding reports, presses demand for immediate end to detainee transfers
17 Nov 2007 Opposition MPs have called on the government to order the
Canadian Forces to halt the transfer of detainees to the Afghan government,
alleging that Canada has violated the Geneva Conventions by permitting
rules out NATO-run prisons --Remarks follow claims of
Bodyguards' gunfire hit most of Afghan bomb victims 17 Nov 2007 Up to two-thirds of the 77 people killed and 100 wounded in a suicide bombing last week were hit by bullets from visiting lawmakers' panicked [?] bodyguards, who fired on a crowd of mostly schoolchildren for up to five minutes, a preliminary U.N. report says. Afghanistan's Interior Ministry says only a "small number" of the victims were hit by gunfire, but an Afghan official in Baghlan province told The Associated Press that bodyguards were "raining bullets" on the crowd. An Afghan doctor who treated patients after the Nov. 6 blast, meanwhile, told the AP that a high-ranking government official told him not to publicly reveal the number of gunfire victims, suggesting a possible government cover-up. [Yeah, too bad the schoolchildren didn't fire back - and take out as many terrorists ('lawmakers') as possible. It's time we start learning to *return fire,* before Blackwater and DynCorp kills all of us. --LRP]
2 NATO Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan 17 Nov 2007 A series of clashes in southern Afghanistan left 43 suspected Taliban militants dead, while a roadside bomb killed two NATO soldiers, officials said Saturday.
War's hidden toll: Army desertions soar --80 percent increase tied to combat stress 17 Nov 2007 Army officials yesterday conceded the strain of multiple combat tours contributed to an 80 percent increase in desertions since the United States invaded Iraq in 2003.
U.S. Secretly Aids Pakistan in Guarding Nuclear Arms 18 Nov 2007 Over the past six years, the Bush regime has spent almost $100 million on a highly classified program to help Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s dictator, secure his country’s nuclear weapons, according to current and former senior administration officials.
Ahmadinejad Says Ready to Act if Attacked 17 Nov 2007 President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday Iran was ready to respond if attacked, but played down the prospect of war with the United States.
Iran warns U.S. against damaging Iran-IAEA cooperation 17 Nov 2007 Iran on Saturday warned the United States and some of its allies against damaging "productive cooperation" between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the official IRNA news agency reported.
French FM says pressure on Iran must continue 18 Nov 2007 The report of the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) late last week on the Iranian nuclear program and Tehran's "increased cooperation" with the agency does not alter the seriousness with which France views the crisis or its stance on a military strike against Iran. This according to French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, who began a visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority Saturday.
Demonstrators protest against U.S. radar base in Prague 18 Nov 2007 Several hundred people rallied Saturday in the city center of Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, to voice disagreement with the planned stationing of a U.S. radar base in the country.
'The Constitution was written with a very specific intent, and that was to keep the law out of private homes unless there is a written document signed by a judge and based on probable cause. Here, you don't have that.' Boston police to search homes without warrants --Officers to travel in groups of three, disguised in plainclothes 17 Nov 2007 Boston police are launching a program that will call upon parents in 'high-crime' neighborhoods to allow detectives into their homes, without a warrant, to search for guns in their children's bedrooms. In the next two weeks, Boston police officers who are assigned to schools will begin going to homes where they believe [?] teenagers might have guns.
Boston Cops Seek Invites to Search Homes 17 Nov 2007 Boston police will ask parents in 'high-crime areas to let detectives search their children's bedrooms for guns without warrants in a new anti-crime program.
Tucson cops offer to search children's bedrooms --Parents' OK could bust kids as young as 8 under new TPD 'anti-gang' effort 04 Nov 2007 (AZ) With the 'consent' of parents, the Tucson Police Department's newly-formed gang-outreach unit is searching the bedrooms of kids in the program... The searches have raised the eyebrows of several neighborhood leaders, who view the searches as intrusive and heavy-handed -- particularly since the gang unit deals with kids as young as 8 years old and the searches could lead to arrests.
FBI's Forensic Test Full of Holes --Lee Wayne Hunt is one of hundreds of defendants whose convictions are in question now that FBI forensic evidence has been discredited. 18 Nov 2007 Hundreds of defendants sitting in prisons nationwide have been convicted with the help of an FBI forensic tool that was discarded more than two years ago. But the FBI lab has yet to take steps to alert the affected defendants or courts, even as the window for appealing convictions is closing, a joint investigation by The Washington Post and "60 Minutes" has found.
The Breakdown of the FBI Anti-Terror Team on 9/11 --Anti-terror experts conveniently 'out-of-pocket' on 9/11 17 Nov 2007 (Video) NBC News report from 10:03 a.m. on September 11, 2001. Correspondent Andrea Mitchell describes how the FBI's terrorism experts are stranded in Monterey, California.
Senate Stays In Session to Block Recess Appointments 17 Nov 2007 Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), in a showdown with the White House over executive branch nominations, refused yesterday to formally adjourn the chamber for a planned two-week Thanksgiving break in order to thwart Dictator Bush's ability to make recess appointments.
Republicans urge politican to stay quiet on 'D.C. Madam' 17 Nov 2007 Republicans are urging Sen. David Vitter to try to avoid having to testify this month that he was a paying customer of the so-called "D.C. Madam." Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who is charged with racketeering and money laundering, this week subpoenaed Vitter (R-La.) to testify at a Nov. 28 hearing that he was a client of her $2million escort service. [See CLG's: 'DC Madam' Phone Records.]
takes $1M challenge to disprove Swift Boat claims
17 Nov 2007 Sen. John Kerry, whose 2004 presidential campaign was torpedoed
by critics of his Vietnam War record, said Friday he has personally
accepted a Texas oilman's offer to pay $1 million to anyone who can
disprove even a single charge of the Swift Boat Veterans for
FEMA Trailer Dwellers Seek Toxin Tests 17 Nov 2007 A group of hurricane victims wants a federal judge to order air quality tests in their government-issued trailers after the Federal Emergency Management Agency postponed its plans to check for hazardous fumes. Federal scientists were scheduled to start testing for levels of formaldehyde in Mississippi trailers Nov. 2, but FEMA said it needed more time to prepare. [Why don't they just put Bush and Cheney in the trailers for a while, and see what happens?]
Report: 15 percent of mines uninspected 17 Nov 2007 The federal agency responsible for mine safety failed to carry out required inspections at 15 percent of the nation's underground coal mines, according to an internal Labor Department report. The report, by the department's inspector general, also said Mine 'Safety and Health' Administration records of an inspection of the Crandall Canyon mine in Utah, where six miners died in roof collapse in August, were dated four months before the inspection started.
Emissions Growth Must End in 7 Years, U.N. Warns --Report Lays Out Stark Choices to Avoid the Deaths of Species 18 Nov 2007 The world will have to end its growth of carbon emissions within seven years and become mostly free of carbon-emitting technologies in about four decades to avoid killing as many as a quarter of the planet's species from global warming, according to top United Nations' scientists.
UN panel gives dire warming forecast 17 Nov 2007 The Earth is hurtling toward a warmer climate at a quickening pace, a Nobel-winning U.N. scientific panel said in a landmark report released Saturday, warning of inevitable human suffering and the threat of extinction for some species.
Power Lines Blamed for San Diego Fire 16 Nov 2007 California's state fire agency said Friday that sparking power lines ignited the largest of the wildfires that ravaged Southern California last month. The fire killed two people, burned over 300 square miles and destroyed more than 1,000 homes.
Basra attacks down 90% since British troops left 16 Nov 2007 The British army says violence in Basra has fallen by 90% since it withdrew from the southern Iraqi city earlier this year. Around 500 British soldiers left one of Saddam Hussein's palaces in the heart of the city in early September and stopped conducting regular foot patrols. [If the US gets out, violence in Iraq will drop 100%.]
War Bills From Both Parties Fail in Senate 16 Nov 2007 Senate Republicans today easily blocked an effort by Democrats to act on a war spending bill that would have provided $50 billion for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, but would have required that troop withdrawals from Iraq begin within 30 days. A Republican counter-measure, which would have provided $70 billion for the military operations with no strings attached, also failed.
Senate Republicans bar Iraq withdrawal plan 16 Nov 2007 Senate Republicans on Friday blocked a $50 billion Iraq war bill that included a troop pullout plan, killing the latest Democratic attempt to end the war while keeping up the fight over its funding.
Bush a 'bully' on Iraq: Democrats 16 Nov 2007 Democrats Thursday branded President [sic] George W. Bush a "bully" on Iraq, but faced Republican charges of ignoring "crystal clear" progress [for Blackwater, DynCorp and other terrorists] in the country, ahead of a new Senate showdown on the war.
Department official and brother queried on Blackwater 16 Nov
2007 The State Department's top investigator and his brother will both
be asked to testify to a committee of Congress about the brother's link
to the Blackwater
State IG's brother quits Blackwater 17 Nov 2007 The brother of embattled State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard quit as an adviser to Blackwater Worldwide on Friday, two days after the relationship with the security contractor was sharply criticized by a congressional oversight committee.
Trial set for highest-ranking Marine in Haditha case 16 Nov 2007 The highest-ranking U.S. Marine [Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani] charged in connection with the 2005 shooting deaths of two dozen unarmed men, women and children in the Iraqi town of Haditha was ordered on Friday to face court martial in April.
Military Officials Barred Red Cross at Guantanamo, NYT Reports 16 Nov 2007 Military officials encouraged denying detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention center access to monitors from the International Committee of the Red Cross, the New York Times reported, citing a confidential 2003 manual.
Red Cross Monitors Barred From Guantánamo 16 Nov 2007 A confidential 2003 manual for operating the Guantánamo detention center shows that military officials had a policy of denying detainees access to independent monitors from the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Decision time for US over Iran threat --UN nuclear report heightens tension 16 Nov 2007 Iran has installed 3,000 centrifuges for enriching uranium - enough to begin industrial-scale production of nuclear fuel and build a warhead within a year, the UN's nuclear watchdog reported last night.
Thought of making nuclear bomb forbidden in Islam: Kashani 10 Nov 2007 Massacre of innocent nations is forbidden in Islam and therefore "production of nuclear bomb or even having it in mind is forbidden by Islamic sharia (law)," Tehran Friday prayers leader Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani said here on Friday. Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is the country’s most senior official, has clearly proscribed production and use of nuclear weapons, he told worshippers at Friday prayers.
Nearly 30 killed in Afghanistan violence 16 Nov 2007 Afghan forces backed by U.S. troops killed 25 [alleged] Taliban militants in clashes in the south of the country, police said on Friday, but a roadside bomb also killed four police officers.
Army desertion rate highest since 1980 16 Nov 2007 Soldiers strained by six years at war are deserting their posts at the highest rate since 1980, with the number of Army deserters this year showing an 80 percent increase since the United States invaded Iraq in 2003.
'Tis the Season for Terror Threat Warnings 16 Nov 2007 A "write in" threat pulled down off the Internet prompted the Department of Homeland Security to advise law enforcement of a "low credibility" threat to "malls and Jewish schools" in New York, sources tell ABC News. The threat, specific to New York, is based on fragmentary information that someone in France is teaching young men to use explosives and encouraging these attacks, sources say.
US SEC seeks comment on reviving "terrorism" tool 16 Nov 2007 The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is weighing whether to bring back a controversial search tool that aimed to let investors see if companies were active in countries the United States designates as "sponsors of terrorism."
Court Bars Secret Papers in Eavesdropping Case 17 Nov 2007 A federal appeals court said Friday that secrecy laws had forced it to exclude crucial evidence about the government’s wiretapping of an Islamic charity, making it far more difficult for the charity to proceed with its challenge to the National Security Agency’s eavesdropping program. But the court did please critics of the program in finding that the government's "cascade" of public statements had made the program anything but a secret, defusing one of the administration's main arguments for throwing all such lawsuits out of court.
Court rejects challenge to wiretap program 16 Nov 2007 A federal appeals court in San Francisco today handed a major victory to the Bush regime, ruling that a lawsuit challenging the government's warrantless wiretapping program could not go forward because of the "state secrets" privilege.
Gonzales Defense Fund Set Up --Former Attorney General's Legal Fees Mount in Probe 15 Nov 2007 Supporters of former attorney general Alberto R. Gonzales have created a trust fund to help pay for his legal expenses, which are mounting in the face of an ongoing Justice Department investigation into whether Gonzales committed perjury or improperly tampered with a congressional witness.
'They took everything, all of the computers, everything but the desks and chairs.' FBI Raid on 'Ron Paul Dollars' 17 Nov 2007 Federal agents [the Fedstapo] on Thursday raided the Evansville, Ind., headquarters of the National Organization for the Repeal of the Federal Reserve Act and Internal Revenue Code (Norfed), an organization of "sound money" advocates that for the past decade has been selling a private currency it calls "Liberty Dollars." Norfed officials said yesterday that the six-hour raid occurred just as its six employees were mailing out the first batch of 60,000 "Ron Paul Dollars," copper coins sold for $1 to honor the candidate, who is a longtime advocate of abolishing the Federal Reserve.
Boeing bosses spy on workers 16 Nov 2007 Within its bowels, The Boeing Co. holds volumes of proprietary information deemed so valuable that the company has entire teams dedicated to making sure that private information stays private. One such team, dubbed "enterprise" investigators, has permission to read the private e-mails of employees, follow them and collect video footage or photos of them. Investigators can also secretly watch employee computer screens in real time and reproduce every keystroke a worker makes, the Seattle P-I has learned.
Bush Announces 5 Nominees for Top Justice Posts 16 Nov 2007 President [sic] Bush announced Thursday that he was nominating a federal judge and former prosecutor from Chicago as the No. 2 official in the 'Justice' Department. Mr. Bush also said he had selected nominees for four other senior posts left vacant in the wake of turmoil at the department under Alberto R. Gonzales, who stepped down in September as attorney general.
Giuliani says he'd appoint conservative judges 16 Nov 2007 Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani, viewed with suspicion by some in his party for his support of abortion and gay rights, vowed on Friday to put conservatives on the Supreme Court if elected.
'New Times' probe missing key court records 16 Nov 2007 A judge has ordered that the Maricopa County Attorney's Office appear at a hearing Nov. 26 regarding its investigation into the New Times. In a ruling issued Friday, Judge Ana Baca noted that Maricopa County Attorney's Office grand jury file did not contain the proper paperwork - including the original grand jury subpoenas, the original affidavits of service and written notations showing the date that any presentations about subpoenas were made to the grand jury.
Bush seeks to head off air travel chaos 16 Nov 2007 To try to ease what he called an "epidemic of aviation delays," President [sic] Bush on Thursday announced a series of new measures -- including a temporary Thanksgiving "express lane" for commercial airplanes in military airspace -- to head off what many feared could be the worst holiday travel season ever.
Thousands march against race crimes in Washington 16 Nov 2007 Thousands of black Americans marched around the U.S. Justice Department on Friday to protest what they described as heavy-handed law enforcement and a reluctance to prosecute racially motivated crimes.
Officials Probe Spills at Illinois Nuclear Power Plant 17 Nov 2007 Federal, state, and local officials are investigating a previously unreported radioactive waste water spill near Godley, Ill., where the company Exelon owns and operates a nuclear power plant. Now, the company says two more of its plants in Illinois leaked radioactive waste.
Tainted water may be in private company's water supply --Tainted water from Arizona American Water Company serves about 1,500 customers in Scottsdale Nov 2007 16 Water tainted with a suspected cancer-causing chemical may have entered a private company's water supply for several days in October, federal officials said.
Legal setback for Bush administration on vehicle emissions 16 Nov 2007 The administration of George W. Bush suffered a legal setback here when a US federal appeals court ruled that government emission standards for light trucks and sport utility vehicles are not stringent enough.
UN: climate change will have 'abrupt and irreversible' consequences 16 Nov 2007 A panel of the United Nations' leading scientists is to warn that climate change could have "abrupt and irreversible" consequences, in a landmark document designed to force action from member states on the issue.
Zoo urges Bush to save polar bears --'Threatened' designation sought 15 Nov 2007 (Brookfield, IL) Brookfield Zoo president Stuart Strahl said Wednesday, "We do not want zoos to be the only place where people can see polar bears." As Brookfield's bears frolicked behind them, Strahl and National Resources Defense Council official Andrew Wetzler urged the Bush administration to classify polar bears as a "threatened" species.
US power company linked to Bush is named in database as a top polluter 16 Nov 2007 An American power company with close financial links to President [sic] George Bush has been named as one of the world's top producers of global warming pollution. It is the enormous carbon footprint of Southern Company - among the largest financiers of Republican Party politicians - which has raised eyebrows. Southern's employees handed George Bush $217,047 to help him get [s]elected, and they and the company have contributed an extraordinary $6.2m to Republican campaigns since 1990.
Senator: U.S. has become haven for war criminals 14 Nov 2007 More than 1,000 people from 85 countries who are accused of such crimes as rape, killings, torture and genocide are living in the United States [and serving in the Bush administration], according to Department of Homeland Security figures. America has become a haven for the world's war criminals because it lacks the laws needed to prosecute them, Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., said Wednesday.
Allegations of prisoner torture in Afghanistan 16 Nov 2007 Afghanistan said Wednesday it will investigate allegations that prisoners transferred by NATO forces to Afghan custody are tortured. The pledge by President Hamid Karzai came as NATO once again stated it had no evidence of systematic torture once the prisoners have been handed over.
Leaked GITMO memo forbade ICRC visits 15 Nov 2007 A military manual on the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, outlines official policy to censor letters, deny Korans and prohibit Red Cross visits. The 238-page "Camp Delta Standard Operating Procedures Manual" appears on various Web sites and describes policies regarding the use of pepper spray, cavity searches and several scenarios involving visitation rights, the Miami Herald reported Thursday.
Manual sheds light on Gitmo detainee treatment --A vintage 2003 Guantánamo manual hit the Web, providing new insight into old detention practices at the U.S. prison camps in southeast Cuba. 15 Nov 2007 Guantánamo detainees were denied Red Cross visits and mail, had criticism of the U.S. government or leaders censored from their letters and were isolated without Korans, according to a once-secret prison camps manual that has surfaced on the Internet.
L.A. police drop controversial Muslim mapping plan 15 Nov 2007 Police have abandoned a controversial plan to "map" Los Angeles' Muslim community as part of their efforts to 'counter' terrorism, the Los Angeles Police Department chief William Bratton said on Thursday. Bratton said the plan was scrapped after outrage from Muslims and civil rights organizations who had described it as "just as unlawful, ill-advised and deeply offensive as racial profiling."
Panel Drops Immunity From Eavesdropping Bill 16 Nov 2007 Reflecting the deep divisions within Congress over granting legal immunity to telephone companies for cooperating with the Bush regime’s program of wiretapping without warrants, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a new domestic surveillance law on Thursday that sidestepped the issue. By a 10 to 9 vote, the committee approved an overhaul of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that dropped a key provision for immunity for telecommunications companies that another committee had already approved.
House OKs Surveillance Oversight Bill 16 Nov 2007 The House voted Thursday night to strengthen court oversight of the government's surveillance of terrorist suspects, but stopped short of providing legal immunity to telecommunication companies that helped [illegally] eavesdrop on Americans.
Fortress Britain: Brown unveils tough new laws 16 Nov 2007 Commuters in Britain face routine airline-style bag checks and bodysearches at railway stations as part of a counter-terrorism crackdown announced by the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. Mr Brown conjured up visions of "Fortress Britain" as he unveiled measures covering the transport network, sports venues and other public places in a speech to the House of Commons on Wednesday.
Tighter security measures target railway stations 15 Nov 2007 Security is being stepped up at hundreds of railway stations, airports, ports and power stations amid fears that suicide bombers could strike at "soft targets".
Rail passengers face anti-terror searches --Security at shopping malls to guard against car bombs --Guidance for cinemas, theatres and restaurants 15 Nov 2007 The Rail passengers at Britain's largest stations face being searched and having their bags screened as part of a package of national security measures unveiled by Gordon Brown yesterday. The PM said he hoped inconvenience could be minimised but the checks were needed alongside new concrete anti-car bomb barriers and vehicle exclusion zones outside airport terminals, shopping centres and the 250 busiest rail stations.
Terror crackdown as passengers forced to answer 53 questions in airport inquisition 15 Nov 2007 Travellers face price hikes and confusion after the Government unveiled plans to take up to 53 pieces of information from anyone entering or leaving Britain. For every journey, security officials will want credit card details, holiday contact numbers, travel plans, email addresses, car numbers and even any previous missed flights. The Home Office, which yesterday signed a contract with U.S. company Raytheon Systems to run the computer system, said e-borders would help to keep terrorists and illegal immigrants out of the country.
Defence complaints knocked back in 'terrorism' case 16 Nov 2007 The New South Wales Supreme Court says it will not set a new date for the trial of nine men accused of terrorism-related offences. The men are due to stand trial in February next year, accused of conspiring to plan and commit a terrorist act.
Medical Tyranny in Maryland: Parents Threatened With Jail Time for Not Vaccinating Children By Mike Adams 14 Nov 2007 State and County officials in Maryland have announced they will send parents to jail if they don't submit their children to forced vaccinations. State Attorney General Glenn F. Ivey has announced he is willing to criminalize parents if they don't bring them to the courthouse to have them injected, on the spot, with vaccines that contain methyl mercury -- a highly toxic nerve chemical that causes brain damage and is linked to autism. [Start reading.]
ID Cards for Residents Pass a Vote in California 15 Nov 2007 The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has given preliminary approval to an ordinance allowing municipal identification cards to be issued to anyone living in the city, regardless of their legal status. The proposal passed the first of two required votes on Tuesday night.
US to Seek New Sanctions Against Iran 16 Nov 2007 The Bush regime plans to push for new sanctions against Iran after the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency reported yesterday that Tehran is providing "diminishing" information about its controversial nuclear program, U.S. officials said.
Chávez sees oil at $200 if Iran invaded 13 Nov 2007 Hugo Chávez, Venezuela’s president, has warned that oil prices could reach $200 a barrel if the US invaded Iran. [And, that's why Bush bin Laden is going to invade: ExxonMobil.]
Democrats vow not to be bullied by Bush on Iraq 15 Nov 2007 Democrats who lead Congress likened President [sic] George W. Bush on Thursday to a bully on Iraq war policy and vowed to spend no more on combat without a deadline for bringing U.S. troops home. "He damn sure is not entitled to having this money given to him just with a blank check," Sen. Harry Reid, the Democrats' Senate leader, told reporters. [Yeah, right! The DemocRATs will roll right over, as they have since Al Gore 'offered his concession' in December 2000!]
U.S. forces accused of shooting Sunni allies 14 Nov 2007 Members of a Sunni Muslim group that was formed with American backing to fight Sunni militants charged Wednesday that a lengthy U.S. air and ground attack killed at least seven of its fighters. Mansour abd Salem, one of the leaders of the Sunni Awakening council in Taji, north of Baghdad, charged in a television interview that U.S. forces had "deliberately" killed members of the group in a "hideous" assault.
Who Will Probe 'Noncombat' Deaths in Iraq? About 20% of the U.S. deaths in Iraq are officially labeled "noncombat," and that number has been surging. This includes accidents, friendly fire and well over 120 suicides. But the government, and the media, seem reluctant to expose the tragedy, argues vets leader Paul Rieckhoff. By Greg Mitchell 09 Nov 2007 Pretty much alone in the media, E&P for weeks had been charting a troubling increase in non-combat deaths among U.S. troops in Iraq. So it came as no surprise recently when the Pentagon announced that it would probe the perplexing trend.
120 US war veteran suicides a week 15 Nov 2007 The US military is experiencing a "suicide epidemic" with veterans killing themselves at the rate of 120 a week, according to an investigation by US television network CBS. At least 6256 US veterans committed suicide in 2005 - an average of 17 a day - the network reported, with veterans overall more than twice as likely to take their own lives as the rest of the general population.
Canada court: AWOL U.S. soldiers not refugees --Rejection of appeal by Supreme Court clears way for deserters' deportation 15 Nov 2007 The Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday refused to hear an appeal by two U.S. military deserters [Jeremy Hinzman and Brandon Hughey] who sought refuge in the country to avoid deployment to Iraq, a conflict they argued is "immoral and illegal."
State Dept. Won't Order Diplomats to Iraq --Volunteers Fill Positions in Baghdad Embassy, but Personnel Concerns Remain 16 Nov 2007 The State Department expects to announce, perhaps as early as today, that volunteers have filled all 48 open jobs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad for next year and that it will not order any foreign service officers to work there against their will, officials said yesterday.
Bush's 'Divine Comedy': Part I By Eric Walberg 15 Nov 2007 New enemies in United States President [sic] George W Bush’s wars are popping up in unexpected places. The latest one is peaceful Europe, where determined demonstrators and human rights lawyers recently ambushed former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld at a breakfast meeting in Paris organised by Foreign Policy magazine. He fled, fearing arrest over charges of ordering and authorising torture of detainees at both Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba... He was whisked off to Germany, where a similar writ against him was quashed recently, but under the Schengen agreement that ended border checkpoints across a large part of the European Union, French law enforcement agents are allowed to cross the border into Germany in pursuit of a fleeing fugitive. "Rumsfeld must be feeling how Saddam Hussein felt when US forces were hunting him down," activist Tanguy Richard said. "He may never end up being hanged [We can dream, can't we?] like his old friend, but he must learn that in the civilised world, war crime doesn’t pay."
Bush: Confirmation process needs reform 15 Nov 2007 Reformation of the judicial confirmation process was one topic U.S. President [sic] George Bush touched on during a speech to the Federalist Society in Washington. U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey underwent blistering questioning by Senate Judiciary Committee members regarding the jurist's views on harsh interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, which simulates drowning. Because of the confirmation process, Bush said, "Lawyers approached about being nominated will politely decline because of the ugliness, uncertainty, and delay that now characterize the confirmation process." [Right, Bush wants to skip the confirmation process altogether and install his own Nazis, just like the GOP/Faux did with him, twice.]
FEMA Accused of Wasting More Katrina Funding $30 Million Misspent Last Year On Trailers in Miss., GAO Says 16 Nov 2007 The Federal Emergency Management Agency wasted about $30 million last year in maintaining trailers for Hurricane Katrina survivors in Mississippi, according to a new government report. In one case cited, FEMA awarded contracts that could have cost as much as $229,000 to support one family in a single trailer -- roughly the price of a five-bedroom home in Jackson, Miss.
Oil CEO Gets Death Threat for High Gas Prices [What a shame!] 15 Nov 2007 According to CNN’s November 15 "American Morning," Shell president John Hofmeister has gotten hate mail and even a death threat because of the price of gasoline. "American Morning" didn’t make a big deal out of the threat, choosing to focus multiple times on customer grief and Shell’s profits: "Here’s what gets people fired up though, we hear these profit reports. You had worldwide profits rise 16 percent last quarter, net profits at nearly $7 billion, yet people are paying 90 cents more per gallon for gas than they were last year," said co-host Kiran Chetry.
Comcast Sued Over Web Interference 14 Nov 2007 A San Francisco Bay area subscriber to Comcast Corp.'s high-speed Internet service has sued the company, alleging it engages in unfair business practices by interfering with subscribers' file sharing.
Chemtrails: Is U.S. Gov't. Secretly Testing Americans 'Again'? 09 Nov 2007 Could a strange substance found by an Ark-La-Tex man be part of secret government testing program? That's the question at the heart of a phenomenon called "Chemtrails." In a KSLA News 12 investigation, Reporter Jeff Ferrell shows us the results of testing we had done about what's in our skies.
Tiny sun bear listed as 'vulnerable' 13 Nov 2007 The world's smallest bear, the sun bear, is now "vulnerable" on the World Conservation Union's Red List of Threatened Species, the Swiss-based group says.
Lamb born as Mother Nature confuses autumn for spring 15 Nov 2007 Ewe wouldn't believe a lamb could be born so close to Christmas. But little Breeze came into the world a good six months after the traditional Spring lambing season - much to the surprise of farmer Will Weightman. ...He was stunned when after just a week, he found a tiny lamb cuddling up to its mum in the pen. Mr Weightman, who opened the Down At The Farm petting farm near Sunderland with wife Catherine about four months ago, said: "I couldn't believe it... The most likely scenario is that it's because of the weather."
Officials Allege Violations at Hunting Ranges 16 Nov 2007 Virginia wildlife officials have joined a multistate investigation into the illegal buying, selling and possession of foxes and coyotes for use on private training preserves where hunters pay to run their foxhounds.
Baseball player Barry Bonds indicted on perjury, obstruction charges 16 Nov 2007 Barry Bonds has been indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice, charged with lying when he told a federal grand jury that he did not knowingly use performance-enhancing drugs.
General fired from Walter Reed to head Fort Detrick 13 Nov 2007 The two-star general [Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman] who was fired as the head of Walter Reed Army Medical Center amid reports of shoddy treatment of wounded soldiers has regained favor [!] and will oversee U.S. biological weapons defense research [not to mention, continue the coverup for the 2001 anthrax killings] as commander of Fort Detrick in Frederick, the Army said today.
Experts fault U.S. preparation for anthrax attack 14 Nov 2007 The United States has done too little to prepare for another potential domestic anthrax attack six years after [Cheney's] spore-laden mail killed five people, a former CIA director and other experts said on Wednesday.
CIA failed to turn over interrogation tapes in Moussaoui case 13 Nov 2007 Prosecutors have told a federal judge that the CIA possessed videotaped interrogations of enemy combatants despite earlier telling the judge in the trial of al-Qaida terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui that no such recordings existed.
Sensitive Guantánamo Bay Manual Leaked Through Wiki Site 14 Nov 2007 A never-before-seen military manual detailing the day-to-day operations of the U.S. military's Guantánamo Bay detention facility has been leaked to the web, affording a rare inside glimpse into the institution where the United States has imprisoned hundreds of suspected terrorists since 2002. The 238-page document, "Camp Delta Standard Operating Procedures," is dated March 28, 2003.
implicated in CIA renditions 14 Nov 2007 An EU investigator
said Wednesday he has evidence to suggest that a Ukrainian airstrip
was used by CIA-operated planes involved in the U.S.
House Passes $50B Bill Funding Iraq War 14 Nov 2007 The House has passed a $50 billion bill to pay for the Iraq war while setting a goal of bringing most troops home by December 2008. The vote, announced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was 218-203. The legislation was largely a symbolic jab at President [sic] George W. Bush, who already has said he would veto a measure containing a troop withdrawal timetable.
U.S. policy on Iraq Shi'ites could aid Iran: report 14 Nov 2007 The Bush administration's courtship of the biggest Shi'ite party in Iraq could worsen a dangerous rift between rival Shi'ite groups and ultimately give Iran a greater political role, a think tank said on Wednesday.
'finding' more Iranian arms in Iraq 11 Nov 2007 The quantity
of Iranian bomb-making components being
Sunni sheik claims US killed his men 14 Nov 2007 A leader of a Sunni group formed to resist al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] in Iraq claimed Wednesday that U.S. troops mistakenly killed dozens of his fighters during a 12-hour battle north of Baghdad. He said he tried repeatedly to call the Americans and tell them they were fighting "their friends."
Iraqi Forces Seize Powerful Sunni Office 14 Nov 2007 Iraqi authorities seized the headquarters of the country's most influential Sunni clerical group Wednesday, sealing off its west Baghdad compound and accusing the organization of supporting al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] in Iraq.
Bomb Near Green Zone Kills 2 Civilians 15 Nov 2007 An improvised roadside bomb exploded early Wednesday in a heavily trafficked and patrolled area near an entrance to the Green Zone here, killing two civilians, wounding three more and throwing two police officers from their guard towers, which were 150 feet away, the police said.
3 GIs killed in attacks north of Baghdad 14 Nov 2007 Three U.S. soldiers were killed in separate attacks north of the Iraqi capital, the military said Wednesday.
State Dept official's brother linked to Blackwater 14 Nov 2007 The State Department's top investigator recused himself on Wednesday from probes into the Blackwater security firm after discovering -- during a break in a congressional hearing -- that his brother was connected with the company. Howard Krongard, who began a hearing of Rep. Henry Waxman's government oversight committee by denying the "ugly rumors" that his brother "Buzzy" was linked to Blackwater, returned after a recess to say he had just contacted his brother and learned he had attended a Blackwater advisory board meeting.
State Dept. inspector-general bows out of Blackwater probe 14 Nov 2007 The State Department's inspector-general announced Wednesday he would recuse himself from decisions involving security contractor Blackwater, after admitting his brother serves as an adviser to the company. Howard Krongard already was under scrutiny by the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee, led by California Democrat Henry Waxman.
Iraq to Spend $19 Billion on Projects 15 Nov 2007 Iraq will spend an unprecedented $19 billion on capital projects across the country in 2008, including $900 million in Baghdad, senior Iraqi officials said Wednesday, even as they warned that the fight against [Blackwater's] insurgencies, gangs and militias was far from over.
Soldier who took overdose on eve of Iraq trip 'feared having to shoot children' 14 Nov 2007 A young soldier was so traumatised by the prospect of his first Iraqi posting, he took an overdose which killed him. Private Jason Chelsea couldn't come to terms with the thought that he might have to "shoot children" carrying suicide bombs.
Blinded by war: Injuries send troops into darkness 14 Nov 2007 Two days before a 10-mile race here, Army 1st Lt. Ivan Castro is explaining how he will run tethered to another soldier -- one who can see. Castro, 40, a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, is one of more than 1,100 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan -- 13% of all seriously wounded casualties -- to undergo surgery for damaged eyes. That is the highest percentage for eye wounds in any major conflict dating to World War I, according to research published in the Survey of Ophthalmology.
US says not concerned about Pakistani nukes 14 Nov 2007 The Pentagon on Wednesday said it was not worried about the security of Pakistan's nuclear weapons amid the political crisis there, rolling back from comments made by a senior U.S. general who called the issue a "primary concern." [Right, there's no oil in Pakistan.]
Random bag searches for rail passengers in Brown's Fortress Britain --Security will be upgraded at 250 train stations --Anti-terror measures to be implemented at cinemas and shopping centres --Bollards and concrete blocks to stop car bombers at 'vulnerable' buildings --New buildings not allowed to have underground car parks 15 Nov 2007 Britons face bag searches and airport-style scanners in railway stations, and the end of the underground car park in Gordon Brown's vision for Fortress Britain.
Bush Gives Clearances for N.S.A. Inquiry 14 Nov 2007 Just four days after Michael B. Mukasey was sworn in as attorney general, Justice Department officials said Tuesday that President Bush had reversed course and approved long-denied security clearances for the Justice Department’s ethics office to investigate the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program.
AT&T to Sell Equipment to Monitor Workplaces 14 Nov 2007 AT&T plans to introduce a nationwide program today that gives owners of small- and medium-size businesses some of the same tools big security companies offer for monitoring employees, customers and operations from remote locations.
Anti-Bush Sign Has Bridge World in an Uproar 14 Nov 2007 A team of women who represented the United States at the world bridge championships in Shanghai last month is facing sanctions, including a yearlong ban from competition, for a spur-of-the-moment protest. At issue is a crudely lettered sign, scribbled on the back of a menu, that was held up at an awards dinner and read, "We did not vote for Bush." By e-mail, angry bridge players have accused the women of "treason" and "sedition."
state force deadly vaccines on children:
Kids Vaccinated Or Else, Parents Told --Pr.
George's Threatens Legal Action
14 Nov 2007 (MD) The parents of more than 2,300 Prince George's County
students who failed to get
Bush bin Laden's terrorism against the poor continues: Toxic gas pervasive in FEMA units, tests show --Nearly all trailers, mobile homes exceed long-term formaldehyde standard 12 Nov 2007 More than two years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita battered the Mississippi Gulf Coast, private tests of FEMA travel trailers and mobile homes provided to storm victims indicate that high levels of formaldehyde gas in the units is much more widespread than the government has acknowledged.
Over 35 million Americans faced hunger in 2006: USDA 14 Nov 2007 The U.S. government said the number of Americans who went hungry in 2006 was held in check [!] at 35 million people from the prior year, but food advocacy groups said on Wednesday more needs to be done.
Boxer agrees to slow down global warming legislation 14 Nov 2007 Sen. Barbara Boxer agreed on Tuesday to take more time to work through complex global warming legislation amid concerns over the possible economic impact of mandating sharp cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. At a hearing of the Environment Committee, which Boxer chairs, the California DemocRAT said she will not try to push through a vote on a bill, as she had once planned, before a major United Nations climate change conference begins in Indonesia on Dec. 3.
NRDC Urges Administration to Protect Polar Bear as Endangered Species, Curb Global Warming Emissions --Scientists point to climate change as the main threat to polar bears and their habitat 14 Nov 2007 As a result of dramatic sea ice retreat this summer and the smallest Arctic sea ice coverage ever recorded, the world’s wild polar bear populations are at risk of extinction if Arctic sea ice continues to shrink at current rates... The Bush administration must act swiftly to finalize the listing of the polar bear and designate polar bears' habitat as "critical habitat" for their protection. See: www.polarbearsos.org.
Wanted: caring home for rare Andean bear cub 13 Nov 2007 A rare Andean bear cub with a taste for yogurt has found a temporary home with a Bolivian family as the animal rights group that rescued him struggles to find him a new home.
CIA admits to recording interrogations of top al Qaida captives 13 Nov 2007 The CIA has three video and audio recordings of interrogations of senior al Qaida captives but misled federal judges about the evidence during the case against [alleged] terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui, federal prosecutors revealed in a Nov. 9 court filing that was made public Tuesday. The disclosure that the government taped some interrogations of high-value prisoners could invite fresh scrutiny of the CIA's treatment of so-called "enemy combatants" who were held at secret prisons or U.S. bases overseas. [Hopefully, the footage will seal the interrogators' fate in their future war crimes trials.]
U.S. finds a way to pacify Iraqi town -- by using cash 13 Nov 2007 (Jurf Al Sakhr, Iraq) The town is run by deals among its anointed leaders, nearly all of them former Sunni Muslim 'insurgents.' ...The insurgents-turned-leaders depend on an influx of money from the U.S. or from the provincial government to keep Islamic extremists from dominating the town again. So far, the U.S. military has spent $1 million, the cost of one of the military’s newest armored vehicles, on 'reconstruction projects' and salaries for residents to secure the town and its surrounding area -- 30,000 people in all. [Yeah, too bad Iraq's insurgency funding wasn't included in the SCHIP bill - Bush would never veto that expenditure. There's $1 million available for the insurgent town's 'reconstruction projects,' but Bush f*cked us by vetoing the water resources bill. Too bad the mainstream media doesn't report any of these contradictions. No, they're too busy worrying about a GOP attention-getting whackjob whining about a planted question at a Clinton campaign event. But, when Bush had Secret Service thugs arrest US citizens because they sported 'No Blood for Oil' bumper stickers at *taxpayer-funded* rallies, and planted Gannon/Guckert to pimp for Karl Rove at presidential press conferences, all quiet on the GOP owned & operated media front. --LRP]
Hidden cost of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq 'is twice what Bush claims' 14 Nov 2007 The total cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is expected to be $1.6 trillion (£770bn) - double the amount President [sic] George Bush says it will cost. A report entitled The Hidden Costs of the Iraq War says the true cost of the wars is almost double the $804bn the White House has requested for military operations in 2008.
Report Puts Hidden War Costs at $1.6T 13 Nov 2007 The economic costs of Bush's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are estimated to total $1.6 trillion -- roughly double the amount the White House has requested thus far, according to a new report by Democrats on Congress' Joint Economic Committee.
Bush vetoes domestic spending bill on health, education and jobs 13 Nov 2007 President [sic] George W. Bush vetoed a major spending measure on Tuesday that would have funded education, health care and job training programs, saying it contained too many special projects, even as he signed a $459 billion bill to increase the Pentagon's non-war funding.
Romney, Thompson propose big hikes in defense spending 13 Nov 2007 Republican presidential candidates Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney want to boost defense spending sharply, tying increases to the size of the nation's economy, but analysts argued Tuesday that such a link makes little sense.
calls on Bush to withdraw troops 13 Nov 2007 Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that Democrats won't approve more money
for the Iraq war this year unless President [sic] Bush agrees to begin
bringing troops home. By the end of the week, the House and Senate planned
to vote on a $50 billion measure for
Turkish helicopters strike inside Iraq 13 Nov 2007 Turkish helicopter gunships attacked abandoned villages inside Iraq on Tuesday, Iraqi officials said, in the first such strike since border tensions have escalated in recent months.
U.S. pulling 3,000 troops from Iraq's Diyala province 13 Nov 2007 The U.S. military is sending 3,000 soldiers home from Diyala province, the second large unit to leave Iraq as troop levels are cut after a 30,000-strong "surge" earlier this year.
U.S. accused of ignoring crisis for 4.5 million displaced Iraqis 13 Nov 2007 The U.S. government is "unforgivably slow" in resettling Iraqi refugees and has failed to coordinate with its Arab allies to address the suffering of an estimated 4.5 million displaced Iraqis, according to a report released Tuesday by a leading Washington-based refugee advocacy group.
Report: Blackwater Killings Unjustified 14 Nov 2007 Federal agents have found that the killings of at least 14 of the 17 Iraqi civilians shot by Blackwater Worldwide security personnel in a September confrontation were unjustified and violated rules of deadly force, The New York Times reported.
Says Guards Killed 14 Iraqis Without Cause 14 Nov 2007 Federal
agents investigating the Sept. 16 episode in which Blackwater
Marine withholds plea in Haditha killings case 13 Nov 2007 A U.S. Marine [Lance Cpl. Stephen Tatum] told a military tribunal on Tuesday he would not enter a plea until his trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault in the killings several Iraqi women and children in the town of Haditha.
Troops urged to stop handing prisoners to Afghans --Amnesty warns prisoners are exposed to risk of torture 13 Nov 2007 British troops were urged today to stop handing over prisoners to the Afghan authorities amid claims of torture and ill-treatment by the country's intelligence service. 'Coalition' forces were warned they could be in breach of their legal obligations as Amnesty International published a dossier of alleged human rights abuses by the National Directorate of Security (NDS).
6 suspected militants detained in central Afghanistan raid 13 Nov 2007 U.S.-led and Afghan troops searching for suspected Taliban raided compounds in central Afghanistan, detaining six militants, the 'coalition' said Tuesday.
warns Iran of tough stand
14 Nov 2007 The British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has threatened
tougher sanctions against Iran, targeting its lucrative oil and gas
sectors, if the country persists in its suspected attempt to build nuclear
weapons. In his first big foreign policy speech, Mr Brown scotched the
idea that his approach would differ substantially from that of Tony
Blair, and reaffirmed that Britain's "most important" relationship
was with the US.
Domestic Spying Inquiry Restarted at DoJ 13 Nov 2007 The Justice Department has reopened a long-dormant inquiry into the government's warrantless wiretapping program, a major policy shift only days into the tenure of Attorney General Michael Mukasey. The investigation by the department's Office of Professional Responsibility was shut down last year, after the investigators were denied security clearances.
New SF ID cards for residents - whether in the country legally or not 13 Nov 2007 The Board of Supervisors voted today to make San Francisco the largest U.S. city to issue municipal identification cards to its residents, regardless of whether or not they are in the country legally.
KBR or Blackwater false flag? FBI: Hole deliberately drilled into pipe at nuclear reactor 12 Nov 2007 An FBI investigation has found that someone deliberately drilled a hole into a pipe that is part of a nuclear reactor's cooling system at the Turkey Point power plant. Officials said they don't plan to file charges [!] because they don't have enough evidence to prove criminal intent. An out-of-state contract worker hired to do routine maintenance is suspected of drilling the 1/8-inch hole, FBI spokesperson Judy Orihuela said, describing the incident as an act of vandalism.
Backpack fire causes stir at Sky Harbor Terminal 4 13 Nov 2007 A gate was evacuated at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Tuesday morning after a baggage handler noticed flames and smoke coming from a backpack in the cargo area of the concourse. US Airways Flight 200, a 10 a.m. departure to San Antonio, had already boarded about 50 of its 108 passengers at Terminal 4 when loading personnel grabbed an unusually hot red hiking backpack that was smoking, said Lt. Rick Gehlbach of the Phoenix Police Department - Airport Bureau.
NJ School Cameras Fed Live to Cops --Demarest School District Installs Laptop Surveillance Videos Monitored, Operated By Local Police --System costs about $28,000 12 Nov 2007 Surveillance cameras rolling inside our local schools is nothing new, but what's taking place inside Demarest's public schools is truly cutting edge: a live feed from more than two dozen cameras with a direct connection to the police.
FCC chief: End big-market ownership ban 13 Nov 2007 The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission [Kevin Martin] wants to eliminate a ban on radio and television broadcasters owning newspapers, but only in the nation's largest media markets.
Thanks to Cheney's secret Energy Task Force whores: Pump price to jump 20 cents next 2-3 weeks: government 13 Nov 2007 U.S. consumers could pay record gasoline prices for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday with pump costs expected to climb another 20 cents over the next two to three weeks, the government's top energy forecaster warned on Monday.
Ex-Publisher Says News Corp. Official Wanted Her to Lie to Protect Giuliani 13 Nov 2007 Judith Regan, the book publisher who was fired by the News Corporation last year, asserts in a lawsuit filed today that a senior executive at the media conglomerate encouraged her to mislead federal investigators about her relationship with Bernard B. Kerik during his bid to become homeland security secretary in late 2004. The lawsuit asserts that the News Corporation executive wanted to protect the presidential aspirations of former Mayor [and 9/11 co-conspirator] Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mr. Kerik’s mentor, who had appointed him New York City police commissioner and had recommended him for the federal post.
Bird flu scare lands plane in quarantine 13 Nov 2007 Health authorities briefly quarantined 223 people in a Korean Airlines plane at Auckland Airport today after a South Korean passenger displayed possible bird flu symptoms, officials said.
Avian flu crisis threatens five million festive birds 14 Nov 2007 Bird flu is threatening devastation at the heart of the British poultry industry. It emerged that there are five million turkeys, chickens, ducks and geese within a six-mile radius of the farm at the centre of the scare, on the border between Suffolk and Norfolk. There are 25million in the wider 'at risk' zone.
Suffolk farm bird flu is infectious H5N1 strain 14 Nov 2007 The turkeys killed by bird flu at a farm in Suffolk had the highly infectious H5N1 strain of the disease, it was announced today.
Bird flu outbreak is deadly strain 13 Nov 2007 An outbreak of bird flu on a Suffolk farm is the deadly H5N1 form of the virus, Defra confirmed today, while the government warned that the disease may have already spread.
Experts Concerned Over Possible Extinction of Sun Bears 13 Nov 2007 The sun bear, the world's smallest bear declined by at least 30 percent over the past 30 years and now faces extinction. The bear, whose habitat stretches from India to Indonesia, faces extinction due to deforestation and poaching in its Southeast Asian home, the World Conservation Union (IUCN) said Monday. Dave Garshelis, co-chair of the IUCN bear specialist group, said that there are little more than 10,000 sun bears left.
Six of the Eight Bear Species at Risk of Extinction 12 Nov 2007 Some of the world's foremost bear experts have declared that six out of the world's eight species of bears are threatened with extinction - but not the American black bear. Among the eight species of bears, only the American black bear is secure throughout its range, which encompasses Canada, the United States and Mexico.
White House ordered to keep backup copies of e-mail 12 Nov 2007 A federal judge on Monday issued a temporary restraining order blocking the White House from destroying back-up copies of deleted e-mails. The order by U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy came in a lawsuit by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a private watchdog group, which claims the White House has failed to preserve millions of deleted e-mails it was supposed to keep.
'Charge as many as possible' 13 Nov 2007 A senior counter-terrorism officer with the Australian Federal Police [Kemuel Lam Paktsun] has testified that police were directed to charge "as many suspects as possible" with terrorism offences in order to test the new anti-terrorism laws introduced in 2003. "At the time we were directed, we were informed, to lay as many charges under the new terrorist legislation against as many suspects as possible because we wanted to use the new legislation," Mr Lam Paktsun testified.
ASIO attacked for 'moronic prosecution' 13 Nov 2007 Australia's counter-terror agencies have come under intense criticism after another terrorism case collapsed and a judge found ASIO officers had kidnapped and falsely imprisoned the suspect [Sydney medical student Izhar Ul-Haque].
Terrorism bill passed into law 13 Nov 2007 Parliament today voted 108-13 to strengthen terrorism suppression laws... The Terrorism Suppression Amendment Bill has the main purpose of allowing New Zealand to meet its international obligations in terms of designating terrorist organisations. It also creates a new offence of committing an act of terrorism, under penalty of a life sentence, and gives the prime minister responsibility for designating groups and individuals as terrorists.
Britain has longest terrorism detention 12 Nov 2007 Police in Britain can hold terrorism suspects without charge for longer than in any other comparable democracy, according to a study by human rights organisation Liberty. Britain's 28-day limit already far exceeds other democracies and the government is considering doubling it.
Parliament Hill security under review --Plan in works as senator calls current system 'dumb with a capital D' 12 Nov 2007 Police and other security officials are quietly working on a security plan that could greatly restrict Canadians' access to Parliament and possibly even the grounds.
MP says Kelly's 2003 death not suicide 12 Nov 2007 A former U.N. weapons inspector, whose death caused one of the biggest crises of Tony Blair's premiership, did not commit suicide as official accounts state, an MP claims in a new book. David Kelly was found dead in woods near his home in July 2003, just days after it was revealed that he was the source for a BBC report that said Blair's government had deliberately "sexed-up" intelligence to justify the invasion of Iraq.
Roadside bombs found in Iraqi intelligence officer's house 11 Nov 2007 Roadside bombs and other weapons have been found in the house of an Iraqi intelligence officer in Kerbala, the provincial capital and a centre of Shiite pilgrimage. The head of police intelligence, Lieutenant-Colonel Hashem Chalub, was found to have a large quantity of weapons and explosives. The U.S military transferred security responsibility for the province to Iraqi authorities late last month.
DynCorp security guards shoot taxi driver dead in Baghdad 12 Nov 2007 Mercenaries working for an American private security firm [child rapists and slave traders, DynCorp] have shot dead an Iraqi taxi driver in the latest in a series of killings that has prompted a shake-up of Iraq's multibillion-dollar foreign security industry.
Gordon Brown threatens Iran's oil interests unless it curbs nuclear ambition 13 Nov 2007 Gordon Brown last night proposed a worldwide ban on companies developing Iran’s oil and gas fields if it failed to curb its nuclear ambitions. He promised to take the lead in seeking tougher penalties through the United Nations and the European Union as Britain and the United States seek to increase the pressure on Tehran.
Israelis urge EU to get tougher on Iran 12 Nov 2007 Senior Israeli officials are touring Europe this week to raise the alarm about Iran's accelerating nuclear programme and urge EU governments to take tougher sanctions without waiting for the United Nations.
US strike on Iran 'not being prepared' 12 Nov 2007 The Pentagon is not preparing a pre-emptive attack on Iran in spite of an increase in bellicose rhetoric from Washington, according to senior officers. Admiral William Fallon, head of Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, told the Financial Times that while dealing with Iran was a "challenge", a strike was not "in the offing".
'Hidden Costs' Double Price of Two Wars, Democrats Say 13 Nov 2007 The economic costs to the United States of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan so far total approximately $1.5 trillion, according to a new study by congressional Democrats that estimates the conflicts' "hidden costs"-- including higher oil prices, the expense of treating wounded veterans and interest payments on the money borrowed to pay for the wars. That amount is nearly double the $804 billion the White House has spent or requested to wage these wars through 2008, according to the Democratic staff of Congress's Joint Economic Committee.
Chertoff: US in Iraq Keeps al-Qaida Out 12 Nov 2007 The United States military must remain in Iraq long enough to ensure that al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] cannot reclaim the havens it has lost there, the U.S. Homeland Security secretary said Monday.
US-led forces kill two children in Afghanstian 13 Nov 2007 US-led occupation troops battling suspected militants in southern Afghanistan lobbed a grenade that destroyed a house and killed 15 militants as well as a civilian woman and two children, the 'coalition' said yesterday.
2 NATO soldiers killed, another injured in E Afghanistan 12 Nov 2007 Two soldiers of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force were killed and another wounded while conducting an operation in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, said an ISAF statement.
18 arrested in antiwar protest by veterans 12 Nov 2007 More than a dozen members of an antiwar veterans group were arrested yesterday as they protested the exclusion of their message from Boston's Veterans Day parade. Some protesters wore gags, which they later said symbolized the fact that, while they were permitted to march in the parade, they were prevented from carrying signs opposing the war in Iraq.
Anti-war vets allowed to march after all 11 Nov 2007 (Denver) Anti-war veterans groups were allowed to march in the Veterans Day Parade after reaching a last minute deal with organizers. Members of Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War marched at the end of Saturday’s parade holding signs protesting the war and President [sic] Bush.
Space Weapons Program Gets Extra Funding 12 Nov 2007 While wrestling with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon is preparing weapons to fight the next battle from space, according to information in the 621-page, House-Senate conference report on the fiscal 2008 defense appropriations bill. The $459 billion bill, which awaits President [sic] Bush's signature, provides $100 million for a new "prompt global strike" program that could deliver a conventional, precision-guided warhead anywhere in the world within two hours. [Yeah, too bad SCHIP isn't a weapons program.]
The uninvited guest: Chinese sub pops up in middle of U.S. Navy exercise, leaving military chiefs red-faced 10 Nov 2007 American military chiefs have been left dumbstruck by an undetected Chinese submarine popping up at the heart of a recent Pacific exercise and close to the vast U.S.S. Kitty Hawk - a 1,000ft supercarrier with 4,500 personnel on board. By the time it surfaced the 160ft Song Class diesel-electric attack submarine is understood to have sailed within viable range for launching torpedoes or missiles at the carrier. According to senior Nato officials the incident caused consternation in the U.S. Navy.
Chinese Sub Pops Up Undetected in U.S. Navy Exercise [LOL!] 10 Nov 2007 Recently, when a Chinese submarine popped up undetected in the middle of a Pacific Ocean exercise, dangerously close to the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk, American military chiefs were left dumbfounded and red-faced, according to UK newspaper, Daily Mail.
Drivers' price at the pump could rise by 20 cents 12 Nov 2007 Gasoline prices could rise as much as 20 cents in the next few weeks as the price at the pump catches up with the recent surge in oil costs, the head of the Energy Department's analytical arm said Monday.
Subprime Losses May Reach $400 Billion, Analysts Say 12 Nov 2007 Losses from the falling value of subprime mortgage assets may reach $300 billion to $400 billion worldwide, Deutsche Bank AG analysts said.
For Ousted Citigroup Chief, a Bonus of $12.5 Million 12 Nov 2007 Last week, Charles O. Prince III resigned under pressure as chairman and chief executive of Citigroup. Mr. Prince, arguably the person most responsible for Citigroup’s enormous problems, can expect at least a $12.5 million cash bonus, compared with last year’s cash payout of $13.8 million.
Auckland Airport Bird flu scare a false alarm 13 Nov 2007 Passengers on an international flight were held on their aircraft at Auckland International Airport today as authorities feared a passenger may have become ill with avian influenza or bird flu. It was later reported a passenger had been taken to hospital in a stable condition with suspected gastroenteritis. Ambulance and public health authorities were alerted and about 220 passengers on the aircraft were quarantined by St John Ambulance staff.
UK farm put under surveillance after H5 bird flu strain found in turkeys 13 Nov 2007 All 5,000 poultry at a Norfolk farm will be culled today after the H5 strain of bird flu was found in turkeys. Last night a three-kilometre protection zone and a 10-kilometre surveillance zone were set up around Redgrave Park Farm in Redgrave, near Diss. But the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said further tests were needed to ascertain whether the strain is H5N1, which is potentially dangerous to humans and has swept across Asia, Europe, and Africa since 2003.
Smallest species joins other bears on red list 13 Nov 2007 The smallest species of bear, the sun bear, has been included on the red list of threatened species for the first time, the World Conservation Union (IUCN) said yesterday. Its inclusion on the list raises the number of bear species considered threatened from five to six, the IUCN said in its annual report.
More bear species threatened with extinction 12 Nov 2007 Six of the world's eight species of bear are threatened with extinction, according to a report from the World Conservation Union (IUCN). The smallest species of bear, the sun bear, has been included on the list for the first time, while the giant panda remains endangered. [See species under threat in the Guardian gallery and use the interactive guide to find out more about the bears.]
Black Sea spill: '30,000 birds killed' 13 Nov 2007 Authorities say more than 30,000 birds have been killed by the thousands of tonnes of oil that leaked after a heavy storm broke a tanker apart near the Black Sea. Countless other birds, weighed down by thick coatings of the fuel oil, hopped weakly along the shore or sat helplessly in the sand yesterday.
UN official warns of ignoring warming 12 Nov 2007 The U.N.'s top climate official warned policymakers and scientists trying to hammer out a landmark report on climate change that ignoring the urgency of global warming would be "criminally irresponsible."
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