December 2004 Archives
"In Bush's prison system known as the United States of America, I have been stripped of my rights and forced to stand in obedience while the press and other Bush agents told repeated lies that were contrary both to my senses and to facts as reported around the world. In order to express my opinion, I have been corralled into caged pens called 'First Amendment zones,' and arrested if I left such small, confined zones of 'free speech.' My friends and colleagues have been questioned by the F.B.I., and I have been hunted by rightwing pugilists who repeatedly threatened my life.
"I have been humiliated by being associated with this fraud who pretends to be our president, violates world conventions and reneges upon commonly accepted treaties and policies of human dignity." --Michael D. Rectenwald, May 18, 2004
CLG Founder and Chair, Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D., appeared on MSNBC's "Scarborough Country" December 9, 2004. RECTENWALD: Because it‘s very well known that Jesus had to have been an Arabic looking person, Pat. And I find it very ironic, at the time we are bombing Iraq, we cannot put on an actual Arabic Jesus in the film. Read transcript here.
Contract killers hired in Iraq to hunt occupation troops --Contract killers are being offered as little as $US50 ($67) to hunt down occupation troops - including Australians - in Iraq. The mercenaries are being wooed from poor neighbouring countries in the Middle East with the promise of cash payments for every Western soldier killed.
GI gets three years for killing Iraqi --A US soldier has been sentenced to three years prison after pleading guilty to killing a severely wounded Iraqi teenager.
U.S. renews air strikes on Fallujah --U.S. war planes Saturday launched a fresh wave of air strikes on suspected rebel strongholds in Fallujah, west of Baghdad.
Copter crash kills 2 from S.C. --Two S.C. National Guard soldiers were killed in the nighttime crash Thursday of two U.S. helicopters at an airfield near Mosul, Iraq.
Japanese troops will spend extra year in Iraq -- Japan's cabinet decided Thursday to extend the country's deployment of non-combat troops in Iraq by one more year.
Pentagon Ousts Official Under FBI Investigation --John A. 'Jack' Shaw, a deputy undersecretary accused of trying to help friends win contracts in Iraq, portrays himself as a whistle-blower. After the allegations against him surfaced last spring, Shaw responded with a report of his own, charging that one of the U.S. officials accusing him had taken bribes in a conspiracy to place Iraq's cellular phone network under the control of a former Saddam Hussein ally. In a letter to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Shaw expanded on the accusations made in his previous report, charging that Defense Undersecretary Douglas J. Feith, his former law partner L. Marc Zell and Ahmad Chalabi, leader of the Iraqi National Congress party, were also involved in the conspiracy.
18,000 U.S. Troops Begin Afghan Offensive --The 18,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan have begun a new offensive to hunt Taliban and al-Qaida militants through the country's harsh winter, aiming to sap their strength ahead of planned spring elections, the American military said Saturday.
A theologian asks the hard questions about 9/11 --A soft-spoken professor of religion risks a hard-earned reputation as a scholar to write one of the most incredible political books of the year --David Griffin's book, The New Pearl Harbour: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11 has already sold an astonishing 80,000 copies. ...The book fleshes out in 214 pages the question asked in the final moment of Michael Moore's documentary, Fahrenheit 911. That's when the filmmaker wonders aloud: What exactly was Bush thinking as he sat in front of a bunch of school children reading a book titled My Pet Goat, knowing two jetliners had been flown into the World Trade Center?
Fla. Man Pleads Guilty to Anthrax Mail Threat to Dictator Bush and Gov. Bush --A prison inmate who mailed a letter laced with white powder pleaded guilty Friday to threatening to send anthrax to Dictator Bush, Gov. Jeb Bush and federal employees. Tests indicated the substance was a harmless body powder, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Len Register. ...Roger V. Evans pleaded guilty to federal charges of threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction [?!?] against federal property and mailing threatening communications.
Doubts Are Raised on Push for Anthrax Vaccine --In ordering a new $877 million anthrax vaccine last month, the federal government said it was a major step toward creating a "bioshield" to protect Americans from [the Bush terror teams'] germ warfare. But delivering that protection may be difficult: the vaccine is unproven in humans, the maker has legal and accounting troubles, and health officials are not prepared to distribute the vaccine quickly if it is needed.
G7 Agree Vaccine Bank to Fight Bioterror, Epidemics --G7 health ministers have agreed to create ['set up'] a bioterrorism crisis center to marshal a global response to [the Bush terror team's] germ warfare attacks, and pledged to provide millions of shots for a global "vaccine bank."
Grey heron found H5 positive in HK --A grey heron found in Hong Kong earlier has been confirmed an H5 avian flu suspect, and further tests are underway for the nature of the virus, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said Saturday.
New Spy Plan Said to Involve Satellite System --A highly classified intelligence program that the Senate intelligence committee has tried unsuccessfully to kill is a new $9.5 billion spy satellite system that could take photographs only in daylight hours and in clear weather, current and former government officials say.
Kerik Pulls Out as Bush Nominee for Homeland Security Job --Bernard B. Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner, abruptly withdrew his name from consideration to be Dictator Bush's secretary of homeland security late Friday night, citing questions related to the immigration status of a former household employee.
Kerik's Position Was Untenable, Bush Aide Says --Dictator Bush readily accepted Bernard B. Kerik's decision to withdraw his nomination as homeland security secretary after the White House quickly concluded on Friday evening that it would be impossible for him to win confirmation for a post that supervises enforcement of the nation's immigration laws if he had had immigration problems in his own household, White House officials said on Saturday.
Blackwell Locks Out Recount Volunteers --Blackwell Locks Down Ohio Voting Records --Ohio Election Investigation Thwarted by Surprise Blackwell Order - Dayton, Ohio (fairnessbybeckerman.blogspot.com) "On Friday December 10 two certified volunteers for the Ohio Recount team assigned to Greene County were in process recording voting information from minority precincts in Greene County, and were stopped mid-count by a surprise order from Secretary of State Blackwell’s office. The Director Board of Elections stated that 'all voter records for the state of Ohio were 'locked-down,' and now they are not considered public records.'"
Liberal Leader From Ukraine Was Poisoned --Tests done at a hospital in Vienna confirmed that Viktor A. Yushchenko, the Ukrainian opposition candidate, had been poisoned with dioxin, doctors there said Saturday, providing an explanation for a broad array of painful and disfiguring conditions that plagued him during the last three months of the presidential campaign.
Reporter given house arrest in source case --A Rhode Island television reporter was sentenced to six months of house arrest on Thursday for refusing to reveal the source of an undercover videotape, even though the source identified himself.
Michael Moore promises "polite speech" if selected --Republican threatens boycott of Hollywood if F9/11 wins --One of the most controversial and provocative films of the year, Fahrenheit 9/11, has been nominated by the People's Choice Awards as the American public's "Favorite Film of the Year."
Mexicans on Death Row Win Review --Justices to Take Up Texas Case Ruled a Treaty Violation by International Court --The Supreme Court agreed yesterday to decide whether the federal courts must give a hearing to a Mexican inmate on Texas's death row who says the state violated international law by trying him on murder charges without first notifying Mexican diplomats who might have helped him.
US stands firm against post-Kyoto talks --The United States is open to holding "informal gatherings" to discuss climate change as long as they do not pave the way to post-Kyoto Protocol negotiations, a US official said here on Friday at a major UN conference on climate change.
9/11 Measure Expands Police Powers Intelligence Bill Includes Disputed Anti-Terror Moves --The intelligence package that Congress approved this week includes a series of little-noticed measures that would broaden the government's power to conduct terrorism investigations, including provisions to loosen standards for FBI surveillance warrants and allow the Justice Department to more easily detain suspects without bail. ['Little-noticed' measures??? No, we *noticed* them --the GOP media whores refused to *cover* them!!]
Anti-[pro]terror bill worries liberties groups --People indicted on terror charges will have a much harder time getting free on bail under a provision in the new intelligence bill. The provision also broadens the government's authority to spy on terror suspects.
Congress expands use of terrorist watch lists --Anyone who works at an airport or aboard a cruise ship will have his identity checked against government watch lists, just like commercial airline passengers.
Permanent jail set for Guantánamo --Even as federal judges weigh whether the U.S. has the authority to detain and try suspects in the war on terror, the Pentagon is quietly planning for permanency at the U.S. detention center at Guantánamo Bay, The Herald has learned.
Pentagon plans to build permanent jail at Guantanamo --The Pentagon is planning to build a permanent jail at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and the army wants to create a full-time guard force to watch over the detainees. The move comes as federal judges are trying to determine whether the U.S. has the right to detain suspects indefinitely in its "war on [of] terror".
Holy conflict of interest, Batman!! Security Post Would Put Kerik Atop Field That Enriched Him --Just five years ago, Bernard B. Kerik was facing lawsuits from a condominium association and bank over delinquent payments owed on a modest New Jersey condo he owned. Today, he is a multimillionaire as a result of a lucrative partnership with former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and an even more profitable relationship with a stun-gun manufacturer. If he is confirmed to the post of homeland security secretary, to which Dictator Bush nominated him last week, he will oversee an enormous department that does business with some of the companies that helped make him wealthy.
Oops! Better give Nazis Kerik and Giuilani even *more* money: Al-Qaeda could stage seaborne attack within 12 months: security firm --The al-CIA-duh network could stage a seaborne attack within the next 12 months, in a tactical strategy to drive maritime shipping costs and travel times to record highs, a British private defense firm said.
Oops! Better give Nazis Kerik and Giuilani even *more* money: 'Terrorists' Explore Lasers as Weapons, U.S. Warns --Federal officials are concerned that 'terrorists' could try to down aircraft by blinding pilots with laser beams during landing approaches. A memo sent to law enforcement agencies recently by the FBI and the Homeland Security Department says there is evidence that 'terrorists' have explored using lasers as weapons. [Terrorists - such as the Pentagon W-ar planners?]
Rectenwald (CLG News) at Scarborough on e-voting Fraud, Bush/Bin Laden and PNAC --page by Nico Haupt of globalfreepress.com "...Did you know that George Bush Sr. was sitting in a room with bin Laden's brother on the day that 9/11 happened?...And it was the Project For a New American Century that said we needed a new Pearl Harbor in order to mobilize their international agenda of a war in the Middle East... Once Diebold controls the election—and it‘s a Republican-owned corporation that promised the election for Bush from the outset, are we supposed to believe these results?.."
U.S. Money Helped Opposition in Ukraine --The Bush dictatorship has spent more than $65 million in the past two years to aid political organizations in Ukraine, paying to bring opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko to meet U.S. leaders and helping to underwrite exit polls indicating he won last month's disputed runoff election.
Doubts Persist About Election Results --As the Electoral College prepares to certify Dictator Bush's re-selection on Monday, concerns persist about the integrity of the nation's voting system — particularly in Ohio, where details continue to emerge of technology failures, voter confusion and overcrowded polling stations in minority and poor neighborhoods.
Why history demands an Ohio revote --by Harvey Wasserman & Bob Fitrakis --"Opponents of a recount and revote in Ohio say the first won't change the election's outcome and the second is unwarranted... Various Republican minions complain that a full recount of the Ohio vote will cost upwards of $1.5 million and won't shift the state from George W. Bush to John Kerry. But that money represents less than 0.1% of the $200 billion minimum figure the Bush Administration will spend to 'bring democracy to Iraq.'"
Democrat sues secretary of state over Nevada presidential election --A citizen activist has sued Secretary of State Dean Heller, alleging he's withholding election records that could cast doubt on Dictator Bush's 21,000 vote victory over John Kerry in Nevada.
Observers Watch Wash. Recount Closely --Dozens of election observers kept close watch Friday on teams of vote counters in King County as Washington state's largest county began its tedious hand recount of the governor's race.
Bill Moyers Retiring From TV Journalism --come next week, Bill Moyers will sign off from "Now," the weekly PBS newsmagazine he began in 2002, as, at age 70, he retires from television. "I'm going out telling the story that I think is the biggest story of our time: how the right-wing media has become a partisan propaganda arm of the Republican National Committee," says Moyers. "We have an ideological press that's interested in the election of Republicans, and a mainstream press that's interested in the bottom line. Therefore, we don't have a vigilant, independent press whose interest is the American people."
Mega barf alert! Rehnquist to Administer Oath --Chief inJustice William H. Rehnquist, who has been absent from Supreme Court oral arguments in the past two months because of thyroid cancer, has accepted an invitation from Dictator Bush to administer the oath of office on Jan. 20, a White House official said yesterday. [Speaking of which: CLG presents . . . UN-AUGURATION Washington, D.C. Jan. 20th, 2005 - JOIN HORDES IN D.C. FOR AN EXTRA SPECIAL UN-AUGURATION PARADE
Rumsfeld under fire for 'hillbilly armour' used to defend army --The row over America's failure to send enough military vehicles to Iraq took a new twist yesterday when the company that manufactures them said it could deliver 1,200 more a year, but has had no request from the Pentagon.
Valley firm disputes Rumsfeld, is ready to supply Army armor --A Valley firm that provides critical armor for military vehicles in Iraq is operating at only half-capacity despite complaints from soldiers who say they are being sent into combat without adequate protection.
He lost an arm in Iraq; the Army wants money --He lost his arm serving his country in Iraq. Now this wounded soldier is being discharged from his company in Fort Hood, Texas, without enough gas money to get home. In fact, the Army says 27-year-old Spc. Robert Loria owes it close to $2,000, and confiscated his last paycheck.
U.S. Soldier Guilty of Murder, Killed Wounded Iraqi --An American soldier pleaded guilty at a court martial in Baghdad on Friday to the murder of a badly wounded Iraqi, the U.S. military said in a statement.
GI Admits to Killing Hurt Iraqi Teenager --A U.S. soldier pleaded guilty Friday to killing a severely wounded Iraqi teenager in what investigators say may have been a mercy [Yeah, right!] killing, the latest of several similar incidents that have undercut efforts by the United States to win support among Iraqis and defeat a rampant insurgency.
Two U.S. Troops Die in Iraq Copter Crash --A helicopter accident killed two U.S. soldiers from Task Force Olympia and injured four, the military said Friday.
Deserters: We Won't Go To Iraq --The Pentagon says more than 5,500 servicemen have deserted since the war started in Iraq. 60 Minutes Wednesday found several of these deserters who left the Army or Marine Corps rather than go to Iraq.
Homeless Iraq vets showing up at shelters --U.S. veterans from the war in Iraq are beginning to show up at homeless shelters around the country, and advocates fear they are the leading edge of a new generation of homeless vets not seen since the Vietnam era.
Company to Aid in DeLay Corruption Probe --A company accused in the campaign-finance investigation that has implicated associates of U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay agreed to aid prosecutors in exchange for having charges against it dropped, court papers showed.
More Signs Inflation's Picking Up --Wholesale prices climbed by 0.5 percent in November — an improvement compared with the previous month's surge, but still fresh evidence that inflation is picking up as the economy gains momentum.
Record number need heating help --Demand for heating assistance from low-income households is expected to jump to the highest level in two decades this winter, putting a significant strain on government and charitable groups, according to state energy directors.
Cargo Ship Leaking Fuel Oil Off of Alaska --Fuel oil was pouring out of a Malaysian-flagged cargo vessel that grounded off an Aleutian island and split into two nearly equal pieces, threatening a sensitive area of marine habitat, officials said on Thursday.
Ex-CIA agent says sacked for not faking Iraq WMD reports --A sacked CIA official has sued, alleging he was fired for refusing to fake reports supporting the White House position that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, local media said. Described as a senior CIA official who was sacked in August "for unspecified reasons," the lawsuit appeared to be the first public instance of a CIA agent charging he was pressured to concoct intelligence on Iraq.
Soldier's Family Says He's Being Punished For Complaining About Equipment Shortfalls --by Eric Flak "They're risking their lives for our country, and Wednesday angry U.S. soldiers in Iraq told Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld a lack of equipment is making their job even more dangerous. Meanwhile, the family of a local soldier who first made safety complaints in October says he's being punished for speaking out. WAVE 3 Investigator Eric Flack reports."
Reporters Fight in Court Not to Reveal Sources --A lawyer for two journalists subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury asked a federal court on Wednesday to rule that they do not have to disclose their confidential sources in an investigation into the leak of a covert CIA officer's name in the build-up to the Iraq war.
Paper Barred From Fort Carson Over Story --Army officials barred Denver Post reporters from Fort Carson because the newspaper published an article about soldiers unhappy with their health care, a military spokesman said.
Fort Carson halts access for The Post --The base is refusing to give the paper information because of a Sunday front-page article on military medical holds. - The Denver Post - Fort Carson -The Army is denying The Denver Post access to Fort Carson and to information on military activities in the wake of a Sunday article in The Post on military medical holds.
More U.S. Soldiers Survive War Wounds --For every American soldier killed in Iraq, nine others have been wounded and survived — the highest rate of any war in U.S. history. It isn't that their injuries were less serious, a new report says. In fact, some young soldiers and Marines have had faces, arms and legs blown off and are now returning home badly maimed.
Reporter planted GI's question for Rumsfeld --Says issue of unarmored vehicles wasn't being covered --The question a U.S. soldier asked Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld Wednesday about the lack of armor on some combat vehicles in Iraq was planted by a newspaper reporter embedded with the soldier's unit, the reporter told colleagues in an e-mail. Edward Lee Pitts, Chattanooga Times Free Press military affairs reporter, said he wanted to ask the question himself but was denied a chance to speak to Rumsfeld at what the Pentagon called a town hall meeting for GIs in Kuwait.
Disgruntled Troops Complain to Rumsfeld --Disgruntled U.S. soldiers complained to Defense Secretary [W-ar criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld on Wednesday about the lack of armor for their vehicles and long deployments, drawing a blunt retort from the Pentagon chief.
U.S. to Test Its Missile Defense System --The military planned to conduct the first full flight test of its national missile defense system in nearly two years, with the test coming possibly as early as Wednesday evening.
Abuse 'continued after Abu Ghraib' --US military officials witnessed the mistreatment of Iraqi detainees at a second Baghdad prison at the height of the Abu Ghraib scandal and were threatened and harassed when they attempted to report the abuse, official memos released by the Pentagon have shown.
U.N. Members Give Annan Standing Ovation --Secretary-General Kofi Annan won a standing ovation from the U.N. General Assembly, a rare public display of support in response to recent calls for his resignation from several U.S. lawmakers.
Senators condemn mystery spy project --Intel committee member calls it 'dangerous to national security' --Congress' new blueprint for U.S. intelligence spending includes a mysterious and expensive spy program that drew extraordinary criticism from leading Democrats, with one saying the highly classified project is a threat to national security. Each senator — and more than two dozen current and former U.S. officials contacted by The Associated Press — declined to further describe or identify the disputed program, citing its classified nature.
House Overwhelmingly Approves Broad Overhaul of Intelligence --The House voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to approve the sweeping intelligence-overhaul bill sought by Dictator Bush and the independent Sept. 11 commission, rejecting a final appeal by a group of influential House Republicans who last month came close to derailing the measure.
Tell Terrorist Bush: Don't Take Away Our Health Care!! Quick action! Sign petition from Americans For Health Care. According to a November 18, 2004 article in the Washington Post, one of the first orders of business President [sic] Bush is considering for his second term is simplifying the tax code by cutting taxes for large corporations. His advisers are quoted saying that he will pay for it by 'scrapping the business tax deduction for employer-provided health insurance.'
CLG Founder and Chair, Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D., appeared on MSNBC's "Scarborough Country" December 7, 2004. Click here to read transcript. Rectenwald: "Michael Moore did not hurt the Democratic Party. You had a segment about miracles in the last segment here. I'd like to talk about some miracles that happened in Ohio, like 4,400 votes added to a precinct that had only 800 votes—voters in it, OK, that 'voted' for Bush. Let's talk about the miracles of Diebold!"
*Where* were the *observers* in the U.S. on November 2nd??? --U.S. Sends Observers to Ukraine for Vote --The United States will send 100 observers to Ukraine for this month's scheduled presidential election, a rerun of voting that Ukraine's top court had found illegitimate.
Board awaits state followup (OH) Auglaize County Board of Election members say they have not heard any more from the state regarding a possible investigation after receiving notice of being placed on administrative oversight last week. "Absolutely nothing," board member Diana Hausfeld said in a telephone interview Wednesday afternoon when asked if the board had received any information about the investigation.
Hand Recount Starts in Wash. Gov. Race --A recount by hand of 2.9 million votes began Wednesday to determine the winner of the closest gubernatorial race in state history.
Candidates Officially Request Ohio Recount --With support from John Kerry's campaign, two third-party candidates for president officially asked on Tuesday for a recount in Ohio.
The Conyers Hearing --blog by William Rivers Pitt "On Thursday 02 December, Democratic Representative John Conyers, Jr. of Michigan, ranking Minority member of the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell outlining a long series of voting irregularities in Ohio during the Presidential election last month. The factual data in that letter, combined with information that has since been brought to light, is the subject of the hearing Conyers and fellow Judiciary Democrats are holding on Wednesday 08 December"
In Cleveland as in Kiev --by Jesse Jackson "In the Ukraine, citizens are in the streets protesting what they charge is a fixed election. Secretary of State Colin Powell expresses this nation's concern about apparent voting irregularities. The media give the dispute around-the-clock coverage. But in the United States, massive and systemic voter irregularities go unreported and unnoticed. Ohio is this election year's Florida. The vote in Ohio decided the presidential race, but it was marred by intolerable, and often partisan, irregularities and discrepancies. US citizens have as much reason as those in Kiev to be concerned that the fix was in."
MoveOn to Democratic Party: 'We Own It' --Liberal powerhouse MoveOn has a message for the "professional election losers" who run the Democratic Party: "We bought it, we own it, we're going to take it back."
Sharpton Was Paid to Aid Kerry Campaign --All of John Kerry's one-time rivals in the Democratic presidential primary eventually lined up to support him as the nominee, but only one got paid for it —Al Sharpton. The Democratic National Committee paid Sharpton $86,715 in travel and consulting fees to compensate for his campaigning for Kerry and other Democratic candidates, according to reports to the Federal Election Commission. [Reichwing-Leftwing Sharpton (depending on how much $$$ is at stake) needs to join the GOP, where he will be more comfortable.]
Holy insider trading, Batman: Justice Dept. Begins Study of Safety of the Taser Electric Gun --December 7, 2004 --The Justice Department has begun to study Tasers, the electric guns that are increasingly popular with police departments, in the face of new questions over their safety. Taser International's stock price has risen 100-fold in two years, enriching its executives and directors, who have sold $140 million in stock since November 2003. Among the biggest gainers is the former New York police chief, Bernard B. Kerik, a Taser board member who has been nominated as the next secretary of homeland security. Eyes on Kerik --December 1, 2004 --Former Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik recently sold $5 million of Taser stock [due to his buddies in the 'Justice Department' tipping him off so that Kerik could sell the stock] 'amid speculation in some law enforcement circles that he is being considered to succeed Tom Ridge to head the Department of Homeland Security.' Kerik's sale of Taser stock coincides with that of Taser's chief executive and co-founder Patrick Smith and Smith's brother, Taser president Thomas Smith. Kerik has sat on the board of the stun gun company since 2002.
Ten Commandments Backed by Bush Regime in Court Fight --The Bush dictatorship, saying that religion "has played a defining role'' in the nation's history, urged the U.S. Supreme Court to permit Ten Commandments displays in courthouses.
U.S. Refuses to Change Approach to Global Warming --The United States, facing international criticism for its rejection of the Kyoto Protocol, argued Tuesday it spends billions of dollars seeking new technologies to cut emissions of the greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.
Is Bush the Antichrist? The Christian right and the Christian left are engaged in a debate over who 'owns' Jesus—and whether Dubya is a force for good or evil. --by Tim Appelo "When President [sic] George W. Bush was appointed by five Supreme Court justices in 2000, right-wing Christians sang hosannas for the triumph of God's will over the electorate's. 'President Bush is God's man at this hour,' said Tim Goeglein, Bush's liaison to evangelicals. Though the Methodist president dishonestly conceals the whole truth about his apocalyptic religious beliefs, he has acted as an evangelist in office."
Canada Court Says Ottawa May Allow Gay Marriage --The Supreme Court of Canada gave the federal government the go-ahead on Thursday to legalize gay marriage, opening the way for a fierce political battle in Parliament next year over its proposed legislation.
December 7, 2004 --CLG Founder and Chair, Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D., appeared on MSNBC's "Scarborough Country" at 10PM ET to discuss New Republic editor Peter Beinart's "An Argument for a New Liberalism: A Fighting Faith." (The show re-airs at 3AM ET, December 8.)
1,000th U.S. Soldier Killed in Action in Iraq --The number of U.S. troops killed in action in Iraq hit 1,000 Tuesday when the military said a soldier had been shot dead on patrol in Baghdad.
Car Bomb Explodes in Southern Baghdad --Insurgents detonated a car bomb in southern Baghdad early Wednesday, causing an unspecified number of casualties, witnesses said.
Militants Bomb Two Churches in Mosul --Militants bombed two churches Tuesday in Mosul, wounding three people in a coordinated attack in this northern city.
8 Soldiers Challenge Policy of Extending Army Duty --Saying they were duped into enlisting in the armed forces without being told they could be prevented from leaving, eight soldiers filed a lawsuit Monday challenging a policy forcing them to serve in Iraq beyond their terms of enlistment.
Ex-US marine: I killed Iraqi civilians --A former US marine has said his unit killed more than 30 innocent Iraqi civilians in just two days.
FBI Agents Allege Prisoner Mistreatment in Guantanamo --Complaints About Tactics Used in 2002 Were Noted in Letter Sent to Army Official --FBI agents witnessed "highly aggressive" interrogations and mistreatment of 'terror' suspects at the U.S. prison camp in Cuba starting in 2002 -- more than a year before the prison abuse scandal broke in Iraq -- according to a letter a senior Justice Department official sent to the Army's top criminal investigator. In the letter obtained by The Associated Press, the FBI official suggested the Pentagon didn't act on FBI complaints about the incidents.
U.S. Judge Rejects Bid to Stop Iraq Abuse Trial --A U.S. military judge on Monday rejected a motion to dismiss the case against Army Specialist Charles Graner, the suspected ringleader of abuses at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, on grounds he could not get a fair trial.
Romania demands return of US marine involved in deadly accident --Romania demanded the return to the country of a US Marine for questioning in the investigation of a suspected drunk driving accident that cost the life of a prominent Romanian rock musician.
Aid cuts threatened by US over tribunal --Millions at stake for foreign allies --The US government is quietly threatening to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars of foreign aid unless countries agree to shield Americans from prosecution at the UN permanent war crimes tribunal.
North Korea feared to have 6 nuclear bombs --The United Nations' chief nuclear watchdog is concerned North Korea has constructed as many as six nuclear warheads, the New York Times said Tuesday.
House passes historic intelligence reform bill [includes 'Patriot II'] --The House of Representatives approved landmark legislation to revamp America's intelligence network, clearing the way for major reforms aimed at preventing a repeat of the September 11 attacks.
House Approves U.S. Intelligence Overhaul --The House voted Tuesday to overhaul a national intelligence network that failed to prevent the Sept. 11 attacks, combining under one official control of 15 spy agencies, intensifying aviation and border security and allowing more wiretaps of suspected terrorists.
Emergency Alert: National ID/Patriot Act 2 Legislation On Verge of Passing (Prison Planet, December 7, 2004) "At approximately 3:30pm today, Ron Paul's press secretary Jeff Deist called Alex Jones to warn him that the legislation that encompasses the national ID card and Patriot Act 2 provisions was on the verge of passing the House tonight. Deist stated that the bill and what it means for America could be described in a word as 'tyranny'."
Anti-[pro] terrorism costs hidden in utility bills --Utilities win rate increases to recoup security costs following 9/11--All across the country Americans are fighting 'terrorism' one utility bill at a time.
Fingerprinting to Debut on Canadian Border --U.S. border guards at busy northern crossings will start fingerprinting foreign visitors entering from Canada by the end of the year, a top official in the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday.
Reid Says He Could Back Scalia for Chief Justice --Partisans on both sides of the debate over judicial nominees voiced displeasure yesterday with incoming Senate Minority Leader [D-Sycophant-Nevada] Harry M. Reid's comments indicating that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia could make an acceptable nominee for chief justice.
Whistleblower Affidavit: Programmer Built Vote Rigging Prototype at Republican Congressman's Request --Claim: Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL) Asked Company to Create E-Vote Fraud Software (bradblog.com exclusive) A Florida computer programmer has now made remarkable claims in a detailed sworn affidavit, signed December 6, 2004, and obtained exclusively by The Brad Blog. Affidavit (hosted exclusively by Raw Story --The programmer claims that he designed and built a "vote rigging" software program at the behest of then Florida Congressman, now U.S. Congressman, Republican Tom Feeney of Florida's 24th Congressional District.
Texas to Florida: White House-linked clandestine operation paid for "vote switching" software --by Wayne Madsen "An exhaustive investigation has turned up a link between current Florida Republican Representative Tom Feeney, a customized Windows-based program to suppress Democratic votes on touch screen voting machines, a Florida computer services company with whom Feeney worked as a general counsel and registered lobbyist while he was Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, and top level officials of the Bush administration."
Democrats launch investigation of voting problems in Ohio --The Democratic Party said Monday it will examine reports of voting problems in Ohio, where Dictator Bush's 'victory' clinched his re-selection. Outgoing Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe said the party will spend "whatever it takes" to study complaints from Ohio voters that included uncounted votes, long lines, shortages of ballots, understaffed polling stations and voting machine errors.
Bush Hands Million-Dollar Public Land to Mining Company for $875 (May 05, 2004) Last month the Bush administration handed a multinational mining company 155 acres of federally owned, prime mountaintop real estate near a Colorado ski resort. The price? Just $5 an acre (a total of $875), in an area where 1/10 of an acre fetches as much as $100,000.
Social Security Plan a $1 Trillion Sell --The federal government will have to borrow the $1 trillion or more needed over the next decade to finance Dictator Bush's 'plan' to create private Social Security accounts, the White House said today.
W.House: Borrowing to Help Fund Social Security Plan --The White House said on Monday for the first time that Dictator Bush's plan to add personal retirement accounts to Social Security would be financed in part by new government borrowing that could top $1 trillion.
Fresh Challenges in the Old Debate Over Evolution --About 40 states are dealing with some sort of challenge this year to the teaching of evolution at the state level, local level or both, said Glenn Branch, deputy director of the California-based National Center for Science Education, a nonprofit group that defends the teaching of evolution in public schools.
Bank fuses faith and finance (Otsego, MN.) There are two paintings in the offices of Riverview Community Bank in Otsego that underscore this is a small town bank with a difference. ...At the heart of the debate is Riverview, where the bank's "pastor," Chuck Ripka, and his staff pray with customers in his office and even at the drive-through window. A copy of the Ten Commandments hangs in the foyer and a Bible is buried in the foundation. Call it faith-based financing.
Reichwing Parents Television Council made 99.8 percent of indecency complaints to FCC --In an appearance before Congress in February, when the controversy over Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl moment was at its height, Federal Communications Commission chairman Michael Powell laid some startling statistics on U.S. senators. The number of indecency complaints had soared dramatically to more than 240,000 in the previous year, Powell said. The figure was up from roughly 14,000 in 2002, and from fewer than 350 in each of the two previous years. What Powell did not reveal was the source of the complaints [Gee, now *this* is a big ****ing surprise!] . According to a new FCC estimate obtained by Mediaweek, nearly all indecency complaints in 2003—99.8 percent—were filed by the Parents Television Council, an Reichwing activist group.
ACLU Sues Over California DNA Testing of Arrestees --Civil libertarians sued on Tuesday to stop implementation of a California law that mandates DNA testing for suspected felons even if they are never convicted.
Eliot Spitzer Announces Run for N.Y. Governor --State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, whose investigations have shaken the nation's financial institutions, said Tuesday he will run for governor of New York in 2006.
Bush sets out plan to dismantle 30 years of environmental laws --George Bush's new regime, and its supporters controlling Congress, are setting out to dismantle three decades of US environmental protection. In little over a month since his re-election, they have announced that they will comprehensively rewrite three of the country's most important environmental laws, open up vast new areas for oil and gas drilling, and reshape the official Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Al Qaeda linked to attack on U.S. Saudi outpost --Saudi officials are blaming a group of al Qaeda militants for a violent attack on the U.S. consulate in the city of Jeddah that has left as many as twelve people dead.
Saudi forces storm U.S. Consulate after attack --Three militants, 4 Saudi security officials reportedly killed --Islamic militants threw explosives at the gate of the heavily guarded U.S. Consulate in Jiddah, then forced their way into the building, prompting a gunbattle in a bold assault that left seven people dead and several injured before the three-hour long crisis was brought under control.
Gunmen Attack U.S. Consulate in Saudi Arabia --A group of attackers stormed the American Consulate in the Saudi Arabian city of Jidda today, using explosives at the gates to breach the outer wall and enter the compound, the Saudi Interior Ministry said in a statement.
Returning Fallujans Will Face Police State Measures --The US military is drawing up plans to keep resistance fighters from regaining control of this [their] battle-scarred city, but returning residents may find that the measures make Fallujah look more like a police state than the democracy they have been promised. Under the plans, troops would funnel Fallujans to so-called citizen processing centers on the outskirts of the city to compile a database of their identities through DNA testing and retina scans. Residents would receive badges displaying their home addresses that they must wear at all times. Buses would ferry them into the city, where cars, the deadliest tool of suicide bombers, would be banned.
US Navy Seals Torturing Iraqis (photos) Warning! Graphic
Malnutrition doubled since US invasion: UNICEF --The United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, warned today that the number of young Iraqi children suffering from acute malnutrition has nearly doubled since the March 2003 invasion, as health and living conditions have deteriorated.
US admits the war for 'hearts and minds' in Iraq is now lost [Nah.... 'ya think???] -- Pentagon report reveals catalogue of failure --by Neil Mackay "The Pentagon has admitted that the war on terror and the invasion and occupation of Iraq have increased support for al-Qaeda, made ordinary Muslims hate the US and caused a global backlash against America because of the 'self-serving hypocrisy' of George W Bush’s administration over the Middle East. The mea culpa is contained in a shockingly frank 'strategic communications' report, written this autumn by the Defence Science Board for Pentagon supremo Donald Rumsfeld." [Yes, but how did *Halliburton* fare? That is the question...]
U.S. troops, insurgents clash in central Baghdad --Clash follows deadly weekend that killed 70 Iraqis, 5 U.S. soldiers --U.S. troops fought a gunbattle with insurgents along a busy street in Baghdad on Monday, sending passers-by scurrying for cover, witnesses said. Meanwhile, U.S. commanders reported that five U.S. troops were killed over the weekend in separate clashes in a volatile western province as insurgents step up attacks ahead of elections planned next month.
Wave of Violence by Iraqi Rebels Kills 80 in 3 Days --Militants surrounded a bus full of unarmed [?!?] Iraqi contractors employed by American forces [Halliburton mercenaries?] as they rode to work on Sunday morning and gunned down 17 of them. It was the latest in a series of increasingly brazen attacks that have left more than 80 people dead in the past three days and deepened the sense of growing mayhem here as the January elections approach.
Insurgents Kill 21 Iraqis in Separate Attacks --Resistance fighters killed at least 21 Iraqis in attacks north of Baghdad Sunday, including 17 civilians who were gunned down on their way to work for the U.S. military at an arms dump outside Tikrit, the hometown of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.
Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Mosul Attack --Two American soldiers were killed and four were wounded in an attack in Mosul, Iraq, Dec. 4, U.S. officials in Iraq said.
Suicide bombing in Baghdad Green Zone kills 16 --A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb Saturday at the entrance to Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, killing at least 16 and wounding 38 others.
Car bombings, other attacks kill nearly 40 in Iraq --A wave of attacks that included car bombings here and in Baghdad have left nearly 40 people dead in Iraq, exacerbating fears that violence could derail Iraq's January elections.
3 Iraqis arrested in Germany over Iraq PM assassination plot --Three Iraqis accused of planning an attack on US-installed puppet dictator ['Iraqi Prime Minister'] Ayad Allawi, who is visiting Germany, have been arrested by German police.
Martin Offers Canadian Help for Iraqi Elections --Paul Martin took to the U-S airwaves on Sunday, saying Canada is ready to help train election workers and monitor the January vote in Iraq. [Martin: where were you on November 2, 2004? The U.S. just endured its *second* coup d'etat!]
Iraq polls can't occur amid current violence - U.N. envoy --It would be impossible to hold elections in Iraq in January if the security situation remains as precarious as it is, U.N. adviser Lakhdar Brahimi told a Dutch newspaper in an interview published on Saturday.
You asked for my evidence, Mr Ambassador. Here it is --In Iraq, the US does eliminate those who dare to count the dead --by Naomi Klein ...[Y]our press counsellor sent a letter to the Guardian taking strong exception to a sentence in my column of the same day. The sentence read: 'In Iraq, US forces and their Iraqi surrogates are no longer bothering to conceal attacks on civilian targets and are openly eliminating anyone - doctors, clerics, journalists - who dares to count the bodies.' Of particular concern was the word 'eliminating'. The letter suggested that my charge was 'baseless' and asked the Guardian either to withdraw it, or provide 'evidence of this extremely grave accusation'. ...[W]hile I agree that the accusation is grave, I have no intention of withdrawing it. Here, instead, is the evidence you requested."
Another top MI6 officer quits --A second senior MI6 officer is resigning in a shake-up of the top ranks of Britain's secret intelligence service, the Guardian has learned.
Most soldiers say army still has bullies 06 Dec 2004 A huge majority of soldiers believe bullying still exists in the army despite repeated attempts by senior officers to stamp it out, an internal Ministry of Defence survey reveals.
US withholds details of deadly incident involving US marine --The US Marine Corps expressed regret about what is being called a traffic accident that killed a Romanian rock star, but gave no details on the incident involving a marine embassy guard possibly driving under the influence of alcohol.
Eight Soldiers Plan to Sue Over Army's Stop-Loss Policy --With legal support from the Center for Constitutional Rights, lawyers for eight soldiers say they will file a lawsuit on Monday in federal court in Washington challenging the Army policy known as stop-loss.
Critics warn Canada of missile shield fallout --Heavily populated southern Canadian cities could be littered with the debris of nuclear warheads if missiles fired at the U.S. from North Korea were were shot down by a missile-defence shield over Canada, says a prominent U.S. physicist.
Quebec federal Liberals reject missile defence --The Quebec wing of the federal Liberal Party has said a resounding 'no' to Canadian participation in a continental missile defence plan.
Bin Laden trail is cold, Musharraf admits --Pakistani leader admits impasse as US offers deal to Taliban --The hunt for Osama bin Laden has gone cold, reducing Pakistan's security forces to little more than guesswork, President Pervez Musharraf admitted at the weekend. Speaking to reporters in Washington before flying to Britain yesterday, Mr Musharraf blamed the US for failing to send enough troops to neighbouring Afghanistan. The US military commander in Afghanistan, Lieutenant General David Barno, said yesterday that as few as 100 Taliban leaders would be prosecuted as "criminals" and thousands of lower-level insurgents would be pardoned and allowed to return home.
Bush Mum on Pakistan's Hunt for Bin Laden --Dictator Bush on Saturday defended Pakistan's cooperation in the hunt for Osama bin Laden despite the inability of U.S. and Pakistani troops to 'find' the al-CIA-duh leader who, Bush once declared, was wanted dead or alive.
Tories call for Blunkett to resign --David Blunkett's difficulties deepened last night after the Conservatives finally decided to capitalise on his relationship with the married publisher, Kimberly Quinn, and called for his resignation.
Kerik nomination is a ticking time bomb --by Ellis Henican "Campaign bodyguard to Rudy Giuliani. Errand boy for the Saudi royal family. Tough-talking publicity-hound vowing to bring law and order to Iraq - then hightailing it out of there after a disastrous 14 weeks, leaving the place far less safe than he found it... Let this be a warning from someone who's followed the man's ladder-climbing career: He's a personal and professional time bomb the Bushies will learn to regret."
North Dakota: Disaster exercise to involve Canadian officials --A state homeland security disaster exercise in this city will involve Canadian officials for the first time.
Police demand right to issue on-the-spot AVOs (Australia) NSW Police today called for an overhaul of domestic violence laws, demanding the right to issue on-the-spot domestic violence orders. The proposal, to be discussed by the NSW Police Association in a public meeting today, would give police the power to sidestep courts and issue apprehended violence orders (AVOs) immediately.
Balking At the TSA --New security regulations have some airlines concerned safety is being sacrificed --Nevada's Elko Regional Airport last week became the first airport in the country to apply to get rid of TSA screeners altogether and return to private employees... Dozens of other small airports are expected to apply for a similar exemption in the coming weeks.
Oops! French Police Misplace Explosives on Jet --Police at Paris' top airport lost track of a passenger's bag in which plastic explosives were placed to train bomb-sniffing dogs, police said Saturday. Warned that the bag may have gotten on any of nearly 90 flights from Charles de Gaulle, authorities searched planes upon arrival in Los Angeles and New York.
Narrower Bush Win Seen in Ohio --Dictator Bush's margin of victory in the all-important battleground state of Ohio appears to have been closer than previously believed.
FBI Refuses Complaint Alleging Ohio Voter Fraud --by Don DeBar - Dec. 03, 2004 - "The White Plains [NY] office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation today refused to accept a complaint detailing allegations of compound felonies of voter fraud, conspiracy and other offenses in connection with the Ohio conduct of last month's presidential election"
Private Firms to Chase Delinquent Taxpayers --When Reps. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) teamed up in September to get the House to pass an amendment blocking the use of private companies to collect back taxes from delinquent taxpayers, it seemed the Bush regime plan might be doomed for at least a year. But in the final hours of drafting a 3,300-page spending bill last month, House and Senate negotiators eliminated Capito's and Van Hollen's handiwork, clearing the way for the Internal Revenue Service to hire commercial debt collectors.
At F.D.A., Strong Drug Ties and Less Monitoring --Dozens of former and current F.D.A. officials, outside scientists and advocates for patients say the agency's efforts to monitor the ill effects of drugs that are on the market are a shadow of what they should be because the White House and Congress forced a marriage between the agency and industry years ago for the rich dowry that industry offered.
Lawmaker Seeks to Privatize State Pensions Assemblyman (R- Whackjob) Keith Richman wants to turn the system over to private fund managers. Critics say it would leave retirements less secure. Declaring rising pension debt a "ticking time bomb," a California legislator proposes converting public employee retirements from a traditional defined-benefit system to the 401(k)-style plans held by most American workers.
Calif. Lawmaker Wants to Privatize State Pensions --A (Republican) California legislator will propose a controversial overhaul on Monday that would convert traditional public employee retirement plans to privately managed 401(k)-style plans, the Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday.
US giant's defence on Bhopal could be undermined by company papers --New evidence has emerged that could undermine Union Carbide's long-standing denial of responsibility for the world's worst industrial accident, the devastation of the Indian city of Bhopal.
Greenhouse gas: Australia won't sign Kyoto deal --Australia was on track to meet targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but Environment Minister Ian Campbell today confirmed the government would not sign the Kyoto agreement.
Torture Can Be Used to Detain U.S. Enemies --U.S. military panels reviewing the detention of foreigners as enemy combatants are allowed to use evidence gained by torture in deciding whether to keep them imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the government conceded in court Thursday.
Evidence From Torture Is Usable, U.S. Asserts Tribunals reviewing detention of foreigners as enemy combatants are free to rely on results from such tactics, an official tells court. U.S. military panels reviewing the detention of foreigners as enemy combatants would be allowed to use evidence gained through torture in deciding whether to keep them imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the government said in court Thursday.
Russia's Putin calls U.S. policy "dictatorial" --Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Friday of pursuing a dictatorial foreign policy and said mounting violence could derail progress towards bringing peace and democracy to Iraq. Putin also criticised the West for setting double-standards on terrorism, pursuing Islamic fundamentalists in Afghanistan and Iraq while giving refuge to "terrorists" demanding Chechnya's independence from Russia.
Putin: Washington Seeks 'Dictatorship' --Russian President Vladimir Putin sharply criticized the United States on Friday, accusing it of a double-standard in fighting terrorism and questioning whether any election in Iraq can be democratic when fighting is raging in the country. Putin, who has been angered by U.S. and European denunciations of the Ukraine election as rigged unacceptable [since Bush's *own* 'election' was rigged and unacceptable], began a three-day visit to the Cold-War era ally with continued criticism of Washington, saying it seeks a "dictatorship of international affairs." [Domestic affairs, too!!] "Even if dictatorship is wrapped up in a beautiful package of pseudo-democratic phraseology, it will not be in a position to solve systemic problems," Russia's Itar-Tass news agency quoted him as saying in a speech Friday night in New Delhi.
Top Official: U.S. Wants Cuba 'Liberation' --Dictator Bush will be committed during his second term to the "liberation of Cuba" by extending moral and political support to the Cuban people, a top State Department official said Friday.
Ukrainian Court Orders New Vote for Presidency --Ukraine's Supreme Court overturned the results of the country's disputed presidential election on Friday, saying they were marred by "systemic and massive violations," and ordered a new runoff between the main candidates by Dec. 26.
Ukraine court cancels election results --Top court calls for new vote; unclear on which type of poll --Ukraine’s Supreme Court on Friday threw out the results of the presidential runoff vote, ordering a new election to end a crisis that has plunged the country into turmoil and generated distrust between Russia and the West. [Where is *our* new poll???]
Bush's Ohio 'Win' Was Closer Than Thought --Dictator Bush's 'victory' over John Kerry in Ohio was closer than the unofficial election night totals showed, but the change is not enough to trigger an automatic recount, according to county-by-county results provided to The Associated Press on Friday.
Arrests expected in voter fraud probe (OH) Charges are expected in an ongoing probe of voter registration fraud in Summit County. Board of Elections Director Bryan Williams on Wednesday told board members he was given an update of the investigation from the county sheriff's office.
Democrats will finance manual recount of votes in close race for Wash. governor --Washington Democrats will pay for a second recount in the state's unsettled governor's race, hoping it will erase the 42-vote margin held by Republican Dino Rossi. The party also asked the state Supreme Court Friday to rule that all ballots be treated the same from county to county. That would mean considering some previously uncounted ballots, particularly in Democratic-leaning King County.
Federal GOP Prosecutor in Md. Is Resigning --U.S. Attorney Thomas DiBiagio, who was reprimanded by the Justice Department for pressing his staff to produce "front-page" political corruption indictments before the election, announced Friday he is stepping down to return to private practice. DiBiagio, who was appointed Maryland's chief federal prosecutor by Dictator Bush in 2001, said he will leave office early next year. [See: Someone Killed the Prosecutor (Dec. 15, 2003) --It began with an early-morning mystery: a silver Honda idling on a creek embankment in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country. A curious worker from a nearby well-drilling company thought there had been an accident until he peered in the window and noticed the passenger seat was smeared with blood and there was no one inside. He called police, who found the body of federal prosecutor Jonathan P. Luna, 38, face down in the icy stream nearby, roughly 70 miles from his home. ...Luna, a former rising star, had lately been in a slump. A Democrat, he didn’t get along well with his Republican boss, Thomas DiBiagio; relations had dipped so low that Luna had retained a lawyer and considered filing a complaint against the office, although he ultimately decided against the move. In recent days Luna seemed increasingly “depressed” and “stressed-out,” according to friends and colleagues still stunned by his death.
Kerry Camp Joins Suit Over Ohio Votes --Senator John Kerry's campaign organization has joined a lawsuit by third-party presidential candidates seeking a recount in Ohio. A lawyer for the organization said on Thursday that it did not question Mr. Kerry's loss but wanted any counting to take place statewide.
Swiss Blocks Accounts in Halliburton Probe --Swiss justice authorities have blocked bank accounts containing $100 million in an investigation of an alleged bribery scandal tied to a subsidiary of Halliburton Co., the oil services company 'formerly' headed by U.S. Vice pResident Dick Cheney.
Ukraine recalls peacemakers from Iraq --The Ukrainian parliament decided on Friday to recall the Ukrainian army contingent from Iraq.
More British troops likely to be called for by US in Iraq --With British troops nearing the end of their mission in a US-controlled zone south of Baghdad, observers believe Washington will call again on its chief ally for reinforcements in the build-up to next month's crucial Iraqi elections.
U.S. Airborne Troops Head for Iraq in Major Buildup --The U.S. military kicked off a buildup of forces in Iraq by 12,000 troops on Friday as 82nd Airborne Division soldiers began leaving Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to boost security for Jan. 30 Iraqi elections.
Suicide car bomb hits U-S Marines in Iraq --Iraq A suicide car bomb has exploded near a unit of U-S Marines on the Iraqi side of the border with Jordan. A U-S military spokesman says there are deaths among the troops, but there's no word on how many.
27 Civilians Die in New Attacks by Iraq Rebels --Heavily armed insurgents launched attacks here and in the northern city of Mosul on Friday morning, striking at police stations, military bases and a Shiite mosque. At least 27 Iraqi civilians and policemen and dozens of insurgents were killed.
OAS Petition Filed Against US For Fallujah Attacks (Press Release) Humanitarian Law Groups File Rights Petition At OAS Against the United States For Attacks On Hospitals, Clinics In Fallujah --"Los Angeles-based Humanitarian Law Project/International Educational Development (HLP/IED and San Francisco-based Association of Humanitarian Lawyers (AHL), submitted a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States on behalf of 'unnamed, unnumbered patients and medical staff both living and dead' at the medical facilities in Fallujah. The Commission had authority to investigate human rights violations committed by a member State of the OAS and to seek remedies for victims."
US Navy to probe Iraq photos --The US navy is investigating photos posted on the internet that appear to show Iraqi detainees being abused by navy special forces during their capture in May 2003, a navy spokesman said today.
U.S. Disinfo Agents (Perle, Wolf-o-sh*tz, etc.) are Busy Little Bees: Iran arrests 'spy' faking nuclear company --Iran's Intelligence Ministry has announced the arrest of a "spy" accused of setting up a fake nuclear company as part of a bizarre international plot to damage the Islamic republic's reputation. "Asghar C, who has a past of spying for foreigners [read: spying for the U.S. regime], was seeking to make centrifuges with a fictitious contract and under the name of a false company," the Intelligence Ministry said. The ministry says that by pretending to manufacture centrifuges - the machines that can enrich uranium to make both fuel for a civilian reactor or the explosive core of a nuclear device - "this individual was trying to damage Iran's international commitments." Iran accuses the United States of putting into action a bizarre plan so it can "accuse Iran of not respecting international conventions and past accords and in this regard certain individuals are taking actions to facilitate these accusations."
Rebels return to 'cleared' areas --In Fallujah, US forces are going through 50,000 houses one by one. But Iraqi insurgents are coming back.
Huge pay drawing NZ soldiers to Iraq --Security jobs paying up to $216,000 a year in Iraq are proving too strong a lure for New Zealand soldiers. Defence chief Air Marshal Bruce Ferguson said on Thursday that almost a quarter of army staff with less than six years experience had left to become contractors in the Middle East.
U.S. Soldiers Seek Asylum in Canada --Canadian leaders, not the country's refugee system, should decide the fate of soldiers who have deserted the U.S. military to apply for asylum in their northern neighbour, according to a support group. One of those soldiers, Jeremy Hinzman, will go before Canada's refugee board Monday for a hearing on whether he qualifies for asylum.
Danforth Resigns as U.S. Ambassador to U.N. --John Danforth, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has resigned after less than six months in the job, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.
Britain, France, Germany Back Annan; Bush Wavers --Britain, Germany, France, Russia, and China rallied around U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Thursday, but Dictator Bush refused to explicitly endorse the U.N. chief under fire over suspected corruption in an Iraqi-oil sales program.
CLG Exclusive: Code Name: 'Basketball' --December 2, 2004 -- Citizens For Legitimate Government can report today an exclusive story about the Total Information Awareness program (TIA), initiated by Admiral (retired) John Poindexter. CLG exclusive source tells us that a day after 9-11, Poindexters office of the TIA program was already established in the Pentagon. Says inside, unnamed source, Poindexter had the TIA program ready to roll out on 9/12/2001, the day after 9-11. Five days after 9-11, the TIA office was fully functional. Asked if that means the program was ready to rollout previous to 9/11, the source familiar with the program and privy to top-secret government contractors said, "of course."
Bush terror team prepares weapons to (also) use on US protesters: Report: Raytheon 'heat beam' weapon ready for Iraq --Boston Business Journal Government defense giant Raytheon Co. has developed the first nonlethal weapon that fires a heat beam to repel enemies and reduces the chance of innocent civilians being shot, a Pentagon official said. [Yeah, right!!! As if the terrorists at the *Pentagon* care about 'innocent civilians!!']
Mega Barf Alert! Rumsfeld to stay on as defense secretary --Dictator Bush asked Defense Secretary [W-ar criminal] Donald Rumsfeld, who directed American military forces in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to remain at the Pentagon and he agreed to stay, a senior regime official said Friday. Rumsfeld's tenure has been marked by unanticipated postwar violence in Iraq and more than 1,250 U.S. deaths.
U.S. Health Chief, Stepping Down, Issues Warning --Tommy G. Thompson, the secretary of health and human services, announced Friday that he was resigning, and he expressed grave concern about the threat of a global flu epidemic and the possibility of a terrorist attack on the nation's food supply. "For the life of me," he said, "I cannot understand why the terrorists have not attacked our food supply because it is so easy to do." [Is the food supply next on the Bush terror team's agenda?]
One of Bush's 9-11 trolls wants to eliminate one of the last vestiges of democracy in the U.S.: Tenet calls for Internet security --Former CIA Director George J. Tenet yesterday called for new security measures to guard against attacks on the United States that use the Internet, which he called "a potential Achilles' heel." The former CIA director said telecommunications — and specifically the Internet — are a back door through which terrorists and other enemies of the United States could attack the country... He said known adversaries, including "intelligence services, military organizations and non-state actors," [?!?] are researching information attacks against the United States. Access to networks like the World Wide Web might need to be limited to those who can show they take security seriously, he said. [We need a political button that reads, 'I am a non-state actor.']
U.S. Allocates $2.5 Billion to 'Secure' Cities, States --The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Friday said it had allocated more than $2.6 billion in grants to boost 'security' in cities and states across the country.
Big Changes Seen in Choice for Homeland Security --Regime and Congressional officials said Friday that Dictator Bush's selection of Bernard B. Kerik as the new secretary of homeland security signaled potentially sweeping changes at the sprawling department. Mr. Kerik has proved himself a Republican loyalist and he earned the secretary's job in part through the staunch support of his old boss, former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, now his partner in a consulting firm.
NBC: Bush to tap Kerik for security chief --N.Y.'s former top cop would succeed Ridge, sources say --Dictator Bush will nominate former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik to succeed Tom Ridge as secretary of homeland security, NBC News reported Thursday.
9-11 trolls getting their rewards: Bernard B. Kerik is a Senior Vice President at Giuliani Partners and is Chief Executive Officer of Giuliani-Kerik LLC, an affiliate of Giuliani Partners. Mr. Kerik most recently served as Iraq’s interim Minister of Interior and as the Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Presidential Envoy to Iraq’s Coalition Provisional Authority. Mr. Kerik served as the 40th Police Commissioner of the City of New York. During his sixteen month tenure, Mr. Kerik's leadership resulted in dramatic reductions in crime through innovative and creative management. Mr. Kerik was also a principal member of the Mayor’s cabinet overseeing the rescue, recovery and investigation of the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001.
Mall Security Getting Anti-[pro] Terror Training (CT) In a shopping mall outside Hartford, past the Abercrombie & Fitch and the cell phone kiosks, tucked away by the Barnes & Noble, a conference room full of security guards is learning how to spot [Bush's] suicide bombers. They are being taught blast patterns and behavior profiles, how a bomb is packaged and how a bomber is recruited. Suburban shopping mall security guards — whose jobs usually consist of watching for shoplifters and shooing away loitering teenagers — are receiving the type of training that just a few years ago was reserved for the Israeli police and the U.S. military.
Russia May Launch Anti-Terror Strikes --Russia may use its strategic bombers to unleash preventive strikes against terrorists outside its borders, the commander of Russia's air force said Friday.
Germany-to-New Jersey flight diverted after threat --An airline official says a New Jersey-bound flight from Germany made an unscheduled landing after the airline received a "security threat." A spokesman for Lufthansa airlines says the 747 was diverted to Dublin, Ireland, earlier today.
Fingerprint system crash fuels doubts over ID card scheme --Investigations into thousands of crimes have been hampered by a serious crash in the police computer system for checking fingerprints. All 43 forces in England and Wales were affected by the shutdown, which meant officers could not check the fingerprints of suspects.
Frist Political Fund Can't Cover Bank Loan --Senator's Investment in Stock Market Has Lost $460,000 in Value Since 2000 [Oops! Guess the Bush economy isn't workin' for him...] --A campaign fund controlled by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Insane-Tenn.) has lost almost $460,000 in stock market investments since 2000 and now does not have enough to cover a sizable bank loan, according to federal election records and the manager of the Frist account.
Employers add fewer jobs than expected --U.S. employers pulled back on hiring as they headed into the holiday shopping season, adding just 112,000 new jobs overall in November. It was the weakest gain in five months and about half of what economists had forecast.
Bush Adviser Warns of Social Security Cuts --Calling the current system of Social Security benefits unsustainable, a top economic adviser to Dictator Bush on Thursday strongly implied that any overhaul of the system would have to include major cuts in guaranteed benefits for future retirees. [Why aren't there 'major cuts' to Halliburton? ]
Youngstown newspaper imports strikebreakers --Media chains lend workers to The Vindicator --The Youngstown, Ohio, newspaper strike has a new cast of characters -- reporters and editors from chain newspapers who are traveling hundreds of miles to help management produce The Vindicator.
Kenneth Starr says he shouldn't have been involved in Lewinsky case --Kenneth Starr says he never should have led the investigation that resulted in the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.
Hustler chronicles the private gay life of California Republican Rep. David Dreier --Detailed Hustler expose chronicles Dreier’s hidden gay life --Hustler Magazine lays bare the history of closeted gay Rep. David Dreier (R-Reichwing Hypocrite-CA) on newsstands Friday, RAW STORY can reveal.
New ending for Eminem's 'Mosh' video!! The updated ending shows Vice pResident Dick Cheney suffering a heart attack and concludes with Eminem leading a mob in rushing the Capitol during Bush's State of the dis-Union speech, replacing the original ending in which the rapper took his followers to the voting booth.
Bush calls for new world order --Dictator Bush yesterday challenged international leaders to create a new world order, declaring pre-September 11 multilateralism outmoded and asserting that freedom from terrorism will come only through pre-emptive action against enemies of democracy.
ACLU seeking FBI files on investigations of activist groups --The American Civil Liberties Union says F-B-I anti-[pro]terrorism task forces have improperly scrutinized anti-war, animal rights and environmental groups.
Ohio counties end official ballot counts --Ohio counties finished certifying votes in the presidential race Wednesday, and the results showed that election officials accepted about 77 percent of the provisional ballots that were cast. Carlo LoParo, a spokesman for [Bush/Cheney 2004 Ohio co-Chair/Secretary of State, J. Kenneth] Blackwell's office, said there will be no available breakdown of how many provisionals went to Bush or Kerry. [Why not?]
Ohio tally fit for Ukraine --by Juan Gonzalez "Voter fraud in the Ukraine? Give me a break. We learned, for example, that an additional 93,000 voters had gone to the polls yet machines had registered no preference of theirs for President. Only a manual recount can tell us for sure what happened to those 93,000 ballots. Then, red-faced election officials in Franklin County admitted a computer error on Election Night had tallied 4,258 votes for Bush in a precinct where only 638 people voted. That correction alone will drop Bush's margin by 3,620. And now Daily News reporter Larry Cohler-Esses and I have uncovered some more unusual vote totals, this time in black neighborhoods of Cleveland. Those results are from the precinct-by-precinct tallies released by the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, where Cleveland is located. In the 4th Ward on Cleveland's East Side, for example, two fringe presidential candidates did surprisingly well."
Parties seek recount in presidential election --Green and Libertarian Party presidential candidates are seeking a statewide recount of ballots in New Mexico's presidential contest that Dictator Bush won by a 5,988-vote margin.
Voting errors tallied nationwide --More than 4,000 votes vanished without a trace into a computer's overloaded memory in one North Carolina county, and about a hundred paper ballots were thrown out by mistake in another. In Texas, a county needed help from a laboratory in Canada to unlock the memory of a touch-screen machine and unearth five dozen votes. In other places, machine undercounting or overcounting of votes was a problem...
Locke may stay longer as Wash. governor -- Lame-duck Gov. Gary Locke may not be limping off into the sunset. If the slugfest between Republican Dino Rossi and Democrat Christine Gregoire doesn't produce a new governor by the scheduled Jan. 12 inauguration, Locke may have to stick around. That is because of a provision of the state constitution that says the governor's term of office is four years "and until his successor is elected and qualified."
Tell Senator Kerry he must act now by initiating a request for a temporary restraining order, as the Cobb lawsuit has been dismissed. This is a legal term that would get the counties to start the recount immediately!! Click here for which the groundwork is already done. Contact: http://www.democrats.org/contact for the DNC; Ohio Democrats 614-221-6563 (voice) 614-221-0721 (fax). The judge in Ohio basically said that only Kerry can get the recount going before Blackwell runs the clock out. Here is a one-click page where you can send a message on election fraud to the Kerry campaign, the DNC, and the GAO at the same time! [Action, courtesy Cheryl Guttman]
Former Bush Campaign Official Indicted --Dictator Bush's former New England campaign chairman was indicted Wednesday on charges he took part in the jamming of the Democrats' get-out-the-vote phone lines on Election Day 2002. ...The Democrats praised the indictment but questioned its timing. "I think it's unfortunate the Justice Department delayed, for whatever reasons that it did, until after the election," state Democratic chairwoman Kathy Sullivan said. "I hope this was not delayed for political reasons." [This is the Bush-Rove terror team. Of *course* the indictment was delayed for 'political' reasons!]
Self-proclaimed liars: PR Meets Psy-Ops in War on [of] Terror --The use of misleading information as a military tool sparks debate in the Pentagon. The Pentagon in 2002 was forced to shutter its controversial Office of Strategic Influence (OSI), which was opened shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, after reports that the office intended to plant false news stories in the international media. But officials say that much of OSI's mission — using information as a tool of war — has been assumed by other offices throughout the U.S. government. Although most of the work remains classified, officials say that some of the ongoing efforts include having U.S. military spokesmen play a greater role in psychological operations in Iraq, as well as planting information with sources used by Arabic TV channels such as Al Jazeera to lie about the Bush dictatorship ['help influence the portrayal of the United States'].
U.S. to Expand Military Force in Iraq --With the insurgency still a threat to Iraq's planned 'elections,' the U.S. force is about to expand to its highest level of the war — even higher than the initial invading force in March 2003.
U.S. to Boost Troop Presence in Iraq to 150,000 --The U.S. military will 'temporarily' [Yeah, right!!] boost its troop strength in Iraq to about 150,000 from a current level of 138,000 to provide extra security for Iraqi elections set for Jan. 30, defense officials said on Wednesday.
Pentagon Sending More Troops to Iraq --The Pentagon has decided to bolster U.S. forces in Iraq in advance of 'elections' scheduled for late January by sending elements of the 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, N.C., and extending the tours of duty for other units already in Iraq, officials said Wednesday. At least two Army brigades now operating in northern Iraq will have their tours extended by about two months, until after the 'election,' an Army official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Danish officer jailed for leaking secret Iraq WMD reports to media --A former agent with Denmark's military intelligence was on Tuesday sentenced to six months behind bars for leaking a classified report to the media stating there was no evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, a Copenhagen court said.
Mutilated body is not Hassan's --Fresh doubts have emerged over the fate of a British aid worker taken hostage in Iraq in October after tests revealed the mutilated body of a Western woman found a fortnight ago was not Margaret Hassan.
Arms Inspectors Said to Seek Access to Iran Sites --International inspectors are requesting access to two secret Iranian military sites where intelligence suggests that Tehran's Ministry of Defense may be working on atomic weapons, despite the agreement that Iran reached this week to suspend its production of enriched uranium, according to diplomats here.
Gunfire erupts outside Secretary of State Colin Powell meeting in Haiti --Haiti Gunfire erupted outside Secretary of State Colin Powell's meeting with Haitian political leaders today in Port-au-Prince. Officials say the shots seem to come from a car passing the National Palace.
U.N. Rejects Call for Annan's Resignation --United Nations member states voiced support for Secretary-General Kofi Annan after a U.S. senator called for him to resign over possible fraud in Iraq's oil-for-food program. The State Department endorsed a Senate investigation of the troubled program but sidestepped the issue of Annan's future.
Government Asserts Power to Keep Detainees --Under detailed questioning by a federal judge, government lawyers asserted Wednesday the U.S. military can hold foreigners indefinitely as enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, even if they aided terrorists unintentionally and never fought the United States.
Mass. Gets Electronic Gun Fingerprinting --With a quick electronic scan of a fingerprint, gun shop owners in Massachusetts will know immediately if a customer is eligible to buy a weapon, using a system that officials say is the first of its kind in the nation.
Several Propane Tanks Stolen From Store --Propane tanks were stolen from a Sears hardware store on the northwest side of Columbus, and now police are wondering if the 30 tanks are in the hands of terrorists.
Quick action! Release of Classified DOJ-IG Report on FBI Cover-Up --petition by Sibel Edmonds
Military recruiters banned --Harvard reinstates policy in response to court decision --Harvard Law School will once again ban military recruiters because of the Pentagon's policy on gays in the military, the school's dean announced yesterday, the day after a federal appeals court blocked enforcement of the federal law that forced schools to allow the visits.
The quintessential *Duh.* Bush's plan to halve federal deficit seen as unlikely --Higher spending, lower taxes don't mix, analysts say --With new bills for Halliburton ['Iraq and Afghanistan'], and Dictator Bush pushing tax cuts and an expensive remaking of Social Security, the regime seems to have little chance of significantly shrinking the budget deficit, despite Bush's promises to halve it within five years, according to independent analysts and legislators.
Deadly hot summers 'to become the norm' --Blisteringly hot summers similar to the one in 2003 when thousands of people in continental Europe died of heatstroke will become commonplace because of climate change, a study has found.
Oh, yum!! Rocket Fuel Chemical Found in Organic Milk --The government has found traces of a rocket fuel chemical in organic milk in Maryland, green leaf lettuce grown in Arizona and bottled spring water from Texas and California. The data were collected by the Food and Drug Administration through Aug. 19.
Voters to challenge US election --George Bush's victory in the US presidential election will be challenged in Ohio's supreme court today, when a group of Democratic voters will allege widespread fraud.
Kerry Team Seeks to Join Fight to Get Ohio County to Recount --Sen. John F. Kerry's presidential campaign asked an Ohio judge yesterday to allow it to join a legal fight there over whether election officials in one county may sit out the state's impending recount.
Nearly a Month Later, Ohio Fight Goes On --Nearly a month after John Kerry conceded Ohio to Dictator Bush, complaints and challenges about the balloting are mounting as activists including the Rev. Jesse Jackson demand closer scrutiny to ensure the votes are being counted on the up-and-up.
Something's fishy in Ohio --by Jesse Jackson "In the Ukraine, citizens are in the streets protesting what they charge is a fixed election. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell expresses this nation's concern about apparent voting irregularities. The media give the dispute around-the-clock coverage. But in the United States, massive and systemic voter irregularities go unreported and unnoticed. Ohio is this election year's Florida. The vote in Ohio decided the presidential race, but it was marred by intolerable, and often partisan, irregularities and discrepancies. U.S. citizens have as much reason as those in Kiev to be concerned that the fix was in."
Black Box Voting Sues Fla. Elections Supervisor (blackboxvoting.org) "Consumer Protection For Elections: Black Box Voting files lawsuit against Palm Beach County Elections Division --Failure to provide public records request in a timely manner --Black Box Voting has filed a lawsuit to require Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Teresa La [GOP Whore] Pore to turn over the public records request filed by Black Box Voting on Nov. 2, 2004. The records request contains vital diagnostic audit documents which will be used to audit and verify the accuracy of the Palm Beach County election results from Nov. 2, 2004. Thirteen more Florida counties, and up to 80 Ohio counties, are scheduled for similar litigation shortly, if they fail to comply... Case no. 50 2004 CA 011167 XXXX MB Filed Nov. 30 2004"
Judge Tosses Challenge to Nev. Bush Win --A judge Tuesday tossed out a legal challenge aimed at blocking Nevada's five electoral votes from being cast next month for Dictator Bush. In election challenges in two other states, a recount was sought and another was ended.
California appeals court halts certification of San Diego mayoral race --A California appeals court has stopped the San Diego County registrar from certifying the results of San Diego's mayoral election.
Locke says statewide hand recount needed --Gov. Gary Locke said today that there should be a full, statewide recount in the race to succeed him. He said questions about the closest governor's election in state history will remain if Democrat Christine Gregoire calls for a recount in only counties that lean her way.
Correction: Texas exit poll glance --In the Nov. 3 BC-ELN--Texas Glance and BC-TX Exit-Poll Excerpts, The Associated Press overstated Dictator Bush's support among Texas Hispanics [Oh, there's a shock... NOT!!]. Under a post-election adjustment by exit poll providers Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International, 49 percent of Hispanics in the state voted for Bush, not a majority... The revised BC-TX-Exit-Poll Excerpts showed that 20 percent, not 23 percent, of all Texas voters were Hispanic. They voted 50 percent for Kerry and 49 percent for Bush, not 41-59 Kerry-Bush.
U.S. Generals in Iraq Were Told of Abuse Early, Inquiry Finds --A confidential report to Army generals in Iraq in December 2003 warned that members of an elite military and CIA task force were abusing detainees, a finding delivered more than a month before Army investigators received the photographs from Abu Ghraib prison that touched off investigations into prisoner mistreatment.
Red Cross Cites 'Inhumane' Treatment at Guantanamo --The International Committee of the Red Cross found "cruel, inhumane and degrading" treatment of detainees at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during inspections there last summer, and issued a formal report in July that said some interrogation tactics come close to torture, a source who has seen portions of the report said yesterday.
Human rights group sues Rumsfeld for war crimes --A U.S. human rights group has filed a criminal complaint in Germany against U.S. Defense Secretary [W-ar criminal] Donald Rumsfeld, accusing him and other senior U.S. officials of war crimes and torture at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison.
US faces war crime case for abuse --Lawyers acting for a US advocacy group will file war crimes charges in Germany against senior US officials for their alleged role in torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
What happened to Iraq’s oil money? Former U.S. official says billions of dollars were 'squandered' --After the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the United States took control of all of the Iraqi government’s bank accounts, including the income from oil sales. Now critics are raising serious questions about how well the United States handled billions of dollars in Iraqi oil funds.
Car Bomb Kills Seven, Wounds 20 in Iraq -- A car bomb in a crowded market north of Baghdad killed at least seven civilians and wounded 18 Tuesday as a U.S. military patrol passed by.
U.S. Death Toll in Iraq Ties Record --Fueled by fierce fighting in Fallujah and insurgents' counterattacks elsewhere in Iraq, the U.S. military death toll for November equalled the highest for any month of the war, according to casualty reports available Tuesday. At least 135 U.S. troops died in November.
Six Americans Confirmed Dead in Afghan Crash --Search teams have discovered the wreckage of a U.S. aircraft that crashed in mountains in central Afghanistan at the weekend and confirmed that the six Americans aboard all died, the U.S. military said on Wednesday.
Protesters in Canada Express Anger at Bush --Thousands of protesters marched on Parliament Tuesday, rallying against Dictator Bush's visit and the U.S.-led war in Iraq. Twelve people were arrested after scuffling with police on the fringes of the peaceful demonstration.
U.S. Official Concerned About Venezuela Arms Plans --A senior U.S. official on Tuesday took a dim view of the possibility that Venezuela would buy Russian MiG-29 fighter jets to replace its U.S.-made F-16 jets. "We shoot down MiGs," said the Bush regime official, who spoke on condition he not be identified.
ID cards: keep up to date or face fine of £1000 (UK) Fines of up to £1000 will be issued to people who fail to tell the government when they move house or change their name after marriage, under new identity card plans. The details emerged as the controversial £3.1bn national ID card system was formally unveiled yesterday.
National Security Archive joins library and public interest groups supporting public access to special interests participating in Cheney's energy task force --The National Security Archive along with concerned library, journalist, and public interest organizations today filed an amici curiae brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit supporting public access to information about the energy task force convened by Vice President [sic] Cheney in 2001. Click here for copy of brief (.pdf).
Homeland Security Chief Ridge Resigns --U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, who headed Dictator Bush's efforts to build up domestic security after the Sept. 11 attacks, resigned on Tuesday. [Weasel Watch 'Rat page' updated!!]
Source: Corzine to Declare for NJ Governor This Week --Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Corzine will announce his candidacy for governor of his home state of New Jersey as early as Wednesday, seeking to fill the job of the former governor who left office amid a sex scandal, a party source said.
EPA Looking to Expose People to Poisons In Tests --In setting limits on chemicals in food and water, the Environmental Protection Agency may rely on industry tests that expose people to poisons and raise ethical questions. [Should members of the Bush dictatorship be the first subjects, since it is their plan?]
New York's HIV experiment --Jacklyn Hoerger's job was to treat children with HIV at a New York children's home. But nobody had told her that the drugs she was administering were experimental and highly toxic... In fact it was the drugs that were making the children ill and the children had been enrolled on the secret trials without their relatives' or guardians' knowledge. ...Central to this story is the city's child welfare department, the Administration for Children's Services (ACS). The ACS, as it is known, was granted far-reaching powers in the 1990s by then-Republican [Nazi] Mayor Rudi Giuliani. ...Dr David Rasnick, visiting scholar at the University of Berkeley, went on to describe some of the drugs - supplied by major drug manufacturers including Glaxo SmithKline - as "lethal".
Course Trains 'Select Few' on Biological Warfare Agents [Such as... the new avian influenza?] --FORT DETRICK, Md., Nov. 30, 2004 --The narrow gravel path leads to a cluster of mobile tactical shelters at Fort Detrick's "Area B," 400 acres of farmland on this Maryland base. A brown sign marks the Field Identification of Biological Warfare Agents, or FIBWA, Laboratory Training Site. Inside, the air conditioning is blasting while Top 40 music plays from a portable stereo atop a file cabinet...
WHO issues dire warning over bird flu threat --Up to 100-million people could die in weeks if a bird flu pandemic broke out, a senior World Health Organisation (WHO) official has warned while urging countries to make urgent preparations to mitigate its spread. A global outbreak was almost certain and vaccination programmes would not be enough to halt its advance, Shigeru Omi, WHO's director for the Western Pacific, has said here.
473,500 gallons of oil missing in river spill --An estimated 473,500 gallons of crude are missing from a damaged oil tanker in the Delaware River, the Coast Guard said today, indicating that the weekend spill could be considerably worse than thought.
Change Sought in Endangered Species Act --The California rancher and congressman whose committee oversees environmental policy wants to enlist some home-state muscle in his campaign to rewrite the Endangered Species Act. House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo, R-Calif., said he'll seek backing for his legislative efforts from California GOP-installed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other Western state chief executives during a meeting this weekend of the Western Governors' Association.
U.S. Group to File Iraq War Crimes Case in Germany --Lawyers acting for a U.S. advocacy group will Tuesday file war crimes charges in Germany against senior U.S. regime officials for their alleged role in torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
Red Cross Finds Detainee Abuse in Guantánamo --The International Committee of the Red Cross has charged in confidential reports to the United States government that the American military has intentionally used psychological and sometimes physical coercion "tantamount to torture" on prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
Terror suspects' torture claims have Mass. link --Secrecy shrouds transfer jet --The Dedham law firm of Hill & Plakias houses the legal address for Premier Executive Transport Services, which owns a jet that allegedly ferries terror suspects to countries that allow torture... The inconspicuous office above a Sovereign Bank, across from the red, white, and blue flags of a used car lot called Patriot Motors, is also the address of a shadowy company that owns a Gulfstream jet that secretly ferried two Al Qaeda suspects from Sweden to Egypt. That prisoner transfer, which occurred outside the normal extradition procedures and without notifying the men's lawyers, sparked an international uproar after the two men contended that they had been forcibly drugged by masked US agents and tortured with electric shocks in Egypt. [Let's torture the torturers... Contact info: Dean P. Plakias, c/o Hill & Plakias - Suite #202, 339 Washington St. , Dedham, MA 02026-1815 • Tel: 781.326.8848 Fax: 781.326.8941 email: firstname.lastname@example.org]
Rights Group Calls for Taser Suspension --Human rights group Amnesty International called on U.S. law enforcement agencies on Tuesday to suspend use of Taser electric-shock weapons, demanding an independent inquiry into the devices, which Amnesty says have contributed to more than 70 deaths. The stock price of Taser International Inc., which makes the weapons, has more than tripled this year.
CIA Documents Show Bush Knew of 2002 Coup in Venezuela (democracynow.org) "Newly released CIA documents show the Bush administration – at the very least - knew about the plot to overthrow Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez weeks before the April 2002 military coup and did nothing to stop it. Until now the Bush administration has claimed it had no role in the failed coup and didn't know one was being planned."
U.S. Government Exports Election Fraud to Belgium --by Thomas Deflo "On May 18, 2003, the Belgian, Flemish Green party by the name of Agalev (now Groen!) got crushed in the Belgian elections. The ecological party supposedly lost two thirds of its electorate and all its seats in the Federal Parliament. In reality, the election was a fraud, performed on foreign soil by the CIA with the help of the complicit Belgian State Security. A very successful coup. It is only now that I dare to write down my testimony, because I was harassed and intimidated for over a year."
Jesse Jackson seeks voting probe --The Rev. Jesse Jackson says Ohioans should not stand for the way elections were run in Ohio Nov. 2, and he planned to bring his message directly to Cincinnati today. Jackson was expected to speak at a rally this morning at Integrity Hall in Bond Hill, calling for an investigation of the voting process in Ohio.
Suit Seeks Provisional Ballots Re-Examined --A watchdog group sued Friday to try to stop Cuyahoga County's (OH) elections board from rejecting thousands of provisional ballots until they are hand checked against voter registration cards.
Report of evidence sent to US Attorneys, Missouri Reps, State Auditor, etc. (blackboxvoting.org) --by Matt Fox, Ph.D. "I think we need to add Missouri to our growing list of hotspots. ...Further, I would have emailed the Eastern Missouri Office, because my most concrete evidence relates to Springfield/Greene County; but that office has not provided email contacts on their website. Furthermore, although I certainly would not lightly impugn the integrity of a US Attorney, nevertheless, I note that the Eastern Missouri US Attorney is a GW Bush appointee, and thus, since the evidence I have points to manipulation in favor of prominent GOP candidates, there may well be motive to ignore the evidence I have to present.
Court may order new poll in Ukraine --Deeply divided after flawed [?!? The U.S. should know] elections, Ukraine was looking to its Supreme Court yesterday to show the wisdom of Solomon and find a solution that would save the country from splitting in two and perhaps descending into civil conflict. [*Where* is the *new poll* in the *U.S.,* due to *our* deeply flawed elections?]
Bush assassination allegation begins to crumble -- Colombia's government on today backpedalled on a sensational claim made by the defense minister that freedom fighters wanted to assassinate Dictator Bush during a recent state visit.
Protesters, police ready for mass rallies --U.S. Dictator set to arrive for two-day visit --Protesters are frantically organizing to yank the welcome mat out from under U.S. Dictator George W. Bush when he arrives Tuesday.
U.S. soldier killed in attack north of Baghdad --A U.S. Army soldier died from injuries sustained after a roadside exploded next to his patrol north of Baghdad, the military said Tuesday.
U.S. Death Toll in Iraq Nears Record --The U.S. military death toll in Iraq rose by at least three Monday and the November total is approaching the highest for any month since the American-led invasion was launched in March 2003.
U.S. military searching for six on plane missing in Afghanistan --The U.S. military said Tuesday that it was searching for six Americans who were aboard an aircraft that went missing over Afghanistan.
Seven killed as Black Hawk hits TV cable --An Army helicopter crashed and burned today after hitting a TV transmission-tower wire in Texas, killing all seven soldiers on board, military officials said. Warning lights on the tower were not working, a TV station official said.
Military recruiters target schools strategically --Military recruiting saturates life at McDonough High, a working-class public school where recruiters chaperon dances, students in a junior ROTC class learn drills from a retired sergeant major in uniform, and every prospect gets called at least six times by the Army alone. Recruiters distribute key chains, mugs, and military brochures at McDonough's cafeteria. They are trained to target students at schools like McDonough across the country, using techniques such as identifying a popular student -- whom they call a "center of influence" -- and conspicuously talking to that student in front of others. Meanwhile, at McLean High, a more affluent public school 37 miles away in Virginia, there is no military chaperoning and no ROTC class...
Recruiters patrolling the halls to fill the ranks Military scouts out potential enlistees at area high schools --Army recruiter Richard Queen arrives at Denver's George Washington High School on a rainy November morning fully armed. His arsenal includes water bottles and pens, a heavyweight boxer, a world-class runner and a five-piece rock band from Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. According to the fliers posted around the school, all of this will come together at 1:45 p.m. in the auditorium, in an event the Army has dubbed "High Impact."
Colleges Can Bar Army Recruiters --Universities may bar military recruiters from their campuses without risking the loss of federal money, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday.
Bush Dictatorship's War On [For] Drugs: Afghanistan's disturbing poppy explosion --U.N. says nation tops Colombia as capital of illicit narcotics --"In Afghanistan, drugs are now a clear and present danger," said Antonio Maria Costa, director of the U.N. Office of Drugs and Crime, on the release of the 2004 Afghanistan opium survey. "The fear that Afghanistan might degenerate into a narco-state is becoming a reality." Haji Juma Khan, another kingpin accused by U.S. officials of funding al Qaeda, still freely travels between his homes in Afghanistan and Pakistan and regularly visits Dubai, where he has extensive investments... U.S. troops arrested Khan two years ago during the hunt for Osama bin Laden, only to release him.
Expert: Massive WMD attack 'inevitable' --The United States is losing the war on terrorism and faces an "inevitable" al-Qaida attack with weapons of mass destruction that will be worse than 9-11, according to a counter-terror expert. The re-selection of Dictator Bush has set the stage for a massive attack with non-conventional weapons, Yossef Bodansky, former director of the U.S. Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, believes.
Air-cargo hazard detection criticized --Eight years after an illegal shipment of oxygen generators caused the deadly crash of ValuJet Flight 592, the federal program for monitoring hazardous shipments aboard aircraft is still plagued by problems that could threaten aviation safety, a government watchdog report out Friday says.
Bush Picks Kellogg CEO for Commerce Post --Dictator Bush picked Carlos Gutierrez, the chief executive officer of cereal giant Kellogg Co., as commerce secretary Monday, working to build a new economic team to help sell second-term destruction ['overhauls'] of Social Security and the tax code.
Wal-Mart sales warning sends a chill down Dow's spine --US stocks fell yesterday after Wal-Mart Stores recorded disappointing Thanksgiving sales, hurting hopes for a strong holiday retail season.
Shopping protesters arrested for 'nothing' --For the past four years on Black Friday, three Newark (DE) sisters have been trekking to the Christiana Mall to celebrate a global anticonsumerism movement called "Buy Nothing Day." This year, they got arrested after police asked the women to leave.
High court won't review Mass. gay marriage law --The Supreme Court sidestepped a dispute over gay marriage on Monday, rejecting a challenge by conservative groups to the status of Massachusetts as the only state that sanctions same-sex marriages.
US aid for college students slashed --Change in rules to affect almost 1.3m --Nearly a quarter of low- and moderate-income college students who currently qualify for federal Pell grants will see their awards reduced or eliminated under a change in federal rules that Congress allowed in its new spending bill passed over the weekend, according to an estimate from higher education analysts.
WHO issues dire warning over bird flu threat --Up to 100-million people could die in weeks if a bird flu pandemic broke out, a senior World Health Organisation (WHO) official has warned while urging countries to make urgent preparations to mitigate its spread. A global outbreak was almost certain and vaccination programmes would not be enough to halt its advance, Shigeru Omi, WHO's director for the Western Pacific, has said here.
SARS vaccine damages liver in animal testing --A SARS vaccine designed by Canadian scientists triggered severe liver inflammation when tested in ferrets — an unexpected problem that should give pause to others working to develop a vaccine against the disease.
Tainted wells pour arsenic onto food crops --Bangladeshi communities that are already being poisoned by arsenic-tainted groundwater are facing an appalling new threat. Their rice and vegetables are also laced with high levels of arsenic. The health effects of eating such tainted food are not yet known, but the ramifications could be enormous.
Crocodile on Campus in Miami --Coral Gables, FL --A 9-foot American crocodile prowling the University of Miami's campus has eluded captors for days, but trappers [whackjobs] aren't giving up. Some on the university's campus don't even want the crocodile removed. "We love the crocodile," said student Michael Goldfaden. "Every time on the way to class, you'll see it splashing around. I don't know, kids don't do anything to it. Why not leave it here?" [Exactly!!]
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