December 2005 Archives
DOD Collects 'Raw Data' On Suspicious Activity --'Raw Information' From Military, Civilians Is Given to Pentagon 11 Dec 2005 Day after day, reports of suspicious activity filed from military bases and other defense installations throughout the United States flow into the Counterintelligence Field Activity, or CIFA, a three-year-old Pentagon agency whose size and budget remain classified. The Talon [threat and local observation notice] reports, as they are called, are based on information from civilians and military personnel who stumble across [?!?] people or information they think might be part of a terrorist plot or threat against defense facilities at home or abroad.
EU concealed deal with US to allow 'rendition' flights 11 Dec 2005 The European Union secretly allowed the United States to use transit facilities on European soil to transport "criminals" in 2003, according to a previously unpublished document. The revelation contradicts repeated EU denials that it knew of "rendition" flights by the CIA. The section of the document (New Transatlantic Agenda, EU-US meeting on Justice and Home Affairs), and others referring to US policy, were deleted - as a "courtesy" to Washington, according to a spokesman for the EU Council of Ministers.
EU helped with CIA flights, says paper 12 Dec 2005 The EU agreed to give the US access to facilities [to transport "criminals" in 2003] - presumably airports - in confidential talks in Athens in 2003 during which the fight against terrorism was discussed, the original minutes showed, according to The Sunday Telegraph yesterday.
MI6 and CIA 'sent student to Morocco to be tortured' --An Ethiopian claims that his confession to al-Qaeda bomb plot was signed after beatings 11 Dec 2005 An Ethiopian student who lived in London claims that he was brutally tortured with the involvement of British and US intelligence agencies. Binyam Mohammed, 27, says he spent nearly three years in the CIA's network of 'black sites'.
London suspect in CIA torture claim 11 Dec 2005 A former London student accused of terrorism claims he was tortured under the CIA’s policy of flying prisoners to countries that use extreme interrogation techniques.
Interview - German in CIA case doubts 'mistaken identity' 11 Dec 2005 A German held by the United States as a terrorist suspect in Afghanistan said on Sunday his captors had asked him mainly about radicals in his home town, casting doubt on the U.S. argument that he was mistaken for an al Qaeda suspect of the same name.
Poland launches investigation into CIA's secret 'anti-terror' prisons 11 Dec 2005 An investigation into claims that the Central Intelligence Agency ran secret prisons to detain and interrogate suspects rounded up in America's "war against terror" is to be launched by the Polish government.
Polish premier orders investigation into CIA secret prisons 10 Dec 2005 Poland's prime minister has ordered an investigation into whether the CIA ran secret jails for terrorist suspects in his country, saying the issue must be cleared up before it becomes "dangerous."
Poland named as main base for secret CIA terror interrogations 10 Dec 2005 Poland is the CIA's main centre for detaining terrorist suspects in Europe at clandestine prisons, a leading human rights investigator has claimed.
No torture of terrorist suspects? We can't guarantee it, says Rice 09 Dec 2005 The row over treatment of terrorist suspects by the US showed no signs of abating yesterday as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she could give no guarantee that terrorism detainees would not be abused despite clear rules against torture.
CIA scours blogs for useful intelligence 11 Dec 2005 The CIA now has its own bloggers. In a bow to the rise of Internet-era secrets hidden in plain view, the agency has started hosting Web logs... It even has a blog on blogs.
French Told CIA of Bogus Intelligence 11 Dec 2005 More than a year before pResident Bush declared in his 2003 State of the Union speech that Iraq had tried to buy nuclear weapons material in Africa, the French spy service began repeatedly warning the CIA in secret communications that there was no evidence to support the allegation.
Iraq to Close All Borders During 'Elections' 11 Dec 2005 The government announced Sunday it will close all borders, extend curfew hours and ban travel across provincial boundaries as part of stringent security measures to protect 'voters' during this week's parliamentary 'elections.'
Brothers: Hostages were gathering evidence of abuse in Iraq 10 Dec 2005 With a Saturday execution deadline looming, the brothers of a Canadian man held hostage in Iraq made another plea to his abductors, saying Friday that their brother was in Iraq to gather information on alleged human rights abuses. [Gee, since it's the US and the US-installed puppet regime that's carrying out the human rights abuses, I wonder who is actually kidnapping peace activists in Iraq? Blackwater USA?]
5 U.S. soldiers die in Iraq --Troops killed in separate attacks 11 Dec 2005 Insurgents killed four American soldiers in separate attacks Saturday as violence mounted five days ahead of national elections.
Family Upset Over Marine's Body Arriving As Freight --Marine Bodies Sent to Families On Commercial Airliners 09 Dec 2005 There's controversy over how the military is transporting the bodies of service members killed overseas, 10News reported. Fallen soldiers are arriving as freight on commercial airliners -- stuffed in the belly of a plane with suitcases and other cargo.
Israel readies forces for strike on nuclear Iran 11 Dec 2005 Israel's armed forces have been ordered by Ariel Sharon, the prime minister, to be ready by the end of March for possible strikes on secret uranium enrichment sites in Iran, military sources have revealed.
Massive explosions hit fuel depot 11 Dec 2005 Large explosions have rocked a fuel depot near Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire shooting flames hundreds of feet into the sky. Police say there are 39 casualties, with two people seriously hurt.
U.K. Police Say Fuel Blasts an Accident 11 Dec 2005 Explosions ripped through a major fuel depot north of London on Sunday, injuring dozens of people, blowing doors off nearby homes and sending fireballs and massive clouds of black smoke into the sky. Police said the blasts appeared to be accidental, though they occurred just four days after an al-CIAduh videotape appeared on the Internet calling for attacks on facilities carrying oil "stolen" from Muslims in the Middle East.
Bush Says Congress Needs to Act Quickly to Extend Patriot Act 10 Dec 2005 U.S. Dictator George W. Bush called on Congress to quickly renew the USA Patriot Act, saying that the law's expiration at the end of this month might lead to terrorist violence. [Looks like Bush is planning to attack us, soon!]
White House holds bird flu drill with military leaders 10 Dec 2005 Warning an outbreak may be inevitable, the White House on Saturday conducted a test of its readiness for a feared bird flu pandemic and said federal agencies fared "quite well" [Yes, they did so well with Hurricane Katrina, I can hardly wait for their response to a bird flu pandemic.] without offering any details. Cabinet secretaries, military leaders and other top officials took part in the four-hour tabletop drill, which officials said was designed to assess the level of federal preparedness for a possible outbreak of bird flu or another deadly virus. "This is about being ready for what inevitably will come," Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt said. [How does Leavitt know that a pandemic is 'inevitable?' Apparently, the Bush bioterror team is ready to attack, and a full-blown police state is surely on the way.]
Britain could grind to a halt in a bird flu pandemic, experts fear [We know the civil liberties sure will!] 11 Dec 2005 Britain is not as prepared for bird flu as it should be, an influential Lords committee will say this week, because thousands of companies have not investigated how they would keep going during a pandemic that could last four months and affect a quarter of their employees.
Lawmakers Want More Ground Zero Air Tests 10 Dec 2005 New York lawmakers clamoring for greater testing of toxic ground zero dust said Friday they will seek a second inquiry to see if the government is sweeping the problem under the rug.
FEMA reimbursements mainly benefit higher income groups 11 Dec 2005 A FEMA program to reimburse applicants for generators and storm cleanup items has benefited middle- and upper-income Floridians the most and so far cost taxpayers more than $332 million for the past two hurricane seasons, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel found in a continuing investigation of disaster aid.
Judges Exclude 26% of Ballots in Va. Recount --Democrat trails Republican by 323 votes out of 1.94 million 10 Dec 2005 A three-judge panel in Richmond decided yesterday that more than 500,000 ballots cast in the attorney general's race will not be recounted and run again through tabulating machines.
US retreats at climate change talks --'Obstructive' White House stung by criticism of its stance as 157 nations extend the Kyoto agreement 11 Dec 2005 The White House was forced into a U-turn on climate change yesterday after appearing to misjudge critically the international and domestic mood on its efforts to tackle global warming.
U.S. Won't Join in Binding Climate Talks 11 Dec 2005 Despite the Bush regime's adamant resistance, nearly every industrialized nation agreed early Saturday to engage in talks aimed at producing a new set of binding limits on greenhouse gas emissions that would take effect beginning in 2012.
Torture Is an Instrument of Terror, Says Annan 09 Dec 2005 Torture can never be an instrument to fight terror because it is an instrument of terror, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said, in his annual Human Rights Day message.
Annan Defends U.N. Official Who Chided U.S. 09 Dec 2005 Secretary General Kofi Annan on Thursday vigorously defended Louise Arbour, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, after comments she made about detention and torture came under criticism from John R. Bolton, the United States ambassador.
Red Cross in intense talks with US over secret jails 09 Dec 2005 The Red Cross said on Friday it was pressing the United States to give it access to prisoners held in secret jails as part of the U.S. war on terror. "We have said that undisclosed detention is a major concern for us," Jakob Kellenberger, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), told a news conference.
Police to meet Liberty over CIA 'torture' flights 10 Dec 2005 A Chief Constable is to meet the human rights group Liberty on behalf of police chiefs to hear the organisation's demand for criminal investigations into claims that American CIA flights carrying terror suspects around the world have passed through UK airports.
Police chief to look into claims over flights 10 Dec 2005 A top police officer is seeking a meeting with Liberty, the human rights group, over suspicions that British airports have been used by CIA planes taking detainees to places where they may be tortured.
Waite urges torture probe 10 Dec 2005 Former terrorist hostage Terry Waite has called for a full investigation "to find the truth" about alleged CIA ghost planes.
Poland Orders Probe Into Alleged CIA Jails 10 Dec 2005 Poland's prime minister said Saturday he has ordered an investigation into whether the CIA ran secret prisons for terror suspects in the country — an allegation the government repeatedly has denied.
CIA abduction said to follow German tip 10 Dec 2005 Information that Germany shared with the United States may have prompted the CIA to abduct a German citizen and fly him to Afghanistan for interrogation as a suspected terrorist, a newspaper reported yesterday.
Germany denies involvement in CIA detainee case 10 Dec 2005 Germany's foreign and interior ministers denied any involvement by Berlin in the abduction and detention of a German national by the US Central Intelligence Agency.
Ex-Iraq envoy questions war's worth 11 Dec 2005 Britain's former envoy to Iraq has conceded that the war may not have been worthwhile, in a BBC radio interview to be broadcast tonight... Sir Jeremy Greenstock also attacked the string of failures in preparing for the March 2003 US-led invasion.
Iraq Attacks Kill Four U.S. Soldiers 10 Dec 2005 Four American soldiers were killed Saturday in separate attacks in the Baghdad area Saturday, the day kidnappers of four Christian peace activists had set for the release of all prisoners or the hostages would be killed.
Eyeballing Iraq Kill and Maim (iraq-kill-maim.org) "This presents about 4,000 photographs showing the Iraq War killing and maiming, most from the Associated Press's archive and others from sources listed."
Lieberman's Iraq Stance Brings Widening Split With His Party 09 Dec 2005 Five years after running as the vice-presidential nominee on the Democratic ticket and a year after his own presidential bid, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman [LieberBush] of Connecticut has become an increasingly unwelcome figure within his party, with some Democrats seeing him more as a wayward son than a favorite son.
A New Low for Lieberman By Matthew Rothschild 07 Dec 2005 "You just can’t get more obsequious than Joe Lieberman, who wrote in The Wall Street Journal on November 29, 'The Administration’s recent use of the banner 'clear, hold, and build' accurately describes the strategy as I saw it being implemented' in Iraq. Now when you start praising the propaganda slogans, you know you’re deep in the Bush pocket."
Valerie Plame Said to Leave Job at CIA 09 Dec 2005 Valerie Plame, the CIA officer whose exposure led to a criminal investigation of the Bush White House, spent her last day at the spy agency Friday.
IAEA chief: 'Nuclear weapons mean world destruction' 10 Dec 2005 Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has said the world must abandon nuclear weapons or face self-destruction.
ACLU: Protesters placed in terror files 09 Dec 2005 The names and license plate numbers of about 30 people who protested three years ago in Colorado Springs were put into FBI domestic-terrorism files, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Colorado said Thursday.
Miami airplane shooting: Washington's "war on terrorism" comes home By Bill Van Auken 9 Dec 2005 "The most chilling aspect of the brutal state killing of Rigoberto Alpizar, the 44-year-old Costa Rican immigrant gunned down while fleeing an American Airlines Boeing 757 in Miami Wednesday, is the utter absence of any statement of remorse by government officials... John McAlhany, a Florida construction worker on the plane, told the Miami Herald that other passengers were 'treated roughly' by the cops. 'They put a gun to the back of my head and said, '‘Put you hands on the seat,' he said..."
Storm victims fight eviction from damaged properties 10 Dec 2005 Courts in Mississippi and Louisiana have ruled that most Katrina victims must pay rent for the time their apartments were uninhabitable. Community activists and legal aid groups say they're battling a wave of eviction notices issued to low-income Katrina victims.
Report Slams Medical Response to Katrina 10 Dec 2005 The federal government's medical response to Hurricane Katrina was bungled by a lack of supplies and poor communication, according to a congressional report released Friday.
New Orleans Evacuees and Activists Testify at Explosive House Hearing on the Role of Race and Class in Government's Response to Hurricane Katrina (democracynow.org) 09 Dec 2005 "LEAH HODGES [New Orleans evacuee]: Jefferson Parish is where the Causeway concentration camp was housed, where we experienced the Gestapo-type oppression, as opposed to being rescued. We were three minutes away from the airport. They could have taken us to the airport. Those military vehicles could have taken us to any dry, safe city in America. Instead, they dumped us at a dumping ground, sealed us in there, and they backed up all their authority with military M-16s."
Witnesses heard no talk of bomb 09 Dec 2005 Rigoberto Alpizar may have just been scared. As more details emerged about Wednesday's anxious moments aboard American Airlines Flight 924, it became increasingly apparent that the Maitland man killed by federal air marshals may have been fleeing in panic as he suffered the symptoms of bipolar disorder. To grieving relatives, two air marshals acted rashly and an innocent man died -- one whom at least seven passengers said they never heard say anything about a bomb.
Venezuela lawmakers denounce CIA anti-Chavez plot 08 Dec 2005 Senior Venezuelan lawmakers said on Thursday authorities had prevented a CIA-orchestrated plot to kill leftist President Hugo Chavez in an attempt to thwart Dec. 4 legislature elections... Pro-Chavez legislators played taped conversations they said were of retired and active army officers conspiring to murder Chavez and other state officials and stir street violence aimed at killing thousands.
Staff Opinions Banned In Voting Rights Cases --Criticism of Justice Dept.'s Rights Division Grows 10 Dec 2005 The Justice Department has barred staff attorneys from offering recommendations in major Voting Rights Act cases, marking a significant change in the procedures meant to insulate such decisions from politics, congressional aides and current and former employees familiar with the issue said. Disclosure of the change comes amid growing public criticism of Justice Department decisions to approve Republican-engineered plans in Texas and Georgia that were found to hurt minority voters by career staff attorneys who analyzed the plans. Political appointees overruled staff findings in both cases.
KC election board selects Diebold system 09 Dec 2005 The Kansas City Election Board has chosen Ohio-based Diebold Election Systems to provide hundreds of new touch-screen and optical scan voting machines for city voters in 2006. All four board members endorsed the selection Thursday, despite what they all said were problems with Diebold’s "image." [Not to mention, their role in two stolen elections.]
Reports detail bird flu effects on U.S. 09 Dec 2005 A pandemic of bird flu could cause a serious recession of the U.S. economy, with immediate costs of between $500 billion and $675 billion, according to two estimates released on Thursday.
BP may face criminal charges 10 Dec 2005 Oil giant BP could face criminal prosecution in connection with the deadly explosion in March at its Texas City refinery, federal officials said Friday.
Attorney General Opposes Yankee Gas Rate Increase 09 Dec 2005 Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (CT) said Friday he will fight a Yankee Gas request for a 2.3 percent rate increase. Richard Blumenthal Blumenthal said the company has already been granted a 4.1 percent increase this year.
Bush Threatens U.N. Over Clinton Climate Speech 09 Dec 2005 Bush-administration officials privately threatened organizers of the U.N. Climate Change Conference, telling them that any chance there might’ve been for the United States to sign on to the Kyoto global-warming protocol would be scuttled if they allowed Bill Clinton to speak at the gathering today in Montreal, according to a source involved with the negotiations who spoke to New York Magazine on condition of anonymity. Bush officials informed organizers of their intention to pull out of the new Kyoto deal late Thursday afternoon, soon after news leaked that Clinton was scheduled to speak, the source said.
Kyoto Protocol extended past 2012 10 Dec 2005 Delegates to the United Nations conference on climate change in Montreal have agreed to extend the life of the Kyoto Protocol and launch long-term talks on measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
UK hails 'historic' climate deal 10 Dec 2005 The UK government and environment groups have welcomed an international deal to tackle global warming, after climate change talks in Canada.
Nations Agree to Talks On Emissions Limits --U.S., Australia are only industrialized nations to refuse to join future talks on binding reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Brushing aside the Bush administration's initial protests, all the industrialized nations except the United States and Australia reached an agreement early Saturday to embark on a fresh round of formal talks aimed at setting new mandatory limits on greenhouse gas emissions after 2012, when the existing pact known as the Kyoto Protocol expires.
U.S. Delegation Walks Out of Climate Talks 09 Dec 2005 Two weeks of treaty talks on global warming neared an end today with the world's current and projected leaders in emissions of greenhouse gases, the United States and China, still refusing to take any mandatory steps to avoid dangerous climate change.
Governors, mayors address climate change --Leaders say they 'cannot afford to wait' for federal help 09 Dec 2005 Clamping down on automobile emissions and plugging city buildings into wind or solar power, U.S. governors and mayors are stepping in to help head off climate change where they say the federal government is failing.
GM pea causes allergic damage in mice 21 Nov 2005 A decade-long project to develop genetically modified peas with built-in pest-resistance has been abandoned after tests showed they caused allergic lung damage in mice.
US terror watchlist 80,000 names long 08 Dec 2005 A watchlist of possible terror suspects distributed by the US government to airlines for pre-flight checks is now 80,000 names long, a Swedish newspaper reported, citing European air industry sources.
GOP Seeks Quick Passage of New Patriot Act 09 Dec 2005 Congressional Republican leaders will press for passage next week of a new Patriot Act to combat [foment] terrorism, but a Senate filibuster looms on a measure that liberal and conservative critics alike say is a threat to individual liberties.
House, Senate Agree to Extend Patriot Act 08 Dec 2005 Key Republicans from the House and Senate reached a White House-backed compromise Thursday to renew the broad powers granted to law enforcement agencies in the days after the 2001 terrorist attacks on American soil.
ACLU: German Suing CIA Barred From U.S. 08 Dec 2005 Lawyers asked the Bush administration on Thursday why a German citizen, taken prisoner by the CIA in a case of mistaken identity in 2004, was not allowed into the United States last weekend.
US bars access to terror suspects 09 Dec 2005 The US has admitted for the first time that it has not given the Red Cross access to all detainees in its custody. The state department's top legal adviser, John Bellinger, made the admission but gave no details about where such prisoners were held.
Poland was main CIA detention base in Europe: HRW 09 Dec 2005 Poland was the heart of the CIA's secret detention network in Europe, with bases there until recently holding a quarter of the 100 detainees estimated held in such camps worldwide, a human rights group said.
Rice wins European reprieve on detainee treatment 09 Dec 2005 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice won a reprieve from European governments over the U.S. treatment of detainees this week but public pressure is unlikely to ease over allegations of secret CIA jails.
US Congress near deal on bill that bans torture 09 Dec 2005 Congressional negotiators were near a deal on Thursday on a defence bill that would put into law a ban on the torture and inhumane treatment of detainees, a step the White House has opposed.
Law lords ban evidence gained under torture 09 Dec 2005 The law lords heaped embarrassment on the Government over its anti-terror strategy for the second time in a year as they ruled that evidence obtained by torture should never be used in British courts.
Lords reject torture evidence use 08 Dec 2005 Secret evidence that might have been obtained by torture cannot be used against terror suspects in UK courts, the law lords have ruled. The decision means the cases of eight detainees facing deportation are expected to be reconsidered by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission.
Britain 'trying to stall £1.3bn theft inquiry that could hurt Allawi's election chances' 09 Dec 2005 The British government is trying to stall an investigation into the theft of more than $1.3bn (£740m) from the Iraqi Ministry of Defence, senior Iraqi officials say. The government wants to postpone the investigation to help its favoured candidate Iyad Allawi, the former prime minister, in the election on 15 December.
Probe into Iraq coverage widens 09 Dec 2005 A U.S. investigation into allegations that the American military is buying positive coverage in the Iraqi media has expanded to examine a press club [The Baghdad Press Club] founded and financed by the U.S. Army.
Qaeda-Iraq Link U.S. Cited Is Tied to Coercion Claim 09 Dec 2005 The Bush regime based a crucial prewar assertion about ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda on detailed statements made by a prisoner while in Egyptian custody who later said he had fabricated them to escape harsh treatment [*torture*], according to current and former government officials. The officials said the captive, Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, provided his most specific and elaborate accounts about ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda only after he was secretly handed over to Egypt by the United States in January 2002, in a process known as rendition.
U.S. hostage said killed in Iraq 08 Dec 2005 An Islamic insurgent group said on Thursday it had killed a U.S. hostage who, if the claim is confirmed, would be the first foreign captive killed in Iraq for four months and the first American in more than a year.
Sources: Rumsfeld will quit in 2006 --Rumors swirl about Lieberman as his replacement 08 Dec 2005 White House officials are telling associates they expect Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld to quit early next year, once a new government is formed in Iraq, sources said Wednesday.
Rumsfeld says 'I have no plans to retire' 08 Dec 2005 U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the craftsman of U.S. Iraq war strategy and a magnet for criticism, said on Thursday he had no plans to retire from the post more than 2-1/2 years into the conflict.
Chavez's Party Claims U.S. Attempted Pre-election Coup 09 Dec 2005 Lawmakers allied with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Thursday that authorities had foiled a plot by government opponents and the CIA to overthrow the government.
78 journalists die in Iran crash 07 Dec 2005 A military cargo plane attempting an emergency landing Tuesday in Tehran clipped an apartment building and crashed short of the runway, killing at least 115 people, including 78 journalists who were en route to cover military maneuvers in southern Iran. [al CIAduh?]
Tube killing: officers 'may face charges' 09 Dec 2005 The fatal shooting of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes by anti[pro]-terror officers may lead to criminal charges, it was revealed today.
Eyewitness: "I Never Heard the Word 'Bomb'" 08 Dec 2005 A passenger on Flight 924 gives his account of the shooting and says Rigoberto Alpizar never claimed to have a bomb. "I never heard the word 'bomb' on the plane," witness John McAlhany told TIME in a telephone interview. "I never heard the word bomb until the FBI asked me did you hear the word bomb. That is ridiculous."
Air Marshals lied about slain Latino passenger saying "I have a bomb" (aztlan.net) 08 Dec 2005 "It now appears that Air Marshals lied about a mentally ill Latino passenger saying 'I have a bomb' just before they shot him at the Miami International Airport yesterday. The fact is Air Marshals over-reacted when dealing with a Middle Eastern looking passenger who was experiencing a 'fear of flying' panic attack.
Probe after Miami airport killing 08 Dec 2005 Investigations have begun after US air marshals on board an American Airlines flight shot and killed a man who started acting suspiciously.
Passenger killing shocks family 08 Dec 2005 The killing of Alpizar, a 44-year-old US citizen, by air marshals at Miami International Airport deeply shocked his family. "We're all still in shock. We're just speechless," his sister-in-law, Kelley Buechner, was quoted as saying in a telephone interview from Milwaukee by CBS.
Pittsburgh police shoot Penn Hills man after traffic stop 09 Dec 2005 A Penn Hills motorist who was pulled over in Homewood for having a broken brake light was shot and wounded by Pittsburgh police after he 'fired first' at officers, one of whom was injured in the encounter, police Chief Robert W. McNeilly Jr. said yesterday.
6 Arrested Years After Eco'terrorist' Acts 09 Dec 2005 On Thursday, after years of investigation, federal officials announced one of the biggest roundups yet of people involved in a string of ecoterrorist attacks in the Pacific Northwest dating to 1998.
FEMA Chief Was Warned In 2004 08 Dec 2005 FEMA's top official was told more than a year before Hurricane Katrina that the agency's emergency response teams were unprepared for a major disaster and were operating under outdated plans, documents show.
Senator urges aid for N.O. homes 09 Dec 2005 Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens caught some heat during a visit to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans last month when some Lakeview residents thought he was questioning whether their neighborhood should be rebuilt.
Politics or Not, Bronx Warmly Receives Venezuelan Heating Oil 08 Dec 2005 A green Citgo tanker truck chugged up a hill with a grim view of tenement buildings, elevated subways and treeless sidewalks to deliver Venezuelan heating oil, a humanitarian gift from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
AP Poll: Lawmaker standing falls among public --Corruption seen as deep-rooted; public view of GOP-led Congress at risk 08 Dec 2005 Indictments, investigations and a congressman’s guilty plea for taking millions in bribes have left most Americans convinced that political corruption is a deeply rooted problem, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll.
House Completes Vote on Tax Cuts for $95 Billion 09 Dec 2005 The House passed the last and biggest part of $95 billion in tax cuts on Thursday, a move that reflected the willingness to place tax cuts above the risk of higher deficits in years to come.
Cheney's Energy Task Force whores using cold weather as an excuse for price-gouging: Natural-Gas Prices Hit Record Amid Storm 09 Dec 2005 Natural gas prices rose to a new record Friday as a winter storm hit the northern United States, while crude and heating oil prices also gained amid expectations for strong demand.
Gas prices on upswing that could top $3 by spring 08 Dec 2005 Current prices "represent bargains compared to what we are likely to witness just a few months from now," says Tom Kloza, analyst at the Oil Price Information Service. "Enjoy the sweet spot." He forecasts an average as much as $1 higher by spring, or about $3.12.
Song sites face legal crackdown 09 Dec 2005 The music industry is to extend its copyright war by taking legal action against websites offering unlicensed song scores and lyrics.
Kill count up to 246 as bear hunt enters fifth day 08 Dec 2005 A bear hunt approved by the state to slaughter black bears in New Jersey has killed at least 246 so far, with two days of hunting to go, officials reported Thursday.
Bear Education And Resource (BEAR) Group 06
Dec 2005 DEP Commissioner Campbell (McGreevey Appointee) Approved
5-year plan to kill our bears! Take action
today (New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance Actions page)
'Even during operations, doctors were shot at by US soldiers' --Young Iraqi surgeon testifies about the horrors of the Iraq war --Barbara Debusschere, BRussells Tribunal De Morgen (Belgium), 26 Nov 2005 [Translated 07 Dec 2005 - interview with Iraqi surgeon Salam Ismael] "From inside the ambulance, we threw water containers and bread at them. Which immediately got riddled with bullets... The Geneva Conventions state that the warring parties must respect and protect medical personnel, and give them access to the patients. On their part, the doctors must be neutral and treat any injured person. Well, we are accomplishing that task. I have treated Americans, Iraqis, even insurgents. 'But many times, the soldiers attacked doctors and their patients, or blocked and destroyed medical relief. Doctors were arrested while they were operating. 'You are treating insurgents', the soldiers yelled. The patients were dying while the soldiers were beating up the doctors." [Warning! Graphic]
Pinter demands war crimes trial for Blair [OMG, what about Bush?] 07 Dec 2005 The Nobel prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter has called for Tony Blair to be tried for war crimes, in his acceptance speech to the Nobel committee. The 5,000-word speech excoriates the US government over Guantánamo Bay and its attempts to destabilise Nicaragua in the 1980s.
Iraq war was 'blatant state terrorism': Nobel laureate Pinter 07 Dec 2005 In a fierce critic ahead of the Nobel awards ceremony, literature laureate Harold Pinter branded the war on Iraq "an act of blatant state terrorism" and demanded the prosecutions of US pResident George W. Bush and Britain's Tony Blair.
Playwright Takes a Prize and a Jab at U.S. 08 Dec 2005 The playwright Harold Pinter turned his Nobel Prize acceptance speech on Wednesday into a furious howl of outrage against American foreign policy, saying that the United States had not only lied to justify waging war against Iraq but had also "supported and in many cases engendered every right-wing military dictatorship" in the last 50 years.
KBR workers in Iraq paid 50 cents an hour 07 Dec 2005 The U.S. military has paid Halliburton subsidiary KBR about $12 billion so far for so-called logistics support to U.S. military personnel in Iraq, the largest contract of its kind ever. While the United States spends billions on troop support in Iraq, the people serving the meals, scooping the ice cream, and washing the dishes make as little as 50 cents an hour.
Cost of British operations in Iraq soars to £5.5bn 08 Dec 2005 The government has nearly doubled its estimate of the cost of British military operations in Iraq, according to figures revealed by Gordon Brown yesterday. The chancellor has now agreed to set aside more than £5.5bn to pay for the operations.
Acts of defiance against war turned ordinary people into criminals 08 Dec 2005 In three different British courtrooms yesterday, three ordinary people stood accused of three very different crimes, but all based simply on their opposition to the war in Iraq.
Court says Iraq protest is a crime 08 Dec 2005 A peace campaigner who stood outside Downing Street reading a list of the British soldiers killed in Iraq was convicted yesterday under a controversial new law which bans unauthorised demonstrations within one kilometre of Westminster.
US attacks UN official on secret jails 08 Dec 2005 Washington has rebuked UN human rights commissioner Louise Arbour for criticising its anti[pro]-terror tactics as the alleged [?!?] secret jails row goes on. Ms Arbour said reports the US was using secret overseas sites to interrogate suspects harmed its moral authority and she wanted to inspect any such centres.
Tortured Australian speaks out 07 Dec 2005 A former Australian 'terror' suspect says he was caught up in the controversial US policy of transferring detainees to foreign countries for interrogation. Mamdouh Habib claims he was tortured while held for a period in his native Egypt during his four years in custody. He told the BBC he was brain-washed, beaten and given electric shocks.
Memo shows US general aware of Iraqis' jail abuse 07 Dec 2005 The top U.S. general in Iraq was aware in June of reports that Iraqi security forces had abused prisoners in their custody, months before U.S. forces in November found a bunker filled with detainees badly beaten by Iraqi personnel, a memo obtained on Wednesday showed.
Firefighting helicopters heading to Iraq in 2006 07 Dec 2005 Most of the Colorado National Guard's 12 firefighting helicopters will be in Iraq during next summer's forest fire season.
SAS Flight Downed By Rebels 08 Dec 2005 An SAS warplane that crashed in Iraq killing 10 servicemen (30 Jan 2005 ) was shot down, a military probe has revealed. Defence Minister John Reid will tell MPs today that the low-flying Hercules C-130 was hit by a "projectile" fired by rebels on the ground.
Bush vows to stay course in Iraq 07 Dec 2005 Dictator George W. Bush took a tip from his role model Winston Churchill [LOL!] and offered a prospect of "tough days," "good days" and "bad days" ahead for the American people in Iraq in the coming months and years. But he said that in order to defeat terrorism it was necessary to stay the course there.
New Grand Jury in CIA Leak Case Hears From Prosecutor 08 Dec 2005 The CIA leak investigation returned to a more active stage yesterday as a special prosecutor presented information to a grand jury for the first time in six weeks. Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald's decision to enlist a new grand jury comes as he continues to investigate possible criminal charges against senior White House adviser Karl Rove.
CIA leak prosecutor again goes before grand jury 07 Dec 2005 Six weeks after White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was indicted in the CIA leak case, special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald was back at work Wednesday before another grand jury with top presidential political adviser Karl Rove still under investigation.
Hartford Courant poll: Who would you vote for, for U.S. Senate? --Joseph LieberBush or Lowell Weicker? [Note: CT is a *Blue* state. Poll snapshot, 07 Dec 2005 20:54 EST: 14.0% Joseph Lieberman (D) 1668 responses; 81.8% Lowell Weicker (R) 9735 responses; 4.2% Other 498 responses; 11901 total responses.]
U.S. gives Israel a large new camp 06 Dec 2005 The United States Tuesday delivered a sprawling storage base it has built for the Israeli army. The base, Nachshonim, will store equipment for an Israeli armored division.
Shot passenger 'was mentally ill' 08 Dec 2005 An agitated passenger [allegedly] claiming to have a bomb in his backpack was shot and killed by a US air marshal as he bolted frantically from an airliner about to take off from Miami... Mary Gardner, a passenger on the flight, said the man ran screaming down the aisle and a woman followed him, yelling "my husband, my husband," WTVJ television reported. "I did hear the lady say her husband was bi-polar and had not had his medication," Gardner said in the interview.
Air Marshals Shoot and Kill Man After Bomb Threat 08 Dec 2005 Federal air marshals shot and killed a passenger at Miami International Airport on Wednesday after the man [allegedly] claimed he had a bomb in his backpack and ran from an aircraft, officials said... Rigoberto Alpizar, an American citizen from Maitland, Fla., was found to have no bomb. One passenger on the flight told a local television station that Mr. Alpizar's wife had tried to follow her husband, saying he was mentally ill and had not taken his medication... Mr. Alpizar and his wife had boarded American Airlines Flight 924 to Orlando around 2 p.m. and the plane was waiting to taxi when Mr. Alpizar, 44, "uttered threatening words that included a sentence to the effect that he had a bomb," James Bauer, the special agent in charge of federal air marshals in Miami, said. [To the *effect* that he had a bomb? WHY aren't the US media whores adding the word 'alleged' to the claim of Alpizar's utterance, as they *always do* when the CIA is accused of hiding, torturing, and murdering detainees in secret prisons? Apparently, the Bush regime/GOP media whores want to acclimate the U.S. sheep to a 'shoot first - ask questions later' policy. --LRP]
Passenger shot dead by U.S. air marshal --Airliner was on the ground at Miami airport at time of incident 07 Dec 2005 A passenger who [allegedly] claimed to have a bomb in a carry-on bag was shot and killed by a federal air marshal today on a jetway to an American Airlines plane that had arrived from Colombia, officials said. No bomb was found in the bag, a U.S. official said. Homeland Security Department spokesman Brian Doyle said the dead man was a 44-year-old U.S. citizen. According to a witness, the man frantically ran down the aisle of the Boeing 757 [panic attack?] while his wife tried to explain that he was mentally ill and had not taken his medication.
Air Marshal Kills Passenger at Miami Airport 07 Dec 2005 A federal air marshal aboard a jetliner on the ground in Miami shot a man who had [allegedly] claimed to have a bomb in a carry-on bag and did not comply with orders to lie down, according to spokesmen for the airline and the government.
"Every passenger had to put their hands on their heads." --Mary Gardner, passenger on AA Flight 924. (MSNBC, live interview, 16:47 EST.)
Shoe Bomber Alert Preceded Airport Shooting 07 Dec 2005 Federal law enforcement sources tell ABC News they had been on the alert for a possible shoe bomber when a federal air marshal opened fire at the Miami International Airport today... Officials say an Egyptian man was stopped six days ago at New York's John F. Kennedy airport. Sources say he had a suspicious pair of shoes that tested positive five times for the explosive substance TATP on the interior of his shoes between the heel and sole. Strangely, after holding him overnight, airport security in New York released him [?!?].
Criminal Twist In Evolution Debate 06 Dec 2005 A Kansas professor whose planned course on creationism and intelligent design was canceled after he sent e-mails deriding Christian conservatives was taken to the hospital Monday following what he said was a beating. University of Kansas religious studies professor Paul Mirecki told the Lawrence Journal-World that two men who beat him were making references to the class that was to be offered for the first time this coming spring.
FEMA chief was given dire warning in 2004 --Brown was told response teams were not prepared for 'next big one' 07 Dec 2005 FEMA’s top official was told more than a year before Hurricane Katrina that the agency’s emergency response teams were unprepared for a major disaster and were operating under outdated plans, documents show.
Oil industry targets EU climate policy --US lobby seeks to derail Kyoto measures --Documents show plan to sway post-2012 agenda 08 Dec 2005 Lobbyists funded by the US oil industry have launched a campaign in Europe aimed at derailing efforts to tackle greenhouse gas pollution and climate change.
US Senate urges Govt to join global warming talks 07 Dec 2005 Nearly a quarter of the United States Senate has written to pResident George W Bush urging him to join talks on long-term steps to combat global warming.
U.S. Rejects New Talks on Climate Change 07 Dec 2005 The United States on Wednesday rejected a Canadian bid to draw Washington into future global talks on climate change, a new round that would extend mandatory cutbacks in carbon emissions.
This Land May Not Be Your Land --House bill would allow mining claim holders to purchase the federal property. Some fear it would open national parks to development. 06 Dec 2005 Critics fear new mining law changes could open the door to any type of locally approved development on millions of acres of public land — including national forests and national parks... Six Western governors, all Democrats, signed a letter Thursday opposing the changes, calling them "ill-conceived" with "sinister intent."
Court: Disabled Can't Escape Student Loans 07 Dec 2005 America's seniors and disabled cannot escape debts from old student loans, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, freeing the government to pursue Social Security benefits as part of an effort to collect billions in delinquent loans.
State suing 42 drug companies over inflated prices 07 Dec 2005 The state is suing 42 drug companies, claiming they artificially inflated their wholesale prices and cost Arizonans and health insurers tens of millions of dollars, state Attorney General Terry Goddard announced Wednesday.
Emergency Fuel Assistance Agency Overwhelmed 07 Dec 2005 As oil prices rise and temperatures drop, some of the elderly and poor in the New Haven (CT) area aren't getting the emergency fuel assistance they need.
House Republicans quietly pushing for new leadership --Voice concern about prospects for '06 'elections' 07 Dec 2005 Beset by a series of high-profile scandals, House Republicans are increasingly looking to usher in 2006 with a new majority leader to give the party a fresh start with voters that could help avert potentially devastating midterm 'elections' next year.
DeLay Seeks to Split Remaining Charges 07 Dec 2005 Rep. Tom DeLay (R.-Tex.) asked a judge Wednesday to separate the two remaining charges against him and let him to go to trial quickly on one count.
Hecklers cause Coulter to cut UConn speech 07 Dec 2005 Conservative 'columnist' Ann Coulter gave up trying to finish a speech at the University of Connecticut on Wednesday night when boos and jeers from the audience became overwhelming.
New 39-Cent Stamp on Sale Thursday 07 Dec 2005 The Postal Service will begin selling a new 39-cent stamp portraying the Statue of Liberty and the American flag on Thursday to be used when the postal rate hike goes into effect Jan. 8.
Secret CIA Prisons Moved From Europe to North Africa 07 Dec 2005 The United States held captured Al-Qaeda suspects at two secret CIA prisons in eastern Europe until last month when the facilities were shut down after media reports of their existence, ABC News reported Monday, citing current and former CIA agents.
CIA 'emptied secret jails' before Rice Europe trip 07 Dec 2005 The CIA last month emptied two secret prisons in Eastern Europe of 'terrorist' suspects in a frantic effort to defuse the "rendition" controversy ahead of Condoleezza Rice's visit to Europe, sources in the agency have claimed.
German sues CIA claiming torture in abduction case 06 Dec 2005 A German man sued former CIA Director George Tenet and other U.S. spy agency officials for alleged wrongful imprisonment and torture on Tuesday in a rare legal challenge to the CIA's secret transfer of terrorism suspects to foreign countries for interrogation.
PM denies knowledge of 'CIA torture' 07 Dec 2005 Tony Blair told parliament today he knows nothing about alleged torture going on in CIA detention camps in eastern Europe, speaking during his first prime minister's questions opposite the new Tory leader, David Cameron.
AP Poll: Most Say Torture OK in Rare Cases 06 Dec 2005 Most Americans and a majority of people in Britain, France and South Korea say torturing terrorism suspects is justified at least in rare instances, according to AP-Ipsos polling. [Because they frame the question so that of course one would advocate torture - such as: 'In order to save your ten-year old daughter from being kidnapped, beaten, and tossed off a cliff by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, would you allow al-Zarqawi to be tortured, to force him to talk?' *Of course!* But, the entire scenario is absurd!]
White House and McCain Are Near Deal on Torture Bill 07 Dec 2005 The White House has all but abandoned its effort to persuade Senator John McCain to exempt Central Intelligence Agency employees from legislation barring inhumane or degrading treatment of prisoners in American custody. But a top presidential aide continued to negotiate a deal Tuesday that would offer covert officers some protection from prosecution, administration and Senate officials said.
Hunter Sees Torture Ban Staying in Bill 07 Dec 2005 A ban on cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of foreign terrorism suspects is likely to be included mostly, if not entirely, in a final defense bill, a key House Republican said Tuesday.
Bomb Explodes at Baghdad Coffee Shop; Mine Blast Kills Soldier 07 Dec 2005 At least three civilians and one Iraqi police officer were killed today when a terrorist's bomb exploded in a coffee shop in east Baghdad's Howra marketplace. Nine other civilians and three Iraqi police officers were wounded in the blast, officials said.
Attack on Baghdad Police Academy Kills 43 07 Dec 2005 Two suicide bombers detonated explosives inside Baghdad's main police academy Tuesday, killing at least 43 people and wounding more than 70, police said. Al-CIAduh in Iraq claimed responsibility for the attack, the capital's deadliest in months.
Ex-president doubts U-S military will ever leave Iraq 07 Dec 2005 Former President Jimmy Carter says he doubts whether the U-S military will ever completely pull out of Iraq, despite what the Bush administration says about a possible withdrawal beginning next year.
Now, here's a book to burn: Textbook withdrawn for praising Bush 07 Dec 2005 The Pakistan government has ordered school textbooks to be withdrawn after it emerged they included a crudely written poem in praise of US pResident George Bush. At first sight, "The Leader" extols the virtues of an unnamed political leader, but on closer examination it turns out that the poem is "acrostic": the first letters of each line spell out "President George W Bush". [I wonder how much US taxpayers paid to produce that propaganda?]
Officer to Plead Innocent to Anti-Bush Graffiti 06 Dec 2005 An Air Force officer accused of vandalizing cars with anti-Bush graffiti will plead not guilty, his attorney said Tuesday after talks with prosecutors failed to produce a plea agreement.
Open and Shut --Four years later, we still have ten big questions By Jarrett Murphy "On Monday, December 5, the 9-11 Public Discourse Project—a private group formed by 9-11 Commission members after their official mandate lapsed in 2004—held a wrap-up press briefing in Washington... [10 questions on 9-11] 1. Where was the 'National Command Authority'? 2. Who gave the order to try to shoot the planes down? ...6. Why did 7 WTC fall?..." [7 WTC *fell* because Larry Silverstein gave the command to have it 'pulled.' See: Larry Silverstein, WTC 7, and the 9/11 Demolition (whatreallyhappened.com) Larry Silverstein, the controller of the destroyed WTC complex, stated plainly in a PBS documentary that he and the FDNY decided jointly to demolish the Solomon Bros. building, or WTC 7, late in the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. See also: Professional Demolition of World Trade Center Building 7 (prisonplanet.com) Larry Silverstein, the owner of the WTC complex, admitted on a September 2002 PBS documentary, 'America Rebuilds' that he and the NYFD decided to 'pull' WTC 7 on the day of the attack. The word 'pull' is industry jargon for taking a building down with explosives.]
New furor over 9/11 EPA blasted for nixing cleanup 04 Dec 2005 Despite the smoke and debris that blanketed Brooklyn after the Sept. 11 attacks, a high-ranking federal official said "it wasn't apparent" Kings County got enough toxic dust to warrant a cleanup. The Environmental Protection Agency ditched plans last week to include Brooklyn in a test-and-cleanup program for contaminants from the smoldering World Trade Center site.
Initial test of Patriot Act fails to produce one conviction 07 Dec 2005 A trial billed as the most important terrorism case in the United States since the September 11 attacks ended in defeat yesterday for the US government [<g>] after a Florida professor accused of leading a terrorist cell that funded attacks against Israel was acquitted on nearly half the charges against him, and the jury was deadlocked on the rest.
Ex-Professor Acquitted in Patriot Act Test Case 07 Dec 2005 In a case closely watched as a key test of the Patriot Act, a former university professor accused of helping lead a Palestinian terrorist organization was acquitted Tuesday on nearly half of the charges against him, and the jury deadlocked on the rest.
Man Says Bomb Threats Made to Avoid Court 06 Dec 2005 A Willimantic man told police he phoned in four bomb threats that closed all of Connecticut's courthouses last week because he couldn't get a ride to court to face motor vehicle charges, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released Tuesday.
Angst on right over Frist 07 Dec 2005 Frustration is mounting among social conservatives over the Senate’s and Majority Leader Bill Frist’s (R-Tenn.) failure this year to schedule votes on legislation important to the movement.
Another GOPervert Bites the Dust: Spokane Mayor Recalled After Sex Scandal 07 Dec 2005 Republican Mayor James E. West must leave office this month after voters recalled him in a special election sparked by allegations he used a city computer to woo gay men over the Internet.
Lockyer Asks Justices to Rein In 9th Circuit Court 06 Dec 2005 California Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer urged the Supreme Court on Monday to shield the state courts from being second-guessed on criminal cases by the judges of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the most liberal of the federal appellate courts.
Court Rules Social Security Can Be Seized to Pay Student Loans 07 Dec 2005 Not paying up on school debts can cost you when you're older or disabled. The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the government can seize Social Security benefits to pay old student loans. [Why not use Halliburton's bonus money to pay the outstanding debt?]
Cheney's energy whores creating phony 'threats' to justify rate hikes: Oil prices climb after Al-CIAduh call for attacks on oil facilities 07 Dec 2005 The International Petroleum Exchange in London. Oil prices rose, holding above 60 dollars per barrel in New York after Al-CIAduh's 'number two' [LOL!] Ayman al-Zawahiri appeared to call for attacks on oil installations in the Middle East.
Cheney's energy whores creating power 'outages' to justify rate hikes: Consultant Warns of Possible Power Outages In New England 06 Dec 2005 An energy consultant said that "sudden extremely cold weather" could cause power outages in New England this winter. The warning from Cambridge Energy Research Associates is based on forecasts of electricity demand made by the region's grid monitoring agency, Holyoke-based ISO New England.
U.S. Urges States to Prepare for Bird Flu 06 Dec 2005 Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt urged each state on Monday to prepare for the possibility of a [Bush-engendered] deadly bird flu pandemic by holding its own planning summit within the next four months.
Gee, it looks like the US weather warfare team is working overtime for the holidays... Hurricane Epsilon Stumps National Hurricane Center 05 Dec 2005 As of the 10AM EST Public Advisory from the National Hurricane Center... Hurricane Epsilon is maintaining a strong ring of convection surrounding the eye. Beyond that, outflow has maintained and the storm is remarkably symmetric. This is a very impressive hurricane for the central Atlantic in December, and one that has continued to maintain hurricane intensity despite a lack of any explanation. Cooler sea surface temperatures (SSTs) and an increasingly hostile environment should have caused Epsilon to weaken by now...
Epsilon's Strength Surprises Scientists 07 Dec 2005 To the surprise of meteorologists, Epsilon retained its status as a hurricane Tuesday in the open Atlantic... For the second straight day, Epsilon kept its sustained wind blowing at about 75 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. "There must be some favorable environment, but we're not able to see what it is," hurricane specialist Lixion Avila said.
Katrina Witness to Congressional Panel: Levees Were Bombed --'Evacuation' Conditions Likened to a Concentration Camp 06 Dec 2005 Survivors from New Orleans told a congressional panel on Tuesday they felt abandoned by government at all levels after Hurricane Katrina hit the city and had been subjected to racial slurs and menaced by guns when they sought food and water. Leah Hodges, a community activist... described waiting in the burning sun in conditions she likened to a concentration camp. Rep. Christopher Shays, a Connecticut Republican, pressed witness Dyan French to explain why she believed the New Orleans' levees had been bombed. French, a community leader who opened her home to help storm victims, responded that she heard two loud booms right before the floodwaters overwhelmed her neighborhood.
Katrina Victims Liken Themselves to Victims of Genocide and the Holocaust [They need to read: Arming the Left: Is the time now?, by Charles Southwell.] 06 Dec 2005 Black survivors of Hurricane Katrina said Tuesday that racism contributed to the slow disaster response, at times likening themselves in emotional congressional testimony to victims of genocide and the Holocaust... A woman said military troops focused machine gun laser targets on her granddaughter's forehead. Others said their families were called racial epithets by police.
Blacks left out of rebuilding process, civil rights groups say 06 Dec 2005 Civil rights groups representing Katrina refugees complained Monday that New Orleans residents and the black community are being left out of the city's rebuilding process, excluding them from jobs and building contracts.
Landrieu backs 'march on Washington' 06 Dec 2005 U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is supporting two mothers who are trying to organize a "march on Washington" to call attention to the plight of Hurricane Katrina evacuees, the senator's staff said on Tuesday.
Toxin levels higher than normal in 11 Coast areas 06 Dec 2005 Independent soil and sediment samples taken at 11 locations around coastal Mississippi revealed elevated levels of heavy metals, dioxin and microorganisms, including arsenic levels more than two times the federal limit at DeLisle Elementary School, according to a report released by the Sierra Club on Monday.
More Than 50 Black Bears Killed in N.J. 06 Dec 2005 As opponents turned out to denounce them, hunters killed more than 50 bears Monday at the start of a state-authorized hunt. State officials said 54 bears were killed as of 2:30 p.m. Monday. [Opponents should have turned out to do the hunters what they were planning to do to the bears.]
Bear Education And Resource (BEAR) Group 06
Dec 2005 DEP Commissioner Campbell (McGreevey Appointee) Approved
5-year plan to kill our bears! Take action
today (New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance Actions page)
CIA Lie Is Said to Have Damaged Italy's Anti-Terrorism Probe --Italy Allegedly Misled on Cleric's Abduction 06 Dec 2005 In March 2003, the Italian national anti-terrorism police received an urgent message from the CIA about a radical Islamic cleric who had mysteriously vanished from Milan a few weeks before. The CIA reported that it had reliable information that the cleric, the target of an Italian criminal investigation, had fled to an unknown location in the Balkans. In fact, according to Italian court documents and interviews with investigators, the CIA's tip was a deliberate lie, part of a ruse designed to stymie efforts by the Italian anti-terrorism police to track down the cleric, Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, an Egyptian refugee known as Abu Omar. [That is why CLG refers to 'al Qaeda' as al CIAduh.]
CIA Flights Made 50 Landings at Ireland's Shannon, Amnesty Says 05 Dec 2005 U.S. Central Intelligence Agency aircraft used Ireland's Shannon Airport as a stopover for flights carrying terrorist suspects to countries where they may be tortured, Amnesty International said, citing flight records it obtained.
Britain's role in war on [of] terror revealed --200 ghost flights logged across nearly 20 airfields --MPs urge government to state level of cooperation 06 Dec 2005 The Guardian publishes for the first time today the details of more than 200 flights in and out of Britain of aircraft owned or controlled by the CIA. The agency has used almost 20 airports across the UK during the period when its agents have been snatching terror suspects and taking them to countries where they may be tortured.
MP wants talks on CIA 'torture flight' stops 06 Dec 2005 Edinburgh MP John Barrett has called for an urgent parliamentary debate on the use of Scottish airports as re-fuelling stops for so-called CIA torture flights.
Sources Tell ABC News Top Al Qaeda Figures Held in Secret CIA Prisons --10 Out of 11 High-Value Terror Leaders Subjected to 'Enhanced Interrogation Techniques' 05 Dec 2005 Two CIA secret prisons were operating in Eastern Europe until last month when they were shut down following Human Rights Watch reports of their existence in Poland and Romania. Current and former CIA officers speaking to ABC News on the condition of confidentiality say the United States scrambled to get all the suspects off European soil before Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived there today. The officers say 11 top al Qaeda suspects have now been moved to a new CIA facility in the North African desert. CIA officials asked ABC News not to name the specific countries where the prisons were located, citing security concerns. [And, of course, the ABC News sycophants are complying.]
Keep quiet about secret flights to secret jails, Rice tells Europe 06 Dec 2005 Condoleezza Rice challenged European leaders to back controversial American anti-terrorism tactics yesterday as she robustly defended the CIA’s extrajudicial seizure, transportation and interrogation of thousands of suspects.
Rice Defends Rendition Practice 05 Dec 2005 US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has defended her government's practice of transporting terror suspects to other countries without trial, calling it a "vital tool".
An innocent man's five months in CIA 'salt pit' 06 Dec 2005 A German citizen held by the CIA in Afghanistan for five months is to start a lawsuit against the US Administration. The case of Khalid Masri highlights the pitfalls of "extraordinary rendition", says the American Civil Liberties Union, which backs his case. ...Mr Masri said that in Afghanistan he was put in the "salt pit", a cold, dirty cellar with no light and one blanket.
British general faces Iraq war charge 05 Dec 2005 A British general is facing possible criminal charges over one of the most controversial incidents of the Iraq war, The Sunday Times has learnt. The allegations levelled against Major-General Peter Wall relate to alleged attempts by senior officers to prevent an investigation into the deaths of a British tank commander and an unarmed Iraqi civilian.
Bombers Kill at Least 36 at Baghdad Police Academy 06 Dec 2005 Two bombers wearing explosive belts blew themselves up in a crowded courtyard in the Baghdad police academy this morning, killing at least 36 people and wounding 72, Interior Ministry officials said.
American 'security consultant' taken hostage, Iraq resistance claims 06 Dec 2005 An Iraqi resistance group has kidnapped a U.S. 'security consultant' [mercenary] and is threatening to kill him in 48 hours unless Washington frees all Iraqi prisoners, according to a video aired by Al-Jazeera television on Tuesday.
French Engineer Is Latest Westerner Kidnapped in Iraq 06 Dec 2005 Gunmen abducted a French engineer outside his house in an upscale neighborhood of the capital on Monday, police officials said, the latest in a wave of kidnappings of Westerners in Iraq.
Bush says US will pay no ransom for hostages 06 Dec 2005 The United States will pay no ransom for the release of American citizens reported kidnapped by Iraqi militants, Dictator George W. Bush said on Tuesday. [What about those kidnapped by the U.S. death squads?]
Non-Iraqi Arabs banned from entering Iraq 02 Dec 2005 Iraq’s interior ministry has banned all non-Iraqi Arabs from entering the country until further notice as part of security measures for the Dec. 15 general 'elections,' officials said Friday.
Iraq PM says wants coalition forces to stay 06 Dec 2005 Iraq wants multinational forces [illegal occupiers] to stay until it has built up a military that is capable of maintaining security in the country, Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari said on Tuesday.
Rumsfeld warns of Islamic superstate if U.S. leaves Iraq too soon 05 Dec 2005 If U.S. forces [*don't*] leave too soon, Iraq will become a haven for terrorists and the base of a spreading Islamic superstate that would threaten the rest of the world, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld said Monday.
Weicker targets Bush, Lieberman and Iraq war 05 Dec 2005 Former Gov. Lowell P. Weicker Jr. (R) said Monday that Sen. Joe Lieberman deserves a stiff challenge in next year's re-election campaign... Speaking at a luncheon of the Rotary Club of Hartford, Weicker took numerous swings at Lieberman and pResident Bush over the Iraq war.
Dean: US Won't Win in Iraq 05 Dec 2005 Saying the "idea that we're going to win the war in Iraq is an idea which is just plain wrong," Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean predicted today that the Democratic Party will come together on a proposal to withdraw National Guard and Reserve troops immediately, and all US forces within two years.
White House slams Howard Dean's comments on Iraq 06 Dec 2005 The White House criticized Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean on Tuesday for saying it is wrong to think the United States will win in Iraq, saying he was sending the wrong message to U.S. troops.
Hussein's lawyers challenge court's legitimacy, security 05 Dec 2005 Lawyers defending Saddam Hussein challenged the legitimacy of the U.S.-backed Iraqi court trying him and demanded more security for their team on Monday, after briefly storming out of the courtroom in protest.
Hussein defence team returns to court 05 Dec 2005 Lawyers for Saddam Hussein and his co-accused returned to a Baghdad courtroom on Monday, more than an hour and a half after walking out in protest at being denied a chance to challenge the court's legitimacy.
Plame Is Set to Leave the CIA 06 Dec 2005 Valerie Plame, the diplomat's wife whose secret resume was exposed in a newspaper column that eventually led to the indictment of Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, is leaving the CIA on Friday, people familiar with her plans said.
Military Recruiting, Academic Freedom Clash at U.S. High Court 06 Dec 2005 Military needs will collide with academic freedom as the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether universities can protest the armed forces' ban on acknowledged gays and lesbians by limiting Defense Department recruiting of students.
9/11 Panel Says U.S. Fails Terror Readiness Checkup --Four years after the attacks, the government is 'moving at a crawl,' a top member declares. 06 Dec 2005 The commission that investigated the Sept. 11 attacks issued a harsh report card Monday on the federal government's efforts to shore up defenses and protect the nation against future terrorist strikes.
CT Homeland Security Out of Bomb Scare Loop 05 Dec 2005 Connecticut homeland security officials were left in the dark for more than two hours Friday after a series of bomb threats forced the evacuation and shutdown of the state's 45 courthouses, authorities acknowledged Monday.
More Bomb Threats Prompt Evacuations In New Britain, Bristol 05 Dec 2005 For a second time since Friday, a bomb threat forced the evacuation of courthouses in Connecticut today. Unlike last week's scare that cleared buildings across the state, the threat called in this morning affected only the courthouses in New Britain and Bristol.
Professor Beaten After Making Anti-Christian Fundamentalist Comments 05 Dec 2005 Douglas County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the reported beating of a Kansas University professor who gained recent notoriety for his Internet tirades against Christian fundamentalists. Kansas University religious studies professor Paul Mirecki reported he was beaten by two men about 6:40 a.m. today on a roadside in rural Douglas County. In a series of interviews late this afternoon, Mirecki said the men who beat him were making references to the controversy that has propelled him into the headlines in recent weeks.
Secretive agency proposed to develop vaccines, drugs [to facilitate Bush bioterror attacks] 03 Dec 2005 The proposed Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency, or BARDA, would be exempt from long-standing open records and meetings laws that apply to most government departments, according to legislation approved Oct. 18 by the Senate health committee. The agency would be exempt from the Freedom of Information and Federal Advisory Committee acts, both considered crucial for monitoring government accountability.
Court to review law limiting insanity defense [What will Bush use for his excuse during his treason trial?] 05 Dec 2005 The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday that it would decide a challenge by a convicted murderer arguing that an Arizona law unconstitutionally limits the use of the insanity defense.
Sen. Clinton co-sponsors anti-flag burning law 05 Dec 2005 Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is supporting new legislation to criminalize desecration of the United States flag _ though she still opposes a constitutional ban on flag attacks.
Bush ally's charge upheld 07 Dec 2005 A Texas judge has upheld a money-laundering charge against a key ally of Dictator George W. Bush, in a setback for the White House and Republicans trying to resurrect their legislative agenda on Capitol Hill. Tom DeLay, the former Republican leader in the House of Representatives in Washington, was hoping to have a case against him thrown out so he could resume his post in Congress, but he now faces a trial next year and could land in jail if proven guilty.
Texas Judge Lets Stand 2 of 3 Charges Against DeLay 06 Dec 2005 A Texas judge dismissed one charge against Representative Tom Delay on Monday but let stand two more serious charges, complicating Mr. DeLay's hopes of regaining his post as House majority leader when Congress resumes in January.
Consensus close on new round of negotiations to extend Kyoto agreement 06 Dec 2005 Negotiators were working feverishly Monday on a draft text which would open negotiations on another round of cuts in greenhouse emissions, beyond those required in the existing Kyoto Protocol.
US facing pressure to sign up to future climate protocols 05 Dec 2005 The United States will this week face intense lobbying in an effort to force concrete action from the Bush regime over climate change when ministers from around the world meet at a United Nations summit in Canada.
Castro urges 'fat' Gov. Bush to get fit 06 Dec 2005 In a recent harangue about how a suspected anti-Cuba terrorist entered the United States, Fidel Castro singled out Gov. Jeb Bush -- and went straight for the gut. Castro called the governor ''the fat little brother in Florida'' and wondered if Bush had helped Luis Posada Carriles into the country, according to a transcript released Monday of the Nov. 17 address to University of Havana students, who erupted in laughter. The Cuban leader didn't stop there. 'Forgive me for using the term 'fat little brother' '' Castro said...
UK 'breaking law' over CIA secret flights 05 Dec 2005 The British government is guilty of breaking international law if it allowed secret CIA "rendition" flights of terror suspects to land at UK airports, according to a report by American legal scholars. Merely giving permission for the flights to refuel while en route to the Middle East to collect a prisoner would constitute a breach of the law, according to the opinion commissioned by an all-party group of MPs, which meets in parliament for the first time today.
US quizzed over its use of Europe's airports 05 Dec 2005 It has long been known that the CIA used European airports to transfer 'terrorist' suspects. But the scale of the operation became clear only after reports last month that some alleged terrorists were also being held in secret prisons somewhere in Europe.
CIA's secret jails open up new transatlantic rift --Hundreds of flights landed in Germany over 2 years --Seizure of innocent people likely to embarrass Rice 05 Dec 2005 The US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice's meeting with Germany's new chancellor Angela Merkel tomorrow is likely to be a tricky affair. What should have been a chance to repair the damaging rift between the countries over Iraq is fast being eclipsed by something else - a new transatlantic row between the US and the European Union over the CIA.
Rice to claim Euro backing for CIA prisons 05 Dec 2005 Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, will vigorously defend America's fight against terrorism when she arrives in Europe today amid uproar over reports of 'terrorist' suspects being held in secret CIA prisons.
CIA 'covert flights' mar Rice's German visit 05 Dec 2005 Damaging revelations about the scale of covert CIA flights allegedly used to transport Islamic terrorist suspects throughout Europe will overshadow a visit by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Germany on Tuesday for talks aimed at achieving a rapprochement between Washington and Berlin.
Bush seeking compromise on CIA torture ban: aide 04 Dec 2005 The White House is seeking a compromise with a leading Senate Republican over its efforts to exempt the CIA from a proposed ban on torture and inhumane treatment of prisoners, Dictator George W. Bush's national security adviser said on Sunday.
McCain Won't Compromise on Torture Ban 04 Dec 2005 Sen. John McCain, a prisoner of war who was tortured in Vietnam, said Sunday he will refuse to yield on his demands that the White House agree with his proposed ban on the use of torture to extract information from suspected terrorists.
Bush adopts British colonial model for Iraq 03 Dec 2005 The success of British colonial forces against the Malay rebellion in the 1950s is being commended in the United States as a template for victory in Iraq. Col Andrew Krepinevich, a Vietnam veteran, has been touring congressional offices, the Pentagon and newspapers since autumn espousing an "oil spot strategy".
UAE says foreign forces should leave Iraq 04 Dec 2005 The United Arab Emirates has called on foreign forces to leave Iraq and allow the country to be fully independent.
Private Security Guards in Iraq Operate With Little Supervision 04 Dec 2005 Private security contractors [terrorists] have been involved in scores of shootings in Iraq, but none have been prosecuted despite findings in at least one fatal case that the men had not followed proper procedures, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Times.
Former Iraqi prime minister says mob tried to kill him 05 Dec 2005 The former Iraqi prime minister, Iyad Allawi, says a mob tried to assassinate him as he prayed at the main Shia shrine in Najaf.
Israel hints at military action against Iran 04 Dec 2005 Israel is expressing growing concern about Iran's nuclear capabilities and is hinting at a military option.
Navy to Expand Fleet With New Enemies in Mind 05 Dec 2005 The Navy wants to increase its fleet to 313 ships by 2020, reversing years of decline in naval shipbuilding and adding dozens of warships designed to defeat emerging adversaries, senior Defense Department officials say.
Chavez' Party Says Wins 114 Congress Seats of 167 04 Dec 2005 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's political party, MVR, said on Sunday it won 114 National Assembly seats out of 167 in congressional elections to give it more than two-thirds of the legislature.
Pro-Chavez Candidates to Sweep Elections 05 Dec 2005 Candidates aligned with President Hugo Chavez were widely expected to increase their legislative majority Sunday as Venezuelans voted for a new National Assembly in an election boycotted by several opposition parties.
Only 10% of Candidates Withdrew from Venezuelan Elections 04 Dec 2005 Venezuela’s National Electoral Council announced that by 4pm on Saturday, when the deadline for withdrawing candidacies passed, only 10% of candidates for the National Assembly had withdrawn.
Bush's national security adviser won't confirm death of [oh, but another] al-Qaida leader 04 Dec 2005 Dictator Bush's national security adviser is refusing to confirm that a top al-CIAduh leader was killed in Pakistan. During an interview on "Fox News Sunday," Stephen Hadley said "at this point we are not in a position publicly to confirm that he is dead."
U.S. not 'well-prepared' for terrorism --9/11 panel to issue report critical of federal security response 04 Dec 2005 The former chairman and vice-chairman of the 9/11 commission warned Sunday that the nation is ill-prepared for another [Bush] terrorist attack.
Fat cats milked Ground Zero --Even firms that were barely hurt got paid 03 Dec 2005 Hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid intended to help small downtown businesses that were reeling from the 9/11 attacks often went instead to huge international corporations, companies with little attachment to the stricken area and businesses that were never in jeopardy.
Frist's Votes Found to Favor HCA Interests 04 Dec 2005 An analysis of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's voting record shows a pattern of supporting bills that benefit HCA Inc., the Nashville-based hospital company that's been the foundation of the Frist family's wealth.
GOP Pushing for Spending and Tax Cuts 04 Dec 2005 Republican leaders in Congress are hoping to complete a bill to curb the growth of student loans, Medicaid and other benefit programs before Christmas, though they may delay extending tax cuts until next year.
More corporate welfare on the way: Automakers Are Lining Up Aid, But Just Don't Call It a Bailout 04 Dec 2005 Troubled U.S. automakers and their allies on Capitol Hill are seeking billions of dollars in aid from the federal government ranging from health coverage for their workers to extra tax write-offs for themselves. They're also asking for one rhetorical favor: Please don't call the requests a bailout.
Three vehicles in Bush's motorcade collide --None injured in accident; car carrying pResident not involved 04 Dec 2005 Three vehicles in Dictator Bush's motorcade collided about two blocks from the White House as Mr. Bush was returning from Camp David on Sunday morning.
Is George Bush the Worst President -- Ever? By Richard Reeves 02 Dec 2005 "Poor James Buchanan, the 15th president, is generally considered the worst president in history... I have talked with three significant historians in the past few months who would not say it in public, but who are saying privately that [George W.] Bush will be remembered as the worst of the presidents." [George W. Bush was never elected president.]
Open Season Starts on Black Bears in N.J. 04 Dec 2005 New Jersey hunters take to the woods Monday for a controversial season aimed at thinning the state's growing population of black bears. Black bears have rebounded from near extinction in the state but the loss of habitat to development is forcing many of the animals to seek food in populated areas. [Shoot any maggots hunting bears.]
New Jersey Court Clears Way for Bear Hunt 03 Dec 2005 New Jersey's second black bear hunt in 35 years will begin as scheduled on Monday after the New Jersey Supreme Court rejected a last-minute effort by animal rights groups on Friday to block it.
Climate Official's Work Is Questioned 05 Dec 2005 Environmentalists are unhappy with the job the lead U.S. climate negotiator, Harlan Watson, has been doing in the ongoing Montreal talks on how to combat global warming. Watson has spent the past week in Montreal touting the administration's record on climate change. Watson's position and the environmentalists' reaction should hardly be surprising -- considering his apparent popularity with the oil industry.
Global warming protest stretches around world 05 Dec 2005 More than 100,000 people took to the streets in more than 30 countries yesterday, in the first world-wide demonstration to press for action to combat global warming.
Hurricane Epsilon strengthens 05 Dec 2005 Hurricane Epsilon, the 14th hurricane of a record-breaking Atlantic storm season, defied expectations it would weaken over cool Atlantic waters and strengthened as it churned slowly eastward.
Report: Tamiflu is 'useless' for avian flu 05 Dec 2005 A Vietnamese doctor with experience in treating avian flu says Tamiflu, the drug being stockpiled for treatment of avian flue is useless against the virus.
Bird Flu Threat Prompts Stockpiling of Roche's Tamiflu Pills 05 Dec 2005 Tamiflu sales are jumping. U.S. drug stores filled almost 422,000 prescriptions for Tamiflu during the 14 weeks ended Nov. 18, more than four times the total in the year- earlier period, according to Verispan LLC, a research company in Yardley, Pennsylvania.
CIA operates 'unchecked' in UK 04 Dec 2005 The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been granted "full access" to Britain's military airfields to transport terrorist suspects, the Mail on Sunday reported. "Our investigation has found proof that a series of aircraft linked to the CIA's 'extraordinary rendition' programme have been flying in and out of Britain unchecked by the authorities," it claimed.
CIA operated 400-plus secret flights in Germany: report 03 Dec 2005 The German government reportedly has a list of at least 437 flights operated by the US Central Intelligence Agency in German airspace. The number includes both movements by planes of the CIA spy agency in German airspace and landings at German airports, it says.
France investigates CIA flight stopover claims 03 Dec 2005 The French newspaper Le Figaro is reporting that two flights chartered by the CIA made secret stops in France.
US civil rights group to sue CIA 03 Dec 2005 A US civil rights groups says it is taking the CIA to court to stop the transportation of terror suspects to countries outside US legal authority. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says the intelligence agency has broken both US and international law.
US civil rights watchdog to sue CIA over detainee 03 Dec 2005 A U.S. civil liberties group says it plans to sue the CIA in the case of a man who alleges he was kidnapped and sent to Afghanistan to be interrogated as a terrorism suspect.
US ready to refuse terror prison probe 04 Dec 2005 US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will inflame the transatlantic row over America's alleged torture of terror suspects in secret jails by telling Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and other European officials to 'back off'.
95 per cent US dailies ignored report on torture of Iraqi prisoners 02 Dec 2005 Military autopsy reports provide indisputable proof that detainees are being tortured to death while in US military custody. Yet the corporate media of the United States (US) is covering it with the seriousness of a garage sale for the local Baptist Church, media research organisation Project Censored has said.
New Iraq 'trophy videos' raise fears on civilian deaths 04 Dec 2005 Nine further "trophy videos" showing private security contractors randomly shooting Iraqi civilians have been posted on the internet, it is claimed. ['Operation Iraqi Freedom' i.e., being shot by a Halliburton whore]
Military Says It Paid Iraq Papers for News 03 Dec 2005 The U.S. military command in Baghdad acknowledged for the first time yesterday that it has paid Iraqi newspapers to carry positive news about U.S. efforts in Iraq, but officials characterized the payments as part of a legitimate campaign to counter 'insurgents' misinformation.'
U.S. ex-general calls for Iraq pull out 01 Dec 2005 The U.S. general who used to head the National Security Agency, retired three star Lt. Gen. William Odom, says the only way to stabilize the Middle East is to leave Iraq.
Iraq pullout a 'death warrant' 04 Dec 2005 Former US house majority leader Tom DeLay told a group of soldiers that withdrawing troops from Iraq now would be "a death warrant for Americans in future terrorist attacks."
Decline in Support for War Worries GOP --In Georgia, Even Republican Voters Are Voicing Unhappiness With Iraq Involvement 04 Dec 2005 Glenda Mattox is the type of voter who causes heartburn for Gingrey and other Republican lawmakers over the Iraq war... Mattox hangs out at the local American Legion hall and strongly supported the Iraq invasion. But she thinks the 2 1/2 -year war has dragged on too long, at the cost of too many lives.
War Protesters In Chicago Interrupt Hillary Clinton 03 Dec 2005 U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was interrupted several times during a speech at Roosevelt University Saturday morning by young adults protesting the Iraq war.
Ten Marines Killed in Bombing Near Fallujah 03 Dec 2005 Ten U.S. Marines died Thursday when a makeshift bomb blasted their foot patrol outside the western city of Fallujah, the military reported Friday. It was the deadliest attack on U.S. forces in almost four months. Eleven other Marines were wounded by the explosion...
FBI Is Taking Another Look at Forged Prewar Intelligence 03 Dec 2005 The FBI has reopened an inquiry into one of the most intriguing aspects of the pre-Iraq war intelligence fiasco: how the Bush administration came to rely on forged documents linking Iraq to nuclear weapons materials as part of its justification for the invasion. The documents inspired intense U.S. interest in the buildup to the war — and they led the CIA to send a former ambassador to the African nation of Niger to investigate whether Iraq had sought the materials there.
Chavez defends vote, blasts US meddling 04 Dec 2005 Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez defended Sunday's congressional vote, saying a boycott by opposition parties was a U.S.-backed plot against him.
Report Finds Cover-Up in an F.B.I. Terror Case 04 Dec 2005 Officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation mishandled a Florida terror investigation, falsified documents in the case in an effort to cover repeated missteps and retaliated against an agent who first complained about the problems, Justice Department investigators have concluded.
Police Searches in the Subways Are Upheld 03 Dec 2005 Citing a "real and substantial" threat of a [another Bush] terrorist bombing in New York's subways, a federal judge ruled yesterday that random police searches of passengers' bags and backpacks were constitutional because they were effective in helping to prevent an attack. [?!?]
Airport 'security' to focus on searches 02 Dec 2005 Passengers should expect more random screenings and more extensive pat-downs, according to new guidelines announced Friday by the Transportation Security Administration. Random secondary searches will also be more frequent, and, to create a sense of unpredictability, won't be the same each time.
U.S. to Resume Air Traveler Random Screenings Dec. 22 02 Dec 2005 Random searches of U.S. airline passengers, abandoned in 2003 to reduce hassles, will return Dec. 22 because airport security has become too predictable, a federal agency said.
Pilot Reports 'Missile' Fired at Jetliner Near LAX 28 Nov 2005 FBI agents and Homeland Security officials spent the weekend investigating the report of a possible missile fired at an American Airlines plane taking off from Los Angeles International Airport.
Bomb Threats Force Closing of Courts in Connecticut 03 Dec 2005 A series of bomb threats prompted the evacuation of about 50 state court buildings across Connecticut on Friday, halting judicial hearings and sending workers home so investigators and bomb-sniffing dogs could sweep every building, the authorities said.
Police Continue Search of Connecticut Courthouses 03 Dec 2005 Five threatening phone calls Friday shut down Connecticut's judicial system and triggered evacuations and bomb sweeps at every courthouse in the state. Public Safety Commissioner Leonard Boyle said the state decided to close all 45 courthouses after the bomb threats were received at the governor's office and elsewhere around 10 a.m.
State Department using ideological litmus tests to screen speakers 02 Dec 2005 The State Department has been using political litmus tests to screen private American citizens before they can be sent overseas to represent the United States, weeding out critics of the Bush regime's Iraq policy, according to department officials and internal e-mails.
Report Accuses EPA of Slanting Analysis --Hill Researchers Say Agency Fixed Pollution Study to Favor Bush's 'Clear Skies' 03 Dec 2005 The Bush administration skewed its analysis of pending legislation on air pollution to favor its bill over two competing proposals, according to a new report by the Congressional Research Service.
Govs. Fear Sale of Public Lands for Mining 03 Dec 2005 Six Western governors and a growing number of senators say they fear a plan in a budget bill allowing the sale of millions of acres of public lands could do permanent harm to their states.
Documents Show Katrina's Political Storm 03 Dec 2005 Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco sent Dictator Bush a letter the day before Hurricane Katrina hit. "I have determined that this incident will be of such severity and magnitude that effective response will be beyond the capabilities of the state and the affected local governments and that supplementary federal assistance will be necessary," Blanco wrote. Three days after the storm, Blanco wrote Bush asking that the 256th Louisiana National Guard Brigade be sent home from Iraq to help. The governor also asked for more generators, medicine, health care workers and mortuaries. Five days later, Bush assistant Maggie Grant e-mailed Blanco aide Paine Gowen to say that the White House did not receive the letter.
Bodies tested in probe of possible mercy killings 02 Dec 2005 Tests for lethal doses of drugs such as morphine are being done on as many as 100 patients who died during Hurricane Katrina and who investigators fear may have been euthanized.
Taylor fires off angry letter to FEMA 02 Dec 2005 He demands daily counts on trailers U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) wants answers from FEMA. Residents in his home county, Hancock, are still living in tents three months after Hurricane Katrina hit, wondering when their FEMA trailers will be delivered.
Urge Senator Boxer to Speak Out on Election Fraud (Petition) 04 Dec 2005
Racial profiling feared at Wal-Mart 02 Dec 2005 Store managers delay a black customer for two hours. It took police 19 minutes to figure out he did nothing wrong.
Doctor accuses drugs giant of 'unethical' secrecy 04 Dec 2005 Britain's leading medicines watchdog is to investigate claims made by a senior doctor of 'unethical behaviour' by a major pharmaceutical company... A series of emails and taped telephone conversations passed to The Observer reveal that a highly respected academic in the field of osteoporosis has questioned Procter and Gamble's decision to publish drug research in his name even though he had not been given full access to the data it was based on. The report was written by a 'ghost writer' paid for by P&G before being given to the academic to agree.
Doctor says bird flu drug is 'useless' 04 Dec 2005 A Vietnamese doctor who has treated dozens of victims of avian flu claims the drug being stockpiled around the world to combat a pandemic is "useless" against the virus. "We place no importance on using this drug on our patients," Dr Nguyen Tuong Van runs the intensive care unit at the Centre for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, said. "Tamiflu is really only meant for treating ordinary type A flu. It was not designed to combat H5N1 . . . (Tamiflu) is useless." [LOL!! See: Rumsfeld's growing stake in Tamiflu 31 Oct 2005 Defense Secretary, ex-chairman of flu treatment rights holder, sees portfolio value growing. The prospect of a bird flu outbreak... is proving to be very good news for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other politically connected investors in Gilead Sciences, the California biotech company that owns the rights to Tamiflu, the influenza remedy that's now the most-sought after (*useless!*) drug in the world.]
Deadly Bacterial Illness May Be Spreading 01 Dec 2005 A deadly bacterial illness commonly seen in people on antibiotics appears to be growing more common even in patients not taking such drugs, according to a report published Thursday in a federal health journal.
GOP Wants to Create Secretive Gov't Agency 02 Dec 2005 The proposed Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency, or BARDA, would be exempt from long-standing open records and meetings laws that apply to most government departments, according to legislation approved Oct. 18 by the Senate health committee. Those exemptions would streamline the development process, safeguard 'national security' and protect the proprietary interests of drug companies, say Republican backers of the bill. The legislation also proposes giving manufacturers immunity from liability...
Reporters Committee deplores secret health agency proposal (Press Release) 01 Dec 2005 "The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press deplores the effort of Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) to create a federal agency immune from public oversight and the unfathomable failure of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to consider Freedom of Information principles in endorsing this bill. Senator Burr introduced the Biodefense and Pandemic Vaccine and Drug Development Act in late October... No federal agency has been given a blanket exclusion from Freedom of Information requirements in the 40-year history of the act. Even routine administrative details such as official travel expenses and costs of office furniture would be withheld under this measure."
US holding 26 'ghost detainees', says HRW 01 Dec 2005 A leading human rights monitor accused the United States on Wednesday of holding and possibly torturing at least 26 'ghost detainees' in secret overseas locations. The prisoners, suspected of involvement in various terrorist acts, are being held indefinitely and incommunicado, Human Rights Watch alleged.
Report: Two CIA Flights Stopped in France 02 Dec 2005 Two flights chartered by the CIA made stopovers in France in 2002 and 2005, French newspaper Le Figaro said Friday, adding to likely questions facing U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice when she visits Europe next week.
Row grows over secret CIA prisoner flights 02 Dec 2005 The row over the secret transfer of terrorist suspects by the US Government took a new twist when it emerged that more than 300 flights operated by the CIA had landed at European airports.
US on defensive as reports of 'secret torture flights' pile up 01 Dec 2005 The United States was facing mounting embarrassment as allegations continued to emerge of a shadowy network of both secret prison camps and CIA "torture flights" carrying undeclared detainees through European and other countries.
Blair faces allegations of complicity in torture 02 Dec 2005 Pressure is mounting on the White House to answer claims that the CIA is using UK airports to fly terrorist suspects for torture in secret prisons in Europe. Elizabeth Wilmshurst, the former Foreign Office lawyer who resigned over the Iraq war, warned Tony Blair last night that he cannot duck the questions crowding in about the flights which could mean Britain has been complicit in torture.
Pentagon urged to explain 'planted' Iraqi news reports 02 Dec 2005 The White House has gone into damage control following reports in the US media of secret payments to get Iraqi newspapers to print pro-American articles.
US army defends planting of news 01 Dec 2005 The US military on Thursday defended its policy of feeding articles to the Iraqi press as part of a campaign to counter what it said were lies spread by Al Qaeda militants... "We don’t lie, we don’t need to lie, we do empower our operational commanders with the ability to inform the Iraqi public," said US military spokesman Maj Gen Rick ['1984'] Lynch.
Profusion of Rebel Groups Helps Them Survive in Iraq 02 Dec 2005 While on Wednesday pResident Bush promised nothing less than "complete victory" over the Iraqi insurgency, the apparent proliferation of militant groups offers perhaps the best explanation as to why the resistance has been so hard to destroy.
Murtha Believes U.S. Generals Fear Bush Administration 01 Dec 2005 The current issue of The New Yorker Magazine has an article that in it alleges that many of our military's most senior generals are deeply frustrated by the happenings in Iraq, but won't go public for fear they may jeopardize their career. Congressman John Murtha says he knows about these fears. The article quotes an unnamed former defense official saying the administration has "so terrified the generals that they know they won't go public."
U.S.-Led Iraq 'Coalition' Steadily Eroding 02 Dec 2005 Two of America's allies in Iraq are withdrawing forces this month and a half-dozen others are debating possible pullouts or reductions, increasing pressure on Washington as calls mount to bring home U.S. troops.
Guard entices ranks to recruit 01 Dec 2005 The Army National Guard, battling a falloff in recruiting, is offering troops a finder's fee for lining up new soldiers. The Guard Recruiter Assistant Program, launched this week in five states, offers National Guard members $1,000 for enlisting a recruit and another $1,000 when the prospect shows up for basic training.
In C.I.A. Leak, More Talks With Journalists 01 Dec 2005 A conversation between Karl Rove's lawyer and a journalist for Time magazine led Mr. Rove to change his testimony last year to the grand jury in the C.I.A. leak case, people knowledgeable about the sequence of events said Thursday. The account provided Thursday... suggests that Mr. Fitzgerald is still trying to determine whether Mr. Rove was fully forthcoming with investigators and whether he altered his grand jury testimony about his dealings with reporters only after learning that one, Time's Matthew Cooper, might identify him as a source.
Georgian Accused in Bush Plot Faces Trial 02 Dec 2005 The trial of a man accused of trying to assassinate Dictator Bush while visiting Georgia will open next week, a court said Friday... Bush and Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili were addressing a rally of thousands in Tbilisi from behind a bulletproof barrier when the grenade, wrapped in a cloth, landed about 100 feet away. It did not explode; investigators said it apparently malfunctioned. [!?!!!]
'Taliban' note on jet forces emergency landing --No one detained or arrested as Phoenix-to-Boston flight interrupted 02 Dec 2005 An America West Airbus jet made an emergency landing at Kansas City International Airport after someone left a note in the plane’s bathroom that said: "Taliban is Here."
Plutonium could be missing from lab --600-plus pounds unaccounted for, activist group says 30 Nov 2005 Enough plutonium to make dozens of nuclear bombs hasn't been accounted for at the UC-run Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and may be missing, an activist group says in a new report... The amount of unaccounted-for plutonium -- more than 600 pounds, and possibly several times that -- is so great that it raises "a vast security issue," the group said in a report to be made public today. [Jose Padilla is locked up, but Bush's deadly WMD chemicals are on the loose!]
Chavez blames U.S. for election boycott 01 Dec 2005 President Hugo Chavez blamed pResident Bush for a growing election boycott in Venezuela Thursday, hours after all the country's major opposition parties joined the ballot protest.
Diebold among winning bidders for N.C. voting equipment sales 01 Dec 2005 The State Board of Elections approved three companies Thursday to sell 'voting' machines to all 100 counties in time for next year's elections, including a firm that complained earlier it couldn't comply with all the rules for computer software. Diebold Election Systems, Election Systems & Software and Sequoia Voting Systems all met minimum technical and administrative standards to sell in North Carolina, as determined by a panel of 'computer and election experts [GOP trolls].
More corporate welfare on the way: Second US House panel to mull terrorism insurance 01 Dec 2005 Legislation to renew a U.S. government backstop to cover terrorism losses will be reviewed by a second House of Representatives committee, a panel spokesman said, unsettling insurers who worried on Thursday that any further delay could keep the bill from passing this year.
Exxon Mobil awards execs $30.2M in bonuses, 1.63M shares 01 Dec 2005 Exxon Mobil Corp. awarded 17 executives a total of $30.2 million in bonuses and 1.63 million shares of restricted stock under an incentive program in 2005, according to a company filing late Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Senate Democrats demand investigation of oil execs 01 Dec 2005 The U.S. Senate's top Democrat on Thursday called for a probe of whether major oil company executives lied to Congress when they testified that their companies did not participate in a 2001 task force that prepared the Bush administration's energy 'policy.'
Top Oil Company Executives Retool Responses on Energy Task Force Roles 01 Dec 2005 Last month, executives were asked by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) at a hearing if their companies participated in Vice pResident Cheney's energy task force in 2001. The chief executives of Exxon Mobil Corp., ConocoPhillips Co. and Chevron Corp. said no. The president of Shell Oil Co. said his company did not participate "to my knowledge," and the chief of BP America Inc. said he did not know [?!?]. But a White House document subsequently obtained by The Washington Post showed that officials from Exxon Mobil, Conoco (before its merger with Phillips), Shell Oil and BP America met in the White House complex with the Cheney aides who were developing a national energy policy, parts of which became law and parts of which are still being debated. Last week, the Republican staff of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee suggested that the executives did not mislead the committee because whatever they did with the task force did not meet the legal definition of "participate."
Justice Staff Saw Texas Districting As Illegal --Voting Rights Finding On Map Pushed by DeLay Was Overruled 02 Dec 2005 Justice Department lawyers concluded that the landmark Texas congressional redistricting plan spearheaded by Rep. Tom DeLay (R) violated the Voting Rights Act, according to a previously undisclosed memo obtained by The Washington Post. But senior officials overruled them and approved the plan.
Lobbyist's Role in Hiring Aides Is Investigated 02 Dec 2005 With a federal corruption case intensifying, prosecutors investigating Jack Abramoff, the Republican lobbyist, are examining whether he brokered lucrative jobs for Congressional aides at powerful lobbying firms in exchange for legislative favors, people involved in the case have said.
Prosecutors Urged to Investigate Ralph Reed's Covert Lobbying --Reed Reportedly Received Millions to Lobby In Texas-But He Never Registered With State as Required 01 Dec 2005 (Press Release) "Texans for Public Justice, Common Cause Texas and Public Citizen today petitioned Travis County Attorney David Escamilla to investigate the Texas lobby activities of Ralph Reed. According to state records, Reed did not register as a Texas lobbyist in 2001 or 2002, when he reportedly received $4.2 million to lobby Texas state officials to shut down two Indian casinos in Texas."
Court orders California governor to stop making news-like promotions 01 Dec 2005 A superior court judge on Thursday ordered [GOP-installed] Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration to remove a state-produced video that was intended to look like an objective news report from a state Web site. The ruling also said state agencies should not use public money to make similar videos in the future.
Scandals, war shadow GOP governors 02 Dec 2005 Political fallout from corruption scandals and the Iraq war cast a pall over a gathering of Republican governors in Carlsbad, Calif., yesterday as GOP strategists and leaders acknowledged the party faces a tough climate for its 2006 campaigns.
U.S. Executes 1,000th Person Since 1977 02 Dec 2005 A double murderer who said he didn't want to be known as a number became the 1,000th person executed in the United States since capital punishment resumed 28 years ago.
U.S. to Release New $10 Bills on March 2 02 Dec 2005 The trees won't be the only thing sprouting new colors come springtime. Americans' wallets will have more red, yellow and orange as the first of 800 million redesigned $10 bills start showing up in cash registers and ATM machines on March 2.
Pentagon is secretly paying Iraqi papers to print positive coverage 02 Dec 2005 As part of an information offensive in Iraq, the US military has been secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to publish stories written by American troops in an attempt to polish the image of the US presence.
U.S. Is Said to Pay to Plant Articles in Iraq Papers 01 Dec 2005 Titled "The Sands Are Blowing Toward a Democratic Iraq," an article written this week for publication in the Iraqi press was scornful of outsiders' pessimism about the country's future... The article was prepared by the United States military as part of a multimillion-dollar covert campaign to plant paid propaganda in the Iraqi news media and pay friendly Iraqi 'journalists' monthly stipends, military contractors and officials said.
US 'admits' Iraq propaganda drive 01 Dec 2005 The US military in Iraq has implicitly admitted that it is running a campaign to plant articles in Iraqi papers aimed at improving its image in the country.
Who's Running This Clusterf**k? By Vic Blazier "For those of you who might be curious about those who did and who did not serve their county, please have a look at this great 'database' of names of elected officials."
Israelis trained Kurds in Iraq 01 Dec 2005 Dozens of Israelis with a background in elite military combat training have been working for private Israeli companies in northern Iraq where they helped the Kurds establish elite anti[pro]-terror units, Israel’s leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronot revealed Thursday.
'Insurgent' attack on Iraqi city 01 Dec 2005 'Insurgents' attacked US bases and government offices in Ramadi, in central Iraq, and then dispersed throughout the city, reports say.
Four U.S. Servicemembers Killed in Separate Iraq Incidents 01 Dec 2005 Four U.S. servicemembers were killed in Iraq on Nov. 30, military officials reported.
Candidate From Allawi's List Killed 01 Dec 2005 A candidate from the party of former interim prime minister Iyad Allawi, the Iraqi National List, has been murdered... The largely secular list includes his own Iraqi National Accord party, the Communist Party, socialists, and supporters of Sunni politicians Adnan Pachachi and deputy president Ghazi al-Yawar.
UK security firm to investigate Iraq video clips 01 Dec 2005 A British security firm operating in Iraq [Aegis],has launched an investigation to find out if any of its employees were involved in video clips which appear to show Iraqi civilians being shot at.
Bush accused of 'recycling tired rhetoric' 01 Dec 2005 Dictator George Bush said yesterday that America was on course for "complete victory" and he ruled out any firm timetable for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq... In a speech aimed squarely at restoring morale on the home front, and to meet the growing clamour for a pull-out, Mr Bush set out what critics say he has conspicuously failed to deliver: a clear exit strategy from the two-and-a-half-year conflict.
We're Prepared to Pay The Price of Freedom, Are You? By quarsan 25 Nov 2005 "After Blair's threat to jail any editor who reports the Bomb Al-Jazeera memo, we thought there would be an outcry. Who would stand up for press freedom, or at least the freedom not to be bombed to buggery? ...Here's the deal. If you get it, send it to us and we will also publish it. We will also risk jail." [Citizens For Legitimate Government has signed the pledge!]
Former ambassador speaks on Iraq, CIA leak investigation 30 Nov 2005 In a talk sponsored by the Northeastern College Democrats at Blackman Auditorium Nov. 21, Ambassador Joseph Wilson laid out the story of how he had gone from being a relatively anonymous state department official to "Valerie Plame's husband," sparing few from potent verbal attacks along the way... Wilson also had harsh words for ['columnist' Robert] Novak...
Twist to terror suspects row as logs show 80 CIA planes visited UK 01 Dec 2005 The transatlantic row over the secret transfer of terror suspects by the Bush regime took a new twist yesterday when it emerged that more than 300 flights operated by the CIA had landed at European airports.
Europe slams US terror tactics 01 Dec 2005 European indignation over the CIA's alleged use of kidnappings, secret flights and clandestine prisons on European territory has mounted as leaders in Britain and Germany are pressing the US government for an explanation.
Military develops a Star Trek-like phaser 01 Dec 2005 Air Force researchers say they've developed a non- lethal laser ray gun called the "PHaSR" -- for Personnel Halting and Stimulation Response. The intense laser beam produced by the rifle-sized weapon temporarily disorients its target.
Anthrax shots may be required in military 01 Dec 2005 The Bush regime asked a federal appeals court Thursday to reinstate mandatory anthrax inoculations for many military personnel, while a lawyer for soldiers who refused the shots said anti-anthrax vaccine was never intended for the purpose the Pentagon is using it.
911 - The Inside Job By cremationofcare.com 11 Sep 2005 [Must watch video clip. Warning! Disturbing images.]
DOE to Allow More Plutonium at Calif. Lab 29 Nov 2005 The Energy Department gave clearance Tuesday to doubling the amount of plutonium that can be kept at the Livermore National Laboratory in California despite protests by some local activists that the weapons material poses a threat to adjacent residential communities.
Ashcroft: Patriot Act tools needed 30 Nov 2005 Former Attorney General John Ashcroft faced off with young critics Wednesday, defending the USA Patriot Act and the Bush administration's campaign against [for] terrorism in a speech at Columbia University.
FBI complains about newspaper article 30 Nov 2005 The U.S. Justice Department sent Congress a letter complaining of inaccuracies in a newspaper article about the FBI's powers regarding private records. The Washington Post on Nov. 6 reported the FBI has issued more than 30,000 'national security' letters a year.
Venezuela promotes heating oil aid in US papers 01 Dec 2005 In full page ads placed in leading US newspapers, Venezuela's state-owned oil company vaunted its humanitarian assistance to low-income US residents struggling with soaring heating costs. "We're not just any oil company [CITGO]," said the ad in The Washington Post and New York Times, describing a program providing 12 million gallons (45.4 million liters) of heating oil at unspecified "deeply discounted prices" to low income families, schools and hospitals in northeastern Massachusetts state.
U.S. concerned Venezuelan elections will not be 'free and fair' [*LOL!*] 01 Dec 2005 Accusing election officials of favoring Hugo Chavez, opposition parties fell into disarray just days before Sunday's elections after struggling to compete with the president who has spent billions in oil revenues on health and education for the poor. "Venezuelans, like all people, have a right to free and fair elections," said U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack, rejecting the charges of U.S. meddling... [Too bad we don't have that right, in the U.S.]
Ethics cloud grows wider over GOP 30 Nov 2005 Yet another corruption case [Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham] involving prominent members of Congress, mainly Republicans, it's fueling a scandal that is opening a window on big- money politics in Washington and shifting prospects for midterm elections. At least seven members of Congress are facing indictments, investigations, or criminal charges on issues ranging from bribery and securities fraud to campaign-finance violations.
Neo-Nazis get OK for Dec. 10 rally in Toledo 01 Dec 2005 The Ohio Building Authority has granted a request for members of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement to hold a rally Dec. 10 in front of Government Center in downtown Toledo.
Speaking of Nazis: By God, another awful Bush appointment By William Fisher 29 Nov 2005 "...[T]he appointment of Paul Bonicelli to be deputy director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which is in charge of all programs to promote democracy and good governance overseas... Bonicelli is dean of academic affairs at tiny Patrick Henry College in rural Virginia. The fundamentalist institution's motto is 'For Christ and Liberty.' It requires that all of its 300 students sign a 10-part 'statement of faith' declaring, among other things, that ...hell is a place where 'all who die outside of Christ shall be confined in conscious torment for eternity.'"
Alito Helped Craft Reagan-Era Tack to Restrict 'Roe' --Supreme Court Nominee Wrote Memo In 1985 as Justice Department Lawyer 01 Dec 2005 As a Justice Department lawyer in the Reagan administration, Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr. helped devise a legal strategy to persuade the high court to restrict and eventually overturn Roe v. Wade , the historic decision legalizing abortion.
Conn. Senate Passes Campaign Finance Laws 01 Dec 2005 The state Senate on Wednesday approved some of the most sweeping changes in campaign finance laws in the country, including tight restrictions on contributions and a voluntary, publicly funded election system.
Gag me with a chainsaw: Oil prices rise on approaching snowstorm 01 Dec 2005 Oil prices surged more than $1 a barrel Thursday as a winter storm approached the Northeast, which is likely to boost demand for heating oil.
Alarm over dramatic weakening of Gulf Stream --Slowing of current by a third in 12 years could bring more extreme weather --Temperatures in Britain likely to drop by one degree in next decade 01 Dec 2005 The powerful ocean current that bathes Britain and northern Europe in warm waters from the tropics has weakened dramatically in recent years, a consequence of global warming that could trigger more severe winters and cooler summers across the region, scientists warn today.
Evidence of Slowing Ocean Currents Alarms Scientists 30 Nov 2005 The powerful ocean currents that transport heat around the globe and keep northern Europe's weather relatively mild appear to be weakening, according to a new scientific report.
Military planners to seek $3.9 bln on top of $10.6 bln for Iraq 30 Nov 2005 Military officials in Iraq said they had requested $3.9 billion for next year 'to help train and equip Iraqi troops, build new police stations and outfit Iraqi soldiers with new uniforms' [for Halliburton]. That amount would be part of a larger spending request to Congress for the overall war effort and is on top of the $10.6 billion that lawmakers have already approved 'to rebuild Iraq's security forces' [for Halliburton].
Bush Again Rejects Calls for a Withdrawal Timetable in Iraq 30 Nov 2005 Dictator Bush today laid out what he called a strategy for victory in Iraq, saying that American troops will not be withdrawn in response to "artificial timetables set by politicians in Washington" but will remain deployed there until Iraqi forces can effectively take over. [I want a timetable set for Bush's treason trial, with all available penalties for treason on the plate.]
Bush flags war strategy as more die in Iraq 30 Nov 2005 US troops will be able to withdraw from Iraq as local forces gain competence, US Dictator George W. Bush said on Wednesday, but near Baghdad the killing of nine people underscored a dire security situation two weeks before Iraq’s 'election.'
Bush-the-Moron announced that 'a national depot has been established north of Baghdad that is responsible for supplying the logistical needs of the ten divisions of the Iraqi Army.' Why doesn't he just send a written invitation to the 'insurgents,' so that they can attack the depot? Oh, that's right. After it's attacked (by either actual 'insurgents' or by Blackwater USA), Halliburton can get more money to rebuild it. -LRP
Transcript: Dictator Bush's Speech on the War on [of] Terrorism --Delivered at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. 30 Nov 2005
Democrats Attack Iraq Strategy --Sen. Kerry, Sen. Reed Say Bush Plan Ignores Basic Realities 30 Nov 2005 Democratic lawmakers charged today that pResident Bush has failed to set forth a coherent strategy to win the war in Iraq and called for the establishment of measurable benchmarks for progress so that U.S. troops can be gradually withdrawn.
MSNBC Question of the Day: George W. Bush's Plan For Victory: Is it a step in the right direction? 11120 responses Yes 24% No 76% [Poll snapshot: 16:14 EST 30 Nov 2005]
U.S. military secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to publish articles by U.S. military 29 Nov 2005 As part of an information offensive in Iraq, the U.S. military is secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to publish stories written by American troops in an effort to burnish the image of the U.S. mission in Iraq. The articles, written by U.S. military "information operations" troops [Faux News?], are translated into Arabic and placed in Baghdad newspapers with the help of a defense contractor, according to U.S. military officials and documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
Researcher in Blair-Bush memo row 'shocked' at Official Secrets charge --Lawyer has not seen Iraq war document --Sensitivity of trial could mean it is held in camera 30 Nov 2005 A former Labour MP's researcher was shocked when he was charged under the Official Secrets Act well over a year after he was arrested, his lawyer said yesterday. Neil Clark, the lawyer representing Leo O'Connor, one of two men charged under the act, also said he had still not been able to see the document reported to be at the centre of the case - a memo of a meeting in April last year between Tony Blair and George Bush.
Two men in UK court over 'Jazeera bombing' leak 29 Nov 2005 Two men appeared in a British court on Tuesday accused of leaking a secret document which a newspaper said showed that U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush wanted to bomb Arabic television station Al Jazeera.
Gunmen open fire on Iraq bus, kill 9 30 Nov 2005 Gunmen opened fire on a minibus north of Baghdad on Wednesday, killing nine people and wounding two, police said. A police official said 10 masked gunmen carried out the attack near the town of Baqouba, some 40 miles from the Iraqi capital.
Cheney accused on prisoner abuse 29 Nov 2005 A top aide to former Secretary of State Colin Powell has launched a stinging attack on US Vice-pResident Dick Cheney over abuse of prisoners by US troops.
Rice defends unlimited detention of suspected terrorists 29 Nov 2005 US Secretary of State [war criminal] Condoleezza Rice defended the unlimited detention of suspected terrorists saying, in an interview published on Tuesday, that it benefitted the United States and the entire world. [Bush's trial, conviction, and unlimited detention (or death penalty) would benefit the United States and the entire world.]
Controversy grows in Europe over CIA jail network 01 Dec 2005 A gathering storm of outrage will greet Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice when she visits Europe next week amid allegations that the CIA has been using airports and military bases across the Continent to secretly transport and detain terrorist suspects.
UK airports 'are stop-offs in torture flights' 30 Nov 2005 Eleven police forces were today threatened with legal action if they fail to investigate allegations that UK airports are being used as secret stop-overs by CIA jets transferring terror suspects to torture camps.
Straw quizzes US on 'CIA flights' 30 Nov 2005 The foreign secretary (UK) has written to Washington over claims that the CIA has used EU airports to move suspects to other countries for torture. Jack Straw said the letter "expressed concern" on behalf of all EU countries and he was waiting for a response.
U.S. Will Address E.U. Questions on CIA Prisons --EU May Sanction Countries Involved 30 Nov 2005 The Bush regime pledged yesterday to respond to a formal inquiry from the European Union over reports of covert CIA prisons for al Qaeda captives in Eastern Europe, acknowledging for the first time that the controversy over the secret prison system has upset European allies.
US probes secret CIA jail claim 29 Nov 2005 The US says it will investigate reports that the CIA is running secret jails in eastern Europe and that planes carrying detainees used European airports.
US Air Force unveils hand-held laser gun 25 Nov 2005 The US Air Force has unveiled its first hand-held laser weapon [Personnel Halting and Stimulation Response (PHaSR) system] that gives security forces a non-lethal [?!?] option for controlling crowds and protecting areas like checkpoints, according to service officials.
NGA to block some aeronautical info 29 Nov 2005 The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has decided to bar the public from viewing most of its aeronautical data and publications... Some librarians, commercial mapmakers and public interest group members were angry in November 2004 when NGA -- without seeking public comment -- announced that it planned to end the public sale and distribution of its aeronautical data and publications available copyright-free in print or online at the agency’s Web site.
Standard Federal ID to Replace Common Access Cards 30 Nov 2005 A new, standardized identification card is being developed for all federal employees. The added information on the card will be a biometric of two fingerprints, to be used for identification purposes, and a string of numbers that will allow physical access to buildings...
U.S. Library of Congress evacuated for 'odor' 30 Nov 2005 The main building of the Library of Congress was evacuated on Wednesday morning after a "suspicious odor" was detected and two people felt faint, Capitol police said.
TSA to Allow Scissors, Tools on Planes 30 Nov 2005 Airline passengers will be allowed to carry small scissors and tools onto planes, reversing a rule that led to confiscation of many thousands of sharp objects at airports since the Sept. 11 terror attacks, a Homeland Security Department official said Wednesday.
PM caves in to party revolt on terror laws 01 Dec 2005 (AU) The Federal Government has agreed to a number of amendments to its tough new anti-terrorism laws under heavy pressure from its back bench, including softening its contentious sedition provisions.
Bush 'Pioneer' contractor spends big on key lawmakers 29 Nov 2005 A San Diego businessman under investigation in the bribery case of former Republican congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham is a well-known GOP fundraiser whose generosity to key members of Congress came at the same time his company saw large increases in its government contracts, public records show. Brent Wilkes, the founder of defense contractor ADCS Inc., gave more than $840,000 in contributions to 32 House members or candidates, campaign-finance records show... Wilkes was also a "Pioneer" for pResident Bush's 2004 re-selection campaign, meaning he raised at least $100,000.
More corporate welfare for GOP pharma-terrorists: Drugmakers Win Exemption in House Budget-Cutting Bill 30 Nov 2005 As part of a House budget bill that reduces spending on Medicaid prescription drugs, pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co. and other businesses secured a provision ensuring that their mental health drugs continue to fetch top price at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars to the states. The provision -- inserted by Rep. Steve Buyer (R-Ind.), whose district flanks Lilly's Indianapolis headquarters -- would largely exempt antipsychotic and antidepressant medications from a larger measure designed to steer Medicaid patients to the least expensive treatment options.
Hastert wants 'Christmas,' tree together 29 Nov 2005 House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Nutjob-Ill., in a letter to the Architect of the Capitol, recommended that the annual Capitol Holiday Tree, as it has been called the past several years, be renamed the Capitol Christmas Tree.
UConn Students Debate Coulter's Fee, Viewpoint 30 Nov 2005 Ann Coulter's lecture at the University of Connecticut next Wednesday has spawned an alternative event called "Stop the Hate." Also at issue is the GOP whore's [Coulter's] $16,000 price tag.
It's official: Diebold election bugware can't be trusted --The company implies as much By Thomas C Greene 30 Nov 2005 "Diebold would rather lose all of its voting machine business in North Carolina than open its source code to state election officials as required by law, the Associated Press reports."
Supreme Court Hears Case on Abortion Rights 30 Nov 2005 New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte urged the Supreme Court Wednesday to uphold that state's parental notification law, as the justices took up their first abortion rights in five years and under the leadership of new Chief Justice John Roberts.
U.S. Builds Stockpile of Vaccine for Flu Pandemic 30 Nov 2005 The government expects to stockpile nearly 8 million doses of an experimental vaccine 'against' [to start] pandemic influenza by February, and studies are underway that could stretch that supply to cover more than a third of the population, federal health experts said yesterday.
UK energy review announced to protest 30 Nov 2005 Prime minister Tony Blair evaded protesters to announce a review of the UK energy situation, which would include the question of 'facilitating' new nuclear build.
'I was paid to blame Syria' 28 Nov 2005 A man has claimed on Syrian state TV that he was bribed to accuse top Syrian officials of the murder of Rafiq Hariri in his testimony to the United Nations commission into the former Lebanese premier's assassination.
Rumsfeld suppresses 'insurgent' [Actually, they're suppressing *him.*] 29 Nov 2005 US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has decided to avoid using the word "insurgent" to describe the Iraqis fighting US and Iraqi forces in Iraq. Rumsfeld told reporters Tuesday the switch was the result of "an epiphany" he had over the weekend.
Rumsfeld: Don't call them 'insurgents' 29 Nov 2005 More than 2 1/2 years into the Iraq war, Donald H. Rumsfeld has decided the enemy are not insurgents. [He's right! They're *resistance fighters!*]
Evidence Mounts of Iraqi Military of Kidnappings and Slayings 29 Nov 2005 As the American military pushes the largely Shiite Iraqi security services into a larger role in combating the insurgency, evidence has begun to mount suggesting that the Iraqi forces are carrying out executions in predominantly Sunni neighborhoods.
Pace defends use of white phosphorus 29 Nov 2005 The top American general [war criminal] defended the use of white phosphorus in Iraq on Tuesday... "White phosphorus is a legitimate tool of the military," Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a news conference in the military’s Pentagon headquarters. "It is not a chemical weapon. It is an incendiary. And it is well within the law of war to use those weapons as they’re being used, for marking and for screening."
Ex-Powell Aide Criticizes Detainee Effort 28 Nov 2005 A top aide to former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Monday that wrongheaded ideas for the handling of foreign detainees arose from White House and Pentagon officials who argued that "the president of the United States is all-powerful" and the Geneva Conventions irrelevant.
US acknowledges Europe concern on 'secret prisons' 29 Nov 2005 Under German pressure, the United States acknowledged for the first time on Tuesday that allegations of secret CIA prisons in Europe have raised widespread concern in the region.
Torture, American-Style --This Debate Comes Down to Words vs. Deeds By David Luban 27 Nov 2005 "After Time magazine revealed the harsh methods used at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to interrogate Mohamed Qatani, the so-called '20th hijacker,' the Pentagon replied with a memo describing the 'valuable intelligence information' he had revealed. Most of it had to do with Qatani's own past and his role in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001... But, conspicuously, the Pentagon has never claimed that anything Qatani revealed helped it prevent terrorist attacks, imminent or otherwise."
Video Shows Activists Kidnapped in Iraq 29 Nov 2005 Al-Jazeera broadcast an insurgent video Tuesday showing four peace activists taken hostage in Iraq, with a previously unknown group claiming responsibility for the kidnappings. The Swords of Righteousness Brigade said the four were spies working undercover as Christian peace activists, Al-Jazeera said.
Two Soldiers Killed, One Injured in Separate Incidents 29 Nov 2005 Two Task Force Baghdad soldiers were killed when their patrol struck a roadside bomb north of Baghdad today, military officials reported.
Friendly fire may have killed 2 in 101st 29 Nov 2005 The deaths of two Fort Campbell soldiers last week in Iraq are being investigated as possible friendly fire incidents, the Army said yesterday.
Iraq Troop Withdrawal Would Be 'Huge Mistake,' Bush Says 29 Nov 2005 The U.S. commander in chief [thief] today dismissed talk of any major withdrawal of American troops from Iraq before victory over 'insurgents' there is achieved. "We've heard some people say pull them out right now. That's a huge mistake. It'd be a terrible mistake," pResident Bush told reporters during a visit to U.S. Border Patrol headquarters in El Paso, Texas.
Hatch refers to Iraq as Vietnam 29 Nov 2005 Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, flubbed Monday and referred to Iraq as Vietnam while commenting on Faux News against an immediate troop withdrawal. "The Democratic Party seems to be taken over by the Michael Moore contingent in their attitude toward Vietnam, and they continually call for a withdrawal of troops at a time when we haven't finished the job," Hatch said on the network's morning show.
Rights groups urge fairness in Hussein trial 29 Nov 2005 Deposed Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and his co-defendants, whose trials in Iraqi law courts have recently resumed, must be guaranteed a fair trial and respect for their civil liberties, say rights groups.
U.S. Troops Rescue Ethiopian Cheetah Cubs 29 Nov 2005 U.S. troops flew two endangered cheetah cubs (Scout and Patch) to the Ethiopian capital Tuesday after instigating their rescue from a remote village where a restaurant owner had held them captive and abused them.
President Bush's Flirtation With Fascism By Bill Gallagher 29 Nov 2005 "Whether with 'enemy combatants' or with our own citizens, the effort to deprive people of fundamental rights has been relentless, dangerous and an affront to our national tradition that bows to no king and resists tyranny. The Republicans who run the Congress have shown little willingness to challenge the president's claims to do just anything he wants with suspected terrorists. Detention without charges, torture and secret prisons -- these are tactics more suitable for Stalin than a successor to Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Jimmy Carter."
Mass of law enforcement will help secure visit 29 Nov 2005 A security cocoon weeks in planning will envelope Dictator Bush when he arrives in El Paso today, law enforcement officials said. Undercover officers, SWAT teams and federal agents will be among a security force that could potentially include hundreds of law enforcement officers whose work began long before Air Force One touches ground in El Paso.
Miami Police Take New Tack Against [For] Terror 28 Nov 2005 Miami police announced Monday they will stage random shows of force at hotels, banks and other public places to keep terrorists guessing [?!? LOL!] and remind people to be vigilant. Deputy Police Chief Frank Fernandez said officers might, for example, surround a bank building, check the IDs of everyone going in and out and hand out leaflets about terror threats.
Refusal to present ID sparks test of rights 29 Nov 2005 Federal prosecutors are reviewing whether to pursue charges against an Arvada (CO) woman who refused to show identification to federal police while riding an RTD bus through the Federal Center in Lakewood, CO.
French Lawmakers Approve Anti-Terror Bill 29 Nov 2005 France's lower house of parliament overwhelmingly approved a new anti-terrorism bill Tuesday that would increase the use of video surveillance and allow police more time to question terror suspects.
Government's own see the danger in terrorism laws (The Age) 30 Nov 2005 "As the Senate inquiry makes clear, an ill-considered response to the terrorist threat creates a second threat to our values and way of life... So radical are some changes that the committee insists these need to be reviewed within five years — the Government's concession of 10-year sunset clauses is exposed as almost meaningless... What ultimately matters is the effect of the law as it is written."
CIA chief defends agency over bin Laden hunt --Goss: 'We know more than we can say' [*Obviously.*] 29 Nov 2005 CIA Director Porter Goss, saying his agency struggles to penetrate terrorist sanctuaries overseas, insists that "we know more than we're able to say publicly" about [Bush freelancer] Osama bin Laden and [the dead] Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
What did U.S. military know before 9/11? --Congress wants to hear more about allegations that four hijackers were identified before they acted. 26 Nov 2005 A top-secret military program set up six years ago to probe the Al-Qaida terrorist network is provoking fierce new debate about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Military intelligence officers and contractors who ran the clandestine mission, named Able Danger, say that more than a year before the attacks, the operation identified four of the plot's 19 hijackers and produced a chart that fingered ringleader Mohamed Atta. Those claims contradict findings of the 9/11 commission set up by Congress.
Bush ally faces 10 years' jail for $2.4 million in bribes 29 Nov 2005 A Republican congressman pleaded guilty last night to taking $2.4 million in bribes in exchange for steering lucrative military contracts to business associates — the latest scandal to hit pResident Bush’s party.
Bush says congressman taking bribes 'outrageous' 29 Nov 2005 U.S. pResident George W. Bush on Tuesday verbally slapped a congressman from his Republican party for taking bribes, calling it "outrageous." Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham of California resigned on Monday after pleading guilty to taking $2.4 million in bribes in exchange for help in securing Defense Department contracts.
The Abramoff affair: Snapshots from an empire of corruption By Patrick Martin 29 Nov 2005 "Many episodes in [Jack] Abramoff’s relations with various congressmen have already been given considerable exposure in newspaper accounts and court filings. What follows is a summary of the most revealing..."
Mega barf alert! Rally Held in Texas to Support Tom DeLay 28 Nov 2005 Embattled former House majority leader [and Reichwing whackjob] Tom DeLay criticized Democratic leaders and told supporters at a rally Monday not to lose faith as he faces charges of campaign finance violations.
CREW Files IRS Complaint Against James Dobson's Focus On the Family 28 Nov 2005 Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) today filed an Internal Revenue Services (IRS) complaint against Focus on the Family, a conservative, non-profit organization led by its Founder and Chairman James C. Dobson. The complaint asks for the IRS to investigate activities by the group which may violate IRS regulations and require a revocation of its tax-exempt status.
Kansas Prof. Apologizes for E-Mail 29 Nov 2005 A University of Kansas religion professor apologized for an e-mail that referred to religious conservatives as "fundies" and said a course describing intelligent design as mythology would be a "nice slap in their big fat face."
Maine turns down sex-ed funding due to regulations on its spending 29 Nov 2005 The state of Maine has turned down some $160,000 in federal funds earmarked for sex education because of regulations on how the funds can be spent... Officials also said if they accepted the federal money they would have to pitch in $120,000 in state funds and the federal dollars could be spent on programs that focused only on sexual abstinence.
Proposed cuts could slice child support 29 Nov 2005 One million Texas children, including more than 38,000 in El Paso, could lose child support if Congress approves proposed federal budget cuts, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said Monday. "The proposed federal budget cuts take food off the tables and clothes off the backs of Texas children," Abbott said.
Britain May Build New Nuclear Power Plants 29 Nov 2005 Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday the government may consider building a new generation of nuclear power stations, in a speech delayed briefly by anti-nuclear activists.
U.K. Pledges Decision on Nuclear Power by Mid-2006 29 Nov 2005 U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair signaled his support for building a new generation of nuclear plants as the government pledged a decision by mid-2006, threatening to open fresh divisions within the ruling party.
GM crops highly dangerous, warn Austrian campaigners 28 Nov 2005 Genetically modified crops have the potential to wreak economic havoc on farmers, Austrian campaigners told a press conference Monday, warning that the development was the "biggest danger of our time".
Tropical Storm Epsilon Forms in Atlantic Tuesday 29 Nov 2005 Tropical Storm Epsilon, the 26th named storm of the busiest Atlantic hurricane season on record, formed Tuesday in the central Atlantic.
US may use planes as substitute for troops in Iraq 28 Nov 2005 The Bush regime is considering a plan to put America's awesome airpower at the disposal of Iraqi commanders, as a way of reducing the number of US troops on the ground. The plan is causing consternation among commanders in US air force, who say it could lead to increased civilian casualties and lead to airstrikes being used as means of settling old scores.
'CIA prisons:' EU warns members 28 Nov 2005 EU Justice and Home Affairs Commissioner Franco Frattini warned on Monday that any EU nation found to have operated secret CIA prisons could have their EU voting rights suspended.
EU May Suspend Nations With Secret Prisons 28 Nov 2005 The United States has told the European Union it needs more time to respond to [lie about] media reports that the CIA set up secret jails in some European nations and transported terror suspects by covert flights, the top EU justice official said Monday.
CIA Flights In Europe: The Hunt for Hercules N8183J 28 Nov 2005 A bitter debate over torture has erupted in Europe. Washington is believed to have used EU countries as transit points for moving terrorism suspects to clandestine locations where they may have been tortured. The Council of Europe and other organizations are now demanding answers -- from the US and European countries who looked the other way.
"I'll go to jail to print the truth about Bush and al-Jazeera" --Bush and Al-Jazeera By Boris Johnson, MP and Editor, The Spectator 24 Nov 2005 "The Attorney General's ban is ridiculous, untenable, and redolent of guilt. I do not like people to break the Official Secrets Act ....we now have allegations of such severity, against the US President and his motives, that we need to clear them up. If someone passes me the document within the next few days I will be very happy to publish it in The Spectator, and risk a jail sentence. ...Sunlight is the best disinfectant. If we suppress the truth, we forget what we are fighting for. I'll go to jail to print the truth about Bush and al-Jazeera."
Protest today against Bush-Blair plan to bomb Al Jazeera 28 Nov 2005 Journalists, lawyers and human rights activists will hold a rally Monday in Islamabad against the reported plan by US Dictator George W Bush to bomb Al Jazeera headquarters in Doha and some bureau offices elsewhere in the world.
Violence continues in Iraq with more people killed 28 Nov 2005 A number of people were killed in separate incidents in Iraq on Monday including a Muslim scholar, two newsmen and 11 Shiite pilgrims and four dead bodies of unknown people were discovered by Iraqi police.
Two Britons killed in Baghdad 28 Nov 2005 Two Britons were killed and three injured Monday when gunmen attacked a bus carrying Muslim pilgrims south of Baghdad, police and hospital officials said, the day after four humanitarian workers were reported kidnapped.
Sunni politicians, bodyguard killed in Iraq 28 Nov 2005 Two Sunni Arab politicians and their bodyguard were shot dead while driving in western Baghdad on Monday, members of their party said.
Four Westerners kidnapped in Iraq 28 Nov 2005 At least 200 foreigners have been abducted in the past 18 months Four Western aid workers, including two Canadians and a Briton, have been kidnapped in Iraq, officials say.
Up In The Air --Where is the Iraq war headed next? By Seymour M. Hersh 28 Nov 2005 "A key element of the drawdown plans, not mentioned in the President’s [sic] public statements, is that the departing American troops will be replaced by American airpower. Quick, deadly strikes by U.S. warplanes are seen as a way to improve dramatically the combat capability of even the weakest Iraqi combat units... Current and former military and intelligence officials have told me that the President remains convinced that it is his personal mission to bring democracy to Iraq, and that he is impervious to political pressure, even from fellow Republicans. They also say that he disparages any information that conflicts with his view of how the war is proceeding."
Hussein Defiant in Court Appearance 28 Nov 2005 ...Saddam Hussein lectured the judge in his trial Monday on how to order around "occupiers and invaders" as he complained about his treatment in U.S. custody. The judge said he would recess the trial until Dec. 5 to give two defendants time to replace two lawyers who were murdered and another who reportedly fled the country after being wounded.
2nd Magazine Reporter to Testify in CIA Leak Case 28 Nov 2005 A second Time magazine reporter has agreed to cooperate in the CIA leak case and will testify about her discussions with Karl Rove's attorney, a sign that prosecutors are still exploring charges against the White House aide.
War protesters leave Crawford 27 Nov 2005 Dozens of war protesters packed up their tents and left their campsite in a field near pResident Bush's ranch Sunday, vowing to return during Easter for a third vigil if U.S. troops are still in Iraq.
Senators tinker at the edges of draconian laws 29 Nov 2005 (AU) The lengthy report by the Senate committee on the anti-terrorism bill has proposed 52 amendments in an attempt to temper almost universal opposition within a legal profession that is deeply concerned the new laws will undermine the fundamental human rights Australians take for granted. However, the recommendations on all but the sedition laws are on the margin.
Senators ask for dozens of changes to terrorism bill 29 Nov 2005 (AU) The Federal Government's anti[pro]-terrorism laws have been undermined from within, with Government senators yesterday urging that the sedition provisions in the bill be dumped until a thorough review is completed.
US Govt lacks ways to gauge wins against terrorism [That's because those running the US government *are* the terrorists.] 28 Nov 2005 The Bush administration's yardsticks for progress in its fight against [for] terrorism are inadequate and do not show whether the United States is winning or losing, a study by a congressional think tank says.
Marble chunk falls from Supreme Court facade [!?!] 'All of a sudden, these blocks started falling' 28 Nov 2005 A basketball-sized piece of marble molding fell from the facade over the entrance to the Supreme Court Monday, landing on the steps near visitors waiting to enter the building.
Supreme Court rejects appeal by fired FBI linguist 28 Nov 2005 The U.S. Supreme Court let stand on Monday the dismissal of a lawsuit by a former FBI linguist who said she had been fired in 2002 for speaking out about possible security breaches, misconduct and incompetent translation work.
US blocked dozens of experts from attending biotech conference: Cuba 27 Nov 2005 US authorities blocked dozens of US experts from attending a major Cuban biotechnology conference that opens in Havana this weekend.
California Congressman Resigns After Admitting He Took Bribes 28 Nov 2005 Republican Rep. Randy ''Duke'' Cunningham pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy and tax charges and tearfully resigned from office, admitting he took $2.4 million in bribes to steer defense contracts to conspirators.
State-by-State GOP Scandal Score Card - Party of Corruption 04 Nov 2005 By OKthatsIT, reposted on bushsamerica.com
Harris' staff quick to quit 28 Nov 2005 In just under three years, U.S. Rep. KKKatherine Harris has had four chiefs of staff, four district directors and four press secretaries. Harris has had to replace key people on her staff every nine months, a rate of staff turnover that far exceeds most of those in Congress.
"Screwed at the petrol bowser" Petrol giant denies exploiting Katrina 29 Nov 2005 Australia's biggest oil company has been accused of price gouging after it admitted soaring petrol refining margins in the wake of Hurricane Katrina would deliver bumper profits. Caltex yesterday hoisted its profit forecast by 21 per cent to as much as $420 million this year, prompting price watchdogs to warn that motorists were being "screwed at the petrol bowser".
Governor Doyle Announces Wisconsin Citizens Can Submit Questions to Oil Company Executives --Hearing on December 1 to Focus on Home Heating, Gas Price Surges (Governor Doyle (D) Press Release) "Governor Jim Doyle today announced that Wisconsin citizens can submit their questions to the executives of the five major oil companies for the hearing scheduled in Milwaukee on December 1, 2005 about the record profits they made in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, as well as the unexpected rise in gas prices and home heating costs." [Webpage for to submit questions: http://oilhearing.wi.gov/]
Public Can Question Oil Companies 27 Nov 2005 The public will get the opportunity to question five oil companies accused of price gouging. The Thursday hearing will take questions off a Web site submitted by the public. A moderator will then ask the companies as many questions as time allows.
Solar power stays on after hurricane hits 28 Nov 2005 Among the many solutions to hurricane power outages, one that has gotten little attention is the use of solar energy. It is being tried in a few places, with promising results.
Climate change 'as bad as WMD' 28 Nov 2005 The effects of climate change will be as bad as any weapons of mass destruction, Lord May, the president of the Royal Society, will say this week.
Australia to Test Response to Bird Flu in Simulated Exercise 28 Nov 2005 Australia will this week test its ability to respond to an outbreak of avian influenza in a simulated outbreak of the disease.
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