April 2006 Archives
Archives OK'd Removing Public Records, Kept Quiet 11 Apr 2006 The National Archives agreed to seal previously public CIA and Pentagon records and to keep silent about U.S. intelligence's role in the reclassification, according to an agreement released under the Freedom of Information Act.
Archives Kept a Secrecy Secret --Agencies Removed Declassified Papers From Public Access 12 Apr 2006 The National Archives helped keep secret a multi-year effort by the Air Force, the CIA and other federal agencies to withdraw thousands of historical documents from public access on Archives shelves, even though the records had been declassified.
NSA concerned over computer phone service 11 Apr 2006 U.S. National Security Agency officials are concerned about computer phone call service, Skype, an online service that lets people converse through their computers. Because of the Internet's diffused architecture and its facility for privacy, Skypesters' identities, their locations, and the substance of their conversations can be undetectable. Skype and other widely used Internet communications devices, including e-mail, threaten the NSA's ability to gather intelligence [*LOL*] and to do so legally, National Journal reported Monday.
Lacking Biolabs, Trailers Carried Case for War --Administration Pushed Notion of Banned Iraqi Weapons Despite Evidence to Contrary 12 Apr 2006 On May 29, 2003, President [sic] Bush proclaimed a fresh victory for his regime in Iraq: Two small trailers captured by U.S. and Kurdish troops had turned out to be long-sought mobile "biological laboratories." He declared, "We have found the weapons of mass destruction." The claim, repeated by top administration officials for months afterward, was hailed at the time as a vindication of the decision to go to war. But even as Bush spoke, U.S. intelligence officials possessed powerful evidence that it was not true.
Planning the US 'Long War' on terror --It sounds eerily like the Cold War - and that is no mistake. 10 Apr 2006 The "Long War" is the name Washington is using to rebrand the new world conflict, this time against terrorism. Now the US military is revealing details of how it is planning to fight this very different type of war. It is also preparing the public for a global conflict which it believes will dominate the next 20 years.
Air Force Chief Predicts Long Iraq Mission 11 Apr 2006 The U.S. Air Force may remain in Iraq for a "long time," most likely in a capacity similar to its lengthy patrols of the no-fly zone after the first Gulf War, the top Air Force general [T. Michael Moseley] said Tuesday.
Top officer defends Rumsfeld 12 Apr 2006 The top U.S. military officer on Tuesday defended Defense Secretary [war criminal] Donald Rumsfeld against three retired generals demanding his ouster, and denied that the United States invaded Iraq without sufficiently weighing its plan.
Deaths of U.S. Soldiers Climb Again in Iraq 12 Apr 2006 The American military on Tuesday announced the deaths of five soldiers, bringing the number of troops killed this month to at least 32. That figure already surpasses the American military deaths for all of March.
U.S. Reports 5 More Troops Killed in Iraq 11 Apr 2006 The U.S. military reported the deaths of five more soldiers, including three killed Tuesday in a roadside bombing north of the capital.
Report finds U.S. shooting of Reuters soundman unlawful 10 Apr 2006 U.S. soldiers who shot dead a Reuters television soundman [Waleed Khaled] in Iraq last year breached their rules of engagement and the killing was "unlawful", an independent investigation commissioned by Reuters has found... The Risk Advisory Group (TRAG) said the Army inquiry conclusions were not supported by the evidence -- including the testimony of the soldiers themselves -- and expressed incomprehension that crucial footage shot by [wounded cameraman] Haider Kadhem had somehow been lost by the military.
Lawyer wants info on detainee suicide attempt 08 Apr 2006 An attorney for a Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainee said he's heard rumors his client tried suicide but the government won't release any information.
MPs plan plea over Guantanamo three 12 Apr 2006 Parliament will appeal to the US Congress to secure the release of the remaining three Bahraini detainees at Guantanamo Bay, it was announced yesterday. A letter to be signed by all MPs will call for help and support from the US Congress in ending the incarceration of the Bahraini detainees.
Government Authenticates Photos From Abu Ghraib 11 Apr 2006 Nearly two years after graphic photographs of detainee abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq were published worldwide, the U.S. government yesterday for the first time authenticated 74 of the images as being part of the original compact disc that was turned over to Army investigators in January 2004.
RAF doctor on trial for refusing to go to Iraq 11 Apr 2006 An Air Force doctor [Australian-born Flight Lieutenant Malcolm Kendall-Smith] stood trial at a court martial on Tuesday for refusing orders to go to Iraq, which he said was an illegal war.
Gingrich at USD: Pull out of Iraq 11 Apr 2006 Newt Gingrich, the former Republican Speaker of the House, told students and faculty at the University of South Dakota Monday that the United States should pull out of Iraq and leave a small force there, just as it did post-war in Korea and Germany.
Pentagon Channel Adds Video Podcasting to Product Line 10 Apr 2006 The Pentagon Channel has added video podcasting to its line of products that distribute the channel's 'military news and information' [propaganda] to the nation's men and women in uniform.
Iran Reports Big Advance in Enrichment of Uranium 12 Apr 2006 Iran announced Tuesday that its nuclear engineers had advanced to a new phase in the enrichment of uranium, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and a series of the country's ruling clerics declared that the nation would now speed ahead, in defiance of a United Nations Security Council warning, to produce nuclear fuel on an industrial scale. [Why doesn't the United Nations Security Council warn the *U.S.* to stop producing nuclear fuel on an industrial scale?]
Native Americans Want 'Bunker Buster' Test Stopped 11 Apr 2006 Native Americans want U.S. authorities to cancel plans to detonate 700 tons of explosives on what they say is tribal land in Nevada.
Cheney booed loudly, throws out first pitch 11 Apr 2006 Greeted with loud boos and some cheers, Vice pResident Dick Cheney threw out the ceremonial first pitch Tuesday at the Washington Nationals’ home opener. Cheney wore a red-and-blue Nationals jacket that seemed bulky, perhaps filled out by a bulletproof vest. [Why? Was he planning on hunting near himself?]
Pentagon Strike --What hit the Pentagon on 9/11? (video) By Darren Williams "Can a Boeing 757 punch neat holes through steel-reinforced concrete walls? ... What happened to 60 tons of plane and of 5,300 gallons of fuel [NTSB]?"
Berlusconi refuses to concede and demands recount --Reichwing Prime minister accuses centre-left of being 'absolutely irresponsible' and calls for grand coalition to rule country 12 Apr 2006 Silvio Berlusconi last night refused to concede he had been defeated in Italy's general election and called for a re-examination of tens of thousands of votes that he said could alter the outcome.
Prodi plans for power amid vote dispute 11 Apr 2006 Romano Prodi pushed ahead on Wednesday with preparations to become Italy's next leader, in defiance of Prime Minister [Bush troll] Silvio Berlusconi's refusal to concede defeat in the closest election in post-war history.
Blackwell says he'll take his cues from God By Phillip Morris 11 Apr 2006 "[Ohio Secretary of State and GOP candidate for governor Ken] Blackwell is campaigning as God's candidate - the man who will fix Ohio's spending "problem" and consult with God on matters of state. "I make no apology for asking for God's guidance in all the decisions I make," Blackwell told a group of Plain Dealer editors last week when asked how his faith would influence his positions on public policy. Apparently, God talks back to him." [Was it God that told him to sell his stock in Diebold? --LRP]
Blackwell reports embarrassing buy of Diebold stock --Rivals pounce on controversy over accidental share purchase [OMG! How the f*ck do you make an 'accidental' share purchase???] 04 Apr 2006 Secretary of State and GOP candidate for governor, Ken Blackwell, made an embarrassing announcement Monday: He accidentally [?!?] bought stock in Diebold Inc., a voting machine maker that benefited from decisions made by his office. In his duties as secretary of state, Blackwell's staff narrowed the list of companies eligible to replace Ohio's antiquated voting equipment with more modern technology. The Green-based Diebold made the cut...
What happened to more than $800,000 from Governor Owens' Dinner? (Press Release from ProgressNowAction) 11 Apr 2006 "Denver: ProgressNowAction launched a contest to determine how [Reichwing] Governor Bill Owens and Trailhead Group Director Alan Philp spent over $800,000 raised from donors and companies for Owens' January 2003 inauguration dinner. The funds from the dinner were suppose to be used for a 'think tank' called the Center for the New American Century (CNAC)."
Democrats press Bush for Medicare reimbursement 11 Apr 2006 U.S. Democratic lawmakers pressed the Bush administration on Tuesday to repay tens of millions of dollars to 46 states that stepped in to cover Medicare patient prescription drug costs during setbacks with the program's launch in January.
US chief executives' pay surges 16 per cent to average of $6m 11 Apr 2006 The giant pay gap between US corporate bosses and their workers widened further last year, as chief executive compensation leapt 15.8 per cent.
Swan with bird flu came from outside UK 12 Apr 2006 A dead swan which tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu came from outside the UK, government scientists have confirmed.
GOP operatives in election phone-jamming called White House: court records 10 Apr 2006 Key figures in a phone-jamming scheme designed to keep New Hampshire Democrats from voting in 2002 had regular contact with the White House and Republican Party as the plan was unfolding, phone records introduced in criminal court show.
New database rejects eligible Calif. voters 07 Apr 2006 California's new voter registration database may prevent thousands of eligible voters from casting ballots in a June 6 statewide election. Since the database was implemented last December, the voter registration process has been invalidating numerous registrations, mostly as a result of minor data-entry problems. For example, 14,629 out of 34,064 voter registration forms — or 43% — were "kicked out," or rejected, in Los Angeles County between Jan. 1 and March 15.
With One Filing, Prosecutor Puts Bush in Spotlight 11 Apr 2006 From the early days of the C.I.A. leak investigation in 2003, the Bush White House has insisted there was no effort to discredit Joseph C. Wilson IV, the man who emerged as the most damaging critic of the administration's case that Saddam Hussein was seeking to build nuclear weapons. But now White House officials, and specifically President [sic] Bush and Vice pResident Dick Cheney, have been pitched back into the center of the nearly three-year controversy, this time because of a prosecutor's court filing in the case that asserts there was "a strong desire by many, including multiple people in the White House," to undermine Mr. Wilson.
Ben Affleck: Bush 'Can Be Hung' for 'Probably' Leaking Plame's Name 08 Apr 2006 On Friday's "Real Time with Bill Maher" on HBO, actor Ben Affleck charged that President [sic] Bush "probably also leaked" Valerie Plame's name and so "if he did, you can be hung [well, he actually meant 'hanged' - but, either term works... <g>] for that! That's treason!" Affleck asserted: "You could be killed. That's not a joking around Tom DeLay 'I'll do a year, I bribed the state officials with corporate money.' That's like they shoot you in the battlefield for doing that."
Executive Order --Executive Order Protecting the Development Fund for Iraq and Certain Other Property in Which Iraq Has An Interest 22 May 2003 "I hereby order: Section 1. Unless licensed or otherwise authorized pursuant to this order, any attachment, judgment, decree, lien, execution, garnishment, or other judicial process is prohibited, and shall be deemed null and void, with respect to the following: (a) the Development Fund for Iraq, and (b) all Iraqi petroleum and petroleum products, and interests therein, and proceeds, obligations, or any financial instruments of any nature whatsoever arising from or related to the sale or marketing thereof, and interests therein, in which any foreign country or a national thereof has any interest, that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of United States persons."
3 U.S. commanders relieved of duty as Iraqi town mourns its dead 08 Apr 2006 In the middle of methodically recalling the day his brother's family was killed, Yaseen's monotone voice and stream of tears suddenly stopped. He looked up, paused and pleaded: "Please don't let me say anything that will get me killed by the Americans. My family can't handle any more."
Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 9 April 2006. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Kerry Presses for Iraq Deadline --Senator says U.S. troops should withdraw unless Baghdad can form a government by May 15. 10 Apr 2006 Amid the ongoing failure of officials in Iraq to form a government, Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) continued to push Sunday for the withdrawal of American forces from that country as soon as next month.
Kerry Advocates Iraqization 07 Apr 2006 By John Walsh "John Kerry, known in some Massachusetts circles as Senator Weathervane, made quite a splash in a NYT [New York Times] op-ed this week where he seemed to be calling for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. But as always with our slippery junior Senator, one must read his proposals very carefully... Whereas in the NYT piece a deadline is set for getting combat troops out of Iraq by the end of 2006, this deadline is missing from the Senate resolution! Good old Crafty Kerry. It is left to Bush and the Iraqi government to come up with a schedule for withdrawal."
U.S. Military Secrets for Sale at Afghan Bazaar 10 Apr 2006 No more than 200 yards from the main gate of the sprawling U.S. base here, stolen computer drives containing classified military assessments of enemy targets, names of corrupt Afghan officials and descriptions of American defenses are on sale in the local bazaar.
Iran shoots down spy plane from Iraq – report 09 Apr 2006 Iran said on Sunday that it shot down an unmanned spy plane from Iraq in the south of the country. "This plane had lifted off from Iraq and was busy filming the border regions", the semi-official daily Jomhouri Islami wrote.
U.S. military studying use of nuclear weapons, admitted Rumsfeld in 2003 10 Apr 2006 U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld admitted the U.S. military was studying the use of nuclear weapons to penetrate underground weapons stores, almost three years ago... Adding weight to the claim the Bush Administration is seriously considering the nuclear option is an exchange between a reporter, Rumsfeld, and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Richard B. Myers, at a Pentagon press briefing on May 20 2003, a few weeks after the Iraq invasion.
Bush rejects reports of US plans to attack Iran 10 Apr 2006 President [sic] George W. Bush on Monday ruled out any bilateral negotiations with Iran over its nuclear programme but dismissed as "wild speculation" reports that the US was preparing for military action, including a nuclear strike, if diplomatic efforts failed.
Activist was unlawfully killed in Israel, says inquest jury "April 6 2003. I have been shot at, gassed, chased by soldiers, had sound grenades thrown within metres of me, been hit by falling debris and been in the way of a 10-tonne D-9 that didn't stop... It is strange to know that each night people are shot and killed for breaking military curfew.." Five days after he wrote these words, Tom Hurndall was shot by Israeli forces and later died. 11 Apr 2006 The Attorney General was called upon to consider the prosecution of five senior Israeli officers after an inquest jury found that a British student had been murdered by one of their soldiers. In a rare move, the coroner, Andrew Reid, concluded the inquest into Tom Hurndall's death by revealing that he would write to Lord Goldsmith to explore further legal action relating to the 22-year-old's death.
Venezuela's Chavez threatens to expel US ambassador 09 Apr 2006 Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez on Sunday threatened to expel the US ambassador to Caracas in a warning that will further strain relations between the two governments. The threat came two days after Chavez supporters lobbed fruit and eggs at the ambassador's car [LOL] and the State Department warned Venezuela it could face consequences if it did not protect the envoy. [Good! Bye-bye, Bush spy!]
400 terror suspects on loose in UK [?!?] 09 Apr 2006 At least 400 Al-Qaeda terrorist suspects — double the previous estimates — are at large in Britain, according to police and MI5. The new assessment — effectively a "terror audit" of Britain — was confirmed this weekend by one of Britain’s most senior police officers, who warned that shortages of trained surveillance teams were undermining attempts to monitor all the suspects.
Exit polls give Prodi resounding triumph 11 Apr 2006 Voters have ousted the Prime Minister [and Bush troll], Silvio Berlusconi, in Italy's general election, giving the centre-left alliance of Romano Prodi a majority in both houses of parliament, according to exit polls. Senator Paolo Guzzanti of Mr Berlusconi's Forza Italia party conceded: "Our coalition has lost the elections." [Italy is using electronic 'voting' (tabulation) for the first time, so we cannot count our chickens before the Berlusconi coup is hatched! --LRP]
Italy's Prodi wins lower house - provisional data 11 Apr 2006 Centre-left leader Romano Prodi's alliance has won control of Italy's lower house of parliament in general elections, provisional final official data showed on Tuesday.
Italy Heads Toward Split in Parliament 10 Apr 2006 Italy's parliament headed toward an unprecedented split on Tuesday between Premier Silvio Berlusconi's conservative coalition and one led by his center-left rival - the result of a national vote that could stall the formation of a new government.
Chirac Reversal on Law a Defeat for PM 10 Apr 2006 President Jacques Chirac on Monday threw out part of a youth labor law that triggered massive protests and strikes, bowing to intense pressure from students and unions and dealing a blow to his loyal premier in a bid to end the crisis. Unions celebrated what they called "a great victory," and also were deciding whether to keep up the protests.
Immigration Advocates Rally Around U.S. 10 Apr 2006 Tens of thousands of immigrants spilled into the streets of Atlanta and other cities Monday in a national day of action billed as a "campaign for immigrants' dignity."
Lott Lawyer: State Farm Destroying Papers 10 Apr 2006 A lawyer for U.S. Sen. Trent Lott said Monday that State Farm Insurance Co. is destroying documents that could show the insurer has fraudulently denied thousands of claims by Lott and other policyholders whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
Fake TV News: Widespread and Undisclosed --A multimedia report on television newsrooms' use of material provided by PR firms on behalf of paying clients By Diane Farsetta and Daniel Price (Center for Media and Democracy) 06 Apr 2006
Florida county posts residents' sensitive data on public Web site 10 Apr 2006 The Social Security numbers, driver's license information and bank account details belonging to potentially millions of current and former residents in Florida's Broward (Democratic) County are available to anyone on the Internet because sensitive information has not been redacted from public records being posted on the county’s Web site.
Don't distort science to promote religious beliefs, say scientists 11 Apr 2006 Leading scientists have warned against the teaching of Christian theories such as creationism in school biology lessons. The Royal Society defended Darwin's theory of evolution, insisting it represented the best explanation for the development of life on Earth.
Christians Sue for Right Not to Tolerate Policies 10 Apr 2006 A growing campaign has emerged to force public schools, state colleges and private workplaces to eliminate policies protecting gays and lesbians from harassment. The religious right aims to overturn a broad range of common tolerance programs: diversity training that promotes acceptance of gays and lesbians, speech codes that ban harsh words against homosexuality, anti-discrimination policies that require college clubs to open their membership to all.
Poll Finds Bush Job Rating at New Low 11 Apr 2006 Political reversals at home and continued bad news from Iraq have dragged Dictator Bush's standing with the public to a new low, at the same time that Republican fortunes on Capitol Hill also are deteriorating, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. The survey found that 38 percent of the public approve of the job Bush is doing, down three percentage points in the past month and his worst showing in Post-ABC polling since he became pResident. Sixty percent disapprove of his performance.
Ohio Gov. May Face State Ethics Charges 10 Apr 2006 A state office that monitors lawyer behavior recommended Monday that Gov. Bob Taft (R) be disciplined for failing to report golf outings and other gifts while in office. Taft pleaded no contest in August to the ethics violations and was fined $4,000.
Gag me with a chainsaw! Lieberman not ruling out running as independent 10 Apr 2006 U.S. Sen. Joe LieberBush, facing a challenge from within the Democratic Party for renomination, said Monday he could seek a fourth term as an independent.
CEO pay soars in 2005 as a select group break the $100 million mark 10 Apr 2006 Even after a decade of sharply rising CEO pay, 2005 proved a watershed for a select group of executives. Their paydays — or potential paydays — broke $100 million.
Executive compensation --How the largest US companies compensate their chief executives (Chart) 10 Apr 2006 In addition to salary, bonuses and gains from stock options exercised, total compensation includes restricted stock, long-term incentive payments and the potential value of stock options.
Schools will shut in 100,000 flu death fear 09 Apr 2006 Ministers are drawing up plans for widespread closure of schools to halve a potential 100,000 deaths among children in the event of an avian-flu pandemic. Sir Liam Donaldson, the chief medical officer, has advised the government that 50,000 deaths could be prevented by such a shutdown.
Myanmar fighting over 100 bird flu outbreaks - UN 10 Apr 2006 Bird flu is spreading fast in secretive, military-ruled Myanmar, which is now battling more than 100 outbreaks in poultry since the virus was first reported a month ago, U.N. agriculture officials said on Monday.
Diversity of species faces 'catastrophe' from climate change 11 Apr 2006 Tens of thousands of animals and plants could become extinct within the coming decades as a direct result of global warming.
US Military Conducting Propaganda Campaign to Play Up Role of Zarqawi --Jordanian Painted As Foreign Threat to Iraq's Stability 10 Apr 2006 The U.S. military is conducting a propaganda campaign to magnify the role of the leader of 'al-Qaeda' in Iraq, according to internal military documents and officers familiar with the program. The effort has raised his profile in a way that some military intelligence officials believe may have overstated his importance and helped the Bush regime tie the war to the organization responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. For the past two years, U.S. military leaders have been using Iraqi media and other outlets in Baghdad to publicize Zarqawi's role in the insurgency. The documents explicitly list the "U.S. Home Audience" as one of the targets of a broader propaganda campaign... Zarqawi's role may have been overemphasized by the propaganda campaign, which has included leaflets, radio and television broadcasts, Internet postings and at least one leak to an American 'journalist.' One slide in the same briefing, for example, noted that a "selective leak" about Zarqawi was made to Dexter Filkins, a New York Times 'reporter' based in Baghdad. [See: Rebels: Top Iraq Terrorist Dead 04 Mar 2004 U.S. officials say Abu Musab al-Zarqawi may have been involved in some of the series of suicide bombings this year in Iraq — including the massive mosque bombings on Tuesday that killed more than 100 Shiite Muslims. But according to a statement circulated this week in Fallujah, a hotbed of anti-U.S. insurgency activity, al-Zarqawi was killed in northern Iraq "during the American bombing there."]
Bush warned against attacking Iran 10 Apr 2006 Critics of the Bush regime have expressed alarm over reports that the pResident is considering a military strike to knock out Iran's nuclear programme.
US plans strike to topple Iran regime - report --US 'intent on Iran attack' --Bush accused of 'messianic' mission 10 Apr 2006 The US is planning military action against Iran because George Bush is intent on regime change in Tehran - and not just as a contingency if diplomatic efforts fail to halt its suspected nuclear weapons programme, it was reported yesterday.
US ready for nuclear strike on Iran: report 10 Apr 2006 One of the United States' most famous investigative reporters says the US has drawn up plans to destroy Tehran's underground nuclear facilities with tactical nuclear weapons. The reporter Seymour Hersh says that the Joint Chiefs of Staff recently unsuccessfully tried to remove the nuclear option from war planning, but the White House asked why they wanted to remove it when the initial idea came from them.
Who to believe? (The Daily Telegraph) 09 Apr 2006 "As Seymour Hersh reports in The New Yorker tomorrow, many of the US officials opposed to a strike believe that its most immediate effect will be to generate an armed insurrection among the Shias in southern Iraq - precisely the region where British soldiers are concentrated... But if you believe the MoD's press office, British defence chiefs are not talking about any of these things. They have no anxieties about what might happen to British soldiers in Iraq, and are certainly not meeting to discuss what to do in the event that the US drops 'bunker-buster' bombs tipped with nuclear warheads on Iran's nuclear facilities. We leave it to readers to decide which is the more plausible picture of events at the MoD: its press office's account, or ours last week."
Town hall vote disaster looms for Blair 09 Apr 2006 Tony Blair risks a humiliating third place in next month’s local elections, which could put further pressure on him to stand down following the revival of tension with Gordon Brown.
Senior Republican to Bush: say "exactly what happened" 09 Apr 2006 A leading Republican urged President [sic] George W. Bush on Sunday to "tell the American people exactly what happened" in a leak of information aimed at countering criticism of his reasons for taking America to war in Iraq. Sen. Arlen Specter, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on Faux News Sunday that "there's been enough of a showing here with what's been filed of record in court that the president of the United States owes a specific explanation to the American people."
Bush Ordered Declassification, Official Says 10 Apr 2006 A senior administration official confirmed for the first time on Sunday that President [sic] Bush had ordered the declassification of parts of a prewar intelligence report on Iraq in an effort to rebut critics who said the administration had exaggerated the nuclear threat posed by Saddam Hussein.
President Springs Leaks In Support --Some Call Him Hypocritical Over Media Tips Before War 09 April 2006 Some pundits are calling President [sic] Bush leaker-in-chief and hypocrite, and while people may not fathom all the details about the Valerie Plame case, they understand barbs like those. And that means even more serious political trouble for a White House whose fortunes have been sliding downward for months.
The Deception Bush Can't Spin --Libby's testimony shows that Bush disclosed national secrets for political gain -- and makes Bush's statements about finding the leaker ludicrous. By Joe Conason 07 Apr 2006 "If we are to believe the grand jury testimony of I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby -- as reported by special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald in court papers -- then the president [sic] of the United States has been deceiving the country ever since the CIA leaks investigation began in 2003."
Gangster Government A Leaky President Runs Afoul of 'Little Rico' By Greg Palast 09 Apr 2006 "OK, let's accept the White House alibi that releasing [secret agent Valerie] Plame's identity was no crime. But if that's true, they've committed a bigger crime: Bush and Cheney knowingly withheld vital information from a grand jury investigation, a multimillion dollar inquiry the perps themselves authorized... While [Judith] Miller sat in a prison cell, Bush and Cheney were laughing their sick heads off, knowing the grand jury testimony, the special prosecutor's subpoenas and the FBI's terrorizing newsrooms were nothing but fake props in Bush's elaborate charade, Cheney's Big Con."
U.S. report on Iraq offers bleak assessment 09 Apr 2006 An internal U.S. embassy report on Iraq's provinces and obtained by the New York Times concluded in January that the stability of the strategic Baghdad region is a serious concern.
U.S. Study Paints Somber Portrait of Iraqi Discord 09 Apr 2006 An internal staff report by the United States Embassy and the military command in Baghdad provides a sobering province-by-province snapshot of Iraq's political, economic and security situation, rating the overall stability of 6 of the 18 provinces "serious" and one "critical." The report is a counterpoint to some recent upbeat public statements by top American politicians and military officials.
U.S. Military Raid Kills 8 in Iraq 09 Apr 2006 American troops killed eight suspected 'insurgents' Sunday during a raid north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.
Force-feeding an end to dissent --Pentagon ruling on hunger strikers raises concerns --Report for UN calls the practice akin to 'torture' 08 Apr 2006 The policy to tube-feed detainees at Guantanamo Bay appears to contradict what's set out in Article 5 of the 1975 World Medical Association Tokyo Declaration to which the United Sates is bound through its membership with the American Medical Association... Former commander of the base Maj.-Gen. Jay Hood told a group of civilian doctors, psychologists and ethicists who visited the camp's medical facility in October 2005 that doctors had been "screened, before coming to Guantanamo, "to ensure they do not have ethical objections to assisted [force-] feeding," according to an account of that visit in The New England Journal of Medicine. Doctors here are following a Pentagon directive that instructs them to force-feed.
Army faces a major officer shortage 08 Apr 2006 The Army expects to be short 2,500 captains and majors this year, with the number rising to 3,300 in 2007... "We're ruining an Army that took us 30 years to build," Republican maverick Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., told a group of reporters at a recent conference.
Women and jobless armed by Chavez to resist 'US invasion' 09 Apr 2006 The President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, is recruiting and training a people's militia to help lead a "war of resistance" against what he claims is the threat of a US invasion. Housewives, students, construction workers and the unemployed are being recruited for the country's Territorial Guard. "I can assure you right away that also in this battle we will defeat the US empire," Mr Chavez said in a speech last week. [One can only hope. --LRP]
Populist leftist holds narrow lead in Peru vote 10 Apr 2006 Ollanta Humala, a former army commander, held a narrow lead in Peru's presidential election on Sunday, initial official results showed.
"The 'department [of defence] must be prepared to 'fight the net'". America's war on the web 02 Apr 2006 By Neil Mackay "...[Details] are contained in a report, entitled The Information Operations Roadmap, commissioned and approved by US secretary of defence Donald Rumsfeld and seen by the Sunday Herald. The Pentagon has already signed off $383 million to force through the document’s recommendations by 2009. Military and intelligence sources in the US talk of 'a revolution in the concept of warfare'... Firstly, the Pentagon says it will wage war against the internet in order to dominate the realm of communications, prevent digital attacks on the US and its allies, and to have the upper hand when launching cyber-attacks against enemies. Secondly, psychological military operations, known as psyops, will be at the heart of future military action... Thirdly, the US wants to take control of the Earth's electromagnetic spectrum, allowing US war planners to dominate mobile phones, PDAs, the web, radio, TV and other forms of modern communication. That could see entire countries denied access to telecommunications at the flick of a switch by America... The report says the US military’s first priority is that the 'department [of defence] must be prepared to 'fight the net'. The internet is seen in much the same way as an enemy state by the Pentagon because of the way it can be used to propagandise, organise and mount electronic attacks on crucial US targets. Under the heading 'offensive cyber operations', two pages outlining possible operations are blacked out."
Wi-Fi plan stirs Big Brother concerns --Log-on rule would allow Google to track users' whereabouts in S.F. 08 Apr 2006 Privacy advocates are raising concerns about Google Inc.'s plans to cover San Francisco with free wireless Internet access, calling the company's proposal to track users' locations a potential gold mine of information for law enforcement and private litigators.
Intruder breaks through White House security 10 Apr 2006 An intruder jumped over the White House fence and ran through the grounds yesterday before being subdued by police and an anti[pro]-terrorist team. The man ranted at security guards as they closed in before they arrested him at gunpoint. Dictator George W Bush was in the White House at the time.
'Victim of Terrorism' Arrested At White House 09 Apr 2006 A screaming intruder made it onto the front lawn of the White House on Saturday while Dictator George W. Bush was at home. The man was apprehended by Secret Service officers. The man jumped the fence outside the White House and ran across the north lawn while repeatedly yelling, "I am a victim of terrorism!"
July 7 bombs were a 'demo' not terrorism, claims professor 09 Apr 2006 The London bombings were not acts of terrorism but "a demonstration", according to a senior academic. Prof Ron Geaves has sparked controversy by claiming that the attacks on Tube trains and a bus that killed 52 people in July were part of a long history of protests by British Muslims.
Tens of thousands stage immigration protest in Dallas 09 Apr 2006 Tens of thousands of people marched through the centre of the US city of Dallas to demand that legislators pass a law to help the estimated 11.5 million illegal workers in the United States.
Gas Prices Jump Nearly 17 Cents in U.S. 10 Apr 2006 Retail gas prices across the country soared an average of nearly 17 cents in the past two weeks, according to a survey released Sunday.
Emotional Exxon Valdez Hearing Held 09 Apr 2006 Oil that spilled when the Exxon Valdez tanker ran aground on a jagged rock in 1989 still lingers on and just below Alaska's surface. So does the resentment, and a series of state hearings on the continued effects of the 11-million-gallon spill is reviving the pain and anger of the people affected by the spill.
Human version of bird flu is unlikely says chief scientist 10 Apr 2006 The chances of the avian flu virus mutating into a form that spreads between people is "very low", the Government's chief scientific adviser said yesterday.
Brown University Geologists Create 5-Million-Year Climate Record [that Bush will have destroyed in 8 years] 07 Apr 2006 Using chemical clues mined from ocean mud, Brown University researchers have generated the longest continuous record of ocean temperatures on Earth. The 5-million-year record is a history of temperatures in the eastern equatorial Pacific, or EEP, located off the coast of South America.
A 'Concerted Effort' to Discredit Bush Critic --Prosecutor Describes Cheney, Libby as Key Voices Pitching Iraq-Niger Story 09 Apr 2006 As he drew back the curtain this week on the evidence against Vice pResident Cheney's former top aide, Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald for the first time described a "concerted action" by "multiple people in the White House" -- using classified information -- to "discredit, punish or seek revenge against" a critic [former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV] of pResident Bush's war in Iraq. Bluntly and repeatedly, Fitzgerald placed Cheney at the center of that campaign.
Leak-hating president as leaker-in-chief? 08 Apr 2006 President [sic] Bush insists a president "better mean what he says." Those words could return to haunt him. After long denouncing leaks of all kinds, Bush is confronted with a statement - unchallenged by his aides - that he authorized a leak of classified material to undermine an Iraq war critic.
Intelligence leak timeline under scrutiny --Date data released in question 08 Apr 2006 The White House faced a barrage of questions Friday over the timing of President [sic] Bush's decision to declassify intelligence that was then leaked to the press by Vice pResident Dick Cheney's chief of staff.
U.S. Is Studying Military Strike Options on Iran 09 Apr 2006 The Bush regime is studying options for military strikes against Iran. According to current and former officials, Pentagon and CIA planners have been exploring possible targets, such as the uranium enrichment plant at Natanz and the uranium conversion facility at Isfahan. Although a land invasion is not contemplated, military officers are weighing alternatives ranging from a limited [?!?] airstrike aimed at key nuclear sites, to a more extensive bombing campaign designed to destroy an array of military and political targets.
Bush 'is planning nuclear strikes on Iran's secret sites' 09 April 2006 The Bush administration is planning to use nuclear weapons against Iran, to prevent it acquiring its own atomic warheads, claims an investigative writer with high-level Pentagon and intelligence contacts.
US considers use of nuclear weapons against Iran 08 Apr 2006 The administration of President [sic] George W. Bush is planning a massive bombing campaign against Iran, including use of bunker-buster nuclear bombs to destroy a key Iranian suspected nuclear weapons facility, The New Yorker magazine has reported in its April 17 issue. The article by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh said that Bush and others in the White House have come to view Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a potential Adolf Hitler. [He may be a potential Hitler, but Bush is the real deal.]
The Iran Plans By Seymour M. Hersh 10 Apr 2006 "The Bush Administration, while publicly advocating diplomacy in order to stop Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapon, has increased clandestine activities inside Iran and intensified planning for a possible major air attack. Current and former American military and intelligence officials said that Air Force planning groups are drawing up lists of targets... One of the military's initial option plans, as presented to the White House by the Pentagon this winter, calls for the use of a bunker-buster tactical nuclear weapon, such as the B61-11, against underground nuclear sites."
Iran ready for high-level talks, US resists 07 Apr 2006 Iran has prepared a high-level delegation to hold wide-ranging talks with the US, but the Bush administration is resisting the agenda suggested by Tehran despite pressure from European allies to engage the Islamic republic, Iranian politicians have told the Financial Times.
'Forgers' of key Iraq war contract named 09 Apr 2006 Two employees of the Niger embassy in Rome were responsible for the forgery of a notorious set of documents used to help justify the Iraq war, an official investigation has allegedly found. According to Nato sources, the investigation has evidence that Niger’s consul and its ambassador’s personal assistant faked a contract to show Saddam Hussein had bought uranium ore from the west African country.
Official: Iraq in 'Undeclared Civil War' 08 Apr 2006 A car bomb killed six people Saturday near a Shiite shrine south of Baghdad, and the death toll from the deadliest attack of the year rose to nearly 90. A senior official warned Iraq was in an "undeclared civil war" that can be curbed only by a strong government and greater powers for security services. [?!?] [NO, it can be *curbed* by the immediate exit of the illegitimate US occupation.]
Bomb kills six in Baghdad 8 Apr 2006 At least six Shia pilgrims have been killed by a car bomb to the south of Baghdad. The blast, near a Shia shrine in the town of Musayib, also wounded 16 people.
3 Marine officers fired after Iraq deaths 08 Apr 2006 Three officers in a California-based Marine battalion involved in the deaths of 15 Iraqi civilians have been relieved of command.
Report: KBR provided troops bad water 08 Apr 2006 Senate Democrats say a letter from a U.S. doctor serving in Iraq confirms a Halliburton subsidiary put troops at risk by serving up contaminated water. Army Capt. A. Michelle Callahan wrote an e-mail to the Democratic Policy Committee that she treated six infections in two weeks in January and noticed showers on the Qayyarah Airfield West base had cloudy, smelly water. [See: Contractor served troops dirty food in dirty kitchens 14 Dec 2003 See: Halliburton gets $72 million bonus for work in Iraq 10 May 2005 Bush and Cheney should be forced to drink Halliburton-processed water and eat Halliburton-prepared food.]
Give Rebuilding Lower Priority in Future Wars 07 Apr 2006 As factions in the Bush regime continue their bitter infighting over the reconstruction program in Iraq, the State Department has produced a draft planning document saying that after any future 'conflicts' [illegal US wars], the United States should not immediately begin a major rebuilding program.
Uranium's Effect On DNA Established 07 Apr 2006 The use of depleted uranium in munitions and weaponry is likely to come under intense scrutiny now that new research that found that uranium can bind to human DNA.
Wiretapping on the Increase in Europe 08 Apr 2006 In Europe, Big Brother is listening — and being allowed to hear more and more. As part of a package of European Union anti[pro]-terrorism measures, the European Parliament in December approved legislation requiring telecommunications companies to retain phone date and Internet logs for a minimum of six months in case they are needed for criminal investigations...
Revealed: the secret No 10 plan to tackle bird flu food shortages --Confidential papers seen by the Sunday Telegraph 09 Apr 2006 Emergency plans to tackle widespread food shortages in the event of a bird flu pandemic are being drawn up by ministers, according to secret Cabinet documents... The Government papers, which have been discussed by the "Cabinet Committee on Influenza Pandemic Planning", include a blueprint for "managing the response" to a pandemic. Whitehall would go into what officials call a full-scale "battle rhythm" with Tony Blair lined up to take personal charge at an as yet unspecified stage... A Government paper revealed last week suggested that families might have to wait up to four weeks to bury their dead.
Cop: DHS official made 'full confession' 07 Apr 2006 The Homeland Security Department official arrested on child sex charges made "a full confession" to investigators, the man in charge of the sting operation that caught him told United Press International. Polk County, Fla., Sheriff Grady Judd said in a telephone interview that following his arrest Tuesday, and while in custody in Maryland, Homeland Security Deputy Press Spokesman Brian Doyle "confessed and acknowledged -- although it was off-tape -- that he did like young girls."
Court Restricts Free Speech: Pro-choice Told No Way, Confederate Flag and Choose Life are O.K. (Alliance for Justice) "On March 17, the Sixth Circuit issued a split 2-1 decision allowing the state of Tennessee to discriminate against the political views of some if its citizens. The two Republican appointees (appointed by Reagan and Bush II) in the majority said it was OK for the state to produce 'Choose Life' license plates requested by abortion opponents, but to refuse to produce pro-choice license plates requested by reproductive rights supporters."
DeLay can get pension as soon as he resigns --He is eligible for $67,000 a year, which would be unaffected by state convictions 07 Apr 2006 When he resigns in a few months, U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay immediately will be eligible for a congressional pension of nearly $67,000 a year. The Sugar Land Republican, who will turn 59 on Saturday, would get a total of about $1.3 million in pension payouts in the next 20 years alone.
Vermont Democrats call for Bush impeachment 08 Apr 2006 Democratic Party leaders in Vermont on Saturday passed a motion asking Congress to immediately begin impeachment proceedings against President [sic] Bush.
White House mulls changes to plant emission rules 07 Apr 2006 The White House is reviewing a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal that the agency says will streamline the way the it oversees smokestack pollution from power generators, oil refineries and other industrial plants.
EPA plan faces outcry from within 08 Apr 2006 A proposal to revise how the Environmental Protection Agency regulates airborne toxic emissions from industrial plants has sparked an outcry from the agency's regional offices, with a majority suggesting that the change would be "detrimental to the environment."
Sturgeon filled with contaminants 08 Apr 2006 Research from Oregon State University shows that white sturgeon are declining because of high levels of foreign chemicals, including DDT.
Plutonium will be removed from lab 07 Apr 2006 (CA) Amid long-standing public concerns about safety, all nuclear-weapons-grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium will be shipped out of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to another site by 2014, Bush administration officials say. The presence of the radioactive material -- enough to make dozens or hundreds of nuclear weapons, in fast-growing Livermore immediately adjacent to suburbs -- has been a long-standing source of anxiety for local anti-nuclear activists.
Scientist says climate causes hurricanes 08 Apr 2006 Kerry Emanuel, a respected hurricane researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, contends that the recent upswing in storms is largely due to human-induced climate change.
Tornadoes sweep though U.S. South, killing 12 08 Apr 2006 Tornadoes ripped through rural Tennessee and four other southern states in a series of weekend storms that left 12 people dead and dozens injured.
Tornado, Sand-Storms and Oversized Hail Strike Israel 05 Apr 2006 A small tornado ripped across the western Galilee Tuesday evening. Hail the size of golf balls also fell in the region. Scores were hospitalized. Freak stormy weather across Israel continues...
Bigs bunny: monster rabbit devours English veggie plots 07 Apr 2006 Furious villagers in northeast England have hired armed guards to protect their beloved communal vegetable gardens from a suspected monster rabbit. Leeks, Japanese onions, parsnips and spring carrots have all been ripped up and devoured by the mystery were-rabbit -- prompting the 12 allotment holders in Felton, north of Newcastle, to hire two marksmen with air rifles and orders to shoot to kill. "It is a massive thing. It is a monster. The first time I saw it, I said: 'What the hell is that?'" the Northumberland Gazette newspaper quoted local resident Jeff Smith, 63, as saying on its website.
Whistle-Blower Outs NSA Spy Room 07 Apr 2006 AT&T provided National Security Agency eavesdroppers with full access to its customers' phone calls, and shunted its customers' internet traffic to data-mining equipment installed in a secret room in its San Francisco switching center, according to a former AT&T worker cooperating in the Electronic Frontier Foundation's lawsuit against the company. The EFF class action lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Francisco last January, alleges that AT&T violated federal and state laws by surreptitiously allowing the government to monitor phone and internet communications of AT&T customers without warrants.
Gonzales Suggests Legal Basis for Domestic Eavesdropping 07 Apr 2006 Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales suggested on Thursday for the first time that the president might have the legal authority to order wiretapping without a warrant on communications between Americans that occur exclusively within the United States. "I'm not going to rule it out," Mr. Gonzales said when asked about that possibility at a House Judiciary Committee hearing.
"I don't think your kids are going to be proud that there was a Ralph Kohlmann who sat in this commission. Just as I don't think Hitler's kids were proud that their father started this shit." Lawyer pleads Fifth in dramatic hearing at Guantánamo Bay 07 Apr 2006 An Ethiopian 'terrorism' suspect who claims the United States outsourced his interrogation to torture in Morocco made a dramatic debut Thursday at his war-crimes trial. Within hours, the U.S. Air Force officer assigned to defend Binyam Ahmed Mohammad invoked her Fifth Amendment rights — three times — after declaring the Pentagon had created for her an ethical dilemma. Air Force Maj. Yvonne Bradley became the first person to plead the Fifth in the short history of Dictator Bush's disputed military commissions, now under review at the U.S. Supreme Court. Mohammad dominated the session [*yes*], declaring the rules unfair — and pointedly accusing the presiding officer, Marine Col. Ralph Kohlmann, of perpetrating an American legal justice fraud on the world.
''After four years of torture and rendition, you have the wrong person in the stand." [He's right about that! Bush should be on the stand! He's the one who had this guy's penis cut with a scalpel!!!] Detainee says US handed him over to Moroccans who tortured him 07 Apr 2006 Binyam Muhammad [sic - Mohammad - the U.S. government misspells his name], who has been accused of plotting 'Al Qaeda' attacks in the United States, was tortured with a scalpel after American authorities handed him over to Moroccan interrogators, according to an account provided by his lawyer. The 27-year-old detainee told the judge that he has been tortured. He criticized US authorities for getting his name wrong and said he was not the person they sought. ''After four years of torture and rendition, you have the wrong person in the stand," Mohammad said.
Lawyer says Rumsfeld "messed up" Guantanamo trials 07 Apr 2006 Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his appointees set rules that violate President [sic] George W. Bush's order to hold fair trials for prisoners charged with terrorism in the Guantanamo tribunals, a military defense lawyer [Army Maj. Tom Fleener] said on Friday.
Mental[lly Superior] Patient Charged With Threatening President [sic] Bush [Who's the crazy one, the guy who threatened to castrate Bush, or Bush, who has actually killed tens of thousands of people? --MDR] 07 Apr 2006 A Palestinian man faces federal charges of threatening President [sic] Bush over comments made while getting mental-health care, according to an indictment made public this week. Federal grand jurors indicted Arafat Nijmeh on March 23 on two felony counts of "knowingly and willfully" threatening to harm Bush -- first by telling two workers at his treatment center that he wanted to castrate Bush, then a day later to Secret Service agents notified by the center. The indictment says Nijmeh told the agents that his threat "is not too harsh, considering what he has done to my country. If not that than maybe something else, you know?"
Homeland Suckyourity predator snagged in NBC's hidden camera investigation! 'To Catch a Predator' III --Dateline's ongoing hidden camera investigation into computer sex predators--grown men, trolling the Web for sex with minors. 04 Feb 2006 (Transcript, 6) "Michael Burks: My father was a police officer. I was a police officer. I work for the Department of Homeland security. I understand you guys have a job to do and I’m not trying to tell anything else other than that. I swear to God, as God as my witness, I’m wearing a St. Michael’s medal right now, okay? I was not going to do anything with her. But the detective doesn’t seem to be buying his story... Police officer: In your position, you should have known better. You know the law. That’s even worse. You know what, that puts a bad mark on my job, on everybody. Every cop in this country you put a bad mark on."
Co-workers: DHS official had previous pornography incident [No wonder the Bush Administration hired him! Doyle is a morally depraved predator. Birds of a feather flock together. They should send him down to Guantánamo Bay to do some scalpeling!! --MDR] 08 Apr 2006 A Department of Homeland Security spokesman charged with soliciting a minor over the Internet was disciplined in a previous job after an incident in which pornographic images were seen on an office computer, his friends and former co-workers said. Brian Doyle resigned from his Homeland Security Department post Friday.
Judge blasts government secrecy 07 Apr 2006 The judge in the Zacarias Moussaoui trial ruled Friday that families of September 11 attack victims are entitled to the same unclassified aviation security documents the government turned over to the 'al Qaeda' conspirator's defense team. "I've always been troubled to the extent which our government keeps things secret from the American people," U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema said, granting the families' request after a hearing.
U.S. Won't Seek a Seat on the U.N. Rights Council 07 Apr 2006 The United States said Thursday that it would not be a candidate for the new United Nations Human Rights Council, which was approved last month by the General Assembly with Washington nearly alone in opposition.
U.S. Will Not Join U.N. Rights Council 07 Apr 2006 The Bush regime will not seek a seat this year on the new U.N. Human Rights Council, marking the first time in more than half a century that the United States has chosen not to pursue membership in the United Nations' principal rights organization.
U.N. disappointed U.S. staying away from rights body 07 Apr 2006 The United Nations human rights office and activists voiced disappointment on Friday at the U.S. decision not to seek a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council.
Libby Prosecutor Outlines Effort At High Levels --Fitzgerald Aims to Show An Organized Plan Led to Leak of CIA Agent's Name 08 Apr 2006 The special prosecutor trying the case against former vice presidential chief of staff I. Lewis Libby will try to show that the leaking of a CIA agent's name grew out of a highly organized administration effort that commanded high-level attention, a court filing this week shows. [Click here for court filing.]
Libby testimony shows a White House pattern of intelligence leaks 07 Apr 2006 The revelation that President [sic] Bush authorized former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby to divulge classified information about Iraq fits a pattern of selective leaks of secret intelligence to further the Bush regime's political agenda.
White House Declines to Counter Leak Claim 07 Apr 2006 The White House on Friday declined to challenge assertions that President [sic] Bush authorized the leaks of intelligence information to counter administration critics on Iraq.
Envoy Warns of Possible Civil War in Iraq 07 Apr 2006 U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad warned in an interview broadcast Friday that Iraq faces the possibility of sectarian civil war if efforts to build a national unity government do not succeed. He said such a conflict could affect the entire Middle East.
At least 79 killed in attack on Baghdad mosque --More than 160 injured in this year's deadliest bombings 07 Apr 2006 Suicide attackers wearing women’s robes blew themselves up Friday in a Shiite mosque, killing 79 people and wounding more than 160, police said. It was the deadliest single attack in Iraq this year and the second major bombing of a Shiite target in as many days.
'The war is illegal. I can't pay for a government killing machine' 06 Apr 2006 A man has vowed to go to prison rather than pay taxes which he believes would fund a "blatantly illegal war" in Iraq. Robin Brookes appeared at Swindon County Court for refusing to pay a £580 income tax bill.
End nuke program or else, Bolton warns 07 Apr 2006 Iran has until the end of April to abandon its nuclear-weapons program and comply with international atomic energy agreements or face increased international sanctions, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said yesterday.
Pentagon still years from having books in order 07 Apr 2006 The U.S. Defense Department's finances may not be able to meet normal accounting standards for several more years, possibly not until after President [sic] George W. Bush leaves office, a Pentagon official said on Friday.
U.S. envoy's car pelted with fruit, eggs [LOLOL!] Motorcycles also chase convoy, spokesman says 07 Apr 2006 Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez pelted the U.S. ambassador's car with fruit, vegetables and eggs Friday, and a group of motorcyclists chased his convoy for miles, at times pounding on the cars, a U.S. Embassy official said.
Poll: Bush, GOP hit new lows in public opinion --'These numbers are scary,' GOP pollster says 07 Apr 2006 President [sic] Bush’s approval ratings hit a series of new lows in an AP-Ipsos poll that also shows Republicans surrendering their advantage on national security... Just 36 percent of the public approves of Bush’s job performance, his lowest-ever rating in AP-Ipsos polling.
Fla. utility offers reward in reactor hole 07 Apr 2006 A Florida utility announced a $100,000 reward Friday for information leading to whoever drilled a hole in a pipe that helps maintain pressure in a nuclear reactor.
Feds Seek to Seize Gold Caps From Drug Dealers' Teeth 07 Apr 2006 Government lawyers are trying to remove the gold-capped teeth known as "grills" or "grillz" from the mouths of two men facing drug charges. "I've been doing this for over 30 years and I have never heard of anything like this," said Richard J. Troberman, a forfeiture specialist and past president of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. "It sounds like Nazi Germany when they were removing the gold teeth from the bodies, but at least then they waited until they were dead." Attorneys for the defendants in the case, Miriam Schwartz and Zenon Peter Olbertz, criticized what they said was a clandestine attempt to have the grills removed. "It's shocking that this kind of action by the federal government could be sought and accomplished in secret, without anyone being notified," said Schwartz. "It reminds me of the secret detentions" in terrorist cases.
Gambling opponent Blackwell owns stock in slots maker 07 Apr 2006 Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, a gambling opponent, owns shares in International Game Technology, a leading maker of slot machines.
Conn. AG, Senate President: Coca-Cola Heavy-Handed With Schools 06 Apr 2006 Two top Democrats are accusing Coca-Cola of pushing sugary sodas on Connecticut public schools. Senate President Don Williams and Attorney General Richard Blumenthal pointed to contracts with two schools. They claim the soda company provides schools with financial incentives to fill vending machines with soda and not more healthy products, such as juice and water.
Senator sues over former aide's sex blog 07 Apr 2006 A former Senate aide who wrote a sexually explicit blog about her relations with officials on Capitol Hill is facing a lawsuit for invasion of privacy. Jessica Cutler, whose short-lived blog astonished Washington in 2004, is being sued by Robert Steinbuch, a former legal counsel to the Ohio Republican senator Mike DeWine.
Gore urges moral crusade against global warming 07 Apr 2006 President Al Gore brought corporate executives and environmentally minded investors roaring to their feet Thursday with multimedia images of an overheating planet and a call for Americans to reclaim their "moral authority" by tackling global warming. "This is really not a political issue, it is disguised as a political issue," Gore said. "It is a moral issue, it is an ethical issue — If we allow this to happen, we will destroy the habitability of the planet. We can't do that, and I am confident we won't do that."
Bird flu testing keeps labs open 08 Apr 2006 All eight of Scotland's laboratories testing for bird flu are to open over the weekend to help meet the rise in referrals of dead birds.
US blueprint for 125 nuclear bombs a year 07 Apr 2006 The Bush Administration has unveiled a blueprint for rebuilding the US's decrepit nuclear weapons complex, including restoration of a large-scale bomb manufacturing facility. The plan calls for the most sweeping realignment and modernisation of laboratories and factories involved in building nuclear bombs since the Cold War.
DoD Official: Rudimentary Missile Defense System in Place 06 Apr 2006 The United States now has a rudimentary missile defense system in place, a senior defense official told the Senate's strategic forces subcommittee here April 4. Ballistic missile defenses are not as capable today as they will be in the future [?!? LOL!], Peter C.W. Flory, assistant defense secretary for international security policy, said.
Two in Homeland Security now charged with child sex crimes 05 Apr 2006 It's called "Operation Predator," a high-priority Department of Homeland Security program that does battle against those who prey sexually on children. Now, with the arrest Tuesday night of a department deputy secretary, at least two of the agency's own top personnel stand charged with just such offenses. [Gee, and they haven't even charged the principle GOPedophiles, George Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, and Donald Rumsfeld. --LRP]
"This is not a commission. It's a con mission. It's a mission to con the world." Guantanamo Bay Prisoner Calls War Crimes Tribunal A Con 06 Apr 2006 A Guantanamo Bay prisoner calls his war crimes tribunal a con, and blasts the U.S. military for continuing to spell his name wrong... Binyam Mohammad claims that after being transferred to a Moroccan prison outside the confines of the law, he was beaten, strung up by his arms and cut on the chest and penis with scalpels.
Sliced with a scalpel and given mind-altering drugs: 'Terror' suspect tells of scalpel torture 07 Apr 2006 A man accused of plotting to blow up buildings and filling stations in the United States was mutilated with a scalpel in torture sessions after being handed over by Americans to Moroccan interrogators, according to his lawyer. A written account of his capture provided by Clive Stafford Smith, Binyam Mohammad's civilian lawyer, details the detainee's allegations of torture while "directly or indirectly" in the custody of the United States. He alleges that he was sliced with a scalpel and given mind-altering drugs.
AT&T Forwards ALL Internet Traffic Into NSA Says EFF 06 Apr 2006 The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on Wednesday filed the legal briefs and evidence supporting its motion for a preliminary injunction in its class-action lawsuit against AT&T. The NSA program came to light in December, when the New York Times reported that the President [sic] had authorized the agency to intercept telephone and Internet communications inside the United States without the authorization of any court. Over the ensuing weeks, it became clear that the NSA program has been intercepting and analyzing millions of Americans' communications, with the help of the country's largest phone and Internet companies, including AT&T.
Former Maryland NSA Employee Sentenced for Wrongfully Possessing Classified Information 06 Apr 2006 Kenneth Wayne Ford, Jr. of Waldorf, Maryland, was sentenced on March 30, 2006 to 72 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release for unlawfully possessing classified information related to the national defense, and making a false statement to a U.S. government agency. Ford was convicted on December 15, 2005 after a two week trial.
Gonzales: Bush Could Order Domestic Wiretaps 06 Apr 2006 Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales today left open the possibility that President [sic] Bush could order warrantless wiretaps on telephone calls occurring solely within the United States, dramatically expanding the potential reach of the National Security Agency's controversial surveillance program.
Gonzales Draws Criticism From Panel Chief 06 Apr 2006 The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee [Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-WI] pointedly criticized Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Thursday for "stonewalling" by refusing to answer questions about the Bush administration's warrantless eavesdropping program.
House Judiciary Committee Hearing on the Department of Justice (Partial transcript) 06 Apr 2006
Bush defends domestic spying program --Man tells pResident he should be ashamed of policies [Yes, and the man's already been hauled off to Guantanamo Bay for his 'trial' before a Bush kangaroo tribunal.] 06 Apr 2006 Dictator Bush defended the government's eavesdropping program Thursday and said he would not apologize for monitoring the phone and e-mail conversations of Americans talking to people with suspected 'al Qaeda' links. A man who identified himself as Harry Taylor rose at a forum here to tell Bush that he's never felt more ashamed of the leadership of his country.
Bush 'ordered leak', ex-aide says 06 Apr 2006 President [sic] Bush authorised the leak of secret intelligence to the New York Times to help defend the war in Iraq, a former top White House aide [Lewis "Scooter" Libby] has said.
Bush Authorized Leak to Times, Libby Told Grand Jury 06 Apr 2006 A former White House aide under indictment for obstructing a leak probe, I. Lewis Libby, testified to a grand jury that he gave information from a closely-guarded "National Intelligence Estimate" on Iraq to a New York Times reporter in 2003 with the specific permission of President [sic] Bush, according to a new court filing from the special prosecutor in the case.
In Court Filings, Cheney Aide Says Bush Approved Leak 06 Apr 2006 President [sic] Bush authorized Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney in July 2003 to permit Mr. Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby Jr., to leak to a reporter key portions of a classified prewar intelligence estimate on Iraq, according to Mr. Libby's grand jury testimony disclosed in court papers filed late Wednesday.
Bush said to have okayed Iraq leak 06 Apr 2006 A former top White House aide testified that President [sic] George W. Bush authorised leaking classified intelligence in 2003 in the face of criticism of his Iraq policy from a former ambassador, according to court papers made public on Thursday.
US 'in talks with Iraq militants' 07 Apr 2006 The US ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, has said US officials have held talks with some groups linked to the Sunni-led Iraqi 'insurgency.' ...But he stressed he would not negotiate with "Saddamists" and terrorists seeking a war on civilisation. [Right, but he's not negotiating with the Bush regime, so he's good to go.]
Death Toll in Today's Attacks Rises to 18 in Iraq 06 Apr 2006 The holy Shiite city of Necef (Najaf) in southern Iraq was shaken by a series of car bomb attacks earlier today, killing 13 people and injuring about 40.
'Cincy Enquirer' Blog By Army PR Officer Draws Flak for Failure to Disclose 05 Apr 2006 The Cincinnati Enquirer's "Grandma in Iraq" [*puke*] blog, which has been posting items from a U.S. Army public affairs officer since September, has been criticized for failing to fully disclose her military ties -- and now carries a detailed description of her formal title. Most of the items posted on the blog concern views that support the U.S. occupation in Iraq and highlight what the blogger, Public Affairs Officer Suzanne Fournier, considers to be positive events there.
The tethered goat strategy By Sidney Blumenthal 06 Apr 2006 "The Bush administration's preferred response to increasing disintegration [in Iraq] is to act as if it has a strategy that is succeeding... 'Did you ever imagine in your wildest dreams that after Vietnam we'd be doing this again?' one top state department official remarked to another last week. Inside the department, people wonder about the next 'strategy' after the hearts-and-minds gambit of sending diplomats unprotected to secure victory turns into a squalid fiasco."
Thanks to Bush: Cheap, pure heroin set to flood Britain, say police 06 Apr 2006 A bumper crop of opium poppies in Afghanistan has raised fears that an influx of cheap and dangerously pure heroin could flood the UK within the next few months.
Helen and Sylvia, the new face of terrorism 06 Apr 2006 ...Under the little-noticed legislation, which came into effect last week, protesters who breach any one of 10 military bases across Britain will be treated as potential terrorists and face up to a year in jail or £5,000 fine. The protests are curtailed under the Home Secretary's Serious Organised Crime and Police Act.
Cameras scan license plates for stolen cars 03 Apr 2006 (MD) Two cameras positioned like crab eyes on a police cruiser's roof snap digital pictures of hundreds of license plates, and with each beep, a laptop checks the images against an FBI list of stolen cars. Such cameras - called Mobile Plate Hunters - are replacing the eyeball-and-keystroke method of checking for stolen cars... Automatic number plate recognition is a technology on the verge of exploding in the Baltimore-Washington area, fueled in places by funds from the federal Department of Homeland Security.
Bomb squad detonates suspicious package in Charlotte 06 Apr 2006 A police bomb squad has detonated a suspicious package found outside the Mecklenburg County Jail this morning... The incident comes on the morning that President [sic] Bush is scheduled to visit Charlotte to give a speech about terrorism.
Simulation tests readiness for bird flu 06 Apr 2006 Officials are putting their bird flu plans to the test this week during a real-time simulation [Exercise Hawthorn] of an outbreak of the disease in Britain. Run by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the exercise involves foreign governments as well as the MoD, police, farmers, veterinarians and sports organisations.
Ohio election workers accused of fudging '04 recount --Prosecutor says Cuyahoga skirted rules 06 Apr 2006 After the 2004 presidential 'election,' Cuyahoga County election workers secretly skirted rules designed to make sure all votes were counted correctly, a special prosecutor charges... Three top county elections officials have been indicted, and Erie County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter says more indictments are possible.
Los Angeles County database rejected 43% of those who registered to vote --A statewide database has rejected otherwise valid registrations because of computer glitches or slight discrepancies in the spelling of names. 29 Mar 2006 (CA) A new statewide database designed by Secretary of State Bruce McPherson to authenticate voter registrations has blocked otherwise valid registrations because of computer glitches, slight discrepancies in spelling or incomplete applications. In Los Angeles County, the database rejected 14,629 people — 43% of those who registered from Jan. 1 to March 15.
Senator questions FBI on ChoicePoint contract --Leahy wants to know why DOJ's still doing business with breached firm 05 Apr 2006 A top Democrat [Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-VT] in the U.S. Senate questioned Wednesday why the U.S. Department of Justice continues to do business with data broker ChoicePoint Inc. a year after the company announced a data breach potentially affecting 145,000 U.S. residents.
Senator Accuses SBA of Illegal Lobbying 06 Apr 2006 A key Republican senator [Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK] on Thursday accused the Bush administration's small business agency of illegally lobbying special interest groups to sway the outcome of a congressional inquiry into the agency's missteps.
Audit: Money From Abroad for Katrina Lost 07 Apr 2006 Federal auditors on Thursday laid out a scenario of omissions, missteps and bureaucratic nightmares that caused a loss of money and other donations sent from abroad to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Where was the investigation of Bob Barr's incident with security guards? Security Guards Claim Barr Yelled Racial Slurs 21 May 2001 Three security guards have filed complaints accusing U.S. Rep. Bob Barr of cursing and yelling racial slurs after he was denied entry to a private parking lot at Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport. Reports obtained by WSB-TV show that three guards for Barton Protective Services complained to supervisors, saying Barr yelled at them when they told him he would have to walk from a shuttle to his car because the van was not allowed into the lot.
Congresswoman Apologizes for Altercation With Police 06 Apr 2006 Representative Cynthia A. McKinney, who had accused the Capitol Police of racial profiling after she scuffled with an officer last week, apologized today before the House of Representatives.
Most Americans Say Government Doing Too Little for Environment --Majority say Bush doing a poor job 06 Apr 2006 Gallup's annual poll on the environment finds most Americans saying the government is doing too little to protect the environment. A majority also says that President [sic] George W. Bush is doing a poor rather than a good job protecting the environment, with a substantial minority accusing the Bush administration of weakening the country's environmental policies.
Iraq funding bill balloons before Senate panel 05 Apr 2006 A bill to fund the war in Iraq has ballooned by more than ten billion dollars... The measure contains nearly 68 billion dollars for the Pentagon's [Halliburton's] mission in Iraq.
With up to 180 Iraqi academics killed, UNESCO calls for international protection 05 Apr 2006 With between 170 and 180 Iraqi academics killed since the start of the war in 2003 and thousands more driven into exile, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today called for international solidarity and mobilization in favour of education and educators in the violence-torn country.
UNESCO Director-General condemns campaign of violence against Iraqi academics 05 Apr 2006 The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the campaign of violence waged against Iraqi academics and intellectuals and called for international solidarity and mobilization in favour of education and educators in the country. "I firmly condemn the campaign of violence waged in Iraq against academics and intellectuals," the Director-General declared.
Hussein accuses minister of running 'death squads' in Iraq 06 Apr 2006 Saddam Hussein was cross-examined for the first time in his trial in Baghdad yesterday and used his time in the witness box to accuse the American-backed Iraqi government of running death squads... The former president of Iraq said that it was the administration prosecuting him "that kills thousands in the street and tortures them".
Defense lawyer wants Guantanamo trial halted 05 Apr 2006 A defense attorney for a Canadian teenager accused of killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan asked the judge on Wednesday to halt proceedings because of a lack of established rules for the military trials.
Canadian teenager faces US 'war on terror' tribunal 05 Apr 2006 A Canadian-born teenager accused of planting bombs for Al-Qaeda and killing a US soldier in Afghanistan faced a US military tribunal in Guantanamo as defense lawyers raised fresh concerns about the fairness of the proceedings. Omar Ahmed Khadr was captured in Afghanistan by US forces in July 2002, when he was 15, and his lawyers say he is too young to be charged with war crimes.
US 'used front companies' to hide CIA flights 5 Apr 2006 The US Central Intelligence Service (CIA) used private aircraft operators and front companies to avoid declaring the so-called rendition flights to aviation authorities, the human-rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has charged.
Here are names in CIA flights, front-companies, rendition story By Clayton Hallmark 05 Apr 2006 "The US and European governments (even in their reports to the COE) dare to deny this smoking-gun photo evidence that: 1. The CIA has been sneaking its prisoners in and out of Europe on cargo transport planes. 2. The CIA and foreign spy agencies work out of the same office (CTIC) in 31 countries. 3. USA and European Union have an agreement for torture flights. 4. Here are key passages of USA - EU torture pact."
CIA 'Torture Planes' Landed at Diyarbakir Twice: AI 05 Apr 2006 Amnesty International announced on Wednesday that US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) planes - suspected of secretly carrying terrorist suspects for interrogation to countries with lax torture laws - made over 1000 flights during the 2001-2005 period. [See: US given extension to Swiss airspace 01 Feb 2006 The Swiss government has granted permission for overflights by non-commercial United States aircraft until the end of 2006.]
MacKay may discuss alleged CIA flights with U.S. 05 Apr 2006 Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay says he "may very well" raise the issue of alleged CIA planes ferrying terrorism suspects around the globe with his U.S. counterpart.
Swiss confirm CIA flights allegations 05 Apr 2006 The authorities have confirmed claims in a report by Amnesty International (AI) that six suspected CIA flights landed in Switzerland.
Spate of Violence Kills 6 Across Iraq 05 Apr 2006 Two car bombs exploded Wednesday in northern and eastern Baghdad. One woman was killed and 15 people, many of them schoolboys, were injured in a car bombing in eastern Baghdad, police said. Thirteen people were injured in the other car bombing north of the city. A professor and an ambulance driver were killed Wednesday in the southern city of Basra, police said.
Rumsfeld Challenges Rice on 'Tactical Errors' in Iraq 06 Apr 2006 Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said he did not know what Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was talking about when she said last week that the United States had made thousands of "tactical errors" in handling the war in Iraq, a statement she later said was meant figuratively.
Kennedy book blasts Bush, 'preventive war' 05 Apr 2006 In a forthcoming book, Senator Edward M. Kennedy writes that preemptive war may be justified to prevent ''an imminent attack on our country." But the Massachusetts Democrat puts the Iraq war in a different category that he calls ''preventive war," which he condemns.
Bush's Paper Trail Grows By John Prados 03 Apr 2006 "On balance the newly revealed record of President [sic] Bush’s secret meeting of January 31, 2003, confirms that by that date Bush’s Iraq war was certain. The Manning memo supplies an explicit picture of Bush not merely cherrypicking only the intelligence he wanted to use, but scheming to overcome the consequences of not finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq."
Pentagon says improper data in security database 05 Apr 2006 The Pentagon said on Wednesday a review launched after revelations that it had collected data on U.S. peace activists found that roughly 260 entries in a classified database of possible terrorist threats should not have been kept there.
Man held as terrorism suspect over punk song 05 Apr 2006 British anti[pro]-terrorism detectives escorted a man from a plane after a taxi driver had earlier become suspicious when he started singing along to a track by punk band The Clash, police said on Wednesday. [How prophetic are the Clash lyrics? Read them and see. 'Know Your Rights' and 'London Calling' -- thanks to Bush and Blair -- are more true today than when they were written.]
'Playing The Clash made me a terror suspect' 05 Apr 2006 A mobile phone salesman was hauled off a plane and questioned for three hours as a terror suspect - because he listened to songs by The Clash and Led Zeppelin. Harraj Mann, 24, played the punk anthem London Calling and classic rock track Immigrant Song in a taxi before a flight to London. The lyrics to both tracks made the driver fear his passenger was a terrorist. [Gee, what would the driver think of this one? Arming the Left: Is the time now? --by Charles Southwell 21 Oct 2003 "As long as we pose no REAL threat to the powers-that-be, to what is shaping up into a dictatorship, we will continue to be ignored. Right now, we are ignored because we present no organized power to fight this onslaught of anti-democratic, totalitarian government that we are up against..."]
Calling in security --RTD whackjobs in Colorado give $500K to Reichwing terrorists for 'security,' instead of adding the $ to RTD's contract offer 05 Apr 2006 A divided RTD [Regional Transportation District] board voted Tuesday to spend up to $500,000 a month to hire Ohio-based security teams composed of ex-military and retired cops during the transit strike. That decision came after the board rejected RTD staff's request to spend up to $1 million a month on the security forces provided by International Management Assistance Corp. of Cleveland. Some board members suggested the security money be used instead to add to RTD's contract offer and possibly end the strike... IMAC's forces won't be armed, but will provide a presence at key locations for such services as videotaping strikers' activities and protecting RTD property.
Take Action to Support RTD Bus Drivers! 06 Apr 2006 "As many of you know, Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1001, has been on strike against the Regional Transportation District since 2:00 a.m. Monday, April 3. RTD bus drivers have been working under a wage freeze for the past three years and rejected a contract that amounts to a 2% raise. This barely amounts to a cost of living increase and is especially insulting given that last year RTD executives rewarded themselves with up to 47% raises." [See list of actions on page.]
Congress Ready to Tighten Security, Add Detectors at U.S. Ports 05 Apr 2006 Congress is likely to approve measures this year to tighten security at U.S. ports, including requiring the installation of radiation and nuclear detectors, lawmakers said.
Official Resists Extradition on Charge Involving Internet and Sex 06 Apr 2006 The Department of Homeland Security's deputy press secretary appeared in a Maryland state court on Wednesday and refused extradition to Florida, where he faces charges of using the Internet to seduce someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl.
Homeland Security Aide Suspended After Arrest 05 Apr 2006 A Department of Homeland Security official was placed on unpaid leave today after being arrested Tuesday evening on charges of using a computer to attempt to seduce a child and transmitting sexually explicit materials, according to White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan.
US MP arrested for trying to seduce teen 05 Apr 2006 A US government spokesperson has been arrested for trying to seduce [?!?] a 14-year-old girl online, police said on Wednesday. [With Homeland Suckyourity, who needs enemies?]
House Approves Bill to Limit Political Donations to Nonprofits 05 Apr 2006 The House of Representatives voted today to limit donations to nonprofit political groups that played a major role in the last presidential election, passing a [Republican-supported] bill requiring so-called "527" organizations to obey federal campaign laws that apply to political parties and action committees. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) charged that Republicans were using the bill to divert attention from "a culture of corruption" that he said has swept over Congress. "Today the Republicans are doing what they so often do," Hoyer said in a floor speech. "They are trying to gag their opposition and further empower their supporters. . . . This is not reform; it is retaliation... This bill is about trying to undermine the voice of the opposition in this country."
Climate Researchers Feeling Heat From White House 06 Apr 2006 Employees and contractors working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with a U.S. Geological Survey scientist working at an NOAA lab, said in interviews that over the past year Bush administration officials have chastised them for speaking on policy questions; removed references to global warming from their reports, news releases and conference Web sites; investigated news leaks; and sometimes urged them to stop speaking to the media altogether.
EPA air-toxics plan sparks internal rift 05 Apr 2006 The Environmental Protection Agency has drafted a plan that would allow so much extra industrial air pollution that 7 of 10 of the agency's own regional air-quality directors have signed on to a memo condemning it.
Florida AG questions e-voting vendors' decision to shun county --Subpoenas have been issued to Diebold, others for sales-related docs 04 Apr 2006 Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist wants to know why three of the leading vendors of electronic 'voting' machines have refused to do business with the elections supervisor of Leon County... The relationship between Leon County Election Supervisor Ion Sancho and voting-machine vendor Diebold has been rocky in recent months. Sancho has been an outspoken critic of touch-screen 'voting' systems and even sponsored multiple hacks of the county’s own optical scan AccuVote devices.
Grand Jury to Hear McKinney Run-In Case 05 Apr 2006 A federal grand jury will soon begin hearing evidence about Rep. Cynthia McKinney's run-in with a Capitol Police officer, a lawyer familiar with the case said late Wednesday.
US lawmaker alleges police racism 05 Apr 2006 A US congresswoman has accused police in the nation's capital of racism after an altercation on Capitol Hill.
Scottish swan killed by H5 strain of avian flu 06 Apr 2006 A three kilometre exclusion zone was thrown round an area of central Scotland last night after tests confirmed a dead swan discovered in Fife was carrying a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu.
Dead swan sparks UK bird flu alert --Emergency committee meets today after Scottish farms quarantined 06 Apr 2006 Scientists and vets were conducting urgent tests last night on a dead swan infected with bird flu that was discovered in Scotland. The Scottish Executive confirmed that the bird, found in a village in Fife yesterday afternoon, was carrying the "highly pathogenic H5 avian flu" virus.
Egypt Reports 9th Human Case of Bird Flu 05 Apr 2006 An Egyptian toddler has been infected with the virulent strain of bird flu, bringing the number of human cases in the country to nine, the Health Ministry said Wednesday.
Chronological oddity '01-02-03-04-05-06' slipped by overnight 05 Apr 2006 In a virtual blink of the eye early this morning, the time and date were 01-02-03-04-05-06..."It just happens to be a chronological oddity," said Geoff Chester, spokesperson for the U.S. Naval Observatory, an official world atomic clock timekeeper.
Vain Wild Turkey Seeks Leftovers at Cafe 04 Apr 2006 (Culdesac, Idaho) Rufus the wild turkey has discovered the parking lot of a restaurant is a good place to get a meal - as long as he's careful not to become one... Rufus' pluck and boldness apparently carried him through Thanksgiving as diners feasted on turkey while watching Rufus in the parking lot. "He's a vain bird," said Brian Heinzerling, co-owner of the restaurant. "He's not shy either. The other day, I practically had to shut his beak in the door or he would have followed me in."
Germany, circa 1933. Are we there yet? --Compilation by Lori Price 05 Apr 2006 Keywords/summaries from today's Citizens For Legitimate Government newsletter, detailing aspects/actions of the illegitimate Bush regime: 'Secret American prisons' (The New York Times), 'black site prisons,' (Houston Chronicle) ''black-masked ninja' US operatives' (The Independent), '1,000 [secret] flights directly linked to the CIA' (Reuters), 'abducted and mistreated' (BBC), 'illegal imprisonment and torture' (BBC), 'denying a U.S. citizen legal rights for more than three years' (The Globe and Mail), and 'military trials' (ABC News). Oh. Lest we forget: US readying new counterterror plan --I can hardly wait!
Yemenis Freed After Transfer From Secret American Prisons, Report Says 05 Apr 2006 Three Yemeni men who were held for well over a year in secret American prisons overseas were quietly released last month after being transferred to their home country, where a court concluded they had no terrorist ties, according to a report released Tuesday by Amnesty International.
'Black site' prisons may have been in Eastern Europe --Yemeni detainees detail accounts of journeys that may have been secret CIA flights 04 Apr 2006 In its most detailed report yet on alleged secret rendition flights of terror suspects, Amnesty International said three former detainees have lent support to the idea that eastern European countries may have been involved in secret CIA flights to so-called "black site" prisons.
Revealed: the plight of prisoners caught up in US rendition 05 Apr 2006 Three Yemeni prisoners who were apparently seized and held in secret jails by the CIA for 18 months have spoken for the first time about their detention - providing important new details about the systematic "rendition" of prisoners. The three men, none of whom was ever charged with any terrorism-related offence, were seized in 2003 and then held in four secret locations by "black-masked ninja" US operatives who made considerable efforts to ensure the prisoners did not know where they were being held.
US uses front companies for "rendition": Amnesty 05 Apr 2006 Human rights group Amnesty International accused the United States on Wednesday of using front companies to transfer individuals to countries where they have faced torture or ill-treatment. Amnesty said in a report it has records of nearly 1,000 flights directly linked to the CIA, mostly using European airspace, which were made by planes that appear to have been permanently operated by the CIA through front companies.
Amnesty accuses US on rendition 05 Apr 2006 Three Yemeni men allegedly abducted and mistreated by the US were probably held in eastern Europe, human rights group Amnesty International has said. The report, based on interviews with former detainees, also links the US practice of "rendition" to the torture or ill-treatment of terror suspects.
Amnesty demands rendition inquiry 05 Apr 2006 Amnesty International is calling for a public inquiry into UK involvement in CIA prisoner transfer flights. The human rights group says it has new evidence that planes taking prisoners to illegal imprisonment and torture landed and took off from UK airports.
Bush's kangaroo tribunals: No interpreters, no charges listed in detainee's language Court Rules Questioned at Guantanamo Hearing 04 Apr 2006 Courtroom rules in military trials of 'terrorist' suspects came into question Tuesday during a pretrial hearing for a suspected 'al-Qaida' member... The chief military prosecutor, who cannot be identified for security reasons [?!?], told a news conference later that the judge can choose from several standards of law [?!?] "to provide a full and fair trial." [Yeah, right!]
U.S. court rejects appeal by 'enemy combatant' --Justices sidestep citizen's challenge to Bush war powers 04 Apr 2006 One of Dictator George W. Bush's most controversial decrees as a wartime president [sic] -- denying a U.S. citizen legal rights for more than three years -- won't come under Supreme Court scrutiny after the court's decision yesterday not to consider the case.
Hussein to Be Prosecuted for Genocide [When will *Bush* be prosecuted for same? Dictator Bush has murdered thousands more Iraqis (Shock & Awe, depleted Uranium, Blackwater USA death squads, etc.) than former CIA asset Saddam Hussein *ever* did.] 04 Apr 2006 A special criminal court said in a news conference Tuesday it had completed gathering evidence on a massacre of tens of thousands of ethnic Kurds in the late 1980s, paving the way for a second trial of former President [CIA asset] Saddam Hussein.
Did Saddam Hussein Gas His Own People? --Memo To: Sandy Berger, National Security Advisor From: Jude Wanniski Re: Iraqi use of Poison Gas 18 Nov 1998 "You would agree, I think, that at the very least our State Department gave a 'green light' to Saddam Hussein to go into Kuwait in August 1990. The more I read of the events of the period, the more I believe history will record that the Gulf War was unnecessary, perhaps even that Saddam Hussein was willing to retreat back to his borders, but our government decided we preferred the war to the status quo ante."]
At Least 10 Killed in Car Bombing in Iraq 04 Apr 2006 A car bomb exploded Tuesday in an eastern Baghdad lot, killing at least 10 people and wounding 28 others, police said.
The Lifeline --A three-part Los Angeles Times series following the lives of soldiers wounded in Iraq By David Zucchino [Warning! Graphic] New Battle on the Home Front (Part III) 04 Apr 2006 When wounded U.S. troops return from Iraq, nearly everything has changed. Except, for many, the drive to keep on fighting. The Journey Through Trauma (Part II) 03 Apr 2006 "I've stood too many times with my feet in an inch of blood." --Capt. Carl Impastato, an Air Force nurse 02 Apr 2006 U.S. troops who survive the critical ‘golden hour’ after being seriously wounded in Iraq can owe their lives to a fast-acting team of battlefield medics, pilots, nurses and surgeons. Bringing Back the Wounded With Heart, Soul and Surgery (Part I) 02 Apr 2006 Injured troops are swept up in a lifesaving process unmatched in past wars -- reaching hospitals in minutes and the U.S. in days. But their agony doesn't end on the battlefield.
Wisconsin voters support Iraq withdrawal 05 Apr 2006 Thousands of people in Wisconsin voted on Tuesday to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq, results that are non-binding, but could be hard to ignore in a congressional election year.
Two Deadlines and an Exit By John F. Kerry 05 Apr 2006 "Half of the service members listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall died after America's leaders knew our strategy would not work. It was immoral then and it would be immoral now to engage in the same delusion... Iraqi politicians should be told that they have until May 15 to put together an effective unity government or we will immediately withdraw our military... We will defeat Al Qaeda faster when we stop serving as its best recruitment tool."
Condi, War Crimes & the Press By Robert Parry 03 Apr 2006 "During the three years of carnage in Iraq, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has shifted away from her now-discredited warning about a 'mushroom cloud' to assert a strategic rationale for the invasion that puts her squarely in violation of the Nuremberg principle against aggressive war. ...[T]this doctrine – that the Bush administration has the right to invade other nations for reasons as vague as social engineering – represents a repudiation of the Nuremberg Principles and the United Nations Charter’s ban on aggressive war, both formulated largely by American leaders six decades ago."
The War Crimes Confession of Condi Rice By Chris Floyd 04 Apr 2006 "As [Robert] Parry notes, Rice confessed that the Bush Administration launched an unprovoked invasion and occupation of Iraq to effect a unilateral 'regime change' for political and ideological purposes -- the same crime for which the Hitler Administration was justly condemned at Nuremberg. This action was and is illegal under the Nuremberg principles, the UN Charter and United States law. The implications of all this are unavoidable. Americans are now living under a criminal regime, a rogue junta that no longer feels the need to disguise its criminality."
Venezuela students protest U.S. envoy 04 Apr 2006 Several dozen university students burned tires in protest as the U.S. ambassador visited eastern Venezuela Tuesday.
Police, Jobs Law Protesters Clash in Paris 04 Apr 2006 Rioting youths swarmed across a downtown Paris plaza, ripping up street signs and park benches and hurling stones and chunks of pavement at police at the end of the largest of massive but mostly peaceful protests Tuesday across France against a new jobs law.
Silence in class --University professors denounced for anti-Americanism; schoolteachers suspended for their politics; students encouraged to report on their tutors... By Gary Younge 04 Apr 2006 "In mid January, the Bruin Alumni association offered students $100 to tape leftwing professors at the University of California Los Angeles. The association effectively had one dedicated member, 24-year-old Republican Andrew Jones. It also had one dedicated aim: 'Exposing UCLA's most radical professors' who '[proselytise] their extreme views in the classroom'. Shortly after the $100 offer was made, Jones mounted a website, uclaprofs.com, which compiled the Dirty 30 - a hit list of those he considered the most egregious, leftwing offenders."
Bush Admin. Wants to Bury More Nuclear Waste 04 Apr 2006 The Bush regime wants to bury tens of thousands of tons more nuclear waste at the Yucca Mountain dump in Nevada than now allowed - part of a package of new proposals meant to spur development of the controversial and long-delayed dump.
US regulators shaped nuclear security to industry tastes: report 04 Apr 2006 US government regulators tailored post-September 11 nuclear power security controls to suit the industry, the investigative arm of Congress said. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission sought changes in the security regimes at nuclear power plants, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). However, after consulting the nuclear industry, the commission backed off.
US readying new counterterror plan 05 Apr 2006 The Bush regime is nearing completion of a government-wide strategic plan for the war on terror that would assign counter[pro]terrorism tasks to specific federal agencies and departments, officials said on Tuesday.
Giuliani: Another terror attack in U.S. likely 04 Apr 2006 Speaking in Chicago today at an urban affairs forum, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani warned another large-scale terrorist attack on U.S. soil was likely. [He should know! Giuliani has been working hand-in-hand with Bush bin Laden since the 2000 coup. Giuliani has (literally) made a *killing* off of 9/11 and 'securing' the 'Homeland' --while he's planning the next attack.]
Coast Guard, FBI Tension Threatens Sea-Based Response --Justice Watchdog Asserts Potentially Dangerous Reactions 04 Apr 2006 Squabbling between the Coast Guard and the FBI could lead to confused and potentially disastrous responses to terrorism incidents at sea, a government investigator said Monday.
2 Air Marshals Plead Guilty to Smuggling Cocaine 04 Apr 2006 Two U.S. air marshals pleaded guilty Monday to accepting money to smuggle cocaine on a flight to Las Vegas... The marshals admitted they accepted $15,000 to use their positions as air marshals to bypass airport security and smuggle 15 pounds of cocaine.
Homeland Security Deputy Press Secretary Arrested 04 Apr 2006 Brian J. Doyle, the Deputy Press Secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C., was arrested this evening at his residence in Silver Springs, Maryland, on 23 Polk County charges related to the use of a computer to seduce a child and transmitting harmful materials to a minor. [Another GOPedophile bites the dust!]
Homeland Security official arrested in sex sting 04 Apr 2006 The deputy press secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been arrested on sex charges stemming from a Florida-based Internet sting, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said on Tuesday.
DeLay resigns from Congress 05 Apr 2006 Ensnared in scandal, pursued by criminal investigation and facing an uphill battle to retain his seat, Tom DeLay yesterday bowed to the inevitable and announced that he will resign from the House of Representatives this summer.
2 Justices Indicate Supreme Court Is Unlikely to Televise Sessions 05 Apr 2006 Television cameras are not about to enter the Supreme Court any time soon. That was the unmistakable message that two Supreme Court justices gave Congress at a hearing on Tuesday on the court's budget.
In a Year of Catastrophic Loss, Insurers Saw Record Gains 04 Apr 2006 The companies that provide Americans with their homeowners and auto insurance made a record $44.8-billion profit last year even after accounting for the claims of policyholders wiped out by Hurricane Katrina and the other big storms of 2005, according to the firms' filings with state regulators.
Massachusetts to require health insurance for everyone 04 Apr 2006 Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that would make Massachusetts the first state to require that all of its citizens have some form of health insurance.
International laws hinder UK troops - Reid --Defence secretary calls for Geneva conventions to be redrawn 04 Apr 2006 John Reid demanded sweeping changes to international law yesterday to free British soldiers from the restraints of the Geneva conventions and make it easier for the west to mount military actions against other states.
Court backs Bush over US terror suspects 03 Apr 2006 The Bush dictatorship won a significant legal victory in the "war on terror" on Monday when the US Supreme Court refused to question the government's power to hold US citizens indefinitely as enemy combatants, even those captured on US soil.
Justices Decline Terrorism Case of a U.S. Citizen 04 Apr 2006 Jose Padilla, the American citizen held for more than three years in military custody as an enemy combatant, fell one vote short on Monday of persuading the Supreme Court to take his case. The result was to leave standing a decision by the federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., that endorsed the government's power to seize a citizen on United States soil and keep him in open-ended detention.
Padilla Rejected by Supreme Court on Combatant Status 03 Apr 2006 The U.S. Supreme Court turned away an appeal from accused terrorism supporter Jose Padilla, refusing to question the Bush regime's authority to capture American citizens on domestic soil and hold them as "enemy combatants."
U.S. Military Tribunals to Resume This Week at Guantanamo 03 Apr 2006 U.S. military commissions proceedings resume this week in the cases of four 'enemy combatants' held at Guantanamo Bay since 2002.
Newly released Pentagon documents reflect anger, anguish of Guantanamo Bay detainees 04 Apr 2006 Anguish. Anger. Resignation. More than 2,700 pages of documents released by the Pentagon because of an Associated Press lawsuit are saturated with emotion from detainees held in this US military base.
All Guantanamo prisoners to be named 04 Apr 2006 The Pentagon is releasing 2600 more pages of transcripts and defence summaries from reviews of cases of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a spokesman said today. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said that with the latest release, the names of all 490 prisoners at Guantanamo will have been made public.
Canadian Detainee Says U.S. Jail Harsh 04 Apr 2006 Hundreds of mostly Muslim men detained in New York and New Jersey after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were jailed under harsh conditions and terrorized by snarling dogs, lawyers for a Canadian caught up in a U.S. sweep claimed Monday.
76% want Govt to inspect CIA flights at Shannon 03 Apr 2006 Three-quarters of Irish people [76%] want the Government to inspect alleged CIA 'torture flights' passing through Shannon Airport, according to Amnesty International.
Official: Iraq war led to July bombings 02 Apr 2006 The first official recognition that the Iraq war motivated the four London suicide bombers has been made by the government in a major report into the 7 July attacks. Despite attempts by Downing Street to play down suggestions that the conflict has made Britain a target for terrorists, the Home Office inquiry into the deadliest terror attack on British soil has conceded that the bombers were inspired by UK foreign policy, principally the decision to invade Iraq.
U.S. death toll in Iraq jumps 04 Apr 2006 Nine more American troops died in Iraq, the U.S. military reported yesterday, five of them in a vehicle accident in a remote, rain-soaked western area. Their deaths brought the number of servicepeople killed this month to 13 -- nearly half the number who died in all of March.
5 Marines die, 3 missing in Iraq accident 03 Apr 2006 A U.S. military truck rolled over in a flash food in western Iraq's Anbar province, killing five U.S. Marines, injuring another and leaving three other troops missing, the military said Monday.
Three US marines, sailor killed in Iraq 03 Apr 2006 Three U.S. marines and a sailor were killed in action on Sunday in Iraq's western Anbar province, the U.S. military said on Monday.
At Least 10 Killed in Baghdad Bombing 03 Apr 2006 A truck bomb exploded Monday near a Shiite mosque in northeastern Baghdad as worshippers were leaving after evening prayers, killing at least 10 people and wounding 30, police said.
Iraq's interior ministry refusing to deploy US-trained police 04 Apr 2006 Iraq's interior ministry is refusing to deploy thousands of police recruits who have been trained by the US and the UK and is hiring its own men and putting them on the streets, according to western security advisers.
Blix: Iran Years Away From Nuclear Bomb 03 Apr 2006 Former U.N. chief weapons inspector Hans Blix said Monday that Iran is a least five years away from developing a nuclear bomb, leaving time to peacefully negotiate a settlement.
Military Cargo Plan Crashes in Delaware 03 Apr 2006 A giant Air Force cargo plane crashed near a runway at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware early this morning, injuring several of the 17 military personnel on board but causing no deaths, the Air Force said.
Family of shot journalist accuse Israel --Foreign Office 'helped obstruct quest for justice' 04 Apr 2006 The family of a British cameraman shot dead by an Israeli soldier claimed yesterday that both the Foreign Office and the Israeli authorities had obstructed their search for justice. James Miller, 34, was killed by a single shot while making a documentary in the Gaza strip about Palestinian children.
Judge won't open U.S. NSA wiretaps for terror case 04 Apr 2006 U.S. judge overseeing a case against a Pakistani-American father and son accused of terrorism-related activity denied on Monday a defense request to review related National Security Agency wiretaps.
Feingold Continues Push to Censure Bush 02 Apr 2006 Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis., said Sunday that the president is not above the law and continued to make his case for censuring pResident George W. Bush over domestic spying.
Bush v. Constitution By Nat Hentoff 03 Apr 2006 "In this signing statement, overlooked by most of the press, Mr. Bush declared he won't give this information to Congress if he concludes that doing so would 'impair foreign relations, national security, the deliberative process of the executive or the performances of the executive's constitutional duties.' Once more, his guiding compass, the 'unitary executive' powers of the commander in chief, bypasses his sworn duty to abide by the Constitution's separation of powers."
Former Head of Star Wars Program Says Cheney Main 9/11 Suspect --Official version of events a conspiracy theory, says drills were cover for attacks 04 Apr 2006 The former head of the Star Wars missile defense program under Presidents Ford and Carter [Dr. Robert M. Bowman, Lt. Col., USAF, ret.] has gone public to say that the official version of 9/11 is a conspiracy theory and his main suspect for the architect of the attack is Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney.
Jury Finds Moussaoui Eligible for Execution 03 Apr 2006 A federal jury found today that Zacarias Moussaoui was responsible for at least some of the deaths that occurred in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, meaning that he could be subject to the death penalty.
Blair launches FBI-style crime squad 03 Apr 2006 Britain's new FBI-style crime squad, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca), is chaired by the former MI5 chief Sir Stephen Lander, and includes other members of the intelligence and security services and around 2,000 agents among its 4,200-plus staff. It will be Britain's first non-police law-enforcement agency.
DeLay Won't Seek Re-Election to Congressional Seat, Will Resign 04 Apr 2006 Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, dogged by a federal corruption scandal that has drawn in two former aides, will announce today that he will resign the seat he has held in Congress for nearly 11 terms and won't seek re-election, according to a Republican close to DeLay.
DeLay Announces Plans to Resign From House --Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), a primary architect of the Republican majority who became one of the most powerful and feared leaders in Washington, told House allies last night that he will give up his seat rather than face a reelection fight that appears increasingly unwinnable.
Ohio: Poised For A Left Turn? 03 Apr 2006 With Ohio Gov. (R) Bob Taft’s job approval numbers continuing as the worst in the nation, and with just over one in four (28%) giving incumbent Republican Sen. Mike DeWine good marks for his work in Washington, one of the nation’s premiere swing states appears ready for a Democratic take-over, a new Wall Street Journal/Zogby Interactive poll shows. Just 6% give Taft good marks for the job he is doing leading the state, the survey shows.
Lights Back on at U.S. Capitol 03 Apr 2006 The U.S. Capitol was evacuated shortly after noon Monday after the building briefly lost power. The building was reopened about an hour later after power was restored.
Boy's medicine held up by Homeland Security 03 Apr 2006 Tyler Fehsenfeld's doctors said the 6-year-old needs a drug from a company in England to delay his deterioration from muscular dystrophy. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said he couldn't have it. Only after U.S. Rep. Vern Ehlers' office intervened last week did the U.S. Food and Drug Administration release it.
Gore gets 'Green' and mean with W 03 Apr 2006 President Al Gore has written a polemic arguing that by refusing to face up to the threat of global warming, George W. Bush is just like the disgraced British prime minister who appeased the Nazis before World War II. "Where there is no vision, the people perish," Gore writes, quoting the Bible to bash Bush.
Civil rights heroes may get pardons --Alabama could lead the way in expunging criminal records of people arrested for breaking racist laws 04 Apr 2006 It is nearly 55 years since Lillie Mae Bradford was charged with "disorderly conduct" for sitting in the whites-only seats on an Alabama bus, and she is still waiting for a pardon.
Tornadoes, hail hit south, central U.S.; 27 dead 03 April 2006 Thunderstorms packing tornadoes and hail as big as grapefruits ripped through eight U.S. states, killing at least 27 people, injuring scores and destroying hundreds of homes.
Explosions, grisly finds in Baghdad 02 Apr 2006 'Insurgents' [U.S. terrorists] blew up a small Shi'ite mosque north-east of Baghdad today, while police reported the discovery of nearly 40 bodies in several neighbourhoods of the Iraqi capital. The US military reported the death of three American soldiers... Two American pilots were killed when a US helicopter was shot down yesterday south-west of Baghdad. [Typical day in Bush-occupied Iraq.]
Iraq Violence Kills at Least 50 03 Apr 2006 At least 50 people were killed Sunday in Iraq in a catalogue of violence that included a mortar attack, military firefights, roadside bombings and other explosions.
Two American helicopter pilots killed after Apache shot down near Baghdad 02 Apr 2006 The U.S. military said Sunday that the bodies of two American pilots killed when their Apache helicopter crashed near Baghdad were recovered and the aircraft was probably shot down. Three other U.S. soldiers were reported killed in Baghdad and northern Iraq.
Iraq: More than 40,000 displaced, ministry estimates 02 Apr 2006 More than 40,000 people have been displaced countrywide as a result of ongoing sectarian violence, Ministry of Displacement and Migration officials said on Sunday.
Iraq terror backlash in UK 'for years' 02 Apr 2006 Spy chiefs have warned Tony Blair that the war in Iraq has made Britain the target of a terror campaign by Al-Qaeda that will last "for many years to come."
Rice's UK trip a 'PR nightmare' 02 Apr 2006 US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice was to head back on Sunday from her trip to northwest England after a visit which shaped up as a public relations nightmare. Anti-Iraq protests again dogged Rice and her host, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, throughout her two-day trip to his constituency of Blackburn...
Hecklers greet Rice, Straw on hometown visit 02 Apr 2006 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice faced protests and public embarrassment here Saturday, turning a trip meant to be a friendly follow-up to an American visit by Foreign Secretary Jack Straw into a two-day run through the gantlet. She was heckled by protesters and faced criticism from Muslim leaders hand-selected to meet with her during a visit here to Straw's hometown.
'Sectarian' Strife Fuels Gun Sales in Baghdad 03 Apr 2006 Iraq has long been awash in guns. But after the bombing of a sacred Shiite shrine in Samarra in late February, 'sectarian' [anti-U.S.] tensions exploded, and more Iraqis than ever have been buying, carrying and stockpiling weapons, adding an unnerving level of firepower to Baghdad's streets.
Bomb Blast In Afghanistan Wounds 5 G.I.s 02 Apr 2006 Five American soldiers were wounded Saturday in a roadside bomb blast in eastern Kunar Province, and a suicide bomber blew himself up in an attack on Canadian soldiers, military officials said.
US And UK Still Divided On Guantanamo Bay Prison Camp Closure 02 Apr 2006 The U.S. and Britain are still locked in division regarding the closure of the U.S. Guantanamo Bay prison camp following a meeting in England on Saturday between U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.
MI5 and Pentagon Documents on Two Detainees --Transcripts from the Combatant Status Review Tribunals at Guantanamo Bay for Jamil el Banna and Bisher al Rawi 02 Apr 2006 The unredacted documents were released March 3 by the U.S. Department of Defense in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the Associated Press seeking records on detainees in Guantanamo Bay. El Banna and al Rawi were both recruited by MI5 as informants and later allegedly taken by the CIA to Afghanistan and then to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Both remain in detention in Guantanamo and have been classified as enemy combatants.
Documents - declassified cables and files from MI5 02 Apr 2006 The following documents (PDF) are declassified cables and files from MI5, the British Security Service. They were made public on Monday, March 27, as part of a lawsuit against the British government that is being heard in London. All redactions were made by the British government. [Scroll to second section.]
9/11 Detainees in New Jersey Say They Were Abused With Dogs 03 Apr 2006 The photograph, seen worldwide, is one of the defining images from Abu Ghraib: a dog strains at its leash, lunging at a terrified prisoner in an orange jumpsuit. But for Ibrahim Turkmen and Akhil Sachdeva, the image evokes something closer to home: the dogs used inside the Passaic County Jail in New Jersey. The two men, plaintiffs in a pending class-action lawsuit known as Turkmen v. Ashcroft, were among hundreds of immigrant detainees held in the Passaic jail for months after 9/11 before they were cleared of links to terrorism and deported on visa violations.
Right-wing bloggers attack freed hostage for 'treason' 03 Apr 2006 The freed American hostage Jill Carroll arrived home after 83 days of captivity in Iraq yesterday - to a barrage of criticism from Right-wingers who accused her of showing too much sympathy for her kidnappers. [The only one (well, besides Cheney Halliburton) that should be attacked for treason is Dictator Bush.]
The Lifeline --A three-part Los Angeles Times series following the lives of soldiers wounded in Iraq By David Zucchino [Warning! Graphic] The Journey Through Trauma (Part II) "I've stood too many times with my feet in an inch of blood." --Capt. Carl Impastato, an Air Force nurse 03 Apr 2006 U.S. troops who survive the critical ‘golden hour’ after being seriously wounded in Iraq can owe their lives to a fast-acting team of battlefield medics, pilots, nurses and surgeons. Bringing Back the Wounded With Heart, Soul and Surgery (Part I) 02 Apr 2006 Injured troops are swept up in a lifesaving process unmatched in past wars -- reaching hospitals in minutes and the U.S. in days. But their agony doesn't end on the battlefield.
Government in secret talks about strike against Iran (UK) 02 Apr 2006 The Government is to hold secret talks with defence chiefs tomorrow to discuss possible military strikes against Iran. A high-level meeting will take place in the Ministry of Defence at which senior defence chiefs and government officials will consider the consequences of an attack on Iran. It is believed that an American-led attack, designed to destroy Iran's ability to develop a nuclear bomb, is "inevitable" if Teheran's leaders fail to comply with United Nations demands to freeze their uranium enrichment programme... The United States government is hopeful that the military operation will be a multinational mission, but defence chiefs believe that the Bush regime is prepared to launch the attack on its own or with the assistance of Israel, if there is little international support.
Report: UK discussing Iran strike 02 Apr 2006 Senior British defense officials were scheduled to meet Monday to discuss the possibilities and ramifications of an attack on Iran. The meeting was supposed to remain secret, the Sunday Telegraph reported.
Attacking Iran May Trigger Terrorism --U.S. Experts Wary of Military Action Over Nuclear Program 02 Apr 2006 As tensions increase between the United States and Iran, U.S. intelligence and terrorism experts say they believe Iran would respond to U.S. military strikes on its nuclear sites by deploying its intelligence operatives and Hezbollah teams to carry out terrorist attacks worldwide. U.S. officials would not discuss what evidence they have indicating Iran would undertake terrorist action, but the matter "is consuming a lot of time" throughout the U.S. intelligence apparatus, one senior official said. "It's a huge issue," another said.
Group examines Cheney's role in no-bid Bajagua pact --Bajagua investors and their family members gave $10,000 to the Bush-Cheney ticket in 2003. 31 Mar 2006 Vice pResident Dick Cheney's office intervened to help break a stalemate over whether to issue a no-bid contract to a San Diego company that wanted to build a border sewage treatment project, according to a watchdog group report released yesterday. The report by the Washington, D.C.-based Project on Government Oversight (POGO) said that until pResident Bush and Cheney were [s]-elected, the Department of Justice had opposed awarding the sole-source contract to Bajagua Project LLC.
GAO Investigator: Scientific Fraud Among Builders of $26 Bln Antimissile System 02 Apr 2006 A senior Congressional investigator has accused his agency of covering up a scientific fraud among builders of a $26 billion system meant to shield [?!?] the nation from nuclear attack. The disputed weapon is the centerpiece of the Bush regime's antimissile plan, which is expected to cost more than $250 billion over the next two decades.
Israel suspects journalists of spreading bird flu 31 Mar 2006 Israel suspects journalists, particularly press photographers, of being behind the spread of deadly bird flu in the Jewish state, an agriculture ministry official told Agence France-Presse.
Bird flu: the secret Cabinet document --Army could be "too stretched to help" due to international commitments --More than 700,000 could die in worst-case bird flu scenario --The figures were disclosed in a Cabinet Office briefing paper 03 Apr 2006 The death toll from a bird flu pandemic in Britain could be more than 700,000, according to a confidential government report seen by The Scotsman. The figure - far higher than previously stated - is contained in a Cabinet Office briefing paper prepared for emergency planning officials, which warns that the virus could strike the country in multiple "waves". It also says the armed forces may not be available to help in an emergency because of Britain's extensive international military deployments.
Secret UK report: Human bird flu victims face end in 'plague pits' 02 Apr 2006 Families may have to wait for four months to bury their dead in the event of an avian flu pandemic, stirring up folk memories of the burial pits of the great plague of 1665, writes David Cracknell. A confidential Home Office report says as many as 320,000 people could die from the H5N1 strain of the virus if it mutates into a form that can readily be passed between humans. [See: U.S. to create a bird flu virus mutation 24 Mar 2005 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has begun a series of experiments to see how likely the bird flu virus could result in a human pandemic.]
Gene From 1918 Virus Proves Key to Virulent Influenza (University of Wisconsin Press Release) 06 Oct 2004 "Using a gene resurrected from the virus that caused the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, recorded history's most lethal outbreak of infectious disease, scientists have found that a single gene may have been responsible for the devastating virulence of the virus. Writing Oct. 7 in the journal Nature, virologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Tokyo, describes experiments in which engineered viruses were made more potent by the addition of a single gene.
Bush Authorizes Use of Quarantine Powers in Cases of Bird Flu 02 Apr 2005 President [sic] Bush signed an executive order on Friday authorizing the government to impose a quarantine to deal with any outbreak of avian influenza now found in Southeast Asia.
Jordan reports first human case of bird flu in Egyptian laborer 31 Mar 2006 Jordan reported its first human case of bird flu on Friday in an Egyptian laborer who was believed to have become infected while on a holiday in his hometown in Egypt, health officials said.
Cairo confirms two more human bird flu cases 03 Apr 2006 Two cases of bird flu have been confirmed in northern Egypt, raising the total number of Egyptian human cases to eight, Health Minister Hatem al-Gabali announced on Sunday.
Hole discovered drilled into pipe at Miami-Dade nuclear reactor 01 Apr 2006 Officials conducting a routine inspection of a nuclear reactor at the Turkey Point power plant found a small holed drilled into a pipe that helps maintain pressure, and investigators were trying to determine if the hole was drilled accidentally or deliberately, Florida Power & Light officials said Saturday... The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and FBI are also conducting their own investigations.
Scanners to be used at all rail stations 03 Apr 2006 (UK) Security scanners are to be used at railway stations across the country... The trial at Tube and train stations in London, known as Operation Shield, has been running for two months. British Transport Police officers with stop-and-search powers and sniffer dogs use mobile airport-style scanners to check passengers.
Chávez seeks to peg oil at $50 a barrel --Price could see Venezuela producing for 200 years --Country's reserves may exceed Saudi Arabia's 03 Apr 2006 Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez is poised to launch a bid to transform the global politics of oil by seeking a deal with consumer countries which would lock in a price of $50 a barrel.
Chirac Signs Contested Jobs Measure 02 Apr 2006 President Jacques Chirac signed a contested measure to promote jobs for youths into law on Sunday even though he has said it would be replaced by a modified version to defuse a crisis that has led to violent [effective] demonstrations. However, unions hoped that another round of strikes and demonstrations set for Tuesday would provide a still more powerful push to get the measure _ in any form _ withdrawn.
Head of Sorbonne attacks 'ignorant' student protesters --Second national strike called as Chirac backpedals 03 Apr 2006 The president [Reichwing whackjob] of the world-renowned Sorbonne University has branded French students protesting about the country's new employment law "ignorant and stupid".
Harris Campaign Leaking Staff --3 More Aides Reportedly Planning to Quit Republican's Team 02 Apr 2006 After pledging to personally donate $10 million to save her sagging Senate candidacy in Florida, Rep. Katherine Harris (R-Reichwing nutball) is suffering a staff revolt -- the latest development in a political meltdown that had GOP operatives yesterday questioning whether she will be able to maintain a viable candidacy.
Jury convicts ex-priest of photographing naked teens 30 Mar 2006 (NY) A defrocked priest was found guilty Thursday of taking nude photos of underage boys.
Indiana Shifting to Daylight Time, but Confusion Will Linger On 01 Apr 2006 On Sunday, Indiana begins observing daylight saving time statewide for the first time in more than 30 years. Under state law, most of Indiana has ignored daylight time since the early 70's. A result has been a patchwork of time zones, with 77 counties observing Eastern time but not changing clocks, 5 on Eastern time unofficially observing daylight time and 10 on Central time that observed daylight time...
CIA Leak Figure Armitage Joins ConocoPhillips Board 31 Mar 2006 Oil major ConocoPhillips said on Friday that former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, a likely witness in the CIA leak case, has joined its board. Armitage, former Secretary of State Colin Powell's deputy, has been under scrutiny in connection with the trial of ex-vice presidential aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby, over the leak of a CIA operative's name to the press.
Phone trail backs CIA kidnap case: Italian source 31 Mar 2006 Prosecutors hoping to put 22 CIA agents on trial in Italy for kidnapping a Muslim cleric there say they have gleaned new evidence from German phone records, a well-placed judicial source said. The CIA agents are accused of grabbing Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr off a Milan street in 2003 and flying him for interrogation in Egypt, where he has said he was tortured.
Detainee Dies at Abu Ghraib Prison 31 Mar 2006 A 62-year-old prisoner at the notorious Abu Ghraib in Iraq prison died of an apparent [?!?] heart attack, the U.S. military said Friday.
US military urges crackdown on Iraq militias 01 Apr 2006 A senior U.S. military official said on Saturday that Iraqi leaders struggling to form a government should stamp out militias but he declined to discuss the scale of the problem and how it should be tackled. [The US military *are* the Iraq militias!]
Iraq Shi'ite ayatollah demands U.S. fire envoy 31 Mar 2006 A leading Iraqi Shi'ite cleric demanded on Friday that the United States sack its ambassador, accusing Zalmay Khalilzad of siding with his fellow Sunni Muslims in the 'sectarian' [anti-U.S.] conflict gripping the country.
Mortars, bombs rock Iraq 01 Apr 2006 A mortar shell exploded yesterday on a street in northern Baghdad, killing three women in their homes. Elsewhere, soldiers discovered the bullet-riddled bodies of six men wearing handcuffs, apparently the latest victims of 'sectarian' [ U.S.] death squads.
Six killed in Iraq minibus ambush 01 Apr 2006 Gunmen attacked a minibus carrying Shiites north-east of Baghdad today, killing six men and wounding one woman, an official said. Elsewhere, at least 20 others were killed, many in drive-by shootings.
Civilians in Iraq Flee Mixed Areas as Killings Rise 02 Apr 2006 The war in Iraq has entered a bloodier phase, with American casualties steadily declining over the past five months while the killings of Iraqi civilians have risen tremendously in 'sectarian' [U.S.] violence, spurring tens of thousands of Iraqis to flee from mixed Shiite-Sunni areas.
U.S. helicopter crashes southwest of Baghdad 01 Apr 2006 A U.S. helicopter crashed southwest of Baghdad on Saturday, but the status of the crew was unknown, the U.S. military said.
Army Bans Use of Privately Bought Armor 31 Mar 2006 Soldiers will no longer be allowed to wear body armor other than the protective gear issued by the military, Army officials said Thursday, the latest twist in a running battle over the equipment the Pentagon gives its troops in Iraq and Afghanistan... The move was a rare one by the Army.
Prewar Intelligence - Insulating Bush By Murray Waas 30 Mar 2006 "[Then-Deputy National Security Adviser Stephen J.] Hadley was particularly concerned that the public might learn of a classified one-page summary of a National Intelligence Estimate, specifically written for Bush in October 2002. The summary said that although 'most agencies judge' that the aluminum tubes were 'related to a uranium enrichment effort,' the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research and the Energy Department's intelligence branch 'believe that the tubes more likely are intended for conventional weapons.' Three months after receiving that assessment, the president stated without qualification in his January 28, 2003, State of the Union address: 'The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa. Our intelligence sources tell us that he has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear weapons production.'"
Senators Debate Move to Censure Bush 01 Apr 2006 The Senate Judiciary Committee's top Democrat said yesterday that President [sic] Bush probably deserves censure for his warrantless wiretapping practices, but Republicans hotly defended the president's claim of broad powers to fight 'terrorism.'
Censure of Bush May Be Appropriate, U.S. Senator Leahy Says 31 Mar 2006 Patrick Leahy, the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he is "inclined to believe" it's appropriate to censure President [sic] George W. Bush over his eavesdropping authorization.
John Dean backs bid to censure Bush 31 Mar 2006 Former White House counsel John Dean said on Friday that U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush's domestic spying program raised more concerns about abuse of power than the Watergate scandal that toppled his boss Richard Nixon.
Galloway guns for 'fake sheikh' 30 Mar 2006 George Galloway said today he would put up "wanted" posters of the News of the World's "fake sheikh" undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood around the House of Commons next week after he was the target of an attempted sting by the tabloid. The Respect MP yesterday blew the lid on Mahmood's attempted sting operation, claiming the reporter attempted to get him to make anti-semitic remarks and implicate him in illegal party financing at a dinner at the Dorchester hotel in London on Saturday.
US to test 700 tonne explosive --Weapon of Mass Destruction would send mushroom cloud over Las Vegas 31 Mar 2006 The United States military planned to detonate a 700 tonne explosive charge in a test called "Divine Strake" that would send a mushroom cloud over Las Vegas, a senior defence official said. "I don't want to sound glib here but it is the first time in Nevada that you'll see a mushroom cloud over Las Vegas since we stopped testing nuclear weapons," said James Tegnelia, head of the Defence Threat Reduction [?!?] Agency. [Why don't they detonate it over ****'s head?]
First Mushroom Cloud in Decades Will Rise Over Nevada --Military Tests New Bunker-Busting [?!?] Technology 30 Mar 2006 A Pentagon test at a Nevada site this June will likely create the first mushroom cloud seen in the state since the United States ceased above-ground nuclear testing in 1963.
French left-wing vows more protests, rejects talks 01 Apr 2006 French left-wing parties rejected on Saturday a decision by President Jacques Chirac to modify a youth job law that has sparked a national 'crisis' [?!?] and said they would march to press for the measure to be scrapped.
Venezuela's Chavez calls U.S. immigration measures 'fascism' 01 Apr 2006 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez sharply criticized bills in the U.S. Congress that seek to crack down on illegal immigration, saying they resemble fascism.
Thousands in NYC Protest Immigration Bill 01 Apr 2006 Thousands of immigrant rights supporters formed a line stretching more than a mile long Saturday as they marched across the Brooklyn Bridge, waving flags from more than a dozen countries as they demonstrated against possible immigration reform in Congress.
US Government wants more search information --Tells ISPs to hand over records 31 Mar 2006 The US Department of Justice has ordered 34 Internet service providers, search companies, and security software firms to hand over information on its customers’ search habits... According to Information Week, which got the data using a Freedom of Information Act request, the DoJ has leaned on more than 34 other ISPs and security companies. The DoJ wants customer search information from AT&T, Comcast Cable, Cox Communications, EarthLink, LookSmart, Symantec, and Verizon.
Bush stands firm on passports for Canadians 31 Mar 2006 U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush won't change tough new identification requirements for Canadians entering the United States... In 2007, Canadians will be barred from entering the United States unless they have a passport or a U.S.-issued border-crossing card. The so-called "laser visas" include biometric identifiers such as fingerprints or retinal scans.
Police told to apologise to terror 'suspects' 01 Apr 2006 Four men held under the Terrorism Act for two days after a security alert at a hospital should receive an official police apology, a key Government adviser on terrorism has said.
Apology call over terror arrests 01 Apr 2006 A key government adviser on terrorism has called on Staffordshire's most senior police officer to apologise to four men arrested at a county hospital. Lord Carlile said the chief constable of Staffordshire should apologise and an independent inquiry should be held.
September 11 families want more 911 tapes released 31 Mar 2006 Nine relatives of people killed in the September 11 attacks at the World Trade Center called on New York on Friday to release the full recordings of about 130 telephone calls made to emergency operators from the twin towers that day.
TSA Screeners Plead Guilty to Theft 31 Mar 2006 Two security screeners at the Honolulu International Airport pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of yen from the luggage of Japanese tourists.
U.S. corporate profits surge to 40-year high 30 Mar 2006 U.S. corporate profits have increased 21.3% in the past year and now account for the largest share of national income in 40 years, the Commerce Department said Thursday.
Court allows GM to slash worker, retiree health care 01 Apr 2006 General Motors said that a US federal court has approved a deal with the auto workers union to slash the automaker's health care bills.
G.A.O. Sees Loss in Oil Royalties of at Least $20 Billion 29 Mar 2006 Incentives for oil and gas companies that drill in the Gulf of Mexico will cost the federal government at least $20 billion over the next 25 years, according to the draft of a Congressional report obtained on Tuesday.
EPA May Weaken Rule on Water Quality --Plan Would Affect Towns That Find Complying Costly 01 Apr 2006 The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to allow higher levels of contaminants such as arsenic in the drinking water used by small rural communities... The proposal would roll back a rule that went into effect earlier this year and make it permissible for water systems serving 10,000 or fewer residents to have three times the level of contaminants allowed under that regulation.
Ex-DeLay Aide Pleads Guilty in Lobby Case 01 Apr 2006 Tony C. Rudy, a former deputy chief of staff to Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), pleaded guilty yesterday to charges that he conspired with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff to corrupt public officials and defraud his clients, as a burgeoning corruption probe took one step closer to members of Congress.
O.C. voters were duped into GOP registration --Petitioners lie, cajole and commit forgery [Just like the GOP itself!] while duping more than 100 O.C. residents into joining the Republican Party. 01 Apr 2006 (CA) More than 100 Orange County residents who thought they were simply signing petitions to cure breast cancer, punish child molesters or build schools were duped into registering as Republicans, an Orange County Register investigation found.
1965 Voting Rights Provisions to Expire 31 Mar 2006 Sections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 are set to expire on Aug. 6, 2007. The looming expiration date has generated rumors that black Americans will lose the right to vote en masse next year. [I think it expired a long time ago, during the *first* Bush coup d'etat.]
Voting software vulnerable to hackers 31 Mar 2006 (PA) Elections officials in Montgomery County are working on contingency plans for the May 16 primary after a state expert said an updated voting system is vulnerable to hackers... Michael Shamos, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, said in an interview he was able to hack in and change totals during a state test. The machines are also being purchased by Allegheny County.
Bird flu expected on U.S. West Coast by summer 01 Apr 2006 California officials expect bird flu to arrive on the U.S. West Coast this summer in what could be the first sign in the United States of the deadly virus, which has already swept from Asia across Europe and down to Africa. "The H5N1 virus in birds is expected in the next couple of months in the United States," California Health and Human Services Secretary Kim Belshe told reporters on Thursday at a state bird flu pandemic preparedness meeting. [See: U.S. to create a bird flu virus mutation 24 Mar 2005 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has begun a series of experiments to see how likely the bird flu virus could result in a human pandemic. See: KBR awarded $385M Homeland Security contract for U.S. detention centers 24 Jan 2006 KBR, the engineering and construction subsidiary of Halliburton Co., said Tuesday it has been awarded a contingency contract from the Department of Homeland Security to support its Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities in the event of an emergency [Gee, what 'emergency' could that be?] See: Rumsfeld's growing stake in Tamiflu 31 Oct 2005]
Bird-Flu Pandemic Would Likely Start in California [How do they *know?*] 30 Mar 2006 If a bird-flu pandemic does hit the United States, it may well start in California and spread across the country in just two to four weeks. That's the scenario drawn from results of a computer model created by researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's Fogarty International Center.
Caribbean Coral Suffers Record Death 30 Mar 2006 A one-two punch of bleaching from record hot water followed by disease has killed ancient and delicate coral in the biggest loss of reefs scientists have ever seen in Caribbean waters.
Blackwater USA offers 'private armies' for low-intensity conflicts 29 Mar 2006 A leading U.S. security firm has offered to provide forces for any counter-insurgency mission around the world. J. Cofer Black, vice chairman of Blackwater USA told the Special Operations Forces Exhibition (Sofex-2006), that his company could supply private soldiers to any country.
Neo-con cabal blocked 2003 nuclear talks 30 Mar 2006 The George W Bush administration failed to enter into negotiations with Iran on its nuclear program in May 2003 because neo-conservatives who advocated destabilization and regime change were able to block any serious diplomatic engagement with Tehran, according to former administration officials.
Pentagon blocked move to make water safer for millions of people --Contaminating solvent used on military bases --Environmental Protection Agency feared significant health risk for millions 30 Mar 2006 The Pentagon stalled efforts to clean water supplies contaminated by a carcinogenic chemical despite evidence that it posed a significant health risk to millions of people, it was reported yesterday.
Maps and Charts of Iraqi Oil Fields (judicialwatch.org) "These are documents turned over by the Commerce Department, under a March 5, 2002 court order as a result of Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit concerning the activities of the Cheney Energy Task Force. The documents contain a map of Iraqi oilfields, pipelines, refineries and terminals, as well as 2 charts detailing Iraqi oil and gas projects, and 'Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts.' The documents are dated March 2001."
Democracy: Iraq votes, Bush vetoes By Ehsan Ahrari 31 Mar 2006 "Call it desperation, but the United States has started to take measures in Iraq that would wreck its most cherished goal there: democracy. US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad is reportedly campaigning to either dump the United Iraqi Alliance's (UIA) candidate for prime minister, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, or force him to withdraw... If democracy is meant to reflect the will of the people, Jaafari, for all his flaws, is a legitimate candidate to become the country's first permanent prime minister. But US President [sic] George W Bush is making it clear that his version of democracy in Iraq means having his preferred candidate at the helm." [Bush and Co. vetoed democracy when Bush was installed as US "president" in 2000 and 2004. Now he's vetoing democracy in Iraq. A dictator is as a dictator does.]
"I am very sure now they are terrorists." True or not, report of 'massacre' angers Iraqis 29 Mar 2006 Did US forces attack a mosque in a Shiite district of Baghdad Sunday night, killing 17 unarmed worshippers, an act that Iraq's Shiite interior minister called a "horrible violation" that has dominated Iraqi TV and sparked a political outcry? The popular view of US wrongdoing has been fed by the images on Al-Furat television... of bags of explosives with wires poking out, that they allege US forces left behind. Haidar al-Abbadi, an adviser to Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, warned of "death squads working alongside US troops that execute people without any reason while they are praying," he told Al-Arabiya television... "People always say: The Americans never do these things, but when I saw them with helicopters and their Humvees and Bradleys, I am very sure now they are terrorists," says Mr. Ali, giving a stark opinion increasingly expressed on Iraqi airwaves following the raid. "We will fight terrorism, whether it is [extreme Sunni] Wahhabi or American."
How Guantanamo brothers 'became victims of MI5 plot' 29 Mar 2006 One of four British citizens and residents seized by the Americans in Africa before two of them were flown to Guantanamo Bay has told The Independent that they were victims of an MI5 plot.
Because I Say So --The Supreme Court takes the military tribunals out for a spin. By Dahlia Lithwick 28 Mar 2006 "One of the most dramatic moments in today's oral argument in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld comes when an uncharacteristically agitated Justice David Souter presses Solicitor General Paul Clement about whether Congress last December effectively stripped the Supreme Court of the right to hear habeas corpus claims from any of the hundreds of detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay... At some point, it must begin to insult the collective intelligence of the court, these tautological arguments that end where they begin: The existing laws do not apply because this is a different kind of war. It's a different kind of war because the president says so. The president gets to say so because he is president."
Imperial overreach is accelerating the global decline of America By Martin Jacques 28 Mar 2006 "Al-Qaida never posed a threat to the US except in terms of the odd terrorist outrage. Making it the central thrust of US foreign policy, in other words, had nothing to do with the al-Qaida threat and everything to do with the Bush administration seeking to mobilise US public opinion behind a neoconservative foreign policy. There followed the tenuous - in reality nonexistent - link with Saddam, which provided in large measure the justification for the invasion of Iraq, an act which now threatens to unravel the bizarre adventurism, personified by Donald Rumsfeld, which has been the hallmark of Bush foreign policy since 9/11. The latter has come unstuck in the killing fields of Iraq in the most profound way imaginable."
US hostage released in Iraq 30 Mar 2006 Jill Carroll, the American journalist who has been held hostage in Iraq for nearly three months, has been released.
Carroll says captors treated her well 30 Mar 2006 American reporter Jill Carroll was set free Thursday, nearly three months after she was kidnapped in a bloody ambush that killed her translator. She said she had been treated well. [Yes, too bad those held at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay can't say the same.]
Iraq gunmen kill police commando, lawyer 30 Mar 2006 Assailants in speeding cars gunned down a police commando as he was leaving his house in south Baghdad Thursday, and drive-by shooters killed a lawyer as she got out of a taxi in the southern city of Basra, police said.
Two Western soldiers killed in Taliban 'spring offensive' 30 Mar 2006 Two soldiers, an American and a Canadian, were killed in a major Taliban attack on a base in the Afghan province where thousands of British troops are to deploy in the coming months.
U.N. gives Iran 30 days to clear suspicions 30 Mar 2006 The U.N. Security Council gave Iran 30 days to clear up suspicions that it is seeking nuclear weapons, and key members turned their focus on what to do if Iran refuses to suspend uranium enrichment and allow more intrusive inspections.
Venezuelan: Exxon Mobil not welcome 29 Mar 2006 Venezuela's oil minister said Wednesday that Exxon Mobil Corp., the world's second-largest integrated oil company, was no longer welcome in this oil-producing nation.
Drone aircraft may prowl U.S. skies 29 Mar 2006 Unmanned aerial vehicles have soared the skies of Afghanistan and Iraq for years, spotting enemy encampments, protecting military bases, and even launching missile attacks against suspected 'terrorists.' A House of Representatives panel on Wednesday heard testimony from police agencies that envision using UAVs for everything from border security to domestic surveillance high above American cities.
Oops! GAO: Customs Failed 'Dirty Bomb' Test 29 Mar 2006 Congressional investigators testing U.S. port security smuggled enough radioactive material into the United States last year to make two radiological "dirty" bombs, officials told a Senate panel yesterday. [Gee, besides the 'security' companies of 9/11 co-conspirator Rudy Giuliani, where *is* all the Project Busllsh*t BioShield and Homeland Suckyourity $$$ going?]
Terrorism Act arrests at hospital 30 Mar 2006 Four men have been arrested at a Staffordshire hospital under the Terrorism Act. Police were called to Stafford District General Hospital by staff concerned about the illness of a 28-year-old man and the behaviour of four men with him.
ID cards to be issued in three years after Lords drops its opposition 30 Mar 2006 The first national identity cards for more than half-a- century will be issued within three years after the protracted parliamentary wrangling over the controversial scheme ended.
Police to Crack Down On Student Walkouts --'Truants' Could Face Fines, Community Service 28 Mar 2006 Los Angeles law enforcement officials plan to crack down on students who leave campus Wednesday by issuing truancy citations. LA School Superintendent Roy Romer says students leaving campus will be automatically considered truant.
Security services cleared over 7 July bombings 30 Mar 2006 A cross-party committee of MPs has concluded that intelligence and security services were not to blame for the 7 July bombings, according to a report.
US man in Bush murder plot gets 30 years in jail 29 Mar 2006 A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a U.S. man convicted of plotting to assassinate Dictator George W. Bush and conspiring with 'al Qaeda' to 30 years in prison.
Justice Scalia Chastises Boston Newspaper 29 Mar 2006 Supreme Court inJustice Antonin Scalia, in a scathing letter to the editor of the Boston Herald, accused the newspaper's staff of watching "too many episodes of the Sopranos" for interpreting a hand gesture he made at a cathedral as obscene. The Boston Herald reported Monday the justice made "an obscene gesture, flicking his hand under his chin" in response to a question about whether lawyers might question his impartiality in matters of church and state. [Who the f*ck is this GOPedophile to chastise *anyone?* And, the main characters in "The Sopranos" are paragons of virtue compared to the Bush Family Evil Empire.]
Citizen Anschutz --How the conservative Christian head of Regal Cinemas is trying to change how you see movies. By Justin Clark 23 Mar 2006 "Named Fortune's 'greediest executive' in 1999, the Denver resident [religious conservative Philip Anschutz] is a generous supporter of anti-gay-rights legislation, intelligent design, the Bush administration and efforts to sanitize television. ...Anschutz helped fund Amendment 2, a ballot initiative to overturn a state law protecting gay rights, and helped stop another initiative promoting medical marijuana. More recently, he helped fund the Discovery Institute, a conservative Christian think tank that mounted a public relations campaign and financed 'research' into intelligent design..."
Disgraced US lobbyist and partner jailed for $23m fraud 30 Mar 2006 The disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a business partner have been sentenced to five years and 10 months in federal prison, the minimum they faced for fraud related to their purchase in 2000 of the SunCruz Casinos gambling fleet.
Abramoff Sentenced to 5 Years, 10 Months in Florida 29 Mar 2006 Jack Abramoff, the Republican lobbyist at the center of a Washington corruption scandal, was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison in an unrelated fraud case in Florida.
Anti-Bush movement 'genuinely bubbling up from the grass roots' Democrats in Vermont to Weigh Impeachment 28 Mar 2006 Leading Democrats in Vermont plan to decide in April whether to urge state lawmakers to petition for President [sic] Bush's impeachment using a little-known provision in the rules of the U.S. House... The anti-Bush movement is "genuinely bubbling up from the grass roots," said Jon Copans, the state party's executive director.
Fla. AG Subpoenas Voting Machine Companies 29 Mar 2006 Florida's attorney general said Wednesday his office has issued investigative subpoenas to the three companies [Diebold Inc., Election Systems & Software Inc., and Sequoia Voting Systems] certified to sell 'voting machines' in Florida as he reviews a dispute between the firms and Leon County's elections supervisor.
New vote machines ignite feud in Emery --Software flaw? County clerk threatens to resign over issue 28 Mar 2006 After 23 years as Emery County clerk, Bruce Funk will decide this morning whether he will resign because he cannot endorse an election on Utah's new voting machines. "In no way could I feel comfortable with these machines," Funk said Monday. "I don't want to be part of something that put into question the results that come out of Emery County."
Elections officials to query GOP pundit 29 Mar 2006 Palm Beach County's elections supervisor has given the right wing's unofficial mouthpiece [Ann Coulter] 30 days to explain why she voted in the wrong precinct.
BellSouth campaigning to stop New Orleans' free Wi-Fi 28 Mar 2006 More than half of New Orleans still doesn't have phone or Internet access. But that isn't stopping BellSouth from campaigning to shut down a free Wi-Fi service that has become a lifeline for thousands of residents, the city's top technology officer says.
'You can't even put your feet in water' 30 Mar 2006 After days of raw sewage spilling into the Ala Wai Canal, what many people feared the most happened yesterday as disappointed tourists read signs that warned them to stay out of the water at some of Waikiki's most famous beaches.
Study: Death rates drop after air cleanup 26 Mar 2006 When air pollution in a city declines, the city benefits with a directly proportional drop in death rates, a new study has found.
Blow for Britain's fight against climate change as emissions target is missed 29 Mar 2006 Britain's credibility as a leader in the fight against climate change has suffered a massive blow with the Government being forced to announce it will not meet its flagship target for cutting the carbon dioxide emissions causing global warming.
House arrest for attack cat --Fairfield neighbors terrorized by Lewis 29 Mar 2006 (CT) A ferocious feline terrorized a quiet Fairfield neighborhood, to the point that residents are seeking help from the law to stop the so-called "Terrorist of Sunset Circle."
Rival Shia groups unite against US after mosque raid [Well, Bush has always said that he is a "uniter," not a "divider."] Baghdad officials end link with 'coalition' in protest --Minister claims 37 victims were tied up and killed 28 Mar 2006 Senior ministers from the three main Shia factions united yesterday to denounce an American raid on a Baghdad mosque complex in which at least 20 people died, opening the biggest rift between the US and Iraq's majority Shia community since the toppling of Saddam Hussein.
Top U.S. court being asked to curb Bush's powers [Yes! Would somebody, *anybody,* PLEASE curb Bush's powers?] 28 Mar 2006 The Supreme Court of the United States was set to hear oral arguments Tuesday in a case that may determine what limits, if any, should be placed on the wartime powers of an American president.
US agrees to release Abu Ghraib pictures 28 Mar 2006 The Defense Department on Tuesday agreed to release 74 photos and three videos -- many that have already been published -- that depict prisoner abuse in Abu Ghraib and were sought by civil rights groups.
ACLU: Iraq Prison Photos to Be Released 28 Mar 2006 The federal government has agreed to release disputed pictures showing American soldiers tormenting Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday.
Military won't charge U.S. contractors detained in Iraq 28 Mar 2006 The U.S. military won't charge the 16 American security contractors [mercenaries] who were held by Marines in Iraq for 72 hours last summer after a shooting incident near Fallujah, a Navy spokesman said Tuesday.
Pentagon denounces Halliburton's 'overwhelmingly negative' performance in Iraq 28 Mar 2006 A new report released today reveals that Pentagon officials and investigators have harshly criticized Halliburton’s oil reconstruction work in Iraq, citing "profound systemic problems," "exorbitant indirect costs," "misleading" and "distorted" cost reports, a "lack of cost control," an "overwhelmingly negative" evaluation, and an "obstructive" corporate attitude toward oversight. [Click here to read full report.]
Report Adds to Criticism of Halliburton's Iraq Role 29 Mar 2006 Even as a Halliburton subsidiary was absorbing harsh criticism of its costs on a 2003 no-bid contract for work in Iraq, the government officials overseeing a second contract wrote that the company was running up exorbitant new expenses on similar work, according to a report issued yesterday by the staff for the Democrats on the House Government Reform Committee.
Two Soldiers Die in Iraq 28 Mar 2006 Two U.S. soldiers died and three others were injured in two incidents in Iraq today.
GW strike group will head south for training 28 Mar 2006 The Navy will send an aircraft carrier [George Washington] strike group, with four ships, a 60-plane air wing and 6,500 sailors, to Caribbean and South American waters for a major training exercise, it was announced Monday.
Uganda deports US evangelist accused of terrorism 28 Mar 2006 Uganda deported an American evangelist who was charged with terrorism after detectives found assault rifles hidden in his bedroom just days before last month's election, the country's police chief said on Tuesday.
Victory for centre party as Israelis reject hard liners 29 Mar 2006 Israel was heading for a period of intense political haggling last night after exit polls showed Ehud Olmert’s ruling centre party emerging as the largest party in the general election.
Officials: Water in Mass. Possibly Tainted 28 Mar 2006 Residents of two towns were ordered to stop using water from their taps after someone broke into the area's supply facility and left behind a 5-gallon container that had an odor.
Judges back bill examining domestic spying 28 Mar 2006 Five federal judges gave a boost Tuesday to legislation that would bring court scrutiny to the Bush administration's domestic spying program.
Patriot Act's fast-tracking of death penalty cases draws criticism 27 Mar 2006 Slipped into the thick binding of the newly authorized Patriot Act is a provision designed to speed death penalty appeals. The act, signed into law this month, allows states to ask the U.S. attorney general for so-called fast-track reviews of federal habeas corpus petitions - the last appeal of a death row inmate.
ACLU says FBI watched war protesters in domestic terrorism probe 28 Mar 2006 FBI files on domestic terrorism show the agency monitored a meeting of anti-war activists in Denver in 2003, suggesting the government may treat dissent as "potential terrorism," the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday.
S.C. Approves Seeking Death for Pedophiles 28 Mar 2006 The state Senate on Tuesday endorsed making repeat child rapists eligible for the death penalty, setting aside arguments the move might be unconstitutional.
Top Bush aide resigns 28 Mar 2006 President [sic] Bush today replaced his long-serving chief of staff and confidant, Andrew Card, in a top-level shakeup of a White House staff that has faced widespread criticism for repeated mistakes as the pResident's job-approval ratings have reached an all-time low.
Card resigns as White House chief of staff; budget director Bolten takes over 28 Mar 2006 White House chief of staff Andy Card has resigned and will be replaced by budget director Joshua Bolten, President [sic] George W. Bush announced Tuesday amid growing calls for a White House shakeup and Republican concern about Bush's tumbling poll ratings.
Mormon Church cashes in on water: $7.2 million leases Muddy River rights 27 Mar 2006 The Southern Nevada Water Authority has struck a $7.2 million deal to lease water on the Muddy River from what might seem an unlikely source: the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Mormon church owns land and water rights all over the region and the country. A lot of that land and water is still being used, and not just for churches. "If they're not the biggest, they're one of the biggest cattle producers in the United States," said Ray Schmutz, a veterinarian in Lincoln County who has worked in Nevada for about 36 years.
Former US defence secretary Weinberger dies 29 Mar 2006 Former United States defence secretary Caspar Weinberger has died. He oversaw a massive US military build-up as former US President Ronald Reagan's defence secretary, and strongly opposed concessions to Moscow in arms control negotiations. Mr Weinberger later became caught up in the Iran-Contra scandal that dogged the Reagan regime.
A million French protest against youth job law 28 Mar 2006 At least one million people marched in French cities and unions staged a one-day national strike on Tuesday, urging the government to scrap a youth jobs law in one of France's biggest protests in decades.
More Students Walk Out, Protest Immigration Legislation --Schools to Punish Students Who Walked Out of Class 28 Mar 2006 Students in the Houston area protested Tuesday for the second day in a row as the U.S. Senate considers proposed changes to the country's immigration laws.
Low-income S.F. seniors to lose food boxes to federal cutbacks 28 Mar 2006 Starting next month, about 1,000 low-income seniors in San Francisco will lose their monthly food boxes as cutbacks in a U.S. Department of Agriculture program trickle down to beneficiaries. Tens of thousands of other seniors across the country are also losing their boxes. More than that, pending before Congress is a Bush regime proposal to completely eliminate the food program in the coming fiscal year. [Here's a thought: instead of the food program, we completely eliminate the Bush regime.]
Fed raises rate to highest point since '01 28 Mar 2006 On Tuesday, the Federal Reserve raised rates for the 15th time since the summer of 2004. The federal funds rate – the rate banks charge each other for overnight loans – moved up another quarter-point to 4.75%.
State party to consider impeach Bush resolution 28 Mar 2006 The Democratic state committee will decide in a special meeting April 8 whether to urge Vermont lawmakers to use a little-known provision in U.S. House rules to petition for President [sic] Bush's impeachment.
Former Lobbyist Jack Abramoff to Be Sentenced but Not Imprisoned Immediately 28 Mar 2006 Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff finds out tomorrow whether his pleas for leniency will persuade a federal judge to impose a light sentence in a Florida fraud case, but he won't be going to prison immediately.
Key Harris adviser quits amid discord --Adam Goodman is at least the 6th person to leave the campaign in recent months. Jim Stratton Sentinel Staff Writer Posted March 28 2006 Another key adviser in U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris' campaign for the U.S. Senate announced his resignation Monday -- two days after Harris accused him of leaking information to the press and then made a series of confusing statements about his status.
Cyclone could be a Category 5 when it hits Australia 28 Mar 2006 In western Australia, residents of the Pilbara region were bracing for Cyclone Glenda, which is expected to intensify to a maximum category five storm before crossing the coast of northwestern Australia later this week.
Crazy Cat in Conn. Under House Arrest 28 Mar 2006 Residents of the neighborhood of Sunset Circle say they have been terrorized by a crazy cat named Lewis. Lewis for his part has been uniquely cited, personally issued a restraining order by the town's animal control officer. Lewis has attacked at least a half dozen people and ambush the Avon lady as she was getting out of her car... In effect, Lewis is under house arrest, forbidden to leave his home.
Interpol calls for bio-terrorism related legislation 27 Mar 2006 Ronald Noble, Secretary-General of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), Monday urged all countries to set up bio-terrorism related legislation... Noting that the al Qaeda [al CIAduh] terrorist organization is planning to engage in biological warfare, Noble urged countries to have such legislation that allows the police to investigate scientific activities carried out in their respective countries which may result in the manufacturing of bio-terrorist weapons.
Interpol says al-Qaeda [Bush] preparing to engage in biological warfare 27 Mar 2006 Most countries do not have legislation allowing police to investigate scientific activity which can result in the manufacture of a bioterrorist weapon. The International Criminal Police Organisation, or Interpol, believes changes need to be made fast. This was its message at the Asian Bioterrorism Workshop held in Singapore on Monday.
Investigators enter US with 'dirty-bomb' material 27 Mar 2006 Investigators were able to easily enter the United States with enough radioactive material to make two so-called dirty bombs, according to a report on a government undercover investigation obtained on Monday. Two teams made simultaneous entries at the U.S.-Mexican border and the border with Canada carrying radioactive material in their vehicles in December 2005, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in the report on its investigation.
US asked to cede Iraq control 28 Mar 2006 Iraq's ruling parties have demanded US forces cede control of security as the government investigated a raid on a Shiite mosque complex that ministers said involved "cold blooded" killings by US-led troops.
US soldiers kill 22 in attack on Baghdad mosque 27 Mar 2006 US forces killed 22 people and wounded eight at a mosque in east Baghdad... Videotape showed a heap of male bodies with gunshot wounds on the floor of the Imam's living quarters in what was said to be the Al Mustafa mosque. There were 5.56mm shell casings on the floor, which is the type of ammunition used by US soldiers.
Iraq minister says US, Iraqi troops killed 37 27 Mar 2006 Iraq's security minister, a Shi'ite political ally of Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, accused U.S. and Iraqi troops on Monday of killing 37 unarmed people in an attack on a mosque complex a day earlier. "At evening prayers, American soldiers accompanied by Iraqi troops raided the Mustafa mosque and killed 37 people," Abd al-Karim al-Enzi, minister of state for national security, said.
Iran accuses US role over Iraq prayer hall killing 28 Mar 2006 Iran accused the United States of killing at least 16 people in a raid on a Baghdad Shiite mosque, according to an AFP report.
At Least 40 Killed At U.S.-Iraqi Base 27 Mar 2006 A suicide bomber attacked a joint U.S.-Iraqi military base in northern Iraq in Monday, killing at least 40 people and wounding as many as 30, the Iraqi defense ministry said. Also Monday, gunmen kidnapped 16 employees of an Iraqi trading company, an Interior Ministry official said Monday.
Soldiers flee to Canada to avoid Iraq duty 28 Mar 2006 Hundreds of deserters from the US armed forces have crossed into Canada and are now seeking political refugee status there, arguing that violations of the rules of war in Iraq by the US entitle them to asylum.
Anti-war protester arrested at parliament 27 Mar 2006 Brian Haw, the anti-war protester who has lived at a one-man peace camp outside Parliament since June 2001, was arrested yesterday on suspicion of obstructing the police.
Bush Proposed Assassinating Hussein to Provoke War With Iraq: Memo 27 Mar 2006 During a private two-hour meeting in the Oval Office on Jan. 31, 2003, President [sic] Bush made clear to Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain that he was determined to invade Iraq without the second United Nations resolution, or even if international arms inspectors failed to find unconventional weapons, said a confidential memo about the meeting written by Mr. Blair's top foreign policy adviser and reviewed by The New York Times... Without much elaboration, the memo also says the president raised three possible ways of provoking a confrontation [with Iraq]. "The U.S. was thinking of flying U2 reconnaissance aircraft with fighter cover over Iraq, painted in U.N. colours," the memo says, attributing the idea to Mr. Bush. "If Saddam fired on them, he would be in breach." It also described the president as saying, "The U.S. might be able to bring out a defector who could give a public presentation about Saddam's W.M.D," referring to weapons of mass destruction. A brief clause in the memo refers to a third possibility, mentioned by Mr. Bush, a proposal to assassinate Saddam Hussein.
MI5 tip-off to CIA led to men's rendition --British residents flown from Gambia to Cuba --'Device' found in luggage was battery charger 28 Mar 2006 MI5 knew that two British residents who were seized and secretly flown to Guantánamo Bay were carrying harmless items when it tipped off the CIA that they were in possession of bomb parts.
Bush's tribunals under court scrutiny 27 Mar 2006 A Guantanamo Bay inmate is at the heart of a U.S. Supreme Court case this week that could determine whether President [sic] George W. Bush has the power to use military tribunals in his war on [of] terrorism.
Supreme Court Terrorism Case Will Test U.S. Presidential Powers 28 Mar 2006 The U.S. Supreme Court, which said in 2004 President [sic] George W. Bush doesn't have a "blank check" to fight terrorism, will consider giving his administration a broad shield against legal claims by inmates at Guantanamo Bay.
Retired Generals Want Scalia Off Guantanamo Case 27 Mar 2006 Supreme Court inJustice Antonin Scalia was asked Monday to stay out of a case involving a foreign detainee because of remarks Scalia made about the rights of 'enemy combatants.' Speaking at the University of Freiberg in Switzerland on March 8, Scalia said foreigners waging war against the United States have no rights under the Constitution.
Lawyer Cleared to Visit Guantanamo Inmate 25 Mar 2006 Chronicling a long list of delays by the Bush administration at the Guantanamo Bay prison, a federal magistrate has ordered the government to stop blocking a private attorney from meeting with one of the 500 detainees at the facility.
Congress to see play about Guantánamo 27 Mar 2006 The plight of British residents in Guantánamo Bay, currently being considered by high court judges here, is to be heard on Capitol Hill - through the voices of actors. An updated version of the play Guantánamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom, is to be presented before members of the US House of Representatives next month.
Argentina, 30 Years After Bloody Coup --Newly declassified documents show U.S. role in 1970s Latin American dictatorships 28 Mar 2006 On March 23, the National Security Archive posted a series of declassified U.S. documents, and, for the first time, secret documents from Southern Cone intelligence agencies detailing evidence of massive atrocities committed by the military junta in Argentina.
Venezuela demands US hand over terrorist 24 Mar 2006 Venezuela's government has accused US immigration authorities of protecting a Cuban exile [Reichwing terrorist] who Caracas wants extradited to face trial for a 1976 plane bombing that killed 73 people. The US Immigration Customs and Enforcement Agency ruled on Wednesday that Luis Posada Carriles, who was detained by US authorities last May after illegally slipping into the country from Mexico, would stay in custody.
US: NSA allowed to tap calls by doctors, lawyers 25 Mar 2006 The National Security Agency would not have been barred from intercepting communications between doctors and patients or attorneys and their clients during its warrantless surveillance program, according to a statement by a spokesman in the Justice Department on Friday.
Group sues to block budget law signed by Bush that never passed House 22 Mar 2006 Last month, Dictator Bush signed into law a bill that never passed the House. The bill -- in this case, a major budget-cutting measure that will affect millions of Americans -- became a law because it was "certified'' by the leaders of the House and Senate. Public Citizen, a legislative watchdog group, sued Tuesday to block a law that aims to cut $40 billion over five years, charging that Bush and Republican leaders of Congress flagrantly violated the Constitution when the president signed it into law knowing that the version that cleared the House was $2 billion different from the Senate's version. Even constitutional scholars saying they could not think of any precedent for the journey the budget bill took to becoming a law. Republicans are evoking an obscure Supreme Court ruling from the 1890s to suggest that a bill does not actually have to pass both chambers of Congress to become law. [Also, the constitutional scholars can't think of any precedent for the journey Bush took to steal two elections.]
Judge Refuses to Delay New Orleans Vote 27 Mar 2006 A federal judge on Monday refused to delay New Orleans' April 22 mayoral election, telling both sides to solve any problems that might hinder displaced residents' ability to vote... Monday's hearing was called after the NAACP and other civil rights groups argued the plan contained the equivalent of a poll tax. They said displaced residents would have to pay for transportation to vote in New Orleans and the expenses would be the "modern equivalent of a poll tax."
Bill to Broaden Immigration Law Gains in Senate 28 Mar 2006 With Republicans deeply divided, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Monday to legalize the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants and ultimately to grant them citizenship, provided that they hold jobs, pass criminal background checks, learn English and pay fines and back taxes.
Bird Flu Defies Control Efforts 27 Mar 2006 The spread of avian influenza to at least 29 new countries in the last seven weeks — one of the biggest outbreaks of the virus since it emerged nine years ago — is prompting a sobering reassessment of the strategy that has guided efforts to contain the disease.
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