June 2005 Archives
House Judiciary Democrats to hold hearings on Downing Street minutes --by John Byrne "The ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee has scheduled hearings on the 2002 minutes between senior British and American officials which asserted that intelligence was 'being fixed' to support the case for war in Iraq, RAW STORY has learned."
US death squads are busy little bees: Sixteen people killed execution-style found in Iraq --The bodies of 16 people who were killed execution-style have been discovered in western Iraq, witnesses said on Friday.
'Frustrated' insurgents resort to drive-by shootings: US military --An ongoing sweep of the Iraqi capital has reduced car bombings but increased other kinds of attacks, according to a senior US military source.
Criminal investigation initiated in deaths of U.S. soldiers in Iraq --The U.S. military has launched a criminal inquiry into the killings of two Army officers at a base north of Baghdad, the military said Friday.
Five Marines killed in Iraq --Five U.S. Marines have been killed by a roadside bomb in western Iraq, the military said Friday.
Afghan Fighting Leaves U.S. Soldier Dead --Resistance fighters ambushed an occupation patrol in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, killing one American and wounding three, and setting off fighting that left seven militants dead, the U.S. military said. It was the third deadly attack on U.S. forces in the region in a week.
War on Terror Won't End With Treaty Signing, Cheney Says --Macdill Air Force Base, Fla. 10 June 2005 –- The global war on [of] terror is not the kind of conflict that will end clearly with a treaty signing, Vice pResident Richard B. Cheney told servicemembers here today. [Right. It will *end* when the *actual* terrorists (Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove) are convicted of *treason* and the penalty phase is carried out!]
Army bonuses may rise to $40K --The Army wants to double the top cash bonus [bribe] for new recruits to $40,000 in an effort to stem a continued recruiting shortfall in the midst of the Iraq war.
Animosity toward military service produces desperate US recruiting measures --by James Cogan "Disaffection among the American people with the Iraq occupation and general opposition to the militarist trajectory of US foreign policy is producing a sustained decline in military recruitment rates."
Reid: No documents, no Bolton --Senate Democrats will not allow a vote on pResident Bush's choice for U.N. ambassador unless the White House hands over records of communications intercepts Bolton sought from the secretive National Security Agency, Minority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday.
Car sales boss is Bush's UK envoy --George Bush yesterday nominated Robert Tuttle, a Beverly Hills car dealer, presidential friend and fundraiser, as the next American ambassador to Britain.
Bullets 'fell like rain' during Uzbek massacre --The United States has come under fresh international pressure to close its military base in Uzbekistan and drop the country's President as a strategic ally after Human Rights Watch released a damning report into the recent Andijan massacre.
Outrage after GOP cuts off microphones at Patriot Act hearing 10 June 2005 A furor erupted after Republican House Judiciary Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner shut off the microphones during a hearing on the Patriot Act Friday, accusing Democrats of raising issues unrelated to the Act such as treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, RAW STORY has learned.
Bush urges Congress to make Patriot Act permanent --Dictator Bush, facing efforts by some in his own party to scale back the post-Sept. 11 USA Patriot Act, said yesterday it has made America safer and should be made permanent.
Congress ponders terrorism powers --The US Dictator, George Bush, has urged Congress to make permanent major provisions of the controversial USA Patriot Act, passed days after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Affidavit Changed in Terrorism Accusation --The FBI version filed in court lacks several prominent details in the publicized original. Attorneys for a Central Valley father and son arrested in connection with a broad FBI terrorism probe plan to challenge the government case in court today over significantly differing versions of the affidavit used to charge the two men. The first version of the affidavit released to media organizations Tuesday by the Department of Justice in Washington said potential terrorist targets included hospitals and stores and contained names of key individuals and statements about the international origins of "hundreds" of participants in alleged Al Qaeda terrorist training camps inside Pakistan. Those details -- among the most alarming in the case -- were widely reported in the press but then deleted in the final version filed with the federal court in Sacramento on Tuesday.
Pre-9/11 Missteps By FBI Detailed --Report Tells of Missed Chances to Find 'Hijackers' --The inability to detect the Sept. 11, 2001, 'hijacking' plot amounts to a "significant failure" by the FBI and was caused in large part by "widespread and longstanding deficiencies" in the way the agency handled terrorism and intelligence cases, according to a report released yesterday.
TV show depicts 9/11 as Bush plot --Sunday night's episode of "Tatort," a popular murder mystery, revolved around a German woman and a man who was killed in her apartment. According to the plot, which was seen by approximately 7 million Germans, the dead man had been trained to be one of the September 11 pilots but was left behind, only to be tracked down and killed by CIA or FBI assassins. The woman, who says in the program that the September 11 attacks were instigated by the Bush family for oil and power, then is targeted, presumably to silence her. The drama concludes with the German detectives accepting the truth of her story as she eludes the U.S. government hit men and escapes to safety in an unnamed Arab country.
As the 'Downing Street Memo' heats up: WHO urges bird flu vigilance, warns virus unstable 10 June 2005 The World Health Organisation urged vigilance against a deadly strain of bird flu on Friday, warning that the disease scientists say could cause a global pandemic was moving in new and unpredictable ways. [Gee, it sure looks like the mysterious deaths of over forty-plus microbiologists since 9-11 is about to pay off *big time* for the Bush regime.]
Public Broadcasting Targeted By House --Panel Seeks to End CPB's Funding Within 2 Years --A House subcommittee voted yesterday to sharply reduce the federal government's financial support for public broadcasting, including eliminating taxpayer funds that help underwrite such popular children's educational programs as "Sesame Street," "Reading Rainbow," "Arthur" and "Postcards From Buster."
To get federal funds, AIDS groups must sign pledge --In a major policy shift, the Bush regime on Thursday notified U.S.-based AIDS organizations that get taxpayer funding for work overseas that they must pledge that they oppose prostitution and sex trafficking.
U.S. Won't Ask Firms to Help Current Smokers Quit --The government announced yesterday that it will further scale back its demands for penalties on the tobacco industry in a landmark civil racketeering case, saying it is no longer seeking to help 45 million American smokers quit their habit.
Highest Wall Street pay tops $1 billion a year --by Patrick Martin "The highest paid US hedge fund operator made more than $1 billion in 2004, the first time a Wall Street financial manager has topped the billion dollar mark in annual income, according to a survey published last week by a trade publication.
Porn star will attend Republican fund-raiser --The annual President's Dinner, a Republican Party fund-raising event featuring Dictator Bush, could get an extra dash of spice this year with porn actress and former California gubernatorial candidate [GOP whore] Mary Carey planning to attend.
U.S.-led forces in Iraq hold 6,000 prisoners -UN --Thousands of people are detained in Iraq without due process in apparent violation of international law, the United Nations said on Wednesday, adding that 6,000 of the country's 10,000 prisoners were in the hands of the U.S. military.
Bush won't rule out Guantanamo closure --US Dictator George W Bush isn't ruling out the eventual closing of the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, however, maintains that terror-linked detainees there are being held in a "professional and humane" way. [Really? Then let's put *him* in there (while he awaits his treason trial) and see how *he* likes it.]
Marines arrest US contractors --US marines said on Wednesday they had detained 19 employees of a contract security firm, including 16 US citizens, in Fallujah last month after they fired on US forces... "In accordance with standard operating procedures, the Americans were segregated from the rest of the detainee population and, like all security detainees, were treated humanely and respectfully."
Marines 'beat US workers' in Iraq --Contractors say they were treated like insurgents --A group of American security guards in Iraq have alleged they were beaten, stripped and threatened with a snarling dog by US marines when they were detained after an alleged shooting incident outside Fallujah last month.
U.S.-Iraqi Offensive Kills 10 'Militants' 09 June 2005 An American-Iraqi offensive, meanwhile, killed at least 10 'militants.'
IEDs, Indirect Fire Kill Four Soldiers in Separate Incidents
08 June 2005 Improvised explosive devices killed two soldiers in Iraq,
and two other soldiers were killed by indirect fire in Saddam
Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, military officials in Baghdad
reported today. [Notice that whenever US soldiers die in Tikrit,
the Defense Department's propaganda whackjobs have to add the term 'Saddam
Hussein's hometown' prior to 'Tikrit?' It as is if the deaths can be
attributed to Hussein, given that they happened in his "hometown." If
someone is shot in Crawford, TX, should we say "
22 Iraqi soldiers kidnapped at Iraq-Syria border 09 June 2005 Twenty-two Iraqi soldiers have been kidnapped near Iraq’s border with Syria, according to an Iraqi military source.
Qaeda says holds Iraq troops, wants women freed-Web --Al Qaeda's 'group in Iraq' [?!?] said on Thursday it was holding 36 Iraqi troops hostage and demanded the government free all women prisoners within 24 hours, according to a Web statement.
Bush, Blair Dismiss 'Fixed' Iraq Report --US Dictator George Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair have challenged the so-called "Downing Street memo," which said intelligence was manipulated in 2002 to justify the war in Iraq.
Downing Street minutes that lasted for months --by Philippe Naughton "It is not that often, we have to admit, that an item posted one night on Times Online is still getting hundreds of thousands of hits six weeks later, especially when what bloggers like to call 'the mainstream media' have largely ignored its existence. But that is what happened to the now infamous secret Downing Street memo, posted on the site on May 1 alongside a story by Michael Smith of The Sunday Times."
Taleban attack on base kills two US soldiers 09 June 2005 Taleban rebels fired on a US base in southeastern Afghanistan yesterday, killing two American soldiers and wounding eight others, including civilians, the US military and the ousted government said.
Please come here, *next* Protesters in Bolivia take over 7 oil fields 09 June 2005 LA PAZ Indigenous protesters demanding the nationalization of the gas and oil industry took over seven oil fields belonging to British Petroleum and the Spanish company Repsol operating in eastern Bolivia, officials said here.
Zero Hour in Bolivia: What to Watch for Today --by Al Giordano 09 June 2005 "In late May, in the nearby country of Paraguay, that nation’s Congress was convened in secret, after midnight, according to a May 31 report by the Argentine correspondent for the Mexican daily La Jornada. The reason: to rush through a law 'that will permit United States troops to enter this South American country for 18 months, with immunity for all personnel that participate in activities of training and advising, including civilian personnel.'"
Manila recalls envoy to Israel over Nazi comments 09 June 2005 The Philippines said yesterday it has recalled its ambassador to Israel amid a row over his reported description of Israeli immigration police as Nazis.
Feds Charge Father, Son With al-CIAduh Link 08 June 2005 A terrorism investigation in this quiet farming town has led to the arrests of a father and son who said he trained at an al-CIAduh camp in Pakistan and planned to attack U.S. hospitals and supermarkets authorities said. [?!? Bush just wants to ram the Patriot Act down our throats, again!]
Bush pushes Congress to renew Patriot Act 09 June 2005 Dictator Bush urged the U.S. Congress on Thursday to renew major provisions of the USA Patriot Act and rejected critics who have complained the post-Sept. 11 anti-terrorism law erodes civil liberties.
Poll: Support Seen for Patriot Act Extension ----Against a backdrop of heightened public concern about government intrusions, six in 10 Americans favor extending the Patriot Act, but majorities oppose expanding it by adding new FBI powers to issue subpoenas and access U.S. mail.
Cash, Charge or Fingerprint? Retailers experiment with biometric payment to speed up service and prevent fraud, a move that worries some privacy advocates --civil libertarians have raised privacy concerns, citing some recent problems. In February, ChoicePoint Inc., a GOP paymaster/coupmeister ['background-screening company'] that collects personal information -- including biometric data -- said it accidentally sold more than 100,000 individual profiles to identity thieves.
Miami effectively bans molesters from area --The city on Wednesday all but banned child molesters from moving to Miami Beach, adopting an ordinance barring them from living within 2,500 feet of schools, school bus stops, day care centers, parks or playgrounds.
Latest Confirmed Nominee [Whackjob] Sees Slavery in Liberalism -- Janice Rogers Brown, who was confirmed Wednesday to the federal appeals court here, often invokes slavery in describing what she sees as the perils of liberalism.
Dean takes fire from Republicans, won't back down -- Democratic Party chair Howard Dean, under fire for blunt comments about Republicans, refused to back down on Wednesday and said Republican critics were trying to divert attention from their own failures.
look! It's *another* GOP failure: N.C. GOP Must Repay $100G Illegal Donation --The state
Republican Party must repay a $100,000 illegal
contribution from a national group — and the group
must pay a $10,000 fine — under a consent agreement reached Wednesday
with the state Elections Board.
Tobacco Witnesses Were Told to Ease Up --Justice Dept. Sought Softened Sanctions [Why?] Government lawyers asked two of their own witnesses to soften recommendations about sanctions that should be imposed on the tobacco industry if it lost a landmark civil racketeering case, one of the witnesses and sources familiar with the case said yesterday.
Tobacco Escapes Huge Penalty --U.S. Seeks $10 Billion Instead of $130 Billion [Why?] 08 June 2005 After eight months of courtroom argument, Justice Department lawyers abruptly upset a landmark civil racketeering case against the tobacco industry yesterday by asking for less than 8 percent of the expected penalty.
Three more contract bird flu in Vietnam 09 June 2005 Vietnam has reported three new human cases of bird flu, bringing the total number of cases in the country since late 2003 to 79.
Climate change threatens Alaskan village --With sea ice shrinking and sea storms becoming more frequent, residents of a remote Eskimo village in Alaska are preparing to move their entire community to more solid ground within four years, officials say.
Mass. Declares a Red Tide Disaster --Gov. Mitt Romney on Thursday declared a state of emergency because of the red tide bloom off the coast of Massachusetts, a move that allows the state to seek federal disaster aid for the shellfish industry.
US 'war on [of] terror' shoots military spending past $1 trillion 08 June 2005 First Global military spending blasted past the trillion dollar mark in 2004, with the United States alone accounting for nearly half of the total because of its "war on terror", the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said on Tuesday.
Iraqi govt accused of sponsoring state terrorism --An influential Iraqi Sunni Muslim group accused the government on Tuesday of "sponsoring state terrorism" by launching a massive crackdown on resistance fighters in and around Baghdad which it said mainly targeted the Sunni Arabs.
Halliburton terrorists are busy little bees! Pipeline blown up in north Iraq - official -- Saboteurs blew up a main oil pipeline in northern Iraq early on Wednesday, an official at the Northern Oil company said. [Gee, since the heavily-guarded oil industry is the only thing the US gives a damn about in Iraq (i.e., that's why the overpriced Blackwater/Halliburton mercenaries were sent there), I wonder who carried out the bombing?]
25 Killed in Iraq Resistance Attacks 08 June 2005 Resistance attacks across Iraq Tuesday killed at least 25 people, including three U.S. soldiers.
Poll Finds Dimmer View of Iraq War --52% Say U.S. Has Not Become Safer --For the first time since the war in Iraq began, more than half of the American public believes the fight there has not made the United States safer, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Bush team weak on explaining Iraq goals--US envoy --Dictator Bush's nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Iraq said on Tuesday the administration was "not doing very well" in convincing Iraqis and others in the region that it does not have designs on Iraq's oil or other underhanded motives. [That's because Bush *has* designs on Iraq's oil and other underhanded motives!]
Carter: Close down Guantanamo --Former President Jimmy Carter on Tuesday called for the United States to shut down its Guantanamo Bay prison to demonstrate the country's commitment to protecting human rights.
Riot breaks out at Abu Ghraib prison as Iraqi tries to escape 07 June 2005 --A riot broke out at the U.S.-run Abu Ghraib prison in western Baghdad during a failed escape attempt by an Iraqi inmate, the military said Tuesday. [Too bad they didn't break free, damnit! Maybe next time...]
Two U.S. soldiers killed, 8 hurt, in Afghan attack --Resistance fighters launched a mortar attack on a U.S. military base in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing two members of the U.S. armed forces and wounding eight, the U.S. military said.
Uzbekistan accused of covering up massacre 08 June 2005 A Human rights watchdog yesterday accused the Uzbek government [and Bush ally] of slaughtering hundreds of civilians last month.
Protests wrack Bolivian capital 08 June 2005 --Thousands of anti-government demonstrators have again taken to the streets of La Paz, calling for immediate elections one day after Bolivian President Carlos Mesa offered to resign. Protesters are fighting to nationalize Bolivia's natural gas industry.
Senate panel OKs sweeping FBI subpoena powers --The U.S. Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday sided with the White House by proposing broad new subpoena powers for the FBI to use in counterterrorism and counterintelligence investigations, officials said. After hours of secret deliberations, the oversight panel voted 11-4 to send to the full Senate a proposal that would give the FBI the power to subpoena without judicial approval a wide range of personal documents.
Senate Panel Votes to Widen Antiterror Law --The Federal Bureau of Investigation would gain the right to demand a variety of records in terror cases without a judge's approval, under an expanded version of the law known as the USA Patriot Act that the Senate intelligence committee approved late Tuesday after a closed-door debate.
Three accused in terror trial claim they're victims of U.S. fervor --Attorneys for three men facing terrorism charges told jurors Tuesday that none of them was ever associated with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and are victims of selective interpretation of evidence gathered by overzealous government agents.
Election Officials Want to Restructure How People 'Vote' -- In a new, sweeping report, state and local officials focus much of their attention on voters and poll workers rather than voting machines. The report also urges state legislators to consider an "independently verifiable" record of each voter's ballot from ATM-style touchscreen voting machines that could be electronic, video or some other form - pointedly downplaying a widespread push for paper receipts from touchscreens.
Mega barf alert!! Katherine Harris to Run for Senate in 2006 --Republican Rep. KKKatherine Harris, who as Florida's secretary of state was a key player in the 2000 coup d'etat, said Tuesday she will run for the Senate next year against Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson. [With the touch-screen 'voting' machines, Jeb Bush can return the favor for Coup 2000.]
US leads in mental illness [Goodness knows, *Bush* sure does!!] The United States leads in mental illness globally with 46 percent of Americans suffering mental disorders ranging from anxiety, depression to substance abuse in their lifetime, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
Official Played Down Emissions' Links to Global Warming --A White House official who once led the oil industry's fight against limits on greenhouse gases has repeatedly edited government climate reports in ways that play down links between such emissions and global warming, according to internal documents.
US official edited warming, emission link --A White House official, who previously worked for the American Petroleum Institute, has repeatedly edited government climate reports in a way that downplays links between greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.
Drug Safety Panel Is Criticized --Efforts to Protect Consumers at Risk, Say Senator, FDA Official --The new drug safety board established by the Food and Drug Administration to restore confidence in the nation's drug supply will actually set back efforts to improve the safety of the medications Americans take and will not make it any easier to take dangerous drugs off the market, an FDA whistle-blower and a key senator said. FDA safety officer David Graham said that after reviewing the makeup and structure of the Drug Safety Oversight Board, he concluded that the panel is "severely biased in favor of industry" and that "the FDA cannot be trusted to protect the public or reform itself."
Testing of human mad cow suspect delayed 02 June 2005 --U.S. officials have delayed sending brain samples from a deceased California man to France to be screened for human mad cow disease, leading the man's family and his neurologist to question the reasons for the holdup.
Marburg virus has claimed more than 350 lives 08 June 2005 The death toll in the Marburg outbreak in Angola has climbed past 350 since it broke out last October, with a dramatic rise since March, the health ministry and the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday.
G8 scientists tell Bush: Act now - or else... An unprecedented warning as global warming worsens --An unprecedented joint statement issued by the leading scientific academies of the world has called on the G8 governments to take urgent action to avert a global catastrophe caused by climate change.
Global warming is a 'clear and increasing threat' 08 June 2005 Eleven of the world's most influential science academies warned world leaders that the threat of global climate change "is clear and increasing" and that they must act immediately to begin addressing its causes and consequences. [Joint statement on climate change (pdf)]
US scientists pile on pressure over climate change --US scientists have increased the pressure on George Bush and other world leaders to tackle climate change by signing a joint statement calling on G8 nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Emergency Preparedness Against the "Universal Adversary" Orwellian "Scenarios" --by Michel Chossudovsky "A recent Report of the Homeland Security Council entitled Planning Scenarios describes in minute detail, the Bush administration's preparations in the case of a terrorist attack by an outside enemy called the Universal Adversary (UA). The Universal Adversary is identified in the scenarios as an abstract entity used for the purposes of simulation... It includes the following categories of potential 'conspirators': 'foreign [Islamic] terrorists', 'domestic radical groups', [antiwar and civil rights groups] 'state sponsored adversaries' ['rogue states', 'unstable nations'] 'disgruntled employees' [labor and union activists]."
Bill Would Give CIA More Power Overseas --Legislation Covers All Human Intelligence --The CIA would be given authority to coordinate all human intelligence activities overseas, including those carried out by Pentagon and FBI personnel, under legislation proposed by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the fiscal 2006 intelligence authorization bill.
'Secret' Senate meeting on Patriot Act --In a move that could expand the police powers in the Patriot Act, the Senate Intelligence Committee will meet behind close doors to discuss, among other things, "a little-discussed provision to enlarge the FBI's ability to wiretap people who it suspects are national security threats."
Biden Says Prison At Guantanamo Bay Should Be Closed --A leading Senate Democrat said yesterday that the United States needs to move toward shutting down the military prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Bush urged: 'Never apologize' to Muslims --Some members of the Bush administration have taken a cue from a classic John Wayne Western and are advising their boss to take the film's advice – "Never apologize" – when dealing with Muslims, reports geopolitical analysts Jack Wheeler.
Iraq bombs kill 19 07 June 2005 --Bombers struck across Iraq, blasts near the northern city of Kirkuk and in Baghdad killing at least 19 people and wounding more than 40.
Iraq Bombs Kill 12 Iraqi Soldiers, Hurt 19 in North, PUK Says 07 June 2005 Twelve people died and 19 others were wounded when three car bombs simultaneously exploded at army checkpoints around the northern Iraqi town of Hawijah, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan said today.
Nine killed in Iraq bombings, 900 'militants' detained 06 June 2005 Four bombings, including three suicide attacks within seven minutes, killed at least nine people, including at least three Iraqi soldiers, in northern Iraq early today, while the government announced it has detained nearly 900 [?!?] suspected resistance fighters in a two-week sweep in Baghdad.
New court-martial recommended for soldier who refused deployment --An Army investigator has recommended a court-martial on desertion charges for a soldier who refused to deploy to Iraq.
The Downing Street Memo Story Won't Die --by Jefferson Morley "More than a month after its publication, the so-called Downing Street Memo remains among the top 10 most viewed articles on The Times of London site."
Weapons spending tops $1 trillion --The US "war on [of] terror" is the main driver behind the spending boost --Spending on weapons around the world topped $1 trillion (£560bn) for the first time in 2004, a new report says.
U.S., North Korea Discuss Restarting Nuclear Talks, U.S. Says 06 June 2005 U.S. and North Korean officials met today in New York to discuss North Korea's nuclear program, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said.
Bolivia's Mesa Resigns Again in Bid to Calm Protests --Bolivian President Carlos Mesa presented his resignation for the second time in three months in a bid to end pro-nationalization protests that have brought the capital to a standstill.
Tens of Thousands of Anti-Government Protesters Paralyze Bolivian Capital --Tens of thousands of Indians, miners and labor protesters staged their largest anti-government march in weeks on Monday, paralyzing downtown La Paz as embattled President Carlos Mesa struggled to defuse a political crisis amid calls for early elections.
Bolton approval by 'tiniest' margin - senator --A senior Democratic senator said Monday John Bolton would be confirmed by the "tiniest" of margins as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, thereby sending a signal to the rest of the world that he lacked strong support at home.
Los Alamos Lab Whistleblower Beaten Up 07 June 2005 --A Los Alamos lab whistleblower scheduled to testify before Congress was lured to a bar and then badly beaten in an attack his wife and lawyer believe was designed to keep him quiet.
Los Alamos Whistleblower Assaulted --Los Alamos whistleblower "Tommy Hook is still hospitalized today after being brutally assaulted over the weekend," the Project on Government Oversight is saying. "A group of three to four assailants threatened Hook to keep silent, in apparent reference to his upcoming Congressional testimony on fraud at Los Alamos."
Mental Health Screening in Schools Signals the End of Parental Rights --by Nancy Levant "In the 2005-2006 school year, all parents will receive written notice of new policies from your children’s schools. Many schools will ask you to sign permission slips, allowing school counselors or 'advocates' to have conversations with your children... 52 million students and six million adults working in schools, according to this commission, will be tested and should flush out at least 6 million people, or shall we say new customers, who will then be mandated to receive 'treatment.' What treatment does our president’s commission have in mind? ...One of the state-of-the-art treatments, and most expensive, is an implanted capsule – yes, that’s right, implanted. The capsule delivers medication into a child’s body without the child having to swallow a pill or the need for parental permission for dispensation." [a must read]
Firms tag workers to improve efficiency --Workers in warehouses across Britain are being "electronically tagged" by being asked to wear small computers to 'cut costs and increase the efficient delivery of goods and food to supermarkets', a report revealed yesterday. New US satellite- and radio-based computer technology is turning some workplaces into "battery farms" and creating conditions similar to "prison surveillance", according to a report from Michael Blakemore, professor of geography at Durham University.
Terrorism Trial Opens for Fired Professor in Fla. --Sami al-Arian, the former Florida university professor whose trial on terrorism charges began here Monday, might hold controversial or even scary views in support of the Palestinian resistance against Israel, but it would be un-American if he were convicted for speaking his mind, his attorney told jurors.
Ex-Professor, 3 Others Face Terrorism Trial --U.S. prosecutors will begin their case today in Florida against the four, who are accused of supporting a militant anti-Israel group.
Mega bulimia alert!! Official: School Food May Be Terror Target --The government has been looking at the possibility of terrorists targeting food destined for school cafeterias, a federal food safety official said Monday. [The school lunch program has been the target of terrorism ever since Ronald Reagan declared ketchup a vegetable! - M. Rectenwald . . . LOL, the agribusiness-engendered, GMO-laden sh*t they serve *is* the terrorism!! - L. Price]
Dumont man faces charge of terrorism --A Dumont, Iowa man was arrested early Monday evening outside a rural Hampton residence after being pursued for several minutes by sheriff's officers, police, the Iowa State Patrol, an Iowa National Air Guard helicopter, Belmond Reserve private plane and Iowa Falls K-9 unit. Jeffrey Allen Bertram, 38, of Dumont was charged with terrorism, third-degree burglary, assault on a peace officer, two counts of armed with intent, interference with official acts, intimidation with a firearm and three counts of criminal mischief, the Franklin County Sheriff's Department reported. The pursuit and arrest followed a report from the 1600 block of Franklin Avenue of someone shooting the power meter on an outside light pole and driving away in a red pickup. [The Iowa National Guard?!? And to think Bush continued to read My Pet Goat when America was under attack on 9/11 (by his freelancers).]
Supreme Court: Medical Marijuana Use Criminal --States' Laws Do Not Protect Users From Federal Prosecution, Justices Rule --The Supreme Court ruled today that states may not enact their own laws allowing medical use of marijuana.
Pot Clubs, Patients Vow Business As Usual --It was business as usual at the medical marijuana club _ one of dozens in San Francisco _ even after the Supreme Court ruled Monday that people who smoke pot for medicinal purposes can be prosecuted for violating federal drug laws.
Women in medical pot case vow to keep using despite court ruling --Two California women at the center of a landmark medical marijuana case said they would continue to smoke pot to ease their medical problems, despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling this morning that said federal authorities could arrest and prosecute them for doing so.
It’s over: Rossi concedes after GOP case collapses --Judge smashes Republican claims, hands Gov. Christine Gregoire four additional votes 07 June 2005 WENATCHEE (WA) After seven months, five lawsuits and more civics twists than your seventh-grade social studies teacher could have dreamed up, the contested governor’s election was settled Monday when Republican Dino Rossi ended his court fight to oust Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire. [Text of decision]
Wash. Judge Upholds Gubernatorial Vote --A judge Monday upheld Democrat Christine Gregoire's victory in the closest race for governor in U.S. history, rejecting Republican claims that last fall's election was stolen through errors and fraud.
Senator Clinton Assails Bush and G.O.P. at Campaign Fund-Raiser --Suggesting some lines of reporting, New York Senator Hillary Clinton asserted that the Bush administration could not account for $9 billion in Coalition Authority spending in Iraq [Check Cheney's pockets!], and that the Food and Drug Administration had allowed religious and political bias to interfere with science-driven decision-making on reproductive drugs.
Former Enron executives slated to get taxpayer handout for new project --Buried in the 700-plus page corporate welfare ['energy'] bill currently under debate in the U.S. Senate is a provision that provides hundreds of millions of dollars worth of federal loan guarantees for a power project apparently to be built by four former Enron executives.
Oops! Citigroup admits losing personal details of 4m customers --Citigroup yesterday admitted that it had lost the personal data of almost 4 million customers, the latest in a string of high-profile firms to mislay sensitive customer or employee information.
First-Ever U.S. Labeling Legislation for Genetically Engineered Food Becomes Law in Alaska --Statement from Tracie Letterman, Fish Program Director for Center for Food Safety, following Alaska governor Frank Murkowski signing into law the nation’s first labeling legislation for genetically engineered food (Senate Bill 25).
Plan Would Expand Ocean Fish Farming --The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is expected to announce a proposal on Tuesday to allow greatly expanded offshore fish farming, up to 200 miles from shore.
Study contradicts milk's slimming ads --Children who drink more than three servings of milk each day are prone to becoming overweight, according to a large new study that undermines a heavily advertised dairy industry claim that milk helps people lose weight.
Dame Ellen Boat Demo 06 June 2005 Yachtswoman Ellen McArthur will lead 500 boats from France as part of the massive Live 8 protests.
U.S. running 'archipelago' of secret prisons: Amnesty --The U.S. government is operating an "archipelago" of prisons around the world, many of them secret camps into which people are being "literally disappeared," a top Amnesty International official said Sunday.
Rights group leader says U.S. has secret jails --Two senators say Gitmo hearings might be appropriate --The chief of Amnesty International USA alleged Sunday that the Guantanamo Bay detention camp is part of a worldwide network of U.S. jails, some of them secret, where prisoners are mistreated and even killed.
Pentagon Admits Koran Desecration At Guantanamo Bay --The Pentagon finally admitted that American soldiers at Guantanamo Bay detention center dishonored the Koran.
Officials: Bolton Provoked Unlawful Firing --John R. Bolton flew to Europe in 2002 to confront the head of a global arms-control agency and demand he resign, then orchestrated the firing of the unwilling diplomat in a move a U.N. tribunal has since judged unlawful, according to officials involved.
Dozens arrested in Iraq operation --Operation Lightning has targeted resistance fighters and foreign fighters [Yes, they need to target *themselves.* The US invaders *are* the foreign fighters.] US and Iraqi soldiers have arrested at least 108 suspected insurgents in a series of raids south of Baghdad, the US military says.
Iraq Admits Targeting Sunnis in Crackdown --The Shiite-led Iraqi government acknowledged Sunday that its forces may have targeted innocent Sunni Muslims in a drive to crush the insurgency in southwestern Baghdad and its suburbs.
Iraq Prosecutors Narrow Case vs. Hussein --Saddam Hussein could face up to 500 charges, but prosecutors will focus on 12 well-documented cases, including the gassing of thousands of Kurds in northern Iraq, an official said Sunday as the government pressed ahead with efforts to start the trial of the ousted dictator within two months.
Rumsfeld: Al-Jazeera Promotes Terrorism --Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld said Saturday the Al-Jazeera television network promoted terrorism by airing beheadings and other attacks.
Why did he die? Did a former member of North Iowa's 1133rd Transportation Co. die as a result of an experimental anthrax vaccine?
Cuba Urges the US to Fulfill Agreements on Terrorism --President of Cuba Fidel Castro has called for the US to hand over its henchmen and fulfill international agreements on terrorism.
Texas developers creating sex offender-free neighborhood --The sales pitch for a planned subdivision promises safety: criminal background checks for homeowners and, guaranteed, no convicted sex offenders.
Air marshals sue Homeland Security over rules --A group of federal air marshals is suing top Homeland Security Department officials to challenge internal rules that forbid them from disclosing waste, fraud and abuse within the agency.
Elite jake squad to battle homeland security threats --The Boston Fire Department is putting together elite firefighting units equipped with the latest gear to battle bio-terror strikes, lab fires and other complex hazards, officials say.
Authorities Stage Terror Drill in Boston --Authorities staged an elaborate anti-terrorism drill Saturday at Logan International Airport. "Operation Atlas," which cost roughly $700,000 and brought together about 50 federal, state and local agencies, was billed as the first training drill involving a real airborne intercept of a commercial airliner.
Radiation Detectors to Scan Calif. Ports --The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will receive radiation detectors to scan every incoming cargo container for nuclear weapons or dirty bombs, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Friday.
Report Presses Easy Ways to Fix Airline Security --Significant gaps in security at the nation's airports could be curtailed even at a time of rising passenger traffic by quickly making a wide range of relatively modest changes in screening people and bags, a confidential report by the Department of Homeland Security has concluded.
Satellite toll plan to make drivers pay by the mile --Darling orders nationwide road pricing. Charge of £1.34 a mile on busiest roads --British motorists face paying a new charge for every mile they drive in a revolutionary scheme to be introduced within two years.
Liberals Condemn U.S. on Leftist Movements --Hundreds of intellectuals and politicians from Latin America's left gathered for an anti-terror conference in Cuba, but they never talked about al-Qaida, focusing instead on their own shared nemesis - the U.S. government.
Confederate flag to fly in Mo. --Missouri's Republican governor [and racist whackjob] has ordered that the Confederate flag be flown tomorrow at a state cemetery where former rebel soldiers were buried, a move denounced by black leaders. [Obviously, that racist act is beckoning for a response: people need to *take it down.*]
Hundreds Attend Mo. Confederate Ceremony --About 400 people turned out for a Confederate memorial service held Sunday under the [racist] rebel battle flag, singing "Dixie'' and laying roses at a Confederate monument. Miles to the west, meanwhile, protesters demonstrated their disapproval by marching outside the Missouri Governor's Mansion.
Texas Gov. Signs Bill at Church School --In a ceremony filled with religious references, Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill at a church school gymnasium Sunday that imposes more limits on late-term abortions and requires minors to get written parental consent for abortions.
Richest Are Leaving Even the Rich Far Behind --Tax laws have helped the hyper-rich pull far ahead of the rest of Americans.
Schwarzenegger Donors Rewarded With Access --Top contributors to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger have been rewarded with a private telephone number that gives them access to his closest advisers - and even to the governor himself.
Florida high court to consider constitutionality of vouchers --After bouncing from trial to appellate courts, the legal challenge to the only statewide voucher program operating nationally reaches the Florida Supreme Court this week.
Gore Urges Mayors to Fight Global Warming --Former President Al Gore urged an assembly of international mayors to fight global warming Saturday, warning of catastrophic consequences for the planet if governments fail to act.
Mayors Sign 'Urban Environmental Accords' --Mayors from around the world on Sunday signed an international treaty calling for increased use of public transportation and drastic cuts to the amount of trash sent to landfills.
US Guantanamo guard kicked Koran --US guards at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre kicked, threw water and splashed urine on copies of Koran.
Tsk, tsk. Rumsfeld can't blame Newsweek for *this* one: US jailers splashed Koran with urine -Pentagon --The U.S. military for the first time on Friday detailed how jailers at Guantanamo mishandled [?!?] the Koran, including a case in which a guard's urine splashed onto the Islamic holy book and others in which it was kicked, stepped on and soaked by water. ['Mishandled?' LOL, Bush's media whores sure know how to work the English language. The word is *desecrated.*]
Religion, suicide terrorism link disputed in book --A surge in suicide attacks in Iraq and elsewhere around the world is a response to territorial occupation and has no direct link with Islamic fundamentalism, according to the author of a new book who has created a database of such bombings over the past 25 years.
Reports of terrorists meeting in Syria were flawed, U.S. officials say --U.S. intelligence has no evidence that Abu Musab al Zarqawi visited Syria in recent months to plan bombings in Iraq, and experts don't believe the widely publicized meeting ever happened, according to U.S. officials.
Iraqis Endure Worse Conditions Than Under Hussein, UN Survey Finds 18 May 2005 Responses to a detailed survey conducted by a United Nations agency and the Iraqi government indicate that everyday conditions for Iraqis in the aftermath of the 2003 US-led invasion have deteriorated at an alarming rate, with huge numbers of people lacking adequate access to basic services and resources such as clean water, food, health care, electricity, jobs and sanitation.
Death Toll at 825 Since New Iraq 'Govt' --Ten Iraqis were killed in an overnight suicide bombing in a remote village north of Baghdad, officials said Friday, bringing to nearly 50 the number of people killed during a bloody day of violence in Iraq.
Suicide bombing kills 10 in Iraq --Ten Iraqis died in an overnight suicide bombing in a remote village north of Baghdad, officials reported on Friday. This brought to nearly 50 the number of people killed on Thursday in four bombings and other violence.
Crash with Bradley Kills Two Iraqis 03 June 2005 Two Iraqi civilians died today when an occupation forces truck and an Iraqi civilian vehicle collided near Khalis in Iraq's Diyala province, military officials in Baghdad reported.
US lowers standards in army numbers crisis --The US military has stopped battalion commanders from dismissing new recruits for drug abuse, alcohol, poor fitness and pregnancy in an attempt to halt the rising attrition rate in an army under growing strain as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Kerry To Push For Bush Impeachment --by Sher Zieve "John Kerry announced Thursday that he intends to present Congress with The Downing Street Memo, reported by the London Times 1 May 2005. As reported by NewsMax, the memo purports to include minutes from a July 2002 meeting with Tony Blair, in which Blair ostensibly said that President [sic] Bush’s Administration 'fixed' intelligence on Iraq in order to justify the Iraqi war."
Administration's offenses impeachable --by Robert Shetterly "So we got aluminum tubes, mushroom clouds imported from Niger, biological weapons labs in weather trucks, fear and trembling, the phony ultimatums to Saddam Hussein to turn over the weapons he didn't have and thus couldn't. We got the call to arms, the stifling of dissent, the parade of retired generals strategizing on the 'news' shows, with us or against us, flags in the lapel, a craven media afraid to look for a truth that might disturb their corporate owners who would profit from the war. Shock and Awe. Fallujah. Abu Ghraib. It was all a lie... So, what does it mean? It means that our president [sic] and all of his administration are war criminals. ...It means that everyone in this administration should be impeached."
Gunning for cover - American democracy: Death by deception --by George Ochenski "While President [sic] Bush blunders about the world invading countries, bombing civilians and forcing 'regime change' in sovereign nations, our democracy here at home is dying. It is dying not because it is under attack from foreign forces, it is dying because the Bush government has changed America forever through its policies of secrecy, deception and lies. No democracy can survive when its own citizens no longer trust what their government tells them—tragically, that time has come for our nation."
Israel troops admit 'eye for eye' killings -report --Israeli special forces killed 15 Palestinians, including police, in a 2002 shooting spree ordered to avenge comrades slain in a West Bank ambush, an Israeli newspaper said on Friday, citing testimony by troops.
Crackdown Muddies U.S.-Uzbek Relations --Washington in Talks on Long-Term Use of Base --The United States is negotiating long-term use of a major military base in Uzbekistan to expand the global reach of American forces, despite a brutal government crackdown on protests there last month, Bush regime officials said. The talks have gone on behind the scenes for several months but have become more awkward for the Bush dictatorship since last month's unrest, which produced the heaviest bloodshed since the Central Asian country left the Soviet Union in 1991.
US govt warns of threats against its interests in Uzbekistan --The US warned yesterday of possible attacks against its interests in Uzbekistan, urging Americans to avoid all non-essential travel there. 'The United States Government has received information that terrorists [freedom fighters] are planning attacks, possibly against US [corporate] interests, in Uzbekistan in the very near future,' the State Department said in a statement.
Israeli diplomats in Uzbekistan evacuated over terror warning --Israel has evacuated nearly all the personnel from its embassy in Uzbekistan due to a terror warning, the Ha'aretz daily reported Friday.
The lie about liberty --Uzbekistan has shown former Soviet states that the west tolerates the repression of peaceful protest in return for oil --by Nick Paton Walsh --"Uzbekistan - strengthened by $50.6m in US aid last year, a fifth of which was for 'security and law enforcement' - remains the dominant, US-friendly hardman neighbour of every other central Asian state, a useful linchpin for a threadbare and volatile region... Last Wednesday's opening of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline - set to bring oil from the Azerbaijani Caspian and eventually Kazakhstan to European and American markets - helps spell out Washington's key principles in the region."
Rangel: The CIA is plotting to kill Chávez --Venezuelan VP José Vicente Rangel Friday in Havana claimed that President Hugo Chávez' life "is seriously threatened," and put the blame on the CIA for plotting to kill the Venezuelan head of State.
Venezuela to stage mass war games --Workers at Venezuela's state-run oil company are preparing to take part, along with up to 5,000 troops, in a large-scale military exercise. The civilian employees are due to be trained in the use of anti-aircraft and anti-tank rocket launchers, army chief Raul Baduel told a press conference. [Can we join?]
Bolivian protesters reject offer --Protests have continued in Bolivia despite promises made by President Carlos Mesa aimed at easing the crisis. Mass demonstrations paralysed the city of La Paz for another day, blocking roads and halting public transport.
Kissinger warns of energy conflict --Henry Kissinger, former US secretary of state [and war criminal], on Wednesday warned that the global battle for control of energy resources could become the modern equivalent of the 19th century "great game" - the conflict between the UK and Tsarist Russia for supremacy in central Asia.
Homeland Security Probe: $18M Misspent --Investigations by the Homeland Security Department's internal watchdog yielded the arrests of 146 workers and grant recipients and identified $18.5 million in unsupported costs during a six-month period that began last fall.
Voluntary Security ID to Debut in Florida --Beginning June 21, the Orlando airport will let travelers pay $80 a year for a card that guarantees an exclusive security line and the promise of no random secondary pat-down. To get this new "Clear" card, travelers would have to be vetted by the Department of Homeland Security and submit to fingerprint and iris scans.
False alarm in flight to New York --En route from London, jet lands in Canada as precaution --Canadian fighter jets intercepted a Virgin Atlantic jet over the Atlantic on Friday after the aircraft emitted code 7500, a signal indicating a hijacking was in progress. The pilots later said there was no hijacking, and Virgin Atlantic described the incident as a false alarm.
Turned off science --Students may be the real victims of the evolution wars --The battle over teaching evolution is raging in communities across the country, but the headlines rarely focus on the "quiet" impact of this controversy. Science is becoming a political "hot potato" for some students — transforming what should be a dynamic, fascinating topic into a total turn-off.
Investors take fright at Bush's choice for SEC chief --America's biggest investors expressed grave fears over the direction of US corporate governance yesterday after pResident Bush nominated a Republican congressman, Christopher Cox, with a history of hostility towards the investment community as the new chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
Coin dealer contributions went to Schwarzenegger --[GOP-installed] California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger won't return $10,000 in contributions he received from a coin dealer at the center of an Ohio investment scandal, a spokesman said Friday... Ohio's Inspector General is investigating Noe's investment of $50 million in state money in rare coins, while federal authorities are investigating whether Noe bypassed election laws in donations to Bush.
Dogged by protesters, Schwarzenegger opts for less public venues --Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's appearances have tended to be in smaller venues and more controlled environments. He has spoken before friendly business groups, provided photo opportunities at local schools or appeared on talk radio shows. He is typically surrounded by supporters or the Capitol press corps at events that appear to be designed to keep protesters at a safe distance.
Wal-Mart fights benefits disclosure in Minnesota --Wal-Mart Stores Inc. does not want Minnesotans to know how many of its workers in this state receive public health care assistance. The legislation would create a public list of companies whose workers are enrolled in MinnesotaCare and other government-funded health care programs.
'Stealth' drilling threat to US park --The Gulf Islands National Seashore, a thin string of islands with snow-white beaches off the coast of Mississippi, is under threat from what environmentalists are describing as a "stealth amendment" tucked inside the 96-page emergency military spending bill signed by George Bush last month. Written by Republican senator Thad Cochran, the amendment allows the state of Mississippi to claim mineral rights under federal lands and allow drilling for natural gas under the national park.
Cleanup begins on nation's most toxic nuclear site --Through years of cleanup at the Hanford nuclear reservation, one room has remained sealed, like a vault, preserving the scene of the worst nuclear contamination accident (Aug. 30, 1976) at the site. Costs to clean up the entire Hanford site are expected to total $50 billion to $60 billion, with the work to be finished by 2035.
Permafrost May Be Shrinking Arctic Lakes --Arctic lakes are shrinking, and melting permafrost brought on by higher temperatures may be the reason, according to a research paper.
Bird flu: we're all going to die --by Charles Arthur 02 June 2005 "But if - when - a flu pandemic comes, and millions of people die around the world over a period of months, the reality will be one of two alternatives... Or else governments will impose a police state that will make all the ID cards and airport checks look like a tea party. You'd not be allowed to move anywhere without showing off a vaccination certificate. (Sure, you'd get those on the black market, and they'd cost more than £300, but would you really want them? If you're not vaccinated would you really want to travel among people who might be carriers?)" [a must read]
National exercise prepares for bird flu 03 June 2005 --Australia's preparedness for a bird flu outbreak will be tested in a national exercise between 29 November 29 and 01 December, 2005. Agriculture Minister Warren Truss and Health Minister Tony Abbott announced that Exercise Eleusis will involve a hypothetical scenario [we hope] to test how well agriculture and health departments can work together to identify, contain and 'eradicate' an animal disease which can be transferred to humans.*****
Bush Poised to Nominate Dozens For Judgeships, GOP Insiders Say --The White House is preparing to send a raft of new judicial nominations to the Senate in the next few weeks, according to Republican strategists inside and outside the administration.
No serial numbers on some guns used by Iraq insurgents (xymphora.blogspot) 01 June 2005 "American intelligence officers are reporting that some of the insurgents in Iraq are using recent-model Beretta 92 pistols, with a twist: 'The crucial detail is the erasure of the serial numbers. The numbers do not appear to have been physically removed. Instead, the guns seem to have come off the production line without any serial numbers, or they could have been erased with high-tech industrial technology. The lack of serial numbers suggests that the weapons were intended for intelligence operations or terrorist cells with substantial government backing.' These guns are probably from the Mossad or the CIA, or both. ...Parallel to the resistance, we also see a concerted action by a major foreign intelligence service or services to create a civil war in Iraq by staging what appear to be sectarian attacks against specific groups in Iraq." [I recently dreamt that some of the so-called 'insurgency' was a U.S. product. --M. Rectenwald]
Iraq Puts Civilian Death Toll at 12,000 --'Insurgency' Claiming About 20 People a Day --'Insurgent' [U.S.] violence has claimed the lives of 12,000 Iraqis in the past 18 months, Interior Minister Bayan Jabr said Thursday, putting the first official count on the largest category of victims from the illegal U.S. invasion...
Iraqi 'Insurgents' Kill 38 in Rapid Attacks --'Insurgents' killed 38 people in a series of rapid-fire attacks Thursday, including three suicide car bombings within an hour and a drive-by shooting at a busy Baghdad market that ratcheted up the bloody campaign to undermine Iraq's 'government.'
3 suicide bombings among deadly attacks in Iraq --Three suicide car bombings struck within an hour and two parked motorcycles exploded in northern Iraq on Thursday, while gunmen in speeding cars opened fire on a crowded market in Baghdad in a series of attacks that killed at least 38 people.
Poisoned melons fell Iraqi troops --Several Iraqi soldiers were treated in hospital in northern Iraq after eating intentionally poisoned watermelons, the US military said yesterday. Lieutenant Colonel Andre Hance did not say what the watermelons had been poisoned with, how many soldiers had been poisoned or when it happened. [Were the watermelons distributed via Halliburton's 'Kitchen Services?']
For first time, Iraq shoppers will have credit -- The Trade Bank of Iraq recently issued 50 Visa cards to a handful of government officials. In a few weeks, the cards will be available to the public. [They may lose their arms and legs due to U.S. bombs, but at least they'll have their Visa cards!!]
US judge orders release of Abu Ghraib abuse videos --A federal judge has ordered the US Army to release more than 100 photographs and several videos taken by an American soldier relating to detainee abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, court documents say.
Federal Court Orders Government to Turn Over Videos and Photos Showing Detainee Abuse (ACLU Press Release) 02 June 2005 "A federal judge has ordered the Defense Department to turn over dozens of photographs and four movies depicting detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq as part of an ongoing lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union."
Amnesty defends 'gulag,' urges Guantanamo access --Human rights group Amnesty defended its description of Guantanamo prison as a "gulag" Thursday and urged the United States to allow independent investigations of allegations of torture at its detention centers for terrorism suspects.
Postwar Iraq paying heavy environmental price --Iraq's environmental problems - among world's worst - range from a looted nuclear site which needs cleaning up to sabotaged oil pipelines, a U.N. official said on Thursday.
U.N.: Weapons Equipment Missing in Iraq --U.N. satellite imagery experts have determined that material that could be used to make biological or chemical weapons and banned long-range missiles has been removed from 109 sites in Iraq, U.N. weapons inspectors said in a report obtained Thursday.
New 'Deep Throat' needed for Iraq, says Nixon rival --The US media needs a modern-day "Deep Throat" within the administration of pResident George W. Bush to reveal how America was "misled" on Iraq, former presidential contender George McGovern said. "This war in Iraq, in my opinion is worse than anything Nixon did. I think Nixon deserved to be expelled from office in view of the cover-up that he carried on and the laws that he violated. But we have an administration in power now that led us to a war that is internationally illegal; it's a war that we are fighting with a country that has no threat to us that has nothing to do with the 9-11 attacks." McGovern said Nixon was undoubtedly "tricky," but said of Bush: "This man claims to be Christian, following the will of God, and then he misleads the whole nation on a totally fraudulent enterprise in Iraq that we should have never been attached to."
Kerry Touts Bush Impeachment Memo --Senator John Kerry said Thursday that he intends to confront Congress with a document touted by critics of pResident Bush as evidence that he committed impeachable crimes by falsifying evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
N.Korea calls Cheney a 'bloodthirsty beast' [LOL!] North Korea called Vice pResident Dick Cheney a "bloodthirsty beast" on Thursday, in response to Cheney saying the North's leader Kim Jong-il was irresponsible and ran a police state. [Hello, Pot? This is Kettle...]
North Korea says Cheney compels it to stay away from nuclear talks --North Korea said Thursday that recent remarks by Vice pResident Dick Cheney about ruler Kim Jong Il, labeling him an "irresponsible" leader, are another reason for it to stay away from six-nation nuclear disarmament talks.
U.S. imperialist busy-bodies on the move again: U.S. watching Bolivian situation --The U.S. State Department said Wednesday it had spoken with the government of Bolivia about maintaining 'democracy' there in light of violence in the country. [The dynamite-hurling protesters, demanding nationalization of the country's gas industry, *will* emerge victorious.]
Blair may walk away from plan for US to be aid ally --Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, facing seemingly implacable American opposition, are considering a last-minute switch in strategy in their battle to persuade G8 industrial leaders to sign up to a new action programme on Africa.
Ex-CIA Contractor Charged With Assault --A former CIA contractor accused of beating an Afghan prisoner who later died in custody was charged Thursday with allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, authorities said. David Passaro, a former Special Forces soldier recruited by the CIA, also faces four counts of assault in Afghanistan.
Counterterrorism Center Awaits Presidential Action --The nation's primary agency for analyzing terrorist threats and planning counterterrorism operations at home and abroad is waiting for Dictator Bush to name its director and settle whether that person will report directly to the president or go through Director of National Intelligence John D. Negroponte. The legislation that established the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) requires the organization to begin operations by June 17.
White House Wants Search Limits Overturned --The Bush regime asked a federal appeals court Friday to restore its ability to compel Internet service providers to turn over information about their customers or subscribers as part of its fight against [for] terrorism.
Forging an anti-terrorism search tool --Google is the No. 1 free tool to snoop on friends or strangers. But government agencies including the Federal Aviation Administration are investing in a new search engine being developed at the University of Buffalo to do some of their more sensitive detective work. The technology, released as a prototype in recent weeks, is designed to mine a corpus of documents for associated ideas or connections--connections between two unrelated concepts, for example, that would otherwise go unseen or would take countless hours of investigative work to discover.
Fears over CIA 'university spies' --A CIA scheme to sponsor trainee spies secretly through US university courses has caused anger among UK academics. The Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholars Program pays anthropology students, whose names are not disclosed, up to $50,000 (£27,500) a year. Undergraduates taking part in the scholarship programme must not reveal their funding source and are expected to attend military intelligence summer camps.
MI5 web chat to attract students 02 June 2005 The intelligence agency MI5 is to hold a live chatroom conversation with students as part of an effort to make its recruitment methods more open.
Court: Police May Have Gone Too Far During WTO Protests in Seattle in 1999 [Nah... 'ya think?] A federal appeals court panel Thursday that police during the 1999 World Trade Organization meeting may have erred by keeping some protesters out of a restricted zone based on their beliefs.
Animal rights activists face trial under terror law --New Jersey is using an anti-terrorism law for the first time to try six animal rights activists charged with harassing and vandalizing a company that made use of animals to test its drugs.
Judge to Rule in Wash. Gov. Election Trial 03 June 2005 A judge said he would rule Monday on whether the 2004 gubernatorial election should be nullified. [Can we get a ruling on getting the 2000 and 2004 presidential 'elections' nullified?]
Conn. to require paper record of votes --Electronic voting machines in Connecticut will have to create a paper trail backup under legislation that passed in the state House Thursday by 147-0. A spokesman for Gov. M. Jodi Rell said she will sign the bill, which was approved by the Senate last week.
Medicaid to End for Thousands of Low-Income Missourians --New Budget Goes Into Effect July 1 --KMBC's Kris Ketz reported that 65,000 letters have recently gone out, informing low-income parents that their current incomes will soon be too much to qualify for Medicaid. [Why not fund it with $72 million Halliburton's bonus? See: Halliburton gets $72.2 million Army bonus 11 May 2005]
Code-Abiding Porn to Get .xxx Domain --The nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which oversees Internet addresses, has approved a new online neighborhood specifically for pornographic Web sites: the .xxx domain.
Vanishing dolphins 'a wake-up call' on wildlife 02 June 2005 White-beaked dolphins, once the most common species of cetacean seen in Scottish waters, have almost disappeared from the west coast, it was revealed yesterday. Marine scientists investigating the vanishing populations last night blamed global warming and said that the disappearance should act as a wake-up call to politicians about the impact of climate change on the country’s vital wildlife, both at sea and on land.
After 30 Years, Draft Fears Rise --Two years into the Iraq war, concern that the draft will be reinstated to supplement an overextended military persists -- no matter how often, or emphatically, Dictator Bush and members of Congress say it won't. In this atmosphere of suspicion, the Selective Service System, the Rosslyn-based agency that conscripted 1.8 million Americans during the Vietnam War and 10 million in World War II, quietly pursues its delicate dual mission: keeping the draft machinery ready, without sparking fear that it is coming back.
Pentagon delays release of May recruiting data --The Pentagon on Wednesday postponed by more than a week the release of military recruiting figures for May, as the Army and Marine Corps struggle to attract new troops amid the Iraq war.
US 'losing its grip' on Baghdad's political process --Iraq's Sunni Arab resistance has reached a "kind of peak". The Sunni now realise they erred in boycotting last January's elections "and so, as Iraqis see their interests as represented in the political process, the insurgency will lose steam". ...In the more sombre assessment of others in the Bush regime, however, the US has long lost its grip on Iraq's political process. "We are losing control," said one veteran Arabist in the administration who requested anonymity.
Iraq's wild west a constant thorn for U.S. troops --Of the 1,630 U.S. troops who have died since the war began, more than 500 have lost their lives in Anbar, a higher toll than in any other area of the country, according to icasualties.org, a Web site that tracks military deaths. The province, which includes the cities of Falluja and Ramadi, a stronghold of the Sunni Arab-led resistance, is so dangerous that no journalists venture there unless escorted by U.S. forces [Yes, they are either forced to become military embeds or targeted by U.S. death squads.]
Spike in Iraq attacks exacts bloody toll in May --At least 670 Iraqis, 77 Americans killed last month, officials say --New statistics show that a spike in resistance attacks in May took a bloody toll on ordinary Iraqis and U.S. soldiers alike, with nearly 200 more Iraqis killed last month than in April and the highest American military death toll since January.
Airmen Killed in Crash Were Special Ops --The four U.S. airmen who perished Monday in the crash of an Iraqi aircraft were commandos from special operations [terrorist] units based in Florida, the Pentagon disclosed on Wednesday.
Car Bomb Kills 9 Civilians in North Iraq --A car bomb targeting a restaurant where bodyguards of Iraq's Kurdish deputy prime minister were eating killed nine people and wounded 25 in the country's north on Thursday, police said.
Explosion rocks main checkpoint to Baghdad airport, wounding at least 15 --A suicide bomber attacked the main checkpoint to Baghdad International Airport on Wednesday, wounding at least 15 Iraqis, the military said.
Mortar Blast Kills 3 Kids, Uncle in Iraq --A mortar barrage killed three Iraqi children and their uncle outside their Baghdad home, the latest deaths in a resistance that claimed a total of six lives Wednesday and showed no signs of slowing down.
Body of abducted Iraqi governor found --The highest-ranking official to be kidnapped since the fall of Saddam Hussein was found dead following a gun battle between U.S. soldiers and foreign fighters [The U.S. soldiers *are* the foreign fighters, morons!!] at a house in a desert village near Syria, authorities said Tuesday.
Iraqi soldier dies of poison near Mosul --An Iraqi soldier died and 12 others were hospitalized after they ate poisonous watermelon near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, a statement said Wednesday. "An unknown driver of a truck full of watermelon gave late Tuesday poisonous watermelon to Iraqi soldiers on several checkpoints spread along the road from north of Sharqat to Hamam al-Alil town, near the northern Iraq city of Mosul," US-Iraqi liaison office in Tikrit said in the statement.
Cheney offended by Amnesty criticism -- Vice pResident Dick Cheney said Monday he was offended by Amnesty International's condemnation of the United States for what it called "serious human rights violations" at Guantanamo Bay. "For Amnesty International to suggest that somehow the United States is a violator of human rights, I frankly just don't take them seriously," he said in an interview that aired Monday night on CNN. William Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International USA, responded to Cheney's comments: "It doesn't matter whether he takes Amnesty International seriously. He doesn't take torture seriously; he doesn't take the Geneva Convention seriously; he doesn't take due process rights seriously; and he doesn't take international law seriously. And that is more important than whether he takes Amnesty International seriously."
Chirac taps Iraq war critic as premier --President Jacques Chirac booted his prime minister Tuesday and replaced him with the man who was France's chief spokesman against the Iraq war in 2003, Dominique de Villepin. The Cabinet shake-up was prompted by angry voters who revolted against a proposed European Union constitution and made clear they wanted changes in the top levels of their government.
Afghan Mosque Blast Kills 20, Wounds 42 --A suspected al-Qaida suicide bomber walked into a mosque during the funeral of a Muslim cleric and blew himself up Wednesday, killing 20 people, including Kabul's police chief, and wounding 42 others.
NATO Expands Into Western Afghanistan --NATO took command of two more provincial reconstruction teams and a forward support base in Afghanistan May 31, expanding the alliance's corpora-terrorism ['security and reconstruction mission'] in the western part of the country.
Iran Lawmakers Want Nuke Activity Resumed --Iranian lawmakers sent a letter to President Mohammad Khatami on Wednesday asking him to implement a law allowing the nation to resume nuclear activities "as soon as possible," state-run radio reported.
SUMATE's Machado in 15-minute 'audience' with Bush at the White House (VHeadline.com) "...US president [sic] George W. Bush has extended the hand of friendship to SUMATE director Maria Corina Machado for a 15-minute 'audience' at the White House in Washington D.C. ...Machado is free pending trial in Caracas for her admittedly sideline role in the April 2002, but more importantly for illegally receiving thousands of US$ from the US government sponsored National Endowment for Democracy (NED) to fund anti-government actions in Venezuela."
Dutch Voters Reject EU Constitution --Dutch voters worried about social benefits and immigration overwhelmingly rejected the European Union constitution Wednesday in what could be a knockout blow for a charter meant to create a power rivaling the United States.
Crushing defeat leaves EU vision in tatters --Massive rejection by Dutch voters likely to bury constitution --European leaders' long-held dream of anchoring the continent's greater unification in its first constitution was dissolving before their eyes last night after the Dutch delivered the second crushing blow to the idea in three days.
Indonesian embassy in Australia closed; unidentified biological agent found --The Indonesian Embassy in Canberra was closed Wednesday after it received a suspicious package containing powder identified as an unidentified "biological agent," Australia's foreign minister said.
Indigenous protesters descend on Bolivia's capital --Thousands of indigenous marchers descended on Bolivia's besieged capital to surround Congress on Wednesday and said they would not lift their two-week protest until demands for nationalizing the energy sector are met. Police fortified barriers around Congress after clashes with dynamite-throwing protesters on Tuesday filled the colonial streets of La Paz with tear gas and kept fearful lawmakers from attending a key legislative session. [Looks like the protesters won that round, <g>]
Canada unhappy with U.S. passenger list proposal --Canada is "very worried" by a U.S. proposal that its airlines provide passenger lists for planes flying through American airspace rather than actually landing in the United States, Transport Minister Jean Lapierre said on Wednesday. Lapierre said the proposal could have "a major effect" on Canadian sovereignty since flights between Canadian cities are often routed over U.S. territory to save fuel.
Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries --by the Reichwing whackjobs at 'Human Events' "HUMAN EVENTS asked a panel of 15 conservative scholars and public policy leaders to help us compile a list of the Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Each panelist nominated a number of titles and then voted on a ballot including all books nominated. A title received a score of 10 points for being listed No. 1 by one of our panelists, 9 points for being listed No. 2, etc. Appropriately, The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, earned the highest aggregate score and the No. 1 listing." [Yes, but first they had to look up 'aggregate.' --Lori Price . . . "Yes, these books, especially those by Marx and Engels, are the most 'harmful' books to the bourgeoisie, whose decrepit rule is destroying the planet and causing wars across the globe. As for Nietzsche and Darwin, these rightwingers don’t know on what side their bread is buttered. In fact, who the hell are these nobodies? Not one is a recognizable scholar. They are all rightwing shills.' --Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D.]
Deep Throat Cover Blown - Washington Post Still Sucks --by Greg Palast "It's been 33 years since cub reporters Woodward and Bernstein pulled down the pants of the Nixon operation and exposed its tie-in to the Watergate burglary. That marks a third of a century since the Washington Post has broken a major investigative story... It was in the summer of 2001. A few months earlier, for the Guardian papers of Britain, I'd discovered that Katherine Harris and Governor Jeb Bush of Florida had removed tens of thousands of African-Americans from voter registries before the 2000 election, thereby fixing the race for George Bush. Hosenball said the Post-Newsweek team 'looked into it and couldn't find anything.'"
Civil Rights Group Plans Bush Judge Attack --Renewing the struggle over Dictator Bush's judicial picks, a civil rights group intends to launch a limited ad campaign this week attacking Janice Rogers Brown as a "radical judge" unworthy of confirmation to the appeals court.
Rising doctors' premiums not due to lawsuit awards --Study suggests insurers raise rates to make up for investment declines --Re-igniting the medical malpractice overhaul debate, a new study by Dartmouth College researchers suggests that huge jury awards and financial settlements for injured patients have not caused the explosive increase in doctors' insurance premiums. The researchers said a more likely explanation for the escalation is that malpractice insurance companies have raised doctors' premiums to compensate for falling investment returns.
GAO: Rules Worsen Private Pension Problem --Federal Rules Making the Nation's Private Pension Problem Worse, GAO Finds --The federal rules designed to ensure that millions of people receive their private pension benefits are flawed, making it easier for retirement plans to have risky financial shortfalls, congressional investigators have found.
S.E.C.'s Chairman Is Stepping Down From Split Panel --William H. Donaldson, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, announced his resignation on Wednesday, after repeated criticism from his two fellow Republican members of the agency and from some business groups and administration officials who contended that his enforcement and policy decisions had been too heavy-handed.
The Cox in the SEC's henhouse --by David Sirota "AP reports that President [sic] Bush has chosen California Republican Rep. Chris Cox (R) as his nominee to head the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Big Business, still looking to evade even the weak post-Enron reforms, could not have asked for a better corporate shill than Cox. During his career, Cox has taken more than $640,000 from the securities, insurance, finance and commercial banking industry."
NYSE trading halts on tech glitch --A communications problem stopped trading on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday about four minutes before the exchange's usual 4 p.m. closing... The problem originated with the exchange's Securities Industry Automation Corporation, which disseminates market data and runs computer trading systems, a floor source said.
Cheney's Energy Task Force terrorists are busy little bees: Hot summer could bring power outages, price spikes --Stretched electric grid leaves some regions vulnerable --With forecasts calling for hotter-than-normal temperatures, the nation’s power grid will be put to the test again this summer. While most parts of the country should have adequate supplies, ongoing transmission bottlenecks continue to leave some regions vulnerable to blackouts or sharp rate increases.
Die Die SUVs Please Die --Sales of the bloated monster trucks are in a huge slump. Time for enviro-lovers to rejoice? --by Mark Morford "You hear that? That cheering and rejoicing and heavy exhausted sighing? Why, it's coming from the massively fatigued Prius-happy enviro-green set and it's all about the fact that sales of huge bloated oil-belchin' SUVs are in a major free-fall, down nearly 20 percent for the year and dropping faster than Jenna Bush can slam a bottle of Cuervo."
Wal-Mart in documentary's sights --Robert Greenwald, the producer and director of "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism," thinks his next documentary-cum-indictment will appeal to gun-toting Bush voters in the Bible belt as much as to the latte-drinking lefties who made his last movie a hit. His new project? "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price."
Guantanamo Detainees Say They Were Sold --They fed them well. The Pakistani tribesmen slaughtered a sheep in honor of their guests, Arabs and Chinese Muslims famished from fleeing U.S. bombing in the Afghan mountains. But their hosts had ulterior motives: to sell them to the Americans, said the men who are now prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Bounties ranged from $3,000 to $25,000, the detainees testified during military tribunals, according to transcripts the U.S. government gave The Associated Press to comply with a Freedom of Information lawsuit.
Bush blasts Amnesty report on Guantanamo --pResident says document is an 'absurd report' --A human rights group's report about conditions at the U.S. military's prison at Guantanamo Bay is "absurd," Dictator Bush told reporters Tuesday. The Amnesty International report, released last week, said prisoners at the U.S. Navy base had been mistreated and called for the prison to be shut down.
Oops, see next seven articles! Iraq insurgency in 'last throes,' Cheney says --The insurgency in Iraq is "in the last throes," Vice pResident Dick Cheney says, and he predicts that the fighting will end before the Bush regime leaves office.
U.S. death toll in Iraq surges amid rebel [U.S.-engendered] violence 31 May 2005 The death toll for American troops in Iraq rose in May to the highest level since January, with the U.S. military saying on Tuesday insurgents have doubled their number of daily attacks since April.
Iraqi suicide bombers kill dozens in show of defiance against crackdown 31 May 2005 Resistance fighters determined to flout an Iraqi-led security offensive in Baghdad put on a bloody show of defiance with a dual suicide attack which left up to 30 people dead and more than 100 injured.
Eight die in two Iraq air crashes 01 June 2005 Kidnapped Governor of Anbar province found dead; Sunni-Kurdish clashes in Kirkuk --American-led occupation forces have continued to suffer casualties in Iraq with four U.S. aviators and four Italians dying in two separate air crashes.
Mistaken U.S. raid heightens tensions --Iraqi Officials Criticize Detention of Sunni Leader --In an action that aggravated sectarian tensions in Iraq, the U.S. military Monday mistakenly detained a top Sunni political leader, drawing complaints from Iraqi authorities who say such mistakes are undermining efforts to include Sunnis in the nation's political process.
Four U.S. Airmen and One Iraqi Killed in Crash --Four U.S. Air Force servicemembers and one Iraqi airman died in the Iraqi military aircraft crash in Iraq's eastern Diyala province May 30, Occupation officials reported today.
Recruiting of Salvadoran Mercenaries for Iraq Denounced 31 May 2005 Social organizations in El Salvador have denounced that hundreds of Salvadorans are recruited by security agencies to work as mercenaries in Iraq under the veil of private security forces...
Thanks to Dictator Bush: Facing Chaos, Iraqi Doctors Are Quitting --In the past year, about 10 percent of Baghdad's total force of 32,000 registered doctors - Sunnis, Shiites and Christians - have left or been driven from work, according to the Iraqi Medical Association, which licenses practitioners. "It's the worst health care system Iraq has ever known," said Dr. Waleed George, chief surgeon at Al Sadoon Hospital in Baghdad.
Downing Street Memo Mostly Ignored in U.S. --A British government memo that critics say proves the Bush regime manipulated evidence about weapons of mass destruction in order to carry out a plan to overthrow Saddam Hussein has received little attention in the mainstream media, frustrating opponents of the Iraq war.
Vietnam Vets Protest Against Iraq War --Vet: 'The Only Time They Care About Us Is On Memorial Day' --Chicago - While many honored veterans of past wars on Memorial Day, some remembered those who have died in the war and occupation in Iraq. Monday morning, Vietnam veterans gathered downtown to protest the war in Iraq. They also spoke out against the government for spending too little on medical care for injured troops.
Bomb at Afghan mosque leaves many dead --Place of worship is named after Muslim cleric gunned down on Sunday --A bomb exploded Wednesday inside a mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar and local residents said many people had been killed or wounded.
Violent protests derail Bolivian Congress session --Violent clashes between police and protesters and massive marches by indigenous groups in La Paz on Tuesday paralyzed the capital, scaring lawmakers and forcing suspension of a key session of Bolivia's Congress. Riot police posted outside Congress lobbed tear gas and fired water cannon to repel dynamite-throwing protesters, while thousands demanding nationalization of the energy sector took over the city of 700,000 and blocked access to the airport. [Gee, we sure could have *used your services* when the GOP thugs were pounding on the walls at the Miami-Dade polling headquarters (the 'Brooks Brothers Riot') to stop the ballots from being recounted on 22 November 2000.]
Biological agent sent to Indonesian embassy --An envelope containing a biological agent has been sent to the Indonesian embassy in Canberra... The embassy has been shut down and its 22 staff will remain in isolation for at least 48 hours after the envelope tested positive for an as-yet unidentified biological agent.
U.S. firms said to be named in withheld Bolton documents --Some of the information that the White House has refused to provide to Congress for its review of the nomination of John Bolton includes the names of American companies mentioned in intelligence reports on commerce with China and other countries covered by export restrictions, say government officials who have been briefed on the documents.
Bush Hints He Will Withhold Further Data About Bolton --Dictator Bush criticized Senate Democrats on Tuesday for "stalling" a vote on John R. Bolton's nomination as ambassador to the United Nations, and indicated that he would not grant them access to intelligence documents they have demanded to see before allowing the confirmation to go ahead.
Franklin admits he disclosed classified information in AIPAC affair --Pentagon official Larry Franklin has admitted that he may have disclosed classified information to a foreign official who was not authorized to receive it. The admission appeared in an FBI affidavit submitted to a U.S. District Court last week. A Virginia grand jury is expected to indict Franklin for giving classified information to representatives of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in the coming days.
Israeli firms 'ran vast spy ring' --Police in Israel say they have uncovered a huge industrial spying ring which used computer viruses to probe the systems of many major companies. At least 15 Israeli firms have been implicated in the espionage plot, with 18 people arrested in Israel and two more held by British police.
NY terrorism case 'desperate prosecution' - lawyer --A New York martial arts expert who is charged with conspiring to help train al Qaeda members is the victim of a "desperate prosecution on the government's behalf," his lawyer said on Tuesday.
Americans charged with backing terrorism held without bail --A pair of alleged al-Qaida loyalists, one in New York and another in Florida, were in federal custody Tuesday after separate hearings where both were ordered held without bail.
Federal ID Act May Be Flawed --The new law could actually increase the risk of a person's identity being stolen, critics say. A federal law designed to make it harder to assume someone else's identity may instead have the opposite effect, critics of the measure say. The Real ID Act, attached to a crucial bill for military spending... that was signed by Dictator Bush on May 11, sets new rules for issuing driver's licenses and requires states to share electronic access to their records.
NYPD Seeks Funds for Surveillance Cameras --The nation's largest police force wants to install hundreds of surveillance cameras in busy commercial districts and other areas... The police department is seeking city funds for some 400 new cameras.
Bill requires American-made products for homeland security --The House wants to force the Department of Homeland Security to buy American-made products. Under a recently passed bill, the agency would no longer be able to waive a law that requires that at least 50 percent of the components in the products it purchases be manufactured in America.
High court overturns Enron auditor's conviction --June 2002 obstruction verdict found flawed --The Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned the conviction of the Arthur Andersen accounting firm for destroying Enron Corp.-related documents before the energy giant’s collapse.
Washington Post Confirms Felt as 'Deep Throat' --The Washington Post today confirmed that W. Mark Felt, a former number-two official at the FBI, was "Deep Throat," the secretive source who provided information that helped unravel the Watergate scandal in the early 1970s and contributed to the resignation of president Richard M. Nixon.
'Deep Throat' Unmasks Himself as Ex-No. 2 Official at F.B.I. --Deep Throat, the mystery man who reigned as Washington's best-kept secret source for more than 30 years, was not just any shadowy, cigarette-smoking tipster in a raincoat. He was the No. 2 official of the F.B.I., W. Mark Felt, who helped The Washington Post unravel the Watergate scandal and the presidency of Richard M. Nixon, a feat that he lived to see disclosed on Tuesday.
Ex-FBI official says he's 'Deep Throat' --Magazine quotes him as saying he was 'doing his duty' --W. Mark Felt, who retired from the FBI after rising to its second most senior position, has identified himself as the "Deep Throat" source quoted by The Washington Post to break the Watergate scandal that led to President Nixon's resignation, Vanity Fair magazine said Tuesday.
The 'I' word --by Ralph Nader and Kevin Zeese "The impeachment of President [sic] Bush and Vice President [sic] Cheney, under Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution, should be part of mainstream political discourse. Minutes from a summer 2002 meeting involving British Prime Minister Tony Blair reveal that the Bush administration was 'fixing' the intelligence to justify invading Iraq. US intelligence used to justify the war demonstrates repeatedly the truth of the meeting minutes -- evidence was thin and needed fixing." [I, myself, am trolling for the 'T' word - Treason - with all possible penalties for that offense on the plate. --Lori Price]
Holocaust Survivor Leaving US - Sees What's Coming --by Joey Picador (Justice For None.com) "I asked him where he was moving, and he said, 'Back to Germany.' I had been stationed in Germany for two years while in the military, so I lit up, and commented about how beautiful the country was, and inquired if he was going back because he missed it. 'No,' he answered me. 'I'm going back because I've seen this before.' He then commenced to explain that when he was a kid, he watched with his family in fear as Hitler's government committed atrocity after atrocity, and no one was willing to say anything. He said the news refused to question the government, and the ones who did were not in the newspaper business much longer."
Mega barf alert! Lawmakers Proud Texas Bush Country --Another bill getting a green flag in the Senate last week was House Bill 137, a measure that would have the Texas Department of Transportation add to its 66 "Welcome to Texas" signs that Texas is "proud to be the home of President [sic] George W. Bush."
Mega bulimia alert! Bush wants Jeb to be president --The US pResident's father, George Bush, would like to see another Bush in the White House, saying he wants his son Jeb to run for president when the timing is right. Florida Governor Jeb Bush has repeatedly said he does not plan to run for president in 2008, trying to dampen speculation that another Bush could be on the next Republican ticket for the White House.
AG Madrid asks U.S. Senate to remove MTBE provision in energy bill --Attorney General Patricia Madrid (NM) has joined 11 other state attorneys general in questioning an energy bill provision that gives protection from liability to the makers of a gasoline additive that contaminates drinking water.
Court Overturns Arthur Andersen Conviction --The Supreme Court today threw out the June 2002 conviction of the Arthur Andersen accounting firm for destroying Enron Corp.-related documents, ruling unanimously that the jury instructions at the trial for the now-defunct company were improper.
U.S. living beyond means, Dodge warns --Bank of Canada governor David Dodge offered a bankerly rebuke to the United States on Monday for its borrow-and-spendthrift ways, which he suggested are a threat to world economic stability.
Probe: Boy Scouts Lied About Black Members --An independent investigation of the Atlanta-area Boy Scouts found that the organization inflated its number of black Scouts by more than 5,000 in a program for inner-city youth.
Canada Red Cross used HIV blood --The Red Cross in Canada has pleaded guilty to distributing contaminated blood supplies which infected thousands of Canadians with HIV and hepatitis C. More than 3,000 people have died since getting the tainted blood in the 1980s.
Conn. House OKs Funds for Stem Cell Study --The state House of Representatives on Tuesday gave final approval to a 10-year, $100 million plan to fund stem cell research, seeking to position Connecticut to compete with other states in the emerging scientific field. The state Senate has already approved the measure, and it now goes to Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell, who has said she would sign it into law.
Bird flu endemic in Indonesia, says World Health Organization 31 May 2005 While the Indonesian government talks about eradicating bird (avian) flu by the year 2007, WHO has stated that bird flu is endemic in the country.
New Mexico preparing plan for potential flu pandemic 31 May 2005 The state Department of Health is devising a plan to deal with any potential flu pandemic. State epidemiologist Mack Sewell says the plan probably should be in place by late this summer.
U.S. Warplanes Bomb Iraq Resistance Strongholds --The U.S. military nearly set off a sectarian crisis Monday by mistakenly arresting the leader of Iraq's top Sunni Muslim political party, while two suicide bombers killed about 30 police, and U.S. fighter jets destroyed resistance strongholds near Syria's border. Northeast of Baghdad, an Iraqi military aircraft crashed Monday during a mission with four American troops and one Iraqi on board, the U.S. military said.
Basra out of control, says chief of police --The chief of police in Basra admitted yesterday that he had effectively lost control of three-quarters of his officers and that sectarian militias had infiltrated the force and were using their posts to assassinate opponents. Speaking to the Guardian, General Hassan al-Sade said half of his 13,750-strong force was secretly working for political parties in Iraq's second city and that some officers were involved in ambushes. Other officers were politically neutral but had no interest in policing and did not follow his orders, he told the Guardian.
31 dead, 108 injured in relentless Iraq attacks --In all, the precisely coordinated assault in Hilla -- targeting police officers who were protesting a provincial governor's decision to disband their units -- killed 31 people and wounded 108, according to Muhammed Hadi, a physician at the hospital where most victims were taken.
Suicide bombs explode amid crowd of police -- Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in a crowd of Iraqi police south of the capital Monday, killing at least 25 and wounding 120.
Convoy bomb kills British soldier --Bombings and ambushes kill 17 as Iraq resistance fighters hit back after Baghdad 'security' clampdown --A British soldier was killed by a bomb blast in the troubled region of Amara in south-eastern Iraq yesterday, bringing to 50 the number killed in action since the invasion in March 2003.
Oops! U.S. Forces Mistakenly Detain Sunni Chief --The U.S. military nearly set off a sectarian crisis Monday by mistakenly arresting the leader of Iraq's top Sunni Muslim political party, while two suicide bombers killed about 30 police, and U.S. fighter jets are trying to expand the war ['destroyed insurgent strongholds'] near Syria's border.
Thanks to Bush the uniter, <g>: Shiites, Sunnis forge peace as government prepares street war against the resistance --Two of Iraq's most influential Shiite and Sunni organizations agreed to try to ease sectarian tensions pushing the country toward civil war as the government prepared to take its battle against the resistance movement to Baghdad's streets.
'Tank girl' army accused of torture Guardian and Human Rights Watch find evidence of abuse by Iranian revolutionaries under US protection --A bizarre revolutionary army supported by British politicians who want more "regime change" in the Middle East, has been accused of torture and brainwashing. Evidence obtained by the Guardian backs a report by Human Rights Watch. This makes detailed accusations of abuse, including deaths under interrogation, against the "People's Mujahideen" of Iran (MKO).
Tales of Abuse, Forced Confessions in Guantanamo Testimonies 30 May 2005 Tales of alleged abuse and forced confessions are among some 1,000 pages of tribunal transcripts the U.S. government released to The Associated Press under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit - the second batch of documents the AP has received in 10 days. ..."As he was hitting me, I kept telling him, no I didn't receive training... At that point, with all my suffering, if he had asked me if I was Osama bin Laden, I would have said yes. What is my crime? Because of the United States, my hand is handicapped. I can't work."
Cheney Offended by Gitmo Criticism [Well, the illegitimate Bush regime offends the *entire population of the earth,* with the exception of Bush's corpora-terrorist paymasters.] Vice pResident Dick Cheney says he's offended by a human rights group's report criticizing conditions at the prison camp for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay. The report Amnesty International released last week said prisoners at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba had been mistreated and called for the prison to be shut down.
Retired lieutenant colonel gives scathing speech on Iraq policy --"I will not stand by and watch an appointed president send our sons and daughters around the world to kill terrorists for the oil companies," Robert Bowman said. The retired lieutenant colonel spoke in front of a group of about 50 people Thursday evening at Stotler Lounge in MU’s Memorial Union... "Let those of us not called upon to fight in this war give our troops what they deserve, the thanks of a grateful people and the promise that we will never again allow our representatives in Congress to issue a president a blank check to conduct an unnecessary, illegal, and unconstitutional war," Bowman said. "It is time for George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and the whole political mafia to be removed from office and indicted with treason," he said.
British soldiers face war crimes charges --At least four QLR soldiers face charges of murder and abuse and yesterday it was reported that they and another seven soldiers and officers could face wider war crimes charges under legislation enacted in 2001 after the establishment of the International Criminal Court.
Iraqi journalists complain of censorship --Iraqi journalists say they are being censored by the US-led Occupation forces and the Iraqi government because of the topics covered by them in newspapers and on television.
Depleted Uranium Bill Introduced Into Congress --Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA), a medical doctor, on May 17 introduced legislation with 21 original co-sponsors (all Democrats) in the House of Representatives that calls for medical and scientific studies on the health and environmental impacts from the U.S. Military’s use of depleted uranium (DU) munitions in combat zones, including Iraq. The McDermott bill also calls for cleanup and mitigation of sites in the U.S. contaminated by DU.
NATO sends F-16s to disperse Afghan protesters --NATO peacekeepers sent F-16 fighter jets to a northeastern Afghanistan province on Monday in a show of force to disperse thousands of protesters, police said.
Uzbek Opposition Activists Detained --Uzbek police are rounding up activists in a new crackdown, opposition leaders said Monday, as Sen. John McCain repeated demands for an inquiry into this month's violent uprising, calling it a "massacre." The protest in the eastern city of Andijan exploded into violence when freedom fighters seized a local prison and government headquarters and thousands of people demonstrated in the streets.
US Immunity At ICC Annoys Nairobi 30 May 2005 Officials in the Kenyan government reacted harshly today to the news that the US will suspend military aid until Nairobi decides to sign the bilateral agreement guaranteeing immunity for US citizens – civilian and military – before the International Criminal Court (ICC), in case they are charged with crimes against humanity, war crimes or genocide. The main Kenyan daily 'Daily Nation', opened today’s edition a long article entitled, "Kenyans tell Americans enough of This Blackmail".
C.I.A. Expanding Terror Battle Under Guise of Charter Flights --Behind a surprisingly thin cover of rural hideaways, front companies and shell corporations that share officers who appear to exist only on paper, the C.I.A. has rapidly expanded its air operations since 2001 as it has pursued and questioned terrorism suspects around the world. When the Central Intelligence Agency wants to grab a suspected member of 'Al Qaeda' overseas and deliver him to interrogators in another country, an Aero Contractors plane often does the job.
FEC may impose new rules on bloggers --Draft rules from the Federal Election Commission, which enforces campaign finance laws and is haltingly moving toward regulating how campaign money is spent on the Internet, would require that paid political advertisements on the Internet declare who funded the ad, much as political television spots do now. Similar disclaimers would be placed on political Web sites, as well as on e-mails sent to people on purchased lists containing more than 500 addresses. The FEC is also considering whether to require web loggers, or bloggers, to disclose whether they get money from a campaign committee or a candidate, and to reveal whether they are being paid to write about certain candidates or solicit contributions on their behalf.
Crime-Time TV --Big Brother really will be watching. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has told top police brass that he wants to put up about 400 surveillance cameras on high-crime and high-traffic streets to catch crooks in the act, even if cops are not there, The Post has learned.
NYPD Planning to Install 400 Surveillance Cameras Around City --Published reports say the New York Police Department wants to put up approximately 400 surveillance cameras on high crime and high traffic streets around the city. According to the New York Post, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has asked his top brass to compile a list of 50 areas where they think the cameras should be placed.
£300 identity cards could be Labour's poll tax, say Tories --The introduction of identity cards could become Labour's poll tax, the Government was told after an academic study put a £300-a-card price tag on the controversial scheme.
New Legislation Allows Drilling in National Park --Tucked away in the 96-page emergency military spending bill signed by Dictator Bush this month are four paragraphs that give energy companies the right to explore for oil and gas inside a sprawling national park. The amendment written by Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) codifies Mississippi's claim to mineral rights under federal lands and allows drilling for natural gas under the Gulf Islands National Seashore — a thin necklace of barrier islands that drapes the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico.
Coastal residents travel to Jackson to fight oil drilling --A proposal for a second public hearing on the Coast on seismic testing for oil and gas deposits received a lukewarm reception after opponents to drilling off the state's barrier islands learned that it would involve Mississippi Development Authority officials and representatives for Coast residents and environmental groups.
Bridge demolition questioned --A privately owned bridge over the Ohio River owned by a campaign contributor to [GOP] Rep. Bob Ney would be demolished under a provision that Ney has inserted in a transportation bill making its way through Congress. The St. Clairsville Republican has obtained $1.7 million to demolish the Bellaire Bridge, a rundown bridge in eastern Ohio that has been closed since 1990. The bridge's owner, Roger Barack, and his wife have given more than $6,000 to Ney's congressional campaigns, most recently in 1997, and Ney rented office space from Barack, the Plain Dealer reported Sunday.
Taxpayers asked to pay for GOP donor's bridge removal in Ohio --Even though the Bellaire Bridge is privately owned, U.S. Rep. Bob Ney, a St. Clairsville Republican, wants the federal government to step in. The Bellaire native has obtained $1.7 million for the demolition in a transportation bill that's working its way through Congress. Ney has received campaign donations from the bridge owner and rented an office from him. "It seems puzzling to me that public dollars would be used to tear down a bridge that is owned by an individual," said Bellaire's current congressman, Democratic Rep. Ted Strickland.
Despite Vow, Drug Makers Still Withhold Clinical Information --When the drug industry came under fire last summer for failing to disclose poor results from studies of antidepressants, major drug makers promised to provide more information about their research on new medicines. But nearly a year later, crucial facts about many clinical trials remain hidden, scientists independent of the companies say.
Bill requires ultrasound prior to an abortion (MI) All women seeking abortions would be required to submit to ultrasound procedures under legislation being taken up this week in the state Senate. The bill, pushed by abortion opponents, is the latest test of lawmakers' personal beliefs on the sensitive issue. It passed the House on a 69-37 vote last week.
Judge Won't Toss GOP Suit in Wash. Governor's Race --A judge Friday refused to throw out a Republican challenge to the election of Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire, saying voters deserve a full accounting of how the balloting was conducted. [Where is the 'full accounting of how the balloting was conducted' in *Ohio* and *Floriduh* in the 2004 coup d'etat?]
Elections chief urges Miami-Dade to ditch touch-screen machines --Miami-Dade County's elections chief has strongly recommended that its ATM-style 'voting' machines be ditched for optical scan ones that use paper ballots, another black mark for the devices that were billed as a way to avoid a repeat of the 2000 'presidential election fiasco' [coup d'etat].
A growing stake in the biotech crops debate --by Hope Shand Carrboro --"House Bill 671 and Senate Bill 631 [NC] aim to prevent towns, counties or cities from passing any ordinance, regulation or resolution to control any kind of plant or plant pest (including invasive plant species). The bills would usurp local control by making the state Department of Agriculture the only body in North Carolina with the authority to regulate plants. Proponents of the seed pre-emption bills, including the Agriculture Department, are championing the interests of corporate 'gene giants' such as Monsanto and Syngenta -- not citizens. Whether you're for or against genetically modified seeds, the pre-emption bills represent an anti-democratic measure to take control away from communities." [The corpora-terrorists are sabotaging our food supply... is it time for the Iraqi freedom fighters to send help?]
Bird Flu: Danger of a Global Pandemic 30 May 2005 --Scientists warned on May 25 that not enough is being done to combat a strain of avian flu in Asia that many fear could trigger the next global flu pandemic.
Hurricane season could renew global warming debate --If hurricanes again pound the United States this summer, their roar is likely to be accompanied by the din of another storm -- an angry debate among U.S. scientists over the impact of global warming.
After 'terrorism', US may take on 'extremism' --Bush regime is currently reviewing anti-terrorism policies --Plans to look beyond Al Qaeda [Al CIAduh] --Dictator George W Bush’s administration is conducting a broad internal review of its anti-terrorism policies, and may shift the focus from capturing Al Qaeda leaders to a broader push to defeat "violent extremism," The Washington Post said on Sunday.
Review May Shift Terror Policies --U.S. Is Expected to Look Beyond Al Qaeda --The Bush regime has launched a high-level internal review of its efforts to battle international terrorism, aimed at moving away from a policy that has stressed efforts to capture and kill al Qaeda leaders since Sept. 11, 2001, and toward what a senior official called a broader "strategy against violent extremism." [Bush is allowing his freelancer, Osama bin Laden, to go free.]
RAF bombing raids tried to goad Saddam into war --The RAF and US aircraft doubled the rate at which they were dropping bombs on Iraq in 2002 in an attempt to provoke Saddam Hussein into giving the allies an excuse for war, new evidence has shown. The attacks were intensified from May, six months before the United Nations resolution that Tony Blair and Lord Goldsmith, the attorney-general, argued gave the 'coalition' the legal basis for war. By the end of August the raids had become a full air offensive. The details follow the leak to The Sunday Times of minutes of a key meeting in July 2002 at which Blair and his war cabinet discussed how to make "regime change" in Iraq legal. Geoff Hoon, then defence secretary, told the meeting that "the US had already begun 'spikes of activity' to put pressure on the regime". [Click here to read the Iraq memo.]
Smoking Bullet in the Smoking Gun? --by Congressman John Conyers "This morning I read the new revelations, again the London Times, that British and U.S. aircraft had substantially stepped up their bombing activity in the summer of 2002 in an effort to 'goad Saddam into War.' If true, we would seem to have the 'smoking bullet' to the 'smoking gun' of the Downing Street Memo. I have prepared a letter to Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld detailing these new charges and asking for his response..."
Iraq orders Baghdad 'ring of steel' in war on resistance fighters 30 may 2005 Iraq's new [puppet] government said it had deployed 40,000 troops in a "ring of steel" around the capital yesterday in the largest indigenous security operation since the fall of Saddam Hussein.
Iraqi forces launch crackdown against resistance fighters --Iraqi forces on Sunday launched their biggest security crackdown since the fall of Saddam Hussein with the start of a sweep by 40,000 Iraqi troops who will seal off Baghdad and hunt for resistance fighters. Over the next few days, Iraqi soldiers would block major routes into Baghdad and search the city district by district, looking for foreign Arab fighters and Iraqi rebels, Iraqi officials said. They would be backed up by around 10,000 US troops deployed in the capital during Operation Lightning.
Resistance thunder greets Iraq's lightning offensive --Thousands of Iraqi forces have thrown a security net over Baghdad to snare resistance fighters, who quickly struck back with a string of car bombings...
British soldier killed in bomb attack on convoy 30 May 2005 A British soldier was killed and four others wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near a military convoy south of the Iraqi town of Amarah yesterday.
Bombings across Iraq kill more than 50 30 May 2005 Attacks have killed two U.S. troops and at least 50 Iraqis since Friday, including 10 people returning from a religious pilgrimage in Syria... A Sunday suicide car bomb attack near the northern city of Kirkuk killed two and wounded nine.
At least 35 dead as May's toll passes 650 --Suicide bombers kill 7 while trying to penetrate base 29 May 2005 The surge of violence that has swept Iraq since its first elected government took office nearly a month ago showed no sign of receding Saturday, with at least 35 new deaths reported across the country, some of them in what appeared to be sectarian killings.
Eleven UK soldiers face war crimes trial --Up to 11 British soldiers and officers are under investigation for alleged war crimes over the death of an Iraqi civilian in British custody, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.
Long Jailings Anger Iraqis --A large proportion of inmates at Abu Ghraib and another facility are held months without charges. A year after the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal erupted, Iraqi anger has flared anew over the growing numbers of detainees held without charge at the notorious detention center and another prison in the south.
In Rising Numbers, Lawyers Head for Guantánamo Bay --In the last few months, the small commercial air service to the naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has been carrying people the military authorities had hoped would never be allowed there: American lawyers. And they have been arriving in increasing numbers, providing more than a third of about 530 remaining detainees with representation in federal court.
General Defends Treatment of Guantanamo Prisoners --The Pentagon's top general [war criminal] yesterday defended the treatment of detainees at the U.S. Navy prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the United States has done a good job of treating detainees humanely.
Thousands rally over Koran Desecration --Muslims spat on the American flag, threw tomatoes at a picture of Dictator Bush and burned the U.S. Constitution in protests Friday from Egypt to Indonesia over the alleged desecration of Islam's holy book at Guantanamo Bay prison.
Blast Shakes NATO Headquarters in Kabul --An explosion shook the headquarters of NATO's 8,000-strong security force in the Afghan capital on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries, a spokeswoman for the force said.
U.S. senators call for inquiry into Uzbek killings --Three U.S. senators reprimanded U.S. ally Uzbekistan on Sunday for refusing to allow an international investigation into hundreds of deaths in the eastern town of Andizhan earlier this month. Republican Senators John McCain, Lyndsey Graham and John Sununu had traveled to the Central Asian republic to investigate the violence in which witnesses said troops opened fire on demonstrators and killed about 500 people.
S. Korean Foreign Minister Says No Sign of North's Nuclear Test --South Korea's foreign minister said the government hasn't seen any evidence North Korea may be preparing for an underground nuclear test in the immediate future, as reported by U.S. and Japanese media.
Taking baton from Bolton, Cheney slams North Korean leader --US Vice pResident Richard Cheney launched a personal attack on North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, calling him an irresponsible leader who "doesn't take care" of his people as he strives for nuclear power status for his country. [Hello, Pot? This is Kettle...]
French Voters Reject First EU Constitution --French voters rejected the European Union's first constitution Sunday, a stinging repudiation of President Jacques Chirac's leadership and the decades-long effort to further unite the continent. Opponents feared it would strip France of its sovereignty and generous social system and trigger an influx of cheap labor.
Dutch prepare to deliver their snub --Dutch government leaders yesterday issued desperate pleas for the public to back the European constitution as the Netherlands, in the shadow of the French vote, prepared to deliver a large snub to the EU.
Report: Austrian lawmaker says he worked for Mossad --A former senior official in Austria's Freedom Party said he worked for Israel's spy agency while serving alongside its one-time populist leader Joerg Haider, a news magazine reported Saturday.
2 Men, in New York and Florida, Charged in Qaeda Conspiracy --A martial arts expert from the Bronx and a doctor from Florida have been arrested on charges that they conspired to train and provide medical assistance to Al Qaeda terrorists, federal and local authorities said yesterday. The arrests came as part of a two-year sting operation that ended with each man facing a single conspiracy charge. While the authorities said that they had no evidence that either man had actually provided support to terrorists, they said they had taped each man swearing his allegiance to Osama bin Laden, Paul J. Browne, a New York City police spokesman, said.
Two Americans Charged With Aiding Al Qaeda --The FBI arrested a Florida doctor and a New York martial arts expert on federal terrorism charges, saying they conspired to treat and train terrorists, federal prosecutors announced Sunday.
H-P launches ID tracking system --Governments can use software to track citizens -- Hewlett-Packard Co. entered the debate over whether countries should have electronic identity systems by launching new technology Friday designed to help governments keep track of citizens.
Message Is Clear in N.Va.: IM 'Threats' Can Bring Teens Trouble in an Instant --In the past two weeks, two students in Arlington have been arrested -- and were still being detained this weekend -- after their apparent pranks made via 'instant message' were taken more seriously.
System Lets Parents Spy on Kids' Lunches --In the past, parents had no clue when students bought a treat at school. Now, thanks to a new school-lunch monitoring system, they can check over the Internet and learn about that secret cookie... Three school districts in the Atlanta area last week became the first in the country to offer the parental-monitoring option of an electronic lunch payment system called Mealpay.com, created by Horizon Software International of Loganville, Ga.
Santorum Bill Hobbles Weather Service --A bill, filed 14 April by Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Terrorist-Pa., would prevent the weather service from competing with commercial weather companies but would still allow it to issue alerts for threatening weather. Fueling criticism of the measure is the recent disclosure that AccuWeather Inc. gave $2,000 to Santorum's political action committee just before the bill was introduced. Critics say the measure would cut off public access to information paid for with taxes. "You could no longer call the weather office,'' said Dan Sobien, vice president of the National Weather Service Employee Organization. "Weather radio would be off the air. There would be nothing but static except for warnings.'' Sobien said weather service Web sites would go dark, the NOAA weather radio service could not carry marine forecasts, and meteorologists would not be able to talk to the public about local conditions.
New Social Security card proposed --Congress is moving to replace the paper Social Security cards issued to 280 million Americans with plastic, harder-to-counterfeit versions to try to curtail identity theft and the use of Social Security cards and numbers by some undocumented immigrants to obtain jobs.
68 Walk-In Offices Under IRS Budget Knife --On Friday, the IRS announced that it would close 68 offices where taxpayers can walk in for face-to-face help with their tax returns and questions. The plan will put 434 employees at risk of losing their jobs.
Foreclosure Rate Rises Sharply --In 2000, the Philadelphia sheriff auctioned off 300 to 400 foreclosed properties a month; now he handles more than 1,000 per month. Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh, had record auctions of foreclosed homes and officials speak of a "Depression-era" problem.
Socialist Leads U.S. Senate Race in Vt. --In his eighth term in the U.S. House, the independent socialist has carved out a career in Congress as a Congress-basher. Now he is setting his sights on the Senate, and everyone agrees he is the man to beat for the seat now held by the retiring Jim Jeffords.
Census Statistics Indicate Vote Count Was Significantly Off --Where did 3.4 million votes go? --by davidgmills "The official tabulation on November 2, was 122.3 million voters. The census bureau predicted post-election that 125.7 million people (thought they) had voted. Why when we have so much evidence that the count was off and could have been easily manipulated by the corporate computers of Diebold and ES&S, which counted 80% of the vote, including 30% with no paper trail whatsoever, why are not more people questioning the validity of this election?"
Vietnam Pledges Not to Pursue Human Vaccine for Bird Flu on Its Own 28 May 2005 Vietnam has promised it will not unilaterally develop a human vaccine for bird flu, abandoning plans that international health experts had complained were hazardous and could themselves trigger an epidemic, the World Health Organization said Friday.
Scientists link plastic food containers with breast cancer --A chemical widely used in food packaging may be a contributing factor to women developing breast cancer, scientists have suggested.
Analysts Behind Iraq Intelligence Were Rewarded --Two Army analysts whose work has been cited as part of a key intelligence failure on Iraq -- the claim that aluminum tubes sought by the Baghdad government were probably meant for a nuclear weapons program rather than for rockets -- have received job performance awards in each of the past three years, officials said.
The Downing Street Memo --by John Conyers "Dubbed the 'Downing Street Memo,' but actually comprising the minutes of a meeting of Prime Minister Tony Blair and other top British government officials, the memo casts serious doubt on many of the contentions of the Bush Administration in the lead up to the Iraq war. With over 1,600 U.S. servicemen and servicewomen killed in Iraq, the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, and over $200 billion in taxpayer funds going to this war effort, we cannot afford to stand by any longer... To that end, I am asking you to sign on to a letter to the President [sic] requesting he answer the questions posed to him by 89 Members of Congress. I will personally insure that this letter is delivered to the White House." [Click here to read/sign John Conyers' Letter to Pres Bush Concerning "Downing Street Memo."]
The U.S. removes the nuclear brakes --by Reuven Pedatzur "Under the cloak of secrecy imparted by use of military code names, the American administration has been taking a big - and dangerous - step that will lead to the transformation of the nuclear bomb into a legitimate weapon for waging war... Remember the code name "CONPLAN 8022." Last week, the Washington Post reported that this unintelligible nickname masks a military program whose implementation could drag the world into nuclear war. CONPLAN 8022 is a series of operational plans prepared by Startcom, the U.S. Army's Strategic Command, which calls for preemptive nuclear strikes against Iran and North Korea." [Scroll to #24 in the 'Talkback' section to read Lori Price's comments.]
Nuclear Talks End in Discord --The U.N. conference stumbles over priorities. The U.S., focused on North Korea and Iran, is criticized over its own weapons stockpile. A monthlong conference aimed at curtailing the spread of nuclear weapons ended in failure Friday after being scuttled by arguments among the United States, Iran and Egypt.
Art Guild told to remove painting of Bush being sodomized --An explicit art piece at the private, nonprofit Broward Art Guild was removed from its prominent position in the gallery after the agency's director received a phone call from the county's Department of Cultural Affairs, which partially funds the group. The piece in question, in an exhibit entitled "Controversy," is a painting depicting pResident Bush being sodomized. [Hey, turnabout is fair play - that's what Bush has been doing that to *us* since he stole the first election!]
Bush: "You Have to Keep Repeating Things to Catapult the Propaganda" (prisonplanet.com) 26 May 2005 "President [sic] Bush gave a talk at the Athena Performing Arts Center at Greece Athena Middle and High School Tuesday, May 24, 2005 in Rochester, NY. Bush traveled to Rochester, trying to win support for his proposed overhaul of the Social Security system. About half way through the event Bush came out with this pearler. "See in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda." Click here to listen to the Bushism."
Nine Inch Nails drops MTV show over Bush backdrop --The rock band Nine Inch Nails said on Friday it canceled plans to appear on next week's MTV Movie Awards after the network questioned the band's plans to perform in front of an image of President [sic] Bush. The band was slated to perform "The Hand That Feeds," the first single from its latest album. A Los Angeles Times review called the song "a warning against blind acceptance of authority, including that of a president leading his nation to war." "We were set to perform 'The Hand That Feeds' with an unmolested, straightforward image of George W. Bush as the backdrop. Apparently, the image of our president is as offensive to MTV as it is to me," Nine Inch Nails' leader Trent Reznor said in a statement posted on the band's Web site.
Predator Anti-Tank Missile for Urban Assault 27 May 2005 Responding to an urgent request from warfighters, Lockheed Martin expanded the capabilities of its Predator anti-tank weapon and delivered 400 rounds to the U.S. Marine Corps. The U.S. Marine Corps requested Lockheed Martin to modify the shoulder- fired, short-range Predator anti-tank weapon into a direct-attack urban assault weapon.
Oh, joy: U.S. Set to Test Missile Defenses Aboard Airlines --In an airplane hangar north of Fort Worth, technicians are preparing to mount a fire-hydrant-shaped device onto the belly of an American Airlines Boeing 767. It is an effort that could soon turn into a more than $10 billion project to install a high-tech missile defense system on the nation's commercial planes.
In-flight cell phones could aid terrorists, lawmen fear --Agencies outline potential dangers in the FCC plan to allow the devices --Allowing airline passengers to use personal cell phones during flights could help potential hijackers coordinate an attack or trigger a bomb smuggled on board, U.S. security officials have told regulators.
ID cards to cost £300 per person (UK) The government's plans to introduce identity cards were dealt a body blow last night after it emerged the true cost of the scheme could top £18 billion, more than triple the official estimate.
City awaits protocol from Homeland Security --D.C. is still waiting for a written protocol for emergencies from the federal Homeland Security Department... Confusion over protocol has persisted between federal and city officials since a wayward pilot flew into restricted D.C. airspace May 11. The incident prompted evacuation of the White House, Capitol and Supreme Court -- without the notification of D.C. officials.
New breed of FBI recruits training to take on terror --Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the FBI has used radio and television ads, job fairs and its Web site to try to court computer-savvy men and women with multiple college degrees in sciences and languages as part of its emphasis on preventing terrorist attacks.
45 Iraqis, GI Killed in 2 Days of Attacks 28 May 2005 --The government prepared to take its battle against the insurgency to Baghdad's streets as attacks killed a U.S. soldier and at least 45 Iraqis over the past two days.
Car bombs, shooting kill 11, wound 70 in Iraq --Two suicide car bombs exploded outside a joint U.S.-Iraqi military base near the northern town of Sinjar on Saturday, killing five people and wounding at least 45, a hospital official said.
Violence Surges Across Iraq With 30 New Deaths Reported --The surge of violence that has swept Iraq since its first elected government took office nearly a month ago continued Saturday, with at least 30 new deaths reported across the country.
Iraqi Shias 'tortured and shot' 28 May 2005 --The mutilated bodies of 10 Iraqi Shia Muslim pilgrims have been found in the desert near the town of Qaim, close to the Syrian border, 'Iraqi police' say.
Resistance fighters say they killed Japanese hostage in Iraq --Resistance fighters said on Saturday they had killed a Japanese hostage seized in Iraq and posted footage on the Internet showing his bloodied corpse.
Rice interrupted by enactment of Abu Ghraib abuse --Demonstrators interrupted a speech by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday by recreating an image of the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal in which a hooded prisoner stood with his arms outstretched attached to electric wires. Amid tight security at San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall, three women and one man pulled on black hoods and cloaks and stood on their seats, acting out the scene caught in one of the photographs of abuse that undermined U.S. prestige abroad.
Ex-Taliban Insurgents Pledge Allegiance to Afghan Government --Two ex-Taliban insurgents [bribed mercenaries] this week began the process of formally renouncing violence and swearing reconciliation to the [U.S.-installed] government of Afghanistan. They are taking part in the government's Takhim-E Solh, or Strengthening Peace [Promoting Poppies], program. Takhim-E Solh grants amnesty to mid- and low-level insurgents who agree to stop fighting and peacefully enter into civil society. Occupation officials explained the program aims to [hide the humiliating U.S. defeat] break the cycle of violence that plagues Afghanistan, enabling the country to build a more safe and prosperous future.
Holloman F-117s deploy to Korea 24 May 2005 Fifteen F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighters will leave Holloman Air Force Base here this week and head to South Korea. The 49th Fighter Wing on Monday announced the deployment of about 250 airmen and the stealths.
Powerful blast kills 20 in Indonesia --Two huge explosions rocked a market in eastern Indonesia, killing at least 20 people Saturday and injuring 30 others.
U.S. rejects Venezuela's move to extradite terrorism suspect --The United States on Friday rejected Venezuela's first move to extradite a Cuban exile wanted for an airliner bombing, in a case that challenges the U.S. commitment to fight terrorism.
Experts: Petroleum May Be Nearing a Peak --Observers of the oil industry predict that this year, maybe next — almost certainly by the end of the decade — the world's oil production, having grown exuberantly for more than a century, will peak and begin to decline.
Revealed: huge Sellafield leak went undetected for 9 months --Full scale disclosed of worst nuclear accident for decade. Catalogue of human error led to massive radioactive discharge. Accident may force ministers to shut troubled plant for good. 29 May 2005 Tens of thousands of litres of highly radioactive liquid leaked unnoticed for up to nine months from a ruptured pipe in the controversial Thorp reprocessing plant at Sellafield in what the IoS can reveal was Britain's worst nuclear accident for 13 years.
Radioactive water leak reported at Czech nuclear plant near Austrian border 28 May 2005 --About 800 gallons of radioactive water leaked at troubled nuclear power plant near the Czech border with Austria, an official said Saturday.
First-Ever Seattle Heat Warning Issued --On Friday, the National Weather Service issued its first-ever heat advisory for Seattle. The advisory covering the urban corridor from Tacoma north to Everett was prompted by a second day of record temperatures.
Labor Dept. aiming to erode Family and Medical Leave Act --A pitched battle is brewing over the 1993 law, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The Department of Labor is expected to come out shortly with proposals for revising [Hold on to your hats, folks!] parts of the law; some labor and family groups, such as the National Partnership for Women & Families, fear those changes will cause hard-won family leave protections to be lost.
China's bird flu outbreak worse than thought 28 May 2005 New figures from authorities in China show that an outbreak of the deadly bird flu in the west of the country is five times bigger than originally thought. Chinese officials say more than 1,000 migratory birds have been found dead from the H5N1 virus in a remote area of Qinghai province, which is on the edge of the Tibetan plateau.
U.S. Criticized Over Bird Flu Plans 26 May 2005 U.S. efforts to counter a possible influenza pandemic, including an outbreak of bird flu, are moving slowly and may be inadequate in an emergency, several witnesses told lawmakers Thursday.
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