October 2006 Archives, Page Two
Confession that formed base of Iraq war was acquired under torture: journalist 26 Oct 2006 An Al-Qaeda terror suspect captured by the United States, who gave evidence of links between Iraq and the terror network, confessed after being tortured, a journalist told the BBC. Iban al Shakh al Libby told intelligence agents that he was close to Al-Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri and "understood an awful lot about the inner workings of Al-Qaeda," former FBI agent Jack Clonan told the broadcaster. Libby was tortured in an Egyptian prison, according to Stephen Grey, the author of the newly-released book "Ghost Plane" who investigated the secret US CIA prisons that housed terror suspects around the world.
US terror law 'could violate international treaties' 27 Oct 2006 Washington's new anti[pro]-terrorism law could end up violating international treaties protecting detainees, with some provisions denying suspects the right to a fair trial, a key UN rights expert [Martin Scheinin, the United Nations' expert on protecting human rights in the fight against terrorism] said today.
Furor Over Cheney Remark on Tactics for Terror Suspects 28 Oct 2006 The White House found itself fending off questions on Friday about what Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney meant when he agreed with a talk-radio host that there was nothing wrong with 'dunking a terrorism suspect in water' [?!?] if it saved lives. Waterboarding is actually not a dunk in the water, but rather, covering a subject’s face with a constantly soaked cloth to make breathing difficult.
AP Seeks Action on Detained Photographer 28 Oct 2006 The U.S. military's indefinite detention of an Associated Press photographer in Iraq, without charges, is an outrage and should be seen as such by the journalistic community, AP editors said Friday.
European Complicity in Renditions? 26 Oct 2006 The question gripping Italy at the moment is whether the United States informed Rome of its plan to kidnap an Egyptian cleric on Italian soil. Meanwhile, there are further reports that the CIA put pressure on Germany to help quell European criticism of human rights abuses by its "key allies" in the war on terror.
CIA luxury on terror transfers 28 Oct 2006 In January 2004, a crew of CIA agents checked into the five-star Marriott Son Antem golfing resort in Palma for a well-deserved rest. As they basked in comfort at US taxpayers' expense, there was little peace for their cargo. In the hold on that day was Benyam Mohammed, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee alleged to be one of the world's most dedicated jihadists. In Morocco, Mohammed would later allege, he had been doused in hot liquids, subjected to incessant loud noise and had his penis slashed with a scalpel.
Gitmo interrogations spark battle over tactics --The inside story of criminal investigators who tried to stop abuse (Part I of II) By Bill Dedman 24 Oct 2006 Speaking publicly for the first time, senior U.S. law enforcement investigators say they waged a long but futile battle inside the Pentagon to stop coercive and degrading treatment of detainees by intelligence interrogators at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Can the '20th hijacker' of Sept. 11 stand trial? Aggressive interrogation at Guantanamo may prevent his prosecution (Part II or II) By Bill Dedman 26 Oct 2006 In interviews with MSNBC.com — the first time they have spoken publicly — former senior law enforcement agents described their attempts to stop the abusive interrogations. The agents of the Pentagon's Criminal Investigation Task Force, working to build legal cases against suspected terrorists, said they objected to coercive tactics used by a separate team of intelligence interrogators soon after Guantanamo's prison camp opened in early 2002. They ultimately carried their battle up to the office of Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, who approved the more aggressive techniques to be used on [Mohammed al-Qahtani, detainee No. 063] and others... [Pentagon cops] described their disappointment when military prosecutors told them not to worry about making a criminal case against al-Qahtani, the suspected "20th hijacker" of Sept. 11, because what had been done to him would prevent him from ever being put on trial.
CIA Contractor Retains Conviction 27 Oct 2006 A federal judge has denied a request from a former CIA contractor to overturn his conviction for assaulting an Afghan detainee who later died.
Federal court denies government's seal request in terror case 26 Oct 2006 A federal court in Atlanta has denied the government's motion for a protective order for unclassified files in the trial of two men charged with providing material support to terrorists. "The press and the public enjoy a qualified First Amendment right of access to criminal trial proceedings," U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia ruled Thursday. While the government has the right to seal sensitive information when there's a compelling government interest, the court found that the proposed protective order would have covered all unclassified discovery material and thus essentially all filings in the case.
U.S. revives terror data mining 26 Oct 2006 The U.S. intelligence czar is developing a computer system capable of mining huge amounts of information about everyday events for patterns that look like terrorist planning -- technology reminiscent of the discontinued Total Information Awareness (TIA) program. Civil liberties and privacy advocates have criticized the effort, called Tangram, which is being developed by contractors working for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence John D. Negroponte.
ACLU Drops Patriot Act Challenge 28 Oct 2006 The American Civil Liberties Union on Friday dropped a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the USA Patriot Act. The ACLU said it was withdrawing the lawsuit filed more than three years ago because of "improvements [?!?] to the law."
Bush Moves Toward Martial Law Frank Morales October 26, 2006 In a stealth maneuver, President [sic] Bush has signed into law a provision which, according to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), will actually encourage the President to declare federal martial law. It does so by revising the Insurrection Act, a set of laws that limits the President's ability to deploy troops within the United States.
Investigators Say Speaker's Aide Hindered Inquiry of Hill Security Contracts 27 Oct 2006 Two former House committee investigators who were examining Capitol Hill security upgrades said a senior aide to Speaker J. Dennis Hastert hindered their efforts before they were abruptly ordered to stop their probe last year.
Biometric scans served up with school meals 27 Oct 2006 Pupils at a Scots primary school [Todholm Primary in Paisley] have become the first in the world to pay for their lunches by having their palms scanned rather than by handing over cash.
Some 200 human remains found at NY Ground Zero 26 Oct 2006 More than 200 pieces of human remains have been found at the World Trade Center site since the discovery of bones by workers clearing rubble from manholes sparked a new search a week ago, an official said on Thursday.
Report Says Iraq KBR Is Hiding Data From U.S. 28 Oct 2006 A Halliburton subsidiary that has been subjected to numerous investigations for billions of dollars of contracts it has received for work in Iraq has systematically misused federal rules to withhold basic information on its practices from American officials, a federal oversight agency said yesterday. The contracts awarded to the company, KBR, formerly named Kellogg Brown & Root, total about $20 billion.
Halliburton caught 'hindering competition and oversight' by routinely hiding information 27 Oct 2006 (HalliburtonWatch.org) The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) reported today that Halliburton routinely hides from public view the details of its contract performance in Iraq, thereby "hindering competition and oversight." SIGIR concluded that Halliburton "marks almost all of the information it provides to the government as ... proprietary data," thereby forbidding military personnel from disclosing it to the public.
Rove: Military Must Be Flexible With Its Tactics In Iraq 28 Oct 2006 Presidential advisor Karl Rove blasted Democrats on Friday for even suggesting the U.S. withdraw from Iraq, saying the U.S. can't leave one of the world's largest oil reserves in terrorist hands. [It's in terrorist hands right now.] However, Rove also said the military must be flexible in its tactics. He did not elaborate.
Iraqi city imposes vehicle ban 27 Oct 2006 Authorities imposed a vehicle ban in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul after the bodies of 12 people, including four police officers, were found in the past 24 hours, police said.
Clashes between police, rebels claim 43 lives in Iraq 28 Oct 2006 Intense house-to-house fighting between 'insurgents' and Iraqi police north of Baghdad killed 43 people, including 24 officers, the US military said yesterday. US troops later joined the fight, aiding in a counterattack that left 18 insurgents dead, the military said.
McCain: Send 20,000 more troops to Iraq 27 Oct 2006 Republican Sen. John McCain, a possible 2008 presidential candidate, said Friday the United States should send another 20,000 troops to Iraq.
US toll in Iraq rises to 96 this month 27 Oct 2006 Five American troops were killed during fighting in Anbar Province, the US military said yesterday, bringing to at least 96 the number slain this month -- the bloodiest since October 2005.
Just f*ck off: Rumsfeld tells war critics to 'back off' 27 Oct 2006 Defense Secretary [war criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld said Thursday that anyone demanding deadlines for progress in Iraq should "just back off," because it is too difficult to predict when 'Iraqis' [Halliburton] will resume control of their country.
Bush bin Laden/big oil to kill two birds with one stone: Warships deploy around S. Arabia oil facilities --Britain cites al-Qaida threat; U.S. naval forces on heightened alert 27 Oct 2006 Occupation naval forces in the Persian Gulf have been deployed to counter possible seaborne threats to an oil refinery in Bahrain and to Saudi Arabia’s Ras Tanura terminal, which is the world’s biggest offshore oil facility, Britain's Royal Navy said on Friday. [Bush bin Laden is preparing for the 'November surprise.' Oil prices will skyrocket after an oil facility is "attacked" by al-CIAduh.]
US naval war games off the Iranian coastline: A provocation which could lead to War? By Michel Chossudovsky 24 Oct 2006 There is a massive concentration of US naval power in the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea. Two US naval strike groups are deployed: USS Enterprise, and USS Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group. The naval strike groups have been assigned to fighting the "global war on terrorism." Concurrent with this concentration of US Naval power, the US is also involved in military exercises in the Persian Gulf, which consists in "interdicting ships in the Gulf carrying weapons of mass destruction and missiles."
Peretz: We didn't fire at German naval vessel 27 Oct 2006 Defense Minister Amir Peretz denied last night that Israel Air Force warplanes had fired missiles at a German naval vessel off the Mediterranean coast in the north of the country on Tuesday.
Israeli warplanes keep overflying southern Lebanon 26 Oct 2006 Israel Air Forces warplanes have not stopped violating Lebanese air space since Israeli ground troops completed withdrawal from southern Lebanon in early October. Irritated by Israeli fighters' ongoing operations, Major General Alain Pellegrini of France, commander of UN Interim Forcein Lebanon (UNIFIL) warned last week that the UN troops might need to change the rules of engagement to allow the use of anti-aircraft missiles against Israeli jets.
UN Tramples US-Cuba Blockade United Nations 27 Oct 2006 Nearly 20 UN agencies have rejected the US blockade against Cuba for being "a unilateral policy" that hinders economic and social cooperation with the island, according to an official report published Friday.
Chavez Leads Rival by 35 Points, Zogby Poll Shows 24 Oct 2006 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez leads his closest rival ahead of the Dec. 3 vote by 35 percentage points in a Zogby International poll, the fourth survey this month suggesting a landslide win for the president.
U.N. panel backs new treaty on global arms trade 26 Oct 2006 A U.N. General Assembly committee voted on Thursday to let work begin on a new treaty intended to strengthen arms embargoes and prevent human rights abuses by setting uniform global standards for arms deals. The assembly's Disarmament and International Security Committee voted 139 to 1, with the United States casting the sole "no" vote, to approve the start of work on a new arms trade.
High Court approves route of fence around W. Bank enclave 26 Oct 2006 The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected Palestinian petitions against the route of a portion of the separation fence that cuts deep into the northern West Bank, in order to include a settlement bloc.
Bush Signs New Border Fence Into Law --Critics call it is a reincarnation of the Iron Curtain, Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, and The Great Wall of China. 26 Oct 2006 A 700-mile long fence along the Mexican border was approved today at the nation's capitol. George W. Bush says the wall will help to deter illegal immigration from the countries couth of the United States.
More US corporate welfare: Gov't Gives $450M to Coal Research 28 Oct 2006 U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman announced on Friday $450 million in grants during the next decade to further research into technology that would lessen the environmental impacts of coal use.
TV show confirms warnings given BP 27 Oct 2006 A segment to air Sunday on 60 Minutes confirms reporting by the Houston Chronicle that BP executives knew there were serious safety concerns about the company's Texas City refinery in advance of the 2005 explosion that killed 15 and injured scores more.
The Supreme Court's Crusade: Fairness for the Powerful By Adam Cohen 26 Oct 2006 The United States Supreme Court is hearing arguments in the case next week, and the broader business community has joined Philip Morris in asking the court to sharply reduce the damages... It is a test of whether the court will abandon its conservative principles to be activist and "rights-making" when the party that needs help is a large corporation. It will also reveal whether the court will continue on its current disturbing path of giving corporations more protection from excessive punishment than it gives to people.
Compounding a Political Outrage (The New York Times) 27 Oct 2006 The sleazy way in which campaigns and the political parties use loopholes in the campaign finance laws to evade responsibility for their attack ads is on full display in the Tennessee Senate race. Slick as a leer, pernicious as a virus, a campaign commercial transparently honed as a racist appeal to Tennessee voters has remained on the air, despite assurances from Republican sponsors that it was pulled down.
The Black House On Pennsylvania Avenue By Mary Sparrowdancer 25 Oct 2006 It appears that hell has finally frozen over. The extent of the US government's illegal conduct--its lying, scheming, cheating, torture, murder, sexual escapades, and covering up of criminal activities--is finally surfacing and it is breaking through the once calm, sleepy, uninformed U.S. like the tip of an iceberg from hell.
Former White House Aide Gets 18-Month Sentence 27 Oct 2006 A federal judge sentenced a former Bush administration official [David Safavian] to 18 months in prison in the Jack Abramoff lobbying case Friday -- after delivering a 30-minute eulogy for good government in Washington.
Poll: Middle class voters abandoning GOP 27 Oct 2006 The 2006 election is shaping up to be a repeat of 1994. This time, Democrats are favored to sweep Republicans from power in the House after a dozen years of GOP rule.
Insert name here, a Libertarian, is also running 26 Oct 2006 By Mark Yannone
Mega barf alert! Bloomberg Sends Troops to Help Lieberman 28 Oct 2006 In his battle for re-election to the United States Senate without the backing of the Democratic Party, Joseph I. LieberBush is deploying a secret weapon in the race’s closing days: a sophisticated operation to identify and turn out voters, courtesy of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York City.
"What happens at the polls doesn't happen at the polls." --GOP whore and 2000 coupmeister, Mary Matlin on MSNBC, 27 Oct 2006
Trump Card: St. Louis captures World Series 27 Oct 2006 They started the postseason as baseball's biggest underdogs but the St. Louis Cardinals ended it as top dogs Friday, beating the Detroit Tigers 4-2 to win their first World Series in 24 years.
CIA tried to silence EU on torture flights --Germany offered access to prisoner in Morocco if it quelled opposition 26 Oct 2006 The CIA tried to persuade Germany to silence EU protests about the human rights record of one of America's key allies in its clandestine torture flights programme, the Guardian can reveal. According to a secret intelligence report, the CIA offered to let Germany have access to one of its citizens, an al-Qaida suspect being held in a Moroccan cell. But the US secret agents demanded that in return, Berlin should cooperate and "avert pressure from EU" over human rights abuses in the north African country.
Book tells of CIA bid to hush up torture 27 Oct 2006 The CIA tried to persuade Germany to keep the EU quiet about the human rights record of one of America's key allies in its clandestine torture flights program.
German ministers 'knew about CIA torture cells' 25 Oct 2006 The German government is alleged to have received first-hand evidence that the CIA began torturing terrorist suspects at secret prisons in Europe shortly after the[ir] September 11 attacks, despite claiming it only knew about such sites through the media.
Germany tight-lipped on CIA secret deal report 26 Oct 2006 The German Foreign Ministry on Thursday said it had no comment on a report the CIA made Germany a secret offer in return for support on deflecting criticism from its policy of flying terrorism suspects to secret jails.
AP's Curley: Government's 'Overt Effort to Stifle a Free Press' 25 Oct 2006 Associated Press president and CEO Tom Curley today used some of the strongest possible language to condemn the U.S. government's holding of an AP photographer in Iraq without charges. Bilal Hussein has been in U.S. custody for about six months in Iraq for what Pentagon officials assert is closeness to Iraqi insurgents. "We are left to conclude that this is not an issue of a threat to American security," Curley told mediabistro.com in an email. "It is an overt effort to stifle a free press." Last week Pentagon officials refused a request for information from a journalists' organization on why Hussein is being held. Military officials have in the past cited what they called "strong ties" to insurgents. He was taken into custody April 12, according to the AP.
Pentagon defends detention of AP photographer in Iraq 16 Oct 2006 The Pentagon has brushed off a request from a journalist organization seeking more information and a decision on Bilal Hussein, an Associated Press photographer held for six months in Iraq without formal [?!? All charges are 'formal.'] charges. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman, in a letter to the Committee to Protect Journalists, did not provide details about why Iraqi photographer Bilal Hussein continues to be held without charges at a U.S.-run prison camp.
Journalist, his wife found dead in their house west of Baghdad 26 Oct 2006 An Iraqi journalist and his wife were found dead in their house in Amiriyah area west of the capital, said a security source on Thursday. The source added that the couple were shot dead by mysterious murderers [US death squads].
Abductors speak to AP photographer *in English* AP Photographer Details Hours As Captive By Emilio Morenatti 26 Oct 2006 Just before 7 a.m., I took my cameras and lenses and left my apartment in Gaza City to meet my friend Majed Hamdan, an Associated Press driver and translator waiting for me on the street. But before I could get into the car, a white Volkswagen Golf raced up and blocked our way. Four men with Kalashnikov assault rifles jumped out. They grabbed me, threw me into their car and took off. Looking back, I saw Majed lying on the street with two men pointing rifles at his head. My abductors pushed me down on the back seat and covered me with some kind of fabric, shouting, "Go down, go down" and "shut up" in English.
"It's a no-brainer for me." Cheney confirms detainees were subjected to water-boarding 25 Oct 2006 Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney has confirmed that U.S. interrogators subjected captured senior al-Qaida suspects to a controversial interrogation technique called "water-boarding," which creates a sensation of drowning. Cheney indicated that the Bush administration doesn't regard water-boarding as torture and allows the CIA to use it. "It's a no-brainer for me," Cheney said at one point in an interview. The U.S. Army, senior Republican lawmakers, human rights experts and many experts on the laws of war, however, consider water-boarding cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment that's banned by U.S. law and by international treaties that prohibit torture. [It's a no-brainer for me, too: Let the war crimes trials begin!]
'Backlog' of terror trials denied 26 Oct 2006 Lord Falconer has denied a report the courts system is failing to cope with the increasing numbers of terror cases. Earlier, the Crown Prosecution Service revealed a total of 99 defendants were awaiting trial in 34 terror cases. Counter-terrorism head Sue Hemming told the Times she was not sure the system was "geared up" to deal with them. She also revealed work had begun to find other court centres outside London where terror cases could be tried. [?!?]
Iraqi Premier Denies U.S. Assertion He Agreed to Timelines --Maliki Also Criticizes Sadr City Raid 26 Oct 2006 Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki lashed out at the United States on Wednesday, saying his popularly elected government would not bend to U.S.-imposed benchmarks and timelines and criticizing a U.S.-Iraqi military operation in a Shiite slum in Baghdad that left at least five people dead and 20 wounded. Maliki's comments came a day after U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said the prime minister had agreed to timelines for accomplishing several critical goals, including developing plans to deal with [create more] militias, amend the constitution [implement a full-blown Bush-style dictatorship] and equitably distribute Iraq's oil revenue [between Halliburton, KBR and ExxonMobil].
Halliburton Cited For Iraq Overhead --Costs in Oil Contract Called Extreme 25 Oct 2006 Administrative overhead accounted for more than half the costs that a Halliburton Co. subsidiary passed on to the government under a key contract to restore Iraq's oil industry, a figure that critics said was unusually high. A report released yesterday by the inspector general's office overseeing Iraq spending found that at least 55 percent, or $163 million, of $296 million in total costs rung up by Halliburton unit KBR went to expenses such as back-office support, transportation and security.
Idle Contractors Add Millions to Iraq 'Rebuilding' --Highest proportion of overhead incurred in KBR oil-facility contracts 25 Oct 2006 Overhead costs have consumed more than half the budget of some reconstruction projects in Iraq, according to a government estimate released yesterday. The highest proportion of overhead was incurred in oil-facility contracts won by KBR Inc., the Halliburton subsidiary formerly known as Kellogg Brown & Root.
"This is a different kind of war than a war against the fascists in World War II." --George W. Bush Press Conference by the President [sic] 25 Oct 2006. [He is right. In Bush's war, instead of *fighting* the fascists we *are* the fascists!]
U.S. generals call for Democratic takeover --Disgusted with the leadership of the Iraq war, two retired generals say the GOP must go. Plus: More than 100 current military personnel join a campaign to get the U.S. out of Iraq -- now. By Mark Benjamin 25 Oct 2006 Two retired senior Army generals, who served in Iraq and previously voted Republican, are now openly endorsing a Democratic takeover of Congress. The generals, and an active-duty senior military official, told Salon in separate interviews that they believe a Democratic victory will help reverse course from what they consider to be a disastrous Bush administration policy in Iraq.
U.S. troops on active duty call for Iraq withdrawal 25 Oct 2006 More than 200 active duty U.S. armed service members, fed up with the war in Iraq, have joined an unusual protest calling for withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country, organizers said on Wednesday.
Military members' war protest gaining steam 25 Oct 2006 The number of military service members protesting the Iraq War through official communication to their members of Congress nearly doubled since Monday to 118 soldiers and Marines, according to a lawyer consulting the group. Marine Sgt. Liam Madden, 22, of Rockingham, Vt., was one of the first active-duty service members and Iraq veterans to file an appeal of redress through a whistleblower provision in military law, saying the war has "too much of a human cost."
U.S. Death Toll in Iraq Worst in a Year 26 Oct 2006 The number of American troops killed in Iraq in October reached the highest monthly total in a year Thursday after four Marines and a sailor died of wounds suffered while fighting.
Police say fighting kills 30 in Iraq 26 Oct 2006 Fighting between police and suspected militia gunmen northeast of Baghdad on Thursday killed 30 people and wounded 42, the provincial police chief said.
Army sets out hopes for Iraq pull-out 26 Oct 2006 Australian troops are set to start pulling out of Iraq within 12 to 18 months, Australia's top officer in the Middle East has said.
Iraq Fighting Kills 5 More U.S. Military in Al-Anbar 26 Oct 2006 Five U.S. service members died in the western Iraqi province of al-Anbar in the bloodiest month for American forces in a year, the military said today.
NATO bombs kill scores of Afghan civilians-officials 26 Oct 2006 NATO warplanes killed at least 50 civilians, mostly women and children, in bombing in southern Afghanistan during a major Islamic holiday, local leaders said on Thursday. The incident [war crime] happened on Tuesday, the middle of the Eid al-Fitr festival marking the end of the Muslim fasting month, in Panjwai.
Scores of civilians killed in air strikes, say officials and elders 26 Oct 2006 (Afghanistan) Dozens of civilians have been killed during NATO air strikes in the southern province of Kandahar, officials and local tribal elders said on Thursday.
Army testing Afghanistan-bound soldiers for drugs 25 Oct 2006 The military has started testing Canadian soldiers for illegal drugs before deploying them to Afghanistan, CTV News has confirmed. But one source said hundreds of troops have apparently failed the test.
Israeli warplanes in 'incident' with German ship off Lebanon: military 25 Oct 2006 Two Israeli warplanes were involved in an armed incident with a German ship patrolling Lebanon's waters as part of the UN force in the Arab country, the German military told AFP. According to Thursday's edition of the Tagesspiegel newspaper, on Monday, two Israeli F-16 warplanes fired shots as well as anti-missile defence flares while flying low over the German vessel.
UK 'number one al-Qaeda target' 19 Oct 2006 Al-Qaeda [Al-CIAduh] has become more organised and sophisticated and has made Britain its top target, counter-terrorism officials have told the BBC. Security sources say the situation has never been so grim, said BBC home affairs correspondent Margaret Gilmore.
Gonzales praises new U.S. military law 23 Oct 2006 U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Monday praised the new Military Commissions Act, saying prisoners now have more rights than they did before. [Yes, water-boarding for only one hour per day instead of two.]
G6 leaders to discuss anti-terror measures 25 Oct 2006 The home secretary, John Reid, is to chair a two-day meeting of European interior ministers at which anti[pro]-terror measures will top the agenda.
Man Linked to Miami Terror Plot Pleads Guilty In Weapons Case 25 Oct 2006 A man linked to plotters who allegedly hoped to blow up Chicago's Sears Tower and other buildings pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal weapons charge... Sultan Khanbey admitted that he fired a handgun during an argument at the warehouse where a group led by Narseal Batiste allegedly pledged allegiance to 'al-Qaida' and made plans for terror attacks. Batiste and six others arrested this summer never got beyond the plotting stage and that a man they thought was an al-Qaida operative was actually an FBI informant. [Well, they're one and the same.]
Some Voting Machines Chop Off Candidates' Names --Computer Glitch Affects Voters in 3 Jurisdictions; Error Cannot Be Fixed by Nov. 7 24 Oct 2006 U.S. Senate candidate [Democrat - the PentaPost buried that tidbit] James Webb's last name has been cut off on part of the electronic ballot used by voters in Alexandria, Falls Church and Charlottesville because of a computer glitch that also affects other candidates with long names, city officials said yesterday. [Webb is a long name?!? Arming the Left: Is the time now? --by Charles Southwell 21 Oct 2003 "As long as we pose no REAL threat to the powers-that-be, to what is shaping up into [is] a dictatorship, we will continue to be ignored. Right now, we are ignored because we present no organized power to fight this onslaught of anti-democratic, totalitarian government that we are up against..."]
Absentee votes may delay results 25 Oct 2006 (OH) Elections officials in large and small Ohio counties say they can't count all their absentee ballots in time to provide results on Election Day, unless they can start scanning them days earlier. [But of course, they won't - as the press might learn of the impending Democratic landslide and that might raise questions about Diebold's electronic theft of the election.]
Mercenary politics: Pennsylvania Greens Take GOP Donations in Ballot Drive (Democracy Now!) 25 Oct 2006 Newly released campaign finance documents have revealed the Pennsylvania’s Green Party has been receiving money from a most unlikely source – prominent Republicans. We turn now to Pennsylvania where newly released campaign finance documents have revealed the state’s Green Party has been receiving money from a most unlikely source - the founder and owner of the mercenary company Blackwater USA.
Giuliani hires Rove aide as fund-raiser 25 Oct 2006 Rudy Giuliani [R-9/11 Terrorist] has hired a new fund-raiser who used to work for top presidential adviser Karl Rove - the latest sign the former mayor may be eying the White House. Margaret Hoover made $10,000 last month as the new deputy finance director for Solutions America, Giuliani's federal political action committee, records show. Hoover's résumé includes working on intergovernmental affairs for Rove and working for Bush's 2004 campaign operation.
GOP will win in November By Stuart Kiehl 24 Oct 2006 In spite of the La Cage aux Foley Pedophie Scandal, the GOP cover up, and a sense of hope on the side of the Democrats, the Republicans will retain the House and Senate this November. Why? The GOP and their corporate allies have control and the security of the voting machines we have been forced to use without our consent.
Congressman From Arizona Is the Focus of an Inquiry 25 Oct 2006 Federal authorities in Arizona have opened an inquiry into whether [Republican] Representative Rick Renzi introduced legislation that benefited a military contractor that employs his father, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.
Officials scrutinize Ariz. land deal 24 Oct 2006 A land deal involving Rep. Rick Renzi, R-AZ, is being scrutinized by the U.S. attorney's office in Arizona, a law enforcement official in Washington said Tuesday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity while the inquiry is ongoing, said the investigation has been under way for a few months and is still in its very early stages.
Exxon Mobil 3rd-quarter profit climbs to US$10.49B, second biggest ever 26 Oct 2006 Oil industry behemoth Exxon Mobil Corp. said Thursday its third-quarter profits rose to US$10.49 billion, the second-largest quarterly profit ever recorded by a publicly traded U.S. company.
Exxon, Shell Exceed Profit Predictions as Prices Soar 26 Oct 2006 Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the world's two biggest oil companies, posted higher third-quarter earnings than analysts expected after crude prices soared to a record and production increased.
One earth, three planets' worth of damage 25 Oct 2006 Britain is living a "three-planet lifestyle", consuming resources at triple the rate the Earth can renew them, according to wildlife campaigners. WWF's biennial Living Planet report said each person is using the equivalent of six football pitches of resources to support the way we live.
General May Call for Increase in U.S. Troop Levels in Baghdad 24 Oct 2006 The top American military commander in Iraq [Gen. George W. Casey Jr.] said today that he might call for an increase in American troop levels in Baghdad as part of efforts to recapture the capital from 'insurgents' and [US] death squads that have pushed killings in the city to some of the highest levels of the war.
Judge Orders Release of Abu Ghraib Child Rape Photos 23 Oct 2006 A federal judge ruled today that graphic pictures of detainee abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison must be released over government claims that they could damage America's image. Last year a Republican senator conceded that they contained scenes of "rape and murder" and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said they included acts that were "blatantly sadistic." Reporter Seymour Hersh, who helped uncover the scandal, said in a speech before an ACLU convention: "The women were passing messages saying 'Please come and kill me, because of what's happened.'"
Many Follow U.S. Example on Detainees 23 Oct 2006 Several governments around the world have tried to rebut criticism of how they handle detainees by claiming they are only following the U.S. example in the war on terror, the U.N. anti-torture chief said Monday. Manfred Nowak, the U.N. special investigator on torture, would not name any countries except for Jordan.
U.S. Rank on Press Freedom Slides Lower 24 Oct 2006 The United States slipped further down the scale of 168 countries rated, the group Reporters Without Borders said yesterday. Although it ranked 17th on the first list, published in 2002, the United States now stands at 53, having fallen nine places since last year [under the Bush dictatorship].
One of FBI's 'Most Wanted Terrorists' confirmed dead 24 Oct 2006 An al Qaeda [al CIAduh] operative wanted in connection with the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings was killed in April in Pakistan, American officials have confirmed.
US embarrassed by terror suspect 25 Oct 2006 A former CIA operative wanted for trial for acts of terrorism against Cuba is stuck in legal limbo in a Texas jail. Luis Posada has denied involvement in the airliner bombing, but has admitted being part of a plot to bomb Havana hotels, which led to the death of an Italian tourist. In addition, he was jailed for an assassination attempt on President Castro in Panama in 2000, although he was later pardoned by the Panamanian authorities. The US courts have ruled that Luis Posada should not be sent to Venezuela or Cuba on the grounds that he would not receive a fair trial and may face torture. [OMFG, the irony is enough to kill us all. Bush is worried that an *admitted terrorist* (not a suspect) might *not receive a fair trial and may face torture.* Oh, you mean like the hundreds of people who were picked up by the CIA's 'torture taxi service,' subjected to 'extraordinary rendition,' stuffed in a US black ops prison site, never to see the light of day again - except to be dragged before their kangaroo military tribunals?]
Scots Muslim charged for alleged 'terror' websites 24 Oct 2006 A young Muslim man charged with terrorism offences was allegedly using websites he set up to demonstrate how to make and use firearms and explosives, court papers revealed yesterday. Mohammed Atif Siddique, 20, who was arrested in an anti[pro]-terrorism dawn raid on 13 April at his family's home in Alva, Clackmannanshire, is charged with using websites to distribute publications that could encourage acts of terrorism, as well as other terrorism-related offences. [Gee, the RNC does that 24/7, by airing bin Laden footage in their whackjob ticking 'Fear terrorism; fear Dems' ad, don't they? --LRP]
Olbermann: GOP is 'leading terrorist group in this country' 24 Oct 2006 With its controversial These Are The Stakes TV ad, the Republican Party has become "the leading terrorist group in this country right now," MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann declared Monday night in a nearly 10-minute long "Special Comment."
Advertising terrorism --The key to terrorism is not the act — but the fear of the act --By Keith Olbermann 23 Oct 2006 The dictionary definition of the word "terrorize" is simple and not open to misinterpretation: "To fill or overpower with terror; terrify. To coerce by intimidation or fear." ...The key to terror, the key to terrorism, is not the act—but the fear of the act. That is why bin Laden and his deputies and his imitators are forever putting together videotaped statements and releasing virtual infomercials with dire threats and heart-stopping warnings. But why is the Republican Party imitating them? Bin Laden puts out what amounts to a commercial of fear; The Republicans put out what is unmistakable as a commercial of fear. The Republicans are paying to have the messages of bin Laden and the others broadcast into your home. Only the Republicans have a bigger bank roll... By this definition, the leading terrorist group in this world right now is al Qaida. But the leading terrorist group in this country right now is the Republican Party. [A must read]
Part of Canada Anti-Terrorism Law Tossed 24 Oct 2006 The first person charged under Canada's anti-terrorism act won a partial victory Tuesday when a judge struck down a key portion of the law, ruling that the clause dealing with the definition of the law violates the country's bill of rights.
Part of anti-terror law struck down 24 Oct 2006 (Ottawa) A judge has struck a portion of the Anti-Terrorism Act which defines terrorism, saying it violates the Charter of Rights. The ruling hands a victory to accused terror suspect Mohammed Momin Khawaja, but he remains behind bars.
Extend terror laws: MP's 24 Oct 2006 An interim parliamentary committee report recommended the extension to 2011 of two anti[pro]-terrorism powers granted to police after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States. The two provisions, preventive arrest and investigative hearings, will expire in December, five years after they were first enacted in December 2001.
Terror suspect's lawyers denied papers 25 Oct 2006 (AU) Lawyers for suspected terrorist Bilal Khazal have been denied access to confidential documents, with a Supreme Court judge finding the risk to national security was too high. Khazal, a former Qantas baggage handler, is accused of inciting terrorism and his lawyers had sought access to the documents after the commonwealth moved to have two of his representatives banned from his legal team.
Blair calls for everyone to record DNA on databases 24 Oct 2006 Millions of people should have their genetic details recorded on government DNA databases, regardless of whether they have ever been convicted of a crime, Tony Blair said yesterday. The Prime Minister's demand for the "maximum number" of samples to be recorded will increase pressure on Scotland to follow England's lead and allow routine retention of DNA from innocent people.
Rebels stage military parade in Ramadi 22 Oct 2006 Iraqi rebels have conducted a military parade in the city of Ramad, west of Baghdad, to mark the setting up of what they call 'the Islamic Emirate' of Iraq. The parade was organized by Majlis Shora al-Mujahideen, the Mujahideen Shora Council, in which thousands of fighters and hundreds of vehicles took part. The council, which brings together several Iraqi rebel groups, represents the local branch of al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] organization led by Osama Bin Laden.
US death toll in Iraq for October hits 91 24 Oct 2006 Five more US soldiers have been killed in attacks and fighting with rebels in Iraq, the American military announced Tuesday, bringing the death toll for the month of October to 91.
Four Killed In Iraq 24 Oct 2006 Four U.S. servicemembers were killed in Iraq over the last two days.
Soldier Missing, 2 Military Personnel Killed in Iraq, Army Says 24 Oct 2006 One soldier is missing in Baghdad and a Marine and another soldier were killed in separate incidents in Iraq, the U.S. Army said in e-mailed statements.
Britain puts break-up of Iraq on agenda 25 Oct 2006 The possible break-up of Iraq into three separate states has been acknowledged for the first time by Britain's Foreign Secretary, Margaret Beckett, as she scaled back expectations of what could be achieved before US-led international forces leave.
Iraq: the people have their say. And it's bad news for Tony Blair 24 Oct 2006 72 per cent predict that Iraq will descend into civil war if British and American troops withdraw; 72 per cent say that Tony Blair's support for George Bush calls into question his political judgement.
U.S. blames Iran, Syria for Iraq violence [!?!] 24 Oct 2006 America's civilian and military leaders in Iraq linked Iran and Syria with 'al Qaeda' on Tuesday as forces trying to tear the country apart and prevent the United States from establishing a stable 'democracy' [dictatorship].
15 NATO troops killed in Afghanistan 23 Oct 2006 An insurgency attack on a military convoy in Zabul, southern Afghanistan, left 15 dead and two wounded, according to NATO.
DoD brainwashing begins at age 8: Young Marines Promote Healthy, Drug-Free Lifestyles 23 Oct 2006 Established in 1958, the Young Marines is a nonprofit youth organization that teaches young people from ages 8 to 18 how to gain self-confidence and be responsible, group spokesman Roberto P. Oviedo said today at the Pentagon. Young Marines wear authentic Marine-type uniforms and have similar military ranks, like 13-year-old Lance Cpl. Brianna P. Murphy, from Lapeer, Mich.
Gaza gunmen free photographer 24 Oct 2006 Palestinian gunmen kidnapped a photographer working for the Associated Press news agency in Gaza on Tuesday, keeping him captive more than 12 hours before pressure from Palestinian officials secured his release.
Recent kidnappings of journalists in Gaza 24 Oct 2006 Associated Press photographer Emilio Morenatti was the 11th journalist kidnapped in the Gaza Strip since 2004. Two other attempts failed.
AP: Whites Got Better Katrina Insurance Payouts 24 Oct 2006 Though poor and minority neighborhoods suffered the brunt of Katrina's fury, residents living in white neighborhoods have been three times as likely as homeowners in black neighborhoods to seek state help in resolving insurance disputes, according to an Associated Press computer analysis. Nearly 75 percent of the settled cases were filed by residents currently living in predominantly white neighborhoods. Just 25 percent were filed by households in majority-black zip codes, the analysis found.
"A powerful innuendo that plays to pre-existing prejudices about African-American men and white women" Tennessee ad ignites internal GOP squabbling --Corker calls for own party to pull spot some [Why not all?] Republicans denounce as racist 24 Oct 2006 [Tenn. senate race involves former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker (R) and Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D)] In the ad, a young white actress playing the stereotype of a "dumb blonde" talks about meeting Ford, a 36-year-old bachelor who is black, "at the Playboy party." At the end of the ad, she winks and says to the camera, "Harold — call me."
Hastert testifies in sex scandal probe 24 Oct 2006 The leader of the House of Representatives testified on Tuesday in a Capitol Hill [GOPedophile] sex scandal and urged investigators to move quickly as his rattled Republican Party struggles to keep control of Congress in the November 7 elections. House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois spent more than two and one-half hours behind closed doors with an investigative congressional subcommittee. The four-member ethics panel wants to determine what Hastert and others knew about troublesome behavior by former Rep. Mark Foley. ['Troublesome?' Try *illegal.*]
Anger at Washington boosts Democrat in swing state 24 Oct 2006 In Missouri's Senate race, like many other U.S. congressional contests, a vote for the Democrat on November 7 is often likely to be a vote against Republican President [sic] George W. Bush.
Lamont Compares Lieberman to Nixon 24 Oct 2006 Trailing in the polls [?], Democrat Ned Lamont called the Iraq conflict Sen. Joe LieberBush's "war of choice" and compared his rival to former Republican President Nixon.
Judge Throws Out Fla. Exit Poll Limit 24 Oct 2006 A federal judge [U.S. District Judge Paul C. Huck] on Tuesday threw out a Florida law that prohibits exit polling within 100 feet of a voting place, finding there was no evidence that such surveys were disruptive or threatened access to voting.
Suit Filed Against Ohio Voter ID Law 24 Oct 2006 Labor and poverty groups sued to block Ohio's new voter identification law Tuesday, claiming that inconsistencies in how the law is applied make it unconstitutional. ''There's a significant risk here that tens of thousands of ballots will not be counted,'' said Subodh Chandra, a Cleveland attorney representing the group.
Chicago Voter Database Hacked --Civic Group Claims It Could Have Tampered With Voter Roles 23 Oct 2006 A non-partisan civic organization [the Illinois Ballot Integrity Project] today claimed it had hacked into the voter database for the 1.35 million voters in the city of Chicago.
Israel's Olmert faces suspicion over bank sale 25 Oct 2006 Israeli authorities said on Tuesday they were examining the 2005 privatization of Bank Leumi after Israeli media raised new corruption allegations against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert related to his role in the sale.
America may penalise Iraq if it fails to stop the violence --Strategy could mean US removal of ministers deemed 'incompetent or corrupt' 23 Oct 2006 President [sic] George W Bush met his top generals to discuss the deteriorating situation in Iraq as it was reported that America is considering punishing Baghdad if it fails to meet deadlines to stop the violence. Benchmarks would be set covering progress in the Iraqi military, police and economy that if missed would result in the imposition of "penalties" by Washington. These would include "changes in military strategy", which could mean troop cuts or redeployment within Iraq, or the removal of ministers deemed incompetent or corrupt. [In other words, more US coup d'etats are on the way.]
MoD bans TV news access to warzones 24 Oct 2006 The Ministry of Defence has banned Britain’s biggest commercial news broadcaster from frontline access to the nation’s forces, The Times has learnt. In an unprecedented move that risks accusations of censorship, the Government has withdrawn co-operation from ITV News in warzones after accusing it of inaccurate and intrusive reports about the fate of wounded soldiers.
US offers amnesty in secret talks --Policy is reversed as October becomes the deadliest month this year for US troops 23 Oct 2006 American forces are negotiating an amnesty with Sunni 'insurgents' in Iraq to try to defuse the nascent civil war and pave the way for disarmament of Shia militias, The Times has learnt. The tactic marks a dramatic reversal of policy by the US military, which blocked attempts to pardon insurgents with American blood on their hands after handing over sovereignty to a secular Iraqi Government in June 2004.
Iraq war could be judged a disaster, Beckett admits 24 Oct 2006 Iraq could break up into different parts eventually, Margaret Beckett, the Foreign Secretary, said yesterday... She also accepted that the invasion might come to be judged eventually as a foreign policy disaster for Britain.
UK warned against Iraq invasion 23 Oct 2006 On the day after the September 11 terrorist attacks, senior British intelligence officials told their American counterparts that they would not support retaliatory action against Iraq, a new book claims. Tyler Drumheller, who worked for the CIA for 26 years and rose to become head of the agency's European operations, says the former CIA director George Tenet received a "powerful delegation from a very close European ally" at the CIA's headquarters on September 12 2001.
Former CIA insider blasts Bush --Tells people at church conference that lies led to War in Iraq 23 Oct 2006 Ray McGovern said the current presidential administration is in need of a "sanity check," a term he said goes back to his days at the CIA, when analysts consulted with each other to find the truth. "Prevarication, disingenuousness, untruthfulness -- they won't do anymore," McGovern said. "We need to call lies 'lies.'"
'Arrogant' US has failed, says spin doctor 23 Oct 2006 Washington's top foreign affairs spin doctor has described US policy in Iraq as "a failure", and accused his government of "arrogance" and "stupidity". Speaking in Arabic on al-Jazeera television Alberto Fernandez, director of public diplomacy at the state department's bureau of near eastern affairs, gave viewers an unusually sharp assessment of the administration's efforts in Iraq. He spoke in the past tense, as though it was all over. [It is.]
US diplomat apologises for calling America 'arrogant' 23 Oct 2006 A senior US diplomat [Alberto Fernandez] has apologised for accusing America of showing "arrogance" and "stupidity" in its dealings with Iraq.
Britons want troops out of Iraq this year 23 Oct 2006 More than 60 percent of British voters want Britain's troops to be withdrawn from Iraq this year, a newspaper survey published on Tuesday showed.
Iraq: voters want British troops home by end of year --Fresh pressure on Blair as public back calls for early withdrawal 24 Oct 2006 A clear majority of voters want British troops to be pulled out of Iraq by the end of this year, regardless of the consequences for the country, according to a Guardian/ICM poll published today.
U.S. says has set no deadlines for Iraq 23 Oct 2006 U.S. officials on Monday denied a weekend report in The New York Times that said the Bush administration was drafting a timetable to boost pressure on the Iraqi government to make faster progress on assuming responsibility for security.
Active-Duty Troops Launch Campaign to Press Congress to End U.S. Occupation of Iraq --65 Members to Send "Appeals for Redress" Under the Military Whistle-blower Protection Act 23 Oct 2006 (Press Release) For the first time since the U.S. invasion of Iraq, active- duty members of the military are asking Members of Congress to end the U.S. occupation of Iraq and bring American soldiers home. Sixty-five active-duty members have sent Appeals for Redress to Members of Congress.
Pat Tillman's brother Kevin speaks out against war 22 Oct 2006 The brother of an NFL player who was killed in Afghanistan after quitting the team to join the U.S. Army Rangers has broken his silence. Kevin Tillman, a former Army Ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with his older brother, Pat Tillman, wrote a scathing indictment of the war in Iraq, the Bush administration and American apathy.
After Pat's Birthday By Pat Tillman 19 Oct 2006 Somehow we were sent to invade a nation because it was a direct threat to the American people, or to the world, or harbored terrorists, or was involved in the September 11 attacks, or received weapons-grade uranium from Niger, or had mobile weapons labs, or WMD, or had a need to be liberated, or we needed to establish a democracy, or stop an insurgency, or stop a civil war we created that can’t be called a civil war even though it is... Somehow our elected leaders were subverting international law and humanity by setting up secret prisons around the world, secretly kidnapping people, secretly holding them indefinitely, secretly not charging them with anything, secretly torturing them...
U.S. troop deaths in Iraq reach 87 for October 23 Oct 2006 The U.S. military on Monday announced the deaths of two more American soldiers and a Marine on Saturday and Sunday, bringing the total of U.S. troops killed over the weekend to 12. It also announced the death of a civilian 'contractor' [mercenary] who had been training Iraqi police.
U.S. soldier listed as missing in Baghdad 23 Oct 2006 A U.S. soldier in Baghdad was reported missing late Monday, the U.S. military in Baghdad said. A military official in Washington said the missing service member was an Army translator, and the initial report was that he may have been abducted.
Five Marines, Two Soldiers Die in Iraq 22 Oct 2006 Five Marines and two U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq as the result of enemy action over the past few days, military officials reported.
44 Killed Across Iraq As Ramadan Ends 22 Oct 2006 Militants targeted police recruits and shoppers rounding up last-minute sweets and delicacies Sunday for a feast to mark the end of the Ramadan holy month, the highlight of the Muslim year. At least 44 Iraqis were reported killed across the country.
Millions Stolen From Iraq's Treasury --What Happened to More Than Half A Billion Dollars? 19 Oct 2006 More than half a billion dollars earmarked to fight the 'insurgency' in Iraq was stolen by people the U.S. had entrusted to run the country's Ministry of Defense before the 2005 'elections,' according to Iraqi investigators. Iraq's former minister of finance says occupation members like the U.S. and Britain are doing little to help recover the money or catch suspects, most of whom fled the country. [Check Cheney's pockets.]
"Iraq was better than expected." Halliburton's 3Q Income Rises 22 Percent 22 Oct 2006 Halliburton Co. watched third-quarter net income rise 22 percent. Halliburton's [detention centre] construction and engineering unit, KBR, had $2.4 billion in revenue compared to $2.3 billion in the third quarter of 2005. "This was an exceptional quarter for Halliburton," said Dave Lesar, the company's chairman, president, and chief executive officer in a prepared statement. "Iraq was better than expected," said Jeff Tillery, analyst with Pickering Energy Partners Inc.
Ahmadinejad Views US Battleships in Persian Gulf as Worn out 24 Oct 2006 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, responding to the recent military moves by the US in the region, said that Americans have brought just two worn out and shabby battleships to the Persian Gulf.
Taleban 'will target Britain' 24 Oct 2006 A Taleban commander has claimed that the former Afghan rulers are planning to target Westerners in Britain and the rest of Europe for waging war against them in Afghanistan.
Venezuelan detained near U.S. embassy 23 Oct 2006 Venezuelan police detained a 'university student' [CIA troll] outside the U.S. Embassy on Monday, saying he had planted two pipe bombs nearby.
Paraguay in a spin about Bush's alleged 100,000 acre hideaway 23 Oct 2006 The rumours, as yet unconfirmed but which began with the state-run Cuban news agency Prensa Latina, have triggered an outpouring of conspiracy theories, with speculation rife about what President [sic] Bush's supposed interest in the "chaco", a semi-arid lowland [a 100,000 acre (40,500 hectare) ranch] in the Paraguay's north, might be. Some have speculated that he might be trying to wrestle control of the Guarani Aquifer, one of the largest underground water reserves, from the Paraguayans.
Bush Regains Powers of Monarch By Bill Gallagher 24 Oct 2006 With a stroke of a pen, George W. Bush thumbed his nose at 230 years of civic tradition and the core distinctions the founders of our republic made in separating the American concept of liberty from British monarchal oppression. Bush is shamelessly using fear to re-establish pre-Revolutionary practices and give himself the very powers that were so eloquently challenged and defied in the Declaration of Independence and defeated through the blood of our national founders and the indispensable help of the French army. Bush sought for himself, and his handmaidens in Congress have granted him, the same autocratic authority King George III futilely tried to cling to until the Colonial rebels got tired of being "protected" through systematic oppression. [Unfortunately, it's going to be more difficult for us in the next American Revolution, as the rebels of 1776 didn't have GOPedophiles and maggots such as Bill O'Lielly, Sean Hannity, Cheney Halliburton and KKKarl Rove helping their King George. --LRP]
Every child, still left behind: Bush's family profits from 'No Child' act 22 Oct 2006 A company headed by President [sic] Bush's brother and partly owned by his parents is benefiting from Republican connections and federal dollars targeted for economically disadvantaged students under the No Child Left Behind Act. At least 13 U.S. school districts have used federal funds available through Bush's No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, to buy Ignite! Learning's portable learning centers at $3,800 apiece... The Washington Times Foundation, backed by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, has peppered classrooms throughout Virginia with Ignite's COWs under a $1-million grant. Oil companies and Middle East interests with long political ties to the Bush family have made similar bequests. [On top of all the obvious layers of cronyism, it kind of brings a whole new meaning to the word ironic, doesn't it? George W. Bush - still struggling with 'The Pet Goat' - is making million$$$ from marketing... *reading* software. --LRP]
Commentator Paid to Promote Bush Agenda Agrees to a Settlement 23 Oct 2006 The conservative commentator Armstrong Williams has reached a settlement with prosecutors regarding payments he received from the Education Department to promote President [sic] Bush’s agenda.
Diebold source code leaked again --Another breach on the e-voting front as 'elections' near 23 Oct 2006 Source code to Diebold Election Systems Inc. voting machines has been leaked once again. On Wednesday, former Maryland state legislator Cheryl C. Kagan was anonymously given disks containing source code to Diebold's BallotStation and GEMS (Global Election Management System) tabulation software used in the 2004 elections.
"The public has a right to know how nearly $400,000 in cash was spread around the streets of Connecticut." Lamont complains to FEC about Lieberman 'slush fund' 23 Oct 2006 Ned Lamont's campaign filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission on Monday, accusing Sen. Joe LieberBush of failing to account for $387,000 in petty cash his campaign spent days before the Democratic primary.
Lieberman failed to account for $387,000 in petty cash disbursements 22 Oct 2006 Ned Lamont's campaign says Sen. Joe LieberBush has failed to account for $387,000 in petty cash disbursements his campaign made in the final days before the state's August Democratic primary. "Whenever this much cash is floating around it certainly raises suspicions of possible vote buying and other potentially illegal activities that the Lieberman Campaign must answer," said Liz Dupont-Diehl, a Lamont spokeswoman.
Foley singled out "hot" boys: report 22 Oct 2006 Florida GOPedophile Rep. Mark Foley made friends with a wide circle of teenaged House of Representatives pages, then singled out "hot" boys to write to, The Washington Post reported on Sunday.
"I'm always up for oral sex." How Foley Skirted Rules to Pursue Relationships --Former Pages Describe Lawmaker's Advances 22 Oct 2006 At his page graduation ceremony that June, in 2002, he was excited when Rep. Mark Foley [GOPedophile] appeared, uninvited, and dictated his personal e-mail address for the boy to jot in his memory book... Foley started asking about "my roommates, if I ever saw them naked." Within months, the congressman was dangling a job offer, "because I was a hot boy," he said. Two years later, when he contacted Foley for advice on D.C. hotels, the congressman wrote back: "You could always stay at my place. I'm always here, I'm always lonely, and I'm always up for oral sex."
Enron's Skilling is sentenced to 24 years in prison 24 Oct 2006 Jeffrey Skilling, the former chief executive of Enron, was last night sentenced to 24 years and four months in jail for his part in masterminding the most notorious corporate fraud in American history.
Independents Favor Democrats Over Republicans --Poll Finds Votes Motivated by War Pessimism, Dissatisfaction With GOP 23 Oct 2006 Two weeks before midterm elections, Republicans are losing the battle for independent voters, who now strongly favor Democrats on the major issues facing the country and overwhelmingly prefer to see them take over the House in November, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Voters Over 50 Favor Democrats --Older voters flock to Democrats as midterm elections approach. 23 Oct 2006 Voters over 50, traditionally more likely to show up on Election Day than younger counterparts, favor Democrats for control of Congress by 20 percentage points in new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
President Plays Down Father's Concerns Over Upcoming Elections 23 Oct 2006 President [sic] Bush gently admonished his father for saying he hates to think what life will be like for his son if the Democrats win control of Congress in the Nov. 7 'election.'
Here comes the signing statements: Bush faces political nightmare if Democrats win 22 Oct 2006 If Democrats win control of the U.S. Congress in the November 7 election, it would turn the Capitol upside down and create a political nightmare for the already embattled President [sic] George W. Bush.
Obama says he's mulling a White House run 22 Oct 2006 Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois said Sunday that he was considering a run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, backing away from previous pledges to serve out his full six-year Senate term.
In Deregulation, Plants Turn Into Blue Chips 23 Oct 2006 Four big investment firms bought a group of Texas power plants in 2004 for $900 million and sold them the next year for $5.8 billion... Some electricity customers are also being saddled with monthly surcharges to cover construction costs for plants that were sold at bargain prices and then resold at huge profits. Some of these surcharges will continue for years.
Ford posts loss of $5.8 billion 23 Oct 2006 Ford Motor Co. on Monday posted a quarterly loss of $5.8 billion -- its largest loss in 14 years -- as slower truck sales, charges for job cuts and asset write-downs in its troubled North American operations and elsewhere took their toll on the No. 2 U.S. automaker.
Satellite spots growing ozone hole 20 Oct 2006 NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a joint report that the ozone hole over the South Pole is at its worst.
Londoner was victim of secret CIA rendition 22 Oct 2006 A former inmate of the Guantanamo Bay camp has been identified as the first British citizen [Martin Mubanga] known to have been subjected to the CIA’s practice of rendition — the capture and transfer of terrorism suspects across the world without legal process.
Report: CIA flights land at Danish airports regularly 21 Oct 2006 Dozens of planes linked to the CIA's rendition of terror suspects landed regularly at Danish airports, said a report reaching here from Copenhagen on Friday.
False-detention stories come out of Guantanamo amid legal fight --Lawyers: They aren't enemy combatants, so law doesn't apply 22 Oct 2006 Abdul Rahim has fallen into a black hole in the war on [of] terror in which the Taliban and then the United States imprisoned him as an enemy of the state... U.S. interrogators accused Rahim of being an al-Qaida terrorist and deprived him of sleep, threatened him with police dogs and kept him in stress positions for hours, he says. He's been held ever since as an enemy combatant.
US warns of potential threat to Saudi oil Facilities 22 Oct 2006 The US government has warned that it had received information of a potential threat against oil facilities in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province. "The US Government has received new information of a potential threat to oil facilities in the Eastern Province, including those operated by Saudi Aramco," according to a "warden message" issued to alert US citizens. [Bush bin Laden's October surprise?]
Embassy of the United States of America Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - Warden Message 19 Oct 2006 The Embassy requests that wardens pass the following message in its entirety to members of the American Community: The U.S. Government has received new information of a potential threat to oil facilities in the Eastern Province, including those operated by Saudi Aramco. New information indicates threats against westerners living in Saudi Arabia continue. We are advising U.S. government employees to avoid non-essential travel to oil facilities, and recommend that American citizens take all possible precautions.
"The IDF holds phosphorus munitions in different forms." Israel admits using phosphorus bombs during war in Lebanon 22 Oct 2006 Israel has acknowledged for the first time that it attacked Hezbollah targets during the second Lebanon war with phosphorus shells. The announcement that the Israel Defense Forces had used phosphorus bombs in the war in Lebanon was made by Minister Jacob Edery, in charge of government-Knesset relations.
Expert Warns Iraq In A "State of Almost Full Collapse" 20 Oct 2006 Kenneth Katzman is with the Congressional Research Service, which advises lawmakers on Capitol Hill. And the way he see it, Iraq is "in a state of almost full collapse," with the U.S. "powerless" to prevent a total breakdown.
'US has shown arrogance and stupidity in Iraq' 22 Oct 2006 Alberto Fernandez, director of public diplomacy in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the State Department, said in an interview aired Saturday on al-Jazeera television that the United States had shown "arrogance" and "stupidity" in Iraq but was now willing to talk to any group, outside of 'al-Qaida,' to further reconciliation in the country.
US in secret truce talks with insurgency chiefs 22 Oct 2006 American officials held secret talks with leaders of the Iraqi 'insurgency' last week after admitting that their two-month clampdown on violence in Baghdad had failed.
At White House Meeting, No Big Changes on Iraq 22 Oct 2006 President [sic] Bush met with his top advisers and military commanders on Iraq yesterday in a White House session that, senior officials said, weighed options for forging a way forward amid the surging violence but did not contemplate any major shifts in strategy.
KKKarl Rove must be a busy little bee! Two weeks before the mid-term 'elections,' the US Diebold-installed dictatorship tells the US Halliburton-installed dictatorship in Iraq to put its death squads on a leash. U.S. to Hand Iraq a New Timetable on Security Role 22 Oct 2006 The Bush regime is drafting a timetable for the Iraqi government to address sectarian divisions and assume a larger role in securing the country, senior American officials said. Details of the blueprint, which is to be presented to [US-installed dictator] Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki before the end of the year [*election* time] and would be carried out over the next year and beyond, are still being devised. [Oh, I thought Bush's GOPedophiles view timetables as an element of 'cut and run?' policy? --LRP]
Lawmaker calls for Pentagon to oust any CNN reporters embedded in Iraq 21 Oct 2006 CNN has become "the publicist for an enemy propaganda film" by broadcasting a video showing an 'insurgent' sniper in Iraq apparently killing an American soldier, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said here Friday. California Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Terrorist-El Cajon) called for the Pentagon to oust any CNN reporter embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq.
U.S. endures deadliest month of '06 in Iraq 22 Oct 2006 A Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5 was killed in fighting in Anbar province west of Baghdad on Saturday, the military said Sunday, raising the death toll among U.S. troops in Iraq this month to 79, surpassing the year's previous monthly high of 76 in April.
Iraqi Youth Want U.S. Troops to Withdraw 22 Oct 2006 Majorities of Iraqi youth in Arab regions of the country believe security would improve and violence decrease if the U.S.-led forces left immediately, according to a State Department poll that provides a window into the grim warnings provided to policymakers.
5 killed in bomb attacks in Baghdad market, bakery 22 Oct 2006 [US] Bombs on Sunday ripped through a Baghdad market and a bakery where shoppers were stocking up on sweets and other delicacies to celebrate a major Muslim holiday, killing at least five people, police said.
Mortar attack on Iraqi market kills at least 18, injures 21 Oct 2006 Mortar rounds rained down on a crowded outdoor market south of Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least 18 people and injuring dozens, police said. A bicycle rigged with a bomb tore through the market in Mahmoudiyah first, followed by at least a dozen mortars, said army Capt. Oday Abdul Ridha.
US helicopter bombs Al-Sadr office in Suwaira, south of Baghdad 21 Oct 2006 A US helicopter on Saturday bombed an office of Al-Sadr militia in Suwaira, 45 kilometers south of Baghdad, witnesses said.
Iraq death rate estimates defended by researchers 21 Oct 2006 A controversial estimate by public health experts that hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have died because of the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq is likely an accurate assessment, researchers said on Saturday.
More than 750,000 Iraqis displaced since US invasion: UNHCR 20 Oct 2006 More than 750,000 Iraqis have been displaced by violence since the US-led invasion of their country in March 2003 and their resources are running out, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said.
Britain 'risking defeat in Afghanistan' 22 Oct 2006 Field Marshal Sir Peter Inge, the former head of Britain's armed forces, has broken ranks to launch an attack on the current military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, warning that British forces risk defeat in Afghanistan.
Canada gives Afghanistan warning 21 Oct 2006 Canada's foreign minister, Peter Mackay, has told Nato that the alliance's other members must provide more support to the military operation in southern Afghanistan.
Netherlands to send more troops to Afghanistan 21 Oct 2006 The Dutch cabinet has decided to send 65 additional soldiers to the Afghan province of Uruzgan, Radio Netherlands reported on Friday.
US Republicans launch terror ad 21 Oct 2006 The US Republican Party [the actual terrorists] has launched a controversial terror-linked TV advertisement to bolster support ahead of mid-term 'elections' next month.
Republican's bin Laden Ad Sparks Furor --Party hopes to focus election on [its failed] national security 21 Oct 2006 Republicans unveiled an advertisement on Friday featuring the image and words of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and a warning to voters that "these are the stakes" in the November 7 election.
BYU Scholar, Sept. 11 Theorist, Resigns 21 Oct 2006 A Brigham Young University physics professor who suggested the World Trade Center was brought down by explosives has resigned, six weeks after the school placed him on leave. Jones, who helped found a group called Scholars for 9/11 Truth in 2005, said he plans to continue researching and speaking about his Sept. 11 theories.
BYU professor in dispute over 9/11 will retire --Jones had been placed on leave 6 weeks ago 21 Oct 2006 Professor Steven Jones and Brigham Young University finalized a retirement package Friday, six weeks after the school placed the physicist on paid leave to review his statements and research about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center.
Schroeder: Bush's faith raised suspicion 21 Oct 2006 Ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, whose second term was marked by vehement opposition to the war in Iraq, described in an advance copy of his memoirs how he was suspicious of President [sic] Bush's constant references to his Christian faith... Schroeder accused some elements in U.S. as being hypocritical when it comes to secularism in government. "We rightly criticize that in most Islamic states, the role of religion for society and the character of the rule of law are not clearly separated," Schroeder wrote. "But we fail to recognize that in the USA, the Christian fundamentalists and their interpretation of the Bible have similar tendencies."
Conservative pundit settles case over promoting US propaganda 20 Oct 2006 Conservative pundit [Reichwing whackjob] Armstrong Williams, whose 2003 deal to promote President [sic] Bush's education reforms on TV, radio and in newspapers spawned a government-wide crackdown on propaganda, will pay $34,000 for not delivering all that his contract required, according to documents signed Friday. The inJustice Department didn't pursue the propaganda case, but a 2005 report by the Government Accountability Office, Congress's non-partisan watchdog, found that the contract violated a government ban on "covert propaganda."
"During National Character Counts Week, Bush Stumps for Philanderer" --The Washington Post Sex scandals dominate midterm elections 21 Oct 2006 In Pennsylvania, four-term Republican Rep. Don Sherwood is running for his political life after revelations that he had a five-year extramarital affair, and that he settled a lawsuit claiming he had choked the woman. He denies the choking part. White House spokesman Tony Snow was left to explain why President [sic] Bush had agreed to campaign on behalf of a confessed adulterer.
LieberBush has collected million$ of GOP dollars in campaign cash: Many GOP Donors Pitch In For Lieberman 21 Oct 2006 Among the post-primary contributors to Joe LieberBush ("D"-CT), running as an independent for a fourth term, was Joseph Allbaugh, one of the four members of Bush's tight inner circle during his 2000 presidential campaign, and two Republican Senate committee chairmen. Also giving was Melvin Sembler, former ambassador to Italy and longtime friend of the Bush family, former assistant Republican Senate Leader Don Nickles, and dozens of others from Texas, Missouri, Colorado and other states where Lieberman usually does not find contributors. The effort to get Bush loyalists into Lieberman's camp was triggered by White House political guru Karl Rove's Aug. 8 phone call to the senator, just before Lieberman learned he would lose to Ned Lamont in the Connecticut Democratic Senate primary.
Officials Probing Possible Theft of Voting Software in Md. --Ex-Delegate Says FBI Contacted Her About Disks She Received 20 Oct 2006 The FBI is investigating the possible theft of software developed by the nation's leading maker of electronic voting equipment, said a former Maryland legislator who this week received three computer disks that apparently contain key portions of programs created by Diebold Election Systems.
Democrats Strengthen Chances For Senate 22 Oct 2006 Democrats in the past two weeks have significantly improved their chances of taking control of the Senate, according to polls and independent analysts, with the battle now focused intensely on three states in the Midwest and upper South: Missouri, Tennessee and Virginia. Democratic challengers are in strong positions against GOP incumbents in four states -- Pennsylvania, Montana, Ohio and Rhode Island -- a trend that leaves the party looking for just two more seats to reclaim the majority.
Democrats Leading Many Pivotal Races --Democrats Lead Many Important Congressional Races, but Some GOP Hopefuls See Recovery in Polls 21 Oct 2006 Democrats hold solid leads for four of the six Republican seats they need to capture the Senate and about 10 of 15 required to win the House, according to officials in both parties.
"No court, justice, or judge" [No Sh*t!] Court Told It Lacks Power in Detainee Cases 20 Oct 2006 Moving quickly to implement the bill signed by Dictator Bush this week that authorizes military trials of enemy combatants, the administration has formally notified the U.S. District Court here that it no longer has jurisdiction to consider hundreds of habeas corpus petitions filed by inmates at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. In a notice dated Wednesday, the Justice Department listed 196 pending habeas cases, some of which cover groups of detainees. The new Military Commissions Act (MCA), it said, provides that "no court, justice, or judge" can consider those petitions or other actions related to treatment or imprisonment filed by anyone designated as an enemy combatant, now or in the future.
Stop calling for closure of Guantanamo Bay, US official says 20 Oct 2006 The chief legal adviser to the American State Department, John Bellinger, says foreign governments should stop calling for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention centre. He says they should instead help resettle some of the prisoners held there.
Bush defends CIA's questioning techniques 21 Oct 2006 U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush on Friday defended the 'questioning techniques' [torture] used by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on terror suspects, saying the techniques were necessary to get "precise intelligence, good information."
Court filing defends NSA spy program 20 Oct 2006 President [sic] Bush's lawyers contend Congress broadened his power to conduct warrantless surveillance on "those associated with al-Qaida" when it allowed American military action against terrorists shortly after the 9/11 attacks. Justice Department lawyers repeatedly invoke Bush's war powers - and his duties as the nation's commander-in-chief [thief] - in a 48-page legal brief that defends a National Security Agency program which secretly monitors international communications.
Top US general says Rumsfeld is inspired by God 19 Oct 2006 The top US general defended the leadership of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, saying it is inspired by God. [No, it is inspired by Satan himself--Bush.]
Democratic House staffer suspended over Iraq leak 20 Oct 2006 The Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee has suspended a Democratic staff member over a possible leak of a politically explosive intelligence report involving Iraq, officials said on Friday.
Bush to Review Strategy in Iraq With Abizaid, Casey 20 Oct 2006 President [sic] George W. Bush will review strategy in Iraq tomorrow with Generals John Abizaid, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, and George Casey, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, spokesman Tony Snow said.
Shiite Militia Seizes Control of Iraqi City 20 Oct 2006 The Shiite militia run by anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr seized total control of the southern Iraqi city of Amarah on Friday in one of the boldest acts of defiance yet by one of the country's powerful, unofficial armies, witnesses and police said. The Mahdi Army fighters stormed three main police stations Friday morning, planting [US] explosives that flattened the buildings, residents said.
Medics beg for help as Iraqis die needlessly --Half of all deaths preventable, say country's medics - Reconstruction seen as disaster - More than 2,000 doctors and nurses are killed - 18,000 more leave the nation - Even the most basic treatments are lacking 20 Oct 2006 The disintegration of Iraq's health service is leaving its civilians defenceless in the continuing violence that is rocking the country, Iraqi doctors warn today.
UNHCR alarmed by increased violence against Palestinians in Iraq 20 Oct 2006 A mortar attack last night in Baghdad's Palestinian neighbourhood of Al Baladiya which left four Palestinians dead, a dozen wounded and many displaced is an alarming escalation of the violence engulfing this vulnerable community and may force others to flee, according to the UN refugee agency.
Bush's Petro-Cartel Almost Has Iraq's Oil --Even as Iraq verges on splintering into a sectarian civil war, four big oil companies are on the verge of locking up its massive, profitable reserves, known to everyone in the petroleum industry as "the prize." By Joshua Holland 16 Oct 2006 The Iraqi government faces a December deadline, imposed by the world's wealthiest countries, to complete its final oil law. Industry analysts expect that the result will be a radical departure from the laws governing the country's oil-rich neighbors, giving foreign multinationals a much higher rate of return than with other major oil producers and locking in their control over what George Bush called Iraq's "patrimony" for decades, regardless of what kind of policies future elected governments might want to pursue. [Read Part Two of the series.]
Bush's Petro-Cartel Almost Has Iraq's Oil (Part Two) The Bush administration has co-opted the compassionate language of debt relief to ensure that Big Oil gets its way in Iraq. By Joshua Holland 16 Oct 2006 With 140,000 U.S. troops on the ground, the largest U.S. embassy in the world sequestered in Baghdad's fortified "Green Zone" and an economy designed by a consulting firm in McLean, Va., post-invasion Iraq was well on its way to becoming a bonanza for foreign investors. But Big Oil had its sights set on a specific arrangement -- the lucrative production sharing agreements that lock in multinationals' control for long terms and are virtually unheard of in countries as rich in easily accessible oil as Iraq.
Separation of Oil And State By Steve Kretzman 20 Oct 2006 What we’re seeing in the oil markets right now is a chilling demonstration of the mutual and constantly converging interests of oil and state in the U.S. In other words, it's not a conspiracy—it’s the gasoline market, which is an oligopoly, recognizing that its collective self-interest lies in more Republican rule.
Gunmen kill eight in Afghanistan 21 Oct 2006 [US] Gunmen have ambushed a car carrying Afghan civilians working on a remote US military base in eastern Afghanistan and killed eight of them execution-style, police say.
Words of war: Understanding military jargon --MSNBC's quick guide to U.S. Army formations — what they consist of, how large they are and what they do.
Debt holds U.S. troops back from overseas duty --Thousands are so mired they're considered at risk for bribery, espionage 20 Oct 2006 Thousands of U.S. troops are being barred from overseas duty because they are so deep in debt they are considered security risks, according to an Associated Press review of military records.
Alleged Toronto terror plot included two police agents By David Adelaide 19 Oct 2006 According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Fifth Estate and the Globe & Mail, the "Toronto terror cell" arrested in June for allegedly plotting massive acts of terrorism against Canadian targets included not just one, but two Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) moles. This second Muslim man in the pay of Canada’s security forces is said to have been involved in the accused terrorists’ alleged efforts to construct powerful explosives.
Terror Suspect Says CIA Recruited Him 19 Oct 2006 A former university professor charged with plotting to bankroll Hamas terrorists was once asked by the CIA whether he wanted a job as a spy, his attorney told a jury Thursday. Attorney William Moffitt showed jurors a June 17, 1996, letter on CIA stationary telling Abdelhaleem Ashqar, then a post-graduate business student at the University of Mississippi, that he might want a clandestine services job.
GOP to Air Ad Warning of Terror Attacks 19 Oct 2006 The Republican Party will begin airing a hard-hitting ad this weekend that warns of more [of their] cataclysmic terror attacks against the U.S. 'homeland.' The ad portrays Osama bin Laden and quotes his threats against America dating to February 1998.
Dead U.S. embassy bomber suspect taken off FBI terror list 20 Oct 2006 The FBI removed an 'al-Qaida' explosives expert linked to the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa from the most wanted terrorists list Friday after learning he was killed six months ago.
Wis. Man Charged In Stadium Threat Hoax 20 Oct 2006 A Wisconsin grocery store clerk surrendered Friday on charges in an Internet hoax threatening a "dirty bomb" plot against U.S. football stadiums and told prosecutors he had posted the same message about 40 times over the past few weeks, federal authorities said.
Football stadium threat a hoax, FBI says 19 Oct 2006 Internet threats of "dirty bomb" attacks at NFL stadiums this weekend were a hoax, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security said Thursday.
9/11 families outraged after body parts found --Utility crews stumble onto bones that might be from WTC victim 20 Oct 2006 Police and forensic experts dug through rubble at the World Trade Center site Friday in search of more human remains after bones were discovered as utility crews excavated a manhole there this week. The discovery Thursday angered families of Sept. 11 victims.
Steve Jones Announces Early Retirement From BYU --Steven E. Jones, Ph.D. - Physicist - Co-Chair, Scholars for 9/11 Truth 20 Oct 2006 "Friends and Colleagues: BYU issued a press release today -- I have elected to take early retirement from BYU... I assure you all that I will continue in my research on 9/11 issues, and speaking out -- should have more time for these activities in fact."
Holy police state, Batman! Indiana Police Target 300 In Surprise Sweep 20 Oct 2006 Police roamed the streets for a surprise warrant sweep Thursday night in Marion County. Officers had a list in hand as they searched for about 300 people, 6News reported. Officers made some arrests, seized guns and drugs during the sweep.
Costello seeks orderly $US withdrawal 18 Oct 2006 (AU) Treasurer Peter Costello has called on East Asia's central bankers to "telegraph" their intentions to diversify out of American investments and ensure an orderly adjustment. Central banks in China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong have channelled immense foreign reserves into American government bonds, helping to prop up the US dollar and hold down American interest rates.
Medicare Drug Aid No Longer Automatic 20 Oct 2006 More than 600,000 low-income elderly and disabled people who automatically received federal help to pay for their Medicare drug coverage this year will have to actively apply to get such assistance in 2007, Medicare officials said yesterday.
CQ: Facing Fed Probe, House GOP Spending Chief Axes Investigative Staff By Justin Rood 19 Oct 2006 ...House Appropriations chairman Jerry Lewis (R-CA) is under federal investigation for possible improprieties in how he oversaw Congress' spending of $900 billion annually. This evening, Congressional Quarterly reports that in a round of calls Monday evening, Lewis fired 60 investigators who had worked for his committee rooting out fraud, waste and abuse, effective immediately.
Calif. candidate urged to exit race 19 Oct 2006 Orange County Republican leaders on Thursday called for the withdrawal of a GOP congressional candidate [Tan D. Nguyen] they believe sent a letter threatening Hispanic immigrant voters with arrest.
Racists on the Ballot: Hard-Right Radicals Run in 2006 By Alexander Zaitchik 20 Oct 2006 Across America, right-wing radicals are running for everything from national political office to a county mosquito control board... What follows are snapshots of 2006 political races featuring candidates that have espoused extremist views or are allied with hate groups.
Rigged USA Elections Exposed Posted by Eric Stewart 16 Oct 2006 (video) Testimony of computer programmer Clint Curtis on Rep. Tom Feeney's (R-FL) hiring his company (Yang Enterprises) to 'design a code to rig an election' and 'control the vote in South Florida.'
Judge Doubts Legality of Exit Poll Law 20 Oct 2006 A federal judge raised strong doubts Friday about the constitutionality of a Florida law banning exit polls within 100 feet of a voting place, a restriction being challenged by The Associated Press and five television networks. U.S. District Judge Paul C. Huck said he was leaning toward ruling in favor of the news media in a written order to be issued next week, in time for exit polling to be done during the Nov. 7 election.
No Truth to Ohio "purge" Letters --Suspected hoax or plant? By CactusPat [Or, another pseudo-leftwing, self-promoting website - a la 'truth'out and their false Rove indictment story - trolling for attention? --LRP] 20 Oct 2006 "So is the OH purge story a hoax? Or a Plant? if either, who's the perp? My guess is either the kos blogger or his anonymous source. It sucked in a lot folks who jumped on the bandwagon. I just can't figure Kall's 'interview' with Fitrakis, it doesn't jive with Anastasia's phone conversation with him..."
Chemical spill forces evacuations in Ky. 20 Aug 2006 Crews have been able to slow the leak of hydrochloric acid from a railroad tanker in Fulton, Kentucky.
Climate Extremes Are Coming, Study Says 20 Oct 2006 The world — especially the Western United States, the Mediterranean region and Brazil — will likely suffer more extended droughts, heavy rainfalls and longer heat waves over the next century because of global warming, a new study forecasts.
Ozone Hole at Record Size 19 Oct 2006 The so-called "hole" in the earth's protective ozone layer is at a new record -- 10.6 million square miles of sky around the South Pole -- even though most nations agreed back in 1987 to phase out the chemicals that cause it. The number was reported today by U.S. government scientists... A 10.6 million mile gap in it is about the size of North America.
Antarctic ozone hole biggest on record, U.S. reports 19 Oct 2006 This year's ozone hole over Antarctica is bigger and deeper than any other on record, U.S. scientists reported on Thursday.
Greenland ice sheet shrinking fast: NASA 19 Oct 2006 The vast sheet of ice that covers Greenland is shrinking fast, but still not as fast as previous research indicated, NASA scientists said.
Judge: American to go to Iraq, his death 19 Oct 2006 An American citizen facing a death sentence in Iraq lost a court challenge Thursday that would have prohibited the military from turning him over to Iraqi authorities. Mohammad Munaf was convicted and sentenced to death by an Iraqi judge last week on charges he helped in the 2005 kidnapping of three Romanian journalists in Baghdad. Munaf, who was born in Iraq and became an American citizen in 2000, sought an emergency order blocking U.S. military officials from turning him over to Iraq. He claimed his trial was flawed and his confession was coerced.
'He imposed a system of kangaroo courts that was more about expanding his power than about combating terrorism.' A Dangerous New Order (The New York Times) 19 Oct 2006 Once President [sic] Bush signed the new law on military tribunals, administration officials and Republican leaders in Congress wasted no time giving Americans a taste of the new order created by this unconstitutional act. Within hours, Justice Department lawyers notified the federal courts that they no longer had the authority to hear pending lawsuits filed by attorneys on behalf of inmates of the penal camp at Guantánamo Bay. They cited passages in the bill that suspend the fundamental principle of habeas corpus, making Mr. Bush the first president since the Civil War to take that undemocratic step.
'Beginning of the end of America' --Keith Olbermann addresses the Military Commissions Act in a special comment 18 Oct 2006 We have lived as if in a trance. We have lived as people in fear. And now—our rights and our freedoms in peril—we slowly awake to learn that we have been afraid of the wrong thing. Therefore, tonight have we truly become the inheritors of our American legacy. For, on this first full day that the Military Commissions Act is in force, we now face what our ancestors faced, at other times of exaggerated crisis and melodramatic fear-mongering: A government more dangerous to our liberty, than is the enemy it claims to protect us from. [A must read]
EU urges further investigation into alleged CIA illegal flights in Romania 20 Oct 2006 A special committee of the European Parliament urged on Thursday a thorough investigation of alleged illegal flights of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on Romania's territory. The committee, which is in charge of investigating the CIA's illegal activities in Europe, said on Thursday it deemed "superficial" the probe by the Romanian authorities into the reported CIA's illegal flights.
Iraq headed for US-style dictatorship: 'Dramatic change of direction' coming for Iraq 19 Oct 2006 Leaks from a U.S. task force headed by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III are contributing to the widespread sense that the Bush administration is preparing for a "course correction" in the coming months... Another scenario is being discussed -- and taken seriously in Iraq -- by many of Iraq's leading political players, under which the U.S.-trained army would overthrow struggling Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and replace him with a strongman who would restore order while Washington looks the other way.
"Every US labor law was broken." Baghdad Express By David Phinney 17 Oct 2006 Working as general foreman, he [John Owen, of the First Kuwaiti Trading & Contracting] would be overseeing an army of workers building the largest, most expensive and heavily fortified US embassy in the world. ...[S]even months into the job, he quit... Brutal and inhumane, he says "I've never seen a project more fucked up. Every US labor law was broken." In the resignation letter last June, Owen told First Kuwaiti and US State Department officials that his managers beat their construction workers, demonstrated little regard for worker safety, and routinely breeched security. And it was all happening smack in the middle of the US-controlled Green Zone -- right under the nose of the State Department that had quietly awarded the controversial embassy contract in July 2005.
8 courts-martial ordered in rape, murder cases --4 U.S. soldiers face charges over girl's death in Iraqi town of Mahmoudiya 18 Oct 2006 Four soldiers from the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division will be court-martialed for the alleged rape of an Iraqi girl and the murder of her family, and two will face the death penalty, the military ordered Wednesday.
US court-martial ordered in Iraq rape/murder case 18 Oct 2006 Four U.S. soldiers face court martial for the rape and murder of an Iraqi girl and the killing of her family in their home in Mahmudiya, a U.S. military official said on Wednesday.
Govt. Death Squads Ravaging Baghdad By Ali Al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail 19 Oct 2006 Death squads from the Ministry of Interior posing as Iraqi police are killing more people than ever in the capital, emerging evidence shows... The health ministry announced last month that it will build two new morgues in Baghdad to take their capacity to 250 bodies a day.
Deadliest Month As Yet For U.S. Troops In Iraq 18 Oct 2006 Eleven more U.S. troops were slain in combat, the military said Wednesday, putting October on track to be the deadliest month for U.S. forces since the siege of Fallujah nearly two years ago.
Iraq a 'catastrophic blunder' 19 Oct 2006 The war in Iraq has been a "catastrophic blunder" that has substantially increased the terrorist threat to Australia, one of the nation's most distinguished former diplomats said today. Richard Woolcott, a retired foreign affairs chief who advised seven prime ministers, launched a sweeping attack on the federal government, saying that Australian democracy was not functioning as it should.
'Disheartening' Results In Baghdad, Military Says --White House Comments On Parellel to Vietnam 19 Oct 2006 The two-month old U.S.-Iraqi bid to 'crush' [foment] violence in the Iraqi capital did "not met our overall expectations," as attacks in Baghdad rose by 22 percent in the first three weeks of Ramadan, the U.S. military spokesman said Thursday.
Iraq like Vietnam? Bush says that 'could be right' 19 Oct 2006 US President [sic] George Bush today for the first time acknowledged a possible parallel between the raging violence in Iraq and the Vietnam War.
Burns: Bush [Nixon] has [secret] plan to win war in Iraq [Vietnam] 18 Oct 2006 Sen. Conrad Burns (MT) says he believes President [sic] Bush has a plan to win the war in Iraq but is keeping it quiet, a statement Democrats pounced on Wednesday as reminiscent of comments made during another divisive war. Burns, at a debate Tuesday night with Democratic challenger Jon Tester, said he believes Bush has a plan to win — but added: "we're not going to tell you what our plan is."
British soldiers hurt in Afghanistan blast 19 Oct 2006 Several British soldiers have been injured in an explosion in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said today.
Marine killed in Afghanistan attack 19 Oct 2006 A Royal Marine has died in Afghanistan after a suicide attack against a military convoy, the Ministry of Defence said.
Rice calls for swift action on North Korea 19 Oct 2006 The US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged the swift and effective implementation of sanctions against North Korea today, arguing in Tokyo, Japan, that the United States had no desire to escalate the crisis over Pyongyang's nuclear test.
Space: America's new war zone 19 Oct 2006 The Bush regime has staked an aggressive new claim to dominate space - rejecting any new treaties that seek to limit the United States' extraterrestrial activities and warning that it will oppose any nations that try to get in its way. A new policy recently signed by President [sic] George Bush, asserts that his country has the right to conduct whatever research, development and "other activities" in space that it deems necessary for its own national interests.
Britain 'is blocking' cluster bomb ban 19 Oct 2006 Campaigners will launch a campaign today to persuade the British Government to back a global ban on cluster bombs. The move coincides with the release of research suggesting that up to one million potentially lethal unexploded bomblets remain in Lebanon in the aftermath of the Israeli attacks on 'Hizbollah.'
Helping the hungry on base --Many military families rely on donated goods 13 Oct 2006 As the Iraq war marches toward its fourth anniversary, food lines operated by churches and other nonprofit groups are an increasingly valuable presence on military bases countywide. Leaders of the charitable groups say they're scrambling to fill a need not seen since World War II.
Reid asks for power to detain or deport suspects 19 Oct 2006 John Reid has called for the Home Office to be given stronger powers to detain or deport terror suspects, amid the row over two suspects who absconded while being 'monitored' under anti[pro]-terrorism laws.
Secrets law 'unconstitutional' 19 Oct 2006 An Ontario court has struck down sections of Canada’s secrecy law in throwing out RCMP warrants used to search a reporter’s home.
Games 'will be terrorism target' 19 Oct 2006 The Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair has said the 2012 Olympic Games in London will be a "huge target" for terrorists. He said detailed security plans were being drawn up for the Games, including appointing 30,000 security officers.
FBI Questioning Milwaukee Resident on Stadium Terror Threat 19 Oct 2006 The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said it is questioning an unidentified Milwaukee individual over the posting of a terrorism threat against National Football League stadiums.
Threat Made to 7 Stadiums; U.S. Is Skeptical 19 Oct 2006 A threat of radiological bomb attacks at seven professional football stadiums was posted this week on an Internet site, but domestic security officials said Wednesday that they had no reason to place credibility in it.
Web site threatens NFL stadiums with 'dirty bombs' 18 Oct 2006 An Internet Web site has posted a threat indicating that seven low-level nuclear explosives, called "dirty bombs," would be detonated this Sunday at NFL stadiums around the country, including Oakland - but the government quickly denounced the threat as not credible.
Australia Tests Bird Flu Defenses 19 Oct 2006 One-thousand people in Australia have conducted a four-day bird flu exercise that simulated the arrival of a planeload of flu-stricken passengers at Brisbane's international airport. The drill included customs officers, the police, and health workers. A series of drills tested the readiness of customs officers, who separated the "sick" passengers at the airport... [And sent them where, a KBR detention centre?]
Gorbachev compares proposed U.S. border wall to Berlin Wall 18 Oct 2006 Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev compared the United States' proposed 700-mile wall on the U.S.-Mexico border to the Berlin Wall during a Tuesday visit to Midland.
Judge orders Cheney visitor logs opened 19 Oct 2006 A federal judge has ordered the Bush administration to release information about who visited Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney's office and personal residence, an order that could spark a late election season debate over lobbyists' White House access.
Livingstone wins Nazi jibe appeal 19 Oct 2006 London mayor Ken Livingstone has claimed "a victory for democracy and common sense" after the High Court cleared him of bringing his office into disrepute by making a Nazi jibe against a Jewish reporter.
Veil row teacher loses discrimination case 19 Oct 2006 [West Yorkshire] A tribunal ruled on Thursday that a Muslim teaching assistant had not been discriminated against when the school where she worked asked her to remove her veil.
AG: Voter warning linked to GOP campaign 19 Oct 2006 California investigators have linked a Republican campaign to letters sent to thousands of Orange County Hispanics warning them they could go to jail or be deported if they vote next month, a spokesman for the attorney general said.
Beauprez ad has illegal classified info 18 Oct 2006 Information in an attack ad run by Republican Rep. Bob Beauprez against his Democratic opponent for governor used illegal confidential information from a federal law enforcement database, Colorado authorities said Wednesday.
New Laws and Machines May Spell Voting Woes 18 Oct 2006 As dozens of states are enforcing new voter registration laws and switching to paperless electronic voting systems, officials across the country are bracing for an Election Day with long lines and heightened confusion, followed by an increase in the number of contested results.
Approval of Republicans at record low: poll 18 Oct 2006 With congressional elections less than three weeks away, the Republican party's approval ratings are at an all-time low, with approval of the Republican-led Congress at its lowest point in 14 years, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Wednesday.
Poll: Tester widens lead against Burns 18 Oct 2006 Democrat Jon Tester (MT) widened his lead against Republican Sen. Conrad Burns in a poll released Wednesday. Tester led 46 percent to Burns' 35 percent, with a majority of respondents saying the incumbent's ties to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff were an issue in the campaign.
'That's outside the bounds of American history.' Howard Fineman, MSNBC's 'Countdown,' commenting on Bush's signature on the Military Commissions Act of 2006 17 Oct 2006
'National yawn as our rights evaporate' --New law redefines habeas corpus; law professor explains on 'Countdown' 18 Oct 2006 Keith Olbermann: President [sic] Bush, happy Habeas Corpus Day. First thing this morning, the president signed into law the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which does away with habeas corpus, the right of suspected terrorists or anybody else to know why they have been imprisoned, provided the president does not think it should apply to you and declares you an enemy combatant... Does that not basically mean that if Mr. Bush or Mr. Rumsfeld say so, anybody in this country, citizen or not, innocent or not, can end up being an unlawful enemy combatant? Jonathan Turley, George Washington University Constitutional Law Professor: It certainly does. In fact, later on, it says that if you even give material support to an organization that the president deems connected to one of these groups, you too can be an enemy combatant. And the fact that he appoints this tribunal is meaningless. You know, standing behind him at the signing ceremony was his attorney general, who signed a memo that said that you could torture people, that you could do harm to them to the point of organ failure or death. So if he appoints someone like that to be attorney general, you can imagine who he’s going be putting on this board.
Olbermann: The Day Habeas Corpus Died 17 Oct 2006 Keith Olbermann: Today, 135 years to the day after the last American President (Ulysses S. Grant) suspended habeas corpus, President [sic] Bush signed into law the Military Commissions Act of 2006. At its worst, the legislation allows President Bush or Donald Rumsfeld to declare anyone — US citizen or not — an enemy combatant, lock them up and throw away the key without a chance to prove their innocence in a court of law. In other words, everything the Founding Fathers fought the British empire to free themselves of was reversed and nullified with the stroke of a pen, all under the guise of the War on Terror.
The death of habeas corpus --Olbermann: 'The president has now succeeded where no one has before' 11 Oct 2006 On "Countdown," Keith Olbermann examined the Military Commissions Act of 2006 and what it does to something called habeas corpus: "The president [sic] has now succeeded where no one has before. He’s managed to kill the writ of habeas corpus. Tonight, a special investigation, how that, in turn, kills nothing less than your Bill of Rights... The reality is without habeas corpus, a lot of other rights lose their meaning. But if you look at the actual Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments of that pesky Constitution, you’ll see just how many remain for your protection.
Shame on Us All --History should record October 17, 2006, as the reverse of July 4, 1776. By Robert Parry 18 Oct 2006 From the noble American ideal of each human being possessing "unalienable rights" as declared by the Founders 230 years ago amid the ringing of bells in Philadelphia, the United States effectively rescinded that concept on a dreary fall day in Washington. At a crimped ceremony in the East Room of the White House, President George W. Bush signed the Military Commissions Act of 2006 while sitting behind a sign reading "Protecting America."
Bush signs terror 'torture', trials bill 18 Oct 2006 US President [sic] George Bush today signed a bill allowing tough CIA interrogation and military trials for terrorism suspects. The new law means Mr Bush can continue a secret CIA program for interrogating terrorism suspects he believes have vital information that could thwart a plot against America.
Bush Signs 2007 Defense Authorization Act 17 Oct 2006 The fiscal 2007 National Defense Authorization Act provides more than $530 billion for the military to 'win' the war on [of] terror. Senate and House conferees added a $70 billion supplemental provision to the $462.8 billion in budget authority to cover the cost of ongoing operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa, as well as other expenses affiliated with the war on [of] terrorism.
Who voted to violate the Constitution and their oath of office? By Mark Yannone 17 Oct 2006 The following congressmen voted for the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (a.k.a. The Detainee Bill, a.k.a. The Torture Bill, a.k.a. The Death of the Great Writ of Habeas Corpus).
Hastert: 'Democrats would pamper terrorists' By Frank James 17 Oct 2006 ...House Speaker Dennis Hastert issued a statement today in which he lauded the president and congressional Republicans for enacting the legislation [Military Commissions Act of 2006]. "The Democratic plan would gingerly pamper the terrorists who plan to destroy innocent Americans' lives. While House Republicans work to deal with these dangers like establishing Terrorist Tribunals that will prosecute enemies of America, Democrat Leader Pelosi and 159 of her colleagues voted in favor of NEW rights for terrorists."
Bali suspect turns up in Guantanamo 18 Oct 2006 Hambali, the alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings, is now being held at Guantanamo Bay after three years in secret CIA captivity.
FBI director wants ISPs to track users 17 Oct 2006 FBI Director Robert Mueller on Tuesday called on Internet service providers to record their customers' online activities, a move that anticipates a fierce debate over privacy and law enforcement in Washington next year. [See: ISP snooping time line, by CNET News.]
Baker says no "magic bullet" for Iraq problems [Oh, yes there is!] 17 Oct 2006 Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker warned on Tuesday not to expect a special Iraq panel he co-chairs to come up with a "magic bullet" to solve deepening problems in that country.
'Consigliere' draws up routes out of Iraq for embattled President --Some proposals in family fixer's report will not be welcome in the White House 18 Oct 2006 James Baker, the man also known as the Bush family’s consigliere [architect of the 2000 GOP coup], is preparing the ground for the White House to change course on Iraq after mid-term congressional elections in November.
Bush and Blair isolated as criticism of war grows 18 Oct 2006 George Bush and Tony Blair were looking more isolated than ever last night as the ground shifted further under their strategy of remaining in Iraq "until the job is done".
No pullout of troops in Iraq or Afghanistan says Blair 18 Oct 2006 Tony Blair has pledged that British forces will not "walk away" from Iraq or Afghanistan until their job there is done.
Blair says British troops will remain in Iraq 18 Oct 2006 Tony Blair said today that Britain will keep its troops in Iraq as long as necessary because pulling out too soon would be "disastrous” for the war-torn country.
Iraq Removes Leaders of Special Police ["special police" i.e., US torturers and death squad leaders] 18 Oct 2006 The Iraqi government removed the country’s two most senior police commanders from their posts on Tuesday, in the first broad move against the top leadership of Iraq’s 'unruly special police forces' [terrorists].
U.S. Death Toll in Iraq Hits 69 in Oct. 18 Oct 2006 The U.S. military reported Wednesday that 10 American troops had been killed the day before, raising the death toll so far this month to 69 and putting October on track to be the deadliest month for occupation forces since January 2005.
Iraq attacks kill 10 US soldiers 18 Oct 2006 The United States military in Iraq says a marine and nine soldiers have been killed in Iraq, including four in a roadside bombing near Baghdad.
Oops! NATO Commander: Coalition Dropped the Ball in Afghanistan 17 Oct 2006 The U.S.-led coalition [occupation] in Afghanistan failed to follow through as it should have after ousting the government in 2001, said the NATO commander in the country.
Troops will be in Afghanistan for next 20 years, says commander 18 Oct 2006 The commander of the British forces returning from Helmand said that his forces were having to make up for the time lost by the decision of the US and UK to invade Iraq instead of concentrating on post-Taliban Afghanistan... Brigadier Ed Butler continued that an international presence may be required in Afghanistan for the next 20 years, but he did not specify how long the British forces would have to remain.
At least 22 Afghan civilians killed 18 Oct 2006 NATO air strikes killed nine civilians and wounded 11 others Wednesday, a provincial governor said, while 13 other civilians reportedly were killed in a firefight with 'suspected Taliban militants' in southern Afghanistan.
"Bodies arrived severely fragmented, melted and disfigured." Gaza doctors say patients suffering mystery injuries after Israeli attacks 17 Oct 2006 Doctors in Gaza have reported previously unseen injuries from Israeli weapons that cause severe burning and deep internal wounds often resulting in amputations or death. The injuries were first seen in July, when the Israeli military launched a series of operations in Gaza following the capture of an Israeli soldier by Palestinian militants.
Israeli president lies low after rape claim --No indication leader will resign as criticism mounts 17 Oct 2006 The Israeli president, Moshe Katsav, yesterday cancelled an appearance at the opening session of parliament as he faced mounting pressure over a police recommendation that he be charged with rape.
N. Korea informs China of plan to conduct 3 more nuke tests: CNN+ 18 Oct 2006 North Korea has informed China that it is prepared to conduct "as many as three additional tests" following the first nuclear experiment Oct. 9, CNN television reported Wednesday.
Asia on hgih alert over North Korea test 18 Oct 2006 Asia is said to be on high alert as fears of a second Nuclear test by North Korea gather momentum.
North Korea Calls U.N. Sanctions 'Declaration of War' 17 Oct 2006 North Korea called U.N. sanctions imposed over its nuclear test a "declaration of war" Tuesday and warned of "merciless blows" if its sovereignty was violated.
Rice Wants 'Swift' Imposition of N. Korea Sanctions 18 Oct 2006 U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Tokyo to drum up support for a "swift" implementation of a UN resolution imposing sanctions on North Korea following its first nuclear test this month.
Bush Sets Defense As Space Priority --U.S. Says Shift Is Not A Step Toward Arms; Experts Say It Could Be 18 Oct 2006 President [sic] Bush has signed a new National Space Policy that rejects future arms-control agreements that might limit U.S. flexibility in space and asserts a right to deny access to space to anyone "hostile to U.S. interests." The document, the first full revision of overall space policy in 10 years, emphasizes security issues, encourages private enterprise in space, and characterizes the role of U.S. space diplomacy largely in terms of persuading other nations to support U.S. policy.
MPs 'kept in dark' over terror listings 16 Oct 2006 A bipartisan parliamentary committee has given spy agency ASIO and Attorney-General Philip Ruddock a rap over the knuckles, saying it is not being given enough information when deciding whether to renew the listing of terror organisations.
Reid on the attack in missing terror suspects row 18 Oct 2006 As criticism over the disappearance of two terror suspects continued today, the home secretary attacked the Tories and Liberal Democrats for opposing tough anti-terror laws and ID cards. John Reid's remarks added to signs that the government was trying to use the row - over the disappearance of two of the 15 suspects who are supposed to be under control orders - to seek tougher powers. [Did the government spring the terror suspects, so that they could seek new powers?]
GAO Calls Radiation Monitors Unreliable 18 Oct 2006 The Department of Homeland Security's plan to spend $1.2 billion deploying next-generation nuclear-detection equipment at U.S. ports and border crossings cannot be justified, given test results that showed the devices are unreliable, congressional investigators warned yesterday. The department ignored its own tests showing the new monitors could not meet a standard of detecting enriched uranium 95 percent of the time, according to the Government Accountability Office, Congress's audit arm.
Anti-terror training in the Great Lakes suspended 17 Oct 2006 The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its anti[pro]-terror training drills in the Great Lakes, due to the Canadian government's concern about possible lead poisoning of water and safety hazards for boats.
Defendants now in irons in Allegheny County courtrooms 18 Oct 2006 (Pittsburgh, PA) A new policy in the Allegheny County Courthouse requires sheriff's deputies to restrain incarcerated defendants' and witnesses' arms and legs at all times unless a jury is present in the court or hallway.
Colo. opens probe on Beauprez attack ad 17 Oct 2006 Colorado authorities have opened a criminal investigation into whether an attack ad run by GOP Rep. Bob Beauprez against his opponent for governor illegally used confidential information from a federal law enforcement database.
Coup 2006: Ballot illegal, lawyer argues --Design could favor GOP, Cooper says 18 Oct 2006 (WV) Election ballots in Kanawha County — which are similar to those in 18 other counties — have an illegal design, Democratic Executive Committeeman Thornton Cooper says. Kanawha ballot commissioners held an emergency meeting about it Tuesday. But with early voting starting today, they decided to leave the ballot as-is. Cooper said he found several features on the ballot that do not comply with state law — some of which may give Republicans an edge in the election.
"In their panic, some Blackwell supporters have hit on the idea of trying to prevent the election from occurring." And the Winner Is ... Me 17 Oct 2006 (The New York Times) Voters in Ohio can be forgiven if they feel they have been beamed out of the Midwest and dropped into a third-world autocracy. The latest news from the state’s governor’s race is that the Republican nominee, Kenneth Blackwell, who is also the Ohio secretary of state [architect of the 2004 GOP coup], could rule that his opponent is ineligible to run because of a technicality. ...[T]he mere fact that an elected official and political candidate has the authority to toss his opponent out of a race is further evidence of a serious flaw in our democracy.
Discontent with GOP finds way into Texas 17 Oct 2006 The economy is strong and Rickye Lennon's excavation business is thriving. Yet his son may soon go to war, government scandals are in the news, and Lennon, a Republican deep in the heart of Bush country, doesn't think his party should remain in charge of Congress.
Penn. Senate: Casey (D) 54%; Santorum (R) 41% (Rasmussen Reports) 18 Oct 2006 With just a few weeks to go until November 7, Senator Rick Santorum's chances of securing reelection fade a bit more every day. The latest Rasmussen Reports election poll finds that challenger Bob Casey, Jr. has a thirteen point advantage, 54% to 41%.
As Talk Radio Wavers, Bush Moves to Firm Up Support 17 Oct 2006 On an overcast Friday morning last month, White House aides ushered an influential group of conservative radio hosts into the Oval Office for a private audience with the pResident.
Kenneth Lay's Conviction Erased From Record --Ruling Worries Employees and Investors Who Lost Billions 17 Oct 2006 A federal judge in Houston this afternoon wiped away the fraud and conspiracy conviction of Kenneth L. Lay, the Enron Corp. founder who died of heart disease in July, bowing to decades of legal precedent but frustrating government attempts to seize nearly $44 million from his estate.
Federal judge vacates conviction against Enron's Ken Lay 17 Oct 2006 A federal judge in Houston on Tuesday vacated the conviction of former Enron founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Lay, the AP reported. Lay's lawyers had requested the conviction be vacated after Lay's 'death' in July.
Dow tops 12,000 at U.S. open, IBM leads the way 18 Oct 2006 The Dow industrials stormed through the 12,000 level for the first time on Wednesday as strong earnings from technology bellwether IBM renewed investors' confidence in the corporate profit outlook.
Dow Pushes Through 12,000 18 Oct 2006 The Dow Jones industrial average roared through the 12,000 mark as stock trading began on Wednesday.
New Liberal Radio Network Formed 17 Oct 2006 Nova M Radio, Inc. based in Phoenix, Arizona officially announced the formation of its new progressive talk radio network, which will feature former Air America host Mike Malloy as one of its on-air personalities.
Climate change blamed for legionnaires' disease surge 18 Oct 2006 Britain has suffered its first deaths from infectious disease attributable to global warming, official figures suggest.
Failure to Tackle Global Warming Could Cost Trillions 13 Oct 2006 The world economy could suffer a $20 trillion hit by century's end if governments fail to address global warming, according to new report by two American economists.
Bush signs law authorizing harsh interrogation 17 Oct 2006 Dictator George W. Bush signed a law on Tuesday authorizing tough interrogation [torture] and prosecution of terrorism suspects. Human rights groups charge that the measure [the Military Commissions Act of 2006] would allow harsh techniques bordering on torture, such as sleep deprivation and induced hypothermia.
Bush Signs Law Creating Tribunals to Prosecute Terror Suspects 17 Oct 2006 Dictator George W. Bush signed into law legislation to allow the prosecution of suspected terrorists before military tribunals and continue aggressive interrogations of enemy prisoners.
"A combination of hatred and technical skills in things like bomb-making is a dangerous combination." Web could be terror training camp in U.S., politician says 16 Oct 2006 Disaffected people living in the United States may develop radical ideologies [*Yes*] and potentially violent skills over the Internet and that could present the next major U.S. security threat, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said on Monday. "We now have a capability of someone to radicalize themselves over the Internet," Chertoff said on the sidelines of a meeting of International Association of the Chiefs of Police. "Those are the kind of terrorists that we may not be able to detect with spies and satellites," Chertoff said. [That's right - they can't.]
Ministers water down Freedom of Information Act 17 Oct 2006 Ministers have been accused of blocking the public's access to 'sensitive' information by proposing new rules to restrict the release of government reports, memos and letters. The reform package outlined by the Government yesterday represented a draconian intervention that was not in the public interest, MPs and freedom of speech campaigners warned. *Information being withheld* Full advice on the war in Iraq... ID cards... Trident - The Ministry of Defence refused to confirm or deny whether the Government has any information for the consideration of the replacement of Britain's nuclear deterrent... Papers concerning the role of the Government in the arrest and detention of UK citizens and residents in Guantanamo Bay have been held back.
Amateur 'video bloggers' under threat from EU broadcast rules 17 Oct 2006 The Government is seeking to prevent an EU directive that could extend broadcasting regulations to the internet, hitting popular video-sharing websites such as YouTube.
Oops! Two terror suspects escape despite control-order curbs 17 Oct 2006 Two suspected terrorists subject to "control orders" have escaped and remain on the run. The disclosure deals a huge blow to the government's anti[pro]-terrorism legislation, already battered by the courts.
Escapes: Blair blames Opposition 17 Oct 2006 Prime Minister Tony Blair has blamed opposition politicians and the courts for the terror suspect escape scandal. Some of the "self-same people" who criticised the Government's terrorist internment powers were now attacking the control order regime created as a replacement, he said.
Blair turns on judges over escaped terror suspects 17 Oct 2006 Tony Blair turned on the judiciary and opposition parties today when asked about the disappearance of two terrorist suspects who are supposed to be under virtual house arrest. The Prime Minister criticised opposition MPs and the courts for weakening the Government's anti[pro]-terrorism measures and leaving the Home Office with the fallible control order regime in the first place.
Lecturers asked to keep eye on 'radical' Muslim students 17 Oct 2006 Lecturers are to be asked to spy on Muslim students they fear may become radicalised and militant. Guidance is to be sent out from the Department of Education in Westminster to universities across Britain. [F*ck that. Instead, we'll keep eye on Reichwing professors.]
Reid admits Iraq war has fuelled radicalism 17 Oct 2006 John Reid, the Home Secretary, conceded last night for the first time that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have played a part radicalising young Muslims.
Bombed into 'bonds of friendship:' Cheney: US forces winning support from Iraqis 16 Oct 2006 US Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney told US soldiers newly returned from Iraq that they had built "bonds of friendship" with Iraqis that may help win the war. "Having been on the ground, all of you know that we've made progress -- not easily, but steadily. And we can be confident going forward," he told thousands of soldiers of the storied 101st Airborne Division at their home base here. [Yes, Cheney Halliburton is 'going forward' with more terrorism, death squads, and war crimes.]
Bush Reassures Iraqi That There Is No Timetable for Withdrawal 17 Oct 2006 President [sic] Bush reassured Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq on Monday that he would not set a timetable for withdrawal of American troops and would continue to support the prime minister, despite recent reports that military officials and some Republican lawmakers were dissatisfied with the Iraqi government’s performance.
Stand firm on Iraq, PM tells backbenchers 18 Oct 2006 John Howard has warned Coalition MPs to be wary of Labor's renewed focus on Iraq at a time when public support for a continued Australian military presence in the country continues to slide.
91 die in violence in Iraq 17 Oct 2006 Four days of sectarian [US] slaughter killed at least 91 people by Monday in Balad, a town near a major U.S. air base an hour's drive north of the capital. Elsewhere, 60 Iraqis died in attacks and 16 tortured bodies were found.
British troops move out of wartorn Afghan district 17 Oct 2006 British soldiers have pulled out of one of the most troubled districts under their control in southern Afghanistan after agreeing a peace deal with local tribes.
British troops pull out of Afghan district as security scaled down 17 Oct 2006 British soldiers have been pulled out of part of Afghanistan overnight, the Ministry of Defence revealed today.
UK's Afghan mission 'hit by Iraq' 17 Oct 2006 A commander of British troops in Afghanistan has said UK military operations in the country have been affected by the war in Iraq.
Paras almost ran out of supplies 17 Oct 2006 British Paras fighting the Taliban in southern Afghanistan came close to running out of rations and supplies, their commanding officer said.
44 suspected Taliban killed Afghanistan clashes 17 Oct 2006 British troops pulled out of a troubled district in southern Afghanistan today, while fighting across the country killed 44 suspected Taliban militants, officials said.
US insists on right to intercept N Korean ships 17 Oct 2006 The US insisted on Monday on the right to interdict suspicious North Korean cargo under the authority of the UN Security Council resolution passed on Saturday, setting the stage for a difficult trip to Asia for Condoleezza Rice this week.
S.Korea says sign of North nuclear test preparation 17 Oct 2006 South Korea is aware of signs that the North might be getting ready for another nuclear test, a government official said on Tuesday.
How George Bush Gave Krazy Kim the Bomb By Greg Palast 10 Oct 2006 How did a berserker like North Korea’s Kim John Il get the bomb in the first place? Answer: He bought it from the Dr. Strangelove of Pakistan in 2001 — while all our President’s men ordered our intelligence agents to keep their eyes shut tight.
US Waging Dirty War Against Venezuela at UN, Says Chavez 16 Oct 2006 President Hugo Chavez has accused Washington of waging a dirty war against his country in a last ditch effort to prevent it from winning a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council.
U.S. Marines train Philippine troops 15 Oct 2006 American and Philippine troops began annual war drills with the Asian nation on high alert following a series of [US] bombings blamed on al-Qaida[al-CIAduh]-linked militants.
DoD Resumes Mandatory Anthrax Vaccinations 16 Oct 2006 The Defense Department will resume mandatory anthrax inoculations for servicemembers and civilians deploying to U.S. Central Command and Korea, DoD officials said today. A small number of servicemembers assigned to homeland defense units will also receive the [deadly] shots.
Israel's president retreats in face of sex offence claims 17 Oct 2006 Israel's President Moshe Katsav cancelled his scheduled appearance at the opening of the Knesset yesterday in the wake of a police report recommending his indictment for rape and other sexual offences, along with a string of other charges.
Police want Israeli President charged with rape 17 Oct 2006 The Israeli President, Moshe Katsav, faces calls for his resignation over a sex scandal, while female politicians have threatened to walk out of parliament if he attends. Police recommended on Sunday that Mr Katsav face charges of rape and sexual assault allegedly committed against several women in his office.
Death toll passes 23 as Israel hunts down Gaza rockets 16 Oct 2006 Israeli infantrymen, backed by tanks, were combing the northern Gaza Strip for 'Qassam rocket launchers and sabotage tunnels' in a search-and-destroy operation that has killed at least 23 Palestinians in five days.
Rove's busy little 'October Surprise' bees: Letter Warns of Bomb In Suburbs 17 Oct 2006 A month after a small trash can explosion at the Metra commuter train station in Hinsdale, police in the western suburb are reporting a new threat: an anonymous letter that portends another explosion in a public space.
"I'm Tired Of All The BUSH*T." Woman Sues Over Ticket for Anti-Bush Bumper Sticker 17 Oct 2006 (GA) A woman who was ticketed for having an obscene anti-President [sic] Bush bumper sticker filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday against DeKalb County and its officials.
"They Voted to Allow Torture" Stratford Billboard Raises Eyebrows 17 Oct 2006 (CT) A billboard along a Connecticut highway has drivers taking notice and politicians in an uproar. [LOL!]
Alaska Dems Battle State Over E-voting 16 Oct 2006 An examination of the e-voting database and its audit logs from the November 2004 general election in Alaska found that changes were made to the database in the months after the votes were tallied, according to the state’s Democratic Party. The party contends that a study of the electronic voting database, which it obtained a copy of last month after a long battle with the state, revealed that the database had been accessed as recently as this July.
Mo. High Court Strikes Down Voter ID Law 16 Oct 2006 The Missouri Supreme Court struck down the state's new voter identification law Monday that would have required voters to show a photo ID card at the polls starting this fall. The court found the requirement violated several provisions in the state constitution.
More GOPedophilia: Second Republican Faces Scandal 17 Oct 2006 A US congressional board which oversees a Capitol Hill internship program rocked by a sex scandal has discussed allegations involving a second lawmaker, according to Michigan Democrat, Representative Dale Kildee.
Lieberman gains from drug industry 16 Oct 2006 Sen. Joe LieberBush ("D"-CT) Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced BioShield II in April 2005, but it has not cleared Congress. Opponents say it would give excessive benefits to big pharmaceutical manufacturers without guaranteeing bioterror cures. And some critics question LieberBush's motivation for the bill. LieberBush's opponents charge that he has been influenced by campaign contributions from the pharmaceutical industry; a legislative aide who formerly worked as a pharmaceutical association lobbyist; and his wife, who held a consulting job last year with a public relations firm working on health issues.
Ex-FDA chief to plead guilty in stock case --Lester Crawford held onto shares in companies governed by agency 16 Oct 2006 Former FDA chief Lester Crawford will plead guilty for failing to disclose a financial interest in companies his agency regulated, his lawyer said Monday.
Displease a Lobbyist, Get Fired --E-mails show Jack Abramoff's ability to influence White House staffing decisions through his highly placed friends. 15 Oct 2006 For five years, Allen Stayman wondered who ordered his removal from a State Department job negotiating agreements with tiny Pacific island nations — even when his own bosses wanted him to stay. Newly disclosed e-mails suggest that the ax fell after intervention by one of the highest officials at the White House: Ken Mehlman, on behalf of one of the most influential lobbyists in town, Jack Abramoff.
Ask too many questions about Able Danger, and this what happens: FBI Raids Home of Weldon's Daughter, Person Says 16 Oct 2006 FBI agents raided the home of a daughter of U.S. Representative Curt Weldon, a Pennsylvania Republican, as part of an investigation into whether he used political influence to steer business toward her consulting firm, a person familiar with the case said.
Searches Carried Out in Influence Inquiry 17 Oct 2006 Federal agents executed search warrants on Monday at the homes of Representative Curt Weldon’s daughter and a longtime political associate in an investigation into whether Mr. Weldon, a Pennsylvania Republican, improperly aided their efforts to obtain lobbying and public relations contracts, law enforcement officials said.
O'Reilly falsely claimed that a pregnant woman's life could "never" be "in danger" from pregnancy complication (Media Matters) 16 Oct 2006 On the October 11 edition of his nationally syndicated radio show, Bill O'Reilly falsely claimed that it "is never the case" that a "mother's life is in danger" during the course of a pregnancy. In fact, there are several potential pregnancy complications that can threaten the life of a pregnant woman. [O'Lielly is so stupid that the *light* from stupid is going to take ten billion years to reach the earth.]
U.S. military gags Khadr's lawyer 15 Oct 2006 The U.S. military lawyer who represents Canadian Omar Khadr says he's been ordered not to speak to the media after his accusations of ongoing abuse at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba. "I'm not allowed to speak to anyone concerning the military commissions," Lt.-Col. Colby Vokey said in a telephone interview Saturday. Asked who issued the gag order, Vokey said: "I can't even tell you that." [This Kafkaesque kangaroo court system needs to be eliminated, along with the insane, illegitimate dictatorship that spawned it. Is it time to start pondering American Revolution #2? --LRP]
Terror suspect escapes from hospital 16 Oct 2006 A terror suspect under a control order has been on the run from authorities for two weeks after escaping from a mental health unit, The Times can reveal. The Government introduced control orders under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 to force a curfew on terror suspects who could not be prosecuted in courts [?!?].
Attorney gets 28 months for aiding terrorists 16 Oct 2006 Civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart was sentenced Monday to 28 months in prison for helping a client who plotted to blow up New York City landmarks communicate with his followers. The sentence, for a conviction of providing material support to terrorists, was far less than 30 years prosecutors wanted.
UK fascism on the march: Teachers asked to root out Islamic extremists 16 Oct 2006 The Government today called on teachers, lecturers and council employees to help root out Islamic extremism in schools, colleges and universities. In defiance of the growing anger of Islamic leaders, Ruth Kelly, the Communities Secretary, insisted that those at the grassroots of society must join the fight against those who would radicalise British youngsters.
"I was told there were hangings of people in the doorways of cells." Lynndie England reveals a culture of warped violence 15 Oct 2006 In an interview with Marie Claire magazine, Lynddie England revealed how, soon after being deployed to Iraq, a group of soldiers discovered some animal carcasses, a goat and a cat, and cut off their heads. They took turns taking photographs, one as a soldier pretended to have sex with the goat's head. "Then they cut off the cat's head and shoved it on top of a soda bottle," she said. England also makes other claims about the jail. "I heard [a US contractor] did things to boys in his cell... I was told there were hangings of people in the doorways of cells."
U.S. Firing Plans for Great Lakes Raise Concerns 16 Oct 2006 (Grand Haven, MI) For the first time, the United States Coast Guard officials want to mount machine guns routinely on their cutters and small boats here and around all five of the Great Lakes as part of a program addressing the threats of terrorism after Sept. 11. And, for the first time in memory, Coast Guard members plan to use a stretch of water at least five miles off this Michigan shore — and 33 other offshore spots near cities like Cleveland; Rochester; Milwaukee; Duluth, Minn.; and Gary, Ind. — as permanent, live fire shooting zones for training on their new 7.62 mm weapons, which can blast as many as 650 rounds a minute and send fire more than 4,000 yards. The notion is so unusual that it prompted United States diplomats to negotiate with Canadian authorities in order to agree that it would not violate a 189-year-old treaty, signed after the War of 1812, limiting arms on the Great Lakes.
British police want spy planes to fight anti-social behaviour 15 Oct 2006 A British police force is considering using unmanned aerial surveillance drones to fly over troubled local council housing estates to help tackle anti-social behaviour in respective areas, The Sunday Telegraph reported. The police force for Merseyside, in western England, has formed a new Anti-Social Behaviour Task Force [!?!] which will have a budget of one million pounds (1.85 million dollars, 1.5 million euros), and a staff of 137, drawn from both the local police and fire services.
New speed cameras could be ruled illegal 16 Oct 2006 The latest generation of speed cameras which record number plates and take pictures of drivers could be illegal, a Government watchdog has warned. Sir Andrew Leggatt, the Surveillance Commissioner [!?!], has said that new laws are needed to prevent the evidence the cameras provide from being successfully challenged in the courts.
Simmons says CIA doesn't use torture, but defends vote on detainee bill 16 Oct 2006 (CT) U.S. Rep. Robert R. Simmons, R-Torturer-2nd District, says he's "not convinced" that the CIA is torturing terror suspects and that when he worked for the spy agency's controversial "Phoenix" program during the Vietnam war he didn't need to resort to torture. "In my experience, torture doesn't work," the three-term incumbent told the Journal Inquirer last week... Simmons' comments came as he defended his vote last month approving the so-called detainee bill that permits aggressive interrogation of suspected "enemy combatants" in secret prisons.
Bush bin Laden's 'October Surprise:' Second warning for Muslims to leave U.S. before attack 16 Oct 2006 Another Pakistani journalist [Jamal Ismail] is reporting receiving another threat – this one from a senior Taliban leader – warning all Muslims to leave the U.S. in anticipation of a major terrorist attack before the end of Ramadan. The head of the Islamabad-based al-Quds Center reported receiving an audio message from Mullah Masoom Afghani urging U.S. Muslims to get out of the country "because God's punishment would fall on America in the month of Ramadan." ["Because Rove's plans must be implemented before the 7th of November."]
Bush pledges to keep U.S. troops in Iraq 16 Oct 2006 President [sic] Bush personally assured Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki Monday that he has no plans to pull troops out and told him to ignore rumors the United States intended to enforce a deadline for Baghdad to rein in sectarian violence.
5 Americans Killed in Iraq, Bringing Month's Toll to 53 16 Oct 2006 Two marines were killed by 'insurgents' in Anbar Province on Sunday, the American military command said, and three American soldiers died a day earlier in a bombing in southern Baghdad, bringing the total of American troop deaths in Iraq this month to at least 53, an extraordinarily high midmonth tally.
Much of Iraq still in ruin as U.S. builders leave --Local officials will be faced with running plants and finishing jobs left by big companies 15 Oct 2006 Close behind U.S. tanks and troops, America's big builders invaded Iraq three years ago. Now the reconstruction funds are drying up and they're pulling out, leaving completed projects and unfulfilled plans in the hands of an Iraqi government unprepared to manage either. In 2003, Congress committed almost $22 billion to a three-year program to help Iraq... [? What happened to the $22 billion?!?]
UK's Afghanistan mission "could take another 20 years," says MP 16 Oct 2006 British troops could be in Afghanistan for another 20 years, according to a main opposition Conservative MP and Territorial Army soldier who has just returned from a tour of duty there.
Videotape Released Showing Taliban Beheading Two British Soldiers 16 Oct 2006 Pakistan's Geo News received Monday a video cassette that shows the beheading of two British soldiers and other activities of Taliban who are battling it out against NATO forces in Afghanistan.
7 killed, 6 injured in suicide attacks in Afghanistan 16 Oct 2006 A series of Taliban-linked attacks across Afghanistan left seven people dead, as the Italian government said it believed a missing freelance photojournalist had been kidnapped. The unrest was all linked to the Taliban movement that is waging a deadly 'insurgency,' but a purported spokesman for the rebel group said Sunday it was not involved in the disappearance of Italian journalist Gabriele Torsello.
Canadian supply convoy rammed by suicide bomber 16 Oct 2006 A suicide car bomber rammed into a Canadian supply convoy Monday, leaving at least three Afghan civilians dead and one Canadian soldier slightly injured.
German Army vehicles in Afghanistan attacked 15 Oct 2006 In attacks with an armour-piercing weapon and a bomb, German Army vehicles moving through Afghanistan have come under fire twice within the past two days, the peacekeepers' command said Sunday.
MoD forced to hire civilian helicopters in Afghanistan 15 Oct 2006 Britain is so short of helicopters in Afghanistan that military chiefs are being forced to scour the world for civilian aircraft to support its troops after the US rejected a plea to help plug the shortfall.
Goff pushes for NZ soldiers to stay on in Afghanistan 17 Oct 2006 The Government is looking to extend its military commitment in Afghanistan beyond September next year.
U.S. confirms N. Korea blast was radioactive 16 Oct 2006 Air samples gathered last week contain radioactive materials that confirm that North Korea conducted an underground nuclear explosion, National Intelligence Director John Negroponte’s office said Monday.
Seoul says no radiation detected after NKorean nuclear blast 15 Oct 2006 South Korea has still not detected any abnormal radiation that would confirm neighbouring North Korea conducted a nuclear test as declared last week, a state institute said Sunday.
Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program 16 Oct 2006 Dr. William Winkenwerder, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs will conduct a media telephone roundtable discussion today, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT to discuss the departments’ resumption of the [deadly] Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program, which is consistent with the Food and Drug Administration guidelines.
Gaza as Laboratory: The Great Experiment By Uri Avnery 14 Oct 2006 Is it possible to force a whole people to submit to foreign occupation by starving it? That is, certainly, an interesting question. So interesting, indeed, that the governments of Israel and the United States, in close cooperation with Europe, are now engaged in a rigorous scientific experiment in order to obtain a definitive answer. The laboratory for the experiment is the Gaza Strip, and the guinea pigs are the million and a quarter Palestinians living there... What are the governments of Israel and the US trying to tell the Palestinians? The message is clear: You will reach the brink of hunger, and even beyond, if you do not surrender. [A must read]
Police accuse Israeli president of rape 15 Oct 2006 Israel said on Sunday its police force had acquired evidence suggesting President Moshe Katsav had raped and molested women who worked for him.
Police say President should face rape charge 16 Oct 2006 After a lengthy investigation in which President Katsav of Israel endured days of questioning over a sex scandal, the police recommended last night that he faces charges of raping and assaulting women.
Scientists look to place a pro-science president [Or, at least one with an IQ above that of a coconut] 06 Oct 2006 Frustrated by their government's position on the environment, climate change and stem cell research, a group of US scientists have decided to take matters into their own hands and actively promote the election of a president in 2008 who is more receptive to science.
Ex-Aide Says Evangelicals Mocked in White House By Jake Tapper and Kendall Evans 16 Oct 2006 For the White House, the charges coming their way this morning in the new book "Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction" must seem anything but heaven-sent. The accusations are coming from an unlikely source: David Kuo, former deputy director of the White House Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, which channels federal dollars to religious charities. Kuo says the office was misused to rally evangelical Christians, the Republican base voters, to get GOP politicians elected. Not only that, Kuo claims Bush officials mocked evangelical leaders behind their backs, alleging that in the office of political guru Karl Rove they were called "the nuts."
GOP Chief Denies Helping Abramoff 15 Oct 2006 The head of the Republican Party said Sunday he did not have a former State Department official fired at disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff's request, despite e-mails that reportedly suggest otherwise. Ken Mehlman, chairman of the Republican National Committee, denied playing a role in the firing of Allen Stayman from his job as a special negotiator while Mehlman was the White House political director.
Poll: Democrat Leads in Foley's District 15 Oct 2006 The Democratic candidate running for the House seat once held by Mark Foley has a slim lead over a Republican rival, according to a newspaper poll published Sunday. Democrat Tim Mahoney led Republican state Rep. Joe Negron 48 percent to 41 percent, with 11 percent undecided, according to the poll commissioned by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers. [The GOPedophile will still win. A Diebold 'sleepover' will take care of it for the Reichwing, who will then claim that the entire '11 percent undecided' decided to vote for the GOP candidate.]
White House Upbeat About GOP Prospects --Self-Assurance of Bush, Rove and Others Is Not Shared by Many in the Party 15 Oct 2006 Amid widespread panic in the Republican establishment about the coming midterm elections, there are two people whose confidence about GOP prospects strikes even their closest allies as almost inexplicably upbeat: President [sic] Bush and his top political adviser, Karl Rove. [Diebold or hubris? --LRP]
Predatory capitalism alert: Insurers Pile Up Record Profits --Federal crop insurers face little competition, rely on the government to cover the riskiest claims. 16 Oct 2006 Last year, a collection of niche insurance companies made $927 million in profit, a record. They received an additional $829 million from the government in administrative fees to help run the program. On top of that, taxpayers kicked in $2.3 billion to subsidize premium payments for farmers. All of that to pay farmers $752 million for losses from bad weather.
Trouble in the air: How Government flights pumped out 1,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide 16 Oct 2006 The inevitable head-on collision between Britain's climate change and aviation policies moves a step closer today with figures showing the total distance flown by the Government's own ministers and senior officials last year alone is equivalent to 14 return trips to the Moon [where they should go to live]. Tony Blair, his cabinet colleagues and their officials clocked up 6.5 million air miles, according to the Cabinet Office's list of flights during the 2005-2006 financial year - and in doing so pumped almost 1,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, analysis shows.
Bird flu's spread around the globe 16 Oct 2006 Indonesia has confirmed the deaths of another two women from bird flu, taking the number of fatalities in the country to 55 from 72 cases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday.
CIA holds alleged al Qaeda leader in secret jail: report 15 Oct 2006 A suspected 'al Qaeda' leader [Mustafa Setmarian], accused of being involved in September 11 and planning the 2004 Madrid train bombings, has been imprisoned in a secret U.S. jail for the past year, Spain's El Pais newspaper reported on Sunday.
Holy fascist dictatorship, Batman! One man still locked up from 9/11 sweeps --Detainee has not been charged, not seen as a threat, but is behind bars 14 Oct 2006 In a jail cell at an immigration detention center in Arizona sits a man [Ali Partovi] who is not charged with a crime, not suspected of a crime, not considered a danger to society. But he has been in custody for five years.
Lawyers gagged over Guantanamo abuse claims 15 Oct 2006 Two legal professionals who made allegations about prisoner abuse at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre have been ordered not to talk to the media about the claims, lawyers who work with the pair say.
2 ordered not to discuss Gitmo claims 15 Oct 2006 A paralegal and a military lawyer who brought forward allegations about prisoner abuse at the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been ordered not to speak with the press, lawyers and a military spokeswoman said Saturday.
Guantanamo probe over guards' beatings boasts 14 Oct 2006 The Pentagon is to investigate allegations of abuse [torture] at Guantanamo Bay after a Marine said she overheard guards boasting about beating detainees.
Expecting U.S. Help, Sent to Guantánamo 15 Oct 2006 Abdul Rahim Ginco, a college student living in the United Arab Emirates, had gone to Afghanistan in 2000 after running away from his strict Muslim father. He was soon imprisoned by the Taliban, and tortured by operatives of 'Al Qaeda' until, he said, he falsely confessed to being a spy for Israel and the United States. But rather than help Mr. Ginco return home, American soldiers detained him again. Nearly five years later, he remains in the United States military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
Guilty Until Confirmed Guilty (The New York Times) 15 Oct 2006 The Military Commissions Act of 2006 makes it virtually impossible to contest a status tribunal’s decision. It prohibits claims of habeas corpus — the ancient right of prisoners in just societies to have their detentions reviewed — or any case based directly or indirectly on the Geneva Conventions... The new law dangerously expands the definition of illegal enemy combatant and allows Mr. Bush — and the secretary of defense — to give to anyone they choose the authority to designate a prisoner as an illegal combatant. It also allows Mr. Bush to go on squirreling prisoners away at secret C.I.A. camps where none of the rules apply.
Lloyd's death was a 'war crime' 15 Oct 2006 A leading human rights lawyer has called for the American soldiers who shot ITN reporter Terry Lloyd to be extradited on war crimes charges. Mark Stephens’s comments follow a call by Lloyd’s family for those responsible for his death to be tried in Britain. On Friday, Oxfordshire coroner Andrew Walker recorded a verdict of unlawful killing and told the court that he would write to the attorney general and the director of public prosecutions about the matter.
Reporter's killing in '03 ruled 'unlawful' --British official blames Marines in Iraq 14 Oct 2006 U.S. forces unlawfully fired the machine-gun bullet that killed Terry Lloyd after an Iraqi civilian had loaded the wounded British journalist into his vehicle to take him to the hospital shortly after the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a deputy coroner ruled Friday.
Fewer reporters embedded in Iraq [That's because the Pentagon has had most of them killed.] 15 Oct 2006 The number of embedded journalists reporting alongside U.S. troops in Iraq has dropped to its lowest level of the war even as the conflict heats up on the streets of Baghdad and in the U.S. political campaign.
Iraqis call for five-man junta to topple the government 15 Oct 2006 Iraq's fragile 'democracy,' [US-installed dictatorship] weakened by mounting chaos and a rapidly rising death toll, is being challenged by calls for the formation of a hardline "government of national salvation". The proposal, which is being widely discussed in political and intelligence circles in Baghdad, is to replace the government with a regime [?!? The US already *replaced* the government with a regime, in 2003.] capable of imposing order... The only person who can undertake a coup in Iraq now is General George Casey (the US commander) and I don’t think the Americans are inclined to go in that direction," said Ahmed Chalabi, head of a rival political party. Any suspension of the democratic process would be regarded as a severe blow to American and British policy. [OMFG, 'suspension of the democratic process' *is* American and British policy. --LRP]
Official: Guard Force Is Behind Death Squads 14 Oct 2006 Iraq's interior minister on Friday rejected allegations that Iraq's police and military have played a major role in the death squads blamed for Baghdad's surging violence, saying that only a small number of all those caught in U.S. or Iraqi raids were members of the police or army. Jawad al-Bolani, speaking in Baghdad, blamed the Facilities Protection Service, or FPS, a massive but unregulated government guard force [Bush's death squads] whose numbers he put at about 150,000.
Baghdad police find seven decapitated bodies 14 Oct 2006 At least 12 people were killed in violence around Iraq on Saturday, while authorities found the decapitated corpses of seven people dumped north of Baghdad in what appeared to be a 'sectarian revenge' [US] killing.
Iraq Violence Spreads to Oil City of Kirkuk 15 Oct 2006 The death toll in two days of bloody [US] fighting between two Shiite and Sunni towns in the north rose to at least 80 on Sunday, a hospital official said, with more bodies allegedly lying in the streets and unable to be retrieved.
Attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq up sharply 12 Oct 2006 Armed attacks on U.S. soldiers and Iraqis in Baghdad have increased by 43 percent since midsummer, despite [because of] an ongoing American-led campaign to 'secure' [terrorize] individual neighborhoods, the top U.S. military spokesman in Iraq said Thursday.
Servicemembers Killed in Iraq 15 Oct 2006 Five soldiers, a Marine and an airman were killed in various operations in Iraq Oct. 12 through yesterday, and the Defense Department released the identities of 10 soldiers and 10 Marines killed recently supporting 'Operation Iraq Freedom' [Operation Iraq Fascism] or Operation Enduring Freedom ['Operation Enduring Fascism'].
Attacks Across Iraq Kill 70 15 Oct 2006 Suspected Shi'ite militiamen killed 46 Sunni Arabs in a weekend rampage of revenge [US] killings in the city of Balad, north of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Officials say the killings, committed late on October 14 and early on October 15, were in apparent retaliation for the slaying of 17 Shi'ites whose decapitated bodies were found in Balad on October 13.
46 Sunnis Die in Iraq Revenge Killings 15 Oct 2006 Suspected Shiite militiamen killed at least 46 Sunni Arabs in a weekend rampage of revenge [US] killings in a city north of Baghdad, an Interior Ministry official said Sunday, raising the toll in the latest sectarian [US] bloodletting there to 63.
Iraq killing spree stalls talks --Even by this conflict's standards, October has been a bloody month 15 Oct 2006 Iraq's government indefinitely postponed a much-anticipated national reconciliation conference on Sunday as at least 83 people were reported dead in a two-day spree of sectarian revenge [US] killings and insurgent bombings.
Thanks to Bush: Iraq: Group claims establishment of Islamic state 15 Oct 2006 Egypt An Iraqi militant group that includes al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] in Iraq announced in a video tape Sunday that it has established an Islamic Iraqi state.
I was wrong on Iraq 15 Oct 2006 Former Defence chief General Peter Cosgrove says the Iraq war has boosted global terrorism. General Cosgrove has apologised to Federal Police boss Mick Keelty for criticising Mr Keelty's view that the Iraq war inspired terrorist attacks in Spain.
2 GOP Senators Urge New Iraq Strategy 15 Oct 2006 Two leading Republican senators [Chuck Hagel, NE and John Warner, VA] called Sunday for a new strategy in Iraq, saying the situation in getting worse and leaving the United States with few options.
Military lines up to back general on Iraq 14 Oct 2006 From the squaddies on the front line to the retired generals in their armchairs, the British military yesterday united in support of General Sir Richard Dannatt, the British Army chief, and his devastating analysis of the government's defence and foreign policies.
Bomb explosion kills 1, injures 2 in E. Afghanistan 14 Oct 2006 A government employee was killed and two others were injured Saturday morning in a bomb explosion close to the Governor House in eastern Laghman province of Afghanistan, an official at Interior Ministry said.
Suicide Bomb Blast Killed 8 In Afghanistan 14 Oct 2006 At least eight Afghan civilians were killed and ten other wounded when a suicide bomber attacked a NATO convoy in a southern province of Afghanistan.
Two NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan 15 Oct 2006 Two NATO soldiers were killed in Afghanistan, while a governor escaped an assassination attempt and officials reported 12 more deaths in Taliban-linked violence.
Italian kidnapped in Afghanistan 14 Oct 2006 An Italian photojournalist has been kidnapped by armed men in southern Afghanistan.
Canada troops battle 10-foot Afghan marijuana plants 12 Oct 2006 Canadian troops fighting Taliban militants in Afghanistan have stumbled across an unexpected and potent enemy -- almost impenetrable forests of marijuana plants 10 feet tall.
Report: France plans to withdraw 200 troops from Afghanistan 15 Oct 2006 French newspaper [Journal de Dimanche] reported Sunday that France plans to withdraw 200 special forces officers from southeast Afghanistan by early next year.
Pakistan foils coup plot 14 Oct 3006 A plot to stage a coup against Pakistan's President General Pervez Musharraf soon after his recent return from the US has been uncovered, resulting in the arrest of more than 40 people. [This is why the Bush dictatorship wants Musharraf gone: Omar Sheikh is MI6 agent: Musharraf 14 Oct 2006 General Pervez Musharraf has disclosed that Omar Sheikh, who kidnapped and murdered American journalist Daniel Pearl and is now facing death penalty, was actually the British secret Agency MI6's agent and had executed certain missions on their behest before coming to Pakistan and visiting Afghanistan to meet Osama and Mullah Omar.]
Rumsfeld link to sale of reactors to North Korea 10 May 2003 The US Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, sat on the board of a company that three years ago sold two light water nuclear reactors to North Korea - a country he now regards as part of the "axis of evil" and which has been targeted for regime change by Washington because of its efforts of build nuclear weapons. Mr Rumsfeld was a non-executive director of ABB, a European engineering giant based in Zurich, when it won a $US200 million contract to provide the design and key components for the reactors. He sat on the board from 1990 to 2001, earning $US190,000 a year.
US grants N Korea nuclear funds 03 Apr 2006 The US Government has announced that it will release $95m to North Korea as part of an agreement to replace the country's own nuclear programme, which the US suspected was being misused.
World diplomats push for enforcing N.Korea sanctions 15 Oct 2006 The United States insisted on Sunday that China had an obligation to help enforce new U.N. sanctions on North Korea for its claimed nuclear test, despite Beijing's misgivings over the risk of provoking Pyongyang.
U.N. approves resolution on N. Korea sanctions 14 Oct 2006 The U.N. Security Council voted Saturday to impose financial and arms sanctions on North Korea to punish the nation for its nuclear weapon test. The vote was 15-0.
Swiss Official Says Banks Broke Law by Supplying Data to CIA 14 Oct 2006 Swiss banks broke their nation’s laws by providing banking information to American counterterrorism officials, Switzerland’s top data-protection official said Friday.
Lockerbie retrial demand over new evidence 15 Oct 2006 The Lockerbie bombing conviction seems certain to be sent back to the appeal court after it emerged Scottish prosecutors suppressed "absolutely crucial" German police evidence at the trial, Scotland on Sunday can reveal. The evidence - papers suggesting a key prosecution witness was implicated in the mass murder - will form part of an official report by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC).
O'Reilly Equates 9/11 Scholars With Terrorists --Threatens Truth Professors With FBI Investigation By Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones 14 Oct 2006 During Professor Jim Fetzer's appearance on The O'Reilly Factor Thursday night, O'Reilly equated the 9/11 Scholars with terrorists and threw his weight behind a move to have them being investigated by the FBI, in a similar vein to a previous case in which his false charges led to the arrest of another professor and charges of supporting terrorism which were later dismissed. "I'd put the FBI on you and that nutty Barrett and find out what the hell you guys are up to," salivates O'Reilly, making reference to Sammy Al-Arian, a former professor at USF who was charged and later acquitted...
Americans Question Bush on 9/11 Intelligence 14 Oct 2006 Many adults in the United States believe the current federal government has not been completely forthcoming on the issue of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to a poll by the New York Times and CBS News. 53 per cent of respondents think the Bush administration is hiding something, and 28 per cent believe it is lying. Only 16 per cent of respondents say the government headed by U.S. president [sic] George W. Bush is telling the truth on what it knew prior to the terrorist attacks, down five points since May 2002.
California teen questioned over threats to Bush posted on MySpace 13 Oct 2006 (Sacramento) Julia Wilson posted a picture of the pResident, scrawled "Kill Bush" across the top and drew a dagger stabbing his outstretched hand. She replaced the page last spring after learning that such threats are a federal offense. Too late. The 14-year-old high school freshman was taken out of class Wednesday and questioned for about 15 minutes by two Secret Service agents. [The Secret Service must be a busy little bee, as there must be thousands of similar pages on MySpace.]
Bush Buys Land in Northern Paraguay 13 Oct 2006 An Argentine official regarded the intention of the George W. Bush family to settle on the Acuifero Guarani (Paraguay) as surprising, besides being a bad signal for the governments of the region. Luis D Elia, undersecretary for the Social Habitat in the Argentine Federal Planning Ministry, issued a memo partially reproduced by digital INFOBAE.com, in which he spoke of the purchase by [Nazi] Bush of a 98,842-acre farm in northern Paraguay, between Brazil and Bolivia.
Republican Lock on Ohio in Danger --If the Bellwether State Mirrors the Nation, the Gop Could Be Heading for Meltdown 14 Oct 2006 On Nov. 7, Ohio's Republicans look certain to lose the governor's mansion; an incumbent senator is in grave danger of losing his seat; and as many as three Republican-held seats in the House of Representatives could turn Democratic. Roll that outcome out across the country and you're looking at a meltdown.
Feds want to know: Did Romney check tunnel? 14 Oct 2006 Federal officials are probing scathing allegations that the Romney administration falsely claimed to conduct safety inspections in the Big Dig tunnel that collapsed and killed a woman in July. The Securities and Exchange Commission is zeroing in on state financial documents from 2005 - cited in a new report by state Inspector General Gregory Sullivan - indicating that Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Negligent Homicide) was reviewing the safety of the Big Dig, when in fact the administration was only checking leaks in the Interstate 93 tunnel.
SEC asks for Big Dig documents 13 Oct 2006 The Securities and Exchange Commission has asked state officials overseeing the Big Dig to turn over documents related to safety reviews of the $14.6 billion highway project, including the portion of the tunnel system where a ceiling panel collapsed and killed a woman.
Tunnel bolts never inspected --No proof of look inside ceiling at site of fatality 14 Oct 2006 Despite a history of ceiling bolts coming loose during construction of a Big Dig tunnel, the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority never inspected the fatally flawed ceiling in the six years after it was built, probably missing the last chance to prevent the accident that killed a woman this summer.
Hawaii gets 6.3 magnitude quake 15 Oct 2006 A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck off Hawaii on Sunday morning, with shaking and power outages felt as far as 150 miles away on the island of Oahu, but no tsunami warnings were in effect.
U.S. govt appeals court's NSA wiretapping decision 13 Oct 2006 The Bush regime on Friday appealed a federal judge's ruling this summer that a controversial post-September 11, 2001, domestic spying program was illegal.
Pentagon inspector general orders Guantanamo probe 13 Oct 2006 The Pentagon's Inspector General ordered an investigation into alleged abuse at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay that holds suspected Taliban and al Qaeda members, a spokesman said on Friday.
Shays says Abu Ghraib abuses were more about sex, not torture 13 Oct 2006 Republican Rep. Christopher Shays (CT) said Friday the Abu Ghraib prison abuses were more about pornography than torture. "Now I've seen what happened in Abu Ghraib [He was there?], and Abu Ghraib was not torture," Shays said at a debate Wednesday. "It was outrageous, outrageous involvement of National Guard troops from (Maryland) who were involved in a sex ring and they took pictures of soldiers who were naked," added Shays. "And they did other things that were just outrageous. But it wasn't torture." [Should Shays be subjected to waterboarding, since it's just 'porn?']
Inside the CIA's Secret Prisons Program --An explosive new book provides a rare glimpse into the full extent of the agency's controversial terror renditions — and the curious coalition of partners who helped the U.S. pull them off. By Vivienne Walt 13 Oct 2006 In December of 2001, U.S. agents arranged to have a German citizen flown to a Syrian jail called the Palestine Branch, renowned for its use of torture, and later offered to pass written questions to Syrian interrogators to pose to the prisoner, according to a secret German intelligence report shown to TIME on Wednesday. The report is described in the new book Ghost Plane: The True Story of the CIA Torture Program by British investigative journalist Stephen Grey.
For their eyes only --New evidence clears up whether Bush sought to bomb al-Jazeera. But we are not allowed to hear it By Richard Norton-Taylor 13 Oct 2006 Two men are to be tried behind closed doors in an Old Bailey courtroom in a move that will stop the public finding out whether George Bush proposed what would have been a war crime and how Tony Blair reacted. The evidence the government does not want us to hear is in an official record of a meeting in Washington in April 2004, when the situation in Iraq was deteriorating fast. The memo, it has been reported, refers to Bush's alleged proposal to bomb the Arabic TV channel al-Jazeera, and is said to reveal how far Blair went in criticising US military tactics in Iraq at a time when troops were bombarding Falluja. David Keogh, a former civil servant, is charged with unlawfully disclosing the memo. Leo O'Connor, a former Labour researcher, is charged with disclosing a classified document. The way the government went about demanding a private trial, and the arguments used by the judge to allow it, are deeply disturbing.
Coroner seeks trial for US troops who killed TV man 14 Oct 2006 The American soldiers who shot dead the ITN journalist Terry Lloyd could face trial in a British court for murder after a coroner ruled that they had unlawfully killed an innocent civilian. Lloyd's daughter, Chelsey, said: "My father was unlawfully killed by a bullet to the head from a heavy-calibre machine gun fired by US marines. The killing of my father would seem to amount to murder."
Key Iraqi Colonel Is Killed At Office --Commander of Scorpions commando team helped bridge sectarian divide 14 Oct 2006 Col. Salam al-Mamuri and his Scorpion commando team were a rarity among Iraqi security forces, American and Iraqi colleagues said: a police unit fighting on both sides of the country's sectarian divide. On Friday, a bomb blew apart Mamuri and an aide at the Scorpions' headquarters in the southern city of Hilla. Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani in Baghdad called it a "possibility and a probability" that the assassination was at least in part an inside job, because the [US] killer was able to gain access to Mamuri's office to plant the bomb.
Baghdad: Gunmen kill 8 women; kidnap 2 teens 14 Oct 2006 [US] Gunmen attacked Shi'ite women picking vegetables in a field outside the capital, killing six adults and two young girls and kidnapping two teenagers.
UK army chief says troops should leave Iraq 13 Oct 2006 Britain's army chief [Sir Richard Dannatt] said his troops should be withdrawn from Iraq soon as their presence was making security worse, in bluntly worded comments seized upon by opponents of the U.S.-led invasion three years ago.
US sowing Iraq strife, says Iran 13 Oct 2006 The supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has accused the US of promoting sectarian strife in Iraq.
Private equity fund CDC enters strife-torn Afghanistan 13 Oct 2006 A UK-backed private equity fund of funds business said on Friday it has put money into a fund dedicated to Afghanistan. CDC Group, a government-backed emerging markets fund of private equity investments, said it has committed $5.8 million (3.1 million pounds) to the Afghanistan Reconstruction Fund, run by Acap Partners.
British MP: Israel employed Nazi tactics in Lebanon 13 Oct 2006 British MP Andrew Turner of the Conservative Party apologized Friday for equating Israel’s attacks on 'Lebanese infrastructure and citizens' to tactics employed by the Nazis. During a panel held last Wednesday, Turner said, "Human Rights Watch condemns both sides pretty unequivocally for breaches of international law and of internationally recognized human rights... it condemns Israel over the lawlessness of its attacks on south Lebanon, for the extraordinarily high level of civilian casualties that followed. Those were the tactics of the Nazis in 1939 and 1940 – attacking fleeing civilians from the air," he said.
Lebanon: We'll fire at Israeli planes 13 Oct 2006 Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Murr said Friday that in another few months, the Lebanese army would be able to fire anti-aircraft missiles at any IAF planes flying over Lebanon.
General: U.S. Has Troops to Fight N. Korea 13 Oct 2006 The U.S. military's top officer said Thursday that the Pentagon would have sufficient forces to win if called on to fight a war in North Korea, but the conflict would be more difficult without the intelligence and guidance systems devoted to Iraq and Afghanistan.
U.S. Hits Obstacle in Getting a Vote on North Korea 14 Oct 2006 The United States pressed for a Saturday vote on a Security Council resolution that would impose sanctions on North Korea for its reported nuclear test, but questions from China and Russia on Friday evening cast the timing and possibly the content of the document into doubt.
Pentagon admits error on 'threat' 13 Oct 2006 A South Florida anti-war group's peaceful protest of military recruitment during last year's Fort Lauderdale Air & Sea Show was labeled ''subversive'' and was being monitored by the Pentagon, which kept a report on the protest in a database designed to track domestic terrorist threats. [Is George W. Bush, the most dangerous terrorist on earth, in the database?]
Omar Sheikh is MI6 agent: Musharraf 14 Oct 2006 General Pervez Musharraf has disclosed that Omar Sheikh, who kidnapped and murdered American journalist Daniel Pearl and is now facing death penalty, was actually the British secret Agency MI6's agent and had executed certain missions on their behest before coming to Pakistan and visiting Afghanistan to meet Osama and Mullah Omar.
U.S. may charge alleged 9/11 leader with the death of Daniel Pearl 13 Oct 2006 U.S. military officials intend to charge Guantanamo Bay captive [M16 agent] Khalid Sheikh Mohammed with the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, according to a Time magazine report.
Second mole revealed in terror arrests 14 Oct 2006 The Globe and Mail has learned the identity of a second informer who was instrumental in Canada's most sensational anti-terrorism sweep. Around the time 18 individuals were arrested on terror-related charges in June, a man vanished from his home in a Toronto suburb... A first mole, Mubin Shaikh, has already declared he was involved in a terrorist training camp, attended mostly by teenagers. Just as Mr. Shaikh was useful to police and the spies at the beginning stages of the plot, the second informant was crucial toward the end. It's believed that he put key suspects in touch with a police agent — possibly himself — who claimed to be able to purchase tonnes of ammonium nitrate fertilizer.
Report: second mole helped in T.O. terrorism case 13 Oct 2006 A second mole apparently helped in the Toronto investigation of 18 individuals arrested in June on terrorism-related charges, according to a report in The Globe and Mail.
O’Reilly Sicks FBI on Fetzer, Barrett By Kurt Nimmo 13 Oct 2006 Bill O’Reilly, the scurrilous "phone sex" deviant and prime time bully, wants nine eleven researchers and investigators arrested—or, more accurately under the so-called detainee bill, disappeared into Gestapo torture dungeons—and presumably brought up on treason charges, marched before a secret military tribunal, and sent to the gallows... Not only did the reprehensible O’Reilly, who had the academic Dr. Sami al-Arian arrested and charged as a terrorist, slander [Jim] Fetzer and by extension anybody else who questions the government, he also demanded Fetzer be tailed by the FBI. "I'd put the FBI on you and that nutty [professor Kevin] Barrett and find out what the hell you guys are up to," threatened O’Reilly...
Tech.gov: Real ID's Real Problems --As the deadline for national identification cards approaches, questions about their true costs, privacy, and security remain unanswered. 11 Oct 2006 More than a year has passed since the Real ID Act of 2005 became law... Chief among the questions: Which machine-readable technology will the new IDs use?
Navy Officer Tapped to Head L.A. Schools 13 Oct 2006 The board of education picked a Navy official with little classroom experience to become superintendent of the nation's second-largest school district, ignoring Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's request to be involved in the selection.
F.A.A. Tightens Rules for Planes Along East River 13 Oct 2006 Small, fixed-wing planes have been banned from flying along the East River in New York City unless the pilot is in contact with air traffic controllers, the Federal Aviation Administration said Friday.
Report: A-Rod On Plane That Went Off Runway 13 Oct 2006 CBS 2 has learned that a private plane carrying seven passengers, including New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, has skidded off a runway in Burbank, Calif. The incident came two days after Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle was killed, along with his flight instructor, in a high-rise crash in Manhattan.
What we saw - Bob and Bri 11 Sep 2006 (Google video) "Oh, My God. It was a military plane."
Bush's Diebold confidence: Bush Is Said to Have No Plan if GOP Loses 13 Oct 2006 Some Republican strategists are increasingly upset with what they consider the overconfidence of President [sic] Bush and his senior advisers about the midterm elections November 7–a concern aggravated by Bush's news conference this week.
Letters on voter ID under fire --200,000 mailed out after law struck down 13 Oct 2006 Less than a week after a judge struck down Georgia's photo ID requirement for voters because it violated the state Constitution, nearly 200,000 letters — not the originally reported 20,000 — were sent out to registered voters, notifying them they may not have a valid driver's license or state-issued photo ID. Photo ID is not required to vote Nov. 7. A state judge ruled Sept. 19 that Georgia's voter ID law violated the state Constitution.
Jeb Bush: I Wasn't Hiding in the Closet [You're outing yourself?] 12 Oct 2006 Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has disputed media accounts that said he hid in a closet to avoid anti-Republican protesters during a visit to Pittsburgh last week. Bush encountered protesters Oct. 6 while on his way to a fund-raising event for Republican Sen. Rick Santorum at Pittsburgh’s exclusive Duquesne Club. The stories mentioned prominently that Bush sought "refuge in a subway station supply closet." Bush said it was actually a boiler room.
Ney Pleads Guilty Over Abramoff Bribes 13 Oct 2006 Representative Bob Ney of Ohio pleaded guilty to corruption charges today in connection with the scandal swirling around the lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Abramoff Ties May Jeopardize Nonprofits' Tax Status 13 Oct 2006 Several well-known conservative organizations may have put their tax-exempt status at risk as a result of helping disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his clients, according to a new report from congressional Democrats. The report by the minority staff of the Senate Finance Committee concludes that the organizations "appear to have perpetrated a fraud on other taxpayers" by engaging in "what amounted to profit seeking and private benefit behavior inconsistent with their tax-exempt status."
Feds probe trip that Kolbe made with pages --Congressman alleged to have been inappropriate in '96 13 Oct 2006 Federal prosecutors in Arizona have opened a preliminary investigation of a camping trip Congressman [GOPedophile] Jim Kolbe, R-AZ, took 10 years ago that included two teenage congressional pages, a Justice Department spokesman told NBC News.
Rep. Kolbe visited Grand Canyon with pages --Park Service workers, office staffers accompanied group during 1996 trip 11 Oct 2006 Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) took two male pages with him on a three-day camping trip in 1996, former congressional pages and National Park Service officials have told NBC News. The pages, who were 17 at the time, went rafting and camping with Kolbe in the Grand Canyon over the July 4th holiday that year.
Emails Suggest White House Political Concern Over Foley In 2004; Snow Issues Non-Denial Denial (thinkprogress) 13 Oct 2006 The Palm Beach Post has published emails between ex-Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) and Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) suggesting that the White House considered Foley a political liability as early as 2004 and asked him not to attend events with President [sic] Bush.
Five Scandals that Could Put Republicans in Jail By James Ridgeway 12 Oct 2006 The Foley cover-up is just the tip of the iceberg. If the Democrats succeed in retaking Congress this fall, here are five investigations they should get started on right away.
2 feet of snow falls on western N.Y. 13 Oct 2006 Nearly 2 feet of snow fell in a fury of thunder and lightning Thursday night and early Friday in Buffalo's two snowiest October days since the National Weather Service began keeping track 137 years ago.
Buffalo, New York, Blanketed By Record-Setting Snow 13 Oct 2006 Buffalo, New York, was blanketed under a record-setting 2 feet of snow, knocking out power to almost a quarter-million residents and prompting local authorities to declare a state of emergency. Another 5 inches (13 centimeters) are expected to fall through noon local time today, the National Weather Service said.
Baker's Panel Rules Out Iraq Victory 12 Oct 2006 A commission [headed by James Baker] formed to assess the Iraq war and recommend a new course has ruled out the prospect of victory for America, according to draft policy options shared with The New York Sun by commission officials.
Army chief declares war on Blair: 'We must quit Iraq soon' 12 Oct 2006 The head of the Army [General Sir Richard Dannatt] is calling for British troops to withdraw from Iraq "soon" or risk catastrophic consequences for both Iraq and British society.
Army chief says British troops should be pulled out of Iraq 13 Oct 2006 Tony Blair has received a public warning from the country's most senior military commander that the British presence in Iraq is threatening disaster there and in the UK.
UK troops worsen problems in Iraq - army head 12 Oct 2006 The head of Britain's army said the presence of British troops in Iraq was exacerbating the security situation on the ground and they should be withdrawn soon, according to a British newspaper.
UK minister urged Aljazeera bombing 12 Oct 2006 David Blunkett, the UK's former home secretary, has said that during the 2003 invasion of Iraq he suggested to Tony Blair that Britain's military should bomb Aljazeera's television transmitter in Baghdad.
Gunmen storm Iraqi TV station, killing 11 --Many involved in assault dressed as police, witnesses say 12 Oct 2006 [US] Gunmen, some of them in police uniforms, stormed the downtown Baghdad headquarters of a new satellite television station today, killing the board chairman and 10 others in the second attack on an Iraqi station in the capital in as many weeks. The motive for the attack was not clear... In its few short broadcasts, the station played nationalist music against the U.S. occupation.
Pentagon moves to buttress U.S. troop levels in Iraq 12 Oct 2006 The U.S. military is delaying the departure of thousands of soldiers from Iraq while speeding the arrival of thousands more as a way to keep more troops on the ground to handle [US] unrelenting violence, U.S. officials said on Monday.
Iraqi parliament approves federal law 11 Oct 2006 Iraq's parliament on Wednesday approved a law that sets out the mechanics of forming federal regions, an issue Sunni minority leaders fear might tear the country apart in sectarian civil war. The law, backed by some Shi'ite [Halliburton-installed] majority leaders who have been keen to set up a big, autonomous region in their oil-rich south, was passed in a session boycotted by the Accordance Front, the largest political bloc of the Sunni minority.
Iraq: Resistance to Occupation Not Just for Fighters By Dahr Jamail 13 Oct 2006 The U.S. forces are now leaving some towns. Cities like Dhuluiya, Tal Afar, and Fallujah west of Baghdad have become virtual no-go areas for U.S. forces. Attacks against the U.S.-led Multinational Forces (MNF) continue to increase. "They keep asking us to hand over resistance fighters to them," a farmer at a village in the area told IPS. "So that they can torture them in Abu Ghraib, Falcon base, Baghdad airport, and other detention centers." But resistance fighters are gaining support, not being handed over. Resistance attacks often take the shape of a small car that appears from nowhere. The men inside attack U.S. tanks or trucks carrying soldiers and disappear fast.
Soldiers charged with gun smuggling 12 Oct 2006 Nine soldiers [from the 3rd Battalion of The Yorkshire Regiment] will be prosecuted over allegations of smuggling guns out of Iraq to trade for drugs and cash, the Ministry of Defence said today.
American Accused of Taking a Bribe for Work on Iraq 12 Oct 2006 A former Pentagon employee accepted gold jewelry worth thousands of dollars for illegally steering nearly $6 million in contracts to an Iraqi company for work at a sprawling American military base adjacent to Baghdad’s main airport, according to an indictment released yesterday by the Justice Department.
Afghanistan Clashes Leave Up to 20 Dead 12 Oct 2006 NATO-led forces and Afghan troops clashed with suspected Taliban militants Thursday in southern Afghanistan, leaving as many as 20 'suspected insurgents' [i.e., civilians] dead.
US amends draft N Korea resolution 13 Oct 2006 The US has made changes to a draft United Nations Security Council resolution in an effort to get unity on the international response to North Korea's reported nuclear bomb test. The revised resolution now addresses China and Russia's concerns over the scope of measures.
Russia, China oppose N. Korea sanctions 12 Oct 2006 Russia and China on Thursday opposed tough sanctions the U.S. wants to impose against North Korea this week for its claimed nuclear test, saying they want time to work out a more moderate response to Pyongyang's nuclear brinkmanship.
'Unacceptable' Guantanamo should close, says Beckett 12 Oct 2006 The US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay is "unacceptable in terms of human rights" and should close, Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett has said.
Beckett says Guantanamo Bay "unacceptable" 12 Oct 2006 Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett launched one of the government's sharpest attacks on Guantanamo Bay on Thursday, saying the U.S. prison camp was ineffective and damaging.
Red Cross Interviews 14 Terrorism Suspects at Guantánamo 12 Oct 2006 A team from the Red Cross has met in recent days at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, with alleged chief planner of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, and 13 other prisoners identified by the United States government as senior officials of 'Al Qaeda,' Red Cross officials said Thursday.
Guantanamo Detainees Go to Afghanistan 12 Oct 2006 Sixteen Afghans and one Iranian released from years in captivity at Guantanamo Bay prison arrived in Afghanistan on Thursday, an Afghan official said, maintaining that most of the detainees had been falsely accused.
Judge critical of MI5 testimony 12 Oct 2006 A judge has criticised the Home Office over contradictory MI5 intelligence in secret hearings involving two terrorism suspects, it has emerged. The error came to light only because one barrister acted in both Special Immigration Appeals Commission cases. Mr Justice Newman said the "administration of justice" had been put at risk in the cases of Algerian Abu Doha and a suspect known as MK.
Only 31% Say U.S. and Allies Winning War on Terror (rasmussenreports) 11 Oct 2006 In the lowest display of confidence in the United States' position in the war on [of] terror since Rasmussen Reports began polling on the subject two years ago, just 31% of American adults say the U.S. and its allies are winning the War on Terror.
State Department issues another worldwide caution, warning of terror attacks 12 Oct 2006 The State Department is issuing another warning to Americans overseas. The government’s latest worldwide caution warns that al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] and affiliated groups continue planning terror attacks against U.S. interests in various regions -- possibly involving killings, kidnappings and bombings.
Briton admits plot to detonate series of 'dirty bombs' 13 Oct 2006 A British man has admitted he plotted to use a radioactive "dirty" bomb and other explosive devices to carry out terrorist attacks in Britain and the United States.
Jets Scramble After NYC Plane Crash 12 Oct 2006 The military sent dozens of fighter jets Wednesday to patrol the skies over New York, Washington, and other U.S. and Canadian cities minutes after a small plane crashed into a New York City high-rise.
NYC flight path comes under scrutiny 12 Oct 2006 A day after the fiery plane crash that killed Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle, politicians expressed alarm that, five years after Sept. 11, small aircraft are still allowed to fly right up next to the New York skyline. "I think everyone is scratching their head, wondering how it is possible that an aircraft can be buzzing around Manhattan," said Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-NY, who has been lobbying for rule changes since 2004. "It's virtually the Wild West. There is no regulation at all, other than 'Don't run into anything.'"
Documents Reveal Scope of U.S. Database on Antiwar Protests 13 Oct 2006 Internal military documents released Thursday provided new details about the Defense Department’s collection of information on demonstrations nationwide last year by students, Quakers and others opposed to the Iraq war. The Defense Department acknowledged last year that its analysts had maintained records on war protests in an internal database past the 90 days its guidelines allowed, and even after it was determined there was no threat.
Chicago Mayor: By 2016, cameras on 'almost every block' 12 Oct 2006 Security and terrorism won't be an issue if Chicago wins the right to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games because, by that time, there'll be a surveillance camera on every corner, Mayor Daley said Wednesday.
Senate Report: Five Nonprofit Groups Sold Clout to Abramoff 12 Oct 2006 Five conservative nonprofit organizations, including one run by prominent Republican Grover Norquist, "perpetrated a fraud" on taxpayers by selling their clout to lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Senate investigators said in a report issued today. The report includes previously unreleased e-mails between the now-disgraced lobbyist and officers of the nonprofit groups, showing that Abramoff routed money from his clients to the groups. In exchange the groups [GOP media whores] produced ostensibly independent newspaper op-ed columns or press releases that favored the clients' positions.
Book says Bush just using Christians --'Tempting Faith' author David Kuo worked for Bush from 2001 to 2003 11 Oct 2006 More than five years after President [sic] Bush created the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, the former second-in-command of that office is going public with an insider’s tell-all account that portrays an office used almost exclusively to win political points with both evangelical Christians and traditionally Democratic minorities.
Ex-Aide to Foley Testifies of Warning Speaker's Office 13 Oct 2006 A longtime aide to former Representative Mark Foley testified before the House ethics committee for nearly five hours on Thursday, repeating under oath his account of having explicitly warned Speaker J. Dennis Hastert’s office at least three years ago that Mr. Foley should be told to keep his distance from Congressional pages.
Bush's Approval Ratings Slip 13 Oct 2006 President [sic] Bush's job-approval rating fell, with 34% of Americans voting him "excellent" or "good," down from 38% in September, according to a new Harris Interactive poll. The drop follows a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll that showed Bush's job approval rating fell to 39% from 42% earlier in October.
AP, networks sue over Fla., Nev. exit poll laws --Media companies say law violates press' rights under the First Amendment 12 Oct 2006 A Florida law that bars exit polling near voting places violates the press' rights under the First Amendment, a lawsuit filed by The Associated Press and five television networks alleges.
Over 50 Orgs, Leaders Write States Urging Emergency Paper Ballots (Brad Blog) 12 Oct 2006 An urgent letter has been sent today to the Governors, Secretaries of State and State Election Directors of all 50 states urging them to immediately create and implement plans and procedures for allowing the use of Emergency Paper Ballots at every local jurisdiction during this November's general election.
Wal-Mart faces at least $62M in damages 12 Oct 2006 A state jury found Thursday that Wal-Mart broke Pennsylvania labor laws by forcing employees to work through rest breaks and off the clock, a decision plaintiffs' lawyers said would result in at least $62 million in damages.
U.S. weapons of mass destruction poisoning the earth and its inhabitants: Investigating escargots that glow? 12 Oct 2006 The discovery of radioactive snails at a site in southeastern Spain where three U.S. hydrogen bombs fell by accident 40 years ago may trigger a new joint U.S.-Spanish clean-up operation, officials said Wednesday.
UK planning law on climate change 12 Oct 2006 A climate change bill which could see regular targets put in place to cut UK carbon dioxide emissions is being considered by the government.
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