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November 2005 Archives, Page Two

Pentagon Expanding Its Domestic Surveillance Activity 27 Nov 2005 The Defense Department has expanded its programs aimed at gathering and analyzing intelligence within the United States, creating new agencies, adding personnel and seeking additional legal authority for domestic security activities. The moves have taken place on several fronts. ...The Marine Corps Intelligence Activity will be "increasingly required to perform domestic missions," and as a result, "there will be increased instances whereby Marine intelligence activities may come across information regarding U.S. persons."

Abuse worse than under Hussein, says Iraqi leader --Allawi in damning indictment of new regime 27 Nov 2005 Human rights abuses in Iraq are now as bad as they were under Saddam Hussein and are even in danger of eclipsing his record, according to the country's first Prime Minister after the fall of Hussein's government. 'People are doing the same as [in] Saddam's time and worse,' Ayad Allawi told The Observer. 'It is an appropriate comparison. People are remembering the days of Saddam. These were the precise reasons that we fought Saddam and now we are seeing the same things.' ...'We are hearing about secret police, secret bunkers where people are being interrogated,' Allawi added. 'A lot of Iraqis are being tortured or killed in the course of interrogations...'

Abuse in Iraq as bad or worse than in Hussein's day: Allawi 26 Nov 2005 Human rights abuses in Iraq now are as bad, or worse, than they when Saddam Hussein was in power, the nation's first post-Saddam prime minister was quoted as saying. In an interview with the Observer newspaper in London, Iyad Allawi pointed an accusing finger at the interior ministry, and alleged that "a lot of Iraqis" are being tortured or killed during interrogation.

'Trophy' video exposes private security contractors shooting up Iraqi drivers 27 Nov 2005 A "trophy" video appearing to show security guards in Baghdad randomly shooting Iraqi civilians has sparked two investigations after it was posted on the internet, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

Arabic press anger at al-Jazeera 'plot' 27 Nov 2005 Newspapers in the Arab world have reacted with a mixture of anger and disgust over allegations that US Dictator George W. Bush suggested bombing the popular Arab television station al-Jazeera... The Israeli Arab Sawt Al-Haq wal-Hurriyah praises what it sees as al-Jazeera's "daring, professional coverage of the US aggression against Iraq, the city of Fallujah and Afghanistan... Even merely thinking about bombarding an information medium, regardless of what it is, is a blatant violation of all noble values, and shows time after time the ugly face of those who contemplate such sick thinking," the papers editorial argues.

PM on the defensive over Official Secrets Act trial 27 Nov 2005 Tony Blair complained of "conspiracy theories" yesterday as he was forced on the defensive over an Official Secrets Act trial starting this week. Earlier Lord Goldsmith denied that he had intervened to save the Government from embarrassment, telling Radio 4's Today programme that he was acting in his legal capacity to prevent prejudice [?!?] to this week's trial.

A Journey That Ended in Anguish 27 Nov 2005 In June, Col. Ted Westhusing was found dead in a trailer at a military base near the Baghdad airport, a single gunshot wound to the head. The Army would conclude that he committed suicide with his service pistol... But the questions surrounding Westhusing's death continue. Westhusing acted when he learned of possible corruption by U.S. contractors in Iraq. A few weeks before he died, Westhusing received an anonymous complaint that a private security company he oversaw had cheated the U.S. government and committed human rights violations...

White House claims 'strong consensus' on Iraq pullout 27 Nov 2005 The White House for the first time has claimed ownership of an Iraq withdrawal plan, arguing that a troop pullout blueprint unveiled this past week by a Democratic senator was "remarkably similar" to its own.

Two Congressmen injured after vehicle flips in Iraq 27 Nov 2005 A military vehicle carrying U.S. politicians overturned on the way to the Baghdad airport on Saturday and injured two members of Congress, said U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall.

Official: 4 Aid Workers Kidnapped in Iraq 27 Nov 2005 Four aid workers, including two Canadians, have been kidnapped in Iraq, a Canadian official said Sunday.

Clark Arrives to Assist Hussein Defense 27 Nov 2005 Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark arrived in Baghdad, airport officials said, apparently to aid in Saddam Hussein's defense.

Plot to kill Hussein judge uncovered 26 Nov 2005 Iraqi police said on Saturday they have smashed an al-CIAduh-linked cell plotting an imminent assassination attempt against the chief judge trying deposed leader Saddam Hussein.

8 Sunnis Held in Iraq Assassination Plot 27 Nov 2005 Iraqi police arrested eight Sunni Arabs in the northern city of Kirkuk for allegedly plotting to assassinate the investigating judge who prepared the case against Saddam Hussein, a senior police commander said Sunday.

Second Reporter Asked to Testify on Leak 27 Nov 2005 A second Time magazine reporter has been asked to testify in the CIA leak case, this time about her discussions with Karl Rove's attorney, a sign that prosecutors are still exploring charges against the White House aide.

Bolton loses British backing for UN tactics 27 Nov 2005 Britain has angered John Bolton, America's combative ambassador to the United Nations, by breaking ranks with him... Britain has rebuffed a Bolton move to join him in refusing to pass the organisation's 2006 budget until member states approve wide-ranging 'management reforms.'

Former Canadian Defence Minister concerned US preparing for 'intergalactic war' 26 Nov 2005 A number of groups have joined forces with former Canadian Defence Minister Paul Hellyer in urging Parliament to hold public hearings on 'exopolitics' - or relations with extraterrestrials (ETs). Hellyer said he is concerned the United States is preparing weapons for use against the aliens and could get the whole world into an "intergalactic war.''

Pressure mounts for sedition laws to be delayed 28 Nov 2005 (AU) THE Government will come under intense pressure to make big changes in the sedition provisions in its counter-terrorism laws, with its senators expected to report today that these are deeply flawed.

Chavez's cheap oil for US poor angers Washington [Great!] 25 Nov 2005 Venezuela's President, Hugo Chavez, has pulled off his greatest public relations coup yet in his campaign to irritate the Bush dictatorship with a deal to supply cheap fuel to thousands of poor residents of Boston and New York.

"Bush's reputation in at least the academic community is about as low as you can imagine." 27 Nov 2005 The White House and Congress need as many as five academic economists of high caliber, and it's not obvious where they will come from. The Republican Party may be facing something of a shallow bench. "Bush's reputation in at least the academic community is about as low as you can imagine," said William A. Niskanen, who was a member of the council during President Ronald Reagan's first term and is now chairman of the Cato Institute.

Top White House aide's plane in emergency landing 26 Nov 2005 A twin-engine plane carrying pResident George W. Bush's chief of staff, Andrew Card, made an emergency landing in Nashville on Saturday when smoke was detected in the cockpit, officials said.

Couple sues operators of UC Berkeley Web site that teaches evolution 26 Nov 2005 A California couple has sued the operators of a University of California-Berkeley Web site designed to help teachers teach evolution, claiming it improperly strays into religion.

House Bill Raises Welfare Work Requirement 27 Nov 2005 The House has included a major restructuring of the nation's welfare system in its massive budget cutting bill, which would substantially increase the hours of work, training and community service the poor would have to perform to qualify for assistance. [What did Halliburton do to qualify for its (unending) 'assistance?']

Democrats Urge Focus on Energy Costs 27 Nov 2005 The federal government needs to create a comprehensive energy policy to address rising costs across the country, Gov. Christine Gregoire of Washington said Saturday in the Democratic Party's weekly radio address.

Bush says Harris has potential to be a viable Senate candidate [Well, we know she has the potential to be a viable GOP whore.] 27 Nov 2005 With an unlikely background of razor fences and guard towers [dedicating Wakulla Correctional Institution, a "faith-based" prison], Gov. Jeb Bush talked a bit last week about the future of U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris and her increasingly uphill quest to defeat incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson next year.

Holiday shopping season off to flat start 27 Nov 2005 The U.S. holiday season's first major shopping day got off to a relatively flat start compared to a strong 2004, despite special promotions, discounts and expanded hours, according to figures released on Saturday.

Despite Ban, Farmers Still Use Pesticide 27 Nov 2005 Other nations watch as the United States keeps permitting wide use of methyl bromide for tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, Christmas trees and other crops, even though the U.S. signed an international treaty banning all but the most critical uses by 2005.

Switzerland backs GM moratorium 27 Nov 2005 Swiss voters have approved a five-year ban on the use of genetically modified crops, final results from Sunday's referendum suggest.

Switzerland votes on GM crop ban 27 Nov 2005 Switzerland is holding a vote on a proposal to ban all genetically modified crops for a five-year period.


Al Jazeera calls for Bush memo to be made public 26 Nov 2005 The head of the pan-Arab news channel Al Jazeera on Saturday called for the contents of an alleged memo, in which US pResident George W. Bush reportedly suggests the bombing of the station’s Qatar headquarters, to be made public.

Al-Jazeera boss demands to see 'bomb' memo 26 Nov 2005 Al-Jazeera's director general is demanding talks with Tony Blair over a memo that reportedly details George Bush, the American pResident, discussing the idea of bombing the television station's headquarters.

Jazeera seeks Blair meeting 25 Nov 2005 Arabic news channel Al Jazeera's general manager flew to London on Friday to demand the government explain a leaked report that U.S. pResident George W. Bush wanted to bomb the TV station.

Al-Jazeera Kabul offices hit in US raid 13 Nov 2001 The Kabul offices of the Arab satellite al-Jazeera channel have been destroyed by a US missile. The US missile that destroyed the building also damaged the homes of some employees. "The situation is very critical," Mr Jasim told the BBC from the channel's offices in Doha. "This office has been known by everybody, the American airplanes know the location of the office, they know we are broadcasting from there," he said. [See: U.S.: Al-Jazeera bomb story 'outlandish' 23 Nov 2005 The White House characterized as "outlandish" Tuesday a British newspaper report that pResident Bush once discussed bombing the headquarters of Arabic-language television network Al-Jazeera with Prime Minister Tony Blair.]

No US charges over Afghan bodies 26 Nov 2005 US troops who burned the corpses of two suspected Taleban fighters killed in a gun battle in Afghanistan committed no crime, military investigators say.

US military admits it burned bodies 26 Nov 2005 The U.S. military admitted on Saturday that its soldiers in Afghanistan had burned the bodies of two dead Taliban resistance fighters and taunted 'insurgents' about it, but had not meant it as a desecration.

Iranian president calls for war crimes charges on US 26 Nov 2005 Iran’s hard-line president called for the Bush administration to be tried on war crimes charges related to Iraq and denounced the West for its stance on Iran’s controversial nuclear programme, state-run television reported today.

Britain gives approval to torture, claims Amnesty 26 Nov 2005 Tony Blair has been accused of undermining decades of British campaigning for international human rights by using the war on terror to give a "green light" to torture.

Two Suicide Car Bombings Kill 10 in Iraq 26 Nov 2005 A suicide bomber drove his pickup truck into a crowded gas station in central Iraq on Saturday and detonated it, killing six people, while a car bomb targeting a convoy of foreigners in the capital killed four people, police said.

Soldier Dies in Roadside Bomb Explosion 26 Nov 2005 A soldier assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), was killed in an improvised explosive device attack while conducting combat operations in Hit, Iraq, Nov. 25, military officials reported today.

Democratic Lawmaker Lament Iraq War Vote 26 Nov 2005 Three years ago, Massachusetts congressmen Martin Meehan, Stephen Lynch and Edward Markey bucked their state Democratic colleagues and cast votes to give pResident Bush a green light to go to war in Iraq. Since then, the three have renounced their votes and emerged as critics of the way Bush has handled the war.

Bush set to pull out 60,000 troops --Growing political and public aversion to the war in Iraq is forcing the pResident's hand 24 Nov 2005 George W. Bush is planning a major pullout of US troops from Iraq amid rising opposition to the war on Capitol Hill and across America.

U.S. Starts Laying Groundwork for Significant Troop Pullout From Iraq 26 Nov Even as debate over the Iraq war continues to rage, signs are emerging of a convergence of opinion on how the Bush regime might begin to exit the conflict.

U.S. GIs to Help Rescue Ethiopia Cheetahs 26 Nov 2005 Two endangered cheetah cubs held captive and abused at a remote village restaurant are to be rescued by an Ethiopian veterinarian and U.S. soldiers, an environmental official said.

Bring it on, ET! Former Canadian Minister of Defence: Bush Planning Alien Wars 25 Nov 2005 On September 25, 2005, in a startling speech at the University of Toronto, Paul Hellyer, Canada’s Defence Minister from 1963-67 under Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prime Minister Lester Pearson, said... "I'm so concerned about what the consequences might be of starting an intergalactic war, that I just think I had to say something... The United States military are preparing weapons which could be used against the aliens, and they could get us into an intergalactic war without us ever having any warning. He stated, "The Bush administration has finally agreed to let the military build a forward base on the moon, which will put them in a better position to keep track of the goings and comings of the visitors from space, and to shoot at them, if they so decide."

In Terror Cases, Administration Sets the Rules 27 Nov 2005 Citing the need to combat terrorism, the administration has argued, with varying degrees of success, that judges should have essentially no role in reviewing its decisions... "The position of the executive branch," said Eric M. Freedman, a law professor at Hofstra University who has consulted with lawyers for several detainees, "is that it can be judge, jury and executioner."

Universities Say New Rules Could Hurt U.S. Research 26 Nov 2005 American universities are warning that rules proposed by the Defense Department and expected soon from the Commerce Department could hurt research by limiting the ability of foreign-born students and technicians to work with sensitive technology in laboratories.

Rescue efforts lead to arrest nightmare for N.O. businessman --Abdulrahman Zeitoun of New Orleans writes about his experiences rescuing storm victims, and about his arrest and ordeal on suspicion of terrorism and looting. 24 Nov 2005 "They brought us to the bus station. We saw lots and lots of military personnel with many different types of weapons/guns... They had us under maximum security. We did not know what was going on. There were guards from Angola and New York prisons that were running the bus station like a prison camp."

Lycos Ordered to Tell Web Client Identity 25 Nov 2005 The Dutch Supreme Court on Friday ordered Internet company Lycos to reveal the identity of a client in a benchmark decision on privacy that was praised by copyright groups as a way to go after illegal swapping of music and movies online. It is the first ruling of its kind in the Netherlands on Internet privacy and could have far reaching consequences for other Internet providers.

Venezuela's Leader to Send Heating Oil to South Bronx 26 Nov 2005 A group of South Bronx residents will soon receive a large - and inexpensive - shipment of heating oil, courtesy of President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, a frequent thorn in the side of the Bush dictatorship.

Italians Strike Over Proposed Budget Cuts 25 Nov 2005 Tens of thousands of demonstrators thronged major Italian cities Friday to protest planned government budget cuts, rallying in support of a general strike that snarled transport and closed down public offices across the country.

Lawmakers Under Scrutiny in Probe of Lobbyist --Ney and DeLay Among the Members of Congress Said to Be a Focus of Abramoff Investigation 26 Nov 2005 The Justice Department's wide-ranging investigation of former lobbyist Jack Abramoff has entered a highly active phase as prosecutors are beginning to move on evidence pointing to possible corruption in Congress and executive branch agencies, lawyers involved in the case said.

GOP House Leadership Linked Anew to Abramoff --California Rep. John T. Doolittle's use of perks is under scrutiny in the lobbyist investigation. 26 Nov 2005 His onetime friendship with super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff has come back to haunt Rep. John T. Doolittle of Northern California, a member of the House Republican leadership, as the Justice Department continues its probe into Abramoff's dealings with lawmakers.

Abramoff probe broader than thought: paper 25 Nov 2005 The U.S. Justice Department's probe of Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff is broader than previously thought, examining his dealings with four lawmakers, former and current congressional aides and two former Bush regime officials, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

Even Supporters Doubt Bush as Issues Pile Up 26 Nov 2005 A USA Today/CNN/Gallup poll in mid-November found that 37 percent of Americans approved of Mr. Bush, the lowest approval rating the poll had recorded in his pResidency...

Accusations of land grab in budget bill --Malls, homes feared on hundreds of thousands of acres of public forests and deserts 24 Nov 2005 California lawmakers and environmental groups warn that a provision in the House budget bill could allow individuals and companies to develop hundreds of thousands of acres of desert, forest or other public lands across the state.

UAW decries Delphi bonus proposal --Plan angers workers facing steep pay cuts 26 Nov 2005 But a fight is brewing between the United Auto Workers union and bankrupt Michigan auto parts maker Delphi. Delphi's Chairman Steve Miller recently proposed $90 million in cash bonuses, while seeking a 60 percent pay cut for workers, renewing interest in a debate that has simmered for years.

White House Official Seeks Welfare Changes 26 Nov 2005 The administration's point man on tightening welfare requirements says he senses that Congress is closer to making significant changes to the program than at any time during pResident Bush's tenure. Bush has proposed that participants work longer hours to maintain eligibility for cash assistance and other forms of aid.

Battle Lines Set as New York Acts to Cut Emissions 26 Nov 20205 New York is adopting California's ambitious new regulations aimed at cutting automotive emissions of global warming gases, touching off a battle over rules that would sharply reduce carbon dioxide emissions while forcing the auto industry to make vehicles more energy efficient over the next decade..

Small Leak at Indian Point Eludes Diver and Cameras 26 Nov 2005 A drop of radioactive water leaks every minute from the pool that stores the spent fuel rods at Indian Point 2 in Buchanan, N.Y. It adds up to a quart or two a day... The leak, which was found in September, has been the latest worry for local officials and nearby residents concerned about the Indian Point nuclear reactors.

New evidence of harm from GM food triggers call for immediate ban --UK Government and EC accused of criminal negligence and willful suppression of facts (GM Free Cymru Press Notice) 25 Nov 2005 "Three new studies of the health effects of GM foods have triggered fresh demands for GM components in human food and animal feed to be banned immediately, and have also led to accusations of criminal negligence aimed at the UK Government and European Commission."

Accelerated rise in sea levels blamed on global warming 25 Nov 2005 Sea levels are rising twice as fast as they were 150 years ago and man-made greenhouse emissions are the prime cause, a study by scientists in America has found.

Rise in Gases Unmatched by a History in Ancient Ice 25 Nov 2005 Shafts of ancient ice pulled from Antarctica's frozen depths show that for at least 650,000 years three important heat-trapping greenhouse gases never reached recent atmospheric levels caused by human activities, scientists are reporting today.

Virus spreads 'all over' Jakarta 26 Nov 2005 Bird flu has been detected throughout the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, with the country's Agriculture Minister Anton Apriyantono admitting: "It's very serious. Based on our research, the virus has spread all over the city."

35 wild birds with H5 avian flu virus found in eastern Canada 25 Nov 2005 Canada has discovered the H5 avian influenza virus in 35 wild ducks and one case of the H7 virus in its eastern provinces, officials announced.


Torture claims 'forced US to cut terror charges' --CIA worried case would expose prison network 25 Nov 2005 The Bush regime decided not to charge Jose Padilla with planning to detonate a radioactive "dirty bomb" in a US city because the evidence against him was extracted using torture on members of 'al-Qaida,' it was claimed yesterday.

Allies warn US over CIA's secret jails 24 Nov 2005 The Netherlands has warned Washington that if it continued to "hide" over reports of secret prisons in eastern Europe, Dutch contributions to US-led military missions could be affected, the ANP news agency has reported. "The US should stop hiding. It will all come out sooner or later," Foreign Minister Ben Bot told the Dutch parliament, according to ANP.

CIA prison flights storm 25 Nov 2005 Controversy over the use of European airports by CIA aircraft and alleged secret prisons simmered on in several European capitals today as Washington acknowledged mounting pressure over the issue.

Romania Base Focus of Secret Prison Probe 24 Nov 2005 On Tuesday, Swiss lawmaker Dick Marty - heading the probe by the Council of Europe, the continent's top human rights watchdog - said he was trying to acquire past satellite images of Romania's Mihail Kogalniceanu base and Poland's Szczytno-Szymany airport. Both airfields, Human Rights Watch has alleged, were likely sites for clandestine CIA prisons.

US ran prison camp in Kosovo: report 26 Nov 2005 The US military ran a Guantanamo Bay-type detention centre in Kosovo as an investigation by the organisation into alleged CIA-run secret prisons gathered pace.

Iraqi detainees tell of torture 24 Nov 2005 Prisoners at an Iraqi detention centre opened up to journalists have told the BBC of widespread abuse.

Lost Amid the Rising Tide of Detainees in Iraq 25 Nov 2005 The influx of new prisoners - the population of the four American-run prisons here has doubled over the past year, and Iraqi jails are packed - has overwhelmed the Iraqi authorities, rights groups say. And while the scandal in Abu Ghraib prison ushered in new reforms in American-run jails, the mushrooming Iraqi detention facilities operate virtually unchecked.

U.K. Official Charged Over Al-Jazeera Leak 25 Nov 2005 A British civil servant has been charged under the Official Secrets Act for allegedly leaking a government memo that, according to a newspaper report Tuesday, suggests British Prime Minister Tony Blair persuaded U.S. Dictator George W. Bush not to bomb the Arab satellite television station Al-Jazeera.

Al-Jazeera seeks 'US bomb' talks 25 Nov 2005 A senior al-Jazeera executive is in the UK to demand publication of a memo in which George Bush allegedly discusses bombing the TV station's HQ.

Al-Jazeera demands probe of alleged U.S. bomb plot 24 Nov 2005 Staff at Al-Jazeera, the Arab world's best known satellite channel, held protests Thursday demanding an investigation into British reports that U.S. pResident George W. Bush wanted to bomb their network's headquarters.

Al-Jazeera Journalists Protest Bombing Allegations 24 Nov 2005 Journalists staged a protest on Thursday at pan-Arab TV station al-Jazeera's headquarters in Doha to protest allegations published this week in a British newspaper that US pResident George W. Bush considered bombing the building, but was talked out of it by Britain's prime minister, Tony Blair. Al-Jazeera has demanded an official confirmation or denial over the revelations that Bush planned to bomb their headquarters.

Qatar shock at al-Jazeera bombing report 23 Nov 2005 Qataris, including senior officials, reacted with shock on Wednesday to newspaper reports in Britain suggesting that George W Bush, the US pResident, had discussed bombing the Doha headquarters of the Arabic satellite TV channel al-Jazeera.

Accident, Roadside Bomb, Gunfire Claim Six Soldiers in Iraq 25 Nov 2005 Six U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq in recent days, military officials reported.

Over 180 killed in past week in Iraq amid warnings of more unrest 25 Nov 2005 Iraqi officials have promised widescale security sweeps ahead of general elections in three weeks, as rebels continue their bombing campaign which has left more than 180 dead over the past week.

Big oil has crude designs on Iraq wealth - report 22 Nov 2005 Big oil firms may rob Iraq of billions and grab control of its oilfields unless ordinary Iraqis can have a greater say in how their country's riches are tapped, U.S. and British campaigners said on Tuesday.

Merkel to keep troops out of Iraq 25 Nov 2005 Germany’s new chancellor, Angela Merkel, has endorsed the anti-war policy of her predecessor, Gerhard Schroeder, by making it clear that she will keep German troops out of the US led coalition forces occupying Iraq.

An Antiwar Gathering With All the Fixings 25 Nov 2005 About 100 antiwar protesters had their Thanksgiving meal a mile or so from where Dictator Bush and his family were observing the holiday at his ranch near Crawford.

Sheehan Back in Texas for War Protest 24 Nov 2005 The fallen soldier's mother whose August vigil near pResident Bush's ranch reinvigorated the anti-war movement returned to Texas to resume her protest Thursday as the president celebrated Thanksgiving a few miles away.

St. Petersburg Republican Takes Charge of Libby's Legal Defense Fund 24 Nov 2005 Mel Sembler of St. Petersburg, a Republican fundraiser and former ambassador, is chairman of the legal defense fund for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff for Vice pResident Dick Cheney.

U.N. Faces New Political Threats From U.S. 24 Nov 2005 John Bolton, the abrasive U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who has been dubbed by one New York newspaper as "a human wrecking ball", is living up to every critic's gloomy expectations. Last week, he threatened U.N. member states, specifically the 132 developing nations, that if they don't play ball with the United States, Washington may look elsewhere to settle international problems.

Secret British document accuses Israel --FO paper says international laws are being violated and peace jeopardised 25 Nov 2005 A confidential Foreign Office document accuses Israel of rushing to annex the Arab area of Jerusalem, using illegal Jewish settlement construction and the vast West Bank barrier, in a move to prevent it becoming a Palestinian capital.

US in move that may bar foreign researchers 24 Nov 2005 The US government is poised to propose rules that could restrict the ability of Chinese and other foreign nationals to engage in high-level research in the country, a plan that is generating fierce opposition from companies and universities.

Teacher under investigation for alleged liberalism 25 Nov 2005 The school superintendent whose district includes Mount Anthony Union High School (VT) has labeled "inappropriate" and "irresponsible" an English teacher's use of liberal statements in a vocabulary quiz.

Vt. Teacher Accused of Anti-Bush Quiz 25 Nov 2005 A high school teacher is facing questions from administrators after giving a vocabulary quiz that included digs at Dictator Bush and the extreme right.

Euro deputies push through anti-terror telecoms measures 24 Nov 2005 EU lawmakers voted to allow police greater access to telephone and Internet data... Measures would oblige businesses to keep details about callers, such as who they spoke to, where and when, and would apply to land telephone lines and mobile phones, text messages, and Internet protocols.

Congressman Ron Paul Reiterates Danger of Foreign Troops Being Used For Martial Law --Speaks out on phony UN-US dog and pony show, EPA testing pesticides on children By Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones 24 Nov 2005 "Republican Congressman Ron Paul recently appeared on nationally syndicated radio and again reiterated his deep concern that foreign troops are mobilizing outside and inside America to be used as assets in a martial law takeover by the Bush administration."

Fox News won't show ad opposing Alito 24 Nov 2005 Faux News is refusing to air an ad critical of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, citing its lawyers' contention that the spot is factually incorrect. A spokesman for the groups sponsoring the ad said the network's decision reflects the political right's effort to shield pResident Bush's choice for the high court.

Ohio's Diebold Debacle: New machines call election results into question By Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman 24 Nov 2005 "Massive Election Day irregularities are emerging in reports from all over Ohio after the introduction of Diebold's electronic voting in nearly half of the Buckeye State’s counties. A recently released report by the non-partisan General Accountability Office warned of such problems with electronic voting machines."

U.S. Nears 1,000th Execution Since 1977 24 Nov 2005 "Let's do it." With those last words, convicted killer Gary Gilmore ushered in the modern era of capital punishment in the United States, an age of busy death chambers that will likely see its 1,000th execution in the coming days.

Ex-FEMA Head Starts Disaster Planning Firm [ROFL!] 25 Nov 2005 Former FEMA Director Michael Brown, heavily criticized for his agency's slow response to Hurricane Katrina, is starting a disaster preparedness consulting firm to help clients avoid the sort of errors that cost him his job.

Millions Face a Deadline for Choosing a New Medicare Plan 24 Nov 2005 The clock is ticking for millions of elderly and disabled people, who must decide whether and when to enroll in one of the new Medicare Part D drug plans [corporate welfare] that start Jan. 1, 2006.

Sea level rise doubles in 150 years --Increase blamed on fossil fuel use since 19th century --Cut in greenhouse gases futile, researchers say 25 Nov 2005 Global warming is doubling the rate of sea level rise around the world, but attempts to stop it by cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions are likely to be futile, leading researchers will warn today.

CO2 'highest for 650,000 years' 24 Nov 2005 Current levels of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere are higher now than at any time in the last 650,000 years.

'We'll all be toast' --We must embrace carbon emissions rationing or face dire consequences, warns the Labour MP Colin Challen, chairman of the all-party climate change group 24 Nov 2005 "My climate change (contraction and convergence) bill, which was formally presented in the House of Commons yesterday, calls for the UK government to take the lead in putting forward the contraction and convergence (C&C) framework in future climate change negotiations."

Another river is poisoned as city waits for water 26 Nov 2005 Another chemical plant has exploded in China, spewing toxic benzene into the water supply of a central region as authorities in the country's north-east struggle to protect millions of people from an earlier spill.

100 tonnes of pollutants spilled into Chinese river 25 Nov 2005 Around 100 tonnes of pollutants flowed into the Songhua river in the chemical spill that forced a Chinese city to cut off water supplies to almost four million people, it was reported today.


Fury over gagging threat 'to spare Bush's blushes' 24 Nov 2005 The Attorney-General was accused last night of using the Official Secrets Act "big stick" to gag newspapers in an attempt to save pResident Bush from further embarrassment over Iraq.

Media warned over alleged U.S. plans to bomb Jazeera 24 Nov 2005 The British government has threatened to prosecute newspapers if they reveal further details of a leaked document alleging U.S. pResident George W. Bush wanted to bomb Arabic television station Al-Jazeera. Al-Jazeera said, if true, the story would raise serious doubts about the U.S. administration's version of previous incidents involving the station's journalists and offices. In 2001, the station's Kabul office was hit by U.S. bombs and in 2003 an Al-Jazeera reporter was killed in a U.S. strike on its Baghdad office.

Law Chief Gags the Mirror On Bush Leak 23 Nov 2005 The Daily Mirror was yesterday told not to publish further details from a top secret memo, which revealed that pResident Bush wanted to bomb an Arab TV station.

Secrecy gag prompted by fear of new Blair-Bush revelations 24 Nov 2005 Fears that fresh revelations about disputes between Tony Blair and George Bush on the Iraq conflict could damage Downing Street's intimate relationship with the White House prompted this week's unprecedented threat by the attorney general to use the Official Secrets Act against national newspapers.

MPs push for fresh inquiry into Iraq conflict 24 Nov 2005 A cross-party group of MPs launched a fresh attempt yesterday to stage a parliamentary review of the government's conduct of the Iraq war - before, during and since the 2003 invasion - as critics of the conflict again pressed for the Commons and Lords to control powers of war-making.

White House 'double-crossed' Blair, says Joseph Wilson 24 Nov 2005 Tony Blair was "doubled crossed" by US pResident George W Bush's aides in the run-up to the Iraq war, according to the former diplomat at the centre of a political crisis engulfing the White House. Joe Wilson, the husband of Valerie Plame, an undercover CIA agent who was allegedly 'outed' by senior administration figures, made the claim in an interview for the BBC.

Iraq gunmen in uniforms kill Sunni 24 Nov 2005 Gunmen wearing Iraqi Army uniforms burst into the home of a Sunni sheik on Wednesday, killing him, three of his sons and a son-in-law in an act that the police said may have been aimed at discouraging Sunnis from participating in next month's 'election.' ['Gunmen wearing Iraqi Army uniforms...' are *actually* 'Iraqi Army troops.' Bush's media whores need to stop implying that 'insurgents' are stealing Iraqi Army uniforms, then torturing and executing Iraqis. US-funded death squads in Iraq are committing crimes against humanity.]

Bomb kills 34 outside Iraq hospital 24 Nov 2005 A suicide car bomber attacked a hospital south of Baghdad on Thursday, killing 34 people and wounding dozens more. Another car bomb exploded near a crowded market in Hilla, 100 km (62 miles) south of Baghdad, killing up to four people, police said.

US death toll in Iraq to top 2100 24 Nov 2005 (2097 deaths confirmed; four names are pending DoD confirmation.)

U.S. Considers Troop Cuts After Iraq Holds 'Elections' 24 Nov 2005 The Pentagon is planning to make modest troop reductions after next month's 'elections' in Iraq and, if security conditions improve [!?!], could begin reductions next summer that would drop the American force level below 100,000 by late next year, Defense Department officials said Wednesday.

Mega barf alert! Halliburton to serve more than 170,000 troops Thanksgiving dinner 23 Nov 2005 Halliburton is planning to serve a Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings to the troops currently deployed in the Middle East and Central Asia. [See: Contractor served troops dirty food in dirty kitchens 14 Dec 2003 The Pentagon repeatedly warned contractor Halliburton-KBR that the food it served to US troops in Iraq was "dirty," as were as the kitchens it was served in, NBC News reported on Friday. Halliburton-Kellogg Brown and Root's promises to improve "have not been followed through," according to a Pentagon report that warned "serious repercussions may result" if the contractor did not clean up. The Pentagon reported finding "blood all over the floor," "dirty pans," "dirty grills," "dirty salad bars" and "rotting meats ... and vegetables" in four of the military messes the company operates in Iraq, NBC said, citing Pentagon documents.]

Woodward's definition of "journalism"? Reporting Bush administration falsehoods as "their point of view" ( "...Washington Post assistant managing editor Bob Woodward discussed his book Plan of Attack: The Definitive Account of the Decision to Invade Iraq... Responding to concerns about his objectivity given the close relationships he cultivated with senior Bush administration officials while researching the book, Woodward said that the book 'has some pretty tough stuff in it. At the same time, the president or others [in the government] get to express their point of view.' He added: 'I believe that's journalism.' But what Woodward was actually allowing his administration sources to do was something far more problematic: Under the guise of expressing their 'point of view,' administration officials were given a forum in which to make numerous questionable and even categorically false statements about the Iraq war, without refutation."

Sacramento City Council Stands Fast on Anti-War Resolution 22 Nov 2005 Despite several hours of sometimes vitriolic testimony Tuesday night, the Sacramento City Council refused to reconsider a resolution calling for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

Protesters arrested near Bush ranch 23 Nov 2005 A dozen Iraq war protesters were arrested on Wednesday as they tested a new [illegal] ban on camping and parking on roads near pResident George W. Bush's Texas ranch where he is spending the Thanksgiving holiday.

Rep. Schmidt Backs Off 'Coward' Comment 23 Nov 2005 Ohio [Diebold-installed] Republican Jean Schmidt said Tuesday she should have rephrased her sharp critique of a fellow congressman's call to immediately pull troops from Iraq.

Tenn. Office Linked to CIA Renditions 23 Nov 2005 The law office of Douglas R. Beaty sits in a small business park near the city's more prosperous suburbs. Nothing on the front door says anything about the CIA or airplanes. But Beaty's law office figures in an investigation into whether the CIA is secretly flying terrorism suspects to third countries for questioning and perhaps torture.

Top US official acknowledges mounting EU pressure on secret CIA prisons 23 Nov 2005 A top US official acknowledged mounting EU pressure for Washington to come clean about reports of secret CIA prisons in eastern Europe while stressing his country's right to 'protect itself against' [create] terrorists.

Guantanamo detainee sues to get Bible 23 Nov 2005 A former Pakistani businessman and accused al-Qaida operative held two years at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has sued to get a copy of the King James Bible... In response to his Washington suit, U.S. officials said some books are withheld because they could "incite" inmates. The government also said allowing Paracha to have a Bible would set off a "chain reaction" among 170 other detainees suing the government, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Shift on Suspect Is Linked to Role of Qaeda Figures 24 Nov 2005 The Bush regime charged Jose Padilla with less serious crimes to avoid the testimony of two members of 'Al Qaeda.' [Bush doesn't want us to get to the bottom of 9/11, that's for sure.] 24 Nov 20005 The Bush regime decided to charge Jose Padilla with less serious crimes because it was unwilling to allow testimony from two senior members of Al Qaeda who had been subjected to harsh questioning, current and former government officials said Wednesday.

Homeland Security targets sensitive sites 22 Nov 2005 The Department of Homeland Security has found hundreds of illegal immigrants working at U.S. Army bases, customs warehouses and defense plants.

Doubts Now Surround Account of Snipers On New Orleans Bridge 24 Nov 2005 Three months after Hurricane Katrina, authorities said they were still trying to reconstruct what happened Sept. 4 on Danziger Bridge. And on the city's east side, where the shootings occurred, two families that suffered casualties are preparing to come forward with stories radically different from those told by police. A teenager critically wounded that day, speaking about the incident for the first time, said in an interview that police shot him for no reason, delivering a final bullet at point-blank range with what he thought was an assault rifle.

Florida opens third faith-based prison 23 Nov 2005 Wakulla Correctional, south of Tallahassee, is Florida's newest "faith and character-based" prison, the third in the state to offer inmates access to evening programs aimed at using their faith - no matter what it is - to strengthen their character.

ACLU Files Lawsuit in Case of Denver Residents Blocked from Bush Event Because of Bumper Sticker (ACLU Press Release) 21 Nov 2005 "White House event staffers unlawfully removed two Denver residents from a town hall discussion with President Bush because of an anti-war bumper sticker on their car, charged the American Civil Liberties Union in a federal lawsuit filed today. "

Bush's TVA board nominees are big political donors 23 Nov 2005 None of the five business people nominated by President Bush to the Tennessee Valley Authority's board of directors has experience with utilities or environmental conservation. But they share a common trait that may be just as important for a political appointment: all are big campaign contributors.

Judge puts off ruling on DeLay dismissal 23 Nov 2005 Attorneys for U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay sought the immediate dismissal of conspiracy and money laundering charges against the once-powerful Republican on Tuesday, but a Texas judge said he would not rule for two weeks in the case...

Lobbying Scandal Brewing In D.C. 23 Nov 2005 A former partner of Jack Abramoff has agreed to cooperate in the fraud case against the Washington lobbyist over his 2000 purchase of the SunCruz Casinos gambling fleet. Documents filed in federal courts in Miami and Washington say the agreement was part of a plea deal Michael Scanlon, a former aide to Rep. Tom DeLay, reached with prosecutors in a separate case.

Judge Rejects Challenge to Bush Education Law 24 Nov 2005 A federal judge in Michigan on Wednesday dismissed a major challenge to the Bush regime's signature education [sic] program, No Child Left Behind, saying the federal government had the right to require states to spend their own money to comply with the law.

Maine exploring discount heating oil deal with Venezuela 23 Nov 2005 One day after Venezuelan officials signed an agreement to provide 12 million gallons of discounted home heating oil to low-income Massachusetts residents, Baldacci administration (John E. Baldacci, D-ME) officials confirmed that Maine is exploring a similar deal.

U.S. Senate panel votes to end Big Oil tax break 15 Nov 2005 With the oil industry enjoying record profits from high prices for gasoline and other petroleum products, the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday voted to repeal a $1 billion tax break for big oil companies.

GM job cuts will devastate North American cities By Joseph Kay and Barry Grey 23 Nov 2005 "General Motors’ plan to eliminate 30,000 hourly jobs by 2008, announced Monday in Detroit, will have devastating consequences for cities in the United States and Canada, and its ripple effects will hit working class communities throughout the two countries...Since 2000, more than 100,000 hourly and salaried automotive jobs have been eliminated in the US."

Tropical Storm Delta forms in Atlantic 23 Nov 2005 The 25th tropical storm of a record hurricane season formed on Wednesday in the central Atlantic and could strengthen into a hurricane, but it posed no immediate threat to land, U.S. forecasters said.

Ohio, Pennsylvania May Get 2 Feet of Snow From Storm 23 Nov 2005 Snow falling across the Great Lakes region hampered the heaviest travel day of the year and may reach as far south as Virginia for Thanksgiving Day, U.S. weather forecasters said.


Bush knew no Iraq link pre-9/11: report 23 Nov 2005 US pResident George W Bush was informed 10 days after the September 11, 2001 attacks that US intelligence had no proof of links between Iraq and this act of terror, The National Journal reported today.

Key Bush Intelligence Briefing Kept From Hill Panel --The administration has refused to provide the Sept. 21 President's Daily Brief, even on a classified basis, and won't say anything more about it other than to acknowledge that it exists. 22 Nov 2005 Ten days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, President [sic] Bush was told in a highly classified briefing that the U.S. intelligence community had no evidence linking the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein to the attacks and that there was scant credible evidence that Iraq had any significant collaborative ties with Al Qaeda, according to government records and current and former officials with firsthand knowledge of the matter.

MPs seek independent inquiry into Iraq war 23 Nov 2005 A fresh attempt to win an independent inquiry into the conduct of the Iraq war will be launched today by a cross-party group of MPs, including Kenneth Clarke, the former chancellor of the exchequer and failed Tory leadership contender.

Editors are threatened over TV station bombing claim 23 Nov 2005 Newspaper editors were threatened with prosecution under the Official Secrets Act last night if they published details of a conversation between Tony Blair and George Bush in which Bush is alleged to have suggested bombing al-Jazeera, the Arab news network. Lord Goldsmith, the Attorney-General, informed newspapers editors including that of The Times that "publication of a document that has been unlawfully disclosed by a Crown servant could be in breach of Section 5 of the Official Secrets Act." [*Publish it, anyway!*]

Legal gag on Bush-Blair war row 23 Nov 2005 The attorney general last night threatened newspapers with the Official Secrets Act if they revealed the contents of a document allegedly relating to a dispute between Tony Blair and George Bush over the conduct of military operations in Iraq.

Blair persuaded Bush not to bomb Al-Jazeera headquarters: Daily Mirror 22 Nov 2005 A British civil servant has been charged under the Official Secrets Act for allegedly leaking a government memo that, according to a newspaper report Tuesday, suggests that Prime Minister Tony Blair persuaded pResident George W. Bush not to bomb the Arab satellite station Al-Jazeera. According to the Daily Mirror, Bush spoke of targeting Al-Jazeera's headquarters in Doha, Qatar, when he met Blair at the White House on April 16 last year.

Five soldiers from 101st Airborne Division killed in bombings 22 Nov 2005 The Army on Tuesday identified five soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division, two of them from New Jersey, who were killed in two weekend roadside bombings in Iraq.

3 Brigades May Be Cut in Iraq Early in 2006 --Some U.S. Troops Would Stay 'On Call' in Kuwait 23 Nov 2005 Barring any major surprises [?!?] in Iraq, the Pentagon tentatively plans to reduce the number of U.S. forces there early next year by as many as three combat brigades, from 18 now, but to keep at least one brigade "on call" in Kuwait in case more troops are needed quickly, several senior military officers said.

Senator tells Iraqi leaders US won't leave until mission complete 23 Nov 2005 U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman [LieberBush] told Iraq's prime minister Wednesday that U.S. forces will remain in Iraq until their mission is complete, despite growing unease in Congress about the progress of the conflict here.

Iraq war to last decades: study 23 Nov 2005 The war in Iraq could last for decades with British troops unlikely to withdraw without a "highly unlikely" split with Washington, an NGO report said today.

US intelligence classified white phosphorus as 'chemical weapon' 23 Nov 2005 The Italian journalist who launched the controversy over the American use of white phosphorus (WP) as a weapon of war in the Fallujah siege has accused the Americans of hypocrisy. Sigfrido Ranucci, who made the documentary for the RAI television channel aired two weeks ago, said that a US intelligence assessment had characterised WP after the first Gulf War as a "chemical weapon".

Double Standards in Assessing War Crimes: Saddam Hussein accused of using White Phosphorous Bombs against the Kurds ( 22 Nov 2005 "When Saddam Hussein allegedly used white phosphorous bombs against the Kurds [See: Department of Defense document], he was accused of using illegal chemical weapons. When the US uses white phosphorous bombs in Fallujah, they were not identified as an illegal weapon."

Our Monsters In Iraq By Robert Dreyfuss 18 Nov 2005 "It is time to start waving the bloody shirt. There is no longer any doubt that the men that the United States has installed in power in Iraq are monsters. Not only that, but they are monsters armed, trained and supported by George W. Bush's administration. The very same Bush administration that defends torture of captives in the so-called War on Terrorism is using 150,000 U.S. troops to support a regime in Baghdad for which torture, assassination and other war crimes are routine."

U.S. Asks Taliban For Truce In Afghanistan: Reports 22 Nov 2005 Reports emerged in the Pakistani media at the weekend that the US had contacted the Taliban leadership with the aim of establishing a truce in Afghanistan... Enter Mansoor Ijaz, a US citizen of Pakistani origin with close ties to the right wing of the Republican Party. In London, with the help of British authorities, he began the peace process.

US soldier, Afghan killed by roadside bomb 23 Nov 2005 A U.S. soldier and an Afghan interpreter were killed when a roadside bomb hit their armored vehicle in Afghanistan in the latest spate of violence involving Taliban resistance fighters.

Britain to press US for answers on CIA 'terror camps' 22 Nov 2005 Britain is to write to the United States on behalf of the EU about the alleged existence of US secret service prisons in Europe, the Foreign Office in London said Tuesday.

Protesters Gather Again Near Bush's Ranch 23 Nov 2005 More than a dozen war protesters returned to a roadside near Dictator Bush's ranch before dawn Wednesday, defying two new [illegal] local bans on roadside camping and parking.

Va. Man Convicted In Plot to Kill Bush --Defendant Claimed Confession Coerced 23 Nov 2005 A federal jury convicted a Falls Church man yesterday of plotting to kill Dictator Bush, concluding that Ahmed Omar Abu Ali joined an al Qaeda conspiracy to mount a series of Sept. 11-style attacks and assassinations in the United States... Abu Ali's parents alleged that their son was tortured by Saudi security officers and that U.S. officials were complicitous in the treatment.

US terror suspect charged after three years in detention 23 Nov 2005 The US government has announced formal terrorism charges against Jose Padilla - more than three years after arresting the US citizen as an alleged would-be "dirty bomber".

U.S. citizen is indicted as terrorist --Charges propel Padilla to center stage in fight over detention of Americans 23 Nov 2005 ...The Bush regime hopes that the indictment of Jose Padillawill effectively derail the possibility of an adverse ruling in the case by the Supreme Court, which could decide to limit the government's ability to detain U.S. citizens as enemy combatants.

Hicks' UK citizenship bid continues 23 Nov 2005 A British High Court judge hearing Australian terror suspect David Hicks' application for UK citizenship says the motivation for an applicant is irrelevant. Lawyers for Hicks are seeking a judicial review of his application for citizenship, which has been denied by the British Home Office.

CDC Updates Rules, Outlines Gov't Procedures to Quarantine People 22 Nov 2005 Travelers entering the U.S. with fever and other flu-like symptoms would be reported by the airline or ship that brought them, under new rules proposed today, a U.S. public-health official said. When "compatible symptoms are noticed in a passenger on a flight or ship, there will be a requirement for the captain to report it to the quarantine station that has jurisdiction over that port of entry'' for medical personnel to assess them, Martin Cetron, director of the CDC's Division of Global Migration and Quarantine [?!?], said today. The proposal also outlines procedures for government orders to quarantine people, and for how a person may appeal an order.

CDC Seeks Authority During Quarantines, Easy Access to Passenger Lists 22 Nov 2005 Federal health officials are seeking to update quarantine and contact-tracing regulations... The proposed changes, announced Tuesday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, include easier CDC access to airline and ship passenger lists, a clearer appeals process for people [think Jose Padilla] subjected to quarantines, and explicit authority to offer [force?] vaccinations and medical treatment to quarantined people.

Univ. of Kansas Takes Up Creation Debate 22 Nov 2005 A course being offered next semester by the University of Kansas religious studies department is titled "Special Topics in Religion: Intelligent Design, Creationism and other Religious Mythologies." "The KU faculty has had enough," said Paul Mirecki, department chairman. "Creationism is mythology," Mirecki said. "Intelligent design is mythology. It's not science. They try to make it sound like science. It clearly is not."

The Darwin exhibition frightening off corporate sponsors 20 Nov 2005 An exhibition celebrating the life of Charles Darwin has failed to find a corporate sponsor because American companies are anxious not to take sides in the heated debate between scientists and fundamentalist Christians over the theory of evolution. The entire $3 million (£1.7 million) cost of Darwin, which opened at the American Museum of Natural History in New York yesterday, is instead being borne by wealthy individuals and private charitable donations.

Bush Nominates Anti-Union Lawyer to NLRB November 18, 2005 ( "Showing his contempt for workers yet again, President [sic] George W. Bush has announced he will nominate an aggressively anti-union attorney to fill one of two vacancies on the five-member National Labor Relations Board. Peter Kirsanow, a Cleveland attorney who represents management in labor cases, has most recently drawn fire for his ultraconservative views as a member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission."

Venezuela sending cheap oil to Massachusetts 22 Nov 2005 Thousands of low-income Massachusetts residents will receive discounted home heating oil this winter under an agreement signed Tuesday with Venezuela, whose government is a political adversary of the Bush dictatorship. Citgo Petroleum Corp., a subsidiary of Venezuela's state-owned oil company, will supply oil at 40 percent below market prices. [Use this CITGO locator for your travels.]

Texas Supreme Court rules property tax unconstitutional 22 Nov 3005 Texas school districts illegally tax property owners to pay for public education and the state must find a new way to fund schools by June 1 or classrooms will remain closed in the fall, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

As foreman, Kerry wins praise from fellow jurors 23 Nov 2005 Cynthia Lovell, a registered Republican, voted for pResident Bush a year ago, but during 90 minutes behind closed doors with his rival, Senator John F. Kerry, yesterday, she had to admit he was a smart, down-to-earth guy... Lovell was so impressed by the senator that she said she regrets voting for Bush.

Pinochet charged with tax fraud, passport forgery 23 Nov 2005 Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was charged on Wednesday with tax fraud, passport forgery and other crimes related to an estimated $27 million stashed in secret bank accounts under false names.

After Complaints, FEMA Extends Deadline for Evacuees in Hotels 23 Nov 2005 Responding to an outpouring of criticism, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced on Tuesday that most of the estimated 150,000 hurricane evacuees still living in hotel rooms would have an extra month to find other housing before the federal government stops footing the bill.

6,644 are still missing after Katrina; toll may rise 21 Nov 2005 The whereabouts of 6,644 people reported missing after Hurricane Katrina have not been determined, raising the prospect that the death toll could be higher than the 1,306 recorded so far in Louisiana and Mississippi, according to two groups working with the federal government to account for victims.

Human Form of Mad Cow Appears In U.S. For 2nd Time 22 Nov 2005 Federal health officials say a man from Great Britain has been diagnosed with the human form of mad cow disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it's the second documented U.S. case of the illness.


Memo: Bush wanted Aljazeera bombed 22 Nov 2005 US Dictator George Bush planned to bomb Arab broadcaster Aljazeera, British newspaper the Daily Mirror has reported, citing a Downing Street memo marked top secret. The five-page transcript of a conversation between Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair reveals that Blair talked Bush out of launching a military strike on the station, unnamed sources told the daily.

Bush Plot to Bomb His Arab Ally --Madness of war memo 22 Nov 2005 President [sic] Bush planned to bomb Arab TV station al-Jazeera in friendly Qatar, a "Top Secret" No 10 memo reveals. But he was talked out of it at a White House summit by Tony Blair, who said it would provoke a worldwide backlash. A source said: "There's no doubt what Bush wanted, and no doubt Blair didn't want him to do it."

Yosfiya: The 21st Century Nazis Are Here By Mr. Sabah Ali 20 Nov 2005 "'They [Iraqi police Special Forces and American troops] dragged one of the men Abbass Oeid, more than 70 years, and beat him to death. Two other man, were arrested, Karim Motar, 50, and Riyadh Talab Jabr, 20. Their bodies were found three days later in Baghdad. They put police uniform on Karim’s body. Riyadh was naked. Both were savagely tortured, their bones, backs, and arms were smashed. They believed that the village was colluding with the resistance'"

Cheney Takes Aim At War Critics 21 Nov 2005 Vice pResident Dick Cheney said Monday that criticism of the Iraq war is acceptable but that some Democratic senators were "dishonest and reprehensible" for suggesting that pResident Bush lied to the nation about the war.

Cheney attacks calls for pull-out from Iraq 22 Nov 2005 Dick Cheney, the US vice-pResident, warned on Monday that the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq would have disastrous consequences for American security, and said critics of the war were overlooking the substantial progress the nation had already made in 'fostering democracy and stability' [?!?] in the country. [in bolstering *Halliburton's profits*]

Iraqi Factions Seek Timetable for U.S. Pullout 22 Nov 2005 For the first time, Iraq's political factions on Monday collectively called for a timetable for withdrawal of foreign forces, in a moment of consensus that comes as the Bush regime battles pressure at home to commit itself to a pullout schedule.

Rep. Blumenauer Calls For Immediate Troop Withdrawal 21 Nov 2005 ...The United States death toll has now surpassed to 2,090 since the war began in March 2003. Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D) says those numbers are proof that "staying the course" in Iraq is no longer an option. He wants the troops out now and outlined his plan Monday morning.

Murtha says Americans agree with him 21 Nov 2005 Rep. John Murtha on Monday defended his call to pull U.S. troops from Iraq, saying he was reflecting Americans' sentiment in his comments last week. "The public turned against this war before I said it," said Murtha, a key Democrat (PA) on military issues.

US forces fire on civilian vehicle, killing at least three people 21 Nov 2005 American troops fired 'mistakenly' at a civilian vehicle outside an American military base north of Baghdad today, killing at least three people, including one child, a US spokesman said.

Companies waiting in the wings for Iraqi riches 22 Nov 2005 The World's four oil giants (BP, Exxon, Chevron and Shell) , have been desperate to get back into Iraq, since being booted out in the nationalisation of 1972... After next month's elections, when a new Iraqi government takes over and contracts are signed it will become clearer how much oil was part of London and Washington's pre-war plans.

War protesters sue over camping ban near Bush ranch 21 Nov 2005 Three war protesters Monday sued McLennan County over traffic-restricting ordinances near Dictator Bush's ranch. The federal suit filed in Waco claims two new ordinances banning roadside parking and camping infringe on their right to protest by the ranch near Crawford.

Venezuela's Chavez to Offer Help to U.S. Poor --High Oil Profit Leads to Venezuela's Plan to Subsidize Heating in United States 22 Nov 2005 Citgo Petroleum Corp., a company controlled by the Venezuelan government of President Hugo Chavez, is planning to announce today that it will provide discounted heating oil this winter to many low-income residents of Massachusetts, Venezuelan officials said... The company also plans to offer similar aid in New York. [Buy your gas at CITGO! Click on the CITGO locator.]

'Dirty bomber' indicted after three years in custody 22 Nov 2005 Jose Padilla, the so-called "dirty bomber", was charged with conspiracy to supply material support to terrorists in an indictment unsealed on Tuesday in Florida federal court. He was also charged with travelling abroad for the purpose of making contact with terrorists [?!?] and to "fight a violent jihad". [Oh. What happened to the original 'charges' of creating a radioactive 'dirty' bomb and 'plotting to blow up buildings in New York?' LOL. I guess Gonzales had no evidence against Padilla, so he's fabricated new charges.]

Jose Padilla Indicted By U.S. on Conspiracy Charges 22 Nov 2005 Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen held for three years as an "enemy combatant'' in the war on [of] terrorism, was charged with four others with conspiring to provide support to terrorists overseas, the Justice Department said. [Isn't that what the US does - by funding the death squads in Iraq (and elsewhere) - 'supporting terrorists overseas?]

U.S. Indicts Padilla After 3 Years in Pentagon Custody 22 Nov 2005 Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen held for three years as an enemy combatant suspected of plotting a "dirty bomb" attack in this country, has been indicted on charges that he conspired to "murder, kidnap and maim" people overseas... The indictment avoids a Supreme Court showdown over how long the government could hold a U.S. citizen without charges.

Government admits 90-day detention plan is finished 22 Nov 2005 (UK) The Government admitted defeat last night in the parliamentary battle to allow the police to detain terrorist suspects without charge for up to 90 days.

Lords plan final blow to anti-terrorism proposals 22 Nov 2005 Peers now look certain to throw out the contentious proposal to outlaw the "glorification" of terrorism, which critics warn will stifle free speech. And the row over locking up terrorist suspects without trial is to be reignited as a Labour peer plans a fresh attempt to force a 90-day detention period into law.

Giving airline data to US illegal: EU court adviser 22 Nov 2005 The European Union's transfer of airline passenger data to the United States -- part of U.S. efforts to fight [foment] terrorism -- should be declared illegal, an adviser to the European Union's highest court said on Tuesday. Since May, 2004, the EU has shared with U.S. authorities 34 categories of information on airline passengers flying to U.S. destinations, including name, address, all forms of payment information and contact phone numbers.

Scalia Raps Gore For '00 22 Nov 2005 U.S. Supreme Court 'Justice' Antonin Scalia says the high court did not inject itself into the 2000 presidential election. Speaking at the Time Warner Center last night, Scalia said: "The election was dragged into the courts by the Gore people. We did not go looking for trouble." [Will someone please tell this *senile f@ck* that the case was Bush v. Gore, *NOT* Gore v. Bush?!? See: Bush v. Gore - 00-949 and actual opinion. Bush had a team of lawyers on hand to challenge the Electoral College system, if Gore had won the electoral vote but lost the popular vote. In other words, the Reichwing was *not* going to accept a Gore victory, regardless of the 'election' outcome. BTW, the *recount* pointed to a Gore victory, NOT a Bush victory!!! See: Yes, Gore DID win! and, for information on the second Bush coup d'etat, please see CLG's Coup 2004.]

DeLay's Attorneys Want Charges Dismissed 22 Nov 2005 Rep. Tom DeLay appeared in court Tuesday before a new judge as his legal team tried to get the conspiracy charges against him dropped without a trial.

Threat of federal charges against DeLay grows 22 Nov 2005 The likelihood of federal charges against members of Congress intensified on Monday when a key player in a broad corruption probe pleaded guilty to conspiracy and agreed to co-operate with investigators.

Former DeLay Aide Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy 22 Nov 2005 Michael Scanlon, a former business partner of the lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a former top aide to Representative Tom DeLay, pleaded guilty on Monday to conspiring to bribe a member of Congress and other public officials.

US western land up for grabs if mining law retooled 21 Nov 2005 U.S. Senate Democrats are vowing to kill a House of Representatives plan they say would allow mining companies to buy millions of acres of western federal land, including some within California's Yosemite and Joshua Tree national parks, at cheap prices.

Studies: Wal-Mart Check-Out Errors Exceed U.S. Guidelines 21 Nov 2005 Wal-Mart Stores Inc. charged the wrong price to shoppers in California and the Midwest at a rate that exceeds those set by federal guidelines, according to two union-commissioned university studies released Monday.

Home Depot Apologizes to Pencil Thief 21 Nov 2005 Home Depot Inc. apologized to a carpenter who was banned by the chain worldwide after he absent-mindedly pocketed a pencil he had used up to do some quick math. [See: Presidential Mystery Solved: Why Bush Is Stopping at Home Depot --Bush Rewards Generous GOP Donor with Visit to Maryland Store on Friday; Energy Bill Includes $48 Million Tax Break for the Giant Retailer (Public Citizen Press Release) 04 Dec 2003 "Home Depot employees and their families have given $1.5 million to the GOP since 1999, according to data provided to Public Citizen by the Center for Responsive Politics. During that time, no candidate has benefited from Home Depot’s largesse more than Bush."]

Police pelted with computers during car chase 22 Nov 2005 An hour-long, 135 kmh police pursuit, during which officers were pelted with stereo and computer equipment, has ended with three arrests, West Australian police say. Shortly after the pursuit began, a "salvo of stereo and computer gear" was thrown at police from the sedan, a West Australian Police spokesman said.

Blair Says 'Controversial' Decisions Needed on Energy 22 Nov 2005 U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair said the government faces "difficult and controversial'' decisions on energy policy, a sign he is ready to back building new nuclear power plants.

Snows fail to fall in Arctic tundra 22 Nov 2005 In recent years, snows have failed to fall as normal across large parts of the barren Arctic Circle tundra dotted with low birch and pines. Evidence that humans are pushing up global temperatures is growing ever stronger, ranging from a shrinking of ice in the Arctic to a warming of the Indian Ocean, many experts say.

U.S. Bans Imports of Some Canadian Poultry 22 Nov 2005 Federal agriculture officials banned poultry imports from mainland British Columbia on Monday after Canadian officials reported finding a duck at a poultry farm that was infected with the flu.


Powell aide: Torture 'guidance' from Cheney --Former staff chief says Cheney's 'flexibility' helped lead to abuse 20 Nov 2005 A former top State Department official said Sunday that Vice pResident Dick Cheney provided the "philosophical guidance" and "flexibility" that led to the torture of detainees in U.S. facilities.

CIA Director Defends Interrogation Methods 21 Nov 2005 The CIA's interrogation methods are "unique'' but don't involve torture, agency chief Porter Goss acknowledges, although he won't specify just what techniques are used to extract information from prisoners.

Pentagon Team's War Plan Probed --An intelligence unit helped make the case for invading Iraq, saying the CIA overlooked links to Al Qaeda -- claims now largely discredited. 19 Nov 2005 The Defense Department's inspector general's office said Friday it had begun investigating a Pentagon team that former Undersecretary of Defense Douglas J. Feith used to build the U.S. case against Saddam Hussein and to plan the war in Iraq.

Detroit 'Sleeper Cell' Prosecutor Faces Probe --Grand Jury Considering Indictment for Misconduct 20 Nov 2005 It was only after a jury convicted two men [of the "Detroit sleeper cell"] of supporting terrorism that the flimsiness of the government's case became clear. As hidden evidence spilled out and the Justice Department abandoned the effort, federal investigators began to wonder whether the true conspiracy in the case was perpetrated by the prosecution. [And, if you just dig just *a little bit deeper,* it will become clear that the Bush regime was behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks.]

U.S. 'just missed' capturing al-Zarqawi (LOL, again ?!?) 21 Nov 2005 U.S. forces "just missed" capturing terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in a gunfight over the weekend in the northern city of Mosul, U.S. military sources told NBC News on Monday. [See: Iraq militants claim al-Zarqawi is dead --Al Qaida-linked extremist suspected of planning attacks (MSNBC) 04 March 2004 Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in the Sulaimaniyah mountains of northern Iraq "during the American bombing there," according to a statement circulated in Fallujah this week and signed by the "Leadership of the Allahu Akbar Mujahedeen."]

Rumsfeld Says Iraq Troop Levels Must Be Maintained 20 Nov 2005 Defense Secretary [war criminal] Donald H. Rumsfeld, addressing the renewed debate over American troops in Iraq, said today that any paring down of the forces there would depend on military and security conditions, and that current troop levels must be maintained at least until the December 'elections' in Iraq.

Iraq war critic predicts withdrawal by US elections 20 Nov 2005 Rep. John Murtha, the Democrat whose call for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq set off a furor last week, on Sunday predicted U.S. forces would leave Iraq before next year's U.S. congressional 'elections.'

A deadly legacy: the cluster bomb --It is feared that thousands of bomblets lie unexploded in Iraq, capable of maiming or killing innocent civilians. This week, more than two years after they were dropped, Britain is finally being held to account. 21 Nov 2005 Tony Blair is facing fresh fury over the use of controversial munitions in the Iraq war. Campaigners lambasted the Ministry of Defence over its use of deadly cluster bombs and shells during the invasion, warning that they could contravene international law.

U.S. troops kill civilians north of Baghdad 21 Nov 2005 U.S. forces 'mistakenly' fired on a civilian vehicle outside an American base in a city north of Baghdad on Monday, killing three people, including a child, the military said.

Widespread Violence Kills Dozens Across Iraq 20 Nov 2005 The Marine Corps said today that 15 Iraqi civilians and a United States marine were killed on Saturday when a roadside bomb exploded in the town of Haditha, 140 miles northwest of Baghdad. At least 11 other Iraqis were killed or discovered dead today in various incidents, and military officials reported the deaths of two more Americans and a British soldier.

101st loses 11 soldiers in one week --Bombs, attack on convoy kill soldiers 21 Nov 2005 The 101st Airborne Division has taken a heavy hit in Iraqi combat with 11 deaths reported last week.

British soldier is killed in Basra as bombs claim 110 lives 21 Nov 2005 A British soldier was killed and four others seriously injured in a weekend of unremitting violence in Iraq which claimed a total of 110 lives.

White House used 'gossip' to build case for war 21 Nov 2005 The controversy in America over pre-war intelligence has intensified, with revelations that the Bush regime exaggerated the claims of a key source on Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction, despite repeated warnings before the invasion that his information was at best dubious, if not downright wrong.

The Curveball Saga: How U.S. Fell Under the Spell of 'Curveball' --The Iraqi informant's German handlers say they had told U.S. officials that his information was 'not proven,' and were shocked when pResident Bush and Colin L. Powell used it in key prewar speeches. 20 Nov 2005 The German intelligence officials responsible for one of the most important informants on Saddam Hussein's suspected weapons of mass destruction say that the Bush administration and the CIA repeatedly exaggerated his claims during the run-up to the war in Iraq. Five senior officials from Germany's Federal Intelligence Service, or BND, said in interviews with The Times that they warned U.S. intelligence authorities that the source, an Iraqi defector code-named Curveball, never claimed to produce germ weapons and never saw anyone else do so.

Rice and Rumsfeld deny role in leak of CIA secret 21 Nov 2005 Senior members of the Bush administration yesterday scrambled to deny that they leaked the identity of a CIA operative to the Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward.

Post rebukes Woodward over CIA leak case 21 Nov 2005 The Washington Post's ombudsman has rebuked journalist Bob Woodward for withholding what he knew about the CIA leak probe from his editor and for making public statements that were dismissive of the investigation without disclosing his own involvement.

Washington Post watchdog says star reporter committed 'sin' 21 Nov 2005 The Washington Post's editorial watchdog slammed legendary reporter Bob Woodward for committing a journalistic "sin" by keeping from his paper what he knew in a CIA leak case that has rocked the White House.

Tough Week for The Post and a Star By Deborah Howell (The Washington Post Ombudsman) 20 Nov 2005 "The Post took a hit to its credibility with readers last week when Bob Woodward revealed that he had been told about the identity of CIA analyst Valerie Plame more than two years ago but had kept it to himself for fear of being subpoenaed... Many readers think there is more to the story -- that Woodward 'is deeply involved' in the Plame case, that he is covering for someone big or trying to get Libby off the hook."

*Here's* a big surprise: U.S. Plan to 'Rebuild' in Afghanistan Falls Short --The Bush regime's $73 million program to 'construct schools and clinics' has been plagued by design flaws and construction errors. 20 Nov 2005 ...At the outset, USAID [U.S. Agency for International Development] and its primary contractor, New Jersey-based Louis Berger Group Inc., failed to provide adequate oversight, documents state.

Record number of protesters 20 Nov 2005 A record 16,000 protesters who gathered Saturday near the main gate of Fort Benning (GA) to protest the U.S. Army's Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.

41 Arrested Protesting Army School in Ga. 20 Nov 2005 At least 41 demonstrators were arrested during an annual protest calling for the closing of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Corporation, formerly known as the Army's School of the Americas, organizers said Sunday.

Bioterror 'not if, but when' 21 Nov 2005 (Cape Town, SA) A bio-terrorist attack is not a case of "if" but "when", the international police organisation warned on Monday, citing threats by the 'al-Qaeda terror network' [a.k.a., the Bush regime] to use biological weapons.

Locked doors thwart Bush's bid to duck question (LOL!) 20 Nov 2005 Irked by a reporter who told him he seemed to be "off his game" at a Beijing public appearance, Dictator George W. Bush sought to make a hasty exit from a news conference but was thwarted by locked doors.

Thousands in Mass. to get cheaper oil --Delahunt, Chávez help broker deal 20 Nov 2005 A subsidiary of the Venezuelan national oil company will ship 12 million gallons of discounted home-heating oil to local charities and 45,000 low-income families in Massachusetts next month under a deal arranged by US Representative William D. Delahunt (D-Quincy), a local nonprofit energy corporation, and Venezuela's president, White House critic Hugo Chávez.

Biden: Chance of filibuster on Alito stronger 20 Nov 2005 The chance of a filibuster to halt the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Samuel Alito rose on news he once opposed 1960s Supreme Court rulings on reapportionment based on the principle of equal voting rights, a top Democrat on the Senate judiciary panel said on Sunday.

Partisans can't be journalists By Doug Thompson 20 Nov 2005 "...[A] reader sent me a link the other day to a post on DU by William Rivers Pitt, a self-proclaimed guardian of all things Democratic and liberal... Frankly, I’d expect a former teacher to show more accuracy in what he writes but then I’m dealing with a writer to admittedly flaks for a partisan point of view." [Pitt is not a journalist, --even if he wasn't partisan. He really needs to go back to teaching high school students - as long as he's not teaching English.]

Suspect arrested in Wash. state shootings 20 Nov 2005 A gunman opened fire inside a busy shopping mall Sunday, wounding at least six people and taking three others hostage in a music store before a SWAT team arrested him, authorities said.

Merry Christmas: G.M. to Cut 30,000 Jobs and Close 12 Facilities in 3 Years 21 Nov 2005 General Motors said it would cut up to 30,000 jobs and close a dozen automobile and parts factories and distribution centers in the next three years in an effort to stem the company's billion-dollar losses.

U.N. to set up bird flu early warning system 18 Nov 2005 The United Nations is to set up a bird flu early warning system to alert countries of incoming migratory birds which could be carrying the deadly virus, a U.N. official said on Friday.

The big thaw --Global disaster will follow if the ice cap on Greenland melts. Now scientists say it is vanishing far faster than even they expected. 20 Nov 2005 Greenland's glaciers have begun to race towards the ocean, leading scientists to predict that the vast island's ice cap is approaching irreversible meltdown, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.


U.S. seeks to secure Sahara Desert 17 Nov 2005 The U.S. government will spend $500 million over five years on an expanded program to secure a vast new front in its global war on [of] terrorism: the Sahara Desert. Critics say the region is not a terrorist zone as some senior U.S. military officers assert. They add that heavy-handed military and financial support that reinforces authoritarian regimes in North and West Africa could fuel radicalism where it scarcely exists. [Yes, but Halliburton can get more no-bid contracts to build prisons for the insurgent scorpions and sand foxes.]

British-trained police in Iraq 'killed prisoners with drills' 20 Nov 2005 British-trained police operating in Basra have tortured at least two civilians to death with electric drills, The Independent on Sunday can reveal. Militia-dominated police, who were recruited by Britain, are believed to have tortured at least two men to death in the station. Their bodies were later found with drill holes to their arms, legs and skulls.

The Dirty War: Torture and mutilation used on Iraqi 'insurgents' 20 Nov 2005 Behind the daily reports of suicide bombings and attacks on coalition forces is a far more shadowy struggle, one that involves tortured prisoners huddled in dungeons, death-squad victims with their hands tied behind their backs, often mutilated with knives and electric drills, and distraught families searching for relations who have been "disappeared". This hidden struggle surfaced last week when US forces and Iraqi police raided an Interior Ministry bunker only a couple of hundred yards from where we were standing. They found 169 tortured and starving captives, who looked like Holocaust victims.

UN cancels Guantanamo visit after US refuses free access 20 Nov 2005 A team of UN human rights experts has scrapped a scheduled visit to the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, saying Washington is not allowing them free access to detainees.

Secret death squads feared among Iraq's commandos 19 Nov 2005 The commandos are part of the Iraqi security forces that the Bush regime says will gradually replace American troops in this war. But the commandos are being blamed for a wave of kidnappings and executions around Baghdad since the spring. One such group, the Volcano Brigade, is operating as a death squad.

Bush rejects timetable on Iraq pullout 20 Nov 2005 Dictator George Bush vowed yesterday to keep American troops in Iraq despite growing calls for a timetable for withdrawal that have prompted a bitter political fight in Washington. His tough words came as five American soldiers were killed and another five wounded in a bomb attack in northern Iraq.

American plan for first troop withdrawals within month 20 Nov 2005 American commanders of the war in Iraq have drawn up a bold plan to start pulling troops out of the country after elections next month. The plan, which has been submitted to Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary, calls for more than 60,000 troops — over a third of the total — to leave by the end of next year.

Blasts Kill Nearly 50 Near Baghdad; Five U.S. Soldiers Killed, Five Wounded in More Bombings 19 Nov 2005 A suicide bomber detonated his car in a crowd of Shiite mourners north of Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least 36 people... Five American soldiers died in roadside bombings.

Car bombs kill 48 in Iraq 19 Nov 2005 Car bombs killed nearly 50 people in Iraq on Saturday, a day after more than 80 died in suicide blasts across the country and as U.S. Dictator George W. Bush pledged never to relent in his war on [of] terror.

Halliburton Allegations Are Sent to Justice Dept. --No-Bid Contracts In Iraq Are at Issue 19 Nov 2005 An investigative arm of the Pentagon has sent an Army Corps of Engineers whistle-blower's allegations of wrongdoing against Halliburton Co. to the Justice Department.

Storm over CIA prisoner plane claims 19 Nov 2005 Reports that US intelligence officials have been using European airports secretly to transfer suspected Islamic extremists around the globe have unleashed a storm across Europe.

CIA agents reveal interrogation tactics 20 Nov 2005 CIA agents have revealed details of six interrogation tactics approved by top brass for use at secret CIA jails in Asia and Eastern Europe, ABC News reported Saturday.

Security adviser named as source in CIA scandal 20 Nov 2005 The mysterious source who gave 'journalist' Bob Woodward a tip-off about the CIA agent at the centre of one of Washington’s biggest political storms was Stephen Hadley, the White House national security adviser, according to lawyers close to the investigation.

Aide: Rice Was Not Woodward's Source 19 Nov 2005 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was not the senior Bush administration official who told Washington Post editor Bob Woodward that White House critic Joseph Wilson's wife worked for the CIA, a Rice aide said Saturday.

Prosecutor to Take CIA Leak Case Before New Grand Jury --The move could indicate new charges or evidence. He also seeks to limit the news media's access. 19 Nov 2005 The prosecutor investigating the leak of a CIA officer's identity disclosed Friday that he will enlist a different grand jury than the one that indicted the top aide to Vice pResident Dick Cheney last month.

Destruction of Nerve Gas Resumes in Ind. --Destruction of Deadly VX Nerve Gas Resumes in Indiana Three Weeks After Spill 19 Nov 2005 Workers fixed faulty gaskets on a chemical reactor built to neutralize the Newport Chemical Depot's stockpile of VX and restarted destruction of the deadly nerve agent Saturday, the Army said.

Thousands march to back Chavez 19 Nov 2005 Thousands of supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez marched in Caracas on Saturday to support the leftist leader in his dispute with Mexico's [rightist] president over U.S. free trade proposals. [Why does the media label Chavez a 'leftist,' but does not label Bush, Blair, Howard, Fox and all the other Nazis 'rightists?']

Let Us Blow Up Bill O'Reilly --Of course the PR-sucking Fox News blowhard is off his nut. Again. Question is, Should you care? By Mark Morford 16 Nov 2005 "And he [Bill O'Reilly] is one who now suggests that because San Francisco dared to ban aggressive military recruiting in our high schools so disadvantaged 18-year-olds won't be unwittingly sucked into the brutish military vortex so they can be shipped off to Iraq to die for appalling and indefensible reasons, al Qaeda should blow up Coit Tower... But I would never go so far as to wish terrorists would blow up, say, Washington, D.C. Or Bill O'Reilly's personal fetish dungeon at Fox HQ in New York."

Ashcroft turns into hired gun --Justice Department drops case against company he counseled 19 Nov 2005 Less than a month after Oracle Corp. hired former Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft's lobbying firm, the Justice Department notified Oracle that an antitrust inquiry into its proposed $5.8 billion acquisition of a rival database software firm had been dropped.

Jesse Jackson tells Bush to scrap hurricane deadlines 19 Nov 2005 The U.S. government must extend its Dec. 1 deadline to stop paying hotel bills for many victims of Hurricane Katrina and come up with a proper plan for people to return home, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said on Saturday.

Army Engineers: Levee Warnings Unreported 19 Nov 2005 Engineers responsible for monitoring the levees that failed following Hurricane Katrina were never told that canal water had been pooling in yards beside a flood wall months before the storm, an Army Corps of Engineers manager said Friday.

Pharmacists, Doctors Prohibited From Giving Medicare Advice --Extensive Federal Guidelines Add to Confusion Over New Drug Plans 18 Nov 2005 172 pages of federal guidelines for Medicare Part D prevent pharmacists from instructing seniors on which plan to choose. The restriction applies to physicians, as well.

Schumer: Medicare drug plan baffling millions of New York's seniors 17 Nov 2005 Across upstate New York, 1.3 million seniors are eligible for the new Medicare prescription drug plan, but because it is so complicated, many are unable to make an informed decision. With enrollment set to begin this week, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, during a conference call on Wednesday, called on Congress to pass legislation to give seniors an additional six months to make an informed decision.

Facing Md. Vote on Health Care, Wal-Mart Hires Extra Lobbyists 19 Nov 2005 Wal-Mart has hired at least a dozen lobbyists and made a $10,000 donation to help pay for a recent conference for black lawmakers, as the world's largest retailer prepares for a battle in January over a law that would increase its health care costs for Maryland employees.

Bill Authorizes Private Purchase of Federal Land 20 Nov 2005 Private companies and individuals would be able to buy large tracts of federal land, from sagebrush basins to high-peak hiking trails around the West, under the terms of the spending bill passed Friday by a two-vote margin in the House of Representatives. Lawyers who have parsed its language say the real beneficiaries could be real estate developers, whose business has become a more potent economic engine in the West than mining.

The old reverso votefraud trick (xymphora.blogspot) 15 Nov 2005 "There were five ballot initiatives held in Ohio, four of which were to reform that state's obviously corrupt voting system... The poll numbers before the election showed that the reform would win comfortably, or, at the very least, that the issue was still open and dependent on undecided voters. In spite of this, all the election reform initiatives were defeated, with dramatic discrepancies from the pre-election poll results (the only non-election-related initiative passed matching the poll results almost exactly)... The only results that Rove cared about in the whole country are the ones where the results didn't match the polls, and the ones where the electorate provided the results that Rove wanted... Diebold computer voting machines were used in almost half the voting stations to (create) obtain the results."

Millions face glacier catastrophe --Global warming hits Himalayas 20 Nov 2005 Himalayan glacier lakes are filling up with more and more melted ice and 24 of them are now poised to burst their banks in Bhutan, with a similar number at risk in Nepal... Eventually, the Himalayan glaciers will shrink so much their meltwaters will dry up, say scientists.

Tropical Storm Gamma kills 12 in Central America 19 Nov 2005 Tropical Storm Gamma lashed Central America on Saturday and killed at least 12 people. Slow-moving Gamma is the 24th named storm of a record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season...

California man to donate Thanksgiving dinner to Mississippi residents 19 Nov 2005 Bernie Rosen usually invites his whole town to Thanksgiving dinner. Not this year. He's heading to Mississippi to serve turkey and all the trimmings to survivors of Hurricane Katrina.


"You guys are pathetic, pathetic." 18 Nov 2005 The Republican-controlled Congress helped itself to a $3,100 pay raise on Friday, then postponed work on bills to curb spending on social programs and cut taxes in favor of a two-week vacation. In the final hours of a tumultuous week in the Capitol, Democrats erupted in fury when House GOP leaders maneuvered toward a politically-charged vote _ and swift rejection _ of one war critic's call for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq. "You guys are pathetic, pathetic," Massachusetts Rep. Martin Meehan yelled across a noisy hall at Republicans.

Bush 'an assassin, crazy man' 18 Nov 2005 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, extending his war of words with Washington, on Thursday called US pResident George W Bush "an assassin" and accused the United States of meddling in his country's affairs. Chavez said: "The people of the US are governed by an assassin ... a crazy man! I think the people of the US are more aware of this situation every day."

Venezuela's Chavez calls Bush 'killer', 'madman' 18 Nov 2005 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez lashed out at his US counterpart, George Bush, late yesterday, calling him a 'killer' and a 'madman' after a top US diplomat criticized Caracas. 'The planet's most serious danger is the government of the United States. ...The people of the United States are being governed by a killer, a genocidal murderer and a madman,' Chavez said at a meeting of Venezuelan and Brazilian business executives in Caracas.

CIA's Harsh Interrogation Techniques Described --Sources Say Agency's Tactics Lead to Questionable Confessions, Sometimes to Death 18 Nov 2005 Harsh interrogation techniques authorized by top officials of the CIA have led to questionable confessions and the death of a detainee since the techniques were first authorized in mid-March 2002, ABC News has been told by former and current intelligence officers and supervisors.

US: Nearly 50% OK with torture 17 Nov 2005 Nearly half of Americans believe that the use of torture against suspected terrorists in order to gain information is justified, according to a survey published on Thursday by the Pew Research Centre in Washington.

50 Percent of American Cretins Think Torture Works By Kurt Nimmo 18 Nov 2005 "If we can believe the Pew Research Center in Washington, nearly fifty percent of all Americans not only believe torture is justified against 'suspected terrorists' (i.e., Pakistani and Afghan cab drivers and dirt farmers kidnapped and then sold to the CIA), but also that it works. Here’s a clue for Bubba in Palookaville: torture does not work."

Two soldiers charged with abusing detainees at Afghan prison 18 Nov 2005 Two American soldiers will face courts-martial on a variety of charges stemming from alleged abuse of prisoners in Afghanistan, officials said Thursday.

'We were thrown to lions' 15 Nov 2005 Two Iraqi businessmen, who were imprisoned by United States forces in Iraq, alleged that American soldiers threw them into a cage of lions in a Baghdad palace as part of a terrifying torture ritual during 2003.

Halliburton Case Is Referred to Justice Dept., Senator Says 19 Nov 2005 Pentagon investigators have referred allegations of abuse in how the Halliburton Company was awarded a contract for work in Iraq to the Justice Department for possible criminal investigation, a Democratic senator who has been holding unofficial hearings on contract abuses in Iraq said yesterday in Washington.

Lawmaker Wants to Declassify Iraq Papers 18 Nov 2005 House Intelligence Committee Chairman Peter Hoekstra wants to declassify millions of pages of untranslated documents from Iraq collected by the U.S. government over more than a decade.

Defense official: Rumsfeld given Iraq withdrawal plan --Plan calls for troops to begin pulling out after December 'elections' 18 Nov 2005 The top U.S. commander in Iraq has submitted a plan to the Pentagon for withdrawing troops in Iraq, according to a senior defense official.

Lawmakers Reject Immediate Iraq Withdrawal 18 Nov 2005 The House on Friday overwhelmingly rejected calls for an immediate troop withdrawal from Iraq, a vote engineered by the Republicans that was intended to fail. Democrats derided the vote as a political stunt.

House Republicans Force Swift Rejection of Withdrawal Proposal 19 Nov 2005 House Republicans have forced a swift rejection of any notion of immediately pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq. The action followed hours of nasty, sometimes personal debate over the war following a Democratic lawmaker's own call for withdrawal.

Bush Rejects Calls for Iraq Withdrawal 18 Nov 2005 Dictator Bush swatted down calls in Congress for a U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq, saying on Saturday that American military leaders believe that retreat now would be.''

House GOP Seeks Quick Vote on Iraq Pullout 18 Nov 2005 House Republicans sought a showdown Friday with Democrats on a proposal by one of their most senior members to force an end to the U.S. deployment of troops in Iraq.

Mega Maggot Alert! Top Names Aid Fund for Libby 19 Nov 2005 Several dozen prominent political and business leaders [Reichwing whackjobs] have pledged to help organize a drive to raise millions of dollars for the legal defense of I. Lewis Libby Jr., the former chief of staff to Vice pResident Dick Cheney who was indicted last month on perjury and obstruction charges, an aide to Mr. Libby said on Friday.

Prosecutor in Leak Case Calls for New Grand Jury 19 Nov 2005 The special prosecutor in the C.I.A. leak case said on Friday that he would use a new grand jury in his continuing investigation, a development that seemed certain to extend the political cloud hanging over the Bush regime and could draw new players into the investigation.

CIA leak probe extended 18 Nov 2005 Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said in court filings that the ongoing CIA leak investigation will involve proceedings before a new grand jury, a possible sign he could seek new charges in the case.

Woodward under fire after giving evidence to CIA leak inquiry --Hearing told he was first to learn agent's identity --Revered journalist forced to apologise to Post editor 19 Nov 2005 Bob Woodward, the journalist usually treated in America with a reverence reserved for elder statesmen, found himself under siege inside his own newspaper yesterday over his role in the CIA leak inquiry.

CIA bought foreign cooperation against terrorism, says report 19 Nov 2005 The CIA set up a network of secret joint operations centres with two dozen foreign intelligence agencies to hunt down suspected terrorists in the years after September 11 2001, it was reported yesterday.

Lawmakers at Impasse On Patriot Act Renewal --House-Senate Proposal Has Staunch Opponents 19 Nov 2005 Efforts to extend a modified version of the USA Patriot Act reached an impasse yesterday when House and Senate negotiators could not agree on whether to renew its key provisions for four years or for seven.

Body Politics By Chris Floyd 18 Nov 2005 "Four years ago, President [sic] George W. Bush quietly assumed dictatorial powers with a secret executive order granting himself the right to imprison anyone on earth indefinitely, without charges or trial or indictment or evidence, simply by declaring them an 'enemy combatant,' on his say-so alone. This week, the assemblage of bootlickers and bagmen that befoul the U.S. Senate voted to codify the core of this global autocracy under the pretense of curtailing it."

Lie detectors may be next step in airline security 17 Nov 2005 A new walk-through airport lie detector made in Israel may prove to be the toughest challenge yet for potential hijackers or drug smugglers. The two-stage GK-1 voice analyzer requires that passengers don headphones at a console and answer "yes" or "no" into a microphone to questions about whether they are planning something illicit.

Homeland Security Ranking Democrat Demands FEMA Continues Housing: 'Give Katrina Survivors Something to be Thankful for this Holiday' 18 Nov 2005 Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member, House Committee on Homeland Security, demanded that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reconsider its decision to end payments for approximately 150,000 Hurricane Katrina evacuees living in hotel and motel rooms. The agency has said these payments to evacuees will end on December 1, 2005.

Democrat: FEMA Not Using Rent-Free Units 19 Nov 2005 One of the nation's largest home lenders offered 1,500 housing units for Hurricane Katrina evacuees, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency has so far failed to put families into any of them, a Democratic congressman said Friday.

Senate approves $60 billion tax-cut bill 18 Nov 2005 The U.S. Senate on Friday voted to extend $60 billion in tax cuts for individuals and businesses but added a $5 billion tax on big oil companies, drawing a veto threat from the White House.

House OKs $14 billion in student aid cuts --GOP pushes through legislation including student loan rate hike by two-vote margin 18 Nov 2005 The U.S. House of Representatives approved by a razor-thin margin a bill that includes the largest cuts to federal student loan programs in U.S. history early Friday morning.

House votes to cut $700 mln in food stamps 18 Nov 2005 The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Friday to cut $700 million from the food stamp program as part of a broad bill to reduce federal spending by $50 billion, despite objections from antihunger groups.

Senators reject proposal to tax oil industry's windfall profits 17 Nov 2005 The U.S. Senate shot down an oil industry windfall profit tax amendment proposed by senators Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., and Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., in a 44-55 vote on Thursday.

DeLay Ex-Aide to Plead Guilty in Lobby Case 19 Nov 2005 Michael Scanlon, a former top official for Representative Tom DeLay and onetime partner of the lobbyist Jack Abramoff, has agreed to plead guilty in a deal with federal prosecutors, according to his lawyer. The deal reveals a broadening corruption investigation involving top members of Congress.

Abramoff Associate Charged In Scheme 19 Nov 2005 Former public relations executive Michael Scanlon was charged yesterday with conspiring with former lobbyist Jack Abramoff to bribe government officials, including a congressman, and bilk millions of dollars from Indian tribes. ...The document's description of legislative favors allegedly provided by a person identified as "Representative #1" matches the actions of Rep. Robert W. Ney (R-Ohio), chairman of the House Administration Committee.

A Bush 'secret' exposed --A dispute over funding for the state Department of Juvenile Justice showed what one lawmaker called 'a dirty little secret' in how state agency budgets are controlled by the governor's office. 18 Nov 2005 An angry meeting in Miami between state legislators and juvenile justice officials has exposed publicly what for years has been an open secret in the state capital: Despite a state law to the contrary, Gov. Jeb Bush's administration handcuffs state agencies' requests for money from lawmakers.

Diebold Attempts to Evade Election Transparency Laws --EFF Goes to Court to Force E-voting Company to Comply With Strict New North Carolina Law (EFF Press Release) 18 Nov 2005 "The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is going to court in North Carolina to prevent Diebold Election Systems, Inc. from evading North Carolina law. In a last-minute filing, e-voting equipment maker Diebold asked a North Carolina court to exempt it from tough new election requirements designed to ensure transparency in the state’s elections."

Harris Trails Nelson in Fla. Senate Race 15 Nov 2005 U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris is running far behind incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson in the race for his U.S. Senate seat, according to a poll released Tuesday. [Diebold will change all of that, and you can count on the spineless/useless Democrats to do *nothing* to challenge the results.]

125 Illegal Workers Found at Wal-Mart Site 19 Nov 2005 An immigration raid at a Wal-Mart distribution center under construction led to the arrests of 125 illegal workers, all of whom will be deported, federal officials said Friday.

Delirium and convulsions may be side effects of bird flu treatment 19 Nov 2005 Australia will scrutinise emerging evidence that the antiviral drug Tamiflu may have dangerous physical and psychiatric side effects, after a US Government committee expressed concern. [See: Rumsfeld's growing stake in Tamiflu 31 Oct 2005 Defense Secretary, ex-chairman of flu treatment rights holder, sees portfolio value growing.]

Tropical Storm Gamma forms in Caribbean 18 Nov 2005 Tropical Storm Gamma, a record 24th cyclone in an Atlantic hurricane season that has barely paused for breath, formed off the coast of Honduras on Friday and was expected to curve toward south Florida by the beginning of next week.


Cheney oversaw torture: former CIA director 18 Nov 2005 Admiral Stansfield Turner, a former CIA director, accused US Vice pResident Dick Cheney of overseeing policies of torturing terrorist suspects and damaging the nation's reputation, in a television interview. "We have crossed the line into dangerous territory," Turner said on ITV news.

'Cheney is vice president for torture' 17 Nov 2005 A former CIA director has exclusively told ITV News that torture is condoned and even approved by the Bush government. The devastating accusations have been made by Admiral Stansfield Turner who labelled Dick Cheney "a vice president for torture".

'OK, There Were Signs of Torture,' Iraqi Says 18 Nov 2005 In a case roiling Iraq's fragile political system, the nation's Shiite Muslim interior minister sought Thursday to justify the actions of security forces accused of starving and beating 169 mostly Sunni prisoners, while acknowledging that at least seven of the detainees had been tortured.

U.N. Rights Experts Won't Visit Guantanamo 18 Nov 2005 United Nations rights experts said Friday they will not visit the Guantanamo Bay military prison because U.S. officials barred them from talking privately with detained terror suspects, making it impossible for the monitors to fairly assess the conditions there.

Amnesty makes US Guantanamo plea 18 Nov 2005 Human rights groups have called on the US government to allow the UN free access to Guantanamo detainees.

Britain denies Hicks citizenship 19 Nov 2005 Australian Guantanamo inmate David Hicks' application for British citizenship has been denied by the British Home Office, but the ruling will be challenged in court.

US denies illegal use of weapons in Iraq 18 Nov 2005 The Pentagon has acknowledged using incendiary white phosphorus munitions in a 2004 counterinsurgency offensive in the Iraqi city of Falluja, but defended their use as legal.

Issuing Contracts, Ex-Convict Took Bribes in Iraq, U.S. Says 18 Nov 2005 A North Carolina man who was charged yesterday with accepting kickbacks and bribes as a comptroller and financial officer for the American occupation authority in Iraq was hired despite having served prison time for felony fraud in the 1990's. The job gave the man, Robert J. Stein, control over $82 million in cash earmarked for Iraqi rebuilding projects.

U.S. Accuses Pair of Rigging Iraq Contracts 18 Nov 2005 A U.S. official working in Iraq accepted $546,000 in illegal payments for steering more than $13 million in contracts last year to an American businessman, the Justice Department alleged in the first criminal corruption case arising from Iraq reconstruction.

Three Bomb Attacks in Iraq Kill Nearly 100 18 Nov 2005 Three separate bomb attacks in Iraq killed nearly 100 people Friday morning, among them 90 Iraqis killed when attackers strapped with explosives detonated inside two Shiite mosques north of Baghdad. In Baghdad, suicide attackers exploded two vehicles loaded with bombs outside a Baghdad hotel housing foreign journalists early Friday.

Bombs Target Baghdad Hotel Housing Westerners 18 Nov 2005 Two massive vehicle bombs exploded this morning near the Hamra Hotel complex here that serves as a base for international journalists and several Western security firms.

Democratic Hawk and War Veteran Wants U.S. Troops Out of Iraq Now 18 Nov 2005 When he came home from Vietnam, John P. Murtha had two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star... So it sent a jolt through Congress on Thursday when Murtha stood before a bank of television cameras and announced tearfully that he had decided it was time to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq. And not soon. Now.

White House slams Murtha defection on Iraq: "Not the time to surrender" 17 Nov 2005 The White House is slamming a top pro-war Democrat for urging immediate U-S withdrawal from Iraq. Press Secretary Scott McClellan says the eve of fresh Iraqi elections "is not the time to surrender to the terrorists."

Troops to stay in Iraq, says Howard 18 Nov 2005 Australian troops will be in Iraq until at least May next year and could remain even after the departure of the Japanese non-combat forces they are there to protect, the Prime Minister has suggested.

Not Woodward's source: top officials 18 Nov 2005 Top administration officials from Vice pResident Dick Cheney to national security adviser Stephen Hadley denied being Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward's source about CIA operative Valerie Plame, White House officials, lawyers and other sources said on Thursday.

Post Editor Foresees Possibility of Naming Leak Source 18 Nov 2005 The executive editor of The Washington Post said on Thursday that if other reporters at the newspaper independently discovered the identity of Bob Woodward's confidential source in the C.I.A. leak case, the newspaper might decide to publish the source's name.

Post urged to probe Woodward's role in CIA case 17 Nov 2005 Joseph Wilson, the husband of outed CIA operative Valerie Plame, called on Thursday for an inquiry by The Washington Post into the conduct of 'journalist' Bob Woodward, who repeatedly criticized the leak investigation without disclosing his own involvement.

Pincus: Woodward 'Asked Me to Keep Him Out' of Plame Reporting 16 Nov 2005 Walter Pincus, the longtime Washington Post reporter and one of several journalists who testified in the Valerie Plame case, said he believed as far back as 2003 that Bob Woodward had some involvement in the case but he did not pursue the information because Woodward asked him not to.

Watergate hero shame over White House leak 18 Nov 2005 The White House leak scandal that has already triggered the indictment of one senior Bush administration official has sucked in a startling and wholly unexpected new player, the Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, one of the heroes of Watergate... It turns out Mr Woodward was the first journalist to be given the name of the CIA operative, Valerie Plame, in what appears to have been a low act of official revenge against Ms Plame's diplomat husband Joe Wilson.

CIA Builds Anti[Pro]-Terror Network 18 Nov 2005 The CIA has established joint operation centers in more than two dozen countries where U.S. and foreign intelligence officers work side by side to track and capture suspected terrorists and to destroy or penetrate their networks, according to current and former American and foreign intelligence officials. The secret Counterterrorist Intelligence Centers are financed mostly by the agency and employ some of the best espionage technology the CIA has to offer... and access to highly classified intercepts once shared only with the nation's closest Western allies.

US to drop live bombs in Territory 18 Nov 2005 Long-range American bombers will be able to drop live bombs on an Australian training range in the Northern Territory under a key plan announced today.

Senators Oppose Extending Patriot Act 18 Nov 2005 A bipartisan group of half a dozen senators slammed the brakes Thursday on efforts to extend the life of the 'Patriot' Act, charging that a compromise being debated in a conference committee didn't do enough "to protect innocent people from unnecessary and intrusive government surveillance." ...In a letter to the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence committees, six senators stated that if further changes were not made, "we will work to stop this bill from becoming law."

Extension of Patriot Act Faces Threat of Filibuster 18 Nov 2005 A tentative deal to extend the government's antiterrorism powers under the law known as the USA Patriot Act appeared in some jeopardy Thursday, as Senate Democrats threatened to mount a filibuster in an effort to block the legislation.

FEC Rules Bloggers Are Journalists 17 Nov 2005 The Federal Election Commission today issued an advisory opinion that finds the Fired Up network of blogs qualifies for the "press exemption" to federal campaign finance laws.

Unscreened Air Cargo May Pose Security Threat 17 Nov 2005 Although airline passengers go through extensive and sometimes invasive security screening, the cargo in the hold beneath their seats is barely checked, a federal report says. The report, issued Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office, identifies significant vulnerabilities in the Department of Homeland Security's policies for guaranteeing the safety of the 23 billion pounds of commercial cargo shipped by air every year.

Officials search for missing radioactive material 18 Nov 2005 Texas officials are seeking two vials of radioactive material that disappeared earlier this month from a shipment out of New Mexico.

Mega barf alert! Kerry says he still wants to be president 17 Nov 2005 Senator John Kerry says losing last year's election hasn't soured him on wanting to be president. Asked if he wanted to run again in 2008, Kerry says it's too early to say. But he added: "Would I like to be president? Yes, obviously."

Criticism of Voting Law Was Overruled --Justice Dept. Backed Georgia Measure Despite Fears of Discrimination 17 Nov 2005 A team of Justice Department lawyers and analysts who reviewed a Georgia voter-identification law recommended rejecting it because it was likely to discriminate against black voters, but they were overruled the next day by higher-ranking officials [Bush trolls] at Justice, according to department documents.

Senators Fail to Get Buildings Named After Selves 17 Nov 2005 Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) named buildings after themselves in the Labor-HHS Appropriations conference -- which they oversaw.

G.O.P. Forces Nearly $50 Billion in Budget Cuts Through House 18 Nov 2005 House Republican leaders were dealt a rare defeat Thursday as Democrats and 22 Republicans teamed up to kill a major health and education spending measure... Hours after the loss on the spending front, the leadership early this morning forced through a separate measure making nearly $50 billion in budget cuts over five years.

House defeats GOP-backed spending bill --Health, education measure goes down, 224-209 -- first such loss for leaders in decade 18 Nov 2005 The 224-209 rejection of the $142.5 billion in spending on an array of social programs was the first time since the early days of the Republican takeover of the House a decade ago that the majority had come out on the losing end of such a vote.

Tax-Cut Measure Faces Bush Veto Threat 18 Nov 2005 A $60 billion bill the Senate passed to continue expiring tax cuts and shelter 14 million families from higher taxes faces a White House veto threat because it also includes a hefty tax increase for oil companies.

Senate Renews Terrorism Insurance Act 18 Nov 2005 The Senate on Friday voted to renew a post-Sept. 11 act providing corporate welfare ['federal safeguards for the insurance industry'] in the event of a devastating terrorist attack.

Protection for vaccine makers debated --Legislation would require proof of willful misconduct 16 Nov 2005 People injured by a vaccine against bird flu or anthrax would have to prove willful misconduct to bring a claim for damages against drug manufacturers or distributors, according to legislation being drafted behind the scenes by Republicans. An aide to Sen. Bill Frist (R-Terrorist-Tenn.) confirmed the majority leader was looking to add the liability protections to a spending bill.


Senators Threaten to Block Renewal of Patriot Act 17 Nov 2005 A bipartisan group of senators told congressional leaders Thursday they will try to block reauthorization of the 'Patriot' Act to protest the elimination of Senate-pushed protections against "unnecessary and intrusive government surveillance'' in a House-Senate compromise.

Congress Nears Deal to Renew Patriot Act 17 Nov 2005 Congressional negotiators neared a final agreement Wednesday night on legislation that will extend and keep largely intact the sweeping antiterrorism powers granted to the federal government after the Sept. 11 attacks under the law known as the USA Patriot Act. The tentative agreement represents a significant and somewhat surprising victory for the Bush regime in maintaining the government's expanded powers to investigate, monitor and track 'terror' suspects.

Patriot Act 'compromise' makes matters worse --And you thought the original was un-American By Thomas C Greene 17 Nov 2005 "The gag rules have been enhanced on these [national security] letters, which allow surveillance without a judge's approval or even a reasonable suspicion that the target is a criminal. According to a recent article in the Washington Post, their use has gone up a hundredfold since 'Patriot,' with something like 30,000 per year now being sent. They are, essentially, fishing licenses that the FBI gets to issue to itself, without judicial oversight. Only now there will be real penalties for resisting them, and for disclosing their receipt - in perpetuity."

U.S. Has Detained 83,000 in War on [of] Terror 16 Nov 2005 The United States has detained more than 83,000 foreigners in the four years of the war on [of] terror, enough to nearly fill the NFL's largest stadium. Roughly 14,500 detainees remain in U.S. custody, primarily in Iraq.

Iraqi says he was held with hundreds in secret jail 17 Nov 2005 An Iraqi man told on Thursday how he was tortured along with hundreds of other detainees in an Interior Ministry building similar to a secret bunker at the center of a prisoner abuse scandal. "There was an average of 800 prisoners at any one time in a building controlled by the Wolf Brigades (Interior Ministry special forces)," the man, who asked that he only be identified by his initials H.H., told Reuters.

U.S. Plans to Widen Inquiry Into Iraqi Prisoner Abuse 17 Nov 2005 American investigators plan to work with an Iraqi commission to widen the inquiry into prisoner abuse by scrutinizing all Iraqi-run detention centers across the country, American officials said today. That announcement came in stark contrast to comments made earlier today by the Iraqi interior minister, Bayan Jabr, who said that reports of widespread torture and abuse at a secret prison in central Baghdad were exaggerated.

Iraq's Interior Minister Says Reports of Torture Exaggerated 17 Nov 2005 Iraq's [US-installed puppet] 'interior minister' said Thursday that reports of prisoner mistreatment at a secret detention center in Baghdad have been exaggerated [?!?], and he denied that he condoned torture.

Detainee Abuse Charges in Afghanistan Referred to Court-Martial 17 Nov 2005 Charges of detainee abuse against two U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan were referred to a court-martial today after their commander reviewed the investigating officer's report and considered his recommendations, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials reported.

Spain probes CIA's 'torture flights' 16 Nov 2005 Spain has launched a judicial inquiry into allegations that CIA aircraft may have secretly used a Spanish airport to transport terror suspects to clandestine interrogation camps, Mr Jose Antonio Alonso, the interior minister, said today. If the allegations proved true, Mr Alonso warned: "We would be looking at extremely serious, intolerable acts that violate rules for treating prisoners in a democratic society, and would demand a government response that would affect bilateral ties."

US says unaware of any CIA detainee flights via Spain 16 Nov 2005 The United States has told Spain it has "no knowledge" of CIA planes using a Spanish airport as a base to transport Islamic terrorism suspects, the Spanish government said on Wednesday.

CIA Allegations Spread to Canary Islands 16 Nov 2005 Reports of alleged CIA use of Spain as a stopover point for transporting suspected Islamic terrorists spread Wednesday to the Canary Islands, where the regional government said it had asked Madrid to explain if airports there were also used for covert missions.

American Faces Charge of Graft for Work in Iraq 17 Nov 2005 In what is expected to be the first of a series of criminal charges against officials and contractors overseeing the rebuilding of Iraq, an American has been charged with paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks to American occupation authorities and their spouses to obtain construction contracts, according to a complaint unsealed late yesterday.

Top Democrat urges Iraq pullout 17 Nov 2005 An influential Democratic congressman - who voted for the Iraq invasion in 2003 - has called for the immediate withdrawal of US forces from Iraq. John Murtha - a decorated Vietnam War veteran - said US troops had become "a catalyst for violence" in Iraq.

Leading U.S. House Democrat urges Iraq pullout 17 Nov 2005 A Democratic congressional leader on defense called on Thursday for an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, increasing pressure for a change in Bush administration policy just days after the Senate asked for a plan to end the war.

'Hello, Pot? This is Kettle...' moment of the year: Cheney calls war critics 'dishonest, reprehensible' 17 Nov 2005 In the sharpest White House attack yet on critics of the Iraq war, Vice pResident Dick Cheney said on Wednesday that accusations the Bush administration manipulated intelligence to justify the war were a "dishonest and reprehensible" political ploy.

U.S.: Fighting toughest yet in western Iraq offensive --Five Marines killed in Wednesday battles 17 Nov 2005 U.S.-led fighting to drive insurgents from the western Iraqi town of Ubaydi has been the toughest so far of the military offensive called Operation Steel Curtain [They should all be renamed Operation Halliburton], an American commander said Thursday.

Ten US soldiers killed in Iraq 17 Nov 2005 Ten US servicemen have been killed over the past two days in Iraq, including five marines killed in a gun battle in the country's western Anbar province.

Woodward: From Watergate Hero to Plamegate Goat By Arianna Huffington 17 Nov 2005 "What a career arc. From exposing a presidential cover-up in Watergate to covering up his role in Plamegate. And being forced to apologize to his own paper. And asking a colleague, Walter Pincus, not to mention Woodward’s role in the story. And failing to tell his editor that he had vital information about a major story. And, to bottom it out, doing the TV and radio rounds, minimizing the scandal as 'laughable,' 'an accident', 'nothing to it' and denigrating Fitzgerald as 'disgraceful' and 'a junkyard dog' without ever once divulging that he was not just an observer of the CIA leak case but a recipient -- perhaps the first -- of the leak."

Video Threatens U.S. Allies in Iraq War 17 Nov 2005 A masked man believed to be one of Asia's most-wanted terrorists appeared in a video seized from his hide-out, threatening attacks against U.S. allies in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, police said Thursday.

Searches Are Now Part of Life in Jordan 17 Nov 2005 There is a new way of life in Jordan: residents now have to be searched before they will be served. Since last week's deadly hotel bombings, metal detectors have been erected at restaurants and shopping centers, and body searches and ID checks have become routine.

Accused terrorist faces trial for lying to ASIO 17 Nov 2005 One of the Sydney terrorism suspects with links to the alleged French terrorist Willy Brigitte has become the first committed to stand trial, on separate charges that he lied to ASIO about the extent of the relationship.

Police used 'dum dum' bullets to kill de Menezes 16 Nov 2005 The Brazilian man shot dead by police in the mistaken belief that he was a suicide bomber was killed with a type of bullet banned in warfare under international convention, The Daily Telegraph has learned. The bullets, which expand and splinter on impact, were available to officers taking part in Operation Kratos, the national police drive against suspected suicide bombers which has been described as a "shoot to kill" policy.

Weldon seeks Defense testimony on al-Qaida 17 Nov 2005 U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., said he plans to ask the Pentagon to allow certain intelligence officers to testify about pre-Sept. 11 investigations. Weldon has been working to uncover what information a Department of Defense intelligence cell called 'Able Danger' had on Mohammad Atta, the suspected ringleader in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror hijackings.

Prosecutors Seek More of DeLay's Records 17 Nov 2005 Texas prosecutors in the criminal case against Representative Tom DeLay issued a subpoena on Wednesday for records of transactions between his national political action committee and a political committee run by his successor as House majority leader, Roy Blunt of Missouri.

Bush's Approval Rating Falls Again, Poll Shows 17 Nov 2005 Dictator Bush's positive job rating continues to fall, touching another new low for his pResidency, the latest Harris Interactive poll finds. Bush's current job approval rating stands at 34%.

Oil company officials accused of lying to Congress 16 Nov 2005 Democrats asked the U.S. attorney general on Wednesday to investigate whether top executives from big oil companies lied to Congress when they said their firms did not take part in Vice pResident Dick Cheney's energy task force.

US senators demand oil executives re-testify, under oath 16 Nov 2005 Senate Democrats demanded that oil company executives who testilied last week about skyrocketing energy prices reappear before lawmakers and testify under oath, after news reports raised questions about the truthfulness of their testimony.

More Suspect Yucca Mtn. E-Mails Said Found 16 Nov 2005 There is more evidence of questionable work on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump in Nevada, an Energy Department inspector general's report said Wednesday. Criminal investigations already were under way into a batch of e-mails the Energy Department disclosed in March that suggest government scientists falsified data on the project.

Runway near misses prompt urgent safety concern 16 Nov 2005 Close calls between jets happen with alarming frequency on the nation's runways and federal regulators need to find better ways to curb the problem, the National Transportation Safety Board ruled Tuesday.

Corporate Welfare Mega Barf Alert! Framework for disaster insurance plan proposed 16 Nov 2005 The insurance 'regulators' [corporate trolls] of California, New York, Florida and Illinois said on Wednesday they have a framework plan for a national program to provide insurance for catastrophic events, excluding acts of terrorism.

Vaccine Funding Tied to Liability --Trial Lawyers Say Move Would Hurt Consumers 17 Nov 2005 Legislation that would pour billions of dollars into the production of vaccines against avian flu and other pandemic diseases is threatened by the trial lawyers' lobby, which objects to proposed limits on lawsuits against drug manufacturers... "The Republican leadership in Congress is trying to do another special favor for drug companies by slipping a provision into a massive spending bill to absolve the pharmaceutical industry of any responsibility to patients injured by dangerous drugs or vaccines," Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) said.

FDA probes deaths of Tamiflu patients 17 Nov 2005 U.S. regulators have asked Roche AG for more information about the deaths of 12 children who took the flu-fighting drug Tamiflu, saying in a report released on Thursday that the cause of the deaths was "extremely difficult to interpret." [Oops! There goes Rumsfeld's stock portfolio! See: Rumsfeld's growing stake in Tamiflu 31 Oct 2005 Defense Secretary, ex-chairman of flu treatment rights holder, sees portfolio value growing.]

Deaths Among Roche Tamiflu Users Get U.S. FDA Review 17 Nov 2005 U.S. regulators will review the deaths of 12 Japanese children who took Roche Holding AG's Tamiflu influenza medicine, being stockpiled worldwide as the best likely treatment for bird flu. Four were due to "sudden death, an unusual phenomenon in otherwise healthy'' people 16 and under, the Food and Drug Administration said in a report posted today on its Web site.

Chemtrails Are Over Las Vegas By Marcus K. Dalton 19 Aug 2005 "Las Vegas residents are increasingly noticing the appearance of chemical trails overhead. They appear EVERY weekend without fail, the only exception being the two weeks after September 11, 2001. Such 'chemtrails' are substantially different in appearance to the normal condensation trails left by jet airliners."

Papers: DuPont Hid Teflon-Risk Studies 16 Nov 2005 DuPont Co. hid studies showing the risks of a Teflon-related chemical used to line candy wrappers, pizza boxes, microwave popcorn bags and hundreds of other food containers, according to internal company documents and a former employee. The chemical Zonyl can rub off the liner and get into food.


UK used white phosphorus in Iraq 16 Nov 2005 UK troops have used white phosphorus in Iraq - but only to create smokescreens [?!?], Defence Secretary John Reid has said. MPs are worried by the admission by US forces that they used the controversial substance in the Iraqi city of Falluja - something they had previously denied.

US used white phosphorus in Iraq 15 Nov 2005 The Pentagon has confirmed that US troops used white phosphorus during last year's offensive in the northern Iraqi city of Falluja. The US earlier denied it had been used in Falluja.

US defends use of white phosphorus weapons in Iraq 16 Nov 2005 The Pentagon on Wednesday acknowledged using incendiary white-phosphorus munitions in a 2004 'counterinsurgency' offensive in the Iraqi city of Falluja, but defended their use as legal. Army Lt. Col. Barry Venable, a Pentagon spokesman, said the U.S. military had not used the highly flammable weapons against civilians, contrary to an Italian state television report this month which said the weapons were used against men, women and children in Falluja who were burned to the bone.

U.N. expert urges Iraq torture probe 16 Nov 2005 An independent investigation is needed to assess allegations of torture in U.S. and Iraqi detention centers, which extend beyond recent reports of prisoners found malnourished and possibly tortured by Iraq security forces at a Baghdad lockup, a U.N. rights expert said Wednesday.

Secret Baghdad torture centre found by troops 17 Nov 2005 US officials have denied any responsibility for a newly revealed prisoner abuse scandal, with Iraq's Government saying it is shocked by the discovery of more than 170 prisoners in an underground Baghdad prison, many of them malnourished and showing obvious signs of torture.

Iraq Inquiry Says Detainees Appear to Have Been Tortured 15 Nov 2005 Iraq's prime minister said Tuesday that 173 Iraqi detainees -- malnourished and showing signs of torture -- were found at an Interior Ministry basement lockup seized by U.S. forces in Baghdad. The discovery appeared to validate Sunni complaints of abuse by the Shiite-controlled ministry.

Ex-detainee says torture widespread in Iraq bunker 16 Nov 2005 An Iraqi student who said he was held with prisoners in an Interior Ministry bunker described on Wednesday how he was hung blindfolded in excruciating positions and called a "Sunni dog" by his Shi'ite interrogators.

Iraq detainees 'found starving' 16 Nov 2005 Iraq's government says it has begun an investigation into the alleged abuse of more than 170 detainees held by Iraqi security forces in Baghdad. The prisoners, many malnourished and some showing signs of torture, were found when US troops took control of an interior ministry building on Sunday.

Rumsfeld: No lions were used on detainees 16 Nov 2005 US Defence Secretary [war criminal] Donald Rumsfeld dismissed a report yesterday that US troops used lions on two Iraq detainees arrested in 2003. [Yeah, right. And no dogs and leashes were used at Guantanamo Bay, either. Remember Ralph Nader's assertion, in the summer of 2000, that there was 'no difference' between Al Gore and George W. Bush? Well, do you think under an Al Gore administration, we would be actually be debating. . . whether people were *thrown to the lions?*]

Spanish police expose more CIA links to secret flights of detainees --42 operatives traced going through Palma airport 15 Nov 2005 Spanish police have traced up to 42 suspected CIA operatives believed to have taken part in secret flights carrying detained or kidnapped Islamist terror suspects to interrogation centres and jails in Afghanistan, Egypt and elsewhere.

The CIA'S 'secret' prisons in Afghanistan By Sarah Meyer 13 Nov 2005 "It would appear that people ('terror suspects') have been taken to the US base in Constanza, Romania, already documented as an expanding US base. In May, 2003, 5,000 U.S. marines were based at Constanza. Now there are reports that Afghanistan is one of the CIA 'secret destinations' for 'terror suspects'. The Century Foundation's Afghanistan Watch has an article, 'Afghanistan Not Aware of Reported Secret CIA Jails.'"

5 Marines Killed as U.S. Pushes Sweep in Western Iraq 16 Nov 2005 Five Marines were killed and 11 were wounded this morning while they 'searched a house' [?!?] on the outskirts of this town in western Anbar Province, officials said. It was the deadliest day for American troops since beginning a wide sweep of several towns along the Euphrates River near the Syrian border on Nov. 5.

U.S.-Led Forces Continue Fight Near Syria 15 Nov 2005 U.S. and Iraqi forces fighting insurgents near the Syrian border ran into fierce resistance Tuesday, with troops encountering 107 explosive booby traps and killing at least 30 'insurgents,' the military said.

Clinton says Iraq invasion was a big mistake 16 Nov 2005 The United States made a "big mistake" when it invaded Iraq, former President Bill Clinton said Wednesday, citing the lack of planning for what would happen after dictator Saddam Hussein was overthrown.

Senators send Bush message, seek strategy for exit from Iraq 16 Nov 2005 Expressing growing unease over the war in Iraq, the Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to compel the Bush administration to explain its strategy for completing the U.S. [Halliburton] mission in Iraq and bringing American troops home.

Decoding Mr. Bush's Denials (The New York Times) 15 Nov 2005 "To avoid having to account for his administration's misleading statements before the war with Iraq, President [sic] Bush has tried denial, saying he did not skew the intelligence. He's tried to share the blame, claiming that Congress had the same intelligence he had, as well as President Bill Clinton. He's tried to pass the buck and blame the C.I.A. Lately, he's gone on the attack, accusing Democrats in Congress of aiding the terrorists. Yesterday in Alaska, Mr. Bush trotted out the same tedious deflection on Iraq that he usually attempts when his back is against the wall: he claims that questioning his actions three years ago is a betrayal of the troops in battle today. It all amounts to one energetic effort at avoidance. But like the W.M.D. reports that started the whole thing, the only problem is that none of it has been true."

Woodward Was Told of Plame More Than Two Years Ago 16 Nov 2005 Washington Post Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward testified under oath Monday in the CIA leak case that a senior administration official told him about CIA operative Valerie Plame and her position at the agency nearly a month before her identity was disclosed.

Statement of Bob Woodward --Statement of Washington Post Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward regarding deposition on Nov. 14, 2005. (.pdf)

Woodward Apologizes to Post for Withholding Knowledge of Plame 16 Nov 2005 Bob Woodward apologized today to The Washington Post's executive editor for failing to tell him for more than two years that a senior Bush administration official had told him about CIA operative Valerie Plame, even as an investigation of those leaks mushroomed into a national scandal.

Ex-intelligence officials want Rove's security clearance suspended 15 Nov 2005 Sixteen former CIA and military intelligence officials on Tuesday urged Dictator Bush to suspend his top political adviser Karl Rove's security clearance following revelations that he played a role in outing CIA officer Valerie Plame.

Bolton says UN in a time warp, may have to be replaced 15 Nov 2005 The United States reportedly may look for a U.N. substitute if that body doesn't improve in problem solving and responding to U.S. needs. U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton told The Washington Times that the Bush administration requires nothing less than a revolution of reform at the United Nations. [Well, *we* demand nothing less than a revolution, period.]

Unemployment Rate For Returning Soldiers Skyrockets 14 Nov 2005 The return to civilian life for U.S. Soldiers deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan is full of pitfalls, with an unemployment rate three times the national average.

Jordan's National Security Adviser Resigns 15 Nov 2005 Eleven top Jordanian officials, including the national security adviser, resigned Tuesday and the government imposed tough new rules aimed at foreigners in the wake of the deadly hotel bombings.

Pinochet's Secret Police Chief Sentenced 16 Nov 2005 The head of Chile's secret police under Gen. Augusto Pinochet was sentenced to three years in prison for the killing of a teacher opposed to the dictator's regime. [Hopefully, the Bush regime is next. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Rove need to spend a little time in Abu Ghraib, subjected to their own interrogation techniques. After all, we need to learn the extent of their involvement in with their partner, Osama bin Ladin, in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.]

Local leaders unleash vitriol at O'Reilly (San Francisco) TV host should be fired for comments about city, Daly says 12 Nov 2005 Not everybody took Faux News host Bill O'Reilly's on-air comments this week about terrorists bombing Coit Tower as the hyperbole that fills the talk-radio ether. One of the ticked off was San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly, who Friday called for O'Reilly to be fired.

Britain to Extradite Terrorism Suspect to U.S. 16 Nov 2005 Britain today approved the extradition to the United States of a 31-year-old British computer technician on terrorism charges, provoking anger and complaints from Islamic leaders that the decision was unjust and would alienate young Muslims... Politicians and Barbar Ahmad's supporters also said that as a British citizen, he should be tried in Britain for offenses allegedly committed here, not in America. The complaints raised question about new laws supposed to accelerate extraditions by limiting suspects' right of appeal and removing the requirement for some countries, including the United States, to produce formal evidence.

Justice Department endorses dividing 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals 16 Nov 2005 The inJustice Department is backing efforts by congressional Republicans to split up the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the nation's largest federal appeals court and the frequent source of anti-Bush regime rulings.

Sources: Tentative Patriot Act Deal Struck 16 Nov 2005 House and Senate negotiators struck a tentative deal on the expiring Patriot Act just before dawn Wednesday. The tentative deal would make permanent all but a handful of the expiring provisions, sources said.

US to keep control of domain names 16 Nov 2005 The United States will keep control of the domain-name system that guides Internet traffic under an agreement reached on Wednesday, resolving a dispute that threatened to fracture the global computer network.

Government showdown could break up Internet, experts warn 14 Nov 2005 A tense dispute over US control of the Internet in the run-up to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) could eventually lead to the break-up of the global network and hamper seamless browsing, officials warned. The warning came as the United States told EU participants at negotiations on Internet governance that it was determined to maintain its 'oversight' [control] over the technical and administrative infrastructure at the root of the network.

Tighten air cargo security: report 16 Nov 2005 The Bush administration needs to strengthen the security of domestic air cargo, Congressional investigators said in a report released on Wednesday.

Oil Chiefs Met With Cheney's Secret Task Force 16 Nov 2005 A White House document shows that executives from big oil companies met with Vice pResident Cheney's energy task force in 2001 -- something long suspected by environmentalists but denied as recently as last week by industry officials testilying before Congress.

Gulf Coast slaves --Halliburton and its subcontractors hired hundreds of undocumented Latino workers to clean up after Katrina -- only to mistreat them and throw them out without pay. 15 Nov 2005 "Right after Katrina barreled through the Gulf Coast, the Bush administration relaxed labor standards, creating conditions for rampant abuse, according to union leaders and civil rights advocates... These moves allowed Halliburton/KBR and its subcontractors to hire undocumented workers and pay them meager wages (regardless of what wages the workers may have otherwise been promised)."

FEMA Tells 150,000 in Hotels to Exit In 15 Days --No More Free Rooms For Katrina Evacuees 16 Nov 2005 The Federal Emergency Management Agency yesterday warned an estimated 150,000 Hurricane Katrina evacuees living in government-subsidized hotels that they have until Dec. 1 to find other housing before it stops paying for their rooms.

China Reports Three Human Bird-Flu Cases 16 Nov 2005 China confirmed its first two human cases of bird flu on the mainland Wednesday, including at least one fatality, as the government raced to vaccinate billions of chickens, ducks and other poultry in a massive effort to stop the spread of the virus.

'Intersex' fish found off Calif. coast 15 Nov 2005 Scientists have discovered sexually altered fish off the Southern California coast, raising concerns that treated sewage discharged into the ocean contains chemicals that can affect an animal's reproductive system.

Giant Galapagos Land Tortoise Turns 175 15 Nov 2005 One of the world's oldest living animals, Harriet the tortoise, celebrated her 175th birthday on Tuesday -- with a pink hibiscus flower cake at her retirement home in northern Australia. Australia Zoo, where Harriet has spent the past 17 years, says the Giant Galapagos Land Tortoise was collected by scientist Charles Darwin in 1835, although some historians have disputed this.


US arrests in Iraq outstrip pace of rights reviews --Occupation forces list 13,514 detainees in Iraq 14 Nov 2005 The U.S.-led military force in Iraq is detaining people faster than a new board can review their cases to determine whether their rights are being respected, the United Nations reported on Monday. The number of detainees now held by the multinational force has climbed to 13,514, according to the latest Pentagon figures, up from about 6,000 in June and 9,600 in September.

Iraqi detainees claim they were put into cage of lions 15 Nov 2005 Two Iraqi businessmen, who were imprisoned by U.S. forces in Iraq, claimed Monday that American soldiers threw them into a cage of lions in a Baghdad palace, as part of a terrifying interrogation in 2003.

Former Iraqi Detainees Allege Torture by U.S. Troops --Men Say Repeated Beatings, Mock Execution, Sexual Humiliation Were Prevalent 14 Nov 2005 Two former Iraqi detainees tell ABC News in an exclusive interview that they were repeatedly tortured by U.S. forces seeking information about Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction. Thahee Sabbar and Sherzad Khalid are two of eight men who, with help from the American Civil Liberties Union and the group Human Rights First, are suing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The men claim they were tortured for months, in violation of the U.S. Constitution and international law.

'I treated people who had their skin melted' By Dahr Jamail 15 Nov 2005 "As an unembedded journalist, I spent hours talking to residents forced out of the city. A doctor from Fallujah working in Saqlawiyah, on the outskirts of Fallujah, described treating victims during the siege 'who had their skin melted'."

U.S. calls medics to Iraq police detention center 14 Nov 2005 The U.S. Army discovered scores of detainees in poor health at a building run by the Iraqi Interior Ministry during a search for a missing 15-year-old boy, a U.S. general said Monday... Iraqi police went further, telling CNN that many detainees in the Baghdad building "had obviously endured torture" and were "detained in poor health conditions."

EU says states could face sanctions for CIA jails 14 Nov 2005 There is no evidence any European Union state has housed secret CIA detention centers, but any EU country that has could face sanctions, the 25-nation bloc's top justice official said on Monday.

Hicks's lawyers win trial delay 15 Nov 2005 David Hicks's military commission trial has been delayed. US District Court judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ordered Hicks's military commission trial to not proceed until the case of another Guantanamo Bay inmate, Salim Hamdan, was finalised in the US Supreme Court.

Senators Agree on Detainee [Lack of] Rights 15 Nov 2005 A bipartisan group of senators reached a compromise yesterday that would dramatically alter U.S. policy for treating captured terrorist suspects by granting them a final recourse to the federal courts but stripping them of some key legal rights.

Senate Republicans Block Iraq Timetable 15 Nov 2005 The Republican-controlled Senate easily defeated a Democratic effort Tuesday to pressure Dictator Bush to outline a timetable for a phased withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. It then overwhelmingly endorsed a weaker statement calling on the administration to explain its Iraq 'policy.'

Hussein trial lawyer flees Iraq after attack 16 Nov 2005 A lawyer representing two of Saddam Hussein's co-defendants has fled Iraq and is seeking asylum in Qatar following an attempt on his life, according to a letter he has written to the leader of the Gulf state.

Afghanistan: The war with no end 15 Nov 2005 John Reid, the Secretary of State for Defence, told Parliament that Britain faced a "prolonged" involvement in Afghanistan. But MPs insisted that yesterday's extension of Britain's role in Afghanistan, four years after troops first arrived, also reflected the size of the task facing coalition [occupation] forces in Iraq.

Secrecy order in CIA leak case challenged by media 14 Nov 2005 A major U.S. media organization on Monday challenged efforts by special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald to keep documents secret in the CIA leak case that involved the Bush administration.

Libby's secret defense fund --How much of the money given to Cheney's former aide will come from Halliburton et al.? The public now has no way to know. By Joe Conason 15 Nov 2005 "Unlike his old boss Cheney, the indicted [I. Lewis 'Scooter'] Libby lacks the millions of dollars needed to mount a proper Washington scandal defense, but evidently he will have no trouble attracting the assistance of right-wing operatives, administration aides and Republican lobbyists."

U.S. routinely using attack drones to protect convoys 15 Nov 2005 The U.S. military has turned unmanned aerial strike operations in Iraq into a routine. U.S. military officials said the Air Force has honed the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to target and kill snipers and resistance fighters' bombers.

Senate approves $491 billion defense bill 26 minutes ago 15 Nov 2005 The Senate unanimously passed legislation on Tuesday authorizing $491.6 billion in 'defense' programs, including policies on treatment of detainees likely to prompt a dispute with the House of Representatives.

Bush takes fresh shots at Iraq war critics 15 Nov 2005 Dictator Bush escalated the bitter debate over the Iraq war on Monday, hurling back at Democratic critics the worries they once expressed that Saddam Hussein was a grave threat to the world.

Vice pResident heckled by anti-war protesters in Tenn. 15 Nov 2005 Vice pResident Dick Cheney was heckled by peace protesters Tuesday as he spoke at the groundbreaking for a public policy center honoring former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker.

Poll: Bush approval mark at all-time low 14 Nov 2005 Beset with an unpopular war and an American public increasingly less trusting, Dictator Bush faces the lowest approval rating of his pResidency (37 percent), according to a national poll released Monday.

Chavez and Fox recall ambassadors 14 Nov 2005 Mexico and Venezuela have recalled their ambassadors amid a diplomatic spat between the two countries. Venezuela's Hugo Chavez refused to bow to Mexican demands to apologise for warning off President Vicente Fox - after describing him as a "puppy" of US imperialism. [He is!]

15 Uzbeks jailed for 'terrorism' 14 Nov 1005 Uzbekistan's highest court found 15 men guilty on Monday of an Islamist terrorist plot in the town of Andizhan, after what a human rights campaigner called a show trial to cover up the massacre of civilians.

Homeland Security appeals decision blocking personnel reforms 14 Nov 2005 Assistant Attorney General Peter Keisler submitted a notice of appeal Thursday on behalf of the Homeland Security Department. Judge Rosemary Collyer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in August ruled that DHS' proposed personnel system infringed on collective bargaining rights, in large part because of the department's override authority for existing contracts. In October, Collyer rejected proposed revisions to rules for the system.

Bowl security is supersized --10,000 law enforcement workers to staff game 15 Nov 2005 Detroit Police and the FBI today will unveil an unprecedented security plan for Super Bowl XL -- an effort by more than 50 federal, state and local agencies across Metro Detroit that tops all other preparations... "Including private security guards, we'll have upwards of 10,000 people involved," said William Kowalski, the assistant special agent in charge of the Detroit FBI.

DeLay's Lawyer to Ask Court for Early December 15 Nov 2005 An attorney for Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Terrorist-Tex.) said Monday that he will request an early December trial date for the former House majority leader, if the case gets that far.

Court lets stand law denying felons a vote 14 Nov 2005 The U.S. Supreme Court [Bush's Whore Court] let stand on Monday a Florida law that generally bars convicted felons from voting, even after they have completed their term of prison, probation and parole.

*WHY* are US taxpayers paying for the Bush regime's nuclear boondoggles? See next three articles.

Livermore Lab's future tied to risky laser project 13 Nov 2005 The fate of a super-laser -- a multibillion-dollar project under construction at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that is central to the nuclear weapons lab's future -- is in serious doubt, despite Congress' decision last week to grant it a reprieve... Eight years after the facility's groundbreaking at Livermore lab, the project has cost taxpayers more than $3 billion, at least three times the projected cost, and the tab should exceed $4 billion between now and the projected completion in 2009-2010.

Radioactive Tank No. 9 comes limping home By Bob Nichols 09 Nov 2005 "Across the plains of Kansas, destroyed, radioactive Abrams tanks, perched on railroad flatcars, rolled towards an uncertain future. Only one thing was certain. They would be radioactive forever. This would be their everlasting death mask. The Pentagon deceptively calls it 'depleted uranium.' ...American taxpayers paid to ship the tanks to Iraq and to return them for disposal or re-building in the United States."

Rate Hike to Decommission Nuclear Plant Called 'Outrageous' 15 Nov 2005 A quarter of Connecticut Yankee Power Co.'s $831 million rate increase to decommission Connecticut Yankee's Haddam Neck Nuclear Power Plant is unjustified, a member of the state Public Utility Control Department said Monday. Commission member Anne George said "mismanagement" added more than $200 million to the decommissioning costs. The rate increase was quietly implemented in February and customers have been paying it while the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decides whether part or all of it is prudent. ...If no FERC rebate is ordered, customers will be paying $1 extra a month for five years. George called that "outrageous."

Judge Halts Calif. Sequoia Logging Project Tuesday 15 Nov 2005 A federal judge stopped a logging project in Giant Sequoia National Monument on Monday, keeping intact more than 1,000 acres in a preserve that houses two-thirds of the world's largest trees.

Grizzly Bears May Lose Status as 'Threatened' --Plan Would Allow Limited Hunting of Yellowstone Bears, Development in Habitat 15 Nov 2005 The Bush regime today will take the first step toward removing Yellowstone's grizzly bears, a living icon of the American West, from the nation's endangered species list. The proposal to delist grizzly bears in the area surrounding Yellowstone National Park, a plan that has alarmed some environmentalists, highlights contrasting views of the 32-year-old Endangered Species Act.

Fish numbers plummet in warming Pacific --Disappearance of plankton causes unprecedented collapse in sea and bird life off western US coast 13 Nov 2005 A catastrophic collapse in sea and bird life numbers along America's Northwest Pacific seaboard is raising fears that global warming is beginning to irreparably damage the health of the oceans.

French farmer sentenced to prison for ripping up GMO crop 15 Nov 2005 France's highest-profile farmer and a Green Party lawmaker were among those sentenced to prison terms today for destroying a field of genetically modified corn planted by an Iowa company in southern France.

Federal storm prediction center issues rare prediction 15 Nov 2005 The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, is issuing a rare tornado prediction for southeastern Indiana. The forecasters say there is an 80 percent chance of two or more tornados in an area including southern Indiana and southeastern Illinois Tuesday. They’re calling it a "potentially dangerous situation." The classification is used for only a handful of storms annually.

EPA Proposes Testing Chemicals and Pesticides On Orphans & Mentally Handicapped Children ( Send a letter to EPA here. 15 Nov 2005 "Public comments are now being accepted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its newly proposed federal regulation regarding the testing of chemicals and pesticides on human subjects. On August 2, 2005, Congress had mandated the EPA create a rule that permanently bans chemical testing on pregnant women and children. But the EPA's newly proposed rule, misleadingly titled 'Protections for Subjects in Human Research,' puts industry profits ahead of children's welfare."

Suicides linked to Tamiflu - so is only weapon against bird flu safe? 15 Nov 2005 European medicines regulators have ordered a safety check on Tamiflu after reports that two teenage boys died in Japan in apparent suicides after taking the anti-flu drug. The deaths have raised safety fears about the only treatment against a threatened pandemic of avian flu. [See: Rumsfeld's growing stake in Tamiflu --Defense Secretary, ex-chairman of flu treatment rights holder, sees portfolio value growing. 31 Oct 2005]

50 birds died at quarantine centre 15 Nov 2005 The Government was criticised today for "confusion" surrounding its handling of the bird flu outbreak at a quarantine centre in Essex. More than 50 birds died at the facility where H5N1 was found, a report published by Defra says.


U.S. Prepares for Bioterrorism --U.S. Preparing For Potential Bioterror Attack 14 Nov 2005 The smallpox virus resides in only two official repositories, in the United States and Russia, but there are fears that some countries kept hidden stocks and that terrorists [*such as Bush*] or rogue states could get their hands on the germ.

White House declines to rule out torture 13 Nov 2005 In an important clarification of Dictator George W. Bush's earlier statement, a top White House official refused to unequivocally rule out the use of torture, arguing the US administration was duty-bound to protect Americans from terrorist attack.

CIA allegedly hid evidence of detainee torture - report 13 Nov 2005 CIA interrogators apparently tried to cover up the death of an Iraqi 'ghost detainee' who died while being interrogated at Abu Ghraib prison, Time magazine reported today, after obtaining hundreds of pages of documents, including an autopsy report, about the case.

Haunted by "The Iceman" 14 Nov 2005 The prisoner is listed as Manadel al-Jamadi in three official investigations of his death while in U.S. custody, a death that was ruled a homicide in a Defense Department autopsy... Al-Jamadi was a prisoner of the far more secretive CIA. Some clues as to how al-Jamadi died are contained in hundreds of pages of records of three inquiries into al-Jamadi's death conducted by the CIA, Army and Navy. [Documents obtained by TIME]

Physicians' role in interrogation debated 14 Nov 2005 Leaders of U.S. medical groups who recently visited Guantanamo Bay, are debating the ethics of medical experts' involvement in questioning prisoners. The Oct. 19 visit to the U.S. Navy detention facility included meetings with officials and two psychologists who served as consultants during 'interrogations with detainees,' [*torture*] reports The Washington Post.

European courts may challenge US terror renditions 14 Nov 2005 Three European countries are considering judicial inquiries into potential criminal offences related to CIA operations in Europe... Today (14 November) members of the European Parliament will debate the reports of secret CIA detention camps in Europe, following a statement from the European Commission.

Spain opens inquiry into CIA operation --Investigation to examine the secret transfer of terror suspects 14 Nov 2005 On the Spanish island of Majorca, the police quietly opened a criminal investigation in March after a local newspaper reported a series of visits to the island's international airport by planes known to regularly operate for the Central Intelligence Agency.

CIA Accused of Using Airport in Mallorca 14 Nov 2005 The National Court has received a prosecutor's report on allegations that the CIA used an airport on the Spanish island of Mallorca for a program of covert transfers of terror suspects, court officials said Monday.

White Phosphorous, Daisy Cutters, Depleted Uranium, Thermobaric bombs, Clusterbombs, Napalm...The US uses WMD against civilians. By Dirk Adriaensens 13 Nov 2005 "[Weapons expert] Dai Williams' answer... includes a report from BBC reporter Adam Mynot (5 April 2003), who described civilian casualties with severe burns near Nasiriyah. 'The Phosphorus turned the inside of his house white hot'. Even Dai Williams couldn't believe then that White Phosphorus was used against civilians. But now we know the US aggressors DID use it. The use of Napalm was reported by Martin Savidge from CNN as early as March 22 2003, so there's no need to be surprised."

Bush backer fears terrorism becoming Iraq's big export 15 Nov 2005 The Republican chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence says Iraq became the centre of the war on terrorism after it was attacked by the US-led coalition, and he now fears Iraq is exporting terrorism to other countries. [Nah, ya' think?]

U.S. Held Iraqi With Same Name As Bomber 14 Nov 2005 American forces last year detained and later released [?!?] an Iraqi with a name that matched one of three suicide bombers who struck Amman hotels, killing 57 people, the U.S. military said Monday.

Iraq wants pull-out even later 14 Nov 2005 Talks on the withdrawal of United States-led foreign troops from Iraq can begin at the end of next year, said Iraq's 'president' [US-installed puppet dictator] on Monday. President Jalal Talabani gave no timetable for the full pull-out of troops, but said Britain probably could start a "step by step" exit in 2007.

Blair faces new inquiry into Iraq war --Impeachment campaigners claim former ministers will join 200 supporters to force Commons probe 13 Nov 2005 MPs organising the campaign to impeach Tony Blair believe they have enough support to force a highly damaging Commons investigation into the Prime Minister’s pre-war conduct. A renewed attempt to impeach Blair over claims he misled parliament in making his case for war against Iraq, will be made in the Commons within the next two weeks. [We can't impeach Bush - as he is not an elected official. But, he can (and should) be tried for treason - with all possible penalties for treason on the plate.]

Firm helps U.S. mold news abroad 13 Nov 2005 The Pentagon has been quietly waging its own information battle throughout the Middle East and Central Asia One of its primary weapons is a controversial, secretive firm that has been criticized as ineffective and too expensive. The Rendon Group has garnered more than $56 million in Pentagon work since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Suicide Attacks Target Afghan Peacekeepers 14 Nov 2005 Two separate suicide attackers rammed explosives-laden cars into vehicles belonging to NATO-led peacekeepers in the Afghan capital Monday, killing at least one NATO soldier and wounding two other troops and six Afghans, police said.

Students rebuffing military recruiters 13 Nov 2005 More than 5,000 high school students in five of the state's largest school districts have removed their names from military recruitment lists, a trend driven by continuing casualties in Iraq and a well-organized peace movement that has urged students to avoid contact with recruiters.

Nuclear reactor 'was possible terror target' 14 Nov 2005 Police believe a nuclear reactor in southern Sydney was a possible target of a Sydney-based Islamic terror cell, according to details of Australia's biggest-ever counter-terror investigation released today.

Suspects 'stopped near reactor' 14 Nov 2005 Six of eight suspected Sydney terrorists attended jihad training camps [?!?] in country NSW earlier this year, a NSW court document alleges. Three of the eight men charged after last week's counter[pro]-terrorism raids in NSW were also stopped near Sydney's Lucas Heights nuclear reactor in December 2004, the document says.

You can't hide [from Howard's Fascism]: net closing on new suspects 14 Nov 2005 A group of Sydney men with links to the terrorism suspects arrested in raids last week have been placed under 24-hour surveillance amid fears that members of the alleged cell remain at large.

Sedition laws breach free speech: Beattie 14 Nov 2005 Queensland Premier Peter Beattie says he has concerns with the federal government's plan to update sedition laws. The amending of the sedition offence to include people who incite violence against the community was part of the government's anti-terrorism package introduced to parliament two weeks ago.

Drones 'To Fly Over Cities' 13 Nov 2005 Honeywell is developing a micro flying spy drone [Micro Air Vehicle] that would be used for civilian law enforcement. The device, a hovering robot carrying video cameras and other sensors, is being created and tested at Honeywell's Albuquerque, NM plant.

Feds Using ISPs to Spy on Internet Users By Nick Parker 13 Nov 2005 "Having recently reported how ISPs are being pressurized into revealing information on internet users, the USA stands on the threshold of a far more ominous threat to privacy that will force ISPs to allow a wide range of law enforcement agencies direct real time access to their own systems... Coming on top of our report that the EU now plans to compel all ISPs throughout Europe to keep records of internet activity for 12 months, with telephone records being retained for 'at least' 6 months, this is a troubling – if not entirely unpredicted - development for those living in the USA."

Political Web Sites Take On Shays Over Campaign Finance Bill 14 Nov 2005 Bloggers are taking on Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) over his proposal that campaign finance rules apply to political Web sites. Operators of political web logs accused Shays, who has long promoted campaign finance reform, of seeking to restrict free speech.

Democrats urged to keep option of blocking Alito 13 Nov 2005 Despite early signals to the contrary, U.S. Senate Democrats must keep open the option of blocking a confirmation vote on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, Democratic Party leader Howard Dean said on Sunday.

Alito rejected abortion as a right 14 Nov 2005 Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., pResident Bush's Supreme Court nominee, wrote that "the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion" in a 1985 document obtained by The Washington Times. "I personally believe very strongly" in this legal position, Mr. Alito wrote on his application to become deputy assistant to Attorney General Edwin I. Meese III.

Justices to Hear Inmate Case for News 14 Nov 2005 The Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider reinstating rules that keep newspapers and magazines out of the hands of disruptive Pennsylvania inmates, a case that court nominee Samuel Alito dealt with.

Has American Democracy died an electronic death in Ohio 2005's referenda defeats? By Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman 11 Nov 2005 "While debate still rages over Ohio's stolen presidential election of 2004, the impossible outcomes of key 2005 referendum issues may have put an electronic nail through American democracy."

Mega barf alert! Blackwater USA and the American Red Cross Announce Hurricane Relief Fundraiser --Keynote speaker will be Ambassador L. Paul Bremer, former Presidential Envoy to Iraq and Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority (Blackwater USA Press Release) Moyock, NC 14 Nov 2005 "Ambassador L. Paul Bremer, former Presidential Envoy to Iraq and Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority will be the keynote speaker at a fundraiser and silent auction hosted by Blackwater USA and the American Red Cross on November 18, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel in Virginia Beach, VA... This event is closed to the press."

Groups Propose Alternative to E.P.A. Rules on Mercury 14 Nov 2005 Concerned that new federal standards on mercury emissions will not produce more immediate health benefits, two national groups of state and local air quality regulators have developed a plan to yield fewer emissions in less time.

Downing Street blocked with tonnes of coal (Greenpeace) 14 Nov 2005 "This morning we sent a reminder to Tony Blair of his commitment to tackle climate change - several tonnes of coal. Greenpeace volunteers blockaded three entrances to Downing Street as Tony Blair rows back on his commitment to the Kyoto Protocol... At 7.30am a truck emblazoned with the slogan 'Blair - Climate Failure' arrived at the Horse Guard's Road entrance to Mr Blair's residence."

PM taken to task over global warming 14 Nov 2005 Three of the entrances to Downing Street were blocked with dumped coal today, as environmental groups attacked the government's record on climate change. Greenpeace dumped the fuel around No 10 to highlight the UK's increasing CO2 emissions, whilst the World Wildlife Fund criticised Tony Blair for adopting an "indistinguishable" position from US dictator George Bush.

Belgian firm unveils 'miracle' malaria cure 11 Nov 2005 Belgian pharmaceutical firm Dafra Pharma has developed a medicine it claims can easily cure malaria sufferers. The Turnhout-based company said the drug — based on a Chinese medicinal herb — was a medical breakthrough because infected patients can be cured in one day. The product is also very cheap, priced at just EUR 1 or 50 euro cents for child doses. [A challenge to the pharma-terrorists' deadly, useless vaccines? Look for Bush to soon start ranting about Belgium's Weapons of Mass Destruction.]

Bird flu spreads to 10 provinces of Vietnam 14 Nov 2005 Bird flu outbreaks among poultry have spread to 10 of Vietnam's 64 provinces and cities, officials said, after the country's prime minister described the fight against avian influenza as urgent.

Depression forms in Caribbean, may become Tropical Storm Gamma 14 Nov 2005 A tropical depression that formed in the southeast Caribbean Sea was expected to become Tropical Storm Gamma either Monday or Tuesday, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said.


Guantanamo inmates to lose all rights --US law proposal attacked by campaigners 13 Nov 2005 Human rights campaigners are calling it the 'November surprise' - a last-minute amendment smuggled into a Pentagon finance bill in the US Senate last Thursday. Its effects are likely to be devastating: the permanent removal of almost all legal rights from 'war on terror' detainees at Guantanamo Bay and every other similar US facility on foreign or American soil.

Concerns on Bush powers used at Guantanamo 13 Nov 2005 The Senate has allowed the Bush regime discretionary power to treat accused terrorists according to its wishes by withdrawing their right to appeal their detention in the civilian justice system, a move that is worrying judicial experts.

Hello, Pot? This is Kettle...: Rice takes aim at Syria over human rights 12 Nov 2005 U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice took aim at Syria on Saturday over its human rights record, stepping up Washington's bid to isolate Damascus internationally.

Guantánamo Tour Focuses on Medical Ethics 13 Nov 2005 ...Participants on the medical tour on Oct. 19 said they were flown to Guantánamo in the early morning and spent a few hours viewing the facility and speaking with officers. But they said they did not talk with any detainees and saw them only from a distance.

1,100 Lawyers Leave Hussein Defense Team 13 Nov 2005 Some 1,100 Iraqi lawyers have withdrawn from Saddam Hussein's defense team, citing insufficient protection following the slayings of two peers representing co-defendants of the ousted Iraqi leader.

Three U.S. Troops Reported Dead in Iraq 13 Nov 2005 Two U.S. Marines were killed in combat and an American soldier died in a vehicle accident in Iraq, the military said in a statement Sunday.

Five U.S. troops killed in Iraq 11 Nov 2005 Five more American service members were reported killed in Iraq on Friday.

Taliban attacks kill three Afghan police 12 Nov 2005 Taliban resistance fighters killed at least three policemen and wounded eight in separate attacks in Afghanistan, officials said on Saturday.

Report: U.K. Troops May Leave Iraq by 2006 13 Nov 2005 British troops could leave Iraq by the end of 2006, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said in a television interview to be broadcast on Sunday.

The Right Way in Iraq By John Edwards 13 Nov 2005 "I was wrong... The intelligence was deeply flawed and, in some cases, manipulated to fit a political agenda. It was a mistake to vote for this war in 2002. I take responsibility for that mistake... American contractors who have taken unfair advantage of the turmoil in Iraq need to leave Iraq. If that means Halliburton subsidiary KBR, then KBR should go."

Jimmy Carter: Bush not in line with American Values 12 Nov 2005 President Jimmy Carter says President [sic] Bush's policies conflict with American values. More than a thousand people packed into Unity Temple on the Plaza (MO) for the former president to sign a copy of his new book "Our Endangered Values."

Ellsberg Warns Iraq Is Similar to Vietnam 13 Nov 2005 The former Defense Department official who leaked secret documents about the Vietnam War said Saturday that he sees many similarities between that conflict and the one in Iraq.

Revealed: UK wartime torture camp 12 Nov 2005 The British government operated a secret torture centre during the second world war to extract information and confessions from German prisoners, according to official papers which have been unearthed by the Guardian. More than 3,000 prisoners passed through the centre, where many were systematically beaten, deprived of sleep, forced to stand still for more than 24 hours at a time and threatened with execution or unnecessary surgery.

Defense to adopt radio-frequency ID tags 12 Nov 2005 The U.S. Defense Department is set to begin getting some 60,000 suppliers to use radio-frequency identification tags on cartons and pallets of goods.

Libby May Have Tried to Mask Cheney's Role 13 Nov 2005 In the aftermath of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's recent five-count indictment, this curious sequence raises a question of motives that hangs over the investigation: Why would an experienced lawyer and government official such as Libby leave himself so exposed to prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald? ...To critics, the timing suggests an attempt to obscure Dick Cheney's role, and possibly his legal culpability.

Iraq militants claim al-Zarqawi is dead --Al Qaida-linked extremist suspected of planning attacks (MSNBC) 04 March 2004 Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in the Sulaimaniyah mountains of northern Iraq "during the American bombing there," according to a statement circulated in Fallujah this week and signed by the "Leadership of the Allahu Akbar Mujahedeen."

Hotel bombers had military grade explosives made in Iraq 14 Nov 2005 The four-person team of Iraqis who committed last week's co-ordinated hotel bombings crossed the border days earlier with ready-made suicide belts, a Jordanian official has said. They arrived carrying completed explosive belts apparently made from Iraqi military materials. The official described the belts as sophisticated devices capable of being transported on long overland journeys without danger of accidental detonation. [Gee, who has *access* to sophisticated military materials in Iraq, that can be transported to Jordan, and pass all security checks?]

'Zionist links to Amman blasts' 13 Nov 2005 Iran said on Sunday it suspected Israel was behind the suicide attacks in Amman, even though Jordanian officials have blamed the bombings on militants linked to Iraq-based 'al-Qaeda' leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi [who died in March 2004].

Iraq [US-Installed] Official: Militants Training in Syria 13 Nov 2005 Iraq's defense minister slammed Damascus on Sunday for letting militants train on Syrian soil and warned that an escalation of violence in Iraq will spill over into neighboring countries. Saadoun al-Dulaimi's visit to Jordan follows Wednesday's triple hotel suicide bombings in the Jordanian capital Amman by the 'al-Qaida' in Iraq [not *Syria*] terror group, which killed 57 people.

Lyon burns as riots hit city centre --Violence moves out of the suburbs for the first time while Paris prepares for the worst 13 Nov 2005 Riots spread to the centre of a French city for the first time last night as police clashed with youths in Lyon.

French violence smoulders, meetings ban in Lyon 13 Nov 2005 Violence continued in French suburbs overnight, despite curfews in some 30 localities and a ban on public meetings has been imposed in Lyon to head off more clashes in its historic centre.

O'Reilly Blasted for Coit Tower Comments 11 Nov 2005 Supervisor Chris Daly is firing back at Faux News commentator Bill O'Reilly for comments he made on his radio show Wednesday that encouraged al-Qaida to "blow up" Coit Tower. O'Reilly advised pResident George W. Bush to react by withdrawing any military protection for the city. "...If al-Qaida comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. We're going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you, except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead," O'Reilly said. [Well, a lot of people say, 'If you want to blow up O-Lie-y - go ahead!' I am really sick of Reichwing terrorists threatening Leftists, with impunity. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.]

Profiling: How the FBI Tracks Eco-Terror Suspects 21 Nov 2005 The FBI collected detailed data on political activities and Web postings of suspected members of a tiny environmentalist commune in southern California two years ago as part of a high-profile counterterrorism probe, bureau records show... The bureau's rare concession of error could bring new attention to what civil-liberties groups say is a disturbing trend: the stepped-up monitoring of domestic political activity by FBI counter[pro]-terror agents.

Police turned into New Labour lobbyists 11 Nov 2005 Tony Blair faces the threat of a Commons investigation into the "politicisation" of the police chiefs over new anti-terror laws. The Home Affairs select committee is to investigate chief constables' arguments for extending detention without trial. Tories are pushing for the inquiry to examine the way the Association of Chief Police Officers lobbied MPs for a new 90 day limit without charge.

Bungled Records of Storm Deaths Renew Anguish 13 Nov 2005 (LA) As families finally begin to receive the bodies of their relatives from St. Gabriel, many have found them accompanied by documents that, instead of shedding light on their deaths, point to enormous sloppiness in recordkeeping and procedures at the morgue... As of Friday, not a single DNA sample from victims had been matched against samples submitted by families over the past two months, said Dr. Louis Cataldie, the state emergency medical director. And the director of the federal mortuary team at the Find Family Call Center, responsible for communicating with the families of victims, was arrested last week on charges that he had solicited sex in a public park in Baton Rouge.

Katrina Victims Sue FEMA 11 Nov 2005 Some 11 weeks after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, victims are suing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), seeking housing assistance they say they still haven't received and FEMA is supposed to provide. The complaint, filed Thursday in Federal District Court in New Orleans, states that the agency has "failed to fulfill its mandate" to provide housing assistance to the storm's victims.

Civil Rights Focus Shift Roils Staff At Justice --Lawyers lacking Bush regime's conservative views exit agency as focus shifts from discrimination to immigration. 13 Nov 2005 The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, which has enforced the nation's anti-discrimination laws for nearly half a century, is in the midst of an upheaval that has driven away dozens of veteran lawyers and has damaged morale for many of those who remain, according to former and current career employees.

Budget Package Includes Worst Land Grab in American History By BRSstarr 11 Nov 2005 "The U.S. House of Representatives now stalled budget bill contains a less noticed provision (than the ANWR controversy) that would let foreign mining companies, real estate speculators, oil and mining conglomerates, or anyone else purchase up to 350 million acres of American taxpayers’ lands for as little as $1,000 per acre."

Bush's prescription drug 'benefit' (to the pharma-terrorists) Confusion Is Rife About Drug Plan as Sign-Up Nears 13 Nov 2005 Enrollment in the new Medicare drug benefit begins in three days, and large numbers of older Americans appear to be overwhelmed and confused by the choices they will have to make. "I have a Ph.D., and it's too complicated to suit me," said William Q. Beard, 73, a retired chemist in Wichita, Kansas. "I wonder how the vast majority of beneficiaries will handle this. I fervently wish that members of Congress had to deal with the same health care program we do."

Alaska Governor Gets Jet Over Public Objections 11 Nov 2005 Critics have dubbed it "Bald Ego," "Murky's Turkey'' and "Incontinental Airlines,'' but Alaska Gov. (R-Terrorist) Frank Murkowski finally has the sleek executive jet he says he and other state officials need. The $2.6 million Westwind aircraft, equipped with a leather sofa, burgundy carpeting and a flush toilet, arrived this week in Anchorage and will replace a no-frills turboprop used by previous Alaska governors for official business.

Tamiflu linked to deaths of 2 teens 12 Nov 2005 (Japan) Two teenage boys who took the antiviral drug Tamiflu exhibited abnormal behavior that led to their deaths, with one jumping in front of an oncoming truck last year and the other falling from the ninth floor of a building earlier this year, health ministry and other sources said Saturday... The ministry is considering making a fresh warning about them, following its decision to increase the stockpile of the drug amid growing fears about a possible pandemic of a new type of influenza as bird flu deaths rise across Asia.

Rumsfeld's growing stake in Tamiflu --Defense Secretary, ex-chairman of flu treatment rights holder, sees portfolio value growing. 31 Oct 2005 The prospect of a bird flu outbreak is proving to be very good news for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other politically connected investors in Gilead Sciences, the California biotech company that owns the rights to Tamiflu, the influenza remedy that's now the most-sought after drug in the world. Rumsfeld served as Gilead's chairman from 1997 until he joined the Bush regime in 2001, and he still holds a Gilead stake valued at between $5 million and $25 million, according to federal financial disclosures filed by Rumsfeld.

Kuwait's biggest field starts to run out of oil 12 Nov 2005 It was an incredible revelation last week that the second largest oil field in the world is exhausted and past its peak output. Yet that is what the Kuwait Oil Company revealed about its Burgan field.

1 dead; football fans flee as tornadoes rake Iowa 13 Nov 2005 Tornadoes swept across central Iowa on Saturday, ripping up farms, destroying homes in several towns and sending college football fans running from a stadium for shelter.

Tornado sirens clear stands at Iowa State 13 Nov 2005 Tornado sirens forced officials to clear the stands, press box and suites at Iowa State's Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday, about an hour before the scheduled start of the Cyclones' game with No. 22 Colorado.


Bush says war critics rewrite history 11 Nov 2005 Dictator George W. Bush ripped into Democratic critics of the Iraq war on Friday, charging them with trying to rewrite history by accusing the White House of manipulating intelligence before the war. [Rewriting history is the Bush specialty. The war was first sold on "Weapons of Mass Destruction," then when these were not found (Surprise, surprise!), the war was to "bring democracy to Iraq." Then when democracy arrived in the form of bombs and counter-terrorism attacks, the war was to "rid the world of terrorism." All of these are LIES and all are the 'rewriting of history.' They rewrite history every day, expecting us to forget the bullshit. This is an Orwellian nightmare.]

U.S. 'can't maintain Iraq troop levels' 11 Nov 2005 Unless the Bush administration significantly cuts American troop levels in Iraq next year, the U.S. military's roughly 140,000-strong presence there will become a detriment to America's national security, according to a report released this week.

2 US soldiers killed in northern Iraq 12 Nov 2005 Two US soldiers were killed and two others wounded in a vehicle accident during combat action near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, the US military said on Saturday.

Sniper hunts 2 US soldiers west of Baghdad 12 Nov 2005 An 'insurgent' sniper hunted two US soldiers in the flashpoint city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, on Saturday, a witness said. "A sniper opened fire at a US military patrol in Souq al-Qadiem district, and picked off two soldiers before he fled the scene," Abdul-Rahman told Xinhua.

Car Bomb Hits Market as Annan Visits Iraq 12 Nov 2005 U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan made his first visit to Iraq since the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion, arriving on Saturday amid tight security as a car bomb ripped through a Baghdad market, killing at least five people.

Bodies found after US Iraq offensive 12 Nov 2005 An Iraqi Red Crescent doctor said on Saturday more than 50 bodies had been found in the rubble of a town near the Syrian border which U.S.-led troops swept through this week in an anti-insurgent offensive.

Crying Wolf: Media Disinformation and Death Squads in Occupied Iraq By Max Fuller 10 Nov 2005 "The phenomenon of death squads operating in Iraq has become generally accepted over recent months... Concluding that the attribution to Shia militias is unsustainable, the article considers who the intellectual authors of these crimes against humanity are and what purpose they serve in the context of the ongoing occupation of the country."

Italy prosecutors seek extradition of CIA agents 11 Nov 2005 Prosecutors have requested Italy seek the extradition of 22 suspected CIA agents over the kidnapping of a terrorism suspect, grabbed off a street in 2003 and taken abroad, a judicial source in Italy said on Friday.

Vote to strip rights of Guantanamo prisoners may be reconsidered 11 Nov 2005 For almost eight centuries the "great writ" of habeas corpus has been a bedrock principle of English and American law, from the Magna Carta to today's jails and courts. That's one reason legal experts were stunned when the Senate, after an hour of debate, voted Thursday to overturn the Supreme Court's extension of habeas corpus protection to 500-plus detainees at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba. Opponents vowed Friday to fight the measure, and negotiators on the issue said the Senate may reconsider it early next week.

Scheer responds --In an email to friends and supporters, soon-to-be-ex Times columnist Robert Scheer blames Publisher Jeffrey M. Johnson for his ouster from the op-ed page. 11 Nov 2005 "On Friday I was fired as a columnist by the publisher of the Los Angeles Times, where I have worked for thirty years. The publisher Jeff Johnson, who has offered not a word of explanation to me, has privately told people that he hated every word that I wrote. I assume that mostly refers to my exposing the lies used by President [sic] Bush to justify the invasion of Iraq."

Militants Slay Two Senior Afghan Leaders 12 Nov 2005 Militants pulled a deputy provincial governor from his car and shot him dead and killed a former district chief while he prayed in a mosque in the latest attacks on supporters of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, officials said Saturday.

Who died, and who didn't, in Jordan (xymphora.blogspot) 11 Nov 2005 "Since at least one of the bombs was pre-planted in a ceiling of the hotel, it would be very interesting to know who owned the hotel and could give access to bomb planters. The Jordanian reaction, to blame it all on the same dead man the Americans use as the scapegoat in Iraq, is probably a reflection of the extremely close ties between the CIA and Jordan's General Intelligence Directorate."

Bomb in ceiling caused Jordan hotel blast - source 09 Nov 2005 A blast at the Radisson hotel in the Jordanian capital Amman on Wednesday was caused by a bomb placed in a false ceiling, police sources at the scene told Reuters. [Ok, everybody at once now: How come 'al-Qaeda' 'suicide bombers' were able to get past hotel security and plant a bomb in the ceiling? LOL.]

Official: 'Non-Jordanians' carried out bombings --Top government official says 'al-Qaida,' al-Zarqawi (whose death was reported March 4, 2004) responsible for attack 12 Nov 2005 Three "non-Jordanian" suicide bombers belonging to al-Qaida in Iraq carried out Amman's triple hotel attacks that killed at least 57 people, Jordan's deputy premier said Saturday in this kingdom's first confirmation of the terror group's role... 'Demonstrators' [US-funded, US-supplied] in Amman wave national flags Saturday during a rally against Wednesday's suicide bomb attack.

Cleric says al-Zarqawi died long ago 17 Sep 2005 Al-Qaida's leader in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is dead but Washington continues to use him as a bogeyman to justify a prolonged military occupation, an Iraqi Shia cleric says in an interview. Sheikh Jawad al-Kalesi, the imam of the al-Kadhimiyah mosque in Baghdad, told France's Le Monde newspaper on Friday: "I don't think that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi exists as such. He's simply an invention by the occupiers to divide the people."

Rebels: Top Iraq Terrorist Dead (CBS News) 04 March 2004 U.S. officials say Abu Musab al-Zarqawi may have been involved in some of the series of suicide bombings this year in Iraq — including the massive mosque bombings on Tuesday that killed more than 100 Shiite Muslims. But according to a statement circulated this week in Fallujah, al-Zarqawi was killed in northern Iraq "during the American bombing there."

Bill O'Reilly takes aim at San Francisco --Faux host reportedly said it was OK for terrorists to target the city 11 Nov 2005 Does Bill O'Reilly have it in for the city by the bay? San Franciscans have been in an uproar this week over apparent comments by the host of Faux News' "The O'Reilly Factor" that it was A-OK for terrorists to wipe the city off the map. [Well, some people think that Faux and O-Lie-y need to be 'wiped off the map.']

Paris police outlaw public meetings in bid to stop riots 12 Nov 2005 Police have banned all public meetings in Paris likely to provoke further riots following fears of a resurgence in violence in the French capital.

Police flood Paris to enforce emergency ban 12 Nov 2005 Thousands of police are patrolling the streets of Paris to enforce a ban on public gatherings after another night of violence across France.

Blair's authority 'weakened' by terror law defeat 12 Nov 2005 Two-thirds of voters believe Tony Blair's authority has been damaged by his House of Commons defeat on anti-terror laws, according to a poll.

Feds' Net-wiretap order set to kick in 11 Nov 2005 On Monday, the clock starts ticking for broadband and Net-phone providers to make it easier for law enforcement to conduct surveillance on users of their networks. According to a final order issued by the Federal Communications Commission in late September, all broadband Internet service providers and many Voice over Internet Protocol companies will have 18 months to ensure their systems have backdoors that allow police to eavesdrop on their customers' communications for investigative purposes.

Much of world vexed about U.S. control of Net --As sole Net ruler, U.S. to take heat at U.N. talks in Tunis 11 Nov 2005 On the global Internet these days, the United States is less trusted and more alone. An escalating feud over Internet governance is threatening to transform a United Nations summit in Tunisia next week into an acrimonious showdown between the United States and challengers including the European Union.

More security checkpoints to open at airport scheduled to open by Thanksgiving 12 Nov 2005 A new security checkpoint will open at Pittsburgh International Airport just in time for the holiday rush.

Rep. Davis threatens subpoenas 10 Nov 2005 House Government Reform Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-Va.) yesterday threatened to subpoena three members of the Bush Cabinet and White House counsel Harriet Miers if they do not comply with document requests issued by his select committee on Hurricane Katrina response.

No-Bid Contract to Replace Schools After Katrina Is Faulted 11 Nov 2005 450 portable classrooms being installed across Mississippi are prime examples in their case against FEMA and its federal partner, the Army Corps of Engineers, for wasteful spending and favoritism in the $62 billion hurricane relief effort. Provided by a politically connected Alaskan-owned business under a $40 million no-bid contract, the classrooms cost FEMA nearly $90,000 each... according to contracting documents. That is double the wholesale price and nearly 60 percent higher than the price offered by two small Mississippi businesses dropped from the deal.

Hundreds of FEMA trailers sit empty 11 Nov 2005 ABC7 has discovered hundreds of empty FEMA trailers sitting on lots, while hundreds of people remain homeless across southwest Florida.

Police are called upon for help as hurricane victims grow angry 12 Nov 2005 As desperation climbs and confusion spreads in the drawn-out aftermath of Hurricane Wilma, crowds encircling relief trucks and threatening its workers have forced police to escort supply vans out of hard-hit neighborhoods.

Report: Electric bills set to shock 11 Nov 2005 U.S. electricity rates are 46 percent higher than a year ago, an industry group said Friday.

Libby Testimony Is Key to Rove Inquiry 12 Nov 2005 Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald delayed a decision on whether to seek criminal charges against Karl Rove in large part because he wants to determine whether Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice pResident Cheney, can provide information on Rove's role in the CIA leak case, according to attorneys involved in the investigation.

Pelosi and Waxman Request Documents Relating to Abramoff's Request for $9 Million to Arrange Meeting with Bush 11 Nov 2005 House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Henry Waxman, ranking member on the Government Reform Committee, sent a letter this morning to Harriet Miers, counsel to the President, requesting that she provide Congress with documents relating to lobbyist Jack Abramoff's request for $9 million to arrange a meeting between President [sic] Bush and Omar Bongo, president of Gabon.

E-mails show link between Cornyn, Abramoff under investigation 11 Nov 2005 Former Christian Coalition director Ralph Reed claimed in a 2001 e-mail to a lobbyist that he choreographed John Cornyn's efforts as Texas attorney general to shut down an East Texas Indian tribe's casino. The lobbyist was Jack Abramoff, who is under federal investigation, along with his partner Michael Scanlon, on allegations of defrauding six Indian tribes of about $80 million between 2001 and 2004.

Poll: Most Don't Think Bush Is Honest, Ethical --Bush's Approval Rating Drops To 37% 11 Nov 2005 Nearly six out of 10 Americans in a new survey say they don't think the Bush regime has high ethical standards. And about the same number say pResident George W. Bush himself isn't honest.

Did U.S. government lie about deadly virus? (World Science) 09 Nov 2005 "U.S. officials seem to have quietly reversed an assurance they gave publicly last month—that a deadly virus, which scientists recently recreated, would not leave a secure government facility. Now, authorities acknowledge they may mail copies of the germ, which killed an estimated 50 million people in 1918, to qualified laboratories that apply for it."

US health officials can detain or isolate any airline passengers 11 Nov 2005 U.S. airlines could be on the front lines in a bird flu outbreak and federal health officials are streamlining procedures for the possible quarantine of sick passengers. Federal health officials have authority to detain or isolate any airline passenger suspected of harboring the avian flu virus, which scientists fear could mutate to leap from person to person and quickly spread globally.

Bird Flu hits the Middle East 11 Nov 2005 A flamingo found on a beach in Kuwait had the strain of bird flu that has killed more than 60 people and devastated poultry stocks in Asia — the first known case of the deadly avian flu in the Arab world. [Possibly, the only thing more *un*welcome than the US invaders, although I can see it being a 'tie.' At least the avian flu virus has a sunset gene programmed into it - Halliburton and Bush do not. --Lori Price]

Deadly flu strain in Kuwait flamingo 11 Nov 2005 A migrating flamingo, one of two birds found infected with bird flu in Kuwait, is confirmed to have been carrying the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus.

WHO tips bird flu will spawn new deadly virus that will spread to Japan 12 Nov 2005 The bird flu epidemic across Southeast Asia is bound to lead to the development of a deadly virus that is expected to spread to Japan, a World Health Organization (WHO) executive said.


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