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November 2007 Archives

Intelligence official: U.S. must redefine privacy --Residents [!] need to adjust to loss of anonymity, government leader says 11 Nov 2007 As Congress debates new rules for government eavesdropping, a top intelligence official says it is time that people in the United States changed their definition of privacy. Privacy no longer can mean anonymity, says Donald Kerr, the principal deputy director of national intelligence. Kerr’s comments come as Congress is taking a second look at the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. [I think not. We'll adjust the Bush dictatorship, instead. And, speaking of residents, the *resident* occupying the White House needs to be arrested and tried for treason. --LRP]

Senate panel to weigh telecom eavesdropping immunity 11 Nov 2007 The US Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to decide this week if a bill to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) will grant immunity from prosecution to telecommunications companies that assisted in government eavesdropping between 2001 and 2007. The bill would replace the Protect America Act 2007 (PAA), legislation passed in August that temporarily gave the executive branch expanded surveillance authority while Congress worked on long-term legislation to "modernize" FISA.

The Coup at Home By Frank Rich 11 Nov 2007 While the public has not erupted in riots, the executive branch has subverted the rule of law in often secretive increments. The results amount to a quiet coup, ultimately more insidious than a blatant putsch like General Musharraf’s. More Machiavellian still, Mr. Bush has constantly told the world he’s championing democracy even as he strangles it. ...[I]n the Republican presidential race, where most of the candidates seem to be running for dictator and make no apologies for it. They're falling over each other to expand Gitmo, see who can promise the most torture and abridge the largest number of constitutional rights. The front-runner, Rudy Giuliani, boasts a proven record in extralegal executive power grabs, Musharraf-style: After 9/11 he tried to mount a coup, floating the idea that he stay on as mayor in defiance of New York’s term-limits law. [Uh, 'the coup at home' took place in 2000 and 2004. --LRP]

'This is reminiscent of Kafka.' Terror case thrown out 12 Nov 2007 A high profile terror case was abandoned before it got to trial today after a judge found that two ASIO officers had kidnapped and falsely imprisoned a young medical student, Izhar ul-Haque. Mr ul-Haque's lawyer, Adam Houda, later accused authorities of launching a politically motivated and "moronic prosecution" against his client. In a scathing judgment, NSW Supreme Court Justice Michael Adams found that two ASIO officers had broken the law in a deliberate attempt to coerce answers from Mr ul-Haque. "I am satisfied that B15 and B16 [the ASIO officers] committed the criminal offences of false imprisonment and kidnapping at common law and also an offence under section 86 of the Crimes Act," the judge said.

Judges question U.S. logic in Arar hearing --Panel re-examining Canadian's rendition to Syria had strong words for Department of Justice lawyers 10 Nov 2007 A panel of three federal appeals judges sharply questioned representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice yesterday during a hearing to re-examine the rendition kidnapping of Maher Arar to Syria, at times ridiculing the lawyer for former attorney-general John Ashcroft. Fighting against Mr. Arar's attempts to revive his U.S. civil suit, Mr. Ashcroft's lawyer, Dennis Barghaan, provoked gasps among the standing-room-only audience when he referred to the plaintiff's alleged "unequivocal membership in al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh]." [Earth to Barghaan: Canada has compensated the Ottawa engineer $10-million for passing bad intelligence about him to the United States, and Condoleezza Rice has recently admitted that errors were made in the handling of the case.]

'I feared I'd end up dead in the woods like Dr Kelly,' says biological warfare expert who criticised Britain and U.S. 11 Nov 2007 An EU expert on biological warfare has told how she fears ending up 'dead in the woods' like scientist Dr David Kelly after an alleged campaign of intimidation by members of MI6 and the CIA. Jill Dekker, a bio-defence expert based in Brussels, has reported a string of sinister incidents -- including the parking of a hearse outside her house -- after making a speech critical of British and American policy in the Middle East.

Maliki demands U.S. hand over prisoners for execution 11 Nov 2007 Iraq's prime minister accused the U.S. military on Sunday of thwarting attempts to execute former members of Saddam Hussein's government and demanded they be handed over so their sentences could be carried out. Some Iraqi officials are suspicious that the U.S. military is protecting Sultan Hashem, amid persistent allegations he collaborated with Washington to try to topple Hussein in 1996 and again in the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

'They just killed a man and drove away.' Security Guard Fires From Convoy, Killing Iraqi Driver 12 Nov 2007 An Iraqi taxi driver was shot and killed on Saturday by a mercenary with DynCorp International, when a DynCorp convoy rolled past a knot of traffic on an exit ramp in Baghdad, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said Sunday. Three witnesses said the taxi had posed no threat to the convoy, and one of them, an Iraqi Army sergeant who inspected the car afterward, said it contained no weapons or explosive devices. [More on Bush's hirelings: Middle-aged men having sex with 12- to 15-year-olds was too much for Ben Johnston, a hulking 6-foot-5-inch Texan, and more than a year ago he blew the whistle on his employer, DynCorp, a U.S. contracting company doing business in Bosnia. According to the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) lawsuit filed in Texas on behalf of the former DynCorp aircraft mechanic, "in the latter part of 1999 Johnston learned that employees and supervisors from DynCorp were engaging in perverse, illegal and inhumane behavior [and] were purchasing illegal weapons, women, forged passports and participating in other immoral acts. Johnston witnessed coworkers and supervisors literally buying and selling women for their own personal enjoyment, and employees would brag about the various ages and talents of the individual slaves they had purchased."]

US Military Operation Nets 200 Suspected Terrorists in Iraq [Hopefully, they rounded up all the DynCorp and Blackwater terrorists] 11 Nov 2007 The U.S. military says a major joint operation with Iraqi forces has captured more than 200 suspected terrorists in four provinces of northern Iraq. It says Operation Iron Hammer, which was launched last week, has made significant progress against for al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] in Iraq.

Israel on Alert: Secret Nuclear Plant in the Crosshairs --Dimona nuclear reactor placed on red alert 30 times last week 11 Nov 2007 The missile defense system at Israel's Dimona nuclear reactor is on high alert due to concerns that Syria might target it in an attack. Israeli officials say the Dimona facility is "on the top of [Syria's] list." According to a report published in the British Sunday Times, the Dimona nuclear reactor was placed on red alert 30 times last week. Israel's Air Force tracks all aircraft in neighboring Arab states, said the unnamed Israeli sources quoted in the Sunday Times, and is ready to launch a defensive strike within seconds if an unidentified or enemy aircraft attempts to approach Dimona.

'We're ready to launch the missiles in seconds, once we're on full alert.' Israel on alert for Syria airstrike 11 Nov 2007 The defensive missile shield around Israel’s Dimona nuclear reactor was placed on red alert 30 times last week amid fears of an airstrike by Syria. A battery of American-made Patriot antiaircraft missiles has been moved to Dimona in the Negev desert following intelligence that a strike may be launched in retaliation for Israel’s bombing of a suspected nuclear site in Syria two months ago.

'Every civilian aircraft en route from Cairo to Amman, or from Jeddah to Cairo and vice versa, which deviates even slightly from its route, sets off an alarm and risks a missile being fired.' UK paper: Dimona defenses on high alert 11 Nov 2007 The defensive missile shield around Israel's nuclear facility at Dimona was placed on red alert 30 times last week out of concern over a possible Syrian air strike, the Sunday Times has reported.

Rice: Iran Resolution Doesn't OK War 11 Nov 2007 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday she does not believe a Senate resolution authorizes President [sic] Bush to take military action against Iran.

US-Led Troops Kill 18 in Afgnanistan 12 Nov 2007 U.S.-led occupation troops battling suspected militants in southern Afghanistan lobbed a grenade that destroyed a house and killed 15 [alleged] militants as well as a woman and two children, the coalition said Monday.

Pakistan army given powers to try civilians 12 Nov 2007 Pakistan's [US-funded] military ruler has amended a law to give army courts sweeping powers to try civilians on charges ranging from treason to inciting public unrest, officials said as the country's opposition leader prepared to stage a massive, 300-kilometre protest march.

Musharraf Sets No Date to End Emergency Rule 12 Nov 2007 Gen. Pervez Musharraf, the Pakistani president, appeared to yield to intense American pressure on Sunday by restoring parliamentary 'elections' in early January, but he said his emergency decree would last at least through then, immediately raising new questions about the vote’s legitimacy. [We need to immediately raise old questions about the vote's legitimacy in the US.]

Abdicate and Capitulate (The New York Times) 11 Nov 2007 It is extraordinary how President [sic] Bush has streamlined the Senate confirmation process. As we have seen most recently with the vote to confirm Michael Mukasey as attorney general, about all that is left of "advice and consent" is the "consent" part. Once upon a time, the confirmation of major presidential appointments played out on several levels... In less than seven years, Mr. Bush has managed to boil that list down to its least common denominator: the president should get his choices.

Japan Diet Committee OKs New Naval Bill 12 Nov 2007 A Japanese parliamentary committee on Monday approved the renewal of a limited version of an anti-terror naval mission in the Indian Ocean that was halted by an impasse in the legislature. The bill, which was expected to be voted in the full lower house on Tuesday, limits Japanese ships to refueling and supplying water to ships used in the monitoring and inspection of vessels suspected of links to terrorism or arms smuggling. Japanese warships had been refueling vessels in the region since 2001 in support of U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan, but the mission was halted on Nov. 1 when the opposition blocked the operation's extension.

Venezuela's Chavez lashes back at Spanish king --Chavez suggests monarch knew in advance of 2002 Venezuelan coup 11 Nov 2007 President Hugo Chavez lashed back at Spain’s king [Juan Carlos] Sunday for telling him to "shut up" during a summit, suggesting the monarch knew in advance of a 2002 coup that briefly ousted the Venezuelan leader from power. Chavez claimed that Spain’s ambassador had backed interim president Pedro Carmona and appeared at Venezuela’s presidential palace during the two-day coup in 2002. "Mr. King, did you know about the coup d’etat against Venezuela, against the democratic, legitimate government of Venezuela in 2002?" Chavez said before reporters in Santiago. "It's very hard to imagine the Spanish ambassador would have been at the presidential palace supporting the coup plotters without authorization from his majesty."

S. Africa Puts TB Patients Behind Fences 11 Nov 2007 Behind high fences patrolled by guards to prevent escape, a drab building once used for smallpox victims houses patients with a new, virtually uncurable strain of tuberculosis.

Seniors must shop as Medicare drug premiums rise 11 Nov 2007 Starting next week, those eligible for Medicare can begin enrolling in the optional drug plan for 2008, with a dizzying array of choices — and potential premium increases for 74% of those who currently have a stand-alone drug plan.

China Confirms Poison Was on Toy Beads 11 Nov 2007 The Chinese government announced late Saturday that it had confirmed the presence of poison on toy beads exported around the world, while in the United States, the Consumer Product 'Safety' Commission said that seven more children had been sickened. [Bush whore, Nancy Nord, needs to be tried for depraved indifference murder.]

Entire crew held in Calif. oil spill criminal probe --Preliminary investigation blames human error in Bay Area incident 11 Nov 2007 The entire crew of the cargo ship that sideswiped a bridge, causing San Francisco Bay's worst oil spill in nearly two decades, has been detained as part of a criminal investigation, a Coast Guard official said Sunday.

Feinstein: Oil spill response shows disturbing lack of readiness 11 Nov 2007 Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) flew into San Francisco today to lambaste the oil-spill response effort of the past week as inadequate, saying it revealed a disturbing lack of readiness for disasters in the Bay Area.

Around Bay Area, outrage at delayed response to oil spill grows 10 Nov 2007 High-ranking California politicians and Bay Area residents angry about their oil-splattered beaches demanded answers Friday to why the Coast Guard took so long to notify the public of this week's huge ship-fuel spill and how the sludgy mess was allowed to spread so far.

UN chief visits scientists in Antarctica for global warming fact-finding tour 12 Nov 2007 When Ban Ki-moon clambered out of a Chilean Air Force transport plane and planted his boots in the snows of Antarctica, he became the first head of the United Nations ever to visit the world's icy underbelly.


Iraqi fighters 'grilled for evidence on Iran' --Interrogator says US military seeks evidence incriminating Tehran 11 Nov 2007 US military officials are putting huge pressure on interrogators who question Iraqi 'insurgents' to find incriminating evidence pointing to Iran, it was claimed last night. Micah Brose, a privately contracted interrogator working for American forces in Iraq, near the Iranian border, told The Observer that information on Iran is 'gold'. Brose, who extracts information from [tortures?] prisoners in Iraq, said: 'They push a lot for us to establish a link with Iran.'

"All options on the table" in facing Iran: Israel's Deputy PM 10 Nov 2007 An Israeli deputy prime minister [Shaul Mofaz] said on Saturday after a US visit that "all options are on the table" to halt Iran's nuclear drive, which Israel considers a threat to its existence.

Israel, US to set up joint committees on Iran: report 10 Nov 2007 Israel and the United States have agreed to appoint two working committees in order to hone a joint strategy against Iran's nuclear ambitions, public radio reported on Friday.

Lieberman: ME atomic programs 'apocalyptic' 09 Nov 2007 Egyptian and Saudi Arabian intentions to begin or revive their nuclear programs in the face of Iran's continued race toward nuclear power present an "apocalyptic scenario" for Israel as well as for the rest of the world, Strategic Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

Bush, Merkel agree on tougher Iran sanctions 11 Nov 2007 US President [sic] George W Bush and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have agreed that further sanctions are needed to persuade Iran to stop enriching uranium.

Spooks refuse to toe Cheney's line on Iran 10 Nov 2007 The US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran has been held up for more than a year in an effort to force the intelligence community to remove dissenting judgments on the Iranian nuclear program. The aim is to make the document more supportive of Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney's militarily aggressive policy toward Iran, according to accounts provided by participants in the NIE process to two former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officers. But this pressure on intelligence analysts, obviously instigated by Cheney himself, has not produced a draft estimate without those dissenting views, these sources say.

Forced Iraq Postings 'May Be Necessary' 11 Nov 2007 Four days before a deadline for Foreign Service officers to volunteer to go to Iraq or face the prospect of being ordered there, the State Department notified employees yesterday that "about half" of 48 open assignments there for next year have been filled. "This reduces but does not eliminate the possibility that directed assignments may be necessary," Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte wrote in an e-mailed update.

Oops! Broken Supply Channel Sent Weapons for Iraq Astray 11 Nov 2007 Activities at that armory and other warehouses help explain how the American military lost track of some 190,000 pistols and automatic rifles supplied by the United States to Iraq’s security forces in 2004 and 2005, as auditors discovered in the past year. These discoveries prompted criminal inquiries by the Pentagon and the Justice Department, and stoked fears that the arms could fall into enemy hands and be used against American troops... Many of those weapons were issued when Gen. David H. Petraeus Betrayus, now the top American commander in Iraq, was responsible for training and equipping Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005.

Oil pipeline set ablaze by bomb in Iraq 10 Nov 2007 Iraqi 'insurgents' blew up a roadside bomb under an oil pipeline in the central province of Salahudin on Saturday, setting up a huge fire, a provincial police source said.

Roadside Bombs Kill 7 In Iraq 10 Nov 2007 Roadside bombs killed at least seven Iraqis early Saturday, including four civilians who died on minibuses on their way to work, police said.

Iraqi insurgent group kills 18 al-Qaida fighters north of Baghdad 10 Nov 2007 An Iraqi 'insurgent' group has killed 18 al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] fighters in Iraq and captured 16 others in clashes in Salahudin province north of Baghdad, a provincial police source said on Saturday.

2007 deadliest for US troops in Afghanistan 10 Nov 2007 Six U.S. troops were killed when 'insurgents' ambushed their foot patrol in the high mountains of eastern Afghanistan, officials said Saturday. The attack, the most lethal against American forces this year, made 2007 the deadliest for U.S. troops in Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion. [See also: 2007 deadliest for US troops in Iraq 06 Nov 2007 Five U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq on Monday, making 2007 the deadliest for the American military in the Iraq war.]

Nine Soldiers Die in Afghan Ambush 10 Nov 2007 Six American soldiers and three Afghan soldiers were killed Friday when 'insurgents' ambushed them in eastern Afghanistan [Nuristan Province], NATO officials said Saturday.

Six US soldiers killed in Afghanistan 10 Nov 2007 Six US troops were killed when 'insurgents' ambushed their foot patrol in the high mountains of eastern Afghanistan, officials said.

U.S. soldier found not guilty of Iraq murders 10 Nov 2007 A U.S. solider has been acquitted of three murder charges after investigations into the unlawful killings of three Iraqis earlier this year, the U.S. military said on Saturday. A U.S. court martial, however, found Staff Sergeant Michael Hensley, a sniper from the 1st Battalion, 501st Airborne, guilty of wrongfully placing an AK-47 rifle beside the body of framing an Iraqi man.

Report: Veterans health care costs around $650 billion 08 Nov 2007 Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and a group of docotors released a new report Thursday that estimates health care costs for our returning soldiers at $650 billion.

Pakistan army courts may try civilians 11 Nov 2007 Pakistan's military ruler has amended a law to give sweeping powers to army courts to try civilians on charges such as treason and inciting public unrest, officials said Sunday as a key opposition leader prepared to stage a massive, 185-mile protest march in defiance of a ban. [See: U.S. Aid to Musharraf is Largely Untraceable Cash Transfers 08 Nov 2007 The U.S. gives Musharraf's government about $200 million annually and his military $100 million monthly in the form of direct cash transfers. About $10.58 billion has gone to Pakistan since 9/11.]

Spanish King tells Hugo Chavez to 'shut up' 11 Nov 2007 President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela received an angry rebuke from the King of Spain when the monarch pointedly told him to "shut up" at a summit of leaders from Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Mr Chavez, the outspoken Left-wing leader who called President Reichwing Dictator George W. Bush the "devil" on the floor of the United Nations last year, triggered the exchange by lashing out at the former Spanish prime minister José Maria Aznar." Mr Aznar, a conservative who backed the US-led war in Iraq [and who killed 191 people in the Madrid train bombings], "is a fascist", Mr Chavez said in a speech to leaders at the Ibero-American summit in Santiago, Chile. The Venezuelan leader added: "Fascists are not human. A snake is more human."

Suitcase nuclear bomb unlikely to exist 11 Nov 2007 Members of Congress have warned about the dangers of suitcase nuclear weapons... Even the Federal Emergency Management Agency has alerted Americans to a threat -- information the White House includes on its Web site. But government experts and intelligence officials say such a threat gets vastly more attention than it deserves... Counterproliferation authorities do not think the threat remains.

Counter-terrorism website to provide info in time of attack 11 Nov 2007 The New South Wales Government has launched a new counter-terrorism website that it says would be used to provide crucial information [!?!] in the event of a terrorist attack.

U.S. has witness that can clear Khadr: Lawyer 09 Nov 2007 Omar Khadr's lawyers say the U.S. government has always known about a witness who could help clear him as an "unlawful enemy combatant" but never shared the information. Lawyer Lt.-Cmdr. Bill Kuebler, after a two-hour hearing at the U.S. naval base yesterday, said American officials never bothered to speak to the witness and the prosecution didn't find out about him until recently.

A Defiant Kerik Vows to Battle U.S. Indictment 10 Nov 2007 A defiant Bernard B. Kerik, the former New York police commissioner, vowed yesterday to fight a 16-count federal indictment, setting the stage for legal proceedings that could cast a shadow over the presidential campaign of his friend and one-time mentor, former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, deep into the 2008 election season.

"Ugly" Chavez among Venezuela's sexiest men: poll 08 Nov 2007 Hugo Chavez calls himself ugly and his looks earned him the nickname "Goofy" in the military, but the president's image is changing -- he is now considered one of Venezuela's sexiest men. A poll said on Thursday the fifth-most desired man is Chavez.

Bush bin Laden's agri-terrorists are allowed to sell deadly meat: E. coli loophole cited in recalls --Tainted meat can be sold if cooked 09 Nov 2007 One federal inspector calls it the "E. coli loophole." Another says, "Nobody would buy it if they knew." The officials are referring to the little-discussed fact that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agribusiness has deemed it acceptable for meat companies to cook and sell meat on which E. coli, a bacterium that can sicken and even kill humans, is found during processing... Some cooked beef products end up in the National School Lunch Program, which is administered by the USDA. [Yeah, too bad the E-coli laden beef doesn't end up on Bush's plate.]

Health Net Awards Bonuses for Cutting Patients' Coverage --Cancer Patient Loses Health Benefits 09 Nov 2007 Patsy Bates is a self-employed hairdresser who was in the middle of cancer treatment when Health Net, one of California's biggest health care companies, canceled her coverage. With $200,000 in medical bills, Bates sued for $6 million. Her lawsuit revealed that Health Net actually set goals for its employees to cancel policies, and the carrier paid more than $20,000 in bonuses to its senior cancellation specialist. [Wake up and smell the Italian Roast! The DemocRATs are NOT going to help - witness waterboard-waffler Mukasey, the new Attorney General.]

He was the architect of Labour's health service reforms. Now he is at the centre of a storm over NHS 'privatisation' 11 Nov 2007 Here, in one of the most desirable neighbourhoods of America's Midwest, families can walk to Spring Lake nearby, visit an exhibition at the acclaimed Walker arts centre or browse in the artisan shops of uptown Minneapolis. This enclave of American charm is now home to Simon Stevens, formerly Tony Blair's key adviser on the NHS and the main architect of Britain's health reforms. He is now a senior figure in UnitedHealth, a multi-billion-dollar company which has been accused of introducing private money into healthcare in America and, more controversially, into the UK.

'It was like the secret legislative pay raise in July 2005.' I-80 toll backers outmaneuver foes in Congress 10 Nov 2007 A campaign by state officials to place first-ever tolls on Interstate 80 has taken a major step forward. DemocRATs in the U.S. House, working with Republican U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, late Thursday removed an amendment to a federal transportation bill that would have blocked the state from putting up to 10 toll booths on the 311-mile highway that crosses northern Pennsylvania from New Jersey to Ohio... Critics of Act 44 complained that the Legislature held no public hearings on the proposal before enacting the law in July.

Illinois Shocks No. 1 Ohio State 10 Nov 2007 In this season of upsets, top-ranked Ohio State was the latest to fall. Juice Williams provided the big plays on the ground and through the air, spurring Illinois to a stunning 28-21 victory on Saturday night and throwing open the national title race. It was the first time Illinois (8-3, 5-2 Big Ten) had ever beaten a No. 1, losing all 17 previous games.


US seeks Merkel's backing over Iran 10 Nov 2007 Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, has sought to present a united front with President [sic] George W Bush as they discussed the 'crisis' over Iran's nuclear programme. Some of Bush's advisers openly favour using air strikes to destroy Iranian nuclear facilities, notably the uranium enrichment plant at Natanz.

US frees nine Iranians held in Iraq 09 Nov 2007 Iranians were released today from US custody in Iraq, including two who had been held for 10 months facing accusations of being members of an elite Iranian force suspected of arming Shia extremists.

US accused of concealing Guantánamo evidence 09 Nov 2007 Omar Khadr, the 21-year old Canadian captured in Afghanistan five yeas ago, was on Thursday escorted in handcuffs into a courtroom at Guantanamo Bay... Immediately after the hearing, however, defence lawyers for Mr Khadr, who is accused of killing a US soldier with a grenade, renewed criticisms of the process by claiming that the US government had known for years about secret evidence that could help his defence. Lieutenant Commander Bill Kueber, the chief military defence lawyer for Mr Khadr, said prosecution lawyers had this week made him aware of classified evidence that could help determine that Mr Khadr was not an "unlawful" enemy combatant, which could impact the ability of the Pentagon to try him at the military tribunal.

Anger at LA police plan to 'map' Muslims 09 Nov 2007 A plan by the Los Angeles Police Department's counter-terrorism bureau to map Muslim groups in the city has angered civil rights activists and community leaders, it was reported Friday. The Los Angeles Times reported that the LAPD wants to create a map of Muslim groups in order to help communities avoid the influence of radicals seeking to incite "violent, ideologically-based extremism."

L.A. officials defend mapping of Muslim areas --Mayor Villaraigosa says the LAPD has 'good intentions' in gathering intelligence. Chief Bratton says the effort should be seen as 'community engagement.' 08 Nov 2007 City officials this morning defended the LAPD's decision to identify Muslim enclaves across the city, saying that instead of "mapping," Angelenos should see the program as "community engagement." [Engage *this.*]

Mission accomplished: Maliki oil adviser sees Iraq output tripling 10 Nov 2007 Iraqi oil production should nearly triple in the next few years as it explores more areas and attracts investment, the former Iraqi oil minister said on Friday.

Emergency Relief for Iraq's Cholera Outbreak (AmeriCares) 09 Nov 2007 Some 30,000 people in Iraq have become seriously ill with cholera and other forms of dehydrating watery diarrhea which has spread through the northern part of the country [thanks to Bush].

New Law May Spell End to Iraq Contractors --CBS News: Documents Show Iraqi Parliament Considering Ending Immunity For Private Firms 09 Nov 2007 The government of Iraq has notified private security firms their immunity from Iraqi law is about to end, CBS News reports. The title of a letter sent by the interior ministry: "Removing the legal immunity." The draft of a new law says "all immunities … shall be cancelled." That law still must be ratified by the Iraqi parliament, and if and when it is, private security firms like Blackwater would almost certainly pull out of Iraq.

U.S. clears Blackwater in 3 Iraqi deaths 09 Nov 2007 The U.S. government countered Iraqi claims that employees mercenaries with Blackwater USA fired "without any provocation" on Iraqi guards, killing three. Iraqi accounts of the incident describe the shootings as "an act of terrorism" and concluded Blackwater employees fired "without any provocation."

Bomber kills 5 local tribal leaders in Iraq 09 Nov 2007 A suicide bomber wearing a vest packed with explosives killed five Sunni Arab tribal leaders in Iraq's Diyala province on Friday, police said.

6 U.S. troops, 3 Afghans killed in ambush --Insurgents attack foot patrol with rocket-propelled grenades; 19 wounded 10 Nov 2007 Six U.S. troops and three Afghan soldiers died when 'insurgents' ambushed their foot patrol in eastern Afghanistan, one of the deadliest attacks on American forces this year, officials said Saturday.

US to purchase $700m worth of arms from Israel 09 Nov 2007 The US Congress on Friday approved the purchase of weapons and technological systems from Israel's 'defense' industries for $700 million. The advanced technological products will be acquired as part of the American security budget for the coming year to be used by US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

House Democrats to send Bush $50 billion for Iraq operations 08 Nov 2007 House Democrats said Thursday that they would send President [sic] Bush $50 billion for combat operations on the condition that he begin withdrawing troops from Iraq.

Lieberman hits out at 'paranoid' Democrats 09 Nov 2007 The 2008 Democratic candidates are beholden to a "hyper-partisan, politically paranoid" liberal base that could endanger the final nominee's chances of winning next year's presidential election, Joe LieberBush (R-Israel), the former vice-presidential Democratic candidate, said yesterday.

New Army chopper overheats 09 Nov 2007 The Army is spending $2.6 billion on hundreds of European-designed helicopters for homeland security and disaster relief that turn out to have a crucial flaw: They aren't safe to fly on hot days, according to an internal report obtained by The Associated Press. While the Army scrambles to fix the problem -- adding millions to the taxpayer cost -- at least one high-ranking lawmaker is calling for the whole deal to be scrapped.

Recruiters struggle to find an Army 09 Nov 2007 The Army is struggling to find volunteers for an unpopular war, despite recruiting bonuses of up to $20,000 and pay increases for enlistees that have beaten inflation by 21 percent since 2000.

Restraint order on Bhutto lifted 09 Nov 2007 A restraint order on Benazir Bhutto has been lifted, the Pakistani government announced today, as the Bush regime reiterated its call for an early end to emergency rule martial law.

Mukasey Sworn In as Attorney General 09 Nov 2007 Michael B. Mukasey was sworn in as attorney general this afternoon, less than a day after winning Senate confirmation despite Democratic criticism that he had failed to take an unequivocal stance against the torture of terror prisoners.

Senate Confirms Mukasey By 53-40 --Historically Low Tally for New Attorney General 09 Nov 2007 A divided Senate narrowly confirmed former federal judge Michael B. Mukasey last night as the 81st attorney general, giving the nominee the lowest level of congressional support of any Justice Department leader in the past half-century.

Vote Summary --U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 110th Congress - 1st Session 08 Nov 2007 On the Nomination (Confirmation Michael B. Mukasey of New York, to be Attorney General)

Police: We shouted a warning to de Menezes. 17 witnesses: No - we heard no such challenge 09 Nov 2007 None of the 17 commuters who witnessed the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes heard police shout a clear warning before opening fire, in stark contrast to evidence given by eight officers. The discrepancies in the testimony of the Tube passengers and the police, who insisted they had identified themselves, were revealed yesterday in a long-awaited report from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Police chief Blair defies no-confidence vote 08 Nov 2007 Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan Police chief, has refused to quit despite a vote of no confidence by politicians following the Jean Charles de Menezes case.

Ex-Giuliani aide Kerik indicted on 14 counts in NY 09 Nov 2007 Former New York police commissioner and Rudy Giuliani protege Bernard Kerik was indicted on federal tax fraud and corruption charges related to his personal finance and business dealings, the U.S. attorney said on Friday.

Just Who Was At That Fake FEMA Briefing? CBS News Obtains a Photo of the "Press" Gallery Full of FEMA Staffers 09 Nov 2007 CBS News has obtained this photo of the now infamous fake FEMA press conference held during the California wildfires. The photo, taken by a FEMA employee, is one of the only known photos of the press gallery of that event. The gallery is not filled with members of the press but with high-level agency employees.

State sues feds over EPA delays on limiting vehicle emissions 09 Nov 2007 California took its global-warming dispute with the Bush administration to court Thursday, demanding that the federal government act on a request filed nearly two years ago to let the state limit motor vehicle emissions of greenhouse gases.

San Francisco Bay oil spill spreads --Governor declares a state of emergency as the 58,000-gallon slick reaches the Marin County coastline and the toll on wildlife climbs. The Coast Guard's response comes under heavy criticism. 09 Nov 2007 An oil spill from a container ship in San Francisco Bay continued to spread today, coating some of the state's most storied coastline and imperiling hundreds of shorebirds as concerns lingered about the U.S. Coast Guard response as well as the checkered history of the vessel's pilot. Coast Guard officials apologized during a morning press conference for delays in notifying Bay Area authorities about the full extent of the spill from the 810-foot Cosco Busan.

Coast Guard says it took too long to announce size of oil spill 09 Nov 2007 As oil contaminated more beaches and birds throughout the Bay Area, Coast Guard officials today admitted they took too long to notify the public about the skyrocketing size of the ship-fuel spill but defended their response to the mess. "That is unacceptable," Coast Guard Admiral Craig Bone replied when asked about the five hours - from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday - that it took for his agency to announce the huge magnitude of the spill.


U.S. plans to divert oil into reserve 08 Nov 2007 Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman on Thursday defended plans to divert oil into the federal emergency reserve, although he acknowledged that tight supplies likely are one reason for surging crude oil prices. The Energy Department announced it has awarded contracts to three companies -- Shell Trading Co., Sunoco Logistics and BP North America -- for 12.3 million barrels of oil to go into the government's Strategic Petroleum Reserve, beginning in January. Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., accused President [sic] Bush of "wheeling and dealing with oil companies while American consumers are reeling from dealing with $3 gas and heating oil."

U.S. Aid to Musharraf is Largely Untraceable Cash Transfers 08 Nov 2007 A considerable amount of the money the U.S. gives to Pakistan is administered not through U.S. agencies or joint U.S.-Pakistani programs. Instead, the U.S. gives Musharraf's government about $200 million annually and his military $100 million monthly in the form of direct cash transfers. About $10.58 billion has gone to Pakistan since 9/11. (That's only in the unclassified budget: the covert-operations budget surely includes millions more, according to knowledgeable observers.) [US taxpayers fund Bush's terrorist regimes all over the world. See: It was the largest one-time cash transfer in the history of the New York Fed. 22 Jun 2005 It weighed 28 tons and took up as much room as 74 washing machines. The $2,401,600,000 was delivered to Baghdad on June 22, 2004.]

Blackwater Snipers Murder 3 Iraqi Guards In 'Act of Terrorism' --Witnesses Call Shooting From Justice Ministry Unprovoked, But State Dept. Cleared Its Security Team After a Brief Probe 08 Nov 2007 Last Feb. 7, a sniper employed by Blackwater USA opened fire from the roof of the Iraqi Justice Ministry. The bullet tore through the head of a 23-year-old guard for the state-funded Iraqi Media Network... Eight people who responded to the shootings -- including media network and Justice Ministry guards and an Iraqi army commander -- and five network officials in the compound said none of the slain guards had fired on the Justice Ministry, where a U.S. diplomat was in a meeting. An Iraqi police report described the shootings as "an act of terrorism" and said Blackwater "caused the incident." The media network concluded that the guards were killed "without any provocation." The U.S. government reached a different conclusion.

Iraq Plans to Confront Security Firms on Guns --190,000 pistols, automatic rifles supplied by the US to Iraq went M.I.A. under Betrayus 08 Nov 2007 The Iraqi interior minister said Wednesday that he would authorize raids by his security forces on Western security firms to ensure that they were complying with tightened licensing requirements on guns and other weaponry, setting up the possibility of violent confrontations between the Iraqis and heavily armed Western mercenaries... Iraqi government officials also said for the first time that they accepted estimates by American oversight officials that some 190,000 pistols and automatic rifles supplied by the United States to Iraqi forces in 2004 and 2005 were unaccounted for. Many of those weapons were distributed when Gen. David H. Petraeus, now the American commander in Iraq, was in charge of training and equipping Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005.

Iraq OKs Raids on Blackwater By Noah Shachtman 08 Nov 2007 This sounds like a recipe for something very ugly. The Times is reporting that "the Iraqi interior minister said Wednesday that he would authorize raids by his security forces on Western security firms to ensure that they were complying with tightened licensing requirements on guns and other weaponry, setting up the possibility of violent confrontations between the Iraqis and heavily armed Western guards."

Syria to let US screen Iraqi refugees 08 Nov 2007 Syria has agreed to allow U.S. interviewers into the country to screen Iraqi refugees for admission to the United States, clearing a major obstacle to the Bush regime's 'resettlement program,' the State Department said Thursday.

Escorted by the US Navy, British sailors return to the Gulf 09 Nov 2007 Seven months after the Royal Navy suffered one of the most humiliating episodes in its history when 15 sailors and Royal Marines were detained by Iranian forces, British patrols have resumed close to the Iranian border. But now the team is permanently flanked by heavily armoured US Navy gunboats and shadowed by a helicopter.

War objector's 2nd court-martial blocked 08 Nov 2007 The Army cannot hold a second court-martial for an Iraq war objector until the resolution of the soldier's claim that it would violate his right against double jeopardy, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

Deadly U.S. military helicopter crash in Italy 08 Nov 2007 A U.S. Army helicopter crashed in northern Italy on Thursday, killing at least five people on board, the Army said. Eleven U.S. service members were on board the UH-60 Army Black Hawk helicopter, U.S. Army Europe said in a statement released by its headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany.

Bhutto reportedly placed under house arrest --Detention of ex-Pakistani PM comes ahead of protest against Musharraf 09 Nov 2007 Pakistani police backed by armored vehicles surrounded the Islamabad home of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto on Friday, and a security official said she had been placed under house arrest ahead of a major protest.

Elections before February 15: Musharraf 09 Nov 2007 Pakistani national elections will be held before February 15, President Pervez Musharraf told reporters today. Pakistan had been scheduled to hold elections by mid-January until the military ruler imposed emergency rule martial law on Saturday and suspended the constitution, to the horror of the international community.

Senate confirms Mukasey as attorney general --Bush nominee wins backing for post despite waterboard-waffling 08 Nov 2007 The Senate confirmed retired judge Michael Mukasey as attorney general Thursday night to replace Alberto Gonzales, who was forced from office in a scandal over his handling of the Justice Department. Mukasey was confirmed as the nation’s 81st attorney general after a sharp debate over his refusal to say whether the waterboarding interrogation technique is torture.

Khadr legal team says eyewitness was 'buried' 08 Nov 2007 The defence team for Canadian Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr said they have just recently been told about an eyewitness who could provide "exculpatory information." The surprise announcement came after a U.S. military judge postponed making a decision on whether Khadr is subject to a 'war-crimes' tribunal.

Decks Are Stacked in Guantánamo Cases, Lawyers Say 09 Nov 2007 The administration’s problem-plagued military tribunal system started up here again Thursday, but it began with contentious new claims that the war crimes cases are unfairly stacked against prisoners. Military defense lawyers said that on the eve of the hearing, military prosecutors told them for the first time of a government witness who might be able to help a prisoner, Omar Ahmed Khadr, counter the 'war crimes' charges on which he was arraigned Thursday. Mr. Khadr, the only Canadian prisoner at Guantánamo, has been held here since he was 16. He is now 21. "It is an eyewitness the government has always known about," said Lt. Cmdr. William C. Kuebler of the Navy, Mr. Khadr’s chief military lawyer, who questioned why the military was only now informing the defense.

Officials Consider Global Health Threats 08 Nov 2007 Representatives from governments participating in a multinational health effort gathered last week in Washington to review programs for countering fomenting natural and terrorist-related health threats, the U.S. State Department said. Over two days last week officials considered WMD terrorism, pandemic influenza, food and product safety and other health issues.

FBI: Al Qaeda May Strike U.S. Shopping Malls in LA, Chicago 08 Nov 2007 (ABC News) The FBI is warning that al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] may be preparing a series of holiday attacks on U.S. shopping malls in Los Angeles and Chicago, according to an intelligence bulletin distributed to law enforcement authorities across the country this morning. The alert said al Qaeda "hoped to disrupt the U.S. economy and has been planning the attack for the past two years." [Bush bin Laden is getting ready to play the terror card as a cover for the US economy that he destroyed.]

FBI warns of possible shopping mall attacks 08 Nov 2007 An FBI report warned al Qaeda may be planning to strike shopping malls in Chicago and Los Angeles during the Christmas season, but a bureau official said on Thursday there was no information it was a credible threat.

AT&T gave feds access to all Web, phone traffic, ex-tech says 08 Nov 2007 Mark Klein, a former AT&T technician, alleged that the NSA set up a system that vacuumed up Internet and phone-call data from ordinary Americans with the help of AT&T and without obtaining a court order. Contrary to the government's depiction of its surveillance program as aimed at overseas terrorists, Klein said, much of the data sent through AT&T to the NSA was purely domestic. Klein said the NSA built a special room in San Francisco to receive data streamed through an AT&T Internet room containing "peering links," or major connections to other telecom providers.

MPs savage plan to double terror detention time limit 08 Nov 2007 MPs of all parties condemned moves to double the time terror suspects can be held without charge amid fears that the number of people jailed for terrorist offences could grow twelvefold in the next decade. Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, vowed to press ahead with extending the 28-day limit on the time terror suspects can be questioned as ministers braced themselves for parliamentary warfare over the proposals.

Terrorism Act 'unworkable' 08 Nov 2007 The Solicitor-General says New Zealand's anti-terror law is virtually unworkable, but terrorism charges could have been brought under better legislation. David Collins, QC, said yesterday he could not authorise prosecution against 12 of the so-called Urewera 16 under the Terrorism Suppression Act. Dr Collins was scathing of the act, describing it as "almost impossible to apply in a coherent manner" and a "very significant" factor in his decision.

British Muslim woman convicted of penning poems about beheadings 09 Nov 2007 An airport worker who wrote poems about beheadings is the first woman to be found guilty under new terror laws. Samina Malik, who liked to call herself a "lyrical terrorist", called for attacks on the West and described "poisoned bullets" capable of killing an entire street in her poetry.

Met chief tried to stop De Menezes inquiry 09 Nov 2007 Sir Ian Blair refused to resign yesterday after the official report into the death of Jean Charles de Menezes criticised the Metropolitan Police Commissioner for attempting to stop the independent investigation of the shooting. The report also found the force had committed "very serious" and "avoidable" mistakes.

Bernard Kerik: America's Cop Indicted --Federal Grand Jury Indicts Kerik on Various Corruption Charges 08 Nov 2007 A federal grand jury has voted to indict former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik on charges stemming from the acceptance of free rent and apartment renovations, tax evasion and lying on his application for the job as head of the Department of Homeland Security, two federal sources and a source involved in the defense told ABC News. [See flashback: Bush nominates Kerik for Homeland Security 03 Dec 2004 President [sic] Bush on Friday nominated former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik to take over as secretary of homeland security. Kerik is a senior vice president of Giuliani Partners, the consulting firm founded by Rudy Giuliani, who as mayor of New York appointed him police commissioner in 2000. "His broad practical hands-on experience makes Bernie superbly qualified to lead the Department of Homeland Security," Bush said.]

Medicare fees report blasts insurers 08 Nov 2007 WellPoint, UnitedHealth Group, Humana and other providers of drug benefits for the Medicare program should have been required to refund $4.4 billion in overpayments faster, according to a government report. Medicare, the health plan for the elderly and disabled, left insurers free to use the money because it didn't collect interim repayments, Health and Human Services Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson said in a report released Tuesday.

Senate Overrides Bush Veto on Water Bill 08 Nov 2007 President [sic] Bush suffered the first veto override of his seven-year-old presidency Thursday as the Senate enacted a $23 billion water resources bill despite his protest that it was too expensive. It was the first time in a decade that Congress has passed a bill over a presidential veto.

FEMA to workers: Stay out of trailers 08 Nov 2007 The Federal Emergency Management Agency is barring employees from entering thousands of stored travel trailers over concerns about hazardous fumes, while more than 48,000 other trailers continue to be used by hurricane victims in Louisiana and Mississippi.

California Gas Prices Reach $5 In Some Areas 08 Nov 2007 The American Automobile Association of California said some drivers are now paying up to $5 a gallon for regular unleaded gasoline.

School board to ignore state moment-of-silence law 08 Nov 2007 Evanston-Skokie School District 65 will ignore new legislation mandating a moment of silence in Illinois public schools after trying unsuccessfully to seek a waiver that would free the district from following the law, board members said.

Aliens caused Sicily fires, say officials --Arson quickly ruled out as scientist described how he saw an unplugged electrical cable burst into flames 29 Oct 2007 Aliens were responsible for a series of unexplained fires in fridges, TV’s and mobile phones in an Italian village, according to an Italian government report. Canneto di Caronia, in northern Sicily, drew attention three years ago after residents reported everyday household objects bursting into flames. According to the report, the fires were "caused by a high power electro magnetic emissions which were not man made and reached a power of between 12 and 15 gigawatts." [Methinks the 'alien' is a new US weapon of mass destruction.]


US fears Israeli strike against Iran over latest nuclear claim 08 Nov 2007 A claim by President Ahmadinejad that Iran has 3,000 uranium enriching centrifuges operational sent a tremor across the world yesterday amid fears that Israel would respond by bombing the country’s nuclear facilities. Senior military sources in Washington said that the existence of such a large number of centrifuges could be a "tipping point", triggering an Israeli air strike.

Bush defends World War Three comments on Iran 07 Nov 2007 U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush defended in a television interview on Wednesday his recent comments suggesting Iran's nuclear ambitions might trigger World War Three and insisted he wanted a diplomatic solution.

Iran 'could have atom bomb in a year' 07 Nov 2007 President Ahmadinejad of Iran claimed today that his country had developed 3,000 centrifuges for enriching uranium - a sufficient number, according to scientists to allow it to build an atomic bomb within a year.

Bush and Sarkozy find common ground against Iran 07 Nov 2007 The U.S. and French presidents forged a common front against Iran's nuclear ambitions on Wednesday... In a sign that diplomatic ties have advanced beyond the era of "freedom fries," President [sic] George W. Bush and French President Nicolas Sarkozy agreed to keep the pressure on Tehran, which has defied demands to halt uranium enrichment.

$460B Military Bill Omits War Funds 06 Nov 2007 House and Senate negotiators agreed Tuesday on a $460 billion Pentagon bill that bankrolls pricey weapons systems and bomb-resistant vehicles for troops, but has little for Iraq and Afghanistan. DemocRATs were reluctant to say when Congress might consider President [sic] Bush's $196 billion request to pay expressly for combat operations.

Amid growing doubts, Turks plan limited Iraq incursion 07 Nov 2007 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted his government was pushing ahead with plans for a military operation against Kurdish guerrillas in northern Iraq... Most experts and even people on the street now expect a smaller incursion, or targeted air strikes, rather than the full-scale invasion originally predicted when Turkey began building up its troop presence on the border with Iraq.

Coroner criticises MoD and army in ruling soldier unlawfully killed after logistics failure --Ministry 'obstructed efforts to tackle inquests' --Iraq patrol not given bomb disabling device 08 Nov 2007 A coroner was scathingly critical of the Ministry of Defence and army yesterday when she ruled that a logistics failure had led to the unlawful killing of a British soldier by insurgents in a roadside bomb attack in Iraq.

Study: 1 Out of 4 Homeless Are Veterans 08 Nov 2007 Veterans make up one in four homeless people in the United States, though they are only 11 percent of the general adult population, according to a report to be released Thursday.

U.S. builds tent city for Guantanamo tribunals 07 Nov 2007 A bustle of construction continues for a new tent city dubbed Camp [in]Justice that's supposed to accommodate an onslaught of terrorism cases at Guantanamo Bay starting next year. The $12 million project is portable. It includes a new court house and tents for up to 500 lawyers, court officials, journalists and security personnel.

Khadr to appear before tribunal at 'Camp Justice' 07 Nov 2007 A new courthouse is under construction at Guantanamo Bay, a prefab tent city dubbed "Camp Justice." It's the specially designed setting for the historic war crimes trials so plagued with controversy. ["Camp Justice." Boy, that one sure needs a set of quotation marks around it, doesn't it?]

Judge Allows Abu Ghraib Lawsuit Against Contractor --200 Iraqis allege CACI torturers abused them at Abu Ghraib 07 Nov 2007 A federal judge in Washington ruled yesterday that a civil lawsuit alleging abuse and torture at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq can go forward against a U.S. military contractor [CACI International], setting the stage for what could be the first case in a U.S. civilian court to weigh accountability for the notorious abuses in 2003.

Qatar Contract Offers Glimpse Into Giuliani Firm 07 Nov 2007 Since he became a candidate for president, Republican front-runner Rudy Giuliani has rebuffed all calls to disclose details about the clients and dealings of Giuliani Partners, the consulting firm he founded in 2002... Among those he hasn't disclosed is the government of Qatar, a Persian Gulf state to whom the firm provided security advice, according to the former U.S. ambassador there. Qatar is a strategic U.S. military ally and energy supplier, yet also a country that has been criticized for its conduct toward al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] -- a potential political pitfall for a candidate pitching himself as an uncompromising foe of 'Islamic terrorism.'

15,000 want off the U.S. terror watch list 07 Nov 2007 More than 15,000 people have appealed to the government since February to have their names removed from the terrorist watch list that delayed their travel at U.S. airports and border crossings, the Homeland Security Department says. The Homeland Security Department says it gets about 2,000 requests a month from people who want to have their names cleared.

A Story of Surveillance --Former Technician 'Turning In' AT&T Over NSA Program 07 Nov 2007 His first inkling that something was amiss came in summer 2002 when he opened the door to admit a visitor from the National Security Agency to an office of AT&T in San Francisco. "What the heck is the NSA doing here?" Mark Klein, a former AT&T technician, said he asked himself. A year or so later, he stumbled upon documents that, he said, nearly caused him to fall out of his chair. The documents, he said, show that the NSA gained access to massive amounts of e-mail and search and other Internet records of more than a dozen global and regional telecommunications providers. AT&T allowed the agency to hook into its network at a facility in San Francisco and, according to Klein, many of the other telecom companies probably knew nothing about it. Klein is in Washington this week to share his story in the hope that it will persuade lawmakers not to grant legal immunity to telecommunications firms that helped the government in its anti-terrorism efforts.

Judge forces telcos to retain data in NSA spy case 06 Nov 2007 In a victory for the EFF, Judge Vaughn Walker ruled today that AT&T, Verizon, Cingular (now part of AT&T), Sprint, and BellSouth (also part of AT&T now) must all maintain any data or papers related to the NSA spying case that Walker is overseeing in California. The move was opposed not only by the telcos but also by the federal government, which has repeatedly pursued the claim that the case involves "state secrets" and should not proceed.

N.Y. musician gets 15 years for backing al Qaeda 07 Nov 2007 A New York jazz musician was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Wednesday for agreeing to help train al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] fighters in hand-to-hand combat in a case that centered on an oath he took before an undercover FBI agent.

'It seems that I am being put into the same category as a terrorist.' Scientist of Indian orgin denied entry to US 07 Nov 2007 An Indian-origin political scientist from South Africa has been permanently denied entry to the United States apparently for his anti-America ideology. "I am totally dumbfounded," said Adam Habib, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg, who has been denied visa many a times. Habib said he had received a letter informing him that he would not allowed into the United States again.

Police State 101: Florida shuts hundreds of schools as police hunt for convict 07 Nov 2007 Authorities locked down 283 schools in south Florida, as police launched a massive manhunt for a convict who escaped and shot an officer, officials said. [Whenever the Bush regime has a lot on its plate, a suspect 'goes missing,' schools go into lockdown, and the mainstream media starts hyperventilating. Note that the suspect is typically shot on sight in these situations: dead men can't talk. --LRP]

Wexler Votes for Floor Debate on Cheney Impeachment --Urges Judiciary Committee to Schedule Impeachment Hearings Immediately 06 Nov 2007 Today, Congressman Wexler supported allowing debate and a vote on a privileged resolution sponsored by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) on the impeachment of Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney (H.Res. 333). Wexler voted no, along with only 85 other Democrats, on tabling the measure and in support of beginning immediate debate and a vote on the Cheney impeachment resolution. The vote on tabling the Kucinich resolution was rejected, and the House subsequently voted to refer the matter to the Judiciary Committee.

Kansas lawyer sues Bush after anti-war rally arrest 07 Nov 2007 A Kansas lawyer who was arrested last year after holding an anti-war sign at a political rally where President [sic] George W. Bush spoke is suing him, claiming his constitutional rights were violated, according to a media report. Dennis Hawver... filed the federal lawsuit Monday against Bush and the Kansas Republican Party, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

Rightwing televangelist boosts Giuliani's presidential hopes --Robertson backs former New York mayor --Conservatives unhappy with stance on abortion 08 Nov 2007 Rudy Giuliani gained an important ally in his campaign for the hearts of America's social conservatives yesterday, winning the endorsement of the Christian right's [GOPedophile] Pat Robertson.

Senate Panel Probes 6 Top Televangelists --Sen. Charles Grassley Asks Ministries to Turn Over Financial Records Within One Month 06 Nov 2007 CBS News has learned Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, is investigating six prominent televangelist ministries for possible financial misconduct. Letters were sent Monday to the ministries demanding that financial statements and records be turned over to the committee by December 6th.

Indictment of Kerik Is Said to Be Sought 08 Nov 2007 Federal prosecutors are scheduled to seek a grand jury indictment today of Bernard B. Kerik, the former New York police commissioner, on charges that include tax fraud, corruption and conspiracy counts, according to people who have been briefed on the case. Criminal charges could complicate the Republican presidential campaign of Mr. Kerik’s friend, patron and former business partner, Rudolph W. Giuliani, whose mentorship was partly responsible for Mr. Kerik’s sharp ascent into positions of public prominence.

Contractor in Cunningham Case Found Guilty on All Counts 06 Nov 2007 A defense contractor was convicted yesterday in federal court in San Diego of showering then-Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.) with more than $700,000 in bribes, including money for a mortgage, a yacht and prostitutes. Brent R. Wilkes was convicted on 13 felony counts, including bribery, conspiracy, fraud and money laundering, and faces up to 20 years in prison when sentenced on Jan. 28.

FBI probe whip and noose boss 08 Nov 2007 The FBI is investigating allegations that a New Orleans area public works department supervisor displayed in his office two nooses, a bullwhip and a dart board with a black man as the bull's-eye, an agent said. A black worker went public with the complaints today, saying he was fed up with the racist symbols in his white superintendent's office at a sewage lift station in Jefferson Parish.

Flier gives wrong Election Day 06 Nov 2007 (TX) The Tarrant County District Attorney's Office was investigating the distribution of a bogus election flier that told people to vote Saturday. The flier in English and Spanish featured the county logo and was marked "Official Notice."

US debt tops $9 trillion for first time-Treasury 07 Nov 2007 The U.S. Treasury Department said on Wednesday publicly held U.S. debt breached $9 trillion this week for the first time ever, just five weeks after Congress had raised the statutory borrowing limit.

Oil Passes $98 on Bombs, 'Demand' Forecast 06 Nov 2007 Oil futures jumped to a new record above $98 a barrel late Tuesday after bombings in Afghanistan and an [US?] attack on a Yemeni oil pipeline compounded the supply concerns that have driven crude prices higher in recent weeks. [See: Exxon Mobil: $9.4B profit in 3 months 01 Nov 2007.]

Stocks Tumble on Weak Dollar and Oil Prices 08 Nov 2007 Stock markets were hit today by their second sharp sell-off in less than a week, sending the Dow Jones industrial average down 360 points to a level last seen in September, before the Federal Reserve cut interest rates.

Global-warming gases set to rise by 57% by 2030--IEA 07 Nov 2007 Emissions of greenhouse gases will rise by 57 percent by 2030 compared to current levels, leading to a rise in Earth's surface temperature of at least three degrees Celsius (5.4 degrees Fahrenheit), the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday.

Rising Seas Could Threaten Drinking Water Supplies 07 Nov 2007 As Earth’s rising temperature causes sea levels to rise, coastal communities have more to worry about than disappearing beaches--they could lose up to 50 percent more of their fresh water supplies than previously thought, a new study suggests.

Straying whales in Arctic may be sign of climate change 07 Nov 2007 Endangered humpback and fin whales swam hundreds of miles north of their usual habitat this summer in what environmentalists say is another sign of the effects of global warming and the shifting Arctic ecosystem.


Judges reject effort to halt US military tribunal against Guantanamo prisoner 06 Nov 2007 A federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to block U.S. military tribunal proceedings against a Canadian prisoner held at Guantanamo Bay. Lawyers for Omar Khadr had asked the U.S. Court of Appeals to halt the case in which Khadr is accused of throwing a grenade that killed a U.S. Special Forces soldier during a firefight in Afghanistan. Khadr, who was 15 when he was captured in Afghanistan in 2002, also faces conspiracy and other charges.

Maneuver gave Bush a conservative rights panel 06 Nov 2007 The US Commission on Civil Rights, the nation's 50-year-old watchdog for racism and discrimination, has become a critic of school desegregation efforts and affirmative action ever since the Bush administration used a controversial maneuver to put the agency under conservative control. Democrats say the move to create a conservative majority on the eight-member panel violated the spirit of a law requiring that no more than half the commission be of one party. Critics say Bush in effect installed a fifth and sixth Republican on the panel in December 2004, after two commissioners, both Republicans when appointed, reregistered as independents. The day before Bush made the appointments, the Department of Justice approved the move in a memo to White House counsel Alberto Gonzales's office.

Cheney Impeachment Resolution Sent to House Committee 06 Nov 2007 The House voted today to send a resolution considering the impeachment of Vice President [sic] Cheney to the Judiciary Committee, a move that embarrassed DemocRATic leaders who were forced into the parliamentary tactic to avoid a floor debate on impeachment. Led by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), scores of Democrats were joined by scores of Republicans in initially supporting a Kucinich resolution that would have prompted a full debate on impeaching Cheney.

Debate on Cheney Impeachment Averted 06 Nov 2007 House Democrats on Tuesday narrowly managed to avert a bruising debate on a proposal to impeach Dick Cheney after Republicans, in a surprise maneuver, voted in favor of taking up the measure. Republicans, changing course midway through a vote, tried to force Democrats into a debate on the resolution sponsored by presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich. The Ohio Democrat, in his resolution, accused Cheney of purposely leading the country into war against Iraq and manipulating intelligence about Iraq's ties with al-Qaida [al-CIAduh].

National Lawyers Guild Votes For Impeachment of President [sic] Bush and Vice President [sic] Cheney 06 Nov 2007 The National Lawyers Guild voted unanimously and enthusiastically for the impeachment of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney at its national convention in Washington, DC. The resolution lists more than a dozen high crimes and misdemeanors of the Bush and Cheney administration and "calls upon the U.S. House of Representatives to immediately initiate impeachment proceedings, to investigate the charges, and if the investigation supports the charges, to vote to impeach George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney as provided in the Constitution of the United States of America."

Congressional negotiators reject no-strings funds for Iraq 06 Nov 2007 House and Senate negotiators approved a $459 billion military spending bill on Tuesday, but rejected a Republican bid to provide $70 billion more to continue fighting the war in Iraq without any restrictions. Senior Democrats said they would provide less money for the war, for a shorter time, with certain restrictions that are to be decided in the next few days.

Iraq War Funding to Move Separately From Defense Spending 06 Nov 2007 House and Senate conferees on Tuesday approved a fiscal 2008 spending bill for the 'Defense' Department that does not include funding for operations in Iraq or Afghanistan. Instead, Democratic congressional leaders decided to bring to the floor a separate "bridge fund" bill for war operations that could be as much as $70 billion. The core $459.3 billion Defense spending measure does contain $11.6 billion in emergency funding for vehicles to protect troops in Iraq from improvised explosive devices Bush's corpora-terrorists.

Six U.S. Deaths in Iraq Make 2007 Deadliest Year Since Invasion 07 Nov 2007 Six U.S. military personnel were killed in Iraq, the Army said, making 2007 the deadliest year for American forces in the country since the 2003 invasion. The attacks bring the death toll this year to 850, according to U.S. military data, the highest since 2004 when 846 defense personnel were killed in Iraq.

22 bodies found in mass grave in Iraq 06 Nov 2007 Twenty-two bodies have been discovered in a mass grave north-west of Baghdad, according to the US military. Twenty-five bodies were also found in a mass grave in the same area last month.

Five MPs among up to 50 killed as 'insurgents' switch focus from military to civilian targets --Bomber struck in crowd gathered at sugar factory --Taliban deny carrying out deadly assault [Right, Targeting children? That's a Bush/Blackwater thing.] 07 Nov 2007 A suicide bomber killed up to 50 Afghans yesterday, including five MPs and several children, in one of the bloodiest incidents since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. Reports of the total killed varied widely in the aftermath of the attack in Baghlan, 90 miles north of Kabul... An interior ministry spokesman said that 28 people had died and 59 were injured. But the provincial security chief said a total of 50 bodies had been listed, and warned the figure could rise further.

Private security firms lack supervision in wars: UN 06 Nov 2007 Private security companies operate without supervision or accountability in war zones, including Iraq and Afghanistan, and represent a new form of mercenary activity, a United Nations report said on Tuesday. The United States' reliance on private contractors has fuelled a growing demand for former police and military personnel in developing countries to be recruited as "security guards" who in fact serve as private armed soldiers, it said.

Armed Forces 'are so overstretched they will need a decade to recover' 05 Nov 2007 The Armed Forces are "running on empty", overstretched by the long-running operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a report on the state of the military. "The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have seriously diminished the ability of the Armed Forces to meet future challenges," the think-tank Demos said.

Role playing a nightmare scenario for U.S. energy policy 02 Nov 2007 War in Iran. Gasoline rationing. A military draft. A Chinese takeover of Taiwan. Double-digit inflation and unemployment. The draining of the strategic petroleum reserve. This is where current energy policy is going in the United States, according to a nightmare scenario played out as a policy-making exercise on Thursday by a group of former top government officials.

Crude oil surges to record $98 a barrel in after hours 06 Nov 2007 Crude oil for December delivery climbed to a record $98 a barrel in after hours trading Wednesday, adding to strong gains in the previous session that saw the energy contract into record territory Tuesday. [See: Exxon Mobil: $9.4B profit in 3 months 01 Nov 2007.]

Musharraf's a dictator, says Downer 07 Nov 2007 Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is a dictator, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer says. "He's certainly by certain standards ... a dictator," Mr Downer told ABC TV. "Our message to President Musharraf is to get back on to the path of democracy."

Nomination of Mukasey Sent to Full Senate 06 Nov 2007 The Senate Judiciary Committee this morning endorsed the nomination of [waterboard-waffler] Michael B. Mukasey to be attorney general, virtually assuring his confirmation by the full Senate. The vote was 11 to 8, with two DemocRATs, Senators Charles E. Schumer of New York and Dianne Feinstein of California, joining all nine Republicans on the panel in backing the nominee.

Senate panel moves Mukasey nomination forward 06 Nov 2007 A divided Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved waterboard-waffler Michael Mukasey as U.S. attorney general despite concerns about the retired judge's refusal to denounce simulated drowning as unlawful torture.

US focus on 'terror war' sinks image to all-time low: report 06 Nov 2007 The United States needs to shift from muscle-flexing to alliance-building when it seeks to wield power in the world if it wants to patch up its battered global image, said a report on Tuesday. "America's reputation, standing and influence are at all-time lows, and possibly sinking further," the report by a think-tank commissioned by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said, citing half a dozen opinion polls from around the world.

City high-flyer sues firm over 'Guantanamo detainee' jibes 07 Nov 2007 A City high-flyer who worked on an innovative Islamic policy for a leading British insurer [Royal & Sun Alliance (R&SA)] has brought a claim for racism against the company after he was welcomed to the office as "Guantanamo detainee 948". Anwar Khan, who shares his name with a Afghan man held by the Americans at the Cuban naval base since 2002, says that he was greeted on 18 September by a colleague with the words: "So they have released you from Guantanamo Bay." When Mr Khan logged on to his computer, he opened an email with a link to the Wikipedia page for detainee 948.

FBI Hoped to Follow Falafel Trail to Iranian Terrorists Here 02 Nov 2007 Like Hansel and Gretel hoping to follow their bread crumbs out of the forest, the FBI sifted through customer data collected by San Francisco-area grocery stores in 2005 and 2006, hoping that sales records of Middle Eastern food would lead to Iranian terrorists. The idea was that a spike in, say, falafel sales, combined with other data, would lead to Iranian secret agents in the south San Francisco-San Jose area.

Terrorist jailed over failed July 21 bomb plot 06 Nov 2007 A British terrorist who helped plot the failed suicide bomb attacks on July 21 has been sentenced to nearly seven years in jail. Adel Yahya, 24, a student from Tottenham, North London, admitted collecting information [!] useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

Al-Qaeda recruiting teenagers for UK attacks 07 Nov 2007 al-qaeda [al-Qaeda] is recruiting children as young as 15 to wage a campaign of terrorism in Britain, and the number of terrorists in the country could be as high as 4000, the head of MI5 says. Jonathan Evans used his first speech since becoming director-general of Britain's security service to warn that Islamists were "radicalising, indoctrinating and grooming young, vulnerable people to carry out acts of terrorism".

House Votes to Override Bush Veto --Bill Moves to Senate Next 06 Nov 2007 Congress is one step away from its first override of a veto by President [sic] George W. Bush. Republicans joined Democrats Tuesday in challenging the president over a $23.2 billion water resources bill that addresses pressing infrastructure needs while offering hundreds of home district projects. The vote was 361-54, well over the two-thirds majority needed to negate a presidential veto. The Senate, which approved the bill 81-12 in September, could cast its override vote as early as Wednesday.

Rain Causes Scattered Problems With New Voting Machines 06 Nov 2007 (CT) Rain caused minor problems Tuesday with new optical scan 'voting' machines at polling places in South Windsor, Hartford, and New Britain, Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz said. Voters brushed their paper ballots against wet coats or other wet surfaces, then tried to feed them through voting machines, causing the machines to jam. In those cases, backup machines were pressed into service and voters were allowed to cast their ballots again.

Democrats Win Two Key Senate Races in Virginia --Control of the Senate Still Hinges on a Handful of Races Elsewhere in the State 06 Nov 2007 Democrats won two key state Senate races today -- one in Virginia Beach and one on the Eastern Shore -- in their effort to seize control of the chamber from the Republicans for the first time in a decade.

Another GOPedophile bites the dust: Mascotte Mayor Arrested On Molestation Charges 06 Nov 2007 (FL) Mascotte's mayor is under arrest and facing charges of molesting children. Jeff Krull was taken into custody Monday night on six counts of lewd and lascivious molestation and one count of showing lewd and lascivious material to a minor.

FEMA closing post-Katrina trailer parks 05 Nov 2007 The U.S. government is closing many of the temporary trailer parks in Orleans Parish, La., that were set up for victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Many residents of the trailer parks say they are having trouble finding replacement lodgings at reasonable prices while the Federal Emergency Management Agency closes down the temporary sites, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Monday.

Chicago Police Tasered 82-Year-Old Woman 06 Nov 2007 Chicago's Police Department is investigating an officer's use of a Taser last month on an 82-year-old woman who police say was swinging a hammer when they arrived. Lillian Fletcher was rushed to the hospital after being jolted by the Taser last week, but has since been released, police said Tuesday.

A financial crisis that began in the US is coming to a home near you As American banks admit the billion-dollar scale of their losses, Bank of England Governor warns that the worst is still to come in Britain 07 Nov 2007 No one knows where the bodies are buried. Indeed, no one is quite sure exactly how many bodies there are. But they are out there, and there are plenty of them: underperforming loans, worthless securities and overvalued assets, all safely buried well away from the banks' balance sheets. Buried - but not quite dead.


House Judiciary Committee threatens White House aides with contempt charges 05 Nov 2007 The US House Judiciary Committee submitted a report Monday to the House clerk accusing White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten and former White House legal counsel Harriet Miers of contempt for repeatedly failing to comply with subpoenas relating to the committee's investigation into the US Attorneys firing scandal. In a Monday letter to White House counsel Fred Fielding, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) urged White House officials to comply with subpoenas, warning that they have until November 9 to respond.

U.S. Congress sets ultimatum on subpoenas for White House 05 Nov 2007 The U.S. Congress offered the White House one last chance Monday to comply with subpoenas for documents and testimony from Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers. "I have written to you on eight previous occasions attempting to reach agreement on this matter," House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) wrote in a letter Monday to White House Counsel Fred Fielding. Conyers said he was seeking to resolve the conflict one last time even as he filed a contempt citation with the House. "As we submit the committee's contempt report to the full House, I am writing one more time to seek to resolve this issue on a cooperative basis," he wrote Conyers.

AIPAC subpoenas to put Bush team under scrutiny 04 Nov 2007 Subpoenas issued to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley and other top Bush administration officials could end up shedding unprecedented light on the government's dealings with the pro-Israel lobby and the Bush regime's inner workings.

Former U.S. defense contractor convicted of bribery 06 Nov 2007 A former defense contractor was found guilty Monday of bribing former San Diego Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham with cash, trips, furniture and prostitutes to get government contracts. Brent Wilkes of Poway was convicted of all 13 counts against him, including conspiracy, bribery, money laundering and fraud.

Feds Fight Ruling on Security Letters 05 Nov 2007 The U.S. government on Monday appealed a ruling that it shouldn't be able to get personal phone, e-mail and financial records without a judge's approval, as now allowed under the USA Patriot Act. The decision to appeal the September ruling by U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero prompted the American Civil Liberties Union to put out a release quoting the unidentified plaintiff in the lawsuit. "This seems to be counterintuitive to everything I assumed about this country's commitment to free speech and the value of political discourse." The judge said the NSL statute was so improper that to let it stand might turn the law into "the legislative equivalent of breaking and entering, with an ominous free pass to the hijacking of constitutional values."

Bush readies government by executive order [dictatorship] By Kenneth T. Walsh 02 Nov 2007 [George W. Bush] has ordered his staff to prepare a variety of executive orders and administrative actions that will let him end-run Congress for the remainder of his term. This has been done by presidents before, but Bush's plans seem more extensive. White House officials say that Bush is considering a lengthy series of unilateral actions on [several] hot-button topics...

The presidency is now a criminal conspiracy By Keith Olbermann 05 Nov 2007 Study after study for generation after generation has confirmed that torture gets people to talk, torture gets people to plead, torture gets people to break, but torture does not get them to tell the truth. Of course, Mr. Bush, this isn't a problem if you don't care if the terrorist plots they tell you about are the truth or just something to stop the tormentors from drowning them. If, say, a president simply needed a constant supply of terrorist threats to keep a country scared... Now if that's what this is all about, you tortured not because you're so stupid you think torture produces confession but you tortured because you're smart enough to know it produces really authentic-sounding fiction -- well, then, you're going to need all the lawyers you can find … because that crime wouldn't just mean impeachment, would it? That crime would mean George W. Bush is going to prison... Mr. Bush, in the seven years of your nightmare presidency [sic], this whole string of events has been transformed. From its beginning as the most neglectful protection ever of the lives and safety of the American people ... into the most efficient and cynical exploitation of tragedy for political gain in this country's history ... and, then, to the giddying prospect that you could do what the military fanatics did in Japan in the 1930s and remake a nation into a fascist state so efficient and so self-sustaining that the fascism would be nearly invisible.

Targeting Iran's oil industry could hurt America more [Right, that's why Bush is *doing it.*] 05 Nov 2007 The United States has begun increasing the pressure on Iran's lucrative oil industry, targeting individual firms for one of the first times in the nuclear standoff. But the effort remains limited — mostly because aggressive oil measures could hurt America's economy more than Iran's. The dilemma for the U.S. is clear: Hitting Iran's energy industry with strong sanctions now could cause world oil prices to spike, at a time when they are already at record levels, enriching Tehran and harming the U.S. [*Duh.*]

Scramble to insure against more oil price rises 05 Nov 2007 Energy consumers and speculators are scrambling to take out options contracts to insure themselves against oil prices rising above $100 a barrel – a further sign of growing expectations of a spike in the crude market. Some have even taken out contracts to protect themselves against prices rising to $250 a barrel in the next two years.

Gasoline prices near summer peaks on $95 crude 05 Nov 2007 U.S. retail gasoline prices have rebounded to summertime levels following the five-week bull run that has lifted crude oil prices above $96 per barrel, according to retail surveys released this week. The 17 percent jump in crude prices has pushed U.S. pump prices above $3 per gallon for the first time ever in November.

U.S. imposes sanctions to hinder Syria 05 Nov 2007 The Bush regime, trying to combat Syrian attempts to reassert control over Lebanon's political system, said Monday it was imposing economic sanctions against four people. The Treasury Department announced that it was freezing any assets the four individuals might have in U.S. financial institutions. The action also prohibits any U.S. citizen from engaging in transactions with the four. [Oh, and what was the *US* doing when it invaded *Iraq?* Was the US not trying to "assert control?"]

Bush declares Kurdish militants 'enemy of Turkey ... enemy of Iraq ... enemy of the United States' 05 Nov 2007 Dictator Bush says he has set up a tripartite arrangement for the United States to communicate with Turkey over concerns about the attacks that Kurdish militants are alleged to have mounted from inside northern Iraq. "The PKK's a terrorist organization," Bush says after a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "They're an enemy of Turkey, they're an enemy of Iraq and they're an enemy of the United States." [And Bush is an enemy of the human race.]

Bush pledges to stop PKK in bid to stave off Turkish attack on Iraq 06 Nov 2007 The threat of a full-scale Turkish invasion of northern Iraq seemed to recede yesterday, as President [sic] Bush pledged that Washington would do all in its power to stop the PKK Kurdish independence movement from launching cross-border attacks into Turkey from Iraqi Kurdistan.

$72M Iraqi Police Barracks Go Unrepaired 06 Nov 2007 More than a year after the Parsons Corporation, the American contracting giant, promised Congress that it would fix the disastrous plumbing and shoddy construction in barracks the company built at the Baghdad police academy, the ceilings are still stained with excrement, parts of the structures are crumbling and sections of the buildings are unusable because the toilets are filthy and nonfunctioning. The project, where United States inspectors found giant cracks snaking through newly built walls and human waste dripping from ceilings, became one of the most visible examples of a $45 billion American reconstruction program that is widely seen as a failure. The structures were refurbished or built from scratch at an overall cost of $72 million in American taxpayer money.

Air Force grounds F-15s in Afghanistan after Missouri crash 05 Nov 2007 A mandatory grounding of Air Force F-15s has been expanded to cover those flying combat missions over Afghanistan after a crash in Missouri last week, Air Force officials said Monday.

Israeli police who impersonated reporters to arrest a man condemned by media agencies 05 Nov 2007 Israeli police disguised themselves as a TV news crew in order to arrest a wanted Palestinian, provoking an outcry from critics who said the sting threatened to put the lives of newspeople at risk.

Climate change threatens national security -report 05 Nov 2007 Climate change could end globalization by 2040 as nations look inward to conserve scarce resources and conflicts flare when refugees flee rising seas and drought, national security experts warned on Monday. Scarcity could dictate the terms of international relations, according to Leon Fuerth of George Washington University, one of the report's authors.

Pharma/agri-terrorists are moving beyond vaccine as murder weapon: Brazilian land activist killed in dispute over experimental GM farm 05 Nov 2007 When a Brazilian peasant organiser led a group of landless farmers on to a European-owned farm last month he was making an environmental protest as well as seeking farmland for about 20 families to cultivate. Within hours, Valmir Mota de Oliveira, 42, and known as "Keno" would be dead, killed execution-style by two shots to the chest [by Syngenta's NF Security]. Keno died trying to stop the development of a research farm for genetically modified soya and corn next to the environmentally sensitive Iguacu National Park, becoming in the process a martyr for the anti-GM movement. For Syngenta, which was formed from an alliance of Novartis and Astra Zenica, the episode has turned into nightmare of accusation and counter-accusation amid suspicion that it gave free rein to an armed militia to protect its lands as it develops [deadly] GM corn and maize seed for the expanding Brazilian market.

Plans for crackdown on terrorism on the web 06 Nov 2007 The European Commission is to announce plans to make using the Internet to promote acts of terrorism a criminal offence. The measures will criminalise anything on the web that amounts to training for terrorism or incitement to commit terrorist acts, including guides to bomb and weapons assembly. The European Commission proposal warns that the Internet is one of the principal boosters of the processes of radicalisation and recruitment. [Start reading.]

'Al-Qaeda grooming children to attack Britain' Al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] is actively "grooming" children and young people to carry out attacks in Britain, the head of the country's domestic intelligence service said. Jonathan Evans, in his first public speech since becoming MI5 chief in April, said Britain was facing "the most immediate and acute peacetime threat" that his century-old agency has ever known.

EU seeks new tools to fight terrorism 05 Nov 2007 The EU's 27 states must collect data on air travellers and crack down on militant Web sites to better fight terrorism, the bloc's executive Commission will say on Tuesday after a new warning on the risk posed by al Qaeda [al-CIAduh].

Anger as EU plans to store airline passengers' personal details for 13 years 05 Nov 2007 The European Union's top justice official is due to unveil controversial plans that will allow the EU to store personal details of airline passengers for 13 years. It would give police in all European countries long-term access to millions of e-mail addresses, telephone numbers and payment details as part of an 'anti-terror drive', according to a copy of the plan.

Alleged 'Toronto 17' terrorist granted bail 04 Nov 2007 The oldest alleged member of the so-called "Toronto 17" group has been granted bail. Qayyum Jamal, a 44-year-old labourer from Mississauga, was arrested in June, 2006, as police accused young Muslims in their teens and early 20s of hatching a terrorist bomb plot against targets in Toronto.

Election Workers Plead No Contest In Recount-Rigging Case --Workers Rigged 2004 Presidential Recount in Ohio 05 Nov 2007 The case against two elections workers charged with rigging a recount during the 2004 presidential election coup in Cleveland was settled Monday. Prosecutors said Jacqueline Maiden and Kathleen Dreamer rigged the recount to avoid a more thorough hand-count. [See: Coup 2004.]

Ron Paul Raises More Than $4M on Guy Fawkes Day 06 Nov 2007 Historians and British schoolchildren remember Guy Fawkes as the Roman Catholic, anti-Protestant rebel who on Nov. 5, 1605, tried to assassinate King James I by blowing up the Parliament. Supporters of the Republican primary campaign of the libertarian Representative Ron Paul may remember Fawkes as a wildly successful fund-raising gimmick. On Monday, a group of Paul supporters helped raised more than $4.07 million in one day. Many fans of Mr. Paul know of the day primarily through a movie based on the futuristic graphic novel "V for Vendetta," in which a terrorist freedom fighter modeled after Fawkes battles a fascist government that has taken over Britain.

Crash is coming, warns top investor 04 Nov 2007 The man responsible for investing $41 billion of the State's money has warned mum-and-dad investors to prepare for a massive sharemarket crash. He says a dramatic downturn is inevitable as the rapid rate of investment is unsustainable, and the repercussions of the $300 billion subprime lending crisis in the US are yet to be felt fully.


MI5: Two thousand terrorists pose threat in Britain 06 Nov 2007 The new head of British security service MI5 Jonathan Evans said on Monday that there are at least 2,000 people in Britain who pose a threat to national security because of their support for terrorism. In his first public speech, made in Manchester, since taking the job in April, Evans said there had been a rise of 400 since November 2006 and some are young as 15.

MI5 head warns of child 'terror grooming' 05 Nov 2007 Children living in Britain are being "groomed" by al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] to carry out terrorist attacks in the UK, the head of MI5 has warned. Giving his first public speech since becoming director-general in April, Jonathan Evans said al-Qaeda is waging a "deliberate campaign" against the UK.

'Labour's plans for 90-day detention echo the power of apartheid police' 05 Nov 2007 Gordon Brown has been warned by a veteran of the South African anti-apartheid movement that he must withdraw plans to extend detention without charge or face a parliamentary battle royal. Sir Sydney Kentridge, the civil rights lawyer who represented Nelson Mandela and the family of Steve Biko, said there was no evidence to justify holding terror suspects beyond the current 28-day limit... Geoffrey Vos QC, the chairman of the Bar, also voiced concerns about the balance to be struck between national security and human rights. But his criticism was mostly aimed at America. He told the conference: "Muslim countries are not impressed with being told that they should adhere to the democratic principles of human rights and the rule of law by a nation that interns people without trial in Guantanamo."

ID cards plan behind schedule and soaring in cost, say critics 05 Nov 2007 The Government's plan to bring in identity cards is running behind schedule and the cost is soaring, according to critics. Ministers have revealed they have spent £69m on opening 59 passport interview centres that will form the core of the ID registration network.

Pentagon sends home 11 Guantanamo captives 05 Nov 2007 The Pentagon has sent home 11 more captives from its Guantanamo Bay detention centre in southeast Cuba - eight to Afghanistan and three to Jordan. A US Department of Defence statement released on Sunday did not name the men and it was not immediately possible to discover their identities through independent sources.

NSA Sought Data Before 9/11 By Shane Harris 02 Nov 2007 Beginning in February 2001, almost seven months before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the government's top electronic eavesdropping organization, the National Security Agency, asked a major U.S. telecommunications carrier for information about its customers and the flow of electronic traffic across its network, according to sources familiar with the request. The carrier, Qwest Communications, refused, believing that the request was illegal unless accompanied by a court order.

West opposes legal investigation of Iran nuclear dossier: expert 05 Nov 2007 The U.S. and some European countries are by no means willing the Iranian nuclear dossier to be investigated through a "legal channel", international expert Davud Hermidas Bavand said here on Saturday.

No evidence of Iranian nuclear-weapons program, experts say 03 Nov 2007 Despite President [sic] Bush's claims that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons that could trigger ''World War III,'' experts in and out of government say there's no conclusive evidence that Tehran has an active nuclear-weapons program.

Blackwater evades U.S. taxes with 'small business' classification 05 Nov 2007 The Small Business Administration has found itself in the middle of the controversy over Blackwater USA, the private security company under fire for its actions in Iraq. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., is raising questions about whether Blackwater is evading U.S. taxes by classifying its armed guards terrorists who are working in Iraq under contract to the State Department as independent contractors instead of employees. Businesses do not have to pay payroll taxes or unemployment taxes or withhold income taxes for independent contractors.

Come to work in Baghdad, pleads US mission 05 Nov 2007 Diplomats at the American embassy in Baghdad on Monday pleaded to their state department colleagues back home to come to work in Iraq -- a posting seen as one of the most dangerous in the world. "There are all kinds of opportunities here," said Patricia Butenis, the deputy chief of the US mission. "There are people who think we live under a constant barrage of mortar attacks, but it isn't that way all the time."

Dutch soldier killed in Afghanistan 05 Nov 2007 A 21-year-old Dutch soldier was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday, bringing the Dutch death toll in the Asian country to 12, Dutch media reported Monday.

U.S. Is Likely to Continue Military Aid to Pakistan 05 Nov 2007 The Bush regime signaled Sunday that it would probably continue to keep billions of dollars flowing to Pakistan's military, despite the detention of human rights advocates and leaders of the political opposition by Gen. Pervez Musharraf, the country’s president.

As many as 3,500 detained in Pakistan 05 Nov 2007 As international pressure mounted, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said Monday he would give up his military role and become a civilian leader as soon as the political situation allows. Opposition groups said 3,500 have been detained nationwide since the Musharraf suspended the constitution and imposed martial law on Saturday. The government put the number at around half that... Benazir Bhutto, who took power in a 1999 coup and is also head of Pakistan's army, has been a vital U.S. ally in the war on [of] terror.

Pakistan police beat up lawyers 05 Nov 2007 Police have baton-charged a rally by Pakistani lawyers protesting outside the High Court in Karachi against the state of emergency martial law, lawyers say. "Police beat lawyers with batons as they came to the High Court in the morning," Akhtar Hussain, a former president of the Sindh High Court Bar Association, told Reuters news agency. "Many of them have been arrested." Senior lawyer Akhtar Hussain told the AFP news agency that police had detained "some 50 lawyers" and "whisked them away in waiting vans". Police also "mercilessly beat" half a dozen lawyers who were chanting anti-government slogans at a court in the city of Rawalpindi, lawyer Mudassir Saeed told AFP.

Pakistan Moves Against Opposition, News Media --Critics call crackdown, emergency ruling "a second coup," with General Musharraf taking over the government of President Musharraf. 05 Nov 2007 Pakistan's government on Sunday executed a nationwide crackdown on the political opposition, the news media and the courts, one day after President Pervez Musharraf imposed emergency rule martial law and suspended the constitution. Police throughout the country raided the homes of opposition party leaders and activists, arresting at least 500. Top lawyers were also taken into custody, and 70 activists were detained at the offices of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in the eastern city of Lahore.

Musharraf snubbed Brown and Rice on emergency rule 05 Nov 2007 President Pervez Musharraf gave a firm commitment to Gordon Brown and Condoleezza Rice that he would hold elections on schedule by January just before imposing a state of emergency martial law, it emerged yesterday. But hours later his government suggested he might renege on that pledge.

Top US legal adviser refuses to rule out torture technique --Aide to Rice declines to denounce waterboarding 05 Nov 2007 The top legal adviser within the US state department, who counsels the secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, on international law, has declined to rule out the use of the interrogation technique known as waterboarding even if it were applied by foreign intelligence services on US citizens. John Bellinger refused to denounce the technique, which has been condemned by human rights groups as a form of torture, during a debate on the Bush administration's stance on international law held by Guardian America, the Guardian's US website. He said he would not include or exclude any technique without first considering whether it violated the convention on torture.

Gag me with a chainsaw: Judge Mukasey has my vote --The attorney general nominee's answers on torture are clear, and he will rise to the challenges of the job. By Dianne Feinstein 03 Nov 2007 I believe that Judge Mukasey is the best nominee we are going to get from this administration and that voting him down would only perpetuate acting and recess appointments, allowing the White House to avoid the transparency that confirmation hearings provide and to diminish effective oversight by Congress... Our nation needs a strong and independent attorney general, and I believe that Judge Mukasey will rise to the challenge.

Mukasey Is (Much) Worse Than Gonzales By John Nichols 04 Nov 2007 George Bush's nominee to replace disgraced former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, retired Federal Judge Michael B. Mukasey, must be rejected by the Senate Judiciary Committee for the same reason that Gonzales should have been rejected in 2005. Like Gonzales, Mukasey refuses to accept that the president of the United States must abide by the laws of the land, beginning with the Constitution.

US Air crew members fall ill, taken to hospital --Flight returned after crew, passengers complained of sulfur-type odor 05 Nov 2007 Five US Airways crew members aboard a flight from Washington were taken to a hospital Monday after suddenly becoming ill. The crew and passengers had complained about a sulfur-type odor after the flight left Ronald Reagan-Washington National Airport, so the flight returned to the airport and the plane was swapped out for another.

5 Crew Members Became Sick on Flight From Washington to Boston 05 Nov 2007 Five U.S. Airways crew members became sick on a flight from Washington to Boston on Monday, after they had earlier complained of a bothersome odor on another plane. Crew members and passengers on Flight 2022 had reported some odor after a plane left Ronald Reagan-Washington National Airport, so the flight returned to the airport.

Survey contradicts 'vote' machine firm's failure rate claim 03 Nov 2007 A leading 'voting' machine manufacturer [Diebold Inc.] said some of its 25,000 optical scan readers used locally and throughout the nation have developed a problem that causes memory card failures during elections. In Volusia County during the November 2006 election, 11 of 249 optical scan memory cards had to be replaced, according to a county report. In Flagler County, one of 51 cards failed.

Ohio Cities Buying Up Foreclosed Homes For $1 Each 04 Nov 2007 Under a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program, cities in Ohio may buy unsold foreclosed homes for $1 each. Through the program, any foreclosed home that HUD has unsuccessfully listed for sale for longer than six months is available for city purchase.

Shocking: 18 Years on and Exxon Still Won't Pay $2.5 Billion for Valdez Oil Spill --And now the Supreme Court has agreed to hear Exxon try to explain why it shouldn't pay. By Riki Ott 05 Nov 2007 The Supreme Court's recent decision to hear ExxonMobil's reasons to void the $2.5 billion punitive award in the Exxon Valdez case hit the town of Cordova, Alaska, hard.

Hollywood writers go on strike after talks fail --Guild to picket every major studio over Internet revenue, DVD profits 05 Nov 2007 The first walkout by Hollywood writers in nearly 20 years got under way Monday with noisy pickets outside the "Today" show — a strike that threatens to disrupt everything from late-night talk shows to soap operas. A giant, inflated rat [LOL!] was put on display Monday as about 40 people in Rockefeller Center shouted, "No contract, no shows!"

Police Officer Admits to Using Internet to Entice 11-Year-Old Into Sex 05 Nov 2007 (CT) An East Windsor police officer admitted Monday morning that he used the Internet to try entice a pre-teen into sex. Officer Darren Seligman delivered his statement of guilt during a hearing in federal court in Hartford.

Extinctions Linked to Hotter Temperatures 23 Oct 2007 Whenever the world's tropical seas warm several degrees, Earth has experienced mass extinctions over millions of years, according to a first-of-its-kind statistical study of fossil records. And scientists fear it may be about to happen again -- but in a matter of several decades, not tens of millions of years.


2007 death toll nears highest for US forces in Iraq 04 Nov 2007 With just under two months left in the year, 2007 is on course to be the deadliest year on record for American forces in Iraq, despite a recent sharp drop in U.S. deaths. At least 847 American military personnel have died in Iraq so far this year -- the second-highest annual toll since the war began in March 2003, according to Associated Press figures.

Administration Weighs Plan to Close Guantánamo 04 Nov 2007 Administration officials are considering granting Guantánamo prisoners substantially greater rights as part of an effort to close the detention center and possibly move much of its population to the United States, according to officials involved in the discussions. Some officials say that enhancing prisoners' rights could also help the administration strategically, by undercutting a case brought by suspects at Guantánamo that is now before the Supreme Court, which could wind up winning them even more power to challenge their detention.

U.S. weighs plan for closing Guantanamo: NY Times 03 Nov 2007 Bush regime officials are weighing a plan that would grant detainees at Guantanamo Bay greater rights, as part of an effort to close the facility and possibly move some of the prisoners to U.S. locations, The New York Times reported in Sunday editions.

Feingold to vote against attorney general nominee --But Senate panel appears likely to confirm Mukasey 04 Nov 2007 Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold said Saturday that he will vote against attorney general nominee Michael Mukasey, saying he was troubled by Mukasey's views on the power of the presidency.

Specter says he will back AG nominee 04 Nov 2007 The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Sunday he is bothered by Michael Mukasey's refusal to say whether waterboarding is torture but will support his nomination for attorney general anyway.

Defector behind Iraq lies to be unmasked 05 Nov 2007 The Iraqi defector [Cheney troll, Rafid Ahmed Alwan] whose fabricated account of Baghdad's biological weapons program was crucial to the US case for war was to be identified on American TV as an accused thief and failed chemical engineering student.

Whistleblowers claim KBR fraud ignored 04 Nov 2007 Barrington "Barry" Godfrey of Houston tried to get mega-contractor KBR to quit overcharging the government for thousands of troops he said the company never fed. He alleges he was forced out for raising the issue, and that the inJustice Department tried unsuccessfully to keep his allegations secret and then refused to join him in a whistleblower suit.

Iraqi official gunned down in Baghdad 04 Nov 2007 Two carloads of [Blackwater] gunmen ambushed a top aide to Iraq's Finance Ministry on Sunday in Baghdad, killing him and his driver, police said. The two were among 15 people killed or found dead in Iraq.

Iran-IAEA cooperation successful: official 04 Nov 2007 Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency have had a successful cooperation, Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Undersecretary for International Affairs, Javad Vaeedi, said here on Saturday.

Report: US okayed wide-scale Gaza operation 03 Nov 2007 The American administration has given a "green light" for a wide-scale Israeli military operation in Gaza, Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar reported Saturday, quoting diplomatic sources. The sources added that "Washington's approval undermines the negotiations for an Israeli-Palestinian agreement ahead of the Annapolis peace conference."

More headless bodies found in war zone 04 Nov 2007 Beheaded bodies of two Afghans have been found in Rafhidan district of central Afghanistan's Ghazni province. The local police chief says a man and a woman were abducted by unknown people [Blackwater terrorists] about three days ago in Rafhidan district and their bodies were found Friday afternoon in the area.

Canadian soldier hurt by blast in Afghanistan 03 Nov 2007 A Canadian soldier was injured yesterday when an explosion rocked a Leopard tank in Arghandab district, a region north of Kandahar city where Canadian and Afghan forces pushed back a major Taliban offensive this week.

Emergency may delay Pakistan poll 04 Nov 2007 Planned elections in Pakistan could be delayed by up to a year after President Pervez Musharraf's imposition of emergency rule martial law, the country's PM says.

Musharraf Consolidates His Control With Arrests 04 Nov 2007 About 500 opposition party workers, lawyers and human rights activists were arrested today as the government of General Pervez Musharraf tried to consolidate its control after imposing emergency rule martial law.

Pakistan emergency orders set to backfire 04 Nov 2007 Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's bid to cling to power is set to backfire badly, destabilising a key US ally, spawning new militant attacks and straining relations with the army, analysts have said.

Arms makers winning war 'on' terrorism 04 Nov 2007 Arms manufacturers are making record profits from the war on [of] terrorism and unprecedented spending on weapons programs. The massive earnings have drawn condemnation from Australian defence experts, who say expensive weapons such as jet fighters, warships and satellites are not the way to combat terrorism.

Marine recruiters busted in exam fraud --Stand-ins took test required of 15 marginal enlistees 01 Nov 2007 Nine Marine Corps recruiters who worked in the Houston area were punished for using fraudulent stand-ins to take military-entrance exams for prospective recruits who might not otherwise measure up, the military confirmed Wednesday.

Pirates leave ships under US Navy escort 04 Nov 2007 Somali pirates gave up control of two ships hijacked months earlier and U.S. Navy escorted the boats to safer waters Sunday as it stepped up efforts to bring security to the seas off the chaotic Horn of Africa nation.

Habib loses appeal for Aussie passport 02 Nov 2007 Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mamdouh Habib has lost his legal bid before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) to regain his Australian passport. Mr Habib's passport was revoked following an ASIO assessment that he remained a potential security threat, and the AAT has ruled this would not be overturned.

E.U. Seeks Data on American Passengers --Airlines Would Report Personal Details of Europe-Bound Travelers 04 Nov 2007 American travelers' personal data would for the first time be exported to all European Union states by airline carriers flying to Europe under a proposal to be announced this week. The data, including names, telephone numbers, credit card information and travel itinerary, would be sent to E.U. member states so they could assess passenger risk for counterterrorism purposes, according to a draft copy obtained by The Washington Post.

PNR (passenger name record) scheme proposed to place under surveillance all travel in and out of the EU 01 Nov 2007 The European Commission is to put forward, on Tuesday 6 November, a proposal to collect personal data (PNR) on everyone flying in and out of the EU. The data to be collected are almost exactly the same as that being collected under the controversial EU-US PNR scheme.

State to pursue probe of NSA access to phone records 01 Nov 2007 Vermont will continue pressing forward with its investigation of a surveillance agency's access to customer information from phone companies, despite federal opposition and a pending court decision that could affect the case.

Hawaii school board favors locker searches --Board to allow locker searches "with or without cause" 02 Nov 2007 The state Board of Education last night moved a step closer toward approving a controversial proposal to allow suspicionless searches of student lockers on public school campuses solely at the discretion of principals and school administrators.

WHO Chief Warns Threat of Bird Flu Pandemic Still Real 02 Nov 2007 "The risk of an [a US-created] avian influenza pandemic is still with us," World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Margaret Chan warned Friday, saying a pandemic is still possible.

Coup 2008: Cheney: GOP will win in '08 02 Nov 2007 Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney this afternoon said he is convinced that a Republican candidate will win the 2008 presidential election, but declined to say who he thinks is the favorite. "I frankly think a Republican will win the '08 election. There's no question in my mind," Mr. Cheney said during an interview with a conservative radio-show host in Dallas, Texas.

Poll Finds Americans Pessimistic, Want Change --War, Economy, Politics Sour Views of Nation's Direction 04 Nov 2007 One year out from the 2008 election, Americans are deeply pessimistic and eager for a change in direction from the agenda and priorities of President [sic] Bush, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Just 24 percent think the nation is on the right track, and three-quarters said they want the next president to chart a course that is different than that pursued by Bush.

Obama calls Bush's leadership catastrophic --Democrat criticizes rival Clinton’s calculated politics 03 Nov 2007 Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama told voters Saturday that in the wake of President [sic] Bush’s "catastrophic failure of leadership" the nation needs a candid leader like himself, not rival Hillary Rodham Clinton’s calculated politics.

N. Hampshire flips to Democrats --Granite State was once rock of GOP 04 Nov 2007 A Democratic surge, fueled by anger at President [sic] Bush and the Iraq war, ousted Republicans from county clerks to congressmen. New Hampshire's two GOP House members both lost, the state legislature turned Democratic for the first time since 1874 and Hopkinton sent three Democrats to the legislature for the first time.

Thompson Adviser Sold Drugs --Cocaine-trafficker, conspirator was picked by Thompson to raise seed money for his White House bid 04 Nov 2007 Republican presidential candidate Fred D. Thompson has been crisscrossing the country since early this summer on a private jet lent to him by a businessman and close adviser [Philip Martin] who has a criminal record for drug dealing.

Prostates and Prejudices By Paul Krugman 02 Nov 2007 For generations, conservatives have denounced every attempt to ensure that Americans receive needed health care, from Medicare to S-chip, as "socialized medicine." ...Mr. Giuliani’s false claims about prostate cancer -- which he has, by the way, continued to repeat, along with some fresh false claims about breast cancer -- should be a major political scandal. As far as I can tell, however, they aren’t being treated that way. To be fair, there has been some news coverage of the prostate affair. But it’s only a tiny fraction of the coverage received by Hillary’s laugh and John Edwards’s haircut... Memo to editors: If a candidate says something completely false, it’s not "in dispute." It’s not the case that "Democrats say" they’re not advocating British-style socialized medicine; they aren’t.

Top US analyst hits back after death threats over Citigroup downgrade 03 Nov 2007 Meredith Whitney, the analyst who prompted a $369 billion (£177 billion) plunge in the value of US shares on Thursday by issuing a negative note on Citigroup, hit out at Wall Street’s culture of intimidation yesterday after receiving several death threats from investors in the bank.

Fed has biggest day of injections since Sept 2001 01 Nov 2007 The U.S. Federal Reserve added a total of $41 billion in temporary reserves to the banking system on Thursday, the biggest single day of such injections since September 2001.

Study: Gas prices up 16 cents in 2 weeks 04 Nov 2007 The national average price for gasoline rose about 16 cents over the last two weeks, according to a survey released Sunday.

Mines blamed for threat to water supply 05 Nov 2007 Unrestricted underground coal mining south of Sydney is cracking riverbeds, draining swamps and putting the city's water supply at risk, experts say.

Climate wars threaten billions --More than 100 countries face political chaos and mass migration in global warming catastrophe 04 Nov 2007 A total of 46 nations and 2.7 billion people are now at high risk of being overwhelmed by armed conflict and war because of climate change. A further 56 countries face political destabilisation, affecting another 1.2 billion individuals.

Decline of the polar bear 31 Oct 2007 The most dire predictions project two-thirds of the world's polar bears will disappear altogether by 2050 if sea ice decline continues on its present trajectory. Arctic sea ice is projected to shrink 40% by 2050.


CLG: 'D.C. Madam' Seeks Subpoenas for Senator Vitter and Harlan Ullman --By Lori Price 02 Nov 2007 Citizens for Legitimate Government has learned that subpoenas for Senator David Vitter and Harlan Ullman, former customers of Paula Neble, an independent-contractor escort of Ms. Palfrey's escort service, have been sought for a November 28, 2007 hearing.

Blackwater to 'sniff out intelligence about natural disasters' --Blackwater's Owner Has Spies for Hire 03 Nov 2007 First it became a brand name in security for its work war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now it's taking on intelligence. The Prince Group, the holding company that owns Blackwater Worldwide, has been building an operation that will sniff out intelligence about create 'natural' disasters, business-friendly governments, overseas regulations and global political developments for clients in industry and government. [Soon, we'll need an army to take on Blackwater. This terrorist group is growing faster than the Third Reich. --Lori Price]

'The directions changed and I got my marching orders from the President of the United States.' Dunlavey: Guantanamo orders came straight from Bush, Rumsfeld 02 Nov 2007 When military investigators questioned Erie County Judge Michael E. Dunlavey about reported prisoner abuse during his tenure at the Guantanamo Bay camp for suspected terrorists, Dunlavey told them he got his "marching orders" from President [sic] Bush, according to a new book ["Administration of Torture: A Documentary Record from Washington to Abu Ghraib and Beyond,"] about U.S. policies regarding torture.

Bush Defends Mukasey, Chastises Senate Democrats 03 Nov 2007 President [sic] George W. Bush defended Michael B. Mukasey, the nominee for U.S. attorney general, and chastised Senate Democrats for slowing his confirmation.

Justice Nominee Gets 2 Key Votes From Democrats 03 Nov 2007 The confirmation of Michael B. Mukasey as attorney general appeared to be all but certain on Friday after two key DemocRATs on the Senate Judiciary Committee [Dianne Feinstein, CA and Charles E. Schumer, NY] announced they would support the nomination despite complaints over Mr. Mukasey’s refusal to clarify his views on what amounts to torture.

Iraqi weapons 'expert' unmasked as a fraud 03 Nov 2007 The Iraqi defector CIA troll [Rafid Ahmed Alwan] whose claims regarding Saddam Hussein's biological warfare capabilities were central to the US government's case for the 2003 invasion, despite repeated warnings that they were dubious, has been unmasked by a television documentary.

At Army Base, Bush Boosts Iraq War 03 Nov 2007 President [sic] Bush, invoking the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as he has many times before, contended Friday that Iraq is the central front in the struggle against extremism, telling a supportive military crowd at this Army post that it is imperative to continue fighting the increasingly unpopular war.

Bomb kills female U.S. soldier in Iraq 03 Nov 2007 The U.S. military said Saturday that a female soldier was killed by a roadside bomb south of Baghdad -- at least the 90th woman service member to die since the start of the Iraq war.

US warns Turkey against military strike on Kurds 02 Nov 2007 The US today acknowledged the need for an effective strategy against Kurdish fighters, but warned against Turkish military moves that could destabilise northern Iraq.

Bush broke promises to Turkey, says former envoy 02 Nov 2007 The retired general who served as George Bush's special envoy to deal with the Kurdistan Workers' party (PKK) today said the US has failed to keep its promises to Turkey to confront the Kurdish group.

U.S. says plans new talks soon with Iran on Iraq 03 Nov 2007 U.S. ambassador to Baghdad Ryan Crocker said on Saturday he expected to meet his Iranian counterparts most likely in the next few weeks to discuss Iraq.

U.S. sees decline in 'Iran-linked' bombs found in Iraq 01 Nov 2007 The number of armor-piercing bombs in Iraq that the United States says have been provided by Iran US military contractors has declined in the past few months, a senior U.S. commander said on Thursday.

Infighting among NATO members snarls Afghan mission, ex-commander says 02 Nov 007 Chaos and competing goals among NATO nations involved in Afghanistan are preventing progress there, according to the British general [Sir David Richards] who commanded the Afghan mission until February. [Right, Bush bin Laden's goal is to increase opium production and to grow al-CIAduh, to justify the war of terror.]

Warlord's death evokes CIA's Golden days in the heroin trade 31 Oct 2007 The death of Burmese warlord Khun Sa severs one of the few remaining links between Washington's Central Intelligence Agency and the trafficking of heroin out of Southeast Asia's famed Golden Triangle... In one of the CIA's more foul operations, its agents used its Air America airline to fly out Golden Triangle heroin. The drug was sold to corrupt South Vietnamese and Thai politicians who then peddled it to GIs in South Vietnam and a booming population of addicts in America.

Australian soldier wounded in Afghanistan 03 Nov 2007 An Australian soldier [Sgt Michael Lyddiard] has been seriously wounded by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

Ranchers Angry Over Army Site's Expansion --Pentagon Considers Pinon Canyon Area Vital for Training 04 Nov 2007 (Walsenburg, CO) The U.S. Army wants 418,000 acres of private ranch land, tripling the size of its Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site... The 1,000-square-mile facility would be 15 times the size of Washington. Military planners foresee a need for 5 million more acres of training facilities by 2011.

Musharraf Declares Emergency Rule 04 Nov 2007 The Pakistani leader, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, declared a state of emergency on Saturday night, suspending the country's Constitution, blacking out all independent television news reports and filling the streets of the capital with police officers and soldiers [much like Bush's US].

Key excerpts of Pakistan Musharraf's emergency order 03 Nov 2007 Pakistan military President Pervez Musharraf imposed emergency rule on Saturday, citing mounting militant attacks and interference by members of the judiciary. (Key text excerpts)

al-Qaida's No. 2 Threatens Libya [So many al-Qaida number 2s - so little time!] 03 Nov 2007 Al-Qaida's [547,798th] No. 2 figure harshly criticized Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in a new audio tape Saturday, accusing him of being an enemy of Islam and threatening a wave of attacks against the North African country because it improved relations with the U.S.

Furl the Flag: Sarkozy's bad week By Gamal Nkrumah 25 Oct 2007 As if his marital challenges were not enough cause for concern, "Sarco the Sayan" has suddenly emerged as the most infamous accolade of French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The influential French daily Le Figaro last week revealed that the French leader once worked for -- and perhaps still does, it hinted -- Israeli intelligence as a sayan (Hebrew for helper), one of the thousands of Jewish citizens of countries other than Israel who cooperate with the katsas (Mossad case-officers).

Roadblock for Telecom Immunity --Senate Judiciary Leaders Resist Leniency for Surveillance 01 Nov 2007 In a blow to the Bush regime, the Senate Judiciary Committee's top Democrat and Republican expressed reluctance yesterday to granting blanket immunity to telecommunications carriers sued for assisting the government's warrantless surveillance program.

Arizona nuclear plant normal after pipe bomb found 02 Nov 2007 The Palo Verde nuclear power plant, the largest in the United States, was sealed off for much of Friday after guards found a pipe bomb in a [contract] worker's truck as he tried to enter the facility, officials said. The lock-down of the plant, about 50 miles (80 km) west of Phoenix, Arizona, was lifted on Friday afternoon.

Bush bin Laden facilitating his next attack on the US: DHS Relaxes Chemical Plant Storage Rules 03 Nov 2007 The Department of Homeland Security yesterday eased rules requiring tens of thousands of U.S. chemical plants to protect their stockpiles from terrorists, pleasing chemical industry lobbyists but disappointing environmentalists and some Democratic lawmakers, who said they will beef up requirements next year. [Yeah, right! The DemocRATs will roll over for Bush, as they always do.]

TSA Tipped Off Screeners About Security Test --In E-Mail to Airport Staff, Agency Official Relayed Alert on Undercover Agents 03 Nov 2007 The Transportation Security Administration promotes its programs to ensure security by using undercover operatives to test its airport screeners. In one instance, however, the agency thwarted such a test by alerting screeners across the country that it was under way, even providing descriptions of the undercover agents.

Senators want explanation for $100 million markup in passport fees 02 Nov 2007 First, Americans endured exasperating delays and ruined vacations from passport processing backlogs. Now, a congressional investigation indicates they may have been overcharged, too -- perhaps by more than $100 million a year. Sens. Byron Dorgan, D-North Dakota, and Charles Schumer, D-New York, said the State Department and Postal Service quietly gouged U.S. citizens over the government's $97 passport fees, even as new 'anti'-terrorism laws require more travelers to carry passports. They are asking the Bush regime for an accounting of where the passport profits go. [nto Cheney's corpora-terrorist cronies' pockets].

Open Access to Research Funded by U.S. Is at Issue 01 Nov 2007 At issue [with the 2008 Department of Health and Human Services appropriations bill] is whether scientists funded by the National Institutes of Health should be required to publish the results of their research solely in journals that promise to make the articles available free within a year after publication. The idea is that consumers should not have to buy expensive scientific journal subscriptions -- or be subject to pricey per-page charges for nonsubscribers -- to see the results of research they have already paid for with their taxes.

Sugar Industry Expands Influence --Donations Spread Beyond Farm Areas 03 Nov 2007 When U.S. sugar farmers needed help this summer defending a $1 billion, 10-year subsidy plan in a new House farm bill, they found it in some surprising places. The expected effect of the House pro-sugar provisions and similar legislation in the Senate would be to keep the domestic price of sugar well above world levels. The Government Accountability Office has estimated that the sugar program costs consumers and food processors between $1 billion and $2 billion annually in higher prices for sugar and a vast array of products that contain it. Meanwhile, the new sugar subsidy would cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars a year, according to economists and U.S. officials.

Smithsonian Questions $5 Million In Oil Money --Donation Intended For Ocean Exhibit 03 Nov 2007 The Smithsonian Institution has taken the rare step of putting on hold a $5 million donation from the American Petroleum Institute after two members of the museum complex's Board of Regents, including a U.S. senator, balked at accepting oil-industry money for a major initiative on the world's oceans.

Cargill recalls 1 million pounds of beef amid e coli concerns 03 Nov 2007 The giant agribusiness company Cargill Inc. said Saturday it is recalling more than 1 million pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.


'USAF struck Syrian nuclear site' 02 Nov 2007 The September 6 raid over Syria was carried out by the US Air Force, the Al-Jazeera Web site reported Friday. The Web site quoted Israeli and Arab sources as saying that two US jets armed with tactical nuclear weapons carried out an attack on a suspected nuclear site under construction. The sources were quoted as saying that Israeli F-15 and F-16 jets provided cover for the US planes.

Fake story may have started the Iraq war 01 Nov 2007 It is possible a fabricated story of biological weapons drove the U.S argument for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. U.S television network CBS says it has identified an Iraqi defector [CIA troll] named Rafid Ahmed Alwan, who gave intelligence information to German and U.S investigators.

Faulty Intel Source "Curve Ball" Revealed --60 Minutes: Iraqi's Fabricated Story of Biological Weapons Aided U.S. Arguments For Invasion 01 Nov 2007 '60 Minutes' has identified the man [Rafid Ahmed Alwan] whose fabricated story of Iraqi biological weapons drove the U.S. argument for invading Iraq. It has also obtained video of "Curve Ball," as he was known in intelligence circles, and discovered he was not only a liar, but also a thief and a poor student instead of the chemical engineering whiz he claimed to be. [LOL, in other words - a 'man' a lot like Bush.]

'Talk about Somalia, the Philippines, etc. Make the American people realize they are surrounded in the world by violent extremists.' From the Desk of Donald Rumsfeld . . . In Sometimes-Brusque 'Snowflakes,' He Shared Worldview, Shaped Policy 01 Nov 2007 In a series of internal musings and memos to his staff, then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld wrote of the need to "keep elevating the threat," "link Iraq to Iran" and develop "bumper sticker statements" to rally public support for an increasingly unpopular war. The memos, often referred to as "snowflakes," shed light on Rumsfeld's brusque management style and on his efforts to address key challenges during his tenure as Pentagon chief.

Abizaid: US could be in Middle East for 50 years 01 Nov 2007 It might take as long as half a century before US troops can leave the volatile Middle East, according to retired Army Gen. John Abizaid. "I'm not saying this is a war for oil, but I am saying that oil fuels an awful lot of geopolitical moves that political powers may have there," Abizaid said.

Turkish Foreign Minister Wants U.S. Action Against Kurdish Rebels 02 Nov 2007 Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said Friday that Turkey wants the United States to start taking action to help end cross-border attacks from inside Iraq.

Army Needs 1,400 'Contract Officers' 02 Nov 2007 An independent commission said yesterday that the U.S. Army needs to conduct a major overhaul of its procurement system and add at least 1,400 military and civilian contracting personnel. The commission also talked to procurement officials at major government contracting companies, including CACI International, KBR and Fluor. [LOL, 'contract officers.' We're talking *mercenaries,* PentaPost. Mercenaries and terrorists. Blackwater, KBR and Halliburton are the enemies - along with the Bush regime.]

Fuel Fraud Latest In Army Contracting Woes --CBS News Exposes Kickback Scheme, As Epidemic of Wartime Military Contract Fraud Grows 01 Nov 2007 The delivery of aviation gas to the giant U.S. air base at Bagram in Afghanistan is the latest case of fraud to hit a contracting system, CBS News reports exclusively. So far two former employees of Kellogg, Brown and Root have been arrested for their part in a scheme worthy of Tony Soprano. The two KBR men, who worked for the U.S. military at Bagram, forged receipts for 80 tanker loads trucked in but never delivered, according to court documents. The Pentagon paid for the undelivered fuel while the drivers sold it on the black market. For their role in the scheme, KBR employees divvyed up an estimated $800,000 in kick backs, reports Martin. That's just one of more than 80 criminal cases involving some $15 million in bribes. It is still a growing scandal which Pentagon officials expect will uncover hundreds of fraudulent contracts.

Obama would engage Iran if elected, he says 01 Nov 2007 If elected president, Senator Barack Obama would meet with Iran's leaders and offer economic inducements and a possible promise not to seek "regime change" if Iran stopped meddling in Iraq and cooperated on terrorism and nuclear issues.

2 Children Die in US Raid in Afghanistan 02 Nov 2007 A nighttime raid in eastern Afghanistan by U.S. and Afghan troops sparked a gunbattle that killed three people, including two children, and the military said Thursday it was investigating the deaths.

Israel threatens Gaza invasion 30 Oct 2007 Israel has escalated threats to invade the Gaza Strip over Palestinian rocket fire after planned economic sanctions drew objections from legal experts and foreign powers.

Bush Administration Blocked Waterboarding Critic --Former DOJ Official Tested the Method Himself, in Effort to Form Torture Policy 02 Nov 2007 A senior Justice Department official, charged with reworking the administration's legal position on torture in 2004 became so concerned about the controversial interrogation technique of waterboarding that he decided to experience it firsthand, sources told ABC News. Daniel Levin, then acting assistant attorney general, went to a military base near Washington and underwent the procedure to inform his analysis of different interrogation techniques. After the experience, Levin told White House officials that... he found the experience terrifying and thought that it clearly simulated drowning... But Levin never finished a second memo imposing tighter controls on the specific interrogation techniques. Sources said he was forced out of the Justice Department when Gonzales became attorney general.

Only Three Have Been Waterboarded by CIA 02 Nov 2007 For all the debate over waterboarding, it has been used on only three 'al Qaeda' figures, according to current and former U.S. intelligence officials. As ABC News first reported in September, waterboarding has not been used since 2003 and has been specifically prohibited since Gen. Michael Hayden took over as CIA director.

Rice, Hadley to be subpoenaed in Israel lobby spy case 02 Nov 2007 A US judge [T.S. Ellis] ruled Friday that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, White House National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, and other top officials can be subpoenaed to testify in a spying case against lobbyists for Israel.

Rice to be subpoenaed in espionage case --Judge OKs calls for intel officials to discuss talks with pro-Israel lobbyists 02 Nov 2007 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other senior intelligence officials will be subpoenaed to discuss their conversations with pro-Israel lobbyists, a federal judge ruled Friday in an espionage case.

Key DemocRATs, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., cross party lines to pledge support for Bush Attorney General nominee [waterboard-waffling Michael Mukasey], clearing way for confirmation: Mukasey Edges Closer to Attorney General Confirmation 02 Nov 2007 ABC News' Ed O'Keefe: Two key Democrats crossed party lines and pledged their support to President [sic] Bush's embattled Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey, all but ensuring the retired judge's confirmation as the nation's top law enforcement official.

Bush: No attorney general if not Mukasey 01 Nov 2007 Dictator Bush sought to save Michael Mukasey's troubled nomination for attorney general Thursday, defending the retired judge's refusal to say whether he considers waterboarding torture and warning of a leaderless Justice Department if Democrats do not confirm him. "If the Senate Judiciary Committee were to block Judge Mukasey on these grounds... that would guarantee that America would have no attorney general during this time of war," the pResident said. Bush could bypass Congress by filling the job with someone serving in an acting capacity over the last 14 months of his administration.

ASIO swamped by legal terrorism issues 02 Nov 2007 Australia's domestic spy agency, ASIO, is struggling to deal with a rash of terrorism-related litigation, so much so that the organisation has established a legal division. The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation said today it was experiencing its greatest ever litigation-related workload.

Authorities: Suspicious item at Palo Verde a pipe bomb 02 Nov 2007 A suspicious item seized Friday morning from the truck of a contract worker at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station was an apparent pipe bomb, plant operator Arizona Public Service Co. said. The worker has been detained and questioned.

Lockdown at Nation's Largest Nuke Plant: Contract Worker Detained --Arizona Nuclear Plant on Lockdown After Contract Worker Stopped From Entering Grounds With Explosive 02 Nov 2007 Security officials at the nation's largest nuclear power plant detained a contract worker [Blackwater Worldwide terrorist?] with a small [?!?] explosive device in the back of his pickup truck Friday, authorities said.

S.C. nuke landfill to close; 36 states left in lurch --Radioactive waste will have to be stored across U.S., prompting concerns 01 Nov 2007 Starting next summer, many power plants, hospitals, universities and companies in 36 states will be forced to store low-level radioactive waste on their own property because a South Carolina landfill is closing its doors to them.

Perspective on Exxon: $9.4 Billion Quarterly Profit Only $2 Billion Shy of 2002 Yearly Profit --Group Slams "New Normal" Set By Years of Record Profits, Predicts $4-Plus Gasoline in Spring 01 Nov 2007 While stock speculators reacted with woe to ExxonMobil's report that its $9.41 billion 3rd-quarter profit was 10% below last year's near-record 3rd quarter, consumers see numbers that continue to pick their pockets, said the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR).

Industry Paid For Safety Chief's Trips --Revelations add to pressure for Nord's resignation 02 Nov 2007 Acting Consumer Product 'Safety' Commission Chairman Nancy Nord is under more pressure today in the wake of revelations that industries regulated by her agency have paid for her travel.

Pressure Mounts On 'Safety' Chief to Resign --Protests over Nord's opposition to strengthening her own agency 01 Nov 2007 Another consumer group, Public Citizen, is calling on [Bush whore] Nancy Nord to step down as acting head of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Nord has been in the line of fire in the wake of a cascading recall of consumer products – from tainted pet food to lead-painted toys.

5 Million Frozen Pizzas Recalled 01 Nov 2007 General Mills on Thursday recalled about 5 million frozen pizzas sold nationwide under the Totino's and Jeno's labels because of possible E. coli contamination.

Bush Vetoes Water Projects Bill 02 Nov 2007 An increasingly confrontational President [sic] Bush on Friday vetoed a bill authorizing hundreds of popular water projects even though lawmakers can count enough votes to override wetlands and preventing flooding in communities across the nation.

Help End Abusive Bank Overdraft Fees Sick of outrageous bank fees? (Consumers Union) Help ensure that banks get your permission before reaching into your wallet. Banks collect $17.5 billion in overdraft loan fees each year! Stop the big bank money-grab. Tell your member of Congress to cosponsor HR 946 today!

Governor opposes polar bear protection 02 Nov 2007 Environmentalists say Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is skating on thin ice [melt it] with her opposition to efforts to protect polar bears. Palin said last week that listing the bears as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act because of possible global warming would open the floodgates for petitions to protect other species, the Anchorage Daily News said Thursday. [But you can help them! Please sign NRDC's petition.]

Mother Jailed, Put On Trial for Curing Her Son of Melanoma 03 Oct 2007 By angryscientist An unholy alliance of California Child Protective Services (CPS) with a hostile doctor and judge is attempting to railroad Laurie Jessop, framed as a threat to her son and the establishment for finding a way to cure him of malignant melanoma. She is now on trial, under a gag order, since she had gone to the press. When she was arrested, she was put in maximum security, solitary confinement, in the Orange County, CA jail.

FBI was told of O.J. Simpson plan three weeks in advance 02 Nov 2007 Federal agents learned three weeks in advance that O.J. Simpson and a memorabilia dealer planned an operation to retrieve personal items Simpson said were stolen from him, according to FBI reports obtained Friday by the Associated Press. Dealer Thomas Riccio told FBI agents Aug. 21 that Simpson wanted to televise the operation as he confronted a collector who was peddling thousands of pieces of Simpson's memorabilia.


Exxon Mobil: $9.4B profit in 3 months 01 Nov 2007 Exxon Mobil made $9.4 billion in the last three months, 10 percent less than last year and below what analysts expected as gasoline and diesel prices failed to keep pace with rising crude costs. In the last quarter of 2005, Exxon Mobil made a profit of $10.7 billion - the largest quarterly corporate profit ever recorded.

Abizaid sees 25-50 years of Middle East conflict --'I'm not saying this is a war for oil, but I am saying that oil ... fuels an awful lot of the geopolitical moves.' 01 Nov 2007 Conflict in the Middle East is going to continue for many years, the former top U.S. commander in the region said yesterday. And in that future, he said, Americans can assume that there will be another [Bush] attack on U.S. soil. Retired four-star Gen. John Abizaid, who headed the U.S. Central Command until last spring, spoke before a large crowd at Carnegie Mellon University in Oakland... "I'm not saying this is a war for oil, but I am saying that oil ... fuels an awful lot of the geopolitical moves that political powers may have there," he said.

Pentagon misstates sniper data in $1.4B request 29 Oct 2007 The Pentagon has asked Congress for $1.4 billion in 'emergency spending' to combat a growing threat of sniper attacks in Iraq based on an overstated assessment [lie] of the extent of the attacks, its records show.

Army 'needs' more contracting personnel 01 Nov 2007 The Army, stung by a contracting fraud scandal that has generated more than 80 criminal investigations, needs 1,400 more personnel to deal with the demands of supplying troops in combat, said U.S. officials familiar with a report by federal procurement experts. The group's report, to be released Thursday, also calls for creating general officer positions within the Army's contracting work force.

Did Blackwater sneak silencers into Iraq? Security firm under investigation for allegedly sidestepping export controls 01 Nov 2007 Federal agents are investigating allegations that the Blackwater USA security firm illegally exported dozens of firearms sound suppressors -- commonly known as silencers -- to Iraq and other countries for use by company operatives, sources close to the investigation tell NBC News.

Blackwater Mounts a Defense With Top Talent 01 Nov 2007 Blackwater Worldwide, its reputation in tatters and its lucrative government contracts in jeopardy, is mounting an aggressive legal, political and public relations counterstrike. It has hired a bipartisan stable of big-name Washington lawyers, lobbyists and press advisers, including the public relations powerhouse Burson-Marsteller... Blackwater for a time retained Kenneth D. Starr, the former Whitewater independent Reichwing counsel, and Fred F. Fielding, who is now the White House counsel, to help handle suits filed by the families of slain Blackwater employees.

Iraq to end contractor immunity 31 Oct 2007 The Iraqi government has approved a draft law revoking the immunity from prosecution mercenaries enjoy under Iraqi law. The law, which has been referred to parliament, would revoke an order set up after the US-led invasion in 2003. The move comes six weeks after the fatal shooting of 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad by US firm Blackwater.

U.S. helicopter opens fire in Iraq 01 Nov 2007 U.S. helicopters opened fire after a ground patrol [allegedly] came under attack southeast of Baghdad on Wednesday, and Iraqi police said three officers were killed and one wounded in the strike.

At least 887 Iraqis killed in October 01 Nov 2007 At least 887 Iraqis were killed in Iraq in October, ministry data showed on Thursday, slightly higher than September which saw a total of 840 people [including 758 civilians] killed across the nation.

U.S. giving Turkey intelligence on PKK in Iraq 31 Oct 2007 Washington is giving Turkey intelligence on Kurdish rebels hiding in Iraq and helping Ankara gain the "actionable" intelligence the Pentagon says is needed before any military strike, a Pentagon spokesman said on Wednesday.

US diplomats refuse Iraq postings 31 Oct 2007 Hundreds of US diplomats have protested against a government move to force them to accept postings in war-torn Iraq. About 300 angry diplomats attended a meeting at the state department, at which one labelled the decision a "potential death sentence". [Oh, send Bush.]

Gulf Arabs offer to provide uranium to Iran: report 01 Nov 2007 U.S.-allied Gulf Arab states are willing to set up a body to provide enriched uranium to Iran to defuse Tehran's stand-off with the West over its nuclear plan, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister told a magazine on Thursday.

Iran warns Europe against sanctions 01 Nov 2007 President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad threatened unspecified economic retaliation against European countries that follow the U.S. in imposing unilateral sanctions against Iran, state radio reported Thursday.

Guards chief warns if US attacks Iran, it will be stuck in 'quagmire' greater than Iraq, Afghanistan 31 Oct 2007 The head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard Corps warned the U.S. Wednesday against attacking the Islamic Republic, saying if it did, Washington would be "stuck in a quagmire" greater than Iraq and Afghanistan. Revolutionary Guards commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said his forces were prepared to strike back with a "crushing response" if attacked, according to comments carried by the semiofficial Fars news agency.

Iran navy in suicide attack pledge [Too bad Bush isn't in same.] 29 Oct 2007 An Iranian naval commander Monday said his forces are willing to carry out suicide missions when facing enemy forces in the Persian Gulf, according to Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency.

Japan ends 'war on terror' mission 01 Oct 2007 apan on Thursday ordered home ships engaged on a refuelling mission in the Indian Ocean, halting the close US ally's main role in the "war on terror" due to domestic opposition.

Bush to Democrats: 'We are at war' 01 Nov 2007 President [sic] Bush compared Congress' Democratic leaders Thursday with people who ignored the rise of Lenin and Hitler [he should know] early in the last century, saying "the world paid a terrible price" then and risks similar consequences for inaction today.

Cheney defends CIA methods in American Legion speech 01 Nov 2007 Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney defended the CIA’s interrogation practices [torture] against suspected terrorists Thursday, telling Indiana soldiers and veterans that the agency’s program has yielded intelligence that’s averted deadly terrorist attacks.

Bush: Mukasey not 'read in' to terrorist interrogation 01 Nov 2007 President [sic] Bush insists that senators are asking "unfair" questions of Michael Mukasey, his nominee for attorney general, about a terrorist interrogation program that the former federal judge hasn’t been fully briefed about yet – "He’s not been read into a program," Bush said. Mukasey, he said, doesn't know what [torture] techniques are being used.

Kennedy will oppose Mukasey 01 Nov 2007 Sen. Edward Kennedy will oppose President [sic] Bush's nominee for attorney general when the Senate votes next week to fill a critical position damaged by controversies surrounding the secret surveillance of Americans, interrogation of enemy combatants and the firing of federal prosecutors. Kennedy's announcement makes him the latest of several Democrats to reject Judge Michael Mukasey days before the Senate is expected to vote on his confirmation next week.

Nominee's Stand Avoiding Tangle of Torture Cases 01 Nov 2007 In adamantly refusing to declare waterboarding illegal, Michael B. Mukasey, the nominee for attorney general, is steering clear of a potential legal quagmire for the Bush regime: criminal prosecution or lawsuits against Central Intelligence Agency officers who used the harsh interrogation practice torture and those who authorized it, legal experts said Wednesday.

Mukasey refuses to call waterboarding illegal 01 Nov 2007 Attorney General-designate Michael B. Mukasey told the Senate Judiciary Committee that an interrogation technique that simulates drowning is "repugnant" but declined to call it illegal -- a position that cast further doubt on whether he can be confirmed.

De Menezes: Met chief Blair 'will not resign' 01 Nov 2007 Sir Ian Blair, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, faced calls to resign today after his force was found guilty of breaking health and safety laws over the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes. A jury at the Old Bailey decided police had unnecessarily put the public at risk following a string of errors in a "catastrophic" operation, which ended in the Brazilian's death on July 22, 2005.

Met police guilty over De Menezes shooting 01 Nov 2007 The Metropolitan police was today found guilty of a catastrophic series of errors during the operation that led to firearms officers shooting Jean Charles de Menezes dead on the London underground.

Control orders breach human rights, lords rule 31 Oct 2007 The Government's terror strategy was dealt a blow this morning when law lords ruled that the controversial control order regime must be watered down. Britain's most senior judges ruled that the most draconian power - an 18-hour home curfew - was in breach of the human right to liberty.

Police hunt man seeking mustard gas antidote 30 Oct 2007 Counter-terrorism police are hunting a terror gang suspected of trying to manufacture mustard gas. A nationwide alert has been sent out after a Libyan walked into an accident and emergency unit asking for an antidote for the gas. The incident at a hospital in Manchester last week has sparked fears that a terror cell may have set up a chemical bomb factory.

Naperville train station scare a false alarm --Suitcase scare in Naperville led to evacuation; cops seek 2 men 01 Nov 2007 A "suspicious" suitcase found Wednesday morning outside a Naperville train depot that led to evacuations and train delays was determined to not be harmful. Naperville police received a report at 10:39 a.m. of a "suspicious package" left by two men..., Naperville police Cmdr. Dave Hoffman said. No explosive materials were found in the suitcase, police said.

Former DOJ Insiders Who Fought Spying Ask Senate to Pardon Snooping Telcos 31 Oct 2007 NSA, Sunshine and Secrecy Former Justice Department insiders who waged a quiet battle to trim back a Bush Administration spying program they thought was over the legal line joined forces Tuesday with the Administration, which is seeking retroactive immunity for telecoms that allowed the nation's spies to data mine Americans' phone records and helped the government target Americans for warrantless email and phone wiretapping.

Group Proposes 'Do Not Track' List for Web 31 Oct 12007 A group of privacy, consumer and technology groups today proposed the creation of a "Do Not Track" list similar to the "Do Not Call" phone list so consumers could prevent companies from tracking what Web sites they visit. The proposal follows growing complaints about companies' use of consumers' Web activities for behaviorally targeted advertising, which tailors ads based on the Web sites individuals visit.

Poll Shows Vermonters In Favor of Impeachment 31 Oct 2007 This year's Town Meeting Day addressed an issue far broader than the local school budget -- should Vermonters call for the impeachment of the president [sic] and vice president [sic]? Thirty-seven towns voted yes.

Clinton would cream Giuliani, poll finds By David Paul Kuhn 31 Oct 2007 One year before voters go to the polls to select the next president, the Republican Party is as weak as it has been in a generation, a detailed new poll suggests. In a hypothetical match-up between Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani, bloc after bloc of traditionally Republican voters break for Clinton.

Dow slides over 360 points as financial woes return 01 Nov 2007 U.S. stocks swooned Thursday, with the Dow industrials sliding over 360 points, as a downgrade of Citigroup Inc. revived concerns about the woes of the financial sector, sobering up markets after the euphoria of the Federal Reserve's rate cut the previous day.

U.S. Stocks Decline; Citigroup Retreats on Dividend Concern 01 Nov 2007 U.S. stocks tumbled after downgrades of Citigroup Inc. spurred speculation the nation's largest bank may have to shore up its capital, sending financial shares to their biggest drop in five years.

Forests losing the ability to absorb man-made carbon 01 Nov 2007 The sprawling forests of the northern hemisphere, which extend from China and Siberia to Canada and Alaska, are in danger of becoming a gigantic source of carbon dioxide rather than being a major "sink" that helps to offset man-made emissions of the greenhouse gas. Studies show... that the world's temperate woodlands are beginning to lose their ability to be an overall absorber of carbon dioxide.


US accused of torture 31 Oct 2007 The United States's willingness to resort to harsh interrogation techniques in its so-called war on terror undermined human rights and the international ban on torture, a United Nations spokesman says. Manfred Nowak, UN Special Rapporteur on torture, said the US's standing and importance meant it was a model to other countries which queried why they were subject to scrutiny when the US resorted to measures witnessed at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib prison.

CIA chief backs rendition flights 31 Oct 2007 The director of the US Central Intelligence Agency, General Michael Hayden, has defended the methods torture it uses to interrogate terror suspects. Gen Hayden said programmes such as extraordinary rendition produced what he said was irreplaceable intelligence.

Italy CIA kidnap trial adjourned until March 12 31 Oct 2007 An Italian judge adjourned until March 12 the trial of U.S. and Italian spies accused of kidnapping a terrorism suspect in Milan, giving a higher court more time to decide whether the case breaks state secrecy rules.

Mukasey Refuses to Offer Waterboarding Opinion --Bush Nominee Unsure If Waterboarding Breaks Torture Law 31 Oct 2007 Attorney general nominee Michael B. Mukasey told Senate Democrats yesterday that a kind of simulated drowning known as waterboarding is "repugnant to me," but he said he does not know whether the interrogation tactic violates U.S. laws against torture. [Well, waterboard him to get him to decide.]

To Implement Policy, Bush to Turn to Administrative Orders 31 Oct 2007 The White House plans to try implementing as much new policy as it can by administrative order dictatorship while stepping up its confrontational rhetoric with Congress after concluding that President [sic] Bush cannot do much business with the Democratic leadership, administration officials said. White House aides say the only way Bush seems to be able to influence overturn the process is by vetoing legislation or by issuing 'administrative orders,' as he has in recent weeks... They say they expect Bush to issue more of such orders in the next several months.

Kucinich: Time to question Bush's mental health 30 Oct 2007 Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D. Ohio) suggested today that President [sic] Bush's comment about a nuclear Iran precipitating "World War III" is a sign of mental instability. "I seriously believe we have to start asking questions about his mental health," presidential candidate Kucinich said in an interview with The Inquirer's editorial board.

Immunity for Blackwater mercenaries provokes anger 31 Oct 2007 Democrats have criticised the Bush regime for giving partial immunity to bodyguards from the Blackwater private security firm. They say the move equates to a failure to hold the contractors responsible for the killing of 17 civilians in Iraq last month.

Iraq cancels Blackwater immunity 31 Oct 2007 The Iraqi government has approved a law which lifts immunity for foreign security companies, including Blackwater. Security companies in Iraq have been operating under immunity, after a decree was imposed more than three years ago by a U.S. official who ran the country after the American-led invasion.

U.S. Military Will 'Oversee' Contractors 31 Oct 2007 All State Department security convoys in Iraq will now fall under military control, the latest step taken by government officials to bring Blackwater Worldwide and other armed contractors under tighter supervision... Three law enforcement officials confirmed Tuesday that State Department investigators did take statements from Blackwater employees [terrorists] after offering them immunity, though they had no authority to do so.

'Journalists continue to be killed in Iraq at an alarming rate.' Editor of Baghdad weekly paper murdered 30 Oct 2007 The editor of a Baghdad weekly newspaper [Shehab Mohammed al-Hiti] was murdered at the weekend, Iraq's Journalistic Freedoms Observatory said on Tuesday. Many journalists in Iraq have faced threats from Sunni Arab militants and Shi'ite militias. Others have been killed by U.S. forces while reporting in the country. [Blackwater terrorists are busy little bees!]

Iraqi dam burst 'would drown 500,000' 31 Oct 2007 A catastrophic failure of the largest dam in Iraq would send a wave 65ft high hurtling down the valley of the river Tigris, killing up to 500,000 people, US engineers warned yesterday. The frantic debate within the US and Iraqi governments over the failing dam was kept secret for months to avoid public panic and attracting the attention of insurgents Blackwater and KBR terrorists.

Illness pulls more troops from battle than wounds --Of more than 36,000 U.S. troops evacuated from Iraq, over 77 percent were for illnesses or noncombat injuries. 30 Oct 2007 From the invasion in March 2003 through Oct. 1, 2007, more than 36,000 U.S. troops were evacuated from Iraq. More than 77 percent of those were for illnesses or noncombat injuries, according to data from the Department of Defense, Deployment Health Support Directorate.

Sources: U.S. spy planes watching Iraqi-Turkish border 31 Oct 2007 American U2 reconnaissance planes have been flying over the Turkey-Iraq border to observe military movements, said three U.S. military sources Wednesday.

Turkey: Fighting with Kurds will surge 30 Oct 2007 Turkey's prime minister said Tuesday increased military action against separatist Kurdish rebels was "unavoidable" and pressed the United States for a crackdown on guerrilla bases in northern Iraq.

Zogby Poll: 52% Support U.S. Military Strike Against Iran 29 Oct 2007 A majority of likely voters - 52% - would support a U.S. military strike to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon, and 53% believe it is likely that the U.S. will be involved in a military strike against Iran before the next presidential election, a new Zogby America telephone poll shows.

Israel's measures against Gaza unacceptable: UN chief 31 Oct 2007 UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Monday slammed Israel’s punitive measures against the Gaza Strip as unacceptable and urged the government to reconsider its actions.

Suicide Bomber Strikes Within a Mile of Musharraf 31 Oct 2007 A suicide bomber set off explosives about one mile from the military offices of Pakistan’s president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, in this garrison town near Islamabad on Tuesday, killing seven people, including himself, and wounding 14 others, according to police officials and the Interior Ministry.

Accused Madrid Bomb Mastermind Acquitted 31 Oct 2007 An Egyptian who allegedly bragged that he masterminded the 2004 Madrid terror bombings that killed 191 people was acquitted of all charges along with six other lesser suspects Wednesday. Three other lead defendants were convicted of murder by the Spanish court, culminating a divisive trial over Europe's worst Islamic Bush-Aznar militant attack, which also wounded more than 1,800.

7 acquitted in Madrid bombings 31 Oct 2007 Spain's National Court handed down sentences Wednesday stretching to tens of thousands of years to three men for killing 191 people and wounding more than 1,800 others in the March 11, 2004, bombing of Madrid commuter trains.

Azerbaijan uncovers terror plot against U.S. embassy 30 Oct 2007 Azerbaijan's security forces recently thwarted a terror plot schemed by a group of militant Islamists against the U.S. embassy in the capital, Baku, media reports said Monday.

1 Convicted of Hiding Nuke-Plant Problem 30 Oct 2007 A federal jury found a former nuclear plant worker guilty Tuesday of concealing the worst corrosion ever found at a U.S. reactor. A second defendant was acquitted. David Geisen, the Davis-Besse plant's former engineering design manager, was accused of misleading regulators into believing the plant along Lake Erie was safe.

Practice Bomb Dropped On Virginia Beach 30 Oct 2007 The Navy said a small, inert 'training' bomb fell Tuesday from an fighter jet that was heading to Oceana Naval Air Station. The Navy said the bomb landed near a warehouse in the resort city of Virginia Beach. [Instead of Virginia Beach, why didn't they drop it on the White House?]

Small boats seen as a terror threat 31 Oct 2007 The nation's 17 million small boats are facing increased scrutiny from the Homeland Security Department, which fears they could be used in a nuclear attack or a lethal explosion at a U.S. port.

$43.5 Billion Spying Budget for Year, Not Including Military 31 Oct 2007 Congress authorized spending of $43.5 billion over the past year to operate spy satellites, remote surveillance stations and C.I.A. outposts overseas, according to a budget figure released Tuesday by Mike McConnell, director of national intelligence. The number released Tuesday does not include the billions of dollars that military services spend annually on intelligence operations. The total spying budget for the last fiscal year, including this Pentagon spending, is said to have been in excess of $50 billion.

Local agencies ask for help fighting terrorism --Law enforcement officials say they are working to prevent homegrown extremists but want additional federal resources and cooperation to help combat [foment] the threat. 31 Oct 2007 Local law enforcement agencies are working to prevent individuals in their communities from acting on extremist views but are calling for additional federal resources to help combat the threat of terrorism, a Senate panel [Chaired by Senator LieberBush] was told Tuesday.

Man pleads guilty in Fort Dix plot case 31 Oct 2007 A man [Agron Abdullahu] pleaded guilty on Wednesday to conspiring to provide weapons to a group of men accused of plotting an attack on soldiers at Fort Dix.

Terrorism charges being considered 31 Oct 2007 ONE News understands the Solicitor-General is considering terrorism charges against 12 of the 17 people arrested in nationwide raids two weeks ago.

Stay of execution granted by U.S Supreme Court 31 Oct 2007 Moments before death-row inmate Earl Wesley Berry was due to be executed on Tuesday evening, the U.S Supreme Court granted a stay of execution. Berry had eaten his last meal and was ready to be taken into the execution chamber when the Supreme Court ruled.

Longtime Bush adviser leaving State 31 Oct 2007 Karen Hughes, who led efforts to improve [worsen] the U.S. image abroad and was one of President [sic] Bush's last remaining advisers from the close circle of Texas aides, will leave the government at the end of the year.

Carlyle in talks to sell %9.9 management stake to Chinese 31 Oct 2007 Carlyle Group is in talks to sell up to 9.9 per cent of itself to China’s Social Security Fund in a move that would make it the latest American buyout firm to sell a stake in its management company to the Chinese. [More deadly, uninspected products are surely on the way, thanks to Bush bin Laden's corpora-terrorist cronies.]

Oil Hits $94 After 'Inventories Fall' 31 Oct 2007 Energy futures surged Wednesday to a new record of $94 a barrel after the government reported an 'unexpected drop in crude oil inventories' for the second week in a row.

Opec 'not to blame' for oil price 30 Oct 2007 Oil exporters have said record high prices are not their fault as they have no power to control many of the factors pushing the market up. "Please don't blame us for $93 oil," Abdullah al-Attiyah, Qatar's oil minister, said at an international energy conference in London. [We don't. We blame Cheney Halliburton's secret Energy Task Force and Bush bin Laden. --LRP]

Fed cuts key rate by quarter-point to 4.50% --Growth likely to slow as housing correction intensifies, FOMC says 31 Oct 2007 The Federal Reserve gave the economy another shot Wednesday, cutting short-term interest rates by a quarter-point to bring them to the lowest level in the tenure of new Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. The reduction in the federal funds rate to 4.50% is meant to spur the economy through lower borrowing costs.

Fed adds $5.5 bln temporary reserves via overnight repo 31 Oct 2007 The U.S. Federal Reserve said on Wednesday it added $5.5 billion of temporary reserves to the banking system through an overnight repurchase agreement.

US may ground British Airways plan for routes from Europe to New York 31 Oct 2007 Plans by British Airways to launch a new airline between Europe and New York have been thrown into disarray after American aviation authorities threatened to veto any increase of air traffic into the chronically congested John F. Kennedy airport.

Moderate earthquake hits Northern California 31 Oct 2007 A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck in a rural area about 9 miles (15 km) northeast of San Jose, California, Silicon Valley's biggest city, on Tuesday night, the U.S. Geological Survey said.


Iraqi Dam Seen In Danger of Deadly Collapse --The most catastrophic collapse of the dam could kill 500,000 people 30 Oct 2007 The largest dam in Iraq is in serious danger of an imminent collapse that could unleash a trillion-gallon wave of water, possibly killing thousands of people and flooding two of the largest cities in the country, according to new assessments by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other U.S. officials. A catastrophic failure of the Mosul Dam has alarmed American officials, who have concluded that it could lead to as many as 500,000 civilian deaths by drowning Mosul under 65 feet of water and parts of Baghdad under 15 feet, said Abdulkhalik Thanoon Ayoub, the dam manager... A U.S. reconstruction project to help shore up the dam in northern Iraq has been marred by incompetence and mismanagement, according to Iraqi officials and a report by a U.S. oversight agency to be released Tuesday. Note: Under the Law of Land Warfare, the occupying power (Bush's corpora-terrorists) is responsible for the dam. Regardless, would KBR get millions to 'rebuild' that which they destroyed, much like the blown New Orleans levees? Halliburton got $500M for that job. --LRP]

Secret move to upgrade air base for Iran attack plans 29 Oct 2007 The US is secretly upgrading special stealth bomber hangars on the British island protectorate of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean in preparation for strikes on Iran's nuclear facilities, according to military sources. The improvement of the B1 Spirit jet infrastructure coincides with an "urgent operational need" request for £44m to fit racks to the long-range aircraft. That would allow them to carry experimental 15-ton Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) bombs designed to smash underground bunkers buried as much as 200ft beneath the surface through reinforced concrete.

US: Iran seeks nuclear weapons 30 Oct 2007 The United States on Monday brushed aside the UN nuclear watchdog agency chief's warning that there was no proof Iran seeks atomic weapons, and invited him to stay out of diplomacy with Tehran. Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told CNN Sunday that he had no evidence Iran was building nuclear weapons and accused US leaders of adding "fuel to the fire" with their warlike rhetoric.

US downplays talk of Iran attack 31 Oct 2007 After weeks of escalating US rhetoric on Iran, the White House overnight vowed to "pursue every possible diplomatic means" to defuse the volatile dispute over Tehran's nuclear program.

Iraq law to close security loophole 30 Oct 2007 The Iraqi cabinet has approved draft legislation that would end the immunity from prosecution of foreign mercenaries working in the country. Tuesday's draft approval comes amid reports that the US state department has promised Blackwater mercenaries immunity from prosecution in its investigation of last month's shooting.

Blackwater guards 'given immunity' 30 Oct 2007 Private US security guards being investigated over a shooting in Iraq that left 17 civilians dead, have reportedly been offered immunity by the US state department. The Blackwater mercenaries, who were guarding an embassy convoy at the time of the shooting, were told they would not be prosecuted over statements to officials, the Associated Press news agency said.

Immunity Deal Hampers Blackwater Criminal Inquiry --Blackwater Bodyguards Given Immunity In Deadly Shooting 29 Oct 2007 The State Department promised Blackwater USA bodyguards mercenaries immunity from prosecution in its investigation of last month's deadly shooting of 17 Iraqi civilians, The Associated Press has learned. The immunity deal has delayed a criminal inquiry into the Sept. 16 killings and could undermine any effort to prosecute security contractors for their role in the incident war crime that has infuriated the Iraqi government.

28 policemen killed in Iraq suicide blast 30 Oct 2007 A suicide bomber on a bicycle killed 28 Iraqi policemen and injured 20 doing their morning exercises at their base north of Baghdad on Monday, AFP quoted police as saying. Meanwhile, a US general was wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near his convoy, Reuters reported.

20 headless bodies found in Iraq 30 Oct 2007 Twenty decapitated bodies were found north of Baghdad with one of them believed to be a tribal leader, Iraqi police said Monday. A local police source told Xinhua that the bodies were discovered at the Gsarin village near Baquba, capital of Diyala province.

Turkish helicopters pound rebel Kurds 31 Oct 2007 Turkish Cobra helicopters pounded Kurdish rebel positions near the Iraqi border overnight and Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan reaffirmed his readiness to send troops over the frontier despite US opposition.

Turk sanctions on N.Iraq may stoke Kurd separatism 30 Oct 2007 Ankara's threatened economic measures against Iraq would drain sorely needed money from Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast and stoke social tensions that could in turn fuel Kurdish separatism, trade leaders say.

Israel can't cut power to Gaza - attorney general 29 Oct 2007 Israel's attorney-general told the government on Monday it could not cut electrical power to the Gaza Strip [a war crime] as part of its sanctions against the Hamas controlled territory, although he did approve other measures.

US soldier killed in Afghanistan 29 Oct 2007 A soldier with the US-led occupation in Afghanistan was killed in a roadside bomb blast which also injured another foreign trooper, the military said.

No deal by Japan PM, opposition on Afghan mission 30 Oct 2007 Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda and the leader of Japan's main opposition party failed at a meeting on Tuesday to break a stalemate over a naval mission backing U.S.-led Afghan operations, but they agreed to meet again.

US may delay troop reductions in Germany 30 Oct 2007 The United States may delay a plan to reduce the number of its troops based in Germany, a military spokesman said Tuesday.

US Army xBot programme halted by IP fracas --'He stole our robot' By Lewis Page 29 Oct 2007 A major American military push to get more combat robots into the field has ground to a halt following a bitter dispute between rival mechanoid makers. The xBot procurement programme, run by the US Army's Robotic Systems Joint Program Office, is intended to obtain as many as 3,000 new robots and to do so quickly in defence procurement terms. The xBot plan calls for 1,000 machines delivered by December '08 and could ultimately be worth more than $300m.

UN Urges US to End Cuba Embargo 30 Oct 2007 The U.N. General Assembly voted for the 16th straight year Tuesday to urge the United States to end its trade embargo against Cuba, whose foreign minister accused the U.S. of stepping up its "brutal economic war" to new heights.

Chiquita Brands admits funding rightiwing terrorists in Columbia --US corporation admits making more than 100 payments to Reichwing terrorists 30 Oct 2007 A major U.S. corporation stood accused of routinely funneling large sums of money to a vicious right-wing Latin American militia that the United States government officially had branded a terrorist organization. Chiquita Brands International admitted it had paid $1.7 million to a Colombian paramilitary unit known as "Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia" (AUC) over a six-year period ending in 2004... After pleading guilty to a felony, Chiquita was fined $25 million and required to institute an ethics program to prevent future violations. [Holy hypocrisy, Batman! 'Fines' and 'ethics programs?' Gee, what happened to the 'war on terror' and the 'Patriot' Act? Why aren't the perpetrators sitting in a prison cell for financing terrorists?]

US has spent $43.5bn (£21bn) on intelligence during 2007 30 Oct 2007 The US has revealed that it has spent $43.5bn (£21bn) on intelligence during 2007, the first time the figure has been made public in almost a decade. Intelligence chief Mike McConnell said he would give no breakdown of how the money was spent, saying that disclosure could harm national security prove that billions have been wasted on Bush bin Laden's corporate cronies.

2007 Spying Said to Cost $50 Billion 30 Oct 2007 The director of national intelligence will disclose today that national intelligence activities amounting to roughly 80 percent of all U.S. intelligence spending for the year cost more than $40 billion, according to sources on Capitol Hill and inside the administration. The disclosure means that when military spending is added, aggregate U.S. intelligence spending for fiscal 2007 exceeded $50 billion, according to these sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the total remains classified.

FEMA Aide Loses New Job Over Fake News Conference 30 Oct 2007 A fake news conference at the Federal Emergency Management Agency has produced, along with outrage and ridicule, its first personnel casualty. John P. Philbin, until last week the agency’s public relations chief, was supposed to start work Monday as the new director of public affairs for the nation’s top intelligence official, Mike McConnell. But he learned instead that he would not.

Bush Safety Chief Opposes Safety Legislation, Funding 30 Oct 2007 The nation's top official for consumer product safety has asked Congress in recent days to reject legislation intended to strengthen the agency, which polices thousands of consumer goods, from toys to tools. Nancy A. Nord, the acting chairwoman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission [oh-but-another Bush whore], has asked lawmakers in two letters not to approve the bulk of legislation that would increase the agency’s authority, double its budget and sharply increase its dwindling staff. Nord opposes provisions that would increase the maximum penalties for safety violations and make it easier for the government to make public reports of faulty products, protect industry whistle-blowers and prosecute executives of companies that willfully violate laws. [Start reading.]

'The election was rigged for Bush. The most glaring discrepancies almost always helped Bush and hurt Kerry... Seeing the election results from Cleveland made me a witness to a crime.' Something didn't add up 25 Oct 2007 Former professor Richard Hayes Phillips testified in two lawsuits related to the 2004 'election.' Among the allegations Phillips makes are that voting machines were unfairly withheld from minority, heavily Democratic, precints, leading to long lines and suppressing voter turnout; that in one county, a false Homeland Security alert was given as the reason to lock down the county administrative building and bar independent observers from watching the vote count; ...and that some voters in Democratic-leaning precincts were given ballots already punched for either Bush or a third-party candidate, leading some ballots to be double-punched and, therefore, disqualified. [See: Coup 2004.]

Official regrets remarks on black voters 30 Oct 2007 The chief of the Justice Department's voting rights division [John Tanner] apologized Tuesday for saying that aging is not a problem with black voters because they die before they become elderly, unlike whites. Still, some Democrats said they want him fired.

Giuliani Still Working at Firm He Promised to Leave 30 Oct 2007 Ten months into his presidential bid, Rudolph W. Giuliani continues to work part time at the security consulting firm [Giuliani Partners] he promised to leave this past spring to focus on his pursuit of the Republican nomination. The firm's past clients had many connections to government. They include: A confessed drug smuggler who hired Giuliani to help ensure that his company could do security consulting business with the federal government in the post-Sept. 11 period... BioOne, a company that can do biological cleanups, such as its cleaning of a Florida media building after the 2001 [Cheney] anthrax attacks.

Blackmail Cited Over Senator's Project 29 Oct 2007 An oil services contractor [VECO Corp.] testified Monday that he was blackmailed by an employee over renovations at Sen. Ted Stevens' home, an indication that at least some believed the project was inappropriate. The home improvement project is at the center of a Justice Department corruption investigation into the powerful Republican senator.

TVA seeks OK on 2 reactors 30 Oct 2007 TVA officials and a consortium of energy companies will gather on Capitol Hill today to announce their plans to submit an application for construction of a nuclear plant at the Bellefonte site near Scottsboro. It marks the formal step that was approved by the Tennessee Valley Authority board at a meeting in Huntsville last month.

BP refinery safety violations revealed 30 Oct 2007 (IN) A 5-month investigation of BP's Whiting refinery following a deadly explosion at a Texas refinery owned by BP found untested fire hoses, broken equipment and outdated safety procedures, The Times of Munster reported. While significant, state officials say the violations at the Whiting refinery largely pale in comparison to the problems uncovered at BP's Texas City refinery, where a March 2005 explosion killed 15 people and injured more than 170 others.

House Approves Senate's 7-Year Renewal of Ban on Internet Tax 30 Oct 2007 The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill to bar states from levying taxes on Internet access through 2014, clearing the way for President [sic] George W. Bush to sign the measure into law before an existing ban expires.

Carnegie Mellon Study Ranks Most Informative Blogs --Citizens for Legitimate Government is on list 24 Oct 2007 A recent Carnegie Mellon study used higher mathematics to answer the question: if you want to be informed about what the entire blogospohere is talking about, but you can only read 100 blogs (out of the millions available), which blogs should you read? The paper was awarded the best student paper award at the ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining.

It's nearly November - and nearly 100° 30 Oct 2007 (AZ) It seems the suffering will not end. After a summer that can only be described as unbearable, the Valley is now in the midst of an autumnal hot stretch... Monday's high reached 95 degrees, the second day in a row we had a record high. A normal high for Oct. 29 would be 82 degrees.

The Art of Primate Conservation --In pencil and ink, an artist depicts animals that are too rare or elusive to be captured on camera. 29 Oct 2007 Stephen Nash is an artist with an arcane specialty that has made him all too busy these days -- drawing precise renditions of primates and other animals on the brink of extinction.


CLG Action Alert for 'D.C. Madam' --The dubbed D.C. Madam, Deborah J. Palfrey, seeks fairness in a sea of injustice. 28 Oct 2007 Inherent within the politicalization of the [in]Justice Department the past few years --I [Deborah J. Palfrey] suspect -- are a bounty of misuses and abuses of the public trust yet to be exposed. I equally imagine my particular case is simply part and parcel of such forthcoming revelations... Therefore, I ask that emails, phone calls and letters regarding my highly unusual and suspicious case be directed to the following individuals in the hope these servants of the people will account for the genesis, development and bizarre continuation of this matter. [See: Michael Mukasey - will you help me? By Deborah J. Palfrey 26 Oct 2007.]

Iran says documents show U.S. backing terrorists 28 Oct 2007 Iran has access to evidence of U.S. support for terrorist groups in the Middle East, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying on Sunday. "Escalation of terrorism in the region is one of the direct results of the presence of occupiers in Iraq, particularly America," said Saeed Jalili, Iran's new chief nuclear negotiator, "And there are documents and information available proving America's support for terrorist groups in the region," he said, without giving details.

Child prisoners abused and tortured in Iraq, say activists 25 Oct 2007 (IRIN) Iraqi NGOs have raised concerns about the condition of children in local prisons, saying they are abused and tortured during interrogation. "Children are being treated as adults in Iraqi prisons and our investigations have shown that they are being abused and tortured," said Khalid Rabia'a, a spokesman for the Prisoners' Association for Justice (PAJ). [See: 'I saw ___ fucking a kid...' (Graphic) The "Taguba Report" On Treatment Of Abu Ghraib Prisoners In Iraq, statement by Kasim Mehaddi Hilas, Detainee #151108, 1300/18 Jan 04, as published by The Washington Post.]

Rumsfeld flees France fearing arrest 27 Oct 2007 Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld fled France today fearing arrest over charges of "ordering and authorizing" torture of prisoners at both the American-run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the US military's detainment facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, unconfirmed reports coming from Paris suggest. US embassy officials whisked Rumsfeld away yesterday from a breakfast meeting in Paris organized by the Foreign Policy magazine after human rights groups filed a criminal complaint against the man who spearheaded Dictator George W. Bush's "war on terror" for six years. [Rumsfeld should be 'whisked off' to the Hague, to be tried and executed for crimes against humanity. --LRP]

Iraq warns of Kurdish disaster 30 Oct 2007 The Iraqi Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari, has warned of disastrous regional consequences if Turkey invades Iraq to strike at Kurdish rebels. Mr Zebari told the BBC the present crisis was "dead serious" and that Turkey had shown no interest in Iraqi proposals to calm the situation.

Twenty headless bodies found north of Baghdad 29 Oct 2007 Twenty decapitated bodies were found dumped near a police station on Monday west of the volatile city of Baquba in Iraq, police said.

U.S. Brigadier Wounded in Iraq 29 Oct 2007 A U.S. brigadier general was wounded in a roadside bombing Monday in northern Baghdad, the U.S. military reported. He was the highest-ranking American officer to be hurt since the conflict began in March 2003.

British base in Iraq attacked 29 Oct 2007 The British base at Basra International Airport, 25 kilometres north-west of the city, came under Katyusha rocket attack early on Monday morning, media reports said.

Bomber in Iraq kills 27 police recruits 29 Oct 2007 A suicide bomber on a bicycle blew himself up Monday in a crowd of police recruits northeast of Baghdad, killing at least 27 people — most of them struck by iron balls packed with the explosives, police and hospital officials said.

Iraqi soldiers free 8 kidnapped tribal leaders 29 Oct 2007 Iraqi soldiers freed eight kidnapped tribal leaders on Monday in a raid on a house near Baghdad where they were being held, and are searching for three others seized at the same time, the government said.

MRAPs going to Iraq on Russian cargo planes 28 Oct 2007 The Air Force has been forced to use Russian commercial cargo jets to rush mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles from the U.S. to Iraq because it does not have enough C-5 and C-17 planes to do the job, the service’s top civilian official said recently.

The Cheney Energy Task Force: Mission Accomplished! Oil Sets Record, Surpassing $93 a Barrel 29 Oct 2007 Oil prices surpassed $93 a barrel Monday in Asian trading to hit a new trading high amid concerns about political tensions in the Middle East and the weakening U.S. dollar.

Tehran talks resume amid row over Iran atomic goals 29 Oct 2007 Iran began a crucial round of talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency on Monday to clarify its nuclear activity amid disagreement between the IAEA chief and the West over judging Tehran's intentions.

IAEA chief lashes out over Israeli raid in Syria 28 Oct 2007 UN nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei Sunday accused the Israelis of taking "the law into their own hands" with a mysterious raid on Syria last month and demanded more information about what was hit. Neither Israel nor the United States has furnished "any evidence at all" to prove that the Syrian site bombed in early September was a secret nuclear facility, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency told CNN.

Israel's power cuts to Gaza: Collective punishment with tacit US approval By Chris Marsden 29 Oct 2007 Israel’s decision to begin cutting power to the Gaza Strip is a collective act of punishment that violates international law... Defence Minister Ehud Barak approved plans drawn up by the defence establishment on October 25. On Sunday, it was reported that the Israeli energy company Dor Alon had confirmed it had received instructions to begin reducing supplies.

U.S. Guns Behind Drug Cartel Killings in Mexico 29 Oct 2007 Assassins blasted Ricardo Rosas Alvarado, a member of an elite state police force, with a blizzard of bullets pumped out of AK-47 assault rifles... The high-powered guns used in both incidents on the evening of Sept. 24 undoubtedly came from the United States, say police here, who estimate that 100 percent of drug-related killings are committed with smuggled U.S. weapons.

Castro likens Bush to 19th century imperialist monarch 29 Oct 2007 Cuban leader Fidel Castro compared US Dictator George W. Bush to the king of a 19th century colonial power, in an article published on Sunday. Reacting to Bush's calling out the independence slogan "Viva Cuba Libre" -- Long Live Free Cuba -- in a speech Wednesday, Castro branded Bush a "fake" freedom-fighter [terrorist] in calling for Cuba's liberation 139 years after the Caribbean island launched its war for independence from royalist Spain. "I never imagined I would hear the phrase 139 years afterwards from the mouth of a United States president," Castro wrote in the article published in Cuban media. "It is like a king of the time, or his regent, proclaiming 'Long Live Free Cuba.'"

Flu Lab Set to Open for 1918 Pandemic Virus Reconstruction --Ebola research may resume, pending outcome of appeal 28 Oct 2007 UW-Madison 's $12.5 million Institute for Influenza Viral Research, nearing completion at University Research Park, will have a collection of safety and security features the university hasn't seen before. Virologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka plans to study several kinds of flu viruses in the institute -- including H5N1, the bird flu virus circulating in Asia, and a reconstructed version of the 1918 flu virus, which killed some 50 million people when it spread worldwide... Jan Klein, UW-Madison 's biological safety officer, said the university may appeal the NIH 's ruling halting Ebola work. [See: DoD to carry out 'military missions' during pandemic, WMD attack 23 Oct 2007 and Flu 'Oddities'.]

7/7 MIHOP/LIHOP: Saudi King Says U.K. Didn't Act to Prevent Terrorism 29 Oct 2007 Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, arriving in London today for talks with Prime Minister Gordon Brown, said British officials failed to act on information that could have prevented the attacks on London in July 2005. Abdullah, in an interview with the BBC at his palace in Jeddah, said Saudi officials passed intelligence about the attacks to the U.K. before they happened.

US airport holds Minister after terrorism talks 29 Oct 2007 Britain's first Muslim minister was detained at a US airport for almost an hour on his way back from attending talks on tackling terrorism. Shahid Malik, the International Development Minister and MP for Dewsbur, was "deeply disappointed" to be taken aside at Dulles Airport in Washington DC yesterday morning.

British minister detained at US airport 29 Oct 2007 Britain's first Muslim Minister has described his disappointment after he was detained at a US airport, where his hand luggage was analysed for traces of explosive materials. Shahid Malik, MP for Dewsbury and International Development Minister, was returning to Heathrow after a series of meetings and talks on tackling terrorism, when he was stopped at Dulles Airport in Washington DC yesterday morning. He was searched and detained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - the same department whose representatives he had been meeting on his visit to the country.

Muslim Says Copies of Quran Confiscated 29 Oct 2007 The Bush regime urged the Supreme Court on Monday to bar a Muslim inmate from suing prison officials who allegedly confiscated two copies of his Quran and prayer rug.

'We haven't been charged with anything, but they won't tell us why they want to keep our car.' Canadian protesters stranded 27 Oct 2007 In these days of shock-and-awe travel, nobody can be sure whether a casual trip to Buffalo will end up in Syria – or as an all-expenses-paid tour of Guantanamo Bay. For a quartet of Wilfrid Laurier University students from Kitchener-Waterloo, a two-day visit to a peace workshop in Washington, D.C., turned into a week-long criminal case, with their car as chief suspect.

The Wiretap This Time By Studs Terkel 29 Oct 2007 Earlier this month, the Senate Intelligence Committee and the White House agreed to allow the executive branch to conduct dragnet interceptions of the electronic communications of people in the United States. They also agreed to “immunize” American telephone companies from lawsuits charging that after 9/11 some companies collaborated with the government to violate the Constitution and existing federal law. I am a plaintiff in one of those lawsuits, and I hope Congress thinks carefully before denying me, and millions of other Americans, our day in court.

FEMA Official Lands Job As ODNI Public Affairs Director --New position for FEMA phony is buried in last sentence of PentaPost article 27 Oct 2007 The Federal Emergency Management Agency staged a phony news conference Tuesday in which FEMA employees posed as reporters while real reporters listened on a telephone conference line and were barred from asking questions. "It was absolutely a bad decision. I regret it happened. Certainly . . . I should have stopped it," said John P. "Pat" Philbin, FEMA's director of external affairs. Philbin's last scheduled day at FEMA was Thursday. He has been named as the new head of public affairs at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, ODNI spokeswoman Vanee Vines said.

Video proves White House urgently needs an atlas --Video claims Horseshoe Falls for U.S. 29 Oct 2007 The Bush regime appears to have annexed a major Canadian landmark as part of a slick new campaign to promote U.S. tourism. In showing the Niagara Falls, Disney's filmmakers, however, chose the Horseshoe Falls, the only one of Niagara's three waterfalls to lie almost entirely on the Canadian side of the border separating New York State from Ontario... "This is not the United States, this is 100 per cent Canada, shot from the Canadian side," Paul Gromosiak, a Niagara Falls, N.Y., historian and author, said. "This is an insult.''

Garbage in, garbage out: Indicted garbage executive donated to Lieberman --Senator received $14,000 in 2003 28 Oct 2007 Contributions from associates and friends of now-indicted garbage executive James Galante to the 2004 presidential campaign of U.S. Sen. Joseph LieberBush have sparked the interest of federal investigators. Lieberman's bid for the White House took in at least $14,000 from Galante, his associates and their relatives in the fall of 2003, according to a Courant review of campaign records. The contributions to Lieberman (R-Israel) are similar to allegedly bundled contributions to three Republican officeholders that earlier this month led to state charges against Galante, who is also facing a 2006 federal racketeering indictment.

Lawyers' group urges death penalty moratorium 29 Oct 2007 The American Bar Association said on Monday it was renewing its call for a nationwide moratorium on executions, based on a three-year study of death penalty systems in eight states that found unfairness and other flaws.

Supreme court to decide Exxon Mobil Valdez appeal 29 Oct 2007 The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it would hear an appeal by Exxon Mobil Corp seeking to overturn the $2.5 billion in punitive damages it must pay for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill off Alaska.

MPs call for 'super department' on climate change 29 Oct 2007 A senior Minister should be given responsibility for leading Britain's effort to tackle the threat of global warming and made answerable to the public on the issue, MPs said today. The Commons environmental audit committee called for urgent change following a decade of missed opportunities for the government to "rise fully" to the challenge of climate change.

Drought dries up N.C. wells 28 Oct 2007 North Carolina's extreme drought is drying wells in western North Carolina, forcing some to buy water or gather it from creeks and community streams.

Preserving Polar Bears for Posterity 29 Oct 2007 The earlier the ice melts in a given year, the shorter the polar bears' hunting season. BBC director Alastair Fothergill captured the result of shrinking ice from a helicopter off the eastern coast of Spitsbergen: a polar bear swimming... But then Fothergill zooms out to reveal the larger scene, and the viewer realizes that there is no land in sight. The bear -- like the now-famous cartoon bear in Al Gore's film -- still has a long way to swim.

Boston Red Sox sweep Colorado Rockies to win World Series --Game 4 victory gives Boston second World Series title since 2004 29 Oct 2007 Overwhelming in every way, the Red Sox swept to their second title in four years Sunday night. Jon Lester, Mike Lowell & Co. left little room for drama with a 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies in Game 4.


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