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22.Jun.2006 Defense Department Disavows Santorum’s WMD Claims Judd 
Today, Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) and Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) held a press conference and announced “we have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.” Santorum and Hoekstra are hyping a document that describes degraded, pre-1991 munitions that were already
acknowledged by the White House’s Iraq Survey Group and dismissed.

Fox News’ Jim Angle contacted the Defense Department who quickly disavowed Santorum and Hoekstra’s claims. A Defense Department official told Angle flatly that the munitions hyped by Santorum and Hoekstra are “not the WMD’s for which this country went to war.”

Fox’s Alan Colmes broke the news to Santorum. Watch it: Transcript:

COMBS: Congressman, Senator, it’s Alan Colmes. Senator, the Iraq Survey Group — let me go to the Duelfer Report — says that Iraq did not have the weapons our intelligence believed were there.

And Jim Angle reported this for Fox News quotes a defense official who says these were pre-1991 weapons that could not have been fired as designed because they already been degraded.

And the official went on to say these are not the WMD’s this country and the rest of the world believed Iraq had and not the WMD’s for which this country went to war.

So the chest beating at this Republicans are doing tonight thinking this is a justification is not confirmed by the defense department.

SANTORUM: I’d like to know who that is. The fact of the matter is, I’ll wait and see what the actual Defense Department formally says or more important what the administration formally says.
Jun.2006 Think Progress 
TPMuckraker calls Kentucky’s Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) + discovers the liberal was not the only website state workers are no longer allowed to view.

Rather, they’d made a decision to block state employees from viewing the entire category of blogs .”

While the House leadership holds up a vote on a major domestic spending bill because it contains an amendment to raise the minimum wage ,

Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL) announced the House will vote on the estate tax this week.

In an “end run around Congress,” funding for the top U.S. nuclear weapons lab is being distributed through the U.S. Postal Service.

The postal service is helping Los Alamos National Lab “fund its new, 400,000 square foot ‘Science Complex.’”

Senate Coverup Committee chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) “will indeed succeed in deep-sixingthe Phase II probe into manipulation of Iraq war intelligence , Greg Sargent reports.

Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) gets rave reviews from the 876th Engineer Battalion, which just returned from Iraq to Murtha’s southwest Pennsylvania district.

He’s definitely for a strong military and he definitely supports the troops,” says Sgt. 1st Class George Wozniak, 36.
22.Jun.2006 Santorum: We Found the WMD Faiz 
Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) took to the microphone today to announce a shocking discovery — that WMD have been found in Iraq:

Congressman Hoekstra and I are here today to say that we have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, chemical weapons. …

Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent.

Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq’s pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist.

The Bush administration commissioned the Iraq Survey Group to determine whether in fact any WMD existed in Iraq.

After a year + half of meticulously combing through the country, here’s what the administration’s own inspectors reported:

While a small number of old, abandoned chemical munitions have been discovered, ISG judges that Iraq unilaterally destroyed its undeclared chemical weapons stockpile 00.000.1991 .

There are no credible Indications that Baghdad resumed production of chemical munitions thereafter, a policy ISG attributes to Baghdad’s desire to see sanctions lifted, or rendered ineffectual, or its fear of force against it should WMD be discovered.

The White House should immediately announce whether it stands with Santorum or whether it stands behind the review conducted by Charles Duelfer + the Iraq Survey Group.

00.Oct.2004 Bush said of Duelfer’s analysis: -Recall-

The chief weapons inspector, Charles Duelfer, has now issued a comprehensive report that confirms the earlier conclusion of David Kay that Iraq did not have the weapons that our intelligence believed were there .

Fox News isn’t waiting for an administration statement. Their right wing pundits are already peddling the story as truth.

Host John Gibson: “Sen. Rick Santorum announcing a startling find … In fact, WMDs were found in Iraq.”
Hagel: “Focus Group-Tested Buzz Words…Like ‘Cut and Run’…Debase the Seriousness of War” Faiz 
This afternoon on the Senate floor, Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) blasted conservatives who have turned to “catchy political slogans” to avoid having a serious debate about Bush’s Iraq policy.

Hagel argued that using such focus-group tested words like “cut and run” demean the debate and “debase the seriousness of war.” Watch it.

Full transcript below:

Congress fails in its duty when we do not probe, when we fail, we do not ask tough questions + we fail when we do not debate the gate issues of our day.

There is no issue more important than war. The war in Iraq is the defining issue on which this Congress and the administration will be judged.

The American people want to see serious debate about serious issues from serious leaders. They deserve more than a political debate.

This debate should transcend cynical attempts to turn public frustration with the war in Iraq into an electoral advantage.

It should be taken more seriously than to simply retreat into focus-group tested buzz words and phrases like “cut and run,” catchy political slogans that debase the seriousness of war.

War’s not a partisan issue, Mr. President. It should not be held hostage to political agendas. War should not be drug down into the political muck.

America deserves better.

Our men and women fighting and dying deserve better.
Progressives Leading on Iraq: Sound Policy Ideas vs. Political Spin Guest 
(Our guest blogger, Brian Katulis, is the co-author of
Strategic Redeployment, American Progress’ strategy for Iraq.)

Today’s Senate debate puts on full display the choice that Americans face on Iraq and national security policy.

Progressives are offering sensible policy ideas to change direction and the chance for accountability.

White House allies are stuck on tired attempts to politicize national security, offering more of the same and serving as a rubber stamp for failed policies.

More than six months ago, President Bush offered up a plan for Iraq. The response from Congress? First, deafening silence.

Then, Congress realized it was so unconvinced by the President’s ideas that it appointed an independent commission to look into Iraq to offer new ideas and recommendations.

No one has rallied around President Bush’s Iraq plan –- in large part because a majority of Americans are don’t approve of it + are looking for a new policy.

Progressives led the charge last November, with a measure calling on the Bush administration to take steps to make sure that 2006 was a “period of significant transition.” This measure got the support of a large majority –- 79 Senators of all partisan stripes. Nearly halfway through this year that is supposed to be a period of significant transition + who is leading the charge? Progressives again.

A pair of resolutions introduced in the U.S. Senate this week –- one resolution by a group of Senators who have each recently visited Iraq + a second approach, proposed by Senators Kerry, Feingold + Boxer, are serious attempts to define what “period of significant transition” means.

Both approaches are similar to an Iraq plan proposed by the Center for American Progress, although the first amendment does not embrace the 18 month timeframe advocated by the Center.

Yes, there are some differences between the two resolutions, but the basic thrust is the same – calling for a phased redeployment of U.S. forces to begin in 2006, coupled with increased efforts to set Iraq’s political transition and reconstruction back on track. Both approaches call on President Bush to put a stronger focus on the broader war on terror, reflecting a concern raised by 87 % terrorism experts surveyed by Foreign Policy and the Center for American Progress who say that the war in Iraq has had a negative impact on the war on terror.

The ideas offered up by progressives in the Senate today are a serious attempt to advance the country’s debate on Iraq. Americans should listen carefully. - Brian Katulis
22.Jun.2006 VIDEO: Author of Iraq NIE Says He ‘Regrets Having a Role’ In Manipulation of Intelligence Faiz 
Last night, PBS’s Frontline aired a new documentary entitled “
The Dark Sidewhich tells the story of how Vice President Cheney seized on 11.Sep.2001 to expand executive power + exert control over the nation’s intelligence functions.

One of the many examples the show cites of the administration’s successful manipulation of Iraq intelligence was the use of National Intelligence Estimate to propagate some of the most misleading claims.

After the congressional vote in October 2002, the Bush administration published a “white paperunclassified version of the NIE.

That “white paper” changed many of the official judgments of intelligence professionals by turning qualified conclusions into blunt assertions of fact.

One of the primary authors of the “white paper,” former CIA staffer Paul Pillar, told Frontline the paper was “clearly requested and published for policy advocacy purposes,” rather than its intended function as a fact-intensive, comprehensive judgment of the intelligence community. He added, “I regret having a role in that.” Watch it.

Full transcript of Pillar’s interview HERE. Beginning on Thursday evening, you can watch the entire documentary here.
22.Jun.2006 Bush Nominates National Review Writer To Public Broadcasting Board Amanda 
The Corner is reporting that President Bush plans to nominate Warren Bell, television producer and National Review writer, to the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

The CPB is designed to provide a buffer between independent public broadcast networks and partisan politics.

But instead of being a nonpartisan advocate of public broadcasting, Bell will likely be another advocate of Bush’s agenda.

(Under Bush, the CPB has steadily pushed right-wing priorities, trying to put a conservative slant on programming.)

In his writings for the National Review, Bell has been clear about his agenda:

I could reach across the aisle and hug Nancy Pelosi + I would, except this is a new shirt + that sort of thing leaves a stain .” [11.May 2005 ]

I am thoroughly conservative in ways that strike horror into the hearts of my Hollywood colleagues. I support a woman’s right to choose what movie we should see, but not that other one.” [11.May 2005 ]

I have met President Bush twice . I have no powerful political connections — both times were the result of sizable checks written by me to support his campaign .” [31.Mar.2005 ]

Looks like to get to Sesame Street, you have to take a turn to the right.
Minimum wage increase defeated. Nico Associated Press: “The Republican-controlled Senate refused Wednesday to raise the minimum wage, rejecting an election-year proposal from Democrats for the first increase in nearly a decade. The vote was 52-46, eight short of the 60 needed.”
22.Jun.2006 Did George Bush deface the American flag Nico in Vienna, Austria today?
22.Jun.2006 Chevron Bankrolling Opposition to California Clean Energy Initiative Think Progress 
On Sunday, Chevron CEO David O’Reilly appeared on Meet the Press and emphasized the importance of “promoting alternatives” to fossil fuels. “

Most of our companies are involved in this. I know we are.Shell CEO John Hofmeister agreed: “There’s so much we can do in this country” on “the alternatives of wind, solar, biofuels, hydrogen.”

Chevron has a strange way of getting “involved.”

00.Nov.2006 Californians will vote on a landmark ballot initiative, called the Clean Alternative Energy Initiative, which

would “impose a wellhead tax on oil companies operating in Californiato finance $4 billion towards alternative-fuel vehicles and renewable energy and conservation research.

The #1 donor to the group opposing the clean energy initiative: Chevron, which has given a whopping $3,740,000, more than three times the amount of the next 14 donors combined.

Help fight back — join Kick the Oil Habit today.
22.Jun.2006 Gunmen abducted 80-100 Iraqi factory workers Amanda “as they were being ferried home after work in a fleet of buses
22.Jun.2006 State censorship in Kentucky. Judd 

The State of Kentucky has blocked a liberal, muckraking blog called on all state computers.

The censorship comes the day after the NYT published a front-page story critical of the Kentucky administration which mentioned the site and its author.
22.Jun.2006 Bush the Diplomat: ‘For Europe, September 11 Was a Moment. For Us, it Was a Change of Thinking.’ Judd 

Today, President Bush held a press conference in Vienna, Austria as part of a diplomatic visit to Europe.

He was asked by a member of the press why approval for his policies, particularly on national security issues, was so low in Europe.

Bush explained that Europeans didn’t take the 11.Sep.2001 attacks seriously.

For Europe, September 11th was a moment. For us, it was a change of thinking.”

11.Sep.2001 85 Europeans died in the attacks.

Bush added that “some people,” presumably Europeans who disagree with his policies, believe it’s “OK to condemn people to tyranny.” Watch it:

We’ve posted the transcript HERE.
22.Jun.2006 House committee seeks NSA data-mining requests. Nico 

The House Judiciary Committee this morning “unexpectedly passed a Democratic resolution

calling on the Justice Department to turn over all requests made by the National Security Agency + other federal agencies to telephone service providers to obtain information without a warrant.”
22.Jun.2006 Salzsäure gegen die Paten sfux Stephan Fuchs ? Nach der Inhaftierung des Capo di Capi Bernardo Provenzano, drohte ein neuer Mafia Krieg auszubrechen.

Mit der Razzia am auf Sizilien wurde der Krieg fürs erste wohl verhindert. Bei der Razzia nahm die italienische Polizei am Dienstag mindestens 45 Menschen fest, darunter 13 Mafia-Bosse.
"Den drohenden Krieg der Mafia mit vielen Toten auf den Straßen Palermos haben wir verhindert",...

Geheimdienste wollen Hunderte Chemiewaffen gefunden haben sfux Washington -

Im Irak sind seit dem Einmarsch der US-Truppen vor drei Jahren rund 500 Chemiewaffen gefunden worden,

geht aus einem Geheimdienstbericht hervor, der am Mittwoch von republikanischen US-Senatoren veröffentlicht wurde.
Während der Senator Rick Santorum von einem "unglaublich bedeutenden" Ausmaß der Chemiewaffen-Funde sprach,

wollte ein Vertreter des US-Verteidigungsministeriums dem Bericht keine große Bedeutung beimessen + die Debatte...
Closing Gitmo Won't End Bushlag Archipelago Paul Joseph Watson Closing Gitmo Won't End Bushlag Archipelago Token gesture is political stunt + a drop in the ocean
22.Jun.2006 Massives Polizeiaufgebot auf Uni-Campus FFM Uni/FFM Polizei auf Uni-Campus FFM
22.Jun.2006 Kleiner Zitatenschatz des Bushismus Malte Olschewski Es war viel Lärm um Nichts: Der Besuch des US-Präsidenten Bush in Wien ist ohne Zwischenfälle + ohne Ergebnisse verlaufen.

Die Bevölkerung äußerte Unmut über die übertriebenen Sicherheitsvorkehrungen.

Die Medien warteten auf neue Sätze des =Bushismus=, wie die stolpernde,ungelenke Sprache des US-Präsidenten genannt wird.

Hier die markantesten Äußerungen Bushs aus der Vergangenheit.
U.S. Phone Records Sold to Firms, Govt. Agencies Americans' telephone records, secretly gathered by tricking telephone companies into revealing private billing information, are often bought by businesses + sometimes law enforcement agencies. That's the testimony of data-broker witnesses grilled by members of the House Energy + ...
22.Jun.2006 Boeing Weighs Sale or Closure Of Connexion Internet Venture After six years of failing to turn a profit from its ambitious in-flight Connexion Internet venture, Boeing Co. is considering selling the unit or shutting it down altogether, according to people familiar with the situation. The Chicago aerospace company has reached out to a number of commercial- ...
22.Jun.2006 Sea level in the Arctic Gavin A recent conference presentation at AGU (reported here) while confirming that global sea level is indeed rising (in line with other estimates), showed that Arctic sea levels may actually be falling. On the face of it these preliminary results are a little puzzling (though note that this isn't yet ..
22.Jun.2006 Unmanned Security Drones This sounds like a science fiction premise: Unmanned drones that monitor the population for crimes....
22.Jun.2006 Bill Gates' piracy confession The Internet's biggest social failure has been that it has served as enabling technology for rampant cheating and theft - and the rationalization of it.

The Internet makes stealing so easy that most people don't even think about it. Bill Gates' comments would appear to be a case in point. You can ...
Robert Kennedy, Jr. Continues to Harp on the Alleged 2004 Election Fraud John C Dvorak Kennedy and others are harping on this. Quite interesting.
22.Jun.2006 America activates missile shield Smartalix Does anybody really think that North Korea is going to shoot their missile test at America?

This is not only grandstanding, it’s probably the administration figuring that once they turn it on, they’ll never have to turn it off or justify its existence ever again. The USA ...
Bush begins Hungary state visit US President George W Bush begins a visit to Hungary marking the 50th anniversary of the anti-Soviet uprising.
22.Jun.2006 Marines face Iraq murder charges US marines are charged with the murder of a disabled Iraqi, in one of a series of inquiries into abuse allegations.
22.Jun.2006 'Extreme debt' levels get worse Levels of 'extreme debt' - where more than £100,000 is owed - are worsening, a charity finds.
22.Jun.2006 Saddam 'on hunger strike' Saddam Hussein begins a hunger strike in protest at the killing of a senior defence lawyer, his legal team says.
22.Jun.2006 US Senate debates Iraq timetable Democratic proposals for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq spark a fierce debate in the US Senate.
22.Jun.2006 Brown signals support for Trident Gordon Brown is expected to signal he wants to keep and renew Britain's independent nuclear deterrent.
22.Jun.2006 Scientists urge evolution lessons The world's leading scientists call on parents and teachers to give children "evidence-based" facts on evolution.
22.Jun.2006 Hope for reversal of hearing loss US researchers have restored hearing cells in the ears of mice + hope to reverse some types of hearing loss in humans.
22.Jun.2006 Israel kills - sister, brother: An Israeli Air Force strike killed two people and wounded eight more, members of a family who were eating dinner in their home.

The wounded, were identified as Abed al-Kader Ahmad, his wife, mother and three children – two of them less than five years old.
US soldiers accused of killing 15 Iraqi farmers: Iraqi police have accused the US military of killing 15 farm workers during a raid near Baquba, north of Baghdad.
22.Jun.2006 US troops get murder charges in killing civilian: The incident took place in the town of Hamdania + is a separate case from the 19.Nov.2005 killing of 24 civilians in Haditha in which other Marines are suspected.
22.Jun.2006 Australian mercenaries kill Iraqi trade minister's bodyguard: Australian security guards protecting a trade delegation shot dead a bodyguard of Iraq's trade minister + wounded three others in Baghdad after mistaking them for insurgents, witnesses and police said.
22.Jun.2006 The Death of News : Our very lives and liberty are at unprecedented risk because our press has long since disappeared into "the media"--a mammoth antidemocratic oligopoly that is far more responsive to its owners, big shareholders and good buddies in the government than it is to the rest of us, the people of this country.
22.Jun.2006 Stephen Colbert Exposes The Hypocrisy Of 10 Commandment Bill Sponsor Colbert Interview Shows Ten Commandments Bill Sponsor Can Only Name Three
22.Jun.2006 Don't Let Congress Ruin the Internet: Right now Congress is pushing a law that would abandon the First Amendment of the Internet - a principle called "network neutrality" that preserves the free + open Internet. Congress needs to hear from you today or they will hand over control of what you do online to companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast.
22.Jun.2006 Judge Questions Feds in NSA Case The federal judge in the lawsuit over AT&T's alleged complicity in illegal government surveillance puts some posers to the Bush administration. It's the first sign that the government may not be able to kill the EFF's suit by claiming the state-secrets privilege.
22.Jun.2006 Geneticist Backs Off Racial Work Bruce Lahn, whose controversial research on brain size, human intelligence and race raised a ruckus last year, moves away from the subject.
22.Jun.2006 Israel to Join Oil Fight Congress offers to fund cooperative with Israeli researchers for development of alternative fuels. In Autopia.
22.Jun.2006 Microsoft-brand spyware? Say it ain't so Blog: Crabby PC users are slinging epithets all over the Internet about what some are calling "Windows Genuine Disadvantage," the "verification"...
22.Jun.2006 AOL Tries New Tactic to Keep Customers samzenpus 390 Jhon writes

"AOL customer Vincent Ferrari tried to cancel his account, but a phone rep wouldn't let him do it. What he got when he tried to cancel his account was a lot of frustration. Now that's customer support!"
AT&T Rewrites Privacy Policy ScuttleMonkey 276 VikingThunder writes

"The San Francisco Chronicle reports that AT&T has revamped its privacy policy, in an effort to head off future consumer lawsuits, with changes taking effect this Friday.

AT&T is introducing a new policy that gives it more 'latitude' when it comes to sharing your browsing history with government agencies.

Notable changes include notification that AT&T will track viewing habits of customers of its new video services Homezone + U-Verse, which is forbidden for cable + satellite companies, as well as explicitly stating that the customer's data belongs to the company:

'While your account information may be personal to you, these records constitute business records that are owned by AT&T.

As such, AT&T may disclose such records to protect its legitimate business interests, safeguard others, or respond to legal process.'"
Jakob Nielsen on Design, RSS, Email + Blogs ScuttleMonkey 85+ Carl Bialik from WSJ writes

"Jakob Nielsen took some time to chat with the Wall Street Journal's Lee Gomes about RSS, email newsletters, web design and blogs.

When asked whether blogs must maintain a 'conversation' with readers, Nielsen says, 'That will work only for the people who are most fanatic, who are engaged so much that they will go + check out these blogs all the time. There are definitely some people who do that -- they are a small fraction. A much larger part of the population is not into that so much. The Internet is not that important to them.

It's a support tool for them. Bloggers tend to be all one extreme edge. It's really dangerous to design for a technical elite. We have to design for a broad majority of users.'"
22.Jun.2006 I'll of course let you all know if I hear anything back, though I don't think we should hold our breath.

While we're waiting to exhale, though, tomorrow I'll summarize what I learned this morning. Nothing earth-shattering, but definitely confirming. Permalink
"Merrill was assistant secretary general to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in the early 1990 s + president of the Export-Import Bank of the USA from 2002 until last year," the Washington Post reported today.

00.000.1978 Paisley "committed suicide" on a solo sailing trip, also on the Chesapeake Bay. Like Merrill, Paisley's corpse was found with weights tied around his ankles and a gunshot wound to the head.

His abandoned sailboat was loaded with top secret CIA files on various clandestine operations, despite Paisley's official retirement four years earlier.

Former CIA chief William Colby suffered a similar fate

00.000.1996 when he allegedly took a nighttime canoe trip, leaving his house unlocked, computer turned on + a half-made dinner in the kitchen. Colby's canoe was found floating upside down near his house.

Despite a major search effort by multiple agencies, his body didn't turn up for more than a week.

And when it was found, it was a few feet away from where the canoe had been discovered.

Colby was fired from the CIA by Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld back

00.000.1975 + replaced with George H.W. Bush.
Who killed Philip Merrill?

Washington GOP insider Philip Merrill's body was dragged from Chesapeake Bay on Monday, 11 miles from where his sailboat was found last week, an anchor tied around his ankles + his head disfigured from a shotgun blast.

It now appears the multimillionaire publisher who held top Bush Family appointments at NATO and the Pentagon mysteriously "committed suicide" in exactly the same fashion as CIA-Watergate operative + JFK-assassination figure John Paisley.
22.Jun.2006 Ambitious project to map Island's underwater caves 

A project to map out the underworld cave systems of Bermuda is due to start within the next 12 months and it is likely cave divers will explore regions of the Island never before seen.
22.Jun.2006 Pirate of the Republic sentenced  A suspended sentence given to a French mercenary who overthrew the Comoros government four times has disappointed residents of the Indian Ocean archipelago.
22.Jun.2006 Study: San Andreas fault overdue for quake  New earthquake research confirms the southern end of the San Andreas fault near Los Angeles is overdue for a Big One. The lower section of the fault has not produced a major earthquake in more than three centuries.
22.Jun.2006 Study: Fish Make Antifreeze in Their Stomachs  Headline of the week.
22.Jun.2006 Planets Visible in Night Sky  Three easily visible: Mars and Saturn -- close together in the western sky -- and Jupiter, further to the south.
21.Jun.2006 Iraq: US may be asked to leave By Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor THE level of violence in some areas of Iraq is worsening dramatically + US forces may soon be asked to leave by the Iraqi Government. Continue
22.Jun.2006 Kicking Open the Gates of Hell By Mike Whitney
In 3 years of unrelenting bloodshed, the Bush administration has never pursued a political solution. No dialogue, no diplomacy, no negotiations.

There’s still the naïve belief that violence alone can achieve their objectives and that America will prevail in any conflict. The administration’s arrogance has set them up for a crushing defeat. Continue

22.Jun.2006 Great Moments in the History of Imperialism By William Blum
I was moved to compile a list of the many kinds of misfortune which have fallen upon the heads of the Iraqi people as a result of the American liberation of their homeland. It's depressing reading + you may not want to read it all, but I think it's important to have it summarized in one place.

22.Jun.2006 Terrorism Myth: Muslims Look for Responsible Journalism By Mahboob A. Khawaja, Ph.D.
The “War on Terrorism” is flourishing business for the corporate world - a 21st century fantasy on its own, where facts live in denials and predetermined dogmas cover all aspects of Muslims and Islam.

22.Jun.2006  Australia builds its empire By John Pilger -Arriving with a force of 2,000, an Australian brigadier flew by helicopter straight to the headquarters of the rebel leader, Major Alfredo Reinado - not to arrest him for attempting to overthrow a democratically elected prime minister but to greet him warmly. Like other rebels, Reinado had been trained in Canberra. Continue

22.Jun.2006 Former Defense Officials Urge U.S. Strike on North Korean Missile Site : Former defense secretary William J. Perry has called on President Bush to launch a preemptive strike against the long-range ballistic missile that U.S. intelligence analysts say North Korea is preparing to launch.

22.Jun.2006 U.S. rejects N.Korea bid for missile talks : "North Korea as a sovereign state has the right to develop, deploy, test fire and export a missile," he told South Korea's Yonhap news agency. "We are aware of the U.S. concerns about our missile test-launch. So our position is that we should resolve the issue through negotiations."

22.Jun.2006 U.S. begins rare war games off Guam: As tensions with North Korea rise, three U.S. aircraft carriers filled the skies with fighters Tuesday for one of the largest U.S. military exercises in decades off this small island in the Pacific.

22.Jun.2006 Tokyo official says N. Korean missile incapable of carryingnuclear warheads: A Japanese Foreign Ministry official said on Thursday that North Korea does not seem to have a technology to load nuclear warheads onto its long-range missile now standing ready for a test launch.

22.Jun.2006 Iran nuclear response 'in August' : Iran has said it will respond by mid-August to a package of incentives on its nuclear programme offered by UN Security Council nations plus Germany.

22.Jun.2006 Iran must respond before August to N-proposals: US: US President George W. Bush warned yesterday that Iran must respond before August to a proposed deal to stop making nuclear fuel amid fears that it wants to build atomic weapons.

22.Jun.2006 Japan pulls ground troops from Iraq: Expand the mission of its Air Force: However, in a sign of growing military boldness, Japan will expand the mission of its Air Self-Defence Force from its present role of providing transport between Kuwait and Samawah, southern Iraq. Japan will commit its fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters to the risky task of airlifting United Nations personnel and multinational troops in and out of Baghdad

22.Jun.2006 Saddam lawyer's murder blamed on interior ministry : A lawyer in Saddam Hussain's defence team blamed the Iraqi ministry of the interior for the assassination of his colleague Khamis Al Obaidi yesterday and said that the killing was meant to silence the defence team.

22.Jun.2006 Saddam Hussein on Hunger Strike Protest at Murder: The former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and his seven co-defendants went on an indefinite hunger strike to protest at the killing of an Iraqi attorney who sits on the defence team, the online edition of Al Jazeera TV reported.

22.Jun.2006 Climbdown as Hamas agrees to Israeli state : Hamas has made a major political climbdown by agreeing to sections of a document that recognise Israel's right to exist and a negotiated two-state solution, according to Palestinian leaders.

22.Jun.2006U.S. denies sending troops to Bolivia : President Evo Morales drew a sharp denial from the U.S. Embassy when he claimed in a speech that the USA is sending soldiers disguised as students and tourists to Bolivia.

Test Tube Meat Nears Dinner Table: What if the next burger you ate was created in a warm, nutrient-enriched soup swirling within a bioreactor?
22.Jun.2006 Defense Department Disavows Santorum?s WMD Claims
"Feed the Beast" could be the subtitle of "Why We Fight," the celebrated recent documentary, just being released on DVD, Now Available from
GOP Consultant Infamous for Anti-Gore Ad is Charged with Molesting Girls, Including One IN the Ad
Defense Department Disavows Santorum?s WMD Claims
The Gun Industry Wants People to Carry Guns in Cars, But They Want You to Know That There are NO FIREARMS in Their "Gun Safety Mobile." Of Hypocrisy, Bullets, Death and Profits. (With Photos)
Could You love a Republican? Let Us Know. Comment Here. - The Last Chance Democracy Cafe by Steven C. Day
Republican Senator Hagel on the Senate debate over the Iraq war: "This debate should transcend cynical attempts to turn public frustration with the war in Iraq into an electoral advantage. It should be taken more seriously than to simply retreat into focus-group tested buzz words and phrases like ?cut and run,? catchy political slogans that debase the seriousness of war." 6/22
The BuzzFlash Mailbag -- Uncensored and Unvarnished Truth from BuzzFlash Readers.
GOP Senate Blocks Up or Down Vote on Minimum Wage Hike 6/22
Republican Leadership Defying Will of Public, Congress by Preventing Increase of Minimum Wage - A BuzzFlash News Analysis

22.Jun.2006 Lesetipp: Die Geschichte vom geklauten Handy
Versicherung: Allianz streicht 7500 Stellen
22.Jun.2006 Videobotschaft: Zawahiri ruft Afghanen zum Widerstand auf
21.Jun.2006 Irak: Acht US- Soldaten wegen Mordes an Zivilisten vor Gericht
21.Jun.2006 US- Studie: Kondome schützen vor  Gebärmutterhalskrebs
21.Jun.2006 I srael continues the slaughter: Palestinian woman killed in Israeli air strike : The strike brought to 13 the number of Palestinian civilians killed in recent Israeli air attacks, a death toll that has brought international criticism and pushed Israel to defend its tactics.

21.Jun.2006 Three Palestinians children killed in Israeli airstrike : Three Palestinians children were killed and 11 others wounded Tuesday evening in an Israeli airstrike on a car north of Gaza City, medics said.

21.Jun.2006 U.N. again urges Israel to cease targeted killings: "We would like to once again underscore the need for Israel to cease targeted killings, which continue to claim civilian lives," Ibrahim Gambari, the U.N. undersecretary-general for political affairs, told the Security Council.

21.Jun.2006 Palestinian Prime Minister: Killing of three children in Gaza is 'slaughter of girls': "In the Palestinian territories there are not human rights, there is slaughter of children. Israel has always been the reason behind the wars and the lack of stability in the region," Haniyeh said

21.Jun.2006 Group Calls For Renewed Attacks On Israel: A Palestinian militant group announced plans for retaliatory attacks on Israel Wednesday and called on other armed groups to join them.

21.Jun.2006 Bush wrongfooted as Iran : Iran is pursuing its own policy of regional engagement. And to Washington's growing unease, it seems to be working.

21.Jun.2006 UK's arms sales to Saudi Arabia probed : A former UK Defence minister has claimed that Britain's long standing arms trade with Saudi Arabia was founded on bribery. BBC Reports. Runtime 12 minutes

21.Jun.2006 The Iron Triangle: U.S. Military - Industrial Complex: Video: The Active Opposition examines the forces that are influencing our current military and foreign policies + how the growing military budget is changing priorities for America at home. QuickTime video

21.Jun.2006 U.S. role as top Turkish arms supplier jeopardized : Turkey is going through a low point in defense relations with Washington following its refusal to host U.S. troops for the invasion of Iraq in 2003. It has actively sought out other potential arms suppliers, making Turkey's business less attractive for U.S. companies.

21.Jun.2006 Exposed: The Carlyle Group : I defy you to watch this 48 minute documentary and not be outraged about the depth of corruption and deceit within the highest ranks of our government.

21.Jun.2006 Cheney mum, but his money talks: Kiplinger's Personal Finance a printed an analysis under the provocative headline, "Cheneys betting on bad news?"
21.Jun.2006 Afghan Press Told Not To Criticise Occupation Troops: A 24-point guideline paper, possibly from the intelligence department, has been issued to local and foreign media organisation asking them to abide by the rules mentioned in paper.
21.Jun.2006 Third Saddam lawyer killed: One of Saddam Hussein's lawyers was killed yesterday after he was abducted in Baghdad by men wearing police uniforms, court officials said.

21.Jun.2006 Dozens of Iraqi factory workers abducted: police: Five busloads of employees of the state-owned Great Victory factory at Taji were commandeered by dozens of gunmen in at least five cars, the officials said. One source put the number of those kidnapped at least 100 and possibly many more.

21.Jun.2006 Sadr calls on foreign troops in Iraq to follow: "The withdrawal of Japanese troops is a good step and I hope that all countries with occupation forces in Iraq would follow suit in a quick and organised way that would not hurt the Iraqi people,"

21.Jun.2006 21,000 Troops Notified for Iraq Occupation Deployment : The Pentagon has notified about 21,000 Army soldiers and Marines that they are scheduled to be sent to Iraq late this year.
21.Jun.2006 It's Time to break up the Media By Mike Whitney
Dismantling America’s media monopoly should be a central part of any progressive political platform. Democracy is impossible where information can be controlled by a few powerful corporations that shape the narrative to suit their own self-serving objectives.


Die Touristenattraktionen zwischen Stephansplatz, Ballhausplatz und Burgring sind verwaist. Wo sonst Hunderte Neugierige flanieren, sind jetzt nur das plätschernde Wasser der Brunnen + die über Wien kreisenden Polizeihubschrauber zu hören. Die Bedienungen der Cafés sitzen in der Sonne, drehen und rauchen Zigaretten. Heute kommt keine Kundschaft.

Auf den Dächern stehen Scharfschützen der österreichischen Spezialeinheit "Cobra".

Das Sicherheits-Spektakel erreicht um 10:02 seinen Höhepunkt. Aus den Funkgeräten der Polizisten krächzt es: "Konvoi in Johannesgasse gestartet."

In der Johannesgasse liegt das Hotel Intercontinental. Und da hat George W. Bush genächtigt. Jetzt geht es im Sekundentakt, die Namen der vom Konvoi passierten Plätze und Straßen werden durchgegeben.

Um 10:06 biegt der raketen- und giftgasgeschützte Cadillac DeVille des US-Präsidenten in den Ballhausplatz ein, dahinter ein mit Maschinengewehr bestückter Chevrolet. Auch dabei: Eine mobile Intensivstation.

Bush bekommt nichts mit von Wien und seiner Bevölkerung. Kontakt mit dem Volk ist nicht vorgesehen.

So empfängt Österreichs Bundespräsident seinen hohen Gast auch nicht vor den Türen der Hofburg, sondern Bush steigt erst aus, nachdem der schwere Cadillac das Tor passiert und dieses geschlossen ist.

Auch von Ferne kann niemand einen Blick auf den Präsidenten erhaschen.

"Das ist ja wie im Hochsicherheitsgefängnis", sagen die Wiener an den Absperrungen. Andere meinen, dass es 1683 auch nicht anders gewesen sein müsste.

Damals belagerten die Türken Wien. Die Leute freuen sich auf morgen. Da erhalten sie ihre Stadt zurück.

Der Besuch des US-Präsidenten mobilisierte in Wien mehr als 10.000 Gegendemonstranten - fast ausschließlich Jugendliche.

Mit markigen Parolen zogen sie durch den Westen Wiens, während die Polizeisperrungen das Zentrum zur Geisterstadt machten.

Wien - Das Megaphon peitscht die Worte durch die Mariahilfer-Straße. Tausende nehmen sie auf: "Bush, Bush, Bush go home!"

Auf rund einem Kilometer Länge bewegt sich die Demonstration am späten Mittwochnachmittag durch die Stadt. Zwischendrin Pritschenwagen, voll bepackt mit Lautsprechern und vom Schreien heiseren Vorbetern: "USA - internationale Völkermordzentrale", lautet jetzt der Slogan.
Demonstrationen gegen Bush: Wiens Jugend in Aufruhr
21.Jun.2006 Investmentbank: Morgan Stanley verdoppelt Gewinn
21.Jun.2006 Atomstreit mit Iran: Bush ist ungeduldig, Ahmadinedschad spielt auf Zeit
21.Jun.2006 Ausbildung: Gewerkschaften sprechen von 275.000 fehlenden Lehrstellen

21.Jun.2006 EU- Parlament: Umweltausschuss lockert Feinstaub- Richtlinie
21.Jun.2006 Bewegungsmelder: Schlagstöcke gegen Gebührengegner
21.Jun.2006 USA- EU- Gipfel: Bush startet Charmeoffensive in Wien
21.Jun.2006 Speicher- Zukunft: Die Terabyte- Platte ist in Sicht
Wetterphänomen: Riesenwellen an Amerikas Pazifikküste
'Ethical' hacking course on offer at Scottish university The University of Abertay in Dundee, Scotland has launched a course in computer hacking.

This step has been mainly triggered by the increasing demand for better computer security. The Bachelor of Science undergraduate course in ''Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures'' is scheduled to begin next October.
Chalmers Johnson with Brian Lamb
21.Jun.2006 The Daily Star - Politics - Beirut steps up search for head of terror group tied to Mossad
The Daily Star - Politics - Beirut steps up search for head of terror group tied to Mossad

21.Jun.2006 This is what the occupation did to Iraq.
Faiza Al-Arji ...What is the meaning of life in Iraq? All the beautiful meanings of life there are lost. for panic is the daily feeling, morning and night; militias for killings, free, incessant assassinations, sudden road blocks that kill people without a reason, bodies cast on the streets, which no one removes, on to a security chaos, the confusion of the government and the occupation forces, and- big statements (...) But since 1900 and till now, in the modern Iraqi stat! e, Iraqi never witnessed any sectarian conflict. And under the British occupation, the Sunnies and the Shia'ats united in the National movement + threw the occupier out of Iraq. So, the story of AL-Zarqawi was invented + his extremist Sunnie address, malicious against the Shia'ats. Meaning, in truth; there isn't any Party or Sunnie Iraqi militia that ever declared it was against the Shia'ats or had a grudge against them. So, AL-Zarqawi, not an Iraqi person, was invented + inserted into the equation to rip the unity of the Iraqis + destroy the fabric of the one society. That who carried out the bombing in Samara, is the one who had the interest in a sectarian war in Iraq. The Samara bombing was a true turning point in Iraq. It was exactly like the September 2001 events in America. Commotion was ignited; the cards were mixed + gave a perfectly suitable opportunity to wage a war against the Sunnies in Iraq, to burn their mosques, kill their men, target their fam! ilies + dislodge them. It gave the opportunity to the emerg! ence of the role of the criminal sectarian armed militias, as their hands were let loose at killing, kidnapping + torturing Sunnie individuals. The occupation and the former government were in complete collaboration to feed that violence + didn't stop it in any way. So, the story of AL-Zarqawi was utilized to justify killing the innocent Sunnie Iraqis, at the hands of death bands + militias that only God knows who finances them + who trained them in killing and crime...
21.Jun.2006 Permanent War? Dealing with Realities in Iraq and Washington
Robert Dreyfuss ...Just as the antiwar movement in the USA can strengthen the resistance in Iraq, the Iraqi resistance can aid the antiwar movement. The cold reality of the war in Iraq is that, had it not been for the Iraqi resistance, there would be no U.S. antiwar movement. Had Iraq's Sunnis collapsed in disarray and meekly ceded power to the Shiite-Kurdish coalition empowered by the U.S. invasion, President Bush's illegal war in Iraq might ! have succeeded far more effortlessly. But here's the truth of the matter: Led by Iraq's Baath party and by Iraqi military officers and their tribal and clan allies, a thriving insurgency did develop within months of the March 2003 invasion. ...
21.Jun.2006 The perfect monster kills quietly
Nulwee When anyone makes nuclear energy or nuclear weapons, a massive amount of radioactive waste is created. In the U.S., Depleted Uranium is harnessed by the government as a component for bombs, shells and automatic weapons bullets. Nuclear waste remains radioactive for billions of years, contaminating ground, water and air, causing cancer, birth defects and death, although DU is allegedly "safe" for humans, according to Pentagon scientists (irony being the weapons are still m! eant to kill). D.U. is now everywhere in Iraq: (and much of Aghanistan) bullets made with uranium lay in the residential streets, neighborhoods in Baghdad and Fallujah have been bombed with uranium weapons... and doctors in Iraq have taken notice: "Two strange phenomena have come about in Basra which I have never seen before.... double and triple cancers in one patient. We had one patient with 2 cancers one in his stomach and kidney. Months later...cancer was developing in his other kidneyhe had three different cancer types. The second is the clustering of cancer in families. We have 58 families here with more than one person affected by cancer. ...
21.Jun.2006 Condemnation by the Conference of Rectors from Public Universities in Madrid of violence in Iraq and the assassination of Iraqi University Professors
Statement by CRUMA - BRussells Tribunal ...After the compromise acquired by the team of Madrid Autónoma University Direction on the occasion of the International Seminar about the killing of University Professors and Health Personal in Iraq, A War Launched to Erase both the Culture and Future of the Iraqi people , organized in Madrid last 22nd and 23rd April ! [1] + at the proposal of the Rector of the mentioned University, Mr. Ángel Gabilondo, the Conference of Rectors from Public Universities in Madrid (CRUMA) has approved in its meeting of 12th June, 2006, an institutional statement condemning the killing of Iraqi University Professors and the situation of violence that Iraq is going through...
21.Jun.2006 The Iraq War and the End of Economics
Ahmed Amr, Three long years into this war of choice, most Americans and Arabs are still trying to figure out why George Bush wasted so many chips playing Iraqi roulette. If the nasty Mess on Potamia wasn?t about the phantom weapons of mass destruction, it certainly had nothing to do with spreading the blessings of democracy to the region. "Liberating foreigners from the yoke of repression" is the last refuge of scoundrels without a good alibi for an unp! rovoked unilateral war of aggression against a sovereign state. The USA had fifteen long years to encourage the development of a model democracy in Kuwait -- which remains a family ruled oil plantation with a rubber stamp parliament...
21.Jun.2006 Snow: There Is Too Much Focus on Kidnapped U.S. Soldiers
Think Progress On Friday, two U.S. troops were kidnapped at a checkpoint in Iraq. They remain missing. This morning on Fox News Sunday, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow criticized the press for spending too much time covering their plight. Watch it... Last week at a White House press briefing, Snow was asked for a reaction to the death toll for U.S. troops in Iraq reaching 2,500. Snow responded: "It?s a number."...
21.Jun.2006 What's gone on at Guantanamo
Born at the Crest of the Empire ...Here's a list of interrogation techniques reliably documented at U.S. detention centers in Guantanamo or Afghanistan, compiled by medical ethicist, Stephen Miles, in a forthcoming book, "Oath Betrayed." His sources are 35,000 pages of FOIAed government documents or credible witness testimony: Beating; punching with fists; use of truncheons; kicking; slamming against walls; stretching or suspension (to tear ligaments or muscles to cause asphyxia);! external electric shocks; forcing prisoners to abase and to urinate on themselves; forced masturbation; forced renunciation of religion; false confessions or accusations; applying urine and feces to prisoners; making verbal threats to a prisoner and his family; denigration of a prisoner's religion; force-feeding; induced hypothermia and exposure to extreme heat; dietary manipulation; use of sedatives; extreme sleep deprivation; mock executions; water immersion; "water-boarding"; obstruction of the prisoner's airway; chest compression; thermal burning; rape; dog bites; sexual abuse; forcing a prisoner to watch the abuse or torture of a loved one. .....
21.Jun.2006 APFN

19.Jun.2006 Al Bielek talking to Patricia can Blow lid off Black OPSPatricia Johnson-Holm

19.Jun.2006 Distrust AND VERIFY! Who counts our votes?Patricia Gracian


19.Jun.2006 Useful IDIOT MarshaLarry Lawson

19.Jun.2006 We_the_people???Larry Lawson

19.Jun.2006 Wise Reformation of the USA - forward widelyDeborah Reid

19.Jun.2006 Internet neutrality? Or Propaganda & profitability?Henk Ruyssenaars

19.Jun.2006 US Media Keeps Hyping Phony Korean Missile ThreatCheryl Seal

19.Jun.2006 I have heard this rumor as well - It's probably trueCheryl Seal

19.Jun.2006 Why are you so eager to discredit this rumor?Cheryl Seal

19.Jun.2006 NOW is the time to reopen InvestigationsRalph C. Whitley, Sr. a Veteran of One

19.Jun.2006 Wondered If You Knew This Info - -Carrie Taranova

19.Jun.2006 "He's back" America's most independent Talk Show Host"Charles Goyette is back!

19.Jun.2006 Re: Al Bielek talking to Patricia can Blow lid off Black OPSPatricia Johnson-Holm

19.Jun.2006 Re: We_the_people???Patricia Johnson-Holm

19.Jun.2006 Reclaim The Issues - "Occupation," Not "War"by Thom Hartmann

19.Jun.2006 Ehud Olmert's Ties to 11.Sep.2001 *PIC*
Ehud Olmert's Ties to 11.Sep.2001 *PIC*

21.Jun.2006 Which Side Are You On?
Stephen Gowans When US President George W. Bush identified an "axis of evil" whose existence Washington pledged to topple through a program of regime change, Iraq was not the only country the USA threatened with a virtual declaration of war. North Korea and Iran were also singled out. According to former Bush speechwriter, David Frum, who boasts he had a major hand in coining the "axis of evil" phrase, the common characteristic that bound the trio was "resentment of US power," ano! ther way of saying they resented US efforts to encroach upon their sovereignty. The quest by Washington to dominate other countries is ultimately rooted in economic forces + seeks advantage for the country?s corporations, banks and wealthy families...
21.Jun.2006 Detainee report slammed as `whitewash'
AP Murky procedures, lack of oversight and inadequate resources led to mistakes in the way US troops treated Iraqi and Afghan detainees. But two Pentagon reports, released publicly for the first time, found no widespread mistreatment or illegal actions by the military. A human rights organization called the reports released on Friday a whitewash that ignored countless documented accounts of detainee abuse. One report detailed several incidents involving US special operations! forces in 2003-04. It said interrogators fed some Iraqi detainees only bread and water for up to 17 days, used unapproved interrogation practices such as sleep deprivation and loud music and stripped at least one prisoner. That report concluded the detainees' treatment was wrong but not illegal and reflected inadequate resources and lack of oversight and proper guidance rather than deliberate abuse. No military personnel were punished as a result of the investigation...
21.Jun.2006 Big Bad ?al-Qaeda? and Zyklon B
Kurt Nimmo If we are to believe Ron Suskind, billed as a "Bush antagonist," al-CIA-duh terrorists "came within 45 days of attacking the New York subway system with a lethal gas similar to that used in Nazi death camps. They were stopped not by any intelligence breakthrough, but by an order from Osama bin Laden?s deputy, Ayman Zawahiri. And the U.S. learned of the plot from a CIA mole inside al-Qaeda. These are some of the more startling revelations by Pulitzer Prize-winning author ! Ron Suskind," according to Time Magazine. Ah, yes, "al-Qaeda" operatives, acting like Nazi butchers, making sure to use Zyklon B on innocent commuters...
21.Jun.2006 Bush In Baghdad
Walter A. Davis + Bob Boldt As Marx taught, history repeats itself as farce. Except when it was farce the first time: Bush in military garb, tight at the crotch, striding the decks of the Lincoln under the banner "Mission Accomplished." Then it can only repeat itself as a smug, tight-lipped instruction to the Media (and sadly even NPR chimed in) that they better play what is no more than a Photo Op as if it were the Second Coming. But not, perhaps, of Jesus. Something else descended from the ! clouds on Baghdad. A picture we are told is worth a thousand words. Or a challenge to words, perhaps, to honor the right side of the brain (the side that thinks poetically in images) by finding a way to offer the left what is known only when stripping away ideological mystifications has become the very way in which one receives "the news of the day."...
21.Jun.2006 *** CounterPunch Special Report***
Its Origins and Growth
The Power of the Israel Lobby
KATHLEEN and BILL CHRISTISON, Former CIA analysts ...The tragedy of the present situation is that it has become impossible to separate Israeli from alleged U.S. interests ­ that is, not what should be real U.S. national interests, but the selfish and self-defined "national interests" of the political-corporate-military complex that dominates the Bush administration, Congress + both major political parties. Th! e specific groups that now dominate the U.S. government are the globalized arms, energy + financial industries + the entire military establishments, of the U.S. + of Israel ­ groups that have quite literally hijacked the government and stripped it of most vestiges of democracy...
21.Jun.2006 Torturers love loopholes
Swopa, Needlenose The Washington Post has a pair of articles today on the bureaucracy of abominations. First, on page A16, a reverberation from our country's dip in the moral abyss: A secretive military Special Operations group in Iraq used several unauthorized interrogation tactics on detainees in early 2004 after it erroneously received an outdated policy from commanders in Baghdad, according to a high-level military investigative report released yesterday at the Pentagon. . . . Army! Brig. Gen. Richard P. Formica found that members of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Arabian Peninsula used official guidance that had been developed in September 2003 to create its own set of rules for interrogations, unknowingly including the forbidden tactics (...) . . . But Formica concluded that the soldiers using the tactics were not responsible for violating policy or the law from February to May 2004 because they believed what they were doing had been approved. . .
21.Jun.2006 Zarqawi successor is a US creation
Roads to Iraq As I said before, Zarqawi was a myth created by the Americans, the greatest mystery about Zarqawi was the fact that the bulk of his victims were Iraqis, not Americans, strange coincidence that his agenda to divide Iraq has been similar to that of the invaders. As Iraqi writer, Haifa Zangana said: Even if Zarqawi did not exist they, [the US occupation] would create one + if he died, they would make another Zarqawi to keep Iraq under their control. The "fin! e-tuned" new Zarqawi is created. We heard about US military identified Zarqawi successor, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, as they called him, they even published his autobiography. One problem here and it is: Nobody in Egypt among terrorists experts, Egyptian security, not even fanatic Muslims knows such a man or such a name ...
Stephen Lendman In contrast to its one-sided stance on Hugo Chavez, the June 16 Wall Street Journal had an interesting article on US based activists in Boston, New York, San Diego, Miami, Cincinnati and other cities around the country forming Bolivarian Circles and other groups supporting the Chavez government. But it couldn't do it without taking its usual swipe at the Venezuelan leader beginning with the front page article's title: Move Over Che: Chavez Is Ne! w Icon of Radical Chic. That's WSJ language intending to demean in its headline rather than use a proper one to reflect what their story was about...
21.Jun.2006 Zarqawi the scourge defeated, Osama not wanted for 11.Sep.2001?
Jerry Mazza, Online Journal Associate Editor As everyone and his brother, including Jordanian intelligence, rushes in to claim a piece of the Zarqawi kill, his fellow-Afghanistan-Mujihadeen and super-star terror-meister, Osama bin Laden, fade into Not Wanted by FBI for 11.Sep.2001 status, that is, the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, according to an article by Enver Masud. What? What?s going on here? I thought that?s why Bush declared The War on Ter! ror in the first place and went to Afghanistan to "smoke him out." But hey, what do I know, what do we know? We only live here...
21.Jun.2006 APFN
Votefraud.... America's #1 problem!The Fred McChesney Show

18.Jun.2006 Time for a "Maverick" For PresidentRich Sheridan


18.Jun.2006 Blood is Thicker Than BlackwaterBy Jeremy Scahill, The Nation

18.Jun.2006 Blood is Thicker Than Blackwater (Cont'd)By Jeremy Scahill, The Na

18.Jun.2006 Katrina : $30 million - Blackwater USA securityby JEREMY SCAHILL

18.Jun.2006 The Prince Group a/k/a BLACKWATERCONNECTING THE DOTS.....

18.Jun.2006 Blackwater hired to protect Paul Bremer in IraqGlobal Research

18.Jun.2006 PRINCE, ERIK (Blackwater) SOFT MONEY DONATIONS:The Prince Group (Blackwater)

18.Jun.2006 FBI: ?No hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 11.Sep.2001?FPF-fwd.: Ed Haas

18.Jun.2006 Scholars for 11.Sep.2001 Truth Petition to the US CongressStephen M. St. John

18.Jun.2006 Iraq: Security Companies and Training CampsBy Sarah Meyer



18.Jun.2006 Part 2Jacques Hard

18.Jun.2006 Part 3 and endJacques Hardy

18.Jun.2006 NOW IS THE TIME VETERAN'S!Ralph C. Whitley, Sr. a Veteran of One

18.Jun.2006 THE MINDLOCK - PART 5John Kaminski

18.Jun.2006 Yeah? Remember the Bush indicted LIE FOLKS??Larry Lawson

18.Jun.2006 Uuuhhhh, you have just had a bad dream!Pepper

18.Jun.2006 Oh, my Gosh, those were the helicopters......Pepper

18.Jun.2006 JFKPat Shannan

18.Jun.2006 Yes Pepper, Humor, Ridicule, Satire + Truth the WeaponsRich Sheridan

18.Jun.2006 Message to the Great Leader Kim Il SungJudah Ben-Hur

18.Jun.2006 Crafty And Duplicitous Jesuits Are Master DeceiversArctic Beacon


18.Jun.2006 New Free Video Explains The Real Reason JFK Was KilledAlan Watt

18.Jun.2006 Mercenariesjack Garcia

18.Jun.2006 Uh NOPatricia Johnson-Holm


21.Jun.2006 POTUS Deception
Informed Comment

21.Jun.2006 Darkness and Light
When international law and science are silenced, the only outcome is darkness
Gabrele Zamparini, The Cat's dream ...On 20 March 2003 the governments of the USA and United Kingdom broke their solemn pledge [as they had also done with 2001 bombing of Afghanistan and the 1999 NATO bombing campaign in the Balkans] with the invasion of the sovereign country of Iraq, "an illegal act that contravened the UN charter" according to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. (2) The darkness tha! t they brought to the Iraqi people has already slaughtered hundreds of thousands of human lives and contaminated that land with nuclear and chemical wastes for thousands of years to come. The crime perpetrated by the Bush and Blair?s alliance is "the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes [Abu Ghraib, Falluja, Haditha, etc.] in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole." The art of government has denied this basic truth to the people of the world (THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS) through that sophisticated propaganda apparatus that hypocritically calls itself "mainstream media"...
21.Jun.2006 Reasonable Doubts about the Guilt and Death of the Deceptive "Mr. Zarqawi"
Dr. Richard Marsden, When "Zarqawi" was killed off the evening of Wednesday June 7, 2006, at a house on the outskirts of the village of Hibhib, outside Baquba, I wasn?t at all surprised. Even a fictional character has to die some time. This one had lost all credibility. The plot had become unbelievable. So I argued a little over month ago, following release of the embarrassing Zarqawi promotional video and the fortuitous find by the Americ! ans of some "out-takes", showing him decked-out in American gear and fumbling his M-249. It was then I knew for sure that this "Zarqawi" was an impostor and his entire "narrative" a work of military deception....

1.Jun.2006 Chalabi in Bilderberg?
Roads to Iraq Ahmed Chalabi is one of Bilderberg Attendees? This traitor sold the whole country Iraq to the Americans. I wonder what is he planning to sell now? ...
Malcom Lagauche ...However, Bush is the ultimate liar and hypocrite when it comes to abetting terrorists. There are two world-class terrorists today who will never come to justice because they are protected by the U.S. Both would make al-Qaida jealous in their deeds of killing innocent people. But, most U.S. citizens have never heard of one: Luis Posada. The other one, Ilyad Allawi is still vaguely remembered as a former prime minister of the "new" Iraq....
21.Jun.2006 Urgent! Urgent!
The US liberator + civilization' war jets level to the ground another important archeological vestige in Iraq!
A special report from Ana - west of Iraq - Al What idol Zion herald Bush, wouldn't do to stay the course in Iraq? Sky is the limit for the idiot on rampage.. Bush the prophet, the liberator, the civilization distributor, the democracy herald.. the children killer.. continues to destroy every thing in Iraq as the Iraqis say.. al bashar wal shajar wal hadjar, ! killing human beings, trees and even stones.. Special reports from the city of Ana -west of Iraq, ascertained today that the barbarian US army has bombed and hit a very important archeological vestige belonging to the first Abbassid era west of Baghdad near the city of Al Qaeem...
21.Jun.2006 Nakba Revisionism
Xymphora Holocaust Revisionism is a crime in many places. Denying the reality of the Holocaust, or even quibbling about its details as established by the official Zionist historians, can land you in jail. Why isn?t there a crime of Nakba Revisionism? The Nakba is the forced exodus of Palestinians from their homeland caused by violence and threats of violence by Jews who were, in effect, clearing land for the new state of Israel (an idea that may have come from Stalin). As part of the general m! ythology of Israel, the fact of the Nakba was almost entirely hidden from Official Western History until relatively recently.

There is now absolutely no doubt that it occurred + no excuse for claiming that it didn?t occur.

Anyone who claims that the birth of Israel was without sin, or says something like "a land without people for a people without land", is a Nakba Revisionist... continue...
21.Jun.2006 Iraqi Resistance Report for events of 18.Jun.2006
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, In a dispatch posted at 2pm Makkah time Sunday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that US aircraft struck a civilian house in the al-Karmah area northeast of al-Fallujah, totally destroying the house and killing eight members of one family. Six others were wounded in the air raid which took place in the early hours of Saturday morning. A witness told Quds Press that the American attack took place at 4:30! am Saturday morning. He said that American troops surrounded the village for hours as they raided houses. At that time US aircraft were prowling the skies overhead. Then they struck the house, killing eight civilians including women and children + wounding six more. The witness said that the Americans also captured four women whom they took away with them to an unknown destination...
21.Jun.2006 The Haditha Doctor and The Media Dissemblers
Sarah Meyer On 2 June 2006, published an unsigned, scurrilous article entitled Questions Arise About Haditha Doctor - Wahid al-Obeidi - Central Figure In "Massacre" Case. This article questioned the account "Dr. Wahid al-Obeidi" had given about being arrested and beaten in Haditha in October 2005. The article then said, "Wahid is associated with the pro-terrorist Brussels Tribunal, a European-based anti-American group which counts among its members Sad! dam's favorite film maker Scott Ritter and Saddam's defense attorney Ramsey Clark." Pipeline News has confused and then misused their facts. The name of the Director of the Haditha Hospital is Dr. Walid al-Obeidi. Dr. Walid al-Obeidi is not a member of the BRussells Tribunal. It is Dr. Abdul Wahab Al Obeidi, member of "Freedom Voice Society for Human Rights", who is on the advisory committee of the BRussells Tribunal. Why is the (misnamed) Dr. Walid al-Obeidi being slandered?

He saw the bullets in the bodies from the Haditha massacre, thus opening up the case against American troops... continue...
21.Jun.2006 GI Special 4F17: "They're Grumbling" - June 19, 2006
Thomas F. Barton We speak with Peter Laufer, a Vietnam war resister and author of the new book, "Mission Rejected: U.S. Soldiers Who Say No to Iraq."
AMY GOODMAN: Can you talk about the number of men and women who have refused to go to Iraq to begin with or to redeploy ? or Afghanistan?
PETER LAUFFER: It's an incredibly important question, Amy + we really don't have any way to have a hard figure on that total.
But, anecdotally -- as I did the research for the book and talked to one after another of these soldiers rejecting the mission -- anecdotally, I would have to say the numbers are big and growing because they talk to me about members of their unit who, even if they're not overtly rejecting the war by disobeying orders, or going AWOL, or deserting, or filing for conscientious objector status, they are grumbling.
They?re over there unhappy with what is going on, displeased with the policy; and they're opposing the war.
21.Jun.2006 Zarqawi Dog and Pony Show Rolls On
Kurt Nimmo Once again, the intel op known as "al-Qaeda" has posted an internet communiqué, this time threatening to "avenge" the killing of the al-Zarqawi stand-in patsy. It?s simply amazing the corporate media reports this nonsense without critical comment, or laughing out loud, as they reported without comment the professed fact two 500lb bombs dropped on al-Zarqawi?s "hideout" vaporized walls, produced a large crater, flattened a palm grove + yet his body was essentially u! Nscathed...
21.Jun.2006 SOS Ramadi
Inge Van de Merlen, BRussells Tribunal ...On June 9, the first attacks began. The western media resembles the sleeping beauty. Except for an article in the LA Times, at the time of writing this article, no report on the operation can be found in the western press on the internet. All have their eyes still on Zarqawi in a media-induced trance Meanwhile, on Monday, 12 June, Al-Quds reported that the US Army had issued an ultimatum to Ramadi residents.[21] By June 15, they should turn in all the resis! tance fighters ? what an irrational demand! ? or face a massive attack. Again, as in Fallujah, those civilians who have no financial means to leave or no place to go, will be portrayed as 'terrorists? or 'foreign fighters? after they are killed, in order to clean up the face of this dirty war....
21.Jun.2006 The Smoking Cable: US Ambassador tells it like it REALLY is in Iraq
Magorn, Daily Kos To hear our Fearless Leader tell it; things In Iraq are going great and they're only getting better. Bush even went so far as to demonstrate the progress towards peace and stability in Iraq by sharply banking into Baghdad Airport for a quick, absolutely clandestine,(for security reasons), hello. He apparently wanted to see first hand how peaceful and prosperous, the insides of the most secure buildings in the Green Zone ar! e, when 70,000 troops patrol the surrounding city.. An Boy Howdy, he was certainly impressed; he held up Iraq as the model for transforming the Middle East. His Iraqi listeners however, could be forgiven for suspecting Bush had inhaled a little too much of the glue he used to put the model together however. A leaked secret State Dept cable from the US embassy in Baghdad paints a much grimmer picture of a Baghdad and the situation in Iraq + puts lie to the Sunshine and flowers being offered by W.
21.Jun.2006 How US hid the suicide secrets of Guantanamo
David Rose, The Observer ...Meanwhile, three US reporters at the base were ordered to leave. According to a Pentagon spokesman quoted by the US media, the reason was that two barred British reporters - us - had threatened to sue if the Americans were allowed to stay. This was, of course, untrue. Closing Guantanamo to the media meant there were no reporters there as the Naval Criminal Investigative Service team went about its work; none when pathologists conducted post ! mortem examinations; and none last Friday when, after a Muslim ceremony conducted by a military chaplain, the first body - Ahmed's - was prepared to be flown home. It was also impossible to gauge the impact of the deaths on the 460 inmates...
21.Jun.2006 IRAQ: US escalates assault on Ramadi
Doug Lorimer ..."The situation is catastrophic", said Sheik Fassal Gaood, the former governor of Anbar province, whose capital is Ramadi. Correspondents in Ramadi for Islam Memo, a Saudi Arabia-based Islamist website, reported on June 6 that the US military had cut off all electricity to the city as well as drinking water + had closed all the petrol stations....
21.Jun.2006 What has humanity come to?
Ren Jaluddin Ropeta, Vice Chair, Moro Christian Peoples Alliance (MCPA) Amid the unjust wars in nations whose only crime is their aspiration for genuine sovereignty, all of humanity faces this question. Poor people in a rich land torn by an unjust war has been the tragic irony that befell on the people of Iraq. Three years after the US?s invasion and occupation of Iraq, justified by a monstrous lie about weapons of mass destruction, it continues be ravaged by US-weaponry manned by sold! iers who are nonetheless victims of their own country?s greed and folly. A parallel situation, with a somewhat subtle and diffused complexion can be drawn from the experience of the Muslims in the Philippines...
21.Jun.2006Coalition of the willing shrinks in Iraq The shrinking US "coalition of the willing" in Iraq has come to resemble more a coalition of the reluctant, as allies weigh up the costs of continued involvement in an unpopular war against the benefits of backing President George W. Bush for the rest of his second term. Click here to view the original Webpage.
21.Jun.2006 ABC News: Sheriff to Release Columbine Documents
ABC News: Sheriff to Release Columbine Documents

20.Jun.2006 Think Progress 
All right. You’ve covered your ass, now.Bush’s response on August 6, 2001 to the CIA briefer who informed him, “ Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S. ”

What we learned from Karl Rove today: 1) he doesn’t want his kids digging ditches, but someone’s got to do it +

2) if you’re in Texas and see a guy working tar on a roof, odds are that individual is not a U.S. citizen.

TPMMuckraker’s Justin Rood rides the courthouse elevator with freshly-convicted Bush administration official/Abramoff ally David Safavian .

Handholding preserved!President Bush

has reassured Saudi Arabia’s king that he will continue to cooperate with the kingdom on energy issues even after his pledge to wean America off Middle East oil,” Saudi Arabia’s ambassador said today.

ArmsControlWonk has close-up satellite photos of the site where North Korea will reportedly test its missile . Meanwhile, Washington Post defense blogger William Arkin weighs in on “North Korea’s Non-Threat.

Today marked the launch of Faith in Public Life, a group designed to ensure that progressive faith voices are heard + that “those who use religion as a tool of division and exclusion do not dominate public discourse.”

Check out their blog.

And finally: Who knew large close-up photographs of bugs could be so beautiful?
21.Jun.2006 Senate conservatives OK contract corruption. Nico 

The Senate voted 44-52 today to kill legislation that would have created a special committee to “investigate the awarding and carrying out of contracts” in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Even conservative “straight shooters” like John McCain and Chuck Hagel voted against oversight. The Nation has details.
21.Jun.2006 Administration Responds to North Korea Missile Stunt With Missile Defense Stunt Guest 
The Bush administration has responded to a North Korean missile that doesn’t work by activating an anti-missile system that doesn’t work. From

The USA has moved its ground-based interceptor missile defense system from test mode to operational amid concerns over an expected North Korean missile launch, a U.S. defense official said on Tuesday. …

It’s good to be ready,” the official said.

But we’re not “ready.” The interceptors the administration has placed in silos in Alaska have never been realistically tested and are known to have serious operational problems.

They have as much chance of hitting an incoming missile as a kid with a slingshot.

Fortunately, the missile the North Koreans may test does not work either.

00.000.1998 The last time they fired a long-range missile was- it went about 1300 killometers + failed to put its tiny payload into orbit.

The North Korean test is a political stunt designed to grab some attention. The same can be said of the decision to activate the Alaska site.

The North Koreans want to increase their negotiation leverage; the U.S. Missile Defense Agency wants to protect its massive $10 billion annual budget — “more than the entire U.S. Army is spending on research and development” — for a product that doesn’t work. We have to hope that neither stunt succeeds. Joe Cirincione
21.Jun.2006 Help Raise the Minimum Wage Guest 
Our guest blogger, Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), is the ranking Democrat on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in the Senate.

Yesterday, I offered an amendment on the Senate floor to raise the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour in three steps over the next two years.

This increase will help almost 15 million Americans rise out of poverty.

This vote is critically important + I need your help to win this fight.

As many of you know, the federal minimum wage hasn’t been raised in nine years. A minimum wage worker, who works full-time, 52 weeks a year, makes $5.15 an hour—$10,700 a year.

That’s not even enough to keep a single parent with one child above the poverty line!

Despite our efforts, Congress year after year has refused to give working men and women the raise they deserve. Yet Congress keeps giving itself annual pay raisesit’s the height of hypocrisy.

But now, we have a real opportunity. We’ve had significant minimum wage victories in red states and blue states alike + an increase received strong bipartisan support in the House Appropriations Committee last week.

The momentum is growing + the time for action is now!

Make calls, send emails – tell Senators to support the Kennedy Amendment to raise the minimum wage. Ask your friends and neighbors to take a stand for a fair minimum wage too.

Thank you for your help. Together, we can see that minimum wage workers finally get the raise they deserve! – Ted Kennedy
21.Jun.2006 Report: Global Warming Pollution Has Doubled in 28 States Since 1960 Nico 

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group released an analysis of government data today showing that 28 states more than doubled their carbon dioxide emissions between 1960 and 2001.

One major culprit of the spike in emissions: Increased combustion of oil to fuel our cars and trucks, which accounted for 40% of the total rise.

Oil emissions from the transportation sector soared over the period due to a dramatic rise in vehicle travel and the stagnating fuel efficiency of vehicles, while oil emissions from every other sector peaked in the 1970s”:

Read the full report HERE. Also today, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) released the Safe Climate Act, which sets strict targets to significantly reduce global warming pollution.

The U.S. PIRG report underscores the need for immediate action to avoid a global climate crisis.

As James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said last December:

The Earth’s climate is nearing, but has not passed, a tipping point, beyond which it will be impossible to avoid climate change with far ranging undesirable consequences.”

These consequences, he said, would “constitute practically a different planetand include sea level rise, heat waves, drought, more intense hurricanes, decreased crop yields + water scarcity.
21.Jun.2006 Because the U.S. government did not have a plan in place, Amanda 

my nephew has paid for it with his life,” said the uncle of Kristian Menchaca, one of the missing U.S. soldiers found dead in Iraq today. On Power Line, John Hinderaker is already shamelessly attacking Menchaca’s uncle.
21.Jun.2006 Torture of Mentally Ill Prisoner Led Administration To Pursue False Leads Payson 

In his new book “The One % Doctrine,” Ron Suskind details the story of Abu Zubaydah - a man President Bush once described as “one of the top operatives plotting and planning death and destruction on the USA.” Suskind writes that Bush made this claim despite CIA and FBI analysis that showed Zubaydah was “mentally ill and nothing like the pivotal figure they supposed him to be.” (“This guy is insane, [a] certifiable, split personality,” the FBI’s top al-Qaeda analyst said.)

Nevertheless, “under White House and Justice Department direction, the CIA would make him its first test subject for harsh interrogation techniques.” Ultimately, his story became an example of how torture doesn’t work.

From the Washington Post’s review of the book:

Bush “was fixated on how to get Zubaydah to tell us the truth,” Suskind writes + he asked one briefer, “Do some of these harsh methods really work?”

Interrogators did their best to find out, Suskind reports. They strapped Abu Zubaydah to a water-board, which reproduces the agony of drowning. They threatened him with certain death.

They withheld medication. They bombarded him with deafening noise and harsh lights, depriving him of sleep.

Under that duress, he began to speak of plots of every variety — against shopping malls, banks, supermarkets, water systems, nuclear plants, apartment buildings, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty.

With each new tale, “thousands of uniformed men and women raced in a panic to each…target.”

And so, Suskind writes, “the USA would torture a mentally disturbed man and then leap, screaming, at every word he uttered.”

The answer to your question, President Bush, is “no.”
21.Jun.2006 Progressive Unity on Iraq: Redeployment Must Begin Immediately Faiz 

Today, the Senate will debate a pair of amendments that urge the administration to begin a phased redeployment of American troops out of Iraq. Increasingly, progressives and conservatives are unifying behind two very different approaches to resolving the Iraq conflict. Progressives across the spectrum believe that redeployment of U.S. forces must begin immediately:

[Sen. Jack] Reed (D-RI) said redeployment should begin ‘ as quickly as possible’ to ease the strain on the troops, but added that the measure does not establish a pace.”

Joint statement of Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA): “Our troops have done their job in Iraq. It is time to redeploy – to help increase stability in Iraq + more importantly, to strengthen the national security of the USA.”

Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI): “[The amendment] does urge that a phased redeployment begin this year , partly as a way of moving away from an open-ended commitment and a way of avoiding Iraqi dependency on a U.S. security blanket.”

Conservatives, however, remain wedded to Bush’s stay the course rhetoric, unwilling to make any promises of a near-term departure from Iraq. In defense of Bush, Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) said:

Retreat is not an option. Those calling for an early withdrawal of American troops from Iraq utterly fail to understand the potentially catastrophic implications of their proposal.

But in fact, the administration and its conservative allies find themselves out of touch with Iraqi sentiment and are growing more and more isolated in their approach. Today, Iraqi National Security Adviser, Mowaffak al-Rubaie, weighed in decidedly in favor of the progressive approach -– the immediate start of a redeployment. Al-Rubaie writes:

Iraq’s ambition is to have full control of the country by the end of 2008. In practice this will mean a significant foreign troop reduction. We envisage the U.S. troop presence by year’s end to be under 100,000, with most of the remaining troops to return home by the end of 2007.

Al-Rubaie joins the Iraqi president, Iraqi vice president + Iraqi prime minister in calling for a withdrawal to begin soon.

UPDATE: At this afternoon’s press briefing, State Department spokesman Adam Ereli was asked about the Al-Rubaie op-ed. “Frankly, I didn’t read it that carefully,” he said.
Supporters of Right-Wing Initiative Use Dirty Tricks To Get On The Ballot In Montana Amanda 

The so-called “Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights” (TABOR) isn’t yet on the ballot in Montana, but right-wing activists are trying all the dirty tricks they can find to get it there. TABOR arbitrarily caps “increases in state spending based on…population growth and the consumer price index,” restricting a state’s ability to set priorities, respond to crises + offer public services.

Many Montanans have called the Montana Commission of Political Practices about “being tricked or coerced into signing ballot initiative petitions they didn’t intend to sign.” One of those petitions was CI-97, the state’s TABOR (or “SOS”) measure.

ThinkProgress spoke to Gordy Higgins, the Montana Commissioner of Political Parties. Higgins confirmed that his office has received numerous informal complaints about the petitions’ signature gatherers and expects a formal complaint to be filed with his office sometime this week. Some of the most common schemes he has heard about:

1. The Carbon-Copy Scheme : Signature gatherers would lay out three petitions on a clipboard. The gatherer would discuss one of the petitions — usually the one on eminent domain. If the person signed it, the gatherer would then say, “We can’t have photocopies or carbon copies, so would you mind signing these two other petitions?” Thinking that he or she was signing copies of the first petition, the person would sign the second two. In fact, the second two petitions were on judicial recall and TABOR.

2. The Forgery Scheme : Signature gatherers would have a person sign one petition, then say, “We understand you’re busy – if you write your name on the first one, we’ll sign your name on the other two, so you can get on your way.” The signature gatherers would then forge the person’s signature on the other two petitions.

3. The Fake Petitions Scheme : Signature gatherers would tell people about totally fake petitions , such as a “one-strike sex-offender initiative.” In reality they were signing petitions supporting eminent domain, judicial recall + TABOR.

Higgins also told ThinkProgress that the “itinerant circulators” seem to have left Montana and gone on to other states and other ballot initiatives. It’s likely that we haven’t seen the end of their dirty tactics.

For more on efforts to fight TABOR in Montana, visit Not In Montana.
21.Jun.2006 Bush Urges Supporters To Help Keep (Retiring) Frist as Majority Leader Judd 

Speaking to a crowd of political supporters last night, President Bush twice stressed the importance of keeping Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN) as Majority Leader after the November elections:

If you want your taxes low, keep Denny Hastert and Bill Frist as leaders of the House and the Senate . …

I want to thank you for helping make sure that Denny Hastert and Bill Frist remain in their positions in the Senate and the House + I assure you this, we will continue to lead this country with an optimistic, hopeful, positive vision that says to every American, opportunity belongs to you as much as your neighbor.

There’s only one problem: Bill Frist is retiring.
21.Jun.2006 Safavian convicted. Nico 

David Safavian, the senior Bush administration official accused of covering up assistance he provided to disgraced GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff, has been convicted “on four counts of obstruction and making false statements.”
21.Jun.2006 The recently appointed head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection spoke out against a wall being built along the Mexican border . “I don’t support, I don’t believe the administration supports a wall,” Commissioner W. Ralph Basham said yesterday. “It’s not practical.

The House will vote this week on an estate tax “compromise” bill from Rep. Bill Thomas (R-CA). “To lure Democratic senators from Washington state and Arkansas, Thomas included a lucrative tax break for the timber industry, pushing the total cost of the bill to nearly $280 billion.”

Not exactly a free press in Afghanistan: “In a coordinated action this week,” Afghan intelligence operatives delivered an “unsigned letter” to TV stations and newspapers “ordering journalists to report more favorable news about the government.”

After revelations that AT&T set up a secret room in San Francisco that provided the National Security Agency with “full access to its customers’ phone calls,” Salon now reveals that AT&T has a “more integral” secret room in its Bridgeton, MO facility. “Although they work for AT&T, they’re actually doing a job for the government,” said a former AT&T employee.

Jack Abramoff’s lawyer , Abbe D. Lowell, is calling for stricter ethics reformthat goes beyond what Congress is willing to even debate.”

The AP has obtained the FBI files on playwright Arthur Miller , a “longtime liberal who opposed the Vietnam War” and “supported civil rights.” (

00.000.1956 Miller famously refused to name names before Eugene McCarthy’s House Un-American Activities Committee.)

One FBI report said Miller’s “religious” wedding ceremony was a “cover upsince he was a “cultural front man” for the secular Communist Party.

The conviction of Abramoff-linked former Bush official David Safavian yesterday “could embolden federal prosecutors to seek additional indictments against cronies of Abramoff.” Said one analyst, “This is the type of conviction that tends to loosen tongues.”

More media consolidation on the horizon? The FCC today “will embark on a new attempt to revamp media ownership restrictions,” with FCC Chairman Kevin Martin joining large media conglomerates in pushing for increased consolidation. (Just in time, The Nation has updated their graph of the National Entertainment State.)

Conservative alumni at colleges such as Dartmouth, Hamilton + Colgate University, are attempting to take over alumni association boards and are pulling in right-wing bloggers to help them out.
21.Jun.2006 CFR/Bilderberg Plan To Erase US Borders Finally Gets Attention Paul Joseph Watson CFR/Bilderberg Plan To Erase US Borders Finally Gets Attention Associated Press reports on Bush 'super-state' agenda to create American Union
21.Jun.2006 Scientific Analysis Proves Towers Brought Down By Incendiaries Paul Joseph Watson Scientific Analysis Proves Towers Brought Down By Incendiaries Steven Jones' analysis on WTC steel about to be released
21.Jun.2006 The Zero Tolerance Militarized Police State Paul Joseph Watson The Zero Tolerance Militarized Police State Nagin's National Guard mandate model for post-11.Sep.2001 cammo law enforcement
21.Jun.2006 New Record for LED Lumens-per-watt. The End is Near! John C Dvorak  Amazing efficiency. Amazing!
21.Jun.2006 Is Bush Dumb, or Pretending to Be Dumb? Or What? Uncle Dave Remarkable insights into the mind of our president.
21.Jun.2006 In China It's ******* vs. Netizens With the Internet, China is developing for the first time in 4,000 years of history a powerful independent institution that offers checks and balances on the emperors.
21.Jun.2006 US 'wants to end Guantanamo' President Bush says he wants to close Guantanamo Bay and send detainees to their home countries.
21.Jun.2006 Saddam defence lawyer killed One of Saddam Hussein's leading defence lawyers, Khamis al-Obeidi, is abducted and killed in Baghdad.
21.Jun.2006 Met police chief defiant over job Under pressure Metropolitan Police chief Sir Ian Blair has insisted "reports of my demise are premature".
21.Jun.2006 'Al-Qaeda video' of 20th hijacker A video said to be by al-Qaeda shows a Saudi man it says was the "20th hijacker" for the 11.Sep.2001 attacks.
21.Jun.2006 Guantanamo clouds EU-US talks US President George Bush is in Austria for a summit where the EU will call for the closure of the Guantanamo camp.
21.Jun.2006 Nepal Maoists 'will not disarm' Nepal's Maoist rebels say they will not lay down arms until elections are held for a constituent assembly.
21.Jun.2006 Peaceful start to summer solstice Celebrations at Stonehenge pass off with only four arrests as the sun rises on the longest day.
21.Jun.2006 Report reveals print 'negligence' An official report on the Shirley McKie case concludes fingerprint staff were guilty of "professional negligence".
21.Jun.2006 Financial watchdog to face review The effectiveness of the Financial Services Authority is to be investigated by the National Audit Office.
21.Jun.2006 Compromise talk after whaling win The annual whaling commission meeting ends with conciliatory talk, despite a victory for whaling nations.
21.Jun.2006 PM to get two 'Blair Force Ones' The prime minister and the Queen are to get dedicated planes to fly them on official trips, the BBC learns.
21.Jun.2006 Anti-whaling activists detained Ten activists are arrested while protesting against moves towards a return to commercial whaling.
21.Jun.2006 Taylor flies in for Hague trial Ex-Liberia leader Charles Taylor arrives in the Netherlands where he is to be tried on war crimes charges.
21.Jun.2006 N Korea defies missile pressure North Korea declares it has the right to test a long-range missile, reports say, drawing international concern.
21.Jun.2006 Storm flood hits Americas coast A storm surge from the South Pacific engulfs parts of Central America's coastline, meteorologists say.
21.Jun.2006 Sicilian anti-Mafia raids net 45 Italian police arrest at least 45 people in what they say is a major anti-Mafia crackdown in Palermo.
21.Jun.2006 Gaza air strike 'kills children' An Israeli raid on Gaza kills two children and a teenager, injuring 14 other people, Palestinian officials say.
21.Jun.2006 May sees bumper mortgage lending Gross mortgage lending reaches £28.7bn in May, the second-highest monthly figure on record, say lenders.
21.Jun.2006 Young 'failed' on mental health Doctors warn one in ten children have a mental health problem - and services are ill equipped to cope.
21.Jun.2006 Front garden yields ancient tools Handaxes unearthed in Kent suggest the Britons of 250,000 years ago were smart tool makers.
21.Jun.2006 Chilly chip shatters speed record A supercooled microchip capable of half a trillion calculations every second has been demonstrated in the US.
21.Jun.2006 Argentina holds 'Dirty War' trial An Argentine policeman goes on trial for murder in the first such case since an amnesty was scrapped.
21.Jun.2006 Test Tube Meat Nears Dinner Table Scientists are growing little clumps of meat in dishes. One day, these synthetic morsels could end up on your grill.
21.Jun.2006 Secrecy Mustn't Crush Rule of Law The USA is asserting the state-secrets privilege to dismiss a series of suits that raise serious allegations of government wrongdoing. It's time the courts stepped in and limited a tool that's evolved to protect lawbreakers, not national security.
21.Jun.2006 'UFO Hacker' Tells What He Found Gary McKinnon's quest for signs of extraterrestrial life leads through NASA computer systems. Now he faces extradition from his English home and, if convicted in U.S. courts, up to 70 years in prison. A Wired News interview by Nigel Watson.
21.Jun.2006 'Print Clock' Dates Antique Books Ripping a few pages from genetics and geology, a biologist devises a new way to pinpoint the publishing dates of old tomes.
21.Jun.2006 Oil Surveys May Harm Whales The International Whaling Commission's report calls for further study of effects and reduction of ocean noise pollution created by oil exploration methods.
21.Jun.2006 Biobutanol: The Next Alt Fuel? Move over ethanol and biodiesel. A new and improved fuel from corn or sugar beets is in the pipeline. In Autopia.
21.Jun.2006 Stanford, tech execs unveil new science center Stanford hopes research will advance earthquake detection, oil exploration and predictions of the effects of global warming.
21.Jun.2006 Gaze Detector Lets You Hear With Your Eyes ScuttleMonkey 56 tinkertim writes

"Engadget is reporting that Manabe Hiroyuki has developed a personal 'being' assistant, the wearable headphone gaze detector.

The device apparently takes notice of what you look at (and hear) and makes note of the more important events in your life that it records. From the article

'[the device] is slightly less elegant than the traditional neural implant, with this system you could not only record the goings on of your days + "bookmark" important events, but also train the cameras to feed you information about your surroundings based on QR codes or possibly eventually object recognition;

think of it as augmented aural reality triggered by giving a passing glance.'"
UBC Engineers Reach Mileage Of Over 3000 MPG ScuttleMonkey 325 The New Revelation writes

"Physorg reports that engineers at UBC have developed a single occupancy vehicle that achieves a ridiculous 3145 MPG! From the article:

'The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Supermileage Competition took place June 9 in Marshall, Michigan. Forty teams from Canada, the U.S. and India competed in designing and building the most fuel-efficient vehicle... The UBC design, which required the driver to lie down while navigating it, achieved 3,145 miles per US gallon (0.074 liters/100 km) -- equivalent of Vancouver to Halifax on a gallon (3.79 liters) of gas -

- costing less than $5 at the pump.'"
Physicists Watch Individual Electrons Flow ScuttleMonkey 93 SG writes

"Physicists at the Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed the world's most sensitive ammeter yet.

The device allows current to be measured at the attoampere level and is expected to be of use in nanoelectronics, calibration devices, quantum computation and biology."
Microsoft Developing Robotics Software ScuttleMonkey 254 s31523

Microsoft recently announced the launch of their new Microsoft Robotics Group and the first product release, a software program to help robotics developers.

Despite the timing this has nothing to do with the recent abdication by Gates + was actually instigated by Gates before his departure. From the article

"It might take many years, but Microsoft believes robotics could present a big opportunity as the market grows, said Tandy Trower, general manager of the Microsoft Robotics Group.

He cited estimates predicting that consumer robotics alone will grow into a multibillion-dollar industry in five to 10 years."
Net Neutrality, Schlocky Salesmen vs Monopolist Plumbers ScuttleMonkey 322

Andy Kessler has written a short tongue-in-cheek summary of the net neutrality debate over on the Weekly Standard.

Kessler identifies the two sides as the 'schlocky ad salesmen' (Google, Yahoo!, etc) + the 'monopolist plumbers' (Verizon, AT&T, etc) and when you add the politicians to the mix it creates a pretty untenable situation.

From the article:

"But the answer is not regulations imposing net neutrality. You can already smell the mandates and the loopholes once Congress gets involved. Think special, high-speed priority for campaign commercials or educational videos about global warming. Or roadblocks--like requiring emergency 911 service--to try to kill off free Internet telephone services such as Skype. And who knows what else? Network neutrality won't be the laissez-faire sandbox its supporters think, but more like used kitty litter. We all know that regulations beget more lobbyists. I'd rather let the market sort these things out."
Nanowires Four Times Faster Than Silicon ScuttleMonkey 102 evileyetmc writes

"Advances in nanowires have shown that they may be the future in cheap, high-performance electronics. Researchers at Harvard have shown that nanowire transistors are are least four times faster than existing silicon ones. These nanowires show promise in being able to be embedded in plastics + could lead to devices such as flexible displays that process information in the screen itself."
The U.S. Navy's Doctrine of Laser Eye Surgery anaesthetica (posted by timothy) 387+
The New York Times reports that laser eye surgery — now performed on nearly a third of every new class of midshipmen — is transforming Naval careers. Navy doctors are performing these operations with "assembly-line efficiency," allowing older pilots to continue flying + those who might otherwise have been disqualified to pursue flight school. The number of procedures has reportedly climbed from 50 to 349 over the past five years. The Navy uses a different procedure than that used on civilians — grinding the cornea rather than cutting a flap — out of fears that the flap could come loose in supersonic combat.

21.Jun.2006 U.S. Gov't Spent $30M On Citizens' Personal Info timothy 150+ infosec_spaz writes

"According to a news story on Yahoo! News, the U.S. Government has spent US$30 million in the last year on buying citizens' personal phone records from online brokers...The very ones who Congress is trying to put out of business." From the Article:"Congressional investigators estimated the U.S. government spent $30 million last year buying personal data from private brokers. But that number likely understates the breadth of transactions, since brokers said they rarely charge law enforcement agencies any price." "So...who is getting all of BellSouth, SBC(AT&T) and other phone records?"
Chinese Students' Cheating Techniques - Don't Try at Home timothy 436+ corbettw writes

"According to a wire report on Yahoo! news, competition for university admissions in China are so intense that people are coming up with new + sometimes dangerous, ways to cheat. The methods include microscopic earphones and wireless devices. In some cases, students are required surgery to recover from their cheating attempts. If there are that many people that desperate to get into a university, the obvious question would be, why don't they just open more schools?"
Frozen Chip from IBM hits 500 GHz timothy 336+ sideshow2004 writes

"EETimes is reporting this morning that IBM and Georiga Tech have demonstrated a 500 GHz Silicon-germanium (SiGe) chip, operating at 4.5 Kelvins. The 'frozen chip' was fabricated by IBM on 200mm wafers, and, at room temperature, the circuits operated at approximately 350 GHz."
Anti- Terror- Kampf: Bush bekräftigt Willen zur Schließung Guantanamos
21.Jun.2006 Fall Khaled el- Masri: Zeuge in eigener Sache

21.Jun.2006 Atomkonflikt: Steinmeier trifft Irans Außenminister in Berlin
21.Jun.2006 Trabanten- Taufe: Namen für neue Pluto- Monde stehen fest
21.Jun.2006 Illegale Zuwanderer: EU will Flüchtlingsboote vor Westafrika abfangen
Debatte über No- Go- Areas: "Es wird krass, es wird heftig"
21.Jun.2006 Anti- Bush- Demos in Wien: "Erschießt mich, ich bin kein Terrorist"
DNA- Analyse: Es gibt mehr Pandas als gedacht

21.Jun.2006 Ukraine: Timoschenko wieder Ministerpräsidentin
21.Jun.2006 Südostasien: USA erwägen Abschuss nordkoreanischer Rakete
Chaosforschung: Was vom Fraktal- Hype übrig blieb
21.Jun.2006 Deutsche Bank: Übernahmehunger nicht gestillt

21.Jun.2006 Seeschwalben: Warum Nesthäkchen besser leben
21.Jun.2006 Irak: Terroristen töten einen von Saddams wichtigsten Anwälten

21.Jun.2006 Mitbestimmung: SAP wählt Betriebsrat
21.Jun.2006 Bush in Wien: USA und EU suchen Schulterschluss
Bush- Besuch: Menschenrechte im Anti- Terror- Kampf
El Masri: Aussageverweigerung! sfux 

Lügen & Kantinenklatsch - Das Tricksen, Verschweigen, Täuschen und Vertuschen des BRD-Staatsapparates im Fall um den im Jahr 2004 bespitzelten, entführten und nach Afghanistan verschleppten Deutsch-Libanesen Chalid el Masri geht weiter - trotz Untersuchungsausschuß des deutschen Bundestages.
Großangelegte US-Marineübungen im westlichen Pazifikteil sfux 
RIA Novosti - Im westlichen Pazifikteil, im Raum der Insel Guam beginnen am Montag die großangelegten US-Marineübungen "Valiant Shield -2006" unter Einsatz von bordgestützten Fliegerkräften.

Sie werden bis zum 23.Jun.2006 andauern.
"An den Übungen beteiligen sich drei Angriffsträgergruppen der Flugzeugträger, Kitty Hawk", ,Ronald Reagan' und ,Abraham Lincoln' mit Fliegergruppen an Bord gemeinsam mit einer Einheit der Luftstreitkräfte...

Wie ist das mit dem Mindestlohn? sfux 
Karl Weiss - Mindestlohn ist eine Forderung, die inzwischen von breiten Teilen der fortschrittlichen Öffentlichkeit Deutschlands aufgestellt wird. Die entscheidende Frage ist aber nicht, ob ein Mindestlohn Sinn hat, sondern wie hoch er sein soll. Da gehen die Meinungen auseinander.
Auf der Site werben Verdi und NGG gemeinsam für einen Mindestlohn von 7,50 Euro pro Stunde. Andere Gewerkschafter warnen vor dem Mindestlohn. Die, wenn auch...

21.Jun.2006 Schlag gegen die Mafia sfux 
Meldung - Bei einer Großrazzia auf Sizilien nahm die italienische Polizei am Dienstag mindestens 45 Menschen fest, darunter 13 Mafia-Bosse. Mit dem Einsatz soll nach Angaben der Polizei ein Mafia-Machtkampf nach der Festnahme des "Paten" Bernardo Provenzano im April vereitelt werden. Die Festgenommenen werden verdächtigt, ein Netzwerk unterstützt zu haben, dass dem Mafia-Chef Provenzano half, unterzutauchen und sich 43 Jahre einer Festnahme zu entziehen.52 Haftbefehle...

21.Jun.2006 Peru opens Caral ruins to tourists  After years of painstaking restoration work, Peru's Caral ruins are to be opened to tourists who are now being invited to visit the oldest city in the Americas.
21.Jun.2006 'UFO Hacker' Tells What He Found  The Wired interview with Gary McKinnon.Is it remarkable that he hacked NASA with a dial-up 56k modem?
21.Jun.2006 "Boston brakes" and a mystery death 

Interested in a little deep-dish conspiracy theory?

Do you have a weakness for that tried-and-true formula: "Newsclips + speculation = samsara"? Then you may enjoy the following tale, which gets us into X-File territory. Literally.
21.Jun.2006 19 US Senators, All Republicans, Just Voted In Favor of Giving Amnesty to the Murderers of US Soldiers in Iraq
Four Librarians from Connecticut Show More Backbone in Fighting to Protect Our Constitution Than Most of the Dems in Congress. For That Reasons, We are Honoring Librarians for the Second Times as the Winners of the Weekly BuzzFlash "Wings of Justice Award." (Remember, BuzzFlash Readers Nominate the Candidates for the Award on the Wings of Justice Site.)

21.Jun.2006 A Highly, Highly Recommended Book on the Reality of What is Happening in Iraq, Not the Bush Propaganda/Fiction. A Must Read: "In the Belly of the Green Bird: The Triumph of the Martyrs in Iraq" (Hardcover), by Nir Rosen Exclusive: AT&T may be hiding a second NSA spy facility at their St. Louis offices, helping the government spy on all of their customers' Internet traffic. 6/21
What is an Honest Media Worth to You? Needs Your Support Today.
New Report Highlights Yet Another Bush Failure to Protect Homeland - A BuzzFlash News Alert
Okay, We are Revealing in Advance Our GOP Hypocrite of the Week: A Republican Who Wants to Succeed Jeb Bush. "Tom Gallagher's admission that a 1979 extramarital affair led to his divorce forced the candidate for governor to leave the script of his family-focused campaign."

21.Jun.2006 Ron Suskind: US deliberately bombed Al-Jazeera and CIA Concluded Osama bin Laden Wanted Bush Re-elected 6/21
Some "Progressive" Internet Sites, Such as Raw Story (for $1000 a week as of AM on June 20), Are Again Posting Totally Misleading Ads from the Telecom Companies that Confuse Readers About "Net Neutrality." It's a New Ad from the Last One Seen On Various "Progressive" Sites. E-mail Progressive Sites Carrying This Ad and Tell Them They are Selling Out the Internet for a Few Hundred Dollars. If the Telecom Companies Get Their Way With These Misleading, Twisted Ads, the Pro-Democracy Internet as We Know It Will be Dead. Remember, If You View This Ad, It is Propaganda from the Phony "Hands Off the Internet" Telecom Front PR Organization, the Brainchild of Turncoat Mike McCurry! 6/20

21.Jun.2006 More on the 19 Republican Senators Who Want to Give Amnesty to Insurgents Who Killed Our Soldiers 6/21
21.Jun.2006 africa intelligence's back issues - AFRICA ENERGY INTELLIGENCE n° 362 - 28/01/2004. CHAD. Encana to Drill ... learned that Transworld, a company owned by renowned trader John Deuss , is talking with Summit Oil on buying into its ...

OIL FUELS APARTHEID ... The true picture is a very different one ... in any court of law, that the two oil traders, John Deuss and Marc Rich, contracted to supply the Pretoria regime with ...
21.Jun.2006 Synchronicity, Materiality, Heuristic Assumptions + Abstraction ... But nature, too, taken abstractly , for itself + fixed in its separation from man, is nothing for man ...
21.Jun.2006 Critique of Hegel's Philosophy in General, Marx, 1844 Marx's Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844
21.Jun.2006 Body ... Hence Marx writes that " nature too, taken abstractly , for itself + rigidly separated from man, is nothing for man."6 ...

The war between electric cars and gasoline-powered automobiles is more than a century old: The first electric cars were built in the 1840s + by 1895 battery-fueled vehicles were common.

"00.000.1900, more electrics were sold in America than gas-powered cars," Michael Shnayerson wrote in AC Propulsion.
Times of London reported Sunday, "Electric cars have never been cheaper. They are exempt from road tax and the £8 a day London congestion charge; they can park free in central London and other cities and the cost of recharging them is the equivalent of 600 miles to the gallon."

In fact, the experience was seen as a stunning success and a thrilling glance at a future America that wouldn't need foreign oil. What the EV1 "demonstrated to California regulators" is that oil companies and their Detroit henchmen are far more powerful than people who want clean vehicles.

Southern California Edison, the utility company that provided charging stations for the EV1, describes the car as "a triumph of modern manufacturing -- hailed as one of the best small cars in GM's history + touted as a transportation dream by enthusiastic drivers."

The Smithsonian's EV1 -- which was donated by GM to the Smithsonian -- was suddenly removed from the museum on Thursday. And it's never coming back, museum officials said.

"Who Killed the Electric Car?" is a mystery-documentary that got great reviews at the Sundance Film Festival. It shows how a brilliant team of GM engineers brought the car to life and delivered it to happy drivers in California -- and then factions within that same company colluded with oil companies and California politicians to destroy the EV1.

"The EV1 experience demonstrated to California regulators that battery technology was not going to advance further," Barthmuss lied. "It was only going to appeal to a small number of people."
20.Jun.2006 Sploid: Down the memory hole  More on the death of the electric car. Read it and weep. These bastards would get rid of the bicycle if they thought they could get away with it.
20.Jun.2006 Fragment of scandalous fresco comes to light 

A mystery that has tantalised art scholars for centuries moved closer to resolution today when part of a scandalous Renaissance fresco came to light after almost 400 years.
20.Jun.2006 Tiger, Tiger . . . Lost Forever  Unless you're a cryptozoologist, that is. An article on the Tasmanian tiger.
20.Jun.2006 Ethnic cleansing?: Thousands of New Orleans Public Housing Units to be Destroyed : 200,000+ Low-Income Residents Remain Displaced

20.Jun.2006 Defense lawyers shut out as war on terror spawns courtroom secrecy: Witnesses used bogus names, the public was barred from the courtroom and part of the hearing was behind closed doors in the judge's chambers with defense lawyers shut out.

20.Jun.2006 Academics give a scholarly stamp to 11.Sep.2001 conspiracy theories: In recent months, interest in September 11-conspiracy theories has surged. Since January, traffic to the major conspiracy Web sites has increased steadily. The number of blogs that mention "11.Sep.2001" and "conspiracy" each day has climbed from a handful to over a hundred.
20.Jun.2006 Israeli Officials Call to "Decapitate" Hamas Leaders!: The array of barbaric statements made by Israeli officials and military generals against the Palestinian people continued today, by demanding to decapitate the heads of the Hamas movement

20.Jun.2006 America deaf to Palestinian screams: The screaming of 11 year old Palestinian Huda Abu Ghalia from Gaza seems not to have reached American officials. - The US was the only major power which not only refused to condemn the incident, but described it as "self defense." Afterwards, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called Israel's army the "most moral" in the world.

20.Jun.2006 Jonathan Cook: Israel Engineers Another Cover-Up : Leaving the Truth Buried in Gaza's Sands

20.Jun.2006 Israel can no longer rely on the support of Europe's Jews : Israel is discovering that it can no longer frighten non-Jews out of opposing its policies merely by accusing them of anti-semitism.

20.Jun.2006 Hamas, Fatah agree on Israel's right to exist : A senior Hamas official stressed on Tuesday that his group has reached an agreement with the rival Fatah movement on most items of the "prisoners' document" that is the basis of a pending referendum that would effectively recognise Israel's right to exist.

20.Jun.2006 Tensions Rise in Horn of Africa : Tensions are rising in the Horn of Africa amid unconfirmed reports that several-hundred Ethiopian troops have crossed the border into Somalia to confront an Islamic group that controls large areas of southern Somalia, including Mogadishu.

20.Jun.2006 The Supersonic Shape-Shifting Bomber: With a shift of its wing, the Pentagon’s next attack drone goes from long-range endurance flyer to Mach-speed assassin

20.Jun.2006 LA's spy-in-the-sky drone sparks privacy concerns: The future of law enforcement was launched into the smoggy Los Angeles skies at the weekend in the form of a drone aircraft intended to bring spy-in-the-sky technology to urban policing.

20.Jun.2006 Federal contracts up 86% under Bush; Halliburton rises 600%: Waxman claims that overcharging -- by mistake or outright fraud -- has been a frequent occurrance. In all, the report identifies 118 federal contracts worth $745.5 billion that have been found by government officials to include significant waste, fraud, abuse or mismanagement

20.Jun.2006 GOP Kills Bill to Police Halliburton : Republicans in Congress have made it clear they're willing to fight for military contractors' right to lie, cheat and defraud taxpayers.

20.Jun.2006 Ex-Bush aide convicted in D.C. corruption case: Safavian found guilty on 4 counts of obstruction, making false statements
20.Jun.2006 Beaten, robbed and exiled: life on the frontline of someone else's war : They grabbed Jamal Ludin as he left for morning prayers. The 32-year-old grape farmer said he had been lined up beside a ditch with 50 other men and thrashed with wooden poles and an electric cable. "They said, 'Tell us where are the Taliban'," he said.

20.Jun.2006 US makes missile defense system operational: Amid concerns over an expected North Korean missile launch, the USA has moved its ground-based interceptor missile defense system from test mode to operational, a U.S. defense official said on Tuesday.

20.Jun.2006 US: If N. Korea Launches Missile Without Notice, Can't Assume it is Test : Spokesman Bryan Whitman, says if there is a launch without any advance notice from the government in Pyongyang, there will be no basis on which to assume it is only a test.

20.Jun.2006 U.S. Keeps Mum on Warships in East Sea : The U.S. has declined to tell the South Korean military if one of its Aegis destroyers is plowing the East Sea with a view to intercepting a long-range ballistic missile North Korea is allegedly planning to launch

20.Jun.2006 US 3-Carrier Drill Aimed at N.Korea? Between June 19 and 23, the U.S. will conduct a massive military drill that includes three aircraft carriers, 28 naval vessels + 22,000 troops on the ocean nearby Guam. - The Japanese prime minister, announced in a press meeting yesterday that “if North Korea launches the missile, we can’t help taking strong measures to respond in cooperation with the U.S.”

20.Jun.2006 In case you missed it: Rumsfeld was on ABB board during deal with North Korea :Donald Rumsfeld, the US secretary of defence, was on the board of technology giant ABB when it won a deal to supply North Korea with two nuclear power plants.

20.Jun.2006 In case you missed it:: US grants N Korea nuclear funds: In releasing the funding, President George W Bush waived the Framework's requirement that North Korea allow inspectors to ensure it has not hidden away any weapons-grade plutonium from the original reactors.

20.Jun.2006 Nobel laureates urge US to lift sanctions on N Korea : A GROUP of 15 Nobel Peace Prize winners called on the USA to lift financial restrictions on North Korea to help end the impasse over the communist nation's nuclear weapons program.

20.Jun.2006 Michael Carmichael: Bush's America opposes verifiable ban on fission : In a vote of the Disarmament Committee of the United Nations (UN), one and only one nation voted against El Baradei's proposal - George Bush's America.

20.Jun.2006 Russia’s Putin, Bush Discuss North Korea Missile Program, Iran: U.S. President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone and agreed to close ranks on Iran and North Korea, a White House official said.

20.Jun.2006 Iran Ready For International Talks, No Preconditions -Foreign Min : an's foreign minister reiterated Tuesday that Tehran was ready to enter international talks over a package of incentives aimed at resolving the standoff over its nuclear program, but without any preconditions.

20.Jun.2006 Ahmadinejad 'has 70% approval rating' : The popularity of Iran's controversial leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is surging almost a year after he unexpectedly won closely contested presidential elections, Iranian officials and western diplomats said on Tuesday.

20.Jun.2006 Exposing the CIA's Italian Kidnapping Plot: : Italian investigators are continuing to probe Italy's role in America's anti-terrorist war, particularly the rendition and torture of U.S.-wanted terrorist suspects.

20.Jun.2006 Calipari case: “it is a political crime” : Italy will charge the US soldier who killed the Italian agent in Iraq, as a political crime.

20.Jun.2006 The Guantánamo Peril: Death is typically a moment of truth. But the occasion of three suicides at the Guantánamo Bay—where almost 500 men and boys have been held without trial for up to four years now—have only proved how poorly the Administration grasps the facts of today’s terrorism challenge.

20.Jun.2006 Guantanamo desperation 'revealed' : "These documents are the latest evidence of the desperate + immoral conditions that exist at Guantanamo Bay,"American Civil Liberties Union executive director Anthony Romero said.

20.Jun.2006 ACLU Report Condemns U.S. for Failing to Uphold Civil and Political Rights: The report, Dimming the Beacon of Freedom: U.S. Violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, documents the U.S. record on human rights in five areas: national security, women's rights, racial justice, immigrants rights and religious freedom.

20.Jun.2006 Heather Wokusch : Pariah President: Bush arrives in Austria today and will be greeted by scorn and widespread protests, not to mention Cindy Sheehan. Random posters have been up across Vienna since April, depicting Bush's face and a German-language caption reading "A mass murderer is coming."
20.Jun.2006 Japan orders withdrawal of ground troops from Iraq : Japan ordered the withdrawal of its ground troops from Iraq Tuesday, declaring the humanitarian mission a success and ending a groundbreaking dispatch that tested the limits of its pacifist postwar constitution.

20.Jun.2006 Australia should follow Japan out of Iraq: ALP: LABOR has called for the immediate withdrawal of Australian troops in southern Iraq following the Japanese Government's decision to to recall its reconstruction taskforce.
These are the guys who want our phone records now. If "The Dark Side" is as credible as it looks — and it's no cheap Michael Moore job — they can't even be trusted to go after the right bad guys when they've got the right intelligence handed to them on a platter.
The CIA repeatedly insisted that there was no connection between Saddam and al-Qaida + Tenet explicitly warned that invading Iraq would "break the back" of our counterterrorism effort. Tenet even ordered the agency's records scoured 10 years back for links. CIA vet Michael Scheuer, who led that effort, says, "There was no connection between al-Qaida and Saddam."
But Cheney, the chief architect of the war on terror and the most powerful vice president in U.S. history, had made up his mind, according to "The Dark Side." CIA vets say Cheney and his now-indicted chief of staff, Scooter Libby, made unprecedented trips to CIA headquarters to pressure and "harangue" analysts who were compiling the National Intelligence Estimate. Analyst Paul Pillar, one of its primary authors, says he regrets his role in the hastily prepared, fatally flawed document, which was "clearly requested and published for policy-advocacy purposes ... to strengthen the case for going to war with the American public."

Comedians have made countless Darth Vader jokes about Cheney, but the film's title is no joke about The Force. It's from Cheney's own words about America's response to terrorists: "We have to work the dark side, if you will. We've got to spend time in the shadows in the intelligence world. A lot of what needs to be done here will have to be done quietly without any discussion, using sources and methods that are available to our intelligence agencies."
But apparently he didn't use the actual intelligence from the agencies.

20.Jun.2006 Killing Iraqi Children By Jacob G. Hornberger - Killing Iraqi children and other such “collateral damage” has long been acceptable and even “worth it” to U.S. officials as part of their long-time foreign policy toward Iraq. Continue

20.Jun.2006 "Frontline" documentary makes case that Cheney used 11.Sep.2001 to go to war Last week's grim milestone of 2,500 American military deaths in Iraq will look even grimmer after tonight's "Frontline" documentary, "The Dark Side." By Mark Rahner
The damning 90-minute exposé stops short of laying those bodies at Vice President Dick Cheney's feet. But it does finger Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld — through more than 40 interviews with CIA veterans, journalists, politicians and others — as the ones who ignored, suppressed and manipulated intelligence after the 11.Sep.2001 attacks to lead us into war with a country that had nothing to do with our attackers.

20.Jun.2006 Israel as an Extension of American Empire By icahd
Although Israel began as a progressive state, the need to mobilize support for its Occupation, coupled with a self-serving “alliance” with the US, has led Israel to become a center for the global right-wing forces that seek American-Christian hegemony.

20.Jun.2006 The Strange Language of Capitalism By Charles Sullivan
If we treasure anything above our own selfish comfort; if we believe in the ideals of freedom and democracy for people; if we believe in peace and justice, we must not sit by idly and allow these good men to be overthrown or assassinated by illegitimate Plutocratic henchmen. We must take our country back and give it to the people.

20.Jun.2006 Unconstitutional - The War On Our Civil Liberties Video - 60 Minutes - Windows Media
This new film, written, directed and produced by Nonny de la Peña, details the shocking way that the civil liberties of American citizens and immigrants alike have been infringed upon, curtailed and rolled back since 11.Sep.2001 and the USA Patriot Act.
Click here to watch.

20.Jun.2006 Liberia: Taylor ans Haager Tribunal ausgeliefert
20.Jun.2006 Abramoff- Affäre: Mitarbeiter der US- Regierung schuldig gesprochen
Reichtum: Zahl der Millionäre weltweit gewachsen
20.Jun.2006 Gaza- Streifen: Drei Kinder bei israelischem Luftangriff getötet
Jobabbau: Dresdner Bank will 2000 Stellen streichen

20.Jun.2006 Finanzbranche: Deutsche Bank kauft Berliner Bank
20.Jun.2006 EADS- Krise: Eklat in Frankreichs Parlament

20.Jun.2006 US- Militär: Pentagon stuft Homosexualität als Geistesstörung ein
20.Jun.2006 Bush- Besuch in Wien: Hintertürchen in der Sperrzone
20.Jun.2006 Pro- Walfang- Abstimmung: Karibischen Staaten droht Boykott
RNW: Reunião informal de países lusófonos na COP-10 Moçambique já ratificou o Acordo de Kyoto , Guine-Bissau deve fazê-lo até o final ...

Nuno Lacasta , trouxe uma bom notícia à reunião e informou que em 2005 ...
The Webfairy -- [CIA-DRUGS] A SMALL CIRCLE OF FRIENDS -- Singlaub, Moon, WACL, etc ... terror was a very profitable enterprise indeed. GeoMilitech , founded by Singlaub and his partner, Barbara Studley ...
The Corner on National Review Online
Apr.2004 WHITE HOUSE RESPONSE TO THE RANTISI KILLING [KJL] As we have repeatedly made clear, Israel has the right to defend itself from terrorist attacks.

20.Jun.2006 The Chupacabras of Infowar ... Schweitzer was fired and later worked for GeoMilitech , a Washington arms brokerage known primarily for its secret ...
20.Jun.2006 The Webfairy -- [CIA-DRUGS] Singlaub & CNP, etc ... "...a highly intriguing proposition from GeoMiliTech Consultants. Corp., a Washington arms ... shipping weapons to the. contras... GeoMiliTech wanted to become a central clearinghouse ...
20.Jun.2006 Joel Arnon This project has been put on hold. We CANNOT continue without your support! Read our fundraiser appeal. Profile: Joel Arnon. Positions that Joel Arnon has held: Vice president of GeoMiliTech Consultants Corporation ... GeoMiliTech (GMT) Consultants Corporation is established by conservative talk show host ...
20.Jun.2006 Prognose: Keine Besserung auf ostdeutschem Arbeitsmarkt

20.Jun.2006 Haushalt: Merkel nennt Deutschland einen Sanierungsfall

20.Jun.2006 Datenabgleich: Kaum Missbrauch beim Arbeitslosengeld II
20.Jun.2006 Museum am Quai Branly: Chiracs metallischer Dinosaurier

20.Jun.2006 Gerüchte über Waffentest: USA sollen wegen Nordkorea Raketenabwehr aktiviert haben

20.Jun.2006 Energie: Gasprom droht Ukraine erneut mit höheren Gaspreisen

20.Jun.2006 Pharmaindustrie: Chinesische Firmen wehren sich gegen Viagra- Kopierverbot

20.Jun.2006 Verfassungsgericht: Schulpflicht geht vor Religionsfreiheit

20.Jun.2006 Ermordete US- Soldaten: Irakischer General spricht von barbarischer Tötung
20.Jun.2006 Neue Flugzeuge: Premierminister fliegt bald mit "Blair Force One"

Braunschweig - 13 Zeugen haben inzwischen gemeldet, am Abend des

11.Jun.2006 eine "Feuerkugel" am Himmel gesehen zu haben, sagte Torsten Poppe vom Institut für Geophysik und Extraterrestrische Physik der Technischen Universität Braunschweig.

Aufgrund der Berichte über die Größe der Leuchterscheinung sei man "sicher, dass es sich um einen Meteoriten handelte". Nun suchten die Forscher nach dem Einschlagsort.
"Feuerkugel": Meteorit soll bei Braunschweig eingeschlagen sein
Getty- Museum: Her mit der Hehlerware!
Airbus- Krise: Airlines drohen mit Abbestellung des A380
20.Jun.2006 Polizei- Drohne: Das fliegende Auge
20.Jun.2006 Koalitionsstreit: Biosprit- Besteuerung ab August steht in Frage
20.Jun.2006 Kriegsverbrecher: Liberias Ex- Präsident Taylor auf dem Weg nach Den Haag
20.Jun.2006 US- Präsident in Europa: Bombenalarm vor Bush- Besuch
20.Jun.2006 Country- Band Dixie Chicks: Radikale Hühner
20.Jun.2006 What is an Honest Media Worth to You? Needs Your Support Today.
Report: Two Missing U.S. Soldiers Have Been Killed. They Would Have Been Alive if Bush Hadn't Sent Them There and Kept Them There as Part of His Iraqmire Folly.
Japan Orders Pullout of Troops from Iraq. The Coalition of the Unwilling Has Now Dwindeled to Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Blair and 10 Traffic Policemen from Outer Shlubudtke.
Thom Hartmann: Reclaim the Issues - "Occupation, Not War" 6/20
Molly Ivins: Can't the GOP, self-proclaimed bastions of morality, 'small government' and fiscal responsibility, get anything right? 6/20
Thanks to the gun lobby, it?s a constant battle for police departments to get information they need about where crime guns come from. 6/20
Stop in at The Last Chance Democracy Cafe by Steven C. Day. Mozy Around and Make a Comment or Two. It May be Your Last Chance for Democracy.
4 killed, 16 hurt in Iraqi blast 6/20
"Bush is Spending Like A Drunken Sailor and the Tax Payers are Being Stuck with the Bill:" Rep. Waxman Issues Report on Contract Waste 6/10
The BuzzFlash Mailbag -- Uncensored and Unvarnished Truth from BuzzFlash Readers.

20.Jun.2006 Superchip: 500 Gigahertz bei minus 268 Grad
20.Jun.2006 Geheimes Memo: US- Botschafter schildert hässlichen Alltag in Bagdad
20.Jun.2006 Frankreich: Hakelei um Arbeitnehmerrechte
Lebendes Frühwarnsystem: Frösche finden Medikamente im Wasser
20.Jun.2006 Khalid bin Mahfouz gewinnt gegen Autoren sfux 
Stephan Fuchs ? Der saudische Bankier Khalid bin Mahfouz gewann eine Verleumdungsklage gegen die Autoren Jean-Charles Brisard und Guillaume Dasquie, liess die englische Anwaltsfirma Kendall Freeman verkünden.
Die beiden Franzosen Brisard und Dasquie, publizierten kurz nach dem Terroranschlag vom 11.Sep.2001 das Enthüllungsbuch ?Die verbotene Wahrheit?. Darin beschreiben die Autoren mit Verbindungen zu...

20.Jun.2006 Italien will Calipari-Mörder anklagen sfux 
Die Staatsanwaltschaft in Rom hat Justizkreisen zufolge einen Prozess gegen einen US-Soldaten beantragt, der einen italienischen Geheimdienstagenten erschossen haben soll. Der Geheimdienstler Nicola Calipari war im März 2005 an einem US-Kontrollpunkt im Irak getötet worden, als er die befreite italienische Geisel Giuliana Sgrena zum Bagdader Flughafen eskortierte.
Dem Marineinfanteristen Mario Lozano werden deshalb Totschlag und versuchte Tötung in zwei Fällen vorgeworfen....

20.Jun.2006 Sakrileg" in China verboten sfux 
Karl Weiss - Die Nachricht des Verbots des Filmes ?Sakrileg" (?The da Vinci Code") in China, nachdem er bereits drei Wochen erfolgreich gelaufen war, kann nur bei oberflächlicher Sicht überraschen. Reaktionäre mit ihren verquasten Bruchstücken von Ideologie sind überall auf der Welt sehr ähnlich in Form und Aktion. Da ist es kein Wunder, daß sich gegen Dan Browns Kriminalgeschichte eine große Koalition aus dem Vatikan (einschließlich gewisser christlicher Politiker),...

20.Jun.2006 Grölemeiers Judenhatz sfux 
Harald Haack ? In Hamburg sind die Grölemeiers los. Einige Menschen nennen sie ?Hooligans?, andere aber treffender ?Schläger mit rechtsradikalen Hintergrund? und die Bundeswehr nennt sie schlicht Rekruten: ?Die wollen doch nur kämpfen.?
Es geschah kürzlich in der Linie 31 der Hamburger S-Bahn zwischen dem Hauptbahnhof und Heimfeld nach dem Spiel zwischen Argentinien...

20.Jun.2006 Die Zinswende leitet das Abgleiten in die Weltwirtschaftskrise ein sfux 
Karl Weiss - Bereits seit Beginn des Jahres hat die Berliner Umschau und Journalismus - Nachrichten von heute von der auf uns zukommenden Weltwirtschaftskrise gesprochen. Der sogenannte ?Mini-Crash" vom 22. Mai 2006 wurde als eines der Markzeichen auf diesem Weg interpretiert und die Wahrscheinlichkeit hervorgehoben, daß es kaum noch 10 Monate bis zum endgültigen Ausbruch der Krise dauern kann.
Jetzt kommt die Stimme von Herrn Knight dazu, dem Chef...

19.Jun.2006 Think Progress 
CBS News contributor Gloria Borger on the media’s coverage of President Bush’s surprise 13.Jun.2006 trip to Iraq : “I think we are suckers.

[Y]ou know you’re being used, but in a way you kind of like it because it’s good pictures.”

The Bush administration increased federal contracts to Halliburton by 600 % from 2000-2005, according to a new government report.

Juan Cole refutes Tony Snow’s comparison of the Battle of the Bulge to the current situation in Iraq. Cole asks: “Is the only way this tawdry administration can make itself feel good to defame the Greatest Generation?”

A senior aide to Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) pulled the financial disclosure forms of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) + at least three other Republican Senators late last month, Senate records show.” Why?

Senate conservatives are expected to introduce a “poison pill” minimum wage bill to counter the $2.10 wage increase being advanced by Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA). The conservative version will likely increase the federal minimum slightly while reducing overtime pay and actually lowering wages for millions of workers who earn tips.

Wash Post blogger Andrew Cohen says to forget about the talk of a unified Supreme Court . “The Justices are just as fractious now as they have been in the past when it comes to the truly contentious issues of our day.”
20.Jun.2006 Foxconn sternly denies iPod sweatshop claims
Foxconn Electronics (the registered trade name of Hon Hai Precision Industry) has sternly denied a report insinuating that the company was making iPods for Apple Computer in sweatshops.

Edmund Ding, spokesman for Foxconn -- a chief maker of iPods -- said there were huge discrepancies between the ...
Well, with friends like that… Robert Koehler 
Three of North Korea’s Asia-Pacific neighbors have joined Washington in warning North Korea not to test an ICBM that is apparently fueled and ready for launch, reports the NYT.

Those neighbors would be Japan, Australia and New Zealand. What about South Korea? Well, to their credit, they ...
Soldiers deployed in New Orleans US soldiers will return to keep order in New Orleans for the first time since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
20.Jun.2006 Anti-whalers rally after key vote European and South American officials seek to intensify efforts to prevent a return to commercial whaling.
20.Jun.2006 S Dakota abortion ban on hold A pro-choice petition forces a state ballot on a tough new abortion law in South Dakota.
20.Jun.2006 Chip breaks speed record in deep freeze This chip hits 500GHz at minus 451 Fahrenheit, perfect for Ted Williams or a wooly mammoth.
20.Jun.2006 Data Theft and Corporate Irresponsibility? Cliff 125 cjsnell asks:

"Today, I received a letter from a student loan provider notifying me that my name and social security number had been stolen along with a contractor's computer. This makes -four- agencies that have lost my personal information, in the last year. Today's letter was the most disappointing yet: the company, Texas Guaranteed, did not offer any credit report monitoring like the previous three had. Their advice? Send a letter to the credit bureaus. Gee, thanks. Clearly, mass identity theft is completely out of hand and there doesn't seem to be any government regulation for handling these situations, nor does there seem to be any punitive action against businesses that lose customers' data. Do we, as consumers, have any recourse against these businesses?"
Moon Mining Gets a Closer Look ScuttleMonkey 250 happylucky writes

"There are many obstacles to creating a space colony on the moon, primarily food, water + oxygen. Since it is so expensive to bring supplies from the earth, some scientists have suggested that we mine the moon. In an article in the Toronto Star, Dale Boucher suggests the best way to do this would be to develop a mining colony. To that end, the Sudbury-based Northern Center for Advanced Technology has linked Canada's mining industry with some of the top minds on space.Mining the moon was considered earlier this month at the Planetary and Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium which attracted some 100 delegates, including experts from the Canadian Space Agency, NASA and the European Space Agency. There are other hurdles of course that need to be figured out. The moon's gravity is one sixth that on Earth. New research, however, may lead to a solution to this problem as well. It may be possible to develop a sticky compound that can be adjusted by UV light to help adhere boots and objects to the floor."
Washington Post Reviews its 10 Years on the Web ScuttleMonkey 74 anaesthetica writes

"The Washington Post is featuring three stories today reviewing their experience in adapting the "old media" to the new environment of the web. The first article examines their revelation that 'The news, as "lecture," is giving way to the news as a "conversation".' The second looks at the 'Kaiser memo' which served as the germinating point for what would become, phrased in language that today seems amusingly quaint. The final article looks at the death of traditional print newspapers as consumers flock to internet sources for their news."
111-Megapixel CCD Chip Ships timothy 197 georgewilliamherbert writes

"EETimes is reporting that Dalsa has shipped a record-breaking 111-megapixel CCD image sensor to customer Semiconductor Technology Associates. The chip was paid for by a U.S. Navy SBIR project. At four inches across, a bit big for camera phones, but the 10560x10560 format will probably get professional digital camera users drooling."
Japan's Koizumi to announce troop withdrawal from Iraq
Our Hearts and Support Go Out to the Two Missing GIs, Who are Pawns in Bush's Failed War in Iraq. They Wouldn't be Missing if Bush Hadn't Put Them Needlessly There. 2500 GIs would still be alive, if it weren't for Cheney, Rumsfeld, Bush and Rice -- and their stubborn incompetence.
"Bush is Spending Like A Drunken Sailor and the Tax Payers are Being Stuck with the Bill:" Rep. Waxman Issues Report on Contract Waste 6/10
John Murtha Cleans Rove's Clock: We'll Follow You Anywhere, John! -- A BuzzFlash Editorial

20.Jun.2006 The BuzzFlash Mailbag -- Uncensored and Unvarnished Truth from BuzzFlash Readers.
Question for Rumsfeld: A Pentagon document classifies homosexuality as a 'disorder' -- do you think that the Vice President's daughter has a disorder? 6/20
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20.Jun.2006 Stop Big Media -- And We Might Start Getting the Truth
Steven Jonas for Ann Coulter: The New Face of the Republican Party
Thanks to the gun lobby, it?s a constant battle for police departments to get information they need about where crime guns come from. 6/20

20.Jun.2006 This lawsuit, along with the ones Wilson and Plame are likely planning + this one the NH dems have filed regarding the phone jamming scam (that involves deposing previous RNC chair, Ed Gillespie + others who were phoned at the WH on election day 2002, like, dozens of times), may be our best hope for recovering our democracy. Permalink
20.Jun.2006 Well, consistent with the courage he showed in the recent Rolling Stone article, Bobby Kennedy, Jr., has commented very briefly in an interview with PRWeek that he is discussing with attorneys the particulars of litigation regarding the 2004 election. PRWeek: Is there a next step?
Kennedy: I've been meeting with attorneys... to devise a litigation strategy. And I would say that very soon we'll be announcing lawsuits against some of the individuals and companies involved.
PRWeek: Who exactly would that litigation be targeting?
Kennedy: I wouldn't say, right now.

20.Jun.2006 Economic doom (with a note about net neutrality) Although this list has some simplistic entries, it provides a spur to discussion. Here we have one author's list of the top ten reasons why the American economy faces collapse (slightly edited for grammar):
(To read the rest, click "Permalink" below)
#1. The USA government is currently running a budget deficit of $1.8 billion/day. Too much deficit will create a weaker American dollar and cripple the US economy.
#2. The US National Debt is $8 trillion+. It has to be paid back eventually by raising taxes.
#3. Oil prices are $60+ per crude barrel; there is a shortage of oil refineries and demand is growing due to more SUVs/trucks.
#4. China's economy is now bigger than the USA economy; China is now the centre of the global economy.
#5. China's trade exports out-matches the USA -- for example, they can build cars/trucks/SUVs for half the price.
#6. English is no longer the international business language. Mandarin Chinese is now more important.
#7. Global warming is causing the US wheat Belt to turn into desert.
#8. US universities aren't creating enough graduates to compete on the global market. Tuition is too expensive and there aren't enough university professors.
#9. The babyboomers are retiring, creating a shortage of skilled workers.
#10. George W. Bush failed Economics 101. He was too busy snorting cocaine when he was at Yale. Okay, there are problems here. I think the coke remark is not germane, #7 is premature, the problem with retiring babyboomers (#9) is how to pay for their social security, #6 need not spell disaster + SUV sales are finally falling.
But there is the deficit. The bone-crushing, soul-sucking Debt Demon. We not only have to pay all that money back, we have to pay it back with interest . That's the part everyone forgets. The Republicans talk about tax cuts, but fully one-third (perhaps soon to be one half) of your tax dollar goes to pay the interest on borrowed funds. Most of the rest goes to the military.
Is there anything -- ANYTHING AT ALL -- we can do to make the dunderheaded Jesusmaniac red staters see this basic fact of life?
After the publication of this top ten list, a more sophisticated writer scraped together a second dark decalogue: #11. Automobile companies keep laying off unionized workers and moving their factories to China. The only car company building new plants and hiring workers is Japanese car-maker Toyota (which only hires non-union workers).
#12. The US government sold off its oil/gasoline reserves in 2002. It no longer has oil reserves in case of a national shortage.
#13. American taxpayers have an average of $48,000 in debt due to credit cards, mortgages, university debts, etc. If the economy goes sour and they lose their jobs, they may have to declare bankruptcy.
#14. The US dollar is notoriously easy to make counterfeit bills of. Its value of the US dollar is growing steadily lower. Thanks to modern computer printers, counterfeit is very easy to make.
#15. The US economy still has not recovered from 11.Sep.2001.
#16. The US economy relies on the consumption of goods at a decadent rate. If something happens that throws the economy for a loop, it can very easily fall into a depression.
#17. The US capitalist systems assumes that the USA is at the top of the global economy. It no longer is. China is at the top.
#18. Over 60% of Americans are overweight and/or obese. The health problems resulting from their unhealthy diets combined with a shortage of doctors is causing the US healthcare system to collapse.
#19. The US government can't afford to pay for its soldiers serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Korea... as a result, they are scaling back pay, pension and benefits for their soldiers. Injured soldiers have a crippling effect on the US economy and drain precious money from US coffers and families of the soldiers suffer economic consequences because they have to pay the hospital bills.
#20. Foreign investors are no longer investing in American companies. They are investing in Chinese companies. #15 -- that's the one about 11.Sep.2001 -- is not, in my view, a significant factor, although in red state mythology, it will loom large as the Great Excuse once the brown stuff splatters against those infamous whirling blades. I have been formulating a conspiracy theory (not really a mature theory -- more of a theorette, which might one day grow into something substantial if given proper care and feeding) that the Bush administration has been secreting oil reserves pilfered from the fields of Iraq. Wouldn't it be a kick if they started slant-drilling into Kuwait? I mean, what could stop them?
Aside from those quibbles, I cannot mount much of an argument against the second ten points.
Just for jolly, here are an additional five, offered by a third #21. Five years of drought and Global Warming has caused many farmers in the American mid-west to declare bankrupty. The US is facing a possible food shortage if current drought trends continue. People aren't building enough green houses to grow food.
#22. Rising costs of airplane flights are stifling business trips by companies seeking to do business.
#23. Global Warming is causing record hurricanes, tropical storms, floods and ecological disasters are destroying homes & businesses in the South-Eastern USA. The storms also prevent oil rigs from drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, causing an oil shortage.
#24. We're already in a recession. A depression is not far away.
#25. The White House is being complacent about the US economy and isn't doing a thing to prevent a depression. May I add another?
#26. The destruction of net neutrality.
A thriving internet created the last economic boom. Yes, I know that the last boom became a bubble. Still, does anyone doubt that the internet would be at the center of the next economic rebound, presuming that the aforementioned 25 signs of doom prove less-than-fully destructive?
And now the Republicans want to destroy the net , which makes about as much sense as salting our farmlands. In the name of providing megacorp product at ever-higher speeds (as if we needed that ), small business and innovative new firms will be taxed out of a place on the web. Worse, the taxes will go into the pockets of the big carriers -- not to Uncle Sam, who could use the dough to help pay down Republican debt.
Small business, which remains the sinew of much of our economy, depends on net neutrality in order to remain competitive.
Red staters like to commie-bait progressives such as yours truly. And yet the current Republican leadership has done more than any other force in the Western world to strengthen China while undermining American capitalism. Is the G.O.P. run by secret Bolshies? We live in insane times.


Die Nationalgarde hatte sich nach dem Hurrikan "Katrina" im vergangenen August an den Aufräumarbeiten in New Orleans beteiligt, war jedoch Anfang Januar wieder abgezogen worden. Plünderer waren nach dem Sturm wochenlang durch die Straßen der Stadt gezogen, fast eine halbe Million Menschen flohen vor den Überschwemmungen. Manche Viertel sind bis heute verlassen. Blanco ermahnte die Eltern von New Orleans, ihre Kinder "von der Straße zu holen und von Ärger fernzuhalten". Zum Schutz der Bürger müssten Richter mit aller Härte gegen Kriminelle vorgehen, forderte sie.
USA: Gewaltwelle in New Orleans AN>Guantanamo: Pentagon- Dokumente belegen Verzweiflung der Insassen
Weißrussland: Bush verschärft Sanktionen gegen Lukaschenko
20.Jun.2006 Irak: Japan zieht Truppen ab
Irak: US- Soldaten und russische Diplomaten von al- Qaida- Gruppe entführt

However, President George W Bush last month nominated a former Goldman Sachs executive, Henry Paulson, to take over the post from the outgoing John Snow.
US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick, chief aide to Condoleezza Rice, has resigned to take up a job with Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs.

"I have accomplished what I set out to do and it is time for me to step down," Mr Zoellick said.
they want us to believe that they only tortured people because of a paperwork error
Left I on the News

19.Jun.2006 Al-Qaeda is a US Intelligence Asset
Al-Qaeda is a US Intelligence Asset

19.Jun.2006 John Walker Lindh: 20 Years for What? - TalkLeft: The Politics of Crime
John Walker Lindh: 20 Years for What? - TalkLeft: The Politics of Crime

19.Jun.2006 Cheney Falsely Claims No One ‘Anticipated The Level Of Violence’ In Iraq Amanda 
Today in a speech at the National Press Club, Vice President Dick Cheney claimed that no one predicted the violent insurgency that has now taken root in Iraq:

MODERATOR: Do you think that you underestimated the insurgency’s strength?

CHENEY: I think so. I guess if I look back on it now, I don’t think anybody anticipated the level of violence that we have encountered .

But Cheney’s statement isn’t true. Many analysts did anticipate extensive violence.

– “The longer a U.S. occupation of Iraq continues, the more danger exists that elements of the Iraqi population will become impatient and take violent measures to hasten the departure of U.S. forces . … The impact of suicide bombing attacks in Israel goes beyond their numbers + this fact will also capture the imagination of would-be Iraqi terrorists .” [Army War College, Feb. 2003]

– “But if we’re going to invade, we need to prepare for a worst-case scenario involving street-to-street fighting , with farmers like Mr. Khal taking potshots at our troops. Is America really prepared for hundreds of casualties, even thousands , in an invasion and subsequent occupation that could last many years ?” [Nicholas Kristof, New York Times, Sept. 2002]

– “We must be prepared to occupy the country and stay there for a very long time at very great expense in treasure but also in risk to lives. There can be no question that the military cost of this option will be enormous .” [Morton Halperin, Council on Foreign Relations, July 2002]

It’s not that no one predicted intensity of Iraq’s post-war violence. It’s just that no one in the Bush administration wanted to listen.
Flag-Burning Amendment One Vote From Passage Think Progress 
The U.S. Senate is one vote away from passing a constitutional amendment that would criminalize desecration of the U.S. flag.

If successful, it will mark the first time in 214 years that the Bill of Rights has been restricted by a constitutional amendment + will place the USA among a select group of nations that have banned flag desecration, including Cuba, China, Iran + Iraq under Saddam Hussein. Three reasons to oppose the flag amendment:

Flag burning is a non-problem: As Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT) has said, “I don’t want to amend the Constitution to solve a non-problem. People are not burning the flag.” One study found just 45 reported incidents in the over 200 years between 1777 and 1989, when the Flag Protection Act was first passed.

Flag burning is protected speech: The Supreme Court has twice ruled that destruction of the flag for political purposes, although highly offensive to most Americans, is undeniably a political statement and a political expression.

Amendment is vaguely worded: The amendment is “phrased in such broad and vague languagethat it could could include censorship of images of the flag in works of art, advertising, or commerce. Last week, the Senate spent time debating whether “wearing a very skimpy bathing suitdecorated with the flag’s stars and stripes would constitute desecration.

Now, aided by a handful of Democrats, the amendment has gathered 66 votes in favor, just one shy of passage. “Whether advocates can find the 67th vote to send the flag amendment to the states for ratification remains unclear.”

ThinkProgress has compiled a list of veterans, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who have offered their opposition to the flag burning amendment. See it HERE.
Bill O’Reilly says if he was in charge of Iraq Judd he’d run it just like Saddam Hussein did.
19.Jun.2006 Bush warns Iran on nuclear deal US President George W Bush warns Iran it will face tougher sanctions if it rejects an offer to rejoin nuclear talks.
19.Jun.2006 Top US diplomacy official resigns US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick, chief aide to Condoleezza Rice, resigns.
19.Jun.2006 Smoke ban to cover private clubs An attempt to exempt private members' clubs from the smoking ban in England fails in the House of Lords.
19.Jun.2006 New Observatory a Ray of Hope The USA and Japan join forces to look to the heavens for an answer to the mystery of the mighty cosmic ray.
19.Jun.2006 Drones Taking a Bite Out of Crime In the first field test of drones by urban police, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will try out small remote-controlled surveillance planes to see if they can stand in for helicopters.
19.Jun.2006 What iPod Sweatshop? Chinese manufacturer Foxconn rejects reports that its iPod factories have employees working in slave conditons. From the Cult of Mac blog.
19.Jun.2006 AT&T: Wired News Is a 'Scofflaw' In a combative court filing,

the telecommunications giant accuses Wired News of stealing trade secrets and violating a court order by "leaking" evidence of alleged illegal internet surveillance to the public.
Porn Webmasters Bush-Whacked? As the administration launches a new obscenity prosecution, webmasters debate the defendability of extreme content.
Naval Observatory gets 111-megapixel image sensor The sensor, which will help USNO track stars' movements, follows super-resolution project destined for Chile.
Microsoft's forgotten monopoly Opera CTO Hakon Wium says the existence of a font monopoly is retarding the progress of Web browser development.
WSJ on CraigsList and Zen of Classified Ads timothy 92 prostoalex writes

"Wall Street Journal profiles one of the Valley's most mysterious and secretive Web companies.

A leader in online classifieds space and by some measures one of Web's top sites, CraigsList is ostensibly anti-ad and anti-self-promotion. From the article:

"One industry analyst has estimated that Craigslist could generate 20 times that $25 million just by posting a couple of ads on each of its pages. If the estimate is to be believed, that's half a billion dollars a year being left on the table. What kind of company turns up its nose at $500 million?""
Overly Sanitized Environments Lead to Poor Health? Timothy 108 bignickel writes

"A recently-released study examined the health implications of living in an overly hygienic environment.

According to the 'hygiene hypothesis,' living in such an environment early in life can lead to problems with allergies and autoimmune diseases. The study compared lab rodents with rats and mice living in the wild. Time to stop Lysol-bombing the house?"
Prototype System Blocks Digital Cameras timothy 227 lee1 writes

"Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have completed a prototype device that can block digital cameras. The team in the Interactive and Intelligent Computing division of the Georgia Tech College of Computing used off-the-shelf equipment (camera-mounted sensors, lighting equipment, a projector and a computer) to scan for, find and neutralize digital cameras. The system works by looking for the reflectivity and shape of the image sensors and saturating them with a thin beam of visible white light. The principal applications are expected to be protecting areas such as government buildings and trade shows against clandestine photography, stopping unauthorized amateur photography of, for example, shopping-mall Santas (really!) and defeating video copying in theaters. The countermeasure: film." Sounds perfect for copyrighted public spaces.
Nearly three-quarters of Americans believe in the paranormal, which includes extrasensory perception (ESP), communication with the dead and channeling spiritual entities, according to a poll last year conducted by the Gallup Organization.

That's up from the half or more Americans who said they believed in the paranormal in a similar Gallup Poll done 00.000.1990.

TV on the bandwagon TV and cable stations have been banking on believers who are fueling the psychics-mediums phenomenon.

Back in Ohio, Republicans are worried about this year's election and are screaming foul over the decision by a Lucas County Judge, Thomas Osowik, in response to a defense motion by Noe, to move the trial date from August to October, claiming the judge is seeking a political advantage to improve his chances of winning a spot on an Ohio Court of Appeals in the election while at the same time harming their chances at the ballot box.

However, others disagree. According to the June 14, 2006 Toledo Blade, Brian Rothenberg, a spokesman for the Ohio Democratic Party, said Noe's case should be tried before the election so voters will know as much as possible about the case, which touches on many Republican officials and candidates all over the state.

"It's important for the people of Ohio to know the facts by Election Day," Rothenberg told the Blade.

Noe also tried to have Judge Osowik thrown off the case but that motion was denied.

"Nothing less is at stake here," Kennedy says, "than the entire idea of a government by the people."
"Given the scope of the GOP machinations, we simply cannot be certain that the right man now occupies the Oval Office," Kennedy pointed out, "which means," he says, "in effect, that we have been deprived of our faith in democracy itself."

The GOP owes Blackwell a lot. They definitely could not have stolen the election without him and he no doubt earned every dime he ever got from Noe.

The only news reporter to publicly questioned the integrity of the 2004 election was Keith Olbermann during his nightly show on MSNBC.

During an interview for an article published in the June 2006 Rolling Stone Magazine, Bobby Kennedy, Jr asked him why he stood against the tide and Olbermann said: "I was a sports reporter, so I was used to dealing with numbers."

"And the numbers made no sense," he continued. "Kerry had an insurmountable lead in the exit polls on Election Night -- and then everything flipped," he told Kennedy.

Olbermann said he believes that other reporters fell down on the job. ''I was stunned by the lack of interest by investigative reporters," he said. "The Republicans shut down Warren County, allegedly for national security purposes -- and no one covered it."

"Shouldn't someone have sent a camera and a few reporters out there?" he noted.

Olbermann attributes the lack of coverage to self-censorship by journalists. "You can rock the boat, but you can never say that the entire ocean is in trouble," he told Kennedy, "You cannot say: By the way, there's something wrong with our electoral system."

"The issue of what happened in 2004 is not an academic one," Bobby Kennedy says in the Rolling Stone article. "For the second election in a row," he notes, "the president of the USA was selected not by the uncontested will of the people but under a cloud of dirty tricks."

Inner-city black voters who stuck it out waited 3 hours in the rain, on average but some waited up to seven hours, according to election officials and sworn testimony by local voters, while nearby white Republican voters had virtually no delays. The waiting time at liberal Kenyon College, in Knox County, reached eleven hours, while voters at a nearby conservative Bible school got to vote in 5 minutes.

According to December 12, 2004, Columbus Dispatch, precincts that had gone 70% or more for Al Gore in election 2000 were allocated seventeen fewer machines in 2004, while strong GOP precincts received 8 additional machines.

According to an investigation by the Columbus Free Press, white Republican suburbanites, blessed with a surplus of machines, averaged waits of only twenty-two minutes, while black urban Democrats averaged three hours and fifteen minutes.

"The allocation of voting machines in Franklin County was clearly biased against voters in precincts with high proportions of African-Americans," said Walter Mebane Jr, a government professor at Cornell University in a February 11, 2006 letter responding to a June 29, 2005 letter from the US Department of Justice, after conducting a statistical analysis of the vote in and around Columbus.

On July 29, 2005, Richard Hayes Phillips, PhD testified at an Election Assessment Hearing in Houston, Texas and said, "I have investigated the Ohio election results, precinct by precinct + have found three categories of problems: voter suppression, ballots cast but not counted + alteration of the vote count."

Statewide, he says, there were 35,000 provisional ballots and over 92,000 regular ballots that were not counted. The uncounted ballots, most of them punch cards, were concentrated in precincts that voted overwhelmingly for Kerry, by margins of 12 to 1 in Cleveland, 7 to 1 in Dayton, 5 to 1 in Cincinnati, 4.5 to 1 in Akron, 3 to 1 in Lorain County, 2.7 to 1 in Stark County + 2.3 to 1 in Trumbull County.

Phillips says this information warrants an examination of all the uncounted ballots and the machines that failed to count them.

Critics say politics don't get much dirtier than the underhanded deals revealed over the past 2 years involving Republicans in Ohio. In addition to Taft's convictions, the investigation of Noe's money laundering schemes has resulted in charges against four of Taft's aids.

At the time of the indictment, US attorneys called Noe's conduct "one of the most blatant and excessive criminal campaign finance schemes we have encountered."

But Noe's misdeeds did not go unrewarded. According to the May 31, 2006 Toledo Blade, as he rose to prominence in the Republican party, Noe "secured high-profile gubernatorial appointments to the Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees and the Ohio Board of Regents + for a time was chairman of the regents -- despite being a college dropout. He also was appointed to the Ohio Turnpike Commission, where he also was chairman."

Noe became a Bush "Pioneer" by raising at least $100,000 for the Bush reelection campaign And tit-for-tat, in May, 2003, Noe was appointed to a committee of the US Mint, a panel that advises the US Treasury secretary on themes and designs for coins and congressional gold medals and was named chairman, according to the Blade.

But funneling money to Republican politicians is not the only part Noe played in the theft of the Presidential election in Ohio. For many years he was Chairman of the Lucas County Board of Elections and was involved in the deal that brought the now infamous Diebold opti-scan voting machines into the inner city of Toledo where many of the machines mysteriously broke down on election day.

Hearings conducted by the Free Press after the election confirmed that thousands of inner city Toledo voters were disenfranchised due to the faulty machines

Taft's ethical lapses became public last summer on June 14, 2005, when Taft sent a letter to the Ohio Ethics Commission stating that it has, "recently come to my attention that I failed to list a number of golf outings or events on my financial disclosure forms over the past several years." Taft apparently expects the public to believe that a total of 52 golf outings paid for by Noe just slipped his mind.

But the facts in the case reveal that nobody was picking on poor Tom Noe. The Ohio attorney general says Noe may have stole as much as $6 million and many critics are speculating that at least some of the missing money was funneled to Republican politicians all over the country, from Washington DC to Ohio and all the way to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

According to the Toledo Blade, Dann wants Taft's records released on "the supposition that they will shed light on what the governor knew about wrongdoing at the Bureau of Workers' Compensation."

In any event, between the media coverage and the involvement of Republican politicians all over the state, critics say it would be next to impossible to find a jury pool anywhere in Ohio who has not heard about the scandal."

Ohio's Governor Bob Taft + his partner in crime in stealing the 2004 election in Ohio, President George W Bush, have a lot in common. Bush holds the record for the lowest approval ratings of any President in US history + at a whopping 26%, Taft holds the title for the lowest approval rating for any Ohio governor since the University of Cincinnati started the poll 25 years ago 00.000.1981.

And Taft's numbers are not likely to head upward any time soon. In what can only serve as another reminder of his conviction in 2005 on ethics charges, on June 13, 2006 the Ohio Supreme Court ordered Taft to turn over documents in response to a request by state Senator, Marc Dann, a Democratic candidate for attorney general, which Dann contends may help determine what happened to the money missing from state's Bureau of Worker's Compensation Fund.
Bush Election Theft Saga Heats Up In Ohio 
Democracy dead in O-hio.
19.Jun.2006 Irak: US- Soldaten wegen Mordes angeklagt
19.Jun.2006 omarsch-przyr Keine Militärverfassung und keine Militärpläne ! ... wie im Ersten Weltkrieg an Weihnachten 1914 – zu Beginn hatte es ja geheißen: an ...
19.Jun.2006 Jade Axes Proof of Vast Ancient Caribbean Network, Experts Say 

A discovery of ancient jade could shake up old notions of the New World before Columbus.

Scientists say they have traced 1,500-year-old axe blades found in the eastern Caribbean to ancient jade mines in Central America 1,800 miles (2,900 kilometers) away,

New York's American Museum of Natural History announced late last month.
19.Jun.2006 African-American Voters Scrubbed by Secret GOP Hit List 
Greg Palast has the story.
19.Jun.2006 Your Genetic Journey - The Genographic Project 

Did you ever wonder about your most ancient ancestors? The Genographic Project will introduce you to them + explain the genetic journeys that bond your personal lineage over tens of thousands of years.
19.Jun.2006 Archaeologists Rush To Survey Ancient Sites

Archaeology teams are scrambling to record what is left of ancient cultures that once thrived in southern Utah before an increasing number of tourists passing through the area inadvertently harm historical artifacts.
19.Jun.2006 DNA testing adopted to identify Confucius descendants

Those who claim themselves as descendants of Confucius would soon know whether it is true or not by offering a hair for DNA testing, Chinese scientists said.
19.Jun.2006 Seeking World War Two gold 

Such talk is almost a national pastime in the Philippines, where it's called "Yamashita's Gold" after the commanding officer who surrendered to American forces there.

But only after he buried billions in war loot, the story goes.

Blackbeard and his peers have been romanticised as swashbuckling heroes and treasure-hunting outlaws, but history suggests a darker story. Barry Didcock goes in search of the truth behind the legends.
19.Jun.2006 Which Side Are You On?
Stephen Gowans When US President George W. Bush identified an "axis of evil" whose existence Washington pledged to topple through a program of regime change, Iraq was not the only country the USA threatened with a virtual declaration of war. North Korea and Iran were also singled out. According to former Bush speechwriter, David Frum, who boasts he had a major hand in coining the "axis of evil" phrase, the common characteristic that bound the trio was "resentment of US power," ano! ther way of saying they resented US efforts to encroach upon their sovereignty. The quest by Washington to dominate other countries is ultimately rooted in economic forces + seeks advantage for the country?s corporations, banks and wealthy families...
Dissident raids 'foil arms plan' Part of an operation targeting dissident republicans was aimed at foiling a plan to procure arms, the police say.
Net Neutrality Compromise Floated Alaska Republican Ted Stevens adds a new section to the so-called net neutrality bill that would provide for free surfing on the internet but it would still allow ISPs to charge for online content. That won't mollify the likes of Google or Microsoft, who stand to lose big if the legislation passes.
Senate panel proposes Net user 'bill of rights' Politicians try again to find middle ground among fans and foes of Net neutrality regulations, but critics aren't satisfied.
Army Sent to Fight Millions of Invading Toxic Toads Hemos 63 Reporter writes

"The Australian state government called for the army to be deployed against the invasion of toxic toads! Battalions of imported cane toads are marching relentlessly across northern Australia and the West Australian government wants soldiers to intercept the environmental barbarians. From the article: "The toads, Bufo Marinus, were introduced from South America into northeast Queensland state in the 1930s to control another pest: Beetles that were ravaging the sugar cane fields of the tropical northern coasts. But the toads now number in the millions and are spreading westward through the Northern Territory, upsetting the country's ecosystem in their wake. Cane toads have poisonous sacs on the back of their heads full of a venom so powerful it can kill crocodiles, snakes or other predators in minutes." More information about cane toads at Wikipedia."
Cheney Reasserts That Iraqi Insurgency Entered It’s ‘Last Throes’ In May 2005 Judd 

00.May 2005 Vice President Cheney declared that the insurgency in Iraq was in it’s “last throesand predicted “[t]he level of activity that we see today from a military standpoint, I think, will clearly decline.”

Since that time, violence in Iraq has continued unabated.

Today at the National Press Club, Cheney was asked if he still believed that May 2005 was when the insurgency entered its “last throes.” He said he still did. Watch it:

Cheney tries to spin his previous comments as a prediction of political progress. Cheney now says he meant that May 2005 would be the beginning of a “series of events when the Iraqis increasingly took over responsibility for their own affairs.” Actually, Cheney predicted that violence in the country, from May 2005 on, “will clearly decline.”

Full transcript:

REPORTER: About a year ago, you said that the insurgency in Iraq was in its final throes. Do you still believe this?

CHENEY: I do. What I was referring to was the series of events that took place 00.000.1995 [sic – 2005 ].

I think the key turning point when we get back 10 years from now, say + look back on this period of time and with respect to the campaign in Iraq, will be that series of events when the Iraqis increasingly took over responsibility for their own affairs. And there I point to the election in January of ‘05 when we set up the interim government, the drafting of the constitution

in the summer of 2005, the national referendum in the fall of ‘05 when the Iraqis overwhelmingly approved that constitution + then the vote last December when some 12 million Iraqis in defiance of the car bombers +

the terrorists went to the polls and voted in overwhelming numbers to set up a new government under that constitution.

And that process of course has been completed recently with the appointment by Prime Minister Maliki of ministers to fill those jobs.

I think that will have been from a historical turning point, the period that we’ll be able to look at and say, that’s when we turned the corner, that’s when we began to get a handle on the long-term future of Iraq.
Moderate Bush Official Resigns, Feeling ‘Marginalized’ And ‘Subordinate’ Amanda 

Today, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced Robert Zoellick’s resignation as Deputy Secretary of State.

Last Friday Zoellick said he was resigning because “he had accomplished his objective of helping Rice set up her management team + get her tenure as Secretary of State off to a fast start.”

He has accepted a position at Goldman Sachs.

While loyal to the Bush administration, Zoellick was one of its few moderates.

But like other moderates in the White House, he was increasingly left without significant influence, which associates hint may have been the real reason for his departure:

In addition, friends said, Mr. Zoellick had at times felt marginalized at the State Department , where his subordinates, including R. Nicholas Burns, an under secretary of state, manage most of the major issues.

Zoellick has told administration officials he will leave, probably to a Wall Street firm, if he isn’t named to replace Treasury Secretary John Snow , two persons familiar with the matter said.

From his first days at the State Department, Mr. Zoellick has chafed at his subordinate position , frequently remarking that he was finding the adjustment difficult after running his own office during four years as USA trade representative, which is a cabinet position.

Instead of promoting capable moderates such as Zoellick, the Bush administration continues to hire partisans who are unlikely to fulfill Bush’s promise to “change the tone” in Washington.
Joe Klein Embraces Defeat Judd 

In a new column for TIME, pundit Joe Klein declares that President Bush is “(still) winning the war at home.” By that Klein means that Bush is beating his opponent in the domestic debate about Iraq. Klein’s evidence? Bush called the new Iraqi Defense minister an “interesting cat” and Zarqawi “a dangerous dude.” Also, Klein saw Bush strut.

Klein doesn’t mention that recent polling found just 35 % of Americans approve of Bush’s handling of the Iraq war, nearly 60 % support reducing the number of troops and 53 % support a timetable for withdrawal.

Klein reports that, last week, “Bush and Rove were reminding voters that the choice would be between the Democratic strategy of ‘cut and run’ and the Republican war against Islamic ‘fascists,’ as the President called them.” Klein calls variations of this strategy “scurrilous,” “inaccurate” and “lethally incomplete.”

Then, he uses the same argument. Here’s how Klein describes the options of those who oppose Bush’s strategy in Iraq:

The political option is to embrace “cut and run”; call for an immediate withdrawal, as Kerry did; and hope the public is…sick of Bush and sick of the war… But embracing defeat is a risky political strategy , especially for a party not known for its warrior ethic. In fact, the responsible path is the Democrats’ only politically plausible choice: they will have to give yet another new Iraqi government one last shot to succeed.

This is the same false choice presented by Bush and Rove. Those who want a new direction in Iraq and a timeline for withdrawal are not “embracing defeat.” The way to embrace defeat, as the last three years have demonstrated, is to stick with this administration’s approach.

Opponents of the President’s strategy have laid out a serious alternative strategy for success in Iraq and against terrorist networks worldwide. It deserves to be treated seriously by people like Joe Klein. (For details, read CAP’s plan for success and a phased withdrawal of U.S. troops, Strategic Redeployment 2.0.)
Greg Sargent and Duncan Black have more.

A list of ‘reliably documented’ techniques Nico 
practiced at U.S. prisons in Guantanamo and Afghanistan,
compiled by medical ethicist Stephen Miles: “Beating; punching with fists; use of truncheons; kicking; slamming against walls; stretching or suspension (to tear ligaments or muscles to cause asphyxia); external electric shocks; forcing prisoners to abase and to urinate on themselves; forced masturbation; forced renunciation of religion; false confessions or accusations; applying urine and feces to prisoners; making verbal threats to a prisoner and his family; denigration of a prisoner’s religion; force-feeding.” And it goes on.

19.Jun.2006 Court expands review of ‘partial birth’ abortion. Nico 

The Supreme Court said today it will review a California case over whether the federal late-term abortion ban “imposed an undue burden on a woman’s right to seek an abortion and whether it is unconstitutionally vague.” The Court had already agreed to rule on a challenge to the law that originated in Nebraska.
Right Wing Urges Bush to Pardon Scooter Libby Judd 
Since it was announced that Karl Rove escaped indictment, right-wing commentators have aggressively advocated a presidential pardon for Scooter Libby. Here is the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol yesterday on Fox:

[Fitzgerald] indicted one person, not for any underlying crime, but for allegedly mis-remembering a couple of conversations with reporters when talking about them to the grand jury — these were conversations that went nowhere. No one thinks Scooter Libby actually leaked Valerie Plame’s name, even if that were a crime, which is isn’t.

Bush should pardon Scooter Libby and get the whole thing over with …I am blaming Ashcroft for recusing himself. And the CIA was out to get people in the White House at that point. And Bush should pardon Scooter Libby.

Conservative pundit and attorney Joseph diGenova is trying to portray a pardon of Libby as standard operating procedure:

I think ultimately, of course, there are going to be pardons ,” said Joseph diGenova, a former prosecutor and an old Washington hand who shares that view with many pundits. “ These are the kinds of cases in which historically presidents have given pardons .”

Scooter Libby is accused of blatantly lying, under oath, to a federal grand jury. Apparently, Kristol and diGenova do not believe that this kind of offense that is worthy of prosecution.

The Carpetbagger Report has more.
Jun.2006 Think Progress 
President Bush sets off for a “very quicktrip through Europe tomorrow. Ahead of his departure, the Financial Times reports that a new poll indicates Europeans identify the U.S. as the greatest threat to global stability (36 %). Iran and China come in second and third.

According to a Pentagon spokesman, three remaining U.S. reporters were banned from Guantanamo Bay last week because reporters had threatened to sue if the Americans were allowed to stay. According to one of those reporters, the Pentagon lied.

Despite his promises to push for lobbying reform, some House conservatives still doubt House Majority Leader John Boehner’s (R-OH) commitment: “With this leadership, we never will get rid of earmarks .”

The Washington Post obtained a “sensitive” cable from the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice outlining the “the daily-worsening conditions for those who live outside the heavily guarded international zone: harassment, threats and the employees’ constant fears that their neighbors will discover they work for the U.S. government.”

In an effort to crack down on employers who hire undocumented workers, the “ Homeland Security Department also is seeking access to Social Security Administration records of workers whose numbers and names don’t match — access that has long been blocked by privacy concerns.”

A federal judge “signaled that he was inclined to rule against Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) and a bipartisan group of House leaders as they challenged the constitutionality of an FBI raid on the Louisiana Democrat’s office last month.” The judge said he was “not sanguine about the argument advanced by Mr. Jefferson’s attorney and the House counsel.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein indicated her desire to introduce a resolution in the Senate this week that would call for a phased withdrawal of troops from Iraq , an amendment based on the Strategic Redeployment plan laid out by the Center for American Progress. “I don’t know why we are so afraid to stand up and say, ‘look, we want to see an end to this thing’,” she said.

An environmental disaster is brewing in the heartland of Iraq’s northern Sunni-led insurgency, where Iraqi officials say that in a desperate move to dispose of millions of barrels of an oil refinery byproduct called ‘black oil,’ the government pumped it into open mountain valleys and leaky reservoirs next to the Tigris River and set it on fire. The resulting huge black bogs are threatening the river and the precious groundwater in the region.”

Over the weekend, pro-whaling nations won a razor-thin International Whaling Commission vote to declare that “the moratorium on commercial whaling was meant to be temporary and is no longer needed.”

And finally: Eddie Favre, the mayor of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi and a “distant cousin of Green Bay Packers quarterback and Mississippi native Brett Favre,” has said he is “ not shedding his Bermuda shorts until his city is back on its feet.” “Until you make us whole, I’m wearing short pants,” Favre says. “Somebody is going to get stuck with these ugly legs.”
Snow Declares Resurgence of Taliban ‘Predictable,’ Bush Previously Said It Was ‘No Longer…In Existence’ Judd 
This afternoon on CNN Late Edition, White House Press Secretary repeatedly claimed that the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan was entirely predictable:

BLITZER: Let’s move on and talk about some other issues. I know your time is limited. Afghanistan. Is the Taliban making a serious comeback right now?

SNOW: I think what the Taliban is doing — and it’s predictable — is that they are trying to test in the south, where the U.S. forces are handing over to NATO…But A, it’s predictable + B, in the encounters, as you know, the Taliban fighters have overwhelmingly been losing. Now, I think it is predictable…you can expect there to be pushback by the Taliban.

One person who didn’t predict this is President Bush. Here is what he had to say about the Taliban in September 2004:

And as a result of the USA military, Taliban no longer is in existence . And the people of Afghanistan are now free. (Applause.) In other words when you say something as President you better make it clear so everybody understands what you’re saying + you better mean what you say.

The resurgence of the Taliban was not predicted by this administration. It is a consequence of shifting resources to Iraq before the mission in Afghanistan was completed.
N. Korea Has Already 'Mock Nuked' Alaska - With US Government Help Paul Joseph Watson 

N. Korea Has Already 'Mock Nuked' Alaska - With US Government Help New reports about threat of missile launch omit key facts
Terror adviser's customs warning Customs officers are so thinly spread that they are little "discouragement to terrorists", a senior UK adviser warns.
Japan gains key whaling victory Pro-whaling nations win a vote for the eventual return of commercial whaling, in a move Japan calls "historic".
Work begins on Arctic seed vault Norway starts construction on a "doomsday" vault in the Arctic designed to house all known varieties of the world's crops.
Pressure builds against N Korea International pressure mounts against North Korea amid speculation it might test-launch a long-range missile.
Italian bid to indict US soldier Italian prosecutors call for a US soldier to stand trial for the 2005 shooting of an Italian secret agent in Iraq.
Net students 'think copying OK' The "Google generation" of students often sees nothing wrong with copying work, says a plagiarism expert.
Hope for future of giant panda There could be as many as 3,000 giant pandas in the wild, more than twice as many as previously thought.
Rare nerve disease gene found US and UK researchers have identified a gene behind a group of rare genetic childhood neurological disorders.
A Pacemaker Made From Your Own Cells ScuttleMonkey 49
FiReaNGeL that researchers at the Children's Hospital in Boston are on the road to crafting a pacemaker from living cells instead of an artificial implant. From the article:

"When the engineered tissue was implanted into rats, between the right atrium and right ventricle, the implanted cells integrated with the surrounding heart tissue and electrically coupled to neighboring heart cells.

Optical mapping of the heart showed that in nearly a third of the hearts, the engineered tissue had established an electrical conduction pathway, which disappeared when the implants were destroyed.

The implants remained functional through the animals' lifespan (about 3 years)."
Israeli hero known as a plunderer: Stunning military victories made Israel's Gen. Moshe Dayan an iconic figure on the international stage, but his reputation for looting antiquities is little known outside the country where his myth was born.

19.Jun.2006 Iran: U.S. Making Nuke Talks Difficult : Iran accused the USA on Sunday of steering Europe away from a possible compromise on Tehran's disputed nuclear program.

19.Jun.2006 Taunted and jeered, Bolton bolted : Amidst a rising chorus of taunts, jeers, hisses and outright denunciations, Bolton was swiftly surrounded by his entourage of three American security agents and whisked out the door of the seminar room at Oriel College on Friday, the 9th of June.

19.Jun.2006 U.S. Warns N Korea Over Missile Test - But tested own missile last wedensday!: The US has warned the DPRK of unspecified but negative consequences should it proceed with the test, which may have been scheduled for this weekend.
Israeli Weapons: The estimated $4.5 billion dollar F-16I deal ($45 million per aircraft) will be financed by the annual U.S. military aid package and concludes the largest Israeli military purchase in history. Each F-15 cost approximately $84 million.
19.Jun.2006 From the Embassy, a Grim Report: From the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, a stark compendium of its local employees' daily hardships and pressing fears

19.Jun.2006 US military honoured in secret by Britian : It has emerged that Riley Bechtel, billionaire boss of the US-based Bechtel Corporation, which has won big transport and nuclear contracts in Britain and made a fortune from the Iraq war, was secretly awarded a CBE in 2003.

19.Jun.2006 How US hid the suicide secrets of Guantanamo : As despair grows within the camp, so too does outrage mount at its brutal and secretive regime


Hamas calls for probe into arms transfer to Abbas: Hamas on Saturday called on the Palestinian Legislative Council to launch an investigation into the transfer of rifles and ammunition to forces loyal to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, charging that the move was intended to trigger civil war among the Palestinians.

19.Jun.2006 In case you missed it: Desmond Tutu: Apartheid in the Holy Land . I've been very deeply distressed in my visit to the Holy Land; it reminded me so much of what happened to us black people in South Africa.

19.Jun.2006 Amnesty: Microsoft helped Israeli Police in Vanunu probe: Human rights group says company complied with request by Israel police to hand over information on nuclear whistleblower
Iraqi detainees held in box-like cells for days: US probe : Iraqi detainees were held with their eyes taped shut in tiny box-like cells for up to seven days at a time while loud music blared at a special operations holding facility, a US military investigation found.
19.Jun.2006 Die USA auf dem Weg in eine Diktatur? [Archiv] - Seite 5 ...

Neue Details aus dem Untersuchungsausschuss über den Selbstmord des Waffenexperten ... der Verfassung zum Schutz der Bürger auf Guanatanamo zwar nicht, ...
US- Politik: Bush droht Iran und warnt Nordkorea
19.Jun.2006 Neues Abkommen: EU gibt Passagierdaten auch künftig an USA weiter
Schloss bei Sheffield: Ausgrabung nährt Zweifel an Robin- Hood- Sage
19.Jun.2006 US- Außenministerium: Rice- Vertreter Zoellick gibt auf
19.Jun.2006 Tal der Könige: Archäologen streiten über Gold- Särge
Reporter ohne Grenzen: Yahoo zensiert am stärksten
19.Jun.2006 Prozess gegen Ex- Diktator: Staatsanwalt fordert Tod für Saddam
19.Jun.2006 Spitzbergen: Norwegen baut Arche Noah für Pflanzen
19.Jun.2006 Erwärmung: Forscher finden Hitzezentrum der Arktis
19.Jun.2006 Raketentest: Japan droht Nordkorea
19.Jun.2006 Seelöwenplage in Kalifornien: Rückkehr der Schwabbelviecher
19.Jun.2006 Guantanamo: Angehörige toter Häftlinge erheben schwere Vorwürfe
Chinesischer Gentest: Stamme ich von Konfuzius ab?
19.Jun.2006 Irak: US- Demokraten verlangen Zeitplan für Truppenabzug
Moratorium wackelt: Walfang- Gegner erleiden Niederlage

Web   Ergebnisse 1 - 100 von ungefähr 5.950.000 für *lied about* .

Catalonia 'backs autonomy plan' Catalan voters in Spain back plans to make their region one of the most independent in Europe, exit polls suggest.
18.Jun.2006 Prognosen: Mehrheit der Katalanen will Autonomie
18.Jun.2006 Bush's Baghdad Stunt
Walter C. Uhler While reading about the exploits of Emperor Bush, who bravely flew in to war-torn Baghdad, Iraq and spent a whole six hours there without even providing the usual notice to, let alone securing the necessary approvals from, its so-called "sovereign" government, I was reminded of the remarkable words spoken to author Ron Suskind by a senior Bush advisor in the summer of 2002...

18.Jun.2006 Fake Document
Roads to Iraq ...Last announcement by Mowaffaq al-Rubaie was: Document discovered in terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi?s hideout. Don?t believe a single word of this fake document, also don?t believe that such a document exists, for a single reason it?s came from Mowaffaq al-Rubaie. Al-Rubaie [head of National Intelligence Coordination Commission] being Iraqi security adviser, is one of the two untouchables in the Iraqi government, the other one is Muhammad al-Shahwani [head National Intelli! gence Service]. Both appointed by the Americans and reports to the American directly [the CIA], not to the Iraqi government, the agencies [security agency and intelligence agency] are not taking orders from any Iraqi high authority, defense ministry, the ministry of interior affaires and not even from prime minister...
Nick Mottern, From the first year of the Bush Administration

in 2001, through the run-up to the Iraq War

in 2002 + in the first year of the occupation, 2003, ExxonMobil was the top seller of petroleum products and services to the Pentagon, taking in about $2 billion in taxpayer money for those three years. However,

in 2004, Royal Dutch Shell was the number one top seller for the year.

With Shell 's continued high level of sales in 2005, it became the overall top seller of petroleum to the U.S. Military 00.000.1999-00.000.2005 ,

at $4.08 billion, compared to ExxonMobil ' s $3.90 billion for the same period... continue...

US-corrupted Germany & Japan resume horrendous war crimes
Dr Gideon Polya, ...Now, thanks to George Bush and his obscene and criminally mis-directed "War on Terror" (in reality a War for Resources and a War on Women and Children), all that has changed.

Germany has resumed war crimes with gusto in Occupied Afghanistan and Japan has resumed war crimes in BOTH Occupied Iraq and Occupied Afghanistan.

Of course, Japan and Germany are not the ONLY countries variously allied with the UK and US in Occupied Afghanistan o! r Occupied Iraq.

Thus major players in Afghanistan currently include the US, UK, Australia, Canada and France - as well as Germany and Japan ; +

major players in Occupied Iraq currently include the US, UK + Australia ?

as well as the former Axis countries Italy and Japan. Numerous other countries (from Western and Eastern Europe, East Asia, South East Asia + Central America) have dirtied their international reputations by making token contributions to these criminal American enterprises... continue...
Why Did We Destroy Iraq?
March 20 was the third anniversary of the Bush regime's invasion of Iraq. US military casualties to date are approximately 20,000 killed, wounded, maimed + disabled. Iraqi civilian casualties number in the tens of thousands. Iraq's infrastructure is in ruins. Tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed...

18.Jun.2006 Murtha on Rove: ‘He’s Sitting in His Air-Conditioned Office on His Big, Fat Backside, Saying Stay the Course’ Nico 

Karl Rove attacked Rep. John Murtha during a speech last week in New Hampshire. Rove described Murtha’s Iraq plan as “cutting and running,” and suggested that the 37-year Marine combat veteran would “be with you at the first shots” but not “for the last, tough battles.”

Murtha defended himself this morning on Meet the Press:

MURTHA: He’s in New Hampshire. He’s making a political speech. He’s sitting in his air-conditioned office on his big, fat backside, saying stay the course. That’s not a plan. … We’ve got to change direction. You can’t sit there in the air-conditioned office and tell troops carrying 70 pounds on their backs, inside these armored vessels hit with IEDs every day, seeing their friends blown up, their buddies blown up — and he says stay the course? Easy to say that from Washington, DC. Watch it: Full transcript below:

ROVE (TAPE): Like too many Democrats, it strikes me they are ready to give the green light to go to war, but when it gets tough and when it gets difficult, they fall back on that party’s old pattern of cutting and running. They may be with you at the first shots, but they are not going to be there for the last, tough battles. They are wrong and profoundly wrong in their approach.

RUSSERT: Cutting and running.

MURTHA: He’s in New Hampshire. He’s making a political speech. He’s sitting in his air-conditioned office on his big, fat backside, saying stay the course. That’s not a plan. I don’t know what his military experience is, but that’s a political statement. This is a policy difference between me and the White House. I disagree completely with what he’s saying.

Now, let’s give you an example. When we went to Beirut, I said to President Reagan, get out. The other day we were doing a debate and they said, Beirut was a different situation, we cut and run. We didn’t cut and run. President Reagan made the decision to change direction because he knew he couldn’t win it. Even in Somalia, President Clinton made the decision, “we have to change direction.” Even with tax cuts, when we had a tax cut, under Reagan we then had an increase.

We need to change directions. We can’t win a war like this. This guy is sitting back there criticizing — political criticism, getting paid by the public taxpayer + he’s saying to us, “We’re winning this war and they’re running”? We’ve got to change direction. You can’t sit there in the air-conditioned office and tell troops carrying 70 pounds on their backs inside these armored vessels hit with IEDs every day, seeing their friends blown up, their buddies blown up + he says stay the course? Easy to say that from Washington, DC.
90. Judd  Former “officials at the Department of Homeland Security or the White House Office of Homeland Security” who are now “executives, consultants or lobbyists for companies that collectively do billions of dollars’ worth of domestic security business,” according to the New York Times.
18.Jun.2006 APFN
Time date delay - WHY?Patricia Johnson-Holm

17.Jun.2006 President Kennedy was Shot from FRONT. Call for REOPENINGRalph C. Whitley, Sr. a Veteran

17.Jun.2006 Remember 9pm PDT Call4Investigation on SCANTV.orgCall4Investigation

17.Jun.2006 Elections ect.maddog

17.Jun.2006 Well here we go didn't play call4investigationPatricia Johnson-Holm

17.Jun.2006 Maddog, I know how you feel, but....Pepper

17.Jun.2006 NEXT -selection - FIASCO planned? Hous of RepsPatricia Johnson-Holm

17.Jun.2006 Pentagon's NSA sets sights on social-network websitesLIFE WITH BIG BROTHER

17.Jun.2006 "HIRED GUNS" BlackwaterCNN SPECIAL

17.Jun.2006 VIDEO: 911 Eyewitness....WOW! What a video!Blue Star Media Group

17.Jun.2006 Coast to Coast refused againPatricia Johnson-Holm

17.Jun.2006 AL-ZARQAWIbrad

17.Jun.2006 S. 494: Federal Employee Protection of Disclosures Act109th U.S. Congress

17.Jun.2006 Katrina Blackwaterbrad

17.Jun.2006 Votefraud.... America's #1 problem!The Fred McChesney Show

18.Jun.2006 Time for a "Maverick" For PresidentRich Sheridan

Cosmic Iguana - Voice of the Evil Doers Faith-based News for Extra-Terrestrials

Nolo Contendere in comments draws our attention to the following WPOST article from April 2006 saying: The whole thing was a psy op for the rubes. Z died years ago + that fresh meat photo was a patsy who they had to kill because the deception was blown two months ago. Here's the lead excerpt from the article he's referring to: The U.S. military is conducting a propaganda campaign to magnify the role of the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, according to internal military documents and officers familiar with the program. The effort has raised his profile in a way that some military intelligence officials believe may have overstated his importance and helped the Bush administration tie the war to the organization responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.... [*]

You know they figure all those Iraqis look alike anyway,
UN fears new conflict in Somalia The prospect of a new conflict in Somalia is growing as illegal arms flow in, a senior UN official tells the BBC.
Raid protesters demand apology Campaigners demonstrate against recent terror raids in London, calling for an apology from police.
18.Jun.2006 'Resolve Blair affair' says Davis Shadow home secretary David Davis says the future of Met chief Sir Ian Blair must be resolved quickly.
18.Jun.2006 Race law update needed, Phillips Commission for Racial Equality chief Trevor Phillips says race laws need updating to help fight the terrorism threat.
18.Jun.2006 North Korea warned about missile Japan is to lodge a "fierce" protest if North Korea test-fires a missile said to be capable of hitting the US.
18.Jun.2006 Slovak election puts left ahead The leftist opposition wins the largest share of the vote in Slovakia's election but is short of an outright majority.
18.Jun.2006 Scotland is 'losing' war on drugs A top official says he believes that Scotland has to accept it will never be free of illegal drugs.
18.Jun.2006 'Angry' Yorke song on Kelly death Radiohead's Thom Yorke says a new song about the death of scientist Dr David Kelly is his angriest ever track.
18.Jun.2006 Japan faces whale 'cruelty' claim Australia is to present what it says is proof that Japan's whaling programme is cruel.
18.Jun.2006 Face transplant decision expected The ethical committee of a top London hospital are to decide whether to allow face transplants.
18.Jun.2006 Veg 'prevents artery hardening' Eating your five portions of fruit and vegetables a day may prevent hardening of the arteries, research suggests.
18.Jun.2006 Kazakhstan Launches Satellite An oil-rich Central Asian country joins the space nations with the successful launch of its first satellite,

a geostationary orbiter that will provide TV broadcast and communications for several countries.
You Dirty, Healthy Rat A new study checking the immune systems of lab rats against those captured from sewers and farms shows the slum dwellers are healthier.

Does the sanitized Western lifestyle make us sick?
NASA Sets Summer Shuttle Date Despite the space agency's chief engineer and safety officers recommendation against a shuttle liftoff attempt this summer, the decision is made to go ahead on 01.Jul.2006 .
A Look at the Editorial Changes on Wikipedia ScuttleMonkey 275 prostoalex writes

"New York Times Technology section this weekend is running an extensive article on Wikipedia and recent changes to the editorial policy.

Due to high level of partisan involvement some political topics like George Bush + Tony Blair + Opus Dei are currently either protected (editorials are allowed only to a selected group of Wikipedia members) or semi-protected (anyone who has had an account for more than four days can edit the article). From the article:

'Protection is a tool for quality control, but it hardly defines Wikipedia,' Mr. Wales said. 'What does define Wikipedia is the volunteer community and the open participation.'"
Police Launch Drones Over LA ScuttleMonkey 376 "Yahoo! News is reporting that law enforcement officials have launched a new form of drone aircraft to patrol the skies above Los Angeles. From the article: 'Police say the drone, called the SkySeer, will be able to accomplish tasks too dangerous for officers and free up helicopters for other missions. "This technology could be used to find missing children, search for lost hikers, or survey a fire zone," said Commander Sid Heal, head of the Technology Exploration Project of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

"The ideal outcome for us is when this technology becomes instrumental in saving lives."'"
Dating from around 690 B.C., the underground burial chamber is decorated with roaring lions and migratory birds. Experts are hailing it as the earliest example of the funerary decorations that would later become common in the Greek and Roman world.
"This princely tomb is unique and it marks the origin of Western painting," said Culture Minister Francesco Rutelli.

18.Jun.2006 In Case You Missed it? Dr. Michael Parenti: "Terrorism, Globalization and Conspiracy "

Globalization is an attempt to extend corporate monopoly control over the whole globe. Over every national economy. Over every local economy. Over every life. Click here to watch
16.Jun.2006 Trivializing Corruption By David Sirota
Ninety thousand dollars in a Democratic Congressman's freezer. A Republican House Majority Leader indicted for money laundering + a senior Republican thrown in jail for accepting bribes. Washington's biggest lobbyist thrown in jail for trying to buy off lawmakers. This is what the Washington Establishment and the media want America to believe is the worst form of corruption: a few dirty political hacks who had the nerve to violate our supposedly pristine democracy.

18.Jun.2006 The Bogus Take Back America Conference By Charles Sullivan
If I understand the premise of the Take Back America Conference, their agenda is to wrest control of the government from the hands of the Republicans and to place power in the hands of the Democrats. The assumption is, quite erroneous, I think, that America will be a better place under the control of Hillary Clinton and her corporate pay masters than the Bush cowboys and their corporate cow patties.

18.Jun.2006 Condi and the isolationists By Patrick Buchanan
To understand who is truly responsible for a situation where a U.S. secretary of state has to go before a convention of religious conservatives to try to hold their support for a president they put in office, Rice might ask herself some questions.

18.Jun.2006 Lost in translation By By Jonathan Steele
Experts confirm that Iran's president did not call for Israel to be 'wiped off the map'. Reports that he did serve to strengthen western hawks.

Joseph Massad: The (Anti-) Palestinian Authority: The real rift in Palestinian society is between those fighting to preserve the class privileges of Oslo and their opponents who uphold the essentials of the Palestinian cause.

18.Jun.2006 Who Elected These Pea Brained Idiots?: "Congressmen Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Joseph Crowley (D-NY) are soliciting cosponsors for a bill addressing “the systematic destruction” of the Palestinian Christian community by the Palestinian Authority (PA)."

18.Jun.2006 The Power of the Israel Lobby: Its Origins and Growth: When a government is unable to distinguish its own real needs from those of another state, it can no longer be said that it always acts in its own interests or that it does not frequently do grave damage to those interests.

18.Jun.2006 Saniora congratulates Army's Intelligence for capturing Israeli Mossad network : Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Saniora congratulated the Lebanese Army Intelligence Service for the capture of the Israeli Mossad network. Saniora said that this step is a clear evidence that authorities are capable of protecting the citizens and national unity.

18.Jun.2006 Gordon Prather: Iran's nuclear-energy rights : Iran is not required to inform the IAEA about the existence of facilities – such as the uncompleted nuclear power plant at Bushehr, for example– until 180 days before "special fissionable or other materials" are actually introduced into the facility.

18.Jun.2006 Venezuela's Chavez Seeks Law to Gain Control of Mines : Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is seeking to take control of non-productive gold and diamond fields in the country with a proposed law sent to congress today.

18.Jun.2006 Stephen Lendman : Wall Street Journal Gives Hugo Chavez A Mixed Review : The Bolivarian Revolution is a true participatory democracy where the people have a say in how the country is governed; that the lives of the majority poor have benefitted enormously by an impressive array of essential social programs and services unimaginable in the US

18.Jun.2006 All you need to succeed in our meritocracy is privilege : Britain's elites are more ferocious than ever in defence of their rewards because they think they won them through ability

18.Jun.2006 Forgotten urban poor a living time bomb: UN : The world's growing number of poor slum dwellers is a ticking time bomb that governments dare not ignore, the United Nations said on Friday.

18.Jun.2006 Bill Quigley: HUD to New Orleans Poor: "Go F(ind) Yourself (Housing)!" : The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced they plan to demolish over five thousand public housing apartments in New Orleans.

18.Jun.2006 America's problem is again a usurping king called George : Bush's determination to impose his own reading of new laws amounts to a power grab and subverts the US constitution

18.Jun.2006 Number of prisoners given life doubles in 10 years : The number of prisoners being jailed for life has nearly doubled in the past 10 years and sentences served are now more than 50% longer than they were when first introduced, despite claims that judges are being too lenient

18.Jun.2006 Ranchers Add Ladders to Border Fences: A few Texas ranchers tired of costly repairs to cattle fences damaged by illegal immigrants have installed an easier route over the U.S.-Mexican border - ladders
West has been helping itself, not Afghanistan: The aid flowing to Afghanistan is only a fraction, per capita, of what Kosovo and even East Timor received + much of it has entirely bypassed the Afghan Government, leading to the emergence of what the World Bank has called a "second civil service" of UN agencies and private commercial contractors, receiving rewards that are astronomical by Afghan standards, but doing little to foster local capacity. Not enough is trickling down to ordinary Afghans.

18.Jun.2006 Israel admits shell report flaws: THE Israeli Army has admitted to The Times that its official account of the explosion that killed eight Palestinians picnicking on a Gaza beach last week was flawed. The account is also contradicted by a UN radio transmission.
Pentagon Details Abuse of Iraq Detainees : U.S. special operations forces fed some Iraqi detainees only bread and water for up to 17 days, used unapproved interrogation practices such as sleep deprivation and loud music and stripped at least one prisoner, according to a Pentagon report on incidents dating to 2003 and 2004.

18.Jun.2006 In case you missed it: Report: Enduring Abuse: To justify torture and abuse in the "global war on terrorism," the government narrowly defined torture and argued that the prohibition against cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment does not apply outside the USA.

18.Jun.2006 Death threats are alleged in Marine investigations: Pentagon investigators threatened the death penalty and used other coercive techniques to obtain statements from some of the seven Marines and a Navy corpsman jailed at Camp Pendleton in the shooting death of an Iraqi civilian, two defense lawyers say.

18.Jun.2006 A Father Speaks Out Against the Iraq War: Imagine losing your child in a war based on lies and misinformation. On Father's Day, Fernando Suarez del Solar remembers his son.

18.Jun.2006 Amy Goodman: Access of Evil : If President Bush had stood on the steps of the White House with a megaphone when he set out to sell the Iraq War, he might have convinced a few people about the imminent threat posed by Saddam Hussein. But he had something far more powerful that convinced far more people:

18.Jun.2006 In case you missed it: Operation Saddam - America's Propaganda War: Documentary focusing on the tactics used by the U.S and it's allies in the build up to,and during, the Iraq War, featuring Ray Mcgovern and Seymour Hersh amongst others. Originally broadcast on SBS (Australian T.V) Language is English, 50 mins

18.Jun.2006 In case you mised it: The Man Who Sold the War : Meet John Rendon, Bush's general in the propaganda war

18.Jun.2006 Austria's Haider says Bush is a war criminal: Austrian right-wing populist Joerg Haider called President Bush a war criminal on Saturday, days before Austria's government hosts Bush and European leaders in Vienna.
The Peace Race By Katrina vanden Heuvel
A CBS poll finds that 80 % of Democrats believe the USA should have stayed out of Iraq + more than 60 % want US troops home as soon as possible. A Washington Post/ABC poll finds that 70 % of Independents feel the war was not worth it + 33 % of Republicans agree. Even 72 % of our troops believe US forces should leave Iraq in the next year.

18.Jun.2006 Exceptional Americans Manifest Their Destiny And to Hell with the Consequences... By Jason Miller
Wearing its cloak of benevolence, America is an abstract embodiment of the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing. Governed by avaricious profiteers produced and enabled by a ruthless system that brings out the worst in humanity, the USA is a predacious nation innocently posing as a bastion of human rights and democracy.

18.Jun.2006 Custodians of chaos By Kurt Vonnegut
For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes. But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course that's Moses, not Jesus. I haven't heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere.

18.Jun.2006 Stephen Colbert Exposes The Hypocrisy Of  10 Commandment Bill Sponsor 1 Minute Video Colbert Interview Shows Ten Commandments Bill Sponsor Can Only Name Three.. Click here to view
18.Jun.2006 FBI says, it has “No hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 11.Sep.2001Bin Laden has not been formally charged in connection to 11.Sep.2001.” By Ed Haas
"In the case of the 1998 USA Embassies being bombed, Bin Laden has been formally indicted and charged by a grand jury. He has not been formally indicted and charged in connection with 11.Sep.2001 because the FBI has no hard evidence connected Bin Laden to 11.Sep.2001.”

18.Jun.2006 Divers begin search for underwater 'Atlantis'

Ten divers began a seven-day search for a possible underwater "Atlantis" on Friday in the Fuxian Lake near Kunming, the second-deepest freshwater pool in the country.
18.Jun.2006 HBOI scientists stumped by Arctic seal found on Caribbean beach 

It seems a hooded seal - a marine mammal that lives on and around packed ice off the coast of Newfoundland - somehow found its way to the tiny island of Anegada in the Caribbean Sea.
18.Jun.2006 Archaeological site yields dental surprise 

The upper front teeth of the remains had been ground down so they could be mounted with animal teeth, possibly wolf or panther teeth, for ceremonial purposes, according to researchers led by Tricia Gabany-Guerrero of the University of Connecticut.
18.Jun.2006 Aerospace writer's mystery death 
Michael A. Dornheim, who spent 22 years covering the super-secret multi-billion-dollar aerospace industry in California, vanished on June 3 after having dinner with friends.
18.Jun.2006 Druids and moon worship in the sacred landscape of Callanish 

It is probable that Callanish (or Calanais) – which comprises two other stone circles in addition to the main site - was built some 5,000 years ago as a lunar calendar.
18.Jun.2006 The Moon-Bush Cash Conduit 

Over the past quarter century, South Korean theocrat Sun Myung Moon has been one of the Bush family's major benefactors - both politically and financially - while enjoying what appears to be protection against federal investigations into evidence that his cult-like organization has functioned as a criminal enterprise.
18.Jun.2006 Antikythera Mechanism, We Hardly Knew You 
It seems all you need to crack the most enigmatic of ancient mysteries is grit, determination, six world class universities and research organizations, a 7.5 ton 3-D state of the art X-ray machine + funding by both an 80 year old trust and a 160 year old financial institution.
18.Jun.2006 Hicks severely damaged, says CIA expert 
Interview with Alfred McCoy, Professor of history at the University of Wisconsin and author of 1972's The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade + the new book A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation from the Cold War to the War on Terror .
18.Jun.2006 Security Breaches in CA Elections 
San Diego County Registrar Admits to Security Lapses Which Would Nullify Legal Use of Systems According to Both State and Federal Requirements, Provisions!
18.Jun.2006 How restricting caloric intake may prevent Alzheimer 

"This research is the first to show a connection between nutrition and Alzheimer's Disease neuropathy by defining mechanistic pathways in the brain and scrutinizing biochemical functions.
18.Jun.2006 Whale carcass found in central Alaska, 1,000 miles from ocean 

The carcass of a young beluga whale was found Friday by canoeists on the Tanana River about 40 miles southwest of Fairbanks — or nearly 1,000 river miles from the Bering Sea, the closest beluga habitat.

Und seit dem 3. Juni sitzt der vietnamesische Co-Pilot Tran Van Dang in einem Untersuchungsgefängnis im australischen Sydney.

Er hatte versucht, beim Rückflug aus Sydney nach Hanoi eine halbe Million US-Dollar in bar unverzollt auszuführen.

Besonders peinlich: Die australische Justiz verweigerte den eigens aus Vietnam eingereisten offiziellen Vertretern der Airline einen Haftbesuch bei ihrem Mitarbeiter.

"Viet Nam Net" will von australischen Ermittlern erfahren haben, dass "mehrere Piloten und Stewardessen öfter helfen, Bargeld ins Land oder außer Landes zu bringen.

Die Ermittler haben Schwierigkeiten, solche Fälle aufzuklären."

Tschechische Kampfjets waren bereits in der Luft.

Ihr Auftrag soll der Abschuss eines Flugzeugs gewesen sein, das keinen Funkkontakt hielt.

Doch die Piloten der Vietnam-Airlines-Maschine, die auf dem Weg nach Frankfurt war,  hielten offenbar ein Nickerchen.

Wie erst jetzt bekannt wurde, sind im April über 200 Fluggäste der vietnamesischen Fluggesellschaft Vietnam Airlines auf dem Flug von Hanoi nach Frankfurt am Main nur knapp mit dem Leben davon gekommen.

Nach einem Bericht des vietnamesischen Online-Magazins "Viet Nam Net" hatte eine Boing 777 in der Nacht vom

17.Apr.2006-18.Apr.2006 über den Lufträumen der Ukraine, Polens + Tschechiens 65 Minuten lang keinen Funkkontakt zum Boden gehabt.

Weil die Maschine vom Luftkorridor abgewichen sei, sollte sie abgeschossen werden, behauptet "Viet Nam Net".
Palästinenserkonflikt: Fatah und Hamas nähern sich an
Trotz Expertenkritik: "Discovery" soll am 1. Juli starten
Medizin: Briten bereiten erste vollständige Gesichtstransplantation vor
Spanien: Bald Friedensgespräche mit der Eta
Spekulationen um Langstreckenrakete: Japan warnt Nordkorea vor Raketentest
São Paulo: Fast drei Millionen Menschen bei Schwulen- Parade
Essay: Mangelt es an "Parallelgesellschaften"?
Wahlen in der Slowakei: Linke Opposition klarer Sieger
Either the Democrats take the truth to power, as Jack Murtha has on national security, or the November elections will be lost. It's that simple. -- A BuzzFlash Editorial
When you're a neocon, a pardon is always around the corner. There's already talk of exonerating Scooter Libby.
Government claims it can't find witnesses to detainee innocence. But a reporter easily found three. 6/19
Stop in atThe Last Chance Democracy Cafe by Steven C. Day. Mozy Around and Make a Comment or Two. It May be Your Last Chance for Democracy.
In 2003, Iran sent a letter offering nuclear cooperation and the recognition of Israel. The Bush Administration blew it off. 6/19
Mexican elections could reshape relations between U.S. and neighbor. And in a divided Mexico, a close election could plunge country into political chaos. 6/19
After Blair, 25 % of British Labor voters want their own party out 6/19
Bombers defy security to hit Iraq: Scores of civilians were injured in the attacks. At least 41 people have been killed and 100 injured in a string of attacks in and around the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
Prospect: David Brooks, like other elite pundits, doesn't understand -- or chooses to ignore -- how close liberal blogs are to mainstream American opinion 6/19

18.Jun.2006 (a role no longer played by Ana Marie Cox, or so I am told) made a fascinating catch: Hey — any readers out there save their back issues of George magazine?

There was an Ann Coulter column a number of years back about the disaster that is the Washington dating scene + one of the illustrative anecdotes was about an unnamed Burkman.

Ann Coulter...? Mention of that name changes everything . At this point, readers should feel free to supply their own witticisms on the topic of gender confusion. Permalink
18.Jun.2006 This notable feature caught the eye of one Jack Burkman, Republican lobbyist. by the end of the night (5 am or so), he was offering to pay for our room + give us a thousand dollars if two of us would fuck him. oh, jack burkman. his card is my DC souvenir. The card is here.
Here's the upshot: Jack's the lobbyist for the Family Research Council, a conservative muscle group founded, in part, by James Dobson and two psychiatrists.

(From what I know of Dobson, we should be glad that he has a couple of shrinks listed in his Rolodex.) The FRC leadership has ties to Gary Bauer and the bizarre Schmitz family.

(One of these days I really must do a post about them -- Burkman at his worst ain't got nothin' on the Schmitz clan.)

This well-connected pressure group advocates school prayer, censorship of library materials, the de-legalization of abortion and total abstinence outside marriage.
18.Jun.2006 Now the right-wing Daily Mail (London's print equivalent to Fox News) has a new article which demands some attention:

These fresh accounts include the astonishing claim that the Queen’s most senior and trusted courtier was seen in Paris, at the British Embassy, half an hour before the crash.
Furthermore, they include a baffling allegation that the RAF crew which flew Tony Blair from his Sedgefield constituency to London to greet the Princess’s repatriated body had been on continual standby to make the flight from two days earlier — when Diana was still alive.

The Daily Mail also cites a "Mr. X," an alleged wireless operator at the British embassy in Paris, who says that he was hustled out of his post at midnight, just as Diana and Dodi left the hotel.
My take? First principle: Consider the source. I'm wondering why a conservative tabloid is trying to pin a murder on the royal family.

18.Jun.2006 We can hope that the ruthlessness of this strategy backfires

(I'd say it always has, except they steal the elections on top of destroying their opponents; some would call that overkill) + that the level of desperation will lead Rove to make a stupid mistake.

Should we be encouraged by the recent reaction to Coulter's cruelty?

Could it be she was testing the waters? Could she be charged herself with a felony and drown in the very waters she has fomented? We can only hope....
18.Jun.2006 Rove also has his own need to be free of the taint of indictment, namely the campaigns.

This is another motivator for him in the dance with Fitz. But he'll also now be motivated more than ever before to win in November, what with all that could come out of a Democratic Congress with subpoena power.

So, the by-word here should be "we ain't seen nothin' yet." There has not been a word invented yet to describe how nasty it will get.

Check out how he's already projecting his crimes onto liberals, claiming they use the blog for "healthy intramovement dialogue," while liberals use it "to mobilize hate and anger."

Clearly Rove sees liberal blogs as a formidable force; we should be proud. Just as clearly, though, he was despicable before, but now he is despicable and desperate, so we must watch our collective jugular.
18.Jun.2006 And let's not forget that Ashcroft + Rove are buddies from way back (Rove ran his campaigns) + it took Ashcroft three months to recuse himself + then only under duress. This case has been sabotaged from the beginning by everyone involved except Fitz. I for one find it impressive he has managed to get anywhere at all with what he has had to work with.
18.Jun.2006 Don't miss Frontline Tuesday night on PBS; all about Cheney and black ops.]
18.Jun.2006 So Rove lied to the public, but then I suppose he told the GJ he just "forgot." That's where my doubts get manic; he had to convince the GJ + I just don't think he could. That, or else Fitz never felt he had enough evidence to present to the GJ in the first place.

Given that Fitz referred to Rove in the Libby indictment as "Official A," and that every such Official A he has ever referenced in an indictment was eventually also indicted, I'm still holding out on the possibility that Rove does still have an indictment hanging over his head + that it will drop like a guillotine, "absent any unexpected developments."
18.Jun.2006 I ran across this interview with Luskin via emptywheel.
18.Jun.2006 Point Five : As for Luskin's claim to Jeralyn at TalkLeft that there is no deal, Luskin could easily be mincing words like garlic. To him, a "deal" might mean a written document with agreed upon terms that everyone signs off on in triplicate.
18.Jun.2006 Point Four : The ongoing investigation. Here's the deal, at least from Christy Hardin Smith's perspective at FDL + she was a federal prosecutor, so she really does know how these things work. She has said this in print + on the Plame panel this past weekend: The investigation is ongoing. Why does she say this? Because Fitz has said the investigation is ongoing. And now we even have belligerent "Gold Bars" Luskin confirming the investigation is ongoing. Furthermore, Smith has said that - and this is important, folks - the investigation will remain open until after the Libby trial is over . Now this makes so much sense; why shut the barn door before you've corralled all the ponies? Or asses, in this case. Who knows what might come up in trial, or even in the public domain, in the meantime + so you don't want to burn the bridge (just the barn once the round-up is complete; kidding, kidding).
18.Jun.2006 This scenario also helps explain why Libby's attorneys are so desperately (really, desperately) trying to convince Judge Walton to let them see everything Fitz has on Rove (though all the actual talk on this in the courtroom is all like, 'oh, just as an example, what if Rove....'). Fitz is saying, that would make sense if "he" was my witness, but he's not; and moreover, whatever defense seeks has to be focused on the charge, which is whether or not Libby lied to the GJ; in other words, this can't be "a fishing expedition." The judge has yet to rule on this, but for my money (it'll getcha 12 minutes on a small town meter; scratch that, the town council just this week voted to double the cost, so it'll only getcha 6), Libby will lose this one. Walton has been surprisingly, but encouragingly, strict with the defense on such matters. But, who knows? He may have his limits, as his gag order of Sibel Edmonds strongly suggests. Still, it is not clear - if he is so Republican - why he'd protect Rove, or even Libby, if it meant destroying Cheney.
18.Jun.2006 Point Three : The "sealed" indictment. Hard to keep speculation from fact here, but it is a bit odd that Jason Leopold's claims did roughly coincide with a "Sealed v. Sealed" document finding its way to public record (referenced as such; the contents are not public) + with a real Fitz visit to Judge Hogan prior to Luskin's announcement.

A "US v. Sealed" document is not uncommon, but "Sealed v. Sealed" is almost unheard of, likely to provide more secrecy.

These sealed indictments can be kept sealed for weeks or months + months would take us into the Libby trial at the start of next year. Beyond that, we can only speculate.

And we're allowed, so why not? One interpretation might be that the document is indeed an indictment of Rove + that it is Fitzgerald's insurance that Rove will testify "truthfully" in the Libby case, or at least consistently with what he had to say - about others - to the GJ in order to get his ass out of the sling. Permalink
18.Jun.2006 Point Two : As Joe astutely pointed out, the language of Luskin's announcement is notable for its waffle words:

On June 12, 2006, Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald formally advised us that, absent any unexpected developments , he does not anticipate seeking charges against Karl Rove....
In deference to the pending case , we will not make any further public statements about the subject matter of the investigation. We believe that the Special Counsel's decision should put an end to the baseless speculation about Mr. Rove's conduct. (emphasis mine)

18.Jun.2006 Well, it appears those repeating wheels are already in motion. It seems there is now, less than a week after Rove's ...whatever, talk of a Libby pardon. Now please note that this talk is based on the interpretation of Luskin's announcement that Rove is fully "off the hook." However, if you read further in this post, you'll see that nowhere in Luskin's statement or press release is there any reason to believe that Fitz delivered anything like a definitive release of Rove from all charges.