17 October 2007
Bush warns Putin over ‘World War Three’ 17 Oct 2007 President [sic] George W Bush today warned that world leaders risk helping bring about “World War Three” unless they do more to prevent Iran developing nuclear weapons.
Bar Iran from nuclear arms to avoid World War III: Bush 17 Oct 2007 President [sic] George W. Bush Wednesday warned Iran must be barred from nuclear weapons to avoid the prospect of “World War III,” and dismissed suggestions of a US-Russia rift on the crisis.
Bush Says Iran Nuclear Project Raises War Risk 17 Oct 2007 President [sic] Bush warned today that Iran would be raising the risk of a “World War III” if it came to possess nuclear weapons. “If Iran had a nuclear weapon, it’d be a dangerous threat to world peace,” Mr. Bush said. “So I told people that if you’re interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon.”
Syria Denies Report on Nuclear Strike 17 Oct 2007 Syria denied Wednesday that one of its representatives to the United Nations told a panel that an Israeli airstrike hit a Syrian nuclear facility and added that “such facilities do not exist in Syria.” The state[as opposed to corporate]-run Syrian Arab News Agency, SANA, quoting an unnamed Foreign Ministry source, said that Syria had made it clear in the past that there are no such facilities in Syria.
Turkey approves military operations in northern Iraq 17 Oct 2007 Turkish MPs today gave the green light to military operations in northern Iraq, amid fears that an incursion could create turmoil in one of the few ‘stable’ [?!?] areas of Iraq. Today’s 507-19 vote provides the legal basis for Nato’s second biggest army to cross the mountainous border, should it wish to do so.
Turkey plays down talk of imminent Iraq incursion 16 Oct 2007 Turkey today played down the possibility of an early attack on Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq as Baghdad sent its vice-president to Ankara for urgent talks.
Inquiry urged on Hunt Oil contract in Iraq —Democrats say Bush ties may have led to Iraq oil contract 15 Oct 2007 Democratic lawmakers moved Monday toward investigating Hunt Oil’s oil exploration contract in Iraq, saying the company’s ties to President [sic] Bush raised questions about whether it had insider information that helped it reach the deal. U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, asked Hunt to turn over all Iraq-related communication with the U.S. government by Nov. 2. The lawmakers also demanded that Ray Hunt, Hunt Oil’s chief executive, submit copies of information he may have received about Iraq as a member of Mr. Bush’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.
Food Companies Face U.S. Probe Over Iraq Deals 17 Oct 2007 Prominent American food companies are under scrutiny in a federal probe of possible fraud and corruption in the military’s food-supply operations for the Iraq war. Investigators from the Justice Department and the Defense Department are looking into deals that Perdue Farms Inc., Sara Lee Corp., ConAgra Foods Inc. and other U.S. companies made to supply the military, according to people involved in the inquiry. The companies made the deals with the help of former U.S. military procurement officials they hired as consultants or executives.
Blackwater tying up loose ends? Separate attacks kill 5 Iraqi journalists —Four reporters’ deaths follow the slaying of a Washington Post correspondent in Baghdad. 16 Oct 2007 Five Iraqi journalists were killed in three separate attacks this weekend, marking the deadliest day for reporters covering the country in a year. In Iraq’s worst day for journalist deaths, five journalists and six supporting staff members were killed one year ago when [US] gunmen attacked the Al Shaabiya television station in Baghdad.
Iraq Seeking Faster Blackwater Pullout 17 Oct 2007 Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has pressed U.S. Embassy officials in recent meetings to pull the Blackwater USA security firm out of Iraq even before the six-month deadline he initially set, a top aide to the Iraqi leader said Wednesday. The aide said the Americans responded that they cannot give al-Maliki an answer until the FBI finishes its inquiry into the incident in which Iraqi officials say Blackwater mercenaries killed 17 Iraqis.
Digger shot in Iraq 17 Oct 2007 An Australian soldier is in a serious condition after being shot and wounded in Iraq’s southern Dhi Qar province while on an overnight patrol. He was evacuated by a US military helicopter after first aid was administered on the scene.
U.S., Israel to study layered missile defenses 17 Oct 2007 The United States and Israel agreed to work on a layered missile defense system to intercept ballistic missiles from Iran and Syria and smaller arms like those lobbed from Gaza and Lebanon, officials said on Tuesday.
Oil approaches US$90 per barrel 18 Oct 2007 Oil prices hit a new intraday high of close to US$90 per barrel during Wednesday trading in New York after the Turkish Parliament gave permission for its military to attack Kurdish rebels in Iraq. Prices jumped to US$89.00 per barrel, past Tuesday’s record trading high of US$88.20, before falling back.
Up 700 percent under Bush By Mark Yannone 16 Oct 2007 Oil thundered more than $2 to a new peak above $88 a barrel on Tuesday, extending a nine-dollar rally since last week on tight supplies, strong demand and growing tensions in northern Iraq.
Canada should stay in Afghanistan until 2011: throne speech 17 Oct 2007 Canada should stay directly involved in Afghanistan until at least 2011, the minority Conservative government declared Tuesday in its latest throne speech. The new proposed deadline is two years beyond the current mandate approved by Parliament and repeats Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s promise to put the future of the mission to a vote in the House of Commons.
Terror Suspect in Guantanamo Meets His Lawyer 17 Oct 2007 A terrorism suspect whom the government considers among the 15 ‘most dangerous’ prisoners at Guantanamo Bay met with his civilian attorney for the first time Tuesday. Majid Khan met with Gitanjali Gutierrez, a lawyer with the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, according to the group’s spokeswoman Jen Nessell.
Khadr to go on trial at Guantanamo Nov. 8 16 Oct 2007 Omar Khadr, a Canadian held in Guantanamo Bay, is to go to trial on Nov. 8, a date that should end years of legal wrangling over whether a military tribunal there can hear the case. Yesterday, a U.S. military judge, Colonel Peter Brownback, quashed the defence’s attempts to delay proceedings further, finding that the case of Mr. Khadr, 21, will be the first ‘full legal’ airing against a prisoner in the controversial U.S. prison experiment.
Internal CIA probe worries Congress aides —Committee staffers voice concern that the independence of the agency’s inspector general could be compromised. 17 Oct 2007 Congressional officials voiced new concern Tuesday over CIA Director Michael V. Hayden’s decision to make the agency’s inspector general the target of an internal probe. Seeking to defuse the issue, Robert L. Deitz, a senior CIA attorney in charge of the probe, briefed both the House and Senate intelligence committees Tuesday.
Plame Book Criticizes Bush, Journalists 17 Oct 2007 Four years after her CIA cover was blown in a newspaper column, Valerie Plame is settling scores with the Bush regime, Republican lawmakers and the journalists involved in the White House leak scandal. Plame writes about the leak, the fallout and the perjury trial of former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby in her memoir, “Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House.”
Mukasey Defends Warrantless Surveillance to Gather Intelligence 17 Oct 2007 Attorney general nominee Michael Mukasey told lawmakers the U.S. Constitution authorizes the president to eavesdrop on suspected terrorists to gather intelligence without getting a court warrant. Mukasey was questioned at Senate confirmation hearings about the legality of the terrorist surveillance President [sic] George W. Bush ordered after [before] the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Head of U.S. counterterrorism agency resigns 17 Oct 2007 Vice Adm. John Redd, the head of the U.S. agency responsible for analyzing intelligence on terrorism and developing counterterrorism strategies, announced his resignation on Wednesday.
No evidence of terrorism says expert 17 Oct 2007 An terrorism expert says he believes the alleged activities of the groups targeted in the raids fall well short of terrorism. International terrorism expert Paul Buchanan says there is no evidence to suggest that the police are dealing with domestic terrorism in the case of the raids carried out throughout New Zealand on Monday.
National coordination stressed in Day 2 of TOPOFF-4 exercises 17 Oct 2007 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s TOPOFF-4 exercise continued on Wednesday, with officials assessing damage and making decisions about what to do next after Tuesday’s simulated dirty bomb explosion. Players were back in action as the activities continued during Day 2.
Biggest counterterrorism exercise in U.S. history starts in Ore. 16 Oct 2007 The largest counterterrorism exercise in U.S. history has begun with a bright flash and a loud bang meant to simulate a dirty bomb attack. It was done shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday in Portland. A simulated bomb was set off at a staging area near the Portland International Raceway.
Exercise begins with ‘explosion’ on Portland bridge 16 Oct 2007 Police scanners began crackling with reports of an explosion on the Steel Bridge this morning as part of a massive terror drill that will run in Portland over the next three days. The first broadcasts went out at 9:08 a.m., with dispatchers talking about a truck exploding next to a MAX train on the bridge, which spans the Willamette in downtown Portland. Those broadcasts were followed by reports of the train going into the river; floating bodies; and related disasters.
NIST Admits Total Collapse of Twin Towers —Unexplainable Implicitly acknowledges controlled demolition only means by which towers could have fallen at free fall speed By Paul Joseph Watson 16 Oct 2007 The National Institute for Standards and Technology has been forced to admit that the total free-fall collapse of the twin towers cannot be explained after an exhaustive scientific study, implicitly acknowledging that controlled demolition is the only means by which the buildings could have come down.
De Menezes composite picture ‘was manipulated’ 17 Oct 2007 A composite picture comparing Jean Charles de Menezes with Hussain Osman, one of the men who [allegedly] tried to bomb London’s transport network on July 21 2005, was dishonestly manipulated, a court was told today. The image, produced to illustrate how similar the two men were in appearance, was shown to jurors at the Old Bailey by lawyers for the Metropolitan police. Police have claimed they mistook the innocent 27-year-old for Osman because the pair looked so similar. The composite picture, showing half of each man’s face, was reconstructed to help support police claims that officers would have had great difficulties in differentiating between the two men.
Wildlife at border may lose sanctuary —A fence along the lush Rio Grande could exact an environmental toll. 17 Oct 2007 The federal government’s plan to fence off more than 300 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border is fostering strange political bedfellows here in South Texas. An unusual assortment of interest groups — not just the usual tree-huggers, but also civic and business leaders worried about eco-tourism dollars — have begun voicing alarm over the environmental costs of a boundary that many South Texans consider a hopeless boondoggle.
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