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 Information Clearing House  Digest 18-22 November 2005

 
 

Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2005

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Number Of Iraqi civilians Slaughtered In Bush’s War 100,000 +
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7170.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered In Bush’s War 2097
icasualties.org/oif/

Number of Days U.S. Citizen Jose Padilla Has Been Jailed Without Trial In Bush’s Gulag 1293 = 3 Years and 198 Days
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9221.htm

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Explosive Interview:

Colin Powell’s Former Chief of Staff Col. Wilkerson on Prewar Intel, Murder and Torture

By Democracy Now!

How a White House “Cabal” Hijacked U.S. Foreign Policy
Audio and Transcript
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11111.htm

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Padilla indictment avoids high court showdown

No ‘dirty bomb’ charges filed against suspect held for three years

NBC News and news services

While the charges allege Padilla was part of a terrorism conspiracy, they do not include the government‚s earlier allegations that he planned to target the United States by using a radioactive dirty bomb and blowing up apartment buildings with natural gas.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11113.htm

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Behind the phosphorus clouds are war crimes within war crimes

We now know the US also used thermobaric weapons in its assault on Falluja, where up to 50,000 civilians remained

By George Monbiot

The media couldn’t have made a bigger pig’s ear of the white phosphorus story. So, before moving on to the new revelations from Falluja, I would like to try to clear up the old ones. There is no hard evidence that white phosphorus was used against civilians.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11116.htm

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Fifteen die in Iraq marketplace bombing :

Fifteen people were killed and 25 wounded on Tuesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a marketplace in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, police said.
snipurl.com/k59v

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Anti-Occupation Forces Kill Two U.S. Troops:

Gunmen have killed two U.S. soldiers in two separate incidents in the west of Iraq, Iraqi and U.S. security sources reported Tuesday.
snipurl.com/k59y

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Iraqi leaders call for withdrawal timetable:

Iraqi leaders called for a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S.-led forces and said Iraq‚s opposition had a “legitimate right‰ of resistance.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11108.htm

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Iran urges Iraq to set pullout timetable:

On Tuesday, Khamenei also argued it was the US that was to blame for the ongoing violence in Iraq, amid efforts by Talabani to win Iranian help in combatting the fighting ravaging his country.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11109.htm

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A Letter from Ramadi—

“I Wish Every American Could See This for Him/Herself”
snipurl.com/k5a3

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US Fire Kills Five Members of Iraqi Family:

US occupation forces opened fire Monday, November 21, at a civilian car outside a military base northeast of Baghdad, killing five members of an Iraqi family, three of them children, police and hospital sources said.
www.islamonline.net/English/News/2005-11/21/article04.shtml

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Rep. Blumenauer Calls For Immediate Troop Withdrawal

He wants the troops out now and outlined his plan Monday morning.
www.koin.com/news.asp?ID=5605

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Sleepwalking through slaughter:

On the western media’s concealment of crimes against humanity
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Yosfiya: The 21st Century Nazis Are Here:

The Iraqi police Special Forces, Al-Hussein Brigades, came at dawn. There were around 20 pick ups full of them.
snipurl.com/k5a7

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Exclusive: Bush Plot To Bomb His Arab Ally: –

PRESIDENT Bush planned to bomb Arab TV station al-Jazeera in friendly Qatar, a “Top Secret” No 10 memo reveals.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11112.htm

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Nuremberg’s lessons for Guantanamo:

Surely the most telling indictment of the lack of fair trial inherent in the proposed military commission process is that no US citizen can be subject to it because of the US constitutional guarantee of a right to a fair trial.
snipurl.com/k5a9

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Big oil has crude designs on Iraq wealth : –

Big oil firms may rob Iraq of billions and grab control of its oilfields unless ordinary Iraqis can have a greater say in how their country’s riches are tapped, U.S. and British campaigners said on Tuesday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11107.htm

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Iraq’s oil: The spoils of war :

Iraqis face the dire prospect of losing up to $200bn (£116bn) of the wealth of their country if an American-inspired plan to hand over development of its oil reserves to US and British multinationals comes into force next year.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article328526.ece

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The Battle Against Fraud :

Mr. Stein accepted over $200,000 a month to steer contracts to an American businessman whose companies often did poor work and sometimes did no work at all. – Officials at the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction say they are pursuing 50 more cases and have already referred at least six more to prosecutors.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11114.htm

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Bill Clinton’s Hypocrisies on Iraq:

When Bill Clinton told a group of students in Dubai recently that the Iraq war had been a “big mistake”, champions of the current White House occupant were quick to accuse him of hypocrisy. For once, they had a strong point.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11110.htm

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Reform Jews step into minefield with opposition to Iraq war, Alito :

The Reform movement in the United States has voted overwhelmingly to oppose both the war in Iraq and the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito for the U.S. Supreme Court.
snipurl.com/k5ad

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Soldier‚s parents join in libel case:

The parents of a Danish soldier killed in Iraq have joined forces with a group of people who are bringing an action for damages against the Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
www.dr.dk/Nyheder/Andre+sprog/English/2005/11/22/171354.htm

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US soldier, Afghan interpreter killed in bomb blast :

A US soldier and an Afghan interpreter were killed Tuesday when their vehicle struck a bomb in Afghan southern province of Uruzgan, the US military said in a press release.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-11/23/content_3820201.htm

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Afghan Taliban say they killed Indian hostage:

Taliban guerrillas have killed an Indian road engineer after his company failed to meet an ultimatum to cease operations in Afghanistan, a spokesman for the militants said on Tuesday.
snipurl.com/k5ah

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Israel and Hizb Allah clash on border:

Israeli warplanes have struck southern Lebanese targets in what Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz described as the largest-scale Israeli response to cross-border attacks by Lebanese fighters since 2000.
snipurl.com/k5aj

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Israel to build 350 new homes in West Bank:

MK Ran Cohen (Meretz) slammed Herzog for this decision and said that it violates Israel’s promise to freeze construction in settlements under the roadmap.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/648684.html

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Cartoon of the week:
www.guardian.co.uk/cartoons/stevebell/0,7371,1648123,00.html

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War pimp alert:

Exiled Iranian Says Nation Hides Materials: –

An Iranian exile who opposes his country’s Islamic government said Monday that Iran’s military is building a series of secret tunnels to hide equipment for missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads
apnews.myway.com/article/20051121/D8E13JGG0.html

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Iran wins reprieve on UN sanctions with Russian offer :

Iran has won more time in its standoff with the West over its suspect nuclear programme after European Union countries agreed to allow consideration of a Russian compromise that would avert a referral to the UN Security Council at this stage for possible sanctions.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article328585.ece

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A million martyrs await the call:

In No10 the tom-toms of war of war are drumming again as Tony Blair warns that he will not tolerate the meddling hand of Iran in the affairs of Iraq. In Washington the neoconservative tom-toms are even louder, warning that the West must “surgically strike‰ at Iran‚s hidden nuclear facilities
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,1072-1878612,00.html

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Egypt: NDP Loses Big to Muslim Brothers in 2nd Round:

The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) emerged as the frontrunner in Egypt’s second round of general elections, grabbing 13 seats. The ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) ˆ headed by incumbent President Hosni Mubarak ˆ won only six seats and the remaining three went to independents.
www.islamonline.net/English/News/2005-11/22/article01.shtml

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Government admits 90-day detention plan is finished:

The Government admitted defeat last night in the parliamentary battle to allow the police to detain terrorist suspects without charge for up to 90 days.
tinyurl.com/8bqj5

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Thatcher ‘threatened to nuke Argentina’ :

Margaret Thatcher forced François Mitterrand to give her the codes to disable Argentina’s deadly French-made missiles during the Falklands war by threatening to launch a nuclear warhead against Buenos Aires, according to a book.
www.guardian.co.uk/argentina/story/0,11439,1647762,00.html

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More Hungry in Africa Than in ‘90s :

Hunger and malnutrition kill nearly 6 million children a year, and more people are malnourished in sub-Saharan Africa this decade than in the 1990s, according to a U.N. report released Tuesday.
snipurl.com/k5av

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Eyes on US Troops in Paraguay as Bolivian Election Nears:

The recent shift to the left among Latin American governments has been a cause for concern in the Bush administration.
www.dissidentvoice.org/Nov05/Dangl1121.htm

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Venezuela to sell heating oil in U.S. at discount prices:

Venezuela will soon begin selling heating oil to the poor at discount prices to communities in Boston and New York City,
canadaeast.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051121/TTMONEY09/511210444/-1/MONEY

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Giving airline data to US illegal: EU court adviser :

The European Union’s transfer of airline passenger data to the United States — part of U.S. efforts to fight terrorism — should be declared illegal, an adviser to the European Union’s highest court said on Tuesday
tinyurl.com/bla9z

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DeLay’s Attorneys Want Charges Dismissed :

Rep. Tom DeLay appeared in court Tuesday before a new judge as his legal team tried to get the conspiracy charges against him dropped without a trial.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-5432078,00.html

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Former Aide to DeLay Pleads Guilty in Conspiracy Case :

Michael Scanlon, former aide to a powerful congressman and onetime partner of a wealthy lobbyist, pleaded guilty today to a federal conspiracy charge as part of a deal in which he agreed to cooperate with an investigation into possible wrongdoing by some lawmakers.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1115.htm

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Abramoff Used DeLay to Fund Anti-Intifada Militia:

It shouldn’t come as much of a shock that Jack Abramoff, the infamous DC super-lobbyist who has been accused of ripping off millions from his Native American clients, is a rabid Zionist.
www.counterpunch.org/frank04272005.html

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6,644 are still missing after Katrina; toll may rise:

The whereabouts of 6,644 people reported missing after Hurricane Katrina have not been determined, raising the prospect that the death toll could be higher than the 1,306 recorded so far in Louisiana and Mississippi, according to two groups working with the federal government to account for victims.
snipurl.com/k5b2

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Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2005

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Number Of Iraqi civilians Slaughtered In Bush’s War 100,000 +
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7170.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered In Bush’s War 2096
icasualties.org/oif/

Number of Days U.S. Citizen Jose Padilla Has Been Jailed Without Trial or Charges In Bush’s Gulag 1292 = 3 Years and 197 Days
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9221.htm

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Iraqi leaders demand timetable for troop withdrawal

By Agence France Presse

Iraqi leaders reached a tentative agreement Monday to demand a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops from their war-torn country during talks ahead of a reconciliation conference to be held next year.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11102.htm

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On John Murtha’s Position

By Gilbert Achcar and Stephen R. Shalom

When Murtha says “redeploy” — instead of withdraw — the troops from Iraq, he makes clear that — despite his rhetoric — he doesn’t want to really bring them home, but to station them in the Middle East.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11100.htm

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How U.S. Fell Under the Spell of ‘Curveball’

By Bob Drogin and John Goetz
Special to The Times

The Iraqi informant’s German handlers say they had told U.S. officials that his information was ‘not proven,’ and were shocked when President Bush and Colin L. Powell used it in key prewar speeches.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11094.htm

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Unforgivable

By Charley Reese

All of the Bush administration’s junkyard dogs are out on the attack, feigning righteous indignation that anyone would suggest that they manipulated the intelligence and misled the American people.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11097.htm

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Losing the Fear Factor
How The Bush Administration Got Spooked

By Tom Engelhardt

It’s finally Wizard of Oz time in America. You know — that moment when the curtains are pulled back, the fearsome-looking wizard wreathed in all that billowing smoke turns out to be some pitiful little guy, and everybody looks around sheepishly, wondering why they acted as they did for so long.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11101.htm

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The Power of Nightmares –

In the past our politicians offered us dreams of a better world. Now they promise to protect us from nightmares. The most frightening of these is

the threat of an international terror network. But just as the dreams were not true, neither are these nightmares.

THIS IS A MUST WATCH DOCUMENTARY

Each program is 58 minutes long – – Real Video – If you only have time to watch one program then please watch part III

Part I www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11091.htm
Part II www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11092.htm
Part III www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11093.htm

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U.S. Marine Among 9 Killed In Continuing Violence:

Five Iraqi civilians were killed and 14 injured in the town of Kan’aan, just north of Baghdad, when a roadside bomb detonated near a passing U.S Humvee
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KHA125207.htm

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US army confirms “accidentally” killed civilians :

U.S. troops opened fire on a crowded minivan north of Baghdad on Monday and killed at least three members of the same family, including a child, the U.S. military and survivors said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11095.htm

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14 Killed As U.S. Denies al-Zarqawi’s Death:

“I don’t think we got him,” said U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, answering questions from reporters about whether al-Zarqawi had been killed in Mosul. Lt. Col. Barry Johnson, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, said there was “no indication” the terror leader had been killed.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/iraq/20051121-0609-iraq.html

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UK’s deadly legacy: the cluster bomb:

It is feared that thousands of bomblets lie unexploded in Iraq, capable of maiming or killing innocent civilians. This week, more than two years after they were dropped, Britain is finally being held to account
www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/story.jsp?story=670212

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Iraqi leaders agree on resistance right:

Iraqi government representatives conceded a theoretical right to resist occupation
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/F49E55D0-66B1-437C-935F-7BD475B107CD.htm

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Proof The Administration Manipulated Intelligence : T

he Rendon Group personally set up the Iraqi National Congress and helped install Ahmad Chalabi as leader, whose main goal ˜ “pressure the United States to attack Iraq and overthrow Saddam Hussein‰ ˜ Rendon helped facilitate.
thinkprogress.org/2005/11/17/rendon-group/

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In case you missed it:

How The Rendon Group Spun the Iraq Propaganda for Chalabi’s Inc :

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.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11054.htm

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Democracy Now!: From Vietnam to Iraq:

Sen. George McGovern Discusses the Lies of War from the Gulf of Tonkin to Iraq’s WMDs
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/11/21/1517201

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Audio lecture – Robert Fisk; The Great War For Civilization:

Speaking on his new book, The Great War For Civilization; The Conquest of the Middle East at King Middle School, Berkeley. Nov 19 2005. Fisk, in yet another stirring account, paints a disturbing picture of recent history and events in Iraq and the Middle East.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11105.htm

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U.S. put ex-con in charge of cash for rebuilding of Iraq :

He’s now charged with taking bribes while in Baghdad
tinyurl.com/bm3mb

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White House used ‘gossip’ to build case for war :

Codenamed Curveball, an Iraqi chemical engineer who arrived in Germany in 1999 seeking political asylum, and told the German intelligence service, the BND, how Saddam Hussein had developed mobile laboratories to produce biological weapons. – Curveball was also apparently jailed for a sex crime and then drove a Baghdad taxi.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11099.htm

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A Way of Forgiving:

The day I arrived in Panama City in December, 1989 to cover the U.S. invasion of Panama under President Bush pere, I walked, open-mouthed, down the main shopping boulevards of that bustling capital staring at store after store, street after street of empty shops and car lots, whole malls stripped bare by looters.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11098.htm

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Able Danger II:

“The Able Danger intelligence, if confirmed, is undoubtedly the most relevant fact of the entire post-9/11 inquiry.‰
www.roryoconnor.org/blog/index.php?p=150

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CIA‚s “Torture Taxi‰ in the spotlight:

Sitting in a Georgia motel Saturday night, Kathy Kelly talked through a bad phone connection and a worse head cold to recount the previous day‚s activities where she and 13 others were arrested at an airstrip outside Raleigh, North Carolina.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11103.htm

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The Congressional Millionaires Club :

There is little reason for anyone to be confused by the events leading up to the unraveling of America. All one has to do is ignore the rhetoric and simply follow the money to reveal the hidden mechanisms that are operating the American government.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11104.htm

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Incumbents Out

Next year, we should all go to the polls and vote against every single incumbent running for re-election, regardless of his or her party or so-called philosophy.
www.lewrockwell.com/reese/reese237.html

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Sharon quits Likud, holds first meeting of new party :

MK Ya’akov Edri announced Monday that he was joining Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s newly-created party, bringing the number of Likud MKs crossing over to the “National Responsibility” party to 13.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/647757.html

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Germany to sell Israel two more subs at major discount:

The torpedo hatches on the Dolphin submarines supplied to Israel have been substantially widened – which ostensibly indicate they are intended for launching nuclear missiles.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/647364.html

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Iran MPs back nuclear snub plans :

Iran’s parliament has backed plans to begin uranium enrichment and end snap inspections by the United Nations if it is referred to the UN Security Council.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4454500.stm

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Muslim Brotherhood boosts poll tally:

The Muslim Brotherhood says it has won 13 parliamentary seats in the second stage of Egyptian elections despite a crackdown by authorities, reinforcing its position as the ruling party’s main challenger.
tinyurl.com/8jtmn

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Detroit ‘Sleeper Cell’ Prosecutor Faces Probe:

Information in public documents and testimony in U.S. District Court in Detroit suggest an effort by federal prosecutors and important witnesses to mislead defense lawyers and deceive the jury. U.S. District Judge Gerald E. Rosen said the government acted “outside the Constitution.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11096.htm

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Pakistani nuke facilities suffered damage in quake:

Pakistani nuclear facilities and storage sites in the northern areas have suffered “15 to 20 percent damage’’ in the recent mega quake and the local populace faces the risk of contamination, a report said.
tinyurl.com/d9ev2

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Drugs and the Guatemalan Military:

Investigative journalist Frank Smyth breaks new ground in documenting links between retired Guatemalan military officers and drug trafficking into the United States
www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB169/index.htm

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Orderly protest against School Of The Americas

Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren estimated the crowd at 15,000. SOA Watch organizers estimated the crowd at 19,000.
www.ledger-enquirer.com/mld/ledgerenquirer/13221358.htm

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Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2005

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Number Of Iraqi civilians Slaughtered In Bush’s War 100,000 +
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7170.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered In Bush’s War 2093
icasualties.org/oif/

Number of Days U.S. Citizen Jose Padilla Has Been Jailed Without Trial or Charges In Bush’s Gulag 1291 = 3 Years and 196 Days
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9221.htm

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Germans: Bush misused data to justify Iraq war

Informant’s handlers say they repeatedly warned of unreliability.

By Bob Drogin and John Goetz
Special to The Morning Call

The German intelligence officials responsible for one of the most important informants on Saddam Hussein’s suspected weapons of mass destruction say that the Bush administration and the CIA repeatedly exaggerated his claims before the Iraq war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11089.htm

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One War Lost, Another to Go

By FRANK RICH

The only hope for getting Americans to focus on the war we can’t escape is to clear the decks by telling the truth about the war of choice in Iraq: that it is making us less safe, not more, and that we have to learn from its mistakes and calculate the damage it has caused as we reboot and move on.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11088.htm

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7 U.S. Soldiers Among 82 Killed in continuing Violence:

A U.S. Marine and 15 Iraqi civilians were killed on Saturday by a roadside bomb in Haditha
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM030192.htm

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Iraq Ambush Kills 24, Including 1 Marine :

An ambush on a joint U.S.-Iraqi patrol northwest of Baghdad left 15 civilians, eight insurgents and a U.S. Marine dead from a roadside bomb and the firefight that followed, a U.S. military statement said Sunday.
abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=nation_world&id=3651116

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British snipers hit Iraqi suicide bombers:

British military officials confirmed Sunday an elite commando unit of snipers hunted down and killed three would-be suicide bombers in Baghdad.
www.washtimes.com/upi/20051120-075106-5110r.htm

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UK soldier killed by Iraq blast :

A British soldier has been killed and four were seriously injured in a roadside bomb attack in Basra, southern Iraq, the Ministry of Defence has said
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4454096.stm

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Report: al-Zarqawi may have been killed in Mosul:

The Elaph Arab media website reported on Sunday that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of the al-Qaida in Iraq terror group, may have been killed in Iraq on Sunday afternoon when eight terrorists blew themselves up in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
tinyurl.com/csz65

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Fallujah: Shake And Bake:

Soldiers call them bogey weapons nasty pieces of military hardware which kill or maim as efficiently as any other type of armament but in so doing push the victim into a vortex of agony and suffering. White phosphorus, or Whiskey Pete, comes into that category.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11082.htm

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UK trained troops to fight with white phosphorus:

Col Collins’ tactics mirror the United States army “shake and bake” technique which involves forcing troops out of cover with white phosphorus and then killing them with artillery rounds.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11086.htm

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The Disappeared: Frontline police of new Iraq are waging secret war of vengeance:

Peter Beaumont, reports on a brutal campaign of political ‘disappearances’
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11085.htm

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British-trained police in Iraq ‘killed prisoners with drills’ :

British-trained police operating in Basra have tortured at least two civilians to death with electric drills, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11084.htm

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The Dirty War: Torture and mutilation used on Iraqi ‘insurgents’ :

Bombs around Baghdad killed 33 people yesterday, but out of sight is a much more shadowy conflict – one in which the US and Britain seem unable to stop death squads and disappearances.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11083.htm

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Britain launches purge of Iraq police:

Senior Whitehall officials signalled last week that having resisted calls to pull British troops out of Iraq, the emphasis was now on what they preferred to call a phased withdrawal.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-1880015,00.html

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American plan for first troop withdrawals within month? :

The total number left in Iraq would fall from 161,000 to what defence experts call the “magic number‰ of below 100,000.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1880085,00.html

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Their time’s up, but these soldiers are stuck in Iraq:

The U.S. Army needed them, and it invoked the once rare policy it calls “stop loss,” though others call it a “backdoor draft.”
tinyurl.com/aa3qk

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We were tortured at camp :

It was the first time the three Bahrainis have spoken publicly about their incarceration since they arrived back in Bahrain on November 5.
www.muslimnews.co.uk/news/news.php?sub=1617

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US must give independent UN experts full access to Guantánamo

Amnesty International and Reprieve made the call as they announced the largest ever gathering of former “war on terror” prisoners and their families to highlight an increasingly globalised network of torture and ill-treatment.
www.amnesty.org.uk/news/press/16617.shtml

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New German Subs Could Give Israel 2nd Strike Capability :

ccording to German reports, Israel is acquiring another two German Dolphin class submarines. The subs may provide Israel with second strike capability, essential for deterring nuclear conflict.
www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=93316

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Israel’s Labor Party Votes to Pull Out :

Israel’s dovish Labor Party voted Sunday to pull out of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s coalition government, virtually assuring early general elections in March.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5427899,00.html

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Amira Hass: The frog is exhausted:

In the development of the Israeli system of control over the Palestinian people and their land, the Israeli occupation has raised to the level of genius the use of gradualness as a means of making people grow used to something. The gradualness is implemented over a period of time, but it is also spread out over space.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/645914.html

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Following the Money in Afghanistan:

Washington Post reporters Joe Stephens and David Ottaway talk about their investigative project and a surreptitious video that shows construction monitors demanding a $50,000 payoff from Afghan builders in exchange for positive reports on construction projects.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2005/11/17/VI2005111700751.html

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Security adviser named as source in CIA scandal:

THE mysterious source who gave America‚s foremost journalist, Bob Woodward, a tip-off about the CIA agent at the centre of one of Washington‚s biggest political storms was Stephen Hadley, the White House national security adviser, according to lawyers close to the investigation.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11087.htm

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Corruption Inquiry Threatens to Ensnare Lawmakers :

The Justice Department has signaled for the first time in recent weeks that prominent members of Congress could be swept up in the corruption investigation of Jack Abramoff, the former Republican superlobbyist who diverted some of his tens of millions of dollars in fees to provide lavish travel, meals and campaign contributions to the lawmakers whose help he needed most.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11090.htm

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Doctors may battle Bush over Medicare cuts:

The Bush administration is headed for a clash with the nation’s doctors over a federal plan to cut their Medicare fees by 4.4 percent next year, even as the government tries to measure the quality of care they provide.
www.dailynews.com/news/ci_3235062

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Plane allegedly linked to CIA front landed in Canada::

Records show a privately owned airplane that has been linked to an alleged CIA front flew from Newfoundland to the United States on Friday, raising new questions about Canada’s role in the fight against terrorism.
www.macleans.ca/topstories/politics/news/shownews.jsp?content=n111933A

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It’s great up north :

The US should look to Canada to find out how to balance both its budget and its life
observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,6903,1646650,00.html

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Joe Hill: The Man Who Didn’t Die :

It’s Nov. 19, 1915, in a courtyard of the Utah State Penitentiary in Salt Lake City. Five riflemen take careful aim at a condemned organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World, Joe Hill, who stands before them straight and stiff and proud. “Fire!” he shouts defiantly.
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Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2005

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Number Of Iraqi civilians Slaughtered In Bush’s War 100,000 +
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7170.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered In Bush’s War 2086
icasualties.org/oif/

Number of Days U.S. Citizen Jose Padilla Has Been Jailed Without Trial or Charges In Bush’s Gulag 1290 = 3 Years and 195 Days
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9221.htm

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The right to rule ourselves

Faced with US torture, killing and collective punishment of civilians, support for the Iraqi resistance is growing

By Haifa Zangana

The photograph of an elderly Iraqi carrying the burned body of a child at Falluja, widely shown during the chemical weapons controversy of recent days, is almost a copy of an earlier one that Iraqis remember – from Halabja in March 1988. Both children were victims of chemical weapons: the first killed by a dictator who had no respect for democracy and human rights, the second by US troops, assisted by the British, carrying the colourful banner of those principles while sprinkling Iraqis with white phosphorus and depleted uranium.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11073.htm

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The betrayed mothers of America

By Robert Fisk

I sit between the two women and remember the blood splashed across the road at Khan Dari and the 82nd Airborne washing away the brains from the highway in central Fallujah and the body lying beneath a tarp in north Baghdad. I’ve seen the American corpses. Now here are the American mothers.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11076.htm

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Vegetarians Between Meals

This War Cannot Be Stopped By a Loyal Opposition

By Jeremy Scahill

The refrain of the Democrats about being misled into supporting the invasion of Iraq has become really tired. And someone other than the White House smearmongers needs to say it: The Democrats cannot be allowed to use faulty intelligence as a crutch to hold up their unforgivable support for the Iraq invasion.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11072.htm

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Car bombs kill 48 in Iraq; Bush says war on track :

Car bombs killed at least 48 people in Iraq today, a day after more than 80 died in suicide blasts across the country and as US President George W Bush pledged never to relent in his war on terror
www.newkerala.com/news.php?action=fullnews&id=55374

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26 Killed In Continuing Violence:

At least 13 people were killed and 20 wounded when a car bomb exploded in a busy market in southeast Baghdad, the Interior Ministry said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM935028.htm

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Bomb kills two US soldiers, two Iraqi policemen in Baquba :

A suicide car bomb detonated near a US-Iraq joint patrol north of Baghdad on Friday, killing two US soldiers and two Iraqi policemen, a police source told Xinhua.
english.peopledaily.com.cn/200511/19/eng20051119_222393.html

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Second U.S. Soldier Dies Of Injuries:

The attack occurred near the city of Bayji. According to witnesses, the driver of the civilian vehicle waited for the patrol to come into sight before pulling onto the road and crossing the median, ramming the Soldiers‚ vehicle and causing it to roll over.
www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty_Report.asp?CasualtyReport=20051132.txt

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Bush Says Troops Must Stay in Iraq :

“We will fight the terrorists in Iraq. We will stay in the fight until we have achieved the victory that our brave troops have fought for,” Bush told thousands of American troops spilling out of a cold hangar at this U.S. military installation 40 miles south of Seoul. “The defense of freedom is worth our sacrifice.”
www.portervillerecorder.com/articles/2005/11/19/ap/headlines/d8dvkan0a.txt

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2 Minute Video:

A Nation Rocked to Sleep

This is a must watch video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11079.htm

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Bush aide says Iraq withdrawal bad for Israel:

US President George W. Bush’s national security adviser warned that a hasty US withdrawal from Iraq would embolden extremists who seek “the eventual destruction of Israel.”
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20051031/pl_afp/usiraqisraelhadley_051031234726

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Shiites, Kurds Briefly Halt Iraqi Talks:

Shiite and Kurdish delegates stormed out of an Iraqi reconciliation conference Saturday after a speaker accused others of being beholden to the United States, briefly halting the effort to patch over Iraq’s ethnic and religious fault lines.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051119/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_reconciliation

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Uproar in House as Parties Clash on Iraq Pullout :

Republicans and Democrats shouted, howled and slung insults on the House floor on Friday as a debate over whether to withdraw American troops from Iraq descended into a fury over President Bush’s handling of the war and a leading Democrat’s call to bring the troops home.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11074.htm

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Lawmakers Reject Immediate Iraq Withdrawal :

“To cut and run would invite terrorism into our backyards, and no one wants to see troops fighting terrorism on American soil,” Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., said Friday night after the House, as planned, rejected a GOP-written resolution for immediate withdrawal.
tinyurl.com/byr99

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Rep Cynthia McKinney: Stop Playing Politics, Get the Troops Out Now:

The Republicans should be roundly criticized for this reprehensible act. They have perpetrated a fraud on the House of Representatives just as they have defrauded the American people.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11078.htm

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Democrats get Mugged on the Floor of the House :

Last night, the Democratic Party, that rudderless, ideologically-challenged coterie of losers and sycophants, killed whatever chance they may have had of leading country out of the Iraqi nightmare. In a grossly lopsided vote of 403 to 3 the Democrats helped to defeat a bill that demanded the immediate withdrawal of American troops from Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11080.htm

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Marine hero languishes in detention :

Family members want to know how a good Marine who helped topple a dictator has ended up imprisoned. They wonder if he’s suffering from battle trauma and question whether he’s getting the care he needs.
tinyurl.com/cnhmf

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Iraqi Qaeda Leader Is Said to Vow Attacks on Jordan :

The top leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq has threatened to chop off the head of King Abdullah II and to attack tourist sites throughout Jordan, according to an audio recording posted Friday on a Web site.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11075.htm

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Radioactive Tank No. 9 comes limping home :

Across the plains of Kansas, destroyed, radioactive Abrams tanks, perched on railroad flatcars, rolled towards an uncertain future. Only one thing was certain. They would be radioactive forever. This would be their everlasting death mask. The Pentagon deceptively calls it “depleted uranium.”
www.sfbayview.com/110905/radioactivetank110905.shtml

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Three killed in Afghan bomb attack:

THREE people were killed in volatile southern Afghanistan overnight when a bomb blew up a car belonging to a former warlord who had laid down his arms, a provincial official said.
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,17305526-38197,00.html

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Britain rejects “Australian Taliban” citizenship bid: report :

Britain has turned down a citizenship application made by alleged “Australian Taliban” David Hicks in a bid to secure release from the US military’s Guantamamo Bay base in Cuba, a report said.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/179460/1/.html

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Exposed: CIA’s Harsh Interrogation Techniques :

Sources Say Agency’s Tactics Lead to Questionable Confessions, Sometimes to Death
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11071.htm

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Storm over CIA prisoner plane claims:

REPORTS that US intelligence officials have been using European airports secretly to transfer suspected Islamic extremists around the globe have unleashed a storm across Europe.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,17299956%255E1702,00.html

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US: Nearly 50% OK with torture:

Nearly half of Americans believe that the use of torture against suspected terrorists in order to gain information is justified, according to a survey published on Thursday by the Pew Research Centre in Washington.
www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_1836289,00.html

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CIA bought foreign cooperation against terrorism, says report :

The CIA set up a network of secret joint operations centres with two dozen foreign intelligence agencies to hunt down suspected terrorists in the years after September 11 2001, it was reported yesterday.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1646210,00.html

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U.S. seeks to secure Sahara Desert:

The U.S. government will spend $500 million over five years on an expanded program to secure a vast new front in its global war on terrorism: the Sahara Desert.
www.washingtontimes.com/world/20051116-105812-2434r.htm

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House votes to cut $700 mln in food stamps :

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Friday to cut $700 million from the food stamp program, despite objections from antihunger groups complaining that estimates show some 235,000 people would lose benefits.
tinyurl.com/9z3ed

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Congress Helps Self to $3,100 Pay Raise:

The Republican-controlled Congress helped itself to a $3,100 pay raise on Friday, then postponed work on bills to curb spending on social programs and cut taxes in favor of a two-week vacation.
abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=1328285

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Scanlon, Abramoff Partner, Charged With Conspiracy :

Michael Scanlon, a former associate of indicted Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, was charged by the Justice Department with conspiracy to corrupt a U.S. lawmaker and defraud Scanlon’s Indian-tribe clients.
tinyurl.com/7pzqd

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Halliburton Case Is Referred to Justice Dept., Senator Says :

Pentagon investigators have referred allegations of abuse in how the Halliburton Company was awarded a contract for work in Iraq to the Justice Department for possible criminal investigation
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11077.htm

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Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2005

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Number Of Iraqi civilians Slaughtered In Bush’s War 100,000 +
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7170.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered In Bush’s War 2085
icasualties.org/oif/

Number of Days U.S. Citizen Jose Padilla Has Been Jailed Without Trial or Charges In Bush’s Gulag 1289 = 3 Years and 194 Days
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9221.htm

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U.S. Admits: Phosphorus may have killed civilians in Iraq

By Guy Dinmore in Washington

The US military on Wednesday acknowledged it might have killed civilians in the Iraqi city of Falluja with white phosphorus munitions during the battle against insurgents a year ago.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11056.htm

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Tortured men look like ‘Holocaust victims’

By Kim Sengupta in Baghdad

Witnesses said many of the 169 men and youths were emaciated and looked like “Holocaust survivors”. Some had suffered beatings so severe that their skin had peeled off, and three men had been kept locked in a cupboard where they could not move. All the others were packed, blindfolded, into three rooms nine feet long and 11 feet wide.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11062.htm

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The Man Who Sold the War

Meet John Rendon, Bush’s general in the propaganda war

By JAMES BAMFORD

The road to war in Iraq led through many unlikely places. One of them was a chic hotel nestled among the strip bars and brothels that cater to foreigners in the town of Pattaya, on the Gulf of Thailand.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11058.htm

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Our Monsters In Iraq

By Robert Dreyfuss

It is time to start waving the bloody shirt. There is no longer any doubt that the men that the United States has installed in power in Iraq are monsters. Not only that, but they are monsters armed, trained and supported by George W. Bush’s administration. The very same Bush administration that defends torture of captives in the so-called War on Terrorism is using 150,000 U.S. troops to support a regime in Baghdad for which torture, assassination and other war crimes are routine.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11069.htm

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Body Politics

By Chris Floyd

Four years ago, President George W. Bush quietly assumed dictatorial powers with a secret executive order granting himself the right to imprison anyone on earth indefinitely, without charges or trial or indictment or evidence, simply by declaring them an “enemy combatant,” on his say-so alone. This week, the assemblage of bootlickers and bagmen that befoul the U.S. Senate voted to codify the core of this global autocracy under the pretense of curtailing it.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11061.htm

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Iraq Death Toll In Mosque Attack May Exceed 100:

The blasts occurred when the two Shiite Muslim mosques were packed with people who were there for Friday prayers.
www.adnki.com/index_2Level.php?cat=Terrorism&loid=8.0.230653896&par=0

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Secret death squads feared among Iraq’s commandos:

The commandos are part of the Iraqi security forces that the Bush administration says will gradually replace American troops in this war. But the commandos are being blamed for a wave of kidnappings and executions around Baghdad since the spring.
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002628422_iraqcops17.html

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House GOP Seeks Quick Vote on Iraq Pullout:

House Republicans, sensing an opportunity for political advantage, maneuvered for a quick vote and swift rejection Friday of a Democratic lawmaker’s call for an immediate troop withdrawal from Iraq.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2005/11/18/national/w112413S14.DTL

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Hawkish Cheney renews attack but attracts only flak:

DICK CHENEY‚S steely presence used to be seen as one of the great strengths of the Bush Administration. Not any more.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,11069-1877605,00.html

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Pentagon agrees to probe Feith’s role in Iraq intel:

The Pentagon’s inspector general has agreed to review the prewar intelligence activities of former U.S. defense undersecretary Douglas Feith, a main architect of the Iraq war, congressional officials said on Thursday.
abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=1324204

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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.

A Must Watch Video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11054.htm

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Friendly fire and the US in Iran:

In recent months, the Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK) and its attempts to prove that the Islamic Republic of Iran intends to develop nuclear weapons garnered widespread media coverage and speculation. While bringing forth a modicum of new information, the attention fails to illuminate just how dangerous the MEK could be to the United States.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11060.htm

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The New York Times, Nuclear Weapons and Iran:

Stupidity, Laziness or Déjà vu All Over Again?
www.commondreams.org/views05/1117-30.htm

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Former CIA Director Accuses Cheney of Overseeing Torture :

Admiral Stansfield Turner, a former CIA director, accused US Vice President Dick Cheney of overseeing policies of torturing terrorist suspects and damaging the nation’s reputation, in a television interview Thursday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11068.htm

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Cheney ‘vice president for torture’:

A former director of America’s intelligence agency has branded the country’s deputy leader a “vice president for torture”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11066.htm

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Foreign network at front of CIA‚s “terror” fight :

The Americans and their counterparts at the centers, known as CTICs, make daily decisions on when and how to apprehend suspects, whether to whisk them off to other countries for interrogation and detention, and how to disrupt al Qaeda’s logistical and financial support.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11059.htm

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Torturers? Who, us?:

Even Bush’s most loyal lieutenants are at each other’s throats, and the issue beginning to divide them publicly is torture, with constitutional crises looming fast. Poor Hadley, an ultra-loyalist, can hardly contain his exasperation with his boss and increasingly sounds like a sorrowful father having to explain the words of a wayward, dim-witted son.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11063.htm

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Inmate tries suicide, on hunger strike:

A Bahraini man being held at the U.S. prison for terrorism suspects attempted suicide this week for the ninth time and has begun a hunger strike, according to newly released court documents.
tinyurl.com/bsbfo

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Sheila Samples: Brave New Bobcat World :

We are entering a new world; one of informants and secret police and torture. It’s a Machiavellian world where the end justifes the means.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11067.htm

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The Day America Died:

The constitutional construction of a once great democracy, the democratic freedoms once granted to each and every one of its citizens, will have been lost. And someday such will be nothing more than a distant memory of what perhaps could have been if the American people would have had the wisdom, the moral prudence∑∑ the spiritual foresight, to realize what had befallen them as the embodied spirit of a once great nation.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11064.htm

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UK: Two charged over Iraq war leak :

Though officials were saying little last night about an investigation that has been under way for more than a year, initial indications suggested it related to documents on the Iraq war that found their way into a national newspaper.
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,1645580,00.html

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American Christian Fundamentalist Leader Calls For Global War:

If Christian fundamentalists are to be believed, America’s invasion of Iraq and the consequent brutal slaughter of thousands of innocent civilians in that country are all part of a grand divine plan that will finally culminate in the ‘second coming’ of Jesus Christ.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11065.htm

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Afghan Blast Kills Portugese Peacekeeper :

An explosion tore through a convoy of vehicles from the NATO-led security force Friday, killing one Portuguese peacekeeper and wounding three others just days after a deadly assault on the force that authorities blamed on al-Qaida.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5424771,00.html

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Two soldiers charged with abusing detainees at Afghan prison :

Two American soldiers will face courts-martial on a variety of charges stemming from alleged abuse of prisoners in Afghanistan, officials said Thursday.
www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=33095

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CIA leak prosecutor sees new grand jury proceedings:

Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said in court filings that the ongoing CIA leak investigation will involve proceedings before a new grand jury, a possible sign he could seek new charges in the case.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11055.htm

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Hadley Won’t Say if He Spoke to Woodward:

National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley won’t say if he was the source who told Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward that Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson’s wife worked for the CIA. But Hadley volunteered on Friday that some administration officials say he’s not the leaker.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1105.htm

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From Hero To Zero: The Long, Long Fall of Bob Woodward:

Woodward did not disclose his potential conflict of interest while he was pontificating on the airwaves about the Plame affair but he also apparently succeeded in stifling an investigation into his own role by his colleague Pincus.
www.counterpunch.com/cockburn11172005.html

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The “Some Other Dude Did It” Defense of I. Lewis Libby:

Is Woodward’s Revelation a Bombshell or a Smokescreen?
www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=38034

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Source rules out Cheney in leak case:

Vice President Dick Cheney is not the unidentified source who told Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward about the CIA status of the wife of Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2002630704_leak18.html

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Money for Napalm but not for Food Stamps :

The Republican dominated House passed a five year budget-plan in the early hours of Friday morning which savages programs for the poor, college students and disease control.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11070.htm

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Venezuela’s Chavez calls Bush ‘killer’, ‘madman’ :

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez lashed out at his US counterpart, George Bush, late yesterday, calling him a ‘killer’ and a ‘madman’ after a top US diplomat criticized Caracas.
www.forbes.com/work/feeds/afx/2005/11/18/afx2346010.html

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U.S. orders arrest of former Jerusalem Post owner Conrad Black :

Conrad Black, the conservative media mogul who has headed some of the world’s largest papers, was charged Thursday with a $51.8 million fraud.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/647029.html

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Nuclear whistleblower Vanunu nabbed at checkpoint near J’lem :

Jerusalem police officials said that authorities plan on transfering Vanunu – who had pledged to notify law enforcement anytime he plans on leaving the city – to the International Crimes Unit.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/647281.html

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In case you missed it:

Civilian Pawns: Israel’s Use Of White : Phosphorous :

HRW Report: Laws of War Violations and the Use of Weapons on the Israel-Lebanon Border
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‘Massacre’ minister in hospital despite ban:

THE man accused of leading the massacre of anti-government protesters in Uzbekistan in May is having cancer treatment in Germany, despite being barred from the EU under sanctions announced last month.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,13509-1877789,00.html

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