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 Information Clearing House  Digest 28-30 November 2005

 
 

Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2005

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

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered In Bush’s War 2110
icasualties.org/oif/

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Cheney ‘created climate for US war crimes’

By Rupert Cornwell in Washington

A leading aide to the former secretary of state Colin Powell has accused Vice-President Dick Cheney of creating the climate in which prisoner abuse could flourish, and implied that he might have committed war crimes.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11178.htm

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“Riding with the Bad Boys”;

The rise of Iraqi death squads

By Mike Whitney

“Do you remember the right-wing execution squads in El Salvador?” one [Pentagon] official asked Hersh. “We founded them and we financed them. The objective now is to recruit locals in any area we want.” … The authorization for the death squads comes straight from the Oval Office. … The final leg on the stool is the propaganda war that is being directed against the American people to conceal the details of the military‚s war crimes.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11180.htm

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US paying Iraqi press to run favorable stories

By Mark Mazzetti and Borzou Daragahi

As part of an information offensive in Iraq, the U.S. military is secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to publish stories written by American troops in an effort to burnish the image of the U.S. mission in Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11179.htm

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Nine Iraqi soldiers killed in car bomb:

Nine Iraqi soldies were killed and 12 others injured in a car bomb blast in the town of al-Mishada, north of here, police said on Wednesday.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=792501

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Nine Killed In New Minibus Attack:

Gunmen opened fire on a minibus carrying Iraqi workers to an American military base on Wednesday morning, killing nine and injuring one.
www.adnki.com/index_2Level.php?cat=Terrorism&loid=8.0.234797914&par=0

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Iraq: Armed Forces Sinking into Sectarian Chaos:

“The Iraqi security forces themselves are becoming just another of the players, and if they owe allegiance to anything, it’s to their commanders or communities, and not remotely to the state itself.”
www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=31234

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Analysis: Bush wants to ‘Vietnamize’ Iraq:

President George W. Bush Wednesday unveiled a new strategy of neo-Vietnamization to win the Iraq war.
www.upi.com/SecurityTerrorism/view.php?StoryID=20051130-123345-7097r

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Mike Whitney : Cheerleading at Annapolis:

It‚s pathetic to see the world‚s most powerful man, shunted into prearranged venues so he can pitch his snake-oil to college aged boys. That said, Bush‚s appearance today at the Naval Academy has got to be a new low for the White House public relations team.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11181.htm

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Victory In Iraq:

The following document articulates the broad strategy the President set forth in 2003 and provides an update on our progress as well as the challenges remaining. Pdf file
i.a.cnn.net/cnn/2005/images/11/30/iraq.strategy.pdf

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Retired general said withdrawal of troops must begin by September:

Retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey said President Bush’s newly released strategy for Iraq is a signal that he is in a “race against time” to restore the public’s confidence in the war effort by withdrawing some troops by September.
www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/special_packages/iraq/13293867.htm

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Largest Iraq veterans’ group says Bush plan falls short:

As a Veteran of this war and someone who talks to other Veterans everyday, I can say that in the eyes of the Troops, this plan still falls short in two important ways.
rawstory.com/news/2005/Largest_Iraq_veterans_group_says_Bush_1130.html

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Robert Dreyfuss : What ‘staying the course’ really means:

If Iraq manages to avoid all-out civil war, it is likely to end up with a government that is fiercely undemocratic – a Shi’ite theocratic dictatorship that rules by terror, torture, and armed might.
atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/GL01Ak01.html

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The World’s Most Dangerous Man :

It’s George W. Bush : We are, all of us, George W. Bush’s hostages, and, what’s especially scary is that we don’t know what he’s going to do next. He seems capable of anything. Hersh reports the creation of a special squadron detailed to crossing over the border and pursuing the insurgents into Syria, and certainly we have every reason to expect this war to spread.
www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=8185

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The Hallucinations of Joe Lieberman: Is It Madness or Merely More Lying?:

Sen. Lieberman is so divorced from reality that he can no longer be taken seriously. Yet, The Wall Street Journal published this nonsense.
www.counterpunch.com/zeese11302005.html

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Iraq: the imperial solution:

There is much speculation about the endgame in Iraq. Most of it assumes that the United States and its allies will pull out as soon as “the job is done”, a meaningless phrase concocted by PR consultants and designed to help politicians avoid answering the question, “when will the troops come home?”
www.theage.com.au/news/opinion/iraq-the-im
perial-solution/2005/11/30/1133311100129.html

tinyurl.com/7fae7

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Colin Powell: Always Willing to Let Someone Else Deliver the Bad News:

Colin Powell still can’t bring himself to stand up and account for his crucial role. Instead, he’s leaving it to a former aide to pin blame on those who remain at the top of the Bush administration.
www.counterpunch.com/solomon11302005.html

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Juan Cole: Did Bush plan to bomb Al-Jazeera?:

Some Qataris are calling for the government to end U.S. basing rights in that country. Others are lamenting the hypocrisy of a superpower that represents itself as the leading edge of liberty in the Middle East but has so little respect for press freedom that its leader would cavalierly speak of wiping out hundreds of civilian journalists.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11184.htm

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Video Broadcast of Kidnapped Members of Christian Peacemaker Team:

They were the first people to publicly denounce the torture of Iraqi people at the hands of U.S. forces, long before the media revealed what was happening at Abu Ghraib
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/11/30/153252

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US, UK blamed for Iraq kidnappings:

The US- and Canada-based Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), has blamed the “illegal” occupation of Iraq by US and British troops for the kidnapping of its four workers in Iraq.
tinyurl.com/9adf6

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Sgt. Briggs War:

Bob Briggs got a head full of shrapnel in Iraq. Then he came home to more wars: to regain the use of his half-paralyzed body, and to get the U.S. government to pay for his medical care.
citypages.com/databank/26/1304/article13914.asp

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Juan Cole: At Hussein’s Hearings, U.S. May Be on Trial:

The only conclusion one can draw from available evidence is that Rumsfeld was more or less dispatched to mollify Hussein and assure him that his use of chemical weapons was no bar to developing the relationship with the U.S.,
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11183.htm

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Americans Against Torture, But Believe We Do It :

The survey found that 74% believe the U.S. has tortured prisoners, with 20% disagreeing—with storng majorities of both Democrats and Republicans holding that view.
www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001572382

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UK airports ‘are stop-offs in torture flights’:

Eleven police forces were today threatened with legal action if they fail to investigate allegations that UK airports are being used as secret stop-overs by CIA jets transferring terror suspects to torture camps.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,13509-1897755,00.html

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Judge Rejects Appeal of CIA Arrest Warrant :

Italian judges have issued arrest warrants for 22 purported CIA agents, including the former station chief Robert Seldon Lady, accused of involvement in the kidnapping of cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5446042,00.html

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Appeals court holds up transfer of Padilla to Justice Department custody :

Jose Padilla’s transfer from a military brig to a civilian jail was unexpectedly delayed Wednesday by a federal appeals court, the latest twist in the legal fight over the Bush administration’s policy on U.S. terror suspects.
www.cbc.ca/cp/world/051130/w113060.html

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Miller ‘sorry’ for WMD inaccuracies :

Judith Miller, the US journalist at the heart of the CIA leak probe, has apologised to her readers because her stories about WMD and Iraq turned out to be wrong.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/newsnight/4486750.stm

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Breaches of trust:

Judith Miller and Bob Woodward, have been exposed as stooges of power, accomplices of people who distort the truth and feed lies to the public to satisfy their own lusts and ambitions.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11177.htm

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None Dare Call It Censorship:

All serious and intelligent journalists today know that the U.S. government has massive media management brigades to carefully control what Americans see in the media and, thus, what they are very likely to believe about things of which they have no direct experience, such as high-level politics, finance and foreign affairs.
www.lewrockwell.com/orig6/douglas2.html

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Atomic hypocrisy :

Neither Bush nor Blair is in a position to take a high moral line on Iran’s nuclear programme
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11185.htm

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Plutonium could be missing from lab :

Enough plutonium to make dozens of nuclear bombs hasn’t been accounted for at the UC-run Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and may be missing, an activist group says in a new report.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/11/30/BAGGQFVT7J1.DTL

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Israel threatens to shut Rafah crossing:

Israel’s defence minister has threatened to shut down crossings between the Gaza Strip and Israel if the Palestinians do not improve operations at the Gaza-Egypt border.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/04188D8A-3F87-4576-925D-19E85F019779.htm

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Jailed Fatah leader to be appointed as Abbas deputy: official :

A senior Fatah official hinted on Wednesday that Marwan Barghouti, jailed Fatah leader, could be nominated as deputy to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-11/30/content_3859905.htm

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Howard Dean’s blunt message: Forget Palestine:

Recently Dean returned from a week-long jaunt to Israel sponsored by the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC). Shortly after his return Dean spoke to an elite crowd of American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) friends and lobbyists in Philadelphia about his trip to Israel. And the audience was pleased with what they heard.
onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_282.shtml

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Jimmy Breslin : Take a stand? Not our Hillary!:

Hillary Clinton is in favor of the war and of executions
www.newsday.com/news/local/newyork/ny-nybres304532927nov30,0,2052451.column

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Hillary Clinton Defends Pro-War Vote Sen.

Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday defended her vote to authorize war in Iraq amid growing unease among liberal Democrats who could determine the potential 2008 presidential candidateŒs future.
www.leadingthecharge.com/stories/news-00106235.html

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America’s double standard on terrorism :

Cuban expatriate Luis Posada Carriles, an old U.S. terrorist chicken, has come home to roost in Bush’s nest, exposing the president’s anti-terrorist policies as a hoax.
www.walkermn.com/placed/index.php?sect_rank=8&story_id=211779

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Memo: Alito Urged Government to Challenge Roe v. Wade:

Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr. was an architect of the Reagan administration’s failed 1985 attempt to have the high court consider overruling Roe v. Wade, according to a memo from the period released today.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/30/AR2005113000723.html

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Contractor spends big on key lawmakers :

A San Diego businessman under investigation in the bribery case of former congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham is a well-known GOP fundraiser whose generosity to key members of Congress came at the same time his company saw large increases in its government contracts, public records show.
news.yahoo.com/s/usatoday/20051130/ts_usatoday/contractorspendsbigonkeylawmakers

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ŒDuke‚ keeps his pension :

Rep. Randy “Duke‰ Cunningham (R-Calif.) will soon relinquish many of his properties and his freedom after pleading guilty to charges of fraud and conspiracy, but he will keep his government pension and could retain the privileges enjoyed by other former members of Congress.
www.hillnews.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Frontpage/113005/news1.html

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Abramoff Tied to Dorgan Donation, Tribe Says:

New evidence is emerging that the top Democrat on the Senate committee currently investigating Jack Abramoff got political money arranged by the lobbyist back in 2002 shortly after the lawmaker took action favorable to Abramoff’s tribal clients.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051129/ap_on_go_ot/tribes_letters___donations

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Date: Tues, 29 Nov 2005

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

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered In Bush’s War 2110
icasualties.org/oif/

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With detainees, we’re training terrorists

By Marie Cocco

We are a paragon of hypocrisy, promoting the rule of law and denouncing human rights violations among others while systematically breaching them ourselves. So blind is this administration to the consequences of its actions that it has now jeopardized its East European allies, who are under scrutiny by the European Union for violating human rights laws if they allowed the CIA “black sites” to flourish.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11176.htm

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To heal or to patch?

Military mental health workers in Iraq

By Stephen Soldz

As part of a “combat stress detachment,” her job is to help soldiers cope with the horror of the battlefield — so that they can return to it as soon as possible. – “I do ache for these guys,” says Col. Levandowski. “But if you send too many (soldiers) home, the risk is that mental health will be seen as a ticket out of country.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11172.htm

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2 U.S.Soldiers Among 11 Killed in Growing Violence:

Separately, eleven people have been taken hostage. One German woman, a British Man, a U.S. aid worker and Six Iranian pilgrims.
tinyurl.com/b8any

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Up to 30,000 US troops may leave Iraq in ‘06-Iraq official:

Mowaffaq al-Rubaie said big gains made by the Iraqi army and other security forces, and a recent fall in guerrilla attacks, marked “the beginning of the end of the insurgency.”
abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=1355191

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U.S. casualties in Iraq climbing again:

The latest figures issued by the Department of Defense and other U.S. and Iraqi official sources reveal an insurgency still raging unabated in which the number of total casualties inflicted on U.S. troops is once again climbing
www.upi.com/SecurityTerrorism/view.php?StoryID=20051128-091236-2567r

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Killings Linked to Shiite Squads in Iraqi Police Force:

With loyalties to banned paramilitary groups, the fighters have kidnapped, tortured and slain Sunnis, officials and witnesses say.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11168.htm

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Video Purports To Show Failed Suicide Bomber Executed By U.S. :

– WARNING –

This video shows disturbing images and should only be viewed by a mature audience
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11171.htm

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Abuse of prisoners in Iraq widespread, officials say:

Iraqi authorities have been torturing and abusing prisoners in jails across the country, current and former Iraqi officials charged.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11169.htm

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Whistleblower! – US Interrogator Confirms Routine Iraq Torture :

Here’s a story that will disappear until bloggers start talking about it. Only PBS Frontline and Democracy Now! have dared to interview U.S. interrogator Tony Lagouranis, who reports widespread torture and abuse throughout Iraq.
www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2005/11/28/151943/75

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A war supporter disillusioned in Iraq:

He believed in the fight, his family said, until he entered the war zone.
www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/13266919.htm

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Hospitals Come Under Siege:

Hospital personnel are reporting regular raids and interference by the U.S. military as fighting continues in the volatile Al-Anbar province of Iraq. The U.S. raids come as the hospitals face increasing lack of vital supplies and equipment.
www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=31222

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US conjures up Iraqi cataclysms to delay retreat:

Talk of a jihadist takeover if American troops withdraw is an absurd ploy
tinyurl.com/77ljv

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Ex – Powell Aide Criticizes Bush on Iraq :

Wilkerson said that Cheney must have sincerely believed that Iraq could be a spawning ground for new terror assaults, because ‘’otherwise I have to declare him a moron, an idiot or a nefarious bastard.’’
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11170.htm

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Former weapons inspector claims WMD never the issue in Iraq:

The world now knows that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but that hasn’t stopped President Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney this week from labelling people who accuse them of faking the evidence as ‘dishonest,’ ‘reprehensible,’ ‘corrupt’ and ‘shameless.’
www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2005/s1519429.htm

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Lieberman Praises U.S. Strategy, Urges Bush To Tout Successes:

Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, just back from Iraq, wants President Bush to give the American people details about the progress being made in that country – from military triumphs to the proliferation of cellphones and satellite dishes.
tinyurl.com/crbnc

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Nowhere to run :

To describe Iraq as the most foolish war of the last 2,014 years is a sweeping statement, but the writer is well qualified to know.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1653454,00.html

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In case you missed it:

Ramsey Clark : Demonize to Colonize :

The “rogue states‰ condemned by President Bush are “rogue‰ because they do not submit to U.S. authority.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11173.htm

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Suspected Taliban shoots dead policeman in Afghanistan:

Suspected Taliban shot dead a policeman and wounded another in volatile southeastern Afghanistan
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2005\11\29\story_29-11-2005_pg4_6

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CIA Flights In Europe:

The Hunt for Hercules N8183J: Last Friday, the Swiss prosecutor made it clear that he has no compunctions about picking a fight with the world’s sole remaining superpower.
service.spiegel.de/cache/international/spiegel/0,1518,387185,00.html

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War Pimp Alert:

Iran making long-range missiles, Straw:

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw Tuesday told the House of Commons that it was an “incontrovertible” fact that Iran was developing long-range missiles.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=792133

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Peres to quit Labour Party to back Sharon-TV:

Elder statesman Shimon Peres will announce on Wednesday he is quitting the Labour Party and supporting Ariel Sharon in Israel’s March 28 election without joining the prime minister’s new party, Channel 10 TV said.
tinyurl.com/acjsg

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Syria wants UN report changed after witness recants:

Syrian officials demanded that a UN report implicating them over the February murder of five-time Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri be revised after state television broadcast the apparent recanting of a witness.
www.afp.com/english/news/stories/051129055747.eoe4texu.html

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Police who shot Brazilian on Tube ‘to escape charges’:

THE two police marksmen who shot dead an innocent Brazilian in the belief that he was a suicide bomber will escape criminal charges for murder or manslaughter, sources close to the inquiry believe.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1892743,00.html

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Fraser considered quitting Liberals:

Malcolm Fraser has considered quitting the Liberal Party after more than 50 years as a member because it has become “a party of fear and reaction”.
news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=62568

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Australia: Government’s own see the danger in terrorism laws:

As the Senate inquiry makes clear, an ill-considered response to the terrorist threat creates a second threat to our values and way of life.
www.theage.com.au/news/editorial/governments-own-see-the
-danger-in-terrorism-laws/2005/11/29/1133026469092.html

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Alito’s memos favor authorities:

Alito, told the Internal Revenue Service that its lawyers may secretly record conversations with taxpayers, despite an American Bar Association opinion barring lawyers from secretly recording any conversation.
tinyurl.com/9sykr

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Alito, in ‘80s, had an expansive view of police powers:

In January 1986, Alito dismissed concerns raised by the FBI that it might be unconstitutional to add to its files the fingerprints of Iranian and Afghan refugees who had sought asylum in Canada.
tinyurl.com/cnswm

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Refusal to present ID sparks test of rights:

Woman said ‘no’ at Federal Center while on public bus
www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_4274023,00.html

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Ridin‚‚ the Bus With Deborah :

Just exactly what had Deborah done to get this emotionally detached old lady into such a replay of emotions left over from 1938 Nazi Germany? It was the gut-wrenching realization that the Nazi Police State in which I was raised has come back to roost ˆ in the United States.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11174.htm

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Mike Whitney : Bush‚s Fascist Valhalla :

The expanded powers of the Pentagon were presented in a proposal by a presidential commission headed by Lawrence Silberman and former Senator Charles Robb, two members of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the 9-11 “whitewash‰ commission.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11175.htm

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Testimony may solidify case that Rove misled leak inquiry, lawyers say:

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald will present evidence to a second grand jury this week in his two year-old investigation into the outing of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson that could lead to a criminal indictment being handed up against Karl Rove,
rawstory.com/news/2005/Testimony_from_Roves_former_assistant_may_1128.html

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Cunningham resigns after bribery plea:

U.S. Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, a California Republican, resigned on Monday after pleading guilty to taking $2.4 million in bribes in exchange for help in securing Defense Department contracts.
tinyurl.com/885dj

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Randy Cunningham’s Crash Landing:

With search warrants in hand, the feds rummaged through Cunningham’s $2.55 million mansion in the exclusive conclave of Rancho Santa Fe, outside San Diego, looking for evidence linking the 8-term Republican to Mitchell Wade, the founder and CEO of MZM, Incorporated, one of the Pentagon’s top 100 contractors.
www.counterpunch.org/stclair11292005.html

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Pentagon Ends New Work On D.C. Firm’s Contract:

Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-Calif.), a member of the House defense appropriations subcommittee, acknowledged last week that his relationship with MZM founder Mitchell J. Wade is being examined by federal authorities.Over the past three years it was also awarded several contracts, worth more than $600,000, by the Executive Office of the President
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/27/AR2005062701856.html

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Fox News, MSNBC devoted scant coverage to Rep. Cunningham’s guilty pleas, resignation:

In the hours after Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-CA) pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy and tax evasion and subsequently announced his resignation from the House of Representatives, Fox News and MSNBC devoted scant coverage to the unfolding story.
mediamatters.org/items/200511280008

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Abramoff Sought Bush Officials’ Aid in Indian-Tribe Fee Dispute :

Lobbyist Jack Abramoff sought the help of U.S. Interior Department officials to save the job of an Indian leader under fire for $37 million in fees his tribe paid Abramoff and a partner, according to interviews and e-mails.
www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aSn4ZmlPPIpw&refer=us

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The Abramoff affair: Snapshots from an empire of corruption:

Christian fundamentalists and Internet gambling
www.wsws.org/articles/2005/nov2005/abr2-n29.shtml

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Fema’s Contracting Disaster :

A little-noticed internal report reveals that over a year ago, the Department of Homeland Security knew FEMA contracting was a scandal
www.reconstructionwatch.org/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=49

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The Renaissance of Cooperative Democracy :

Why has it taken so long for communities in the United States to start walking away from a system that is not only inhumane but devouring the very resources necessary for all survival?
civillibertarian.blogspot.com/2005/11/renaissance-of-cooperative-democracy.html

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Passport proposal runs into roadblock:

Washington and British Columbia are objecting to a U.S. proposal to require passport checks at border crossings.
www.theolympian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051129/NEWS/51129006/-1/NLETTER01

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Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2005

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

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered In America’s War 2108
icasualties.org/oif/

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America’s War:

By Scott Ritter

This is America’s war. This is Bill Clinton’s war. This is the Congress of the United States’ war. This is an indifferent American public’s war. This is our war. We’re to blame. We’re responsible. We’re the ones that facilitated this mad rush to insanity that has occurred in Iraq today.

MP3 and transcript. A must listen
www.traprockpeace.org/podcasts_transcripts/

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Where is the Iraq war headed next?

By Seymour M. Hersh

The covert war in Iraq has expanded in recent months to Syria. A composite American Special Forces team, known as an S.M.U., for “special-mission unit,‰ has been ordered, under stringent cover, to target suspected supporters of the Iraqi insurgency across the border.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11162.htm

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Syrian witness says Hariri’s son forced him to lie

By Reuters

A man has appeared on Syrian state television saying Lebanese officials, including the son of Rafik al-Hariri, had forced him to testify falsely to a U.N. inquiry into the former Lebanese prime minister’s assassination.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11163.htm

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The Grave Threat Is the Bush Administration

By Paul Craig Roberts

According to news reports, at a US Naval Academy speech on Wednesday, President Bush will announce plans for withdrawing US troops from Iraq. It will be diverting to watch the propagandists at Fox “news” flip-flop with the White House line and explain that now is the time to cut and run after all.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11161.htm

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Fascism then. Fascism now?

When people think of fascism, they imagine Rows of goose-stepping storm troopers and puffy-chested dictators. What they don’t see is the economic and political process that leads to the nightmare.

By Paul Bigioni

Before the rise of fascism, Germany and Italy were, on paper, liberal democracies. Fascism did not swoop down on these nations as if from another planet. To the contrary, fascist dictatorship was the result of political and economic changes these nations underwent while they were still democratic. In both these countries, economic power became so utterly concentrated that the bulk of all economic activity fell under the control of a handful of men.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11155.htm

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Bush: Caped Crusader in a Comic Book War

Our valiant crusaders˜oil executives by day, freedom fighters by night˜return to the world stage once again

By Jerry Ghinelli

When we last left them, our heroes, Bush Wayne and his trusted companion, Dick Grayson-Cheney, were heading east to Iran to hunt for weapons of mass destruction, free the Iranian people from the axis of evil and bring American-style democracy to all the good people of the Middle East.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11153.htm

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7 killed In continuing Violence:

One of Baghdad mayor’s guards was shot dead on Monday in the Albaya district of Baghdad, hospital sources said
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L28765778.htm

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Violence continues in Iraq with more people killed:

A number of people were killed in separate incidents in Iraq on Monday including a Muslim scholar, two newsmen and 11 Shiite pilgrims and four

dead bodies of unknown people were discovered by Iraqi police.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=791778

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Gunmen kill Sunni political leader near Fallujah :

Unknown gunmen shot dead a Sunni Arab leader of the Iraqi Islamic Party near Fallujah on Monday, witnesses said.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-11/28/content_3848977.htm

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U.S. Embassy in Baghdad confirms disappearance of U.S. citizen:

The confirmation came after reports that a Briton, two Canadians and an American were kidnapped Saturday.
tinyurl.com/dg57s

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US may use planes as substitute for troops in Iraq :

The plan is causing consternation among commanders in US air force, who say it could lead to increased civilian casualties and lead to airstrikes being used as means of settling old scores.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11156.htm

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The illusion of phased withdrawal:

Whether euphemized as “redeployment” or described frankly as withdrawal, the new strategy has moved into the mainstream. In this new context, the positions still being defended by Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld are beginning to look increasingly marginalized.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/GK29Ak01.html

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A Journey That Ended in Anguish:

Col. Ted Westhusing, a military ethicist who volunteered to go to Iraq, was upset by what he saw. His apparent suicide raises questions.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11160.htm

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Watch The Video:

Trophy’ video exposes private security contractors shooting up Iraqi drivers
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11157.htm

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The ties that tangle Iraq and Iran:

What stands out is that Washington resorted to grandstanding in order to cover up the accelerating collapse of its regional policy in Iraq, which surely casts a shadow on the US capacity to force its will on the Iran nuclear issue.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11165.htm

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Report says Israel should dismantle nuclear weapons :

This, according to a recent report, entitled “Getting Ready for a Nuclear˜ Ready Iran,‰ published by the US Army War College, commissioned and partially funded by the Pentagon, argues that Iran‚s nuclear weapon development cannot be stopped by any current military or diplomatic options.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11164.htm

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Hussein Argues With Judge as Trial Resumes in Baghdad :

Hussein, appeared as defiant today as he did when the trial opened Oct. 19. On the first day, he refused to recognize the legitimacy of a tribunal set up with U.S. guidance. Today, he denounced the presence of U.S. guards in the high- security courtroom.
tinyurl.com/dg57s

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Who is Saddam Hussein ?:

While we are feed the sensationalism on every news channel of the Saddam Hussein Trial, it would certainly be honorable to insert some truth and clarity in our coverage
www.bushflash.com/thanks.html

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Neocons Floated Idea of Bombing Al Jazeera Before:

Sure enough, a search for “bomb al Jazeera‰ led me to this article, written in September 2003 by Frank Gaffney, in which he recommends “taking out‰ al Jazeera “one way or another.‰
tinyurl.com/8bhgh

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In case you missed it:

Diving Into falluja: To Hell and Back with Documentary-Maker Mark Manning
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8353.htm

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In case you missed it:

Audio: Dahr Jamail Interviews Mark Manning :

In this rare interview, Dahr talks with Mark about Fallujah and recounts the circumstances that journalists face today when reporting on events the US government does not want its citizens to know about.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8730.htm

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Israeli professor of military history says “ Bush deserves to be impeached” :

For misleading the American people, and launching the most foolish war since Emperor Augustus in 9 B.C sent his legions into Germany and lost them, Bush deserves to be impeached and, once he has been removed from office, put on trial along with the rest of the president’s men. If convicted, they’ll have plenty of time to mull over their sins.
www.forward.com/articles/6936

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He Dared to Challenge Power and the Official Consensus:

“I have learned from first hand experience that war is the destroyer of all that is good in the world. It turns our young into soulless killers and we tell them they are “heroes‰ when they master the art of killing.‰ Conscientious Objector and Prisoner of Conscience, Sgt Kevin Benderman
jack-dalton.blogspot.com/2005/11/he-dared-to-challange-power-and_26.html

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Dec 6 – National Day of Counter-Recruitment:

Join CINDY SHEEHAN, HOWARD ZINN, DAHR JAMAIL, war resisters PABLO PAREDES and CAMILO MEJIA, Progressive Democrats of America director TIM CARPENTER, Iraq Vets Against the War & Campus Antiwar Network member DAVID AIRHART, and many more in supporting this day of counter-recruitment action on December 6!
www.traprockpeace.org/counter_recruitment/

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Egyptian vote could be bad news for U.S. :

The country’s rulers, longtime American allies, are starting to show signs of panic: Police have barred voters from polls and thugs have attacked Brotherhood supporters in recent days in an apparent effort to blunt the group’s growing momentum.
www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-egypt28.html

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EU May Suspend Nations With Secret Prisons :

The United States has told the European Union it needs more time to respond to media reports that the CIA set up secret jails in some European nations and transported terror suspects by covert flights, the top EU justice official said Monday.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5442824,00.html

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As we lecture other nations on freedom:

US blocked experts from attending Cuba conference: As recently as March 2004, John Bolton, then-undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, told the US Congress in written testimony that Cuba “remains a terrorist and (biological weapons) threat to the United States.”
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20051127/sc_afp/cubabiotechusbritain

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The first of many?

Rep. Cunningham pleads guilty to conspiracy and accepting bribes:

Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham admitted taking $2.4 million in bribes as part of guilty pleas Monday in a case that grew from an investigation into the sale of his home to a wide-ranging conspiracy involving payments in cash, vacations and antiques.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11166.htm

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Storm Clouds Gathering :

Source: Scandal could take in at least a dozen in Congress
www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/051205/5abramoff.htm

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It’s Time To Dump The Dems, Support The Green Insurgency:

Can anyone still take the Democrats seriously as an opposition party after leaders like Senators Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Hillary Clinton (D-NY), and John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) firmly distanced themselves from Rep. John Murtha’s (D-Penn.) call on November 17 for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq?
www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=90&ItemID=9177

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Supreme Court rejects appeal by fired FBI linguist :

The justices rejected an appeal by Sibel Edmonds, who worked as a contract linguist at the FBI’s Washington field office from shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks until her dismissal the following March.
tinyurl.com/dv6ns

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The Ali Mohamed-FBI Bungle:

The name “Ali Mohamed” came up briefly in 9/11 Commission hearings, but his embarassing relationship with the FBI ˆ and al Qaeda ˆ was brazenly covered up.
www.alternet.org/story/19046

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ImpeachPAC Announces First Congressional Endorsement:

ImpeachPAC, a political action committee launched earlier this month to support candidates in next year’s congressional election who favor impeachment of George Bush and Dick Cheney, today announced its first endorsement.
www.impeachpac.org/?q=node/48

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GM to raise India workforce by 30% America’s loss is turning out to be India’s gain.

Within days of announcing 30,000 job-cuts in the US, automobile giant General Motors Corp will this week unveil plans to increase its workforce in India by nearly 30%
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1309881.cms

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Made In Mexico’ U.S. Border Patrol Uniforms :

The head of a union representing U.S. Border Patrol agents said it’s embarrassing that their olive-green uniforms have labels reading “Made in Mexico.”
tinyurl.com/7n4cn

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Web Sites Offer Private Cell Phone Information:

A Problem Solvers investigation has discovered that several Web sites will sell the last 100 phone numbers you have dialed to anyone who knows your phone number.
www.local6.com/money/5416040/detail.html

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