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Date: Tues, 6 Dec 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 2131
icasualties.org/oif/

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America can’t take it anymore

The Bush administration has embraced torture as a key part of the “war on terror.” Finally, members of Congress, the military and the CIA are speaking out against the abuse.

By Mark Follman

Five days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Vice President Dick Cheney instructed the nation that the U.S. government would begin working “the dark side” to defeat its enemies in a new global war. “A lot of what needs to be done here will have to be done quietly, without any discussion,” Cheney declared on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He added, “It’s going to be vital for us to use any means at our disposal.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11231.htm

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Bombing at Baghdad Police Academy kills 43:

Two men strapped with explosives detonated themselves at Baghdad’s police academy on Tuesday, killing at least 43 people and wounding 73 more, officials said, while Al-Jazeera broadcast an insurgent video of a man purported to be a U.S. security consultant.
rdu.news14.com/content/top_stories/default.asp?ArID=77777

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Twenty found shot dead in Iraq:

The U.S. military and Iraqi police discovered the bodies of 20 Iraqis killed by gunshots in two separate locations in Iraq, reports said Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/ca6g9

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Attacks kill 11 nationwide:

An Iraqi army colonel and his driver were found shot dead on the road between Baghdad and Baquba, said police.
tinyurl.com/aye3p

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Iraq militants threaten to kill US hostage: TV :

An Iraqi militant group has kidnapped a U.S. security consultant and is threatening to kill him in 48 hours unless Washington frees all Iraqi prisoners, according to a video aired by Al Jazeera television on Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/9g6ac

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US-Iraqi troops wage military operation in Ramadi:

Approximately 100 Iraqi army soldiers and 400 US soldiers conducted their offensive, code-named Operation Rams, since Sunday,the military said in a statement.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-12/06/content_3884813.htm

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IRAQ: Hundreds of families flee fighting in Ramadi:

Hundreds of families have fled Ramadi, capital of the western Anbar Province, amidst fierce fighting between US military forces and Iraqi insurgents, according to aid agencies.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IRIN/d8c0f5d0cd6df370adb2e9f0deb6b56f.htm

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Insurgents dismiss Iraq polls, brace for battle:

“Expect black days. Elections won’t change anything. This is a long-term struggle. We will fight for the next 20 years,” said Abu Mohammed
tinyurl.com/crw86

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Dean Questions Commitment to Iraq Strategy :

Democratic Chairman Howard Dean on Monday likened the war in Iraq to Vietnam and said, “The idea that the United States is going to win the war in Iraq is just plain wrong,” comments that drew immediate fire from Republicans.
www.ajc.com/news/content/shared-gen/ap/National/Dean_Iraq.html?cxntnid=amn120605e

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Rumsfeld assails U.S. news coverage from Iraq: –

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld assailed U.S. news coverage of the Iraq war on Monday and accused journalists of rushing to find fault with the United States and its military.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N05243428.htm

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Riverbend: Iraqi Girl Blog: Mother of All Trials…:

Couldn’t they find more credible witnesses? They were fifteen and ten at the time… it just doesn’t make sense.
tinyurl.com/9pf4w

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Court showdown today over military recruiting :

A question before the U.S. Supreme Court today is whether colleges’ free-speech rights are violated by a law that could allow the government to withhold money from schools that limit military recruiters’ access to campus
www.usatoday.com/news/washington/judicial/2005-12-05-court-debate_x.htm

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Counter-Recruitment Day Sweeps U.S. Colleges :

“A military that is an unequal employer and that funnels people into an immoral war should not be able to recruit on campus,”
www.commondreams.org/views05/1205-32.htm

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9 Taliban killed, 6 arrested in south Afghanistan :

Nine Taliban were killed, six were arrested Tuesday in an offensive operation carried out by Coalition and Afghan forces in Afghan southern province of Uruzgan, the provincial governor said.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-12/06/content_3886088.htm

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3 killed, 2 injured in Taliban attack in S. Afghanistan :

Three persons were killed and two were injured Monday under Taliban’s attack in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, a local official said Tuesday
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-12/06/content_3884884.htm

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ElBaradei to ‘Post’: No ‘smoking gun’ in Iran:

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency have found no “smoking gun” in Iran that would indicate a nuclear weapons program, Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, the director-general of the IAEA, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/9v7qc

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War pimp alert:

AIPAC Blasts White House On Iran:

As time dwindles for diplomatic efforts to curtail Iran’s drive for nuclear weapons, the pro-Israel lobby in Washington is criticizing the Bush administration’s handling of the issue.
www.jewishtimes.com/News/5229.stm

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Israel: The nuclear campaign issue:

Netanyahu, who is running for the Likud leadership, threatened on Israel Radio this week that if elected prime minister he would weigh military action to prevent Iran’s attaining nuclear capability.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/654088.html

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In case you missed it:

Armed Israeli aggression against the Iraqi nuclear installations :

Noting with concern that Israel has refused to adhere to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and, in spite of repeated calls, including that of the Security Council, to place its nuclear facilities under International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards
www.un.org/documents/ga/res/36/a36r027.htm

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Russia Confirms SAM Sale To Iran:

Russia has confirmed that it has signed an agreement for the sale of anti-aircraft systems to Iran.
www.menewsline.com/stories/2005/december/12_07_1.html

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EXCLUSIVE: Sources Tell ABC News Top Al Qaeda Figures Held in Secret CIA Prisons:

10 Out of 11 High-Value Terror Leaders Subjected to ‘Enhanced Interrogation Techniques’ = Torture
abcnews.go.com/WNT/Investigation/story?id=1375123

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CIA ‘closes terror prisons’:

Eleven al-Qaeda prisoners who were held in Eastern Europe have been transferred and were being relocated “to a CIA site somewhere in north Africa,” ABC reported, citing CIA sources.
www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,17478342-38200,00.html

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Britain’s role in war on terror revealed : ·

200 ghost flights logged across nearly 20 airfields. · MPs urge government to state level of cooperation
www.guardian.co.uk/terrorism/story/0,12780,1659057,00.html

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UK ‘breaking law’ over CIA secret flights :

The British government is guilty of breaking international law if it allowed secret CIA “rendition” flights of terror suspects to land at UK airports, according to a report by American legal scholars.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11230.htm

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Victims Could Sue for Human Rights in European Court of Justice::

The Munich human rights attorney Georg Note speaks with Spiegel Online about Germany’s responsibility and possible repercussions of the affair.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11232.htm

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Torture Saves European Lives, Rice Tells Europe…s Leaders:

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice chastised European leaders on Monday, saying that before they complain about secret jails for terror suspects in European nations, they should realize that interrogations of these suspects have produced information that helped “save European lives.‰
www-tech.mit.edu/V125/N59/59long4.html

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No exceptions to the ban on torture :

The absolute ban on torture, a cornerstone of the international human rights edifice, is under attack. The principle we once believed to be unassailable – the inherent right to physical integrity and dignity of the person – is becoming a casualty of the so-called war on terror.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11233.htm

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Ex-CIA Agent in Milan Asks for Immunity:

An Italian judge rejects the request of the retired station chief, wanted in a suspect’s abduction.
fairuse.1accesshost.com/news2/latimes960.html

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UK: MPs dismiss US denials as ‘disingenuous’ and ‘beyond belief’ :

Assurances by Condoleezza Rice, the US Secretary of State, that America did not send detainees abroad for torture were dismissed last night by a cross-party group of MPs as “beyond belief”.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article331462.ece

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CIA Flights Made 50 Landings at Ireland’s Shannon, Amnesty Says :

The group said the information contradicts U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who said last week that Shannon had not been used for ``untoward’’ purposes.
www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000085&sid=ac_wVfU3t7So

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Keep quiet about secret flights to secret jails, Rice tells Europe:

CONDOLEEZZA RICE challenged European leaders to back controversial American anti-terrorism tactics yesterday as she robustly defended the CIA‚s extrajudicial seizure, transportation and interrogation of thousands of suspects.
www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,171-1905660,00.html

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Months Of Terror For Man Held By Mistake:

With his arms held high behind his back he was driven to a plane, thrown on the metal floor and given an injection.
tinyurl.com/azb68

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German Man Claims U.S. Tortured Him :

``I am asking the American government to admit its mistakes and to apologize for my treatment,’’ al-Masri said in a written statement. ``I am hoping that an American court will say very clearly that what happened to me was illegal and cannot be done to others.’’
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5460936,00.html

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CIA ruse on missing cleric misled Italians:

Agency spread disinformation to cover its tracks
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10341210/

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Australia approves tough new anti-terrorism laws:

Australia’s parliament passed a tough new anti-terrorism package on Tuesday amid fears the laws will strip citizens of their civil rights and erode free speech.
tinyurl.com/77x9u

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Democracy under threat :

Chávez will only gain from the US-backed opposition’s ploy to undermine elections
www.guardian.co.uk/venezuela/story/0,12716,1659309,00.html

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Video: Documentary ‘Preventive Warriors’:

The film examines a bold new foreign policy paper introduced by the White House in September 2002 entitled: “The National Security Strategy of the United States.‰ The document outlines a radical new doctrine in American foreign policy: one of so-called “pre-emptive warfare.‰ The Bush administration used this policy as a justification for the invasion of Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6268.htm

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Panel gives U.S. five ‘F’s in attack-preparation :

Time, money and ever-present terror threats have done little to close gaping holes in the nation’s security system, the former Sept. 11 Commission said Monday in accusing the government of failing to protect the country.
www.suntimes.com/output/terror/cst-nws-terr06.html

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Report: FBI botched terrorism probe:

FBI agents botched a terrorism investigation in Florida and tried to cover up mistakes, said Justice Department investigators, who also concluded that a high-ranking official retaliated against the veteran undercover agent who first pointed out the problems.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1152AP_FBI_Whistleblower.html

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Charge against DeLay upheld:

A state judge upheld a felony money-laundering charge against former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Monday, dealing a blow to the representative’s bid to get his powerful job back.
www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/13340012.htm

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The king of congressional corruption:

THOSE OF US who are true fans of hypocrisy and corruption need to pause and salute Randy Cunningham on his way out of town toward the beckoning slammer.
tinyurl.com/b4g2k

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Contractor ‘knew how to grease the wheels’:

In government documents, he is referred to as “co-conspirator No. 1": a man who gave more than $630,000 in cash and favors to former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham for help in landing millions of dollars in federal contracts.
www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20051204/news_1n4adcs.html

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Date: Mon, 5 Dec 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 2130
icasualties.org/oif/

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What Happened to Iraq’s WMD

How politics corrupts intelligence

By Scott Ritter

The politicization of the intelligence community allows the process of fixing intelligence around policy to become pervasive, and the increasingly polarized political climate in America prevents any real checks and balances through effective oversight, leaving Americans at the mercy of politicians who have placed partisan politics above the common good.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11211.htm

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Neoreality: Peak Oil And Iraq

What level of American casualties should be spent to keep America from economic and social collapse?

By Bill Henderson

Why did the U.S. make war on Iraq? The official reasons – Iraq’s alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction and its links with Al-Qaeda – have now been shown to be lies. What then were the real reasons?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11213.htm

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Nuclear Iran? You bet!

By Mike Whitney

Washington has joined the Middle East tussle, flaunting its public relations campaign; “The War on Terror‰, to justify another century of exploitation, resource-theft, and jack-boot subjugation of the native people. So, how does this relate to Iran?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11215.htm

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9/11 Special Documentary

“The War On Terror Is Bogus”

“Was 9/11 more than just an attack? Could the Bush administration have had anything to gain from the attack? Two prominent European politicians, Michael Meacher and Andreas von Bülow, express their serious doubts about the official version of the 9/11 story.‰

Watch it online. Real video
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11222.htm

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The torture files :

By Raymond Whitaker

CIA agents have broken ranks to reveal the ‘cruel and inhuman’ interrogation techniques they are ordered to use at secret prisons around the world, including freezing and near-drowning.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11223.htm

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Where they hide the cash

We help rich individuals and companies to spirit away vast sums from the developing world

By Duncan Campbell

Five trillion dollars has been corruptly removed from the world’s poorest countries and lodged permanently in the world’s richest countries. That is the “conservative estimate” not of a leftwing anti-globalisation activist but of a leading American businessman and enthusiast for capitalism who has just completed a major study of how multinational corporations, wealthy individuals and unscrupulous governments are using the world’s banking systems in ways that spread povert.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11217.htm

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Iraqi counter-offensive kills 20 “rebels” :

Saturday’s attack came after 10 US marines on night patrol were killed in the restive western city of Fallujah, also by a roadside bomb, in the bloodiest single attack on US forces since August.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/181950/1/.html

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U.S. Soldier Killed in Baghdad.

A U.S. soldier was killed in Baghdad when his vehicle came upon a roadside bomb
tinyurl.com/9xqjv

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Iraq VP Disputes Bush on Training of Forces :

The training of Iraqi security forces has suffered a big “setback” in the last six months, with the army and other forces being increasingly used to settle scores and make other political gains, Iraqi Vice President Ghazi al-Yawer said Monday.
tinyurl.com/akkx3

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U.S. missile kills two children in Pakistan: Report:

Pakistani tribesmen on Sunday displayed parts of a U.S.-marked missile they said hit a house and killed two boys, evidence at odds with the government which says an explosion there killed a top al Qaeda commander.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11216.htm

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Afghanistan: Two Killed In Suicide Attack: Two U.S. Helicopters Downed: : .

Two US Chinook CH-47 helicopters were also forced to make emergency landings in the south of the country on Sunday injuring five American troops and an Afghan soldier, while in a separate attack, three US soldiers were injured when a roadside bomb exploded
tinyurl.com/alju5

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Afghanistan : Newly Elected MP Dies In Gun Battle:

A newly elected Afghan parliamentarian was killed on Sunday when a row about a fire in a woodyard erupted into a gun battle that left four men dead, according to official Afghan sources.
tinyurl.com/cl8cw

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Pakistani reporter kidnapped in troubled region:

Gunmen kidnapped a Pakistani reporter on Monday in a troubled border region where Pakistan says a top al Qaeda commander was killed in a blast last week, the man’s brother and a government official said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/ISL242726.htm

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Suicide bomber kills 5 at Israeli mall:

Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack in Netanya, saying it was avenging Israel’s recent killing of senior members of the militant group.
tinyurl.com/9efvg

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Tea For Two:

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon˜the little teapot, short and stout˜is making a comeback. He ditched the outdated threads of his radical Likud to prance in the open fields of peace with favorite “doves” like Shimon Peres.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11214.htm

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What?

US considers exchanging Jewish spy for jailed Fatah leader ;

The United States is considering the possibility of releasing a Jewish spy in return for the release of jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, Israeli media reported Monday.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-12/05/content_3880530.htm

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Canada makes an about-face on Mideast:

What do we have in common with Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Tuvalu and Vanuatu?
tinyurl.com/expex

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Democrats find Iraq alternative elusive:

Party‚s foreign policy experts differ on how to shift U.S. policy
msnbc.msn.com/id/10328008/

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Propaganda and bribery :

It seems such a tiny, insignificant thing. Why worry about planting a little propaganda and bribing a few journalists when your men in the field are dying day after day? “This is war,” says the Pentagon. Yes indeed, adds the sonorous senator who chairs the armed services committee, “this is war”. And in war, of course, anything goes (even including bombing al-Jazeera) because … well, it’s war, isn’t it?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11218.htm

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Hadley: Pentagon Propaganda In Iraq Continues :

On Sunday‚s ABC This Week, Stephen Hadley acknowledged that President Bush has not yet ordered the shut-down of the Pentagon‚s propaganda campaign in Iraq.
thinkprogress.org/2005/12/05/propaganda-hadley/

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Rumsfeld says media should be more accountable:

US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on Monday was critical of US media coverage of the war in Iraq and said that the Pentagon should improve its approach with the media because the war is very much a “battle for peoples minds.”
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=794047

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War Crimes, USA :

If the United States is involved in committing war crimes, we as Americans have a responsibility to address that. I don‚t think hiding from reality is a solution to the fact that no one likes to be told that they‚re doing something wrong.
www.motherjones.com/interview/2005/12/war_crimes_usa.html

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Saddam’s Comments Highlight Unruly Session :

Saddam Hussein railed at the judge Monday, and the former president’s lawyers briefly walked out of court before the first witness testified that Saddam’s agents carried out random arrests, torture and killings in an Iraqi village
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5458055,00.html

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Saddam-era Iraqi prime minister dies in US custody:

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Hamza al-Zubaidi, who was one of Saddam Hussein’s most senior deputies in the early 1990s, died in U.S. detention last week, the U.S. military said on Monday.
abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=1373669

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Has ‘War’ become a leading brand for United States? :

How Bush’s imperial policies are being linked to economic woes and CEO angst in America
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/12/04/ING00G0OG61.DTL

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Navy to Expand Fleet With New Enemies in Mind :

The Navy wants to increase its fleet to 313 ships by 2020, reversing years of decline in naval shipbuilding and adding dozens of warships designed to defeat emerging adversaries, senior Defense Department officials say.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11221.htm

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Today Iraq, Tomorrow the World:

According to the latest edition of the “Active Duty Military Personnel Strengths “ published by the Defense Department‚s Directorate for Information Operations and Reports (DIOR), the U.S. has troops in 142 countries
www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance62.html

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Drudge, Jerusalem Post sensationalize story about nuclear Iran:

An article in the Jerusalem Post trumpeted by the conservative Drudge Report grossly sensationalizes the comments of Mohamed El-Baradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
tinyurl.com/9ztuv

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Iran threatens counter-strike:

‘Zionist authorities are well aware that if they make a foolish mistake against Iran, Iran’s harsh response will be destructive and determined’
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3179301,00.html

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Iran Plans to Build Second Nuclear Power Plant :

The broadcast said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Cabinet ministers decided Sunday night to build the reactor in Khuzistan province, southwestern Iran.
tinyurl.com/agqv2

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A ‘Big Four’ coalition emerging?:

The Bush administration is quietly seeking to build with Britain, Japan and India a globe-spanning coalition system that can contain China, claims a leading neo-conservative thinker.
www.wpherald.com/storyview.php?StoryID=20051204-034200-4385r

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Russian Foreign Minister Acknowledges Growing Divergence With U.S.:

“We can come to the conclusion that in the whole complex of our (foreign) relations the weight of existing military and strategic links between Russia and the United States … will be constantly declining,‰ Sergei Lavrov said.
www.mosnews.com/news/2005/12/05/moscowwashington.shtml

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Rice to claim Euro backing for CIA prisons:

Stung by what many US officials see as a two-faced approach by some allies, she will also call on European governments to argue more forcefully with their own citizens that co-operation with the CIA is vital for their security.
tinyurl.com/9xj2n

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CIA ghost flights over Canada:

Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr was taken off the streets of Milan on Feb. 17, 2003, then flown to Ramstein Air Base in Germany ˜ considered U.S. territory ˜ and from there to Egypt where he was reportedly tortured.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11212.htm

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British Tory MP Blasts Extraordinary Rendition,

Says Britain Broke International Law and “Complicit in Torture” if Flights Passed Through UK
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/12/05/1455243

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9/11 Panel Cites Inadequate Security Steps :

The former Sept. 11 commission gave dismal grades Monday to the federal government’s efforts to shore up national security and prevent another terror attack on the United States.
tinyurl.com/8q9bv

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Free Abdel-Jabbar Hamdan:

Abdel-Jabbar Hamdan came to the United States more than 25 years ago, and has been proud to be called an American ever since. This confidence in the inherent beauty and justice of the United States was betrayed on the night of July 27th, 2004
www.freehamdan.com/home.html

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Clinton gets anti-war challenger:

In a move that is certain to harden the battle lines among Democrats surrounding the Iraq war, a veteran union organizer will announce Tuesday that he is campaigning to unseat Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York.
rawstory.com/news/2005/Clinton_gets_antiwar_challenger_1205.html

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Paul Krugman: The Joyless Economy :

It should have been a good year for American families: the economy grew 4.2 percent, its best performance since 1999. Yet most families actually lost economic ground. Real median household income – the income of households in the middle of the income distribution, adjusted for inflation – fell for the fifth year in a row.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11220.htm

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Going hungry in Ohio and Michigan:

Soup kitchens find need outpaces resources: Operators of Victory Temple and other soup kitchens and food pantries in northwest Ohio say a loss of factory jobs and surging utility costs are sending growing numbers of people to their doors.
tinyurl.com/77a7m

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JPMorgan to hire 4,500 graduates in India:

American banking giant JPMorgan Chase is to hire 4,500 graduates in India over the next two years with plans to move 30 per cent of its back office and support staff at its investment bank offshore by the end of 2007.
www.hindustantimes.com/news/5983_1565460,00430005.htm

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A Twist in the Rove-Plame Mystery:

The available evidence now suggests that Rove did lie to a federal grand jury ˆ even after his lawyer got the warning in early 2004 ˆ and that Rove only admitted the initial contact with the Time reporter when documentary evidence surfaced nine months later.
www.consortiumnews.com/2005/120405.html

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Date: 4 Dec, 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 2129
icasualties.org/oif/

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Wrongful Imprisonment: Anatomy of a CIA “Mistake”

German Citizen Released After Months in ‘Rendition’

By Dana Priest

Coats informed the German minister that the CIA had wrongfully imprisoned one of its citizens, Khaled Masri, for five months, and would soon release him, the sources said. There was also a request: that the German government not disclose what it had been told even if Masri went public. The U.S. officials feared exposure of a covert action program designed to capture terrorism suspects abroad and transfer them among countries, and possible legal challenges to the CIA from Masri and others with similar allegations.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11207.htm

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On the road to Damascus

By William Bowles

Much has been made in the corporate/state-run media of Blair being some kind of Œrestraining influence‚ on Bush and the Œneo-cons‚ but as the report makes abundantly clear, US-UK foreign and energy and military policies are Œjoined at the hip‚ and have been so for the past century and in spite of the rivalries.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11205.htm

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Death toll of Iraqi army attack reaches 21:

The death toll in an insurgent attack in Baquba on an Iraqi army patrol reached 21, hospital sources said Sunday.
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1317768.cms

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Insurgent Attack Kills 19 Iraqi Soldiers :

Insurgents killed 19 Iraqi soldiers and wounded four in a coordinated ambush northeast of Baghdad just two days after the deadliest attack against U.S. Marines in four months.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5456045,00.html

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2 U.S. Soldiers Among 13 Killed In Continuing Violence:

Two Iraqi policemen were killed when gunmen attacked their patrol in Ahmar village, about 40 km (25 miles) east of Baquba, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM444160.htm

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US Army admits Iraqis outnumber foreign fighters :

Of 1,300 suspected insurgents arrested over the past five months in and around Ramadi, none has been a foreigner. Col John Gronski, senior officer in the town, Anbar’s provincial capital, said that almost all insurgent fighting there was by Iraqis
tinyurl.com/doo3l

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Angry Shi’as pelt Iraq Allawi – police:

A crowd hurling shoes, rocks and tomatoes forced former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi to cut short a visit on Sunday to Iraq’s holiest Shi’a shrine during a campaign trip to the city of Najaf, police officers said.
tinyurl.com/783el

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The Revolt of the Generals: “Broken, Worn Out” and “Living Hand to Mouth”:

“The Four Star Generals picked Murtha to make this speech because he has maximum credibility.” It’s true. Even in the US Senate there’s no one with quite Murtha’s standing to deliver the message, except maybe for Byrd,
www.counterpunch.org/cockburn12032005.html

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Funds may be lacking for ample Iraqi army:

The U.S. general in charge of shaping an Iraqi army raised the prospect yesterday that the new Baghdad government will not have sufficient money to fund the 10-division army envisioned by the Bush administration.
washingtontimes.com/national/20051202-112807-9790r.htm

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Iraq’s Death Squads:

OF ALL THE bloodshed in Iraq, none may be more disturbing than the campaign of torture and murder being conducted by U.S.-trained government police forces
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/03/AR2005120300881.html

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Death By Torture:

The Proof is in the Military’s Own Autopsy Reports: US Media Ignores Hard Evidence
www.counterpunch.org/phillips12022005.html

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Smear Pattern :

Rather than address the issues the soldiers raised, angry White House officials devised a plan to attack the messenger ˆ the ABC correspondent who filed the story, Jeffrey Kofman.
www.antiwar.com/sperry/?articleid=8201

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All the President’s Flacks:

Mr. Woodward knows more about the internal workings of this presidency than any other reporter. He has been granted access to all its top officials, including lengthy interviews with the president himself, to produce two Bush best sellers since 9/11. But he was gamed anyway by the White House, which exploited his special stature to the fullest for its own propagandistic ends.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11206.htm

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In case you missed it:

Revealed: the secret cabal which spun for Blair:

BRITAIN ran a covert ‘dirty tricks’ operation designed specifically to produce misleading intelligence that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction to give the UK a justifiable excuse to wage war on Iraq.
www.sundayherald.com/34491

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In case you missed it:

Revealed: how MI6 sold the Iraq war:

THE Secret Intelligence Service has run an operation to gain public support for sanctions and the use of military force in Iraq. The government yesterday confirmed that MI6 had organised Operation Mass Appeal, a campaign to plant stories in the media about Saddam Hussein‚s weapons of mass destruction.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5433.htm

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In case you missed it:

John Pilger: Squeezed to death :

Half a million children have died in Iraq since UN sanctions were imposed – most enthusiastically by Britain and the US. Three UN officials have resigned in despair. Meanwhile, bombing of Iraq continues almost daily.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11208.htm

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CIA Shoots Al Quida Leader:

The US Intelligence Service CIA used a remote controlled air attack to kill a high ranking Al Quaida commander. Witnesses report that a rocket fired from a “Predator” drone hit the man’s hideout in Pakistan.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11209.htm

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Al-Qaida No. 3 killed in Pakistan in joint operation with U.S.:

According to reports, Rabia was killed by rockets fired from an unmanned American aerial vehicle. The rockets were aimed at a house in western Pakistan, in which Rabia was hiding. Four other people suspected of belonging to al-Qaida were also killed in the attack.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/653118.html

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Saddam trial judge steps down :

One of the five judges in the Saddam Hussein trial has stepped down after learning that one of the defendants may have been involved in the execution of his brother, a court official said today.
www.breakingnews.ie/2005/12/04/story233399.html

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FBI mishandled terrorism case, report finds :

Officials at the FBI mishandled a Florida terror investigation, falsified documents in an effort to cover repeated missteps and retaliated against an agent who first complained about the problems, Justice Department investigators have concluded.
www.iht.com/articles/2005/12/04/news/terror.php#

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Four killed in bomb blast, ambush:

Militants blew up one vehicle and ambushed another in volatile southern Afghanistan, killing a district government chief and three police officers and wounding eight others, authorities said yesterday.
www.edmontonsun.com/News/World/2005/12/04/1337034-sun.html

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2 killed, 2 injured in suicide bombing in Afghanistan :

A suicide bombing Sunday afternoon killed two including the attacker, and injured two others in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar, a local official said.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-12/04/content_3875999.htm

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Details emerge on terror supects’ Afghanistan jailbreak :

The prisoners were considered some of the most dangerous men among the hundreds of terror suspects locked behind the walls of a secretive and secure U.S. military detention center in Bagram, Afghanistan. Their escape, however, might as well have been a breakout from the county jail.
www.iht.com/articles/2005/12/04/news/bagram.php

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Zbigniew Brzezinski: Do These Two Have Anything in Common?:

President Bush has equated Islamic radicalism with communism. Is the comparison sound? Is it wise?
tinyurl.com/ac4k7

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The next holocaust: Islamophobia is not a uniquely British disease:

Across Europe, liberals openly express prejudice against Muslims. Do new pogroms beckon?
www.newstatesman.com/200512050006

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USrael and Armageddon:

“The Israelis are supported and egged on in their expansionism and intransigence by the “Armageddon Lobby,” thirty million “Christian Zionists” who believe Israel must expand to its Biblical borders in order to bring on Armageddon and the return of Jesus Christ.”
www.batr.org/gulag/120505.html

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Saying “No” to King Herod: The Forgotten Christmas Story:

There is a forgotten Christmas story. A story rarely dwelled on in Christian churches. A story often drowned out by a “multitude of the heavenly hosts” singing Christmas carols.

Netanyahu: Israel should take out Iranian nuclear facilities: Israel should undertake an operation to destroy the Iranian nuclear programme similar to the airstrike it launched against the nuclear reactor built by Saddam Hussein, leading opposition legislator and prime ministerial candidate Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.
www.counterpunch.com/alberts12032005.html

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Netanyahu: Bold action needed to stop nuclear Iran :

MK Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud) said Sunday that Israel should take “bold and daring” action to thwart Iran’s plans for nuclear armament, citing Israel’s 1981 air strike on an Iraqi nuclear facility.
tinyurl.com/9ay4t

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Israel voices worry over Iran-Russia missile deal:

Israel has lambasted Russia over the sale of anti-missile systems to arch-enemy Iran, the latest round of what the local press has dubbed the “Iranian-Israeli arms race.”
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=82507

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Iran’s patience running out over nuclear issue:

Iran’s patience regarding Western opposition to its nuclear program is wearing thin and Tehran will give the EU only a few months to settle the issue through talks, the country’s chief nuclear negotiator said on Sunday.
tinyurl.com/9dmgp

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Iran: Measures taken to sell oil in euros :

The Chairman of the Majlis Energy Commission, Kamal Daneshyar said here, on Friday, that preparatory measures have been taken to sell oil in euros instead of dollar, adding that such a measure is quite positive and should be taken as soon as possible.
www.mehrnews.com/en/NewsDetail.aspx?NewsID=260851

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Israelis killed Zia, suspects ex-US ambassador:

The Israeli secret agency Mossad most probably killed Gen Ziaul Haq, suspects John Gunther Dean, who was the American ambassador to India in 1988, according to an article in the latest issue of World Policy Journal by Barbara Crossette, who was the South Asia Bureau Chief of the New York Times from 1988 to 1991.
tinyurl.com/c8ofq

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Oversight of war spending is faulted:

The Pentagon’s accounting methods make it difficult to monitor how the armed services have spent more than $300 billion since the war on terror began.
tinyurl.com/bn874

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NEWS FOR SATURDAY 12/03/05

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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 2123
icasualties.org/oif/

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Bullet Points over Baghdad

By Paul Krugman

Are the news media still too cowed, too addicted to articles that contain little more than dueling quotes to tell the public when the administration is saying things that aren’t true? Or has the worm finally turned?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11201.htm

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Beware Iraqization

By Mike Ferner

Nixon decided to change the color of the corpses in Viet Nam by replacing U.S. ground troops with U.S. bombers∑that in just six months of 1972, U.S. warplanes dropped 702,000 500-pound bombs on Viet Nam∑or that 15 giant B-52‚s would be shot down during the “Christmas Bombings‰ that year, with nearly 100 crewmembers killed or captured.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11202.htm

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A Cabal of Criminality

By Manuel Valenzuela

What the Iraq/Bush war shows the world is how a Cabal of Criminality, numbering less than a few hundred individuals, can bamboozle a nation into a war whose ramifications on our future we cannot yet fully comprehend. The Bush war, the single-greatest blunder in America‚s foreign policy history, was spawned by greed-addicted corporatists and treasonous neoconartists, presstitute lackeys and political hacks, placed in charge of US foreign policy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11203.htm

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Ten Marines Killed, 11 Wounded By Roadside Bomb:

Ten Marines were killed and 11 wounded by a roadside bomb near Fallujah, Iraq, in one of the deadliest attack on American troops in recent months, the Marine Corps announced on Friday.
www.thedenverchannel.com/news/5451699/detail.html

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Shi´ite leader urges pullout: Iraqi

Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is accusing U.S President George W. Bush of violating international opinion by failing to give a timetable for the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq.
english.cctv.com/english/20051202/102226.shtml

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Masked insurgents mount show of force in Ramadi after Bush speech :

Masked insurgents took over much of the centre of the restive city of Ramadi yesterday and attacked a US base and government offices in an apparent show of force hours after George Bush’s victory in Iraq speech on Wednesday night.
indiamonitor.com/news/readNews.jsp?ni=9558

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Iraqi insurgency strong and could get stronger:

Despite US claims of progress in quelling the insurgency in Iraq, it remains as robust as ever and could grow a good deal stronger, according to a new study released Thursday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11196.htm

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Profusion of Rebel Groups Helps Them Survive in Iraq :

Iraqi and American officials in Iraq say the single most important fact about the insurgency is that it consists not of a few groups but of dozens, possibly as many as 100
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11200.htm

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Key nations leaving coalition, others may withdraw from Iraq:

Washington’s ragtag coalition in Iraq continues to crumble, diluting the U.S.-led effort to secure the country amid mounting pressure to start bringing American troops home next year.
www.helenair.com/articles/2005/12/01/top/01top20051201160.txt

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Tom Engelhardt: How (Not) to Withdraw from Iraq:

While withdrawal was making onto the public agenda, our actual force in Iraq has risen in recent months from approximately 138,000 to about 160,000. So the first “withdrawals” (plural) the administration will be able to announce after the December 15 election ˆ about 20,000 troops ˆ will simply get us back to the levels that Donald Rumsfeld and his planners always meant us to be at.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11197.htm

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Embedded TIME Reporter: Bush Lied In Speech About Iraqi Security Forces :

TIME Magazine reporter Michael Ware, who is embedded with the U.S. troops in Iraq who participated in the Tal Afar battle, appeared on Anderson Cooper yesterday. He said Bush‚s description was completely untrue
thinkprogress.org/2005/12/01/embedded-time-reporter/

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Iraqi Army Prepared To Fight On Its Own?:

In this Fact Check report, we take a look at how the president’s speech is playing against the facts on the ground.
abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=politics&id=3687265

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Juan Cole: How Bush Created a Theocracy in Iraq:

The hawks in the Bush administration had initially hoped that a conquered Iraq would form the launching pad for a further American war on Iran. The Shiites of Iraq foiled that plan.
www.truthdig.com/report/item/how_bush_created_a_theocracy_in_iraq/

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Kurdish Oil Deal Shocks Iraq’s Political Leaders:

A Norwegian company begins drilling in the north without approval from Baghdad.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11194.htm

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Halliburton subsidiary KBR workers in Iraq paid 50 cents an hour:

While the United States spends billions on troop support in Iraq, the people serving the meals, scooping the ice cream, and washing the dishes make as little as 50 cents an hour.
www.upi.com/SecurityTerrorism/view.php?StoryID=20051201-030751-2473r

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It’s propaganda (shock, horror)! :

Paying off the Iraqi media to run good news mirrors what the Bush administration has been doing at home.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11198.htm

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How Presidents Use the Term “Democracy” as a Marketing Tool:

It would be hard to find a U.S. war or expansionist enterprise that was not accompanied by enthusiastic rhetoric about supporting democracy.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11199.htm

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War based on a lie:

We started the war based on a lie, and we‚ll finish it based on a lie. I say this because I am currently serving with a logistics headquarters in the Anbar province, between the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi. I am not fooled by the constant fabrication of “democracy‰ and “freedom‰ touted by our leadership at home and overseas.
www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=125&article=33305

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Analysis casts doubt on Vietnam war claims:

Another war, another set of faulty intelligence findings behind it.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1155AP_Vietnam_Skewed_Intelligence.html

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US Army officer charged in Iraq contract bribe scam:

According to court papers, Wheeler and his co-conspirators accepted money and gifts to rig contract bids. Wheeler is also accused of stealing and laundering funds from the CPA.
tinyurl.com/bww82

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Military option against Iran:

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Thursday Israel and other countries couldn’t accept an Iran with a nuclear bomb, adding Tehran’s program could be stopped by military means
www.upi.com/InternationalIntelligence/view.php?StoryID=20051201-030324-2100r

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War pimp alert:

Iran : AIPAC criticizes Bush approach:

As time dwindles for diplomatic efforts to curtail Iran‚s drive for nuclear weapons, the pro-Israel lobby in Washington is criticizing the Bush administration‚s handling of the issue.
tinyurl.com/c78vr

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Iran buys Russian surface to air missiles: paper:

Iran is to buy 29 TOR-M1 systems, designed to bring down aircraft and guided missiles at low altitudes, said the Vedomosti daily, citing Russian defense sources close the deal.
tinyurl.com/amfgm

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Israel missile test ‘successful’ :

Correspondents say nearly US $2.5bn has been invested in developing the missile defence system – two thirds of it paid by the United States.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4492212.stm

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Sharon ‘sees wall as Israel’s new border’ :

A senior ally of Ariel Sharon has given the most explicit indication yet that the Israeli Prime Minister envisages the 425-mile separation barrier as the border between Israel and a future Palestinian state.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article330677.ece

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U.S. Is Force Feeding Hunger Strikers In Guantanamo :

“Some, because of their character and temperament, they would be less than cooperative and would need to be restrained,” Gong said
www.defenselink.mil/news/Dec2005/20051201_3504.html

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Guantanamo is just an aside:

14,500 of those remain in detention and 108 people are known to have died in US custody.
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2005/771/in6.htm

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HRW has strong evidence Romania was involved in CIA secret prisons case :

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has indirect, but strong evidence that Romania and Poland were involved “some time ago” in the case of the CIA alleged secret prisons, together with several Middle East countries
www.daily-news.ro/article_detail.php?idarticle=19891

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Rewards for torture?:

Romania to sign US military bases deal next week:

Romania and the United States will sign a deal on Tuesday to set up U.S. military bases in the Black Sea country, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
tinyurl.com/937q8

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US holding 26 Œghost detainees‚, says HRW:

A leading human rights monitor accused the United States on Wednesday of holding and possibly torturing at least 26 Œghost detainees‚ in secret overseas locations.
www.dawn.com/2005/12/02/int6.htm

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Report: Two CIA Flights Stopped in France :

Two flights chartered by the CIA made stopovers in France in 2002 and 2005, French newspaper Le Figaro said Friday, adding to likely questions facing U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice when she visits Europe next week.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5452451,00.html

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Blair faces allegations of complicity in torture :

There are growing calls at Westminster for Mr Blair to block the CIA flights. The Labour MP Harry Cohen said: “It is not for the UK Government to connive in and facilitate people disappearance. The Government’s blind-eye approach to enforcing the law is not acceptable.”
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article330660.ece

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It is time for Britain to come clean on its part in rendition :

The UK is a party to the Convention against Torture which imposes an absolute prohibition on torture, with no exceptions. So is the US. The ban on torture applies not just to the act itself but also prohibits sending people to countries where there are substantial grounds for believing that they would be in danger of being tortured.
comment.independent.co.uk/commentators/article330653.ece

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95 per cent US dailies ignored report on torture of Iraqi prisoners:

Military autopsy reports provide indisputable proof that detainees are being tortured to death while in US military custody. Yet the corporate media of the United States (US) is covering it with the seriousness of a garage sale for the local Baptist Church.
www.newswatch.in/index.php?itemid=2326

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U.N.: Torture in China Still Widespread:

The first U.N. torture investigator to visit China said Friday that abuse was still widespread and authorities subjected detainees to electric shocks, beatings and sleep deprivation. He also accused the government of obstructing his work.
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=1366680&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312

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Venezuela Signs $2B Arms Contract With Spanish Firms :

“In terms of the sale of some military systems by Spain to Venezuela, we have expressed our concerns to the government of Spain concerning those sales, and we are currently looking at technology licensing issues related to that sale,” US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said at a briefing.
tinyurl.com/7lr3r

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Bolivians set to elect left-wing leader :

Evo Morales, an indigenous leader and candidate of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS), is favored to win Bolivia‚s presidential elections on Dec. 18.
www.pww.org/article/articleview/8179/1/296/

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Brazil and Argentina support Bolivia‚s Morales :

Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Argentina Nestor Kirchner praised Wednesday Bolivian Indian leader Evo Morales whom opinion polls identify as the front-runner for the December 18 general election in his country.
www.mercopress.com/Detalle.asp?NUM=6844

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Pilot Reports ‘Missile’ Fired at Jetliner Near LAX:

FBI agents and Homeland Security officials spent the weekend investigating the report of a possible missile fired at an American Airlines plane taking off from Los Angeles International Airport.
www.kyw1060.com/news_archives_detail.cfm?newsitemid=50753

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Bribed ex-congressman’s committees review his activities:

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee has ordered an investigation into whether former representative Randy “Duke” Cunningham compromised national security while he was steering defense contracts ˜ many of them for classified programs ˜ to businessmen who gave him at least $2.4 million in bribes.
www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-12-01-cunningham-usat_x.htm

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As many as 60 U.S. Congressmen may be implicated in Bribery scandal :

Michael Scanlon, a Republican political operative, publicist and former press spokesman for House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, pled guilty November 21 to conspiring with lobbyist Jack Abramoff to bribe a Republican congressman and cheat several American Indian tribes out of tens of millions of dollars.
bellaciao.org/en/article.php3?id_article=9359

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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 2114
icasualties.org/oif/

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Freedom? What freedom?

By Monica Benderman

Americans don‚t know freedom. Americans know fear ˆand so America goes to war. We will continue to imprison or destroy anyone who disagrees ˆ as long as we fear facing the question of being wrong.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11192.htm

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The Autumn of the Patriarchy

By MAUREEN DOWD

Things had been going so smoothly. The global torture franchise was up and running. Halliburton contracts were flowing. Tax cuts were sailing through. Oil companies were raking it in. Alaska drilling was thrillingly close. The courts were defending his executive privilege on energy policy, and people were still buying all that smoke about Saddam’s being responsible for 9/11, and that drivel about how we’re fighting them there so we don’t have to fight them here.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11188.htm

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5 Killed In Continuing Violence:

The bodies of four people who were bound and gagged and then shot dead were found by the side of the road between Qaim and Ruba, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM123643.htm

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Four U.S. Servicemembers Killed in Separate Iraq Incidents:

Four U.S. servicemembers were killed in Iraq on Nov. 30, military officials reported.
www.defenselink.mil/news/Dec2005/20051201_3506.html

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US to pull out most of National Guard:

THE US National Guard is planning to cut the number of its troops in Iraq by 75 per cent over the next year in a dramatic change of approach by the American military
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11186.htm

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Murtha predicts most U.S. troops will leave Iraq within a year:

Most U.S. troops will leave Iraq within a year, and the Army is “broken, worn out” and may not be able to meet future military threats to the country’s security, U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa. said.
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/13301793.htm

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Iraqi city of Ramadi attacked:

Armed groups have fired mortar rounds and rockets at a US base in Iraq, the day after Washington announced its strategy for victory in the country.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/2574074A-F4E3-40E1-8922-6E2EAD5576CB.htm

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Iraq reality belies Bush‚s bravado:

The much-feared paramilitary police commandos drive at breakneck speed through the streets firing into the air to clear a way for their vehicles. Civilian cars scatter in terror to avoid them.
www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?clid=8&theme=&usrsess=1&id=97838

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Democracy Now!: Is the U.S. Training Iraqi Death Squads to Fight the Insurgency? :

Investigative journalist Arun Gupta was one of the first to report on the presence of death squads in Iraq back in April of this year. We interviewed him at the time, he joins us again in our firehouse studios.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/12/01/1526201

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Chris Floyd: Death Mask: The Deliberate Disintegration of Iraq :

What if this murderous chaos is not the fruit of rank incompetence but instead the desired product of carefully crafted, efficiently managed White House policy?
www.chris-floyd.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=315&Itemid=1

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Iraq bars entry by non-Iraqi Arabs before election:

The latest decision, issued three days ago, appeared to apply to even those with valid visas to enter Iraq.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/BAB139899.htm

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Mystery of Europe’s first woman suicide bomber:

A female bakery worker from Charleroi in Belgium was today named by security sources as the first European woman to travel to Iraq and carry out a suicide bombing.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,13509-1899579,00.html

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U.S. Is Said to Pay to Plant Articles in Iraq Papers :

“I think it’s absolutely wrong for the government to do this,” said Patrick Butler, vice president of the International Center for Journalists in Washington, which conducts ethics training for journalists from countries without a history of independent news media. “Ethically, it’s indefensible.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11193.htm

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The Face of War :

Through silence and lies, most of the Western mainstream media have been cooperating with the “US-led invasion of Iraq‰, and therefore they are directly responsible for “an illegal act that contravened the UN charter‰ or, to use the Nuremberg trials‚ words, “the supreme international crime.”
www.thecatsdream.com/blog/2005/12/face-of-war.htm

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Why did you want to bomb me, Mr Bush and Mr Blair? :

Al-Jazeera’s quest for answers has been met with silence from both the White House and Downing Street
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1654481,00.html

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Niger forgeries update:

When the US State Department finally gave international weapons inspectors its “evidence‰ that Saddam was trying to buy uranium from the African State of Niger in 2003, they held back the one document even their own analysts knew was “funky‰ and “clearly a forgery‰.
www.theleftcoaster.com/archives/006160.php

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Bushwhacking the Constitution:

This nation has survived grave constitutional crises before, but recent events in the U.S. Senate that further strengthen and deepen presidential powers are reason to be alarmed at what can follow under the present administration.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11187.htm

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UK embassy lied over fate of Timor journalists :

British diplomats in Jakarta and the Foreign Office lied about their knowledge of Indonesia’s 1975 invasion of East Timor and worked with the US and Australia to cover up details of atrocities committed by Jakarta’s troops during the attack, declassified documents have revealed.
www.guardian.co.uk/indonesia/Story/0,2763,1654742,00.html

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No more Watergates :

Bob Woodward brought down Nixon, but failed to exhibit the same scepticism about Bush
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1654480,00.html

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Twist to terror suspects row as logs show 80 CIA planes visited UK :

The transatlantic row over the secret transfer of terror suspects by the Bush administration took a new twist yesterday when it emerged that more than 300 flights operated by the CIA had landed at European airports.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11191.htm

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National Guard begins exchange with Israeli forces: ˆ

National Guard leaders visited Israel last week to forge a new relationship with that country‚s Home Front Command ˆ to help keep both countries safe.
www4.army.mil/ocpa/read.php?story_id_key=8265

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Israelis training Kurds in northern Iraq – report:

Private Israeli security firms have sent experts to Iraq’s northern Kurdish region to give covert training to Kurdish security forces, an Israeli newspaper reported on Thursday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L01770092.htm

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War pimp alert:

America, Israel Bracing for Violence From Syria:

Proxy Attacks Seen as Lebanon Probe Heats Up
www.forward.com/articles/6957

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War pimp alert:

Sharon: Israel will not accept nuclear Iran:

Prime minister says Israel is making all necessary preparations to handle with such a situation; warns that nuclear Iran also threat to Arab world and other western countries
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3177833,00.html

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End of the road for the Bedouin :

The Arab Bedouin are Israeli citizens and many fight in the Israeli army. But an attempt to force them off their land has led to violent clashes with the police
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article329999.ece

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Israel may turn fence into border :

Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni has said that the West Bank separation barrier that Israel is constructing will be a future border with the Palestinians.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E23DD66A-8797-4164-8711-45047ECF7128.htm

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Video: The Wall of Hate:

If the International community cannot stop Israel’s partheid wall and the destruction of people and their livelihood, then humanity is at stake.
www.thewallofhate.org/film/thewall.wmv

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Sharon: Israel to keep Jordan Valley under any deal:

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said on Thursday Israel intended to keep control of the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank, signalling its insistence on retaining settlements there under any future peace deal.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L01548311.htm

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Video: Debate: Noam Chomsky & Alan Dershowitz.:

Israel And Palestine After Disengagement: “Where Do We Go From Here?”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11190.htm

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Jewish settler population seen growing 4.3 percent in 2005:

The settlement population at the end of September was 242,700, up from 235,100 at the end of December 2004, the Central Bureau of Statistics said.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/652626.html

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One Egyptian killed in election violence:

Riot police clashed Thursday with would-be voters, killing one person, and they closed off polling stations in several Muslim Brotherhood and opposition strongholds as Egypt entered the final round of its troubled legislative elections.
tinyurl.com/dczkm

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Five killed in Waziristan blast :

Five suspected militants have been killed in an explosion in the tribal area of North Waziristan, close to the Afghan border, Pakistani officials say.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4487750.stm

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US forces kill two militants in Afghanistan :

“A quick-reaction force with air cover responded to the scene and the enemy fled. There were no Afghan or coalition casualties,” he said.
dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=1000025

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Profits of war: Tycoon spends £6m on daughter’s party:

The bill for the party is small change for Mr Brooks, the chief executive officer of DHB Industries, a bullet-proof vest manufacturer which takes its name from his initials. Last year, Mr Brooks made £44million in salary and company stock options.
tinyurl.com/ct5x7

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The growing problem of defense industry profiteering:

If you thought it impossible to top the image of Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-CA) driving around a Rolls Royce and living on a yacht thanks to defense industry cash, just stop and take a look Lloyd Grove’s story today in the New York Daily News.
tinyurl.com/aeu2t

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Cunningham Stripped $700 Million from U.S. Defense:

California Republican Congressman Randy ŒDuke‚ Cunningham steered $500 million in defense contracts in less than a decade, according to the company‚s own website, to a start-up San Diego software firm which˜and here‚s the beauty part˜doubled as a lobbying firm.
www.madcowprod.com/index.html

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By God, another awful Bush appointment:

The Bush administration has taken promotion of the latter to embarrassing extremes, selecting unqualified people for posts because of their political loyalty and ideological persuasion.
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=5&article_id=20366

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Cartoon of the week:
tinyurl.com/9ahd4

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