Information Clearing House  Digest January 9-14 2005
 

Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2005

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A global gulag to hide the war on terror’s dirty secrets:

Bush is now thinking of building jails abroad to hold suspects for life

By Jonathan Steele

Since its establishment after 9/11, the US camp for foreigners at Guantánamo Bay has become a beacon of unfreedom, a kind of grisly competitor to the Statue of Liberty in the shopfront of authentic American images. The trickle of releases of prisoners from its cages has brought direct testimony of the horrors which go on there. So it is no wonder that the Bush administration would like to find less visible places to hold prisoners, and keep them there for ever so that they cannot tell the world.
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Green Acres

Tax-farming, the practice of turning over government revenue collection to private profiteers.

By Chris Floyd

Hiding behind the vast flab of the 3,000-page “omnibus” budget bill he signed last month, Bush quietly removed restrictions against farming out the collection of back taxes to private firms, The Washington Post reports.

This means that any average citizen who falls afoul of the nation’s great googily-moogily tax code will now be set upon by corporate predators who can keep up to 25 percent of their squeezings as pure profit.
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Worker Bees and Soldier Ants: America‚s Army of Fascism

By Manuel Valenzuela

Brainwashed from birth to adore the red, white and blue, trained to never question the authority of government or the decisions of politicians, conditioned in the fine arts of nationalistic propaganda, manipulated into loyalty to the state and deceived to the altruistic fictions of American history, children are subjected to an education designed to eradicate free-thinking minds, transforming questioning entities into subservient soldiers devoid of rebellion or resistance to bad governance.
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Nine die in Gaza crossing attack:

At least six Israelis and three Palestinians have been killed in an explosion set off by Palestinian resistance fighters at a vital Gaza crossing, the Israeli military says.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/4B23C
BA7-926A-4935-B870-61987A9694DD.htm

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Who would have expected it?:

Israel cuts Palestinian contacts :

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has ordered a freeze on all contacts with the Palestinians until their newly elected leader acts against militants.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4176141.stm

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Iraq: Seven killed and 13 others wounded :

A car bomb exploded in front of a Shia mosque in the Khan Beni Saad region north of Baghdad, police said Thursday.
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_14-1-2005_pg7_10

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US troops shoot dead seven Iraqis:

United States troops have shot dead seven Iraqis who were allegedly found setting up a mortar post near a mosque in north Baghdad, an Interior Ministry official and the US military said.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200501/s1282300.htm

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3 Kurdish party officials killed in Mosul:

Gunmen killed three officials of a leading Kurdish political party in an ambush in the volatile northern city of Mosul, another official of the party said Friday.
www.newsobserver.com/24hour/world/story/2017935p-10041906c.html

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Two Marines Killed In Fallujah:
www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty
_Report.asp?CasualtyReport=20050116.txt

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U.S. Soldier Killed:

A 1st Infantry Division Soldier died January 13 while supporting Task Force Olympia operations near Mosul.
www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty
_Report.asp?CasualtyReport=20050117.txt

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Attackers Kidnap 15 Iraqi Guardsmen :

Attackers fired on a bus carrying Iraqi National Guard members west of Baghdad on Friday, kidnapping 15 guardsmen and leaving the bus in flames, a guard official said.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4733223,00.html

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CIA Report: Iraq a new terror breeding ground:

War created a haven: It took a year to produce and includes the analysis of 1,000 U.S. and foreign experts. Within the 119-page report is an evaluation of Iraq’s new role as a breeding ground for Islamic terrorists.
msnbc.msn.com/id/6823913/

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Bulgarian Intelligence: Iraq Conflict Fuels Al Qaeda Menace:

“The crucible of Iraq is really becoming a recruitment ground … Not everyone who arrives is allowed to fight in Iraq, but some are trained for 45 days or three months, and then they are asked to return home and set up logistics or financial networks, or sleeper cells,”
www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=43571

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WMD? Oh Yeah, That:

I know I‚ve said this before, but Bush‚s phony search for WMD is exactly like O.J. Simpson looking for his wife‚s killer. Only O.J. only killed two people. Bush killed tens of thousands. Where are the WMD? Never mind that. Where is the outrage?
www.tompaine.com/articles/wmd_oh_yeah_that.php

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Give that man a medal:

I’d like to nominate someone who really deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom: Scott Ritter.
www.kansas.com/mld/eagle/news/editorial/10638920.htm

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Iraq War Cost $102 Billion Through September, Pentagon Says :

Bush administration officials in February may seek as much as $70 billion in additional Iraq funding in a request separate from the fiscal 2006 defense budget.
www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=1000
0087&sid=asC2oZAGbhZE&refer=top_world_news

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Evidence supports Sibel Edmonds FBI complaints:

The department’s inspector general, Glenn Fine, said the allegations by former translator Sibel Edmonds “raised substantial questions and were supported by various pieces of evidence.” Fine said the FBI still has not adequately investigated the claims.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apwashington_story
.asp?category=1152&slug=Attacks%20FBI%20Translators

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Hold the elections, then get out :

Most of our partners in Iraq are preparing to leave. We should too
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Baker advises administration to consider a phased withdrawal of troops:

Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, an architect of the U.S. war with Iraq in 1991, is advising the Bush administration to consider a phased withdrawal of some of the 150,000 U.S. troops in Iraq.
sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/
a/2005/01/13/national1623EST0636.DTL

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Outrage: U.S. Soldier Sentenced to One Year for Iraq Murders:

An American soldier was sentenced on Friday to one year in jail for the murder of a severely wounded Iraqi teenager in a Baghdad slum district last year, the U.S. military said.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7330952

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Cheerleading for torture that shames us all:

Forced a detainee to eat from a toilet, and watched while a soldier urinated on a detainee.
desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?
AID=/20050114/OPINION01/501140358/1035

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Torture Pays:

CACI and Titan were intimately involved in the prison’s torture tactics. The Pentagon turned agony into ecstasy, awarding CACI over $500 million and Titan at least $1.5 billion in new or renewed contracts
www.thenation.com/blogs/outrage?pid=2122

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‘No Women in Combat’? Tell It to the Kids:

Although everyone knows women face what amount to combat situations every day in Iraq, President George Bush says his policy is “no women in combat.”
www.villagevoice.com/news/0502,mondo3,60039,6.html

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US ignored warning on Iraqi oil smuggling:

A joint investigation by the Financial Times and Il Sole 24 Ore, the Italian business daily, shows that the single largest and boldest smuggling operation in the oil-for-food programme was conducted with the knowledge of the US government.
news.ft.com/cms/s/d9d4d8b0-64f6-11d9-9f8b-00000e2511c8.html

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Phones down, borders sealed, troops on the streets: it’s time for democracy:

Such is the dire state of Iraqi security today that the authorities in Baghdad are considering a complete lockdown of the country ahead of polls in two weeks‚ time.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7374-1439684,00.html

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‘India, China may outshine US by 2020':

The rise of China and India as global players is heralding an Asian Century in place of a receding American Century, a US intelligence report said on Thursday.
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/990832.cms

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In case you missed it?

The Blue Pill People:

There are none so blind as those who will not look. If you are one of those who will look, take a look around. You are surrounded — surrounded by millions who will not look. These are the blue pill people. Who are these blue pill people and why won’t they look?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1543.htm

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Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 01/13/05:

The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
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Video : Howard Zinn, Author & Historian,

Discusses the war in Iraq, politics, and topics in the news.
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Marine vs. Marine in Interstate 64 shooting:

A Marine engaged in his own private little war with two other Marines on Interstate 64 early yesterday, allegedly shooting an assault rifle at them in a high-speed case of road rage, authorities said.
www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/local/
10623593.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp

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Corporate donors line up for inaugural :

President Bush wants to lower barriers to building nuclear power plants, and the lobby that promotes nuclear energy could not be happier. To show its thanks, the group has given $100,000 to help pay for his inauguration.
www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID
=/20050113/REPOSITORY/501130372/1013/NEWS03

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Dems Seek Ridge’s Lobbying Correspondence :

Two Democratic congressmen on Thursday asked Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to provide Congress written communications between his department and a lobbying firm run by a longtime friend.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4731255,00.html

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Brave New Era for Privacy Fight: “

The administration has made it clear that they do intend to continue their move to dramatically reduce privacy and constitutional protection for our citizens,” said former Republican congressman Bob Barr
www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,66242,00.html

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Feds Find Millions Wasted On Border Camera System:

A Team 7 Investigation into a defective camera surveillance system along the U.S.-Canadian border has sparked a massive federal probe.
www.kirotv.com/news/4081213/detail.html

Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2005

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Ted Rall: The Normalization of Horror : American Gulags Become Permanent

A new documentary, “Hitler’s Hit Parade,” runs 76 minutes without narration. Comprised entirely of archival footage, the film prompts its reviewers to remark upon Hannah Arendt’s famous observation about the banality of evil. German troops subjugated Europe and shoved millions of people into ovens; German civilians went to the movies, attended concerts, and gossiped about their neighbors. People lived mundane, normal lives while their government carried out unspeakable monstrosities. Sound familiar?
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Manuel Valenzuela: Worker Bees and Soldier Ants: America‚s Army of Fascism: Brainwashed from birth to adore the red, white and blue, trained to never question the authority of government or the decisions of politicians, conditioned in the fine arts of nationalistic propaganda, manipulated into loyalty to the state and deceived to the altruistic fictions of American history, children are subjected to an education designed to eradicate free-thinking minds, transforming questioning entities into subservient soldiers devoid of rebellion or resistance to bad governance.
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Gunmen kill 6 Iraqis in attack on Baghdad hotel

Gunmen shot dead six people and kidnapped a Turkish businessman in an attack on a hotel in central Baghdad on Thursday, witnesses and police said.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-01/13/content_2456026.htm

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Gunmen kill Sistani aides in Iraq:

Gunmen have killed two aides to Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s highest Shi’ite authority and a key supporter of the January 30 elections, a senior official working with him says.
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1,000 Dead Since Interim Government Took Power:
www.theday.com/eng/web/news/re.aspx?re=DB831484-CB74-4BE5-8D07-659B8687933A

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16 House Dems urge Bush to start pullout from Iraq :

Sixteen House Democrats led by Rep. Lynn Woolsey of Petaluma called on President Bush on Wednesday to begin the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, just as some administration supporters are starting to question the wisdom of staying the course in the war.
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Robert Fisk : We won’t go home and we won’t vote, say refugees of Fallujah:

They live beneath old fly-blown tents in the car-park of the Mustafa mosque and their canvas-roofed kitchen stands next to a pool of raw sewage, but the refugees from Fallujah will not return home.
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U.S. Lowers Expectations On Iraq Vote:

The Bush administration played down voter turnout yesterday in determining the elections’ legitimacy and urged Americans not to get bogged in a numbers game in judging the balloting
msnbc.msn.com/id/6819452/

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This election could plunge Iraq further into the abyss:

The elections are likely at best to be irrelevant, at worst to plunge Iraq deeper into the abyss. Both common sense and first principles dictate that no election in a country invaded and controlled by foreign troops can conceivably be regarded as free and fair.
www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,5102188-103390,00.html

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Iraq aide quits over US conduct :

The Iraqi politician managing interim leader Iyad Allawi’s election campaign has resigned from the government in protest at the conduct of US troops.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4169965.stm

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The taming of Sadr City:

The Sadrists have developed an effective political-military strategy aimed at converting Sadr City into a “liberated area”, in the classic guerrilla warfare model.
atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/GA12Ak02.html

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More Dissent In Pentagon Ranks Over Iraq War:

For the second time in as many months, a report by a key Pentagon advisory group has implicitly taken the administration of President George W. Bush to task for major failures in pre-war planning, particularly with respect to Iraq.
ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=26973

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Pentagon ban on filming coffins defied:

A US National Guard unit has defied a Pentagon request that sought to stop television news crews filming six flag-draped soldiers’ coffins arriving in Louisiana.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/00E1EA83-3FDD-4284-BE10-25648D94C086.htm

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Female MPs at Abu Ghraib were told to laugh at naked detainees: witness:

Interrogators at Abu Ghraib routinely told female soldiers to ridicule naked detainees and asked MPs to rough up a prisoner, a witness said at a court martial examining abuses at the US-run Iraqi prison.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1506&
ncid=720&e=10&u=/afp/20050113/ts_alt_afp/iraqusprisoner

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White House Fought New Curbs on Interrogations, Officials Say:

At the urging of the White House, Congressional leaders scrapped a legislative measure last month that would have imposed new restrictions on the use of extreme interrogation measures by American intelligence officers, Congressional officials say.
www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050113/ZNYT03/501130481

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Human Rights Watch Calls On U.S. To Change Policy On Interrogations, Appoint Prosecutor :

The report’s lead essay raises alarm about the treatment of the 550 mostly Afghan and Iraqi detainees at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as well as the disappearance of other detainees.
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2005/1/3C3B0FC6-028E-4115-AEBC-1932D789A551.html

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Misdemeanors But No Felonies in UN Oil-for-Food Audit :

A series of 58 internal audits of the multi-billion-dollar oil-for-food programme in Iraq has revealed overbilling and management lapses by its U.N. supervisors, but no large-scale fraud.
ipsnews.net/print.asp?idnews=26978

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Augusto Pinochet and the Conservative Threat to America:

While some people might believe that those on the Left wing of the political spectrum pose the bigger threat to the freedom and well-being of the American people, nothing could be further from the truth.
www.fff.org/comment/com0501d.asp

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Academic Sector Organizations and Programs:

For more than three decades, conservative strategists have mounted an extraordinary effort to reshape politics and public policy priorities at the national, state and local level. Although this effort has often been described as a “war of ideas,” it has involved far more than scholarly debate within the halls of academe.
www.mediatransparency.org/movement.htm

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In case you missed it: Fascism Anyone?:

Fascism‚s principles are wafting in the air today, surreptitiously masquerading as something else, challenging everything we stand for.
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In case you missed it:

Video: The Myth of the Liberal Media: The Propaganda Model of News:

Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky demolish one of the central tenets of our political culture, the idea of the “liberal media.” They reveal the manner in which the news media are so subordinated to corporate and conservative interests that their function can only be described as that of “elite propaganda.”
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Search for banned weapons in Iraq ends quietly :

The White House has confirmed that the U.S. search in Iraq for banned weapons, which it earlier cited as justification for the war against Saddam Hussein, has been quietly ended after nearly two years, with no evidence of their existence.
www.iht.com/bin/print_ipub.php?file=/articles/2005/01/13/news/arms.html

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Lies that are never questioned:

Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent. George W. Bush. State of the Union Address. January 28, 2003
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The Truth Shall Set You Back: Lying Is No Sin For Bush’s Minions:

It is not surprising that an administration that rose so directly from corporate America would operate the same way. Has anyone, for instance, lost his job for being wrong about weapons of mass destruction or for failing to put enough troops in place to secure Iraq before a deadly insurgency could take hold?
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What’s the right thing for the press to do?:

People like George Bush have no incentive to stop lying if the press lets them get away with it.
www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2005_01/005443.php

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Thom Hartmann : Hyping Terror For Fun, Profit – And Power :

What if there really was no need for much – or even most – of the Cold War? What if, in fact, the Cold War had been kept alive for two decades based on phony WMD threats?
www.commondreams.org/views04/1207-26.htm

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In case you missed it?:

Video: Chalmers Johnson: Militarism and the American Empire :

Distinguished social scientist and public intellectual Chalmers Johnson, joins host Harry Kreisler for a conversation on the nature of the American Empire and its costs and consequences for the future of American democracy and power in the world. Real Video
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Israeli army kills Palestinians in Gaza:

Israeli occupation forces have killed two Palestinians, including a man who was driving his pregnant wife to hospital in the north of the Gaza Strip, Palestinian hospital and security sources said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/1C8EEA6C-F995-4F37-A850-164A478D7F1D.htm

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US, Israeli pressure on Syria decried:

The United States and Israel are perpetuating the military gap between Israel and Syria by controlling the balance of power, a Syrian analyst has said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/456494C4-A7A2-48F6-8FE6-6D39FA0B9BB1.htm

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Miriam Stern: Dialogue and Friendship Between Palestinians and Jews: Why do Israeli citizens not turn against the occupation politics of the Likud and the fanatical settlers which caused this misery? It seems that propaganda has had its desired effect in Israel
www.currentconcerns.ch/archive/2004/06/20040604.php

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Six Afghan Soldiers Kidnapped and Killed:

Gunmen kidnapped six government soldiers in a former Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan and dumped their bullet-ridden bodies in a canal, a local official said Thursday.
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/10636051.htm

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Mark Thatcher Admits Role in Africa Mercenary Plot:

The son of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher pleaded guilty on Thursday to a role in a foiled mercenary plot in west Africa under a plea bargain to avoid prison
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=7316563

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Thatcher heads for the US after court drama :

Sir Mark Thatcher is expected to leave South Africa for the United States within the next few days, sentenced to a R3-million fine for his involvement in the Equatorial Guinea coup plot.
www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20050113132533427C949088

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Ridge seeks fingerprints on passports:

Americans’ fingerprints should be added to their passports, outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Wednesday, hoping to include the United States in a growing global security standard but risking a privacy fight at home.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/printer/ap.asp?category=1152&slug=Ridge%20Fingerprints

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Rep. Ron Pau: Government IDs and Identity Theft:

This act protects the American people from government-mandated uniform identifiers that facilitate private crime as well as the abuse of liberty. The major provision of the Identity Theft Prevention Act halts the practice of using the Social Security number as an identifier by requiring the Social Security Administration to issue all Americans new Social Security numbers within five years after the enactment of the bill.
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Woman loses insurance coverage for her politics :

Helen Johnston is an 80-year-old retired pediatrician who hardly considers herself much of a risk for being sued. That’s not how her insurance company sees it, however.
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Ruling gives cops leeway with GPS :

In a decision that could dramatically affect criminal investigations nationwide, a federal judge has ruled police didn’t need a warrant when they attached a satellite tracking device to the underbelly of a car being driven by a suspected Hells Angels operative.
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FBI may give up on $500M computer overhaul:

U.S. officials are preparing to scrap a $500 million project to update FBI computers so they can better share information about terrorists and other threats.
washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20050113-071509-8782r.htm

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Sharp rise in November’s US deficit hits dollar:

The US trade deficit widened sharply in November to a record $60.3bn, renewing pressure on the ailing dollar and causing economists to scale back their forecasts for economic growth.
news.ft.com/cms/s/e455cdfc-64a2-11d9-9f8b-00000e2511c8.html

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Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2005

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The War Hits Home

Reflections of a family member of an Iraq- bound soldier

by Mary Shaw

My nephew came to visit over the holidays, and I pray it wasn’t to say his last goodbye. He is young, intelligent, handsome, and funny. He has not experienced much in life yet, and I can only hope that he has a full life ahead of him in spite of going to war.
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The Right Is Wrong Again

by Angie Pratt

For all of their piousness, the Right just doesn’t get it. Their new tactic for making the prisoner torture scandal go away is to say that it wasn’t really torture. Torture by any other name is still torture.
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The Financial Immorality of American Generosity

By Lucinda Marshall

The bottom line is that we are willing to spend much more to kill people than to save people, and that our giving is minuscule compared to our hedonistic quest for power. In other words, far from being the generous nation that we portray ourselves to be, we Americans are morally bankrupt.
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Mosul Attacks Kill Five Iraqi Soldiers, Injure Eight, U.S. Says
www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=azz.vgJVSDE0&refer=us

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Booby-trapped car explodes in Mosul, killing four civilians, wounding two
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=696508

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United States Officially Abandons Iraqi WMD Search:

The search is officially over. The group in charge of searching for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has left the country and returned home to the U.S.
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War Pimp Alert:

U.S. mulls strikes on Syria:

Some former and serving U.S. intelligence officials who have usually been opposed to any expansion of U.S. military activities in the region are expressing support for such strikes.
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Russian deputy FM discusses crisis with Israeli officials :

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Saltanov visited Israel on Wednesday and discussed with government officials a recent crisis between Moscow and Jerusalem over reported Russian plans to sell Syria missiles capable of striking targets within Israel.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/526031.html

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Syrian president to visit Russia on reported missile shopping trip:

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will travel to Russia on January 24 for talks with President Vladimir Putin, sources said, amid reports that he is shopping for a missile that can strike anywhere in Israel.
www.turkishpress.com/world/news.asp?id=050112172835.h3lqeraz.xml

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Robert Fisk: Fear stalks city where the police hide behind masks:

Journalism yields a world of clichés but here, for once, the first cliché that comes to mind is true. Baghdad is a city of fear. Fearful Iraqis, fearful militiamen, fearful American soldiers, fearful journalists.
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Robert Parry: Bush’s ‘Death Squads’:

George W. Bush is pushing the United States toward becoming what might be called a permanent “counter-terrorist‰ state, which uses torture, cross-border death squads and even collective punishments to defeat perceived enemies in Iraq and around the world.
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What’s Our Biggest Problem…the Insurgency or Bush?:

Three years ago in the Washington Post Ken Adelman, formerly an assistant to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, promised us “Cakewalk In Iraq.” I wonder how Mr. Adelman feels about his promise today.
www.counterpunch.org/roberts01122005.html

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Health fears for ‘torture victims’ :

The four Britons soon to be released from Guantánamo Bay after up to three years in detention may need months of care when they arrive back home, experts in treating torture victims warned
www.guardian.co.uk/guantanamo/story/0,13743,1388398,00.html

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Tortured, humiliated and crying out for some justice :

Four Guantánamo Britons are coming home. Don’t forget those left behind
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Out of the Bay, far from free

For all the claims about Habib, and despite holding him since May 2002, the US clearly doesn’t think it has sufficient evidence to win a conviction — even in one of the military commissions that critics say are inherently biased against the accused.
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Guantanamo: Three Years of Lawlessness:

Three years after it was created, the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo remains an enclave outside the law, Human Rights Watch said today.
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Iraqi Victim Says U.S. Torture Worse That Saddam:

A former inmate at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison forced by U.S. guards to masturbate in public and piled onto a pyramid of naked men said on Tuesday even Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein did not do such things.
reuters.myway.com/article/20050111/2005-01-11T231117Z
_01_N11310356_RTRIDST_0_NEWS-IRAQ-ABUSE-DC.html

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Investigate alleged violations of law in Fallujah attack:

U.S. forces cut off Fallujah’s water and electricity. About 200,000 residents were forced to flee, creating a refugee population the size of Tacoma. Those who remained faced a grim existence; they were afraid to leave their homes for fear of snipers and they had little to eat and only contaminated water to drink.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/207300_fallujahhospital11.html

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Terry Jones: Why are there no fundraisers for the Iraqi dead? :

Why aren’t our TV companies and newspapers running fundraisers to help Iraqis whose lives have been wrecked by the invasion? Why aren’t they screaming with outrage at the man-made tsunami that we have created in the Middle East? It truly is baffling.
207.44.245.159/article7663.htm

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Arab Intellectual Alleges Report Coverup :

An Arab intellectual has accused the United States and Egypt of keeping the United Nations from publishing a survey of the Arab world because it criticizes the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the state of democracy in Egypt.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4726732,00.html

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Audio: Noam Chomskey ‘The Imperial Presidency.’:

Chomsky speaks on the war crimes of Bush II, how his legal advisers are attempting to further insulate Bush & Co. from prosecution under international law, and about the meaning of the recent election.
207.44.245.159/article7667.htm

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Ayatollah alarms Sunnis with pledge of security force purge:

Ayatollah Abdelaziz al- Hakim told The Times that under US occupation and the interim administration the security forces had become infested with former officers of Saddam Hussein‚s Sunni-led regime and needed to be shaken up. His comments are likely to worry Sunnis, who already fear that their grip on government is slipping.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7374-1436281,00.html

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Jack Dalton: How Many More Will Have to Die?:

Andreas Raya, a Marine that had been to Iraq once, and was scheduled to go back to Iraq a second time, has committed suicide—by forcing the police to shot him in front of a convince store in Ceres, Ca.
207.44.245.159/article7669.htm

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Iraq rebels in video taunt:

Departing from fiery Islamic slogans, Iraqi guerrillas have launched a propaganda campaign with an English-language video urging U.S. troops to lay down their weapons and seek refuge in mosques and homes.
207.44.245.159/article7672.htm

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Iraq’s power supply sinks to record low:

US general : Iraq’s national electricity supply has fallen well below its level of before the 2003 invasion, a US army commander told reporters Wednesday.
www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?ID=35871

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Cartoon of the week:
www.cristianfleming.org/index.php?d=1/10/05

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Israel Wants U.S. to Partly Fund New Checkpoints:

Israel is asking the United States to help pay for a $450 million proposal to set up new crossing points and upgrade others along its barrier with Palestinian areas, U.S. sources briefed on the plan said on Tuesday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=7297956

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Former British Minister criticizes US support to Israel:

Tony Benn, who was elected an MP in Britain between 1951- 2001, criticized also British Prime Minister Tony Blair for accepting the US policies, particularly occupying Iraq, adding that the British people strongly opposed the war on Iraq and sympathize with the Palestinian people.
www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/050112/2005011212.html

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Militants Kill Israeli Settler, Challenging Abbas:

One militant detonated the bombs and opened fire as the jeep came by, killing a 28-year-old Israeli and wounding three Israeli occupation soldiers
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=7305271

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Ghali Hassan: Israel‚s Forgotten Tsunami:

The Israeli army has killed more unarmed Palestinians civilians since September 2000 than Americans died in 9/11 attacks. In a callous cold blood, the Israeli army has killed 622 children on their way to schools, in the street, at checkpoints, and in their homes.
207.44.245.159/article7664.htm

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Mahmoud Abbas : Where is the bride?:

The poll, this stilted, shotgun wedding, had a strange energy — drained, anemic, and hesitant. Few seemed genuinely enthusiastic. The bride was not there, after all, and big issues and concerns were also missing. Universal human rights and international humanitarian law were not honored guests at this celebration.
electronicintifada.net/v2/article3507.shtml

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Despite False Claim, His Star Rises:

The man who insisted that President Bush make the claim that Saddam Hussein was seeking uranium for nuclear weapons in Africa is poised to assume a top State Department job that would make him the lead US arms negotiator with Iran and North Korea, according to administration officials.
www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/011/nation/Despite_false_claim_his_star_risesP.shtml

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Greg Palast: CBS’ Cowardice Behind Purge :

“Independent” my ass. CBS’ cowardly purge of five journalists who exposed George Bush’s dodging of the Vietnam War draft was done under cover of what the network laughably called an “Independent Review Panel.”
207.44.245.159/article7665.htm

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Bush Paints Grim Outlook to Sell Social Security Plan:

President Bush warned younger workers on Tuesday of a grim future for their Social Security benefits but critics accused him of exaggerating the retirement system’s problems to try and sell his plan to change it.
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Homeland Security Chief Nominee Chertoff helped oversee the detention of hundreds Muslim and Arab men without pressing charges by using the “material witness” statute.

A subsequent report by the Justice Department’s inspector general determined that immigrants were rounded up in a “indiscriminate and haphazard manner,” held for months while denied access to attorneys and sometimes mistreated behind bars.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/01/12/155209

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Gov. Bush Wants to Privatize Medicaid:

Bush says the 40-year-old health care safety net for the poor and elderly is in danger of total failure without a complete revamping. He notes that double digit annual cost increases can’t be predicted.
www.wtev.com/news/state/story.aspx?content_id=E3EB8A6E-D8C1-4C16-8FA2-973E076F63BB

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Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2005

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Vulnerability of Republicans in America

Reckless Expenditure on Weapons

By Charles Mercieca, Ph.D.

In their effort to regain the reigns of government, the Democratic Party must not only emphasize the need for Americans to have free health care and education, they need to become highly critical of the Republican reckless expenditure on weapons. They must show that this expenditure is meant merely to boost the product of those big corporations, headed by the weapons industry that contributed money to their political campaign. Democrats must make it very clear on a constant basis that when Republicans speak of national defense and security, they do not have in mind the welfare of the American people, but the profit that comes from the lethal product of their vicious benefactors.
207.44.245.159/article7653.htm

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Bush, Osama and Israel

Concealing Causes and Consequences

By William A. Cook

Americans, for the most part, know little or nothing of the actions taken in their name that have given birth to the visceral hatred, evident throughout the world, that plagues their every step. What graphic pictures have we seen of our devastation of the holy city of Falujah? What pictures show the bodies buried beneath the rubble of bombed homes? What images of humans mangled and eaten by roaming dogs have we seen in our press or on TV?
207.44.245.159/article7648.htm

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Gunmen kill 8, abduct 3 in Iraqi “triangle of death” :

Unidentified gunmen attacked a minibus traveling south of Baghdad, killing eight Iraqis and abducting three others, the Iraqi police said on Tuesday.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-01/11/content_2446264.htm

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Car bomb kills 7 at police HQ in Tikrit, Iraq:

A car bomb exploded at the police headquarters in Saddam Hussein’s home town of Tikrit today, killing seven policemen, police at the scene said.
www.deepikaglobal.com/latestnews.asp?ncode=24397

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Robert Fisk: Iraqi insurgents ahead in war of intelligence
207.44.245.159/article7654.htm

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U.S. Denies GIs Killed Iraq Civilians :

A U.S. spokesman denied on Monday that American soldiers killed five civilians in a hail of gunfire after a roadside bomb exploded near American troops, and an Iraqi Interior Ministry spokesman who initially issued the report backed away from the claim.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/ap/20
050110/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_checkpoint_attack

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Film reveals true destruction to ghost city Falluja :

Fresh evidence has emerged of the extent of destruction and appalling conditions in Falluja, still deserted two months after a major US offensive against the insurgent stronghold.
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1387467,00.html

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City of ghosts

On November 8, the American army launched its biggest ever assault on the Iraqi city of Falluja, considered a stronghold for rebel fighters. The US said the raid had been a huge success, killing 1,200 insurgents. Most of the city’s 300,000 residents, meanwhile, had fled for their lives. What really happened in the siege of Falluja? In a joint investigation for the Guardian and Channel 4 News, Iraqi doctor Ali Fadhil compiled the first independent reports from the devastated city, where he found scores of unburied corpses, rabid dogs – and a dangerously embittered population
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1387460,00.html

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U.N. says only 8,500 Fallujah refugees have returned permanently:

Only 8,500 residents of Fallujah have returned home after a devastating U.S.-led campaign to retake the Iraqi city from insurgents, the U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday.
www.billingsgazette.com/index.php?id=1&display=re
dnews/2005/01/11/build/world/45-fallujahreturn.inc

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Bob Herbert : The Scent of Fear :

The assembly line of carnage in George W. Bush’s war in Iraq continues unabated. Nightmares don’t last this long, so the death and destruction must be real. You know you’re in serious trouble when the politicians and the military brass don’t even bother suggesting that there’s light at the end of the tunnel. The only thing ahead is a deep and murderous darkness.
207.44.245.159/article7650.htm

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Ukraine Parliament Demands Ukraine’s Pullout From Iraq:

The resolution On the Withdrawal of the Ukrainian Peacekeeping Force from the Republic of Iraq, introduced by Pyotr Simonenko, the leader of the Communist Party faction, was supported by 308 MPs, with 226 votes required.
en.rian.ru/rian/index.cfm?prd_id=160&msg_id=529
6771&startrow=1&date=2005-01-11&do_alert=0

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Allawi group slips cash to reporters :

The electoral group headed by Iyad Allawi, the interim Iraqi prime minister, on Monday handed out cash to journalists to ensure coverage of its press conferences in a throwback to Ba’athist-era patronage ahead of parliamentary elections on January 30.
news.ft.com/cms/s/a3828a0c-6346-11d9-bec2-00000e2511c8.html

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CIA, SEALs beat prisoners in Iraq:

The witness said he watched as SEALs punched, choked and poked their fingers in the eye of Iraqi Manadel al-Jamadi, who also was punched by a CIA official when he did not answer questions.Mr. al-Jamadi, died while being interrogated by CIA personnel in the shower room of the Abu Ghraib prison.
207.44.245.159/article7651.htm

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Shocking New Videos Shown at Iraq Abuse Scandal :

Prosecutors also presented shocking new videos and photos from Abu Ghraib prison, including forced group masturbation.
www.metronews.ca/reuters_international.asp?id=50029

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Media gag on ‘Iraqi abuse’ soldier case :

The British public is not allowed to be told evidence heard against a British soldier at a court martial in Germany yesterday after a judge imposed reporting restrictions on the press.
www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1387438,00.html

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Americans make mockery of justice :

Two men were pushed into a river by armed men. One of them died, swept away by the current. The crime was committed in Iraq on an Iraqi by an American sergeant, the sentence was a paltry six months
www.gulfnews.com/Articles/OpinionNF.asp?ArticleID=147226

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Guantanamo Britons freed :

The four remaining Britons held by the Americans at Guantanamo Bay today won their freedom.
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US to release Habib without charge:

The US has told the Australian Government it does not intend to bring charges against Mr Habib, who has been at Guantanamo Bay since 2002. Mr Habib’s lawyer Stephen Hopper says his client’s release shows that the allegations against him are groundless. “The US Government’s case has collapsed,”
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200501/s1280289.htm

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Moussaoui appeal reaches high court :

Lawyers for accused terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui asked the Supreme Court on Monday to bar prosecutors from seeking the death penalty for the French citizen because he has been denied access to potentially favorable testimony from Al-Qaida suspects in custody.
www.startribune.com/stories/484/5179527.html

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CSIS destroyed Charkaoui notes, court told:

Canada’s spy agency destroyed transcripts and notes from interviews it had with Adil Charkaoui, who has been held without charge since May 2003 on suspicion of being linked to the Al-Qa’ida terror network.
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Value of Guantanamo inmates in doubt:

A senior US defence official has revealed that only a quarter of the Guantanamo detainees are of any intelligence value.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/EBC68328-F124-45FD-84A3-886C7A110F5B.htm

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Guantanamo Takes on Look of Permanence :

Most of the 550 prisoners from 42 countries no longer are considered of significant intelligence value, but many swept up in the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan aren’t expected to be freed anytime soon
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4724177,00.html

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U.S. Army Sergent Defies Order:

2 Soldiers Attempt Suicide at 2-7 Infantry, 17 Go AWOL
207.44.245.159/article7659.htm

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Marine Shoots Two Police:

Julia Cortez Raya said Monday that her son served in Fallujah: “He came back different.”
www.modbee.com/local/story/9750300p-10616529c.html

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US deserters flee to Canada to avoid service in Iraq:

An estimated 5,500 men and women have deserted since the invasion of Iraq, reflecting Washington’s growing problems with troop morale.
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Robert Scheer: Is Al Qaeda Just a Bush Boogeyman?:

Is it conceivable that Al Qaeda, as defined by President Bush as the center of a vast and well-organized international terrorist conspiracy, does not exist?
207.44.245.159/article7657.htm

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Advise And Rubber Stamp:

Alberto Gonzales and the cowed Democrats are poised for a policy of “advise, snarl, bombast and then rubber stamp.”
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/01/06/opinion/meyer/main665308.shtml

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Torture and International Human Rights:

A roundtable discussion with Francis Boyle, Michael Mandel, Liz Holtzman, H. Victor Conde, and Mark Levine
www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=80&ItemID=6987

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Democrats sugar-coating Gonzales:

One of his main tasks was overseeing the clemency petitions of people on death row in Texas, a crowded corridor. The government-sanctioned murder machine hummed along as Gonzales greased the gears. He knew that was what George W. wanted, and that’s what he did. The merits of the pleas for clemency didn’t really matter.
207.44.245.159/article7649.htm

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Will the U.S. Senate Endorse Torture? :

In the past, Congress has meted out punishments to presidents or their prospective appointees for far lesser transgressions than culpability in torture. For example, President Bill Clinton was impeached˜a rarity in American history˜by Congress for having sex with an intern and lying about it.
www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=1446

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Sheila Samples: The Last Man To Concede:

It is John Conyers who makes me proud to be an American, and if I’m ever proud to be a Democrat again, it will be because of him.
207.44.245.159/article7652.htm

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Paul Krugman: The Iceberg Cometh:

Last week someone leaked a memo written by Peter Wehner, an aide to Karl Rove, about how to sell Social Security privatization. The public, says Mr. Wehner, must be convinced that “the current system is heading for an iceberg.”
207.44.245.159/article7656.htm

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Social Security : A ‘reform’ only Wall Street could love:

President Bush and Congress, intent on running up the largest budget deficit in history, are telling the public that Social Security is broken and they have a swell plan to “fix” it. What they won’t tell you is that it was their mismanagement of our taxpayer dollars, combined with an ill-advised tax giveaway to millionaires that depleted the reserves for human-needs programs.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/01/11/EDGOQANAEL1.DTL

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Jerry Ghinelli : Welcome back, Saddam!

— Satire —
207.44.245.159/article7658.htm

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Warning From a Student of Democracy’s Collapse:

FRITZ STERN, a refugee from Hitler’s Germany and a leading scholar of European history, startled several of his listeners when he warned in a speech about the danger posed in this country by the rise of the Christian right.
207.44.245.159/article7643.htm

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Iraq: The Devastation:

The devastation of Iraq? Where do I start? After working 7 of the last 12 months in Iraq, I’m still overwhelmed by even the thought of trying to describe this.
207.44.245.159/article7644.htm

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Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2005

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Warning From a Student of Democracy’s Collapse

By Chris Hedges

FRITZ STERN, a refugee from Hitler’s Germany and a leading scholar of European history, startled several of his listeners when he warned in a speech about the danger posed in this country by the rise of the Christian right.
207.44.245.159/article7643.htm

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Iraq: The Devastation

Dahr Jamail

The devastation of Iraq? Where do I start? After working 7 of the last 12 months in Iraq, I’m still overwhelmed by even the thought of trying to describe this.
207.44.245.159/article7644.htm

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Baghdad Police Station Blast Kills Eight:

A suicide bomber detonated his vehicle outside a police station south of Baghdad Monday morning, killing eight people, including three police officers.
wpmi.com/news/national/story.aspx?content_id=
CA3602BF-B4A4-417D-BF56-096536DA2568

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Iraq deputy police chief and son shot dead :

The deputy police chief of Baghdad and his son, also a police officer, were shot dead today, an interior ministry official said.
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Bomb Destroys U.S. Tank, Kills Two Soldiers in Iraq
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20050110/
us_nm/iraq_soldiers_deaths_dc&cid=1896&ncid=1478

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El Salvador-style ‘death squads’ to be deployed by US against Iraq militants:

Under the so-called “El Salvador option‰, Iraqi and American forces would be sent to kill or kidnap insurgency leaders, even in Syria, where some are thought to shelter.
207.44.245.159/article7645.htm

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America’s Death Squads : They’re murdering innocents in Iraq :

Six months in jail ˆ for a wanton murder. That’s fair, now isn’t it? It is if the victim is Iraqi, and the murderers are four American soldiers ˆ that’s what a military court recently decided, and it’s a verdict that tells us everything we need to know about the “liberation” of Iraq.
antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=4308

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US rejects AMS’ poll conditions:

The influential Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq has met a senior US embassy official and offered to call off an election boycott in return for a US timetable for troop withdrawal.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/9A9E25C9-D187-43D4-87E2-E4FBEAE38032.htm

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Coble suggests pullout in Iraq :

U.S. Rep. Howard Coble, dean of the state’s congressional delegation and an avowedly strong supporter of President Bush, says it’s time for the United States to consider withdrawing from war-ravaged Iraq.
www.news-record.com/news/local/cobleiraq_010905.htm

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Ukraine orders troops home from Iraq:

Ukraine’s outgoing president has ordered officials to draw up plans to withdraw the country’s 1,600 troops home from Iraq in the first half of 2005 after eight of its soldiers were killed in a blast.
uk.news.yahoo.com/050110/325/f9zyw.html

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Electoral Board in Iraqi province resigns, saying vote is impossible :

In another significant blow to Iraq’s upcoming elections, the entire 13-member electoral commission in the volatile province of Anbar, west of the capital, resigned after being threatened by insurgents, a regional newspaper reported Sunday.
mathaba.net/x.htm?http://mathaba.net/0_index.shtml?x=94819

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Internal US poll shows Sunnis not likely to vote in Iraq election:

A new internal US State Department poll on Iraq obtained by AFP shows 88 percent of Sunni Muslims saying the threat of violence would keep them away from voting centres.
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ŒWe do not condone torture‚:

Judge Richard Leon asked Deputy Associate Attorney General Brian Boyle whether detention is legal if the evidence on which detainees are being held was extracted entirely through torture. “Torture is illegal,‰ said the judge. “We all know that.‰
www.cantonrep.com/index.php?Category=14&ID=202054&r=0

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Guantanamo: Three years on:

Today is the anniversary of the founding of America’s prison camp for ‘enemy combatants’, And despite evidence of systematic abuse and widespread international condemnation it looks set to stay open
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=599278

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Mahmud Abbas wins landslide victory in Palestine:

Abbas got 62.3 per cent of the votes.
www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=1628738&PageNum=0

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Abbas says independent Palestine must be within 1967 borders:

Abbas said the Palestinians could not accept an agreement that gave them less than a state on the land which was occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war and with east Jerusalem as its capital.
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Palestinian Elections “Taking Place Under Continued Heel of Israel’s Military Tyranny”

Mahmoud Abbas has claimed victory in the Palestinian presidential elections this weekend. We speak with Ali Abunimah, founder of Electronic Intifada, who says, “Many Palestinians fear this is another setup so when the inevitable failure brought about by Israeli intransigence occurs, this will be another opportunity to blame the Palestinians, and accuse them of missing an opportunity once again.”
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/01/10/1456224

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Israel : Illegal Settlement population rose by 6 percent in 2004 :

The number of people living illegally in the West Bank and Gaza settlements increased by 6 percent last year, according to statistics published Sunday by the Interior Ministry’s Population Registry.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/524998.html

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Six killed in car bomb blast in Afghanistan :

Six soldiers of the coalition forces have been killed after the car carrying them was destroyed by a car bomb blast in the Khost province of Afghanistan.
www.geo.tv/main_files/world.aspx?id=58780

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Cocaine now cheaper than a cappuccino :

The failure of the government’s policy to stem drug imports is revealed today by research which shows that Britain is awash with cheap drugs, with a line of cocaine now costing less than a cappuccino.
www.guardian.co.uk/drugs/Story/0,2763,1386240,00.html

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Halliburton wins drilling tender in Iran:

A US grand jury issued a subpoena to the Texan firm in July, seeking information about its Cayman Islands unit‚s work in Iran, where it is illegal for US companies to operate.
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_10-1-2005_pg4_17

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India finds a $40bn friend in Iran:

India’s oil diplomacy took a giant leap forward on Friday when New Delhi unveiled a multibillion-dollar deal with Iran and Russia that will be crucial to India’s long-term energy security
www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/GA11Df07.html

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China oil firm ‘plans Unocal bid’ :

Chinese energy giant CNOOC is planning a major acquisition which could hugely boost its Asian assets, reports say.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/4154563.stm

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Congress passes `doomsday’ plan:

With no fanfare, the U.S. House has passed a controversial doomsday provision that would allow a handful of lawmakers to run Congress if a terrorist attack or major disaster killed or incapacitated large numbers of congressmen.
news.bostonherald.com/politics/view.bg?articleid=62564

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Max Hastings: Phoney war:

It‚s about time our leaders stopped playing political games and accepted that Œinternational terror‚ cannot be defeated by conventional military means
207.44.245.159/article6746.htm

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Let Bin Laden stay free, says CIA man:

THE world may be better off if Osama Bin Laden remains at large, according to the Central Intelligence Agency‚s recently departed executive director.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-1431539,00.html

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F Company Soldiers Describe Mistreatment in Iraq:

The war story you are about to read was originally authored by a handful of junior enlisted soldiers from F Company, 425th Infantry, Michigan Army National Guard, who are currently serving in Iraq
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Bush’s $6 trillion botch :

The urgency of President Bush and congressional Republicans to barge ahead with “fixing” Social Security is understandable. If they let too much time pass, people might wise up to the appalling botch they made in supposedly fixing Medicare and then rein them in before they can deliver the Social Security “reforms” their Wall Street backers want.
www.courierjournal.com/cjextra/editorials/2005/01/04/opin-bot0104-2947.html

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Mary Pitt : The Big Gap in Privatization:

There is at least one little “chink” in the plan of the Bush adminiistration to “privatize” Social Security that does not appear immediately and may not sound terribly important to those who are young, able-bodied, and absolutely convinced of their indestructability and their prospects of growing very rich before becoming old and ill.
207.44.245.159/article7647.htm

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In case you missed it:

U.S. ranks 27th in world social progress: In the U.S., Estes, who has researched world social development for 30 years, found the pace of social development to be “on hold” since 1980, putting the U.S. on the same level as Poland and Slovenia in the current “report card.”
www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2003-07/uop-ur2071703.php

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Bush ‘the king’ blows $50m on coronation :

President’s lavish inauguration is ‘obscene’ when US troops are dying in Iraq war, say critics
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1386231,00.html

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US military admits it hit wrong target after bomb kills 14 Iraqis:

Fourteen Iraqis were reported killed and five injured early yesterday morning after an American war plane obliterated a family house in the north of the country. The military said it was a mistake.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=599108

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Ukrainians, Iraqis killed in clashes:

Eight Ukrainian soldiers and one Kazakh have died in an explosion in Iraq while US troops have killed two Iraqi policemen and two civilians south of Baghdad.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/9E814D3C-5241-473C-80EC-2A64AA29E56D.htm

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Troops Kill 8 Iraqis After Convoy Bombed :

U.S. troops opened fire near a checkpoint after their convoy was hit by a roadside bomb, and a hospital official said Sunday at least eight people were killed in the second mistaken American attack in two days to have deadly results.
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5 Iraqis die in gunfight near Baghdad :

Two Iraqi policemen and three Iraqi civilians were killed south of Baghdad during a gunfight that a senior Iraqi spokesman on Sunday initially blamed on U.S. troops but later said was of unclear origin.
www.startribune.com/stories/484/5177334.html

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Party leader assassinated in Iraq :

The manager of the Iraqi National Accord party, headed by interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, was assassinated Sunday near his home in Baghdad.
www.menafn.com/qn_news_story.asp?StoryId=CqEc6ueidAxjHCs12Aw9Szw5Jzq

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U.S. Marine Killed In Fallujah:
www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty_Report.asp?CasualtyReport=20050113.txt

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Iraqi police chief assassinated:

The acting police chief in the northern Iraqi town of Samarra has been assassinated by gunmen.
www.itv.com/news/world_498117.html

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U.S. Soldier Gets Six Months for Murdering An Iraqi
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7272417

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U.S. Officer Tells of Order to Lie in Abuse Probe:

A senior U.S. Army officer ordered soldiers to lie to investigators probing an incident in which two Iraqi civilians were pushed from a bridge and one may have drowned in the Tigris River, an army major testified
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=7259429

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ŒThe Salvador Option‚:

The Pentagon may put Special-Forces-led assassination or kidnapping teams in Iraq
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6802629/site/newsweek/

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UN observer, Israeli officer killed:

A French member of a UN patrol has been killed in an Israeli air raid in south Lebanon after a roadside bomb killed an Israeli officer and wounded three soldiers in a disputed area on the Lebanese frontier.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/20A81125-D1B5-4187-9971-8A20E26DBF83.htm

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The right to rule ourselves :

For nearly a century, democracy has been denied to the Arabs by the west. There is little sign of that changing
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1385058,00.html

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Gulf War victims overpaid by $5 billion: UN auditors:

The United Nations overpaid by as much as $5 billion to individuals, companies and Gulf states for losses in Iraq‚s 1990 invasion and occupation of Kuwait, auditors‚ documents showed on Sunday.
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Gonzales is unfit to be AG:

Gonzales has condoned a relaxation of the legal definition of the word torture so that such torments as half drowning a man, setting needles under his fingernails, or locking him on a concrete floor in a fetal position for 24 hours or longer are no longer considered to be torture in a legal context.
www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/letters/
articles/2005/01/09/gonzales_is_unfit_to_be_ag/

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Gonzales: Not with a bang but a whimper:

As the protest against Bush’s certification fell flat and they rolled over for Gonzales, it was a day of humiliation and futility for Democrats.
207.44.245.159/article7642.htm

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Gonzales failed first truth test :

Once again The Republic has missed the point. It is not the memo that Alberto Gonzales wrote to President Bush that disqualifies him as attorney general. It is his chronic denial of responsibility for the Abu Ghraib atrocity and all the backlashes it generated.
www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/0109sunlets092.html

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Gonzalez confirmation hearing ignored US / Jordan torture links and legislative junket to Israel to witness ‘anti-terror’ exercizes
tomflocco.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=105

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Does the Right Remember Abu Ghraib Abuses?:

It was Gonzales who helped craft some of the administration‚s worst domestic decisions, including the indefinite detention, without access to lawyers, of US citizens Jose Padilla and Yaser Esam Hamdi.
207.44.245.159/article7641.htm

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Penance or Benevolence?:

With their country preparing for the presidency of the G8, British officials are on a marathon for depicting their country as a caretaker of the interest of the world poorest nations
207.44.245.159/article7640.htm

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Colin‚s Crocodile Tears for Sumatra:

I can‚t wait for Colin Powell to disappear. He will do so in a couple weeks, probably to reemerge sometime in the future as a presidential candidate or a front man for the plutocrats who rule Congress. In the meantime, we have to endure the corporate media circus that quotes Powell as he witnesses the devastation of Indonesia
207.44.245.159/article7638.htm

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The ‘tsunami’ victims that we don’t count:

In Iraq we kill off thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of innocent civilians with our own hands, and we reject any attempt to comprehend what we have done. Countless Iraqi civilians are homeless. We call it liberation.
www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/
2005/01/07/the_tsunami_victims_that_we_dont_count?mode=PF

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