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 Information Clearing House  Digest 22-26 October 2005

 
 

Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

“Under a government which imprisons unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.” : Henry David Thoreau

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 171 Days

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What Reagan Started, Bush Is Finishing

By David Martin

After eight years of the Gipper, four years of Bush I, eight years of Republican Lite under Clinton, and five years of Shrub, we see the truth of the Reagan Revolution. The gradual withering away of the welfare and regulatory state has not unleashed the American entrepreneurial spirit. Rather, it has set loose the predatory greed of the 19th century robber barons, the class cannibalism of Social Darwinism, and the winner-take-all rapacity of laissez faire capitalism.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10779.htm

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We Burn Corpses, Don’t We?

War Crimes in Afghanistan

By Erid Ruder

For the people of Afghanistan, fed up with U.S. atrocities and support for regional warlords, there’s growing talk of ejecting U.S. troops—just as the former USSR’s military was kicked out in 1989 after a decade of occupation. “Their future will be like the Russians,” said Zahidullah, a resident of Kabul.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10778.htm

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Vice President for Torture:

VICE PRESIDENT Cheney is aggressively pursuing an initiative that may be unprecedented for an elected official of the executive branch: He is proposing that Congress legally authorize human rights abuses by Americans.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10774.htm

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At least 12 killed in continuing violence:

Gunmen killed six Iraqi soldiers and one civilian in two separate incidents Wednesday, according to police and hospital sources.
tinyurl.com/8djho

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As Toll Hits 2,001, Some Iraqis Sympathize :

Some Iraqis sympathized with U.S. forces on Wednesday after hearing the American death toll in the Iraq war had reached 2,000. But others noted that many more Iraqis had died in the conflict and said they hope the U.S. ``occupiers’’ will soon go home.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5370924,00.html

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Demand The Truth:

A must watch flash presentation
www.peacetakescourage.com/someones.html

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Bitter Fruit: A photo essay on the soldiers killed in Iraq:

A war without casualties? A war where only the evil get hurt?
www.magnuminmotion.com/bitterfruit/player.html

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Cartoon of the week:
www.guardian.co.uk/cartoons/stevebell/0,7371,1600879,00.html

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Cindy Sheehan plans arrest to protest Iraq war:

Cindy Sheehan, said that she planned to be arrested outside the White House on Wednesday to protest against US troops presence in Iraq as US military deaths hit 2,000.
www.metimes.com/articles/normal.php?StoryID=20051026-061230-7132r

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Civil war is a U.S. option in Iraq:

The U.S. is now in fact feeding violence in Iraq by using the country’s disparate sectarian, ethnic and religious factions in a way that will eventually help it realize some of its aims of coming to Iraq.
www.azzaman.com/english/index.asp?fname=opinion\2005-10-23\567.htm

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U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern To Introduce Bill Ending Funding For Iraq War:

As the number of U.S. military deaths in Iraq reaches 2,000, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) this week will introduce legislation to prohibit the use of taxpayer funds to deploy United States Armed Forces to Iraq.
www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/4032

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Improve security or we quit: Saddam’s lawyers:

Lawyers representing Saddam Hussein announced on Wednesday that they would boycott the special tribunal trying the ousted Iraqi president until they are given better security.
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1530141,001300180001.htm

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Saddam’s defense team wants to put Bush on trial:

“We shall contact international and Arab lawyer associations and will put forward the proof allowing for a trial of the criminal Bush at the same time as the fake trial takes place in Iraq,” Saleh Armouti told a meeting of the Amman-based Saddam defense committee.
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=19589

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Detainee says he wishes to die:

A detainee on a hunger strike at the U.S. prison for terrorism suspects at Guantánamo Bay wants a judge to order the removal of his feeding tube so he can be allowed to die, one of his lawyers said Tuesday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10770.htm

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Vice President for Torture:

VICE PRESIDENT Cheney is aggressively pursuing an initiative that may be unprecedented for an elected official of the executive branch: He is proposing that Congress legally authorize human rights abuses by Americans.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10774.htm

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Legalized Torture, Reloaded :

Cheney’s proposal – Would give the president the power to allow government agencies outside the Defense Department (the administration has in mind the C.I.A.) to mistreat and torture prisoners as long as that behavior was part of “counterterrorism operations conducted abroad” and they were not American citizens.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10775.htm

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Prosecutor in leak case seeks indictments against Rove, Libby, lawyers close to case say:

Special Prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald has asked the grand jury investigating the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson to indict Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff I. Lewis “Scooter‰ Libby and Bush’s Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, lawyers close to the investigation tell RAW STORY.
rawstory.com/news/2005/Prosecutor_in_leak_case_seeks_indictments_1026.html

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Grand Jury in CIA Leak Case Adjourns:

The federal grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA officer’s identity met for three hours Wednesday with Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald and his deputies, adjourning for the day without announcing any action.
tinyurl.com/7lw3z

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Leak grand jury meets prosecutor:

The federal grand jury investigating the leak of a covert CIA operative’s identity met on Wednesday with special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald amid signs the prosecutor was preparing to seek criminal charges.
tinyurl.com/8fsnn

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Indictments in CIA leak ‘about to be handed down’:

On Tuesday night, news reports, supported by a source close to the lawyers involved in the case, said that target letters to those facing indictment were being issued, with sealed indictments to be filed today and released by the end of the week.
news.ft.com/cms/s/cefd360c-4598-11da-981b-00000e2511c8.html

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CIA leak illustrates selective use of intelligence on Iraq:

The grand jury probe into the leak of a covert CIA officer’s name has opened a new window into how the Bush administration used intelligence from dubious sources to make a case for a pre-emptive war and discarded information that undercut its rationale for attacking Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10772.htm

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In case you missed it:

The new Pentagon papers:

A high-ranking military officer reveals how Defense Department extremists suppressed information and twisted the truth to drive the country to war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5829.htm

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Italian faces pre-war intelligence probe:

The head of Italy’s military secret services will be questioned by a parliamentary commission next week over allegations that his organization gave the United States and Britain disputed documents suggesting that Saddam Hussein had been seeking uranium in Africa, officials said Tuesday.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1103AP_Italy_Iraq_Uranium.html

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Michael Ledeen’s Fingers in the Niger Yellowcake :

Some of us, those who pay attention, have suspected for some time the fraudulent Niger yellowcake documents˜so crudely slapped together as to be laughable˜are tied to Michael Ledeen, the neocon’s neocon, who is connected to the neofascist Italian military intelligence agency, SISMI.
kurtnimmo.com/?p=84

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In case you missed it:

Israel strives to import America’s war on terror :

The Israeli political-security establishment is coming to the conclusion that the terror attacks on September 11 granted Israel and advantage; at a time when Israel was under increasing international pressure because of the ongoing conflict with the Palestinians.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10777.htm

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Dialectics of the Plame Affair:

The neocon-dominated Bush administration opted for generalized Southwest Asian war after 9-11. “S.H. and U.B.L.; things related and unrelated,” penned Rumsfeld the day after. The meaning of this shorthand is clear in retrospect: the administration would use the opportunity to link unrelated phenomena, most notably Iraq (S.H. = Saddam Hussein) and al-Qaeda (U.B.L. = Usama bin Laden), but also 9-11 with a whole range of unfriendly forces that could be targeted in the new situation.
www.counterpunch.com/leupp10262005.html

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Ted Rall : Why Bush Is Unimpeachable: :

Impeachment is a political process, not a legal one. Nixon and Clinton faced Congresses controlled by the other party. Because Bush belongs to the same party as the majorities in the House and Senate, nothing he does can get him impeached.
news.yahoo.com/s/ucru/20051026/cm_ucru/whybushisunimpeachable

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Iran opposition group seeks US legitimacy:

Even by the standards of Washington politics it was an unusual spectacle – the veiled leader of a Middle East group banned in the US as a terrorist organisation delivering a speech by live video-link to applauding members of Congress inside the Capitol itself.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10773.htm

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Five Killed in Bombing at Israeli Market:

Islamic Jihad militant group claimed responsibility, saying it was to avenge the killing of Luay Saadi, leader of the group’s military wing in the West Bank.

www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/
archive/2005/10/26/international/i080606D60.DTL

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Islamic Jihad Leader Buried Amid Violence:

Thousands of Palestinian mourners buried one of Islamic Jihad’s top leaders Tuesday, a day after he was killed during a shootout with Israeli troops, sparking a new round of violence.
abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=1250200

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Setting up Abbas:

The Israeli Prime Minister has finally fulfilled the task with which he was charged 38 years ago by Menachem Begin: ensure permanent Israel control over the entire Land of Israel while foreclosing the emergence of a viable Palestinian state.
electronicintifada.net/v2/article4269.shtml

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Amira Hass : It’s no wonder envoy is frustrated :

Will James Wolfensohn succeed where others have failed and cause Israel to release its grip on Palestinian freedom of movement?
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/637763.html

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Iran: Ahmadinejad: Wipe Israel off map:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has openly called for Israel to be wiped off the map.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/15E6BF77-6F91-46EE-A4B5-A3CE0E9957EA.htm

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Israel warns of Tehran ‘danger’ :

Israel regards Iran as “a clear and present danger”, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom has said.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4378948.stm

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If Israel has nukes, why can’t the rest?

The U.S. adopts a biased stance towards countries who possess or seek nuclear technology or weapons, allowing states like Israel, India to proceed without any interference, although they failed to fulfill their commitments under the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), while it piles the pressure on and fights others like Iran, Iraq (before toppling Saddam Hussein) and North Korea for them not to have nukes.
www.aljazeera.com/cgi-bin/review/article_full_story.asp?service_ID=9926

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Russia, Iran agree to solve nuclear issue within IAEA :

Russia and Iran agreed a solution to the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program should be sought within the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the two countries’ foreign ministers said Monday.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-10/24/content_3678869.htm

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China, Russia Oppose U.S. Threat to Punish Syria Over Hariri :

China and Russia oppose the U.S. proposal to threaten Syria’s government with economic punishment for refusing to cooperate with a United Nations probe of the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.
tinyurl.com/bbpv3

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Russia opposes UN action on Syria :

Russia, a long-term ally of Syria and a permanent Security Council member, has the power to veto any draft resolution.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4377148.stm

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Syria in the Imperialist Crosshairs:

The Israel News Agency report made clear that it was a region-wide program for toppling governments; this was shockingly revealed by the title, “UN Gives Green Light for Israel, Syria, Iran War.‰
www.dissidentvoice.org/Oct05/Petersen1026.htm

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Israel worried about possible new Russia-Syria arms deals :

Israel has expressed concern over Russia’s intention to sign new arms deals with Syria, following the already completed deal to provide Syria with SA-18 anti-aircraft missiles.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/637727.html

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Mike Whitney: Assassinations in Lebanon; Pipelines in Haifa :

Syria poses no threat to America’s national security. We have no dog in this fight. The real threat is those who now operate freely within the foreign policy establishment, using the US military to further their own self-serving objectives of controlling Middle East oil and securing an imaginary Israeli empire.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10776.htm

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Old whine, new bottle:

The UN ‘report’ on the assassination of Rafik Hariri, the former Lebanese PM, bears all the hallmarks of yet another set-up, no doubt Œinspired’ by US pressure as part of the build-up to yet another Middle Eastern Œadventure’.
www.williambowles.info/ini/ini-0371.html

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Lebanese encircle Palestinian bases :

Lebanese troops and tanks have encircled military bases run by pro-Syrian Palestinian fighters near the border with Syria.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/47B145FB-9C26-438D-9647-E6C3095897A1.htm

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Six”Taliban” fighters killed as US jets pound hideouts:

The US military Wednesday said they had killed six Taliban fighters during air raids on their positions in southern Afghanistan.
www.kuna.net.kw/Home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=782219

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The bullet holes and bloodstains are gone, but for Uzbeks life is even worse :

Repression on a huge scale follows massacre of at least 500 protesters
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1600516,00.html

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Able Danger warned of attack on USS Cole :

Senior Pentagon officials were warned not to let the USS Cole dock in Yemen two days before terrorists attacked the ship five years ago killing 17 sailors, according to Congressman Curt Weldon, who said the crucial intelligence was gleaned from the former secret defense operation, “Able Danger.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10771.htm

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MI5 ‘blunders let Tube bomber slip away’:

A report said that a succession of intelligence failures had allowed Mohammad Sidique Khan, who detonated a device on a train at Edgware Road station on July 7, to “slip away’’ after briefly coming under scrutiny.
tinyurl.com/bggyl

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Bush Admin. Drops Plan for Nuclear Bunker Buster :

The Bush administration has abandoned research into a nuclear “bunker-buster” warhead, deciding instead to pursue a similar device using conventional weaponry, a key Republican senator said Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/dwnaj

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ConocoPhillips Profit Rises 89% to Record $3.8 Bln :

ConocoPhillips, the No. 3 U.S. oil company, said third-quarter profit jumped 89 percent to a record $3.8 billion as supply disruptions and rising demand lifted prices to unprecedented highs.
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000006&sid=ahoflj1irayI

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Lawmakers vote to allow privatizing US food stamps:

House and Senate negotiators working on a $100 billion agriculture spending bill voted on Tuesday to allow states to privatize the food stamp program, which helps 25 million people put food on the table monthly.
tinyurl.com/cebeu

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Poll: Americans more accepting:

Although the traditional nuclear family continues to be prized, only 19 percent of families fulfill that ideal (nondivorced parents with children).
csmweb2.emcweb.com/2005/1024/p14s01-lire.html

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Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2005

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Charge Him or Release Him

“Under a government which imprisons unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.” : Henry David Thoreau

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 170 Days

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US detainees ‘Murdered’ during interrogations

By Associated Press

At least 21 detainees who died while in US custody in Iraq and Afghanistan were the victims of homicide and usually died during or after interrogations, according to an analysis of Defence Department data.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10751.htm

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White House Insists That CIA Should Be Allowed To Continue Torture Of Detainees

By ERIC SCHMITT

Stepping up a confrontation with the Senate over the handling of detainees, the White House is insisting that the Central Intelligence Agency be exempted from a proposed ban on abusive treatment of suspected Qaeda militants and other terrorists.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10766.htm

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The White House Cabal

By Lawrence B. Wilkerson
LAWRENCE B. WILKERSON served as chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell from 2002 to 2005.

IN PRESIDENT BUSH’S first term, some of the most important decisions about U.S. national security ˜ including vital decisions about postwar Iraq ˜ were made by a secretive, little-known cabal. It was made up of a very small group of people led by Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10768.htm

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Condi Rice and Syrian Regime Change

Could Somebody Recommend a President?

By Paul Craig Roberts

On the basis of the word of a convicted felon and swindler, Condi Rice wants a high level UN Security Council meeting to condemn Syria so the Bush administration can bring about “regime change” in Syria.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10761.htm

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19 Killed In Continuing Violence:

Three corpses of Iraqi army soldiers wearing civilian clothes were found in Ramadi, 110 km (68 miles) west of Baghdad.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L25632747.htm

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Four foreigners killed by roadside bomb in western Iraq:

Four foreign nationals believed to be U.S. security staff were killed by a roadside bomb targeting a convoy close to the western Iraqi city of Ramadi, police said Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/7hczb

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Two More U.S. Marines Killed:

These two Marines are in addition to those announced in Combined Press Information Center press release #A051022e, Oct. 22. Due to the circumstances of the incident, positive identification could not be made in time for earlier reporting. The attack killed a total of four service members.
tinyurl.com/868nk

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Bomb Misses U.S. Troops, Kills Young Child:

The bomb missed the soldiers but killed the 7 year old boy, who was selling cans of black-market gasoline on a street.
www.thekansascitychannel.com/news/5169240/detail.html

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US death toll in Iraq hits 2,000 :

For the first time, a majority of Americans believe the Iraq war was the “wrong thing to do”, according to a poll published in The Wall Street Journal.
news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20051025/ts_afp/iraq_051025110145

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Soldiers Lost in Iraq Top Those Lost in First Four Years in Vietnam; :

“The nearly 2,000 Americans killed in combat (1,998 on October 24, 2005) in Iraq since 2003 are more than were lost in Vietnam combat in the first four years of U.S. combat (1961-1965, when just over 1800 died). This total is more than were lost in the last two years of combat (1971-1972, when just over 1600 died),”
www.ascribe.org/cgi-bin/behold.pl?ascribeid=20051024.120319&time=13

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Iraq voters approve US-backed constitution:

Iraq’s Electoral Commission, revealing final results from the October 15 referendum, said 79 percent of voters backed the constitution against 21 percent opposed in a poll split largely along Iraq’s sectarian and ethnic lines.
www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=20098

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Sunni leaders reject Iraq charter:

Arab Sunni leaders rejected a referendum which ratified a new Iraqi constitution on Tuesday, saying “fraudulent” results would discourage them from taking part in December elections and fuel insurgent violence.
tinyurl.com/948pj

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Group: U.S. troops not leaving Iraq soon:

“This is a long-term proposition, and I would expect the next U.S. administration to have forces inside Iraq at a fairly large number for some years to come.”
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1107AP_Britain_Iraq_Forecast.html

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Bush: Iraq war will require more sacrifice:

President George W. Bush, bracing for the fallout when the U.S. death toll in Iraq reaches 2,000, said on Tuesday the Iraq war will require more sacrifice and rejected critics calling for a U.S. pullout.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051025/pl_nm/iraq_bush_dc

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In case you missed it:

Theory of Perpetual War: America needs good wars.

The nation has to be kept on its toes: – This is why 9/11 was a Œgift‚ from heaven! – It put the country in the Œproper‚ mood.
iraquna2.blogspot.com/2005/06/theory-of-perpetual-war.html

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Greg Palast: Opec And The Economic Conquest Of Iraq:

TWO AND A HALF YEARS AND $202 BILLION into the war in Iraq, the United States has at least one significant new asset to show for it: effective membership, through our control of Iraq’s energy policy, in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the Arab-dominated oil cartel.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10765.htm

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God, Iraq and the power of the President’s PR :

Mark Borkowski on the worrying rise and rise of Karen Hughes, George W Bush’s ‘ambassador for public diplomacy’ and the woman behind the throne
observer.guardian.co.uk/business/story/0,6903,1598485,00.html

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Iraqi interior ministry accused of assassinating defence lawyer in Hussein trial:

The interior ministry of the pro-US government in Iraq is being directly accused of carrying out the murder of Sadoun Antar Nudsaif al-Janabi, a key defence lawyer in the trial of Saddam Hussein and seven others that began on October 19.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10763.htm

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Closing the Neocon Circle :

George W. Bush has unveiled a new vision for U.S. foreign policy. His inspiration: Israel‚s Natan Sharansky
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10764.htm

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Bush says military action against Syria “last resort”:

“A military (option) is always the last choice of a president,” he told Al Arabiya television in an interview aired on Tuesday when asked about a U.N. investigation that implicated Syrian officials in the killing of Hariri.
tinyurl.com/cbl6f

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Blair New Warnings To Syria And Iran:

The PM warned Iran that life could become “a lot more difficult” if it carries on defying the international community.
tinyurl.com/8ar5f

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Security Council Split Over Resolution on Syria :

Western nations working on a resolution to pressure Syria to cooperate with a U.N. investigation into the slaying of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri are encountering resistance from other Security Council members — principally Algeria, China and Russia — U.S., European and U.N officials said Monday.
www.champress.net/english/index.php?page=show_det&id=783

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Syria is being Set Up to Fail: A Leaked Letter from Washington :

It explains how Syria is being set up to fail so that the US can isolate it and carry out a process of regime-change at the expense of Iraqi stability and the lives of American soldiers and Iraqi civilians. It explains how the US administration’s policy of forcing regime change in Syria is trumping the need to save lives in Iraq.
tinyurl.com/aftpz

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NSC Chief Hadley asked Italy for a Bashar Replacement :

Steven Hadley, the director of the US National Security Council, called the President of the Italian senate to asked if he had a candidate to replace Bashar al-Asad as President of Syria. The Italians were horrified. Italy is one of Syria‚s biggest trading partners so it seemed a reasonable place to ask! This is what Washington has been up to.
tinyurl.com/9jpa2

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Frustrated Scowcroft Assails Neo-Cons, Cheney:

“This was said to be part of the war on terror, but Iraq feeds terrorism,” Scowcroft told the magazine,
www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=30755

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Cheney Told Aide of C.I.A. Officer, Lawyers Report :

Lawyers involved in the case, who described the notes to The New York Times, said they showed that Mr. Cheney knew that Ms. Wilson worked at the C.I.A. more than a month before her identity was made public and her undercover status was disclosed in a syndicated column by Robert D. Novak on July 14, 2003.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10756.htm

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Cheney Identifies Wilson’s Wife as CIA Operative

We speak to former CIA analyst Melvin Goodman on the latest development in the CIA leak case. The New York Times is reporting today that Vice President Dick Cheney‚s chief of staff Lewis Scooter Libby first learned the identity of the CIA operative from his boss ˆ Dick Cheney. Real Audio and transcript
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10769.htm

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Cheney aide passed Plame’s name to Libby:

Those close to the investigation say that Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has been told that David Wurmser, then a Middle East adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney on loan from the office of then-Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs John Bolton, met with Cheney and his chief of staff I. Lewis “Scooter‰ Libby in June 2003 and told Libby that Plame set up the Wilson trip.
rawstory.com/news/2005/Cheney_aide_passed_Plames_name_to_1024.html

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Bushies take aim at probe :

Team Bush was finalizing its campaign to discredit and undermine special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s conclusions, sources told the Daily News.
www.nydailynews.com/news/story/359006p-305893c.html

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“Playing Fast and Loose with the Facts”:

I don’t like what Miller represents in journalism. She is not, to my mind, a journalist. She forfeited that claim when she became a conduit of propaganda for the neo-conservative cabal that has its bloody hands on the control levers of the nation.
www.counterpunch.com/sugg10252005.html

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Rep. Jerrold Nadler: Fitzgerald Must Broaden Investigation :

“Did the Bush Administration deliberately mislead Congress about the war?
www.house.gov/apps/list/press/ny08_nadler/FitzgeraldwarMemo102005.html

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La Repubblica’s Scoop, Confirmed:

Italy’s intelligence chief met with Deputy National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley just a month before the Niger forgeries first surfaced.
www.prospect.org/web/page.ww?section=root&name=ViewWeb&articleId=10506

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Juan Cole: Rupert Murdoch and Judith Miller:

Rupert Murdoch, and Richard Mellon Scaife, and other far rightwing billionaires have deeply corrupted our information environment. They are in part responsible for what happened at the NYT.
www.juancole.com/2005/10/rupert-murdoch-and-judith-miller.html

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What happens when you speak truth to power in the USA:

George Galloway faces jail for fresh corruption claims : Galloway could be facing a lengthy prison sentence in the United States after a Senate committee last night claimed it had fresh evidence his political organisation and his wife had received nearly £340,000 in oil-for-food allocations from Saddam Hussein and then lied under oath about the deal.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10752.htm

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Video report: Galloway claims revenge is the motive:

Galloway claims revenge is the motive: George Galloway has called the allegations against him a “revenge attack” from a “lickspittle right-wing senator”. Windows Media
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10767.htm

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Galloway challenges the US Senate committee to charge him :

The Respect MP George Galloway has thrown down a challenge to the US Senate homeland security committee to charge him with perjury and “I’ll see you in court”. .
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10762.htm

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Galloway rejects senate perjury claims :

A furious George Galloway today challenged US senators to charge him with perjury over claims that he solicited money from Saddam Hussein’s oil-for-food programme and lied about it under oath.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10759.htm

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U.S. Senate Smears George Galloway Again!:

Galloway’s wife ‘received £100,000 from Iraqis’:

An “investigative” committee of the United States Senate says Galloway’s wife ‘received $149,980,000 from Iraqis’
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10757.htm

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Galloway accused of lying to US Senate :

The MP George Galloway angrily rejected fresh allegations last night from a US senate investigation that he lied under oath about Saddam Hussein’s multimillion-pound oil-for-food programme.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10758.htm

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In case you missed it:

Galloway Speak Truth To Power.:

Video: Galloway v The US Senate: George Galloway, Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, delivered this statement to US Senators today (05/17/05) who have accused him of corruption
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8869.htm

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U.S. District Judge Says Confession Under Torture Legal:

A federal judge ruled Monday that prosecutors can use a confession by a man charged with joining al-Qaida and plotting to assassinate President Bush, despite defense claims that the confession was obtained through torture.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10760.htm

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Lawyer tells Amnesty meeting tale of a Guantanamo detainee:

al-Habashi was flown to Morocco, where his torturers took a blade to his penis numerous times, and then to the Americans in Afghanistan, Stafford Smith said. Al-Habashi was flown to Guantanamo in 2004.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10754.htm

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8 Killed In Contuing Afghan Violence:

Militants opened fire on a police vehicle near the capital early Tuesday, killing two senior police officers who were teachers at a police academy, officials said.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/terror/20051025-0836-afghan-rocketattack.html

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Deputy police chief killed in eastern Afghanistan :

A deputy police chief was killed Monday night at home when a group of militants crashed into the house in Afghan eastern province of Paktia, a local official said Tuesday.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-10/25/content_3682432.htm

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Australia: Beattie warns terrorism laws ‘unconstitutional’:

Queensland Premier Peter Beattie has warned his state and territory counterparts the Federal Government’s proposed new counter-terrorism laws may be unconstitutional.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200510/s1489783.htm

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Anti-terrorism laws lack UK-style safeguards: expert:

A British legal expert says the Federal Government’s proposed new anti-terrorism laws offer limited protection against human rights violations, in comparison to UK laws.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200510/s1489719.htm

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Miers’ Answer Raises Questions:

Legal experts find a misuse of terms in her Senate questionnaire ‘terrible’ and ‘shocking.’
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10755.htm

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Land deal gets new scrutiny as Bush resists requests on Miers’ work:

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Monday that he wanted to probe a land-condemnation proceeding in 1999 that awarded Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers more than $100,000 for a half-acre of family-owned land in Dallas.
www.macon.com/mld/macon/news/politics/12987268.htm

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Charge Him or Release Him

“Under a government which imprisons unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.” : Henry David Thoreau

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 169 Days

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A State Of Inequality

By Chuck Collins and Felice Yeskel

The United States is now the third most unequal industrialized society after Russia and Mexico. This is not a club we want to be part of. Russia is a recovering kleptocracy, with a post-Soviet oligarchy enriched by looting. And Mexico, despite joining the rich-nations club of the Organization for Economic and Community Development, has some of the most glaring poverty in the hemisphere.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10733.htm

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Iraq violence claims 44 lives:

On Sunday, more than 33 Iraqis died in a swell of violence in Iraq, including 12 labourers, five of them brothers, who were shot dead by armed men at a construction site outside the city of Hilla, about 95km south of Baghdad, police said.
tinyurl.com/bmmoz

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20 killed in Baghdad hotel bombing:

Three massive vehicle bombs exploded Monday near the Palestine Hotel, home to many Western journalists, killing at least 20 people. Dramatic TV pictures showed one of the bombers driving a cement truck through the concrete blast walls that guard the hotel, then blowing up his vehicle.
www.startribune.com/stories/722/5686207.html

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U.S. Marine Killed:

A Marine assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), was killed in action by small-arms fire during combat operations against the enemy in ar Ramadi, Oct. 23.
tinyurl.com/a4kn8

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U.S. Operatives Killed Detainees During Interrogations in Afghanistan and Iraq :

CIA, Navy Seals and Military Intelligence Personnel Implicated
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10740.htm

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Torture in Iraq:

Firsthand Accounts of Torture of Iraqi Detainees by the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division,” a report issued by Human Rights Watch
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10741.htm

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Another Iraq war legacy: badly wounded US troops :

The human toll for the U.S. military in the Iraq war is not limited to the nearly 2,000 troops deaths since the March 2003 invasion. More than 15,220 also have been wounded in combat, including more than 7,100 injured too badly to return to duty, the Pentagon said.
www.maconareaonline.com/news.asp?id=12320

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Iraqi oil exports halted as attacks continue :

Iraqi rebels on Monday attacked key oil infrastructure in the north and gunned down 12 building workers, shattering a lull in violence and contributing to a complete halt of oil exports.
tinyurl.com/7bhka

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Making a killing:

The American government is hiring private security firms to stabilise Iraq ˜ and paying them a fortune to do it. But many of them are unregulated and operate outside the law. Jon Swain joins the hired guns on the streets of Baghdad ˜ and assesses the real cost of privatising war
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10738.htm

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The Weapons of Misperceptions:

It is trendy to view any revolutionary movement worthy of its cause as a bunch of terrorists. This attitude is but a terminally lazy reflection. Should the intelligent impulse to honest enquiry be nipped in the bud in any free and democratic state then the concept of a “free world” becomes slightly more farcical.
www.dissidentvoice.org/Oct05/Sinnathurai1022.htm

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Fate of Iraqi charter in balance :

Two Sunni-dominated provinces in Iraq have rejected the country’s draft constitution, according to partial results given by election officials. Electoral rules mean the document will fail if three out of the 18 provinces vote “No” by two-thirds or more.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4372094.stm

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In case you missed it:

Malnutrition among Iraqi children has almost doubled since U.S. invasion:

Children who are acutely malnourished are literally wasting away, and for severe cases their condition can be fatal. Acute malnutrition sets in very fast and is a strong indicator of the overall health of children.
www.unicef.org/emerg/media_9419.html

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Bush at bay:

The CIA leak inquiry that threatens senior White House aides has now widened to include the forgery of documents on African uranium that started the investigation, according to NAT0 intelligence sources.
tinyurl.com/7a7bu

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Prelude to a Leak: Gang fight:

How Cheney and his tight-knit team launched the Iraq war, chased their critics˜and set the stage for a special prosecutor’s dramatic probe.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10731.htm

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Bob Herbert : How Scary Is This? :

The White House is sweating out the possibility that one or more top officials will soon be indicted on criminal charges. But the Bush administration is immune to prosecution for its greatest offense – its colossal and profoundly tragic incompetence.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10735.htm

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Patrick J. Buchanan: The Greatest Scandal:

Today, this town is salivating over the prospect that Karl Rove and “Scooter” Libby will be indicted for outing Joe Wilson’s wife as a CIA operative. Thirty months ago, many of those anxious to see the White House brought down were hauling its water. Consider the role played by our newspaper of record, the New York Times.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10736.htm

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Brent Scowcroft “Breaks Ranks” with George W. Bush:

In “Breaking Ranks: What Turned Brent Scowcroft Against the Bush Administration?”, Jeffrey Goldberg coaxes Brent Scowcroft to delineate his differences with the foreign policy proclivities of George W. Bush, Condoleeza Rice, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Cheney, and others.
www.thewashingtonnote.com/archives/001024.html

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Gassing Iraqis: Karen Hughes Tells a Big Lie :

Karen Hughes, Bush‚s propaganda minister on call, is apparently a habitual liar.
kurtnimmo.com/?p=77

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The Troops Don’t Defend Our Freedoms :

As a practical matter the troops serve not as a defender of our freedoms but instead simply as a loyal and obedient personal army of the president, ready and prepared to serve him and obey his commands.
www.fff.org/comment/com0510g.asp

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Video: Fletcher Memorial :

Home for incurable wasters of life and limb
www.gratefulchild.org/projects/gcweb/gc/html/video/

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Two Mine-Clearing Experts Killed in Afghan Blast :

Two Afghan experts working for a British-based mine- clearing agency were killed and six wounded yesterday when a bomb tore through their truck in southern Afghanistan, the organization said.
tinyurl.com/9v82f

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Mike Whitney : Voting in Afghanistan; warlords, jihadis, and Iranian-agents :

The western media has scrupulously kept Afghanistan off the front page of America’s newspapers. That spot has been reserved for the spurious charges against Syria so that Washington can drum-up support for its next war. But, thoughtful American’s should take a second look at Afghanistan and judge for themselves whether any of the administration’s goals have been realized
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10739.htm

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Editor’s arrest on Blasphemy charges highlights difficulties facing journalists :

The arrest of the editor in chief of an Afghan women’s magazine is causing concern and fear among journalists in the country. Ali Mohaqiq Nasab ran the respected monthly magazine called “Women’s Rights”
paktribune.com/news/index.php?id=123377

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U.N. criticizes jailing of Afghan journalist for alleged blasphemy :

The United Nations on Monday criticized a two-year jail sentence given to the editor of a women’s magazine for publishing articles deemed anti-Islamic, while a friend expressed concern for his safety in prison.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20051024-0640-journalistjailed.html

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U.S., Britain Urge Action Against Syria:

A Syrian official, deputy Foreign Minister Walid Moallem, said the pressure on Syria was because of America’s aim of dominating the region.
tinyurl.com/8d6oe

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Diplomat: Russia trying to save Syrians:

While the Americans are considering which steps to take against Syria in the U.N. Security Council session on Tuesday in which the U.N. report on the murder of Hariri will be presented, a senior diplomatic source in New York tells Ynet that “the toughest nut to crack is Russia, which is trying to save the Syrians”
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3158832,00.html

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Syria: The Next Iraq:

The news from Syria shows that the neoconservative plan for the Middle East is still in play
www.tompaine.com/articles/20051024/syria_the_next_iraq.php

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Palestinian official: Peace hope fading :

The Palestinian Authority is steadily losing faith in the US-backed peace plan for the resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
tinyurl.com/8kgf6

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Israel and Palestine and America :

If I don’t support state religion in Saudi Arabia, Nepal or Alabama, am I a hypocrite for thinking otherwise about Israel?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10737.htm

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In case you missed it:

A one-state solution:

A unitary Arab-Jewish homeland could bring lasting peace to the Middle East. Other article on this topic.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4861.htm

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Data on FBI cite abuses in secret surveillance:

The FBI has conducted clandestine surveillance on some US residents for as long as 18 months at a time without proper paperwork or oversight, according to classified documents scheduled to be released today.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10732.htm

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Australia: How’s this for sedition?:

The latest legislative threat to our freedoms is worthy of contempt
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10734.htm

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Keep terribly mum :

Proposed legislation in Australia would make it a crime for one parent to tell the other that their child had been detained under anti-terror laws.
www.sundaytribune.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=160&fArticleId=2962283

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US prison population continued to grow in 2004 :

The U.S. prison population, already the largest in the world, grew by 1.9 percent in 2004, leaving federal jails at 40 percent over capacity, according to Justice Department figures released on Sunday.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051024/us_nm/crime_prisons_dc

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From the Gulf to the Gulf: New Orleans Professor John Clark Testifies onthe Triple Crime of Katrina*

John Clark, professor of philosophy and environmental studies, spoke at this weekend’s Bush crimes commission about systemic racism and the discrimination in the response to Hurricane Katrina. He says the Bush administration is guilty of not preparing for the disaster, inadequately
responding, and botching the recovery process.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/10/24/1414218

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Charge Him or Release Him

“Under a government which imprisons unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.” : Henry David Thoreau

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 168 Days

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Poll shows Iraqis back attacks on UK, US forces :

Eighty-two percent of those polled said they were “strongly opposed” to the presence of the troops.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10720.htm

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U.S. Military Claims To Have Killed 20 “Insurgents” Near Syrian Border:

The U.S. military said soldiers and warplanes killed 20 insurgents and destroyed five “safe houses” in Iraq.
www.thebostonchannel.com/news/5150539/detail.html

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Ten Iraqis, including seven members of Iraqi security forces killed:

Ten Iraqis, including seven members of Iraqi security forces, were killed in various insurgent attacks in the country, security sources said. An Iraqi civilian was killed and eleven others wounded in …Kirkuk
tinyurl.com/8jrnk

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Four dead as car bomb rocks Baghdad:

A car bomb rocked central Baghdad Sunday, killing four people, including at least two policemen, and wounding 13 others, security sources said.
tinyurl.com/cqedx

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Iraqi policeman, kids among latest victims:

A roadside bomb struck a car being driven by a police colonel in northern Iraq on Sunday, killing him and his two sons as well as two young girls nearby,
tinyurl.com/e46nz

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Four U.S. Contractors Killed in Iraq : :

An angry mob of insurgents attacked a convoy of American contractors last month when they got lost in a town north of Baghdad, killing four and wounding two, the U.S. military said on Sunday.
tinyurl.com/7ho89

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Iraqi bomb builders learn fast, exact heavy toll:

More than two years after U.S. leaders dismissed insurgents as “dead-enders,” their attacks are more lethal than ever — and the American military death toll since the March 2003 invasion is approaching 2,000.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L21647723.htm

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Grieving Iraq family sees no end to “rivers of blood‰:

Mentally ill since childhood, he used to wander the streets of Baghdad alone. One day he chanced on some American soldiers who shot him dead after he took fright at a bullet fired over his head.
tinyurl.com/86kdz

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Poll shows Iraqis back attacks on UK, US forces :

Eighty-two percent of those polled said they were “strongly opposed” to the presence of the troops.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10720.htm

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Secret MoD poll: Iraqis support attacks on British troops:

65 per cent of Iraqi citizens support attacks and fewer than one per cent think Allied military involvement is helping to improve security in their country.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10721.htm

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Officials: al-Zarqawi has expanded terror network to 40 nations:

U.S. intelligence officials say Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has expanded his terrorism campaign in Iraq to extremists in two dozen terror groups scattered across almost 40 countries, creating a network that rivals Osama bin Laden’s.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10722.htm

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US diplomat points to neocon ideology behind Iraq war:

A veteran US diplomat who served as a government adviser in Iraq says US policy in the country at the initial stage of the occupation was driven by neoconservative ideology rather than careful preparation and clear understanding of issues.
tinyurl.com/7lck5

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Judith Miller’s Dirty Little Secret:

The neo-con cabal and the Israeli lobby are an instrumental force in framing the foreign policy of the United States towards the Middle East. Other political forces had considerable influence in charting the path to war ˆ including the equally formidable Saudi lobby and the usual suspects in the military industrial complex.

www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10725.htm

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Lawyers in CIA-leak case say charges possible this week:

Top administration officials are expected to learn from Fitzgerald as early as Monday whether they will face charges as the prosecutor winds up his nearly two-year investigation, the lawyers said.
tinyurl.com/dlrt7

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Leak case returns spotlight to rationale for Iraq war :

The legal and political stakes are of the highest order, but the investigation into the disclosure of a covert CIA officer’s identity is also just one skirmish in the continuing battle over the Bush administration’s justification for the war in Iraq.
tinyurl.com/ammgr

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Frank Rich : Karl and Scooter’s Excellent Adventure :

We don’t yet know whether Lewis (Scooter) Libby or Karl Rove has committed a crime, but the more we learn about their desperate efforts to take down a bit player like Joseph Wilson, the more we learn about the real secret they wanted to protect: the “why” of the war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10724.htm

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Prosecutor got OK to expand leak probe in ‘04:

In a letter dated Feb. 6, 2004, then-Deputy Attorney General James Comey said that he was clarifying, “at your (Fitzgerald’s) request,” the added authority to investigate and prosecute “crimes committed with intent to interfere with your investigation.”
tinyurl.com/9xw3l

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Islamists and Mujahedeen Secure Victory in Afghan Vote :

More than a month after the elections, nearly all provisional results have finally been released for Afghanistan’s Parliament and provincial assemblies, cementing a victory for Islamic conservatives and the jihad fighters involved in the wars of the past two decades.
www.iht.com/articles/2005/10/23/news/war.php#

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‘We have proof UK bombed us’ :

Iran said yesterday it has proof that Britain was involved in a double bomb attack last week that killed six people and injured more than 100 in Ahvaz.
tinyurl.com/7fu2b

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Blair’s New Tune on Iran:

British officials used to be certain that a military attack on Iran was out of the question. Now, it seems, they‚re not so sure.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10728.htm

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Syria hits out against Hariri murder claims :

In the first official reaction to emerge from Damascus, Syrian foreign ministry adviser Riad Daudi told a press conference his government rejected the report, which was biased and aimed at hurting Syria. He said the conclusions were ‘without any foundation’.
observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1598900,00.html

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Pivotal Witness in Mehlis Report is a Convicted Swindler :

The alleged intelligence agent al-Sadik, 42, on whose testimony a considerable portion of the investigation is based, has been convicted of , embezzlement and fraud, among other crimes. Even within the UN Commission investigating the murder of Lebanon‚s former Prime Minster Rafik al-Hariri, which presented its report on Thursday, there is doubt of the credibility of the Syrian witness.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10726.htm

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CIA likely to avoid charges in most prisoner deaths:

Despite signs of CIA involvement in at least 4 prisoner deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, CIA workers appear likely to escape criminal charges in all but one case.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10727.htm

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Police to probe US ‘torture flights’ landing in Scotland:

SCOTTISH police are to launch an investigation into CIA “torture flights” which fly in and out of Glasgow and Prestwick airports, ferrying kidnapped war on terror suspects around the world.
www.sundayherald.com/52461

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‘I stand by my words. And even more, I stand by my right to say them…’ :

When the acclaimed Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk recalled his country’s mass killing of Armenians, he was forced to flee abroad. As he prepares to accept a peace award in Frankfurt, he tells Maureen Freely why he had to break his nation’s biggest taboo
observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1598633,00.html

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Bush is nothing if not consummate con man:

The late and wonderfully caustic George Burns used to flick the ash off his cigar and say: “The secret of success in show business is sincerity. Once you learn how to fake that, you’ve got it made, kid.”
tinyurl.com/a9x59

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Report: Texas Overpaid Miers in Land Sale :

Texas officials paid Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers’ family more than $100,000 for a small piece of land in 2000 – 10 times the land’s worth – despite the state’s objections to the way the price was determined, Knight Ridder Newspapers reported Saturday.
tinyurl.com/balj4

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Report: Contractor overcharged U.S. gov’t.:

In audits obtained by the Washington Post, federal auditors found Unisys overbilled taxpayers for some 171,000 hours’ worth of labor and overtime by charging up to $131 an hour for employees who were paid no more than $46.43 an hour.
tinyurl.com/ddvdr

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Vermont GOP candidate gets caught lying through his teeth:

Here’s where it gets interesting. Freyne writes “So, Rich Tarrant, the wealthy, wannabe U.S. senator from Vermont, does support a woman’s right to choose, right? Wrong.” Here’s how we know:
tinyurl.com/bstch

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Charge Him or Release Him

“Under a government which imprisons unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.” : Henry David Thoreau

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 167 Days

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Living in a Fascist State

By Lewis H. Lapham

It does no good to ask the weakling’s pointless question, “Is America a fascist state?” We must ask instead, in a major rather than a minor key, “Can we make America the best damned fascist state the world has ever seen,”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10710.htm

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The Most Important Criminal Case in American History

By James Moore

If special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald delivers indictments of a few functionaries of the vice president‚s office or the White House, we are likely to have on our hands a constitutional crisis. The evidence of widespread wrongdoing and conspiracy is before every American with a cheap laptop and a cable television subscription. And we do not have the same powers of subpoena granted to Fitzgerald.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10709.htm

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Thirteen killed in Afghan ambush :

Nine policemen were killed during an attack by suspected Taleban rebels on Friday afternoon in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4367318.stm

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Afghan journalist killed in blast:

A bomb ripped through a military vehicle in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing an Afghan journalist and injuring three military personnel, an intelligence official said.
dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=6733

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2 U.S. Soldiers Among 9 Killed In Continuing Violence:
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L22179799.htm

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Seven killed in Iraq bloodshed :

Seven people including a security official killed in Iraq violence.
www.geo.tv/main_files/world.aspx?id=92031

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Cindy Sheehan : They Are Not Numbers:

Our young people aren’t numbers. Our young people are confined to early graves because of criminals who should be confined to prison that are profiting handsomely from the undeclared mess in Iraq. The Iraqi people are less than numbers.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10713.htm

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The Costs of War at Walter Reed :

Inside Walter Reed Army Hospital is the horrible reality of the Iraq War, a reality that few Americans see, and fewer want to see.
snipurl.com/iuwx

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Official Says U.S. Rushed to War in Iraq:

A top U.S. official for aid to Iraq has accused the Bush administration of rushing unprepared into the 2003 invasion because of pressures from President Bush’s approaching reelection campaign.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10716.htm

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Not One More Death: Not One More Dollar:

On the day after the 2,000th reported U.S. military death in Iraq, people will gather in communities across the U.S. to say that the country‚s pro-peace majority wants Congress to stop the deaths by stopping the dollars that are funding the war.
snipurl.com/iuwy

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Sunni area ‘rejects’ Iraq charter :

No figures were given for the other two Sunni provinces of Anbar and Ninevah. A two-thirds rejection of the charter in both would torpedo the project.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/4367356.stm

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‘Gunmen surrounded us, firing into the windscreen. The dreaded moment had arrived: kidnap’ :

Rory Carroll, the Guardian’s Baghdad correspondent was abducted for 36 hours before being freed on Thursday. This is his story
www.guardian.co.uk/rorycarroll/story/0,16647,1598082,00.html

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Recently Declassified Notes Reveal Brutal Treatment of Hunger-Striking Detainees at Guantanamo :

Force-feedings resulted in prisoners “vomiting up substantial amounts of blood. When they vomited up blood, the soldiers mocked and cursed at them, and taunted them with statements like Œlook what your religion has brought you.‚‰
www.commondreams.org/news2005/1019-17.htm

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Old Bush vs. new:

The Bush administration is bracing for a powerful new attack by Brent Scowcroft, the respected national security adviser to the first President George Bush.
snipurl.com/iuwz

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Goodwill Envoy Hughes Claims Saddam Hussein Gassed ‘hundreds of Thousands’ of Iraqis:

U.S. envoy Karen Hughes on Friday defended Washington’s decision to go to war against Iraq in front of a skeptical audience, saying Saddam Hussein had gassed to death “hundreds of thousands” of his own people. A State Department official later said she misspoke about the number.
ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGBFUQSI2FE.html

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The Biological And Toxin Weapons Convention And Iraq:

The Riegle Report to the US Senate has published evidence that the US sold bacillus anthracis, clostridium botulinum, histoplasma capsulatum, brucella, melitensis and clostridium perfringens to agencies of the Iraqi government pursuant to export licences issued by the US Department of Commerce, at a time when the US was fully aware of the Iraqi biological warfare programme and that these exports have been fully documented
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10711.htm

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Bush Critic Became Target of Libby, Former Aides Say:

Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff was so angry about the public statements of former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, a Bush administration critic married to an undercover CIA officer, that he monitored all of Wilson’s television appearances and urged the White House to mount an aggressive public campaign against him, former aides say.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10712.htm

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Times: Miller Misled Paper About Role:

The New York Times’ Judith Miller belatedly gave prosecutors her notes of a key meeting in the CIA leak probe only after being shown White House records of it, and her boss declared Friday she appeared to have misled the newspaper about her role.
abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=1238481

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Maureen Dowd: Woman of Mass Destruction :

Judy’s stories about W.M.D. fit too perfectly with the White House’s case for war. She was close to Ahmad Chalabi, the con man who was conning the neocons to knock out Saddam so he could get his hands on Iraq
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10714.htm

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Charles Sullivan: Why do we sell them our souls?:

The corporate media, as startlingly revealed recently in the example of Judith Miller, does not serve the principles of democracy. It serves the interests of the rich and powerful. They are the cheerleaders for death and delirium. Why do we lend them our ears and our minds?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10715.htm

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Britain says UN to mull Syria sanctions :

The UN Security Council will consider imposing international sanctions on Syria, implicated in the murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri.
snipurl.com/iux1

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Israeli leaders call for regime change in Syria after assassination report:

Israeli leaders on Friday called for changes in the Syrian leadership, after a U.N. probe implicated top Syrian and Lebanese intelligence officials in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
web.israelinsider.com/Articles/Diplomacy/6879.htm

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Transcript of the UN report :

REPORT OF THE INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION COMMISSION ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 1595 (2005)
news.ft.com/cms/s/98787d84-41cf-11da-a45d-00000e2511c8.html

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49 Congressmen Warns PA on Hamas Running in Elections :

Dozens of Congressmen and women have signed a letter warning the Palestinian Authority (PA) that it risks damaging relations with the United States if it allows Hamas terrorists to run in PA legislative elections scheduled in January.
www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=91548

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40 percent of people in West Bank, Gaza risk hunger :

Forty percent of the 3.6 million people living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip can’t be sure of getting enough food, either because they can’t get to it or because they can’t afford it, the UN food agency said Thursday.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/634630.html

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Pigs at the trough:

Israeli company‚s role in scandal questioned :

Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio), chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives‚ Administration Committee, awarded Israel‚s Foxcom the $3 million contract over LGC Wireless in 2002. Foxcom had donated $50,000 in 2001 to a charitable foundation run by Jack Abramoff, a Jewish lobbyist who was close to Ney and who now is the subject of several federal investigations for his lobbying practices, the Washington Post reported this week.
www.jta.org/brknews.asp?id=160320

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Corpse-burning video sparks Pentagon probe:

The photographer, Stephen Dupont, says the U.S. soldiers did it to bait the enemy in the hills outside the southern village of Gonbaz, close to the former Taliban stronghold of Kandahar.
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Australia: Laws will expose 80 Muslim suspects:

UP to 80 Australian Muslims could immediately be placed under effective house arrest under the Government’s proposed anti-terror laws.
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Medicaid reform to leave senior citizens with less:

In an effort to cut government expenses, once again Congress is poised to reduce medical benefits available to middle-class senior citizens. This time, the cuts will come in the form of reducing Medicaid eligibility for those who need nursing home care. In New Jersey, nursing home care costs in excess of $75,000 per year, more than the median income for a New Jersey family of four.
www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051
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