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Date: 25 October 2005

 
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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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