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Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2006

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

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2222
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$235,090,776,868
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Osama bin Laden: Is it him? Almost certainly

By Robert Fisk

How much longer can this nonsense go on? President Jacques Chirac warns that France – of all countries – might use nuclear weapons, if attacked. On whom, I wonder? America blows Pakistani children to pieces and claims it has killed five wanted men, including a bomb-maker. But there’s absolutely no evidence.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11621.htm

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Alternate translation of of 01/19/06 Bin Laden tape.

 
Audio Statement By Sheikh Osama Bin Laden

My message to you is about the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and the way to end it. I was not intending to speak about this subject, because for us it’s obvious; blood for blood, and all praise be to Allah, our situation is getting better and better while your situation is the opposite.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11622.htm

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The approaching war with Iran

How real is the Iran nuclear threat to the United States?

By Ed Haas

Given the fact that nuclear power plants are currently operating in 31 countries with 7 more countries in pursuit of atomic energy, is it possible that the United States of America is honestly threatened by Iran seeking nuclear power capabilities?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11616.htm

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Pakistan: Why Blame America?

By Yamin Zakaria

The US air strikes carried out on the 13th of January 2006, on the remote Pakistani village of Damadola was a clear act of terrorism. Out of the 18 civilians killed, 10 were women and children. It seems US terrorism inside Pakistan is becoming routine, earlier on the 7th of January 2006 at least eight civilians were killed by the US helicopters attack. To be precise, such acts are state-terrorism or primary-terrorism as opposed to the usual: secondary-terrorism of individuals or groups! The bombings were indiscriminate and without warning, like the routine bombings of the defenceless Iraqi cities or the Palestinian villages and towns.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11627.htm

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Attacks Kill 15 in Iraq: Explosions killed 15 people in Baghdad Friday.

The attacks were carried out as the first final tally of election results were released confirming that Shiite parties will dominate Iraq’s new government
www.here-now.org/shows/2006/01/20060120_1.asp

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12 Killed In Continuing Violence:

Iraqi security forces said they had found the bodies of seven civilians just east of the village of Dujail, in an area where 35 police recruits were abducted on Tuesday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L20295959.htm

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Shiites win Iraq election but without majority:

Religious Shiite parties surged to victory in Iraq’s general election but must find coalition partners after failing to secure an overall majority, according to uncertified results.
www.forbes.com/home/feeds/afx/2006/01/20/afx2463997.html

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Iraq tops list of threatened minorities :

Violence and repression directed against the world’s minorities have struck hardest in Iraq, according to a report presented at the United Nations.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/8B87F55B-B8BB-4B1D-979F-515902C3526E.htm

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A Town Becomes a Prison:

“Our city has become a battlefield,” 35 year-old engineer Fuad Al-Mohandis told IPS at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the city. “So many of our houses have been destroyed, and the Americans are placing landmines in areas where they think there might be fighters, even though most of the time it is near the homes of innocent civilians.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11625.htm

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Battlefield Iraq:

Combat veterans Sean Huze, Paul Rieckhoff and Jimmy Massey discuss the truth — and the lies — about the war in Iraq.
www.alternet.org/waroniraq/31053/

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Deadline passes with no word on fate of US hostage:

U.S. officials insisted there were no plans to release women prisoners, despite remarks to the contrary by the Iraqi Justice Ministry.
abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=1527220

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I Want You To Pay!:

With the billions of dollars appropriated by the United States for Iraqi reconstruction mostly spent, Japan, Australia and other nations in US President George W Bush’s “coalition of the willing” are likely to be asked to shoulder much of the burden for funding the large number of unfinished projects.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/HA20Ak02.html

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Just How Big is the Defense Budget?:

The congressional press release numbers are more than $200 billion wrong.
www.counterpunch.org/wheeler01192006.html

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Trial Illuminates Dark Tactics of Interrogation:

It was dubbed the “sleeping bag technique.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11617.htm

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Israel accuses Iran and Syria over Tel Aviv bomb:

Israel accused Iran and Syria on Friday of planning and funding a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv that raised tension before next week’s Palestinian election.
tinyurl.com/9ap3s

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ElBaradei rejects EU’s request to condemn Iran :

Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the UN’s nuclear monitor, has turned down a request by the European Union to issue a far-reaching condemnation of Iran’s nuc–lear programme when the agency’s board meets in extraordinary session next month.
news.ft.com/cms/s/ca550f44-891d-11da-94a6-0000779e2340.html

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Iran starts transferring foreign assets:

Iran, which could face UN economic sanctions over its atomic programme, has bitter memories of its US assets being frozen shortly after the 1979 Islamic revolution.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/497EDC03-ACD0-45A3-AC68-F51519B74916.htm

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Syria backs Iran in nuclear standoff:

“We support Iran regarding its right to peaceful nuclear technology,” Assad said at a news conference with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the start of two days of meetings.
tinyurl.com/bhwfw

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Iran’s energy needs will not be met by oil alone :

The international pressure over our nuclear plants is unfair and unjustified
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1690587,00.html

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What they don’t want you to know about the coming oil crisis:

Soaring fuel prices, rumours of winter power cuts, panic over the gas supply from Russia, abrupt changes to forecasts of crude output… Is something sinister going on? Yes, says former oil man Jeremy Leggett, and it’s time to face the fact that the supplies we so depend on are going to run out
news.independent.co.uk/environment/article339928.ece

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Nigeria militants say all oil producers at risk:

Militants behind attacks aimed at disrupting Nigeria’s oil exports said they will target all producers in the country, in a message singling out U.S.-based Chevron.
business.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=90332006&format=print

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U.S. Rejects Truce Offer From bin Laden :

Breaking more than a year’s silence, Osama bin Laden warned Americans in an audiotape released on Thursday that Al Qaeda was planning more attacks on the United States, but he offered a “long truce” on undefined terms.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11619.htm

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US wrong to sniff blood in bin Laden tape-analysts:

Michael Scheuer, a former top CIA official who once led the spy agency’s hunt for bin Laden, said the Bush administration failed to understand al Qaeda and would shrug off the tape at its peril.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11623.htm

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It’s all about the voice:

Osama bin Laden, master media manipulator turned global politician, is back. Talk about astonishing timing.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/HA21Ak02.html

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Drug gang plan to smuggle in Osama’s guys:

A drug-trafficker who admitted importing a quarter-ton of cocaine from Mexico also plotted to smuggle 20 men he said were Iraqi terrorists into the United States, charging them $8000 a head.
www.upi.com/SecurityTerrorism/view.php?StoryID=20060119-062911-6941r

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Author `Amazed and Amused’ by Book Plug From bin Laden:

Osama bin Laden has a book recommendation for you.
www.newhousenews.com/archive/sefton012006.html

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Chirac raises threat of nuclear strikes:

Jacques Chirac, the French president, has provoked concern and criticism from opposition parties at home and in Germany after suggesting the threat of a nuclear strike against any state that launches terrorist attacks on French soil
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/789F2532-A266-468D-BCD2-46010F2261C1.htm

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In case you missed it: ‘

Video: The Power of Nightmares: Part 1 ‘.
video.google.com/videoplay?docid=461187809452836609&q=power+of+nightmares

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Part 2 –
video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2940187978111229279

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Part 3" In the past our politicians offered us dreams of a better world. Now they promise to protect us from nightmares.
video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2324388902129396093&q=power+of+nightmares

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U.S. Press Quiet On Israeli Spy Affair:

Ex-Pentagon man gets 12 years in AIPAC case :

Franklin was also found guilty of sharing classified information with Israeli diplomat Naor Gilon. He was also fined $10,000.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11624.htm

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Ex-Pentagon analyst jailed for passing US secrets to Israel:

A former Pentagon analyst was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison on Friday for passing U.S. defense information to two pro-Israel lobbyists and for sharing classified information with an Israeli diplomat.
tinyurl.com/c5sge

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Pity the Region :

America has a starring role in The Great War for Civilisation and it is not a flattering one. She is America, righteous of voice but tone-deaf to history, jealous of power but so entwined with Israel that she sometimes reads the other character’s lines as her own.
www.thenation.com/doc/20060206/norton

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Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela will assist Bolivia:

Hugo Chávez, declared that the three countries are preparing an urgent program to assist the new president of Bolivia, Evo Morales. Chavez said he wanted something on paper by Sunday (January 22), in time for Morales’ inauguration
tinyurl.com/d2aa8

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Revolution in the Andes :

Fidel Castro’s prophecy has at last been fulfilled as Bolivia joins Latin America’s ‘axis of good’
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11618.htm

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Bolivia’s Morales talks tough over missile saga:

Bolivia President elect Evo Morales vowed tough punishment on Wednesday for military chiefs who sent the country’s only missiles to the United States to be destroyed, apparently without the outgoing president’s consent.
www.chinapost.com.tw/international/detail.asp?ID=75675&GRP=D

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CIA warned its operatives to stay out of Italy, according to e-mail:

The CIA warned its operatives to stay out of Italy after learning that Italian prosecutors were preparing to seek arrest warrants in the agency’s 2003 kidnapping of a radical Muslim preacher, according to an e-mail message recovered from the computer drive of the chief suspect in the case.
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/politics/13665883.htm

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The CIA is engaging in an unlawful practice ˆ‰extraordinary rendition‰:

In a history-making lawsuit, the ACLU is challenging the practice on behalf of Khaled El-Masri, an entirely innocent victim of rendition who was released without ever being charged.
www.aclu.org/safefree/extraordinaryrendition/index.html

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US poised for radical reform of foreign aid programme:

The Bush administration wants its multibillion-dollar aid programmes to serve its foreign policy goals better. Critics are worried that by in effect merging USAID into the State Department, the agency will lose some of its independence, and development will become purely politicised.
tinyurl.com/7q352

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Depleted Uranium – A Hidden Looming Worldwide Calamity:

There’s possibly one threat that tops all others both in gravity and because it’s been deliberately concealed from the public – never discussed, explained or had any action taken to remediate it. It’s the global threat from the toxic effects of depleted uranium (DU)
www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=LEN20060119&articleId=1754

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Whitewash:

Administration defends NSA wiretapping:

The Bush administration offered its fullest defense to date on Thursday of the National Security Agency’s domestic eavesdropping program, saying that authorization from Congress to deter future terrorist attacks “places the president at the zenith of his powers in authorizing the NSA activities.”
tinyurl.com/exac7

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Why Stanford prof is suing Bush over NSA spying:

``It is not simply what the president is having the NSA do. It is the unilateral and unconstitutional means by which he is doing it.’’
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/living/education/13660737.htm

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U.S. Obtains Internet Users’ Search Records:

Yahoo and others reveal queries from millions of people; Google refuses. Identities aren’t included, but the data trove stirs privacy fears.
tinyurl.com/9fpk6

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Ominous sign / The president’s growing disregard for the law:

President Bush’s latest tool for disrespecting the Constitution, Congress and the American people, used more than a hundred times so far, is the presidential signing statement.
www.post-gazette.com/pg/06020/641039.stm

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Tripping Up on Trips: Judges Love Junkets as Much as Tom DeLay Does :

The judicial seminars are conducted under the innocuous-sounding banner of “judicial education.” In reality, these slanted multiday sessions mock the ideal of an independent, impartial judiciary, and pose a threat to the appearance and reality of judicial integrity.
www.nytimes.com/2006/01/20/opinion/20fri4.html?pagewanted=print

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Charles Sullivan : Talking Revolution :

We will never have a just society by being silent and remaining ignorant. We have no rational choice but to open our eyes and to see things as they really are. We have a moral obligation not only to speak out against injustice; we have an obligation to act against it. That is our duty as citizens; it is our duty as servants of justice and peace.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11626.htm

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What They Won’t Tell You Corruption Is Really All About :

Beyond the brazen vote-buying/bribery that our money-drenched political process periodically is afflicted with is the far more systematic way America’s entire political debate is artificially limited to ensure an outcome favorable to Big Money interests.
www.huffingtonpost.com/david-sirota/what-they-wont-tell-you-_b_14156.html

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British firms top foreign spending on US lobbyists:

BRITISH companies have spent more than $165 million (£93.7 million) since 1998 with an American lobbying industry that is being described by US Democrats as “part of a poison tree of corruption‰.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,11069-2000869,00.html

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When it comes to spin, Washington is no match for Wall Street. : .

Ignored was the fact that November’s deficit was still the third largest monthly deficit ever, and regardless of expectations, an unmitigated economic disaster. Such a “celebration” is akin to a student celebrating an “F‰ on his report card, as it represents an improvement on the “F-” earned the prior semester.
www.prudentbear.com/internationalperspective.asp

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USDA blocks real probes, records fake ones:

The Department of Agriculture has effectively blocked employees from pursuing complaints of anti-competitive behavior in the livestock industry and inflated the number of investigations it has conducted to make it appear it is vigorously upholding the law, the department’s inspector general reported Wednesday.
tinyurl.com/dgen9

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Date: Thurs, 19 Jan 2006

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

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2222
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$234,869,685,807
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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The Proposed Iranian Oil Bourse

Abstract: the proposed Iranian Oil Bourse will accelerate the fall of the American Empire.

By Krassimir Petrov, Ph.D.

A nation-state taxes its own citizens, while an empire taxes other nation-states. The history of empires, from Greek and Roman, to Ottoman and British, teaches that the economic foundation of every single empire is the taxation of other nations. The imperial ability to tax has always rested on a better and stronger economy, and as a consequence, a better and stronger military.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11613.htm

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The Poisoning of the Well

By Manuel Valenzuela

At a time when millions needed to find solace and answers to the evil witnessed on 9/11 Christian extremism opened its doors. When the world was spinning out of control, bursting America’s bubble of security, fundamentalist Christianity took full advantage, absorbing those wanting to understand why God had allowed such wickedness upon our shores
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11609.htm

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Iraq police fear 34 recruits killed after ambush:

As many as 34 Iraqi police recruits may have been killed by insurgents after being ambushed in a rebel area north of Baghdad, police said on Thursday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L19330921.htm

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U.S. forces close road, forcing Iraqi drivers onto a killing field:

Thirty people were dragged from their cars Wednesday and shot dead execution-style in farming areas in Nibaei, a town near Dujail, about 50 miles north of the capital, said police Lt. Qahtan al-Hashmawi.
tinyurl.com/a96e4

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2 Bombings On Same Baghdad Street Kill 23:

A suicide attacker detonated an explosive vest in a crowded downtown coffee shop Thursday and another bomb exploded seconds later under a nearby car, killing at least 23 people and wounding 26, police and hospital officials said.
www.wral.com/apworldnews/6239692/detail.html

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US-Iraqi troops search for 50 kidnapped police recruits :

“Dozens of armed men, wearing police and Iraqi army uniform,manned mobile checkpoints and kidnapped 50 police recruits north of Meshahadah town,” the source said.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-01/19/content_4074171.htm

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Italy to pull troops out of Iraq :

Italy will withdraw 1 000 of its 2 600 troops in Iraq by June and aims to finish its mission there by the end of this year, Defence Minister Antonio Martino said on Thursday.
www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=3&art_id=qw1137680462280B262

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US Army raises enlistment age to 40:

The US Army said Wednesday it has raised its maximum enlistment age from 35 to 40 years old and is doubling signing up bonuses to a high of 40,000 dollars.
www.politicalgateway.com/news/read.html?id=5975

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Jazeera airs new images of US journalist in Iraq:

Al Jazeera television said on Tuesday that Carroll’s kidnappers had threatened to kill her within 72 hours unless all Iraqi women detainees were freed.
www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=27678

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Iraqi Officials Ask US to Release 6 Female Prisoners :

Iraqi officials say they have asked U.S. forces to release six of eight Iraqi female prisoners, but they say the move is not related to the demand of a militant group that kidnapped an American journalist.
www.voanews.com/english/2006-01-19-voa21.cfm

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Witness: Officer said interrogation rules not followed:

An Army officer charged with killing an Iraqi general during questioning said interrogation rules were being flouted “every day” in Iraq, a witness testified late Wednesday at the officer’s court-martial.
www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2006-01-19-suffocation-trial_x.htm

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Full Text of Bin Laden Tape

Bin Laden appears to be addressing the American people:

By The Associated Press

My message to you is about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and how to end them. I did not intend to speak to you about this because this issue has already been decided. Only metal breaks metal, and our situation, thank God, is only getting better and better, while your situation is the opposite of that.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11615.htm

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U.S. targeted-killings of al Qaeda suspects rising:

U.S. sources said Washington would not have undertaken the airstrike without an OK from Pakistani officials, while experts dismissed Pakistan’s angry public response.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N17365135.htm

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Ted Rall: Death From Above:

U.S. Drone Planes Have a Nearly Perfect Record of Failure
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11614.htm

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Robert Scheer: What’s Up With Osama Bin Laden? :

Now we are left holding the bag in two desperate countries with bleak futures where perpetrators of 9/11 are reportedly thriving and guerilla warfare and terror bombings have continued to increase.
www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-scheer/whats-up-with-osama-bin-_b_14010.html

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Noam Chomsky, ‘The War on Terror’, (full text):

Described by The New Yorker as ‘one of the greatest minds of the 20th century’, Noam Chomsky gave the 2006 Amnesty Lecture, hosted by Trinity College Dublin, on January 18th. The theme of the lecture was ‘The War on Terror’.
www.amnesty.ie/user/content/view/full/5051

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Military Attack against Iran Now Imminent :

World renowned investigative reporter and terror expert, reveals that the US and Israel will destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities in less than 10 weeks from now.
www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=96976

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Iranian president in Damascus to consolidate alliance with Syria:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began a visit to Syria Thursday to consolidate an old alliance made increasingly crucial as both countries face mounting U.S. pressure and the threat of international sanctions.
tinyurl.com/cyz93

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In case you missed it:

Iran in the Crosshairs :

Iran’s danger to America is not its nuclear program but its plan to introduce a euro-based energy exchange
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9936.htm

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In case you missed it:

Petrodollar Warfare: Dollars, Euros and the Upcoming Iranian Oil Bourse:

Despite the complete absence of coverage from the five U.S. corporate media conglomerates, these foreign news stories suggest one of the Federal Reserve’s nightmares may begin to unfold in the spring of 2006, when it appears that international buyers will have a choice of buying a barrel of oil for $60 dollars on the NYMEX and IPE – or purchase a barrel of oil for •45 – •50 euros via the Iranian Bourse.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article9698.htm

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Clinton calls for Iran sanctions:

During a speech at Princeton University, the former first lady also placed the onus on Palestinians to make peace possible with Israel
www.nj.com/news/times/index.ssf?/base/news-1/113766155718531.xml&coll=5

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Latest remarks on Iran indicate Israel stepping up campaign:

Israel is stepping up its campaign against Iran’s nuclear ambitions and is in ‘advanced talks’ with the United States and European countries over a package of sanctions that would be applied against Iran should it continue its nuclear programme.
tinyurl.com/8fxjy

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Spreading War, Not Democracy:

The Bush Administration and their Democratic allies believe that the war in Iraq and now Iran is in Israel’s interest.
brickburner.blogs.com/my_weblog/2006/01/spreading_war_n.html

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Charley Reese: Ariel Sharon:

He treated the so-called road map to peace like the joke that it is.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11611.htm

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Likud beefs up campaign staff with Schwarzenegger aide :

Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday hired American political strategist, John McLaughlin, to work as his party’s campaign advisor and pollster in the upcoming general elections.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/672083.html

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Empirical news: The secret’s out:

Bush is overtaken by events˜and overwhelmed
villagevoice.com/news/0603,schanberg,71770,6.html

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Niger Delta: U.S. May Delay Troops Deployment:

Pentagon sources confirmed that officials are reviewing an agreement with Nigeria that would have marines protect oil facilities because of the growing battle between Nigerian armed forces and insurgents.
www.independentng.com/news/nnjan190602.htm

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Chris Floyd: Loot the Vote: :

The Bush Faction’s Future Victories are Already in the Bag
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11610.htm

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Paul Craig Roberts: Evidence of a Stolen Election:

The electronic voting machines leave virtually no paper trail and their use involves private potentially partisan corporations tabulating the votes with proprietary software that is not transparent.
www.lewrockwell.com/roberts/roberts140.html

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UK: Torture flights: what No 10 knew and tried to cover up :

Leaked memo reveals strategy to deny knowledge of detention centres
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,1689853,00.html

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UK: Foreign Office paper reveals British knowledge of torture flights
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,1689830,00.html

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Read the leaked memo in full

Pdf document
www.newstatesman.com/pdf/rendition/rendition.pdf

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Scotland: Executive accused of turning a blind eye to US ‘torture flights’:

THE SNP today accused the Scottish Executive of turning a blind eye to so-called torture flights as it published pictures of alleged CIA planes at Edinburgh Airport.
news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=87312006

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Justice Department to declare warrantless wiretaps legal:

In a detailed 42-page legal memorandum set for release this evening the Bush Justice Department will defend the President’s warrantless wiretap program as legal.
tinyurl.com/ba9wd

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A Message From Kevin Benderman:

Karen Kwiatkowski on a prisoner of conscience in the military gulag.
www.lewrockwell.com/kwiatkowski/kwiatkowski139.html

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Editorial: The Alito vote :

Americans will regret his confirmation
www.post-gazette.com/pg/06019/640345.stm

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Rightwing group offers students $100 to spy on professors :

31 academics listed as ‘worthy of scrutiny’
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,1689653,00.html

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John Pilger :Australia: A First-Rate Country Run By Second-Rate People:

Like Bush’s America, Howard’s Australia is not so much a democracy as a plutocracy, governed for and by the “big end of town”, even though, as Mark Twain pointed out, this is “an entire continent peopled by the lower orders”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11612.htm

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Not all Fascism looks like Adolf Hitler:

2 Minute video exposes the NeoConservative Manifesto
video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8209917803958754608

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Ron Paul: Searching for a New Direction :

The Abramoff scandal has been described as the biggest Washington scandal ever – True reform is impossible without addressing the immorality of wealth redistribution. Merely electing new leaders and writing more rules to regulate those who petition Congress will achieve nothing.
www.house.gov/paul/congrec/congrec2006/cr011806.htm

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Date: Wed, 18 Jan

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

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2211
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$234,603,975,477
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Another Undeclared War?

By Patrick J. Buchanan

 
Is the United States about to launch a second preemptive war, against a nation that has not attacked us, to deprive it of weapons of mass destruction that it does not have?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11602.htm

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2002 Memo Doubted Uranium Sale Claim

By ERIC LICHTBLAU

A high-level intelligence assessment by the Bush administration concluded in early 2002 that the sale of uranium from Niger to Iraq was “unlikely” because of a host of economic, diplomatic and logistical obstacles, according to a secret memo that was recently declassified by the State Department.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11603.htm

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US Franchised Torture Refuses To Go Away

By Gajendra Singh

It is not the divine right of Christian West to subjugate and rule the Middle East, Africa or Asia through the power of its guns. The Iraqi resistance to U.S.-led occupation from the very beginning has made it clear that the era of colonization is over.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11601.htm

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Colin Powell, talks about Iran, rendition, the decisions that took the US and Britain to war

By BBC

Jeremy Paxman, has been speaking to Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell – about Iran, rendition, the decisions that took the US and Britain to war, and that notorious presentation to the United Nations on Iraq’s weapons programme.

It’s well worth watching
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11606.htm

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Nearly 50 Killed in Latest Wave of Attacks:

In the town of Nibaei in northern Iraq, police found the bodies of 25 people who had been shot in the back of their heads, a police spokesman there said in an interview
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11600.htm

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Veteran reporter says 3,000-4,000 Iraqis killed every month:

Between 3,000 and 4,000 Iraqis are killed every month, rendering “ridiculous” US President George W. Bush’s estimate of about 30,000 civilian casualties since the start of the war, veteran British journalist Robert Fisk said Wednesday
www.politicalgateway.com/news/read.html?id=5971

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Female detainees set free in Iraq :

The group holding US journalist Jill Carroll has said she will die unless all Iraqi women prisoners are freed.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4624716.stm

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Surface-to-Air Missile Downed U.S. Chopper in Iraq:

It’s a troubling new development because there are hundreds ˜ and by some estimates thousands ˜ of SA-7 missiles that are unaccounted for in Iraq.
abcnews.go.com/WNT/International/story?id=1515168

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US helicopters in Iraq face menace of ‘aerial bombs’:

The new home-made weapons, known to the Americans as “aerial improvised explosive devices” have been used on numerous occasions.
tinyurl.com/d5odk

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Official US agency paints dire picture of ‘out-of-control’ Iraq :

Account belies picture painted by White House
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1688730,00.html

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Baghdad Burning: Iraqi Girl Blog:

A Tribute to Iraqi Ingenuity
tinyurl.com/8wtdp

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Scott Ritter: The Military Recruiter’s Lament:

As recruiters struggle to overcome the national aversion to military service that has gripped the country, their superiors wrestle to pin down the underlying reasons behind this failure of the American people to heed the call of the trumpet.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11605.htm

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Iran scorns EU trio’s draft nuclear resolution:

European powers began circulating a draft resolution on Wednesday that asks the U.N. nuclear watchdog to report Iran to the Security Council, drawing a scornful response from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
tinyurl.com/dpzkv

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China, Russia would fight Iran oil sanctions: experts:

U.N. Security Council heavyweights China and Russia have too much riding on Iran’s energy sector to let the West slap sanctions on Tehran to punish its nuclear ambitions, experts say.
tinyurl.com/98xsu

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Moscow Will Not Follow West’s Cue on Iran:

Moscow has signaled a change in its stance toward Tehran. In recent days, officials including Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov have indicated they would not block a Security Council referral, although they would likely still oppose sanctions
mosnews.com/interview/2006/01/17/westsque.shtml

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The west has picked a fight with Iran that it cannot win :

Iran is a serious country, not another two-bit post-imperial rogue waiting to be slapped about the head by a white man. It is the fourth largest oil producer in the world. Its population is heading towards 80 million by 2010. Its capital, Tehran, is a mighty metropolis half as big again as London.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11604.htm

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Noam Chomsky : Iran would be “crazy‰ not to develop nuclear weapons. :

U.S., Israel pushing Iran on nukes
jta.org/page_view_breaking_story.asp?intid=955

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Avoiding a War with Iran :

The toppling of Iran’s theocratic regime would consolidate dwindling resources under the stars and stripes and guarantee continued supremacy of US financial institutions, American energy giants, and the faltering greenback. Additionally, it would defang a potential rival to an emergent Israel, which sees itself as the prevailing power in the region.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11607.htm

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India, Iran and the nuclear challenge :

Siding again with the U.S. and its allies in their illegal pressure on Iran will weaken India’s hand on the civil nuclear cooperation and energy fronts
svaradarajan.blogspot.com/2006/01/india-iran-and-nuclear-challenge.html

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U.S. nuclear forces, 2006:

As of January 2006, the U.S. stockpile contains almost 10,000 nuclear warheads. This includes 5,735 active or operational warheads: 5,235 strategic and 500 nonstrategic warheads. Approximately 4,225 additional warheads are held in the reserve or inactive stockpiles
www.thebulletin.org/article_nn.php?art_ofn=jf06norris

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Another Witness Testifies with Perjury into Assassination of Hariri :

The witness Ibrahim Michel Jarjoura said he was forced to offer a false and fabricated testimony against Syria at the international investigation committee into the assassination of former Lebanese Premier Rafik al-Hariri because he was under threats and pressures to do so.
www.sana.org/index743c205defee8ce4e232662550926c76.html

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US freezes assets of Syrian intelligence chief:

The United States on Wednesday froze the U.S. assets of Syrian military intelligence director Asef Shawkat, accusing him of fomenting terrorism against Israel and backing Syria’s intrusion in Lebanon.
tinyurl.com/9cjap

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Hamas support grows after Israelis shoot militant leader :

“People will show solidarity with the martyrs and the organisation they belong to.”
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article339307.ece

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Snatch squad quells protest over Jewish evictions:

After days of skirmishes in Hebron, which saw teenage settlers vandalising Palestinian property in the town and hurling rocks at the Israeli police, the local media had talked of an “Israeli intifada”.
tinyurl.com/85fc3

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Leading candidates for high post in House are both strong on Israel :

Tom DeLay’s Jewish friends ˜ and enemies ˜ can expect the same friendliness to Israel and affection for faith-based funding from whomever replaces him as majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11599.htm

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Taliban say ‘hundreds’ of suicide attackers ready:

A Taliban commander said on Tuesday hundreds of his guerrillas were ready to launch suicide attacks across Afghanistan to drive out foreign forces.
tinyurl.com/8rbhc

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U.S. envoy: Be ready for Taliban violence:

The British-led military force that will move soon into southern Afghanistan must be ready to fight militant Taliban insurgents, the U.S. envoy to NATO warned.
www.washtimes.com/upi/20060118-110954-4574r.htm

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Rome prosecutors to charge U.S. soldier with murdering Italian agent in Iraq:

Italian prosecutors investigating the killing of an Italian secret service agent at a checkpoint in Iraq plan to charge a U.S. soldier with murder and attempted murder, Italian media reported Tuesday.
www.nctimes.com/articles/2006/01/18/military/17_47_591_17_06.txt

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US refuses to hand over 4 marines charged with rape :

Philippine judge last week issued arrest warrants for the marines, held in custody by the U.S. embassy, in a bid to pressure Washington to hand them over.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-01/18/content_4065533.htm

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Australia: PM knew of wheat deal: Labor:

SENIOR Howard government ministers must offer themselves as witnesses at the AWB inquiry as evidence mounts that they ignored its illicit payments to Saddam Hussein’s regime, Labor says.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,17861870^1702,00.html

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White House Silent on Abramoff Meetings :

Abramoff had “a few staff-level meetings” at the Bush White House, presidential spokesman Scott McClellan said Tuesday. But he would not say with whom Abramoff met, which interests he was representing or how he got access to the White House
tinyurl.com/djszt

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Abramoff Met With Bush In May 2001 ;

The Texas Observer reports that Abramoff met with Bush on May 9, 2001, with his clients, the Coushatta tribe. (The chairman of the Coushatta tribe initially denied the meeting occured, but subsequently admitted that it did.) Abramoff charged his client 25,000 to arrange the meeting.
thinkprogress.org/2006/01/07/abramoff-bush-2001/

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Lawmakers pressured Interior while getting large donations from Abramoff tribes :

Nearly three dozen members of Congress, including leaders from both parties, pressed the government to reject a Louisiana Indian casino while they collected large donations from rival tribes and their lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/20051117-0028-tribes-letters&dollars-abridged.html

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Corruption Digest :

Here is your briefing on how America’s political system is being sold to the highest bidders.
tinyurl.com/a7kjj

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Corruption?

Congressman made personal loan to bank president shortly before bank extended him $250,000-plus loan
rawstory.com/news/2005/Utah_congressman_made_personal_loan_to_0118.html

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Democrats and Other False Friends:

“George Bush would be in severe political trouble if there were an opposition political party in the country.
www.counterpunch.org/damato01182006.html

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Paul Craig Roberts: Gore Is Right:

Former vice president Al Gore gave what I believe to be the most important political speech in my lifetime, and the New York Times, “the newspaper of record,” did not report it. Not even excerpts.
www.lewrockwell.com/roberts/roberts141.html

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Gore responds to White House ‘hypocrisy’ comments:

“There are two problems with the Attorney General’s effort to focus attention on the past instead of the present Administration’s behavior.”
releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=59370

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Senate candidate unapologetic for saying GOP hijacked by fanatics:

Ohio’s Republican leader wants Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Paul Hackett to apologize for calling some conservative Republicans religious fanatics and comparing them to terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden.
www.ohio.com/mld/beaconjournal/news/state/13646787.htm

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Newspapers Across the Country Oppose Alito Nomination:

Urge Senate to Stop his Nomination to the Supreme Court
tinyurl.com/cs84n

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Buffett: U.S. Trade Deficit Is a Threat:

The U.S. trade deficit is a bigger threat to the domestic economy than either the federal budget deficit or consumer debt and could lead to “political turmoil,” billionaire investor Warren Buffett warned.
tinyurl.com/9wdps

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Supreme Court backs Oregon assisted suicide law:

In a 6-3 vote, justices ruled that a federal drug law could not be used to prosecute Oregon doctors who prescribed overdoses intended to facilitate the deaths of terminally ill patients.
khon.com/khon/display.cfm?storyID=10581&sectionID=1153

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Date: Tues, 17 Jan 2006

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

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2220
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$234,365,799,016
See the cost in your community
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“War on Terror‰ Continues to Create Terrorists

By Ivan Eland

The CIA’s recent botched attempt to kill al Qaeda’s number two man, Ayman Zawahiri, in Pakistan illustrates why the Bush administration’s overly aggressive “war on terror‰ actually motivates terrorists to attack the United States.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11592.htm

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Imperial Mongering from Gladstone to ŒKing George’

By Pierre Tristam

Until the latter days of 2001 President Bush’s skeletal talents for peacetime democracy were creaking out of the closet and down the ravine of opinion polls. He was a Hoover in the making (the president or the vacuum, your pick). Osama bin Laden to the rescue. His one-hit wonder on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon did wonders for a presidency looking for salvation. And the most imperial presidency in the nation’s history was off on its wolves’ hunt, with democracy for a battle flag.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11596.htm

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Eight killed in Iraq violence:

Violence flared in Baghdad and the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk with gunmen killing at least eight Iraqis, including a senior army commander and his brother.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=80862006

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USAID Paper Details Security Crisis in Iraq:

The U.S. Agency for International Development paints a dire and detailed picture of the Iraq security situation in its request for contractors to bid on its $1.32 billion, 28-month project to help stabilize 10 major Iraqi cities.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11586.htm

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Jazeera airs video of kidnapped US journalist:

The abductors of U.S. journalist Jill Carroll have threatened to kill her if the United States does not free Iraqi women prisoners within 72 hours, Al Jazeera television said on Tuesday
tinyurl.com/b2pmf

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Shocking War Admission From Colin Powell:

In a candid interview just hours ago, former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell talks about mistakes made in the decision to go to war with Iraq. “We were wrong,” Powell says.
wjz.com/local/local_story_017073122.html

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Iraq Interior Minister Okayed Torture:

Ex-General: Iraq’s Interior Minister Bayan Jabr Solagh and senior officials at his ministry have condoned torture and abuses of detainees, a ministry’s whistle-blower who was in charge of the special forces unit said in new statements.
www.islam-online.net/English/News/2006-01/16/article04.shtml

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US officer tried over Iraqi death :

The court-martial of a US officer charged with murdering an Iraqi general who was being held in custody has begun in Colorado.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4618700.stm

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Islamists gain ground from American push for Mideast democracy:

President Bush’s efforts to spread democracy to the Middle East have strengthened Islamists across the region, posing fresh challenges for the United States, according to U.S. officials, foreign diplomats and democracy experts.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11591.htm

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War’s Stunning Price Tag : Why were the costs so vastly underestimated?

Elsewhere in the government, it is standard practice to engage in an elaborate cost-benefit analysis for major projects. The war in Iraq was a war of choice, an immense “project,” and yet it now appears that there was virtually no analysis of the likely costs of a prolonged occupation.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11595.htm

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Some Iraq Rebuilding Funds Go Untraced:

The Coalition Provisional Authority, which existed from shortly after the fall of Saddam Hussein in April 2003 until June 2004, was allocated more than $38 billion in U.S. and Iraqi funds. It spent $19.7 billion of U.N.-administered Iraqi oil money
tinyurl.com/czntp

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ŒWe Weren’t Ready for It’:

A woman who lost both legs in Iraq on taking care of America’s injured veterans
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10842489/site/newsweek/

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American who advised Pentagon says he wrote for magazine that found forged Niger documents:

A controversial neoconservative who occasionally consulted for the Bush Defense Department has confirmed that he was a contributor to the Italian magazine Panorama, whose reporter first came across forged documents which purported that Iraq was seeking to obtain uranium from Niger.
rawstory.com/news/2005/American_who_consulted_for_Pentagon_says_0117.html

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U.S. Military Called On to Compensate Iraqi Civilians:

U.S.-based humanitarian groups are urging the administration of President George W. Bush to compensate the families of innocent Iraqi citizens killed as a result of aerial bombings by the U.S. military.
us.oneworld.net/article/view/125635/1/

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Juan Cole: Cheney will Ask Mubarak for Egyptian Troops for Iraq:

Will Cairo counter Tehran?
www.juancole.com/2006/01/cheney-will-ask-mubarak-for-egyptian.html

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Iraq sailor killed in clash with Iran ship:

An Iraqi sailor was killed and nine were captured by an Iranian Navy vessel during a skirmish in the Gulf near the southern Iraqi city of Basra, an Iraqi official said Tuesday.
www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/special_packages/iraq/13642713.htm

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Putin: Iran Hasn’t Ruled Out Uranium Enrichment In Russia : –

-Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that Iran hasn’t excluded the possibility of conducting its uranium enrichment in Russia – a proposal that could be a way out of escalating tensions over Iran’s nuclear program.
tinyurl.com/bfhvy

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Russian FM against Iranian sanctions :

“Sanctions are in no way the best, or the only way to solve the problem (with Iran). We remember the history of the sanctions regime against Iraq, and we know how it ended.
tinyurl.com/92m55

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Iran crisis talks expose west’s split with China :

The London meeting between senior officials from the US, Britain, France, China and Russia – the five permanent members of the UN security council – plus Germany, was held to try to avoid a repetition of the security council divisions that marked the run-up to the war in Iraq. The west’s fear is that China could exercise its veto on Iran’s behalf.
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1687928,00.html

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Israel Sends Diplomatic Team to Persuade Moscow to Give Up

Israel dispatched a diplomatic team to Russia on Tuesday in an effort to persuade Moscow that Iran should be referred to the United Nations Security Council, reports quoted by CNSNews website said.
mosnews.com/news/2006/01/17/israeldispatches.shtml

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US senators say military strike on Iran must be option:

Republican and Democratic senators said on Sunday the United States may ultimately have to undertake a military strike to deter Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, but that should be the last resort.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N15194172.htm

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Gordon Prather: What noncompliance?
www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=48338

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Iran’s President lets CNN back in after apology:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has allowed CNN to resume operating in the country after the American cable news network apologised for mistakenly quoting him saying Tehran was seeking nuclear weapons, State radio reported on Tuesday
tinyurl.com/cxamv

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Iran Has an ‘Inalienable Right’ to Nuclear Energy:

Iran has an “inalienable right” to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes such as the production of electric energy, and the enrichment of uranium for its nuclear reactors. Could it be that Iran’s plan for an oil exchange trading in Euros is the real issue? Or is it Israel?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11589.htm

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Mike Whitney: Reinventing Sharon, Friedman Style :

“Is there an Arab Sharon?‰ Freidman wonders; implying that peace would be possible if only the Palestinians could produce leader similar to Ariel Sharon.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11593.htm

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Cheney and Netanyahu Pushing For War Against Syria:

An ever-more-desperate Dick Cheney is pulling out all the stops to install “Clean Break” hawk Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu as the next Israeli Prime Minister, to push for an immediate confrontation between Israel and Syria.
www.larouchepub.com/other/2006/3303cheney_bibi.html

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Report: Germany provided passports to Mossad agents :

A spokesman for the BND confirmed that his organization is cooperating with the Mossad, but refused to respond to the reported information that the organization supplied the Mossad with passports.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/671448.html

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Remember Afghanistan? Insurgents bring suicide terror to country :

A suicide bomber yesterday rode into town, killing at least 20 in the deadliest insurgent attack since the US invasion. More than 1,600 were killed in 2005, and the murder rate is rising. The rule of law has collapsed. The government is trapped in its own fortified compound in the capital.
news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/article339090.ece

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Chinese Detainees’ Lawyers Will Take Case to High Court:

Lawyers for a group of Chinese nationals held in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with no hope of release are taking the rare step of asking the Supreme Court to intervene immediately, saying only the high court can resolve the constitutional crisis their case presents.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11590.htm

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ACLU Sues to Stop Domestic Spying Program :

Civil liberties groups filed lawsuits in two cities Tuesday seeking to block President Bush’s domestic eavesdropping program, arguing the electronic surveillance of American citizens was unconstitutional.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-5551881,00.html

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Gore: Bush ‘Repeatedly and Persistently’ Broke the Law :

Former Vice President Al Gore called Monday for an independent investigation of President Bush’s domestic spying program, contending the president “repeatedly and persistently” broke the law by eavesdropping on Americans without court approval.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11588.htm

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White House Accuses Gore of Hypocrisy :

McClellan said the Clinton-Gore administration had engaged in warrantless physical searches, and he cited an FBI search of the home of CIA turncoat Aldrich Ames without permission from a judge
www.localnewsleader.com/elytimes/stories/news-00125938.html

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Why Doesn’t Presidential Dismantling of the Constitution Warrant the Same Intense Scrutiny as Presidential Adultery?
www.commondreams.org/views06/0117-29.htm

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Alito Hearings: The Democrats’ Katrina:

For a constitutional confrontation at least five years in the making, the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee looked as prepared to confront Samuel Alito as FEMA chief Michael Brown did in responding to Hurricane Katrina.
tinyurl.com/8hrwn

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Enabling Danger:

The press has recently been reporting on the issue of surveillance pertaining to four “key” 9/11 hijackers. Specifically, Congressman Curt Weldon (R-Pa.) has gone public with accusations that the Pentagon had four of the 9/11 hijackers under its surveillance in December of 2000.
tinyurl.com/9n8x2

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Charles Sullivan : In Defense of Progressive Values :

In reality America no longer has two major political parties˜the Democrats and the Republicans. Sometime ago these two parties merged into a single party that only represents the interests of wealth and power.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11594.htm

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Spy Agency Data After Sept. 11 Led F.B.I. to Dead Ends :

As the bureau was running down those leads, its director, Robert S. Mueller III, raised concerns about the legal rationale for a program of eavesdropping without warrants, one government official said. Mr. Mueller asked senior administration officials about “whether the program had a proper legal foundation,” but deferred to Justice Department legal opinions, the official said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11587.htm

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Shell may pull out of Niger Delta after 17 die in boat raid :

The oil giant Royal Dutch Shell was considering pulling out of the volatile Niger Delta region yesterday after heavily armed militants stormed one of its facilities and killed at least 17 people.
news.independent.co.uk/world/africa/article339109.ece

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Dr. Michelle Bachelet Victor In Chilean Election:

Bachelet’s 53.5 percent to Pinera’s 46.5 percent marked a trend throughout Latin America of leftist electoral victories. Leftists now run Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay, and Venezuela, with the inclusion of Chile, the political sentiment of the region is unmistakable.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11597.htm

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Global warming: Is it too late to save our planet?:

GLOBAL warming is irreversible and billions of people will die over the next century, one of the world’s leading climate change scientists claimed yesterday.
news.scotsman.com/features.cfm?id=76062006

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California Executes Blind, Deaf Wheelchair-bound Man, 76:

California has executed a blind, deaf 76-year-old wheelchair-bound man through lethal injection after the US Supreme Court and the state’s governor Arnold Schwarzenegger refused his appeals for clemency in a case that is stoking the capital punishment debate.
service.spiegel.de/cache/international/0,1518,395675,00.html

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Children can’t “opt out‰ of Pentagon recruitment database :

Parents cannot remove their children’s names from a Pentagon database that includes highly personal information used to attract military recruits, the Vermont Guardian has learned.
www.vermontguardian.com/national/012006/Pentagon.shtml

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Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2006

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“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom. But tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason”: Thomas Paine – Common Sense -[January 10, 1776]
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Number Of Iraqi civilians Slaughtered In America’s War 100,000 +
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7170.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2217
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$233,860,272,388

See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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No need to panic over Iranian nukes

United Nations sanctions won’t work but there’s still plenty of time for patient talks.

By Gwynne Dyer

 
When the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed last Tuesday that Iran had broken the seals on its nuclear research facility at Natanz, many people reacted as if the very next step was the testing of an Iranian nuclear weapon.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11569.htm

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More Lies about Iran

By Mike Whitney

The Bush administration does not accept the internationally-recognized treaty rights of Iran because it believes that all law flows from Washington; a fact that is tragically evident in its torturing of prisoners, spying on American citizens, and its vast destruction of Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11572.htm

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Why an Economic Boycott of Israel is Justified

By Norman G. Finkelstein

The recent proposal that Norway boycott Israeli goods has provoked passionate debate. In my view, a rational examination of this issue would pose two questions: 1) Do Israeli human rights violations warrant an economic boycott? and 2) Can such a boycott make a meaningful contribution toward ending these violations? I would argue that both these questions should be answered in the affirmative.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11574.htm

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Narcissism, the Public, and the President

By Stephen Soldz

At an observable level, narcissism involves a self-centeredness that makes one oblivious to the emotional existence of others.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11568.htm

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7 Killed In Continuing Violence:

Gunmen shot dead a police brigadier and major after abducting them on Saturday in the village of Ulwiya near Hawija, 70 km (43 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, police said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/KAM533536.htm

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Iraq war seen as a financial loser :

As the toll of American dead and wounded mounts in Iraq, some economists are arguing that the war’s costs, broadly measured, far outweigh its benefits.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/01/15/business/warcost.php

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US military releases 500 prisoners :

THE US military overnight had released about 500 prisoners cleared of ties to Iraq’s insurgency, including a pair of journalists who had been held in Iraqi prisons for months
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,17835387%255E1702,00.html

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Noam Chomsky: ‘There Is No War On Terror’:

The acclaimed critic of U.S. foreign policy analyzes Bush’s current political troubles, the war on Iraq, and what’s really behind the global ‘war on terror.’
www.alternet.org/story/30487/

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Pakistan fury as CIA airstrike on village kills 18:

Pakistan is preparing to lodge a formal diplomatic protest over the attack, which killed at least 18 people, because it was launched from four pilotless aircraft which intruded 30 miles into Pakistani air space from Afghanistan
tinyurl.com/c6zno

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US policies “break human rights law”:

“The strategy in place today respects neither human rights nor the Geneva Conventions,” said Dick Marty, the head of a European investigation into alleged CIA prisons in Europe. “The current administration in Washington is trying to combat terrorism outside legal means, the rule of law.”
tinyurl.com/973xx

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Canadian killed in Afghanistan:

One Canadian was killed and three others were wounded after a suicide car bomber struck their military convoy in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Sunday.
www.cbc.ca/story/world/national/2006/01/15/afghan-deaths060115.html

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Senators Support Penalties Against Iran ;

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said sanctions will be tough but that Iran poses a greater danger to the United States than Iraq at this point and must be contained.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-5547789,00.html

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West is in dark ages, says Iran’s President :

Leader threatens retaliation if the US and EU continue to try to block nuclear programme
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11573.htm

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Uri Avnery: Uri Avnery: With Friends like these∑ :

IN ONE of the stream of speeches in which George W. Bush is now trying to defend his ill-fated invasion of Iraq, this week he let loose a sentence that should light all the red lights. In this sentence he castigated his opponents for asserting that he had attacked Iraq “for the oil and for Israel”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11570.htm

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Mossad works with German passports:

Israeli agents camouflage themselves with delicate employments in Middle East crisis areas also with German passports and German legends. At present use the Mossad German travel documents for instance with employments in the Islamic Republic of Iran. It concerns among other things a preparation of possible air raids on Iranian goals
tinyurl.com/b462s

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German secret service issues passports for Mossad :

Mossad agents are using German passports during their covert operations in Middle Eastern countries
www.irna.ir/en/news/view/menu-234/0601149692195749.htm

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Israel approves East Jerusalem vote:, Arrests two of the candidates:

Police arrested on Sunday the number-two man on the Hamas party list for the upcoming Palestinian parliamentary elections, Sheikh Mohammed Abu Tir. Two candidates for the Hamas list in Jerusalem, Mahmoud Tutah and Ahmed Atun, were also arrested.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/670259.html

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Hebron settlers: No calm unless eviction orders rescinded :

A senior official of the settler community of Hebron has said that the only way that there will be calm in the West Bank city is if Israeli authorities rescind the eviction orders issued to eight Jewish families who have occupied Palestinian-owned homes in Hebron’s wholesale market area for years.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/670191.html

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How to buy friends and influence politics

“Now here’s the thing,” commented Iraq expert Juan Cole. “If a Palestinian-American had diverted $140,000 from a Muslim charity to ‘security equipment’ and ‘sniper lessons’ for Palestinians on the West Bank, that individual would be in Gitmo so fast that the sonic boom would rattle your windows…
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11571.htm

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Ethics Committees Won’t Commit to Action :

The leaders of Congress’ ethics committees are not committing to any investigation of misconduct despite the growing revelations about the favors that lobbyist Jack Abramoff won for clients and the largesse he arranged for lawmakers.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-5547759,00.html

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Laura Bush backs domestic spying program:

First lady Laura Bush said Sunday that the U.S. government is right to eavesdrop on Americans with suspected ties to terrorists,
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1151AP_Laura_Bush.html

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The Imperial Presidency at Work :

You would think that Senators Carl Levin and John McCain would have learned by now that you cannot deal in good faith with a White House that does not act in good faith. Yet both men struck bargains intended to restore the rule of law to American prison camps. And President Bush tossed them aside at the first opportunity.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11575.htm

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A court seat for privilege…:

Alito claimed membership in the Concerned Alumni of Princeton when he applied for a promotion in the Reagan administration in 1985. Alito said, ‘’I am particularly proud of my contributions in recent cases in which the government has argued in the Supreme Court that racial and ethnic quotas should not be allowed and that the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion
www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2006/01/14/a_court_seat_for_privilege/

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How One Man Launched a Revolution:

Paine convinced an America already at war with Britain that it was fighting not merely for lower tariffs or the right to elect representatives to Parliament but for its own inevitable independence.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11566.htm

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The day the music died :

Author and critic Nik Cohn has been obsessed by New Orleans for more than 30 years, Six months after Hurricane Katrina he revisited the city and was stunned by what he found.
observer.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,1686412,00.html

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