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Date: Thurs, 9 Feb 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 2264
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$239,472,694,470
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Iran: the next war

By John Pilger

Has Tony Blair, our minuscule Caesar, finally crossed his Rubicon? Having subverted the laws of the civilised world and brought carnage to a defenceless people and bloodshed to his own, having lied and lied and used the death of a hundredth British soldier in Iraq to indulge his profane self-pity, is he about to collude in one more crime before he goes?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11851.htm

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U.S. steps up force-feeding at Guantánamo Bay

By Tim Golden

United States military authorities have taken tougher measures to force-feed detainees engaged in hunger strikes at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, after concluding that some were determined to commit suicide to protest their indefinite confinement, military officials have said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11854.htm

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Life in the USA

By James Rothenberg

There were no intelligence failures concerning Iraq. The invasion was not a mistake. Neither was the torture. Instead, bright, rational people acted in the best tradition of U.S. foreign policy since the birth of our great nation.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11846.htm

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Government without Representation: A Call to Action :

By Charles Sullivan

Regimes such as the Bush cabal have always plagued America They are a recurring cancer that pervades every cell of society. They recur because we are treating symptoms, not underlying causes.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11853.htm

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The Bolivarian Revolution

A transformation of the Americas is upon us

By Manuel Valenzuela

The Bolivarian Revolution spawned by Hugo Chavez has given hope to countless millions, granting millions more the bravery to confront America and its vast tentacles of market colonialism that has devastated the entire region. No longer scared of America‚s might, no longer afraid to challenge the status quo, many leaders adopting Chavez‚s Revolution are changing the rules of the game.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11843.htm

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27 killed in Pakistan blasts :

At least 27 people were killed in twin bomb blasts during a religious mourning march and in ensuing violence Thursday in north-west Pakistan as Shia Muslim worshippers held countrywide processions to observe their holiest day, Ashura.
www.newkerala.com/news2.php?action=fullnews&id=6678

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Sunni tribal leader among 14 killed in continuing violence:

Three civilians and two Iraqi soldiers were killed by a suicide car bomber at a checkpoint in western al-Anbar province on Wednesday.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/COL947101.htm

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Suicide car bomb kills 5 in western Iraq :

A suicide car bomb blew up at acheckpoint near the Syrian border, killing five Iraqis and wounding three others, including a U.S. marine
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-02/09/content_4158770.htm

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Three US soldiers killed in Iraq, minister survives assassination:

The American army announced on Wednesday evening that three of its soldiers were killed in two separate attacks in Anbar governorate and one non fighting incident in al-Qaem area near the border with Syria during the two past days.
www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/060209/2006020904.html

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Report Says Number of Attacks by Insurgents in Iraq Increases :

Sweeping statistics on insurgent violence in Iraq that were declassified for a Senate hearing on Wednesday appear to portray a rebellion whose ability to mount attacks has steadily grown in the nearly three years since the invasion.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11842.htm

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Iraq Coalition Shrinking:

The Ukrainians are long gone. So are the Norwegians. The Italians and South Koreans are getting ready to leave, and the Britons and Japanese could begin packing their bags later this year.
www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,87447,00.html

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Army Effort to Enlist Hispanics Draws Recruits, and Criticism:

“Have you ever thought about joining the Army?” “Did you know you can get up to $40,000 in bonuses?” “I’m from Mexico, too. Michoacán.”
www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060209/ZNYT02/602090456

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Report: Iraq rebuilding costs ‘much higher’ than $56B:

Iraq will need more money to rebuild than the $56 billion forecast by the World Bank and the United Nations in 2003, two government watchdogs said.
tinyurl.com/b8usq

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Iraq’s basic services are worse now than before war began :

Virtually every measure of the performance of Iraq’s oil, electricity, water and sewerage sectors has fallen below pre-invasion values, even though $16 billion of U.S. taxpayer money has already been disbursed.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11841.htm

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Gasoline Crisis in Iraq:

Citing a mountain of unpaid bills, the governments of Turkey and Saudi Arabia have shut off gasoline exports to Iraq.
www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=13249

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Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!:

It was a historic moment at the National Press Club in Washington, only blocks from the White House. On February 2, the preliminary findings of the International Commission on Crimes Against Humanity were read out
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11844.htm

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A must read:

Milton Mayer: They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45:

“Once the war began,” my colleague continued, “resistance, protest, criticism, complaint, all carried with them a multiplied likelihood of the greatest punishment. Mere lack of enthusiasm, or failure to show it in public, was Œdefeatism.‚
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11845.htm

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House Committee Squashes Torture Queries :

Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill., chairman of the House International Relations Committee, said Democrats who submitted the resolutions should “at least silently confess to themselves that their actions pose real dangers to our country.”
tinyurl.com/7ocws

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A Very Good Reason To Get Worried:

Seymour Hersh’s Advice: Keep Your Second Passport Alive . MP3.
kuci.org/~mkaspar/hersh.mp3

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Israel ‘may rue Saddam overthrow’ :

The head of Israel’s domestic security agency, Shin Bet, has said his country may come to regret the overthrow of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4696038.stm

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War pimp alert:

Iran may need force, warns Hurd :

Former Foreign Secretary Lord Hurd has said Britain cannot “realistically” rule out using military force against Iran over its nuclear programme.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4698066.stm

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Russia confirms missile defence contract with Iran:

Amid the escalating crisis around Iran’s nuclear programme, Russia said on Thursday that it will still arm Tehran with missiles that can secure nuclear facilities from attacks.
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1408706.cms

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U.S. shield blunts Israeli military option on Iran:

Israel has long pursued a policy of preemptive attack as its preferred form of defence. But when it comes to tackling arch-foe Iran, that option may have been put on hold under a protective “umbrella” on offer from the United States.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L09764669.htm

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Iran poised to retaliate against UN referral:

Ahmadinejad vows his country will continue on the road to victory, labels Bush warmonger who should be put on trial.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=15628

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Iran dismisses US threat over nukes:

“We are not afraid of attacks by the United States or by other countries on Iran’s nuclear installations because we have nothing to hide, we have no installations to produce nuclear weapons,” Iranian Vice President Esfandyar Rahim Mashaee said
www.thedailystar.net/2006/02/10/d60210012622.htm

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Parallels Between Iran and Pre-War Iraq :

Iran is not Iraq, and the year 2006 is not the same as year 2003 for George Bush; but one cannot stop wondering about the uncanny similarities between Iraq at the verge of war, and the present state of affairs in Iran. Parallels are abound:
www.payvand.com/news/06/feb/1069.html

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China says welcomes Iran-Russia nuclear talks:

China said on Thursday it welcomed talks between Iran and Russia next week on plans to defuse the crisis over Tehran’s atomic programme, but refused to say whether it would join the meeting.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SP103048.htm

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In case you missed it:

9/11 Special –

“Was 9/11 more than just an attack? Could the Bush administration have had anything to gain from the attack? Two prominent European politicians, Michael Meacher and Andreas von Bülow, express their serious doubts about the official version of the 9/11 story.‰ Dutch Television Documentary
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11222.htm

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Palestinians: Killed and injured men from tank fire innocent civilians
www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3213593,00.html

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Putin says he will invite Hamas leaders to Moscow :

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he would invite Hamas leaders to Moscow, opening a crack in a wall of U.S.-led opposition to dealing with the Palestinian election winner until it recognized Israel.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/680979.html

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Hamas cautions Abbas:

Exiled political leader Khaled Mashaal reiterated that Hamas would not bow to Arab and international pressure to recognize Israel and that the group – once in power – would not act to prevent militant attacks on the Jewish state.
tinyurl.com/a2tl9

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Israel plans to build ‘museum of tolerance’ on Muslim graves :

Skeletons are being removed from the site of an ancient Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem to make way for a $150m (£86m) “museum of tolerance” being built for the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Centre.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article344233.ece

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U.S. Jews block conference in which anti-Israel professors participating :

Pressure exerted by Jewish organizations in the United States has succeeded in preventing an American Association of University Professors (AAUP) conference, in which a number of supporters of an academic boycott on Israel were scheduled to take part.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/681087.html

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Juan Cole: All cartoon politics are local:

It is worth noting that in 2004 the Danish editor who commissioned the drawings, Flemming Rose, conducted an uncritical interview with the American neoconservative and Islamophobe Daniel Pipes. Pipes, an extreme right-wing supporter of the Israeli colonization of the Palestinian West Bank
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11850.htm

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An American Indian’s View of the Cartoons:

Such Depictions Have Been Used as a Weapon Against Oppressed Peoples for Centuries
www.counterpunch.org/robideau02092006.html

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Falsehoods About Guantanamo :

The administration’s unspoken logic appears to be: Better to ruin the lives of 10 innocent men than to let one who might be a terrorist go free.
nationaljournal.com/taylor.htm

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Chávez tells Blair to go to hell :

Hugo Chávez, In a characteristically forthright tirade, described the prime minister as “a pawn of imperialism” and told him to “go right to hell”.
www.guardian.co.uk/venezuela/story/0,,1706206,00.html

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Venezuela hopes to increase oil exports to China :

Venezuela hopes to nearly double its oil exports to China in the near future, Venezuelan Oil and Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez said here on Wednesday.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-02/09/content_4155486.htm

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Brazil May Press Venezuela to Pay Half of Proposed Gas Pipeline :

The 7,000 kilometer (4,350 mile) pipeline project, proposed by Chavez in January, would allow Venezuela’s state-controlled oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA, to ship gas from fields in Venezuela for sale to energy consumers in Brazil, Argentina and Chile.
tinyurl.com/amgj4

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Chavez says Exxon Mobil did not meet requirements for project :

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said his government excluded U.S. oil company Exxon Mobil Corp. from a $3 billion petrochemical project because the company did not meet requirements
www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/APStories/stories/D8FL9CQG1.html

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U.S. threats to Venezuela‚s revolution escalate :

In a document published by the U.S. Army in October 2005 entitled “Doctrine for Asymmetric War Against Venezuela,” President Chávez and the Bolivarian Revolution were labeled as the “largest threat since the Soviet Union and communism.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11848.htm

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Bolivia Energy Firms Concerned About Morales’ Accusations : –

Bolivia’s Hydrocarbons Chamber, which represents private oil firms in the country, said it was concerned about declarations by President Evo Morales that multinational energy companies were conspiring to destabilize his new leftist government.
tinyurl.com/8ms3a

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U.S. cutting military aid to Bolivia 96 percent :

Less than a month after an assertively anti-American president took office in Bolivia, the Bush administration is planning to cut military aid to the country by 96 percent.
www.iht.com/articles/2006/02/09/news/bolivia.php

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Castro invites Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Cuba:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accepted an invitation to visit Cuba from President Fidel Castro, in gratitude for Cuba’s support of Iran’s nuclear program, the official Granma newspaper said on Tuesday.
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1619936,00050001.htm

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Church offers apology for its role in slavery:

Last night the General Synod acknowledged complicity in the trade after hearing that the Church had run a slave plantation in the West Indies and that individual bishops had owned hundreds of slaves.
tinyurl.com/7uaj5

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Sen. Russ Feingold: Bush’s Warrantless Wiretapping Program is Illegal and Unconstitutional :

The President issued a call to spread freedom throughout the world, and then he admitted that he has deprived Americans of one of their most basic freedoms under the Fourth Amendment — to be free from unjustified government intrusion.
feingold.senate.gov/~feingold/statements/06/02/20060207.html

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Sheep to the slaughter

AP Poll: Surveillance Program Gains Support

Some 48 percent now support the administration’s program to monitor – without a court warrant
www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2006/2/9/132137.shtml?s=icp

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Sidney Blumenthal: The president, the stripper and the attorney general :

The extraordinary legal defence of George Bush’s domestic spying reads like a blend of Kafka, Le Carré and Mel Brooks
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1705412,00.html

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James Bovard: A terrorist on every corner?:

A close look suggests that the feds’ definition of a “suspected terrorist” may not meet the laugh test.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11852.htm

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US plans massive data sweep:

Little-known data-collection system could troll news, blogs, even e-mails. Will it go too far?
www.csmonitor.com/2006/0209/p01s02-uspo.html

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Hastert, Frist said to rig bill for drug firms:

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and House Speaker Dennis Hastert engineered a backroom legislative maneuver to protect pharmaceutical companies from lawsuits, say witnesses to the pre-Christmas power play.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11849.htm

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When Corporations Rule the World: Modern Slavery:

Descriptions of the working conditions of millions of workers, even in the ‘modern and affluent” North, sound like a throwback to the days of the early industrial revolution. Consider this description of conditions at contract clothing shops in modern affluent San Francisco:
www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Korten/RaceBottom_WCRW.html

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Expert on Congress’s Power Claims He Was Muzzled for Faulting Bush:

A dispute involving a researcher at the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service is fueling a debate over whether analysts throughout the government are being muzzled to prevent criticism of Bush administration policies.
tinyurl.com/0

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Tale Of A Connecticut Donkey:

While Lieberman was polishing his commentary, 88 American servicemen were killed.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11847.htm

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Return oil profits to American people:

ExxonMobil’s overall 2005 revenues of $371 billion amounted to more than $1 billion a day. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that home heating oil prices this year will be 23 percent higher than last year; throughout the Northern states, this means not only discomfort but real hardship, even death for some of the elderly
tinyurl.com/awhzq

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Date: Wed, 8 Feb 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 2261
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$239,472,694,470
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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The Fall and Rise and Fall of Liberty

By Ryan McMaken

The myth that modern kings, and democracies, and armies of freedom secure the blessings of liberty for all has been an obstacle to real liberty for centuries. The real history of the State is one of power, war, and domination. Real freedom has advanced in great salvos against the State from political revolutions and from industrial and technological ones.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11832.htm

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The terror of President Bush

How one word granted one man so much power and control

By Mike Adams

The outright evil of one man is not nearly as surprising (nor frightening) as the collective evil of the people who go along with him. Dumbfounded Conservatives all across the country blindly stroll into history along the same well-trodden path followed by Hitler’s fascist supporters. It’s a well-worn path: First you create an imaginary enemy to justify war. Then you strip away the civil liberties of your own citizens and launch domestic spying programs to keep everyone in a constant state of fear.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11836.htm

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3 Bodies Found As Iraqi Education Minister Escapes Attack:

Separately Wednesday, a roadside bomb in eastern Baghdad missed a U.S. convoy but killed an Iraqi passer-by and wounded another, while a second blast injured two Iraqi policemen in northern Baghdad, police said.
www.wral.com/apworldnews/6833008/detail.html

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UK troops will leave Iraq before insurgency ends, says Reid :

British troops will not wait for the end of the insurgency before leaving Iraq and there will be “significantly fewer” in the country by next year, John Reid, the defence secretary, said last night
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,,1704928,00.html?gusrc=rss

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Gas prices on the rise in Iraq:

Iraq will gradually increase state-controlled domestic fuel prices tenfold this year to meet International Monetary Fund demands, Iraqi officials said yesterday.
washingtontimes.com/world/20060207-123443-4781r.htm

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The corporate plunder of Iraq:

The looting of Iraq‚s oil wealth is unprecedented in the history of corporate crime, writes criminologist Dave Whyte
www.socialistworker.co.uk/article.php?article_id=8245

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Paul Bremer – New Canaan’s Pontius Pilate:

His work was precisely laid out in Washington and he performed it with quiet ferocity. His first task was to turn over Iraq‚s traditional publicly owned enterprises to foreign investors. He started with electricity. – Next to go was the public water supply, and soon the telephone system. New Canaan can identify with this sort of privatization.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11833.htm

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Iraqi voices are drowned out in a blizzard of occupiers’ spin :

The deception that launched the invasion of Iraq now increasingly shapes media coverage of the occupation
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1704737,00.html

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Soldiers Face Debilitating Diseases:

“There were eight of us that served together. Six of my friends are dead.”
www.nbc30.com/news/6837518/detail.html

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Blair: “British Troops In Iran? We Can Never Say Never”

TONY Blair yesterday refused to rule out a British military invasion of Iran.
tinyurl.com/by8jx

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UK: Military action on a nuclear Iran not inevitable:

Military action against Iran is not inevitable even if the Islamic state develops the technology to build a nuclear bomb, British Foreign Minister Jack Straw said on Wednesday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11835.htm

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Selling a war:

Iran Greatest Threat, Most Americans Think :

President Bush has been warning about Tehran’s nuclear program – The poll found two-thirds or more of Americans think if Iran develops nuclear weapons, it’s likely to attack Israel, Europe, or the U.S.
www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/2274236.html

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War pimp alert:

Iran’s missile tech suppliers named :

Two German businessmen, a former Russian military officer and North Korea are among those helping Iran develop missiles that the West fears could one day carry nuclear warheads, diplomats and intelligence officials say.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060208/ts_nm/arms_iran_germany_dc

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War pimp alert:

Iran designs tunnel that could one day be used for atomic test:

Iranian engineers have completed sophisticated drawings of a deep subterranean shaft, according to officials who have examined classified documents in the hands of U.S. intelligence for more than 20 months.
www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/world/3643805.html

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Fixing The Intelligence For War With Iran:

State Department sees exodus of weapons experts:

State Department officials appointed by President Bush have sidelined key career weapons experts and replaced them with less experienced political operatives who share the White House and Pentagon’s distrust of international negotiations and treaties.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11829.htm

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More false evidence?

Suspected drawings of nuclear test site found in Iran: diplomats :

The document was part of US intelligence which has been made available to the UN nuclear watchdog and which has been presented to Iran, said a diplomat, who asked not to be identified due to the sensitivity of the issue.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/192275/1/.html

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An Interview with British MP George Galloway:

“If I have to choose between Iran and George Bush, I choose Iran.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11839.htm

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4 more killed in Afghan protest over prophet drawings:

Police killed four people Wednesday as Afghans enraged over drawings of the Prophet Muhammad marched on a U.S. military base in a volatile southern province, directing their anger not against Europe but America.
tinyurl.com/76evd

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Losing Hearts and Minds in Afghanistan :

Patience of many Afghans with the U.S. presence is wearing thin. We heard repeated accounts of aggressive tactics during raids on homes or shops, particularly by U.S. troops in the southern and eastern provinces, and of torture and ill-treatment in U.S. custody.
minutemanmedia.org/GOERING%20020608.htm

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Flemming Rose and the Straussian Art of Provocation :

The neocon operative behind the cartoon scheme is Flemming Rose, cultural editor of Jyllands-Posten, who has “has clear ties to the Zionist Neo-Cons.‰ Rose “traveled to Philadelphia in October 2004 to visit Daniel Pipes, the Neo-Con ideologue who says the only path to Middle East peace will come through a total Israeli military victory.
kurtnimmo.com/?p=211

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Israel unveils plan to encircle Palestinian state :

The acting Israeli prime minister, Ehud Olmert, said yesterday that he plans to annex the Jordan Valley and major Jewish settlement blocks to Israel in drawing new borders, according to a television station that recorded an interview with him yesterday.
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1705020,00.html

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Israel: Military Must Account for Killings Of Two Children:

The Israel Defense Forcess top judicial officer should demonstrate his resolve to combat impunity by immediately ordering thorough and effective criminal investigations into the latest shooting deaths of Palestinian children by Israeli forces during policing operations, Human Rights Watch said.
mathaba.net/0_index.shtml?x=513143

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$2.5b aid for Israel in Bush 2007 budget :

In its 2007 budget proposal submitted to Congress, the Bush administration is asking for $2.46 billion in aid for Israel: $2.34 billion in military aid, and $120 million in civilian aid.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11838.htm

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Fend for yourselves:

He wants to spend more on items that have been manipulated to play on people’s fears and less on help to those who are vulnerable, powerless and silent — a politically easy road to take.
www.post-gazette.com/pg/06039/651693.stm

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Capitol Hill Cool to Some Bush Budget Cuts:

Congressional Republicans on Wednesday shunned President Bush’s election-year call to cut Social Security benefits, and one committee chairman accused the administration of seeking to end “a pittance for widows and widowers.”
tinyurl.com/9xktd

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Need a laugh?:

Bush calls for sell-off of Western public land:

President Bush wants to sell more public land across the West to raise money for schools, conservation and deficit reduction.
www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_3485264

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Congressman Maurice Hinchey : Bush didn‚t want to capture Bin Laden:

They didn‚t want to capture Bin Laden because if they captured Bin Laden and wiped out the Taliban, which they could have done at that moment, there would have been no justification for going to war in Iraq
www.midhudsonnews.com/News/BinLaden_Hinchey-06Feb06.htm

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Muttering at the World Bank:

They are Americans with ties to the Bush administration, and the immense clout they wield has sparked a furor in the ranks of the giant development leader.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11837.htm

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Republican Who Oversees N.S.A. Calls for Wiretap Inquiry :

House Republican whose subcommittee oversees the National Security Agency broke ranks with the White House on Tuesday and called for a full Congressional inquiry into the Bush administration’s domestic eavesdropping program.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11831.htm

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Some companies helped the NSA, but which?:

Under federal law, any person or company who helps someone “intercept any wire, oral, or electronic communication”—unless specifically authorized by law—could face criminal charges
tinyurl.com/a3rvw

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Rove counting heads on the Senate Judiciary Committee :

The White House has been twisting arms to ensure that no Republican member votes against President Bush in the Senate Judiciary Committee‚s investigation of the administration’s unauthorized wiretapping.
www.insightmag.com/Media/MediaManager/Rove2.htm

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White House Can’t Sweep Aside Abramoff:

Mr. Abramoff was an early backer of the president, having been listed as a co-chairman pledged to raise $25,000 for Mr. Bush at a 1999 Washington reception. He gave money to the president’s recount committee in 2000 and was in the elite tier of fund-raisers for the president’s 2004 re-election committee. An Abramoff aide, Susan Ralston, later went to work as Mr. Rove’s executive assistant at the White House.
tinyurl.com/97xh6

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Rep. John Boehner rents from lobbyist:

House Majority Leader John Boehner rents a basement apartment from a lobbyist whose clients had an interest in legislation overseen or sponsored by Boehner, according to lobbying records.
www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld/myrtlebeachonline/news/politics/13822000.htm

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DeLay Lands Coveted Appropriations Spot:

Indicted Rep. Tom DeLay, forced to step down as the No. 2 Republican in the House, scored a soft landing Wednesday as GOP leaders rewarded him with a coveted seat on the Appropriations Committee.
www.townhall.com/news/ap/online/headlines/D8FL76GGD.html

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FBI ‘gave prior warning to Britain about 7/7 bomber’:

Reports in the United States indicated American law enforcement officers had raised concerns with their British counterparts over Mohammad Sidique Khan, believed to have led the 7 July attacks.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11830.htm

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Saudi Arabia alerted Britain of terror attack prior to London bombings:

Saudi intelligence reported that there was a bomb plot involving four Islamic militants, some of whom would be British citizens. The bombers could target the London Underground within the next six months.
www.wsws.org/articles/2006/feb2006/lond-f08.shtml

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Bolivia: U.S. Cuts Funding For Drug Fighting:

The United States cut aid to Bolivia on fighting the drug trade by almost $13.2 million in U.S. President George W. Bush’s budget
tinyurl.com/d4g9t

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The Devil Wears Prada: :

Washington‚s Indecent Game Against Venezuela
tinyurl.com/bn2kf

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Anti-U.S. protest blocks hotel over Cuban eviction: –

Protesters waving Cuban flags blocked the entrance to a U.S.-owned Sheraton hotel in Mexico on Tuesday, calling for the closure of the hotel because it evicted Cuban officials on the orders of Washington.
tinyurl.com/duxry

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The Most Dangerous Professor in America?:

Retired Air Force General Richard B. Myers — who was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2001 to 2005 — has joined the faculty of Kansas State University as a professor of military history. According to press reports, Myers will continue to live in Virgina and visit the KSU campus three to four times each semester for visits of three to four days. His salary: $100,000 annually.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11834.htm

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Deluded Believers in Government:

By the gross numbers, Americans added more to their wealth in the last 20 years than in any equivalent period in history. But something seems wrong. What kind of wealth is this, we wondered? All we could see on our drive was a wealth of opportunities to spend money badly. The countryside is being junked up with strip malls and highways.
www.lewrockwell.com/bonner/bonner193.html

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What Is Plan B?:

Eradicate poverty, reforest the earth, restore fisheries, eliminate overgrazing, protect biological diversity, stabilize climate — Lester Brown says it’s all possible.
www.alternet.org/story/31679/#comments

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Bush squirms as policies denounced at King funeral :

The Rev Lowery issued a searing indictment of the Bush administration’s economic priorities. “For war billions more,” he said, “but no more for the poor.”
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article343997.ece

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Addicted to Empire, Not Middle Eastern Oil:

Contrary to conventional wisdom in dominant media, Bush’s supposed super-candid “addicted to oil” statement was more about deception than frankness.
www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=72&ItemID=9689

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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 2258
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$239,222,614,656
See the cost in your community
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Ex-U.N. Inspector: Decision Already Made To Attack Iran

Ritter said, the United States will drop a nuclear bomb on Iran.

By Brandon Garcia

Ritter described how the U.S. government might justify war with Iran in a scenario similar to the buildup to the Iraq invasion.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11812.htm

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Russian Ultranationalist Leader Expects U.S. to Attack Iran in Late March

By MosNews

He went on to add that the publication of Prophet Muhammad cartoons in the European press was a planned action by the U.S. whose aim is “to provoke a row between Europe and the Islamic world‰. “It will all end with European countries thanking the United States and paying, and giving soldiers,‰ he said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11828.htm

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Beware The Ides Of March

Soothsayer’s warning before Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44BC.

By Mathew Maavak

If Julius – regarded as one of the greatest Caesars – couldn‚t take note, the leader of the current superpower should. This March, his actions may spark off a conflict from which the world might never recover.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11826.htm

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Following Orders Is No Excuse

“A hoax on the American people, the international community, and the United Nations Security Council.”

By Paul Craig Roberts

If Powell had refused three years ago to deliver the Speech of Lies, we would not now be watching an identical duplicity being rolled out against Iran. The ultimate cost of the deception being practiced on the American people will dwarf the terrible price that has already been paid.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11817.htm

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Washington digs in for a ‘long war’ as Rumsfeld issues global call to arms

By Simon Tisdall

According to the review, a “large-scale, potentially long duration, irregular warfare campaign including counter-insurgency and security, stability, transition and reconstruction operations” is necessary and unavoidable. Gone is the talk of swift victories that preceded the 2003 Iraq invasion. This will be a war of attrition, it says, fought on many fronts.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11824.htm

Ex-President Carter: Eavesdropping illegal

KATHLEEN HENNESSEY
Associated Press

Former President Jimmy Carter criticized the Bush administration’s domestic eavesdropping program Monday and said he believes the president has broken the law.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11823.htm

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Two Blasts in Central Baghdad Kill Seven :

Two bombs exploded minutes apart near a central Baghdad square on Tuesday, killing at least seven people and wounding 20 as violence increased ahead of a major Shiite holy day later this week.
tinyurl.com/abh8p

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3 Killed In other violence Tuesday:

A roadside bomb struck a pickup truck south of Baghdad, killing two civilians, police said.
htinyurl.com/abh8p

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Three U.S. Marines Killed By Roadside Bomb:

The Marines are assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), which has operated in Al Anbar province since mid-December
tinyurl.com/ae8hm

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Foreign mercenaries kill two Iraqis in Kirkuk :

A group of foreign “contractors” travelling in three SUVs shot at a passing car in the northern city of Kirkuk, killing two Iraqis, a police officer from Kirkuk said.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11819.htm

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U.S. Marine Killed By Roadside Bomb:

A Marine assigned to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), died as a result of wounds received by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province
tinyurl.com/ca8lk

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US general maps out strategic refit for Iraq, Middle East and Asia :

A senior US officer admitted yesterday that the presence of more than 300,000 foreign troops in the Middle East, most of them American, was a “contributory factor” to instability in the region.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11818.htm

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Soldier pays for armor:

The last time 1st Lt. William “Eddie‰ Rebrook IV saw his body armor, he was lying on a stretcher in Iraq, his arm shattered and covered in blood. But last week, Rebrook was forced to pay $700 for that body armor, blown up by a roadside bomb more than a year ago.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11820.htm

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An American tragedy˜the plight of the US war wounded:

One of the terrible legacies of the criminal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq is the number of maimed, sick or traumatised former US soldiers˜many of them barely in their twenties˜who will require medical assistance for the rest of their lives.
www.wsws.org/articles/2006/feb2006/wiac-f07.shtml

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U.S General: U.S. Forces Will Be In Iraq for 10 – 15 Years
service.spiegel.de/cache/international/spiegel/0,1518,399472,00.html

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US plans 20-year war on terror:

THE Pentagon has laid out a new 20-year military strategy for US troops to be deployed, often clandestinely, in dozens of countries at once to fight terrorism and other non-traditional threats.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11822.htm

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Peace Takes Courage:

Lies fuel fear, fear fuels the Bush administration: Flash presentation. Requires broadband.
ptc.cf.huffingtonpost.com/

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War Pimp Alert:

Iran capable of nuclear bomb: US :

Robert Joseph, undersecretary of state for arms control, “I would say that Iran does have the capability to develop nuclear weapons and the delivery means for those weapons,”
tinyurl.com/82hcx

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War pimp alert:

‘Iran is world’s most serious threat since WWII’:

Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Danny Ayalon said on Tuesday morning that Iran is the biggest problem facing the world since World War II.
tinyurl.com/dgkmw

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War pimp alert:

Hawks have warplanes ready if the nuclear diplomacy fails:

US forces virtually surround Iran with military air bases to the west in Afghanistan, to the east in Iraq, Turkey and Qatar and the south in Oman and Diego Garcia. The US Navy also has a carrier group in the Gulf, armed with attack aircraft and Tomahawk cruise missiles. B2 stealth bombers flying from mainland America could also be used.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/rticle11816.htm

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Norman Solomon: The Iran Crisis — “Diplomacy” as a Launch Pad for Missiles :

Air attacks on targets in Iran are very likely. Yet many antiwar Americans seem eager to believe that won’t happen.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11813.htm

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War pimp alert: U.S. Poll: Growing Number of People Fear Iran :

More people in this country now rate Iran as the biggest threat to the U.S., 27 percent, than say that about any other country, including North Korea, China and Iraq, according to the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-5600595,00.html

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Partners in War: The Hillary and George Show:

There aren’t many elected officials in Washington who want to throw the gantlet down on Iran more than Hillary Clinton. The New York Senator believes the president has been too soft on the militant Islamic country, claiming that Bush has played down the threat of a nuclear-armed Tehran.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11821.htm

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Russian position on Iran remains unchanged – Rosatom chief:

Russia will support any country’s right of access to cheap nuclear energy on the condition that it observes the nonproliferation regime, he said.
www.interfax.ru/e/B/politics/28.html?id_issue=11461385

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Russia Has Almost No Leverage On Iran-Lawmaker :

A senior Russian lawmaker said Tuesday that Moscow has practically no leverage over Iran – an unusually frank statement dampening hopes that Russian-Iranian talks set for next week could help ease tensions over Iran’s nuclear program.
tinyurl.com/7ffcm

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Iran-India pipeline uncertain :

India’s decision to vote to report Iran to the U.N. Security Council puts into doubt the future of a gas pipeline the two countries were looking to build through Pakistan.
tinyurl.com/dvohz

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US ‘encouraged’ by India’s Iran vote:

Describing the Indo-US civil nuclear deal as “a very important arrangement for future,‰ the US has said it was working with India to make it a win-win for both countries.
tinyurl.com/8ao5o

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Israel, India to Cooperate on $350M Long-Range Barak SAM Project
Defense News reports that India and Israel have finalized their biggest defense development agreement:
tinyurl.com/99wky

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Japan the sushi in sandwich between the US and Tehran:

JAPAN is in a bad jam over Iran and if, as now seems likely, the international campaign against Tehran’s nuclear program progresses to economic sanctions, the Japanese will find themselves uniquely under pressure from both sides.
tinyurl.com/8uq52

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Suicide blast kills 13 in southern Afghanistan:

A suspected Taliban militant has blown himself up at the police headquarters in the southern city of Kandahar, killing 13 people in the latest of a rash of suicide attacks, officials said.
www.bakutoday.net/afp/english/shared/int/060207155216.nee571og.php

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Four killed as Afghan crowd attacks Norwegian base:

Afghan police opened fire on a mob trying to storm a NATO peacekeeping base housing Norwegian troops on Tuesday, killing four people as protests over cartoons depicting Islam’s Prophet Mohammad flared again.
tinyurl.com/aqq9x

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2 Killed As Afghans Storm US Air Base :

Over 2,000 demonstrators stormed the US-led coalition’s Bagram Airbase sparking a police firing in which two people died. Two others were killed in police firing in the central Afghan city of Mihtarlam.
www.godubai.com/gulftoday/article.asp?AID=64&Section=Main

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One Killed As Norwegian troops fire on Afghans in cartoon protest:

A provincial governor in Afghanistan says NATO peacekeepers from Norway fired on hundreds of protesters outside their base, after demonstrators shot at them and tossed grenades.
www.wate.com/Global/story.asp?S=4467333

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U.S. soldier killed in firefight in Afghanistan :

One U.S. soldier was killed Monday when Taliban militants attacked the military vehicle belonging to a U.S. patrol in eastern Afghan province of Laghman, the U.S. military said in a press release.
english.peopledaily.com.cn/200602/07/eng20060207_240611.html

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Swedish soldiers attacked in Afghanistan:

Soldiers in the Nordic peacekeeping force based in Meymaneh in Afghanistan have been attacked by hundreds of demonstrators armed with guns and hand grenades.
www.thelocal.se/article.php?ID=3011&date=20060207

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Stephen Soldz : When Promoting Truth Obscures the Truth: Iraqi Body Count and Iraqi Deaths
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11815.htm

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Israel kills Three Al-Aqsa militants Gaza:

Two Palestinian militants were killed Tuesday in the latest Israeli air strike on Gaza while special forces shot dead a top armed leader in the West Bank as Israel vowed to continue targeting activists.
www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=15682

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Olmert says West Bank settlements Gush Etzion, Maale Adumim to remain in Israel :

The large Jewish settlements of Gush Etzion and Maale Adumim in the West Bank will remain part of the state of Israel regardless of future developments, Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said.
tinyurl.com/96fx9

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Church votes to sell off shares in Caterpillar :

The Church of England’s general synod – including the Archbishop of Canterbury – voted last night to disinvest church funds from companies profiting from Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian territory.
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,,1704045,00.html

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Masked Israeli squatters stone Palestinian infants:

According to the report the children, aged between 6 and eight, were stoned by the men as they were making their way home from school.
story.irishsun.com/p.x/ct/9/id/64735c599fa43ccb/cid/2411cd3571b4f088/

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US, EU diplomats meet with so-called “terrorists”:

The sources intimated that American, British, French and Scandinavian diplomats met lately with Hamas leaders, including newly-elected lawmakers, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/060207/2006020720.html

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Gilad Atzmon – Jewish Secular Fundamentalism:

We all remember, or should, the project that the American Enterprise Institute has in mind for a Greater Middle East. It‚s a project that on the surface talks about Œexporting democracy‚, but rather seeks to control this area and impose its market, military, influence and values.
peacepalestine.blogspot.com/2006/02/gilad-atzmon-jewish-secular.html

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Israel ‘too soft ‘ on Jewish militants :

Jewish radicals who take up arms pose a greater long-term problem to Israel than Arab militants, an Israeli security chief said.
www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=2&ObjectID=10367268

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Palestinians arrested over stolen millions:

PALESTINIAN Authority investigators say they have arrested 25 officials suspected of stealing $US700 million ($938 million) in public funds since the authority was set up in 1994.
tinyurl.com/dm5jc

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Brothers in arms – Israel’s secret pact with Pretoria :

During the second world war the future South African prime minister John Vorster was interned as a Nazi sympathiser. Three decades later he was being feted in Jerusalem. In the second part of his remarkable special report, Chris McGreal investigates the clandestine alliance between Israel and the apartheid regime, cemented with the ultimate gift of friendship – A-bomb technology
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,,1704037,00.html

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David Corn: Will Scooter Libby Graymail the CIA?:

That seems to be one of the strategies being considered by the lawyers defending Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, who was indicted by special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald in the CIA leak case for lying to FBI investigators and grand jurors to cover up his (and possibly Cheney’s) participation in the outing of CIA officer Valerie Wilson (nee Plame).
www.davidcorn.com/archives/2006/02/will_scooter_li.php

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USAF to spend $2bn on next unmanned bomber :

The US Air Force has set aside $2 billion over the next several years to launch the accelerated development of a next-generation bom–ber that is almost certain to be unmanned and unlike anything on the ramp today.
tinyurl.com/7fxb6

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Global strike concept raises hopes and fears :

The US military has launched a 14-year project to develop a new conventional weapon that can defeat a heavily-defended major target, such as a weapons of mass destruction site, without warning and within hours or potentially even minutes of receiving an initial command.
tinyurl.com/75teg

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Lab unveils gun to scare off terrorists:

Latest high-tech weapon capable of firing thousands of bullets a minute
insidebayarea.com/argus/localnews/ci_3471641

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Ron Fullwood: Suppression and Liberty:

It’s in keeping with the regressive character of this administration that they would have the gall to throw Wilson’s repudiated actions against Americans during WWI at the wall of opposition to their own warrantless spying on Americans, hoping the revisionism would stick.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11814.htm

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Guantánamo: A life sentence of suffering and stigmatization:

In a new report published today, Amnesty International revealed how the US detention centre at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba is condemning thousands across the world to a life of suffering, torment and stigmatization.
news.amnesty.org/index/ENGAMR510192006

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‘Free the forgotten prisoners’:

Kate Allen, director of Amnesty’s British wing, said the government’s reluctance to act on behalf of British residents was “shameful”.
www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_1875844,00.html

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Who Is at Guantanamo Bay :

Most are from Arab countries, and most were arrested in Pakistan by Pakistani authorities.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11825.htm

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Guantanamo: Empty Evidence :

Most, when captured, were innocent of any terrorist activity, were Taliban foot soldiers at worst, and were often far less than that
nationaljournal.com/about/njweekly/stories/2006/0203nj4.htm

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9/11 plot terrorist tells court ‘I am al-Qaeda’:

Startling potential jurors and forcing the judge to have him removed from the court, Zacarias Moussaoui yelled that he did not want his defence team to represent him, declaring: “This trial is a circus. They do not represent me. They are Americans.‰ He added: “These people are not my lawyer.‰
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,11069-2028050,00.html

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War Costs, Defense Budget Rising ;

The country’s two overseas wars and its homeland defense could cost as much as $10 billion a month this year – nearly 50 percent more than last year, the White House estimates.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,,-5599456,00.html

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Guns Over Butter, Abroad and at Home:

Despite his administration’s growing concerns about preventing the collapse of states in strategic parts of the world, U.S. President George W. Bush has proposed cuts in development and disaster assistance while increasing the defence budget by almost seven percent.
www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=32056

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Mayor: New Orleans will seek aid from other nations:

Shortcomings in aid from the U.S. government are making New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin look to other nations for help in rebuilding his hurricane-damaged city.
tinyurl.com/7ctl2

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Ron Paul: A Real Washington Scandal:

The total amount of federal debt as of this month is a staggering $8.2 trillion, a number that is almost incomprehensible. The effects of this debt, however, will be felt by all of us in the form of inflation, higher interest rates, and a weakened U.S. economy.
www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul302.html

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Homeland Security Contracts for Vast New Detention Camps:

A little-known $385 million contract for Halliburton subsidiary KBR to build detention facilities for “an emergency influx of immigrants” is another step down the Bush administration’s road toward martial law, the writer says.
tinyurl.com/a9bqf

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George Monbiot: Exposed: the secret corporate funding behind health research
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11827.htm

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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 2252
icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs
$239,040,972,605
See the cost in your community
nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Who Will Save America?

My Epiphany

By Paul Craig Roberts

Having eliminated internal opposition, the Bush administration is now using blackmail obtained through illegal spying on American citizens to silence the media and the opposition party.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11802.htm

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The Fury

Religious fury threatens to wrest control from secular governments

By Robert Fisk

After Syria, the fires fanned by Denmark’s anti-Prophet cartoons spread to Lebanon yesterday with sectarian intensity.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11803.htm

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Prof. Strauss and the neocon takeover

By Jim Silva

Have you seen the latest blockbuster? Like Star Wars, it’s classic good verses evil – a power hungry dictator plotting to seize control of a goodly Republic. The twist is it’s for adults. Ones who know reality is stranger than fiction. You guessed it! This epic thriller is actually your life, and it’s called “The Fall of the Republic – Sleeping Through the Revolution.‰ Here’s a behind the scenes look:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11811.htm

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Powell’s Former Chief of Staff Says Pre-War Intelligence a ‘Hoax”

By NOW

“I participated in a hoax on the American people, the international community, and the United Nations Security Council,” says Wilkerson.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11797.htm

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Iraq: 800 Killed in 31 Days :

In January more than 800 people ˜ soldiers, security officers and civilians ˜ were killed. The map, based on data from the American, British and Iraqi governments and news reports, shows the dates, locations and circumstances of deaths for the first month of the year
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11807.htm

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Gunmen, bombs kill 11 :

Gunmen and roadside bombs killed at least 11 people across Iraq today, while police found the bullet-riddled bodies of two men in the capital, the latest victims of sectarian killings.
www.columbiatribune.com/2006/Feb/20060206News014.asp

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Two policemen, two soldiers killed in Iraq:

Two policemen and two Iraqi soldiers were killed in separate incidents in Iraq on Monday, while the main Shiite United Iraqi Alliance postponed for next Saturday a meeting to name their candidate for the premiership.
news.monstersandcritics.com/middleeast/article_1095165.php/Two_policemen_two_soldiers_killed_in_Iraq

tinyurl.com/8l4oe

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Policeman killed:

An Iraqi policeman was killed today when an armed group opened fire on his house in Baquba, 60 kilometers northeast of Baghdad, a police source said.
english.bna.bh/?ID=40846

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Iraq’s Sadr says US spreading strife among Arabs:

“Both Iraq and Syria are under U.S. pressure. We have good relations but our common enemies, Israel, the United States and Britain, are trying to spread strife among us. The people will not fall for this,” he told reporters
tinyurl.com/avo9t

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Religious leaders call for end to detention without trial in Iraq:

Christian and Muslim leaders have issued a joint statement calling for justice for Iraqis who are being detained in Iraq without trial, and the release of four Christian peacemakers in Iraq.
www.ekklesia.co.uk/content/news_syndication/article_06026justice.shtml

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Severe water shortage hits Baghdad suburbs:

Nearly half a million people have been affected by the scarcity. In some areas, water is available for only a few hours at night and for less than two hours during the day in other areas.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IRIN/b4ed7d9f2eff04f4e7db5b361849684d.htm

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Sunnis build up their own militia in Iraq:

Sunni Arabs have formed their own militia to counter Shi’ite and Kurdish forces as part of an attempt to regain influence they lost after Saddam Hussein was toppled.
tinyurl.com/bwpt6

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Iraq War Has Cost $3,000 Per U.S. Family — — So Far:

As the admitted direct cost of the war reached $250 billion last week — and the White House asked for $120 billion more on Thursday — new analyses estimate that the invasion of Iraq could end up costing $2 trillion before it is over.
news.yahoo.com/s/ucrr/20060203/cm_ucrr/iraqscivilwarhascost3000perusfamilysofar

What we got for our money
www.marchforjustice.com/shock&awe.php

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Iran tells IAEA to remove surveillance cameras, agency seals :

Iran’s demands came two days after the IAEA reported Tehran to the Security Council over its disputed atomic program.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20060206-1105-nuclearagency-iran.html

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Will Israel Strike Iran? :

As scary as the idea may sound, the Israelis may not be bluffing. Their defense experts display no doubt whatsoever that Israel’s Air Force can cripple Iran’s nuclear program if necessary. The trick, they say, is to go after the system’s weak spots. “
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11805.htm

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Use of force against Iran is on agenda, warns bullish Rumsfeld:

A senior Iran defence official added to the tough talk yesterday with a senior military commander saying its forces would teach any attackers “a lesson that will be remembered throughout history”.
news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=185482006

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Ray McGovern : Juggernaut Gathering Momentum, Headed for Iran :

It is altogether reasonable to expect that Iran’s leaders want to have a nuclear weapons capability as well, and that they plan to use their nuclear program to acquire one. From their perspective, they would be fools not to.
www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020606A.shtml

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Iran Secretly Tests New Surface-To-Surface Missile:

“We do not intend to attack any country, but if we are attacked, we are capable of effectively responding. Our position is defensive.”
tinyurl.com/73wq3

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McCain Starts Bombing Run on Iran:

The senior senator for Arizona is, thus far, sparing the Iranians his riper bouts of pugilism, as when he bellowed for “lights out in Belgrade” and for NATO to “cream” the Serbs back at the close of the Nineties.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11801.htm

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U.S.: Iran sanctions without UN backing would be legitimate :

Imposing economic sanctions on Iran without United Nations backing would be legitimate if other efforts failed to convince Tehran to halt uranium enrichment, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Monday.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/679453.html

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Russia: Do Not Threaten Tehran, Lavrov Says:

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday warned world powers against threatening Iran and said the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program must be resolved through negotiations.
www.moscowtimes.ru/stories/2006/02/07/012.html

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The gullibility that led us into the last war could yet bring us a new conflict :

Our leaders were never trustworthy, yet many people were only too willing to
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1702935,00.html

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Lab officials excited by new H-bomb project:

For the first time in more than 20 years, U.S. nuclear-weapons scientists are designing a new H-bomb, the first of probably several new nuclear explosives on the drawing boards.
www.insidebayarea.com/oaklandtribune/localnews/ci_3480733

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Witnesses Say Israeli Missile Kills 2 :

Paramedics and witnesses said the missile destroyed the yellow minibus at it traveled on a farm road and incinerated the two men inside.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/02/06/ap/world/mainD8FJQCDG0.shtml

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Charley Reese : Hamas and Democracy :

I laughed when Hamas swept the Palestinian elections. – Oops. Now the president will once more have to expose himself as the hypocrite he is.
www.antiwar.com/reese/?articleid=8494

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Worlds apart :

There are few places in the world where governments construct a web of nationality and residency laws designed for use by one section of the population against another. Apartheid South Africa was one. So is Israel.
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,,1703245,00.html

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Caricature protests leave 4 dead in Afghanistan:
msnbc.msn.com/id/10705393/

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US soldier killed in Afghanistan :

The soldier was killed when “enemy forces” opened fire on a US patrol in Laghman province, it said in a statement released in Kabul.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4685938.stm

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Robert Fisk: Don’t be fooled, this isn’t an issue of Islam versus secularism :

We can exercise our own hypocrisy over religious feelings. I happen to remember how, more than a decade ago, a film called The Last Temptation of Christ showed Jesus making love to a woman. In Paris, someone set fire to the cinema showing the movie, killing a young man.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11800.htm

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Danish paper rejected Jesus cartoons :

Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper that first published the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad that have caused a storm of protest throughout the Islamic world, refused to run drawings lampooning Jesus Christ, it has emerged today
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1703501,00.html?gusrc=rss

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Cartoon conflicts :

To describe the clash over the Danish depictions of the prophet as one between freedom and dogma will only fan the flames, says Tariq Ramadan
www.guardian.co.uk/religion/Story/0,,1703365,00.html

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Iran cuts trade with Denmark -Iranian minister says:

He said from Tuesday Iran would stop any Danish goods from entering its customs areas. Iran imports $280 million worth of goods from Denmark a year.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L06590282.htm

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Cuba, Mexico upset by US move to halt energy meeting:

Cuba and Mexico on Monday condemned the U.S.-ordered eviction of 16 Cuban officials from an American-owned hotel in Mexico City during a conference with U.S. energy companies.
tinyurl.com/8s6uv

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Venezuela: Democracy’s ‘special forces’ face heat:

One of the actions the Chávez government views as most theatening is the US government’s funding and support of opposition groups that Chávez charges hope to overthrow his government.
csmweb2.emcweb.com/2006/0206/p06s02-woam.html

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Aristide supporters rally before Haiti vote:

Hundreds of poor Haitians danced in the streets on Sat
tinyurl.com/86apm

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Petition Filed Against US as Haiti Approaches Elections:
brickburner.blogs.com/my_weblog/2006/02/petition_filed_.html

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Pro-trade Arias wins Costa Rica election – polls:

An Arias victory will boost U.S. President George W. Bush’s free trade plans in the region. Ar
tinyurl.com/82mdq

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U.S. is back in assassination business :

As a nation we live and are judged by the practices we follow. How can we possibly be asking other nations to follow our lead if our conduct is to use political assassination as a policy?
tinyurl.com/cywce

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Specter Says Surveillance Program Violated the Law :

The Republican who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee said today that he believed the Bush administration had violated the law with its warrantless surveillance program and that its legal justifications for the program were “strained and unrealistic.”
fairuse.100webcustomers.com/fairenough/nyt033.html

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Bob Burnett: Bush Eavesdropping – How’s it Done? :

The White House has gone on a massive “fishing trip;” one that invades the privacy of thousands of ordinary Americans and violates the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act. This is the first of three articles about Administration eavesdropping – here, I dust off my techie skills and suggest how it’s being done.
tinyurl.com/8ozj2

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A Credibility ‘Gap’:

Bush critics worry that the White House may have deleted Plame-related emails during a 12-hour head start in the CIA leak probe. The delay is worse than they think.
www.alternet.org/story/31796/

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Katherine Brengle : Echoes of Fascism: Rhetoric We’ve Heard Before :

Our current government promotes unquestioning patriotism, policies of torture and indefinite detainment without access to counsel, identification of Islamic terrorists as something all US citizens must live in fear of every day
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11809.htm

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Budget: Agency-By-Agency Totals for 2007 :

Education budget down 28.5%: Agency budgets from President Bush’s proposed 2007 budget, in billions, and the percentage change from 2006:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11808.htm

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Feds seizing Canadian prescription drugs :

Minnesotans buying mail-order prescription drugs from Canada are having medications confiscated by U.S. Customs in escalating numbers, a step that has some worried that life-saving supplies may not reach customers on time.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11810.htm

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The power of persuasion:

To get a $25 million contract for a start-up defense company, Wilkes said he needed about $1.5 million for lobbying and related expenses, according to a lawsuit filed against him by a former business partner. He allegedly told his partner that about half the $25 million would be pure profit.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/politics/20060205-9999-1n5wilkes.html

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“Tax Shelters Disguised as Health Care Reform‰:

Last year was the fifth consecutive year in which employer-sponsored health insurance coverage declined. At least 46 million Americas are now without health insurance. The president‚s proposal to “strengthen health savings accounts‰ is nothing more than an attempt to increase tax shelters for the rich.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11804.htm

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