Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq “1,173,743"
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’sWar On Iraq 3,960
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Swan Song for NATO
The real cost of defeat in Forgettistan
By Mike Whitney
The Taliban’s approach is methodical and deliberate. They’ve shown they can survive the harshest conditions and still achieve tactical victories over a better-equipped enemy. They are highly-motivated and believe their cause is just. After all, they’re not fighting to occupy a foreign nation; they’re fighting to defend their own country.
Iran’s Defense Spending Per Capita Among Lowest In Mideast
Per capita, Israeli regime’s expenditure was calculated to be nearly 17 times higher at an average of $1,737 per person compared with only $110 for each Iranian.
Real ID Act a Real Intrusion On Rights, Privacy
By Bob Barr
If, as proposed in the law, a person must have a Real ID Act-compliant card in order to access a federal building, access any regulated or interstate mode of transportation, or obtain any federal benefit, then we have surrendered to the federal government (that is, federal bureaucrats) the power to deny citizens all manner of activities guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.
This is What A Police State Looks Like
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Deputies Throw Paralyzed Man From His Wheelchair
Hillsborough deputies dump, a quadriplegic man, out of his wheelchair. Click to view
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Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons
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Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq? Click to view
Depression Risk Might Force U.S. To Buy Assets
By John Parry
Fear that a hobbled banking sector may set off another Great Depression could force the U.S. government and Federal Reserve to take the unprecedented step of buying a broad range of assets, including stocks, according to one of the most bearish market analysts.
Iraq: At least 9 killed as US occupation grinds on:
Five builders were killed and two wounded in an insurgent attack in Saadiya, 100 km (62 miles) west of Baquba in Diyala province, police said.
Seven “insurgents”, policeman killed in occupied Iraq :
A policeman and seven gunmen have been killed in separate clashes between the security forces and suspected insurgents in the restive Salahudin province, north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, the police said.
Two killed, eight injured in mortar attack in Baghdad :
Earlier, three roadside bombs targeting Iraqi police and US patrols rocked the Iraqi capital, in which a policeman was injured seriously, the source said.
Iraq to bring legal action against US soldiers:
The Iraqi government set up a committee to decide how to bring legal action in the United States against American soldiers for causing ‘unjustified’ deaths of Iraqis, cabinet spokesman said Wednesday.
Today in history: 1991:
US bombers strike civilians in Baghdad:
So far 235 bodies have been recovered, 12 hours after the attacks at 0445 GMT and 0450 GMT.
Iraq lawmakers pass key budget and amnesty laws:
Iraqi lawmakers achieved a major breakthrough on Wednesday, passing the 2008 budget after weeks of delay and an amnesty law that could lead to the release of thousands of prisoners from the country’s jails.
Iran Warns U.S. Of Crossing Its Border:
A spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry warned it would “give proper response” to any U.S. military operation that trailed suspected militants into Iran.
Manufacturing Consent For War With Iran:
Olmert says certain Iran still seeks nuclear arms:
Israel, widely believed to have built hundreds of atomic warheads, has said it considers a nuclear Iran a threat to its existence.
IAEA denies internal row over Iran, condemns “hype”:
The U.N. nuclear watchdog on Tuesday rejected Western suggestions it is being soft on Iran, denying that its chief was declaring questions about Tehran’s atomic work resolved despite doubts of his inspectors.
Turkey no platform for Israeli strikes:
Israel does not consider Turkey a potential springboard for any future attack on neighbouring Syria or Iran, a senior Israeli defence official said on Wednesday during a visit to Ankara.
Senior Hezbollah Militant Killed:
Hezbollah did not say how or where Mughniyeh was killed. But Iranian state television and the National Organization for Human Rights in Syria said he died in a car bombing in the Syrian capital Damascus on Tuesday night.
Israel accused of Hezbollah leader’s killing:
Iran blamed its arch foe Israel on Wednesday for the killing of Hezbollah leader Imad Moughniyah in Damascus and condemned it as an act of “state terrorism”, the official IRNA news agency said.
Terrorism is only terrorism when it is an act against an Israeli?:
Israeli minister hails killing of Hezbollah leader:
“I, of course, do not know who carried out the assassination of Imad, but he should be blessed,” said Environment Minister Gideon Ezra
Terrorism is only terrorism when it is an act against Israel or US:
US lauds death of Hezbollah leader :
The United States has applauded the killing of Hezbollah leader Imad Moughniyah in a car bomb in Damascus, calling him a cold-blooded murderer responsible for many deaths.
Ex-Israeli generals denounce checkpoints:
A group of retired Israeli generals has launched a campaign urging the army to remove West Bank roadblocks, warning on Wednesday that the travel restrictions sow Palestinian hatred of Israel and stymie the peace process.
Diplomats taken to border as Israel tries to gain support for Hamas campaign :
Almost 70 foreign ambassadors were driven by Israel to its borders as a campaign among the Gaza Strip on Wednesday to gain support against Hamas.
Roadside bomb kills 7 in Afghanistan : –
Roadside bombs struck Afghan security forces in two separate incidents, killing seven people and wounding five, officials said Wednesday.
Taliban kills NATO occupation force soldier:
One occupation force soldier was killed and another one was injured in an ambush by Taliban insurgents on Wednesday near Afghan capital Kabul city, the military alliance said.
Senior British Diplomat: ‘Defeat’ a Real Possibility in Afghanistan :
Senior British diplomat Paddy Ashdown says defeat is a real possibility in Afghanistan, unless NATO changes its strategy.
Bomb targeting Pakistan vote candidate kills two: police:
A roadside bomb blast ripped through an election candidate’s car in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing two people and wounding two others, police said.
Taliban denies kidnapping Pakistani envoy:
Pakistan’s Taliban militants said on Wednesday they would not attack next week’s general election and denied involvement in the disappearance of the country’s ambassador to neighbouring Afghanistan.
Senator Calls Error Unprecedented:
The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Tuesday the loading of nuclear-tipped missiles on a B-52 bomber at a U.S. air base last August was an unprecedented and significant security failure.
Venezuela halts oil supplies to ExxonMobil:
Venezuela on Tuesday suspended oil exports to ExxonMobil, escalating the country’s fight with the US oil giant over compensation for a heavy crude project nationalised by socialist President Hugo Chavez.
Venezuela Exxon oil halt won’t hurt U.S. supply:
Venezuela’s decision to cut off oil shipments to Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N: Quote, Profile, Research) as part of an escalating legal battle should have little impact on U.S. supplies or on the giant energy company.
US: Major oil producers would compensate for Venezuela supply disruptions:
Major world oil producers assured the United States they could compensate for a considerable supply disruption, amid threats from the Venezuelan government to suspend its exports, a US government official told Reuters on Tuesday.
Meet John McCain: Mr Big Stick in Latin America:
McCain has chaired the International Republican Institute (IRI) since 1993. Ostensibly a non-partisan, democracy-building outfit, in reality the IRI serves as an instrument to advance and promote the most far right Republican foreign policy agenda.
Bolivia Charges US Embassy Diplomat With Espionage -AFP :
Bolivia’s government has charged Vincent Cooper, a security adviser at the U.S. embassy in La Paz, with spying, Interior Minister Ruben Gamarra confirmed Wednesday in local media.
Serbs block roads in north Kosovo:
Street blockades have been posted by “new faces”, presenting themselves as Serbian security forces, in north part of Kosovo, populated by Serbs.
So much for innocent until proven guilty:
Executions may be carried out at Gitmo:
Conducting the executions on U.S. soil could open the way for the detainees’ lawyers to go to U.S. courts to fight the death sentences. But the updated regulations make it possible for the executions to be carried out at Guantanamo.
Diplomats told to defend seeking death penalty for 9/11 detainees:
U.S. justifies tribunal as similar to trials of Nazis
Impeachment: Conyers’ Phone Rings Steadily for Two Days:
There’s a new rule on Capitol Hill: the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee can remove impeachment from the Constitution, but cannot also use telephones, Email, or fax machines, because the flood of pro-impeachment communications from outraged citizens is overwhelming each of those devices. Don’t believe me? Try phoning, Emailing, or faxing John Conyers’ office
Now police are told they can use Taser guns on children:
Police have been given the go-ahead to use Taser stun guns against children. The relaxing of restrictions on the use of the weapons comes despite warnings that they could trigger a heart attack in youngsters.
U.S. Senate passes spy bill, phone immunity:
U.S. phone companies that took part in President George W. Bush’s warrantless domestic spying program would receive retroactive immunity from lawsuits under a bill passed overwhelmingly on Tuesday by the Democratic-led Senate.
Bush opposes temporary extension of spy program:
President George W. Bush on Wednesday said he would oppose another temporary extension of a law empowering U.S. spy agencies to track communications of terrorism suspects without a court order and pressed Congress for a long-term fix.
Bush admits telecoms spied:
Well, he finally dropped the “allegedly.” President Bush at long last admitted what everyone has suspected for years — the nation’s telecommunications companies closely cooperated with the National Security Agency and his administration to implement large-scale spying on Americans.
Lockheed Secures Contract to Expand Biometric Database:
The system will collected: known “criminals”, known or suspected terrorists, or foreign visitors to the United States who have been convicted of a “crime” or an immigration violation, Bush said. But additional types of biometric data, such as iris scans and face images, will be collected from” criminals” and terrorists.
West Virginia: Bill Turns Traffic Cameras into Spy Cameras:
Cameras once proposed solely for the purpose of monitoring the level of traffic on freeways may soon have a new mission in West Virginia following unanimous state House passage of the “Guardian Angel Video Monitoring Act” last Wednesday.
U.S. deficit running at twice last year’s:
Federal spending also rising at faster pace than last year
U.S. mortgage crisis spreads beyond subprime loans:
As the world’s largest economy grapples with the worst housing slump in two decades, people with good credit histories are falling behind on house payments, auto loans and credit cards at an accelerating pace.