Information Clearing House  Digest May 1-7 2004
Date: 7 May 2004

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1 YEAR – 28 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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'US soldiers abused young girl at Iraqi prison'

The US military has said it will investigate claims by a former inmate of Abu Ghraib prison that a girl as young as 12 was stripped and beaten by military personnel.
www.itv.com/news/623337.html

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Bomb blast in Karachi kills 10 people:

A bomb has exploded in a Shia mosque in the business district of the Pakistani city of Karachi, killing 10 people and wounding at least 30
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/70A4684B-B846-4AB6-84AD-6BF2381FB6FC.htm

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Eight Iraqis killed in Karbala clashes:

Hospital sources said 15 Iraqis were wounded in the clashes
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/2A10132B-75E9-4F61-9B9A-4CEDF90460FE.htm

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Four Pakistanis killed in Najaf:

At least four Pakistani pilgrims were killed in a U.S. raid on the Shiite holy city of Najaf in Iraq, Pakistani newspapers reported Friday. Several pilgrims were also wounded in the attacks, the reports said.
washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20040507-120046-6708r.htm

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Two journalists with Polish state TV killed:

Cameraman wounded in ambush south of Baghdad
www.boston.com/dailynews/128/world/Two_journalists_with_Polish_st:.shtml

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Danish soldiers kill Iraqi at checkpoint :

Danish soldiers killed an Iraqi man after the truck he was driving didn't slow down as it approached their checkpoint, the military said Friday.
www.boston.com/dailynews/128/world/In_Iraq_Danish_soldiers_kill_I:.shtml

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Iraq Insurgents Defy U.S., Taunt Bush Over Jail Abuse:

Iraq's rebel Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr defied U.S. troops closing in on his militia army, vowing in a Friday sermon to drive out an army he said was discredited by prisoner abuse
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5076284

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Soldiers Back in U.S. Tell of More Iraqi Abuses:

“It was not just these six people,” “Yes, the beatings happen, yes, all the time.”
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5068071

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David Kay, says he warned U.S. officials of Iraqi prisoner abuse:

“I was there and I kept saying the interrogation process is broken. The prison process is broken. And no one wanted to deal with it,” Kay said. “It was too, too distasteful. This is a known problem, and the military refuses to deal with it.”
www.morningnewsonline.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=FMN/MGArticle/FMN
_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1031775300094&path=!news

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Shame at the front line:

“I never thought American people could do something of this nature,” Sabbar says, after detailing the torture and forced simulated sodomy that he says his US guards imposed upon him.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/05/06/1083635279507.html

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Iraqi inmate: 'Treated like dogs':

They tortured me after I had a fight with an Iraqi working in the camp who was having a relationship with a female soldier.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3689371.stm

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“I am your God.‰:

After laughing at the detainees for praying, Abdel said, a soldier standing over them asked, “Do you want to pray? Pray to me. I am your God.‰
blog.newstandardnews.net/iraqdispatches/archives/000332.html

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Delta Force, Navy SEALs involved in abuse?:

Iraqi died while being interrogated at prison
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4917567

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'Cooks and drivers were working as interrogators' :

Private contractor lifts the lid on systematic failures at Abu Ghraib jail.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1211374,00.html

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More torture at Camp Cropper detention centre at Baghdad airport:

Iraqi courts are forbidden to hear cases against foreign troops or officials in Iraq, by order of the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority, Amnesty said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/841A9F40-0DA5-4174-89D5-C8A70C3DAC15.htm

In case you missed it?:

My Hell In Camp X-Ray:

A British captive freed from Guantanamo Bay today tells the world of its full horror – and reveals how prostitutes were taken into the camp to degrade Muslim inmates.
www.mirror.co.uk/news/allnews/content_objectid=14042696_method=
full_siteid=50143_headline=-MY-HELL-IN-CAMP-X-RAY-name_page.html

tinyurl.com/29w34

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Cheryl Seal : The Real Butchers of Baghdad:

G. W. Bush and His Corporate Mercenaries
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6159.htm

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In case you missed it?:

Torture: It Starts at the Top. Hooah!:

President Bush “ As we prepare our military for action, we will protect our military from international courts”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6162.htm

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Israeli lessons for the US in Iraq:

The torturing of Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghuraib prison by US occupying forces has shocked the world – but for most Palestinians they come as no surprise.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/C182D988-28E3-4D48-ADFC-F15D6509B0EC.htm

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Robert Fisk : An illegal and immoral war:

Betrayed by images that reveal our racism
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6160.htm

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John Pilger: Torture Is News But It's Not New:

Much of this modern imperial racism was invented in Britain. Listen to its subtle expressions, as British spokesmen find their weasel words in refusing to acknowledge the numbers of Iraqis killed or maimed by their cluster bombs, whose actual effects are no different from the effects of suicide bombers; they are weapons of terrorism.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6161.htm

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Freedom Rider: White Supremacy in Iraq:

It is easy to first demonize and then torture people who have been labeled as crazy followers of an evil religion.
www.blackcommentator.com/89/89_freedom_rider_iraq.html

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Abuse common in U.S. prisons, activists say:

Horrific abuses, some similar to those revealed in Iraq, regularly occur in U.S. prisons with little national attention or public outrage, human rights activists say.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=506073&section=news

tinyurl.com/2lyps

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In case you missed it?:

Prisoners in Texas jail facility were subjected to repeated abuse:

After obtaining a 1996 video tape of the abuse, which included guards forcing dozens of prisoners to crawl naked along prison floors while guards kicked and beat them, zapped their backsides and genitals with stun guns, and had guard dogs bite prisoners
archive.aclu.org/news/n081997a.html

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Witnesses say guards beat handcuffed inmate at Broward jail:

A group of guards at the Broward County Main Jail kicked and stomped on a handcuffed, naked inmate Wednesday night until he was unconscious, according to several inmates who said they witnessed the beating.
www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-
cbeating07may07,0,4464869.story?coll=sfla-home-headlines

tinyurl.com/3ba2j

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In case you missed it?:

Texas Prisons Remain Haven for Inmate Rape:

Noting that inmates report about 225 cases of rape each year, Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Glen Castlebury said: “We recognize the criticality and threat of prison rape”
www.spr.org/en/news/pre2002/082601.html

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In case you missed it?:

Medicating Prisoners So They Can Be Killed:

A Federal Court Approves Forcible Antipsychotic Treatment for Mentally Incompetent Convicts.
writ.news.findlaw.com/colb/20030226.html

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How to Get Out of Iraq:

The more the United States tries to force what it insists on calling democracy on Iraq, the more the people of Iraq will hate the United States, and even, perhaps, the name of democracy.
www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20040524&s=forum

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Have Buck Will Pass: Who's In Charge?:

Has it been mentioned in the corporate media that those photos are every bit as good as the evidence used against the Nazis in prosecuting war crimes against humanity as defined by the Geneva Convention and undertaken by US at Nuremberg, Germany, in 1945? Nah!
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6158.htm

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British soldier gives new details of abuse of jailed Iraqis:

Evidence: Prisoners were beaten till faces 'like haggises'
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1211509,00.html

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Cong. Rangel Calls On Congress to Impeach Rumsfeld:

“I think America and the world want us to show the outrage not with rhetoric but with action! And, if the President does not fire Secretary Rumsfeld, or if he does not resign, I think it is the responsibility of this Congress to file articles of impeachment and force him to out of office.
www.house.gov/apps/list/press/ny15_rangel/CBRRumsfeld050604.html

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Bullet maker can't meet Army demand:

Alliant Techsystems Inc., the Edina-based munitions maker that is the U.S. Army's sole supplier of bullets, said Thursday it can't keep up with demand from the Army, which is rising to its highest level since the Vietnam War.
www.startribune.com/stories/535/4763567.html

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Doctor Who Treated Thousands of GIs Wounded in Iraq:

“Severest Form of Injuries I've Seen in My Career”
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/05/06/149259

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Senate OKs Negroponte as ambassador to Iraq:

The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved John Negroponte, currently U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to be the first U.S. ambassador to postwar Iraq. The Senate approved Negroponte's appointment by a vote of 95 to 3.
www.japantoday.com/e/?content=news&cat=8&id=297591

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Necroponte: Not suitable for Iraq:

Democracy and human rights are not on Negroponte preferred menu. Negroponte will be serving the interests of U.S. tyranny and U.S. Corporations in Iraq. Negroponte will bring to Iraq the economic disasters inflicted on the people of Latin America by the U.S. and U.S-backed corporations.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6157.htm

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Chomsky Blasts Negroponte Appointment to Iraq Embassy:

We hear MIT professor Noam Chomsky discussing Negroponte's role in supporting widespread campaigns of terror and human rights abuses as ambassador to Honduras.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/05/07/1450219

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US troops crossed border to make a raid inside Pakistan
www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2004/05/07/2003154449

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UN affirms Palestinian land rights:

OVER strong Israeli and United States objections, the United Nations General Assembly today approved a resolution affirming Palestinians' right to sovereignty over the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9493758%255E1702,00.html

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Kerry Pulls the anti-Semitic card:

Kerry slams Saudi prince for making “Zionist” link to terrorism:

Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry on Wednesday branded as “outrageous” remarks by Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz linking terror attacks in the kingdom to “Zionist hands.”
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/us_vote_kerry_saudi

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Kerry woos Jews with Israel anecdotes :

He emphasized that he would never pressure Israel, would not force it to negotiate with an unreliable partner, and would continue trying as president to advance the disengagement plan.
www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/423163.html

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Wag the dog:

A lasting peace in the Middle East remains in reach, but only if the United States asserts its independence from Israel
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2004/689/op1.htm

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Student leader fired after criticizing Israel:

Jilian Redford, a junior at the University of Richmond in Virginia, was ousted as president of the school‚s Hillel chapter this semester after e-mailing the Israeli Embassy in Washington to ask that they stop sending her “radical Zionist propaganda,‰
www.jta.org/brknews.asp?id=106487

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Nigerian Muslims bury 600 after Christian slaughter:

Survivors of the attacks said many people were still missing and the final death toll could reach 1,000. Another 600 were said to be seriously wounded.
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1211215,00.html

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Nigerian Christians accused of 'genocide':

Nigeria's top Muslim leader yesterday accused Christian militias of committing “genocide” against Muslims, as riot police were sent to quell worsening sectarian unrest.
news.independent.co.uk/world/africa/story.jsp?story=518590

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American Reported Linked to Madrid Bombing-Newsweek:

A Muslim lawyer from Portland, Oregon, was detained by the FBI on Thursday without explanation, his family said, but Newsweek magazine said he was being held in connection with the Madrid train bombings that killed 191 people in March.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=586
&e=1&u=/nm/20040507/wl_nm/security_bombing_dc

tinyurl.com/3338s

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Sudan 'starving' civilians:

The Sudanese government is deliberately starving civilians in at least one town in the troubled western Darfur region, according to a UN report obtained on Thursday, which also pointed to a campaign of ethnic cleansing there.
www.news24.com/News24/Africa/News/0,,2-11-1447_1523046,00.html

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Florida wants felons purged from voter list:

Florida elections officials have told local supervisors to begin purging their voter rolls of felons – an election-year directive that some say would disenfranchise up to 40,000 people.
www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040506/APN/405060754

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In case you missed it?:

Video: Unprecedented:

The 2000 Presidential Election is the riveting story about the battle for the Presidency in Florida and the undermining of democracy in America.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5278.htm

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Campaign for Regime Change: Bush Tightens Cuba Embargo:

President Bush agreed to give Cuban dissidents seeking to get rid of President Fidel Castro $36 million more in funding and plans to launch psychological operations using EC-130 aircraft. He also announced new measures against Cuba in an effort to decrease the number of Americans traveling to the island.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/05/07/1450231

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In case you missed it?:

The Bush Dynasty and the Cuban Criminals: New book reveals links of two presidents and the governor of Florida with exiled hardliners
www.commondreams.org/headlines02/1202-05.htm

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The move to high-tech tracking of inmates:

Some states turn to satellite technology to free up prison beds – but do the savings outweigh risks?
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0507/p02s02-usju.html

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For seniors, Medicare's new card isn't a cinch:

The rollout of discount cards for prescription drugs creates confusion.
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0507/p03s01-ussc.html

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1 YEAR – 27 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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U.S. Forces Kill 41 Sadr Fighters Near Najaf:

U.S. troops killed 41 members of Moqtada al-Sadr's militia in a firefight east of Najaf on Thursday and recaptured the governor's office in the city, a senior coalition military official said.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5061991&section=news

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Iraq Car Bomber Kills Six, Wounds 25, Military Says:

A car bomber in Baghdad killed five civilians and one U.S. soldier, and injured 25 people near the Green Zone
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=audC6hqIJ2E8&refer=top_world_news

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Three US soldiers killed in Baghdad blasts:

Two blasts have killed three US soldiers in Baghdad as tension mounts in Iraq.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=518625

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Kin confirm identity of new U.S. hostage in Iraq:

Man claiming to be civilian Pentagon employee shown on Arab TV
msnbc.msn.com/id/4914840/

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U.S. Must Leave Falluja, Iraq General Says :

The Iraqi former general entrusted with pacifying volatile Falluja said on Thursday U.S. Marines must withdraw quickly from around the troubled town and go home so stability can be restored.
wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=860436&tw=wn_wire_story

tinyurl.com/347of

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Fierce Clashes Erupt in Iraqi City of Najaf:

Plumes of smoke were seen rising from a cemetery on the fringes of the city, as U.S. helicopters swooped low over the area.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=5061350

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New Prison Images Emerge:

“It is clear that the intelligence community dictated that these photographs be taken,” said Guy L. Womack, a Houston lawyer representing Spec. Charles A. Graner Jr., 35, one of the soldiers charged.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6153.htm

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New Pictures Of American Military Torturing Iraqi Prisoners
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6155.htm

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U.S. Troops Treat Elder Iraqi Woman Like A Donkey:

U.S. soldiers who detained an elderly Iraqi woman last year placed a harness on her, made her crawl on all fours and rode her like a donkey, Prime Minister Tony Blair 's personal human rights envoy to Iraq said Wednesday.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6149.htm

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U.S. officer tells of 4 killed at Iraq prison:

A former U.S. military commander in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison has described a chaotic atmosphere of disdain for Iraqi prisoners in which U.S. guards killed at least four during two riots.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6154.htm

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Robert Fisk: Pictures of wounded men being shot censored by TV:

British and most European television stations censored the tape off the air last night on the grounds that the pictures were too terrible to show. But deliberately shooting a wounded man is a war crime under the Geneva Conventions
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6156.htm

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Tour of Abu Ghraib spins out of military control :

After the prisoners' outburst, Army officials hastened to usher the members of the media back into a pair of buses, refusing to let journalists interview any inmates or photograph them, even though some prisoners appeared eager to talk.
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/complete/la-fg-prison6may06,1,7101298.story?coll=la-home-headlines

tinyurl.com/22494

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Victory Rises Above a Mass Grave :

‰We couldn't give her a proper burial,‰ the house owner told IPS, ‰because every time we would go outside, American snipers would shoot at us. They even shot at us when we retrieved her body from the car after the Americans bombed it.‰
ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=23567

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Rape Rooms: A Chronology:

What Bush said as the Iraq prison scandal unfolded. “Iraq is free of rape rooms and torture chambers.”˜President Bush, remarks to 2003 Republican National Committee Presidential Gala, Oct. 8, 2003
slate.msn.com/id/2100014/

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Arianna Huffington: Bush Democracy:

Do You Recognize His America?:

Welcome to George W. Bush's version of America ˜ Bush Democracy. Apparently, he's had his fanatical neo-con programmers working overtime to iron out all those bothersome bugs and kinks that have been holding the United States back for the last 228 years
www.ariannaonline.com/columns/column.php?id=709

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Powell aides go public on rift with Bush:

Chief of staff says secretary of state is fed up with apologising for the administration and is disdainful of 'ideological' hawks
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1210391,00.html

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Two More Iraq Prison Deaths Made Public :

The number of prisoner deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan known to be under U.S. investigation or already blamed on Americans rose to 14 on Wednesday
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/ap/20040505/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_prisoner_abuse

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In case you missed it:

October 22, 2001: FBI Considers Torture as Suspects Stay Silent :

AMERICAN investigators are considering resorting to harsher interrogation techniques, including torture
www.commondreams.org/headlines01/1022-01.htm

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In case you missed it:

July 25, 2002: U.S. fails to block U.N. anti-torture vote:

The United States failed to block a U.N. vote Wednesday on a plan to strengthen a treaty on torture, and was widely criticized by allies for trying to do so.
www.japantoday.com/e/?content=news&id=224232

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In case you missed it:

27 December, 2002: Campaigners demand US 'torture' probe :

Human rights campaigners have urged the United States to investigate allegations that suspected al-Qaeda and Taleban detainees are being tortured.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/2607629.stm

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In case you missed it:

14 February, 2003: US denies 'prison torture' charges :

US officials have denied allegations of torture after human rights groups called for “urgent intervention” to protect terror suspects detained at an American military base.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/2760301.stm

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In case you missed it?

07/19/03: U.S. Accused Of Torture In Iraq:

Amnesty International is looking into a number of cases of suspected torture in Iraq by American authorities. One of case involves Khraisan al-Aballi.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4160.htm

More Evidence Of Torture
tinyurl.com/2szt8

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In case you missed it?:

July 1, 2003: U.S. Suspends Military Aid to Nearly 50 Countries:

The United States on Tuesday suspended military assistance to nearly 50 countries, because they have supported the International Criminal Court and failed to exempt Americans from possible prosecution.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3978.htm

More on the International Criminal Court tinyurl.com/35rrn

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Outsourcing Torture:

Contractors act as interrogators: Defense Department turned to private sources to question prisoners for intelligence gathering.
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In case you missed it?: Alan Dershowitz Interview “Civilised torture”:

“If people are going to use any kind of torture, then it should not be lethal, it should not cause permanent harm, that's the kind of issue that should be debated in a democracy. Right now, this kind of thing is going on and we don't know about it. We're told it doesn't exist so let's surface it.”

Video and transcript
tinyurl.com/2zacb

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Torturing Iraq in an Unnecessary War:

In any unnecessary war, the leaders of the attacking side are morally responsible for all deaths in the enemy military: accidental killings of civilians (the military euphemism is “collateral damage‰) as well as abuses by rogue elements of those same groups toward enemy prisoners.
www.independent.org/tii/news/040504Eland.html

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Bush Annoyed with Rumsfeld Over Iraq Abuse, Aides Say:

President Bush, has privately expressed annoyance to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld over his handling of the issue, aides said.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5052755

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George Bush And Saddam Hussein: What's The Differance?:

George has outdone his rival. Saddam's gulag was limited to inside Iraq. George's gulag stretches from Guantanomo Bay to Abu Ghraib to Bagram in Afghanistan.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6151.htm

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Put George W. Bush in prison!!:

Those American soldiers torturing and sexually abusing Iraqi prisoners have made criminals of us all. And there are only two possible responses this horrible outrage: get out of Iraq. Now! And imprison the man responsible, George W. Bush.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6150.htm

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Bush‚s “Excuse and Explanation‰ on Arab TV Was Worthless and Demeaning
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6152.htm

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Bush 'fails to placate' Arab viewers:

“This is not going to wash with the Arab audience,” said Jawad al-Anani, former Jordanian foreign minister. “It's a good gesture but he should have publicly apologised.”
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/9250D3B2-ED2C-4200-AB37-00FA719EF7F4.htm

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Pentagon requesting $25 billion in Iraq funding :

The Bush administration is going to ask Congress for an additional $25 billion in funding for operations in Iraq and the war on terrorism.
feeds.bignewsnetwork.com/?sid=f0613c1608f4324d

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The Cult That's Running the Country:

Joseph Wilson blasts the secretive neoconservative cabal that plunged America into a disastrous war, in this excerpt from his new book.
fairuse.1accesshost.com/news1/salon9.html

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The BRussells Tribunal – People vs. Total War Incorporated:

The BRussells Tribunal convened to question the New Imperial World Order, as envisioned and waged by the United States. The tribunal was a hearing on the “Project for the New American Century.”
www.traprockpeace.org/brussells_tribunal.html

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Joseph Wilson interview:

Wilson was the U.S. diplomat catapulted onto the front pages in 2003 when he revealed that the Bush administration had fabricated evidence over Iraq‚s WMDs.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/05/05/1083635203129.html

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Feith Meets Cabal:

Who are you going to believe about Iraq?” Douglas Feith seemed to say. “Me, or your lying eyes?” According to Feith, everything is going well
www.progressivetrail.org/articles/040505Dreyfuss.shtml?mail=05

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Evidence Grows Against Depleted Uranium Weapons :

Washington's insistence that depleted uranium (DU) munitions are not toxic has been undermined by revelations that four U.S. soldiers recently home from Iraq are suffering from radiation poisoning.
www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=23515

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At least 200 Muslims killed in central Nigeria:

heavily armed militants from the Christian Tarok ethnic group attacked Fulanis in Yelwa, a farming community in the Shendam local government area of central Nigeria
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-05/06/content_1454164.htm

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Arafat Prepares to Combat Any Israeli Snatch Raid :

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat fortified his West Bank headquarters with dozens of rusty car wrecks and blue barrels of concrete today, fearing an imminent Israeli attempt to snatch him.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2887131

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Syria: We caught Israeli assassins:

Syria claims it has foiled an Israeli assassination attempt on a Palestinian resistance leader living in exile.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D15D272C-1B53-4A5F-9E6C-ACF9C1CEE01B.htm

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Murtha statement on Iraq war draws fire:

A statement from a pro-defense Democrat that the Pentagon's current military strategy in Iraq made the war unwinnable drew a sharp rebuke Thursday from Republicans, who accused Democrats of using the war for political gain.
www.sanluisobispo.com/mld/sanluisobispo/news/breaking_news/8604614.htm

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Bush Raises Record $200 Million for Election Campaign :

Bush, who's tally in 2000 set the previous record for presidential campaign fundraising, raised at least $200 million through April 28 for this year's election bid, according to records released on his campaign Web site. Kerry, a Senator from Massachusetts, raised at least $112 million
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aUXUMX1nKv7g&refer=us

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1 YEAR – 26 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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15 Iraqis, 1 Coalition soldier killed in clashes :

In the raid overnight on the governor's office, 10 al-Sadr followers were killed in an ensuing battle, Kimmitt said in Baghdad. The Polish command in Iraq said a soldier was killed, without specifying his nationality.
www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2004-05-05-iraq_x.htm

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Three U.S. soldiers die in Sadr clash:

Three U.S. soldiers were killed in the Iraqi town of Diwaniya during clashes with the militia loyal to wanted Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, the U.S. military said in a statement on Wednesday.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=505211&section=news

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U.S. soldier dies in Iraq after dump truck attack:

A U.S. soldier died south of Baghdad on Wednesday after his Humvee was rammed by a dump truck at the checkpoint he was manning, the U.S. military said.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L05483771.htm

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3 prisoners murdered by U.S. personnel:

The killings were uncovered by Army criminal investigators who had been asked to look at 35 cases, including the deaths of 25 prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan since December 2002.
www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2004-05-04-prisoner-deaths_x.htm

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Iraqi prisoners 'murdered':

One report said there had been 21 fatalities in the British sector that lawyers were challenging. Six Iraqis had died in British custody, it said.
dailytelegraph.news.com.au/story.jsp?sectionid=1268&storyid=1295821

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Outrage at murder of Iraqi prisoners by US personnel :

TWO Iraqi prisoners were murdered by American citizens and 23 other deaths are being investigated in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States revealed last night
thescotsman.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=510312004

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Battered Prisoner Body In New Shock Photographs :

As President George Bush appeared on Arabic television today in a bid to limit the damage caused by photographs of American soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners, a new image emerged which would shock the world.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6148.htm

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Video: He's wounded, Hit Him:

US army helicopter killing three Iraqis, one of them wounded. CBC News report. 05/04/04
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6147.htm

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U.S. Assassinates Two Shiite Clerics Organizing Nonviolent Resistance:

In Najaf, two top ShIite clerics were assassinated this week, Aaron Glanzt of Free Speech Radio News reports from Najaf and Hilla.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/05/05/1357225

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'Torture' picture soldiers face Iraq death charges :

SOLDIERS from the regiment at the heart of the furore over the torture of Iraqi prisoners are facing charges in connection with the death of a waiter in the southern city of Basra.
news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=510762004

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This torture started at the very top :

A profound racism infects the US and British establishments
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1209555,00.html

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Beatings and Humiliation Routine:

The only sympathetic officer, they said, was a medic. But he was reprimanded by a superior officer for attending to the prisoners. “Don't bother,” the officer told the medic, the Arrawis said. “They're all animals.”
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/la-fg-detainees5may05,1,7261036.story?coll=la-home-headlines

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An Army Of Scum: Or, We're Looking For a Few Good Homosexual Rapists:

Now it's official: American troops occupying Iraq have become virtually indistinguishable from the SS. Like the Germans during World War II
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=127&ncid=742&e=
7&u=%2Fuclicktext%2F20040504%2Fcm_ucru%2Fanarmyofscum

tinyurl.com/3ewjh

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3 killed in Afghanistan:

Two Britons and their Afghan translator were killed in a suspected militant attack in eastern Afghanistan today.
www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/articles/10587933?source=Reuters

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Afghan Prisoner Deaths Investigated:

Human rights groups have strongly criticized the military for its near-silence about the December 2002 deaths of two Afghan men at a heavily guarded holding facility at Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul.
www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/wire/sns-ap-afghan-
prisoner-abuse,0,829429.story?coll=sns-ap-world-headlines

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In case you missed it?:

Breaking The Silence:

A hard hitting special report into the “war on terror” Award winning journalist John Pilger
www.informationclearinghouse.info/pilger_breaking_the_silence_35mb.htm

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Iraqi cameraman recounts ordeal in US detention:

The US interrogator yanked the 24-year-old Iraqi male‚s hair and peeled back his eyelids.
www.hipakistan.com/en/detail.php?newsId=en63530&F_catID=&f_type=source

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Jailed Iraqis hidden from Red Cross, says US army :

US military policemen moved unregistered Iraqi prisoners, known as “ghost detainees”, around an army-run jail at Abu Ghraib, in order to hide them from the Red Cross, according to a confidential military report.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1209681,00.html

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A prisoner recalls the abuse :

The shame is so deep that Hayder Sabbar Abd feels he cannot move back to his old neighborhood. He would prefer not even to stay in Iraq.
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=518368.html

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Labourers claim U.S. held them captive on base:

Four Indians who claimed to have escaped from a U.S. army camp in Iraq have returned to southern India, telling harrowing tales of their nine-month stay.
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_
Type1&c=Article&cid=1083751685739&call_pageid=968332188492&col=968705899037

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West's double standards :

If the pictures showed Arab troops humiliating British prisoners, there would be howls of indignation and no one would be rushing to make excuses about their authenticity.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1209672,00.html

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Iraq: UN human rights body calls on US, UK to grant detainees legal rights:

A United Nations human rights group today called on the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) and the Iraqi Governing Council to respect international human rights law and grant them access to courts.
www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=10623&Cr=Iraq&Cr1=

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Look What You Have Done: Spare Us Your Disgusting Ethics:

The United States and United Kingdom, two of the pillars of Christianity, civilisation and modernity in the World, are shedding some crocodile tears these days.
www.counterpunch.org/velloso05042004.html

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Court battle over Iraqi deaths :

The controversy over the behaviour of British forces in Iraq switches to the high court today as lawyers acting for the families of 14 Iraqis challenge the refusal by the Ministry of Defence to consider any legal responsibility for their deaths.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1209704,00.html

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Iraqi captors obtained medical care for U.S. hostage:

Former hostage Thomas Hamill's kidnappers treated the American truck driver relatively well during his three-week captivity in Iraq.
tinyurl.com/2a4s9

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47,000 US soldiers told they will go to Iraq as clashes continue :

THE Pentagon is telling about 10,000 active-duty United States army soldiers and marines and 37,000 reserve and national guard troops that they will be sent to Iraq this year
news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=510562004

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Five killed in Turkish Kurd rebel violence:

Four Kurdish rebels and a Turkish village guard were killed in a wave of violence in southeast Turkey amid reports of guerrillas entering the region from northern Iraq www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L05491013.htm

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War Propaganda:

If you step back a moment and think about it, you will realize that you are constantly being propagandized to approve of war ˜ not just the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but war generically.
reese.king-online.com/Reese_20040505/index.php

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Why being right on WMD is no consolation to Iraqi scientist labelled enemy of America:

Chief link to UN weapons inspectors held in solitary confinement for year
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1209574,00.html

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Israeli jets strike south Lebanon:

Israeli jets have bombed southern Lebanon during a day of escalating tension on the Israeli-Lebanese border.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/3686949.stm

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Palestinian Photographers Shot While Covering Gaza Clash :

Two Palestinian photographers were shot by Israeli troops while covering violence in a central Gaza town Wednesday, witnesses and hospital officials said.
framehosting.dowjonesnews.com/sample/samplestory.asp?StoryID=2004050509520002&Take=2

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Report: Ministry Funded Illegal Outposts :

Israel's Housing Ministry has funneled nearly $6.5 million to illegal settlement construction in the West Bank in the past three years, more than half of it to outposts Israel pledged to remove, the state comptroller said Wednesday.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4056022,00.html

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UN Veto Reveals Bush Administration's Contempt for Human Rights :

The United States was the only country to vote against the resolution.
www.commondreams.org/views01/0404-03.htm

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Kofi Annan's pro-Israel policy discredits the UN:

He has aligned himself with the logic that Palestinians, uniquely, must earn from their oppressors the basic human rights that for all other people are inherent.
electronicintifada.net/v2/article2622.shtml

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Bush refuses to mend fences with Arabs :

The White House has frustrated diplomatic efforts to assuage Arab outrage at its Middle East policy reversal by declining to offer written assurances that it recognises the Palestinians have a territorial claim to the West Bank. www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1209631,00.html

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Thou shalt be like Bush :

What makes this recently established, right-wing Christian college unique are the increasingly close – critics say alarmingly close – links it has with the Bush administration and the Republican establishment
www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3563816&thesection=news&thesubsection=world

tinyurl.com/yqym3

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The Computer Ate My Vote:

Over the past year e-voting's flaws have been glaringly highlighted, with critics pointing to glitches that have occurred in elections, insufficient security of the machines and their data, questionable conduct by some e-voting vendors, and clear violations of federal and state certification guidelines
www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,115948,00.asp

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In case you missed it:

Hail To The Thief:

Greg Palast: BBC Investigation Into How Voter Data Was Used To Prevent Democrats From Voting In The Last Presidential Elections.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3187.htm

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Ted Rall's 'Tillman' Cartoon Pulled by MSNBC.com :

A cartoon questioning late footballer-turned-soldier Pat Tillman's credentials as a “hero” was pulled from MSNBC.com .
209.11.49.220/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000502227

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Ted Rall's 'Tillman' Cartoon:
images.ucomics.com/comics/tr/2004/tr040503.gif

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Michael Moore: Disney Has Blocked the Distribution of My New Film… :

Some people may be afraid of this movie because of what it will show.
www.michaelmoore.com/

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Build a Web site, go to jail: Links to Terrorism :
www.reason.com/sullum/043004.shtml

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U.S. government's use of secret spy and terrorism surveillance increases:

The government's use of secret surveillance warrants to track spies and terrorists surged to a record high in 2003, surpassing for the first time the number of wiretaps sought by law enforcement in traditional criminal cases.
www.ledger-enquirer.com/mld/ledgerenquirer/news/politics/8568318.htm

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Big Brother to Watch Over Island :

If you have ever seen the cult '60s British television program The Prisoner, in which captured Cold War spies live on an island under constant surveillance, you can imagine what life may soon be like on Ayers Island.
www.wired.com/news/privacy/0,1848,63316,00.html

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French TV screens images 'of US helicopter crew killing Iraqis' :

The French cable television station Canal Plus on Tuesday will broadcast images, stolen in Iraq, of a US army helicopter killing three Iraqis, one of them wounded, who do not appear to be posing any threat.
www.expatica.com/source/site_article.asp?subchannel_id=58&story_id=7214

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“Electrical burn marks all over his body.”:

The alleged mistreatment of Sadiq Zoman while in US custody came as no surprise to his friends and neighbors. Some of them had returned after having been abducted by US forces with their own stories of terrifying and heartbreaking ordeals.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6144.htm

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Never Again, Again:

We have lost lives, credibility, money, friends, and turned another generation of our precious children into monsters. Our “War against terrorism” is recruiting terrorists at an unprecedented pace.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6146.htm

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Date: 4 May 2004

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1 YEAR & 25 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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NIGERIA: Dozens killed in fresh sectarian attack in Plateau state:

A Christian militia force attacked a predominantly Muslim town in central Nigeria at the weekend, killing at least 67 people and injuring many others, police and residents said on Tuesday.
tinyurl.com/2tf7x

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Five Killed in Najaf Firing by US Troops:

A father and his two sons and a policeman were among the killed and 20 were wounded outside the walls of the US base, local medics said.
www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=44311&d=4&m=5&y=2004

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Gunfight between American troops, Afghan police killed civilian, officials say :

A pre-dawn gunfight between U.S. special forces and police that resulted from an apparent mix-up killed a civilian at a school, leaving classrooms damaged and spattered with blood, officials said Tuesday.
www.tulsaworld.com/BreakingNewsStory.asp?ID=040504_Br_4funfight

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Abducted Afghan soldiers killed:

The bodies of five Afghan government soldiers abducted on Monday have been found in the south of the country.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3681969.stm

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Four US soldiers killed north of Baghdad:

Sadr men vow to revenge attack by US forces
www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=276104&lang=e&dir=news

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Two killed in Israeli missile strike on Gaza:

Two Palestinians have been killed and up to 33 others injured in an Israeli missile strike. three of the injured are in a critical condition as they were wounded by shrapnel when a helicopter gunship fired a missile near the al-Khalidiya school in the area
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/EC26FD6B-9812-4E33-909B-932DB1BB0B79.htm

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Israeli troops surround Arafat's office:

Arafat has been confined to the building for more than two years.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/05/04/1083436581491.html

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Former diplomats attack Bush:

Fifty-three former US diplomats today accuse the White House of sacrificing America's credibility in the Arab world – and the safety of its diplomats and soldiers – because of the Bush administration's support for the Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon.
www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1208914,00.html

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Full text: The U.S. diplomats' letter :

We are deeply concerned by your April 14 endorsement of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's unilateral plan to reject the rights of three million Palestinians. It ignores international laws declaring Israeli settlements illegal.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6138.htm

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U.S. report lists 'egregious acts' against Iraq prisoners:

U.S. Army soldiers have committed “egregious acts” and “grave breaches of international law” at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, according to a classified report by Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba
www.fox11az.com/news/other/stories/KMSB_20040504_prison_cnnbp.18bd76424.html

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Tortured Souls:

It was last January when I came upon the horrendous story of Sadiq Zoman. In short, he was detained by U.S. soldiers last July from his home in Kirkuk. While in U.S. military custody, he was beaten, tortured with electric shock, whipped, one of his hands was broken, his head was bludgeoned.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6137.htm

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Torture, Incorporated: Let the Wall of Silence Fall:

The US population has been dangerously insulated from the crimes in Iraq, and remains insulated by top-level denial that these latest terrible photos signal anything substantial about the occupation.
www.counterpunch.org/tilley05032004.html

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Iraqi torture was devised by CIA:

The torture and humiliation of Iraqi prisoners, captured on camera in a US run Baghdad prison, was controlled and devised by US agencies including the CIA, a lawyer claimed today.
breakingnews.iol.ie/news/story.asp?j=44090792&p=44x9yx94

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Troops have been abusing Iraqis for a year: Amnesty:

Amnesty issued a disturbing report on Iraq last month detailing allegations of torture and ill-treatment by US and British forces in Iraq that are remarkably similar to the evidence that has now surfaced.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/05/04/1083635134533.html

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Abu Ghraib prisoners speak of 'torture':

Former inmates of the US-occupation run Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad still find it difficult to relate their experiences of torture and humiliation, as more pictures of abuse come to light.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E4D19123-9DD3-11D1-B44E-006097071264.htm

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Iraqis are disgusted but not surprised at PoW abuse:

“They said they were liberators but in fact they are occupation troops.”:
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=517631

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Imperial Shame for America at Abu Ghraib:

The sex-abuse, rape, and torture scandal at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq might explain why U.S. officials have steadfastly opposed joining other nations in the formation of an international war-crimes tribunal.
www.fff.org/comment/com0405a.asp

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In case you missed it:

U.S. Accused Of Torture In Iraq: U.S. officials did not respond to repeated requests to discuss the case, but the American governor here insists that the U.S. does not torture prisoners. 07/19/03
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4160.htm

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In case you missed it:

US turns to torture to crack prisoners of war:

While the US Government publicly denounces the use of torture, all of the national security officials interviewed defended the use of violence against captives as “just and necessary”, and they were confident the American public would back their view.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/12/26/1040511135568.html

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In case you missed it:

Iraqi Detainees Claim Abuse by British and U.S. Troops:

Iraqis who were taken prisoner have accused American and British soldiers of offenses ranging from beatings to ˜ in one severe case recounted by a Saudi man ˜ electric shock. May 15,
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3419.htm

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In case you missed it:

Our Presidents New Best Friend Boils People Alive:

Let me introduce you to our presidents new best friend, President Karimov of Uzbekistan.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3943.htm

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In case you missed it:

Bloody hands

The U.S. has backed Indonesia's military thugs for decades.
www.salon.com/news/feature/1999/09/10/indonesia/index.html

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In case you missed it:

The CIA's Secret Manual on Coercive Questioning :

Faced with a FOIA lawsuit, the Central Intelligence Agency recently released an interrogation manual to the Baltimore Sun that detailsbrutal methods of extracting information from resistant sources. The manual itself, presentedhere verbatim for the first time online.
www.parascope.com/articles/0397/kubark06.htm

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CIA inquiry into death of prisoner at notorious jail:

The CIA's inspection team has launched an investigation into the death of an Iraqi prisoner at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison who died after being interrogated by US agents, it was revealed yesterday.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=517930

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U.S. Sent Specialists To Train Prison Units:

The team of 25 military police was quietly dispatched to Iraq after an internal Army investigation accused military police at the Abu Ghraib prison of grossly mistreating Iraqi detainees
wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=859078&tw=wn_wire_story

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Who's Responsible?: Dangerous Geography :

Is it any wonder that some British and American troops in Iraq have abused and humiliated their prisoners? They may have disgraced the traditions of the uniforms they wear. But they are only keeping faith with the attitudes inculcated by their political masters.
www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=15&ItemID=5453

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Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison should be closed now :

The practice of armies putting the prisons of the barbaric regimes they topple to new use has a history. The Soviet Army, for example, employed the Nazi Buchenwald camp to grim effect for several years after 1945.
www.iht.com/articles/518229.html

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LA immigrant files suit, claiming false jailing, torture in Iraq:

A Canadian civilian who claims he was falsely imprisoned, tortured and injured by Army interrogators shortly after the U.S. invasion of Iraq last year is suing the Army for $350,000.
www.sanluisobispo.com/mld/sanluisobispo/news/politics/8580943.htm

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U.S. accused of human rights violations in Fallujah:

UN human rights investigator Paul Hunt, says that while reliable information is difficult to obtain, there are credible claims that U.S. forces have been guilty of serious human rights breaches in their month-long siege of the city.
www.cbc.ca/stories/2004/05/03/iraq040503

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From Nanjing 1937 to Fallujah 2004:

War Crimes in Perspective
www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=17&ItemID=5446

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Falluja farce as Iraqi officer is removed:

The former Republican Guard general, who effectively took over on Friday, was summarily removed from the post that America's top soldier said he had never had. His replacement will be a general once exiled by Saddam Hussein, said US officials.
www.theherald.co.uk/news/15290.html

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Foreign Fighters in Iraqi Insurgency May Be Less Than Portrayed:

Foreigners play a tiny role in Iraq's insurgency, many military experts say.
ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGAB5FIESTD.html

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US Crimes and Iraqi Resistance:

Americans should look carefully in the mirror. Iraqis, despite all odds have lived and managed their own affairs for many thousands of years. The game is over. Thank you America. Please go home now.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6141.htm

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U.S. eyes proposal to draft women:

The proposal, which the agency's acting director Lewis Brodsky presented to senior Pentagon officials just before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, also seeks to extend the age of draft registration to 34, up from 25.
tinyurl.com/ysvts

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Speaking Truth to Power: What's It Good for?:

Politically motivated wars of the future will be fought by volunteers who have purchased a steady job, education and travel for the low price of unquestioned willingness to do as they are told. Their comrades in arms will be an extensive array of mercenary contractors who will do whatever is asked, if the daily rate is high enough.
www.militaryweek.com/kk042604.shtml

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East Texas man faces sentencing for WMD cache:

William Krar is scheduled to be sentenced in a federal court Tuesday after acknowledging that he possessed enough sodium cyanide to fatally gas everyone in a 30,000-square-foot building, such as a civic center or high school basketball arena.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/2546438

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In case you missed it:

WMD Plot Uncovered In East Texas:

Investigators have seized at least 100 other bombs, bomb components, machine guns, 500,000 rounds of ammunition and chemical agents.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5350.htm

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In case you missed it:

U.S. Uncovers Weapons of Mass Destruction, Not in Iraq But in Texas & the National Media Ignores The Story
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5351.htm

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Staff Of U.S.-Funded Iraqi Paper Quits, Cites U.S. Control:

In a front-page editorial, the editor-in-chief of Al-Sabah cites what he claims is American interference in the newspaper's publication.
www.channel3000.com/news/3266699/detail.html

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Australians turn against Iraq war as election looms:

“The election is going to be a real contest and it would take a very brave person to be predicting the outcome at the moment.”
www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3564402&thesection=news&thesubsection=world

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The Truth About Depleted Uranium Weaponry:

Ever notice how crafty the inventors of modern weaponry working for the Pentagon are — giving their weapons misleading names that deliberately give the opposite impression of the actual intended use? None is more Orwellian, nor more ghoulish, than “Depleted Uranium.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6143.htm

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Patriotic Acts of Abuse:

As another writer pointed out, Bush's sycophantic dim bulbs on talk radio ask if you've lost any freedoms yet under Patriot Acts I & II, or the coming III, IV, V and on and on. Get ready – you will!
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6142.htm

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California Drops Diebold, Palast on Purging Minority Ballots:

California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley banned the use of Diebold's new touchscreen electronic voting machines from the November election in four counties. Shelley also called on the attorney general's office to investigate whether the Diebold committed fraud.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/05/04/1420202

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Why I Will Not Vote In 2004:

I refuse to live the lie called “democratic elections” in the United States in 2004 and thereby join, in the words of Benjamin Franklin, those who have “become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6140.htm

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In case you missed it:

Despotism & Democracy :

Measures how a society ranks on a spectrum stretching from democracy to despotism. Explains how societies and nations can be measured by the degree that power is concentrated and respect for the individual is restricted. Where does your community, state and nation stand on these scales?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4971.htm

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The American Century:

Now that we are in this war, how did we get in? We got in on the basis of defense. Even that very word, defense, has been full of deceit and self-deceit. To the average American the plain meaning of the word defense is defense of the American territory. (first published in LIFE magazine 17 February 1941)
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6139.htm

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Date: 2 May 2004

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One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge — even to ourselves — that we've been so credulous: Carl Sagan ===

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1 YEAR & 23 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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11 U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq attacks
www.620ktar.com/news/article.aspx?id=365699

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Six Afghan soldiers killed in ambush:

Suspected Taliban ambushed six Afghan soldiers on a road in southern Afghanistan, killing all of them, including a local commander, said a provincial government spokesman.
www.hipakistan.com/en/detail.php?newsId=en63234&F_catID=&f_type=source

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Gunmen Kill Squatter, Four Daughters Amid Gaza Vote:

Palestinian gunmen killed a pregnant Jewish settler and her four daughters Sunday, dimming Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's chances of winning party backing for a Gaza pullout in a vote begun hours earlier.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5009120

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Boy, 8, is shot dead :

Witnesses said Hussein Abu Eker, 8, died after he was hit in the head and arm by live fire from an Israeli tank during an army raid in Khan Younis refugee camp.
www.gulf-daily-news.com/Articles.asp?Article=80626&Sn=WORL

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Sharon loses Gaza pullout vote:

Israel Radio has declared an overwhelming defeat for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in a vote by his right-wing Likud party on the Gaza pullout plan he has championed.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=503188&section=news

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30 More Torture Scandals Probed:

The dossier of terror includes : Claims that POWs were thrown to their deaths from a bridge. A videotape of the killings is said to have been destroyed.
tinyurl.com/2jmjn

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Seymour M. Hersh: Torture At Abu Ghraib:

American soldiers brutalized Iraqis. How far up does the responsibility go?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6124.htm

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Abuse at Abu Ghraib, the Psychodynamics of Occupation:

A prisoner was tortured to death under interrogation, then his injuries were disguised and body disposed of. The world should not allow this be a matter for the American military alone to deal with.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6121.htm

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General Suggests Abuses At Iraqi Jail Were Encouraged:

Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinsk, an army Reserve general whose soldiers were photographed as they abused Iraqi prisoners said the special high-security cellblock at Abu Ghraib had been under the direct control of Army intelligence officers, not the reservists under her command.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6122.htm

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Seven Iraqis die in British custody.

How many soldiers are charged? None:

This is not the first incident to involve the Queen's Lancashire Regiment and allegations of brutality.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=517303

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Robert Fisk: The “Good Guys” Who Can Do No Wrong:

It's not difficult to see how some British scumbag will urinate into the face of a hooded man, how some American sadist will stand a hooded Iraqi on a box with wires tied to his hands.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6125.htm

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The electrodes' switch is in Washington:

It is now clear that not only did they fail to find weapons of mass destruction, but that their fall-back justification for the invasion, that of bringing democracy and human rights to Iraq, is little more than a sham.
argument.independent.co.uk/commentators/story.jsp?story=517277

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Pat Tillman: Hero Or Sucker?

He may have been a sucker. But his death will not have been in vain if his example can keep one other young person from making the same mistake he did.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6123.htm

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US Hostage In Iraq Thomas Hamill Escapes :

An American kidnapped in Iraq three weeks ago is now a free man. Thomas Hamill, 43, of Macon, Mississippi, a civilian working as a truck driver for an American contractor in Iraq
www.halifaxlive.com/hostage_05022004_7344.php

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Back home from Iraq after ordeal in U.S. camp :

After facing great difficulties, four natives of Velichakala, who worked as kitchen assistants at U.S. military camp in Iraq, escaped from there and reached home today.
www.hindu.com/2004/05/02/stories/2004050203340600.htm

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U.K. to Send 4,000 Extra Soldiers to Iraq :

Soldiers from the Royal Marines, a Parachute Regiment and an infantry battalion will start arriving in the city in the next few weeks to fill the gap left by 1,300 Spanish soldier.
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000102&sid=a0SFF_M0gRjE&refer=uk

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Has Blair Planned His Exit Strategy?:

For political commentators, it is no longer a question of if he‚ll go, but when.
www.sundayherald.com/41637

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Myers: Former Saddam General Not in Charge in Falluja:

Gen. Jasim Mohamed Saleh, a former general in Saddam Hussein's army, is not in charge in the volatile Iraqi city of Falluja and is still being vetted for a possible peacekeeping role, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Sunday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5008905

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Marines turn over control of Fallujah to Iraqi general once loyal to Hussein :

As a commander of Saddam Hussein's elite Republican Guard, Maj. Gen. Jassim Mohammed Saleh was part of the formidable army that put down insurrections. Now the ex-Baathist is back in uniform — this time for the people who a year ago were his enemies.
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/05/02/MNG6J6EIBO1.DTL

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Pressure mounts on Cheney:

Vice-President's officials are accused of serious felony
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=517287

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Sharon: “Israel Will Keep its Nuclear Blackout”:

The Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Thursday that Israel will maintain ambiguity about its nuclear capacity despite of the international requests of subjecting it to international inspection.
www.imemc.org/headlines/2004/April/week4/043004/nuclear.htm

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1 YEAR & 2 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Shame Of Abuse By Brit Troops:

A HOODED Iraqi captive is beaten by British soldiers before being thrown from a moving truck and left to die.
tinyurl.com/2eade

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Punched, kicked, then left to die:

Iraqi detainee 'beaten and urinated upon' as accusations of widespread mistreatment spread to UK forces
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6109.htm

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Five killed in Iraq gun battle :

A British foot patrol came under attack in the southern city of Amarah today, sparking a seven-and-a-half-hour gun battle with insurgents in the city centre that left five Iraqis dead and six British soldiers injured, witnesses and a British forces spokesman said.
www.breakingnews.ie/2004/05/01/story145580.html

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Five Westerners Die in Saudi Oil Port Attack:

Gunmen killed two Americans, two Britons and an Australian in an attack on a Western engineering firm on Saturday in the Saudi oil and petrochemical hub of Yanbu on the Red Sea, a company spokesman said.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5007189&section=news

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Iraq Attacks Kill 4 U.S. Service Members:

Insurgents killed a U.S. soldier and two civilian contractors in northern Iraq and attacked a U.S. convoy Saturday in Baghdad
www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/93-05012004-292709.html

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German's body found in Iraq:

THE body of one of two elite German security officers who disappeared last month as they were accompanying a diplomatic mission in Iraq has been found.
news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,9448234%255E1702,00.html

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Iraqis hail Falluja “victory”:

Cries of “victory over the Americans” echoed from minarets on Saturday and guerrilla gunmen celebrated in the streets under the green banner of Islam and Saddam-era Iraqi flags.
www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=4907447

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Mutiny is the only way out of Iraq's inferno:

The UN betrayed Iraq by becoming the political arm of US occupation. Now it must redeem itself
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6110.htm

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1,361 Iraqis Killed in April :

Volunteers hunting for bodies in Fallujah find a woman and her daughter in their home, killed in the siege but undiscovered for days. Chanting mourners bury two boys caught in the crossfire of a Baghdad gunfight. A morgue in Basra overflows with torn and burned bodies from a suicide bombing.
www.620ktar.com/news/article.aspx?id=364860

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'It's hell…everything will be destroyed' :

The US snipers are on every roof and minaret. They don't care who they shoot. They are shooting old people, women and children.Where is the UN in all this?”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6112.htm

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The politics of 'The Fallen' :

ABC's decision to use an extended edition of “Nightline” to recite the names of U.S. military personnel killed in the Iraq war, and the decision by a TV station ownership group not to air the show on its ABC affiliates, are emblematic of the deep political divisions in the United States over the war and the media's role in covering it.
www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040430-035346-2742r

What the US papers don't say :

Michael Hann examines the air of secrecy and silence surrounding the US media's treatment of George Bush's 'war on terror'
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6114.htm

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Andrew Greeley : How We Got Into This Unjust War:

The administration sold the public — and perhaps the president sold himself — on the Iraq invasion as part of the ''war on terrorism.'' It was a deception, perhaps even a lie, from beginning to end. The real reason is that ''all the president's men'' wanted the war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6113.htm

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America's shame :

The events inside Abu Ghraib prison opens a shameful episode of US ill-treatment of its prisoners, and has provoked worldwide condemnation.

Video and text
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6111.htm

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America Disgraced! George Bush's Legacy.

The terrorist acts perpetrated against US on September 11, 2001, can never be interpreted as either an act of war or an invasion. Terrorist groups do not equate to an attacking nation. Terrorism is almost always an act of frustration against an unbeatable power
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6120.htm

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Blood Money: The Lure Of Dollars:

Indian soldiers lured by dollars
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6119.htm

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Prisoner Abuse may have been 'order':

Abuse of Iraqi prisoners that sparked worldwide condemnation may have been ordered by US military intelligence to extract information from the captives, and was possibly more cruel than officially acknowledged
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6115.htm

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Army secretly reports blatant abuses of Iraqi prisoners, says magazine :

The US Army has found that Iraqi detainees were subjected to “sadistic, blatant and wanton criminal abuses” by American military police at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad in a secret investigation
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-05/02/content_1450837.htm

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And They Ask, “Why Do They Hate Us?‰:

Alarmingly, each crime committed against my people is beginning to act like a vaccine booster, as if we were slowly adapting to humiliation. Proud men getting their faces rubbed in sand is the order of the day.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6116.htm

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Editorial: Sheer Depravity:

What is no less shocking about the degrading photos from Abu Gharib prison is that not a single US newspaper yesterday led its front page with news of them. That is a further demonstration of the appallingly limited comprehension of the Middle East that runs from the White House down to the humblest New York burger stall.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6117.htm

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An empire in moral crisis:

One day, he said, he was taken to a private room and sexually assaulted. He asked me what I would have done if I were him, and I had no answer.‰
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6118.htm

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Riverbend: Iraqi Girl Blog:

Seeing those naked, helpless, hooded men was like being slapped in the face with an ice cold hand. I felt ashamed looking at them- like I was seeing something I shouldn‚t be seeing and all I could think was, “I might know one of those faceless men…‰
riverbendblog.blogspot.com/

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