Information Clearing House  Digest June 12-16 2004
Date: 16 Jun 2004

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1 YEAR & 68 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Nine dead in Ramadi blast:

Nine people have been killed, including four foreigners, and 10 wounded after a vehicle was targeted in the western Iraqi town of Ramadi.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/3D866B5E-D4BF-4900-9F2F-71F66DE8686F.htm

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Four Afghans killed in blast:

An explosion in the northern Afghan town of Kunduz has killed two Afghan children and two Afghan men, missing the NATO peacekeepers who were apparently its intended target, officials say.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=530365&section=news

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Two GIs Killed in Attack on Base in Iraq :

A rocket slammed into a U.S. logistics base near the city of Balad on Wednesday afternoon, killing two U.S. soldiers and wounding 21 people, the military said.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4211529,00.html

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U.S. Army plans to charge soldier with murder:

Soldier allegedly killed severely wounded suspected militant.
msnbc.msn.com/id/5225508/

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American hostage in deadly hands:

A WAITING game of life and death began early yesterday when terrorists threatened to kill American civilian Paul Johnson in 72 hours unless the Saudi regime released al-Qaeda prisoners and all Westerners left the Arabian peninsula.
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,9865002%255E401,00.html

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Video of Paul Johnson

Johnson, who is blindfolded in the video, states “My name is Paul Marshal Johnson and I am a citizen of the United States, and I work for Apache helicopters.”

Real Player required.
67.15.16.7/~nein/b_paul_m.ram

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'Withdraw troops' say voters :

Half of voters in London believe UK troops should be pulled out of Iraq immediately or at least within the next few months, according to a new poll.
www.thisislondon.com/news/londonnews/articles/PA_LONREGIONALNEWSCARLTON337Wd1?source=

tinyurl.com/2ee9x

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Senior Iraqi oil official killed:

With all Iraq's oil exports halted by sabotage, gunmen have killed a top Iraqi oil official in a new blow to an interim government reeling from violence two weeks before U.S.-led occupation formally ends.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=530442&section=news

tinyurl.com/3e8gu

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Iraq's Oil Exports Nixed by Basra Sabotage:

This development is another reason for which “sovereignty” won't mean much on June 30.
www.juancole.com/2004_06_01_juancole_archive.html#108735669409910827

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For Security in Iraq, Corporate America Turns South

When corporate America turns to Latin America to “outsource” protection services by tapping former military men from Chile and Argentina, they're picking up murderers and tortures from the region's “dirty war” past.
news.pacificnews.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=a929b507890cca245693a89efbaa52de

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The soldiers of fortune

In the past year hundreds of former soldiers and police officers from Northern Ireland have flocked to Iraq lured by the prospect of earning more than £500 a day in the burgeoning private military industry.
www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/features/story.jsp?story=532167

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Bush backs Cheney on assertion linking Hussein, Al Qaeda:

President Bush yesterday defended Vice President Dick Cheney's assertion this week that Saddam Hussein had longstanding ties with Al Qaeda, even as critics charged that the White House had no new proof of a connection.
www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2004/06/16/
bush_backs_cheney_on_assertion_linking_hussein_al_qaeda/

tinyurl.com/2bwl5

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9/11 Panel Says Iraq Rebuffed Bin Laden :

Bluntly contradicting the Bush administration, the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks reported Wednesday there was “no credible evidence” that Saddam Hussein helped al-Qaida target the United States.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040616/ap_on_re_us/sept_11_commission

tinyurl.com/25aca

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In case you missed it:

Bush Flatly Declares No Connection Between Saddam and al Qaeda
www.thememoryhole.org/war/no-saddam-qaeda.htm

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Justice is Deaf:

Sibel Edmonds, the former FBI translator who says she is prepared to testify that the FBI covered up key reports warning of terrorist activities before the 9-11 attack, remains in limbo. She volunteers to testify, but nobody wants to hear her
villagevoice.com/issues/0424/mondo2.php

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The Truth About Cheney :

Vice President Cheney's wild and wacky misadventures with the truth continue, much to the consternation of everyone who values transparency and accountability in government. What will it take for him to come clean?
www.americanfamilyvoices.org/projects/DailyRealityCheck.asp?ID=164

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Is the US clever enough to rule the world?:

The rest of the world watched with puzzlement as the US gave up on Afghanistan and finding Osama bin Laden while the American public were, almost subliminally, persuaded that the battleground for the “war on terror” should be Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6330.htm

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CIA Restricts One-Third of U.S. Senate WMD Report:

The CIA has decided that about one-third of a U.S. Senate report criticizing prewar intelligence on Iraq contains secret information that should not be released to the public, intelligence sources said.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&story
ID=5431306&src=eDialog/GetContent&section=news

tinyurl.com/2q9ek

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Auditor describes waste, cost overruns in Iraq contracts:

The Halliburton subsidiary KBR has so far received $4.5 billion for activities in Iraq and Kuwait. The company, based in Houston, has received more than $3 billion more to import fuel and repair oil fields. “We saw very little concern for cost considerations,” Walker said.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/177986_rebuild16.html

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Pentagon Broke Contract Laws To Help Halliburton :

The GAO told Congressional investigators today that Pentagon officials “overstepped the latitude provided by competition laws” before the war by awarding oil-related work to Halliburton under a pre- existing global logistics contract
www.commondreams.org/news2004/0615-07.htm

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Ex-Soldier Recalls Beating He Received in Guantanamo Drill:

Four MPs slammed Baker to the floor, he says, then choked him and pounded his head at least three times against the floor. Gasping for breath, he managed to spit out a code word ˜ “red” ˜ and to croak: “I'm a U.S. soldier! I'm a U.S. soldier!” But the beating continued
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6329.htm

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Interrogator Instructed Prison Guards:

A civilian interrogator at Abu Ghraib prison last fall admitted in a signed statement that he told Army reserve guards what to do, and he outlined intelligence-gathering protocols that may have violated Army regulations.
www.scvhistory.com/scvhistory/signal/iraq/sg061604a.htm

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This won't hurt much :

Mr Rumsfeld's memo goes on: “a defendant is guilty of torture only if he acts with the express purpose of inflicting severe pain or suffering on a person within his control”. Couldn't be clearer. If your intention is to extract information, you cannot be accused of torture.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1239824,00.html

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Spy Hunter Faces Sex Charges:

A key investigator in an espionage case against a Syrian-born former interpreter at the Guantanamo Bay prison now faces criminal charges himself, including rape, sodomy and fondling girls, the Air Force said.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/10/23/terror/main579647.shtml

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Prison Tactics A Longtime Dilemma For Israel

“What the Israelis do is much more effective than beatings,” he said. “Three days without food and without sleep and you're eager to tell them anything. It just shows us the Americans are amateurs. They should have taken lessons from the Israelis.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6328.htm

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Israeli force assassinate “Jihad” man in Jenin :

Witnesses said undercover Israeli forces shot dead a wanted Palestinian militant and arrested four others in the violence-torn West Bank city of Jenin on Wednesday morning.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/439804.html

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Compensate settlers for what? :

For what exactly should we be compensating the settlers who will be evacuated from Gaza? For the damage they caused the state for decades? For the scandalous economic price of their living in Gaza? For the blood needlessly spilled over them?
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/439110.html

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Mosaic: World News Reports From Middle East TV For 06/15/04:

The nation's only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
tinyurl.com/3ctcf

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Bush Outlines Initiatives to Help Afghans:

One of the biggest problems facing Afghanistan's first elected post-Taliban government will be the country's illicit cultivation of opium poppies. The trade, 20 times that during the Taliban's last year, brought in $2.3 billion, more than half Afghanistan's gross domestic product.
abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20040615_980.html

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Karzai seeks more troops:

As Afghanistan‚s president, Hamid Karzai, visits Washington, security in his country worsens. Many now doubt whether NATO can make voting in September‚s elections safe beyond Kabul without more troops
www.economist.co.uk/agenda/PrinterFriendly.cfm?Story_ID=2764329&CFID=
31361586&CFTOKEN=e10707-602b6c01-4daa-4547-9679-1f67804cff54

tinyurl.com/3ghob

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Silent witnesses: 20 million civilians lost to the world:

The innocent are the first casualties of war. Yesterday the UN admitted that it is powerless to help
news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=531942

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Spying in America: How the Pentagon is Overcoming Privacy Laws to Spy At Home:

A new provision buried in an intelligence appropriations bill moving through Congress would exempt Pentagon agencies from the Privacy Act, vastly expanding their ability to gather intelligence inside the United States, including recruiting citizens as informants.
www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/06/15/1410250

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Reporters in chains:

Under Homeland Security orders, journalists from England, Sweden, Holland and other friendly countries are being detained at U.S. airports, strip-searched and deported.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6327.htm

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With Trembling Fingers:

“If a Spotted Hyena stepped out of Air Force One wearing a Baby-blue Necktie, most Americans would salute and sing 'Hail to the Chief.'”
www.commondreams.org/views04/0527-10.htm

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Kerry: An Echo, Not a Choice:

What Kerry really cares about is military might, diplomacy, and the intelligence system ˜ in other words, the hardware of government intervention and imperialism.
www.fff.org/comment/com0406d.asp

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Fahrenheit 9/11 turns up the heat:

It is a testament to how the mainstream media rallied round the leader that none of them have ever connected the dots, at least not in any comprehensive way, from that horrible moment all the way to Falluja.
tinyurl.com/3dqfe

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The People's Media Reaches More People Than FOX Does :

Henry Adams, who decried the decline in democracy as the robber barons rose to power in the nineteenth century, did not mince words about the failure of the news media of his day: “The press is the hired agent of a monied system,” he wrote, “and set up for no other purpose than to tell lies where the interests are involved.”
www.commondreams.org/views04/0615-14.htm

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The Essential Dishonesty of Christopher Hitchens: Liar, hypocrite, coward
www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=2824

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Capital punishment for Italy's 'media bulimic' :

A red bombshell has landed in the middle of Italian politics. Lilli Gruber – until recently one of Italy's best known TV news reporters – hoped to beat Silvio Berlusconi in last weekend's European elections. But she probably never dreamt she would scoop twice as many votes as the prime minister in the capital city.
www.guardian.co.uk/elsewhere/journalist/story/0,7792,1240191,00.html

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How many bodies can fit in the trunk of the presidential limo? :

CERTAINLY THE Bush White House can't match the glamour and great writing on The Sopranos. But as the HBO show ended another riveting season, it wasn't difficult to see the similarities between Tony's mob and W's˜except that the organized crime orchestrated out of the White House isn't just a fictional tv drama.
www.nypress.com/17/23/news&columns/MichelangeloSignorile.cfm

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Bill Moyers: The Fight of Our Lives:

Some things are worth getting mad about. Case in point: the growing, vast equality gap between the richest and the poorest Americans. If this isn't class war, what is?
www.alternet.org/stories/18954/

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NY Convention Protesters Say Rights Threatened:

New York officials are threatening the rights of demonstrators planning to show up at the Republican National Convention by failing to issue a single permit so far, a protest leader said on Tuesday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=5431023

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Declarations of Independence:

Since the reign of King George III, resistance has been our legacy˜and to this day still is
villagevoice.com/issues/0424/hentoff.php

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Poll of Iraqis Reveals Anger Toward U.S. :

92 percent of Iraqis consider the United States an occupying force and more than half believe all Americans behave like those portrayed in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse photos.
news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=540&u=/ap/20040615/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_us_poll&printer=1

tinyurl.com/yvk52

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Iraq Poll: 67% Support Muqtada al-Sadr. 23% support Iyad Allawi, Iraqs new Prime Minister
www.juancole.com/2004_06_01_juancole_archive.html#108736144801952076

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In case you missed it?:

US Troops Admit Shooting Iraqi Civilians: American troops today admitted they routinely gun down Iraqi civilians – some of whom are entirely innocent. As distrust of the invading forces increases amongst the local population US soldiers said they have killed civilians without hesitation, shot injured opponents and abandoned them to die in agony.
tinyurl.com/er7l

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US-Iran row heats up:

US accuses Iran of intimidating UN ahead of vote on resolution critical of Iran's nuclear cooperation.
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0616/dailyUpdate.html

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Iran: Vicious Triangle Forming in Vienna By Ismail Salami :

The United States is mounting pressure from all directions, from the European Union big three on one side and also from the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohamed El Baradei, who is led and fed by the U.S. government, to draw Iran into a vortex of isolation.
www.mehrnews.com/wfNewsDetails_en.aspx?NewsID=87638&t=Political

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Sudan: Unicef Head Says Crisis Worsening in Darfur:

The Sudanese government has been accused of a policy of “ethnic cleansing” in Darfur by supporting Arab militias.
allafrica.com/stories/200406160273.html

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US threatens Sudan with “consequences” over Darfur:

A US State Department official said, “Do not doubt our determination,” A military intervention is being considered.
www.afrol.com/articles/13383

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More Than 22,000 Congolese Flee Fighting :

More than 22,000 Congolese refugees fleeing fighting in eastern Congo have crossed the border into Burundi in the past week, a local official said Wednesday.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4211580,00.html

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Grim Numbers:

A U.S.-sponsored poll shows Iraqis have lost confidence in the occupying authorities—and that the vast majority of Iraqis want Coalition troops out of the country Œimmediately‚
msnbc.msn.com/id/5217874/site/newsweek/

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US Army chief: Iraq “cannot be won militarily”:

The war in Iraq will be won when Iraqis take ownership of their destiny but it cannot be won militarily by the United States, the chief of staff of the US Army said Tuesday.
www.spacewar.com/2004/040615170719.ut32ct2e.html

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US army chiefs accuse prison general of lying:

The American general who was in charge of Iraq‚s notorious Abu Ghraib was today involved in an astonishing war of words with her superiors, who accused her of lying.
212.2.162.45/news/story.asp?j=107631112&p=yx763y8y8&n=107631872

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U.S. likely to hold Saddam beyond June 30 :

The United States is likely to keep custody of deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein beyond the June 30 handover of power to Iraqis though Iraq's new leaders have said they expect the former leader to be transferred to their authority in the next two weeks.
www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040615-031744-4566r

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Saddam lawyer terms Iraq government illegal, denounces trial plan :

Saddam Hussein's leading lawyer denounced as illegal, plans by Iraq's interim government to take over and put on trial the ousted former dictator.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/90112/1/.html

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Alleged Mall Terror Plot Was Vague:

Federal investigators say Nuradin Abdi bragged that blowing up an Ohio shopping center was his goal. But no specific mall was targeted. No explosives were in hand. And it is unclear that the alleged terrorist had the wherewithal to do it. Abdi's family says he didn't have the will.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/06/14/terror/main622950.shtml

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Back to the future: new US-Russia arms race:

Welcome back to the future of US-Russian rivalry. Analysts say that a combination of US military efforts – including missile defense, plans for new low-yield nuclear weapons, and expansion up to Russia's western doorstep – are chilling relations with Moscow and spurring a new, higher-tech arms race.
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0616/p01s04-woeu.html

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Inflation a top threat to economy:

Consumer prices have risen at a 5.5 percent annual pace for the past three months, rippling from plywood to dairy section.
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0616/p01s01-usec.html

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What recovery? Working poor struggle to pay bills:

“I have a good job, but I have to choose between buying gas or getting food. It's very hard.”
www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2004-06-08-low-wage-working-poor_x.htm?POE=click-refer

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Iran massing troops on Iraq border? :

Iran reportedly is readying troops to move into Iraq if U.S. troops pull out, leaving a security vacuum.
washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20040615-055649-4707r.htm

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Iran Denies Report of Troop Buildup on Iraq border:

Iran's state-run news agency IRNA quotes what it calls “an informed source” as denying a report in a Saudi-owned newspaper that says Iranian troops are massing on the border with Iraq.
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=4B909B9A-5082-4806-8BF749F3A28841D4

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Iraqi police accused of handing over Shiites for slaughter :

Dozens of Iraqis today accused Fallujah police of handing over Shiite truck drivers to Sunni extremists who slaughtered them after they sought refuge at a police station.
www.breakingnews.ie/2004/06/15/story152416.html

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Date: 15 Jun 2004

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1 YEAR & 67 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Iran massing troops on Iraq border?

Iran reportedly is readying troops to move into Iraq if U.S. troops pull out, leaving a security vacuum.
washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20040615-055649-4707r.htm

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Attackers Kill Some Contractors in Iraq :

Attackers opened fire Tuesday on a three-vehicle convoy of foreign contractors, killing some of them, a U.S. military spokesman said.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4207353,00.html

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Saboteurs Hit Iraq's Oil Lifeline:

Saboteurs have struck a new blow to Iraq's vital oil industry, cutting exports to a third of their previous level, shippers said Tuesday
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5427728

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Pentagon Probe Queries Top Intel Official :

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's panel investigating prisoner abuse interviewed the Pentagon's top civilian intelligence official Monday and more than a half dozen other senior defense officials and active duty personnel in Iraq.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4205308,00.html

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Paul Krugman: Travesty of Justice:

No question: John Ashcroft is the worst attorney general in history.
www.nytimes.com/2004/06/15/opinion/15KRUG.html

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Accused contractor at Abu Ghraib says he told guards what to do:

In testimony that conflicts with some generals' accounts, a private interrogator accused of abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison told investigators that he and military intelligence operatives directed prison guards to keep Iraqi prisoners awake for as much as 20 hours a day.
www.wokr13.tv/news/national/story.aspx?content_id=4191F986-B822-456C-A8E8-33E7A81A915A

tinyurl.com/37lbh

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Tout Torture, Get Promoted:

Defending cruelty can be a career booster in Bush's administration.

What a revelation to learn that the Justice Department lawyer who wrote the infamous memo in effect defending torture is now a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judge. It tells you all you need to know about the sort of conservative to whom George W. Bush is turning in his attempt to pack the federal courts.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6324.htm

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Cartoon
www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2004/06/13/14n_opinion,0.jpg

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Abu Ghraib General Says She's Scapegoat :

The American general who was in charge of Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison said she was being made a scapegoat for the abuse of detainees and claimed her counterpart at Guantanamo Bay once told her that prisoners were ``like dogs.''
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4206137,00.html

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Rep. Ron Paul : Torture, War, and Presidential Powers:

War has been used by presidents to excuse the imprisonment of American citizens of Japanese descent, to silence speech, to suspend habeas corpus, and even to control entire private industries.
www.house.gov/paul/tst/tst2004/tst061404.htm

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A Temporary Coup :

Author Thomas Powers says the White House's corruption of intelligence has caused the greatest foreign policy catastrophe in modern U.S. history – and sparked a civil war with the nation's intel agencies.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6326.htm

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Mosaic: World News Reports From Middle East TV For 06/14/04:

The nation's only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
tinyurl.com/3gp87

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Congressional report: Israel arms sales to China concern U.S. :

The United States would face an increasingly lethal Chinese army modernized by Washington's friends and allies if it had to defend Taiwan in a war with Beijing, said a U.S. study released on Tuesday.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/439373.html

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Israel: Military crime without punishment:

Occupation troops used members of the household as human shields, and tortured those who failed to obey their requests – in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/5BE668B1-C19C-43EA-931E-AC5F429CFD8D.htm

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Israeli veterans show occupation's ugly side:

They are snapshots from the front lines of an occupation, photos taken by Israeli soldiers seeking to make sense of life in the flash-point city of Hebron.
news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=2027&u=/chitribts/israeliveteransshowoccupationsuglyside&printer=1

tinyurl.com/2qvww

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Israeli terror suspect falls; cops eye link to al-Qaeda:
www.mb.com.ph/PROV2004061411759.html

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US judge puts Jewish leader on trial:

A US judge has ruled that a leader of an armed Jewish group must stand trial for allegedly plotting to bomb a Los Angeles mosque.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/68515CD7-5FED-408E-9BF9-312523A61925.htm

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You don't have to be poor to work there, but it helps:

Kellogg, Brown and Root is finding no shortage of Americans who want employment in Iraq, despite the heat, dust and danger of death. They could earn up to $100,000 in a year.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=531657

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U.S. jobless rate misses “hidden” unemployed :

Buried inside the official U.S. employment report each month is a little-known figure that gives a much less rosy picture of the labor market than the headlines.
www.boston.com/business/articles/2004/06/14/us_jobless_rate_misses_hidden_unemployed/

tinyurl.com/3hmb6

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GOP refusing to allow testimony on Halliburton spending:

Halliburton Inc. paid high-priced bills for common items, such as soda, laundry and hotels, in Iraq and Kuwait and then passed the inflated costs along to taxpayers, according to several former Halliburton employees and a Pentagon internal audit.
www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/8922543.htm

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Congress inquiry links Cheney aide to Halliburton deal :

Fresh concern has been raised that the American vice-president, Dick Cheney, may have played a role in the decision to award his former company Halliburton a $7bn contract for work in postwar Iraq.
www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1239065,00.html

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Cheney's Multi-Million Dollar Revolving Door:

As Bush Sr.'s secretary of defense, Dick Cheney steered millions of dollars in government business to a private military contractor — whose parent company just happened to give him a high-paying job after he left the government.
www.motherjones.com/news/feature/2000/08/cheney.html

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Under fire from UN, Iran warns it may curtail nuclear cooperation ;

As diplomats at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna considered a tough European-drafted resolution that criticizes Iran's failure to come clean fully, top regime officials here said they would not tolerate what they saw as a plot by the United States and Israel.
www.iht.com/bin/print.php?file=524995.html

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Clearance Of Arabia:

BRITISH embassy workers were told yesterday they can quit Saudi Arabia with their families amid a spate of killings and kidnappings. And British Airways said its crews will no longer stay overnight there.
tinyurl.com/2huuc

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“Republicans are behind the effort to censor Fahrenheit 9/11":

So desperate are Bush Republicans to kill Michael Moore's latest film, Fahrenheit 9/11, they have hired a public relations firm to set up a web site attacking Moore.
kurtnimmo.com/archives/00000166.html

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Greg Palast : 'While Reagan napped: Ronnie, Osama and the Chin defense':

The Reagan Right has used the late President's funeral for a shameless political victory dance, carefully wiping the blood off the historical files. Before the truth is interred, let us have a moment of remembrance for the dubious doings in the White House while Reagan napped:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6323.htm

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Reaganite by Association? His Family Won't Allow It:

As Republicans try to cloak President Bush in the mantle of Ronald Reagan, their biggest obstacle may be Mr. Reagan's own family.
tinyurl.com/3ybhr

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House Panel Advances Corporate Tax Cut :

Republican tax writers in the House enticed a few Democrats to support a corporate tax cut, sweetening the bill with a federal deduction for state sales taxes, a $10 billion federal buyout for tobacco farmers and new tax rules for shipping.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4207513,00.html

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Enron gouged Western customers for at least $1.1 billion:

Enron Corp.'s manipulation of energy markets gouged Western customers for at least $1.1 billion, according to audiotapes and documents released today by the Snohomish County Public Utility District, which earlier uncovered tapes of traders laughing about cheating grandmothers on their electricity bills.
tinyurl.com/3colv

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Two decades after 1984, Big Brother finally is watching:

WHILE YOU were watching President Ronald W. Reagan‚s caisson wend its way up Constitution Avenue to the Capitol Rotunda on your television screen, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson was watching you on his screen.
www.theunionleader.com/articles_showfast.html?article=39195

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Patrol's uniforms made south of border:

It seems an odd fit: U.S. Border Patrol uniforms with labels that say “Made in Mexico.”
www.news-leader.com/today/0612-Patrolsuni-110050.html

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Attackers kill five Kurdish army recruits in Iraq :

The recruits were returning to Kirkuk from Taji air base on outskirts of Baghdad, where they had just finished a military training course. The five had recently joined Iraq's fledgling national army.
www.boston.com/dailynews/166/world/Attackers_kill_five_Kurdish_ar:.shtml

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Man held in Detroit as terrorism suspect:

Somali immigrant is in high-security case : A Somali man living in Ohio was charged with plotting with al Qaeda supporters to blow up a shopping mall in Columbus, Ohio, Attorney General John Ashcroft said on Monday.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5417348

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Brother says Somali national charged in mall plot hated terrorists:

“He really hated terrorists,” Mohamed AbdiKarani, 17, told The Associated Press. “You know how (President) Bush hates terrorists? I think he hates them more.”
www.ohionewsnow.com/Global/story.asp?s=1939980

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In case you missed it:

Captured al-Qa'eda man was FBI spy:

The American al-Qa'eda operative unmasked last week as having planned to bring down the Brooklyn Bridge was first detained in March, and has been used by the FBI for months as a double agent, it was reported yesterday.
news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/06/23/walq23.xml

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In case you missed it:

Man held in Detroit as terrorism suspect :

He was arrested in early December at his home in Columbus, Ohio, and was a factor in the government's decision to raise the national alert level to orange, or high, that month, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are barred from discussing cases involving high national security issues.
www.freep.com/news/locway/secret31_20040131.htm

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Kerry Sees an Opening as Bush Team Admits Terrorism Is Up, Not Down:

The administration acknowledged last week that the report, published in April, was badly flawed and that significant terrorism incidents had instead increased sharply. The administration had trumpeted the report as evidence that its anti-terror strategy was working.
www.nytimes.com/2004/06/14/politics/trail/14TRAIL-KERRY.html?pagewanted=print

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Dubya's Dilemma: Daddy Doesn't Support the Iraq War:

The President‚s father, George H.W. Bush ˆ 41st President of the United States ˆ disagrees with his son‚s decisions in the invasion and occupation of Iraq, which is why the former President has not commented in public on the war.
www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_4685.shtml

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Halliburton 'mismanaged $8bn in Iraq' :

The findings have been bolstered by graphic accounts from former employees who have told a US congressman that the company's subcontractors charged $100 (•83, £55) to launder a 15-pound bag of clothing and abandoned $85,000 trucks when they suffered flat tyres.
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1086940210386

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U.S. Trucks Carrying Radioactive Materials Intercepted In Iraq-Kuwait Border :

The daily quoted informed sources as saying that the radioactive control team from Kuwait‚s Health Ministry discovered that one of the trucks belonging to the U.S.-led coalition forces was carrying heavy radioactive materials trucks. The trucks were headed for Iraq.
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=6/15/2004&Cat=4&Num=020

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Senators: CIA stalling:

Leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee are accusing the CIA of trying to delay release of the panel's report that criticizes the agency for overestimating the prewar threat posed by Iraq.
www.dailycamera.com/bdc/middle_east/article/0,1713,BDC_10836_2961491,00.html

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Cheney Speaks In Orlando, Claims Ties Between Hussein And Al Qaida:

It's an assertion that has been repeatedly challenged by some policy experts and lawmakers.
www.wftv.com/news/3417293/detail.html

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U.S. to Turn Over Saddam to Iraqis Within 2 Weeks -Allawi:

“All the current detainees, without exception, will be handed over to the Iraqi authority. The handover will take place within the next two weeks,” he said.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5418676

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Delhi damage control over 'nuke thief':

The arrest of a Dubai resident for allegedly trying to sell Indian atomic secrets to foreign powers has re-generated fears that just as it happened in Pakistan, India's nuclear program is susceptible to being peddled for a price.
www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/FF15Df05.html

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Torture charges: Egypt blocks prison visits:

The Egyptian Attorney General has cancelled a follow-up visit by members of parliament and the National Security and Defence Committee (NSD) to the Turra prison following allegations of torture and in some cases, murder.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/33D76ECA-E883-4020-ABE0-B855B810B707.htm

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Crossing the threshold:

While we‚re all fretting over the Patriot Act, John Ashcroft's Justice Department is after much bigger game
www.bostonphoenix.com/boston/news_features/top/features/documents/03650087.asp

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Critics take aim at secret court :

With legislation now pending in both houses of Congress to give the court more authority, some lawmakers and civil rights groups also want more accountability, openness and congressional oversight of the surveillance authorizations, considered a basic tool of national security.
www.sltrib.com/2004/Jun/06132004/utah/175008.asp

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Car Bomb Kills 12 in Iraq:

A car bomb tore through a convoy Monday in central Baghdad, killing at least 12 people, including an American and four other foreigners working to rebuild Iraq's power plants. A crowd gathered, shouting ``Down with the USA!'' and dancing around a charred body.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4203215,00.html

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Four UK troops face court martial:

The four are understood to be accused of assault, indecent assault and failing to prevent assaults.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3806349.stm

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Interrogation abuses were 'approved at highest levels':

New evidence that the physical abuse of detainees in Iraq and at Guantanamo Bay was authorised at the top of the Bush administration will emerge in Washington this week, adding further to pressure on the White House.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/06/13/wguan13.xml

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Interrogation details in manual:

A CIA handbook on coercive interrogation methods, produced 40 years ago during the Vietnam War, shows that techniques such as those used in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have a long history with U.S. intelligence and were based on research and field experience.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6321.htm

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Justice Dept. Memo Says Torture 'May Be Justified' :

The memo was written at the request of the CIA. The CIA wanted authority to conduct more aggressive interrogations than were permitted prior to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A38894-2004Jun13?language=printer

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Unit Says It Gave Earlier Warning of Abuse in Iraq:

Beginning in November, a small unit of interrogators at Abu Ghraib prison began reporting allegations of prisoner abuse, including the beatings of five blindfolded Iraqi generals
www.nytimes.com/2004/06/14/international/middleeast/14ABUS.html?pagewanted=print&position=

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US to keep 4,000- 5,000 prisoners after June 30:

The US-led coalition plans to hold on to between 4,000 and 5,000 people after Iraq receives sovereignty on June 30 and to free or hand over to the Iraqi authorities 1,400 prisoners, a military officer told AFP.
news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20040613/wl_mideast_afp/iraq_us_prisoners_040613132418

tinyurl.com/2fcff

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Contracting Justice:

Private contractors accused of abusing Iraqi prisoners are not in court, much less prison.
www.motherjones.com/cgi-bin/print_article.pl?url=http://www.motherjones.com/news/dailymojo/2004/06/06_513.html

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Contractor Immunity a Divisive Issue :

In an early test of its imminent sovereignty, Iraq's new government has been resisting a U.S. demand that thousands of foreign contractors here be granted immunity from Iraqi law, in the same way as U.S. military forces are now immune, according to Iraqi sources.
www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A39159-2004Jun13?language=printer

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Terry Waite attacks US for its treatment of terror suspects:

Terry Waite has attacked the Bush Administration today by comparing its treatment of terrorism suspects in Cuba and Iraq as the same as the treatment he received while held hostage for five years in Beirut.
www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,1-1145096,00.html

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Torture Incorporated: Oliver North Joins the Party:

These so-called “private military contractors” are nothing of the sort. They are paramilitary organizations that are funded by the US Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State.
globalresearch.ca/articles/STA406A.html

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‚Torture in a good cause‚:

THE trap of colonial war is closing on the invading forces in Iraq. US armed forces are now realising that crushing military superiority is not enough to save them from hostage-taking, ambushes and other deadly assaults. For soldiers on the ground the occupation of Iraq is fast becoming a descent into hell.
mondediplo.com/2004/06/01leader

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Guantanamo videos turned over to US officials:

The solicitor for Australian detainee Mamdouh Habib, Stephen Hopper, two weeks ago said two former British detainees at Guantanamo allege US soldiers beat Mr Habib and one says the abuse was videotaped.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200406/s1131447.htm

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Guantanamo: What the World Should Know:

If we want to live in a safe world, the message we should send is that we will treat people not like animals but like human beings. Although we should be trying to lessen the anger toward the United States within the Muslim and Arab world, we are not doing that; we are, in fact, doing the opposite.
www.alternet.org/story/18927/

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Richard Clarke: 'Iraq could be much more of a problem for America than if Saddam had stayed in power':

Mr Clarke believes Mr Bush's decision to invade Iraq undoubtedly damaged the hunt for al-Qa'ida. He also believes it has diverted much-needed resources from Homeland Security, leaving the country unnecessarily vulnerable.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6320.htm

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Man Charged in Alleged Plot on Ohio Mall:

A Somali native living in Ohio has been charged with plotting with other al-Qaida operatives to blow up a Columbus-area shopping mall, according to an indictment unsealed Monday.
abcnews.go.com/wire/US/ap20040614_850.html

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In case you missed it:

Captured al-Qa'eda man was FBI spy

The American al-Qa'eda operative unmasked last week as having planned to bring down the Brooklyn Bridge was first detained in March, and has been used by the FBI for months as a double agent, it was reported yesterday.
news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/06/23/walq23.xml

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In Shiite slum's 'heart of darkness,' hatred of U.S. grows:

Once grateful to Americans for ridding them of Saddam Hussein, many in this Baghdad slum have come to hate U.S. troops for bringing chaos — and not much else — to their door.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/headline/world/2625510

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Red Cross ultimatum to US on Saddam :

Release him, charge him or break international law, Bush told
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1238263,00.html

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Americans, Iraqis Vie for Control of Security Forces :

With the transfer of official sovereignty to a US-sanctioned governing body just over two weeks away, officials with both the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps and the Iraqi Police complain they are understaffed, under-equipped and undermined by the US.
newstandardnews.net/content/?action=show_item&itemid=542&printmode=true

tinyurl.com/36hs5

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Lies Upon Lies Upon Lies: US Military in Crisis:

A US soldier, with no threat whatever to his safety, fired his rifle along a street. He did not actually aim his weapon at anyone, because nobody had shot at him. There was a noise : a crack-crack-crack, that sounded something like small arms' fire. It wasn't. But he sprayed unaimed automatic fire along a street in a city
www.counterpunch.org/cloughley06132004.html

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Revolution Reversal?: Iraq's History May Be Repeating;

Is America Stuck Playing the Role of the Redcoats?
abcnews.go.com/sections/Nightline/World/iraq_1920_040613-1.html

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“The student is gone; the master has arrived.‰:

Salam, one of my Iraqi friends, asks: “Why is the news so quiet about all of these things? In the last 6 months 20 people I know have been killed, for nothing! They weren‚t fighters — they were just living their life.‰
blog.newstandardnews.net/iraqdispatches/archives/000599.html

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Iraqi rebel cleric plans to create party:

U.S. officials want Sadr to be excluded from the political process and face Iraqi justice in connection with the murder of a rival cleric last year, charges he denies.
sg.news.yahoo.com/040613/3/3l0ex.html

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Reserve, Guard forces take more older soldiers to Iraq:

One of the first casualties this month in Iraq was New Jersey National Guardsman Frank Carvill, who was 51 when he died in an attack on his convoy in Baghdad.
www.knoxstudio.com/shns/story.cfm?pk=OLDSOLDIERS-06-10-04&cat=II

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GIs marching away from re-enlistment:

Army re-enlistments have dropped suddenly and dramatically at Fort Carson and several other posts where combat units have recently returned from Iraq.
www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/america_at_war/article/0,1299,DRMN_2116_2961385,00.html

tinyurl.com/2byhs

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Cheney's office 'briefed on Pentagon deal' :

Senior members of Vice-President Dick Cheney's staff were briefed at least twice by the Pentagon on a controversial multibillion-dollar contract to oversee Iraq's oil sector before it was awarded to his former company, Halliburton, early last year.
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/
FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1086940186601

tinyurl.com/yszft

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'UK holds indirect talks with Taliban' :

The UK has started holding indirect talks with the Taliban to seek an “honourable” exit from Afghanistan
www.dawn.com/2004/06/14/top8.htm

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Rice: Al-Qaeda ''serious threat'' in Saudi Arabia :

US national security advisor Condoleezza Rice warned on Monday that Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network has become a “serious threat” in Saudi Arabia and confirmed that it is a dangerous place for foreigners to stay
www.albawaba.com/headlines/TheNews.php3?sid=278812&dir=news&lang=e

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Saudi Arabia created the monster now devouring it:

The US and Britain are straining to shore up a hated autocracy
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1238065,00.html

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U.S. Urges Iran to 'Come Clean' on Nuclear Program:

The United States has accused Iran of developing nuclear weapons and has been pushing to put the issue before the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&ncid=578&e=3&u=/nm/20040614/pl_nm/iran_usa_dc

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Iran Rejects Restraint on Nuclear Program:

``We won't accept any new obligations,'' Kharrazi said. ``Iran has a high technical capability and has to be recognized by the international community as a member of the nuclear club. This is an irreversible path.''
isp.netscape.com/story.jsp?flok=FF-APO-1107&idq=/ff/story/0001%2F20040
612%2F1637550335.htm&sc=1107&floc=isp-15&related=off&from=news

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Despite U.S. deal, Israel starts Ariel fence :

This land appropriation move is at variance with the U.S. government's understanding that such steps would not be taken in the foreseeable future, and that the separation fence project in these West Bank areas would be deferred.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/438644.html

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Both George Bush and Ariel Sharon Agree:

Rob the Palestinians: Bush Endorses Israel‚s Colossal Theft of Palestinian Land and Hope
www.wrmea.com/archives/June_2004/0406010.html

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Uri Avnery: Walls and Checkpoints: The Nightmare Comes True:

This is only one example of what is happening now all over the West Bank, turning it into a crazy quilt of walled-in enclaves, “connected” by bridges, tunnels or special roads, which can be cut off at any moment at the whim of the Israeli government or of a local army officer—and, all around them, roads-for-Israelis-only
www.counterpunch.com/avnery06142004.html

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Israel's Slap in the Face: Top Israelis Boycott Reagan's State Funeral:

Absent from Reagan's last rites were Sharon, who never hesitates to hop on a special El Al flight to Washington in order to extort Congress and the White House to ante up billions in American military and economic aid for such things as apartheid walls.
www.counterpunch.com/madsen06132004.html

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Zionism's Useful Idiots : That's you and me, taxpaying US citizens:

We're useful idiots for the Zionists in Washington and Tel Aviv. Useful because our hard-earned paychecks can be harvested to pay for war and mass murder in the Middle East, idiots because we don't do anything about it.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6322.htm

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War spending 'has made country more vulnerable':

America is “massively vulnerable” to another big terrorist attack because of President George Bush's insistence on diverting resources from internal security to the war in Iraq, Richard Clarke, the former White House counter-terrorism chief has said.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=531338

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The Son of Patriot Act Also Rises :

While activists and politicians work to repeal or change parts of the Patriot Act that they say violate constitutional rights, Patriot Act II legislation — which caused a stir when it came to light last year — is rearing its head again in a new bill making its way through Congress.
www.wired.com/news/privacy/0,1848,63800,00.html

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The Pentagon˜Spying in America?:

Ever since the 1970s, when Army intel agents were caught snooping on antiwar protesters, military intel agencies have operated under tight restrictions inside the United States. But the new provision, approved in closed session last month by the Senate Intelligence Committee, would eliminate one big restriction
msnbc.msn.com/id/5197014/site/newsweek/

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Kerry must stress American ideals over Bush's vision of a cruel God :

From the day he took the oath of his office, George W. Bush has behaved more like a muddled mullah than a president.
www.madison.com/toolbox/index.php?action=printme&ref=
captimes&storyURL=/captimes/opinion/column/guest/76335.php

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Skull And Bones:

As opposite as George Bush and John Kerry may seem to be, they do share a common secret – one they've shared for decades, and one they will not share with the electorate.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/10/02/60minutes/main576332.shtml

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At least 12 killed in Iraq car bombing: Gunmen killed a senior Education Ministry official:

A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb near a U.S. military camp in Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 12 people, and wounding 13. Gunmen killed a senior Education Ministry official in the second assassination of a government figure in as many days.
www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20040613.wiraq0613/BNStory/Front/

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Sadr City clashes kill 5:

Five Iraqis have been killed during clashes with US forces in a Shiite slum district of Baghdad
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200406/s1131044.htm

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US-backed Iraqi TV employees shot:

A driver and a technician from the Iraqi public television channel, Al-Iraqiya, have been shot dead near the border with Syria.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200406/s1131046.htm

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One U.S. Soldier Killed, Two Wounded in Iraq:

One U.S. soldier was killed and two others wounded in Iraq on Sunday when insurgents attacked their unit with a car bomb and small arms fire, a U.S. military spokeswoman said.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5407712

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Iraqi professor gunned down in Baghdad:

An Iraqi geography professor, Sabri al-Bayati, was shot dead on Sunday moments after leaving a Baghdad university campus, said a witness and a medical official.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/13/1087065033477.html

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Body Found in Riyadh Said to Be Westerner-Diplomat :

A body believed to be of a Westerner was found dumped in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Sunday, security sources and a diplomat said.
wireservice.wired.com/wired/story.asp?section=Breaking&storyId=878137&tw=wn_wire_story

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No Body of Westerner Found in Riyadh-Saudi Police:

A Saudi police chief denied on Sunday reports a body of a Westerner was found in the capital Riyadh, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5407969

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– WARNING–

Video Shows Murder And Slaughter Of American Robert Jacob, In Riyadh:

– WARNING–

This video should only be viewed by a mature audience.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6319.htm

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Brahimi quits post as UN envoy in Iraq :

Brahimi explained that his decision stemmed from great difficulties and frustration experienced during his assignment in Iraq. He said that he does not intend to return to Iraq.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/438248.html

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Al Qaeda Says Kidnapped American in Saudi Arabia:

“The Mujahidoun in the Arab Peninsula reserve the legitimate right to deal with the Americans in the same way to avenge what the Americans did to our brothers in Abu Ghraib prison (in Iraq) and Guantanamo,”
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=5406729

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Chalmers Johnson : Our First Victory Was Zapatero :

The United States faces a real crisis. It's not just the military failure of Bush's policies in Iraq or the discrediting of our armed forces and intelligence agencies as corrupt, incompetent, and criminal. It is above all our international isolation and disgrace because of our contempt for the rule of law.
www.truthout.org/docs_04/061304E.shtml

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How America armed Iraq:

UNDER the successive presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George Bush, the USA sold nuclear, chemical and biological weapons technology to Saddam Hussein.
www.sundayherald.com/42647

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Ronnie & Saddam:

How secret deals brokered by Donald Rumsfeld with Saddam Hussein secured the dictator an arsenal of WMD
www.sundayherald.com/42648

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Saddam Will Miss Old Buddy Reagan :

The Iraq issue today may never have arisen if it were not for the support former U.S. president Ronald Reagan gave Saddam Hussein.
www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=24164

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In case you missed it?:

When Donald Met Saddam:

Video Clip: “Shaking Hands with the enemy,” Iraqi President Saddam Hussein greets Donald Rumsfeld, then special envoy of President Ronald Reagan, in Baghdad on December 20, 1983.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2038.htm

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Man beaten so long and so severely his kidneys failed:

A detailed medical file passed to The Independent on Sunday has revealed that an Iraqi civilian was so severely beaten about the body by British troops that it caused his kidneys to fail.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=530972

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A little legal redefinition and torture becomes a necessary abuse to save the US

In plain language, what the Pentagon report authors argued was that, in time of war, the president could order those under his command to torture America's enemies.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/13/1087065030070.html

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3,000 held in America's global gulag :

The United States government, in conjunction with key allies, is running an “invisible” network of prisons and detention centres into which thousands of suspects have disappeared without trace since the “war on terror” began.
www.guardian.co.uk/alqaida/story/0,12469,1237650,00.html

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Red Cross: Iraqi prisoners should be freed after June 30th :

A Red Cross spokeswoman says according to the Geneva Conventions, Iraqi prisoners of war and jailed civilians should be released after June 30th.
tinyurl.com/2wfax

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Errors Are Seen in Early Attacks on Iraqi Leaders:

The United States launched many more failed airstrikes on a far broader array of senior Iraqi leaders during the early days of the war, and some caused significant civilian casualties, according to senior military and intelligence officials.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6318.htm

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Blair to send 3,000 extra troops to Iraq:

Tony Blair is preparing to defy voters' protests by sending another 3,000 British troops to Iraq. The announcement, which could come within a fortnight, is being finalised in the Ministry of Defence.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=530991

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Retired Officials Say Bush Must Go:

The 26 ex-diplomats and military leaders say his foreign policy has harmed national security.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6317.htm

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Christian soldiers for the Bush campaign:

President Bush first opens the spigot of public money to churches and other faith-based groups to the tune of over a billion dollars last year, then he knocks on the faith community's door for a political favor, por favor.
www.sptimes.com/2004/06/13/Columns/Christian_soldiers_fo.shtml

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Bush Asked for Vatican's Help on Political Issues, Report Says:

In his recent trip to Rome, President Bush asked a top Vatican official to push American bishops to speak out more about political issues, including same-sex marriage, according to a report in the National Catholic Reporter, an independent newspaper.
www.nytimes.com/2004/06/13/politics/13george.html

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US 'meddling in Australian vote':

Australia's main opposition party has accused the US of meddling in upcoming elections by criticising plans to withdraw troops from Iraq if it wins.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3802247.stm

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John Kerry joins Latham attack:

The campaign of the Democratic candidate for the US presidency, John Kerry, has for the first time rejected Mark Latham's plan to recall Australian troops from Iraq by Christmas, leaving the Labor leader without support for the policy in America's political mainstream.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/13/1087065032966.html

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Powell : Australian exit from Iraq will be disasterous:

Canberra, US Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday that it would be a political disaster if Australian troops were taken out of Iraq.
www.keralanext.com/news/index.asp?id=38989

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The Terror Hour:

Miami TV Station Invites Terrorists to Talk Openly About Their Planned Attacks on Cuba and Venezuela
www.counterpunch.org/wire06112004.html

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Defense bill to top $1 trillion:

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the long-term price tag for all the planes, ships and weapons the military services want will be at least $770 billion above what the Bush administration's long-term defense plan calls for.
www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/8904618.htm

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Israel to demolish vacated settler homes:

Israel will demolish the homes of the 7,500 Jewish settlers set to be withdrawn from the Gaza Strip, a source in Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office says.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200406/s1130672.htm

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Proposition to take DNA at arrest stirs privacy fears :

A man who lost his brother to an unknown serial killer has bankrolled a November ballot measure that would force everyone arrested for a felony in California to provide a DNA sample.
sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/06/12/MNGOB7598T1.DTL

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Fla. Voting Machines Have Recount Flaw :

Touchscreen voting machines in 11 counties have a software flaw that could make manual recounts impossible in November's presidential election, state officials said.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040612/ap_on_el_pr/florida_voting_machines_1

tinyurl.com/2ogxh

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Bad time to reduce air security:

The anti-terrorism agency created by Congress after Sept. 11, 2001, has cut its workforce of passenger and baggage screeners from 60,000 to 45,000.
www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36%257E417%257E2185725,00.html

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Date: 12 Jun 2004

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1 YEAR & 64 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Five Afghan soldiers killed:

Five Afghan soldiers were killed in a clash with local policemen in eastern Afghanistan today, reports said.
www.deepikaglobal.com/latestnews.asp?ncode=16820

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Iraqi foreign ministry official assassinated, three hostages butchered :

A top Iraqi foreign ministry official was shot dead in Baghdad and a Lebanese diplomat said insurgents butchered a Lebanese hostage and two locals working for a foreign company in Iraq.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/89703/1/.html

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Two children killed in Iraq clashes: :

Two Iraqi children were killed and 23 people were injured in overnight clashes between US soldiers and militiamen in the Baghdad Shia neighbourhood of Sadr City.
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_12-6-2004_pg4_5

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American shot dead in Saudi:

An American has been killed in the Saudi capital Riyadh, police official has said.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/42031533-6594-4346-956B-5C7D2596F94E.htm

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Iraqis put contempt for troops on display :

Surveys show 80 percent have unfavorable view of U.S. forces
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6312.htm

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Blown away: how America bombs its friends:

The US is making enemies of the very people it needs to ensure peace in Iraq.

Iraqi minister unveils proposal to control oil : Iraq's new oil minister, Thamir Ghadhban, outlined a programme on Wednesday to assume control of his country's oil wealth, vowing to re-establish Iraq's national oil company “immediately” after the country regains sovereignty on July 1.
smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/11/1086749892836.html?oneclick=true

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Al-Qaeda No. 2 slams proposed US reforms for the Middle East :

Dubai's al-Arabiya TV channel has broadcast an audiotaped message purportedly from al-Qaeda's No. 2.
www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=278701&lang=e&dir=news

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The Washington Post releases new prison torture and abuse pictures:

An Iraqi detainee appears to be restrained after having suffered injuries to both legs at Abu Ghraib. It is unclear whether his injuries were from dog bites.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6316.htm

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Interrogators Hired for Iraq Despite Ban :

A policy memo from December 2000 says letting private workers gather military intelligence would jeopardize national security.
www.620ktar.com/news/article.aspx?id=392346

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A torturer's charter:

Secret documents show that US interrogators are above the law
www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1237217,00.html

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In case you missed it?:

Bush: Gitmo Bay Captives Are 'Killers' :

President Bush said Monday the 158 captives held by the United States in Cuba are killers and terrorists and not prisoners of war ˜ but are being well treated.
www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,44169,00.html

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Document warns Guantanamo employees not to talk:

It also says that refusing to cooperate with defense attorneys “will not impact your career.”
www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-06-10-gitmo-gag_x.htm?POE=click-refer

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The harm the U.S. does in rationalizing torture:

This is a watershed moment, not only for the United States but for the rule of law worldwide.
www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20040612/ETORTURE12/TPComment/Editorials

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Hypocrisy: The US Government's Biggest Single Problem:

It talks one way and acts another. It talks of spreading democracy while supporting dictators; it blathers about human rights while violating them; and it claims to promote the rule of law while scoffing at laws it considers inconvenient.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6315.htm

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Live Free, or Be Killed :

Messrs. Frum and Perle have entered Cloud Cuckoo land. To combat a few terrorists, they maintain, we must wage war on a good part of the world and strike at one of the world's major religions.
www.mises.org/fullstory.asp?control=1526

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Has anybody here seen my old friend God?:

My friend Bernie says he'd fork over big bucks to get a good look at George Bush's god. Bernie says he'd like to ask him face-to-face why he ordered Bush to go on a bloody rampage, kill all those innocent people, and then just leave Bush hanging out there stammering inanely about liberating “folks whose skin is a different color than white,” while passing out freedom tickets like it was the Texas Lottery.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6311.htm

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Moon Over Washington:

Why are some of the capital‚s most influential power players hanging out with a bizarre Korean billionaire who claims to be the Messiah?
gadflyer.com/articles/?ArticleID=131

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'Bush's religious shakedown':

Bush has created the most overtly, indeed, aggressively religious presidency of modern times, maybe the most evangelical ever, and while he is careful, when he remembers, to rhetorically honor all faiths, in practice this is specifically a conservative Christian presidency.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6314.htm

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The Fallacy of Righteous America:

President George W. Bush, believes because he has been “born again‰, “nothing [he] dose can be challenged on moral grounds, however unethical or evil it might appear, because all of his actions are directed by God.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6313.htm

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In case you missed it?:

Bush Push May Cost Churches Tax Breaks:

President Bush's re-election campaign is trying to recruit supporters from 1,600 religious congregations in Pennsylvania – a political push that critics said Wednesday could cost churches their tax breaks.
news.findlaw.com/ap_stories/a/p/1131/6-2-2004/20040602171502_11.html

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www.informationclearinghouse.info/support.htm

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Calls for Blair to quit:

After losing hundreds of seats in a pincer movement by the Tories and Liberal Democrats, Mr Blair urged his party not to panic.
www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,9824169%255E663,00.html

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Pat Buchanan Interviews Ralph Nader:

The subservience of our congressional and White House puppets to Israeli military policy has been consistent.
www.amconmag.com/2004_06_21/cover.html

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Mosaic: World News Reports From Middle East TV For 06/11/04:

The nation's only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
linktv.org/mosaic/streamsArchive/streamPop.php4?caller=http://www.archive.org/
download&prefix=Mosaic20040611&name=Mosaic20040611&filetype=mov

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Afghan election delay is new blow for Bush campaign:

It has also emerged that not a single dollar pledged to pay for the elections has been given by donor countries, including members of the EU and the US.
www.guardian.co.uk/afghanistan/story/0,1284,1237030,00.html

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This case shows the need to scrutinize the Patriot Act:

The Sami Al-Hussayen verdict is a victory for the First Amendment, and his prosecution a cautionary tale for us all.
www.idahostatesman.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040611/NEWS0501/406110305/1053

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Reagan played decisive role in Saddam Hussein's survival in Iran-Iraq war :

As Americans mourn the passing of president Ronald Reagan, almost forgotten is the decisive part his administration played in the survival of Iraq's president Saddam Hussein through his eight year war with Iran.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/89144/1/.html

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John Kerry's sucker Saudi punch

John Kerry's pillorying of the Saudis is certainly good politics. From the airwaves of Air America, the new left-wing radio station, to the pages of the neo-conservative Weekly Standard, and in a raft of books with titles like Hatred's Kingdom, by Ariel Sharon's adviser Dore Gold, and Sleeping with the Devil, by former Central Intelligence Agency agent Robert Baer, the Saudis are lambasted as tyrannical, misogynistic, clandestine purveyors of terror.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FF10Ak03.html

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A Little-Noticed Supreme Court Case Represents A Huge Injustice:

The Court Refuses to Free A Man Serving Six Years on a Two-Year Sentence
writ.news.findlaw.com/lazarus/20040610.html

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