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30 October 2007

To Implement Policy, Bush to Turn to Administrative Orders 31 Oct 2007
The White House plans to try implementing as much new policy as it can by administrative order dictatorship while stepping up its confrontational rhetoric with Congress after concluding that President [sic] Bush cannot do much business with the Democratic leadership, administration officials said. White House aides say the only way Bush seems to be able to influence overturn the process is by vetoing legislation or by issuing ‘administrative orders,’ as he has in recent weeks… They say they expect Bush to issue more of such orders in the next several months.

Iraqi Dam Seen In Danger of Deadly Collapse —The most catastrophic collapse of the dam could kill 500,000 people 30 Oct 2007
The largest dam in Iraq is in serious danger of an imminent collapse that could unleash a trillion-gallon wave of water, possibly killing thousands of people and flooding two of the largest cities in the country, according to new assessments by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other U.S. officials. A catastrophic failure of the Mosul Dam has alarmed American officials, who have concluded that it could lead to as many as 500,000 civilian deaths by drowning Mosul under 65 feet of water and parts of Baghdad under 15 feet, said Abdulkhalik Thanoon Ayoub, the dam manager… A U.S. reconstruction project to help shore up the dam in northern Iraq has been marred by incompetence and mismanagement, according to Iraqi officials and a report by a U.S. oversight agency to be released Tuesday. Note: Under the Law of Land Warfare, the occupying power (Bush’s corpora-terrorists) is responsible for the dam. Regardless, would KBR get millions to ‘rebuild’ that which they destroyed, much like the blown New Orleans levees? Halliburton got $500M for that job . —LRP]

Secret move to upgrade air base for Iran attack plans 29 Oct 2007
The US is secretly upgrading special stealth bomber hangars on the British island protectorate of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean in preparation for strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities, according to military sources. The improvement of the B1 Spirit jet infrastructure coincides with an “urgent operational need” request for £44m to fit racks to the long-range aircraft. That would allow them to carry experimental 15-ton Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) bombs designed to smash underground bunkers buried as much as 200ft beneath the surface through reinforced concrete.

US: Iran seeks nuclear weapons 30 Oct 2007
The United States on Monday brushed aside the UN nuclear watchdog agency chief’s warning that there was no proof Iran seeks atomic weapons, and invited him to stay out of diplomacy with Tehran. Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told CNN Sunday that he had no evidence Iran was building nuclear weapons and accused US leaders of adding “fuel to the fire” with their warlike rhetoric.

US downplays talk of Iran attack 31 Oct 2007
After weeks of escalating US rhetoric on Iran, the White House overnight vowed to “pursue every possible diplomatic means” to defuse the volatile dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program.,23599,22678158-23109,00.html

Iraq law to close security loophole 30 Oct 2007
The Iraqi cabinet has approved draft legislation that would end the immunity from prosecution of foreign mercenaries working in the country. Tuesday’s draft approval comes amid reports that the US state department has promised Blackwater mercenaries immunity from prosecution in its investigation of last month’s shooting.

Blackwater guards ‘given immunity’ 30 Oct 2007
Private US security guards being investigated over a shooting in Iraq that left 17 civilians dead, have reportedly been offered immunity by the US state department. The Blackwater mercenaries, who were guarding an embassy convoy at the time of the shooting, were told they would not be prosecuted over statements to officials, the Associated Press news agency said.

Immunity Deal Hampers Blackwater Criminal Inquiry —Blackwater Bodyguards Given Immunity In Deadly Shooting 29 Oct 2007
The State Department promised Blackwater USA bodyguards mercenaries immunity from prosecution in its investigation of last month’s deadly shooting of 17 Iraqi civilians, The Associated Press has learned. The immunity deal has delayed a criminal inquiry into the Sept. 16 killings and could undermine any effort to prosecute security contractors for their role in the incident war crime that has infuriated the Iraqi government.

28 policemen killed in Iraq suicide blast 30 Oct 2007
A suicide bomber on a bicycle killed 28 Iraqi policemen and injured 20 doing their morning exercises at their base north of Baghdad on Monday, AFP quoted police as saying. Meanwhile, a US general was wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near his convoy, Reuters reported.

20 headless bodies found in Iraq 30 Oct 2007
Twenty decapitated bodies were found north of Baghdad with one of them believed to be a tribal leader, Iraqi police said Monday. A local police source told Xinhua that the bodies were discovered at the Gsarin village near Baquba, capital of Diyala province.

Turkish helicopters pound rebel Kurds 31 Oct 2007
Turkish Cobra helicopters pounded Kurdish rebel positions near the Iraqi border overnight and Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan reaffirmed his readiness to send troops over the frontier despite US opposition.,23599,22678155-23109,00.html

Turk sanctions on N.Iraq may stoke Kurd separatism 30 Oct 2007
Ankara’s threatened economic measures against Iraq would drain sorely needed money from Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast and stoke social tensions that could in turn fuel Kurdish separatism, trade leaders say.

Israel can’t cut power to Gaza – attorney general 29 Oct 2007
Israel’s attorney-general told the government on Monday it could not cut electrical power to the Gaza Strip [a war crime] as part of its sanctions against the Hamas controlled territory, although he did approve other measures.

US soldier killed in Afghanistan 29 Oct 2007
A soldier with the US-led occupation in Afghanistan was killed in a roadside bomb blast which also injured another foreign trooper, the military said.,23599,22671018-23109,00.html

No deal by Japan PM, opposition on Afghan mission 30 Oct 2007
Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda and the leader of Japan’s main opposition party failed at a meeting on Tuesday to break a stalemate over a naval mission backing U.S.-led Afghan operations, but they agreed to meet again.

US may delay troop reductions in Germany 30 Oct 2007 The United States may delay a plan to reduce the number of its troops based in Germany, a military spokesman said Tuesday.

US Army xBot programme halted by IP fracas —’He stole our robot’ By Lewis Page 29 Oct 2007 A major American military push to get more combat robots into the field has ground to a halt following a bitter dispute between rival mechanoid makers. The xBot procurement programme, run by the US Army’s Robotic Systems Joint Program Office, is intended to obtain as many as 3,000 new robots and to do so quickly in defence procurement terms. The xBot plan calls for 1,000 machines delivered by December ‘08 and could ultimately be worth more than $300m.

UN Urges US to End Cuba Embargo 30 Oct 2007 The U.N. General Assembly voted for the 16th straight year Tuesday to urge the United States to end its trade embargo against Cuba, whose foreign minister accused the U.S. of stepping up its “brutal economic war” to new heights.

Chiquita Brands admits funding rightiwing terrorists in Columbia —US corporation admits making more than 100 payments to Reichwing terrorists 30 Oct 2007
A major U.S. corporation stood accused of routinely funneling large sums of money to a vicious right-wing Latin American militia that the United States government officially had branded a terrorist organization. Chiquita Brands International admitted it had paid $1.7 million to a Colombian paramilitary unit known as “Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia” (AUC) over a six-year period ending in 2004… After pleading guilty to a felony, Chiquita was fined $25 million and required to institute an ethics program to prevent future violations. [Holy hypocrisy, Batman! ‘Fines’ and ‘ethics programs?’ Gee, what happened to the ‘war on terror’ and the ‘Patriot’ Act? Why aren’t the perpetrators sitting in a prison cell for financing terrorists?]

US has spent $43.5bn (£21bn) on intelligence during 2007 30 Oct 2007
The US has revealed that it has spent $43.5bn (£21bn) on intelligence during 2007, the first time the figure has been made public in almost a decade. Intelligence chief Mike McConnell said he would give no breakdown of how the money was spent, saying that disclosure could harm national security prove that billions have been wasted on Bush bin Laden’s cronies.

2007 Spying Said to Cost $50 Billion 30 Oct 2007
The director of national intelligence will disclose today that national intelligence activities amounting to roughly 80 percent of all U.S. intelligence spending for the year cost more than $40 billion, according to sources on Capitol Hill and inside the administration. The disclosure means that when military spending is added, aggregate U.S. intelligence spending for fiscal 2007 exceeded $50 billion, according to these sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the total remains classified.

FEMA Aide Loses New Job Over Fake News Conference 30 Oct 2007
A fake news conference at the Federal Emergency Management Agency has produced, along with outrage and ridicule, its first personnel casualty. John P. Philbin, until last week the agency’s public relations chief, was supposed to start work Monday as the new director of public affairs for the nation’s top intelligence official, Mike McConnell. But he learned instead that he would not.

Bush Safety Chief Opposes Safety Legislation, Funding 30 Oct 2007
The nation’s top official for consumer product safety has asked Congress in recent days to reject legislation intended to strengthen the agency, which polices thousands of consumer goods, from toys to tools. Nancy A. Nord, the acting chairwoman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission [oh-but-another Bush whore], has asked lawmakers in two letters not to approve the bulk of legislation that would increase the agency’s authority, double its budget and sharply increase its dwindling staff. Nord opposes provisions that would increase the maximum penalties for safety violations and make it easier for the government to make public reports of faulty products, protect industry whistle-blowers and prosecute executives of companies that willfully violate laws. [Start reading.]

‘The election was rigged for Bush. The most glaring discrepancies almost always helped Bush and hurt Kerry… Seeing the election results from Cleveland made me a witness to a crime.’ Something didn’t add up 25 Oct 2007
Former professor Richard Hayes Phillips testified in two lawsuits related to the 2004 ‘election.’ Among the allegations Phillips makes are that voting machines were unfairly withheld from minority, heavily Democratic, precints, leading to long lines and suppressing voter turnout; that in one county, a false Homeland Security alert was given as the reason to lock down the county administrative building and bar independent observers from watching the vote count; …and that some voters in Democratic-leaning precincts were given ballots already punched for either Bush or a third-party candidate, leading some ballots to be double-punched and, therefore, disqualified. [See: Coup 2004.]

Official regrets remarks on black voters 30 Oct 2007
The chief of the Justice Department’s voting rights division [John Tanner] apologized Tuesday for saying that aging is not a problem with black voters because they die before they become elderly, unlike whites. Still, some Democrats said they want him fired.

Giuliani Still Working at Firm He Promised to Leave 30 Oct 2007
Ten months into his presidential bid, Rudolph W. Giuliani continues to work part time at the security consulting firm [Giuliani Partners] he promised to leave this past spring to focus on his pursuit of the Republican nomination. The firm’s past clients had many connections to government. They include: A confessed drug smuggler who hired Giuliani to help ensure that his company could do security consulting business with the federal government in the post-Sept. 11 period… BioOne, a company that can do biological cleanups, such as its cleaning of a Florida media building after the 2001 [Cheney] anthrax attacks.

Blackmail Cited Over Senator’s Project 29 Oct 2007
An oil services contractor [VECO Corp.] testified Monday that he was blackmailed by an employee over renovations at Sen. Ted Stevens’ home, an indication that at least some believed the project was inappropriate. The home improvement project is at the center of a Justice Department corruption investigation into the powerful Republican senator.

TVA seeks OK on 2 reactors 30 Oct 2007
TVA officials and a consortium of energy companies will gather on Capitol Hill today to announce their plans to submit an application for construction of a nuclear plant at the Bellefonte site near Scottsboro. It marks the formal step that was approved by the Tennessee Valley Authority board at a meeting in Huntsville last month.

BP refinery safety violations revealed 30 Oct 2007 (IN)
A 5-month investigation of BP’s Whiting refinery following a deadly explosion at a Texas refinery owned by BP found untested fire hoses, broken equipment and outdated safety procedures, The Times of Munster reported. While significant, state officials say the violations at the Whiting refinery largely pale in comparison to the problems uncovered at BP’s Texas City refinery, where a March 2005 explosion killed 15 people and injured more than 170 others.

House Approves Senate’s 7-Year Renewal of Ban on Internet Tax 30 Oct 2007
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill to bar states from levying taxes on Internet access through 2014, clearing the way for President [sic] George W. Bush to sign the measure into law before an existing ban expires.

Carnegie Mellon Study Ranks Most Informative Blogs —Citizens for Legitimate Government is on list 24 Oct 2007
A recent Carnegie Mellon study used higher mathematics to answer the question: if you want to be informed about what the entire blogospohere is talking about, but you can only read 100 blogs (out of the millions available), which blogs should you read? The paper was awarded the best student paper award at the ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining.

It’s nearly November – and nearly 100° 30 Oct 2007 (AZ)
It seems the suffering will not end. After a summer that can only be described as unbearable, the Valley is now in the midst of an autumnal hot stretch… Monday’s high reached 95 degrees, the second day in a row we had a record high. A normal high for Oct. 29 would be 82 degrees.

The Art of Primate Conservation —In pencil and ink, an artist depicts animals that are too rare or elusive to be captured on camera. 29 Oct 2007
Stephen Nash is an artist with an arcane specialty that has made him all too busy these days — drawing precise renditions of primates and other animals on the brink of extinction.

2007 Spying Said to Cost $50 Billion 30 Oct 2007
The director of national intelligence will disclose today that national intelligence activities amounting to roughly 80 percent of all U.S. intelligence spending for the year cost more than $40 billion, according to sources on Capitol Hill and inside the administration. The disclosure means that when military spending is added, aggregate U.S. intelligence spending for fiscal 2007 exceeded $50 billion, according to these sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the total remains classified.

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