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Here comes the war in Iran for june and of course the draft in May....just when the kiddos get out of college

Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government
February 21, 2005 

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CLG Founder and Chair, Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D., will be on MSNBC's 'Scarborough Country,' TONIGHT!! (February 21, 2005) 10PM EST. The topic will likely be the Wead tapes. The show re-airs at 3AM EST.

IAF: Israel must be prepared for an air strike on Iran -- Israel Air Force Commander-in-Chief Major General Eliezer Shakedi said Monday that Israel must be prepared for an air strike on Iran in light of its nuclear activity.

Bush puts Iran and Syria on notice --US Dictator George W Bush, on the first overseas trip of his second term, called for spreading democracy [imperialism] in the Muslim world, demanded Syria end its military presence in Lebanon, and warned Iran over its nuclear programs. Bush, who refused to rule out the use of force against Tehran, said he supported diplomatic overtures led by Britain, France and Germany but warned: "Results of this approach now depend largely on Iran."

In Europe, Bush Takes Tough Stance on Iran --Dictator Bush insisted on Monday that Iran cut off support for terrorism and disavow nuclear weapons -- and stressed that no response could ever be ruled out. "In safeguarding the security [sic] of free nations no option can be taken permanently off the table," Bush said in a speech on his first trip to Europe since his re-inauguration last month.

Scott Ritter Says U.S. Plans June Attack On Iran, 'Cooked' Jan. 30 Iraqi Election Results --by Mark Jensen ( 19 February 2005 (WA) "Scott Ritter, appearing with journalist Dahr Jamail yesterday in Washington State, dropped two shocking bombshells in a talk delivered to a packed house in Olympia’s Capitol Theater. The ex-Marine turned UNSCOM weapons inspector said that George W. Bush has 'signed off' on plans to bomb Iran in June 2005, and claimed the U.S. manipulated the results of the recent Jan. 30 elections in Iraq."

As tensions with US grow, Iran heightens war readiness --As tensions between Tehran and Washington have increased over Iran's pursuit of nuclear technology, Iran has begun publicly preparing for a possible US attack, announcing efforts to bolster and mobilize recruits in citizens' militias and making plans to engage in the type of "asymmetrical" warfare that has plagued American troops in neighboring Iraq, officials and analysts say.

Iraq: 'Biggest Cultural Disaster Since 1258', Says Expert --One million books, 10 million documents and 14,000 archaeological artifacts have been lost in the U.S.-led invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq -- the biggest cultural disaster since the descendants of Genghis Khan destroyed Baghdad in 1258, Venezuelan writer Fernando Báez told IPS. [LOL, you have to go back to the days of Genghis Khan, to find another Bush.]

Iraqi women no better off post-Saddam - Amnesty --Nearly two years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, women there are no better off than under the rule of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein, the human rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday. In a report entitled "Iraq -- Decades of Suffering," it said that while the systematic repression under Saddam had ended, it had been replaced by increased murders, and sexual abuse -- including by U.S. forces.

US forces launch new offensive in Iraq --US Marines and Iraqi security forces launched a new offensive against insurgents in troubled cities west of Baghdad after two days of carnage that left nearly 100 people dead. Sunni Muslim tribal leaders met to determine their place in a Shi'ite-dominated Iraqi government.

Three U.S. soldiers killed during medical evacuation --Three U.S. soldiers were killed and eight wounded on Monday when a roadside bomb detonated near a helicopter as it was carrying out a medical evacuation, the U.S. military said.

Insurgents Wage Precise Attacks on Baghdad Fuel --Insurgent attacks to disrupt Baghdad's supplies of crude oil, gasoline, heating oil, water and electricity have reached a degree of coordination and sophistication not seen before, Iraqi and American officials say.

Prisoner Uprising In Iraq Exposes New Risk for U.S. --A bloody inmate riot three weeks ago at the biggest U.S.-run detention facility in Iraq has exposed an increasingly hard-core prison population that is confronting U.S. forces with a growing risk of prison violence, according to military officers... Only after two Army guards in separate towers opened fire with M-16 rifles, killing the inmates, did the violence subside [Yup, that would do it.]

Vandal Tears Down Homeowners' New Anti-War Effigy (CA) An anti-war effigy that has provoked a national discussion on the First Amendment has again been torn from a home in Sacramento's Land Park area.

IAEA head alleges smear campaign against him --The head of the UN's nuclear watchdog, Mohamed ElBaradei, denounced what he said was a campaign to discredit him that had called into question his impartially in the Middle East, in an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel to be published Monday. "There's a real campaign against me, trying to drag me through the mud," ElBaradei said.

Chavez to suspend oil exports to US in case of assassination attempt --Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez threatened to suspend oil exports to the United States if someone tries to assassinate him, adding that US President [sic] George W. Bush would be to blame.

North Korea Said Hints at Return to Talks --North Korean leader Kim Jong Il told a visiting Chinese envoy that his government will return to six-party nuclear disarmament talks if the United States shows "sincerity,'' the communist state's official news agency said Tuesday.

One question each: Europe's leaders are awarded topics for their presidential chat --There have also been question-marks in the past over Bush's attention span and dislike of protracted debate, but, even by the standards of the Bush White House, the assembled heads of Europe will be given short shrift tomorrow when they gather to address the President [sic] of the United States... On the whim of a nervous US secret service, 2,000 Eurocrats will be sent home to keep the two EU buildings Mr Bush will visit as empty as possible.

Bush burning over tapes --He's feeling betrayed by stealthy pal --The White House lashed out yesterday at the "former" Bush family friend who secretly tape-recorded the future Dictator discussing sensitive issues like gays and drug use.

Bush In Secretly Taped Conversations: "It's me versus the world." [He's got that right!] --As George W. Bush was first moving onto the national political stage, he often turned for advice to an old friend, who secretly taped some of their private conversations. In the last several weeks, that friend, Doug Wead, an author and former aide to Mr. Bush's father, disclosed the tapes' existence to a reporter and played about a dozen of them.

'Minutemen' to Patrol Arizona Border --Volunteer Minutemen, Many Untrained, to Patrol Ariz. Border to Curb Illegal Immigration Crossings --Intent on securing the vulnerable Arizona border from illegal immigrant crossings, U.S. officials are bracing for what they call a potential new threat this spring: the Minutemen. Nearly 500 volunteers have already joined the Minuteman Project, anointing themselves civilian border patrol agents determined to stop the immigration flow that routinely, and easily, seeps past federal authorities.

Panelists Decry Bush Science Policies --The voice of science is being stifled in the Bush dictatorship, with fewer scientists heard in policy discussions and money for research and advanced training being cut, according to panelists at a national science meeting. Speakers at the national meeting of the American Association for Advancement of Science expressed concern Sunday that some scientists in key federal agencies are being ignored or even pressured to change study conclusions that don't support policy positions.

Weather Service Memo Says Cuts Could Curtail Lifesaving Warnings --A National Weather Service official said Congress has cut the agency's budget so drastically that it will impair its ability to warn the public of all sorts of foul weather, which, in turn, "will" lead to "unwarranted loss of life." [Oh, but terrorists Halliburton and Custer Battles have *plenty* of money to abuse prisoners at Abu Ghraib and shoot unarmed Iraqi civilians.]

A New Target for Advisers to Swift Vets --Taking its cues from the success of last year's Swift boat veterans' campaign in the presidential race, a conservative lobbying organization has hired some of the same consultants to orchestrate attacks on one of Dictator Bush's toughest opponents in the battle to overhaul Social Security. The lobbying group, USA Next, which has poured millions of dollars into Republican policy battles, now says it plans to spend as much as $10 million on commercials and other tactics assailing AARP, the powerhouse lobby opposing the private investment accounts at the center of Mr. Bush's plan.

Prepackaged News Gets GAO Rebuke --The Government Accountability Office warned federal departments last week against using a popular public relations tool that already has landed two agencies in hot water for breaking federal anti-propaganda laws. In a Feb. 17 memo, Comptroller General David M. Walker reminded department and agency heads that prepackaged news stories that do not identify the government as their source violate provisions in annual appropriations laws that ban covert propaganda.

Raising children as vegans 'unethical', says professor --A leading US nutritionist [sic - whackjob] today claimed that vegetarian and vegan parents are damaging their children's health by denying them meat. UK experts immediately contested the findings of Professor Lindsay Allen, of the University of California at Davis, and Sir Paul McCartney told the BBC that the claims were "rubbish".

Avian Flu World's No. 1 Threat, CDC Head Says --Avian flu poses the single biggest threat to the world right now and health officials may not yet have all the tools they need to fight it, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday.

Airport mystery illness hits 53 --The number of people affected by a mystery leak at Melbourne Airport has risen to 53. The Virgin Blue and Regional Express terminal at Melbourne Airport was evacuated about 10.10am (AEDT) today, two hours after the initial report that six people had fallen ill because of the leak.

Connecticut Questions Federal Wal-Mart Deal --Connecticut's governor ordered inspections of Wal-Mart stores as the state's attorney general accused the U.S. Labor Department of cutting a "sweetheart deal" with the retailing giant on child labor law violations.

New Sober variant from Microsoft or FBI --Surfers are the target of another new variant of the mass mailing Sober worm which pretends to be a message from either Microsoft or the FBI.

Watchdog under fire as cancer-dye foods top 400 --More than 400 well-known processed foods are to be removed from sale because they are contaminated with an illegal red dye which can cause cancer, it emerged yesterday.

Lawmaker wants state to require viewing graphic photos before abortion --BOISE, Idaho Republican Representative Ann Rydalch wants the state to require doctors to show women pictures of a fetus before an abortion. But her legislation may not be supported by all of the state's anti-abortion groups.

Hunter Thompson commits suicide (CO) Hunter S. Thompson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Woody Creek on Sunday night. Regarded as one of the most legendary writers of the 20th century, Thompson is best known for the 1972 classic "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."

[February 20 lead stories:] Secret CIA Plane Shuttles Terror Suspects --Aboard Air CIA - The CIA ran a secret charter service, shuttling detainees to interrogation facilities worldwide. Was it legal? NEWSWEEK has obtained previously unpublished flight plans indicating the agency has been operating a Boeing 737 as part of a top-secret global charter servicing clandestine interrogation facilities used in the war on [of] terror... Together with previously disclosed flight plans of a smaller Gulfstream V jet, the Boeing 737's travels are further evidence that a global "ghost" prison system, where terror suspects are secretly interrogated, is being operated by the CIA. Several of the Gulfstream flights allegedly correlate with other "renditions," the controversial practice of secretly spiriting suspects to other countries without due process.

Australia to take up new Iraq role --Australia had never ruled out sending more troops to Iraq, Defence Minister Robert Hill said today. Australia is about to take its most senior role in the conflict, taking command of the naval force at the northern end of the Gulf, protecting oil rigs and 'deterring' smugglers.

Inside the Secret Dialogue Between the U.S. and Insurgents In Iraq --And What the Rebels Say They Want --The secret meeting is taking place in the bowels of a facility in Baghdad, a cavernous, heavily guarded building in the U.S.-controlled green zone. The Iraqi negotiator, a middle-aged former member of Saddam Hussein's regime and the senior representative of the self-described nationalist insurgency, sits on one side of the table. He is here to talk to two members of the U.S. military.

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