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28 June 2005
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Former MI5 Agent Says 9/11 An Inside Job (globalnewsmatrix) Attack Was 'Coup d'etat,' Buildings Were Demolished By Controlled Demolitions --Former MI5 agent David Shayler, who previously blew the whistle on the British government paying Al Qaeda $200,000 to carry out political assassinations, has gone on the record with his conviction that 9/11 was an inside job meant to bring about a permanent state of emergency in America and pave the way for the invasions of Afghanistan, Iraq and ultimately Iran and Syria.
Intellectuals damn US war on Iraq 27 Jun 2005 Dozens of activists holding an unofficial tribunal to put the US-led war in Iraq on trial have recommended that US President [sic] George Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair be investigated for crimes against humanity.
Sunni men in Baghdad targeted by attackers in police uniforms By Tom Lasseter and Yasser Salihee, Knight Ridder Newspapers --27 Jun 2005 Days after Iraq's new Shiite-led government was announced on April 28, the bodies of Sunni Muslim men began turning up at the capital's central morgue after the men had been detained by people wearing Iraqi police uniforms. Their hands had been tied or handcuffed behind their backs, their eyes were blindfolded and they appeared to have been tortured. In most cases, the dead men looked as if they'd been whipped with a cord, subjected to electric shocks or beaten with a blunt object and shot to death, often with single bullets to their heads... U.S. officials, who have advisers in the Interior Ministry, have said that they're aware of the abductions and killings, but that they think the murders are the work of insurgents posing as police. ...Salihee was a special correspondent. He was shot and killed last week in Baghdad in circumstances that remain unclear. [The US death squads in Iraq are busy little bees, murdering journalists who are exposing the truth...]
Halliburton Iraq deals described as contract abuse 27 Jun 2005 A top U.S. Army procurement official said on Monday Halliburton's deals in Iraq were the worst example of contract abuse she had seen as Pentagon auditors flagged over $1 billion of potential overcharges by the Texas-based firm.
US to expand its prisons across Iraq 27 Jun 2005 The United States is spending $50 million to build new prisons to house the thousands of suspected fighters its forces are capturing in Iraq. With anti-US violence in Iraq continuing to rage, American forces are now holding more than 10,000 people they classify as "security detainees" in their three main jails in Iraq.
Abu Ghraib expanded as violence sweeps Iraq 27 Jun 2005 Faced with unremitting [US-engendered] violence, the United States is building new detention areas at Iraqi prisons including the notorious Abu Ghraib. The US will not hand over Abu Ghraib to the new 'Iraqi' government, according to a planned timetable, but other prisons including Camp Bucca in the British-controlled south of the country are being expanded.
Detainee Dies While In Custody 27 Jun 2005 A male security detainee died June 26 at approximately 7 a.m. from wounds sustained two weeks ago while engaging Occupation Forces.
APA Statement on Psychiatric Practices at Guantanamo Bay 27 Jun 2005 (American Psychiatric Association Press Release) "The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is troubled by recent reports regarding alleged violations of professional medical ethics by psychiatrists at Guantanamo Bay. APA is reviewing issues related to psychiatry and interrogation procedures and plans to develop a specific policy statement in the near future."
Lawyers: Guantanamo detainees' cases stalled in the legal system 27 Jun 2005 Detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are frustrated with the U.S. court system because none of them has received a court hearing, despite a Supreme Court decision a year ago that gave them the right to challenge their detention, according to detainees' attorneys.
Helicopter Crash Kills Two; Soldier Dies From Small-Arms Fire 27 Jun 2005 An American helicopter crashed at approximately 11 a.m. local time today northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, killing two soldiers, military officials in Iraq reported. Also today, a U.S. Army soldier assigned to Task Force Baghdad was killed by small-arms fire in Baghdad...
2 U.S. Pilots Die in Iraq Helicopter Crash --A U.S. Apache attack helicopter crashed Monday north of Baghdad, killing both pilots, after a witness said he saw the aircraft hit by a rocket that "destroyed it completely in the air.''
Prozac goes to war: Feeding our troops anti-depressants like they were Skittles or M&Ms --by Jane Stillwater "A friend of mine is stationed in Iraq and is totally flipping out. Can you possibly guess why? Maybe he's tired of following orders that routinely involve blowing up babies? Well, for whatever reason, the doctors there are trying to feed him anti-psychotic medications. 'A bottle of pills is their answer to everything over here,' he e-mailed me."
Iraq reports corruption epidemic 27 Jun 2005 Arrest warrants on fraud charges have been issued for two former ministers in the 'Iraqi' interim government... The Commission on Public Integrity has proposed increasing salaries for public employees to help tackle the problem.
Iraq: A bloody mess By Patrick Cockburn 28 Jun 2005 "Most of Iraq is today a bloody no-man's land beset by ruthless insurgents, savage bandit gangs, trigger-happy US patrols and marauding government forces. The 'handover of power' last June was always a misnomer. Much real power remained in the hands of the US."
U.S. headed for disaster when efforts in Iraq collapse --by John Patrick Grace "We may now be only weeks away from a complete collapse of the Iraqi army and the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq in the face of overwhelming public pressure on Tony Blair... The scandals of prisoner mistreatment at Abu Ghraib in Baghdad and at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, coupled with a burgeoning debt that likely will never be paid back by Iraqi oil and the Halliburton cost overruns ripping off the U.S. military by millions of dollars, have soured much popular support of the war.
Wow, the PentaPost actually does its job! Well, better late than never: 28 Jun 2005 From Memos, Insights Into Ally's Doubts On Iraq War ...Behind the scenes, British officials believed the U.S. administration was already committed to a war that they feared was ill-conceived and illegal and could lead to disaster. The documents indicate that the officials foresaw a host of problems that later would haunt both governments -- including thin intelligence about the nature of the Iraqi threat, weak public support for war and a lack of planning for the aftermath of military action.
Downing Street Minutes to Hit House Floor --by David Swanson 27 Jun 2005 "Congressman John Conyers, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee are asking their colleagues in the House of Representatives to join them on the evening of June 28 to discuss the Downing Street Minutes on the floor of the House... Please contact your Congress Member right away and ask them to contact the Judiciary Committee staff and commit to taking part." Phone: 1-877-762-8762, Email: http://www.democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/39
Ex-Israeli Soldier Guilty of Manslaughter 27 Jun 2005 An Israeli military court convicted a former soldier of manslaughter today in the 2003 shooting death of a British activist who was working with the Palestinians.
Rights groups detail 'Kafkaesque' U.S. detentions 27 Jun 2005 The government detained at least 70 men, all but one a Muslim, as material witnesses and abused their civil rights in a largely secret operation launched by the Justice Department after the Sept. 11 attacks, Human Rights Watch and the ACLU allege in a report out today.
Rights report says US detentions were abuse of law --The United States abused a law intended to keep witnesses from fleeing when it jailed dozens of Muslim men after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, according to a report Monday by two major rights groups.
Judge to Consider Miller/Cooper Case on Wednesday 27 Jun 2005 The hearing before Judge Thomas Hogan to consider the next step in the case involving reporters [sic] Judith Miller and Matt Cooper will be held on Wednesday... Since the U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear the appeals of Miller and Cooper, their cases will go back to the U.S. District judge who first held them in contempt for refusing to reveal their sources in the Valerie Plame case.
Supreme Court Won't Hear CIA Leak Case --The Supreme Court rejected appeals Monday from two 'journalists' who have refused to testify before a grand jury about the leak of an undercover CIA officer's identity. Time magazine's Matthew Cooper and The New York Times' [WMD whore] Judith Miller, who filed the appeals, face up to 18 months in jail for refusing to reveal sources as part of an investigation into who divulged the name of CIA officer Valerie Plame.
Italy eyes extradition of CIA-led kidnappers-source --Italy plans to seek the extradition of 13 CIA-led agents for the abduction of a radical Muslim cleric who was flown to Egypt and said he was tortured in prison there, a judicial source said on Monday.
Apology proves spies were in NZ: Clark 27 Jun 2005 Israel's apology for two of its citizens who illegally obtained New Zealand passports is proof the pair were secret agents, Prime Minister Helen Clark said.
Karl Rove Can't Lie His Way Out --By Bill Gallagher "Cynicism is the soul of George W. Bush's presidency and Karl Rove, the man he calls his 'brain,' speaks out loud the thoughts lurking in the president's ruthless but muddled mind. Rove is the most vile, despicable, duplicitous, power-addicted, war-mongering, lying neo-fascist in the administration, save Dick Cheney and the man who lets them run the government for him. Rove's cynicism is a perfect reflection of Bush's jaded mind and willingness to say and do anything to grab and preserve power."
Watchdog group files FEC charge against Frist for '00 filing problems 28 Jun 2005 Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a self-described nonprofit progressive legal watchdog group, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) yesterday against Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.).
U.S., Canada, Mexico advance homeland security initiative 27 Jun 2005 Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez today released a plan, co-developed with Canadian and Mexican leaders, to establish common North American programs for screening travelers... among other goals. ...The three countries also will work to develop joint standards for baggage and passenger screening and for "no-fly" programs throughout North America, as well as new protocols for air cargo inspection.
XM radio satellites may get a role in homeland security 27 Jun 2005 The US military might draft the service of XM Satellite Radio Inc. XM and Raytheon Co. have jointly built a communications system that would use XM's satellites to relay information to soldiers and emergency responders during a crisis. The Mobile Enhanced Situational Awareness Network would get a dedicated channel on XM's satellites.
Cops Can't Be Sued for Restraining Orders --The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police cannot be sued for how they enforce restraining orders, ending a lawsuit by a Colorado woman who claimed police did not do enough to prevent her estranged husband from killing her three young daughters.
Commandment Displays Allowed on Some Government Property 27 Jun 2005 The Supreme Court ruled today that displaying the Ten Commandments on government property does not necessarily violate the constitutional principle that there must be a separation between church and state.
Justices Disallow Ten Commandments in Courthouses --In Separate Decision, Court Upholds Displays on Government Land 27 Jun 2005 In separate opinions today, the Supreme Court signaled that the permissibility of government sponsored displays of the Ten Commandments depends on circumstances.
2 counties risk lawsuits for spurning touch-screen voting machines 27 Jun 2005 At least two Florida counties are balking at paperless touch-screen 'voting' machines — and risking lawsuits — as state and federal deadlines loom for buying equipment that allows disabled voters to cast ballots without assistance.
Cable Companies Don't Need to Share Lines --The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that cable companies may keep rival Internet providers from using their lines, a decision that will limit competition and consumers' choices. The 6-3 decision is a victory for the Bush regime, which sought exclusive control to promote broadband investment from deep-pocketed cable companies.
Panel: NASA Fails to Meet Safety Terms --A panel overseeing NASA's resumption of shuttle flights concluded Monday that the space agency has failed to meet the toughest safety recommendations put in place after the Columbia disaster.
Blumenthal Accuses Wal-Mart of Selling Illegal Fireworks --State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal on Monday accused Wal-Mart of selling illegal fireworks in some of its Connecticut stores.
Animal groups praise Sen. Rick Santorum 27 Jun 2005 Puppies and kittens likely are not the first things that come to mind when many think of Sen. Rick Santorum - the conservative No. 3 Senate Republican known for his tough stance against abortion and gay marriage. But Santorum, R-Pa., has won high praise from the Humane Society of the United States for pushing legislation aimed at ending breeding facilities known as puppy mills.
How to Bury a Mad Cow - The Cover Up and Denial Must End --By John Stauber "The so-called 'firewall feed ban' to prevent cattle from contracting the disease in the United States is a joke, and more like pouring gasoline on a fire... The US mad cow testing system seems designed to cover up mad cow disease rather than find it."
[27 June lead stories:] Trillion Dollar War --Cheaper 'to pay Saddam to quit Iraq' 27 Jun 2005 Iraq and its aftermath will cost $1trillion - a million million dollars - it was claimed last night. The huge sum, equivalent to £548,000,000,000, was revealed as the US held secret meetings with rebels to end the fighting.
Iraq: The carve-up begins --As the costs of the Iraq occupation spiral, British and American oil companies meet in secret next week to carve up the country's oil reserves for themselves. --by Tom Burgis 23 Jun 2005 "The Iraq war has so far cost America and Britain £105billion. But the financial clawback is gathering pace as British and American oil giants work out how to get their hands on the estimated £3trillion worth of oil. Executives from BP, Shell, Exxon Mobil and Halliburton, Dick Cheney's old [and current] firm, are expected to congregate at the Paddington Hilton for a two-day chinwag with top-level officials from Iraq's oil ministry."
Holy convenience, Batman!! Unrest 'could double' oil price 27 Jun 2005 A warning of a possible near doubling in the cost of oil was issued yesterday as UK prices rose to more than £4 a gallon and the AA Motoring Trust said the price of diesel was approaching £5 a gallon.
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