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Number Of Iraqi civilians Slaughtered In America's War 100,000 +
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered In Bush's War 2157
Cost of America's War in Iraq
An insidious culture of surveillance
Government that is not checked, balanced, and watched like a hawk can gradually become oppressive.
By Thomas Oliphant, Globe Columnist
In a basically free society, abuses of civil and human rights often initially make sense, which appears to have been the case when President Bush took his baby steps toward a system of warrant-free, electronic surveillance of persons inside the United States -- some citizens, some not.
By Jonathan Alter
The president was so desperate to kill The New York Times’ eavesdropping story, he summoned the paper’s editor and publisher to the Oval Office. But it wasn’t just out of concern about national security.
14 bodies found:
On the outskirts of Fallujah, a joint Iraqi-American patrol found the bodies of 14 people, some of whom were handcuffed and appeared to have been tortured, said Dr. Mohammed Hameed of the Fallujah hospital.
Six Iraqis shot dead in separate attacks:
Gunmen shot dead six Iraqis, including three policemen, in attacks on Tuesday, security sources said.
Two policemen killed:
Two policemen were killed by gunmen while they were leaving for work in the western part of Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, a police source said.
One women killed, her baby injured by blast:
An Iraqi woman was killed and her five-year-old baby injured in a bomb explosion in northern Iraq's Kirkuk, police said.
US increases air attacks in Iraq:
The latest figures released by US Central Command show a dramatic rise in the number of air raids carried out in Iraq.
Bush Leaves Out the Bad News in Iraqi Poll:
President Bush is making selective use of an opinion poll when he tells people that Iraqis are increasingly upbeat.
Allawi trails in third place in poll update :
Former Iraqi prime minister Ayad Allawi's hopes of taking significant numbers of votes from Iraq's religious parties in last week's election appeared to suffer a major blow last night.
US hopes of secular Iraqi state fade away:
With more than 60 per cent of votes tallied, Washington's hopes that the former prime minister Iyad Allawi might pull enough support to build a secular administration have faded dramatically.
Sunnis say Iraq vote was fraudulent:
Sunni Arabs alleged Tuesday that last week's parliamentary elections were fraudulent, especially in Baghdad province, and they said if the irregularities are not corrected, new balloting must be held in Iraq's largest electoral district.
Voting Irregularities Reported in Kurdish Areas :
"We have proof that thousands of Kurds were kept from the polls because their names weren't included on voter lists," said Fadia Fateh, a senior official in the Arbil electoral commission.
Three Iraqi provinces reject petrol price hikes:
Three southern Iraqi provinces have refused to implement a wildly unpopular government increase in petrol prices, despite insistence in Baghdad on Tuesday that the measure would help the poor.
Marketing War, Selling Occupation :
The mainstream news behaves as if the American mission in Iraq, as in other parts of the world, is based upon humanitarian principles of good will. They would have us believe that America is not motivated by empire but by just causes.
Censure motion introduced in House over Iraq, torture :
Ranking House Judiciary Democrat Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) has introduced a motion to censure President Bush and Vice President Cheney for providing misleading information to Congress in advance of the Iraq war, failing to respond to written questions and potential violations of international law,
Bush defends right to spy on Americans:
George W. Bush offered his most aggressive defence of a domestic spying program yesterday, saying he was protecting U.S. civil liberties and would not stop the program while America was at war.
Senator says she's asked for opinions on Bush impeachment:
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today asked four presidential scholars for their opinion on former White House Counsel John Dean's statement that President Bush admitted to an "impeachable offense" when he said he authorized the National Security Agency to spy on Americans without getting a warrant from a judge.
U.S. Representative John Lewis Calls For Bush Impeachment: -
U.S. Representative John Lewis said in a radio interview on Monday that President Bush should be impeached if he broke the law in authorizing spying on Americans.
Letter from Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) to Vice President Cheney regarding NSA domestic wiretapping, July 17th 2003.
No President Is Above the Law :
Senator Byrd on Monday expressed his strong concerns about possible violations of the Constitution in the Bush Administration's admitted practice of spying on American citizens.
An Impeachable Offense?
Famed constitutional attorney Martin Garbus and former intelligence officer Christopher Pyle both say it is an impeachable offense.
F.B.I. Watched Activist Groups, New Files Show :
Counterterrorism agents at the Federal Bureau of Investigation have conducted numerous surveillance and intelligence-gathering operations that involved, at least indirectly, groups active in causes as diverse as the environment, animal cruelty and poverty relief, newly disclosed agency records show.
Bush accuses leak instigators of helping enemy:
Bush said: "It was a shameful act for someone to disclose this important program in a time of war." He added: "The fact that we're discussing this program is helping the enemy."
Bush must be held accountable
George Bush cannot protect democracy by destroying it.
United States has problems with democracy:
America has been habitually exploiting, for its own purposes, the language of freedom and equality since the times of Alexis-Charles-Henri Clerel de Tocqueville. United States has problems with democracy:
US to cut troops in Afghanistan:
Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary, has signed orders that will reduce the number of American troops in Afghanistan to 16,000 from 19,000 by next spring.
Muslim conspiracy to rule world just nonsense:
The chances of a caliphate coming are zero. But raising its spectre helps keep Americans scared. Never mind that, just as the reasons given for the Iraq war proved false, the explanations offered for terrorism have not met the test of time either.
War pimp alert:
Israel Increasingly Likely to Attack Iran:
Israel is sending increasingly clear signs that it is gearing up for a major military confrontation with the soon-to-be nuclear power of Iran.
War pimp alert:
'Iran obtained 12 long-range missiles':
Israeli iIntelligence Maj.-Gen. Aharon Ze'evi (Farkash) warned that Iran posed a substantial threat to Israel's security, and that the United States was "dragging its feet" in dealing with the situation.
War pimp alert:
Exiles say Iran uses tunnels to hide atomic work:
An Iranian exile group on Tuesday called on the U.N.'s atomic watchdog to inspect an extensive network of tunnels which it says the Islamic Republic has built to conceal a clandestine nuclear weapons programme.
War pimp alert:
CIA's Goss Reportedly Warned Ankra Of Iranian Threat:
During his recent visit to Ankara, CIA Director Porter Goss reportedly brought three dossiers on Iran to Ankara. Goss also asked Ankara to be ready for a possible US air operation against Iran and Syria.
Russia gives clean chit to Iran on developing nuke arms
"As of now, we have no information about Iran developing nuclear weapons,'' Lebedev said in an interview to daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta recently.
Netanyahu wins Likud vote :
Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu has been declared the winner of a leadership election of his rightist Likud party.
Documentary Relives Horror of Shatila Massacre:
Unlike massacres in some other conflicts, the perpetrators of Sabra and Shatila have not been brought to justice.
Irish Zionist Slur Blasted By Israel::
"I am very sorry that Ireland takes this position because in doing that they support [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad," blasted a senior aide to premier Ariel Sharon.
Central Asia, Washington and Beijing Energy Geo-politics:
On December 15, the state-owned China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) inaugurated an oil pipeline running from Kazakhstan to northwest China. The geopolitical chess game for the control of the energy flows of Central Asia and overall of Eurasia from the Atlantic to the China Sea is sharply evident in the latest developments.
Polish Intelligence Official Confirms CIA Use of Polish Facility:
According to this article from Germany's Stern magazine, a 'high-ranking Polish official' told of an area of the Polish Intelligence Services building run by 'the Americans,' many of whom lived on the premises 'for months on end during the past five or six years.'
CIA Chief Pays Secret Visit to Ukraine:
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has held a brief meeting with CIA Director Porter Goss, who paid a secret visit in Kiev last Friday.
Bolivia's Morales has more than 50 pct of vote:
Morales, who pledges to nationalise the country's natural gas industry and opposes U.S. drug policy, will be Bolivia's first indigenous president.
Bolivia's Morales blasts U.S. policies on drug trafficking:
Mr. Morales, who vows to end a U.S. campaign against coca growing, stepped up his criticism of U.S. anti-drug policies yesterday, accusing Washington of using drug-fighting efforts to militarize the region.
In case you missed it:
Evo Morales: "I Believe Only in the Power of the People"
Venezuela gives Exxon ultimatum :
Venezuela has given the world's biggest oil company, ExxonMobil, until the end of this year to enter a joint venture with the state.
Alaska Files Suit Against BP, Exxon Mobil :
An antitrust lawsuit filed Monday against Exxon Mobil Corp. and BP PLC claims the two oil giants are restricting the nation's supply of natural gas and keeping prices at record highs.
Did the Bush Administration Lie to Congress and the 9/11 Commission?:
9/11: Missing Black Boxes in World Trade Center Attacks Found by Firefighters, Analyzed by NTSB, Concealed by FBI
A Quarter Century of U.S. Support for Occupation:
East Timor Truth Commission report uses declassified U.S. documents to call for reparations from U.S. for its support of Indonesian invasion and occupation of East Timor from 1975 until U.N. sponsored vote in 1999
Federal Investigators Probe High-Tech Explosives Theft :
ABC News has been told it's one of the most significant thefts of high-power explosives ever in the United States
US court clears missile man:
A Canadian who ran a counter-terrorism school in the United States was acquitted of charges he illegally stockpiled warheads.
Medicaid changes could hit the poor:
he spending bill approved by the House early on Monday and awaiting a Senate vote could increase the out-of-pocket costs of many of the poor people who rely on the joint federal-state program for their health care.
Donors Underwrite DeLay's Luxury Lifestyle:
As Tom DeLay became a king of campaign fundraising, he lived like one too. He visited cliff-top Caribbean resorts, golf courses designed by PGA champions and four-star restaurants all courtesy of donors who bankrolled his political money empire.
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