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"You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you'll stop the terrorism." - Cindy Sheehan
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Israel Shamir was arrested and then released today in Tel Aviv. We look at some of the implications.

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Last Updated Mon, 05 Dec 2005 18:22:15 EST
CBC News
In a scathing final report, the 9/11 commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks says the United States wasn't ready then and it isn't ready now.

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Comment: Yeah, it is almost a certainty that the same criminals that hit the US on 911 will do it again. It is also true that the country is completely unprepared.

Most people still believe it was Osama.

The role of Vice President Dick Cheney as the administration's point man in security policy appears over, according to administration sources.

Over the last two months Mr. Cheney has been granted decreasing access to the Oval Office, the sources said on the condition of anonymity. The two men still meet, but the close staff work between the president and vice president has ended.

"Cheney's influence has waned not only because of bad chemistry, but because the White House no longer formulates policy," another source said.

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By Jason Leopold
truthout Investigative Report
04 December 2005
The attorney representing Karl Rove in the federal investigation into the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson has made a desperate attempt to ensure President Bush's deputy chief of staff does not become the subject of a criminal indictment.

In doing so, Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin, has turned the tables on the media, who ultimately fought a losing battle to protect Rove - their source - who revealed to some reporters Plame Wilson's identity and CIA status.

Now Luskin has fired back, revealing to Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald that Viveca Novak - a reporter working for Time magazine who wrote several stories about the Plame case - inadvertently tipped him off last year that her colleague at the magazine would be forced to testify that Rove was his source who told him about Plame Wilson's CIA status, several people close to the case said this week.

The latest twist in the two-year-old investigation has all the elements of a Hollywood thriller. New details in the case seem to emerge on a daily basis. Selective leaks to a small handful of newspapers and cable news stations are aimed at portraying some of the key Bush administration officials involved in the case in a sympathetic light, while casting Fitzgerald as a partisan prosecutor.

But the fact remains, several sources close to the investigation said, that Rove is in serious legal jeopardy. According to sources, Fitzgerald is expected to decide before the end of the year whether to seek an indictment against Rove for obstruction of justice and making false statements to Justice Department, FBI investigators, and the grand jury on three separate occasions, for failing to disclose a conversation he had with Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper in July 2003 about Plame Wilson.

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By Michael Georgy and Paul Tait
Mon Dec 5, 3:12 PM ET
BAGHDAD - Men and women were tortured for days and babies left to die in an interrogation facility which featured a meat grinder for human flesh, the first prosecution witness to face Saddam Hussein told the court on Monday.

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Comment: Ah yes - the old "people shredder" story rears its ugly head once again to get the masses all fired up. Regular readers may remember the following story, which indicates that Saddam's "people shredder" was very likely propaganda:

Brendan O'Neill
The Guardian
Wednesday February 25, 2004
The horror of one of Saddam's execution methods made a powerful pro-war rallying cry - but the evidence suggests it never existed

Forget the no-show of Saddam Hussein's WMD. Ask instead what happened to Saddam's "people shredder", into which his son Qusay reportedly fed opponents of the Ba'athist regime.

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Sun Dec 4, 2005
By Paul Tait
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Attacks on lawyers and flaws in the Iraqi justice system mean the trial of Saddam Hussein on charges of crimes against humanity will never satisfy international standards, a UN rights official said on Sunday.

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Comment: Not so much the "trila of the century" but the farce of the century, with "Saddam" hamming it up for all he is worth.

Saddam at trial

Last Updated Mon, 05 Dec 2005 21:24:13 EST
CBC News
The United States Secretary of State is refusing to say outright that the U.S. does not operate secret prisons in Europe for the purpose of questioning suspected terrorists. But Condoleezza Rice does deny charges that Washington transports prisoners to, or through, other countries for the express purpose of interrogation involving torture.

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Comment: Bono's former favourite politician, Paul Martin, continues to show his true colours. So much wiggle-room...

As for Condi:

Signs Sick Bag

By Roni Singer and Arnon Regular
At least five people were killed and 95 others were wounded yesterday when a suicide bomber blew himself up at around 11:30 A.M. at the entrance to Hasharon shopping mall in Netanya.

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Comment: There are a number of points in this report on the "suicide bombing" that need to be looked at more closely.

First, we should note that in any long standing conflict like that between Israel and Palestine, between state oppressor and non-state resistance force, the resistance is invariably infiltrated by agents of the state oppressor. Despite what is generally understood, such infiltration does not only (and perhaps not even primarily) facilitate information gathering by state forces, but also affords the oportunity to, if possible, divert the tactics of the resistance towards activities that cast them in a negative light.

If we look at some of the Western "terrorist" organisations of the 20th century, it is clear that the leadership of these groups realised, if not from the beginning then very soon thereafter, that the indiscriminate murder of innocent civilians, regardless of what "side" they are on, is counterproductive to winning the propaganda war and therefore the war in general. Of course, the state oppressor is also well aware of this fact, and while it generally tries and succeeds in covering up any state-orchestrated massacres, it is not beyond using any and all means to pain the resistance as a indicriminate murderer of the innocent. It is from this perspective that we should view all alleged "suicide bombings", not only in Israel but also in Iraq.

It comes as no surprise then when we learn that "Islamic Jihad" in Palestine has been infiltrated by the Israeli Mossad.

Let's turn then to the details of this most recent "suicide bombing" in Israel by Islamic Jihad.

We are told that the attack occurred when a man carrying a black bag crossed the street in front of the mall and an Israeli driver waiting at a red light noticed the suspicious man

Why would a man crossing a street with a black bag be immediately deemed as "suspicious" when we have been repeatedly told that "suicide bombers" wear their bombs under their clothing?

The claim that this suspicious man was the bomber rests on the testimony of a security guard who pinned him up against a wall before he allegedly detonated his bomb:

"I was looking [the bomber] in the eye and he pressed [the button] and blew up," Hudra said. "I flew, and all I remember is that I was looking in his eye. I saw his gaze."

We are then told that the explosion was "huge" that "the blast shattered windows and pock-marked the outside of the brown multistory building. Pieces of concrete were ripped off the facade", yet apparently the explosion was not so huge that the men who had the bomber pinned to wall at the point of detonation could not chirpily recount the event just a few hours later. Cearly something is not right with this picture.

It is our contention that a majority, if not all, suicide bombings in Israel that are alleged to be the work of Islamic Jihad are not in fact sucuide bombings at all but rather carefully orchestrated bombings by agents of the Israeli state, designed to demonise any legitimate Palestinian resistance to Israeli state terrorism.

As is usual in such cases, we are presented with an insight into the real reasons for such attacks by the subsequent words of Israeli government officials:

"Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said the bombing is more proof of the ineffectiveness of the Palestinian Authority. Israel will act against the terror organizations with all its might and all the means at its disposal. Israel's response will be hard and painful."

"In Washington, State Department spokesman Adam Ereli called on the Palestinian Authority to "take immediate steps to prevent these attacks, to end the violence and to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism."

He also demanded that Syria shut down the Islamic Jihad offices in Damascus."

By JOSEF FEDERMAN Associated Press Writer
JERUSALEM Dec 6, 2005 — Israel clamped an open-ended closure on the West Bank and Gaza Tuesday, banning virtually all Palestinians from Israel, and arrested 15 Palestinian militants in a first response to a suicide bombing that killed five Israelis outside a shopping mall.

Israeli officials also said the army would target Islamic Jihad operatives in the West Bank, both through arrest raids and targeted killings of operatives, and renew airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in response to any Palestinian rocket attacks.

"We decided to operate in a much broader, much deeper and more intensive manner against the Islamic Jihad infrastructure, and I hope that we will be able to prevent such attacks in the future," Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told Army Radio after a late-night meeting of security officials.

Tuesday, December 6, 2005
Attack targets police academy

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Two suicide bombers attacked a police academy in east Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 36 police officers and academy students and wounding 72 others, police said.

The incident took place about 12:45 p.m., the U.S. military said in a statement. Police said the bombers were dressed as police.

The bombers, "each wearing a suicide vest, walked into a classroom at the academy and detonated in the midst of students," the statement said.

Many of the wounded were taken to Al-Kindi Hospital.

Earlier reports indicated the bombers were female, but the U.S. military said they were male.

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Comment: Notice that the only source for the claim that ANYONE walked into the police station before the bombs went off is the US military.

Russia has struck a deal to sell short-range, surface-to-air missiles to Iran, the defense minister said Monday, confirming reports that have raised concern in the United States and Israel, AP reported.

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov didn’t give details. But Russian media have said that Moscow agreed in November to sell $1 billion worth of weapons to Iran, including up to 30 Tor-M1 missile systems over the next two years.

Dec 5, 2005
FRANKFURT - Ford Motor Co (NYSE:F - news) plans to close more than eight North American assembly and parts plants in a drive to revive faltering operations on the continent, industry paper Automotive News reported on Monday.

Citing a "key company insider," the paper said the number-two U.S. carmaker was likely to close at least five vehicle assembly plants: in Atlanta; St. Louis; St. Paul, Minnesota; Wixom, Michigan; and Cuautitlan, Mexico.

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Nabanita Sircar
London, December 5, 2005
American banking giant JPMorgan Chase is to hire 4,500 graduates in India over the next two years with plans to move 30 per cent of its back office and support staff at its investment bank offshore by the end of 2007.

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Associated Press
Mon Dec 5, 5:43 PM ET
PARIS - China ordered 150 Airbus single-aisle A320 airliners Monday, more than twice as many plane orders as the company's U.S.-based rival Boeing Co. snagged from China last month.

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By Atul Prakash
December 6, 2005
LONDON - Gold jumped to its highest in 24 years on Tuesday in a price rally driven by inflation worries and funds diversifying into commodities for better returns, traders and analysts said.

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AFP – December 5, 2005
Former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted that he could consider a pre-emptive air strike against Iran's nuclear installations if he were to be re-elected.

Netanyahu, who is widely expected to regain the leadership of the right-wing Likud party later this month, said Israel needed to "act in the spirit" of the late premier Menachem Begin who ordered an air strike on Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor in 1981.

"I view the development of the Iranian nuclear (programme) as a paramount threat and as a real danger to the future of the state of Israel," Netanyahu told the Yediot Aharonot newspaper.

"Israel needs to do everything to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear threat against it." [...]

Associated Press
Mon Dec 5, 1:42 PM ET
JERUSALEM - Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in remarks published Monday that he would support a pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear program.

Netanyahu's comments, made in the heat of a campaign for leadership of the hardline Likud Party, drew criticism from rivals, who accused him of playing politics with the country's security. Iranian leaders brushed off the threat, warning that an attack "will have a lot of consequences."

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By Steve Weissman
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Thursday 02 September 2004
From where they stand, the Iranian leaders have little choice but to press ahead with their quest for nuclear weapons. They may say - as did the Pakistanis, Indians, and Israelis before them - that they want only peaceful uses of atomic energy. They may see nuclear power as the best way to meet a growing population's demand for electricity. In fact, much of the program began under the Shah, and with American blessings. But the Bush Administration has given Iran the strongest argument yet for wanting atomic bombs - and the missiles to drop them on Tel Aviv. Nothing less seems as likely to hold the pre- emptive Bushies at bay. [...]

For the Israeli Likkudniks, and for me personally, the situation looks like déjà vu all over again. We all saw the same thing back in 1981, when Prime Minister Menachem Begin took on the French government of then-Prime Minister Jacques Chirac, which was helping Saddam Hussein build his OSIRAK nuclear reactor near Baghdad.

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Richard Lynn
Professor Emeritus,
University of Ulster

I've checked out Churchill's Second World War and the statement is quite correct - not a single mention of Nazi "gas chambers," a "genocide" of the Jews, or of "six million" Jewish victims of the war.

This is astonishing. How can it be explained?

Eisenhower's Crusade in Europe is a book of 559 pages; the six volumes of Churchill's Second World War total 4,448 pages; and de Gaulle's three-volume Mémoires de guerre is 2,054 pages. In this mass of writing, which altogether totals 7,061 pages (not including the introductory parts), published from 1948 to 1959, one will find no mention either of Nazi "gas chambers," a "genocide" of the Jews, or of "six million" Jewish victims of the war.

Richard Lynn
Professor Emeritus,
University of Ulster

Russia’s foreign minister urged the United States on Monday to take steps to arrest what he said was its declining relationship with Moscow, Reuters reported.

“We can come to the conclusion that in the whole complex of our (foreign) relations the weight of existing military and strategic links between Russia and the United States ... will be constantly declining,” Sergei Lavrov said.

“Of course we will never separate. But drifting away from each other could have irreversible consequences,” he said in his traditional end-of-the-year review published on the ministry web site.

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ALMA-ATA, Kazakhstan, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- As oil-rich Kazakhstan went to the polls Sunday police declared that a prominent Kazakh politician had committed suicide by shooting himself three times.

Zamanbek Nurkadilov,a former mayor of Alma-Ata and a leading opposition political figure, died on Nov 12. Local media quoted an unnamed law enforcement source as saying he had taken his own life.

Nurkadilov, an opposition politician who had considered running for president had shot himself three times, twice in the chest and once in the head, the source said. He gave family problems as the reason for the suicide.

According to the source, Nurkadilov shot himself in the head after two shots to the chest had failed to end his life.

Other sources in Alma-Ata -- including his widow -- believed that he had been assassinated. They said that, while not himself a presidential candidate, Nurkadilov was a strong voice for the opposition.

Meanwhile, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has been in office for 16 years, appeared Sunday to have won a landslide victory.

Tuesday December 6th 2005
Drogheda Independent
Thousands of villagers are being evacuated from their homes in the South Pacific islands of Vanuatu today amid fears of an imminent volcanic explosion.

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Dec. 5, 2005
BEIJING -- A road crash in northwest China over the weekend has left five people injured -- or winterbeaten, in fact.

Two heavy-duty trucks bumped into each other at 10:00 a.m. Saturday on state highway No. 312 in the juncture area between Gansu Province and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The accident left at least 2,000 diesel trucks in a standstill and many drivers found them unable to restart their engines in the freezing weather.

By 5:00 p.m., the temperature had dropped to minus 22 degrees Celsius and five drivers were frostbitten. [...]

The town was just one of the areas to suffer the sudden temperature drops in northern China.

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Mon Dec 5, 9:59 PM ET
DENVER - Hurricane-force winds swept across Colorado on Monday, tipping over tractor-trailers ahead of a cold front expected to bring bone-chilling temperatures.

A wind gust in Golden, just west of Denver, reached 98 mph, while an 88-mph gust was reported outside Boulder. Temperatures plummeted across the northern Rockies. It was 1 degree in Havre, Mont.

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Dec 05 7:13 PM US/Eastern
Researchers from the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) may have spotted a new mammalian species in the dense central forests of Borneo island, the organisation said. The carnivorous animal, slightly larger than a domestic cat with dark red fur and a long bushy tail, was caught by a camera trap at night twice in 2003, the WWF said in a press release.

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By Sam Kusic
Tuesday, December 6, 2005
On Dec. 9, 1965, a fireball was reported streaking over four states, across the Pittsburgh area and toward Greensburg...

Some people claim to have walked into the woods and seen a metallic object half-buried in the ground. They described it as acorn-shaped, big enough for a man to stand in, with some strange markings -- like hieroglyphics -- on it.

And within a few hours of the crash, the military showed up. Soldiers cordoned off the area, and some people reported being ordered to leave at gunpoint.

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By Mark Hofmann
Tuesday, December 6, 2005
A fire in the sky, an acorn-shaped object partially buried in the ground, odd hieroglyphic markings, the military restricting access to the site, a possible government cover-up -- all in Westmoreland County and it's all a part of what's known as the UFO incident in Kecksburg.

Friday will mark the 40th anniversary of that incident, when numerous people witnessed a fireball streak across the skies in the late afternoon.

While the fireball reportedly was seen in four states, it landed in a wooded area near the village of Kecksburg, near Mt. Pleasant.

All the witnesses interviewed said that the object in question was large, metallic, acorn-shaped, with hieroglyphic markings, and partially buried in the ground.

Soon after the object fell, the military was on the scene and cordoned off the area, forbidding access to everyone.

Even after a military flat-bed trailer truck was seen rushing out of the area carrying a tarpaulin-covered object, to this day the official story from the government was that nothing was found, that what crashed was a meteorite.

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George Knapp, Investigative Reporter
4 Dec 2005
Burisch says he earned his doctorate in 1990 at Stony Brook University in New York. The school says he was never a student there. Burisch says his records were erased. But at the time he supposedly earned his degree in New York, records show, he had a full time job in Las Vegas as a parole officer.

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December 6, 2005
An escaped prisoner was caught trying to get back into a Tennessee jail with four MacDonald's hamburgers.

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Associated Press
Sun Dec 4, 5:17 PM ET
SALT LAKE CITY - When Steven Hawks is tempted by ice cream bars, M&Ms and toffee-covered almonds at the grocery store, he doesn't pass them by. He fills up his shopping cart.

It's the no-diet diet, an approach the Brigham Young University health science professor used to lose 50 pounds and to keep it off for more than five years.

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December 6, 2005
A US company has come up with the perfect gift for people who have everything - a £3,000 remote-controlled toilet.

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December 5, 2005

NEW! 9/11: The Ultimate Truth is Now Available!

On the fourth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Laura Knight-Jadczyk announced the availability of her latest book:

In the years since the 9/11 attacks, dozens of books have sought to explore the truth behind the official version of events that day - yet to date, none of these publications has provided a satisfactory answer as to WHY the attacks occurred and who was ultimately responsible for carrying them out.

Taking a broad, millennia-long perspective, Laura Knight-Jadczyk's 9/11: The Ultimate Truth uncovers the true nature of the ruling elite on our planet and presents new and ground-breaking insights into just how the 9/11 attacks played out.

9/11: The Ultimate Truth makes a strong case for the idea that September 11, 2001 marked the moment when our planet entered the final phase of a diabolical plan that has been many, many years in the making. It is a plan developed and nurtured by successive generations of ruthless individuals who relentlessly exploit the negative aspects of basic human nature to entrap humanity as a whole in endless wars and suffering in order to keep us confused and distracted to the reality of the man behind the curtain.

Drawing on historical and genealogical sources, Knight-Jadczyk eloquently links the 9/11 event to the modern-day Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She also cites the clear evidence that our planet undergoes periodic natural cataclysms, a cycle that has arguably brought humanity to the brink of destruction in the present day.

For its no nonsense style in cutting to the core of the issue and its sheer audacity in refusing to be swayed or distracted by the morass of disinformation that has been employed by the Powers that Be to cover their tracks, 9/11: The Ultimate Truth can rightly claim to be THE definitive book on 9/11 - and what that fateful day's true implications are for the future of mankind.

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