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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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ABC News
January 10, 2006
Former Employee Admits to Being a Source for The New York Times

Russell Tice, a longtime insider at the National Security Agency, is now a whistleblower the agency would like to keep quiet.

For 20 years, Tice worked in the shadows as he helped the United States spy on other people's conversations around the world.

"I specialized in what's called special access programs," Tice said of his job. "We called them 'black world' programs and operations."

But now, Tice tells ABC News that some of those secret "black world" operations run by the NSA were operated in ways that he believes violated the law. He is prepared to tell Congress all he knows about the alleged wrongdoing in these programs run by the Defense Department and the NSA in the post-9/11 efforts to go after terrorists.

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Kevin Zeese
Raw Story
10 January 2006
The National Security Agency has been spying on a Baltimore anti-war group, according to documents released during litigation, going so far as to document the inflating of protesters' balloons, and intended to deploy units trained to detect weapons of mass destruction, RAW STORY has learned.

According to the documents, the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore, a Quaker-linked peace group, has been monitored by the NSA working with the Baltimore Intelligence Unit of the Baltimore City Police Department.

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by Nat Hentoff
January 6th, 2006
The pursuit of terrorism does not authorize the president to make up new laws. Thomas G. Donlan , "Unwarranted Executive Power," Barron's, page 1, December 26

William Kristol, usually a reasonable conservative—staunchly defending the president's authorization of the National Security Agency's warrantless spying on telephone calls and e-mails into and out of the United States—declared in the January 2 Weekly Standard, of which he is the editor:

"Was the president to ignore the obvious incapacity of any court [including the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court] to judge surveillance decisions involving the sweeping of massive numbers of cell phone and e-mails by high-speed computers . . . [during] the threat of imminent new attacks?"

Kristol ignored the fact—as the president continually has—that the law creating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court permits the NSA to conduct its massive searches without first going to the FISA court in an emergency. The NSA then has 72 hours to go to the secret FISA court and get the warrant. Moreover, as John Riley reported in the best single analysis of this action by the master-spy president ( Newsday, "Eavesdropping Tests Legal Limits," December 26), "Even longer periods [than 72 hours] are permitted in wartime."

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Ben Frank
January 10, 2006
Senator Frank Church chaired the Senate Hearings on the FBI’s Cointelpro operation, which spied upon & attempted to INFILTRATE, DISRUPT & DISCREDIT the peace movement, even Martin Luther King Jr.

if a dictator ever took over, the NSA "could enable [him] to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back."

From James Bamford’s NSA, the agency that could be Big Brother, Senator Church:

"That capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide."

He added that if a dictator ever took over, the NSA "could enable [him] to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back."

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by Sydney H. Schanberg
January 10th, 2006
President Bush has said many times that news stories that reveal his administration's secrets are helping the nation's sworn enemies and must be stopped. He has ordered up yet another investigation, this time into a New York Times story about how he skirted the law to widen the government's eavesdropping on Americans. The story revealed that the president, in a secret directive soon after 9-11, circumvented the special federal court that is supposed to weigh and decide such requests for privacy invasions. Those judges, unaware until the Times story appeared, are now protesting that the White House has abused its power.

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NY Times
9 Jan 2006
Shortly before Christmas, The New York Times disclosed an enormous domestic spying operation. More revelations followed almost daily, including reports of the National Security Agency's widespread eavesdropping on the phone calls and electronic messages of hundreds, perhaps thousands of American citizens. The justification given was that it was a time of war and that we were facing a ruthless enemy and that rules had to be broken. The public was outraged, and Congress vowed to begin an investigation.

That was three decades ago, in December 1974.

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11 Jan 06
The head of a European investigation into alleged CIA prisons in Europe said the purported Egyptian government document naming countries where such prisons existed is a new lead which must be followed up.

But Dick Marty, a Swiss senator leading the probe on behalf of the Council of Europe, said it was still not clear the document - a fax reportedly sent by satellite transmission from Egypt's Foreign Ministry to its embassy in London - was genuine.

The document's existence was reported on Sunday by the Swiss weekly SonnstagsBlick.

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By Staff and Wire Reports
Jan 11, 2006
It seems no one expected to investigate spying on Americans by the National Security Agency or the Pentagon feels it has the power to do so.

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Comment: Time for readers to start drowning their reps in paper demanding an investigation.

By Rupert Cornwell in Washington
11 January 2006
Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee accused President Bush's latest Supreme Court nominee of being far too deferential to executive power and invariably favouring the state over the rights of the individual.

Edward Kennedy, the party's liberal standard bearer, told Judge Samuel Alito as the committee got down to serious questioning yesterday: "Your record shows you believe in the supremacy of the executive branch and an almost all-powerful presidency."

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January 10, 2006
If the pundits are right, during this week's confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito, Jr., we'll hear much about "Executive power." Senators will express concern that the Bush Administration has, over the past four years, expanded Executive power to include the power to torture people and imprison them indefinitely. These are powers that most Americans would denounce as dictatorial if another country's government claimed them, much less exercised them. Senators will ask Judge Alito for assurance that he shares these concerns.

The questions, however, will seem moot and even hypocritical. Late last year, the Senate overwhelmingly passed an amendment (by Senators Lindsey O. Graham (R-SC) and Carl M. Levin (D-MI)) to the 2006 defense appropriations bill that has resulted in legalizing the Executive's powers to imprison people indefinitely and torture them.

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Associated Press Writer
Jan 10 5:58 PM US/Eastern
WASHINGTON - Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito said Tuesday he would deal with the issue of abortion with an open mind as a justice, though he defended his 1991 judicial vote saying women seeking abortions must notify their husbands.

In the second day of Senate hearings, Alito also said no president or court is above the law _ even in time of war _ as he addressed questions on presidential powers. The issue has been at the forefront since the revelation that President Bush had secretly ordered the National Security Agency to conduct wiretaps of Americans in the terror war.

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by Andy Ostroy
11 Jan 2006
How come I can remember that I was in the Cub Scouts when I was nine, and that Wayne Burte's mom was our devoted Den Mother, but Bush's slippery Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito Jr. can't remember if as a 35-year-old he belonged to the Concerned Alumni of Princeton, an organization that allegedly tried to limit admission to women and minorities? How is it possible, I ask, that someone who expects to be appointed to a lifetime position to the highest court in the land can't remember something so critical to the process of assessing his overall character?

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Rolling Stone
Jan 09, 2006
Did you know that Jack Abramoff and Karl Rove shared an executive assistant?

In 2001, Karl Rove needed a Gal Friday, someone to help oversee the "strategic planning, political affairs, public liaison, and intergovernmental affairs efforts of the White House."

He chose Susan Ralston, who came highly recommended from a friend: Jack Abramoff. Ralston performed similar duties for the Don of K Street -- that is until Abramoff realized she'd be far more useful embedded in the West Wing. (Ralston had also previous worked for Abramoff and Rove's fellow College Republican crony Ralph Reed.)

Installing his top assistant as Rove's gatekeeper appeared to pay dividends. In 2003, Abramoff was hired by scandal-ridden Tyco to help the corporation secure lucrative federal contracts despite its being incorporated -- for tax-evasion purposes -- in Bermuda. According to the Washington Post, Abramoff later bragged that he'd been able to lobby Rove directly on the issue. The article targets Ralston as the only likely conduit.

Of course, such Abramoffian entanglements are now radioactive. According to Time, Bush has ordered his aides to round up all pictures of him and Abramoff to head off any bad press. Perhaps Bush should instruct them to widen the search to include photos like this buddy-buddy pic of him with Ralston.

San Bernardino County Sun
Now that lobbyist has admitted corruption, those corrupted wait for the other shoe to drop.

There's a lot of unconvincing contrition rolling out of Washington, D.C., of late. Most recently from super-Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty to three felony counts of fraud, bribery and tax evasion Tuesday and then, in a whisper-quiet voice, said he was sorry for the mistakes he'd made.

Then on Wednesday, he went to Miami and pleaded guilty to conspiracy and wire fraud stemming from his purchase of a gambling boat fleet.

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Justin Raimondo
11 Jan 2006
Washington sleazebag funneled money to Israel's "settler" movement

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Volume VI, No. 18
July 1, 2005
Fallen lobbyist Jack Abramoff has been the focus of hearings of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, chaired by Senator John McCain (R-AZ). Investigations into Abramoff’s shady practices have resulted in the posting of hundreds of incriminating e-mail exchanges on the committee’s website.

Among the more bizarre exchanges, Abramoff refers to his clients, the Choctaw Indian tribe, as “monkeys” and implores Rabbi Daniel Lapin to appoint him a “Scholar of Talmudic Studies” to gain entrance into a Washington, DC social club.

Even more troubling are e-mails concerning Abramoff’s funding of a sniper school for West Bank settlers. Settler leader Shmuel Ben Zvi writes, “I will fax you a letter stating that I am purchasing this equipment for the IDF…then we just need “end user” clearance from the State Department.” Upon hearing of Ben Zvi’s “progress” Abramoff later gloats, “If only there were another dozen of you the dirty rats would be finished.”

by Stephen Soldz
January 10, 2006
President Bush spoke last week to wounded soldiers at Brooke Army Medical Center and uttered these immortal words indicating a lack of true appreciation for the suffering of the gravely wounded, often permanently disabled soldiers he was speaking to:
"As you can possibly see, I have an injury myself -- not here at the hospital, but in combat with a Cedar. I eventually won. The Cedar gave me a little scratch. As a matter of fact, the Colonel asked if I needed first aid when she first saw me. I was able to avoid any major surgical operations here, but thanks for your compassion, Colonel."
At a time when the number of severely wounded soldiers is rising, this lack of appreciation is disturbing and portends badly for adequate resources being made available to care for damaged soldiers and veterans over the coming months, years, and decades.

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9 Jan 2006
An unprecedented series of indictments alleging war crimes and crimes against humanity, in five separate areas, on moral, political, and legal grounds, will be delivered by a citizens' tribunal to President Bush at the front gate of the White House this Tuesday, January 10th.

Named in the indictments are: President of the United States George W. Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. Army Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, U.S. Army Major General Geoffrey Miller, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, et al.

The indictments will be delivered to the White House by: Retired CIA analyst Ray McGovern, authors William Blum and Larry Everest, Code Pink, Mike Hersh (Progressive Democrats of America/After Downing Street), Kevin Zeese (Director, Democracy Rising; candidate for U.S. Senate in Maryland), Travis Morales (World Can't Wait -- Drive Out the Bush Regime) and others TBA.

A press conference will follow delivery of indictments, which will also be delivered to the Department of Justice.

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Jan 11, 2006
It is not enough that The Hammer was nailed, evicted without being convicted.

It is not enough that a tangle of overlapping scandals now clearly links ex-Republican leader Tom DeLay, his close lobbyist pal, Jack Abramoff, former DeLay aides and associates, and as-yet-uncounted members of Congress. It is not enough that, along with many Republicans, a few Democrats also got Abramoff-tainted money.

None of this is enough _ because the real corruption of Congress isn't centered upon the stylish lobbyist who costumed himself for his perp walk as Central Casting's idea of a Hasidic Soprano. The real corruption scandal is not even the relative handful of members who may someday be convicted for taking Abramoff's money and turning political tricks in return.

The real congressional corruption scandal is the lack of outrage from all who are members of what was once a Grand Old Party.

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By Staff and Wire Reports
Jan 11, 2006
The man who wants to replace scandal-scarred Tom DeLay as majority leader in the House of Representatives shares the same connections to corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Blunt, R-Mo., wrote at least three letters helpful to Abramoff clients while collecting money from them. He swapped donations between his and DeLay's political groups, ultimately enriching the Missouri political campaign of his son Matt.

And Blunt's wife and another son, Andrew, lobby for many of the same companies that donate to the lawmaker's political efforts.

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by Down The Middle
Having been a child of the sixties, one might think that I should be so used to wars and rumors of wars that it would all seem quite passe'...but no, I'm apparently not politically sedated to the point of many of my pre-programmed brethren, who's first and only thought on 9/11 was, "Hell! We'll kick their ass.....and then, it's Miller time".

Maybe, I'm just one of the pessimistic few who never quit worrying about “best laid plans” running amuck and events out-running logical thought (a great fear of the Cold War)…but there can be nothing positive with this administration's purposeful intent to order a “pre-emptive” strike on Iran…or at least, a pre-emptive strike with ………”the bomb”.

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By Edward Alden and Guy Dinmore in Washington
Financial Times
January 9 2006 20:17
Paul Bremer, former head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, says that senior US military officials tried to make him a scapegoat for postwar setbacks, including the decision to disband the Iraqi army following the US invasion in 2003.

In a memoir published on Monday that broke a more than year-long silence, Mr Bremer portrays himself in a constant struggle with Donald Rumsfeld, the defence secretary, and military leaders who were determined to reduce the US troop presence as quickly as possible in 2004 despite the escalating insurgency.

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Comment: How interesting that Bremer claims Bush backed him as he fought valiantly against the evil Pentagon and US military. Bremer's memoir will serve as a nice distraction from the spygate scandal in which Bush currently finds himself.

by Bernard Weiner
The Crisis Papers
January 10, 2006
WASHINGTON -- President George W. Bush today applauded the decision by the House of Representatives and the Senate to disband.

"Everything changed on 9/11," said the President. "The American people join me in thanking Congress for finally having the wisdom and patriotism to recognize this changed situation in the country and the world. Although these legislators have served our nation well over the years, now all that bickering, partisan sniping, and obstructionism blocking my programs are gone.

"In a word, I know what needs to be done. And now we can reach those goals with aggressive speed and determination, knowing that all our citizens are united under one leader. Those seeking to throw the American government into chaos and anarchy with their talk of impeachment and cutting-and-running from our battles abroad have been silenced."

A joint statement from Republican and Democratic leaders in both branches of Congress was issued late last night: "It appears that the Executive Branch has made the Legislative branch redundant, by outsourcing our law-making functions to itself. They are deciding which laws to obey, and have the Justice Department and the courts under their control. So, rather than waste taxpayers money in spinning our wheels, we're simply going out of business."

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Comment: Weiner's satirical piece might be a lot more amusing if it wasn't exactly the sort of thing that the psychopathic Bush gang will probably try to pull off.

By Edward Alden in Washington
Financial Times
January 10 2006 19:45
With Republicans embroiled in an influence-peddling scandal that could threaten their control of Congress, the biggest pressure for reform is coming from lawmakers who charge that the party’s woes have come from abandoning its core conservative principles.

Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican congressman who co-led the petition drive that helped oust Tom DeLay, the House majority leader, said in an interview yesterday: “We don’t just need a new majority leader, we need a course correction.

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Comment: So let's see if we have this straight: the conservative Republicans - who have gone along with pretty much every plan the Bush Reich has come up with since 9/11 - are now supposed to be the ones who will save Americans from the conservative Republicans??? Of course, the Democrats have hardly done any better.

by Amanda Lang
10 Jan 06
Every other article about Supreme Court nominee Sam Alito mentions how he is saving something or America ideals, in general, for the Religious Right. If the Right is so Gawd damn right and RELIGIOUS, why does it need so much saving?

Raised among these holy rollers -- who seem never happier than when condemning someone else to hell, damnation, and misery -- one would think that eventually the 'avid' among them would reach some security in their exalted place, position, and views -- gladly leaving the rest of us alone to our sinning ways without having had forced us to join "the gang."

I mean, with all their brow-beating and blood-thrust, how different are these extremist Christians and their demands for total submission than the "Cripps" and "Bloods" who are considered menaces to society? More humans have entered mortal combat in the name of Christianity that any other earthly collective, and traditionally rely largely on conscription and intimidation to fill their army's ranks.

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by Manuel Valenzuela
11 Jan 2006
Let us for a few moments put aside our lavish lifestyles of fortuitous endowment and providence that have made us blind to the realities of billions of our fellow humans. Let us ignore our plasma televisions, our DVDs, our two-story cookie cutter homes and gas-guzzling SUVs. Let us promise to not open our overstocked pantries and refrigerators, or to go out and eat at one of many corporate controlled franchise restaurants offering vast assortments of gargantuan meals. We should ignore the opulence of our society that dwells permanently in our minds that makes us forget the severe indigence and suffering that transpires beyond our shores and borders.

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January 11, 2006
Tax refunds sought by 1.6 million poor Americans over the last five years were frozen and their returns labeled fraudulent, although the vast majority appear to have done nothing wrong, the Internal Revenue Service's taxpayer advocate told Congress yesterday.

A computer program identified the refund requests as suspect and automatically flagged the taxpayers for extra scrutiny for years to come, the advocate said in her annual report to Congress. These taxpayers were not told that the I.R.S. criminal investigation division suspected fraud.

The advocate, Nina Olson, said the I.R.S. devoted vastly more resources to pursuing questionable refunds sought by the poor - which under the highest estimate is $9 billion - than to the $100 billion in taxes not paid each year by people who work for cash and either fail to file tax returns or understate their income.

As for the suspected fraud in refund requests, Ms. Olson said her staff sampled the suspect returns and found that 66 percent were entitled to the amount sought or more. Another 14 percent were due a partial refund. She expressed doubt that many among the remaining 20 percent had committed fraud.

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Comment: It seems that, as far as the IRS is concerned, the poor are the real cheats and frauds in the US tax system. The reality however is that the abuse of the system by large corporation and the super-rich makes anything the poor could achieve pale into insignificance. But, the corporations and the super-rich have lawyers and more to meet their ends and both structure what they do so well that it would take much more than a computer programme to find the abuse in the first place and then a lot of money on IRS lawyers to win in court. So rather than do all that work, the decision has been made to just dispense with due process (the courts) and screw the poor instead - which of course is much easier and avoids having those New York lawyers fighting you all the way through the courts. Pathocracy anyone?

9 Jan 2006
NEW YORK - Toy retailer Toys R Us Inc. on Monday said it will close 75 Toys "R" Us stores in the United States and convert 12 others into Babies "R" Us stores, eliminating about 3,000 jobs.

The company said in a regulatory filing that it will record restructuring and other charges of about $155 million, with about $99 million taken in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005 and the remaining $56 million in the first quarter of 2006.

Most of the stores will close in the spring of 2006, Toys "R" Us said.

Tue Jan 10, 2006
By Jamie McGeever
NEW YORK (Reuters) - There may be an alcohol problem brewing in American offices, shops and factories.

An estimated 15 percent of the U.S. workforce consumes alcohol on the job, has a drink before going to work or otherwise is under the influence of alcohol, according to a study by the University of Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions.

That equates to some 19.2 million workers impaired during the workday via intoxication, withdrawal or hangover.

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Comment: We are glad to see the good doctor has got his priorities straight: "the misuse of alcohol by employed adults is an important social policy issue with the potential to undermine employee productivity" [...]

No mention of the possible reasons why there should be such a high percentage of people that drink too much. Could it possibly have anything to do with the fact that, in the modern Western workplace, profits are not only placed before people, profits are everything, and, as the doctor in the above article describes, employees are little more than machines that "produce" profits.

Of course, we should also include the pressure exerted on many Americans to conform to a general, official culture that is essentially psychopathic in nature. Such a culture, being the product of an elite few who themselves lack any tendency towards creativity, actively denigrates the finer aspects of human nature in favor of mindless consumption and selfishness. Those people that do possess the creative spark and live and work under the influence of such a system, yet who remain unaware that the system even exists, are denied the protection that such awareness would afford them. The result is a person that is torn by the pressure to conform to official culture and the subconscious awareness that, in doing so, he or she is slowly extinguishing an essential part of themselves.

It is not surprising then that more and more people are seeking respite from such pressures in alcohol, or another similar reality-warping drug.

Micheline Maynard
New York Times
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Detroit -- The Environmental Protection Agency proposed Tuesday the first major overhaul in 20 years in the way it calculates fuel economy ratings for cars and trucks, a shift the agency said would reduce mileage estimates by 5 to 30 percent, depending on the type of driving and kind of vehicle.

The new testing method, according to Stephen Johnson, EPA's administrator, would come much closer to bridging "the gap between what the window sticker says and what consumers can expect in their fuel economy."

The EPA expects to introduce the changes starting with 2008 models, which will go on sale as early as a year from now.

Consumer groups have long complained that the EPA's ratings are far too optimistic, compared with fuel economy that drivers achieve under real-world conditions. Recent tests by Consumer Reports magazine, for example, found that EPA window stickers could be off by up to 50 percent.

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January 11, 2006
WASHINGTON - The United States has warned Iran that it will not escape being referred to the UN Security Council if it proceeds with its plan to conduct sensitive nuclear work.

The administration of President George W. Bush said Tuesday it was "in close contact" with its partners, including Britain, Germany and France, discussing a response to Iran's removal of UN seals from equipment that is being used to enrich uranium.

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BBC News
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair says Iran's decision to resume its nuclear activities is likely to result in a referral to the UN Security Council.

He said Tehran's move had caused real and serious alarm across the world.

Speaking in parliament, Mr Blair said European ministers meeting in Berlin on Thursday would decide how to proceed.

But Iran's leader dismissed the threat. He said the research, which some fear is aimed at producing weapons, would go on despite the Western "fuss".

'Spoiling for a fight'

Tehran says it broke the United Nations seals on the Natanz nuclear research facility on Tuesday because it wants to produce electricity, not because it is pursuing nuclear weapons.

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Comment: The only "evidence", as quoted by Blair, that Iran is planning to make a nuke is the "wipe Israel off the map" comments that were so generously made late last year by the Iranian PM. Even so, Ahmadinejad claims that Iran will use their nuclear facilities only to make electricity.

Regardless, it seems that Iran will now be attacked in the next few months, and the fact that just three years ago the American government made very similar claims about Iraq - claims that have since been outted as lies - will be but a distant memory. How is that the lessons about the nature of the U.S. government that should have been learned as result of the illegal invasion of Iraq can be so quickly forgotten? Does no one see that this is exactly the same thing happening all over again? Will no one question the "evidence" that the U.S. and British governments presents to the world this time?

What hope can there be for a world when the population is so completely incapable of recognising clear truth from fiction??

Jan 11, 2006
BERLIN - The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Britain will gather in Berlin Thursday to determine how to move forward in the escalating crisis over Iran's nuclear program, Germany's chief diplomat Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.

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10 Jan 06
WASHINGTON - The Army took initial steps Monday to expel dozens of reservists who failed to report for active duty, in effect warning hundreds of others that they too could be penalized if they don't heed orders to return to active service.

The proceedings mark a turning point in the Army's struggle to deploy thousands of soldiers from the Individual Ready Reserve, a rarely mobilized group of reservists, to war zones in which some have resisted serving.

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Associated Press Writer
January 11, 2006
WASHINGTON - The Army exceeded its monthly recruiting goal in December but must still pick up the pace to meet its target of 80,000 for the budget year ending Sept. 30.

December was the seventh consecutive month that the Army met its goal.

Army officials have said they expect this to be an extremely difficult year for recruiting, in part because of the Iraq war. Last year, the service fell 6,600 troops short of its goal of 80,000.

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Comment: It wasn't too hard for the Army to meet its December recruiting goal, since the target was 700 soldiers - compared to November's target of 5600 soldiers.

Jan 11, 2006
PARIS - A Frenchman held in detention since being returned to France after his release from the US base in Guantanamo 18 months ago was freed this week, officials said.

Nizar Sassi was freed on Monday following a request lodged this month by his lawyers and a decision by France's top anti-terrorist judge, Jean-Louis Bruguiere, that Sassi's incarceration was no longer necessary, they said.

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Staff and agencies
Wednesday January 11, 2006
The Muslim cleric Abu Hamza encouraged his followers to murder "non-believers", the Old Bailey heard today at the start of his trial.

Opening the prosecution case, barrister David Perry told the jury they would hear tapes and watch video of the 47-year-old cleric "preaching hatred".

Mr Perry said that Mr Hamza told his followers that that "as part of the religious duty to fight in the cause of Allah, it was part of the religious duty to kill".

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10 Jan 2006
From the 'Conspiracy Theories' section of, an article entitled "FBI evidence of Mossad involvement in September 11 attacks on the U.S.?!":

"An article by reporter Jim Galloway, published on The Austin American-Statesman on Nov. 25, 2001, stated that the FBI had evidence suggesting that the Mossad, the Israeli intelligence, along with some rogue American and foreign spy agencies, may be deeply involved in or even entirely responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks as well as other acts of terrorism against the United States."

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The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) has denied the existence of secret CIA prisons on the country’s territory, local media reported. A recently leaked Swiss intelligence report says the CIA kept 23 people in a secret prison in Romania and maintained similar facilities in Bulgaria, Ukraine, Macedonia and Kosovo.

A spokesperson for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry also said the very raising of the issue is absurd.

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Comment: Well, they would deny it, wouldn't they? As they would deny that the whole Orange revolution was backed, planned, orchestrated, and financed by Washington.

Tue Jan 10, 11:40 AM ET
KIEV - The Ukrainian parliament has voted to sack the government following criticism of its deal with Russia on natural gas pricing.

Lawmakers approved a resolution of no confidence in the government of Prime Minister Yury Yekhanurov by a comfortable margin with 250 in favor, well in excess of the 226 threshold needed.

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Russia’s Vladimir Putin met his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yuschenko in Kazakhstan Wednesday, for the first time since a dispute over gas between the two countries. At the meeting Vladimir Putin expressed belief that Russia and Ukraine have found a mutually acceptable solution to the gas dispute, the Interfax news agency reported.

The two countries “went through a difficult patch, but in the end specialists arrived at a correct and mutually beneficial solution to the issue,” Putin said at the Wednesday meeting.

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Matthew Tempest, political correspondent
Wednesday January 11, 2006
A complete ban on smoking in all English pubs became a near certainty this morning, as the government executed a major U-turn, granting MPs a free vote on a smoking ban in all pubs.

That effectively abandons the government's initial position from just last year of a partial ban depending on whether the pub served food.

After rebel MPs, headed by the Labour chair of the health select committee, Keith Barron, last night tabled an amendment to the health bill, Downing Street today announced it would allow all Labour MPs, including minsters, a free vote on the issue.

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Comment: A complete ban. No one even suggests that maybe some pubs could be designated smoking pubs, allowing both non-smoking and smoking pubs so that there was a choice. Certainly, people who do wish to avoid tobacco smoke should have that option. But why the need to ban it outright and prevent smokers from being able to congregate?

No! We have to ban it outright! It's for your own good! Stomp, stomp, stomp.

Colin Osbourne
BBC News
A trilby-wearing great-grandfather was ordered to remove his hat when he tried to buy a drink in a city centre pub.

Colin Osborne, 64, was told by staff at the Monument pub in Hereford he would have to take his hat off as it obscured his face from CCTV cameras.

Pub chain Greene King has introduced the policy for security reasons. It applies to all hats and hooded tops.

Mr Osborne said: "I was an elderly man having a non-alcoholic drink but I was told there are no exceptions."

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Jan 10 9:02 PM US/Eastern
British Prime Minister Tony Blair spent Tuesday promoting respect in British society by tackling problem parents and their unruly offspring -- and then admitted to smacking his older children.

Blair's admission came during a BBC television face-the-public session on his "respect agenda" measures, intended to tackle anti-social behaviour -- a core theme of his third and final term in office.

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By Isabel Reynolds
Wed Jan 11, 2:59 AM ET
TOKYO - Japan's plans to fingerprint foreigners at immigration checkpoints, aimed to prevent terrorism, risk breaching human rights and invading individuals' privacy, a lawyers' group said on Wednesday.

Stricter checks at immigration, including the compulsory photographing and fingerprinting of foreigners on arrival, are laid down in a revised immigration bill the Justice Ministry will present to parliament in the next few months, Isao Negishi of the ministry's Immigration Bureau said in an interview.

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9 Jan 06
The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld the gun-nutty 55 year mandatory sentence of 27 year old Weldon Angelos, who had no prior felony convictions.

Angelos was in possession of a gun, that he neither brandished, used nor displayed, when he conducted three marijuana sales. The total amount of pot involved was 24 ounces.

"Four former U.S. attorneys general and nearly 160 other ex-Justice Department officials and federal judges" filed an amicus brief on his behalf, arguing the sentence was so excessive as to constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

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6:29 pm EST January 10, 2006
Investigators in Dallas are trying to determine what has caused the water in the Trinity River to turn reddish orange twice in one week, according to a Local 6 News report.

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Comment: What about some sort of outgassing related to seismic activity? Think about the following series of flashbacks and articles; it seems something may be going on underneath the US...

By First Coast News Staff
22 June 05
CLAUDE, TX -- A massive crack in the earth opened up last week in Claude, Texas and it's creating a stir among geologists.

Geologists said Tuesday the crack was a joint in the earth's crust. They believe the opening is the result of a weak point in the joint where one spot slips away from the other.

Some parts measure more than 30-feet deep and it drained what used to be a pond. Experts say earth cracks are common but the size of the crack in Claude is not.

Associated Press Writer
3 Jan 2006
Firefighters faced windier, warmer weather Tuesday as they battled fast-moving blazes that have virtually destroyed some small towns and charred hundreds of thousands of acres of drought-stricken Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

Since Dec. 27, flames racing across grassland and farmland have destroyed more than 250 buildings. Four deaths were reported last week in Texas and Oklahoma.

On Monday, authorities went house to house in a search for victims in burned-out Texas towns including Ringgold. A weekend blaze destroyed most of the ranch-and-cattle community of about 100 people near the Oklahoma line. Fifty other homes and 40,000 acres were torched as wind swept the fire 13 miles from Ringgold to Nocona.

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July 11, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Scientists are puzzled by a mysterious Los Padres National Forest hot spot where 400-degree ground ignited a wildfire.

The hot spot was discovered by fire crews putting out a three-acre fire last summer in the forest's Dick Smith Wilderness.

"They saw fissures in the ground where they could feel a lot of heat coming out," Los Padres geologist Allen King said. "It was not characteristic of a normal fire."

Fire investigators went back to the canyon days later and stuck a candy thermometer into the ground. It hit the top of the scale, at 400 degrees.

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2006 January 11 10:02:36 UTC
A light earthquake occurred at 10:02:36 (UTC) on Wednesday, January 11, 2006. The magnitude 4.9 event has been located OFF THE COAST OF OREGON. The hypocentral depth was estimated to be 30 km (18 miles). (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)

Thursday, December 15, 2005 · Last updated 5:04 p.m. PT
SISTERS, Ore. -- The swelling bulge on the west flank of the South Sister volcano is slowing and geologists say there are no signs that the uplifted region will erupt in the near future.

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14 Dec 05
LESTERVILLE, Mo. - The Upper Taum Sauk Lake Dam failed this morning, causing large amounts of water to move rapidly downstream and creating what officials called a "very dangerous situation."

The break occurred at 6:24 a.m. at the dam in Reynolds County, about 120 miles southwest of St. Louis. A family of five was rescued, and one person was missing, Reynolds County Sheriff's dispatcher Ginger Bell said. But she said authorities have not yet been able to get to nearby Johnson Shut-Ins State Park.

A National Weather Service bulletin warned that the water would move rapidly downstream along the Black River, creating a "dangerous and life-threatening situation." Residents of Lesterville and elsewhere downstream from the dam were urged to move quickly to higher ground.

The break occurred after heavy rains overnight.

The Weather Service said small creeks and streams, country roads and farmland will be flooded.

Reynolds County has a population of about 6,700 and sits in the northwest portion of the Ozark Foothills Region.

Comment: This is a dam that was recently cited as follows: International Group Declares AmerenUE's Taum Sauk Plant an Engineering "Milestone" That was in September of 2005. So, why is this dam failing?
The article suggests that it is due to heavy rainfall. However, another article, found in the UK Guardian gives the lie to that idea. Person Missing After Missouri Dam Fails This article tells us: "National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Pedigo said rain was not a factor in the break. The region received only about one-tenth of an inch of rain overnight, he said."
Well, isn't that curious? Reminds us that the C's once gave a strange prediction: "Seattle buried; Japan buckles; Missouri shakes; California crumbles; Arizona burns." Interesting to speculate, eh?
Was Missouri shaking?

Tue Jan 10, 10:11 PM ET
PIKEVILLE, Ky. - Part of the roof collapsed Tuesday at a coal mine in eastern Kentucky, killing one miner, a state official said.

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Comment: And don't forget the other mine accident that happened just a few days ago in West Virginia...

Associated Press Writer
4 Jan 2006
TALLMANSVILLE, W.Va. - Jubilant family members celebrated news early Wednesday that 12 miners were pulled alive from the scene of an underground explosion, only to learn nearly three hours later that they had been misled and just one miner actually survived.

The chief executive of the mine blamed the stunning error on a misunderstood conversation overheard between rescuers and the command center overseeing rescue efforts.

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By Cihan News Agency, Islamabad
Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2006
A 5.1 magnitude earthquake has occurred in the north of Pakistan. No official statement has been released about the extent of the damage and the number of deaths or casualties.

Meteorology Department authority Malik Tan veer said the epicenter of earthquake was located 200 km northeast of Peshawar. Tan veer stated the earthquake happened at 07:49 local Turkish time.

In the latest earthquake in Pakistan that recorded 7.6 on the Richter scale, more than 73,000 people died.

Wed Jan 11, 2006
By Matt Spetalnick
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Ariel Sharon's party and his likely successor Ehud Olmert received a boost on Wednesday from polls showing they would easily win Israel's March election even without the incapacitated prime minister at the helm.

The latest newspaper surveys put Sharon's centrist Kadima party well ahead of its rivals, though campaigning has been frozen since the 77-year-old leader suffered a massive stroke a week ago.

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Comment: We are disinclined to think that Sharon's party under Olmert will win the March elections. Those who understand the nature of politics know that there are no chance happenings. Sharon is gone for a reason, and it was not to allow Olmert a free run at the top job, but netanyahu. Labour secretary-general Eitan Cabel may be correct when he dismissed Kadima's rising position in the polls as "an honest expression of public sympathy" for Sharon and predicted that the effects would wear off by election day. If the effects do not show signs of wearing off however, then other tactics will be resorted to in order to prove to Israeli voters that they need an extreme right winger like "Bibi" to protect them. 2006-01-11 15:17:43
BEIJING, Jan. 11 (Xinhuanet) -- Several European countries have stepped up measures aimed at preventing the outspread of bird flu after the virus recently killed three children in neighbouring Turkey.

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Maggie McKee, Washington DC
15:15 11 January 2006
Dark energy – the mysterious force that drives the acceleration of the universe – changes over time, controversial new calculations suggest. If true, the work rules out Einstein's notion of a "cosmological constant" and suggests dark energy, which now repels space, once drew it together.

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02 January 2006
NEW DELHI, INDIA - A controversial feature film made by an influential Indian film-maker claims that Jesus did not die after the Crucifixion, but just "resuscitated" and moved across to Kashmir in India, where he eventually died at the age of 120.

That message is contrary to the Bible which says Jesus, also described as "God's only begotten Son" in John 3:16, died for the sins of mankind and resurrected from death on the third day so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but has everlasting life.

The Telegraph, a daily published from Kolkata, also known as Calcutta and the capital of West Bengal state, said Kolkata-based Shubhrajit Mitra gave his 100-minute film on the life of Jesus in India the title 'The Unknown Stories of the Messiah.'

Christian leaders fear the project will add to religious tensions in predominantly Hindu India, which saw a series of violent incidents against Christians in 2005.


In his film, Mitra featured a well-known Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee, who plays the role of an archaeologist and renowned actress Aparna Sen, a novelist researching Jesus. The film, which is dubbed as being in "a fiction format", evolves around a discussion between Chatterjee and Sen about the “alternative theory” regarding the life of Jesus in India.

However Babu Joseph, the spokesperson for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, told BosNewsLife, that "for a lack of any credible historical evidences to corroborate it, serious scholars of history and the Bible have dismissed this theory as non-serious and fictitious."

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Comment: Hoo Boy! Isn't that rich!

"Babu Joseph, the spokesperson for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, told BosNewsLife, that 'for a lack of any credible historical evidences to corroborate it, serious scholars of history and the Bible have dismissed this theory as non-serious and fictitious.'"

Pot? Kettle? Black?

Who wrote the bible anyway?

09 January 2006
It sounds like a big tumble dryer, but it seems airborne rather than underground. That is the desperate question from New Waltham pensioner Margaret Belton (67), who claims the humming noises which have plagued her for three years are getting worse.

In May 2004, the Telegraph reported how unidentified humming and whizzing sounds were keeping Mrs Belton awake at her Pretymen Crescent home.

Since then a team of experts from the University of Salford have visited the location as part of a national research project into the "hum".

A fascinating report has proved the noises Mrs Belton hears are not just sounds in her head.

In a report by academics, an intermittent sound of between 40 and 60 decibels was recorded at the pensioner's home.

The findings were mirrored in other parts of the country where low frequency sounds were also registered in areas where residents complained of "humming" noises.

However, the cause of the noises remain a mystery.

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January 11, 2006



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