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Evidence Allegedly Found of Secret CIA Prisons in Europe | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 09.01.2006

Evidence Allegedly Found of Secret CIA Prisons in Europe Europe Deutsche Welle 09.01.2006

Unfortunately this is not a surprise. US cut a deal with Romania. Very sad for the people there to become involved in this mess.

Swiss intelligence services are allegedly in possession of proof that the US has detained terror suspects in secret prisons in various European countries. The CIA is irritated.
A fax sent by the Egyptian foreign ministry to its embassy in London stated that more than 20 Iraqis and Afghans had been questioned at a US-run base in Romania, a Swiss newspaper reported on Sunday.

SonntagsBlick said the Swiss secret services obtained a copy of the fax which revealed that the Egyptian embassy in London "learned from its own sources that 23 Iraqi and Afghan citizens had been questioned at the Mikhail Kogalniceanu base in the town of Constanza on the Black Sea coast."

The newspaper quoted a report written by the Swiss fefense ministry which said Egypt believed there were "similar centers in Ukraine, Kosovo, Macedonia and Bulgaria."

The Swiss ministry reacted to the report with a statement saying it would open an investigation into how the information was leaked. However, because the report is meant to be secret, the ministry refused to comment on its contents.

A senior officer at the Mikhail Kogalniceanu base categorically denied the report on Sunday.

"I have been working at this base since 1995 and I have never been aware of such an operation," officer Dan Buciuman said.

He added that the base was open to "anyone who wants to carry out an investigation."

Amid protests from European governments that their airports are being used by the Central Intelligence Agency to transport suspects, the United States has not denied the existence of alleged prisons in eastern and central Europe and elsewhere, but has refuted allegations that it uses torture to obtain information.

Just in time

US television network ABC reported in December that the US had held 11 senior members of the al Qaeda network in Poland but that they were evacuated to North Africa shortly before US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice toured Europe that month.

This renders the US Government nothing but slimey creatures of lies and deceipt, but we already knew that.

Iran Has Broken Nuclear Commitments, Says Steinmeier | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 09.01.2006

Iran Has Broken Nuclear Commitments, Says Steinmeier Europe Deutsche Welle 09.01.2006

Iran's decision to resume nuclear research marks a breach of its international commitments and "cannot remain without consequence," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Monday.

Steinmeier said Berlin would this week discuss Iran's latest step with France and Britain, the other two countries that form the European troika negotiating with Tehran on its controversial nuclear program.

"This marks a breach of Tehran's commitments ... It cannot remain without consequence," for the troika, Steinmeier said on the sidelines of a meeting of the German cabinet in Genshagen, outside Berlin. "We have had two very, very grave signals from the Iranian government over the past weekend," he added.

If the US invades Iran, will these countries suport this mission? US has made many conflicts with these countries.

International War Crimes Tribunal

International War Crimes Tribunal

Incinerated body of an Iraqi soldier on the "Highway of Death," a name the press has given to the road from Mutlaa, Kuwait, to Basra, Iraq. U.S. planes immobilized the convoy by disabling vehicles at its front and rear, then bombing and straffing the resulting traffic jam for hours. More than 2,000 vehicles and tens of thousands of charred and dismembered bodies littered the sixty miles of highway. The clear rapid incineration of the human being [pictured above] suggests the use of napalm, phosphorus, or other incindiary bombs. These are anti-personnel weapons outlawed under the 1977 Geneva Protocols. This massive attack occurred after Saddam Hussein announced a complete troop withdrawl from Kuwait in compliance with UN Resolution 660. Such a massacre of withdrawing Iraqi soldiers violates the Geneva Convention of 1949, common article 3, which outlaws the killing of soldiers who "are out of combat." There are, in addition, strong indications that many of those killed were Palestinian and Kuwaiti civilians trying to escape the impending seige of Kuwait City and the return of Kuwaiti armed forces. No attempt was made by U.S. military command to distinguish between military personnel and civilians on the "highway of death." The whole intent of international law with regard to war is to prevent just this sort of indescriminate and excessive use of force.(Photo Credit: © 1991 Kenneth Jarecke / Contact Press Images) (viewer discretion advised)


Oplan Bojinka - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Oplan Bojinka - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Oplan Bojinka (also known as Operation Bojinka, Project Bojinka, Bojinka Plot, Bojinga, possibly from Arabic: بجنكة – slang in many dialects for explosion and pronounced Bo-JIN-ka, except in Egyptian where it is Bo-GIN-ka) was a planned large-scale attack on airliners in 1995, and was a precursor to the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Several media outlets, including
TIME Asia [1], claim that the word Bojinka means "loud bang" or "explosion" in Serbo-Croatian. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed fought with Muslim fighters in Bosnia and supported this effort financially [2]. Endnote 7 of Chapter 5 of the 9/11 Commission Report states that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed claims that "bojinka" is "a nonsense word he adopted after hearing it on the front lines in Afghanistan." In English, the acronym "BOHICA" for 'Bend Over Here It Comes Again' is common military slang which refers to an incoming enemy attack, often bombs and is also used in online chat, e-mail, or newsgroup postings.

Not all media or text that refer to Oplan Bojinka will call it by that name.
The term can refer to the "
airline bombing plot" alone, or that combined with the "Pope assassination plot" and the "CIA plane crash plot". The first refers to a plot to destroy 11 airliners on January 21 and 22, 1995, the second refers to a plan to kill Pope John Paul II on January 15, 1995, and the third refers a plan to crash a plane into the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia and other buildings. Operation Bojinka was prevented on January 6 and 7, 1995, but some lessons learned were apparently used by the planners of the September 11 attacks. This article will cover all three plans.

The money handed down to the plotters originated from
Al-Qaida, an international Islamic militant organization which was then based in Sudan. Philippine authorities say that Operation Bojinka was developed by Ramzi Yousef and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed while they were in Manila, Philippines in 1994 and early 1995.

The money that funded Operation Bojinka came from
Osama bin Laden and Hambali, and from front organizations operated by Mohammed Jamal Khalifa, bin Laden's brother-in-law.

Wali Khan Amin Shah, an Afghan, was the financier of the plot. He funded the plot by laundering money through his girlfriend and other Manila women, several of whom were bar hostesses and one of whom was an employee at a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant.

They were bribed with gifts and holiday trips so that they could open bank accounts to stash funds.
The transfers were small, equivalent to about 12,000 to 24,000
Philippine pesos (500 to 1000 U.S. dollars), and would be handed over each night at a Wendy's or a karaoke bar.

The funds went to "Adam Sali", an alias used by Ramzi Yousef. The money came through a Filipino bank account owned by
Syrian Omar Abu Omar, who worked at International Relations and Information Centre, an Islamic organization run by Mohammed Jamal Khalifa. [1]

A company called
Konsojaya also provided financial assistance to the Manila cell by laundering money to it. Konsojaya was a front company that was started by the head of the group Jemaah Islamiyah, an Indonesian named Riduan Isamuddin, also known as Hambali. Wali Khan Amin Shah was one of the board of directors of the company.

1 Financing
2 Planning of Oplan Bojinka
3 Phase I
3.1 Pope assassination plot
3.2 Airline bombing plot
3.2.1 The bomb
3.2.2 Airports planned to be affected
3.2.3 Flights planned to be affected
4 Phase II, CIA plane crash plot
5 Discovery and Termination of Oplan Bojinka
6 The evidence in Room 603
6.1 Yousef's Computer
7 Murad's Confession
8 Manhunt
9 The end result
10 Opinions on Oplan Bojinka in relation to September 11
11 Bibliography
12 Other external links

World Can't Wait | Drive Out the Bush Regime

World Can't Wait Drive Out the Bush Regime

Its about time!

Citizen's Tribunal Indicts President On War Crimes And Crimes Against Humanity
When: 1:30 p.m. January 10, 2006

Where: The White House, Washington, D.C.

Contact: Larry Everest or Janet Yip: 212-941-8086 or e-mail
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Indicments will be delivered at the front gate of the White House and a press conference will follow in Lafayette Park following delivery of the indictments to the White House.

Present to answer questions will be retired CIA analyst Ray McGovern, authors William Blum and Larry Everest and Travis Morales, World Can't Wait, Drive Out the Bush Regime.
The indictments will also be delivered to the Department of Justice.

Named in the indictment 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, and others

These indictments result from preparatory work and testimony presented in New York City on October 21 and 22, 2005, at the opening session of the International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration, alleging illegal acts carried out or approved by the above named individuals in relation to, or in the conduct of, the following:

1) Wars of Aggression, particular reference to Iraq and Afghanistan;
2) Torture and Indefinite Detention;
3) Destruction of the Global Environment, particular reference to systematic policies, contributing to the effects of global warming;
4) Attacks on Global Public Health and Reproductive Rights, particular reference to the genocidal effects of forcing international agencies to promote "abstinence only" in the midst of a global AIDS epidemic; and
5) Bush administration's lethal response to Hurricane Katrina.

What about constitutional violations???

[See for audio of session 1, read the chapters andfull indictments.]The concluding sessions of the International Commission of Inquiry will be at the Riverside Church and the Columbia University Law School in New York on January 20-22.

The commission was organized by the Not in Our Name Statement of Conscience and is endorsed by:
Center for Constitutional Rights, National Lawyers Guild, After Downing Street.Org and many other prominent individuals and organizations, including Former Sen. James Abourezk, former British MP Tony Benn, authors Gore Vidal, Howard Zinn and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and actor Edward Asner.
The above-named defendants are invited to appear or to send representatives to speak in their defense before a panel of distinguished jurors.
This is the first opportunity in the United States for a complete public hearing of the charges and the evidence and testimony supporting them.

Charter, full indictments, standards for judgment, and audio and video coverage of the first session:
First Session (Oct '05) video and audio now available at:

Bush Regime in Trouble

Bush Regime in Trouble

Bush Regime: Under Siege and Lashing Back
Revolution #021, November 6, 2005, posted at
The Bush Regime is in trouble. Big trouble.

And that makes this moment both extremely promising and extremely dangerous. We stand at a crossroads where the impact of what we do--or don’t do--is greatly magnified.
We are more powerful than he is

We have to recognize that Bush came to power with a sweeping plan to transform American society--both its place in the world and its "social contract."

The people who brought Bush to power--and remember, they shamelessly and coercively stole an election to get him in--wanted a much more untrammeled domination of the planet by the U.S.

To help effect that and to keep the "home base" itself stable, they needed and wanted a fascist order at home, one propped up ideologically and socially by an extreme, know-nothing brand of Christianity.

The end of the Cold War, the tremendous changes brought by globalization, the differences in people’s thinking off of both the struggles of the ’60s and the socioeconomic transformations of the ’90s--all these, and many other things besides, had introduced a lot of uncertainty and instability, and the imperialists saw the need for an iron fist to bludgeon their way through.

This has led to a very radical restructuring in how U.S. imperialism enforces its domination, overseas and domestically. For example: this is not the first time that U.S. intelligence and military personnel have tortured prisoners. But it IS the first time that the president has openly proclaimed that he has the legal right to order such torture!

(It is also significant that those within the army who could not stomach the systematic and wide-ranging scope of the "new torture" regimen were forced out.) Nor is this the first time that religion has played a prominent role in U.S. public life.

But it IS the first time when Supreme Court nominees must be vetted and approved by religious fanatics and when the president’s "model justice" (Scalia) says that the legitimacy of the government is based on "God’s will," rather than the consent of the governed (even though the "consent of the governed" is itself a myth, the fact that a Supreme Court justice would not even claim it as the source of legitimacy is significant. . . and ominous).
And these are just a few examples of many.

Bush does all this not mainly out of perversity and ignorance, but because he represents a section of imperialists--the dominant section--that believes that these "new norms" must be enforced to maintain U.S. dominance abroad and hold U.S. society together while doing so. He and others are convinced that this and this alone can represent the interests of the system in a time of major and unpredictable changes.

He is not the whole of the system, nor is he all of what’s wrong; but he is its main representative and the changes he represents will be very bad for the people and their ability to struggle for a better future.

World Can't Wait | Drive Out the Bush Regime

World Can't Wait Drive Out the Bush Regime


Cheney leaves hospital after breathing scare

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney was taken to hospital complaining of shortness of breath on Monday but was released about four hours later, his office said.
"The vice president has departed the hospital. He is home," said Jenny Mayfield, a spokeswoman for his office.

The vice president, who has had four heart attacks, was taken to George Washington University Hospital around 3 a.m. (0800 GMT), according to a statement issued by his office.

Lets keep him really, really stressed, but I imagine keeping all the lies, deceipt and complicity going is stressful indeed.
Not enough.

World by the Tail, Inc. Creators of ClayPaws�, the original paw print kit�

World by the Tail, Inc. Creators of ClayPaws�, the original paw print kit�

While off the subject of my usual ranting and raving, I had to add this site. We had to euthanize our last living member of our immediate family today, Ted a 20 year old tabby cat, but who fought to the end even when it was determined he had tumors ravaging his wasting away little body. Heartbreaking it was, but the gesture to make a paw print for us to save was very sweet, and I am sure we will cherish it, as much as we cherished the feisty cat who once walked on those old paws.
This was one amazing cat, and even after the euthanasia, he hung on, and passed while the vet was making an imprint of his back paw, leaving a very annoyed look on teddy's face as he passed away.
Its a very nice gesture for vets to offer thier clients, at a very difficult time.

Was the Media's Credibility Buried?

Was the Media's Credibility Buried?

The media is always chomping at the bit for a story, but here in the states, we actually, beleve it or not have some limited media tactics, but in my mind you get the facts right before you publish.

I have recently come to terms with the fact that certain government agencies see to it that information is not available, simply missing, or people are told NOT to talk.

We are NOT the land of the Free any more to-to.


9/11: The Big Lie - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

9/11: The Big Lie - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

On the Attempt against the Pentagon
In 9/11. The Big Lie, the author, based on several inconsistencies, limits himself to affirm that the official version of the high-jacked plane that crashed against the building is absurd.

Offering no explanation on what happened, he limits himself to say that if US authorities lied about such a serious issue, they could have also lied about many other aspects linked to the September 11 events.

However, the author deals with the issue later in another work: Le Pentagate, in which he affirms that the attack was carried out with the use of a missile.

For the author, it looks impossible that:
a) Air defense systems had not had enough time to act
b) The Pentangon Automatic air defense systems had not been activated
c) The course of the plane suggests its travelling along 500 km close to the earth surface.
d) No parts of the plane, not even its reactors, were found outside the building.
e) Fire-fighters had not found any parts or pieces belonging to a Boeing.
f) The hole opened by the plane when it crashed against the Pentagon is too small for the size of the fuselage of a Boeing.

This thesis would be complete with an explanation on the disappearance of the plane which, according to the official version, crashed against the Pentagon. Besides, the official version has been rejected by the FAA, for which the plane disappeared over a natural reserve 500 kilometers from Washington, without showing again on the radar screens.

According to Thierry Meyssan, it is always strange that US authorities have not released a video since the Pentagon is surrounded by surveillance cameras. Two months after the attacks took place the FBI, under the pressure of the US press, gave the CNN a low-quality video (taken from a side perspective) in which no plane can be seen, only a fast lighting and then an explosion in the building.

According to the officers, the plane fully disintegrated, a fact that allows Meyssan to use irony about some science fiction “dematerialization”.

Neither a black box nor other plane part would have been recovered. On the contrary, different office components such as seats, books and desks appeared intact on the upper floor of the Pentagon, right above the site where the plane crash took place. Similar observation reveal that the Pentagon lawn remained undamaged after the explosion occurred.

States Intervene After Drug Plan Hits Early Snags - New York Times

States Intervene After Drug Plan Hits Early Snags - New York Times

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 - Low-income Medicare beneficiaries around the country were often overcharged, and some were turned away from pharmacies without getting their medications, in the first week of Medicare's new drug benefit. The problems have prompted emergency action by some states to protect their citizens.

"There is a public health emergency due to the federal implementation of Medicare Part D, which has resulted in serious operational problems, causing senior citizens to be turned away at the pharmacy without the drugs they need."

Where the word federal is used, there is guaranteed a 'F' up.


WorldNetDaily: Al-Qaida nukes already in U.S.

WorldNetDaily: Al-Qaida nukes already in U.S.

WASHINGTON – As London recovers from the latest deadly al-Qaida attack that killed at least 50, top U.S. government officials are contemplating what they consider to be an inevitable and much bigger assault on America – one likely to kill millions, destroy the economy and fundamentally alter the course of history, reports Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.

According to captured al-Qaida leaders and documents, the plan is called the "American Hiroshima" and involves the multiple detonation of nuclear weapons already smuggled into the U.S. over the Mexican border with the help of the MS-13 street gang and other organized crime groups.

Plausible indeed. American Hiroshima. We won't have many allies left soon at the rate Bush and Cheney are doing thing. Hence, the original intro to this blog at the top of the page.


Planned US-Israeli Attack on Iran

Planned US-Israeli Attack on Iran

Michel Chossudovsky, I would believe.

At the outset of Bush's second term, Vice President Dick Cheney dropped a bombshell. He hinted, in no uncertain terms, that Iran was "right at the top of the list" of the rogue enemies of America, and that Israel would, so to speak, "be doing the bombing for us", without US military involvement and without us putting pressure on them "to do it":

"One of the concerns people have is that Israel might do it without being asked... Given the fact that Iran has a stated policy that their objective is the destruction of Israel, the Israelis might well decide to act first, and let the rest of the world worry about cleaning up the diplomatic mess afterwards," (quoted from an MSNBC Interview Jan 2005)
Israel is a Rottweiler on a leash: The US wants to "set Israel loose" to attack Iran.

Commenting the Vice President's assertion, former National Security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski in an interview on PBS, confirmed with some apprehension, yes: Cheney wants Prime Ariel Sharon to act on America's behalf and "do it" for us:

"Iran I think is more ambiguous. And there the issue is certainly not tyranny; it's nuclear weapons. And the vice president today in a kind of a strange parallel statement to this declaration of freedom hinted that the Israelis may do it and in fact used language which sounds like a justification or even an encouragement for the Israelis to do it."

The foregoing statements are misleading. The US is not "encouraging Israel". What we are dealing with is a joint US-Israeli military operation to bomb Iran, which has been in the active planning stage for more than a year. The Neocons in the Defense Department, under Douglas Feith, have been working assiduously with their Israeli military and intelligence counterparts, carefully identifying targets inside Iran ( Seymour Hersh, )

Under this working arrangement, Israel will not act unilaterally, without a green light from Washington. In other words, Israel will not implement an attack without the participation of the US. Covert Intelligence Operations: Stirring Ethnic Tensions in Iran

Meanwhile, for the last two years, Washington has been involved in covert intelligence operations inside Iran. American and British intelligence and special forces (working with their Israeli counterparts) are involved in this operation.

"A British intelligence official said that any campaign against Iran would not be a ground war like the one in Iraq. The Americans will use different tactics, said the intelligence officer. 'It is getting quite scary.'" (Evening Standard, 17 June 2003, )

The expectation is that a US-Israeli bombing raid of Iran's nuclear facilities will stir up ethnic tensions and trigger "regime change" in favor of the US. (See Arab Monitor, ).

Bush advisers believe that the "Iranian opposition movement" will unseat the Mullahs. This assessment constitutes a gross misjudgment of social forces inside Iran. What is more likely to occur is that Iranians will consistently rally behind a wartime government against foreign aggression. In fact, the entire Middle East and beyond would rise up against US interventionism.

Retaliation in the Case of a US-Israeli Aerial Attack
Tehran has confirmed that it will retaliate if attacked, in the form of ballistic missile strikes directed against Israel (CNN, 8 Feb 2005). These attacks, could also target US military facilities in the Persian Gulf, which would immediately lead us into a scenario of military escalation and all out war.
In other words, the air strikes against Iran could contribute to unleashing a war in the broader Middle East Central Asian region.

Moreover, the planned attack on Iran should also be understood in relation to the timely withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon, which has opened up a new space, for the deployment of Israeli forces. The participation of Turkey in the US-Israeli military operation is also a factor, following an agreement reached between Ankara and Tel Aviv.
In other words, US and Israeli military planners must carefully weigh the far-reaching implications of their actions.
Israel Builds up its Stockpile of Deadly Military Hardware
A massive buildup in military hardware has occurred in preparation for a possible attack on Iran.

Israel has recently taken delivery from the US of some 5,000 "smart air launched weapons" including some 500
BLU 109 'bunker-buster bombs.

The (uranium coated) munitions are said to be more than "adequate to address the full range of Iranian targets, with the possible exception of the buried facility at Natanz, which may require the [more powerful]
BLU-113 bunker buster ":

"Given Israel's already substantial holdings of such weapons, this increase in its inventory would allow a sustained assault with or without further US involvement." (See Richard Bennett, )

I feel suicide bombers may be looming in this country, US citizens hell bent of stopping this madness. - Journalist: U.S. planning for possible�attack on Iran - Jan 17, 2005 - Journalist: U.S. planning for possible�attack on Iran - Jan 17, 2005

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Bush administration has been carrying out secret reconnaissance missions to learn about nuclear, chemical and missile sites in Iran in preparation for possible airstrikes there, journalist Seymour Hersh said Sunday.

White House says report is 'riddled with inaccuracies'


European media report US plans to strike Iran

European media report US plans to strike Iran

German and Turkish media have reported that the US government is planning air strikes against Iran. The reports suggest that the attacks could take place in early 2006.

On December 30, the German magazine Der Spiegel discussed recent articles on the subject in the German press, including a report by Udo Ulfkotte of the news agency DDP.

Citing unnamed “Western security sources,” Ulfkotte wrote that a possible air strike was discussed during a recent meeting between CIA Director Porter Goss and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdrogan.

“More specifically,” Der Spiegel wrote, “Goss is said to have asked Turkey to provide unfettered exchange of intelligence that could help with a mission. DDP also reported that the governments of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman and Pakistan have been informed in recent weeks of Washington’s military plans.”

Bad freaking move! I have to cross check info on this one....GRRRRR a**holes, I hate american government

Cheney Cites Justifications For Domestic Eavesdropping

Cheney Cites Justifications For Domestic Eavesdropping

Vice President Cheney said yesterday that the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks might have been prevented if the Bush administration had had the power to secretly monitor conversations involving two of the hijackers without court orders.

As part of an effort to sell Americans on the administration's recently disclosed program to eavesdrop on telephone and e-mail communications between the United States and people overseas without a warrant, Cheney told a small group of conservatives at the Heritage Foundation that instead of being able to "pick up" on the terrorist plot "we didn't know they were here plotting until it was too late

BU*SH*IT. Those planes that took down the twin towers could have been averted a minimum of 30 minutes before they struck. It appears more and more that it was staged.

Surveillance Court Is Seeking Answers

Surveillance Court Is Seeking Answers
Judges Were Unaware of Eavesdropping

The members of a secret federal court that oversees government surveillance in espionage and terrorism cases are scheduled to receive a classified briefing Monday from top Justice Department and intelligence officials about a controversial warrantless-eavesdropping program, according to sources familiar with the arrangements.

Several judges on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court said they want to hear directly from administration officials why President Bush believed he had the authority to order, without the court's permission, wiretapping of some phone calls and e-mails after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Of serious concern to several judges is whether any information gleaned from intercepts by the National Security Agency was later used to gain their permission for wiretaps without the source being disclosed.

Bush has a lot to hide. We're not going to let him.

Rebel Attacks in Iraq Kill 50, 30 at a Funeral - New York Times

Rebel Attacks in Iraq Kill 50, 30 at a Funeral - New York Times

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Jan. 4 - Insurgents unleashed car bombs and suicide attacks throughout central Iraq on Wednesday, killing more than 50 people in the deadliest day since the national parliamentary elections three weeks ago.

In the most lethal attack, terrorists hit a frequent target - a funeral packed with Shiite mourners - killing more than 30 people and wounding 36 during a two-stage bombing of a mourning procession in Miqdadiya, 60 miles northeast of the capital.

The first attacker, according to one witness, wore a slim bomb strapped to his torso and set it off it after wading into a group of grieving relatives who had surrounded the coffin. Then a car bomber drove into the frantic crowd and exploded, killing more mourners, said the witness, Ali Abbas, a 25-year-old student who attended the funeral.

It is never ending.

Sharon Suffers 'Extensive' Stroke and Is 'Very Grave' - New York Times

Sharon Suffers 'Extensive' Stroke and Is 'Very Grave' - New York Times

JERUSALEM, Thursday, Jan. 5 - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a serious stroke on Wednesday night and was undergoing emergency brain surgery in an effort to save his life, a hospital official said.

Mr. Sharon's power as prime minister was transferred to Deputy Premier Ehud Olmert. Israeli politics, dominated in recent years by Mr. Sharon, were thrown into turmoil, especially with growing lawlessness in the Gaza Strip.

World Fears Turmoil if Israel Loses Sharon | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 05.01.2006

World Fears Turmoil if Israel Loses Sharon Europe Deutsche Welle 05.01.2006

It will be a dark day, decade or even lifetime for Isreal if Prime Minister Sharon passes. Peace to him and his family.

European and world leaders sent wishes of recovery to critically ill Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Thursday, while Arab and Israeli media raised the prospect of a profoundly changed Middle East if he dies.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday sent her best wishes to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon who is seriously ill in hospital after suffering an extensive brain hemorrhage.

Bush to Give Up $6,000 In Abramoff Contributions

Bush to Give Up $6,000 In Abramoff Contributions

Republican Party officials said yesterday that President Bush will give up $6,000 in campaign contributions connected to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, joining an expansive list of politicians who have shed more than half a million dollars in tainted campaign cash.

Abramoff raised more than $100,000 for the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign, making him an honorary Bush "Pioneer." But the campaign is giving up only $6,000, which came directly from Abramoff, his wife and one of the Indian tribes the lobbyist represented. The money will be donated to the American Heart Association.

hum, di dum, di DUMB

The War Crimes Act of 1996: Bush, Rumsfeld could be indicted under US law

The War Crimes Act of 1996: Bush, Rumsfeld could be indicted under US law

How many times have I said this? Repeatedly, I asked them to be brought to justice for war crimes.

The War Crimes Act of 1996, a federal statute set forth at 18 U.S.C. § 2441, makes it a federal crime for any U.S. national, whether military or civilian, to violate the Geneva Convention by engaging in murder, torture, or inhuman treatment.

The statute applies not only to those who carry out the acts, but also to those who
ORDER IT, know about it, or fail to take steps to stop it. The statute applies to everyone, no matter how high and mighty.18 U.S.C. § 2441 has no statute of limitations, which means that a war crimes complaint can be filed at any time.The penalty may be life imprisonment or -- if a single prisoner dies due to torture -- death.

Given that there are numerous, documented cases of prisoners being tortured to death by U.S. soldiers in both Iraq and Afghanistan, that means that the death penalty would be appropriate for anyone found guilty of carrying out, ordering, or sanctioning such conduct.Here's where it gets interesting. The general in charge of the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in

Iraq stated this week that
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and other top administration officials ORDERED that inhuman treatment and torture be conducted as part of a deliberate strategy.

It has also recently come out that, even after the torture at Abu Ghraib hit the news, torture still continues
at that prison and, indeed, the U.S. is still torturing people worldwide. Even to the casual observer, it is obvious that the administration has no plans to stop, but has instead been working tirelessly to make it easier to carry out torture in the future.

Let's recap. We now know that torture in Iraq was ordered by top officials, and that torture is continuing, notwithstanding the administration's claims that it was only "a couple of bad apples" that were responsible for Abu Ghraib.

Making a potential prosecutor's job easier, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales wrote a memo in January 2002 to President Bush saying that America should opt out of the Geneva Convention because top officials have to worry about prosecutions under 18 U.S.C. § 2441.

By attempting to sidestep the Geneva Convention, Gonzales created a document trail that can be used to prove that top administration officials knowingly created a policy of torturing prisoners, and that such a policy could reasonably have been expected to result in the death of some prisoners.

The U.S. did opt out of the Geneva Convention for the Afghanistan war, but we never opted out of the Geneva Convention for Iraq. Indeed, President Bush has repeatedly stated that Geneva applies in Iraq (although he has since claimed that foreign fighters captured in Iraq are not covered).

Thus, there would be very little room for fancy footwork by defense lawyers in a prosecution against top officials concerning torture in Iraq.

The Abu Ghraib general's recent statements about torture coming from the top is an important piece of evidence for convicting Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Gonzales, and a host of other top administration officials for violation of the War Crimes Act of 1996.

Upon conviction, they could be sentenced to life in prison, or even death.Additionally, violation of the war crimes act almost certainly constitutes a "high crime or misdemeanor" which would allow impeachment of such officials.

posted by George Washington

Read on.

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"Millions of people have been misled regarding the causes and consequences of September 11.

When people across the US and around the World find out that Al Qaeda is not an outside enemy but a creation of US foreign policy and the CIA, the legitimacy of the bipartisan war agenda will tumble like a deck of cards."

Across the land, the image of an "outside enemy" is instilled in the consciousness of Americans. Al Qaeda is threatening America and the world. The repeal of democracy under the Patriot legislation is portrayed as a means to providing "domestic security" and upholding civil liberties.

The 9/11 Commission Report destroys the historical record of US covert support to international terrorism, while creating the illusion that America and "Western Civilization" are threatened. In turn, the various terrorist warnings and code orange alerts have created, across America, an atmosphere of fear and intimidation.

CRG -- Cover-up or Complicity of the Bush Administration? The Role of Pakistan's Military Intelligence Agency (ISI) in the September 11 attacks

CRG -- Cover-up or Complicity of the Bush Administration? The Role of Pakistan's Military Intelligence Agency (ISI) in the September 11 attacks

Pakistan's chief spy Lt. General Mahmoud Ahmad "was in the US when the attacks occurred." He arrived in the US on the 4th of September, a full week before the attacks. He had meetings at the State Department "after" the attacks on the WTC. But he also had "a regular visit of consultations" with his US counterparts at the CIA and the Pentagon during the week prior to September 11.

What was the nature of these routine "pre-September 11 consultations"? Were they in any way related to the subsequent "post-September 11 consultations" pertaining to Pakistan's decision to cooperate with Washington. Was the planning of war being discussed between Pakistani and US officials?

On the 9th of September while General Ahmad was in the US, the leader of the Northern Alliance Commander Ahmad Shah Masood was assassinated. The Northern Alliance had informed the Bush Administration that the ISI was allegedly implicated in the assassination.

The Bush Administration consciously took the decision in "the post September 11 consultations" with Lt. General Mahmoud Ahmad to directly "cooperate" with Pakistan's military intelligence (ISI) despite its links to Osama bin Laden and the Taliban and its alleged role in the assassination of Commander Masood, which coincidentally occurred two days before the terrorist attacks.

Meanwhile, senior Pentagon and State Department officials had been rushed to Islamabad to put the finishing touches on America's war plans. And on the Sunday prior to the onslaught of the bombing of major cities in Afghanistan (October 7th), Lt. General Mahmoud Ahmad was sacked from his position as head of the ISI in what was described as a routine "reshuffling."

In the days following General Ahmad's dismissal, a report published in the Times of India, revealed the links between Pakistan's Chief spy Lt. General Mahmoud Ahmad and the presumed "ring leader" of the WTC attacks Mohamed Atta.

The Times of India article was based on an official intelligence report of the Delhi government that had been transmitted through official channels to Washington. Quoting an Indian government source Agence France Press (AFP) confirms in this regard that: "The evidence we [the Government of India] have supplied to the US is of a much wider range and depth than just one piece of paper linking a rogue general to some misplaced act of terrorism."

The revelation of the Times of India article has several implications. The Indian intelligence report not only points to the links between ISI Chief General Ahmad and terrorist ringleader Mohamed Atta, it also indicates that other ISI officials might have had contacts with the terrorists.

Moreover, it suggests that the September 11 attacks were not an act of "individual terrorism" organised by a separate Al Qaeda cell, but rather they were part of coordinated military-intelligence operation, emanating from Pakistan's ISI.

The Times of India report also sheds light on the nature of General Ahmad's "business activities" in the US during the week prior to September 11, raising the distinct possibility of ISI contacts with Mohamed Atta in the US "prior" to the attacks on the WTC, precisely at the time when General Mahmoud and his delegation were on a so-called "regular visit of consultations" with US officials.

In assessing the alleged links between the terrorists and the ISI, it should be understood that Lt. General Ahmad as head of the ISI was a "US approved appointee". As head of the ISI since 1999, he was in liaison with his US counterparts in the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the Pentagon. Also bear in mind that Pakistan's ISI remained throughout the entire post Cold War era until the present, the launch-pad for CIA covert operations in the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Balkans

The existence of an "ISI-Osama-Taliban axis" was a matter of public record. The links between the ISI and agencies of the US government including the CIA are also a matter of public record. The Bush Administration was fully cognizant of Lt. General Ahmad's role. In other words, rather than waging a campaign against international terrorism, the evidence would suggest that it is indirectly abetting international terrorism, using the Pakistani ISI as a "go-between".

The Bush Administration's links with Pakistan's ISI --including its "consultations" with General Ahmad in the week prior to September 11-- raise the issue of "complicity". While Ahmad was talking to US officials at the CIA and the Pentagon, ISI officials were allegedly also in contact with the September 11 terrorists.

In other words, according to the Indian government intelligence report, the perpetrators of the September 11 attacks had links to Pakistan's ISI, which in turn has links to agencies of the US government. What this suggests is that key individuals within the US military-intelligence establishment might have known about the ISI contacts with the September 11 terrorist "ring-leader" Mohamed Atta and failed to act.

Whether this amounts to the complicity of the Bush Administration remains to be firmly established. The least one can expect at this stage is an inquiry. What is crystal clear, however, is that this war is not a "campaign against international terrorism".

It is a war of conquest with devastating consequences for the future of humanity. And the American people have been consciously and deliberately misled by their government. Whether this amounts to the complicity of the Bush Administration remains to be firmly established.

And the American people have been consciously and deliberately misled by their government.

Ultimately the truth must prevail. The falsehoods behind America's war against the people of Afghanistan must be unveiled.

Empire Notes

Empire Notes

Now were talking truth. I discovered this gentleman in the introduction of a book I just started reading;

The New Pearl Harbor
The New Pearl Harbor. Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11
David Ray Griffin Foreword by Richard Falk

A new Blog may be forthcoming ;) At the very least


Mine tragedy ends in confusion

Top News Article

The way the news of the deaths of the dozen miners was conveyed angered many family members who stood vigil at a nearby church gripped by apprehension, jubilation, then despair as the reports reaching them from the mine shifted overnight.

"I feel that we were lied to all along," said Anne Meredith, whose father died, adding that she planned to sue the mine owner, International Coal Group Inc..
Company officials delayed a scheduled news briefing during the day on Wednesday before detailing the chain of events.

Very unfair to the families.

Just one survivor at W. Virginia mine

Top News Article

Very sad, but there were conflicting news reports on this all day

TALLMANSVILLE, West Virginia (Reuters) - Only one man survived after an explosion in a West Virginia coal mine, a mine official said on Wednesday, transforming joy into grief and anger just hours after a mistaken report emerged that 12 of 13 missing miners were still alive 40 hours after the blast.

Ben Hatfield, president of mine owner International Coal Group Inc., blamed the earlier report on "miscommunication" and said that the company had then waited until it could determine which of the miners were dead or alive to tell the families their fate.

Anne Meredith, whose father died in the incident, said, "I feel that we were lied to all along," adding that she planned to sue ICG.

Virginia Dean, whose uncle was in the Sago mine in central West Virginia, reacted by saying: "Only one lived. They lied."

Very tragic in a very dangerous industry.
Perhaps it was a lack of communication, or lying is just becoming an american standard, based on our leaders and their trail of lie, after lie after lie. Its maybe patriotic to be dishonest, who knows these days.
america is NOT what it used to be and people have to stop believing its the greatest country because its NOT.

U.S. Strike on Home Kills 9 in Family, Iraqi Officials Say - New York Times

U.S. Strike on Home Kills 9 in Family, Iraqi Officials Say - New York Times

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Jan. 3 - American F-14 warplanes killed nine members of an Iraqi family, including women and young children, during a bombing and cannon strike on Monday night that obliterated a home near the northern industrial city of Baiji, Iraqi officials said Tuesday.

Enough of this BU*SH*IT.
Its like a recreation of Pearl Harbor (9-11) Leading into another Vietnam.
History is repeating itself in the most repulsive ways, and in the end, we'll pay the price, and because of our leaders, we earned it.

U.S. to Seek Dismissal of Guant�namo Suits - New York Times

U.S. to Seek Dismissal of Guant�namo Suits - New York Times

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 - The Bush administration notified federal trial judges in Washington that it would soon ask them to dismiss all lawsuits brought by prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, challenging their detentions, Justice Department officials said Tuesday.

The action means that the administration is moving swiftly to take advantage of an amendment to the military bill that President Bush signed into law last Friday. The amendment strips federal courts from hearing habeas corpus petitions from Guantánamo detainees.

On Tuesday, the Justice Department sent notices to all the federal judges in Washington who have cases involving challenges brought by Guantánamo inmates, informing them of the new amendment. The officials said the department would file formal notices within several days asking the judges to dismiss more than 160 cases involving at least 300 detainees.

If the administration wins its argument it would mean an abrupt end to a wide effort by dozens of lawyers to use the right of habeas corpus in federal courts to challenge the imprisonment of suspected terrorists at Guantánamo as enemy combatants.

This is really making me sick. This is so wrong, so unethical and very inhumane. WTF is wrong with this man?

Iran to Resume Its Nuclear Work; U.S. Warns of Seeking Restraints - New York Times

Iran to Resume Its Nuclear Work; U.S. Warns of Seeking Restraints - New York Times

PARIS, Jan. 3 - Iran announced Tuesday that it planned to restart nuclear research, a move that jeopardized an agreement with the Europeans, complicated a Russian initiative and prompted an American threat.

I believe the little menace is going to be our demise, here our leaders go again, causing MORE trouble. There they go threatening Iran and stepping on Russia's toes, while we have serious issues here at home.
Who are we to threaten anyone? We are not as mighty and powerful as the meglagomaniacs in DC think we are.

Files Say Agency Initiated Growth of Spying Effort - New York Times

Files Say Agency Initiated Growth of Spying Effort - New York Times

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 - The National Security Agency acted on its own authority, without a formal directive from President Bush, to expand its domestic surveillance operations in the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, according to declassified documents released Tuesday.

The N.S.A. operation prompted questions from a leading Democrat, Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, who said in an Oct. 11, 2001, letter to a top intelligence official that she was concerned about the agency's legal authority to expand its domestic operations, the documents showed.

BU*SH*IT- can you hear me now?

Tremors Across Washington as Lobbyist Turns Star Witness - New York Times

Tremors Across Washington as Lobbyist Turns Star Witness - New York Times

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 - As a high-flying Republican lobbyist, Jack Abramoff has long been known as a mover and shaker in Washington. But when he cut a deal with federal prosecutors on Tuesday, he shook up this town as never before.

Even before Mr. Abramoff left the federal courthouse on Tuesday in a trench coat and fedora, nervous lawmakers of both parties, and even the White House, began trying to distance themselves from him.

Speaker J. Dennis Hastert of Illinois announced that he would donate to charity $69,000 in campaign contributions directed to him by Mr. Abramoff.

I told you this was gonna get good ;)


Abramoff Expected to Plead Guilty to 3 Felony Charges

Abramoff Expected to Plead Guilty to 3 Felony Charges

Former high-powered lobbyist Jack Abramoff is expected to plead guilty today to three felony charges in a deal with federal prosecutors that would clear the way for his testimony about members of Congress and congressional staffers in a wide-ranging political corruption investigation.

The plea bargain would settle one of two fraud and corruption cases against Abramoff, involving charges stemming from his lobbying activities in Washington on behalf of Native American tribes. The other case, arising from an indictment in Miami in connection with the purchase of a fleet of casino cruise ships, is expected to be settled by another plea agreement.

The purpose of the conspiracy by Abramoff and co-defendants was "to enrich themselves by obtaining substantial funds from their clients through fraud and concealment," according to a criminal information document outlining the plea agreement.

This is going to be fun!

Rink Collapse in Germany Kills at Least 10 - New York Times

Rink Collapse in Germany Kills at Least 10 - New York Times

BERLIN, Tuesday, Jan. 3 - The roof of an ice-skating rink collapsed on Monday afternoon after a heavy snowfall in Bad Reichenhall, a resort in southern Germany

Very sad.

New Rules Set for Giving Out Antiterror Aid - New York Times

New Rules Set for Giving Out Antiterror Aid - New York Times

Facing (MORE) cuts in antiterrorism financing, the Department of Homeland Security plans to announce today that it will evaluate new requests for money from an $800 million aid program for cities based less on politics and more on assessments of where terrorists are likely to strike and potentially cause the greatest damage, department officials say.

The changes to the program, the Urban Area Security Initiative, are being driven in part by a reduction in the overall pool of money for antiterrorism efforts. For 2006, Congress has appropriated $120 million less in these urban grants than for 2005.

Domestic security grants in general, including the urban area ones, have been criticized because they have sent more antiterrorism money per capita to sparsely populated states like Wyoming and Alaska than to states like New York and California.

How lovely you make this information public, the enemy is here, and making some of the dumbest calls I've ever seen.


Federal Bureau of Investigation - Freedom of Information Privacy Act

Federal Bureau of Investigation - Freedom of Information Privacy Act

So basically what I find is very limited freedom of information.
Pages missing, sections blacked out. More serious incidents are not available for reading.
In other words, Limited Information, Most Kept Private Act.

Pricey coffee good to the last dropping

Oddly Enough News Article

On the lighter side of life -YUCK.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Would you pay $175 for a pound of coffee beans which had passed through the backside of a furry mammal in Indonesia?

Apparently, some coffee lovers wanting to treat themselves to something special are lapping it up.

Kopi Luwak beans from Indonesia are rare and expensive, thanks to a unique taste and aroma enhanced by the digestive system of palm civets, nocturnal tree-climbing creatures about the size of a large house cat.

"People like coffee. And when they want to treat themselves, they order the Kopi Luwak," said Isaac Jones, director of sales for Tastes of The World, an online supplier of gourmet coffee, tea and cocoa.

Despite being carnivorous, civets eat ripe coffee cherries for treats. The coffee beans, which are found inside of the cherries, remain intact after passing through the animal.
Civet droppings are found on the forest floor near coffee plantations.

Once carefully cleaned and roasted, the beans are sold to specialty buyers. Jones said sales for Kopi Luwak rose three-fold just before the Christmas holiday compared with the first half of the year. The company started selling the rare coffee in February 2005.

He expects to sell around 200 pounds of the coffee this year, with orders coming from North America and Europe. So far, most of the orders have been from California.
Indonesia produces only about 500 kilograms, or roughly 1,100 pounds, of the coffee each year, making it extremely expensive and difficult to find.
"It's the most expensive coffee that we know about in the world," said Jones.
By comparison Jamaica's Blue Mountain coffee, considered to be an expensive type, sells for $35 to $40 per pound, while a pound of Colombia's Supremo arabicas can be bought for about $14.

I'll stick to my current Blend, and Illy for espresso.

Bush Defends Spying Program As 'Necessary' to Protect U.S.

Bush Defends Spying Program As 'Necessary' to Protect U.S.

again, but to recap one of the dumbest statements yet and the year has only begun...

"If somebody from al Qaeda is calling you, we'd like to know why."~ George Bush

Likewise, George.

Muslim Scholars Were Paid to Aid U.S. Propaganda - New York Times

Muslim Scholars Were Paid to Aid U.S. Propaganda - New York Times

WASHINGTON, Jan. 1 - A Pentagon contractor that paid Iraqi newspapers to print positive articles written by American soldiers has also been compensating Sunni religious scholars in Iraq in return for assistance with its propaganda work, according to current and former employees.

The Lincoln Group, a Washington-based public relations company, was told early in 2005 by the Pentagon to identify religious leaders who could help produce messages that would persuade Sunnis in violence-ridden Anbar Province to participate in national elections and reject the insurgency, according to a former employee.

Since then, the company has retained three or four Sunni religious scholars to offer advice and write reports for military commanders on the content of propaganda campaigns, the former employee said. But documents and Lincoln executives say the company's ties to religious leaders and dozens of other prominent Iraqis is aimed also at enabling it to exercise influence in Iraqi communities on behalf of clients, including the military. - News - All News Archive - PILGER: THIS WAR IS A FRAUD - News - All News Archive - PILGER: THIS WAR IS A FRAUD

I know that, many know that, not everyone knows that. Thats not quite as big a tragedy as the 'war' itself, but tragic nonetheless that so many Americans are so blind.
Since I live here, I can only attest to the fact that most are caught up in their own little worlds.

Some of us are paying attention.

Full List of External Articles - Global Issues

Full List of External Articles - Global Issues

On the War on Terror, a long comprehensive list published by Anup Shah;

The full list is on my other blog:



Mainstream Media Introduction - Global Issues

Mainstream Media Introduction - Global Issues

Press Freedom Around the World
In October 2005, Reporters Sans Frontiers (Reporters Without Borders or RSF) published their
2005 worldwide press freedom index.

The results were interesting:
On the whole, it showed that democracies ranked best. (The top position was jointly held by predominantly North European nations: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, and Switzerland.)

Totalitarian and communist regimes ranked worst because there was next to no press freedom as in almost all such cases, the media is government controlled.
(The worst 5 were Burma, Iran, Turkmenistan, Eritrea, and North Korea.)

But there were a few surprising findings:

The U.S. slipped down to just 44th. In 2004, they ranked 22nd which was not good, anyway;
Canada and France also slipped (to 21st and 30th, respectively)
U.K. ranked just 24th, almost on par with Benin, a small nation in Africa which the United Nations classifies as being one of the poorest nations in the world, and El Salvador, another very poor country;
Spain and Italy ranked just 40th and 42nd, respectively (they were both only joint 39th the year before).
New Zealand (12th), Trinidad and Tobago (12th), Benin (25th) and South Korea (34th) are the highest-ranked countries in other continents and the top 20 were dominated by Europe (only two were from elsewhere).

Very interesting indeed.

Bush says spying leak causes great harm - U.S. Security -

Bush says spying leak causes great harm - U.S. Security -

Of this tired already issue, I heard Mr. Bush say tonight on the new :If some one from al-Qaida calls you on the phone, we want to know why.

Well you know what George, if someone from al-Qaida calls you, I want to know why.

I am not buying any of your bu*sh*it. People from other countries who don't know the history of the US may not understand, but there is a long line here that makes the picture much clearer. It goes back way further than I'll begin...

TWA 800 flight went down July 17 1996. Countless witnesses saw a missle hit the plane. The government hushed it away as a fuel tank explosion. They lied. Those files are not accessible in the FBI Freedom of Information Act.

I just happened upon a book Entitled The New Pearl Harbor referring to 9-11, and it hit me so clearly I am sick and can not sleep.

FDR knew about Pearl Harbor before the fact. He allowed it to happen as a back door to War with Hitler.

I have good reason to suspect 9-11 was no surprise, we went to Afghanistan, evaded the hunt for Osama Bin laden, and you conviently decided Iraq had WMD, and we would go to war.

You came from an oil background, daddy was head of the ill reputed CIA who's motto"the truth shall make you free" couldn't be further from the truth. The truth about the CIA is rearing its not so trustworthy dutiful head.

Now as publicists have often made mention, you had every intention of invading Iraq before 9-11. There are many pieces of the puzzle that are coming together, I suspect perhaps you want to know how much WE know. Some of are much smarter than you think, and a picture is becoming more clear, and that is a THREAT to YOUR National Security.

I am far from done with this.

Douglas Valentine - A Nation of Assassins

Douglas Valentine - A Nation of Assassins

More will be revealed.

Pet-Abuse.Com - Profile

Pet-Abuse.Com - Profile

Frank Aquino
Gender: Male
Approximate Age: 43
Date of Birth: Dec 1961
Location: Putnam County, NY (US)
Convicted: Dog kicked to death
May 29, 2005 - Putnam Valley, NY (US)

He needs to be whacked, or as the CIA would say, neutralized
I have zero tolerance for cruelty to animals


D.C. Plagued By Backlog In Autopsy Reports

D.C. Plagued By Backlog In Autopsy Reports

The D.C. medical examiner's office has a backlog of 1,037 unfinished autopsy reports, including some cases dating back more than a decade, records show. The agency's slow turnaround has delayed police work and criminal prosecutions, and forced some families to sue the office to obtain the paperwork about their loved ones.

The District's incomplete autopsies include 765 that are at least a year old. Maryland and Virginia, by comparison, have no cases a year old. Among the unfinished D.C. cases are 84 homicides.

This is completely absurd.

844 in U.S. Military Killed in Iraq in 2005 - New York Times

844 in U.S. Military Killed in Iraq in 2005 - New York Times

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Dec. 31 - At least 844 American service members were killed in Iraq in 2005, nearly matching 2004's total of 848, according to information released by the United States government and a nonprofit organization that tracks casualties in Iraq.

The deaths of two Americans announced by the United States military on Friday - a marine killed by gunfire in Falluja and a soldier killed by a roadside bomb in Baghdad - brought the total killed since the war in Iraq began in March 2003 to 2,178. The total wounded since the war began is 15,955.

Blood for oil. Innocent lives, in the name of greed, deceipt, lies, corruption and invasion of our personal privacy.

As New Drug Plan Begins, Stores Predict Bumps - New York Times

As New Drug Plan Begins, Stores Predict Bumps - New York Times

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 - Millions of older Americans will gain access to government-subsidized prescription drugs on Sunday with the long-awaited expansion of Medicare. But pharmacists say beneficiaries may initially experience delays and frustration as the promise of the new program is translated into practice.

Since my mother is retiring this week, I've watched her and her friends struggle to make sense out of this plan. They seem to have made it more complicated for the retired generation, which in and of itself is par for the course with our current leaders. I am sure I will be aware of the loopholes before long...

Wanting Facts Firsthand, Teenager Makes Secret Trip to Iraq - New York Times

Wanting Facts Firsthand, Teenager Makes Secret Trip to Iraq - New York Times

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 30 - A Florida teenager secretly made his way to Iraq this month for firsthand impressions of the war, and was returning home on Friday to family members who said they were galled by his recklessness but thankful he was safe.

A junior at a rigorous private school here, Farris, whose parents emigrated from Iraq several decades ago, wrote in an essay recently that he felt guilty "living in a big house, driving a nice car and going to a great school." He wrote that he wanted to experience the hardships of Iraqis and volunteer with the Red Cross during his travels, helping the people of Iraq "rebuild their lives," even if it meant risking his own.

Ms. Atiya, their mother, said Farris had e-mailed the essay he had written about his trip - which he started here and finished in Kuwait - to Pine Crest School, but that the school was angry about the trip and had not accepted it. She said she had lost weight after her son's disappearance and wanted nothing more than to see him again.

I commend Farris's bravery, and desire to see his homeland- with guilt about what was happening to his homeland compared to how he lives here. That shows character.
I am grateful he made it back ok as well. He's a little young to embark on such a journey, but I appreciate his passion to do so.

Justice Deputy Resisted Parts of Spy Program - New York Times

Justice Deputy Resisted Parts of Spy Program - New York Times

A top Justice Department official objected in 2004 to aspects of the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program and refused to sign on to its continued use amid concerns about its legality and oversight, according to officials with knowledge of the tense internal debate. The concerns appear to have played a part in the temporary suspension of the secret program.

The concerns prompted two of President Bush's most senior aides - Andrew H. Card Jr., his chief of staff, and Alberto R. Gonzales, then White House counsel and now attorney general - to make an emergency visit to a Washington hospital in March 2004 to discuss the program's future and try to win the needed approval from Attorney General John Ashcroft, who was hospitalized for gallbladder surgery, the officials said.

The unusual meeting was prompted because Mr. Ashcroft's top deputy, James B. Comey, who was acting as attorney general in his absence, had indicated he was unwilling to give his approval to certifying central aspects of the program, as required under the White House procedures set up to oversee it.....

With Mr. Comey unwilling to sign off on the program, the White House went to Mr. Ashcroft - who had been in the intensive care unit at George Washington University Hospital

Questions about the surveillance operation are likely to be central to a Congressional hearing planned by Senator Arlen Specter, the Pennsylvania Republican who heads the Judiciary Committee. Mr. Specter, like some other Republicans and many Democrats in Congress, has voiced deep concerns about the program and Mr. Bush's legal authority to bypass the courts to order domestic wiretaps without warrants.

Thank you Mr. Senator. The saga continues.


Merkel Strikes Personal Note in New Year's Wishes to Germans | Germany | Deutsche Welle | 31.12.2005

Merkel Strikes Personal Note in New Year's Wishes to Germans Germany Deutsche Welle 31.12.2005

Very nice

"What can be accomplished in a year?" Merkel asked, in traditional New Year's Eve remarks to be broadcast Saturday. "A great deal! How would it be if we all set a goal tonight to accomplish a bit more in the coming year?"

I think Germany is a remarkable country, while certainly not exempt from its share of political, social and economic issues, its has certainly well risen above what was once a haunting past, and become a sovereign country, with exceptional potential to solidify the EU to far surpass USA.

Kidnapped German Family in Yemen Set Free | Germany | Deutsche Welle | 31.12.2005

Kidnapped German Family in Yemen Set Free Germany Deutsche Welle 31.12.2005

German Foreign Frank-Walter Steinmeier confirmed Saturday afternoon that the family had indeed been released. He said they were on their way to the southern port city of Aden and that they were well.

Steinmeier thanked the Yemeni government and his own emergency task force in Berlin for their activities to free the Chrobogs.
"We're free, thank God," Chrobog's wife told AP.

Thats a beautiful thing, twice recently German citizens kidnapped have been released. Thats not something that has happened with americans. Get the picture?
Germany is doing the right thing.

POLITICS: UN to Protect Corruption Whistle-Blowers

POLITICS: UN to Protect Corruption Whistle-Blowers

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 29 (IPS) - After being politically crucified over charges of malfeasance and mismanagement, the U.N. Secretariat has responded with a new "whistle-blower protection policy" aimed at encouraging staffers, contractors, consultants and even the public to help expose corruption in the world body.

The new policy, which comes into force in January, assures whistle-blowers that there will be no retaliation for reporting misconduct and "for cooperating with duly authorised audits or investigations".

Funny I should happen upon this article just after making reference to whistle blowing laws. It was not intentional, as this is a different news source and other issues as you will note in the full article.

Justice Dept. Investigating Leak of NSA Wiretapping

Justice Dept. Investigating Leak of NSA Wiretapping

The Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into recent disclosures about a controversial domestic eavesdropping program that was secretly authorized by President Bush after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, officials said yesterday.

Federal prosecutors will focus their examination on who may have unlawfully disclosed classified information about the program to the New York Times, which reported two weeks ago that Bush had authorized the National Security Agency to monitor the international telephone calls and e-mails of U.S. citizens and residents without court-approved warrants, officials said.

Bush, in his self imposed dictatorship has gone far beyond ethical behavior, he has left a wake of deceipt, lies and corruption and each day seems to avail new levels of his illegal and convoluted agenda. Whoever disclosed what most of already knew obviously felt, as most of do Bush's conduct is WRONG. There are whistle blowing laws which should be upheld here.
He was a criminal before he became president, and continues to be a criminal in office.

Conspiring Against the Voters - New York Times

Conspiring Against the Voters - New York Times

President Bush has announced four nominees for the Federal Election Commission, moving to keep the policing of campaign abuses firmly in the hands of party wheel horses. The timing of the announcement - the president waited until the Senate had gone home - is likely to allow the nominees to avoid the full hearing and confirmation process needed to evaluate them properly.

There seems to be no limit to what this menace to society will do next.


Israel News: Al Quaeda claims responsibility for Katyusha attack

Israel News: Al Quaeda claims responsibility for Katyusha attack

Al-Qaeda in Iraq said Thursday it was responsible for the Katyusha rocket attack on Kiryat Shemona two nights before, but experts are not so sure.

"A group of al-Qaida lions planned ... a new attack on the Jewish state," the statement on an Islamist Web site said. "The brothers accomplished their mission as it was planned and succeeded in their escape."

However, the IDF has blamed a Palestinian faction in Lebanon for the rocket attack, and bombed a base belonging to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command.

Give Israel back their land and let them live in peace.

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | More than 80,000 held by US since 9/11 attacks

Guardian Unlimited Special reports More than 80,000 held by US since 9/11 attacks

The US has detained more than 80,000 people in facilities from Afghanistan to Cuba since the attacks on the World Trade Centre four years ago, the Pentagon said yesterday. The disclosure comes at a time of growing unease about Washington's treatment of prisoners in its "war on terror" and Europe's unknowing help in the CIA's practice of rendition.

The Bush administration has defended the detentions from criticism by human rights organisations, saying the interrogation of suspected militants has been crucial in its attempt to dismantle terror networks. At least 14,500 people are in US custody in connection with the war on terror, Pentagon officials in Washington and Baghdad said yesterday. Some 13,814 people are being held in Iraq and there are approximately 500 at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba.

How many are innocent, and why does our constitution not apply to this? (Why do I ask redundant questions about the Constitution when Bush has violated almost every amemdment)

CIA insider says U.S. fighting wrong war - Nightly News with Brian Williams -

CIA insider says U.S. fighting wrong war - Nightly News with Brian Williams -

Good Interview. Its not America's war. Its George Bush's war at the expense of the american people and the innocent people in Iraq.

A career CIA officer claims in a new book that America is losing the war on terror, in part because of the invasion of Iraq, which, he says, distracted the United States from the war against terrorism and further fueled al-Qaida’s struggle against the United States. The author, who writes as “Anonymous,” is a 22-year veteran of the CIA and still works for the intelligence agency, which allowed him to publish the book after reviewing it for classified information.

In an interview with NBC’s Chief Foreign Affairs
Correspondent Andrea Mitchell, he calls the U.S. war in Iraq a dream come true for Osama bin Laden, saying, “Bin Laden saw the invasion of Iraq as a Christmas gift he never thought he’d get.” By invading a country that’s regarded as the second holiest place in Islam, he asserts, the Bush administration inadvertently validated bin Laden’s assertions that the United States intends a holy war against Muslims.

In his book, titled "Imperial Hubris," he calls the Iraq invasion "an avaricious, premeditated, unprovoked war against a foe who posed no immediate threat,” arguing against the concept of pre-emptive war put forward by President Bush as justification for the Iraq war.
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How a Lobbyist Stacked the Deck

How a Lobbyist Stacked the Deck

Not a real bright guy.

* Funding Attacks on Republicans: A client of Jack Abramoff sent $150,000 to a firm associated with Ralph Reed as part of his effort to kill an anti-gambling bill. The money was used to attack GOP House members who backed the bill. This graphic shows an e-mail exchange confirming the check's arrival.

* Abramoff's Paper Trail: Jack Abramoff directed eLottery money to charities and political friends. This graphic shows e-mails between Abramoff and his assistant discussing some of those transactions.

The Fast Rise and Steep Fall of Jack Abramoff

The Fast Rise and Steep Fall of Jack Abramoff

Jack Abramoff liked to slip into dialogue from "The Godfather" as he led his lobbying colleagues in planning their next conquest on Capitol Hill. In a favorite bit, he would mimic an ice-cold Michael Corleone facing down a crooked politician's demand for a cut of Mafia gambling profits: "Senator, you can have my answer now if you like. My offer is this: nothing."

The playacting provided a clue to how Abramoff saw himself -- the power behind the scenes who directed millions of dollars in Indian gambling proceeds to favored lawmakers, the puppet master who pulled the strings of officials in key places, the businessman who was building an international casino empire....

"Everybody lost their minds," recalled a former congressional staffer who lobbied with Abramoff at Preston Gates. "Jack was cutting deals all over town. Staffers lost their loyalty to members -- they were loyal to money."

Now this reminds me of a book I am reading entitled "The Broker" by John Grisham....
Its not far from the way things really are. In fact the last 4 books I read made reference to a CIA term "neutralize" which in mafioso terms means whacked. Look back through History and count how many people were "neutralized."