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#breaking_news US refuses to name
men at Guantanamo Bay court 10 March 2007 The Pentagon has refused
to reveal which of its 14 "high-value" detainees were being examined
by military lawyers in closed proceedings in Guantanamo Bay. The
military said the Combatant Status Review Tribunals (CSRT), which
began yesterday, were being held to assess 14 men transferred to
the prison last September from secret "black hole" prisons operated
around the world.
U.S. holds first hearings for 'high-value' Guantanamo prisoners 09
Mar 2007 The U.S. began a series of secret hearings Friday to
determine whether 14 alleged terrorist leaders at its prison in
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should be declared "enemy combatants" who can
be held indefinitely and prosecuted by military tribunals.
Gonzales, Mueller Admit FBI Broke Law 10 Mar 2007 The nation's top
two law enforcement officials acknowledged Friday the FBI broke the
law to secretly pry out personal information about Americans. They
apologized and vowed to prevent further illegal intrusions.
FBI abused power to get private records: report 09 Mar 2007 The FBI
abused its power by illegally or improperly obtaining telephone,
financial and other secret records in investigations of terrorism
or espionage suspects, the U.S.
Justice Department's inspector general said on Friday.
Bush's Iraq Plan Costs Begins to Balloon 09 Mar 2007 President [sic]
Bush's troop buildup in Baghdad apparently will be bigger and more
costly - and perhaps last longer - than it seemed when he unveiled
the plan in January as the centerpiece of a new Iraq strategy.
House Dems Face Uphill Battle Over Iraq 09 Mar 2007 House Speaker
Nancy Pelosi, her party deeply divided and holding only a narrow
majority, faces long odds in passing legislation that would bring
troops home from Iraq before the 2008 presidential election.
U.S. Soldiers Accused of Shooting Civilians in Sadr City 10 Mar
2007 American soldiers were accused Friday of opening fire on a car
carrying a family in the Baghdad district of Sadr City, killing a
man and his two young daughters and wounding his son. [See: The
Iraq That George Built --The Rec Report --By Michael Rectenwald 07
Students prevent U.S. forces from raiding university in Baghdad
[Great job!] 08 Mar 2007 Iraqi students rallied and prevented, on
Thursday, a U.S. force from entering the campus of the second largest
university in Baghdad [al-Mustansiriyah university], an eyewitness
Coalition of the Bribed: Georgia to send more troops to Iraq 09 Mar
2007 Georgia is to more than double its contingent of soldiers in
Iraq to 2,000.
The former Soviet republic's embassy in the US said on Thursday
that it would raise the number from the current 850 in an effort
to pave the way to joining Nato.
Is the Bush surge already failing? The president just gave a rosy
assessment of his plan, but insurgents have adapted and Iraqis
continue to be slaughtered. By Juan Cole 08 Mar 2007 On Tuesday,
President [sic] Bush said that "even at this early hour, there are
some encouraging signs" that the so-called surge is working in Iraq.
In fact, three weeks into what the president refers to as the "surge"
and what Iraqis call the "new security plan," it's already clear
that Bush's last-gasp bid for victory faces challenges that can't
necessarily be surmounted by a few thousand additional troops.
Rep. Gingrey Blames Soldiers For Walter Reed Squalor: 'If You Leave
Food Around You'll Get Mice' 09 Mar 2007 Yesterday at the House
Armed Services Committee hearing on veterans care, Rep. Phil Gingrey
(R-Maggot-GA) attempted to stand out from the rest of Congress and
argue that the conditions in Building 18 werent that bad. He also
tried to blame the soldiers for the conditions, stating, "And, of
course, if you leave food around in a motel room or a dorm room at
a college, youre going to get some mice show up at some point in
No deal on UN sanctions for Iran 10 Mar 2007 Russia and China have
said they have reservations with some of the proposed UN Security
Council sanctions to punish Iran for continuing to enrich uranium.
Iran Sanctions Concern China, Russia 09 Mar 2007 Russia raised
concerns Friday about proposals to extend U.N. sanctions against
Iran to its elite Revolutionary Guards, while China warned that
reducing credit to the Islamic country could punish the Iranian
people for their government's nuclear defiance.
Iranian general 'hands over vital documents after defecting to US'
10 Mar 2007 An Iranian general [deputy defence minister Ali Rez
Asgari] appears to have defected to the West with vital documents,
despite Iranian claims that he was snatched last month from a Turkish
hotel by US or Israeli agents.
Israel planned for Lebanon war months in advance, PM says --Olmert's
leaked testimony contradicts earlier remarks 09 Mar 2007 Preparations
for Israel's war in Lebanon last summer were drawn up at least four
months before two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped by Hizbullah in
July, Ehud Olmert, the prime minister, has admitted. His submission
to a commission of inquiry, leaked yesterday, contradicted the
impression at the time that Israel was provoked into a battle for
which it was ill-prepared. Mr Olmert told the Winograd commission,
a panel of judges charged with investigating Israel's perceived
defeat in the 34-day war, that he first discussed the possibility
of war in January and asked to see military plans in March.
Israeli troops 'used 11-year-old girl as a human shield' 10 Mar
2007 The Israeli army stood accused last night of forcing an
11-year-old girl to act as a human shield during a raids in the
West Bank. The Israeli Defence Force said it was investigating the
claims of the use of civilians in military operations, a practice
that has been ruled illegal by Israel's Supreme Court and is
prohibited by the Geneva conventions.
Israel unveils portable hunter-killer robot 09 Mar 2007 An Israeli
defence firm today unveiled a portable robot billed as being capable
of entering most combat zones alone and engaging enemies with an
onboard armory that includes a machine-pistol and grenades.
US sends spies into Pakistan to kill bin Laden 10 Mar 2007 America
is stepping up its hunt for Osama bin Laden by dispatching additional
CIA operatives and paramilitary officers to Pakistan to kill or
capture the al-Qa'eda [al-CIAduh] leader.
Oops! Tape of Padilla interrogation is missing 09 Mar 2007 A videotape
showing Pentagon officials' final interrogation [torture] of
'al-Qaida' suspect Jose Padilla is missing, raising questions about
whether federal prosecutors have lost other recordings and evidence
in the case.
Chavez Leads Rally Against Bush Visit 10 Mar 2007 Venezuelan President
Hugo Chavez launched another verbal assault on Dictator Bush Friday
as he led some 20,000 supporters in an anti-American rally [NO, an
anti-Bush rally - not an anti-American rally] calling the U.S.
leader a "political cadaver" and blasting his policies as "imperialist."
"Gringo go Home!" Chavez shouted to raucous applause in a crowded
soccer stadium, speaking even as Bush was arriving in neighboring
Uruguay as part of a Latin America tour.
Chavez attacks Bush 'domination' 10 Mar 2007 Venezuelan President
Hugo Chavez has attacked US counterpart George W Bush [NO, not a
'counterpart' - Chavez was elected, Bush was not] as a "symbol of
domination" as the pair continue rival Latin American tours.
Priests to Purify Site After Bush Visit 08 Mar 2007 Mayan priests
will purify a sacred archaeological site to eliminate "bad spirits"
after President [sic] Bush visits next week, an official with close
ties to the group said Thursday.
"That a person like (Bush), with the persecution of our migrant
brothers in the United States, with the wars he has provoked, is
going to walk in our sacred lands, is an offense for the Mayan
people and their culture," Juan Tiney, the director of a Mayan
nongovernmental organization with close ties to Mayan religious and
political leaders, said Thursday.
McGovern: Cheney must go --Says Libby's conviction points to vice
president's involvement in CIA leak 07 Mar 2007 George McGovern has
a word for Vice President Dick Cheney: "Resign." Responding to
Tuesday's conviction of Cheney's former chief-of-staff, I. Lewis
"Scooter" Libby, on charges of obstruction of justice, perjury and
lying to the FBI - after a trial that revealed Cheney's intimate
involvement with a scheme to discredit a critic of the administration's
war policies - the former congressman, senator and presidential
candidate said it was time for the vice president [sic] to go.
Bush's New US Attorney a Criminal? BBC Television had exposed 2004
voter attack scheme by appointee Griffin, a Rove aide. Black soldiers
and the homeless targeted. By Greg Palast 07 Mar 2007 ...Timothy
Griffin, Karl Roves assistant, the Presidents [sic] pick as US
Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Griffin, according
to BBC Television, was the hidden hand behind a scheme to wipe out
the voting rights of 70,000 citizens prior to the 2004 election.
Key voters on Griffins hit list: Black soldiers and homeless men
and women... Targeting voters where race is a factor is a felony
crime under the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
U.S. halts imaginary Cubans in security drill 08 Mar 2007 Two
thousand imaginary Cuban migrants set sail toward Florida during a
massive two-day U.S.
training exercise but were intercepted by federal, state and local
agents armed with teamwork and acronyms. [Too bad we can't halt
Bush, the imaginary president. --LRP]
Sweden eyes monitoring e-mail, cellphone calls 08 Mar 2007 Sweden's
government presented a contentious plan Thursday to allow a defense
intelligence agency to monitor - without a court order - e-mail
traffic and phone calls crossing the nation's borders.
Georgia public schools move towards teaching Bible 08 Mar 2007
Georgia is poised to introduce two literature classes on the Bible
in public schools next year, a move analysts say would make the
state the first to take an explicit stance endorsing -- and funding
-- biblical teachings.
Appeals Court Overturns D.C. Gun Ban 10 Mar 2007 A federal appeals
court overturned the District of Columbia's long-standing handgun
ban Friday, rejecting the city's argument that the Second Amendment
right to bear arms applied only to militias.
Nevada Dems Nix Fox Debate 09 Mar 2007 The Nevada State Democratic
Party is pulling out of a presidential debate scheduled for Aug.
14 in Reno, according to Democratic insiders. The debate was being
hosted by Fox News Channel and Fox News Radio, the Nevada State
Democratic Party and the Western Majority Project.
Gingrich had affair while hounding Clinton over Monica 10 Mar 2007
Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives,
admitted yesterday that he was cheating on his own wife when he led
the Republican charge to impeach Bill Clinton over the Monica
Firefighters Union Assails Giuliani 10 Mar 2007 The nation's largest
firefighters union has accused Republican presidential contender
Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, of committing
against firefighters who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Firefighters Union Letter On Rudy Giuliani 08 Mar 2007 On March 14,
2007, the IAFF will host the first bi-partisan Presidential Forum
of the 2008 election cycle... Early on, the IAFF made a decision
to invite all serious candidates from both political parties except
one: former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani... Many people consider
Rudy Giuliani "America's Mayor," and many of our members who don't
yet know the real story, may also have a positive view of him. This
letter is intended to make all of our members aware of the egregious
acts Mayor Giuliani committed against our members, our fallen on
9/11, and our New York City union officers following that horrific
U.S. Heating Bills Up, But Fed Help Down 09 Mar 2007 The number of
people requiring energy-bill assistance has grown at the same time
that Congress and the White House have cut funding by nearly $1
billion from last year. The combination has quickly rippled to the
states, and at least seven are either completely out of money or
will be shortly. With benefits pared, concern is mounting that many
people will start to receive notices that their utilities will be
shut off on April 1 unless they pay their bills.
Gas prices may approach all-time high within days 09 Mar 2007 Gas
prices may soar another 20 to 30 cents a gallon in California in
the next few days - approaching all-time highs - to the frustration
of motorists who have seen pump costs jump more than 40 cents in
the past month.
Bird flu confirmed in 6 more areas of Afghanistan 10 Mar 2007 The
virulent H5N1 bird flu virus has been confirmed in six additional
areas in eastern Afghanistan and Kabul, the United Nations said.
Climate change pushes diseases north: expert 09 Mar 2007 Global
warming is pushing northwards diseases more commonly found in
developing countries, posing a risk to the financial and physical
health of rich nations, the head of a livestock herders' charity
Don't mention the polar bears, Bush tells US scientists 10 Mar 2007
The Bush Administration has been accused once again of gagging US
government scientists by getting them to agree not to talk about
polar bears, sea ice and climate change during official overseas
Blair hails 'bold' EU deal to slash carbon emissions and boost
renewable power 10 Mar 2007 Europe yesterday claimed leadership of
the global battle against climate change as it agreed to slash
carbon emissions and generate one fifth of its energy from renewables
including solar and wind power.
EU leaders agree to cut greenhouse gases 09 Mar 2007 EU leaders
agreed Friday on a bold set of measures to fight global warming,
pledging that a fifth of the bloc's energy will come from green
power sources such as wind turbines and solar panels by 2020 and
10 percent of European cars will run on biofuels.
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[Previous lead stories:] White House hangs veto over pullout plan
08 Mar 2007 House Democratic leaders vowed Thursday to pass legislation
setting a deadline of Sept. 1, 2008, for the withdrawal of U.S.
combat troops from Iraq, a challenge to President [sic] Bush's war
policy that drew a blunt veto threat in return.
Democrats Want Iraq Pullout by Fall 2008 [Just before the 2008
'elections.'] In a direct challenge to President [sic] Bush, House
Democrats unveiled legislation Thursday requiring the withdrawal
of U.S. combat troops from Iraq by the fall of next year. The White
House said Bush would veto it. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the deadline
would be added to legislation providing nearly $100 billion the
Bush administration has requested for fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
U.S. Commander in Iraq Sees Long Commitment 08 Mar 2007 The new
American commander in Iraq, Gen. David H. Petraeus, warned today
that American troops here face a long road ahead, and left open the
possibility that even more soldiers would be called to serve here
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