t r u t h o u t | 03.09
FBI violated Patriot Act guidelines;
Fri Mar 9, 2007 12:32

FBI violated Patriot Act guidelines; Democrats emerge with details of a new Iraq resolution calling for phased withdrawal of US troops; Noam Chomsky on Washington's escalation of threats against Iran driven by a determination to control the region's energy resources; thousands in Brazil protest a visit by Bush; Cindy Sheehan on introducing Articles of Impeachment against Bush and Cheney and marching on the Pentagon March 17; Karen J. Greenberg provides eleven ways to report on Guantanamo without upsetting the Pentagon; European Union leaders reach a broad agreement on a plan to cut greenhouse gases and switch to renewable energy sources; and more ... Browse our continually updating front page at http://www.truthout.org

t r u t h o u t | 03.09

Report Says FBI Violated Patriot Act Guidelines
The FBI repeatedly failed to follow the strict guidelines of the Patriot Act when its agents took advantage of a new provision allowing the FBI to obtain phone and financial records without a court order, according to a report to be made public Friday by the Justice Department's inspector general.

Democrats Roll Out Iraq Withdrawal Plans in Both Houses
After weeks of behind-the-scenes wrangling, Senate Democrats emerged Thursday from a closed-door meeting with details of a new Iraq resolution calling for phased withdrawal of US troops beginning within three months.

Noam Chomsky | A Predator Becomes More Dangerous When Wounded
Noam Chomsky begins: "In the energy-rich Middle East, only two countries have failed to subordinate themselves to Washington's basic demands: Iran and Syria. Accordingly, both are enemies, Iran by far the more important. As was the norm during the Cold War, resorting to violence is regularly justified as a reaction to the malign influence of the main enemy, often on the flimsiest of pretexts. Unsurprisingly, as Bush sends more troops to Iraq, tales surface of Iranian interference in the internal affairs of Iraq - a country otherwise free from any foreign interference - on the tacit assumption that Washington rules the world."

Clashes Mar Bush's Latin America Tour
Police fired tear gas and clubbed demonstrators in Brazil's largest city Sao Paulo on Thursday, as thousands protested a visit by President Bush aimed at winning friends in Latin America. Protesters called Bush, who arrived late on Thursday on the first leg of a five-nation regional tour, a warmonger and planet polluter.

Cindy Sheehan | The Flash Point
"Our founders wrote the impeachment clauses into the Constitution to rein in a president who wants to reign and not serve. Comments from the founders on preventing an executive from becoming king-like were very prescient, and were written for precisely the crisis that our country is in now. If the impeachment clauses are not used on this president and vice president, then they will further be rendered meaningless, and every subsequent president should be bowed and scraped to," writes Cindy Sheehan.

Karen J. Greenberg | Guantanamo Is Not a Prison
Karen J. Greenberg writes: "Several weeks ago, I took the infamous media tour of the facilities at Guantanamo.... In the course of my brief stay, thanks to my military handlers, I learned a great deal about Gitmo decorum, as the military would like us to practice it. My escorts told me how best to describe the goings-on at Guantanamo, regardless of what my own eyes and prior knowledge told me.... Those who fail to reproduce the official narrative are not welcome back. 'Tell it the wrong way and you won't be back,' one of our escorts warns me over lunch."

EU Leaders Agree to Cut Greenhouse Gases
European Union leaders reached a broad agreement on an ambitious plan to cut greenhouse gases and switch to renewable energy sources as part of the fight against global warming.

VIDEO | Canaries in the Mine: Inuit Warn World of Human Cost of Climate Change
A Report by Sari Gelzer and Kelpie Wilson
"Global warming is a human rights issue," says Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Inuit activist and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. In her lifetime, Watt-Cloutier has witnessed the drastic effects of climate change that threaten her community's livelihood and cultural identity. Watt-Cloutier testified in a hearing on March 1, 2007 to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights which was set up to investigate the relationship between human rights and climate change in North and South America. The hearing was a result of a petition that she and 62 other Inuit in Alaska and Canada filed in 2005 in an attempt to hold the United States accountable for its failure to curb greenhouse-gas emissions.

VIDEO: Keith Olbermann | Joseph Wilson: Time for Bush/Cheney to Come Clean
In his first live interview since the guilty verdicts in the trial of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former ambassador Joseph Wilson told Keith Olbermann it's now time for President Bush and Vice President Cheney to be honest with the American public about their roles in the outing of his wife, CIA Operative Valerie Plame.


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