Representative Ron PaulWe Have Been WarnedTue Nov 1, 2005 01:3126.96.36.199
We Have Been Warned
By U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-TX)
Before the US House of Representatives, October 26, 2005
We have been warned. Prepare for a broader war in the Middle East, as plans are being laid for the next U.S.-led regime change – in Syria. A UN report on the death of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafig Hariri elicited this comment from a senior U.S. policy maker: “Out of tragedy comes an extraordinary strategic opportunity.” This statement reflects the continued neo-conservative, Machiavellian influence on our foreign policy. The “opportunity” refers to the long-held neo-conservative plan for regime change in Syria, similar to what was carried out in Iraq.
Washington hid damaging Vietnam finding
By Scott Shane in Washington
The US National Security Agency has kept secret a 2001 finding by its own historian that its officers deliberately distorted critical intelligence during the Tonkin Gulf episode that helped precipitate the Vietnam War. The historian's conclusion was the first serious accusation that the agency's intercepts were falsified to support the belief North Vietnamese ships attacked US destroyers on August 4, 1964, two days after a previous clash.
The White House Criminal Conspiracy
By Elizabeth de la Vega
Legally, there are no significant differences between the investor fraud perpetrated by Enron CEO Ken Lay and the prewar intelligence fraud perpetrated by George W. Bush. Both involved persons in authority who used half-truths and recklessly false statements to manipulate people who trusted them. There is, however, a practical difference: The presidential fraud is wider in scope and far graver in its consequences than the Enron fraud. Yet thus far the public seems paralyzed.
40 Killed as U.S. Bombs Iraqi Village:
A hospital doctor in al-Qaim town confirmed that 40 people had been killed and 20 wounded, many of them women and children. The area had been cut off by US forces, who had blocked roads preventing people from leaving the village and going to al-Qaim
At Least 20 Killed In Basra Blast: :
The blast went off in a busy area filled with shops and restaurants, many of them packed with people out for the evening during the Ramadan festivities.
Iraqi Police Uncover 14 Bodies in Shallow Grave:
Twelve of the corpses were bound and appear to have been shot in the head while two others were decapitated, the military said in a statement e-mailed from the capital, Baghdad. The victims were probably killed 1-3 months ago, according to the statement, which gave no further details.
Another 11 bodies found :
Late Sunday, police found the bodies of 11 unidentified men - blindfolded, hands bound and with gunshot wounds in their heads - in a village near Baghdad where Sunnis and Shiites clashed three days ago.
7 U.S. Soldiers among 15 killed in continuing violence:
Two Iraqi soldiers were killed and four wounded by a roadside bomb north of Falluja, 50 km (30 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.
Mosul Leaders Threaten to Join Guerrilla Movement :
51 clan elders from the Sunni Arab and Kurdish families of Mosul agreed with policemen in the city that they will return it to the control of armed guerrillas if the Interior Ministry implemented its decision to fire Ninevah's police chief
Bush Wary Of Italian PM, Says former advisor: -
United States president George W. Bush no longer trusts Italy's prime minister Silvio Berlusconi after remarks he made stating he did not want the US and Britain to attack Iraq
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Bush Planned Iraq 'Regime Change' Before Becoming President :
A SECRET blueprint for US global domination reveals that President Bush and his cabinet were planning a premeditated attack on Iraq to secure 'regime change' even before he took power in January 2001.
U.N. Security Council OKs Syria Resolution :
The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Monday demanding Syria's full cooperation with a U.N. investigation into the assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister and warning of possible "further action" if it doesn't.
Pressure on Syria to hand over President's brother:
The resolution orders Damascus to arrest and freeze the assets of anybody the UN suspects of involvement in the killing. It was passed unanimously.
Sharon Praises Stands Against Iran, Syria:
Violence continued Monday, a day after an informal truce was apparently scuttled by an Israeli raid in the West Bank that killed three Palestinian militants.
'New evidence' backs Hicks's torture claim:
Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks say they have uncovered evidence supporting claims that the South Australian may have been the subject of organised torture by American troops. - Hicks's father Terry has detailed allegations of physical and sexual abuse of his son by American soldiers.
The Case Against David Hicks:
"The Australians, the Americans, they all know – this is a fašade, this is a farce"... David Hicks’ US lawyer Josh Dratel.
Bahrain formally demands probe into Gitmo torture :
The Bahraini Embassy in Washington has formally asked the U.S. government to launch an immediate investigation into torture, abuse and other brutal tactics used against a Bahraini prisoner held at its detention center in Guantanamo, Bay, Cuba, Bahraini foreign ministry source has revealed.
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A Tale of Two Lives Destroyed by Abu Ghraib:
DER SPIEGEL looks at two lives destroyed by Abu Ghraib. One, an Iraqi community leader -- the other, his American guard.
Bush Admin: Treaty Outlawing Torture Doesn't Apply Beyond US Soil:
President George W. Bush recently promised to use his veto power for the first time ever to stop an amendment proposed earlier this month by Senator John McCain that would outlaw cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of people held by the U.S. military anywhere in the world.
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Bush and Hitler: What The 'Torture Memos' Reveal:
In the Spring of 1941, as Nazi Germany was preparing to invade the Soviet Union, Adolf Hitler issued an infamous edict which has become known as the "Commissar Order," to govern the conduct of German armed forces on the Eastern Front. This order provides a largely-unnoticed precedent for the "legal" rationalizations found in a number of hitherto-secret Bush Administration legal memoranda, which have recently come to light.
USA / Afghanistan: More deaths and impunity:
Amnesty International said today that recent revelations about deaths in custody and abuses by US troops in Afghanistan are further evidence of a culture of disrespect for fundamental rights in the “war on terror” which the US has failed to adequately address.
U.S. Ranks 44th in Worldwide Press Freedom Index :
The annual worldwide press freedom index from Reporters Without Borders shows the United States, which is supposedly spreading freedom and liberty throughout the world, is in a fast decline regarding the freedom of its own press.
North Korea, Eritrea and Turkmenistan are the world’s “black holes” for news:
At the top of the Index once again are northern European countries Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Norway and the Netherlands, where robust press freedom is firmly established.
Israeli army kills three Palestinians:
The Israeli occupation army has continued its onslaught in the West Bank shooting dead three Palestinians.
Israel: State asked to remove ban on visits to Gaza on Muslim festival :
According to attorney Yossi Wolffson representing the center, the right to hold family visits on the festive season is a basic human right derived from the right to family life and the right to freedom of worship.
Blast aimed at U.S. convoy kills one Afghan, hurts 5:
A blast aimed at a convoy of U.S. troops killed an Afghan civilian and wounded five others on Monday in the eastern province of Nangarhar, a government spokesman said.
Rove should be fired, spy’s husband says:
Bush aide is ‘party to the compromise of national security,’ Wilson claims
Bush choice sets up court battle :
President George W Bush has nominated federal appeals court judge Samuel Alito to the US Supreme Court.
Alito Supports Unauthorized Strip Searches:
In Doe v. Groody, Alito agued that police officers had not violated constitutional rights when they strip searched a mother and her ten-year-old daughter while carrying out a search warrant that authorized only the search of a man and his home. [Doe v. Groody, 2004]
The Record of Samuel Alito: Pdf file:
A Preliminary Review: This preliminary report provides a summary of Judge Samuel Alito’s professional record. In compiling this document, we have focused primarily on those opinions, concurrences and dissents which were authored by Judge Alito himself and provide important insight about his record concerning important issues of fundamental rights and liberties.
Alito: Where were you in '72?:
A lot has been said this morning about Samuel Alito, President Bush's nominee for the Supreme Court, and his impeccable legal resume. Well, here's one portion of his resume we hope gets some very, very close scrutiny over the next few weeks, before his confirmation hearings.
Kashmir Group Claims Delhi Bomb Attacks:
A little-known group linked to Kashmiri separatists yesterday claimed responsibility for Saturday’s serial blasts in Delhi that killed 59 people and injured over 200. Police said they had detained 22 people and were questioning them.
India says indications of Pakistan link to blasts:
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on Monday there were indications the weekend bomb blasts in the Indian capital had links with militant groups in Pakistan.
Blunder may free 'terror envoy' :
AN EXTRAORDINARY legal blunder by Whitehall officials may allow a suspected terror ringleader being held in Britain to go free.
July 7 Tube bomber argued with cashier shortly before blast :
"Tanweer also played a game of cricket the night before he travelled down to London - now are these the actions of someone who is going to blow themselves up the next day?
U.S. not legally bound to reveal dump sites:
For decades, the U.S. Army secretly dumped millions of pounds of chemical weapons off the coasts of America and other nations throughout the world. Today, in the second day of a two-part series, we examine the extent — and the potential environmental disaster — of the dumping that occurred worldwide.
Pigs at the trough:
Report: Bush fundraisers got $1.2 billion in public funds:
Thirty Ohioans who raised a combined $4.1 million for President Bush's re-election campaign have received more than $1.2 billion in public funds for their companies and clients, a newspaper reported.
Noe Freed On $1 Million Bond In Bush Campaign Scandal :
The day after a federal grand jury returned a three count indictment against him for allegedly laundering $45,500 into President Bush's re-election campaign, Tom Noe appeared in shackles and handcuffs before a U.S. magistrate in Orlando to be arraigned.
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NEWS FOR SUNDAY 10/30/05
Iraq truck bomb killed 30 on Saturday, police say :
Thirty people were killed and 42 wounded in a suicide truck bomb attack on a small Shi'ite Muslim town north of Baghdad, hospital staff said on Sunday, raising the death toll in Saturday evening's blast.
U.S. Soldier Among 20 killed Saturday:
Two Iraqi soldiers were killed by roadside bomb in Falluja. Other soldiers with them then opened fire, killing a woman and a 12-year-old boy who were passing by, police said.
Fighting In Iraq to Liberate...America?:
The idea that we are now fighting in Iraq to protect America has gained some currency, and its popularity is a testament to how far down the rabbit hole we have truly fallen.
Letter from Iraq: America - Behind the Curtain:
Libby and the likes of him have devastated my already ruined country. Anything that exposes these people for what they are must bring some gratification.
Bush under pressure for clean-up as CIA scandal takes its toll:
PRESIDENT Bush faced calls from Republicans and Democrats last night to dismiss Karl Rove, his chief adviser, as the fallout from the CIA-leak scandal continued to take a heavy toll on the White House.
Special report: Bush faces his Watergate :
Sleaze, leaks and an indictment add up to the worst presidential crisis since Nixon. And it will get worse. The White House has lost one key man but the whole chain of command may be engulfed by a scandal slowly revealing the lies that led to war.
Berlusconi says warned Bush against Iraq war :
The Italian leader has been defending himself against accusations in Italy that the country's intelligence agency, possibly after government pressure, passed-off fake documents to Washington used to bolster claims of Iraq's nuclear ambitions.
How the 'IoS' broke the story of the ambassador and the fake uranium claim :
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