"They're determined to have martial law."
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"They're determined to have martial law." Republican Congressman Slams Bush On Militarized Police State Preparation 12 Oct 2005 Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) has accused the Bush administration of attempting to set in motion a militarized police state in America by enacting gun confiscation martial law provisions in the event of an avian flu pandemic... "I believe it is the President hyping this and Rumsfeld, but it has to be in combination with the people being fearful enough that they will accept the man on the white horse. My first reaction going from my political and medical background is that it's way overly hyped and to think that they have gone this far with it, without a single case in the whole country and they're willing to change the law and turn it into a military state? That is unbelievable! They're determined to have martial law."

"This is a trend. You're going to see a lot more guys like us in these situations." Blackwater Down By Jeremy Scahill 22 Sep 2005 "In an hour-long conversation I had with four Blackwater men, they characterized their work in New Orleans as 'securing neighborhoods' and 'confronting criminals.' ...When asked what authority they were operating under, one guy said, 'We're on contract with the Department of Homeland Security.' Then, pointing to one of his comrades, he said, 'He was even deputized by the governor of the state of Louisiana. We can make arrests and use lethal force if we deem it necessary.' ...With President [sic] Bush using the Katrina disaster to try to repeal Posse Comitatus (the ban on using U.S. troops in domestic law enforcement) and Blackwater and other security firms clearly initiating a push to install their paramilitaries on U.S. soil, the war is coming home in yet another ominous way."

Iraq begins security lockdown 14 Oct 2005 Checkpoints and concrete barriers were put up around polling stations Thursday as a 'vote' loomed on the draft constitution that some Sunni Arab groups steadfastly opposed despite a last-minute compromise to soothe their fears.

U.S., Iraqis Prepare to Enforce Curfew 13 Oct 2005 U.S. and Iraqi forces stepped up security across the country Thursday and prepared to impose an overnight curfew.

Straw: Stable Iraq to take 10 years 13 Oct 2005 Iraq can be expected to take five to 10 years to become a stable democracy, according to Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. Government ministers have repeatedly stated that British soldiers will remain in the country until it is stable.

Soldier Killed by IED 13 Oct 2005 A Task Force Liberty soldier died of injuries suffered when a combat patrol struck an improvised explosive device near Dujayl, Iraq, at about 1 p.m. today, military officials reported.

More U.S. Troops Die in Iraq Bombings Even as Armoring Improves 13 Oct 2005 Roadside bombs are killing more American troops in Iraq, as the frequency and sophistication of resistance attacks may be outstripping U.S. efforts to increase protection for soldiers.

For Injured U.S. Troops, 'Financial Friendly Fire' --Flaws in Pay System Lead to Dunning, Credit Trouble 14 Oct 2005 Nine months after Robert Loria was wounded in Iraq, the Army garnished his wages and then, as he prepared to leave the service, hit him with a $6,200 debt... This spring, a collection agency started calling. He owed another $646 for military housing. "I was shocked," recalled Loria, now 28 and medically retired from the Army. "After everything that went on, they still had the nerve to ask me for money."

Bush Teleconference With Soldiers Staged 13 Oct 2005 It was billed as a conversation with U.S. troops, but the questions Dictator Bush asked on a teleconference call Thursday were choreographed to match his goals for the war in Iraq and Saturday's vote on a new Iraqi constitution.

Bush accused of staging chat with troops 14 Oct 2005 The White House found itself at the centre of another public relations disaster yesterday after a Pentagon official was seen coaching a group of handpicked US troops before a live teleconference with pResident George Bush.

A Taste For Torture By S. Ebbets 13 Oct 2005 "Throughout history there have been leaders who gained reputations as notorious tortures and killers; Ivan the Terrible, Vlad the Impaler, Karimov the Boiler, friend of George W. Bush, the Texecutioner. Not only is Bush a merciless executioner, but there is more than enough evidence to send him and his entire administration to The Hague to face war crimes charges."

Court: Saddam Hussein to face murder, torture charges 13 Oct 2005 Ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein will likely face charges of premeditated murder, torture and forced expulsion and disappearances when he goes on trial next week for a 1982 massacre of Shiites, a court official said Thursday. [OMG, what about Bush??? George W. Bush has murdered and tortured *a lot* more people than Saddam Hussein! Let's get that party started (the treason trials for Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove)!]

Bomb Destroys 8 Tankers in Afghanistan 14 Oct 2005 A bomb ripped through eight fuel tankers parked outside a U.S.-led occupation base in southern Afghanistan on Friday and injured two drivers, officials and eyewitnesses said.

Chavez kicks out U.S. evangelists for spying 12 Oct 2005 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Wednesday ordered U.S. New Tribes evangelical missions working with indigenous groups to leave the country after accusing them of "imperialist infiltration" and spying. [New Tribes Mission: In Paraguay, the NTM acted in collusion with the dictator Stroessner, for who the policy of settlement camps and conversion fitted in nicely with his plans for opening up the forest to mining and logging interests. The NTM are also accused of killing many more people, for example the Ayoreo, also of Paraguay, by bringing western diseases into the area... NTM are based in Sanford, Florida, but have loads of bible schools, language schools, aviation centres [9/11 tie-in?] and so on all around the US and the rest of the world.]

DNI and D/CIA Announce Establishment of the National Clandestine Service (Central Intelligence Agency Press Release) 13 Oct 2005 "The Director of National Intelligence, John D. Negroponte, and the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Porter J. Goss, today announced the creation of the National Clandestine Service (NCS) at CIA."

Undercover CIA official to oversee new National Clandestine Service [Stasi] 13 Oct 2005 A top CIA manager who remains undercover will soon oversee the traditional human spying activities for the entire intelligence community, a new position created in the post-Sept. 11 intelligence 'reforms.' Publicly, he is referred to simply as "Jose," said U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the plan's full details had yet to be released. Jose, as head of the new National Clandestine Service, will coordinate operations for the FBI, Defense Department and other agencies involved in human intelligence.

The Nexus of Politics and Terror By Keith Olbermann 12 Oct 2005 "I suggested that in the last three years there had been about 13 similar coincidences - a political downturn for the administration, followed by a 'terror event' - a change in alert status, an arrest, a warning. We figured we’d better put that list of coincidences on the public record..."

Al Qaeda: Letter Is a U.S. Fake 13 Oct 2005 A posting on an Islamic Web site Thursday accused the United States of fabricating a letter in which Al Qaeda's No. 2 leader asked for money and laid out al Qaeda's plans for expanding the resistance movement in the Middle East.

Sleepwalking into Slavery? By William Bowles 13 Oct 2005 "The great British public, apparently don’t think that home secretary’s Clarke’s proposed additions to the anti-terror legislation including the 90-day detention without trial, apply to them, at least as far as we know, as nobody has actually asked them. Perhaps they need to be reminded that almost identical laws were passed by the Apartheid regime of South Africa. ...The similarities between the two are no accident nor were the original South African laws, modelled as they were on laws passed by the Nazis in 1930s, and enacted for exactly the same reason – to suppress dissent and to cover up the lies the state uses in order to justify its policies."

Terror tip for rich --E-mails warned wealthy of city attack 13 Oct 2005 The city's rich and well-connected were tipped off to last week's subway terror threat days before average New Yorkers, the Daily News has learned. At least two E-mails revealing the purported plot were sent to a select crowd of business and arts executives early last week by New Yorkers who claimed to have close connections to Homeland Security and other federal officials, authorities said.

Homeland Security starts internal probe of possible leak of terror threat 13 Oct 2005 The Homeland Security Department has launched an internal investigation into whether department officials privately tipped off relatives or friends about last week's subway terrorism threat before the public learned of the news, officials said Thursday.

Political Screening For All Park Service Managers --Mid-Level Managers Picked for Fealty to "the President's Management Agenda" (PEER Press Release) 13 Oct 2005 "The National Park Service has started using a political loyalty test for picking all its top civil service positions, according to an agency directive released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Under the new order, all mid-level managers and above must also be approved by a Bush administration political appointee."

ACLU of Florida Challenges Pat-Down Searches at NFL Games --Suspicionless Searches Make Fans Less Free But Not Any Safer, Says ACLU (ACLU Press Release) 13 Oct 2005 "Acting on behalf of a Tampa Bay Buccaneers season ticket holder, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida today filed a lawsuit seeking to stop officials from conducting suspicionless pat-down searches of all persons entering Raymond James Stadium to watch National Football League games."

EU says internet could fall apart 12 Oct 2005 A battle has erupted over who governs the internet, with America demanding to maintain a key role in the network it helped create and other countries demanding more control. The European commission is warning that if a deal cannot be reached at a meeting in Tunisia next month the internet will split apart. The US government, which funded the development of the internet in the 60s, said in June it intended to retain its role overseeing Icann, reneging on a pledge made during Bill Clinton's presidency.

Nuclear Plant Has Flaw Undetected for 19 Years 14 Oct 2005 A potential problem with the emergency reactor core cooling system at the nation's largest nuclear power plant went undetected from 1986, when the plant began producing electricity, until last week, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the plant operator confirmed Thursday.

Bush's ratings sink amid public pessimism 13 Oct 2005 Despite a drive by Dictator George W. Bush to rebuild support and restore public confidence, three new opinion polls show his approval ratings sinking ever deeper in a sea of political troubles and pessimism.

A Polling Free-Fall Among Blacks By Dan Froomkin 13 Oct 2005 "In what may turn out to be one of the biggest free-falls in the history of presidential polling, President [sic] Bush's job-approval rating among African Americans has dropped to 2 percent, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. The drop among blacks drove Bush's overall job approval ratings to an all-time low of 39 percent in this poll."

Papers: DeLay Group Used $100K for Races 13 Oct 2005 Tom DeLay's political group used nearly $100,000 in corporate and unlimited donations to mail last-minute political appeals praising five congressional candidates despite rules meant to keep such money out of federal races, documents released Thursday show.

DeLay's Telephone Records Subpoenaed 14 Oct 2005 A Texas prosecutor subpoenaed telephone records for the home phone of former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) and the phone of his political campaign Thursday.

Report: DeLay car loan records subpoenaed 13 Oct 2005 Prosecutors in Texas have subpoenaed home phone records from U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, as well as those of his daughter and campaign office.

Conservatives launch TV assault on Earle --Ads running in Austin liken the Travis County DA to an attack dog 12 Oct 2005 A national conservative organization today is launching a television commercial in Austin and nationally comparing Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle to an attack dog because of his prosecution of U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay.

UK on alert for deadly virus 13 Oct 2005 Contingency plans have been put in place in the UK if the deadly avian flu virus spreads to the UK, the country's chief veterinary officer said. http://www.legitgov.org/flu_oddities.html

Bird flu warning: give jabs to those at risk 14 Oct 2005 European Union governments were urged yesterday to stockpile anti-viral drugs and offer the winter [useless] "flu shot" to as many vulnerable people as possible, after the discovery of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in Turkey was confirmed.

Bird flu reaches fringes of Europe 13 Oct 2005 The Federal Veterinary Office on Thursday reiterated that the necessary precautions were in place to prevent the spread of bird flu in Switzerland.

Bird flu in Turkey is deadly strain 13 Oct 2005 The bird flu virus discovered in Turkish poultry is the highly-pathogenic H5N1 strain that scientists worry could mutate into a human virus and spark a global flu pandemic likely to kill millions, EU authorities confirmed today.

16th H5N1 Fatality Transferred 20 Minutes Before Death (Recombinomics Commentary) 12 Oct 2005 "...In the above case, holding the patient three days at the primary facility led to his death 20 minutes after transfer. The testing procedures in Indonesia are poorly conceived for identification of H5N1 patients. The procedures are very effective at generating false negatives."

Greenwich Ready To Evacuate Neighborhoods If River Rises 13 Oct 2005 (CT) Greenwich firefighters are prepared to evacuate two neighborhoods if a dam on the Byram River fails to hold back rising water. [Greenwich, Connecticut? It should be fascinating to compare their evacuation to the one that took place in New Orleans.]

Fair Trade Coffee Leader Questions Nestlé Entry Into Market --Equal Exchange Cites Multinational's 'Credibility Gap' (Organic Consumers Association Press Release) 13 Oct 2005 "Equal Exchange, Inc., who began importing and marketing fairly traded coffee from small farmers in 1986, expressed grave doubts about the entry of the Nestlé Corporation into the Fair Trade system, as announced earlier today."


[13 Oct lead stories:] US mulls federal troops for bird flu quarantine 12 Oct 2005 The Pentagon is looking at the possibility of using federal troops to enforce a quarantine in the event of an outbreak of pandemic bird flu in the United States, a senior official said on Wednesday. Dictator George W. Bush said last week he would consider using the military to "effect a quarantine" in response to any outbreak of avian influenza, but provided few details. [Others mull *insurrection.* We're not going to FEMA's concentration camps, folks.] http://www.legitgov.org/flu_oddities.html

Cheney's role in outing of CIA agent under examination, sources close to prosecutor say 12 Oct 2005 Cheney's role in CIA outing not known Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is trying to determine whether Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney had a role in the outing of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame-Wilson, individuals close to Fitzgerald have confirmed. Plame’s husband was a vocal critic of prewar intelligence used by President [sic] George W. Bush to build support for the Iraq war. [Oops! *Down* goes the Bush regime and *up* goes the quarantines!]

SEC Issues Subpoena to Frist, Sources Say --Records Sought On Sale

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