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12 November 2006
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Outrage at London sting by US spies 11 Nov 2006 Undercover American agents are staging secret 'sting' operations in Britain against criminal and terrorist suspects they want to extradite to the US. Urgent questions were being asked about whether the British Government had been aware of the operation. If so, it raises issues of the State collaborating with foreign agencies to entrap suspects - and if not it raises the spectre of American spies working unchecked on British soil. [Well, Israeli spies work unchecked on US soil.]
Beware: George Bush's secret agents can now arrest us in our own country By Alun Jones QC, lawyer of the NatWest Three 11 Nov 2006 The Government last week cravenly surrendered control of the independence of our criminal justice system to the United States. It rejected a final chance to make two key amendments to the Extradition Act 2003 - a dereliction of duty that means American secret agents can now arrest us in our own country.
Britain monitoring hundreds who plot "active terrorism" 11 Nov 2006 British spies are watching 1,600 people in 200 cells believed to be plotting terrorist acts in Britain or overseas, according to the head of Britain's domestic spy agency.
Brown backs stronger anti-terrorism powers 12 Nov 2006 Chancellor Gordon Brown, favourite to succeed Tony Blair as prime minister, said he supported police calls to extend a 28-day maximum limit on holding terrorist suspects without trial. Saying fighting terrorism should be a prime minister's "first priority", Brown also backed police demands to allow intercept evidence to be used in court to help secure convictions against terrorists.
Brown says no to calls for terrorism minister 12 Nov 2006 Gordon Brown has declared that protecting the country from terrorism would be his "first priority" as Prime Minister, dismissing Tory calls for a dedicated cabinet security minister. The Chancellor, in an interview with the Sunday Times, also backed calls from Britain's top police officer Sir Ian Blair for anti-terror powers to be toughened.
Imams sent to high-security prisons to convert 'radicals' 12 Nov 2006 Moderate [?!?] imams are to be sent into Britain's high-security prisons in a desperate bid to "turn" terrorists away from radical versions of Islam that make them a lethal danger to society. Ministers have turned to the Saudi-style "re-education programmes" amid growing fears that they have effectively lost a generation of disaffected young Muslims to the threat of radicalism, and potential terrorist acts.
Warrantless Eavesdropping Claim Rejected 10 Nov 2006 A federal judge has dismissed claims that prosecutors illegally built their case against a convicted 'al-Qaida' supporter on information obtained from the Bush administration's warrantless eavesdropping program.
Despite US Confession, Europe Insists on Hiding CIA Bases 11 Nov 2006 The European Union made no progress in its investigations concerning the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) prisoner transfers in Europe.
Morocco jails 3 ex-Guantanamo detainees 11 Nov 2006 Three former detainees at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were convicted in Morocco for creating a criminal group and forging documents [?!? The GOP does that every day], the state news agency reported.
Actual lower-third on Faux News live broadcast: 'Liberal blogs & Al Qaeda: Both sending the same message?' 11 Nov 2006
Rumsfeld faces threat of lawsuit over 'war crime' 13 Nov 2006 Donald Rumsfeld, the outgoing American defence secretary, faces the threat of a lawsuit in the German courts accusing him of involvement in prisoner abuses at Guantanamo Bay detention camp and in Iraq. A writ brought by a US-based human rights group is due to be filed this week, taking advantage of German laws that allow for the prosecution of "war crimes" committed anywhere in the world.
Threat to Blair as Democrats pledge inquiry on Iraq 12 Nov 2006 Tony Blair, who narrowly defeated a recent parliamentary attempt to call an inquiry into the Iraq war, is facing a new threat from Washington, where victorious Democrats are expected to call British witnesses as they launch congressional investigations into the war.
Democrats Aim to Save Inquiry on Work in Iraq 12 Nov 2006 Congressional Democrats say they will press new legislation next week to restore the power of a federal agency in charge of ferreting out waste and corruption in Iraq and greatly increase its investigative reach. The bills, the first of what are likely to be dozens of Democratic efforts to resurrect investigations of war profiteering and financial fraud in government contracting, could be introduced as early as Monday morning.
Despite Billions Spent, Rebuilding Incomplete 12 Nov 2006 The United States has committed more than $38 billion to reconstructing Iraq, far more than any other nation, according to the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction. Most of that money is now gone.
Troops to stay in Iraq, says Downer 12 Nov 2006 The Democrats' victory in the US election will not see an immediate American troop withdrawal from Iraq, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer says.
Clark: Iraq a "Hopeless, Spiraling Failure" 11 Nov 2006 Using war to bring democracy to Iraq is a "hopeless, spiraling failure" that hurts the United States' power and prestige beyond its borders, retired U.S. Gen. Wesley Clark said Friday. "It was a flawed, fatally flawed idea," said Clark, a presidential candidate in the Democratic primary in 2004. "Now we have to back away from it."
Blasts kill 35 at Iraq police recruit HQ 12 Nov 2006 A pair of suicide bombs ripped through a crowd of would-be police recruits in Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 35.
Gunmen Kill 10, Kidnap 50 In Iraq 11 Nov 2006 [US] Gunmen set up a false security checkpoint and ambushed several minibuses south of Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least 10 passengers and kidnapping about 50, police reported.
'Friendly fire' death in Afghanistan raises disturbing questions --The question remains: Was it really an accident? 12 Nov 2006 The latest inquiry into Pat Tillman's death by friendly fire should end next month; authorities have said they intend to release to the public only a synopsis of their report. ...Taken together, these findings raise more questions than they answer, in a case that already had veered from suggestions that it all was a result of the "fog of war" to insinuations that criminal acts were to blame. The Pentagon's failure to reveal for more than a month that Tillman was killed by friendly fire have raised suspicions of a coverup. To Tillman's family, there is little doubt that his death was more than an innocent mistake.
US vetoes UN resolution condemning Israel on Gaza 11 Nov 2006 The United States on Saturday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution urging an immediate withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza and condemning an Israeli attack there that killed 18 Palestinian civilians.
How Israel put Gaza civilians in firing line --Military chiefs were warned that change of safety margin for gunners risked killing the innocent 12 Nov 2006 Israeli military commanders drastically reduced the 'safety' margins that separate artillery targets from the built-up civilian areas of Gaza earlier this year, despite being warned that the new policy risked increasing Palestinian civilian deaths and injuries, The Observer can reveal.
Israel's Olmert says Iran should "pay dearly" if it continues its nuclear program 11 Nov 2006 The international community must make clear to Iran that it will "pay dearly" if it does not halt its nuclear program, Ehud Olmert said in an interview published Saturday, a day before the Israeli leader was to arrive in Washington. Iran is set to be a main item on the agenda when Olmert meets with U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush.
Gauge *this.* Olmert heads to U.S. to gauge post-election policy 12 Nov 2006 Israeli Prime Minister [War Criminal] Ehud Olmert begins a U.S. visit on Sunday, seeking from President [sic] George W. Bush a post-election picture of U.S. policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran.
Hello, Pot? This is Kettle! White House calls Iran, Hezbollah a 'global nexus of terrorism' 12 Nov 2006 The White House branded Iran and Hezbollah on Saturday as a "global nexus of terrorism" and applauded an Argentine court for seeking the arrest of former Iranian officials in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center.
'Gates will uphold solid US-Israel ties' 09 Nov 2006 Departing Ambassador to Washington Danny Ayalon said Thursday that he expected Israel's strong strategic relationship with the US to continue should Robert Gates be confirmed as the next secretary of defense.
Gates' role in Iran-Contra scandal still debated --Bush's pick to lead Pentagon says he didn't know about deals while at CIA [Yeah, right!] 12 Nov 2006 Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada says he has questions about Robert Gates' involvement in Iran-Contra. Republicans plan to push the nomination through before they lose control in January. Thomas Blanton, director of the National Security Archive, a private group that has collected hundreds of thousands of pages of documents on the scandal and published several books on it, calls Gates "the ultimate hear-no-evil see-no-evil high official during Iran-Contra."
Gates' old enemy By Robert D. Novak 11 Nov 2006 One reason for hurrying Senate confirmation of Robert Gates as secretary of defense through the lame-duck session of Congress is to avoid confrontation with an old enemy: James Webb, who will be a Democratic senator from Virginia in the new Congress starting in January. During President Reagan's second term, Gates and Webb clashed as colleagues. Webb as secretary of the Navy objected to plans by Gates, then deputy national security adviser, for U.S. warships to protect oil platforms in the Persian Gulf.
Bush stands by his man for U.N. envoy 12 Nov 2006 President [sic] Bush will not relent in his defense of John Bolton, his nominee for U.N. ambassador, despite unwavering opposition from Democrats who view Bolton as too combative for international diplomacy, aides said Sunday.
Frustration Grows at Carousel as More Baggage Goes Astray 12 Nov 2006 Since Aug. 10, when a ban on most carry-on liquids sent the amount of checked luggage soaring, airlines have been misplacing many more bags... The Transportation Department reported that 183,234 more passengers had mishandled bags than a year earlier, up 92 percent.
FEMA Official Gets Dunked in New Orleans 11 Nov 2006 For $5, residents of one of the city's hardest hit neighborhoods received three tennis balls Saturday — and a chance to vent 15 months of frustration at the slow pace of rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina. The object of their annoyance sat perched atop a dunk tank — Bob Josephson, director of intergovernmental affairs in Louisiana for the reviled and much-lampooned Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Bush's approval rating reaches a new low 11 Nov 2006 President Bush’s job approval rating has fallen to just 31 percent, according to the new NEWSWEEK Poll. [Since GOP whores run News-weak, the actual number is buried deep in the article, nestled in between a list of (irrelevant) historical ratings of Democrats' low points, lol.]
E-voting woes surface in Florida 10 Nov 2006 Headlines after Tuesday's election tended to categorize reports of electronic voting machine troubles as mere "hiccups." But as it turns out, irregularities in one Florida county could carry far more weight--and are already spawning renewed calls for paper trails on so-called "black box" electronic voting machines.
18,000 votes in U.S. House race may be lost --Thousands of votes were either not counted or not cast in Sarasota's nationally watched congressional race. 09 Nov 2006 The latest Florida election whodunit, replete with a razor-thin vote margin and a looming recount, played out here Wednesday as state and county officials were at a loss to explain why 18,382 votes weren't cast or recorded in the nationally watched congressional race to replace Katherine Harris.
Mayoral Candidate in East Arkansas Disputes Tally of Zero Votes 11 Nov 2006 In his campaign for mayor in this town of 80 residents, Randy Wooten figured he'd get at least one vote - even if he was just his own. So when he saw the results from Tuesday's election, he was shocked to learn he'd garnered zero.
Global growth in carbon emissions is 'out of control' 11 Nov 2006 The growth in global emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels over the past five years was four times greater than for the preceding 10 years, according to a study that exposes critical flaws in the attempts to avert damaging climate change.
Deer frees itself from plastic pumpkin 11 Nov 2006 A small deer who garnered national attention by getting its head stuck in a plastic Halloween jack-o-lantern for several days will be fine now that it is freed itself from the bucket, animal rescuers said Saturday.
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[11 Nov lead stories:] Bush quietly resumes training Latin American militaries --Training takes place in the US 10 Nov 2006 President [sic] Bush has quietly granted a waiver that allows the United States to resume training militaries from 11 Latin American and Caribbean countries. A 2002 US law bars countries from receiving military aid and training if they refuse to promise immunity from prosecution to US servicemembers who might be brought before the International Criminal Court. The law allows presidential waivers. The White House lifted the ban on 21 countries, about half in Latin America or the Caribbean, through a presidential memorandum Oct. 2 to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Rumsfeld sued for 'torture' 11 Nov 2006 An association of lawyers defending detainees held at a United States naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, said on Friday that it would be filing suit against outgoing US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld for his alleged role in sanctioning torture. The group said the Centre for Constitutional Rights "would file a criminal complaint against former secretary of defence Donald Rumsfeld in a German court" on November 14.
Egyptian claims torture after CIA kidnap in Italy 10 Nov 2006 Electric shocks, beatings, rape threats and genital abuse are among the types of torture alleged by an Egyptian prisoner [Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, also known as Abu Omar] at the center of Europe's biggest CIA "rendition" case.
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