US Troops Shoot at Canadian Diplomats 01 Feb 2006 American troops reportedly opened fire on a car carrying Canadian diplomats in Baghdad on Tuesday. The vehicle was carrying the Canadian charge d’affaires in Iraq.
U.S. forces fire on Canadian vehicle in Iraq 31 Jan 2006 A vehicle carrying four members of a Canadian diplomatic mission in Iraq was fired on by U.S. forces inside Baghdad’s Green Zone on Tuesday.
Suicide bomber kills at least eight in Baghdad 01 Feb 2006 At least eight people were killed on Wednesday when a suicide bomber strapped with explosives attacked a crowd of labourers in central Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.
Pressure mounts on Blair as British fatalities reach 100 01 Feb 2006 The death the 100th British soldier in Iraq has sparked protests once again, with fresh demands for British troops to be pulled out of Iraq. A cross-party group of MPs renewed their calls for an inquiry into Tony Blair’s conduct in taking Britain into the war.
2 British troops killed in Iraq, bringing country’s deaths to 100 since 2003 31 Jan 2006 A British soldier was killed in a roadside bombing Tuesday, the second member of the country’s armed forces to die in Iraq in as many days and the 100th fatality since the conflict began in March 2003.
MOD accused of hiding real cost of Iraq war —MOD issues misleading figures on number of military injuries in Iraq 30 Jan 2006 The Ministry of Defence has admitted that it issued misleading figures for the number of British soldiers injured in Iraq after a Scotsman investigation found that they were wildly inaccurate.
Casualty figures are ‘wrong’, admits Reid 31 Jan 2006 Official figures for the number of UK troops injured in Iraq may have to be corrected, the Defence Secretary admitted yesterday. John Reid conceded that the previously published statistic of 230 soldiers injured in action did not reflect the true scale of British casualties and that there may have been many more.
Guantanamo in spotlight at Berlin film festival 30 Jan 2006 The U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay will be thrust into the spotlight at the Berlin Film Festival this year, with Michael Winterbottom’s feature about the base among the main competition entries.
U.S. Capitol police arrest activist Sheehan 01 Feb 2006 Activist Cindy Sheehan was arrested in the House of Representatives chamber on Tuesday shortly before Dictator George W. Bush gave his State of the disUnion address because she refused to cover up an anti-war slogan on her shirt.
Libby’s Lawyers Seek Papers on Plame’s CIA Employment 01 Feb 2006 Attorneys for Vice pResident Cheney’s former chief of staff urged a court yesterday to force a prosecutor to turn over CIA records indicating whether former CIA operative Valerie Plame’s employment was classified, saying the answer is not yet clear.
FBI Agents Back Down When Librarian Refuses to Let Them Seize 30 Computers Without a Warrant 31 Jan 2006 An e-mail threat that prompted the evacuation of more than a dozen Brandeis University buildings on January 18 led to a standoff in a public library in Newton, Mass., a few miles from the Brandeis campus. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents tried to seize 30 of the library’s computers without a warrant, saying someone had used the library’s Internet connection to send the threat to Brandeis. But the library director told the agents they could not take the machines unless they got a warrant first.
New Patriot Act Provision Creates Tighter Barrier to Officials at Public Events 31 Jan 2006 A new provision tucked into the Patriot Act bill now before Congress would allow authorities to haul demonstrators at any “special event of national significance” away to jail on felony charges if they are caught breaching a security perimeter.
Gonzales Is Challenged on Wiretaps —Feingold Says Attorney General Misled Senators in Hearings 31 Jan 2006 Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) charged yesterday that Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales misled the Senate during his confirmation hearing a year ago when he appeared to try to avoid answering a question about whether the president could authorize warrantless wiretapping of U.S. citizens.
AT&T Sued Over NSA Eavesdropping 31 Jan 2006 The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a class-action lawsuit against AT&T on Tuesday, accusing the telecom company of violating federal laws by collaborating with the government’s secret, warrantless wiretapping of American citizens’ phone and internet usage.
UK police armed Irish terrorists 31 Jan 2006 A policeman who served in Ireland admitted in a radio interview this morning that the police supplied Irish terrorists with guns directly from the police armory (Radio 4 at 09:07 GMT precisely). Loyalist terrorists acted with immunity and support from the Royal Ulster Constabulary’s “Special Branch” (UK government’s secret police).
Terrorism laws will strip power from judges, court told 01 Feb 2006 (AU) The Federal Government’s terrorism laws would close off courts “as tight as a drum” and co-opt judges into a regime of “extreme secrecy”, the NSW Supreme Court heard yesterday.
Experts Claim Official 9/11 Story is a Hoax —Scholars for 9/11 Truth call for verification and publication by an international consortium. Duluth, MN (PRWEB) 30 Jan 2006 “A group of distinguished experts and scholars, including Robert M. Bowman, James H. Fetzer, Wayne Madsen, John McMurtry, Morgan Reynolds, and Andreas von Buelow, have concluded that senior government officials have covered up crucial facts about what really happened on 9/11.”
Clinton seeks help for ground zero workers 31 Jan 2006 Sen. Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she will bring the debate over Sept. 11 ground zero worker health to the floor of the U.S. Senate in coming days, seeking help for first responders through a troubled asbestos litigation bill.
Left’s Chorus Grows for Bush Impeachment 31 Jan 2006 As Dictator Bush prepared to address Congress, some members of the House began calling for his impeachment — a call that has been growing over the last few months, when only the far fringes [?!?] of the American left called for his ouster. [No, the ‘far fringes’ of the American left have been calling for his *treason trial.*]
52 percent say Bush’s pResidency a failure 31 Jan 2006 More than half of the people asked in a recent poll said the term of U.S. pResident George W. Bush has been a failure.
State of the War? U.S. Support Fades –Majority says U.S. has done all it could and should withdraw: Enemy has staying power, new Zogby Interactive poll shows 31 Jan 2006 President [sic] Bush is under fire over his Iraq policies, as a majority of likely voters nationwide say they are not pleased with his handling of the war there, a new Zogby Interactive survey shows… 55% of the voting public favors a phased withdrawal of troops from Iraq, believing the U.S. has accomplished all it realistically can in the Middle Eastern nation.
MSNBC Poll: Did President [sic] Bush persuade you that he has the right plan for the country? * 40118 responses – Yes 32%; No 68% [Poll snapshot: 03:00 EST 01 Feb 2006]
Dictator Bush’s State of the disUnion Address (transcript) 31 Jan 2006
Alito sworn in as member of Supreme Court 31 Jan 2006 Samuel Alito was sworn in as a U.S. Supreme Court justice on Tuesday after a divided Senate confirmed him as a second conservative appointed by Dictator George W. Bush in his effort to move the high court to the right.
Alito confirmed 58-42 31 Jan 2006 Samuel Alito was confirmed to the Supreme Court today after a contentious and partisan battle in the Senate, becoming the nation’s 110th justice to serve on the high court. The Senate approved Alito 58-42, one of the most divided tallies in modern history as all but four Democrats [traitors] opposed him.
DemocRATs who voted to confirm Alito: Byrd (WV) Conrad (ND) Johnson (SD) Nelson (NE); DemocRATs who voted for cloture to bust the filibuster Akaka, Hawaii; Baucus, Mont.; Bingaman, N.M.; Byrd, W.Va.; Cantwell, Wash.; Carper, Del.; Conrad, N.D.; Dorgan, N.D.; Inouye, Hawaii; Johnson, S.D.; Kohl, Wis.; Landrieu, La.; Lieberman, Conn.; Lincoln, Ark.; Nelson, Fla.; Nelson, Neb.; Pryor, Ark.; Rockefeller, W.Va.; Salazar, Colo.
Matthews on Sen. Kennedy: “the guy that molested” Martha-Ann Alito 31 Jan 2006 During the January 30 edition of MSNBC’s Hardball, host Chris Matthews called Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) “the guy that molested” Martha-Ann Alito, wife of Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. Matthews said: “Won’t they say [during Dictator Bush’s State of disUnion speech] something very upbeat and bucking up, like isn’t she a great woman, and then they’ll put the camera right on Ted Kennedy. And show how he was the guy that molested her, basically… the way they [presumably Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats] beat up Judge Alito to make his wife cry.”
Sweeping anti-abortion laws proposed 31 Jan 2006 Legislators in at least five states are proposing bold anti-abortion measures as the Bush regime reshapes the U.S. Supreme Court, a report said. Lawmakers in Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, South Dakota and Tennessee propose banning all abortions except when the woman’s life is in danger, Stateline.org reported.
White House Official Warned Abramoff 29 Jan 2006 The Bush administration’s former chief procurement official tipped off lobbyist Jack Abramoff that the government was about to suspend the federal contracts of an Abramoff client, newly filed court papers say.
Ohio GOP poised to gut election protection on way to permanent national domination By Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman 30 Jan 2006 “Ohio’s GOP-controlled legislature is poised to pass… a repressive new law that will gut free elections here and is already surfacing around the US. The bill is designed to help end free elections and continue the process of installing the GOP as America’s permanent ruling party. Called HB3, the bill demands discriminatory voter ID, severely cripples the possibility of statewide recounts and actually ends the process of state-based challenges to federal elections—most importantly for president—held within the state.”
Iraq says treating 12 possible human bird flu cases 31 Jan 2006 Officials in northern Iraq said on Tuesday they were treating 12 patients suspected of having bird flu as a World Health Organization (WHO) team prepared to travel to the area to give urgent ‘assistance.’
Call for drills to test bird flu readiness 01 Feb 2006 A plan prepared by the UAE Armed Forces for intervention in case of an outbreak of bird flu pandemic in the country was presented at the fourth meeting of the Secretariat of the National Committee for Emergency Response to Bird Flu.
Britain ready to deploy CO2 to combat bird flu 31 Jan 2006 Britain will allow poultry [and what/who else?] to be poisoned with carbon dioxide as a measure to combat any bird flu outbreak, the farm ministry said on Tuesday.
Coretta Scott King, a Civil Rights Icon, Dies at 78 01 Feb 2006 Coretta Scott King, known first as the wife of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., then as his widow, then as an avid proselytizer for his vision of racial peace and nonviolent social change, died Monday at a hospital in Mexico.