Source: Citizens For Legitimate Government legitgov.org
Baghdad Morgue Overflowing Daily 14 Apr 2006 As sectarian [US] killings continue to rise in Iraq, the central morgue in Baghdad is unable to keep up with the daily influx of bodies. The morgue is receiving a minimum of 60 bodies a day and sometimes more than 100, a morgue employee told IPS on condition of anonymity. At the cemetery administration, an official told IPS: “From February 1 to March 31, we’ve logged and buried 2,576 bodies from Baghdad.”
Sunnis accuse Iraqi forces of murdering 68 14 Apr 2006 Prominent Sunni Arab leaders accused Shia-led [US-installed] Iraqi government forces of killing 68 people in the past week. Amid increasing sectarian bloodshed which Sunnis blame on alleged government [US] death squads, the principal Sunni Arab organisation in Iraq accused security services linked to the government of having tortured and killed 68 Iraqis.
Dead Cities By Chris Floyd 14 Apr 2006 “Of all the war crimes that have flowed from the originating crime of President [sic] George W. Bush’s unprovoked invasion of Iraq, perhaps the most flagrant was the destruction of Fallujah in November 2004. Now, as ignominious defeat looms for Bush’s Babylonian folly, some of the key players in fomenting the war are urging that the ‘Fallujah Option’ be applied to an even bigger target: Baghdad.”
U.S. building its largest embassy in Iraq –The fortress-like compound rising beside the Tigris River here will be the largest of its kind in the world, the size of Vatican City, with the population of a small town, its own defense force [ Blackwater USA terrorists?], self-contained power and water [Halliburton boondoggle], and a precarious perch at the heart of Iraq’s turbulent future. The new U.S. Embassy also seems as cloaked in secrecy as the ministate in Rome. [A nice, big target for the Iraqi resistance?]
Two Marines killed, 22 hurt in Iraq fighting –Two of wounded in critical condition after ‘enemy action’ in Anbar province 14 Apr 2006 Two U.S. Marines were killed and 22 wounded — two of them critically — in fighting in western Iraq, the U.S. military said Saturday. It was the largest number of American casualties reported from a single engagement in weeks.
Four dead in Iraq mosque bombings 14 Apr 2006 Four people have been killed and five others wounded by two roadside bombs that exploded near two Sunni mosques in the Iraqi city of Baquba as worshippers finished Friday prayers.
9 Killed in Attack on Iraq Police Convoy 14 Apr 2006 Dozens of Iraqi police were missing Friday and nine were dead after ‘insurgents’ ambushed their convoy as they left a U.S. base where they had picked up new vehicles, Iraqi and U.S. officials said.
13 killed in Baghdad market blast 14 Apr 2006 Thirteen people have been killed and eight wounded in a car bomb attack on a market located in a Shia-dominated Baghdad neighbourhood, an Interior Ministry official said. The blast occurred at 7:45pm (1545 GMT) on Thursday on the outskirts of Baghdad’s western Kadhimiyah neighbourhood, the official said.
British troops hurt in Iraq and Afghanistan attacks 14 Apr 2006 Seven British soldiers have suffered minor injuries in incidents in Afghanistan and Iraq.
U.S. military buys back data from Afghans [*Morons.*] Merchants sell stolen information back to investigators for thousands 14 Apr 2006 American investigators armed with a “box full” of [taxpayers’] cash have paid thousands of dollars to buy back stolen computer drives — many of which contain sensitive military data, shopkeepers outside the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan said Friday.
US will push for asset freeze, sanctions on Iran 14 Apr 2006 The United States will push its allies next week to consider targeted sanctions on Iran that include a freeze on assets and visa restrictions, the State Department said on Friday.
Britain took part in mock Iran invasion —Pentagon planned for Tehran conflict with war game involving UK troops 15 Apr 2006 British officers took part in a US war game aimed at preparing for a possible invasion of Iran, despite repeated claims by the foreign secretary, Jack Straw, that a military strike against Iran is inconceivable. The war game, codenamed Hotspur 2004, took place at the US base of Fort Belvoir in Virginia in July 2004. Hotspur took place at a time of accelerated US planning after the fall of Baghdad for a possible conflict with Iran.
Army report on al-Qaida accuses Rumsfeld —Donald Rumsfeld said to have been “personally involved” in a Guantánamo Bay interrogation. 15 Apr 2006 Donald Rumsfeld was directly linked to prisoner abuse for the first time yesterday, when it emerged he had been “personally involved” in a Guantánamo Bay interrogation found by military investigators to have been “degrading and abusive”. Human Rights Watch last night called for a special prosecutor to be appointed to investigate whether the defence secretary could be criminally liable for the treatment of Mohamed al-Qahtani, a Saudi al-Qaida suspect forced to wear women’s underwear, stand naked in front of a woman interrogator, and to perform “dog tricks” on a leash, in late 2002 and early 2003.
Bush Says Defense Chief Rumsfeld Has His Full Support 14 Apr 2006 U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush said Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has his “full support and deepest appreciation” following calls for Rumsfeld’s resignation by six retired U.S. generals.
List of Defense Secretary’s critics gets longer 14 Apr 2006 A sixth former general joined the criticism of Defense Secretary [war criminal] Donald Rumsfeld on Thursday, saying Rumsfeld should resign for mishandling the war in Iraq. “We need a new secretary of Defense,” retired major general Charles Swannack, former commander of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, said on CNN.
Cheney Authorized Leak of CIA Report, Libby Says By Murray Waas 14 Apr 2006 “Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney directed his then-chief of staff, I. Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby, on July 12, 2003 to leak to the media portions of a then-highly classified CIA report that Cheney hoped would undermine the credibility of former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, a critic of the Bush administration’s Iraq policy, according to Libby’s grand jury testimony in the CIA leak case and sources who have read the classified report.”
White House admits Iraq WMDs error 13 Apr 2006 The White House has acknowledged for the first time that a key moment in post-war Iraq, the declaration by George Bush that “we have found the weapons of mass destruction”, was based on intelligence known in Washington to be false.
14 war protesters arrested near Bush ranch 14 Apr 2006 Fourteen war protesters were arrested Friday near President [sic] Bush’s ranch, once again challenging a county roadside camping ban.
CIA failed to warn of Indian N-tests: Secret documents 14 Apr 2006 US intelligence failed to warn of India’s nuclear tests conducted in 1974 and 1998 despite tracking the Asian giant’s atomic weapons potential for nearly half a century, according to documents declassified on Thursday.
Blair urged to appoint terrorism minister 14 Apr 2006 Tony Blair has been urged to appoint a counter[pro]-terrorism minister to coordinate the battle against violent extremism.
ISP snooping gaining support 14 Apr 2006 The explosive idea of forcing Internet providers to record their customers’ online activities for future police access is gaining ground in state capitols and in Washington, D.C. Top Bush administration officials have endorsed the concept [gee, there’s a big f*cking surprise], and some members of the U.S. Congress have said federal legislation is needed to aid law enforcement investigations into child pornography [Yes, but then what would the GOPedophiles working for Homeland Suckyourity and the TSA read?]
Focus on terrorism left government unprepared for Katrina, report says 14 Apr 2006 The Homeland ‘Security’ Department’s focus on terrorist threats left it unprepared to deal with a natural disaster on the scale of Hurricane Katrina, the agency’s internal watchdog says. [Bush is terrorist threat we need to deal with is *Bush.*]
Judge rules Allstate’s policy exclusions “valid and enforceable” 14 Apr 2006 Provisions in Allstate Insurance Co.’s policies that exclude damage from Hurricane Katrina’s flood waters are “valid and enforceable,” a federal judge in Mississippi has ruled – a setback for Gulf Coast policyholders whose claims were denied by the insurer.
Hero from Katrina evacuation faces federal indictment 14 Apr 2006 A man hailed by some as a hero for stealing a school bus the day after Hurricane Katrina to take 60 stranded residents to safety in Houston has been indicted on ‘federal drug and gun charges’ [?!?]. [So, the Allstate ‘insurance’ company steals millions of dollars, and the hero who saved lives who is under federal indictment?]
E-Mails Cited in Lobbyist, Bush Aide Ties 15 Apr 2006 A batch of 278 e-mails between lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a Bush administration official show a highly inappropriate relationship where gifts and business interests mixed freely and frequently, federal prosecutors said Friday.
Exxon Chairman Gets $400 Million Retirement Package Amid Soaring Gas Prices –Exxon Made Record Profits in 2005 14 Apr 2006 Last year, Exxon made the biggest profit of any company ever, $36 billion, and its retiring chairman appears to be reaping the benefits. Exxon is giving Lee Raymond nearly $400 million, including pension, stock options and other perks… New corporate documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission revealed Raymond’s retirement deal and his $51.1 million paycheck in 2005. That’s equivalent to $141,000 a day, nearly $6,000 an hour.
Bush Pays $187,768 in 2005 Taxes; Cheney Gets $1.94 Mln Refund 14 Apr 2006 President [sic] George W. Bush paid $187,768 in taxes on taxable income last year of $618,694, according to returns released today at the White House. Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, reported owing $529,636 on taxable income of $1,961,157. The couple’s total income in 2005 was $8,824,762. The Cheneys are claiming a tax refund of $1.94 million, according to their return, released three days before Monday’s filing deadline.
The world is set to get 3C hotter, warns chief scientist 14 Apr 2006 (UK) According to the most optimistic predictions about global warming the world’s temperature is set to rise by 3C, putting up to 400 million people at risk of hunger, the Government’s chief scientist has warned.
Scientist issues grim warning on global warming 14 Apr 2006 (UK) The Government’s chief scientist today gave his starkest warning yet about the world’s increasing carbon emissions saying that even the best-case scenario put millions of lives at risk by the end of the century.
Warming Arctic Is Taking a Toll Peril to Walrus Young —Seen as Result of Melting Ice Shelf 15 Apr 2006 The rapid melting of Arctic sea ice appears to be separating walrus young from their mothers, leaving them likely to die at sea, a team of researchers said.
Is This Humanity’s First Planetary Emergency? There’s a New Level of Concern About the Coming Effects of Global Warming By Bill Blakemore 14 Apr 2006 “The reports of a number of leading scientists show a new level of concern about the possibility of global warming producing planetwide upheaval in the lifetimes of today’s children.”
NYC Cat Finally Rescued After 14 Days 14 Apr 2006 Molly the cat is finally free. After two weeks stuck behind a brick wall in a 19th century Greenwich Village building, workers rescued the bashful 11-month-old feline from her plight late Friday, according to Jean Tannenbaum, a spokeswoman for Animal Care & Control of New York City.
The Fraidy-Cat of Hudson Street Is Yanked to Safety 15 Apr 2006 The epic search for Molly, the black, 11-month old fraidy-cat stuck in the wall of a Greenwich village food store for two weeks, ended in jubilation last night after rescue workers spotted her in a small opening and quickly yanked her away to safety.
[14 Apr lead stories:] America’s Secret Police? —Intelligence experts warn that a proposal to merge two Pentagon intelligence units could create an ominous new agency. 13 Apr 2006 An informal panel of senior Pentagon officials has been holding a series of unannounced private meetings during the past several weeks about how to proceed with a possible merger between the Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA), a post-9/11 Pentagon creation that has been accused of domestic spying, and the Defense Security Service (DSS), a well-established older agency responsible for inspecting the security arrangements of defense contractors… Both Pentagon insiders and privacy experts fear that if CIFA merges with, or, in effect, takes over DSS, there would be a weakening of the safeguards that are supposed to regulate the release of the estimated 4.5 million security files on defense-contractor employees currently controlled by DSS.
Bush to make decision on Dubai defense purchase 13 Apr 2006 A secretive U.S. panel has sent President [sic] Bush a recommendation on a Dubai-owned company’s proposed $1.24 billion takeover of Doncasters, a British group with U.S. plants that supply the military.
“If I can’t find out from my own government what is going on, it ain’t congressional oversight.” Lawmaker upset by silence on another Dubai deal 11 Apr 2006 A U.S. lawmaker on Tuesday fumed that the Bush administration refused to divulge anything about a security review it is conducting of a Dubai-owned company that is planning to take over several plants in the U.S. that make equipment for defense contractors… “If I can’t find out from my own government what is going on, it ain’t congressional oversight,” Rep. John Barrow (D-GA) said in a telephone interview with Reuters. “We (lawmakers) can’t find out things … We have no reason to believe they (the administration) are doing anything other than sleepwalking through the review process,” he said.