Friday, January 26, 2007

Bush: 'I'm the decision-maker' on Iraq 26 Jan 2007

Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens for Legitimate Government 26 January 2007
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Bush: 'I'm the decision-maker' on Iraq 26 Jan 2007 Dictator Bush, on a collision course with Congress over Iraq, said Friday "I'm the decision-maker" about sending more troops to the war. The president [sic] had strong words for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who are lining up to support resolutions opposing his decision to send 21,500 troops to Iraq. He challenged them to put up their own ideas. [*WHY* does Congress have to 'come up with their own ideas' to extricate BUSH from HIS mess? --LRP]

The World Agrees: Stop Bush Before He Kills Again --President [sic] Bush has accomplished what Osama bin Laden only dreamed of by disgracing the model of American democracy in the eyes of the world. By Robert Scheer 24 Jan 2007 Stop him before he kills again. That is the judgment of the American people, and indeed of the entire world, as to the performance of our president, and no State of the Union address can erase that dismal verdict.

Iran attack possible, says Cameron 26 Jan 2007 A pre-emptive military strike against Iran involving British troops could be launched under a Conservative government after David Cameron yesterday refused to rule out the use of force against the Gulf state. Mr Cameron said it would be wrong for a future Tory administration to rule out an attack on Iran.

Bush authorizes U.S. forces in Iraq to act against Iranians 26 Jan 2007 American soldiers will do what they must to protect themselves from Iranian agents operating inside Iraq, the White House said today, following a report that President [sic] Bush had authorized the killing of Iranian agents. But more questions about the campaign in Iraq, and in particular whether it includes a more aggressive approach to Iraq's neighbor Iran, seem certain following a report in The Washington Post today.

U.S. Troops Authorized to Kill Iranians In Iraq --New "kill or capture" program authorized by George W. Bush last fall 26 Jan 2007 The Bush regime has authorized the U.S. military to kill or capture Iranian 'operatives' inside Iraq, according to government and counterterrorism officials with direct knowledge of the effort. For more than a year, U.S. forces in Iraq have secretly detained dozens of suspected Iranian 'agents,' holding them for three to four days at a time. U.S. forces collected DNA samples from some of the Iranians without their knowledge, subjected others to retina scans, and fingerprinted and photographed all of them before letting them go.

Iran undeterred by psychological war: officials 20 Jan 2007 Iran's Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani yesterday played down what was described as the psychological warfare aimed at deterring Iran from its principle stand on gaining peaceful nuclear energy.

Iran Set to Try Space Launch 25 Jan 2007 Iran has converted one of its most powerful ballistic missile into a satellite launch vehicle. The 30-ton rocket could also be a 'wolf in sheep's clothing' for testing longer-range missile strike technologies, Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine reports in its Jan. 29 issue.

Iran demands UN nuclear inspector removed from country 26 Jan 2007 Iran has demanded the removal of the United Nations official overseeing nuclear inspections in the country, accusing him of breach of trust, and barred all inspectors from nations behind sanctions, diplomats said on Friday.

U.S. invasion was "idiot decision"-Iraq vice president 25 Jan 2007 The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 was an "idiot decision" and Iraqi troops now need to secure Baghdad to ensure the country's future, Vice-President Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Thursday. "Iraq was put under occupation, which was an idiot decision," Mahdi said at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Chalabi has key role in Baghdad effort 25 Jan 2007 One of the Iraq government's critical tasks to pacify the country is to rein in the excesses of de-Baathification. The man in charge of the effort is Ahmad Chalabi, the controversial Iraqi Shiite expatriate [Pentagon troll] who formerly headed the Iraqi National Congress, lobbied hard for regime change, and was a key link in the chain of inaccurate intelligence about Saddam Hussein's alleged [nonexistent] weapons of mass destruction program.

Iraqi General: U.S. Can Withdraw by 2008 26 Jan 2007 The Iraqi army will have enough equipment and strength to allow most U.S. troops to withdraw by 2008 [in time for the US 'elections'], Iraq's army chief said Friday.

Top generals tell Congress 'surge' won't end soon 25 Jan 2007 Top military commanders told Congress this week they don't know when or if troop levels will go back down under the pResident's new plan to stabilize Iraq. Earlier this month, Multi-National Force-Iraq Commander Gen. George Casey suggested the 21,500 soldiers and Marines being sent to Iraq could be returned home as early as this summer if conditions improve.

Pelosi Says She Wasn't Consulted On Iraq 25 Jan 2007 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said yesterday that President [sic] George W. Bush did not consult her before announcing his new strategy for the war in Iraq — a sign that, despite the cozy rhetoric, the relationship between Washington's two powerhouses has already had its share of friction.

Feingold Pushes Plan to Cut Off War Funds 26 Jan 2007 Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., has scheduled a hearing next Tuesday in his Judiciary Committee subcommittee to explore whether Congress has the authority to cut off funding for the U.S. military campaign in Iraq.

Senate confirms Petraeus as US military commander in Iraq 26 Jan 2007 The US Senate, deeply skeptical about the White House strategy in Iraq, unanimously confirmed the nomination of Lieutenant General David Petraeus as commander of US forces deployed in the country.

Iraq crash killed key U.S. officers --A missile strike is suspected. 26 Jan 2007 Two colonels, a lieutenant colonel and two command sergeants major were among the 12 U.S. soldiers killed last weekend in the crash of a Black Hawk helicopter northeast of Baghdad, the Pentagon said. It appeared to be the largest number of key officers and command sergeants killed in a single incident since the Iraq war started nearly four years ago. The Army has said the cause of the crash is under investigation. But a Pentagon official has said debris indicates the helicopter was hit by a surface-to-air missile. Ten of the dead were members of the National Guard, making the crash the deadliest single combat incident for the Guard since at least the Korean War, said Mark Allen, a National Guard Bureau spokesman.

Top U.S. Surgeon in Iraq Killed in Crash 25 Jan 2007 The top U.S. surgeon in Iraq was among the 12 soldiers killed when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed near Baghdad, military officials said Thursday.

Soldiers killed in Karbala were first abducted --U.S. military earlier said they died 'repelling' the sneak attack 26 Jan 2007 Contrary to U.S. military statements, four U.S. soldiers did not die repelling a sneak attack at the governor's office in the Shiite holy city of Karbala last week. New information obtained by The Associated Press shows they were abducted and found dead or dying as far as 25 miles away. In a written statement, the U.S. command [*lied*] reported at the time that five soldiers were killed while "repelling the attack."

More US troops for Afghanistan 26 Jan 2007 The number of American troops in Afghanistan is to rise by 3,500 to tackle the expected spring offensive by the Taliban 'insurgency.' General David Richards, Nato commander in Afghanistan In addition, Condoleezza Rice, the US Secretary of State, announced last night an extra $10.6 billion in aid for Afghanistan [Halliburton, Blackwater USA] this year.

AP: Military gives police free equipment 26 Jan 2007 The Defense Department is giving away free equipment the military no longer needs to state and local police. About 16,000 departments obtained more than 380,000 pieces of equipment in the 2005 budget year, according to an analysis of data provided by the Pentagon at the request of The Associated Press. The program is administered by the Defense Logistic Agency. The military gives away only items it considers obsolete for its own use, parts that already have been replaced or are no longer needed in places such as Iraq.

US unveils 'heat gun' to quell rioters 26 Jan 2007 A ray gun that can blast out intense heat to control rioters and disable terrorists was unveiled by American military chiefs yesterday. Raytheon, the company which worked on it, hopes to create a multi-billion-pound world market. The US military said more than 10,000 people had been exposed to the weapon since testing began 12 years ago.

US military looks to 'black ice' 25 Jan 2007 The US military has appealed to scientists to help develop a novel weapon - artificial black ice. The plastic-like substance is brainchild of the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa)... Researchers interested in joining the Polymer Ice Project [LOL!] are being invited to respond by the middle of April 2007.

Military Builds Robotic Insects 23 Jan 2007 Israel is developing a robot the size of a hornet to attack terrorists. And although the prototype will not fly for three years, killer Micro Air Vehicles, or MAVs, are much closer than that. British Special Forces already use 6-inch MAV aircraft called WASPs for reconnaissance in Afghanistan.

Italians Seize Ex-CIA Chief's Villa 26 Jan 2007 Magistrates have seized a villa in northern Italy belonging to a former CIA station chief who faces a possible indictment in the alleged kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric, officials said Friday. A preliminary hearing to decide whether to indict 26 Americans and five Italian intelligence officials on criminal charges continues Monday in Milan.

European Parliament Involved in CIA Actions 25 Jan 2007 European Union governments were aware of the secret CIA flights to transport terrorism suspects to clandestine prisons, states a report approved Tuesday by a European Parliament committee. The document makes clear that the United States has implemented extrajudicial detention in a systematic way. Likewise, it confirms the US has transported terrorism suspects to illegal offshore prisons for their interrogation.

'Europe was aware of secret CIA flights and abduction of suspects' 25 Jan 2007 Britain, Poland, Germany, Italy and other European Union countries were aware of secret CIA flights over Europe and the abduction of terror suspects by US agents, according to a report. The report, approved by a special committee of the European Parliament, also accused EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and other high-ranking officials of not cooperating with the probe and not revealing all they know about the US secret detention programme.

Guantanamo conditions said worse 26 Jan 2007 Some Guantanamo Bay prisoners have been moved to a new wing where they face the worst conditions since their arrival, as interrogators make a last attempt to extract confessions, a U.S. lawyer said on Friday... "Entire cans of Mace have been sprayed in prisoners' faces. Prisoners are being denied medical care unless they give information to interrogators," U.S. lawyer, Zachary Katznelson, said.

Hicks' men Cuba-bound but lack belief they will be seen 26 Jan 2007 David Hicks' Australian and American lawyers will fly to Cuba on Sunday, hoping the Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee will be well enough to see them. David's father, Terry Hicks, said he regretted being unable to send the latest novel by Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan, which was dedicated to Hicks and came with a handwritten note from Flanagan to Hicks to "Hang in there, mate". Mr Hicks said the book, The Unknown Terrorist, would never get security clearance.

Canadian government to apologise to Arar 26 Jan 2007 Canada will formally apologise on Friday to software engineer Maher Arar, who was deported to Syria by U.S. agents after Canadian police mistakenly labelled him an Islamic extremist, and offer him C$10 million (4.3 million pounds) compensation, according to news media reports.

Republican: government to review scripts before filming begins 26 Jan 2007 (NC) Citing the controversy surrounding the film Hounddog, the leader of the state Senate Republicans says he wants the government to review scripts before cameras start rolling in North Carolina. That system, said state Sen. Phil Berger, R-GOPedophile-Rockingham, would apply only to films seeking the state's lucrative filmmaker incentive, which refunds as much as 15 percent of what productions spend in North Carolina from the state treasury. "Why should North Carolina taxpayers pay for something they find objectionable?" said Berger, who is having proposed legislation drafted. [Contact info: Senator Phil Berger, Office of the Republican Leader, North Carolina Senate, 1026 Legislative Building, Raleigh, NC 27601 (919) 733-5708. Email: senatorberger@philberger.com or via philbe@ncleg.net.]

Gonzales Appointment of U.S. Attorney Challenged 24 Jan 2007 A Little Rock attorney has filed a motion to declare Tim Griffin's appointment last month as U. S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas unconstitutional. John Wesley Hall Jr. said in a 16-page motion filed Tuesday that Griffin's appointment last month by U. S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales violates Article II, Section 2, of the U. S. Constitution, which covers presidential appointments. He said it also violates a section of the U. S. Code altered last year during Congressional reauthorization of the USAPATRIOT Act.

'Plaintiffs and judges' clerks cannot see its secret filings.' Secrecy Is at Issue in Suits Opposing Domestic Spying 26 Jan 2007 The Bush regime has employed extraordinary secrecy in defending the National Security Agency's highly classified domestic surveillance program from civil lawsuits. Plaintiffs and judges' clerks cannot see its secret filings. Judges have to make appointments to review them and are not allowed to keep copies. Judges have even been instructed to use computers provided by the Justice Department to compose their decisions. But now the procedures have started to meet resistance.

Maine revolts against digital U.S. ID card 25 Jan 2007 Maine lawmakers on Thursday became the first in the nation to demand repeal of a federal law tightening identification requirements for drivers' licenses, a post-September 11 security measure that states say will cost them billions of dollars to administer.

Federal judge dismisses charges against NSA protesters 26 Jan 2007 A federal judge dropped charges against 13 peace activists arrested for protesting outside the headquarters of the secretive National Security Agency.

NSA electricity crisis gets Senate scrutiny 26 Jan 2007 The National Security Agency's impending electricity shortfall is "sort of a national catastrophe," Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said yesterday.

Spiked Study Leads to New FCC Query 25 Jan 2007 ...The Federal Communications Commission also realized they had turned up what one of the researchers, economist Keith Brown, called "inconvenient facts." The findings were at odds with what their agency, under heavy lobbying from the broadcast industry, had endorsed. The months-long study was spiked by the agency with "no plausible explanation," Brown says. He suspects it was because the conclusions were at odds with the shared position of the FCC and the broadcast industry: that media ownership rules were too restrictive and should be loosened.

U.N. climate report will shock the world - chairman 25 Jan 2007 A forthcoming U.N. report on climate change will provide the most credible evidence yet of a human link to global warming and hopefully shock the world into taking more action, the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said on Thursday.

First Polar Bear Born in Berlin Zoo in 30 Years 23 Jan 2007 Berlin Zoo is delighted at the birth of Knut, the first polar bear to be born in the animal park in over 30 years. The polar bears in Berlin Zoo may be having trouble getting to sleep as unseasonably warm weather interferes with their hibernation schedule, but one little bear is just happy to be alive.

[25 Jan lead stories:] Scientists tighten security over germ terror threat --MI5 issues warning to universities and labs 25 Jan 2007 Britain's laboratories have been ordered to strengthen security on stocks of more than 100 deadly viruses and bacteria after an MI5 warning that 'Islamic terrorists' [US bioterrorists] are training in germ warfare. The biological agents include polio, rabies, tuberculosis and avian flu. Scientists and laboratory staff in universities, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies who deal with agents will have to be vetted by police, and their laboratories will be checked by government safety inspectors... The crackdown comes after MI5 privately warned the Foreign and Commonwealth Office that 'al-Qaeda' was actively recruiting scientists. [But as we know, and as the CLG has been documenting for two years, it is the US Army that is reconstructing the deadly 1918 flu, to foment bioterror. The U.S. is going to engineer and unleash the pandemic and then blame 'al-Qaeda.' --LRP]

Bush preparing to play the bioterror card and declare martial law in time for the 2008 'elections:' U.S. not scared enough of bird flu, Senate told 24 Jan 2007 Bird flu poses as big a threat to the world as ever, and people need to worry about it more, U.S. senators and health leaders agreed on Wednesday. The H5N1 avian flu virus could cause a human pandemic at any time, killing perhaps millions, yet preparations are slow, they told a Senate hearing. [See: Scientists Recreate 1918 Flu and See Parallels to Bird Flu --In 2005, U.S. Army scientists reconstructed Spanish flu virus by extracting genetic fragments from the bodies of victims exhumed from the Alaskan permafrost. 18 Jan 2007]


U.S. to Seek $10.6B for Afghanistan 25 Jan 2007 President [sic] Bush will ask Congress for $10.6 billion to help Afghanistan strengthen its security forces and rebuild [Halliburton, Blackwater USA] from years of [US] war, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday. The money would be on top of $14.2 billion in aid the United States has already given to Afghanistan since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001 that toppled [installed] the Taliban.

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