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24 January 2006
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U.S. \'outsourced\' torture, investigator says 24 Jan 2006 The head of a European investigation into alleged CIA secret prisons in Europe said Tuesday there was evidence the United States outsourced torture to other countries and it was likely European governments knew about it.

Report on CIA says \'gangster\' methods used 25 Jan 2006 The head of a high-profile probe of CIA prisons in Europe accused the US administration of \"gangster-style methods\" yesterday but failed to produce hard evidence that European governments had hosted any such facilities.

Ordinary Iraqis feel pinch of predatory capitalism --Grocery prices jump as cost of gasoline soars threefold 23 Jan 2006 A 2003 foreign investment law [Bush\'s gift to the US corpora-terrorists] continues to anger Iraqi businessmen who say it is squeezing them out of the reconstruction boom. When the privatization drive kicks into full gear, probably within months, thousands of employees in the public sector are likely to be dismissed.

Iraq \'Rebuilding\' Badly Hobbled, U.S. Report Finds [Halliburton getting paid billions to \'rebuild\' that which it destroyed] 24 Jan 2006 The first official history of the $25 billion American \'reconstruction\' effort in Iraq depicts a program hobbled from the outset by gross understaffing, a lack of technical expertise, bureaucratic infighting, secrecy and constantly increasing security costs, according to a preliminary draft.

British, Danish troops seize police in Iraq raids 24 Jan 2006 Hundreds of British and Danish troops staged early morning raids on the homes of Iraqi policemen in the southern city of Basra on Tuesday in an operation to root out rogue elements of the police force.

Two German Engineers Kidnapped in Iraq 24 Jan 2006 Gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms kidnapped two German engineers Tuesday in northern Iraq, and British troops detained several police officers among more than a dozen people linked to a series of killings, bombings and kidnappings in the southern city of Basra.

\'Insurgent\' attacks in Iraq jumped in 2005, US says 23 Jan 2006 \'Insurgents\' in Iraq mounted more than 34,000 attacks last year on U.S. and other foreign troops, Iraqi security forces and Iraqi civilians, a nearly 30 percent jump from 2004, the U.S. military said on Monday.

Bolton: Bush won\'t tolerate nuclear Iran 23 Jan 2006 US pResident George W. Bush will not accept a nuclear Iran, John Bolton, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said Monday. [We shouldn\'t *tolerate* Bush.]

Thanks to Bush, thousands shout: \"Long live Osama bin Laden!\" Sympathy for al-Qaeda rises after U.S. airstrike 24 Jan 2006 Sympathy for al-Qaeda has surged after a US airstrike devastated a remote mountain hamlet in a border region sometimes as hostile toward the Pakistani government as it is to the US. A week after the attack in Damadola, near the Afghan border, villagers insist no members of the terror network were anywhere near the border village when it was hit. But thousands of protesters flooded a nearby town chanting, \"Long live Osama bin Laden!\"

Pakistanis Stopped From Protesting U.S. 24 Jan 2006 Pakistani security forces on Monday stopped hundreds of Islamists from heading to northwestern Pakistan to protest against a fatal U.S. missile attack. The convoy of 2,000 protesters was heading to Damadola to protest the Jan. 13 attack that allegedly targeted top al-Qaida leaders, but also killed 13 civilians outraging many in this Islamic nation.

KBR awarded $385M Homeland Security contract for U.S. detention centers 24 Jan 2006 KBR, the engineering and construction subsidiary of Halliburton Co., said Tuesday it has been awarded a contingency contract from the Department of Homeland Security to support its Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities in the event of an emergency. The maximum total value of the contract is $385 million and consists of a 1-year base period with four 1-year options. The contract, which is effective immediately, provides for establishing temporary detention and processing capabilities to expand existing ICE Detention and Removal Operations Program facilities... The contract may also provide migrant detention support to other government organizations in the event of an immigration emergency [?!?], as well as the development of a plan to react to a [Bush-created] national emergency, the company said.

New US Army code hints executions at Guantanamo 25 Jan 2006 Convicted detainees in \"war on [of] terror\" could be executed at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo, Cuba, according to a new code adopted by the U.S. Army, the U.S. military suggested Tuesday. The new rules authorize the army to set the location for executions \"imposed by military courts-martial or military tribunals and authorized by the president of the United States,\" according to Sheldon Smith, a U.S. Army spokesman. \"Enemy combatants could be affected by this regulation,\" he said.

Army denies rule change could be used for Guantanamo executions 24 Jan 2006 New US Army rules for executions of military prisoners do not apply to \"war on [of] terror\" detainees at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, an army spokesman said. Paul Boyce corrected an earlier statement by another army spokesman, Sheldon Smith, who said the revision of the army regulations on procedures for military executions could affect enemy combatants at Guantanamo.

Campaign to Justify [Illegal] Spying Intensifies 24 Jan 2006 A senior U.S. intelligence official offered a wide-ranging and detailed defense of the National Security Agency\'s domestic spying program yesterday, kicking off a White House campaign aimed at convincing the public that the effort is both legal and necessary to combat al Qaeda terrorists.

House-Senate Talks on Patriot Act Renewal Hit Snag on Privacy Issue 25 Jan 2006 Efforts to resolve House and Senate differences over a revised USA Patriot Act have reached a stalemate, a key committee chairman said yesterday.

More Elite Forces Sought to Fortify Military 24 Jan 2006 A top-level Pentagon review of defense strategy calls for bolstering the U.S. military with thousands more elite troops skilled in fighting terrorists and insurgents and partnering with foreign forces -- as part of a decades-long plan to expand efforts to thwart terrorists worldwide, according to U.S. officials and military analysts familiar with the review.

US stages missile defense \"war games\" for Congress 24 Jan 2006 The U.S. missile defense shield is still under construction for around $9 billion a year, but lawmakers can play this week on a simulation of the single most expensive U.S. weapons program. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is hosting war games in Congress to spread propaganda about [\'help lawmakers better understand\'] the missile shield as the February 6 unveiling of Dictator George W. Bush\'s budget plan approaches.

Depleted uranium: Dirty bombs, dirty missiles, dirty bullets --A death sentence here and abroad By Leuren Moret 18 Jan 2006 \"Vietnam was a chemical war for oil, permanently contaminating large regions and countries downriver with Agent Orange, and environmentally the most devastating war in world history. But since 1991, the U.S. has staged four nuclear wars using depleted uranium weaponry, which, like Agent Orange, meets the U.S. government definition of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Vast regions in the Middle East and Central Asia have been permanently contaminated with radiation... This week the American Free Press [reported] that eight out of 20 men who served in one unit in the 2003 U.S. military offensive in Iraq now have malignancies.\"

War Protester Sentenced 24 Jan 2006 Peter De Mott, 59, was sentenced this morning to serve four months in a federal Bureau of Prisons halfway house in either Binghamton or Ithaca, followed by four months in federal prison... The four protesters [the \'St. Patrick\'s Four\'] spattered their own blood on the walls and doors of a military recruiting office on March 17, 2003, in Lansing, to protest the war with Iraq.

Gunmen kill nine in attack on Nigerian oil complex 24 Jan 2006 Freedom fighters stormed a riverside oil complex in the southern Nigerian city of Port Harcourt in a fleet of speedboats and shot dead eight policemen and a civilian worker, officials said.

Canada returns to right after 12 years --Narrow victory on low tax and pro-American ticket 25 Jan 2006 Canada\'s Conservative leader, Stephen Harper, celebrated election victory yesterday promising lower taxes and better relations with Washington, but he fell far short of a parliamentary majority, limiting his ability to make radical changes.

Canada\'s new right-wing leader faces uphill fight 24 Jan 2006 The winner of Canada\'s election began tackling the challenge on Tuesday of pushing his Conservative Party agenda of tax cuts and more defence spending through a Parliament he does not control.

Iris Scanning For New Jersey Grade School 23 Jan 2006 Three grade schools in the Freehold Borough School District will soon require a visitor to submit to a digital image of his or her iris. That photo will establish positive identification to gain entrance into the school. Funding for the project, more than $369,000, was made possibly by a school \'safety\' grant through the National Institute of Justice, a research branch of the U.S. Department of Justice.

White House Declines to Provide Storm Papers 25 Jan 2006 The Bush regime, citing the confidentiality of executive branch communications, said Tuesday that it did not plan to turn over certain documents about Hurricane Katrina or make senior White House officials available for sworn testimony before two Congressional committees investigating the storm response.

White House Got Early Warning on Katrina 24 Jan 2006 In the 48 hours before Hurricane Katrina hit, the White House received detailed warnings about the storm\'s likely impact, including eerily prescient predictions of breached levees, massive flooding, and major losses of life and property, documents show.

White House Was Told Hurricane Posed Danger 24 Jan 2006 The White House was told in the hours before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans that the city would probably soon be inundated with floodwater, forcing the long-term relocation of hundreds of thousands of people, documents to be released Tuesday by Senate investigators show.

Closed-Door Deal Makes $22 Billion Difference --GOP Negotiators Criticized for Change In Measure on HMOs 24 Jan 2006 House and Senate GOP negotiators, meeting behind closed doors last month to complete a major budget-cutting bill, agreed on a change to Senate-passed Medicare legislation that would save the health insurance industry $22 billion over the next decade, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office... After lobbying by the health insurance industry, the final version made a critical change that had the effect of eliminating all but $4 billion of the projected savings, according to CBO and other health policy experts.

More Than 260,000 Can\'t Get VA Health Care 24 Jan 2006 More than a quarter-million veterans considered to have higher incomes could not sign up for health care with the Veterans Affairs Department during the last fiscal year because of a cost-cutting move.

Alaska rebuffs raw vote demand --Diebold told the state it owns the format, which can\'t be released because it\'s a company secret. 24 Jan 2006 The state Division of Elections has refused to turn over its electronic \'voting\' files to the Democrats, arguing that the data format belongs to a private company and can\'t be made public. The Alaska Democratic Party says the information is a public record essential for verifying the accuracy of the 2004 general election and must be provided. The official vote results from the last general election are riddled with discrepancies and impossible for the public to make sense of, the Democrats said Monday.

Impeachment hearings: The White House prepares for the worst 23 Jan 2006 The Bush administration is bracing for impeachment hearings in Congress. \"A coalition in Congress is being formed to support impeachment,\" an administration source said. [I am waiting for the *treason trials* to begin!]

Photos of Bush With Abramoff Are Withheld 24 Jan 20206 Several White House officials have been briefed about pictures of pResident Bush and Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff taken since 2001 but will not release them on grounds that they are not relevant [?!?] to the ongoing money-for-favors investigation, aides said yesterday.

Alito\'s Supreme Court Nomination Clears U.S. Senate Committee 24 Jan 2006 The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, voting 10-8 along party lines, cleared the way for the full Senate to consider confirming Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr. to succeed retiring Justice Sandra Day O\'Connor.

Senate Judiciary Committee endorses Alito --Chairman expects full Senate vote and confirmation by end of week 24 Jan 2006 The Judiciary Committee favorably recommended Samuel Alito\'s Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate on a party-line vote Tuesday...

Schumer votes no on Alito\'s nomination 24 Jan 2006 Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer on Tuesday opposed Samuel Alito\'s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court saying the federal appeals court judge has not been forthcoming on his views on important issues, including abortion.

Supreme Ethics Problem? What Was Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Doing on Day of Supreme Court Swearing-In? 23 Jan 2006 At the historic swearing-in of John Roberts as the 17th chief justice of the United States last September, every member of the Supreme Court, except Antonin Scalia, was in attendance. ABC News has learned that Scalia instead was on the tennis court at one of the country\'s top resorts, the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Bachelor Gulch, Colo., during a trip to a legal seminar sponsored by the Federalist Society. Not only did Scalia\'s absence appear to be a snub of the new chief justice, but according to some legal ethics experts, it also raised questions about the propriety of what critics call judicial junkets.

[GOP-Friendly] Retailer Accused of Charging Sales Tax On Exempt Goods 24 Jan 2006 (CT) Customers at Home Depot were improperly charged sales tax on tax-exempt energy conservation products, state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said Tuesday.

U.N.: Bird Flu Pandemic \'Inevitable\' 24 Jan 2006 Countries must speed up preparations to deal with an \"inevitable\" human influenza pandemic, which could strike soon, a senior U.N. official warned Tuesday. [ OLD LINK REMOVED ]

[23 Jan lead stories:] US military issues new execution regulations for courts-martial, military tribunals 23 Jan 2006 In a little-noticed move, the U.S. Army has issued new regulations governing the death penalty, raising speculation that the military might be preparing for its first execution since 1961. \"This regulation establishes responsibilities and updates policy and procedures for carrying out a sentence of death as imposed by general courts-martial or military tribunals,\" the document said.

Judge Orders U.S. to Supply Prisoner Names 24 Jan 2006 A federal judge has ordered the Pentagon to release the names and nationalities of hundreds of prisoners detained at Guantбnamo Bay, Cuba, rejecting the government\'s argument that it would be a violation of their privacy and expose them to retaliation by terrorist groups. [Meanwhile, the U.S. government is invading *everyone\'s* privacy, via Bush\'s illegal domestic spying operation!]

Probe \'to confirm CIA abductions\' 24 Jan 2006 A European inquiry is expected to report on Tuesday that the CIA did illegally kidnap and transport detainees from Europe.

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