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Archive for the Month of March, 2005.
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March 15, 2005

5500 US deserters: We won't fight in Iraq - CBS News reported on December 8 that the Pentagon has admitted that at least 5500 US military personnel have deserted since the war started in Iraq.

Oil companies eye Iraq reserves - The world's major oil companies are dusting off their Baghdad Rolodexes as Iraq's political factions move closer to forming a new government. The oil companies are circiling Iraq like a bunch of vultures.

Fake News Gets White House OK - Press Secretary Scott McClellan officially confirmed that the White House is blowing off the Government Accountability Office's finding that prepackaged administration video news releases constitute illegal covert propaganda.

Pentagon Audit Questions Halliburton's Costs in Iraq - Halliburton, where Vice President Cheney served as chief executive from 1995 to 2000, has come under persistent criticism for its handling of several Iraqi reconstruction contracts. For example, auditors turned up $1.8 billion in "unsupported costs" in a $10.5 billion Army logistics contract that KBR won on a competitive bid. Despite those findings and a recommendation to withhold some of the payments, the Army decided last month to continue paying Halliburton in full, plus performance bonuses.

March 16, 2005

Administration Rejects Ruling On PR Videos - The Bush administration, rejecting the Government Accountability Office statement that government tapes are illegal propaganda, said last week that it is legal for federal agencies to feed TV stations prepackaged news stories that do not disclose the government's role in producing them

Pentagon 'hid' damning Halliburton audit - Tweleve separate requests to the Pentagon to view the completed audits on the contractor's $2.5bn contract to supply fuel and other services in post-war Iraq had been ignored.

Bush administration clears US troops in slaying of Calipari and wounding of Sgrena - The Bush administration took specific legal steps that cleared a U.S. Special Forces assassination team in Iraq from any future criminal proceedings arising from their assassination of Italian SISMI intelligence number two man Nicola Calipari.

If the U.S. government doesn't plan to occupy Iraq for any longer than necessary, why is it spending billions of dollars to build - If the U.S. government doesn't plan to occupy Iraq for any longer than necessary, why is it spending billions of dollars to build "enduring" bases?

Iraq rebuilding still a mirage - Both George Bush and Tony Blair said the new Iraq was going to be a prosperous country with an improved standard of living for all. Their predictions have sadly yet to be realized.

Prosecutors: G8 Protesters Were Abused - About 150 protesters detained at the Group of Eight summit in northern Italy in 2001 were kicked, slapped, tripped, kneed in the groin and dragged by their hair, according to a report. The extent of the brutality has prompted comparisons to the abuse and sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib.

Gitmo taunter teaches tactics - An ex-Army interrogator punished for sexually humiliating detainees at the Guantanamo prison is now teaching soldiers interrogation techniques, the Daily News has learned.

US tries to sink forests plan - The US plans to wreck a British initiative to commit the G8 states to combatting illegal logging in the world's threatened rainforests, a leaked memorandum revealed last night.

More than 100 die in U.S. custody in Iraq - At least 108 people have died in U.S. custody in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and roughly a quarter of the cases have been investigated as possible U.S. abuse, according to government data provided to The Associated Press

March 17, 2005

Roads out of Baghdad become no-go zones - Iraq's National Assembly met for the first time Wednesday. The session was rattled by nearby mortar shells. Nearly two years since President Bush declared an end to major combat operations in Iraq, Baghdad is still one of the most dangerous cities in the world. It is ringed in peril. Travel in any direction a few miles outside city limits and the risks intensify.

U.S. catches China transferring WMD tech to Iran - The United States has charged that China continues to supply unconventional weaponry and dual-use technology to Iran, despite numerous appeals.

ACLU Report: U.S. Drug Laws Harm Women - America's war on drugs is inflicting deep and disproportionate harm on women — most of them mothers — who are filling prisons in ever-rising numbers despite their typically minor roles in drug rings

March 18, 2005

Update on America's Criminal Class - We took a long, hard look at the 535 men and woman who make up the House and Senate of the United States in 1999 and found a collection of rogues, con artists, scofflaws and bad check artists. Congress comprises a distinct criminal class.

Bulgaria Latest U.S. Ally Seeking Iraq Pullout - NATO newcomer Bulgaria said on Thursday it would reduce the number of its troops in Iraq by around a quarter in June and decide this month whether to pull out completely by the end of the year.

Mercury Pollution, Autism Link Found - U.S. Study - Mercury released primarily from coal-fired power plants may be contributing to an increase in the number of cases of autism, a Texas researcher said on Wednesday.

Iraq Turning Out To Be New Vietnam - Iraq? No, Vietnam and another war we lost because fighting insurgents, guerrillas, terrorists or whatever you want to call people who look just like the ones you are trying to help is next to impossible when they refuse to fight by your rules.

Military interference in American film production - A Book Review of Operation Hollywood: How the Pentagon shapes and censors the movies by David L. Robb

March 19, 2005

Italian troops to stay, after all - Silvio Berlusconi, the Prime Minister, backtracked yesterday over his announcement that Italian troops would start withdrawing from Iraq in September, claiming that this had only ever been a “hope” rather than a commitment

Fort Carson Captain Convicted In Iraqi Assaults - An Army captain accused of terrorizing an Iraqi town's residents with threats, a pistol and a baseball bat was convicted Wednesday of three counts of assault on Iraqis, but acquitted of charges stemming from an alleged assault of one of his own soldiers.

New Undeclared Arms Race: America's Agenda for Global Military Domination - There has been no press coverage concerning this mysterious military blueprint. The latter outlines, according to the Wall Street Journal, America's global military design which consists in "enhancing U.S. influence around the world", through increased troop deployments and a massive buildup of America's advanced weapons systems.

Bombs Away - The story of Iraq is usually told at ground level: roadside bombs, U.S. raids on insurgent hideouts, and pipeline explosions. But well after the big blasts of the war's first nights two years ago, the U.S. bombing of Iraq has gone on with relatively little attention from the media.

Afghan Crime Wave Breeds Nostalgia for Taliban - A wave of crime in in Afghanistan has evoked a growing local nostalgia for the Taliban era of 1996 to 2001, when the extremist Islamic militia imposed law and order by draconian means.

Exposing the Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholars Program: The CIA's Campus Spies - The secrecy surrounding the current use of university classrooms as covert training grounds for the CIA and other agencies now threatens the fundamental principles of academic openness as well as the integrity of a wide array of academic disciplines.

White House Heavily Redacts Clinton Papers - The Bush administration blacked out almost all the information in hundreds of documents before releasing them to a conservative organization looking into President Clinton's controversial pardons four years ago on his last day in office.

Wal-Mart Escapes Criminal Charges in Case - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. escaped criminal charges but agreed Friday to pay $11 million, a record fine in a civil immigration case, to end a federal probe into its use of illegal immigrants to clean floors at stores in 21 states.

March 20, 2005

Blair was told US 'fixed' case for war - The head of Britain's foreign intelligence agency told the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, that the case for war in Iraq was being "fixed" by Washington to suit US policy.

Study: Media Self-Censored Some Iraq Coverage - Many media outlets self-censored their reporting on the Iraq invasion because of concerns about public reaction.

Stiglitz warns of violence if Wolfowitz goes to World Bank - In an exclusive interview, the American Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz commenting about Paul Wolfowitz's nominations said: "The World Bank will once again become a hate figure. This could bring street protests and violence across the developing world."

U.S. Misled Allies About Nuclear Export - The USA has claimed that North Korea sent nuclear materials to Libya. What really happened was that North Korea sent material to Pakistan, not to Libya. It was Pakistan, the US's ally in the "war on terror", that gave this material to Libya, without North Korea's knowledge.

EPA Nominee Advocates Human Guinea Pigs - Stephen Johnson, Bush's nominee to run the EPA, advocates the testing of pesticides on humans -- even children -- for the benefit of large chemical companies.

US frees Iraqi kidnappers so they can spy on insurgents - Americans are undermining the local police's attempts to crack down on wave of abductions and crime in Iraq, by releasing criminals to spy on insurgents.

March 21, 2005

Orphans of Tall Afar - What 15 seconds did to the Hassan family—and to the men of Apache Company.

March 23, 2005

U.S. Infrastructure: Increasingly Unsafe - If some attention and a whole lot of money is not spent on the nation’s infrastructure, i.e., aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, energy, hazardous waste removal, navigable waterways, parks and recreation, rail travel, roads, schools, security, solid waste, transit, and wastewater, then life in this country as we know it is going to resemble a Third World nation.

Where is the freedom of the Iraqi people? - Where is the freedom that Bush promised the Iraqi people? The US continues to occupy Iraq. The US continues to impose curfews throughout Iraq and anyone caught violating the curfew is shot on sight. There are still no essential services in Iraq; no running water, no electricity. The Iraqi people are harassed day and night by the US.

Iran may face naval blockade in Arabian Sea and "Island Occupation" issues - will there be a worldwide show of force? - Iran may face naval blockade in Arabian Sea and "Island Occupation" issues - will there be a worldwide show of force?

Report: BBC could lose independence - The UK government is contemplating breaking up the BBC and stripping the broadcaster of its independent status, a British newspaper has reported.

Bless the Beasts and the Children - What do Jeff Gannon, Hunter Thompson's death, and the arrest of a Whitehouse reporter all have in common? All these seemingly unrelated events are connected to child sodomy and child prostitution. Is child sodomy rampant in Washington, DC, and also used as a tool for political blackmail?

Miscovering Anti-War Protests (Again) - The corporate media again fail to cover the protests on the anniversay of the Iraq war.

A Congressional den of thieves - Too many members of Congress treat their position as lawmakers as a license to steal, living large at taxpayer expense, ignoring laws that apply to ordinary Americans and betraying the trust of the public that put them there.

The Head of the Compensation Committee reveals in numbers the Fallujah Tragedy - Dr. Hafidh al-Dulaimi, the head of "the Commission for the Compensation of Fallujah citizens" has reported the following destruction that has been inflicted on Fallujah as a result of the American attack on it

America's schools: Education zone or military recruitment zone? - No Child Left Behind forces schools to give student info to military Why does the military have direct access to the private information of American high school students? Under the No Child Left Behind legislation, Sec 9528, education funding in America has been turned into a recruiting tool for our military!

March 25, 2005

"Intelligence Fiasco" Stirs Up the Korean Peninsula - South Korean believe U.S. officials overstated the North's nuclear activities. The flap roughly parallels the disputes over Iraq.

A Dunn Deal on Lobbying - It's awfully refreshing when a former lawmaker simply owns up to becoming a lobbyist. A revolving door of politicians and lobbyists.

Pentagon Increases Its Spying Markedly - The Pentagon's new emphasis on intelligence gathering overseas has led to a major expansion of espionage operations and a more prominent role for intelligence officers in military decision making and war planning.

Paradise for Sale? Land Grab Follows Tsunami - In the wake of the Dec. 26 killer wave, villagers and fishermen from southern India to Sri Lanka to Thailand say powerful businessmen, often in cahoots with politicians, are grabbing lucrative beachfront real estate.

Coke: The New Nike - So far, six colleges and universities in the United States--including Carleton, Oberlin and Bard--have responded to a call by the Colombian beverages union for a boycott, either by canceling contracts or banning vending machines. Chief among the accusations is the company's alleged complicity in the murder of union members by paramilitaries at bottling plants in Colombia.

March 26, 2005

Afghanistan: Media Black Hole - We at the Afghan Women’s Mission (AWM) often ask ourselves, "Why aren’t the major newspapers showing the American people what's really happening in Afghanistan?"

Troops Tortured Iraqis in Mosul, Documents Show - American soldiers tortured Iraqi prisoners at a military base in Mosul but nobody was court martialed over the abuse, U.S. army documents say.

TV reporter earned money from state - At the same time one of Florida's most visible television reporters brought the news to viewers around the state, he earned hundreds of thousands of dollars on the side from the government agencies he covered.

Nazi Probe Extended 2 Years - More documents on U.S. cooperation with war criminals will be declassified, including recently disclosed materials on the SS.

Giuliana Sgrena was shot in the Green Zone, by a tank as they drove away from it! - Giuliana Sgrena was shot in the Green Zone after having passed several checkpoints, by a tank as they drove away from it!

March 27, 2005

New Details on F.B.I. Aid for Saudis After 9/11 - Days after Sept. 11, 2001, when some flights were still grounded, dozens of well-connected Saudis, including relatives of Osama bin Laden, managed to leave the United States on specially chartered flights. Now, newly released records show previously undisclosed flights from Las Vegas and elsewhere and point to a more active role by the FBI in aiding some of the Saudis in their departure.

Too Cruel for School - The infamous School of the Americas is still in business, albeit with a new name. And you can still get thrown in jail for protesting there

Report on the current situation in the city of Fallujah - Presented to the 61st session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights For the period of January 1st/2005 to March 25th/2005 Studies Center of Human Rights and Democracy - Brussells Tribunal

Flight to torture: where abuse is contracted out - A jet landed in Stockholm carrying eight hooded Americans in business suits. They took custody of two terrorist suspects, who had been arrested that day by Swedish police. They cut off their clothes, handcuffed them, inserted sedative suppositories, put nappies and dark overalls, blindfolds and hoods on them and bundled them on to the jet.

Business Sees Gain In GOP Takeover - Fortune 500 companies that invested millions of dollars in electing Republicans are emerging as the earliest beneficiaries of a government controlled by President Bush and the largest GOP House and Senate majority in a half century.

March 28, 2005

Man who admitted shining laser at aircraft indicted - A man accused of pointing a laser at an airplane, temporarily blinding the pilot and co-pilot, was indicted Wednesday under an anti-terror law. They told us the anti-terrorism laws would never be abused.

Newly repaired Iraq pipeline blown up - Attackers have blown up a pipeline 60km west of Kirkuk, just a day after repairs to the route connecting the lucrative oil field to a major refinery in Baiji.

Same Shit, Different Hemisphere - How can a leader of a country who instituted a program that has taught almost two million former illiterates to read and write within a year be called a tyrant? How can a leader of a country who incorporated land reform that has been a huge success be called evil? How can a leader of a country who has been instrumental in eradicating diseases that once ravaged the nation be called troublesome? By having the name of Hugo Chavez, that’s how.

Follow the Money - Watchdogs are warning that corruption in Iraq is out of control. But will the United States join efforts to clamp down on it?

Draft Needed to Bail Out Neocons - The March issue of the Washington Monthly, a magazine with a liberal Democratic audience, makes a case for the draft as the only way "America can remain the world's superpower."

Michigan Preparing To Let Doctors Refuse To Treat Gays - Doctors or other health care providers could not be disciplined or sued if they refuse to treat gay patients under legislation passed Wednesday by the Michigan House.

Where the rich stash their cash - A new study that reveals the amazing wealth the super-rich hold in offshore tax havens - depriving governments of hundreds of billions of dollars - and the looming crackdown by the world's tax collectors

Trial by television - In Iraq, captured rebels are shown confessing live on air. The one-hour programme features captured insurgents confessing to a variety of alleged crimes and vices, including pornography and booze. Cowed and crestfallen, they admit attacking the security forces and raping and beheading civilians. Tailor-made, engineered propaganda distraction TV for an occupied Iraq

March 29, 2005

Amber alert on Capitol Hill - Witness says abducted children--23 now dead--abused by 20-30 pedophile members of congress at child sex parties held at Embassy Row mansion where Secret Service-secured presidential limo was seen parked outside

March 30, 2005

Energy insanity: Just when you thought it was impossible, Cheney energy schemes get even worse - Next year, the administration will phase out the $2,000 tax credit for buying a hybrid vehicle, which gets over 50 miles per gallon, but will leave in place the $25,000 tax write-off for a Hummer, which gets 10-12 mpg. That's truly crazy, and that's truly what the whole Cheney energy policy is.

Saddam's lawyers: "We dont know where he is" - Lawyers defending Saddam Hussein at his forthcoming trial stated on Tuesday that they have been denied access to the toppled Iraqi leader and that they don’t even know where he is.

Concentrating Wealth and Power: Owning Up to the "Ownership Society" - Bush has implemented a number of tax cuts in recent years that have had a considerable impact on the benefits of ownership. But these have had the effect of increasing the wealth of existing, primarily large owners of wealth -- rather than aiding or helping to create new, smaller owners.

US scatters bases to control Eurasia - The United States is beefing up its military presence in Afghanistan, at the same time encircling Iran. Washington will set up nine new bases in Afghanistan in the provinces of Helmand, Herat, Nimrouz, Balkh, Khost and Paktia.

Plans by U.S. to Dominate Space Raising Concerns - Arms Experts Worried at Pentagon Push for Superiority

Aid money flows to the water privateers - The British government is using international aid money to promote the privatisation of water and sanitation services across the world


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