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Archive for the Month of December, 2005.
Viewing ALL NEWS articles 226 through 300 of 508.

December 13, 2005

Halliburton got bonuses for overbilling taxpayers by $169 million - The Army Corps of Engineers paid profits and bonuses to Halliburton for oil transport and repair in Iraq even though the Pentagon's own auditors declared $169 million in costs for the work to be "unreasonable" and "unsupported..."

Poverty Facts and Stats - 51 percent of the world’s 100 hundred wealthiest bodies are corporations.

Horror at U.S. border - "Ever since 9-11 it's been far tougher to get into the U.S. They think everyone's a terrorist or something."

SECRET LAWS - WTF? Call me naive, but I've never heard of a secret law. I've heard of secret courts and secret evidence — which are bad enough already — but not secret laws. When did this happen?

SECURITIES FRAUD LITIGATION FILED AGAINST DIEBOLD, INC! - Class Action Suit Alleges Fraud, Insider Trading, Manipulation of Stock Prices, Concealment of Known Flaws in Voting Machines and Company Structural Problems

100,000 Irish Workers Take To The Streets - ...tens of thousand of workers brought the main cities and towns across the country to a complete stand still as they took to the street both in solidarity with the Irish Ferries workers and against the wide spread exploitation of migrant workers. Workers are outraged at the use of migrant workers particularly from Eastern Europe to undermine the wages and conditions of all workers.

Director of National Intelligence's Open Source Center (OSC)...is surfing blogs and web sites... - With all the recent complaints about Internet censorship and e-mail blocking, one has to wonder -- what does "managing the world's unclassified knowledge" entail?

December 14, 2005

Tracking the Bloody Footprints in the House of Death: Part III - The Bodies Are Uncovered, A Rogue Cop Gets Away, and a Cover-Up Begins

How free speech was quietly abolished - How could Parliament pass such a law, when it is so patently inimical to the freedom of speech that this country once considered fundamental? Why did MPs, who are meant to be the custodians of our values, let it happen?

What's happening to the Iraqi academics and intellectuals? - The most striking fact is that the majority of those killed were not sciencists (thus targeted for the alleged knowledge of Iraq’s weapon’s programme) but were involved in field of humanities (such as law, geography and history). The motives for these assassinations are unknown.

TSA Vipers at the Local Train Station - If you appear "suspicious" or are of Costa Rican or Arab heritage or didn’t take your bipolar meds, you may want to stay away from airports, train stations, ferries, and mass transit in general.

Is the Pentagon spying on Americans? - Secret database obtained by NBC News tracks "suspicious" domestic groups

Ignoring the Air War - Why is the media not reporting crucial information about U.S. bombing runs in heavily-inhabited parts of Iraq?

Global Spook Monolith Revealed - ...a Swiss senator investigating Bush’s rape and torture gulag and macabre sadism flying circus, reveals what many of us have long suspected: the CIA had more than a little help from "national secret services" in Europe, thus making a case for the obvious—the CIA is but one of several components of a larger and more sinister global covert "intelligence" organization. However, key players and prime motivators in this sprawling murder, black op, and torture infrastructure consist of elements in the CIA, MI6, and Mossad ...

Montreal Court Case Nabs CIA for Illegal Mind-Control Experimentation - More than 250 unsuspecting patients eligible for compensation, according to Canadian ruling. Critics of CIA-funded mind control programs call attention to the fact they are still going on today, as referenced in declassified documents calling attention to sinister operations called Bluebird/Artichoke and MKULTRA.

U.S. Ranks Sixth Among Countries Jailing Journalists, Report Says - The United States has tied with Myanmar, the former Burma, for sixth place among countries that are holding the most journalists behind bars, according to a new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Pentagon rolls out stealth PR - A $300 million Pentagon psychological warfare operation includes plans for placing pro-American messages in foreign media outlets without disclosing the U.S. government as the source, one of the military officials in charge of the program says.

U.S. OIL FROM NIGERIA TAINTED WITH BLOOD - Oil corporations have operated for decades in Nigeria, the world’s fifth-leading oil producer, with no fear of penalties for trashing the environment or violating the human rights of nine ethnic groups in the Niger Delta. The Ogoni, fishers and farmers like other peoples of the nine Niger Delta states, lived off the land until 1958 when Shell Nigeria began drilling oil. Gas flaring and river dredging for pipelines began almost immediately, transforming the fertile delta into a wasteland of oil, chemicals, and pollutants.

Vandana Shiva Takes Fight Against Monsanto to Hong Kong - The backdrop for the short event were placards and posters that read, "WTO: Hands Off Our Food" and "Monsanto Plunders and Kills Peasants and the Planet".

WTO: Red Carpet for Delegates, Activists Get Harassment - Norma Binas, a leader of the Philippines May 1st Movement Labour Center, said she was flagged for interrogation at passport control and then escorted by 10 police officers with machine-guns to a special solitary interrogation room.

After December 15, Iraq will be at mercy of US corporations - If George W. Bush's policies on Iraq are mystifying, fret not -- there's a method to his organized chaos after all.

The 9/11 Commission's Incredible Tales - by David Ray Griffin - Flights 11, 175, 77, and 93

Secret CIA Camp in Polish Training Center? - The secret service camp Kiejkuty is about 10 kilometers from the Szymany airport in Northeast Poland. In 1968 the Soviet army planned the quashing of the "Prague Spring" at this camp.

The Slave Next Door - New York, California, Florida and Texas have the highest rates of slavery in the U.S., and close to 300,000 U.S. boys and girls are at risk of falling into the sex trade.

Top Ten American War Criminals Living Freely Today - You will note that many on this list, categorized as war criminals, ironically, are among the most powerful and wealthy US citizens.

Iraq elections: a democratic façade for a US puppet state - The entire US-controlled political process this year—the January 30 elections for a transitional government, the drafting of a new constitution and the referendum on October 15—has been aimed at giving the veneer of legal legitimacy to the plunder of the country’s oil and gas and the formation of a puppet government that will sanction an indefinite US military presence in Iraq.

December 15, 2005

Top-secret cronies - Bush has stacked his foreign advisory board with his Texas business pals, who stand to profit from access to CIA and military intelligence.

Trade protesters defeated by police sprays - Police used chemical spray on protesters led by radical Korean farmers as they tried to storm the first day of World Trade Organisation talks in Hong Kong yesterday.

Microsoft's Windows Live will spy on you - Cuddly software giant Microsoft will use its new Windows Live geolocation finder as a Big Brother location device for the police.

Processed Chocolate Contains Dangerous Lead Concentrations, Study Says - ...a new study, in Environmental Health Perspectives, reveals that chocolate can be contaminated with very high quantities of lead.

Serial Killer Confesses to 30,000 Murders; Receives Applause - "I done kilt me 10 times as many as old Osama ever done," Exults Bush

Disco Inferno - In Qaim, near the Syrian border, Newsweek found American soldiers blasting Metallica's "Enter Sandman" at detainees in a shipping crate while flashing lights in their eyes. Near Falluja, three Iraqi journalists working for Reuters were seized by the 82nd Airborne. They charged that "deafening music" was played directly into their ears while soldiers ordered them to dance. And back in Mosul, Haitham al-Mallah described being hooded, handcuffed and delivered to a location where soldiers boomed "extremely loud (and dirty) music" at him. Mallah said the site was "an unknown place which they call 'the disco.'" Disco isn't dead. It has gone to war.

UN: Palestinian poverty worsening - Poverty is worsening in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories because of continued Israeli military activities and the closure of border crossings between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, a UN report said.

Devastating Diebold Hack Proven in Florida - A hack like this could have easily swung Florida, and the 2004 election.

Enemies of the state? Police fail even to question men held as a terror threat - Suspected of plotting terror, a group of men have been held for four years but never charged. Now, in their first testimonies, they reveal the authorities have not even questioned them since their arrests.

The Rise of Islamophobia in "White Australia" - Islamophobia in Australia is not something suddenly appeared over the horizon because of the weather. To the contrary, racism against Muslims has always been part of Australia’s psyche. Whether it is against neighbouring Indonesia, Malaysia or Muslim Australians; the pall of racism is permanently hovering over Australia. Government policies, including the criminal war against Iraq and the introduction of the so-called "anti-terrorism" laws have legitimised racism against Arab and Muslim Australians.

Let’s see some ID, please: The end of anonymity on the Internet? - Already over 20 million PCs worldwide are equipped with a tiny security chip called the Trusted Platform Module, although it is as yet rarely activated. But once merchants and other online services begin to use it, the TPM will do something never before seen on the Internet: provide virtually fool-proof verification that you are who you say you are.

Bolton leading the charge against Syria. - According to informed sources in the Middle East and in Washington, unconfirmed US ambassador to the UN John Bolton is personally leading the effort to pin Syria with a series of political assassinations in Lebanon ultimately aimed at bringing Israeli ally General Michel Aoun to power in Beirut and topple the Bashar Assad regime in Damascus and replace him with an Ahmad Chalabi-like political figure tied to neo-con interests in Washington and Israel.

Coca-Cola Faces Mounting Pressure over Abusive Practices at Plants Worldwide - "Coca-Cola in India is a perfect example of what goes wrong when institutions like the World Trade Organization (WTO) give more powers to corporations..."

Philip Morris Wins Reversal of $10.1 Bln Damage Award - Altria Group Inc.'s Philip Morris USA doesn't have to pay a $10.1 billion damage award to smokers of ``light'' cigarettes who accused the company of misleading them about health risks, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled

Study finds hundreds of toxic chemicals in umbilical cords of newborns - Of the more than 400 chemicals tested for, 287 were detected in umbilical cord blood. Of these, 180 cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain or nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animals. Scientists refer to the presence of such toxins in the newborn as "body burden."

THE WAR OVER OUR GENITALS - Pharmacists and Doctors Turn Judgmental

Prejudice on Death Row - If Tookie Williams had killed four black people, would he still be alive today?

Privatize Me, Corporatize Me, Blackwaterize Me... - Blackwater is one of many symptoms of a very sick America.

Drills, drills, drills - "emergency preparedness" or preparing for the next false flag operation? - During which "drill" will the next false flag operation take place? Which will be used as a pretext to go to war? Which will be used as a pretext to institute martial law ? The elite know. We can only guess.

December 16, 2005

Martial Law No Longer On The Horizon: It's Already Here - Part Two - Global Move Into Police State Confirms Earth As Literal Prison Planet

Martial Law No Longer On The Horizon: It's Already Here - Part One - Militarized Federal Police All Over The Streets With The Precedent to Kill

Australian state government prepares savage attack on democratic rights - In response to racial violence last weekend in Sydney, state Labor Premier Morris Iemma yesterday called an emergency session of the New South Wales (NSW) parliament for Thursday to pass a series of repressive measures that will allow police to declare “lockdown zones” throughout the city. The laws will provide extensive new powers to police who are already engaged in sweeping and unprecedented operations.

Corporate Media Reveals the Obvious: Neocons Authorized Domestic Snooping - ...the Washington Post and the New York Times, the latter having "broke" this story (because the government wants us to know they are snooping us), were long ago folded into the CIA’s sprawling propaganda unit under Operation Mockingbird, so it should be no surprise they would attempt to tell us there are "legal prohibitions" when in fact various intelligence agencies...are free to run wild, subverting both indigenous political movements and foreign resistance efforts against the neocon-neolib version of reality, which is in fact a global slavery and death camp engineered to service a miniscule corporate and banking elite.

Bush Authorized Domestic Spying: Post-9/11 Order Bypassed Special Court - President Bush signed a secret order in 2002 authorizing the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on U.S. citizens and foreign nationals in the United States, despite previous legal prohibitions against such domestic spying, sources with knowledge of the program said last night.

New York Times admits it held domestic spying story for a full year - On the second page of a report which reveals the White House engaged in warrantless domestic spying, the New York Times reveals that it held the story for a full year at the request of the Bush Administration...

Nuclear Deployment for an Attack on Iran - And the nuclear hitmen behind it - Are U.S. tactical nuclear weapons deployed in the Persian Gulf, on hair-trigger alert, and ready to be launched against Iran at a moment's notice?

U.S. Arranges "Pre-Deployment" Training for Haiti-Bound Private Police - State Dept. Will Send DynCorp Hired Guns to Assist "Peacekeeping" Efforts

Misery in the Name of Democracy: The US Works Elections in Iraq, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Haiti - In Latin America and the Caribbean, popular movements are demanding that the United States' "gift to the world" make good on its promise of majority rule. That would likely disrupt a system-otherwise known as "free-market democracy"-that has benefited a small elite and worsened poverty for most people. The possibility has so alarmed CIA Director Porter Goss that he recently labeled the spate of upcoming elections in Latin America as a "potential area of instability."

MRE Criticizes Expelling of Embeds Over Pix of Shot-Up Humvee - The expulsion by U.S. military officials of two embedded journalists in Kuwait, reportedly for photographing a shot-up military vehicle, has prompted outrage from Military Reporters and Editors (MRE), which is calling for a change in embed rules that apparently led to the action.

Iraqi election to rubber-stamp continued US occupation - US ambassador "will remain the critical behind-the-scenes power," says New York Times

Bandow, Syndicated Columnist, Admits Taking Money from Abramoff - Copley columnist Doug Bandow resigned as senior fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute on Thursday after admitting that he had accepted payments from indicted Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff for writing articles favorable to his clients.

“Nothing to Worry About” - Pentagon Puppets and Other Orwellian Horrors at USA Today - Normalizing Evil

The Corporate Begging Bowl - They bleat about the free market, then insist that we subsidise them.

December 17, 2005

Cronyism strikes again - Amtrak's directors, appointed by the Bush administration based on cronyism, not competence, are shirking their responsibilities and dismantling - through outsourcing and privatization schemes - the very rail company they are charged with strengthening.

The Corporate Media and Sunday's Elections in Bolivia - The problem for the U.S. backed oligarchy in Bolivia is that the indigenous people have steadily become more educated and understand as never before what their puppet governments have done to them.

Neo-Cons, Fundies, Feddies, and Con-Artists - The University of Chicago routinely trained me and innumerable other students to become ruthless and unprincipled Machiavellians. That is precisely why so many neophyte Neo-Con students gravitated towards the University of Chicago or towards Chicago Alumni at other universities. Years later, the University of Chicago became the "brains" behind the Bush Jr. Empire and his Ashcroft Police State.

The Silence of the Doctors - It was called the "water cure." But it was dosed out liberally to those who weren't sick. Unfortunate recipients were held by the neck beneath a water tank. The tap was turned on, and they were forced to swallow the gushing stream - or to choke within an inch of death while trying. Another variation used tubing to siphon water from a kerosene can into a detainee's nostril. Sworn testimony records the use of this tactic in the presence of a doctor. It was, after all, a "cure." When the detainee still refused to talk, the doctor would ratchet up the treatment...

Agents' visit chills UMass Dartmouth senior - The student, who was completing a research paper on Communism for Professor Pontbriand's class on fascism and totalitarianism, filled out a form for the request, leaving his name, address, phone number and Social Security number. He was later visited at his parents' home in New Bedford by two agents of the Department of Homeland Security, the professors said.

Spy Scandal Far Bigger Than Just the NSA - Doesn't Anyone Remember Poindexter's Total Information Awareness? He Left; It Didn't - Without calling it TIA, our government too has begun massively snooping on Americans' private communications. Carnivore--a software program that allows the Feds to scan all Internet communications for certain key words--is already in operation.

Distinguished University of Minnesota Philosophy Professor Joins 9/11 Fight, Saying the Truth Must Be Uncovered - James H.Fetzer, PhD., has publicly thrown his hat in the ring to support other professors seriously questioning and casting doubt on the official 9/11 story.

A Half-Century of Spying on U.S. Citizens - From Able Danger to Oklahoma City, evidence of domestic intelligence

Goss warns Ankara to be ready for a possible U.S. aerial operation against Iran - During his recent visit to Ankara, CIA Director Porter Goss reportedly brought three dossiers on Iran to Ankara.

Rumsfeld Spies on Quakers and Grannies - Pentagon political spying took place in the following states and the District of Columbia: Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

In Iran, the neo-cons got what they hoped for - Iran is not Iraq and the neo-cons cannot sell us a new (and costlier) war based on the same old tired rhetoric and myopic viewpoints.

Telesur is Constructing Another View - In Latin America, less than one-third of the TV programming originates in the region. Seventy percent of the programming is imported, and within that volume, 62 percent comes from the United States.

The King of Terror - The only commentary some stories require is the sound of one's head striking the desk. For instance: Zarqawi "captured, but let go"

Army accepts more low-aptitude recruits - The Army met its recruiting goal for November by again accepting a high percentage of recruits who scored in the lowest category on the military’s aptitude tests...

N.Irish spy revelations spark public inquiry calls - Northern Ireland's unionist politicians have demanded a public inquiry into revelations that a senior member of Sinn Fein was a British spy for more than 20 years.

The Elusive Quest for Balance - ...tallying up guests from think tanks who've appeared on NPR shows. The score to date: Right 239, Left 141.


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