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May 16-31, 2004
May 31, 2004
Baghdad blast and new clash in Kufa
'It Is Getting Worse by the Day Here'
Army Probing Assaults, Thefts by U.S. Troops in Iraq
3rd of detainees who died were assaulted
"More than a third of the prisoners who died in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan were shot, strangled or beaten by U.S. personnel before they died, according to death certificates and a high-ranking U.S. military official."
24 GIs face inquiries on assault and theft
Iraqi Police Abandon Duties in Najaf, Putting Cease-Fire in Doubt (audio link)
Counterfeit trail led to Chalabi
Howard blames defence officials (AU)
"Prime Minister John Howard has denied charges of misleading parliament over when Australia first became aware of the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, but blamed defence officials for giving him the wrong information today."
Saudis Rush to Assure World After Qaeda Attack
Top Afghan Police Official Killed in Blast
Bomb Kills at Least 15 in Karachi Shi'ite Mosque
Britain eyes new 'terror' laws
U.S., EU Sign Passenger Data Collection Agreement
Ashcroft, Snoops and Gag Orders
The Secrets of Surveillance
Flavonoid-rich dark chocolate boosts blood vessel function, study suggests
May 30, 2004
New fighting imperils cease-fire in Iraq cities
Gunmen Kill 2 Foreigners, Seize 3 in Baghdad
Iraqi police close Chalabi office
Killing of Pakistani Cleric Sparks Riots in Karachi
Militants in Saudi attack escape
Target: Saudi oil industry
"The Interior Ministry said in a statement read on Saudi television that 22 people, most of them foreigners, were killed in the siege and rescue operation at the Oasis Residential Resorts compound in Khobar, a luxury complex of 220 to 250 villas and apartments that is home to many senior Western company executives, including those from Shell, Honeywell and General Electric."
Military Completed Death Certificates for 20 Prisoners Only After Months Passed
Jailed - for showing dislike of US invaders
"General Ryder, the army's provost marshal, reported that some Iraqis had been held for months for nothing more than expressing 'displeasure or ill will' towards the US occupying forces"
Iraq War Woes Deepen Internal Pentagon Tensions
Cheney Office 'Coordinated' Halliburton Deal -Time
GAO Report Reveals Rampant Federal Data Mining
"A General Accounting Office report released Thursday enumerates nearly 200 data mining initiatives in operation or in the works"
Bush Keeps Saddam Gun at White House
Awww- Johnny, you're too bad!
Rep. Ron Paul with Bill Moyers on Now- 5/28/04- Transcript
KILLER RASH BREAKS OUT
"A vicious skin infection resistant to all but the most powerful antibiotics has jumped out of New York City hospitals and onto the streets"
May 29, 2004
Ceasefire Broken as US Soldiers Clash with Shiite Gunmen
Saudis Rescue Hostages in Khobar, Arrest Militants
Israeli Missiles Kill Senior Hamas Man, Two Others
Top Pro-Taliban Cleric Gunned Down in Karachi
Tillman killed by friendly fire
British ships converging for joint exercise with U.S.
"About 6,000 British Royal Navy sailors and marines, along with 18 ships, are converging on Norfolk in preparation for one of the largest joint military exercises since 1996"
Strike group heads to Western Pacific
Rumsfeld Says 'War on Terror' Just Beginning
"Yet despite our successes, we are closer to the beginning of this struggle with global insurgency than to its end"
Conservative Allies Take Chalabi Case to the White House
ACLU Challenge to "National Security Letter" Authority
Total Information Dilemma
"the American Civil Liberties Union reported that what was supposed to be a state-led anti-crime database effort was actually heavily supported by the federal government"
Israeli 'Movers' in Sub Base Security Scare To Be Freed
New Kissinger Telcons Released 26 May 2004
Deal Reached for Moore Film Rights
May 28, 2004
The Fake Peace
"Hours after a deal was struck, armed Mahdi army forces are back in Najaf- abetted by fresh volunteers."
Allawi Named Iraqi Prime Minister in Suprise Move
Exiled Allawi was responsible for 45-minute WMD claim
A Haywood Marine returns from Iraq with stories that make an ugly tale
Scientist's death casts doubts
"The death certificate issued by the U.S. military declared that a prominent Iraqi government scientist in American custody for nine months had died from natural causes"
(Autopsy showed he had a bruise on his nose, an abrasion on his cheek, a cut near his eye, and a fractured skull)
China Expands Military Buildup - Pentagon
Surges in aerospace, defense sectors have brought 142,500 jobs to Colorado
"I think this will be a growth industry until we win the war on terror"
Chile Court Withdraws Legal Immunity from Pinochet
Terror warning surprises Homeland Security Dept.
Patriot Act Besieged
"A Justice Department honcho confesses: 'We are losing the fight for the Patriot Act'"
U.S. agencies collect, examine personal data on Americans
Georgia Counties Under State of Emergency for G8
Janklow issued pardons to his son-in-law
Arlington camera acts as a rolling tax collector
"County officials last month began using the BootFinder, a small, hand-held camera that scans license plates of parked cars to identify people with delinquent property-tax bills and unpaid parking tickets."
Calif. Court Considers Whether Violent Poetry Is Criminal
Ariz. leads West in prisoners per capita
Caretaker faces eviction over gestures to migrants
"Pima County officials have served the caretaker of a southern Arizona property with an eviction notice for giving undocumented immigrants food and water without permission."
May 27, 2004
U.S., Iraqi Cleric Sadr Cease Fire in Najaf
600 more troops for Iraq may be just the start (UK)
In the Scrapyards of Jordan, Signs of a Looted Iraq
Israel Frees British Journalist in Nuclear Case
US behind 'the worst attack on rights for 50 years'
Senators to question Cambone over Abu Ghraib
Not Fit to Print
"How Ahmed Chalabi and the Iraq war lobby used New York Times reporter Judith Miller to make the case for invasion"
Oregon Lawyer Was Held Despite Doubts on Evidence
Pentagon Acknowledges Incomplete Prison Report Sent to Senate
The Bush orthodoxy is in shreds
"Who gave Ahmed Chalabi classified information about the plans of the US government and military?"
Drug causing GIs permanent brain damage
Latest US Terror Warning Raises Questions
Report: 1 of Every 75 U.S. Men in Prison
US asks private sector to ease bullet shortage
JSO To Be Armed With Automatic Weapons, Tasers (Jacksonville Sheriffs Office)
Panel able to build nuke using items found on open market
Ron Paul on the Bill Moyers Show this Friday, May 28th
The 'Group W' Bench
May 26, 2004
Al-Sadr's army to withdraw from Najaf
U.S. repairs in Iraq may come too late
"Hostility in country mounts as infrastructure remains broken"
China Queries U.S. Plan for Iraq, Confusion Over PM
Russia cool on U.N. Iraq resolution
Army, strapped for manpower, may tap training units for combat duty in Iraq
'Ghost detainees' troubled the U.S.
Interior Department suspends contracts for Iraq interrogators
"The Army hired interrogators from CACI International Inc. of Arlington, Va., starting last August through a 'blanket purchase agreement' overseen by the Interior Department. That agreement was to provide information technology services, said Interior spokesman Frank Quimby."
As Clear as Mud...
Abuse of Captives More Widespread, Says Army Survey
The Times and Iraq
British journalist arrested in Israel
"Israeli police have arrested a British journalist who in 1986 exposed the country's nuclear secrets in an interview with whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu"
This Made Ashcroft Gag
"Translator keeps blowing 9-11 whistle on FBI; U.S. Keeps shutting her up"
Impeach Bush, Nader says
Oregon lawyer speaks out about his ordeal
Movers Who Prompt Kings Bay Lockdown To Be Deported
Govt Computer Surveillance Rings Alarm Bells
May 25, 2004
Holiest Shi'ite Shrine in Iraq Damaged in Attack
Pentagon to Replace Top U.S. Commander in Iraq
Concerns over U.S. transfer plan for Iraq
"Iraqi council, France among those seeking revisions at U.N."
U.S., Britain Differ on Iraq Operations
France Urges Changes to Iraq Draft Resolution
Rumsfeld Delays $20 Billion Deal With Boeing
Libertarian candidate snagged by no-fly list
May 24, 2004
Disarm Iraqi militias? Maybe not, U.S. decides
Iraq draft gives wide powers to US forces
Schroeder Wants Total Transfer of Power to Iraqis
Jordanian jail cell still awaits Iraq's Chalabi
Israel Army Leaves Rafah After Punishing Raid
War returns with a vengeance as allies fail the Afghan people
Case Reveals Nuts and Bolts of Nuclear Network, Officials Say
Some 2,000 pages said to be missing from Senate's copy of prisoner abuse report
Wal-Mart wants stores throughout Europe
Axis of Eve is just beating around the Bush
May 23, 2004
Physical, psychological damage assessed after raid on mosque
"Early-morning fighting in Kufa kills 32 rebels"
U.S.-Led Force Storms Mosque in Attack on Iraq Militia
US battles militia in two cities
Video found at attack site shows wedding festivities
Iraqis lose right to sue troops over war crimes
Tehran warns US over Iraq policy
Ordinary Iraqis killed: 11,500 and not counting
US tactics 'heavy handed' says Straw memo
Rumsfeld bans camera phones
"Mobile phones fitted with digital cameras have been banned in US army installations in Iraq on orders from Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld"
Israeli forces remain in Rafah
Retired General Assails Planning for Iraq War
UN cries freedom to contented colonies
"As if its role in Iraq were not onerous enough, the United Nations is seeking to impose 'regime change' on a tiny speck of land in the Pacific Ocean."
Pentagon asks for tax records to trace its missing troops
"The pentagon has launched a drive to track down tens of thousands of "missing" military reservists to help to bolster America's forces in Iraq and ease the strain of fighting the global war on terror."
MBTA set to begin passenger ID stops
You're free to go- once we've seen your papers...
Suspicious moving van prompt Kings Bay lockdown
Alaskans Challenge U.S. Airline Screening System
May 22, 2004
Militia, US pull back in Karbala
Kerbala Street Life Revives as U.S. Troops Withdraw
Tension rises as bulldozers tear down zoo in Rafah
In 5th day of Gaza Raid, a Girl, 3, Is Shot Dead
Israeli Troops Kill 4-Year-Old -Witnesses
Palestinians: 55 killed, 39 born in Gaza
Shiite Muslims in Lebanon, Iran and Bahrain protest fighting around holy sites in Iraq and Israel
Analysts debate cause of Chalabi's fall from grace
Report Links U.S. General to Iraq Prison Abuse Case
Justice Memos Explained How to Skip Prisoner Rights
FBI move to classify data draws anger in Congress
"The FBI told congressional officials that it was classifying topics including what languages Edmonds translated, what types of cases she handled, and what employees she worked with, officials said. Even routine and widely disseminated information - like where she worked - is now classified."
U.S. Congress Seeking More Information on Contractors in Iraq
US lawyer linked to Madrid train bombings is cleared
Senate Majority Leader Campaigns Against Daschle
May 19, 2004
Iraqi Wedding Party Hit by U.S.; Over 20 Killed
GIs battle militia near shrine; group says it bombed leader
U.S. hopes militiamen trade guns for rides
"Call it `Six Flags Over Al Kut,' "
Iraqi's one-man boxing team headed for Texas to train
Traded 'em for a boatload of chickenhawks!!
Shocking Details on Abuse of Reuters Staffers in Iraq
U.S. Military Vows to Keep Afghan Jails Secret
Israel Defies World Outcry, Expands Gaza Offensive
Bush Tells Israel to Respect Innocent Life
"I continue to urge restraint. It is essential that people respect innocent life in order for us to achieve peace"
U.N. Demands Israel End Home Demolitions
Israeli Forces Fire on Crowd in Gaza, Killing 10
Bush Denies Oversight of Special Access Programs
"These documents track SAP legislation and executive orders from 1982 to September 2003, and show that since January 2002 President George W. Bush has annually challenged the congressional reporting requirement for SAPs as an infringement on executive authority."
Army may send special reserves to active duty involuntarily
Pentagon Finds More Prison Abuse Images, Senator Says
May 18, 2004
Iraq's Sistani Urges Forces to Leave Holy Cities
Iraqis killed in Karbala battles
Four Iraqis Killed in Clashes with U.S. Near Shrine
Army sergeant tells of cover-up at Abu Ghraib prison
Pentagon Plans to Stop Funding Iraq's Chalabi
Reinstated military draft would equalize sharing the load in Iraq
"as the world's dominant superpower, we will need more troops, not fewer"
Fierce clashes erupt in Nablus, Jenin
19 die as Israel seizes parts of Gaza
Pro-Israeli group cheers Bush speech
Police Break Up Pro-Aristide Rally in Haiti
(Supported by U.S. Marines) "Police used tear gas and fired assault rifles in the air on Tuesday to break up a peaceful march by about 10,000 supporters of ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide"
'dead-enders' or 'evil-doers'...?
May 17, 2004
U.S. airstrike hits rebels near shrine
Salim buried amid battles in Iraq
U.S. Clashes with Iraqi Shi'ite Militia Kill 8
U.S.-Led Forces Kill 51 Insurgents in Iraq
Palestinians Flee Gaza Homes, Qurie Appeals to U.S.
Bremer office 'hampering oil-for-food corruption inquiry'
Beijing threatens Taipei with destruction
China Warns Taiwan Ahead of Chen's Inauguration
Israel Kills 12 Palestinians in Big Gaza Raid
EXIT IRAQ OR EXIT NO 10
"Labour MPs warn Blair to stop election disaster"
Indian Markets Crash on Turmoil
Red Cross Chief in U.S. Resigns
CACI Contract: From Supplies to Interrogation
"The CACI contract with the Army is administered by the Interior Department..."
US questions more Iraq meal bills from Halliburton
Lies were fed to CIA on Iraq, Powell says
As many as 22,000 Iraq, Afghan war veterans already seek care from VA system
Oil Prices Fuel Rise in Strategic Reserves
Data Scant for Watchlist Usage
gonna' find out who's naughty or nice...
May 16, 2004
Fighting forces Italians from base
Iraq council head killed in Baghdad by car bomb
Coalition officials evacuate headquarters building due al-Sadr militia threats
US to shift 4,000 troops to Iraq
Far From Ready for More War
"With battered gear and nerves, a third of the Army is 'unfit to fight' but preparing to return"
IDF begins operation to isolate Rafah from rest of Strip
Israeli Soldiers Cut off Gaza Town