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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

"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

"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




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