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September 16-30, 2005

September 24, 2005

Gold hits 17-year high amid inflation concerns
"'When gold broke through $450, it started to move up by itself and lost all correlation with other currencies,' said David Gornall, bullion and exchange director at Natexis Metals.
'I never thought that I would see gold become an inflation story again,' said Mr Gornall."

Basra warrant for two UK soldiers
"A Basra judge has issued an arrest warrant for two British soldiers after an Iraqi civilian was reportedly killed and a police officer injured.

The two servicemen - believed to be undercover SAS officers - were detained after a confrontation on Monday."

Gaza evacuees plan to move to new West Bank settlement
"Evacuees from the Gaza Strip settlement of Shirat Hayam plan to establish a new settlement in the northern Jordan Valley. The plan was approved in principle by the director-general of the Prime Minister's Office, and is pending the approval of Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz."

Norway to exit Iraq
"Norway’s newly elected prime minister has signalled he will order Norwegian troops out of Iraq as soon as he takes office in mid-October.
Norway has about 10 officers stationed in Iraq with coalition forces."

Atta files destroyed by Pentagon
"Pentagon lawyers during the Clinton administration ordered the destruction of intelligence reports that identified September 11 leader Mohamed Atta months before the attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center, according to congressional testimony yesterday.

A lawyer for two Pentagon whistleblowers also told the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday that the Defense Intelligence Agency last year destroyed files on the Army's computer data-mining program known as Able Danger to avoid disclosing the information."

Weldon: Atta Papers Destroyed on Orders
Pentagon employee was ordered to destroy documents that identified Mohamed Atta as a terrorist two years before the 2001 attacks, a congressman said Thursday.

The employee is prepared to testify next week before the Senate Judiciary Committee and was expected to identify the person who ordered him to destroy the large volume of documents, said Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa."

Major Victory For Firearms Owners And Freedom In Louisiana
"The United States District Court for the Eastern District in Louisiana today sided with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and issued a restraining order to bar further gun confiscations from peaceable and law-abiding victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans."
Your editor doesn't particularly share the sentiments of this headline - the ruling comes well after the fact and (as yet) no mention is made of punishment for those who played ANY part in this despicable endeavor.

Military May Play Bigger Relief Role
"President Bush's push to give the military a bigger role in responding to major disasters like Hurricane Katrina could lead to a loosening of legal limits on the use of federal troops on U.S. soil."

Evacuees' criminal backgrounds checked

Insured, insurers battle over hurricane

Recruits Sought for Porn Squad
"Early last month, the bureau's Washington Field Office began recruiting for a new anti-obscenity squad. Attached to the job posting was a July 29 Electronic Communication from FBI headquarters to all 56 field offices, describing the initiative as 'one of the top priorities' of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and, by extension, of 'the Director.' That would be FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III.
The new squad will divert eight agents, a supervisor and assorted support staff to gather evidence against 'manufacturers and purveyors' of pornography -- not the kind exploiting children, but the kind that depicts, and is marketed to, consenting adults."

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