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November 1-15, 2005
November 10, 2005
US Used Chemical WMD in Fallujah
U.S. denies using white phosphorus on Iraqi civilians
US Army Admits Use of White Phosphorus as Weapon
Writers jailed in 2002 for political satire
After three years at Guantanamo, Afghan writers found to be no threat to United States
A quarter of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are on hunger strikes
"Since August 8, the number of detainees refusing to eat has risen from several dozen to about 128, about a quarter of the prison population, according to the Pentagon."
Big Brother to vet your messages
"Guidelines released yesterday by the Australian Communications and Media Authority suggest chat rooms employ legions of human moderators to intervene, block or modify messages being sent between users.
The guide is not compulsory, but the big carriers plan from next month to have the rooms monitored by staff of a Melbourne firm, Jumbuck. Because it is not yet possible to determine who is a child and who is not, all users will be subject to scrutiny."
New report claims cost of ID cards will be £500 each
"A report by the London School of Economics (LSE), details of which have emerged this weekend, says the cost of integrating the schemeís computers with government databases will add as much as £10 billion to the collegeís previous £18 billion estimate.
The LSE revealed its initial figure last May, indicating a production cost of about £300 for each card. The study antagonised Charles Clarke, the home secretary, because the Home Office had previously estimated the scheme would cost only £5.8 billion. Clarke has said the card would cost £93 for each person - up from its original estimate of £77 - and accused the reportís authors of inventing their research."
CIA Holds Terror Suspects in Secret Prisons
CIA Moves Toward Probe of Prisons Story
FBI mines records of ordinary Americans
DeLay Asked Lobbyist to Raise Money Through Charity
Historic Vermont Meeting in State Capital Passes Resolution to Secede from the U.S.
"Although the resolution is the first step in the long process that needs support from the state legislators - as well as an officially recognized convention - the grass roots group called the Second Vermont Republic passed the following citizen's resolution:
'Be it resolved that the state of Vermont peacefully and democratically free itself from the United States of America and return to its natural status as an independent republic as it was between January 15, 1777 and March 4, 1791.'"