In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
=== News Update ===
Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America’s War? As Many As 655,000
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2782
Cost of America’s War in Iraq $335,182,488,420 – See the cost in your community
Open Letter opposing Islamophobia
ISLAMOPHOBIA AND THE “WAR ON TERROR”
The Republic is Dead, Long Live the Republic.
Bush and a supine, cowardly Congress shredded the US Constitution on Tuesday, abolishing the right of a court review (habeas corpus) for some classes of suspect. Suspect, mind you, not proven criminal.
A Time Of Shame – National yawn as our rights evaporate’
First thing this morning, the president signed into law the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which does away with habeas corpus, the right of suspected terrorists or anybody else to know why they have been imprisoned, provided the president does not think it should apply to you and declares you an enemy combatant.
Sowing the Seeds of Fascism in America
Author Stan Goff, a retired 26-year veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces, sounds a warning call that many of the historical precursors of fascism—white supremacy, militarization of culture, vigilantism, masculine fear of female power, xenophobia and economic destabilization—are ascendant in America today.
Bush signs terror bill in victory for White House
Shame on Us All
>From the noble American ideal of each human being possessing “unalienable rights” as declared by the Founders 230 years ago amid the ringing of bells in Philadelphia, the United States effectively rescinded that concept on a dreary fall day in Washington.
MEDIA ALERT: DEMOCRACY AND DEBATE – KILLING IRAQ
The Lancet Reports 655,000 Excess Iraqi Deaths As A Consequence Of The Invasion
…The media response to the latest Lancet report consisted of initial, relatively high-profile coverage in the broadcast media and more subdued coverage in some print media. Coverage focused heavily on government dismissals and on the alleged ‘controversy’ surrounding the figures. Expert commentators were few and far between, with journalists exhibiting the usual confusion on the methodology behind, and significance of, the figures. Passing mentions aside, the story was dropped within 24 hours from media coverage, with essentially zero meaningful follow up reporting or analysis since. Journalists did respond with considerably less scepticism than after the 2004 Lancet report was published. However, the extent of coverage has, if anything, been less than in 2004…
Study of Iraqi Dead Shocking, But Sound Science
The Statistical Assessment Service a non-profit, non-partisan media research organization – finds the study estimating 650,000 excess Iraqi casualties since American forces entered the country to be methodologically sound.
Over 650,000 excesive Iraqi deaths during war and occupation
The scientific community is in agreement over the statistical methods used to collect the data and the validity of the conclusions drawn by the researchers conducting the study.
US death toll in Iraq – higher than you think
“The actual death toll is in excess of 10,000. [Given] the officially acknowledged number of over 15,000 seriously wounded (and a published total of 25,000 wounded overall,), this elevated death toll is far more realistic than the current 2,700+ now being officially published.”
Don’t believe it? This kind of discrepancy is NOT unprecedented.
8 courts-martial ordered in rape, murder cases
4 U.S. soldiers face charges over 14 year old girl’s death in Iraqi town of Mahmoudiya
Gunmen in Iraq’s Ramadi announce Sunni emirate
Dozens of “al Qaeda-linked” gunmen took to the streets of Ramadi on Wednesday in a show of force to announce the city was joining an Islamic state comprising Iraq’s mostly Sunni Arab provinces, Islamists and witnesses said.
English translation of Saddam Hussein Letter
I know the heart of the freedom fighter and love to his nation, his people after his love to God, I expect you to heal the wounds and not to open new wounds.
Bush’s Petro-Cartel Almost Has Iraq’s Oil
Even as Iraq verges on splintering into a sectarian civil war, four big oil companies are on the verge of locking up its massive, profitable reserves, known to everyone in the petroleum industry as “the prize.”
US says troop deaths in Iraq are price of victory
Asked by a reporter whether the latest deaths would prompt US President George W Bush to change strategy, White House spokesman Tony Snow said: “No, the strategy is to win.”
Memo to Tony Snow: winning can only happen when a strategy actually works, and this one absolutely has not.
U.S. military says 11 soldiers killed in Iraq By Ibon Villelabeitia
Eleven U.S. soldiers were killed on Tuesday, the U.S. military said on Wednesday, in one of the sharpest spikes in attacks on American forces battling soaring sectarian violence and a Sunni Arab insurgency.
Ten US soldiers killed in Iraq
10 More GIs Killed; US Death Toll in Iraq Hits 69 in Oct.
US Military Deaths in Iraq Hit 2,775
Simon Jenkins: America has finally taken on the grim reality of Iraq
America must leave Iraq without preconditions and hope that its neighbours, hated Syria and Iran, can clear up the mess. This advice comes not from some anti-war coalition but from the Iraq study group under the former Republican secretary of state, James Baker
Slovakia to pull troops from Iraq in February
Slovakia was a staunch supporter of the U.S.-led military campaign in Iraq under the centre-right government of Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda. He lost power in a June election and the new leftist administration of Prime Minister Robert Fico has long opposed Slovakia’s presence in Iraq.
Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 17 October 2006.
- Iraqi Resistance reportedly shoots down US helicopter near al-Qa’im Tuesday night.
- US warplanes blast three houses in ar-Ramadi Tuesday morning, killing four children and their mother.
- Powerful explosions shake US al-Warrar base late Tuesday night.
- US warplanes blast house in ar-Ramadi Monday night, killing family of six.
- US soldier reported killed by Iraqi Resistance sharpshooter’s bullet Tuesday morning.
- Resistance battles US troops in al-Fallujah in pre-dawn hours of Tuesday.
- Iraqi puppet troops kill civilian south of al-Fallujah.
- Resistance mortar barrage targets US base in as-Saqlawiyah for second straight day.
- Resistance bomb disables Humvee in al-Fallujah.
- Resistance bomb blasts US patrol in al-Hadithah Monday.
- Resistance bomb kills two puppet “Iraqi National Guards” Tuesday afternoon.
- Resistance fighters kill member of pro-American Kurdish separatist party in al-Mawsil.
21 killed as occupation forces kicks off “Operation Eagle” in Afghanistan
As many as 20 Taliban fighters have been killed in a clash with Afghan and NATO forces in the southeastern parts of Afghanistan as the alliance announced a countrywide anti-insurgent operation on Tuesday.
More than 20 civilians killed in Afghan attacks
NATO occupation forces air strikes killed nine civilians and wounded 11 others Wednesday, a provincial governor said, while 13 other civilians reportedly were killed in a firefight with suspected Taliban militants in southern Afghanistan.
NATO occupation forces rocket kills 13 Afghan civilians during battle
Abdul Rehman, a resident in the village, said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press that a rocket launched from an aircraft landed on a home and killed 13 people inside.
Troops may occupy Afghanistan for 20 years says commander
The commander of British forces returning from Helmand, Afghanistan, said that his forces were having to make up for the time lost by the decision of the United States and Britain to invade Iraq instead of concentrating on post-Taleban Afghanistan.
Two Palestinians killed as Israel attacks Gaza
Two Palestinians have been killed as Israeli tanks invaded the southern Gaza Strip this morning
Palestine Observer to UN Warns of Israeli attack on Gaza Strip
The Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council, Mansour said Israel, the occupying Power, has stepped up its illegal campaign of extrajudicial killings, carrying out a number of attacks in the Gaza Strip, which resulted in the killing of 23 Palestinians.
French UNIFIL commanders say will shoot at IAF overflights
Commanders of the French contingent of the United Nations force in Lebanon have warned that they might have to open fire if Israel Air Force warplanes continue their overflights in Lebanon.
CIA Spy Operations in Mexico
The declassified U.S. documents reveal CIA recruitment of agents within the upper echelons of the Mexican government between 1956 and 1969. The informants used in this secret program included President Gustavo Díaz Ordaz and future President Luis Echeverría
Judge Allows 9/11 Lawsuits to Go Forward
A federal judge on Tuesday refused to toss out claims by thousands of emergency workers who sued New York City and about 150 private contractors after the workers were sickened by dust at the World Trade Center site.
New Poll: Americans Question Bush on 9/11 Intelligence
Only 16 per cent of respondents say the government headed by U.S. president George W. Bush is telling the truth on what it knew prior to the terrorist attacks, down five points since May 2002.
A terror raid that doesn’t make the headlines – despite chemical explosives and a rocket launcher
In case you missed it: WMD Plot Uncovered In East Texas
At least one weapon of mass destruction – a sodium cyanide bomb capable of delivering a deadly gas cloud – has been seized in the Tyler area.
Documents Shed New Light on Pentagon Surveillance of Peace Activists
Documents released today by the American Civil Liberties Union reveal new details of Pentagon surveillance of Americans opposed to the Iraq war, including Quakers and student groups.
FBI tried to entrap Ramsey Clark
Yousry, told ABC News that the FBI offered him a chance to avoid indictment — if he would wear a hidden microphone to gather evidence against Stewart and Clark, who was also part of the blind sheik’s defense team
FBI director wants ISPs to track users
FBI Director Robert Mueller on Tuesday called on Internet service providers to record their customers’ online activities.
Payback’s a Bitch for Weldon
The FBI raided the homes of Weldon’s lawyer friend who did business in Russia and the Soviet Union, another friend who ran a public relations firm, and his daughter—she’s a lobbyist whom authorities allege Weldon helped land lucrative deals, including $1 million contracts from two Russian energy firms
America’s Dumbest Congressmen
Radar ranks the 10 biggest fools on the Hill
Ashcroft: Bush should be trusted not to abuse new powers
In the following MSNBC video, former Attorney General John Ashcroft says that President Bush should be trusted not to abuse new powers granted to him by Congress.
Just when you think you can’t rely on Ashcroft to say something hysterically idiotic, the guy surprises you!
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