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  • Bush Renews Sanctions Threat Against Iran

    09/29/2006 6:07:15 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 282+ views
    Bush renews sanctions threat against Iran The Associated Press Published: September 29, 2006 WASHINGTON The Bush administration again threatened Iran with U.N. punishment Friday unless it responds positively to demands it cease work on processing uranium. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice plans to confer by telephone this weekend with senior European diplomat Javier Solana and the foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns will have parallel talks with his counterparts, as well. Solana has been holding talks with Ali Larijani, Iran's top nuclear negotiator. There have been vague reports of some progress, but...
  • Charges dropped against S. Africa's Zuma

    09/20/2006 12:11:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 182+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/20/06 | Celean Jacobson - ap
    PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa - In a boost to his presidential hopes, a judge on Wednesday dismissed a corruption indictment against Jacob Zuma, who walked from court and broke into a Zulu song, "Bring me my machine gun." Jubilant supporters sang along, convinced the populist politician's quest to lead South Africa has gained momentum. But concerns about the former deputy president may linger. Judge Herbert Msimang first denied a motion for a postponement from prosecutors, who argued they needed more time to prepare. When stunned prosecutors said they were unable to begin immediately, the judge said he had no choice but...
  • CIA Agents Insure Against Torture Lawsuits

    09/11/2006 8:00:42 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 407+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-12-2006 | Francis Harris
    CIA agents insure against torture lawsuits By Francis Harris in Washington (Filed: 12/09/2006) Worried CIA agents are taking out torture insurance as fears grow that they will be targeted by alleged terrorists and their victims in American courts. The £160-a-year policies will provide the spies with about £106,000 in legal costs and about £530,000 towards awards made by the courts if they are sued and lose. The policies cover suits lodged for torture, human rights abuse and professional failings in the lead-up to the September 11 atrocities. CIA spokesman Mark Mansfield told The Washington Post: "It's fair to say that...
  • Texan Hosts Arm Against Crime Wave (Katrina - Houston)

    08/26/2006 6:25:23 PM PDT · by blam · 52 replies · 2,593+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-27-2006 | Philip Sherwell
    Texan hosts arm against crime wave By Philip Sherwell in Houston (Filed: 27/08/2006) Hurricane Katrina may not have pounded Houston, but a year later the city is reeling from an ugly aftermath of the storm - a surging crime wave. The murder rate in the Texan city has soared by almost 20 per cent since 150,000 Katrina evacuees arrived in August last year. According to police statistics, they are involved - as victim or killer - in one of every five homicides. In the gun stores and on the shooting ranges of America's oil industry capital, business is booming as...
  • Spread of Freedom Most Valuable Weapon Against Terrorism, Official Says

    08/18/2006 6:13:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 361+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Aug. 18, 2006 -- As during the Cold War, the spread of freedom remains America’s most valuable tool in combating the nation’s enemies, a senior Defense Department official said here yesterday. A slab of the Berlin Wall now housed at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. Photo by Steven Donald Smith  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “The power of freedom brought down the Berlin Wall in 1989, and it brought millions to the voting booth in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Christopher “Ryan” Henry, principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, said during a...
  • Pace Says Iran Fighting Proxy Wars Against Iraq, Israel

    08/15/2006 4:50:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 344+ views
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq, Aug. 15, 2006 – Iran is fighting two proxy wars, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told servicemembers here Aug. 13. Marine Gen. Peter Pace told servicemembers gathered at the camp chapel that Iran is “fighting a proxy war against Israel by supporting Hezbollah” in Lebanon. Iran also is fighting a proxy war against Iraq and the United States by supporting elements inside Iraq. Pace said the preferred method of dealing with Iran is via diplomacy. The international community must place pressure on Iran to end its support of the Hezbollah terror group in southern...
  • Priest guards church against ‘racist’ attacks

    08/04/2006 10:23:39 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 23 replies · 808+ views
    Lancashire Evening Telegraph ^ | 8/2/06 | Caroline Innes
    A PRIEST is set to install high fences around his church in Blackburn in a bid to combat racist attacks. The move was revealed as a Muslim leader blasted the gang of youths which targeted St Joseph's RC Church, in Audley, Blackburn. Coun Salim Mulla, secretary of the Lancashire Council of Mosques, said the gang were "disgraceful and disrespectful" and he was so angry that when he found out who was responsible he would personally report them to the police. The latest incident happened on Sunday at 11pm and although the church's alarm system prevented the youths from gaining access...
  • Rumsfeld, Pace Cite Challenges, Progress Against Extremists

    08/02/2006 5:50:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 2,663+ views
    WASHINGTON, August 2, 2006 – Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld used today, the 16th anniversary of Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, as an opportunity to assess progress that’s taken place in Iraq and the threat extremists continue to impose on free people. Rumsfeld cited the string of events Saddam provoked in 1990. “Saddam Hussein’s forces invaded Kuwait, provoking a crisis that led to Iraqi attacks on Israel and threats to Saudi Arabia and to other nations in the region,” he told Pentagon reporters. In contrast, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki -- a man Rumsfeld noted spent some 25 years opposing...
  • Britain, California unite against global warming

    07/31/2006 7:08:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 348+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/31/06 | Michael R. Blood - ap
    LONG BEACH Britain and California formed a trans-Atlantic partnership Monday to address global warming, bypassing the Bush administration to explore ways to curb greenhouse gas emissions and promote clean-burning fuels. British Prime Minister Tony Blair and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the pact against the backdrop of an oil tanker at a BP terminal in the Port of Long Beach. "We see that there is not great leadership from the federal government when it comes to protecting the environment," Schwarzenegger said. "We know there is global warming, so we should stop it." Addressing business leaders during an earlier panel discussion,...
  • Shanghai Builds Vast Bunker To Shield Against Terrorism Attack

    07/30/2006 6:19:57 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 838+ views
    Shanghai builds vast bunker to shield against terrorism attack (Filed: 31/07/2006) The authorities in Shanghai, which is the Chinese financial hub, have built a huge underground shelter against the eventuality of terrorism or industrial accidents. The vast 968,400sq ft subterranean complex could accommodate 200,000 people for up to 15 days.It is linked to government offices, commercial and residential areas and the transport system by a labyrinth of tunnels. The bunker can protect occupants from "nuclear radiation, poisonous gases, explosions and other disasters," the state's news agency Xinhua reported yesterday. "In peacetime, parts of the bunker could be used as garages,...
  • Japan's Latest Weapon Against Terror . . . A fish

    07/25/2006 6:24:11 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 666+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-25-2006 | Colin Joyce
    Japan's latest weapon against terror. . . a fish By Colin Joyce in Tokyo (Filed: 25/07/2006) Japan is to use tiny fish in the battle against terrorism. Ricefish, measuring less than two inches and commonly kept as pets, react rapidly to contaminated water. The fish, which is pale orange, pushes its face close to the surface when it experiences breathing difficulties or simply dies in the manner of canaries in gas-filled mines. Whereas sophisticated and expensive filters may take up to 15 hours to detect a problem, ricefish typically react to contamination within a couple of hours. So far, they...
  • Israel Fights West's Cause Against Radical Islam

    07/16/2006 4:59:57 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 668+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-17-2006 | Anton La Guardia
    Israel fights West's cause against radical Islam By Anton La Guardia, Diplomatic Editor (Filed: 17/07/2006) It is an axiom of Israeli military operation that its armed forces must hurry to achieve victory before international pressure forces them to stop. Yet after bombarding Lebanon for five days, and causing pain to ordinary civilians unseen since the civil war ended 15 years ago, the international outcry is surprisingly muted. If anything, as the conflict has intensified and the regional stakes have risen, Israel has found a degree of international sympathy, or at least understanding. Lebanon has become the battleground between pro-western and...
  • Iraqi Forces Key to Victory Against Terrorists, Ramadi-Based General Says

    07/14/2006 4:10:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 311+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 14, 2006 – Iraqi security forces must take the lead in security operations to defeat terrorists in that country, a senior U.S. Army officer said today. Iraqi soldiers and police "are in the fight to the finish," Army Col. Sean B. MacFarland said from Ramadi, Iraq, during a satellite teleconference with Pentagon reporters. MacFarland is the commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, in Ramadi, the capital city of Anbar province. His unit has operated with Iraqi forces in and around Ramadi since June 11. Over the past several weeks, U.S. and Iraqi forces have...
  • Rice warns N. Korea against missile test

    06/19/2006 4:14:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 718+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/19/06 | Anne Gearan -ap
    WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned North Korea on Monday it will face consequences if it test-fires a missile thought to be powerful enough to reach the West Coast of the United States. "It would be a very serious matter and, indeed, a provocative act should North Korea decide to launch that missile," Rice said amid indications that the North Koreans could launch an intercontinental ballistic missile at any moment. The senior U.S. diplomat said the United States would talk to other nations about action should the North go ahead, and "I can assure everyone that it would...
  • Judge Dismisses Khobar Towers Case Against Iran

    06/09/2006 4:59:38 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 13 replies · 1,208+ views ^ | 6 9 06 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    WASHINGTON -- A magistrate judge in the District Court of Washington, D.C. has dismissed a lawsuit by the survivors and families of victims of the June 25, 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, that sought millions of dollars in damages against the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. In an opinion handed down June 6, 2006, Judge Deborah A. Robinson asserted that the plaintiffs "offered no evidence regarding the action of any official, employee or agent" or the Iranian regime, its intelligence ministry (MOIS), or the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, IRGC. The opinion comes at a delicate...
  • Cheney defends against Specter eavesdropping rebuke

    06/09/2006 10:12:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 652+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/9/06 | Caren Bohan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney defended himself on Thursday against accusations by a leading Republican senator that he worked to thwart Senate plans to make telephone executives testify at a hearing about a U.S. domestic spying program. A day after Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter rebuked Cheney for trying to head off subpoenas of the phone company executives, Cheney acknowledged that he had spoken to Senate leaders and members of Specter's committee. He said in a letter to Specter that he acted when the administration became concerned about a "compulsory process to force testimony" in a matter...
  • House Panel Votes Against IRS Program

    06/06/2006 6:03:28 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 79 replies · 1,186+ views
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A House panel voted Tuesday to throw a roadblock in front of an Internal Revenue Service plan that would use private collection agencies to chase unpaid tax debts. The House Appropriations Committee voted 29-27 to prevent the IRS from using money appropriated to the agency for fiscal 2007 to set up the program. President Bush had asked lawmakers to give the tax collectors $54 million to get the operation running. Rep. Steve Rothman, D-N.J., who wrote the amendment, said the program should be stopped to protect taxpayers from exposure to privacy breeches.
  • Marine brings welding skills to fight against insurgency

    06/06/2006 4:29:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 32 replies · 936+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Antonio Rosas
    CAMP AL QA’IM, Iraq (June 6, 2006) -- When he joined the Marine Corps in 2002, Cpl. Joshua W. Dale never thought he would be using his welding experience to defeat insurgents in western Iraq. The 23-year-old section leader with A Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, brought his ideas to life by inventing a breaching bumper for a humvee in his mobile assault platoon. The breaching bumper is mounted on the front of the humvee and resembles a large arrowhead made of thick steel. The bumper is used to do one thing – tear through anything that gets in...
  • Colombian Voters Lead Backlash Against Revolution From The Left

    05/27/2006 5:26:18 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 575+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-28-2006 | John Webster - Sophie Arie
    Colombian voters lead backlash against revolution from the Left By John Webster in Bogota and Sophie Arie (Filed: 28/05/2006) Colombian voters will thwart the grand plan of Venezuela's Left-wing and populist leader, Hugo Chavez, to spread revolucion throughout the region if, as looks probable, they re-elect a loyal ally of George W Bush as president in elections today. Two other big Latin American countries are likely to follow suit in coming months. Alvaro Uribe, the son of a wealthy landowner who has campaigned vigorously against Colombia's drugs trade, is expected to win a clear majority today. Conservative candidates in Peru...
  • Judge hears challenge to smuggling charges filed against migrants (Not Migrants,...ILLEGALS!)

    05/23/2006 8:17:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 392+ views
    A judge is considering a challenge to an Arizona law creating the state crime of immigrant smuggling, an offense that has drawn about 100 prosecutions and is criticized because it has been used mostly on the customers of smugglers. Lawyers for nearly all of the first 48 immigrants charged under the 9-month-old law argued the Legislature never intended it to be used on their clients for paying someone to bring them into Arizona, the nation's busiest illegal entry point. They also called the law an unconstitutional attempt by the state to regulate immigration, a legal area they contend is under...