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Friday, February 24, 2006

end of week feb 24

Judge orders U.S. to release Guantanamo detainee data
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal judge ordered the Pentagon on Thursday to release the identities of hundreds of detainees at Guantanamo Bay to The Associated Press, a move which would force the government to break its secrecy and reveal the most comprehensive list yet of those who have been imprisoned there.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-02-23-guantanamo-suit_x.htm
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Surprise, Surprise: UAE gave $1 million to Bush library 2/24

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nation/3681451.html
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'Big Brother' Watching E-mail, Computer Data: US Report
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0223-03.htm \n
\n\u003d\u003d\u003d\nUAE, Jolted by Port Deal, Is Key Western Arms Buyerhttp://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0223-08.htm\n \n\u003d\u003d\u003d\nMolly Ivins George Bush, Protector of Arab Rights?http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0223-28.htm\n \n \u003d\u003d\u003d\u003d\nMurray calls on Bush for details -- or halt to sale \nSeattle Post Intelligencer - USA\nhttp://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/260592_portsecurity23.html \n... Now we are asking for information so we can make the right decision.". From left, Port of Seattle Chief Executive Mic Dinsmore and Sens. ... \u003d\u003d\u003d\u003d \n\nPentagon Told to Release Gitmo Transcripts\nBy BEN FOX Associated Press Writer\n",1]
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http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0223-03.htm

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UAE, Jolted by Port Deal, Is Key Western Arms Buyerhttp://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0223-08.htm
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Molly Ivins George Bush, Protector of Arab Rights?http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0223-28.htm
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Murray calls on Bush for details -- or halt to sale Seattle Post Intelligencer - USA
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/260592_portsecurity23.html... Now we are asking for information so we can make the right decision.". From left, Port of Seattle Chief Executive Mic Dinsmore and Sens. ... ====
Pentagon Told to Release Gitmo Transcripts
By BEN FOX Associated Press Writer

http://news.findlaw.com/ap/i/630/02-24-2006/888e00275a42173c.html \n
\n\u003d\u003d\u003d\nWhen it comes to the safety of our food, who is watching the store? \nhttp://www.bioethics2006.org/\n \n\u003d\u003d\u003d\u003d\nBolivian president asks U.S. to explain lawmaker\'s yanked visa\nBy CARLOS VALDEZ Associated Press Writer\nAP) - LA PAZ, Bolivia-President Evo Morales has asked the United States to explain why it canceled the entry visa of a Bolivian lawmaker and union leader for coca growers. \n\n"Hopefully it\'s a mistake and not the position of the (U.S.) government to punish our sister," Morales said Thursday, referring to Bolivian Senator Leonilda Zurita, a close ally of the president. \n\nThe United States apparently canceled Zurita\'s visa under an immigration law prohibiting people suspected of terrorist activity.\nhttp://news.findlaw.com/ap/o/51/02-24-2006/ea56000ec12c7c93.html \n\n",1]
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http://news.findlaw.com/ap/i/630/02-24-2006/888e00275a42173c.html
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When it comes to the safety of our food, who is watching the store?
http://www.bioethics2006.org/
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Bolivian president asks U.S. to explain lawmaker's yanked visa
By CARLOS VALDEZ Associated Press Writer
AP) - LA PAZ, Bolivia-President Evo Morales has asked the United States to explain why it canceled the entry visa of a Bolivian lawmaker and union leader for coca growers.
"Hopefully it's a mistake and not the position of the (U.S.) government to punish our sister," Morales said Thursday, referring to Bolivian Senator Leonilda Zurita, a close ally of the president.
The United States apparently canceled Zurita's visa under an immigration law prohibiting people suspected of terrorist activity.
http://news.findlaw.com/ap/o/51/02-24-2006/ea56000ec12c7c93.html
\nhttp://www.narconews.com\n \n\u003d\u003d\u003d\nAggressive interrogations ineffective, legally risky, FBI warned military at Guantanamo\n",1]
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Grant's letter says clearly, in Spanish: "This letter's purpose is to inform you that the tourist visa issued February 14, 1998 has been revoked since May 27, 2004 by the Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs under Section 212(a)(3)(B) of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act." This verbal diarrhea means that Leonilda Zurita had some relation to terrorist activities or insurgent movements... And everything indicates that this is really about the case of Colombian peasant-farmer leader and human rights activist Francisco "Pacho" Cortes, whom the Bolivian justice system tried to link to 42 other coca growers' leaders... without much success. What's more, the case against Cortes has been so badly made that he received a provisional release a few days ago, because, among other reasons, the Bolivian prosecutors have not been able to prove any of their charges against him. But the scandal generated by a senator losing her U.S. visa has now caused echos from a dew more corners, such as a wire report from Reuters on Wednesday titled: "Bolivia's 'Death to Yankees' senator loses US visa." This report is a real literary gem: it says nothing of the motives behind the cancellation, but in pure bad faith speaks of the terrorism accusation and, without explaining Pacho's case, tells us that Senator Zurita is "known for her raucous chanting" that speaks of rubbing out the gringos...
http://www.narconews.com/
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Aggressive interrogations ineffective, legally risky, FBI warned military at Guantanamo
\n(AP) - WASHINGTON-FBI agents repeatedly warned military interrogators at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that their aggressive methods were legally risky and also likely to be ineffective, according to FBI memos made public Thursday. \n\nhttp://news.findlaw.com/ap/o/51/02-24-2006/a9ed0018b0c0fddd.html \n\n\u003d\u003d\u003d\nMore documents prove that top defense officials approved of abuse at Guantanamo detention center \nhttp://www.motherjones.com/mojoblog/archives/2006/02/more_documents.html \n\u003d\u003d\u003d\n\n\n\n\n\n\nFearmonger In Chief",1]
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By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press Writer
(AP) - WASHINGTON-FBI agents repeatedly warned military interrogators at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that their aggressive methods were legally risky and also likely to be ineffective, according to FBI memos made public Thursday.
http://news.findlaw.com/ap/o/51/02-24-2006/a9ed0018b0c0fddd.html
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More documents prove that top defense officials approved of abuse at Guantanamo detention center http://www.motherjones.com/mojoblog/archives/2006/02/more_documents.html
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Fearmonger In Chief
by William Greider, \nThe Nation President Bush sowed the hysteria he is now reaping in the form of the UAE ports controversy. \nhttp://www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/02/24/fearmonger_in_chief.php\n \n\u003d\u003d\u003d\nRep. Joe Barton (R-TX) is mad at Citgo and wants to know why they\'re helping the poor with low-cost heating oil. Barton didn\'t mention that only Tom DeLay gets more money from the oil industry. But, of course, that\'s just a coincidence. \n\nhttp://dailydelay.blogspot.com/2006/02/like-free-ride-when-youve-already-paid.html \n\u003d\u003d\u003d\nMark Morford: America, Narcoleptic Pit Bull; Once the (tarnished) beacon of peace and democracy, now just another global flamethrower \n",1]
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by William Greider, The Nation President Bush sowed the hysteria he is now reaping in the form of the UAE ports controversy.
http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=u7hwctbab.0.ntowctbab.tiniiyn6.149445&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tompaine.com%2Farticles%2F2006%2F02%2F24%2Ffearmonger_in_chief.php
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Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) is mad at Citgo and wants to know why they're helping the poor with low-cost heating oil. Barton didn't mention that only Tom DeLay gets more money from the oil industry. But, of course, that's just a coincidence. http://dailydelay.blogspot.com/2006/02/like-free-ride-when-youve-already-paid.html
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Mark Morford: America, Narcoleptic Pit Bull; Once the (tarnished) beacon of peace and democracy, now just another global flamethrower
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f\u003d/gate/archive/2006/02/24/notes022406.DTL&nl\u003dfix
\n \n\u003d\u003d\nGiven past practice, it was safe to assume that the White House\'s just-released report on Hurricane Katrina would be less than a no-holds-barred, blistering, tell-all account of what went wrong in the government\'s response. And, surprise, surprise, \nas David Corn writes \n, the report somehow managed to miss the missteps that occurred at the White House. \nhttp://www.thenation.com/blogs/capitalgames?pid\u003d63398 \n\n\u003d\u003d\u003d\n\n\n\n\n\n\nOn The Brink In Iraq",1]
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http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/gate/archive/2006/02/24/notes022406.DTL&nl=fix

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Given past practice, it was safe to assume that the White House's just-released report on Hurricane Katrina would be less than a no-holds-barred, blistering, tell-all account of what went wrong in the government's response. And, surprise, surprise, as David Corn writes , the report somehow managed to miss the missteps that occurred at the White House.
http://www.thenation.com/blogs/capitalgames?pid=63398
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On The Brink In Iraq
by Bob Dreyfuss, \nTomPaine.comThe die has been cast. Bush must take the blame for destroying Iraq. \nhttp://www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/02/24/on_the_brink_in_iraq.php\n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n \n\u003d\u003d\u003d\nand now for a little humor: \nhttp://www.obscurestore.com/\n \nDeclassified memos indicate more than six dozen CIA-linked air landings in Canada\nBy BETH DUFF-BROWN Associated Press Writer ",1]
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by Bob Dreyfuss, TomPaine.comThe die has been cast. Bush must take the blame for destroying Iraq. http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=u7hwctbab.0.ktowctbab.tiniiyn6.149445&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tompaine.com%2Farticles%2F2006%2F02%2F24%2Fon_the_brink_in_iraq.php







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and now for a little humor: http://www.obscurestore.com/

Declassified memos indicate more than six dozen CIA-linked air landings in Canada
By BETH DUFF-BROWN Associated Press Writer
\n(AP) - TORONTO-CIA planes have landed in Canada 74 times since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, underscoring fears that the United States is ferrying suspected terrorists through its neighboring country en route to foreign prisons for torture, according to newly declassified government documents. \n\nhttp://news.findlaw.com/ap/p/56/02-24-2006/24d00035c39d514e.html \n\n\u003d\u003d\u003d\n \n\nDid the White House "Authorize" Leaks to Woodward? \nREAD MORE: \nBob Woodward, \nIraq , ",1]
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(AP) - TORONTO-CIA planes have landed in Canada 74 times since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, underscoring fears that the United States is ferrying suspected terrorists through its neighboring country en route to foreign prisons for torture, according to newly declassified government documents.
http://news.findlaw.com/ap/p/56/02-24-2006/24d00035c39d514e.html
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Did the White House "Authorize" Leaks to Woodward?
READ MORE: Bob Woodward, Iraq ,
Scooter Libby
, \nNew York Times , \nGeorge W. Bush, \nDick Cheney , \nCIA \nDid the Bush administration "authorize" the leak of classified information to Bob Woodward? And did those leaks damage national security?\n \n\nhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/murray-waas/did-the-white-house-auth_b_16263.html",1]
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Scooter Libby
, New York Times , George W. Bush, Dick Cheney , CIA
Did the Bush administration "authorize" the leak of classified information to Bob Woodward? And did those leaks damage national security?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/murray-waas/did-the-white-house-auth_b_16263.html
\n\u003d\u003d\u003d\n \nPoliticians use Denver newspapers\' website to post "stories"
\nhttp://www.newwest.net/index.php/topic/article/6537/C37/L37 New West \n\n\u003d\u003d\u003d\nPowers wants to see more stories on political image-makers \nhttp://nationaljournal.com/powers.htm\nNational Journal The stories are hard to get, notes William Powers. "Still, I think the media should be chasing them like crazy\n\u003d\u003d",1]
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Politicians use Denver newspapers' website to post "stories" http://www.newwest.net/index.php/topic/article/6537/C37/L37 New West
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Powers wants to see more stories on political image-makers http://nationaljournal.com/powers.htm
National Journal The stories are hard to get, notes William Powers. "Still, I think the media should be chasing them like crazy
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More on the United Arab Emirates-Al Qaeda Linkagehttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-smerconish/the-uae-read-pg-138_b_16217.html
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Average American Family Income Declineshttp://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060223/ap_on_bi_ge/family_finances;_ylt=Av9TF26sflEMOlQFhBSpRP.s0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3ODdxdHBhBHNlYwM5NjQ-
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Small-country power: Chile and the Iraq war Justin Vogler 22 - 2 - 2006
FPRIVATE "TYPE=PICT;ALT="Two new books cast light on the diplomatic pressures exerted by the United States and its British ally to win support for the military option in Iraq. Justin Vogler in Santiago talks to the authors.
http://www.opendemocracy.net/democracy-protest/chile_3292.jsp
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"Interrogation of Detainees: Overview of the McCain Amendment," updated January 24, 2006: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/intel/RS22312.pdf
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SELECTED CRS REPORTS ON NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY Some notable, newly updated reports of the Congressional Research Service, obtained by Secrecy News and published on the Federation of American Scientists web site, include the following: "Conventional Warheads For Long-Range Ballistic Missiles: Background and Issues for Congress," updated February 13, 2006: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/RL33067.pdf "U.S. Nuclear Weapons: Changes in Policy and Force Structure," updated January 27, 2006: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/RL31623.pdf "U.S. Armed Forces Abroad: Selected Congressional Roll Call Votes Since 1982," updated January 27, 2006: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL31693.pdf

Neo-Cons Sabotaged Iran's Help on al Qaedahttp://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0222-07.htm

http://www.ipsnews.net/

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Dubai Company Set to Run U.S. Ports Has Ties to Administrationhttp://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0222-10.htm
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Bill Berry Flatulent Right Wing Fills Radio with Hatehttp://www.commondreams.org/views06/0222-23.htm
which reminds me; WHERE IS THAT ANUS ANDREW LLEEDS???
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Human Rights First report documents deaths of Iraqis and Afghans in US custodyhttp://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/feb2006/hrf-f23.shtml===
Pakistani protests over anti-Muslim cartoons threaten Musharraf's rulehttp://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/feb2006/paks-f23.shtml===
"Iraq's Election Aftermath Reveals a Failed State"http://www.pinr.com/report.php?ac=view_report&report_id=420===

Economic Brief: U.S. Ports Deal, Italian Banking Sector Drafted By: http://www.pinr.com/
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Maureen Dowd: "Same old pattern: a stupid and counterproductive national security decision is made in secret, blowing off checks and balances, and the president's out of the loop."
http://www.topplebush.com/oped2551.shtml
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Sidney Blumenthal: Cheney's Coup. A 3-year-old executive order that vastly expanded his powers illuminates how the vice president and his minions led us into war.
http://www.salon.com/opinion/blumenthal/2006/02/23/cheney_power/index_np.html
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Any Port in the Storm 2/23

http://pabloonpolitics.com/UAE.htm
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New Jersey to File Suit Against Al-Qaeda Friendly Takeover of U.S. Ports. "Critics have noted that some of the Sept. 11 hijackers used the UAE as an operational and financial base. In addition, they contend the UAE was an important transfer point for shipments of smuggled nuclear components sent to Iran, North Korea and Libya by a Pakistani scientist."

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newjersey/ny-bc-nj--portssecurity-nj0221feb21,0,5098163.story?coll=ny-region-apnewjersey

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