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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Posting # 8, March 8/06

is appropriate indeed that the first time voters will be offered an opportunity to weigh in on the question of whether to impeach President George W. Bush for high crimes and misdemeanors is at a New England town meeting in a community chartered two years before the Declaration of Independence was drafted. http://www.thenation.com/blogs/thebeat?bid=1&pid=66527


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US ambassador to UN warns of "painful consequences" for Iranhttp://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/mar2006/iran-m08.shtml
Britain: Government minister admits US "rendition" planes landed in UKhttp://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/mar2006/rend-m08.shtml===
08 March 2006In February 2006, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) quoted PINR's February 2005 report on South Korea. The CFR report can be found here:
"South Korea Looks for New Role"http://www.cfr.org/publication/9805/south_korea_looks_for_new_role.html
The PINR analysis in question can be found at:
"South Korea Seeks Strategic Focus Among the Behemoths"
http://www.pinr.com/report.php?ac\u003dview_report&report_id\u003d267 \n
\n \u003d\u003d\u003d\nCampaign to Defend the Constitution: New Ad Campaign Blasts Religious Right Leaders for Ties to Abramoff, Casinos \nhttp://www.commondreams.org/news2006/0307-02.htm\nCenter on Budget and Policy Priorities: Flawed Formula Could Mean Fewer Section 8 Housing Vouchers In 2007\nhttp://www.commondreams.org/news2006/0307-10.htm\n \n\nPinch Gets Chilly Reception at \'State of the Times\' Speech (Gawker)The first question was about the stock options that Sulzberger got rid of to give himself and the other execs big bonuses. He deflected that question, but then business columnist Floyd Norris asked it again, quoting more numbers. Norris asked him to rescind his bonuses to save jobs. \nMedia Mob\n: Sulzberger discussed the paper\'s efforts to expand its online and digital operations in a newspaper industry that\'s mired in struggle. ",1]
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Campaign to Defend the Constitution: New Ad Campaign Blasts Religious Right Leaders for Ties to Abramoff, Casinos http://www.commondreams.org/news2006/0307-02.htm
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Flawed Formula Could Mean Fewer Section 8 Housing Vouchers In 2007http://www.commondreams.org/news2006/0307-10.htm

Pinch Gets Chilly Reception at 'State of the Times' Speech (Gawker)The first question was about the stock options that Sulzberger got rid of to give himself and the other execs big bonuses. He deflected that question, but then business columnist Floyd Norris asked it again, quoting more numbers. Norris asked him to rescind his bonuses to save jobs. Media Mob : Sulzberger discussed the paper's efforts to expand its online and digital operations in a newspaper industry that's mired in struggle.
NYP
: Newspaper Guild members have already had to give up their raises for the year to rescue their embattled healthcare coverage, and 500 employees are losing their jobs. \n\nhttp://www.gawker.com/news/arthur-sulzberger-jr/a-spy-reports-floyd-norris-doesnt-like-the-state-of-the-times-158951.php \n\n\u003d\u003d\u003d\nRetired Lieutenant General William Odom was the director of the National Security Agency between 1985 and 1988. Currently a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and a professor at Yale University, Odom has been an outspoken critic of the Bush administration\'s foreign policy. \n\n \nhttp://www.inthesetimes.com/site/main/article/2522/\nBrit Gov Minister Says Guantanamo Must Close to Save Democracyhttp://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0308-07.htm\n\n\u003d\u003d\u003d\nBush Continues to Get Walloped in the Polls, As He Should\nhttp://poll.gallup.com/content/?ci\u003d21808 \n \n\u003d\u003d\nAbramoff Starts Naming Republican Names: Conrad Burns, McCain, Bush, Newt Gingrich, Ken Mehlman. New Vanity Fair article tell-all: "Any important Republican who comes out and says they didn\'t know me is almost certainly lying." \n",1]
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NYP: Newspaper Guild members have already had to give up their raises for the year to rescue their embattled healthcare coverage, and 500 employees are losing their jobs.
http://www.gawker.com/news/arthur-sulzberger-jr/a-spy-reports-floyd-norris-doesnt-like-the-state-of-the-times-158951.php
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Retired Lieutenant General William Odom was the director of the National Security Agency between 1985 and 1988. Currently a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and a professor at Yale University, Odom has been an outspoken critic of the Bush administration's foreign policy.

http://www.inthesetimes.com/site/main/article/2522/
Brit Gov Minister Says Guantanamo Must Close to Save Democracyhttp://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0308-07.htm
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Bush Continues to Get Walloped in the Polls, As He Shouldhttp://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=o6npotbab.0.6jmpotbab.ruvvpabab.9014&p=http%3A%2F%2Fpoll.gallup.com%2Fcontent%2F%3Fci%3D21808

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Abramoff Starts Naming Republican Names: Conrad Burns, McCain, Bush, Newt Gingrich, Ken Mehlman. New Vanity Fair article tell-all: "Any important Republican who comes out and says they didn't know me is almost certainly lying."
\nhttp://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/3/8/11633/33597 \n\u003d\u003d\u003d\n-->IMPEACHING GEORGE W. BUSH Onnesha Roychoudhuri, AlterNet. From discussion to action -- Michael Ratner and his fellow lawyers have drafted a call to impeach President Bush. \nhttp://www.alternet.org/mediaculture/32977/ -->EXCERPT: ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT Center for Constitutional Rights A new book lays out four clear legal arguments that point to impeachment of President Bush as a necessary remedy for the violation of our Constitution. \nhttp://www.alternet.org/mediaculture/32866/ \n \n \n\u003d\u003d\nJoseph DuRocher A Veteran\'s Letter to the President: "I Return Enclosed the Symbols of My Years of Service"\nhttp://www.commondreams.org/views06/0308-34.htm \n\u003d\u003d\n\n\'Unitary Executive\' Or Autocracy? by Paul Waldman, TomPaine.comThe Bush administration has replaced the rule of law with the rule by one. \n",1]
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-->IMPEACHING GEORGE W. BUSH Onnesha Roychoudhuri, AlterNet. From discussion to action -- Michael Ratner and his fellow lawyers have drafted a call to impeach President Bush. http://www.alternet.org/mediaculture/32977/ -->EXCERPT: ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT Center for Constitutional Rights A new book lays out four clear legal arguments that point to impeachment of President Bush as a necessary remedy for the violation of our Constitution. http://www.alternet.org/mediaculture/32866/


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Joseph DuRocher A Veteran's Letter to the President: "I Return Enclosed the Symbols of My Years of Service"http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0308-34.htm
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'Unitary Executive' Or Autocracy? by Paul Waldman, TomPaine.comThe Bush administration has replaced the rule of law with the rule by one.
\nhttp://www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/03/08/unitary_executive_or_autocracy.php \n \u003d\u003d\u003d\nAllan Jalon A Break-In to End All Break-Inshttp://www.commondreams.org/views06/0308-27.htm\n\n \u003d\u003d\u003d\n \nWeaponizing the Shark and Other Pentagon Dreams\nShark and Awe\n\nFrom the Annals of Full-Spectrum Dominance\nBy Tom Engelhardt \n \nhttp://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?emx\u003dx&pid\u003d66469\n \n\nGOP Crooks in Congress Will Try to Cover-up Bush\'s Illegal Spying. Crooks Stick Together, Until the Thieves Fall Out.\n\nhttp://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/politics/14033159.htm \n\u003d\u003d\n\nThe U.S. Government\'s Flawed Response to Hurricane Katrina: Why It Should Be Viewed as a Human Rights Failure, and What the Consequences of That Could Be ",1]
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Allan Jalon A Break-In to End All Break-Inshttp://www.commondreams.org/views06/0308-27.htm
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Weaponizing the Shark and Other Pentagon Dreams
Shark and Awe
From the Annals of Full-Spectrum Dominance
By Tom Engelhardt

http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?emx=x&pid=66469

GOP Crooks in Congress Will Try to Cover-up Bush's Illegal Spying. Crooks Stick Together, Until the Thieves Fall Out.
http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=tzomntbab.0.5w7lntbab.ruvvpabab.9014&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mercurynews.com%2Fmld%2Fmercurynews%2Fnews%2Fpolitics%2F14033159.htm
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The U.S. Government's Flawed Response to Hurricane Katrina: Why It Should Be Viewed as a Human Rights Failure, and What the Consequences of That Could Be
\nBy NOAH LEAVITT
\n \nhttp://writ.news.findlaw.com/leavitt/20060307.html\n secrecy_news-request@lists.fas.org \n \u003d\u003d \ndick cheney is keeping all options open vis a vis iran, and so am i vis a vis the bird killer from wyoming..\n \n\u003d\u003d\u003d\n\n\n\nU.S. envoy says "We opened Pandora\'s box" in Iraq\nBy Borzou Daragahi\nLos Angeles Times\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n PREV 1 of 2 NEXT \n \n\n\n\n\n\n\n \nAmbassador Zalmay Khalilzad sees potential for all-out civil war.\n\n \n \nKARIM KADIM / AP\nAn Iraqi woman walks past the wreckage of a car following an explosion in Baghdad on Monday. Violence, much of it with sectarian overtones, left at least 18 Iraqis dead across the country. One ",1]
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By NOAH LEAVITT

http://writ.news.findlaw.com/leavitt/20060307.htmlhttp://mail.google.com/ym/Compose?To=secrecy_news-request@lists.fas.org&YY=77986&order=down&sort=date&pos=0&view=a&head=b
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dick cheney is keeping all options open vis a vis iran, and so am i vis a vis the bird killer from wyoming..

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U.S. envoy says "We opened Pandora's box" in Iraq
By Borzou Daragahi
Los Angeles Times
PREV 1 of 2 NEXT

Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad sees potential for all-out civil war.

KARIM KADIM / AP
An Iraqi woman walks past the wreckage of a car following an explosion in Baghdad on Monday. Violence, much of it with sectarian overtones, left at least 18 Iraqis dead across the country. One
\n\nBAGHDAD, Iraq \nhttp://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002848965_iraq07.html \n\n\u003d\u003d\n \nhttp://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-envoy7mar07,0,3620947.story?coll\u003dla-home-headlines \n\n \n\u003d\u003d\n\nSenior Iraqi General Killed in Ambush\nAt Least 20 Die, 50 Hurt in Renewed Violence\n\nBy John Ward Anderson and Ann Scott Tyson \nWashington Post Foreign ServiceTuesday, March 7, 2006; Page A01 \n\n\nBAGHDAD, March 6 -- The top commander of the Iraqi army division in Baghdad was killed Monday when his car came under small-arms fire while traveling through the capital, the U.S. military said.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n \nhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/06/AR2006030600798.html \n\n \u003d\u003d\u003d\u003d\n",1]
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U.S. soldier was reported killed Monday in a combat incident in western Iraq.
BAGHDAD, Iraq
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002848965_iraq07.html
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http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-envoy7mar07,0,3620947.story?coll=la-home-headlines

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Senior Iraqi General Killed in Ambush
At Least 20 Die, 50 Hurt in Renewed Violence
By John Ward Anderson and Ann Scott Tyson Washington Post Foreign ServiceTuesday, March 7, 2006; Page A01
BAGHDAD, March 6 -- The top commander of the Iraqi army division in Baghdad was killed Monday when his car came under small-arms fire while traveling through the capital, the U.S. military said.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/06/AR2006030600798.html
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KATRINA REVISITEDBy Terence SamuelWhile the recriminations continue, New Orleans remains a city suspended between the living and the dead. \nhttp://taponline.c.topica.com/maaeyPSaboN9BbOgIFMbaehosu/ \n \n\n\u003d\u003d\u003d\nBush, lies, and videotape\nBy James Carroll March 6, 2006\n\n\nIF GEORGE W. BUSH were a character in a novel or a play, last week might have been the turning point in the narrative. He was shown on film being explicitly warned, just hours before Hurricane Katrina hit, that the levees in New Orleans were vulnerable. \n\n\u003d\u003d\u003d\nhttp://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2006/03/06/bush_lies_and_videotape/ \n \u003d\u003d\u003d\n \nREALITY TIMEBy Michael TomaskyThree more years of this? Honest conservative intellectuals: your country needs you. \nhttp://taponline.c.topica.com/maaeyPSaboN9zbOgIFMbaehosu/ \n \nUS holding thousands without trial Torture in Iraq worse since Abu Ghraib\nhttp://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/mar2006/guan-m07.shtml\u003d\u003d\n07 March 2006",1]
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KATRINA REVISITEDBy Terence SamuelWhile the recriminations continue, New Orleans remains a city suspended between the living and the dead. http://taponline.c.topica.com/maaeyPSaboN9BbOgIFMbaehosu/

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Bush, lies, and videotape
By James Carroll March 6, 2006
IF GEORGE W. BUSH were a character in a novel or a play, last week might have been the turning point in the narrative. He was shown on film being explicitly warned, just hours before Hurricane Katrina hit, that the levees in New Orleans were vulnerable.
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http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2006/03/06/bush_lies_and_videotape/===

REALITY TIMEBy Michael TomaskyThree more years of this? Honest conservative intellectuals: your country needs you. http://taponline.c.topica.com/maaeyPSaboN9zbOgIFMbaehosu/

US holding thousands without trial Torture in Iraq worse since Abu Ghraibhttp://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/mar2006/guan-m07.shtml==
07 March 2006
Recent developments in Iraq call attention to PINR\'s last in-depth analysis on the country: \n"Red Lines Crisscross Iraq\'s Political Landscape"http://www.pinr.com/report.php?ac\u003dview_report&report_id\u003d449 \n\nAlso, instability in Afghanistan calls attention to PINR\'s last Intelligence Brief on the country: \n"Intelligence Brief: Afghanistan"http://www.pinr.com/report.php?ac\u003dview_report&report_id\u003d435 \n\n\nThe Coming Resource Wars by Michael T. Klare, TomPaine.com It\'s official. America\'s closest ally has announced that climate change has ushered in an era of violent conflict over energy, water and arable land. \n\nhttp://www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/03/07/the_coming_resource_wars.php \n\u003d\u003d\u003d\nAPRIL 1st COMES EARLY THIS YEAR!\n \nIraq going \'very well,\' top Pentagon general says; congressman asks \'why believe him?\'\nBy PAULINE JELINEK Associated Press Writer",1]
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Recent developments in Iraq call attention to PINR's last in-depth analysis on the country:
"Red Lines Crisscross Iraq's Political Landscape"http://www.pinr.com/report.php?ac=view_report&report_id=449
Also, instability in Afghanistan calls attention to PINR's last Intelligence Brief on the country:
"Intelligence Brief: Afghanistan"http://www.pinr.com/report.php?ac=view_report&report_id=435
The Coming Resource Wars by Michael T. Klare, TomPaine.com It's official. America's closest ally has announced that climate change has ushered in an era of violent conflict over energy, water and arable land. http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=iq9dntbab.0.qmkentbab.tiniiyn6.149445&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tompaine.com%2Farticles%2F2006%2F03%2F07%2Fthe_coming_resource_wars.php
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APRIL 1st COMES EARLY THIS YEAR!

Iraq going 'very well,' top Pentagon general says; congressman asks 'why believe him?'
By PAULINE JELINEK Associated Press Writer
\nhttp://news.findlaw.com/ap/o/51/03-06-2006/6b96001a5776006b.html\n \n \nFace to Face-The Recent Spike in Violence in Iraq\nThe Washington Examiner, March 2, 2006\nIvo H. Daalder, Senior Fellow, \nForeign Policy Studies \nhttp://www.brookings.edu/views/interviews/daalder/20060302.htm\n \n \nWe\'re in a civil war now; it\'s just that not everybody\'s joined in," said retired Army Maj. Gen. William L. Nash, a former military commander in Bosnia-Herzegovina. "The failure to understand that the civil war is already taking place, just not necessarily at the maximum level, means that our counter measures are inadequate and therefore dangerous to our long-term interest. \n\nhttp://www.abcnews.go.com/WNT/IraqCoverage/story?id\u003d1689688&page\u003d1\n \n\u003d\u003d\n \nAmnesty International has claimed that use of torture by US-trained security forces in Iraq is increasing and that thousands of prisoners are being denied basic human rights. ",1]
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Face to Face-The Recent Spike in Violence in Iraq
The Washington Examiner, March 2, 2006Ivo H. Daalder, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies
http://www.brookings.edu/views/interviews/daalder/20060302.htm


We're in a civil war now; it's just that not everybody's joined in," said retired Army Maj. Gen. William L. Nash, a former military commander in Bosnia-Herzegovina. "The failure to understand that the civil war is already taking place, just not necessarily at the maximum level, means that our counter measures are inadequate and therefore dangerous to our long-term interest.
http://www.abcnews.go.com/WNT/IraqCoverage/story?id=1689688&page=1

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Amnesty International has claimed that use of torture by US-trained security forces in Iraq is increasing and that thousands of prisoners are being denied basic human rights.
\nhttp://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/F5E4492C-4F1F-48A7-BA54-DC12AB6481A3.htm\n\u003d\u003d\n \nHSBC cool on acquisitions as profits hit $21bnBy Peter Thal Larsen and Jane Croft in London and Francesco Guerrera in Hong KongPublished: March 6 2006 09:43 Last updated: March 6 2006 21:39\n\nhttp://news.ft.com/cms/s/c81331bc-acf3-11da-9643-0000779e2340.html\n \n \nGlobe praises New Republic, Economist and Atlantic Monthly\nhttp://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/editorials/articles/2006/03/05/old_media_new_faces/ \n\nBoston Globe The three magazines look at complexities, contradictions, and deceptions, says a Boston Globe editorial. "It\'s a refreshing contrast to the flood of quick-hit news about the same famous celebrities doing the same famous things: dating, divorcing, and over- or undereating." \n\n\u003d\u003d\u003d\u003d\u003d\n \n \nThe lie of the storm\n \nMarch 5, 2006\nTELEVISION IMAGES can be misleading, but not in the case of the shadowy video that showed President Bush sitting quietly in Texas as he heard that Hurricane Katrina, bearing down on the Gulf Coast, was going to be \'\'the Big One." Dressed in a suit coat even though he was on vacation, he looked like a president but did not act like one. Despite the warning on Sunday, Aug. 28, Bush let several crucial days slip by before he rallied the resources of the federal government to deal with this epochal disaster. \n",1]
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HSBC cool on acquisitions as profits hit $21bnBy Peter Thal Larsen and Jane Croft in London and Francesco Guerrera in Hong KongPublished: March 6 2006 09:43 Last updated: March 6 2006 21:39
http://news.ft.com/cms/s/c81331bc-acf3-11da-9643-0000779e2340.html


Globe praises New Republic, Economist and Atlantic Monthly
http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/editorials/articles/2006/03/05/old_media_new_faces/
Boston Globe The three magazines look at complexities, contradictions, and deceptions, says a Boston Globe editorial. "It's a refreshing contrast to the flood of quick-hit news about the same famous celebrities doing the same famous things: dating, divorcing, and over- or undereating."
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The lie of the storm

March 5, 2006
TELEVISION IMAGES can be misleading, but not in the case of the shadowy video that showed President Bush sitting quietly in Texas as he heard that Hurricane Katrina, bearing down on the Gulf Coast, was going to be ''the Big One." Dressed in a suit coat even though he was on vacation, he looked like a president but did not act like one. Despite the warning on Sunday, Aug. 28, Bush let several crucial days slip by before he rallied the resources of the federal government to deal with this epochal disaster.
\nhttp://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/editorials/articles/2006/03/05/the_lie_of_the_storm/ \n\n\u003d\u003d\u003d\n \n \nBush admin uses war on terror to justify war on journalists http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0603/05/rs.01.html\n\n\n\nPorts Deal Fearmongering by Edward S. Walker, Jr., TomPaine.com The facts about U.S. port security do not support the election-year rhetoric. \nhttp://www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/03/06/ports_deal_fearmongering.php \n\u003d\u003d\u003d\nKnight Ridder wants NYT and WP to acknowledge its stories http://poynter.org/forum/view_post.asp?id\u003d11164\nRomenesko Memos On Feb. 7, Knight Ridder reported on a State Department reorganization that sidelined career arms control experts who don\'t share the Bush administration\'s mistrust of international arms negotiations and agreements. The Washington Post published a similar story two weeks later. On Thursday, the New York Times reported that fines for mine safety violations are down in the Bush administration. Knight Ridder reported that in January. Knight Ridder\'s Washington editors want both papers to acknowledge their stories. Posted at 12:55:04 PM \n",1]
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Bush admin uses war on terror to justify war on journalists http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0603/05/rs.01.html
Ports Deal Fearmongering by Edward S. Walker, Jr., TomPaine.com The facts about U.S. port security do not support the election-year rhetoric. http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=s7nbmtbab.0.yltbmtbab.tiniiyn6.149445&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tompaine.com%2Farticles%2F2006%2F03%2F06%2Fports_deal_fearmongering.php
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Knight Ridder wants NYT and WP to acknowledge its stories http://poynter.org/forum/view_post.asp?id=11164
Romenesko Memos On Feb. 7, Knight Ridder reported on a State Department reorganization that sidelined career arms control experts who don't share the Bush administration's mistrust of international arms negotiations and agreements. The Washington Post published a similar story two weeks later. On Thursday, the New York Times reported that fines for mine safety violations are down in the Bush administration. Knight Ridder reported that in January. Knight Ridder's Washington editors want both papers to acknowledge their stories. Posted at 12:55:04 PM
\nSATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2006 Calame won\'t recommend that the Times mention KR\'s story http://poynter.org/forum/view_post.asp?id\u003d11170\n\nRomenesko Memos Washington Post New York Times public editor Byron Calame responds to Knight Ridder Washington editor Clark Hoyt\'s complaint about KR not getting credit in a Times story on mine safety violation fines: "I believe The Times\'s March 2 article was based on \'a data analysis by The New York Times\' that constituted original work. ...Bottom line, Clark, I don\'t believe it was unethical of The Times not to refer to the earlier articles. So, as public editor, I won\'t be urging the The Times to publish any acknowledgment of the K-R article." (Read Hoyt\'s response \nhttp://poynter.org/forum/view_post.asp?id\u003d11171\nand Deborah Howell\'s column \nhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/03/AR2006030302222.html\n \naddressing Hoyt\'s memo.\nSchanberg calls ombuds\' responses "defensive and unconvincing" (Letters) http://poynter.org/forum/view_post.asp?id\u003d11172\n\n\u003d\u003d\u003d\u003d\nThe opening statements from the February 28 hearing on "Wartime Executive Power and the NSA\'s Surveillance Authority" may be found here: ",1]
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SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2006 Calame won't recommend that the Times mention KR's story
http://poynter.org/forum/view_post.asp?id=11170
Romenesko Memos Washington Post New York Times public editor Byron Calame responds to Knight Ridder Washington editor Clark Hoyt's complaint about KR not getting credit in a Times story on mine safety violation fines: "I believe The Times's March 2 article was based on 'a data analysis by The New York Times' that constituted original work. ...Bottom line, Clark, I don't believe it was unethical of The Times not to refer to the earlier articles. So, as public editor, I won't be urging the The Times to publish any acknowledgment of the K-R article." (Read Hoyt's response http://poynter.org/forum/view_post.asp?id=11171
and Deborah Howell's column
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/03/AR2006030302222.html
addressing Hoyt's memo.
Schanberg calls ombuds' responses "defensive and unconvincing" (Letters) http://poynter.org/forum/view_post.asp?id=11172
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The opening statements from the February 28 hearing on "Wartime Executive Power and the NSA's Surveillance Authority" may be found here:
http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2006_hr/index.html#nsa2
\nThe view that the NSA surveillance activity is illegal was elaborated in a legal memorandum that was presented to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court last week by the Center for National Security Studies and the Constitution Project. See: \nhttp://www.constitutionproject.org/article.cfm?messageID\u003d145 \nAlso last week, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) introduced legislation to establish "to investigate the instances of warrantless wiretapping and spying on U.S. citizens by the National Security Agency and other departments of Government." See his March 2 introductory statement and the text of his bill here: \nhttp://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2006_cr/s2362.html \n\u003d\u003d\u003d \n\n\n\n\n\nCONSTITUTIONAL LAW, EDUCATION LAW, GOVERNMENT LAW, MILITARY LAWRumsfeld v. Forum for Academic & Institutional Rights, Inc., No. 04–1152 (U.S.S.C. March 06, 2006)Because Congress could require law schools to provide equal access to military recruiters without violating the schools\' freedoms of speech or association, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals erred in holding that the Solomon Amendment likely violates the First Amendment. \nTo read the full text of this opinion, go to:http://laws.lp.findlaw.com/us/000/041152.html",1]
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The view that the NSA surveillance activity is illegal was elaborated in a legal memorandum that was presented to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court last week by the Center for National Security Studies and the Constitution Project. See: http://www.constitutionproject.org/article.cfm?messageID=145
Also last week, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) introduced legislation to establish "to investigate the instances of warrantless wiretapping and spying on U.S. citizens by the National Security Agency and other departments of Government." See his March 2 introductory statement and the text of his bill here: http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2006_cr/s2362.html
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CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, EDUCATION LAW, GOVERNMENT LAW, MILITARY LAWRumsfeld v. Forum for Academic & Institutional Rights, Inc., No. 04–1152 (U.S.S.C. March 06, 2006)Because Congress could require law schools to provide equal access to military recruiters without violating the schools' freedoms of speech or association, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals erred in holding that the Solomon Amendment likely violates the First Amendment. To read the full text of this opinion, go to:http://laws.lp.findlaw.com/us/000/041152.html
\nSOME NEW DOD DIRECTIVES\nThe constant administrative churning of the defense policy process\nhas yielded several notable new Department of Defense directives\nand instructions, such as the following.\nU.S. policy on handling classified NATO information is addressed in\n"United States Security Authority for North Atlantic Treaty\nOrganization Affairs," DoD Directive 5100.55, February 27, 2006:\nhttp://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/dod/d5100_55.pdf\nContinuity of military operations "under all circumstances across\nthe spectrum of threats" is prescribed in "Defense Continuity Plan\nDevelopment," DoD Instruction 3020.42, February 17, 2006:\nhttp://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/dod/i3020_42.pdf\nAn updated Instruction entitled "Technical Surveillance\nCountermeasures (TSCM) Program" was issued by Under Secretary of\nDefense for Intelligence Stephen A. Cambone on February 22, 2006:\nhttp://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/dod/i5240_05.pdf\n \nJOUSTING OVER THE SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE\n"I am increasingly concerned that the Senate Intelligence Committee\nis unable to carry out its critically important oversight and\nthreat assessment responsibilities due to stifling partisanship\nthat is exhibited through repeated calls by Democrats on the\ncommittee to conduct politically-motivated investigations," wrote\nSenate Majority Leader Bill Frist in a March 3 letter to Minority",1]
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SOME NEW DOD DIRECTIVES
The constant administrative churning of the defense policy process
has yielded several notable new Department of Defense directives
and instructions, such as the following.
U.S. policy on handling classified NATO information is addressed in
"United States Security Authority for North Atlantic Treaty
Organization Affairs," DoD Directive 5100.55, February 27, 2006:
http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/dod/d5100_55.pdf
Continuity of military operations "under all circumstances across
the spectrum of threats" is prescribed in "Defense Continuity Plan
Development," DoD Instruction 3020.42, February 17, 2006:
http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/dod/i3020_42.pdf
An updated Instruction entitled "Technical Surveillance
Countermeasures (TSCM) Program" was issued by Under Secretary of
Defense for Intelligence Stephen A. Cambone on February 22, 2006:
http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/dod/i5240_05.pdf

JOUSTING OVER THE SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE
"I am increasingly concerned that the Senate Intelligence Committee
is unable to carry out its critically important oversight and
threat assessment responsibilities due to stifling partisanship
that is exhibited through repeated calls by Democrats on the
committee to conduct politically-motivated investigations," wrote
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist in a March 3 letter to Minority
\nLeader Sen. Harry Reid.\nhttp://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2006_cr/frist030306.pdf\n"I agree with Senator Frist," Senator Reid replied, "the\nRepublican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee has been\nbogged down by partisanship."\n"When faced with strong evidence that the Bush Administration has\nmisused intelligence..., time and again the Senate Intelligence\nCommittee has ducked its responsibilities and refused to hold the\nAdministration accountable. The recent record of the\nRepublican-controlled committee is most notable for its abdication\nof authority and responsibility," Sen. Reid said.\nhttp://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2006_cr/reid030306.html\n\u003d\u003d\u003d\u003d\nDahr Jamail Follows the Trail of Torture\nhttp://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?emx\u003dx&pid\u003d65894\n\u003d\u003d\u003d\n \n\n\'Abritrary\' Detention Fueling \'Dire\' Situation in Iraq: Amnesty\nhttp://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0305-01.htm \n\u003d\u003d\u003d\n ",1]
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Leader Sen. Harry Reid.
http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2006_cr/frist030306.pdf
"I agree with Senator Frist," Senator Reid replied, "the
Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee has been
bogged down by partisanship."
"When faced with strong evidence that the Bush Administration has
misused intelligence..., time and again the Senate Intelligence
Committee has ducked its responsibilities and refused to hold the
Administration accountable. The recent record of the
Republican-controlled committee is most notable for its abdication
of authority and responsibility," Sen. Reid said.
http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2006_cr/reid030306.html
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Dahr Jamail Follows the Trail of Torture
http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?emx=x&pid=65894
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'Abritrary' Detention Fueling 'Dire' Situation in Iraq: Amnestyhttp://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0305-01.htm
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Published on Sunday, March 5, 2006 by the \nlndependent/UK \n\nUK Ministers Back \'Terminator\' GM Crops\nWebsite reveals plan to scrap prohibition on seeds that threaten Third World farmers with hunger \nby Geoffrey Lean\n \nMinisters are trying to scrap an international agreement banning the world\'s most controversial genetic modification of crops, grimly nicknamed "terminator technology", a move which threatens to increase hunger in the Third World. \n\nTheir plans, unveiled in a new official document buried in \n \nhttp://news.independent.co.uk/environment/article349331.ece\n\u003d\u003d\u003d\u003d\n \n \nPakistanis revile Bush visit\n \nBY JAMES RUPERTSTAFF CORRESPONDENTMarch 4, 2006\nISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistanis shut down their country with a nationwide strike and protests Friday as President George W. Bush flew here from India for talks with President Pervez Musharraf.After Air Force One landed at an air base in Rawalpindi Friday night -- with window shades down and running lights turned off -- Bush\'s entourage was whisked into a bubble of protection and official welcome \n\n \nPakistani officials said they deployed 6,000 police in Rawalpindi and Islamabad to enforce calm. The eastern end of Islamabad, where the main government buildings are clustered, was sealed off by police and decorated as though for Christmas with strings of tiny white lights on fences, bushes, trees and curbsides. The lights surrounded Musharraf\'s presidential palace, a heavily defended compound where Bush attended a formal dinner. \n",1]
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Published on Sunday, March 5, 2006 by the
lndependent/UK
UK Ministers Back 'Terminator' GM Crops
Website reveals plan to scrap prohibition on seeds that threaten Third World farmers with hunger
by Geoffrey Lean

Ministers are trying to scrap an international agreement banning the world's most controversial genetic modification of crops, grimly nicknamed "terminator technology", a move which threatens to increase hunger in the Third World.
Their plans, unveiled in a new official document buried in

http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/article349331.ece
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Pakistanis revile Bush visit

BY JAMES RUPERTSTAFF CORRESPONDENTMarch 4, 2006
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistanis shut down their country with a nationwide strike and protests Friday as President George W. Bush flew here from India for talks with President Pervez Musharraf.After Air Force One landed at an air base in Rawalpindi Friday night -- with window shades down and running lights turned off -- Bush's entourage was whisked into a bubble of protection and official welcome

Pakistani officials said they deployed 6,000 police in Rawalpindi and Islamabad to enforce calm. The eastern end of Islamabad, where the main government buildings are clustered, was sealed off by police and decorated as though for Christmas with strings of tiny white lights on fences, bushes, trees and curbsides. The lights surrounded Musharraf's presidential palace, a heavily defended compound where Bush attended a formal dinner.
\nhttp://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/ny-wopaki0304,0,1419046.story?coll\u003dny-homepage-bigpix2005 \n\n\u003d\u003d\n \n06 March 2006In light of recent developments in Pakistan and in South Asia with the India-U.S. nuclear deal, PINR recommends you read its past analysis on Pakistan that was widely commented on in Pakistani and Indian dailies when first released in the Fall of 2005: \n\n"Pakistan: a Geopolitical Crux"http://www.pinr.com/report.php?ac\u003dview_report&report_id\u003d337\n \n \nTheir Master\'s Voice\nBy \nMax Rodenbeck \n\nMessages to the World: The Statements of Osama bin Laden\n \nedited and with an introductionby Bruce Lawrence, translated from the Arabic by James Howarth\n \nVerso, 292 pp., $16.95 (paper)\n\n",1]
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06 March 2006In light of recent developments in Pakistan and in South Asia with the India-U.S. nuclear deal, PINR recommends you read its past analysis on Pakistan that was widely commented on in Pakistani and Indian dailies when first released in the Fall of 2005:
"Pakistan: a Geopolitical Crux"http://www.pinr.com/report.php?ac=view_report&report_id=337

Their Master's Voice
By
Max Rodenbeck
Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama bin Laden
edited and with an introductionby Bruce Lawrence, translated from the Arabic by James Howarth

Verso, 292 pp., $16.95 (paper)

\nby Peter L. Bergen\n \nFree Press, 444 pp., $26.00\n1.\n \n \n \nhttp://www.nybooks.com/articles/18750\n \n \n \n\'The Biggest Secret\'\n \nBy \nThomas Powers \n\nState of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration \n\nby James Risen\n \nFree Press, 240 pp., $26.00\n1.\n \n \nhttp://www.nybooks.com/articles/18730\n \n\n2300 U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq, Thousands Seriously Wounded, Tens of Thousands of Iraqis Killed. For What? For a Lie? \n\n \n \n",1]
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The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of al Qaeda's Leader

by Peter L. Bergen

Free Press, 444 pp., $26.00
1.



http://www.nybooks.com/articles/18750



'The Biggest Secret'

By
Thomas Powers
State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration
by James Risen

Free Press, 240 pp., $26.00
1.


http://www.nybooks.com/articles/18730

2300 U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq, Thousands Seriously Wounded, Tens of Thousands of Iraqis Killed. For What? For a Lie?



http://icasualties.org/oif/
\n\u003d\u003d\u003d\n \n \nFirebrand director Spike Lee has found an unlikely new target for his latest spray: the secretary of state. \nSays Lee: "I dislike Condoleezza Rice more than [President] Bush. The thing about it is that she\'s gotten a free ride from black people." \nOh no, he didn\'t. \n"People say, \'She\'s so successful\' and \'Look at her position as a black woman.\' She is a black woman who grew up in Birmingham, Ala., and said that she never experienced a day of racism in her life," Lee tells the April issue of Stuff magazine. \n\n"Condi, stop smoking that crack!" \n"I know you love your Ferragamo shoes, but come on. While people were drowning in New Orleans, she was going up and down Madison Ave. buying Ferragamo shoes. Then she went to see \'Spamalot.\'" \nYou heard the man, Madame Secretary. Put down the crack pipe.\n \nhttp://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/396582p-336150c.html\n\u003d\u003d\u003d\n\n\n\n\n\nDriller killers\' spread a new horror in Iraq\nHala Jaber\n\n\n\n\n\nTHERE was no sign of danger as Mohammed Sammarai arrived at his brother Mustafa\'s home for lunch last week, no hint that this would be their last meal together. \n\n\n \n ",1]
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Firebrand director Spike Lee has found an unlikely new target for his latest spray: the secretary of state.
Says Lee: "I dislike Condoleezza Rice more than [President] Bush. The thing about it is that she's gotten a free ride from black people."
Oh no, he didn't.
"People say, 'She's so successful' and 'Look at her position as a black woman.' She is a black woman who grew up in Birmingham, Ala., and said that she never experienced a day of racism in her life," Lee tells the April issue of Stuff magazine.
"Condi, stop smoking that crack!"
"I know you love your Ferragamo shoes, but come on. While people were drowning in New Orleans, she was going up and down Madison Ave. buying Ferragamo shoes. Then she went to see 'Spamalot.'"
You heard the man, Madame Secretary. Put down the crack pipe.

http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/396582p-336150c.html
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