The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Friday, March 17, 2006

News for 03-16-06

03-16-06 - Bush Sees Iran As Possibly Greatest Threat

03-16-06 - Bush Reaffirms Pre-Emptive Use of Force "It simply says, that one cannot let dangers grow to the point of imminent threat to the United States without taking action, and if other measures fail, obviously we retain the right to use force."

03-16-06 - Iran flexible on inspectors, not core nuclear issue Russia and China, which have big commercial interests in Iran, vehemently oppose subjecting Tehran to any U.N. embargo, which both could veto as permanent Security Council members.

03-16-06 - Iraq-US forces launch biggest air raid since war The operation, involving more than 1,500 Iraqi and coalition troops and 50 aircraft, was announced shortly after the new parliament was sworn in still without any agreement on a new government as the country edges dangerously close to civil war.

03-16-06 - Britain, France Urge Quick Action on Iran Russia and China, allies of Tehran, are not as skeptical of its intentions and believe that tough council action could lead Iran to withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and expel inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency.

03-16-06 - High-level meeting on Iran set for Monday at U.N Russia and China are resisting proposals from Britain, France and the United States that would express "serious concern" about Iran's nuclear program and ask it to comply with demands from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The statement does not threaten sanctions.

03-16-06 - U.S., Iran Willing to Talk About Iraq The Bush administration said it would talk with Iran - but only about Iraq, not nuclear issues.

03-16-06 - Children killed in US raid, say Iraqi police One infant had a gaping head wound.

03-16-06 - Most of the containers moving through U.S. ports unchecked

03-16-06 - Continuing Moussaoui case may be 'waste' of time : prosecutor A senior prosecutor has told the judge in the Zacarias Moussaoui death penalty trial there may be "no point" in continuing, after she stripped away half of his case over witness coaching.

03-16-06 - Controversial lawyer in Sept 11 trial on administrative leave The government attorney caught illegally coaching witnesses in the case against Al Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui was put on administrative leave, officials said.

03-16-06 - Bolton: U.N. Will Send Iran Strong Signal U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said Thursday the U.N. Security Council appears determined to send a "strong and clear signal" to Tehran about its suspect nuclear program, after a meeting of the powerful U.N. body that he described as the best so far.

03-16-06 - Syria, Lebanon laud Hariri murder probe report

03-16-06 - News outlets subpoenaed in CIA leak case The subpoenas issued this week indicate Libby's legal team hopes to enlist reporters for his defense as well.

03-16-06 - Is Another 9/11 in the Works? Opinion polls indicate that the Bush regime has succeeded in its plan to make Americans fear Iran as the greatest threat America faces...In recent statements President Bush and Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld blamed Iran for the Iraqi resistance, claiming that the roadside bombs used by the resistance are being supplied by Iran From yesterday's news: "The United States does not have proof that Iran's government is responsible for the presence of Iranian weapons and military personnel in Iraq, the top U.S. military officer said on Tuesday" From Reuters.

03-16-06 - US Homeland Security delegation in Israel next week The Export Institute said yesterday that a 120-strong delegation from the US Department of Homeland Security would visit Israel next week. The delegation, which will comprise experts in the fields of security, internal defense and homeland security will attend a conference in Jerusalem, where they will study Israeli technologies and solutions for homeland security issues. The conference will be attended by dozens of Israeli companies, which will exhibit products and technologies for explosives detection, surveillance and armor.
There's a big irony. If you don't know what it is, then you haven't been paying attention.

03-16-06 - Pentagon Official Warns of Chinese Buildup China's buildup is believed to be intended to back up threats to attack Taiwan, the self-ruled island that the communist Beijing government claims as its own territory.

03-16-06 - U.N. creates new rights council; isolates U.S.

03-16-06 - US Support for Iraq War Down to 28%

03-16-06 - U.S. bill would fund Israeli security research Israel is named as an ally in the war on terror in a U.S. congressional bill that would fund international cooperation for homeland security....The funding for international cooperation would be at least 2.5 percent of the total U.S. research and development budget. ???????????????????

03-16-06 - 'Gitmo' prisoners wrapped in Israeli flags U.S. military interrogators wrapped prisoners at Guantanamo in Israeli flags, according to the FBI.

03-16-06 - FBI documents raise new questions about extent of surveillance An FBI counterterrorism unit monitored - and apparently infiltrated - a peace group in Pittsburgh that opposed the invasion of Iraq, according to internal agency documents released on Tuesday. Listen to Spader's speech from 'Boston Legal' from today's news.

03-16-06 - The Abu Ghraib files 279 photographs and 19 videos from the Army's internal investigation record a harrowing three months of detainee abuse inside the notorious prison -- and make clear that many of those responsible have yet to be held accountable.

03-16-06 - US to probe Iraqi civilians' deaths The US military has launched a criminal investigation into possible wrongdoing by Marines in the deaths of 15 Iraqi civilians in November, Defence officials say.

03-16-06 - Moussaoui case may become latest 'flub' The Bush administration says that more than 400 people have been charged with terrorism-related crimes and that 228 have been convicted. But LA Weekly points out that "the vast majority of these cases have involved minor crimes not directly related to terrorism, such as immigration violations."

03-16-06 - Syria 'crucial' to Hariri inquiry Chief investigator Serge Brammertz told UN Security Council members he had been given permission to meet Syria's president in the coming month.

03-16-06 - U.S. puts machine-guns on Great Lakes coast guard vessels

03-16-06 - Shadowy trio seen studying Sears Tower I am reminded of this story from a few years ago. Those folks were from one of those infamous 'Israeli moving companies'.

03-16-06 - VIDEO: James Spader's "Boston Legal" monologue

03-16-06 - Syria condemns Israeli raid on Jericho prison as state terrorism

03-16-06 - John Thomas: 'The IRS, the IRD, and Red State / Blue State Religion' If the IRD were merely a think tank on the nexus of religion and politics from a neo-conservative perspective, there would be little to complain about even from those who disagree sharply. But the agenda is far less benign....This past summer the IRD launched an advocacy effort aimed at undermining the mainline churches? long standing support of justice for Palestinians in the Middle East conflict. As church assemblies addressed the Occupation, the security barrier or wall, and in some cases the use of economic leverage - either divestment or positive investment - to advocate for an end to the occupation, the IRD and its related organizations joined with some Jewish organizations to vigorously challenge these resolutions....Since our Synod, the Wiesenthal Center, the David Project, and the Anti-Defamation League have been eager allies for IRD related organizations within the United Church of Christ in an on-going strategy of disinformation and disruption. The IRD agenda matches that of AIPAC, the powerful pro-Israel lobby that largely controls the Washington agenda on Middle East policy. What was striking in this instance, however, was that the debates were not among United Church of Christ members or Disciple of Christ members; the debates were between the church and others outside the church Those CHURCHES that don't toe the pro-Israeli line are now being targeted.

03-16-06 - Syria opposition vows unity to oust Assad Khaddam forecast "regime change" in Damascus this year, within a few months, because he said Assad was making many mistakes and "digging himself into a hole" and the economic and social situation was becoming more intolerable

03-16-06 - Hariri suspect 'slashes wrists'

03-16-06 - U.S.: We won't oppose China deal The United States does not object to Israel's resumption of arms sales to China.

03-16-06 - When All That's Left is Aipac The defendants' former employer has denied any knowledge of or connection to "Aipac-gate." But it's very possible that once the media start focusing on Aipac's inner workings in federal court, the organization - and therefore the entire pro-Israel community - will be on trial in the court of public opinion. Critics of Israel and its overwhelming influence brought to bear over our government by its well-financed and powerful US lobby AIPAC are branded 'anti-Semitic', 'anti-Zionist' 'Jew-bashers' by the author of this article. Naturally.

03-16-06 - Congress urges religious freedom in Russia It is aimed particularly at protecting "unregistered" religions, particular non-Eastern Orthodox Christian groups, but cites attacks on all minority religions. Judaism is a registered religion, but Jewish targets have also been subject to attacks in recent years.

03-16-06 - The time for accounting The pledge that all this suffering would at least assist a solution to the Palestinian question has proved painfully hollow, with the Israelis ram-raiding a Palestinian prison in Jericho - just like British troops in Basra. But still the war junkies seem to believe one more hit - this time against Iran - will lead to the breakthrough to the docile Middle East they desire

03-16-06 - From Massacre to Militia: The Case Against Palestinian Disarmament in Lebanon Two days after the PLO fighters were evacuated, Israel deployed its armed forces around the refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila in breach of the cease-fire agreement. Nevertheless, Israel was not asked to withdraw by the supervising international forces. On the evening of Sept. 16, 1982, then Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon reportedly invited Lebanese Phalangist militia units to enter the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. For the next 36 to 48 hours, they massacred 3,000 to 3,500 unarmed Palestinian refugees. It's strange our government's insistance that Lebanon implement UN resolutions when it has refused to insist that Israel implement any of the scores of UN resolutions that it has been in violation of for over thirty years.

03-16-06 - Lebanese army out in force for anti-Israel demo Lebanese troops were out in force in a bid to prevent violence at a demonstration in protest at the controversial Israeli raid on a West Bank prison this week.


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