The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Monday, October 02, 2006

News for 10-01-06

10-01-06 - RIP, Bill of Rights, RIP By passing the Military Commissions Act (a.k.a. the torture bill), Congress has granted the Bush administration extraordinary powers to detain, interrogate and prosecute alleged terrorists and their supporters. Anyone anywhere in the world at any time may be summarily classified an "unlawful enemy combatant" by the executive branch, seized and detained indefinitely in military prisons

10-01-06 - Video shows 2 9/11 hijackers laughing The Sunday Times, which originally reported on the video and posted it on its Web site, said the footage was taken in Afghanistan and was meant to be released after the men's deaths

10-01-06 - US may accept Iranian nuclear bomb ** John Negroponte, director of national intelligence, has told President George W Bush that there is no rush to use force as Iran's nuclear programme is beset with technical errors. "He has been saying, 'Slow down, it's not an immediate problem'," said Patrick Clawson, an Iran expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Unfortunately, Bush is listening to some other 'intelligence agency' (again).

10-01-06 - US kept spying data from Blair After complaints from Blair, Bush promised to lift the NOFORN restrictions, but the Pentagon simply began creating a new, separate SIPRNET to cut out the British, Woodward claims.

10-01-06 - HOW AN ATTACK WOULD UNFOLD - A military assault on nuclear plants in Iran remains an option for U.S. ** "The evidence is overwhelming that plans have not only been dusted off, but they are at the White House," Gardiner said. "The president believes that he has got to do this."

10-01-06 - Beijing secretly fires lasers to disable US satellites The document said that China could blind American satellites with a ground-based laser firing a beam of light to prevent spy photography as they pass over China.

10-01-06 - Two Months Before 9/11, an Urgent Warning to Rice The July 10 meeting between Tenet, Black and Rice went unmentioned in the various reports of investigations into the Sept. 11 attacks, but it stood out in the minds of Tenet and Black as the starkest warning they had given the White House on bin Laden and al-Qaeda. Though the investigators had access to all the paperwork on the meeting, Black felt there were things the commissions wanted to know about and things they didn't want to know about.

10-01-06 - Focus: CIA abandoned plan to snatch Bin Laden from Afghan farm

10-01-06 - U.S. believed Arar wouldn't be tortured, official says Mm k.

10-01-06 - Iran says no suspension offer in EU talks Iran has denied it had made any offer to suspend uranium enrichment in talks between EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and its top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani.

10-01-06 - Military force won't stop illegal weapons entering Lebanon: Assad

10-01-06 - Ruined Towns Look to Beirut, Mostly in Vain

10-01-06 - Congress pulls 'Jesus' out of troop prayers Congress rescinded language in Pentagon orders that allowed military chaplains to mention Jesus in official prayers.

10-01-06 - Rice will try to get Arab allies to join efforts against Iran ** Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was headed to the Middle East on Sunday night to rally Arab allies against Iran and try to resurrect Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
And that's the real reason for this - to garner international support, to build a coalition for the coming confrontation with Iran. It's the same situation as the run-up to the Iraq war.

10-01-06 - To contain Iran, keep military options open For Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to snare an invitation to speak before the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) recently, after threatening several times to destroy Israel, is what's known in military parlance as a successful "information op." The Christian Science Monitor giving airtime to what would appear to be a neoconservative - and it's not the first time either.

10-01-06 - UN hails Israel's Lebanon pullout The UN has said Israel has withdrawn the bulk of its troops from Lebanon, fulfilling a key condition of the UN ceasefire ending war with Hezbollah.

10-01-06 - Syria shifts troops to Lebanon border But the troop movement was still likely to draw criticism from the U.S. and Iraqi governments, as President Bashar Assad said Syria shifted forces away from its eastern border with Iraq to fortify its frontier with Lebanon.

10-01-06 - Abramoff Knew US Would Invade Iraq in March, 2002 I was sitting yesterday with Karl Rove, Bush's top advisor, at the NCAA basketball game, discussing Israel when this email came in. I showed it to him. It seems that the President was very sad to have to come out negatively regarding Israel, but that they needed to mollify the Arabs for the upcoming war on Iraq. That did not seem to work anyway. Bush seems to love Sharon and Israel, and thinks Arabfat (sic), is nothing but a liar. I thought I'd pass that on.


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