The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Saturday, October 07, 2006

News for 10-06-06

10-06-06 - Bush says he can edit security reports President Bush, again defying Congress, says he has the power to edit the Homeland Security Department's reports about whether it obeys privacy rules while handling background checks, ID cards and watchlists. This is like watching Edward Hermann's character (Grant) unravel in the yacht scene towards the end of the movie "Overboard". Yikes.

10-06-06 - Ultimatums against Iran 'counterproductive': Russia

10-06-06 - World powers agree to consult on Iran sanctions Russia and China agreed it was "absolutely unacceptable" to threaten force and talk of ultimatums was counter-productive, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Alexeyev was quoted as saying earlier on Friday.

10-06-06 - US Senator Hagel in Vietnam criticises "unwise decisions" in launching Iraq war Hagel said he had been one of the few US Congress members to ask "some very significant questions about going to war" in Iraq before it started, adding that "Iraq is a far more complicated situation and country than Vietnam."

10-06-06 - Journalist 'shot by US troops in Iraq', inquest told A British journalist covering the war in Iraq was shot in the head by US troops as he was driven away from a gunfight, a colleague of the dead reporter has said, citing witnesses.

10-06-06 - Experts Warn of an Accidental Atomic War Russian military officers might misconstrue a submarine-launched conventional D5 intercontinental ballistic missile and conclude that Russia is under nuclear attack

10-06-06 - Opec 'to cut oil production' Oil prices have risen back above $60 a barrel on the expectation that producers will cut output by one million barrels a day. Bastards.

10-06-06 - Kurds show signs of seceding from Iraq

10-06-06 - Danish TV shows cartoons mocking Prophet Mohammad I'll bet if they were mocking Judaism that it wouldn't be so funny to these clowns. Imagine the uproar.

10-06-06 - Lebanon riot leaves 1 dead, 16 injured Police clashed Friday with hundreds of rioters protesting attempts to demolish illegal housing in a southern suburb of Beirut. One person was killed and at least 16 were wounded.

10-06-06 - Marine medic admits role in Iraqi's murder A US Navy medic has admitted taking part in the kidnap of an Iraqi civilian killed by his squad and says the murder was prompted by his patrol leader's anger at the release of a suspected "terrorist" from Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison.

10-06-06 - States of Denial - Bob Woodward's best-selling State of Denial dooms the official 9/11 narrative Surely Zelikow has some explaining to do, but this yawning gap in the official narrative isn't so inexplicable given his ideological background. A strong supporter of the neoconservative foreign policy agenda, Zelikow is very close to Rice, having co-authored a book with her. She had him rewrite the original National Security Strategy authored by Richard Haass, to emphasize the neocon commitment to the principle of brazen aggression, otherwise known as "preemption."

10-06-06 - Thousands Nationwide Protest Bush

10-06-06 - The Hunt Continues One such source Hoekstra touted was Georges Sada, a one-time Iraqi Air Force general who claimed in a book published earlier this year that he knew of hundreds of tons of chemical weapons being flown from Iraq to Syria prior to the U.S. invasion. Sada, who first made the claims to promote his book, admitted he never actually saw any of the weapons. But his allegations were prominently featured on Fox News and conservative media outlets. Hoekstra met with Sada and later dispatched House Intelligence Committee staffers overseas in an effort to verify the Iraqi's claims. That search, too, came up emtpy.
About Hoekstra. And again.

10-06-06 - Rice meets Iraq's Kurdish leader over sharing oil resource Rice, who arrived in Baghdad on a surprise visit Thursday, urged Iraqi leaders to halt the upsoaring wave of violence throughout the country and to persuade the Kurdish region to share its oil wealth with the rest of the country

10-06-06 - Syria says U.S. embassy attack planned in S.Arabia Last month's attack on the U.S. embassy in Damascus was planned in Saudi Arabia and the four Syrians who carried it out had no links to al Qaeda, a government investigation said on Thursday.

10-06-06 - Japan to lose most of Iranian oil mega-project Japan has said that it is losing most of its stake in a project to develop Iran's largest onshore oil field in face of possible sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear program.

10-06-06 - Iran behind Rice's Mid-East tour There is a need, as Philip Zelikow put it, for a "sense of progress" in the Arab-Israeli dispute, in order to reassure US Arab allies. A sense of progress, but no actual, real progress. ....the logic of this line of reasoning is that military action against Iran is now being very seriously considered in Washington.

10-06-06 - Israelis Win Contract To Secure US Borders As Chertoff announced the awarding of the contract, estimated to be worth some $2.5 billion, he was giving a very lucrative and sensitive contract to an Israeli company with close ties to the Israeli military. This was also reported in the Jerusalem Post. Israelis or Israeli companies influencing or directly providing our airport security is also taking place and it's nothing new. Why is it that a foreign nation is protecting our borders and airports? (and also training our soldiers, and influencing our police agencies nationwide). Read on: "Huntleigh U.S.A., another Israeli-owned security company, provided passenger screening at Boston's Logan Airport on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Huntleigh, which is wholly owned by the Israeli company International Consultants on Targeted Security (ICTS) apparently failed to intercept the Arab terrorists who hijacked the two planes that hit the World Trade Center, according to the government version. Now, the same administration that failed to stop the terror attacks of 9-11 is hiring an Israeli-owned company to help protect the entire U.S. land border. " Scary stuff.

10-06-06 - Israeli Human Rights Abuses in the Recent Israel/Hezbollah War What should be even more shocking is the fact that the United States, a source of moral influence in the world, did not once condemn Israel for committing such violations of humanitarian law during its war with Hezbollah and continued to provide it with arms for fighting the war. Amnesty International?s Secretary General Irene Khan stated that, "governments supplying Israel and Hizbullah with arms and military equipment are fuelling their capacity to commit war crimes,"

10-06-06 - Greenpeace Warns of Toxic Risks to Two Million in Lebanon Two million residents of Lebanon, about half the population, could face health risks posed by toxic releases from Israeli bombing in the July-August war, Greenpeace warned.

10-06-06 - Israeli warplanes overfly Hezbollah strongholds in Bekaa Two jets screamed over the region which borders Syria on Friday, without drawing a response from guerrillas of the Shiite militant group Hezbollah or the Lebanese army. Israel has been violating Lebanese airspace on an almost daily basis since the August 14 ceasefire in its war with Hezbollah sparked by the guerrillas' capture of two Israeli soldiers on July 12.

10-06-06 - Karl Rove Aide Resigns in Abramoff Flap

10-06-06 - Stop Big Media (Again!) Once again, media industry lobbyists and their allies on the Federal Communication Commission are working to revise the rules on media ownership to allow a single corporation to own most, if not all, of the newspapers, radio and TV stations and internet news and entertainment sites in your town.

10-06-06 - Israeli Bomblets Plague Lebanon Since the war between Israel and Hezbollah ended in August, nearly three people have been wounded or killed each day by cluster bombs Israel dropped in the waning days of the war, and officials now say it will take more than a year to clear the region of them.

10-06-06 - Software Being Developed to Monitor Opinions of U.S.

10-06-06 - U.S. pays to clear cluster bombs The United States is paying $9 million to clear explosives in southern Lebanon, most of them cluster bombs fired by Israel. If there was any justice, that money would come from the aid money we give to Israel each year. Or better yet, it would be cut entirely for the fact that Israel committed war crimes by firing those cluster bombs into civilian areas (see related article in today's news batch).

10-06-06 - Congressman opposes security funding Jewish groups received the majority of $25 million allocated in Homeland Security funding to non-profits in 2005, and Congress released another $25 million last week.

10-06-06 - Indonesian troops President Bush budgeted $3 million to assist Indonesian forces in Lebanon.

10-06-06 - Jordan denies Israeli reports about Saudi-Israeli meeting in Amman Israeli newspapers reported that a meeting took place recently at the Jordanian royal court between senior Saudi and Israeli officials. The reports claimed that the meeting was also attended by Egyptian and Palestinian officials.

10-06-06 - EU body seeks closer ties with Syria The European parliament's foreign affairs committee has voted to deepen cooperation with Syria and ultimately sign an association agreement.

10-06-06 - UN warcrimes prosecutor attacks international double standards "We are faced with conflicts where, according to credible reports, serious violations of international humanitarian law were committed, for instance during the recent Israel-Lebanon conflict, but no independent criminal investigation is taking place," she told a seminar of international prosecutors here.

10-06-06 - Israel Lobby Debate at the Cooper Union A video recording of the debate in 11 segments can be found here.

10-06-06 - Lieberman Is No Friend of Israel

10-06-06 - Israel 'must explain' war probes Israel's highest court has ordered the government to explain its decision not to set up a state commission to probe the handling of the war in Lebanon.


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