The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

News for 12-26-06

12-26-06 - Death toll of US troops in Iraq passes September 11 The number of US troops killed in Iraq is now greater than the number of people who died in the terror attack on New York on 11 September 2001, an event unrelated to Saddam Hussein's regime but which the US and Britain used as justification for the invasion

12-26-06 - Defiant Iran heading to industrial enrichment Iran has maintained its defiance of UN sanctions over its nuclear programme, declaring it was heading towards enriching uranium on an industrial scale and mulling a reduction of cooperation with the UN atomic watchdog.

12-26-06 - Iran may need nuclear power: study Iran's claim to need nuclear power may be genuine, given that it could run out of oil to export as soon as eight years from now, according to an analysis published on Tuesday by the National Academy of Sciences.

12-26-06 - Syria wants to work with US forces to control Iraq border "President Assad said he has tried to engage the United States to use our forces to work with Syria to control the border, and he says that the United States has not been responsive," Specter said, adding that he would raise the issue with President George W. Bush on his return home.

12-26-06 - Why did Russia and China vote to sanction Iran? ** The final conditions for the impending military action are being rapidly put in place as we speak

12-26-06 - Iran backed dangerously into a corner ** Israeli and right-wing American spokespeople are working the "wipe Israel off the map" statement as hard as they can as "evidence" that Israel is seriously menaced. It's ironic that while Iran does not possess that kind of capability Israel does and showed its willingness to use it in 1973 and 1991 when the country was on nuclear alert.

12-26-06 - Interior, Pentagon Faulted In Audits More than half of the contracts examined were awarded without competition or without checks to determine that the prices were reasonable, according to the audits by the inspectors general for Defense (DOD) and Interior (DOI). Ninety-two percent of the work reviewed was awarded without verifying that the contractors' cost estimates were accurate; 96 percent was inadequately monitored.

12-26-06 - Uncle Sam wants US Muslims to serve "There is a message here, and that is that Muslims and the Islamic religion are totally compatible with Western values," says Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England in an interview.

12-26-06 - Iran calls in UK envoy over Blair

12-26-06 - Death sentence for Saddam upheld The court rejected an appeal by Saddam Hussein's lawyers and confirmed that he would be hanged, court spokesman Raed Juhi told the BBC.

12-26-06 - Video: Kristol believes Bush mulling more than 'short term surge' Neoconservative pundit Bill Kristol believes that any increase of U.S. troops in Iraq must be a permanent increase to achieve success. Another neocon attempting to call the shots. It wouldn't break my heart if these folks were rounded up and sent to Gitmo. They are the REAL threat to the security of this nation.

12-26-06 - A U.S. military 'at its breaking point' considers foreign recruits The idea of signing up residents who are seeking U.S. citizenship is gaining traction as a way to address a critical need for the Pentagon, while fully absorbing some of the roughly one million immigrants that enter the United States legally each year.

12-26-06 - End of the neo-con dream Not quite. Iran is still on the agenda.

12-26-06 - Intel. tribunal urged to try killers of journalists in Iraq, Palestine The Arab Journalists Federation (AJF) called on the U.N. Security Council on Sunday to take more decisive steps to stop the serial killing of journalists in Iraq and Palestine.

12-26-06 - Lynne Cheney: Putting Scooter Libby On Trial 'Does Not Reflect Well On Our Judicial System'

12-26-06 - Syria plans regional conference on Iraq -U.S. senator Syria is seeking to hold a conference grouping Iraqi factions to try to help stabilise its eastern neighbour, a U.S. senator who has met President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday.

12-26-06 - Israeli spies divided over Syria's peace overtures

12-26-06 - U.N. Chief Pressured To Bypass Businessman South Korea?s Ban-Ki Moon, who will begin his term January 1 with little experience regarding Israel and its supporters, is coming under fire for his team?s relationship with a little-known Orthodox businessman and activist named Michael Landau. The head of a local Orthodox group in Manhattan, Landau has been actively courting the new secretary-general?s entourage and presenting himself as a go-between to help Ban navigate the U.N.?s notoriously fraught relationship with Jewish groups....Landau is reportedly backed by Malcolm Hoenlein, the influential executive vice-chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

Well well well. Caught with their hands in the cookie jar.

12-26-06 - Heeding a call to duty, Jews move to Israel Yonatan Cooper had a hot new sports car, a swank apartment near Beverly Hills and a job he loved in politics. But this week, the 24-year-old New Jersey native plans to trade it all in for a choice that has startled some of his closest friends and family:
He has decided to emigrate to Israel and aims to serve as a paratrooper with the Israel Defense Forces. Because the armed forces of THIS COUNTRY aren't hurting for troops or anything. Something wrong with serving AMERICA?

12-26-06 - Cases to test secret witnesses In three pending high-profile criminal cases, including one in Dallas, federal prosecutors have asked that the identities of Israeli government witnesses be withheld from defendants and their attorneys -- a move some legal scholars see as a highly unusual end run around the Sixth Amendment.....But University of Michigan law school professor Richard Friedman, a Sixth Amendment expert, said Israel's concerns about the security of intelligence and law enforcement officials should not be allowed to trump the Constitution.

"Israel doesn't conduct our criminal procedures, and there is no reason why a defendant's rights in court should be determined by Israeli criminal procedure," he said.
It should alarm American citizens that agents - whose identities are allowed to be kept secret - of a FOREIGN GOVERNMENT should be allowed to testify against you. But that is the nature of the beast. These agents are of a foreign government that does not now nor has it ever abided by international law; a rogue state.


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