The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Monday, April 09, 2007

News for 04-08-07

04-08-07 - Iran searching for missing ex-FBI agent

04-08-07 - Iran warns Iraq over Iranians held by U.S. forces Iran has warned neighboring Iraq that its failure to secure the release of five Iranians detained there by U.S. forces could impair Tehran's cooperation with Baghdad, a senior official was quoted on Sunday as saying.

04-08-07 - Iran captive tells of murder fear She says the Iranians used psychological pressure to force her to "confess" that she and her 14 colleagues had strayed into Iranian waters.

04-08-07 - U.S. protects Iranian opposition group in Iraq An Iranian opposition group based in Iraq, labeled a terrorist organization by the United States, gets protection from the U.S. military despite Iraqi pressure to leave the country.

04-08-07 - Is there any truth to 'the enemy would follow us here?' "The war in Iraq isn't preventing terrorist attacks on America," said one U.S. intelligence official, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because he's contradicting the president and other top officials. "If anything, that - along with the way we've been treating terrorist suspects - may be inspiring more Muslims to think of us as the enemy."

04-08-07 - Americans offered 'aggressive patrols' in Iranian airspace ** In the first few days after the captives were seized and British diplomats were getting no news from Tehran on their whereabouts, Pentagon officials asked their British counterparts: what do you want us to do? They offered a series of military options, a list which remains top secret given the mounting risk of war between the US and Iran.

04-08-07 - British may be in Iraq until 2012: report The Sunday Telegraph said the document, parts of which had been disclosed to the newspaper, "reveals that troops will be serving on operations in the Gulf until at least 2012".

04-08-07 - Iran shuns meeting with US at Iraq conference

04-08-07 - Families meet ICRC over Iranian detainees in Iraq

04-08-07 - Missile-defense system test succeeds

04-08-07 - Kuwait warns against escalation of Iran nuke crisis On the re-opening of the Palestinian embassy in Kuwait, closed since 1990, Sheikh Mohammed said "this is a diplomatic affair" and pointed out the most important thing is actual and effective support to the Palestinian Authority.

04-08-07 - Iran releases rebuttal footage of sailors playing chess

04-08-07 - Congress girds up for return to oversight On Wednesday, a Senate Judiciary subcommittee is set to convene a hearing on what it calls the "improper use of National Security Letters by the FBI." The full Senate Judiciary Committee, meanwhile, is preparing for an April 17 showdown with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales over alleged misstatements to Congress about why the US attorneys were dismissed.

04-08-07 - US politicians call for reaching out to Syria Specter said he believed "that Assad can be negotiated with ... Opening discussions with Syria are very, very important.".....However Joseph Lieberman (news, bio, voting record), an independent Senator who supports the Democrats on virtually all issues except Iraq, was unhappy with the Pelosi trip.

04-08-07 - MK Bishara warns Hamas against ?substantial concessions? The MK called on the Palestinian unity government to avoid political chaos and did not rule out the possibility of a regional war that would include Syria, Lebanon and Iran.

04-08-07 - Barghouti Calls for Pressuring Israel to Absorb Palestinians of Iraq into PA lands In the meantime, the U.S consulate in Jerusalem denied Sunday media reports, which claimed that the United States is willing to welcome 3,000 to 7,000 Palestinian refugees of Iraq, on its territories.

04-08-07 - Conservatives for the Constitution The American Freedom Agenda campaign is the vehicle that these conservatives have established, with a self-described twofold mission: "the enactment of a cluster of statutes that would restore the Constitution's checks and balances as enshrined by the Founding Fathers; and, making the subject a staple of political campaigns and of foremost concern to Members of Congress and to voters and educators. Especially since 9/11, the executive branch has chronically usurped legislative or judicial power, and has repeatedly claimed that the President is the law. The constitutional grievances against the White House are chilling, reminiscent of the kingly abuses that provoked the Declaration of Independence."

04-08-07 - Magnanimous Mahmoud by Patrick J. Buchanan ** Ms. Pelosi might thus hurry home from Saudi Arabia, where she has been instructing the Wahabis on women's rights, and reintroduce that House resolution declaring that, before President Bush can take his country to war against Iran, Congress must first authorize it.

04-08-07 - Iranians Behind Sept. 11 Attacks: Rudy Giliani As for Iran, Mr. Giuliani said that "in the long term," it might be "more dangerous than Iraq." He then casually lumped Iran with Al Qaeda. "Their movement has already displayed more aggressive tendencies by coming here and killing us," he said.

04-08-07 - As One Syria Trip Draws Fire, Others Draw Silence

04-08-07 - Referendum to resolve Lebanon political crisis: Nasrallah He said the Siniora government was deluding itself by counting on major regional changes to transform the situation in Lebanon, such as a US attack on Iran, another major backer of Hezbollah.

04-08-07 - Pelosi and Syria Speaker Pelosi is as committed to the Israeli lobby as the president, so her visit changed nothing in policy matters

04-08-07 - More Mainstream Media Obfuscation in December, 2001, Cheney and his Cabal began promoting within our intelligence community and with neo-crazy media sycophants two bits of 'intelligence' recently provided by "the intelligence service of a foreign government."

04-08-07 - Lebanese official: Security agents helped Hezbollah smuggle arms The United States, Great Britain, and France are pushing for the formation of a special United Nations expert committee to examine claims of ongoing weapons smuggling through the Syria-Lebanon border.

04-08-07 - Cheney, Olmert remarks heat up rhetorical battle over Pelosi's trip "The speaker conveyed precisely what the prime minister and the acting president asked," Lantos told JTA. That included the traditional Israeli caveat about Syrian backing for terrorism......Last year, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice talked Olmert into a 48-hour cease-fire during the war with Hezbollah to allow humanitarian relief, but within hours Israeli planes were bombing again, to Rice's surprise and anger. Olmert had received a call, apparently from Cheney's office, telling him to ignore Rice.

04-08-07 - Israeli cluster bomb slays Lebanese woman The woman, Abdeh Mohammad Khanafer, 70, was gathering herbs in a field at Aynata village near Bint Jbeil, six kilometers from the Israeli border, when she touched a bomblet that detonated, they said.

04-08-07 - Scooter Libby's Law License Loses Its Wheels

04-08-07 - Governor Rendell Speaks at CAIR-PA Dinner During the banquet, CAIR's National Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed praised Sestak for having the moral fiber to speak to his Muslim constituents despite being "demonized and vilified by the right-wing media and pro-Israel extremists."

04-08-07 - Fox Calls Out Gingrich Hypocrisy on Pelosi Trip to Syria WALLACE: And what about saying that Madeleine Albright was an agent for the Palestinians? GINGRICH: I think at the time she was taking steps that were very, very pro-Palestinian.


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