CIA obstructed 9/11 investigators: report 22 Dec 2007
9/11 Panel Study Finds That C.I.A. Withheld Tapes 22 Dec 2007 A review of classified documents by former members of the Sept. 11 commission shows that the panel made repeated and detailed requests to the Central Intelligence Agency in 2003 and 2004 for documents and other information about the interrogation of operatives of ‘Al Qaeda,’ and were told by a top C.I.A. official that the agency had “produced or made available for review” everything that had been requested. In interviews this week, the two chairmen of the commission, Lee H. Hamilton and Thomas H. Kean, said their reading of the report had convinced them that the agency had made a conscious decision to impede the Sept. 11 commission’s inquiry.
FBI Prepares Vast Database of Biometrics $1 Billion Project to Include Images of Irises and Faces 22 Dec 2007 The FBI is embarking on a $1 billion effort to build the world’s largest computer database of peoples’ physical characteristics, a project that would give the government unprecedented abilities to identify individuals in the United States and abroad. Digital images of faces, fingerprints and palm patterns are already flowing into FBI systems in a climate-controlled, secure basement here… In the coming years, law enforcement authorities around the world will be able to rely on iris patterns, face-shape data, scars and perhaps even the unique ways people walk and talk, to solve crimes and identify criminals and terrorists. The FBI will also retain, upon request by employers, the fingerprints of employees who have undergone criminal background checks so the employers can be notified if employees have brushes with the law.
FBI aims for world’s largest biometrics database 22 Dec 2007 The FBI is embarking on a $1 billion project to build the world’s largest computer database of biometrics to give the government more ways to identify people at home and abroad, the Washington Post reported on Friday.
Life ‘better’ under Saddam Hussein says vicar of Baghdad 21 Dec 2007 Life was “better” for Christians in Iraq under the government of Saddam Hussein than it is today, according to the only Anglican vicar working in Baghdad. Canon Andrew White, vicar of St George’s Church in the capital of Iraq told Times Online that day-to-day life was ‘a lot easier’ for Christians when Saddam Hussein was president of the country.
US ‘risks running out of funds’ for Iraq, Afghanistan wars 22 Dec 2007 American Defence Secretary Robert Gates says the US could run out of money for its military operations in Iraq and in Afghanistan. Mr Gates says though Congress this week approved military spending of $70 billion in Iraq and Afghanistan, it was less than half what the administration had wanted.
Army: Turkish warplanes attack PKK positions in Iraq 23 Dec 2007 Turkish aircraft bombed positions of the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq on Saturday, the Turkish army said on its website. “Turkish aircraft struck important targets of the terrorist group of PKK in northern Iraq … between 14:25-15:00 local time(1125-1200 GMT),” said the statement.
Turkish Planes Bomb Kurds in Iraq Again 22 Dec 2007 Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq on Saturday in the third confirmed cross-border offensive by Turkish forces in less than a week, the military said.
Four Iraqis killed by Baghdad suicide car bomb: official 22 Dec 2007 A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a joint Iraqi army and police checkpoint in western Baghdad on Saturday, killing four people, a security official said. The attack in the capital’s Al-Ghazaliyah neighbourhood killed two policemen, a soldier and a civilian, he said. Six other people — two soldiers, three policemen and a civilian — were wounded by the blast, he added.
U.S. soldier killed, 11 wounded in Iraq bombings 22 Dec 2007 An American soldier was killed and 11 others were wounded when two roadside bomb attacks hit their vehicles in northern Iraq, the U.S. military said on Saturday. The attack took place when the soldier’s unit was conducting combat operations in Kirkuk province on Friday, a military statement said.
Gates: US troops could soon begin partial Iraq pullout —US Defense Secretary says improved security [?] in Iraq will enable five units to pull out by July as planned [to help the GOP in the 2008 ‘elections’]. 22 Dec 2007 US Defense Secretary Robert Gates Friday voiced hope that US troops will soon start returning home from Iraq, saying improved security there will enable five units to pull out by July as planned.
Rudd to Withdraw Australian Troops From Iraq by June, AFP Says 22 Jun 2007 Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said in Baghdad yesterday Australian troops will be withdrawn from Iraq by June, Agence France-Presse reported. Australia will continue to support Iraq through its naval deployment in the Persian Gulf to ensure the security of Iraq’s exports, Rudd said, according to AFP. Australia will also continue to train Iraqi troops and police in Australia and Jordan, he said.
Rudd makes surprise visit to Iraq 21 Dec 2007 New Australian PM Kevin Rudd has held talks with Iraqi counterpart Nouri Maliki on a surprise visit to Baghdad. Mr Rudd won a landslide victory in the general election last month with a key pledge to bring back Australian combat troops by the middle of next year.
France could boost troops in Afghanistan 22 Dec 2007 French President [Bush troll] Nicolas Sarkozy said France could boost its presence in Afghanistan to help the Afghan army and police in a surprise visit to give French troops his Christmas greetings.
Family adopts slain son’s military dog 21 Dec 2007 A military working dog wounded in Iraq during a rocket attack that killed its Marine handler was adopted Friday by the slain Marine’s family. Cpl. Dustin Lee’s family planned to take home the bomb-sniffing dog — named Lex — on Saturday after the 8-year-old German shepherd was granted early retirement.
Officers involved in De Menezes killing escape disciplinary action 22 Dec 2007 None of the senior police officers in charge of the botched operation which led to the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes will face disciplinary action. The decision by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) not to recommend disciplinary proceedings against four officers… was a “scandal”, said relatives of Mr De Menezes because it has been made before next year’s inquest into the 27-year-old Brazilian’s death.
Hoover Planned Imprisonment of 12,000 ‘Disloyal’ Americans In 1950 23 Dec 2007 A newly declassified document shows that J. Edgar Hoover, the longtime director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had a plan to suspend habeas corpus and imprison some 12,000 Americans he suspected of disloyalty. Hoover sent his plan to the White House on July 7, 1950, 12 days after the Korean War began. It envisioned putting suspect Americans in military prisons. The arrests would be carried out under “a master warrant attached to a list of names” provided by the bureau. “The index now contains approximately twelve thousand individuals, of which approximately ninety-seven per cent are citizens of the United States,” he wrote. “In order to make effective these apprehensions, the proclamation suspends the Writ of Habeas Corpus,” it said.
Senate stays in session to block Bush 21 Dec 2007 The last political scuffle of the year between the White House and the Democratic-led Congress played out on the floor of the Senate Friday morning — even though nearly all the senators had left the Capitol for the Christmas holiday earlier in the week. In a session that lasted under a minute, Sen. Jim Webb, D-Virginia, opened and then immediately gaveled closed the Senate. His sole reason for doing so was to block President [sic] Bush from naming controversial “recess appointments” — a constitutional mechanism that allows the president, during congressional recesses, to fill top government posts for up to one year and avoid Senate confirmation.
Karl Rove Inks $1M-Plus Memoir Deal —Ex-Bush Advisor Rove to Ink Memoirs for at Least $1.5M 21 Dec 2007 GOP strategist KKKarl Rove has agreed to write about his years as an adviser to President [sic] Bush in a deal worth over $1.5 million with former colleague Mary Matalin’s conservative imprint at Simon & Schuster, officials said Friday.
Edwards says he’ll battle any efforts to smear him 22 Dec 2007 John Edwards warned Friday that if Republicans try to smear him the way they did the Democrats’ last presidential nominee, he’ll make them regret it. “I will fight back with every fiber of my being,” he told hundreds of cheering Iowans at a West Des Moines rally. “If they come after us, we have to go back harder than they came at us.”
Ruling Lets Firms Bar Union E-mail E-Mail 23 Dec 2007 The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that employers have the right to prohibit workers from using the company’s e-mail system to send out union-related messages, a decision that could hamper communications between labor unions and their membership.
Democrats Make Bush School Act an Election Issue 23 Dec 2007 Teachers cheered Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton when she stepped before them last month at an elementary school in Waterloo, Iowa, and said she would “end” the No Child Left Behind Act because it was “just not working.” “No Child Left Behind may be the most negative brand in America,” said Representative George Miller of California, the Democratic chairman of the House education committee.
Giuliani’s Doctor to Provide Update 23 Dec 2007 Rudolph W. Giuliani on Saturday provided the most detailed account yet of the health scare that led to his recent hospitalization, saying that he suffered a “terrible headache” but did not black out, and that his doctor would update his health condition “after Christmas.”
Enron’s Skilling asks for prison release 21 Dec 2007 In an aggressive 160-page filing, ex-Enron CEO Jeff Skilling asked a federal appellate court today to get him out of prison, where he’s been for more than a year, and get him a new trial in a new town. In September, Skilling asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn his 24-year sentence on 19 convictions of conspiracy, securities fraud, insider trading and lying to auditors at Enron.
Poland reports fresh outbreak of H5N1 bird flu 22 Dec 2007 Laboratory tests have confirmed a fresh outbreak of deadly H5N1 avian flu in the same area of northern Poland where the virus was discovered earlier this month, PAP news agency said on Saturday.
Attorney Wants Criminal Charges Against Insurer 22 Dec 2007 The lawyer for California teen Nataline Sarkisyan charged today that the only reason Cigna Health Care officials changed their minds and approved a liver transplant for the desperate girl was they knew it was too late and they wouldn’t have to pay for it. Sarkisyan, 17, died Thursday. Now the Sarkisyan family hopes manslaughter or murder charges will be pressed. Their lawyer, Mark Geragos, says he will refer the case to prosecutors for possible criminal charges against the insurer, [corpora-terrorists] Cigna HealthCare.
Snowstorm, Multi-Car Pileup Hit Plains 22 Dec 2007 A strong snowstorm that cut visibility nearly to zero in some places as it rolled across the Plains on Saturday caused numerous vehicle pileups and forced authorities to close portions of several major highways. Dozens of vehicles were involved in a pileup on Interstate 29 in western Missouri, authorities said. Sections of some Oklahoma highways were closed because of whiteout conditions.
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[Previous lead stories:] 7 British soldiers killed by same American-made gun 20 Dec 2007 A single trained marksman is suspected of killing seven British soldiers in separate attacks in Iraq, an inquest heard on Thursday. The sniper’s victims are thought to include Cpl Rodney Wilson, who was killed when he was shot in the back while trying to rescue an injured colleague in Basra. Analysis of the bullet which struck him showed it was fired from the same American-made weapon which has been involved in the deaths of six other servicemen in the city. Cpl Wilson’s father, Richard, said: ‘It’s almost certainly the same person firing it, some sort of hired shooter probably.’ Cpl Wilson was hit by a 5.56 calibre bullet. The ammunition is compatible with weapons such as the M16 and M4 Carbine, commonly used by US forces, and the SA80, the standard British Army issue assault rifle.
Iraq ‘torture complex’ discovered 20 Dec 2007 US and Iraqi forces have discovered a “torture complex” in an al-Qaeda safe haven near Muqdadiya in central Diyala province, the US military has said. Three buildings containing chains on the walls and ceilings, and a metal bed connected to a power supply were found during an operation on 9 December. [Things that make you go ‘hmm.’ Lori Price notes the US brand (or English words) on the boxing gloves found at the ‘al Qaeda’ torture chamber in Iraq. See: GIs find 26 bodies next to Iraq torture center 20 Dec 2007. Click on DoD video (21 Dec 2007), ‘Al-Qaida torture chamber discovered?’ (10-16 seconds;45-57 seconds; and 1:27-1:39 into video) Also, see In pictures: Iraq ‘torture complex’ (Click on ‘Pictures of the complex,’ advance to Image 3) to view boxing gloves on metal cot.]
Iraq authorities detained 1,350 children in 2007: Report —Iraq children ‘paying high price’ for Bush occupation 21 Dec 2007 Two million children in Iraq are facing threats including poor nutrition, lack of education, disease and violence, the UN children’s agency, Unicef, has said. Hundreds were killed in violence during 2007, while 1,350 were detained by the authorities, it said in a new report. Unicef said more than 4m children were vaccinated ‘against’ polio and 3m ‘against’ measles. [There’s no electricity, food, water, or education in Baghdad, but Bush made sure 7 million Iraqi children got their mandatory doses of mercury, formaldehyde – and God knows what else – while his pharma-terrorists make a killing. That’s part of the ‘quiet corporate genocide’ that Bush wages every day against the Iraqi people. –LRP]
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