Friday, June 30, 2006

Five US soldiers in Iraq rape and murder inquiry

· Pentagon pursues fourth war crime investigation
· Woman's body burnt and family killed in home

The Pentagon said yesterday it was pursuing a new war crimes investigation into five American soldiers, alleged to have raped and murdered a young Iraqi woman and killed three members of her family in their home...

...The soldiers in the most recent investigation are believed to be members of the 502nd Infantry Regiment, based in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Two weeks ago two soldiers from the same platoon were kidnapped by an al-Qaida affiliate at a checkpoint in the town of Yusufiya, 12 miles south of the Iraqi capital. Several days later, their brutalised and beheaded corpses, rigged with explosives, were discovered on waste ground near an electrical plant in the town...
On the list of people responsible for the war crimes occurring daily in Iraq since the US invasion & occupation, first place must be given to George W. Bush followed by his cabinet & EVERYONE WHO VOTED FOR HIM. Please kill yourselves, you're scum.


I hear this stuff. I hear actual clips from the shows. I still find it hard to believe but I know it's true.
This is just one day on FOX 'NEWS' NETWORK.
On Hannity's show he prompts the IRA's Wayne LaPierre to comment on the hypothetical of the United Nations confiscating legal guns from US citizens on the Fourth of July. When did the UN have anything to do with constitutional rights of US citizens. Short answer? NEVER!
This is like something Timothy McVeigh would have thought about.
And on some other show Ann Coulter asserts that the President should have the customs officials who found Rush Limbaugh's penis pills fired.
What are these people talking about? What is the good that comes from such insane babble. Do the poor morons who watch FOX actually think these bizarre ideas have any relevence to life as it's being lived right now in these here United States? Don't answer, it's already too depressing.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Wouldn't it have been nice to have had an intelligent, decent man as President instead of the dumb, sleazeball we've had?

"Drugs, Law Enforcement and Foreign Policy"a/k/a the Kerry Report Transcripts


In 1987/8, two subcommittees of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations held three 14 days of hearings on drug trafficking. Headed by Sen. John F. Kerry (D - Mass.), the panel heard evidence of official corruption in Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and the United States. The next year, the government published the transcripts in a 4-volume set that has remained a touchstone for anyone interested in narco-corruption, particularly as it involves US intelligence agencies.
The trouble is, this 1,800-page goldmine of information has been incredibly hard to find. The Memory Hole's copy was given to me by a friend of the family—Lorenzo Hagerty—who told me an interesting story. As soon as the Kerry Report was published, Lorenzo ordered a set of the transcripts from the Government Printing Office. When it arrived, he began reading it and realized how important it was. He immediately called the GPO to order another set. He was told that the set was already out of print and would not be published again. It had been available to the public for one single week.
Small portions of the Kerry Report transcripts have been published online, but they are only a fraction of the entire four volumes. The Memory Hole is planning to scan and post the entire thing. The first volume has been posted as HTML, and the second two have gone up as Acrobat files. The front page and the email updates will contain notifications when the final volume is posted.
The one-volume final report based on these hearings—also very rare—has been scanned and posted by the National Security Archive. It's available here [PDF format]
More info about the hearings is here.


Colbert On 'NYT' Controversy: Superman to the Rescue?
By E&P Staff
Published: June 28, 2006 12:05 AM ET

It was only a matter of time, after so many other lesser pundits had spoken, that Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central's "Colbert Report" would weigh in on the current controversy surrounding The New York Times publishing its scoop on the secret banking records surveillance.

On Wednesday night's show, Colbert suggested that the Times could learn a thing or two from Superman (now appearing in yet another movie sequel) about keeping a secret.

Superman, he said, went so far as to hide his identity "by disquising himself as the farthest thing from a hero -- a newspaper reporter." He could have broken the story of his own identity at any time, won headlines and maybe a Pulitzer, but no, he wanted to save his friends Jimmy and Lois from the terror of Lex Luthor.

So Superman, Colbert added, courageously continued to be "a pretend journalist"-- with a title card on the screen next to Colbert commenting "like Brit Hume."

Earlier, Colbert had said the Times was wrong in opposing the "temporary" restrictions on liberties in the "neverending" war on terror.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Wow. Seems like a reporter actually left the 'green zone' and did some reporting.

Fear and Posing in Baghdad

In a city where violence defies logic and nearly anyone could be on a hit list, pretending to be somebody else makes sense.

By Megan K. Stack, Times Staff Writer
June 28, 2006

BAGHDAD — You don't want to draw attention, so you keep a battered car even if you can afford a fancier model. You don't wash it; better to let dust smear the windows. Night falls, curfew clamps down, and all those dirty old cars wend their way back to the homes of the capital. The eyes of neighbors slide after them.

Where are the drivers coming from? Some work for the government. Some fight with insurgents or death squads. Some are employed by Americans. No one asks, and no one tells; nobody knows who's who.

Bloodshed has turned Iraq into a country defined by disguise and bluff. Violence in the streets has begun to defy logic, and this is part of the fallout: A lively city where people used to butt gleefully into one another's business has degenerated into a labyrinth of disguises, a place where neighbors brush silently past one another like dancers in a macabre costume ball...

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Monday, June 26, 2006

San Francisco: 1 Houston: 0
Bernie Ward smacks down right wing wacko on MSNBC. The guy gets up & leaves the room. Wimp.
Vid clip:

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Terrorists in Miami, Oh My!
By Robert Parry
June 24, 2006

The Bush administration finally took action against alleged terrorists living in plain sight in Miami, but they weren’t the right-wing Cuban terrorists implicated in actual acts of terror, such as blowing a civilian Cuban airliner out of the sky. They were seven young black men whose crime was more “aspirational than operational,” the FBI said....

...For longtime observers of political terrorism in South Florida, the aggressive reaction to what may have been the Miami group’s loose talk about violence, possibly spurred by an FBI informant posing as an al-Qaeda operative, stands in marked contrast to the U.S. government’s see-no-evil approach to notorious Cuban terrorists who have lived openly in Miami for decades...

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