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01 Dec 2007
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Bush handed blueprint to seize Pakistan's nuclear arsenal --Architect of Iraq surge draws up takeover options --US fears army's Islamists might grab weapons 01 Dec 2007 The man who devised the Bush regime's Iraq troop surge has urged the US to consider sending elite troops to Pakistan to seize its nuclear weapons if the country descends into chaos. In a series of scenarios drawn up for Pakistan, Frederick Kagan, a former West Point military historian, has called for the White House to consider various options for an unstable Pakistan. These include: sending elite British or US troops to secure nuclear weapons capable of being transported out of the country and take them to a secret storage depot in New Mexico or a "remote redoubt" inside Pakistan; sending US troops to Pakistan's north-western border to fight the Taliban and al-Qaida [al-CIAduh]; and a[nother] US military occupation of the capital Islamabad, and the provinces of Punjab, Sindh and Baluchistan if asked for assistance by a fractured Pakistan military, so that the US could shore up President Pervez Musharraf and General Ashfaq Kayani, who became army chief this week.
Biden: Impeachment if Bush bombs Iran 29 Nov 2007 Presidential hopeful Delaware Sen. Joe Biden (D) stated unequivocally that he will move to impeach President [sic] Bush if he bombs Iran without first gaining congressional approval. Biden spoke in front of a crowd of approximately 100 at a candidate forum held Thursday at Seacoast Media Group. When an audience member expressed fear of a war with Iran, Biden said he... had no qualms about issuing a direct warning to the Oval Office. "The president has no authority to unilaterally attack Iran, and if he does, as Foreign Relations Committee chairman, I will move to impeach," said Biden. Biden said he is in the process of meeting with constitutional law experts to prepare a legal memorandum saying as much and intends to send it to the president.
Nuclear project will continue, says Iran 01 Dec 2007 The Iranian chief nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, came to London yesterday for the first time since his appointment at the end of October for talks billed as Iran's last chance to avert a new round of UN sanctions. The Iranian official's message was uncompromising: Iran will continue to reject the central US and European demand for his country to suspend uranium enrichment, the process which could eventually lead to a nuclear bomb.
Rove's Version of 2002 War Vote Is Disputed 01 Dec 2007 Former White House aide Karl Rove said yesterday it was Congress, not President [sic] Bush, who wanted to rush a vote on the looming war in Iraq in the fall of 2002, a version of events disputed by leading congressional Democrats and even some former Rove colleagues.
Rice 'Planted' Question With 'Friendly Journalist' to 'Help Erase' Pre-Iraq War Legacy 30 Nov 2007 In 2003, then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice helped push America into war with Iraq... In an interview with C-SPAN�s Washington Journal today, Washington Post reporter Glenn Kessler, author of Confidante: Condoleezza Rice and the Creation of the Bush Legacy, revealed that after President [sic] Bush promoted her to Secretary of State, Rice mounted a "public relations" campaign to distance herself from the pre-war fiasco. As part of this PR campaign, she directed an aide to "plant a question� asking if she would run for President, in order to help "negate American memories of her very direct role" in invading Iraq: ... And I describe how one of her aides even planted a question with a friendly journalist to ask whether she would be interested in running for president -- to give her the aura of someone who might have presidential aspirations, make her seem more powerful than she was.
Arrest warrant for journalist who claimed family massacre 29 Nov 2007 The Iraqi Ministry of Interior on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for a journalist who claimed that his 11-member family had been slain by unknown gunmen in Baghdad a few days ago. "The issue has been referred to court," an official ministerial spokesman, Maj. Gen. Abdul Kareem Khalaf, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI), in reference to Diaa al-Kawwaz, an Iraqi journalist who claimed that his family had been liquidated and pointed the finger at the security apparatus.
Gunmen kill 5 Iraqi soldiers near Khalis 30 Nov 2007 Unidentified gunmen on Friday hijacked five taxis on the road between Baghdad and Kirkuk and killed five Iraqi army soldiers onboard, a police source said.
Three unidentified bodies found in Baghdad 30 Nov 2007 Three unidentified bodies were found in different areas of the Iraqi capital Baghdad over the past 24 hours, the Interior Ministry said on Friday.
Mortar attack wounds three civilians in Baghdad 30 Nov 2007 Three civilians were injured on Friday when a number of houses were mortared in southern Baghdad, a police source said.
Chavez threatens to cut U.S. oil supply over [CIA role in] vote 30 Nov 2007 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez threatened on Friday to halt the OPEC nation's oil sales to the United States, seeking to fire up his leftist supporters for a weekend referendum on expanding his powers. He portrays the vote as a plebiscite on his rule governance. "Whoever votes 'Yes' is voting for Chavez, and whoever votes 'No' is voting for George W. Bush, president [sic] of the United States," he said. Chavez has for long accused Washington of backing a failed coup against his rule in 2002. [See: CIA Venezuela Destabilization Memo Surfaces --'OPERATION PLIERS' 28 Nov 2007.]
U.S. Plans New Multibillion-Dollar Spy-Satellite Program 30 Nov 2007 The U.S. is pursuing a multibillion-dollar program to develop the next generation of spy satellites, the first major effort of its kind since the Pentagon canceled the ambitious and costly Future Imagery Architecture system two years ago, The Associated Press has learned. The new system, known as Basic, would be launched by 2011 and is expected to cost $2 billion to $4 billion, according to U.S. officials familiar with the program.
Bush bin Laden poised to privatize the whole kit and caboodle after his next terror attack: Emergency responders face deep aid cuts 01 Dec 2007 The Bush regime intends to slash counterterrorism funding for police, firefighters and rescue departments across the country by more than half next year, according to budget documents obtained by The Associated Press.
Witness Names to Be Withheld From Guant�namo Detainee 01 Dec 2007 Defense lawyers preparing for the war crimes 'trial' of a 21-year-old Guant�namo prisoner [Omar Ahmed Khadr] have been ordered by a military judge not to tell their client -- or anyone else -- the identity of witnesses against him, newly released documents show. Defense lawyers say military prosecutors have sought similar orders to keep the names of witnesses secret in other military tribunal cases. Some legal experts and defense lawyers said the judge�s order, issued on Oct. 15 without public disclosure, underscored the gap between military tribunal procedures and traditional American rules the Constitution that the accused has a right to a public trial and to confront the witnesses against him.
Government knew of Habib's torture 01 Dec 2007 Senior members of the Howard Government, including the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister, were given a detailed briefing on Mamdouh Habib's horrific allegations of torture in Egypt as early as mid-2002. But they never told the Australian public of the allegations, did little to investigate them and, three years later, were still protesting they did not know Mr Habib had even been in Egypt.
Correction commissioner to advise Army 27 Nov 2007 Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner J. David Donahue will take a leave from his job next month to assist the Army in a review of its prisoner operations. The department says Donahue will be traveling overseas throughout December and will resume his duties overseeing the state's prison system when he returns in early January. Gov. Mitch Daniels [R-Sociopath] received the Army's request last week and approved Donahue's leave.
U.S. Special Counsel Says He Won't Provide Files --Official Calls Personal Records Not Relevant to OPM Probe 30 Nov 2007 A U.S. official overseeing a probe of potential White House misconduct declared through a spokesman yesterday that he will not give federal investigators copies of personal files that he deleted from his office computer. The decision by Special Counsel Scott J. Bloch escalates the confrontation between the Bush appointee and the White House, each of which is investigating the other. Bloch's office is tasked with upholding laws against whistle-blower retaliation and partisan politicking in federal agencies. Earlier this year, Bloch directed lawyers in his office to look into charges that former Bush adviser Karl Rove inappropriately deployed government employees in Republican political campaigns.
Top Spy Must Release Telecom Immunity Meeting Docs ASAP 28 Nov 2007 The Director of National Intelligence must quickly release documents relating to 2007 meetings with telecoms concerning proposed amnesty bills for companies that helped government's secret domestic spying program, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. The Northern California District Court judge ruled that the government must produce the documents by December 10 so that the public can be informed about the extent of telecom lobbying before Congress votes on immunity.
WH says 1,000,000 docs handed over 30 Nov 2007 The Bush administration recently passed an unusual landmark: 1 million documents to Congress since Democrats gained control of both chambers in January, the White House says. The White House has resisted demands for many more.
Presidential hopefuls step up security in light of standoff 01 Dec 2007 Presidential campaigns yesterday re-evaluated their security measures in the wake of a hostage crisis that ended peacefully for Sen. Hillary Clinton�s Rochester, N.H., campaign staffers, after a man claiming to have a bomb burst into a field office there.
Alleged hostage taker filed molestation suit 30 Nov 2007 Leeland Eli Eisenberg, the man arrested tonight after taking hostages at Hillary Clinton's campaign office in Rochester, N.H., appears to have served time in prison for aggravated rape and filed a lawsuit in 2002 alleging that he had been molested 20 years earlier by a Catholic priest in Massachusetts.
Suspect Is Arrested in Clinton Office Standoff 30 Nov 2007 A tense standoff at a presidential campaign office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in Rochester, N.H., ended shortly after 6 p.m. this evening when a man later identified as Leeland Eisenberg was taken into police custody after holding at least four people hostage. There were no apparent injuries.
Hostages standoff ends at Clinton N.H. office --Man arrested after he releases all hostages, walks out of building 30 Nov 2007 A distraught man wearing what appeared to be a bomb walked into a Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign office Friday and demanded to speak to the candidate about access to mental health care. The hostage drama dragged on for nearly six hours until he peacefully surrendered.
Hagel: Bush administration is 'incompetent' and he would consider joining a Dem ticket 29 Nov 2007 "This is one of the most arrogant, incompetent administrations I've ever seen personally or ever read about," the always blunt and frequently quotable Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., said yesterday during an appearance at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. ... "And you know, I think of this administration, what they could have done after 9/11, what was within their grasp. Every poll in the world showed 90% of the world for us. Iran had some of the first spontaneous demonstrations on the streets of Tehran supporting America. They squandered a tremendous amount of opportunity."
NYPD Chief Casts Doubt on Giuliani Expense Story 30 Nov 2007 New questions were raised today about Rudy Giuliani's explanation for submitting police security expenses to obscure city agencies while he was mayor of New York and carried on a secret affair with his mistress, who also was given use of a police driver and city car. Giuliani said Thursday the unusual billing practice was not intended to hide anything but instead to speed payment of American Express credit card bills. But current New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said today he knew of no problems with the delay of payments before Giuliani was mayor, when Kelly served under Mayor David Dinkins, or since.
Lawmakers Set Deal on Raising Fuel Efficiency 01 Dec 2007 Congressional negotiators reached a deal late Friday on energy legislation that would force American automakers to improve the fuel efficiency of their cars and light trucks by 40 percent by 2020.
12 States Sue EPA for Data on Toxins 28 Nov 2007 Twelve states sued the Bush regime on Wednesday to force greater disclosure of data on toxic chemicals that companies store, use and release into the environment.
RealtyTrac: Foreclosures up 165 percent in Florida 29 Nov 2007 More than 30,000 properties in Florida were in some form of foreclosure in October, figures compiled by RealtyTrac showed. The October numbers were 165 percent higher than October 2006, but down 9.5 percent from September.
Norway to host international meeting on polar bears 30 Nov 2007 An international meeting will beheld in Tromsoe of Norway in 2009 to discuss the climate threat to polar bears in the Arctic region, according to reports reaching here on Friday.
Storm brings mud to fire areas 01 Dec 2007 Southern California got a break from its dry streak Friday with an unexpectedly powerful rainstorm that clogged the freeway commute, unleashed some small mudslides and forced officials in Orange County to evacuate canyon communities hit by October's brush fires.
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[Previous lead stories:] Bush seeks to pressure Democrats over war funds --Bush seeks approval of $196 billion for his wars during fiscal year that began Oct. 1 29 Nov 2007 U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush on Thursday stepped up pressure on lawmakers to pass his Iraq war funding request, while a senior Democrat said a deal might be possible.
Bush urges Congress to approve war funding before Christmas $50 billion war spending bill passed the House but stalled last week in the Senate 29 Nov 2007 President [sic] Bush on Thursday called on Congress to approve billions of dollars in additional funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan before lawmakers leave for their Christmas break.
US to control growth of Iraq neighbourhood patrols 29 Nov 2007 The U.S. military will carefully manage the growth of neighbourhood police units credited with helping to curb foment violence in Iraq, aiming ultimately to move many into public work roles, a spokesman said on Thursday. Rear Admiral Gregory Smith said about 50,000 Iraqis had been trained and were manning "concerned local citizens" checkpoints in their own communities and being paid by the U.S. military.
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