12 May 2009


US blames Taliban for phosphorous weapons
The US military spokesman Col. Gren Julian said that the military did not use white phosphorus in the battle, adding that "if it was used at all it had to be the insurgents."


Soldier homicide 'shocks' Obama
"My heart goes out to the families and friends of all the service members involved in this horrible tragedy," AFP quoted his Monday statement as saying.


Three Worst Reasons to Delay Putting Cheney in Prison
On Sunday, Cheney said: "The fact of the matter is that these [torture] techniques that we're talking about are used on our own people. In the SERE program that in effect trains our people with respect to capture and evasion and so forth, and escape, a lot of them go through these same exact procedures." If this were true, participants in the SERE program would be kidnapped and tortured by people willing to kill them. They would be waterboarded believing they might be drowned. This would be done upwards of 100 times. They would be hung by their wrists, beaten, electroshocked, deprived of sleep, stripped naked and exposed to cold, attacked by dogs, slammed against walls, kept in isolation, and in many cases killed, in many other cases driven insane.


US to borrow 46 cents for every dollar spent
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government will have to borrow nearly 50 cents for every dollar it spends this year, exploding the record federal deficit past $1.8 trillion under new White House estimates. Budget office figures released Monday would add $89 billion to the 2009 red ink - increasing it to more than four times last year's all-time high as the government hands out billions more than expected for people who have lost jobs and takes in less tax revenue from people and companies making less money.


Pakistan: 700 Militants Killed in Past Four Days Thousands More to Die, According to Zardari
The final number will doubtlessly rise, as President Asif Ali Zardari estimated around 3,000 members of the assorted factions in the valley, while the army has said it is more like 4,000 to 5,000. Whatever the case, Malik reiterated the promise of President Zardari that all of them would be killed in the end.


Prisoner Who Tied Iraq to Al-Qaeda Found Dead in Libyan Jail
"This news resolves, in the grimmest way possible," Worthington writes, "questions that have long been asked about the whereabouts of Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, perhaps the most famous of 'America's Disappeared' - prisoners seized in the 'War on Terror,' who were rendered not to Guantánamo but to secret prisons run by the CIA or to the custody of governments in third countries - often their own - where, it was presumed, they would never be seen or heard from again."


Eight killed in US drone strike in S. Waziristan
At least eight persons have been killed in US spy plane missile strike in South Waziristan tribal region on Tuesday. A foreign news agency has confirmed the missile strike in the region in which eight persons have been killed. A US spy plane fired missiles over a target in South Waziristan’s western mountainous terrain of Sarakhora on Tuesday morning.


Pelosi, Impediment to Torture Investigation? Pelosi, Resign.
Information continues to dribble out regarding Nancy Pelosi’s early knowledge that the U.S. Government under George W. Bush was torturing the people it had indefinitely detained without charge. Over the weekend, after Nancy Pelosi issued excuses embarrassingly based on her ignorance of law, poor leadership or credulity, Republican members of Congress issued ominous references to documents they say will prove the Speaker of the House knew quite a lot about the waterboarding torture being used by the Bush administration and was even “involved in policy formulation.”


Iraqi parliament asks government to forego water deals with Turkey
BAGHDAD - Iraq’s parliament on Tuesday called on the government to forego partnership agreements with Turkey, Syria and Iran unless they affirm Iraq’s right to a bigger share of water in the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Iraq is suffering from a major drought. The effects have worsened because of poor water management and dams that block the flow of the two rivers - the country’s main water source.


The Bomb Iran Faction
There is clearly a faction of the power elite that is, and has for some years been pressing, for a U.S. military attack on Iran. It is not advocating a war, at least openly, or an occupation of that vast nation; rather, it is advocating an operation similar in concept to the Israeli attack on Iraq’s French-built Osiraq nuclear reactor in 1981. In a word, it is both advocating an Israeli-like action and justifying it explicitly as one on behalf of Israel.


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