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-- H.L. Mencken, 1923


 • Added 07.01.2006
REPORTER EASILY FINDS GITMO DEFENSE WINTNESSES THE U.S. SAYS COULDN'T BE FOUND
The US government routinely failed to give detainees at Guantanamo Bay access to witnesses who might helped them prove their innocence, saying it could not locate witnesses for the defense. But a reporter found one detainee's witnesses in just 3 days.
Inform yourself with the full story here (The Guardian)
More here... (Boston Globe)


 • Added 07.01.2006
SUPREME COURT: BUSH USURPED POWERS WITH GITMO PRISONER ORDERS
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that President Bush overstepped his authority in ordering military war crimes trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees, saying in a strong rebuke that the trials were illegal under U.S. and international law.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)


 • Added 08.09.2005
WHITE HOUSE STONEWALLING TERROR-READINESS INVESTIGATION
Bush aides are ignoring requests from 9/11 Commission members who are looking into nation's ability to prevent attacks.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Added 08.01.2005
SECRET MILITARY EMAILS INDICATE GITMO TRIBUNALS MAY BE RIGGED
Two senior prosecutors have complained in confidential messages that the trial system had been secretly arranged to improve the chance of conviction and to deprive defendants of material that could prove their innocence.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Added 07.30.2005
WITH 'WAR ON TERROR' FAILING MISERABLY, WHITE HOUSE DECIDES TO CHANGE ITS SLOGAN
Since the word "war" implies something with a clear goal of success and a definable end, the new PR strategy is to now say we're in a "global struggle against violent extremism," which is nice and vague.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Added 07.24.2005
BUSH CAMP TRYING TO BLOCK REPUBLICAN LEGISLATION AGAINST PRISONER TORTURE
Cheney attempts to indimitate backers into abandoning legislation that would bar the U.S. military from engaging in "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" of detainees or hiding prisoners from the Red Cross.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • Added 07.07.2005
HOW WELL IS BUSH'S 'WAR ON TERROR' STRATEGY WORKING?
1) 'al Qaeda in Europe' kills dozens, injures hundreds in London attacks
        Inform yourself with the full story here (Reuters)
2) 'al Qaeda in Iraq' kills Egyptian diplomat on the same day
        Inform yourself with the full story here (Reuters)
3) Terrorist attacks in Iraq before US invasion: zero. In 2004: 866.
        Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)
4) CIA has "an excellent idea" where Osama bin Laden is, but we're not going after him
        Inform yourself with the full story here (Reuters/Time)


 • Added 06.12.2005
BUSH PUSHING FOR PATRIOT ACT RENEWAL BY LYING ABOUT RATE OF TERRORISM CONVICTIONS
President, Attorney General claim 200 people have been convicted in terrorism cases. The truth: just 39. Of the 400 people charged with terrorism-related crimes, at least 180 have no terrorist connections whatsoever.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)

THE TERRORISM CASE THAT WASN'T - BUT STILL IS
18 Middle Eastern men charged soon after 9/11 because they obtained licenses to carry hazardous materials never applied for those licenses, but that hasn't stopped Bush from claiming this case as a "successful" prosecution of terrorists.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • Added 05.17.2005
A CHRONOLOGY OF U.S. WAR CRIMES AND TORTURE, 1975-2005
An brief but thorough run-down of systematic double-standards in U.S. defense and foreign policies for the last 30 years -- and a good quick reference for recent Bush Administration violations of U.S. and international law.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Counterpunch)


 • Added 05.08.2005
SUPPOSED AL QAEDA KINGPIN WHOSE CAPTURE BUSH TOUTED IS EXPOSED AS A NOBODY
Newspaper investigation reveals Abu Faraj al-Libbi, captured in late April, is a middle-ranking soldier in the terrorist organization, not its #3 leader.
Inform yourself with the full story here (The London Times)


 • Added 05.02.2005
GROWING EVIDENCE SHOWS U.S. SENDS PRISONERS TO OTHER COUNTRIES FOR TORTURE
Seven months before 9/11, the State Department listed a litany of horrors inflicted on prisoners in Uzbekistan. Now the former Soviet republic is a primary destination for captured "enemy combatants."
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Added 04.27.2005
U.S. SACRIFICING LUCRATIVE SOURCE OF TERRORIST INTEL
Five years after being arrested with a trunkful of bomb-making materials at the U.S. border, Ahmed Ressam has proved a remarkable resource in the nation's efforts to understand and eradicate terrorists. But after feds refused to consider reducing his sentence in exchange, he's clammed up, putting several prosecutions in jeopardy.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)


 • Added 04.27.2005
HOW GOES THE WAR ON TERRORISM? ATTACKS UP 274% SINCE 2003 - U.S. WHITEWASHES REPORT
The number of serious international terrorist incidents more than tripled last year, according to U.S. government figures that the State Department has decided not to make public in its annual report on terrorism due to Congress this week.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • Added 04.03.2005
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT RULING FORCES PENTAGON TO RELEASE HIDDEN MEMOS AUTHORIZING & DOCUMENTING TORTURE
Details include authorization of "ghost" detainees and an FBI memo stating that Defense Department interrogators impersonated FBI agents and used "torture techniques" against a detainee at Guantanamo.
Read for yourself what the military hid from the public (ACLU)


 • Added 03.06.2005
HOW BUSH FIGHTS TERRORISM: REFUSING TO HELP PROSECUTE A KNOWN TERRORIST
A radical Islamic cleric likely behind several 2003 bombings in Indonesia has been acquitted of all but one minor charge. The case fell apart when the Bush Administration refused to make available for testimony two captured al Qaeda members who have given the U.S. plenty of evidence against the guy.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Added 01.13.2005
VALUABLE MILITARY TRANSLATORS FIRED UNDER 'DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL'
The military has discharged 20 service personnel who spoke or had studied Arabic for being gay. Well, they certainly have their priorities straight.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Added 01.03.2005
U.S. PREPARING TO IMPRISION SUSPECTS WITHOUT EVIDENCE FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES
Human rights? What's that? The Pentagon and the CIA have asked the White House to decide on a more permanent approach for lifetime detentions for people in custody whom the government does not have enough evidence to charge in court.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • Added 11.17.2004
BUSH'S NEW CIA DIRECTOR CAUSING TURMOIL, TURNOVER OF TOP AGENTS
Helping keep America safe, Porter Goss has told Agency employees that their job is to "support the administration and its policies" (in other words, don't confuse us with the facts), and his aides have been so tyrannical and disrespectful toward the Langley staff that the deputy director resigned Nov. 12, the two agents in charge of spying quit Nov. 15, and several more resignations may be on the way. "There's confusion throughout the ranks and an extraordinary loss of morale and incentive. Goss doesn't seem engaged at all."
1) Goss tells CIA to back Bush views (NY Times)
2) Resignations and sinking morale (Washington Post)
3) In-depth investigative story (Salon)


 • Added 11.14.2004
AMERICA IS SAFER? BIN LADEN NOW HAS A RELIGIOUS GREEN LIGHT TO USE NUKES
Frustrated CIA agent once in charge tracking terrorists tells "60 Minutes" that Bush has made terrorism worse, and now Al Qaeda wants to "end the war as soon as they can, and to ratchet up the pain for the Americans until we get out of their region."
Inform yourself with the full story here (60 Minutes)


 • Added 11.06.2004
BUSH CLAIMS 'GOD TOLD ME' TO ATTACK Al QAEDA, IRAQ
"God told me to strike at al Qaeda and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam," Bush told Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Abu Mazen in June 2003. Two calls to the White House for clarification went unreturned.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • Added 10.07.2004
BUSH'S HOMETOWN PAPER RECEIVES HUNDREDS OF THREATS, ADS ARE PULLED OVER KERRY ENDORSEMENT
Terrorist threats have been made by Bush supporters against the staff of the Crawford, Texas, newspaper that endorsed John Kerry for president last week. Several local business have pulled their ads from the paper, some after receiving threats as well.
Inform yourself with the full story here (The Lone Star Iconoclast)
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 • Added 10.06.2004
BREAKDOWN AND FACT-CHECK OF CHENEY FLIP-FLOPS & FLAT-OUT LIES FROM V.P. DEBATE
The Vice President on Monday invented brand new excuses for going to war in Iraq and has been caught in several lies, not the least of which are his claim to have never said there was an Iraq-Al Qaeda link and his assertion that he'd never met John Edwards before that night.
1) Inform yourself with the full story here (Newsweek)
2) Quote-by-quote comparison to undisputed facts (Progressive Trail)
3) 10 questions for Dick Cheney (The Nation)


 • Added 09.02.2004
BUSH ON TERRORISM MONDAY: "I DON'T THINK WE CAN WIN"
BUSH ON TUESDAY: "WE ARE WINNING, AND WE WILL WIN"

Asked about the war on terror by NBC's Matt Lauer on August 30, President says "I don't think you can win it." The next day he falls all over himself to cover up the flub.
Inform yourself with the full story here (SF Chronicle)


 • Added 08.21.2004
AS WE WASTE TIME IN IRAQ, SEIZED FILES SHOW AL QAEDA IS REGROUPING
Cache of information seized last month in Pakistan proves a new generation of operatives is filling the vacuum created when leaders were killed or captured.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Added 08.21.2004
WOLFOWITZ WANTS TO CREATE 'ILLEGAL COMBATANTS' FOR OUR SIDE
Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz -- one of the guy who pushed for an attack on Iraq immediately after 9/11 -- asked the House Armed Services Committee to fund "training and equipping" non-governmental militias in foreign countries. In other words, fighters who don't have to answer to U.S. rules of engagement and human rights.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AFP)


 • Added 08.21.2004
DETAILED EXPOSE ON BUSH, BIN LADEN CONNECTIONS TO CARLYLE GROUP
Includes meeting between Bush Sr. and bin Laden family members, which Bush denied until pictures and documents surfaced, proving he lied.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Guardian)


 • Added 08.13.2004
BUSH'S CIA NOMINEE: "I'M NOT QUALIFIED"
Porter Goss, President Bush's choice to head the CIA, told Michael Moore in an unused interview for "Fahrenheit 9/11," that "I couldn't get a job with CIA today. I am not qualified."
Inform yourself with the full story here (Reuters)


 • Added 08.06.2004  • EDITORIAL
BUSH LACKS LEGIT JUSTIFICATION FOR 'POSTPONING' ELECTION
"Homeland" attacks? Elections went forward during the Civil War. Biological attacks? Ditto the influenza attack of 1918, which sickened 25% of the US pop. Spain's election "disrupted" by terrorism? Hardly. The turnout was huge.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Kansas City Star)


 • Added 7.10.2004
ADMINISTRATION PRESSURING PAKISTAN TO ARREST 'HIGH VALUE' TERRORISTS IN TIME TO UPSTAGE DEM. CONVENTION
Pakistani official confirms that his government has "been told at every level that apprehension or killing of HVTs before [the] election is [an] absolute must." What's more, Bush administration officials have told their Pakistani counterparts "it would be best if the arrest or killing of [any] HVT were announced [just before] the Democratic National Convention."
Inform yourself with the full story here (The New Republic)


 • Added 07.10.2004
CHENEY'S IRAQ-TERRORIST CLAIMS REBUFFED AGAIN
Director Tenet tells Congress that the CIA is "increasingly skeptical" that Mohamed Atta met Iraqi intelligence officers in Prague in April 2001, rebuffing continuing assertions by Vice President Dick Cheney that such a meeting might have taken place.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Added 07.04.2004
BUSH CUT SECRET DEAL TO RELEASE SUSPECTED TERRORIST
U.S. officials agreed to return 5 Saudi terrorism suspects -- over objections from the Pentagon, the CIA and the DOJ -- as part of a secret three-way deal to satisfy allies in the Iraqi invasion.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)
   • Kowtowing to Saudi gov't demands in 2002? (SF Chronicle)


 • Added 07.04.2004
PENTAGON MAY RELEASE TERRORISM SUSPECTS WITHOUT COURT REVIEW
Guantanamo Bay detainees deemed not to pose a security threat may be cut loose without first giving them access to civilian courts. So 1) what doesn't the Pentagon want them saying in court, and 2) if they're no threat, why have they been held for three years?
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)


 • Added 07.04.2004
REPUBLICAN SENATOR RIPS BUSH FOR FAILING THE WAR ON TERRORISM
Sen. Chuck Hagel, an influential moderate Republican from Nebraska, sharply criticized the administration, saying that the war in Iraq appears to have hurt America in its battle against terrorism. "The fact is, if we're going to continue with this, we're going to have to be honest with the American people."
Inform yourself with the full story here (SF Chronicle)


 • Added 06.25.2004
'WE'RE WINNING THE WAR ON TERRORISM'?: DEATHS DOUBLED IN 2003
Following up on the State Dept.'s mea culpa about statistical errors that Bush embraced as proof that his "war" is working, the administration now reports 625 terrorism deaths in last year, not 307.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • Added 06.25.2004
9/11 COMMISSION FINDS AL QAEDA CLOSER TO PAKISTAN THAN IRAQ
Commission chair says the terrorist organization has much stronger ties to our johnny-come-lately ally and Iran than it did to Iraq, as Bush has claimed.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)
   • Al Qaeda contacts with Iran called 'extensive' (Washington Post)
   • CIA analysts were ordered to fake al Qaeda ties to Iraq (LA Times)


 • Updated 06.25.2004
SENIOR CIA OFFICIAL SAYS BUSH HUBRIS HAS PLAYED INTO AL QAEDA'S HANDS
Man once in charge of tracking bin Laden says "Bush is taking the U.S. in exactly the direction Osama bin Laden wants, towards all-out confrontation with Islam under the guise of spreading democracy."
Inform yourself with the full story here (The Guardian)
   • More details about the book (Washington Post)
   • CIA analysts were ordered to fake al Qaeda ties to Iraq (LA Times)

MORE: "We need to face the fact that Muslims are angry at us not because of who we are, not because we vote, not because women go to school, but because of what we do in the world."
Inform yourself with the full story here (ABC News)


 • Added 06.17.2004
HOMELAND SECURITY STILL REFUSES TO CLEAR INNOCENT 'NO-FLY' LIST TRAVELERS
A federal judge rules Bush administration has not justified its refusal to disclose how people's names get on the list or the procedures for removal. But apparently innocent parties are being targeted because of name similarities to terror suspects or for no discernible reason at all.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Newsday/SF Cronicle)
   • Anti-war activists detained without explanation (Sacramento Bee)


 • Added 06.17.2004
9/11 COMMISSION: 'NO CREDIBLE EVIDENCE' OF SUPPOSED IRAQ-AL QAEDA LINK
Commission concludes Bin Laden sought Saddam's help but Iraq rebuffed him. Bush in denial, but offers no proof whatsoever.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP/SF Chronicle)


 • Added 6.14.2004
'AMERICAN TALIBAN' WAS TORTURED
But plea deal prevents him from telling the truth about it.
Inform yourself with the full story here (LA Times/SF Chronicle)


 • Added 06.13.2004
GUANTANAMO WORKERS WARNED TO KEEP QUIET
Military and civilian employees at the U.S. prison for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay were warned recently not to talk about the "personal treatment of detainees" or any "failure to report actions of others."
Inform yourself with the full story here (USA Today)


 • Added 6.12.2004
STATE DEPT: "OUR BAD. TERRORISM WENT UP IN 2003"
Dept. says it and the Bush Adminiatration were wrong to report that terrorism declined. Instead, both the number of incidents and the toll in victims increased sharply. Their mistake: They apparently "forgot" to count events in all 12 months of the year.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)
   •Not only did it go up, terrorism deaths doubled (Washington Post)


 • Exposé • Added 06.17.2004
BUSH CODDLED TALIBAN IN EARLY 2001
After Bush came to power he reversed Clinton policy and began friendly relations with the Taliban, offering a $43 million foreign aid package.
Inform yourself with the full story here (LA Times)


 • Added 06.08.2004
POSITION PAPER BY RICE CONTRADICTS HER CLAIMS THAT AL QAEDA WAS A PRIORITY
Foreign affairs tome is 6600 words, with no mention of the terrorist organization whatsoever.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Foreign Affairs Magazine)


 • Added 06.08.2004
BUSH BLEW OPPORTUNITY TO KILL BIN LADEN IN 2001
In January 2001 the White House was told three times (by CIA and outgoing Clinton officials) that Predator drones had spotted Osama bin Laden. Officials were urged arming the unmanned planes with missiles to kill the al Qaeda leader, but Bush failed to act.
Inform yourself with the full story here (ABC News)


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