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MSNBC Flashback March 4, 2004: Iraq militants claim al-Zarqawi is dead
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in the Sulaimaniyah mountains of northern Iraq “during the American bombing there,” according to a statement circulated in Fallujah this week and signed by the “Leadership of the Allahu Akbar Mujahedeen.”
China Daily flashback 2005-01-04 Al-Zarqawi reportedly arrested in Iraq
Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, whom the US occupation authorities declared to be the "target number one" in Iraq, has been arrested in the city of Baakuba, the Emirate newspaper al-Bayane reported on Tuesday referring to Kurdish sources.
There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.--Walter Cronkite
The newspaper's correspondent in Baghdad points out that a report on the seizure of the terrorist, on whom the US put a bounty of US$10 million, was also reported by Iraqi Kurdistan radio, which at one time had been the first to announce the arrest of Saddam Hussein.
Al-Jazeera June 8, 2006 Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
But analysts believe that despite being a prominent figure in the Iraqi uprising, his influence was often exaggerated by the media.
His organisation was believed to be only 3,000 strong at most and US army officials admitted raising al-Zarqawi's profile by blaming attacks on his group, the Washington Post reported in April.
Reuters June 8, 2006Disbelief in Iraqi hamlet where Zarqawi was killed
"The Americans have a habit of bombing places and then claiming Zarqawi or others were there."
The Jordanian-born militant blamed for some of the most spectacular bombings in Iraq was killed in an American air raid that was announced on Thursday.
Police escorted reporters to the house they said was destroyed in the U.S. air raid. But residents were skeptical.
"Zarqawi. Zarqawi. Zarqawi. That's all we hear about. Zarqawi was not here. This home belonged to displaced people," said a village resident, holding up a teddy bear and a child's knapsack buried in the destruction.
Interesting -A Leading Egyptian Government Daily Al-Akhbar June 17, 2005 "All Evidence Proves that Al-Zarqawi Works for America"
Not really! Vanity Fair The War They Wanted, The Lies They Needed Lengthy read, but worth it.
"All the evidence proves that Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi is working for America, because his victims are Iraqis and not [members of] the coalition forces under the command of the American occupation forces in Iraq. Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi's official title is 'leader of Al-Qa'ida's faction in Iraq.' Osama bin Laden is the commander of the Al-Qa'ida organization, and this proves that [Al-Zarqawi's commander,] bin Laden, has [also] been an American agent ever since he operated against the USSR forces in Afghanistan in favor of the Americans!
"Let's read the statement issued two days ago on behalf of Al-Zarqawi in Iraq after he killed and wounded dozens of people from among the Interior Ministry and Iraqi army forces, by means of booby-trapped cars in a number of cities in Iraq!
"Raising a few questions is unavoidable in order to clarify the situation and [to understand] who this Al-Zarqawi with Jordanian nationality is.
The Bush administration invaded Iraq claiming Saddam Hussein had tried to buy yellowcake uranium in Niger. As much of Washington knew, and the world soon learned, the charge was false. Worse, it appears to have been the cornerstone of a highly successful "black propaganda" campaign with links to the White House.
MSNBC Prissy didn't cite about the "terror attack" on Canada, because she suspected an article like this would be forthcoming...Narrow Escape?
As investigators sift macho talk from hard evidence, Canadian authorities are trying to determine whether there really was a plot to decapitate their prime minister.
Iraq is falling apart and all Dubya wants to do is shill for his base on gay marriage, since he is now worthless on all of their other issues.
Where are all the superheroes?
Is that why they took most of the troops to Iraq...
Is there anyone on team Bush who realizes this country is caught in a war cycle of their own making? And cares?
And on top of the war and the gay marriage issue, the Pope wants to "punish" women who have had abortions and doctors who provided them.
These are some vicious men. Why do men who cannot become pregnant get to determine the "proper punishment" that they advocate for women who have terminated an early unplanned pregnancy...or a later one so deformed there is no chance of functional health?
Is a burning at the stake too extreme punishment for the Pope? It worked in the old days... And what about rapes which result in pregnancy, is the Pope thinking these women should be "punished" too? And the men involved? Pope is mum on them. Jesus preached tolerance, and forgiveness.
Some of these leaders advocate violence as a ready solution to any problem. Makes you really wonder why (when they don't want birth control either) they worry about abortion, instead of pedophilia in the church. Granny, raised in a large Catholic family - now age 85, tells Prissy there were boys back then who would whisper to "stay away from Father so and so".
It is no wonder the Catholic church is in decline-the church does not treat women and children very well. Do they think Jesus would approve?
Prissy has dealt with the victims of child molesters' many, many times in the juvenile prison system. They are very angry youth. Most people do not accept such a bitter injustice well- even if born into it.
About 85% of the girls and about half of the boys in the juvenile system had been abused-sexually and/or physically.
Granny also thinks abortion should be "rare and legal-with plenty of access to birth control." Moreover, who is Prissy to tell Granny she is wrong? She has seen many women suffer needlessly, young mothers dying, leaving other little ones behind.
Do these men think women should suffer? When Prissy asked Granny this she said, "They don't really like women-some may be gay and angry about it. Men who like women would never want them to suffer; anymore than we would wish to see them suffer needlessly. Some confuse their selves with God". Granny is quite the common sense radical.
Prevention is the key and we will never have the programs needed with such prejudiced leaders in office. They really seem to hate everyone who is not them.
ANSA Italy Punish abortion, Vatican said
New document blasts modern attitudes to 'abominable' crime
In a comprehensive overview of Catholic ethics in the area of the family and reproduction, the Vatican railed against an alleged tendency in modern society to see abortion as an ordinary, or even "banal", act.
"Taking this line means denying that the crime... requires a punishment," said the text, which was prepared by the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Vatican department which deals with family issues. "It is not acceptable that a crime should remain unpunished," it continued.
The document - Family and Human Procreation - did not say what sort of punishment should be meted out to women who undergo abortions and the doctors that perform them.
The Catholic Church has always opposed pregnancy terminations, saying that they are equivalent to murder because human life begins with conception.
"By his refusal to participate in the ongoing war, Lt. Watada joins a growing number of high-ranking military officers, West Point graduates and current and former members of the armed services who have expressed their opposition to the actions of the United States in Iraq," Seitz said in a statement released Tuesday.
Watada could be court martialed if he refuses to serve as ordered, unless the Army allows him to resign his commission or assigns him to duties that are not directly connected to the Iraq war, Seitz said.
Watada did not apply for conscientious objector status. "In order to qualify as a conscientious objector you have to be opposed to war in any form, and he is not. He's just opposed to this war," Seitz told The AP.
Paul Boyce, a spokesman in the Army's national public affairs office, said Watada is "not the first officer, not the first enlisted, nor the first soldier" to refuse to deploy.
More about Lt. Watada, also you can thank him for resisting an illegal war-and going public about that resistance. Thank you Lt. Ehren Watada
Wednesday, June 7th U.S. Army First Lieutenant Ehren Watada will become the first commissioned officer to refuse deployment to the unlawful Iraq war and occupation. He will announce his intention to disobey the illegal order to deploy to Iraq in coordinated press conferences in Tacoma, Washington and Honolulu, Hawaii.
The Stephanie Miller show reported it under "conspiracy corner",Wayne Madsen
June 6, 2006 -- Yesterday, George W. Bush, at the last minute, moved his Sanctity of Marriage amendment festivities from the Rose Garden to a much smaller venue in the Old Executive Office Building. The TV camera angles concentrated only on Bush at the dais, no other administration official could be readily seen in the room, including First Lady Laura Bush. Rose Garden ceremonies are usually much more formal affairs with various administration officials, including the First Lady, in attendance. The White House gave no reasonable explanation for the sudden change of plans.
The package includes a promise of Western technical help in developing peaceful civilian nuclear energy if Iran stops enriching uranium, a waiver of U.S. legal restrictions to allow export of some agricultural technology, access to U.S. aircraft parts or new Boeing Co. planes to upgrade Iran's aging fleet and U.S. and European backing for Iran to join the World Trade Organization, diplomats and others said.
The proposal was agreed on last week by the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia - the five veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council, plus Germany. Those nations would be expected to move for Security Council sanctions such as travel and financial restrictions on Iranian officials if Tehran does not take the deal or if negotiations fall apart.
Top Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said the initiative contains "positive steps" but also some "ambiguities."
And...The United States reversed course last week and offered to bargain directly with the Iranians if they first put disputed nuclear development on hold. The Bush administration accuses Iran of bankrolling terrorism and criticizes anti-Semitic statements by its leader.
Cleveland Plain Dealer Blackwell gets brunt of registrants' anger
Gall said ACORN has registered 35,000 voters in six Ohio cities since February. Its goal is 130,000. Samuel Gresham, an attorney for Common Cause, charged that the rules are "part of a consistent pattern, intentionally so," by Blackwell to disenfranchise black, low-income and Democratic voters.
Blackwell's actions, Gresham and others said, are intended to suppress Democratic voter turnout in what is shaping up as a closely contested governor's race between Blackwell, a Republican, and Democratic U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland.
"It appears that Ken Blackwell finally figured out how to deal with long lines on Election Day," said state Democratic Party spokesman Brian Rothenberg. "He's just trying to outright deny people the right to vote now."
Those criticisms brought a scathing response from Blackwell's campaign spokesman, Carlo LoParo.
Where do they keep finding these sell-outs? Ken Blackwell offended most of Ohio's African-American community!
Moscow Times Putin Scolded for Curbing the Press (but takes it like a man)
Putin struck a conciliatory note, saying "the habit of reading a newspaper is a ritual you can't get over."
And he juxtaposed today's political climate with that of the 1990s, which was marked, he said, by a "dictatorship of oligarchic capital."
Putin also suggested that fears of a Soviet-style state clamping down on the press were overblown. Saying there were 53,000 periodicals in Russia, he continued: "It would be absolutely impossible to control all of them, even if the state wanted to." He added that the government's share of the media sector was actually shrinking, not growing.
Despite concerns about holding the conference in Moscow, Putin said, "the press didn't let itself be frightened. It did the responsible thing and came to Moscow."
Key points Â• Family believes the British Government played a part in Hussan's death Â• British Government refused to hold talks with the kidnappers Â• Family campaigning to have those arrested interviewed by UK military police Advert for scotsman.com Rosslyn video podcast Key quote
"We believe the refusal by the British government to open a dialogue with the kidnappers cost our sister her life" Statement given by Margaret Hussan's family yesterday.
AID worker Margaret Hassan, who was murdered in Iraq, died because the British government refused to speak to her kidnappers, her family said yesterday.
Study author Emil Coccaro MD, the Ellen C. Manning professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, says if people explain such explosive outbursts as just bad behaviour, they are not accepting the problem is a serious biomedical one which can be treated.
In order for a person to be diagnosed with IED they must have had three episodes of impulsive aggressiveness which are grossly out of proportion to the situation, such as that seen in cases of road rage or domestic violence, where control is suddenly completely lost and the person breaks or smashes something, hits or tries to hurt someone, or threatens to hurt someone.
And...Among people with this disorder, 81.8 percent also were diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and alcohol or drug abuse disorders.
Lyndon LaRouche issued a public warning on May 24, that an ever-more desperate Bush Administration, led by Vice President Dick Cheney, is seriously planning a preventive military strike against Iran sometime between now and early July. The warning is based on a series of reports from well-placed military and security sources in the United States and Europe, who point to a particular convergence of developments over this period.
First, European security sources have issued dire warnings of serious terrorist disruptions of the scheduled World Cup Soccer tournament, which takes place in a dozen German cities from early June through early July. These widely publicized soccer events are believed to be targetted by so-called hooligan gangs, neo-Nazi youth, and possibly by "Islamist" organizations, according to these security specialists. LaRouche pointed out that all of these countergangs have strong ties to the same European Synarchist financial circles who financed the Mussolini, Hitler,
Franco, and Vichy fascist organizations during the 1922-1945 period. The heirs of those Synarchist financiers today are actively involved in promoting a resurgence of a new international fascist apparatus, which was already linked to the Madrid, Spain bombings of March 11, 2004, and which capability extends to Italy and parts of South America, as well as into the Islamic world.
This Synarchist apparatus also has special capabilities inside Mexico, dating back to the Mussolini and Hitler period, which still remain deeply embedded in the political and social fabric of that country.
U.S. military and intelligence sources have also reported that, during the month of June, three American and one French naval aircraft carrier groups will be converging on Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf waters near Iran. Thus, military assets will be in place, during that time frame, to launch a short-notice attack, ostensibly in "retaliation" for terrorist actions which would be linked to the Tehran regime.
Here's a new one Liberty News TV
Mercury News- One fine media org Congress turns a deaf ear to need for Internet neutrality
Tech giants such as Amazon, eBay, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have urged Congress to enact so-called ``Internet neutrality'' principles that would keep that guarantee alive. The House committee in charge of telecommunications policy refused to do so Wednesday.
Without such principles, the burgeoning but still nascent world of online video may never get off the ground. Instead of inventive start-ups sprouting everywhere to deliver video content in innovative ways to more people and more devices, the cable and phone firms would be in a position to pick winners and losers. And it's a safe bet that they won't give anyone who threatens their own video business a shot a being a winner.
There's far too much at stake to leave the Internet's future to the whims of the handful of companies that control online access. Congress must make Internet neutrality the law of the land.
CAIRO, June 6 (Xinhua) -- Terje Roed-Larsen, the special envoy of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the Middle East, warned that the Mideast region was in a more dangerous and complex situation than before, the English daily Egyptian Gazette reported on Tuesday.
Larsen said that conflicts in the Middle East had escalated and become intertwined and there would be no solution for one conflict without resolving the others, according the report.
"We should deal with these conflicts as a whole and intensify our joint efforts to settle them," Larsen added.
Did your rep make the list? If so, what were their motives-truth or consequences? OATH FOR ACCESS TO CLASSIFIED INFORMATION
Here are a few of the interesting ones:Roy Blunt,Sherrod Brown, Randy ``Duke'' Cunningham, Tom DeLay,Barney Frank, Katherine Harris,J. Dennis Hastert, David L. Hobson, Jesse L. Jackson, Jr., Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Marcy Kaptur,Jerry Lewis,Cynthia McKinney, John P. Murtha, Ron Paul, Nancy Pelosi, Deborah Pryce,Charles B. Rangel, Dana Rohrabacher,Jean Schmidt,Patrick J. Tiberi, Ted Strickland, Maxine Waters, Henry A. Waxman, Curt Weldon.
If your a "good guy" that didn't make the list, Prissy is sorry she overlooked you. If you are a "bad guy" then Prissy is hoping while she may have overlooked you, the special prosecutor did not.
WASHINGTON, June 6, 2006 — U.S. military investigators believe the killing of an Iraqi civilian on April 26 was planned by a small group of Marines who shot the man and then planted a shovel and an AK-47 rifle at the scene, a senior Pentagon official said Tuesday.
The official, who has direct knowledge of the investigation under way by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, said evidence found thus far indicates Marines entered the town of Hamdaniya in search of an insurgent and, failing to find him, grabbed an unarmed man from his home and shot him.
The AK-47 and the shovel, which were taken from another home before the shooting, were meant to make it look like the man had been digging a hole for a roadside bomb and was killed in an exchange of gunfire, the official said.
Is it any wonder John Murtha, 37 year Marine corp veteran was outraged at this behavior? All normal people are.
Prison Planet Former CIA Analyst Says Iran Strike Set For June Or July
Former CIA analyst and Presidential advisor Ray McGovern, fresh from his heated public confrontation with Donald Rumsfeld, fears that staged terror attacks across Europe and the US are probable in order to justify the Bush administration's plan to launch a military strike against Iran, which he thinks will take place in June or July.
Appearing on The Alex Jones Show, McGovern was asked about the timetable for war in Iran and said that behind the diplomatic smokescreen, the final chess pieces were being moved into position.
"There is already one carrier task force there in the Gulf, two are steaming toward it at the last report I have at least - they will all be there in another week or so."
"The propaganda has been laid, the aircraft carriers are in place, it doesn't take much to fly the bombers out of British and US bases - cruse missiles are at the ready, Israel is egging us on," said McGovern.
The Better Late Than Never Gang AKA the American Bar Association from Boston.com Bar group will review Bush's legal challenges
WASHINGTON -- The board of governors of the American Bar Association voted unanimously yesterday to investigate whether President Bush has exceeded his constitutional authority in reserving the right to ignore more than 750 laws that have been enacted since he took office.
Meeting in New Orleans, the board of governors for the world's largest association of legal professionals approved the creation of an all-star legal panel with a number of members from both political parties.
They include a former federal appeals court chief judge, a former FBI director, and several prominent scholars -- to evaluate Bush's assertions that he has the power to ignore laws that conflict with his interpretation of the Constitution.
Bush has appended statements to new laws when he signs them, noting which provisions he believes interfere with his powers.
There goes Annie, showing his fanny to Matt Luar- Crooks and Liars Crooks and Liars-Matt Laur/Coulter Interview
LAUER: On the 9-11 widows, an in particular a group that had been critical of the administration:" These self-obsessed women seem genuinely unaware that 9-11 was an attack on our nation and acted like as if the terrorist attack only happened to them. They believe the entire country was required to marinate in their exquisite personal agony. Apparently, denouncing bush was part of the closure process."
LAUER:And this part is the part I really need to talk to you about: "These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by griefparrazies. I have never seen people enjoying their husband’s death so much."
Because they dare to speak out?
COULTER: To speak out using the fact they are widows. This is the left's doctrine of infallibility. If they have a point to make about the 9-11 commission, about how to fight the war on terrorism, how about sending in somebody we are allowed to respond to> No-No-No. We always have to respond to someone who just had a family member die--
LAUER: But aren't they in the middle of the story?...
Dearest Readers, now Matt is beginning to catch on...Prissy is so proud of him.
Hey Trannie, where's your man? Why no Mr. Coulter? Dearest readers know why...
Intervention Magazine The Religious Right Is Un-American The idea of America as a Christian nation was anathema to the Founding Fathers, as it should be to all Americans. By Joseph Smigelski
When we see the words "religious" and "religion" in the Constitution, it is in the context of a warning against the use of religious pressure as a weapon of tyranny. Thomas Jefferson, a leading voice behind including the Bill of Rights as an addendum to the Constitution, was adamant about building a "wall of separation" between church and state. In an 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptist Association, Jefferson wrote:
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his god, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.
When Jefferson wrote the following words that are carved on his memorial in Washington, D.C., he was specifically referring to the tyranny of state-sponsored religion:
No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship or ministry or shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief, but all men shall be free to profess and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion.
UK Times Online We must mention war, says emperorJapan's head of state has spoken out to help his country to confront its violent past
“During the Second World War, many people died in Asia, including Japan,” the Emperor said. “This has always pained my heart. We should not forget this history, and countries must co-operate with each other for the sake of a peaceful world without any conflict.”
As the “symbol of the state and of the unity of the people” under Japan’s postwar, American-drafted constitution, Emperor Akihito is barred from any direct political utterance, to the frustration of Japanese ultranationalists. But over the years, between the lines of official speeches and press conferences, the 72-year-old Emperor has shown himself to be a man of liberal disposition, concerned about the suffering unleashed by the war and anxious to restore Japan’s good name.
In the past he has sought to mend bridges by referring to the Korean blood that flows through the Japanese imperial line, and by talking of the dark days of the 1930s when Japanese machinations in China were used as a justification for the annexation of Manchuria.
South Carolina ETC.: Military families, candidates and more
Memorial Day snub of military families
Military families from across the country were in Washington on May 11 and 12. Their loved ones were killed or wounded in Iraq, or mentally harmed, or committed suicide, served honorably or continue to serve. Military and Gold Star families’ organizations scheduled meetings with representatives, senators or congressional staff. Our purpose was to remind the Congress of the human costs of the war.
One group included a family whose son was killed and another whose son came home and committed suicide. Phone calls for meetings with our senators, Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint, were not returned or were denied respectively. When we met with Rep. Jim Clyburn’s staff, a mother was told he was out of town until the next week. The congressman stepped off the elevator as we left. Neglect is bipartisan. Congressman John Spratt was the only one whose staff met with us again. We had met with him there last September.
Our military families and Iraq veterans will continue to remind the Congress of the contrived war and of the Congress’ complicity. The betrayal of our soldiers, families and Constitution must not continue. The neglectful Congress must end the misuse of our soldiers and thus its abuse of Memorial Days. It must end the hypocrisy of the stagnant Congress itself.
WADE H. FULMER
They cannot answer military families questions on the grounds of self-incrimination and they know that we know...
Perhaps this is why they are too busy to meet with military families...Charleston, SC News Capitol Hill 'power trips'
Although South Carolina lawmakers are nowhere near the lead nationally in the number of trips or in total dollar amount recorded, two stood out: Democratic 6th District U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn and Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham.
But they don't lead the pack. Take a look: Privately funded trips for leading South Carolina congressmen and their offices, 2000-2005: Office Trips Value U.S. Rep James Clyburn (D) 89 $222,300 Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) 60 $140,000 Sen. Ernest Hollings (D) ret. 44 $104,300 Sen. Jim DeMint (R) 34 $ 64,000 Rep. Henry Brown (R) 12 $11,400
Offices taking more than $350,000 in travel, 2000-2005: Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y. Rep. Michael Oxley, R-Ohio Rep. W.J. Tauzin, R-La.* Rep. William Thomas, R-Calif. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Fla. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska
Offices taking more than 200 trips: Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio Rep. Larry Combest, R-Texas* Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. Rep. Michael Oxley, R-Ohio Rep. W.J. Tauzin, R-La.* Rep. William Thomas, R-Calif. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska * No longer in Congress
You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free.--Clarence Darrow
We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.--Dwight D. Eisenhower
We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.--Edward R. Murrow
We must not believe the many, who say that only free people ought to be educated, but we should rather believe the philosophers who say that only the educated are free.--Epictetus, Greek philosopher (55-135)Whilst still a slave, Epictetus studied with the Stoic teacher Musonius Rufus
Any existence deprived of freedom is a kind of death. --Lebanese military commander and politician
Al-Zarqawi, leader of the terrorist group Al-Tawhid Wa'al-Jihad, was recently appointed the director of the Al-Qaeda organisation in Iraq.