4.3.06

Worries over India nuke deal

Worries over India nuke deal -- Newsday.com:

"Under the new pact, India would receive international supplies of technology and fuel. And because India could choose which reactors would be declared civilian or military, it could actually use reactors that create the most fissile materials as a by-product of their operations to build atomic weapons. Under the accord, at least two 'breeder' reactors capable of producing large amounts of plutonium would not be subject to monitoring.

'India got everything and they gave nothing,' said Joseph Cirincione of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 'The president has sold out U.S. national security interests for a handful of mangoes.'"

Blair cannot be sure that God is with him

Telegraph | Opinion | Blair cannot be sure that God is with him:

"The danger is when politicians pray in aid the Almighty as the only agency capable of judging them. The appeal to the authority of God - like the appeal to the 'eternal court of history', famously invoked by Hitler at his trial in 1924 - can easily become the means of avoiding public censure."

Worse than Saddam

View from the Loft: Worse than Saddam?:

"Many, many voices predicted this kind of violence, warned against it, pointed out historical examples ad nauseum, but the chickenhawks didn't want to hear it, so in love were they with the noble ideas of freedom and democracy fed to them by the cynics who knew better but wanted their unthinking support. Does anyone really believe that Donald Rumsfeld, of all people, has ever given a damn about abstractions like freedom and democracy? If you think that, I invite you to look at some of the nations we call our allies, such as Uzbekhistan or those Middle Eastern monarchies the Bushies play footsie wjavascript:void(0);
Publish Post ith. No, all those idealistic notions were merely used to intensify the calls for war by those who are easily led to enthusiastically respond to appeals to American idealism. Shame on the architects of this disastrous war and 'foreign policy,' if such an incoherent set of actions can be dignified by the name.

And those supporters who cheered on this vicious and unnecessary war can take their stock phrases 'At least we got rid of Saddam' and 'Would you rather have Saddam in charge?' and stick them where the sun don't shine. I'd be willing to bet that right now there are more than a few Iraqis who would do anything to trade the present-day chaos for what their lives were like under Saddam."

a view on pakistan

Jihad Unspun - A Clear View On The US War On "Terrorism":

"If the riots continue and grow, the Pakistani security forces responsible for containing them will at some point go over and join the rioters. Musharraf will try to get the last plane out; perhaps he will find Texas a congenial place of exile. If he doesn't make that plane, his head will serve as a football, not just of the political variety.

A new Pakistani government, in quest of legitimacy, will understand that comes from opposing Bush's America, not getting in bed with it. Osama will be the new honorary President of Pakistan, de facto if not de jure. Our, and NATO's operation in Afghanistan will become strategically unsustainable overnight. That nice Mr. Karzai will, one hopes, find a seat on a C-17.

The fall of Pakistan to militant Islam will be a strategic disaster greater than anything possible in Iraq, even losing an army. It will be a greater disaster than a war with Iran that costs us our army in Iraq. Osama and Co. will have nukes, missiles to deliver them, the best conventional armed forces in the Moslem world and an impregnable base for operations anywhere else. As North Korea's Dear Leader has shown the world, nobody messes with you if you have nukes. Uncle Sam takes off his battle rattle and asks Beijing, or somebody, if they can possibly sponsor some talks."

Lethal ‘flying gunships’ returning to Iraq - Conflict in Iraq

Lethal ‘flying gunships’ returning to Iraq - Conflict in Iraq - MSNBC.com:

"The gunships were designed primarily for battlefield use to place saturated fire on massed troops. In Vietnam, for example, they were deployed against North Vietnamese supply convoys along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, where the Air Force claimed to have destroyed 10,000 trucks over several years.

The use of AC-130s in places like Fallujah, urban settings where insurgents may be among crowded populations of noncombatants, has been criticized by human rights groups."

torture at guantanamo

village voice > news > Liberty Beat by Nat Hentoff:

"'America's idea of what is torture is not the same as ours and does not appear to coincide with that of most civilized nations.'"

3.3.06

welcome to pakistan


REUTERS/Saeed Ali Achakzai

Pakistan does not want Bush

Daily Times - Site Edition:

"It might be a matter of some surprise for the uninitiated to witness the strength of the opposition to Bush’s visit to India. It is not only Muslims or only the left-wing parties that are protesting his visit. Many conservative nationalists are among the demonstrators. Among other things, they are protesting his visit to Gandhi’s tomb arguing that Mr Bush is the exact anti-thesis of Gandhi. A warmonger responsible for thousands of innocent deaths, they assert, has no business ‘desecrating’ the shrine to a renowned pacifist. It is certainly no surprise to those aware of the very large and very outspoken ‘civil society’ in India, which regrettably has no parallel in Pakistan."

Pakistanis revile Bush visit

Pakistanis revile Bush visit -- Newsday.com:

"But if there is a good time for a presidential arrival to showcase such a broad friendship, it seems not to be seven weeks after U.S. forces fired missiles into a Pakistani village near the Afghan border. The attack, aimed at wiping out a top al-Qaida leader, instead killed at least 12 local residents, including women and children. Last month, when protests mushroomed against the publication in Europe of caricatures of the Muslim prophet Muhammad, anger at the missile strike helped militant Islamic politicians here convert the demonstrations into violent outbursts against the United States and Musharraf.

Even before the missile attack, Pakistani opinion polls and analysts have registered simmering anger at the United States for years over the deaths of Muslim civilians and abuse of Muslim prisoners at the hands of U.S. forces in Iraq or Afghanistan.

The mix of old anger and new was on display in the hours before Bush landed.

Pakistan's alliance of Islamic political parties, the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal, called a general strike Friday that left bazaars shuttered and streets empty in Islamabad and other cities. In Multan, in southern Punjab province, the alliance leader, Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, rallied 10,000 people and criticized Musharraf for inviting an American leader he said had abused Muslims. In Rawalpindi, next to Islamabad, as in Chaman on the Afghan border and Peshawar in the northwest, crowds ranging from 100 to several thousand shouted 'Death to Bush,' 'Bush go home' and other condemnation."

"20th Hijacker" Claims That Torture Made Him Lie

TIME.com: Exclusive: "20th Hijacker" Claims That Torture Made Him Lie -- Page 1:

here is a link to the report

"For most of his confinement at Guantanamo, al-Qahtani, like other 'enemy combatants,' has been in legal limbo, never charged with a crime, unrepresented by legal counsel and without any recourse to U.S. courts. But a source has told TIME that last year his father in Saudi Arabia approached the Center for Constitutional Rights, a New York-based nonprofit organization, which has provided al-Qahtani with a lawyer.

That lawyer, Gitanjali S. Gutierrez, a CCR staff attorney, has already filed a challege in federal court, in the District of Columbia, to al-Qahtani's detention. She has also visited him twice at Guantanamo, first in December 2005 and again in January of this year. After spending more than 30 hours talking with him through an interpreter, she told TIME that al-Qahtani today appears to be a broken man, fearful and at times disoriented — someone who has 'painfully described how he could not endure the months of isolation, torture and abuse, during which he was nearly killed, before making false statements to please his interrogators.'"

Florida whore from 2000 election under investigation

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/politics/3698148.html

U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris said Thursday she did not knowingly do anything wrong in her associations with a defense contractor who prosecutors say illegally funneled thousands of dollars to her campaign in 2004.

Questions about the donations have arisen as Harris, the former Florida secretary of state who oversaw the 2000 presidential election recount, tries to unseat U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.

"You're doing a great job, Rummy"

World News Article | Reuters.co.uk:

"U.S. authorities at Guantanamo Bay strapped Mohammed Bawazir's legs, arms, head and midsection into a chair for as long as two hours each time they force fed him during his hunger strike, the Yemeni said.

They inserted a tube through his nose and into his stomach, inflicting unbearable pain, according to a court filing to a judge weighing on Friday Bawazir's contention that he was tortured when he was force fed at the U.S. naval base.

Denied access to a toilet while restrained, he received nutritional formula plus four bottles of water at each feeding, causing Bawazir to repeatedly urinate and defecate on his clothes, the filing said."

Top CIA Official Under Investigation

ABC News: Top CIA Official Under Investigation:

"As executive director of the CIA, Foggo oversees the administration of the giant spy agency. He was appointed to the post by CIA director Porter Goss after working as a mid-level procurement supervisor, according to former CIA officials.

While based in Frankfurt, Germany, he oversaw and approved contracts for CIA operations in Iraq."

welcome to pakistan...

Protests to greet Bush in Pakistan

IBNLive : Protests to greet Bush in Pakistan:

"Anti-US protests erupted across Pakistan, with crowds burning American flags and chanting 'Death to Bush' hours before US President George W Bush was to arrive for a visit to show solidarity in the war on terror.

Police swung batons as they dispersed about 1,000 protesters, mostly students, in the city of Rawalpindi, just a few kilometers from where Bush's plane was expected to land.

Some chanted 'Killer go back' and 'Death to America' during the half-hour protest."

2.3.06

Intelligence agencies warned about growing local insurgency in late 2003

KR Washington Bureau | 02/28/2006 | Intelligence agencies warned about growing local insurgency in late 2003:

"U.S. intelligence agencies repeatedly warned the White House beginning more than two years ago that the insurgency in Iraq had deep local roots, was likely to worsen and could lead to civil war, according to former senior intelligence officials who helped craft the reports.

Among the warnings, Knight Ridder has learned, was a major study, called a National Intelligence Estimate, completed in October 2003 that concluded that the insurgency was fueled by local conditions - not foreign terrorists- and drew strength from deep grievances, including the presence of U.S. troops."

welcome to india...

Gonzales rapped for letter suggesting additional secret programs

JURIST - Paper Chase: Gonzales rapped for letter suggesting additional secret programs:

Sen Leahy: "It is no secret that the Department of Justice has exhibited a disturbingly arrogant pattern of unresponsiveness to questions that I and other Democratic Senators have posed on many issues in the past. Congress has a constitutional duty to conduct oversight of this Administration in order to ensure its accountability to all Americans. Indeed, the Democratic members of the Committee are still waiting for answers to questions we posed following your February 6th hearing that were due yesterday."

Anti-Bush anger spills onto Delhi streets

Anti-Bush anger spills onto Delhi streets:

"Che Guevara t-shirts brush against torn kurtas, jeans rub fabric with khadi pyajamas as the posters scream: 'Killer Bush go back', 'Global terrorist Bush', 'Hands off Iran'.

And chants against the most powerful man echo in the late winter weather of the Indian capital.

'Bush is a killer in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has killed innocent women and children,' says Sudhir Kumar, a college student. 'Bush only wants profits. He is coming to India to see that Americans get a toehold in Kashmir,' adds the agitating young man. "

1.3.06

The President's Indian Fantasy

The President's Indian Fantasy - The rash nukes pledge is typical of Bush's strategic shortsightedness. By Fred Kaplan:

"India faces staggering energy demands over the coming decade, yet it lacks the resources to meet them. The Nonproliferation Treaty obliges the existing nuclear-armed powers—including the United States—to supply such resources to the treaty's signatories, under specific terms of inspection, as a reward for forgoing nuclear weaponry. However, India already has an arsenal of A-bombs, and it never signed the NPT.

Bush and Singh dealt with this dilemma last summer by simply ignoring it. India, their joint statement declared, would be treated 'as a responsible state with advanced nuclear technology' and should therefore be allowed to 'acquire the same benefits and advantages as other such states.'

In other words, India would receive the same rewards as countries that had signed the NPT—without actually having to sign it and thus to put up with its restraints. (America's reward would be that India buys the nuclear materials, as well as a lot of other products, from U.S. companies.) The deal violates the NPT—and a treaty governing the Nuclear Suppliers' Group, an organization of 44 nations that sets rules on importing and exporting nuclear materials."

Bush arrives to mass protest in India

Bush arrives to mass protest in India | WORLD | NEWS | tvnz.co.nz:

"About 100,000 Muslim men, many of them wearing prayer caps, gathered in a public ground in the heart of the Indian capital shouting anti-Bush slogans.

'Go back, Bush', 'Bush is a killer', 'Bully Bush, buzz off', 'Bush, stop the ambush', they shouted as hundreds of policemen in riot gear kept watch.

'The people of the country do not want this killer of innocent men, women and children to come here,' one man said.

In the eastern city of Kolkata, a leftist stronghold, about 25,000 communist supporters converged on the city centre to take part in a public meeting organised by the 'Committee Against Bush Visit'.

'Under President Bush, the U.S. continues to occupy Iraq and oppress its people. It threatens Syria and has targeted Iran on the issue of its nuclear programme,' the committee said in a statement.

'The Indian government is shamefully succumbing to US imperialist pressures,' it said. "

A Clear View of Guantanamo

Jihad Unspun - A Clear View On The US War On "Terrorism":


"Every prisoner I've interviewed claims to have been badly beaten and subjected to treatment that only could be called torture, by Americans, from the first day of U.S. captivity in Pakistan and Afghanistan. They said they were hung by their wrists and beaten, hung by their ankles and beaten, stripped naked and paraded before female guards, and given electric shocks. At least three claimed to have been beaten again upon arrival in Guantanamo. One of my clients, Fayiz Al Kandari, now 27, said his ribs were broken during an interrogation in Pakistan. I felt the indentation in his ribs. 'Beat me all you want, just give me a hearing,' he said he told his interrogators. "

Blair wants Guantanamo shut down

Aljazeera.Net - Blair wants Guantanamo shut down:

"'I hope the judicial process can be put in place which means that Guantanamo Bay can close - as I think it should for the reasons I have given.'"

Bush Warned Fully About Katrina

AP Gets Video: Bush Warned Fully About Katrina: "In dramatic and sometimes agonizing terms, federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees, put lives at risk in New Orleans' Superdome and overwhelm rescuers, according to confidential video footage"

Iraqi Civil War

Bloomberg.com: Top Worldwide: "``There are those who want a civil war in Iraq,'' Abdul Salam al-Kubaisi, a spokesman for the group, said at a news conference today in Baghdad carried live by al-Jazeera television. ``The problem isn't with Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds or Turkomen. It's with the Shiite leaders of this country and with America, which is completely cooperating with them.'"

Rights group reports 98 deaths of detainees in US custody

JURIST - Paper Chase: Rights group reports 98 deaths of detainees in US custody:

"Human Rights First summarizes its key findings as follows:

* Commanders have failed to report deaths of detainees in the custody of their command, reported the deaths only after a period of days and sometimes weeks, or actively interfered in efforts to pursue investigations;

* Investigators have failed to interview key witnesses, collect useable evidence, or maintain evidence that could be used for any subsequent prosecution;

* Record keeping has been inadequate, further undermining chances for effective investigation or appropriate prosecution;

* Overlapping criminal and administrative investigations have compromised chances for accountability;

* Overly broad classification of information and other investigation restrictions have left CIA and Special Forces essentially immune from accountability;

* Agencies have failed to disclose critical information, including the cause or circumstance of death, in close to half the cases examined;

* Effective punishment has often been too little and too late."

Bush Surveillance Links

White House "discovers" 250 emails related to Plame leak

White House "discovers" 250 emails related to Plame leak:

"Sources close to the probe said the White House 'discovered' the emails two weeks ago and turned them over to Fitzgerald last week. The sources added that the emails could prove that Cheney lied to FBI investigators when he was interviewed about the leak in early 2004. Cheney said that he was unaware of any effort to discredit Wilson or unmask his wife's undercover status to reporters."

Senators Question Gonzales On Abramoff Ties To Administration

Think Progress LETTER: Senators Question Gonzales On Abramoff Ties To Administration: "Senators Question Gonzales On Abramoff Ties To Administration"

27.2.06

Bush Ratings At All-Time Low

CBS News | Poll: Bush Ratings At All-Time Low | February 27, 2006�21:24:15:

"The latest CBS News poll finds President Bush's approval rating has fallen to an all-time low of 34 percent, while pessimism about the Iraq war has risen to a new high. "

26.2.06

Scottish Paper Gets Report on Bush Bicycle Crash That Injured Constable

Scottish Paper Gets Report on Bush Bicycle Crash That Injured Constable:

"'In Scotland, an accident such as the one at Gleneagles could have led to police action. Earlier this year, Strathclyde Police issued three fixed penalty notices to errant cyclists as part of a crack-down on rogue riders. Legal experts also suggested lesser mortals could have ended up with a fixed penalty fine, prosecution, or at least a good ticking-off from officers.' "

War in Error

War in Error:

"It’s hard to tell which more vividly testifies to this president’s stupefying hubris: his self-proclaimed mission to democratize the Middle East or his claim that his administration is reinventing war. It’s probably a toss-up. The truth is that war remains today what it has always been: fraught with risk, uncertainty, and chance. When the unexpected happens, bystanders with the misfortune to be in the wrong place at the wrong time are most likely to suffer the consequences."

Scottish Paper Gets Report on Bush Bicycle Crash That Injured Constable