August 21st, 2008


DoJ orders FBI to spy on US citizens even 'without any basis for suspicion'

The New York Times

August 21, 2008

New Guidelines Would Give F.B.I. Broader Powers


WASHINGTON — A Justice Department plan would loosen restrictions on the Federal Bureau of Investigation to allow agents to open a national security or criminal investigation against someone without any clear basis for suspicion, Democratic lawmakers briefed on the details said Wednesday.

The plan, which could be made public next month, has already generated intense interest and speculation. Little is known about its precise language, but civil liberties advocates say they fear it could give the government even broader license to open terrorism investigations.

Congressional staff members got a glimpse of some of the details in closed briefings this month, and four Democratic senators told Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey in a letter on Wednesday that they were troubled by what they heard.


Cops drop plans for razor-wire holding cells at the Democratic convention

No razor wire at Denver convention holding cells

By P. SOLOMON BANDA – 13 hours ago

DENVER (AP) — Police have dropped plans to top the holding cells in place for use during next week's Democratic convention with razor wire after some groups started comparing the site to the detention facility for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

"We rethought those plans and came up with a way to put a lid on the cells instead of the razor wire," Denver Undersheriff William Lovingier said Wednesday as he led reporters on a tour of the cells in a city warehouse that will be the "Temporary Arrestee Processing Site."

The cells will be topped with chain-link fencing, the same material used to make the cell walls.


Suicide Attack at Pakistan Arms Plant Kills 60 People

The New York Times

August 22, 2008


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — At least 60 people were killed and scores injured when two suicide attackers blew themselves up Thursday outside the entry gates of Pakistan’s largest military munitions plant, the police and hospital officials said. The brazen, coordinated attack, the latest on a military target, was the deadliest in the country in more than a year. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.

The bombings came just days after the resignation of President Pervez Musharraf, leaving two rival political parties in the governing coalition haggling over the question of succession and adding a new layer of turbulence to an unstable, nuclear-armed nation. Neither party has been anxious to take on the campaign against the militants, which is seen here as an American conflict foisted on the country.

The large military compound is located in the city of Wah, in the same district as the city of Rawalpindi, where Pakistan’s military has its headquarters. The attack occurred during the afternoon rush hour at a shift change, while workers were exiting the compound gates.


US raid kills at least 20 civilians Afghan civilians


US raid 'killed Afghan civilians'

Karzai said that attacks by foreign forces had only succeeded in killing civilians [EPA]

At least 20 civilians have been killed in an air attack by US-led troops in Afghanistan's Laghman province, according to Afghan officials.

The official disputed a statement by US military forces on Thursday that said more than 30 fighters were killed in the attack, which took place a day earlier.

A US-military spokesman said he had no knowledge of the non-combatant deaths.


Leading economic indicators fell sharply in July

30 minutes ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A private business group says its measure of the economy's health fell more than expected in July, pushed lower by declines in the stock market, drops in new building permits and rising unemployment.

The New York-based Conference Board's forecast of future economic activity fell 0.7 percent, far short of the consensus estimate of a 0.2 percent decline by Wall Street economists surveyed by Thomson/IFR.

Revised June data showed no change to the index, which has slipped 0.9 percent for the six months ending in July.


House report: Bush signing statements often 'broad and unsubstantiated'

The Bush Administration’s use of presidential signing statements to indicate disapproval of enacted legislation has generated confusion and has undermined congressional oversight of national defense policy, the House Armed Services Committee said in a report this week (pdf).

One problem is that the Bush White House often fails to articulate the basis of its objections or their specific application in practice, the report said, terming White House objections “broad and unsubstantiated.”

“The functionality of a signing statement is greatly reduced if it is too vague to identify the concerns of the President and the interpretation of the law that the President is trying to convey to the executive branch,” the Committee report said.




Ron Paul: Physical opposition to gov't may become necessary

By Peter Duveen

PETER'S NEW YORK, August 20, 2008--In a radio interview today, U.S. congressman Ron Paul said it may become necessary for citizens to resort to physical opposition if the government continues to erode civil liberties and commit international acts of aggression.

Asked by radio show host Alex Jones if he believed in the use of violence or other physical action to oppose an unjust government, Paul, a one-time presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party and a contender for the Republican presidential nomination until he dropped out of the race earlier this year, answered in the affirmative.

"Well, there's always that possibility that that time will come." he said. "I believe in that."


Just A Few Speculators Dominate Oil Market

A Few Speculators Dominate Vast Market for Oil Trading

By David Cho

Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, August 21, 2008; A01

Regulators had long classified a private Swiss energy conglomerate called Vitol as a trader that primarily helped industrial firms that needed oil to run their businesses.

But when the Commodity Futures Trading Commission examined Vitol's books last month, it found that the firm was in fact more of a speculator, holding oil contracts as a profit-making investment rather than a means of lining up the actual delivery of fuel. Even more surprising to the commodities markets was the massive size of Vitol's portfolio -- at one point in July, the firm held 11 percent of all the oil contracts on the regulated New York Mercantile Exchange.

The discovery revealed how an individual financial player had gained enormous sway over the oil market without the knowledge of regulators. Other CFTC data showed that a significant amount of trading activity was concentrated in the hands of just a few speculators.



Cafferty Highlights Viewer Who Wants Bush 'Executed for Treason'

Photo of Brent Baker.
By Brent Baker
August 6, 2008 - 02:04 ET

Deciding to showcase the allegations in Ron Suskind's new book which “says President Bush committed an impeachable offense” by ordering “the CIA to forge a letter to bolster his case for the war in Iraq,” CNN's Jack Cafferty posed as one of his “Cafferty File” questions on Tuesday: “What does it mean, do you suppose, if the White House did, in fact, order the CIA to forge a letter in order to bolster its case for the war in Iraq?” (Anchor Wolf Blitzer marveled: “We're just hearing now, Jack, that there may be an effort in the Congress to now go ahead and have some hearings on this explosive, explosive charge.”)

All the responses Cafferty highlighted later in the hour presumed the accuracy of Suskind's claims and condemned President Bush, including “Kirk,” who asserted:

If true, then Bush, Cheney, et cetera deserved to be clapped in irons, held for trial and executed for treason.


Rep. Tubbs Jones Dies

By M.R. KROPKO – 6 hours ago

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first black woman to represent Ohio in Congress and a strong critic of the Iraq war, died Wednesday after a brain hemorrhage, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Tubbs Jones, 58, died Wednesday evening of a brain hemorrhage caused by an aneurysm that burst and left her with limited brain function, said Eileen Sheil, a spokeswoman for the Cleveland Clinic, which owns the Huron Hospital in East Cleveland where Tubbs Jones died.

"Throughout the course of the day and into this evening, Congresswoman Tubbs Jones' medical condition declined," Sheil said in a statement from the clinic and Tubbs Jones' family.


FREE GAZA IN THE MEDIA (UPDATES): Cyprus lets activists sail to Gaza, despite Israeli siege


'Don't give dictators money to oppress us': Egyptian-American dissident

"Don't give dictators money to oppress us."
Egypt's Unchecked Repression

By Saad Eddin Ibrahim

Thursday, August 21, 2008; A15

Editor's note: A year ago today, The Post published the following op-ed by the Egyptian scholar Saad Eddin Ibrahim. This month, an Egyptian judge sentenced the 69-year-old Ibrahim to two years in prison, with hard labor, for harming the country's reputation through his writings in the "foreign press"; 20 additional charges, some of which could carry the death penalty, are pending. The Post reposts the piece to show what is deemed offensive speech by Hosni Mubarak's government.

This month marked the fourth anniversary of the disappearance of Egyptian journalist Reda Hilal. Rumors about the involvement of a secret government death squad tasked with silencing detractors of the ruling Mubarak family in this and other disappearances -- such as that of Libyan dissident Mansour Kikhia in Cairo in 1993 -- have spiked in recent weeks.

On Aug. 8, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights reported that it had confirmed more than 500 cases of police abuse since 1993, including 167 deaths -- three of which took place this year -- that the group "strongly suspects were the result of torture and mistreatment." The organization previously found that, while Egypt's population nearly doubled during the first 25 years of Hosni Mubarak's regime, the number of prisons grew more than fourfold and that the number of detainees held for more than one year without charge or indictment grew to more than 20,000.


Ringing Russia with puppet states will lead to war, destruction of liberty and perhaps life on earth

I Resign From the Mont Pelerin Society

by Paul Craig Roberts

I have come to the conclusion that the Mont Pelerin Society is no longer an effective force for freedom, becoming instead another tool in behalf of US hegemony, ringing Russia with US military bases and puppet governments in the name of "supporting democracy." As far as I am aware, the MPS has not addressed the Bush administration's assault on US civil liberties or the disrespect the Bush administration has shown for the US Constitution and international law, particularly the Geneva Conventions. Nor has the society taken exception to US wars of aggression in behalf of undeclared agendas.

I don't see how the society can function in behalf of liberty when its long-time Treasurer is so closely associated with the Republican Party, now thoroughly neoconized. The alacrity with which the Heritage Foundation jumped on the Bush administration's propaganda bandwagon about "the Russian invasion of Georgia" epitomizes the new association of "freedom" with American hegemony.

As Secretary of State Rice put it (according to Matthew Lee, AP News, August 18, 16:17 EST), "'We are not going to allow Russia to draw a new line at those states that are not yet integrated into the trans-Atlantic structures', she said, referring to Georgia and Ukraine, which have not yet joined NATO or the European Union but would like to."


McCain doesn't know how many houses he owns, but Obama's the elitist?

McCain unsure how many houses he owns


Asked how many houses he owned, John McCain replied, "I think — I'll have my staff get to you."

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in an interview Wednesday that he was uncertain how many houses he and his wife, Cindy, own.

"I think — I'll have my staff get to you," McCain told Politico in Las Cruces, N.M. "It's condominiums where — I'll have them get to you."

The correct answer is at least four, located in Arizona, California and Virginia, according to his staff. Newsweek estimated this summer that the couple owns at least seven properties.


Charity Raids Coordinated by the US and Financed by the EU

By Kawther Salam • Aug 20th, 2008 at 17:03 • Category: Israel, Palestine, Somoud: Arab Voices of Resistance

Following the interchanging of the roles of coordination between the Israeli occupation and the Palestinian Authority, the Israeli occupation raided the Palestinian charities of Hebron, Nablus, Ramallah and Jenin in the West Bank cities, closing, vandalizing, looting, destroying, and transferring their respective properties to the Israeli military central command Gadi Shamni, and the Palestinian Authority lead by the appointed Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, who is lead by the American criminals Lt. Gen. William Fraser and Lt. General Keith Dayton, implemented several raids and attacks on Palestinian charities and orphanage in Hebron and its district Taffouh, Beit Ummar, Beit Ula and other cities.

The continuous illegal raids by the Israeli occupation and the Palestinian Authority are coordinated by the US air force criminal Lt. Gen. William Fraser and Lt. General Keith Dayton, the US coordinator for the genocide against Palestinians. Both lead the Palestinian authority security groups according to some of the accords of the Annapolis summit. The accords are based on targeting the Palestinian opposition parties and their charitable organizations, like the orphanages, medical centers, kindergartens, and confiscating and freezing their banks accounts in order to strengthen President Mahmoud Abbas and protecting the Israeli security. The European Union is financing this plan with the funds which they transfer for the PA security system.

According to the agreements which the US Generals Dayton and Fraser are implementing in Palestine, they have to build a Palestinian “complementary military system” which leads the Palestinian security forces to serve the security of Israel. In order to implement this plan, the Israeli military must exchange their role with the Palestinian authority to “develop” the situation. The role of the Israeli military is to arrest the political opponents of the PA and to close their charities.


Good Israelis and Corrupt American Media

By Iqbal Tamimi • Aug 20th, 2008 at 21:23 • Category: Analysis, Grassroots Activism, Israel, Newswire, Palestine, Resistance, Zionism

In the picture, me and Gilad Atzmon, two activists from two different worlds, interested in Human Rights and ethics. The meeting was during a medical aid for Palestine concert in London. I read my poetry while Gilad played Jazz to stitch the wounds of Palestinians.

Iqbal Tamimi/ Palestinian Journalist and researcher in UK and creator of Palestinian Mothers Network

After many years of humiliation and despair experienced by many Palestinians like myself, I took the liberty after moving to the UK of starting an individual project - searching to find out why Israeli’s are very cruel, how come they never see that their acts are inhumane, and how come they know nothing about ethics.

I could not start any dialogue with Israelis while I was residing in any Arab country, because I am a Palestinian and a practicing Muslim. Many Arabs and Muslims are still marked with deep wounds caused by the Israeli occupation not for Palestinians only. The majority of Arabs will not understand my mission if I brushed against their inflamed memories of loss and grief. I have been able to anticipate most people’s reactions, after publishing a few articles about not judging others on faith choice basis, and refusing the ideologies of feelings of superiority thus judging others upon such criteria. I ended up with a large number of e mails calling me all kinds of names, the least of which was ‘praising’ Jews and Christians, and being a bad Muslim woman who does not deserve to wear her Hijab.

The other reason for not being able to start a direct dialogue was due to the fact that some Arab countries already have relations with Israel on members of state level, but ordinary citizens are not encouraged to start communicating with the ‘enemy’. As an example I have created a website to initiate a dialogue between Palestinian mothers and Israeli mothers to talk about their feelings of loss and grief after losing a child to the war, and to shed some light on the Palestinian Plight. This website was banned in a Gulf country that has many Israeli projects and investments on its territories. Myself and many members of my network wrote to the department concerned in that country, but the answer was that we did not meet their criteria (internet is censored there by people who judge upon their own knowledge and experience what is good for all the citizens to have access for and what is not). Hence such human rights website has been classified in the same basket with porn websites, but of course other websites like dating and half naked women are OK and are not considered harming the ethics of the population like promoting peace might be considered. In short, ordinary citizens are not encouraged to contact Israelis, but influential personalities and investors can. This is another double standard one must stop to investigate in the Arab world.



Russia blocks Georgia's main port city

By BELA SZANDELZSKY – 6 hours ago

POTI, Georgia (AP) — Russian forces blocked the only land entrance to Georgia's main port city on Thursday, a day before Russia promised to complete a troop pullout from its ex-Soviet neighbor.

Armored personnel carriers and troop trucks blocked the bridge to the Black Sea port city of Poti, and Russian forces excavated trenches and set up mortars facing the city. Another group of APCs and trucks were positioned in a nearby wooded area.

Although Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has promised that his forces would pull back by Friday, Russian troops appear to be digging in, raising concern about whether Moscow is aiming for a lengthy occupation of its small, pro-Western neighbor.


The Afghan fire looks set to spread, but there is a way out

Far from being a noble cause, the occupation of Afghanistan is poisoning the region and will never bring peace or security

Seumas Milne

o The Guardian,
o Thursday August 21 2008

The war in Afghanistan is running out of control. The multiple attacks mounted by Taliban guerrillas on Nato occupation troops on Monday and Tuesday - in which 10 newly arrived French soldiers were killed near Kabul and a US base hit by suicide bombers - are the most daring since the US-led invasion of 2001. More than 100 people have been killed in fighting in the past three days, as the war against foreign occupation has spread from the south to the east and the area around the capital.

The assault on the French reinforcements follows the killing of nine US soldiers in a single attack last month, and the freeing of hundreds of Taliban prisoners from Kandahar's main jail in a night-time raid in June. As Afghanistan experiences its own Iraq-style surge of US and other Nato forces, the death toll is rising inexorably. The number of occupation troops killed in Afghanistan overtook the Iraqi level in May. Attacks on US-led forces are up by 50% on last year, Nato air attacks have increased 40%, and more than 2,500 have already reportedly lost their lives in the conflict since January - getting on for half of them civilians.

In a damning indictment of the impact of Nato's occupation on Afghanistan, aid agencies reported earlier this month that insecurity was spreading to previously stable areas and the killing of civilians by all sides rising sharply. The US air force seems to have developed a particular habit of attacking wedding parties - last month 47 civilians were killed in one strike - while British troops, who lost 13 soldiers in June alone, killed a woman and two children last weekend, which the high command naturally blamed on the Taliban.


Harsh words: but true

"Settlers are colonisers, just as the IDF is a force engaged in occupation, and any attempt to try to paint the scenario otherwise is both disingenuous and deceitful"

The language used by al-Aqsa TV shocked me, but there's no denying it reflects the reality of the Palestinian experience

During a recent stay with a Palestinian family in the West Bank, I found myself in their basement, watching the news with two of my host's sons. The week's events had been particularly violent, with fierce clashes between the Israel defence forces (IDF) and villagers in the town of Nilin, where we were now sitting, as well as reports of a home-made rocket being fired by settlers in the direction of a Palestinian community nearby.
The mood in the house was tense, with both brothers nervous about the possible repercussions for their village after the morning's hostilities, and they kept a keen eye on the screen as they watched footage of the bloody confrontation being broadcast. For my benefit, the older brother tuned to the English version of al-Aqsa TV, a channel launched by Hamas in 2006 as part of its campaign to counter what it saw as Israeli propaganda in the western media.

"Zionist colonisers launched a missile [at a Palestinian town]", announced the stony-faced presenter as he reported on the settlers' rocket attack. Moving on, he informed viewers of plans for "the Zionist colony of Har Homa to expand", before relaying news that "Zionist occupying forces wounded seven in Nilin". Suitably gory images of injured Palestinians were beamed out in accompaniment, and we watched in silence as the unending litany of injustices was recounted in the newsreader's sombre tones.



Internet Providers' New Tool Raises Deep Privacy Concerns

By Rob Pegoraro

Thursday, August 21, 2008; D03

If you're reading this story on our Web site, I don't know what you did online before you reached this page.

But your Internet provider might if it engages in something called deep packet inspection.

That phrase may sound like what the Transportation Security Administration does to uncooperative airline passengers, but on the Internet it means a thorough and automatic inspection of online traffic -- not just where you've been but also what you've seen.


Libby questioned on forged letter linking Saddam to 9/11

John Byrne

Published: Wednesday August 20, 2008

House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) issued letters of inquiry Wednesday to Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby, regarding a forged letter linking Saddam Hussein to the 9/11 attacks.

The Michigan Democrat also sent letters to senior former Bush intelligence officials, including Robert Richer, former CIA Deputy Director of Clandestine Operations, who claimed that Cheney's office pushed the CIA to develop a phony letter to aid their argument for a preemptive strike on Iraq. The letters were copied to RAW STORY.

"I have become very concerned with the possibility that this Administration may have violated federal law by using the resources of our intelligence agencies to influence domestic policy processes or opinion," Conyers wrote Libby, who was convicted of obstruction of justice in the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame. "The law specifically provides that "[n]o covert action may be conducted which is intended to influence United States political processes, public opinion, policies, or media."


Zardari to be new president of Pakistan

* PPP CEC to announce the decision tomorrow
* MQM to endorse decision, ANP, JUI-F, PML-Q forward bloc also likely to support PPP

By Rana Qaisar

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the major coalition partner in the federal government, has decided to nominate its Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari as the next president of the country.

A source close to Zardari House told Daily Times that this decision had been taken by the top hierarchy of the PPP and the party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) would formally announce the decision after its meeting on Friday (tomorrow).

“The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) will endorse and second the PPP CEC’s recommendation to nominate Asif Zardari as a presidential candidate,” the source said.


DNC Police: Beware of Bicycles, Maps

August 20, 2008 7:25

Posted by Michael Scherer

The Denver Police Department "is asking all police, ambulance and fire personal to be on the lookout for stock piles and caches of supplies that could be used by violent demonstrators at the up coming Democratic National Convention [sic]," according to an official release that has been obtained by the Colorado ACLU. (I can't find an online link to the document.)

In addition to clearly suspicious items like "chemicals" and "gas masks," the Denver PD lists these items of concern:

Maps: "Maps are frequently used by violent protesters to plan direct actions against conventioneers."


Draft agreement calls for US to quit Iraqi cities by June 2009, country by 2011

And the US will honor the agreement, right? Surrrre... I see many permanent bases.

U.S., Iraq Are Said to Have Set

Withdrawal Timetable


August 21, 2008; Page A1

See Corrections & Amplifications below

BAGHDAD -- U.S. and Iraqi negotiators reached agreement on a security deal that calls for American military forces to leave Iraq's cities by next summer as a prelude to a full withdrawal of combat troops from the country, according to senior American officials.

The draft agreement sets 2011 as the goal date by which U.S. combat troops will leave Iraq, according to Iraqi Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Haj Humood and other people familiar with the matter. In the meantime, American troops will be leaving cities, towns and other population centers by the summer of 2009, living in bases outside of those areas, according to the draft.

Teams of American and Iraqi negotiators spent months haggling over the deal, which represents a remarkable turnaround from just a few months ago, when talk of timetables and deadlines was routinely dismissed by the Bush administration and other Republicans in Washington.



After Decades, Iran Buys U.S. Wheat

Hunh? Trading with Iran is contrary to US law, except when W. says it's okay, I guess.

Iran Buys Wheat From U.S.
For First Time in 27 Years
Poor Harvest Spurs
Tehran's Rare Move;
Limited Options


August 21, 2008

Iran this summer resumed buying U.S. wheat after a 27-year hiatus, a sign of the limited options for importers seeking large quantities of high-quality grain.

Since the 2008-09 marketing year began on June 1, Iran has bought more than one million tons of hard red winter wheat directly from the U.S., which is "a very large amount," said Bill Nelson, analyst for Wachovia Securities. The purchases mean at least 3% to 4% of domestic wheat exports for the marketing year will go to a country the U.S. hasn't done business with for more than a generation. Government sanctions don't prohibit U.S. agricultural exporters from doing business with Iran.

Drought is expected to slash Iran's domestic production by one-third this year. Iran is forecast to produce 10 million tons of wheat this year, down from 15 million tons in 2007-08, and to import 4.5 million tons, up from 200,000 tons last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Olbermann: McCain Would Bring Back The Draft

Added: August 20, 2008

MSNBC, Countdown with Keith Olbermann August 20, 2008.

Discussion of whether or not John McCain would re-instate the draft if elected. When asked this unexpected question at one of his tightly controlled and heavily scripted "town meetings", McCain became uncomfortable and quickly dodged and weaved into a different topic.

It's very important that everyone, everywhere ask McCain whether he would re-instate the draft.

Think about it, a kid who is 14 today may be drafted into one of McCain's wars during his first term!

Ike's grandaughter officially leaves Republican Party

Reflections on Leaving the Party

by Susan Eisenhower


I have decided I can no longer be a registered Republican. For the first time in my life I announced my support for a Democratic candidate for the presidency, in February of this year. This was not an endorsement of the Democratic platform, nor was it a slap in the face to the Republican Party. It was an expression of support specifically for Senator Barack Obama. I had always intended to go back to party ranks after the election and work with my many dedicated friends and colleagues to help reshape the GOP, especially in the foreign-policy arena. But I now know I will be more effective focusing on our national and international problems than I will be in trying to reinvigorate a political organization that has already consumed nearly all of its moderate “seed corn.” And now, as the party threatens to trivialize what promised to be a serious debate on our future direction, it will alienate many young people who might have come into party ranks.

My decision came at the end of last week when it was demonstrated to the nation that McCain and this Bush White House have learned little in the last five years. They mishandled what became a crisis in the Caucusus, and this has undermined U.S. national security. At the same time, the McCain camp appears to be comfortable with running an unworthy Karl Rove–style political campaign. Will the McCain operation, and its sponsors, do anything to win?

This week, I changed my registration from Republican to independent. The two political parties as they exist today, and the partisanship that they foster, reflect the many fights of the cold war, the Vietnam era, the post–cold war and the 9/11 periods. Today we are in a different place altogether, where our security as a nation is challenged not just from abroad but also close to home. The energy, health-care and financial crises threaten our national prosperity and well-being, just as surely as any confrontation overseas or an attack by radical terrorists.


AP picks up McCain's "housing issue"

McBush forgets a lot...

A housing issue: McCain not sure how many they own

By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL, Associated Press Writer Douglass K. Daniel, Associated Press Writer 32 mins ago

WASHINGTON – Days after he cracked that being rich in the U.S. meant earning at least $5 million a year, Republican presidential candidate John McCain acknowledged that he wasn't sure how many houses he and his wealthy wife actually own.

"I think — I'll have my staff get to you," McCain responded to a question posed by Politico, according to a story Thursday on the publication's Web site. "It's condominiums where — I'll have them get to you."

Later, the McCain campaign told Politico that McCain and his wife, Cindy, have at least four in three states — Arizona, California and Virginia. Newsweek recently estimated the two owned at least seven properties.



August 19, 2008

A Pundit Not a President

Posted by Max Bergmann


"The big concern with a McCain presidency – a concern which I am surprised has not been vocalized more fully – is that the U.S. will lurch from crisis to crisis, confrontation to confrontation, whether it be with Iran, North Korea, Russia, Syria, Saudi Arabia, etc. The danger is that McCain’s pundit-like rhetoric will entrap the U.S. in descending spiral of foreign policy brinksmanship. Just think about the very likely scenario of McCain giving Iran/Russia a rhetorical ultimatum and Iran/Russia ignoring it. Now we are stuck - either we lose face by not following through on our threats or we follow through and go to war. We can’t afford such a reckless approach after the last eight years. For the next eight we need a president not a pundit."


Beijing Police "Rough Up" Two AP Photographers, Detain More Activists

Plain clothed security officers detain Associated Press photographer Ng Han Guan, center, after pro-Tibet protesters held a demonstration opposite the National Stadium, where Olympic athletics competition had just finished, early Thursday July 21, 2008 in Beijing. Swarms of plainclothes police took away four foreign activists protesting Chinese rule over Tibet - the latest in a series of such demonstrations during the Olympics. Ng, and one other AP photographer were roughed up by the security officers, forced into cars and taken to a nearby building where they questioned before being released. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

Beijing police grab foreign and Chinese activists

By AUDRA ANG – 1 hour ago

BEIJING (AP) — Police descended on a group of foreign pro-Tibet activists and some disgruntled business owners from Hong Kong on Thursday, taking both groups away minutes after they displayed protest signs in central Beijing.

The abrupt end of the separate protests — and the sentencing of six foreigners to 10 days of detention for "disrupting public order" — underscored China's determination to prevent any disruption during the Olympics.


Irish Times: Israeli collective punishment of people of Gaza must be ended

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The UN, the EU and the Government all hold that Israel has imposed 'collective punishment' on Palestinians. Are they all wrong?, asks Philip O'Conor

SEÁN GANNON of Irish Friends of Israel criticises the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign for describing Israel's blockade of Gaza as "collective punishment" and "a violation of international law" (Opinion and Analysis, August 15th). In fact, it is the position of the EU, the UN and the Government, so we are in good company.

EU external relations commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said on January 21st, 2008: "I am against this collective punishment of the people of Gaza. I urge the Israeli authorities to restart fuel supplies and open the crossings for the passage of humanitarian and commercial supplies."

Reporting to the Security Council on February 26th, 2008 after a visit to Palestine, John Holmes, UN undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief co-ordinator, stated unequivocally: "The effective Israeli isolation of Gaza is not justified, given Israel's continuing obligations to the people of Gaza.


Q&A about the NIST WTC 7 Investigation

Aug 21 10:29
By: Webmaster Tags:

"Did investigators consider the possibility that an explosion caused or contributed to the collapse of WTC 7?

Yes, this possibility was investigated carefully. NIST concluded that blast events inside the building did not occur and found no evidence supporting the existence of a blast event.

In addition, no blast sounds were heard on the audio tracks of video recordings during the collapse of WTC 7 or reported by witnesses."

9/11/2001 radio broadcast: "...I was just standing there, ya know... we were watching the building [WTC 7] actually 'cuz it was on fire... the bottom floors of the building were on fire and... we heard this sound that sounded like a clap of thunder..."
"Somebody grabbed my shoulder and I started running, and the shit's hitting the ground behind me, and the whole time you're hearing "boom, boom, boom, boom, boom." I think I know an explosion when I hear it..."


Movie paints picture of catastrophic future

Manufacturers' output hopes slump to seven-year low as orders wilt

Apocalyptic times for Britain's economy
Our easy access to plastic is about to dry up - and with it our ability to fake living the good life

* Story Highlights

* "I.O.U.S.A." shows how U.S. has been weakened by tremendous debt
* Primary figures behind film: financier Warren Buffett, former official Pete Peterson
* Movie premieres Thursday evening with live panel discussion following

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) -- The catastrophe looming in the documentary "I.O.U.S.A." isn't romantic like the doomed young love in "Titanic," but billionaires Warren Buffett and Pete Peterson warn it could break many more hearts.

The disaster they warn of could be bigger than any we've ever seen -- bigger than an iceberg, bigger even than the current mortgage crisis.

If the U.S. doesn't do something, and fast, to tame the federal government's debts -- now more than $50 trillion -- the two Nebraska natives warn we will saddle coming generations with economic problems that will make this year's financial turbulence look like a trip to the debt counselor's office.


The film entitled I.O.U.S.A which is being released today.

Here is a very good interview with David Walker, now a private citizen, making the media rounds for the film on Good Morning America, August 21, 2008.

The website for the film is  If you are interested to watch all the trailers or interviews for the film, check out this youtube page.

Here's one for good measure -link.


McCain Slams 'Birds Of Prey' Lobbyists; He Has At Least 159 Lobbyists Running His Campaign

McCain Has At Least 159 Lobbyists Running His Campaign, Raising Money For Him, And Setting His Policy Agenda

Published: Aug. 21, 2008

LAS CRUCES, N.M., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says he will ban members of his potential White House administration from being lobbyists, whom he calls "birds of prey."

McCain said after a New Mexico town hall meeting this week that anyone who agreed to be part of his administration would have to agree to never serve as a lobbyist for the rest of their life, Politico said Thursday.

"Whenever there's a corrupt system, then you're going to have these birds of prey descend on it to get their share of the spoils," the presumptive Republican presidential candidate said Wednesday.


'Scientific American' Blasts E-Voting

August 18, 2008

Planning to E-Vote? Read This First

With less than three months before the presidential election, the hotly contested state, Ohio, along with others, continue to have problems with E-voting technology

By Larry Greenemeier

In their rush to avoid a repeat of the controversy that plagued the 2000 presidential election, and to meet the requirements of Congress's hastily mandated 2002 Help America Vote Act (HAVA), states and counties flocked to electronic voting systems they hoped would eliminate hanging chads and other flaws inherent in paper-based systems. Six years later, with another presidential election less than three months away, many e-voting systems are fraught with security glitches, and the technology has yet to prove itself as the solution voters were looking for.

Such systems could allow voters and poll workers to place multiple votes, crash the systems by loading viruses, and fake vote tallies, according to studies commissioned by the states of California and Ohio within the past year. Makers of these systems have countered that the test settings were unrealistic. But that is not helping election officials sleep better at night.

One of the reasons e-voting systems turned out to be such a failure is that the only people involved in checking these systems were the vendors, who wanted to sell their technology, and the local election officials, who were ill-equipped to understand the security issues, says David Dill, a Stanford University computer science professor and founder of the Verified Voting Foundation, a nonprofit organization pushing for the implementation of voting processes that can more easily be verified and audited. "There was a certification process in place," Dill says, "but it had very little to do with security."


DHS hacked

FEMA phones hacked; calls made to Mideast, Asia

By EILEEN SULLIVAN, Associated Press Writer Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press Writer Wed Aug 20, 6:58 pm ET

WASHINGTON – A hacker broke into a Homeland Security Department telephone system over the weekend and racked up about $12,000 in calls to the Middle East and Asia.

The hacker made more than 400 calls on a Federal Emergency Management Agency voicemail system in Emmitsburg, Md., on Saturday and Sunday, according to FEMA spokesman Tom Olshanski.

FEMA is part of Homeland Security, which in 2003 put out a warning about this very vulnerability.


Federal Civil Rights Commission Hires Vote Suppressor

He's Baaaack: Civil Rights Commission Hires Spakovsky to Work on Voting Rights

By Kate Klonick - August 21, 2008, 12:14PM

It looks like Hans von Spakovsky, an old TPM favorite, is back in business. The former Justice Department official, whose nomination to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) was thwarted when Democrats objected to his long record of support for restrictions on voting rights, has been hired as a "consultant and temporary full-time employee" at the ostensibly bi-partisan U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) the agency confirmed to TPMmuckraker.

If Spakovsky's history of backing efforts to make voting more difficult strikes you as a poor fit with the Commission's mission of defending voter rights, consider that of the eight current commissioners at the agency, only two are registered Democrats, a politicization that the New York Times Charlie Savage brought to light last year.

Among Spakovsky's duties will be overseeing the USCCR's report on the Justice Department's monitoring of the 2008 presidential elections, a source inside the USCCR told TPMmuckraker.



Blackwater, Mia Farrow and Darfur?

ABC News

Breakfast With Blackwater

Mia Farrow and Blackwater CEO Prince Met to Discuss A Possible Collaboration


August 20, 2008—

Two unlikely allies met for breakfast last month in New York to discuss a possible collaboration: Mia Farrow, actress and passionate activist for Darfur refugees, and Erik Prince, founder and CEO of the government contractor, Blackwater Worldwide.

Farrow told ABC News that Blackwater, despite its controversial history and allegations of murdering civilians in Iraq, might be able to help the "hopelessly under-equipped" African Union forces deployed in Darfur with logistics and training.

"Blackwater has a much better idea of what an effective peace-keeping mission would look like than western governments," Farrow told ABC News from a refugee camp in near the Darfur border. Farrow said those governments have been unsuccessful in standing up to the Sudanese government and bringing peace to the region.



Chinese may have killed 140 Tibetans this week: Dalai Lama

7 hours ago

PARIS (AFP) — Chinese security forces opened fire on a crowd this week in eastern Tibet and may have killed 140 people, the Dalai Lama told a French daily on Thursday.

"The Chinese army again fired on a crowd on Monday August 18, in the Kham region in eastern Tibet," he told Le Monde. "One hundred and forty Tibetans are reported to have been killed, but the figure needs to be confirmed."

He said that since March, when China cracked down on protests against Chinese rule in the Himalayan territory, "reliable witnesses say that 400 people have been killed in the region of (Tibetan capital) Lhasa alone."


Reddit served National Security Letter


redditcom Continued NSL abuses show FBI biased cannot police itself
reddit is a source for what's new and popular online vote on links that you like or dislike and help decide what's popular or submit your own ... - 21k

Note the reddit article above is GONE.

Here is the original

Continued NSL abuses show FBI biased, cannot police itself : Published: March 16, 2008

Reddit got served an NSL. FBI has all your records. (More inside) [Reddit keeps deleting this. Please keep on posting this] (


submitted 2 hours ago by hungrylizard to

hungrylizard 76 points 2 hours ago[-]

I worked for Condé Nast as a _ until . I can reveal that sometime last year, reddit got a National Security Letter (NSL) from FBI, requesting access to the reddit logs. Much to my dismay, instead of enlisting ACLU help, the reddit admins promptly handed over all the data. I left reddit in disgust, but due to the gag order that comes with the NSL, I was not able to tell you what happened.
I no longer can keep this a secret. So many of you may have become targets of FBI surveillance because of reddit admins' actions. If FBI identify my identity, I could be in serious legal trouble. But I still want all of you to know that instead of protecting your privacy, the reddit guys just handed your data over to the authorities.
The Internet Archive successfully fought off an NSL with the help of ACLU and EFF. reddit could've done the same if they wanted to.
I urge you to think twice before posting on reddit. The owners of reddit make money out of your submissions, but don't even have the decency to protect you from the long tentacles of the Patriot Act.

US guided missile destroyer on way to Georgia

Hi redditors!  :)


U.S. to send third ship to Black Sea
NATO ships enter Black Sea for 'exercises'

Russian Troops Reinstall Checkpoints in Gori

U.S. Navy Ships Head to Georgia

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 21 Aug.'08 / 15:43

USS McFaul (DDG 74). Photo: U.S. Department of Defense

Two U.S. Navy ships, including a guided missile destroyer USS McFaul, and a U.S. Coast Guard cutter are getting underway to transport humanitarian assistance supplies to Georgia, U.S. European Command (EUCOM) said on August 21.

It said USS McFaul (DDG 74) departed from Souda Bay, Crete, on Wednesday and the cutter Dallas (WHEC 716) will depart later this week.

McFaul and Dallas are scheduled to transit into the Black Sea and arrive in Georgia within a week, according to the U.S. European Command.



U.S. should end ‘war guarantees’ to Israel to help keep the peace

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Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2008

Dear Editor,

Will the Bush/Cheney war hawks bomb Iraq before they leave office as they have been aching to do, or will they support an attack on Iran by Israel that will have U.S. troops fighting a third war?

Israel has conducted rehearsals for an attack on Iran and words from Israel to the U.S. have been “either the U.S. attacks Iran or we will.”

There have been lots of threats about attacking Iran but when Iran responded with test firing a few of its Russian supplied missiles, Secretary of State Rice quickly warned Iran that the Bush/Cheney gang viewed Iran’s missile firing as a threat against Israel and that the U.S. would not tolerate it.


Kazakhstan considers to divert oil export route from BTC to Russia

Kazakhstan is considering pumping its oil through Russia as an alternative to the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline due to increased security concerns over the clashes in the Caucasus, a Turkish daily reported on Thursday.

A high level Kazakh official told Turkish business daily Referans that question marks now hang over the security of the BTC pipeline. "We could reconsider our decisions on sending Kazak oil to the world market. Changing the (export) route is in our agenda now," the official was quoted as saying by Referans.

The export of Kazakh oil through BTC had started in May and efforts are underway to supply the line from the larger Kashagan fields. Kazakh oil is seen as the key in plans to expand the BTC.

An official with the Turkish Energy Ministry said the expansion of the BTC line would only be possible with the supply of Kazakh oil. "There is some 50 million tons of oil there and it is unknown how this will be transported to world markets," the official told Referans.


McCain camp retorts on "how many houses": He was a POW!

AP picks up McCain's "housing issue": A housing issue: McCain not sure how many they own
'I'm voting for the guy who knows how many homes he owns'

John McCain

McCain Spokesman's Retort: Obama Lives in "a Frickin' Mansion"

By Michael D. Shear

SEDONA, Ariz. -- A spokesman for Sen. John McCain vowed to retaliate against today's story about how many houses the GOP candidate owns with a renewed focus on Sen. Barack Obama's ties to a Chicago developer and charges that Obama is an elitist.


[McCain spokesman] "This is a guy who lived in one house for five and a half years -- in prison," referring to the prisoner of war camp that McCain was in during the Vietnam War."


Elections 2008: Voting machine companies will be COUNTING the vote

Let's see. The guys who make the machines will tally up the vote and tell us who won. What could go wrong with that?


'Scientific American' Blasts E-Voting

Vendors are Undermining the Structure of U.S. Elections

A VotersUnite report on the current situation
and how to reclaim elections — in 2008 and beyond.

by Ellen Theisen, Co-Director, VotersUnite.Org

August 18, 2008
Read the report (pdf)

Executive Summary

As we approach the 2008 general election, the structure of elections in the United States — once reliant on local representatives accountable to the public — has become almost wholly dependent on large corporations, which are not accountable to the public. Most local officials charged with running elections are now unable to administer elections without the equipment, services, and trade-secret software of a small number of corporations.[1]


August 21, 2008

Lou Dobbs - private companies running voting


ELLEN THEISEN, VOTERSUNITE.ORG: Elections should be accountable to the people and run by public officials who are selected by the people to run them. So when that's handed over to private vendors, these public elections are no longer public.



Company acknowledges Ohio voting machine error

46 minutes ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The maker of the most widely used touch-screen voting machine in Ohio has acknowledged the machines have a programming error that led to votes being dropped in the March primary.

Premier Election Solutions Inc. notified Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner (BROO'-nur) in a letter this week.

The company said the programming error led to votes being dropped in at least 11 of the 44 counties that used the company's machines in the March election. The company previously argued that the problems were caused by antivirus software complications


McCain Bought 2nd Beach Condo Around Time He Said Struggling Homeowners Needed To Skip Vacations

By Greg Sargent - August 21, 2008

Here's a fun little find that is likely to give Dems more ammo to blast away at John McCain's number-of-houses gaffe.

It turns out that a few months ago, a McCain family corporation closed on a second multi-million-dollar beach condo in the same building in exclusive Coronado, California -- at around the same time that John McCain offered his somewhat tone-deaf observation that struggling homeowners were "working at second jobs" and "skipping a vacation" in order to make mortgage payments on time.

Cindy McCain discussed the timing of the second condo purchase in a June interview with Vogue magazine (not online) that's newly relevant in light of the explosive controversy over John McCain's inability to recall how many homes the McCains own.


McCain's Mansions

Added: August 17, 2008

The REAL John McCain is a multi-millionaire who owns ten luxurious homes. The REAL John McCain backs President Bush's tax cuts for big corporations. The REAL John McCain empathizes only with the interests of our nation's wealthy minority, not its money-strapped majority. But far too many are buying into McCain's deceit, so we created this video to educate the public about the REAL McCain.

Why Georgia matters


*19 November 1992

John Lloyd reports from Abkhazia

By Soviet standards, the town of Sukhumi was a place of real pleasure: arranged about a crescent bay of the Black Sea, the climate warm even in October, with seaside hotels and restaurants. Those who knew the customs of the place, and had the money or clout to exploit them, could have a grand time here in the Georgian manner, drinking and feasting. A senior Georgian official I met while trying to get to Sukhumi told me of three and four-day feasts in homes or restaurants, in the course of which pigs would be slaughtered and a bear on a chain gave entertainment to the drinkers – by becoming drunk himself.

One of Stalin’s many dachas is in the town. A bust of Marx on a slim pedestal is revealed when the high gates are opened by the guard: behind it, through a lush ornamental garden, a road corkscrews up a hill – security proscribed a straight road to the dictator – between palms and soft lamps. A clutch of buildings is dominated by a high villa, furnished in dark wood and heavy drapes: after Stalin’s death the villa passed to the collective ownership and pleasure of the Politburo, more recently to become a high-class sanatorium. In one of the outbuildings a billboard spells out the stern order of Soviet collective leisure: the times at which to present oneself for dinner, to vacate one’s room, to set off for the beach.

Today, it is the headquarters of the Georgian armed forces, who hold the town against surrounding units of Abkhazian separatists, North Caucasian irregulars and – they say – Russians. In the eyes of most Georgians, including the ministers who supposedly govern from the ramshackle ministries in Tbilisi, Georgia is at undeclared war with Russia.


Former Pentagon Director Warns of American Fascism

Lt.-Col. Bob Bowman says citizens must counter corporate influences.

August 21, 2008

U.S. antifascist to warn Vancouverites about dangerous global elites

A retired U.S. air force colonel is coming to Vancouver to warn Canadians about the dangers of corporate influences on governments. Lt.-Col. Bob Bowman, a former Pentagon director of advanced space programs development, told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview that he has been travelling across the U.S. for four and a half months to “wake people up”.

“I’m endeavouring to get the people in the United States to take back our country and disempower the billionaires and the multinational corporations who are driving our foreign policy, our international-trade policy, and our military policy—and wrapping Canada into it as well,” Bowman said.

Bowman, who oversaw the Star Wars program during the 1970s, will be speaking tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Maritime Labour Centre (1880 Triumph Street). He said he wants to alert people to Canada’s role in advancing the agenda of those he labels the “lunatic fringe”—U.S. vice president Dick Cheney, former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, ex–Pentagon adviser Richard Perle, and former World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz.

“They represent the most dangerous aspect of the global elite,” Bowman said


Ed. note: The author worker long and hard to get Bush convicted of war crimes in court battle after court battle.

Bush avoids charges

--More on the trials(scroll down)--

Also see link.


Nature Editorial: Anthrax case not closed

From the preeminent journal of hard science...


Nature 454, 917 (21 August 2008) | doi:10.1038/454917a; Published online 20 August 2008

Case not closed

The FBI says it has evidence showing that Bruce Ivins was behind the 2001 anthrax attacks — but with his death, this will not be tested in court. A full enquiry into the case is needed if justice is to be done.

Was Bruce Ivins a scientist-gone-wrong who single-handedly orchestrated the 2001 anthrax attacks in the United States? Or was the 62-year-old anthrax-vaccine researcher at Fort Detrick, Maryland, an emotionally unstable innocent whose profile made him a convenient fall guy for the FBI?

The jury is still out on those questions — or rather, it would be if one had ever had a chance to hear the evidence. Ivins's apparent suicide last month means there will not be a trial, which makes it all the more important that the government release the evidence it planned to use to accuse him. In full. Now.


Cops Drive 4,100 Miles to Serve Arrest Warrant, Get Wrong Guy

4,100 miles for an arrest that just goes bust

Kentucky sheriff drives to California only to bring back the wrong man

By Andrew Wolfson • • August 18, 2008

Two weeks ago, the Butler County, Ky., sheriff and a deputy hopped into their cruiser and drove to California and back -- more than 4,100 miles -- to bring a man to Kentucky for failing to appear in court on the minor felony charge of fleeing from police and drunken driving, a misdemeanor.

On the way there, they stopped to sightsee at country music star Buck Owens' Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, Calif. On the way back, they bought T-shirts at a souvenir shop.

Only when they got back to Western Kentucky and turned their prisoner over to the jail did anyone confirm through fingerprints and mug shots what their prisoner, 27-year-old Joe Oros III, had been saying all along:



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