In my links of the day I try to find the links under the wire, articles all the top blogs miss. I'm not afraid to go to Al Jazeera, Kurd Media or to the Pakistan student movement page to bring the real daily news to you.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Links of the Day 3/9/2008 Obama Wins Wyoming and Black Flag Week

Obama Wins Wyoming Caucus!

Obama Defeats Clinton in Wyoming Caucuses, the Latest Prize in Epic Democratic Race

MEAD GRUVER
AP News

Mar 08, 2008 21:10 EST

Sen. Barack Obama captured the Wyoming Democratic caucuses Saturday, seizing a bit of momentum in the close, hard-fought race with rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for the party's presidential nomination.

Obama generally has outperformed Clinton in caucuses, which reward organization and voter passion more than do primaries. The Illinois senator has now won 13 caucuses to Clinton's three.

Obama has also shown strength in the Mountain West, winning Idaho, Utah, Colorado and now Wyoming. The two split Nevada, with Clinton winning the popular vote and Obama more delegates.

But Clinton threw some effort into Wyoming, perhaps hoping for an upset that would yield few delegates but considerable buzz and momentum. The New York senator campaigned Friday in Cheyenne and Casper. Former President Clinton and their daughter, Chelsea, also campaigned this week in the sprawling and lightly populated state.

Obama campaigned in Casper and Laramie on Friday, but spent part of his time dealing with the fallout from an aide's harsh words about Clinton and suggestions that Obama wouldn't move as quickly to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq if elected. In Casper, Obama said Clinton had no standing to challenge his position on the war because she had voted to authorize it in 2002.

Clinton, buoyed by big wins in Ohio and Texas last Tuesday, said she faced an uphill fight in Wyoming. Her campaign also holds out little hope for Tuesday's primary in Mississippi, which has a large black population.

Obama had 61 percent, or 5,378 votes, to Clinton's 38 percent, or 3,312 votes, with all 23 Wyoming counties reporting.

Continued http://www.rawstory.com/news/mochila/Obama_wins_Wyoming_caucuses_03082008.html


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And a Democrat beat the Republican in Illinois stronghold of Ex Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.

Congratulations Bill Foster

Dem. wins election to fill Hastert seat

Democrat Wins Ill. Special Election to Fill Former House Speaker Hastert's Seat

DEANNA BELLANDI
AP News

Mar 08, 2008 23:51 EST

A longtime Republican district fell to the Democrats Saturday when a wealthy businessman and scientist snatched former House Speaker Dennis Hastert's congressional seat in a closely watched special election.

Democrat Bill Foster won 53 percent of the vote compared to 47 percent for Republican Jim Oberweis. With all 568 precincts reporting, Foster had 52,010 votes to Oberweis' 46,988.

"Tonight our voices are echoing across the country and Washington will hear us loud and clear, it's time for a change," Foster told cheering supporters Saturday evening.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen said Foster's win is a rebuke of the Bush administration and of the GOP's apparent presidential nominee, John McCain, who helped raise money for Oberweis.

"This is going to send a political shock wave across the country in this election year," Van Hollen said.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, who made a TV ad praising Foster, said in a statement that voters "sent an unmistakable message that they're tired of business-as-usual in Washington."

The National Republican Congressional Committee downplayed the significance of the loss and said the back and forth between Democrats for the presidential nomination shows that one election doesn't indicate a trend.

"The one message coming out of 2008 so far is that what happens today is not a bellwether of what happens this fall," NRCC communications director Karen Hanretty said in a statement.

Foster's special election win means he will fill the remainder of Hastert's term, which ends in January.

The two will square off again in November, for a new, full term. Foster won a close Democratic primary by less than 400 votes for that race, although one challenger has initiated a re-count.

Hastert, 66, lost his powerful post as speaker when Democrats took control of Congress. He resigned late last year.

With Foster headed to Washington, the district will have a rookie congressmen after years of enjoying Hastert's clout.

Hastert, who was the longest-serving Republican speaker in history, didn't finish his 11th term. During his two decades in Washington, he funneled millions of dollars to the district that stretches from Chicago's far western suburbs to almost the Mississippi River.

During the campaign, Foster and Oberweis poked at each other with negative TV ads and clashed on issues from immigration and health care to the Iraq war.

Both men turned to high-profile supporters to help sway voters. Obama for Foster; Oberweis had Hastert's backing.

"I'm really disappointed that we came up second but that's where we're at," said Oberweis, whose name is synonymous with his family's dairy business and his financial management company.

This is the latest election disappointment for Oberweis, who has lost primary races twice before for the U.S. Senate and once for Illinois governor.

Foster, 52, worked for 22 years at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. He got his start in business when as a young man he and his younger brother started a company that manufactures theater lighting equipment.

Hastert's is one of three open seats in Illinois this year because of GOP retirements.

Reps. Jerry Weller, who represents a district from the suburban sprawl south of Chicago to the farmland of central Illinois, and Ray LaHood of Peoria are also stepping down. Democrats' chances to pick up one of those seats improved when the Republican nominee to replace Weller dropped out of the race.

In southeast Louisiana, voters cast ballots in two congressional districts Saturday to find replacements for longtime Republican congressman Richard Baker and newly elected Republican governor Bobby Jindal.

In Jindal's old district, state Sen. Steve Scalise had about 48 percent of the vote in the pivotal GOP race. For the Democrats, Gilda Reed, a University of New Orleans adjunct professor, captured 70 percent of the vote.

The GOP race winner will be the strong favorite to win Jindal's district because it leans strongly conservative.

In Baker's old district, state Rep. Don Cazayoux had about 40 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary with 359 of 512 precincts counted. He appeared headed for a runoff with state Rep. Michael Jackson, who had 25 percent of the vote. On the GOP side, former state House member Woody Jenkins led with about 51 percent.

This was the first time since the 1970s that Louisiana saw closed party primaries in federal elections.

http://www.rawstory.com/news/mochila/Dem_wins_election_to_fill_Hastert_s_03082008.html


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BLOGGED BY Brad Friedman ON 3/8/2008 2:34PM

'REPUBLICAN' Flashes on Diebold Screens in Illinois Special Election to Replace Hastert

...and Other Quick Election Integrity Items of Note...

Another Election Day, another Diebold election "failure" or two.

And a few other quick Election Integrity items of note as I try to get outta here today to head to Arizona where I'll be appearing next week at Q&A's for a couple of Uncounted screenings. (See the "Media Appearances" box on top-right for details, if you're in Phoenix or Tucson, or thereabouts!)...

In Illinois today, they are holding an election to replace Denny Hastert. On the Diebold touch-screen machines used by the hopelessly partisan Republican DuPage County Election Commission, the word "REPUBLICAN" is popping on to the screen, such that some precincts have reportedly taken to placing tape over the screen where that occurs. The DuPage board is extraordinarily slimy, hopelessly corrupt, overtly willing to break the law, have hired Republican operatives to do "PR" for them (both overtly and covertly), and have recently launched an all out effort, with the help of their corrupt friends in the local media, to to swiftboat the non-partisan citizen Election Integrity advocate citizen volunteers of the Illinois Ballot Integrity Project (IBIP).

Nothing illegal about Republicanists dutifully following Rush's orders to cross over to the Dem side in order to vote for Hillary in the recent Ohio Primary. Or is there?

Diebold op-scan machines cause more trouble than they're worth. Again. This time in Vermont. And perhaps to the advantage of a Democrat over a Republican for a change. Someone needs to be fired for that.

0 Republican votes recorded in 21 Texas counties during last week's Primaries? Yes. But here's why.

Backatcha from the road (see below if you feel like helping us with some gas money! We could much use it!)...

Continued http://www.bradblog.com/?p=5778




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WOW

Check it out! Black Flag Protests all over Pakistan for the next week!

…and what the hell did our lawyers and judges do when Habeus Corpus was struck down in congress? Not freaking much say for a few brave enough to take on Bush, like the ACLU.

PRESS RELEASE: Thursday, 28th March, 2008.

Aitzaz Gives Call for LAWYERS' Black Flag Week:

Lahore:

In a statement issued here from his residence, where he is detained, Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, President Supreme Court Bar Association, said that a Long March scheduled for March 09 has been postponed to give Parliament time to restore the deposed judges. It has not been cancelled. The lawyers, he said, appreciated the concern of the Parliamentarians and the leadership of the political parties to permit Parliament to meet and take steps for the restoration of the judges in the first instance.

Aitzaz, however, said that two of the most unfortunate days in our history fell in the year 2007. On March 9, none other than the Chief Justice of Pakistan was arrested. On December 27 a much greater and far more enormous tragedy struck. The most important leader of the country Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was martyred. The nation continues to mourn her. Lawyers have decided to commemorate both days with sorrow.

Aitzaz said that presently March 9th to 16th would be commemorated as the BLACK FLAG WEEK in and outside Pakistan. Those opposing Musharraf and seeking the restoration of the deposed judges will fly "Black Flags" through out the week as per the following recommended programme:

· On Sunday 9th March Provincial Bar Councils to hold conventions of Representative Lawyers presided over by a deposed judge at the Provincial Headquarters and hoist black flags.

Continued

http://pakistanmartiallaw.blogspot.com/


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I had once hoped for a Obama/Clinton or Clinton/Obama ticket once Bill but not after all the crap that was done and said last week. Turns out it was the Clinton campaign who put out that nasty email about Obama.

Forget it Bill if I was Obama I’d say no thank you but I’m not so I can say “SHOVE IT WHERE THE SUN DON‘T SHINE”!

Take your “Kitchen Sink” politics and go home!

I might change my opinion if the back biting stops but I doubt it.

March 8, 2008 Bill Clinton: A Clinton-Obama ticket would be 'unstoppable'

Posted: 06:04 PM ET

(CNN) — Even as Hillary Clinton's campaign attacked her rival, Barack Obama, for failing to "deliver on his promises," her husband, former President Bill Clinton said Saturday that a joint ticket pairing the two would be "almost unstoppable."

The former president referred to his wife's own comments that indicated a willingness to consider the prospect. "She said yesterday and she said the day after her big wins in Texas and Ohio and Rhode Island that she was very open to that and I think she answered explicitly 'Yes' yesterday," said Clinton during a Mississippi campaign appearance.

"I know that she has always been open to it, because she believes that if you can unite the energy and the new people that he's brought in and the people in these vast swaths of small town and rural America that she's carried overwhelmingly, if you had those two things together she thinks it'd be hard to beat."

He added that, in his view, Obama would win the "urban areas and the upscale voters" while Clinton claims "the traditional rural areas that we lost when President Reagan was president. If you put those two things together, you'd have an almost unstoppable force."

Continue if you must http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/


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Stupid Republicans that dog don’t hunt no more. You said this crap about John Kerry and now your trying to use it against Obama, blow me.

A nuke could go off in America and then people would really vote for Democrats because that would mean Republicans cannot keep us safe. They never have.

Did Bill Clinton blame daddy Bush when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center? NO! Just 5 weeks into Clinton’s first term the Trade Center was bombed baby Bush was in office over 10 months. Hell Clinton didn’t even have his whole cabinet in place.

Clinton also successfully captured and prosecuted those responsible. Who has Bush captured and prosecuted? Usama Bin Forgotten!

But baby Bush blamed Clinton even though they had nearly a dozen warnings including a very credible one from Israel.

So the way I see it 2 Bush republicans failed to stop the terrorists.

1993 World Trade Center bombing

Learn the TRUTH then pass it on.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1993_World_Trade_Center_bombing


Lawmaker: Terrorists to cheer Obama win

Iowa GOP Congressman Says al-Qaida Would Celebrate Obama Victory in Presidential Race

JAMES BELTRAN
AP News

Mar 07, 2008 22:33 EST

An Iowa Republican congressman said Friday that terrorists would be "dancing in the streets" if Democratic candidate Barack Obama were to win the presidency.

Rep. Steve King based his prediction on Obama's pledge to pull troops out of Iraq, his Kenyan heritage and his middle name, Hussein.

"The radical Islamists, the al-Qaida ... would be dancing in the streets in greater numbers than they did on Sept. 11 because they would declare victory in this war on terror," King said in an interview with the Daily Reporter in Spencer.

King said his comments were not meant to demean Obama but to warn how an Obama presidency would look to the world.

"His middle name does matter," King said. "It matters because they read a meaning into that."

The Illinois senator, born in Hawaii to a white Kansas woman and a Kenyan man, is a Christian and has said he has little connection to the Islamic religion, though he acknowledges he spent part of his childhood in largely Muslim Indonesia.

In criticizing King, Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said, "These comments have no place in our politics." He called on John McCain, the apparent Republican nominee, to "repudiate them like he has previous offensive comments from his supporters."

Last month, McCain denounced an introduction from Cincinnati talk-show host Bill Cunningham, who referred to Obama three times as "Barack Hussein Obama."

(This version CORRECTS the story by omitting that King noted the name was a reminder of Iraq's former leader, which he did not.)

http://www.rawstory.com/news/mochila/Lawmaker_Terrorists_to_cheer_Obama__03072008.html


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I found this site while googling for something else. Check it out.

9/11 STATS

2,973 - Total number of people killed (excluding the 19 hijackers) in the September 11, 2001 attacks

2,932 - Total number of US servicemen and women killed in Afghanistan and Iraq since September 2001

72,000 - Estimated number of civilians killed worldwide since September 11, 2001 as a result of the war on terror

2 - Number of years since US intelligence had any credible lead to Osama bin Laden's whereabouts

1,248 - Number of published books relating to the September 11 attacks

$40bn - Airline industry losses since September 2001

91 per cent - Terror cases from FBI and others that US Justice Dept declined to prosecute in first eight months of 2006

http://prorev.com/wtc.htm

And check out this site too.

AMERICA'S WAR AGAINST TERRORISM
World Trade Center/Pentagon Terrorism and the Aftermath

http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/usterror.html


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I bought this book yesterday (pre-paid-pre-ordered) and I recommend everyone should buy it.

This is a MUST READ!

They knew, but did nothing

March 8, 2008

In this exclusive extract from his new book, Philip Shenon uncovers how the White House tried to hide the truth of its ineptitude leading up to the September 11 terrorist attacks. .

In the American summer of 2001, the nation's news organisations, especially the television networks, were riveted by the story of one man. It wasn't George Bush. And it certainly wasn't Osama bin Laden.

It was the sordid tale of an otherwise obscure Democratic congressman from California, Gary Condit, who was implicated - falsely, it later appeared - in the disappearance of a 24-year-old government intern later found murdered. That summer, the names of the blow-dried congressman and the doe-eyed intern, Chandra Levy, were much better known to the American public than bin Laden's.

Even reporters in Washington who covered intelligence issues acknowledged they were largely ignorant that summer that the CIA and other parts of the Government were warning of an almost certain terrorist attack. Probably, but not necessarily, overseas.

The warnings were going straight to President Bush each morning in his briefings by the CIA director, George Tenet, and in the presidential daily briefings. It would later be revealed by the 9/11 commission into the September 11 attacks that more than 40 presidential briefings presented to Bush from January 2001 through to September 10, 2001, included references to bin Laden.

And nearly identical intelligence landed each morning on the desks of about 300 other senior national security officials and members of Congress in the form of the senior executive intelligence brief, a newsletter on intelligence issues also prepared by the CIA.

The senior executive briefings contained much of the same information that was in the presidential briefings but were edited to remove material considered too sensitive for all but the President and his top aides to see. Often the differences between the two documents were minor, with only a sentence or two changed between them. Apart from the commission's chief director, Philip Zelikow, the commission's staff was never granted access to Bush's briefings, except for the notorious August 2001 briefing that warned of the possibility of domestic al-Qaeda strikes involving hijackings. But they could read through the next best thing: the senior executive briefings.

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http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/they-knew-but-did-nothing/2008/03/07/1204780065676.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1


….and I still say Michael Wright is onto something with his own investigation. I agree with him that Bushco/FBI screwed up big time.

I’ve read this huge fact filled investigation several times and all the links and it make perfect sense to me. Yes it’s a lot to read but it will enlighten you to things that have been totally ignored by the MSM and other writers.

David Boren and George Tenet

Was Their Bungled Sting Operation a Factor in the 9/11 Attack? -- Read This and Decide

Introduction

[Since websites can disappear at any time, readers who appreciate this work are encouraged to print out and store the web pages to which there are links.]

Kathy Ashton's son Tommy was killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11. Eight months after the attack, she asserted that the mass murder of 3,000 Americans was enabled "because many agencies in this country dropped the ball." 1 In the wake of the 9/11 attack, it has became popular to talk about the failure of the nation's intelligence community to "connect the dots" in advance of the catastrophe and take the necessary steps to obstruct the terrorists. The American people, their leaders, and the media need to give serious consideration to the likelihood that within the inner circles of the intelligence world they were indeed connecting dots. The problem was that they were drawing a different picture.

The view presented here is not far-fetched conspiricism. Sting operations are common in law enforcement. We were reminded of this by USA Today (August 13, 2003), with a page-one article about an individual being arrested and accused of attempting to sell a surface-to-air missile to Al Qaeda, for use in the US. In fact, the missile was purchased from him by two FBI agents posing as Al Qaeda terrorists. It was a sting on both sides: the missile and launcher had been sold to the accused by two Russian agents acting in concert with the FBI and pretending to be illegal arms merchants. There was no plot to attack an aircraft with a missile. The entire episode appears to be little more than choreographed public relations stagecraft intended to convince Americans that their government is "doing something" about homeland security. A desperate sucker trying to relieve his financial problems played right into their hands.

http://members.aol.com/mpwright9/sting.html


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HAA HAA HAAA

I see a new Independent Senator from Maine.

March 7th, 2008 6:47 pm
Senate candidate asks board to indict Bush, Cheney

By Laura Dolce / Seacoast Online

KENNEBUNKPORT, ME — Calling President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney "notorious, alleged war criminals," Independent U.S. Senate candidate Laurie Dobson called upon the Board of Selectmen last week to adopt an indictment ordinance allowing town leaders to arrest war criminals.

"Five years ago, I wrote the local paper and said that 'G.W. Bush is driving the world under the intoxicated influence of his power-mad buddies and their dreams of world empire,'" she told the assembled crowd. "Nothing has changed since then, except that we are now paying the price for his failures and we will be paying for a long time to come.

Noting that "alleged war criminals occasionally exist in our town," Dobson said she wanted the town to take steps to bring them to justice since federal officials, including members of Congress, have failed to do so thus far.

"Fifty-one percent of Americans support impeachment," Dobson said. If impeachment doesn't happen, though, she said arresting Bush and Cheney — after they leave office — would be the "patriotic" thing to do.

Dobson held a press conference on the steps of town hall last Tuesday, calling for the arrest of both Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for "war crimes." At that time, Town Manager Larry Mead said it was his understanding that towns in Maine have no power to indict.

Dobson, however, addressed that issue in her speech.

"I can assert after consulting with my legal counsel that I am not asking for anything illegal, improper or impossible," she said. "In fact, this is in keeping with the intention behind the power of citizen legislation, something we empower our citizens to do in Maine, when they want to do something about their government. Whatever we don't like, and think is wrong, we can bring up in town meeting and for referendum on the ballot."

Dobson asked the board to consider drafting an ordinance to deal with the issue and to put it on the town ballot in June.

"We'll see if anyone wants to move forward with this," said board chair Mat Lanigan after Dobson made her request. Most board members shook their heads.

"I don't feel it's our place," said member Kristi Bryant.

"I agree," said Mike Weston.

While Lanigan said the board would take Dobson's materials under advisement, they made it clear they wouldn't be moving forward with any indictment.

"I will be gathering petitions on this," Dobson promised before leaving.

Dobson's next recourse would be to gather the 210 certified signatures needed to have the issue placed on the June town warrant.

Mead said that if that happens, the town will consult with legal counsel to see if it's legal to ask residents to vote on the issue.

http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/latestnews/index.php?id=11052



March 7th, 2008 4:24 am
'We Did It' letters eyed in NY bombing

By Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Capitol Hill offices received letters Thursday containing a photo of the Times Square military recruiting office before it was bombed and including the claim "We Did It."

The manila envelopes contained a photo of a man standing in front of the recruiting station before it was bombed. The photo was the kind commonly sent as a holiday greeting card, according to a Democratic aide who spoke on condition of anonymity because the matter is under investigation.

The message on the card: "Happy New Year, We Did It."

The envelope also contained a packet of approximately 10 sheets of paper that seemed to be a political manifesto railing against the Iraq war and a booklet. The aide didn't know what the booklet was. A second aide, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said similar letters arrived in as many as 10 offices.

Capitol Police, FBI and U.S. Postal Inspection Service were investigating. In an e-mail to lawmakers, Capitol Police said the envelopes went through the standard security process. That process, which involves radiating incoming mail, can easily take a week or more, making it likely the letters were mailed well ahead of the bombing.

The small bomb caused minor damage to the New York military recruiting station before dawn Thursday and police were searching for a hooded bicyclist seen on a surveillance video pedaling away.

Each envelope was stamped with two $1 stamps and contained a white label with a return address, which the police did not identify in the e-mail. Police said the letters were safe and did not contain threats to lawmakers.

The man in the photo was thin, white with graying hair, wearing a striped flannel shirt and jeans, the Democratic aide said. A law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is ongoing, confirmed some of the contents of the letters as described by the aide.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of an e-mail sent from the office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to other lawmakers Thursday that reads:

"A few offices on the House side have received a letter today addressed to 'Members of Congress' with a picture of a man standing in front of the Times Square recruiting station that was bombed in New York today with the statement 'We did it.' He is standing in front of it with his arms spread out and he's attached his political manifesto."

The blast left a gaping hole in the front window and shattered a glass door, twisting and blackening its metal frame. No one was hurt, but Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the device, though unsophisticated, could have caused "injury and even death."

http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/latestnews/index.php?id=11049


Mike has several more good articles

March 8th, 2008 9:50 pm
Iraq veteran speaks against the war


March 7th, 2008 9:30 pm
Security contractor Blackwater ends bid for Calif. training site


March 7th, 2008 9:26 pm
Blackwater pulls application for Potrero training center


March 7th, 2008 8:56 pm
For soldiers' loved ones, violence can change everything


March 7th, 2008 8:16 pm
Soldiers seek Ft. Carson deployment probe


March 7th, 2008 8:12 pm
AWOL soldier claims mistreatment by commanders, wants inquiry


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Thanks Mike Moore for posting this.

Thank You Bryan, stay strong because those who aren’t are counting on you.

I also want to say I am sorry for what has been done to you. To many of our military leaders have lost their way and their humanity. They have no honor.

Deploying injured soldiers should be a criminal offense and it’s time congress passed a bill to protect our soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen.

Maybe the threat of prosecution will stop those in charge of filing false evaluations as to the fitness of our military men and women.

Mmm time to call the House Armed services committee, again.

Even if you don’t have a congress critter on the committee pick one from your state and if there is not one just called at least one on the list.

http://www.house.gov/hasc/list_of_members.shtml

AWOL soldier returns to level charges at commanding officers who he says hazed him and ridiculed him for being too injured in combat to continue fighting.

"Instead of prescribing one medication for PTSD, I was given a bag of medication and just told to take them all until I found one that works and just stick to that." -- Spec. Bryan Currie

U.S. Troops Not Too Injured to Die

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Yr-emrj41I&eurl=http://www.michaelmoore.com/ 2:17

PASS THIS VIDEO ON


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This article is date March 4th but I’ve not heard one word about this or the Vanity Fair article.

Did talk radio take a vacation or what on this story?

'US plot against Hamas' revealed

The US plotted to overthrow the democratically elected Hamas government in the Palestinian territories, documents obtained by Al Jazeera reveal. One of the documents appears to show that Washington tried to persuade Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president and leader of Fatah, to remove Hamas from power.

One document, dated March 2007, states "the plan will enable the Palestinian leadership to be more credible in the eyes of Israel and the others". But, when that plan failed, the US set up an operation to fund Fatah fighters and drive Hamas out.

In Cairo, Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, justified the arming of Fatah, saying the situation had called for it.

She said she had not read a report in Vanity Fair magazine which quoted a former US intelligence official said to be knowledgeable of the US plans to overthrow Hamas after it failed to convince Abbas to dissolve the cabinet.

US support

"It is very clear that Hamas is being armed. And it is very clear that they are being armed in part by the Iranians," Rice said on Tuesday.

"So if the answer is that if Hamas gets armed by the Iranians and nobody helps to improve the security capabilities of the legitimate Palestinian Authority security forces, that's not a very good situation."

Rice said that international forces, including the US, would therefore continue to work with the PA to bolster its forces to keep security in its mandated region.

Responding to Rice's comments about Iranian support for Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, the exiled Hamas political leader, told Al Jazeera Rice was "lying".

"Their main concern is to provoke Iran," Meshaal said. "I'm saying it again if they have proof of this let them produce it".

"Everyone knows the origins of the Israeli weapons, it's American made while our men are using very simple homemade arms," he said.

The US has openly supported Fatah and after Hamas seized control of Gaza in June 2007, the US announced an $80m funding deal for Fatah's security services in the West Bank.

Nour Odeh, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Ramallah, said that many Palestinians would be upset that Fatah appeared to have played into the hands of an American foreign policy that wanted to make an example out of Hamas, whom the US labels a "terrorist" organisation.

Emerging evidence

This is a must continue

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/935DF029-9ECA-4133-BCD3-7DC26FB80E4A.htm


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Well it’s nearly 5 am (did you remember to move you clock up and hour?) and if there’s other stories out there this Sunday you’ll have to go find them yourselves. I’m tired and sick of our media. I’ve said it before the Fourth Estate is DEAD in this country, save for a few like Olbermann, Stewart and Colbert. Our televisions one day will become obsolete and all our real news will be found on the internet.

Today I dub the Internet the 5th Estate!

TRUTH, FREEDOM, KNOWLEDGE, BIPARTISAN and GENUINE.

THE END.

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