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Articles from my old site. Most links are still working.

Judge’s ban on the use of the word ‘rape’ at trial reflects trend

It’s the only way Tory Bowen knows to honestly describe what happened to her.
She was raped.
But a judge prohibited her from uttering the word “rape” in front of a jury. The term “sexual assault” also was taboo, and Bowen could not refer to herself as a victim or use the word “assailant” to describe the man who allegedly raped her.
The defendant’s presumption of innocence and right to a fair trial trumps Bowen’s right of free speech, said the Lincoln, Neb., judge who issued the order.

The prison industry in the United States: big business or a new form of slavery?

2 million – mostly Black and Hispanic – are working for various industries for a pittance. For the tycoons who have invested in the prison industry, it has been like finding a pot of gold.

Scalia: Court’s Decision Restoring Habeas ‘Will Almost Certainly Cause More Americans To Be Killed’

In a landmark decision today, the Supreme Court ruled that habeas corpus protections apply to detainees held at Guantanamo Bay. “We hold these petitioners do have the habeas corpus privilege,” wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy in the majority opinion. The decision was a “a stunning blow to the Bush Administration in its war-on-terrorism policies,” SCOTUS Blog noted.

GOP blast Gitmo decision, Graham says he is willing to push for a constitutional amendment if necessary

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) vowed Thursday to do everything in his power to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision on Guantanamo Bay detainees, saying that, “if necessary,” he would push for a constitutional amendment to modify the decision.

Supreme Court Ruling on Guns

(Rochester, N.Y.) – A monumental ruling on the right to bear arms is expected from the Supreme Court any day now.

Army Reserve teams with D.C. Police to boost employment
The Army Reserve recruited the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department in its new initiative to partner with public and private sector employers to jointly recruit, train and employ individuals.
Either side can recruit an individual for the program, to let employees get Army training and enhance Army operations.
“If you look at the makeup of the Army Reserve, there’s 11,000 military police and correction specialists,” said Russell Rice, chief warrant officer of the Army Reserve. “For our employment outreach, we thought we should concentrate on law enforcement because of the number of soldiers we have in this field.”

Fifth-Grader Draws Teacher Getting Shot, Could Face Charges
The teacher has threatened to press charges and a criminal complaint has been filed, but it isn’t clear yet whether the boy will face any criminal action for the drawing.

TSA outlaws flights to those who refuse to show ID, allows those that “forgot” them

Ever since TSA’s creation after 9/11, passengers willing to undergo a pat-down and hand-search have been able to fly without ID. This rarely discussed, and little used right was documented by the courts in Gilmore v. Gonzales. While mostly just a way to assert your rights, the technique often had the added benefit of allowing the traveler to skip to the front of the security line.
With little warning, on Thursday, TSA announced a new change in policy. Passengers who refuse to show ID, citing the rights, will be refused entry to the boarding area. Passengers who claim to have lost or forgotten their ID will still be allowed to fly.
This new rule seems to only apply to terrorists that are unable to lie, while at the same time, massively cutting into the rights of passengers.

U.S. School District to Begin Microchipping Students
(NaturalNews) A Rhode Island school district has announced a pilot program to monitor student movements by means of radio frequency identification (RFID) chips implanted in their schoolbags.

Bush: Critics Of Gitmo, Abu Ghraib And Rendition Are ‘Slandering America’»
During an interview with President Bush on Britain’s Sky News yesterday, Sky political editor Adam Boulton noted that while Bush talks “a lot about freedom,” there are many who say that some of the Bush administration’s torture and detention policies represent “the complete opposite of freedom.” But Bush quickly snapped back, saying those criticizing his policies are slandering America:

‘Random’ searches of passengers on Metrolink
Random searches of passengers and their belongings will begin next week on Metrolink commuter trains, the agency announced Thursday. Passengers got the news via a flier left on train seats.
Sheriff’s deputies will be setting up random screening stations at random times. “Access to the station platform will be restricted; passengers must pass through the checkpoint to gain access to the station platform,” stated the flier.
The release goes on to say that some passengers will be selected from those lines and have their baggage searched. Anyone who refuses to be searched won’t be allowed to get on the train. Deputies are looking for “explosives” or other “dangerous items.”

CFR: Preparing Kids For The New World Order
America is still preparing our children for life in a unipolar world, and as described by Richard Haass [1] and Fareed Zakaria [2] in separate essays which appeared in a recent issue of Foreign Affairs, we are living in an emerging nonpolar world. The ability of the United States to adjust, survive, and prosper in this new world order will depend upon successful preparation of the next generation for the evolution of the international power structure already happening.
In ways both formal and informal we are teaching our youth how we became a superpower, instead of teaching them the skills necessary to function when we are not. As a society we must accept that our reign of world-domination is coming to a close, and as Americans we should take some measure of pride in how we have contributed to the “rise of the rest” (Zakaria).

More Proof UK Gun Ban Works: School Kids Strap on Stab-Proof Vests as Knife Crime Soars
Ashgar Jilow used to sell stab-proof vests to nightclub bouncers and security guards at his London military surplus store.
Now his clients are kids as young as 10 who fear they’re going to be knifed at school or on the street. “Some of them are so tiny the vests don’t even fit under their school uniforms,” said Jilow, 55, who sells about three of the 120-pound ($230) vests a week. “Parents don’t know what to do to keep their kids safe.”

Martial law exercises in Denver
“The federal agencies sponsoring the ongoing multi-agency training in Denver agreed to make the proper notifications regarding the exercises to prevent surprise and inconvenience to Denver residents,” Hickenlooper wrote. “There seems to have been a misunderstanding about the reach and scope of these notifications, and they did not occur in the manner expected by the City.
“Although these exercises are in no way connected to the upcoming Democratic National Convention, Denver officials were well aware that there would be heightened sensitivity to an exercise such as this because of its proximity to the Convention,”

Airport Tyranny
It’s been at least five years since I’ve flown commercial, and for good reason: I don’t wish to be arrested for questioning actions by often arrogant, rude Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers.

“And I said what about my constitutional rights? And they said ‘not at this point … you don’t have any’.”

A 57 year old woman chaperoning a school field trip accidentally left a butter knife in her carry on bags for the trip home. According to TSA employees Cecilia Beaman is now a terrorist. No due process, no appeal, hell, they don’t even give her any paperwork or a receipt for the confiscated property.
“You’ve committed a felony,” Beaman says a security screener announced. “And you’re considered a terrorist.”
Beaman says she was told her name would go on a terrorist watch-list and that she would have to pay a $500 fine.

WILL CHURCHES BE THE NEXT GUN-FREE ZONES?

A chilling article appeared in Friday’s Denver Rocky Mountain News. The headline read “More Churchgoers Carrying Firearms.” The opening paragraph read:
“Ever since a gunman went on a deadly shooting rampage at a missionary training center in Arvada and a Colorado Springs megachurch, law enforcement and security officials are encountering what they believe is a growing dilemma – people packing firearms when they go to worship.”
There is no “dilemma” at all for those who can read and think. …

Government Is Sued Over Seizure of Liberty Dollars
The federal government’s attempt to stop a group of gold-standard activists from minting an alternative to the greenback is about to face its first legal test.

TN: Chattanooga City Council Violates Bill Of Rights
According to this ordinance, it is now illegal for fifteen or more people to gather together in any public park in the city without obtaining a $25 permit. The language of the ordinance includes “parades, meetings, weddings, rallies, special events, shows, races, or other events” held in a public park, which belongs by definition to the public, as now being illegal without a $25 permit.

Laptop searches at U.S. airports draw fire at Senate hearing
The U.S. government says the searches are necessary for national security and for legal action against people who bring illegal material into the country.
[Bullshit. I guess our “leaders” never heard about downloading files off the net -Webmaster]

ATF raids Blackwater armory, seizes automatic weapons

Federal agents raided a Blackwater armory Tuesday and seized 34 automatic rifles that the company purchased and stored on behalf of a local law enforcement agency, the Associated Press reports.
[The Bad News: there was no shootout -Webmaster]

“And Leave the Laptop with Us”
The Baltimore Sun reports that U. S. Customs officials are routinely seizing 5-10% of the laptop s brought back in to the country by U. S. citizens returning home after international travel.  There’s no warrant or reasonable cause, just a program to radomnly expropriate laptops and keep them for 2 weeks or longer

Another five-year-old on the no-fly list: meet Sam Adams
Ted Adams — the publisher of IDW comics — named his little son “Sam Adams,” a good, solid patriotic name. It’s also a name on the TSA’s no-fly list, and the five-year-old has spent his young life being harassed by airport security goons who think he’s a terrorist.

Mexico: Police Torture Videos Cause Uproar. American company involved.
MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) — Videos showing Leon police practicing torture techniques on a fellow officer and dragging another through vomit at the instruction of a U.S. adviser created an uproar Tuesday in Mexico, which has struggled to eliminate torture in law enforcement.

Woman Seeks $30K After Her Home Mistakenly Razed
Owner Annie Wilson of Dallas said trying to get fair compensation has been a nightmare.

Texas PC Repair Now Requires Private Investigator License
A recently passed law requires that Texas computer-repair technicians have a private-investigator license, according to a story posted by a Dallas-Fort Worth CW affiliate.

Judge Orders YouTube to Give All User Histories to Viacom
Google will have to turn over every record of every video watched by YouTube users, including users’ names and IP addresses, to Viacom, which is suing Google for allowing clips of its copyright videos to appear on YouTube, a judge ruled Wednesday.

US teacher is suspended for letting pupils read bestseller

An Indiana teacher who used a much lauded bestseller, The Freedom Writers Diary, to try to inspire under-performing high-school students has been suspended from her job without pay for 18 months.

UK: Toddlers who dislike spicy food ‘racist’
Toddlers who turn their noses up at spicy food from overseas could be branded racists by a Government-sponsored agency.

UK: Big Brother database recording all our calls, texts and e-mails will ‘ruin British way of life’

In an Orwellian move, the Home Office is proposing to detail every phone call, e-mail, text message, internet search and online purchase in the fight against terrorism and other serious crime.

Terrorist Watch List Hits One Million Names
WASHINGTON, DC – The nation’s terrorist watch list has hit one million names, according to a tally maintained by the American Civil Liberties Union based upon the government’s own reported numbers for the size of the list.

Has a U.S. Attorney Alice Martin Knowingly Prosecuted Innocent People?
Axion is the latest in a string of aggressive prosecutions brought by Birmingham U.S. Attorney Alice Martin. Those prosecutions are marked by convictions overturned and innocent men wronged. Two judges have openly questioned whether she knowingly prosecuted innocent people.

Prosecutors go after bloggers again
A grand jury subpoena sent by prosecutors in the Bronx earlier this year sought information to help identify people blogging anonymously on a Web site about New York politics called Room 8.
The subpoena carried a warning in capital letters that disclosing its very existence “could impede the investigation being conducted and thereby interfere with law enforcement” – implying that if the bloggers blabbed, they could be prosecuted.

Italy Wants To Fingerprint All Citizens
Italy may demand all its citizens be fingerprinted, a move aimed at defusing widespread criticism of government plans to force Roma people and their children to provide fingerprints as a way of tackling criminality.

Thugs committing 350 knife  assaults EVERY DAY, as blade menace spreads to rural areas
Results from the British Crime Survey showed nearly 130,000 attacks took place last year – a figure which does not include those against under-16s.
[The solution is so simple. Ban metal knives. Make your subjects rip apart their steaks with their bare hands, or use those cheap useless dull plastic knives. Voila! Presto change-o! Problem solved. -Webmaster]

Mayer: Top DOJ Lawyers Spoke ‘In Codes’ For Fear Of Being Wiretapped By White House ‘Lunatics’
Mayer said two other top DOJ lawyers had to develop a system of speaking codes because they feared they were being wiretapped while others described an “atmosphere of intimidation,” mainly from Vice President Dick Cheney:

U.S. Headed for ‘Heightened Alert’ Stage
Government officials have been quietly stepping up counterterror efforts out of a growing concern that al Qaeda or similar organizations might try to capitalize on the spate of extremely high-profile events in the coming months, sources tell ABC News.
[Bullshit. We are in for another false flag op, or they are playing more mind games with the sheeple. Run away! Run away! -webmaster]

Delta Makes Woman With Muscular Dystrophy Crawl Off Plane
[A mere summary does not do this story justice. Just read it for yourself. -Webmaster]

Plane To Salt Lake City Evacuated After ‘9/11’ Stickers Found
BOSTON – A Delta Air Lines flight from Massachusetts to Salt Lake City was evacuated on Wednesday after a flight attendant found stickers referring to 9/11 as an “inside job.”
[This is getting silly. Note to self: Get some of these stickers. -Webmaster]

Insurance Companies To Watch Your Driving Habits Using a High-Tech Device
Auto insurance companies already take in consideration the age, credit score, number of tickets and accidents when setting up a price for the insurance. But now they came up with another idea, the high-tech monitoring device that records everything (sic) your driving habits.

Unique law lets police seize guns before a crime is committed
HARTFORD — Using a unique state law, police in Connecticut have disarmed dozens of gun owners based on suspicions that they might harm themselves or others.
The state’s gun seizure law is considered the first and only law in the country that allows the confiscation of a gun before the owner commits an act of violence. Police and state prosecutors can obtain seizure warrants based on concerns about someone’s intentions.

FBI has admitted it was spying on reporters for the NY Times and the Washington Post
The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Friday that it had improperly obtained the phone records of reporters for The New York Times and The Washington Post in the newspapers’ Indonesia bureaus in 2004.

UK: Fat children ‘should be taken from parents’ to curb obesity epidemic
Grossly overweight children may be taken from their families and put into care if Britain’s obesity epidemic continues to escalate, council chiefs said yesterday.
The Local Government Association argued that parents who allowed their children to eat too much could be as guilty of neglect as those who did not feed their children at all.

Citizens’ U.S. Border Crossings Tracked
The federal government has been using its system of border checkpoints to greatly expand a database on travelers entering the country by collecting information on all U.S. citizens crossing by land, compiling data that will be stored for 15 years and may be used in criminal and intelligence investigations.

ABC producer arrested for ” pictures on a public sidewalk of Democratic senators and VIP donors leaving a private meeting.”
Eslocker, a member of the investigative team, was charged with trespass, interference and failure to follow a lawful order. He was put in handcuffs and taken by police van to the Asa Eslocker (ABC News)downtown police station.

Lawyers Guild: Cops illegally seize video equipment
Three New York videographers, in town to document police conduct for the Republican National Convention, are alleging Minneapolis police illegally seized their video equipment early this morning.
A Minneapolis police spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.
The attorney for the videographers, part of a prominent group that documents police activities during rallies and demonstrations, said he suspects the seizure is “a pre-emptive strike” by authorities. “These folks are very well-known to law enforcement,” said Bruce Nestor, president of the Minnesota chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. The group, New York-based Glass Bead Collective, has supplied video in court cases, including cases stemming from a 2007 Critical Mass bike ride in New York City.

No water or toilets at Freedom Cage
The vast unused Freedom Cage for protesters at the Pepsi Center has no water or toilets in apparent violation of a federal judge’s order.
The Secret Service and other government officials also had assured the judge that most delegates would be walking past the protest area on their way to the convention, but none do, said Mark Silverstein, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union.

Electronic binoculars from Northrop Grumman team to detect threats through brain activity
A team led by Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Systems Sector is looking to bring a similar threat detection capability to warfighters as part of an advanced research contract to develop a panoramic day/night optical system that will utilize human brain activity to detect, analyze, and alert foot-soldiers to possible threats.

Electronic snitch riding with you?
Using technology to track a person’s location is nothing new. For years, police have been able to trace cell phone signals and use other dashboard devices such as automatic toll-collection systems to confirm a driver’s whereabouts.
But the growing popularity of GPS systems – in cars, cell phones and other handheld devices – gives authorities another powerful tool to track suspects.
Developed for the military, GPS navigation systems started showing up in cars in the 1990s. Prices have dropped sharply in the past few years, and many units are now available for less than $150.

PA County to expand network of surveillance cameras
U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter and county Emergency Services Chief Bob Full announced the grant, saying it’s high time the county implemented what is now a standard law enforcement tool in cities like London and Tel Aviv.

Police State In Republican Convention City
Preventive strike forces by police have invaded homes of people planning protests, or even planning to protect protesters by video-taping police. The victims of these raids have been forced to lie face down on the floor, have been handcuffed, and then their computers, records and some money has been taken from them. This frightening abuse of constitutional rights has been done using vague claims that the police are preventing riots.

‘Explosion’ in St. Paul leads to rounding up anyone with a backpack

At about 7 p.m. tonight a loud bang set everyone milling about at Washington and Sixth on edge. There were immediate “uh-ohs” and panic-stricken faces. A few people ran. The loud boom sounded like, well, a firecracker. Over the radio of the police officer next to me came the frantic announcement: “Explosion at Washington and Sixth!” Except that it wasn’t. Because that was the corner where the officer and I were standing.

Secret Service confiscates books & buttons from Ron Paul delegates – Updated
Today at the Republican National Convention, as the Ron Paul Delegates were taking a picture in front of the model White House inside the Convention Center, they were surrounded by Secret Service which proceeded to search the bags of all the delegates. They took any and everything related to Ron Paul including signs, buttons, videos, slim jims, cards, even books.

UK: Children aged eight enlisted as council snoopers
Children as young as eight have been recruited by councils to “snoop” on their neighbours and report petty offences such as littering, the Daily Telegraph can disclose.

School Shooting Drill Terrifies Unknowing Teachers
About 50 teachers at a New Jersey school experienced a terrifying moment when a shooting rampage turned out to be a drill, but the teachers didn’t know it.
It happened Aug. 28 at the Phillipsburg New Jersey Early Learning Center.
A man burst into the library and started shooting. But the gun didn’t have any bullets, just blanks
[Fucking idiots. -Webmaster]

Island fourth grader suspended for using broken pencil sharpener
The boy — a fourth-grader described as a well-behaved and good student — cried during the meeting with his mom, the deputy and the school’s assistant principal.
He had no criminal intent in having the blade at school, the sheriff’s report stated, but was suspended for at least two days and could face further disciplinary action.
District spokesman Randy Wall said school administrators are stuck in the precarious position between the district’s zero tolerance policy against having weapons at school and common sense.

Board rejects $1M claim over woman’s death
The claim, filed Sept. 4, contends county workers violated Egger’s constitutional rights to life, freedom from cruel and unusual punishment, due process and fair treatment. They failed to intervene, stop or prevent the acts and omissions that resulted in severe pain and suffering and ultimately her death on Aug. 26, 2007, it said.

Media restricted from covering Hurricane Ike’s devastation.
Yesterday in a local report on KTRK-TV in Houston, TX, reporter Wayne Dolcefino revealed that media have been blocked from covering Hurricane Ike’s devastation. In a press conference, Dolcefino pressed Gov. Rick Perry on why media aren’t even allowed to fly over parts of Galveston Island, noting that media access was far better in Mississippi and Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. Perry tried to brush off Dolcefino’s concerns, but eventually passed blame to federal officials:
[Video at link. -W]

Homeland Security (sic), Sesame Style
When it comes to securing the homeland, who better to help you sleep at night than various characters from the popular children’s show, “Sesame Street” … ?!?
Seriously.
In a move that will make Bush administration detractors bring back those duct tape jokes again, the Department of Homeland Security has partnered up with the famous children’s show.

Obamination: Obama Supporters Bob McCulloch, Jennifer Joyce Threaten to Prosecute People For Criticizing Obama
4’s TV newscast night before last at 6 PM had a story, that stated that St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch and St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, both Obama supporters, are implying that they will bring criminal libel charges against anyone who levels what turns out to be false criticisms of their chosen candidate for President.

Special prosecutor named in attorney firings case
Attorney General Michael Mukasey appointed a special prosecutor on Monday to investigate whether criminal charges should be brought against former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and other officials in connection with the firings of nine of United States attorneys in 2006.

Officials Refuse to Provide Details on Secret Previous Bailout
Top government officials are refusing to provide details on a secretive deal it made to manage billions in assets from an earlier bailout.
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson (L) and Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke wait to testify before the House Financial Services Committee regarding the ongoing crises in financial markets on Capitol Hill in Washington in this file photo. (UPI Photo/Landov )Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has been pressing top officials for months to provide details on a deal the Federal Reserve made for a private firm to manage $30 billion in financial assets from the collapsed investment bank Bear Stearns, as part of an arrangement to facilitate J.P. Morgan Chase’s purchase of the bank in March.

Gingrich: H. Corpus Decision Could Cost Us City

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said that the Supreme Court decision to allow enemy combatants to challenge their detention could lead to the nuclear destruction of a U.S. city.

[Be a good sheeple and try to act scared. -webmaster]

Indicted Saudi Gets $80 Million US Contract

The US military has awarded an $80 million contract to a prominent Saudi financier who has been indicted by the US Justice Department. The contract to supply jet fuel to American bases in Afghanistan was awarded to the Attock Refinery Ltd, a Pakistani-based refinery owned by Gaith Pharaon. Pharaon is wanted in connection with his alleged role at the failed Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), and the CenTrust savings and loan scandal, which cost US tax payers $1.7 billion.

Interrogation for Profit

Congress is finally moving to ban one of the Bush administration’s most blatant evasions of accountability in Iraq – the outsourcing of war detainees’ interrogation to mercenary private contractors.

Operating free of the restraints of military rule and ethics, some of these corporate thugs turned up in the torture scandal at the Abu Ghraib prison and walked away with impunity. Others are now believed to be in the employ of the Central Intelligence Agency at secret prisons that remain outside the rule of law, exempted even from the weak 2006 rules on interrogating prisoners.

Ex-Halliburton Unit Appeals Ruling Allowing Suit by Rape Victim

June 4 (Bloomberg) — A former unit of Halliburton Co., the defense contractor once run by U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, appealed a judge’s ruling that a rape victim can take her case to trial against the company, according to court records.

Jamie Leigh Jones, 23, sued KBR Inc. and Halliburton in 2007, alleging she was drugged and gang-raped in her barracks by fellow KBR workers while doing contract work on a military base in Iraq in July 2005. On May 9, a federal judge in Houston rejected KBR’s claim that Jones’s employment contract required arbitration and blocked her from suing.

KBR on June 2 appealed the ruling by U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison allowing Jones’s suit to go forward.

District judge James K. Reiley, 45, charged with 2 DUI counts

1504 Howard Ave., Pottsville, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.27 percent – the legal limit is 0.08 percent – when he hit a parked car at 4:41 a.m. June 13

Speeders to pay for cops’ gas, too

Speeders in the Atlanta suburb of Holly Springs, Ga., will soon face a $12 “fuel fee” when pulled over and ticketed, and Atlanta itself may not be far behind.

Judge, prosecutor secretly dated, appeal says

The capital murder conviction of Charles Dean Hood, who is set to be executed Tuesday, should be overturned because the judge at his 1990 trial was secretly dating the district attorney, an appeal filed Thursday alleged.

Report sees illegal hiring practices at U.S. Justice Dept.

The blistering report, prepared by the Justice Department’s inspector general, is the first in what will be a series of investigations growing out of the scandal last year over the firings of nine United States attorneys. It appeared to confirm for the first time in an official examination many of the allegations from critics who charged that the Justice Department had become overly politicized during the administration of President George W. Bush.

The Pentagons’ merchants of war cash in

The top Pentagon contractors, like death and taxes, almost never change. In 2002, the massive arms dealers Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Northrop Grumman ranked one, two and three among Department of Defense (DoD) contractors, taking in US$17 billion, $16.6 billion and $8.7 billion.

Lockheed, Boeing and Northrop Grumman did it again in 2003 ($21.9 billion, $17.3 billion and $11.1 billion); 2004 ($20.7 billion, $17.1 billion and $11.9 billion); 2005 ($19.4 billion, $18.3 billion and $13.5 billion); 2006 ($26.6 billion, $20.3 billion and $16.6 billion); and, not surprisingly, 2007 as well ($27.8 billion $22.5 billion and $14.6 billion).

13 Americans  electrocuted by KBR incompetence in Iraq

Casey said he was told the Pentagon has directed KBR to inspect all maintained facilities in Iraq where no prior inspection was performed and to “perform life, health and safety operations” on all other maintained buildings and make needed repairs.

Denver: Top Federal Judge Edward Nottingham Linked to Prostitution Ring

According to a Denver television station, KUSA, Judge Nottingham’s nickname among the prostitutes was “Naughty.”

Several “professional athletes,” lawyers and businessmen are also involved, officials said.

Fortis Prediction of US Bank Meltdown a Net Hoax: The Making of an Urban Legend

This article documents how an urban legend got started the weekend of June 28-29, 2008, how and why urban legends spread virally, and what you can do to spot them and stop them.

White House & CIA Cover-up of Anthrax Attacks: Even Fort Detrick Scientists Themselves Think the Killer Anthrax Came from their Facility

“In an e-mail obtained by FOX News, scientists at Fort Detrick openly discussed how the anthrax powder they were asked to analyze after the attacks was nearly identical to that made by one of their colleagues.

Employers use federal law to deny benefits

Dying of cancer, Thomas Amschwand did everything he was told to make sure his wife would collect on the life insurance policy he had through his employer.

But Spherion Corp., the temporary staffing company where Amschwand worked, told Amschwand-Bellinger she would not receive any of the $426,000 in benefits she believed she was due. When she went to court, Spherion succeeded in getting her lawsuit thrown out. The Supreme Court on June 27 refused to review the case.

Wal-Mart Broke MN Labor Laws Over 2 Million Times

Settlement will cost retail giant less than $3.25 per law-breaking incident.

Catholic Bishop says abuse victims are ‘dwelling on old wounds’

World Youth Day (WYD) has again been overshadowed by the Catholic Church’s handling of sexual abuse cases, with Cardinal George Pell accused of holding up compensation claims, after a WYD coordinator said victims were “dwelling crankily… on old wounds”.

[In other words, just get over it already! -webmaster]

Nigeria Issues Arrest Warrants for Top Pfizer Officials After Drug Experiments Conducted on Children

(NaturalNews) A Nigerian state judge has issued arrest warrants for three top Pfizer officials, saying that they failed to appear in court to face charges of illegally conducting drug trials that led to the deaths of 11 children.

NJ Assemblyman Neil Cohen resigns amid child porn investigation

New Jersey Assemblyman Neil Cohen has resigned from the Legislature, four days after it was reported that he’s under investigation for suspected possession of child pornography.

UK: Jury fails to reach verdict in London 7/7 case

LONDON (Reuters) – A jury failed to reach a verdict on Friday in the trial of three Britons accused of helping to plot the deadly London suicide bombings in July 2005, which left 52 dead.

[and another bogus “terrorist” case collapses -webmaster]

War Profiteer KBR Responsible for Killing at Least 16 Troops

The firm was recently given another fat contract as a reward for its excellent performance.

Fired emergency response exec now at Homeland Security

Sonia Pitt, the MnDOT emergency response executive fired for taking an unauthorized, state-paid trip to Washington during the Interstate 35W bridge disaster, is now working for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

[Typical. Screw up royally, get hired. -webmaster]

Exxon profits soar to U.S. record

Exxon Mobil Corp. jumped into the political fray Thursday as its $11.7 billion record quarterly earnings – and $8 billion in share buybacks – raised hackles in Washington.

[yeah… I bet many hackles were raised in DC… -webmaster]

Comcast violated Internet access policy, FCC rules

WASHINGTON – A divided Federal Communications Commission has ruled that Comcast Corp. violated federal policy when it blocked Internet traffic for some subscribers and has ordered the cable giant to change the way it manages its network.

Lawyer says Everglades deal violated state Sunshine Law

MIAMI – Florida’s proposal to acquire 300 square miles of Everglades land from U.S. Sugar Corp. was illegally brokered in closed-door meetings, an attorney claimed in a lawsuit filed Friday

Yuma County prosecutor Gregory Byrd faces drug, gun charges

Sheriff’s Capt. Eben Bratcher says he was booked into jail on charges of tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, possession of dangerous drugs and misconduct with weapons.

Judge: Bradenton Man, 94, Entrapped In Prostitution Sting

A 94-year-old man whose arrest in a prostitution sting here caused an international buzz will not be prosecuted. A judge ruled Tuesday that Frank Milio was a victim of entrapment.

Google Ordered to Unmask Mystery Blogger in India

Google has been instructed to reveal the identity of an anonymous blogger in a defamation lawsuit filed by an Indian construction company against them, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The Truth about Georgia gets censored again on TV (Video)

The Truth about Georgia gets censored again on TV. A reporter makes a comparison to the US reaction to 911 to Russia’s reaction to Georgian attacks and the satellite feed drops off in the middle of his question. TV is censored every day and every hour but sometimes the censorship is plain to see

Was 9/11 an Inside Job?

Regrettably, there is considerable evidence that elements of the Bush administration were complicit in the 9/11 attack, and may even have helped stage it. Let us now examine some of what I regard as the most compelling evidence. However, the following discussion makes no claim to be comprehensive.

[Read about Operation NORTHWOODS, and notice the  similarities? -Webmaster]

NC man dies after waiting 22 hours at Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro

An investigator’s report released Monday found that 50-year-old Steven Sabock died in April after he at one point choked on medication and had been left sitting in a chair for close to a day at the facility about 50 miles southeast of Raleigh. Surveillance video showed hospital staff watching television and playing cards just a few feet away.

Florida town defends Principal David Davis’ anti-gay actions

PONCE DE LEON, FLA. – When a high school senior told her principal that students were taunting her for being a lesbian, he told her homosexuality is wrong, outed her to her parents and ordered her to stay away from children.

He suspended some of her friends who expressed their outrage by wearing gay pride T-shirts and buttons at Ponce de Leon High School, according to court records. And he asked dozens of students whether they were gay.

[A few questions, that will go unanswered I am sure. What is wrong with these people? Is homosexuality the only sin? Why do “christians” act like it is? How can a non-christian live up to “christian” standards, when “christians” themselves don’t live up to Christian standards? If you have a problem with homosexuals, isn’t it enough that you aren’t homosexual? Was she hurting anyone? Was she using state “authority” to harass, beat, or murder someone? Why do you insist in getting in other peoples faces about it? Don’t you have some “beams in your own eyes” to take care of first? Who are you to point out others sins? -Webmaster]

KBR, Partner In Iraq Sued Over Human Trafficking

A Washington law firm filed a lawsuit yesterday against KBR, one of the largest U.S. contractors in Iraq, alleging that the company and its Jordanian subcontractor engaged in the human trafficking of Nepali workers.

Agnieszka Fryszman, a partner at Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, said 13 Nepali men, between the ages of 18 and 27, were recruited in Nepal to work as kitchen staff in hotels and restaurants in Amman, Jordan. But once the men arrived in Jordan, their passports were seized and they were told they were being sent to a military facility in Iraq, Fryszman said.

As the men were driven in cars to Iraq, they were stopped by insurgents. Twelve were kidnapped and later executed, Fryszman said. The thirteenth man survived and worked in a warehouse in Iraq for 15 months before returning to Nepal.

[And they hate us for our freedoms. Webmaster]

Leniency asked for jailed U.S. lobbyist Jack Abramoff

The U.S. Justice Department recommended Wednesday a dramatic reduction in jail time for the imprisoned lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who became a crucial witness against lawmakers and congressional aides he spent years corrupting.

[The fix is in. Wait for it. -webmaster]

AT&T Busted For Fine Print Trickery

Over the past few years a growing number of wireless and broadband ISPs (AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and T-Mobilemost of the time).

come to mind) have been trying to erode your legal rights via fine print. By burying legalese in your contract, carriers attempt to prevent you from participating in class action lawsuits. Instead of allowing you your day in court, the companies require that customers participate in mandatory binding arbitration (an outside the court settlement system where you loseHowever, these efforts have been having a tough time holding up in court. Carriers faced yet another setback this week when the Washington state Supreme Court upheld an AT&T customer’s right to file a class-action lawsuit against AT&T for incorrectly charging him city utility surcharges and “usurious” late fees, according to the Seattle Post Intelligencer. AT&T had argued he couldn’t sue because the AT&T mouse print didn’t allow it, but Justice Tom Chambers would have none of it

California: Citibank Stole $14 Million from its Customers

California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has reached a settlement with Citibank after a three-year investigation into the company’s use of an illegal “account sweeping” program.

4 Investigates: NOLA Floodwalls stuffed with newspaper?

…the witness says two years ago, he saw the contractor filling the expansion joint or opening between the floodwalls with newspaper.

“The whole length of the wall was stuffed with newspaper.”

And when he confronted the contractor, the contractor blamed Washington for the substandard work.

“He basically told me when Congress sent down the money, it would be repaired the proper way.”

Ex-chairman of KBR pleads guilty to bribery

Albert Stanley, a former executive with a Halliburton subsidiary, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges that he conspired to pay $182 million in bribes to Nigerian officials in return for contracts to build a $6 billion liquefied natural gas complex.

[Gotta love Nigeria. This scam is like paying a “barrister” $200 for a trunk load of cash. -webmaster]

Abramoff sentenced on conspiracy charges

The disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, whose corruption scandal shook up Washington’s elite and contributed to the Republican loss of control in Congress, was sentenced Thursday to four years in a U.S.  prison.

Judge Ellen Huvelle issued the sentence on conspiracy and other charges after U.S. prosecutors recommended leniency due to Abramoff’s cooperation in pursuing corruption cases against lawmakers and former Bush administration officials. He faced a maximum of 11 years under a plea deal reached in 2006.

Contractor says immune from Iraq torture lawsuits

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) – Defense contractor CACI (KA’-kee) is claiming immunity from lawsuits alleging torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, saying it was doing the U.S. government’s work as a supplier of interrogators.

CACI International and a sister company, CACI Premier Technology, say in court documents that they’ll employ that defense in a dismissal motion they plan to file next week in federal court in northern Virginia.

[Where do we get these psychopaths? -W]

Sources: Charges against Blackwater guards debated Defense attorneys for Blackwater Worldwide employees are trying to head off Justice Department charges against the company’s bodyguards who were involved in the deadly shooting of 17 Iraqi civilians exactly one year ago.

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