US Troops Accused Of Rape And Murder In Iraq

Just in time for the Fourth Of July weekend, from the DNC’s Associated Press:

U.S. soldiers patrol in Mahmoudiya, Iraq, south of Baghdad, Saturday April 3, 2004. Two attacks on Iraqi police south of Baghdad on Saturday left four people dead, officers said, in the latest of a string of attacks on local authorities linked to the U.S.-led occupation.Gunmen fired on a vehicle carrying Col. Wisam Hussein, the police chief of Mahmoudiya, 20 miles south of Baghdad, killing both him and his driver, police said.

GIs eyed in alleged rape, murders in Iraq

By RYAN LENZ, Associated Press Writer

A group of American soldiers in an insurgent-riddled town allegedly noticed a young Iraqi woman when on patrol and later returned to rape her, according to U.S.



France Passes Immigration Laws, Deports

From France’s AFP:

French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy.

France Approves Sweeping Immigration Law, Protests Escalate

Received Friday, 30 June 2006 20:46:00 GMT

PARIS, June 30, 2006 (AFP) – The French parliament on Friday approved a divisive new immigration law which tilts the system in favour of qualified foreign workers and increases the restrictions on others.

The vote coincided with an escalating furore over threats by the government to deporting school-age children whose parents are illegal immigrants, which is expected to cumulate in a mass protest in Paris on Saturday.

The law, proposed by right-wing Interior Minister and presidential hopeful Nicolas Sarkozy, creates a new type of residence permit — named a "skills and talents permit" — for foreigners with qualifications which are judged to be important for the French economy and labour market.



Reagan Rejected Terrorist Geneva Conventions

Less than twenty years ago there was an attempt to explicitly expand the Geneva Conventions to cover terrorists. It was rejected by the United States and its then President, Ronald Reagan:

Message to the Senate Transmitting a Protocol to the 1949 Geneva Conventions

January 29, 1987

To the Senate of the United States:

I transmit herewith, for the advice and consent of the Senate to ratification, Protocol II Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, concluded at Geneva on June 10, 1977. I also enclose for the information of the Senate the report of the Department of State on the Protocol.

The United States has traditionally been in the forefront of efforts to codify and improve the international rules of humanitarian law in armed conflict, with the objective of giving the greatest possible protection to victims of such conflicts, consistent with legitimate military requirements.



Companies Who Advertise In The NY Times

As we noted a few months back, the New York Times is so proud of their ability to rise above such a parochial thing as patriotism that they have listed this as a great moment in their illustrious history:

New York Times Timeline


The Times is widely denounced for an editorial praising an Austrian peace proposal that falls short of unconditional surrender. Adolph Ochs’s patriotism is questioned; The Herald begins a circulation drive with the slogan "Read an American Newspaper."

This is certainly more true today than ever.

I’ve never been much for petitions or boycott campaigns. But it is long since time someone did something about the treasonous behavior of the New York Times.

To that end I propose that we should try to compile an exhaustive list companies who advertise in the New York Times.



Sears Tower Plotters Want Islamic Regime

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

Wearing white shirts, unidentified family members of a group of men charged with plotting to destroy the Sears Tower in Chicago and other buildings across the country react during a news conference Thursday in the Liberty City neighborhood in Miami. Jack Lieberman of the South Florida Peace and Justice Network, podium left, and Max Rameau of Copwatch look on.

Official: Suspects Sought Overthrow

June 30, 2006


ATLANTA — Seven men charged with plotting to destroy the Sears Tower in Chicago also are accused of planning to scout out FBI buildings across the country for potential attacks with the goal of overthrowing the U.S. government and replacing it with an Islamic regime.

New details about the suspected terrorist ring came out during a federal court hearing Thursday in Atlanta when one of the suspects was denied bail and was ordered transferred to Miami, where the other six were arrested and await trial.



USA Today Admits To Lying About NSA Databank

From their lying colleagues at the DNC’s Associated Press:

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USA Today: Call database not so broad

USA Today acknowledged in a "note to our readers" Friday that it could not establish that BellSouth or Verizon contracted with the National Security Agency to provide it with customer calling records, as it previously reported.

But spokesman Steve Anderson said "this is an important story that holds up well. At the heart of our report is the fact that NSA is collecting phone call records of millions of Americans."

"What we address in the editors’ note," he said, "deals with the fact that we originally reported that the telephone companies were working under contract with the NSA. We’ve concluded that we cannot establish that BellSouth or Verizon entered into a contract with the NSA to provide the bulk calling records."

In an accompanying story, the newspaper reported Friday that lawmakers on House and Senate intelligence committees have said that while the NSA has amassed a huge database calling records, cooperation with the NSA by telephone companies was not as extensive USA Today initially reported on May 11.



Bin Laden Demands Return Of Al-Zarqawi’s Body

From his fans at the DNC’s Associated Press:

Bin Laden wants al-Zarqawi body released

By LEE KEATH, Associated Press Writer

Osama bin Laden called on President Bush in an audiotape released Friday to release the body of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and said Jordan should allow the slain terrorist to be buried in his homeland.

In the 19-minute message, bin Laden paid tribute to al-Zarqawi and said the former al-Qaida in Iraq leader had been under orders to kill Iraqis who supported U.S. forces in the country. He also vowed more attacks against the United States in the Middle East and Africa.

"We will continue to fight you and your allies everywhere, in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and Sudan to run down your resources and kill your men until you return defeated to your nation," he said, addressing Bush.



Canadian Terrorists’ Wives Drop The Veil

From Toronto’s Globe and Mail:

Hateful chatter behind the veil

Key suspects’ wives held radical views, Web postings reveal


From Thursday’s Globe and Mail

MISSISSAUGA — When it came time to write up the premarital agreement between Zakaria Amara and Nada Farooq, Ms. Farooq briefly considered adding a clause that would allow her to ask for a divorce.

She said that Mr. Amara (now accused of being a leader of the alleged terror plot that led to the arrests of 17 Muslim men early this month) had to aspire to take part in jihad.

"[And] if he ever refuses a clear opportunity to leave for jihad, then i want the choice of divorce," she wrote in one of more than 6,000 Internet postings uncovered by The Globe and Mail.



Yet Another Round Of ‘Guess That Party’

Every day lately it seems like it’s time for another round of Guess That Party Affiliation.

From the Montgomery Advertiser:

Siegelman found guilty on 7 of 34 charges

Scrushy found guilty on six counts against him

June 29, 2006

A federal jury Thursday found former Gov. Don Siegelman guilty on 7 of 34 counts in a corruption case.

Former Health South CEO Richard Scrushy was convicted on all six charges against him.

Two other co-defendants, Paul Hamrick and Mack Roberts, were exonerated of all charges against them.

Of course everyone knows since no party was mentioned that Sigelman must be a Democrat.

And he is.

(Thanks to 1sttofight for the heads up.)



SCOTUS Gives Gitmo Detainees Court Trials

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

Supreme Court blocks Bush, Gitmo war trials

By GINA HOLLAND, Associated Press Writer

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that President Bush overstepped his authority in ordering military war crimes trials for Guantanamo Bay detainees.

The ruling, a rebuke to the administration and its aggressive anti-terror policies, was written by Justice John Paul Stevens, who said the proposed trials were illegal under U.S. law and Geneva conventions.

The case focused on Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a Yemeni who worked as a bodyguard and driver for Osama bin Laden. Hamdan, 36, has spent four years in the U.S. prison in Cuba. He faces a single count of conspiring against U.S. citizens from 1996 to November 2001.

Two years ago, the court rejected Bush’s claim to have the authority to seize and detain terrorism suspects and indefinitely deny them access to courts or lawyers.



Sheehan To Fast For At Least 2 Months

From the America-hating website of a man always in need of a good long fast, Michael Moore:

Troops Home Fast

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

Dear Friends,

GSFP and Code Pink are sponsoring a hunger strike for peace which begins July 04, called Troops Home Fast Some of us like Dick Gregory and Diane Wilson will be fasting until the troops come home from Iraq, and some, like me, will be fasting for a specified time. My fast will begin on 7/04 and end on the last day of Camp Casey: 09/02.

We are announcing the fast from Washington, DC on 07/04 and having our last supper on 07/03 in Lafayette Park.

If you can join us in DC on the 3rd and 4th, or fast in solidarity with us on that day, or any other time, please let me know.



NYT: The US Has Never Needed Us More

From the New York Times’ stockholders meeting:


2006 Annual Meeting of Stockholders

April 18, 2006
New York, New York

Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.
Chairman, The New York Times Company
Publisher, The New York Times

Janet L. Robinson
President and Chief Executive Officer,
The New York Times Company

Arthur "Pinch" Sulzberger:

Good morning. I am Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., Chairman of The New York Times Company. Welcome to our annual meeting and thank you for your interest in our Company…

<Much self-congratulatory back-patting snipped.>

As Bill Keller told our newsroom yesterday as our Pulitzers were awarded: Prizes don’t always say anything terribly important about the state of our business, but [t]his year’s Pulitzers do, and what they say is: the country has never needed us more than it does today.



More Coulter Bashing From Our Free Press

From the once reputable newspaper, the Chicago Tribune:


Taking a bath with Ann Coulter

Charles M. Madigan

June 27, 2006

I am visiting Ann Coulter.

Not the real Ann Coulter, with her blond hair and fetching little black cocktail dress, but her Web site. She’s pretty blunt.

Former President Bill Clinton was a rapist, she argues. U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton has fat legs. The unfair MSM (mainstream media) viciously chop at decent conservatives.

I don’t care about any of that, and her themes have changed by now anyhow.

She notes that if she hasn’t offended you just yet, wait. She’s working as fast as she can.

She is pumping her new book, but I am not. See? No title here.

My question is where should I put Ann Coulter in my treasure chest of political figures?



SCOTUS: Re-Districting Must Be Race Based

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, left, and Gov. Rick Perry enter a news conference in this Oct. 9, 2003 file photo, in Austin, Texas, where they displayed a new congressional redistricting map, shown on the right. On Wednesday, June 28, 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out part of a Texas congressional map engineered by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. The court ruled that some of the new boundaries failed to protect minority voting rights.

Justices Back Most G.O.P. Changes to Texas Districts


June 28, 2006

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld most of the Texas congressional map engineered by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay but threw out part, saying some of the new boundaries failed to protect minority voting rights.



WP Says National Security Is Up To Editors

This is an excerpt from a Washington Post article published back in March.

The piece concerned the onset of FBI investigations into the egregious leaks of national security secrets at that time, including the "CIA prisons" and the NSA’s monitoring of Al Qaeda calls.

(This investigation probably lead to the the firing of the CIA officer Mary McCarthy, who was the presumed source for Dana Priest’s Pulitzer Prize winning articles on the "CIA prisons.")

But the comments expressed in the article by the Washington Post’s executive editor Leonard Downie seem to perfectly exemplify the hubris felt by the Post, the New York Times and much of our media watchdogs:

Columbia University President George Rupp (left) presents Katherine Boo and Leonard Downie, Jr., of The Washington Post, with the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.



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