Tire Slashing “War Protester” Charged In WA

From Washington State’s Kitsap Sun:

Tire Slashing War Protestor Charged with Felony

By Brynn Grimley
Monday, July 30, 2007

PORT ORCHARD – The 19-year-old Bremerton man who slashed 42 government tires in retaliation of the Iraq war was charged with a Class B felony Monday in Kitsap County Superior Court.

Jason C. Chavez, currently a student at a Colorado college, was charged with first degree malicious mischief for causing more than $4,200 worth of damage to 13 government service vehicles that were parked in front of the U.S. Army recruiting business in Silverdale…

Just after midnight on July 29 Chavez was seen slashing tires in the parking lot along the 2800 block of Bucklin Hill Road. Witnesses called 911 to report a man dressed in black was slashing tires in front of the Army recruiting office with a knife.



Conyers Demands ‘Data Mining’ Details

From the DNC’s mouth organ, CNN:

Committee demanding details of NSA data-mining

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A House committee is requesting Justice Department documents on a data-mining project that identified the senders and recipients of calls and e-mails intercepted via the National Security Agency’s eavesdropping program.

In a Monday letter, Rep. John Conyers, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, asked Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to hand over “all opinions, memoranda and background materials, as well as any dissenting views, materials, and opinions” about the data-mining program.

While the Bush administration has acknowledged OK’ing the controversial program in which the government wiretapped phone calls without obtaining a warrant, it has remained mum on whether it authorized the NSA to use computers to sift through databases to identify who participated in intercepted communications.



Iraq’s Al-Maliki Faces Revolt, Possible Ouster

From those masters of mayhem at the Associated Press:

Nouri al-Maliki, left, appears with outgoing prime minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari at a news conference in this April 22, 2006 file photo in Baghdad, Iraq.

Iraqi Leader Faces Revolt Within Party

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Jaafari Said to Be Seeking to Oust Al-Maliki

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press Writer

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki faces a revolt within his party by factions that want him out as Iraqi leader, according to officials in his office and the political party he leads.

Ibrahim al-Jaafari, al-Maliki’s predecessor, leads the challenge and already has approached leaders of the country’s two main Kurdish parties, parliament’s two Sunni Arab blocs and lawmakers loyal to powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

Al-Jaafari’s campaign, the officials said, was based on his concerns that al-Maliki’s policies had led Iraq into turmoil because the prime minister was doing too little to promote national reconciliation.


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Reuters: Soccer Win Exposes Iraqi Failures

From the deep thinkers at Reuters:

Iraq’s soccer success exposes politicians’ failure

Tue Jul 31, 2007

By Mussab Al-Khairalla

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – If 11 young men can instill national pride and a sense of unity by playing soccer, Iraqis are wondering why 275 politicians elected to steer Iraq to a brighter future cannot achieve the same result.

Iraq’s wildly celebrated victory in the Asian Cup on Sunday provided a stark contrast to lawmakers who appear hopelessly deadlocked over legislation designed to promote national reconciliation.

School guard Zuhair Mohammed, 35, spent half his salary this month on Iraqi soccer jerseys, flags and music CDs about a team containing Shi’ite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish players.

“I hope the unity, strength and courage of the team can inspire the politicians to stop pursuing personal ambitions for the general interest,” Mohammed said.



Taliban Kill Second Hostage, Set New Deadline

From their allies at the AFP:

Afghan policemen carry the body of a second South Korean killed by the Taliban outside Ghazni city, south of Kabul July 31, 2007.

Taliban set new deadline as second SKorean hostage killed

by Mohammad Yaqob, Tue Jul 31

GHAZNI, Afghanistan (AFP) – Afghanistan’s Taliban set the government a new deadline of noon (0730 GMT) Wednesday to meet its demands in order to save 21 South Koreans, a day after a second hostage was killed.

The hardline Islamic militia wants the government to free at least eight Taliban prisoners in Afghan jails, a demand government negotiators have rejected.

“If our demands are not met by then, we will start killing the rest of the South Koreans,” Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi told AFP.



‘Shoe Bomber’ Reid Says Has No Regrets

From the UK’s Daily Mirror:

Shoe bomber Richard Reid: Jail’s where Allah wants me

By Graham Brough 30/07/2007

This is the first extraordinary picture of maniac Shoe Bomber Richard Reid behind bars as he dreams that Allah will set him free.

The Mirror has exclusively seen prison letters from the 33-year-old Briton who is serving 110 years in a US jail for trying to bomb nearly 200 air passengers out of the sky.

He never once expresses remorse or regret for his vile crime. Instead, he rambles that “everything which occurs in this life contains some good for us”.

But though the simple-minded street mugger turned zealous Muslim convert believes he will be rewarded in heaven he fantasises of freedom on earth.

Declaring his belief that God will make his delusional hopes come true, he writes: “I had a couple of good dreams about my situation changing for the better in the not so distant future, so this is a blessing from Allah.



Ahmadinejad: Defeat Is Meaningless For Martyrs

From Iran’s official mouthpiece, IRNA:

President: Defeat meaningless for those believing in martyrdom

Tehran, July 30, IRNA

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday that defeat is meaningless for those believing in martyrdom.

Speaking to officials in charge of holding ceremony commemorating martyrdom of 36,000 army commanders during eight years of sacred defence, he said martyr seeking spirit would is the strongest shelter against enemies’ guns and machine guns and no one can confront a nation with such a high morale.

“The martyrdom seeking culture will protect us against all social problems,” he said.

Hopefully his faith will be put to the test.



Taliban Claim To Have Killed Another Hostage

From their allies at Reuters:

Taliban say kill hostage after demands are ignored

Mon Jul 30, 2007 1:09PM EDT

By Sayed Salahuddin

KABUL (Reuters) – Taliban kidnappers shot dead a male South Korean hostage on Monday, a spokesman said, accusing the Afghan government of not listening to rebel demands for the release of Taliban prisoners.

“We shot dead a male captive because the government did not listen to our demands,” spokesman Qari Mohammad Yousuf told Reuters by telephone.

“We killed one of the male hostages at 6.30 this evening (1400 GMT) because the Kabul administration did not listen to our repeated demands,” he told Reuters by telephone from an unknown location.

He said the Taliban would kill more hostages if Kabul ignored their demand to release rebel prisoners, but gave no new deadline.



Gordon Brown Backs The US In War On Terror

From the UK’s Telegraph:

Gordon Brown: We are at one in fighting terror

By Matthew Moore, Graeme Wilson and Toby Harnden

Relations between Britain and the United States will “strengthen” in coming years, Gordon Brown said today during his first joint press conference with US President George W. Bush.
George Bush arrives at Camp David for his first meeting with President George W Bush
Gordon Brown arrives at the presidential retreat Camp David for his first meeting with George Bush

The Prime Minister and the US leader vowed to worked together on a range of global issues including Iraq, Darfur, Iran, Afghanistan and world trade.

In his first face-to-face meeting with Mr Bush since succeeding Tony Blair as Prime Minister, Mr Brown said the US-UK partnership will be driven forward by shared values.


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NY Times Op-Ed: We Just Might Win In Iraq

From an outraged New York Times:

A War We Just Might Win


VIEWED from Iraq, where we just spent eight days meeting with American and Iraqi military and civilian personnel, the political debate in Washington is surreal. The Bush administration has over four years lost essentially all credibility. Yet now the administration’s critics, in part as a result, seem unaware of the significant changes taking place.

Here is the most important thing Americans need to understand: We are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms. As two analysts who have harshly criticized the Bush administration’s miserable handling of Iraq, we were surprised by the gains we saw and the potential to produce not necessarily “victory” but a sustainable stability that both we and the Iraqis could live with.



“Militants” Turn Shrine Into A New Red Mosque

From those defenders of the faith at BBC NEWS:

Pakistani policemen deploy in numbers outside The Red Mosque in Islamabad, 28 July 2007. Pro-Taliban militants have occupied a mosque in a Pakistani tribal area and named it after the radical Red Mosque where more than 100 people died in clashes between militants and security forces, residents said Sunday.

Militants occupy Pakistan shrine

Islamic militants have occupied a shrine in a tribal district of Pakistan and named it after the Red Mosque in Islamabad, locals and officials say.

More than 70 pro-Taleban militants evicted local officials from the Haji Sahib Turangzai shrine near the Afghan border in the country’s north-west…

Eyewitnesses said a signboard reading Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) was put up outside the Haji Sahib Turangzai shrine, in the Lakaro area of Mohmand Agency, on Saturday night.



Doctor: Libyans Raped, Tortured Captive Medics

From the terrorist enablers at the Guardian:

Kristiana Valcheva, left, Nasya Nenova, third right, and Palestinian-born Bulgarian doctor Ashraf al-Hazouz, second right, attend during a mass in Alexander Nevski cathedral in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, Sunday, July, 29, 2007.

Freed doctor describes torture ordeal inside Libyan jail

· Medic left with scars after being caged with dogs
· Bulgarian nurses raped claims Palestinian

Kate Connolly in Berlin
Monday July 30, 2007

The Palestinian doctor who was held in Libyan custody along with five Bulgarian nurses on charges they infected hundreds of children with HIV, has described in detail how they were tortured during their eight-year ordeal. Ashraf Alhajouj, 38, said he was beaten, held in cages with police dogs and given electric shocks, including to his private parts.



Reuters: Bomb Brings Iraqis Down To Earth

From the fans of terrorism everywhere, Reuters:

Baghdad bomb brings joyous Iraqis down to earth

By Paul Tait

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A car bomb killed six people in a mainly Shi’ite area of central Baghdad on Monday, ending a brief lull in sectarian violence, while jubilant Iraqis reveled in their soccer team’s Asian Cup triumph.

Police said 31 people were wounded in the explosion near wholesale and electrical shops in Bab al-Shorji district, the capital’s first big blast since Iraq’s Asian Cup win sparked the biggest street celebrations since the fall of Saddam Hussein.

A vehicle curfew, imposed on Sunday in a bid to avert a repeat of suicide bombings that killed 50 people after Iraq’s semi-final win on Wednesday, ended at 6 a.m. (0200 GMT).

The bombing delivered a sharp reminder of the nation’s difficulties, even though some Iraqis had spoken of the soccer victory bringing splintered Shi’ite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish communities together after four years of unrelenting violence…

Iraq’s fractured parliament, struggling to meet political benchmarks set by an impatient Washington, joined the mood of national euphoria after Iraq’s 1-0 defeat of Saudi Arabia in Jakarta on Sunday.


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Sheik, Princesses Ejected From London Flight

From the UK’s Telegraph:

BA ejects sheikh after row over seats

By Malcolm Moore in Rome


The sheikh failed to convince other passengers in the Club Europe compartment to change their seats

A member of Qatar’s royal family was thrown off a British Airways flight after delaying take-off for several hours by insisting that strangers should not sit next to women in his party.

Sheikh Bader Bin Kalifa al-Thani, a junior noble in Qatar’s 3,000-strong ruling clan, was travelling from Milan to London on Thursday afternoon on flight BA563.

The sheikh was accompanied by another male family member, three women, a cook and a butler. There was no first-class compartment on the flight.

When the sheikh failed to convince other passengers in the Club Europe compartment to change their seats, he got up and walked to the pilot’s cabin to complain.



Iraqis Ban Cars, Impose Curfew For Soccer Final

From those fans of blood sports at the Associated Press:

Iraqi authorities impose vehicle bans

By BUSHRA JUHI, Associated Press Writer

Iraqi authorities announced a ban on vehicles and celebratory gunfire around Baghdad in an effort to prevent a repeat of violence that killed dozens celebrating Iraq’s progress to Sunday’s finals of Asia’s top soccer tournament.

Government offices also told employees to go home early as the nation braced for anticipated massive street parties in the event of an Iraqi win against Saudi Arabia. A victory was expected to send thousands of people into the streets to celebrate — as they did after earlier games in the runup to the finals.

The office of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said in a statement that it had planned to send a Cabinet delegation to the game, but that it was not possible to organize a charter flight due to technical issues related to “the flight’s path and overflight permissions by countries through which the plane would have to cross en route to Jakarta.”

The statement did not single out any countries or give more details.



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