Wednesday, March 01, 2006

In the News - Mar. 1

Bush was warned before Katrina struck - 1 Mar 2006 at 6:52pm - In dramatic terms, federal disaster officials warned Bush and his homeland security chief before Katrina that the storm could breach levees, put lives at risk in the Superdome and overwhelm rescuers, footage shows.

US thinks UN will delay new rights body for months - 1 Mar 2006 at 6:39pm - UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. members may delay consideration of a crucial Human Rights Council for several months rather than reopen negotiations on the text the United States has rejected, U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said on Wednesday.

Lawmaker: Port deal never probed for terror ties - 1 Mar 2006 at 6:28pm - A review of a United Arab Emirates-owned company's plan to take over operations at key U.S. ports never looked into whether the company had ties to al Qaeda or other terrorists, a key Republican lawmaker told CNN on Wednesday.

Court: Redrawn map hurt Texas minorities - 1 Mar 2006 at 6:25pm - WASHINGTON -- A key Supreme Court justice said Wednesday that Texas Republicans appeared to hurt minority voters when they redrew congressional boundaries that helped the GOP entrench its power in Congress.

Use of torture to be weighed in Guantanamo evidence - 1 Mar 2006 at 7:20pm - GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE (Reuters) - The military judge presiding over four of the Guantanamo war crimes tribunals said on Wednesday he would consider whether torture was involved when deciding what evidence could be admitted in the trials.

Supreme court tackles politics in Congress - 1 Mar 2006 at 7:09pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supreme Court justices appeared unimpressed on Wednesday with arguments that politics was behind a plan engineered by Republican U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay's plan to redraw Texas congressional boundaries.

Senate OKs limiting Patriot Act powers - 1 Mar 2006 at 7:07pm - WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Wednesday cleared the path for renewing the USA Patriot Act, swatting aside objections while adding new protections for people targeted by government investigations.

NSA spying gives terrorist cause to appeal - 1 Mar 2006 at 7:44pm - An Ohio truck driver and al Qaeda operative who pleaded guilty in 2003 to participating in a plot to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge wants to rescind that plea if the National Security Agency ever eavesdropped on him without a warrant.


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