Monday, June 26, 2006

Bush slams leak of terror financing info

Bush slams leak of terror financing info - 26 Jun 2006 at 8:20pm - WASHINGTON -- President Bush said Monday it was "disgraceful" that the news media had disclosed a secret CIA-Treasury program to track millions of financial records in search of terrorist suspects. The White House accused The New York Times of breaking a long tradition of keeping wartime secrets.

Why, assuming, as the White House claims, that all aspects of it are on the up-&-up, was this program secret in the first place? And what have efforts to track suspected terrorists' financial transactions to do with "wartime secrets"?

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

In the News: Jun-14

EU-US "partners" on CIA flights: Amnesty - 14 Jun 2006 at 8:03am - BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Amnesty International urged European states on Wednesday to stop being "partners in crime" with the United States over the alleged kidnapping of terrorism suspects and their transfer to countries that use torture.

ACLU files lawsuit over surveillance - 14 Jun 2006 at 11:15am - WASHINGTON -- The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday demanding more information about a Defense Department database that collected information on anti-war groups and U.S. citizens.

Pentagon Orders U.S. Reporters to Exit Guantanamo - June 14, 2006 10:55 AM ET, Updated 12:30 PM ET - NEW YORK - In the aftermath of the three suicides at the controversial Guantanamo prison facility in Cuba last Saturday, reporters with the Los Angeles Times and the Miami Herald were ordered by the office of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to leave the island today.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Judges Press C.I.A. Lawyer Over Withheld Documents - 13 Jun 2006 at 12:00am - The Central Intelligence Agency has refused to confirm or deny the existence of documents authorizing it to detain and interrogate terrorism suspects overseas.

Al-Qaida names 20th Sept. 11 hijacker - 13 Jun 2006 at 2:38am - DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A Saudi militant killed in 2004 was due to have been the 20th suicide plane hijacker in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, al-Qaida’s media arm said in a statement on the Internet on Tuesday.

Democrats slam Republicans over Iraq resolution - Jun 12 2006 at 9:35pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the House of Representatives on Monday introduced a resolution they said would be the springboard for a thorough debate on the Iraq war, but Democrats decried it for dealing broadly with the war on terrorism instead focusing on Iraq.

Rove won't be charged in CIA leak case - 13 Jun 2006 at 9:43am - WASHINGTON -- Top White House aide Karl Rove has been told by prosecutors he won't be charged with any crimes in the investigation into the leak of a CIA officer's identity, his lawyer said Tuesday, lifting a heavy burden from one of President Bush's most trusted advisers.

US insists on right to develop arms for outer space - 13 Jun 2006 at 9:06am - GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday reasserted its right to develop weapons for use in outer space to protect its military and commercial satellites and ruled out any global negotiations on a new treaty to limit them.

U.S. officials worry about al-Qaida merger - 13 Jun 2006 at 10:02am - WASHINGTON -- U.S. counterterrorism officials are concerned about the merger of al-Qaida's central organization and its offshoot in Iraq, even with the death of terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Senate panel was told Tuesday.

So, it's only now, after Zarqawi's death, that we learn they haven't considered "Al Qaida In Iraq" to have been part of Usama bin Laden's "Al Qaida" all along? Or have I missed something?

EU parliament calls for action to close Guantanamo - 13 Jun 2006 at 11:01am - STRASBOURG (AFP) - The European Parliament has called on European leaders to use a high-level summit next week to demand that Washington close its "war on terror" detention centre at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

Former FDA chief: Agency meant to OK Plan B - 13 Jun 2006 at 12:37pm - WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration had intended to allow over-the-counter sales of Plan B last year but delayed the move while determining how to limit those sales to women 17 and older - a process that should have wrapped up by now, the agency's former chief testified.

Air marshals: Bullets pack too much punch - 13 Jun 2006 - Federal air marshals say their guns are loaded with bullets capable of running through more than one person, metal doors and thick glass -- too much firepower for an airplane.