Monday, June 11, 2007

Man labeled "enemy combatant" wins court case - 11 Jun 2007 at 12:43pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush cannot order the military to seize and indefinitely detain a Qatari national and suspected al Qaeda operative, the only person being held in the United States as an "enemy combatant," an appeals court ruled on Monday.
An AP headline for the story read "Court rules against U.S. on combatants". But is ruling against the Bush administration the same as ruling against the U.S.?

40% of military contracts non-competitive: report - 11 Jun 2007 at 12:29pm - Ottawa awarded more than 40 per cent of its military contracts over the last year without fully competitive bidding, and the value of these contracts has doubled over the past two years, says a report released Monday.

U.S.-Iranian denied access to lawyer: Nobel laureate - 11 Jun 2007 at 12:25pm - TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian Nobel Peace prize winner and lawyer, Shirin Ebadi, has been told by officials that a detained U.S.-Iranian academic charged with spying does not need her counsel, an Iranian news agency reported on Monday.

Global military spending hits $1.2 trillion: study - 11 Jun 2007 at 12:12pm - STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Global military spending rose 3.5 percent last year to $1.2 trillion as U.S. costs for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan mounted, a European research body said on Monday in an annual study.

Thought for the day:
"Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable." -Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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