Thursday, August 23, 2007

Put Down the Vinegar, Take Up the Honey Jar

Draft report logs bleak outlook for Iran - 23 Aug 2007 at 11:23am - WASHINGTON -- A draft intelligence report portrays a bleak political situation in Iran, anticipating little progress in getting Tehran to halt its nuclear program or stop supporting militant groups in the region, U.S. officials said Thursday.

Intel report questions Iraq's progress - 23 Aug 2007 at 8:56am - WASHINGTON -- U.S. intelligence agencies have written a mixed report on Iraq, finding some progress but indicating the Baghdad government may not be able to carry it forward, a defense official said Thursday.

Taser incidents renew debate over usage - 23 Aug 2007 at 8:18am - BRATTLEBORO, Vt. -- Chained to a 55-gallon drum to protest the proposed development of a vacant lot, Jonathan Crowell wasn't threatening anyone. But he refused police orders to unshackle himself and leave, so they zapped him with a Taser, then charged him with trespassing.

Charity wants seized documents back - 23 Aug 2007 at 8:09am - DETROIT -- An international Muslim humanitarian organization, which was raided by federal counterterrorism officials nearly a year ago, is asking a judge to order the return of nearly 200 boxes of paperwork it says are critical to its operations.

Army secretary won't extend deployments - 23 Aug 2007 at 11:13am - WASHINGTON -- Army Secretary Pete Geren on Thursday ruled out extending troop deployments beyond the current 15 months, saying that longer tours in Iraq put stress on soldiers and their families, and have contributed to an increase in suicides.

Defense starts case in Abu Ghraib trial - 23 Aug 2007 at 12:11pm - FORT MEADE, Md. -- Attorneys began presenting their defense of Army Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan on Thursday after a military judge denied a motion to acquit him of all charges related to the abuse of detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.

US tasked to scan millions of containers - 23 Aug 2007 at 3:01pm - WASHINGTON -- The specter of a nuclear bomb, hidden in a cargo container, detonating in an American port has prompted Congress to require 100 percent screening of U.S.-bound ships at their more than 600 foreign starting points.

Thought for the day:
If it weren't for baseball, many kids wouldn't know what a millionaire looked like. -Phyllis Diller


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