Thursday, June 05, 2008

In the News: Jun-05

U.S. attorney general revising FBI probe guidelines - 5 Jun 2008 at 3:51pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey said on Thursday that he is working to revise the guidelines for FBI investigations as the bureau seeks to transform itself into an intelligence-gathering agency that seeks to prevent terrorist attacks.

Bush misused Iraq intelligence: Senate report - 5 Jun 2008 at 1:23pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush and his top policymakers misstated Saddam Hussein's links to terrorism and ignored doubts among intelligence agencies about Iraq's arms programs as they made a case for war, the Senate intelligence committee reported on Thursday.

Top U.S. Air Force official resigns: report - 5 Jun 2008 at 12:53pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley has resigned, and Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne may also be on the brink of resigning, the defense publication reported on Thursday. "Top-level Pentagon officials gave Moseley the option to resign or be fired during a meeting this morning," the website reported, quoting an unidentified military official. "Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne also could resign later today," it said.

US reopening review of torture charges - 5 Jun 2008 at 12:13pm - WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration said Thursday it is re-examining the conclusions of an investigation that found the U.S. acted appropriately in seizing a Canadian engineer suspected of al-Qaida ties and sending him Syria where he allegedly was tortured.

US ambassador says no permanent bases in Iraq - 5 Jun 2008 at 12:23pm - WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is not trying to set up permanent military bases in Iraq, even surreptitiously, the diplomat leading tense talks with Iraq said Thursday.

Senate: Iranian intel concealed from CIA, DIA - 5 Jun 2008 at 10:39am - WASHINGTON -- Pentagon officials in late 2001 and 2002 concealed from the CIA and other intelligence agencies potentially useful information gleaned from Iranian agents, said a Senate report released Thursday.

Senate committee: Bush knew Iraq statements were untrue - 5 Jun 2008 at 9:49am - WASHINGTON— A long-awaited Senate Select Intelligence Committee report made public Thursday concludes that President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney made public statements to promote an invasion of Iraq that they knew at the time were not supported by available intelligence.

Sweden On Verge of Passing Sweeping Wiretap Plan - June 05, 2008 03:54:00 AM - Sweden is close to passing a far-reaching wiretapping program that would greatly expand the government's spying capabilities by permitting it to monitor all email and telephone traffic coming in and out of the country. If a bill before parliament becomes law, the country's National Defence Radio Establishment (FRA) will monitor all internet traffic that passes in or out of the country. As the article notes, there's a good chance email traveling from, say, the UK to Finland would be fair game, since it's likely to traverse through Sweden before reaching its final destination. So far, there's been nary a peep from Swedish media about the plan.

Iraqi Government contributes to WFP food aid operations - June 05, 2008 02:57:00 PM - BAGHDAD, 5 June 2008 (IRIN) - The Iraqi government has said its US$40 million donation to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to provide internally displaced persons (IDPs) nationwide with food assistance would help ease the displacement problem.

Guantanamo hearing of 9/11 co-conspirators opens - 5 Jun 2008 at 9:21am - GUANTANAMO BAY (AFP) - The US military hearing opened here Thursday of five alleged co-conspirators charged for their role in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

9/11 mastermind making military court appearance - 5 Jun 2008 at 8:30am - Alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed walks into his first court appearance Thursday at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, launching ...

Thought for the day:
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost. -Martha Graham (1894 - 1991)

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