Friday, June 20, 2008

In the News: Jun-20

Ousted Air Force chief cites dissension in Pentagon - 20 Jun 2008 at 2:42pm - WASHINGTON -- Two weeks after being ousted, Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne said Friday he had a "difference in philosophy" with his boss, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, on numerous issues - not just on the nuclear slip-up that Gates said was his reason for removing Wynne.

US asks to rewrite detainee evidence - 20 Jun 2008 at 1:46pm - WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration wants to rewrite the official evidence against Guantanamo Bay detainees. That would allow it to shore up its cases before federal judges scrutinize them for the first time.

Iraqi crackdown angers cleric's supporters - 20 Jun 2008 at 1:35pm - AMARA, Iraq (Reuters) - Supporters of anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr accused Iraqi security forces on Friday of heavy-handed action in a crackdown in the southern city of Amara, calling it a "clear provocation".

U.S. court dismisses case by Canadian at Guantanamo - 20 Jun 2008 at 1:27pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal appeals court ruled on Friday it cannot act on an appeal by a young Canadian until after his case has been decided at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp where he faces charges of murdering a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan.

House immunizes telecoms from lawsuits - 20 Jun 2008 at 12:49pm - The House has approved a compromise eavesdropping bill that, in effect, shields telecommunications companies from civil lawsuits for their alleged participation in the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program.

White House asserts executive privilege in California case - 20 Jun 2008 at 12:39pm - WASHINGTON — Setting up a constitutional showdown, the White House on Friday asserted executive privilege in denying a request to turn over thousands of pages of documents sought by Congress as part of an investigation involving California's air-quality standards.

Ex-press secretary decries 'secretive' White House - 20 Jun 2008 at 2:27pm - WASHINGTON -- Former presidential spokesman Scott McClellan on Friday said President Bush has lost the public's trust by failing to open up about his administration's mistakes and backtracking on a promise to tell all about the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity.

U.S. military: American soldier killed in Iraq - 20 Jun 2008 at 10:45am - The U.S. military says an American soldier has been killed and five others wounded by roadside bombs northeast of Baghdad.

Former aide: Bush should tell all on CIA leak - 20 Jun 2008 at 10:47am - WASHINGTON -- A former White House spokesman told Congress on Friday that President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney wanted him to say that Cheney's chief of staff wasn't involved in the leak of Valerie Plame's CIA identity, an assertion that turned out to be false.

Thought for the day:
The reason of a resolution is more to be considered than the resolution itself. -Sir John Holt


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