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Army Concludes Baghdad Diarist Accounts Untrue -
Topic: Current Events 7:28 am EDT, Aug  8, 2007

Army investigators have concluded that the private whose dispatches for the New Republic accused his fellow soldiers of petty cruelties in Iraq was not telling the truth.

Army Concludes Baghdad Diarist Accounts Untrue -

Informed Comment
Topic: Current Events 10:06 pm EST, Jan 27, 2005

The first thing sworn to during a (US) Presidential inauguration is to uphold the Constitution of the United States. This page has linked pictures to the particular interpretations of said Constitution during the first term of Dubya.


Informed Comment

'I thought the whole country was a free speech zone.'
Topic: Current Events 9:04 pm EDT, Oct 21, 2003

] "He pointed out a relatively remote baseball diamond that
] was enclosed in a chain-link fence," Neel recalled in an
] interview with Salon. "I could see these people behind
] the fence, with their faces up against it, and their
] hands on the wire." (The ACLU posted photos of the
] demonstrators and supporters at that event on its Web
] site.) "It looked more like a concentration camp than a
] free speech area to me, so I said, 'I'm not going in
] there. I thought the whole country was a free speech
] area.'" The detective asked Neel, 66, to go to the area
] six or eight times, and when he politely refused, he
] handcuffed and arrested the retired steelworker on a
] charge of disorderly conduct. When Neel's sister argued
] against his arrest, she was cuffed and hauled off as
] well. The two spent the president's visit in a firehouse
] that was serving as Secret Service and police
] headquarters for the event.
] It appears that the Neels' experience is not unique. Late
] last month, on Sept. 23, the American Civil Liberties
] Union filed a lawsuit in a federal court in Philadelphia
] against the Secret Service, alleging that the agency, a
] unit of the new Homeland Security Department charged with
] protecting the president, vice president and other key
] government officials, instituted a policy in the months
] even before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks of instructing
] local police to cordon off protesters from the president
] and Vice President Dick Cheney. Plaintiffs include the
] National Organization for Women, ACORN, USA Action and
] United for Justice, and groups and individuals who have
] been penned up during presidential visits, or arrested
] for refusing to go into a "free speech area," in places
] ranging from California to New Mexico, Missouri,
] Connecticut, New Jersey, South Carolina and elsewhere in
] Pennsylvania.

'I thought the whole country was a free speech zone.'

The Memory Hole: US Forces Make Iraqis Strip and Walk Naked in Public
Topic: Current Events 4:07 pm EDT, Jul  2, 2003

] On 25 April 2003, the newspaper Dagbladet (Norway)
] published photos of armed US soldiers forcing Iraqi
] men to walk naked through a park.

] On the chests of the men had been scrawled an Arabic
] phrase that translates as "Ali Baba - Thief."

] A military officer states that the men are thieves,
] and that this technique will be used again.

The Memory Hole: US Forces Make Iraqis Strip and Walk Naked in Public : SARS Virus Likely Came from Civet Cats-Scientists
Topic: Current Events 10:13 pm EDT, May 25, 2003

] HONG KONG (Reuters) - A top Hong Kong scientist said on
] Friday it was likely the deadly SARS virus that has
] killed almost 700 people worldwide jumped to humans from
] civet cats, which are considered a delicacy by many
] people in southern China.

I've always known ctas were evil. Long live dogs! : SARS Virus Likely Came from Civet Cats-Scientists

Open Invitation for Georgia to Join This Century
Topic: Current Events 6:00 am EDT, May  3, 2003

Most likely the sons and daughters of the same people that want the confederate battle emblem put back on the Georgia Flag.

] A year after holding that school's first racially
] integrated prom, Taylor County High School in rural
] Georgia has returned to its segregationist ways and will
] be holding two proms again- one for white students and
] one for all students.

Nice job kids! You've done a fine job of perpetuating the stereotype that all southerners are racist rednecks.

Laughing Boy

Open Invitation for Georgia to Join This Century

The end of civilization
Topic: Current Events 1:54 pm EDT, Apr 17, 2003

On April 10, a day after Saddam Hussein's regime collapsed and Baghdad was in the hands of U.S. military forces, the National Museum of Iraq was ransacked. In a matter of hours, thousands of Iraqis, some thought to be working for art dealers, clambered into the museum that had been closed to the public for years. After two days of looting, almost all of the museum's 170,000 artifacts were either stolen or damaged. Ancient vases were smashed. Statues were beheaded. In the museum's collection were items from Ur and Uruk, the first city-states, settled around 4000 B.C., including art, jewelry and clay tablets containing cuneiform, considered to be the first examples of writing. The museum also housed giant alabaster and limestone carvings taken from palaces of ancient kings.


Coalition forces are trying to restore civil order in Baghdad, a city of 4.5 million, and the looting has almost ended. However, the pandemonium and destruction that occurred have cost the Bush administration credibility and trust in Iraq and across the Arab world. Silliman, who's now a law professor at Duke University and executive director of the Center for Law, Ethics and National Security, says the coalition forces may have violated the Fourth Geneva Convention, which calls for an occupying force to protect cultural property. Even if the coalition forces didn't intentionally breach the Geneva Conventions, he says, "the effect [of the looting] will be more in world opinion, than in legal sanctions."

It's amazing that we had troops stationed at the Ministry of Oil in Baghdad to protect it. There's no oil in that building, it's purely administrative.

Here we have literally thousands of years of culture being systematically disassembled and sold to the highest bidder while Rumsfeld chuckles and makes statements to the effect that boys will be boys.


The end of civilization

Majid al-Khoei Stabbed to Death
Topic: Current Events 1:40 pm EDT, Apr 10, 2003

] Majid al-Khoei, a Shia Muslim cleric, has been stabbed to
] death by a mob outside the Ali Mosque in Najaf today.
] Richard Beeston, Diplomatic Editor, left, explains the
] significance of his death.

Majid al-Khoei Stabbed to Death

FIELD POLL: 63% in Bay Area support war to remove dictator
Topic: Current Events 2:06 pm EDT, Apr  9, 2003


Asked "Do you support or oppose the U.S.' taking military action in Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein from power," 63 percent said they favor and 32 percent said they oppose, a result that surprised even the pollsters.

"The stereotype that one would have of the Bay Area would be that it is one of the hotbeds of the anti-war movement," said Mark DiCamillo, director of the Field Poll, based in San Francisco. "For a poll to show strong support of the war here -- that's major news."

FIELD POLL: 63% in Bay Area support war to remove dictator
Topic: Current Events 11:08 pm EDT, Apr  7, 2003

Good antiwar site. The people behind this site, unusually, are right-wingers.

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