Bush misused Iraq intelligence: Senate report

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.

The report shows an administration that “led the nation to war on false premises,” said the committee’s Democratic Chairman, Sen. John Rockefeller of West Virginia. Several Republicans on the committee protested its findings as a “partisan exercise.”

The committee studied major speeches by Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and other officials in advance of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, and compared key assertions with intelligence available at the time.

Statements that Iraq had a partnership with al Qaeda were wrong and unsupported by intelligence, the report said.

It said that Bush’s and Cheney’s assertions that Saddam was prepared to arm terrorist groups with weapons of mass destruction for attacks on the United States contradicted available intelligence.

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D.C. Police to Check Drivers In Violence-Plagued Trinidad

“My reaction is, welcome to Baghdad, D.C.,” said Arthur Spitzer, legal director for the ACLU’s Washington office. “I mean, this is craziness. In this country, you don’t have to show identification or explain to the police why you want to travel down a public street.”
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D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced a military-style checkpoint yesterday to stop cars this weekend in a Northeast Washington neighborhood inundated by gun violence, saying it will help keep criminals out of the area.

Starting on Saturday, officers will check drivers’ identification and ask whether they have a “legitimate purpose” to be in the Trinidad area, such as going to a doctor or church or visiting friends or relatives. If not, the drivers will be turned away.

The Neighborhood Safety Zone initiative is the latest crime-fighting attempt by Lanier and Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, who have been under pressure from residents to stop a recent surge in violence. Last weekend was especially bloody, with seven slayings, including three in the Trinidad area.

“In certain areas, we need to go beyond the normal methods of policing,” Fenty (D) said at a news conference announcing the action. “We’re going to go into an area and completely shut it down to prevent shootings and the sale of drugs.”

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America’s Medicated Army

“Nearly 40% of Army suicide victims in 2006 and 2007 took psychotropic drugs — overwhelmingly, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Prozac and Zoloft.”

Seven months after Sergeant Christopher LeJeune started scouting Baghdad’s dangerous roads – acting as bait to lure insurgents into the open so his Army unit could kill them – he found himself growing increasingly despondent. “We’d been doing some heavy missions, and things were starting to bother me,” LeJeune says. His unit had been protecting Iraqi police stations targeted by rocket-propelled grenades, hunting down mortars hidden in dark Baghdad basements and cleaning up its own messes. He recalls the order his unit got after a nighttime firefight to roll back out and collect the enemy dead. When LeJeune and his buddies arrived, they discovered that some of the bodies were still alive. “You don’t always know who the bad guys are,” he says. “When you search someone’s house, you have it built up in your mind that these guys are terrorists, but when you go in, there’s little bitty tiny shoes and toys on the floor – things like that started affecting me a lot more than I thought they would.”

So LeJeune visited a military doctor in Iraq, who, after a quick session, diagnosed depression. The doctor sent him back to war armed with the antidepressant Zoloft and the antianxiety drug clonazepam. “It’s not easy for soldiers to admit the problems that they’re having over there for a variety of reasons,” LeJeune says. “If they do admit it, then the only solution given is pills.”

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Top two Air Force officials resigning

The two are asked to step down after a mistaken warhead shipment

WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert Gates ousted the Air Force’s top officials Thursday, holding them to account in a historic military shake-up for failing to ensure the security of sensitive materials, including nuclear missile warhead fuses that were mistakenly shipped to Taiwan.

Gates announced at a Pentagon news conference that he had accepted the resignations of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley and Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne – a highly unusual double firing.

Gates cited two embarrassing incidents in the past year. In one, a B-52 bomber was mistakenly armed with six nuclear-tipped cruise missiles and flown across the country without anyone realizing nuclear weapons were aboard.
In the other, four electrical fuses for ballistic missile warheads were mistakenly sent to Taiwan in the place of helicopter batteries.
Gates said an internal investigation found a common theme in the B-52 and Taiwan incidents: “a decline in the Air Force’s nuclear mission focus and performance.”

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China takes on the US – in space

SYDNEY – Chinese military experts believe a confrontation in space, probably with the United States, is inevitable. What they haven’t said is whether they expect to win.

Two disarmament officials with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) this week accused Washington in an assessment of the global weapons buildup of fueling an arms race aimed at controlling “the commanding heights”.

“In the not too distant future, outer space will certainly become a stage for struggle between countries,” charged Xu Nengwu, of China’s National Defense Science and Technology University.

Simialry, Lieutenant General Ma Xiaotian, deputy chief of staff of the PLA, speaking at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore at the weekend, was less than subtle. He did not mention the US at all (other than including Hurricane Katrina in the list of recent natural disasters), but did identify “expansion of military alliance” and “development and expansion of missile defense system” among the major security challenges the region faces.

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Infowars Team Harassed at Marriott Covering Bilderberg

Related article: Bilderberg Announces 2008 Conference

Listen to Alex’s Bilderberg report

Calling into his show today from the Bilderberg confab in Chantilly, Virginia, Alex Jones told stand-in Jason Bermas that the Infowars team — bearing press credentials and obviously part of the media — were incessantly and repeatedly harassed by security personnel at the Westfield Marriott where the Bilderberg meeting is scheduled to take place.

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Infowars records the coming and going of the Bilderbergers and their security goons at the Westfield Marriott in Chantilly, Virginia.

As noted earlier, this campaign of harassment and intimidation was timed to interrupt Alex’s interview with Coast to Coast AM last night. At approximately the moment Alex was scheduled to begin the interview with George Noory, a fire alarm went off in the Marriott. Fifteen minutes prior to this oddly timed event, Alex had an encounter with the head of night security in the lobby of the hotel. “Hey, have you every heard of people pulling fire alarms?” the head of security asked, adding that people often pull fire alarms in hotels as a diversion in robbery attempts. Alex believes security was attempting to set him up, but admitted he was unable to confirm this.

Upon exiting the building in response to the fire alarm, the head of security, noticing the Infowars team had cameras, “ran up and said, ‘I’m gonna f— you both up if you video tape, do you hear me Alex and Rob?’” Meanwhile, other hotel guests exiting the building in response to the fire alarm were shooting video and taking photos and they were not approached by the head of security, who specifically singled out Alex and Rob Jacobson.

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Bilderberg car with the letter “B” in the window.

As Alex noted, it was peculiar the head of security would address Rob by name, as his name was not registered with the hotel. Aaron Dykes had registered with the hotel and had not mentioned Rob by name. “He knew our names, he knew everything. He said, ‘I’ve called the police, they are coming, and they are going to f— you up.’” At this point Alex pointed out that other guests were videotaping and the security man repeated his threat.

Earlier in the evening, as they sat in a restaurant at the Hilton, where Alex had secured a room for the safe stowage of equipment, they were approached by a man, a “big guy who looked just like, acted just like a cop,” who attempted to provocateur them into “infiltrating some federal buildings” and asked if they wanted “to get really serious and go into the State Department.” Alex told him he is non-violent and are reporters in Virginia to cover the Bilderberg event, not engage in violence.

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Limos and security arrive at the Marriott.

The following morning, security continued its orchestrated campaign of harassment, approaching Alex and telling him they knew who he was and declaring they would throw the Infowars crew out of the hotel before check-out at noon. In addition, the security goon made a point of threatening them with arrest.

At noon check out, black sedans began arriving with large letter B’s affixed to the windows, a sign that the limousines were delivering Bilderberg security to the hotel. When Alex and crew left the hotel grounds in their rented van, security followed close behind. “Coming out the main entrance, we saw about seventy five great infowarriors out there videotaping, police everywhere… there is just like a fog of infowarriors out there totally overwhelming them, there are all these huge army intelligence guys, average six foot two, six foot three, two hundred fifty, two hundred seventy pounds, running around with earpieces everywhere in suits and in plain clothes watching us, following us, they’re all over the streets… this is a complete spectacle.”

As the experience with security at the Marriott demonstrates, minions of the Bilderbergers have absolutely no respect for freedom of the press or the First Amendment — that is unless the press is corporate and following the New World Order script consisting of obfuscation and diversion. Over the years, the corporate media has refused to acknowledge the existence of the Bilderbergers, but now that the cat is out of the bag and the agenda of our globalist rulers increasingly faces the light of day due to the work of Alex Jones and others, the lapdog corporate media declares the annual Bilderberg meetings be nothing more than business people harmlessly gathering to talk shop and refuse to cover their events, an absurd joke now revealed for the world to see.

Kurt Nimmo
June 5th, 2008

Source: Infowars

Sheep and Cow flatulence inoculation developed

New Zealand scientists claim to have developed a “flatulence inoculation” aimed at cutting down on the massive amount of methane produced by its sheep and cows.

Such animals are believed to be responsible for more than half of the country’s greenhouse gases, causing huge environmental problems.

But Phil Goff, New Zealand’s trade minister, told an Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) in Paris yesterday that a solution was in sight.

“Our agricultural research organisation just last week was able to map the genome … that causes methane in ruminant animals and we believe we can vaccinate against” flatulent emissions, Mr Goff said.

Scientists in New Zealand have been working around-the-clock to reduce emissions from agriculture, such as changing the way fertilisers are used on pasture land, Mr Goff added.

Sheep, cattle, goats and deer produce large quantities of gas through belching and flatulence, as their multiple stomachs digest grass.

Ruminants are responsible for about 25 per cent of the methane produced in Britain, but in countries with a large agricultural sector, the proportion is much higher.

The 45 million sheep and 10 million cattle in New Zealand burped and farted about 90 percent of that country’s methane emissions, according to government figures.

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Masons are after the DNA of children

“Masons Work to Protect Children”

WALTON COUNTY – Nothing can strike fear into the heart of a parent faster than the thought of a missing child.

While Walton County’s Masonic lodges cannot do much to prevent a child from going missing, they can provide parents with valuable tools if such a tragedy might happen.

As part of the Georgia Child Identification Program, or GACHIP, sponsored by the Grand Lodge of Georgia, Freemasons across Walton County are working to help parents avert their worst nightmare.

“There are thousands of children every year who are abducted,” said Julian Hayes, with Generous Warren Masonic Lodge No. 20, and associate to the Mason district director. “Sometimes a child just wanders off and gets lost. We just want to protect our children.”

The GACHIP initiative will allow Walton’s Masons – lodges in Campton, Monroe, Loganville, Social Circle and around the edges of the county – in partnership with the Loganville Ladies Auxiliary with the American Legion Post 233, to take a child’s fingerprints, photograph, tooth impressions and DNA from saliva to create a small, comprehensive package, complete with informational CD, that parents can provide to law enforcement in the case of a missing child.

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US banks fear $5 trillion balance impact

Accounting changes could force US banks to take thousands of billions of dollars back on to their balance sheets in the coming months in a move that is likely to curb further their lending and could push them into new capital raisings, analysts have warned.

Analysts at Citigroup said a planned tightening of the rules regarding off-balance sheet vehicles would force banks to reconsider arrangements and could result in up to $5,000bn of assets coming back on to the books.

The off-balance sheet vehicles have been used by financial institutions to keep some assets off their balance sheets, thereby avoiding the need to hold regulatory capital against them.

Birgit Specht, head of securitisation analysis at Citigroup, said: “We think it is very likely that these vehicles will come back on balance sheet.

“This will not affect liquidity because [they] are funded, but it will affect debt-to-equity ratios [at banks] and so significantly impact banks’ ability to lend.”

Ms Specht told a seminar at a conference on asset-backed securities in Cannes that the uncertainty about what might change was making banks uneasy about their investments. “Banks are not investing [in assets] right now because of funding issues and regulatory uncertainty.”

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Indicted Saudi Gets $80 Million US Contract

The Financier Has Been Indicted For His Alleged Role in a Scandal Costing US Taxpayers $1.7 billion

The US military has awarded an $80 million contract to a prominent Saudi financier who has been indicted by the US Justice Department. The contract to supply jet fuel to American bases in Afghanistan was awarded to the Attock Refinery Ltd, a Pakistani-based refinery owned by Gaith Pharaon. Pharaon is wanted in connection with his alleged role at the failed Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), and the CenTrust savings and loan scandal, which cost US tax payers $1.7 billion.

The Saudi businessman was also named in a 2002 French parliamentary report as having links to informal money transfer networks called hawala, known to be used by traders and terrorists, including Al Qaeda.

Interestingly, Pharaon was also an investor in President George W. Bush’s first business venture, Arbusto Energy.

A spokesman for the FBI said Pharaon was not wanted in connection with the French report, but confirmed he was still sought by the US Justice Department.

“Ghaith Pharaon is an FBI fugitive indicted in both the BCCI and CENTRUST case,” said Richard Kolko, a spokesman for the FBI. “If anyone has information on his location, they are requested to contact the FBI or the US Embassy.”

The US military purchases jet fuel from Attock through the contractor Supreme Fuels, according to a US government website. The $80 million contract for 2008 was posted this week on a US government website . Attock supplied the US military more than $40 million in jet fuel in 2007, according to another spreadsheet posted on the site.

An official at Attock, who did not wish to be named, confirmed the refinery was supplying thousands of tons of jet fuel to the US base at Bagram Air Base every month.

The US military has not responded to requests for comment.

Pharaon could not be reached for comment.

By GRETCHEN PETERS
June 4, 2008

Source: abc News