Spy Spy Away
FBI secretly sought data on 3,501 people in 2005
Agency ramped up use of approach that requires no court approval
Updated: 6:40 p.m. ET April 28, 2006
WASHINGTON - The FBI secretly sought information last year on 3,501 U.S. citizens and legal residents from their banks and credit card, telephone and Internet companies without a court's approval, the Justice Department said Friday.
Worlds going to hell and we're escalating spying on our own citizens. What's wrong with this picture? September 11th isn't billed as 'home grown' terror - yet it's being used to instill homegrown terror tactics by our own government on its citizens. There's something seriously wrong here. Something very very wrong here.
U.S. Reports a Surge in Global Terrorism
The count has soared since the Iraq invasion, but only now are attacks there being included.
By Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
April 29, 2006
WASHINGTON — The State Department's annual report on global terrorism, released Friday, concludes that the number of reported terrorist incidents and deaths has increased exponentially in the three years since the United States invaded Iraq, largely because of Iraq itself.
The report also said that although the United States had made some gains in fighting terrorism, Al Qaeda and its affiliate groups remained a grave threat to U.S. national security at home and abroad — both in Iraq and elsewhere.
You mean not because of American citizens? That would blow that whole justification to HELL then, wouldn't it? And if it ever came to light, man people would be pissed ... what to do?
Feds Move to Dismiss Domestic Spying Suit
By DAVID KRAVETS, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 50 minutes ago
SAN FRANCISCO - The Justice Department said Friday it was moving to dismiss a federal lawsuit challenging the Bush administration's secretive domestic wiretapping program.
The lawsuit, brought by the Internet privacy group, Electronic Frontier Foundation, does not include the government.
And the sun came up this morning.
A court case would certainly shake the whole 'it's because of September 11th and terrorism' idea, because declassified NSA documents prove it was ordered by Tates before September 11.
Sticky situation, that whole truth thing. Bites you in the ass. Lovin the hell out of the small, nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation right now, in addition to supporting them financially.
I like putting my money where my mouth is. You're on shaky ground complaining about something you do nothing about.
Tates declared today, "...the enemies of freedom have suffered a real blow in recent days, and we have taken great strides on the march to victory."
Thousands of Shiites Displaced in Iraq
By THOMAS WAGNER, Associated Press Writer
8 minutes ago
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Sectarian violence has forced about 100,000 families across Iraq to flee their homes, a top Iraqi official said, and 16 Iraqis were killed Saturday, six of them tortured in captivity. -more-
Obviously 'terror' families are suffering a blow, deathsquads and a real housing shortage.
Ex-head of interrogation at Abu Ghraib charged
Lieutenant colonel is highest-ranking officer to face criminal abuse charges
Updated: 6:10 p.m. ET April 28, 2006
WASHINGTON - The Army on Friday charged the former head of the interrogation center at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq with cruelty and maltreatment, dereliction of duty and other criminal offenses for his alleged involvement in the abuse of detainees at the notorious prison in 2003.
The wages of sin, paid by the little guys. Let's not bring up the obvious fact that his bosses knew, approved and implemented these policies. If they 'claim' innocence, then they are too incompetent to command anyone in the field. Criminal or incompetent - I frankly don't care what they charge them with. But they need to clean house from the TOP DOWN, not the bottom to the knee. However, they are already honoring Army investigator Brent Pack honored for Groundbreaking Work on Abu Ghraib, which is very cool unless the investigation stopped right at the middle.
SuperDon™ Corner (squeeeeaaaaaal!):
I'd like to answer this argument, other than pointing out the sky is blue, gravity works and oh yeah, the UCMJ:
"Where are the officers serving now? Where are the enlisted? Huh? Those Generals are retired!"
Embassy, April 26th, 2006
By Richard Gwyn
A week ago, it was the generals. Now it's the colonels and majors and captains. Moreover, these officers are in uniform and have none of the security from retribution of the generals who have all already retired.
In a front-page story Sunday, The New York Times described an "extraordinary debate" now going on among younger American officers "in military academies, in the armed services staff colleges, and even in command posts and mess halls in Iraq."
This debate is about the war in Iraq, about the tactics and prospects of the American forces there, and, most particularly, about Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, already the target of stinging criticism by a half dozen recently-retired senior generals, most of whom had served in Iraq.
The names of these junior officers have all been withheld by the Times. If ever identified, they would be court-martialed. So readers have to take it on faith that the paper has described their opinions accurately.
But it's hard to doubt that the report is close to the truth. To heighten its credibility, by no means all of its findings are predictable.
Thus, while the younger officers overwhelmingly fault Rumsfeld, they are less critical of President George W. Bush.
Several thought their own generals were as much to blame as Rumsfeld, for having gone along silently with his bad planning.
The sense of malaise, though, is widespread.
Sucks to be an idiot, doesn't it?
Yunno, like this guy - who has declared The Iraq War is Over. Hey, I'll pass it along to the guys who died there this month, the deadliest month this year. Assclown.
Today, thousands marched in Manhattan.
I wish we could bring them home right this minute. But we've started something that we can't just walk away from. We invaded them. We caused this. This is our fault. We can't take out toys and go home. 'Sorry, too bad, so sad, now you can just go straight to hell and die horribly because of our mistakes.' It's called responsibility. And it's ours.
What we need are real military strategists, real planners, real policies and a real exit plan. We've got the finest military and finest military minds in the world. Let 'em get to work - away from the political screwup appointees and SuperDon™ syncophants.