Archive for February 22nd, 2008

BAM! McCain’s Co-Chair Rick Renzi Indicted!

By- Suzie-Q @ 4:15 PM MST

GOP Arizona Rep. Rick Renzi — the co-chairman of Sen. John McCain’s campaign in Arizona — has been indicted this morning:

Republican Rep. Rick Renzi (REN-zee) has been indicted for extortion, wire fraud, money laundering and other charges related to a land deal in Arizona.A 26-page federal indictment unsealed in Arizona accuses Renzi and two former business partners of conspiring to promote the sale of land that buyers could swap for property owned by the federal government. The sale netted one of Renzi’s former partners $4.5 million.

Renzi is a three-term member of the House. He announced in August that he would not seek re-election.

Today’s indictment comes after a lengthy federal investigation into the land developing and insurance businesses owned by Renzi’s family.

In April 2007, federal agents raided a Sonoita (so-no-EE-ta) Arizona business owned by Renzi’s wife, Roberta.

Read the indictment here (pdf).

Renzi is listed as an Arizona co-chair McCain’s website.

Paul Kiel breaks down the indictment:


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Evening Jukebox… Unchained Melody

By- Suzie-Q @ 4:00 PM MST

Righteous Brothers- Unchained Melody- (Ghost Trailer)

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Former Congressman Warns Of Martial Law Camps In America

anthony @ 21:30 GMT

Steve Watson | Infowars.net | Thursday, Feb 21, 2008

San Francisco Chronicle article outlines Homeland Security ENDGAME


George Bush has declared himself to be dictator and to have supreme power over and above the limitations of the US Constitution. Bush administration officials like Alberto Gonzales have declared Bush to be “above the law.” White House advisors are openly discussing the legality of crushing a child’s testicles as part of the war on terror. Preparation for the internment of thousands of Americans who are ‘disloyal’ in times of emergency are afoot.

An article co-written by a former Congressman and carried by the San Francisco Chronicle has gained much attention recently as it shines light on a coordinated federal government program to build detention camps at undisclosed locations within the United States.

“Since 9/11, and seemingly without the notice of most Americans, the federal government has assumed the authority to institute martial law, arrest a wide swath of dissidents (citizen and noncitizen alike), and detain people without legal or constitutional recourse in the event of an emergency influx of immigrants in the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs.” write Lewis Seiler and former Congressman Dan Hamburg of the watchdog group Voice of the Environment, Inc.

Voice of the Environment’s mission is to educate the public regarding the transfer of public trust assets into private, mostly corporate, hands.

The article continues:

Beginning in 1999, the government has entered into a series of single-bid contracts with Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) to build detention camps at undisclosed locations within the United States. The government has also contracted with several companies to build thousands of railcars, some reportedly equipped with shackles, ostensibly to transport detainees.

According to diplomat and author Peter Dale Scott, the KBR contract is part of a Homeland Security plan titled ENDGAME, which sets as its goal the removal of “all removable aliens” and “potential terrorists.”

Seiler and Hamburg also warn of the alarming and numerous freedom killing pieces of legislation that have been passed recently, dovetailing with the build up of infrastructure of tyranny inside the US. (more…)

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Texans vs NAFTA

By- Suzie-Q @ 12:00 PM MST

Texans protest against planned NAFTA superhighway

As Senators Clinton and Obama prepared to debate in their state, Texans were marching in protest over the NAFTA superhighway known as the Trans-Texas Corridor, or I-69, the primary purpose of which is to speed the delivery of goods coming in from Mexico to proposed inland ports.

The TTC is planned to span the state of Texas from Laredo, on the Mexican border, to Texarkana, on the border with Arkansas, to continue north to Canada. The projected cost is $183 billion over fifty years, with no American companies expressing interest in financing it.

With no public approval required to begin construction, repeated calls against the TTC at public meetings, with seldom a word of support, may easily go unheeded.

“This is about international–global companies that are coming in and having their way with our politicians,” says Terri Hall of TexasTURF. “It doesn’t matter what does to the people in the path,” she continues, “it doesn’t matter what it does to our way of life…”

“Citizens here,” says an unidentified man at a public hearing, “are not going to bear the burden so Wal-Mart can get their cargo into the U.S. cheaper and faster.”

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GEF @ 10:08 AM MST

Massive Serbian backlash over globalists’ meddling in Balkans

Angry Serbs broke into the U.S. Embassy and set fire to an office Thursday night as rioters rampaged through Belgrade’s streets, putting an exclamation point of violence to a day of mass protest against Western support for an independent Kosovo. At least 150,000 people rallied in Belgrade, waving Serbian flags and signs proclaiming “Stop USA terror,” to denounce the bid by Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian majority to create their own state out of what Serbs consider the ancient heartland of their culture. Several hundred men broke away from the massive protest, battering gates and burning the U.S. flag – eventually breaking down doors and setting the U.S. Embassy’s visa section on fire, reports CBS News correspondent Sheila MacVicar.

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Shadegg Listens To Pleas From Colleagues, Will Run Again

By- Suzie-Q @ 9:00 AM MST

By Jackie Kucinich
Posted: 02/21/08 07:10 PM [ET]

At the urging of his Republican colleagues, Rep. John Shadegg (Ariz.) is reversing his decision not to run for reelection, giving a boost to GOP hopes of retaining the seat.

“Last Thursday, 146 of my colleagues in the U.S. House signed a letter asking me to reconsider, an unprecedented event,” Shadegg said in a statement Thursday. “Yesterday I received a letter signed by the leaders of 33 different conservative organizations from across America also urging me to reverse my announced intentions.”

Shadegg said he was “stunned” and “humbled” by the response he received at home and on Capitol Hill and, after careful consideration, decided he would run for another term.

“My decision was made after deep reflection and consultation with my family…It was entirely a personal decision between me and my family,” the lawmaker stated. “The reactions of my constituents and my friends now suggest there were implications far broader than we had contemplated.”

Written jointly by Republican Study Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (Texas) and Reps. Mike Pence (Ind.) and Pete Hoekstra (Mich.), the letter has been signed by each member of the Republican leadership.

“We fear that without you and the long-term perspective you bring to every debate, our battles will be difficult to win,” the letter stated. “This is especially true in the area of health care where you are one of the leading experts.”

Shadegg had announced his retirement Feb. 11. He was first elected to represent Arizona’s 3rd congressional district in 1994. Known for his staunch opposition to earmarks, Shadegg ran for House majority leader in 2006 after Rep. Tom DeLay (Texas) stepped down from the post. He lost that race to Rep. John Boehner (Ohio).

The Hill

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Blackwater Inquiry Turns to Baghdad

By- Suzie-Q @ 7:00 AM MST

Blackwater Inquiry Turns to Baghdad

Federal authorities investigating Blackwater Worldwide contractors are returning to Baghdad this week to revisit the scene of a deadly September shooting that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead.

The two-week trip, by eight prosecutors and FBI agents, marks the latest phase in an inquiry that was limited from the start by the government’s promise of immunity for Blackwater bodyguards who provided sworn statements about the shootings.

The gunplay in a crowded Baghdad intersection has strained diplomatic relations and raised questions over whether some contractors can operate without legal consequences.

The Justice Department team left Tuesday night for Iraq, where they planned to interview witnesses and gather evidence from the Sept. 16 shooting. The trip was confirmed by several people close to the case who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the investigation.

Since opening a grand jury investigation in November, prosecutors have questioned about 30 U.S. witnesses, including Blackwater security guards and managers, during closed-door grand jury sessions in a Washington courthouse. To accommodate the crush of witnesses, prosecutors took the unusual step of requesting a third day of grand jury time each week.

Unlike U.S. citizens, Iraqi witnesses cannot be forced to testify before a grand jury in the United States. The trip is an opportunity for prosecutors and FBI agents to question witnesses, assess their credibility and consider whether they should testify if criminal charges in the case are ever brought to trial.


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Sudhan @15:55 CET

By Seth Robeson | Stars and Stripes, February 22, 2008

Seth Robson / S&S
Spc. Benjamin Stewart, center, leaves the Vilseck Court house after being convicted Wednesday of missing movement. He received a six-month prison term and a bad-conduct discharge.

VILSECK, Germany — A soldier who refused to deploy with his unit to Iraq because of a “deeply held personal belief” that he should not take a human life will spend the next six months in jail before being thrown out of the Army.

Spc. Benjamin Stewart, 25, of the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, pleaded guilty Wednesday to missing movement on Jan. 7, 2008, when he was scheduled to deploy to Iraq. Stewart had already been convicted — and reduced in rank from sergeant to specialist — of being absent without leave when the bulk of the regiment deployed last summer.

Stewart told the court that he refused to deploy because of what he experienced during his last deployment to Mosul, Iraq, from 2004 to 2005.

“I saw a mother and her infant child get killed in crossfire. I saw children lose their limbs in a car bomb. One boy lost an arm and another lost both legs,” he said.

After that mission, Stewart said, he decided he could not deploy again.

“I’m not a pacifist or peacenik or against the war in Iraq. From the beginning, I believe the war was justified, (but) I could not live with myself if I killed another person,” he said.

Continued . . .

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Sudhan@10:15 CET

By Colin Brown, Deputy political Editor | The Independent, Feb. 22, 2008


David Miliband told MPs that two CIA flights landed at the RAF air base on Diego Garcia (above)

A British territory in the Indian Ocean was used for American “torture” flights, despite categorical denials of Britain’s involvement from both Tony Blair and Jack Straw, the Government admitted yesterday.

The Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, had to make a humiliating apology to the Commons after it emerged that the US failed to tell British officials that two CIA rendition flights carrying suspected terrorists landed on the island of Diego Garcia in 2002. Six years on, one of the suspects is still being held by the US at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. The other has been released.

Mr Miliband denied there was a deliberate cover-up and said he believed the US had acted “in good faith”. However, Gordon Brown, attending an EU summit in Brussels, expressed his “disappointment” and said Washington’s failure to disclose the flights earlier was “a very serious issue”.

Continued . . .

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