Archive for August 11th, 2008


“Rice was hired by Stanford University as an Assistant Professor of Political Science (1981–1987). She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1987, a post she held until 1993. She was a specialist on the Soviet Union and gave lectures on the subject for the Berkeley-Stanford joint program led by UC Berkeley Professor George Breslauer in the mid-1980s.”

from wikipedia
“US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has also been noticeably absent on the diplomatic scene, having failed to interrupt her holidays to fly to Tbilisi in support of the Georgian government.

Instead senior State Department official, Matthew Bryza, who oversees the Caucasus region was sent, two days later than planned, to join a joint EU-US mediation effort to win a ceasefire.”

afp reporting

so, what we are left with is this:

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By- Suzie-Q @ 5:30 PM MST

House Judiciary To Probe Allegations White House Ordered Forged Letter Linking Saddam-Al Qaeda

After pundits have commented about the muted reaction to author Ron Suskind’s explosive allegations last week, the House Judiciary Committee said today it will “review” the reports of White House and CIA misconduct.

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) didn’t mention anything about hearings or subpoenas in his press release this afternoon. But the committee chairman did say he instructed his staff to look into the report that former CIA Director George Tenet in late 2003 ordered agents to concoct a letter showing false evidence linking Saddam to 9/11.

“Mr. Suskind reports that the Bush Administration, in its pursuit of war, created and promoted forged documents about Iraq,” Conyers said in the press release. “I am particularly troubled that the decision to disseminate this fabricated intelligence is alleged to have come from the highest reaches of the administration.”

After Suskind’s new book was released last week, the White House promptly denied the accusation and two of Suskind’s key CIA sources criticized the report, claiming Suskind misrepresented their remarks. Suskind responded by releasing a partial transcript of one taped interview with a key CIA source.

While that allegedly forged letter got all the press attention last week, Conyers indicated he would review several other questions raised in the book, “The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism.”

A number of issues raised in Mr. Suskind’s book to be reviewed include:· The origin of the allegedly forged document that formed the basis for Bush’s 2003 State of the Union assertion that Iraq sought yellowcake uranium from Niger;

· The role of this document in creating the false impression that 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta had a working relationship with Iraq;

· The relationship between this document and other reported examples of the Bush Administration considering other deceptive schemes to justify or provoke war with Iraq, such as the reported consideration of painting a U.S. aircraft with UN colors in order to provoke Iraq into military confrontation;

· Allegations that the Bush Administration deliberately ignored information from Iraq’s chief intelligence officer that Iraq possessed no WMDs;

· The payment of $5 million to Iraq’s chief intelligence officer and his secret settlement in Jordan, beyond the reach of investigators;

· The September 2007 detainment and interrogation of Mr. Suskind’s research assistant, Greg Jackson, by federal agents in Manhattan. Jackson’s notes were also confiscated.

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Exclusive: American City Under Police Clampdown!

GEF @ 7:28 PM ET


Ark. city neighborhood under 24-hour curfew

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (AP) – Helena-West Helena Mayor James Valley says he ordered a round-the-clock curfew and heavy police patrol in a ten-block section of town because the neighborhood was “under siege with repeated gunfire, loitering, drug dealing and other general mayhem.”

Valley ordered the emergency curfew Thursday, effective immediately. It was still in place today. He said it would remain in place as long as the problems persist or until the city council can come up with a long-term plan at its August 19th meeting.

Thursday night, 18 to 20 police officers carrying M-16 rifles, shotguns and night-vision scopes patrolled the “curfew zone.” They arrested about eight people and confiscated drugs and loaded weapons.

Under Valley’s order, officers do not tolerate loitering or “hanging out.” Officers can stop and investigate all foot traffic, bicycle, horseback, mo-ped, motorcycle, riding mower, golf cart or other means of transportation.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas says the curfew is “blatantly unconstitutional” and has demanded that Valley lift the order immediately.

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Europe In a Blind Panic Over Russian Attack On Georgia!

GEF @ 6:38 PM ET

This is due to an earlier story about the Russians Destroying a BP Oil Pipeline thereby hindering supplies to Europe.

NATO, EU to Hold Crisis Talks as Russia Advances in Georgia

As Russian troops and tanks advance further into Georgian territory, officials from NATO and the EU scheduled talks over the war in the Caucasus to show they can make a difference in their own backyard.

Pleading for a hands-on approach from NATO and the European Union, Salome Samadashvili, Georgia’s ambassador to the EU, told journalists in Brussels on Monday, Aug. 11, that the organizations “need to show that there will be a political cost for this action in terms of the relationship of the Russian Federation with its Western partners,” DPA news agency reported.

“Either we find a way to respond to (Russia’s military action) together or we have to live with the decision that we will face a different world tomorrow,” she added.

Georgian forces retreated on Monday to Tbilisi from other parts of the country in order to defend the capital.

“The invading army of the Russian Federation has entered Georgian territory outside the conflict zones of Abkhazia and South Ossetia,” the Georgian government said in a statement. “The Georgian army is retreating to defend the capital. The government is urgently seeking international intervention to prevent the fall of Georgia and the further loss of life.”

Russia’s Defense Ministry on Monday said Russia had no plans for its forces to advance on Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, Interfax news agency reported.

“We do not have and have never had any plans to advance on Tbilisi,” the news agency quoted an unnamed defence ministry official as saying. “Clearly the Georgian leadership is gripped by panic.”

The United Nations Security Council said it would meet Monday to discuss the fighting between Russia and Georgia. The Council is working to agree on a joint statement for a resolution. It’s the fifth round of emergency talks since the fighting started.

In light of the need for action, both the 26-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the 27-member EU are now under intense pressure to come up with a reaction that goes beyond diplomatic rhetoric, which has thus far been unable to quell the recent outbreak of hostilities in Georgia.

West unable to force Russia’s hand

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili talks to the media as he visits the town of Gori, GeorgiaBildunterschrift: Großansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift: Saakashvili said Moscow is attempting to take over Georgia

European diplomats met Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili in Tbilisi on Monday and convinced him to sign a draft cease-fire agreement.

Russia, however, immediately pushed aside the notion of such a cease-fire agreement before even receiving it, insisting that the Georgian military was ignoring its own self-declared cease-fire and had attacked the South Ossetian capital Tskhinvali.

Saakashvili called on the West to provide more than words of support and emergency aid to Georgia.

“So far we have got from them moral support and humanitarian aid, but we need more than that to stop this barbaric aggression,” he said in a televised address Monday. “The majority of Georgia’s territory is occupied.”

On Wednesday, the conflict will come under the scrutiny of EU foreign ministers, who will be briefed by their colleague Bernard Kouchner, who has been visiting the region on behalf of the French presidency of the EU.

About 25,000 refugees from South Ossetia’s population of 70,000 have fled north and are living in camps and hostels in Valdikavkaz. Some 2,000 refugees, among them foreigners, fled Georgia into Armenia, the Interfax news agency reported.

EU officials will also discuss a call from Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania for the EU to dispatch peacekeepers to Georgia.

Germany-Russia economic ties potential barrier

German Chancellor Angela Merkel with Russian President Dmitri MedvedevBildunterschrift: Großansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift: Economic ties between Russia and Germany could be a sticking point in negotiations

However —  just as at NATO, which has scheduled talks with Russia for Tuesday — those discussions are likely to be complicated by Germany’s reluctance to endanger its strong commercial ties with Russia.

Germany is already Russia’s number one trading partner, with an annual turnover of $53 billion (34 billion euros). Germany also depends on Russia for oil and gas, and the countries are building a joint pipeline for future deliveries under the Baltic Sea.

Around 4,500 German companies have set up shop in Russia and constitute a key part of the economic relationship between the two nations.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel had planned to travel to the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Friday for talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Those talks had been scheduled before the current round of fighting erupted.

Map of the Caucasus region


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US lighting Mideast powder keg?

anthony @ 23:02 BST

Press TV | Monday, Aug 11, 2008

Three more US warships are reportedly heading towards the Persian Gulf amid ongoing tension in the region.

DEBKAfiles– an Israeli web site with alleged close links with the regime’s military and intelligence sources– claimed that the USS Theodore Roosevelt, the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Iwo Jima are sailing towards the Persian Gulf to reinforce the US strike forces deployed to the region.

The report said the expedition could be linked to a conflict between Russia and Georgia over the breakaway region of South Ossetia.


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Israel and the US behind the Georgian aggression?

anthony @ 22:56 BST

Shraga Elam | uruknet.info | Monday, Aug 11, 2008

There is an obvious Israeli involvement in the present conflict between Georgia and Russia. There are hundreds of Israeli military advisers in Georgia and this is not just the claim of the rather unreliable DebkaFile but also the more respected Ha’aretz expert Yossi Melman, the daily Ma’ariv and also the rather reliable website “News First Class” (NFC).


Did the U.S. Prep Georgia for War with Russia?

Nathan Hodge | Wired | Monday, Aug 11, 2008

Georgia and Russia are careening towards war. And the U.S. isn’t exactly a detached observer in the fight. The American military has been training and equipping Georgian troops for years.


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By- Suzie-Q @ 1:45 PM MST

FBI: Hospitals used homeless to scam Medicare

Raw Story- David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Monday August 11, 2008

The federal government has charged three Los Angeles area hospitals and a medical clinic with running a multi-million dollar scam that involved recruiting homeless people to undergo unnecessary medical procedures at federal or state expense.

CNN reports that there were “hundreds, possibly thousands, of homeless recruits allegedly offered about $20 and a warm bed to undergo bogus medical treatment.”

The investigation began with an incident two years ago, when police videotaped ambulances from Los Angeles hospitals dumping indigent patients on Skid Row against their will. However, it went on to uncover far more shocking abuses.

Salvador Hernandez of the FBI’s Los Angeles office told the LA Times, “The defendants are accused of preying on the homeless and exploiting their desperate conditions for personal gain.”

Now one hospital CEO faces criminal charges and more charges are said to be pending. Los Angeles city attorney Rocky Delgadillo has also filed a civil lawsuit, alleging that some of the patients were harmed or their lives endangered by receiving treatment for ailments they did not have.

“I think these folks felt that no one would complain because they were homeless individuals,” Delgadillo told CNN. “Well, they were dead wrong.”

This video is from CNN, broadcast August 11, 2008.

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Afternoon Jukebox… Crazy

By- Suzie-Q @ 1:40 PM MST

Gnarls Barkley- Crazy (2006 MTV Movie Awards)

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The good news & The bad news

by Geezer Power…12:20 pm

Bishop: I have some good news and some bad news Your Holiness.

The good news is that you have a phone call, it’s from Jesus.

Pope: Thank you, that is indeed good news. Uh, what could be the bad news?

Bishop: The call is from Salt Lake City.

Well, if I don’t get struck by lightning, lets move on to more important matters like the main stream media and a refreshing example of good news called .
The Real News..G:

The Real News CEO and Founder Paul Jay

For six years, Paul Jay was the executive producer of counterSpin on CBC Newsworld. In 1998 he decided to start a news channel, Independent World Television and he is now working on a program called The Real News.

The Real News is the flagship program of the IWT and here Canadian Paul Jay talks about how it will be produced.

He has been making long-form documentaries for over twenty years. His recent feature was made in Afghanistan, a film called “Return to Kandahar.”

Jay is the founding chair of Hot Docs!, the Canadian international documentary film festival.

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By- Suzie-Q @ 9:30 AM MST

Ralph Reed: Come meet my new friend John McCain

If you read this space, you knew this was coming. But even now that the odd-couple alliance between Ralph Reed and John McCain is complete, you still can’t believe that it’s true.

On Thursday afternoon, Republicans around Georgia received an invitation from Reed, who will serve as a host of a “special event” for McCain at the downtown Marriot Marquis on Aug. 18.

“John McCain believes in a strong national defense, a smaller, more accountable government, steady economic growth and opportunity, the dignity of life and traditional values,” wrote Reed, whose 2006 campaign for lieutenant governor sank under the weight of evidence detailing his relationship with Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff — much of it uncovered by McCain’s Indian Affairs Committee.

Read the entire invitation on the jump.


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