Dec. 3, 2004

U.S. Admits Torture Used to Obtain Evidence Against Terrorists

U.S. Admits Torture Used to Obtain Evidence Against Terrorists By Staff and Wire Reports Dec 3, 2004, 07:07 Evidence gained by torture can be used by the U.S. military in deciding whether to imprison a foreigner indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as an enemy combatant, the government concedes. Statements produced under torture have been inadmissible in U.S. courts for about 70 years. But the U.S. military panels reviewing the detention of 550 foreigners as enemy combatants at the U.S. naval base in Cuba are allowed to use such evidence, Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General Brian Boyle acknowledged at a U.S. District Court hearing Thursday." continued.....

Nov. 28, 2004

Capitol Hill Blue: Halliburton Lost U.S. Property Worth Millions in Iraq, Kuwait

Capitol Hill Blue: Halliburton Lost U.S. Property Worth Millions in Iraq, Kuwait: "Halliburton Lost U.S. Property Worth Millions in Iraq, Kuwait By JOHN SOLOMON Nov 28, 2004, 07:50 Email this article Printer friendly page A third or more of the government property Halliburton Co. was paid to manage for the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq could not be located by auditors, investigative reports to Congress show. Halliburton's KBR subsidiary 'did not effectively manage government property' and auditors could not locate hundreds of CPA items worth millions of dollars in Iraq and Kuwait this summer and fall, Inspector General Stuart W. Bowen reported to Congress in two reports. Bowen's findings mark the latest bad news for Vice President Dick Cheney's former company, which is the focus of both a criminal investigation into alleged fuel price gouging and an FBI inquiry into possible favoritism from the Bush administration." Continued.....

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | One gulp, and Bush was gone

One gulp, and Bush was gone Behind the scenes at the Clinton library, we saw America's future Sidney Blumenthal Thursday November 25, 2004 The Guardian At the dedication of the Clinton library last week in Little Rock, Karl Rove and President Bush received separate tours of the dramatic building, a glistening silver, suspended boxcar filled with light and with a panoramic view of the Arkansas river. Flung across the river stands an old railroad bridge - and to Clinton watchers, bridges represent 'the bridge to the 21st century', the former president's re-election slogan in 1996. The opening ceremony was biblical in its spectacle, length and rain. For more than four hours we huddled in thin ponchos under the downpour, awaiting four presidents. For the Democrats among us - former advisers and cabinet secretaries, celebrity supporters and high school friends of Bill - this was an unofficial convention, a kind of counter-inaugural, with rueful discussions of the recent defeat. John Kerry arrived to defiant cheering from the crowd. Then, when the presidents were announced, Bush tried to push his way past Clinton at the library door to be first in line, against the already accepted protocol for the event, as though the walk to the platform was a contest for alpha male." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Then the asshole went on to declare,"If this was Poland, they wouldn't even have let you build this thing", giving a sideways wink at Condi-sleaza, who giggled coyly, thinking in manner reminiscent of Olive Oil "Man, Oh man...I just lovvve that man o'mine!". Mycos