Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Squeezing Mukasey on Torture
At the hearing veteran Illinois Senator Dick Durbin asked Mukasey
a deceptively simple question: is waterboarding torture?

McCain Rebukes Giuliani on Waterboarding Remark - New York Times
John McCain Swipes at Rudy Giuliani, Says Waterboarding 'Is Torture'

Digg - US called Waterboarding a War Crime in 1947.

Waterboarding Historically Controversial - washingtonpost
In 1947, the United States charged a Japanese officer, Yukio Asano, with
war crimes for carrying out another form of waterboarding on a U.S. civilian.

Waterboarding - Wikipedia
Howstuffworks "What is water boarding?"
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Turkey: U.S. Won't Stop Iraq Invasion
Iranians Gain From Crisis Over PKK Attacks on Turkey
Turkish leaders pressure US, Iraq over incursion threat
U.S. says to help free eight seized Turkish soldiers

US soldiers shy from battle in Iraq
"We were hit by so many roadside bombs we became incredibly demoralized,
so we decided the only way we wouldn't be blown up was to avoid driving
around all the time."

Millard told IPS "search and avoid" missions continue today across Iraq.
"One of my buddies is in Baghdad right now and we email all the time,"
he explained, "He just told me that nearly each day they pull into a parking
lot, drink soda and shoot at the cans.

"So we would go find an open field and park, and call our base every hour to tell them we were searching for weapons caches in the fields and doing weapons patrols and everything was going fine,"

State Department security chief to resign amid Iraq scandals
US embassy offers blood money in Iraq
Lawmakers skewer Rice on Iraqi corruption

Sarin-loaded bomb explodes in Iraq
Two US soldiers killed in Iraq, civilians kidnapped in Kirkuk

U.S. envoy warns of growing power of Iraqi militias

Computer system down for a month in Iraq

Iraq: Child prisoners abused and tortured, say activists

Gay Iraqi group will close two of five safe houses

Sunni teacher pulled from car, shot to death in Iraq by suspected Shiite Militia
The American military has reported 30 military deaths
so far in October, down sharply from last month.

Oil contract could lead to regional autonomy - or aggravate sectarian strife

Fallen but not forgotten: 9 more deaths

Fifty Iraqi policemen to be arrested for terror links
Iraqi blood is 'on your hands,' anti-war protester tells Condi
"War criminal! ... War Criminal!"
Rice Accosted By Anti-War Protester, Secretary Of State Called A 'War Criminal' At House Committee Hearing

Rice admits U.S. handling of Arar case 'imperfect'
Arar, now 37, was interrogated and tortured after U.S. officials sent him to Syria

Iraq, Afghan wars could cost US 2.4 trillion: report

Admiral Mullen Says U.S. Should Mount Diplomatic Offensive
Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
says that one way to relieve pressure on America's military
would be to put more effort into diplomatic and foreign aid
offensives. Mullen told a group of officers that although
security is important, the military has limits.

Turkey shells Kurdish targets in Iraq
Bush offers to bomb Kurds
Turkish planes bomb rebel positions inside Turkey

State Department Use of Contractors Leaps in 4 Years
Over the Past 4 years it has soared to nearly $4 billion a year.

HBO Iraq mini-series begins shooting in Mozambique
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Richardson wants U.S. troops replaced in Iraq
Peacekeeping troops from Arab countries and Turkey
should replace U.S. forces in Iraq within a year.

Those troops should come from Egypt, Saudi Arabia,
Jordan and Turkey, but not Syria, he said.

More bad news in Iraq
Turkish cross-border military operations in northern Iraq could
achieve what we hoped was impossible and make matters worse.

Turkish PM clears way for Iraq assault

US Marines propose moving force from Iraq to Afghanistan
Gates plays down report Marines want Iraq exit

U.S. may shift use of guards in Iraq
Many Iraqis Want Security Firms Out

Soldier from Killingworth, CT dies in accident in Iraq
He died accidentally after he was pinned between vehicles.

Six Iraq insurgent groups join forces against US

Iraq: Rocket Attack kills 2 soldiers
Two members of the U.S.-led coalition force were killed
and 40 others were wounded in an attack at Camp Victor.

Included two "third country nationals," meaning they were neither American nor Iraqis.

U.S. Contractors in Iraq Rely on Third-World Labor

Israel-Syria Conflict Reportedly Split White House

Turkey recalls ambassador for talks after U.S. vote on genocide
Armenia Hails Controversial U.S. Vote Recognizing Genocide
US' Gates warns of Turkish response over Armenia resolution
AFP: US vies to placate Turkey after Armenia vote

Armenian Genocide - Wikipedia
To date twenty-one countries have officially recognized it as genocide.
The government of Turkey rejects the characterization of the events as genocide.

Evangelical leaders warm to Romney
Two social conservatives leaders — in surprise moves yesterday
criticized fellow evangelical and Republican presidential hopeful
Mike Huckabee, while praising another party hopeful, Mitt Romney, a Mormon.
Broward County soldier killed in Iraq is buried (June 2007)

MySpace.com - Jay Hova R.I.P. Daniel Agami. The good die young!!
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Newsweek: Early report from Iraq surge (April 2007)

Even one of the most gung-ho men in the unit, a Miamian known affectionately as GI Jew, didn't buy the pep talk. "There's no way that's happening," he said, almost loud enough for the colonel to hear.

Nevertheless, Charlie Company is still obeying orders—after a fashion. Its soldiers have gone out on dismounted patrols, but with the heavy firepower of their gun trucks rumbling along right behind them. They couldn't go unprotected, says Pfc. Daniel Agami: "Walk out of here in the middle of the day without enough firepower and you have to retreat? Guess what, your whole platoon is f---ed."
Monday, October 08, 2007
Britain to cut Iraq force to 2,500
Iraqis Say Basra Quieter After British Troop Pullout

Report says war on terror is fueling al Qaeda
The "war on terror" is failing and instead fueling an increase in support
for extremist Islamist movements, a British think-tank said on Monday.

Knowing the enemy difficult in Iraq
U.S. sentries fatally shot three guards near an Iraqi-manned checkpoint south of Baghdad

Incidents of shooting of civilians at checkpoints has drawn allegations
by many, in Iraq and beyond, that U.S. troops and contractors are quick
to fire and ask question later.

"We've given them their road guard vests," Newman said.
"So, he'd better be wearing that vest if I see him carrying an AK-47."

Blackwater Shootings ‘Murder,’ Iraq Says
Iraqi Says Investigation Shows 17 Killed in Blackwater Shootings, Recommends Trial

Second Army officer faults Gitmo panels

Iran reopens north Iraq border crossings

Father's journey to Iraq chases son's ghost
US Army Staff Sergeant Darrell Griffin, Jr. was serving his second tour
of duty in Iraq when he was killed in action. Griffin's father Darrell Sr.
travelled to Iraq to see where his son was killed and is finishing a book
that the pair were writing together.
Friday, October 05, 2007
Religious right aims 'to hurt' GOP

Dems Demand Secret Interrogation Memos
Bush defends CIA detentions, says no torture
Report on U.S. Torture to Affect DOJ Top Post
CIA detention program remains active: U.S. official
Guantanamo prosecutor quits post, Pentagon says

Crane predicted Iraq problems
Retired colonel wrote pre-war report on expected
problems, but says “we weren’t listened to.”

US military blames Blackwater for Iraq shooting: report
Five Iranians detained in Iraq should not be released: US general
Army Enlists Anthropology in War Zones
Iraq Neglects Displaced Countrymen
Can We Support Troops and Not the Iraq War?

Iraq buying $100m of light arms from China
Iraq is buying 100 million dollars of light military equipment for
its police from China because the US cannot provide the material.

raq's security forces already cannot account for some 190,000 weapons
already provided by the United States, including 110,000 AK-47 assault
rifles supplied in 2004-2005.

Double US air strike kills 25 in Iraq
Women, children 'killed in US strike'
FOXNews.com - U.S. Forces Kill 25 Shiite Militiamen in Iraq

The year of living biblically
And, naturally, to leave the edges of my beard unshaven (Leviticus 19:27).
For the next year, I will try to obey the entire Bible, without picking and choosing.

The Bible says to avoid wearing clothes made of mixed fibres (Leviticus 19:19)

The Bible forbids men to wear women's clothing (Deuteronomy 22:5)

Israeli communications said to prove IAF knew Liberty was U.S. ship

Japanese civil servants 'shirked duties to edit Wikipedia'

'Gay bomb' scoops Ig Nobel award
Penguin poo wins Ig Nobel prize

Sony 'plans to cut price of PlayStation 3 by Christmas'
2008 debut for PlayStation 3 Home

10 Best Beers with Balls of 2007 | Inventor Spot

Topps Meat, hit by recall, goes out of business

'Halo' creators leave Microsoft
Thursday, October 04, 2007
NCsoft Loads Up Carbine
According to NCsoft, 17 former Blizzard employees are part of Carbine,
which has “lead and senior developers” from the WoW team on board.

Carbine Studios - Aliso Viejo, California
Carbine Studios is currently working on an unannounced Massively Multiplayer Game.
Return here in the coming months for more information about the project.

Tabula Rasa launch postponed

NCsoft CEO Stands at Crossroads(The Korea Times)
There is no official information on how much NCsoft spent on the ``Tabula Rasa'' project.
But sources say it could have cost the firm around $100 million in total over six years

NCsoft is to release ``Tabula Rasa'' on Oct. 19, which will be a critical test for
its long-term survival. A failure could be too much for the firm and its CEO Kim,
considering the amount of investment and resources the project has devoured.

NCsoft Not to Fund US Director’s Space Trip(The Korea Times)

CCP Opens North American Headquarters
CCP North America plans to hire more than 100 new employees for MMO game development
and design positions at its Stone Mountain, GA office over the next 12 months.

World of Darkness MMO: Maybe in 2011

World of Warcraft Trading Card Game Review | TenTonHammer

Why I Downgraded to Windows XP From Vista » PC Mechanic

Rock of Ages Granite Quarries - Barre, VT
Barre, VT - GoogleMaps

Create Lock Desktop Icon in XP
How to Lock and Use Other Windows Logo Shortcut Keys
Republican Domenici reportedly to retire
Domenici would be the fifth Republican senator to decline to seek a new term

Republicans have 22 seats at stake in 2008, compared to only 12 Democratic-held seats.

Are U.S. troops being force-fed Christianity?
A watchdog group alleges that improper evangelizing is occurring within the ranks.

More than 95 percent of those complaints come from other Christians.

Several conservative Christian ministries publicly proclaim an evangelistic
aim "to transform the nations of the world through the militaries of the world,"
and they are active at US military installations in many countries.

FOX News Poll: Americans Praying for Iraq War to End
Doubts Greet Evangelical Christians in Israel
McCain: "I Don't Know" If Mormons Are Christians

Secret U.S. Endorsement of Severe Interrogations

McCain: Bush right to veto kids health insurance
Thompson stirs few sparks on stump

Bill Richardson calls for immediate pullout from Iraq

'Phony soldier' comments continue to roil Iraq war debate
Wesley Clark: “Take Rush Limbaugh Off Armed Forces Radio!”
Iraq orders $100 million arms supply from China: reports

Iran slashes oil transactions in dollars
About 65 percent of the oil sale income is in euros and 20 percent in yen

The top US drugs official claims success in war on drugs

What's Next for SCHIP Legislation?

U.S. Army Female Soldier once warned family: Investigate if I die

Hackers post techniques for reversing iPhone upgrade

Eva Longoria stars in 'sex tape' - Funny or Die
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