from ap/my way: President Bush keeps revising his explanation for why the U.S. is in Iraq, moving from narrow military objectives at first to history-of-civilization stakes now. Initially, the rationale was specific: to stop Saddam
from reuters/yahoo: The Bush administration on Friday appealed a federal judge’s ruling this summer that a controversial post-September 11, 2001, domestic spying program was illegal. The Justice Department, in documents filed with a federal court
from cnn: The General Assembly adopted a resolution by acclamation Friday appointing South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon to succeed Kofi Annan as U.N. secretary-general. Ban, 62, will become the eighth U.N. secretary-general on January
from raw story: The Military Commissions Act of 2006 eliminates habeas corpus from traditional rights of prisoners. In this Countdown special report, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann explains why habeas corpus is “a cornerstone of freedom” for
from reuters/yahoo: Canadian troops fighting Taliban militants in Afghanistan have stumbled across an unexpected and potent enemy – almost impenetrable forests of 10-feet high marijuana plants. General Rick Hillier, chief of the Canadian defence staff,
Kellogg Brown & Root, a Halliburton subsidiary, is constructing a huge facility at an undisclosed location to hold tens of thousands of Bush’s “unlawful enemy combatants.” Americans are certain to be among them. from alternet:
from reuters/yahoo: A California-born convert to Islam who has appeared in al Qaeda videos became on Wednesday the first American charged with treason since the World War Two era, a U.S. Justice Department official said.
from ap/yahoo: A small plane crashed into a high-rise on the Upper East Side, setting off a fire and startling New Yorkers, police said. Fire Department spokeswoman Emily Rahimi said an aircraft struck struck the
How did a berserker like North Korea’s Kim Jong-il get the bomb in the first place? Answer: He bought it from the Dr. Strangelove of Pakistan in 2001 – while all our President’s men ordered our intelligence agents to keep their eyes shut tight.
from huffington post: The latest Newsweek poll bears grim tidings for the Republicans. The president’s approval ratings are at new low for the poll, just 33 percent. That’s less than the 36 percent of Americans