Blackwater back on the job!

Breaking News and Commentary from Citizens For Legitimate Government
21 Sep 2007
Blackwater security company back on the streets of Baghdad 21 Sep 2007 US private security company [Waffen-SS] Blackwater was back on the streets of Baghdad, four days after being grounded following a shooting incident in which 10 people were killed, a US official said Friday.
US resumes Blackwater convoys in Iraq 21 Sep 2007 American convoys under the protection of Blackwater USA resumed on Friday, four days after the U.S. Embassy suspended all land travel by its diplomats and other civilian officials in response to the alleged killing of civilians by the mercenaries.
Maliki blasts Blackwater firm for other incidents 19 Sep 2007 Blackwater security guards who protect top U.S. diplomats in Iraq have been involved in at least seven serious incidents, some of which resulted in the deaths of innocent civilians, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki said Wednesday… Defense Ministry spokesman Mohammed al Askari told McClatchy Newspapers that one of the incidents was former Iraqi Electricity Minister Ahyam al Samarrai’s escape from a Green Zone jail in December. Samarrai had been awaiting sentencing on charges that he had embezzled $2.5 billion that was intended to ‘rebuild’ Iraq’s decrepit electricity grid. Until now, Iraqi officials hadn’t named the private security company that they believe helped Samarrai, the only Iraqi cabinet official convicted of corruption, to escape from a jail that was overseen jointly by U.S. and Iraqi guards. He subsequently was spirited out of the country and is believed to be living in the United States.
Congress Wants Testimony From Blackwater Boss 20 Sep 2007 The founder and chairman of Blackwater USA, the private security contractor, has been told to appear next month before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. In a letter today to Blackwater chairman Erik Prince, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., said the hearing would concentrate on “the mission and performance of Blackwater USA and its affiliated companies [mercenaries] in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Iraqi corruption report made public 21 Sep 2007 A damning report by the US embassy detailing corruption in the Iraqi government was made public on Friday, days ahead of a meeting between Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and US President [sic] George W. Bush.
Hundreds of students protest Halliburton recruiters at UW-Madison 20 Sep 2007 Students jammed into a University of Wisconsin-Madison building Thursday to disrupt Halliburton Co.’s attempt to recruit at a campus job fair. Protesters angrily accused the company of profiting from the war in Iraq and sat in front of the company’s booth to discourage students from meeting with its representatives.
Head of firm paid to track Iraq spending investigated 20 Sep 2007 Robert Raggio quit his $97,000-per-year government job as a financial manager for the Iraq reconstruction effort in September 2005. That same day, Raggio’s newly formed company, Reviewer Management International (RMI), received a U.S. contract to audit $7.3 billion in Iraqi reconstruction spending, according to Army documents obtained by USA TODAY under the Freedom of Information Act. The $1.5 million contract was designed to help investigators fight fraud in Iraq. Now, Raggio is under investigation.

Bush’s genocide in Iraq: WHO Confirms 1,500 Cholera Cases in IraqThe Outbreak Has Spread to Baghdad, WHO Says 21 Sep 2007 More than 1,500 people have been confirmed as having cholera in Iraq and the outbreak has spread from the north to Baghdad, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday.
Iranian officer ‘seized in Iraq’ 20 Sep 2007 US-led forces in Iraq say they have arrested an Iranian officer operating in the north of the country. “This individual has been involved in transporting improvised explosive devices,” the American military said. [I call bullsh*t.]
Kurds denounce U.S. detention of Iranian 20 Sep 2007 U.S. troops arrested an Iranian man during an early morning raid on a hotel in this northern Iraqi city Thursday and accused him of helping to smuggle a deadly type of roadside bomb into Iraq. But the Kurdistan Regional Government in a statement called the arrest “illegitimate,” said the man was a member of a trade delegation that had been invited to Sulaimaniyah by the local government and demanded that he be released. [‘Illegitimate’ –like the Bush regime itself.]
U.S. calls meeting to prepare new sanctions against Iran 20 Sep 2007 After 18 years of concealing a nuclear program from the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency… Iran has pledged to come clean with facts to back up its claim that it isn’t seeking to build a nuclear weapon. But the Bush regime, wary of any Iranian moves short of an immediate halt to its nuclear enrichment program, will attempt to convince other major powers Friday to impose tougher United Nations sanctions on Tehran.
Bush Condemns’s Ad About Petraeus 20 Sep 2007 President [sic] Bush today condemned the recent advertisement that described Army Gen. David H. Petraeus as General “Betray-Us,” voicing disappointment that leading Democrats had not denounced it as well.
Olbermann to Bush: ‘Your hypocrisy is so vast’ –A reaction to Thursday’s press conference: The president was the one who interjected Gen. Petraeus into the political dialogue in the first place By Keith Olbermann 20 Sep 2007 Terrorizing your own people in hopes of getting them to vote for your own party has never brought as much as a public comment from you? The Republican hamstringing of Captain Max Cleland and lying about Lieutenant John Kerry met with your approval? But a shot at General Petraeus… [it] was you who reduced him from four-star hero to a political hack, merits this pissy juvenile blast at the Democrats on national television? Your hypocrisy is so vast that if we could somehow use it to fill the ranks in Iraq you could realize your dream and keep us fighting there until the year 3000.
Israel, U.S. Shared Data On Suspected Nuclear SiteBush Was Told of North Korean Presence in Syria, Sources Say 21 Sep 2007 Israel’s decision to attack Syria on Sept. 6, bombing a suspected nuclear site set up in apparent collaboration with North Korea, came after Israel shared intelligence with President [sic] Bush this summer indicating that North Korean nuclear personnel were in Syria, U.S. government sources said.
Fury as Netanyahu confirms Syria strike 21 Sep 2007 Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of the right-wing opposition party Likud, was characteristically at the centre of a controversy yesterday after appearing to be the first Israeli politician to confirm an air strike against Syria two weeks ago. With reporting in Israel covered by military censorship, Mr Netanyahu startled television viewers – and reportedly shocked the office of the Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert – by answering a question about the supposed air strike in an interview.

Two British soldiers killed in S Afghanistan 21 Sep 2007 Two British soldiers were killed Thursday in a road accident in southern Afghanistan, the UK’s ministry of defense confirmed.
Yale loses court case over military recruiters 20 Sep 2007 Yale Law School will end its policy of not working with military recruiters after a court ruling this week jeopardized about $300 million in federal funding, officials said Wednesday.
Britain has plutonium for 17,000 Nagasaki bombs 20 Sep 2007 Britain has amassed a stockpile of more than 100 metric tons of plutonium — enough for 17,000 bombs of the size that flattened Japan’s Nagasaki in 1945, a report from the country’s top science institution said on Friday.
Military Aircraft to Fly Over D.C. Today 21 Sep 2007 The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is conducting in-flight training exercises that include Air Force F-16s and C-38s and Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopters. Exercise Falcon Virgo 07-12 is designed to test NORAD’s intercept and identification operations and the National Capital Region’s visual warning system, officials said in a statement about the exercise today. The flights will last into the night.
DHS blowing up bridges to test them 18 Sep 2007 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has begun testing bridge designs — blowing them up in the search for new technologies [?!?] to make them stronger. Daniel Dayton, a spokesman for Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate, told UPI the work was being done at a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers research laboratory in Vicksburg, Miss. [I-35 Bridge mystery solved!]

Minot AFB Clandestine Nukes ‘Oddities’ 17 Sep 2007 Updated! New commentary added.
Police: Woman carried fake bomb into airport19-year-old MIT student arrested at gunpoint after Boston scare 21 Sep 2007 A woman [Star Simpson] who walked into Logan International Airport allegedly wearing a fake bomb strapped to chest was arrested at gunpoint Friday, officials said.
2Students Shot at Delaware State 21 Sep 2007 Two students were shot and wounded, one seriously, at Delaware State University early Friday, and the campus was locked down [!] as police searched for a gunman, officials said. Classes were canceled for the day and students were being kept inside.
French Plan to Screen DNA of Visa-Seekers Draws Anger 21 Sep 2007 The French National Assembly on Thursday approved a controversial proposal authorizing the use of DNA testing to determine whether foreigners applying for visas are actually related to family members they seek to join in France.
Rep. Peter King: There are “too many mosques in this country” 19 Sep 2007 New York Rep. Peter King, a prominent House Republican, said there are “too many mosques in this country” in a recent interview with Politico. “There are too many people sympathetic to radical Islam,” King said. “We should be looking at them more carefully and finding out how we can infiltrate them.” [What would happen if a US politician said there were ‘too many synagogues in this country?’]
Bush is “cockiest guy I ever met”: Mexico’s Fox 20 Sep 2007 George W. Bush “is the cockiest guy I have ever met,” former Mexican President Vicente Fox says in an autobiography that pokes fun at the U.S. president’s [sic] bad Spanish and false cowboy bravado.

Mandela still alive after embarrassing Bush remark 21 Sep 2007 Nelson Mandela is still very much alive despite an[other] embarrassing gaffe by U.S. President [sic] Georg

e W. Bush, who alluded to the former South African leader’s death in an attempt to explain sectarian violence in Iraq.

Rumsfeld as Fellow Draws a Protest at Stanford 21 Sep 2007 The appointment of Donald H. Rumsfeld, the former defense secretary [war criminal], as a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution is drawing fierce protests from faculty members and students at Stanford University and is threatening to rekindle tensions between the institution, a conservative research body, and the more liberal campus.
‘Jena Six’ bring back US civil rights protest 21 Sep 2007 Black American leaders hailed the beginnings of a 21st century civil rights movement as tens of thousands of demonstrators descended on a tiny town in Louisiana to support six black teenagers arrested over the beating of a white classmate.
Protest in Louisiana Echoes the Civil Rights Era 21 Sep 2007 In a slow-moving march that filled streets, spilled onto sidewalks and stretched for miles, more than 10,000 demonstrators rallied Thursday in this small town to protest the treatment of six black teenagers arrested in the beating of a white schoolmate last year.
Alaska Senator’s Calls Were Secretly TapedRecorded Conversations Between Stevens, Businessman Part of Public Corruption Probe 21 Sep 2007 An Alaska oil contractor cooperated with the FBI by tape-recording phone calls with Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) as part of a public corruption investigation, a source familiar with the probe said last night. The recordings done by former Veco Corp. chief executive Bill Allen mean that Stevens, who is the longest serving Republican in the Senate, was under scrutiny by the FBI much earlier than June, when the senator first acknowledged publicly that he was a subject of FBI inquiries.
Carlyle sells stake to Abu Dhabi 20 Sep 2007 Carlyle agreed on Thursday to sell a 7.5 per cent stake in itself to an arm of Abu Dhabi’s government – the latest US private equity group to bring in a sovereign wealth fund as a big investor.
US to probe Borse Dubai and Nasdaq deal 21 Sep 2007 President [sic] George W. Bush said Thursday US authorities would probe security implications of a proposed deal which would see Borse Dubai take a stake in the New York-based Nasdaq stock exchange.
US Treasury to investigate Nasdaq sale 21 Sep 2007 The US Treasury is to investigate Nasdaq’s sale of a 19.9pc share stake to Borse Dubai amid Capitol Hill concerns that the transaction may harm national security.
Fears of dollar collapse as Saudis take fright 20 Sep 2007 Saudi Arabia has refused to cut interest rates in lockstep with the US Federal Reserve for the first time, signalling that the oil-rich Gulf kingdom is preparing to break the dollar currency peg in a move that risks setting off a stampede out of the dollar across the Middle East.
House Moves to Protect Air Passengers 20 Sep 2007 Airlines and airports would have to come up with plans to provide passengers stranded by long delays with food, water and other basic amenities under an aviation bill approved by the House Thursday.
Bush Threatens Veto of Child Health Bill 20 Sep 2007 President [sic] Bush, bracing for a series of battles with Congress over spending, threatened today to veto a bill expanding a popular children’s health insurance program, calling it “a step toward federalization of health care.”

Scientists Report Severe Retreat of Arctic Ice 21 Sep 2007 The cap of floating sea ice on the Arctic Ocean, which retreats under summer’s warmth, this year shrank more than one million square miles – or six Californias – below the average minimum area reached in recent decades, scientists reported Thursday.
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[Previous lead stories:] CBO: Bush Plans For Iraq Will Cost Trillions 20 Sep 2007 A new Congressional study finds that President [sic] Bush’s plans for the U.S. in Iraq over the next several decades will reach the trillions of dollars, on top of the approximately $567 billion the war has already cost. That accounting assumes a significant troop draw-down — and still tallies a daunting expense for the United States.
US Guard chief: Billions more needed for equipment 19 Sep 2007 The U.S. National Guard has been strained by multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and faces equipment shortfalls totaling tens of billions of dollars, the Guard’s top general said on Wednesday.
Gates: ‘I Don’t Know’ If Iraq War Worth It 19 Sep 2007 It’s been an article of faith for the Bush administration that the invasion of Iraq was the right thing to do. However, the man now in charge of running that war said he is not sure. Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ stunningly candid answer came in an interview with New York Times columnist David Brooks. Asked if the invasion of Iraq was worth doing, Gates first rephrased the question: “If I’d known then what I know now, would I have done the same? I think the answer is, ‘I don’t know.'”

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