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May 7, 2004
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Saddam deserves 'ultimate penalty': Bush --"He [Saddam Hussein] is a torturer, a murderer, and they had rape rooms, and this is a disgusting tyrant who deserves justice, the ultimate justice," Dictator George W. Bush, December 16, 2003, excerpts of interview released by ABC television. [In the spirit of consistency, should *all* torturers and murderers who have rape rooms receive the 'ultimate penalty?']

International Outrage Over Dictator Bush's Rape Rooms and Torture Chambers: Bush In Panic Bid to Curb Torture Scandal Dictator Bush went on Arab TV yesterday in a desperate attempt to quell the growing scandal over abuse of Iraqi prisoners. But as he condemned it as "abhorrent" and not a reflection of "the America I know", more disturbing details were emerging of savagery at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. A captive is said to have been battered to death and then wrapped in ice and Cellophane in an apparent bid to disguise the brutality.

U.S. ignored torture allegations --U.S. officials in Baghdad and Washington ignored human rights monitors' repeated pleas for official investigations of American abuse, torture and killings of Iraqi prisoners over the past year, international and Iraqi human rights officials said Friday. And human rights groups rejected Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's assertion that such abuses are "an exception," saying they are widespread in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the U.S. war on 'terror.'

UK forces taught torture methods --The sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison was not an invention of maverick guards, but part of a system of ill-treatment and degradation used by special forces soldiers that is now being disseminated among ordinary troops and contractors who do not know what they are doing, according to British military sources. The techniques devised in the system, called R2I - resistance to interrogation - match the crude exploitation and abuse of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib jail in Baghdad.

Pentagon Refused Lawyer As Prison Adviser --Pentagon officials rejected an Army plan last year to send an experienced military lawyer — who is also a Republican member of Congress — to help oversee the unit blamed for prisoner abuse at the Abu Ghraib complex outside Baghdad. That left the prison complex, which holds up to 7,000 Iraqis, without an onsite lawyer to guide interrogations and treatment of prisoners.

World calls for Rumsfeld's resignation over abuse --Outrage over Iraq prison photos increase pressure, condemnation of U.S. actions. --The image of a U.S. soldier holding a leash attached to a naked Iraqi prisoner brought more condemnation of the United States on Friday, and some calls for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The picture of the soldier, Spc. Lynndie England, appeared on several front pages in Britain. "No sadistic movie could outdo the damage of this image," reporter Robert Fisk wrote in The Independent newspaper.

Rumsfeld Says Won't Quit Over Iraqi Prisoner Abuse --Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, facing demands from some Democrats he quit over his handling of the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal, said on Friday he would not resign "simply because people try to make a political issue [?!?] out of it." [NO, it's about the US violating the laws of the Geneva Convention, whackjob.]

Protesters Interrupt Rumsfeld's Opening Statement --Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Friday extended "my deepest apologies" to Iraqi prisoners abused by U.S. military personnel and told Congress he accepts full responsibility for the shocking events. Rumsfeld had scarcely uttered his opening apology when protesters interrupted him. "Fire Rumsfeld," some yelled before they were hustled from the room. Rumsfeld sat calmly in his seat while the room was quieted.

Rumsfeld apologizes to abused Iraqis --Defense secretary warns that worse photos, videos are yet to come Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld extended his “deepest apology? Friday to Iraqi prisoners abused by U.S. military personnel, telling Congress that he accepted full responsibility for the shocking events. But he warned that worse was yet to come.

John Kerry Dismisses Rumsfeld's Apology --Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry on Friday dismissed Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's apology for U.S. abuses of Iraqi prisoners and said the responsibility lies with the commander in thief ['chief.']

US Soldier Says Her Job Was to Make Prison 'Hell' --Her job was to "make it hell" for Iraqi prisoners so they would talk, one of the six U.S. soldiers accused of prisoner abuse was quoted as saying on Friday.

General Told MPs to 'soften Up' Prisoners --An American general recommended that Army prison guards in Iraq become more involved in "softening up" prisoners for interrogations shortly before abuses occurred at the Abu Ghraib prison last fall, according to an internal report at the heart of the controversy.

They Did It for Jessica --Smeared With Sh*t; Kicked to Death --by Jeffrey St. Clair "The stories of official torture and murder by US troops in Iraq continue to dribble out. Many of the worst incidents are old news, ignored for months by a somnambulant press corps. The most sadistic case to come across our desk involves two US Marines now undergoing court-martial proceedings stemming from the death of an Iraqi citizen called Mr. Hatab. The killing took place last year at Camp Whitehorse outside Nasyriya."

Third Brit Soldier Tells Us: I Saw PoW Beatings --Three rogue soldiers got away with spearheading a sickening campaign of abuse against Iraqi PoWs, a British trooper claimed yesterday. Soldier C told the Mirror that suspects had "10 kids of crap" beaten out of them and said officers only stepped in when the appalling beatings got too heavy.

'US soldiers abused young girl at Iraqi prison' --The US military has said it will investigate claims by a former inmate of Abu Ghraib prison that a girl as young as 12 was stripped and beaten by military personnel. Suhaib al-Baz, a journalist for the al-Jazeera television network, claims to have been tortured at the prison, based west of Baghdad, while held there for 54 days.

Two children among abused prisoners: report --A British television station reported today that a young Iraqi girl held at Abu Ghraib prison was stripped naked and beaten while her brother heard her scream from another cell. The ITV News report quoted Suhaib al-Baz, 24, a cameraman for the Arab satellite TV network Al-Jazeera, as saying he saw the abuse while he was being held at the prison. Soldiers took "torture shots" with their personal cameras, he said.

Female Soldier Charged in Iraqi Abuse --Case Army Reserve Pfc. Lynndie England, shown in photographs smiling and pointing at naked Iraqi prisoners, was charged Friday by the military with assaulting the detainees and conspiring to mistreat them. England, 21, faces four allegations, according to a statement from the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg.

Fresh Charges of Prisoner Abuse Hit UK Troops --British troops faced fresh accusations on Saturday that they abused prisoners in Iraq, with one detainee saying he was viciously beaten by laughing soldiers.

Ex-detainees in Afghanistan also allege mistreatment --Some say they were beaten, including an elderly man whose hand was broken. Others allege they were stripped naked, doused with water and left to suffer in freezing cells. Many say they were deprived of sleep and forced to stand or kneel in awkward positions for long periods of time.

Mistreatment of Prisoners Is Called Routine in U.S. --Physical and sexual abuse of prisoners, similar to what has been uncovered in Iraq, takes place in American prisons with little public knowledge or concern, according to corrections officials, inmates and human rights advocates.

U.K. Troops, Cleric Gunmen Clash in Basra --Resistance fighters loyal to a radical Shiite cleric attacked British troops in the southern city of Basra on Saturday, a day after the cleric's top aide in the city offered a reward for the capture or killing of occupation soldiers.

Roadside Bomb Kills Four Iraqi Police in Mosul --A roadside bomb killed four Iraqi policemen and wounded one other in the northern Iraq city of Mosul on Friday, police and hospital officials said.

Attack in S. Afghanistan Kills Marine --An overnight attack on American forces in southern Afghanistan killed a U.S. Marine, the military said Saturday.

Senate Panel Clears $422.2 Billion Defense Bill --The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee approved a $422.2 billion bill authorizing next year's defense programs, up 3.4 percent or $21 billion from this year, the committee said on Friday.

U.S. planning for Israeli strike at Iran --U.S. authorities have extensively considered the possibility -- or likelihood -- that Israel will attack Iran's nuclear facilities, perhaps this year.

Arrest in Bombing Inquiry Was Rushed, Officials Say --The authorities arrested a Portland lawyer in connection with the Madrid railway bombings before they had a clear idea about the strength of their case and they cut short a planned covert surveillance of him because of concerns that information was leaking out to the news media, law enforcement officials said Friday.

Did airport police alert response jeopardize passengers? --The FBI and Police Department said a decision by Los Angeles International Airport police to storm a Singapore Airlines jetliner after it transmitted a hijack alert may have violated protocol and jeopardized the safety of passengers.

Former FBI Translator Sibel Edmonds Calls Current 9/11 Investigation Inadequate -- interview by Jim Hogue "....JH: Let me read you a short quote from Dr. Griffin's book, quoting from War and Globalization: The Truth Behind September 11 by Michel Chossudovsky and ask you to comment on it. '...The transfer of money to Atta [$325,000], in conjunction with the presence of the ISI chief in Washington during the week, [is] the missing link behind 9/11....The evidence confirms that al-Qaeda is supported by Pakistan's ISI (and it is amply documented that) the ISI owes its existence to the CIA.' SE: I cannot comment on that. But I can tell that once, and if, and when this issue gets to be, under real terms, investigated, you will be seeing certain people that we know from this country standing trial; and they will be prosecuted criminally."

Kerry's Wife [Accurately] Calls Cheney 'Unpatriotic' --Dictator Bush's campaign on Friday criticized the wife of Democratic candidate John Kerry for calling Vice pResident Dick Cheney "unpatriotic" while defending her husband's service in Vietnam against critics who had avoided the military. In an interview with Telemundo, Teresa Heinz Kerry said, "To have a couple of people, who escaped four, five, six times and deferred and deferred and deferred calling him anything regarding his service is in and of itself unpatriotic. Unpatriotic." [Well-said!]

Oil Prices Hit $40, First Time Since 1990 --Oil prices hit $40 a barrel on Friday on concerns over security in the Middle East and US corporate greed ['tight U.S. gasoline supplies,'] underlining concerns that world economic growth may be reined in by rising energy costs.

[May 6 lead stories:] Lawmakers to Insist on Oversight of Halliburton ['Iraq'] Money --Senior lawmakers in both parties, frustrated by several years of Pentagon secrecy about wartime spending, indicated yesterday that they will not give the Bush dictatorship a free hand in the use of a new $25 billion 'installment' for Halliburton ['the war in Iraq.']

Bush May Seek More Than $50 Billion for Halliburton ['Iraq, Afghanistan'] for Next Year --Dictator Bush may seek more money for Halliburton ['wars in Iraq and Afghanistan'] next year than the $50 billion figure his budget director cited months ago, White House officials say. "I'll be very surprised if we don't find ourselves at least" needing $75 billion next year, Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., chairman of the House subcommittee that controls the Pentagon's budget, said Thursday. [Is Dictator Bush planning to steal the election, again? Else, why is he discussing *next year's* allocations?]

US troops crossed border to make a raid inside Pakistan --US troops crossed into Pakistani territory from Afghanistan in recent days despite Pakistan expressly prohibiting such actions, but the Pentagon said on Wednesday the incursion was inadvertent [?!?].

US troops take key Najaf building --US tanks have surged into the Iraqi holy city of Najaf to take control of the governor's office amid fierce fighting with Shia gunmen.

Visiting a changed Fallujah New graves, damaged mosques, rage at U.S. --After nearly a month of intense fighting, the Fallujah Sports Club's dusty basketball court has become the starkest testimony to the ferocity of the city's opposition. Stretching from one broken basketball hoop to the other are neat rows of shallow graves, which hold hundreds of residents killed in the street battles that have raged outside. The headstones identify martyrs of two types -- resistance fighters and civilians picked off by U.S. snipers as they fled the city.

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