‘An Army officer with a key role in the U.S. military hearings at Guantanamo Bay says they relied on vague and incomplete intelligence and were pressured to declare detainees "enemy combatants," often without any specific evidence.
His affidavit, released Friday, is the first criticism by a member of the military panels that determine whether detainees will continue to be held.
General's Report on Iraq Progress Has Competition
By DAVID E. SANGER and THOM SHANKER
Published: June 24, 2007
Bushit’s maladministration is laying the groundwork for an announcement that “aussie tony” is to be appointed as a special Middle East envoy for Palestinian governance & economic issues, after he steps down as Britain's prime minister, following two months of behind-the-scenes negotiations, according to U.S. officials.
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore sat down with Amy Goodman ahead of the release of his new film SiCKO.
The film is a seething indictment of the US healthcare system.
It focuses not on the more than 40 million people who don't have healthcare but on the 250 million who do - many of who are abandoned by the very health insurance industry they paid into for decades.
"They are getting away with murder," Moore said of the health insurance companies.
‘The first ever Australian field trials of genetically modified wheat will take place in Victoria this year, as the government aims to fight possible food shortages caused by drought.
The trials were approved by the federal gene technology regulator, who granted "the limited and controlled release of GM wheat lines containing introduced genes for drought tolerance," according to a government report.
Government by grandstanding
Graham Ring from The National Indigenous Times writes from Alice Springs
The Prime Minister has today announced a raft of clumsy and heavy handed policies in respect to Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory, without any apparent consultation with Indigenous communities or with the NT Government.
Cheney in Dispute on Oversight of His Office
By SCOTT SHANE
Published: June 22, 2007
For four years, Vice President Dick Cheney has resisted routine oversight of his office's handling of classified information, and when the office in charge of overseeing classification in the executive branch objected, the vice president's office suggested that the oversight office be shut down, according to documents released today by a Democratic congressman.
MPs defend 6.7% pay rise, but Greens condemn it
Government & Opposition MPs are defending their 6.7% wage rise, but Greens Senator Bob Brown called on the Party leaders to refuse to accept it.
After the wage rise MPs will get an extra $150 a week, Prime Minister John Howard's salary will increase by about $21,000 to $330,000 a year, while Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd will get an extra $15,000.
Cross yourself before driving' Vatican tells motorists
By Barbara Miller
The Vatican is urging motorists not to use their vehicles as an expression of power.
The Vatican has taken a break from matters purely theological to issue a list of Ten Commandments on driving.
The document urges motorists to be charitable, not to use their vehicles as an expression of power and to cross themselves before setting off on their journey.
‘The sprawling $43 billion homeland security department (HSD) is known chiefly for being the agency in charge of America's color-coded terrorist-threat alarm system ("Good morning, Americans. Today is Yellow. Be vigilant. Report all suspicious people.")
Apparently in defence procurement there's no such thing as a fait accompli. It looked like the AWD deal was going to be the usual stich-up... then a minor Spanish Inquisition seems to have upset the apple-cart.
Here's how the US State Department perceives the whole thing:
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Coonan's policy lacks byte (and other nerd jokes)
Crikey’s resident nerd and lapsed tech journalist Marcus Westbury writes…
Cuba's 'first lady' dies