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  Capitol Cleared for a Small Airplane, AgainJune 30, 2005 00:00 Once again a small plane pilot, this time a professional, find he's wet himself after being escorted to the ground by fighter jets in the DC area. This time the pilot was probably simply flying a little too low.
  An American Secret PoliceJune 30, 2005 00:00 President Bush has approved yet another reorganization of our intelligence and investigative agencies. This time, new divisions of the Justice Dept and the FBI will be formed to combat spy activities. In addition, large sections of the FBI will be placed under the direct supervision of the new Director of Intelligence, who also oversees the CIA, NSA, and other top secret spy agencies.
  Silence in the ranks: No troops clapped during Bush speechJune 29, 2005 00:00 There seems to be a curious debate over whether troops were quiet during Bush's speech last night because they were told to be so or because they didn't like his policies. An uncharacteristically quiet military audience was apparently spurred on to clap by a Whitehouse staffer.
  Bush Addresses CountryJune 29, 2005 00:00 Bush addressed the country last night, describing the Iraq conflict as a continuation of the 'war on terror' that began with 9/11. Bush is emphatic that the US will win the war in Iraq.
  CIA blundered in 2003June 29, 2005 00:00 The CIA blundered when it attempted to decode the headlines of Al-Jazeera newspaper in 2003, causing the cancellation of 30 international flights, the detention of innocent civilians, and the cost of increased alert levels in Europe and the US.
  VA shortfall of US$1 billionJune 27, 2005 00:00 The Veterans Administration has suddenly reported that it expects to be $1 billion short in funding for the next fiscal year. As one Senator said, this results from either gross incompetence or deliberate mismanagement by the administration.
  Surprise: US illegally detaining it's own citizensJune 26, 2005 00:00 Human Rights Watch and the ACLU are charging that the Bush administration is illegally using a law that permits authorities to detain "material wittnesses." The groups charge that the law is being used to allow the administration to illegally detain terror suspects for weeks or months without legal representation.
  Rumsfeld rejects independent inquiry at GitmoJune 26, 2005 00:00 US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld claims that a new independent investigation of the conditions of detainees at Guantanamo, Cuba, "doesn't make sense." Clearly Rumsfeld learned from the Monica Lewinsky scandal that independent investigations never bear fruit.
  Haliburton $1.25 Billion RicherJune 22, 2005 00:00 Haliburton has been granted another $1.25 Billion support contract in Iraq despite being criticized for cost overruns, over charging, and possible bribery scandals.
  Arms Control through Preemption and WMDJune 18, 2005 00:00 The new top official on arms control for the US, Robert G. Joseph, is a key figure in the Neo-conservative drive to have the US implement tactical 'defensive' nuclear weapons and to break some of the nonproliferation treaties. He has written that such treaties inhibit US self defense and advocates preemptive attacks.