Homeland Security

  Jessica Simpson Upset at Whitewashed FootageJuly 29, 2005 00:00 Pop singer Jessica Simpson was upset that the recently produced ABC-TV special of her visit with her husband, Nick Lachey, to war-torn Iraq. Simpson is upset that footage showing enemy attacks and harsh conditions has somehow 'gone missing.'
  Fox News: Routing out TraitorsJuly 27, 2005 00:00 Fox news reports today that Valerie Plame bought two tickets to a Bruce Springstein concert that benefitted America Coming Together, a Democratic-focused political organization that is described as an Anti-Bush group by Fox. BIG DEAL. When was it illegal for a government employee to support the opposition party in American politics? Heck, I voted against Bush and he didn't even out me as a CIA agent. Oops...
  No More 'War on Terror'?July 27, 2005 00:00 If only this were satire. The Bush administration is quietly phasing out the use of the 'War on Terror' slogan, in favor of a 'a global struggle against violent extremism.' Hmm... I hope I don't fall into the latter, more vague category.
 
  Liberalism, not Bombs, Breeds TerrorismJuly 26, 2005 00:00 It seems that equal rights and fair treatment breed terrorism, not preemptive invasions and bombs. Hmm. The author actually seems to be advocating retraining and indoctrination for immigrants. Did he take Brave New World seriously???
  Home Invaded by Police... for Graffiti?July 26, 2005 00:00 The New Jersey Office of Counter-Terrorism and SWAT troopers were called in to arrest two animal rights activists for spray painting graffiti on the fence of a pharmaceutical plant. The arrest was followed by the invasion of the activists' house without a search warrant, complete with assault rifles and riot gear. Watch out for those killer spray cans!
 
  Bush Fighting Legislative Oversight of GuantanamoJuly 25, 2005 00:00 Vice President Cheney has been sent to the Senate floor to fight against amendments being added to a defense policy bill by John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) that set rules and guidelines for the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo. The President's team is opposing any legislation that would hurt his 'war on terror.'
  SCANDAL: US DOD UNDERREPORTING WAR DEAD BY 200%?July 25, 2005 00:00 Is this a scandal brewing? It seems that US soldiers who die after being air evacuated from Iraq or who die in hospitals outside Iraq from their war wounds are not counted as Iraq war dead in official death tolls. Several sources are suggesting that the actual war dead could be over 4,000.
  Hunger Strike at GuantanamoJuly 22, 2005 00:00 At least 52 'enemy combatants' are on hunger strike at the Guantanamo detention camp. 'They are also demanding respect for their religion, free trials, and "proper, human food and clean water"' So far the prisoners have skipped at least 9 consecutive meals.
  Another Liberty Gone: Searches in the SubwayJuly 22, 2005 00:00 Police in New York have begun the largest civilian privacy invasion outside of airplane baggage checks that has ever been implemented. Police began a random baggage search program in the NY subway system as a preventative against terrorist attacks.
 
  House Votes to Make Patriot Act PermanentJuly 22, 2005 00:00 The House has voted to make 14 of the 16 provisions of the USA Patriot Act permanent. FBI library records access and ad hoc wiretaps have been allowed for another 10 years. The Senate version of the bill limits the Act, but once passed the two bill will have to be negotiated in conference.
  Plame's Name was 'S' for SecretJuly 21, 2005 00:00 Anyone reading the memo that is the likely key to the Rove-Novak-Plame scandal should have known that her identity was secret. The paragraph in the memo that contained her information was clearly marked with an 'S', a common CIA designation for Secret.
  Bush: Make USA Patriot Act Provisions PermanentJuly 21, 2005 00:00 Despite impending limitations on the USA Patriot Act proposed by leading Republican legislators, President Bush is demanding that there be no limits on the Act. Bush stated that the Act helps us "defeat our enemies" and protect Americans' liberties.
  Bush Speaks of Unprecedented Spending on Anti-TerrorJuly 20, 2005 00:00 The Spend and Awe President, George W. Bush, is apparently going to spend our way out of the terrorism woods. He has promised unprecedented spending on national safety, including doubling the number of national rail inspectors from 1 to 2.
  More Bases Added to Closure ListJuly 20, 2005 00:00 More US military bases have been added to the closure list by the Pentagon in an attempt to save money and to make the military more 'agile.' The recent additions must make the total number of potential job losses over 30,000.
  Bush is Lying About RoveJuly 19, 2005 00:00 Even CNN, that hallowed hall of so-called liberal journalism that totally tanked Howard Dean's campaign by running his 'Scream Speech' several hundred times, is running articles acknowledging that the Bush team is lying. Not about WMD. Not about their bending of election rules. They are lying about Karl Rove's involvement in the revelation of a US covert agent's identity to the news media. Apparently, bad manners and treasonous behavior may not constitute crimes.
  Bush Scrambling on RoveJuly 19, 2005 00:00 Yesterday at a press conference, President Bush raised the threshold of his tolerance for individuals involved in the Valerie Plame leak scandal. Whereas a year ago, Bush said he would fire anyone involved, he now says he will fire anyone involve who committed a crime.
  FBI Documents ACLU and GreenpeaceJuly 18, 2005 00:00 In response to a Freedom of Information Request, the FBI has turned over to the ACLU 1200 pages of documentation on the ACLU and 2300 pages of documentation on Greenpeace that has been collected in the last several years. Many groups suspect that the FBI is using its expanded powers under the USA Patriot Act to monitor protected First Amendment speech.
  Military Commissions at Guantanamo to ResumeJuly 18, 2005 00:00 The military tribunals reviewing prisoners at Guantanamo will officially resume after a recent court decisions.
  Honorary British Knight Turned Back from Entry to USJuly 15, 2005 00:00 Muslim scholar and British citizen Zaki Badawi was denied entry to the US this week to speak near Buffalo, NY. The honorary Knight who has spoken out against the recent London terrorist attacks was not given any clear indication of why he was turned away.
 
  Rove Lied to FBI Investigators: Federal CrimeJuly 15, 2005 00:00 Accounts show that Karl Rove may in fact have committed a federal crime. It appears that Rove lied to federal investigators about the timing of his statements to reporters, claiming that he spoke to reporters after published reports about Valerie Plame. Emails show that Rove actually spoke to reporters well in advance of their publications.
 
  Sad Comments Point to War on Iraq and Lack of CompassionJuly 15, 2005 00:00 Sad comments by childhood friends of the London bombers point to both the Iraq war and a fundamental understanding of the wrongness of terrorism as reasons for the suicide bombings last week. Clearly we have created terrorist mills in Afghanistan and Iraq, but that should not suggest that these men are in 'Heaven.'
  Guantanamo Prisoners Can be Tried by Military TribunalJuly 15, 2005 00:00 A federal appeals court has ruled that prisoners at Guantanamo can be tried by military tribunal. Hmm... seems like separate and unequal treatment to me.
 
  Bush Refuses to Comment on Rove ScandalJuly 14, 2005 00:00 Even though it has been definitively shown that Karl Rove did leak some information about a CIA agent, if not her name, to news reporters, President Bush is refusing to comment or take action regarding his close associates wrongful behavior.
  Letter to the EditorJuly 14, 2005 00:00 For the very reasons misguided cites in her letter to the editor, it's clear that the 'war on terrorism' is not working. I quote "The British have been for years on alert to such threats. Police and cameras are everywhere. Despite their surveillance, this catastrophe was able to happen. It is too early to determine what exactly went wrong." So what then will increasing the war on terror do? We need to send Connie a complimentary "Absolute Security Equals Zero Freedom" sticker.
  General Not Reprimanded in Gitmo Torture CaseJuly 13, 2005 00:00 The general in charge of Guantanamo was not reprimanded by his cheif, even though senat investigators recommended a reprimand given the fact that prisoners were psychologically tortured at Guantanamo. The head of US Southern Command determined that dressing a male prisoner in women's underwear and putting him on a dog leash, amongst other items, did not violate US Army policy.
 
  Iraq War Makes London Less SecureJuly 13, 2005 00:00 An editorial suggests that the war on terror is making us less secure... as if that's a surprise to anyone but George Bush and Tony Blair. Please note... in no way do we condone the death of innocent civilians, British, Iraqi, or American.
  No Cell Phones on NY Subways???July 12, 2005 00:00 Rumors abound that the MTA has shut down cell phone service on the subway as a way to hinder the coordination of terrorist activities. Now we really have begun to throw the baby out with the bath water.
  Bush to Stay on OffensiveJuly 11, 2005 00:00 President Bush has indicated that "The best way to defend America is to stay on the offence" at an FBI academy speech. The president is insistent that terrorism can be defeated by violence and that his policies will bring peace and prosperity to the Middle East.
 
  Willits County Receives Emergency SuppliesJuly 08, 2005 00:00 Willits County, CA, (huh?) received a storage container with $15,000 worth of emergency medical supplies from the Department of Homeland Security. Let's hope the supplies are good for forest fires and earthquakes as well as for anti-terrorism.