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Date Sent: 2007-08-18
Freedom's Phoenix Headline News for Saturday, August 18, 2007
 
Homeland Sec Enlists Clergy to Quell Public Unrest -- Pope declare income tax evasion unjust

Secret spy court orders Bush to respond -- New Guatánamo Whistleblowers Emerge -- In 2006 Lebanon War, Most Crimes Were Israeli -- Banks in Canada move to ease subprime pain -- The Draft -- Rout of Asian Securities Deepens -- Some Secret Documents Are Too Secret Even for Judges -- Mexican Trucks Full U.S. Highway Access Nears Approval -- Iraq 'surge' likely to end in spring -- U.S. actions against Iran raise war risk, many fear -- Saddam's daughter facing terrorism charges -- Texan oilman pleads guilty in oil-for-food case -- Steven Seagal says FBI ruined career -- US debt jolts world markets -- Cops running out of bullets -- The menticide of Jose Padilla -- Homeland Security exploring mass-scanning system -- U.S. Defends Surveillance to Judges -- MISH: Futures Fireworks and Moral Hazards -- Two days to make $300 billion -- Notes detail pressure on Ashcroft over spying -- Feds pay $80,000 for anti-Bush T-shirts -- GOP attacking their 2 top presidential candidates
 

Secret spy court orders Bush to respond to request for information on secret ruling News Link  •  Bush Administration
Secret spy court orders Bush to respond to request for information on secret ruling
8-17-2007  •  Raw Sotry 
In an unprecedented order, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ordered the Bush Administration to respond to a request it received by the ACLU for orders and legal papers discussing the scope of the government's authority to engage in the  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Army Reports Brass, Not Bloggers, Breach Security News Link  •  Military
Army Reports Brass, Not Bloggers, Breach Security
8-17-2007  •  Wired 
For years, the military has been warning that soldiers' blogs could pose a security threat by leaking sensitive wartime information. But a series of online audits, conducted by the Army, suggests that official Defense Department websites post mat  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
DOD Stops Plan to Send Christian Video Game to Troops in Iraq News Link  •  Religion: Believers
DOD Stops Plan to Send Christian Video Game to Troops in Iraq
8-17-2007  •  ABC News 
"It's a horrible game," said the Rev. Timothy Simpson of the Christians Alliance for Progress. "You either kill or covert the other side. This is exactly what the Osama bin Ladens of the world have portrayed us."  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
New Guatánamo Whistleblowers Emerge News Link  •  Whistleblowers
New Guatánamo Whistleblowers Emerge
8-17-2007  •  Counterpunch 
When Lt. Col. Stephen Abraham, an Army reservist with 26 years’ experience in military intelligence, stepped forward to complain the entire process of confirming the detainees’ status as “enemy combatants” was severely flawed, often relying on “gener  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
In 2006 Lebanon War, Most Crimes Were Israeli News Link  •  Palestine -- Israel
In 2006 Lebanon War, Most Crimes Were Israeli
8-17-2007  •  AntiWar 
This week marks a year since the end of hostilities now officially called the Second Lebanon war by Israelis. A month of fighting " mostly Israeli aerial bombardment of Lebanon, and rocket attacks from the Shi'ite militia Hezbollah on northern Is  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Chinese cyber-dissident jailed for four years News Link  •  World News
Chinese cyber-dissident jailed for four years
8-17-2007  •  AFP 
A Chinese rights activist has been sentenced to four years in jail for subversion after posting politically sensitive essays on the Internet. A court convicted Chen Shuqing of inciting subversion, always maintained his innocence. "We think the s  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
 How Sharks Hide Their Fingers News Link  •  Science, Medicine and Technology
How Sharks Hide Their Fingers
8-17-2007  •  LiveScience 
The genetic potential to create fingers and toes apparently existed ages before animals even crawled onto land, dating back to the distant common ancestors of sharks and humans, research now reveals.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Banks in Canada move to ease subprime pain News Link  •  Economy - International
Banks in Canada move to ease subprime pain
8-17-2007  •  Bloomberg 
The accord may lift a money-market freeze in Canada sparked by the meltdown in the U.S. subprime mortgage market. Commercial paper trusts have been unable to sell debt coming due this week. "This is a bad precedent, it's a bailout," sai  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
The Draft News Link  •  Draft
The Draft
8-17-2007  •  Salon 
Until last week, we hadn't heard much from Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, President Bush's "war czar," and I suspect that, after his recent remarks on National Public Radio, we won't be hearing from him again anytime soon.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Rout of Asian Securities Deepens News Link  •  Economy - International
Rout of Asian Securities Deepens
8-17-2007  •  Forbes 
It was a bad day even by the standards of what has been possibly the worst week Asian stock markets have witnessed in recent years, as global equity turmoil from the U.S. subprime credit crisis continued to wreak havoc.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Some Secret Documents Are Too Secret Even for Critical Judges News Link  •  Police State
Some Secret Documents Are Too Secret Even for Critical Judges
8-17-2007  •  Wired 
Many thought that the Al-Haramain plaintiffs, who look to be the only people in America who can prove they were surveilled without warrants by the government's so-called Terrorist Surveillance Program, would be able to clamber over the legal obst  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
US army awards contract to develop truck-mounted laser weapon News Link  •  Military
US army awards contract to develop truck-mounted laser weapon
8-17-2007  •  AP 
Northrop Grumman was awarded a contract to develop a mobile truck-mounted laser capable of destroying rockets, artillery shells and mortars, the US Army said. [Good for crowd control too.]  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
U.S. Considering 'Terror Sponsor' Label for Eritrea News Link  •  Foreign Policy
U.S. Considering 'Terror Sponsor' Label for Eritrea
8-17-2007  •  FOX News 
The United States is considering designating the Red Sea state of Eritrea a "state sponsor of terrorism" for its alleged support of Islamist militants in Somalia, the top U.S. diplomat for Africa said.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Plan to Allow Some Mexican Trucks Full U.S. Highway Access Nears Approval News Link  •  Mexico
Plan to Allow Some Mexican Trucks Full U.S. Highway Access Nears Approval
8-17-2007  •  FOX News 
Some Mexican trucks will be allowed to carry cargo anywhere in the United States as soon as a federal inspector general certifies safety and inspection plans, the Bush administration announced.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
U.S. general: Iraq 'surge' likely to end in spring News Link  •  WAR: About that War
U.S. general: Iraq 'surge' likely to end in spring
8-18-2007  •  McClatchy News 
The U.S military will begin pulling out the additional troops it sent to Iraq as part of the so-called surge next spring and will have completed their withdrawal by next August, the No. 2 American commander in Iraq said.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
U.S. actions against Iran raise war risk, many fear News Link  •  WAR: About that War
U.S. actions against Iran raise war risk, many fear
8-17-2007  •  McClatchy News 
As President Bush escalates the United States' confrontation with Iran across a broad front, U.S. allies in Europe and the Middle East are growing worried that the steps will achieve little, but will undercut diplomacy and increase the chances of  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
The CD is 25 years old News Link  •  Techno Gadgets
The CD is 25 years old
8-17-2007  •  AFP 
"In the late seventies and early eighties we never imagined that one day, the computing and entertainment industries would also opt for the digital CD to store the growing volume of data for computer programs and movies," said Piet Kramer,  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Saddam's daughter facing terrorism charges News Link  •  Saddam's Trial
Saddam's daughter facing terrorism charges
8-17-2007  •  McClatchy News 
Less than a year after her father was sent to the gallows, Saddam Hussein's daughter is facing charges that also could lead to her execution. The Ministry of Interior said Raghad Hussein charged with financing insurgents who have bedeviled this c  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Texan oilman pleads guilty in oil-for-food case News Link  •  Criminal Justice System
Texan oilman pleads guilty in oil-for-food case
8-17-2007  •  Reuters 
Texas oilman David Chalmers and two companies he owns pleaded guilty to paying millions of dollars in secret kickbacks to Iraq in connection with the United Nations oil-for-food program. Pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, just weeks b  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Steven Seagal says FBI probe ruined career News Link  •  Criminal Justice System
Steven Seagal says FBI probe ruined career
8-17-2007  •  Reuters 
Steven Seagal, whose action movies once were major box-office attractions, believes false allegations by FBI agents ruined his career. An investigation begun some 5 years ago by the FBI into accusations he intimidated a reporter and had mob ties  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
US debt jolts world markets News Link  •  Economy - International
US debt jolts world markets
8-17-2007  •  Christian Science Monitor 
Chinese central bankers, French pension-fund managers, and staid German bankers have been the piggy bank for America's housing boom. Foreign loans to help Americans get mortgages have quadrupled to nearly $1 trillion.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
AP Interview of Fred Thompson News Link  •  Eugenics
AP Interview of Fred Thompson
8-17-2007  •  AP 
On the verge of joining the presidential race, Republican Fred Thompson unapologetically defended his career as a Washington lobbyist paid to influence the government on behalf of an abortion-rights group, a leftist Haitian leader and other special i  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Cops running out of bullets News Link  •  Gun Rights
Cops running out of bullets
8-17-2007  •  AP 
Troops training for and fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are firing more than 1 billion bullets a year, contributing to ammunition shortages hitting police departments nationwide and preventing officers from training with weapons they carry  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Government wouldn't do this anymore ... would they? News Link  •  Domestic Policy
Government wouldn't do this anymore ... would they?
8-17-2007  •  AP 
The state has agreed to pay $925,000 to unwitting subjects of an infamous 1930s stuttering experiment orphans who were badgered and belittled as children by University of Iowa researchers trying to induce speech impediments.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Future US Air Force missile: speeds up to Mach 6.5 News Link  •  Military
Future US Air Force missile: speeds up to Mach 6.5
8-17-2007  •  Christian Science Monitor 
The Air Force is developing a "hypersonic" engine designed to fly bombs at Mach 6.5 speed, or more than 4,000 miles per hour, allowing commanders a chance to conduct long-range strikes on targets in a fraction of the time it takes now.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
The menticide of Jose Padilla News Link  •  Criminal Justice System
The menticide of Jose Padilla
8-17-2007  •  Majikthise 
In 1951, psychiatrist Joost Meerloo coined the term "menticide" to describe the kind of systematic psychological violence that the Chinese inflicted upon American POWs during the Korean War. The US government insists that mind-killing is an  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Homeland Security Enlists Clergy to Quell Public Unrest if Martial Law Ever Declared News Link  •  Police State
Homeland Security Enlists Clergy to Quell Public Unrest if Martial Law Ever Declared
8-17-2007  •  KSLA TV 
Gun confiscation is exactly what happened during the state of emergency following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, along with forced relocation. U.S. Troops also arrived, something far easier to do now, thanks to last year's elimination of the  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Homeland Security exploring mass-scanning system News Link  •  Police State
Homeland Security exploring mass-scanning system
8-17-2007  •  NewsDay 
Behavioral detection is already used by specially trained officers in the Transportation Security Administration - with 273 arrests made as a result since June 2004. Done by individuals trained to recognize subtle facial expressions. "We're  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
U.S. Defends Surveillance to 3 Skeptical Judges News Link  •  Police State
U.S. Defends Surveillance to 3 Skeptical Judges
8-17-2007  •  NY Times 
“Is it the government’s position that when our country is engaged in a war that the power of the executive when it comes to wiretapping is unchecked?” Judge Harry Pregerson asked a government lawyer. His tone was one of incredulity and frustration.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Private hospital eyes public bed space News Link  •  Healthcare Industry
Private hospital eyes public bed space
08-17-2007  •  Sydney Morning Herald 
The State Government is considering a proposal to lease "excess space" at the Prince of Wales Hospital to the private hospital next door. The public cardiothoracic unit had enough space for 12 beds but only ever had four or five DUE TO A LA  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
Futures Fireworks and Moral Hazards News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Futures Fireworks and Moral Hazards
8-17-2007  •  MISH: Global Economic Analysis 
In a surprise move the Fed cut the discount rate 50 basis points. Stock futures that were sinking took off like a rocket. The moral hazards of the Fed continue but Bernanke is doomed to fail. Here is the key: There is both a decreasing demand for cre  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Mike Shedlock
Two days to make $300 billion, Part adean News Link  •  Economy - International
Two days to make $300 billion, Part adean
08-17-2007  •  Daily Reckoning 
(Adean is Russian for one) The central banks of the world have created around $300 billion worth of new money and debt - in two lousy freaking days! And why are they doing this? Perhaps it has something to do with how Michael A. Nystrom  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
Pope set to declare income tax evasion 'socially unjust' News Link  •  Religion: Believers
Pope set to declare income tax evasion 'socially unjust'
08-17-2007  •  Times Online 
Pope Benedict XVI is working on a doctrinal pronouncement that will condemn tax evasioin as "socially unjust", according to Vatican sources. (Now, you know why I'm a "retired" Catholic)  Read Full Story
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Notes detail pressure on Ashcroft over spying News Link  •  Bush Administration
Notes detail pressure on Ashcroft over spying
08-17-2007  •  NY Times 
Notes take by Director Robert S. Mueller III of the FBI say that Attorney General John Ashcroft was "barely articulate," "feeble" and "clearly stressed" shortly after a hospital-room meeting in March 2004 in which two to  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
Watts rattles global warming theologians News Link  •  Weather News - Links - History
Watts rattles global warming theologians
08-17-2007  •  Town Hall(Bill Steigerwald) 
Ask Anthony Watts. He's the veteran meteorologist from Chico, CA., who was featured in the June 17 edition of this column because of his project to quality-check the 1,221 official weather stations used to take the country's average surface  Read Full Story
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Feds pay $80,000 over anti-Bush T-shirts News Link  •  Activism
Feds pay $80,000 over anti-Bush T-shirts
08-17-2007  •  AP 
A couple arrested at a rally after refusing to cover T-shirts that bore anti-President Bush slogans settled their lawsuit against the federal government for $80,000, the ACLU announced Thursday. Nicole and Jeffery Rank of Corpus Christi, TX  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
Why is the GOP attacking the two major pres candidates? News Link  •  Eugenics
Why is the GOP attacking the two major pres candidates?
08-17-2007  •  Intellectual Conservative 
(You gotta love this) The Republican National Committee chairman, Mel Martinez, has come out criticizing the GOP's 2 top candidates for president, Rudy Giuliani and Milt Romney for their positions on resolving illegal immigratioin.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jean Carbonneau
Still Looking For The Black Regiment Opinion  •  Philosophy: Political
Food For Thought
Still Looking For The Black Regiment
08-17-2007
Chuck Baldwin
   I asked readers to help me locate The Black Regiment. These are patriot-preachers who have "understanding of the times, to know what [America] ought to do."
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SANCTUARY POLICY: KILLING AMERICANS IN THEIR OWN CITIES Opinion  •  Immigration
CONNECTING THE DOTS
SANCTUARY POLICY: KILLING AMERICANS IN THEIR OWN CITIES
8-17-2007
Frosty Wooldridge
   Would you, as a father or mother, allow your kids to get beat up or killed at school year after year by gangs of bullies? Why would governors, mayors and city council members in America provide protection for illegal alien criminals year after year?
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