Cover-up News Summary
September 14, 2005
September 13, 2005, USA Today
who was born in New York and grew up in Chicago, landed at O'Hare airport more
than three years ago and hasn't been seen since. He disappeared into a succession
of jails and military prisons without being charged with a crime, without trial
and without even a hearing on the allegations against him. In a ruling
that puts the liberties of every citizen at risk, a federal appeals court said
Friday there's nothing wrong with that. Worse, the ruling — expected to be appealed
— isn't limited to O'Hare airport or to Padilla. The court said Congress
has given the president authority to order the jailing of anyone anywhere for
as long as he wishes, as long as he claims it's connected to the war on terrorism.
That sounds more like the power accorded a dictator than the president of the
United States. Repeal of the Constitution's Fourth, Fifth and Sixth amendments
wasn't part of the package when Congress passed that anti-terrorism resolution
after the 9/11 attacks.
Court Rules U.S. Can Indefinitely Detain Citizens
September 9, 2005, Washington Post
A federal appeals
court ruled today that the president can indefinitely detain a U.S. citizen
captured on U.S. soil in the absence of criminal charges, holding that such
authority is vital to protect the nation from terrorist attacks. The
decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit came in the case of
Jose Padilla, a former Chicago gang member who was arrested in Chicago in 2002
and designated an "enemy combatant" by President Bush. The decision
by a three-judge panel was written by Judge J. Michael Luttig, who is one of
a number of people under consideration by President Bush for nomination to the
U.S. Supreme Court.
Pentagon Revises Nuclear Strike Plan
September 11, 2005, MSNBC/Washington Post
has drafted a revised doctrine for the use of nuclear weapons that envisions
commanders requesting presidential approval to use them to preempt an attack
by a nation or a terrorist group using weapons of mass destruction. The
draft also includes the option of using nuclear arms to destroy known enemy
stockpiles of nuclear, biological or chemical weapons. The draft, dated March
15, would provide authoritative guidance for commanders to request presidential
approval for using nuclear weapons, and represents the Pentagon's first attempt
to revise procedures to reflect the Bush preemption doctrine. The first example
for potential nuclear weapon use listed in the draft is against an enemy that
is using "or intending to use WMD" against U.S. or allied, multinational
military forces or civilian populations.
Weldon doubts DoD on Able Danger
September 8, 2005, UPI
who first made public claims that a secret Pentagon data mining project linked
the Sept. 11 attacks ringleader to al-Qaida more than a year before the attacks
took place says he does not believe the military's account of how the results
of the project's work came to be destroyed. "I seriously have my doubts
that it was routine," Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Penn., told United Press International.
Weldon said he had asked the Pentagon for the certificates of destruction
that military officials must complete when classified data is destroyed. He
said that there had been "a second elimination of data in 2003," in
addition to the destruction acknowledged last week. "For some reason,
the bureaucracy in the Pentagon -- I mean the civilian bureaucracy -- didn't
want this to get out," he said.
York Times reported that the 9/11 Commission was informed of Able Danger
and of lead hijacker Mohamed Atta being identified as a threat and an al Qaeda
member more than a year before 9/11. Why was this crucial fact not even mentioned
in the 9/11 Commission report?
Bush Renews Sept. 11 Emergency Declaration
September 8, 2005, Washington Post/AP
on Thursday renewed the national emergency he declared after the Sept. 11, 2001,
terrorist attacks. In a letter to Congress, Bush said the nation is still under
the terrorist threat that led him to declare a national emergency three days
after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The president's
declaration allows for the mobilization of reserve military forces and other
steps. By law, a national emergency declaration automatically expires on
the anniversary date of its declaration unless the president renews it. Bush's
action will renew the declaration for another year.
Report: Gov't Secrecy Grows, Costs More
September 3, 2005, Washington Post/AP
is withholding more information than ever from the public and expanding ways
of shrouding data. Last year, federal agencies spent a record $148 creating
and storing new secrets for each $1 spent declassifying old secrets, a coalition
of watchdog groups reported Saturday. In the late 1990s, the ratio was $15-$17
a year to $1, according to the secrecy report card by OpenTheGovernment.org.
Overall, the government spent $7.2 billion in 2004 stamping 15.6 million documents
"top secret," "secret" or "confidential." That
almost doubled the 8.6 million new documents classified as recently as 2001.
Last year, the number of pages declassified declined for the fourth straight
year to 28.4 million. In 2001, 100 million pages were declassified; the record
was 204 million pages in 1997. These figures cover 41 federal agencies,
excluding the CIA, whose classification totals are secret. The report also noted
the growing use of secret searches, court secrecy, closed meetings by government
advisory groups and patents kept from public view. J. William Leonard, director
of the National Archives' Information Security Oversight Office,...said, "the
great lesson of 9-11 is that improper hoarding of information can cost lives
and harm national security."
Senate must look at tougher mileage rules
September 6, 2005, Reuters
Faced with a
record-high national gasoline price of $3.07 per gallon, a senior Republican
senator said on Tuesday it was time for lawmakers to take another look at imposing
stricter mileage standards on mini-vans and other vehicles. Most Republicans
and the White House oppose significantly higher mileage requirements because
of the potential impact on U.S. automakers and passenger safety. On Tuesday,
the U.S. government reported that the average U.S. weekly retail gasoline price
rocketed to $3.07 cents per gallon, up nearly 46 cents from last week, because
of Katrina's damage to refineries and pipelines. In June, the Senate voted
to reject a Democratic amendment to the energy bill to require better mileage
for new gas-guzzling sport utility and other vehicles. Illinois Sen. Dick
Durbin had proposed that the standards be revised to boost the fuel economy
of passenger cars to 40 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2016, and sport utility vehicles
to 27.5 mpg. The proposal was defeated.
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When sluggishness isn't OK
September 4, 2005, Chicago Tribune
me copies of two news photos that revealed an apparent double standard regarding
black and white flood victims in New Orleans. One
of the images, shot by photographer Dave Martin for The Associated Press,
shows a young black man wading through chest-deep waters after "looting"
a grocery store, according to the caption. In the
other, taken by photographer Chris Graythen for AFP/Getty Images, a white
man and a similarly light-skinned woman also waded through chest-deep water
after "finding" goods that included bread and soda in a local grocery
store, according to the caption. Apparently, quipped a cynical blogger at
Daily Kos, "It's not looting if you're white."
UFOs are real, but the Tories are acting
September 3, 2005, Globe and Mail (One
of Canada's Leading Newspapers)
has been a Liberal and a Conservative, has run for the leadership of both parties
and founded two more, and will announce this month that he believes UFOs exist.
Yes, indeed, the 82-year-old former defence minister in Lester Pearson's
government is to address the Exopolitics Toronto Symposium on UFO Disclosure
and Planetary Directions. "My role is really to say publicly for the first
time that I believe that what we call unidentified flying objects are real,"
he said, ". . . and that people
should know more about them and some of the implications of the fact they
exist and that they've been observing our planet for more than half a century
Study: Ozone layer has stopped shrinking
August 31, 2005, CNN/Reuters
The ozone layer
has stopped shrinking but it will take decades to start recovering, U.S. scientists
reported on Tuesday. They said an international agreement to limit production
of ozone-depleting chemicals has apparently worked, but the damage to ozone
has not been halted completely. An analysis of satellite records and surface
monitoring instruments shows the ozone layer has grown a bit thicker in some
parts of the world, but is still well below normal levels, the scientists report
in Wednesday's issue of the Journal of Geophysical Research. The experts
credited, at least in part, the 1987 Montreal Protocol which was ratified by
more than 180 nations and set legally binding controls for on the production
and consumption of ozone-depleting gases containing chlorine and bromine.
Out-of-body experiences 'probed'
August 27, 2005, BBC
are asking for your help to find out exactly what is behind out-of-body experiences
(OBEs). Psychologists at Manchester University have set up an online survey
that they hope about 3,000 people will fill out. About one in 10 people claim
to have had an OBE at some time, typically involving a sensation of floating
and seeing the physical body from outside. For some, the phenomenon occurred
spontaneously, while for others it was linked to dangerous circumstances, a
near-death experience, a dream-like state or use of alcohol or drugs. The anonymous
survey, funded by the Bial Foundation, can be accessed at www.freeresponse.org/muobe2005/
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