(AP) BAGHDAD A bomb hidden in a minibus exploded near the offices of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in eastern Baghdad on Tuesday, killing two Iraqi civilians and wounding three, police said.
In other violence, a car bomb, four roadside bombs and two drive-by shootings killed two Iraqis and wounded nine people -- six Iraqis and three U.S. soldiers, police said. The corpses of six Iraqis bearing signs of torture also were discovered, five in Baghdad and one, in Basra, identified as Salih Talib, a member of the National Accord Party of the former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi.
A blast being planned for the Nevada desert revives some old atomic-age concerns
By MARGOT ROOSEVELT, Time Magazine
Will a 10,000-foot cloud of dust from a massive bomb spread radioactive particles across the West? It sounds like a nightmare scenario from the 1950s. But that’s the question a U.S. district court in Las Vegas will seek to resolve next month.
A Western Shoshone Indian tribe and representatives of two Salt Lake citizens groups have filed suit against the U.S. Defense Department to stop the June 2 detonation of a 700-ton ammonium nitrate and fuel oil bomb 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The test, announced by the Pentagon on April 4, and dubbed "Divine Strake," is designed to determine how a bomb might penetrate fortified underground bunkers. It will be the biggest open-air chemical blast ever conducted at the Nevada Test site — 280 times more powerful than the explosion that destroyed the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995. "The concern of downwind communities is ‘Here we go again,’" said plaintiff Stephen Erickson of the Salt Lake City-based Citizens Education Project. Though not a nuclear test, Erickson is afraid the huge blast "could kick up radioactive dust from previous nuclear testing," and claims "the Pentagon has sprung it on everybody with no examination of its effects."
By Matt Hutaff, The Simon, CA, http://www.thesimon.com
Leave it to the states to do the federal government's job.
The ineffectiveness of the United States Congress at times is so pronounced it's laughable. We are six years into a presidency that elevates graft, corruption and criminal behavior to new heights and neither the House of Representatives nor the Senate have begun impeachment charges against the Bush Administration.
"The more I look into this the more upset I become," Hatch said in a statement....Nevada Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Shelley Berkley were briefed on the planned test [Divine Strake], and said it could be conducted safely."
Concerns grow over possible dispersal of old radioactive material in Nevada
By Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune
WASHINGTON - Sen. Orrin Hatch has joined a group of Congress members voicing concerns about "Divine Strake," a massive explosion planned this summer at the Nevada Test Site that critics say could have nuclear implications.
SALT LAKE CITY U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch wants reassurances that a massive explosion test planned for Nevada this summer won't disperse radioactive material from past nuclear weapons tests.
Hatch, R-Utah, has joined a group of Congress members voicing concerns about "Divine Strake," the detonation of a 700-ton ammonium nitrate and fuel oil bomb scheduled for June 2 over the Nevada desert.
Although the bomb isn't nuclear, there are concerns that it could shake loose radioactive material from past tests at the Nevada Test Site, about 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
“This is our lives and our children’s lives that are at stake. I ask of humanity what is so divine about a weapon with a name like Divine Strake that will contaminate all living life forms?” said Bennie “BlueThunder” LeBeau.
GOP Senator, shareholders offer support in crusades against Pentagon, mining company
Sam Lewin 4/25/2006
A Western tribe currently engaged in battles with two powerful opponents- the largest gold producer in the world and the Pentagon- - is now receiving moral and legal support from shareholders in the company involved in the former controversy and a Republican Senator concerned about the latter’s plan for a huge explosion.
ATHENS, April 25 (Xinhua) -- Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice asserted here on Tuesday that all options regarding Iran remain on the table, stressing that Washington's priority at this time was to intensify diplomatic efforts.
At the joint press conference after the meeting with her Greek counterpart Dora Bakoyannis, Rice told reporters that Washington was "aware that Iran was not Iraq," adding that U.S. President George Bush "has not withdrawn any options from the table."
By Ray McGovern, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
As additional information on the firing of CIA official Mary McCarthy just ten days short of her retirement becomes available, what is afoot is becoming quite clear. We are witnessing a Stalinesque show trial sans the actual trial and inevitable execution. The purpose is intimidation, not extermination. We should be thankful for small favors, I suppose.
On April 29, the Peace Action contingent will meet up in NYC around 10:30 am on E 20th Street in front of Gramercy Tavern, 42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003, (between Broadway and Park Ave S.) directions at: http://www.gramercytavern.com/directions.html. Please urge your members to join us with Peace Action signs and banners to show our network’s collective strength!
We will be meeting up along with other Peace Organizations which are designated to assemble at 20th and Broadway before the march steps off South down Broadway.
By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS, http://www.counterpunch.org
Is the United States a superpower? I think not. Consider these facts:
The financial position of the US has declined dramatically. The US is
heavily indebted, both government and consumers. The US trade deficit both
in absolute size and as a percentage of GDP is unprecedented, reaching more
than $800 billion in 2005 and accumulating to $4.5 trillion since 1990. With
Washington, 25 Apr (Prensa Latina) While petitions abound on the Internet in a seemingly ill-fated attempt to get a Republican-controlled Congress to impeach President Bush, three state legislators are pursuing what 33 percent of US citizens want.
Illinois Rep. Karen A. Yarbrough (7th District) found a never-used US House Rule, Jefferson´s Manual Sec. 603, allowing a joint resolution by a state legislature to initiate federal impeachment proceedings.
By Shay Totten | Vermont Guardian
BURLINGTON — A Progressive lawmaker today will introduce a formal resolution in the state Legislature calling on Congress to draft articles of impeachment against Pres. George W. Bush.
Rep. Dave Zuckerman, P-Burlington, claims support from at least a dozen lawmakers, including Democrats, Progressives and one independent, and expects to have more co-signers before handing the resolution into the House clerk later today.
By KARIN STANTON, Associated Press
HILO, Hawaii - Cindy Sheehan said that before her son was killed in Iraq, she didn't buy into the idea that one person could make a difference. Now, she does.
Young people should resist the American military war machine and instead fight for global peace and prosperity, Sheehan told a receptive audience of about 200 at the University of Hawaii-Hilo on Monday, before another appearance across the island in Kailua-Kona.
Tonight on Hardball, Tyler Drumheller, the former top man for the CIA in Europe, sits down for an exclusive cable interview to discuss his claim that the White House cherry-picked intelligence about Saddam Hussein's weapons capability to make the case for the war in Iraq. Read more about Drumheller's take in the New York Times:
From Brave New Films
We're ready to start production on Robert's new documentary: "Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers." Over the last few months we've recruited a core team, and with the help of our volunteer field producers, have uncovered some devastating and powerful material that hasn't been seen before. We need your help to make it, more about that in a minute.
We can't tell you anything more specific about the film yet, but I can assure you it will have an enormous impact when it comes out shortly before the elections this November.
By Christian Parenti, www.thenation.com
A young former US Army sniper wearing a desert camo uniform, an Iraqi kaffiyeh and mirrored sunglasses scans a ruined urban landscape of smashed homes, empty streets and garbage heaps. His sand-colored hat bears a small regulation-style military patch, or tab, that instead of reading "Airborne" or "Ranger" or "Special Forces" says "Shitbag" - common military parlance for bad soldier.
By Richard A. Oppel Jr., The New York Times
Baghdad, Iraq - At least 40 Iraqi civilians and security force recruits were either killed or found dead on Monday, the Iraqi authorities said, as insurgents unleashed a wave of car bombs across Baghdad.
Throughout the capital, seven car bombs struck, killing at least 10 people and wounding 76 others. Their targets were the back gate of Mustansiriya University, two Iraqi police patrols and a busy intersection at rush hour. All of the dead were civilians.
By Dahr Jamail
t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
This weekend I received an email from a friend in Iraq. It read, "Salam Dahr, I was in Ramadi today to ask about the situation. I was stunned for the news of a father and his three sons executed in cold blood by US soldiers, then they blasted the house. The poor mother couldn't stand the shock, so she died of a heart attack."
Sounds unbelievable, until you consider this short clip from CNN, which shows a war crime being committed by US troops in Iraq. In this clip, shot on October 26, 2003, Marines are seen killing a wounded Iraqi who was writhing on the ground, and cheering. One of the murderers then told CNN, "These guys are dead now you know, but it was a good feeling ... and afterwards you're like, hell yeah, that was awesome, let's do it again."
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
The House version of the 2007 intelligence authorization bill would
grant CIA and NSA security personnel the authority to make arrests
for "any felony" committed in their presence, no matter how remote
from the foreign intelligence mission it might be, the Baltimore
Sun reported today.
Section 423 of H.R. 5020 "appears...to grant to CIA security
Ray Accuses Bush of War Crimes on Major TV Show: Transcript of Ray McGovern Interview on Jim Lehrer's News Hour
JIM LEHRER: A 20-year veteran of the agency, Mary McCarthy, was fired on Thursday for leaking information about CIA secret prison camps to the Washington Post. The newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize for those stories.
CIA Director Porter Goss reportedly told CIA employees Friday that McCarthy had failed a polygraph test and then admitted to unauthorized disclosures. There's no word on whether the government will take any further action against her.
by Cam Simpson, Baltimore Sun (Maryland)
Violations of laws on human-trafficking prompt U.S. military's order for change
WASHINGTON - The top U.S. commander in Iraq has ordered sweeping changes for privatized military support operations after confirming violations of laws against human-trafficking and other abuses by contractors involving possibly thousands of foreign workers on American bases, according to records obtained by the Chicago Tribune.
"A lot of Marines are against this war, but they can't speak up. My son didn't want to go back the second time..."
'TIME TO PULL OUT': The retired Corps member admits he's waging a lonely battle in a military town.
By JOE VARGO, The Press-Enterprise
TWENTYNINE PALMS - Retired Marine Gunnery Sgt. Terry Davis says he doesn't get much support in this military town for protesting the continuing U.S. involvement in Iraq.
Watch this stunning video presentation on how we got from 9-11 to Iraq and how much honesty was involved.
By Becky O'Malley, http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com
Monday morning’s e-mail brought a dispatch from the lively Op-Ed News website, the first to report, as far as we know, that Assemblymember Paul Koretz has just introduced in the California Legislature a resolution to impeach not only the despised Dubya but also the odious Dick Cheney. He has submitted it as amendments to his prior Assembly Joint Resolution No. 39. They reference Section 603 of Jefferson’s Manual of the Rules of the United States House of Representatives, which allows federal impeachment proceedings to be initiated by joint resolution of a state legislature. A similar resolution is already underway in Illinois, and proponents have high hopes that it will be passed.
By Dave Lindorff
So after as long as four and a half years in captivity, no doubt complete with torture and abuse of all sorts, 141 of the remaining 500 captives at Guantanamo are going to be released by the Bush administration, which has finally determined that they, after all, "pose no threat to the security" of the United States.
Personally, I'd be dubious about that assertion, though. After the experience these people have been through, I would be amazed if any of them harbors particularly warm, fuzzy feelings about their hosts for the past half decade. That is to say, if they were not security threats when they were wrongly picked up and "disappeared" into America’s gulag in the Caribbean, they probably will be once they are released.
By CLARK BENTSON
April 24, 2006 — Private Robert Jason Settles was itching to come home at the end of the month. The 25-year-old Kentucky native had completed five months in Iraq and his family said he was looking forward to the break.
His vacation plans came to a tragic end last week when the Humvee that Settles was traveling in hit a roadside bomb and he was killed.
These deadly improvised explosive devices are responsible for most of the deaths of Americans this month. From Saturday through Monday alone, eight service members were killed by IEDs.
By Thomas Wagner BAGHDAD, Iraq, AP
Seven car bombs exploded across the capital Monday, killing at least six people and wounding dozens, as politicians met to try to finalize a new Cabinet. Police discovered bodies of 20 Iraqis -- apparent victims of sectarian killings the U.S. hopes the new government can end.
Elsewhere, in Baghdad and other areas, four roadside bombs, six drive-by shootings and a mortar round killed a total of 15 Iraqis, police said.
Media barred from covering soldiers' return
CTV.ca News Staff
The media will be barred from the airfield at Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ont., when a plane carrying the remains of four Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan lands Tuesday evening.
In the past, television and print media have been invited to attend when bodies of Canadian soldiers who have fallen overseas are repatriated.
"While the Pentagon calls it ''Divine Strake,'' Western Shoshone said there is nothing divine about a massive explosion on their traditional lands. "
By Brenda Norrell / Indian Country Today
ELKO, Nev. - Western Shoshone opposed the Pentagon's planned 700-ton detonation on aboriginal Western Shoshone land, as a delegation of Western Shoshone returned from Geneva, Switzerland, with support from the United Nations for protection of their human rights and territory.
Hatch said initially it was said the bomb site [Test called Divine Strake] was 2.5 miles from where nuclear testing had been done. However, he said, it seems like the detonation is creeping closer to the old test site. He is also concerned that the bomb could raise a cloud up to 10,000 feet.
Sen. Hatch talks to group at DRMC
By PATRICE ST. GERMAIN
ST. GEORGE - Speaking to a group at Dixie Regional Medical Center Thursday afternoon, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said he has been blasted and praised by Downwinders, but apologized for not being more effective and promised to keep working in their behalf.