Fwd: Bush at Bay: Fitzgerald Looks at Niger Forgeries

Submitted by PAAMember on October 25, 2005 - 12:01am. ::

Here's a good listing of some recent excellent stories about
Fitzgerald's investigations and more, on Truthout.


>Subject: Bush at Bay: Fitzgerald Looks at Niger Forgeries
>Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2005 18:24:01 -0700
>Fitzgerald investigation widens to include forgery of documents; US
>military revives body counts in an effort to show "success" in Iraq;
>badly-wounded US troop count in Iraq totals more than 15,220; Bush
>Administration widens campaign on North Korea; and more ... Browse
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>t r u t h o u t | 10.24
>Bush at Bay: Fitzgerald Looks at Niger Forgeries
>The CIA leak inquiry that threatens senior White House aides has now
>widened to include the forgery of documents on African uranium that
>started the investigation, according to NAT0 intelligence sources.
>This suggests the inquiry by special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald
>into the leaking has now widened to embrace part of the broader
>question about the way the Iraq war was justified by the Bush
>Another Iraq War Legacy: Badly Wounded US Troops
>The human toll for the US military in the Iraq War is not limited to
>the nearly 2,000 troop deaths since the March 2003 invasion. More
>than 15,220 have also been wounded in combat, including more than
>7,100 injured too badly to return to duty, the Pentagon said.
>Thousands more have been hurt in incidents unrelated to combat.
>US Military Revives Body Counts to Show Success in Iraq
>Eager to demonstrate success in Iraq, the US military has abandoned
>its previous refusal to publicize enemy body counts and now cites
>such numbers periodically to show the impact of some
>counterinsurgency operations. The revival of body counts, a practice
>discredited during the Vietnam War, has apparently come without
>formal guidance from the Pentagon's leadership.
>Norman Solomon | Iraq Is Not Vietnam. But ...
>Norman Solomon: With repeated use of violence more massive than any
>other entity on the planet can dream of mustering, Uncle Sam is the
>globe's dominant serial killer. This reality, so obvious to most of
>the world, is hidden in plain sight across the US corporate media
>California Group Steps into Vacuum on the Left
>Last week a new organization was launched, aiming to build the
>liberal cause with supporters who have thinner wallets but longer
>attention spans. The New Progressive Coalition said it will try to
>create a "marketplace of ideas" in which donors of all sizes can be
>connected with "progressive innovators and organizations" crafting
>long-term ideas to rebuild the left.
>US Widens Campaign on North Korea
>The Bush administration is expanding what it calls "defensive
>measures" against North Korea, urging nations from China to the
>former Soviet states to deny overflight rights to aircraft that the
>United States says are carrying weapons technology, according to two
>senior administration officials.
>Ethnic Cleansing in Mosul
>"We never demanded that Mosul be integrated into Kurdish territory,
>even though Kurds have lived here for several generations. Now, the
>terrorists are attempting a planned strategy of ethnic cleansing
>William Rivers Pitt | The Bunker Mentality
>William Rivers Pitt writes, "I wrote to Ambassador Joseph Wilson
>last week to ask how he and his wife were bearing up, and to remind
>them that they had a lot of friends. 'The outpouring of support has
>been of great comfort to us these past two years,' he wrote back.
>'The stakes are enormous. This is all about whether our government
>can take us to war on lies without any fear of being held to
>account, and whether our democracy can survive the coalition of
>fascist forces that have seized control of the levers of power.'"
>Cindy Sheehan Will Protest 2,000th Soldier Killed
>Cindy Sheehan, the military mother who made her son's death in Iraq
>a rallying point for the anti-war movement, plans to tie herself to
>the White House fence to protest the milestone of 2,000 US military
>deaths in Iraq.
>Resignations May Follow Charges; Senators Discuss Leak Case
>Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) said yesterday that he expects White House
>officials will step down if they are indicted this week but stressed
>that speculation should cease until special counsel Patrick J.
>Fitzgerald announces the results of his investigation into the leak
>of the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame.
>Jeffrey Goldberg's Scowcroft Article: "Breaking Ranks"
>In "Breaking Ranks," in the October 31, 2005, issue of The New
>Yorker, Jeffrey Goldberg reports on the growing divide between the
>Bush Administration and its Republican critics.
>Abramoff Said to Use Ralph Reed to Influence White House
>A TIME investigation shows the lobbyist now at the center of a
>federal probe had a good friend eager to open doors at the White
>House: former Christian Coalition chief Ralph Reed.
>Letters Show Frist Notified of Stocks in 'Blind' Trusts
>Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) was given considerable
>information about his stake in his family's hospital company,
>according to records that are at odds with his past statements that
>he did not know what was in his stock holdings.
>Pentagon Purchases: Millions in Markups
>The Pentagon paid $20 each for plastic ice-cube trays that once cost
>85 cents. A supplier was paid more than $81 each for coffee makers
>that for years were purchased from the manufacturer for $29.
>Bush Picks Bernanke as New Fed Chairman
>President Bush on Monday selected Ben Bernanke, chairman of the
>president's Council of Economic Advisers, to replace Alan Greenspan
>as Fed chairman, according to an administration official.
>Bombs Rock Heart of Baghdad, Killing 17
>Three enormous bombs, including a cement-mixing truck packed with
>explosives, blew up near an Iraqi police post outside the Palestine
>Hotel - home to many foreign journalists in Iraq. Iraqi officials
>said 17 people were killed.
>Bob Herbert: How Scary Is This?
>The White House is sweating out the possibility that one or more top
>officials will soon be indicted on criminal charges. But according
>to Bob Herbert, the Bush administration is immune to prosecution for
>its greatest offense - its colossal and profoundly tragic
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