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Bill Simpich | Wiretapping in America: The Moment of Decision Is Near
Bill Simpich writes: "Two district court rulings in the last month focus on whether the National Security Agency will be free to eavesdrop on Americans as a matter of domestic policy ... The odds are good that both of these cases will be heard by the United States Supreme Court before George Bush completes his term of office, if they are not mooted by the passage of the National Security Surveillance Act this autumn ... The outcome of these NSA cases and this autumn's Congressional vote will affect the entire future of this country."
GOP Candidate Says 9/11 Attacks Were a Hoax
A Republican candidate for the 2nd District congressional seat in New Hampshire said Wednesday that the US government was complicit in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In an editorial board interview with the Telegraph on Wednesday, Mary Maxwell said the US government had a role in killing nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center and Pentagon, so it could make Americans hate Arabs and allow the military to bomb Muslim nations like Iraq.
State Department Investigates Israeli Use of US-Made Cluster Bombs
The State Department is investigating whether Israel's use of American-made cluster bombs in southern Lebanon violated secret agreements with the United States that restrict when it can employ such weapons. A report released Wednesday by the United Nations Mine Action Coordination Center said it had found unexploded bomblets, including hundreds of American types, in 249 locations south of the Litani River.
Bush and Saddam Should Both Stand Trial, Says Nuremberg Prosecutor
A chief prosecutor of Nazi war crimes at Nuremberg has said George W. Bush should be tried for war crimes along with Saddam Hussein. Benjamin Ferenccz, who secured convictions for 22 Nazi officers for their work in orchestrating the death squads that killed more than 1 million people, told OneWorld that both Bush and Saddam should be tried for starting "aggressive" wars - Saddam for his 1990 attack on Kuwait and Bush for his 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Jeff Cohen | Hillary Still Hiding on War; Time Warner Provides Cover
"In a New York Marist poll taken in July, 62% of Democrats said they were more likely to vote for a candidate who opposes the Iraq war, versus only 9% who said they were more likely to vote for an Iraq war supporter. Thanks in part to big media, many New York Democrats don't know that Senator Clinton has an anti-war opponent in the primary," writes Jeff Cohen.
W. Joseph Stroupe | Russia Spins Global Energy Spider's Web
W. Joseph Stroupe writes: "The vast bulk of the world's oil, gas and strategic minerals resources either is coming under or is already under the control of authoritarian, or less-than-democratic, or leftist, or otherwise radical regimes either with a decidedly anti-Western political stance and ideology or pointedly decreased sensitivities to strategic US interests. Contrary to the assumptions of conventional wisdom, the US hasn't any longer the global leverage to shape unfolding developments in its favor."
Afghan Leader Orders Probe of Killings
President Hamid Karzai ordered an investigation Friday into the killings of eight people in eastern Afghanistan during a raid that US forces claimed targeted al Qaeda members, according to a government statement. The US military said seven al Qaeda suspects and a child were killed in Thursday's joint American-Afghan operation in eastern Kunar province's Shigal district. Police said civilians, not al Qaeda members, were targeted.
Pierre Rousselin | Lebanon: The Narrow Path
Pierre Rousselin highlights the challenges that will face the reinforced United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon and the courage required to define and follow its mission's narrow path.
GOP Slips as a Friend of Catholics and Evangelical Protestants
A new poll shows that fewer Americans view the Republican Party as "friendly to religion" than a year ago, with the decline particularly steep among Catholics and white evangelical Protestants - constituencies at the core of the Republicans' conservative Christian voting bloc.
VIDEO | Camp Casey Protests Border State Governor's Conference
A Report by Geoffrey Millard and Scott Galindez
Governors from Texas, Arizona, Nevada, and California met in Austin, Texas, to discuss immigration issues. Camp Casey joined immigrant rights groups to protest the militarization of the border and the scapegoating of immigrants. Eight percent of all US casualties in Iraq are non-citizen, while only two percent of the military do not have citizenship. Truthout's Geoffrey Millard and Scott Galindez will continue to bring you reports from Camp Casey.
VIDEO | GI War-Resistance Grows: Sgt. Ricky Clousing Turns Himself In
A Film by Sari Gelzer and Geoffrey Millard
On Friday, August 11, Army Sgt. Ricky Clousing, who had been AWOL from his unit for a year, held a press conference the morning before he was to turn himself in to military authorities at Fort Lewis. Surrounded by press and veterans attending the Veterans for Peace Convention, Clousing spoke of the fervor of 9/11 that influenced him to join the Army, and the regret he felt once he was deployed and witnessed what he termed "the larger picture of the daily devastation of occupation." Among those who spoke in support of Ricky was Joshua Casteel, a conscientious objector and former interrogator at Abu Ghraib prison.