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Three Years Late, UN Is Allowed a Limited Inspection of US Gulag

Three years after asking permission to inspect the Guantanamo Bay prison, the UN is finally being allowed, although it will not have access to the prisoners themselves.

The US is likely trying to quell renewed interest in the prison caused by a hunger strike that started in August and is being carried out by 26 prisoners that the US is force-feeding using tubes.

US Vice President's Chief of Staff Indicted, Resigns

Vice President Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff has resigned after being indicted by a federal grand jury for two counts of perjury, one count of obstruction of justice, and two counts of making false statements. The federal grand jury continues to investigate other Bush administration officials in connection with the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity.

Source here.

Bush Fundraiser Tom Noe Indicted for Money Laundering

Ohio Republican fundraiser Tom Noe has been indicted for money laundering, conspiracy, and filing false statements (each of these charges carries a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment). Noe used other individuals as conduits for donations. The investigation of Noe is part of a larger investigation in Bush campaing fundraising in the state.

Noe has also been accused by Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro os stealing millions from the Ohio Bureau of Worker's Compensation.

Miers Withdraws

As a result of pressure from the Republican's conservative base, Harriet Miers has withdrawn as a nominee to the US Supreme court. Republican senators were clearly not willing to put themselves at risk politically to impose Bush's will. This marks Bush's first major defeat at the hands of his own party.

FBI Scouring Military for Drug Smuggling

The FBI is now actively looking for drug smuggling in the US military. A US army sergeant was recently caught using military aircraft to smuggle cocaine to the US from Columbia. In May, an FBI operation was able to bribe National Guard soldiers, and accomplices, to smuggle more than 1000 pounds of cocaine into the US.

Transcontinental Torture: A First Person Account of Rendition

"Extraordinary rendition" is the primarily US practice of sanitizing torture by flying victims to countries where torture is legal. It has been used by the US to conceal their torture from the world, with cooperation by a number of countries.

Iraq: America's Cancer

2000 US soldiers have died in Iraq. Nearly 100 British troops have died. Over 100 coalition troops from other countries have died. The number of casualties is greater than the casualties of Vietnam during its first few years and stability in Iraq is declining.

CIA, Backed by Whitehouse, Wants to Be Able to Continue Torturing

Torture, it seems, is essential to the CIA. Republican Senator John
McCain wrote an amendment to a $440 billion military spending bill that would
ban "'cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment' of any detainee held by the
United States government". The senate approved it, despite the threat of a
presidential veto.

Iraq: Main Oil Pipeline Bombed, Oil Production Already Low

Iraq's oil production has fallen to its lowest point in a decade. Industry analysts are blaming poor project management and bad pumping practices, as well as the prevelance of outdated equipment. Before the war, 2.9 million barrels/day were being produced. Production is approximately 700,000 barrels/day below pre-war levels, with 200,000 barrels/day of the shortfall blamed on the more than 200 attacks made by insurgents on the oil production infrastructure since June 2003.

The Deity of Dark Cosmic Space

Radovan Karadzic, a Bosnian Serb leader wanted for war crimes and currently in hiding, has released a volume of poetry (a snippet is shown below).

I surmise the sun is wounding me

With its sharp malignant rays

I surmise the stars are healing me

I am the deity of dark cosmic space

A horned cow reveals a faithless goddess