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Cleveland Woman Convicted Of Felony And Sentenced To 60 Days In Jail For Putting Up Anti-Bush Posters
One of the cops says to me, "Shut up or I will kill you!", "I am sick of this anti-Bush shit!" "You are definitely going to the psyche ward."'

9/11 conspiracy theories
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It's been 1,721 days since George WMD Bush said he'd catch UBL-RIP 'Dead or Alive!'

"We must speak the truth about terror. Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th; malicious lies that attempt to shift the blame away from the terrorists, themselves, away from the guilty. To inflame ethnic hatred is to advance the cause of terror."

US confronts brutal culture among its finest sons
...the Abu Ghraib scandal and the Haditha massacre have only come to light because either locals or US soldiers took photographs of the crimes or their aftermath. If left to the army alone, they would never have been uncovered. 'These things are just the ones we know about. Just think about how much else has gone that we don't know about. Civilians are dying there almost every day,' he said.

Graphic photographs show bodies of civilians killed in Ishaqi, Iraq
Photographs taken by Agence France Presse but not distributed by major US media outlets show the bodies of Iraqi civilians killed in March in a home in Ishaqi, Iraq. Those photographs -- may of which are graphic and show the decaying bodies of children, some of them babies.

06/04/06 Reuters: Civilian killed by roadside bomb in Dibis
A civilian was killed when a roadside bomb exploded in the town of Dibis, 40 km (25 miles) northwest of the northern oil city of Kirkuk, police said.
06/04/06 Reuters: Gunmen abduct teacher Latifiya
Gunmen stormed a school and abducted the headteacher, a teacher and a guard in Latifiya, 40 km south of Baghdad, police said.
06/04/06 Reuters: Policeman killed in Kirkuk
One policeman was killed and two wounded when a roadside bomb struck their patrol in southern Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
06/04/06 Reuters: Gunmen kill four in Baghdad
Gunmen killed four people working for a state-run communications company and wounded two others in Baghdad on Sunday, police sources said.
06/04/06 Reuters: Police kill 12 worshippers in a Sunni mosque
A Sunni religious group in the southern Iraqi city of Basra said on Sunday police killed 12 unarmed worshippers in a Sunni mosque, but police said they returned fire.
06/04/06 AP: Gunmen kill 21 commuters near Baghdad
Gunmen killed 21 people - many of them high school students - after dragging them off buses northeast of Baghdad, officials said. Four Sunni Arabs were spared and the dead were all Shiites or Kurds
06/04/06 Focus: Iraqi Interior Ministry Refutes Release of Kidnapped Diplomats
Iraqi Interior Ministry Brigadier-General Adnan Abdul Rahman told AP that the information in the media is not correct and that the Iraqi authorities do not yet have information about the fate of the kidnapped diplomats.
06/04/06 Newsweek: Probing a Bloodbath
The Marines know how to get psyched up for a big fight. In November 2004, before the Battle of Fallujah, the Third Battalion, First Marines, better known as the "3/1" or "Thundering Third," held a chariot race.
06/03/06 Reuters: 22 Bodies found in Baghdad
Police found 22 bodies in different parts of Baghdad with bullet wounds and signs of torture, police said.
06/03/06 AP: Severed heads retaliation for the slaying of four Shiite doctors
Iraqi police found eight severed heads north of Baghdad with a note indicating they were killed in retaliation for the slaying of four Shiite doctors. Five of the slain men were security guards at a Baghdad hospital complex...
06/03/06 AP: Gunmen kill ambulance driver
Gunmen stopped an ambulance and opened fire in Dora, killing the driver and wounding a passenger.
06/03/06 AP: Gunmen kill civilian in Dora district of Baghdad
Gunmen in a car opened fire on two people in another vehicle, killing one and wounding the other, in the predominantly Sunni Dora neighborhood in southern Baghdad.
06/03/06 AP: Suicide car bomb hits crowded Iraqi market
A suicide car bomber blew himself up in a crowded market in oil-rich southern Basra on Saturday, killing 28 people and wounding 62. In Baghdad, a Russian diplomat was killed and four diplomatic employees were kidnapped.
06/03/06 focus: Names of Russian Diplomats Kidnapped in Iraq Announced
The names of the person killed in today’s attack against a vehicle of the Russian embassy in Baghdad and the four diplomats kidnapped by armed persons were announced. Vitalii Titov, worker for the Russian embassy in Baghdad was killed.
06/03/06 Reuters: Gunmen kill 3 in Baquba
Gunmen stormed an automobile spare parts shop and killed three people who were inside in Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
06/03/06 Reuters: Eight bodies found in Baghdad
Police found eight bodies in different parts of Baghdad with signs of torture and bullets wounds, police said.
06/03/06 Reuters: Roadside bombs wound 2 civilians and 2 policemen
A roadside bomb exploded near an Iraqi army patrol in central Baghdad, wounding two civilians, police said. Two policemen were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near their patrol in eastern Baghdad, police said.
06/03/06 AFP: Eight heads found in fruit box near Baquba
In a particularly grisly discovery, eight heads were found in a fruit box on the side of a road near Baquba, said police, adding that their identities were not immediately known
06/03/06 Reuters: Gunmen kill civilian in Kirkuk
Gunmen shot dead a civilian in central Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
06/03/06 Reuters: Iraq rejects US probe clearing troops of killings
Iraq vowed on Saturday to press on with its own probe into the deaths of civilians in a U.S. raid on the town of Ishaqi, rejecting the U.S. military's exoneration of its forces
06/03/06 BBC: Seven police die in Iraq ambush
Seven Iraqi policemen have been killed in an attack on a police checkpoint in the town of Baquba, 60km (35 miles) north-east of Baghdad, police say. Up to 10 people were also wounded when insurgents attacked the al-Razi checkpoint with RPG...
06/03/06 AP; Furor Grows Over Civilian Deaths
A third set of allegations that U.S. troops have deliberately killed civilians is fueling a furor in Iraq and drawing strong condemnations from government and human rights officials.
06/03/06 KRT: Family proclaims innocence of man slain by Marines
In an exclusive interview with Knight Ridder on Friday, Awad's family gave their version of what happened to him in the early morning hours of April 26. They said U.S. Marines dragged Awad from his home, killed him and then planted an AK-47 assault..
06/03/06 KUNA: Gunmen kill member of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan in Kirkuk
Gunmen killed a member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), which is led by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, in Kirkuk, northern Iraq, on Saturday.
06/03/06 sky: Russians Kidnapped In Iraq
One Russian diplomat has reportedly been killed and four others kidnapped in Iraq. Interior Ministry sources said gunmen attacked the Russians in the capital, Baghdad.
06/02/06 AP: U.S. troops cleared in Iraqi deaths at Ishaqi
A military investigation into allegations that U.S. troops intentionally killed Iraqi civilians in a March 15 raid in a village north of Baghdad has cleared the troops of misconduct, two defence officials said Friday.
06/02/06 TheBostonChannel: Local Medical Unit Headed To Iraq
Many medical practitioners from New England are packing their bags this week, headed to entire Taunton-based Army Reserve unit will ship out next week for more than a year of duty.
06/02/06 Reuters: One Iraq soldier killed, four wounded by roadside bomb
One Iraqi soldier was killed and four wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near their patrol in the western Mansoor district of Baghdad, police sources said.
06/02/06 Reuters: Lawyer shot in Samawa
Gunmen shot dead a lawyer in Samawa, 270 km (168 miles) south of Baghdad, his family said. They said he used to work for British forces as an interpreter but that he quit several months ago.
06/02/06 Reuters: Three bodies found in Khaldiya
Iraqi police said they found three bodies, shot and showing signs of torture, near the small town of Khaldiya, 80 km (53 miles) west of Baghdad.
06/02/06 AP: U.S. accused in more Iraq civilian deaths
A third set of allegations that U.S. troops have deliberately killed civilians is fueling a furor in Iraq...The U.S. military had no additional comment Friday on the accusations stemming from a raid March 15 in the village of Ishaqi...
06/02/06 DoD Identifies Army Casualty
Spc. Brock L. Bucklin, 28, of Grand Rapids, Mich., died May 31, in Balad, Iraq, of a non-combat related cause. Bucklin was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo
06/02/06 DoD Identifies Army Casualty
Sgt. Benjamin E. Mejia, 25, of Salem, Mass., died in Marez, Iraq, on May 31, of non-combat related causes. Mejia was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
06/02/06 Centcom: IED kills woman, wounds two in Samarra
An improvised explosive device killed an Iraqi woman and wounded two Iraqi men as well as two Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team June 1. The device detonated in the median of MSR Tampa west of Samarra...
06/02/06 AP: Army corporal from Caledonia killed in accident in Iraq
Dawn Bucklin was on the phone with one of her sons, a soldier stationed in Germany, when two Army officers approached her home with tragic news about her other son: Army Cpl. Brock Bucklin had been killed in an equipment accident in Iraq.

George WMD Bush teared up on Memorial Day and said we must complete the mission in Iraq to honor the 18,000 wounded and 2,400-plus dead. Well, I have a question. What is the mission?
Is it to overthrow Saddam Hussein? He's been overthrown and is awaiting execution by a kangaroo court we selected to do the hit.
Is it to allow the Iraqi people to hold elections? They've held three elections – one for an interim government, one for a Constitution, and one for a permanent government, which is now in place except for two Cabinet positions.
Oh, I forgot that when the president was selling this war, he said the mission was to disarm Saddam because he had all those awful weapons of mass destruction. Well, of course, they didn't exist, and now the president doesn't talk about them.
But if the purpose was to install an elected government, why are we still there? Why are we spending half a billion dollars to build the world's largest embassy, one that dwarfs Saddam's palaces and that ticks off the Iraqi people? Why, after three years and billions of our tax dollars, do the Iraqi people lack electricity, clean water and sewers? They had all those things under Saddam until we destroyed them with our bombs and missiles.
And if we want the Iraqi army to handle security, why are its soldiers still driving around in Toyotas? Where are their armored personnel carriers, their tanks, their light machine guns and light artillery? Surely there is a lot of that stuff left over. Why doesn't the president stop spreading heifer dust? We take an 18-year-old kid, give him 18 weeks of training and ship him off to combat. Is this administration saying it takes five years to train an Iraqi lad?
I think the only real mission left is to wipe the egg off the president's face. The invasion of Iraq was unconstitutional. There was no declaration of war, just a namby-pamby, you-can-use-force-if-you-want-to resolution passed by those spineless mountebanks who inhabit Congress. It was illegal under international law, since Iraq had not attacked us or even threatened to attack us. Iraq was cooperating with the arms inspectors and telling the truth about the lack of weapons. That's why the U.N. Security Council refused to give the president the resolution he wanted as a cover for his war.
Most of all, though, it was flat stupid, as anybody who knows the Middle East could have told him. To use a favorite phrase of his father, when the prez ordered the invasion of Iraq, he stepped into deep doo-doo of the camel variety. I doubt if he knows how to get out of Iraq even if he wanted to, and I don't think he does. I think he intends to stay there indefinitely.
And if that's his intention, then he should tell the American people that their sons and daughters will continue to die or be maimed indefinitely. The Iraqis are a fierce people. No elf is going to sprinkle fairy dust on them and make them fall in love with us. Why should they? We destroyed their country and caused the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children just with the sanctions, not counting the thousands we've killed since then.
The Iraqis have many admirable traits, but I don't think forgiveness is one of them. Does the president remember what the Iraqi father told an American officer when the officer asked what compensation he would accept for his son, whom one of our soldiers had killed? He said, "Ten dead Americans."
And what has the president's blundering accomplished? He's converted an old enemy of Iran into a new ally of Iran. Did he hear the Iraqi prime minister when he said no attacks on Iran from Iraqi soil will be tolerated? Did the president hear him when he said Iran has a right to enrich uranium? The president has created gas lines in an oil-rich country. He's restarted inflation and the Cold War.
Perhaps we're the ones who should be tearing up. We have two more years of this guy, and he still believes that, except for a misspoke word now and then, he's done everything right. At least he's smart enough not to go hunting with Dick Cheney. That's our small consolation.
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So when do we get invaded to remove the rogue government that spies on its own people, gases its own people during anti War protests, stages "terrorist" attacks, holds crooked elections, attacks other nations without cause, and uses torture on innocent people looking for WMD that don't exist?

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