Voice in the Wilderness

The news about the "war on terror" your local newspaper won't print.

Friday, February 04, 2005

A little bit of this . . . a little bit of that . . .

Every so often, the news just speaks for itself . . .

  • Some in Fargo find they're not wanted at president's speech The list of people barred from being admitted to President Bush's speech Tuesday includes critics of Bush or the war in Iraq. It includes two high school students, a librarian, a deputy Democratic campaign manager and a number of university professors.

  • Rumsfeld fears war crimes charges in Germany U.S. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld conceded yesterday that fears he could be charged as a war criminal may keep him from a conference in Germany set for next week. A lawsuit filed by the New York-based Centre for Constitutional Rights with German prosecutors accuses Rumsfeld and other senior U.S. officials with war crimes for their part in the Abu Ghraib prison torture scandal.

  • Anger as American troops kill four inmates American troops killed four detainees and injured six others Wednesday to quell a riot at a prison in British-controlled southern Iraq. The deaths, on the day the elections were held, drew an angry response from the Iraqi interim government which called for the troops to be put on trial if they were found to have used excessive force.

  • Documents: U.S. condoned Iraq oil smuggling The oil trade with countries such as Turkey and Jordan appear to have been an open secret inside the U.S. government and the United Nations for years.

  • Four out of 10 desert new security force when under fire The desertions are not evenly distributed around the country, with forces in the British-controlled south and Kurdish north performing well. But crucially, where the insurgency is strongest in the Sunni heartlands, Iraqi security forces have failed to stand firm.


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