Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Big Dan's Big News July 8, 2008

It was the second time in days the force faced charges of high civilian casualties in strikes on militants with Afghan officials saying more than a dozen died in Nuristan province Friday, a claim also rejected by the coalition.

Deh Bala governor (bd: so the governor is lying??? and that news clip above is fake???) Hamisha Gul said 22 people were killed Sunday and several more wounded when the air strikes hit people gathered for a wedding.

"I confirm that 22 people, three of them men and 19 of them women and children, were killed," he told AFP. Gul said his information came from police and other officials he had dispatched to the area to investigate.

About 70 people, mostly women, were escorting a bride to meet her groom in traditional Afghan fashion, said a man from the area who gave his name only as Kerate.

"We were bombed. I couldn't figure out what had happened and I went unconscious. When I woke up, I saw lots of people killed and injured," he told AFP at the hospital in Jalalabad, the provincial capital.

"After the bombing, I saw several people wounded and killed," said another man, who gave his name as Awrang.

"I picked up some of the wounded and brought them here. I learnt later that my wife, my daughter and my sisters were killed."

Claims of more Afghans killed in US-led strikes

At least 20 people have been killed in a missile strike by coalition forces in Afghan's eastern Nangarhar province. Local people say that the group was a wedding party and that most of the dead were women and children.

Afghanistan says U.S. airstrike hit wedding party. KABUL: Officials said fighter aircraft battling militants accidentally killed up to 27 Afghans walking to a wedding ceremony in eastern Afghanistan early Sunday, the second military attack in three days with reports of civilian deaths. The U.S. military blamed the claims on militant propaganda and said its missiles only struck insurgents.

This was an "accident", too! (wink wink)

US attack on Baghdad media hotel no accident. The International Federation of Journalists said a former US army sergeant had reported seeing secret US documents that listed the hotel as a possible target, a statement which it said "exposed as a cover-up" the US position that the shelling was an accident. (5/19)

bd: Just like the rounding up of Japanese Americans during WWII!!! You thought that was just a far-off black mark in your history book! Not under the Bush administration!

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department is considering letting the FBI investigate Americans without any evidence of wrongdoing, relying instead on a terrorist profile that could single out Muslims, Arabs or other racial and ethnic groups.

Natalie Parker, 6, hold hers sister Savannah Riley, 9 months, outside their FEMA trailer May 31, 2008 in Buras, Louisiana. Parker's mother says she has developed asthma and other health issues since they moved into the trailer two years ago after their home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Doctors fear tens of thousands of children were exposed to dangerous levels of the cancer-causing agent formaldehyde in the post-Katrina FEMA trailers and could have lifelong illnesses. FEMA federal trailers that house many Hurricane Katrina victims were officially set to close May 31, prompting fears that people would be forced into residences they can't afford or will be left homeless. FEMA says they won't force out those that remain in the trailers today but hopes to have everyone out soon.

Lifelong illnesses feared for children in Katrina trailers. Tens of thousands of youngsters may face lifelong health problems because the temporary housing supplied by the Federal Emergency Management Agency contained formaldehyde fumes up to five times the safe level. (5/28)

Google Ordered to Hand Over YouTube User Info

A federal judge has ordered Google to turn over information about every user who has ever watched a video on YouTube. The ruling came as part of a lawsuit brought by Viacom over the posting of copyrighted material on YouTube. Google is resisting the request, saying it would allow Viacom to “likely be able to determine the viewing and video uploading habits of YouTube’s users.” The Electronic Frontier Foundation called the judgment “a set-back to privacy rights.”

Judge Orders YouTube to Give All User Histories to Viacom

Leaders of the Colombian FARC rebel movement were paid millions of dollars to free Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other hostages, Swiss radio said on Friday. The 15 hostages released on Wednesday by the Colombian army 'were in reality ransomed for a high price, and the whole operation afterwards was a set-up,' the radio's French-language channel said.


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• Mothers in the United States are only half as likely as non-mothers to be hired for the same job and the average college graduate who becomes a mother will sacrifice a million dollars over her lifetime?

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