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WORLD MEDIA WATCH FOR OCTOBER 2, 2006

1//Inter Press Service News Agency, Italy--TALIBAN BACK IN BUSINESS IN BORDER AREAS (President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's controversial peace deal with Pakistan-based Taliban has already resulted in a new assertiveness by the 'Islamic Scholars' in the Waziristan agency which borders Afghanistan. On Thursday, an Afghan national identified as Malang Khan was shot dead by Taliban vigilantes for allegedly spying for the United States army. "Malang had been spying on the Taliban in the North and South Waziristan agencies for Americans. A satellite phone set has also been recovered from him," said a note pinned to his body. Khan's bullet-riddled body was discovered in Khadi village on the road that leads to Mirali town from Miramshah, capital of North Waziristan agency. The note warned that all spies would meet the same fate. ... . The Taliban are now showing every intention of taking over administrative control of the Pashtun-dominated semi-autonomous North and South Waziristan. One pamphlet distributed on Wednesday said: "There is complete lawlessness in the area and crimes have increased. So after the peace accord, Taliban has set up an office to serve residents of the area and restore peace." The office, complete with telephone facilities, has been set up within the premises of the main bus stand in Miramshah. And the local Taliban Shura [council] has constituted a committee to jointly run the office. That the Taliban have the blessing of the Pakistan government has become clear with military authorities returning automatic rifles and other material seized from a madrassa [seminary] run by the Afghan Jehadi commander Maulvi Jalaluddin Haqani here on Wednesday morning.)

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
by Shirley Smith

The Republican Party knew about Foley, they just couldn't wipe his reputation clean in the same way they wiped Bush's AWOL military records clean (and who knows what else has been cleaned up by Poppy Bush and his friends).

A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL

According to Bob Woodward’s (personal and professional turnaround) blockbuster, "State of Denial," Bush has declared about Iraq: "I will not withdraw even if Laura and Barney are the only ones supporting me."

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Brent Budowsky

The full House Page Board should have been immediately and fully notified that a senior Republican was involved in a scandal that might endanger the safety of Congressional pages. The Page Board should then have immediately and fully opened an investigation to protect the safety of all pages and sent to the Justice Department and FBI any evidence of criminal conduct.

They did not, and whoever was responsible must go. Congress must be reconvened, sworn testimony must be taken from the entire Republican leadership, that testimony must be publicly released, and major new resignations will be necessary.

Sunday, 01 October 2006 13:18

Steven Jonas: The US Enabling Act

by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

It was an event little noted by persons other than those of us who are devoted to the American Dream of Constitutional Democracy. But it will be long remembered by the whole world, if there is a future history to record it. On Sept. 29, 2006, the Congress of the United States passed what can be termed "The US Enabling Act." It is the equivalent of the Act by the same name passed by the German Reichstag on March 23, 1933. The latter gave the German Chancellor, Adolf Hitler, the power to over-ride the protections for freedom and liberty written into the German (Weimar) Constitution of the time, if he determined that so doing was necessary to protect the nation from terrorism and "actions endangering the state." It was under that Act, of course, that Hitler established his dictatorship.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Elliot D. Cohen, Ph. D.

George W. Bush has repeatedly warned, "Either you're with us or you stand with the terrorists." Now he has gotten through legislation that allows him to back it up. On Thursday, September 28, 2006, in a hastily drawn decision that will likely live in infamy, the Senate nodded assent to the Military Commissions Act (PDF).

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Brent Budowsky

How can one explain that a senior Republican Congressman is only now forced to resign over a major scandal involving apparent sexual overtures to pages that were reported to Republican Congressional Leaders almost a year ago?

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Brent Budowsky

George W. Bush has now made one of the most appalling speeches in presidential history, comparing himself to Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman and making charges against his opponents that should not be dignified by repeating.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

As you might have suspected, members of Congress have long had access to the classified National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), which includes a consensus of 16 intelligence agencies that the war in Iraq is actually increasing terrorism. In an interview, Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH) revealed that he knew of the report months ago, but simply did not care enough to read the full document until Bush released a doctored summery of it earlier this week:

Friday, 29 September 2006 07:51

BuzzFlash Mailbag for September 29, 2006

BUZZFLASH MAILBAG

Subject: Where Will It End?

The Supreme Court nullified Bush's initial system for torture of detainees (POWs) in June.

It was against the laws of the Geneva Convention as well as the laws of the land. Nevertheless, Bush, Cheney, Frist, and Hastert, (whom all avoiding Vietnam) got it passed.

By the Congress. Where will the violation of moral values and freedoms end? Are we combat veterans, along with other free loving Americans be next, by laws not yet written, to be.

Classified as traitors because we are against torture and what we see as an illegal war?

Respectfully,

Colonel Colin J. N. Chauret, USAF Retired Fighter Pilot Active Duty, 31 Years, WWII, Korea & Vietnam

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