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October 9th, 2007

2 Iraqi women killed by convoy guards

By Sinan Salaheddin / Associated Press BAGHDAD - Guards in a security convoy opened fire on a car at an intersection in central Baghdad on Tuesday, killing two Iraqi Christian women, police said. The State Department said the convoy was not protecting U.S. diplomats, but an embassy spokeswoman said an ... continue reading

October 8th, 2007

Blackwater foes begin fight with their feet

Marchers oppose plan for Potrero By Anne Krueger / San Diego Union-Tribune EAST COUNTY – Wearing a bright green “Stop Blackwater” T-shirt, Rep. Bob Filner urged about 200 protesters yesterday to keep up their fight against Blackwater USA's plans to build a military and law enforcement training center in the ... continue reading

October 1st, 2007

Blackwater portrayed as out of control

By Richard Lardner / Associated Press WASHINGTON - Blackwater USA is an out-of-control outfit indifferent to Iraqi civilian casualties, according to a critical report released Monday by a key congressional committee. Among the most serious charges against the prominent security firm is that Blackwater contractors sought to cover up a ... continue reading

October 1st, 2007

Blackwater usually fired first in Iraq: lawmaker

By Sue Pleming / Reuters WASHINGTON - U.S. security contractor Blackwater has been involved in at least 195 shooting incidents in Iraq since 2005 and, in eight of 10 cases, their forces fired first, a leading U.S. lawmaker said on Monday. State Department contractor Blackwater, under investigation for the shooting ... continue reading

October 1st, 2007

Blackwater guards fired unprovoked: Iraq police evidence

WASHINGTON (AFP) — Iraqi investigators have evidence that US private guards fired unprovoked on Iraqis in a deadly Baghdad shoot-out, a magazine said Sunday, citing a police report countering claims that they shot in self-defense. A convoy of the Blackwater private security firm's vehicles "opened fire crazily and randomly, without ... continue reading

September 26th, 2007

Lawmaker says Rice interfered with Iraq inquiry

By Sue Pleming / Reuters WASHINGTON - A leading Democratic lawmaker on Tuesday accused Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice of interfering in congressional inquiries into corruption in Iraq's government and the activities of U.S. security firm Blackwater. Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman said State Department officials had told the Oversight and ... continue reading

September 20th, 2007

Blackwater Security Firm Embroiled In New Controversy

Iraq Revokes License, Company Claims Report 'Inaccurate' NBC San Diego SAN DIEGO -- Blackwater USA, the controversial security firm that has plans to build a training facility in San Diego County, has had its operating license revoked by the Iraqi government. Blackwater is hoping to build a military-type training center ... continue reading

April 26th, 2007

AP Interview: Romney says he's not the only one switching positions, rivals do it too

By Liz Sidoti / Associated Press Republican Mitt Romney on Thursday defended his series of shifts on issues, arguing that his top rivals for the GOP presidential nomination also have histories of switching positions. "I served as governor for four years and my record is consistent and clear," the former ... continue reading

April 13th, 2007

Protest grows over training camp

BLACKWATER USA SEEKS RURAL SITE FOR PROJECT By Tony Perry / Los Angeles Times POTRERO, CALIF. — With its isolation and rustic ambience, this sparsely populated hamlet in eastern San Diego County offers the privacy and quiet its residents crave. "It's perfect: nobody here but us rural souls," Will Lee ... continue reading

March 25th, 2007

2 bombs kill 5 U.S. soliders in Iraq

By Kim Gamel / Associated Press BAGHDAD - Roadside bombs killed five U.S. soldiers in Iraq Sunday, including four in a single strike in a volatile province northeast of the capital, the military said. In Baghdad, gunmen on rooftops opened fire on Iraqi soldiers, prompting fierce fighting in the narrow ... continue reading

March 21st, 2007

'White Hot Rage' Cindy Sheehan

I have long suspected that Blackwater Security and L. Paul Bremer (what’s his nickname? Scooter? Pookie?) were responsible for the insurgency in Iraq and subsequently the death of my son, Casey. I am reading Jeremy Scahill’s new book: Blackwater and it is doing nothing to decrease my suspicions, only confirm ... continue reading

March 21st, 2007

'Mission Tragically Accomplished' Cindy Sheehan

When pilot-boy, George landed on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, which was moored a few miles from San Diego on May 1st, 2003, he declared an “end” to major combat in Iraq. Imagine, even after all of the havoc already wreaked in Iraq, how relieved that I, a ... continue reading

February 24th, 2007

Nearly 800 contractors killed in Iraq

By Michelle Roberts / Associated Press In a largely invisible cost of the war in Iraq, nearly 800 civilians working under contract to the Pentagon have been killed and more than 3,300 hurt doing jobs normally handled by the U.S. military, according to figures gathered by The Associated Press. Exactly ... continue reading

February 15th, 2007

'Money Trumps Peace...Sometimes' Cindy Sheehan

It is always painful to watch George stumble his way through press conferences. He can't get through a sentence without at least two-three "uhs," his eye lids flutter up and down in what my daughter, Carly, calls the "liar's blink" and just because it is painful that a human like ... continue reading

February 3rd, 2007

Another U.S. helicopter lost in Iraq

By Bassem Mroue / Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq - A U.S. Army helicopter crashed Friday in a hail of gunfire north of Baghdad, police and witnesses said — the fourth lost in Iraq in the last two weeks. The U.S. command said two crew members were killed, and the top ... continue reading

January 30th, 2007

3 helicopters lost in Iraq since Jan. 20

By Robert H. Reid / Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq - Three helicopters have been lost in Iraq in the past 10 days, including one over the weekend. While insurgents and militias have plenty of weapons capable of shooting down helicopters, the U.S. has developed tactics to minimize the risk, and ... continue reading

January 23rd, 2007

Helicopter Down in Baghdad; 5 Killed

Helicopter of U.S. Security Company Goes Down in Baghdad; 5 Civilians Killed By Kim Gamel / Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq - A helicopter owned by the private security firm Blackwater USA crashed Tuesday in central Baghdad, killing five civilians on board, U.S. military officials said. A senior Iraqi defense official ... continue reading

December 5th, 2006

Census counts 100,000 contractors in Iraq

Number is 10 times that in first Gulf War, far more than previous estimate By Renae Merle / Washington Post There are about 100,000 government contractors operating in Iraq, not counting subcontractors, a total that is approaching the size of the U.S. military force there, according to the military's first ... continue reading

November 4th, 2006

Contractors Rarely Held Responsible for Misdeeds in Iraq

By Griff Witte / Washington Post The list of alleged contractor misdeeds in Iraq has grown long in the past 3 1/2 years. Yet when it comes to holding companies accountable, the charges seldom stick. Critics say that because of legal loopholes, flaws in the contracting process, a lack of ... continue reading

October 10th, 2006

In Iraq, contractor deaths near 650, legal fog thickens

By Bernd Debusmann / Reuters WASHINGTON - The war in Iraq has killed at least 647 civilian contractors to date, according to official figures that provide a stark reminder of the huge role of civilians in supporting the U.S. military. The contractor death toll is tracked by the U.S. Department ... continue reading

October 2nd, 2006

9/11 Panel Members Werenâ??t Told of Meeting

By Philip Shenon / New York Times WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 — Members of the Sept. 11 commission said today that they were alarmed that they were told nothing about a White House meeting in July 2001 at which George J. Tenet, then the director of central intelligence, is reported to ... continue reading

September 10th, 2006

Treason, and Nothing Less

On Sunday, September 17, Camp Democracy will be holding impeachment teaching all day on the mall in Washington D.C. By Dan DeWalt, author of the Newfane, Vermont impeachment resolution / Impeach the President George W. Bush is a liar. By his lies that convinced the nation to go to war ... continue reading

August 12th, 2006

Mercenary Jackpot

By Jeremy Scahill / The Nation While the Bush Administration calls for the immediate disbanding of what it has labeled "private" and "illegal" militias in Lebanon and Iraq, it is pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into its own global private mercenary army tasked with protecting US officials and institutions ... continue reading

July 11th, 2006

"Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be Soldiers"

By Cindy Sheehan As of today, the War Department lists 2544 as the number of unjustly murdered troops in Iraq. Dozens of innocent Iraqis are being killed due to the war crime every day. Over 80 Iraqis were killed in Baghdad alone on July 9th: dozens of people just in ... continue reading

April 1st, 2006

Mothers become close after sons die in Iraq

On the 2nd anniversary of the fatal ambush, the women raise awareness about civilian deaths By Stephen Hudak / Orlando Sentinel Strangers two years ago, the mothers are as close as sisters now. Katy Helvenston-Wettengel of Leesburg and Donna Zovko of Cleveland found each other after each lost a son ... continue reading

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Apr 17th
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Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

Apr 17th
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Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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Apr 3rd
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Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Mar 23rd
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Mar 21st
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Mar 21st
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Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Mar 17th
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Mar 14th
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Mar 14th
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Mar 13th
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Mar 12th
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