Officer Alleges CIA Retaliation (washingtonpost.com): "A senior CIA operative who handled sensitive informants in Iraq asserts that CIA managers asked him to falsify his reporting on weapons of mass destruction and retaliated against him after he refused. The operative, who remains under cover, asserts in a lawsuit made public yesterday that a co-worker warned him... Continue Reading →

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Newsday.com - Opinion: "The Pentagon report describes U.S. public diplomacy as being in crisis and urges the creation of a strategic communications apparatus within the White House. It says that improving public relations is not enough. 'Muslims do not hate our freedom, but rather they hate our policies,' it concludes. The board recommends that Washington... Continue Reading →

TomDispatch - Tomgram: Dilip Hiro on the geopolitics of the Iranian bomb: "Therein is the rejoinder to those in the United States who argue that, given Iran's enormous oil and gas resources, its government does not need nuclear power plants. Oil and natural gas deposits, being finite, will not last forever whereas a nuclear fuel... Continue Reading →

Falwell guest-hosted Crossfire ; said Iraq war ... [Media Matters for America]: "Reverend Jerry Falwell was a guest host on the December 2 edition of CNN's Crossfire. During the program, Falwell interviewed Patricia Ireland, former president of the National Organization of Women (NOW), which Falwell recently called 'the National Order of Witches.' Earlier in the... Continue Reading →

ZNet |Iraq | Firebombing Falluja: "The US has already admitted that it used napalm during the siege of Baghdad. The truth was reluctantly confirmed by the Pentagon after news reports corroborated the evidence. The military has tried to conceal the truth by saying that there is a distinction between its new weapon and ?traditional napalm?.... Continue Reading →

: "Haj Mahmoud says that they did not leave the city because they thought that the fighting would be confined to the outskirts, as it was last April. They did not expect the whole city to be shelled and destroyed. The Americans, he assures me, want to punish the city for not welcoming them. Zarqawi... Continue Reading →

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