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Poll: USA losing patience on Iraq Nearly six in 10 Americans say the United States should withdraw some or all of its troops from Iraq, a new Gallup Poll finds, the most downbeat view of the war since it began in 2003.
The poll is consistent with other recent surveys that show growing concern about the war. In an ABC News-Washington Post poll last week, two-thirds said the U.S. military was bogged down in Iraq, and nearly three-quarters called the casualty level unacceptable.

 

Washington Post reporter on my program 12:38pm today
Post-9/11 terrorist convictions are few
Bush said that "federal terrorism investigations have resulted in charges against more than 400 suspects, and more than half of those charged have been convicted."
Those statistics have been used repeatedly by Bush and other administration officials, including Gonzales and his predecessor, John D. Ashcroft, to characterize the government's efforts against terrorism.
But the numbers are misleading at best.
Ten-Foot Poll on Terrorists---RESULT
posted 12p Sun 6/12 - 12p Mon 6/13/2005
Is President Bush telling the truth about the number of terrorists caught, or is he cooking the books?
Whole truth and nothing but
49
13%
Maybe fudging a bit, but not cooking
117
31%
Cooking the books bigtime
206
55%
Total votes 372
 
 
The terrorism case that wasn't -- and still is
Soon after Sept. 11, 2001, the FBI learned that 18 Middle Eastern men had obtained licenses in Pennsylvania to haul hazardous materials across the nation's roadways.
Deeply concerned about another terrorist attack, prosecutors filed fraud charges against the men on Sept. 24, 2001. The next day, then-Attorney General John D. Ashcroft appeared before Congress. Invoking the threat of attacks with poisons from crop-dusting aircraft or other hazardous materials, he said some of the defendants "may have links to the hijackers."
Within two days, the FBI was backing off that allegation. Two months later, prosecutors in Pittsburgh, where the men -- mostly Iraqis -- were convicted, said they had no apparent terrorist ties. The U.S. attorney's office later learned that the men never intended to buy the hazardous-materials permits.
Robert Cindrich, a former U.S. district judge who heard the case, said that he would "not continue to characterize this as a successful prosecution of a terrorism case, because it was not."
Yet the case still makes up the largest single portion of the government's list of terrorism prosecutions.

 

 

 

Walter Pincus. Washington Post Who is Walter Pincus?
Memo: U.S. lacked full postwar Iraq plan
Advisers to Blair Predicted Instability

A briefing paper prepared for British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top advisers eight months before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq concluded that the U.S. military was not preparing adequately for what the British memo predicted would be a "protracted and costly" postwar occupation of that country.
The eight-page memo, written in advance of a July 23, 2002, Downing Street meeting on Iraq, provides new insights into how senior British officials saw a Bush administration decision to go to war as inevitable, and realized more clearly than their American counterparts the potential for the post-invasion instability that continues to plague Iraq.


 

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All city cops taken off Nuevo Laredo patrols Nuevo Laredo's new police chief was buried Saturday after being cut down by a hail of bullets earlier in the week, just hours after taking office.

 

Houston red-light cameras a go "I don't want this to be another parking meter thing — all about money," said Councilwoman Addie Wiseman, one of two council members who opposed the measure.

 

GOP congressman wants troops out of Iraq A Republican congressman who voted for the Iraq war said Sunday that "we've done about as much as we can do" in the country and that the reason for invading Iraq has proven false.

American trainers say Iraq's army may not be ready for "years"

Fewer applying to US military academies Across the nation this year, the number of high school seniors hearing the call to service is down; applications to join the Long Gray Line dropped 9 percent. And that was the least-discouraging news for the nation’s top three service academies.

 

Study finds "10 mph over" speeding tolerated Authorities patrolling U.S. highways tend to give motorists a cushion of up to 10 miles per hour above the speed limit before pulling them over

 

Expects to lose Austin 10 Commandments lawsuit Thomas Van Orden suspects the decision on his case will be handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court today and that he will lose. But for a man who wrote his legal notes on the back of paper recovered from wastebaskets, he considers his litigation to remove the Capitol grounds' Ten Commandments a success.

 

Grisly effect of one drug: Meth Mouth

 

Texas tribe's prosperous era undone by politics How the Tiguas got their casino, lost it and have tried to get it back is a complex tale of gambling and politics involving newcomers to the political arena with money to burn and Washington lobbyists seeking profit.

 

School project on dangers of BB guns ruled too dangerous Two middle school students who spent months working on a science project to prove how dangerous BB guns can be were disqualified from the state middle school science fair - because BB guns are too dangerous.

 

Police can't nab 155 mph motorcyclist Only thing captured is video of unofficial German record

 

Russian nude ballet sparks anger in Australia

 

Meth mom gives kids, 6 and 12, $5 to move out The kids were dragging suitcases, shopping bags and garbage bags full of clothing. They were about a quarter of a mile from their home, scared, crying and hungry.

 

Teen kills dad over Sno-Ball snack

 

 

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