Friday, February 02, 2007

news on the march

clinton sucks up to aipac with talk of iran war
clinton sucks up to aipac with talk of iran warfrom raw story: At a speech Friday to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Friday, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) said "no option can be taken off the table" when dealing with Iran... Clinton tempered her remarks by saying she's advocated engagement with "our enemies and Israel's enemies"... AIPAC is widely believed to the most powerful lobbying group in Washington and routinely sees major politicians from both sides of the aisle -- also in attendance Friday was... Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

wash times: possible israeli strike plans for iran
washington times: possible israeli strike plans for iranfrom raw story: A newspaper column in Friday's Washington Times suggests possible plans for an Israeli strike on Iran. The unidentified "military source" [said] that Israeli officials are discussing the "how and when" of a possible pre-emptive strike on Iranian nuclear infrastructure.

muslim chief slams 'police state' britain
muslim chief slams 'police state' britain, like nazi germanyfrom afp: A Muslim leader has warned that Britain is moving towards a "police state," comparing the situation to Nazi Germany after the anti-terror raids in the city of Birmingham this week... "The country is moving toward a police state. That's not right. We have to change this," he said inside the mosque, where some 2,000 Muslims gathered for weekly Friday prayers.
update: Tony Blair has rejected claims that the UK is a "police state for Muslims" as "categorically wrong".

army officer court-martial tests free speech
army officer court-martial tests free speechfrom reuters: A U.S. Army officer, whose public refusal to go fight in Iraq made him a champion of the anti-war movement, faces a court-martial next week when a military panel could determine the limits of free-speech rights for officers.

First Lt. Ehren Watada faces up to four years in prison if convicted on a charge of missing movements and two charges of conduct unbecoming an officer when his court-martial starts on Monday at Fort Lewis, an Army base near Seattle.

update: A US military judge has declared a mistrial in the court martial of an officer who refused to fight in Iraq.

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