Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Wednesday: News from Here and There
Same-sex Marriage * Tom DeLay's Wife * Secret Prisons *Iraq
- The 49 to 48 vote basically ensures the measure won't get anywhere in the full Congress, thwarting President Bush and the mostly Republican senators who argued that the Constitution must be amended to prevent judges from striking down existing state bans on gay marriage.
- Buckham's financial ties to DeLay's family -- and the retirement account in particular -- have recently attracted the interest of FBI agents and others in the federal task force probing public corruption by lawmakers and lobbyists, according to a source who was questioned in the course of the government's investigation.
Secret Prisons, What Secret Prisons?
- In addition, Dick Marty, a Swiss investigator working on behalf of the Council of Europe, the continent's official human-rights organization, said at least seven European nations colluded with the CIA to abduct and secretly detain terrorism suspects, including several who were ultimately cleared of wrongdoing. He said those countries should be held accountable under European human-rights laws.
- Sweden, Italy, Britain, Turkey, Germany, Bosnia and Macedonia "could be held responsible for violations of the rights of specific individuals" who were handed over to the CIA or captured by U.S. operatives in those countries, Marty said in a report released Wednesday in Paris.
The Free, Democratized Iraq of G.W. Bush
The BBC reports "Violent Baghdad deaths top 6,000" The number is for this year (2006) and just for Baghdad...not all of Iraq.
MORTUARY'S MONTHLY TOLL
Is this the Iraq President Bush talks about? There is a disconnect somewhere. Comments of an Iraqi woman blogger in Baghdad Burning.