Forum on PATRIOT Acts — Tonight in Oakland, California

Our good friends at the Independent Institute are putting on a very important forum tonight in Oakland, California.

Terrorism expert James Bovard, Margaret Russell of the ACLU, and Georgetown University Professor of Law David Cole will explain the dangerous PATRIOT Acts.

Call 510-632-1366 for tickets ($10-15).

Iraqis Being Arrested for Making Anti-US Statements

US “Democracy” in Iraq:

Within the past month, I have seen more and more stories that mention Iraqis being arrested for making anti-US or pro-Saddam statements. Most of these news items have been buried in other stories or appear as captions on news photos.

Today’s UK Mirror has an article about US troops arresting and gagging an Iraqi man for “making anti-coalition statements.”

As US Looks to Dump Iraqi Council, US Guards Kill One of Its Leaders

Occupation Officials, angered and disappointed by their own hand-picked Iraqi Governing Council, let it be known that they are looking to dump the council.

Within hours of the release of this story, it was announced that US guards shot and killed the leader of the local Baghdad US-appointed Council, Muhammed Kaabi. American and Iraqi witnesses had differing versions of the shooting.

More stories are appearing about the US looking to dump the Council, but very few details have emerged so far about the shooting.

Feds Pull Selective Service Announcement from the Web

Within the past week, there has been a bunch of articles about the Pentagon’s announcement that they were trying to fill local draft boards.

Within the past 24 hours, the announcement has been pulled from the “Defend America” site run by the DOD. You can still view the Google cache of the page.

The removal follows strong denials from the White House regarding the selective service revival plans.