2005: A Year in Review
Friday 30 December 2005
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Presented by Fintan Dunne
- Relief Pours into Asia (Jan. 2): Helicopters based on American aircraft carriers off the Indonesian coast begin
dropping tons of supplies to survivors of the tsunami that devastated
11 Asian nations. Number of victims in the disaster reaches more
than 225,000. Indonesia hit the hardest by far, with about 150,000
victims. President Bush calls on George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton
to lead a nationwide charity campaign to raise funds for victims
of the tsunami.
Certified After Objection Delay (Jan. 6): A joint
session of Congress finalized certification of President Bush's
286 Electoral College votes to Democrat John Kerry's 251, amid allegations
of vote-rigging. The certification was delayed for hours after Sen.
Barbara Boxer and Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones stopped the formal
declaration of Bush's second term to protest voting irregularities.
No wonder. From the 7:30 p.m. exit poll to the final numbers, Bush
gained 6% --reversing a 51-48 Kerry lead into a Bush 51-48 lead.
- Abbas Wins Election in a Landslide (Jan. 9): Mahmoud Abbas, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, takes 62.3%
of the vote in race for president of the Palestinian Authority.
Abbas succeeds Yasir Arafat, who "died" in Nov. 2004.
- Bush Nominates Homeland Security Secretary (Jan. 11): If confirmed, Michael Chertoff, federal appeals judge and former prosecutor,
will succeed Tom Ridge.
- U.S. Ends Search for Weapons (Jan. 12): The White House announces that the search for weapons of mass destruction in
Iraq, one of the main justifications for the war, is over and that
no such weapons were found.
- Abu Ghraib Abuser Convicted (Jan. 13): U.S. Army reservist Charles Graner found guilty by a military jury of abusing
prisoners at the Abu Ghraib. Gets 10 years.
- European Spacecraft Lands on Saturn Moon (Jan. 14): Photos of Titan sent back to Earth by craft Huygens reveal rocky surface and lakes of what astronomers think are frozen gases.
Troops Kill Parents in Front of Children (Jan 17): Tal Afar:
Spattered with blood & screaming in terror, a young Iraqi girl sits
in the street after her parents were shot dead in the family car
by US Striker troops.
Putin versus the Grey Revolution (Jan 20): President Vladimir
Putin, seeking to assuage rising public anger, has promised a moderate
increase in pensions after nearly two weeks of revolt by pensioners
and others affected by benefits cuts.
- Cancer Top Killer in U.S. (Jan. 19): Replaces heart disease as No. 1 cause of death for people ages 85 and under.
Number of deaths from both, however, have fallen.
- Iraqi Violence Intensifies as Election Nears (Jan. 19): Five
car bombs explode in Baghdad and kill 26 people, including several
Iraqi security troops. (Jan. 30): Rocket attack on the American Embassy in Baghdad kills two Americans. (Jan. 30): About 8.5 million Iraqis, 57% of the population, turn out to vote.
Firms Report Flaws Threw Off Exit Polls (Jan. 19): The exit
polls of voters on Election Day so overstated Sen. John Kerry's
support that, going back to 1988, they rank as the most inaccurate
in a presidential election, the firms that did the work concede.
One reason the surveys were skewed, they say, was because Kerry's
supporters were more willing to participate than Bush's. Also, the
people they hired to quiz voters were on average too young and too
inexperienced and needed more training. BreakForNews wryly reported
some Exit Poll myths: [1.] The earlier exit poll oversampled
women. Wrong. The 7:30 p.m. exit poll had 54% women and 46% men.
The final exit poll data had 54% women and 46% men. [2.]
The earlier exit poll oversampled minorities. Wrong. The 7:30 p.m.
poll had 11% blacks and 9% hispanics. The final poll data had 11%
blacks and 8% hispanics. [3.] The earlier poll oversampled
democrats. Wrong. The 7:30 p.m. poll had 38% democrats. The final
exit poll had.. 37%. democrats. [4.] The earlier poll undersampled
rural voters. Wrong. The 7:30 p.m. poll had 16% rural voters. The
final exit poll had.. 16% rural voters.
- President Bush Begins Second Term (Jan. 20): George W. Bush is officially sworn in by Supreme Court chief justice William
- New Ukrainian President Sworn In (Jan. 23): Viktor Yushchenko, who defeated Viktor Yanukovich in third round of controversial
election, takes oath of office in Kiev.
- Dozens of Marines Die in Copter Crash (Jan. 26): On the deadliest day in Iraq in nearly two years, 31 U.S. soldiers are killed
when their helicopter goes down. BreakForNews.com reports witnesses
said the helicopter appeared to have been hit by a surface-to-air
missile and exploded on hitting the ground.
- Senate Confirms Rice (Jan. 26): Senate votes, 85–13, to confirm Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state.
She's the first black woman to hold the position.
- GannonGate Begins (Jan 26th): In perfect time to
distract leftwingers from the failing bid to chalenge the 2004 Presidential
Election theft. President Bush surprised reporters by giving a news
conference. Toward the end of the session, Bush--for the first time
ever in his presidency--pointed to Gannon. "Senate Democratic leaders
have painted a very bleak picture of the U.S. economy," Gannon began.
"Harry Reid was talking about soup lines and Hillary Clinton was
talking about the economy being on the verge of collapse. Yet, in
the same breath, they say that Social Security is rock-solid and
there's no crisis there. You've said you're going to reach out to
these people. How are you going to work with people who seem to
have divorced themselves from reality?" The question was undeniably
loaded, and media watchdogs on the left were outraged. By the afternoon,
Media Matters for America, a website run by David Brock posted an
article asking, "Is Talon a news organization or an arm of the Republican
Party?" That was just the beginning. Blogger Atrios, whose actual
name is Duncan Black and who is a senior fellow at Media Matters,
published a brief note saying, "According to sources, Jeff Gannon's
real name is not, in fact, Jeff Gannon." (Jan 31): A DailyKos
poster reported that Gannon's website, JeffGannon.com, was registered
by the same entity that had also registered dozens of other websites,
among them "hotmilitarystud.com" and "militaryescorts.com," which
were both apparently offering gay-escort services. (April 17):
BreakForNews report says the affair is a mutedly salacious gay
version of MonicaGate. The 'discovery' of Gannon was way too easy,
we said. And if GannonGate was a real embarassment, Jeff would be
quietly tending sheep in Mongolia -not waving his dick around at
the National Press Club.
Despite the involvement of John Conyers and claims the affair would
lead to the downfall of Karl Rove, it predictably fizzled out amid
sensational allegations that Guckert was Johnny Gosh -a youth who
had disappeared years earlier.
- Prime Minister of Georgia Dies (Feb. 3): Zurab Zhvania, reformist politician, accidentally killed by carbon monoxide
- Senate Confirms New Attorney General (Feb. 3): In a tighter vote than anticipated, Senate approves, 60–36, Alberto Gonzales,
former counsel to President Bush, as the country's first Hispanic
- Bush Releases Budget Proposal (Feb. 7): The plan, which would cost $2.57 trillion and aims to reduce budget deficit,
would increase spending on national security and the military and
reduce allocations to education, health care, agriculture, human
services, and transportation.
- Abbas and Sharon Declare a Truce (Feb. 8): In the highest-level summit in four years, Palestinian president and Israeli
prime minister agree to end acts of violence against each other.
- Sept. 11 Report Critical of FAA (Feb. 9): Previously released report, which was kept classified, indicates that the Federal
Aviation Administration had received warnings before the Sept. 11,
2001, terrorist attacks about plans by al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden
to hijack airplanes and conduct suicide bombings.
- Senate Approves Limit on Class-Action Suits (Feb. 10): Votes, 72–26, in favor of measure that limits states from trying many
types of class-action suits.
- Bush Requests Additional Funds (Feb. 14): Asks Congress for $81.9 billion for current-year expenses, including operations
in Iraq and Afghanistan, tsunami aid, and new benefits for families
of troops killed in combat.
- Missile Defense System Fails Again (Feb. 14): The latest test of the strategic missile defense system, or National Missile
Defense (NMD), fails when the intercepting rocket does not fire
due to a software malfunction.
- Former Prime Minister of Lebanon Killed (Feb. 14): Rafik Hariri and 11 others die when a car bomb explodes near his motorcade in
- Kyoto Protocol Goes into Effect (Feb. 16): The international environmental treaty requires 35 industrialized nations to
reduce heat-trapping gases such as carbon dioxide. Developing nations
have promised to try to limit their emissions of such gases. The
United States refuses to sign the treaty.
- Bush Nominates Intelligence Chief (Feb. 17): Selects John Negroponte, ambassador to Iraq, as the first director of national
- Panel Advises FDA on Painkillers (Feb. 18): Experts vote to tell the Food and Drug Administration to allow Celebrex, Bextra,
and Vioxx to stay on the market.
- British Soldiers Convicted in Iraqi Prisoner Abuse (Feb. 23): In Britain's Abu Ghraib scandal, two soldiers are found guilty by a military
jury of abusing prisoners. Abuse occurred in May 2003 near the southern
Iraqi city of Basra.
- Syria Promises Withdrawal from Lebanon (Feb. 24): Faced with strong international pressure, Syria announces that it will withdraw
the 15,000 troops it has stationed in Lebanon.
- Bomb Kills Dozens in Iraq (Feb. 28): In the deadliest attack by insurgents, suicide bomber blows up a car in Hilla,
killing about 115 people who were seeking employment with the Iraqi
- Federal Judge Rules Against Bush (Feb. 28): Henry F. Floyd says President Bush has overstepped his authority by detaining
Jose Padilla for almost three years as an enemy combatant without
charging him with a crime.
- Federal Judge's Family Members Killed (Feb. 28): Husband and mother of Joan Humphrey Lefkow shot in her Chicago home.
- Leftist Government Assumes Power in Uruguay (March 1): Tabaré Vázquez, a Socialist, sworn in. The first time in the country's
history the left is in control.
- Members of Iraqi Tribunal Assassinated (March 1): A judge and his son, a lawyer, who were both part of a special tribunal that
will try Saddam Hussein, are shot and killed in Baghdad.
- Greenspan Urges Action on Deficit (March 2): Urges Congress to work toward reining in budget deficit, saying it is "unsustainable."
- Indonesian Cleric Acquitted (March 3): Court finds Abu Bakar Bashir not guilty of terrorism charges in the bombings
of Jakarta's Marriott Hotel in 2003 and a Bali nightclub in 2002.
- Syria Announces Pullback from Lebanon (March 5): President Bashar al-Assad announces Syrian troops would eventually be moved
to Syrian territory.
- U.S. Troops Shoot Italian Journalist (March 5): Soldiers shoot at car carrying Giuliana Sgrena, who had been held hostage by
Iraqi insurgents and just released from captivity. Sgrena is wounded
and an Italian intelligence agent is killed. (March. 9):
By combining photo evidence and eyewitness accounts of the Baghdad
BreakForNews.com investigation draws a compelling picture of a precision
ambush. Our report is widely read.
- Bolivian President Resigns (March 7): Amid protests over a tax on foreign oil and gas companies that opponents feel
isn't sufficient, Carlos Mesa tells Congress he will step down.
(March 8): Congress rejects Mesa's offer to resign and gives him a vote of confidence.
- Bush Nominates UN Ambassador (March 7): Selects John Bolton, state department official and critic of the United Nations,
as the American envoy.
- Chechnyan Separatist Leader Killed (March 8): Russian troops kill Aslan Maskhadov in a raid in a village near Grozny.
- Suicide Victim Admits to Killing Judge's Family (March 10): In a suicide note, troubled electrician Bart Ross admits to killing Joan Humphrey
Lefkow's mother and husband in February.
- Hamas to Participate in Elections (March 12): Islamic militant group says it will run candidates in July's elections for the
Palestinian legislature. Move ends a 10-year boycott of elections.
- Fraud Alleged in Kyrgyzstan Elections (March 13): The opposition and international monitors declare the elections, which hand
victory to parties that support President Askar Akayev, seriously
flawed. (March 24): Akayev flees to Russia. Parliament elects opposition leader Ishenbai Kadyrbekov
as interim president and prime minister.
- WorldCom Chief Found Guilty (March 15): Bernard Ebbers convicted of securities fraud, conspiracy, and seven counts of
filing false reports. Fraud cost $11 billion.
- Obesity Shortens Life Expectancy of Children (March 16): Report in the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that if childhood obesity continues, the current generation may be
expected to live two to five fewer years than adults today.
Shy to Report Virtual Collapse of Jackson Case (March 16):
BreakForNews.com reported the case against Michael Jackson had suffered
likely terminal blow after the boy at the center of the case descredited
himself on the witness stand over the last few days. But admitting
that would mean less public interest in the case; less viewers and
readers of media coverage of the case; and thus less profit for
the major media. Over the past few days, Jackson's lead attorney
Thomas Mesereau tore to shreds not only the testimony of the accuser
but also the claims made his mother, brother and sister. Legal experts
said the accuser's often combative attitude likely did little to
endear him to the 12 jurors. Said legal analyst Andrew Cohen. "The
best they could do is get him off the stand, get law enforcement
officers in and cut their losses."
- Congress Intervenes in Schiavo Case (March 20): The House and Senate vote to allow a federal court to rule whether the feeding
tube should be reinserted into the mouth of Terri Schiavo, a woman
who has been in a persistent vegetative state for 15 years. (March 22): Federal judge James Whittemore refuses to order that the feeding tube be reinserted.
(March 23): A federal appeals court upholds Whittemore's decision. (March 24): The U.S. Supreme Court declines the case. (March 31): Schiavo dies, 13 days after her feeding tube was removed.
- Minnesota Student Goes on Shooting Rampage (March 21): Jeff Weise, 16, kills nine people, including his grandfather, before turning
the gun on himself. Five students at Red Lake High School also killed.
(March 28): Police arrest 16-year-old Louis Jourdain, the son of a tribal leader, in connection
with the shootings
- Independent Panel Clears UN Chief (March 29): Committee investigating Iraq's oil-for-food program reports that Kofi Annan
was not involved in wrongdoing when the UN awarded a contract to
his son's employer.
- Commission Criticizes U.S. Intelligence Agencies (March 31): Panel set up by President Bush finds that agencies exaggerated WMD evidence
and relied on shaky sources in making the case for war in Iraq.
- Bush Hawk to Lead World Bank (March 31): Paul Wolfowitz, former deputy defense secretary and one of the chief advocates
of the war in Iraq, unanimously confirmed by World Bank's executive
- Ruling Party Takes Elections in Zimbabwe (April 1): President Robert Mugabe's party, Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front
(ZANU-PF), dominates parliamentary elections, taking 55 out of 120
seats. The opposition, led by Morgan Tsvangirai, and international
observers say the election was rigged.
Pope John Paul II Dies (April 2): John Paul, the first Polish pope and the first non-Italian pope since 1522,
dies after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. (April 8): John Paul II is buried at the Vatican. Leaders from more than 70 nations gather
for the largest funeral for a pope in history. (April 19): Conclave of cardinals selects Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany as the new
pope. He will call himself Benedict the 16th.
- Sinn Fein Leader Calls on IRA to End Violence (April 6): Gerry Adams advises Irish Republican Army to use political means to achieve
independence from Britain.
- Prince Charles Remarries (April 8): British prince marries longtime lover Camilla Parker Bowles.
- U.S. Arrests Thousands in Dragnet (April 10): Justice Department arrests up to 10,000 fugitives across the country in a week-long
- Three Indicted in Terror Plot (April 12): Federal grand jury in New York indicts three Britons for an alleged plan to
attack financial institutions in New York, New Jersey, and Washington.
They were arrested in 2004.
- Two Indicted in Connection with Oil-for-Food Scandal (April 14): Texan David Bay Chalmers, Jr., and his Houston company, Bayoil U.S.A., charged
with paying Saddam Hussein millions in illegal kickbacks in exchange
for oil contracts in Iraq.
- Agriculture Department Releases New Food Pyramid (April 19): Government calls MyPyramid an “interactive food guidance system.”
There are 12 versions of the new pyramid, based on age, sex, and
level of physical activity.
- Ecuador's Congress Ousts President (April 20): Lucio Gutierrez removed from office and takes refuge in Brazil. Vice Pres Alfredo
Palacio assumes the office.
- Civilian Helicopter Shot Down in Iraq (April 21): Eleven people, six of them Americans working for security company Blackwater
U.S.A., die in attack.
- Sept. 11 Suspect Pleads Guilty (April 22): Zacarias Moussaoui enters guilty plea but denies involvement in Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks. Instead, he says he was part of a separate plan to fly
a plane into the White House.
- Army Officers Cleared in Abu Ghraib Scandal (April 22): Investigation exonerates top officers, including Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, of
wrongdoing in abuse controversy. One officer, Reserve Brig. Gen.
Janis Karpinski, found guilty of dereliction of duty.
- Bush Nominates Chairman of Joints Chiefs of Staff (April 22): Selects Gen. Peter Pace to succeed Gen. Richard Myers.
- Benedict XVI (April 24): Installed as pope at outdoor mass at St. Peter's Square.
- House Reverses Ethics Rules (April 27): Votes, 406–20, to overturn rules changes enacted in January, which were
widely believed to have passed to protect majority leader Tom DeLay.
- Bush Outlines Social Security Plan (April 28): In primetime press conference, president says benefit cuts will be necessary
for future generations of retirees with highest incomes to keep
funds solvent over the long term.
- U.S. Soldiers Cleared in Death of Italian Intelligence Agent (April 30): Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi outraged that troops are exonerated
in death of Nicola Calipari.
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- Rebels Continue Series of Attacks (May 1): Rebel attacks have intensified since formation of new government in late April.
(May 4): At least 60 Kurds killed and more than 150 wounded when suicide bomber strikes
in Kurdish capital of Erbil. (May 9): In the biggest U.S. offensive in months, marines killing about 100 in Western
Iraq. (May 31): Violence during the month claims 80 Americans and about 800 Iraqis.
- Leaked Memo Creates Stir in England (May 1): The Sunday Times reports that a top-secret memo from July 2002 indicated that eight months before
the Iraq war was launched, the intelligence and facts were being
fixed around the policy.
- Army Reservist Pleads Guilty in Abu Ghraib Abuse Scandal (May 2): Pfc. Lynndie England, the woman shown in several photos with naked Iraqi prisoners,
pleads guilty to seven criminal counts. (May 4): Judge declares a mistrial after former army specialist Charles Graner, who was
convicted in the scandal and is the father of England's son, testifies
that the maltreatment of the prisoners was permissible, thus implying
that England did not realize she was committing a crime.
- Fed Raises Interest Rates (May 3): Federal reserve increases short-term interest rate by a quarter point, to 3%.
It is the eighth increase in less than one year.
- British Prime Minister Reelected (May 5): Tony Blair becomes first Labour Party prime minister to win three successive
terms. The Labour Party, however, is severely hurt in the elections,
winning just 36% of the national vote, the lowest percentage by
a ruling party in British history. Labour's majority in the House
of Commons is reduced from 161 to about 60 seats.
9/11 Minority Report' (May 5): Without hinting that we have
been working on a full-blown exposé of the CIA Fakes, BreakForNews.com
produces a feature audio introducing the term "An Orgy of Evidence"
to describe the so-called "9/11 discoveries" by the so-called
"alternative media." We outline why the 9/11 Movement
was created by, and is fostered by the very people who carried out
- Federal Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Cheney (May 10): In unanimous decision, court says Vice President Cheney was not obligated to
disclose details of his task-force meetings that helped the administration
draft energy policies.
- Senate Passes Military Funding Bill (May 10): Votes unanimously for $82 billion emergency spending bill, which includes $72
billion for armor, ammunition, and an increase in death benefits.
Measure also includes changes to immigration law and new requirements
to states in granting and renewing driver's licenses.
- Off-Course Plane Strays Near White House (May 11): The White House and the Capitol are evacuated when a Cessna 152 accidentally
enters restricted airspace.
- Anti-American Protests Turn Deadly (May 11): Four people killed in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, when police and troops open fire
on student demonstrators, who were protesting the reported desecration
of the Koran by American guards at the prison at Guantánamo
Bay, Cuba. (May 12): Protests spread throughout Afghanistan and spill into Pakistan, killing at least
17 people. (May 16): Under intense pressure from the White House, Newsweek, which first reported the desecration incident, retracts the story. (May 25): FBI releases documents from 2002 and 2003 that include complaints by detainees
at the Guantánamo Bay prison that interrogators abused the
Koran. One complaint said guards flushed a Koran down a toilet.
- Violence Erupts in Uzbekistan (May 13): Gunmen, who charge prison in Andijon to protest allegedly rigged trial of 23
businessmen, release about 2,000 prisoners. Government troops use
force to quell the uprising. Thousands of demonstrators unhappy
with repressive government spill into the city square, and police
fire into the crowds. More than 160 people are killed.
- Military Officials Revise Assessment of Iraq War (May 18): Gen. John Abizaid says U.S. military involvement is likely to last for years
and that a pullout of troops is unlikely any time in the coming
- South Koreans Report Success in Therapeutic Cloning (May 20): Researchers announce they have devised a new procedure to successfully produce
human stem cell lines from a cloned human embryo.
- House Passes Bill to Expand Stem Cell Research (May 24): Votes, 238–194, to allow federal financing of embryos that have been frozen
at fertility clinics. President Bush has said he will veto the legislation.
- Amnesty International Releases Withering Report (May 25): In its annual report, watchdog organization paints a bleak portrait of the world's
attitude toward human rights and singles out the United States as
setting a particularly bad example. Report compares Guantánamo
Bay prison to a gulag.
- Senate Delays Vote on Bolton (May 26): Maneuver by Democrats postpones vote on John Bolton as ambassador to the UN.
Democrats insist that the White House hand over documents related
to Bolton's conduct before it will allow the vote.
- French Reject European Constitution (May 29): French vote, 55%–45%, in a nationwide referendum against proposed constitution
for European Union.
- French Prime Minister Resigns (May 31): Jean-Pierre Raffarin steps down days after France rejects referendum on new
constitution for Europe. President Jacques Chirac appoints career
diplomat Dominique de Villepin as prime minister.
- Russian Oil Tycoon Convicted (May 31): Court sentences Mikhail Khodorkovsky, founder of Yukos oil company and once
the country's wealthiest man, to nine years in prison on fraud,
embezzlement, tax evasion, and other charges.
- “Deep Throat” Reveals Himself (May 31): In an interview to be published in Vanity Fair, W. Mark Felt, a former top FBI official, admits to being the anonymous source
who leaked information to the Washington Post about the White House’s involvement in the 1972 Watergate break-in.
- European Constitution in Jeopardy (June 1): Following France's lead, Dutch vote, 61.6%–38.4%, against proposed treaty
in a nonbinding referendum. (June 6): Britain suspends a nationwide referendum on the constitution. (June 16): Leaders of the European Union abandon plans to ratify the constitution by 2006.
- Bush Announces Aid for Africa (June 7): In a press conference with British prime minister Tony Blair, president says
he will release $674 million. Blair had urged Bush to contribute
$25 billion. (June 11): The Group of 8 industrialized nations agree to cancel $40 billion in debt owed
by 18 poor countries to international lenders.
- Controversial Governor's Race Decided (June 6): Washington judge dismisses lawsuit filed by Republicans that claimed fraudulent
and illegal votes gave the election to Democrat Christine Gregoire.
Republican candidate Dino Rossi says he will not appeal the decision.
- Government Revises Award Sought in Tobacco Case (June 8): Justice Department asks tobacco companies to fund a $10 billion smoking cessation
program rather than $130 billion as recommended.
- Bolivian President Resigns (June 8): Carlos Mesa steps down as protesters, who want to nationalize the country's
oil and gas companies, continue their blockade of La Paz. (June 9): Congress selects Eduardo Rodríguez, pres of Supreme Court instead.
- Justice Department Report Faults FBI (June 9): Report written by department's inspector general says communication breakdown,
obsolete computer system, and cumbersome bureaucracy allowed the
FBI to miss five opportunities to catch two of the Sept. 11 hijackers
in the months before the terrorist attacks.
- Pop Singer Cleared of Molestation Charges (June 13): A California jury acquits Michael Jackson of 10 charges, including molesting
a child, conspiracy, and providing alcohol to minors.
- Tyco Chief Convicted (June 17): L. Dennis Kozlowski, former chief executive of Tyco, and Mark Swartz, the company's
former chief financial officer, found guilty of fraud, conspiracy,
and grand larceny. They bilked the company out of $600 million in
a stock-fraud scheme and used the money for personal purposes.
- Four U.S. Women Soldiers Killed in Iraq (June 23): The women were victims of a suicide attack in Falluja. The largest number of
American women killed in one attack.
- Italy Issues Arrest Warrants for CIA Employees (June 24): Thirteen people sought in connection to the 2003 kidnapping of Egyptian cleric,
Chiara Nobili. He was allegedly seized in Milan and later sent to
Egypt, where his family said he was interrogated and tortured. Government
officials think Nobili, who is still missing, has ties to al-Qaeda.
- Iraqi Journalist's Death Looks Like Assassination (June
24): Knight-Ridder reporter, Yasser Salihee, 30, was killed
on June 24, 2005 while on his for gasoline to bring his family to
the swimming pool. He came into a Baghdad road intersection where
every exit had been blocked by U.S. Humvees. He died of a single
shot to the head. Later BreakFornews.com
reported he was shot with his hands up in a scene which resembles
an assassination zone.
- Ahmadinejad Wins Iranian Presidency (June 24): Because none of the seven candidates for president receive more than 50% of
the vote, ultraconservative Teheran mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and
moderate former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani competed in a
runoff election. Ahmadinejad won in a landslide, taking 17.2 million
votes to Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's 10 million, amid allegations
- Report on Halliburton Finds Questionable Costs (June 27): Audit by Democratic lawmakers reveals the Pentagon has disputed about $1 billion
in bills and costs submitted by Halliburton for work performed in
- Bush Defends War in Iraq (June 28): In a televised speech Bush says the mounting loss of American and Iraqi lives
"is worth it, and vital to the future security of our country."
- Nations Approve Gay Marriage (June 28): Canadian House of Commons votes to extend right to entire country. (June 30): Spain legalizes gay marriage.
- U.S. Helicopter Crashes in Afghanistan (June 28): Insurgents shoot down Chinook helicopter, killing eight Navy SEALs and eight
other Special Operations troops who were on a mission to rescue
four Navy Seals engaged in a firefight with members of the Taliban.
Three of the SEALs were killed.
- Bush Calls for Overhaul of Intelligence Agencies (June 29): Following the recommendation of a presidential commission reviewing the new
intelligence law that created the position of director of national
intelligence, Bush creates a national security division at the FBI.
- TIME to Hand Over Reporter's Notes (June 30): Magazine to surrender notes from interviews with confidential sources taken
by reporter Matthew Cooper for a story about Valerie Plame, a covert
CIA operative whose identity was revealed in 2003 by columnist Robert
- Supreme Court Justice Retires (July 1): Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, announces her
retirement. She served for 24 years.
- Live8 Urges End to Poverty in Africa (July 2): Millions of people attend Live 8, free concerts in nine countries—South
Africa and each of the Group of Eight nations—to promote increased
aid to Africa and to bring pressure on the G8 summit due to take
place days later. On the same day, BreakForNews.com shows
how Live8 is an NWO Psyop - and so is AIDS. With only days to
go to the London Bombings, we are about to be proved gruesomely
right in our analysis.
- Spacecraft Crashes into Comet (July 4): After a 6-month 83-million-mile journey, NASA's Deep Impact hits comet named Tempel 1. Scientists will examine pieces of the comet and photos
of the collision.
- Reporter Jailed for Refusing to Testify (July 6): Judith Miller of the New York Times is sent to a Washington, DC, prison when she fails to comply with a court order
to answer questions before a grand jury about confidential sources
she interviewed while researching the disclosure of a CIA operative's
- London to Host 2012 Olympics (July 6): City chosen over Paris as the site of the summer games. It will be the third
time London has hosted the Olympics.
- Bombs Explode in London (July 7): Four coordinated bomb attacks on the city's subway and bus systems during rush
hour kill 52 people, allegedly including the attackers, and wound
more than 700. the attack coincides with Group of Eight summit meeting
of world's wealthiest nations. That same day, BreakForNews.com reports
that ruthless black-operations agents of the covert forces behind
the G8 so-called War on Terror staged
the series of bomb blasts. The attacks conform to a pattern
of civilian-directed psychological operations, of which the Bali
and Madrid bombings were a precedent. The bombings came just a day
after London was selected to host the 2012 Olympic games, and after
a world focus on London as part of the Live 8 concert events. Were
the attack to have taken place just 24hrs. before -it would have
scuppered London's bid for the games. Leaders of the G8 immediately
lined up somberly behind British prime minister, Tony Blair as he
vowed to win against the "terrorists." U.S. President, George W.
Bush later declared that "the war on terrorism goes on." The resulting
public relations image portrayed by the western corporate media
is effectively presenting the G8 as a de facto world government,
rising to power on the basis of their self-portrayal as defenders
of our freedoms. (July 13): British Home Secretary Charles Clarke says the bombings were carried out by
British Muslims. (July 18): Pakistani officials say that three of the four bombers visited Pakistan in 2004.
(July 21): Terrorists attempt another attack on London's transit system. Bombs on three
subway trains and a bus fail to explode. Explosives discovered when
detonators go off, causing loud cracking sounds. (July 22):
BreakForNews.com publishes a comprehensive analysis of 'How
Black Ops Staged the London Bombings', including Evidence
Luton CCTV Image was Fake. The report is very widely read. (July 22): London police shoot and kill a suspect on a subway train. (July 23): Officials say the victim, Brazilian electrician, Jean Charles de Menezes, was
not involved in the failed bombings. (July 27): Police arrest Yasin Hassan Omar, a 24-year-old Somali man, who they think was
involved in the July 21st attempted bombings. (July 29): London police arrest four other suspects in the July 21 bombing attempt. A fifth
suspect is arrested in Rome, Italy.
- Bush Adviser Named as Secret Source (July 10): Newsweek magazine's website reports that in a 2003 background interview, Karl Rove strongly
implied to TIME magazine reporter Matthew Cooper that Valerie Plame Wilson was a covert CIA
operative. (July 17): Cooper writes in TIME magazine that Karl Rove told him that Plame Wilson worked at the “agency”
on “wmd,” meaning weapons of mass destruction. (July 18): In his first statement on the issue, Bush says, “If someone committed
a crime, they will no longer work in my administration.”
- Head of Homeland Security Announces Reorganization (July 13): Michael Chertoff says sweeping changes will help to prevent terrorist attacks
and better respond. (July 14): Senate approves, 96–1, $31.9 billion for the agency.
- India and the U.S. in Accord on Nuclear Power (July 18): President Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reach an agreement that would
allow India to seek outside help in developing its civilian nuclear
energy program while maintaining its nuclear weapons. In addition,
India would submit the civilian program, but not its weapon program,
- Report Concludes Iraqi Forces Are Weak (July 20): Pentagon assessment finds Iraq's police force is, at best, "partially capable"
of fighting the country's insurgency.
- China Revalues Currency (July 21): After months of pressure from the Bush administration, China announces it will
no longer peg the yuan to the dollar.
- Explosions Kill Dozens in Egypt (July 23): At least 90 people die in a series of car bomb explosions at popular Red Sea
resort Sharm el Sheik. Two militant groups claim responsibility.
- Labor Unions in Disarray (July 24): Leaders of the service employees union, the food and commercial workers union,
the Teamsters, and Unite Here say they will not participate in the
AFL-CIO convention because its leader, John Sweeney, has failed
to reverse the decrease in union membership.
- Shuttle Problems Continue (July 26): Discovery launches from Cape Canaveral, Florida, for a 121/2-day mission to the International Space Station. A piece of foam insulation
breaks off from the shuttle's external fuel tank. (July 27): NASA announces it will ground the shuttle fleet.
- IRA Renounces Violence (July 27): Irish Republican Army announces it is ending its armed campaign for a united
Ireland and will instead pursue its goals politically.
- House Approves Trade Bill (July 28): Votes, 217–215, in favor of Central American Free Trade Agreement, also
called Cafta, which will remove trade barriers between the U.S.
and Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala,
Honduras, and Nicaragua.
- Congress Passes Several Measures (July 29): In a flurry of activity before it adjourns for August recess, Senate passes,
65–31, bill that protects gun manufacturers from lawsuits.
Also votes unanimously to make permanent most provisions of the
USA PATRIOT Act and approves, 74–26, energy measure that President
Bush has been pursuing for five years.
- Scientists Discover Potential Tenth Planet (July 29): Astronomers at the California Institute of Technology find rocky, icy planet
that's larger than Pluto and about nine billion miles away from
- Sudan Leader Killed in Crash (Aug. 1): Government confirms that John Garang, leader of the opposition Sudan People's
Liberation Army (SPLA) who was recently named vice president, had
been killed in a helicopter crash. Fragile peace agreement, signed
in January, is jeopardized. Dozens die in street demonstrations
that follow. Ugandan president Museveni suggests that the crash
may not have been an accident.
- Saudi King Dies (Aug. 1): King Fahd bin Abdel Aziz al-Saud, 82, dies after a bout with pneumonia. Prince
Abdullah, 81, assumes the throne.
- President Appoints Bolton (Aug. 1): Bush installs controversial figure John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the UN
during congressional recess. Democratic senators had refused to
put his confirmation to a vote.
- Five Planes Crash During Month (Aug. 2): All passengers and crew of an Air France flight survive when a jetliner overruns
the runway in Toronto, lands in a gully, and bursts into flames.
(Aug. 6): Plane crashes off Sicily, killing 13 people. (Aug. 14): Everyone on board a Helios Airways dies when the Boeing 737 crashes into mountains
north of Athens, Greece. (Aug. 16): West Caribbean Airways plane dives to the ground in Venezuela, killing all 160
people on board. (Aug. 23): About 40 people die when plane crashes in Peru's northern jungle.
- Several Marines Killed in Iraq (Aug. 3): More than a dozen troops killed in western Iraq when their troop carrier was
hit by a roadside bomb. Nearly two dozen U.S. troops are killed
in two days in Haditha.
CIA's Internet Fakes (Aug. 4): BreakForNews.com announced
that for the last three years we had been quietly investigating
the cover-up of the 9/11 attacks, paying special attention to those
who claim to be already exposing the truth. Based on that comprehensive
analysis and many interviews with alleged "truthseekers,"
we identified 108 websites influenced or controled by the intelligence
apparatus. We also stated that the scope of the cover-up shows no
mere rogue group was involved. The 9/11 attacks and cover-up had
covert multinational governmental support -deployed through an intelligence
framework. It was orchestrated by the highest levels of the US Military
and military-industrial complex; on behalf of the national and international
politicians, corporates, and moneyed interests. It had, and still
has the full support of the US Military/intelligence apparatus -who
control much of the alternative media and the 9/11 movement.
- Terror Suspects Charged in London (Aug. 6): Yassin Hassan Omar indicted on charges of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit
murder, and possession of explosives. (Aug. 7): Ibrahim Muktar Said and Ramzi Mohamed also indicted.
- Crew of Russian Sub Rescued (Aug. 7): British and American rescuers save seven sailors who were trapped in a submarine
more than 600 feet deep in the Pacific Ocean.
- Bush Signs Bills (Aug. 8): New energy law calls for increased domestic oil and gas production, as well
as the construction of new nuclear power plants. It also encourages
research into alternative sources of energy. Bill is criticized
for failing to increase the fuel efficiency of vehicles.
- Mayor of Baghdad Ousted (Aug. 9): Alaa al-Tamimi removed from office by members of the Supreme Council for Islamic
Revolution, a Shiite militia. He's replaced by Hussein al-Tahaan,
a member of the militia.
- Aceh Peace Accord Signed (Aug. 15): Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) agree to end their nearly
30-year-long civil war.
- Settlement Withdrawal Begins (Aug. 15): Israeli police officers and soldiers start process of evacuating about 8,700
residents from the Gaza Strip and 675 from the West Bank. Palestinians
will assume control of the areas. (Aug. 22): The last settlers leave the Gaza Strip.
- U.S. Ships Attacked in Jordan (Aug. 19): Rockets fired at two U.S. Navy ships, the Kearsarge and the Ashland, docked in Aqaba. No U.S. casualties, but a Jordanian soldier is killed. (Aug. 22): Jordanian officials arrest a man in connection with the bombing and acknowledge
that Iraqi insurgents were involved in the attack.
- Jury Finds Drug Maker at Fault in Death (Aug. 19): Texas jury finds Merck's Vioxx, is liable in death of Robert Ernst and awards
his widow $253.5 million.
- Hurricane Causes Catastrophic Damage (Aug. 29): Hurricane Katrina, a category 4 storm, pounds Gulf Coast. Harrison County, Miss.,
hit particularly hard. More than 80 people are killed and millions
lose power. (Aug. 30): New Orleans, which was spared the full force of the hurricane when the storm
moved east, suffers calamitous damage as levees break, submerging
about 80% of the city. The Pentagon sends six U.S. Navy ships and
eight rescue teams to the Gulf Coast to help in the relief effort.
The media portrays looting as rampant. (Aug. 31): Death toll in New Orleans is feared to be in the thousands. Officials call the
devastation the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.
- Poverty Increased in 2004 (Aug. 30): Overall poverty rate in the United States rose to 12.7% from 12.5%, and 37 million
people lived in poverty. Median income of full-time males dropped
2%, to $40,800. Women's median income also decreased.
- Oil climbs to a new record high near $71 (Aug. 30):
As oil firms assessed damage wrought by Hurricane Katrina’s rampage
through the Gulf of Mexico, where most oil and gas output was at
a standstill and refineries were closed. Light sweet crude for October
delivery soared as high as $70.85 in New York.
- Hundreds of Shiite Pilgrims Killed in Baghdad (Aug. 31): Nearly 1,000 people die and hundreds are wounded in a stampede on a bridge over
the Tigris River. Rumors that a suicide bomber was in the crowd
caused a panic.
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- New Orleans Descends into Chaos (Sept. 1): Lawlessness and anger prevail as millions are left homeless and displaced as
a result of Hurricane Katrina and broken levees. Federal, state,
and local officials are harshly criticized for failing to act quickly
and decisively. Thousands of people are stranded for days without
food or water at the city's Convention Center, while thousands of
others arrive at Houston's Astrodome for temporary shelter. Damage
estimated at well over $200 billion. (Sept. 2): Attempting to quell criticism of his administration's response to the crisis,
President Bush visits New Orleans and other parts of the Gulf Coast.
More than 220,000 refugees from the hurricane take refuge in Houston.
(Sept. 3): President Bush signs $10.5 billion emergency aid package for the region. (Sept. 5): Officials restart pumps to begin removing water from New Orleans. (Sept. 6): New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin issues an evacuation order for the 5,000 to 10,000
people who have remained in the city. (Sept. 7): Congressional leaders order a joint inquiry into the government's response to
the disaster. (Sept. 9): President Bush removes embattled FEMA director Michael Brown from relief effort
in New Orleans. BreakForNews.com
exclusively reported that Brown once worked for Stephen Jones,
the very well connected Oklahoma lawyer who was the lead defense
attorney on the Timothy McVeigh case.(Sept. 12): Michael Brown resigns and is replaced by David Paulison. (Sept. 13): President Bush takes responsibility for flaws in the federal government's response
to Hurricane Katrina. (Sept. 15): In a nationally televised address, Bush promises to rebuild New Orleans and
help victims with rebuilding, housing, and job training. (Dec.
8): Persistent reports of a bomb in
one or more levees emerge in congressional testimony, but BreakForNews.com
that this is an agency operation.
- Chief Justice Rehnquist Dies (Sept. 3): William H. Rehnquist, who served on the U.S. Supreme Court for 33 years, dies
after battle with thyroid cancer. He was 80. Death leaves two vacancies
on the Court. (Sept. 5): President Bush nominates John Roberts for chief justice.
- California Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage (Sept. 6): State legislators approve law that defines marriage as a union of “two
persons.” (Sept. 7): Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says he will veto the bill.
- Report on UN Faults Annan (Sept. 6): Panel, headed by Paul Volcker, investigating Iraq's oil-for-food program criticizes
Secretary-General Kofi Annan for not determining if his son's employment
and other activities posed a potential conflict of interest. Annan
is also cited for not stemming corruption and mismanagement at the
- Ukrainian President Fires Cabinet (Sept. 8): Viktor Yushchenko also replaces Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, citing internal
struggles in his administration.
- U.S. and Iraqi Troops Launch Offensive (Sept. 10): About 11,000 soldiers attack the northern city of Tal Afar.
Fakes Smear 9/11 Movement with Media, Families (Sept. 11):
' The anguish was palpable at Ground Zero yesterday, as family members
made their way down a long ramp into the vast emptiness of the World
Trade Center site, then took turns reading out the names of their
lost loved ones. Into this somber setting marched about a dozen
9-11 conspiracists, who claimed a patch of sidewalk to preach what
they called the truth. "You shouldn't be here. Have some respect,"
a firefighter shouted.
- Suicide Bombers Wreak Havoc on Baghdad (Sept. 14): About 150 people die and 500 are wounded in a series of coordinated attacks.
- Afghanistan Holds Elections (Sept. 18): Voters choose from about 5,800 candidates in the country's first democratic
parliamentary elections in more than 25 years. Turnout low, at about
50% and marred by allegations of vote-rigging.
- NASA Releases Plan for Moon Visit (Sept. 19): Michael Griffin, administrator of the agency, outlines $104 billion plan to
have astronauts land on Moon by 2018.
- German Elections Inconclusive (Sept. 19): Chancellor Gerhard Schroder's Social Democratic Party, with 34% of the vote,
falls to Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, which takes
35%. With neither party winning a clear majority, the future composition
of the government is unclear.
- Senate Leader Under Investigation (Sept. 23): Securities and Exchange Commission announces it has begun investigating Senate
Majority Leader Bill Frist for an alleged insider trading scandal.
In June, Frist sold stock in his family's hospital company, HCA,
Inc., just before its share price fell sharply.
- Don Adams dies (Sept. 25): Aged 82. He played the
bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart on television’s Get Smart, which
ran from 1969 to 1970. Died in Los Angeles
Also died in 2005: Rosa Parks • Johnny Carson • Hunter S. Thompson
• Saul Bellow • Richard Pryor.
Has Destroyed Weapons (Sept. 26): Canadian general John De Chastelain confirms that the Irish Republican Army
has dismantled its entire arsenal.
- Private in Abu Ghraib Abuse Scandal Convicted (Sept. 26): Private Lynndie England found guilty of conspiracy to maltreat prisoners, four
counts of maltreatment, and one count of committing an indecent
act. She gets three years in prison.
- Unions Create New Federation (Sept. 27): Seven unions unite and start Change to Win Federation, which will rival AFL-CIO.
Anna Burger is the chairwoman.
Sounds Alarm on US Home Prices (Sept. 27): As US home sales
and prices surged again at the fastest 12-month pace in 26 years,
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan warned that the growing
use of riskier new mortgages could result in "significant losses"
for lenders and borrowers if the market cools. Sales of previously
owned homes -- which include single-family homes, townhouses and
condominium units -- rose 2 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted
annual rate of 7.29 million units, the second-highest level on record.
- DeLay Indicted by Texas Grand Jury (Sept. 28): House majority leader is accused of conspiring to violate state's election laws.
He steps aside from his leadership position, and House Republicans
name Roy Blunt as DeLay's replacement.
- Reporter Released from Jail (Sept. 29): New York Times reporter Judith Miller freed after serving about 12 weeks in prison for refusing
to comply with a court order to answer questions before a grand
jury about confidential sources she interviewed while researching
the disclosure of a CIA operative's identity. Miller says the source,
I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, gave her
permission to testify. (Sept. 30): Miller testifies before a federal grand jury.
Appoints 9/11 Insider to Head Army Spy Agency (Sept. 30):
In a break with tradition, a director of the Defense Intelligence
Agency has been appointed who is not a career intelligence specialist.
Bush has nominated Maj. Gen. Michael D. Maples of the Army to be
director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. General Maples "coordinated"
the testimony of Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs,
before the Sept. 11 Commission (i.e. told him what to say).
- Bombers Attack in Bali (Oct. 1): At least 22 people die when several bombs explode at tourist sites on the Indonesian
island of Bali, which was also attacked in 2002. Suicide bombers
Bush Nominates Woman for Supreme Court (Oct. 3): President selects Harriet Miers, White House counsel, to replace Justice Sandra
Day O'Connor. Miers, who is a longtime friend of President Bush,
has never been a judge. (Oct. 27): After facing weeks of blistering criticism from both Democrats and Republicans
about her qualifications, Miers withdraws her nomination.
- DeLay Indicted Again (Oct. 3): For the second time in a week, the House majority leader is accused of violating
state's election laws. While the earlier indictment was for conspiracy,
this one is for money-laundering, a more serious charge. Both indictments
are for the same alleged offense.
Warfare Against Anti-war Protestors (Oct. 3): As part of
a subtle psychological operation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention has said small amounts of a bacteria that causes
"rabbit fever" were found on Washington's National Mall as thousands
of protesters marched against the Iraq War. And if you believe that
one..... Bob Fitrakis quickly leaped
aboard the "Rabbit Fever" PsyOp, just in case enough antiwar
protestors didn't get the message the first time. It's 'CIA Fakes'
- Official Indicted in Lobbyist Case (Oct. 5): David Safavian, former top procurement officer in the Bush Administration, is
charged with obstruction an investigating and lying about his contacts
with Jack Abramoff, a lobbyist who is under federal investigation.
Rove Investigation A Totally Contrived Fake (Oct. 7): BreakForNews.com
asks what do you do when you want to give the impression of a free
society valiantly exercising the legal imperatives of a modern democracy?
Answer: You appoint a tame investigator to a fake investigation.
- Earthquake Devastates Pakistan (Oct. 8): Approximately 54,000 people die when a magnitude 7.6 tremblor rocks Pakistani-controlled
part of Kashmir. The United Nations estimates that more than 2.5
million are homeless.
- German Leaders Reach Deal (Oct. 10): Angela Merkel, leader of the Christian Democratic Union, which narrowly prevailed
over Chancellor Gerhard Schroder's Social Democratic Party in September
elections, to become country's first female chancellor. Social Democrats
will control eight of 14 ministries.
- Judge Lifts Contempt Order Against Miller (Oct. 12): A day after New York Times reporter Judith Miller testifies about notes from an interview with I. Lewis
Libby, President Cheney's chief of staff, which she recently discovered,
a federal judge lifts the contempt order. (Oct. 19th): BreakFornews
the contrived scandal and points to Judith Miller as a CIA agent.
- Iraqis Vote on Constitution (Oct. 15): Millions of Iraqi voters head to the polls to vote on a constitution. Turnout
among Sunnis is high. (Oct. 25): Electoral commission reports that constitution has passed, with 79%. But it
failed by more than a two-thirds majority in two Sunni provinces
and allegedly by less than a two-thirds majority in a third, amid
allegations of vote-rigging.
Death of Top Military Cop in Basra (Oct. 17): Is this an
Iraq-based version of the David Kelly affair, the UK weapons inspector
famously "suicided" after he hit the media spotlight? Army investigator
Captain Ken Masters hanged himself in his quarters in Iraq, despite
being due to go home in two weeks. He was the senior military police
investigator in Iraq and was the senior officer investigating cases
against British forces on behalf of Iraqi civilians. These investigations
included the recent claims that an SAS team arrested --then freed
by UK forces-- were
engaged in planting bombs to be blamed on the Iraqi resistance.
The bombshell story was ignored by the alternative media - except
- Hussein Trial Begins (Oct. 19): Former Iraqi president pleads not guilty to charges related to the killing of
143 people in the town of Dujail, Iraq, in 1982. Seven others also
- UN Releases Report on Slaying (Oct. 20): Investigation concludes assassination of former Lebanese prime minister was
carefully organized by Syrian and Lebanese intelligence officials,
including Syria's military intelligence chief, Asef Shawkat, who
is the brother-in-law of Syrian president Bashar Assad.
- Bush Nominates Successor to Greenspan (Oct. 24): President selects Ben Bernanke, his chief economic adviser, to replace Alan
Greenspan as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.
- U.S. Deaths in Iraq Reach Solemn Milestone (Oct. 25): Number of deaths of U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq reaches 2,000. The figure
represents the number of fatalities since the war began in March
Never Existed' -Guest: Ken Humphreys (Oct. 25) Audio
According to our guest, Ken Humphreys, of JesusNeverExisted.com,
the composite 'Jesus Christ' character was assembled to try and
unify a fragmented and fractious messianic religious movement. The
interview has been heard by over three thousand people.
- Iranian President Makes Inflammatory Statement (Oct. 26): At a speech in front of 4,000 students, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Israel should
be “wiped off the map.” Remark ignites international
outrage. Of course, this new Iranian "Saddam" is owned lock, stock
and barrel by the West. A presidential performing flea, who delivers
propaganda on cue to suit the disinformation agenda of those who
rule by deception. But he's not the only performing flea. George
Bush has been working had to steer you in the wrong direction too
--on Kyoto and 'global warming'. You're
being conned again...
- Violence Explodes in Paris Suburbs (Oct. 27): Rioters begin setting cars on fire and looting in the working-class suburbs
after two boys are accidentally killed while hiding from police.
The rioting continues for weeks despite curfews.
- House Passes Law Protecting Gun Industry (Oct. 20): Votes, 283–144, in favor of legislation that shields gun makers and dealers
from liability lawsuits.
- Libby Is Indicted (Oct. 28): A federal grand jury indicts I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Cheney's chief of
staff, with one count of obstruction of justice, two of perjury,
and two of making false statements in connection with an investigation
into who disclosed the identity of a covert CIA officer. He resigns.
(Oct. 31): David Addington, Cheney's counsel, named as Libby's replacement.
Judge Carefully Chosen: The Fix in In (Oct. 31):
If you had any doubts about our assertion that PlameGate is a contrived
scandal, then ponder the implications of this: Judge Reggie Walton
will be presiding over the arraignment of 'Scooter' Libby. So, who
is Reggie Walton? Walton is the Bush-appointed judge who handled
the Stephen Hatfill anthrax case and who also upheld the government's
right to state secrets in the Sibel Edmonds case!
- Bush Seeks Money for Flu Preparation (Nov. 1): Asks Congress for $7.1 billion to ready the country for a potential flu epidemic.
Most of the money would cover research and a stockpile of flu vaccine.
Later, another flu vaccine, Tamiflu turns out to be useless and
a company linked to Donald Rumsfeld.
More Soldiers Die - 92 Killed in October (Nov. 2): Seven
U.S. troops were killed in three roadside bombings near Baghdad,
the military said on Monday. Two roadside bombings killed six soldiers
and a Marine was killed by a similar device near Falluja on Sunday.
The U.S. military death toll for October is now at least 92. The
latest deaths brought to 2,025 the number who have died since the
Iraq war began in March 2003.
The Hidden History of The World (Nov. 2): BreakForNews.com
holds the first ever public interview with Andrew Power, author
of 'Ireland: Land of The Paraohs'. A mind-blowing book, which draws
together the hidden threads of history to reveal our ancient origin.
But, not just a book of our history, it places this in a modern
context to show how powerful interests with esoteric knowledge are
clouding our past from us, even as they act out its secret rituals.
- Iraq Seeks Former Soldiers (Nov. 2): Iraqi Defense Ministry begins recruiting former junior officers from Saddam
Hussein's army to bolster army's forces and to siphon fighters away
from the insurgency.
- Libby Enters Plea (Nov. 3): I. Lewis Libby pleads not guilty to one count of obstruction of justice, two
of perjury, and two of making false statements in connection with
an investigation into who disclosed the identity of a covert CIA
- Bush Faces Protests in Argentina (Nov. 4): Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez leads a protest of 25,000 anti-Bush
demonstrators at a soccer stadium during a summit meeting with Latin
- First Death Occurs in Paris Riots (Nov. 7): A 61-year-old man dies days after being beaten by rioters. The rioting started
in Paris's working-class, mostly Muslim, suburbs after two boys
were accidentally killed while hiding from police. About 5,000 vehicles
and dozens of public buildings and private businesses have been
destroyed. (Nov. 8): For only the second time in 50 years, the French government declares a state
of emergency, which allows officials to impose a curfew.
Used Vietnam-Era Napalm on Fallujah (Nov. 8): Well, we told
you here, back in November, 2004. (Story: Fallujah's
9/11: U.S. Used Weapons of Mass Destruction) A documentary aired
on Italian state satellite TV channel RAI alleges that US troops
used chemical weapons during their assault on the insurgent stronghold
of Fallujah in November last year. The documentary uses witness
accounts from former US soldiers, Fallujah residents, video footage
and photographs, to back claims that Vietnam-era napalm and white
phosphorous were used indiscriminately on the city, causing terrible
injuries to civilians, including women and children. "I heard the
order being issued....," said one former US solider.
- Reporter Leaves the Times (Nov. 9): New York Times reporter Judith Miller, who served 85 days in jail over the summer rather than
reveal a source to a grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA
operative, agrees to resign. She will receive a severance package.
Loses Key Vote on New Terror Laws (Nov. 9): British Prime
Minister Tony Blair lost a crucial parliamentary vote on sweeping
anti-terror legislation, the first major defeat of his premiership
and a serious blow to his authority. Legislators blocked plans to
detain terror suspects for 90 days without charge by 322 votes to
291, a majority of 31 against the government.
- Senate Changes Prisoners' Rights (Nov. 10): Votes, 49–42, to rescind the right of foreigners deemed enemy combatants
imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to challenge their detentions
in U.S. courts.
- Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens in Jordan (Nov. 10): Three bombs explode simultaneously in three hotels in Amman, killing 57 people
and wounding hundreds. The popular hotels are the Days Inn, the
Radisson SAS, and the Grand Hyatt. Al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia, claims
responsibility, saying Jordan had been targeted because it was friendly
with the United States. (Nov. 13): Jordanian authorities arrest an Iraqi woman, Sajida Mubarak al-Rishawi, who
they say intended to be a fourth attacker. Her husband was one of
the attackers. (Nov 14th): A BreakForNews.com investigation
the affair was a war propaganda Black Ops farce.
- Woman Wins Liberia's Presidential Election (Nov. 11): Harvard-educated economist Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf defeats soccer star George
Weah in runoff election. She is Africa's first woman head of state.
- Chemical Spill Contaminates Water Supply in Part of China (Nov. 13): An explosion at the state-owned Jilin Petrochemical Company in Jilin City releases
about 100 tons of benzene and nitrobenzene into the Songhua River.
Water is shut off in Harbin for five days.
- Iraq to Investigate Prisoner Abuse (Nov. 15): Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari announces a prompt inquiry into alleged torture
of more than 170 prisoners—mostly Sunnis—by Shiite police
- Senate Vote Seeks More Information on Iraq (Nov. 15): Senators vote, 79–19, in favor of Republican plan for quarterly reports
on troops and the status of the Iraqi army. They reject, 58–40,
a Democratic proposal that calls on the White House to give estimated
dates for a withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
Fake' WRH Responds to our Amman Investigation (Nov. 15):
Funny how none of the CIA Fakes made more than cursory reference
to the Amman blasts, until our investigation was published on Friday.
But, predictably, on Monday Whatreallyhappened.com had a photo which
is supposed to raise questions about reports of one of the bombs
being in the false ceiling. They pulled the photo after about 12
Admits to Withholding Leak Information (Nov. 15): Esteemed Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward announces that he heard from a senior Bush administration
official in June 2003 that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA. His
testimony to special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald on Nov. 14 revealed
that he was the first reporter to learn of her identity.
Museveni Stages A 'Bush on Steroids' (Nov 16): And you think
you have problems with George Bush? Ahead of an upcoming election,
Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye has been arrested and has
appeared in court to face charges of treason, as protests sparked
by his arrest continue in the capital, Kampala. "Museveni is a dictator.
It is time for Museveni to go," opposition supporters shouted at
the police. They're right.
- Exit Bush & Enter The Dragon. (Nov. 17) BreakforNews.com
produces an audio exposing the G8/NWO plan to usher in the era of
President Hillary Clinton in 2008. A Kinder Gentler Tyranny. Listen
- Former Aide to DeLay Pleads Guilty (Nov. 21): Michael Scanlon, Rep. Tom DeLay's former spokesman and a former partner of controversial
lobbyist Jack Abramoff, pleads guilty to conspiring to bribe a Congressman
and other officials.
- Sharon Forms a New Party (Nov. 21): Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon quits as head of the Likud Party, which
he founded, to start a new, more centrist organization, called Kadima.
He also asks President Moshe Katsav to dissolve parliament and call
for early elections. (Nov. 30): Longtime Labor Party leader Shimon Peres announces he's leaving the party and
will support Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in March elections.
- Iraqi Leaders Call for a Timetable for Troop Withdrawal (Nov. 21): For the first time, a group of Sunni, Shiite, and Kurdish leaders sign a statement
that demands a specific time for the pullout of foreign troops.
- U.S. Changes Tactics in Combatant Case (Nov. 22): Jose Padilla, held for three years as an enemy combatant in military custody,
charged in criminal court as a terrorism suspect.
- Several Marines Die in Attack (Dec. 2): Ten marines are killed and about a dozen wounded by a bomb attack in Falluja.
- Military Admits to Paying for News Coverage (Dec. 2): Pentagon acknowledges that it hired a U.S. public relations agency, the Lincoln
Group, to translate into Arabic articles written by American soldiers.
The agency then passed the stories on to advertising agencies that
paid Iraqi news outlets to run them.
- Ban on Scissors on Airplanes to Be Lifted (Dec. 2): The Transportation Security Administration decides to allow passengers to carry
scissors and some tools on planes.
- Baghdad Police Academy Attacked (Dec. 6): At least 36 people are killed and about 75 are wounded when two suicide bombers
attack the compound.
Police Kill Protesters (Dec. 6): About 50 to 70 people who were demonstrating against the construction of a power
plant in the southern city of Dongzhou are shot and killed by police.
Chinese officials blocked the spread of information about the event.
Marshals Kill a Passenger (Dec. 7): Rigoberto Alpizar, an American from Florida, is shot at Miami International
Airport after he said he had a bomb. Authorities did not find a
bomb. Alpizar's wife said he was mentally ill.
Skeptic Takes Her Case to TV Audience (Dec 9): A prominent
HIV skeptic whose daughter died earlier this year took her case
to national television, maintaining that a toxicologist she commissioned
to review the death attributed it to antibiotic poisoning rather
than AIDS. Christine Maggiore, spoke
exclusively to BreakForNews.com ahead of the TV show.
- Lebanese Legislator Assassinated (Dec. 12): Gebran Tueni, who has been critical of Syria, is killed in a car bomb attack
less than a day after he returned to the country. Tueni, also the
editor of An Nahar, Lebanon's most prominent newspaper, had been in living abroad out of fear of
assassination. (Dec. 14): A
BreakForNews report shows how the G8 plan to demonize Syria
was in disarray after the discrediting of two key witnesses central
to a U.N. report on the assassination of Rafik Hariri. Which left
the schemers in rather a tight fix. The solution: kill somebody
else to raise tensions again and act as a smokescreen, and meanwhile
lie hard to cover-up the truth.
- Iraq Holds Parliamentary Elections (Dec. 15): As many as 11 million Iraqis turn out to select their first permanent Parliament
since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. More than 7,000 Parliamentary
candidates from 300 parties are seeking to fill the 275 seats in
Parliament. Violence is minimal. (Dec. 19): Religious Shiites take early lead, according to preliminary figures released
by election officials, again amid allegations of vote-rigging.
- Bolivia Elects a New President (Dec. 18): Evo Morales, a former coca farmer, defeats seven other candidates, including
former president Jorge Quiroga. Morales says he intends to cut his
wage and that of ministers, deputy ministers and lawmakers by 50
percent, down to the equivalent of $1,125. "This is a democratic
Revolution and we will respond from the government because we must
share the economic burden among all of us," said Morales --who insisted
that the country's richness should be shared among all. If only
this guy could have run in the U.S. Presidential election!
- House Renews Patriot Act (Dec. 14): Votes, 251–174, in favor of extending the controversial legislation that
extends the government's surveillance powers.
- Trade Deficit Hits Record High (Dec. 14): Government reports that October trade deficit reached $68.9 billion.
- Bush Agrees to MCain Measure (Dec. 15): Facing pressure from Congress, president reluctantly agrees to back law proposed
by Sen. John McCain that bans cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment
of prisoners in American custody. Agreement ends weeks of negotiations.
- President Authorized Spying on Americans (Dec. 15): New York Times reports that in 2002, Bush signed a presidential order to allow the National
Security Agency to conduct surveillance on Americans suspected of
being connected to terrorist activity without warrants.
- Senate Blocks Extension of Patriot Act (Dec. 16): Senate Republicans fail to win enough votes to break a filibuster. Opponents
say the bill that extended 16 provisions of the act did not adequately
protect civil liberties.
Was a British Spy for 20 Years" (Dec 16): A former
senior administrator of Northern Ireland's nationalist Sinn Fein
party, Denis Donaldson, has admitted on Irish television that he
has been a British spy working with Northern Ireland's Special Branch
and British Intelligence for the last twenty years. The president
of the party, Gerry Adams said that Donaldson has been expelled
from the party.
- New Yorkers Stranded by Strike (Dec. 19): After talks between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Transport
Workers Union break down, the union declares a general strike. A
Brooklyn Supreme Court judge calls the strike illegal and fines
the union $1 million for each day of the strike.
CIA Myths & the Reality (Dec. 20): A BreakForNews.com
compilation from the research, writing and audio on BreakForNews
over the last year is published. It brings together the key themes
we have explored as we developed the case on the CIA Internet Fakes.
It's trimmed to the minimum so that those not familiar with our
analysis have a comprehensive overview that shows a flavor of what
has really been going on.
- Federal Judge Rules Against Intelligent Design (Dec. 20): Judge John Jones says that it is unconstitutional for a school district in Pennsylvania
to mention intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in
biology classes, saying it "is a religious view, a mere relabeling
of creationism and not a scientific theory."
Election Meltdown as Sunni Cry Fraud (Dec. 21): Sunni Muslim
political leaders claimed Tuesday that Iraq's preliminary election
results were rigged, raising fears that they'll reject the new government
as illegitimate. "This election is completely false. It insults
democracy everywhere. Everything was based on fraud, cheating, frightening
people, and using religion to frighten the people," said And Salah
Mutlak, who headed an independent Sunni slate. "It is terrorism
more than democracy." His fellow Sunni, Mukhlif al-Ulayan, thundered:
“We will stand firm against this conspiracy. We will not allow the
formation of a government or national assembly no matter how much
Empty House Renews Patriot Act for One Month Dec. 21): On
a voice vote in a nearly empty chamber, the House passed a one-month
extension of the Patriot Act and sent it to the Senate for approval.
The Senate agreed to the short extension even though it had approved
a six-month extension on Wednesday. A senior administration official
said Bush would sign the one-month extension despite wanting Congress
to accept the earlier "compromise."
Protest Rigged Iraq Election (Dec. 24): Large demonstrations
broke out across the country to denounce parliamentary elections
that protesters say were rigged in favor of the main religious Shiite
coalition. Several hundred thousand people demonstrated after noon
prayers in southern Baghdad Friday, many carrying banners decrying
last week's elections.
Ready for Financial Hurricane Katrina (Dec. 28): BreakForNews.com
warns that Greenspan's departure and the decision in November, 2005,
by the Fed to hide the main staple of money supply measurement(M-3),
effective March 2006, does not augur well for the finacial health
of the U.S.
Jan 2nd, New Series: "The
Ultimate Secrets of Reality"