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2005: A Year in Review
BreakForNews.com, Friday 30 December 2005

The good,
the bad  
and the  
ugly of 2005  
And  
then some.


Presented by Fintan Dunne
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January 2005

  • 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.

  • President 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.

  • U.S. 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.

  • Vladimir 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.

  • Polling 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 Rehnquist.
  • 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): A 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.

February 2005

  • Prime Minister of Georgia Dies (Feb. 3): Zurab Zhvania, reformist politician, accidentally killed by carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • 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 attorney general.
  • 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 Beirut.
  • 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 intelligence.

  • 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 police.
  • 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.

March 2005

  • 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 airport, a 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.

  • Media 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 board.

April 2005

  • 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 roundup.

  • 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.

    The good,
    the bad  
    and the  
    ugly of 2005  
    And  
    then some.


    Presented by Fintan Dunne
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May 2005

  • 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.

  • 'The 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 the attacks.
  • 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 year.
  • 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.

June 2005

  • 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 of vote-rigging.

  • 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 Iraq.

  • 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 Novak.

July 2005

  • 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 identity.
  • 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, to inspections.

  • 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 the Sun.

August 2005

  • 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.

  • The 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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September 2005

  • 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 warns 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 UN.

  • 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.

  • CIA 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.

  • IRA 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.

  • Greenspan 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.

  • Bush 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).

October 2005

  • 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 are suspected.

    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.

  • Germ 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' time again!

  • 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.

  • Karl 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 outs 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.

  • Suspicious 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 for BreakForNews.com.

  • 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 on trial.

  • 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 2003.

  • 'Jesus 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.

  • Libby's 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!

November 2005

  • 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 to benefit a company linked to Donald Rumsfeld.

  • 7 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.

  • Exposed: 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 officer.

  • 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 American leaders.

  • 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.

  • US 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.

  • Blair 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 reveals 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 officers.
  • 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.

  • 'CIA 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 hrs.

  • Reporter 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.

  • Uganda's 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 DSL or 56K.

  • 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.

December 2005

  • 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.

  • Chinese 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.

  • Air 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.

  • HIV 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.

    "I 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.

  • The 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."

  • Iraq 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 it costs.”

  • Almost 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."

  • 300,000 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.

  • Get 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.
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