U.S. Military Presence in Paraguay Stirs Speculation - Yahoo! News Paraguay reverses itself on exempting US troops from local and international law; speculation that the troop buildup is intended to establish control over a major aquifer in anticipation of a global water shortage.


Writers Group Won't Give Judith Miller 'Conscience in Media' Award After All: "The First Amendment is designed to prevent government interference with a free press. Miller, by shielding a government official or officials who attempted to use the press to retaliate against a whistleblower, and scare off other would-be whistleblowers, has allied herself with government interference with, and censorship of, whistleblowers. When your source IS the government, and the government is attempting to use you to target a whistleblower, the notion of shielding a source must be reconsidered. To apply standard practices regarding sources to hiding wrongdoing at the highest levels of government perverts the intent of the First Amendment."


Top military QC condemns Guantanamo trials. 02/08/2005. ABC News Online: "There has been condemnation from one of Australia's top military lawyers of the process set up by the United States to try detainees at Guantanamo Bay, including South Australian David Hicks.
Yesterday, the ABC obtained emails from two prosecutors with the US military commissions, saying the procedures are rigged and describing the cases being pursued as marginal."
- -: "Currently being investigated for possibly laundering campaign donations to President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign and under civil and criminal investigation for his role with a failed rare-coin investment with state money, Mr. Noe's friendship has become a liability for many people."
- -: "Special counsel sought in Noe case"