February 13th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Police officer who ejaculated on motorist found not guilty

Police officer who ejaculated on motorist found not guilty

http://www.ocweekly.com/news/news/illegally-park-ed/26661/

An 11 man, 1 woman jury in Orange County found Irvine police officer David Alex Park not guilty of three felony charges after he pulled over a female motorist (a dancer from Captain Cream Cabaret, identified as "Lucy" in court) and ejaculated on her sweater.
200702121628 Four months earlier, Park had stopped Lucy under similar circumstances. That time, he’d ignored a plastic drug baggie he’d found in her car and her suspended license. But the stop wasn’t a waste of time. After friendly chit-chat, the officer had scored Lucy’s phone number. Telephone records show that Park called the stripper the next morning. She told him she was too busy to meet.

On the witness stand, Park explained that he’d called Lucy out of concern for a citizen’s safety. He also shrugged his shoulders when [sex crimes prosecutor Shaddi] Kamiabipour slowly listed the first names of nine Captain Cream female employees—Annette, Denise, Rashele, Marlia, Brandi, Andrea, Deborah, Laura and Shannon—whose license plates he’d run through the DMV computer in the weeks prior to his sexual encounter with Lucy. (Another coincidence, according to [defense attorney Al ] Stokke.) Jurors also learned that Irvine Police Sgt. Michael Hallinan had previously warned Park as they left work to stay away from the strippers.

Park, who works in construction nowadays, conceded that he’d been given the warning but claimed that he had no clue it was Lucy in the vehicle or that she had an invalid driver’s license, even as he approached her car window.

Link 

http://www.ocweekly.com/news/news/illegally-park-ed/26661/

Chris Keeley

The diagnosis requires the feeling that you can’t stop

And it’s that loss of control that makes it a psychiatric disorder different from someone just overindulging every now and then

Survey Puts New Focus on Binge Eating as a Diagnosis

Binge eating is not yet officially classified as a psychiatric disorder. But it may be more common than the two eating disorders now recognized, anorexia nervosa and bulimia.

The first nationally representative study of eating disorders in the United States, a nationwide survey of more than 2,900 men and women, was published by Harvard researchers in the Feb. 1 issue of the journal Biological Psychiatry. It found a prevalence in the general population of 0.6 percent for anorexia, 1 percent for bulimia and 2.8 percent for binge-eating disorder.

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Chris Keeley

"From the Wonderful Folks Who Brought You Iraq": Craig Unger on How the Neoconservatives Are Pushing

"From the Wonderful Folks Who Brought You Iraq": Craig Unger on How the Neoconservatives Are Pushing For An Attack on Iran

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/13/154246

“Once again, neocon ideologues have been flogging questionable intelligence about W.M.D.," Unger writes. "Once again, dubious Middle East exile groups are making the rounds in Washington—this time urging regime change in Syria and Iran. Once again, heroic new exile leaders are promising freedom." [includes rush transcript]

 


New allegations against Iran are heightening fears the Bush administration is planning a second war in the Persian Gulf. This weekend, administration and military officials accused the Iranian government of sending sophisticated roadside bombs to Iraq that have killed 170 coalition troops in the last three years. Military officials formally unveiled the charges at an unusual news conference in Baghdad. The officials refused to be quoted by name and barred all recording devices from the room. Reporters were shown images of weapons with serial numbers the Pentagon says originate in Iran.

The Iranian government is denying the accusations. On Monday, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was asked by ABC's Diane Sawyer whether Iran is sending weapons into Iraq to kill Americans.

  • Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, talking to ABC's Diane Sawyer.
Meanwhile, the top US military commander, General Peter Pace, added to growing doubts about the accusations Monday when he admitted he could not endorse them.
  • Gen. Peter Pace: "Gen. Peter Pace: "We know that the explosively formed projectiles are manufactured in Iran. What I would not say is that the Iranian government, per se, knows about this. It is clear that Iranians are involved, and it's clear that materials from Iran are involved, but I would not say by what I know that the Iranian government clearly knows or is complicit."
General Peter Pace, speaking in Australia. The Bush administration is insisting the new allegations do not signify a build-up towards war. In an interview with C-Span Monday, President Bush defended the White House pressure on Iran and mocked speculation of a possible US attack.
  • President Bush: “I guess my reaction to all the noise about, you know, ‘He wants to go to war’ is, first of all, I don’t understand the tactics, and I guess I would say it’s political."
Amid these new developments, a new article in Vanity Fair magazine says the behind-the-scenes maneuvering that led to the Iraq war is being repeated today. The article says: “Once again, neocon ideologues have been flogging questionable intelligence about W.M.D. Once again, dubious Middle East exile groups are making the rounds in Washington—this time urging regime change in Syria and Iran. Once again, heroic new exile leaders are promising freedom."

The article is called "From the Wonderful Folks Who Brought You Iraq." Craig Unger is the author of the piece. He joins me here in the firehouse studio. Welcome to Democracy Now!

  • Craig Unger, journalist and author. His latest article appears in Vanity Fair. It's called "From the Wonderful Folks Who Brought You Iraq." He is the author of "House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship Between the World's Two Most Powerful Dynasties."

AMY GOODMAN: On Monday, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was asked by ABC’s Diane Sawyer whether Iran is sending weapons into Iraq to kill Americans.

    MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD: [translated]

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Chris Keeley

From the Wonderful Folks Who Brought You Iraq

From the Wonderful Folks Who Brought You Iraq

The same neocon ideologues behind the Iraq war have been using the same tactics—alliances with shady exiles, dubious intelligence on W.M.D.—to push for the bombing of Iran. As President Bush ups the pressure on Tehran, is he planning to double his Middle East bet?

by Craig Unger March 2007

In the weeks leading up to George W. Bush's January 10 speech on the war in Iraq, there was a brief but heady moment when it seemed that the president might finally accept the failure of his Middle East policy and try something new. Rising anti-war sentiment had swept congressional Republicans out of power. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld had been tossed overboard. And the Iraq Study Group (I.S.G.), chaired by former

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Chris Keeley

The Big Shoot

Exclusive footage from the making of Killers Kill, Dead Men Die, the most ambitious portfolio in the 13-year history of Vanity Fair's Hollywood Issue. See the March issue for the spectacular 33-page film noir portfolio, created by Annie Leibovitz and Michael Roberts

http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/video/2007/filmnoir_broll_video200703

Video slide show: The 2007 Hollywood Portfolio

Video: Behind-the-scenes footage from the film noir shoots

Photos: Exclusive images from the Killers Kill, Dead Men Die shoots


· More video: The Killers Kill, Dead Men Die slide show
· Photos: Behind the scenes at the film noir shoots
· Annie Leibovitz on the making of Killers Kill, Dead Men Die

Chris Keeley

Sen. Hillary Clinton Refuses to Acknowledge Making Mistake Over Voting for Iraq War & Says No Option

Sen. Hillary Clinton Refuses to Acknowledge Making Mistake Over Voting for Iraq War & Says No Options Should Be Taken Off The Table on Iran

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/13/154256

At a town hall meeting in New Hampshire resident Roger Tilton asked Clinton: "I want to know if right here, right now, once and for all and without nuance, you can say that war authorization was a mistake." Anne Miller later asked Clinton about her views on Iran. [includes rush transcript]

 

As Democratic Presidential contenders campaign across the nation, the war in Iraq continues to weigh on the minds of potential voters. Over the weekend, Senator Hillary Clinton had to face difficult questions from concerned residents in New Hampshire about her authorization of the Iraq war. During a town hall meeting on Saturday in Berlin, New Hampshire, Roger Tilton--who drove three hours from Nashua to see the Senator in person--questioned her.

    Roger Tilton: I want to know if right here, right now, once and for all and without nuance, you can say that war authorization was a mistake. I, and I think a lot of other primary voters — until we hear you say it, we're not going to hear all the other great things you are saying.
    Sen. Hillary Clinton: Well I have said, and I will repeat it, that knowing what I know now, I never would have voted for it. But I also (applause), I mean obviously you have to weigh everything as you make your decision. I have taken responsibility for my vote. The mistakes were made by this president who misled this country and this Congress into a war that should not have been waged.

Senator Hillary Clinton, speaking Saturday in New Hampshire. She was answering a question from audience member Roger Tilton who joins me now live from Manchester, New Hampshire. Welcome to Democracy Now!

  • Roger Tilton, financial adviser in New Hampshire. He attended a town hall meeting in New Hampshire where Senator Hillary Clinton spoke, and asked whether her decision to authorize the war in Iraq was "a mistake."

Hillary Clinton has also said she would not rule out attacking Iran. She spoke earlier this month at a dinner organized by AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

  • Sen. Hillary Clinton: "U.S. policy must be clear and unequivocal: We cannot, we should not, we must not permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear weapons. In dealing with this threat as i have said for a very long time, no option can be taken off the table."

Senator Hillary Clinton speaking February 1st at a dinner organized by AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Anne Miller is the Director of New Hampshire Peace Action -- And she joins me now from Manchester, New Hampshire as well.

  • Anne Miller, Director, New Hampshire Peace Action.

Senator Barack Obama made a stopover in New Hampshire on Monday - one day after Hillary Clinton campaigned there. It was Obama's first trip to the influential primary state as an official Democratic presidential candidate. He officially entered the race on Saturday in his home state of Illinois. Speaking at an evening rally at the University of New Hampshire, Obama addressed the issue of Iraq.

  • Sen. Barack Obama, speaking in New Hampshire.

AMY GOODMAN: During a town hall meeting on Saturday in Berlin, New Hampshire, Roger Tilton, who drove three hours from Nashua to see the senator in person, asked her a question.

    ROGER TILTON: I want to know if right here, right now, once and for all, without nuance,

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Chris Keeley

Defense Paints Libby as Busy Man With Bad Recall

Defense Paints Libby as Busy Man With Bad Recall

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 – The former right-hand man to I. Lewis Libby Jr. described his ex-boss today as a dawn-to-night workaholic, constantly on the go as Vice President Dick Cheney’s top aide and, by implication, too busy to recall the details of the unmasking of a C.I. A. agent.

John Hannah, who is the vice president’s national security adviser, testified at Mr. Libby’s criminal trial that Mr. Libby held “essentially two full-time jobs,” keeping to a whirlwind schedule of meetings and briefings and monitoring several safes full of classified data.

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Chris Keeley

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