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9:20 AM ET, June 23, 2006

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New York Times:
Bank Data Sifted in Secret by U.S. to Block Terror  —  WASHINGTON, June 22 — Under a secret Bush administration program initiated weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, counterterrorism officials have gained access to financial records from a vast international database and examined banking …
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Los Angeles Times:
U.S. Mining Bank Transfer Data in Anti-Terror Effort  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. government, without the knowledge of many banks and their customers, has engaged for years in a secret effort to track terrorist financing by reviewing confidential information on transfers of money between banks worldwide.
Michelle Malkin:
NYTIMES BLABBERMOUTHS STRIKE AGAIN  —  ***update: The Los Angeles Times piles on and flaps its mouth, too...The story is the blabbermouth media's refusal to act responsibly and learn when to shut up...***  —  Dammit.  These people don't know when to stop.
Justin Bachman / Associated Press:
Media Refuses to Hold Surveillance Story  —  The Bush administration and The New York Times are again at odds over national security, this time with new reports of a broad government effort to track global financial transfers.  —  The newspaper, which in December broke news of an effort …
Associated Press:   U.S. Gets Access to Worldwide Banking Data
Bryan / Hot Air:
Whose side are they on?  —  The boss is vexed, and not because …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Kelli Kennedy / Associated Press:
Official: 7 arrested in Sears Tower plot  —  MIAMI - Seven people were arrested Thursday in connection with the early stages of a plot to attack Chicago's Sears Tower and other buildings in the U.S., including the FBI office here, a federal law enforcement official said.
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Evan Benn / Miami Herald:
Anti-terror arrests made in Miami raid  —  FBI agents backed by state and local law enforcement cordoned off an area of Liberty City and made several arrests on Thursday as part of what U.S. officials called a significant terror-related investigation.  —  There was no immediate threat to Miami, officials said.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: FBI stages terror raid in Miami (Update: ABC says plan was to bomb Sears Tower) (Update: "Jihad")  —  Just across on CNN.  Early reports say the area's flooded with agents.  Six to eight suspects are thought to have been arrested, and they're not believed to be Muslim.
Pierre Thomas / ABCNEWS:
Federal Agents Raid Suspected Terror Cell in Miami  —  Officials Say Group Planned to Bomb the FBI Building in Miami and Sears Tower in Chicago  —  June 22, 2006 — ABC News has learned that federal agents, including the FBI, are launching a series of raids tonight targeting a suspected terror cell based in Miami.
MSNBC:
FBI arrests 7 in Miami terrorism-related search  —  Investigators claim men conspired to attack Sears Tower … MSNBC TV  —  MIAMI - Federal law-enforcement sources tell NBC News that the FBI has arrested seven men here as part of an ongoing anti-terrorism operation.
Discussion: Thomas Joscelyn and Macsmind
Fox News:
Seven Nabbed in Miami on Terror Charges in Plot to Hit Sears Tower  —  MIAMI — Seven people were arrested on terrorism conspiracy charges Thursday in connection with the early stages of a plot to attack Chicago's Sears Tower and other buildings in the United States, a federal law enforcement official said.
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT and Power Line
BBC:   Seven arrests over 'Chicago plot'
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Domestic Terrorism Raids In Miami
Discussion: GroupIntel and Atlas Shrugs
David Stout / New York Times:
Senate Rejects Democratic Efforts on Iraq  —  WASHINGTON, June 22 — The Senate voted today against measures calling for the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, after a long and emotional debate that was in some ways reminiscent of the Vietnam War era.  —  The votes, 86 to 13 on one measure …
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David Lightman / Hartford Courant:
Lieberman Goes It Alone
Joan Vennochi / Boston Globe:
A military draft might awaken us  —  REINSTATE THE military draft and see how quickly the United States ends its war in Iraq.  —  Imagine if all our sons and daughters were at risk for deployment to the desert.  Imagine if all our children faced the Al Qaeda-style butchery that took the lives …
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Times of London:
Peace deal offers Iraq insurgents an amnesty  —  From Ned Parker in Baghdad and Tom Baldwin  —  THE Iraqi Government will announce a sweeping peace plan as early as Sunday in a last-ditch effort to end the Sunni insurgency that has taken the country to the brink of civil war.
Lee Siegel / The New Republic:
BLOG THIS:  —  In response to Jason Zengerle's most recent post on The Plank—"Hope you're not tired of this Kos stuff"—no, I for one am definitely not tired of Zengerle's artful and honest exposure of someone who, more and more, seems to represent the purest, most classical strain of hypocrisy.
 
 
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