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11:20 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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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 …
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.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
NYT Reveals Secret Banking Anti-Terrorist Program  —  The New York Times Eric Lichtblau and James Risen have exposed yet another clandestine method used by American intelligence to track terrorists at home and abroad.  This time, the pair has revealed a complex surveillance system …
Washington Post:
Bank Records Secretly Tapped
Discussion: Bull Moose
Associated Press:
U.S. Gets Access to Worldwide Banking Data
CNN:
FBI arrests 7 in domestic terrorism probe  —  Raids being conducted in Miami area  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — FBI agents were raiding sites in Miami, Florida, on Thursday in connection with a domestic terrorism investigation, law enforcement sources said.  —  Officials said no weapons …
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CNN:
Indictment: Suspects wanted to 'kill all the devils we can'  —  Terror plot targeted Chicago's Sears Tower  —  MIAMI, Florida (CNN) — A federal indictment against seven men revealed Friday details of what the government said was a plan intended to "kill all the devils we can."
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.
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.
BBC:   Seven arrests over 'Chicago plot'
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: FBI stages terror raid in Miami (Update: ABC says plan …
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.
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
Senate Report Lists Lobbyist's Payments to Ex-Leader of Christian Coalition  —  WASHINGTON, June 22 — A bipartisan Senate report released on Thursday documented more than $5.3 million in payments to Ralph Reed, the former director of the Christian Coalition and a leading Republican Party strategist …
Discussion: AMERICAblog
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Susan Schmidt / Washington Post:
Senate's Abramoff Report Disputes Rep. Ney
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.
Thomas E. Ricks / Washington Post:
General Reports Spike in Iranian Activity in Iraq  —  Iranian support for extremists inside Iraq has shown a "noticeable increase" this year, with Tehran's special forces providing weapons and bomb training to anti-U.S. groups, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said yesterday.
Discussion: PrairiePundit and War and Piece
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Dan / Riehl World View:
Why The Netroots Movement Will Fail  —  First off, I've probably dug into the recent Kos controversy as much or more than anyone else.  I can't see that Marcos Moulitsas has done anything wrong, other than perhaps a knee jerk response to the criticism.  So, he has little to do with this post.
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
Ex-DIA analyst admits passing secrets to China  —  A former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst has pleaded guilty to illegally holding classified documents and admitted in a plea agreement to passing "top secret" information to Chinese intelligence officials.
Discussion: PrairiePundit
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Besieged Kentucky Governor Draws Fire From a New Quarter  —  As if there were not already enough problems for Gov. Ernie Fletcher of Kentucky, who has been indicted in a political patronage case, he now has political bloggers and First Amendment lawyers after him too.
Amir Taheri / Jerusalem Post:
Eye of the Storm: Kuwait makes history  —  Next week, Kuwaitis will go to the polls to elect a new National Assembly which will, in turn, approve a new prime minister and cabinet.  —  The Kuwaitis will be making history for a number of reasons.  This is the first election in which women …
Discussion: Baseball Crank and USS Neverdock
 
 
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