From America, via the Guardian »
“From Hitler to Pinochet and beyond, history shows there are certain steps that any would-be dictator must take to destroy constitutional freedoms. And, argues Naomi Wolf, George Bush and his administration seem to be taking them all.”
Another via the Beeb »
The brother of former American football star Pat Tillman, killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan, has accused the US military of manipulating his death.
Kevin Tillman said that by claiming Cpl Tillman had died fighting the enemy in 2004, the army had tried to “hijack his virtue and his legacy”.
He was testifying to a congressional panel investigating if misinformation from the battlefield was deliberate.
Jessica Lynch, an injured US soldier rescued in Iraq in 2003, also spoke.
Questions have been raised over the details of her capture and subsequent rescue by US forces, with the US defence department accused of turning the episode into a public relations exercise.
Pte Lynch told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that US officials’ accounts of her fiercely fighting the enemy were not true and that most of her injuries were from a road accident.
“The bottom line is the American people are capable of determining their own ideals of heroes and they don’t need to be told elaborate tales,” she said.
Local items via the Echo:
TORY Leader David Cameron has vowed to be more â€œScouser-friendlyâ€.
The Old Etonian has denied that he is a southern softie and insisted that his â€œgrittyâ€ policies will play well in Liverpool and other great northern cities.
He has also signalled a tougher approach to street crime, a review of the failed Merseytram project and more regeneration of deprived areas.
Mr Cameronâ€™s message, ahead of local government and devo-elections, predicted that the Conservatives can make inroads at the general election, breaking Labour’s stranglehold on Merseyside parliamentary seats.
(No mention or sight of Boris Johnson anyway)
MORE than 1,600 campaigners have signed an online petition calling for the government to back a fresh inquiry into Michael Shieldsâ€™s conviction for attempted murder.
As the ECHO revealed on Saturday, the petition was given approval by Tony Blair to be placed on his Downing Street website list of e-petitions.
Already 1,614 signatures have been added by supporters who say the Liverpool FC fan is innocent.
Today, campaigners fighting to clear Michaelâ€™s name said they were hoping for 100,000 signatures by the second anniversary of his jailing next month.
You can find the petition at: http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/MichaelCShields/