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GEORGE W. VADER....

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<br />Star Wars sparks talk of 'George W Vader'
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<br /> May 22 2005 at 10:56AM
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<br />By Tangi Quemener
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<br />Los Angeles - A powerful leader moves to suspend civil liberties to defend the republic during a time of war. The subject of political debate in Washington? No, it's the new Star Wars movie.
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<br />Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith has barely hit screens, but political activists are already drawing heated comparisons between Darth Vader's battle in a galaxy far, far away and President George Bush's war on terror.
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<br />George Lucas's sixth and final offering in the classic film series is stirring up a hornet's nest of controversy in the United States, whether or not the director intended to bring modern politics into his sci-fi allegory.
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Silver Ring Thing- --"Faith Based" IDIOTS

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<a href="http://www.silverringthing.com/">Silver Ring Thing</a>
<br />On 22 May 2005, this organization was profiled. My reaction after watching this is that these people are dangerous religious nuts being funded by THIS ADMINISTRATION....Run by King George the Cowardly.</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://codewarriorz.blogspot.com/2005/05/silver-ring-thing-faith-based-idiots.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Silver Ring Thing- another view like mine on this crap~!

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<a href="http://www.byroncrawford.com/2005/05/silver_ring_thi.html">Silver Ring Thing</a>
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<br />Silver Ring Thing
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<br />If you aren't at all familiar with this Silver Ring Thing ********, it's this Christian supremacist teenage abstinence program where kids get these silver rings (hence the name) that say inside them, no lie, "God wants you to be holy, so you should keep clear of all sexual sin. Then each of you will control your body and live in holiness and honor." I remember first hearing about this **** waaay back when I was a teenager and I'm pretty sure some of the kids that I went to college with out in Deliverance, MO were rocking the silver rings.
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<br />Of course, it's been proven time and time again that abstinence programs, Jesus-endorsed or otherwise, don't do jack **** to help prevent STDs and unwanted pregnancies, which I consider a form of STD. In fact, I've seen studies that state that kids who take part in these programs are even more likely to get certain STDs than kids who have the common sense to just strap it up and go for it. So in that sense, I really can't think of any good reason that abstinence should be taught in schools one way or the other, let alone Jesus-based abstinence, which, in addition to being ******* Retarded, would of course be a huge violation of the separation of church and state.
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<br />And yet, this Monday, The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, claiming they illegally funneled over $1 million of tax payers' money into just such a ridonkulous program. You know, I'm usually too wasted to get involved with issues like these one way or the other, but lately, having this job that requires me to deal with poor people day in and day out, I'm beginning to realize that this whole issue of the public veneration and perpetuation of childbirth through various means really is the defining issue of our time.
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davblog: Silver Ring Thing

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<a href="http://blog.dave.org.uk/archives/000358.html">davblog: Silver Ring Thing</a>
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MORE "FROM THE TASER FILES"----Amnesty Int'l Seeks Military's Taser Files

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<a href="http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/kansascity/10296934.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp">Amnesty Int'l Seeks Military's Taser Files</a>
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<br />Amnesty Int'l Seeks Military's Taser Files
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<br />SAM HANANEL
<br />Associated Press
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<br />WASHINGTON - Amnesty International is asking the Defense Department whether the military used Taser electric stun guns on prisoners in Iraq or Afghanistan, saying it is uneasy about reports of mistreatment and abuse.
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<br />The human rights group said it made the request under the Freedom of Information Act after interviewing dozens of prisoners formerly held by U.S. forces.
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<br />"We do have credible evidence that certainly raises the question that Tasers might have been used," Gerald Le Melee, Amnesty International USA's deputy executive director, said Monday.
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<br />Amnesty has long expressed misgivings about the safety of Tasers and whether they are open to abuse because they can inflict severe pain without leaving marks. The group has urged law enforcement agencies to suspend the use of all electroshock weapons pending the outcome of a vigorous independent inquiry into whether the weapons pose health risks.
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<br />Taser International contends its products reduce injuries and save lives by giving police an alternative to lethal force.
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<br />Amnesty's request concerning prisoners seeks information on computer chips stored inside Taser guns that record the date, time and duration of each electric shock administered.
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<br />The group also is requesting information about deaths that might have occurred after a Taser was used, as well as training materials and guidelines for how soldiers are to use the weapons.
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<br />Pentagon officials did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
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Taser files to delay its quarterly report - Latest Earnings - MSNBC.com

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<a href="http://msnbc.msn.com/id/7882935/">Taser files to delay its quarterly report - Latest Earnings - MSNBC.com</a>
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<br />WASHINGTON - Stun gun maker Taser International Inc. filed with regulators Tuesday to delay its quarterly filing, saying it was not able to complete its quarterly financial statements in time because it is busy restating its financials for the year ended Dec. 31, 2004.
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<br />Taser said the error in its yearly results comes from its calculation of the future tax benefit from employees' sale of stock they had received by exercising options.
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<br />The SEC is investigating the company over statements about the safety of its stun guns and a distribution deal struck in December 2004.
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<br />The deal increased suspicions because it happened late in the fourth quarter and raised doubts about when Taser planned to book revenue from the agreement.
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The Korea Herald : The Nation's No.1 English Newspaper

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<a href="http://www.koreaherald.co.kr/SITE/data/html_dir/2005/05/23/200505230031.asp">The Korea Herald : The Nation's No.1 English Newspaper</a>
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<br />Government to establish globalconsortium for cloning research
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<br />The government said yesterday that it plans to form a global consortium comprised of experts in support of further advancing therapeutic cloning research by Seoul National University professor Hwang Woo-suk.
<br />Park Ki-young, an aide of the presidential office's Information, Science and Technology Division, said that steps are being taken to form an international research team to further develop Hwang's breakthrough in producing stem cells that are identical to the patient with a serious medical condition.
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<br />Last week, Hwang's research team revealed that it successfully created the world's first patient-specific stem cells, giving scientists greater hopes of one day being able to treat conditions like diabetes and Parkinson's disease and physical injuries by transplanting healthy cells with damaged cells. The results were published by the U.S. journal "Science."
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<br />The aide of the presidential office said relevant officials from the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Health and Welfare will meet this week to discuss the envisaged international research team and funding issues.
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<br />The government hopes a team will be made by the latter half of the year and be ready to start research right away.
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Atheists say it's time to 'push back' fundamentalism

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<a href="http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/states/california/northern_california/11712678.htm">AP Wire | 05/22/2005 | Atheists say it's time to 'push back' fundamentalism</a>
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<br />Atheists say it's time to 'push back' fundamentalism
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<br />GREG SANDOVAL
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<br />Associated Press
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<br />SAN FRANCISCO - To the uninformed, this weekend gathering here may have seemed like a church revival, full of zeal and fervor. But worshipping God was most decidedly not part of the agenda.
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<br />The attendees of the "All Atheists Weekend" gathered to discuss what they call the rise of fundamentalism in the U.S. and the blurring of lines between church and state.
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<br />Attendees also took time to view documentaries that question the historical accuracy of the Bible - and to hear lectures about the dangers of religious icons on public property and problems with President Bush's so-called "faith-based initiative," which seeks to give religious groups equal footing in seeking federal grants to provide social services.
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<br />Organizers said they expected more than 250 people to take part in the event, which featured a lecture by Ellen Johnson, the president of American Atheists. The gathering began Friday and continued through Sunday at various spots throughout the city.
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<br />The religious right's increasing involvement in U.S. politics has triggered an angry backlash among the godless, say Bay area atheist groups, five of which organized the weekend event.
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<br />"It's time for us to push back," said psychologist Jaime Arcila, 52, of San Francisco, who was accompanied by his two children, Javier, 15, and Amanda, 12, in a tiny theater Saturday night just south of downtown.
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<br />Arcila, who is not an official member of any atheist group, said he was prompted to attend Saturday's showing of "The God Who Wasn't There," along with about 100 other people, because of what he sees as a growing intolerance in the U.S. for people with alternative views and lifestyles.
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<br />Arcila, who was raised by Catholic parents, said the nation needs more dialogue about "peace, tolerance, justice, and love," not exclusion based on a difference of ideas.
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<br />Ali, a 36-year-old native Iranian, agreed. He declined to give his last name because he said he wants to return to his Muslim-dominated homeland someday and fears that he could be persecuted should he be identified as an atheist.
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<br />Ali said he knows all too well the effects of religious fundamentalism on a society from his own experiences in his native country.
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<br />Nations that accept only one set of values or beliefs are "restrictive and stifling," Ali said.
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<br />"I was a Muslim but stopped believing after a lot of pain and after a lot of thought," he said. "Being here at this event is encouraging me not to be afraid. It strengthens me and helps me stand up for what I believe."
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<br />But just how tolerant of Christianity and other religions are the atheists?
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<br />"We don't hate Christians," said David Fitzgerald, 40, an insurance broker and member of San Francisco Atheists. "People in this country are free to believe in whatever they want."
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<br />Nonetheless, during the Saturday night movie, the crowd booed and hissed when a photo of Pat Robertson was displayed on the screen.
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<br />Robertson, the founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network and a former U.S. presidential candidate, is a leader in the efforts by some religious groups to return America and its government to Christian values.
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<br />Fitzgerald offered no apologies.
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<br />"Robertson and other Theocrats scare the **** out of us," Fitzgerald said. "They want to turn a democracy into a theocracy. Even Christians are afraid of that."
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<br />GREG SANDOVAL
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<br />Associated Press
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<br />SAN FRANCISCO - To the uninformed, this weekend gathering here may have seemed like a church revival, full of zeal and fervor. But worshipping God was most decidedly not part of the agenda.
<br />
<br />The attendees of the "All Atheists Weekend" gathered to discuss what they call the rise of fundamentalism in the U.S. and the blurring of lines between church and state.
<br />
<br />Attendees also took time to view documentaries that question the historical accuracy of the Bible - and to hear lectures about the dangers of religious icons on public property and problems with President Bush's so-called "faith-based initiative," which seeks to give religious groups equal footing in seeking federal grants to provide social services.
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<br />Organizers said they expected more than 250 people to take part in the event, which featured a lecture by Ellen Johnson, the president of American Atheists. The gathering began Friday and continued through Sunday at various spots throughout the city.
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<br />The religious right's increasing involvement in U.S. politics has triggered an angry backlash among the godless, say Bay area atheist groups, five of which organized the weekend event.
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<br />"It's time for us to push back," said psychologist Jaime Arcila, 52, of San Francisco, who was accompanied by his two children, Javier, 15, and Amanda, 12, in a tiny theater Saturday night just south of downtown.
<br />
<br />Arcila, who is not an official member of any atheist group, said he was prompted to attend Saturday's showing of "The God Who Wasn't There," along with about 100 other people, because of what he sees as a growing intolerance in the U.S. for people with alternative views and lifestyles.
<br />
<br />Arcila, who was raised by Catholic parents, said the nation needs more dialogue about "peace, tolerance, justice, and love," not exclusion based on a difference of ideas.
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<br />Ali, a 36-year-old native Iranian, agreed. He declined to give his last name because he said he wants to return to his Muslim-dominated homeland someday and fears that he could be persecuted should he be identified as an atheist.
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<br />Ali said he knows all too well the effects of religious fundamentalism on a society from his own experiences in his native country.
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<br />Nations that accept only one set of values or beliefs are "restrictive and stifling," Ali said.
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<br />"I was a Muslim but stopped believing after a lot of pain and after a lot of thought," he said. "Being here at this event is encouraging me not to be afraid. It strengthens me and helps me stand up for what I believe."
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<br />But just how tolerant of Christianity and other religions are the atheists?
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<br />"We don't hate Christians," said David Fitzgerald, 40, an insurance broker and member of San Francisco Atheists. "People in this country are free to believe in whatever they want."
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<br />Nonetheless, during the Saturday night movie, the crowd booed and hissed when a photo of Pat Robertson was displayed on the screen.
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<br />Robertson, the founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network and a former U.S. presidential candidate, is a leader in the efforts by some religious groups to return America and its government to Christian values.
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<br />Fitzgerald offered no apologies.
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<br />"Robertson and other Theocrats scare the **** out of us," Fitzgerald said. "They want to turn a democracy into a theocracy. Even Christians are afraid of that."
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USATODAY.com - 'Star Wars' can't rescue box office

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<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2005-05-22-box-office-analysis_x.htm">USATODAY.com - 'Star Wars' can't rescue box office</a>
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<br />'Star Wars' can't rescue box office
<br />By Scott Bowles, USA TODAY
<br />Looks as if Darth Vader was right: The dark side is pretty powerful. It just wasn't strong enough to bring balance to the box office galaxy ? yet.
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<br /> Despite breaking several box office records, Sith wasn't able to stop the box office slump ? but repeat viewings could change that.
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<br />Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, George Lucas' gloomy final installment of his space saga, shattered several box-office records on its way to a whopping $108.5 million weekend, according to estimates from Nielsen EDI. (Related chart: See the weekend's top 10 movies)
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<br />Though Sith did not break the record for biggest opening three-day weekend ?Spider-Man opened at $114.8 million in 2002 ? the film claimed other milestones. Boosted by midnight screenings Wednesday, Sith had the largest single-day opening with $50 million, eclipsing Shrek 2's $44.8 million. Its $158.5 million not only set the four-day record; it's also the most money over five days, nudging Spider-Man 2's $152.4 million five-day haul.
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<br />More important, the film satisfied most fans and critics, giving distributor 20th Century Fox hope for a long run. About 83% of the nation's critics gave the film a positive review, according to the survey site rottentomatoes.com.
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<br />"We're getting great response in every corner," Fox distribution chief Bruce Snyder says. "Fans are coming out and getting right back in line."
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<br />Strong word of mouth, analysts say, probably will propel the film past $400 million and could make it one of the five highest-grossing films ever.
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<br />"This was the movie we'd been waiting for," Ronnie McDaniels, 22, said Saturday night after seeing the film for a third time at Arclight Cinemas in Los Angeles. McDaniels says he will see Sith "at least twice more. This is the last Star Wars. I want to say a long goodbye."
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<br />That won't be enough, however, to end the industry's three-month drought. Despite Sith's performance, overall ticket sales dropped 6% from the same weekend last year, the 13th straight weekend sales have lagged behind last year's pace.
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<br />"The slump continues," says Paul Dergarabedian of box office tracker Exhibitor
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CNN.com - Karzai demands?'justice' over?abuse charge - May 22, 2005

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<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/05/22/afghanistan.us/">CNN.com - Karzai demands?'justice' over?abuse charge - May 22, 2005</a>
<br />Karzai demands 'justice' over abuse charge.
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<br />WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The president of Afghanistan has demanded justice from the United States over the alleged abuse of two Afghan detainees who reportedly died in U.S. custody.
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<br />But Hamid Karzai told CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer" on Sunday that the incident "must not reflect on the United States."
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<br />Karzai, who arrived in Washington on Sunday, is scheduled to meet with President George W. Bush on Monday in the White House.
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<br />His comments came on the same day that the United Nations condemned the alleged abuse as "utterly unacceptable." It also called on the U.S. military to allow a probe by Afghan investigators. (Full story)
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<br />Karzai spoke with Blitzer about the abuse reported Friday in the New York Times, citing a 2,000-page confidential file on the Army's criminal investigation into the deaths, which took place at Bagram Air Base north of Kabul in December 2002.
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<br />"This is simply not acceptable," Karzai said. "We are angry about this. We want justice. We want the people responsible for this sort of brutal behavior punished and tried and made public.
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<br />"At the same time, I must say that while we condemn this, we show Afghans, we show the rest of the world that the behavior of two soldiers or interrogators must not reflect on the United States or on the U.S. people," he said.
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<br />"There are bad people everywhere."
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<br />Karzai, a former U.S. oil company executive seen by many in his own country as a U.S. puppet, came to the United States 10 days after at least 15 people were killed in anti-U.S. protests in his country. (Full story)
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<br />Those protests were sparked when a Newsweek report fueled simmering angry at the United States by quoting a U.S. official who said a U.S. investigation had found that interrogators at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, had defiled the Quran.
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<br />Newsweek retracted the story when its source later said he wasn't sure his information was correct. (Full story)
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<br />The Afghan president said the allegations of defilement of the Quran were "a serious matter about people's beliefs and feelings," but added that the violent protests were "directed at the peace process" and the "elections in Afghanistan."
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<br />Karzai also angrily defended his presidency against a charge published in Sunday's New York Times that a poppy eradication program in Afghanistan is failing because "has been unwilling to assert strong leadership."
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<br />The charge came from a memo sent from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the Times said, and was leaked to the paper by "an American official alarmed at the slow pace of poppy eradication."
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<br />"We have done our job," Karzai told CNN.
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<br />"The Afghan people have done their job. Now the international community must come and provide alternative revenue to the Afghan people which they have not done so far. Let us stop this blame game. Instead of blaming Afghanistan, the international community must come and fulfill its own objective to the Afghan people."
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<br />Meanwhile, Karzai told CNN that fugitive terror leader Osama bin Laden is not in Afghanistan.
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<br />"If he were, we would catch him," he said.
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