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Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 04:51 PM

These just in from WTW's FUX News, where we report, you deride:

1. So tv watching, even Pentagon t.v., can melt your brain with its constant onslaught of self-serving commercials

Rumsfeld Says Success of War in Iraq Key to `Containing' Iran
April 25 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said success in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are key to containing what he said were ``extreme impulses'' coming from Iran, a country he tied to the American-led war on terrorism.

In an interview on the Pentagon's internal television channel Rumsfeld said those who believe the cost of the war in Iraq is too high should consider how failure would ``advance'' the cause of the Iranian government, which the U.S. says is trying to develop nuclear weapons.

"We need to put Iraq and Afghanistan in that context so that those people in our country who are deeply concerned about Iran, which is understandable, recognize that success in Afghanistan and success in Iraq is critical to containing the extreme impulses that we see emanating from Iran,'' Rumsfeld said according a transcript released by the Department of Defense.

2.  Now That's A Time Lapse

Port Workers to Undergo Background Checks
Apr 25 7:11 PM US/Eastern
By LARA JAKES JORDAN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON Seaport workers will undergo background checks for links to terrorism and to ensure they are legal U.S. residents, the Bush administration said Tuesday.

The announcement came after months of scathing criticism about security gaps at the nation's ports.

The heightened scrutiny _ which will begin immediately _ drew praise from some lawmakers and port associations that said the checks were long overdue. Others jeered the security measures as either too weak or too invasive of workers' privacy rights.

Names of an estimated 400,000 employees who work in the most sensitive areas of ports will be matched against government terror watch lists and immigration databases, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said. They will be among roughly 750,000 workers _ including truckers and rail employees _ who have unrestricted access to ports and will be required to carry tamper-resistant identification cards by next year.

"What this will do is it will elevate security at our ports themselves so that we can be sure that those who enter our ports to do business come for legitimate reasons and not in order to do us harm," Chertoff said. He called the safeguards part of a "ring of security" around U.S. ports.

The background checks will not examine workers' criminal history, although Chertoff left open that possibility for the future.

Let's see, less than 18 months from 9/11 to Iraq invasion; about 55 months from 9/11 to "hey, shouldn't we check out whether the people who have access to the waterway entry to the country want to kill us?" Well, everybody has their own priorities.

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