Various news stories from June 2007 are here summarized.
Thus reads the description for my latest video, “Them Years: June 2007”, published to YouTube on August 15, 2016. The clip, which clocks in at 8 minutes and 21 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.
Among the news items from June 2007:
- It was “one of the most chilling plots imaginable“, said U.S. Attorney Roslynn R. Mauskopf. A suspected Muslim terrorist cell allegedly planned to blow up John F. Kennedy International Airport, its fuel tanks and a jet fuel artery. Luckily, the authorities announced on Saturday, June 2, 2007 that they had broken up the suspected terrorist cell and arrested three men. (AP, June 3, by Adam Goldman)
- In jail for her antics, Paris Hilton released a statement saying she was “learning and growing” from her time behind bars. Maybe this “will mark the end of the Paris Hilton fascination,” commented Leslie Baldacci of the Chicago Sun-Times on June 10th.
- Befuddled NASA scientists were wondering why Saturn had an enormous six-sided cloud formation hovering above its gaseous north pole, reported the Washington Post around June 11, 2007. “The weird, hexagonal feature, 15,000 miles across and unlike anything ever spotted in space, was first photographed by the twin Voyager spacecraft more than two decades ago,” reported Rick Weiss. And it was still there in June 2007! Was it the handiwork of giant alien bees?
- In Washington, DC a Victims of Communism Memorial opened. The memorial is tiny, reported Philip Kennicott of the Washington Post on June 13, 2007 (even though the victims of communism number in the millions). It is a 10-foot bronze statue with no particular artistic interest set upon a stubby round stone support.
- Britain’s Independent newspaper reported on June 14, 2007 on how scientists were “warning that the end of oil is coming sooner than governments and oil companies are prepared to admit.” Scientists led by the London-based Oil Depletion Analysis Centre, said that global production of oil was set to peak in the next four years before entering a steepening decline “which will have massive consequences for the world economy and the way that we live our lives.”
- On June 15th, the Associated Press reported on how former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that an immigration bill resurrected by the US Senate was a “monstrosity” that was “fundamentally dishonest and impossible to implement.” Complained Gingrich, “The problem here is not illegal immigration, it’s American employers who willfully refuse to enforce [the] law.” “Right-wing” conservatives had been able to torpedo the legislation and Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) charged that, “Talk radio is running America.”
- On June 19th, New Kerala (apparently a Hindu publication) reported that the inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales had been thrown into a spin by evidence that driver Henri Paul was not drunk at the time the fatal crash took place. New coroner of the inquest Lord Justice Scott Baker acknowledged that there were “serious question marks” about whether or not Henri Paul was drunk.
- On June 26, 2007 Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez forced Exxon Mobil and ConocoPhillips, two of the largest US companies, out of Venezuela’s oil fields in a nationalization drive. “I’m concerned,” said US Energy Secretary Sam Bodman, quoted in a Reuters report by Brian Ellsworth dated June 27th.
- In a press release dated June 26, 2007 the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) announced declassification of a collection of documents nicknamed “Family Jewels.” These “Family Jewels” consisted of almost 700 pages compiled in 1973 under Director of Central Intelligence James Schlesinger, who had asked CIA employees to report activities they thought might be inconsistent with the Agency’s charter. The declassified documents were reported to be available online at http://www.foia.cia.gov.