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Coalition ready to drop key counter-terrorism measure

Coalition ready to drop key counter-terrorism measure 07 Jun 2010 Ministers are considering dropping the 28 day limit for detaining terrorism suspects without charge, it can be disclosed. The Coalition is currently reviewing counter-terrorism legislation brought in following the September 11 and July 7 attacks by blamed on al-Qaeda. Among the controversial measures that they will consider scrapping is the extended detention before charge, brought in to give police more time to unravel plots.

US crisis panel hits Goldman Sachs with subpoenas

US crisis panel hits Goldman Sachs with subpoenas 07 Jun 2010 A high-profile panel investigating the causes of the financial crisis announced Monday it had subpoenaed Goldman Sachs for failing to cooperate with the probe. Leading members of Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission angrily accused Goldman of ignoring "multiple" requests for information and of trying to overwhelm the commission's small staff with mountains of irrelevant documents. "We did not ask them to pull up a dump truck to our offices and dump a bunch of rubbish, we asked for very specific items," said commission chair Phil Angelides, announcing the demand.

Iranian scholar confirms abduction

Iranian scholar confirms abduction 08 Jun 2010 The Iranian scholar who went missing last year while on pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia has confirmed his abduction by the US in a video message. Shahram Amiri, a researcher at Iran's Malek Ashtar University, insisted in the message released on Monday that he was kidnapped by US agents en route to Mecca in June 2009. "I am Shahram Amiri, a lecturer at Malek Ashtar University, and at the moment I am in the town of Tucson in the US state of Arizona. I was abducted on the 13th of Khordad 1388 in a joint operation by terror and kidnap teams from the US intelligence service CIA and Saudi Arabia's Istikhbarat. I was kidnapped from the holy city of Medina," Amiri said.

Reflections by a Former US Marine on the Mavi Marmara

Reflections by a Former US Marine on the Mavi Marmara: On Cowardice and Violence By Ken O'Keefe 07 Jun 2010 I knew the commandos were murdering when I removed a 9mm pistol from one of  them.  I had that gun in my hands and as an ex-US Marine with training in the use of guns it was completely within my power to  use that gun on the commando who may have been the murderer of one  of my brothers.  But that is not what I, nor any other defender of  the ship did.  I took that weapon away, removed the bullets,  proper lead bullets, separated them from the weapon and hid the  gun.  I did this in the hopes that we would repel the attack and  submit this weapon as evidence in a criminal trial against Israeli  authorities for mass murder.

BP's Deepwater Horizon costs hit $1.25bn

BP's Deepwater Horizon costs hit $1.25bn --Efforts to stop leak, clean-up costs and compensation costing tens of millions a day --BP shares rise 2.7% this morning on hopes for success and dividend pledge 07 Jun 2010 The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has now cost BP $1.25bn (£870m), as its much-criticised chief executive vows to spend "what it takes" to fix the Deepwater Horizon disaster that has caused growing anger across America... The City continues to be reassured by BP's efforts, and its refusal so far to cut its dividend. The company's shares were the biggest riser on the FTSE 100 this morning, up as much as 11p or 2.7% at 444p.

Two Australian soldiers killed by bomb on first tour of Afghanistan

Two Australian soldiers killed by bomb on first tour of Afghanistan 08 Jun 2010 Two Australian soldiers and a sniffer dog have been killed by a roadside bomb during their first tour of duty in Afghanistan. The Diggers belonged to the Mentoring Task Force and are the first Australians to die in 11 months, bringing the total number of deaths in the campaign to 13. Acting Defence Force chief David Hurley said the troops were based in Brisbane with the 2nd combat engineer regiment.

BP well may be spewing 100,000 barrels a day, scientist says

BP well may be spewing 100,000 barrels a day, scientist says 07 Jun 2010 BP's runaway Deepwater Horizon well may be spewing what the company once-called its worst case scenario -- 100,000 barrels a day, a member of the government panel told McClatchy Monday. "In the data I've seen, there's nothing inconsistent with BP's worst case scenario," Ira Leifer, an associate researcher at the Marine Science Institute of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a member of the government's Flow Rate Technical Group, told McClatchy.

Former CIA Star Agent Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault

Former CIA Star Agent Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault 07 Jun 2010 Andrew Warren, a former CIA  station chief in Algeria, pleaded guilty in federal court here Monday to drugging and raping a Muslim woman while stationed in Algiers. Dressed in prison garb and walking with a limp, Andrew Warren, 42, appeared in a Washington, D.C., federal courtroom to plead guilty to one count of abusive sexual conduct and one count of using illegal drugs while possessing a firearm. He will remain in federal custody until he is sentenced on September 9.

Dispersal of Oil Means Cleanup to Take Years, Official Says

Dispersal of Oil Means Cleanup to Take Years, Official Says 07 Jun 2010 Although the Coast Guard had trained for the possibility of cleaning up a disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it had never anticipated that oil would spread across such a broad area and break up into hundreds of thousands of patches as the current spill has done, the commanderheading the federal response to the spill said Monday. [BP propagandist] Adm. Thad W. Allen, at a news conference at the White House, acknowledged that it would take years to mitigate the impact of the spill on the marshes, beaches and wildlife on the Gulf Coast. On Sunday, the admiral had said it could take well into autumn to deal with the slick that is spreading relentlessly across four states of the gulf.

BP buys 'oil spill' sponsored links for search engines

BP buys 'oil spill' sponsored links for search engines 07 Jun 2010 As daily clean-up costs to BP spiral to $37 million per day and its chief executive is vilified in the press, the company is trying to fight back - by buying search terms. So each time someone enters a relevant query - say "oil spill" - into a search engine such as Google, Yahoo or Bing, their results also include a paid-for link from BP. Typically, these sponsored links sit above the genuine results. [WHY is this terrorist organization - BP - still *functioning?* Stuff Hayward and his cohorts into a CIA Gulfstream, ship them to Bush's Gitmo or Obama's Bagram, waterboard them with oily water, try and convict them for eco-crimes against humanity, divide their assets and be done with it. --LRP]

7 killed, 45 injured in 24 hours in Iraq

7 killed, 45 injured in 24 hours in Iraq 08 Jun 2010 Within the space of a day, violence has claimed the lives of seven people across Iraq and left 45 others injured. A bomb attack against the house of a policeman in Ramadi, the capital of the western province of Anbar, killed a young female, injured 10 others, and destroyed three residences on Monday, AFP reported. Eighteen others were injured when four other houses belonging to law enforcement agents were attacked in the city of Fallujah, which is also in Anbar province.

Banned GM maize sown in Germany

Banned GM maize sown in Germany 07 Jun 2010 A genetically modified (GM) variety of maize banned in the EU has been sown accidentally across Germany. The NK603 variety has been planted in seven states. The seed supplier, US firm Pioneer Hi-Bred, called the level of contamination "minute". It is not clear how the mistake occurred, but it could cost farmers millions of euros, as crops will now have to be destroyed.

Vowing not to be 'chumps,' commission subpoenas Goldman's records

Vowing not to be 'chumps,' commission subpoenas Goldman's records 07 Jun 2010 Leaders of a government commission accused Goldman Sachs Monday of "stonewalling" their inquiry into causes of the financial crisis and said the panel has issued a subpoena to compel the Wall Street giant to produce documents and access to key executives. In a conference call with reporters, Democratic Chairman Phil Angelides and Republican Vice Chair Bill Thomas of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission rebuked Goldman for what they described as "abysmal" behavior unmistakably aimed at stalling the panel for months. "In our view, this has been a very deliberate effort over time to run out the clock," Angelides said, referring to the commission's mandate to complete its sweeping examination and submit a report to Congress by December. "We're not going to let the American people be played for chumps here."

Garland County Election Controversy: Voters Turned Away

Garland County Election Controversy: Voters Turned Away 05 Jun 2010 Dozens of voters seeking to vote early were turned away at the Garland County Election Commission on Saturday... due to an Arkansas voting law. We spoke to Bill Halter by phone. Halter fared well in Garland County during the May primary elections. He says his major concern is that during the primaries, 36 polling locations were open in Garland County... now that's been reduced to 2 in order to save money. [See also: Garland County: Make No Mistake, They're Stealing The Election For Blanche Lincoln By ARDem 06 Jun 2010.]

Nato loses 10 troops in deadly Afghanistan day

Nato loses 10 troops in deadly Afghanistan day 07 Jun 2010 Ten Nato soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan in the deadliest day in months for the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf). In the worst of several attacks, five US soldiers died in an improvised bomb blast in east Afghanistan, the US said. Five other Nato troops were killed in a spate of attacks across the country's restive South and East, where Isaf is battling the Taliban.

Egypt says siege 'failure,' opens Rafah indefinitely

Egypt says siege 'failure,' opens Rafah indefinitely 07 Jun 2010 An Egyptian security official declared the blockade on Gaza a failure and announced its borders indefinitely open, the Associated Press reported on Monday, as Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad said he would "stand by every decision" Turkey made to lift the siege. Egypt opened its crossing with Gaza shortly after a deadly Israeli attack on an aid fleet en route to the coastal enclave, which left at least nine activists dead.

Rangel slams Obama for being like Dick Cheney - fighting in Iraq only for oil

Charles Rangel slams President Obama for being like Dick Cheney - fighting in Iraq only for oil 06 Jun 2010 Rep. Charles Rangel compared President Obama to former Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney Saturday for their shared commitment to the Iraq War, one the Harlem Democrat argues is based on the country's hunger for oil. "I challenge anyone to tell me we aren't there because of the oil," said Rangel, who kicks off his re-election campaign for a 21st congressional term in Washington Heights Sunday. "The lack of an honest explanation [for the war] is consistent with Bush and Cheney," he told the Daily News during an hour-long interview... A Korean War hero, Rangel criticized the Obama White House for staying in Bush-triggered wars, saying, "We are trying to buy our friends there ... stuff like that makes Cheney look good."

Helen Thomas retires after Israel remark flap

Helen Thomas retires after Israel remark flap 07 Jun 2010 Longtime Washington journalist Helen Thomas abruptly retired Monday as a columnist for Hearst News Service following remarks she made about Israel that were denounced by the White House and her press corps colleagues. The 89-year-old Thomas, dean of the White House press corps, has long been a fixture in Washington and has been lauded as a pioneering journalist who has covered presidents since 1960.

US intelligence analyst arrested over security leaks

US intelligence analyst arrested over security leaks 07 Jun 2010 A US military analyst, Bradley Manning, has been arrested on suspicion of leaking classified combat video and documents to a whistle-blower website. Specialist (Spc) Manning, 22, was detained during a tour of duty in Iraq. He is being held in Kuwait pending further investigations. The WikiLeaks website posted a video which it says shows the US military shooting civilians in Baghdad in 2007 [a war crime].

Bush Administration Tortured, Experimented On Detainees: Report

Did the Bush Administration Experiment on Detainees? Not only were terrorism suspects tortured, they were also used as human guinea pigs, a new report alleges. By Nick Baumann 06 Jun 2010 In the course of trying to prove that its "enhanced" interrogation program was legal, the Bush administration may have broken the law, according to a new report by Physicians for Human Rights. The watchdog group claims that in an attempt to establish that brutal interrogation tactics did not constitute torture, the administration ended up effectively experimenting on terrorism detainees prisoners. This research, PHR alleges, violated an array of regulations and treaties, including international guidelines on human testing put in place after the Holocaust.

Judges orders two N.J. men held without bail on terror charges

Judges orders two N.J. men held without bail on terror charges 07 Jun 2010 The two New Jersey men charged with trying to join an overseas Islamist militant group were ordered held without bail today during a brief hearing today in federal court in Newark. Mohamed Mahmood Alessa and Carlos Eduardo Almonte appeared shackled for the three-minute hearing, overflowing with reporters. The two men are charged with conspiring to murder, maim, and kidnap outside the United States.

Men arrested at JFK bound for terror group

Men arrested at JFK bound for terror group 07 Jun 2010 Two New Jersey men were arrested late on Saturday at a New York airport trying to catch flights for meetings with militant groups in Somalia with the intent to kill people, authorities said on Sunday. Mohamed Mahmood Alessa, 20, of North Bergen, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 24, of Elmwood Park, were arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport as they tried to board separate flights to Egypt on their way to Somalia, the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey said.

Jihadi Calls For 'Suspicious Bags' to Be Left Throughout DC and NYC

Jihadi Calls For 'Suspicious Bags' to Be Left Throughout DC and NYC --FBI Warns of Potential New Terror Tactic As Summer Tourist Season Begins 07 Jun 2010 A recent internal FBI report warns federal, state and local authorities to be alert for a potential new tool in the jihadi CIA false flag terror arsenal -- the placing of suspicious, but harmless, bags in public places to inspire fear, disrupt public transportation and tie up police and bomb squads. The so called "battle of suspicious bags" was encouraged by an unknown poster to a known jihadi website.

Cleaning the Oil-Drenched Pelicans

Cleaning the Oil-Drenched Pelicans 07 Jun 2010 Vegetable oil and diluted dish detergent are used to clean the birds. (ABC News video)

Obama hit on whaling turnaround

Obama hit on whaling turnaround 06 Jun 2010 U.S. President Barack Obama is breaking a campaign promise as his administration backs an effort to lift a 24-year ban on commercial whaling, critics say. Environmentalists, already unhappy with the administration's allegedly lackluster response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, say the president is going back on his campaign pledge to end the slaughter of whales, FOX News reported Sunday.

Afghanistan: Security Companies Using American Money to Fund Insurgents, Bribe Taliban

'We're funding both sides of the war.' Afghanistan: Security Companies Using American Money to Fund Insurgents, Bribe Taliban --Official: Millions of dollars 'making their way to the Taliban' 06 Jun 2010 Although the investigation is not complete, the officials suspect that at least some of these security companies -- many of which have ties to top Afghan officials -- are using American money to bribe the Taliban. The officials suspect that the security companies may also engage in fake fighting to increase the sense of risk on the roads, and that they may sometimes stage attacks against competitors. "We're funding both sides of the war," a NATO official in Kabul said.

Coast Guard Sees Cleanup of Spill Lasting Until the Fall

Coast Guard Sees Cleanup of Spill Lasting Until the Fall 06 Jun 2010 The Coast Guard commander in charge of the federal response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico warned on Sunday that even if the flow of crude was stopped by summer, it could take well into autumn -- and maybe much longer -- to deal with the slick spreading relentlessly across the gulf. The area of gulf shoreline potentially affected by the spill has continued to grow, extending from central Louisiana to Port St. Joe in the middle of the Florida Panhandle, a 400-mile front in a widening sea, air and land war.

Nato warns of military strike against cyber attackers

Heads up! USociopaths are trolling for an excuse to shut the Internet -- and start more wars -- after their next false flag: Nato warns of military strike against cyber attackers 06 Jun 2010 NATO is considering the use of military force against enemies who launch cyber attacks on its member states. A team of Nato experts led by Madeleine Albright, the former US secretary of state, has warned that the next attack on a Nato country "may well come down a fibre-optic cable". A report by Albright’s group said that a cyber attack on the critical infrastructure of a Nato country could equate to an armed attack, justifying retaliation.

Israel blames 'stowaway mercenaries' for violence on Gaza aid ship

Israel blames 'stowaway mercenaries' for violence on Gaza aid ship [Who writes their material?] 07 Jun 2010 Israel deported 19 activists arrested on an Irish ship taking aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip and accused a previous aid convoy of harbouring mercenaries who had joined the flotilla by stealth and attacked Israeli forces. Israeli naval forces intercepted the Irish-flagged MV Rachel Corrie on Saturday. The first seven passengers from the Rachel Corrie, mostly Malaysians, were deported across the border with Jordan yesterday, officials said. The remaining 12 -- including Mairead Maguire the Irish Nobel peace laureate -- were to be expelled later in the evening from Tel Aviv airport, bound for Germany.

A Little Bird Mired In Oil Illuminates A Big Problem

A Little Bird Mired In Oil Illuminates A Big Problem 04 Jun 2010 People around the world on Friday picked up newspapers or clicked on computers to see a heartbreaking image of a single bird covered in a layer of gunk that looked like melted chocolate. That gunk, of course, was oil, and that bird was found along the coast of East Grand Terre Island, La. And despite the horrific image, that little bird -- a laughing gull -- is lucky, according to Jay Holcomb, executive director of the International Bird Rescue Research Center, where the creature is being treated. Holcomb tells NPR’s Michele Norris that the bird was rescued early -- "so even though it's covered in oil and it's tired, it's in relatively decent shape."

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