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U.S. government expects to continue adding names to kill or capture lists 'for years'

October 24, 2012 by legitgov

Kill lists we can believe in: U.S. government expects to continue adding names to kill or capture lists 'for years' --Plan for hunting terrorists signals U.S. intends to keep adding names to kill lists 23 Oct 2012 Over the past two years, the Obama administration has been secretly developing a new blueprint for pursuing terrorists, a next-generation targeting list called the "disposition matrix." The matrix contains the names of terrorism suspects arrayed against an accounting of the resources being marshaled to track them down, including sealed indictments and clandestine operations. U.S. officials said the database is designed to go beyond existing kill lists, mapping plans for the "disposition" of suspects beyond the reach of American drones. Among senior Obama administration officials, there is a broad consensus that such operations are likely to be extended at least another decade.

New Afghanistan drones to be remote-controlled from Britain as RAF doubles its unmanned aircraft strike force

October 24, 2012 by legitgov

New Afghanistan drones to be remote-controlled from Britain as RAF doubles its unmanned aircraft strike force 23 Oct 2012 Britain is doubling the number of armed RAF drones flying missions in Afghanistan. And for the first time, the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be controlled by airmen at computer screens in the UK. Two 'pilots' will operate the robots via satellite from a hi-tech hub at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire. The American-built Reaper drones are primarily used to gather intelligence on enemy activity on the ground, but they also carry 500lb bombs and Hellfire missiles for precision strikes on 'insurgents.'

Ex-CIA agent faces jail for exposing torture in agency's secret prisons

October 23, 2012 by legitgov

Ex-CIA agent faces jail for exposing torture in agency's secret prisons 23 Oct 2012 An ex- CIA agent and major critic of US torturing of "terror suspects," who was charged with leaking classified information, has been forced to plead guilty to a single charge in a plea bargain agreement with government prosecutors. The plea agreement, commonly forced on defendants by US prosecutors to avert controversy and costly legal costs, would oblige the former intelligence officer, [and hero] John C. Kiriakou, to plead guilty in federal court on Tuesday and send him to prison for up to 30 months for allegedly passing secrets to reporters, The Washington Post reports today. The conviction of Kiriakou to a single charge of "disclosing the identity of an undercover CIA operative" marked the end of a case that described as "part of the Obama administration's unprecedented crackdown on leaks."

Obama and Romney concur on war, assassination and reaction

October 23, 2012 by walden9

Obama and Romney concur on war, assassination and reaction 23 Oct 2012 In their debate on foreign policy Monday night, President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney voiced nearly identical positions in support of war, illegal killings and imperialist intervention across the globe...With just two weeks until the election, this third and final presidential debate made it clear that the US political establishment is laying the groundwork for new military interventions in the aftermath of November 6, and that the American people will have no means of expressing at the ballot box their opposition to an escalation of global militarism.

UK to double number of drones in Afghanistan

October 23, 2012 by legitgov

UK to double number of drones in Afghanistan --RAF makes urgent purchase of five more US-made Reaper drones, which will be the first to be controlled from a UK base 22 Oct 2012 The UK is to double the number of armed RAF "drones" flying combat and surveillance operations in Afghanistan and, for the first time, the aircraft will be controlled from terminals and screens in Britain. In the new squadron of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), five Reaper drones will be sent to Afghanistan, the Guardian can reveal. It is expected they will begin operations within six weeks.

Obama and Romney Bristle From Start Over Foreign Policy

October 23, 2012 by legitgov

Obama and Romney Bristle From Start Over Foreign Policy 23 Oct 2012 President Obama and Mitt Romney wrapped up a series of defining debates on Monday night with a bristling exchange over America's place in the world as each sought to portray the other as an unreliable commander in chief in a dangerous era. Picking up where he left off in last week's debate, Mr. Obama went on offense from the start, lacerating his challenger for articulating a set of "wrong and reckless" policies that he called incoherent. While less aggressive, Mr. Romney pressed back, accusing the president of failing to assert American interests and values in the world to deal with a "rising tide of chaos."

Jimmy Carter: Israel Creating 'Catastrophic' Situation With Palestinians

October 23, 2012 by legitgov

Jimmy Carter: Israel Creating 'Catastrophic' Situation With Palestinians 22 Oct 2012 Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said Monday during a visit to Jerusalem that the prospect of an Israel-Palestinian peace accord is "vanishing," blaming Israeli settlement of the West Bank. Carter, a longtime critic of Israeli policies, called the current situation "catastrophic" and blamed Israel for the growing isolation of east Jerusalem from the West Bank. He said a Palestinian state has become "unviable." "We've reached a crisis stage," said Carter, 88. "The two-state solution is the only realistic path to peace and security for Israel and the Palestinians."

Wife of Wis. spa shooter confirmed among dead

October 22, 2012 by legitgov

Wife of Wis. spa shooter confirmed among dead 22 Oct 2012 A medical examiner says the wife of the suspected gunman who was the subject of a restraining order issued last week was among three women killed in a shooting rampage at a suburban Milwaukee spa. The Waukesha County medical examiner's office said Monday that 42-year-old Zina Haughton, of Brown Deer, was killed Sunday at the Azana Day Spa. The other victims are 35-year-old Cary L. Robuck of Racine and 38-year-old Maelyn M. Lind of Oconomowoc. Four more women were injured and remain hospitalized. Police say the suspect, 45-year-old Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the spa.

US had unmanned Predator drone, reconnaissance aircraft over its consulate during Benghazi attack

October 22, 2012 by legitgov

US had unmanned Predator drone, reconnaissance aircraft over its consulate during Benghazi attack 20 Oct 2012 [Regarding] the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last month that killed the U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans... some [Republican] lawmakers are asking why U.S. military help from outside Libya didn't arrive as terrorists battered more than 30 Americans over the course of more than seven hours. The assault was launched by an armed mob of dozens that torched buildings and used rocket propelled grenades, mortars and AK-47 rifles. CBS News has been told that, hours after the attack began, an unmanned Predator drone was sent over the U.S. mission in Benghazi, and that the drone and other reconnaissance aircraft apparently observed the final hours of the protracted battle.

Gaza boat activists accuse Israel navy of using Tasers

October 22, 2012 by legitgov

Gaza boat activists accuse Israel navy of using Tasers 21 Oct 2012 Pro-Palestinian activists from a Gaza-bound boat intercepted by the Israeli navy have accused troops of tasering them when they took over their vessel the Estelle their lawyer told AFP on Sunday. The Israeli army immediately denied the claim. "They used electric shocker devices to the extent of what we call 'electro torture' on some of the activists," lawyer Gaby Lasky told AFP, adding that at least one of them is an MP. It was not immediately clear how many of the 30 activists and crew on board the Estelle were allegedly shot with the stun guns, which use an electrical charge to incapacitate a person.

Controversial 'Voter fraud is a felony' boards come down

October 22, 2012 by legitgov

Controversial 'Voter fraud is a felony' boards come down 22 Oct 2012 The 140 billboards warning residents of inner-city neighborhoods in Wisconsin and Ohio that they could go to jail for committing voter fraud are being taken down Monday. The move comes after the private family foundation funding them declined to make its identity known. Civil rights groups criticized the ads as an attempt to intimidate voters in primarily low-income, minority neighborhoods by associating voting with jail time. The billboards show a large gavel and the text "Voter fraud is a felony! Up to 3 1/2 yrs & $10,000 Fine."

Japan, U.S. abandon drill to 'retake' isle

October 22, 2012 by legitgov

Japan, U.S. abandon drill to 'retake' isle --Joint exercise called off due to fear of backlash from China 21 Oct 2012 Japan and the U.S. have decided to cancel a joint drill in which their forces would "recapture" a remote island in Okinawa Prefecture, according to informed sources. Tokyo and Washington were considering holding the drill on uninhabited Irisuna Island as part of joint military exercises slated for November. The drill, however, would worsen the backlash from Beijing, which has reacted harshly to Japan's nationalization of the Senkaku Islands, which are also claimed by China and Taiwan.

Clintons land in Haiti to showcase industrial park

October 22, 2012 by legitgov

Clintons land in Haiti to showcase industrial park 22 Oct 2012 Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in northern Haiti on Monday at the head of a delegation of foreign investors and a crowd of celebrities to showcase the centerpiece of the U.S. effort to help the country recover from the 2010 earthquake. An all-star turnout was expected for the opening of the industrial park more than 100 miles from the slowly recovering quake zone. Sean Penn, who has run his own aid effort in Haiti, was there, along with actor Ben Stiller, fashion designer Donna Karen and British business magnate Richard Branson.

Obama, Romney now tied in presidential race: Reuters/Ipsos poll

October 22, 2012 by legitgov

Obama, Romney now tied in presidential race: Reuters/Ipsos poll 22 Oct 2012 Republican Mitt Romney has closed the gap with President Barack Obama and the two candidates are now tied in the November 6 presidential race, according to a Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll released on Monday. The online survey of likely voters found Obama and Romney were each supported by 46 percent of the electorate as they prepare for their final televised debate on Monday night. Romney trailed by 1 percentage point when the poll was last published on Saturday.

Israeli spy drone crashes in Galilee Lake

October 22, 2012 by legitgov

Israeli spy drone crashes in Galilee Lake 22 Oct 2012 An Israeli reconnaissance drone has crashed during an operational flight in the northern Galilee Lake, reports say. The Monday report did not disclose the type of craft, which crash-landed following a technical malfunction. On Wednesday, an Israeli drone crashed near the Palestinian city of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank. Officials said the drone was completing a military operation.

Romney fundraiser planned Thursday in Hong Kong

October 22, 2012 by legitgov

Romney fundraiser planned Thursday in Hong Kong 27 Sep 2012 Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney plan a campaign fundraiser for him Thursday in Hong Kong, where U.S. business interests intersect with China's growing influence as a world financial superpower. The third-highest ranking Republican in the House, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, was due in Hong Kong Thursday to make an appearance at the event, Erica Elliott, a spokeswoman for the California congressman said on Wednesday. Romney campaign spokesman Danny Diaz confirmed the report but added "no other specifics at this time." Business community figures in Hong Kong also confirmed the event. [Hey, Mitt! Still planning to label China as a 'currency manipulator' on 'day one' of your illegitate regime?]

Haiti cholera epidemic 'most likely' started at UN camp - top scientist

October 22, 2012 by legitgov

Haiti cholera epidemic 'most likely' started at UN camp - top scientist [Of course it did. The goal of the UN was/is to kill as many poor people as possible and to ensure that Western corpora-terrorists gain a foothold in the UN-occupied nation. That's *always* been the goal.] 22 Oct 2012 New evidence has emerged about the alleged role of United Nations troops in causing a cholera epidemic in the Caribbean nation of Haiti. A top US cholera specialist, Dr Daniele Lantagne, said after studying new scientific data that it is now "most likely" the source of the outbreak was a camp for recently-arrived UN soldiers from Nepal - a country where cholera is widespread. Dr Lantagne was employed by the UN itself in 2011 as one of the world's pre-eminent experts on the disease. The new evidence could have serious implications for the UN, which is facing an unprecedented legal and moral challenge in Haiti - as well as a multi-billion dollar compensation claim from victims' families. More than 7,500 people have died from the cholera epidemic in Haiti since it [was] started in late 2010. Hundreds of new cases are still being registered every week.

Romney Family-Linked Voting Machine Company Will 'Count' the Votes

October 22, 2012 by legitgov

Coup 2012 underway: Romney Family-Linked Voting Machine Company Will 'Count' the Votes 20 Oct 2012 'Voting' machines used in Hamilton County, Ohio--the county home of Cincinnati-- are supplied by Hart Intercivic, a national provider of voting systems in use in a wide variety of counties scattered throughout the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Hawaii, Colorado and Ohio. Hart Intercivic is owned, in large part, by H.I.G. Capital--a large investment fund with billions of dollars under management--that was founded by a fellow named Tony Tamer. ...H.I.G. employees hold at least two of the five Hart Intercivic board seats. Tony Tamer, H.I.G.'s founder, turns out to be a major bundler for the Mitt Romney campaign, along with three other directors of H.I.G. who are also big-time money raisers for Romney. Indeed, two of those directors--Douglas Berman and Brian Schwartz--were actually in attendance at the now infamous "47 percent" fundraiser in Boca Raton, Florida. Two members of the Hart Intercivic board of directors, Neil Tuch and Jeff Bohl, have made direct contributions to the Romney campaign. Solamere Capital--the investment firm run by Mitt Romney's son, Tagg, and the home of money put into the closely held firm by Tagg's uncle Scott, mother Anne and, of course, the dad, Mitt--have shared business interests with H.I.G. either directly or via Solamere Advisors which is owned, in part, by Solamere Capital, including a reported investment in H.I.G. by either Solamere Capital or Solamere Advisors. [WHY are RMoney's 'voting' machines still standing? They need to be dismantled and deep-sixed, ASAP. Otherwise, the same coterie of a**wipes is going to steal this election, too -- as they did in 2000 (Florida) and in 2004 (Ohio) for George W. Bush. --LRP]

Wisconsin shooting suspect found dead

October 22, 2012 by legitgov

Wisconsin shooting suspect found dead 22 Oct 2012 The suspect in a mass shooting at a spa outside Milwaukee in the US has been found dead. Christine Bannister, a dispatch supervisor for Waukesha County communications centre, said 45-year-old Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, of Brown Deer, has been found dead. She could not provide more details. Authorities spent much of the afternoon looking for the gunman.

US civil rights groups ask international election monitors for assistance

October 21, 2012 by legitgov

US civil rights groups ask international election monitors for assistance --NAACP and others say voter restrictions and ID laws ahead of 2012 US election require planned observer mission to expand 20 Oct 2012 American civil rights groups have appealed to the world's biggest election monitoring organisation over concerns about controversial changes in voter registration ahead of the November 6 White House poll. The eight civil rights group expressed their worry that millions, including those on low income as well as minorities, could be excluded from the vote for the presidency and for members of Congress. They raised the issues during a meeting on Tuesday in Washington with representatives from the Organisation of Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which represents 56 states in Europe, Central Asia and North America.

7 People Shot at Spa Near Brookfield Square Mall

October 21, 2012 by legitgov

7 People Shot at Spa Near Brookfield Square Mall 21 Oct 2012At least seven people were shot this morning at the Azana Spa across the street from the Brookfield Square mall. Other reports say as many as a dozen have been shot by the gunman, who is still at large as of 3 p.m. The man has been identifed by local media as Radcliffe Haughton, 45, of Brown Deer. There is a report on Twitter that the man's vehicle has been located but the suspect has not. Police have confirmed that there are concerns about an explosive on the scene. A bomb squad was called to the scene after 1 p.m. after an explosive device was believed to be in the spa building. Patch has learned the man wanted by police is apparently the estranged husband of one of the hair stylists at the spa.

3 bank failures bring US 2012 total to 46

October 21, 2012 by legitgov

3 bank failures bring US 2012 total to 46 19 Oct 2012 Regulators on Friday closed two small banks in Florida and one in Missouri, bringing to 46 the number of U.S. bank failures this year. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. seized GulfSouth Private Bank and First East Side Savings Bank, both in Florida. Regulators also shuttered Excel Bank in Missouri. Regulators arranged for lenders to assume the deposits and purchase essentially all the assets of each of the failed banks. Even so, the three bank failures are expected to cost the deposit insurance fund $86.1 million.

Concern that 'explosives may be present' at Wisconsin shooting scene - police

October 21, 2012 by legitgov

Concern that 'explosives may be present' at Wisconsin shooting scene - police --Reporter: 'Are you lookinig for another car now?' Police spokesman: 'No, we are not.' Three dead --IED(s) allegedly found --FBI, hostage negotiator now involved --Milwaukee bomb squad, tactical unit on scene --Hospital, mall on lockdown in Brookfield, WI 21 Oct 2012 The suspect named in media reports is Radcliffe Haughton, 45. The suspect's residence is being searched. The suspect's car has allegedly been located.

Mass shooting reported in Wisconsin: 7 hospitalized, suspect remains at large, police say

October 21, 2012 by legitgov

Mass shooting reported in Wisconsin: 7 hospitalized, suspect remains at large, police say 21 Oct 2012 A shooting near a mall in Brookfield, Wis., on Sunday left at least seven people hospitalized, according to local news reports, and police are searching for the suspected shooter. WISN-TV first reported a "mass shooting" at the Azana Salon & Spa across the street from the Brookfield Square Mall at around 11:15 a.m. local time. According to police, the suspected shooter is a 6'1" male weighing approximately 200 pounds and last seen wearing a camouflage jacket, grey sweater, blue jeans and carrying a white and black backpack.

George McGovern, liberal standard-bearer against Nixon in '72, dies

October 21, 2012 by legitgov

George McGovern, liberal standard-bearer against Nixon in '72, dies --Democrat George S. McGovern, a war hero who opposed the Vietnam War, was crushed by President Richard Nixon's Watergate-tainted campaign. A die-hard idealist, McGovern inspired scores of budding politicians. 21 Oct 2012 George S. McGovern, an icon of American liberalism who campaigned for the White House with moral fervor against President Richard M. Nixon and the Vietnam War but lost in a thundering landslide, has died. He was 90. McGovern died early Sunday morning while under hospice care in Sioux Falls, S.D., said family spokesman Steve Hildebrand. He had been hospitalized for various illnesses and injuries since suffering a serious fall last December.

The remarkable, unfathomable ignorance of Debbie Wasserman Schultz

October 21, 2012 by walden9

The remarkable, unfathomable ignorance of Debbie Wasserman Schultz 19 Oct 2012 On 29 May 2012, the New York Times published a remarkable 6,000-word story on its front page about what it termed President Obama's "kill list". It detailed the president's personal role in deciding which individuals will end up being targeted for assassination by the CIA based on Obama's secret, unchecked decree that they are "terrorists" and deserve to die...But Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic Congresswoman from Florida and the Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, does not know about any of this. She has never heard of any of it. She has managed to remain completely ignorant about the fact that President Obama has asserted and exercised the power to secretly place human beings, including US citizens, on his "kill list" and then order the CIA to extinguish their lives. [So this is how the Democrats keep the believers believing -- they keep them in the dark, even at the very top of the party! -- MDR]

No habeas corpus for non-Afghans in American courts: US judge

October 21, 2012 by legitgov

No habeas corpus for non-Afghans in American courts: US judge 20 Oct 2012 A US federal judge says non-Afghan prisoners held by the US military in Afghanistan cannot challenge their imprisonment and seek freedom in American courts. On Friday, US District Judge John Bates rejected arguments by lawyers for so-called third-country detainees at the Bagram Air Base, located 11 kilometers (7 miles) southeast of the city of Charikar in Afghanistan's Parwan province, that new circumstances and evidence allowed them to pursue habeas corpus petitions in American courts.

12 killed, 50 wounded in separate attacks in Iraq

October 21, 2012 by legitgov

12 killed, 50 wounded in separate attacks in Iraq 20 Oct 2012 At least twelve people have been killed and 50 others have been injured in separate bombings and shooting incidents across Iraq. An Interior Ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said eight people were killed and 49 others wounded when twin bombs went off in quick succession in the Baab al-Darwazah market area in Baghdad’s northern neighborhood of Kadhimiyah on Saturday, AFP reported. Police said most of the victims were women and children.

Flu vaccine clinics provide emergency training

October 21, 2012 by legitgov

U.S. dumps deadly vaccines on public while prepping for their next pandemic-for-profit: Flu vaccine clinics provide emergency training 20 Oct 2012 San Joaquin Public Health officials staged a mass vaccination exercise as part of their emergency response training in the event of a biological threat or epidemic. By offering free seasonal influenza shots, health officials were able to attract close to 400 members of the general public to two staging areas Friday morning. "We would use a mass vaccination clinic in case there was a vaccine that needed to get out to the community very quickly. Using point of dispensing is more appropriate to an anthrax attack for a defined portion of the community, where you need to get it out quickly - also antivirals and antibiotics that you need to get out in a hurry that the private sector is not prepared to handle," said emergency preparedness coordinator Roberto Alaniz, who is also senior deputy director of San Joaquin County Public Health Services.

Israeli naval vessels take control of Gaza boat

October 21, 2012 by legitgov

Israeli naval vessels take control of Gaza boat 20 Oct 2012 Israeli troops on Saturday commandeered a Gaza-bound ship that tried to break through Israel's blockade of the Hamas-ruled seaside strip, the military said. European lawmakers and other pro-Palestinian activists aboard did not resist, and the Finnish-flagged vessel was diverted to an Israeli port. The trip by the ship, Estelle, marked the latest challenge to the air, land and sea embargo of Gaza that Israel imposed after the militant Hamas group seized the territory in 2007.

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