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Rand Paul on TSA detainment: "I was barked at: 'Do not leave the cubicle!'"

January 23, 2012 by legitgov

Rand Paul on TSA detainment: "I was barked at: 'Do not leave the cubicle!'" 23 Jan 2012 Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul told The Daily Caller that being "detained" by the Transportation Security Administration at the Nashville airport Monday was a major ordeal that underscores flaws in TSA's procedures that affect tens of millions of passengers every year. The White House, through spokesman Jay Carney, defended the TSA's actions during Monday's press briefing by arguing that Paul wasn't technically "detained." "Let's be clear," Carney said. "The passenger was not detained. He was escorted out of the area by local law-enforcement."

French soldiers die because of urination video

January 23, 2012 by legitgov

French soldiers die because of urination video 22 Jan 2012 An attack on French soldiers on Friday at a base in eastern Afghanistan, may have been enacted due to the indiscretion of US allies. Four French troops were shot by an Afghan soldier who was assisting them in the field. Fifteen other French troops were wounded when the Afghan soldier opened fire on the unarmed men. According to AFP, the Afghan soldier said he shot the men in the wake of a recent video showing US Marines urinating on the dead bodies of Taliban insurgents and also because British soldiers had been filmed abusing Afghan children.

Britain, US and France send warships through Strait of Hormuz

January 23, 2012 by legitgov

Britain, US and France send warships through Strait of Hormuz --The flotilla will have passed within a few miles of the Iranian coastline. 23 Jan 2012 Britain, America and France delivered a pointed signal to Iran, sending six warships led by a 100,000 ton aircraft carrier through the highly sensitive waters of the Strait of Hormuz. This deployment coincided with an escalation in the West's confrontation with Iran over the country's [alleged] nuclear ambitions. The three countries retain a permanent military presence in the Gulf, but a joint passage through the Strait of Hormuz by all of their respective navies is highly unusual.

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom denies internet piracy in New Zealand court

January 23, 2012 by legitgov

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom denies internet piracy in New Zealand court 23 Jan 2012 Kim Dotcom, the internet mogul accused by the FBI of earning $175m (£112m) in illegal profits through file-sharing site Megaupload.com, has denied internet piracy in a New Zealand court. A judge in North Shore declined to release the German national on bail after prosecutors argued the 38-year old, also known as Kim Schmitz, was a flight risk "at the extreme end of the scale" because it was believed he had access to funds, had multiple identities and had a history of fleeing criminal charges. Dotcom was arrested at his leased country estate in New Zealand on Saturday at the request of the FBI, which has charged him in a Virginia court with racketeering, copyright infringement and money laundering and is seeking his extradition.

Senator Rand Paul Is Detained by T.S.A. in Nashville

January 23, 2012 by legitgov

Senator Rand Paul Is Detained by T.S.A. in Nashville 23 Jan 2012 Senator Rand Paul, the libertarian-leaning Republican from Kentucky, was detained at the airport in Nashville by the Transportation Security Administration on Monday, according to people close to the lawmaker, although the T.S.A. quickly disputed their account. Instead, the agency said the senator had been denied entry to the secure part of the airport after refusing a pat-down,and was "escorted" from the screening area by local law enforcement, but had never been "detained."

Pakistan's Perspective on Investigation Report

January 23, 2012 by legitgov

Pakistan's Perspective on Investigation Report --Pakistan's Perspective on Investigation Report conducted by BG Stephen Clark into 26th November 2011 US led ISAF-NATO Forces Attack on Pakistani Volcano and Boulder Posts in Mohmand Agency 23 Jan 2012 'There have clearly been several failures on the part of US / ISAF / NATO (as acknowledged in the US Investigation Report). Trying to affix partial responsibility of the incident on Pakistan (Reference: Page 29, Para 53, Lines 3-4 of US Investigation Report) is, therefore, unjustified and unacceptable.' (.pdf)

Pakistan Army rejects US report on NATO attack

January 23, 2012 by legitgov

Pakistan Army rejects US report on NATO attack 23 Jan 2012 Pakistan Army on Monday rejected US findings on a November 26 NATO cross-border air attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers and plunged relations to a low point. "Pakistan does not agree with several portions and findings of the investigation report, as these are factually not correct," the military said in a statement. The US report released on December 22 found both American and Pakistani forces were to blame for the border incident, inflaming already strained ties. "Affixing partial responsibility of the incident on Pakistan is therefore unjustified and unacceptable," said the military. ['False equivalency' -- that's a common tactic of USociopaths to complete their lie pie. --LRP]

Afghan soldier 'killed French troops over US abuse video'

January 23, 2012 by legitgov

Afghan soldier 'killed French troops over US abuse video' 22 Jan 2012 An Afghan soldier who shot dead four French troops has said he did it because of a recent video showing US Marines urinating on the dead bodies of Taliban insurgents, security sources told AFP. The attack on the soldiers, who were unarmed, came on Friday at a base in eastern Afghanistan and left 15 other French troops wounded, eight of them seriously.

Most Syrians back President Assad, but you'd never know from western media

January 23, 2012 by legitgov

Most Syrians back President Assad, but you'd never know from western media --Assad's popularity, Arab League observers, US military involvement: all distorted in the west's propaganda war By Jonathan Steele 17 Jan 2012 Suppose a respectable opinion poll found that most Syrians are in favour of Bashar al-Assad remaining as president, would that not be major news? Especially as the finding would go against the dominant narrative about the Syrian crisis, and the media considers the unexpected more newsworthy than the obvious. Alas, not in every case. When coverage of an unfolding drama ceases to be fair and turns into a propaganda weapon, inconvenient facts get suppressed. So it is with the results of a recent YouGov Siraj poll on Syria commissioned by The Doha Debates, funded by the Qatar Foundation.

Radioactive iodine in rainwater: Public was in the dark

January 23, 2012 by legitgov

Radioactive iodine in rainwater: Public was in the dark 14 Jan 2012 After the Fukushima nuclear accident, Canadian health officials assured a nervous public that virtually no radioactive fallout had drifted to Canada. But last March, a Health Canada monitoring station in Calgary detected an average of 8.18 becquerels per litre of radioactive iodine (an isotope released by the nuclear accident) in rainwater, the data show. The level easily exceeded the Canadian guideline of six becquerels of iodine per litre for drinking water, acknowledged Eric Pellerin, chief of Health Canada's radiation-surveillance division. Canadian authorities didn't disclose the high radiation reading at the time.

US rights group says Iraq becoming 'police state'

January 23, 2012 by legitgov

Mission accomplished! US rights group says Iraq becoming 'police state' 21 Jan 2012 An international human rights group says Iraq's [US-installed] Shiite-led government has cracked down harshly on dissent during the past year of Arab Spring uprisings, turning the country into a "budding police state" as autocratic regimes crumbled elsewhere in the region. Human Rights Watch says in its World Report 2012, which covers 2011, that Iraq is slipping back into authoritarianism as security forces abuse protesters, harass journalists, torture detainees and intimidate activists.

New U.S. Commando Team Operating Near Iran

January 23, 2012 by legitgov

New U.S. Commando Team Operating Near Iran -- Officials would not identify missions of the task force, its leadership or its headquarters. 19 Jan 2012 Danger Room has confirmed with the U.S. Special Operations Command that a new elite commando team is operating in the region. The primary, day-to-day mission of the team, known as Joint Special Operations Task Force-Gulf Cooperation Council, is to mentor military units belonging to the U.S.'s oil-rich Arab allies, who collectively are known as the Gulf Cooperation Council. Those Arab states consider Iran to be their primary foreign threat. The U.S. military has not previously acknowledged the existence of the team, known as JSOTF-GCC for short.

'US posts elite commandos near Iran'

January 23, 2012 by legitgov

'US posts elite commandos near Iran' 22 Jan 2012 The US-based Wired magazine says Washington has stationed a special team of highly trained commandos near Iran's border for possible sabotage operations. Quoting a US Army officer speaking on behalf of Special Forces, the report by Wired columnist, Spender Ackerman, said a team of "highly trained personnel that excel in uncertain environments" are operating near Iran. According to Ackerman, the team called Joint Special Operations Task Force-Gulf Coordinating Council (JSOTF-GCC) is now on the ground to instruct local troops in special operations.

Pilot with terror links deemed a security risk accuses airline of racism after losing his job

January 22, 2012 by legitgov

Pilot with terror links deemed a security risk accuses airline of racism after losing his job --Airline pilot was arrested because of close links with alleged extremists --Told by his well-know British employers it was in 'national interest' he never flew an airliner again 22 Jan 2012 A British airline pilot arrested over an alleged terrorist plot is claiming racial and religious discrimination after losing his job. The pilot, a Muslim, was judged a security risk because of his close links to two alleged extremists suspected of 'planning to use an aircraft as part of a hostile or terrorist act'. Because of draconian reporting restrictions imposed last week by an employment tribunal, the man cannot be identified and neither can his employer.

Ga. judge orders President Obama to appear at hearing

January 22, 2012 by legitgov

Ga. judge orders President Obama to appear at hearing 20 Jan 2012 A judge has ordered President Barack Obama to appear in court in Atlanta for a hearing on a complaint that says Obama isn't a natural-born citizen and can't be president. A Georgia resident made the complaint, which is intended to keep Obama's name off the state's ballot in the March presidential primary. An Obama campaign aide says any attempt to involve the president personally will fail and such complaints around the country have no merit.

Yemen's Saleh leaves for U.S., opponents protest

January 22, 2012 by legitgov

Yemen's Saleh leaves for U.S., opponents protest --Thousands of Yemenis protested Sunday against Saleh's immunity and demanded he be put on trial for the killing of hundreds of demonstrators 22 Jan 2012 Outgoing dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh apologized for "any shortcoming" in his 33-year rule before leaving Yemen for the United States Sunday, paving the way for a transfer of power after a year of unrest. The U.S. State Department confirmed it had given him a visa.

Giffords to Quit Congress a Year After Being Shot

January 22, 2012 by legitgov

Giffords to Quit Congress a Year After Being Shot 22 Jan 2012 U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, shot in the head more than a year ago at a constituent event, said she will resign from Congress this week. Giffords, a Democrat, said today in a statement that she needs time to focus on her recovery from the injuries and leaving now "is best for Arizona." Giffords, 41, was among 19 people shot on Jan. 8, 2011, during a meeting in Tucson, Arizona. Six people died. She was elected in 2006 and would have stood for election to a fourth term in November.

US to keep 11 aircraft carriers to show sea power

January 22, 2012 by legitgov

US to keep 11 aircraft carriers to show sea power 21 Jan 2012 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told sailors aboard the country's oldest aircraft carrier that the U.S. is committed to maintaining a fleet of 11 of the formidable warships despite budget pressures, in part to project sea power against Iran. Panetta also told the crowd of 1,700 gathered in the hangar bay of the USS Enterprise that the ship is heading to the Persian Gulf region and will steam through the Strait of Hormuz in a direct message to Tehran.

Atlanta Jewish Times owner says sorry for Obama 'hit' column

January 22, 2012 by legitgov

Atlanta Jewish Times owner says sorry for Obama 'hit' column --Andrew Adler says he deeply regrets writing a column suggesting Mossad agents should consider 'a hit' on the president if he fails to support Israel 20 Jan 2012 The owner of a Jewish newspaper in Atlanta has said he deeply regrets writing a column suggesting that Israel consider "a hit" on Barack Obama if he stands in the way of the Jewish state defending itself. Andrew Adler told the Guardian he wrote the column in the weekly Atlanta Jewish Times "to get a reaction" from the paper's readers.

IED blast kills 4 in south Afghanistan

January 22, 2012 by legitgov

IED blast kills 4 in south Afghanistan 22 Jan 2012 Four civilians have been killed and two others injured by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan's Helmand province, which is a hotbed of Taliban militants. Mohammad Ismail Hotak, a senior provincial police official, said the incident took place in the Lashkari area of the provincial capital Lashkar Gah at around 10:30 a.m. local time (0600 GMT) on Saturday, when a civilian vehicle drove over a buried explosive device and set it off.

Gingrich Wins South Carolina Primary, Upending G.O.P. Race

January 22, 2012 by legitgov

Gingrich Wins South Carolina Primary, Upending G.O.P. Race 22 Jan 2012 Surprising his rivals and upending the Republican race for the presidency, Newt Gingrich won the pivotal South Carolina primary Saturday, 10 days after a fourth-place finish in New Hampshire left the impression his candidacy was all but dead. Mr. Gingrich rode to victory by winning a plurality among a wide range of important Republican voting blocs, outperforming the rest of the four-person field among evangelical Christians and Tea Party supporters, men and women. Mr. Gingrich now leaves for Florida on Sunday in the best position to pose a singular insurgent threat to Mitt Romney, the favored candidate of the Republican establishment, in the weeks if not months to come.

Epidemic fears see bird flu doctors halt research

January 21, 2012 by legitgov

Epidemic fears see bird flu doctors halt research 21 Jan 2012 Influenza experts have agreed to a two-month voluntary ban on research into a highly dangerous strain of bird-flu virus because of fears that it may escape from their laboratories to cause a global human epidemic. In a joint letter to the journals Science and Nature, 39 researchers from around the world emphasise that their laboratories are safe and secure but they nevertheless acknowledge that there is grave public concern about the accidental or deliberate release of an "airborne" strain of H5N1 avian influenza which could be transmitted easily between people.

'Press TV ban can't halt global awakening'

January 21, 2012 by legitgov

'Press TV ban can't halt global awakening' 21 Jan 2012 The CEO of the English-language broadcaster Press TV says Britain's ban on the Iran-based news network's office in London is the "worst the decision at the worst time." On Friday, British media regulator Ofcom served Press TV's London office with an order to pay a 100,000-pound fine. The order came hours after Ofcom decided to revoke the broadcaster's license and to remove it from the Sky platform... In an interview with Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) channel 2 late on Saturday, Press TV CEO Dr. Mohammad Sarafraz scoffed at the decision, saying it would not be able to halt the wave of awakening in Britain and across the world.

Ofcom fines Press TV after ban in UK

January 21, 2012 by legitgov

Ofcom fines Press TV after ban in UK 21 Jan 2012 The British media regulator, Ofcom, has served Press TV's London office with an order to pay a 100,000 pound fine. The order comes after Ofcom decided on Friday to revoke the channel's broadcasting license and to remove it from the Sky platform under the pretext that the channel has breached its broadcasting code. In a note served to Press TV office on Thursday, January 19, SNR Denton, the legal firm representing Ofcom, warned Press TV to pay the fine no later than Wednesday, January 25.

Grenades thrown at Libya's NTC Benghazi office

January 21, 2012 by legitgov

Grenades thrown at Libya's NTC Benghazi office 21 Jan 2012 Angry protesters stormed the offices of Libya's National Transitional Council in the eastern city of Benghazi on Saturday after besieging the building for hours, an NTC member told AFP. "The demonstrators attacked the building and turned NTC offices upside down," the official said on condition of anonymity. Witnesses said protesters, armed with stones and iron bars, stormed and ransacked the offices as they occupied them.

6 killed in Afghanistan were Hawaii-based Marines

January 21, 2012 by legitgov

6 killed in Afghanistan were Hawaii-based Marines 20 Jan 2012 All six Marines killed in the crash of a U.S. helicopter in Afghanistan were based in Hawaii, a Hawaii congresswoman said Friday. The CH-53D helicopter crashed Thursday in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand. Thursday's crash was the deadliest in Afghanistan since August, when 30 American troops died after a Chinook helicopter was apparently shot down in Wardak province in the center of the country.

10 NATO Troops Killed in Afghanistan in 24 Hours

January 21, 2012 by legitgov

10 NATO Troops Killed in Afghanistan in 24 Hours 20 Jan 2012 An Afghan soldier shot and killed four French troops Friday in eastern Afghanistan and a helicopter crash killed six more NATO servicemembers in the south, officials said, marking a particularly deadly 24 hours for coalition forces. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday that France is suspending its training programs for Afghan troops after the killings, which he announced in a speech after the U.S.-led coalition said an Afghan soldier shot and killed four NATO troops.

Nato accused of war crimes in Libya

January 21, 2012 by legitgov

Nato accused of war crimes in Libya --New report criticises Western forces for bombing civilian targets in Sirte during conflict 19 Jan 2012 An independent report published by Middle Eastern human rights groups says there is evidence that war crimes and human rights violations were committed by all the participants – Nato, rebel forces and those loyal to Colonel Gaddafi – in last year's Libyan uprising US-backed coup. The report, published today by the Arab Organisation for Human Rights together and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights with the International Legal Assistance Consortium, follows extensive fact-finding work carried out by law and war crimes experts. After interviews with eye-witnesses and victims of attacks, and after visiting areas targeted by Nato, the Independent Civil Society Mission to Libya report highlights the issue of Nato classifying some civilian sites as military targets during its operations.

US deploys 12,000 troops in Libya

January 21, 2012 by legitgov

US deploys 12,000 troops in Libya 21 Jan 2012 The United States has sent some 12,000 soldiers to Libya, in the first phase of deployments to the oil-rich North African nation. According to Asharq Alawsat, the troops landed in the eastern oil port city of Brega. Although the deployment is said to be aimed at generating stability and security in the region, the troops are expected to take control of the country's key oil fields and strategic ports. Brega, the site of an important oil refinery, serves as a major export hub for Libyan oil.

Afghan soldier who killed French troops was our recruit, Taliban say

January 21, 2012 by legitgov

Afghan soldier who killed French troops was our recruit, Taliban say --Taliban claim gunman who shot dead four French soldiers was an infiltrator working for them 21 Jan 2012 The Taliban claim the Afghan soldier who shot dead four French soldiers at a base east of Kabul, prompting France to threaten to withdraw early from the country, was one of their recruits. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the gunman was an infiltrator working for the Taliban, also known as The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. "The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has recruited people in important positions," he said. "Some of them have already accomplished their missions."

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