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Fighting goes on near Kabul US embassy

September 14, 2011 by legitgov

Fighting goes on near Kabul US embassy 14 Sep 2011 Deadly fighting that has erupted between Taliban militants and security forces near the US embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul is still underway, Press TV reports. At least two gunmen were hiding in the multi-story building from which the militants had started their attacks on the heavily-fortified embassy on Tuesday and gunfire could be heard early Wednesday. CIA Director David Petraeus said on Tuesday that a "handful of individuals" [?!?] entered a building that was under construction several hundred meters from the mission and then opened fire and fired rocket-propelled grenades at the area of the embassy.

Witness: Suspicious Men on Plane Were Federal Marshals

September 14, 2011 by legitgov

Witness: Suspicious Men on Plane Were Federal Marshals 12 Sep 2011 A witness on board a flight from St. Louis to Dulles Airport in Washington says two men who were originally thought to be behaving oddly on a plane at Lambert Airport Sunday night were indeed federal air marshals. Ron Meyer says he was a passenger on board United flight #3681 Sunday evening. According to Meyer, a pilot later said the men were indeed federal marshals. All passengers were taken off the flight and re-screened at the request of the pilot.

C.I.A. Examining Legality of Work With Police Dept.

September 14, 2011 by legitgov

C.I.A. Examining Legality of Work With Police Dept. 14 Sep 2011 The Central Intelligence Agency has opened an internal inquiry into whether its close cooperation with the New York Police Department in the decade since the Sept. 11 attacks has broken any laws prohibiting the agency from collecting intelligence in the United States. The C.I.A. is prohibited from gathering intelligence on American soil, but some have criticized its counterterrorism cooperation with law enforcement services as a de facto domestic spying campaign. The head of the Police Department's intelligence unit, David Cohen, is a former C.I.A. official, and the agency has a senior clandestine officer embedded in the New York police force.

The Hospital Gestapo: You May Never See Home Again

September 14, 2011 by legitgov

The Hospital Gestapo: You May Never See Home Again By Angela V. Woodhull, Ph.D. 09 Sep 2011 American hospitals have devised a scheme to guarantee they never get stuck with an unpaid bill. It's called guardianship... Ginger Franklin, Hendersonville, Tennessee, fell down the stairs in her condo and suffered a bump on her head. She was declared "temporarily mentally incapacitated" and a guardian was appointed through the courts. Within six weeks, the guardian had sold Franklin's home, car, furniture, and drained her bank account. Today, Franklin has her freedom back, but she is having to start all over.

Officials say threat on 9/11 anniversary is unresolved

September 14, 2011 by legitgov

Officials say threat on 9/11 anniversary is unresolved --Heightened security levels to be maintained in Washington, New York 13 Sep 2011 Top federal security officials said Tuesday that the terrorist threat to strike the U.S., first disclosed on the eve of 9/11's 10th anniversary, remains unresolved. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, FBI Director Robert Mueller and National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen told the Senate Homeland Security Committee that heightened security levels would be maintained in Washington and New York— the cities targeted in the alleged vehicle bomb threat.

Congress, White House spar over Guantanamo records

September 14, 2011 by legitgov

Congress, White House spar over Guantanamo records --White House threatening presidential veto of any bill including Guantanamo provisions 13 Sep 2011 The Obama administration is caught in a standoff with Congress over records documenting the release of suspected militants from the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo, Cuba. The Senate Intelligence Committee has approved an intelligence authorization bill requiring the administration to turn over diplomatic cables and other material documenting contacts between U.S. and foreign governments who agreed to accept released Guantanamo detainees for resettlement. 

TSA officers arrested on drug charges in Conn.

September 13, 2011 by legitgov

TSA officers arrested on drug charges in Conn. 13 Sep 2011 Three federal Transportation Security Administration officers and two other law enforcement officers were arrested on charges of accepting cash or gift cards in exchange for permitting prescription drug dealers to move tens of thousands of highly addictive painkiller pills and cash proceeds from the illegal sales through airports and highways. The TSA officers, based at airports in Florida and New York, and a Westchester County, N.Y., police officer allowed the oxycodone through airport security, authorities said Tuesday.

U.S. Embassy and NATO Headquarters Attacked in Kabul

September 13, 2011 by legitgov

U.S. Embassy and NATO Headquarters Attacked in Kabul 14 Sep 2011 Heavily armed insurgents wearing suicide vests struck Tuesday at two of the most prominent symbols of the American diplomatic and military presence in Kabul, the United States Embassy and the nearby NATO headquarters, demonstrating the Taliban's ability to infiltrate even the most heavily fortified districts of the capital. As the insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades, Westerners sought shelter - one rocket penetrated the embassy compound - and Afghan government workers fled their offices, emptying the city center. NATO and Afghan troops responded with barrages of bullets.

Deadly explosion at French nuclear facility

September 13, 2011 by legitgov

Deadly explosion at French nuclear facility --Blast took place at the Centraco facility near Marcoule, which was warned about security lapses last year 12 Sep 2011 An explosion at a nuclear waste treatment facility in France has killed one man and injured four others, one seriously. The Nuclear Security Authority says there has been no chemical or radioactive leak, and there is no danger to the public. [?] It is being classed as an industrial rather than nuclear accident.

US-Trained and Financed Afghan Police Killed and Raped Civilians

September 13, 2011 by legitgov

US-Trained and Financed Afghan Police Killed and Raped Civilians 13 Sep 2011 Local police forces trained and financed by the United States have killed and raped civilians, stolen land and carried out other abuses against the Afghan villagers they are charged with protecting, according to a report released on Monday by Human Rights Watch. The paramilitary local police forces number about 7,500 officers in 46 districts, and officials hope to expand them to 30,000 officers. They are trained for three weeks by American Special Forces units and then armed with automatic rifles; they are paid about 60 percent of the salaries that national police officers get.

Michele Bachmann attacks Rick Perry on Mandatory HPV Vaccines

September 13, 2011 by legitgov

Michele Bachmann attacks Rick Perry on Mandatory HPV Vaccines 12 Sep 2011 Michele Bachmann accused Rick Perry of using sixth-grade girls as profit engines for a drug company at the CNN/Tea Party Express debate, lacing into the Texas governor for having attempted to mandate the [deadly] HPV vaccine for young teenagers. "To have innocent little 12-year-old girls be forced to have a government injection through an executive order is just wrong," Bachmann said. "Little girls who have a negative reaction to this potentially dangerous drug don't get a mulligan." The Minnesota congresswoman went even further, accusing Perry of handing out favors to a company, Merck, represented by his former top aide, Mike Toomey. "There was a big drug company that made millions of dollars because of this mandate," Bachmann said. "The governor's former chief of staff was the chief lobbyist for this drug company." [Exactly. Texas parents should have said, 'we'll take your shot after you take ours.']

Leaked FBI Anonymous profiles

September 13, 2011 by legitgov

Leaked FBI Anonymous profiles By Anonymous 09 Sep 2011 U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation --Psychological Profiles of Anonymous Leadership Law Enforcement Sensitive (LES) --Working this case was approached in the same manner as any other UNSUB (Unknown Subject) that the BSU handles, however, the context from this particular case has been augmented by technical services branch members. ...It is recommended that the BSU insert a team member into the LulzSec/Anonymous investigation to interface online with the subject(s) and further the social and psychological investigation of the group and its leadership in an attempt to flesh out further information.

'Leaked' FBI document calls Anonymous a national security threat

September 12, 2011 by legitgov

'Leaked' FBI document calls Anonymous a national security threat --Psych profiles show LulzSec, Anons older, more politically focused than they let on, FBI concludes 12 Sep 2011 According to a PDF containing what purports to be a leaked psychological assessment of the leaders of LulzSec and Anonymous by the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit (which also profiles serial killers) [LOL!  'Criminal Minds' rocks!!] Anonymous is not only not a collection of individuals, it's a coherent group that poses a threat to national security.

Former September 11 probe chair calls for reopening inquiry

September 12, 2011 by legitgov

Former September 11 probe chair calls for reopening inquiry 12 Sep 2011 The former co-chair of a Congressional inquiry after the September 11, 2001 attacks called on the U.S. government to reopen its investigation following a news report linking the hijackers to a Saudi Arabian couple who lived in Florida. Former U.S. Senator Bob Graham said he has no reason to doubt the news report, which said the Saudi Arabian couple abruptly abandoned their luxury home in Sarasota two weeks before the attacks, leaving behind a full refrigerator, clothes, furnishings and a new car in the driveway.

U.S. may end taxes on some overseas corporate profits: WSJ

September 12, 2011 by legitgov

Corpora-terrorist troll Barack Obama makes his move under cover of 9/11 anniversary media coverage: U.S. may end taxes on some overseas corporate profits: WSJ 10 Sep 2011 The Treasury is weighing a proposal to eliminate some, but not all, of the taxes on overseas profits of U.S.-based companies, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing two people familiar with the deliberations. Eliminating the taxes on some of the profits is a central element of the Obama administration's broader plans to overhaul the corporate tax code, the newspaper said. Business have long complained that the U.S. system of taxing companies' overseas profits hits companies that have often already paid been taxed in the countries where the profits were earned.

Bush and Obama, Shoulder to Shoulder

September 12, 2011 by legitgov

Bush and Obama, Shoulder to Shoulder 12 Sep 2011 On Sunday, for the first time, President Obama and former President [sic] George W. Bush stood together at the site of the Sept. 11 attacks, listening as family members read the names of lost love ones and bowing their heads in silence to mark the moments the planes hit. In May, Mr. Bush declined Mr. Obama's invitation to join him at ground zero after the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. But on this morning, they stood shoulder to shoulder -- commanders in chief whose terms in office are bookends for exploring how the United States has changed since Sept. 11, 2001, particularly in its response to terrorism.

100 protesters burn American flag outside U.S. embassy in London during minute's silence for 9/11

September 12, 2011 by legitgov

100 protesters burn American flag outside U.S. embassy in London during minute's silence for 9/11 12 Sep 2011 Protesters set fire to the U.S. flag outside the American embassy in London yesterday during a minute's silence to mark the moment the first hijacked airliner hit the World Trade Centre. A group of 100 Muslim radicals, including members of Muslims Against Crusades, shouted 'USA  terrorists' and brandished anti-American placards. One protester in Grosvenor Square said: 'You will always face suffering, you will always face humiliation, unless you withdraw your troops from Muslim lands.'

3 held in Detroit over bathroom trips on plane

September 12, 2011 by legitgov

3 held in Detroit over bathroom trips on plane 11 Sep 2011 Amid anxiety over the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, police detained three passengers at Detroit's Metropolitan Airport on Sunday after the crew of the Frontier Airlines flight from Denver reported suspicious activity on board, and NORAD sent two F-16 jets to shadow the flight until it landed safely, airline and federal officials said. Also Sunday, NORAD sent two F-16s to escort a Los Angeles-to-New York American Airlines flight after three passengers made repeated trips to the bathroom, officials said. Flight 34 landed safely at New York's Kennedy Airport. Frontier Flight 623, with 116 passengers on board, landed without incident in Detroit after the crew reported that two people were spending "an extraordinarily long time" in a bathroom, Frontier spokesman Peter Kowalchuck said.

Somalia denies CIA rendition base in Mogadishu

September 12, 2011 by legitgov

Somalia denies CIA rendition base in Mogadishu 09 Sep 2011 Somalia has dismissed reports that the US runs an underground detention centre where the CIA helps interrogate terror suspects in the capital Mogadishu. UK rights group Reprieve says it has evidence that the base lies underneath the presidential compound, and that some inmates are as young as 14. The group says one man was taken there from Kenya and held for 18 months without seeing lawyers - or daylight.

French JDL recruiting Jews with military experience to 'defend' Israeli settlements

September 12, 2011 by legitgov

French JDL recruiting Jews with military experience to 'defend' Israeli settlements 11 Sep 2011 An extreme right-wing Jewish group in France is recruiting Jews with military experience for a solidarity mission to Israel in order to help "defend" Jewish settlements in the West Bank from Palestinian protesters who are expected to march toward some of them on or around September 20. The organization that put out the call for militant Jews is the French branch of the Jewish Defense League, or Kach, an organization banned in the United States and Israel, but tolerated in France.

Sea radiation from Fukushima seen triple Tepco estimate

September 12, 2011 by legitgov

Sea radiation from Fukushima seen triple Tepco estimate 10 Sep 2011 Radioactive material released into the sea in the Fukushima nuclear power plant crisis is more than triple the amount estimated by plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co, Japanese researchers say. Japan's biggest utility estimated around 4,720 trillion becquerels of cesium-137 and iodine-131 was released into the Pacific Ocean between March 21 and April 30, but researchers at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) put the amount 15,000 trillion becquerels, or terabecquerels.

U.S. told Egypt it must rescue Israeli embassy workers or suffer 'consequences,' sources say

September 12, 2011 by legitgov

U.S. told Egypt it must rescue Israeli embassy workers or suffer 'consequences,' sources say 10 Sep 2011 The United States told Egypt's military rulers during an attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo that they must act quickly in order to prevent Israeli personnel from being attacked by Egyptian protesters, Haaretz learned on Saturday. According to senior U.S. source that were involved in the attempt to resolve the Cairo incident, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta called Supreme Military Council head Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, conveying what the source called a forceful message concerning the need for speed in Egypt's ending of the embassy attack. "There's no time to waste," Panetta reportedly told Tantawi in the 1 A.M. call, warning of a tragic outcome that "would have very severe consequences." The U.S. source also said that Tantawi failed to answer incoming calls from U.S. officials throughout the evening, finally answering after more than two hours of attempts. [Way to go, Tantawi!]

Three dead, 1,049 injured in Israeli embassy protests in Cairo

September 12, 2011 by legitgov

Three dead, 1,049 injured in Israeli embassy protests in Cairo 10 Sep 2011 Three died and 1,049 others were injured during protests at the Israeli embassy on Friday night, Egypt's health ministry said on Saturday. One death was because of a heart attack. 262 of the injured were rushed to different hospitals in Cairo while the others got medical treatment at the scene. Clashes between protestors and police forces were blamed for the casualties. Police used tear gas to disperse the crowds.

The Tent City of New Jersey: Victims of the economic slump forced to live in makeshift homes in forest

September 12, 2011 by legitgov

The Tent City of New Jersey: Desperate victims of the economic slump forced to live in makeshift homes in forest 02 Aug 2011 In scenes reminiscent of the Great Depression these are the ramshackle homes of the desperate and destitute U.S. families who have set up their own 'Tent City' only an hour from Manhattan. More than 50 homeless people have joined the community within New Jersey's forests as the economic crisis has wrecked their American dream. And as politicians in Washington trade blows over their country's £8.8 trillion debt, the prospect of more souls joining this rag tag group grows by the day.

Libyan dissidents under house arrest at Gaddafi's behest following Blair's 'deal in the desert'

September 11, 2011 by legitgov

Labour secretly put Libyan dissidents under house arrest at Gaddafi's behest following Blair's 'deal in the desert' --Top-secret documents discovered abandoned in ambassador's residence by the Mail on Sunday reveal Blair government's double-dealing 11 Sep 2011 Labour used controversial control orders to put Libyan dissidents in Britain under house arrest – at the behest of Colonel Gaddafi. The revelation will revive the debate about the draconian anti-terrorism measures and raise questions over whether they have been misused as tools of international diplomacy. The disclosure, in documents abandoned in the British Ambassador's residence in Tripoli, suggests at least 12 UK-based opponents of Gaddafi may have been double-crossed by the Labour Government.

UK promoted sale of sniper rifles to Gaddafi just weeks before uprising began

September 11, 2011 by legitgov

UK promoted sale of sniper rifles to Gaddafi just weeks before uprising began --Today's revelations will be seen as a fresh embarrassment for the Government. 10 Sep 2011 The British Government was promoting the sale of sniper rifles to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's government weeks before the outbreak of the uprising against him. Documents found by The Sunday Telegraph show that in December last year, Britain's ambassador in Tripoli was directly encouraging high-ranking figures within the Libyan army to visit Britain and view military equipment, including rifles and machine guns. Richard Northern, Britain's top diplomat in the Libyan capital, was joined by Maj Gen Jonathan Shaw, the Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff at the Ministry of Defence, for talks with the Libyan official in charge of buying weapons for Col Muammar Gaddafi's army.

U.N. journalist arrested in NY after prop gun found

September 11, 2011 by legitgov

U.N. journalist arrested in NY after prop gun found 11 Sep 2011 A U.N.-accredited journalist working for an Iranian broadcaster has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon after U.N. security found a stage-prop gun in his baggage, police and U.N. officials said on Friday. "An accredited journalist was found with a toy gun, I believe it was," said U.N. spokesman Eduardo del Buey. "It was found in his baggage. He was detained, and he was turned over to the national authorities." He added that the incident occurred on Thursday. Several U.N. officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity that the journalist is a U.S. citizen who has been working for Iranian state-funded broadcaster Press TV. [Why say 'state-funded' broadcaster? No one ever says 'corporate-funded,' when referring to US broadcasters.]

'Bush lied about 9/11 terror attacks'

September 11, 2011 by legitgov

'Bush lied about 9/11 terror attacks' 10 Sep 2011 Mahathir Mohamad says it is not unthinkable for former US President [sic] George W. Bush to lie about who was responsible for the 9/11 terror attacks on the American soil. In a post published in his personal blog chedet on Friday, former Malaysian prime minister said that the attacks on the World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan, New York City, and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, could not have been carried out by Muslims. The acts of violence could have rather been the work of other groups. The Malaysian politician pointed out that "for some Americans, the deaths of nearly 3,000 people was not the scariest thing about 9/11. It was realizing who carried out the attack: yes, the American Government."

9/11 Air Scare: Fighter Jets Scrambled in Airline Incident

September 11, 2011 by legitgov

9/11 Air Scare: Fighter Jets Scrambled in Airline Incident 11 Sep 2011 Fighter jets were scrambled to escort an American Airlines jet into New York's JFK airport after the pilot became spooked by passengers' frequent trips to and from the restroom, security officials said today. The precaution turned out to be unnecessary as federal air marshals aboard flight 34 from Los Angeles to JFK were able to resolve the situation when the passengers complied with their instructions, police officials said. Two F-16 fighter jets kept the passenger plane in their sight from about 100 miles out of the airport until it landed. According to authorities the FBI and Port Authority, police met the flight when it landed.

US drone strike kills four in Pakistan

September 11, 2011 by legitgov

US drone strike kills four in Pakistan 11 Sep 2011 A non-UN-sanctioned US airstrike has left at least four people dead and several others wounded in Pakistan's troubled tribal belt, Press TV reports. Local security officials say the missiles fired from a US drone targeted a compound and a vehicle in the Hisokhel village of North Waziristan tribal region, a Press TV correspondent reported. The death toll is expected to rise as some of the injured are said to be in critical condition.

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