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U.S. deaths in drone strike due to miscommunication, report says

October 15, 2011 by legitgov

U.S. deaths in drone strike due to miscommunication, report says --The Pentagon says Marines in Afghanistan and the crew controlling the drone in Nevada were unaware analysts watching the firefight via live video in Indiana had doubts about the targets' identity. 14 Oct 2011 A Marine and a Navy medic killed by a U.S. drone airstrike were targeted when Marine commanders in Afghanistan mistook them for Taliban fighters, even though analysts watching the Predator's video feed were uncertain whether the men were part of an enemy force. Those are the findings of a Pentagon investigation of the first known case of friendly fire deaths involving an unmanned aircraft, the April 6 attack that killed Marine Staff Sgt. Jeremy Smith, 26, and Navy Hospitalman Benjamin D. Rast, 23.

FBI Account of "Terror Plot" Suggests Sting Operation

October 15, 2011 by legitgov

FBI Account of "Terror Plot" Suggests Sting Operation By Gareth Porter 13 Oct 2011 While the administration of Barack Obama vows to hold the Iranian government "accountable" for the alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington, the legal document describing evidence in the case provides multiple indications that it was mainly the result of an FBI "sting" operation. Although the legal document, called an amended criminal complaint, implicates Iranian-American Manssor Arbabsiar and his cousin Ali Gholam Shakuri, an officer in the Iranian Quds Force, in a plan to assassinate Saudi Arabian Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir, it also suggests that the idea originated with and was strongly pushed by a undercover DEA informant, at the direction of the FBI. On May 24, when Arbabsiar first met with the DEA informant he thought was part of a Mexican drug cartel, it was not to hire a hit squad to kill the ambassador. Rather, there is reason to believe that the main purpose was to arrange a deal to sell large amounts of opium from Afghanistan. [LOL!]

EU considering massive cuts to food aid for poor

October 14, 2011 by legitgov

EU considering massive cuts to food aid for poor 14 Oct 2011 The European Union is considering a roughly 75 percent cut in funding for a program that helps feed 18 million of its poorest citizens. The cuts, set to take effect after New Year's, would come at a time of rising unemployment and consumer food prices in many parts of Europe, as well as overall economic turmoil on the continent. The looming cuts already have raised fears among people who rely heavily on the program.

US drone strike kills 78 in Somalia

October 14, 2011 by legitgov

US drone strike kills 78 in Somalia 14 Oct 2011 An attack by a US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has killed at least 78 people and injured 64 others in southern Somalia, Press TV reports. The Friday attack took place near Qooqani town located in southern Somalia, a Press TV correspondent reported. In a different incident on Friday, another US drone attack killed 11 civilians and wounded 34 more in Hoosingow district in the south of the country. Somalia is the sixth country where the US military has conducted drone strikes. [Why can't resistance fighters blow these killing machines out of the sky?]

British defence secretary Liam Fox resigns post

October 14, 2011 by legitgov

British defence secretary Liam Fox resigns post 15 Oct 2011 British Prime Minister David Cameron has opted for a limited Cabinet reshuffle following the resignation yesterday of defence secretary Liam Fox, who was embroiled in a controversy over links with a friend who acted as an unofficial adviser. The resignation, though not unexpected, became inevitable after it emerged that Dr Fox's friend, Adam Werrity, had been funded by a collection of companies and individuals with ties to US defence companies.

American Airlines plane diverted to DIA after passengers becomes unruly

October 14, 2011 by legitgov

American Airlines plane diverted to DIA after passengers becomes unruly 14 Oct 2011 An American Airlines flight was diverted to Denver International Airport Thursday night after a passenger became unruly, struck a flight attendant, and then yelled various threats, United States Attorney John Walsh and FBI Special Agent in Charge James Yacone announced today. The passenger, Varoujan Khodjamirian, was arrested after the plane landed safely in Denver. The flight, American Airlines flight 21 was enroute from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to Los Angeles International Airport.

Protesters arrested in New York, Denver, San Diego

October 14, 2011 by legitgov

Protesters arrested in New York, Denver, San Diego 14 Oct 2011 The following [posts] are updates on Occupy Wall Street-style protests in the United States, including those in Denver – where some protesters were detained Friday morning – and New York, where authorities arrested some marchers after city officials canceled a plan to clear demonstrators' encampments at a city park... At least 24 protesters were arrested – many on allegations of criminal misconduct – in Denver, Colorado, on Friday morning as state troopers cleared people from a park where protesters had been encamped, CNN affiliate KMGH reported, citing Denver and state police.

Denver Police in Riot Gear Move Into Wall Street Protest Area

October 14, 2011 by legitgov

Denver Police in Riot Gear Move Into Wall Street Protest Area 14 Oct 2011 Dozens of police in riot gear pushed Wall Street protesters into retreat outside the state Capitol in Denver on Friday, and the protesters are retreating without resisting. Many of the protesters chanted "Peaceful!" as they backed away from their encampment. Officers placed plastic handcuffs on some protesters. Authorities began taking down dozens of tents before dawn.

NYPD Arrests More Occupy Wall Street Protesters

October 14, 2011 by legitgov

NYPD Arrests More Occupy Wall Street Protesters 14 Oct 2011 The anticipated conflict between Occupy Wall Street protesters and city officials happened after all on Friday as NYPD officers arrested at least 14 individuals, leaving a few battered and bruised. Many expected a confrontation early in the morning because Brookfield Properties, which owns the park the protesters' have made their headquarters, planned on cleaning it. Brookfield decided to postpone its cleaning, at which point protesters poured into the streets of lower Manhattan.

206 NATO troops poisoned in Afghanistan

October 14, 2011 by legitgov

206 NATO troops poisoned in Afghanistan 14 Oct 2011 NATO has confirmed that at least 206 troops working with the US-led military alliance have been poisoned near Mazar Sharif, capital of the northern Afghan province of Balkh, Press TV reports. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) said the soldiers fell ill after dining in Camp Marmal near Mazar Sharif late Wednesday, a Press TV correspondent reported on Friday. About 138 of the victims are German while the rest are from other NATO countries engaged in the Afghan war.

Barack Obama deploys US special forces to central Africa

October 14, 2011 by legitgov

Breaking: Barack Obama deploys US special forces to central Africa 14 Oct 2011 President Barack Obama on Friday announced he was sending 100 combat troops to central Africa to advise forces aiming to hunt down the Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army, which stands accused of gross human rights abuses over the course of two decades. In a letter to Congress, Mr Obama said: "These forces will act as advisers to partner forces that have the goal of removing from the battlefield Joseph Kony and other senior leadership of the LRA." In an attempt to head off criticism from his war-weary country, Mr Obama stressed that the American troops would not act independently and would only fire on LRA forces "in self-defence".

Washington and Iran: The reckless policy of provocation

October 14, 2011 by legitgov

Washington and Iran: The reckless policy of provocation By Bill Van Auken 14 Oct 2011 At a White House press conference Thursday, President Barack Obama said his administration would make Iran "pay a price" for an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States... The remarks signaled Washington's decision to utilize this bizarre incident, about which there are far more questions than answers, as a pretext for escalating tension with Iran to the point of saber-rattling threats of war. The more that emerges about the purported Iranian "terrorist plot" to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States, the more it appears to be a crude concoction by elements of the American state apparatus to blackguard Iran and create the pretext for an escalation of US aggression.

Angry villagers block highway to demand closure of nuclear plant in southern India

October 14, 2011 by legitgov

Angry villagers block highway to demand closure of nuclear plant in southern India 13 Oct 2011 Angry villagers living near a recently built nuclear power plant in southern India blocked a highway Thursday to demand its closure, saying they don't believe government assurances that the facility is safe. Some villagers near the Koodankulam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu state have been fasting for five days. They occupied the road Thursday to intensify their protests, TimesNow television said.

Occupy Surrey protest to welcome George W. Bush to Canada

October 14, 2011 by legitgov

Occupy Surrey protest to welcome George W. Bush to Canada 13 Oct 2011 It looks like George W. Bush will be greeted by Occupy Wall Street-inspired protesters when he comes to Surrey next week. A Twitter account called Occupy Surrey sprung up earlier this month and is encouraging people to attend a demonstration against the former U.S. president [sic]. On Wednesday (October 12), Occupy Surrey tweeted: "When WAR CRIMINAL Bush comes to Surrey October 20th, we will meet him with a FLASH OCCUPATION. Expect us." The protest is set to take place next Thursday, beginning at 10 a.m. outside the Bay at the Guildford Town Centre shopping mall. "WE ARE THE GENERATION WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR AND WE WILL NOT STAND FOR WAR CRIMINALS IN SURREY," Occupy Surrey tweeted at the mayor today (October 13). [Yup, and Obama and his killer drones shouldn't be able to go there, either.]

Occupy Wall Street: Protesters to block 'eviction' move

October 14, 2011 by legitgov

Occupy Wall Street: Protesters to block 'eviction' move 14 Oct 2011 Anti-Wall Street demonstrators have vowed to stay put in their New York protest park, despite plans by its owners to clean it on Friday morning. Occupy Wall Street says the plan to clean Zuccotti Park at 07:00 local time (11:00GMT) is an attempt at eviction. The private firm that owns the space said that after cleaning it would ban sleeping bags and lying on benches. Hundreds of people have camped in the park for four weeks, and related protests have spread across the US.

Unlikely Turn for a Suspect in a Terror Plot

October 14, 2011 by legitgov

Unlikely Turn for a Suspect in a Terror Plot 13 Oct 2011 His nickname was Scarface, the legacy of a brutal knife attack on a dark Houston street three decades ago that left his left cheek permanently marred. Friends and neighbors in Texas said that he could be gruff and intimidating, and that he often stood outside his house at night smoking and talking on his cellphone in a language they did not understand. [Since we're talking Rick Perry's turf, that would probably be English.] But Mansour J. Arbabsiar, 56, the man at the center of an alleged Iranian plot to kill a Saudi diplomat in Washington, seems to have been more a stumbling opportunist than a calculating killer. Over the 30-odd years he lived in Texas, he left a string of failed businesses and angry creditors in his wake... He was perennially disheveled, friends and acquaintances said, and hopelessly disorganized. ['He left a string of failed businesses and angry creditors in his wake.' Not for long! Once he cashes his check from Langley, I'm sure he'll be in the black. --LRP]

US continues to accuse Iran of 'assassination plot'

October 14, 2011 by legitgov

US continues to accuse Iran of 'assassination plot' 14 Oct 2011 For two days -- American diplomats and other officials have worked overtime to connect the Iranian government to its claim that Iranian-funded operatives were planning to assassinate the Saudi/US ambassador on American soil in Washington. The alleged plot is rarely mentioned without also mentioning Iranian leadership. The US has already used the alleged plot to freeze the assets of Iranian airline Mahan Air -- and the administration is working for much more.

US to let BP bid on Gulf of Mexico leases

October 14, 2011 by legitgov

US to let BP bid on Gulf of Mexico leases 14 Oct 2011 The United States said it will allow British oil giant BP to bid on new oil-drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico due to go on sale later this year, less than two years after a devastating spill. US offshore 'safety' chief Michael Bromwich told lawmakers that his agency had determined that BP should not be barred from obtaining new offshore drilling leases [so that US corpora-terrorists can get tax breaks to drill, destroy the environment, sell the oil to China]. The explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon platform on April 20, 2010 killed 11 people and caused the biggest maritime oil spill in US history. [Just getting a head start on the Obusha 'Friday Night Environmental Bad News Dump.' He typically sneaks this lunacy in Friday afternoons, 5:15PM ET. (You won't hear Obama sycophants Al Sharpton or Lawrence O'Donnell talking about *this* one.) --LRP]

30 jailers punished for inmate beatings, report says

October 14, 2011 by legitgov

30 jailers punished for inmate beatings, report says 13 Oct 2011 In the last two years, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials have disciplined more than 30 jail employees for beating inmates or covering up the abuse, according to a report from the agency's watchdog obtained by The Times. Other deputies "get away" with unnecessary force against inmates because "they craft a story of justification... which may be impossible to disprove," according to the report by the Office of Independent Review, which monitors discipline in the Sheriff's Department. The report comes in response to growing allegations of inmate abuse inside the nation's largest jail system and has been released as the FBI investigates several cases of potentially criminal misconduct by deputies.

Occupy Wall Street showdown looms between protesters and NYPD cops

October 14, 2011 by legitgov

Occupy Wall Street showdown looms between protesters and NYPD cops over cleaning of Zuccotti Park 13 Oct 2011 A Friday morning showdown loomed between Occupy Wall Street and the NYPD after protesters vowed to defy orders to leave Zuccotti Park so it could be cleaned. The city says protesters can return to the park after the cleanup - but without the sleeping bags, tarps and coolers that have made their 27-day sit-in possible. Occupy Wall Street - an amorphous group that has tapped into national populist anger at corporate excess - said it would resist any attempt by the NYPD to shift protesters from the public plaza where they have camped since Sept. 17.

Obama: No options off the table over Iran assassination plot

October 14, 2011 by legitgov

Obama: No options off the table over Iran assassination plot --U.S. President says 'no dispute' Iranian government involved in alleged plot to assassinate Saudi ambassador in Washington 13 Oct 2011 U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday there was "no dispute" that Iran was involved in an alleged terrorist plot against the Saudi ambassador in Washington that was uncovered this week. "We would not be bringing forward a case unless we knew exactly how to support all the all facts [sic] contained in the indictment," Obama told a press conference during a visit by South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.

U.S. puts Iraq 'withdrawal plans' under wraps to discourage attacks

October 14, 2011 by legitgov

U.S. puts Iraq 'withdrawal plans' under wraps to discourage attacks --Approximately 5,000 troops to remain, would be 'trainers' for Iraqi forces 13 Oct 2011 The U.S. military has stopped announcing its plans for turning over facilities to the Iraqi government because of concerns that 'insurgents' were using the information to stage attacks, a top American general said Thursday. Maj. Gen. Thomas W. Spoehr, deputy commanding general of U.S. Forces-Iraq, said the departure schedule, which once was publicized to assure the Iraqi public about the U.S. troop withdrawal, is now kept "under wraps."

Fukushima radiation fear in Tokyo after danger reading

October 14, 2011 by legitgov

Fukushima radiation fear in Tokyo after danger reading --Radiation level on Tokyo street 17 times recommended limit, exceeding readings in parts of Fukushima exclusion zone 13 Oct 2011 Concerns that contamination from the Fukushima Daiichi plant has spread over a wider area than at first thought have deepened after elevated levels of radiation were found in Tokyo and other areas far from the facility. Researchers recorded radiation of 3.35 microsieverts per hour along a street in Setagaya ward, a higher level than in some parts of the 20-kilometre exclusion zone around the nuclear plant. Kyodo News reported that a citizens' group detected levels as high as 5.82 microsieverts an hour in a park in the town of Funabashi, Chiba prefecture, 130 miles from Fukushima.

Obama promises 'toughest sanctions' on Iran over sceptical bomb plot

October 13, 2011 by legitgov

Obama promises 'toughest sanctions' on Iran over sceptical bomb plot --Doubts remain over whether plot was genuine; Tehran has vehemently denied any involvement in plot. 13 Oct 2011 The United States will apply the "toughest sanctions" to further isolate Iran over the alleged plan to murder the Saudi ambassador to Washington, Barack Obama said on Thursday, despite growing scepticism over the amateurish nature of the plot and the apparently shambolic background of the main suspect. Obama insisted that the US had evidence to back up the allegations, as he said he would not take any options off the table in dealing with Iran - diplomatic code for the possibility of military action.

US hits Greek anarchist group with terrorism sanctions

October 13, 2011 by legitgov

US hits Greek anarchist group with terrorism sanctions 13 Oct 2011 The Obama administration has added a Greek anarchist group to a terrorism blacklist that subjects the organization and its members to U.S. financial sanctions. The State Department said Thursday it had placed the Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei, or SPF, on its list of specially designated terrorists, a move that freezes any assets the group may have in U.S. jurisdictions and bars Americans from giving it any material support. It said the group, which first emerged in 2008, had targeted civilians corpora-terrorists and government officials in a number of countries, including Greece, in an attempt to spread its ideology.

Scott Brown camp regrets plagiarism "oversight"

October 13, 2011 by legitgov

Oops! Scott Brown camp regrets plagiarism "oversight" 13 Oct 2011 The office of Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts is blaming a technical error for the fact that comments attributed to Brown posted to his campaign website were lifted verbatim from former Sen. Elizabeth Dole. The Boston Globe first reported the plagiarism, which the newspaper was directed to by the Democratic Super PAC American Bridge 21st Century.

3 NATO tankers torched in Pakistan

October 13, 2011 by legitgov

3 NATO tankers torched in Pakistan [What a shame!] 13 Oct 2011 Pro-Taliban militants in eastern Punjab Province of Pakistan have destroyed at least three NATO oil tankers carrying fuel for US-led foreign troops in neighboring Afghanistan, Press TV reports. Official sources told Press TV that the militants set three NATO oil tankers on fire on the National Highway in the Shakarpur area of Punjab Province on Thursday. The three NATO tankers were completely destroyed.

US drone raid kills 6 in NW Pakistan

October 13, 2011 by legitgov

US drone raid kills 6 in NW Pakistan 13 Oct 2011 At least six people have been killed in the latest non-UN-sanctioned US drone strike in the northwestern tribal belt of Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan, Press TV reports. The unmanned aircraft on Thursday fired two missiles in Dandey Darpakhel village, seven kilometers north of Miranshah, the capital of the North Waziristan tribal district, AFP reported. The assault destroyed a compound leaving six people dead, local security officials said.

'Occupy Canada' protest plans take shape

October 13, 2011 by legitgov

'Occupy Canada' protest plans take shape 12 Oct 2011 Canadian cities are expected to get their first taste of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement this weekend amid questions about what reception the north-of-the-border version of demonstrations against corporate greed, wealth concentration and other grievances will get. While the mass demonstrations enter their fourth week in the United States, it is unclear how much public support the Canadian events will draw -- or how long the planned "occupations" will last.

British activist denied entry to Canada

October 13, 2011 by legitgov

British activist denied entry to Canada --Begg considering suing government 12 Oct 2011 British activist Moazzam Begg jokes that he's just become the first former Guantanamo Bay detainee to set foot on North American soil – even if it was only for five hours... The director of a London-based civil liberties group Cageprisoner says that minutes after his Air France plane touched down at Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport on Sunday afternoon, three officers boarded the aircraft and escorted him to immigration. Officials told him he could either stay in detention and challenge the decision to deny him entry or return home, Begg told CBC News.

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