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LA police expand iWatch terror program to airport

LA police expand iWatch terror program to airport --iWatchers are asked to be on the lookout for possible 'terror activities' 03 Jun 2010 Police are expanding a citizen terror watch program to include travelers at the Los Angeles International Airport. The iWatch program was launched in October for residents to alert authorities to suspicious activity [?!?] by phone or Internet.

4 LAPD officers off field duty during abuse probe

4 LAPD officers off field duty during abuse probe 03 Jun 2010 Four Los Angeles police officers have been pulled from patrol duty while internal affairs investigates last week's videotaped confrontation between officers and bicyclists riding in a Hollywood rally in protest of BP and the Gulf oil spill. The LAPD says the use-of-force investigation began after video of the Friday night incident was posted online and complaints were filed by some of the estimated 400 cyclists.

BP and Feds Withheld Videos Showing Massive Scope of Oil Spill

BP and Feds Withheld Videos Showing Massive Scope of Oil Spill --Coast Guard Told Public Not to 'Fixate' On Rate of Spill While Sitting On Video 03 Jun 2010  New videos show more clearly than ever how BP, with little resistance from the Coast Guard or other federal agencies, kept the public in the dark about just how bad things were beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.

Ohio, Washington to Start Homeland Response Forces

Ohio, Washington to Start Homeland Response Forces --DoD plans to establish 10 homeland response forces, one in each of 10 FEMA regions 03 Jun 2010 Ohio and Washington have been chosen as the first states to host new National Guard homeland response forces for responding to chemical and biological attacks, Pentagon officials announced today.

Army Plans $100 Million Special Ops HQ in Afghanistan

Army Plans $100 Million Special Ops HQ in Afghanistan By Noah Shachtman 03 Jun 2010 The Army is looking to spend as much as $100 million to expand its Special Operations headquarters in northern Afghanistan.

United States and France Establish Arrangement to Interdict High-Risk Travelers

United States and France Establish Arrangement to Interdict High-Risk Travelers 03 Jun 2010 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced that the United States and France have established an arrangement to implement the Immigration Advisory Program (IAP)--which allows for the identification of high-risk travelers at foreign airports before they board aircraft bound for the United States--at Paris' Charles De Gaulle International Airport.

Flotilla journalist: Soldiers' gunfire continued even after activists raised white flags

Flotilla journalist: Gunfire continued even after activists raised white flags 03 Jun 2010 A Press TV journalist detained on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla describes mistreatment of activists attacked on the aid convoy and his own ordeal in Israeli custody... Press TV correspondent Hassan Ghani said that the volunteers successfully disarmed some of the soldiers, taking away their guns with bare hands, when the Israeli side started using live bullets causing fatalities.

Charges against activists abandoned after Turkey delivers ultimatum

Charges against activists abandoned after Turkey delivers ultimatum 03 Jun 2010 Israel bowed to heavy diplomatic pressure to deport hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists yesterday, after what Turkey said was an ultimatum that threatened Jerusalem with severe political consequences if it kept its citizens in custody.

UN slams US drone strikes in Pakistan

UN slams US drone strikes in Pakistan 03 Jun 2010 A senior United Nations official says the US-operated drone strikes in Pakistan pose a growing challenge to the international rule of law. Philip Alston, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, said the attacks were undermining the rules designed to protect the right of life, the BBC reported.

Gulf of Mexico oil slick closes in on Florida

Gulf of Mexico oil slick closes in on Florida  --221-mile Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is world's third-longest barrier reef and crucial wildlife habitat 02 Jun 2010 The Gulf of Mexico oil slick closed in on Florida, threatening a new environmental disaster...

Gaza flotilla attack: British activists tell of abuse by Israelis

Gaza flotilla attack: British activists tell of abuse by Israelis 03 Jun 2010 British activists who took part in the Gaza aid flotilla have been deported from Israel, alleging they were abused, humiliated and beaten by troops after the raid on their ships... Sarah Colborne, director of campaigns and operations at the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, was also on board the Mavi Marmara.

$2-billion mass flu immunization program a bust, figures reveal

$2-billion mass flu immunization program a bust, figures reveal --New figures show shockingly low H1N1 vaccination rates 03 Jun 2010 A $2-billion campaign to 'protect' Canadians against an influenza pandemic failed dramatically in parts of Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta, newly obtained figures show, with one of the country’s top doctors acknowledging that public health officials neglected to properly organiz

George Bush admits US waterboarded 9/11 mastermind

George Bush admits US waterboarded 9/11 mastermind --Former US president says Khalid Sheik Mohammed was waterboarded by US and he would do it again 'to save lives' 03 Jun 2010 George Bush admitted yesterday that Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind patsy of the 9/11 attacks, was waterboarded by the US, and said he would do it again "to save lives".

Gaza flotilla attack: UN secretary general demands blockade be lifted

Gaza flotilla attack: UN secretary general demands blockade be lifted 03 Jun 2010 Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, has demanded that Israel lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip immediately in the wake of the deadly raid on the aid flotilla.

Dying, dead marine wildlife paint dark, morbid picture of Gulf Coast following oil spill

Dying, dead marine wildlife paint dark, morbid picture of Gulf Coast following oil spill 02 Jun 2010 Here's what President Obama didn't see when he visited the Gulf Coast: a dead dolphin rotting in the shore weeds. "When we found this dolphin it was filled with oil. Oil was just pouring out of it.

NATO chopper downed in Afghanistan

NATO chopper downed in Afghanistan --Local Taliban leader said chopper was attacked by militants 03 Jun 2010 Another NATO chopper has been destroyed in northern Afghanistan following an emergency landing, the second helicopters lost by the US-led force in the past three days.

Michigan Considers Law to License Journalists

Michigan Considers Law to License Journalists 28 May 2010 A Michigan lawmaker wants to register reporters to ensure they’re credible and have "good moral character." State Sen. Bruce Patterson (R-Whackjob) is introducing legislation that will regulate reporters much as the state regulates hairdressers, auto mechanics and plumbers.

Halliburton campaign donations spike

Halliburton campaign donations spike 02 Jun 2010 As Congress investigated its role in the doomed Deep Horizon oil rig, Halliburton donated $17,000 to candidates running for federal office, giving money to several lawmakers on committees that have launched inquiries into the massive spill. The Texas-based oil giant’s political action committee made 14 contributions during the month of May, according to a federal campaign report filed Wednesday -- 13 to Republicans and one to a Democrat.

I was 'Tasered' by Israelis, says Herald photographer

I was 'Tasered' by Israelis, says Herald photographer 03 Jun 2010 Isreal is deporting 618 international detainees, including four Australians, captured when it stormed a flotilla of ships in international waters. The deportees include the Herald's chief correspondent, Paul McGeough, who is travelling on his Irish passport, and the Herald photographer Kate Geraghty.

Obama extends benefits for gay federal employees

Obama extends benefits for gay federal employees 02 Jun 2010 President Barack Obama on Wednesday expanded benefits for same-sex partners of federal employees, a move likely to be welcomed by gay rights activists who have questioned his commitment to their causes. Obama said he had directed government agencies to offer a number of new benefits to the families of gay and lesbian federal employees, including family assistance services, hardship transfers and relocation expenses.

INTERPOL hails Iran war on drugs

INTERPOL hails Iran war on drugs 02 Jun 2010 The president of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) acknowledges the comprehensive efforts made by Iran to combat drug trafficking. "World countries should learn from Iran's counter-narcotics experience," said Khoo Boon Hui in a Wednesday meeting with Iranian Police Chief Esmail Ahmadi-Moghaddam in Tehran...

BP diamond-tipped saw fails to fix leak

BP diamond-tipped saw fails to fix leak 02 Jun 2010 Efforts by the British Petroleum engineers to cut the ruptured riser pipe of its blown-up well in the Gulf of Mexico and contain the gushing oil have hit a snag on day 44. The underwater robot operating a diamond-tipped saw to cut the riser pipe had to stop working Wednesday after the saw stuck in the pipe. Now BP engineers have to go on with the operation either with the snared saw or by replacing it with a new one.

U.S. to Join South Korean Military Exercise Off North Korea Coast

U.S. to Join South Korean Military Exercise Off North Korea Coast --Pentagon Sending USS George Washington to Waters Where North Sunk South Korean Vessel 02 Jun 2010 The U.S.

Not content with BP's destruction of the oceans, Obama calls for big expansion of nuclear power

Backward at Bagram

Backward at Bagram (The New York Times) 31 May 2010 One of the most vital jobs of the federal courts is to check excessive claims of presidential power. The courts have stepped up to the task at important times since President George W. Bush embarked on a campaign after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to create an imperial presidency. Sadly, a recent ruling by a federal appeals court on the American military prison at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan was not one of those times.

CIA drones claim 'licence to kill' with impunity: UN expert

CIA drones claim 'licence to kill' with impunity: UN expert 02 Jun 2010 A UN human rights expert on Wednesday urged the United States to sideline the CIA from targeted killings using drones, warning that the practice amounted to "a licence to kill without accountability".

BP Oil Leak May Last Until Christmas

BP Oil Leak May Last Until Christmas 02 Jun 2010  BP Plc’s failure since April to plug a Gulf of Mexico oil leak has prompted forecasts the crude may continue gushing into December in what President Barack Obama has called the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history...

Gaza flotilla attack: Israeli ambassador compares raid to Second World War

Gaza flotilla attack: Israeli ambassador compares raid to Second World War 02 Jun 2010 Israel's ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, has compared the Gaza flotilla attack with America's fight against Nazi Germany in the Second World War.

Lawsuit Seeks Full Disclosure of Dispersant Impacts on Gulf's Endangered Wildlife

Lawsuit Seeks Full Disclosure of Dispersant Impacts on Gulf's Endangered Wildlife 02 Jun 2010 The Center for Biological Diversity today filed an official notice of its intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for authorizing the use of toxic dispersants without ensuring that these chemicals would not harm endangered species and their habitats. The letter requests that the agency, along with the U.S.

BP Hires Former Dick Cheney Spox to Run PR Ops

BP Hires Former Dick Cheney Spox to Run PR Ops 01 Jun 2010 BP, struggling to maintain its image while taking responsibility for the worst oil disaster in U.S. history, has hired someone new to head its American public relations operation: Anne Womack-Kolton, the former campaign press secretary for Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney. Womack-Kolton ran Cheney's press shop during the 2004 campaign, and worked as an assistant press secretary in 2000.

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