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Report: Tab for 'War on terrorism' tops $1 trillion

Report: Tab for 'War on terrorism' tops $1 trillion 20 Jul 2010 The United States has spent more than $1 trillion on wars since the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, a recently released Congressional report says. Adjusting for inflation, the outlays for conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere around the world make the "war on terrorism" second only to World War II. The report "Cost of Major U.S. Wars" by the Congressional Research Service attempts to compare war costs over a more than 230-year period... Since the 9/11 terror attacks [an inside job], the United States has spent an estimated $1.15 trillion.

Iran to West: Stop backing terrorism

Iran to West: Stop backing terrorism 20 Jul 2010 Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has called on the US and certain European countries to stop supporting terrorism... On Thursday, two bombs were detonated in quick succession in front of the Zahedan Grand Mosque in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan. At least 27 people lost their lives and more than 100 others were injured in the incident. Mehmanparast called on Western countries to provide an explanation as to why they back terrorist groups, for instance Jundallah, if they are really opposed to terrorism.

BP Kept Drilling After Report of Leak, Worker Says

BP Kept Drilling After Report of Leak, Worker Says 21 Jul 2010 Government investigators looking into the causes of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion are colliding with a frequent obstacle: witnesses canceling their scheduled testimonies. So far, nine witnesses have rejected or delayed testimony here before a panel of federal government officials. Many were top-ranking officials aboard the rig, with critical roles in decisions that may have contributed to the disaster... In Tuesday’s hearings, investigators focused on equipment failures leading up to the explosion. A BP official, Ronald Sepulvado, a well site leader, testified that BP continued drilling for oil in the days before the disaster despite internal reports of a leak on a safety device on the rig.

Congress Will Grill Gold Dealer, Glenn Beck Sponsor

Congress Will Grill Gold Dealer, Glenn Beck Sponsor --Goldline, Frequent Advertiser on Conservative Talk Shows, Faces Hearing, Lawsuit 20 Jul 2010 Congress will ask top executives from Goldline, the precious metals dealer that is a major sponsor of Glenn Beck's television and radio programs, to testify about the company's aggressive sales tactics. "My view is that these commentators are doing a disservice to their viewers," said Rep. Anthony Weiner, a New York Democrat, in an interview with ABC News. Weiner and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Illinois) announced the hearing Tuesday after an ABC News report in which some customers of Goldline described how they felt cheated by the company.

Elena Kagan approved by Senate Judiciary Committee in 13-6 vote

Elena Kagan approved by Senate Judiciary Committee in 13-6 vote 21 Jul 2010 Democratic and Republican senators alike lamented the increasingly sharp partisan divide over the Constitution and the courts Tuesday, and then divided mostly along party lines to approve Elena Kagan, President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court. The lone maverick was Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who voted to confirm Kagan because, he said, she is smart, well-qualified and of good character.

Former MI5 chief demolishes Blair's defence of the Iraq war

Former MI5 chief demolishes Blair's defence of the Iraq war 21 Jul 2010 Tony Blair's evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry that toppling Saddam Hussein helped make Britain safe from terrorists was dramatically undermined by the former head of MI5 yesterday. Giving evidence to the same inquiry, Eliza Manningham-Buller revealed that there was such a surge of warnings of home-grown terrorist threats after the invasion of Iraq that MI5 asked for - and got - a 100 per cent increase in its budget. Baroness Manningham-Buller, who was director general of MI5 in 2002-07, told the Chilcot panel that MI5 started receiving a "substantially" higher volume of reports that young British Muslims being drawn to al-Qa'ida.

I-580 gunman targeted ACLU, Tides Foundation

I-580 gunman targeted ACLU, Tides Foundation --Suspect's mother told reporters the two-strike felon was angry with left-wing politicians. 20 Jul 2010 (CA) Oakland police say I-580 shootout suspect Byron Williams was headed to San Francisco to commit mass murder when he was stopped by the California Highway Patrol. "We believe that he was on his way to San Francisco to an organization called 'Tides' and also to the ACLU for the sole purpose to kill people," said police spokesman Jeff Thomason. Authorities say Williams was armed with a number of high-powered weapons and ammunition during the shootout, which lasted 15 minutes. He and officers fired more than 150 rounds at each other.

Karzai sticks to his guns on 2014 military takeover

Karzai sticks to his guns on 2014 military takeover 21 Jul 2010 An international conference in Kabul intended as a vital stage in bringing security to Afghanistan was marked by tactical disagreements and mixed messages over the timing of the West's withdrawal from the costly and ferocious war. Western officials at the half-day summit yesterday, attended by delegates from 40 countries, highlighted President Hamid Karzai's "pledge" that Afghan troops would be responsible for military operations by 2014 -- with the interpretation that British and other Nato forces would be returning home by that date.

Two US civilians shot dead by Afghan soldier

Two US civilians shot dead by Afghan soldier --Shooting follows killing last week of three British servicemen at hands of Afghan policeman 20 Jul 2010 Two US civilians were shot dead by an Afghan soldier in northern Afghanistan today as a major international conference agreed a strategy for the withdrawal of foreign troops. The shooting, involving an Afghan Army trainer at a weapons training area near Mazar-e-Sharif, highlights the difficulties faced by foreign troops.

Iraq war radicalised generation in UK and raised terror threat, ex-MI5 boss tells Chilcot inquiry

Iraq war radicalised generation in UK and raised terror threat, ex-MI5 boss tells Chilcot inquiry 20 Jul 2010 Former Prime Minister Tony Blair was warned repeatedly by MI5 that going to war with Iraq would lead to a huge surge in the terrorist threat to the UK, the former head of MI5 said today. Giving evidence to the official inquiry into the war, Baroness Manningham-Buller said that the service had struggled to cope with the number of plots emerging in the aftermath of the invasion in 2003.

Schwarzenegger announces annual Reagan day

Schwarzenegger announces annual Reagan day 20 Jul 2010 California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced today that the US state will celebrate Ronald Reagan Day annually on February 6. Gov Schwarzenegger said the move was to acknowledge the former US president's life accomplishments [Iran-Contra, arms-for-hostages, savings & loan scandals and their bailouts, union-busting] and his contributions to California. Reagan - who was born on February 6, 1911 and died on June 5, 2004 - was governor of California from 1967-1975 before holding the office of president between 1980 and 1988. [Raygun Day: Gag me with a chainsaw *and* mega barf alert!]

Ex-USDA official insists she was told White House wanted her to quit

Ex-USDA official insists she was told White House wanted her to quit 20 Jul 2010 While officials say the White House didn't ask for Shirley Sherrod's resignation, the former black Agriculture Department employee insisted Tuesday that the push for her to step down came from the Obama administration. But Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said he asked her to resign without interacting with the White House.

NAACP retracts criticism of USDA worker

NAACP retracts criticism of USDA worker 20 Jul 1010 NAACP leaders are calling on the Obama administration to reconsider its ousting of a black Agriculture Department worker who was pushed out of her job over racially tinged remarks, reversing their previous criticism of the employee. NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous said in a statement that the group was "snookered" into believing that USDA employee Shirley Sherrod expressed racist sentiments at a local NAACP meeting in Georgia earlier this year. Jealous said conservative activist Andrew Breitbart, whose website posted [an edited] video of Sherrod's remarks, deceived millions of people by releasing only partial clips. He said the full video makes clear that Sherrod was telling a story of racial unity.

US chain store boycotts Israeli goods

US chain store boycotts Israeli goods --Olympia is hometown of Rachel Corrie 20 Jul 2010 An American chain store has boycotted sales of Israeli products to protest at the policies of the Tel Aviv's regime against Palestinians. The board of directors of the Olympia Food Co-op in Washington decided last week that no more Israeli goods will be sold at its two grocery stores in the city.

Bachmann's Tea Party Caucus Approved

Bachmann's Tea Party Caucus Approved 19 Jul 2010 A House committee has approved Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann's proposal to create an official House Tea Party Caucus. Bachmann announced via Twitter [LOL] that the Committee on House Administration approved her request. The new caucus, Bachmann announced last week, will focus on "fiscal responsibility, adherence to the Constitution, and limited government." [Really? These hypocritical dirt-bags didn't give a *damn* about same when George W. Bush was torching the Constitution and blowing through the 236 billion dollar Clinton budget surplus. But then, Bush wasn't black. Sorry, but I can't see any other reason why the teabagging didn't begin under Bush. --LRP]

U.S. Navy Successfully Uses Laser to Shoot Down Drones

U.S. Navy Successfully Uses Laser to Shoot Down Drones 20 Jul 2010 The U.S. Navy has used a a laser weapon to shoot down four unmanned aerial vehicles in a test. The successful test of the Laser Weapon System off the coast of California was announced during the Farnborough International Air Show, which is taking place this week in England. The technology, jointly developed with Raytheon, used industrial strength lasers, is more than just your run-of-the-mill PR exercise. In its write-up of the technology, Scientific American correctly notes that the shoot-down of the drones over water constitutes an advance over previous Raytheon tests which focused on static targets.

MSNBC: 'This just in. Lindsay Lohan has a new mug shot.'

Lindsay Lohan: Weapon of Mass Distraction 20 Jul 2010 The talking head on MSNBC just announced: 'This just in. Lindsay Lohan has a new mug shot.' Notice that images of wildlife poisoned in the BP-Halliburton oil volcano have entirely vanished from the media landscape? --LRP

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Extension of Benefits for the Jobless Clears Senate Hurdle

Senate vote ends GOP filibuster of extended jobless benefits --A final Senate vote could come before the end of the day, and approval in the House is expected Wednesday. 20 Jul 2010 The U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday 60-40 to end a Republican-led filibuster of legislation that would extend unemployment benefits for an estimated 2.5 million Americans. The procedural move sets the stage for a final Senate vote, possibly later Tuesday, and approval in the House on Wednesday. The Senate had failed to pass the extension on three previous attempts since June. The seating of Carte Goodwin as the new Democratic senator from West Virginia just before the vote supplied the necessary votes to overcome a key procedural hurdle.

Turtle Eggs Saved From Oil Hatch

Turtle Eggs Saved From Oil Hatch (AP) 14 Jul 2010 The first sea turtle hatchlings whose eggs were evacuated from the Gulf Coast oil spill to Florida's Kennedy Space Center have been released into the Atlantic Ocean. (Video)

Elderly and Disabled Put at Risk by Cuts in Home Care

Elderly and Disabled Put at Risk by Cuts in Home Care 21 Jul 2010  As states face severe budget shortfalls, many have cut home-care services for the elderly or the disabled, programs that have been shown to save states money in the long run because they keep people out of nursing homes. Since the start of the recession, at least 25 states and the District of Columbia have curtailed programs that include meal deliveries, housekeeping aid and assistance for family caregivers, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a research organization. [Meanwhile: US to give another $1.5 billion to Pakistan for energy, health, counterterrorism projects 18 Jul 2010.]

Plane carrying U.N. secretary-general diverted by rocket attack in Kabul

Plane carrying U.N. secretary-general diverted by rocket attack in Kabul --Swedish foreign minister is also aboard the aircraft. 20 Jul 2010 A plane carrying U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was forced to divert less than a mile from Kabul when the airport came under rocket fire. The website of the Local, an English-language Swedish newspaper, said the aircraft went to Bagram air base instead. Ban and Bildt were later taken to an international conference on Afghanistan by helicopter. Danish Foreign Minister Lene Espersen was also delayed by the assault.

US, Israel near F-35 fighter jet deal

US, Israel near F-35 fighter jet deal 20 Jul 2010 The US is close to reaching a deal on the sale of the F-35 fighter jet to Israel as part of Washington's policy to arm Tel Aviv with cutting-edge weapons. Lockheed Martin Corp says it plans to sell 19 of the warplanes, worth about 3 billion dollars, to Tel Aviv. The Pentagon initially approved the sale of 25 fighter jets to Israel, with an option for 50 more in coming years.

No quick exit for troops in Afghanistan, Nato head says

'International forces won't leave.' No quick exit for troops in Afghanistan, Nato head says --Kabul conference told that coalition troops will remain even after full transition to Afghan-led security 20 Jul 2010 There will be no quick exit for international forces from Afghanistan, the secretary general of Nato warned this morning at a high-level conference in Kabul. Anders Fogh Rasmussen told the meeting of foreign ministers that coalition troops would stay in the country even after Afghan troops had taken complete control of security. He said that when the full transition finally happened, "international forces won't leave, they will simply move into a supportive role".

Explosions rock Afghan capital

Explosions rock Afghan capital 20 Jul 2010 Blasts have rocked Kabul hours before a major international meeting to be attend by UN chief Ban Ki-moon and near 40 foreign ministers starts in Afghan capital. According to witnesses, an explosion was heard Tuesday morning in the northern outskirts of Kabul, dpa news agency reported. At least four other explosions were also heard near the city's international airport on Monday night, but there were no reports of casualties.

Workers angry over decision to subtract "cleanup pay" from claims

Workers angry over decision to subtract "cleanup pay" from claims --Feinberg to fishermen: "Don’t blame the spill—life is unfair!" By Tom Eley and Josué Olmos 19 Jul 2010 Gulf fishermen have reacted in anger to a decision made Friday by Obama’s appointee to oversee the "independent" claims escrow account funded by BP. Millionaire lawyer Kenneth Feinberg announced that he would subtract from any damage award the fishermen ultimately receive from BP money they have been paid for participating in the Vessels of Opportunity (VoO) cleanup program.

Conscientious objector Yonatan Shapira questioned by Shin Bet

Conscientious objector Yonatan Shapira questioned by Shin Bet 20 Jul 2010 The Shin Bet security service on Sunday questioned a conscientious objector about his activity in an Israeli group that supports sanctions against Israel as part of its struggle against the occupation. Yonatan Shapira, 38, a non-active Israel Air Force pilot who authored the "pilots' letter" of 2003, signed by 27 IAF pilots who said they would refuse to fly over the occupied territories, said he was instructed not to disclose any details from the interview. Shapira told the agent he publishes everything regarding his anti-occupation activity and intended to publish this interview as well as any future ones in full detail, he told Haaretz.

1 million vaccine doses sent to Strategic National Stockpile for smallpox bioterror attack on U.S.

1 million vaccine doses sent to Strategic National Stockpile for smallpox bioterror attack on U.S. --Under the BARDA contract, Bavarian Nordic will deliver 20 million doses of IMVAMUNE® to the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile, with an option for 60 million more doses. 13 Jul 2010  Bavarian Nordic A/S announced today that it has delivered 1 million doses of its smallpox vaccine IMVAMUNE® to the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile for use in the event of a smallpox bioterrorism attack on the U.S. IMVAMUNE® is the first vaccine successfully developed under Project BioShield, a U.S. program created by Congress in 2004 to develop and purchase medicines and vaccines to protect the American public from [US lab-created] bioterrorism attacks. IMVAMUNE® was clinically developed and manufactured under contracts with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), as well as the National Institutes of Health (NIH). [Again, we'll make it clear: We will refuse and resist any deadly, mercury and squalene-laden vaccines manufactured by and for US pharmaterrorists, created along with their pandemic false flags as weapons of mass distraction from the BP-Halliburton oil volcano and the AfPak/Iraq wars.  --LRP]

NYC Heads to Hottest July Ever, Taxing Power Grid

NYC Heads to Hottest July Ever, Taxing Power Grid 19 Jul 2010 If it feels hotter than it’s ever been in New York, that’s because it is. New York’s Central Park is heading toward its warmest July on record after two heat waves this month, the National Weather Service reported. Extreme heat pushes aging power systems to their limits, increasing the odds of breakdown, according to grid monitors. A heat advisory was issued for New York City today, where the temperature in Central Park was 90 at 3 p.m. after three straight days above 90, according to the weather service.

US military build-up in Kandahar will bolster Taliban, warns security monitor

US military build-up in Kandahar will bolster Taliban, warns security monitor --Nato's counterinsurgency tactic shows no signs of success, says Afghanistan NGO Security Office 18 Jul 2010 The US military build-up in Kandahar is likely to further strengthen the hold of the Taliban over the vital southern Afghanistan city, a highly respected security organisation said today in a bleak report warning of record Taliban violence and rising civilian deaths across the country. The report by the Afghanistan NGO Security Office, which monitors trends in violence on behalf of aid organisations, said Nato's counter-insurgency strategy was not showing any signs of succeeding amid rising violence, the unchecked establishment of local militias and a huge increase in attacks on private development workers across the country. It revealed that June marked a record for Taliban attacks – up 51% on the previous year to 1,319 operations.

BP to Drill 80-100 New Oil Wells In Iraq's Rumaila -Exec

BP to Drill 80-100 New Oil Wells In Iraq's Rumaila -Exec 19 Jul 2010 British oil major BP PLC and partners China National Petroleum Corp. and Iraq's state-run South Oil Co. expect to issue tenders to drill between 80 and 100 wells in the immense Rumaila oil field this year and next year, a company executive said Monday. Earlier this year, BP awarded three deals valued at at least $500 million to drill 49 wells as part of the program to develop Iraq's largest-producing oil field, which could become the world's second-largest.

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