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Australian accountant faces terror charges

Australian accountant faces terror charges 01 May 2010 Two men, including a US-Australian dual citizen, have been charged with conspiring to give computer advice, buy wrist watches [LOL!] and do other tasks to help al-Qaeda "modernise." A vaguely worded indictment unsealed on Friday (US time) in the federal court in Manhattan accused Wesam El-Hanafi, who was born in Brooklyn, of travelling to Yemen to meet with unnamed al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] members in February 2008. The terrorists "instructed him on operational security measures and directed him to perform tasks for al-Qaeda," the indictment says.

Goldman didn't tell SEC about mortgage moves for months

Goldman didn't tell SEC about mortgage moves for months 30 Apr 2010 In December 2006, Goldman Sachs embarked on a frantic effort to shed billions of dollars in risky mortgage securities and purchase exotic insurance to protect itself against what it had concluded could be the collapse of America's housing market. Yet for nine months, until Sept. 20, 2007, the Wall Street giant didn't disclose its actions in key filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, in telephone conferences with analysts or in its press releases.

Vera Baker was Obama's mistress: Swiss paper says it has evidence to prove it

Vera Baker was Obama's mistress: Swiss paper says it has evidence to prove it 30 Apr 2010 (Gather) Swiss newspaper Le Matin is reviving old claims that President Barack Obama had an extramarital affair in 2004 with Vera Baker, a young woman who worked on his campaign team when he was running for Illinois Senator. The paper claims "video surveillance tapes exist that are rather compromising for the 44th president of the United States." It also alleges that software engineers have dug up email exchanges between Obama and Baker since he has been President. [I don't deny that Obama f*cked this woman, but I'm more concerned with how he has f*cked his other supporters, not that I'm one of them, or ever was. I knew he was a fraud from the outset. --MDR, Ph.D.]

Obama Cheating Scandal

Obama Cheating Scandal 01 May 2010 (National Enquirer) President Obama [is] in a shocking cheating scandal after being caught in a Washington, DC Hotel with a former campaign aide. A confidential investigation has learned that Obama first became close to gorgeous 35 year-old Vera Baker in 2004 when she worked tirelessly to get him elected to the US Senate, raising millions in campaign contributions. Now, the investigators are searching for a hotel surveillance videotape.

US-led troops kill 3 Afghan civilians

US-led troops kill 3 Afghan civilians 30 Apr 2010 A raid by US-led troops has killed two women and a child in southern Afghanistan amid rising public opposition to the presence of foreign forces there. NATO officials said the victims were killed on Friday when their vehicle came under fire as they were traveling on a highway in Zabul province, AFP reported. Two others have reportedly been injured in the attack in the southern province, where American troops make up the bulk of the NATO contingent.

Pentagon Confirms It Gave $1.4 Billion in No-Bid Fuel Contracts to Mysterious Companies

Pentagon Confirms It Gave $1.4 Billion in No-Bid Fuel Contracts to Mysterious Companies 28 Apr 2010 The Pentagon's main supply agency has acknowledged awarding $1.4 billion in no-bid contracts to two foreign companies whose ownership and management seem extremely mysterious. The contracts, involving delivery of aviation fuel to U.S.-run air bases in Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan, are currently under investigation by a subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform... Kyrgyz opposition leaders who were involved in Bakiyev's ouster have been quoted in The New York Times as charging that companies controlled by Maksim Bakiyev "skimmed as much as $8 million a month from fuel sales to the [American] base."  

White House: No new drilling efforts until probe of explosion is done

White House: No new drilling efforts until probe of explosion is done 30 Apr 2010 The White House vowed Friday that no expansion of offshore oil drilling will take place until investigations are completed into a rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, which is sending thousands of gallons of crude oil lapping toward Louisiana's shores. With the edge of the massive spill reaching the gulf coastline late Thursday, according to wire services, the crisis is threatening to eclipse the Exxon Valdez as the nation's worst environmental disaster in decades.

Govt declares national disaster as oil reaches Louisiana coast

Govt declares national disaster as oil reaches Louisiana coast 30 Apr 2010 US President Barack Obama is dispatching senior cabinet members, including the heads of homeland security and environmental protection, to assess the situation in the Gulf of Mexico as a BP oil spill reached the shores of Louisiana early on Friday. Oil from a giant slick hit the US Gulf Coast on Thursday evening, prompting Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (T) to declare a state of emergency and call for the federal government’s help in averting an environmental disaster. [Oh dear. The little puke 'calling for the federal government's help' is not going to *sit well* with his  FreedumbWorks paymasters. --LRP]

Gulf spill is really a river of oil, environmentalists say

Gulf spill is really a river of oil, environmentalists say 29 Apr 2010 To understand the gravity of the danger facing Louisiana's coast from the oil that began washing ashore Thursday, pollution clean-up veterans offered this starting point: Forget the word "spill." "This isn't a spill," said Kerry St. Pe, who headed Louisiana's oil spill response team for 23 years. "This isn't a storage tank or a ship with a finite amount of oil that has boundaries. This is much, much worse." It's a river of oil flowing from the bottom of the Gulf at the rate of 210,000 gallons a day that officials say could be running for two months or more.

US anti-terrorism team visits Lebanon-Syria border

US anti-terrorism team visits Lebanon-Syria border 29 Apr 2010 A US 'anti-terrorism' assessment team visited the main Lebanon-Syria border crossing this week, a US embassy official said on Thursday, amid allegations that Damascus was supplying its ally Hezbollah with missiles. The official told AFP that a team from the Department of State's Antiterrorism Assistance programme (ATA) was in Lebanon on a visit planned months ago at the invitation of the government to assess the training Washington provides to security and law enforcement personnel.

White House Pledges Action as Oil From Spill Begins Hitting Land

White House Pledges Action as Oil From Spill Begins Hitting Land 29 Apr 2010  President Barack Obama today pledged "every single available resource" to plug an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, dispatching "SWAT" inspection teams to the rigs in the area and three top administration officials to oversee the response to the spill heading inexorably toward Louisiana's coast. Fingers of oily sheen from the massive slick, 600 miles in circumference and expanding, began lapping the shoreline late tonight, The Associated Press reported.

Showdown at Guantánamo: Khadr won't come to court

Showdown at Guantánamo: Khadr won't come to court 29 Apr 2010 Accused Canadian war criminal Omar Khadr refused to come to his hearing Thursday, complaining that guards were "trying to humiliate" him by clamping blinders over his eyes. Khadr, who claims he was tortured while held as a teen in Afghanistan and Guantánamo, missed the second day of his hearing considering whether his confessions to interrogators years ago were voluntary.

Car bomb kills 8 in southwest Baghdad

Car bomb kills 8 in southwest Baghdad 29 Apr 2010 At least eight people have been killed and 20 more others injured as an explosive-laden car was detonated near a liquor shop in a neighborhood in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. The explosion occurred around 8:00 p.m. local time (1700 GMT) in the al-Shurta al-Rabaa area of southwestern Baghdad.

Previously 'Dead' al-Qaeda Leader Back to Pupa Stage

Previously 'Dead' al-Qaeda Leader Back to Pupa Stage By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 30 Apr 2010 Well, he's back again from the grave - to live to fight another day --or, at least live to be re-killed again when Obama needs more troops and killer drones to fight in the Af/Pak undeclared war!

Minot Air Force Base Airman Killed

Minot Air Force Base Airman Killed --Internal investigation underway 29 Apr 2010 The Minot Air Force Base says one of their Airmen was killed in a training exercise around midnight. In a press release officials say a male Airman from the 17th Munitions Squadron was struck in the head while at work, and died of injuries soon after. They are not releasing the name of the Airman. A spokeswoman from the Minot Air Force Base says cases like this are extremely rare and it has been at least ten years [?!?] since something like this has taken place. [*Math check.* See: Minot base crew commander found dead --Cause of death unclear 03 Feb 2009.]

Pilot cleared of 9/11 accusations

Pilot cleared of 9/11 accusations 29 Apr 2010 An airline pilot wrongfully imprisoned and accused of training hijackers in the 9/11 terrorist attacks finally won his battle for compensation this week. Lotfi Raissi, and Algerian-born commercial airline pilot who was trained in the US and living in Britain, was the first person to be arrested after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He was held for five months at the Belmarsh High Security Prison in London, but later released due to lack of evidence.

Nasrallah warns Israel of any attack

Nasrallah warns Israel of any attack 30 Apr 2010 Hezbollah secretary general warns Israel of great risks if it decides to once again attack Lebanon or on any other country in the Middle East. Speaking to the Kuwaiti television Al-Rai on Thursday, Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah said that if Israel launches an attack against Lebanon or anywhere else in the region, "it would be taking a very dangerous risk on its part."

Occidental's profit nearly triples; BP's more than doubles

Occidental's profit nearly triples; BP’s more than doubles --Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell also report higher first-quarter earnings than in 2009. British Petroleum's earnings report draws ire as the Gulf of Mexico oil spill grows. 30 Apr 2010 Higher crude prices are again pumping up profits of major oil companies worldwide. Occidental Petroleum Corp. nearly tripled its net income compared with a year earlier, with $1.1 billion, or $1.32 a share, in the first quarter of 2010, the Westwood company said Thursday. The announcement came during a week in which most of the giants of oil and gas reported sharp increases in quarterly earnings... But it was London-based BP, with quarterly profits that rose to $6.1 billion from $2.6 billion a year earlier, that was the lightning rod for ire over huge earnings in the midst of a deadly and growing disaster.

Arizona immigration law: Tougher restrictions sought

'Rep. Sinema called the change 'frightening.'' Arizona immigration law: Tougher restrictions sought 29 Apr 2010 A conference committee of legislative Republicans and Democrats has approved several changes to Arizona's new immigration law. The changes still need final approval from both the House and the Senate before being passed along to the governor. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, the lone Democrat that showed up for the committee, opposed the changes -- and the new law as a whole. Sinema said the revised version is even worse than what became law because it now requires a representative of a city, county or the state to determine immigration status in cases where they are responding to violations of city or county ordinance, such as a barking dog or tall weeds in the yard.

Exxon Mobile Q1 profits up by 38%

Exxon Mobile Q1 profits up by 38% 29 Apr 2010 Exxon Mobil has said its first quarter profits rose 38% from the same period a year earlier to $6.3 billion. The profits excluded a $200m charge to pay for changes in US healthcare legislation. In 2009 Exxon recorded the largest profit of any publicly-listed company in the world, a whopping $40.6 billion, boosted by record high oil prices.

'Halliburton said it did a variety of work on the rig and was assisting with the investigation.'

'Halliburton said it did a variety of work on the rig and was assisting with the investigation.' --Obama dispatches military as oil spill worsens 29 Apr 2010 A massive oil slick from a blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to reach a Louisiana wildlife reserve Thursday night as it threatens an environmental disaster across four southern U.S. states. Obama said London-based BP was ultimately responsible for the cost of the cleanup but that his government would "use every single available resource"--including the military--to address the spill. Oilfield services companies Cameron International Corp and Halliburton Co saw their shares tumble on fears about their ties to the Deepwater Horizon rig.

BP asks for defense dept. help in Gulf oil spill

BP asks for defense dept. help in Gulf oil spill 29 Apr 2010 A BP official says the company has asked the federal government with help examining the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that is threatening the U.S. shoreline. BP PLC chief operating officer Doug Suttles said at a news conference on Thursday that the company has asked the Department of Defense if they can help with better underwater equipment than is available commercially.

Obama: SWAT Teams to be Sent to Gulf for Oil Spill

Breaking: Obama: SWAT Teams to be Sent to Gulf for Oil Spill --Obama: We'll use 'every single available resource' to contain oil slick 29 Apr 2010 President Obama said his team would use "every single available resource" to contain the Gulf of Mexico oil slick, including dispatching teams from the Pentagon if necessary. Officials from Homeland Security, the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency have been sent to the region to confront what Obama called "the BP oil spill."

Gulf oil spill matter of 'national significance'

Gulf oil spill matter of 'national significance' 29 Apr 2010 Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano called the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico a matter of "national significance," according to media reports Thursday. In addition to Homeland Security, the Obama Administration reportedly dispatched the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Interior resources to help clean up the spill.

Gulf oil spill presents a political challenge to Obama's offshore drilling plans

Gulf oil spill presents a political challenge to Obama's offshore drilling plans 29 Apr 2010 The growing oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico is not only an environment danger, but also a widening political headache for President Obama, who just last month [insanely] agreed to open vast stretches of the U.S. coastline to oil drilling. White House attention to the oil leak, from a deepwater exploration well, is ramping up quickly... The oil spill, which occurred after an explosion on a BP rig, threatens to highlight the environmental risk of offshore exploration -- a risk that critics have long warned about and that Obama tried to downplay last month when he announced the expansion of drilling.

Ex-CIA fugitive was subdued with Taser

Ex-CIA fugitive was subdued with Taser 29 Apr 2010 Ex-CIA operative Andrew Warren had to be subdued twice with electric shocks when a fugitive task force tried to arrest him at a Norfolk hotel this week, according to law enforcement sources... A law enforcement official, who asked for anonymity, said that when Warren continued to struggle, he was "dry-tasered," or stunned with a direct application to his back.

U.S. Subpoenas Times Reporter Over Book on C.I.A.

U.S. Subpoenas Times Reporter Over Book on C.I.A. 28 Apr 2010 The Obama administration is seeking to compel a writer to testify about his confidential sources for a 2006 book about the Central Intelligence Agency, a rare step that was authorized by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. The author, James Risen, who is a reporter for The New York Times, received a subpoena on Monday requiring him to provide documents and to testify May 4 before a grand jury in Alexandria, Va., about his sources for a chapter of his book, "State of War: The Secret History of the C.I.A. and the Bush Administration." The chapter largely focuses on problems with a covert C.I.A. effort to disrupt alleged Iranian nuclear weapons research. Mr. Risen referred questions to his lawyer, Joel Kurtzberg, a partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel L.L.P., who said that Mr. Risen would not comply with the demand and would ask a judge to quash the subpoena.

Republicans Allow Debate on Financial Overhaul

Republicans Allow Debate on Financial Overhaul 28 Apr 2010  With political pressure mounting, Senate Republicans relented on Wednesday and agreed to let Democrats open debate on legislation that would impose the most far-reaching overhaul of the nation’s financial regulatory system since the aftermath of the Depression. The decision by Republicans to allow floor deliberations came after they voted three days in a row to block the bill, and it suggested that they saw political peril in being depicted as impeding tougher rules for Wall Street.

BP Gulf Oil Well Is Leaking Five Times Faster Than Estimated

BP Gulf Oil Well Is Leaking Five Times Faster Than Estimated 29 Apr 2010  damaged BP Plc oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is leaking as many as 5,000 barrels of crude a day, five times more than previously estimated, the U.S. Coast Guard said. "There’s an additional breach in the well," Coast Guard spokesman Erik Swanson said by telephone from Robert, Louisiana. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has increased its estimates of the flow of crude from 1,000 barrels a day, he said.

City workers banned from official travel to Arizona

City workers banned from official travel to Arizona 27 Apr 2010 San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced today a moratorium on official city travel to Arizona after the state enacted a controversial new immigration law that directs local police to arrest those suspected of being in the country illegally. The ban on city employee travel to Arizona takes effect immediately, although there are some exceptions, including for law enforcement officials investigating a crime, officials said.

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