February 2010 Archives
May Use Military Tribunal for Khalid Sheik Mohammed --Obama will help
select location of KSM terrorism trial
12 Feb 2010 President Obama is planning to insert himself into the debate
about where to try the accused mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks,
three administration officials said Thursday. If the White House is unable
to find a civilian court where the Mohammed trial can be held, and if
the political pressure continues, the [cowardly, sniveling, sycophantic]
Texas Republican questions US role in 9/11 attacks 12 Feb 2010 A Republican's campaign for governor of Texas has tumbled after she raised questions over the alleged involvement of the US government in the September 11 terrorist attacks. Debra Medina told the Glenn Beck Show that there were "some very good arguments" that the federal government was involved in bringing down the World Trade Center on September 11. "I don't have all of the evidence there, Glenn," Medina said, when asked about the attacks. Led by Osama Bin Laden, al-Qaeda is believed to have carried out the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. Fifteen of the 19 plotters of terror attacks were Saudi nationals. The Bin Laden family shared a long history with the Bush family, but it culminated in the tragic events of September 11.
Texas gov. candidate questions any US role in 9/11 12 Feb 2010 A Republican gubernatorial candidate said Thursday she has questions about whether the U.S. government was involved in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks - a statement she swiftly backed away from and one that drew immediate criticism from her better-known rivals in the race. Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison dismissed the comments made by Debra Medina on the Glenn Beck Show that there were "some very good arguments" that the U.S. was involved in bringing down the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. ['And they made that decision to pull and we watched the building collapse.' --WTC 7 - Pull It By Larry Silverstein (Video)]
Afghan protesters condemn US-led civilian killings 12 Feb 2010 Afghan protesters have taken to the streets to voice their anger at the foreign forces' brutal killing of civilians in their homes. The protesters took to the streets of Gardez, the capital of Paktia Province on Friday -- a day after US Special Forces killed two senior government officials and three women in the city. The demonstrators were carrying the bodies of victims and were chanting anti-occupation and anti-American slogans, a Press TV correspondent reported.
Over 6,000 NATO-led troops take on Taliban in Marjah 12 Feb 2010 US-led NATO troops launch a major offensive in Afghanistan's Helmand province with the aim of taking control of the Taliban's last big stronghold in Marjah. Around 4,500 US Marines, 1,500 Afghan troops and 300 US soldiers are taking part in the military operation.
Five Americans wounded in suicide attack at US base in Afghanistan 12 Feb 2010 An Afghan official says a suicide attacker wearing a police uniform blew himself up at a US base in eastern Afghanistan, wounding five Americans. The spokesman for Paktia province, Roullah Samoun, says the attack occurred tonight in the Dand aw Patan district near the Pakistan border about 70 kilometres east of Gardez.
NATO frustration as Afghan police flunk drug tests 09 Feb 2010 When British trainers administered random drugs tests to 25 Afghan police recruits at a base in southern Helmand province, most of them failed. One recruit was kicked out of the force. The others were given warnings. Heroin shouldn't be tolerated, but there is no point kicking out the ones who smoke hashish: there would be too few left, their Afghan commander said.
Defense source: US to spread training in Pakistan 11 Feb 2010 The U.S. military is planning to set up new training centers inside Pakistan where American special operations trainers would work with Pakistani forces close to the Afghan border battle zone, a senior defense official said. The new centers would supplement two already operating in Pakistan, and they would be used to accelerate and expand the training of Pakistani forces considered key to rooting out al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] leaders hiding along the mountainous border, the official said.
Eight Iraqis to face trial over murder of Red Caps 12 Feb 2010 Eight Iraqis are to be tried over the murders of six British Royal Military Police officers who were killed by a mob in 2003. The Red Caps were set upon while they were carrying out a routine [terror] operation to train local police in the southern Iraqi town of Majar al-Kabir in one of the bloodiest incidents of the Iraq war. The Ministry of Defence has now been told that eight men being held over the deaths will go to trial after a judge ruled that there was sufficient evidence against them for them to face charges. [How come *they're* on trial, but Blackwater terrorists always skate? -LRP]
Iraq Raises Crude Oil Prices to U.S., Lowers Them for Europe 11 Feb 2010 Iraq raised official selling prices for crude delivered to the U.S. and lowered them for Europe, the marketing department of the oil ministry said in a statement. Iraq increased the March price for Basrah Light oil for delivery to the U.S. to a discount of $4.35 below West Texas Intermediate crude. The price for Europe was lowered to a $1.70 discount to Dated Brent.
MI5 chief defends security services amid torture 'cover-up' claims 12 Feb 2010 The director-general of MI5, Jonathan Evans, has issued a passionate defence of the Security Service against the "conspiracy theory" that it covered up its involvement in torture. Mr Evans said accusations made by Lord Neuberger, the country’s second most senior judge, that there was a "culture of suppression" at MI5 were "the precise opposite of the truth". As Mr Evans defended the security services against claims of torture, ministers also voiced their support in an open letter to newspapers. Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Mr Evans warns that the row over alleged human rights abuses would be used by "our enemies" as "propaganda to undermine our will and ability to confront them".
consider torture charges against officers from MI5 and MI6
--Senior prosecution lawyers are being consulted by police over the possibility
of bringing criminal charges against two British intelligence officers
suspected of complicity in torture.
11 Feb 2010 An MI5 officer who interviewed the former Guantanamo Bay
The Binyam Mohamed Torture Case --Compiled by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org --'400 years of legal history were cast aside in the Binyam Mohamed case.' 11 Feb 2010 Binyam Mohamed: read the secret torture evidence --The government has published the seven paragraphs about the treatment of Binyam Mohamed after a ruling in the court of appeal 10 Feb 2010 (Published by guardian.co.uk) --Seven paragraphs that were blanked out in earlier proceedings --Binyam Mohamed: text of letter which reveals court's criticism of 'deliberately misleading' security service --UK Guantanamo ruling upheld, more here.
Lawyers petition court to hold Yoo accountable 10 Feb 2010 As reports circulate that the Justice Department has softened its criticism of attorney John Yoo for memos approving the Bush regime's treatment of terrorism suspects, several prominent lawyers are urging a federal appeals court in San Francisco to hold Yoo accountable. They have submitted arguments opposing dismissal of a prisoner's lawsuit that accuses the former Justice Department attorney of providing a legal cover for torture.
Makarov: US anti-missile shield targets Russia 10 Feb 2010 Nikolai Makarov, the chief of Russia's general staff, brushes aside Washington's statements of reassurance regarding US plans to deploy an anti-missile shield in Europe, saying the system is aimed at targeting Russia. "The American anti-missile shield targets Russia, despite the official statements from Washington," Makarov said on Tuesday. According to the Russian official, the development and the implementation of the defense system are actions that threaten Russia.
U.S. successfully tests airborne laser on missile 12 Feb 2010 A U.S. high-powered airborne laser weapon shot down a ballistic missile in the first successful test of a futuristic directed energy weapon, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said on Friday. The agency said in a statement the test took place at 8:44 p.m. PST on Thursday /0444 GMT on Friday) at Point Mugu's Naval Air Warfare Center-Weapons Division Sea Range off Ventura in central California.
Armed sheriff's deputies assigned to transit tunnel 11 Feb 2010 In response to the attack [in the transit tunnel], the King County Sheriff's Office on Thursday began posting armed deputies at all five stations within the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, according to spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart. Also Thursday, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn issued a statement saying the city was exploring whether to use uniformed Seattle police officers to also patrol the tunnel until a longer-term solution is in place.
There's a cop on every corner 07 Feb 2010 You are not imagining things if it seems like there's a police officer on every corner, soldiers constantly patrolling the waters, and security guards posted at every Olympic venue. All 15,300 personnel hired to protect Vancouver and Whistler as part of the Winter Games' $900-million security budget have now arrived from police departments and military bases across Canada.
Adviser to Detained Americans in Haiti Is Investigated 12 Feb 2010 The police in El Salvador have begun an investigation into whether a man suspected of leading a trafficking ring involving Central American and Caribbean women and girls is also a legal adviser to the Americans charged with trying to take 33 children out of Haiti without permission. When the judge presiding over the Haitian case learned on Thursday of the investigation in El Salvador, he said he would begin his own inquiry of the adviser, a Dominican man who was in the judge’s chambers days before.
Clinton Out of Hospital After Heart Surgery --Immediate Doctor's Visit Likely Saved Ex-President From Bigger Problems 12 Feb 2010 Former President Bill Clinton left New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia this morning after stent surgery on Thursday afternoon. "President Bill Clinton was released from in excellent health," Clinton spokesman Douglas Band said in a statement issued this morning... Clinton's cardiologist Dr. Allan Schwartz said that in recent days Clinton "had been having episodes of brief discomfort" in his chest, which prompted him to schedule an appointment. It was during this appointment that the blockage was found.
Bill Clinton recovering well after being rushed to hospital for heart surgery 12 Feb 2010 Former president Bill Clinton was reported to be in good spirits last night after being rushed to hospital in New York, where he underwent heart surgery. Clinton, who had a quadruple bypass operation in 2004, had two stents, small tubes, placed in one of his coronary arteries. His wife, the secretary of state Hillary Clinton, heard the news after she had been in talks with President Barack Obama at the White House and travelled to New York last night to be with him.
Bill Clinton gets stents in artery after having chest pains --The former president undergoes the relatively common procedure at a hospital in Manhattan. 12 Feb 2010 Former President Clinton, who underwent major surgery to clear blocked arteries six years ago, suffered chest pains Thursday and was taken to a New York hospital where doctors inserted stents in one of his coronary arteries, according to a close aide. Clinton, 63, was "in good spirits" after the procedure, said Douglas Band, counselor to the former chief executive. Clinton began experiencing "discomfort" in his chest and was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital in Harlem, Band said in a statement.
Reid nixes filibuster reform effort 11 Feb 2010 Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday dismissed an effort by some Democrats to eliminate the filibuster, saying the chamber's procedures were designed to prevent the majority party from unilaterally changing the rules. Minutes before a pair of colleagues formally unveiled their proposal to eliminate filibusters, Reid told reporters he adhered to the long-standing Senate rule that only a two-thirds majority could change the chamber's rules.
Poll Finds Edge for Obama Over G.O.P. Among the Public --By a margin of two-to-one, Americans support an end to tax cuts for the wealthy put in place under Bush 12 Feb 2010 President Obama enjoys an edge over Republicans in the battle for public support, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. While the president is showing signs of vulnerability on his handling of the economy, Americans blame former President [sic] George W. Bush, Wall Street and Congress much more than they do Mr. Obama for the nation’s economic problems and the budget deficit, the poll found.
Report: Top five insurers made $12 billion in profits last year, dropped 2.7 million people 11 Feb 2010 [A new] report finds that the top five largest for-profit insurance companies increased their profits by $12.2 billion last year while dropping coverage for 2.7 million Americans. As a group, WellPoint, Aetna, UnitedHealth Group, Humana and Cigna saw their profits jump 56 percent in 2009 up $4.4 billion over the previous year, according to the report. Four out of five companies saw profits increase while insuring fewer people. Cigna increased earnings by 346 percent while UnitedHealth shed 1.7 million beneficiaries.
Official: 5 Or 6 Sea Lions Killed Near Seattle 12 Feb 2010 The National Marine Fisheries Service says five or six sea lions have been shot to death near Seattle. The dead sea lions that drifted to shore on West Seattle this past week include at least one Steller sea lion, a species listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act. The rest were the small, more common California sea lions.
Pakistan religious parties blame US for recent terrorist attacks 08 Feb 2010 Pakistan's religious parties have blamed the United States for the series of recent terrorist attacks and the current chaotic political situation in the country. Protesters from the Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi (JI), Shia Ulema Council Pakistan (SUCP), United Human Rights Council Pakistan (UHRCP) and Karachi Aman Jirga (KAJ) gathered outside Karachi Press Club, and expressed astonishment at how easily the terrorists hit innocent people on Ashura day and Chehlum while the government kept blaming one terrorist outfit after another, The Nation reports.
Role of 'foreign hands' in Karachi blasts cannot be ruled out: Malik --Malik ruled out reports which suggested blasts were 'suicide attacks' 09 Feb 2010 Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said the involvement of 'foreign hands' can not be ruled out in Karachi's twin bomb blasts which killed over 30 people and injured 100 others. Talking to media persons outside Parliament House, Malik said evidence suggests that the blasts were carried out by some outsiders. ['Foreign hands.' That's code for 'US terrorists,' for those who can't say it as they receive billions in US military aid.]
2 ex-employees say Blackwater billed government for prostitute 11 Feb 2010 Two former employees of Blackwater Worldwide have accused the private security contractor of defrauding the government for years with phony billing, including charging for a prostitute, alcohol and spa trips. In newly unsealed court records, a husband and wife who once worked for Blackwater said they had personal knowledge of the company falsifying invoices, double-billing federal agencies and charging the government for personal and inappropriate items whose real purpose was hidden. They said they witnessed "systematic" fraud on the company's security contracts with the State Department in Iraq and Afghanistan, and with the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.
Blackwater accused of defrauding US government --Private security firm accused of charging US government for payments to prostitute 11 Feb 2010 The troubled American private security company [terrorist group] Blackwater faced fresh controversy today when two former employees accused it of defrauding the US government for years, including billing for a Filipina prostitute on its payroll in Afghanistan.
orders former Blackwater security guards out [Yeah, good luck w. that.
That's like battling the Andromeda strain, which would be easier to extricate
than Blackwater. --LRP]
10 Feb 2010 Iraq has ordered hundreds of
Questions on Rule of Law Raised by Iraqi Leader's Use of Army --In a dispute over the provincial council's legal powers to appoint a governor, Mr. Maliki ordered in the military here -- for the second time -- to exert his influence. 11 Feb 2010 The Iraqi Army’s Fourth Division cordoned off the provincial council building here overnight on Tuesday and showed no sign on Wednesday of leaving. It was the latest in a series of actions by the government of Prime Minister [Dictator] Nuri Kamal al-Maliki that have infuriated his political opponents, while raising doubts about the strength of the country’s laws and democratic institutions.
US frees Iraqi photographer held for 17 months 10 Feb 2010 American forces in Iraq have released an Iraqi freelance photographer held in detention for 17 months without charge. Ibrahim Jassam Mohammed, who worked for Reuters, was arrested in September 2008 in a dawn raid on his home. The US said the photographer was a "security threat", but all evidence against him was classified secret. An Iraqi court had ruled in December 2008 that there was no case against him and that he must be released, but the US military refused.
Oil attack halves production at Baghdad refinery 10 Feb 2010 Attackers bombed an oil pipeline north of Baghdad, cutting production in half at a refinery in the capital, the oil ministry said Wednesday. There were no injuries in Tuesday night's bombing in Rashidiya, just north of Baghdad. Production at the Baghdad refinery was cut from 140,000 barrels per day to 70,000 following the attack, said Oil Ministry spokesman Assem Jihad. [What a shame!]
US disappointed at UK Appeal Court torture ruling 11 Feb 2010 The White House has expressed "deep disappointment" at a UK court ruling that information on the alleged torture of a UK resident had to be disclosed. A spokesman added the judgement would "complicate" intelligence sharing. Foreign Secretary David Miliband lost an Appeal Court bid on Wednesday to prevent the details being published.
Top judge: Binyam Mohamed case shows MI5 to be devious, dishonest and complicit in torture --Legal defeat plunges Security Service into crisis over torture evidence, and it is revealed that judge removed damning verdict after Foreign Office QC's plea 10 Feb 2010 MI5 faced an unprecedented and damaging crisis tonight after one of the country's most senior judges found that the Security Service had failed to respect human rights, deliberately misled parliament, and had a "culture of suppression" that undermined government assurances about its conduct. The condemnation, by Lord Neuberger, the master of the rolls, was drafted shortly before the foreign secretary, David Miliband, lost his long legal battle to suppress a seven-paragraph court document showing that MI5 officers were involved in the ill-treatment of a British resident, Binyam Mohamed.
US Marines push their ultimate mine clearance weapon, 'The Breacher,' against Taliban lines 11 Feb 2010 In comes "The Joker." That's the nickname given by the crew to one of the 72-ton, 40-foot (12-meter)-long Assault Breacher Vehicles. Fitted with a plow and nearly 7,000 pounds (3,175 kilograms) of explosives, the Breachers, as they are commonly known, are the Marines Corps' answer to the deadliest threat facing NATO troops in Afghanistan: thousands of land mines and roadside bombs, or improvised explosive devices, that litter the Afghan landscape.
Twin bombs hit Pakistan police, up to 15 dead 11 Feb 2010 A double bombing targeted Pakistan police on Thursday killing up to 15 people and wounding 24 others, in the third attack against security personnel in the country's northwest in 24 hours. Two explosions, at least one caused by a suicide bomber, went off in quick succession outside a police training centre in Bannu town just as a patrol headed by local police chief Iqbal Marwat was returning, officials said.
CF-18s ready to scramble during the Olympics 10 Feb 2010 The airspace above Olympic venues will be off-limits during the Games and authorities will be watching closely for anything suspicious in those restricted zones, officials told CTV News on Wednesday. "Were flying air patrols. We have more people looking at the radar scopes," said Lt. Col. Robert Martin, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD. If something suspicious -- known as a "track of interest" -- catches their eye, CF-18s could be scrambled, Martin said.
Security plan sends in the troops --Operation is overseen by Forces' Canada Command 11 Feb 2010 The nerve centre of the Canadian military force that will envelop Vancouver's Winter Games in unprecedented security is based in a drab Ottawa industrial park that belies its vital importance. More than 4,500 soldiers have been deployed to Vancouver, showing how the Canadian military is playing a huge part in Olympic security - one that is obscured by the fact the RCMP is designated the lead agency for protecting the Games.
Soldiers to occupy Pittsburgh 'indefinitely' 10 Feb 2010 Hundreds of soldiers from the Army National Guard arrived in Pittsburgh on Sunday and are staying in the city indefinitely. More than anything, the city was in dire need of the Humvees used by the National Guard, because the vehicles are able to go straight over the snow. "This mission was approved by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agent, so we work hand-in-hand, several military relations there," said Grey Berrier. The 260 soldiers will be staying in Pittsburgh indefinitely until they get word they can head back.
Feds push for tracking cell phones By Declan McCullagh 11 Feb 2010 Even though police are tapping into the locations of mobile phones thousands of times a year, the legal ground rules remain unclear... On Friday, the first federal appeals court to consider the topic will hear oral arguments in a case that could establish new standards for locating wireless devices. In that case, the Obama administration has argued that warrantless tracking is permitted because Americans enjoy no "reasonable expectation of privacy" in their--or at least their cell phones'--whereabouts. U.S. Department of Justice lawyers say that "a customer's Fourth Amendment rights are not violated when the phone company reveals to the government its own records" that show where a mobile device placed and received calls.
U.S.: Iran's nuclear efforts are anything but peaceful --White House: Ahmadinejad has said many things, and many of them turn out to be untrue. [With Obama, they *all* turn out to be untrue.] 11 Feb 2010 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's announcement that the country has succeeded at creating higher levels of uranium enrichment shows its nuclear intentions are "anything but peaceful," the U.S. State Department said Thursday. Ahmadinejad said scientists had succeeded at producing a batch of uranium enrichment at a much higher level that it had previously accomplished. The amount was sufficient for running in nuclear power reactors, but still well below the levels needed for weapons grade uranium.
Iran arrests people hired by CIA - IRNA 07 Feb 2010 Iran said on Sunday it had arrested seven people accused of stoking unrest after last year's disputed election, including some who were hired by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, the official IRNA news agency reported. The arrests were reported before possible new anti-government protests on Feb. 11, when Iran marks the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution that toppled the U.S.-backed shah.
Iran summons Canada envoy over ex-Amb. CIA links 10 Feb 2010 Tehran on Wednesday summoned the Canadian charge d'affaires to Iran after the country's former envoy admitted to having spied for the US against the Islamic Republic. "The act of former Canadian envoy [Kenneth Taylor] is in violation of the Vienna Convention concerning diplomatic relations and, therefore, the Canadian government has to provide a clear explanation [to the Iranian government] on the issue," the Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Traveler Sues FBI After Held, Questioned About Arabic Flash Cards --Student asked if he was 'terrorist or Islamist' 10 Feb 2010 A college student detained at Philadelphia International Airport and questioned about his Arabic language flash cards filed a lawsuit Wednesday against police, the FBI and the Transportation Security Administration. Nicholas George, 22, of Wyncote was questioned, handcuffed, marched through the airport and kept in a holding cell for about four hours after the seemingly routine screening turned up the flash cards. Officials questioned him about his religion, his views of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and a foreign policy book he was reading, and asked if was a terrorist or Islamist, according to the suit.
Haitian President: Gov't Has Buried 270,000 Bodies --Death count 40,000 more than government report from Tuesday 10 Feb 2010 Haiti's president said the government has buried 270,000 bodies in mass graves since an earthquake struck a month ago. A statement from Rene Preval's office in Port-au-Prince said Wednesday that the president gave the new figure during a meeting with South American presidents in Ecuador.
PG & E amps up bid for power --The utility's initiative has become Proposition 16. It will benefit no one except PG&E and other private utilities By Michael Hiltzik 10 Feb 2010 Speculation has been raging over whether the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent junking of federal campaign spending limits on corporations will be very bad for democracy, or not so bad. As with many important trends in American society, California was there first, and we have the answer. Thanks to a nakedly cynical $6.5-million ballot campaign launched by our biggest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, we can say this: It's going to be worse than you can possibly imagine.
Baucus, Grassley Propose New 'Jobs' Bill [including Patriot Act renewal] 11 Feb 2010 The top Democrat and Republican on the Senate tax-writing committee today unveiled the main elements of a new jobs and economic recovery measure.. Senators [corporate wh*res] Max Baucus, DemocRAT of Montana and chairman of the Finance Committee, and Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the panel’s senior Republican, released a draft $85 billion plan [tax cuts for businesses]. 18 (a) USA PATRIOT IMPROVEMENT AND REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2005.--Section 102(b)(1) of the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-177; 50 U.S.C. 1805 note, 50 U.S.C. 1861 note, and 50 U.S.C. 1862 note) is amended by striking "February 28, 2010" and inserting "February 28, 2011".
Obama pleads for Republican support at White House meeting By Tom Eley 11 Feb 2010 In a closed-door White House meeting with top Congressional leadership held Tuesday, President Obama emphasized the right-wing character of his effort to drive down health care costs and other components of his domestic agenda and pleaded for Republican Party support... In his efforts to secure support from even a small number of Congressional Republicans for the legislation, Obama has jettisoned any pretense that "health care reform" will significantly expand coverage to the uninsured... Any additional changes will benefit the major corporate interests in the health care industry--pharmaceuticals, insurance companies, and HMOs. [Yup, Obusha's paymasters. The insipid banter between the Republicans and the Democrats is serving as a Weapon of Mass Distraction for the fact that Barack Obama has implemented not a whit of change; change was apparently never the goal. Obama is using the GOP as a cover for executing the third term of George W. Bush. (Is there any doubt that if Barack Obama summoned his oratory skills during the summer of 2009 to push for the public option, we'd not have it?) Oh, btw. The 'Jobs Bill?' It's loaded with tax cuts and... are you ready for it? it's good... A renewal of the *Patriot Act.* --LRP]
Obama doesn't "begrudge" bankers their multi-million-dollar bonuses By Andre Damon and Barry Grey 11 Feb 2010 In an interview with Bloomberg BusinessWeek, President Barack Obama said he does not "begrudge" the bonuses of Wall Street tycoons Jamie Dimon and Lloyd Blankfein, who together were awarded $26 million last week. Bloomberg.com published Obama’s remarks on the bonuses Wednesday in a preview of an interview that will appear on the newsstands Friday.
Obama threatens Iran with 'significant sanctions' 10 Feb 2010 US President Barack Obama said the United States is developing a "significant regime of sanctions" against Iran, shortly after Tehran announced its decision to start enriching uranium to a level of 20 percent. Obama stated that Iran appears to have spurned his offer of engagement. He also accused Iran of pursuing a nuclear program that would lead to nuclear weapons.
U.S., allies moving quickly on sanctions against Iran, Obama says 09 Feb 2010 President Obama said Tuesday that the United States and its allies are moving quickly to develop "a significant regime of sanctions" against Iran over its nuclear program, which he described as being headed toward eventually producing nuclear weapons. In a news briefing at the White House, Obama said he drew that conclusion from Iran's refusal so far to accept a proposed deal in which it would swap the bulk of its low-enriched uranium for higher-grade uranium fuel that it says is urgently needed for a medical research reactor in Tehran.
Brazil opposes calls to impose more sanctions on Iran 10 Feb 2010 Brazil has warned against imposing a new round of UN sanctions on Iran, saying that the dispute over Iran's nuclear program should be resolved through peaceful means. "We don't want Iran to have nuclear arms, let there be no doubt about that. They, like other countries, have the right to a peaceful (nuclear power) program," Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim told reporters in Brasilia on Tuesday.
Secret papers could contradict Iraq evidence: Chilcot 10 Feb 2010 Tens of thousands of secret documents could contradict evidence given by members of the Blair government to the inquiry into the Iraq war, its chairman, Sir John Chilcot, has suggested as the former prime minister lashed out at the hunt for a ''scandal'' and a ''conspiracy'' over his controversial decision to back the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. Sir John disclosed that the panel was examining far more documents than previously thought.
UK: Iraq inquiry to question US officials --A spokesman for Bush has declined to comment on whether any request has been made to the former president or if he would cooperate. 09 Feb 2010 In Britain, the head of the Iraq war inquiry is to seek meetings with members of the administration of former US President [sic] George W. Bush, over the 2003 war. John Chilcot confirmed on Monday he hopes to obtain evidence from American officials, but did not say which specific individuals he wants to question.
Jack Straw agrees to check records of secret calls to US over Iraq 09 Feb 2010 Secret telephone calls between Jack Straw and Colin Powell, the US Secretary of State in the months before the war against Iraq, became the focus yesterday of the official inquiry into Britain’s decision to join the invasion. Mr Straw, the former Foreign Secretary, said that he would check records of his conversations after it was suggested he had been told that President [sic] Bush would invade Iraq even if Saddam Hussein complied with inspectors. Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, a military historian and a member of the Iraq Inquiry panel, hinted that documents seen by the inquiry -- but not made public -- showed that Mr Bush planned to attack Iraq even if Hans Blix, the UN weapons inspector, said that Saddam was complying with United Nations resolution 1441.
War casualties put UK hospitals under strain – ahead of fresh Afghan offensive --New beds to be opened to handle rise in UK troops injured as defence secretary warns of "real risk" of new fatalities 10 Feb 2010 Hospitals treating casualties of the war in Afghanistan are close to capacity and coming under growing pressure from the number of troops wounded by the Taliban-led insurgency, a report by parliament's independent watchdog warns today. The demands are so great that the Ministry of Defence will today announce an increase in the number of ward beds at its rehabilitation centre, at Headley Court in Surrey, from 66 to 96, the Guardian has learned.
Warning over UK troop illnesses --It comes as the armed forces prepare for a major offensive in Helmand, southern Afghanistan. 10 Feb 2010 Defence chiefs must tackle a rise in the number of British troops in Afghanistan suffering from illness, the National Audit Office (NAO) said. The public spending watchdog also said Afghan and UK hospitals were under pressure from the large number of troops injured in Helmand province.
Nato warns Afghans to keep 'heads down' 09 Feb 2010 Nato and Afghan officials today urged Taliban militants holding a southern town to lay down their arms and warned civilians there to "keep your heads down" as US and Afghan troops prepare their first major offensive of the US. troop surge.
Wars sending U.S. into ruin --Obama the peace president is fighting battles his country cannot afford By Eric Margolis 05 Feb 2010 U.S. President Barack Obama calls the $3.8-trillion US budget he just sent to Congress a major step in restoring America’s economic health. In fact, it’s another potent fix given to a sick patient deeply addicted to the dangerous drug -- debt. More empires have fallen because of reckless finances than invasion... Washington’s deficit (the difference between spending and income from taxes) will reach a vertiginous $1.6 trillion US this year... To spend $1 trillion, one would have had to start spending $1 million daily soon after Rome was founded and continue for 2,738 years until today.
Israel strikes Gaza in response to Qassam rockets 10 Feb 2010 Israel Air Force jets fired missiles early Wednesday at targets in the southern Gaza Strip, responding to rockets fired from the coastal salient by Palestinian militants, Israel's military said. An Israel Defense Forces spokesman would not specify which targets were hit in the strike, shortly after midnight, nor confirm or deny eyewitness reports that an unused airport, named after late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, was struck by a number of missiles.
Israeli warplanes target Gaza airport 10 Feb 2010 Israeli warplanes have launched an overnight attack on the southern Gaza Strip, pounding an international airport in the Hamas-run Palestinian territory. The air strike came Tuesday night when Israeli F-16 fighter jets targeted the Yasser Arafat International Airport in Dahaniya, Rafah. Locals said the warplanes fired five missiles into the facility, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.
Israel charged with targeting Palestinian medical teams 04 Feb 2010 The Palestinian Red Crescent Society has charged Israel with launching hundreds of attacks against Palestinian medical teams in 2009. The aid group, also known as PRCS, said that the Israeli troops fired 15 times at ambulances in the West Bank and Gaza last year, killing one medical worker and wounding 10 more.
Top Canadian military official charged with murder 08 Feb 2010 The commander of Canada's largest Air Force base, who once flew dignitaries around the country, has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of two women Ontario Provincial Police Det. Insp. Chris Nicholas said Monday that Col. Russell Williams, 46, was also charged in the sexual assaults of two other women. Williams was arrested Sunday in Ottawa.
Former Minot AFB airman sentenced for child porn 09 Feb 2010 A former airman at the Minot Air Force Base has been sentenced in federal court on a child pornography charge. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland says Brian Thoman must serve more than four years in prison. Thoman had pleaded guilty to possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of minors.
Mohamed torture case appeal court ruling due --Appeal court to rule
on David Miliband's attempt to prevent disclosures relating to torture
held by British security services 10 Feb 2010 The appeal court will
rule today on an attempt by the foreign secretary, David Miliband, to
prevent senior judges from disclosing secret information relating to torture
allegations. Former Guantánamo Bay
U.N. position is that children should not be prosecuted for war crimes.'
boy soldier, youngest Guantanamo detainee, heads toward military tribunal
10 Feb 2010 Omar Khadr, the youngest
W.House: Some Critics 'Serving the Goals of al Qaeda' 09 Feb 2010 In an oped in USA Today, John Brennan -- Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism -- responds to critics of the Obama administration's counterterrorism policies by saying "Politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering only serve the goals of al-Qaeda." [Well, so does scheduling their next attack. See: Expect al Qaeda attack soon: CIA 04 Feb 2010 Ok, thanks for letting us know.]
Terror laws in doubt as 'suicide bomber' is freed 10 Feb 2010 Britain's terror laws have once again been thrown into question after a Scottish student branded "a wannabe suicide bomber" was freed half way through an eight-year prison sentence. Judges yesterday quashed the main conviction of Mohammed Atif Siddique, the only Scot ever brought to trial under legislation designed to catch those who plot, inspire or even consider terrorist acts. The Court of Appeal said the 24-year-old had suffered a "miscarriage of justice" after ruling that his original trial judge misdirected the jury on what critics believe is a vaguely-worded section of the controversial 2000 Terrorism Act. The ruling is the latest in a succession of court decisions that have challenged how Britain's terror laws are framed and interpreted.
Shah Rukh signs off sexy body-scan printouts at Heathrow 06 Feb 2010 Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan isn't intimidated by the full body-scan machines that have been recently installed at London's airports - in fact, he's been signing off printouts of his X-rays. Khan, appearing on 'Friday Night With Jonathan Ross' - one of British television's most popular weekend shows - revealed he's been turning the controversial security machines into a public relations opportunity at London's Heathrow airport.
Feds admit wrongly tracking Wis. abortion groups 08 Feb 2010 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security conducted a threat assessment of local pro- and anti-abortion rights activists before an expected rally last year, even though they did not pose a threat to national security. The DHS destroyed or deleted its copies of the assessment after an internal review found it violated intelligence-gathering guidelines by collecting and sharing information about "protest groups which posed no threat to homeland security," according to a department memo written last year.
Two-thirds of swine flu vaccines remain unused in NI 10 Feb 2010 The Department of Health in Northern Ireland still has half a million swine flu vaccines which remain unused. In mid-January, there were more than 60% of the vaccines left. The health minister had estimated he would need £61m to combat the virus in NI.
Sarah Palin ridiculed by critics after turning her hand to crib notes 10 Feb 2010 Sarah Palin is facing fresh doubts about her readiness for high office after being caught reading crib notes scrawled on her hand to prompt her on the core principles of conservatism. Video footage showed Mrs Palin glancing down at the palm of her left hand -- on which the words "energy", "budget cuts", "tax" and "lift American spirits" had been written in ink -- during a question-and-answer session at the grassroots Tea Party convention last week. The word "budget" had been crossed out.
The "Tea Party" movement in the US: A right-wing media creation By David Walsh 09 Feb 2010 The "Tea Party" movement, which held a convention last weekend in Nashville, Tennessee, is largely a media concoction, aimed at shifting official American political life even further to the right. The convention gathered "nearly 600 conservative activists," according to ABC News, a weak showing considering the US media has been playing up this "grassroots movement" for the past 12 months. The press coverage of the Tea Party movement begins from a thoroughly false premise, that wide layers of the American population oppose the Obama administration from the right, outraged over "socialism" and "big government" and the sinister possibility of "universal health care." The Tea Party business took shape in a typically sordid and fraudulent manner. One year ago, CNBC correspondent Rick Santelli let loose with a rant from the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade--cheered on by traders--against the Obama administration’s meager mortgage reform, denouncing attempts "to subsidize the losers’ mortgages..." Far from a spontaneous outburst, Santelli's appeal for a "tea party" protest was a stage-managed event, prepared well in advance and backed by wealthy, extreme right-wing forces. [To clarify: The original (Ron Paul) Tea Party movement needs to be distinguished from this 'other' Tea Party movement, backed by corporaterrorists and nutjobs (i.e., Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck). --LRP]
After the defeat in Massachusetts, Democrats lurch to the right By Patrick Martin 08 Feb 2010 The three weeks since the special election to the US Senate in Massachusetts have seen a deepening political crisis of the Democratic Party. The party which controls the White House and has huge majorities in both the Senate and the House of Representatives has bowed and scraped before the minority Republican Party, which was repudiated by the electorate in the 2008 election. On January 29, President Obama, as part of his "outreach" to the Republicans, met with the entire House Republican caucus--whose members include several co-thinkers of the "birthers," the ultra-right elements who claim Obama is of foreign birth and hence occupies the White House illegitimately. Obama announced later that he would begin to hold regular meetings with the House and Senate Republican leaders (along with their Democratic counterparts), something rarely done by President [sic] George W. Bush when the Democrats were in the minority.
Bank executives get multimillion-dollar bonuses By Andre Damon 09 Feb 2010 Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan, the largest Wall Street banks, announced multi-million-dollar year-end payouts for their chief executives on Friday. Lloyd Blankfein, head of Goldman Sachs, received a $9 million bonus, while Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co, received $16 million. Blankfein and Dimon received their bonus payments in stock instead of cash. Both Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan posted record-breaking profits in 2009, following unprecedented government interventions that injected $35 billion directly into the banks, and provided tens of billions in additional assistance.
Criminal probe is launched in Conn. plant blast 08 Feb 2010 Authorities launched a criminal investigation Monday into the cause of an explosion that killed five people at a power plant under construction, saying they couldn't rule out negligence. The powerful explosion blew apart large swaths of the nearly completed 620-megawatt Kleen Energy plant as workers for the construction company, O&G Industries Inc., were purging a gas line Sunday morning.
Unlawful anti-terror powers planned for use during 2012 Olympics 08 Feb 2010 Police are planning to use an anti-terror law deemed unlawful by the European Court of Human Rights across the country during the London Olympics, The Times has learnt. Senior officers are considering using Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 at every Underground and railway station nationwide. The powers would enable police to stop and search members of the public without any suspicion that they were involved in terrorism. The Times understands that this would be the first time that the powers would have been used across such a wide area. Police said that Section 44, which must be granted by the Home Secretary for a designated area, would be used only in the event of an escalated terror threat.
'Hold inquiry into Army abuse in Iraq' --Judge calls for single investigation to cover 46 claims by civilians 08 Feb 2010 Ministers have been told by a senior judge to consider opening an independent inquiry into all allegations of abuse made by Iraqi civilians against the British Army. The move could lead to the biggest investigation into military malpractice ever heard in this country... The Government was served with the first claim of abuse brought by an Iraqi woman. Samahir Abbas Hashim, 32, six months pregnant at the time of the alleged assault, claims she was so badly beaten by soldiers that she lost her baby.
Tony Blair says the quest for a 'conspiracy' is behind Iraq Inquiry 08 Feb 2010 Tony Blair has dismissed the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war as part of Britain’s obsession with conspiracy and scandal. Speaking for the first time since his controversial appearance as a witness, the former Prime Minister said people should accept that it is possible to have different opinions on the legitimacy of the invasion without any underlying deceit. Mr Blair said in an interview on American television: "There’s always got to be a scandal... there’s got to be some conspiracy behind it."
Former Iraq PM: poll ban risks civil war 08 Feb 2010 A ban on election candidates accused of links with Saddam Hussein's Baath party threatens to drag Iraq into civil war, a former prime minister and head of a group seen as a strong contender in the polls said Monday. Iyad Allawi, who leads the Iraqiya list into the March 7 vote, said the ban could trigger a resurgence in sectarian attacks, reversing a fall in violence in the last two years that has allowed U.S. forces to eye a 2011 withdrawal date and Iraq to sign major oil deals. [Hopefully, either way, those oil deals will be deep-sixed and KBR's drilling equipment will be seized by and for the Iraqi people.]
KBR asks dismissal of Oregon soldiers' lawsuit 08 Feb 2010 An Iraq war contractor is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by Oregon National Guard soldiers over potential health risks from a cancer-causing chemical called hexavalent chromium. Lawyers for Kellogg, Brown & Root on Monday argued the federal court in Oregon lacks jurisdiction in the case. The Houston-based company, now called KBR Inc., has also been sued by National Guard soldiers in Indiana and West Virginia.
New sanctions on Iran are only path left: Gates 08 Feb 2010 Iran has rejected Western 'overtures' and the international community has no choice but to move toward imposing new sanctions over its nuclear program, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Monday.
Iraqi Shia group claims it is holding US citizen prisoner 08 Feb 2010 An Iraqi Shia faction tied to Iran [?] has claimed it is holding a US citizen, missing since late January. Issa Salomi, a Californian of Iraqi origin, worked as a mercenary for the US military. He was apparently abducted on January 23rd when he went to visit family members in the Karada district of Baghdad.
to make 'advanced' attack drones --Iran has begun making 'advanced'
unmanned drones capable of carrying out 'assaults with high precision'.
08 Feb 2010 Ahmad Vahidi, the Iranian defence minister, opened two production
lines for the manufacture of the aircraft, the Fars news agency reported.
The drones would be able to carry out "surveillance, detection and even
assaults with high precision", the report said. US Predator drones have
killed hundreds of
US death squads blossoming under Obama: Special Forces Assassins Infiltrate Taliban Stronghold in Afghanistan 07 Feb 2010 American and British forces poised to assault the Taliban stronghold of Marjah, in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, have begun targeting insurgent leaders for assassination, The Sunday Times reported. Special forces have been infiltrating the town on "kinetic" missions -- jargon for armed attacks. "Special forces guys have been going in on assassination missions with the aim of decapitating the Taliban force," a military source told the Sunday Times.
Afghanistan death toll exceeds Falklands as three UK soldiers die --Royal Scots Borderers and counter-IED task force soldier killed by blasts as Ministry of Defence warns of more casualties 09 Feb 2010 Three British soldiers have been killed in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan in the last 24 hours, taking the total of fatalities in the conflict above the death toll of the Falklands war in 1982.
Militants blow-up gas pipeline in Balochistan 08 Feb 2010 Suspected militants have blown up a key gas pipeline in the southwestern Balochistan province disrupting supplies to major Pakistani cities. Police said that in a pre-dawn attack on Monday, militants dynamited a main gas pipeline located in the western bypass in the provincial capital Quetta and fled towards the nearby hills, a Press TV correspondent reported.
Anti-US rally in Pakistan against Siddiqui verdict 09 Feb 2010 An anti-US rally was held in Islamabad on Monday protesting the US Federal Court verdict convicting the female Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui. On February 8, a 12-member New York jury convicted Siddiqui, a mother of three and a graduate of the prestigious American university, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, of attempted murder. She had been charged with allegedly shooting at her interrogators in 2008.
'Aid' Groups Launch Haiti Mass Vaccination Campaign --Federation expects to start vaccinating about 1,800 people Monday at a camp on the old airport runway, then move on to hundreds of other camps over the next two weeks 08 Feb 2010 'Aid' groups say they are launching an emergency vaccination campaign for 140,000 people in Haiti to 'protect them against' measles and other diseases. The campaign is being conducted by the international Red Cross federation, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the Haitian Health Ministry. A Red Cross statement says the campaign will focus on the capital Port-au-Prince because the disease risk to earthquake victims there is greatest. [There's no food, but Haitians can always count on the US Army, mercenaries, and pharmaterrorists' mercury-laden vaccines in any crisis.]
US fights for access to EU bank data 08 Feb 2010 The US government has initiated a diplomatic offensive against threatened moves by MEPs to block a deal that gives American intelligence agencies direct access to European bank data. The arrangements empower the US to track the flow of funds through the banking system by accessing information collected by the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (Swift), which registers international money transfers.
Obama anti-terror adviser lashes out at lawmakers 08 Feb 2010 President Barack Obama's top counterterrorism adviser on Sunday lashed out at U.S. lawmakers, accusing them of using national security issues as a "political football" for their own gains. Republicans have accused the Obama administration of making mistakes in the handling of the arrest of Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who is accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound plan on Christmas Day.
Man Arrested After Detroit Airport Security Breach 08 Feb 2010 A portion of a terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Airport has been evacuated after authorities say a man walked through a passenger screening checkpoint and refused to comply with security officers. Airport spokesman Mike Conway says the man was arrested by airport police after passing through the checkpoint about 7:50 a.m. Monday at the McNamara Terminal. Conway says he was being questioned by police.
National Guard Mobilized After Snowstorm 08 Feb 2010 As people across the area try to get back to normal after the snowstorm, members of the Pennsylvania National Guard have been mobilized to assist paramedics and police in helping those trapped in their homes. It's a race against time as the 63 units in the City of Pittsburgh work to clear the streets.
Residents Fumed Over Weekend Alcohol, Firearm Ban In State of Emergency 08 Feb 2010 Residents in King were fumed over the weekend after a state of emergency declaration restricted the sale of alcohol and the carrying of firearms in vehicles. King Police Chief Paula May said she’s received hundreds of threats related to the restrictions, which banned driving from 12 a.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. The state of emergency for King was declared by members of the City Council after Stokes County authorities also declared a state of emergency. Under North Carolina law, May said, when a state of emergency is put into place that includes a ban on driving, the sale of alcohol and carrying of firearms in vehicles is also banned.
'Change you can believe must continually slide seamlessly into belief you can change.' How to Maintain a Democratic "Activist" Base --The Rec Report By Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D. 07 Feb 2010 As the military surges into Afghanistan and Pakistan and Xe Services LLC (formerly known as Blackwater) and the CIA eke into Pakistan and Yemen, the appetites of toadyish liberal analysts demand their daily diet of Republican bogeys. The changeling base must be kept in line, despite the lack of any change at all. Change you can believe must continually slide seamlessly into belief you can change. Barack Obama is a soporific for liberals, but such a pill, the affected change rhetoric that is, has to wear off after awhile, especially as reality piles up like record dead soldiers in Afghanistan.
Anthem Blue Cross asked to justify controversial rate hikes 08 Feb 2010 (CA) The Obama administration called on Anthem Blue Cross on Monday to justify its controversial new rate hikes of as much as 39% for individual policyholders, saying the increases were alarming at a time when subscribers are facing skyrocketing healthcare costs. In a letter to the company's president, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius voiced serious concern over the rates, which go into effect March 1 for many of the insurer's estimated 800,000 individual policyholders. [Yeah, a letter from HHS is *really* going to scare the insurance cartel. What a farce.]
CLG: Aetna Announces CT Layoffs on Free Health Care Clinic Day In Hartford By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 04 Feb 2010 National Association of Free Clinics --A free health care clinic will be held in Hartford, Connecticut, on Wednesday, February 3. Guess what Aetna -- a member of the 'insurance cartel' based in the same city -- announces on the same day? 'Aetna Lays Off 100 in Connecticut.'
Palin's note-scrawled hand draws critics' ridicule 08 Feb 2010 Conservative superstar Sarah Palin came in for ridicule from her critics Monday, after published news photos showed her referring to talking points scribbled on the palm of her hand during a major speech. Palin was shown to have the words "Energy," "Tax" and "Lift American Spirits" scrawled on her hand during the question-and-answer session of a speech late Saturday to the Republican Tea Party movement. Her palm also appeared to have the words "Budget cuts" scribbled across it, with the "Budget" crossed out.
Rep. John Murtha dead at 77 08 Feb 2010 Rep. John Murtha, a decorated Vietnam combat veteran and critic of the Iraq war, died Monday of complications from gall bladder surgery. He was 77. The Pennsylvania lawmaker was the top Democrat on the panel that oversees Pentagon spending. Murtha was the first Vietnam combat veteran elected to Congress in 1974... In 2005, Murtha summoned reporters to call for a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq.
U.S. proposes new climate service 09 Feb 2010 The Obama administration proposed a new climate service on Monday that would provide Americans with predictions on how global warming will affect everything from drought to sea levels. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Service, modeled loosely on the 140-year-old National Weather Service, would provide forecasts to farmers, regional water managers and businesses affected by changing climate conditions.
Arctic sea ice vanishing faster than 'our most pessimistic models': researcher 06 Feb 2010 Sea ice in Canada’s fragile Arctic is melting faster than anyone expected, the lead investigator in Canada’s largest climate-change study yet said Friday -- raising the possibility that the Arctic could, in a worst-case scenario, be ice-free in about three years. University of Manitoba Prof. David Barber, the lead investigator of the Circumpolar Flaw Lead System Study, said the rapid decay of thick Arctic Sea ice highlights the rapid pace of climate change in the North and foreshadows what will come in the South.
American bald eagle back to health after beak fixed by dentist 08 Feb 2010 An American bald eagle is able to hold its head high again after being nursed back to health by a dentist [Kirk Johnson]. The bird of prey was taken to the Bird Treatment and Learning Centre in Anchorage after being found in a weakened condition with its beak damaged by a length of fishing line wrapped around it.
School bombing exposes Obama's secret war inside Pakistan --The discovery of the dead US soldiers revealed that America's shadowy war in Pakistan not only involves drones but also small cadres of special operations soldiers. 07 Feb 2010 The discovery of three American soldiers among the dead in a suicide bombing at the opening of a girls’ school in the northwestern Pakistan town of Dir last week reignited the fears of many Pakistanis that Washington was set on invading their country. US airstrikes in Pakistan, launched from unmanned drones, are now averaging three a week, triple the number last year... Last week America launched its first multiple drone attack, according to Pakistani security officials. Eighteen missiles were fired from eight unmanned aircraft in Dattakhel village, killing 16 people.
British forces' drone use soars in Afghanistan --RAF making increasing use of controversial unmanned weapons, mirroring US tactics 07 Feb 2010 British forces are relying increasingly on unmanned drones to attack targets in Afghanistan, mirroring controversial tactics used by the US. New Ministry of Defence figures show the RAF has fired 84 missiles from Reaper drones since they were first deployed there in June 2008, with more than 20 being fired over the past two months.
Afghanistan: 4,000 British troops set for biggest battle with Taliban --Four thousand British troops are preparing to take part in the largest military offensive against the Taliban since the Afghanistan invasion in 2001. 06 Feb 2010 The strike force, composed of British, US and Afghan troops, will storm into some of the most dangerous areas of central Helmand in a series of daring raids -- the biggest since the first Gulf war -- as part of Operation Moshtarak. The offensive, the start date of which is being kept secret, will dwarf last summer’s Operation Panther’s Claw in which 10 British soldiers were killed and more than 100 injured.
Female Iraq election candidate shot dead in Mosul: police 07 Feb 2010 A woman planning to stand in Iraq’s March 7 general election was gunned down Sunday in the restive northern city of Mosul, police said, just days before campaigning is officially due to start. Suha Abdul Jarallah, a candidate on the list of pro-Western former prime minister Iyad Allawi, was shot dead as she left a house in the Ras al-Jadda neighbourhood in central Mosul, 350 kilometres (218 miles) north of Baghdad. [Saddam Hussein's govt: Clearly, the better deal.]
US mercenary 'abducted in Iraq' 06 Feb 2010 US military contractor is believed to have been kidnapped in Iraq after an armed group released a video showing a man being held captive. The video was released by a group calling itself Asaib Ahl al-Haq, or the League of the Righteous, just hours after the US defence department said that 60-year-old Issa T Salomi had been missing since January 23. In the video, which runs less than two minutes, he read the group's demands for the release of detainees who had "resisted occupation" and "never been involved in any serious crime against their fellow innocent Iraqis". The captive also called for the conviction of employees of US security firm Blackwater, since renamed as Xe Services, accused of killing unarmed Iraqi citizens in 2007.
UN likely to refer Goldstone findings to The Hague --Gaza Arab states set to force debate that would bring Gaza war crimes claims before international court. 07 Feb 2010 The United Nations is likely to refer the findings of the Goldstone report to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, diplomatic sources in New York said on Saturday. A decision to bring the report on last year's Gaza war before the court would follow a debate in the UN General Assembly over Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's response to the document last week.
'Syria to back Lebanon in case of Israeli attack' 07 Feb 2010 Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Sunday that Damascus would stand by Beirut, should Israel launch another war on Lebanon. "Syria will stand alongside the government and people of Lebanon against any possible Israeli aggression launched on Lebanon," Assad said Sunday in a meeting with visiting Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri in Damascus, AFP reported.
Report: Israeli warships on way to Persian Gulf 07 Feb 2010 As Israel keeps threatening the regional countries with war, Egyptian maritime sources say the Israeli navy has deployed two missile ships to the Persian Gulf. Citing the sources, Yediot Ahronot reported Saturday that two Israeli missile ships passed through the Suez Canal en rout to the Red Sea on Thursday morning. The sources said the ships are expected to reach the Persian Gulf within the next four days.
Power cut to about 50% of Gazans as fuel runs out 07 Feb 2010 One of the two generators of Gaza's only power plant has been shut down due to a shortage of fuel, cutting power to around 50 percent of the residents of the Gaza Strip. The Gaza Energy Authority announced on Saturday that the remaining amount of fuel is enough to operate the other generator until Sunday morning.
Family hurt by land mine in Israel 06 Feb 2010 A family of five was injured Saturday when they tripped a land mine while hiking in closed military grounds in Israel's Golan Heights, authorities said. Snow blanketed the area and the family apparently did not see signs warning of mines, said Israeli military officials who issued a statement of regret to the family.
Ahmadinejad orders 20% uranium enrichment 07 Feb 2010 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has tasked the country's atomic chief with enriching uranium to 20 percent, in order to meet the demands of the country's cancer patients. Speaking at the exhibition of Laser Science and Technology Achievements in Tehran, the president called on Ali Akbar Salehi, to start the process.
US rejects EU diplomacy over Iran N program 07 Feb 2010 Leading US senators Joseph Lieberman and John Kerry inveigh against a top EU official for supporting further diplomatic talks with Iran over its nuclear program. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, the two US officials criticized the European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashto who threw her lot with more dialogue over Iran's nuclear program.
Pentagon to make 'immortal organisms' [Hopefully, Sarah Palin isn't among them.] 07 Feb 2010 The Pentagon's advanced research division has allocated $6 million to create immortal synthetic organisms, which can die on command and keep a genetic record of what they have been doing, a report says. Based on the 2011 budget of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the project, known as 'BioDesign,' aims to create artificial life, presumably with military purposes, Wired News reported. The DNA of these genetically engineered organisms is altered to "produce the intended biological effect."
'Darpa is looking to re-write the laws of evolution.' Pentagon Looks to Breed Immortal 'Synthetic Organisms,' Molecular Kill-Switch Included By Katie Drummond 05 Feb 2010 The Pentagon’s mad science arm may have come up with its most radical project yet. Darpa is looking to re-write the laws of evolution to the military's advantage, creating "synthetic organisms" that can live forever -- or can be killed with the flick of a molecular switch. As part of its budget for the next year, Darpa is investing $6 million into a project called BioDesign, with the goal of eliminating "the randomness of natural evolutionary advancement..." Darpa wants the organisms to be fortified with molecules that bolster cell resistance to death, so that the lab-monsters can "ultimately be programmed to live indefinitely."
Military to conduct simulated earthquake drill 06 Feb 2010 The military is getting ready to simulate how it would respond to a big earthquake in Alaska. Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins, commander of Alaska's forces, says it will be the first time the Arctic Edge training exercise will bring together federal, state and local agencies to simulate a catastrophic earthquake. The Arctic Edge exercise starts at the end of April and runs through the first week of May. [What did HAARP call the Haiti drill that 'went live?']
Army may patrol streets to confront terror threat 04 Feb 2010 Britain's armed forces could be used on a regular basis on the streets of Britain to confront the threat of terrorism, under the terms of a strategic defence review announced yesterday. Two of the six "key questions" to be considered by the SDR will focus on domestic threats which "cannot be separated from international security", according to a Green Paper setting out the grounds for a full scale review to start after the election.
Counter-terrorism officers target universities --Special Branch officers are being stationed in universities at risk of being targeted by extremists, the Government has admitted. 04 Feb 2010 A number of institutions have been identified by counter-terrorism officers amid fears students are in danger of being groomed by fanatics. David Lammy, the Higher Education Minister, insisted the threat posed to universities had been exaggerated but admitted that it remained an "extremely serious issue".
Britain to slash number of foreign student visas 07 Feb 2010 The number of foreign students given visas is to be slashed as part of a crackdown on abuses of the system, it was revealed today. Home Secretary Alan Johnson is bringing in tougher rules including demanding that applicants be able to speak passable English and banning those enrolling for short courses from bringing dependants.
General-aviation security plan is being scaled back 07 Feb 2010 Citing industry objections, the Transportation Security Administration is preparing to scale back a controversial plan to expand aviation security rules for the first time to thousands of private planes. TSA officials said this week they expect to issue a revised plan this fall that will significantly reduce from 15,000 the number of U.S.-registered general-aviation aircraft subjected to tougher rules. Also, instead of mandating that all passengers aboard private planes be checked against terrorist watch lists, name checks in many cases could be left to the discretion of pilots, they said.
'I want to consult closely with our Republican colleagues.' [Of course he does. At least George W. Nazi *said* what he was going to do and *did* it. Obusha, however, is a sniveling Wall Street troll. --LRP] Obama invites GOP to health-care summit 07 Feb 2010 President Obama made a dramatic attempt to jump-start the stalled health care debate Sunday, inviting Republicans in Congress to a half-day summit on the subject to be televised live later this month. The president made the offer in an interview with CBS News hours before the Super Bowl.
Sarah Palin lashes Obama at first Tea Party convention 07 Feb 2010 Former US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has spoken at the first [corporaterrorist-funded] US Tea Party convention, urging a return to conservate principles. Speaking in Nashville, Mrs Palin called President Obama's 2011 budget "immoral" and said it would raise the US debt... I am a big supporter of this movement," she said, and added - in a nod to the Tea Party's name, a reference to a famous protest against British colonial rule: "America is ready for another revolution and you are part of this". [Well, gee. *Palin* can *advocate revolution* - live on MSNBC for a full hour without commercial interruption. What's good for the rightwing goose is good for the leftwing gander. Arming the Left: Is the time now? By Charles Southwell 21 Oct 2003 As long as we pose no REAL threat to the powers-that-be, to what is shaping up into [is] a dictatorship, we will continue to be ignored. Right now, we are ignored because we present no organized power to fight this onslaught of anti-democratic, totalitarian government that we are up against.]
Palin attacks Obama at Tea Party meeting Palin: US needs leader, not professor 07 Feb 2010 Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has sharply criticized US President Barack Obama over his national security policies. Speaking at a national convention of the "Tea Party" movement Saturday night, Palin slammed the first African American president of the US for his handling of the so-called war on terror. [What about a cheater? See: Palin's Tea Party Crib Notes By Stefan Sirucek 07 Feb 2010.]
Palin's Tea Party Crib Notes By Stefan Sirucek 07 Feb 2010 Closer inspection of a photo of Sarah Palin, during a speech in which she mocked President Obama for his use of a teleprompter, reveals several notes written on her left hand... Crib Notes? This potential presidential candidate and "movement" leader was using crib notes to answer basic questions? ...If true, this is supremely rich coming immediately after a speech in which Palin took a shot at President Obama for using a teleprompter to read his prepared speeches.
Think-tanks take oil money and use it to fund climate deniers --ExxonMobil cash supported concerted campaign to undermine case for man-made warming 07 Feb 2010 An orchestrated campaign is being waged against climate change science to undermine public acceptance of man-made global warming, environment experts claimed last night. The attack against scientists supportive of the idea of man-made climate change has grown in ferocity since the leak of thousands of documents on the subject from the University of East Anglia (UEA) on the eve of the Copenhagen climate summit last December. Free-market, anti-climate change think-tanks such as the Atlas Economic Research Foundation in the US and the International Policy Network in the UK have received grants totalling hundreds of thousands of pounds from the multinational energy company [terrorist group] ExxonMobil. Both organisations have funded international seminars pulling together climate change deniers from across the globe.
Bob Barker Rammed by Illegal Whaler (Sea Shepherd Conservation Society) 06 Feb 2010 At 1209 PM Fremantle, Australia time, the Yushin Maru 3 intentionally rammed the Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker, penetrating it's hull and endangering the lives of it's crew. The collision occurred at 65 degrees 21 South, 67 degrees 58 East, about 180 miles off Cape Darnley in the Australian Antarctic Territory. The Bob Barker had been actively blocking the slipway of the Nisshin Maru, the Japanese whaling fleet’s factory [terrorist] ship when the collision occurred.
Five killed in Connecticut power plant blast 07 Feb 2010 Five people were killed and at least 12 were injured in a gas explosion Sunday at an under-construction power plant in central Connecticut, local officials said. Residents up to 20 miles away reported hearing the blast at about 11:19 a.m. at the Kleen Power Plant in Middletown, a suburb of Hartford, Connecticut.
Gas power plant explosion in Connecticut --Dozens of casualties reported with thick black smoke visible for miles in Middletown 07 Feb 2010 At least two people were killed and dozens more injured today in a large explosion at a gas power plant in Middletown, in the US state of Connecticut. CNN quoted officials who said the toll was expected to rise. Several ambulances and fire engines responded to the explosion at the Kleen Energy Systems plant in Middletown, 23 miles south of the city of Hartford.
Captain Eric H. May Deserves Congressional Medal of Honor By W. Leon Smith 02 Feb 2010 There is a movement started by Michael Starcke on Facebook to encourage the awarding of the Congressional Medal of Honor to Captain Eric H. May, who has extended his term of military duty to the United States in cyberspace, by founding and commanding of Ghost Troop cyber militia. Capt. May, who also serves as intelligence editor for The Lone Star Iconoclast, has done so while at the same time battling Lou Gehrig’s disease.
U.S. citizens among targets likely on final 'high value' terror suspect list --100 preexisting Joint Terrorism Task Forces set up by the FBI will take the lead in national security incidents within the United States. 06 Feb 2010 Interagency interrogation teams have started to question key terrorism suspects under a classified charter approved last week. The High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group was not formally authorized until Jan. 28, under a previously unreported 14-page memo signed by the president's national security adviser, Gen. James L. Jones. Authorities, with help from the National Counterterrorism Center, are developing a list of terrorism suspects who represent critical intelligence targets. Each suspect will be assigned to an FBI-led interagency mobile interrogation team that will be ready in the event of a capture, several officials said. U.S. citizens are among the targets likely to appear on the final list, a senior counterterrorism expert said. The memo signed by Jones makes clear that more than 100 preexisting Joint Terrorism Task Forces set up by the FBI will take the lead in national security incidents within the United States. But intelligence analysts and interrogators who participate in the mobile teams can help with potentially deadly but previously unidentified suspects. FBI agents are allowed to interrogate people in the United States without informing them of their constitutional rights to remain silent and to secure an attorney if the agents want to gather intelligence and 'protect public safety.'
US intelligence chief claims right to assassinate Americans overseas By Joe Kishore 05 Feb 2010 US Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair said on Wednesday that government agencies have a policy of assassinating Americans overseas as required by the "war on terror." In testimony before the House intelligence committee, Blair said the assassinations would be justified if US citizens were "taking action that threatens Americans." This is an extremely broad category, giving the US intelligence apparatus general authority to engage in what amount to extra-judicial executions.
'The Obama Administration is morphing into the Bush Administration.' --GW Law prof. Jonathan Turley, commenting on this nugget: Intelligence chief acknowledges U.S. may kill Americans involved in terrorism 04 Feb 2010 Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair acknowledged Wednesday that government agencies may kill U.S. citizens abroad who are involved in terrorist activities if they are "taking action that threatens Americans." ['Morphing?' Has morphed. Obomba *has* morphed into Bush.]
FBI wants records kept of Web sites visited By Declan McCullagh 05 Feb 2010 The FBI is pressing Internet service providers to record which Web sites customers visit and retain those logs for two years... FBI Director Robert Mueller supports storing Internet users' "origin and destination information," a bureau attorney said at a federal task force meeting on Thursday... The FBI is not alone in renewing its push for data retention. As CNET reported earlier this week, a survey of state computer crime investigators found them to be nearly unanimous in supporting the idea.
military vows indefinite stay in Haiti
06 Feb 2010 Amid allegations that the US is using Haiti's earthquake to
occupy the country [don't forget the child
trafficking] , Washington says its military forces would stay
in the Caribbean nation as long as needed. "We are in Haiti as long as
we are needed," US Army Colonel Gregory Kane, the director of US Joint
Task Force Haiti operations, said on Saturday. This is while Haitian Prime
Minister Jean-Max Bellerive had earlier announced that it would take about
10 years to
Says 200 Troops on the Ground in Pakistan By Noah Shachtman 05
Feb 2010 The U.S. military has 200
troops on the ground in Pakistan. That’s about the double the previously-disclosed
number of forces there. It’s a whole lot more than the "no American
troops in Pakistan" promised by special envoy Richard Holbrooke.
And let’s not even get into the number of U.S. intelligence operatives
not Blackwater personnel killed in Dir: US 05 Feb 2010 The three
Americans killed by an improvised explosive device in Dir were US military
trainers and not
Afghan police kill seven boys collecting firewood 06 Feb 2010 Seven Afghan boys were shot dead today by police who mistook them for insurgents, a provincial police official said. The boys were collecting firewood when police opened fire on them in the border town of Spin Boldak, southern Kandahar province, Abdul Raziq, police commander for the town, said.
Helmand province the scene of another bomb 05 Feb 2010 People attending a dog fight in southern Afghanistan have been killing and wounded in a bomb blast. The remote controlled bomb, placed on a motorcycle which was parked near a dog-fighting pit in Lashkar Gah, killed up to 20 people.
Report says 8 Americans died defending worthless Afghan outpost 06 Feb 2010 A U.S. military investigation into a battle last October in eastern Afghanistan that cost eight American soldiers their lives has concluded that the small outpost was worthless, the troops there didn't understand their mission, and intelligence and air support were tied up elsewhere in the province. According to an unclassified executive summary of the report that was released to McClatchy Newspapers and other news organizations Friday, "There were inadequate measures taken by the chain of command, resulting in an attractive target for enemy fighters."
Karbala blast leaves 42 killed, hundreds wounded 05 Feb 2010 At least 42 people have been killed and 150 others wounded after a bomb went off in the Iraqi holy city of Karbala amid tight security for a huge religious procession. Initial reports said explosion took place after a bomb planted in a civilian car went off in al-Shibanat area, four kilometers east of Karbala on Friday, also leaving three Iraqi army vehicles destroyed.
'Dubai will issue arrest warrant for Netanyahu' 05 Feb 2010 Dubai has said it will issue an arrest warrant for the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if Mossad is proved to be behind the killing of a Hamas leader in the sheikhdom. The Israeli premier would have been the first one to have signed the order to kill, Dubai's police chief Dahi Khalfan said on Thursday. According to the police chief, the method used in the assassination is one used by Mossad.
PA calls for ICC probe into Israeli war crimes 06 Feb 2010 The Palestinian Authority says it has sent a memorandum to The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) in a bid to seek justice for "all Israeli crimes" in the occupied Palestinian lands. On Friday, Palestinian UN observer Riyad Mansour called on the court to adjudicate on war crimes committed against Palestinians during Israel's December 2008-January 2009 war on the Gaza Strip.
Reportedly Training Kurdish Forces 05 Feb 2010 According to recent
media reports, Israeli military and intelligence agents are currently
operating in Iraqi Kurdistan. Their primary role, according to reports,
is to train elite Kurdish commandos in guerrilla warfare and
BAE admits guilt over corrupt arms deals --Arms firm pays out £300m after long-running Guardian investigation 06 Feb 2010 The arms giant BAE yesterday agreed to pay out almost £300m in penalties, as it finally admitted guilt over its worldwide conduct, in the face of long-running corruption investigations. For 20 years, the firm refused to accept any wrongdoing, despite mounting evidence of alleged bribes and kickbacks, much of it uncovered by the Guardian. But BAE yesterday said it would plead guilty to charges of false accounting and making misleading statements, in simultaneous settlement deals with the Serious Fraud Office in the UK and the department of justice in Washington.
Intel Chief: U.S. at Risk of Crippling Cyber Attack 04 Feb 2010 The United States is at risk of a crippling cyber attack that could "wreak havoc" on the country because the "technological balance" makes it much easier to launch a cyber strike than defend against it, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair said Wednesday. Blair, speaking to the House Intelligence Committee, said U.S. tools are not yet up to the task to fully protect against such an attack. [Translation: US sociopaths want to shut down the Internet for the next false flag.]
Body Scanning Raises Radiation Exposure, Committee Says 05 Feb
2010 Air passengers should be made aware of the health risks of airport
body screenings and governments must explain any decision to expose the
public to higher levels of cancer-causing radiation, an inter-agency report
Judge: Pratt can't move jobs out of US --Judge sides with union, says jet engine maker in US can't move out 1,000 jobs out 06 Feb 2010 A federal U.S. judge ordered jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney to halt its plans to move 1,000 jobs out of Connecticut and to Japan, Singapore and the state of Georgia. U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in Bridgeport issued a permanent injunction, stopping the company's plans to shift the jobs. The judge strongly criticized the subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., saying it evaded the spirit of its union contract requiring it to make every effort to keep the jobs in the state.
Goldman CEO gets $9 mln restricted stock award [What the F*CK is a 'restricted stock award?' It's a *bonus,* but the douchebags don't want to call it that!] 05 Feb 2010 Goldman Sachs Group awarded Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein $9 million in restricted stock units, according to a regulatory filing by the investment bank late Friday. Blankfein got 58,381 restricted stock units... The stock can't be sold until January 2015, Goldman added in the filing. At current prices, the award is worth just over $9 million.
Tancredo: Obama Elected Because 'We Do Not Have A Civics, Literacy Test' 05 Feb 2010 Organizers of the National Tea Party Convention, who have been at pains to present their confab as a gathering of patriotic and mainstream Americans, may not have been pleased by the speech given by their opening-night speaker. Former congressman Tom Tancredo declared that President Obama was elected because "we do not have a civics, literacy test before people can vote in this country." Literacy and civics test, of course, were notoriously used during the Jim Crow era to keep blacks from voting. [Well, if a literacy test is brought back, Sarah Palin would be disqualified from voting along w. 3/4 of the Fox Noose staff.]
Tea Party Fireworks: Speaker Rips McCain, Obama, 'Cult of Multiculturalism' --Ex-Rep. Tom Tancredo Suggests 'Civics, Literacy Test' Would Have Foiled Obama's Election; High-Priced National 'Tea Party' Convention Stirs Debate Among Factions 04 Feb 2010 The opening-night speaker at first ever National Tea Party Convention ripped into President Obama, Sen. John McCain and "the cult of multiculturalism," asserting that Obama was elected because "we do not have a civics, literacy test before people can vote in this country." The speaker, former Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-KKK-Colo., told about 600 delegates in a Nashville, Tenn., ballroom that in the 2008 election, America "put a committed socialist ideologue in the White House ... Barack Hussein Obama."
E-mails detail Todd Palin's role in Alaska decision-making 06 Feb 2010 During the 2 1/2 years that his wife, Sarah, was governor of Alaska and then a vice presidential candidate, Todd Palin inserted himself into a host of state decisions, including judicial nominations and gas pipeline bids, according to e-mails released Friday. Before Sarah Palin resigned her office in July, the "First Dude," as Todd Palin became known, weighed in on appointments to state boards, labor disputes and the use of government aircraft, according to the documents, which were obtained by MSNBC.com under Alaska's public records law.
Records show that cabins on Sarah Palin's Alaska properties weren't noted in tax assessments 04 Feb 2010 Records show that Sarah Palin hasn't paid any property taxes on cabins that have been built on two backcountry plots partially owned by the former Alaska governor. There are no tax assessments for the two-story, house-sized cabins, a workshop and a sauna spotted Thursday in an aerial survey.
Postal Service Suspended in Mid-Atlantic Areas Hit With Storm 06 Feb 2010 Postal delivery was suspended Saturday for Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., Southern Maryland, and Suburban Maryland, MyFoxDC.com reported. Patrick Murphy, spokesperson for the Postal Service for Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., made the announcement early Saturday morning as a blizzard continued to batter the Mid-Atlantic region.
Expect al Qaeda attack soon: CIA [Ok, thanks for letting us know. Hey, Panetta: Can you schedule the attack in the late morning, so that I can update the CLG site in a timely fashion? I'm kind of a night owl. Thanks.] 04 Feb 2010 Al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] can be expected to attempt an attack on the United States in the next three to six months, senior intelligence officials told Congress yesterday. CIA Director Leon Panetta said the terror organisation was deploying operatives to the US to carry out new attacks from inside the country, including "clean" recruits with a negligible trail of terrorist contacts. Al Qaeda was also inspiring homegrown extremists [!] to trigger violence on their own, he said.
Intelligence chief acknowledges U.S. may kill Americans involved in terrorism 04 Feb 2010 Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair acknowledged Wednesday that government agencies may kill U.S. citizens abroad who are involved in terrorist activities if they are "taking action that threatens Americans." Blair told members of the House intelligence committee that he was speaking publicly about the issue to reassure Americans that intelligence agencies and the Department of Defense "follow a set of defined policy and legal procedures that are very carefully observed" in the use of lethal force against U.S. citizens.
Soldiers 'could fight terrorism on Britain's streets' 04 Feb 2010 The UK's armed forces could be used on the streets of the Britain to confront the threat of terrorism, under the terms of a strategic defence review (SDR) announced yesterday. Two of the six "key questions" to be considered by the SDR will focus on domestic threats which "cannot be separated from international security", according to a Green Paper setting out the grounds for a full scale review to start after the General Election.
Amid media blackout Congressional hearing reveals US intelligence agencies shielded Flight 253 bomber 03 Feb 2010 A January 27 hearing of the House Committee on Homeland Security established that US intelligence agencies stopped the State Department from revoking the US visa of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab... Revocation of Abdulmutallab’s visa would have prevented him from boarding the airplane... The revelation that US intelligence agencies made a deliberate decision to allow Abdulmutallab to board the commercial flight, without any special airport screening, has been buried in the media... There are a number of possible explanations for the decision to allow Abdulmutallab to board Northwest Flight 253. One possibility is that it was bound up with efforts by elements within the US intelligence apparatus to politically destabilize the Obama administration.
Afghanistan: US and British to launch biggest offensive since 2001 --Thousands of US and British forces are preparing to launch the biggest offensive in Afghanistan since the [illegal] 2001 invasion. 03 Feb 2010 American commanders gave notice on Wednesday that the assault is imminent. US, British and Afghan forces will flood into a Taliban enclave in southern Helmand province in a massive show of force intended as a decisive start to President Barack Obama's "surge" of 30,000 extra troops. The operation is expected to involve up to 15,000 personnel and could last between six and eight weeks.
Gunmen attack NATO oil tanker in Pakistan 04 Feb 2010 A NATO tanker carrying fuel for US-led international forces in war-torn Afghanistan has been targeted by gunmen in southwestern Pakistan. The gunmen attacked the tanker near Luckpas area in Tehsil Matsung, killing the driver on the spot, a local official was quoted by the Press TV correspondent late on Wednesday.
Three US soldiers killed in Pakistan bomb blast 03 Feb 2010 Three American soldiers have been killed by a roadside bomb on a politically sensitive military 'training' mission in Pakistan's turbulent border region. The soldiers, who are believed to have been special forces, died on Wednesday when their convoy was hit by a remote-controlled explosion as they drove to the opening ceremony of a girls' school newly renovated with American aid. Their deaths are the first known US military fatalities on Pakistani soil.
In Pakistan, blast kills 3 US soldiers 03 Feb 2010 Three US soldiers are among the eight people that were killed Wednesday in a powerful [Blackwater?] explosion in Pakistan's northwest. The American service members were reportedly in the region to train Pakistani troops. The explosion, which rocked the Lower Dir district, brought down the roof of a nearby school. At least three students were also killed.
Blair 'was ready to deceive to go to war' 04 Feb 2010 Tony Blair was prepared to "deceive" Parliament over Iraq and freeze out opposition within his Government, because of his unshakeable belief that it was right to topple Saddam Hussein, a former Cabinet minister has said. Clare Short, who was the International Development Secretary before resigning shortly after the March 2003 invasion, also revealed she was "jeered" at by Cabinet colleagues and told to be quiet by Blair when she attempted to dispute the legality of the war.
Call for Blair to face trial in Scotland 31 Jan 2010 Tony Blair should be tried in a Scottish court for his decision to take the country to war in Iraq, according to a group of SNP MSPs. The Crown Office, which leads prosecutions, is examining their arguments following the former prime minister's appearance at the Chilcot Inquiry last week, in which he expressed "no regrets" over deposing Saddam Hussein. A parliamentary motion calling for Blair to be prosecuted has been laid down at Holyrood and has been signed by eight MSPs.
Iran: US Patriots waging psychological warfare 04 Feb 2010 Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, the chief of staff of Iran's armed forces, says the US is trying to wage psychological warfare against Iran by deploying missiles in the Persian Gulf. Firouzabadi said on Thursday that the recently deployed Patriot missiles in the region will be rendered useless by simple countermeasures. He said the administration of US President Barack Obama encourages Persian Gulf States to buy overpriced military hardware by spreading Iranophobia in the region.
Israel threatens to 'use force' against Iran 04 Feb 2010 Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Yaalon says Israel might use force to prevent Iran from developing "nuclear weapons", a claim Iran vehemently rejects. "Iran's plan will probably be stopped by a regime change or, if there is no other choice, by recourse to force to deprive Iran of its nuclear arms production capabilities," Yaalon told a security conference in Herzliya.
Saudi jets pound Yemen, kill 14 civilians 04 Feb 2010 At least fourteen civilians have been killed and dozens more have suffered injuries as Saudi fighter jets pounded the alleged strongholds of Houthi fighters in northern parts of Yemen despite a truce offer put forth by the Shia fighters. According to a statement released by the fighters on Thursday, Saudi warplanes carried out 13 aerial attacks on al-Sha'af district in the northern Yemeni governorate of al-Jawf.
Powell Favors Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' 03 Feb 2010 Gen. Colin L. Powell, who as the nation’s top military officer in the 1990s opposed allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the military, switched gears today and threw his support behind efforts to end the "don’t ask, don’t tell" law he helped shepherd in. "I fully support the new approach presented to the Senate Armed Services Committee this week by Secretary of Defense Gates and Admiral Mullen," General Powell said in a statement issued by his office.
Siddiqui conviction triggers anti-US rallies in Pakistan 04 Feb 2010 Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Pakistan to protest against the US conviction of a Pakistani scientist. The protesters chanted anti-American slogans and burnt the US flag after a New York jury found Aafia Siddiqui guilty of attempted murder.
Questions about convicted Pakistani doctor Siddiqui 04 Feb 2010 Despite protests in Pakistan, the sentencing of Pakistani doctor Aafia Siddiqui in a US court for the attempted killing of US agents is not going to come as a surprise to anyone. Her supporters and family here have been vociferous in their protests against her trial, but even they were not hopeful about the outcome. "We were expecting this," Siddiqui's uncle, Shamsul Hasan Farooqi, told the BBC.
US missionaries in Haiti charged with child abduction, conspiracy 04 Feb 2010 Haiti has charged 10 US missionaries with child abduction and criminal conspiracy for allegedly trying to smuggle children out of the country. If convicted they face lengthy jail terms, says the BBC's Paul Adams at the court hearing in Haiti's quake-hit capital, Port-au-Prince.
Bring Back HUAC By Michael Savage 04 Feb 2010 (Part 1) Many people alive today don't remember what the House Un-American Activities Committee was. HUAC was an investigative committee of the United States House of Representatives that looked into subversion of the U.S. government. It investigated those accused of being Communists within the U.S. government. It investigated those of being Communists with the U.S. media, especially in Hollywood. And to a large extent, it was successful in exposing Communist infiltration.
Rush Limbaugh on Rahm Emanuel 'retarded' comment: Liberals are 'retards,' Where's Sarah Palin? By Neil Nagraj 04 Feb 2010 Rush Limbaugh has pounced on Rahm Emanuel's "retarded" blunder and is using the same offensive term to bludgeon his enemies on the left. On yesterday's episode of "The Rush Limbaugh Show," the right-wing icon used the firestorm surrounding Obama's chief of staff as cover to blast liberal activists as "retards," and suggest a "retard summit" is in the offing at the White House. The embattled Emanuel sat down yesterday afternoon at the White House with a group of advocates for the disabled to apologize for hurling the phrase "f---ing retarded" during a closed-door strategy session in August. The slur, reported last week, was thrust in the spotlight after [polar bear-killing terrorist] Sarah Palin called for Rahm to be fired in a Facebook post.
Obama criticised for addressing 'secretive' Christian group's prayer breakfast --US president spurns calls from ethics and gay rights groups to boycott event run by the Fellowship 04 Feb 2010 Barack Obama has drawn stinging criticism for addressing an annual National Prayer Breakfast today organised by a shadowy Christian evangelical group whose members include the Ugandan politician behind legislation to execute gay people. Obama spurned calls from ethics and gay rights groups to boycott the event run by the Fellowship, an organisation characterised by critics as a secretive, elitist group that wields influence through religious gatherings sometimes funded by defence contractors and foreign powers. The organisation is headed by Doug Coe, who critics say has praised the organising abilities of Hitler and Osama bin Laden.
Google Enlists NSA to Defend Its Data --The company is reportedly pursuing a partnership with the National Security Agency to strengthen its network security. 04 Feb 2010 ...Google is reportedly seeking guidance on cyber security from the preeminent electronic intelligence agency in the U.S., the National Security Agency (NSA). Google and the NSA are said to be hammering out an agreement to allow NSA experts to assist in the investigation of the cyber attack, according to The Washington Post. The negotiation aims to define the ways in which Google can share relevant network security information without violating privacy laws or Google policies.
Google to enlist NSA to help it ward off cyberattacks 04 Feb 2010 The world's largest Internet search company and the world's most powerful electronic surveillance organization are teaming up in the name of cybersecurity. Under an agreement that is still being finalized, the National Security Agency would help Google analyze a major corporate espionage attack that the firm said originated in China and targeted its computer networks, according to cybersecurity experts familiar with the matter.
Police want backdoor to Web users' private data 03 Feb 2010 Cybercrime investigators are pushing for the creation of a national Web interface linking police computers with those of Internet and e-mail providers so requests can be sent and received electronically. CNET has reviewed a survey scheduled to be released at a federal task force meeting on Thursday, which says that law enforcement agencies are virtually unanimous in calling for such an interface to be created. Eighty-nine percent of police surveyed, it says, want to be able to "exchange legal process requests and responses to legal process" through an encrypted, police-only "nationwide computer network."
Passengers laid bare as full body scanners are introduced at Heathrow and Manchester airports --Travellers chosen for scan must cooperate - or face flight ban 03 Feb 2010 The introduction of full body scanners at Heathrow and Manchester airports has today caused outrage among civil liberty campaigners who say that they are an invasion of privacy. Campaigners claim the scanners, which act like a mini radar device 'seeing' beneath ordinary clothing, breach privacy rules under the Human Rights Act. The exemption of under 18s from being scanned, which was in place during the trial of the machines in Manchester amid fears the scanners could breach child protection laws, has also been removed.
Man can't prove ID with ID card 04 Feb 2010 The Government's flagship ID cards scheme suffered an embarrassing setback when a bank refused to accept one as proof of identity. Darren McTeggart tried to use the £30 card to pick up a replacement credit card from a branch of Santander in Manchester, where the scheme was rolled out on a voluntary basis last year. Mr McTeggart, one of the first people to get the card, said: "They said it was not on their list of approved ID. I sent an email to the head office, but they wouldn’t budge. The government has been pushing this card on TV and elsewhere so it beggars belief why the bank won’t accept it."
Heads up! US bioterrorists are busy little bees again! Mad-cow proteins created in the lab 29 Jan 2010 Scientists have firmed up the evidence that misshapen protein are responsible for brain-wasting diseases by showing how these infectious prions are created. Researchers from the United States and China have artificially created a disease-causing prion using proteins from mice. [See: Killer flu recreated in the lab 07 Oct 2004 UK Scientists have shown that tiny changes to modern flu viruses could render them as deadly as the 1918 strain which killed millions.]
Obama suggests Republicans could have a role in health-care bill 04 Feb 2010 President Obama urged congressional Democrats on Wednesday "to finish the job on health care," but amid tentative signs of bipartisan outreach on Capitol Hill, he suggested that Republicans could be enlisted to play at least some role in negotiating a final bill. [They already *crafted* the bill, thanks to the sniveling, cowardly Wall Street troll, elected on a lie about a fantasy of 'change.' Obama was 'allowed' to win -- to serve as the friendly face for corporaterrorism and fascism. --LRP]
New York charges Bank of America, Lewis over Merrill deal 04 Feb 2010 The New York Attorney General's office said Thursday it is filing civil charges against Bank of America and its former CEO Ken Lewis, saying the bank misled investors about Merrill Lynch when it acquired the Wall Street bank in late 2008. Civil charges were also being filed against Joe Price, the bank's former chief financial officer. Price is now head of the bank's consumer banking division. At the same time New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office was filing its civil charges, the Securities and Exchange Commission also reached a settlement to resolve charges it brought against Bank of America over similar issues.
House votes to take on $1.9 trillion more national debt 04 Feb 2010 The House on Thursday voted to allow the government to go $1.9 trillion deeper in debt - or about $6,000 more for every U.S. resident. The measure, approved 217-212, would raise the cap on federal borrowing to $14.3 trillion.
Colorado Springs cuts into services considered basic by many 03 Feb 2010 This tax-averse city is about to learn what it looks and feels like when budget cuts slash services most Americans consider part of the urban fabric. More than a third of the streetlights in Colorado Springs will go dark Monday. The police helicopters are for sale on the Internet. The city is dumping firefighting jobs, a vice team, burglary investigators, beat cops -- dozens of police and fire positions will go unfilled. The parks department removed trash cans last week, replacing them with signs urging users to pack out their own litter...
False flag alerts coming fast and furious: Attempted Terror Attack Likely, Intelligence Chiefs Warn 02 Feb 2010 An attempted 'al Qaeda' attack against the United States is a high possibility in the next 3 to 6 months, the nations' top intelligence chiefs testified today. "An attempted attack, the priority is certain, I would say," Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. CIA director Leon Panetta and FBI director Robert Mueller both told the committee they agreed with Blair's stark assessment, when asked by committee chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Senators push for 9/11 trials in military court 02 Feb 2010 A bipartisan group of nine U.S. senators on Tuesday offered legislation to force special military [show] trials for the accused September 11, 2001, conspirators, further complicating President Barack Obama's bid to try them in a civilian court. Mounting bipartisan opposition [has grown] to trying the suspect of the September 11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and four others in a federal criminal court in lower Manhattan.
Christmas Day bomb suspect Abdulmutallab providing intelligence, sources say 03 Feb 2010 Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the man accused of trying to blow up a jet airplane on Christmas Day, has been providing FBI interrogators with useful intelligence about his training and contacts since last week, Obama administration sources said Tuesday. Separately, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III told senators at an intelligence committee hearing that Abdulmutallab was giving information to investigators. Mueller did not elaborate.
Abdulmutallab provides 'useful intelligence' 03 Feb 2010 The Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a US airliner on Christmas Day, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, is cooperating again with US authorities and has provided "useful intelligence," a law enforcement official said yesterday. Prosecutors charged Abdulmutallab, who studied in London, with trying to blow up a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit with a bomb hidden in his underwear, drawing further criticism from some lawmakers who said he should face a special military court instead.
Metro Transit Police stage large anti-terrorism drill 03 Feb 2010 (DC) Metro Transit Police staged their largest anti-terrorism sweep ever during Tuesday morning's rush hour, as about 50 officers -- some toting M-4 rifles and others guiding bomb-sniffing dogs -- took up position in Union Station in a new initiative aimed at discouraging [?!?] attacks. In the coming months, they plan to hold similar drills for the effort, dubbed Blue TIDE (Terrorism Identification and Deterrence Effort). Metro is planning exercises this month modeled after terrorist attacks in Madrid, London and Mumbai. About 200 to 300 police officers and other emergency responders from across the region will take part in tactical exercises Feb. 12, 13 and 24 that will include simulations of the bombing of a Metrobus, an explosion in the tunnel between the Rosslyn and Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro stations, and shooters at the Friendship Heights Metro station. [OMG. These f*ckers may go live for one of them, as they did on 9/11.]
D.C. Transit Police Hold First of Several Anti-Terrorism Drills 02 Feb 2010 The Metro Transit Police held an exercise on Tuesday at its busiest station to demonstrate its capabilities to respond to terror attacks. Bomb technicians, K-9 explosives detection teams, the bicycle squad and other officers from different units of the police department participated in the morning rush hour drill at Union station. The exercise was not conducted in response to any threat, but part of a series of drills this month to strengthen the agency's response to attacks.
Lord Carlile finds 'no alternative' to control orders for terrorism suspects --Government's official counter-terrorism watchdog says abandoning system could damage UK security 01 Feb 2010 Abandoning the controversial system of control orders for terrorism suspects could damage UK security, Lord Carlile, the government's official counter-terrorism watchdog, concluded today. There is "no better means of dealing with the serious and continuing risk posed by some individuals" than control orders, which place people under virtual house arrest on the basis of secret evidence, he said, while advising that less important suspects should receive only travel bans.
Air passengers who refuse a full body scan to be barred from their flights 02 Feb 2010 Air passengers who refuse to submit to controversial full body scans will be barred from boarding their flights. The technology - which has been strongly condemned by civil liberties campaigners - began operating at Heathrow and Manchester airports yesterday. Birmingham will follow suit later this month before the anti-terror devices are rolled out nationally. The move - strongly criticised by civil liberties campaigners who say the scanners are an invasion of privacy - follows the attempted Detroit bomb attack on Christmas Day.
LAX 'millennium bomber' to be resentenced; 22 years is too lenient, court rules 02 Feb 2010 The 22-year prison sentence given to would-be Los Angeles International Airport bomber Ahmed Ressam is so lenient that it constitutes procedural error and failure by the Seattle judge who sentenced him to adequately protect the public, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. A divided three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Algerian's case transferred to a different judge for resentencing, saying that U.S. District Court Judge John C. Coughenour failed to heed federal sentencing guidelines and a U.S. Supreme Court rebuke.
Autopsy: FBI shot Muslim prayer leader 20 times 02 Feb 2010 US Muslim prayer leader Luqman Ameen Abdullah had been shot 20 times by federal agents in Detroit last year, an autopsy report confirms. The autopsy was completed last November, but released on Monday because of the ongoing investigation by the Dearborn police where the shooting took place.
Liberties oversight panel gets short shrift --Seats on board left unfilled by Obama 02 Feb 2010 President Obama is coming under pressure from Democrats and civil liberties groups for failing to fill positions on an oversight panel formed in 2004 to make sure the government does not spy improperly on U.S. citizens. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board was recommended initially by the bipartisan September 11 commission as an institutional voice for privacy inside the intelligence community... Since taking office, Mr. Obama has allowed the board to languish.
Israeli commander: 'We rewrote the rules of war for Gaza' --Civilians 'put at greater risk to save military lives' in winter attack - revelations that will pile pressure on Netanyahu to set up full inquiry 03 Feb 2010 A high-ranking officer has acknowledged for the first time that the Israeli army went beyond its previous rules of engagement on the protection of civilian lives in order to minimise military casualties during last year's Gaza war, The Independent can reveal. The officer, who served as a commander during Operation Cast Lead, made it clear that he did not regard the longstanding principle of military conduct known as "means and intentions" - whereby a targeted suspect must have a weapon and show signs of intending to use it before being fired upon - as being applicable before calling in fire from drones and helicopters in Gaza last winter.
CLG: Use the 200 Million Dollars to Try Bush-Cheney-Blair For War Crimes Instead of KSM By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 01 Feb 2010 When, oh when, are the Bush-Cheney-Blair war crimes trials going to commence? Spring the waterlogged Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and all the other patsies and use the $200 million-dollar 9/11 cover-up fund to try the *actual* 'masterminds' -- if such a moniker can be used to describe the Bush cabal -- behind the 9/11 terror attacks and the war crimes in Iraq.
Blair Called a Liar in Iraq Inquiry 03 Feb 2010 ...Appearing before an official inquiry into the Iraq war, Clare Short provided an electrifying counterpoint to Mr. Blair’s testimony on Friday. Ms. Short, who quit as international development minister two months after the invasion in 2003, repeatedly accused Mr. Blair of "misleading" her and other cabinet ministers about the advice he was getting from government lawyers who questioned the legality of invading Iraq. On that issue, and on her written warnings of a "humanitarian catastrophe" in the invasion’s wake, she said that Mr. Blair had effectively circumvented cabinet debate. Instead, she said, he had relied on an inner circle of "his mates" in government, having "little chats" with outsiders like herself and plying what she called a "poodle-like" relationship with the United States.
Clare Short: Blair misled us and took UK into an illegal war --Former minister says government was a 'lunatic asylum' in runup to attack with Gordon Brown also 'unhappy and marginalised' 02 Feb 2010 Tony Blair and Lord Goldsmith, his attorney general, misled parliament and the cabinet before Britain, to its "eternal shame", joined the US-led invasion of Iraq, Clare Short told the Chilcot inquiry today. During nearly three hours of testimony, the then international development secretary, who resigned soon after the March 2003 invasion as a result of what she called broken promises, described the atmosphere within the government during the runup to war. It was chaotic and fraught, she said, adding: "We were in a bit of a lunatic asylum."
Blair misled Parliament over Iraq, claims former minister Clare Short --Short: Blair lied because he thought he was right --Attorney General's legal doubts hidden from Cabinet --PM humiliated Britain by not standing up to U.S. --He 'conned' me when I wanted to quit 02 Feb 2010 Tony Blair misled Parliament over Iraq because he was convinced it was right to topple Saddam Hussein, former minister Clare Short claimed today. The former International Development Secretary accused Mr Blair of 'leaning on' the Attorney General so that he would give the invasion the the green light. Appearing before the official inquiry into the conflict, she claimed both the former prime minister and Lord Goldsmith misled the Government over the legal case for war. And she said Mr Blair 'conned' her into not quitting in the final days before troops moved in by giving her empty promises.
Clare Short: Tony Blair lied and misled parliament in build-up to Iraq war --Blair 'lied' over war preparations --Attorney general 'misled' government 02 Feb 010 Clare Short, the former international development secretary, today accused Tony Blair of lying to her and misleading parliament in the build-up to the Iraq invasion. Short, giving evidence to the Chilcot inquiry into the war, also said that the 2003 conflict had put the world in greater danger of international terrorism. Declassified letters between Short and Blair released today show she believed that invading Iraq without a second UN resolution would be illegal and there was a significant risk of a humanitarian catastrophe. She told the inquiry that she had a conversation with Blair in 2002. He told her that he was not planning for war against Iraq and that the evidence has since revealed that he was not telling the truth at that point, she said.
Iraq inquiry to recall Tony Blair over possible conflicting evidence [aka lies] --Former prime minister to be questioned in public and private over evidence he gave to panel on invasion's legality 01 Feb 2010 The Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war is to summon Tony Blair back to give evidence and he will be asked to testify in both public and private, officials said last night. The former prime minister, who gave nearly six hours of evidence on Friday, is expected to be asked about intelligence reports. His second public appearance could take place before the general election.
Blast kills 54 in Iraq 02 Feb 2010 A woman who veiled her explosives... struck a column of Shi’ite pilgrims on the outskirts of Baghdad yesterday in a suicide attack that Iraqi officials had predicted [?] but could not stop. Police and hospital officials said 54 people, including 18 women and 12 children, were killed and 117 were wounded, the Associated Press reported.
Ex-contractor gets 2 years for Iraq sex assault 29 Jan 2010 A former civilian defense contractor from Pearland who admitted sexually assaulting a female co-worker at an Iraqi air base was sentenced Friday to two years in prison and a lifetime of supervision. David Charles Breda Jr., 34, who pleaded guilty to one count of abusive sexual contact in October, was taken into custody by federal marshals after U.S. District Judge Gray Miller announced the sentence.
Bomb kills two US soldiers in Afghanistan: NATO 03 Feb 2010 A bomb attack killed two US soldiers in the volatile southern region of Afghanistan, pushing the death toll of foreign troops in the country to over 50 for the year so far, NATO said Wednesday. In a brief statement, NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the two soldiers were killed on Tuesday. "Two ISAF service members from the United States were killed yesterday in an IED strike in southern Afghanistan," it said, referring to an improvised explosive device.
Six killed on way to Pakistan school event 03 Feb 2010 Three foreign aid workers were among six people killed Wednesday when a roadside bomb struck a convoy on its way to a girls' school opening in northwest Pakistan. The explosion took place in Lower Dir in the North West Frontier Province, which has repeatedly come under militant attack in recent months. The blast wounded 10 others, said district Police Chief Mumtaz Zarin.
Iran fires satellite carrier into space 03 Feb 2010 Iran on Tuesday successfully test-fired the Kavoshgar 3 satellite carrier, sending its third explorer into space. Kavoshgar 3, which has living organisms onboard, transfers telemetric data, live pictures and flight and environmental analysis data. The Iranian Aerospace Organization (IAO) says live video transmission as well as the mini-environmental lab onboard will enable further studies on the biological capsule, as the rocket leaves Earth's atmosphere and enters space.
Iran unveils new satellites, carrier 03 Feb 2010 Iran on Wednesday unveiled three new satellites and a satellite carrier, a year after it placed its first domestic research satellite into orbit. The three satellites -- Tolou, Mesbah 2 and Navid -- are telecommunication satellites and have been designed and produced domestically. Mesbah 2 is a low-orbit communications satellite, which will be eased in orbit 400 to 1600 miles above the earth.
Iran: US military buildup aimed to cause panic 02 Feb 2010 As the US moves to strengthen its military foothold in the Persian Gulf, an Iranian lawmaker says Washington is using the 'fear factor' to turn regional countries against Iran. In an exclusive interview with Press TV on Tuesday, the Rapporteur of the Parliament (Majlis) Committee of National Security and Foreign Policy Kazem Jalali said the US military buildup in the Persian Gulf is a far cry from the 'change' once promised by Barack Obama. "When US President Obama vowed to bring change to Washington, we took his word for it and supported his cause as long as the so-called changes were in practice, not rhetorical," said Jalali.
After test failure, US warns Iran over defensive missiles 02 Feb 2010 Amid failure of the US long-range ballistic missile test over the Pacific Ocean, the Pentagon warns Iran continue to pursue long-range ballistic missiles. The Pentagon released a report that described the intermediate and shorter-range missiles of Iran and North Korea as "threats" to US forces, allies and partners.
Ahmadinejad: West survives on sowing discord 02 Feb 2010 President Ahmadinejad warns against divisive policies that seek to destabilize the region, as reports circulate that Washington is ramping up its military hardware in the Persian Gulf,. In a Tuesday meeting with Qatar's crown prince Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani in Tehran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Western countries have always played a destabilizing role in the region. "The Westerners cannot bear the thought of security and solidarity among regional countries," said the Iranian president. "They have survived largely by sowing discord and inciting instability in the region." [*Exactly.*]
Iran 'ready to accept uranium deal' 03 Feb 2010 Iran has said it is ready to send its uranium abroad for further enrichment in exchange for nuclear fuel under a plan the West hopes will stop the material being used for atomic bombs. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced the decision in an interview with state Iranian television. He said Iran will have "no problem" giving the West its low-enriched uranium and taking it back several months later when it is enriched by 20 per cent.
Iran president suggests exchange for jailed US hikers 02 Feb 2010 Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad suggested in a television interview Tuesday that Iran would release three jailed U.S. hikers in exchange for Iranians currently serving time in American prisons. Ahmadinejad said that talks were under way about possibly exchanging the hikers for Iranians in the United Sates.
Island residents sue U.S., saying military made them sick 02 Feb 2010 The decorated former Marine [Hermogenes Marrero] is now the star witness in a multibillion-dollar lawsuit by more than 7,000 residents of this Caribbean island -- about three-quarters of its population -- who say that what the U.S. military did on Vieques has made them sick. For nearly six decades, beginning right after World War II, Vieques was one of the Navy's largest firing ranges and weapons testing sites.
Adm. Mullen: Repealing 'Don't ask, don't tell' is the 'right thing to do' 02 Feb 2010 Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, the nation’s top military officer, on Tuesday said that they fully support President Barack Obama’s decision to end the law that prevents openly gay people from serving in the military. Mullen is the first sitting chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to support repealing the controversial law known as "Don’t ask, don’t tell."
Alexi Giannoulias, Mark Kirk set for November Senate showdown in Illinois 03 Feb 2010 Illinois state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D) and Rep. Mark Kirk (R) claimed their respective party nominations for the state's Senate seat Tuesday night, victories that ensure the Prairie State will host one of the marquee contests this fall. Giannoulias won a five-point victory over former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman with Chicago Urban League President Cheryle Jackson finishing a distant third.
AIG plans to pay about $100 million in bonuses Wednesday 02 Feb 2010 American International Group plans Wednesday to pay another round of employee bonuses worth about $100 million, said several people familiar with the matter, a year after similar payments at the bailed-out insurance giant infuriated many Americans and inflamed Washington... The company is still scheduled to pay out tens of millions of dollars more in March, mostly to former employees who did not agree to the concessions.
Fury as giant Belo Monte Amazon rainforest dam is approved by Brazil 02 Feb 2010 Brazil has approved the controversial construction of a giant hydroelectric dam in the heart of the Amazon, defying a 20-year protest by indigenous and environmental campaigners who say that the project will devastate the surrounding rainforest and threaten the survival of local tribes. The Belo Monte project on the Xingu river, an Amazon tributary, was started in the 1990s but abandoned amid widespread protests at home and abroad.
'Total later said that a swordfish had damaged a flexible loading pipe.' Swordfish attack Angolan oil pipeline 02 Feb 2010 Swordfish punctured part of an oil loading pipe in Angola, causing a three-day delay to tanker shipments of Girassol crude, traders said on Tuesday. French oil company Total, which operates the crude stream declared force majeure on shipments, but lifted it on Monday. [Go swordfish saboteurs!]
U.S. citizen in CIA's cross hairs --The agency builds a case for putting Anwar al Awlaki, linked to the Ft. Hood shootings and Christmas bomb attempt, on its hit list. The complications involved are a window into a secretive process. 31 Jan 2010 The CIA sequence for a Predator strike ends with a missile but begins with a memo... The list typically contains about two dozen names, a number that expands each time a new memo is signed by CIA executives on the seventh floor at agency headquarters, and contracts as targets thousands of miles away, seem to spontaneously explode... No U.S. citizen has ever been on the CIA's target list [?], according to current and former U.S. officials. But that is expected to change as CIA analysts compile a case against a Muslim cleric [Anwar al Awlaki] who was born in New Mexico but now resides in Yemen.
CIA moonlights in corporate world 01 Feb 2010 The CIA is offering operatives a chance to peddle their expertise to private companies on the side -- a policy that gives financial firms and hedge funds access to the nation's top-level intelligence talent, POLITICO has learned. In one case, these active-duty officers moonlighted at a hedge-fund consulting firm that wanted to tap their expertise in "deception detection," the highly specialized art of telling when executives may be lying based on clues in a conversation.
Judge suspects Italy 'complicity' in CIA rendition 01 Feb 2010 An Italian judge has questioned Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's denial of the country's involvement in the CIA kidnapping of a terror suspect in Milan seven years ago. Judge Oscar Magi is the same official, who in a landmark November 2008 ruling, sentences 23 Americans, most of them CIA agents, in absentia to up to eight years in prison over the abduction. In a 200-page document explaining the reasoning behind the decision, Magi accused Italy's spy agency on Monday of awareness if not "complicity" in the 2003 kidnapping of Egyptian-born cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr.
Obama seeks $192B as war steps up in Afghanistan --The government has already shelled out a combined $1 trillion since 2001 for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 01 Feb 2010 President Barack Obama wants $192 billion in war spending for the next year-and-a-half, a hefty sum aimed at escalating the war in Afghanistan amid waning support at home. The request reflects Obusha's recent decision to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan to 'blunt' a growing insurgency. Obama's $192 billion war budget rivals the $245 billion request made in 2007 by President [sic] George W. Bush, after announcing that more than 20,000 combat troops would be sent to Baghdad.
Secret CIA-Mossad meeting, preparation for new war? 01 Feb 2010 A secret meeting between the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Leon Panetta and Israeli officials has reportedly centered on Iran's nuclear program. In a secret flying visit to Israel on Thursday, the head of the CIA reportedly discussed Iran's nuclear issue in a sit-down with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Mossad Chief Meir Dagan. The trip, which was originally scheduled to take place in May, follows a recent wave of developments in the Middle East that strongly imply preparations for a possible new military conflict in the region.
US raises stakes on Iran by sending in ships and missiles --Pentagon says Patriot shield will deter strike on American allies in the Gulf 31 Jan 2010 Tension between the US and Iran heightened dramatically today with the disclosure that Barack Obama is deploying a missile shield to protect American allies in the Gulf [ExxonMobil, BP] from attack by Tehran. The US is dispatching Patriot defensive missiles to four countries -- Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait -- and keeping two ships in the Gulf capable of shooting down Iranian missiles. Washington is also helping Saudi Arabia develop a force to protect its oil installations.
U.S. Air-Sea Battle Plan in Strategy Review Over Perceived China, Iran Threats 01 Feb 2010 The U.S. military is drawing up a new air-sea battle plan in response to 'threats' such as China’s persistent military build-up and Iran’s possession of advanced weapons, according to the Pentagon’s latest strategy review. The Air Force and Navy are seeking more effective ways of ensuring continued access to the western Pacific and countering potential threats to American bases and personnel, according to the Quadrennial Defense Review to be released later today...
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'The move could see Mr Blair follow former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic into a dock in The Hague.' Chilcot War Inquiry: Professor to launch 'Nuremberg' war crimes prosecution against Blair 30 Jan 2010 Plans to bring a war crimes prosecution against Tony Blair based on last week’s bombshell evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry have been launched by a leading law professor. Professor Bill Bowring says the revelation that the Government rejected Foreign Office warnings not to invade Iraq means there is a good chance Mr Blair can be 'investigated, at the very least' for war crimes. 'We now know that the Government was explicitly warned beforehand that the UK risked being prosecuted for going to war,' said Prof Bowring.
Iraq to file lawsuit against US, Britain --The report says that 2,000 tonnes of depleted uranium has been used in Iraq. 01 Feb 2010 Iraq's Ministry for Human Rights will file a lawsuit against Britain and the US over their use of depleted uranium bombs in Iraq, an Iraqi minister says. Iraq's Minister of Human Rights, Wijdan Mikhail Salim, told Assabah newspaper that the lawsuit will be launched based on reports from the Iraqi ministries of science and the environment. According to the reports, during the first year of the US and British invasion of Iraq, both countries had repeatedly used bombs containing depleted uranium.
Secret US-UK plan to oust Saddam in coup two years before invasion --Secret document signalled support for Iraqi dissidents and promised aid, oil and trade deals in return for regime change 01 Feb 2010 A secret plan to foster an internal coup against Saddam Hussein was drawn up by the Government two years before the invasion of Iraq, The Independent can reveal. Whitehall officials drafted the "contract with the Iraqi people" as a way of signalling to dissenters in Iraq that an overthrow of Saddam would be supported by Britain. It promised aid, oil contracts, debt cancellations and trade deals once the president had been removed. Tony Blair's team saw it as a way of creating regime change in Iraq even before the 9/11 attack on New York. The document, headed "confidential UK/US eyes", was finalised on 11 June 2001 and approved by ministers. It has not been published by the Iraq inquiry but a copy has been obtained by The Independent and can be revealed for the first time today. ['First the war was about WMDs. Now, the war is against Hussein and for liberation. Tell that to the children whose limbs have been blown off, or whose skulls have been exploded by shrapnel. The only WMDs are those of the so-called "coalition" forces, exploding like the evidence in search of the crime.' --Michael Rectenwald, March 30 Anti-W-ar Rally Pittsburgh Speech, 30 Mar 2003. Heads up! Look for al-CIAduh 'burrowers' to carry out a big false flag (Vancouver?) to serve as a distraction for this nugget. --LRP]
Blair testimony at Iraq Inquiry 'ludicrous' 31 Jan 2010 Two days after former British premier Tony Blair gave his evidence before the country's independent inquiry into the Iraq war, a former cabinet minister has described his testimony as "ludicrous." Clare Short told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show that it was fallacious to suggest that 'al-Qaeda' would team up with "rogue states," after the September 11 attacks.
Blackwater investigated over bribes after Iraq shootings 02 Feb 2010 The controversial security firm formerly known as Blackwater is under investigation by the US Justice Department to determine if it bribed Iraqi government officials after the fatal shooting of 17 civilians in Baghdad in 2007. The inquiry is the latest fallout from the deadly shooting spree by Blackwater guards in Baghdad’s Nisour Square in September 2007, which stoked outrage and bitter resentment against the US. The Justice Department’s Fraud Section is investigating if officials at Blackwater, now known as Xe Services, paid secret bribe of about $1 million to Iraqi government officials to persuade them to allow the company to keep operating in the country after the shootings, according to The New York Times.
U.S. Examines Whether Blackwater Tried Bribery 31 Jan 2010 The Justice Department is investigating whether officials of Blackwater Worldwide tried to bribe Iraqi government officials in hopes of retaining the firm’s security work in Iraq after a deadly shooting episode in 2007, according to current and former government officials. The officials said that the Justice Department’s fraud section opened the inquiry late last year to determine whether Blackwater employees violated a federal law banning American corporations from paying bribes to foreign officials.
Classified Dr Kelly medical records may now be made public 31 Jan 2010 Classified medical records relating to the death of government scientist Dr David Kelly could be made available to the public. The Ministry of Justice said a review to overturn a 70-year ban on post-mortem reports, photographs and other medical documents is under way. The move was confirmed after The Mail on Sunday revealed last weekend that Lord Hutton, the peer who chaired the controversial inquiry into the David Kelly affair in 2003, requested an embargo on the records.
Israel admits it used incendiary bombs in Gaza 01 Feb 2010 Two senior officers in the Israeli Defence Force have been reprimanded for using white phosphorus during an offensive in Gaza. While the identities of the officers or their punishments have not been made public, the admissions were made in a document answering allegations from the Goldstone report.
US drones killed 123 civilians, three al-Qaeda men in January 01 Feb 2010 Afghanistan-based US predators carried out a record number of 12 deadly missile strikes in the tribal areas of Pakistan in January 2010, of which 10 went wrong and failed to hit their targets, killing 123 innocent Pakistanis. The remaining two successful drone strikes killed three 'al-Qaeda' leaders, wanted by the Americans. The rapid increase in the US drone attacks in the Pakistani tribal areas bordering Afghanistan can be gauged from the fact that only two such strikes were carried out in January 2009, which killed 36 people.
15 killed in US drone strike in northwest Pakistan 31 Jan 2010 US drones have fired three missiles in northwest Pakistan, killing at least 15 people and injuring several others. The attack took place in the North Waziristan tribal region, Pakistani officials announced on Saturday. It is not clear whether any so-called high value target was in the area at the time of the strike.
Missile Defense Test Flops as U.S. Unveils New Strategy [What a shame!] 01 Feb 2010 Over the weekend, the Missile Defense Agency released news of another failed intercept test. And no, the interceptor didn’t fail to lift off or fly off course. This time, the tracking radar that wasn’t up to scratch. According to an military news release, a Sea-Based X-Band (SBX) radar in the middle of the Pacific Ocean was supposed track a target missile launched from Kwajalein Atoll, relaying the data to a ground-based interceptor launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. While both the target missile and interceptor launched successfully, the interceptor failed to hit the target.
Navy supervisor doctored whistle-blower's records --Fired after criticizing subpar care for Marines, a psychiatrist finds his good personnel reviews turned to bad By Mark Benjamin 31 Jan 2010 Internal documents and e-mails show that Navy officials unfavorably doctored a psychiatrist’s performance record after he blew the whistle on what he said was dangerously inept management of care for Marines suffering combat stress at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The internal correspondence, obtained by Salon, also includes an order to delete earlier records praising the work of the psychiatrist, Dr. Kernan Manion, who was fired last September after lodging his complaints. Now top Navy officials are tangled up in the blackball campaign.
Father of Terrorism Defendant Is Charged Again 01 Feb 2010 Federal prosecutors on Monday brought obstruction of justice charges against the father of the Denver airport shuttle bus driver charged last year in a Qaeda bomb plot. The father, Mohammed Wali Zazi, 55, was first arrested in September along with his son, Najibullah Zazi, 24. The elder Mr. Zazi was indicted in federal court in Colorado on charges that he lied to investigators.
'No scan, no flight' at Heathrow and Manchester 01 Feb 2010 Some passengers at Heathrow and Manchester airports will have to go through full body scanners before boarding their flights under new rules. It is now compulsory for people selected for a scan to take part, or they will not be allowed to fly. The new security rules have been introduced following the attempt to blow up a plane over Detroit on Christmas Day [false flag].
Vaccine recall prompts RI County flu clinic changes 01 Feb 2010 A weakened [?!?] batch of the H1N1 flu vaccine in the inventory of the Rock Island County Health Department has been recalled by the manufacturer, Sanofi Pasteur. That means the injectable H1N1 vaccine will not be available this week for children 6-35 months old.
Houston, we have a problem. Miscarriage prompts halt to flu jabs 29 Jan 2010 H1N1 flu vaccinations among pregnant women have been suspended after a woman who received a jab lost her baby to miscarriage a day later. The Public Health Ministry yesterday denied any link between the vaccinations and the foetal death, but as a precaution suspended flu shots among pregnant women pending an investigation into the miscarriage in the southern province of Satun. It said it would press ahead with a plan for an H1N1 vaccination campaign aimed at high risk groups despite concerns about possible side-effects.
U.S. budget 01 Feb 2010 The $3.8 trillion budget sent Monday by U.S. President Barack Obama to Congress assumes a working deficit of $1.3 trillion. The White House estimated the fiscal 2010 deficit would reach $1.6 trillion but said the Obama administration's policies would lower the amount of federal red ink in ensuing years -- provided the U.S. economy stages a strong comeback from the recent recession. However, deficits would resume increasing after 10 years.
The TARP lie: FED GAVE Banks Access to 23.7 TRILLION DOLLARS NOT $700 Billion! Posted by ComingDepression 30 Jan 2010 Video of Dylan Ratigan segment 'The problem will not go away until you [Obama] actually fix it.'
U.S. Attorney Steps Down From O'Keefe Case 01 Feb 2010 Andrew Breitbart came to James O'Keefe's defense Monday, claiming the conservative filmmaker "sat in jail for 28 hours without access to an attorney" while the prosecutor made his case to the media, the U.S. attorney involved stepped down. O'Keefe, accused of trying to tamper with the phones of Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, was "framed" by the media and the U.S. attorney's office, publisher [whackjob] Andrew Breitbart told Fox News Monday. Hours later, Jim Letten, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, recused himself from the case.
Gag me with a chainsaw! Sarah Palin Uses PAC to Buy Her Own Book --PAC Paid More than $60,000 for Copies of 'Going Rogue' in Late 2009 01 Feb 2010 Sarah Palin has been using her political action committee to buy up thousands of copies of her book, "Going Rogue," in order to mail copies of the memoir to her donors, newly filed campaign records show. The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate had her political organization spend more than $63,000 on what her reports describe as "books for fundraising donor fulfillment."
'Climate emails hacked by spies' --Interception bore hallmarks of foreign intelligence agency or possibly anti-climate change lobbyists in US, says expert 01 Feb 2010 A highly sophisticated hacking operation that led to the leaking of hundreds of emails from the Climatic Research Unit in East Anglia was probably carried out by a foreign intelligence agency, according to the Government's former chief scientist. Sir David King, who was Tony Blair's chief scientific adviser for seven years until 2007, said that the hacking and selective leaking of the unit's emails, going back 13 years, bore all the hallmarks of a co-ordinated intelligence operation... In an interview with The Independent, Sir David suggested the email leaks were deliberately designed to destabilise Copenhagen and he dismissed the idea that it was a run-of-the-mill hacking. It was carried out by a team of skilled professionals, either on behalf of a foreign government or at the behest of anti-climate change lobbyists in the United States, he said. "It was a sophisticated and expensive operation. In terms of the expense, there is the American lobby system which is a very likely source of finance. Right now, the American lobbyists are a very likely source of finance for this, so the finger must point to them," Sir David said.
Vt nuke plant leaks renew debate over aging plants 01 Feb 2010 Radioactive tritium, a carcinogen discovered in potentially dangerous levels in groundwater at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, now taints at least 27 of the nation's [deadly] 104 nuclear reactors -- raising concerns about how it is escaping from the aging nuclear plants. The leaks -- many from deteriorating underground pipes -- come as the nuclear industry is seeking and obtaining federal license renewals, casting itself as a clean-green alternative to power plants that burn fossil fuels.
Saving Tiny Toads Without a Home 01 Feb 2010 This is a story about a waterfall, the World Bank and 4,000 homeless toads. Maybe the story will have a happy ending, and the bright-golden spray toads, each so small it could easily sit on a dime, will return to the African gorge where they once lived, in the spray of a waterfall on the Kihansi River in Tanzania. The river is dammed now, courtesy of the bank. The waterfall is 10 percent of what it was. And the toads are now extinct in the wild. But 4,000 of them live in the Bronx and Toledo, Ohio, where scientists at the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Toledo Zoo are keeping them alive in hopes, somehow, of returning them to the wild.
Southwood students help endangered species --They chose to adopt a polar bear, sea turtle, tiger, wolf and penguin. 01 Feb 2010 (NC) Eighteen students in the More at Four program at Southwood Elementary School took a special interest in endangered species in the world and decided to lend a helping hand. For the month of January, the students participated in a project titled "Pennies for Wildlife." In efforts to help the endangered animals they had been studying, the students brought in mainly pennies and a few other coins from home. They donated their collection to Defenders of Wildlife.
US boosts missile presence in Gulf as warning to Iran --Pentagon expands Patriot missile programme across Middle East 31 Jan 2010 The Obama administration is intensifying pressure on Iran by increasing its missile defences in the Middle East to defend against potential missile strikes in the region by Tehran, it emerged today. The US military has boosted the capability of land-based Patriot defensive missiles in several Arab nations in the Gulf, and one official told the Associated Press the navy was also increasing the presence of ships capable of knocking out hostile missiles in flight.
U.S. steps up arms sales to Persian Gulf allies 31 Jan 2010 The Obama administration is quietly working with Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf allies to speed up arms sales and rapidly upgrade defenses for oil terminals and other key infrastructure in a bid to thwart future military attacks by Iran [start another war for oil], according to former and current U.S. and Middle Eastern government officials. The initiatives, including a U.S.-backed plan to triple the size of a 10,000-man protection force in Saudi Arabia, are part of a broader push that includes unprecedented coordination of air defenses and expanded joint exercises between the U.S. and Arab militaries, the officials said.
on Afghan war to rise to £5 billion a year 30 Jan 2010 The amount
spent by Britain on the war in Afghanistan is to be boosted by £1.5 billion
to £5 billion over the next 12 months. Government sources said the extra
cash will fund more helicopters and unmanned drone aircraft for UK troops
fighting the Taliban in Helmand Province
as well as equipment... In a further move to shore up military spending,
ministers will shortly announce that the overall annual budget for the
Ministry of Defence (MoD), which is £35 billion for the current year (2009-10)
will be "ring-fenced" for 2010-11. ['Fighting' the Taliban? See:
Taliban Stimulus: Nato
says Afghanistan conference will raise millions to pay off Taliban
--The Nato Secretary General has said the London Conference on Afghanistan
will be used to raise millions of pounds to
UN holds secret talks with Taliban commanders 29 Jan 2010 A UN official says the UN representative in Afghanistan and members of a Taliban's leadership council have secretly met as the West has been trying to bring the militant group into Afghan government. The unnamed UN official said that UN Special Representative Kai Eide had met with senior commanders of the Taliban in Dubai on January 8th, Reuters reported.
says Afghan baby killed during night raid operation in central Afghanistan
30 Jan 2010 NATO says an Afghan baby has been killed and a woman was wounded
during a NATO-Afghan
U.S.-Afghan air raid kills 4 Afghan soldiers 31 Jan 2010 A joint U.S.-Afghan force called in an air strike on what turned out to be an Afghan army post after taking fire from there before dawn Saturday, killing four Afghan soldiers and prompting an angry demand for punishment from the country's defense ministry. Both NATO and Afghan authorities described the clash around a snow-covered outpost in Wardak province southwest of Kabul as a case of mistaken identity. NATO called the attack "unfortunate" and promised a full investigation. [LOL, they're actually blaming the *snow.*]
Afghan interpreter shoots dead two US soldiers 30 Jan 2010 Two US soldiers who died in eastern Afghanistan on Friday were shot dead by an Afghan interpreter, it has emerged. A Nato official said the translator gunned down the US soldiers before other soldiers shot him dead at an outpost in Wardak province. A US military official told Reuters news agency the attacker seemed to be a "disgruntled employee" [!?!], not a militant.
Afghanistan: US Night Raids and Secret Prisons Anger Civilians 29 Jan 2010 An investigative report published on TomDispatch.com about U.S. forces' operations in Afghanistan paints a gruesome picture of surprise night raids, indiscriminate killing and random detention of civilians during those raids, as well as what appears to be widespread use of torture of Afghan detainees. The story by Anand Gopal, dated Jan. 28... cites gross human rights violations just as officials from 70 nations and organisations are in London for a conference to help Afghanistan emerge from conflict. The report shows that the violations continued well after U.S. President Barack Obama took office last year. [Of course they did! We're in the third term of George W. Bush. --LRP]
Justice Official Clears Bush Lawyers in Torture Memo Probe 29 Jan 2010 An upcoming Justice Department report from its ethics-watchdog unit, the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), clears the Bush administration lawyers who authored the "torture" memos of professional-misconduct allegations. While the probe is sharply critical of the legal reasoning used to justify waterboarding and other "enhanced" interrogation techniques, NEWSWEEK has learned that a senior Justice official who did the final review of the report softened an earlier OPR finding. Previously, the report concluded that two key authors [sociopaths Jay Bybee and John Yoo] violated their professional obligations as lawyers when they crafted a crucial 2002 memo approving the use of harsh tactics, say two Justice sources who asked for anonymity discussing an internal matter. But the reviewer, David Margolis, downgraded that assessment to say they showed "poor judgment," say the sources.
Canada's Supreme Court Says Khadr's Rights Were Violated at Guantánamo --Ruling does not order government to demand his return to Canada 29 Jan 2010 The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday that Canadian agents violated the rights of the only Canadian citizen held at the Guantánamo Bay detention center when they interrogated him there. But the ruling, the second concerning the man’s politically sensitive case, does not order the government to demand his return to Canada, as he has long requested. The man, Omar Khadr, was 15 years old and severely wounded when he was captured by American forces in Afghanistan during 2002. Mr. Khadr still faces an American military tribunal on charges that he killed a member of the United States military with a hand grenade during a battle. As was the case with its earlier judgment, the Supreme Court was very critical of methods used at Guantánamo both by the United States and visiting Canadian officials. It said that use of tactics like sleep deprivation before Mr. Khadr was questioned by Canadians in 2003 and 2004 were a particularly offensive violation of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms because of his age.
'Bin Laden' Rebukes US on Climate Change 29 Jan 2010 Osama bin Laden, the [deceased] leader of Al Qaeda, blamed the United States and developed countries for not halting climate change and said that the global economy should immediately abandon its reliance on the American dollar, according to an audiotape released Friday by the broadcaster Al Jazeera. "Talk about climate change is not an ideological luxury but a reality," Mr. bin Laden was quoted as saying in a report on Al Jazeera’s English-language Web site. "All of the industrialized countries, especially the big ones, bear responsibility for the global warming crisis." The authenticity of the tape could not be immediately confirmed, and Al Jazeera, which is based in Qatar, did not say how it had obtained the message. [LOLOL!! Bin Laden's up from the grave and he's worried about polar bears, too - just like the US left! Isn't it amazing? --LRP]
Pentagon to rank global warming as destabilising force --US defence review says military planners should factor climate change into long-term strategy 31 Jan 2010 The Pentagon will for the first time rank global warming as a destabilising force, adding fuel to conflict and putting US troops at risk around the world, in a major strategy review to be presented to Congress tomorrow. The quadrennial defence review, prepared by the Pentagon to update Congress on its security vision, will direct military planners to keep track of the latest climate science, and to factor global warming into their long term strategic planning. "While climate change alone does not cause conflict, it may act as an accelerant of instability or conflict, placing a burden on civilian institutions and militaries around the world," said a draft of the review seen by the Guardian.
Tony Blair admits Saddam threat was overstated 29 Jan 2010 Tony Blair opened himself up to a charge of misleading Parliament today when he told the Iraq inquiry that by any objective analysis the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's chemical and biological weapons programme had not increased after 9/11. Appearing as the star witness before Sir John Chilcot's panel, the former Prime Minister stressed the transformation of US and UK foreign policy after the attacks of September 11, 2001, an event that he said had changed the "calculus of risk" for the transatlantic allies. However, as part of that analysis Mr Blair conceded that the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's purported programme to develop weapons of mass destruction (WMD) had not actually grown -- only the understanding of that threat.
Saddam's WMDs could not be ignored after 9/11, says 'coward' Blair after avoiding protesters 29 Jan 2010 --Defiant Blair: 9/11 changed everything, Saddam had to go --I'd do it again despite lack of WMDs, ex-PM declares --Iran is new threat that could warrant intervention --Fury as he arrives early and goes in through the back --Families of war dead walk out in disgust at 'smug' Blair 29 Jan 2010 Tony Blair was defiant today as he admitted he had made clear he would join the U.S. in a war to topple Saddam Hussein after 9/11 even if they failed to get UN backing. The former prime minister said the terror attacks in New York convinced him he could not 'run the risk' of allowing the dictator to carry out an atrocity using chemical, biological or nuclear missiles. Mr Blair was branded 'cowardly' after sneaking inside two hours early for his long-awaited appearance before the Iraq inquiry, meaning he avoided a gauntlet of hate through protesters. To the disgust of families of soldiers killed in the war, he proceeded to be unapologetic about going to war despite the lack of concrete proof that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. As hundreds of protesters demonstrated outside, Mr Blair described Saddam [when he really should have been describing Bush] as a 'monster' and 'psychopath' who was intending to develop an arsenal of WMDS.
Tony Blair to tell Chilcot inquiry: war stopped Saddam building WMDs --Former PM expected to tell inquiry that without military action Saddam would have built WMD using the team of scientists he had assembled for the task 29 Jan 2010 Tony Blair is today expected to deliver a robust defence of his decision to take Britain into war with Iraq, arguing that even though Saddam Hussein did not possess weapons of mass destruction he could have been emboldened to build them had the UK and US backed down from the threat of military force. In the most eagerly awaited session of the Chilcot inquiry so far, Blair will insist that he acted in good faith throughout, but acknowledge that the decision to go to war was hugely controversial.
Iraq inquiry is being 'gagged' after secret documents withheld --Crucial evidence about the reasons Britain went to war against Saddam Hussein is being kept secret it has emerged - leading to accusations that the Iraq inquiry has been "gagged". 28 Jan 2010 In an apparent breach of the Inquiry terms, Sir John Chilcot, head of the probe, expressed his "frustration" that he was unable to refer to key documents while questioning Lord Goldsmith, the former Attorney General, about why he gave the "green light" for war. Lord Goldsmith also said that he was unhappy at being denied the opportunity to discuss documents including a letter from Jack Straw, then-former foreign secretary, about United Nations negotiations.
appeals ruling in Blackwater case that involved a Baghdad shooting
30 Jan 2010 The U.S. government appealed a ruling by a federal judge that
threw out all charges against five Blackwater Worldwide
DOJ, Defense Lawyers Want Court Papers Sealed in Blackwater Case 29 Jan 2010 A federal judge in Washington is blocking a joint request from the Justice Department and the defense lawyers for a group of former Blackwater mercenaries to keep sealed hundreds of pages of transcripts from hearings that led to the dismissal of charges. Judge Ricardo Urbina of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia today denied the joint request in a one-page order.
Netanyahu leaning toward probe into alleged Gaza war crimes --PM wants inquiry but defense ministry and IDF blocking investigation into deliberate targeting of civilians. 31 Jan 2010 Defense officials have successfully resisted an attempt by the prime minister to launch an inquiry into the targeting of civilians by Israeli troops in Gaza - amid warnings from inside the government that skirting the issue will fail to satisfy the United Nations. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made concerted efforts to persuade Defense Minister Ehud Barak to accept an Israeli investigation into civilian deaths during Israel's three-week Gaza offensive a year ago, senior aides on his staff said on Saturday.
Thousands protest in Tokyo against U.S. military presence in Japan 30 Jan 2010 Thousands of protesters from across Japan marched today in Tokyo to protest against U.S. military presence on Okinawa, while a Cabinet minister said she would fight to get rid of a marine base Washington considers crucial. Some 47,000 U.S. troops are stationed in Japan, with more than half on the southern island of Okinawa. Residents have complained for years about noise, pollution and crime around the bases.
Biden: US to up investment in nuclear arsenal 29 Jan 2010 US Vice President Joe Biden says that Washington will increase investment in its nuclear arsenal and infrastructure in the country's new budget. In an opinion piece appeared in The Wall Street Journal's website on Thursday, Biden said that the administration will propose USD 7 billion to maintain US nuclear weapons stockpile, which would be USD 600 million more than Congress approved last year.
Obama's Fake of the Union Address --The Rec Report By Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D. 29 Jan 2010 Few doubt that Barack Obama is a masterful speaker. But too often his speaking ability is considered a national asset, especially as it is supposed to inspire the American public, persuade his political opponents, and favorably represent the national interests to the world. Yet Obama's rhetorical mastery is the most dangerous weapon that his financial masters have used against the majority of late. Rather than persuading Congress or the American public to support policies and politics that benefit the majority, Obama has used his oratorical gifts to delude the people, representing his allegiance to the corporate oligarchy as a boon to the American public.
Haiti arrests 10 US citizens for child smuggling 31 Jan 2010 The Haitian police have arrested 10 US citizens after they tried to take 33 Haitian children out of the earthquake-stricken nation. The suspects were detained at Malpasse, Haiti's main border crossing with the Dominican Republic, after Haitian police conducted a routine search of their vehicle.
Authorities seek deal with Detroit suspect on cooperation, guilty plea 29 Jan 2010 Authorities are inching toward an agreement that would secure cooperation from the suspect in the failed Detroit airliner attack, according to two sources familiar with the case, even as fresh details emerged about the intense and chaotic response to the Christmas Day incident... During a 50-minute interrogation, another federal source said, Abdulmutallab provided the FBI with key information, including where he was trained for the operation and who gave him nearly 80 grams of PETN, a volatile chemical often employed by the military.
Many Obstacles to Choosing a Site for 9 / 11 Trials [Yeah, can't let the fact that 9/11 was an inside job -- and that the defendants were tortured to cover same -- emerge.] 30 Jan 2010 Now that President Barack Obama's administration is considering moving the Sept. 11 trial away from a courthouse in Manhattan, the question is: Where to? A congressional aide said Saturday that the Obama administration is proposing a $200 million fund to help pay for security costs in cities hosting the trials, to be included in the president's budget being released Monday. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because the budget hasn't been announced.
US to Consider Local Views On 9/11 Trial Location --Obama Administration to Consider Local Opposition When Trying To Find Sept. 11 Trial Site 31 Jan 2010 The Obama administration said Sunday it would consider local opposition when deciding where to hold Sept. 11 trials and pledged to seek swift justice for the professed [via torture] mastermind of the attacks. Objections from New York City officials and residents have intensified since the Justice Department announced late last year it planned to put Mohammed and accused Sept. 11 conspirators on trial in federal court in lower Manhattan. In its new budget, the administration is proposing a $200 million fund to help pay for security costs in cities hosting terrorist trials.
Breaches lead to security changes at sporting events 31 Jan 2010 The massive, multimillion-dollar security operations for the Super Bowl and Winter Olympics are being adjusted in light of recent breaches such as the attempted Christmas Day bombing of an airliner and the White House gatecrashers. Sports and government officials say such lapses [well, one an obvious false flag] are leading to increased screening efforts at major upcoming events, including the NFL championship game between the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints in Miami next Sunday, and the Vancouver Games starting Feb. 12.
Israeli mind-scanner may take over US airports 29 Jan 2010 As part of stringent measures to beef up airport security, US authorities may use an Israeli-made mind-reading scanner that allegedly predicts whether a passenger is a potential threat or not. The Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA) and the Homeland Security are considering the installment of a controversial mind-reading system, that was recently developed by the Israeli-based WeCU Technologies, in all American airports, AP reported on Thursday.
Accused Louisiana Co-Conspirator Helped Run Academic Program Funded by U.S. Intelligence 27 Jan 2010 One of four men arrested on Tuesday for attempting to interfere with the telephones at the New Orleans office of Sen. Mary Landrieu previously worked for a U.S. intelligence-funded program to train would-be American spies, Declassified has learned. Between August 2007 and October 2008, Stanley Dai served as assistant director of a program called the Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence at Trinity Washington University, a small Catholic college in Washington D.C., according to a school official. The official, university vice president Ann Pauley, said that the program was completely funded by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Republican Leaders Forming New Political Group 29 Jan 2010 At least half a dozen leaders of the Republican Party have joined forces to create a new political group with the goal of organizing grass-roots support and raising funds ahead of the 2010 midterm elections, according to people familiar with the effort. The maggots expected to be affiliated with the group [expected to be called the American Action Network] include former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former Bush adviser Karl Rove, Republican strategist Ed Gillespie, and Republican donor Fred Malek.
Regulators shut down banks in 5 states --Regulators shutter banks in Calif., Fla., Ga., Minn., Wash., totaling 15 bank failures in 2010 29 Jan 2010 Regulators shut down a big bank in California on Friday, along with two banks in Georgia and one each in Florida, Minnesota and Washington. That brought to 15 the number of bank failures so far in 2010 atop the 140 shuttered last year in the punishing economic climate.
Economy grows at fastest pace in 6 years --GDP data show 5.7 percent rate in Q4, a quicker pace than expected 29 Jan 2010 The economy grew at a faster-than-expected 5.7 percent pace in the fourth quarter, the quickest in more than six years, as businesses made less-aggressive cuts to inventories and stepped up spending. The Commerce Department said on Friday its first estimate put fourth-quarter gross domestic product growth at its fastest pace since the third quarter of 2003.
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