April 2010 Archives
Whistleblowers on US 'massacre' fear CIA stalkers 11 Apr 2010 Activists behind a website dedicated to revealing secret documents have complained of harassment by police and intelligence services as they prepare to release a video showing an American attack in which 97 civilians were killed in Afghanistan. Julian Assange, one of the founders of Wikileaks, has claimed that a restaurant where the group met in Reykjavic, the capital of Iceland, came under surveillance in March and one of the group’s volunteers was detained for 21 hours by police. Assange, an Australian, says he was followed on a flight from Reykjavik to Copenhagen by two American agents.
Iraq murder video leaked by officers 11 Apr 2010 Wikileaks Co-founder Julian Assange says the website obtained the video of the killing of Iraqi civilians by US soldiers in 2007 from American military officers. Assange told Press TV that the footage "obviously passed through the hands of military officers."
Wikileaks 'to release video of US strike on Afghan civilians' --Wikileaks, the whistle-blower website, is reportedly preparing to release secret video of a notorious US air strike said to have killed scores of Afghan civilians. 11 Apr 2010 The video apparently shows previously classified footage from US warplanes called in to bomb Taliban fighters during a fire fight in Farah province last year. The Afghan government said at the time that the strikes by F-18 and B1 planes near Granai killed 147 civilians. An independent Afghan inquiry later put the toll at 86.
Israel has nearly 300 nuclear weapons 10 Apr 2010 The Israeli prime minister has decided against going to the US for a nuclear summit, which was to have involved the leaders of 47 nations. Mr Netanyahu dropped out by announcing at a press conference that he wanted to highlight Israel's opposition to a nuclear Iran. It is known in political circles that he also decided not to attend because some Muslim delegates were planning to raise the issue of Israel's assumed arsenal of hundreds of weapons. Over the weekend, Jane's Defence Weekly, which deals with military information, estimated that the State of Israel has up to 300 nuclear warheads, with a power similar to that of Britain.
Attackers blast open Iran prison, two escape 10 Apr 2010 Iran's official news agency reports assailants blasted open a prison wall with rocket propelled grenades in western Iran, allowing two convicted murderers to escape. IRNA on Saturday quoted Governor Noorollah Arjmoandi saying that the attackers drove up in cars and fired RPGs at the main prison in Ilam province, western Iran. The semi-official Mehr news agency, however, quoted prison official Ali Reza Babaei as saying that the explosion was caused by a bomb, injuring 19 people, three of them prison guards.
Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, threatens to block Nato offensive 11 Apr 2010 The president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, has cast doubt over Nato’s planned summer offensive against the Taliban in the southern province of Kandahar, as more than 10,000 American troops pour in for the fight. Karzai threatened to delay or even cancel the operation -- one of the biggest of the nine-year war -- after being confronted in Kandahar by elders who said it would bring strife, not security, to his home province.
Afghan farmers reap cannabis harvest worth £61m --New UN report shows corruption is lubricating Afghanistan's latest lucrative drugs industry 11 Apr 2010 Afghanistan, already the world's top opium supplier [thanks to the CIA], is now the world's biggest producer of cannabis, according to United Nations drug experts. There is large-scale cultivation of the drug in half of the country, resulting in 3,500 tons of hashish worth an estimated £61m annually, according to the first assessment of cannabis in Afghanistan by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.
Italy urges 'rapid' probe of Italians detained in Afghanistan 11 Apr 2010 The Italian foreign minister urged Afghan authorities to "rapidly" carry out a probe into three Italians detained after weapons were found in a hospital run by Italian charity Emergency. Afghan authorities detained three Italians and six others Saturday after suicide vests, home-made bombs, guns and ammunition were found at a hospital in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, run by the Italian charity Emergency. Helmand governor Gulab Mangal told reporters on Saturday that the nine were planning attacks in Lashkar Gah and that "the number one target was myself".
'Scores dead' in Pakistan air raids 11 Apr 2010 The [Blackwater's] Pakistani military has killed nearly 100 people in air raids in tribal areas in the country's northwest, officials say. The attacks were carried out on Saturday in the Orazkai and Khyber regions near the border with Afghanistan, they said.
Bomb explodes near MI5 HQ in Belfast 11 Apr 2010 A car bomb has exploded near the headquarters of Britain's MI5 domestic security service in Northern Ireland. "A device has exploded in a vehicle at the rear of Palace Barracks in Holywood," AFP quoted a police spokeswoman as saying on Monday. The barracks, which now houses MI5, is a former British army complex just outside Belfast.
Up to 250,000 Gulf War veterans have 'unexplained medical symptoms' 10 Apr 2010 As many as 250,000 veterans of the first Gulf War "have persistent unexplained medical symptoms" whose cause may never be found, although genetic testing and functional brain imaging may eventually shed some light on the problem. That is one of the conclusions of a new review of research on the constellation of physical complaints originally known as "Gulf War syndrome" experienced by many soldiers soon after the United States drove invading Iraqi forces out of Kuwait in early 1991.
Hungary elections: first step to power for far-Right since Nazi era --Hungary's election gains for Jobbik follow a upsurge in support for the far-Right across Europe. 11 Apr 2010 The far-Right has taken more parliamentary seats in Hungary's national elections than at any time since the Second World War. Fidesz, Hungary's centre-Right party, won 52.77 per cent of the vote, based on 99 per cent of votes counted, in a blow to the Socialist government. Jobbik, a far-Right party, gained entry into parliament for the first time after winning 16.71 per cent of votes, behind the ruling Socialists who took 19.29 per cent. [Return of Nazis to power? If Sarah Palin actually *read* the news, she would be all over her Jobbik soul mates like a duck on a June bug. --LRP]
Greece arrests far-left suspects --The United States put a bounty on the group after it fired a rocket at the US embassy in Athens in 2007 without injuring anyone. 12 Apr 2010 Police in Greece have arrested six people including a woman suspected of links to the country's leading far-left extremist group Revolutionary Struggle. "The suspects will be taken to a prosecutor for participation in the activities of terrorist group Revolutionary Struggle," police spokesman Thanassis Kokkalakis told reporters on Sunday. He said police raids on the suspects' homes have produced "a large amount" of possible evidence. [And, the arrest of the psychopaths who carried out the war crimes in the Wikileaks video - when's that happening?]
Henry Kissinger 'cancelled warning against political assassinations' --Kissinger cancelled warning against carrying out international political assassinations days before former Chilean ambassador was killed by 'Operation Condor' bombing in Washington, according to newly released State Department cable 11 Apr 2010 The declassified document revived questions about Mr Kissinger's role in curbing the secret programme of international assassinations by South American dictators [as well as the soicopaths at the CIA] known as Operation Condor. According to the National Security Archive, a research organisation that uncovered the document, the cable ended efforts by US diplomats to warn the governments of Chile, Uruguay and Argentina against involvement in the covert plan, which targeted political opponents at home and overseas. [Oh, so *that's* where Obama, also a Nobel Prize-winning warmonger, got the idea that he could assassinate political enemies, at home and overseas.]
Heads up! Obusha possibly prepping us for the ultimate false flag: President Obama: Al Qaeda Is Seeking a Nuke -- and They Will Use It 11 Apr 2010 On the eve of his Nuclear Security Summit, President Obama issued a dire warning: terrorist groups are trying to obtain nuclear weapons -- and they will use it. "We know that organizations like al Qaeda are in the process of trying to secure a nuclear weapon -- a weapon of mass destruction that they have no compunction at using," the president said.
Swine-flu stricken pigs troubled feds worried about setting precedent: docs 10 Apr 2010 A herd of sick pigs was nothing to sneeze at for public-health officials. The federal government realized that how it handled a herd of pigs that caught swine flu could set a precedent in Canada and elsewhere, a new document shows. An outbreak of H1N1 on an Alberta farm last spring was the first-ever report of the new virus in pigs, and the source of the infection remains a mystery. [LOL! Just check USAMRIID's labs at Fort Detrick. You'll be able to solve the 'mystery.']
Health providers pay to start disposing of expired swine flu vaccine 11 Apr 2010 Stuck with thousands of unused swine flu shots, local health care providers find themselves paying to discard flu vaccine for the first time in recent memory. Meanwhile, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman said the agency is preparing a swine flu vaccine disposal plan, but won't offer suggestions in the meantime.
Ex-Members of U.S. Military Members of Hutaree Militia Extremist Group 09 Apr 2010 Federal investigators have discovered that two members of the extremist Michigan-based Hutaree militia group [Michael David Meeks and Kristopher Tyler Sickles] charged with plotting to assassinate law-enforcement officers are former U.S. military servicemen, including a Marine Corps corporal who was a Persian Gulf War veteran and decorated expert rifleman.
Judge advises citizens to carry guns amid cuts to sheriff's department in Ohio county 09 Apr 2010 One judge's solution for citizens feeling less secure because of budget cuts in an Ohio county: Carry a gun. Judge Alfred Mackey of Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court advised residents Friday to be vigilant and arm themselves because the number of deputies has been cut about in half because of a tight budget. He also urged neighbors to organize anti-crime block watch groups.
Miss. governor says Virginia's Confederate History Month is no big deal 11 Apr 2010 The dustup over Virginia's proclamation for Confederate History Month seems like a lot of noise over something that "doesn't amount to diddly," Mississippi's governor said in an interview aired Sunday. Virginia's Republican governor, Bob McDonnell, apologized for leaving out of his proclamation any reference to slavery. Fellow GOP Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi said he doesn't think the proclamation was a mistake.
Was Employee Laid Off for Voting for Obama? 08 Apr 2010 Last Friday, someone going by the name "dermdoc" posted a thread on a message board for Texas A&M students and alumni with this topic: "Laid off my first Obama voting employee today." "Our reimbursement rates are spiraling downward, taxes are projected to go up with Obamacare, so I did it," the person wrote. He later added: "I made this decision because I can."
Polish plane crash: investigators rule out technical fault 11 Apr 2010 Russian investigators have ruled out technical faults as the cause of the air crash which killed 96 people, including the Polish President Lech Kaczynski, and appeared to blame the Polish pilots for the tragedy. Speaking at a meeting with the Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, who is in charge of the investigation, Russia's chief investigator Alexander Bastrykin, said: "The recordings that we have confirm that there were no technical problems with the plane."
Putin promises investigation into Polish air crash 11 Apr 2010 Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has promised a swift probe into the cause of the plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski and at least 96 others on Saturday. Mr Putin was near Smolensk in western Russia where the Russian-built Tupolev TU-154, carrying the Polish president, went down.
Abu Ghraib MP unit to return to Iraq 09 Apr 2010 The Army Reserve unit tarnished by the Abu Ghraib detainee-abuse scandal has been mobilized to return to Iraq in its first deployment since photographs of naked, humiliated prisoners surfaced more than six years ago, the Army said Friday. The 372nd Military Police Company of Cresaptown will leave April 29 for one to three months of training at Fort Bliss, Texas, followed by a planned deployment to Iraq, said Sgt. Darius Kirkwood, a spokesman for the 200th Military Police Command at Fort Meade.
Prisoner demands compensation for Guantánamo nightmare --To this day Mr Hamad says that he does not know why he was seized. 09 Apr 2010 Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson’s serious accusations against the Bush White House over Guantánamo Bay are made to support the cause of Adel Hassan Hamad, a former detainee who is now seeking compensation from the United States. In July 2002 Mr Hamad, now 52, who worked for a Muslim humanitarian organisation, was asleep in his flat in Peshawar when it was raided by heavily armed men.
Americans 'worked for secret services' 09 Apr 2010 The Iranian intelligence minister says Tehran has compelling evidence that three Americans arrested in Iran last year were cooperating with intelligence services. In an exclusive interview with Press TV, Heydar Moslehi said Iran will present its evidence to the media soon. Shane Michael Bauer, Joshua Felix Fattal, and Sarah Emily Shourd were arrested in the western Iranian district of Marivan, at Malakh-Khur border point on July 31.
Israeli reporter 'stole' 2200 secret files 10 Apr 2010 A young Israeli journalist facing serious espionage charges allegedly stole more than 2200 classified documents while completing her compulsory military service in 2007. Anat Kam, 23, who has been under house arrest since December, worked as a desk clerk in the office of the commander of the Israel Defence Forces' central command office, which oversees the occupation of the Palestinian West Bank territory.
Bombings kill 6 across Iraq, including child 10 Apr 2010 Roadside [Blackwater?] bombings and other attacks killed six people across Iraq on Saturday, including a child and the wife of a former police lieutenant colonel, officials said. In Qayara, 40 miles (60 kilometers) south of Mosul, a roadside bomb exploded next to a joint police and army patrol, killing two policemen and one soldier, a police officer said.
NATO aircraft crashes in Afghanistan, killing 4 09 Apr 2010 A U.S. Air Force Osprey aircraft crashed in southeastern Afghanistan, killing three service members and one government contractor, NATO said Friday. It was the first crash of the costly, tilt-rotor aircraft in a combat zone. The CV-22 Osprey went down about 7 miles (11 kilometers) from Qalat, the capital of Zabul province, NATO said. The cause of the crash was under investigation. A Taliban spokesman said militants shot down the aircraft, but the 'insurgents' often make exaggerated claims. [They do? So what causes all these helicopters to crash?]
Doctors Remove Explosive Round From Soldier's Head --Only the anesthesiologist, who put on body armor, was left to watch the patient. 09 Apr 2010 The patient arrived in critical condition last month at the Bagram Air Base hospital in Afghanistan, with what American military doctors at first thought was an all too typical war injury: metal shrapnel from an improvised bomb lodged in his head... But as the patient, an Afghan soldier, was prepared for surgery, the chief radiologist, Lt. Col. Anthony Terreri, took a closer look at the CAT scan. Stunned, he realized the object was an explosive round, primed to go off. "It looks like we have a problem here," he announced. Maj. John Bini, a trauma surgeon and a veteran of homemade bomb injuries from two previous deployments in Iraq, immediately evacuated the operating room.
US suspends Kyrgyzstan troop flights at Manas 10 Apr 2010 The US has stopped all troop flights to Afghanistan from its controversial air base in Kyrgyzstan, a day after the country's new leadership said it would close the key military base in the country. No reason was given for the decision taken by the US commanders at the Transit Center at Manas (formerly Manas Air Base), a crucial hub for the US-led operations in Afghanistan.
Polish President Lech Kaczynski dies in plane crash 10 Apr 2010 President Lech Kaczynski and scores of other senior Polish figures have been killed in a plane crash in Russia. Polish and Russian officials said no-one survived after the plane apparently hit trees as it approached Smolensk airport in thick fog. Russian media reports said the pilots ignored advice from air traffic control to divert to another airport. Poland's army chief, central bank governor, MPs and leading historians were among more than 80 passengers.
Terrorism threat to England opening match against USA at football World Cup 10 Apr 2010 A gang of al-Qaeda terrorists have issued a chilling threat to cause "dozens and hundreds" of deaths by attacking England's opening game in the football World Cup in South Africa. British intelligence officials have been alerted after the North African group, 'al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb,' issued a statement warning that suicide bombers using "undetectable" explosives would target the England versus United States match in Rustenburg in June.
Helps South Africa Beef Up Security for World Cup After Al Qaeda Threats
09 Apr 2010 'Al Qaeda' has put the American and British soccer teams directly
in its crosshairs, circulating word online that the athletes are prime
targets for an attack at the World Cup Games in South Africa in June --
and the State Department has been providing South African police with
extensive training in an effort to
National Guard F-16 jets nearly hit Atlantic Southeast Airlines flight over Ohio 09 Apr 2010 The Federal Aviation Administration says the military will need to investigate how two F-16 jet fighters from the Ohio National Guard got so close to crashing into a 70-seat commuter plane over southern Ohio on Thursday. The FAA said an alarm went off in the cockpit of Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 5202 and the pilots had to maneuver out of the way about 10 a.m.
US government 'abused rights' of Hurricane Katrina victims 09 Apr 2010 The US government and states have violated the human rights of victims of Hurricane Katrina, Amnesty International claimed today. Its report Un-Natural Disaster says housing, health and policing policies have stopped poor communities rebuilding and returning to their homes since the 2005 hurricane, in which about 1,800 people died. The [Bush] White House denied the claims and Louisiana and Mississippi officials said they had gone to great lengths to help people recover from Katrina.
Obusha Friday night bad news dump begins: Obama's Nominee for Senior Justice Department Post Withdraws 09 Apr 2010 5:52 PM ET President Obama's nominee to head the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, Dawn E. Johnsen, has withdrawn her bid for confirmation after several Republicans objected to her criticism of the Bush administration's terrorist interrogation policies [torture]. The Senate Judiciary Committee had recommended her confirmation on party-line votes. But several Republicans objected to Ms. Johnsen's sharp criticisms of terrorist interrogation policies under President [sic] George W. Bush, and the full Senate never voted on her nomination.
AIPAC: We'll take over the UC Berkeley student government By Cecilie Surasky 07 Apr 2010 On March 18, UC Berkeley’s student senate voted 16 to 4 in favor of divesting from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation. A week later, in a move oddly predicted by AIPAC’s Jonathan Kessler at AIPAC’s policy conference, the vote was vetoed by the student senate president. (Students hope the senate will overturn the veto next Wednesday.) When asked about fighting the Berkeley pro-divest initiative, Kessler said, "we’re going to make sure that pro-Israel students take over the student government and reverse the vote... This is how AIPAC operates in our nation’s capital. This is how AIPAC must operate on our nation’s campuses."
Justice John Paul Stevens announces his retirement 09 Apr 2010 Justice John Paul Stevens, a Republican-appointed justice who emerged as a leader of the Supreme Court's liberal wing over his 34-year tenure, announced his retirement Friday. Stevens sent a letter to President Obama on Friday, which read: "Having concluded that it would be in the best interests of the Court to have my successor appointed and confirmed well in advance of the commencement of the Court's next term, I shall retire from active service."
US lawmaker who brokered health care deal to retire 09 Apr 2010 Democratic Representative Bart Stupak, who faced attacks from both the right and the left for brokering a deal that cleared the way for some fellow anti-abortion lawmakers to vote for health care reform, said Friday he will not seek reelection in November. Stupak said he was not intimidated by the death threats he received in response to his role in pushing through the controversial reforms, but was instead retiring from politics because he was ready for "new challenges."
Grayson crashes local GOP meeting, tells Orange mayoral critic "take a walk" --Grayson chides the Republican attendees for sinking so low as to spy on the other side. 09 Apr 2010 U.S. Rep Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, walked in on an Orange County Republican Executive Committee meeting Thursday night at a Perkins restaurant and got into a confrontation with county mayoral candidate Matthew Falconer, a tense face-off caught by a couple cell phone cameras. In the video, Grayson reads from a flier that describes a recent Republican infiltration of a pro-Obama group, and a promise to dish those details at this next GOP meeting.
Pope Accused of Protecting Paedophile Priest 10 Apr 2010 The Pope has been accused of refusing to throw out a paedophile priest so he could protect the reputation of the Catholic church. In a letter written before becoming Pope, the then cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said any action would have "grave significance". The correspondence is the strongest challenge yet to the Vatican's insistence that Benedict played no role in blocking the removal of paedophile priests. He was head of the Catholic Church's doctrinal watchdog office at the time. [Resign now, Rat b*stard.]
Future pope stalled East Bay pedophile priest case 09 Apr 2010 The future Pope Benedict XVI resisted pleas to defrock a California priest with a record of sexually molesting children, citing concerns including "the good of the universal church," according to a 1985 letter bearing his signature. The correspondence, obtained by The Associated Press, is the strongest challenge yet to the Vatican's insistence that Benedict played no role in blocking the removal of pedophile priests during his years as head of the Catholic Church's doctrinal watchdog office.
Mines carry backlog of $90M in violations 09 Apr 2010 Coal mine operators have paid just 7% of the fines they have received for major health and safety violations in the past three years, a USA TODAY analysis of federal records shows. The low payment rate is eroding the government's ability to pressure mining companies to improve safety, particularly at coal mines with repeated serious violations, officials and advocates say.
Crews begin removing bodies from W.Va. coal mine 10 Apr 2010 Crews on Saturday began the bleak task of carrying bodies out of a coal mine shattered by an explosion that left 29 men dead, only hours after families' hopes were crushed when they found out none of the workers survived. Seven bodies had already been removed soon after the blast Monday at Massey Energy Co.'s Upper Big Branch mine, the worst U.S. coal mining disaster since a 1970 explosion killed 38 in Hyden, Ky.
4 missing W.Va. miners dead; final toll at 29 10 Apr 2010 Authorities say crews have found the bodies of four miners missing nearly a week since an explosion at a West Virginia coal mine, bringing the death toll to 29. Officials say the mission now is to recover all 22 bodies still inside the Upper Big Branch mine 30 miles of Charleston. Seven other bodies were recovered after the blast Monday and two other miners were injured.
Snow makes Mercedes a 'silly' old polar bear 09 Apr 2010 The UK's only polar bear has revelled in deep snow and freezing conditions during her first winter in the Highlands, one of her keepers has said. Mercedes was moved from Edinburgh Zoo to the Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig in the Cairngorms last year. Animal collections manager Douglas Richardson said its estimated age of 29 was old for a polar bear. He said staff and visitors had seen it rolling around in snow, bouncing on ice and "generally being silly".
W. Bush 'knew Guantánamo prisoners were innocent' 09 Apr 2010
George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld covered up that hundreds
of innocent men were sent to the Guantánamo Bay prison camp because they
feared that releasing them would harm the push for war in Iraq and the
NATO helicopter downed in southeastern Afghanistan --Taliban and officials: Militants shot it down 09 Apr 2010 A helicopter belonging to international forces in Afghanistan has gone down in the country's southeast, NATO reported Friday. Taliban and Afghan officials said militants shot it down. A NATO spokesman said only that the helicopter went down in the southeastern province of Zabul, and that no other details were known about the incident, which was under investigation.
Two more NATO soldiers fall in Afghanistan 07 Apr 2010 Another foreign soldier has been killed in Southern Afghanistan, bringing to 147 the number of US-led forces killed in the country this year. "An ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) service member died following an insurgent engagement in southern Afghanistan today," ISAF said.
Taleban release new footage of US soldier Bowe Bergdahl 08 Apr 2010 The Taleban have released a video of the only American soldier in captivity, offering to release him as part of a prisoner exchange. Private Bowe Bergdahl, who was taken hostage in Afghanistan last June, is pictured saying he wants to return to his family in Idaho and that the war in Afghanistan is not worth the number of lives that have been lost or wasted in prison.
IEDs in Afghanistan double in past year 09 Apr 2010 The number of improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, has doubled in the past year in Afghanistan, prompting the US-led forces to gear up with new protective devices. Twice as many have died in the first three months of the current year compared with the same period last year, and a Pentagon report issued on Thursday warns of an increase in casualties in the months to come.
US Treasury beefing up staff in Afghanistan 07 Apr 2010 The U.S. Treasury Department is sending more staff to Afghanistan to 'target' the financial networks that provide money for the Taliban, a Treasury official said Wednesday. The boost in personnel there, along with additional staff dedicated to that effort here in Washington, will coincide with the Pentagon's surge in military troops heading to the war over the next several months, said David Cohen, assistant treasury secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.
Kyrgyzstan moves to shut US-run Menas air base 09 Apr 2010 Kyrgyzstan's new leaders have said they intend to remove a US military base, which currently serves as the premier air mobility hub for the US-led forces in Afghanistan, from their soil. The interim government led by ex-foreign minister Roza Otunbayeva, has said it wants the US base, Manas, closed down for security reasons.
2 US soldiers killed in northern Iraq 08 Apr 2010 The U.S. military says two American soldiers have died in combat in northern Iraq. A statement by the military says the soldiers from the U.S. North Division were killed Wednesday while conducting a patrol.
'No US troop survives if Iran is attacked' 08 Apr 2010 Iran's Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Hassan Firouzabadi has warned the US against making any military moves on the Islamic Republic. Firouzabadi said that if the United States attacks Iran, none of the American troops in the region will go back home alive.
Ahmadinejad: US bogged down, doomed to fail in region 08 Apr 2010 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said the United States is doomed to crumple as it is mired in a swamp in Iraq and Afghanistan. "The US is so bogged down in a quagmire in Iraq and Afghanistan that it is doomed to be defeated whether it stays or escapes," Ahmadinejad said Wednesday night.
Israel allows goods to go to Gaza traders after three years 08 Apr 2010 Clothes and shoes have been allowed into Gaza by Israel for the first time in almost three years. Although clothing was allowed in as aid, the deliveries were the first to traders since the economic blockade was imposed. Israel's long list of controlled goods also includes items that critics say have no apparent military value, such as children’s crayons and books.
Barack Obama signs historic nuclear treaty with Russian President 08 Apr 2010 US President Barack Obama arrived in Prague on Thursday to sign a landmark nuclear disarmament treaty with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that slashes their two nations' atomic arsenals. The two heads of state signed a successor to the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which expired last December, in the city where Obama called for a nuclear-free world in a keynote speech a year ago.
CIA told to get Muslim cleric by any means --The cleric has been added to a target list 08 Apr 2010 A US-born cleric has become the target for an Obama administration authorised killing. The CIA has been told to capture or kill the 'radical Muslim cleric' who has been named as Anwar al-Awlaki.
Obama targets US citizen for 'kill or capture' 07 Apr 2010 The Obama Administration has authorised the targeted killing of an American citizen in what is believed to be an unprecedented move in the War 'against' Terror. According to US media reports, the radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who has been linked to last November's attack on Fort Hood, Texas [?], and the failed Christmas day airline bomb plot [That too? Oh, ok. And, the JFK assassination, 9/11, the diminutive swine flu pandemic, and the shrinking of orange juice containers from 64-ounces to 59], has been approved for capture or killing. A former senior legal official in the administration of George W. Bush told The New York Times he did not know of any American who was approved for targeted killing under the former [sic] president. [Well, there was Paul Wellstone, Mike Connell, Pat Tillman, Nick Berg and a *boatload* of microbiologists.]
Muslim cleric is 1st U.S. citizen on list of those CIA is allowed to kill 07 Apr 2010 A Muslim cleric [allegedly] tied to the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner has become the first U.S. citizen added to a list of suspected terrorists the CIA is authorized to kill, a U.S. official said Tuesday. Anwar al-Aulaqi, who resides in Yemen, was previously placed on a target list maintained by the U.S. military's Joint Special Operations Command and has survived at least one strike carried out by Yemeni forces with U.S. assistance against a gathering of suspected 'al-Qaeda' operatives. Because he is a U.S. citizen, adding Aulaqi to the CIA list required special approval from the White House, officials said. The move means that Aulaqi would be considered a legitimate target not only for a military strike carried out by U.S. and Yemeni forces, but also for lethal CIA operations.
NORAD exercise flights planned over South Carolina Thursday 07 Apr 2010 NORAD is conducting exercise flights Thursday near Conway, Georgetown, St. Stephen and Greeleyville through the early afternoon; fighter planes will be near other airplanes as they practice intercept and identification procedures. According to officials with the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the exercise has been carefully planned and will be closely controlled to ensure NORAD's rapid response capability.
Administration reviewing ways to ease placing suspects on watch list 06 Apr 2010 On Friday, the administration altered rules for identifying which passengers flying to the United States should face extra scrutiny at the gate. And it is reviewing ways to make it easier to place suspects on the watch list. "The entire federal government is leaning very far forward on putting people on lists," Russell E. Travers, a deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said at a recent Senate hearing.
Pennsylvania: Silent Plea in Terrorism Case 07 Apr 2010 A pregnant Colorado woman charged in a global terrorism plot pleaded not guilty with a nod of the head to avoid giving investigators a voice sample. A lawyer for the woman, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, 31, said the government had seized computer evidence that might contain voice recordings and had his client remain silent at Wednesday’s arraignment in Philadelphia so prosecutors would not have a voice sample.
LAX beefs up security after Denver arrest 07 Apr 2010 Security has been tightened at Los Angeles International Airport after a Qatari diplomat trying to sneak a smoke in an airplane bathroom sparked a bomb scare on a flight from Washington to Denver. The man, identified as Mohammed Al-Madidi, was arrested when the plane landed in Denver Wednesday night. In a statement, Los Angeles Airport Police Chief George Centeno said officers at LAX have increased patrols in the terminals and along the facility's perimeter following the incident.
Terror alert as Qatari passenger lights up on US plane --A passenger on a United Airlines flight from Washington to Denver sparked a security alert after he was apparently caught smoking in the toilet and made a remark that was perceived as a threat. 08 Apr 2010 Officials said the man, identified by ABC News as Mohammed al Modadi, was subdued by plain clothes air marshals on United Airlines flight 663 after officials suspected he was attempting to "light his shoes on fire" and detonate explosives. United Airlines Flight 663, carrying 157 passengers and six crew, from Washington's Reagan National Airport landed safely in Denver about 9pm EDT (0100 GMT) after two F-16 fighter jets intercepted the Boeing 757 aircraft, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command responsible for safeguarding US airspace.
'It may have been a massive misunderstanding.' FBI: No Explosives Found on United Jet in Denver --Authorities Say Qatari Diplomat Told Air Marshals, 'I'm Lighting My Shoes' 07 Apr 2010 FBI agents say no explosives were found in the shoes of a Qatar diplomat who was subdued by federal air marshals on a United flight to Denver Wednesday night after allegedly telling the marshals, "I'm lighting my shoes on fire." Authorities say the diplomat was wrestled to the ground and two F-16 fighter jets were dispatched to accompany the 757 on the final five minutes of its flight to Denver. Flight 663 originated from Washington Reagan airport.
Accused man's mom blames Fox News for behavior 07 Apr 2010 Gregory Giusti's 83-year-old mother had not heard that her son had been arrested, but she told ABC7 he has a history of mental problems. She does not think he would be capable of carrying out the threat; he has never owned a gun, and she blames Fox News for getting her son worked up. Giusti was arrested Wednesday afternoon for threatening Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi over recent healthcare legislation.
FBI arrests man for making threats to House speaker 08 Apr 2010 A 48-year-old man [Gregory L. Giusti] was arrested Wednesday for allegedly threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the FBI announced. The arrest occurred in San Francisco, California, where Pelosi's home district is located, according to FBI spokesman Joseph Schadler. Pelosi is the top Democrat in the U.S. House and was a leading figure in efforts to win congressional approval of sweeping health care legislation.
Vaccine Contamination: Pig Virus DNA Found in Rotarix By Barbara Loe Fisher 07 Apr 2010 On March 22, 2010, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials adhering to the precautionary principle advised American doctors to suspend use of Rotarix 1 vaccine until the agency finds out why DNA from a swine virus (porcine circovirus 1 or PCV1) was found in the live rotavirus vaccine... In addition to pig viral DNA found in Rotarix vaccine, low levels of DNA fragments from avian (bird) leukosis virus (a retrovirus) was found in measles vaccine and DNA fragments of a virus similar to simian (monkey) retrovirus was found in RotaTeq vaccine.
Man Billed 'Crash Tax' For Emergency Response 06 Apr 2010 If you get into a car accident and 911 is called, you may get billed for the emergency response. Cash-strapped communities are sending out bills to cover the costs of fire trucks responding to crashes. As CBS 2 Investigators reports, often times it does not matter whether you caused the accident or are the victim. Motorists across the country are calling these fees a "crash tax" -- alleged strong-arm tactics angering many, especially when the accidents they are being billed for are not their fault.
Another GOP senator blocks extension of jobless benefits 08 Apr 2010 An estimated 212,500 people across the United States are in danger of exhausting their federal unemployment benefits this week because a Republican senator has blocked Congress from considering an extension. The House of Representatives approved the funding last month, but it stalled in the Senate after Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., insisted that the bill [but not the AfPak war] be paid for.
Despite previous governors' refusals, McDonnell issues Confederate history month proclamation 06 Apr 2010 Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has quietly declared April 2010 Confederate History Month, bringing back a designation in Virginia that his two Democratic predecessors -- Mark Warner and Tim Kaine -- refused to do. Republican governors George Allen and Jim Gilmore issued similar proclamations. But in 2002, Warner broke with their action, calling such proclamations, a "lightning rod" that does not help bridge divisions between whites and blacks in Virginia.
Utah governor signs bills to seize federal land 29 Mar 2010 Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert has signed two bills authorizing the state to use eminent domain to seize some of the federal government's most valuable land [to corporaterrorists]. Supporters hope the bills, which the Republican governor signed Saturday, will trigger a flood of similar legislation throughout the West and, eventually, a Supreme Court battle that they hope to win -- against long odds.
Goldman Sachs denies 'betting against clients' --Wall Street bank issues eight-page letter to shareholders justifying its conduct before, during and after the financial crisis [it created] 07 Apr 2010 Nine months after being labelled "a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity", Goldman Sachs has issued a wide-ranging justification of its conduct before, during and after the financial crisis. In a letter to shareholders issued alongside Goldman's 2009 annual report, the Wall Street bank denied that it "bet against its clients" when it changed its position in the housing market in 2007, shortly before prices began to collapse.
Rescuers plan new attempt to enter W.Va. mine 09 Apr 2010 After tests showed that the air quality had improved, officials said rescuers plan to enter a West Virginia mine before dawn Friday in search of four miners who have been missing since a deadly explosion Monday. "We're going," West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III (D) said shortly after midnight. "We're gong in."
more glaciers gone from Glacier National Park 07 Apr 2010 Glacier
National Park has lost two more of its glaciers to
'Ha ha, I hit 'em': Top secret video showing U.S. helicopter pilots gunning down 12 civilians in Baghdad attack leaked online 07 Apr 2010 A secret video leaked on to the internet shows American soldiers laughing as a helicopter strike kills around a dozen civilians in Baghdad. In the 17-minute black-and-white footage  from an Apache helicopter gunsight, the crew can be heard discussing the carnage as if they were playing a video war game. One soldier can even be heard shouting: 'Ha, ha, I hit 'em.' Another says: 'Look at those dead b******s.' The film was posted online by WikiLeaks in defiance of a Pentagon ban. Before one attack on a group of men, a voice is also heard saying: 'Light em all up. Come on, fire!' One man, believed to be Reuters driver Saeed Chmagh, who later died, can then be seen crawling on the ground and a voice can be heard over the video urging the wounded man in his sights to pick up a gun so he can finish him off. Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen was also killed.
Leaked video footage shows Iraq journalists killed by US gunships 06 Apr 2010 The video is graphic, and disturbing. As a group of men amble down a Baghdad street two US Army helicopters open fire, repeatedly shooting the men and gunning one down as he tries to flee. As the dust clears, the troops survey their handiwork. "Look at those dead b******s," one pilot says. "Nice," another responds. The  video, which has been released on the internet by the whistleblowers' website Wikileaks.org, is authentic, a senior US military official has confirmed. [Hmm. 'Repeatedly shooting the men and gunning one down as he tries to flee.' Now, that's gotta be a war crime, right? Most of the lamestream media didn't spend six picoseconds covering this bloodbath because Tiger Woods was holding a media conference and Tiger's comments on his affairs are big news. By now, anyone by now not 'rooting' for the resistance is either a) out of his/her mind or b) sucking on the Xe corporate welfare teat. They don't 'hate us for our freedoms.' They hate us for our war crimes. --LRP]
51 war crimes suspects find safe haven in the UK 06 Apr 2010 UK Border Agency files show that Britain is home to a record number of war crimes suspects from all over the world. The human rights group which acquired the data, Aegis Trust, says mass killers, torturers, and warlords [The Bush regime, in toto?] have found a safe haven from prosecution in the country. Some of the criminals were linked to Afghan, Iraqi, Zimbabwean, Congolese, and Sudanese governments, mostly under former rulers.
Four civilians killed in Nato airstrike 06 Apr 2010 An air strike
by Nato jets killed four civilians including a child during a fire fight
with Taliban militants in Helmand province Afghan officials have said.
The bodies of two women, an elderly man and the child were found alongside
four 'suspected fighters' after jets were called in to attack a compound
used to stage an ambush on a coalition patrol. The deaths came days after
the coalition admitted killing five civilians, including three women,
in a bungled night raid in eastern Afghanistan amid accusations it had
8 tankers supplying oil to NATO forces torched 05 Apr 2010 Eight tankers carrying fuel for the NATO forces in Afghanistan were torched here early Monday morning by Taliban attackers armed with petrol bombs. Dozens of Taliban fighters launched the attack at Zakha Khel in the tribal district of Khyber before dawn, local administration chief Shafeerullah Wazir told according to a private TV channel. [Oh dear. Looks like they forgot to pay their 'Taleban Tax.' No worries. US taxpayers will foot the bill to replace the lost over-priced oil, and Nato will be back to shooting six-year-olds in their beds in no time.]
Karzai threat to join Taleban 06 Apr 2010 Afghan leader Hamid Karzai has threatened to abandon the political process and join the Taleban if he continues to come under outside pressure to reform. Mr Karzai made his statement at a closed-door meeting with selected Afghan MPs - just days after instigating a diplomatic controversy by alleging that foreigners had been behind the fraud in last year's disputed elections. [? I thought the UNOCAL troll already *was* a member of the Taleban, along with his brother, the CIA-backed drug lord. The US pays the Taleban (along with the mercenaries to fight them) to blow up bridges that the contractors get billions to rebuild. It's a win-win for every maggot in the AfPak war stew. --LRP]
Baghdad blasts kill 49 people in eight locations 07 Apr 2010 Eight [Blackwater?] explosions yesterday brought down seven buildings in three Baghdad neighbourhoods and devastated a popular restaurant and a market, killing at least 49 people and wounding 160. While some of the devices were delivered by vehicles, others had been planted in shops and flats rented by perpetrators. The bombers targeted mainly Shia residential areas where the populace is loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose faction took 40 of the 70 seats in the 325-member assembly in the March 7th parliamentary 'election.'
Reporters barred from Afghan detainee hearing 06 Apr 2010 Journalists have been excluded from the first two days of a probe into whether Canada handed over prisoners to torture after the federal government said it had security concerns about reporters being present at the hearings. The Military Police Complaints Commission is investigating why Canada continued transferring suspects rounded up by its soldiers to torture-prone Afghan jails even after Ottawa received complaints of abuse.
D.C. Circuit Abruptly Closes Courtroom in Guantanamo Case 05 Apr 2010 A federal appeals court in Washington was prepared to hear a Guantanamo Bay detainee case in open court today, though the lawyers involved in the dispute were prohibited from talking about the confidential record. A minute into the argument, Chief Judge David Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit had heard enough and abruptly closed the courtroom to the public. That meant about a dozen people in the courtroom were barred from sitting in court to hear oral argument. The abrupt closure of the courtroom was unusual since the lawyers for the opposing sides had agreed to argue the case in public, according to court papers filed last month.
Judge dismisses scores of Guantanamo habeas cases 05 Apr 2010 A federal judge has dismissed more than 100 habeas corpus lawsuits filed by former Guantanamo captives, ruling that because the Bush and Obama administrations had transferred them elsewhere, the courts need not decide whether the Pentagon imprisoned them illegally. The ruling dismayed attorneys for some of the detainees who'd hoped any favorable U.S. court findings would help clear their clients of the stigma, travel restrictions and, in some instances, perhaps more jail time that resulted from their stay at Guantanamo.
After probe, father says son was executed --'They went looking for scrap iron to make a living and were shot point blank,' father says adding will take case to international courts if necessary 07 Apr 2010 Residents of the West Bank village of Awarta were not surprised by the findings of the IDF probe, which determined that the killing of Palestinian cousins Muhammad and Salah Qawariq by the army last month could have been prevented. Faisal Qawariq, the father of 18-and-a-half-year-old Muhammad says, "They were executed in cold blood at point blank," and says the two were completely innocent and had no intention of harming the soldiers.
U.S. military goes hungry in Afghanistan 06 Apr 2010 The United States Military is in the midst of a troop surge in Afghanistan, but the surge has caused the ratio of resources to troops to widen. Many American Forward Operating Bases are experiencing food and water shortages... At Camp Mike Spann some soldiers have been forced to skip up to three meals a day, and are forbidden to eat Meals Ready to Eat (MRE's) unless they are on an evening mission to save on the lack of available rations.
Obama excludes Iran in ban on US nuke strikes 06 Apr 2010 US President Barack Obama plans to release a review of the US nuclear arms strategy that purportedly restricts the use of its nuclear arms against most non-atomic states except Iran and North Korea. The Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), which the US Congress requires all US administrations to submit at least once during their tenure, will be issued one day before Obama leaves for Prague to sign a new nuclear-arms treaty with Russia.
Obama Limits When U.S. Would Use Nuclear Arms 05 Apr 2010 President Obama said Monday that he was revamping American nuclear strategy to substantially narrow the conditions under which the United States would use nuclear weapons. But the president said in an interview that he was carving out an exception for "outliers like Iran and North Korea" that have violated or renounced the main treaty to halt nuclear proliferation.
Man charged with threatening to kill Sen. Murray 06 Apr 2010 A Washington state man has been charged with threatening to kill Democratic Sen. Patty Murray over her support for health care reform. Court documents say federal agents arrested Charles Alan Wilson in Yakima on Tuesday. An FBI agent's probable cause statement says Murray's office in Seattle reported the threats, which were left on voice mail from a blocked telephone number. Agents say they traced the calls to Wilson's home in Selah, near Yakima.
Chicago terrorism suspect pleads not guilty 05 Apr 2010 A Chicago cab driver pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he attempted to aid al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] by sending money to a terrorist leader believed to be in Pakistan. Raja Lahrasib Khan, an American citizen born in Pakistan, appeared briefly before U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel to enter his not guilty plea then returned to the Metropolitan Correctional Center where he is being held without bond at government request.
New Canadian studies suggest seasonal flu shot increased H1N1 risk 06 Apr 2010 In a lengthy article published today in Public Library of Science Medicine (PLoSMed), researchers detail the results of four supplementary studies that were launched after an April 2009 school outbreak provided the first signal of an association between seasonal flu shots and pandemic flu illness. The studies, which took in about 2,700 people, found overall that the likelihood of needing medical attention for pandemic flu was 1.4 to 2.5 times greater among people who were vaccinated the previous fall.
UK goverment cuts Glaxo swine flu vaccine order 06 Apr 2010 GlaxoSmithKline PLC has agreed to cut the British government's order of H1N1 swine flu vaccine by around a third without penalty. Under an agreement announced Tuesday, the government's order has been capped at 34.8 million doses. It will not pay a cancellation fee after both sides agreed that the settlement, terms of which were not disclosed, represented "fair value."
State Lawyers Denied Access to Patients In 'Neurobiological Units' 04 Apr 2010 New York State's highest court has refused to order nursing homes to give state lawyers access to hundreds of psychiatric patients so they can advocate for their rights to treatment alternatives, living conditions or even release. The Court of Appeals, divided 4 to 3, concluded last week that because the state’s Office of Mental Health had decided not to license the nursing homes, lawyers for the Mental Hygiene Legal Service lacked jurisdiction there. The New York Times reported in 2002 that many were confined to highly restrictive "neurobiological units" in nursing homes without lawyers to protect their interests.
Says F.C.C. Cannot Require 'Net Neutrality' 06 Apr 2010 A federal
appeals court on Tuesday dealt a sharp blow to the efforts of the Federal
Communications Commission to set the rules of the road for the Internet,
ruling that the agency lacks the authority to require broadband providers
to give equal treatment to all Internet traffic flowing over their networks.
The ruling would allow Comcast and other Internet service providers
to restrict consumers' ability to access certain kinds of Internet content,
CLG: Pope Ratzinger and the Bushes: Two Peas In a Pedophile Protection Pod By Lori Price 05 Apr 2010 A Newsday article from 2005 details the corrupt dirtbags, including Neil Bush, who served on Pope Ratzinger's 'ecumenical foundation' -- all protected from on 'High.' Also in 2005, Pope Rat asked US President [sic] George W. Bush to 'declare the pontiff immune from liability' in a lawsuit that accused him of conspiring to cover up the molestation of three boys by a seminarian in Texas. In September 2005, the U.S. asserted that the lawsuit should be dismissed, as the Pope enjoys immunity as head of state of the Holy See.
Wall Street paid record $140bn in '09 compensation, benefits 06 Apr 2010 Many Wall Street chief executives took a big pay cut for 2009. But their real value may have been in deflecting attention from their troops--who enjoyed the largest collective payday on record. Across Wall Street, leading firms paid $140 billion in compensation and benefits, the highest number in history, based on a final tally of the pay disclosures at 38 financial-services firms. That figure, which was projected earlier by The Wall Street Journal, represented an increase from $123 billion earned by financial professionals in 2008 and $137 billion in 2007.
Govt to seek $16M penalty over Toyota recalls 05 Apr 2010 The Transportation Department says it's seeking the maximum penalty, more than $16 million, against Toyota for failing to promptly notify the government about defective gas pedals among its vehicles. The fine would be the largest civil penalty ever issued to an automaker by the government.
Records Show Upper Big Branch Mine Amassed Scores of Safety Citations, Thousands in Fines 06 Apr 2010 The West Virginia coal mine where an explosion killed 25 workers and left another four unaccounted for in the worst mining disaster since 1984 had amassed scores of citations from mining safety officials, including 57 infractions just last month for violations that included repeatedly failing to develop and follow a ventilation plan.
Drilling begins in search for 4 W.Va. miners --Underground explosion Monday killed 25 miners 06 Apr 2010 West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin says rescue crews have started drilling to release gases at a mine in an attempt to make it safe to search for four miners who are missing. Manchin said Tuesday that rescue workers won't be able to explore the area until they are able to test the underground air for dangerous gases. Chris Adkins, the chief operating officer for Massey Energy Co., says he expects the drilling to be complete as early as noon Wednesday.
West Virginia coal mine explosion kills 25 06 Apr 2010 Twenty-five miners are now known to have died and four are missing after an accident at a West Virginia coal mine. The accident was caused by an underground explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine some 30 miles (50 km) south of Charleston in the eastern US. The blast happened around 1500 (1900 GMT), said the mine's owner Massey Energy Company. The number of fatalities makes this the worst US mine disaster since 1984.
HAARP is a busy little bee: 7.8 earthquake off Sumatra --Tsunami watch issued 06 Apr 2010 An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 has rattled northern Sumatra in Indonesia, the U.S. Geological Survey reported Tuesday. The quake struck at 2215 GMT (5:15 a.m. local time) and was 205 kilometers northwest of Sibolga, in Sumatra, Indonesia and 1,425 kilometers northwest of Jakarta, the U.S. Geological Survey said. A tsunami watch was issued for the region, said the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu.
For the Polar Bears: Cause for Hope, Cause for Fear --This is the story of a fictional polar bear family -- Aakaga and her cubs Qannik and Siku -- as they make their perilous journey in a melting Arctic world. (Environmental Defense Fund) 05 Apr 2010 An incredible gift from the natural world: Aakaga can smell the carcass of a caribou, long dead but still edible, which has been released from its icy grave by the warmer weather. The caribou will give her the strength and nutrition she needs to keep her cubs strong and get them to shore before the pack ice melts. She shifts their direction slightly to reach the body, and her cubs blindly follow, too tired to complain.
Beware of the Beaster Bunny: World's biggest rabbit is 4ft 3in and weighs more than boy of five 06 Apr 2010 At 4ft 3in from nose to tail, Darius the Continental Giant has been crowned the world's biggest rabbit. And he's still growing. Darius is only just over 12 months old and breeder Annette Edwards expects him to keep adding to his 3st 7lb bulk for at least another six months. That's good news for her greengrocer in Worcester because he already eats 12 carrots, six apples and two cabbages a day.
Iraqi medical doctors implicated in plundering body organs 04 Apr 2010 Iraqi police have arrested several people among them three doctors on charges of plundering body organs in the northern city of Mosul. The victims whose organs were plundered were first kidnapped and then brought to a government hospital where their kidneys were extracted under duress. Hospital director Raad al-Wazan affirmed that nine people were brought to Mosul’s General Hospital where they were operated clandestinely and their kidneys removed. "The surgical operations were not proper and accurate," Wazan said.
U.S. Special Forces staying in Iraq --4,500 Special Forces personnel to remain 02 Apr 2010 The number of U.S. Special Forces personnel in Iraq will remain static following an August drawdown date for combat troops, military leaders said in Washington. U.S. Navy Adm. Eric Olson, the head of U.S. Special Operations Command, told an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank, that his forces would stay active in Iraq. [Gotta' keep those oil and organ theft pipelines flowing!]
Iraq on high alert after Baghdad bombings 05 Apr 2010 Iraq's security forces are on high alert after three bombs targeted several embassies in the capital city of Baghdad, killing over 35 people and wounding 224 others. Incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki held a meeting with Iraq's National Security Council over Sunday's blasts, a statement from his office said. Three massive explosions near the Iranian, Egyptian, German and Spanish embassies rocked the city yesterday and caused sizeable damage.
Iraq bombers target embassies, killing at least 41 04 Apr 2010 At least 41 people were killed and 237 wounded Sunday in three suicide car bombings targeting the Iranian and German embassies and the Egyptian Consulate in a span of 30 minutes. The attacks, which Iraqi government officials blamed on the Sunni Arab extremist group 'Al Qaeda' in Iraq [when it was likely actually Blackwater], came less than two days after 'unknown' gunmen in uniforms massacred 25 people in a Sunni district south of Baghdad.
US special forces 'tried to cover-up' botched Khataba raid in Afghanistan 05 Apr 2010 US special forces soldiers dug bullets out of their victims' bodies in the bloody aftermath of a botched night raid, then washed the wounds with alcohol before lying to their superiors about what happened, Afghan investigators have told The Times. Two pregnant women, a teenage girl, a police officer and his brother were shot on February 12 when US and Afghan special forces stormed their home in Khataba village, outside Gardez in eastern Afghanistan. The precise composition of the force has never been made public. The claims were made as Nato admitted responsibility for all the deaths for the first time last night. It had initially claimed that the women had been dead for several hours when the assault force discovered their bodies.
Obusha Easter Sunday big news dump shocker --well, not shocking, but: U.S. Admits Killing Afghan Women and Cover-up 04 Apr 2010 After initially denying involvement or any cover-up in the deaths of three Afghan women during a badly bungled American Special Operations assault in February, the American-led military command in Kabul admitted late on Sunday that its forces had, in fact, killed the women during the nighttime raid. The admission immediately raised questions about what really happened during the Feb. 12 operation -- and what falsehoods followed -- including a new report that Special Operations forces dug bullets out of the bodies of the women to hide the true nature of their deaths. A NATO official also said Sunday in an interview that an Afghan-led team of investigators had found signs of evidence tampering at the scene, including the removal of bullets from walls near where the women were killed. [BTW, I had to 'fix' the headline written by the lying sacks of sh*t at the 'New York Times,' which was crafted to protect the lying sacks of sh*t at the Pentagon. It previously read something like, 'US Soldiers Admit Waiting On Long Line At CVS.' --LRP]
Afghan upper house backs Karzai anti-US decree 04 Apr 2010 The Afghan parliament's upper house has voiced support for President Hamid Karzai in limiting the role of foreigners in the five-seat election fraud watchdog. Karzai had issued a decree in February to reduce the number of foreigners in the watchdog body which includes three foreigners and two Afghans. The move led to a dispute with the White House over how to run a September parliamentary election. Karzai accused Western officials of bribing and threatening election staff and perpetrating vote fraud in an attempt to weaken both him and the parliament.
Taliban: We Rocketed Obama at Bagram 29 Mar 2010 Hours after President Obama’s surprise visit to Afghanistan on Sunday, the Taliban claimed they had greeted him with a fusillade of rockets at Bagram Airfield north of the capital Kabul -- aka "Kaboom." "Yesterday evening, the mujahedeen of the Islamic Emirate fired rockets at Bagram," said a Taliban statement today, according to a SITE Intelligence Group translation. "The rocket attack took place around 3 a.m. before dawn today, when three rockets fell on American buildings in the military airbase. This resulted in significant losses to the enemy."
German soldiers kill five Afghan troops 03 Apr 2010 German soldiers killed five Afghan troops who were riding in two civilian cars that did not stop at a check post, the German military said Saturday. The incident occurred late Friday near Kunduz, the capital of the northern Afghan province also called Kunduz, said the German army's Operations Command in Potsdam, outside Berlin. The two cars drove toward German soldiers who were on duty and did not stop for checks so an armoured vehicle opened fire on one of the cars, it said.
UK soldier killed in explosion in Afghanistan 04 Apr 2010 A British soldier from 3rd Battalion The Rifles died in an explosion in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said. The soldier died on Sunday and his family has been informed. He was killed as a result of an explosion that happened near Forward Operating Base Zeebrugge, in the Kajaki area of Helmand Province.
2 U.S. Consulate workers killed in blast --Explosions near U.S. consulate in Peshawar kill at least 6 05 Apr 2010 A terrorist attack near the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan, killed two consulate security guards and at least four others Monday, authorities said. The two consulate employees who died were Pakistani, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad said, and "a number of others were seriously wounded."
Militants attempt to storm US Consulate in Pakistan [Xe mercenaries demanding their paycheck] 05 Apr 2010 Militants attempted to storm the US Consulate in Peshawar today as renewed violence in north-western Pakistan left more than 40 people dead. Gunmen wearing paramilitary uniforms opened fire outside the consulate from two vehicles before several explosions shook the high-security district, which also houses key government offices. The men fired mortars or rocket-propelled grenades at the heavily fortified compound in an attempt to get inside, a Pakistani intelligence official said.
Deadly explosions rattle Pakistan 05 Apr 2010 Several explosions have shaken Pakistan's restive Northwest Frontier Province, killing at least 38 people and injuring more than 100 others. The first blast occurred at the headquarters of an ethnic Pashtun nationalist political party in Timergarah, the main town in the Lower Dir district, on Monday. Meanwhile, five other explosions rattled Peshawar, the capital of the Northwest Frontier Province.
800 cases filed on civilians killed in US wars: ACLU 02 Apr 2010 More than 800 complaints have been filed by families of civilians killed in US military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, a civil rights watchdog said citing documents made public Thursday. The 13,000 pages of documents made public by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) include "more than 800 claims for damages by the family members of those killed, including many that were denied," the group said in a statement.
Iran diplomat says US behind his abduction 03 Apr 2010 Heshmatollah Attarzadeh, an Iranian diplomat abducted in Pakistan in 2008, says he believes the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad, and the Central Intelligence Agency were behind his abduction. Attarzadeh, who was abducted on November 13, 2008, was rescued last week by Iranian intelligence forces in Pakistan. In an interview with Press TV, he said Mossad and the CIA, under orders from the United States, were behind his abduction. "America is behind this incident (his abduction)," he said. [It usually is.]
Italian prosecutor is tracking convicted CIA agents 05 Apr 2010 The Italian prosecutor who won convictions against nearly two dozen CIA operatives for kidnapping last year is tracking their movements via cell phone and credit card records. Armando Spataro, the chief prosecutor in Milan, said he regularly signs subpoenas, which do not require a judge’s approval, for information on the whereabouts of the 23 Americans, all but one CIA operatives, who were convicted of kidnapping after the discovery of their 2003 "rendition" of an al-Qaeda suspect known as Abu Omar.
Israel 'using Facebook to recruit Gaza collaborators' 05 Apr 2010 Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip, believes the population's love of social networking websites is making it easier for Israel to recruit spies. Israel has long maintained networks of informers in the West Bank and Gaza in its effort to derail the activities of militant groups. Historically, collaborators have often been killed if discovered, and this week Hamas announced it would execute anyone caught acting as an agent for Israel.
Rise of Hungary's far-Right Jobbik party stirs disturbing echoes of the 1940s --As Hungary prepares to vote in a crucial election, the far-Right Jobbik party expects great success - to the consternation of democrats and those old enough to remember the fascist past. 03 Apr 2010 As the youthful leader of Hungary's far-right Jobbik party arrived for an election rally, his followers gave him a welcome that had disturbing echoes of Europe in the 1940s. Two ranks of Hungarian Guards, in paramilitary-style uniforms, snapped to attention as Gabor Vona marched past them. Party leaders saluted, and a red and white banner was raised - one that looked suspiciously similar to Hungary's old fascist emblem.
Fighter jets called to VT after distress signal 05 Apr 2010 Officials say an inadvertently activated distress call from a private plane scrambled two fighter jets to Middlebury, Vt. The North American Aerospace Defense Command says two F-15 fighter planes were sent to Middlebury on Friday after officials received a distress signal indicating the plane could have been hijacked or there was an in-flight emergency.
Bomb threat closes Kansas City federal courthouse 05 Apr 2010 Authorities say the federal courthouse in Kansas City is reopening after a suspicious package flagged as explosive was found to contain nothing but phone books. The courthouse was evacuated and employees were sent home Monday morning after a package was found near an entrance for prisoners. A note on the package said the contents would explode.
Key US Senator Warns of Potential for Domestic Terrorism 04 Apr 2010 The Chairman of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee says extreme partisan anger on the left and right is increasing the risk of domestic terrorism in the United States. Senator [Mossad troll] Joseph Lieberman says there are already disturbing signs. "The level of discourse about our politics and about our country are so extreme and so incendiary that if you are dealing with people who may not be clicking on all cylinders and they have vulnerabilities personally, there is a danger that they are going to do what this group of militia - planned to do this week," said Lieberman. ['People who not clicking on all cylinders' - he should know! The simpering little sociopath is the most *detested* member of Congress!]
Bird with H5N1 virus found in Bulgaria 02 Apr 2010 A dead bird found near Bulgaria's Black Sea port of Varna has tested positive for the deadly H5N1 virus, officials said Thursday. The Agriculture Ministry said the tests on a common buzzard were conducted at the national veterinary. The European Commission called it the first detection of bird flu in the European Union in a year.
'Such a mighty sea has disappeared.' Ban laments decline of Aral Sea 05 Apr 2010 Declining water levels in the Aral Sea in Central Asia are a sign that action is needed to save the Earth's natural resources, U.N. leaders said in Uzbekistan. "It is clearly one of the worst environmental disasters of the world," said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. "It really left with me a profound impression, one of sadness that such a mighty sea has disappeared." Ban made his comments following an aerial tour of the Aral Sea. The Central Asia sea lake was one of the largest in the world before irrigation projects drained the waterway by more than 70 percent.
Police patrol quake-damaged Calif. border town 05 Apr 2010 Police patrolled streets littered with shattered glass Monday morning and closed off several blocks of historic buildings damaged in a deadly Easter Sunday earthquake across the border in Mexico. No injuries were reported in Calexico, the U.S. area hardest hit by the 7.3-magnitude quake. A 3-block-by-4-block area containing prewar buildings housing businesses was closed because of damage.
Southern California shaken by Baja quake 04 Apr 2010 Seismic waves from the 7.2-magnitude in northern Mexico were felt widely across Southern California, but damage in the U.S. appears to be largely limited to the small border city of Calexico. There have been no reports of death or injuries in Southern California from Sunday afternoon's big temblor, but significant damage is reported in downtown Calexico.
Obama to 'ratchet up' Iran pressure over nuclear plans 02 Apr 2010 US President Barack Obama has vowed to "ratchet up the pressure" on Iran over its controversial nuclear programme. Mr Obama told CBS television Iran was becoming increasingly isolated and the US wanted to enlist the help of "a unified international community". Speaking in an interview broadcast on Friday, Mr Obama said if Iran obtained the ability to manufacture nuclear weapons, that would both destabilize the Middle East and trigger a regional arms race.
Former IAEA chief: Iraq war killed "a million innocent civilians" By Patrick Martin 03 Apr 2010 The former head of the UN’s chief nuclear agency, Mohammed ElBaradei, said in an interview with the British newspaper Guardian Wednesday that those who launched the war in Iraq were responsible for killing a million innocent people and could be held accountable under international law. He was clearly referring to US President [sic] George Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and their top military and security aides.
Men in Iraqi army uniforms kill 24 in Sunni area 03 Apr 2010 [Blackwater?] Gunmen wearing Iraqi military uniforms raided homes in a Sunni village south of Baghdad, killing at least 24 people, including five women, in execution-style attacks, officials said Saturday. An army official said many of the victims were brutalized "beyond recognition." At least seven people were found alive, bound with handcuffs, said Baghdad’s security spokesman, Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi.
23 suspects escape from Mosul prison 02 Apr 2010 Twenty-three prisoners have escaped from a detention center in the restive northern Iraqi city of Mosul, police say. The inmates, including some accused of terrorist acts, fled through a hole made in a wall at the Ghazlani Detention Center on Friday morning, but the prison guards only discovered it in the afternoon.
Ahmadinejad warns Israel against second Gaza war 03 Apr 2010 Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has warned against a reported Israeli plan to launch a second military offensive against Palestinians in Gaza. Israeli deputy prime minister Silvan Shalom said Friday that a military operation will soon be launched in response to rocket attacks from Gaza, which involve home-made rockets that usually carry little or no explosive warhead.
Israel Gags News on Extra-Judicial Killings 02 Apr 2010 An Israeli journalist remains under house arrest and another lives abroad, after they broke news on Israeli undercover units carrying out assassinations or "targeted killings" of non-combatant Palestinian political opponents. Anat Kam, 23, who used to work for the Israeli news site 'Walla', was arrested last December for allegedly copying secret Israeli Defence Force (IDF) documents during her compulsory military service... Uri Blau, a reporter from the daily 'Haaretz', then wrote a piece on the copied documents and is refusing to return to Israel from Britain fearing that Israel’s domestic intelligence agency, the Shin Bet, will arrest him if he does.
Israel deports three Swedish activists with Palestinian roots 02 Apr 2010 Israeli authorities on Thursday deported three Swedish citizens who arrived in the country earlier that day in a delegation of seven young people with Jewish and Palestinian roots. The three were put on a plane back to Sweden after eight hours of questioning at Ben Gurion Airport, by a number of different interrogators whose identities and positions were never clarified.
U.S. angered by claims it rigged Afghan elections 03 Apr 2010 The U.S. government is angry over a claim by Afghan President Hamid Karzai that foreign governments were behind the rigging of election results in the country late last year. The inference that the U.S. was behind the fraud was clear from Karzai's comments on Thursday when he said the widespread fraud in last year's national elections that returned him to power was the work not of Afghans, but foreigners including Western diplomats in Kabul, who were trying to weaken his government. [Well, we're angered that the same sociopaths rigged ours in 2000 and in 2004, and that we got stuck w. the same dirtbags who are running the oil/gas/opium shows in Afghanistan, Iraq and soon-to-be Iran. --LRP]
Tighter Rules Fail to Stem Deaths of Innocent Afghans at Checkpoints 26 Mar 2010 American and NATO troops firing from passing convoys and military checkpoints have killed 30 Afghans and wounded 80 others since last summer, but in no instance did the victims prove to be a danger to troops, according to military officials in Kabul. "We have shot an amazing number of people, but to my knowledge, none has ever proven to be a threat," said Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who became the senior American and NATO commander in Afghanistan last year... The persistence of deadly convoy and checkpoint shootings has led to growing resentment among Afghans fearful of Western troops and angry at what they see as the impunity with which the troops operate -- a friction that has turned villages firmly against the occupation.
Japanese journalist kidnapped in Afghanistan 03 Apr 2010 A Japanese freelance journalist has been kidnapped in a Taliban-controlled area of Afghanistan, the government's top spokesman said Friday. Kosuke Tsuneoka, who has covered conflicts in Russia's Chechnya, Iraq and Afghanistan, entered the country last month, visiting Kabul and Jalalabad, Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) reported.
Three more US-led troops die in Afghanistan 02 Apr 2010 The German military says at least three of its soldiers, under US command, have been killed in fierce clashes with Taliban militants in northern Afghanistan. According to a German military spokesman, the fighting is still ongoing in the district of Chardarah in Konduz Province. Military sources say a number of other German soldiers were seriously injured in the fatal incident that took place in south-west of the city of Konduz.
The Kandahar warlord who has presidential protection --Julius Cavendish investigates Ahmed Wali Karzai -- terrorist, and half-brother of the country's leader 03 Apr 2010 To the inhabitants of Kandahar City, Ahmed Wali Karzai is a symbol of everything wrong with their home, an emblem of the murky nexus of [US-backed] warlords and criminal syndicates controlling southern Afghanistan's largest city. In the words of some residents, the half-brother of Afghanistan's president is accused of being a "warlord, a terrorist", a narcotics trafficker, and a contract monopolist.
FBI warns letters to governors could stir violence --At least two states beefed up security in response. 02 Apr 2010 The FBI is warning police across the country that an anti-government group's call to remove governors from office could provoke violence. The group called the Guardians of the free Republics wants to "restore America" by peacefully [?] dismantling parts of the government, according to its Web site. It sent letters to governors demanding they leave office or be removed.
Anti-government group Guardians of the free Republics threaten to 'remove' governors from office 02 Apr 2010 The FBI is warning police across the country that an anti-government group's call to remove governors from office could provoke violence... As of Wednesday, more than 30 governors had received letters saying if they don't leave office within three days they will be removed, according to an internal intelligence note by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The FBI expects all 50 governors will eventually receive such letters.
French workers threaten to blow factory facing closure --Employees have placed petrol bombs near a large gas tank and are threatening to set them ablaze. 02 Apr 2010 Workers at a factory facing closure in France have threatened to blow up the plant unless they are given better layoff compensation. About 50 workers at Sodimatex, which makes car rugs, have been occupying the site in Crepy-en-Valois since Thursday. The employees have placed petrol bombs near a large gas tank and are threatening to set them ablaze. [Paying homage to US media coverage of the Tea Partiers and militias, I'm labeling the setting and/or detonating of such explosives "activism." --LRP]
US to drop extra security against 'terror-prone' Muslim air travellers 03 Apr 2010 The Obama Administration said yesterday that it would no longer impose extra airport screening on all travellers from "terror-prone" Muslim nations after protests from allies that are on the list. The US will instead use a tailored system that profiles individual travellers based on intelligence and factors including their physical description and travel patterns. Officials said that the system would result in fewer passengers being pulled aside when travelling to America.
Personal traits will be used to screen U.S.-bound air passengers --Official: U.S. citizens traveling to the United States from abroad would be subject to special screening if they match certain characteristics 02 Apr 2010 The Obama administration will announce Friday a new screening system for flights to the United States under which passengers who fit an intelligence profile of potential terrorists will be searched before boarding their planes, a senior administration official said. Under the new system, passengers on flights from all countries could be subject to special screening before boarding if they have personal characteristics that match the latest intelligence information about potential attackers, the senior official said.
Suicide bomber 'widow of terrorist leader' --Russia says seventeen-year-old was one of 'black widows' who attacked Moscow metro 03 Apr 2010 A 17-year-old girl who has been named by Russian authorities as one of the two "Black Widow" suicide bombers who caused carnage this week on Moscow's underground. Her name is Dzhennet Abdurakhmanova. She is pictured with her husband. He has been named as Umalat Magomedov, a terrorist leader thought to have been killed by Russian forces last December.
Colorado woman indicted on terror charges 03 Apr 2010 A Colorado woman who was arrested in Ireland reportedly as part of an investigation into a conspiracy to commit murder has been indicted on terror charges in the United States, prosecutors said Friday. The indictment unsealed Friday charges Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, a mother from Colorado, and Colleen R. LaRose, a Pennsylvania suspect known as "Jihad Jane," with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. The indictment is a superseding document to a previous indictment that had charged only LaRose.
Jerry Ford OKed Warrantless Wiretaps in U.S., Memo Reveals 03 Apr 2010 President Gerald Ford secretly authorized the use of warrantless domestic wiretaps for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes soon after coming into office, according to a declassified document. The Dec. 19, 1974 White House memorandum, marked Top Secret/Exclusively Eyes Only and signed by Ford, gave then-Attorney General William B. Saxbe and his successors in office authorization "to approve, without prior judicial warrants, specific electronic surveillance within the United States which may be requested by the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation."
Doctor tells Obama supporters: Go elsewhere for health care --A Mount Dora doctor posted a sign telling Obama health care supporters to go elsewhere. 02 Apr 2010 (FL) A doctor who considers the national health-care overhaul to be bad medicine for the country posted a sign on his office door telling patients who voted for President Barack Obama to seek care "elsewhere." "I'm not turning anybody away -- that would be unethical," Dr. Jack Cassell, a Mount Dora urologist and a registered Republican opposed to the health plan, told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday. "But if they read the sign and turn the other way, so be it." The sign reads: "If you voted for Obama ... seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your healthcare begin right now, not in four years."
Spending questions dog Republican National Committee --Many in the party were troubled long before the $2,000 nightclub scandal hit the RNC this week. 31 Mar 2010 Donors were restless, candidates were wary and critics were piling on Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele -- and that was before this week's revelation that the committee treated a group of young donors to a nearly $2,000 night out at a risque West Hollywood nightclub.
Acorn Says It Continues Its Work 02 Apr 2010 After months of budget problems and criticism from the right, the community organizing group Acorn plans to release a letter next week clarifying its path forward and stating that its local chapters may be closed, but the national organization is alive and well. "You will continue to hear from Acorn -- in the mail, on the Web, and in the media," says the letter, a draft of which was provided to The New York Times. "And we need your continued support to counter the vicious antifamily, antiminority, anti-immigrant attacks of the Republican right."
Calif. AG: No criminality found on ACORN tapes 02 Apr 2010 California Attorney General Jerry Brown determined Thursday that ACORN broke no criminal laws, after reviewing videotapes that sparked a recent political firestorm. Brown's office said it would not pursue charges against the now-defunct community organizing group. But it said ACORN engaged in inappropriate behavior that may prompt other state agencies to take a look, such as dumping 500 pages of confidential records into the trash and failing to file a state tax return.
Pope's preacher compares abuse row to anti-Semitism 02 Apr 2010 Pope Benedict's personal preacher has compared criticism of the pontiff and Church over child abuse to "collective violence" suffered by the Jews. The Rev Raniero Cantalamessa was speaking at Good Friday prayers in St Peter's Basilica, attended by the Pope. In his sermon, he quoted a Jewish friend as saying the accusations reminded him of the "more shameful aspects of anti-Semitism". His comments angered Jewish groups and those representing abuse victims.
March jobs report points to protracted US downturn By Andre Damon 03 Apr 2010 The US economy gained 162,000 jobs last month, the most in three years, according to the latest figures from the Labor Department. Far from a recovery, however, the figures reveal a stagnant economy with mass long-term unemployment and a continual decline in wages. The official unemployment rate remained at 9.7 percent. Even by government estimates, the rate is expected to stay at or above 10 percent for months, if not years.
The Polar Bears in Warming Weather --This is the story of a fictional polar bear family -- Aakaga and her cubs Qannik and Siku -- as they make their perilous journey in a melting Arctic world. (Environmental Defense Fund) 02 Apr 2010 The polar bear family's trek has slowed to a crawl. The trouble came in the night, when the wind shifted. Aakaga, the mother polar bear, felt the wind change at once and woke to sniff the air. In the past few days, she'd hoped they'd left the home range of the hungry wolf pack, but the air now puts her upwind of the pack; she knows her cubs are no longer hidden... Tired Qannik and little Siku (whose fatigue yesterday made him tremble by the end of the day) can survive rain - but they won't be able to survive if warming rain melts the pack ice before they can get to it.
U.S. revamping security checks for air travelers --New system will broaden the universe of potential targets for secondary searches, expanding focus from 14 named countries to 'dubious passengers' from anywhere in the world 02 Apr 2010 The Obama administration is abandoning its policy of using nationality alone to determine which U.S.-bound international air travelers should be subject to additional screening and will instead select passengers based on possible matches to intelligence information, including physical descriptions or a particular travel pattern, senior officials said Thursday. Under the new system, screeners will stop passengers for additional security if they match certain pieces of known intelligence. The underlying airline security policy of checking passenger names against watch lists will continue to operate, and certain passengers will still be banned from flying or required to submit to additional security based on names in intelligence databases.
A day in the life at Guantanamo: The eerie images of leg irons and 'life lessons' at America's darkest prison 02 Apr 2010 They are scenes of tediousness rather than of terror or torture. But the shackles and barbed wire imply the threat behind the boredom, as these never-before-seen images of life inside the prison at Guantanamo Bay show... The pictures have all been approved by the U.S. military and seem surprisingly insipid - but the barbed wire, cameras, armed guards and shackles all belie the darker threat behind them.
U.S. Justice sues KBR for improper costs in Iraq 01 Apr 2010 The U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday it sued the Houston-based military contractor KBR Inc for alleged false claims act violations over improper costs for private security in Iraq. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., alleged that KBR knowingly included impermissible costs for private armed security in billings to the U.S. Army covering the 2003-2006 time period, the department said.
Israeli warplanes pound Gaza Strip 02 Apr 2010 Israeli warplanes carried out at least 13 overnight air strikes on the Gaza Strip, injuring three children on Friday, Palestinian sources say. The F16 fighter jets were hovered over the enclave, launching a series of successive strikes in southern Gaza Strip towns of Rafah and Khan Younis and in Gaza City. Three children were injured by flying glass, AFP reported.
on the run from Israel is hiding in Britain --'Haaretz' writer fled
to London fearing charges over exposé on Palestinian's killing 02
Apr 2010 An Israeli journalist is in hiding in Britain, The Independent
can reveal, over fears that he may face charges in the Jewish state in
connection with his investigation into the killing of a Palestinian in
the West Bank. Uri Blau, a reporter at Israel's
Teens torch flag because they 'hate Israelis' --Police arrest teens aged 16, 17 after one of them tapes himself setting fire to flag, cursing Israel 01 Apr 2010 Police youth investigators arrested two teens from the central city of Bat Yam on Wednesday on suspicion of torching a flag of Israel. One of them, who is 17, videotaped himself torching and trampling the flag while cursing the state and the police.
US denies missile launch in Saudi Arabia 01 Apr 2010 The US has denied reports that it test-fired a nuclear-capable ballistic missile in a joint secretive military drill with Saudi Arabia. According to a Washington Post report, the head of the US Missile Defense Agency, Lieutenant General Patrick O'Reilly, attended last week's launch of a Trident missile in Saudi Arabia.
Blackwater is a busy little bee! Bombing kills 13 in Afghan village 01 Apr 2010 Assailants set off a bomb Wednesday in a village bazaar in Helmand province, killing 13 people and wounding almost four dozen, provincial officials said. The bomb, which police said was hidden on a bicycle, targeted farmers who had gathered to receive Western-provided vegetable seeds under a program meant to encourage them to grow crops other than opium poppies. [I call bullsh*t. See: Russia blasts US over Afghan drug scheme 28 Mar 2010 Russia accuses the United States of conspiring with Afghanistan's drug producers by refusing to eradicate opium plantations in the country. US marines, stationed in the opium-growing Helmand province since February, told the villagers that they do not intend to cut the production, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Sunday. BTW: Killing villagers and farmers: That's a Nato/Blackwater thing. Taliban attack police stations/CIA cells.]
UK troops suffer in Sangin, the most dangerous place in Afghanistan 02 Apr 2010 British troops based in the town of Sangin are suffering more than 12 times the average casualty rate for Nato troops in Afghanistan, making the town the most dangerous place in the country. More than 10 per cent of the daily casualties suffered by Nato forces are coming from the 3 Rifles Battle Group in Sangin, Helmand province, The Times has learnt, even though the battle group represents only 0.8 per cent of the total Nato force in Afghanistan.
US Navy captures suspected pirates after gunbattle 01 Apr 2010 A US warship has seized five suspected pirates after an exchange of fire in the Indian Ocean west of the Seychelles, the US Navy says. Its statement says the USS Nicholas sank a skiff and captured a suspected mother ship in international waters. The incident happened at 1227 local time when suspected pirates opened fire on the warship.
Military to Test New Brain Injury Therapy; Trials Possible At Fort Hood 01 Apr 2010 The military plans clinical trials next year to determine whether breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber might help brain injuries to heal, or at least relieve the headaches, mood swings or other symptoms they cause. About 300 service members with mild to moderate injuries will participate in the trials of hyperbaric oxygen therapy at Fort Carson, Colo., Camp Pendleton, Calif., Camp Lejeune, N.C., Brooks City-Base, Texas, and possibly at Fort Hood although negotiations are still ongoing there, said Col. Richard Ricciardi of the Defense Center of Excellence.
CIA given details of British Muslim students --Outrage as personal files of undergraduates at Detroit bomb suspect's college handed to US 01 Apr 2010 Personal information concerning the private lives of almost 1,000 British Muslim university students is to be shared with US intelligence agencies in the wake of the Detroit bomb scare. The disclosure has outraged Muslim groups and students who are not involved in extremism but have been targeted by police and now fear that their names will appear on international terrorist watch lists. So far, the homes of more than 50 of the students have been visited by police officers, but nobody has been arrested.
Judge: Bush overstepped wiretapping authority 01 Apr 2010 A federal judge has rejected the Bush regime's justification for warrantless wiretapping of suspected terrorists and ruled that federal agents had eavesdropped illegally on a U.S.-based Islamic charity. The ruling Wednesday by Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker of San Francisco focused on the surveillance of a single organization, the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation - the only plaintiff in dozens of wiretapping lawsuits around the nation that had evidence its calls were intercepted.
Car bomb kills two in Russia as tensions remain high after metro attacks 01 Apr 2010 A car packed with explosives blew up in Russia's North Caucasus region, with the country on high alert after an Islamist group claimed the Moscow metro bombings and warned of more strikes. In the latest unrest, two people were killed in the Khasavurtsky district of the North Caucasus region of Dagestan during the night when their car, suspected to have been packed with explosives, blew up. "According to preliminary information, the explosive materials that were in the car went off accidentally," the Interfax news agency quoted a security source as saying.
Eight U.S. militia members enter not guilty pleas 31 Mar 2010 Eight members of an extremist militia group accused of conspiring to kill law enforcement officers as part of a wider war on the U.S. government pleaded not guilty in federal court on Wednesday. The group's leader, 45-year-old David Brian Stone, had planned to take over three or four rural counties in southeastern Michigan and use the toehold to ambush and kill members of U.S. law enforcement, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald Waterstreet said.
Millions of H1N1 vaccine doses may have to be discarded [Good! Too bad all of it wasn't tossed!] 01 Apr 2010 Despite months of [phony] dire warnings and millions in taxpayer dollars [pharmaterrorists' welfare], less than half of the 229 million doses of H1N1 vaccine the government bought to fight the pandemic have been administered -- leaving an estimated 71.5 million doses that must be discarded if they are not used before they expire.
Satire: Supreme Court: As "People," Corporations Can Run For President --Halliburton said it is narrowing its choices for vice president. By R J Shulman 01 Apr 2010 In a little reviewed passage of the holding by the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Court stated that corporations have the same Constitutional rights as people... Halliburton announced yesterday that it will run on a platform of strong national defense; selling cheap weapons and exploding teabags to militias; eliminating costly long term health care by terminating the sick; and by letting its core voters know that the only thing black about Halliburton is its black operations. (Satire)
Ethics probe asked on lawmakers at C Street house 01 Apr 2010 A government watchdog group says it has filed ethics complaints against lawmakers who have rented rooms in a controversial Capitol Hill townhouse. The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) cites news reports that say House members and some senators have paid below-market rents to live in a house on C Street SE that is owned by a Christian prayer group known as the Fellowship.
What's driving up oil prices again? Wall Street, of course 01 Apr 2010 Oil consumption has fallen, demand from U.S. motorists for gasoline is flat at best and refiners that turn crude into fuel are operating well below capacity. Yet oil prices keep marching toward $90 a barrel, pushing gasoline toward $3 a gallon in many markets, and prompting American drivers to ask, "What gives?" Blame it on the same folks who brought you $140 oil and $4 gasoline in 2008: Wall Street speculators. Experts attribute much of the recent rise in prices to flows of speculative money into oil markets.
Hedge fund lobby doubles its Washington spending --Just in time for the coming debate over financial services regulation, a big spike in what cynics might call "seed money" for policymaking 01 Apr 2010 The hedge fund lobby, called the Managed Funds Association, doubled its spending during the last three months of 2009, according to data recently released by the Federal Election Commission. The MFA strategically sprinkled more than $1 million around Washington in the fourth quarter, compared to just $520,000 spent during the same period in 2008. The association spent more than $3.7 million lobbying last year, a big jump from the $2.4 million it spent the year before, according to OpenSecrets.org, which tracks political spending.
regulations to curtail mountaintop mining 02 Apr 2010 The Obama
administration on Thursday imposed strict new environmental guidelines
that are expected to sharply curtail "mountaintop" coal mining, a controversial
practice that has enriched
Emissions limits, greater fuel efficiency for cars, light trucks made official 02 Apr 2010 New rules finalized Thursday by the Obama administration will increase fuel efficiency and for the first time set greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and light trucks. The new fuel efficiency standards were issued by the Transportation Department and the Environmental Protection Agency as the result of a May 2009 deal with the auto industry.
Can Siku the Small Polar Bear Cub Keep Up? --This is the story of a fictional polar bear family -- Aakaga and her cubs Qannik and Siku -- as they make their perilous journey in a melting Arctic world. (Environmental Defense Fund) 01 Apr 2010 Of Aakaga's two cubs, her little boy is smaller than his sister. Siku has a bright spirit -- he's more curious and alert than his sister. But the miles are beginning to wear on his slight frame... Aakaga's pace has slowed -- to help Siku keep up and because her hunger is beginning to weaken her.
Federal Judge Finds N.S.A. Wiretapping Program Illegal --The ruling delivered a blow to the Bush regime's claims that its surveillance program, which Mr. Bush secretly authorized shortly after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was lawful. 31 Mar 2010 A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the National Security Agency’s program of surveillance without warrants was illegal, rejecting the Obama administration’s effort to keep shrouded in secrecy one of the most disputed counterterrorism policies of former President [sic] George W. Bush. In a 45-page opinion, Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled that the government had violated a 1978 federal statute requiring court approval for domestic surveillance when it intercepted phone calls of Al Haramain, a now-defunct Islamic charity in Oregon, and of two lawyers representing it in 2004.
CCR Asks Supreme Court to Rule Government Cannot Keep Secret Whether It Spied on Guantánamo Attorneys --Attorneys for One of Remaining NSA Warrantless Surveillance Lawsuits Argue FOIA Exemptions Cannot Shield Illegal Conduct 31 Mar 2010 Last night, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) asked the Supreme Court to take up its warrantless surveillance case, Wilner v. National Security Agency (NSA). CCR and co-counsel argue that the Executive Branch must disclose whether or not it has records related to the wiretapping of privileged attorney-client conversations without a warrant. Lawyers for the Guantánamo detainees fit the officially acknowledged profile of those subject to surveillance under the former administration’s program, and the Executive Branch has argued in the past that it has a right to target them.
'It is a stateside Guantanamo.' Special U.S. prisons unconstitutional: lawsuit 30 Mar 2010 U.S. prison units specially designed to muzzle communications by inmates considered extremist are unconstitutional and discriminate against Muslims, according to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday by the Center for Constitutional Rights. The 77-page lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia takes aim at so-called Communications Management Units, which one critic called "a stateside Guantanamo."
CCR Challenges Experimental Prison Units that Restrict Communication and Forbid Physical Contact with Family Without Due Process --Segregated Federal Units Target Muslims, Activists 30 Mar 2010 Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a lawsuit challenging violations of fundamental constitutional rights, including the right to due process, at two experimental federal prison units called "Communications Management Units" (CMUs). The units are being used overwhelmingly to hold Muslim prisoners and prisoners with unpopular political beliefs. CCR filed Aref v. Holder in the D.C. District Court on behalf of five current and former prisoners of the units in Terre Haute, IN and Marion, IL; two other plaintiffs are the spouses of prisoners. The CMUs were secretly opened under the Bush administration in 2006 and 2007 respectively and were designed to monitor and control the communications of certain prisoners and to isolate them from other prisoners and the outside world.
Chechen rebel Doku Umarov claims responsibility for Moscow blasts 01 Apr 2010 A Chechen militant leader claimed responsibility last night for sending "Black Widow" suicide bombers into the Moscow Metro as the head of Russia’s Security Council accused Georgia of backing terrorism in his country. Doku Umarov said that he had personally ordered the attacks at Lubyanka and Park Kultury stations that killed 39 people on Monday. In a video posted on a Chechen separatist website, he warned that more were planned.
CIA Aided DOJ Prosecutors in 1995 OKC Bombing Case 30 Mar 2010 Questions about foreign complicity in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in downtown Oklahoma City for which Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were convicted, were disclosed Friday in a ruling by US District court judge Clark Waddoups on a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the CIA for the CIA's refusal to completely declassify records it has acknowledged it possesses that pertain to the case. It is the first indication that the CIA and the Department of Justice (DOJ) worked together in the bombing investigations and prosecutions.
'Defection' of Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri 'a CIA coup' 01 Apr 2010 An Iranian nuclear scientist who disappeared while on pilgrimage to Mecca last year has 'defected' to the United States and is living and working there for the CIA, it was reported yesterday. Dr Amiri, a nuclear scientist at Tehran’s Malek Ashtar University, went missing in June last year three days after arriving in Saudi Arabia for the annual haj. Details of his disappearance emerged months later when Iran accused the US of abducting him and lodged a formal protest against Washington with the United Nations.
Missing Iran N-scientist 'defected to US,' helping CIA 31 Mar 2010 An Iranian nuclear scientist, who has gone missing since June, has defected to the United States, where he is helping spy on Tehran's enrichment work, US media report. On Wednesday, US security officials told ABC News on conditions of anonymity that Shahram Amiri has not only defected to the US, but is also assisting the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in its longstanding plans to sabotage Iran's nuclear program.
ElBaradei: Western policy in Mideast a total failure --Former IAEA chief slams Western support for tyrants 31 Mar 2010 Western policy in the Middle East has been a 'total failure' and risks creating a new generation of Islamic radicals, Mohammed ElBaradei says. "Western policy towards this part of the world has been a total failure, in my view," the former International Atomic Energy Agency chief told The Guardian in his first English-language interview since leaving the UN post. "It has not been based on dialogue, understanding, supporting civil society and empowering people, but rather it's been based on supporting authoritarian systems as long as the oil keeps pumping."
Western total failure #2: Afghanistan Has World Lead in Hashish Production, UN Reports 31 Mar 2010 Afghanistan, the world’s biggest producer of opium, also leads in the production of hashish, the resin produced from cannabis grown mainly in the war-torn southern part of the country, the United Nations [Vienna-based UN Office on Drugs and Crime] said. Afghanistan produced as much as 3,500 tons of hashish last year from cannabis grown on up to 59,000 acres, the report said. The income for Afghan hashish producers was estimated to be as high as $94 million. [$94 million - Imagine the CIA's cut!]
9 killed in Iraq car bombings 31 Mar 2010 Eight people were killed and 15 others were wounded when two car bombs exploded in central Karbala, Iraq on Monday, police said. And, a government employee was killed in a blast in Baghdad, according to authorities. The first car bomb exploded outside a restaurant frequently visited by pilgrims in the Baladiyat commercial area in central Karbala, killing six civilians wounding 10 others. Ten minutes later, a second car bomb exploded only 109 yards away from the site of the first blast, killing two and wounding five others, police said.
Minister warns about US activities in Lebanon 31 Mar 2010 Lebanese Minister of State for Administrative Reform, Mohammad Fneish, says the former Bush administration took advantage of divisions in Lebanon through agreements and other activities. Fneish described the US activities in Lebanon as illegal and unconstitutional, Ali Rizk, the Press TV correspondent in Beirut, reported on Wednesday. The Lebanese minister also criticized the conditions set by the US concerning technical assistance to Lebanon's interior security services.
World powers hold fresh talks on Iran 31 Mar 2010 Six key world powers have held fresh talks to discuss their next steps in dealing with Iran over its nuclear program, a US official says. The US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said that senior diplomats from the US, Britain, Russia, France, China, and Germany spoke by conference call for "consultations on next steps" on pressuring Iran into stopping its nuclear drive.
Israeli spy held in Algeria with false passport 31 Mar 2010 Algerian forces have arrested an Israeli spy with a false Spanish passport amid the international outcry over use of forged passports by Mossad agents in terrorist operations. Algerian officials say the agent who used the name of Alberto Vagilo was arrested ten days after he arrived in the North African country.
Belgium moves towards public ban on burka and niqab 31 Mar 2010 Belgium today moved to the forefront of a campaign to restrict the wearing of the Muslim veil by women when a key vote left it on track to become the first European country to ban the burka and niqab in public. The home affairs committee of the Brussels federal parliament voted unanimously to ban the partial or total covering of faces in public places.
Officer cleared of assault on female G20 protester 01 Apr 2010 A police sergeant accused of assaulting a female G20 activist with his baton was acquitted yesterday. Sgt Delroy Smellie appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court after YouTube footage showed him striking protester Nicola Fisher with the back of his hand and then twice with a baton.
The bionic-arm of the law: Police unveil new metal detector glove 31 Mar 2010 Police have unveiled their latest weapon in the fight against knife crime - a metal detecting glove which can identify blades hidden under clothing. The £100 e-Glove fits inside the palm of the hand and silently vibrates when it passes over anything containing the tiniest trace of metal. Officers from Leicestershire Police are the first in the UK to be given access to the gizmo full-time following successful trials at forces elsewhere in the country.
Train crews threaten boycott over personality test 31 Mar 2010 Engineers and conductors for Southern California's commuter rail service are threatening to boycott new personality tests required after a crash in 2008 that killed 25 people. Two railroad unions objected to the agreement between Metrolink and its new contractor, Amtrak, because it would require crews to pass tests to keep their jobs, according to a Los Angeles Times report published Wednesday.
Firms not heeding guidelines on CEO pay 01 Apr 2010 When the Obama administration imposed restrictions on executive pay last year at some of the largest companies the government had bailed out, officials said they were aiming to set a new standard for compensation across corporate America that would discourage risky business practices. But as firms begin to disclose last year's bonuses ahead of annual shareholder meetings, it is becoming clear that companies across a wide range of industries are paying executives in ways that officials worry will not discourage the kind of excessive short-term risk-taking that led to the financial crisis.
Barack Obama opens up vast areas of US coast to oil and gas drilling --President Barack Obama faced a backlash from angry environmentalists after announcing he was opening up huge areas of American waters to oil and gas drilling. 31 Mar 2010 ...Brendan Cummings, senior counsel at the Center for Biological Diversity said that the announcement was "all too typical of what we have seen so far from President Obama - promises of change, a year of 'deliberation,' and ultimately, adoption of flawed and outdated Bush policies as his own". He added: "Rather than bring about the change we need, this plan will further our national addiction to oil and contribute to global warming, while at the same time directly despoiling the habitat of polar bears, endangered whales, and other imperilled wildlife."
Obama to Open Offshore Areas to Oil Drilling for First Time 31 Mar 2010 The Obama administration is proposing to open vast expanses of water along the Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska to oil and natural gas drilling for the first time, officials said Tuesday. The proposal would end a longstanding moratorium on oil exploration along the East Coast from the northern tip of Delaware to the central coast of Florida, covering 167 million acres of ocean. ...Large tracts in the Chukchi Sea and Beaufort Sea in the Arctic Ocean north of Alaska -- nearly 130 million acres -- would be eligible for exploration and drilling after extensive studies. [Impeach *NOW.* We did NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS. At least Palin, Bush, Cheney and the other sociopaths were up front about their intentions. See: Obama Is Out-Bushing Bush and the Quote, Unquote Left Will Not Act By Lori Price 30 March 2010.]
ConocoPhillips to expand Alaska offshore drilling 31 Mar 2010 U.S. President Barack Obama's announcement on Wednesday of plans to expand offshore oil and gas drilling allows ConocoPhillips to move ahead on exploring its leases in offshore Alaska. ConocoPhillips, the third-largest U.S. oil company, spent $506 million for drilling leases in Alaska's Chukchi Sea in 2008. Spokesman John Roper said Obama's plan allows the company to proceed after a U.S. appeals court ruling last year ordered an environmental review of Chukchi and neighboring Beaufort Sea areas.
Exhausted polar bear washed up on Isle of Mull By Paul Lewis 01 Apr 2010 Our Mull Officer, Dave Sexton, got the shock of his life while out on a routine wildlife survey yesterday. "We rounded a headland on the west coast of the island and saw a large, white shape lying by some rocks in the distance. As we got closer, I was staggered to see that it was a polar bear. At first I felt sure it was dead, but then I realised it was still breathing... We grabbed a few photos and went off to get help."
A Polar Bear Family Begins Its Journey! --This is the story of a fictional polar bear family -- Aakaga and her cubs Qannik and Siku -- as they make their perilous journey in a melting Arctic world. (Environmental Defense Fund) 31 Mar 2010 This is the day. Icy, windy, freezing - it might not look like spring to a human. But to a polar bear like Aakaga (whose name means "my mother" in Inuit), today, March 31, is the end of a dark, harsh winter... Aakaga is nervous. [And Aakaga should be nervous, because Obusha wants to drill in her home!]
Lovelock: 'We can't save the planet' 30 Mar 2010 Professor James Lovelock, the scientist who developed Gaia theory, has said it is too late to try and save the planet. The man who achieved global fame for his theory that the whole earth is a single organism now believes that we can only hope that the earth will take care of itself in the face of completely unpredictable climate change. Interviewed by Today presenter John Humphrys, he said that while the earth's future was utterly uncertain, mankind was not aware it had "pulled the trigger" on global warming as it built its civilizations.
Obama Is Out-Bushing Bush and the Quote, Unquote Left Will Not Act By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 30 March 2010 The Tea Party protests and violent outbursts are serving as a weapon of mass distraction and cover for the unbridled growth of corporate power and lack of (promised) reform under this Administration. No one dares to mention these facts, yet alone acts on them. Obama ensured that the public option was not included, so that the insurance companies could continue to run amok and serve as the *actual* 'death panels' for thousands of Americans. There is no 'change,' except for the fact that Americans will be forced to buy their overpriced, unnecessary, deeply flawed product.
City cops in full military gear toting sidearms, M16 assault rifles patrol NY subways 30 Mar 2010 Stand clear of the submachine guns. In an unusual move, a heavily armed NYPD security battalion with enough firepower to wipe out Downtown Brooklyn descended onto the city's subway trains yesterday 'in response to' suicide bombings in Russia that killed dozens of passengers in Moscow's subway. Bleary-eyed New Yorkers began their work weeks with a morning rush hour that featured city cops in full military gear, including helmets, goggles, body armor, sidearms and M16 assault rifles.
Half of NYC subway cams not working --Bloomberg says MTA needs more funding 30 Mar 2010 About half of the 4,313 security cameras installed along New York City's subways are not working. At the same time, the cash-strapped Metropolitan Transportation Authority has also been forced to cut officers who patrol major bridges and tunnels. Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday said the MTA needs more funding -- but a plan that would've eliminated most of the agency's problems was turned down by Albany lawmakers. [Stop giving the billion$ NY gets via Homeland 'Security' grants to your corporaterrorist cronies, Bloomberg, and fix them! --LRP]
Investigators warn of further attacks as Moscow metro death toll rises --Security officials say two women who blew themselves up, killing 39 people, could have been part of squad of bombers 30 Mar 2010 Russian investigators warned of further possible attacks following Monday's deadly bombings on the Moscow metro and said a squad of up to 20 trained suicide bombers was still at large. The federal security service (FSB) said the two women who blew themselves up during the morning rush hour may have been members of a larger, 30-strong group of suicide bombers recruited and trained by Chechen rebel leader, Said Buryatsky.
Russian police release subway bomb suspects' photos 30 Mar 2010 Russian police released photographs Tuesday of two women suspected of being the suicide bombers who killed at least 39 people on the Moscow metro a day earlier. Special services are also seeking three suspected accomplices of the bombers, Russian state TV reported, citing Moscow police spokesman Viktor Biryukov.
Militia Probe Included Undercover FBI Agent 30 Mar 2010 In an indictment Monday, federal authorities named David Brian Stone Sr. as leader of the militia group, Hutaree. and accused him and eight members with plotting to spark an uprising against the U.S. government by killing police. Along with Mr. Stone, seven other men and one woman from Michigan, Ohio and Indiana are in being held without bond on weapons and sedition charges. The indictment said Hutaree had practiced attacks and other military maneuvers for more than a year, and had planned to kill a law-enforcement officer, then use homemade bombs to attack officers who attended the funeral. An undercover agent played a role in the investigation that led to Monday's indictments. Grand jury testimony by a law enforcement officer referred to an "undercover FBI agent" who worked on the case.
At least 9 people shot in D.C. 30 Mar 2010 Nine people were wounded along a city block in southern Washington, D.C., Tuesday night after shooters opened fire on a crowd, police said. Metro Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the shooting prompted a lengthy police chase that ended in the arrest of three people. Four officers were treated for minor injuries from an accident during the chase... A tenth person was shot on nearby Galveston Street, but it wasn't clear whether the two shootings were related. Lanier decline to give more details, saying it was too early in the investigation.
Obama hopes for new Iran sanctions 'this spring' --Obama tells reporters he would like to see new UN sanctions imposed on Iran 'in weeks' 31 Mar 2010 France is standing with the United States in condemning Israeli construction in east Jerusalem. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said his own commitment to Israel's security is well known, but added that the "settlement" activity in an area claimed by the Palestinians "contributes nothing." Speaking at a news conference with President Barack Obama after their White House meeting Tuesday, Sarkozy said the "absence of peace" in the region "is a problem for all of us" - and that it feeds terrorism around the world. Obama, for his part, told reporters he would like to see new UN sanctions placed on Iran in a matter of weeks.
Israel lobby presses Congress to soften Obama's tough stance on Netanyahu --American Israel Public Affairs Committee circulates letter urging White House to 'reinforce' relationship with Israel 30 Mar 2010 America's main pro-Israel lobby group is mobilising members of Congress to pressure the White House over its bitter public confrontation with Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister. The move, by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac), appears aimed at exploiting differences in the Obama administration as it decides how to use the crisis around settlement building in Jerusalem to press Israel toward concessions to kickstart peace negotiations. Aipac has persuaded more than three-quarters of the members of the US House of Representatives to sign a letter calling for an end to public criticism of Israel and urging the US to "reinforce" its relationship with the Jewish state.
IAEA chief opposes new Iran sanctions 30 Mar 2010 UN nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano says new sanctions against Iran would force agency inspectors have a more difficult job in resolving the impasse. "As Iran quite often declares, they don't want to act under pressure," Amano told DPA... The White House currently is pushing for further punitive measures against Iran, which is under three rounds of UN Security Council sanctions resolutions.
Canadians firm on leaving Afghanistan next year 30 Mar 2010 Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Tuesday rebuffed an American suggestion that he keep some of his country's troops in Afghanistan following a scheduled pullout next year, reasserting that only 'civilians' would continue in the mission. Harper reiterated his stand during a 20-minute meeting in Ottowa with visiting Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Nato to launch surge against Taliban in Kandahar 30 Mar 1010 The long-awaited Nato-led offensive to regain government control of Kandahar will begin in June a military official has said. Operation Omaid, or hope, is the cornerstone of Gen Stanley McChrystal's troop surge strategy to reverse the eight-year-old Taliban insurgency's momentum. Thousands of American and Afghan troops are being sent to the city and surrounding province, which is home to the Taliban movement. [Why not call it 'Operation Opium Flow?']
Afghan school girl killed by NATO tank 30 Mar 2010 Reports say an Afghan school girl has been run over and killed by a tank belonging to NATO forces in eastern Afghanistan. Eyewitnesses told Press TV that the child was on her way to school along with her classmates in Sorkhabad town in the province of Logar, south of Kabul when the incident happened.
Panel in Iraq Moves to Disqualify 52 Candidates 29 Mar 1010 A government commission sought Monday to disqualify six people who had won seats in Iraq’s parliamentary election and 46 other candidates because of what it called their ties to the banned Baath Party. The disqualification effort, by Iraq’s Accountability and Justice Commission, could prove critical to the election’s outcome because the political alliance headed by Ayad Allawi, the country’s former interim prime minister [US oil puppet], 'won' only two seats more than Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki’s coalition in the March 7 contest.
France advised against full ban on burqa 30 Mar 2010 France's top administrative body has warned the government that plans for a complete ban on the full Islamic veil could be challenged in court. The State Council presented its report to the government on Tuesday, noting that security reasons would only allow the government to go so far as to ask for faces to be uncovered in public venues.
WHO's swine flu response examined 29 Mar 2010 Experts will investigate the World Health Organisation's response to the swine flu outbreak and probably examine whether it could have been clearer when it declared a pandemic of what turned out to be a relatively mild disease. The independent review will be conducted by around 30 scientists and health chiefs and their initial findings will be presented to member states in May, said Keiji Fukuda, WHO's top flu official... Several governments urged WHO last year not to declare swine flu a pandemic, saying it could cause unnecessary alarm if the virus turned out to be harmless.
Drug firm investigated FDA officials 30 Mar 2010 For more than two months in late 2008, private investigators working for a drug company gathered information on a high-ranking official at the Food and Drug Administration - unearthing details about her husband, two daughters, and in-laws, and re-tracing her steps on a business trip she took to Thailand. The drug company, Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc., paid more than $100,000 to Kroll, the New York-based private investigative firm, to uncover the information about Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, who overees the agency’s new-drug approvals.
Governor Activates 150 National Guard Troops 30 Mar 2010 The governor is sending 150 Connecticut National Guard troops to help eastern Connecticut with flood control as heavy rain continues to cause streams and rivers to overflow. Gov. M. Jodi Rell (R-Dirtbag) has directed the state Department of Public Safety to reassign all available troopers in the field and from headquarters to eastern Connecticut to help with road closures and other emergencies.
Environmental Protection Agency will list Bisphenol 'chemical of concern' 30 Mar 2010 The Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it is formally listing Bisphenol A -- a [deadly] chemical found widely in consumer goods -- as a "chemical of concern." The chemical is added to plastics to harden them. It is so widespread that 90 percent of Americans show traces of it in their urine. But, in recent years, studies have linked BPA to heart disease and cancer in humans, and to abnormal development in animals.
CITES to World: Get Your Polar Bear Rugs While You Can By Zak Smith 22 Mar 2010 As you may have already heard, last week the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species ("CITES" or "the Convention") rejected a US proposal to ban the international trade of polar bear parts. I was at the conference in Doha, Qatar, fighting for greater protections for polar bears and witnessed firsthand the discussion and vote that rejected the US proposal. (For background on the Convention and what was at stake for polar bears, read my previous blogs here, here, and here.)
CIA 'suggests' Europe should understand suffering of women under Taliban --European Nato governments should emphasise the suffering of women under Taliban rule to counter domestic calls for troop withdrawal a leaked CIA analysis suggests. 29 Mar 2010 A steep increase in French and German casualties this summer could trigger public anger at their involvement and calls for a military pull out the document warns. Paris and Berlin should start a targeted propaganda campaign to "forestall or at least contain" a backlash by stating the benefits of military action... The analysis, marked "confidential" and not for release to foreign nationals, comes amid American concern that heavy fighting this summer could prompt a "precipitous" departure of Nato allies. A spokesman for the CIA declined to comment on the document, dated March 11.
US Bagram Airbase hit during Obama visit --Afghan officials: Three rockets targeted airfield 29 Mar 2010 The US Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan has been hit by rockets during an official visit by President Barack Obama to the war-torn country. Afghan officials told Press TV on Monday that three rockets targeted the airfield. No damages or casualties have been reported; however, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, who claimed responsibility for the attack, said there were serious casualties inside the base.
Taliban claims shooting down NATO chopper in S Afghanistan 29 Mar 2010 Taliban militants fighting Afghan and NATO-led troops have claimed responsibility for shooting down a NATO helicopter that crashed in Afghanistan's southern Zabul province on Monday morning. Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, who claims to speak for Taliban outfit, in talks with media via telephone from undisclosed said that militants shot down a helicopter of NATO forces in Adghar district of Zabul province Monday morning.
Iraq panel to bar 6 lawmakers from taking office --If upheld, the move against the alleged Baathists would cost the 'winning' Iraqiya bloc its majority in parliament. 30 Mar 2010 An Iraqi government commission said Monday that it would bar six newly elected parliament members from office, accusing them of having been members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party. The move, if upheld by a panel of judges, would take away at least two seats from the Iraqiya list, currently the largest bloc [of US puppets] in the upcoming parliament, and risk tainting the election results in the eyes of the many minority Sunni Arabs who voted for the slate.
Report: Israel copied thousands of passports 29 Mar 2010 Britain believes thousands of its passports have been copied by airline staff working for the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, a UK tabloid reported Sunday. News of the World reported that the British MI6 intelligence service believe Britons flying to Israel have been targeted for months and their documents cloned.
Algerian authorities arrest Mossad agent holding forged passport 29 Mar 2010 Algerian newspaper revealed on Sunday that the authorities in Algeria arrested a secret agent working for the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence apparatus, and holding a forged Spanish passport. According to Al-Nahar newspaper, the Algerian security apparatuses arrested an Israeli spy called Alberto, 35, in the city of Hassi Messaoud near an Egyptian office providing service for oil companies.
Molotovs hurled at Israeli force near Al-Arrub camp 29 Mar 2010 Two Molotov cocktails were hurled at an Israeli military force near the Al-Arrub refugee camp between Bethlehem and Hebron in the southern West Bank at midnight Sunday, the army said. The military said there were no injuries, and that Israeli forces began "scanning the area searching for the attackers."
Rachel Corrie's family takes case to court in Israel --Corrie was killed by an Israeli bulldozer while trying to protect Palestinian homes. 30 Mar 2010 The American parents sit stoically in a sky-lit courtroom, listening to testimony about how an Israeli military bulldozer crushed their daughter to death seven years ago. They hear about the dangerous game of chicken played for several hours that winter afternoon in 2003, between bulldozers and international activists trying to protect Palestinian homes, before Rachel Corrie disappeared under a creeping mound of dirt. Now her parents, calling an Israeli investigation that found no fault a "whitewash" and suspecting that the bulldozer driver deliberately ran over their daughter, are pursuing a civil lawsuit against the government.
Washington ratchets up war threats against Iran By Patrick Martin 29 Mar 2010 The Obama administration is ratcheting up its war threats against Iran in a calculated effort to provoke a crisis with Tehran that could produce a general war in the Middle East. In multiple venues--planted articles in the press, the release of a think tank study on military options, speeches at the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, and congressional declarations--Washington is building a case for a new eruption of US military aggression. The appearance of two articles in the Sunday edition of the New York Times underscored this campaign.
'Blasts could engender new US-Russia anti-terror dialogue' 29 Mar 2010 After the terrorist attacks in Moscow, there is hope for a new, more comprehensive anti-terror dialogue between Moscow and Washington, believes German political and business consultant Christoph Hörstel. The specialist joined RT to speak on the possible changes in Russia’s and global politics the Monday attacks in Moscow could bring.
US transit security increased over Moscow blast --NY: Special units distinguished by their special black uniforms, helmets and body armor in subway stations 29 Mar 2010 U.S. transit agencies are beefing up security as a precaution following the suicide bombing in Moscow's subway system. In New York City, caravans of police vehicles have been dispatched to transit hubs. Special units distinguished by their special black uniforms, helmets and body armor also are in subway stations. In Washington, D.C., Metro police are conducting random inspections of stations and rail yards. Atlanta's public transit system, MARTA, says its police department has increased the number of officers and patrols throughout the system.
Metro heightens security 29 Mar 2010 (Washington, D.C.) After two suicide attacks on Moscow's subway, Metro tightened security on the rails Monday. "There will be more uniformed officers out on the stations, out on the platforms," Metro Transit Police Capt. Kevin Gaddis tells WTOP. "You'll probably see more K-9 dogs out in the system." Officers who normally work in casual clothes will be in uniform.
Moscow bombings: Putin vows to destroy group behind attacks 29 Mar 2010 Russians were facing the prospect of a deadly new Chechen terror campaign tonight after two female suicide bombers blew themselves up on Moscow's packed metro during the morning rush hour, killing at least 38 people... The targets appeared to be have been carefully chosen to represent a symbolic attack on Russia's government. The first bomb went off opposite the headquarters of Russia's FSB anti-terrorism intelligence agency. Sources suggest the second bomb may have been intended for Oktyabrskaya station, next to Russia's interior ministry. There was no immediate claim of responsibility tonight. But the head of the FSB, Alexander Bortnikov, said those responsible had links to the North Caucasus, the heavily Muslim region plagued by insurgency and where federal forces and their local proxies have been waging brutal counter-terrorist operations against suspected insurgents.
Suicide bomber hit station next to Russia's top security agency 30 Mar 2010 The twin suicide bombings that killed at least 38 people in Moscow's crowded subway system on Monday included an attack on a station just steps away from the headquarters of Russia's premier security service. The strike shortly before 8 a.m. at the Lubyanka station -- named for the forbidding building that houses Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), the successor to the KGB -- is part of a wave of suicide assaults that target spy services engaged in violent confrontations with militant Islamist groups. [Gee, I was wondering how long it would take to mention 'militant Islamist groups.']
FBI make Christian militia arrests --The FBI has carried out a series of raids on Christian militia across America after they feared the groups were about to launch a bombing campaign in anticipation of Armageddon. 29 Mar 2010 Nine members of a Christian militia group in the American Midwest were charged on Monday with plotting to kill a police officer and then blow up mourners at his funeral. Members of the Hutaree, self-proclaimed "Christian warriors" who conduct paramilitary training in readiness for the arrival of the anti-Christ, were seized after a series of FBI raids in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. The nine face charges that include attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, seditious conspiracy and teaching the use of explosives.
In Christian Militia Charged in Plot to Murder Officers 29 Mar
2010 Nine members of a Michigan-based Christian militia group have been
indicted on sedition and weapons charges in connection with an alleged
plot to murder law enforcement officers in hopes of setting off an anti-government
uprising. In court filings unsealed Monday, the Justice Department accused
the nine people of planning to kill an unidentified law enforcement officer,
then plant improvised explosive devices of a type used by
Tenn. man pleads guilty in plot against Obama 29 Mar 2010 A Tennessee man has pleaded guilty to plotting to kill then-presidential candidate Barack Obama and dozens of other black people in 2008. Daniel Cowart, 21, of Bells, Tennessee, pleaded guilty Monday to eight counts of a 10-count indictment accusing him of conspiracy, threatening a presidential candidate and various federal firearms charges. Under a plea agreement, he faces 12 to 18 years in prison but U.S. District Judge J. Daniel Breen could give him more.
Declare 'Confederate Southern American' on Census forms, group says 26 Mar 2010 The Southern Legal Resource Center is calling on self-proclaimed "Confederates" to declare their heritage when they are counted in the 2010 Census. The organization is urging Southerners to declare their "heritage and culture" by classifying themselves as "Confederate Southern Americans" on the line on the form, question No. 9, that asks for race. Check "other" and write "Confed Southern Am" on the line beside it, the group says on its Facebook page and on two YouTube videos.
8 House Members to Mull 2nd Draft Bill on Science-Tech Probe of WTC Destruction Causes By Barbara Ellis, Ph.D. 25 Mar 2010 A second draft bill setting up an independent science and technology investigation into the World Trade Center destruction was presented March 16-17 in Washington D.C. to science/technology aides of eight House members for action this year. The bill continues to propose a 25-member committee with subpoena power, chosen from the national and international community of renown scientists of Nobel laureates, as well as structural engineers, architects, and other technological specialists--those in demolition, advanced weaponry, and 9/11 first-responders.
New worries about H1N1 influenza --Continuing activity in the Southeast raises fears of a third wave of swine flu cases. 30 Mar 2010 Continuing activity of pandemic H1N1 influenza in the Southeast, particularly in Georgia, is raising fears of a third wave of swine flu cases, federal officials said Monday. They urged people to continue getting vaccinated as a preventive measure in case a new outbreak occurred. [Of course! The govt is dying to dump the pharmaterrorists' mercury-laden vaccines on US citizens who know their vaccines are useless *and* deadly.]
RNC spent almost $2,000 at bondage-themed strip club 29 Mar 2010 Under fire from both right and left, the Republican National Committee is investigating how and why it spent nearly $2,000 for "meals" at a bondage-themed strip club in West Hollywood featuring topless dancers simulating lesbian sex. The party confirmed Monday that it reimbursed a California consultant for $1,946 spent at Voyeur, a high-end bar/lounge that's described on one Web site as "classic slutty" where "you might not be completely shocked at the almost naked women writhing on each other, but you will undoubtedly be in awe."
Obama Puts Pesticide Pusher in Charge of Agricultural Trade Relations 28 Mar 2010 Sidestepping a stalled Senate confirmation vote, yesterday President Obama recess-appointed Islam Siddiqui to be chief agricultural negotiator in the office of the U.S. trade representative. Dr. Siddiqui’s nomination was held up in the Senate and was opposed by the Center for Biological Diversity and more than 80 other environmental, small-farm, and consumer groups. More than 90,000 concerned citizens contacted the White House and Senate to oppose the nomination. Siddiqui is a former pesticide lobbyist and is currently vice president of science and regulatory affairs at CropLife America, a biotech and pesticide trade group that lobbies to weaken environmental laws.
Obama cuts to home energy assistance to have devastating consequences By Hiram Lee 27 Mar 2010 The Obama administration’s plan to introduce a major cut in funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will have a devastating impact on the lives of working families throughout the United States. Obama has slashed funding for LIHEAP down to $3.3 billion in his proposed budget for the fiscal year 2011. This represents a 35 percent reduction in funds allocated to the program, which had been budgeted for $5.1 billion in the previous year. The cut comes at a time when demand for assistance is at a record high due to soaring levels of unemployment in the US.
CITGO Reaffirms Commitment to the Environment by Participating in Earth Hour in Boston 26 Mar 2010 CITGO Petroleum Corporation will be joining this Saturday, March 27, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., more than 70 local businesses, government agencies, universities, colleges, hotels, and museums, as well as hundreds of residents and small businesses, that will turn off all non-essential lights to participate in Earth Hour here. By joining Earth Hour for the second consecutive year, CITGO reaffirms its commitment to environmental protection as one of the company’s core values, in alignment with principles in support of an efficient use of our energy resources, which are endorsed by our parent company, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA).
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