October 2009 Archives
Ultimate bunker buster: U.S military speed plans for 13-ton bomb... but deny Iran nuclear standoff is the reason 13 Oct 2009 The U.S. military is speeding up delivery of a colossal bomb designed to destroy hidden weapons bunkers buried underground and shielded by 10,000 pounds of reinforced concrete. Call it Plan B for dealing with Iran, which recently revealed a long-suspected nuclear site deep inside a mountain near the holy city of Qom. The 15-ton behemoth -- called the 'massive ordnance penetrator,' or MOP -- will be the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal and will carry 5,300 pounds of explosives.
US approves 13,000 troops for Afghan war 13 Oct 2009 Washington will send an additional 13,000 US troops to Afghanistan in addition to the 21,000 President Barack Obama announced publicly in March, a report says. The Washington Post reported on Monday the extra troops are primarily support forces, such as engineers, medical personnel, intelligence experts and military police, bringing the total buildup the president has approved to 34,000. "Obama authorized the whole thing. The only thing you saw announced in a press release was the 21,000," a defense official, familiar with the process, told the paper.
Kerry wary of sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan 13 Oct 2009 Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, who will travel to Afghanistan and Pakistan this week, said on Tuesday he was "very wary" of sending more American troops to the region. Minutes after getting off the phone to President Barack Obama about the issue, Kerry said neither of the two extremes -- a nationwide counterinsurgency and nation-building effort in Afghanistan nor "walking away from the place" -- were do-able. [Yeah, can't 'walk away' -- too many US contractors still need to be overpaid to rebuild that which they destroyed. See: The Obusha AfPak Money Pit: Unlike the 'public option,' Congress doesn't ask if funding the Taleban to blow up contractors' bridges will add to the US deficit By Lori Price 03 Oct 2009.]
MDR's Word of the Day 14 Oct 2009 "Nobelity." n. a quality that inheres in a person making him or her a likely recipient of a Nobel prize. Used in a sentence: "Barack Obama must have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize because of his supposed nobelity, as no other explanation can be found." --Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D.
Mission accomplished! Iraq on final stages to sign first oil deals 14 Oct 2009 The Iraqi government is on the final stages of negotiations to sign contracts left from the June energy auction after some giant oil companies agreed on fee terms put earlier by Iraqi Oil Ministry, an Iraqi top oil official said Tuesday. The consortium, made up of the Italian ENI, Occidental Petroleum Corporation of the United States, China Sinopec and Korea Gas Corporation of South Korea, is "qualified to take up the Zubair field and we will finalize the contract," Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani told a news conference in Baghdad.
Exxon, Lukoil submit competing bids for Iraq oilfield 13 Oct 2009 Competing consortiums led by US energy giant Exxon Mobil and Russia's Lukoil have submitted bids that meet conditions for a major southern Iraqi oilfield, the country's oil minister said on Tuesday. Both consortiums agreed to be paid 1.9 dollars per additional barrel they extract from West Qurna 1 on top of current production, Hussein al-Shahristani told reporters in Baghdad. Exxon Mobil's consortium is with Anglo-Dutch energy firm Shell, while Lukoil is partnering with ConocoPhillips.
Royal Navy will be allowed back to Iraq 14 Oct 2009 Iraq has passed legislation allowing the return of 100 British naval training personnel who were forced to leave the country earlier this year. The Royal Navy was excluded from Iraq at the end of May, forcing it to move a frigate, an auxiliary ship and crew out of Iraqi waters towards Kuwait after parliament failed to approve a military co-operation agreement with Britain. Trainers who were to help turn Iraq’s navy into a fighting force capable of protecting its oil terminals, also had to leave in what appeared to mark an embarrassing end to Britain’s five year military involvement in the country.
Iraq Allows 100 British Naval Trainers to Return --100 British naval trainers to protect oil terminals 13 Oct 2009 Iraq's parliament Tuesday signed a deal allowing up to 100 British Royal Navy trainers to return to Iraq to help the Iraqi navy protect oil platforms. British troops had withdrawn from southern Iraq to Kuwait after the Iraqi parliament repeatedly failed to pass an agreement that would have allowed some to remain. However, 100 British naval trainers were earmarked to help Iraq protect its southern oil terminals.
Ten killed in Iraq bombings 13 Oct 2009 A spate of bombings across Iraq on Tuesday killed 10 people, including two Iraqi soldiers and the leader of a Sunni Arab militia allied with the United States. Fourteen others were wounded in the attacks in the village of Buhruz, northeast of Baghdad, and the northern oil hub of Kirkuk, security and medical officials said. In the deadliest incident, a suicide bomber exploded a belt-full of explosives in a coffee shop in Buhruz, 15 kilometres south of Baquba in Diyala province, killing eight people and leaving 10 others injured.
Former world court chief joins UK Iraq inquiry 13 Oct 2009 Britain's official inquiry into the war in Iraq has appointed a former president of the International Court of Justice to help advise it on legal issues. The Iraq inquiry committee said Wednesday it had appointed former judge Rosalyn Higgins to assist its investigation. Higgins served as president of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, from 2006 until she stepped down early this year.
Blair should be tried for war crimes, say families of soldiers killed in Iraq 14 Oct 2009 Angry families of British servicemen killed in Iraq told members of the official inquiry into the conflict that Tony Blair must be held accountable for taking the nation to war. Many blamed the former prime minister for the deaths of their loved ones in an "illegal" conflict, and some even called for him to be prosecuted for war crimes. [Don't forget Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Betrayus, Gates, McChrystal, Gonzales, Yoo, and Addington.]
For the sake of my son, why I refused to shake Blair's blood-covered hands 12 Oct 2009 ...Peter Brierley's family and friends were quite shocked to think of him marching up to the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, refusing to shake his hand, tearing a couple of strips off him, then turning on his heel and stalking away. Famously the master of self-possession and quick to reach for a snippet of handy phrasemaking, by all accounts Mr Blair was left ashen and speechless by the encounter with the straight-talking 59-year-old from Batley. Mr Brierley had often thought about what he might say if he ever came eyeball-to-eyeball with the man who took the country into the war in which his 28-year-old son Shaun died, but when the meeting came, it was not how he would ever have planned it.
Iraq vets exposed to deadly chemical asked to get exam 13 Oct 2009 Six years after nearly 1,200 U.S. soldiers in Iraq were potentially exposed [by KBR] to a sometimes deadly chemical [sodium dichromate] linked to cancer, the military and Veterans Affairs Department have been tracking them down and asking them to get a medical exam. The troops were protecting or in the area of workers hired by a subsidiary of the contractor, KBR Inc., based in Houston, to rebuild the Iraqi water treatment plant Qarmat Ali near Basra, Iraq.
Benjamin Netanyahu refuses to let soldiers speak to tribunal 13 Oct 2009 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has insisted Israel will not cooperate with an international war-crimes tribunal, set up to investigate the army assault on militants in the Gaza Strip ten months ago. The PM has told the Knesset that he would never allow soldiers and war-time leaders to go before the UN war crimes panel.
NORAD Exercise Planned for East Coast, New England 13 Oct 2009 The Continental United States NORAD Region, a geographical component of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, will conduct a three-day homeland defense exercise, Falcon Dart, beginning Oct. 14 along the eastern seaboard and in New England. This exercise is designed to train CONRs intercept and identification operations and will involve fighters out of Barnes Air National Guard Base, Mass., Jacksonville ANG, Fla., Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., and aircraft from other federal agencies.
Army considers middle-school JROTC program 12 Oct 2009 The U.S. Army wants middle school students. The Wichita school district in south-central Kansas is one of a few nationwide offering middle school programs based on the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps curriculum. Top Army officials are studying its programs to see if they could be a model for others nationwide. The Army is collaborating with the National Association of School Boards to develop a so-called JROTC-plus program that would use the high school JROTC curriculum as a basis for a middle school program, Army JROTC director Col. John Vanderbleek said.
Gag on Guardian reporting MP's Trafigura question lifted --The question from Paul Farrelly MP which was subject to a gagging order related to the Trafigura toxic waste scandal 13 Oct 2009 The existence of a previously secret injunction against the media by oil traders Trafigura can now be revealed. Within the past hour Trafigura's legal firm, Carter-Ruck, has withdrawn its opposition to the Guardian reporting proceedings in parliament that revealed its existence. Labour MP Paul Farrelly put down a question yesterday to the justice secretary, Jack Straw. It asked about the injunction obtained by "Trafigura and Carter-Ruck solicitors on 11 September 2009 on the publication of the Minton Report on the alleged dumping of toxic waste in the Ivory Coast, commissioned by Trafigura".
Guardian gagged from reporting parliament 12 Oct 2009 The Guardian has been prevented from reporting parliamentary proceedings on legal grounds which appear to call into question privileges guaranteeing free speech established under the 1688 Bill of Rights. Today's published Commons order papers contain a question to be answered by a minister later this week. The Guardian is prevented from identifying the MP who has asked the question, what the question is, which minister might answer it, or where the question is to be found. The Guardian is also forbidden from telling its readers why the paper is prevented – for the first time in memory – from reporting parliament. Legal obstacles, which cannot be identified, involve proceedings, which cannot be mentioned, on behalf of a client who must remain secret.
Secret Service Investigates Swastika, Obama Name Carved Into Golf Course 13 Oct 2009 (MA) Police along with the Secret Service are investigating after a local country club discovered a symbol resembling a swastika carved into the green. Lakeville County Club workers discovered the vandalism early Monday morning. Carved into the green on the 18th hole was a swastika look-a-like next to President Barack Obama's name.
The looming threat of terror that comes from the far right --The threat comes not from jihadis but 'neo-Nazis' out to kill black people, Jews and gays By Johann Hari 14 Oct 2009 Britain is facing the real risk today of a bombing campaign that targets random civilians for death – but it is being virtually ignored. When its supporters step closer every day to mass murder, nobody notices. When its perpetrators are caught, there is (at best) a little flick of information in News in Brief... The campaign I am talking about is not being planned by jihadis or fringe Irish nationalists but by white "neo-Nazis" who want to murder Asians, black people, Jews and gays in the bizarre belief it will trigger a "race war".
Mandatory Flu Vaccination for N.Y. Health Workers Is Criticized --Regulation affects 500,000 health care workers and volunteers statewide 14 Oct 2009 The New York Civil Liberties Union demanded on Tuesday that the state health commissioner withdraw a new regulation requiring hundreds of thousands of health care workers to get both seasonal and swine flu vaccinations. In testimony before several State Assembly committees in Lower Manhattan, Donna Lieberman, executive director of the civil liberties union, said that the requirement violated the constitutional right of health care workers to control their bodies and their medical treatment.
Maine Lawmaker Looks to Ban Vaccine Mandates 13 Oct 2009 In an effort to make sure you decide whether or not you or your children get a flu shot, state representative Doug Thomas has introduced a bill that would forbid mandatory vaccinations. Maine's top health official Dr. Dora Anne Mills says she's surprised by the bill adding that there is no current statute in Maine requiring mandatory vaccines, therefore she says there's no reason to codify the law. Rep. Thomas is standing behind his bill. [Petition against mandatory vaccines -6150 signatures]
'The mandate was irrational and are not going along with it.' Nurses to protest forced flu shots 13 Oct 2009 (NY) Four Albany Medical Center Hospital emergency room nurses are in the process of filing a lawsuit against the state for mandating all hospital workers get vaccinated with the H1N1 flu shot and seasonal flu shot by November. To gain support on the issue, the nurses have organized a rally for Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Capitol’s East Park, said Terry Kindlon, the nurses’ attorney.
NW Ind. work-release center locked down over flu 13 Oct 2009 Officials in northwestern Indiana's Lake County confined about 160 inmates at a work-release center after one inmate was hospitalized with severe flu symptoms. Lake County Community Corrections director Kellie Bittorf says the illness wasn't immediately confirmed as swine flu but that the staff was taking 'necessary' precautions. Inmates serving their sentences in the Crown Point center have been barred from leaving for work or receiving visitors since Saturday.
Boy, 6, Faces Reform School for Carrying Camping Utensil to School 13 Oct 2009 A Delaware mother whose 6-year-old son was suspended for 45 days for carrying a camping utensil to school is speaking out against the suspension and saying he should not have to face reform school as a consequence. Debbie Christie's son Zachary, a first-grader at Downes Elementary School in Newark, Del., was suspended for carrying a camping utensil that contained a spoon, fork, bottle opener and knife to school.
Senate Panel Clears Health Bill With One G.O.P. Vote 14 Oct 2009 The Senate Finance Committee voted on Tuesday to approve legislation that would reshape the American health care system and provide subsidies to help millions of people [forced to] buy [overpriced] insurance, as Senator Olympia J. Snowe, Republican of Maine, joined all 13 Democrats on the panel in support of the landmark bill. The vote was 14 to 9, with all of the other Republicans opposed.
Health insurance lobby attacks reforms 12 Oct 2009 The White House and the health insurance industry on Monday descended into open conflict on the eve of a critical Senate vote that could determine the fortunes of Barack Obama’s healthcare reform plans. Supporters of President Obama accused the health insurance industry of attempted "sabotage" after it issued a report by PwC, which estimated that premiums would rise much faster under the proposed 'reforms' than they would have done otherwise.
German soldiers to get different flu vaccine than civil population: Report 12 Oct 2009 The armed forces, according to a newspaper report, has ordered a different vaccine against the swine influenza for Germany's 250,000 soldiers. The vaccine is different than the serum which will be used to inoculate the civil population as a protection against the swine flu. The more acceptable vaccine for the soldiers contains neither controversial additives nor mercury-containing preservatives, reports the Bielefelder 'Westphalian's sheet,' according to armed forces circles. It concerns the Serum Celvapan from the pharmaceutical manufacturer Baxter. [Note: Above is a rough translation of the German article. Also, see: Baxter working on vaccine to stop swine flu, though admitted sending live pandemic flu viruses to subcontractor By Lori Price 26 Apr 2009.]
Mass. House approves bill allowing quarantines --Senate version includes placing restrictions on right to public assembly, allowing arrest of individuals without warrant, mandatory vaccinations, and isolation orders issued to anyone who refused to be vaccinated 08 Oct 2009 Public health officials would have the power to isolate individuals and order quarantines to contain the outbreak of serious contagious diseases under a bill approved by the Massachusetts House [113-36] on Thursday. One of the most contentious parts of the bill would give public health officials the authority to force individuals or groups into isolation or quarantine when there is "reasonable cause to believe that a disease or condition dangerous to the public health exists or may exist or that there is an immediate risk of an outbreak." [Arrests without warrant and quarantines? Hopefully, the people will work to overthrow any government that allows *this* insanity to become law.]
US policies give rise to 'secession' talks 12 Oct 2009 Amid the increasing unpopularity of the US government's policies on war, economy and civil rights, a growing number of Americans are advocating the secession and defiance of federal laws, a report says. Secessionists, such as the Second Vermont Republic movement and the Texas Nationalist Movement, and states rights advocates believe the federal government has lost its authority. "The US government has lost its moral authority," Thomas Naylor, a retired economics professor who heads the Second Vermont Republic movement, told AFP. "Our government is operated and owned by Wall Street and corporate America."
Napolitano Says Al-Qaeda-Style Terrorists Are in U.S. 12 Oct 2009 Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said law-enforcement authorities are tracking terrorists with al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] leanings in the U.S. "It is fair to say there are individuals in the United States who ascribe to al-Qaeda-type beliefs," Napolitano said in an interview with Bloomberg Television today. "And so it makes information-sharing, it makes effective law enforcement and it makes the shared responsibility of law enforcement ever so important." [Just what *is* an 'al-Qaeda-type belief?']
UN, Interpol design 'global policing doctrine' 12 Oct 2009 The United Nations and Interpol, the global police organization, are poised to become partners in fighting crime by jointly creating an international police force. Interpol, which is financed by 187 member nations, says the "global police doctrine" would allow the deployment of 'peacekeepers' among rogue nations plagued by war and organized crime.
Support Troops Swelling U.S. Force in Afghanistan --Additional Deployments Not Announced and Rarely Noted 13 Oct 2009 President Obama announced in March that he would be sending 21,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. But in an unannounced move, the White House has also authorized -- and the Pentagon is deploying -- at least 13,000 troops beyond that number, according to defense officials. The additional troops are primarily support forces [i.e., Xe terrorists] , including engineers, medical personnel, intelligence experts and military police. Their deployment has received little mention by officials at the Pentagon and the White House, who have spoken more publicly about the combat troops who have been sent to Afghanistan. The deployment of the support troops to Afghanistan brings the total increase approved by Obama to 34,000. The buildup has raised the number of U.S. troops deployed to the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan above the peak during the Iraq "surge" that President [sic] George W. Bush ordered, officials said.
After Nobel nod, Obama convenes war council 10 Oct 2009 Hours after being named a Nobel peace laureate, US President Barack Obama shouldered his duties as commander in chief and convened a war council for crucial talks on Afghan strategy. Mr Obama gathered his top political, military and security aides for the fourth in a series of in-depth consultations on rescuing the US 'mission' in the unpopular eight-year war.
MDR's Word of the Day 13 Oct 2009 "Republicant." n. the cant or phraseology common to Republicans, generally of an exaggerated and denunciatory kind and used to make Democrats appear politically liberal or even socialist in orientation. Republicants are often pointed to by Democrats (Democants) as an excuse for their failure to act in a manner consistent with their own rhetoric. 2. n. one who practices republicant. --Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D.
MDR's Word of the Day 12 Oct 2009 "Democantism." n. a rhetoric of defeatism in the face of an overwhelming minority opposition. Var. Democant. n. one who practices democantism. --Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D.
Obama continues assault on democratic rights By Tom Eley and Barry Grey 12 Oct 2009 Actions taken by President Barack Obama over the past month have confirmed that he is every bit as committed as his predecessor, George W. Bush, to the expansion of the police powers of the state. Last week, Obama moved to significantly weaken a "media shield" bill advancing through Congress that would give new protection to government whistle-blowers and journalists in cases involving sources who speak with reporters on condition of anonymity. It marked yet another volte-face for Obama, who as a senator championed a similar measure.
'There are still a few good apples in there but there's been a few bad ones and we've got a rotten barrel.' Ex-officer alleges 'hundreds of' Iraq cover-ups 11 Oct 2009 British soldiers in Iraq were involved in hundreds of incidents in which civilians died or were seriously injured but which were covered up or inadequately investigated, a former military police officer claimed today. "If you were to look back at all the serious allegations arising out of operations in Iraq, there's a catalogue of blunders, mistakes, ineptitude and the course of investigations being bent to serve the real or perceived interests of the chain of command of the army," the ex-officer said. He said he had "absolutely no trust and confidence in anyone in the army who is saying that the number of incidents are low". He continued: "The documentary evidence that I have seen suggests that there were hundreds of incidents over the last six or seven years and that it's of great concern that among those hundreds there will have been undoubtedly some very suspicious deaths and serious injuries that were never properly investigated."
Four killed in spate of Iraqi violence 13 Oct 2009 A spate of shootings and bombings across Iraq on Monday killed four people and wounded 13 others, police and military officials said. In Monday's deadliest attack, two sons of a mukhtar or village chief were killed when their car struck a roadside bomb in Buhruz, 15 kilometres (nine miles) south of Baquba, the provincial capital.
Israel PM denounces UN Gaza report 13 Oct 2009 Israel's prime minister has lashed out against the Goldstone report which criticises Israel for deliberately targeting civilians during its war on Gaza earlier this year. Opening the winter session of the Israeli parliament on Monday, Binyamin Netanyahu denounced the UN report as a "distorted report, written by this distorted committee".
Clinton visits Russia to discuss Iran, nuclear treaty 12 Oct 2009 US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton began a mission to Russia on Tuesday to advance negotiations for a new US-Russian nuclear arms treaty and seek Moscow's help in curbing Iran's 'nuclear ambitions.' On her first trip here as chief US diplomat, Clinton is to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and President Dmitry Medvedev to discuss the key topics but also efforts to bring peace to the Middle East and Afghanistan.
Pakistani Police Had Warned Army About a Raid 12 Oct 2009 The 'mastermind' of the militant assault on Saturday that shook the heart of the Pakistani military was behind two other major attacks in the last two years, and the police had specifically warned the military in July that such an audacious raid was being planned, police and intelligence officials said Sunday. Nine men wearing army uniforms had breached the military headquarters complex in Rawalpindi and held dozens hostage for 20 hours until a commando raid ended the siege. In all, 16 people were killed, including eight of the attackers, the military said.
Emirates court convicts American on terror charges 12 Oct 2009 The United Arab Emirates' highest court convicted an American citizen Monday on terrorism-related charges amid claims that torture was used to extract a confession. The court sentenced Naji Hamdan to 18 months in prison, but he should be freed soon because the sentence counts time served and he was detained last year. Rights groups also have accused U.S. authorities of pushing the case in the Emirates because they lacked enough evidence for American courts.
U.S. Can't Trace Foreign Visitors on Expired Visas 12 Oct 2009 Eight years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and despite repeated mandates from Congress, the United States still has no reliable system for verifying that foreign visitors have left the country. New concern was focused on that security loophole last week, when Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, a 19-year-old Jordanian who had overstayed his tourist visa, was accused in court of plotting to blow up a Dallas skyscraper.
Soaring CCTV cameras 'are costly, futile and politically motivated' 13 Oct 2009 CCTV fails to cut crime and the technology needs to be curbed in Scotland, where the number of cameras has almost doubled in the past six years, a leading academic has said. Mike Press, who has spent the past decade studying how design can contribute to crime reduction, told The Times that the expensive policy is politically motivated and ineffectual.
Smart meters could be 'spy in the home' 11 Oct 2009 Smart meters could become a 'spy in the home' by allowing social workers and health authorities to monitor households, adding to concern at Britain's surveillance society. The devices, which the government plans to install in every home by 2020, will also tell energy firms what sort of appliances are being used, allowing companies to target customers who do not reduce their energy consumption. Privacy campaigners have expressed horror at the proposals, which come as two million homes have 'spy' devices fitted to their rubbish bins by councils who record how much residents are recycling.
DOT Seeks Proposals for RFID-Enabled License Plate System to Aid Police -- Transportation Dept. solicits proposals from small RFID companies 08 Oct 2009 The U.S. Department of Transportation's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program has posted online its solicitation for the fiscal year. The document includes a project for the development of a radio frequency-enabled license-plate system that would assist government agencies in the enforcement of traffic laws.
Three heroes of 9/11 die of cancer in five days 12 Oct 2009 A firefighter and two cops who worked at Ground Zero in the days and weeks after Sept. 11 have died of cancer in the past five days, the Daily News has learned. Family members and advocates are blaming their deaths on toxins released into the air after the twin towers collapsed - and they're urging Congress to act on a bill that would help pay for their medical care.
Swine flu fears grow as NHS staff shun vaccine --Health department urges frontline staff to get jab 11 Oct 2009 The Department of Health has ordered NHS bosses across England to ensure that frontline staff get immunised against swine flu amid growing signs that many doctors and nurses intend to shun the vaccine. Chief executives and boards who run hospitals, primary care trusts and strategic health authorities have been told to urgently maximise the number of workers having the jab. Leading DH figures including Sir Liam Donaldson, the chief medical officer, have written to them six times in the last five weeks stressing the need for action before the second wave of the pandemic causes major problems.
Vietnam detects 3 cases of drug-resistant swine flu 12 Oct 2009 Vietnam has detected three cases of swine flu that were resistant to the antiviral drug Tamiflu... The three were admitted to the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh city in late August and September and have all recovered, said Rogier van Doorn, a clinical microbiologist and doctor at the hospital. "The viruses that were isolated when they were admitted were still sensitive (to the drug), but during treatment with oseltamivir, resistance built up," said van Doorn, referring to the generic form of Tamiflu.
Subpoenas issued in probe of ex-Interior secretary --A grand jury investigates whether Gale Norton broke federal laws in overseeing a process that awarded lucrative leases to Shell, which later hired her. 10 Oct 2009 A federal grand jury has subpoenaed records from Royal Dutch Shell PLC as part of a Justice Department investigation into corruption allegations against former [Bush] Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton, according to sources close to the investigation. The subpoenas and the inclusion of a grand jury are signs of escalation in the investigation, which focuses on whether Norton violated a federal law barring government officials from overseeing any process that could financially benefit a company that the official is negotiating with for future employment.
Labour rocked as Brown is forced to repay £12,000 13 Oct 2009 Gordon Brown has been ordered to pay back taxpayers more than £12,000 as the expenses scandal returned to plague the Commons on the first day after the long summer recess.
Health Insurers Project Rising Premiums --Obama officials, who have been wooing the insurers, question the timing and source of the report. 12 Oct 2009 After months of collaboration on President Obama's [phony] attempt to overhaul the nation's healthcare system, the insurance industry plans to strike out against the effort today with a report warning that the typical family premium could rise over the next decade by $4,000 more than projected under current law. The critique, coming one day before a key Senate committee vote on the legislation, sparked a sharp response from the Obama administration.
Dollar Reaches Breaking Point as Banks Shift Reserves 12 Oct 2009 Central banks flush with record reserves are increasingly snubbing dollars in favor of euros and yen, further pressuring the greenback after its biggest two-quarter rout in almost two decades. Policy makers boosted foreign currency holdings by $413 billion last quarter, the most since at least 2003, to $7.3 trillion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Amnesty reveals Bible was used to decide execution 13 Oct 2009 Amnesty International has highlighted a case of a man facing execution in Texas. The human rights group has revealed a Texas man faces execution after jurors at his trial consulted the Bible when deliberating his fate. Khristian Oliver is set to be executed on 5th November.
Parliament rooftop protest ends 12 Oct 2009 A climate change protest on the roof of Parliament has ended. More than 30 Greenpeace activists spent the night on top of the Palace of Westminster, as MPs returned from their summer break. They unfurled yellow banners proclaiming the message: "Change the politics, save the climate." Nineteen arrests were made and it is thought more could follow.
Quick action! Save Orphan Bears: End Cruel Den Hunts --Target: PM Vladimir Putin Sponsor: International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) 11 Oct 2009 (Petition) During Russia's annual bear hunt, hibernating mother bears are lured out of their dens by dogs to be shot and killed, leaving their infant cubs to freeze or starve to death. Each year, den hunting leaves up to 4,000 cubs motherless. Some of these homeless cubs end up as pets to local villagers, while others are taken as cruel props for entertainment or to be eaten in restaurants. Most are abandoned and left to die. You can give these tiny bundles of fur a second chance at life.
'Numbers beyond Yottabytes haven't yet been named.' Who's in Big Brother's Database? By James Bamford --Review of The Secret Sentry: The Untold History of the National Security Agency by Matthew M. Aid 05 Nov 2009 Lacking adequate space and power at its city-sized Fort Meade, Maryland, headquarters, the NSA is also completing work on another data archive, this one in San Antonio, Texas, which will be nearly the size of the Alamodome. Just how much information will be stored in these windowless cybertemples? A clue comes from a recent report prepared by the MITRE Corporation, a Pentagon think tank. ..."[T]he data volumes are increasing with a projection that sensor data volume could potentially increase to the level of Yottabytes (1024 Bytes) by 2015." Roughly equal to about a septillion (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) pages of text, numbers beyond Yottabytes haven't yet been named. Once vacuumed up and stored in these near-infinite "libraries," the data are then analyzed by powerful infoweapons, supercomputers running complex algorithmic programs, to determine who among us may be--or may one day become--a terrorist.
Telephone Company Is Arm of Government, Feds Admit in Spy Suit --Judge says relationship isn't enough to squash rights group’s open records request By Ryan Singel 08 Oct 2009 The Department of Justice has finally admitted it in court papers: The nation’s telecom companies are an arm of the government -- at least when it comes to secret spying... The Electronic Frontier Foundation wanted to see what role telecom lobbying of Justice Department played when the government began its year-long, and ultimately successful, push to win retroactive immunity for AT&T and others being sued for unlawfully spying on American citizens. The feds argued that the documents showing consultation over the controversial telecom immunity proposal weren't subject to the Freedom of Information Act since they were protected as "intra-agency" records.
MDR's Word of the Day 11 Oct 2009 "Obamaholics Anonymous." n. an anonymous fellowship of recovering Ombamaniacs who admit that they are powerless over Obama's rhetoric and their lives have become unbearable. The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop drinking the Kool-Aid. Abbreviation: OA, O.A. --Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D.
ISI behind attack on Indian embassy: Afghan envoy to US 10 Oct 2009 Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI was behind the attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul which killed 17 people and wounded more than 60 others, Afghan envoy to the US has claimed. "Yes, we do," Afghan Ambassador to the US Said T Jawad told the PBS news channel in an interview when asked if he was pointing the finger at Pakistan for the suicide bombing that took place on Thursday. "We are pointing the finger at the Pakistan intelligence agency, based on the evidence on the ground and similar attack taking place in Afghanistan," Jawad said.
In Pakistan, Militants Attack Army Bastion --At Least Nine Killed, Officials Say 11 Oct 2009 Militants staged a deadly attack on the Pakistani army headquarters Saturday in the most audacious indication yet of their willingness to battle the government -- even at the doorstep of the nation's large and powerful security forces. The attack amounted to a stunning security breach [*stunning* I tell you, it was simply *stunning*] as the Pakistani military prepares what it says will be an all-out assault against militants in the Taliban and 'al-Qaeda' stronghold of South Waziristan, near the Afghan border. [See: Congress passes aid package for Pakistan worth $1.5 B a year for five years 06 Oct 2009 Congress just passed an aid package for Pakistan worth $1.5 billion a year for the next five years to help 'combat' extremism and foster social and economic development. [Well, thank *God* US taxpayers are paying to rebuild Pakistani infrastructure and paying Xe to train their army to attack the corrupt government we pay to 'fight' al-Qaeda (literally, 'the database') and *not* spend one dime on single-payer health care which, by God, everyone *knows* is just too damn expensive. Mr. Nobel/GOPigs/Baucus the Bastard: You are absof*ckinglutely useless. --LRP]
Contractors kill more US soldiers than the Taliban. Weapons failed US troops during Afghan firefight 11 Oct 2009 In the chaos of an early morning assault on a remote U.S. outpost in eastern Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Erich Phillips' M4 carbine quit firing as militant forces surrounded the base. The machine gun he grabbed after tossing the rifle aside didn't work either. When the battle in the small village of Wanat ended, nine U.S. soldiers lay dead and 27 more were wounded. A detailed study of the attack by a military historian found that weapons failed repeatedly at a "critical moment" during the firefight on July 13, 2008... Eight years into the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, do U.S. armed forces have the best guns money can buy?
'How long a material witness will be held is determined by the court.' Afghan Men Tricked Into U.S. Trip, Detained --Possible Witnesses Have Been Forced to Stay Since 2008 10 Oct 2009 And what began as a celebration in the summer of 2008 has become an agonizing extended stay for Ziaulhaq, who is not accused of any crime but has been forced to stay thousands of miles away from his sick wife and six children at home. Ziaulhaq and two countrymen have spent more than a year confined to a hotel in a drab industrial area near Chicago's sooty Midway Airport. Their saga highlights anew the power of a controversial U.S. statute that allows prosecutors to hold people, without suspicion or criminal charges, as material witnesses in ongoing investigations. After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist strikes, the Bush 'Justice' Department used the law to round up Muslim men, giving rise to a lawsuit against then-Attorney General John D. Ashcroft that experts say could make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Deadly Blasts Target Police, Government Buildings in Iraq 11 Oct 2009 Three car bombings targeted a police station and a government headquarters in Ramadi in western Iraq on Sunday, killing at least 25 people and underlining the precarious situation in Anbar province. The first bombing occurred in a parking lot when a 1991 Opel vehicle rigged with explosives detonated at 12:30 p.m. killing the parking lot's attendant and another civilian.
14 killed, 64 injured in Iraqi car bombings 11 Oct 2009 Fourteen people were killed and 64 others injured in three car bomb attacks in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi Sunday, the interior ministry said. 'The latest police reports said a total of 14 people were killed and 64 others injured, including policemen, in twin car bombings and a suicide car bomb attack outside a hospital in Ramadi,' an official requesting anonymity said.
400 Wis. National Guard Members Going to Iraq 10 Oct 2009 Nearly 400 Wisconsin National Guard troops are headed to Iraq in March. The troops are from the 724th Engineer Battalion which has companies based in Chippewa Falls, Hayward, Medford, Spooner and Superior.
McCain Says 40,000 More Troops Needed to Win in Afghanistan 11 Oct 2009 Senator John McInsane, the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee, said it will take at least 40,000 additional U.S. troops to win in Afghanistan and cautioned the Obama administration against a "half-measure." McCain says General [war criminal] Stanley McChrystal is seeking to add 30,000 to 40,000 troops to the 68,000 the U.S. will have there by the end of the year.
Turkey cancels joint drill over Israel's Gaza crimes 11 Oct 2009 Turkey has canceled a planned joint military drill with Israel to protest against Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip earlier this year. Turkey informed Israel of cancellation of the Anatolian Eagle exercise last week, Jerusalem Post reported on Sunday. The US, Italy and NATO air forces were also to participate in the air force drill, which was to be held this week.
Multi-national military maneuver canceled due to US outcry over Turkey pullout 11 Oct 2009 A joint military exercise that Israel, the US, NATO, Turkey and Italy were scheduled to conduct this week, was taken off the table because of American disappointment with Ankara's decision to withdraw from the maneuver due to Israel's planned participation, Israeli defense officials said Sunday. Turkey informed Israel of the cancellation of the Anatolian Eagle exercise last week, saying this was because the planes that Israel was going to send likely bombed Hamas targets during Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip earlier this year.
Israel, US to simulate response to war 11 Oct 2009 Israel and the United States, amid growing tensions with Iran, will simulate interoperability between missile defense systems this week during the biennial Juniper Cobra missile defense exercise. The exercise, set to simulate a response in the event of war between Israel, the Islamic republic, Syria and Hizbullah, will begin on Monday and end on Friday. More than 1,000 American troops from the European Command in Stuttgart, Germany have deployed in Israel for the exercise - mostly in the Negev - in addition to some 15 missile ships, some of them carrying the Aegis ballistic missile defense system.
25 lawmakers still held in Israeli prisons 11 Oct 2009 The Palestinian ministry for prisoners' affairs says at least 25 lawmakers along with two former ministers are still being held in Israeli prisons under appalling conditions. According to a press release published on Saturday, the highest number of detainees were from al-Khalil, 10, followed by Ramallah, 6, Al-Quds, 4, Bethlehem, 3, and one prisoner from the occupied West Bank towns of Nablus and Ariha (Jericho) each.
Landowners in Honduras hired Colombian paramilitaries, UN says --Members of the AUC, classified as a terrorist organisation by the US, reportedly hired to offer protection for landowners 09 Oct 2009 Honduran landowners have reportedly hired former Colombian paramilitaries as mercenaries to protect them against possible violence stemming from government tensions, a UN panel said today. The UN working group on mercenaries said that it has received reports that some 40 former members of United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia, or AUC. The US government classifies the AUC as a terrorist organisation.
Marines see sharp increase in suicides 09 Oct 2009 Recently released figures show Marines are taking their own lives at alarmingly high rates, and deployments appear to be taking a toll. Through September, the Marines have recorded 38 confirmed or suspected suicides in 2009. Should the pace continue through the end of the year, the Marines would be facing a 20 percent increase from 2008 figures. Suicides also rose 27 percent from 2007 to 2008.
Obama Pledges Again to End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' but Offers No Timetable 11 Oct 2009 President Obama on Saturday renewed his vow to allow gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the military, but failed to offer a timetable for doing so -- an omission likely to inflame critics who say he is not fighting aggressively enough for gay rights. "I will end ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,' " Mr. Obama told an audience of nearly 3,000 people at a fund-raising dinner for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay advocacy group.
Nuclear terror suspect is top physicist --Was a leading scientist working on Cern's Large Hadron Collider plotting with al-Qa'ida to sabotage sites in France? 11 Oct 2009 The scientist suspected of plotting terrorist attacks on nuclear sites in France is a brilliant, internationally known physicist who has worked on research projects in Britain and the US, it emerged yesterday. Adlène Hicheur, 32, who currently works on the "Big Bang" Large Hadron Collider experiment on the Swiss-French border, was once a research fellow at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Chilton, Oxfordshire.
Man held in France over 'Qaeda links' released: official 10 Oct 2009 The younger of two brothers arrested in France on suspicion of links to the 'Al-Qaeda' militant network was released on Saturday without charge, a judicial official said. The detention of the elder brother, a 32-year-old engineer at the CERN nuclear research lab, was extended, the source said. He may be handed over by Monday to authorities in Paris who deal with anti-terrorist matters.
Could take years to lower pandemic alert level - WHO 09 Oct 2009 It could take years for the World Health [Homicide] Organisation to downgrade the H1N1 flu from a pandemic to seasonal-like virus, the U.N. agency said on Friday. The WHO moved its six-point pandemic alert level to the top rung in June in response to the spread of the new virus widely known as swine flu.
official downplays risk from swine flu vaccine
11 Oct 2009 A top U.S. health official says the risks from not getting
the swine flu vaccine are greater than any potential risks associated
with the vaccine. Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease
Nurse Challenges Mandatory Vaccines For Health Workers 10 Oct 2009 A registered nurse has asked a judge to block New York State's requirement that all health care workers receive vaccines against the seasonal and H1N1 flu viruses. Suzanne Field, a nurse in Dutchess County, told NY1 that she filed last week temporary restraining order on behalf of the nearly 60,000 medical workers who are required by state law to get both vaccines before November 30. ['We'll take your shot after you take ours.']
(Satire) GOP On Obama's Peace Prize: ACORN Rigged the Voting --"Barack Hussein Obama has not yet proven he was born on this planet," said Minnesota Rep Michele Bachmann, "and without an earth birth certificate, he is not eligible for the prize." By R J Shulman 10 Oct 2009 Upon the news of the surprise announcement that President Barack Obama won this year's Nobel Peace Prize, Republicans began protesting like a mad tea party on steroids. "We need to begin a full scale investigation of how ACORN illegally helped Obama win," said House Minority Leader John Boehner. "We have to call a spade a spade and start calling him Obamacorn from now on," said Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell.
Polling shows little to please Republicans in 2010 --California looks bluer than the nation as a whole 11 Oct 2009 [According to last week's Field Poll of California voters] former governor and current Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown was clocking not only San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (D), but also his potential GOP general election foes, each by more than 20 points. Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, like Brown a longtime punching bag and fundraising tool to the Republican Party, was also running double digits ahead of her two potential Republican challengers in the 2010 race.
'The lobbyists are winning.' Lobbyists Fight Last Big Plans to Cut Health Care Costs 11 Oct 2009 As the health care debate moves to the floor of Congress, most of the serious proposals to fulfill President Obama’s original vow to curb costs have fallen victim to organized interests and parochial politics. Lobbying by doctors, hospitals and other health care providers, meanwhile, dimmed the prospects of various proposals to cut into their incomes, including allowing government negotiation of Medicare drug prices and creating a government insurer with the muscle to lower fee payments.
Anthem sued over denial of transplant 11 Oct 2009 Ephram Nehme was gravely ill when Anthem Blue Cross of California agreed to pay for a liver transplant his physician said he needed to survive. Then, his condition went downhill fast. Nehme's doctor told him he could die waiting for an organ in California and urged him to go to Indiana, where the waiting list was shorter. But Anthem Blue Cross, an affiliate of Indianapolis-based WellPoint, said no. It would not pay for a transplant in Indiana.
10,000 apply for 90 factory jobs 08 Oct 2009 In the latest sign of weakness in Louisville-area employment, about 10,000 people applied over three days for 90 jobs building washing machines at General Electric for about $27,000 per year and hefty benefits.
'The investigation doesn't list what kind of bug it was.' Military says 'large insect' distracted Minot AFB nuclear driver --Shipment also contained two 14-gallon tanks of liquid rocket fuel 09 Oct 2009 A truck driver who lost control of a semi-trailer carrying missile parts from North Dakota's Minot Air Force Base was distracted by a "large insect" that flew in a window and landed on the driver's back, the military said in a report released Friday. The Air Force said the truck from the base's 91st Missile Wing, which overturned Aug. 31 on a gravel road in northwest North Dakota, was carrying rocket engine parts for intercontinental ballistic missiles but no nuclear material. It was the second crash of a base vehicle in just more than a year. The Air Force spent about $5.6 million last year to recover an unarmed booster rocket for an intercontinental ballistic missile after the truck carrying it overturned in July 2008. [And the Minot AFB Clandestine Nukes 'Oddities' keep on coming.]
MDR's Word of the Day 10 Oct 2009 "Obamapologetics." Obamapologetics is a systematic excusing of Barack Obama for actions blatantly contradicting his change rhetoric simply on the grounds that Obama committed said actions. The term can be applied more broadly to any justificatory rhetorics used by or on behalf of supposed "liberals" or those claiming to work for progress on behalf of the people, while acting in fact against their interests. --Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D.
(Not satire) Beck: Tea partyers should get Nobel Peace Prize instead 09 Oct 2009 Conservative talk radio host Glenn Beck[oming unhinged] said on Friday that the "tea party goers" and attendees of the 9/12 protest should receive the Nobel Peace Prize instead for stopping President Barack Obama's agenda. The controversial Beck said that the protesters have already blocked Obama from accomplishing the goals for which the Nobel Committee awarded him the prize.
Nobel peace prize awarded to Barack Obama --US president wins prize for 'extraordinary efforts' to improve world diplomacy and co-operation 09 Oct 2009 The US president, Barack Obama, was today awarded the 2009 Nobel peace prize "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples". The Nobel committee said "only rarely has a person such as Obama captured the world's attention and given his people hope for a better future". The committee said Obama, who only took up the presidency in January, had been acknowledged for his calls to reduce the world's stockpile of nuclear weapons and working for world peace.
Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize 09 Oct 2009 U.S. President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for giving the world "hope for a better future" with his work for peace and calls to reduce the global stockpile of nuclear weapons. The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised Obama for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."
The Nobel War Prize By Bill Van Auken 10 Oct 2009 Obama appeared in the Rose Garden in the mid-morning to deliver remarks that began with a declaration that he was "surprised and deeply humbled" to receive the Peace Prize. He then marched back into the White House to meet with his war council and discuss sending tens of thousands more troops to Afghanistan and escalating the bombing in that country and across the border in Pakistan. Using his statement to issue veiled threats against Iran, Obama went out of his way to declare himself the "commander-in-chief" and refer to the two wars and occupations over which he presides.
Nato trucks set ablaze in Pakistan [Gee, looks like we'll have to buy more fuel (KBR wins) and re-fund terrorists to pretend to 'guard' the shipment (Xe wins). See? It's win-win.] 09 Oct 2009 Anti-government fighters in Pakistan have set alight supply trucks destined for Western forces in Afghanistan. The attack on six Nato vehicles on Friday at a terminal in a suburb of the city of Peshawar occurred after a weapon was stolen from a watchman, police said. One oil tanker and a container were completely gutted, although no casualties were reported.
Top Troop Request Exceeds 60,000 09 Oct 2009 The request for troops sent to President Barack Obama by the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan includes three different options, with the largest alternative including a request for more than 60,000 troops, according to a U.S. official familiar with the document. The top option is more than the 40,000 soldiers previously understood to be the top troop total sought by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. officer in Kabul.
UK soldier killed in Afghanistan 09 Oct 2009 A British soldier has been killed in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has announced. The soldier, who was serving with 1st Battalion The Coldstream Guards, died in an explosion near Camp Bastion, in central Helmand.
Wounded soldier becomes 5th to die after Afghan ambush 09 Oct 2009 An ambush in a remote part of eastern Afghanistan that raised questions about the whether U.S. troops had enough artillery, air support and intelligence [I think the horse has left the barn on that one] has claimed a fifth U.S. service member. Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Westbrookof Colorado Springs, Colo., died Wednesday at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. McClatchy wrote about Westbrook in an article about the Sept. 8 ambush. A reporter helped carry the wounded Westbrook onto a helicopter shortly after a gunshot pierced his right cheek and went through his neck.
American troops in Afghanistan losing heart, say army chaplains 08 Oct 2009 American soldiers serving in Afghanistan are depressed and deeply disillusioned, according to the chaplains of two US battalions that have spent nine months on the front line in the war against the Taleban. Many feel that they are risking their lives -- and that colleagues have died -- for a futile mission and an Afghan population that does nothing to help them, the chaplains told The Times in their makeshift chapel on this fortress-like base in a dusty, brown valley southwest of Kabul.
Karachi student flings shoe at American journalist 09 Oct 2009 Pakistan opened its account in "shoe-gaming" with a Karachi student flinging his shoe at a US journalist. The shoe was flung at Clifford D May, a US journalist visiting Karachi University on Thursday, local media reported. May, who is a Republican and was said to be an active member of the party during George W Bush's administration, was speaking at the Department of International Relations on 'Pakistan's Role in Countering the Challenge of Terrorism' when a student got into action.
You've blood on your hands, Blair told at Iraq memorial 10 Oct 2009 Former prime minister Tony Blair was publicly snubbed by a bereaved father yesterday who accused him of having "blood on his hands" for sending troops to fight in Iraq. Mr Blair, who has repeatedly defended his decision to lead Britain into the conflict, was rebuked by Peter Brierley, whose son, Lance Corporal Shaun Brierley, was killed in 2003.
Bomb kills anti-insurgent cleric in Iraq 09 Oct 2009 A Sunni cleric known for denouncing 'insurgents' in Iraq was killed Friday by a bomb that ripped apart his car, a police official said, in the second targeted attack on a religious figure in as many weeks. Jamal Humadi was driving home after delivering his Friday sermon in Saqlawiyah, 45 miles (75 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, when a bomb attached to his car exploded, the official said.
Five killed in Iraq bombings 08 Oct 2009 Five people were killed, including two policemen, and 13 others wounded in two attacks in Iraq on Thursday, police officials said. In the deadlier attack, three civilians were killed by a bomb placed inside a barber shop in the town of Yusfiyah, around 25 kilometres (15 miles) south of Baghdad.
Mega barf alert! Israeli's bid to buy Al-Jazeera from Qatar 08 Oct 2009 An Israeli media tycoon has offered to buy the pan-Arab Al-Jazeera satellite television network from the government of Qatar. Haim Saban, has submitted an offer to the Qatari government in a bid to purchase half of the Doha-based Al-Jazeera satellite network. The Egyptian newspaper al-Mesryoon reported Wednesday that the Israeli billionaire is currently engaged in negotiations with Qatar's emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, over the partial purchase of the media outlet.
More women than men dismissed from military for being gay 09 Oct 2009 Women were dismissed from the military for being gay at a greater rate than men last year, according to new statistics obtained by a California research group. All the services kicked out a disproportionate number of women under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, according to Department of Defense data obtained by the Palm Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Relenza warning after patient dies turning flu powder into liquid 10 Oct 2009 The drugs company GlaxoSmithKline said that at least one person has died after turning its anti-flu powder Relenza into a liquid. In a letter to doctors, GSK said reformulation was not recommended by the Food and Drug Administration in the US. The FDA posted the letter online yesterday without providing details of the person who died.
Airports to Screen Passengers For H1N1 Symptoms --New Guidelines Allow Airports to Take Temperatures, Quarantine Passengers Exhibiting Flu-Like Illness --People Traveling Internationally May Be Screened When Leaving, Entering U.S. 08 Oct 2009 New government air travel guidelines are on their way. This flu season, airport staff across the nation won't just be screening for security threats. They'll also be looking out for health threats – people who look like they may have the H1N1 virus. The government says that people traveling internationally may be screened for the H1N1 virus as they leave or enter the U.S. The government warns that some passengers may be asked to pass through a screening device, have their temperatures taken, answer questions about their health, and even be quarantined if someone on the flight shows symptoms of H1N1.
N.J. residents question necessity of swine flu vaccination 08 Oct 2009 According to a Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll released today, two-thirds of New Jerseyans said they plan to skip the vaccine and three-quarters said they weren’t worried about the swine flu. Nationally, an Associated Press poll Wednesday found 72 percent of those surveyed said they were worried about the vaccine’s side effects, including 38 percent who said they would not permit their child to get it.
Official: UK has 18,000 new cases of swine flu in last week 08 Oct 2009 The U.K.'s chief medical officer says there have been 18,000 new cases of swine flu in England over the last week as the country experiences the second wave of swine flu. am Donaldson said Thursday the rate of infection is much lower than had been feared.
NORAD exercise flights planned over Nevada skies 07 Oct 2009 The Continental United States NORAD Region (CONR), a geographical component of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, will conduct exercise flights Thursday over western Nevada. The flights will take place in the late morning and early afternoon and people can expect to hear and see NORAD fighter aircraft as they practice their intercept and identification procedures.
US lawmakers extend PATRIOT Act provisions 08 Oct 2009 Key US lawmakers passed legislation Thursday extending three key provisions of the PATRIOT Act, the sweeping intelligence bill enacted after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Backing a White House request, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the measure 11 votes to 8 to extend until 2013 three clauses that would have expired by 31 December. The bill now heads to the full Senate for a vote.
Police stop more than 1 million people on street 09 Oct 2009 Hundreds of thousands of Americans in big cities have been stopped on the street by police using a law-enforcement practice called stop-and-frisk that alarms civil libertarians but is credited by authorities with 'helping reduce crime.' Police in major U.S. cities stop and question more than a million people each year -- a sharply higher number than just a few years ago. Most are black and Hispanic men. Many are frisked, and nearly all are innocent of any crime, according to figures gathered by The Associated Press.
Angeles' anti-terrorism program sparks controversy
09 Oct 2009 Civil activists on Thursday voiced concern over an
White House strips immigration policing powers from Arizona sheriff --Sheriff Joe Arpaio has previously been attacked by critics for racial profiling among illegal immigrants 09 Oct 2009 A controversial Arizona sheriff known for taking a hard line against illegal immigrants has been stripped of some of his powers in what he described as a political move by the Obama administration. Joe Arpaio, a gruff lawman who styles himself as America's toughest sheriff, has won acclaim from US anti-immigrant forces for his relentless pursuit of mostly Hispanic illegal immigrants in Maricopa county, Arizona, a fast-growing county of 4 million people that is home to Phoenix, the nation's fifth largest city.
Hadron lab scientist held on terrorism charges --Physicist working on Big Bang suspected of advising al-Qa'ida on possible targets 10 Oct 2009 A nuclear physicist working on the "large collider" experiment to simulate the Big Bang has been arrested in France on suspicion of advising al-Qa'ida [al-CIAduh] on possible terrorist targets. The French scientist, of Algerian origin, is being held with his younger brother after being trailed, and bugged, by French anti-terrorist police for more than a year. A judicial source told the newspaper Le Figaro: "This is very high level." The French Interior Minister, Brice Hortefeux, said that the investigation "may perhaps show that we have prevented the worst".
Father of New York bomb plot suspect is indicted 08 Oct 2009 The father of an Afghan immigrant accused of plotting one of the most serious security threats to the United States since the September 11 attacks was indicted on Thursday on charges of lying to the FBI, federal prosecutors said. Mohammed Wali Zazi, 53, had previously been charged by prosecutors with lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation when it was investigating his son, Najibullah Zazi, 24.
California Man Blows Off Hands with Explosives --Authorities Say Neo-Nazi Material Found in Man's Home 08 Oct 2009 A young man blew his hands off while making homemade high explosives inside his family's California home, law enforcement sources say. Neo-Nazi and 'anarchist type' [?] literature were found in the home, authorities said. A substantial quantity of the high explosive TATP -- used in London bombings and suspected in the current Najiboullah Zazi/alleged New York terror plot case -- has been located at the scene, counter-terrorism sources say.
Chicago cop off streets after being accused of faking DUI arrests 09 Oct 2009 A Chicago Police officer honored in the past for making hundreds of drunken driving arrests has been removed from the street and placed on administrative duty as the department investigates claims he falsified arrest reports. Officer Richard Fiorito faces a lawsuit in federal court in which 19 people claim he violated their rights in DUI stops. In at least one stop, he is accused of writing an arrest report whose facts contradict video taken from a camera on his squad car.
New Orleans Police Force Faces Swarm of Inquiries 09 Oct 2009 Four years after the New Orleans Police Department was accused of acting lawlessly in suppressing violence in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, dozens of officers, some from an elite unit, have been interviewed by the F.B.I. or faced subpoenas to testify before federal grand juries. F.B.I. agents seized files from the department’s homicide division. And on a recent Saturday, a major city bridge, where police officers killed two men in the floodwaters of 2005, was shut by federal investigators for several hours.
Broward Republicans go gunning --GOP congressional candidate shoots at target bearing rival's initials 08 Oct 2009 (FL) Armed with handguns and AK-47 and AR-15 assault rifles, the members of the Southeast Broward Republican Club abandoned the usual community center for their club meeting this week, and gathered at the Pembroke Gun and Range on Tuesday night... Though most of the targets of gunfire were standard gun-range fare, a few shooters used large color posters instead. They depicted a menacing figure, adorned in a kaffiyeh. One of the shooters at the Tuesday evening event was Robert Lowry, a Republican candidate hoping to unseat U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston. Lowry's target had the letters "DWS" next to the silhouette head. Lowry said he didn't know who wrote Wasserman Schultz' initials on his target, but said he knew they were there before he started shooting. [See: Guns OK Outside Obama Town Hall; Kerry Pins Brought Arrest At Bush Rally By Lori Price 12 Aug 2009.]
Restaurant Sign Attacking Obama Sparks Race Debate --Restaurant Owner's Sign: 'Obama's plan for health-care: N*gger rig it.' 08 Oct 2009 When you walk into the Georgia Peach Oyster Bar in Paulding County, you feel like you've walked into a different era. Behind the pool tables stands a mannequin in a Klu Klux Klan costume, but it's what's outside of the Patrick Lanzo's restaurant that has some people angry. Lanzo put up a sign that reads "Obama's plan for health-care: N*gger rig it." [WHY is this 'restaurant' still standing?]
U.S. Mortgage Backer May Need Bailout, Experts Say 09 Oct 2009 A year after Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac teetered, industry executives and Washington policy makers are worrying that another government mortgage giant could be the next housing domino. Problems at the Federal Housing Administration, which guarantees mortgages with low down payments, are becoming so acute that some experts warn the agency might 'need' a federal bailout.
Shell plans massive floating LNG facility 08 Oct 2009 Shell plans to build a $5.5 billion floating liquefied natural gas processing plant off the West Australian coast. Using floating LNG technology, Shell plans to process gas from its Prelude and Concerto fields in the Browse Basin off Australia's undeveloped Kimberley coast, where more than a third of the nation's known offshore gas is located.
EOP visits the CLG --Mr. President, I hope you (or your Administration) enjoyed the CLG site. Fort Detrick, Quantico, DHS and Halliburton --What do they all have in common? 14 Aug 2009 Updated! New visitors added, including: Name: esseop102b.eop.gov OrgName: Executive Office Of The President USA
Pakistani FM: US may know Bin Laden's hideout 07 Oct 2009 The United States may know the location of Osama Bin Laden's hideout, says the Pakistan's foreign minister. "US may be aware of the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden," Shah Mehmood Qureshi told reporters in Washington on Tuesday, according to the India-based Sifynews. The United States had recently claimed that the notorious al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] leader has sought refuge in Pakistan. The US President Barack Obama's Administration has repeatedly claimed that the al-Qaeda and its affiliates live in the rugged western regions of Pakistan on the Afghan border. The United States has used such claims as an excuse to attack the tribal areas in the region using its pilot less, predator drones. The strikes have resulted in massive civilian casualties, something that the Pakistani government and people have strongly opposed.
US says bin Laden is in Pakistan [Of course he is! Congress passes aid package for Pakistan worth $1.5 B a year for five years --Pakistan seeks long U.S. commitment. See, just *mentioning* (the deceased) former CIA asset gets those tax dollars flowing to US mercenaries and corpora-terrorists. 07 Oct 2009 The United States has announced that most of the masterminds of the 9/11 terror campaign have shifted from Afghanistan to Pakistan. The US State Department has told reporters that the terrorists left Afghanistan to enter Pakistan, where they are still carrying out their activities. [Yeah, too bad the CIA didn't take action in July 2001 when they visited bin Laden in a US hospital. See: Bin Laden was met in July 2001 at the American hospital at Dubaï 31 Oct 2001 Osama Bin Laden was treated in July at the American hospital in Dubaï where he met a person in charge of the CIA, the French daily newspaper the Barber and Radio International France (RFI) reported on Wednesday... He left the establishment on July 14, adds the Barber. During this stay, reports the daily newspaper, the local representative of the CIA was seen going in the room of Bin Laden. "A few days later, the CIA man bragged in front of some friends that he had visited the billionaire saudi". Bin Laden is sought by the United States for terrorism since the attacks against the American embassies of Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. But Osama's links with the CIA are older and go up back to the time where Bin Laden took part in the combat in Afghanistan against the Soviet forces.]
US, Afghan forces kill Afghan child in raid [Hurry and read before the AP changes its headline! Soon it will read: US forces kill al-Qaeda number two in raid] 08 Oct 2009 The U.S. military says American and Afghan forces accidentally killed a child during a raid on a 'Taliban' compound in eastern Afghanistan. Civilian deaths threaten to undermine Afghan support for international forces, and the U.S. commander in Afghanistan has made protecting innocent Afghans a priority. [Apparently, *not.*]
Deadly bomb explodes near Indian embassy in Kabul --Rush-hour blast on busy road in Afghan capital kills at least 12 people and injures dozens 08 Oct 2009 A large suicide bomb exploded near the Indian embassy in Kabul this morning, killing at least 12 people and wounding dozens. Officials said it was a suicide attack. The head of Kabul's hospitals said at least 67 people were injured in the attack, which occurred on a busy road that also houses Afghanistan's interior ministry.
Spanish soldier dies in Afghanistan blast 07 Oct 2009 An explosion has killed a Spanish soldier serving with the US-led NATO troops in Afghanistan, amid widespread discontent over the foreign forces' handling of the war. Five other Spanish troopers were wounded in the deadly incident that took place at Syah Washann, near Herat in western Afghanistan. Media reports said the blast was caused by a landmine.
Taliban say they're no threat to other countries --8 years after U.S. invasion, insurgent group says ready for 'prolonged war' 07 Oct 2009 Afghanistan's insurgent Taliban marked the eighth anniversary of the U.S. invasion Wednesday saying they have no "agenda" to harm other countries but would continue fighting as long as America and its allies remain in the troubled nation. The Taliban insistence that it would pose no threat to other countries appeared aimed at countering suspicions that the Islamist movement would support 'al-Qaida's' global jihad if they returned to power.
Obombings you can BELIEVE in: Is the U.S. Preparing to Bomb Iran? 06 Oct 2009 Is the U.S. stepping up preparations for a possible attack on Iran's nuclear facilities? Based on a little-noticed Pentagon funding request recently sent to Congress, the answer to that question appears to be yes. The comptroller said the Pentagon planned to spend $19.1 million to procure four of the bombs, $28.3 million to accelerate the bomb's "development and testing", and $21 million to accelerate the integration of the bomb [Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP), a 30,000-pound bomb designed to hit targets buried 200 feet below ground] onto B-2 stealth bombers. On Friday, the request was quietly approved.
'US behind Iran pilgrim disappearance' 07 Oct 2009 Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has said the US is behind the disappearance of the Iranian Umrah pilgrim, Shahram Amiri, in Saudi Arabia. "We have found documents that prove US interference in the disappearance of the Iranian pilgrim Shahram Amiri in Saudi Arabia," Mottaki told reporters after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday. The Iranian minister, however, pointed out that the Saudi government is responsible for its failure to fully protect the Iranian pilgrim.
Defense Exports Top $6b 07 Oct 2009 Israeli defense companies signed $6.3 billion worth of new export contracts for weapons, munitions, technologies, and equipment during 2008 and $20.3 billion in 2005-08, according to the Ministry of Defense. The figures are much higher than U.S. Congress estimates, according to a report in Defense News, and makes Israel the world's third largest defense exporter after the U.S. and Russia.
DoD Lacks Oversight on War Costs 07 Oct 2009 Defense auditors have found at least $6 billion in questionable charges generated by sloppy accounting or, worse, contractors trying to bilk the military. Yet, the Pentagon has done a poor job of recovering the money and forcing companies to improve, according to the independent Commission on Wartime Contracting. The panel cites dysfunction among auditors and contract managers, a shortage of personnel and a failure to be more confrontational with contractors who don't measure up.
Lawyers to Get Interrogation Tapes 06 Oct 2009 A federal judge
on Monday disclosed the existence of videotapes that may reveal potentially
abusive interrogations of a Guantanamo Bay
Alleged U.S. Contractor Rape Victim Fights for Day in Court --Senate Passes Amendment to Stop Contractors From Forcing Employees into Arbitration 07 Oct 2009 Jamie Leigh Jones was a 20-year-old young woman working her fourth day on the job in Baghdad for contractor Halliburton/KBR in 2005, when she says she was drugged and gang-raped by seven U.S contractors and held captive by two KBR guards in a shipping container. But Jones is still waiting for her day in court because when she signed her employment contract, she lost her rights to a jury trial and, instead, was forced into having her claims decided through secret, binding arbitration. Today, the Senate approved an amendment by a vote of 68-30 that would prohibit "the Defense Department from contracting with companies that require employees to resolve sexual assault allegations and other claims through arbitration." [The thirty scumbags who voted no: Alexander (R-TN) Barrasso (R-WY) Bond (R-MO) Brownback (R-KS) Bunning (R-KY) Burr (R-NC) Chambliss (R-GA) Coburn (R-OK) Cochran (R-MS) Corker (R-TN) Cornyn (R-TX) Crapo (R-ID) DeMint (R-SC) Ensign (R-NV) Enzi (R-WY) Graham (R-SC) Gregg (R-NH) Inhofe (R-OK) Isakson (R-GA) Johanns (R-NE) Kyl (R-AZ) McCain (R-AZ) McConnell (R-KY) Risch (R-ID) Roberts (R-KS) Sessions (R-AL) Shelby (R-AL) Thune (R-SD) Vitter (R-LA) Wicker (R-MS).]
Leader Ousted, Honduras Hires U.S. Lobbyists 08 Oct 2009 First, depose a president. Second, hire a lobbyist. In the months since soldiers ousted the Honduran president, Manuel Zelaya, the de facto government and its supporters have resisted demands from the United States that he be restored to power. Arguing that the left-leaning Mr. Zelaya posed a threat to their country’s fragile democracy by trying to extend his time in office illegally, they have made their case in Washington in the customary way: by starting a high-profile lobbying campaign. The campaign has had the effect of forcing the administration to send mixed signals about its position to the de facto [illegitimate] government, which reads them as signs of encouragement. Costing at least $400,000 so far, according to lobbying registration records, the campaign has involved law firms and public relations agencies with close ties to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senator John McCain, a leading Republican voice on foreign affairs.
AP sources: FBI eyes terror suspect's travel talk --Court documents indicate investigators have been examining Zazi's cell phone, e-mail traffic 08 Oct 2009 A man accused of plotting a terror attack in New York City contacted accomplices there while making a cross-country drive from Denver, raising concerns among investigators that he was sending instructions to purchase more bomb-making chemicals, officials familiar with the case said. Terrorism investigators are trying to determine whether suspect Najibullah Zazi sent instructions to associates to purchase more chemicals to build bombs as he drove from Denver to New York last month, according to law enforcement officials.
Mass. bill would OK quarantines in health crises --The quarantine order could come in writing or verbally. 07 Oct 2009 Massachusetts lawmakers are considering giving public health officials the authority to isolate individuals and set up quarantines to contain the outbreak of serious contagious diseases. The bill would also give the public health commissioner the power to evacuate public buildings, close access to contaminated areas, and purchase and distribute serums, vaccines or antibiotics. . The bill, which has been in the works for years, is set to be debated by House lawmakers on Thursday.
'We'll take your shot after you take ours.' Sebelius: Americans must get swine flu vaccination 07 Oct 2009 Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appealed anew Wednesday for widespread inoculation against a surging swine flu threat, calling the vaccine "safe and secure." Appearing on morning news shows to step up the Obama administration's campaign for vaccinations, Sebelius said that "the adverse effects are minimal. ... We know it's safe and secure. ...This is definitely is a safe vaccine for people to get." [Petition against mandatory vaccines (6000 signatures) New Facebook group: Swine-11 was an Inside Job.]
AP Poll: Third of parents oppose swine flu vaccine --AP poll: 72 percent of those surveyed worried about side effects 07 Oct 2009 As the first wave of swine flu vaccine crosses the country, more than a third of parents don't want their kids vaccinated, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. Some parents say they are concerned about side effects from the new vaccine while others say swine flu doesn't amount to any greater health threat than seasonal flu. The AP poll found that 38 percent of parents said they were unlikely to give permission for their kids to be vaccinated at school.
Rite Aid changes pregnant women's flu shot policy --It has long been more difficult for pregnant women to get a flu shot, partly because many obstetricians don't vaccinate and some pharmacists are wary of vaccinating them. 07 Oct 2009 Drugstore chain Rite Aid Corp. is changing a flu-shot policy that required pregnant women to first get a doctor's prescription. Spokeswoman Cheryl Slavinsky of the Camp Hill, Pa.-based company said now, where state law allows, pregnant women seeking a flu shot at a Rite Aid store can get one without a prescription. Walgreen Co. and CVS Caremark Corp. say they do not require pregnant women to have a doctor's note.
Gillibrand Secures Additional $4 Million In Security Grants For Religious Institutions 07 Oct 2009 U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced today that an additional $4 million dollars in federal anti-terror funding to help safeguard civil, religious and community institutions from terrorist attack will be included in the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, for a total of $19 million in federal resources. Gillibrand requested the additional funds for The Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) non-profit program immediately after a bomb plot targeting two synagogues in the Bronx was thwarted.
Dem Rep. Accuses GOP of Sexism over Pelosi Jab 07 Oct 2009 A congresswoman from Florida is blasting the Republican party for belittling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, suggesting that sexist comments should come as no surprise from a group that includes few women or minorities. After the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) rebuked Pelosi for recent criticisms of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) boiled down the GOP comments to sexism.
UK's only polar bear to move to Highlands 07 Oct 2009 The UK’s only polar bear is getting ready to relocate from Edinburgh to the Highlands. An appeal launched by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) has raised the £75,000 needed to move Mercedes to her new enclosure at the Highland Wildlife Park in Kincraig, Kingussie. Mercedes was rescued from her native Canada after she was scheduled to be shot.
Draft Senate Bill: In Cybersecurity Emergencies, President Can Seize Control of Computer Networks --The President would be able to declare a Cybersecurity emergency and then direct the response to that threat. 06 Oct 2009 ...[A]ides to Senator Jay Rockefeller reportedly have been working recently on a revised draft Senate bill that would give the President broad powers in the event of a Cybersecurity emergency, and that apparently would go so far as allowing the President to temporarily seize control over computer networks in the private sector. This power is akin to the power President [sic] Bush exerted when he grounded commercial aircraft in the wake of the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, according to a reported Senate source.
Congress passes aid package for Pakistan worth $1.5 B a year for five years --Pakistan seeks long U.S. commitment [I'm sure they do. The US gives the best bl*wjob$.] 06 Oct 2009 Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi met with U.S. Secretary Hillary Clinton and urged the United States to articulate a long-term vision for the region, amid debate over U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. When asked how long he thought the U.S. should stay in Afghanistan, Qureshi said "until the job is done. A peaceful, stable Afghanistan. A peaceful, stable region." Congress just passed an aid package for Pakistan worth $1.5 billion a year for the next five years to help 'combat' extremism and foster social and economic development [We can't get signle-payer health care in the US, but we can fund Pakistani infrastructure, via US contractors, so that they can get overpaid to rebuild that which they ensure is destroyed. If you 're not outraged, you're not paying attention. See: The Obusha AfPak Money Pit: Unlike the 'public option,' Congress doesn't ask if funding the Taleban to blow up contractors' bridges will add to the US deficit By Lori Price, 03 Oct 2009.]
Obama rules out smaller Afghan war 07 Oct 2009 The US president appears to have ruled out shrinking the war in Afghanistan to a smaller, counterterrorism effort, but gave no clear signal on whether he would send more troops to fight in the eight-year-old war. Barack Obama met Republican and Democratic leaders of key war oversight and appropriations committees at the White House on Tuesday, part of an extensive review of the war effort in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Gates: US will stay in Afghanistan 06 Oct 2009 The US defence secretary has said American troops will not leave Afghanistan despite a lack of numbers that allows for Taliban's revival. Speaking at George Washington University on Tuesday, Robert Gates said troops had to stay but that the situation required some "momentous decisions" from Barack Obama, the US president.
Obama pressed to send more troops to Afghanistan 07 Oct 2009 President Barack Obama should heed his top generals' advice over the approach to the Afghan conflict, US Republican Congressmen say. As Obama formulates a new strategy for the unpopular war in Afghanistan, he met senior congressional leaders on Tuesday at the White House to discuss his policy and talk about the various options before taking a final decision on whether to dispatch another 40,000 troops, as requested by his generals.
Chastened Brown set to send more troops to Afghanistan --PM to give all clear for 1,000 extra forces after critics claim he is not supporting military 07 Oct 2009 The Government is expected to announce troop reinforcements for Afghanistan following intense criticism of its failure to agree to extra forces requested by commanders last spring. The decision to deploy up to 1,000 more troops is likely to be made after a cabinet meeting on the conflict within the next seven days.
Afghan insurgents pushed into U.S. base, official says 06 Oct 2009 The battle Saturday in which eight U.S. troops were killed was so fierce that, at one point, U.S. forces had to fall back as attackers breached the perimeter of their base, a U.S. military official with knowledge of the latest intelligence reports on the incident said. The new revelations about the battle that engulfed Forward Operating Base Keating in Kamdesh District are a further indication that the troops at the remote outpost were pinned down and outmanned.
30 W.Va. Guard members sue KBR over chemical exposure 06 Oct 2009 Two subsidiaries of KBR Inc. are being sued by 30 members of the West Virginia National Guard who claim they were exposed to a toxic chemical while guarding a water plant in Iraq. The members of the Moundsville-based 1092nd Engineer Battalion filed the lawsuit Monday in Marshall County Circuit Court against Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc., and KBR Technical Services, Inc.
Truck Bomb Kills 9 in Western Iraq 06 Oct 2009 A pickup truck piled with explosives blew up in front of a restaurant frequented by Iraqi police near Fallujah on Tuesday, killing nine people and wounding dozens more in the second attack in as many days in western Iraq. After the [Xe?] bombing, a curfew was imposed on Amiriyah, about 10 miles south of Fallujah.
Tough to meet Guantanamo closing deadline: Holder 06 Oct 2009 U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday that it would be tough to meet the fast-approaching [?] January deadline to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that houses terrorism suspects. President Barack Obama ordered the controversial detention camp closed on his second day in office and gave administration officials a year to do it, but they have since run into numerous legal, political and diplomatic hurdles.
U.S. Gen. Petraeus Treated For Prostate Cancer 06 Oct 2009 Gen. David Petraeus, who as head of U.S. Central Command oversees the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, joked about his health on Tuesday as his office revealed his successful treatment for prostate cancer. Petraeus, 56, was diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer in February and had two months of radiation treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, his office said in a statement.
US working on 'comprehensive' Iran sanctions plan 06 Oct 2009 A senior US official says no single sanction is a 'silver bullet' against Iran so the Islamic Republic may face stronger sanctions over its nuclear program. Stuart Levey, the US Treasury's undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, told members of a Senate committee that the United States and its allies may impose sweeping sanctions on Iran if Tehran fails to allay fears about its nuclear program.
NASA to bomb the moon for water 06 Oct 2009 NASA is preparing to launch the LCROSS mission to bomb the moon's South Pole, as part of the agency's search for water in space. The LCROSS (Lunar CRater Observing and Sensing Satellite) mission will send a Centaur rocket at twice the speed of a bullet to make a hole in the moon's surface. Scientists say the blast will be powerful enough to eject a huge plume of debris from the moon that will be seen from earth through telescopes 10-to-12 inches and larger. [We can't get a single-payer health-care system in the US 'too expensive,' but yet, US taxpayers are forced to fund insane lunar bombing missions so corporaterrorists can own the water?]
'Terror cell' found in cradle of 9/11 --Members of Hamburg group 'had attended military training camps' 07 Oct 2009 German intelligence services were yesterday reported to have discovered a new Islamic terrorist cell operating from the port of Hamburg – the same city from which the devastating 9/11 attacks on the United States were secretly conceived and planned eight years ago. The existence of the new militant group in the city was revealed in a secret report prepared by Hamburg-based intelligence agents which was leaked to German television's investigative documentary programme Report Mainz and Die Welt newspaper. [Um, the 'cradle' of 9/11 is Langley, Virginia.]
Three more in British court over transatlantic bomb plot 06 Oct 2009 Three alleged Islamist extremists went on trial Tuesday accused of conspiring with the jailed ringleader of a plot to blow up transatlantic jets in 2006. Adam Khatib, Mohammed Shamin Uddin, and Nabeel Hussain were willing to "do their bit" within the plot to blow up airliners led by Abdulla Ahmed Ali, a jury was told. Each of the three "was prepared to help in the commission of terrorist acts and indeed did so," said prosecutor Peter Wright, opening the case at Woolwich Crown Court in southeast London. Three British Muslims were jailed for life last month for the foiled transatlantic bomb plot.
U.S. targets terrorists "wherever they take root": Obama 07 Oct 2009 The U.S. anti-terror efforts are not restricted in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and terrorists will be targeted "wherever they take root," U.S. President Barack Obama said Tuesday. "The United States and our partners have sent an unmistakable message: We will target al-Qaida wherever they take root," he said during a tour of the National Counterterrorism Center in McLean, Virginia, near Washington D.C.
DHS Unveils 'Recognizing 8 Signs of Terrorism' Video 06 Oct 2009 new video funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is letting Americans know what kinds of activities might be a sign of terrorist activity in the making. The 8-minute video, "Recognizing 8 Signs of Terrorism" outlines some of the things potential terrorists might be doing, and lets citizens know where to report the suspicious activities. The video will be shown at the Center for Empowered Living & Learning (CELL), an institution dedicated to addressing the global threat of terrorism, with a museum facility (called Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere: Understanding the Threat) in Denver.
Video to Train Public How to Recognize Signs of Terrorism 05 Oct 2009 Calling it a way to train the individual in how to get involved, a new video detailing how terrorism works was debuted Monday for the public and the United States' Homeland Security director. Janet Napolitano was already in town, speaking at the International Association of Chiefs of Police at the Convention Center downtown.
Detained immigrants could be categorized by risk 06 Oct 2009 Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano promised immigration enforcement would continue even though her agency is considering new ways to house nonviolent immigrants who have not committed crimes. Napolitano spoke at a news conference Tuesday at which she released detention reform recommendations based on a review by her former detention adviser, who resigned last month to become commissioner of New York City's jails.
Montana city's jail deal delayed amid controversy 05 Oct 2009 Plans for a California company to take over this city's empty jail were put on hold Monday, following last week's revelations that the company's lead figure has a criminal history. The decision came as Hardin's leaders announced the resignation of both the attorney and the economic development official who helped craft the jail deal for the city. Last month, the city struck an agreement with Mike Hilton and his newly minted Santa Ana, Calif.-company, American Police Force.
Flu Shots Delayed in Canada 07 Oct 2009 An unpublished Canadian study that suggests getting an annual flu shot may make it easier to contract swine flu has caused most provincial governments in Canada to postpone or limit seasonal-flu vaccination programs. The study is co-authored by researchers from the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion and Laval University in Quebec.
Hospitals Shun H1N1 FluMist Vaccine, Wait For Injections --Concern That Doctors, Nurses Could Spread 'Live' Virus 06 Oct 2009 Several [Denver] metro area hospitals said they won’t be taking the FluMist because they don't want to endanger patients. When asked if that meant that FluMist was dangerous, Lois VanFleet, infection prevention specialist at Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette said, "No, it's a very safe vaccine in healthy people." But, she said it’s made with a live virus, and that doctors and nurses who inhaled the live virus could shed some of it on patients whose immune systems are compromised.
The great swine flu mystery --As the pharmaceutical companies step up sales of swine flu vaccine, the taxpayer is still in the dark about the cost 07 Oct 2009 It's a bonanza! At least that is how some describe the drug industry's expected windfall from the swine flu pandemic as it prepares to cash in on what could be the most widespread winter flu season for a generation. The H1N1 outbreak will certainly be good news for the pharmaceutical groups, but just how good remains a mystery as the firms supplying the vaccines and treatments, and the governments buying them, refuse to give details on how much it is all costing.
New Glaxo orders point to big flu vaccine windfall 06 Oct 2009 GlaxoSmithKline Plc won a further 22 government orders for its H1N1 swine flu vaccine in the last two months, taking the total number of doses ordered to 440 million worth some $3.5 billion. The Britain-based drugmaker said on Tuesday first supplies were being shipped to governments this week and deliveries would continue through both the fourth quarter of 2009 and the first half of 2010. The addition of a further 149 million orders since Aug. 4, when Glaxo last gave an update, points to a substantial sales and profit windfall as a result of the[ir] swine flu pandemic. [See: Killer flu recreated in the lab 07 Oct 2004 UK Scientists have shown that tiny changes to modern flu viruses could render them as deadly as the 1918 strain which killed millions. A US team added two genes from a sample of the 1918 virus to a modern strain known to have no effect on mice. Animals exposed to this composite were dying within days of symptoms similar to those found in human victims of the 1918 pandemic. Baxter working on vaccine to stop swine flu, though admitted sending live pandemic flu viruses to subcontractor 26 Apr 2009.]
flu vaccination off to slow start, CDC says 06 Oct 2009 Vaccination
against the H1N1 swine flu is off to a slow start in the United States,
but states have ordered more than 2 million doses of mostly nasal spray
for the first patients, a top health official said on Tuesday. Every
state has ordered a share of the pandemic vaccine, Dr. Thomas Frieden,
director of the U.S. Centers for Disease
Hospitalization Rates Higher in Kids Who Get Flu Shots Children who received the annual inactivated flu vaccine were almost three times more likely to be hospitalized than those who were not inoculated. 19 May 2009 Children who get the annual flu vaccine, especially those who have asthma, may be more likely to be hospitalized than children who don't get the shot, a new study shows. But the researcher noted that the surprise finding probably has more to do with the severity of the underlying illness in children receiving the vaccine than with any deficiency in the vaccine.
Oligodynamic Silver Hydrosols (OSH) render vaccines obsolete By A.V.A. 06 Oct 2009 Uniform Picoscalar Concentrated Oligodymanic Silver Hydrosol (UPCOSH) is a new category surpassing older OSH technology. The historic breakthrough resulted in a new drug-less, covalent-bonded, non-photosensitive trioxysilver category of OSH utilizing NASA technology used on the International Space Sation (ISS). In the article, "Promising Cure for URTI Pandemics, Including H5N1 and SARS: Has the Final Solution to the Coming Plagues Been Discovered?" doctors reveal that vaccines are rendered obsolete, and that OSH's also kill Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) - the real epidemic in America that has been reported as an alarming cause of flu related deaths other than pre-existing health conditions. Dr. Eric J. Rentz (2003) published a convincing retrospective, peer-reviewed treatise on a highly advanced, effective and safe virotoxic oligodynamic silver hydrosol, making the case that it is the agent of choice to combat SARS and pandemics of Influenzavirus A.
Teenage girl left brain-damaged after receiving cervical cancer jab 05 Oct 2009 A teenage girl has been left brain-damaged after suffering epileptic seizures just days after being given the controversial cervical cancer jab. Stacey Jones, 18, suffered her first seizure in March when she was 17, days after she had the Cervarix injection. In the following weeks she had several more fits, causing such severe brain injury that she had to be admitted to a rehabilitation unit, where she is relearning simple tasks.
Oregon's Unemployment System Overloads 05 Oct 2009 A network system failure at the State Data Center kept the Unemployment Insurance Claims system shut down for 12 hours on Sunday. Craig Spivey with the Oregon Employment Department, says this has resulted in a backlog of traffic that has overwhelmed the telephone systems that deliver calls to the Employment Department's call centers.
Interior Sends Polar Bear Habitat Designation to White House 06 Oct 2009 The Interior Department moved closer to establishing habitat protections for the polar bear yesterday by sending its proposed rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review. The habitat protections will add another layer in what has become a complicated process for protecting the bear, fraught with concerns and legal complaints from environmentalists and industry groups. The Bush administration listed the polar bear as a threatened species last year because of its melting ice habitat.
ElBaradei says nuclear Israel number one threat to Mideast: report 04 Oct 2009 Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei said Sunday that "Israel is number one threat to Middle East" with its nuclear arms, the official IRNA news agency reported. At a joint press conference with Iran's Atomic Energy Organization chief Ali Akbar Salehi in Tehran, ElBaradei brought Israel under spotlight and said that the Tel Aviv regime has refused to allow inspections into its nuclear installations for 30 years, the report said. "Israel is the number one threat to the Middle East given the nuclear arms it possesses," ElBaradei was quoted as saying.
Israeli, US army chiefs hold secret talks on Iran 05 Oct 2009 Israeli Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi and his American counterpart Admiral Mike Mullen have held secret talks in France with a special focus on Iran. The two officials, who met in the northern French region of Normandy on Sunday, also discussed the Middle East, reports say.
Israel to build 800 more units in illegal settlements 05 Oct 2009 Tel Aviv is going to construct some 800 new housing units across the occupied West Bank despite international calls for a halt to all settlement activities.
Police: At least 6 dead in Iraq suicide blast 05 Oct 2009 An Iraqi police official says at least six people are dead after a suicide bomber struck a funeral in western Iraq. The official says the bomber detonated an explosive belt Monday inside a tent for mourners in the mostly Sunni area of Haditha, about 140 miles (220 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad. At least 15 people are injured.
U.S. pullout from Afghanistan not an option: Gates 05 Oct 2009 The White House on Monday ruled out any consideration of a U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan as part of President Barack Obama's sweeping strategy review of the increasingly unpopular war there. "We are not leaving Afghanistan. This discussion is about next steps forward and the president has some momentous decisions to make," Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in a television program taped at George Washington University that will be aired by CNN on Tuesday. [See? That's what happens when you import dirtbags and warmongers from the Bush regime.]
Afghan ambassador supports more US troops 06 Oct 2009 Afghanistan's ambassador to the United States says there "are not enough boots on the ground" among NATO and U.S. troops to secure his country. Said Jawad says sending more troops to Afghanistan would give his government more time to enhance its own police and military forces. He says that will "help increase the mutual trust" [!] between Afghan and NATO troops. [See: Afghan policeman fires on US troops, killing 2 03 Oct 2009.]
'We are the victims of terrorism.' Afghan violence 'global terrorism' not domestic insurgency: FM 05 Oct 2009 Afghanistan's foreign minister said Monday the country was a victim of global extremism, denying that an increase in violence was a domestic insurgency and warning against any withdrawal of foreign troops. "We emphasise to the world that we are the victims of terrorism," Rangin Dadfar Spanta told a news conference. [NO, you're the *perpetrators* of it. Get out, NOW.]
Afghanistan sitting on a gold mine --The USGS estimates there are about 700 billion cubic metres of gas and 300 million tonnes of oil across several northern provinces. 21 Feb 2008 Afghanistan is sitting on a wealth of mineral reserves -- perhaps the richest in the region -- that offer hope for a country mired in poverty after decades of war, the mining minister says. Significant deposits of copper, iron, gold, oil and gas, and coal -- as well as precious gems such as emeralds and rubies -- are largely untapped and still being mapped, Mohammad Ibrahim Adel told AFP.
Blast Hits Near U.N. Office in Pakistani Capital 05 Oct 2009 A blast went off at an office of the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, on Monday wounding several people, police and a U.N. official said. "There was a blast in the street where a U.N. office is located. We have sent our team there. We don't know the cause," said a police official. [Hmm. Two guesses: A) Blackwater; B) Xe.]
Fighter jets over Houston Tuesday 05 Oct 2009 If you hear or see jet fighter planes in the skies over Houston Tuesday, don't panic. It's a North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, training exercise. The flights are scheduled to take place in the early afternoon between here and Corpus Christi. It may be quite a show. NORAD has conducted similar training exercises across the U.S. and in Canada since the September 11 attacks.
Heads of Justice, FBI, Homeland Security in Denver for police conference 05 Oct 2009 The heads of the U.S. Justice Department, FBI and Department of Homeland Security are in Denver Monday to address a police chief’s conference. Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI Director Robert Mueller and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano were speaking to the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s 116th annual conference at the Colorado Convention Center.
Police state USA: Man arrested for steering G20 protests using Twitter 05 Oct 2009 The FBI has arrested Elliot Madison, a self-described anarchist and New York social worker, for using Twitter to assist protesters evade the police at the G20 summit. Madison, and his partner, Michael Wallschlaeger, were put on a $30,000 bail after they were tracked down at their hotel room, Carefree Inn motel, using computers, police scanners and the networking site Twitter to instruct the protests "and to inform the protesters and groups of the movements and actions of law enforcement" on September 24 and 25. [It sounds like they provided a valuable service.]
New York City to Expand Security Network to Midtown --A 40-foot video wall displayed maps, incoming data from a police precinct and more than a dozen video streams 05 Oct 2009 A network of private and public surveillance cameras, license plate readers and weapons sensors already established in Lower Manhattan as an electronic bulwark against terrorist attacks will soon expand to a large patch of Midtown Manhattan, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said Sunday as they announced the allocation of $24 million in Homeland Security grants toward the effort.
NYC to expand high-tech counterterror system 05 Oct 2009 A network of security cameras, license plate readers and weapons sensors intended to protect lower Manhattan from terrorist threats will be expanded to the city's midtown area. The city will use $24 million in federal grants to install the counterterrorism system in the area that includes such landmarks as Grand Central Terminal, Pennsylvania Station and the United Nations, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sunday.
Laptops fair game for border searches --Border officers have powers of arrest, detention and search and seizure, as well as the authority to take breath and blood samples, issue arrest warrants and operate detention facilities for immigrants. 02 Oct 2009 Between them, the Canada Border Services Agency and the RCMP enforce dozens of statutes -- the border agency at various ports and crossings, the Mounties between ports of entry. The Customs Act gives Canada's border officers authority to examine people's personal baggage and goods upon arrival to, and departure from, Canada, including scrutiny of electronic devices... Patrizia Giolti, of the border services agency, said officers rely on "a whole slew of indicators," including what a person says and how they act, in deciding whether someone undergoes secondary examination.
Journalists target Obama over 'shield law' 03 Oct 2009 Journalists are blasting President Obama over his stance on proposed legislation that would protect journalists from having to reveal the identity of their sources. In an email sent out late Friday, the Society of Professional Journalists expressed 'outrage' over President Obama's proposed changes to the shield bill that would protect reporters from having to divulge confidential sources in court. "Not long ago, President Obama was a key supporter of this bill, but after one meeting with his national security team he appears to have been scared into making this poor decision," SPJ President Kevin Smith said in a statement. SPJ cited an event in April 2008, where candidate Obama threw his support behind the proposed legislation, the Free Flow of Information Act.
First Swine Flu Vaccine Arriving in Cities 06 Oct 2009 Doctors, nurses and other medical workers in Indiana and Tennessee were among the first Americans to receive swine flu vaccine Monday as the federal government began the most ambitious inoculation campaign in U.S. history. Wishard Health Services and other hospitals in Indianapolis and at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center in Memphis received the FluMist nasal spray vaccine at events attended by local, state and federal health officials. The federal government has spent $2 billion to buy about 250 million doses of vaccine and has pledged to buy enough to immunize every American if there is enough demand. [There isn't. Despite the multi-million dollar propaganda campaign, no one wants squalene-laden, mercury-filled, Polysorbate 80-laced Baxter vaccines. --LRP]
Flu shuts down production on 'Bones' 05 Oct 2009 For the first time in the show's history, the producers of "Bones" were forced to shut down production on Monday because star David Boreanaz is ill with the flu, a Fox publicist said. "Bones" creator Hart Hanson jumped the gun on Twitter earlier today, writing that Boreanaz is suffering from the swine flu, but he later retracted it, saying there is "no indication" the actor has the H1N1 variety of the flu.
Justices Decline to Hear Some 2,000 Cases 06 Oct 2009 The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear appeals concerning the Pledge of Allegiance, the Confederate flag and license plates bearing the words "Choose Life." In those and some 2,000 other cases that accumulated during the court’s summer break, the court let stand rulings from lower courts without comment.
UK supermarket pulls ad from Fox News over Beck 05 Oct 2009 Upscale British supermarket chain Waitrose said Monday it was pulling its advertisements from Fox News in the U.K. after customers complained about the cable news channel's Glenn Beck program. The popular and controversial talk show host is already the target of a boycott campaign in the United States after he accused President Barack Obama of harboring "a deep-seated hatred for white people."
Exclusive Excerpts From Original Draft of Sarah Palin's Book Satire By R J Shulman 05 Oct 2009 We have obtained a copy of the original manuscript of Sarah Palin's book, Going Rouge: An American Life. The manuscript, originally titled, You Betcha I'm Qualified: How a Failed Weather Girl Almost Got Her Revenge, apparently went through a major rewrite at the insistence of her publisher, HarperCollins. However, here are unedited selections from the original You Betcha version... 'Times have changed in what is important in educating our youth. The traditional three Rs -- reading, writing and the other one -- are not enough. Now it's the three G's -- God, guns and gays.' (Satire)
on Bailouts Says Treasury Misled Public 05 Oct 2009 The inspector
general who oversees the government’s bailout of the banking system
is criticizing the Treasury Department for some misleading public statements
last fall and raising the possibility that it had unfairly disbursed
money to the biggest banks. A Treasury official
Goldman to be paid $1bn if CIT fails --Payment part of a $3bn 'rescue' package 04 Oct 2009 Goldman Sachs stands to receive a payment of $1bn -- while US taxpayers would lose $2.3bn -- if embattled commercial lender CIT files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, people familiar with the matter said. The payment stems from the structure of a $3bn rescue finance package that Goldman extended to CIT on June 6 2008 [during Bush's Reign of Terror], about five months before the Treasury bought $2.3bn in CIT preferred shares to prop it up at the height of the crisis. [And Obusha is going to stop this insanity, right? LOL.]
Buyout Firms Profited as a Company's Debt Soared 05 Oct 2009 Simmons says it will soon file for bankruptcy protection, as part of an agreement by its current owners to sell the company, all after being owned for short periods by a parade of different investment groups, known as private equity firms, which try to buy undervalued companies, mostly with borrowed money. The financiers borrowed more and more money to pay ever higher prices for the company, enabling each previous owner to cash out profitably. Today, Simmons owes $1.3 billion, compared with just $164 million in 1991, when it began to become a Wall Street version of "Flip This House."
Recession forces WellPoint to cut own benefits 05 Oct 2009 Insurer WellPoint dismissed a "small number" of workers last week and announced cuts to employee health benefits Friday as job losses nationally continued to take a toll on its health care plan enrollment. Bloomberg reported that the company told employees of the Indianapolis-based company in a memo last week that it will raise deductibles in two of its three benefit plans and lower its contribution toward worker premiums for some of its employee health benefits.
WellPoint sued an ENTIRE STATE to increase profits By Robert Greenwald 05 Oct 2009 Netting $2.5 billion in profits last year wasn't enough for WellPoint, the nation's largest insurance company. Now, WellPoint's affiliate, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, is suing the state of Maine for refusing to guarantee it a profit margin in the midst of a painful recession... WellPoint is intent on forcing them [Maine residents] to cough up 18.5% higher premiums on their insurance policies.
Studies: Autism More Widespread Than Realized 05 Oct 2009 Two new government studies indicate about 1 in 100 children have autism disorders [due to mercury-laden vaccines] -- higher than a previous U.S. estimate of 1 in 150. Greater awareness, broader definitions and spotting autism in younger children may explain some of the increase, federal health officials said.
you see someone wearing clothes that are too big and too heavy for the
season,' report them. Police
chiefs endorse anti-terror citizens watch --Program materials list
nine types of suspicious behavior that should compel people to call
police, and 12 kinds of places to look for it. The important places
to watch include government buildings, mass gatherings, schools and
public transportation. 03 Oct 2009 Los Angeles police Cmdr. Joan McNamara
cited this summer's [Najibullah Zazi] incident as police chiefs meeting
in Denver adopted a model for a nationwide community watch program that
teaches people what behavior is
Spotting terrorists: New iWATCH program tells citizens what to watch for and where 03 Oct 2009 A new anti-terrorism community watch program, iWATCH, beginning this weekend in Los Angeles, advises the public that these nine suspicious signs should be reported to police: ...People drawing or measuring important buildings... [My favorite:] A person wearing clothes that are too big and too heavy for the weather... The iWATCH program advises people to be alert for those behaviors at these 12 important types of places...
Arrested for tweeting: New York pair accused of directing protesters during G-20 in Pittsburgh --FBI agents spent 16 hours Friday raiding the home of Madison and his wife 04 Oct 2009 State police have accused two anarchists from New York of using cell phones and the Internet messaging service Twitter [!] to direct the movements of protesters during the Group of 20 summit in Pittsburgh. Police arrested Elliot M. Madison and Michael Wallschlaeger, both of Jackson Heights, N.Y., after they found them Sept. 24 in a Kennedy Township hotel room full of computers, police scanners and Pittsburgh-area maps, according to a state police criminal complaint.
Detainees Face Severe Conditions if Moved to U.S. 04 Oct 2009 The Justice Department has begun to hint in court filings that at least some of the defendants in the Sept. 11, 2001, case, as well as other prominent suspects, will be transferred to federal custody in the United States. ...Little attention has been paid to the conditions that high-value detainees would face in the United States. And those conditions, it turns out, would be vastly more draconian than they are at Guantanamo Bay. They will have little or no human contact except with prison officials. And the International Committee of the Red Cross, the only outside group with access to Camp 7, will no longer have contact with them.
US military indoctrinating Pakistani officers 04 Oct 2009 The United States has reportedly established a secret military training camp just a few kilometres away from Islamabad. According to The Nation, the base is situated in the heart of an industrial estate and is being used to recruit retired Pakistani military officers to work for the US military. The high-walled structure bears signs which suggest it is an auto repair shop. Military-style barbed wire is fixed to fences around the building and a watchtower can be seen from certain vantage points.
Terrorists could seize nuclear weapons if we fail in Afghanistan, warns Army chief 04 Oct 2009 The new head of the British Army has given a stark warning to the public of the 'terrifying prospect' of losing the war in Afghanistan. General Sir David Richards intervened by saying that if Britain and Nato failed in Afghanistan the risks to the western world would be 'enormous' and 'unimaginable', with the possibility of terrorists seizing nuclear weapons. Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, the Chief of the General Staff said: 'If al-Qaeda and the Taliban believe they have defeated us – what next?'
UK will probably commit more troops to Afghanistan 04 Oct 2009 The UK government has said it is ready to send more soldiers to Afghanistan. General David Richards, Britain’s army commander, has told the Telegraph newspaper that the troops will be committed if requested by the commander of the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan.
Afghan policeman fires on US troops, killing 2 03 Oct 2009 An Afghan policeman conducting a joint operation with U.S. soldiers opened fire on the Americans, killing two of them before fleeing, an Afghan official said Saturday, raising fears that militants have infiltrated the ranks of Afghan forces. Over a period of less than a month last year, Afghan policemen twice attacked American soldiers in the east. [US strategy in Afghanistan revealed: Pay Blackwater/Xe to train and equip Afghan troops who then fire on US soldiers. That way, a surge is 'needed' to stop the 'insurgency.' --LRP]
Ten US soldiers killed in Afghanistan 04 Oct 2009 Ten American troops were killed at the weekend in two surprise attacks that caused alarm in Nato’s US-led coalition. In one, hundreds of insurgents attacked a pair of isolated outposts in eastern Afghanistan, killing eight US soldiers and several Afghan policemen in the deadliest battle in 15 months. Scores more Afghan policemen were reportedly captured by the Taleban.
Propaganda leaflets dropped by RAF plane kill Afghan girl 30 Sep 2009 The crew of an RAF C130 Hercules had been flying over rural parts of the province as part of a leaflet campaign. The boxes of leaflets weight 30-40lbs, but are supposed to break open before landing in order to avoid injury. Usually the leaflets are supposed to scatter in mid-air after the box opens in the sky, but on this occasion, according to defence officials, it failed to open.
The Obusha AfPak Money Pit: Unlike the 'public option,' Congress doesn't ask if funding the Taleban to blow up contractors' bridges will add to the US deficit By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 03 Oct 2009 Ever wonder WHY (besides protecting gas and opium pipelines) the US is *still* in Afghanistan? Ever ponder WHY US taxpayers are funding infrastructure programs in *Afghanistan,* instead of in the US? Today, this tidbit: Arrest Warrant Out for USAID Contractor in Afghanistan --A federal arrest warrant was quietly issued last month for a former official employed by the major US government reconstruction contractor here in Afghanistan, in a case that underscores the lure of potential contract fraud in Afghanistan. Scott "Max" Anthony Walker was a "security coordinator" for the $1.4 billion infrastructure program commissioned by US Agency for International Development and funded by US taxpayers.
Iraq delays oil law until after January elections 04 Oct 2009 Iraq's parliament has suspended discussions on a long-delayed oil investment law until after legislative 'elections' in January because of the long running dispute over control of the north's energy resources, a lawmaker said Sunday.
Feds look for soldiers likely exposed by KBR to toxic chemical in Iraq 03 Oct 2009 More than 1,100 soldiers, including members of the West Virginia National Guard were likely exposed to a highly toxic chemical [sodium dichromate] in southern Iraq in 2003, according to information provided to U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd by the U.S. Defense Department... In June, Russell Powell [a onetime member of the 82nd Airborne Division] and six other members of the West Virginia National Guard unit filed a lawsuit in the state's Northern District, alleging that KBR, a former Halliburton subsidiary that was awarded billions of dollars' worth of no-bid contracts to rebuild Iraq, negligently exposed them to the chemical.
Colombia says 'no' to US bases 04 Sep 2009 Amid reports of a deal reached for the establishment of US military bases in Colombia, the country's foreign minister says there is no need for more American personnel. In an effort to reassure other South American countries, Foreign Minister Jaime Bermudez told the BBC that Colombia seeks only "information, technology, intelligence" in the form of military cooperation with the US.
Muslim graves targeted in hate attack 02 Oct 2009 (UK) Up to 20 Muslim graves have been vandalised in a racially motivated attack at a south Manchester cemetery. Vandals struck at the Southern Cemetery on Barlow Moor Road sometime overnight on Thursday. Staff arrived at the cemetery to find up to 20 gravestones had been deliberately pushed over, and a number had broken.
E. Coli Path Shows Flaws in Ground Beef Inspection 04 Oct 2009 Ground beef is usually not simply a chunk of meat run through a grinder. Instead, records and interviews show, a single portion of hamburger meat is often an amalgam of various grades of meat from different parts of cows and even from different slaughterhouses. These cuts of meat are particularly vulnerable to E. coli contamination, food experts and officials say. Despite this, there is no federal requirement for grinders to test their ingredients for the pathogen. The [E.coli-tainted] frozen hamburgers that the Smiths ate, which were made by the food giant Cargill, were labeled "American Chef’s Selection Angus Beef Patties." Yet confidential grinding logs and other Cargill records show that the hamburgers were made from a mix of slaughterhouse trimmings and a mash-like product derived from scraps that were ground together at a plant in Wisconsin. The ingredients came from slaughterhouses in Nebraska, Texas and Uruguay, and from a South Dakota company that processes fatty trimmings and treats them with ammonia to kill bacteria. [Similar US corporaterrorists are behind the production of the swine flu vaccine (not to mention, the pandemic itself). Moreover, Barack Obama gave immunity -- on a Friday evening in the middle of July, when *no one* was paying attention -- to both the government and the pharmaterrorists manufacturing this deadly vaccine. You'd have to be *out of your mind* to get their injections. It's tantamount to going on a date with a serial killer. --LRP]
Vaccine Is On Its Way, But Public Still Wary 04 Oct 2009 Billions of tax dollars have been paid to giant pharmaceutical companies. Millions of doses of vaccine are on their way to huge warehouses across the country... As the federal government launches the most ambitious inoculation campaign in U.S. history, several surveys indicate the public is decidedly ambivalent. A nationally representative poll of 1,042 adults released Friday by the Harvard School of Public Health found that only 40 percent were sure they would receive the vaccine and that about half were certain their children would.
rolls out massive swine flu vaccination campaign 03 Oct 2009
US health authorities are hoping to contain what they say is an intensifying
swine flu pandemic with a massive A(H1N1) vaccination [propaganda] campaign
starting this week. US health authorities on Friday announced plans
for a massive vaccination campaign intended to
Child swine flu jab trials begin 03 Oct 2009 About 1,000 children are taking part in a study testing two swine flu vaccines ahead of a UK vaccination programme. The trial, which began on Saturday, will involve children aged between six months and 12 in Oxford, Southampton, London, Bristol and Devon. Millions of doses of the vaccines have been purchased for use across the UK.
Discrimination by Insurers Likely Even With Reform, Experts Say --To avoid patients with costly, complicated medical conditions, health plans could include in their networks relatively few doctors who specialize in treating those conditions. 04 Oct 2009 Any health-care overhaul that Congress and President Obama enact is likely to have as its centerpiece a fundamental reform: Insurers would not be allowed to reject individuals or charge them higher premiums based on their medical history. But simply banning medical discrimination would not necessarily remove it from the equation, economists and health-care analysts say.
FDIC Seizes Three Banks, Taking Tally For Year to 98 03 Oct 2009 Banking regulators seized small banks in Michigan, Minnesota and Colorado, bringing to 98 the number of U.S. banks that have failed so far this year. [The banks: Family-owned Jennings State Bank of Spring Grove, Minn.; Warren, Mich.-based Warren Bank; and Southern Colorado National Bank of Pueblo, Colo.]
UN warns of 70 percent desertification by 2025 03 Oct 2009 Drought could parch close to 70 percent of the planet's soil by 2025 unless countries implement policies to slow desertification, a senior United Nations official has warned. "If we cannot find a solution to this problem... in 2025, close to 70 percent could be affected," Luc Gnacadja, executive secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, said Friday.
Polar bear cub hitches a ride 02 Oct 2009 Arctic waters are at best chilly and at worst close to freezing. Which may explain why a polar bear cub has recently been seen riding on the back of its mother as the bears swim across parts of the Arctic Ocean... Experts have rarely seen the behaviour, and they say the latest find suggests it may be a more common practice than previously thought.
Lockerbie papers say US secretly paid witness --Scottish detectives discussed secret payments of up to $3m made to witness and his brother, documents claim 02 Oct 2009 Two key figures in the conviction of the Lockerbie bomber were secretly given rewards of up to $3m (£1.9m) in a deal discussed by Scottish detectives and the US government, according to legal papers released today. The claims about the payments were revealed in a dossier of evidence that was intended to be used in an appeal by Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the Libyan convicted of murdering 270 people in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 in 1988. The documents published online by Megrahi's lawyers today show that the US Department of Justice (DoJ) was asked to pay $2m to Tony Gauci, the Maltese shopkeeper who gave crucial evidence at the trial suggesting that Megrahi had bought clothes later used in the suitcase that allegedly held the Lockerbie bomb. The DoJ was also asked to pay a further $1m to his brother, Paul Gauci, who did not give evidence but played a major role in identifying the clothing and in "maintaining the resolve of his brother".
Iraqis capture 150 'insurgents' 03 Oct 2009 Iraqi security forces are today wrapping up an operation that has led to the capture of at least 150 suspected insurgents. The crackdown was expected to end today in Mosul, seen as the last stronghold in Iraq for 'al-Qaeda' and other Sunni insurgent groups. Security sources said the suspects detained included senior commanders and financiers.
Hidden bomb kills preacher-cop in Iraq 02 Oct 2009 An Iraqi police official says a blast from a bomb smuggled into a mosque has killed a village imam who also worked as a police officer in northern Iraq. The bomb was placed under a platform where Narjis Shiwash was leading Friday prayers in Namrood, a mostly Sunni village about 18 miles (30 kilometers) south of Mosul.
Obama agrees to keep Israel's nukes secret 02 Oct 2009 President Obama has reaffirmed a 4-decade-old secret understanding that has allowed Israel to keep a nuclear arsenal without opening it to international inspections, three officials familiar with the understanding said. The officials, who spoke on the condition that they not be named because they were discussing private conversations, said Mr. Obama pledged to maintain the agreement when he first hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in May.
EU agency recommends Baxter's H1N1 flu shot 02 Oct 2009 European drugs regulators recommended Baxter's Celvapan vaccine 'against' H1N1 flu for approval on Friday and said it expected the shot to get a licence from the European Commission "shortly". The recommendation from the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) comes after its expert committee on new drugs also gave a green light last week to the first H1N1 swine flu vaccines from GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis, called Pandemrix and Focetria. [See: Baxter: The 'Lucky Larry' of swine flu Baxter Vaccine 'Oddities' By Lori Price 17 Jul 2009 Baxter files swine flu vaccine patent year ahead of outbreak; Baxter working on vaccine to stop swine flu, though admitted sending live pandemic flu viruses to subcontractor 26 Apr 2009; Baxter not to provide anti-swine flu vaccine to Czechs --Czech Health Ministry: Baxter unable to guarantee its vaccine is safe, won't be responsible for its side-effects 03 Aug 2009 The U.S. pharmaceutical firm Baxter which manufactures a vaccine against the swine flu in its Czech branch will not ensure the vaccine for the Czech Republic in the case of a pandemic, Baxter media representative Jana Cechova told CTK today.]
NY Health Workers Protest Mandatory Vaccines 02 Oct 2009 Healthcare workers in the state of New York are resisting and protesting government-mandated vaccinations against the seasonal and swine influenzas, drawing a great deal of media coverage. Hundreds of protestors rallied Tuesday at the Capitol in Albany chanting "No forced shots" to demand that the rule be overturned. Hundreds more also gathered at demonstrations around the state.
NV gov. urges reconsideration of flu shot rules 01 Oct 2009 Gov. Jim Gibbons on Thursday urged the Nevada Board of Medical Examiners to seek reconsideration of a judge's ruling that voided an emergency regulation allowing medical assistants to give flu shots. Clark County District Judge Kathleen Delaney this week voided the board's Sept. 18 approval because of Open Meeting Law violations.
York Federal Judge Denies Request For CIA Secret Documents 01
Oct 2009 A U.S. federal judge has ruled that hundreds of documents detailing
the Central Intelligence Agency's now-shuttered overseas secret detention
program of suspected terrorists, including
US Supreme Court to decide terrorism support law 30 Sep 2009 The U.S. Supreme Court said on Wednesday it would hear an Obama administration appeal defending part of the Patriot Act, which has been criticized by civil liberties groups for giving the government broad powers. The justices agreed to review a U.S. appeals court ruling that struck down as unconstitutionally vague a law that makes it a crime to provide support to a foreign terrorist group.
American Police Force official has extensive criminal record --AFP's Hilton pleaded guilty in March 1993 to 14 felonies, according to Orange County court records. 01 Oct 2009 (MT) Michael Hilton of American Police Force arrived in Hardin with promises of Mercedes police cars and expertise in operating prisons. He delivered the cars last week, but may have learned about prisons following a 1993 conviction for grand theft. Public records from police and state and federal courts in California show that Michael Anthony Hilton, using that name and more than a dozen aliases over several years, is cited in multiple criminal, civil and bankruptcy cases, and was sentenced in 1993 to two years in state prison in California. He was sentenced to two years in prison, but it is unclear how much time he served.
Aurora set to pass new assault weapon law 17 Sep 2009 (IL) A new proposal to allow security guards and private investigators to carry assault weapons is all but guaranteed to pass next week. The law closes a loophole that could have seen PI's and security guards held criminally liable in Aurora for the assault weapons the state legally allows them to carry. The new law would bring the city's codes in line with state rules.
Surveillance state 'a good thing' 30 Sep 2009 "The surveillance state is in many circumstances a jolly good thing," an adviser to the NHS has told a fringe meeting at the Labour Conference. Tim Kelsey urged more "surveillance" of personal data to cut hospital deaths and improve public services in general. Steve Bundred, chief executive of the Audit Commission, backed his call but warned the quality of data held by public bodies was often "appalling".
Official: Jets Were Prepared to Shoot Plane Down 02 Oct 2009 The F-16 military jets that intercepted an out of control plane Wednesday were prepared to take any necessary action, including shooting it down. Listen: Michael Kucharek, a spokesman for the U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command, says the chain of command is set into motion quickly during such incidents. Kucharek says the ultimate decision to bring down a plane would be up to the Secretary of Defense or the President.
Thousands of 9/11 workers can sue over illnesses 29 Sep 2009 Thousands of sickened 9/11 recovery workers whose legal claims have been barred because of missed deadlines can now join a massive group suing New York City under a law signed by Gov. David A. Paterson, officials said. The law immediately allows more than 3,000 Ground Zero workers to revive lawsuits that were thrown out by a federal judge in July on the technical ground that they were not filed within 90 days of the workers' conditions being diagnosed.
Michigan's Warren Bank is 96th failure of 2009 02 Oct 2009 Warren, Mich.-based Warren Bank was closed by regulators Friday, marking the 96th U.S. bank failure of the year. Warren Bank had $538 million in assets and $501 million in deposits as of July 31, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. The FDIC said in a statement that the bank's failure will cost the deposit-insurance fund $275 million.
Banks With 20% Unpaid Loans at 18-Year High Amid Recovery Doubt 02 Sep 2009 The number of U.S. lenders that can’t collect on at least 20 percent of their loans hit an 18-year high, signaling that more bank failures and losses could slow an economic recovery. ...26 firms with more than one-fifth of their loans 90 days overdue or not accruing interest as of June 30 -- a level of distress almost five times the national average -- according to Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. data compiled for Bloomberg News by SNL Financial, a bank research firm. Three reported almost half of their loans weren’t being paid.
Personal bankruptcies up 41 percent --Filings soar over last year as unemployment, housing crash take toll 02 Oct 2009 Consumer bankruptcies soared 41 percent in September from a year before and climbed from August, as high unemployment and the housing market crash took their toll, the American Bankruptcy Institute said on Friday. September filings totaled 124,790, the fourth-highest month since the bankruptcy law changed in 2005.
Unemployment rate is highest in 26 years 02 Oct 2009 The nation's unemployment rate ticked up to 9.8 percent in September, its highest level in 26 years, as employers hastened their pace of layoffs, the government reported Friday in a worse-than-expected jobs report that was sure to quash any notion that the economic downturn is over.
U.S. loses 263,000 jobs in September 02 Oct 2009 The United States lost 263,000 jobs in the month of September and unemployment continued to trend upward to 9.8 percent, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Jail Time We Can Believe In: Not Death Panels, Prison Panels --The Democratic insurance company-big pharma giveaway aka health-care reform: If you don't fork over your thousands to Barack Opharma's corpora-terrorist trolls, you go to prison. Now that's jail time we can believe in. --Lori Price
Rhetorical Tax Evasion --The IRS says it will fine or jail you for not paying Obama's mandate levy. (The Wall Street Journal) 29 Sep 2009 President Obama's effort to deny that his mandate to buy insurance is a tax has taken another thumping, this time from fellow Democrats in the Senate Finance Committee. Chairman Max Baucus's bill includes the so-called individual mandate, along with what he calls a $1,900 "excise tax" if you don't buy health insurance. (It had been as much as $3,800 but Democrats reduced the amount last week to minimize the political sticker shock.) And, lo, it turns out that if you don't pay that tax, the IRS could punish you with a $25,000 fine or up to a year in jail, or both. Under questioning last week, Tom Barthold, the chief of staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, admitted that the individual mandate would become a part of the Internal Revenue Code and that failing to comply "could be criminal, yes, if it were considered an attempt to defraud." Mr. Barthold noted in a follow-up letter that the willful failure to file would be a simple misdemeanor, punishable by the $25,000 fine or jail time under Section 7203.
Olympics 2016: Rio is the winner --Announcement sparks jubilation in host city after surprise elimination of Chicago despite Obama's plea 02 Oct 2009 Rio de Janeiro has won the contest to host the 2016 Olympics and take the games to South America for the first time after the shock elimination of Chicago in the first round of voting today. There were celebrations on the streets of the city this evening after the announcement by the IOC president Jacques Rogge. Chicago's early exit was seen as a snub for Barack Obama, who flew to Copenhagen to represent his former home town.
Italian lawyers seek jail for CIA agents 01 Oct 2009 Public prosecutors in Italy have urged a court in Milan to jail 26 Americans for the kidnapping of a terrorism suspect in a 2003 CIA operation. The Italian lawyers are seeking sentences of between 10 and 13 years for the US agents. They also want 13 years for the former head of Italy’s secret service, Nicolo Pollari. The trial is the most high profile case in Europe to challenge the extra-judicial transfers also known as 'renditions.'
Italy kidnapping too grave to cover up
30 Sep 2009 The kidnapping of a terror suspect is too grave a crime
to be covered up just to protect government secrets, a prosecutor declared
Wednesday in the trial of 26 Americans and seven Italians charged in
the abduction of an Egyptian cleric. Prosecutor Armando Spataro gave
his closing arguments in a trial that is the first in any country to
scrutinize the CIA's
ban transfer of Guantanamo detainees to US 01 Oct 2009 The US
House of Representatives have voted to ban the transfer of
Judge orders release of Cheney interview with FBI --Both Bush and Obama administrations said they wanted to keep interview confidential 01 Oct 2009 A federal judge ruled Thursday that the FBI must publicly reveal much of its notes from an interview with former Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney during the investigation into who leaked the identity of a CIA operative. Cheney agreed to be interviewed by Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald in June 2004 during the investigation of the leak of Valerie Plame's identity after her husband publicly criticized the Bush regime.
Odierno: U.S. May Never Declare Victory in Iraq [Well, ExxonMobil, BP, Blackwater/Xe, Fluor, Triple Canopy and KBR can declare victory --and that's what matter$.] 01 Oct 2009 The top American commander in Iraq said Thursday it is unlikely the U.S. can declare victory by the time forces leave at the end of 2011. "I'm not sure we will ever see anyone declare victory in Iraq, because first off, I'm not sure we'll know for 10 years or five years," Army Gen. Ray Odierno told reporters at a Pentagon briefing.
Iran agrees to open up uranium enrichment plant to inspection --Provisional deal offers hope of defusing crisis 01 Oct 2009 Iran agreed in principle today to export much of its stock of enriched uranium for processing and to open its newly-revealed enrichment plant to UN inspections within a fortnight. The agreements, struck at negotiations in Geneva with six major powers, represented the most significant progress in talks with Tehran in over three years, and offered hope that the nuclear crisis could be defused, at least temporarily.
Iran to Send Enriched Uranium to Russia 02 Oct 2009 Iran agreed on Thursday in talks with the United States and other major powers to open its newly revealed uranium enrichment plant near Qum to international inspection in the next two weeks and to send most of its openly declared enriched uranium to Russia to be turned into fuel for a small reactor that produces medical isotopes, senior American and other Western officials said. Iran’s agreement in principle to export most of its enriched uranium for processing -- if it happens -- would represent a major accomplishment for the West, reducing Iran’s ability to make a nuclear weapon quickly and buying more time for negotiations to bear fruit.
U.S. lawmakers vote to punish Iran's fuel suppliers [to help US corpora-terrorists] 01 Oct 2009 As Washington and Tehran began talks over Iran's nuclear program, U.S. lawmakers approved legislation to bar foreign companies exporting gasoline to Iran from also delivering crude oil to America's emergency petroleum stockpile. Thursday's action by the U.S. House of Representatives marks the first time lawmakers imposed economic sanctions on Iran since Tehran disclosed it was building another uranium enrichment plant and U.S. and Iranian officials met in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss the country's nuclear program.
NYMEX-Crude ends up on Iran worry, firm gasoline 01 Oct 2009 U.S. crude futures closed higher in a late run-up on Thursday on worries about talks between Iran and the West over its nuclear program and as follow-through buying spurred by improved demand lifted gasoline futures.
56% of American Jews think U.S. should strike Iran 01 Oct 2009
One day ahead of talks in Geneva between Iran and six major powers -
the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany - on Tehran's
Israel trying to dodge overseas prosecution 01 Oct 2009 Stung by a damning U.N. report alleging war crimes in Gaza, Israel is taking extraordinary steps to fend off potential international prosecution of its political and military leaders, hiring high-powered attorneys, lobbying Western governments and launching a public relations blitz. Israel has dismissed the U.N. investigation into its winter offensive in the Gaza strip as biased, but its latest moves show it is clearly concerned.
Netanyahu nixes call for Israeli inquiry into Gaza war 01 Oct 2009 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has nixed the idea of setting up an inquiry committee into alleged Israeli war crimes in the Gaza Strip as a means of dealing with the Goldstone Commission's report. That report, submitted to the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday, accuses both Israel and Hamas of war crimes during their three-week conflict in Gaza in January and recommends that both be referred to the International Criminal Court for prosecution unless they carry out in-house investigations that the UN deems adequate within six months.
White House Eyeing Narrower War Effort --Obama to continue assassination program 02 Oct 2009 Senior White House officials have begun to make the case for a policy shift in Afghanistan that would send few, if any, new combat troops to the country and instead focus on faster military training of Afghan forces, continued assassinations of 'al-Qaeda' leaders and support for the government of neighboring Pakistan [aka the Obusha money pit] in its fight against the Taliban. In a three-hour meeting Wednesday at the White House, senior advisers challenged some of the key assumptions in Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal's blunt assessment of the nearly eight-year-old war, which President Obama has said is being fought to destroy al-Qaeda and its allies in Afghanistan and the ungoverned border areas of Pakistan.
NORAD: Shooting down stray planes always option 01 Oct 2009 The U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command said Thursday that shooting down a small plane that left its flight plan and later crashed in Indiana, killing the pilot, was always an option. NORAD spokesman, Michael Kucharek, wouldn't say whether the option was seriously considered Wednesday before the single-engine propeller M20M Mooney crashed about 12 miles northeast of Muncie, Ind., but said leaders in NORAD and other agencies were consulted. Kucharek didn't know whether President Barack Obama, the ultimate authority for such a decision, was alerted to the situation.
'Violation of quarantine order tantamount to manslaughter' --Canadians willing to give up rights to combat flu 24 Sep 2009 Canadians are bullish on giving government officials permission to restrict personal freedoms in a flu pandemic, with half of those surveyed agreeing that violation of a quarantine order would be tantamount to manslaughter. The survey, conducted for the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, is based on a random sample of 500 Canadians surveyed by phone, and nearly 100 more via a series of town hall meetings.
Army's first swine flu death is soldier in SC 01 Oct 2009 A 23-year-old soldier from Florida who was in basic training is the Army's first death from complications of swine flu, officials said Thursday. The death at Fort Jackson, the Army's largest training camp and just outside Columbia, may be the first such loss among the nation's 1.4 million men and women in uniform.
Nurses file lawsuit over mandatory flu vaccine 01 Oct 2009 A union representing 16,000 registered nurses in Washington state has filed a federal lawsuit against MultiCare Health System for implementing a mandatory flu vaccination policy. The lawsuit, filed by the Washington State Nurses Association, seeks an injunction to stop the policy from being implemented at both Tacoma General and Good Samaritan hospitals.
flu shot protests may be the next Tea Party 30 Sep 2009 If Trends
Research Institute Director Gerald Celente is right another
volley may have been fired in what he is calling the "Second
American Revolution." Here's part of an e-mail trend alert he sent
to clients, "While there are many wild cards that could light the fuse,
The Trends Research Institute forecasts that if the threat of government-forced
Swine Flu vaccinations is realized, it will be the fourth shot (of the
second American Revolution). Tens of millions
will fight for their right to remain free and unvaccinated."
According to a UPI
report, Hospital Corp. of America, with clinics and hospitals in
20 states including Tennessee and Virginia, is requiring its 120,000
employees to be vaccinated... Lori Price of Citizens
for Legitimate Government, a Connecticut-based group that opposes
government [corporate] expansion. "It's all part of an encroachment
on our liberties," Price told
NY health workers vaccination 29 Sep 2009 The trend toward mandatory H1N1 vaccinations for U.S. healthcare workers is meeting resistance from unions and anti-government groups, officials said. Hundreds of thousands of nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers are being ordered to become vaccinated as the second wave of the H1N1 pandemic spreads this fall. The trend is fueling rumors that the H1N1 vaccine may become mandatory for everyone, said Lori Price of Citizens for Legitimate Government, a Connecticut-based group that opposes government expansion.
D.C. Schools to Start Swine Flu Shots in Oct. 02 Oct 2009 Students at some D.C. public schools will be able to get vaccinated against swine flu this month, and inoculations for students are expected to be available citywide in November, according to a plan health officials made public this week. But Peter Branch, the head of Georgetown Day School, said he was frustrated that private schools would not have access to the vaccine until after many other schools had received it. [Mr. Branch doesn't 'get it.' The pharma-terrorists/govt is ensuring the public school children are the guinea pigs for the squalene-laden, mercury-filled, Polysorbate 80-laced vaccine. --LRP]
U.K. to Start Swine Flu Vaccination This Month, Government Says 01 Oct 2009 The U.K. will begin offering  swine flu vaccine to health workers and people most at risk of contracting the illness later this month, government health officials said. "If everything goes well and according to plan it will be in the second half of October," England’s Chief Medical Officer Liam Donaldson told reporters today in London.
US officials worry about homegrown terrorism plots --Recent arrests highlight risk of attacks in U.S. 30 Sep 2009 Top Obama administration officials on Wednesday said recent arrests in alleged bombing plots highlight the challenges they face combating "self-radicalized, homegrown extremists" as well as foreigners in the United States determined to carry out attacks. The officials told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that 'al Qaeda' still poses a threat -- although a reduced one -- and that they must also focus on affiliated groups and homegrown militants.
Homeland Security to hire up to 1K cyber experts 01 Oct 2009 The Obama administration has given a green light to the Homeland Security Department to be more competitive and choosey as it hires up to 1,000 new cyber experts over the next three years, the first major personnel move to fulfill its vow to bolster security of the nation's computer networks. The announcement follows a wave of cyber attacks on federal agencies, including a July assault that knocked government Web sites off the Internet and earlier intrusions into the country's electrical grid.
Senator's Aid to Mistress's Husband Raises Ethics Flags 02 Oct 2009 Early last year, Senator John Ensign (R) contacted a small circle of political and corporate supporters back home in Nevada -- a casino designer, an airline executive, the head of a utility and several political consultants -- seeking work for a close friend and top Washington aide, Douglas Hampton. "He’s a competent guy, and he’s looking to come back to Nevada. Do you know of anything?" one patron recalled Mr. Ensign asking. The job pitch left out one salient fact: the senator was having an affair with Mr. Hampton’s wife, Cynthia, a member of his campaign staff.
Pelosi: GOP has double standard in health care rhetoric debate 01 Oct 2009 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped congressional Republicans on Thursday for holding Democrats to a higher standard in the rhetoric employed in the often acidic health care debate. "Apparently, Republicans are holding Democrats to a higher level than they hold their own members," she said on Capitol Hill. "If anybody's going to apologize, everybody should apologize."
Senate Committee Passes Quasi-Public Option Amendment 01 Oct 2009 The Senate Finance Committee narrowly passed an amendment Thursday from Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) that moves the conservative panel as close as it will likely get to a public health insurance option. The amendment creates a "federally funded, non-Medicaid, state plan which combines the innovation and quality of private sector competition with the purchasing power of the states," according to an overview. It would be available to people with incomes above Medicaid eligibility but below 200 percent of the federal poverty level -- a very narrow window.
Gore Vidal: 'We'll have a dictatorship soon in the US' --Gore Vidal claims America is 'rotting away'-- and don’t expect Barack Obama to save it 30 Sep 2009 Vidal originally became pro-Obama because he grew up in "a black city" (meaning Washington), as well as being impressed by Obama’s intelligence. "But he believes the generals... Obama believes the Republican Party is a party when in fact it's a mindset, like Hitler Youth, based on hatred -- religious hatred, racial hatred. When you foreigners hear the word 'conservative' you think of kindly old men hunting foxes. They're not, they're fascists." ...Another notable Obama mis-step has been on healthcare reform. "He f***ed it up. I don’t know how because the country wanted it. We’ll never see it happen." Vidal now believes, as he did originally, Clinton would be the better president. "The Republicans will win the next election," Vidal believes; though for him there is little difference between the parties. "Remember the coup d’etat of 2000 when the Supreme Court fixed the selection, not election, of the stupidest man in the country, Mr Bush."
NORAD to Conduct Flight Exercise Over DC Area --Exercise to include air force F-16s, Coast Guard helicopters 30 Sep 2009 The North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Continental U.S. NORAD Region plans a training flight exercise over Washington. The exercise, called Falcon Virgo 10-01, will take place late Wednesday and early Thursday. The exercise is comprised of a series of training flights held in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, National Capital Region Command Center, Joint Air Defense Operations Center, Continental U.S. NORAD Region (CONR), Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard and CONR's Eastern Air Defense Sector.
F-16 jets intercept plane with unresponsive pilot: US 30 Sep 2009 Two F-16 fighter jets trailed a small plane with an unresponsive pilot on Wednesday before the aircraft crashed in rural Indiana, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said. The small civilian plane had departed Grand Rapids in Michigan but lost communications with air traffic controllers, NORAD said in a statement.
Canadian soldiers stationed in U.S. will learn French --U.S. to pay contractor $285,000 to pay Americans to teach one of Canada's official languages to Canadians stationed in the U.S. [Wow. And I thought I'd heard 'it all.'] 30 Sep 2009 After receiving poor reviews for its record on bilingualism, the Defence Department plans to hire a U.S. company to give French lessons to Canadian Forces personnel stationed at Norad headquarters in Colorado. The department issued a notice Tuesday saying it intends to award the work to Globelink Foreign Language Center in Colorado Springs through a standing offer worth up to $285,000 -- effectively paying Americans to teach one of Canada's official languages to Canadians.
Man On 24-Hr Surveillance in Terror Case Denies Terrorist Connections --NY Man Says Backpacks, Scale Found in His Apartment Not For Attack 30 Sep 2009 A Manhattan coffee cart operator currently under 24-hour surveillance by federal agents told ABC News he is not affiliated with al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] and that about one dozen black backpacks and a small scale found in his apartment, identified as suspicious in court documents, are purely coincidental. Facts in the case that have led officials to keep him under constant watch, he said, have been misconstrued. "I am not a terrorist," said Naiz Khan, 27.
Critics say pandemic emergency bill tramples privacy rights 28 Sep 2009 Mandatory vaccinations, home searches without a warrant and forced quarantine for those who resist. Critics of a pandemic preparedness bill pending in the Legislature say it would allow all those things and sets the stage for a medical police state where any response to an epidemic of flu or other illness has the potential to steamroll civil liberties. The bill’s supporters and its sponsor, Sen. Richard Moore, D-Uxbridge, have found themselves in recent weeks defending against attacks from critics. Senate Bill No. 2028 – An Act Relative to Pandemic and Disaster Preparation and Response in the Commonwealth – passed the Senate (MA) by a unanimous vote on April 30 with almost no public notice.
Canadians on hook for any H1N1 vaccine damages 30 Sep 2009 If there are lawsuits over the H1N1 vaccine, it will be the federal government, not the vaccine maker, that picks up the tab for any damages awarded by courts. Contracts between governments and vaccine manufacturers usually include an indemnity clause that exempts companies if there are problems with a vaccine, Canada's chief public health officer, Dr. David Butler-Jones, told reporters Wednesday. [In the US, both the government and the pharma-terrorists are exempt from any legal liabilities, thanks to Barack Opharma. The little coward snuck that one in at 8PM on Friday night, in the middle of July. --LRP]
Santa Clara County declares emergency to spend $500,000 for swine-flu vaccine clinics 30 Sep 2009 (CA) the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors declared a local emergency Tuesday and set aside $500,000 to pay for specialized vaccination clinics in the community. The $500,000 will be transferred from the county's general fund contingency reserve to the Office of Emergency Services. Government Code Section 8630 authorizes the Board of Supervisors to proclaim a local emergency when the county is threatened or likely to be threatened by conditions of disaster or extreme peril to the safety of persons and property within the county that are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment and facilities of the county.
Some Pregnant Women Say No to H1N1 Vaccine 30 Sep 2009 State officials told the federal government Wednesday how much vaccine they'll need to combat H1N1. Some of the first doses 'should' go to pregnant women... But not all pregnant women are eager to get the vaccine, reports CBS News. Many pregnant women are nervous about whether this new vaccine, which was produced and tested so quickly, is really safe. Only one in six pregnant women even get a regular flu shot.
Appeals court upholds dismissal of vaccine suit 29 Sep 2009 A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a program that requires some members of the military to be vaccinated against anthrax over objections from service members who say the vaccine, produced by Bioport Corp., has not been proven to be effective. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington upheld a lower court's decision dismissing a case brought by eight service members who challenged the Food and Drug Administration's determination that the [deadly] vaccine was effective.
U.S. troops call Afghan region 'Vietnam without napalm' 30 Sep 2009 The men of Bravo Company have a bitter description for the irrigated swath of land along the Arghandab River where 10 members of their battalion have been killed and 30 have been wounded since the beginning of August. "Like Vietnam without the napalm," said Spc. Nicholas Gojekian, 21, of Katy, Texas. [Right, but there's gas and opium pipelines to protect -- the reason the US invaded.]
UN 'to remove Afghanistan envoy' --Mr Galbraith angered Afghan President Hamid Karzai by reportedly calling for a complete recount of the vote. [<g>] 30 Sep 2009 A senior UN official in Afghanistan is to be removed from his post following a row about the country's presidential election, the BBC has learned. UN officials said Peter Galbraith had not been fired but would be removed from the mission. Mr Galbraith, a US diplomat, denied the report, and the UN mission in Kabul says he is expected back.
Suicide bomber kills American in Afghanistan 30 Sep 2009 A suicide bomber rammed a car into a military convoy of foreign forces in southeastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing one American, officials said. The attack occurred as the convoy crossed a bridge in the Mandozai district of Khost province, bordering Pakistan, district chief Wali Shah said.
Biden welcomes son home from guard service in Iraq 30 Sep 2009 Having been welcomed home by his father, Vice President Joe Biden, Delaware's attorney general traded hugs and handshakes Wednesday with other members of his Army National Guard unit after a yearlong deployment in Iraq. Beau Biden, a captain and military lawyer in the 261st Theater Tactical Signal Brigade, stood with other members of the unit as they were welcomed home by a crowd of about 1,000 people gathered in front of Legislative Hall.
Press TV: IAEA letter thanks Iran over notification 30 Sep 2009 The UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has thanked Iran for providing the agency with information about the construction of its new pilot enrichment plant. "With reference to the letter of 21 September 2009... from HE Ambassador Soltanieh to the Director General of the Agency Dr ElBaradei, I wish to thank the Islamic Republic of Iran for providing the Agency with information about Iran's activities related to the construction of a new pilot enrichment plant," read a letter by the IAEA to Iran, a copy of which was obtained Press TV. Iran, on September 21, informed the agency that it was constructing an enrichment plant in Fordu, south of the capital Tehran.
U.S. Story on Iran Nuke Facility Doesn't Add Up By Gareth Porter 29 Sep 2009 The story line that dominated media coverage of the second Iranian uranium enrichment facility last week was the official assertion that U.S. intelligence had caught Iran trying to conceal a "secret" nuclear facility. But an analysis of the transcript of that briefing by senior administration officials that was the sole basis for the news stories and other evidence reveals damaging admissions, conflicts with the facts and unanswered questions that undermine its credibility. Iran's notification to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of the second enrichment facility in a letter on Sep. 21 was buried deep in most of the news stories and explained as a response to being detected by U.S. intelligence.
Israel gets two more German submarines 29 Sep 2009 Israel has taken delivery of two German submarines ordered four years ago, a military spokesman said on Tuesday. "We have received two Dolphin-class submarines built in Germany," he said, on condition of anonymity. The submarines, called U212s, can launch cruise missiles carrying nuclear warheads, although when it confirmed the sale in 2006 the German government said the two vessels were not equipped to carry nuclear weapons.
IDF jeep hits, kills Palestinian teen in West Bank 30 Sep 2009 An Israel Defense Forces jeep hit and killed a 17-year-old Palestinian in the West Bank on Wednesday, a Palestinian security official and the IDF said. The IDF called the incident an accident and said soldiers had come under attack from stone throwers. A Palestinian official claimed the vehicle deliberately ran down the teenager.
U.S., Cuba Held Extended Talks --State Department Discloses 6 Days of Meetings on the Island 30 Sep 2009 In an unusual move, Cuban authorities this month invited a State Department official to turn a brief visit to the Communist[as opposed to corpora-terrorist]-ruled island into a six-day stay that included meetings with officials, opposition figures and people from Cuban civil organizations, U.S. officials said Tuesday. State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley said that Bisa Williams, the deputy assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, was "taking advantage of an opportunity to have further talks on specific subjects."
US relaxes grip on the internet 30 Sep 2009 The US government has relaxed its control over how the internet is run. It has signed a four-page "affirmation of commitments" with the net regulator Icann, giving the body autonomy for the first time. Previous agreements gave the US close oversight of Icann - drawing criticism from other countries and groups.
Did California police use a Taser on an unarmed, legless man in a wheelchair? 21 Sep 2009 The Merced Police Department's Internal Affairs Division is investigating whether an officer twice used a Taser on an unarmed, wheelchair-bound man with no legs. The man who was Tasered, Gregory Williams, 40, a double-leg amputee, spent six days in jail on suspicion of domestic violence and resisting arrest, but the Merced County District Attorney's office hasn't filed any charges.
GAO report: Millions in fraud, drug abuse clogs Medicaid 30 Sep 2009 A report issued Wednesday finds that state and federal officials failed to detect millions of dollars in Medicaid prescription drug abuse. An audit of the government program in five large states found about 65,000 instances of beneficiaries improperly obtaining potentially addictive drugs at a cost of about $65 million during 2006 and 2007 -- including thousands of prescriptions written for dead patients or by people posing as doctors.
Grayson Calls Level of Uninsured a "holocaust" 30 Sep 2009 Tuesday, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) warned that the Republican health care plan was to "die quickly." On Wednesday, Grayson riled up Republicans again, likening the lack of health care reform to a "holocaust in America." Republicans [aka 'death panel' hypocrites] howled and threatened to try to sanction Grayson for his comments on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Grayson refused to apologize. "Because I said the truth," Grayson noted in an interview with FOX News. But the Florida Democrat did apologize. At least in one context. Grayson again took to the floor after speaking with FOX. "I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven’t voted sooner to end this holocaust in America."
Does Obama have a secret deal with insurance companies? By Brent Budowsky 30 Sep 2009 It is time for progressives, consumers, workers, populists and anyone who supports affordable healthcare to ask: Was the fix in from the beginning through a secret deal between the White House and insurance companies to kill the public option? I don’t know, but I do know that a secret deal with Big Pharma was made in similar fashion. Sure, the fact of the pharma deal was known, but many details remain secret today.
Mega barf alert! Panel votes to restore abstinence education money 30 Sep 2009 A Senate committee voted Tuesday night to restore $50 million a year in federal funding for abstinence-only education that President Barack Obama has pushed to eliminate. The 12-11 vote by the Senate Finance Committee came over objections from its chairman, Democratic Sen. Max Baucus of Montana. Two DemocRATs -- Kent Conrad (ND) and Blanche Lincoln (AK) -- joined all 10 committee Republicans in voting "yes" on the measure by Republican [nutjob] Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah.
EPA moves to regulate smokestack greenhouse gases 30 Sep 2009 The Environmental Protection Agency took steps Wednesday to control the emissions blamed for global warming from power plants, factories and refineries for the first time. The EPA proposal would require polluters to reduce six greenhouse gases by installing the best available technology and improving energy efficiency whenever a facility is significantly changed or built. The rule applies to any industrial plant that emits at least 25,000 tons of greenhouse gases a year.
Indonesia quake death toll may be thousands: health minister 30 Sep 2009 Thousands may have died in an earthquake that struck the city of Padang on Indonesia's Sumatra island, the health minister said on Thursday, with officials saying many victims remain buried under toppled buildings. The 7.6 magnitude quake hit Padang on Wednesday afternoon, knocking over hundreds of buildings, but with communications cut it took officials some time to determine the extent of the destruction and loss of life.
Indonesia shaken by another quake 30 Sep 2009 The U.S. Geological Survey says another powerful earthquake has shaken western Indonesia. The 6.9 magnitude struck at 8:52 a.m. local time (0152GMT) Thursday on Sumatra island, about 180 miles (280 kilometers) from the epicenter of a more powerful quake on Wednesday.
Tsunami death toll likely to rise 01 Oct 2009 Relief workers in American Samoa and Samoa are searching for survivors after a series of tsunamis smashed into the tiny Pacific islands, killing at least 140 people and flattening villages. Images show homes ripped apart, cars submerged in the sea or lodged in trees and large fishing boats hurled ashore by the waves generated by a 8.3 magnitude quake south-west of American Samoa.
General: 400 US Troops Ready to Assist Federal Officials If Flu Virus Mutates 29 Sep 2009 Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart also told The Associated Press that as many as 400 troops are ready to go to five regional headquarters around the country to assist federal health and emergency management officials if needed as the flu season heats up. Inoculating the military is a key requirement of the Pentagon's emergency plan, as a way to ensure that troops are available to 'protect' the nation. They also will be on tap to provide help [!] to states if problems come up as the flu season continues. So far, Renuart said that between 15 and 20 troops have been dispatched to each of the five regional headquarters, to work with officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and state leaders. But the military presence could rise to 80 in each regional office if needed, he said. "If you see the virus begin to mutate or have a broader affect, or pockets where the vaccine isn't available or is less effective," and the local authorities need help, the military would send the additional support, Renuart said. [The CLG has been predicting this for five years. We covered this issue long before anyone else. See: The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 and CLG's DoD to carry out 'military missions' during pandemic, WMD attack and DoD to 'augment civilian law' during pandemic or bioterror attack. --LRP]
American Police Force Corporation Takes Over Small Town Police Force and Prisoner-Less Jail 29 Sep 2009 (MT) This is the strange story of how American Police Force, a little known company which claims to specialize in training military and security forces overseas, has seemingly taken control of a $27 million, never-used jail, and a rural Montana town's nonexistent police force. After arriving in this tiny city with three Mercedes SUVs marked with the logo of a police department that has never existed, representatives of the obscure California security company said preparations were under way to take over Hardin's jail, which has no prisoners.
American Police Force in Hardin --APF officials plan to stay in the area for the next month. 25 Sep 2009 (MT) American Police Force officials showed up in Mercedes SUVs that had "Hardin Police" stenciled on the vehicles. The twist: The city of Hardin doesn't have a police department. Two Rivers Authority officials say having APF patrol the streets was never part of their agenda... Currently, the Big Horn County Sheriff's Department is contracted to patrol the city and APF has no jurisdiction. As for the jail contract with APF, both sides are yet to agree to a deal as bondholders rejected it again on Thursday morning... Officials say the contract 'only' deals with the detention facility and a police training center.
General Says Iraq Troop Reductions May Quicken [Yeah, they're needed back here, to 'help' with the flu pandemic. Obusha keeps the wars going -- on three and a half fronts (Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Somalia) with overpaid mercenaries from Xe, Triple Canopy and, lest we forget, the child-rapists from DynCorp. The US Congress cut ACORN's funding, but has *no problem* keeping DynCorp and Xe fat and happy. --LRP] 30 Sep 2009 The senior American commander in Iraq said Tuesday that he could reduce American forces to 50,000 troops even before the end of next summer if the expected January 'elections' in Iraq went smoothly. That could ease the strain across the American armed forces and free up extra combat units for duty in the Afghanistan war, which has become a priority for the Obama administration.
US to send home 4,000 more troops from Iraq 29 Sep 2009 The top general in Iraq is sending home 4,000 more U.S. troops by the end of October as the American military 'winds down' the six-year war. Army Gen. Ray Odierno said in remarks prepared for a congressional hearing Wednesday that the number of U.S. soldiers in Iraq will total about 120,000 over the next month.
Lawyers seek arrest of Israeli defence minister in UK for alleged war crimes --Palestinian families apply for international arrest warrant for Ehud Barak over military offensive in Gaza 29 Sep 2009 British lawyers for 16 Palestinians are seeking to obtain an international arrest warrant for the Israeli defence minister, Ehud Barak, in a London court over alleged war crimes in the Gaza Strip. Barak, who was in overall charge of Israeli's offensive in Gaza earlier this year, is due to speak at a meeting at the Labour party conference in Brighton today. Barak is also due to meet Gordon Brown and David Miliband, the foreign secretary, for talks on the Middle East and Iran. [Wouldn't it rock if this sociopath was arrested just before he got to his plum pudding? BTW, where are the arrest warrants for Bush, Cheney, Yoo, Addington, Gonzales and Ashcroft?]
UK protesters call for arrest of Israeli war minister 30 Sep 2009 British lawmakers and pro-Palestinian activists have pilloried the governing Labour Party for entertaining Israeli War Minister Ehud Barak at their annual conference instead of calling for his arrest for war crimes committed against the Palestinians. A demonstration was held to protest against Barak's presence in the British coastal resort of Brighton on September 29.
Somalia Executes Two Suspected CIA Spies 29 Sep 2009 Islamists in southern Somalia executed two people by firing squad on Monday, on suspicion of spying for the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Al-Shabab judges in the capital Mogadishu sentenced the two men to death, while a third man was sentenced to lashes for minting counterfeit money, the Somali Garowe Online reported.
Accused al Qaeda Bomb Maker Held Without Bail --Najibullah Zazi Will Stay in Jail While Govt Builds Terror Case 29 Sep 2009 Suspected al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] terrorist Najibullah Zazi will be permanently detained while the government builds their case against the shuttle bus driver from Denver, Colorado, a judge ordered this morning. Zazi entered a plea of not guilty through his attorney J. Michael Dowling. Judge Raymond W. Dearie granted the prosecution's request to declare the case against Zazi "complex" – meaning that because of the nature of classified evidence [?!?] and the international aspect of the case, they expect it will take a long time to prosecute.
Bomb plot suspect pleads not guilty in NY court 29 Sep 2009 The man at the center of a U.S. anti-terrorism probe pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to conspiring to set off a bomb in the United States, and a federal judge ordered him held without bail. Najibullah Zazi, a Colorado airport shuttle driver and a legal U.S. resident born in Afghanistan, has been indicted by a grand jury on a charge of conspiracy use weapons of mass destruction. "I'd like to stop this rush to judgment because what I have seen so far does not amount to a conspiracy," defense attorney J. Michael Dowling told reporters outside the courthouse.
Newsmax.com editorial envisions overthrow of US government: Obama Risks a Domestic Military 'Intervention' By John L. Perry 29 Sep 2009 There is a remote, although gaining, possibility America's military will intervene as a last resort to resolve the "Obama problem." Don’t dismiss it as unrealistic... Officers swear to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." Unlike enlisted personnel, they do not swear to "obey the orders of the president of the United States." Top military officers can see the Constitution they are sworn to defend being trampled as American institutions and enterprises are nationalized... Imagine a bloodless coup [as we had in 2000 and 2004?] to restore and defend the Constitution through an interim administration that would do the serious business of governing and defending the nation. Skilled, military-trained, nation-builders [Xe terrorists] would replace accountability-challenged, radical-left commissars [Actually, they're mostly a gaggle of corpora-terrorist trolls]... Military intervention is what Obama’s exponentially accelerating agenda for "fundamental change" toward a Marxist state is inviting upon America.
Military to get mandatory swine flu shots soon 29 Sep 2009 U.S. military troops will begin getting required swine flu shots in the next week to 10 days, with active duty forces deploying to war zones and other critical areas going to the front of the vaccine line, a top military commander said Tuesday. The Pentagon has bought 2.7 million vaccines, and 1.4 million of those will go to active duty military. National Guard troops on active duty are also required to receive the vaccine, as are civilian Defense Department employees who are in critical jobs.
Chicago hospital's new mandatory flu shot policy to affect thousands 29 Sep 2009 A large Chicago hospital is requiring all employees, students, volunteers and contractors to get a yearly seasonal flu shot. Rush University Medical Center announced the new policy Tuesday. The hospital also will require the swine flu vaccine, depending on its availability. Rush says it's ordered enough vaccine for more than 8,000 employees and 1,500 students.
Province may suspend flu shots after vaccine's safety questioned 28 Sep 2009 B.C. might suspend the seasonal flu shots as early as today, in the wake of a Canadian study that suggests people who get the flu vaccine are twice as likely to contract the H1N1 virus. Several news outlets reported the preliminary findings of the study, which is still under peer review. Researchers found that those who received the seasonal flu vaccine in the past were more likely to catch H1N1.
Schoolgirl dies after GlaxoSmithKline HPV vaccination --HPV vaccine batch quarantined as 'precautionary measure' --Vaccination part of [insane] national immunisation programme 29 Sep 2009 An urgent investigation has been launched after a 14-year-old girl died shortly after receiving a cervical cancer vaccination at her school. Natalie Morton was a pupil at the Blue Coat Church of England School in Coventry, where she was given the human papilloma virus (HPV) jab yesterday. She was taken to Coventry University hospital, where she died at lunchtime. Three other girls from the school are reported to have experienced possible side effects of dizziness and nausea after receiving the Cervarix jab, which was given to female pupils as part of a national immunisation programme against HPV.
Dozens Under Quarantine At Naval Academy --Officer: Number of midshipmen in isolation at one time has ranged from a few dozen to 75 on Friday 29 Sep 2009 (MD) The Naval Academy is quarantining midshipmen with flu-like symptoms aiming to slow the spread of swine flu. Cmdr. Joe Carpenter said Tuesday that 170 midshipmen have been isolated this fall, but only seven confirmed cases of swine flu. As of Monday night there were 33 midshipmen in an isolation ward converted from an existing athletic facility in the academy's dormitory.
'We're not lab rats' Protesters rally against swine flu vaccine 29 Sep 2009 A few hundred health-care workers and concerned citizens are protesting at the state Capitol today against mandatory swine flu vaccinations. Nurses from the Poughkeepsie area, Rochester region and other parts of New York said they don’t think they should be forced to get a vaccine that has been fast-tracked and that they don’t believe has been tested appropriately as a condition of keeping their jobs. Many protesters are carrying home-made signs with sayings, "We’re not lab rats" and "No flu shot, no job?" [Petition against mandatory vaccines -- 5700 signatures -- add yours!]
Health Care Workers Protest Mandatory H1N1 Vaccination 29 Sep 2009 Health care workers are planning to take to the streets Tuesday at a rally in front of the Albany, N.Y. state capitol to protest mandatory vaccination. The rally is intended to call for "freedom of choice in vaccination and health care" and to protest mandatory vaccination for influenza and the H1N1 swine flu.
AP: Son sure Ky. census taker was slain 29 Sep 2009 The son of a U.S. Census Bureau worker found hanged from a tree in eastern Kentucky with the word "fed" scrawled on his chest says he has no doubt his father was slain. Josh Sparkman tells The Associated Press he's frustrated investigators won't confirm that and continue to say they haven't ruled out suicide or accidental death. Bill Sparkman was a substitute teacher and part-time census worker whose body was found tied to a tree with a rope around his neck in a remote Appalachian forest earlier this month. The Clay County coroner says "fed" was written on his chest, apparently in felt tip pen.
Report Questions Security at National Parks 29 Sep 2009 Security at the nation's national parks and historic icons varies at each site with no national coordination in place to ensure visitor safety, according to a new report critical of the National Park Service. Though officials are unaware of any specific threats, there are concerns that some sites could be targeted by terrorists due to their symbolic nature. Threats could also change in February when visitors are first allowed to carry firearms into national parks, according to a Government Accountability Office report prepared at the request of the House Homeland Security Committee.
Finance Committee Rejects Both Public Option Amendments 29 Sep
2009 The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday rejected two Democratic
amendments that would have created a government-run "public option"
as part an overhaul of the nation's health-insurance system, with
the panel's chairman bowing to staunch Republican
opposition that he said would prevent final passage of a bill
containing such a provision. After an amendment offered by Sen.
John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) was voted down 15 to 8, the committee
voted 13 to 10 to reject a second public-option provision introduced
by Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). The committee chairman, Sen. Max
Baucus (D-Mont.), voted against both politically volatile amendments,
saying he feared that a bill including either one would not get the
Michael Moore tells Democrats: 'Find your spine' on health care 29 Sep 2009 Filmmaker Michael Moore on Tuesday turned his megaphone on the current health care system and those Blue Dog Democrats he claims are "dogging" the health care debate. Moore, an advocate of a single-payer, government-run health care system, called the current setup "cruel," and said that two-thirds of Americans support a single-payer system and would punish those Democrats who steer the conversation away from that option. "To the Democrats in Congress," Moore said, "find your spine. Read the polls. And see us coming."
Watchdog group wants investigation of Vitter 29 Sep 2009 A Washington-based public watchdog group said Tuesday it has asked a Louisiana state agency that reviews lawyer conduct to investigate allegations that U.S. Sen. David Vitter solicited prostitutes. The bar complaint by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington arises from the Republican's admission of a "serious sin" in 2007 after his phone number appeared in records of a Washington prostitution ring.
Dan Rather loses $70 million lawsuit against CBS 29 Sep 2009 New York state appeals court on Tuesday dismissed former TV newsman Dan Rather's lawsuit against CBS Corp in which Rather claimed he was made a scapegoat in a scandal over a 2004 report on then-President [sic] George W. Bush's [nonexistent] military record. The ruling by a panel of judges of the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division said Rather's $70 million complaint should be dismissed in its entirety and that a lower court erred in denying CBS's motion to throw out the lawsuit.
Australia 'uranium' dust concerns 28 Sep 2009 Environmentalists have raised concerns that another giant dust storm blowing its way across eastern Australia may contain radioactive particles. It is argued that sediment whipped up from Australia's centre may be laced with material from a uranium mine.
Australian state running out of water 29 Sep 2009 A politician has warned that an entire Australian state could be without drinking water within a year. David Winderlich, a South Australian parliamentary member, has warned that the River Murray, the major source of drinking water for South Australians, will become too salty for drinking within a year.
Tsunami toll may reach 100 in Western Samoa: officials 29 Sep 2009 A tsunami that hit Western Samoa may have killed up to 100 people, with many more injured, Samoa's disaster management office said on Wednesday. Assistant Chief Executive Ausegalia Mulipola said teams were still searching for victims of the tsunami, with reports some villages in the country's southeast had been destroyed.
U.S. Northeast May Have Coldest Winter in a Decade 28 Sep 2009 The U.S. Northeast may have the coldest winter in a decade because of a weak El Nino, a warming current in the Pacific Ocean, according to Matt Rogers, a forecaster at Commodity Weather Group. "Weak El Ninos are notorious for cold and snowy weather on the Eastern seaboard," Rogers said in a Bloomberg Television interview from Washington. [Good!]
Pharma-terrorists Already Racing to Cover Their Tracks By Lori Price 29 Sep 2009 Remember the role of The New York Times (as Bush media wh*re) in the run-up to the Iraq War? Now comes this gem. Don't Blame Flu Shots for All Ills, Officials Say Donald G. McNeil Jr. 28 Sep 2009 As soon as swine flu vaccinations start next month, some people getting them will drop dead of heart attacks or strokes, some children will have seizures and some pregnant women will miscarry. But those events will not necessarily have anything to do with the vaccine... This time they are making plans to respond rapidly to such events and to try to reassure a nervous public -- and headline-hunting journalists -- that the vaccine is not responsible... 'Sensational reports' of deaths. Oh, like the 'sensational reports' published by the New York Times on the already-stipulated nuclear plant construction in Iran? See: 'Iran plays by IAEA rules, West fails to score points' 27 Sep 2009... Gee, Don. Are you the new Judith Miller? The New York Times already had to issue a grand 'mea culpa' for its complicity in the run-up to the (illegal) Iraq War. Guess you're providing cover for the pharma-terrorists' squalene-laden, mercury-filled, Polysorbate 80-laced swine flu vaccine...
Saudis Will Let Israel Bomb Iran Nuclear Site 27 Sep 2009 Intelligence chief Sir John Scarlett has been told that Saudi Arabia is ready to allow Israel to bomb Iran’s new nuclear site. The head of MI6 discussed the issue in London with Mossad chief Meir Dagan and Saudi officials after British intelligence officers helped to uncover the plant, in the side of a mountain near the ancient city of Qom. The site is seen as a major threat by Tel Aviv and Riyadh. Details of the talks emerged after John Bolton, America’s former UN ambassador, told a meeting of intelligence analysts that "Riyadh certainly approves" of Israel’s use of Saudi airspace.
urges West to stand firm against Iran --Israel's prime minister
began an intensive round of telephone diplomacy to urge Western governments
to stand firm against Iran in response to the latest revelations of
U.S. Is Seeking a Range of Sanctions Against Iran 28 Sep 2009 The Obama administration is scrambling to assemble a package of harsher economic sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program that could include a cutoff of investments to the country’s oil-and-gas industry and restrictions on many more Iranian banks than those currently blacklisted, senior administration officials said Sunday. The administration also is seeking to build a broader coalition of partners for sanctions so that it may still be able to act against Iran even if China and Russia were to veto harsher measures proposed in the United Nations Security Council.
calls Iran missile tests "provocative" 28 Sep 2009 The White
House on Monday called Iran's latest missile test-firings "provocative"
and urged it to agree to allow immediate, unfettered access to its
'Iran plays by IAEA rules, West fails to score points' 27 Sep 2009 The head of Iran's nuclear program says the US and its allies labeled Tehran's newly-announced under-construction nuclear plant secretive while the themselves admit they knew about the plan. "The Americans say that they knew of the new plant prior to Iran's announcement and have presented aerial pictures of the location, so why are they claiming that the project was clandestine?" Ali Akbar Salehi said.
Iran: US, UK, France deceiving world on their nukes 27 Sep 2009 Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency has accused the US, Britain, and France of deceiving the international community over their nuclear programs. In an exclusive interview with Press TV, Ali Asghar Soltaniyeh rejected remarks by President Barack Obama of US, British Premier Gordon Brown, and Nicolas Sarkozy of France over Iran's nuclear program... IAEA Safeguards Agreements declared that Iran is only obliged to inform the UN nuclear watchdog of the existence of enrichment plants 180 days before the introduction of nuclear materials into the facility. The Iranian envoy noted that he gave a letter to the agency on September 21 and informed the deputy general, elaborating that its new plant would be operational in about 540 days.
Iran warns of 'Western stratagem' ahead of N-talks 28 Sep 2009 Iran says the sudden commotion over a nascent enrichment facility outside Tehran is a Western ploy to create high international tensions ahead of crucial nuclear talks. Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani said Sunday that Western powers seek to make an issue out of Iran's nuclear activities in order to "impose their will on the country during the upcoming negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group."
Obama follows Bush's modus operandi on Iran By Peter Symonds 28 Sep 2009 In a manner chillingly reminiscent of the Bush administration’s buildup to the Iraq war, top White House officials yesterday intensified the US propaganda offensive against Iran, threatening heavy sanctions if Tehran does not provide unrestricted access to its newly revealed uranium enrichment plant near the city of Qom and other nuclear facilities and personnel... Obama’s campaign bears an unmistakable resemblance to Bush’s use of the weapons of mass destruction allegations in the run-up to the war against Iraq. Like the Iraqi regime, Tehran is confronted with an impossible task--to prove a negative, namely, that it has no plans for a nuclear weapon.
Yes, and he's exceeding Bush's modus operandi in Pakistan. Obama is out-Bushing Bush in every operandi. US threatens airstrikes in Pakistan 27 Sep 2009 The United States is threatening to launch airstrikes on Mullah Omar and the Taliban leadership in the Pakistani city of Quetta as frustration mounts about the ease with which they find sanctuary across the border from Afghanistan. The threat comes amid growing divisions in Washington about whether to deal with the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan by sending more troops or by reducing them and targeting the terrorists.
US braced for surge of protest over war in Afghanistan --The conflict in Afghanistan used to be called the 'forgotten war'. But with the number of soldiers dying there outstripping casualties in Iraq, support -- for the fighting and for President Obama -- is melting away. 27 Sep 2009 As Barack Obama appears likely to increase America's already greatly enlarged troop commitment to the Afghan war, the war itself is becoming increasingly disliked... As casualties have spiked, so has hatred for the war: a solid 57% of Americans now oppose it. That has seen the anti-war movement in America prepare to turn its attentions from Iraq to Afghanistan, gearing up for an autumn campaign of marches and civil disobedience. They hope to emulate the anti-Vietnam war protests, using highly visible public campaigns to force the hand of the White House to pull out of the country, not escalate the conflict.
No 10 asked Army to delay Afghan attack until after Gordon Brown's visit --Major-General Andrew MacKay claims that he was asked whether he could delay an attack on a Taliban stronghold until after Gordon Brown had visited the country. 26 Sep 2009 Gen Mackay, who is believed to have resigned over the Government's handling of the Afghan war, said before he quit that Britain's contribution to the war was being undermined by a "tragic failure of leadership". In interviews with the British Army Review and the book, Operation Snakebite, before he resigned, the 52-year-old said there was a "growing realisation that what we had taken on was in excess of what we had anticipated".
7 US-led troops slain in deadly Afghan weekend 28 Sep 2009 Seven NATO soldiers including four French troops have been killed across Afghanistan, marking yet another deadly weekend for the foreign forces there. The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement on Sunday that three of its members were killed in southern Afghanistan during 'enemy attacks', while another three died in the east from 'non-combat incidents' in the past 24 hours.
U.S. drone crashes into Iraq political party office 26 Sep 2009 An unmanned U.S. reconnaissance drone crashed in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul early on Saturday, hitting the offices of one of Iraq's biggest political parties, the U.S. military said. No injuries were reported, and there was no indication the aircraft was shot down, said Major Derrick Cheng, a military spokesman in northern Iraq. Cheng said it was a coincidence that the drone struck the local offices of the Iraqi Islamic Party, Iraq's biggest Sunni Arab political group, the military said. [LOL.]
Xe is a busy little bee! Eighteen killed, dozens wounded in Iraq attacks 28 Sep 2009 At least 18 people, most of them members of Iraq's security forces, were killed and dozens wounded in bomb attacks on Monday, the worst violence to hit the country in more than two weeks. In the deadliest incident, a suicide attacker killed seven police and wounded 10 when he blew up a water tanker packed with explosives at a quick response unit's headquarters on the highway from the western city of Ramadi towards Jordan and Syria.
Pittsburgh Iraq War soldier sues KBR 27 Sep 2009 Veterans Affairs lawyers representing Glen Bootay, a retired active duty soldier for the U.S. military in the Iraqi war, filed a lawsuit in federal court on Friday, September 11, 2009, against KBR Inc., as reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Lawyers representing the retired soldier in his injury claim assert KBR subjected him to sodium dichromate, a dangerous chemical, while he guarded a water treatment facility in 2003.
Honduras restricts liberties to prevent rebellion 28 Sep 2009 Interim government leaders have suspended constitutionally guaranteed civil liberties in a pre-emptive strike against widespread rebellion. Monday, three months to the day since they ousted President Manuel Zelaya in a military-backed coup. Zelaya supporters said they would ignore the decree issued late Sunday and march in the streets as planned. Some already had arrived in the capital, Tegucigalpa, from outlying provinces.
Honduras regime gets tougher 28 Sep 2009 De facto leaders in Honduras took an increasingly hard line Sunday, expelling four members of the Organization of American States and threatening to revoke Brazil's diplomatic status. Ousted President Manuel Zelaya has been holed up in the Brazilian embassy since his surprise return to the country last week, almost three months after soldiers sent him away at gunpoint. "If the status of Zelaya is not defined within 10 days, the embassy will lose its diplomatic condition," the de facto foreign minister told a news conference. "Out of courtesy, an invasion of the site is not being considered," Carlos Lopez Contreras added.
Honduras Coup Leader Micheletti Decrees 45-Day Suspension of Constitution By Al Giordano 27 Sep 2009 Now they've really done it. On the same day that the Honduran coup regime detained six foreign diplomats from the Organization of American States (OAS) - two US officials, two Canadian, one Colombian and Chilean OAS chief Jose Miguel Insulza - for six hours in the Toncontin International Airport, barring their entrance into Honduras, it has made public the following decree, which bans freedom of assembly, transit, the press and orders National Police and the Armed Forces to arrest and detain any person suspected of exercising those rights.
Flights over Oktoberfest banned after Taliban video terror threat 27 Sep 2009 Germany has banned flights over the annual Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich after a series of terror threats aimed at the country. The ban was ordered by the state's interior minister, Joachim Herrmann, and will run until the end of Oktoberfest on 4 October. Photographs of German landmarks, including the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, the Oktoberfest in Munich and the Frankfurt skyline, had appeared on a Taliban video, as well as the country's defence minister, Franz Josef Jung, and interior minister, Wolfgang Schäuble.
Secret Service probing Facebook poll on assassinating Obama --The poll asked respondents, 'should Obama be killed?' 28 Sep 2009 The U.S. Secret Service is investigating an online survey that asked whether people thought President Barack Obama should be assassinated, officials said Monday. The poll, posted Saturday on Facebook, was taken off the popular social networking site quickly after company officials were alerted to its existence. The poll asked respondents "Should Obama be killed?" The choices: No, Maybe, Yes, and Yes if he cuts my health care.
'We're talking physical force.' Retired Air Force Officer Sues Gov. Crist Over Forced Vaccination 19 Sep 2009 Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Carmen Reynolds has named Gov. Charlie Crist (R-FL), Attorney General Bill McCollum and Florida Surgeon General Ana Viamonte Ros in a lawsuit in Santa Rosa County Circuit Court that challenges a state statute governing public health. Reynolds is opposed to a section of the statute that allows law enforcement to use any means necessary to vaccinate a resident in case if an emergency. Chapter 381.00315(1)(b)4 says a person can be forced to be tested, vaccinated, treated, examined or quarantined for communicable diseases that have significant morbidity or mortality and present a severe danger to the public.
Study prompts provinces to rethink flu plan --Report suggests people who get vaccinated are more likely to catch H1N1 28 Sep 2009 A "perplexing" Canadian study linking H1N1 to seasonal flu shots is throwing national influenza plans into disarray and testing public faith in the government agencies responsible for protecting the nation's health. Distributed for peer review last week, the study confounded infectious-disease experts in suggesting that people vaccinated against seasonal flu are twice as likely to catch swine flu. The paper is under peer review, and lead researchers Danuta Skowronski of the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and Gaston De Serres of Laval University must stay mum until it's published.
Doctor Admits Vaccine Is More Deadly Than Swine Flu Itself & Will Not Give It to His Kids Posted by setokaiba22 24 Sep 2009 [Largest mass vaccination to begin in October --Dr. Kent Holtorf, an infectious disease expert, declares that the vaccine is 'too big of a risk.'] (Fox News video)
CLG in UPI: Some resistant to mandatory flu shots 26 Sep 2009 The trend toward mandatory H1N1 vaccinations for U.S. healthcare workers is meeting resistance from unions and anti-government groups, officials said. Hundreds of thousands of nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers are being ordered to become vaccinated as the second wave of the H1N1 pandemic spreads this fall.
Wearechange Schools Pittsburgh Police On Constitution at G20 Posted by wearechange 25 Sep 2009 Luke Rudkowski of wearechange.org schools Pittsburgh police on their duty to the Constitution and their oath. Police used LRAD sound cannons and tear gas on peaceful protesters.
All dogs to be microchipped with owner's details to 'help track pets' --All dogs in Britain will be fitted with microchips which contain their owner’s details, under cross party plans designed to track 'family pets.' [Yeah, but it's the *owners* that Police State UK really wants to track.] 28 Sep 2009 Owners will be forced to install the [cancer-causing] microchip containing a barcode that can store their pet's name, breed, age and health along with their own address and phone number. The barcode's details would then be stored on a national database which local councils could access in a bid to easily identify an owner’s pet.
Gag me with a chain saw! Obama would add to school day, curtail summer break 27 Sep 2009 President Barack Obama is among those making the case that American kids aren't spending enough [corpora-terrorist propaganda, historical lies, forced vaccination] time in 'school.' The president says that puts them at a disadvantage compared to other students around the globe. He's pushing for schools to add time to classes, to stay open later and to let kids in on weekends so they have a 'safe place to go.'
In Some States, a Push to Ban Mandate on Insurance 29 Sep 2009 In more than a dozen statehouses across the country, a small but growing group of lawmakers are pressing for state constitutional amendments that would outlaw a crucial element of the health care plans under discussion in Washington: the requirement that everyone buy insurance or pay a penalty. Approval of the measures, the lawmakers suggest, would set off a legal battle over the rights of states versus the reach of federal power -- an issue that is, for some, central to the current health care debate but also one that has tentacles stretching into a broad range of other matters, including education and drug policy.
Warmer weather threatens moose in Minnesota --A special advisory committee warned last month that climate change threatens moose in Minnesota and recommended several steps to help them. 28 Sep 2009 The moose calf didn't seem to want to get out of the water. But its mother, perhaps concerned about approaching boats, decided it was time to leave. She waded back into the reeds along the Sea Gull River and nudged her light brown offspring. Then she bounded through the thick brush into the forest, her calf struggling to keep up. In moments, both were gone. Researchers say such sightings of moose, an icon in Minnesota's northwoods, are likely to become more rare.
National Wolf Awareness Week (Defenders of Wildlife) National Wolf Awareness Week is a time to dispel misconceptions about wolves and to teach about the important role these predators play in maintaining healthy ecosystems. It takes place the 3rd week of October every year. Wolf Awareness Week 2009 will take place October 11-17, 2009.
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