NORAD jets practice intercept and ID in Teller County skies

NORAD jets practice intercept and ID in Teller County skies 04 Oct 2010 NORAD fighter jets will be practicing intercepting and identifying other aircraft in the skies over Teller County this evening. The exercise, which will also include assisting the Teller County sheriff in dealing with a simulated air crash, will take place in the early evening just west of Colorado Springs. Residents near Divide will hear the jets patrolling as well as other aircraft playing the role of target planes for the fighters.

Army embeds active-duty PSYOPS soldiers at local TV stations

Army embeds active-duty PSYOPS soldiers at local TV stations --WRAL and WTOC were on list of participants in Army's Training With Industry program By John Cook 01 Oct 2010 The U.S. Army has used local television stations in the U.S. as training posts for some of its psychological-operations personnel, The Upshot has learned. Since at least 2001, both WRAL, a CBS affiliate in Raleigh, N.C., and WTOC, a CBS affiliate in Savannah, Ga., have regularly hosted active-duty soldiers from the Army's 4th Psychological Operations group as part of the Army's Training With Industry program... The PSYOPS soldiers used WRAL and WTOC to learn broadcasting and communications expertise that they could apply in their mission, as the Army describes it, of "influenc[ing] the emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of foreign audiences."

IDF soldiers convicted of using 11-year-old as human shield in Gaza

IDF soldiers convicted of using 11-year-old as human shield in Gaza 03 Oct 2010 The southern command military court convicted two Israeli soldiers on Sunday of using human shields during Operation Cast Lead, Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip, in the winter of 2008-2009. The soldiers were convicted of offenses including inappropriate behavior and overstepping authority for ordering an 11-year-old Palestinian to search bags suspected to have been booby trapped. The conviction is the first such conviction for what is termed in the Israel Defense Forces "neighbor procedure" - the use of human shields during searches and pursuits, which has been outlawed.

Britain held secret war talks with U.S. general 11 months before Iraq invasion

Britain held secret war talks with U.S. general 11 months before Iraq invasion 03 Oct 2010 America's most senior general flew into Britain for top secret talks on the invasion of Iraq 11 months before the attack on Saddam Hussein's government. Details of the classified meeting, held at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, suggest Tony Blair’s Government was involved in detailed discussions about toppling the Iraqi president earlier than previously disclosed. American General Tommy Franks flew in to the base in April 2002 to attend a summit meeting called by the then Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon.

'US not after terrorists in Afghanistan'

'US not after terrorists in Afghanistan' [They *are* the terrorists in Afghanistan!] 04 Oct 2010 Afghan President Hamid Karzai has hinted that the US and its Western allies are not serious enough in hunting terrorists in the country... The Afghan president said the security situation in Afghanistan does not improve as the US-led foreign forces have not been targeting the militants' main hideouts in the war-torn country, the office of Karzai's spokesman said in a Sunday statement, a Press TV correspondent reported. Karzai said on Saturday that the US-led foreign forces were pursuing their own national security interests in Afghanistan. [Right, that would be the opium and gas routes.]

US-led attacks kill Afghan civilians

US-led attacks kill Afghan civilians --Attack comes one day after US-led air strike killed over 20 people in same province 04 Oct 2010 At least 18 civilians have been killed or sustained injuries in deadly attacks launched by US-led foreign troops in troubled southern Afghanistan. The attack took place in the Kajaki district of the southern Helmand Province. Three people have been confirmed dead. Local witnesses say the victims were all civilians. NATO has confirmed the incident but claims 10 'militants' were killed. [Yeah, right!]

Unauthorized US attack kills 8 Pakistanis

Unauthorized US attack kills 8 Pakistanis 04 Oct 2010 The death toll from a non-UN-sanctioned attack by unmanned US planes on Pakistan's troubled tribal belt has reached eight with several people wounded. According to Pakistani security officials, a US drone bombed a house in North Waziristan near the Afghan border. Officials say the house belonged to a local resident.

Japan plans to buy US spy drones

Japan plans to buy US spy drones 04 Oct 2010 Japan's Defense Ministry is reportedly planning to buy three American reconnaissance unmanned planes in a bid to increase its espionage capabilities. Citing unnamed ministry sources, Kyodo News said on Monday that Japan would pay $150 million for three Global Hawk spy drones. Tokyo hopes to use the camera-equipped drones to monitor its neighbors' military and nuclear programs, the report said.

Airport Pre-security Areas Possible Terror Targets in European Plot, Official Says

Airport Pre-security Areas Possible Terror Targets in European Plot, Official Says --Mounting 'Chatter' by Jihadi Extremists Has Law Enforcement Nervous 04 Sep 2010 Among the possible targets in the suspected European terror plot are pre-security areas in at least five major European airports, a law enforcement official told ABC News. Authorities believe terror teams are preparing to mount a commando like attack featuring small units and small firearms modeled after the Mumbai attack two years ago.

Japan joins UK and US in Europe al-Qaeda terror alert

Japan joins UK and US in Europe al-Qaeda terror alert 04 Sep 2010 The Japanese government has issued a terror alert to its citizens in Europe, following similar warnings from the UK and US. The foreign ministry in Tokyo urged people to exercise caution when using public transport or visiting tourist sites. Security sources warned last week of potential plots on the scale of the Mumbai attacks in 2008. US authorities have cited France, Germany and the UK as possible targets.

MoD manual reveals 'execution' of prisoner by Afghan soldier

MoD manual reveals 'execution' of prisoner by Afghan soldier 03 Oct 2010 A prisoner has been "executed" on a British base in Helmand province by an Afghan soldier, Ministry of Defence documents have disclosed. The shooting of the detainee on the small UK-controlled patrol base in Musa Qala in March was revealed in an MoD training manual for troops deploying to Afghanistan. The manual was released as part of the Baha Mousa public inquiry into abuse of Iraqi prisoners.

Palestinians: Israeli settlers set fire to mosque

Palestinians: Israeli settlers set fire to mosque --Official: Qurans burned at West Bank site 04 Oct 2010 Palestinians accused Jewish settlers of setting fire to a mosque in the occupied West Bank on Monday, an incident that coincided with U.S. efforts to save peace talks stalled by a dispute over settlement building. Fifteen Qurans and the mosque's carpet were burned, said Ali Thawabti, a municipal council official in the village of Beit Fajjar. It was the fourth time since December that a West Bank mosque had been vandalized in an attack blamed on settlers.

Iraq raises oil reserve estimate 24 pct

Mission accomplished! Iraq raises oil reserve estimate 24 pct 04 Oct 2010 Iraq's oil minister on Monday sharply boosted the estimate on the country's proven reserves of oil to 143.1 billion barrels, an almost 25 percent increase that transforms the war-ravaged nation into the home of the world's second-largest proven reserves of conventional crude oil.

Banks may need new bailout, warns think-tank

Banks may need new bailout, warns think-tank 04 Oct 2010 Taxpayers should be braced for another multi-billion bail-out of Britain’s banks, a left-leaning think tank claims today. Financial institutions face a funding shortfall next year as existing borrowing ends, forcing them to look for another £13 billion a month, or £156bn a year, the New Economics Foundation (Nef) warned in a report into the banking crisis. Banks were unlikely to make up the shortfall by making more money from customers and might ask for another bail-out, Nef suggested. [I got your bailout right here, pal.]

Taliban claim attacks on NATO convoys in Pakistan

Taliban claim attacks on NATO convoys in Pakistan 04 Oct 2010 Pakistani Taliban on Monday claimed responsibility for two recent attacks on NATO supply convoys in Pakistan and threatened to carry out more, a spokesman said. "We accept responsibility for the attacks on the NATO supply trucks and tankers," Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Azam Tariq told AFP.

NATO fuel tankers attacked in Pakistan

NATO fuel tankers attacked in Pakistan --Militants' third attack on NATO oil tankers since Friday 03 Oct 2010 Three people have been killed and eight injured in an attack on a convoy of 20 NATO oil tankers which were en route from Pakistan to US-led troops in Afghanistan. The attack took place near Islamabad in the early hours of Monday morning local time, a Press TV correspondent in Pakistan reported. Most of the dead and injured were civilian drivers and their helpers, AFP reported.

Foreign Office warns of high terror threat in France and Germany

Foreign Office warns of high terror threat in France and Germany 03 Oct 2010 Britain followed the US in upgrading its travel advice for Europe today following a series of terror alerts. The Foreign Office warned that there was a "high threat" of attacks in countries including France and Germany, rather than the "general threat" previously identified. The move came shortly after the State Department issued guidance urging Americans to be vigilant when visiting Europe, highlighting the "potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure".

U.S. issues travel alert for Europe amid threat of 'al Qaeda' attack

Obama trolling for excuses to accelerate killer drone war crimes in Pakistan: U.S. issues travel alert for Europe amid threat of 'al Qaeda' attack 03 Oct 2010 The State Department issued a travel alert Sunday for American citizens in Europe in light of increased U.S. and European intelligence that a large-scale 'al Qaeda' attack may be imminent. Intelligence officials in the U.S. and Europe have said an increase in activity in recent weeks suggests that a small cell of potential terrorists hiding in North Waziristan, a Pakistani tribal region, are preparing an attack that could be as spectacular as the 2008 [CIA] raids in Mumbai, India.

CIA Escalates in Pakistan

CIA Escalates in Pakistan --The Pentagon and CIA have ramped up their purchases of drones, but they aren't being built fast enough to meet the rapid rise in demand. 02 Oct 2010 The U.S. military is secretly diverting aerial drones and weaponry from the Afghan battlefront to significantly expand the CIA's campaign against militants [and civilians] in their Pakistani havens. In recent months, the military has loaned Predator and Reaper drones to the Central Intelligence Agency to give the agency more firepower to target and bombard militants on the Afghan border. The additional drones helped the CIA escalate the number of strikes in Pakistan in September.

Rahm Emanuel gets an emotional send-off

Rahm Emanuel gets an emotional send-off 01 Oct 2010 A choked-up but Chicago-focused Rahm Emanuel stepped down Friday as White House chief of staff -- as an emotional President Obama pronounced him “extraordinarily well-qualified” to serve as mayor of Chicago. Obama and Emanuel, who bear-hugged twice during a heartfelt send-off in the East Room, were joined by interim replacement Pete Rouse -- the president’s low-key former Senate aide and Capitol Hill operative who demonstrated his aversion to the media by inching out of the camera frame, ever closer to a candelabra at the rear of the chamber.

Toxic chemicals multiply after Gulf leak

Toxic chemicals multiply after Gulf leak 02 Oct 2010 The BP oil disaster sent carcinogenic chemical levels soaring in the Gulf of Mexico, researchers said. Kim Anderson, an environmental toxicology professor at Oregon State University, told the Los Angeles Times she found a 40-fold increase in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons off the Louisiana coast from May to June. "It's an incredibly huge jump in concentration in a natural environment," she said.

Linda McMahon's WWE teamed with porn show

Linda McMahon's WWE teamed with porn show 02 Oct 2010 World Wrestling Entertainment, the company where Connecticut Republican Senate hopeful Linda McMahon served as CEO for years, once teamed up with the 'Girls Gone Wild' enterprise for a pay-per-view event featuring the raunchy, partly-nude show and some of the WWE’s wrestling personalities. The 2003 event is another chapter in WWE’s checkered history that has raised eyebrows as McMahon has pursued her self-funded campaign [of lunacy] against Democratic nominee Richard Blumenthal, a contest that the latest polls have shown in a dead heat.

Iran 'detains western spies' after cyber attack on nuclear plant

Iran 'detains western spies' after cyber attack on nuclear plant --Iranian government accuses the west of launching an 'electronic war' following sophisticated Stuxnet worm attack 02 Oct 2010 Iran has detained several spies it claims were behind cyber attacks on its nuclear programme. The intelligence minister, Heydar Moslehi, said western "spy services" were behind the complex computer virus that recently infected more than 30,000 computers in industrial sites, including those in the Bushehr nuclear power plant, appearing to confirm the suspicion of computer security experts that a foreign state was responsible.

Art sellers or Mossad spies?

Art sellers or Mossad spies? ABC report: Wild speculation after Utah residents claim Israeli 'art students' selling paintings asked suspicious questions about National Security Agency data center being built at Camp Williams 02 Oct 2010 Thousands of young Israelis wander about the US selling products in malls, manning moving trucks, or peddling more or less fake paintings from door to door. But this weekend the ABC television network noted claims that some such Israelis hadn't gone to the US to make money, but to garner security information as part of their work in the intelligence services.

Airport launches full-body scans

Airport launches full-body scans --242 advanced imaging units in use at airports nationwide 01 Oct 2010 Bradley International Airport is the latest airport nationwide to implement use of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration's newest [deadly] security technology. Two "backscatter" advanced imaging technology units, used for full body scans of passengers, were activated this week at Bradley with another four scheduled to arrive shortly, David Bassett, the airport's TSA director, said Thursday.

Iraq violence leaves 5 killed, 9 injured

Iraq violence leaves 5 killed, 9 injured 03 Oct 2010 At least five people have been killed and nine others wounded in the latest attacks on Iraqi police and security forces as Iraq's ongoing political impasse sets a record. Two policemen lost their lives and two others were injured on Friday in two separate incidents in the city of Mosul, the capital of Iraq's northern province of Nineveh.

US military base attacked in north Iraq

US military base attacked in north Iraq --Seven US soldiers died in September 03 Oct 2010 A US military airbase has been attacked with a missile in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk as the onslaught on "non-combat" US troops continues. A missile was fired on Saturday afternoon from southern Kirkuk in the direction of the US forces' al-Hurria airbase, a local police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Pa. homeland security boss quits over Israeli firm

Pa. homeland security boss quits over Israeli firm 02 Oct 2010 Pennsylvania's homeland security director quit in the wake of revelations that he hired an Israeli-American agency that tracked peaceful protests and reported them as potential terrorist threats. Jim Powers resigned two weeks after Gov. Ed Rendell said that he was "deeply embarrassed" by revelations of a $125,000 contract with the Philadelphia-based Institute of Terrorism Research and Response.

Judge: Prosecutors OK to use Osama Bin Laden in trial of man charged in bombings

Judge: Prosecutors OK to use Osama Bin Laden in trial of man charged in bombings [Why not? He was used for Bush's terror attacks on 9/11.] --Ghailani was held at CIA "black sites" and then at Guantanamo Bay for years. 01 Oct 2010 Jurors in the trial of a man charged with helping blow up U.S. embassies will hear from Osama bin Laden because he is the leader of the conspiracy, a federal judge ruled Friday. Prosecutors at the trial of Ahmed Ghailani will use bin Laden's "fatwas" against Americans and interviews he gave on ABC and CNN to show that the plot was aimed at "Americans in particular," prosecutors said.

Airstrike kills 25 in Afghanistan

Airstrike kills 25 in Afghanistan 02 Oct 2010 A US-led airstrike has killed at least 25 people in southern Afghanistan, including a number of innocent civilians. The airstrike took place in Helmand province, near the border with Pakistan, according to Afghan officials, a Press TV correspondent reported. Esmatullah Sadat, the chief of police of Nade-Ali district, said the attack targeted a Taliban gathering in the region. The senior police official confirmed that civilians were among the dead.

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