Halliburton's $150m Iraq Oilfield Deal

Mission Accomplished! Halliburton's $150m Iraq Oilfield Deal 22 Aug 2010 Further to our report last week Halliburton has confirmed that it has been awarded a letter of intent by Shell Iraq Petroleum Development B.V. for the development of the Majnoon field in Southern Iraq. Dow Jones suggests the contract for the 15 wells could be worth $150m. The giant Majnoon field is one of the world’s largest oilfields.

GOP plans wave of White House probes

GOP plans wave of White House probes 27 Aug 2010 If President Barack Obama needed any more incentive to go all out for Democrats this fall, here it is: Republicans are planning a wave of committee investigations targeting the White House and Democratic allies if they win back the majority. Everything from the New Black Panther party to the [Bush] bailouts – is on the GOP to-do list, according to a half-dozen Republican aides interviewed by POLITICO.

KBR to Execute Two Refinery Contracts for Iraq's Oil Ministry

Mission Accomplished! KBR to Execute Two Refinery Contracts for Iraq's Oil Ministry 27 Aug 2010  Iraq's Oil Ministry has awarded two contracts to global engineering services company KBR Incorporated for the proposed 150,000-barrel-per-day Maysan refining complex.

Radioactive Material Found at Walter Reed Medical Center

Radioactive Material Found at Walter Reed Medical Center --NRC: 'There were two apparent violations that involved a failure to control access to radioactive materials.' 26 Aug 2010 The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is investigating an incident that took place at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Federal regulators are trying to find out why two packages of radioactive material sat under a counter in the medical center's main lobby for almost two days.

Tea Party Group [Allegedly] Hit With Death Threats

Tea Party Group [Allegedly] Hit With Death Threats --Armey: FreedomWorks will hire additional security 25 Aug 2010 One of Washington's principal supporters of the [corporaterrorist-backed] Tea Party movement, former GOP Majority Leader Dick Armey's FreedomWorks, has been receiving death threats and profanity-laced phone calls as it gets involved in the fall elections. The number and intensity have reached such heights that the organization is leaving its downtown location near the FBI and moving to a high-security building near the U.S. Capitol. [I wouldn't believe Dick Armey if his tongue came notarized.]

Ex-US President Carter frees American from North Korea

Ex-US President Carter frees American from North Korea 26 Aug 2010 Former US President Jimmy Carter has secured the release of an American citizen detained in North Korea. Aijalon Mahli Gomes, 31, was sentenced to eight years' hard labour in April, after being found guilty of illegally entering the country from China. Mr Carter met senior North Korean officials after arriving in Pyongyang on Wednesday. He has now left to fly back to the US with Mr Gomes, who had entered North Korea in January.

22-mile-long oily plume mapped near BP well site

22-mile-long oily plume mapped near BP well site --Study is first peer-reviewed look at ecosystem concern -- and questions U.S. optimism 19 Aug 2010 Scientists on Thursday reported results from the first detailed study of a giant plume of oily water near the blown-out BP well -- stating that it measured at least 22 miles long, more than a mile wide and 650 feet tall. While other scientists earlier found evidence of plumes in the area, the new data is the first peer-reviewed study about oil lurking in the water, in this case at some 3,000 feet below the surface.

Williamsburg animal control kills dog it was called to help

Williamsburg animal control kills dog it was called to help By Gabriel Roxas 19 Aug 2010 (KY) When a stray dog befriended workers at some Williamsburg businesses, the animal lovers thought they were doing the dog a favor by calling animal control. They never thought their new friend would be gunned down with a shotgun by the man they called to help, but they say that's exactly what happened.

Murdered British spy found stuffed into sports bag in bath of London flat

Murdered British spy found stuffed into sports bag in bath of London flat 25 Aug 2010 A British spy who was found dead in the bath of a flat in London was killed before his body was stuffed into a sports bag where it lay decomposing for up to two weeks. The man, named locally as Gareth Williams, is understood to have been employed as a communications worker at GCHQ, the Government’s "listening post" in Cheltenham, Glos. Mr Williams, who was in his thirties, was on secondment at the headquarters of MI6, the Secret Intelligence Service, in Vauxhall, just across the Thames from where his body was found.

Self-described CIA assassin dies in 'gun accident'

Self-described CIA assassin dies in 'gun accident' 24 Aug 2010 Roland W. Haas, a senior intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Reserve who claimed in a 2007 memoir that he was a CIA assassin, died over the weekend when he accidentally shot himself, police in Georgia said. According to an account in the Newnan, Ga., Times-Herald, "Passing motorists saw Haas on the side of the road" on Saturday night "and heard the pop of a gunshot." A police patrolman soon discovered Haas, 58, lying face down behind his car and pronounced him dead, the paper said. Haas had shot himself in the femoral artery in his right leg [!], the Coweta County police told the paper.

FBI paid informant in Bronx synagogue bomb plot $97K, who provided terror suspects with fake bombs

Terrorists 'R Us: FBI paid informant in Bronx synagogue bomb plot $97K, who provided terror suspects with fake bombs 26 Aug 2010 The jury in the Bronx synagogue bomb plot case was told Wednesday that the informant who provided the four suspects with phony bombs and missiles was paid $97,000 by the FBI. The FBI gave Pakistani immigrant Shahed Hussain $44,000 for expenses and $53,000 for "his services" over a three-year period, agent Robert Fuller said... Defense lawyers contend that without the informant - who they say entrapped the suspects - their bumbling clients would never have tried to blow up two synagogues in Riverdale and shoot down missiles.

Muslim cab driver slashed by boozed-up bigot just back from filming Marines in Afghanistan: cops

'Consider this a checkpoint.' Muslim cab driver slashed by boozed-up bigot just back from filming Marines in Afghanistan: Cops 26 Aug 2010 A boozed-up bigot who just returned from filming U.S. Marines in Afghanistan used a pocket knife to slash a cabbie - just because the driver was Muslim, police said Wednesday. Michael Enright, 21, of upstate Brewster, was charged with felony attempted murder as a hate crime - among other crimes - after the sick attack on Ahmed Sharif, 43, Tuesday night. Enright slashed Sharif across the face, arm and hand after asking the Bangladesh-born cabbie if he was Muslim and then saying 'As-salaam alaikum'  - which means 'peace be unto you' in Arabic, cops said. The suspect also yelled, "Consider this a checkpoint" - an apparent reference to security screening in Afghanistan - as he wildly thrust his knife through the open glass partition at Sharif, said Manhattan Assistant District Attorney James Zaleta.

Navy Drone Violated Washington Airspace

Navy Drone Violated Washington Airspace 25 Aug 2010 This month, a United States Navy drone wandered into the restricted airspace around Washington before operators could stop it. Navy spokesmen could not say Wednesday if anyone on the ground was alarmed by the drone -- officially an MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing unmanned aerial vehicle -- which looks like a small windowless helicopter and was flying at 2,000 feet. The Navy did say that the drone got within 40 miles of Washington before operators were able to re-establish communication and guide it back to its base in southern Maryland.

Narcolepsy Cases Potentially Linked to H1N1 Vaccine Increase

Narcolepsy Cases Potentially Linked to H1N1 Vaccine Increase 26 Aug 2010 Seventeen cases of narcolepsy that are suspected of being caused by the swine flu vaccine have been reported to the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). Finland is the only country that has temporarily suspended the Pandremix swine flu vaccine due to concerns it may have resulted in an increase in narcolepsy cases. THL decided to temporarily suspend the swine flu vaccine on Tuesday.

US 'kill team' targeted Afghan civilians

US 'kill team' targeted Afghan civilians 26 Aug 2010 Five US soldiers are charged with deliberately targeting Afghan civilians amid growing discontent over the rising civilian causalities in the war-torn country. The troopers allegedly killed three Afghans in Kandahar Province this year and they were charged with murder in June. Since then, US army prosecutors have also filed additional charges of conspiracy to commit premeditated murder -- a plot that allegedly began when one soldier discussed how easy it would be to "toss a grenade" at Afghan civilians, The Seattle Times reported on Thursday. One of the soldiers had reportedly formed what has been called a "kill team" to randomly execute Afghan civilians while on petrol.

Stryker soldiers allegedly formed 'kill team' to carry out random executions of Afghan civilians

Stryker soldiers allegedly formed 'kill team' to carry out random executions of Afghan civilians 24 Aug 2010 Last December, Army Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs began joking with other soldiers about how easy it would be to "toss a grenade" at Afghan civilians and kill them, according to statements made by fellow platoon members to military investigators. One soldier said it was a stupid idea. Another believed that Gibbs was "feeling out the platoon." Others told investigators Gibbs eventually turned the talk into action, forming what one called a "kill team" to carry out random executions of Afghans. In one of the most serious war-crimes cases to emerge from the Afghanistan war, five soldiers from a Stryker infantry brigade based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are now charged with murder for their alleged roles in killing three Afghan civilians.

Pakistan slams US for drone attacks

Pakistan slams US for drone attacks --US conducting 'extra-judicial killings' of civilians 25 Aug 2010 Pakistan's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom has criticized the US for indiscriminate killings in the so-called war on terror in the country. "Americans are using indiscriminately the drones to hit what they called high-value targets that killed so many people," Wajid Shamsul Hassan made the remarks in an exclusive interview with Press TV. He also acknowledged that the US is conducting extra-judicial killings of the civilians in his country. Hassan added that there has been a request for a probe into the killings.

Somalia: Corpses litter streets amid Mogadishu fighting

'They are determined to kill what is left of this city.' Somalia: Corpses litter streets amid Mogadishu fighting 24 Aug 2010 Deadly clashes between Islamist insurgents and African Union [and CIA]-backed government forces cut off many parts of Mogadishu on 24 August, when dozens of people, including several MPs, were killed during an attack on a downtown hotel. "There is not one area [of the capital] that is safe today," said a civil society worker who asked not to be identified because she feared for her safety. "We are getting reports of dead bodies on most major roads in the city," she said, adding that the intensity of the fighting, which broke out on 23 August, meant the corpses were not being collected.

The Government Can Use GPS to Track Your Moves

The Government Can Use GPS to Track Your Moves By Adam Cohen 25 Aug 2010 Government agents can sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of everywhere you go. This doesn't violate your Fourth Amendment rights, because you do not have any reasonable expectation of privacy in your own driveway -- and no reasonable expectation that the government isn't tracking your movements. That is the bizarre -- and scary -- rule that now applies in California and eight other Western states.

Full-Body Scan Technology Deployed In Street-Roving Vans

Full-Body Scan Technology Deployed In Street-Roving Vans By Andy Greenberg 24 Aug 2010 ...[C]ourthouses and airport security checkpoints aren’t the only places where backscatter x-ray vision is being deployed. The same technology, capable of seeing through clothes and walls, has also been rolling out on U.S. streets. American Science & Engineering, a company based in Billerica, Massachusetts, has sold U.S. and foreign government agencies more than 500 backscatter x-ray scanners mounted in vans that can be driven past neighboring vehicles to see their contents, Joe Reiss, a vice president of marketing at the company told me in an interview. [Just get rid of the vans - problem solved.]

Afghan recruit kills Nato trainers

Afghan recruit kills Nato trainers 25 Aug 2010 Two Spanish police trainers and their interpreter have died in Afghanistan after being shot by their driver. The driver opened fire while the trainers were teaching a class in Badghis province in western Afghanistan. Other officers then killed the driver. Spanish authorities said the driver had been working with their trainers for around five months.

Military Advocate General: Gaza blockade entirely legal

Military Advocate General: Gaza blockade entirely legal --Brig. Gen. Avichai Mendelblit to panel probing May 31 Gaza flotilla raid: No one in the IDF would think to violate international law. 26 Aug 2010 Military Advocate General Brig. Gen. Avichai Mendelblit testified Thursday before committee investigating the events of an Israeli raid aboard a Gaza-bound Turkish aid ship, saying that Israel's blockade on the Gaza Strip was entirely legal.

Fire at Fort Bragg

Fire at Fort Bragg 26 Aug 2010  Fort Bragg emergency services responded to a fire in a three-story building around 10:18 Thursday morning. Officials said firefighters believed they had the blaze extinguished at one point, but it flared up again. The building is a barracks for the 4th Brigade Combat Team and is under construction near the 4th Brigade barracks campus on Bastogne Street.

California mosque vandalized, Ground Zero mentioned

California mosque vandalized, Ground Zero mentioned 25 Aug 2010 Vandalism to a Madera Islamic center and signs found on the property are being investigated as a hate crime, the Madera County Sheriff's Department said today. A brick was thrown through a window Friday and three signs were found at Masjid Madera, 16634 Road 26, during two other incidences since Aug. 18, said Erica Stuart, Sheriff's Department spokeswoman. Two of the signs were found on the center's property Tuesday afternoon. The signs read "No Temple for the God of terrorism at Ground Zero. ANB," "Wake up America, the Enemy is here. ANB" and "American Nationalist Brotherhood."

U.S. deficit panel chair stirs uproar over remark

U.S. deficit panel chair stirs uproar over remark 25 Aug 2010 The co-chairman of a commission on the U.S. budget deficit came under fire on Wednesday after an off-color remark that likened the payment of government retirement benefits to milking cows. Women's groups and some lawmakers called for the resignation of Alan Simpson, a Republican who serves on the bipartisan deficit panel created by President Barack Obama. Simpson wrote this week in an email to one of his critics the Social Security retirement program has reached the point "where it's like a milk cow with 310 million tits."

Deficit Commission Co-Chair Apologizes for Calling Social Security 'A Milk Cow with 310 Million T*ts'

Deficit Commission Co-Chair Apologizes for Calling Social Security 'A Milk Cow with 310 Million T*ts' --Feminist Groups Call for His Ouster 25 Aug 2010 Former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Predator-Wyo., the GOP co-chair of the president’s deficit Cat Food commission, apologized today for sending an email to a female activist for seniors in which he described Social Security as "a milk cow with 310 million t*ts." "Over the last 40 years, I have had my size 15 feet in my mouth a time or two," Simpson wrote in a letter to the activist, Ashley Carson, on the official stationery of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. [Notice Obusha didn't fire this dirt-bag, but couldn't *wait* to fire Shirley Sherrod? --LRP]

C.I.A. Paid Entire Budget of Afghanistan's Spy Service From 2002 to 2009

C.I.A. Paid Entire Budget of Afghanistan's Spy Service From 2002 to 2009 --Key Karzai Aide Arrested in Corruption Inquiry Is C.I.A. Informant 26 Aug 2010 The aide to President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan at the center of a politically sensitive corruption investigation is being paid by the Central Intelligence Agency, according to Afghan and American officials. Mohammed Zia Salehi, the chief of administration for the National Security Council, appears to have been on the payroll for many years, according to officials in Kabul and Washington... Other prominent Afghans who American officials have said were on the C.I.A.'s payroll include the president’s half brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, suspected by investigators of playing a role in Afghanistan’s booming opium trade.  Earlier this year, American officials did not press Mr. Karzai to remove his brother from his post as the chairman of the Kandahar provincial council. [This is why the scumbags on Obusha's 'Deficit Commission' aka 'Cat Food' Commission are bent on eliminating Social Security: US taxpayers fund the whole Afghanistan opium pipeline -- instead of domestic programs -- so USociopaths, corporaterrorists and mercenaries can get rich. This is *insane.* Start reading. Arming the Left: Is the time now? By Charles Southwell 21 Oct 2003.]

Democratic Party looking to brand Miller as 'dangerous'

Democratic Party looking to brand Miller as 'dangerous' 25 Aug 2010 Wasting no time with a potential Republican upset in what had been a previously ungettable U.S. Senate seat, national Democrats on Wednesday made their move in Alaska. Democrats don't yet know officially whether their new candidate, Scott McAdams of Sitka, will face lawyer Joe Miller of Fairbanks. Miller, backed by the Tea Party Express [corporaterrorists], continues to hold a lead in the Republican primary over incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski as absentee ballots are counted... By mid-afternoon the day after the election, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had labeled Miller in an e-mail blast as a "dangerous enemy to middle-class Alaskans."

NORAD to conduct training mission over Washington

NORAD to conduct training mission over Washington --'Falcon Virgo' will involve NORAD, Civil Air Patrol aircraft and Coast Guard helicopters 25 Aug 2010 People in the Washington region may be jarred from their sleep by planes buzzing overhead and rattling walls overnight because of a military training exercise. The North American Aerospace Defense Comend, or NORAD, will be conducting a training mission over Washington, with exercises involving multiple training flights between 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

KBR will do additional design work for BP in Egypt

KBR will do additional design work for BP in Egypt 25 Aug 2010 KBR Inc. said on Wednesday that it has been picked by BP PLC to do additional design work for an onshore gas terminal in Egypt. The size of the contract was not disclosed. KBR said it had done earlier design work on the terminal, which it said would process 1 billion cubic feet per day of gas.

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