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ACLU Sues U.S. Government Over American Citizen's Hit List Designation

ACLU Sues U.S. Government Over American Citizen's Hit List Designation --In July, the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) formally labeled Awlaki a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist." 03 Aug 2010 The ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) are suing Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner over the government's decision to put radical Muslim cleric Anwar Awlaki on a hit list and freeze his U.S. assets. Awlaki, a U.S. citizen now living in Yemen, is on a U.S. hit list, and has already survived at least one cruise missile strike. Last month Awlaki's father Nasser Al-Awlaki asked the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights to challenge the government's placement of his son on a list of US Citizens that can be assassinated by US forces and intelligence services for ties to terrorism.

Target Corp targeted for political donation

Target Corp targeted for political donation --Target could be test case of corporate giving backlash 03 Aug 2010 In a challenge to corporations' newfound right to make unlimited campaign donations, U.S.-based retailer Target found itself in the cross-hairs of a boycott effort fueled by anger at a Minnesota candidate strongly opposed to gay rights. MoveOn.org, the Democratic political advocacy group, widened a petition drive on Tuesday it had begun last week to its five million members from Target's home state of Minnesota to drum up opposition to Target's recent $150,000 donation to a pro-business group, called MN Forward.

West Losing Afghan War, Pakistan’s Zardari Tells Le Monde

West Losing Afghan War, Pakistan’s Zardari Tells Le Monde 03 Aug 2010 The U.S. and its allies are losing the war in Afghanistan because they’ve failed to win local support and think too short term, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said in an interview with Le Monde, drawing a rebuke from the U.S. "The international community, of which Pakistan is a part, is losing the war against the Taliban because we have lost the battle for hearts and minds," Zardari told the Paris-based afternoon daily newspaper.

Blast kills UK soldier in Afghanistan

Blast kills UK soldier in Afghanistan 03 Aug 2010 The UK Ministry of Defense has confirmed the death of another British soldier in Afghanistan amid a surge in militant attacks against US-led forces in the country. Britain's Ministry of Defense says that a bomb attack has killed a British soldier in Afghanistan.

Twin blasts kill 30, wound 80 in Iraq

Twin blasts kill 30, wound 80 in Iraq 03 Aug 2010 Twin car bomb explosions have killed at least 30 people and wounded 80 others, including women and children, in the southern Iraqi city of Kut, security officials say. "We have so far received 30 corpses and 80 people have been wounded," the head of the emergency services at Kut hospital told AFP. "Two cars, parked 10 meters from each other, exploded at the same time at al-Amel crossing," said police Lieutenant Ismail Hussein. [Blackwater is a busy little bee!]

In gulf, crews begin 'static kill' attempt

In gulf, crews begin 'static kill' attempt 03 Aug 2010 BP began pumping [toxic] mud into the blown-out Macondo well Tuesday afternoon in a much-anticipated "static kill" procedure that could choke the well once and for all. After a roughly 24-hour delay to deal with last-minute leaks in equipment both at the surface of the Gulf of Mexico and at the sea floor, BP engineers performed a diagnostic procedure called an injectivity test to see if they could push oil in the well back into its source rock. Satisfied with the result, they launched the static kill at 4 p.m. EDT. [Too bad BP doesn't begin a 'static kill' attempt on *themselves.*]

White House rebuffs Iran leader's call for direct talks

White House rebuffs Iran leader's call for direct talks 03 Aug 2010 The White House on Tuesday rebuffed a call from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for face-to-face talks with his US counterpart Barack Obama, saying Iran was not serious about discussing its nuclear program. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs nonetheless held the door open to US-Iran talks as the State Department saw signs that Tehran may now be seeking a dialogue with Washington under the pain of new sanctions.

DHS Announces New Community-Based Law Enforcement Initiatives

'Homeland security begins with hometown security.' DHS Announces New Community-Based Law Enforcement Initiatives --Expands "If You See Something, Say Something" Campaign to the Washington, D.C., area 03 Aug 2010 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced a series of initiatives to support state and local law enforcement and community groups across the country in identifying and mitigating threats to their communities and expanded DHS "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign to the Washington, D.C., area in conjunction with National Night Out, an annual anticrime campaign involving citizens, police and neighborhood groups. "Homeland security begins with hometown security, and our efforts to confront threats in our communities are most effective when they are led by local law enforcement and involve strong collaboration with the communities and citizens they serve," said Secretary Napolitano.

US backs plan to send more troops to Somalia

US backs plan to send more troops to Somalia By Ann Talbot 02 Aug 2010 Meeting at the African Union Summit in Kampala, African leaders have agreed to send more troops to Somalia to support the Transitional Federal Government against the Islamist militia al-Shabaab. US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson welcomed the decision... Carson said that Washington would provide the African Union Mission to Somalia with more technical and financial support. He claimed that three more African countries had agreed to join the mission, but declined to name them.

U.S, Russia to Hold Joint Anti-Terror Air Defense Exercise

U.S, Russia to Hold Joint Anti-Terror Air Defense Exercise 02 Aug 2010 The U.S. and Russia will conduct a cooperative air defense exercise for the first time this month that will involve the mock takeover of an aircraft by terrorists, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) announced Monday. The exercise, named Vigilant Eagle, will involve Russian, Canadian and U.S. Air Force personnel who will operate from command centers in Russia and the U.S. During the exercise, the Russian Air Force and NORAD will launch or divert fighter aircraft to investigate a U.S.-flagged commercial air carrier that is believed to have been taken over by terrorists and is not responding to communications. [Let's hope they don't *go live,* as they did on 9/11.]

6 guards beheaded in bank heist in Afghanistan

6 guards beheaded in bank heist in Afghanistan 03 Aug 2010 Six Afghan private security guards were beheaded during a bank robbery in northern Afghanistan, police said Tuesday. It appeared that the police were poisoned before they were beheaded, said Sherjan Durani, a police spokesman for Balkh province. He said someone apparently mixed a poison into the guards' food Monday night at a branch of Kabul Bank in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif.

Sarah Palin Found to be Russian Spy Robot

Sarah Palin Found to be Russian Spy Robot By R J Shulman (Satire) 03 Aug 2010 An explosive new post from WikiLeaks, the whistleblowing website, has exposed Sarah Palin not only as an operative for Russia but also as a robotic device. The Preyat Yeletza Rawdeena XL-3 (roughly translated as "Homeland Girlfriend"), was created by rogue KGB agents who wanted Russia to return to the old style regime of the Soviet Union. WikiLeaks documents reveal that this clandestine group, the Chashka Chayou Partenny or Teacup Political Party (TPP), was bent upon destroying the American way of life. TPP leader Yuri Boltnikov writes that he believed America could be fooled by an attractive female robot "with an opiate of the people Bible in one hand and, in the other, a flag of America waving."

UAE extends BlackBerry ban to visitors

UAE extends BlackBerry ban to visitors 02 Aug 2010 The United Arab Emirates has extended its ban on the application of BlackBerry services to foreign visitors. The UAE's Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) made the announcement on Monday. The TRA said on Sunday that the country's citizens would have to stop using the mobile handset's e-mail, messaging, and internet services as of October 11, the German press agency DPA reported.

Bomb blasts kill 5, wound 7 in Iraq

Bomb blasts kill 5, wound 7 in Iraq 02 Aug 2010 At least five people have been killed and seven others wounded after a series of bombs exploded in and around the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad. The interior ministry announced on Monday that a bomb at a bus shelter in the Shurta district killed two people and wounded four. In a separate blast in Anbar province, a bomb destroyed a policeman's house, killing three of his relatives and wounding three others, said police.

Jewish groups angered by churches' boycott call

Jewish groups angered by churches' boycott call 03 Aug 2010 Australia's leading church group has called on Australian churches and the public to boycott Israeli goods made in occupied Palestinian territories. The National Council of Churches in Australia - which includes the Catholic, Anglican, Uniting and Orthodox churches among its members - passed the resolution last month. Proposed by the Uniting Church and seconded by the Anglicans, the motion asks the council's welfare agency, Act for Peace, to help member churches with the boycott and urges Christians involved in interfaith dialogue to include justice for Palestinians in their conversations. Jewish groups were horrified at the resolution.

Khadr's lawyer seeks to halt military trial

Khadr's lawyer seeks to halt military trial 02 Aug 2010 An American military lawyer for Omar Khadr filed an emergency petition with the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to try to halt the Canadian's upcoming trial at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 10. Toronto-born Khadr, now 23, has been held at the military prison since he was captured in 2002, at the age of 15, during a firefight in Afghanistan with U.S. soldiers. He faces five [fabricated] charges in connection with the incident, the most serious being murder of a U.S. special forces soldier.

U.S. Puts Oil Spill Total at Nearly 5 Million Barrels

U.S. Puts Oil Spill Total at Nearly 5 Million Barrels --Over four million barrels of oil gushed into Gulf of Mexico between April 20 and July 15 03 Aug 2010 Nearly five million barrels of oil have gushed from the BP's well since the Deepwater Horizon spill began on April 20, federal scientists said on Monday in announcing the most precise estimates yet of the well's flow rate. Federal science and engineering teams estimated that 53,000 barrels of oil per day were pouring from the well just before BP was able to cap it on July 15... They reported that of the roughly 4.9 million barrels that had been released from the well, about 800,000 had been captured by BP’s previous containment efforts.

Virginia Attorney General Rules Police Can Check Immigration Status

Virginia Attorney General Rules Police Can Check Immigration Status 02 Aug 2010 In a decision that could lay the groundwork for an Arizona-style immigration policy, Virginia's attorney general said state law enforcement officers are allowed to check the immigration status of anyone "stopped or arrested." Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued the legal opinion Friday extending that authority to Virginia police in response to an inquiry over whether his state could mirror the policies passed into law in Arizona. "It is my opinion that Virginia law enforcement officers, including conservation officers may, like Arizona police officers, inquire into the immigration status of persons stopped or arrested," he wrote.

Researcher detained at U.S. border, questioned about Wikileaks

Researcher detained at U.S. border, questioned about Wikileaks --The U.S. Army told him he was not under arrest but was being detained. 31 Jul 2010 Researcher detained at U.S. border, questioned about Wikileaks 31 Jul 2010 A security researcher involved with the Wikileaks Web site was detained by U.S. agents at the border for three hours and questioned about the controversial whistleblower project as he entered the country on Thursday to attend a hacker conference, sources said on Saturday. He was also approached by two FBI agents at the Defcon conference after his presentation on Saturday afternoon about the Tor Project. Jacob Appelbaum, a Seattle-based programmer for the online privacy protection project called Tor, arrived at the Newark, New Jersey, airport from Holland flight Thursday morning when he was pulled aside by customs and border protection agents who told him he was randomly selected [?!?] for a security search, according to the sources familiar with the matter who asked to remain anonymous. Appelbaum, a U.S. citizen, was taken into a room, frisked and his bag was searched... They asked questions about Wikileaks, asked for his opinions about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and asked where Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is, but he declined to comment without a lawyer present, according to the sources. He was not permitted to make a phone call, they said.

6 cities to train mail carriers to dispense anti-terror drugs

6 cities to train mail carriers to dispense anti-terror drugs --White House won't name the six cities 02 Aug 2010 The Postal Service is ready to deliver lifesaving drugs to about a quarter of the residents of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the only metropolitan area in the nation where letter carriers have been trained to dispense medication after a large-scale terrorist attack involving biological weapons. Six years after the government began exploring the idea of using postal workers as rapid-response medicine dispensers and eight months after President Obama ordered government agencies to develop a plan to do so, efforts are underway in six cities to train workers to deliver the drugs needed to counter anthrax or other potentially deadly agents, the White House says.

Iran's Ahmadinejad calls for TV debate with Obama

Iran's Ahmadinejad calls for TV debate with Obama 02 Aug 2010 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday to face him in a televised one-on-one debate to see who has the best solutions for the world's problems. The provocative proposal comes as Iran deals with a new wave of international sanctions -- driven by Washington [and Israel] -- aimed at putting pressure on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program.

Stealthy Gov't Contractor Monitors US Internet Providers, Worked With Wikileaks Informant

Stealthy Government Contractor Monitors U.S. Internet Providers, Worked With Wikileaks Informant 01 Aug 2010 A semi-secret government contractor that calls itself Project Vigilant surfaced at the Defcon security conference Sunday with a series of revelations: that it monitors the traffic of 12 regional Internet service providers, hands much of that information to federal agencies, and encouraged one of its "volunteers," researcher Adrian Lamo, to inform the federal government about the alleged source of a controversial video of civilian deaths in Iraq leaked to whistle-blower site Wikileaks in April. Chet Uber, the director of Fort Pierce, Fl.-based Project Vigilant, says that he personally asked Lamo to meet with federal authorities to out the source of a video published by Wikileaks showing a U.S. Apache helicopter killing several civilians and two journalists in a suburb of Baghdad, a clip that Wikileaks labeled "Collateral Murder." Lamo, who Uber said worked as an "adversary characterization" analyst for Project Vigilant, had struck up an online friendship with Bradley Manning, a former U.S. Army intelligence analyst who currently faces criminal charges for releasing the classified video.

Polar Bears For Sarah Palin... For Lunch

Polar Bears For Sarah Palin... For Lunch (Facebook group) Join us! 02 Aug 2010 Only a polar bear can save us from a possible Palin presidency!

2 Are Convicted in [Government-Backed] Plot to Bomb Kennedy Airport

2 Are Convicted in [Government-Backed] Plot to Bomb Kennedy Airport --Government involvement: The informant had played a somewhat enabling role in pushing forward the terror plot. 02 Aug 2010 A federal jury found two Guyanese men guilty on Monday of conspiring to blow up Kennedy International Airport, concluding a month-long trial that centered on the men’s plan to set off a series of explosions along a fuel pipeline that cuts through the city... The defendants, Russell M. Defreitas and Abdul Kadir, had been monitored from an early stage in the plot by the confidential informant, who posed as a member of the group, which included a number of other participants. The informant, Steven Francis, had recorded the men during surveillance missions to the airport and on international trips to secure financial and logistical support for the attack

Obama Says U.S. Shifting Out of Combat Role in Iraq

Obama Says U.S. Shifting Out of Combat Role in Iraq 02 Aug 2010 President Barack Obama told an organization of disabled veterans today that the end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq by the end of the month won’t mean an end to the fighting there. "There are still those with bombs and bullets who will try to stop Iraq’s progress," he said to the national convention of the Disabled American Veterans in Atlanta. "The hard truth is we have not seen the end of American sacrifice in Iraq." [Right, now it can morph into the full-blown contracting bl*wjob it was always destined to be. Remember Bush's 'Mission Accomplished?' That was supposed to signify the end of the fighting so the contractor and mercenary funding could begin in earnest. Instead, the US had to pay the pseudo-resistance (aka 'the surge') to stop fighting, or face an even greater ignominious defeat. When the soldiers leave, the actual resistance will likely take care of the oil predators. --LRP]

Dutch troops leave Afghanistan

Dutch troops leave Afghanistan 02 Aug 2010 The Netherlands has ended its four-year military involvement in Afghanistan, handing over control of Uruzgan province to US and Australian troops. The Dutch government was thrown out of office earlier this year when it failed win support for extending the deployment of its almost 2,000-strong force.

Google, CIA Invest in 'Future' of Web Monitoring

Google, CIA Invest in 'Future' of Web Monitoring --Recorded Future Scours Tens of Thousands of Web Sites to Predict the Future 30 Jul 2010 The investment arms of the CIA and Google are both backing a company that monitors the web in real time -- and says it uses that information to predict the future. The company is called Recorded Future, and it scours tens of thousands of websites, blogs and Twitter accounts to find the relationships between people, organizations, actions and incidents -- both present and still-to-come.

Israel warns Hamas after rocket fire

Israel warns Hamas after rocket fire 01 Aug 2010 Israel's prime minister issued a stern warning Sunday to Gaza's Hamas rulers after a weekend of rocket attacks from the Palestinian territory on Israeli communities. Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet that Israel holds the Islamic militant group responsible for the rare flare-up in violence and would retaliate for any attack against its people.

Israeli warplanes attack Gaza tunnels

Israeli warplanes attack Gaza tunnels 01 Aug 2010 Israeli warplanes have attacked two tunnels in the south of Gaza strip in its second strike during the last 48 hours, the Israeli military says. The Sunday's attack caused damage but no casualties were reported, Reuters said. Palestinians, who have been under Israeli siege since 2007, use the tunnels to bring in goods, food and fuel into the coastal enclave.

Climate data show global warming undeniable

Climate data show global warming undeniable 29 Jul 2010 A combination of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) images show September Arctic sea ice in 1979, the first year these data were available, and 2009 in this image from a report released on July 28, 2010... September Arctic sea ice is one of the 10 key indicators of a warming planet. Melting glaciers, more humid air and eight other key indicators show that global warming is undeniable, scientists said on Wednesday, citing a new comprehensive review of the last decade of climate data.

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