President Obama Burned in Effigy in Wisconsin Bar

President Obama Burned in Effigy in Wisconsin Bar --Flames tore through the statue with what looks like duct tape wrapped around its neck. 20 May 2010 (West Allis, WI) A bar owner could be in serious trouble with the federal government.  A bartender was videotaped burning a statue of President Obama. So far, the bar owner hasn't explained why the bartender torched the statue of the President. People in West Allis were shouting and laughing as the bartender torched the statue for the crowd. 

U.S. Deployed Hundreds of Federal Agents in Different Cities Following Times Square Incident

U.S. Deployed Hundreds of Federal Agents in Different Cities Following Times Square Incident --U.S. Outlines Moves After Bomb Suspect's Arrest 20 May 2010 In the days after a naturalized United States citizen from Pakistan was arrested on charges he left a car bomb near Times Square, hundreds of federal agents were deployed in different cities to prevent future attacks, prosecutors said in a letter that was unsealed on Thursday. The May 12 letter, which was partially redacted and addressed to Loretta A. Preska, the chief judge of United States District Court in Manhattan, and George A. Yanthis, the magistrate judge assigned to the case, sheds new light on the actions of the federal authorities after the May 3 arrest at Kennedy Airport of the Pakistani immigrant, Faisal Shahzad.

Low estimate of oil spill's size could save BP millions in court

Low estimate of oil spill's size could save BP millions in court 20 May 2010 The disputed official estimate that only 5,000 barrels of oil are leaking daily from a runaway well in the Gulf of Mexico could save BP millions of dollars in damages when the financial impact of the spill is resolved in court, legal experts say. One month after a surge of gas from the undersea well engulfed the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig in flames and triggered the massive leak that now threatens sea life, fisheries and tourist centers in five Gulf coast states, neither BP nor the federal government has yet to measure at the source the amount of crude pouring into the water. BP and the Obama administration [both lying sacks of sh*t] have said they did not want to take the measurements for fear of interfering with efforts to stanch the leaks.

Landis: Armstrong taught me all about drugs

Landis: Armstrong taught me all about drugs 20 May 2010 Floyd Landis confesses to systematic doping and accuses seven-time Tour de France champion of helping him to do so. Floyd Landis, the disgraced American cyclist, has plunged his sport into a new crisis after confessing to systematic doping throughout his career, accusing Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France champion, of helping him to use drugs and claiming an official working for the world governing body suppressed a failed drug test by Armstrong in 2002. [George W. Bush had his pal Lance Armstrong on Air Force One  -- two cheating peas in a pod.]

Spy chief Blair announces resignation

Spy chief Blair announces resignation 20 May 2010 Intelligence chief Dennis Blair announced on Thursday that he is stepping down in the first major shake-up of President Barack Obama's national security team. Blair's 16-month tenure as director of national intelligence (DNI) has been marked by infighting with the CIA and sharp criticism over the intelligence community's failure to prevent a botched Christmas Day attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner. James Clapper, under secretary of defense for intelligence, was expected to step into Blair's role at least on an interim basis, according to a source close to the White House deliberations.

Philly's Liberty Bell Center, streets evacuated

Philly's Liberty Bell Center, streets evacuated 20 May 2010 The downtown Philadelphia building that houses the Liberty Bell and the streets around it have been evacuated because of a suspicious item that looks like a balloon. National Park Service rangers called police on Thursday afternoon. Park Service spokeswoman Jane Cowley says it's unclear whether the item is inside or outside the Liberty Bell Center. A police department spokeswoman says the suspicious item is described as a blue balloon-shape container with a white powdery substance on it.

Suspicious powder shuts down Liberty Bell

Suspicious powder shuts down Liberty Bell 20 May 2010 A section of Independence Mall was evacuated for more than three hours Thursday after a security guard found a deflated balloon filled with white powder near the entrance to the Liberty Bell. Preliminary tests have determined that the powder is not explosive or radiological, and there is no indication that it is hazardous, said FBI Special Agent J.J. Klaver. The substance is some type of organic compound, Klaver said, but authorities will not know for sure what it is until more thorough tests have been conducted.

Senate Passes Financial 'Overhaul' Bill

Senate Passes Financial 'Overhaul' Bill --Two Democrats opposed the measure, saying it was still not tough enough. 20 May 2010 The Senate on Thursday approved a far-reaching financial 'regulatory' bill, putting Congress on the brink of approving a broad expansion of government oversight of the increasingly complex banking system and financial markets. The legislation is intended to [not] prevent a repeat of the 2008 crisis, but also reshapes the role of numerous federal agencies and vastly empowers the Federal Reserve in an attempt to predict and contain [but not stop, of course] future debacles. The vote was 59 to 39, with four Republicans joining the Democratic majority in favor of the bill.

Senate votes to end debate on bank 'reform' bill

Senate votes to end debate on bank 'reform' bill 20 May 2010 The Senate voted Thursday to narrowly close off debate on a sweeping bank 'reform' bill, setting the stage for enactment of legislation that will change the rules of capitalism by the end of the week or early next week. The chamber approved the motion, by a vote of 60 to 40, after lawmakers narrowly failed to find sufficient support to close of debate on Wednesday afternoon.

Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon wins extradition reprieve

Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon wins extradition reprieve 20 May 2010 The extradition of a hacker who broke into the Pentagon's computer network has been put on hold after an intervention from the Home Secretary today. Theresa May is looking at medical evidence to determine whether Gary McKinnon, who has Asperger's syndrome and is said by experts to be suicidal, is fit to be extradited to America. He has admitted hacking into Pentagon files before and after the September 11 attacks. If convicted he could face 60 years in jail but the review by Mrs May, the sixth home secretary to deal with the long-running case, opens the possibility of prosecution in the UK.

Maldives hosts Afghan peace talks with Taliban

Maldives hosts Afghan peace talks with Taliban 20 May 2010 Senior Taliban figures have arrived in the Maldives to take part in unofficial talks aimed at resolving the continuing crisis in Afghanistan. Forty-five delegates, including representatives from the Taliban, the Afghan government and major political parties, are expected to attend the talks, which come as the Afghan security situation continues to deteriorate. The meeting has been organised by Jarir Hekmatyar, the son-in-law of Gulbadin Hakmatyar, an Afghan warlord and leader of the Hezb-e-Islami party. Gulbadin is considered to be one of Afghanistan's most wanted men and has sent his son, Feroz, to represent him at the meeting. Al Jazeera's Dan Nolan, reporting from the talks, says that Western officials have been deliberately excluded from the process. [LOL!]

2 Ark. Police Killed During Traffic Stop

2 Ark. Police Killed During Traffic Stop --2 suspects killed later in shootout with authorities 20 May 2010 Two Arkansas police officers were shot and killed Thursday during a traffic stop, and a short time later, the suspects were killed in a separate shootout with the local sheriff and a deputy, authorities said. The sheriff and chief deputy were wounded in the shootout in a Wal-Mart parking lot in West Memphis and were taken to a hospital, authorities said. The situation began when the two West Memphis police were pulling over a white van on Interstate 40.

Obama's state dinner guest list includes bank executives

Obama's state dinner guest list includes bank executives 19 May 2010 Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan was on the guest list for Wednesday's state dinner, along with a smorgasbord of other financial heavy-hitters. Bank of America spokesman Larry Di Rita said Moynihan, who is attending with his wife, Susan Berry, is "honored to have been invited and to be attending." American Express CEO Ken Chenault, Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Sen. Chris Dodd, head of the Senate banking committee, were also on the guest list...

Iraq warns of US 'terror factories'

Iraq warns of US 'terror factories' 19 May 2010 An Iraqi official says US-run detention facilities in the country, denounced as "factories for terrorists," have brought about more crime than correction. "The majority of the detainees who used to be inside US prisons went back to work in crimes and terrorism at a high level after they were released," a spokesman for the security forces in Baghdad, Major General Qassim Atta, was quoted by AFP as saying on Tuesday. "Many of them occupied leadership positions in al-Qaeda," the spokesperson went on to say.

Most Americans Endorse Terrorist Expatriation Act

Most Americans Endorse Terrorist Expatriation Act 20 May 2010 A large proportion of people in the United States would support a proposed law that would strip all Americans with links to terrorist organizations of their U.S. citizenship, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 77 per cent of respondents approve of the bill currently being discussed in Congress.

American Citizen Sent Money to Al Qaeda

American Citizen Sent Money to Al Qaeda [So? *Every* American citizen funds al-Qaeda! The entire organization -- literally, 'the database' --  is a CIA offshoot.] 19 May 2010 A Moroccan-born naturalized United States citizen pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges that he sent money to Al Qaeda, in the latest terrorism-related case to arise involving an American. The man, Khalid Ouazzani, 32, a used car and auto parts dealer in Kansas City, Mo., admitted to the court that he sent $23,000 to Al Qaeda in 2007 and 2008, along with related charges involving money laundering and bank fraud. He also admitted that he swore an oath of allegiance to the terrorist group in August 2008.

TSA's Program to Spot Terrorists a $200M Sham?

TSA's Program to Spot Terrorists a $200M Sham? --Gov't Accountability Office Finds Army of Specially Trained "Behavior Detection" Agents Failed to Stop Terrorists 19 May 2010 There's a hidden layer of airport security called "behavior detection," and it involves specially trained Transportation Security Administration employees whose primary mission is to spot terrorists [when they're not molesting 15-year-olds or robbing wheelchair-bound passengers]. About 3,000 of these officers work at 161 U.S. airports -- costing taxpayers nearly $200 million in 2009. This year, the TSA asked Congress for $20 million more to expand the program. But CBS News has learned that the program is failing to catch terrorists. It's never even caught one.

Possible al Qaeda threat against World Cup

Possible al Qaeda threat against World Cup 20 May 2010 A possible al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] terrorist plot to attack the FIFA World Cup has been revealed just three weeks out from the tournament's kick-off. A militant detained in Iraq says he and others had talked about attacking the Danish and Dutch teams in South Africa next month. The militant has been identified as Abdullah Azam Sal eh al-Qahtani.

Obama visit: Kalamazoo Central seniors to fill out paperwork for Secret Service

Obama visit: Kalamazoo Central seniors to fill out paperwork for Secret Service 19 May 2010 (MI) The White House appears to be laying the groundwork for President Barack Obama to shake the hand of each senior at Kalamazoo Central High School’s commencement ceremony next month. Seniors are being asked to provide their birthdates, Social Security numbers and citizen status to the Secret Service so background checks could be performed. Such a check is required for anyone who gets within an arm’s length of the president, students were told at their senior breakfast Friday.

Bangkok burns as protesters surrender

Bangkok burns as protesters surrender 19 May 2010 Rioting and fires swept Bangkok today after troops stormed a protest encampment, forcing protest leaders to surrender but sparking clashes that killed at least four people and triggered unrest in northern Thailand. Protesters torched at least 17 buildings, including the Thai stock exchange and Central World, Southeast Asia's second-biggest department store complex and operated by Central Pattana PCL. The store was gutted by fire and looked like it may collapse, said a Reuters witness.

Attorney: Local Men Didn't Fund Failed Terrorism Plot

Attorney: Local Men Didn't Fund Failed Terrorism Plot  19 May 2010 The attorney for two local men arrested in connection with the failed bombing in New York City's Times Square said the men were not involved directly or inadvertently with the incident. On Tuesday, one of the men, Pir Khan, was ordered held without bail. The attorney for both Khan and his cousin, Aftab Ali, also known as Aftab Khan, confirmed the two were planning to leave the country in early June to return to Pakistan. But attorney Saher Marcarius said immigration officials had been officially notified of their plans and their departure had nothing to do with the Times Square bombing attempt.

Expert panel to view confidential swine flu papers

Expert panel to view confidential swine flu papers --Documents include "contractual or letters of understanding" between the pharmaceutical industry and WHO 19 May 2010 An expert panel investigating the World Health Organization's response to last year's swine flu outbreak said Wednesday it wants to see confidential exchanges between the U.N. body and drug companies. The Geneva-based agency has denied allegations that it gave pharmaceutical companies privileged access to national decision-makers. Governments around the world spent millions of dollars (euros) buying antiviral drugs and flu vaccines in anticipation of a serious outbreak that never happened. [See: Baxter working on vaccine to stop swine flu, though admitted sending live pandemic flu viruses to subcontractor 26 May 2010.]

Gulf oil spill leak now pegged at 95,000 barrels a day

Gulf oil spill leak now pegged at 95,000 barrels a day 19 May 2010 The latest video footage of the leaking Deepwater Horizon oil spill volcano in the Gulf of Mexico show that oil is escaping at the rate of 95,000 barrels - 4 million gallons - a day, nearly 20 times greater than the 5,000 barrel a day estimate lie BP and government scientists have been citing for nearly three weeks, an engineering professor told a congressional hearing Wednesday.

BP withholds oil spill facts -- and government lets it

BP withholds oil spill facts -- and government lets it 18 May 2010 BP, the company in charge of the rig that exploded last month in the Gulf of Mexico, hasn't publicly divulged the results of tests on the extent of workers' exposure to evaporating oil or from the burning of crude over the gulf, even though researchers say that data is crucial in determining whether the conditions are safe. Moreover, the company isn't monitoring the extent of the spill and only reluctantly released videos of the spill site that could give scientists a clue to the amount of the oil in gulf. BP's role as the primary source of information has raised questions about whether the government should intervene to gather such data and to publicize it and whether an adequate cleanup can be accomplished without the details of crude oil spreading across the gulf. [*Duh.* Corporaterrorist troll Obusha needs to stop providing cover for BP's crimes against humanity. --LRP]

Arizona Says It Will Pull Plug on LA's Electricity

Arizona Says It Will Pull Plug on LA's Electricity --Arizona Fights Back Against Boycott Threats Due to Immigration Law 19 May 2010 Arizona is threatening to leave Los Angeles in the dark if the city doesn't rescind its order to boycott the state over Arizona's tough new immigration law. "I feel like if you're going to boycott the candy store, you've got to leave all the candy alone," said Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce. Arizona provides 25 percent of Los Angeles' power. "I feel like Arizona is the candy store," he added. Pierce made his challenge after the Los Angeles City Council's 13-1 vote earlier this month to boycott Arizona and Arizona-based businesses.

NORAD and USNORTHCOM Have a New Commander

NORAD and USNORTHCOM Have a New Commander 19 May 2010 After 39 years of service,his last three years as commander of NORAD and USNORTHCOM, General Victor E. Renuart Jr. has retired. Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr. will assume command out of Peterson Air Force Base. In a packed hanger at Peterson Air Force Base Wednesday, General Renuart Jr. and Admiral Winnefeld Jr. sat along side Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

Gov. Bredesen vetoes bill to allow guns in Tennessee bars

Gov. Bredesen vetoes bill to allow guns in Tennessee bars 18 May 2010 Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would let people with handgun-carry permits bring their guns into Tennessee bars and restaurants. House and Senate members, who approved the legislation by wide margins earlier this year, are expected to override Bredesen's veto.

CBS Cameras Turned Away by BP, Coast Guard

CBS Cameras Turned Away by BP, Coast Guard --Heavy Sludge Oozes into Marshes of Louisiana 18 May 2010  It may be the most disturbing site yet: the first heavy sludge now oozing into the marshes of Louisiana as the slick continues to grow in size out in the gulf. CBS News correspondent Kelly Cobiella reports it's an ominous sight. The oil is thick and black and stretches about a quarter mile down a beach. It goes beyond the booms into the sensitive marsh lands which are home to migratory birds. When CBS News tried to reach the beach, covered in oil, a boat of BP contractors with two Coast Guard officers on board told us to turn around under threat of arrest.

Gulf oil now in powerful Loop Current, scientists say

Gulf oil now in powerful Loop Current, scientists say 19 May 2010 The first oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill has entered an ocean current that could take it to Florida and up the east coast of the US, scientists say. The European Space Agency said satellite images suggested oil could reach the coral reefs of the Florida Keys within six days. "We have visible proof that at least oil from the surface... has reached the current," said Dr Bertrand Chapron.

New high-value detainee interrogation teams made operational

Under cover of the BP oil volcano: New high-value detainee interrogation teams made operational 19 May 2010 United States has made operational a new special investigation team which has begun interrogating high value terror targets within the country and abroad, as part of new moves to head off [?] violent strikes on its soil. The elite team of investigators from the FBI, CIA and Defence Intelligence has been set up to question terror suspects soon after their arrests to track down the terror threads and unravel terrorists conspiracies, the Washington Post reported.


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