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Honduran journalist killing makes 8 for the year

Honduran journalist killing makes 8 for the year 26 Aug 2010 A Honduran reporter was found shot to death Tuesday in the city of San Pedro Sula, making him at least the eighth journalist killed in the country this year. Unidentified gunmen shot Israel Zelaya Diaz twice in the head and once in the chest, according to local press reports. Zelaya worked for broadcaster Radio International.

Beck sounds religious rallying call ahead of 'Restoring Honor' event

Mega barf alert *and* gag me with a chainsaw: Beck sounds religious rallying call ahead of 'Restoring Honor' event --'My role is ... to wake America up to the back-sliding of principles and values and, most importantly, of God' 28 Aug 2010 Glenn Beck promised his Restoring Honor the Third Reich rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. Saturday would fundamentally transform the U.S., sounding a deeply religious note in advance of the controversial event. ome 100,000 conservative, tea party supporters -- including potential 2012 presidential candidate Sarah Palin -- are expected at the demonstration on the same spot where Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech 47 years ago to the day.

First Military Tribunal Case Could Damage U.S. Reputation

First Military Tribunal Case Could Damage U.S. Reputation 28 Aug 2010 After working for a year to redeem the international reputation of military tribunals, Obama administration officials are alarmed by the first case to go to trial under revamped rules: the prosecution of a former child soldier whom an American interrogator implicitly threatened with gang rape. The defendant, Omar Khadr, was 15 when he was captured in Afghanistan and accused of throwing a grenade that killed an American soldier.

Sarah Palin Speech Contract Should Not Have Been Secret, Rules Judge

Sarah Palin Speech Contract Should Not Have Been Secret, Rules Judge --California School Paid $75K, Contract Required 'Bendable' Straws, Lux Hotel 27 Aug 2010 A California judge has ruled that the $75,000 in fees paid to Sarah Palin for her speech at a state university should not have been kept secret. The ruling issued this week serves as a postscript to the flap over Palin's June visit to California State University Stanislaus, where university officials repeatedly refused to disclose how much they had paid to lure the A-list Republican celebrity-pol to serve as keynote speaker for a fundraising gala.

NASA called in to support 33 trapped Chilean miners

NASA called in to support 33 trapped Chilean miners 27 Aug 2010 The 33 miners trapped inside a Chilean mine since August 5 have been told for the first time that they could be stuck underground for as long as four months, the head of the rescue operation said Friday. But Andre Sougarret, the mines manager for the state mining company, and Chilean government representative Jimena Matos also said they are working on a "Plan B," which could help speed up the rescue process.

A lucky escape: How David Cameron was almost shot down by a Taliban rocket

A lucky escape: How David Cameron was almost shot down by a Taliban rocket --'It was a much closer thing than anyone said at the time.' 27 Aug 2010 David Cameron came close to being assassinated at the hands of the Taliban on his last trip to Afghanistan, it emerged yesterday. Military sources revealed that insurgents armed with shoulder launched rockets knew which helicopter to target when the Prime Minister visited a base in Helmand province. Intercepted communications by the militants referred to the desire to shoot down the Chinook carrying the 'Big Commander'.

Osama bin Laden 'is a bought and paid for CIA agent' claims Cuban leader Fidel Castro

Osama bin Laden 'is a bought and paid for CIA agent' claims Cuban leader Fidel Castro [and lots of other people] 27 Aug 2010 Cuban leader Fidel Castro has claimed Al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden is a bought-and-paid-for CIA agent. The country's former president has said that the world's most wanted terrorist always popped up when former US President [sic] George W Bush needed to scare the world, and argued that recently published documents on the internet prove it.

Murdered Spy May Have Met His Killer On Missions to USA

Murdered Spy May Have Met His Killer On Missions to USA 27 Aug 2010 The hunt for the killer of British spy Gareth Williams switched to the USA yesterday. Grieving relatives of the MI6 code breaker revealed that he had been sent on several missions to America. He is understood to have returned from there shortly before he was killed. Police investigating the murder of the brilliant mathematician are trying to establish who he met in the US and if any of his contacts visited Britain recently.

U.S. military wants to exert influence over private cyber infrastructure

U.S. military wants to exert influence over private cyber infrastructure --The Pentagon is urging that its defense expertise be put in play beyond the .mil domain to include .gov and .com and wants policy makers to figure out how best to do that. 26 Aug 2010 The U.S. military wants to exert more influence over the protection of power grids, transportation networks and financial network systems, a Pentagon official says in a broad-ranging essay published in Foreign Affairs. The reasons are that the military relies on these networks to deal with suppliers and that these networks could become military targets, says William J. Lynn III, undersecretary of defense, in the essay called "Defending a New Domain."

CIA probes British spy murder, frequently sent to NSA

CIA probes British spy murder as it emerges he was sent on frequent missions to Pentagon's high-security listening post 27 Aug 2010 The CIA was called in to help investigate the murder of an MI6 spy last night as it emerged he was sent on frequent secret missions to the United States. American intelligence officers are poring over every detail of Gareth Williams's work and personal life to see if the circumstances of his death endangered U.S. national security. The Daily Mail can reveal that the 31-year-old codebreaker flew to the National Security Agency, the Pentagon's listening post and the largest intelligence agency in the world, up to four times a year.

WikiLeaks war logs posting 'will lead to free speech ruling'

WikiLeaks war logs posting 'will lead to free speech ruling' --US supreme court likely to have to rule on issue of balancing national security and freedom of speech, says judge 27 Aug 2010 US supreme court justice Sonia Sotomayor has said the court is likely to have to rule on the issue of balancing national security and freedom of speech due to WikiLeaks posting a cache of US military records about the Afghan war. Sotomayor said the incident, which has been condemned by the Pentagon, was likely to provoke legislation in Congress that would require judicial scrutiny.

KBR Worker Admits Taking Bribes

KBR Worker Admits Taking Bribes 27 Aug 2010 A former KBR employee in Afghanistan pleaded guilty today to taking $200,000 in bribes from subcontractors, and laundering the money. Daniel Freeman admitted he took the money while working as a contracts supervisor for KBR, federal prosecutors said. Freeman pleaded guilty to a two-count information accusing him of accepting corrupt payments while working on a federal program, and money laundering.

Swine flu vaccine safety probed over link to rare sleep disorder

Swine flu vaccine safety probed over link to rare sleep disorder --The safety of a swine flu vaccine is to be investigated by European drugs regulators after it was linked to a rare condition that causes people to fall asleep suddenly. 27 Aug 2010 The investigation has been prompted after health officials in Finland announced they were suspending the vaccination programme there following reports of narcolepsy in people who had received the jab. So far there have been 27 reports of suspected narcolepsy in people across Europe who had previously been vaccinated with Pandemrix, the H1N1 swine flu vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline.

'US-led troops killed Afghan children'

'US-led troops killed Afghan children' 27 Aug 2010 Police in Afghanistan have confirmed that the US-led warplanes are to blame for the killing of six Afghan children in the country's volatile east. Police said on Friday that the children were collecting scrap metal in the mountain of eastern Kunar Province when a US-led plane dropped bombs on the area on Thursday. "In the bombardment six children, aged six to 12, were killed. Another child was injured," AFP quoted a regional police commander as saying.

Afghan war kills 3 more US soldiers

Afghan war kills 3 more US soldiers 27 Aug 2010 NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has announced that three US soldiers have been killed in separate bomb attacks in eastern and southern Afghanistan. ISAF said in a Friday press release that two service members died as a result of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strikes in eastern Afghanistan. Another American trooper lost his life when fell prey to a bomb explosion in the southern part of the war-battered country.

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.

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