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Secret Assault on Terrorism Widens on Two Continents

Secret Assault on Terrorism Widens on Two Continents --'While the stealth war began in the Bush administration, it has expanded under President Obama.' 15 Aug 2010 In roughly a dozen countries, the United States has significantly increased military and intelligence operations, pursuing the enemy using robotic drones and commando teams, paying contractors to spy and training local operatives to chase [alleged] terrorists... The administration’s demands have accelerated a transformation of the C.I.A. into a paramilitary organization as much as a spying agency, which some critics worry could lower the threshold for future quasi-military operations. For its part, the Pentagon is becoming more like the C.I.A.

US drone strike kills 13 in Pakistan

US drone strike kills 13 in Pakistan 14 Aug 2010 A US drone attack has left at least thirteen people dead and five injured in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region amid growing discontent over the increasing number of civilian casualties. According to local security officials, the attack took place in east of Miranshah in North Waziristan on Saturday. US drones have targeted the region several times over the past two days. [Pakistan's plagues: Cholera, flooding, and the US. Eventually, nations can rid themselves of the former -- but they'll never be able to rid themselves of the latter. --LRP]

Cholera hits Pakistan amid floods

Cholera hits Pakistan amid floods 14 Aug 2010 The United Nations has confirmed the first death from cholera following two-weeks of floods in Pakistan that have devastated millions in the South Asian country. The international body said on Saturday that the victim died in the main town of Mingora in Pakistan's northwestern Swat valley. "There has been at least one cholera confirmed case in Mingora," AFP quoted spokesman for the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs Maurizio Giuliano as saying.

Mystery Still Lingers Over Flight That Killed Ted Stevens

Mystery Still Lingers Over Flight That Killed Ted Stevens 14 Aug 2010 The plane that crashed into an Alaskan mountainside and killed former Sen. Ted Stevens and four others was outfitted with an alert system that warned pilots of dangerous terrain. But National Transportation Safety Board chairwoman Deborah Hersman said that it's not known if the system was working just before the plane crashed Monday. The plane was also equipped with an emergency locator transmitter, Hersman said at a news conference in Anchorage Friday... She added that it was also unclear why that signal didn't activate. Hersman told reporters that one of the survivors described Monday afternoon's crash by saying: "They were flying along, and they just stopped flying." The same survivor said he didn't notice any changes in the plane's pitch or hear any unusual engine sounds right before the plane went down about 20 miles north of Dillingham in southwest Alaska.

WikiLeaks US military logs reveal US 'Death Squad' in Afghanistan: Task Force 373

WikiLeaks US military logs reveal US 'Death Squad' in Afghanistan: Task Force 373 30 Jul 2010 Among many classified/secret military data brought in to light by the organization WikiLeaks, other than the civilian killings which amount to war crimes, is the revelation of a ‘death squad’ called the Task Force 373 operating in the Afghanistan war theater which is going about killings with impunity. A 'black' Special Forces squad led by the U.S. targets Taliban and Al-Qaeda figures in Afghanistan.The team, T ask Force 373, hunts for suspects on a 2,000 strong list to kill or capture, known as Jpel. The secret-classified military log allegedly reveals the unit has killed innocent men, women and children and Afghan police officers who got in their way.

61 trucks loaded with 300 tons of explosives go missing in central India

61 trucks loaded with 300 tons of explosives go missing in central India 13 Aug 2010 Some 61 trucks loaded with over 300 tons of explosives have gone missing in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, a senior police official said Friday. "The trucks were sent from a state-owned factory, Rajasthan Explosives and Chemicals Limited, in Dholpur to a private company called Ganesh Explosives in the state's Sagar district. But it never reached there," the official said. A massive search is on to track down the trucks as fear is mounting that if the explosives, including detonators and gelatin sticks, reach the wrong hands it could be devastating, he added. [300 tons. Let's see... who could cart all that away? Hmm...]

Dr David Kelly was on a hitlist, says UN weapons expert as calls grow for full inquest

Dr David Kelly was on a hitlist, says UN weapons expert as calls grow for full inquest --Dr Spertzel said he and Dr Kelly were told that they were 'numbers three and four' on the list during an inspection trip in Iraq. 14 Aug 2010 A leading UN weapons inspector last night added his voice to the growing clamour for a full inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly. Dr Richard Spertzel claimed Dr Kelly was on a 'hitlist' in the final years of his life. The former head of the UN Biological Section, who worked closely with Dr Kelly in Iraq in the 1990s, has written to Attorney General Dominic Grieve about the 'mysterious circumstances' surrounding the death. The weapons inspector's body was found after he was unmasked as the source of a damaging BBC news report questioning the grounds for the Iraq war.

The UNprofessional Left: Keith Olbermann Bashes Marx

The UNprofessional Left: Keith Olbermann Bashes Marx --LRP 14 Aug 2010 On Friday's 'Countdown, Keith Olbermann made the following remark. 'By the way, for the Marxists -- Marx is dead, and he was a lousy thinker.' 13 Aug 2010 'Countdown,' at 4:33 into video. Countdown with Keith Olbermann [Keith Olbermann is judging MARX as a thinker? That's like a snail judging the locomotive abilities of a cougar. Olbermann wouldn't know a thinker if one bit him in the a$$. Only a complete moron could say that Marx was a "lousy thinker." Marx was a genius of the very highest order. But then, Olbermann wouldn't know that. He's likely never read a single paragraph of Marx. I do find it interesting that the bourgeois left finds it necessary, apropos of nothing, to slander Marx. They must know what's in store. --Michael Rectenwald]

Ill.-based bank is 110th U.S. failure of the year

Ill.-based bank is 110th U.S. failure of the year --FDIC: Bank's failure will cost the deposit-insurance fund $72 million 13 Aug 2010 Palos Heights, Ill.-based Palos Bank and Trust Company was closed by regulators Friday, marking the 110th U.S. bank failure of 2010. Palos Bank and Trust Company had $493.4 million in assets and $467.8 million in deposits as of June 30, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said in a statement.

Obama Signs Border Bill to Increase Surveillance

Obama Signs Border Bill to Increase Surveillance 14 Aug 2010 President Obama signed into law a $600 million bill on Friday to pay for 1,500 new border agents, additional unmanned surveillance drones and new Border Patrol stations along the southwest border. The measure sailed through Congress in little more than a week with broad bipartisan support, demonstrating the pressure on politicians to look strong on border enforcement. Mr. Obama requested the funds in June, after he announced he would send 1,200 National Guard troops to support agents along the border.

2 killed, 16 wounded in violence in northern Iraq

2 killed, 16 wounded in violence in northern Iraq 13 Aug 2010 Two people were killed and at least 16 people were wounded in multiple bombings targeting police and anti-al Qaeda fighters in the city of Samarra, Iraq, Friday evening, according to local police. Several bombs exploded outside the house of a police officer, severely damaging his home and setting his car on fire. When police and Sons of Iraq [puke] fighters arrived at the scene and entered the apparently booby-trapped house, it exploded, wounding eight people, including two children and a woman, police said.

U.S. sends help as fires close in on Russian nuclear base

U.S. sends help as fires close in on Russian nuclear base 13 Aug 2010 The United States is sending firefighting equipment to Russia to help deal with 500 wildfires burning across the country, one of which threatens a nuclear base. The blazes have been sparked by the hottest summer ever recorded in Russia, which has seen the death rate in Moscow alone double to 700 a day. President Obama has called Russian president Dmitry Medvedev to express his condolences, and the White House said agencies including the Defence Department were airlifting firefighting gear to Russia.

30,000 queue for housing assistance in Atlanta

30,000 queue for housing assistance in Atlanta 12 Aug 2010 Some 30,000 people lined up outside a local shopping centre in Atlanta, Georgia, on Wednesday in the hope of receiving public housing assistance. The authorities were unprepared for the throng, which was unruly at times. Amid sweltering conditions, 62 people were hurt and 20 needed hospital care. Only 455 rent assistance vouchers and 200 public housing spaces were on offer - while 13,000 applications were taken. Some had lined up since Sunday for the possibility of discounted rent.

NORAD-Russia hijack drill a success: commander

NORAD-Russia hijack drill a success: commander --Dubbed Vigilant Eagle, $375,000 exercise was first of its kind 12 Aug 2010 A military exercise to gauge how well Russian and North American air forces can work together in the event of a plane hijacking unfolded without a hitch, according to a Canadian commander who participated in the drill. Col. Todd Balfe, deputy commander of the Alaskan region with the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD), said the exercise "went off exactly as scripted, with no safety infractions, good lessons learned on everyone's part."

Wikileaks to publish 15,000 US files

Wikileaks to publish 15,000 US files 13 Aug 2010 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has declared that the remaining 15,000 classified US military files will be released despite US pressure to withhold the documents. Assange made the announcement on a video link to a London audience, AFP reported. On August 5, US press secretary Geoff Morrell formally demanded that Wikileaks return all the classified documents in it's possession including the 15,000 unreleased cache that have not been released as of yet.

U.S. Urges Allies to Crack Down on WikiLeaks

U.S. Urges Allies to Crack Down on WikiLeaks By Philip Shenon 10 Aug 2010 The Obama administration has asked Britain, Germany, Australia, and other allies to consider criminal charges against Julian Assange for his Afghan war leaks. The Obama administration is pressing Britain, Germany, Australia, and other allied Western governments to consider opening criminal investigations of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and to severely limit his nomadic travels across international borders, American officials say.

U.S. denies asking other nations to attack Wikileaks

U.S. denies asking other nations to attack Wikileaks By Declan McCullagh 12 Aug 2010 The U.S. State Department has denied asking other countries to open criminal investigations into Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange. "We have not approached any country to encourage them to do anything," Philip Crowley, assistant secretary of state, told CNET. The main Wikileaks.org Web site is located in Sweden. Crowley acknowledged that U.S. officials have "had conversations with a variety of countries" about Wikileaks, but said those discussions were limited to expressing "concerns that we've had."

BP to proceed with relief well after tests

BP to proceed with relief well after tests --Earlier this week, Allen had raised the possibility that the relief well might not be necessary. 13 Aug 2010 BP Plc will proceed with a relief well to kill its blown-out Gulf of Mexico well, the top U.S. spill official [retired Coast Guard Admiral, BP spokeswh*re Thad Allen] said on Friday. The decision to continue with the relief well came as Alabama announced it was suing BP for the "catastrophic harm" that the spill had caused the state.

KPHO: Brewer pals to profit from 1070?

KPHO: Brewer pals to profit from 1070? Posted by azdemparty 23 Jul 2010 July 22, 2010: KPHO (CBS 5) investigates ties between the Brewer administration and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) - and how the governor's rhetoric on border security may be damaging Arizona's tourism industry for the benefit of CCA. (Video)

The Bush tax plan vs. the Obama tax plan in one chart

US airstrike kills 8 Afghan civilians

US airstrike kills 8 Afghan civilians 13 Aug 2010 At least eight Afghan civilians were killed in a US airstrike in the south of the country amid growing public discontent over the ever-growing number of civilian casualties. The US airstrike took place in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on Friday, a Press TV correspondent reported. The Afghan civilians were killed when foreign forces targeted a house in the suburbs of Lashgargah city.

Three US-led troops die in Afghanistan

Three US-led troops die in Afghanistan 13 Aug 2010 Three US-led soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan's south as the Taliban intensify their operations in the volatile region. On Friday, NATO said in a statement that one soldier was killed during an exchange of fire with militants in the country's south, and the British Ministry of Defenses (MoD) announced the death of two UK soldiers. The MoD said one British soldier was killed in a "helicopter incident" on Tuesday, while another one was killed by a small fire arm on Thursday.

'Bushehr plant to come online Aug 21'

'Bushehr plant to come online Aug 21' 13 Aug 2010 Iran's long-delayed first nuclear power plant in the southern city of Bushehr will come online next week, a spokesman for the Russian atomic agency says. "The fuel will be charged in the reactor on August 21. From this moment, Bushehr will be considered a nuclear installation," AFP reported Rosatom spokesman Sergei Novikov as saying on Friday. "This can be considered as the physical launch," he went on to say.

Pat Tillman's Father to Army Investigator: 'F--- You... And Yours'

Pat Tillman's Father to Army Investigator: 'F--- You... And Yours' By Sam Stein 13 Aug 2010  The Weinstein Company [backers of 'The Tillman Story,' a documentary film to be released 20 Aug.] sent the Huffington Post two previously unseen letters written by Tillman's father at the peak of frustration with the army's investigation into his son's death. The notes, penned to Brigadier General Gary M. Jones (the man spearheading the investigation) as well as the Senate Armed Services Committee (which oversaw Jones's work), paint a picture of a man increasingly convinced that a massive conspiracy was emerging around the death of his son.

Amnesty International says Omar Khadr trial should not go ahead

Amnesty International says Omar Khadr trial should not go ahead 13 Aug 2010 The rights group Amnesty International has condemned the US government for allowing the military commission trial of Omar Khadr at the Guantánamo Bay detention centre to go ahead. The group has said the trial will only prove to be another violation of human rights by the USA in the name of countering terrorism. Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen, was taken into US custody as a 15-year-old in 2002 while he was in Afghanistan.

1 Million Strong in the Professional Left

1 Million Strong in the Professional Left --Obama has out-Bushed Bush! 13 Aug 2010 This is a group established to oppose Robert Gibbs's use of the term "professional left," which is meant to suggest those who oppose Obama's corporatist, imperialist agenda are part of a narrow, special interest group with peculiar interests. No matter that Obama opposes the interests of the vast majority, whose interests are represented in the "left" opposition to Obama. But none of the real "left" can be seen or heard on TV. WE are the professional left, and we profess it boldly. --MDR

Barack Obama, Inc.

Obama signs $600m US-Mexico border bill

Obama signs $600m US-Mexico border bill 13 Aug 2010 US President Barack Obama has signed into law a $600m (£385m) bill providing increased security along the US-Mexico border. The US Senate had reconvened on Thursday during its August recess to pass the measure. The funds will mostly be directed to activities on the south-west border, such as hiring 1,000 border patrol agents. Money will also pay for surveillance technology, including unmanned drones. A further 250 immigration and customs enforcement agents will also be funded by the bill.

Leaking Sarin Rocket Discovered at Kentucky Depot

Leaking Sarin Rocket Discovered at Kentucky Depot 12 Aug 2010 The U.S. Army said Tuesday a leaking sarin nerve agent-filled rocket had been discovered during inspections of chemical weapons storage structures at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Kentucky. "The low-level agent vapor was confined to the interior of the [shipping and firing] tube and no agent vapor was detected within the igloo atmosphere," according to a press release.

As Gibbs Attacks Progressive Critics, ACLU Says Obama White House Enshrining Bush-Era Policies

As Gibbs Attacks Progressive Critics, ACLU Says Obama White House Enshrining Bush-Era Policies (Democracy Now!) 12 Aug 2010 As White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs attacks progressives for comparing President Obama’s polices to George W. Bush's, we look at a new ACLU report on how the Obama administration is permanently enshrining into law many of President Bush’s most controversial policies. The report, "Establishing a New Normal," warns: "There is a very real danger that the Obama administration will enshrine permanently within the law policies and practices that were widely considered extreme and unlawful during the Bush administration."

U.S. bailouts benefited foreign firms, report says

U.S. bailouts benefited foreign firms, report says 12 Aug 2010 The federal government's effort to stabilize the financial system turn over the US Treasury to Bush's corporaterrorist cronies in 2008 by flooding money into as many banks as possible resulted in a boon to many foreign firms and left the United States shouldering far more risk than governments that took a narrower approach, according to a new report by a panel overseeing the Treasury's $700 billion bailout fund. Members of the Congressional Oversight Panel, in a report due Thursday, note that America's broad financial rescues had more impact internationally than the narrower bailout programs of other countries had on U.S. firms.

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