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Supreme Court Affirms Ban on Aiding Groups Tied to Terror

Supreme Court Affirms Ban on Aiding Groups Tied to Terror 21 Jun 2010 The Supreme Court has upheld a federal law that bars "material support" to foreign terrorist organizations, rejecting a free speech challenge from humanitarian aid groups. The court ruled 6-3 Monday that the government may prohibit all forms of aid to designated terrorist groups, even if the support consists of training and advice about entirely peaceful and legal activities.

Supreme Court upholds terrorism support law

Supreme Court upholds terrorism support law 21 Jun 2010 The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a law that bars Americans from providing support to foreign terrorist groups, rejecting arguments that it violated constitutional rights of free speech and association. The decision came in the first test to reach the Supreme Court after the September 11, 2001, attacks of a case pitting the right of U.S. citizens to speak and associate freely against the government's efforts to fight terrorism. In a victory for the Obama administration, the 'justices' voted, 6-3, to reverse a ruling by a U.S. appeals court that declared parts of the law unconstitutionally vague.

Top Vatican Priest Accused of Sexually Abusing His Own Sons

Top Vatican Priest Accused of Sexually Abusing His Own Sons --Lawsuit Claims Pope, Vatican Covered Up Sordid Life of Legion of Christ Founder 21 Jun 2010 A prominent Catholic priest, praised by Pope John Paul II as "an efficacious guide to youth," Father Marcial Maciel, sexually abused not only young seminarians under his control but also abused his own children, according to a lawsuit filed today in Connecticut by a man who claims to be Maciel's son. In an interview [with] ABC News Nightline, the priest's son, Raul Gonzalez, 30, says he thought his father worked for the CIA or an international oil company, until he saw the priest's picture in a 1997 magazine article detailing allegations of sexual abuse.

BP Succeeds at Pushing Back Against U.S. Demands

'After the high-profile meeting of administration and BP officials on Wednesday, it was in the interest of neither to discuss such details.' BP Succeeds at Pushing Back Against U.S. Demands 21 Jun 2010 BP PLC, despite being put under pressure by the U.S. government to pay for the oil-spill aftermath, has succeeded in pushing back on two White House proposals it considered unreasonable, even as it made big concessions, said officials familiar with the matter. BP last week agreed to hand over $20 billion—to cover spill victims such as fishermen and hotel workers who lost wages, and to pay for the cleanup costs... But BP successfully argued it shouldn't be liable for most of the broader economic distress caused by the president's six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

Bank failure is 83rd in '10; pace more than double last year's

Bank failure is 83rd in '10; pace more than double last year's 19 Jun 2010 Regulators on Friday shut down a Nevada bank, raising to 83 the number of U.S. bank failures this year. The 83 closures so far this year is more than double the pace set in all of 2009, which was itself a brisk year for shutdowns. By this time last year, regulators had closed 40 banks. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took over Nevada Security Bank, based in Reno, with $480.3 million in assets and $479.8 million in deposits.
 

No major US drawdown in Afghanistan

No major US drawdown in Afghanistan 21 Jun 2010 The US says it will not pull out large numbers of its troops from Afghanistan in July 2011, contradicting a promise made earlier by President Barack Obama. In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates brushed aside suggestions that Washington would, in accordance with a deadline set by Obama, begin a significant draw-down of its troops in July of 2011. "That absolutely has not been decided," Gates said.

A Texas transfer for oiled pelicans

A Texas transfer for oiled pelicans --38 brown pelicans - rescued from the oil spill - gladdened their rescuers as they quickly took to their new home 20 Jun 2010 Tentative wing-flapping led to graceful soaring and convivial preening Sunday as 38 brown pelicans rescued from the worst oil mess in U.S. history explored new digs in the blue-green waters of San Antonio Bay. "They're Texas birds right now," said Dan Alonso, project leader for the Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex and host for the largest release to date of birds rehabilitated from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the first in Texas.

Bomb blast kills 8 in north Iraq

Bomb blast kills 8 in north Iraq 21 Jun 2010 A bomb explosion has targeted a market in a town in northern Iraq, claiming the lives of eight people and leaving at least 10 others wounded. The incident came late on Sunday when a bomber blew up his explosives belt in the town of Shirqat, some 185 miles (300 kilometers) north of Baghdad, as police and civilians had gathered to inspect the site of a roadside bomb minutes earlier, Reuters reported.

'Al-Qaida' warns of new attacks deadlier than before

'Al-Qaida' warns of new attacks deadlier than before 20 Jun 2010 Al-Qaida's U.S.-born spokesman [aka al-CIAduh grandson of prominent Orange County, Calif., urologist, Carl Pearlman] warned President Barack Obama Sunday that the militant group may launch new attacks that would kill more Americans than previous ones. In a taunting, 24 minute message [likely edited in Langley, Va.] that dwelled on Obama's setbacks, including the loss of Massachusetts Senate seat to the Republicans [?], Adam Gadahn Pearlman set out al-Qaida's conditions for peace with the U.S., including cutting support for Israel and withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

Rahm Emanuel expected to quit White House

Rahm Emanuel expected to quit White House 20 Jun 2010 Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, is expected to leave his job later this year after growing tired of the "idealism" of Barack Obama's inner circle. Washington insiders say he will quit within six to eight months in frustration at their unwillingness to "bang heads together" to get policy pushed through. "I would bet he will go after the midterms," said a leading Democratic consultant in Washington.

Six US-led troops injured in Afghanistan

Six US-led troops injured in Afghanistan 20 Jun 2010 Two separate bomb blasts have wounded at least six German troops in northern Afghanistan amid escalating violence in the war-ravaged country. Three soldiers were injured when an improvised explosive device in Konduz Province struck their armored military vehicle on Sunday morning, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Gulf oil spill: BP accused of lying to Congress

Gulf oil spill: BP accused of lying to Congress --US congressman says company's worst-case assessment of leak was 20 times higher than public estimate 20 Jun 2010 BP has been accused by a senior US politician of lying to Congress to reduce its liabilities, after an internal company document showed that the oil giant's own worst-case assessment of the size of the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico was 20 times its public estimate. In the document, BP attempts to put a figure on the rate of oil spewing into the ocean. It notes that if the condition of the well bore deteriorates to the extent that crucial parts fall off, the rate could reach 100,000 barrels a day.

Document Shows BP Estimates Spill up to 100,000 Bpd

Document Shows BP Estimates Spill up to 100,000 Bpd 20 Jun 2010 An internal BP  Plc document released on Sunday by a senior U.S. congressional Democrat shows that the company estimates that a worst-case scenario rate for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill could be about 100,000 barrels of oil per day. The estimate of 100,000 barrels (4.2 million gallons/15.9 million liters) of oil per day is far higher than the current U.S. government estimate of up to 60,000 barrels (2.5 million gallons/9.5 million liters) per day gushing from the ruptured offshore well into the sea.

US, Israeli warships move to PG: Report

US, Israeli warships move to PG: Report 20 Jun 2010 An armada of more than twelve US and Israeli warships has passed through the Suez Canal toward the Red Sea and is reportedly heading to the Persian Gulf. Egypt allowed the vessels to pass through the Suez Canal to the Red Sea Friday, UPI reported on Saturday. The final destination of the fleet, which also includes an aircraft carrier, is not yet known; but some say it may be heading towards the Persian Gulf.

Gates: Iran could launch "hundreds" of missiles at Europe

Gates: Iran could launch "hundreds" of missiles at Europe 18 Jun 2010 Iran could, if it wanted, launch "scores even hundreds of missiles" into Europe, according to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, but serious questions remain as to whether the United States can create a defense against such an attack. Gates told a Senate committee Thursday that the United States is looking at a new way of defending Europe from missile attacks from countries like Iran.

At least 10 dead in Baghdad attacks, police say

At least 10 dead in Baghdad attacks, police say 19 Jun 2010 At least five people were killed and 17 were wounded in late-night attacks in Baghdad, Iraq, on Saturday, police officials confirmed to CNN. Also Saturday, police discovered the bodies of five women shot inside a house in the Zayouna neighborhood. [Five women shot dead in a house? Al-Qaeda or the Taliban wouldn't do that. War crimes, car bombs left to detonate near markets and mosques - that's a USociopath/Blackwater thing. An IDF thing, too.  --LRP]

British advances in Afghanistan have escalated conflict - UN mission chief

British advances in Afghanistan have escalated conflict - UN mission chief --MoD analysis is challenged as expert says Nato efforts to extend its control over new parts of the country increased the violence 20 Jun 2010 Attempts by British and American forces to expand their control over Afghan territory over the past 12 months have been counter-productive and led to a worsening security situation, according to the head of the United Nations monitoring mission on the Taliban. As the death toll of UK troops in the conflict reached 299 on Friday, the former UK counter-terrorism chief, Richard Barrett, told the Observer: "Most people reckon there's a deterioration."

Takeda to make H5N1 avian flu vaccines with Baxter's help - Nikkei

Heads up! Takeda to make H5N1 avian flu vaccines with Baxter's help - Nikkei [Not to mention, in all likelihood -- an avian flu pandemic itself. Be afraid... be very afraid.] 18 Jun 2010 Japan's largest drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical Co will resume production of influenza vaccines after more than a decade, using technology from U.S. firm Baxter International Inc, the Nikkei business daily reported. The company that aims to begin shipments in 2014 would invest 30 billion yen ($329.9 million) to 50 billion yen, the daily reported. The Osaka-based firm will initially develop a vaccine to immunize against H5N1 avian flu, it said. [See: Baxter: The 'Lucky Larry' of swine flu -  Baxter Vaccine 'Oddities' By Lori Price 17 Jul 2009 Baxter files swine flu vaccine patent year ahead of outbreak --Baxter can take no more H1N1 flu vaccine orders --Baxter working on vaccine to stop swine flu, though admitted sending live pandemic flu viruses to subcontractor.]

U.S. Troops, Contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan Suspected of Corruption

U.S. Troops, Contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan Suspected of Corruption --Officers Charged With Theft, Bribery in Oversees Reconstruction Projects 20 Jun 1010 Cases of suspected fraud and other wrongdoing by U.S. troops and contractors overseeing reconstruction and relief projects in Iraq and Afghanistan are up dramatically. James Burch, the Defense Department's deputy inspector general for investigations, says his agency is investigating 223 cases -- 18 percent more than a year ago. Investigators have charged an Army officer with pocketing cash meant to pay Iraqi civilian militiamen, contractors offering an Army officer $1 million for the inside track on a road project in Afghanistan, and three contractors for an alleged conspiracy to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of fuel from a U.S. base in Baghdad. [See: The Obusha AfPak Money Pit.]

NORAD Exercise Flights Planned Over W. Va., Baltimore, D.C. and Richmond

NORAD Exercise Flights Planned Over West Virginia, Baltimore, D.C. and Richmond 17 Jun 2010 North American Aerospace Defense Command will conduct multiple exercise flights next week in the skies in the vicinity of northern West Virginia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Va. People may hear and see NORAD fighter aircraft in close proximity with DOD-contracted general aviation aircraft as they practice their intercept and identification procedures. NORAD has conducted exercise flights of this nature throughout the U.S. and Canada since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the command’s response to the terrorist attacks [inside job] that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001.

Iran denies US assertion its missiles menace Europe

Iran denies US assertion its missiles menace Europe 19 Jun 2010 Iran's defense minister on Saturday denied US assertions that its missiles posed a threat to Europe and said Washington was spreading propaganda. Ahmad Vahidi accused US counterpart, [war criminal] Robert Gates of engaging in "psychological warfare" when he said on Thursday US intelligence showed Iran had "scores or even hundreds" of missiles it could use against Europe.

Gulf Coast residents brace for more oil

Gulf Coast residents brace for more oil --The largest spill in U.S. history threatens the coastal economies of four states including hard-hit Louisiana. 19 Jun 2010 Residents of the Gulf Coast braced for more oil from a ruptured BP Plc well to hit their beaches on Sunday as oil washed ashore at Panama City, a popular Florida tourist destination. The city's beaches remained open after clean-up crews removed the tar balls from shore, authorities said. Even so, the sight is a worry for a state with an annual tourism industry worth $60 billion.

BP Chief Draws Outrage for Attending Yacht Race

BP Chief Draws Outrage for Attending Yacht Race 19 Jun 2010 BP officials on Saturday scrambled yet again to respond to another public relations challenge when their embattled chief executive, Tony Hayward, spent the day off the coast of England watching his yacht compete in one of the world’s largest races. Two days after Mr. Hayward angered lawmakers on Capitol Hill with his refusal to provide details during testimony about the worst offshore oil spill in United States history, Mr. Hayward sparked new controversy from afar.

Napolitano: Internet Monitoring Needed to Fight Homegrown Terrorism

Napolitano: Internet Monitoring Needed to Fight Homegrown Terrorism 18 Jun 2010 Fighting homegrown terrorism by monitoring Internet communications is a civil liberties trade-off the U.S. government must make to beef up national security, the nation's homeland security chief said Friday. As terrorists increasingly recruit U.S. citizens, the government needs to constantly balance Americans' civil rights and privacy [?!?]  with the need to keep people safe, said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. But finding that balance has become more complex as homegrown terrorists have used the Internet to reach out to extremists abroad for inspiration and training.

Airport whole-body scans called vital by Napolitano

Airport whole-body scans called vital by Napolitano --Machines' use to continue, says Homeland chief 19 Jun 2010 Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Friday that controversial whole-body imaging technology is necessary to combat terrorists who continue to target airliners. The Advanced Imaging Technology, which 18 airports will install sometime this year, uses either electro­magnetic waves or X-rays to render a nude image of the body. The machines are already in place in 32 other airports.

Petroleum industry objects to polar bear plan

Petroleum industry objects to polar bear plan 15 Jun 2010 Advocates for the petroleum industry in Alaska told the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that the agency's polar bear critical habitat plan is seriously flawed. Marilyn Crockett, director of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, said Tuesday that additional consultations because of polar bears, plus the cost of development projects being delayed or tied up in litigation, would be huge for the petroleum industry. [Hey, petroleum industry: Go f*ck yourself!]

U.S. Testing Pain Ray in Afghanistan

U.S. Testing Pain Ray in Afghanistan By Noah Shachtman 19 Jun 2010 The U.S. mission in Afghanistan centers around swaying locals to its side. And there’s no better persuasion tool than an invisible pain ray that makes people feel like they’re on fire. OK, OK. Maybe that isn’t precisely the logic being employed by those segments of the American military who would like to deploy the Active Denial System to Afghanistan. ...[T]hose ray-gun advocates better think long and hard about the Taliban’s propaganda bonanza when news leaks of the Americans zapping Afghans until they feel roasted alive. Because, apparently, the Active Denial System is "in Afghanistan for testing."

Israel closes Gaza trade crossings

Israel closes Gaza trade crossings 20 Jun 2010 Just a day after having announced it would ease restrictions, Israel has once again closed all trade crossings leading to the Gaza Strip. Under international pressure, Israel declared on Thursday that it agreed to a plan to ease the blockade of Gaza.

6 killed in bombing in S Afghanistan

6 killed in bombing in S Afghanistan 20 Jun 2010 Six people have been killed in a deadly bomb attack in southern Afghanistan as the United Nations voices concern over the deteriorating situation in the country. The incident occurred on Saturday when a bomb, apparently planted inside a police station in the Deh Rawood area of Uruzgan province, was detonated, local governor Khalifa Sadat told a Press TV correspondent.

Report: U.S., Israeli warships cross Suez Canal toward Red Sea

Report: U.S., Israeli warships cross Suez Canal toward Red Sea --Egypt opposition angered at government for allowing the fleet of more than 12 ships to cross Egyptian manned waterway, Al-Quds Al-Arabi reports. 19 Jun 2010 More than twelve United States Naval warships and at least one Israeli ship crossed the Suez Canal towards the Red Sea on Friday, British Arabic Language newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Saturday. According to the report, thousands of Egyptian soldiers were deployed along the Suez Canal guarding the ships' passage, which included a U.S. aircraft carrier.

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