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US asked to begin criminal investigation following Bush publication

US asked to begin criminal investigation following Bush publication 11 Nov 2010 Amnesty International has urged a criminal investigation into the role of former US President [sic] George W Bush and other officials in the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" against detainees held in secret US custody. In his memoirs, former President Bush has admitted to personal involvement in the authorisation of "water-boarding" and other techniques against detainees. Claudio Cordone, Senior Director at Amnesty International said: "Under international law, the former President's admission to having authorized acts that amount to torture are enough to trigger the USA's obligations to investigate his admissions and if substantiated, to prosecute him."

Government 'close to decision' on trial for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, AG says

Government 'close to decision' on trial for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Eric Holder says 11 Nov 2010 Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday said the government is "close to a decision" on how to try Sept. 11 mastermind patsy Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. Holder's remarks set off a flurry of blowback, with Republicans saying they won't stand for a 9/11 trial on U.S. soil -- and Democrats again nixed New York City as a venue. "We have been working on it, and I think we're close to a decision," the AG told reporters.

Blast hits Pakistani police compound

Blast hits Pakistani police compound 11 Nov 2010 At least 19 people have been killed and more than 115 others were injured when militants set off a car bomb in the heart of Pakistan's largest city of Karachi. "Gunmen first opened fired on the office of the Crime Investigation Department before detonating a massive car bomb," Pakistani Dawn newspaper quoted Sindh province's Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza as saying on Thursday. He added that the attack bore a close resemblance to the one that targeted Marriot Hotel in Islamabad on September 20, 2008.

Panel Seeks Social Security Cuts and Higher Taxes

[Obusha's Death] Panel Seeks Social Security Cuts and Higher Taxes 11 Nov 2010 The chairmen of President Obama’s bipartisan commission on reducing the national debt outlined a politically provocative and economically ambitious package of spending cuts and tax increases on Wednesday, igniting a debate that is likely to grip the country for years. The plan calls for deep cuts in domestic and military spending, a gradual 15-cents-a-gallon increase in the federal gasoline tax, limiting or eliminating popular tax breaks in return for lower rates, and benefit cuts and an increased retirement age for Social Security.

Destroyed CIA tapes prompt 'new probe'

Destroyed CIA tapes prompt 'new probe' 11 Nov 2010 The US government's record keeper says it will investigate cases of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) personnel allegedly destroying videotapes of torturing suspects. The announcement by US National Archives came one day after the US Justice Department cleared the CIA's former top clandestine officer Jose Rodriguez and other agents of the same charges. The CIA agents are accused of destroying videotapes showing waterboarding of terror suspects.

White House Gives In On Bush Tax Cuts

White House Gives In On Bush Tax Cuts 11 Nov 2010 President Barack Obama's top adviser suggested to The Huffington Post late Wednesday that the administration is ready to accept an across-the-board continuation of steep Bush-era tax cuts, including those for the wealthiest taxpayers. That appears to be the only way, said David Axelrod, that middle-class taxpayers can keep their tax cuts, given the legislative and political realities facing Obama in the aftermath of last week's electoral defeat. [Start reading. Arming the Left: Is the time now? By Charles Southwell 21 Oct 2003.]

Afghanistan shuts down 150 Afghan, foreign aid groups

Afghanistan shuts down 150 Afghan, foreign aid groups 09 Nov 2010 Afghanistan has ordered around 150 aid groups, including four foreign organisations, to shut down for failing to submit reports on their projects and finances, a government official said on Tuesday. The ruling by a government-backed commission which monitors aid groups includes 145 domestic organisations and has immediate effect, said a spokesman for the Economy Ministry, which heads the commission.

US to boost military aid to Israel

As Obusha's Cat Food Commission slaughters the middle class and the poor: US to boost military aid to Israel 11 Nov 2010 The United States has planned to expand its military aid to the Israeli government over the next two years, adding smart bombs to the new supply list. US Congress approved a boost of $400 million worth of additional military equipment for Tel Aviv last month, Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz reported on Thursday. The fresh aid package will bring the value of American military equipment stockpiled in Israel to $1.2 billion by 2012.

Cargo plane bomb plot: ink cartridge bomb 'timed to blow up over US'

Cargo plane bomb plot: ink cartridge bomb 'timed to blow up over US' 10 Nov 2010 The bomb found on the cargo plane at East Midlands Airport last month was timed to detonate over the eastern seaboard of the United States, Scotland Yard have said. The device, which was removed from a UPS aircraft by Leicestershire police officers shortly after 3.30am on October 29, was timed to go off some seven hours later, police said. A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "If the device had not been removed from the aircraft the activation could have occurred over the eastern seaboard of the US."

U.S. 'Notice to Mariners' Report May Explain Mystery Missile Launch

U.S. 'Notice to Mariners' Report May Explain Mystery Missile Launch Posted by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 11 Nov 2010 A 'Notice to Mariners' report entry may explain the missile launch earlier this week from Southern California waters near Catalina Island. Page 55 of the current 'Notice to Mariners' report, dated 6 November 2010, notes upcoming firing operations in that area.

Pentagon NOW says California 'missile' was an aircraft... a full 48 hours after the event

Pentagon NOW says California 'missile' was an aircraft... a full 48 hours after the event 10 Nov 2010 It may have taken 48 hours, but the Defense Department is now saying that it was an airplane and, crucially, not a missile that left a mysterious vapor trail off the coast of Southern California. Pentagon spokesman Dave Lapan said: 'There is no evidence to suggest that this is anything else other than a condensation trail from an aircraft.' The video of what looks like the contrail of a missile was shot on Monday evening by KCBS cameraman Gil Leyvas from a news helicopter over Los Angeles.

Protesters smash into Tory HQ and storm roof as anti-cuts rioters hijack tuition fees march

Protesters smash into Tory HQ and storm the roof as anti-cuts rioters hijack tuition fees march  --MI5 HQ sealed with officers guarding exits --Millbank and Tory HQ overrun by rampaging students --Rioters warn: 'This is only the beginning' 10 Nov 2010 Students went on the rampage today as a huge protest against the coalition's controversial move to hike tuition fees turned violent. Around 52,000 students and teachers travelled to London for a march and rally in Westminster against the Government's plans to raise fees from £3,290-a-year to up to £9,000. Scotland Yard appeared to have been caught on the hop as the peaceful protest descended into riots this afternoon when many left the planned route and headed to Tory party headquarters. A police spokesman confirmed tonight 35 people had been arrested for a range of offences, including criminal damage and trespass, and were now in custody at stations across central London.

Act Now to Fully Protect Polar Bears

Act Now to Fully Protect Polar Bears 10 Nov 2010 Even using model projections that have underestimated the rapid rate of sea-ice loss in the Arctic, scientists predict that two-thirds of the world's polar bears will be lost by 2050 and many much sooner... Unfortunately, the Obama administration, and particularly Interior Secretary Salazar, has been defending the Bush positions in court. But last week, in response to our lawsuit, the court ordered Salazar to reconsider whether the bear should be protected as an endangered species. Please, sign petition to ask Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to provide full Endangered Species Act protection for the polar bear.

Flight attendants union upset over new pat-down procedures

Flight attendants union upset over new pat-down procedures 10 Nov 2010 A flight attendants union with 2,000 members is upset over what it calls "invasive pat-downs" recently implemented by the TSA. "We're getting calls daily about peoples' experiences, our members are concerned," said Deborah Volpe, Vice President of the Association of Flight Attendants Local 66. According to a union email obtained by ABC15, it tells flight attendants if they opt out of using the body scanner through security and are required to undergo a pat-down to ask the pat-down be conducted in a private area with a witness.

US soldier on trial for Afghan murders

US soldier on trial for Afghan murders 10 Nov 2010 A US soldier accused of leading a murder squad that killed and allegedly mutilated Afghan civilians for sport, has appeared before court. Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs is at the center of an army war crimes investigation that involves around a dozen of his comrades. The 26-year-old is accused of orchestrating the execution of three Afghan civilians in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province earlier this year, and changing the crime scenes to make them look like defensive combat.

AI wants Bush on trial over torture

AI wants Bush on trial over torture 10 Nov 2010 The London-based Amnesty International (AI) has called for a criminal investigation into former US President [sic] George W. Bush's admission of torture. The rights group's call comes after Bush confirmed in his recently released memoirs, Decision Points, that he authorized the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" against detainees held in secret US custody. Exactly six days after the September 11 attacks, Bush authorized the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to set up secret detention facilities outside the US.

Pentagon calls mystery missile 'unexplained,' cannot rule out threat

Pentagon calls mystery missile 'unexplained,' cannot rule out threat 10 Nov 2010 The Pentagon said a missile launch off the southern coast of California remained "unexplained" and that its mysterious origins meant that it was not possible to rule out any threat to the homeland. Earlier yesterday, NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) and NORTHCOM (United States Northern Command) officials told Fox there was no threat. However, Pentagon Spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan would not confirm that because the military does not know what the missile was or where it came from.

7/7 families to see secret MI5 documents

7/7 families to see secret MI5 documents 04 Nov 2010 MI5 faces having to disclose secret documents to the families of those killed in the 7/7 bombings after a coroner ruled she could not hear confidential evidence in closed sessions. Lady Justice Hallett rejected calls for the bereaved relatives to be excluded from hearings so she could examine intelligence material so sensitive it would threaten national security if made public... The bereaved families want to ask intelligence officials why they did not follow up plot ringleader Mohammed Sidique Khan and his right-hand man, Shehzad Tanweer, after surveillance officers watched them meeting known terror suspects 17 months before the bombings.

'US world's biggest arms seller'

'US world's biggest arms seller' 10 Nov 2010 The United States has topped the list of global arms sellers, with Israel, UAE and India purchasing the bulk of arms including fighter jets, says a think tank. According to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the US sold 341 combat planes between 2005 and 2009, up from 286 jets sold during the previous five-year period, while Russia sold 219 planes followed by France, China and Sweden, AFP reported on Wednesday.

Six Israeli warplanes fly over Lebanon

Six Israeli warplanes fly over Lebanon 10 Nov 2010 As many as six Israeli military aircraft have violated the Lebanese airspace, the country's Army has said in a statement. The fighter planes breached the Lebanese airspace at 09:35 a.m. (local time), entering from the south on Tuesday, a Press TV correspondent reported, citing the statement. They overflew different areas throughout the country before leaving at 11:10 a.m also from the south.

Big Brother monitored tweets, too

Big Brother monitored tweets, too 04 Nov 2010 Tracking the Twitter activity of law-abiding citizens was part of the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security's intelligence surveillance program. According to internal Homeland Security e-mails produced through a Right-To-Know request, one of the targets of such surveillance was the Berks Peace Community, a 50-year-old group of Quaker-affiliated senior citizens... The e-mails also indicate that monitoring the tweets of law-abiding citizens was "part of the intelligence effort that is conducted daily... on behalf of the PA Office of Homeland Security."

Darrell Issa plans hundreds of hearings

Darrell Issa plans hundreds of hearings 08 Nov 2010 California Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Nutjob) is already eyeing a massive expansion of oversight for next year, including hundreds of hearings; creating new subcommittees; and launching fresh investigations into the bank bailout, the stimulus and, potentially, health care 'reform.' Issa told POLITICO in an interview that he wants each of his seven subcommittees to hold "one or two hearings each week." "I want seven hearings a week, times 40 weeks," Issa said.

Top secret Obama-Singh talking points revealed

Top secret Obama-Singh talking points revealed 08 Nov 2010 A prominent Indian website has revealed the 10 major secret issues discussed between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Barack Obama in their one-on-one meeting on Sunday night. These included the Indian demand that US must engage India more deeply in the deliberations on any future strategy for the solution of the Afghan issue and that the US aid to Pakistan must be strictly monitored against misuse.

No One Will Be Charged in Destruction of C.I.A. Interrogation Tapes, Justice Official Says

No One Will Be Charged in Destruction of C.I.A. Interrogation Tapes, Justice Official Says 10 Nov 2010 A federal prosecutor will not bring criminal charges against any of the Central Intelligence Agency officers involved in destroying videotapes depicting the brutal interrogation torture of Al Qaeda detainees, Justice Department officials said on Tuesday. After an investigation spanning nearly three years, John H. Durham, the special prosecutor assigned to the case, has decided to clear the C.I.A. undercover officers and top lawyers at the agency for their roles in the destruction of the tapes.

Volcano forces Obama to cut short Indonesia trip

Volcano forces Obama to cut short Indonesia trip 09 Nov 2010 President Barack Obama will make a major speech addressed to the Islamic world on Wednesday, before an erupting volcano forces him to make an early departure from the world's largest Muslim-majority nation. The U.S. leader cut short his long-delayed visit to Indonesia, where he lived for four years as a child, by concern that an ash cloud from the deadly Mount Merapi volcano would prevent his taking off in time to attend a G20 summit in South Korea.

Homeland Security tightens rules for air cargo

Homeland Security tightens rules for air cargo 09 Nov 2010 The U.S. tightened security on cargo shipments flown from abroad Monday, banning "high-risk" cargo from flying on passenger planes after last month's discovery of a plot that originated in Yemen to send bombs in shipped packages. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano also extended last week's ban on all air cargo from Yemen to include Somalia as well. And she limited to less than 16 ounces the size of toner or ink cartridges that can travel in checked or carry-on baggage, a response to the discovery of a bomb disguised as a toner cartridge and shipped as cargo at a London airport.

Pentagon can't explain 'missile' off California

Pentagon can't explain 'missile' off California --Pentagon: 'All indications' Department of Defense not involved with mystery object; contrail might have been created by 'something flown by a private company' 09 Nov 2010 The Pentagon said today it was trying to determine if a missile was launched Monday off the coast of Southern California and, if so, who might have fired it. Spokesmen for the Navy, Air Force, and other military organizations said they were looking into a video posted on the CBS News website that shows an object shooting across the sky and leaving a large contrail, or vapor trail, over the Pacific Ocean.

Bush: 'It doesn't matter how people perceive me in England'

British public opinion just doesn't matter: George Bush defends waterboarding as he claims 'torture' stopped attacks on London --Bush: 'It doesn’t matter how people perceive me in England' --Bush dismissive about UK public opinion about the Iraq war 09 Nov 2010 America's use of waterboarding to interrogate suspected terrorists saved British lives by stopping attacks on Heathrow and Canary Wharf, George W Bush claims in a new book. In his memoirs, the former U.S. president defended the technique, rejected by the British government as torture. In an interview today, Mr Bush also praises Tony Blair as his closest ally but is dismissive about British public opinion about the war in Iraq.

US test fires secret missile off CA

US test fires secret missile off CA 09 Nov 2010 The US has launched a missile off Southern California amid concerns that the country has been secretly developing advanced weapons to increase its military dominance. A dramatic image of the launch was captured on video on Monday evening by a KCBS news helicopter flying over Los Angeles. Local news stations said the missile appeared to have been launched by a US Navy vessel. However, the US Navy and the Air Force have not offered an explanation about the launch.

Gates signals extended US stay in Iraq

Gates signals extended US stay in Iraq 09 Nov 2010 US Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the Pentagon is ready to keep American forces in Iraq beyond 2011, should the Baghdad government 'request' it. "We're ready to have that discussion if and when they want to raise it with us," Gates said during his visit to Malaysia on Tuesday. There are currently 50,000 troops stationed in the war-torn country to "advise and assist" Iraqi forces. [NO ONE wants USociopaths on their soil, with the exception of the mercenaries and corporaterrorists directly benefiting form such occupations.]

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