New House oversight chairman asks businesses to name onerous government regulations

New House oversight chairman asks businesses to name onerous government regulations 04 Jan 2011 Rep. Darrell Issa, the Vista Republican who will head the House's top investigative committee, is following through on his pledge to be more friendly to business, asking companies to tell him which government regulations to target with his new powers. Issa, the incoming chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform committee, recently sent letters to more than 150 businesses, trade associations and think tanks asking for their help in "identifying existing and proposed regulations that have negatively impacted job growth," according to a copy of one of the letters released Tuesday by his office. He asked for responses by Jan. 10. [So Darrell IssaNutjob wants to hand even *more* power to his (and Obusha's) corpora-terrorist overlords? Arming the Left: Is the time now? By Charles Southwell 21 Oct 2003 As long as we pose no REAL threat to the powers-that-be, to what is shaping up into [is] a dictatorship, we will continue to be ignored.]

US, Germany developing secret spy satellites: cables

US, Germany developing secret spy satellites: cables 03 Jan 2011 Germany and the United States are jointly developing secret spy satellites under the guise of a commercial programme despite opposition from France, leaked US diplomatic cables showed Monday. The project, named HiROS, envisions the construction of an undetermined number of high-resolution observation satellites capable of spotting any object on the planet down to a size of just 50 centimetres (about 1.5 feet), according to classified cables from US embassy in Berlin leaked to WikiLeaks and obtained by Norwegian daily Aftenposten.

Bomb blast wounds 15 kids in Pakistan

Bomb blast wounds 15 kids in Pakistan 04 Jan 2011 At least 15 children have been wounded when a remote-controlled bomb blast ripped through a school bus carrying 30 children in Pakistan's Balochistan province. The bus was taking the children of military personnel to a school in Turbat town on Tuesday. "The attack occurred Tuesday in Turbat, 435 miles (700 kilometers) from Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province," a district police chief Abdul Latif said.

Bees in freefall as study shows sharp US decline

Bees in freefall as study shows sharp US decline 03 Jan 2011 The abundance of four common species of bumblebees in the US has dropped by 96% in just the past few decades, according to the most comprehensive national census of the insects. Scientists said the alarming decline could have devastating implications for the pollination of both wild and farmed plants...  The insects, along with other crucial pollinators such as moths and hoverflies, have been in serious decline around the world since the last few decades of the 20th century.

House Republicans set Jan. 12 vote on repeal of health-care law

House Republicans set Jan. 12 vote on repeal of health-care law 04 Jan 2011 House Republicans have set Jan. 12 as their day to vote on a repeal of President Obama's health-care law [insurance cartel giveaway], after a midterm election in which they campaigned against the landmark legislation as a government takeover of the health industry. The announcement Monday sets up the attempted repeal of the law as the first significant action by House Republicans in the 112th Congress.

Govt to study U.S. drone for surveillance

Govt to study U.S. drone for surveillance 31 Dec 2010 (Japan) The Defense Ministry has decided to begin full-scale research from fiscal 2011 into whether unmanned aerial vehicles should be introduced for surveillance of China and North Korea, government sources said. The ministry will send senior Self-Defense Forces officers to study how the U.S. military uses and maintains the state-of-the-art high-altitude Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk, the sources said.

Massive anti-US rally held in Karachi

Massive anti-US rally held in Karachi --Protesters burt several effigies of Barack Obama 03 Jan 2011 Pakistani protesters have once again taken to the streets, calling for the release of Aafia Siddiqui -- a female Pakistani scientist sentenced to 86 years in prison in the US. Tens of thousands of people chanted anti-US slogans and burnt several effigies of US President Barack Obama in the southern port city of Karachi. Aafia's son Ahmed marked 2011 as the year for the freedom for his mother by lighting Asia's largest torch, a Press TV correspondent reported on Monday.

Kabul opposes US permanent bases

Kabul opposes US permanent bases --Remarks come after Republican Senator called for permanent US military bases in war-ravaged country. 03 Jan 2011 Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government has strongly rejected the notion of establishing permanent US military bases in Afghanistan. Chief presidential spokesman Waheed Omar said during a press conference in Kabul on Monday that the issue has never been discussed in meetings between officials of the two countries. "We have announced earlier that we are in touch with United States on the issue of long-term strategic partnership but not on the possible establishment of a permanent US base in Afghanistan," he said.

NYT: U.S. Diplomats Work Like "Marketing Agents" For Boeing

NYT: U.S. Diplomats Work Like "Marketing Agents" For Boeing By Curtis Cartier 03 Jan 2011 The holidays are over. But the November 28 WikiLeaks diplomatic cable dump is the gift that keeps on giving. The latest present was unwrapped by The New York Times in a story published Sunday. It seems that when it comes to multibillion-dollar commercial and military airplane deals, U.S. government officials might as well clock in as Boeing salespeople. Per the Times: United States diplomats were acting like marketing agents, offering deals to heads of state and airline executives whose decisions could be influenced by price, performance and, as with all finicky customers with plenty to spend, perks.

Two U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq

Two U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq 03 Jan 2011 Two U.S. soldiers were killed in central Iraq, the first military service members killed in 2011 due to an insurgents' attack in the country, the U.S. military said on Monday. The two soldiers were killed on Sunday night as the result of one attack, a military statement said without giving further details about the incident.

Protester death shows IDF may be using most dangerous type of tear gas

Protester death shows IDF may be using most dangerous type of tear gas --Jawaher Abu Rahmah died Saturday as a result of tear gas shot by IDF soldiers during demonstrations against the separation fence on Friday. 03 Jan 2011 Questions are surfacing about Israel's use of tear-gas grenades, as security officials investigate the recent death of a protester at the weekly demonstration near the separation fence at the West Bank village of Bil'in. Jawaher Abu Rahmah, 36, died on Saturday morning. The medical report filed in the Ramallah hospital where Abu Rahmah was taken shows that her death was caused by respiratory failure resulting from the inhalation of tear gas. Haaretz obtained the medical report on Sunday from Jawaher's brother, Ahmed Abu Rahmah.

Iran brought down two spy planes over Persian Gulf: general

Iran brought down two spy planes over Persian Gulf: general 03 Jan 2011 IRGC Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh has announced that the Iranian military forces have brought down two foreign spy planes over the Persian Gulf, not mentioning the exact date and location of the events. "They (Westerners) have made limited aggressions against the country and we have shot down a number of their highly advanced spy planes so far. For example, we have brought down two spy planes over the Persian Gulf,” Hajizadeh, an IRGC Aerospace Force commander, told the Payam-e Enqelab publication, a periodical owned by the IRGC.

Republican puts crosshairs on Holder over WikiLeaks

Darrell Issa Whackjob: Republican puts crosshairs on Holder over WikiLeaks 02 Jan 2011 U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder should quit if he can't stop WikiLeaks from disclosing government documents, Darrell Issa, incoming chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee said Sunday on Fox News. Issa said. As chairman of the oversight panel when the new Congress convenes Wednesday, the California Republican has the authority to investigate the government for waste and fraud and will be able to issue subpoenas to obtain information he believes he needs.

'US to stay in Afghanistan forever'

'US to stay in Afghanistan forever' 02 Jan 2011 A senior Republican senator has suggested that the US should devise a plan to permanently keep American troops in war-ravaged Afghanistan. Lindsey Graham, the [deranged] Republican senator from South Carolina, told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that Republicans would push for indefinite US stay in Afghanistan in the years ahead. "We have had air bases all over the world and a couple of air bases in Afghanistan would allow the Afghan security forces an edge against the Taliban in perpetuity. It would be a signal to Pakistan that the Taliban are never going to come back. In Afghanistan they could change their behavior."

Asian aid convoy reaches Gaza Strip

Asian aid convoy reaches Gaza Strip 02 Jan 2011 An aid convoy carrying food and medical supplies for the besieged Palestinians, as part of an Asian aid mission, has arrived in the Gaza Strip. The Asia to Gaza Solidarity Caravan, (Asia 1) entered the coastal strip through the Rafah border crossing with Egypt on Monday. Some 105 human rights activists gathered at the crossing.

MasterCard Hosted Mossad Assassins, Blocked WikiLeaks

MasterCard Hosted Mossad Assassins, Blocked WikiLeaks --Israeli assassins using false Australian passports used U.S. MasterCard credit card company to pay bills 01 Jan 2011 The U.S. credit card company MasterCard, has hosted murderous Israeli intelligence agents from Israel's MOSSAD secret service. The wanted agents had used passports from other countries including Australia whilst carrying out the murder of an Arab leader in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in the Arabian Gulf. Australia has not retaliated against Israel for the alleged crime of using Australian passports to carry out murder.

Israeli fighter jets strike Gaza Strip

Israeli fighter jets strike Gaza Strip 02 Jan 2011 Israeli warplanes have pounded positions in the central and northern Gaza Strip, leaving at least two people injured, a Press TV correspondent reports. Israeli fighters bombarded the northern city of Jebaliya as well as areas in the central Gaza on Saturday night. The overnight attacks left two people wounded and caused panic among the Palestinians in the targeted areas.

'Israel Navy chasing Gaza-bound Asia 1'

'Israel Navy chasing Gaza-bound Asia 1' --The Israeli forces have contacted the ship's captain, demanding the names of the activists. 02 Jan 2011 Two warships with Israel's Navy are reportedly chasing a vessel from Asia 1, an Asia-sourced Gaza-bound aid ship in international waters. The ship, named Salam, is allegedly carrying tons of medical and food supplies for the Tel Aviv-blockaded Gaza Strip as well as eight human rights activists as part of the sizeable relief mission, which is also known as Asia to Gaza Solidarity Caravan.

Rep. Peter King to Ramp Up Immigration Crackdown

Rep. Peter King to Ramp Up Immigration Crackdown 28 Dec 2011 Rep. Peter King (R) plans to use his new bully pulpit to target immigration. The New York congressman, who will become the new chairman of the House Homeland Security next week, told the New York Post that he will push for legislation to tighter border security and arrest more immigrants crossing the border illegally. His proposals will target private companies [Yeah, right!] that employ undocumented immigrants and beefing up local police to give them free range to make immigration arrests.

US's Napolitano to hear air security tips in Israel

US's Napolitano to hear air security tips in Israel 02 Jan 2011 US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will use a visit to Israel this week to assess passenger vetting and other counter-terrorism measures at its Ben-Gurion Airport, government officials said on Sunday. Napolitano, whose tenure has been dogged by two attempted al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] attacks on US-bound planes as well as traveller protests at intrusive airport pat-downs and screenings, was due to arrive in Israel by Monday for several low-key professional meetings.

Govt accused of blocking investigations of UK involvement in torture and rendition

Govt accused of blocking investigations of UK involvement in torture and rendition --MPs refused the facts on UK's part in rendition cases 02 Jan 2011 The Government is accused of blocking investigations into allegations of UK involvement in torture and rendition, contrary to its proclaimed wish to get to the bottom of the charges. In July, the coalition announced a judge-led inquiry on torture and rendition, the moving of prisoners from one country to another for interrogation. In practice, however, the coalition has refused to release information regarding the UK's complicity in torture and rendition flights to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition, even though it relates to decisions made under Labour.

Fighters scrambled and Capital building evacuated as 'mystery' aircraft flies over Washington

Fighters scrambled and Capital building evacuated as 'mystery' aircraft flies over Washington 02 Jan 2011 A mystery aircraft prompted an evacuation of the Capitol building and scrambling of military fighter jets today - but authorities said the false alarm was caused by a commercial airliner briefly losing radio contact. A Federal Aviation Administration official said a Piedmont Airlines plane in the Washington DC area briefly lost radio contact and military planes took off to find it. FAA spokeswoman Diane Spitaliere said: 'Shortly after that we reestablished contact with the plane, and it has been on the ground at (Reagan National Airport) for a while. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials are interviewing the pilots.'

U.S. Capitol Evacuated After Airliner Loses Radio Contact Near Washington

U.S. Capitol Evacuated After Airliner Loses Radio Contact Near Washington --Fighter jets scrambled 01 Jan 2011 The U.S. Capitol and the Senate and House office buildings were ordered evacuated today when air-traffic controllers briefly lost contact with a commercial flight heading into restricted airspace near Washington. Piedmont Airlines Flight 4352 from Hilton Head, South Carolina, lost contact as it approached Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, prompting the North American Aerospace Defense Command to scramble fighter jets from Andrews Air Force Base, said Diane Spitaliere, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

2010 Iraq death toll tops 2009: government

2010 Iraq death toll tops 2009: government 01 Jan 2011 The total number of Iraqi civilians and security force personnel killed in violence in 2010 was higher than the previous year, according to official statistics released on Saturday. According to an AFP tally based on figures from the three ministries released over the course of 2010, a total of 3,605 Iraqi civilians, police and army personnel were killed last year -- 124 more than the 3,481 who were killed in 2009.

Britain's anti-terror control orders condemned as 'trademark of despots'

Britain's anti-terror control orders condemned as 'trademark of despots' --Human rights groups across the world attack one of the 'most serious violations' of natural justice in developed democracies 02 Jan 2011 A powerful coalition of human rights groups has intensified pressure on the government to abandon its use of control orders, as ministers continue to wrangle over whether to scrap the controversial counter-terrorism measure. An international alliance of civil liberties organisations has united to condemn the UK for presiding over one of the "most serious violations" of natural justice in any developed democracy. Campaigners from the Middle East, North and South America, Africa and Europe have signed a statement condemning punishment without charge or trial as an affront to democratic values.

Sarah Palin's former staff asks for delay in releasing official emails for the 15th time

Sarah Palin's former staff asks for delay in releasing official emails for the 15th time 28 Dec 2010 Call it the "Request to Nowhere." A more than two-year-old request from news organizations for access to Sarah Palin's emails during her time as governor of Alaska has again been swatted back by Palin's former staff. On Monday evening, Palin's former staff in the Alaska [half] governor's office asked the state's attorney general for their 15th postponement to requests to release nearly 25,000 emails exchanged by the former governor, her husband and her staff, MSNBC reported.

2 US-led soldiers killed in Afghanistan

2 US-led soldiers killed in Afghanistan 01 Jan 2011 Two more US-led troops, including an Italian soldier, have been killed in separate incidents in Afghanistan amid spiraling attacks on the foreign forces in the war-stricken country. An Italian soldier lost his life in a deadly incident in the western Afghan district of Gulistan in the southwestern province of Farah on Friday, bringing to 35 the number of Italian soldiers killed in Afghanistan since 2004, the Associated Press reported early on Saturday.

Unauthorized US drone attack kills 15

Unauthorized US drone attack kills 15 01 Jan 2011 At least 15 people have been killed in the latest spate of non-UN-sanctioned US drone attacks in Pakistan's North Waziristan region along the Afghan border. US unmanned drones fired missiles at two vehicles and a house in Mandi Khel and the Spin Wam area of North Waziristan Agency on Saturday morning, killing 15 people and injuring several others, a Press TV correspondent reported. Earlier on Friday, US-led drone attacks claimed the lives of at least eight people and wounded several others in Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt.

Spectre of terrorism hangs over Europe

Spectre of terrorism hangs over Europe 01 Jan 2011 The terrorist threat to Britain is ''as serious as it has ever been'', David Cameron has warned. In his new year message, the British Prime Minister says security services are facing a daily struggle to stop plots that would ''do terrible harm to our people and our economy''. The risk of terrorism has been demonstrated by the arrest of nine men accused of plotting a Christmas bombing campaign with targets including the London Stock Exchange and Big Ben.

Miller ending legal battle, conceding Senate race

Miller ending legal battle, conceding Senate race 31 Dec 2010 Republican Joe Miller on Friday ended his legal fight over Alaska's U.S. Senate seat, conceding the race to his bitter rival, incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Miller's decision, announced at a news conference in Anchorage, came one day after the state certified Murkowski as the winner. Miller had the option of appealing a federal judge's ruling or formally contesting the election results.

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