Jets bomb anti-Gaddafi strongholds

Jets bomb anti-Gaddafi strongholds 07 Mar 2011 Embattled ruler Muammar Gaddafi's warplanes have intensified aerial attacks on the revolutionary fighters in Libya's oil-rich city of Ras Lanuf. The warplanes launched fresh airstrikes on anti-regime positions around the port city on Monday. Witnesses say at least three people have been killed in the attacks.

America's secret plan to arm Libya's rebels

America's secret plan to arm Libya's rebels [for oil] --Obama asks Saudis to airlift weapons into Benghazi 07 Mar 2011 Desperate to avoid US military involvement in Libya in the event of a prolonged struggle between the Gaddafi regime and its opponents, the Americans have asked Saudi Arabia if it can supply weapons to the rebels in Benghazi. The Saudi Kingdom, already facing a "day of rage" from its 10 per cent Shia Muslim community on Friday, with a ban on all demonstrations, has so far failed to respond to Washington's highly classified request, although King Abdullah personally loathes the Libyan leader, who tried to assassinate him just over a year ago.

Fierce Fighting As Libya Edges to Civil War

Fierce Fighting As Libya Edges to Civil War 07 Mar 2011 Opponents of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi are braced for more fierce fighting after forces loyal to the Libyan leader launched counter-offensives against rebel-held areas. A number of towns have reportedly been pounded with artillery, rockets and gunfire in a dramatic escalation of violence over the weekend, as the country appears to edge towards civil war. Col Gaddafi's military commanders unleashed air power to halt the opposition's march towards the capital Tripoli, with reports of helicopters and warplanes being used against anti-government militia.

Gaddafi forces fire on Tripoli protesters

Gaddafi forces fire on Tripoli protesters 06 Mar 2011 Forces loyal to Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi have opened fire on anti-regime protesters in Fashloum, an eastern district in the capital, Tripoli... Tripoli, Gaddafi's stronghold and one of the few cities under government's control, has seen a harsher clampdown on protesters because of heavy presence of security forces. Protests in the capital come despite the tremendous horror the government is creating by house-to-house search for anti-regime activists.

Muslims, supporters protest Congressional hearing

Muslims, supporters protest Congressional hearing 06 Mar 2011 Muslims, activists and supporters demonstrated in Times Square on Sunday to protest a Congressional hearing on radicalization of U.S. Muslims. Holding placards that read "Today I am a Muslim, too," a few hundred gathered at the interfaith protest, decrying what they said was the bigotry and ignorance behind anti-Muslim sentiments in the United States. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, until recently the leader of the controversial plan to build a mosque and cultural center near the former World Trade Center site, said he was concerned this week's scheduled hearing by Representative Peter King (R-NY) on radicalization of U.S. Muslims would only alienate them.

Interior Ministry denies issuing visa to Blackwater

Interior Ministry denies issuing visa to Blackwater 06 Mar 2011 A spokesman of the Interior Ministry categorically denied issuance of any visa to the notorious security firm [terrorist group] Blackwater, as claimed by Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah. “This is a totally false, ill-founded and concocted statement made by Sanaullah with ulterior motives best known to him,” the spokesman said. He also said that according to records available with the government, no such company was registered or operating in the country. [Yeah, right!]

Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White indicted, faces 7 felony counts

Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White indicted, faces 7 felony counts 03 Mar 2011 The state’s top election official will face seven felony counts, including voter fraud, perjury and theft, a special prosecutor said today. Secretary of State Charlie White (R) was accused of intentionally voting in the wrong precinct during the May 2010 primary, a potential felony. White turned himself in at the Hamilton County Jail Thursday afternoon and was released after posting $10,000 bond.

WikiLeaks cables recount how U.S. pressured allies

WikiLeaks cables recount how U.S. pressured allies 06 Mar 2011 They have received little attention in the United States, but a set of WikiLeaks disclosures of confidential documents has caused an uproar in Europe by showing that U.S. officials pressured Germany and Spain to derail criminal investigations of Americans. The more than 2,500 State Department cables that the anti-secrecy group has provided to news organizations since November include accounts of three cases that shed new light on U.S. responses to allegations of wrongdoing by its agents abroad...

Muckraking Bell City Council Candidate Dies of Unknown Ailment

Muckraking Bell City Council Candidate Dies of Unknown Ailment 06 Mar 2011 A candlelight vigil is expected to be held Sunday evening in honor of Bell City Council candidate Miguel Alejandro Sanchez, who died suddenly Friday. The 34-year-old was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center Thursday and died 12 hours after being admitted of an unknown ailment. Sanchez was running for former Councilman Luis Artiga’s seat in Tuesday’s special recall election. Artiga resigned last year amid allegations that he and other city officials misappropriated public funds.

At Miami school, Barack Obama praises Jeb Bush

Mega barf alert! At Miami school, Barack Obama praises Jeb Bush 04 Mar 2011 Seeking support for increasing the country's investment in corporate ownership of education, President Barack Obama appeared at a high school here on Friday with an unlikely ally he described as a "champion of education reform" - Jeb Bush, the former Republican governor of Florida. Obama chose Central Miami Senior High School at Bush's suggestion for a rare moment of bipartisan collaboration on an education agenda that, at least in general terms, the two can agree on. [*Primary* Obusha in 2012.]

SAS rounded up and booted out as Libyan mission turns to farce

SAS rounded up and booted out as Libyan mission turns to farce --'Diplomatic mission' was mid-ranking MI6 officer and seven SAS --Farmhands guarded the men - and made them breakfast: 'We gave them eggs, milk and bread. It was very nice' 07 Mar 2011 A joint SAS-MI6 team was kicked out of Libya last night after their mission to link up with rebels fighting Colonel Gaddafi turned to farce. The eight-man unit was sent to have secret talks with opposition leaders but humiliatingly the team was detained and held by a group of farmhands. The crack troops, armed with guns, ammunition, explosives and false passports, were mistaken for enemy spies, detained and stripped of their mobile phones and satellite communications devices.

Six killed in south Iraq blast

Six killed in south Iraq blast 06 Mar 2011 A roadside bomb killed six people and wounded 12 aboard a bus in Iraq's southern port city of Basra on Sunday, a provincial official said. The blast had targeted a passing US military convoy, according to Ali al-Ghanimi, the head of Basra provincial council's security committee, but instead struck the bus and wrecked it. Women and children were among the casualties of the 10:00 am (0700 GMT) attack near a train station in the al-Maakal district of northern Basra, Ghanimi said, but it was unclear how many of them died or were wounded.

British detainees in Libya released

British detainees in Libya released Revolutionary forces said the British were carrying weapons, map and passports from four different countries, and were arrested because their identities were not known. 06 Mar 2011 Revolutionary forces have released seven British soldiers and a London diplomat in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, the British Foreign Office says. The detainees left Libya after facing what it described as difficulties, state-run BBC reported on Sunday. It said the British team, which arrived in Libya on Friday, was tasked to hold talks with opposition leaders.

Israel provides henchmen for Gaddafi

Israel provides henchmen for Gaddafi 02 Mar 2011 Israeli arms distribution company Global CST has reportedly, under the authorization of Tel Aviv, provided Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi with African mercenaries to clamp down on anti-government protesters. Egyptian sources have revealed that the Israeli company has so far provided Gaddafi's regime with 50,000 African mercenaries to attack the civilian anti-government protesters in Libya. The arms company was previously convicted in an African country over illegal deals, News-Israel website reported.

Gas up 33 cents - second biggest two-week jump ever

Obusha, of course, stays silent as his Wall Street overlords launch attack on US: Gas up 33 cents - second biggest two-week jump ever 06 Mar 2011 Gasoline prices in the United States posted their second-biggest increase ever in a two-week period, due to the rise in crude oil prices stemming from the turmoil in Libya US corpora-terrorists destroying any chance of economic recovery and hence ensuring a GOP sweep in 2012, an industry analyst said Sunday. The national average for a gallon of self-serve, regular gas was $3.50 on March 4, according to the Lundberg Survey of about 2,500 gas stations, up 32.7 cents from the previous survey on Feb. 18. The gross price increase was the biggest since the 38.44 cent-rise that occurred in the Aug. 26-to-Sept. 9, 2005, period following Hurricane Katrina [aka blown levies], according to survey editor Trilby Lundberg.

Top Democrat draws line in sand in U.S. budget fight

Top Democrat draws line in sand in U.S. budget fight [Yeah, before the inevitable, obligatory surrender] 06 Mar 2011 Assistant U.S. Senate Democratic leader Dick Durbin drew a line in the sand on Sunday in his party's budget battle with Republicans, who are pushing deep spending cuts to trim the federal deficit. Durbin, one of President Barack Obama's top allies in Congress, said he opposed going beyond the $10.5 billion in domestic, non-defense discretionary spending cuts that Democrats have backed.

Former US Attorney General sued by ex-prisoner

Former US Attorney General sued by ex-prisoner 06 Mar 2011 An American Muslim is suing a former US Attorney General for being part of his arrest in 2003. The man, Abdullah al-Kidd, has asked the Supreme Court to review a case in which former Attorney General John Ashcroft took a role in his arrest. Kidd, who was detained over what he has called a false accusation, has claimed he was held under harsh conditions, strip searched and shackled at the ankles, hands and waist during his detention period.

Gaddafi wants UN or AU probe of unrest

Gaddafi wants UN or AU probe of unrest 06 Mar 2011 Embattled Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi says he wants the United Nations or the African Union to investigate the anti-government protests in the country. Gaddafi made the remarks in an interview with the French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche, AFP reported early on Sunday. On Saturday, pro-Gaddafi forces backed by tanks launched an assault on Zawiyah, 50 kilometers (31 miles) west of the capital Tripoli, firing heavy mortar rounds at houses and attacking a hospital.

Gunman: Killing Americans was revenge for US mission in Afghanistan

Gunman: Killing Americans was revenge for US mission in Afghanistan 05 Mar 2011 It's now being reported that the gun used by the suspect in the killing of two US-airmen at Frankfurt airport this week, jammed preventing an even greater loss of life. A German investigator said on Friday that 21-year-old Arid Uka, from Kosovo, had told authorities, that he had gone to the airport on Wednesday specifically to kill Americans. The gunman claimed his actions were revenge for the US 'mission' in Afghanistan.

Libya: 'SAS Unit And Diplomat Held Hostage'

Libya: 'SAS Unit And Diplomat Held Hostage' 06 Mar 2011 Up to eight members of an SAS unit and a British diplomat have been detained in Libya, it has been reported. According to the Sunday Times, the elite soldiers are believed to have been escorting the junior diplomat through a rebel-held area in the east of Libya when they were taken hostage. It is understood that all have now been transported to the rebel-stronghold of Benghazi. The SAS's intervention has allegedly angered Libyan opposition figures who ordered the armed and plain-clothes soldiers to be locked up on a military base.

Equipment failure cited in Warren nuclear missile incident

Equipment failure cited in Warren nuclear missile incident 05 Mar 2011 Equipment failure -- not human error -- caused the nearly hourlong communications outage that affected 50 nuclear missiles last fall at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., service officials said. A circuit card in a weapons-system processor knocked out of place by heat and vibration generated by regular operations caused the Oct. 23 disruption, according to an operations review board investigating the incident.

8 British troops captured in Libya

8 British troops captured in Libya 06 Mar 2011 Eight British soldiers have been captured in eastern Libya as they escorted a senior diplomat through territory under the control of revolutionary forces. According to a report published by The Sunday Times, the unexpected presence of a British special forces unit along with the diplomat "angered Libyan opposition figures, who ordered the soldiers to be locked up on a military base." The Britons have reportedly been taken to Benghazi in eastern Libya.

Agent: I was ordered to let U.S. guns into Mexico

Agent: I was ordered to let U.S. guns into Mexico --ATF agent says 'Fast and Furious' program let guns 'walk' into hands of Mexican drug cartels with aim of tracking and breaking a big case 03 Mar 2011 Federal agent John Dodson says what he was asked to do was beyond belief. He was intentionally letting guns go to Mexico? "Yes ma'am," Dodson told CBS News. "The agency was." An Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms senior agent assigned to the Phoenix office in 2010, Dodson's job is to stop gun trafficking across the border. Instead, he says he was ordered to sit by and watch it happen. [Right, just like on 9/11, when NORAD was ordered to stand down by a similar group of sociopaths.]

Sacramento Police to Tap Into Business Security Cameras to 'Deter Crime'

Sacramento Police to Tap Into Business Security Cameras to 'Deter Crime' 04 Mar 2011 The Sacramento Police Department will soon have more eyes on the streets. They’re going to be partnering with public and private entities to tap directly into existing surveillance cameras across the city. Officers say this will allow them to get to surveillance video more quickly.

Protesters rally in Wisconsin after governor threatens layoffs

Protesters rally in Wisconsin after governor threatens layoffs 05 Mar 2011 Thousands of union supporters protested Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposals on Saturday at the state capital, a day after the state's chief executive followed through on his threat to issue layoff warning notices to unions representing state workers. Joining the crowd was liberal filmmaker Michael Moore, who praised the protesters gathered in the battle over union bargaining rights as joining the history of the American labor movement.

Congressman compares Bradley Manning detention to Abu Ghraib

Congressman compares Bradley Manning detention to Abu Ghraib --Rep. cited Army Field Manual 04 Mar 2011 Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) charged today that the military's treatment of Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of leaking confidential materials to Wikileaks, is comparable to the abuse carried out at [US-run] Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Manning was forced Wednesday night to sleep naked in his cell at the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va., the Marines confirmed Friday. "Is this Quantico or Abu Ghraib?" Kucinich said in a statement today. "Officials have confirmed the 'non-punitive' stripping of an American soldier who has not been found guilty of any crime. This 'non-punitive' action would be considered a violation of the Army Field Manual if used in an interrogation overseas."

Iraqi government uses water cannons on protesters, beats journalists

Iraqi government uses water cannons on protesters, beats journalists --Iraqis defy checkpoints, vehicle bans to protest 04 Mar 2011 Thousands rallied across Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq on Friday in anti-government demonstrations that defied security checkpoints and a vehicle ban that forced many to walk for hours to the heart of the capital. It was the second Friday in a row of Iraqi demonstrations -- a show of force that has unnerved Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government the US-Exxon Mobil puppet regime, which is worried that the turmoil in the rest of the region is spreading here. Most of the protests were peaceful, but police used water cannons against demonstrators in the southern port city of Basra and beat some journalists who were covering the demonstrations.

Libya: British Army ready for mission at 24 hours' notice

Libya: British Army ready for mission at 24 hours' notice 05 Mar 2011 British troops have been put on stand-by for deployment to Libya if the crisis in the country worsens. Sources confirmed that The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland, had been placed on heightened readiness, prepared to deploy to North Africa at 24 hours' notice. The 600-strong infantry unit returned from Afghanistan in late 2009 and is based at Fort George near Inverness."They’re ready, just in case," said a source. The Ministry of Defence insisted that the battalion was prepared for humanitarian relief operations, not combat. [Yeah, right!]

Federal grand jury in Tucson shootings indicts Loughner on 46 new charges

Federal grand jury in Tucson shootings indicts Loughner on 46 new charges 05 Mar 2011 Accused Tucson gunman Jared Lee Loughner was charged Friday with 49 federal counts of murder and attempted murder in connection with a January rampage, an attempt by prosecutors to treat victims equally and to protect the public's right to assemble [?!?] for meetings with federal officials. Loughner had already been arraigned on three counts of attempted murder against Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) and two aides as they gathered at a Tucson supermarket to meet with constituents.

Homeland Security looked into covert body scans

Homeland Security looked into covert body scans 04 Mar 2011 The Homeland Security Department paid contractors millions of dollars to develop and study surveillance systems that could covertly track pedestrians and check under people's clothing with airport-style body scanners as they enter train stations, bus depots or major events, newly released documents show. Two contracts the department signed in 2005 and 2006 were part of its effort to acquire technology to find suicide bombers in a crowd of moving people, according to documents given to the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a privacy-rights group that is suing Homeland Security.

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