'Iran, advocate of nuke-free Mideast'

'Iran, advocate of nuke-free Mideast' 19 Nov 2010 Iran has played a key role in pushing for bids to establish a nuclear arms free zone in the Middle East, Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Ahani says. "The Islamic Republic was the architect of the initiative for a Middle East without nuclear weapons and seeks global disarmament," Ahani, who is in Hungary on an official visit, said on Friday. "From the Islamic Republic's point of view, nuclear weapons are not an empowering tool but the use or the threat of their use is rather deemed as a sign of selfishness and weakness," IRNA quoted the Iranian diplomat as saying.

House GOP blocks extension of jobless benefits

House GOP blocks extension of jobless benefits 18 Nov 2010 House Republicans [dirt-bags] voted Thursday to deny an extension of unemployment benefits for jobless Americans and tried to cut off public funding for National Public Radio, moves that reinforced the GOP's direction following its midterm election gains. The two House votes, within hours of each other as lawmakers prepared to recess for a Thanksgiving break, provided an example of the agenda to come when the GOP takes control of the chamber in January.

Anti-terrorism police launch hunt for bombers after explosions at Loch Lomond

Anti-terrorism police launch hunt for bombers after explosions at Loch Lomond 19 Nov 2010 Anti-terror cops were last night hunting bombers who blew up part of a forest on the banks of Loch Lomond. Experts fear the blast was a practice run for an attack on a populated area. Elite Scotland Yard anti-terrorist detectives were flown up to help the hunt after local police discovered the site of the explosion. The area was sea led off last night as forensics experts worked at the scene.

IDF officer suspected of blocking probe into Gaza civilian death

IDF officer suspected of blocking probe into Gaza civilian death --IDF soldier has already been charged in incident 18 Nov 2010 An Israel Defense Forces officer is being probed for obstructing an investigation into the death of a Palestinian civilian during Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip while he was serving as batallion commander. The officer is suspected of failing to submit the results of an inquiry regarding the woman, who was killed when she and a group of civilians approached a station of the Givati Brigade in January 2009, during Israel's three-week offensive on the Gaza Strip.

President Jalal Talabani of Iraq refuses to sign Aziz death warrant

President Jalal Talabani of Iraq refuses to sign Aziz death warrant 18 Nov 2010 Jalal Talabani, Iraq’s newly re-elected President, has refused to sign a death warrant for Tareq Aziz, the 70 year-old deputy to former leader Saddam Hussein. Talabani's decision is believed to have stemmed from requests for a stay of execution on humanitarian grounds from other countries.

'Bomb' found on Germany-bound plane in Namibia, police say

'Bomb' found on Germany-bound plane in Namibia, police say 18 Nov 2010 A suspected bomb was discovered in a suitcase checked on a German-bound plane in Namibia, Germany's Federal Crime Office said on Thursday. Namibian police intercepted a suspicious object with a detonator and a running clock in the luggage on an Air Berlin plane from Windhoek to Munich. Authorities in Namibia were investigating whether the device found during the loading of the Airbus jet on Wednesday could have exploded. "A subsequent X-ray (of the luggage) revealed batteries that were attached with wires to a detonator and a ticking clock," the German authorities said in a statement.

Obama pushes for Senate vote on new arms treaty with Russia

Obama pushes for Senate vote on new arms treaty with Russia 18 Nov 2010 President Obama pushed Thursday for ratification of a nuclear-arms treaty with Moscow by year's end despite Republican opposition, calling the pact a "national security imperative" and warning that delaying it would weaken the United States. He said he was "confident" that the treaty could attract enough votes in the Senate, where GOP reservations have set up a political clash over a pact that the administration sees as crucial for U.S. foreign policy.

Late Hudson Bay ice imperils polar bears

Late Hudson Bay ice imperils polar bears 18 Nov 2010 Hundreds of polar bears in northeastern Manitoba may face an increased risk of starvation due to delayed ice formation along the western coast of Hudson Bay, conservationists say. Higher-than-normal temperatures have prevented ice from forming in the region, putting it three to four weeks behind schedule, according to the Canadian Ice Service, a division of Environment Canada. As a result, minimum ice cover there is the lowest since 1971, CIS forecaster Luc Desjardins said.

U.S. Warns of 'Huge' Cyber Threats

Obusha Internet 'kill' switch/false flag surely on the way: U.S. Warns of 'Huge' Cyber Threats 18 Nov 2010 Officials from the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Homeland Security (DHS) this week warned that the prospect of a cyber attack remains imminent even as their agencies continue to monitor threats to U.S. critical infrastructure. Speaking at The Wall Street Journal's CEO Council, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates said the future threat of a cyber attack is "huge," while there is a "considerable current threat." He said the DoD thinks it has adequately secured the .mil domain but is working to protect U.S. partners in the defense industrial industry so they are shielded.

Was it a training exercise? Loch Lomond forest blast is linked to 'Al Qaeda'

Was it a training exercise? Loch Lomond forest blast is linked to 'Al Qaeda' 19 Nov 2010 An explosion on the shores of Loch Lomond is being investigated as a possible Al Qaeda al-CIAduh bomb test. The blast, which was reported by walkers and workmen, damaged a large area of woodland on the south-west edge of the lake. Police are believed to have found several suspicious devices at the site, which is being examined by bomb disposal officers and divers.

Lawmakers Move to Eject Nude Scanners From New York Airports

Lawmakers Move to Eject Nude Scanners From New York Airports By Kevin Poulsen 18 Nov 2010 A New York City lawmaker on Thursday introduced legislation to prohibit the TSA from using its advanced body scanners at New York airports, including JFK, the busiest international airport in the country. Democratic councilman David Greenfield says six fellow council members have signed onto the proposal, which comes amid growing unease over the so-called Advanced Imaging Technology scanners, which allow airport screeners to see beneath a traveler's clothes.

Anti-terror police probe explosion near Loch Lomond

Anti-terror police probe explosion near Loch Lomond 18 Nov 2010 Anti-terrorism police and bomb disposal units have been called to a wooded area in West Dunbartonshire which is thought to have been damaged in an explosion. Strathclyde Police were called to reports of an explosion in Garadhban Forest, near Gartocharn, at about 1200 GMT on Wednesday. The area, to the south east of Loch Lomond, has been sealed off.

Two Olympia activists charged with perjury after march against police brutality

Two Olympia activists charged with perjury after march against police brutality By Alex 10 Nov 2010 Two Olympia activists, Matt (Matthew Duran) and Maggi (Margaret Belknap), have been charged with perjury in connection with their participation in an anti-police brutality demonstration in Olympia, Washington, on 8 April 2010. The demonstration occurred in reaction to recent police murders in Olympia, Portland, Tacoma, and the Bay Area - and the unaccountability that surrounds them...  One activist who took the stand in her defense and one who was a witness to her arrest have been charged with perjury simply for telling their side of the story.

President Obama to award George H.W. Bush the Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Obama to award George H.W. Bush the Presidential Medal of Freedom 17 Nov 2010 President Obama dropped a bipartisan bombshell today, announcing he will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom next year to ex-President George H.W. Bush. The magnanimous gesture of bestowing the nation’s highest civilian honor to the 41st U.S. President came a day after ex-President [sic] George W. Bush gave a respectful nod to Obama at the groundbreaking of his library in Dallas. [Mega barf alert *and* gag me with a chainsaw! Primary Obusha in 2012!]

US-led soldier killed in northern Afghanistan

US-led soldier killed in northern Afghanistan 18 Nov 2010 A US-led soldier has been shot dead while on patrol in northern Afghanistan, according to the British Ministry of Defense. The British soldier from 1st Battalion Irish Guards died after being ambushed in the Nahr-e Saraj area in Afghanistan's northern Helmand Province, AFP reported.

Blast kills one in N Afghanistan

Blast kills one in N Afghanistan 18 Nov 2010 A bomb blast has killed one person and injured another one in Afghanistan's northern province of Kunduz, an official says. The blast occurred in a market place on Wednesday, Xinhua quoted provincial deputy police chief, Abdul Rahman Haqtash, as saying.

US drone crashes in southern Afghanistan

US drone crashes in southern Afghanistan [What a shame!] 18 Nov 2010 An unmanned aerial vehicles operated by the US-led NATO forces has crashed in volatile southern Afghanistan without causing any casualties. The aircraft went down late on Wednesday in the Kharwar district of Logar Province, The Nation daily quoted the provincial administration spokesperson Din Mohammad Darwish as saying on Thursday.

Major spy scandal as five Scandinavian governments catch the U.S. watching their citizens

Major spy scandal as five Scandinavian governments catch the U.S. watching their citizens 15 Nov 2010 America has been accused of illegally spying on hundreds of people in Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Iceland. Officials in the five countries expressed their unhappiness at surveillance tactics that were conducted without the knowledge of the individual nations' governments. America claims officials informed the Norwegian government about the operation which was aimed at terror suspects.

German government warns of possible November terrorist attack

German government warns of possible November terrorist attack 17 Nov 2010 Berlin Germany increased security at airports and train stations Wednesday, after the government received indications a terrorist attack may be planned for the end of November. There were "concrete investigative leads," that militant Islamist groups were planning attacks on Germany, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told a news conference, but gave no details. Intelligence agents feared attacks on Christmas markets or similar popular events, media reported.

Airport fear after terror alert tip-off

Airport fear after terror alert tip-off --Extra security will remain in place until further notice 18 Nov 2010 Security at airports and railways in Germany has been increased after a tip-off that they may be targeted by terrorists later this month. Interior minister Thomas de Maiziere said secret data showed "sustained efforts" by 'Islamic extremists.'

'BuildingWhat?' Appears on 'Geraldo At Large' on FOX News

'BuildingWhat?' Appears on 'Geraldo At Large' on FOX News By BuildingWhat.org 16 Nov 2010 On November 13, Bob McIlvaine and Tony Szamboti appeared on Geraldo Rivera's show "Geraldo At Large" on Fox News to talk about the "BuildingWhat?"  TV ad campaign and World Trade Center Building 7 for a short segment. Bob McIlvaine lost his son Bobby McIlvaine on September 11, 2001. He is an active member of NYC CAN , a group which cosponsors the "BuildingWhat?" TV ad campaign. Tony Szamboti is a mechanical engineer and member of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, a group of more than 1,350 professionals [including LRP] calling for a new independent investigation into the destruction of Building 7 and the twin towers.

No MI5 prosecution over Binyam Mohamed 'torture'

No MI5 prosecution over Binyam Mohamed 'torture' 17 Nov 2010 An MI5 officer will not be prosecuted over claims he was complicit in the torture of former Guantánamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed. Scotland Yard launched an inquiry after Mr Mohamed said an employee of the Security Service was aware of his ill-treatment while he was being held in Pakistan in 2002. But director of public prosecutions Keir Starmer said there was "insufficient evidence" to prosecute the man, known as witness B, for any offence.

Nancy Pelosi elected Democrats' minority leader

Nancy Pelosi elected Democrats' minority leader 18 Nov 2010 House Democrats on Wednesday elected Speaker Nancy Pelosi to lead them in the minority. Backed by the powerful California delegation, especially the veteran Democrats who surround her San Francisco district, Pelosi quashed a challenge by conservative North Carolina Democrat and former NFL quarterback Heath Shuler. The vote was 150-43 for Pelosi, who will assume her new role in January.

Republican claims victory in close-fought Alaska poll

Republican claims victory in close-fought Alaska poll 18 Nov 2010 Republican senator Lisa Murkowski claimed victory in a bitterly-fought election in Alaska that went down to the wire as a Tea Party rival took legal action to try to swing it his way. Murkowski flew in from Washington to claim re-election in the three-way race that pitted her against Democratic opponent Scott McAdams, and Tea Party challenger -- and Republican primary winner -- Joe Miller.

Hong Kong officials meet after bird flu confirmed

Hong Kong officials meet after bird flu confirmed 17 Nov 2010 Hong Kong has confirmed its first case of human bird flu in seven years. Health Secretary York Chow said late Wednesday that a 59-year-old woman had tested positive for H5N1 bird flu after returning to Hong Kong from the Chinese mainland, and is in serious condition in a local hospital. With the announcement, the government raised the bird flu alert to "serious," meaning there is a risk of contracting the disease within the territory.

Embassy Bombing Verdict May Discourage More Civilian Trials

Because they're innocent, let's just stop trying 'em: Embassy Bombing Verdict May Discourage More Civilian Trials 18 Nov 2010 The Obama administration may want to seek other ways to prosecute Guantanamo Bay inmates following a New York jury conviction of an alleged 'al-Qaeda' bomber [Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani] on only one of 285 counts in the 1998 attacks on U.S. embassies in Africa... The Ghailani case was a test of whether such a defendant could be prosecuted in a civilian court and, while resulting in a guilty verdict, may give pause to any Justice Department effort to seek more trials, legal experts said. Rebecca Lonergan, an ex-federal prosecutor who teaches national security law at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, said the federal government should create a special "national security court" to handle such cases. ['National security courts.' Gee, that could be a lot more ominous than the TSA pat-downs. But if Republicans embrace the idea, we won't be hearing any negative chatter about it in the media. --LRP]

MI5 officer will not face prosecution over claims he aided torture of Guantanamo Bay detainee

MI5 officer will not face prosecution over claims he aided torture of Guantanamo Bay detainee 17 Nov 2010 An MI5 officer will not be prosecuted over claims he was complicit in the torture of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed. The announcement by the Crown Prosecution Service came only a day after millions of pounds of 'hush money' was earmarked for 16 terror suspects, including Mohamed. Scotland Yard launched an inquiry after Mohamed said an employee of the Security Service was aware of his ill-treatment while he was being held in Pakistan in 2002.

Hundreds of masked protesters call for George Bush to be arrested for war crimes

Hundreds of masked protesters call for George Bush to be arrested for war crimes as he opens Presidential Centre in Dallas 17 Nov 2010 Protesters called for George W. Bush to be arrested for his role in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as he opened his presidential library in Dallas. Demonstrators staked hundreds of white crosses into the ground to represent troops killed in both wars and carried banners saying 'torture is illegal' and 'arrest Bush'. It comes after controversial remarks made by Mr Bush in his memoirs Decision Points that water-boarding saved lives in Britain by preventing attacks on Heathrow and Canary Wharf.

Insurers Gave U.S. Chamber $86 Million Used to Oppose Obama's Health Law

Insurers Gave U.S. Chamber $86 Million Used to Oppose Obama's Health Law 17 Nov 2010 Health insurers last year gave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce $86.2 million that was used to oppose the health-care overhaul law, according to tax records and people familiar with the donation. The insurance lobby, whose members include Minnetonka, Minnesota-based UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Cigna Corp. of Philadelphia, gave the money to the Chamber in 2009 as Democrats increased criticism of the industry, according to a person who requested anonymity because laws don't require identifying funding sources. The Chamber got the money from the America's Health Insurance Plans as the industry urged Congress to drop a plan to create a competing government-run insurance plan.

Guantanamo Detainee Acquitted of Most Terror Charges

Guantanamo Detainee Acquitted of Most Terror Charges --Ghailani could still spend life in prison, despite acquittal 17 Nov 2010 The first Guantanamo detainee prisoner to face a civilian trial was acquitted Wednesday of most charges he helped unleash death and destruction on two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998 - an opening salvo in 'al Qaeda's' campaign to kill US citizens. A federal jury convicted Ahmed Ghailani of one count of conspiracy and acquitted him of all other counts, including murder and murder conspiracy, in the embassy bombings. Ghailani faces a statutory minimum of 20 years in prison but could also receive a life sentence, CBS News reports.

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