Navy tests off West Coast to endanger whales, environmentalists fear

Navy tests off West Coast to endanger whales, environmentalists fear 27 Dec 2010 Environmentalists worry that plans to expand Navy testing off the Washington, Oregon and California coasts will pose a danger for whales. A proposal for increased sailor training and weapons testing, as well as underwater minefield training for submarines in the Navy's Northwest Training Range, has been approved by the Obama administration. [Thanks, Obusha! First, he burns the polar bears! Now the whales. *Primary* Obusha in 2012.]

Terror in Rome: Bomb found at Greek embassy as multiple embassies have package scares

Terror in Rome: Bomb found at Greek embassy as multiple embassies have package scares 27 Dec 2010 A package bomb has been found at the Greek Embassy in Rome, three days after mail bombs exploded at two other embassies injuring two people. Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman Gregoris Delavekouras said from Athens that no one was harmed in the latest incident, in part because heightened security measures had already been put in place. 'The embassy was evacuated and the staff assembled some distance away from the building, so that everyone could be accounted for,' he told media.

Christmas 'terror plot' targeted London landmarks

Christmas 'terror plot' targeted London landmarks 27 Dec 2010 Aged between 19 and 28, the men from Cardiff, London and Stoke-on-Trent, appeared in court today after being held by police following a series of anti-terror raids last week. All nine have been remanded in custody accused of plotting a pre-Christmas bombing campaign in the UK and with preparing for acts of terrorism. The charges amount to allegations of a plan to attack the London Stock Exchange, the American Embassy, a number of prominent religious and political leaders and possible restaurants, pubs and nightclubs.

Gap between rich and middle class larger than ever

Gap between rich and middle class larger than ever 23 Dec 2010 The gap between the rich and the middle class is larger than it has ever been due to the bursting of the housing bubble. The richest 1% of U.S. households had a net worth 225 times greater than that of the average American household in 2009, according to analysis conducted by the Economic Policy Institute, a liberal think tank. That's up from the previous record of 190 times greater, which was set in 2004.

Executive order for indefinite detention reviews being drafted

Executive order for indefinite detention reviews being drafted 22 Dec 2010 President Barack Obama said Wednesday his administration is trying to figure out what to do with detainees at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who can't be prosecuted but are 'too dangerous' to be released. Earlier in the day the White House acknowledged that administration officials are drafting an executive order to set up a review process for detainees prisoners held indefinitely at Guantanamo. Such an order would be further acknowledgment by Obama that his campaign pledge to close Guantanamo Bay will remain unfulfilled for the foreseeable future.

Unauthorized US strike kills 4 Pakistanis

Unauthorized US strike kills 4 Pakistanis 27 Dec 2010 At least four people have lost their lives in a non-UN-sanctioned US drone strike in Pakistan's northwest tribal belt of North Waziristan, a report says. The incident took place after a CIA-operated drone fired four missiles into the area on Monday morning, Pakistan's local Urdu TV channel Geo reported.

US-led soldier killed in Afghanistan

US-led soldier killed in Afghanistan 27 Dec 2010 A US-led soldier has lost his life in a roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan, bringing to 704 the number of foreign troops killed in the war-torn country so far this year. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said its service member was killed on Monday.

Obama Returns to End-of-Life Plan That Caused Stir

Obama's death panels quietly return: Obama Returns to End-of-Life Plan That Caused Stir 26 Dec 2010 When a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning touched off a political storm over "death panels," Democrats dropped it from legislation to overhaul the health care system. But the Obama administration will achieve the same goal by regulation, starting Jan. 1. Under the new policy, outlined in a Medicare regulation, the government will pay doctors who advise patients on options for end-of-life care, which may include advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment. [Obusha and his Cat Food Commission want to save money on Medicare and Social Security, so the rich/corpora-terrorists can get their trillion-dollar tax cut.]

'US not to close Guantanamo in near future'

'US not to close Guantanamo in near future' 26 Dec 2010 The White House says the US administration will not be able to close Guantanamo Bay detention center in the near future despite President Barack Obama's promise. "It's certainly not going to close in the next month. I think it's going to be a while before that prison closes," CNN quoted White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs as saying on Sunday. Gibbs also suggested that the recent influx of Republicans in Congress could make fulfilling closing the prison more difficult.

Gibbs: Indefinite Guantanamo detentions 'regrettable'

Gibbs: Indefinite Guantanamo detentions 'regrettable' 26 Dec 2010 White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says it's unfortunate that some terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay need to be held indefinitely without trial. "...Some would be tried in military commissions, likely spending the rest of their lives in a maximum-security prison that nobody, including terrorists, have ever escaped from. Some, regrettably, will have to be indefinitely detained," Gibbs said in an interview aired Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," describing Obama's beleaguered plan for closing Guantanamo.

Huge Blizzard Snarls Travel and Transit in the Northeast

Huge Blizzard Snarls Travel and Transit in the Northeast 27 Dec 2010 A monster two-day blizzard barreled up the coast and invaded the New York region and the Northeast on Sunday with barrages of wind-driven snow that closed airports, disrupted rail and highway travel and transformed a dozen states into enchanted and borderless white dreamscapes. Forecasters in advance were saying it was likely to be one of the biggest blows of the season, with wind gusts up to 55 miles an hour and snow two feet deep in spots. The National Weather Service predicted snowfalls of 16 to 20 inches in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut by Monday afternoon, when the storm was to taper off.

Former CIA director calls homegrown terror threat 'a witch's brew'

Former CIA director calls homegrown terror threat 'a witch's brew' [LOL! Then put Christine O'Donnell on the case!] 26 Dec 2010 A former director of the CIA described the greater likelihood that terror attacks on U.S. soil would come from an American resident as "a witch's brew." Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," Michael Hayden, who served under President [sic] George W. Bush and stepped down in February 2009, said that the "new flavor of threat" was different from "the traditional high-threshold mass casualty attack" that would originate in the al-Qaeda stronghold in the tribal regions of Pakistan.

Airport body scanners, pat-downs to stay, Napolitano says

Airport body scanners, pat-downs to stay, Napolitano says 26 Dec 2010 The nation's controversial airport pat-downs and full-body scanners are here to stay, at least for now. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano defended the systems on CNN this morning, crediting them with preventing unknown numbers of potentially dangerous devices from making their way on to airplanes.

US home-grown terrorists 'a global threat', warns congresswoman

US home-grown terrorists 'a global threat', warns congresswoman 26 Dec 2010 America's home-grown terrorists are now a 'global threat' and the US should look to Europe to learn how to deal with the problem, a prominent US congresswoman has warned Barack Obama. In a letter to the president, Sue Myrick (R-Insane-NC), a member of the House of Representatives select committee on intelligence, says that America is for the first time exporting Islamist terrorism. She accuses the US of complacency in dealing with the issue and says the country in "far behind" Europe in having measures in place to deal with the growing problem of the radicalisation of young men and their willingness to carry out terror attacks.

Court Considers Environmental Group's Bid to Change Status of Polar Bears From "Threatened" to "Endangered"

Court Considers Environmental Group's Bid to Change Status of Polar Bears From "Threatened" to "Endangered" 25 Dec 2010 A U.S. judge in Washington, D.C., is mulling whether to order a government agency to declare polar bears an endangered species. In a case that began in federal court in San Francisco, three environmental groups say the U.S. Interior Department should change the bears' status from "threatened" to "endangered" because of the dire situation created by melting Arctic sea ice. The planet's 20,000 to 25,000 polar bears hunt seals, their main food, from sea ice.

Kabul slams US over security violations

Kabul slams US over security violations 26 Dec 2010 The Kabul government says the US-led military alliance is violating security agreements by killing Afghan security guards and civilians. The Afghan Interior Ministry said NATO was violating a security agreement it had signed with the Kabul government based on which all NATO operations in Kabul must be cleared with the government. The development comes days after US-led forces raided a private security company's compound in Kabul killing two Afghan guards.

Hackbloc Announces the Release of HackThisZine #11

Hackbloc Announces the Release of HackThisZine #11 --Exploit Code Not People 19 Dec 2010 Hackbloc is proud to announce the newest release of our zine, HackThisZine. You can grab copies pre-formatted for online reading and printing at https://hackbloc.org/zine. This issue provides extensive coverage of WikiLeaks, Cablegate, Operation Payback, and much much more. HackThisZine is an online and in-print periodical about hacking, hacktivism, social struggle, computer security, and anarchism. It's got a little content for everybody and a lot of content for that special someone.

Dutch police arrest 12 Somali terror suspects

Dutch police arrest 12 Somali terror suspects 25 Dec 2010 Police have arrested 12 Somali men suspected of planning a terrorist attack in the Netherlands, Dutch public prosecutors said Saturday. The arrests took place Friday evening in the port city of Rotterdam after the Dutch secret service, the AIVD, received concrete evidence of the men's plans, the public prosecutor said.

Assange says signed 1.1 million pounds in book deals

Assange says signed 1.1 million pounds in book deals 25 Dec 2010 WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange said in an interview published Sunday he had signed deals for his autobiography worth more than one million pounds (1.2 million euros, 1.5 million dollars). Assange told Britain's Sunday Times newspaper that the money would help him defend himself against allegations of sexual assault made by two women in Sweden.

Polar bear smashes £130,000 of camera equipment during wildlife documentary

No I DON'T want my picture taken: Polar bear smashes £130,000 of camera equipment during wildlife documentary 24 Dec 2010 Award-winning director John Downer had disguised one of his remote-controlled spy cameras as a large snowball to capture the journey of a polar bear mother and her cub crossing the sea ice in Svalbard, Norway, in search of seals. But - in a documentary Dowler says captures the bears' 'astonishing intelligence' - this adult male wasn't having the wool pulled over his eyes. Instead, he marched straight up to the 'snowball' camera and, after briefly exploring it with a massive paw, gave the director and his producer a close-up while he smashed it to pieces.

DEA reach goes global, beyond drugs: report

DEA reach goes global, beyond drugs: report 25 Dec 2010 The US Drug Enforcement Administration has grown into a global intelligence organization whose reach extends far beyond international drug trafficking, The New York Times reported. Citing documents from the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, the newspaper said the DEA's operations had become so expansive the agency has had to fend off foreign politicians who want to use it against their political enemies.

WikiLeaks: U.S. Drug Agency Eavesdropping Extends 'Far Beyond' Narcotics

WikiLeaks: U.S. Drug Agency Eavesdropping Extends 'Far Beyond' Narcotics 26 Dec 2010 The Drug Enforcement Administration has been transformed into a global intelligence organization with a reach that extends far beyond narcotics, and an eavesdropping operation so expansive it has to fend off foreign politicians who want to use it against their political enemies, according to secret diplomatic cables... In Venezuela, the local intelligence service turned the tables on the D.E.A., infiltrating its operations, sabotaging equipment and hiring a computer hacker to intercept American Embassy e-mails, the cables report. [Awesome!]

One killed, nine injured across Iraq

One killed, nine injured across Iraq 25 Dec 2010 Reports from Iraq say nine people have been injured in the latest attacks across the country while one civilian has lost his life in an accidental shooting. A soldier and two civilians were injured on Saturday when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in the capital of the northern province of Nineveh, the Aswat al-Iraq news agency reported. The IED blast targeted an Iraqi army patrol on the main street in the al-Sokkar neighborhood in northern Mosul, according to a security source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Egypt building watchtowers near Gaza

Egypt building watchtowers near Gaza 26 Dec 2010 Egypt is building surveillance towers along the border with the Gaza Strip as part of its measures to step up restrictions on the besieged coastal enclave. Egyptian security officials said on Saturday that the first of the steel and concrete towers, measuring almost 100 feet (30.5 meters) in height, near the Rafah Crossing, is almost completed, the Israeli daily Ha'aretz reported. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the structures were being built to improve the monitoring of movements along the border.

The Thermos flask terror threat: U.S. warns airlines to prepare for new tactic

The Thermos flask terror threat: U.S. warns airlines to prepare for new tactic during Christmas 24 Dec 2010 American anti-terror chiefs have warned airlines to prepare for possible attacks involving Thermos flasks during the Christmas holiday. They warned passengers to be extra vigilant if travelling during the festive period - although no specific details of the new tactics were revealed. President Barack Obama, who is in Hawaii with his family, has also ordered U.S. security services to be on heightened alert.

U.S. security chiefs prepare against holiday terror threats

U.S. security chiefs prepare against holiday terror threats 25 Dec 2010 The White House on Friday convened an inter-agency coordination call with the government's security chiefs, making preparations against possible holiday terror threats. The call was hosted by Assistant to the President for Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security John Brennan. Participants included Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Blast kills 42, injures 72 in Pakistan

Blast kills 42, injures 72 in Pakistan 25 Dec 2010 At least 42 people have been killed and 72 injured after a powerful blast went off in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of Bajaur Agency bordering Afghanistan. The explosion took place about 8:40 a.m. when a bomber detonated explosives in a large crowd of people gathering at a checkpoint near a check post outside the office of the World Food Program near Civil Colony in Khar, the main city in Bajaur Agency, a Press TV correspondent reported on Saturday.

Thousands hold anti-US rally in Karachi

Thousands hold anti-US rally in Karachi --Barack Obama burned in effigy 25 Dec 2010 Protesters in Karachi have taken to the streets to hold anti-US demonstrations and show solidarity with female Pakistani scientist Afia Siddiqui, who has been handed an 86-year jail term by a US court. The rally was held on Christmas Eve to show solidarity with Siddiqui and her family. Thousands of people including several members of Christian community chanted anti-US slogans and burned an effigy of US President Barack Obama.

Woman arrested at ABIA after refusing enhanced pat down

Woman arrested at ABIA after refusing enhanced pat down 24 Dec 2010 Early Wednesday morning, a computer glitch shut down a security checkpoint for a couple of hours at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport...   One of the first people in line after that shutdown never made it through. She was arrested and banned from the airport. An ABIA spokesman says it is TSA policy that anyone activating a security alarm has two options.  One is to opt out and not fly, and the other option is to subject themselves to an enhanced pat down.  Claire Hirschkind refused both and was arrested.

At least 40 killed in suicide bombing in Pakistan - hospital

At least 40 killed in suicide bombing in Pakistan - hospital 25 Dec 2010 A suicide bomber attacked a gathering of people receiving aid in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least 40 dead, a hospital official said. "I myself have counted 40 bodies but the death could rise as several wounded people are in critical condition," Dosti Rehman, an official at the main government hospital in the Bajaur region on the Afghan border told Reuters.

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