US military base in Afghanistan attacked

US military base in Afghanistan attacked 13 Nov 2010 Taliban militants have attacked an airport and a foreign military base in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan, security officials say. Nangarhar provincial police commander Obidullah Talwar confirmed the attack. Fourteen bombers were involved in the assault, Reuters quoted Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid as saying on Saturday. Witnesses say they saw smoke rising from the airport -- one of NATO's main airbases -- and heard explosions caused by the attack.

Documents: KBR knew of toxic exposure at Iraq plant

Documents: KBR knew of toxic exposure at Iraq plant 12 Nov 2010 Months after arriving on the job in 2003, a U.S. defense contractor [terrorist group] trying to restore Iraq's oil fields had blood and urine tests showing personnel with "significant exposure" to a toxic, cancer-causing industrial chemical, according to federal court documents. The documents, first disclosed Thursday by The Oregonian newspaper, are part of a lawsuit National Guard troops filed in federal court in Portland against the contractor -- Kellogg, Brown and Root of Houston.

Palin email hacker gets 366 days in custody

Palin email hacker gets 366 days in custody --Prison or halfway house 12 Nov 2010 The former Tennessee college student convicted of hacking into Sarah Palin's Yahoo Mail account was sentenced on Friday to 366 days in either federal prison or a halfway house. David Kernell faced a maximum of 20 years in custody, and federal prosecutors had been seeking 18 months imprisonment. Defense attorneys had asked for probation with no time served in prison. He was also sentenced to three years of probation.

Baby Sea Lion Born In Australia's Adelaide Zoo

Baby Sea Lion Born In Australia's Adelaide Zoo By Joanna Zelman 12 Nov 2010 Adelaide Zoo received a real Halloween treat this year! According to the non-profit group Zoos South Australia, a baby sea lion was born on Halloween in the Australian zoo. Unfortunately, the newborn's mother did not accept the pup, acting aggressively towards the baby sea lion. Zookeepers permanently separated the two when the mother attacked the baby's flipper. The keepers are now caring for the young sea lion in the animal health center. (Video)

Obama is president of extra-judicial killing, says ex-Guantanamo inmate

Obama is president of extra-judicial killing, says ex-Guantánamo inmate --Guantánamo: 'It is like a town now and every thing around it has continued to expand. It seems that this is a permanent facility and they intend to keep it as such.' 13 Nov 2010 US President Barack Obama’s attempts to reach out to Muslims have been an “utter failure” given his broken promises on several issues including closing Guantánamo Bay detention facility, former inmate Moazzam Begg has said. Begg, a British national who spent two years in Guantánamo before being released in 2005, fears the detention centre may become permanent. Begg, whose organisation, Cageprisoners, recently expanded its work to include the highlighting of extra-judicial killings, particularly the use of drone strikes, argued little had changed despite Obama’s promises.

Airport body-scan radiation under scrutiny

Airport body-scan radiation under scrutiny 12 Nov 2010 Are body scanners at security checkpoints dangerous? Some scientists and two major airline pilots unions contend not enough is known about the effects of the small doses of X-ray radiation emitted by one of the two types of airport scanning machines. At the end of October, 189 backscatter units and 152 millimeter-wave machines were in use in more than 65 airports. The total number of imaging machines is expected to near 1,000 by the end of 2011, according to the TSA. While the TSA says the machines are safe, backscatter technology raises concerns among some because it uses small doses of ionizing radiation.

Four US-led troops killed in Afghan war

Four US-led troops killed in Afghan war 13 Nov 2010 Two separate attacks have killed at least four US-led soldiers in Afghanistan amid a surge in Taliban attacks against the foreign forces in the war-torn country. The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) says three soldiers were killed after a militant attack in the country's volatile south. Earlier Afghan officials reported the death of one American soldier in Kunar Province, in an exchange of fire with Taliban militants.

US high court declines to lift military ban on gays

US high court declines to lift military ban on gays 12 Nov 2010 The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday declined a request to lift the Pentagon's ban that prevents openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military, rejecting a request by a gay rights group. The high court denied the request by the Log Cabin Republicans that sought to lift an order permitting the Pentagon to continue enforcing its "Don't ask, don't tell" policy that requires gay soldiers to keep their sexual orientation private.

US drone goes down in Afghanistan

US drone goes down in Afghanistan [What a shame!] 12 Nov 2010 An unmanned US drone has crashed in Afghanistan's eastern Logar Province following a number of similar coalition aircraft accidents in the war-ravaged country. Afghan officials say the drone went down in Kharvar city Thursday night. Meanwhile, they have also announced the destruction of a NATO tank in a roadside bomb attack in the same area.

Bomber targets US-led troops in Kabul

Bomber targets US-led troops in Kabul 12 Nov 2010 A car bomb attack has targeted a foreign military convey in the Afghan capital as the Taliban step up attacks against US-led forces in the country. NATO said the explosion happened near the former Afghan royal palace in the west of Kabul. According to police, one Afghan security guard and one US-led foreign soldier were wounded in the incident.

2 NATO tankers set ablaze in Pakistan

2 NATO tankers set ablaze in Pakistan 12 Nov 2010 Unknown militants [aka Blackwater] have attacked two more NATO tankers in southwestern Balochistan province in Pakistan amid concerns of the rise of such incidents. The attack happened late Thursday in Mastung town, the capital of Mastung district of Balochistan province, a Press TV correspondent reported... The gunmen stopped the NATO containers near Lakpass area in Mastung district and set them ablaze. [See: Nato contractors 'bombing own vehicles' in Pakistan 07 Oct 2010.]

Health Insurance Profits Soar, Dem Calls For Rebates

Health Insurance Profits Soar, Dem Calls For Rebates 10 Nov 2010 Health insurance profits are skyrocketing in 2010 compared to last year's returns and the outgoing chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees the companies is calling on them to return the profits to consumers in the form of premium reductions. "Your ten firms alone have reported over $9.3 billion in profits for the first three quarters of 2010," writes Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.), chairman of the Ways and Means health subcommittee -- and, for a day, chairman of the full committee. "On average, your profits have gone up 41 percent from last year."

U.S. to use more drones to hunt for 'al Qaeda' in Yemen

U.S. to use more drones to hunt for 'al Qaeda' in Yemen 10 Nov 2010 The Obama administration is expected to deploy more Predator drones in Yemen to hunt for and possible strike against, 'al Qaeda' in the country, U.S. officials said. Air attacks against operatives of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have stopped over the past several months, because the United States lacks actionable intelligence about their whereabouts. After a series of attacks and operations by Yemeni forces earlier this year, the leaders of AQAP have gone underground.

Conrad Applauds Fiscal Commissioners' Controversial Recommendations

Conrad Applauds Fiscal Commissioners' Controversial Recommendations 11 Nov 2010 Senate Democrats' top budget guy spoke supportively this morning of the controversial proposal unveiled yesterday by the chairmen of the White House's fiscal commission. "I am going to vote for proposals that do as much as this does in terms of reducing the debt," Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) said on ABC. "There is no way of doing it that's not controversial and difficult... if some of us have to sacrifice a political career to get this country back on track, then so be it. It has to be done."

U.S. Military Bulldozes through Kandahar

U.S. Military Bulldozes through Kandahar 10 Nov 2010 The U.S. military has destroyed hundreds of Afghan civilian homes, farm houses, walls, trees and plowed through fields and buildings using explosives and bulldozers in war-torn Zhari district, a practice that has begun to anger Afghan villagers. The third phase of the Kandahar campaign, called Operation Dragon Strike, has U.S. troops from the 2nd brigade, 101st Airborne Division pushing into a dangerous swath of once-Taliban dominated territory from Highway 1 to the Arghandab River. But it has come at much material cost to the Afghans, who complain that the troops are destroying their property, leaving some homeless and blocking their irrigation canals...

Many deficit commission staffers paid by outside groups

Many deficit commission staffers paid by outside groups 10 Nov 2010 The leaders of President Obama's deficit commission death panel sparked criticism from both sides of the political aisle Wednesday for proposing broad cuts to federal programs. ...About one in four commission staffers is paid by outside entities, many of which have strong ideological points of view about how to tackle the deficit. For example, the salaries of two senior staffers, Marc Goldwein and Ed Lorenzen, are paid by private groups that have previously advocated cuts to entitlement programs.

BP, other firms point fingers during Gulf spill hearing

BP, other firms point fingers during Gulf spill hearing 09 Nov 2010 Investigators said Monday that in the hours and days before the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, workers made decision after decision that steadily increased risks -- but there is no evidence anyone at BP deliberately cut corners in order to save money. During a day-long hearing, the presidential commission investigating the disaster highlighted a series of possible problems in the hours before the explosion, including misinterpreted pressure tests, possibly unstable cement used to seal the well and missed warning signs that gas had breached the well.

Son of Marine General Killed in Afghanistan

Son of Marine General Killed in Afghanistan 11 Nov 2010 The most recent fatality in the Marine battalion that has seen the heaviest casualties in Afghanistan right now was the son of a Marine three star general. Second Lt. Robert Kelly, the son of Lt. Gen. John Kelly, was killed Tuesday in a roadside bomb blast during a foot patrol in Helmand Province.

SC ice cream shop gets thank you call from Biden

SC ice cream shop gets thank you call from Biden By David Louie 11 Nov 2010 The Penny Ice Creamery in Santa Cruz must get too busy to answer phone calls sometimes because it has one of those automated systems that requires callers to press a digit to get its address or the flavor of the week. If you press 3, you get to a store employee. Somebody from Washington, D.C. did that yesterday. It was Vice President Joe Biden. Biden called owners Kendra Baker and Zachary Davis to thank them for posting a video that credits the federal stimulus program for helping to finance their business. Baker and Davis qualified for a $250,000 loan from the program.

Scare at Obama hotel; Cop accidentally shoots self

Scare at Obama hotel; Cop accidentally shoots self 06 Nov 2010 In a major security scare, a policeman accidentally fired his service revolver and injured his leg Saturday outside the Taj hotel, where US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle are staying. Even as the US and Indian security went into a tizzy, the injured Assistant Police Inspector Suhas Chaudhari was rushed to the St. Georges Hospital near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

CIA May Face New Probe Over Destroyed Videos

CIA May Face New Probe Over Destroyed Videos 11 Nov 2010 The CIA may face new legal challenges over its destruction of videotapes showing the waterboarding of terror suspects, NBC News reports, just two days after a special prosecutor cleared the agency's former top clandestine officer and others of any criminal charges for destroying the records... A spokeswoman for the National Archives and Records Administration, however, told NBC on Wednesday that the government's official records keeper may well reopen its own investigation into whether the CIA's destruction of the tapes was a violation of the Federal Records Act.

Clinton joins in rebukes for Israel

Clinton joins in rebukes for Israel 10 Nov 2010 Hillary Clinton has joined other international leaders in condemning Israel for its building policies in Jerusalem. The US Secretary of State denounced Israel over its announcement it will build 1300 new illegal homes in the West Bank and another 800 housing units in the Ariel settlement in the north West Bank. In Washington, Ms Clinton told reporters: "This announcement was counterproductive to our efforts to resume negotiations between the parties."

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.


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