Mumbai on alert over militant attack threat: report

Mumbai on alert over militant attack threat: report 21 Dec 2010 Security was stepped up in India’s financial capital Mumbai on Tuesday, after intelligence warnings of a possible militant attack targeting foreigners, the Press Trust of India (PTI) said. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was scheduled to fly to Mumbai on Wednesday on the second leg of a two-day India visit. "Extensive security measures have been put in place and an alert has been sounded in the city in the wake of inputs of a terror threat ahead of Christmas and the New Year," PTI quoted Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjeev Dayal as saying.

UK terror plot involved shops and government buildings

UK terror plot involved shops and government buildings 21 Dec 2010 Twelve terror suspects arrested across England were supposedly planning co-ordinated attacks on Christmas shoppers and government buildings in central London. The Guardian website has said shops, banks and "iconic targets" in London were on a list of sites for bombing. Police and MI5 officers yesterday raided four homes in Cardiff, Stoke-on-Trent and east London and arrested men reportedly linked to a banned extremist group.

Anti-terror raids lead to 12 arrests over multiple bomb attack fears

Anti-terror raids lead to 12 arrests over multiple bomb attack fears --Sources: Suspected targets included sites in Whitehall, including around Houses of Parliament 20 Dec 2010 Counter-terrorism officials launched a major operation over fears of multiple bomb attacks in Whitehall, central London, and on Christmas shoppers and revellers in the West Midlands, the Guardian has learned. In a series of co-ordinated pre-dawn raids in Stoke, Birmingham, Cardiff and east London, police arrested 12 men aged 17 to 28 and began extensive searches of a number of properties. Sources with knowledge of the operation said the arrests followed intelligence that targets including "public spaces" and shopping areas in the West Midlands were part of a suspected plot.

Leaked Presentation Shows How Carriers Can Deliver Tiered Internet Services

Leaked Presentation Shows How Carriers Can Deliver Tiered Internet Services 20 Dec 2010 As all eyes turn to the Federal Communications Commission as they prepare to vote on the net neutrality proposal, a leaked presentation outlines how cellular carriers can roll out a fee-based tiered Internet. In a leaked presentation, two companies that sell their services to cellular carriers showed off a wireless product that appears to achieve the opposite of the net neutrality rules proposed by the Federal Communications Commission.

Apple Removes WikiLeaks App From App Store

Apple Removes WikiLeaks App From App Store 21 Dec 2010 Looks like an unofficial iPhone and iPad app that let you view WikiLeaks site content and follow the WikiLeaks Twitter account on the go has been removed from the App app store earlier today. The app used to be available here. (Here’s the Google cache.)

WikiLeaks cables: Syria believed Israel was behind sniper killing

WikiLeaks cables: Syria believed Israel was behind sniper killing 21 Dec 2010 It was late in the evening of 1 August 2008 in the Syrian coastal city of Tartous when the sniper fired the fatal shot. The target was General Muhammad Suleiman, President Bashar al-Assad's top security aide. Israelis, the US embassy in Damascus reported, were "the most obvious suspects" in the assassination. US state department cables released by WikiLeaks trace the panicked response of the authorities... Israel was the obvious suspect in Suleiman's murder, US officials reported.

Anti-terror squad arrest 12 men 'plotting to cause Christmas shopping carnage'

Anti-terror squad arrest 12 men 'plotting to cause Christmas shopping carnage' --Plot believed to involve 'multiple' locations 21 Dec 2010 Christmas shoppers and partygoers are feared to have been the target of 12 men who were arrested by anti-terror police early yesterday. The suspects, aged between 17 and 28, are accused of preparing Al Qaeda[al-CIAduh]-inspired attacks on ‘mass casualty’ targets such as shopping malls and nightclubs. They were taken into custody after more than 150 officers from four forces swooped on homes in London, Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham and Cardiff at 5am.

Latest Terror Threat in US Aimed to Poison Food

Latest Terror Threat in US Aimed to Poison Food --DHS Uncovered Plot to Attack Hotels and Restaurants Over Single Weekend 20 Dec 2010 CBS News reports the latest terror attack to America [the next false flag] involves the possible use of poisons - simultaneous attacks targeting hotels and restaurants at many locations over a single weekend. A key Intelligence source has confirmed the threat as "credible." Department of Homeland Security officials, along with members of the Department of Agriculture and the FDA, have briefed a small group of corporate security officers from the hotel and restaurant industries about it.

U.S. Military Seeks to Expand Raids in Pakistan

U.S. Military Seeks to Expand Raids in Pakistan --The decision to expand American military activity in Pakistan would amount to the opening of a new front in the nine-year-old war. 21 Dec 2010 Senior American military commanders in Afghanistan are pushing for an expanded campaign of Special Operations ground raids across the border into Pakistan’s tribal areas, a risky strategy reflecting the growing frustration with Pakistan’s efforts to root out militants there. The proposal, described by American officials in Washington and Afghanistan, would escalate military activities inside Pakistan, where the movement of American forces has been largely prohibited because of fears of provoking a backlash.

Monitoring America

Monitoring America --The government's goal is to have every state and local law enforcement agency in the country feed information to Washington to buttress the work of the FBI, which is in charge of terrorism investigations in the United States. By Dana Priest and William M. Arkin 20 Dec 2010 Nine years after the terrorist attacks of 2001, the United States is assembling a vast domestic intelligence apparatus to collect information about Americans, using the FBI, local police, state homeland security offices and military criminal investigators. The system, by far the largest and most technologically sophisticated in the nation's history, collects, stores and analyzes information about thousands of U.S. citizens and residents, many of whom have not been accused of any wrongdoing.

'I didn't think of Iraqis as humans,' says U.S. soldier

'I didn't think of Iraqis as humans,' says U.S. soldier who raped 14-year-old girl before killing her and her family 20 Dec 2010 An Iraq War veteran serving five life terms for raping and killing a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing her parents and sister says he didn't think of Iraqi civilians as humans after being exposed to extreme warzone violence. Steven Green, a former 101st Airborne soldier, in his first interview since the 2006 killings, claimed that his crimes were fuelled in part by experiences in Iraq's violent 'Triangle of Death' where two of his sergeants were gunned down. He also cited a lack of leadership and help from the Army.

State Counterterrorism Profiles

State Counterterrorism Profiles By Dana Priest and William M. Arkin 20 Dec 2010 The Post has compiled snapshots of local counterterrorism efforts in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. Choose a state to learn more about the federal, state and local organizations involved there, the work they do and when they began participating.

US government builds vast domestic spying network: report

US government builds vast domestic spying network: report 20 Dec 2010 The US government is building a vast domestic spying network to collect information on Americans as part of expanding counter-terrorism efforts, the Washington Post reported Monday. The unprecedented network involves local police, state and military authorities feeding a growing database on thousands of US citizens and residents, even though many have never been charged with breaking the law, the Post reported, citing numerous interviews and 1,000 documents.

Churchill, Canada: watching polar bears in Hudson Bay

Churchill, Canada: watching polar bears in Hudson Bay --See polar bears gathering on Canada's Arctic coast before it's too late, says Rupert Parker. 20 Dec 2010 Churchill, in Canada's far north, is known as the polar bear capital of the world. Every year, about now, the bears gather on the shore to wait for the Hudson Bay to freeze so they can get on to the ice and catch seals. However, climate change means the freeze happens later each year and the bears' numbers are decreasing... Around 900 bears call the area around western Hudson Bay home.

Anti-terror squad arrest 12 men 'planning UK terror attack'

Anti-terror squad arrest 12 men 'planning UK terror attack': Christmas plot at advanced stage, say police 20 Dec 2010 Twelve men were arrested early this morning in a major national counter-terrorism operation, police said today. The men - five from Cardiff, four from Stoke-on-Trent and three from London - were detained on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism in the UK. It is understood that the plans for the alleged attacks were at an advanced stage.

Now, third woman who was seduced by WikiLeaks founder emerges

Now, third woman who was seduced by WikiLeaks founder emerges 20 Dec 2010  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is at the centre of sex assault allegations by two women, is said to have seduced a third right from under her boyfriend's nose in Sweden. [So?] Assange, 39, allegedly walked away with the girl, who had arrived with the American journalist, as they all dined together at a Stockholm restaurant. [And, the crime here is?]

Lawyer attacks Biden over Assange remarks

Lawyer attacks Biden over Assange remarks 20 Dec 2010 An Australian human rights lawyer has been angered by comments made by US vice-president Joe Biden, in which he described Julian Assange as being more terrorist than whistleblower. The remarks also prompted Kellie Tranter to accuse Prime Minister Julia Gillard of standing by while an ally takes away Mr Assange's presumption of innocence. In a weekend television interview Mr Biden confirmed the US government was trying to find a way to charge the WikiLeaks founder with espionage for his part in the release of thousands of secret US diplomatic cables.

At least 15 killed in US drone strikes in Khybe

At least 15 killed in US drone strikes in Khyber 17 Dec 2010 Two US drone attacks killed at least 15 people Friday in northwest Pakistan’s Khyber tribal region, Pakistani intelligence and government officials said. The strikes took place in two villages in the Tirah Valley in the tribal area, the officials said. The same valley was hit late Thursday in another US attack. The two intelligence and two government officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media.

Militants destroy two Nato trucks in Khyber tribal region

Militants destroy two Nato trucks in Khyber tribal region 20 Dec 2010 Taliban militants in northwest Pakistan attacked Nato oil supply trucks with rockets and assault rifles Monday, destroying two vehicles, officials said. Militants fired rockets and then started shooting at the vehicles with assault rifles in Katakasht village near the town of Jamrud in the Khyber tribal district, tribal administration official Arshad Khan Afridi told AFP.

US water has large amounts of likely carcinogen: study

US water has large amounts of likely carcinogen: study 19 Dec 2010 A US environmental group has found that drinking water in 35 American cities contains hexavalent chromium, a probable carcinogen, The Washington Post reported Sunday. The study by the Environmental Working Group -- the first nationwide analysis measuring the presence of the chemical in US water systems -- is to be made public on Monday, the daily reported. The group found hexavalent chromium in the tap water of 31 out of 35 cities sampled.

Journalists at Pentagon daily barred from WikiLeaks

Journalists at Pentagon daily barred from WikiLeaks 18 Dec 2010 The Pentagon has banned journalists with the popular defense daily Stars and Stripes from consulting leaked diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks, prompting charges of censorship. "The editorial independence of Stars and Stripes and its readers' right to news free of censorship are being threatened by an overly broad and misdirected response to the Wikileaks debacle," the daily wrote. "Amazingly, the government wants to bar this newspaper's journalists -- along with most federal workers -- from reading information already plastered all over the public square."

Twelve Held In Major Anti-Terrorism Swoop

Twelve Held In Major Anti-Terrorism Swoop 20 Dec 2010 Twelve people have been arrested as part of a major anti-terrorism operation in the UK. The men - five from Cardiff, four from Stoke-on-Trent and three from London - were detained on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism in the UK. The suspects, aged between 17 and 28, were detained by unarmed officers at around 5am. Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner John Yates, national lead for counter-terrorism policing, said: "This is a large scale, pre-planned and intelligence-led operation involving several forces."

South Korea Concludes Artillery Drill, Scrambles Jet Fighters

South Korea Concludes Artillery Drill, Scrambles Jet Fighters 20 Dec 2010 South Koreans are anxiously waiting to see if North Korea will make good on its threat to take military action in response to a live-fire artillery drill on Yeonpyeong island. South Korea's marines conducted the exercise just hours after an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council failed to calm tensions on the Korean peninsula. South Korea defied diplomatic pressure and went ahead Monday with firing artillery into the Yellow Sea, escalating its confrontation with the communist North.

South Korea on 'high alert' after exercises

South Korea on 'high alert' after exercises 20 Dec 2010 South Korea conducted live firing drills from the disputed Yeonpyeong island, defying North Korea’s threat of retaliation and rejecting diplomatic calls to delay the exercises. The defence ministry in Seoul said the country was now on "high alert". The last time South Korea carried out similar drills Pyongyang reacted by shelling Yeonpyeong, killing four people.

NATO confirms air strike killed Afghan soldiers

NATO confirms air strike killed Afghan soldiers 18 Dec 2010 NATO confirmed Saturday that four Afghan soldiers were killed accidentally in an air strike in a Taliban flashpoint in southern Afghanistan this week. The military said Wednesday's incident in Musa Qala, Helmand province, happened when troops from NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), saw weapons being fired near them.

Army Set to Award Mega-Contract to Train Afghan Cops

Army Set to Award Mega-Contract to Train Afghan Cops 16 Dec 2010 Before the New Year, the Army will finally award a much-delayed $1.6 billion contract for a private security firm to supplement that NATO training command’s efforts to professionalize Afghan cops. That bid touched off a bureaucratic tempest between Blackwater/Xe Services and DynCorp, which held an old contract for the same job, as well as the State Department and the Army. ...But the Army’s Contracting Command is in "the very final stages" of selecting the firm for the bid, Col. John Ferrari of the NATO training command tells Danger Room. "We’re expecting an announcement before the end of December, sometime in the next week or two." [Right, likely on Christmas Eve, when no one is paying attention to another $1.6 billion-dollar bl*wjob for Blackwater or the predators at DynCorp. --LRP]

Former US soldier says didn't think of Iraqi civilians as humans

Former US soldier says didn't think of Iraqi civilians as humans 20 Dec 2010 An Iraq War veteran serving five life terms for raping and killing a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing her parents and sister says he didn’t think of Iraqi civilians as humans after being exposed to extreme war zone violence. Steven Dale Green, a former 101st Airborne soldier, told The Associated Press in his first media interview since the 2006 killings, that his crimes were fuelled in part by experiences in Iraq's particularly violent "Triangle of Death" where two of his sergeants were gunned down. He also cited a lack of leadership and help from the Army.

US embassy cables: European human rights body 'an irritant', says US diplomat

US embassy cables: European human rights body 'an irritant', says US diplomat --A senior US diplomat reveals contempt for Europe's principal human rights watchdog and its secretary general. 17 Dec 2010 The Council of Europe (COE) likes to portray itself as a bastion of democracy, a promoter of human rights, and the last best hope for defending the rule of law in Europe - and beyond. It is an organization with an inferiority complex and, simultaneously, an overambitious agenda. (Summary)

USFK soldier suspected of uploading fake picture of bombing

USFK soldier suspected of uploading fake picture of bombing --Investigators: Picture was taken on April 2, 2003, and posted on the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) website --CNN, others, cited fake picture in reports 19 Dec 2010 Seoul prosecutors said Sunday that they have informed the United States Forces Korea (USFK) of a U.S. Army soldier suspected of uploading a fake picture of North Korea's shelling on a southern island on the Internet. According to the prosecution, the Korean-American private, identified only by his initial M, allegedly posted a satellite photo of the U.S.'s 2003 attack on Baghdad, Iraq, on an Internet bulletin board, contending that it depicted North Korea's deadly artillery attack against South Korea's border island of Yeonpyeong on Nov. 23.

22 arrested in LA foreclosure protest at Chase

22 arrested in LA foreclosure protest at Chase Dozens of demonstrators held signs that read 'Stop Bank Greed, Save Our Neighborhoods' 16 Dec 2010 Police arrested 22 demonstrators who blocked entry to a downtown Chase bank branch Thursday to protest what they said were unfair home foreclosures. The demonstrators, which included homeowners facing foreclosure, community advocates and labor leaders, silently allowed officers to bind their wrists behind their backs with plastic restraints and guide them into a police van.

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