Two Afghan bomb blasts claim 3 lives

Two Afghan bomb blasts claim 3 lives 20 Nov 2010 Two bomb explosions in eastern Afghanistan have left at least three civilians dead and more than 28 others injured, Afghan security officials say. A bomb hidden in a motorcycle exploded on Saturday in Mihtarlam city, the capital of Laghman province, the acting provincial governor Murtaza Qalandarzai told Press TV on the phone.

U.S. wants to widen area in Pakistan where it can operate drones

U.S. wants to widen area in Pakistan where it can operate drones 19 Nov 2010 The United States has renewed pressure on Pakistan to expand the areas where CIA drones can operate inside the country... Pakistan has rejected the request, officials said. Instead, the country has agreed to more modest measures, including an expanded CIA presence in Quetta, where the agency and Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) directorate have established teams seeking to locate and capture senior members of the Taliban.

Thirteen arrested in California student protest

Thirteen arrested in California student protest By Rafael Azul 19 Nov 2010 A University of California police officer drew his gun at protesting students in San Francisco on Wednesday. The students were peacefully trying to enter a UC Regents public meeting to protest tuition hikes and the assault on pensions for UC employees. A local TV news video clearly shows the UCSF officer back up, drop his baton and pull out a gun against the unarmed student protesters. Not only students, but members of the public as well were denied entry to the meeting. Police also used pepper spray on the demonstrators in the confrontation, which also resulted in the arrest of 13 students.

Congressman didn't tell fellow Dems of his Guantanamo role

Congressman didn't tell fellow Dems of his Guantanamo role 18 Nov 2010 It's one of the Pentagon's most sensitive and carefully guarded secrets: Who interrogated the prisoners at Guantánamo? So it came as a surprise last month when a Pennsylvania congressman seeking reelection campaigned as the only member of the U.S. Congress to have interrogated a Guantánamo detainee. It didn't work. Rep. Chris Carney, a Blue Dog DemocRAT, lost his mainly Republican district to a former federal prosecutor. But the revelation raised eyebrows in Washington, where Carney served on the Homeland Security Committee, as well as questions about the Pentagon's effort to keep the identities of the people who have conducted Guantánamo interrogations secret.

U.S. deploying heavily armored battle tanks to destroy Afghan homes

Obomba's 'Shock & Awe' U.S. deploying heavily armored battle tanks to destroy Afghan homes 19 Nov 2010 The U.S. military is sending a contingent of heavily armored battle tanks to Afghanistan for the first time in the nine-year war, defense officials said... The deployment of a company of M1 Abrams tanks, which will be fielded by the Marines in the country's southwest, will allow ground forces to target 'insurgents' from a greater distance - and with more of a lethal punch - than is possible from any other U.S. military vehicle. The 68-ton tanks are propelled by a jet engine and equipped with a 120mm main gun that can destroy a house more than a mile away. ['Shock & Awe comment by MDR.]

Airports consider congressman's call to ditch TSA

Airports consider congressman's call to ditch TSA 18 Nov 2010 In a climate of Internet campaigns to shun airport pat-downs and veteran pilots suing over their treatment by government screeners, some airports are considering another way to show dissatisfaction: Ditching TSA agents altogether. Federal law allows airports to opt for screeners from the private sector instead. The push is being led by a powerful Florida congressman, who's a longtime critic of the Transportation Security Administration and counts among his campaign contributors some of the companies who might take the TSA's place. In the past 13 years, Rep. John Mica of Florida (R-nutjob) has received almost $81,000 in campaign donations from political action committees and executives connected to some of the private contractors already at 16 U.S. airports.

TSA Says Pilots Will Be Exempt From Invasive Pat-Downs, Scanners

TSA Says Pilots Will Be Exempt From Invasive Pat-Downs, Scanners --Lawmakers from Both Sides say the TSA has Gone Too Far With New Airport Security Measures 19 Nov 2010 U.S. airline pilots learned today that they'll be exempt from the invasive x-ray screening and pat-downs that have sparked a revolt across the country. In a statement, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced new procedures that it says will streamline airport security. Pilots in uniform on airline business will be allowed to pass through airport security by showing two photo IDs. The identification will be cross-checked against a flight crew database.

Web Censorship Bill Sails Through Senate Committee

Web Censorship Bill Sails Through Senate Committee By Sam Gustin 19 Nov 2010 On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill that would give the Attorney General the right to shut down websites with a court order if copyright infringement is deemed "central to the activity" of the site -- regardless if the website has actually committed a crime. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) is among the most draconian laws ever considered to combat digital piracy, and contains what some have called the "nuclear option," which would essentially allow the Attorney General to turn suspected websites "off."

US-led soldier killed by IED in Afghan war

US-led soldier killed by IED in Afghan war 19 Nov 2010 A powerful roadside bomb blast has killed another soldier operating under the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. The soldier was killed by an improvised explosive device in the country's volatile south, NATO said in a statement on Friday. In a separate incident, two Finnish soldiers and a Swedish officer were injured when a grenade hit their patrol near Mazar-e Sharif in northern Afghanistan.

Unauthorized US attack kills 3 Pakistanis

Unauthorized US attack kills 3 Pakistanis --The unauthorized aerial attacks, initiated by former US president [sic] George W. Bush, have escalated under President Barack Obama. 19 Nov 2010 A non-UN-sanctioned US drone attack has killed at least three people in the troubled northwestern Pakistan, security officials say. The aircraft fired two missiles at a vehicle in North Waziristan. The vehicle was completely destroyed in the attack. On Tuesday, at least 20 people were killed in a similar attack in the Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt.

Ground Zero workers exposed to toxic dust take pay deal

Ground Zero workers exposed to toxic dust take pay deal --520 opted to reject deal 19 Nov 2010 Thousands of workers exposed to toxic dust after the 2001 terror attacks in New York have accepted a legal settlement and ceased litigation. More than 10,000 firefighters, labourers and police who sued the city and dozens of companies will collect a total of at least $625m (£392m). The workers said they were not properly protected during the rescue and clean-up efforts, with some then falling ill.

Obama: Missile defence shield for all Nato members

Obama: Missile defence shield for all Nato members 19 Nov 2010 A missile defence system covering all Nato countries has been agreed at the alliance's summit in Lisbon, US President Barack Obama has said. The shield would cover all Nato members in Europe and North America. Nato will ask Russia to co-operate on missile defence and join the system.

Fake bomb made in the US caused Germany terror alert

Well, knock me over with a feather! Fake bomb made in the US caused Germany terror alert 19 Nov 2010 When a suspicious package was identified at Windhoek airport in Namibia on Thursday, the flight was halted, the Munich-bound passengers delayed and news sped round the world that an x-ray scanner had been found with batteries attached by wires to a detonator and a ticking clock. Today, however, a German government minister revealed the bizarre truth: the bomb was fake, manufactured in the US to test airport security. It was not yet clear who had planted "test suitcase", the German interior minister, Thomas de Mazière, said, but the one fact they had established was that the device had been manufactured by a US company that specialises in alarm systems.

WikiLeaks founder sought by Sweden over rape claim

WikiLeaks founder sought by Sweden over rape claim 19 Nov 2010 Julian Assange, the Australian founder of the Wikileaks web site, is likely to be arrested on suspicion of rape. Even though there have been strong denials from Assange, the Swedish government has issued an international arrest warrant.

Mayor of London Warns George W Bush-War Criminal: Bring Book Tour to Britain and Never See TX Again

Mayor of London Warns George W Bush-War Criminal: Bring Book Tour to Britain and Never See Texas Again --George W. Bush can’t fight for freedom and authorise torture By Boris Johnson 15 Nov 2010 It is not yet clear whether George W Bush is planning to cross the Atlantic to flog us his memoirs, but if I were his PR people I would urge caution. As book tours go, this one would be an absolute corker. It is not just that every European capital would be brought to a standstill, as book-signings turned into anti-war riots. The real trouble -- from the Bush point of view -- is that he might never see Texas again. One moment he might be holding forth to a great perspiring tent at Hay-on-Wye. The next moment, click, some embarrassed member of the Welsh constabulary could walk on stage, place some handcuffs on the former leader of the Free World, and take him away to be charged. Of course, we are told this scenario is unlikely... But that is what torture-authorising Augusto Pinochet thought. And unlike Pinochet, Mr Bush is making no bones about what he has done.

Six injured in Israel attack on Gaza

Six injured in Israel attack on Gaza 19 Nov 2010 At least six Palestinians have been wounded after Israeli warplanes attacked two cities in the besieged Gaza Strip, medical sources say. Four people, including two women, were injured after an Israeli plane targeted a home in the central town of Deir al-Balah, a Press TV correspondent reported on Friday. Two others were injured in an Israeli airstrike in the southern town of Khan Yunis.

'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!]

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