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Banned Trailers Return for Latest Gulf Disaster

Formaldehyde-laden trailers we can believe in: Banned Trailers Return for Latest Gulf Disaster 01 Jul 2010 In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, they became a symbol of the government’s inept response to that disaster: the 120,000 or so trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to people who had lost their homes. The trailers were discovered to have such high levels of formaldehyde that the government banned them from ever being used for long-term housing again. Some of the trailers, though, are getting a second life amid the latest disaster here -- as living quarters for workers involved with the cleanup of the oil spill.

How Goldsmith changed advice on legality of war

How Goldsmith changed advice on legality of war --For seven years, Britain has wanted to see how the legal case for invading Iraq was made. Yesterday, at a public inquiry that is going on unnoticed, official documents were released for the first time that showed the grave reservations of the Attorney General, his remarkable U-turn, and how the basis for the Iraq war was built on sand. 01 Jul 2010 Documents about how the legal case for the Iraq war was formulated by the Blair government seven years ago were made public yesterday, revealing the grave doubts of the Attorney General over impending military action. The drafts of legal advice and letters sent to the Prime Minister by Lord Goldsmith had been kept secret despite repeated calls for them to be published.

Police accused of displaying fake G20 weapons

Police accused of displaying fake G20 weapons 30 Jun 2010 Toronto's top police officer misled the public by displaying fake weapons used in a medieval-themed role-playing game to help justify their actions during G20 protests, their owner said Wednesday. Brian Barrett said everything in the backpack police confiscated from him "was safe enough for toddlers." Toronto Police Chief William Blair had already been forced to admit that a chainsaw and crossbow on display at the news conference had nothing to do with G20 protests.

Accused Russian Spy Confessed, Prosecutors Say

Accused Russian Spy Confessed, Prosecutors Say --New Court Filing Details Bugged Houses, Multiple Identities, Stashes of Cash, Coded Messages 01 Jul 2010 One of the alleged Russian spies arrested this week has admitted he works for that country's covert intelligence service, prosecutors said in court papers filed today as part of an effort to persuade a federal judge to deny bail to the group accused of being foreign agents. Several of those arrested have allegedly been tracked using fake passports, collecting cash in brush passes from Russian intelligence agents, and recorded rehearsing messages for their Russian handlers, the court filing says.

In Pakistan, blasts kill 37, injure 175

In Pakistan, blasts kill 37, injure 175 01 Jul 2010 Two consecutive explosions at a popular Muslim shrine close to in the Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore have left at least 37 people dead and almost 200 injured. The blasts occurred late Thursday night at Data Durbar, which is visited by hundreds of thousands in Pakistan. "At least 37 people were killed and 175 injured" police chief Aslam Tareen was quoted by AFP as saying.

Judge: Guantanamo detainee not suffering from PTSD

Judge: Guantanamo detainee not suffering from PTSD 01 Jul 2010 A judge has ruled that a Guantanamo Bay detainee prisoner awaiting trial in a New York civilian court is trying to hinder his prosecution by claiming he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan said Thursday he has concluded that Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani does not suffer from the disorder. A psychologist testified several weeks ago that Ghailani suffered from the disorder. It was said to be a result of treatment he received during interrogations at a secret CIA-run camp overseas after his 2004 arrest.

Counter-terrorism official defends U.S. campaign of targeted killings

Counter-terrorism official defends U.S. campaign of targeted killings 01 Jul 2010 A senior Obama administration counter-terrorism official said Wednesday that the government's campaign of targeted killings abroad "gives me pause," but he [Michael E. Leiter] added that it would be "wholly irresponsible" not to stop those plotting to harm Americans. The U.S. has carried out at least 144 airstrikes in Pakistan under a covert CIA program using aerial drones, according to Long War Journal, a blog that counts the strikes using news media reports.

Rep. Paul's Audit the Fed Bill Fails, 229-198

Rep. Paul's Audit the Fed Bill Fails, 229-198 ( 01 Jul 2010 Rep. Ron Paul’s (R-TX) attempt to audit the Federal Reserve, which was previously co-sponsored by 320 members of the House (HR 1207), failed by a vote of 229-198. All Republicans voted in favor of the measure with 23 Democrats crossing the aisle to vote with Republicans. 122 co-sponsors of HR 1207, all Democrats, jumped ship and voted against the measure. Paul's bill would have allowed a total examination of the Fed’s books.

Iran to design long-range missiles

Iran to design long-range missiles 01 Jul 2010 After Russia's controversial decision to freeze the delivery of S-300 defense systems, Iran unveiled efforts aimed at self-sufficiency in passive air defense. "At present, Iran is on the path to designing long-range missiles used in passive air defense," Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi told Mehr News Agency on Thursday. In wake of fresh UN Security Council sanctions imposed against Iran in June over its nuclear program, Russia U-turned on an earlier assurance that the new resolution would not affect the deal.

Al Gore investigated by police after massage therapist accuses him of sexual abuse

Al Gore investigated by police after massage therapist accuses him of sexual abuse 01 Jul 2010 U.S. police have re-opened an investigation into accusations that former U.S. Vice President Al Gore sexually assaulted a massage therapist in a hotel room. Molly Hagerty complained of 'unwanted sexual contact' by the former American Vice President. He has denied the allegations. Ms Hagerty claimed the incident had occurred during a massage in a hotel room in Oregon in 2006.

BP Oil Spill Is Now Largest Ever In Gulf

BP Oil Spill Is Now Largest Ever In Gulf --Gusher Passed 140 Million Gallon Mark, Eclipsing Record-Setting 1979 Ixtoc Oil Spill Off Mexican Coast 01 Jul 2010 The blown-out well that has been spewing oil for two and a half months has now sent some 140.6 million gallons of oil into the Gulf surpassing the 140 million gallons from a spill off the coast of Mexico in 1979 and 1980. Even by the lower end of the government's estimates, at least 71.2 million gallons are in the Gulf.

US lawmakers call for end to Afghan war

US lawmakers call for end to Afghan war --The revolt against Obama comes as Washington is expected to pump another 37 billion dollars into the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 01 Jul 2010 Democratic and Republican lawmakers have called on President Barack Obama to provide Congress with a clear plan to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan. The lawmakers from both sides of the political spectrum called Thursday for an end to the Afghan war. A group of US lawmakers said the war was a drain on US "blood and treasure". 

US helicopter 'shot down' in Afghanistan

US helicopter 'shot down' in Afghanistan 01 Jul 2010 Taliban militants say they have shot down a US helicopter in eastern Afghanistan, amid rising causalities among foreign forces in the country. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the incident that took place in Jalalabad near the border with Pakistan on Thursday, a Press TV correspondent in Kabul reported. Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, said a number of foreign soldiers have been killed in the attack.

Safety net for unemployed disappears as politicians argue

Safety net for unemployed disappears as politicians argue 01 Jul 2010 In just one week and in just one state -- last week in Missouri -- more than 8,300 people fell through the unemployment insurance safety net. Actually, their nets were removed. The result: Those who have lost jobless benefits already are turning in greater numbers to food pantries and other emergency aid programs, both government and nonprofit.

Report says swine flu cost Britain $1.8 billion

Report says swine flu cost Britain $1.8 billion 01 Jul 2010 An independent review says Britain spent 1.2 billion pounds ($1.8 billion) fighting swine flu, including 1 billion pounds on drugs. The study published Thursday says officials spent 654 million pounds preparing for a possible [lab-generated] pandemic of H1N1 influenza and 587 million pounds responding to the outbreak. The total includes 1.01 billion pounds spent on drugs including antivirals, vaccines and antibiotics.

Anti-terrorism drills staged at Metro stations

Anti-terrorism drills staged at Metro stations 30 Jun 2010 Metro Transit Police boarded trains and inspected stations for about four hours Tuesday morning as they staged an anti-terrorism drill from Silver Spring to Glenmont and from Bethesda to Shady Grove on the Red Line... About 150 officers from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies took part in the drill, part of the Blue TIDE (Terrorism Identification and Deterrence Effort) initiative launched in February to demonstrate Metro's vigilance against terrorism. Metro Transit Police had about 60 officers involved in Tuesday's drills, including members of the anti-terrorism, special response and K-9 explosives detection teams.

Dr Kelly 'couldn't have slit his wrist as he was too weak'

Dr Kelly 'couldn't have slit his wrist as he was too weak' 30 June 2010 Dramatic new testimony has heaped pressure on ministers to reopen the investigation into the death of Dr David Kelly. A female colleague claims that the UN weapons inspector could not have committed suicide as claimed, as he was too weak to cut his own wrist. Mai Pedersen, a U.S. Air Force officer who served with Dr Kelly's inspection team in Iraq, said a hand and arm injury meant that Kelly even 'had difficulty cutting his own steak'. Dr Kelly was found dead in woods near his home in 2003 after the Government exposed him as the source of a BBC report questioning Tony Blair's government's case for war in Iraq.

Revealed: Tony Blair's fury with law chief after being warned war in Iraq would be unlawful

Revealed: Tony Blair's fury with law chief after being warned war in Iraq would be unlawful 01 Jul 2010 Tony Blair’s fury at being told the Iraq War was illegal was laid bare yesterday after secret memos from his Attorney General were finally published. In an unprecedented move, the Chilcot Inquiry into the conflict published Lord Goldsmith’s warnings to the then Prime Minister, the first time a government has ever declassified legal advice to ministers. They detail how time and again the Attorney General told Mr Blair he risked taking the UK into an unlawful war -- and the Prime Minister’s irritation and refusal to accept that fact.

Obama Overjoyed By Kringles at O&H Danish Bakery: "It Makes You Happy!"

Obama Overjoyed By Kringles at O&H Danish Bakery: "It Makes You Happy!" 30 Jun 2010 (Racine, WI) En route to a town hall event on the economy, President Barack Obama made a surprise detour to O&H Danish Bakery, purveyor of a delicacy called a kringle – a large round flat pastry with a hole in the middle. Obama walked in with his jacket off and sleeves rolled up and shook hands with the dozen patrons in the store. He sampled a pecan kringle, proclaimed it "outstanding" and added: "It makes you happy." He ordered one pecan and one cherry. A saleswoman recommended the cheese as well, so he said, "Let's get a third!" He insisted on paying full price -- $7.45 each.

White House Preparing National Online ID Plan

White House Preparing National Online ID Plan 25 Jun 2010 The Obama administration is set to propose a new system for authenticating people, organizations and infrastructure on the Web. The online authentication and identity management system would be targeted at the transactional level -- for example, when someone logs into their banking website or completes an online e-commerce purchase. Making such a system effective, however, will require creating an "identity ecosystem," backed by extensive public/private cooperation, said White House cybersecurity coordinator Howard Schmidt, delivering the opening keynote speech at the Symantec Government Symposium 2010 in Washington on Tuesday.

400 sought medical care after trips to Escambia County beaches - Official

400 sought medical care after trips to Escambia County beaches - official --EPA plans to put decontamination stations along beach, possibly as early as this weekend 26 Jun 2010 (FL) The Escambia County Health Department lifted a health advisory on Pensacola Beach on Friday on the advice of a beach official and against the advice of a federal environmental official. But hours after the Pensacola Beach advisory was lifted, the health department asked for state approval to issue an oil-impact advisory that leaves the decision to swim in the Gulf of Mexico up to the discretion of individual beachgoers... So far, 400 people have sought medical care for upper or lower respiratory problems, headaches, nausea, and eye irritation after trips to Escambia County beaches, said Dr. John Lanza, director of Escambia County Health Department.

Financial 'Overhaul' Wins Final Approval in House

Useless is as useless does: Financial 'Overhaul' Wins Final Approval in House 30 Jun 2010 The House on Wednesday adopted legislation to [pretend to] revamp the nation’s financial regulatory system, in a party line vote that illustrated how the partisan acrimony gripping Congress prevented cooperation even on the universally shared goal of averting future economic crises and government bailouts of big banks. The vote in the House was 237 to 192, with all but three Republicans standing in opposition to a measure that President Obama in his State of the Union speech said embodied one of the highest priorities of his administration: "serious financial reform." [Too bad Obusha didn't make any efforts to get actual financial reform. Obama was/is too busy surrendering to Scott Brown and his corporaterrorist paymasters. --LRP]

Troops 'have no rights on a battlefield'

Troops 'have no rights on a battlefield' 01 Jul 2010 British troops are not protected by human rights laws on the battlefield, the country's highest court has ruled. The family of Private Jason Smith, who died of a heart attack after being exposed to extreme heat while serving with the Territorial Army in Iraq, had argued that troops should be given human rights protection while overseas. But the Supreme Court has now quashed previous rulings by the High Court and Court of Appeal that legislation should apply to soldiers at all times.

U.S. Government Sued by ACLU Over No Fly List

U.S. Government Sued by ACLU Over No Fly List --Terrorist Watch List Violates Constitutional Rights When Those Barred From Flying Are Not Told Why, Says ACLU 30 Jun 2010 A former Air Force officer will be one of 10 plaintiffs included in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union today against the U.S. government challenging the country's no-fly list... The suit names Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III and Timothy J. Healy, the director of the Terrorist Screening Center as defendants.

I-40 shutdown due to bomb threat

I-40 shutdown due to bomb threat --Durham bomb squad is on scene assisting police 30 Jun 2010 (NC) Durham authorities shut down Interstate 40 in both directions in the area of Fayetteville Road Wednesday, while they investigated a suspicious package on the highway. Around 4 p.m., a motorist called police about a suspicious object along the shoulder of I-40 at exit 276 near Durham's Southpoint Mall. The caller, a former serviceman who served in Iraq, told authorities he believed the object was a possible bomb... Officials later revealed the device turned out to be purple foam tubing taped together and wrapped in what appeared to be wiring -- something they say may have fallen off of a vehicle.

More Assassinations Across Iraq

Blackwater is a busy little bee! More Assassinations Across Iraq 30 Jun 2010 A burst of violence across Iraq on Tuesday claimed the lives of 14 people, most related to what appears to be a campaign of assassinations aimed at officials amid the country’s extended political crisis... In Baghdad, a staff member of the capital’s provincial council who focused on social welfare programs was killed after an adhesive bomb that had been attached to his vehicle exploded as he passed through a security checkpoint, the authorities said. Another of those killed on Tuesday was identified as Brig. Gen. Wareed Johan, a top supply officer in the Iraqi Army.

11 arrested over raids on NATO trucks

11 arrested over raids on NATO trucks --Four companies contracted by NATO to provide logistics and security for the foreign fuel convoys have been taken over by the government for failing to fulfill the task. 30 Jun 2010 Pakistan authorities have arrested 11 people suspected of being behind the attacks on NATO fuel convoys in the country's North Western Frontier Province. The Pakistani law enforcement officers made the arrests based on information provided by the NATO supply drivers, who had formerly survived militant attacks, a Press TV correspondent reported on Wednesday. The Provincial authorities have instituted an investigative committee to probe the [Blackwater] terrorist attacks on NATO fuel convoys.


Senate OKs Petraeus for Afghan war

Senate OKs Petraeus for Afghan war 30 Jun 2010 The US Senate approves General David Petraeus as the new commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, following Gen. Stanley McChrystal's forced resignation. The US lawmakers voted 99-0 on Wednesday to confirm the nomination of General David Petraeus to lead the US-waged war in Afghanistan. US President Barack Obama tapped Petraeus to succeed McChrystal who was forced to step down last week for mocking his civilian bosses for their war strategy in Afghanistan.

CREW Calls for House Investigation into Obama Staffers' Use of Personal Email, Meetings with Lobbyists

CREW Calls for House Investigation into Obama Staffers' Use of Personal Email, Meetings with Lobbyists 30 Jun 2010 On Monday good-government group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) asked a House committee to look into whether the Obama White House violated federal laws regarding electronic records by using private email accounts to communicate with lobbyists and meeting with lobbyists outside the White House. CREW wrote a letter to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform asking it to investigate and hold hearings to determine any violations of the Presidential Records Act (PRA) and Federal Records Act (FRA).

South Florida Brothers Selling Oil Spill Souvenirs

South Florida Brothers Selling Oil Spill Souvenirs --"Oil Spill Water" raises money and awareness for Gulf disaster 30 Jun 2010 Jeffrey and David Shiffman have turned their bathroom into a pseudo chemistry lab. The two brothers from Ft. Lauderdale are trying to support relief efforts in the Gulf, by bottling and selling "Oil Spill Water." A two ounce bottle goes for $9.99 on It's real oil and real ocean water, just not from the Gulf. It's a "simulation" of the spill. Five dollars from every bottle sold goes to covering costs, the other five gets split between Reef Relief, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, and the International Bird Research Center.


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