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Roadside bomb kills 9 in Afghanistan

Roadside bomb kills 9 in Afghanistan 16 Oct 2010 A roadside bomb has killed at least 9 civilians and wounded four others in southern province of Zabul in Afghanistan, a senior police official says. The people lost their lives after their bus hit an improvised explosive device near the city of Qalat on Friday, Ghulam Jelani Farahi, the deputy police chief of the province, told Press TV.

Unauthorized US strike kills 4 in Pakistan

Unauthorized US strike kills 4 in Pakistan 16 Oct 2010 Four people have been killed in a non-UN-sanctioned US drone attack in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region only hours after another US drone attack had killed four people. Pakistani security officials confirmed the US drone attack in the town of Aziz Khen and the death toll late on Friday, AFP reported.

'11 US-led troops killed in Afghanistan'

'11 US-led troops killed in Afghanistan' 16 Oct 2010 Taliban claim that they have killed at least 11 US-led soldiers in a bomb attack in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi claimed on Saturday that one of Taliban members blew himself up at a joint military base controlled by US-led foreign troops and Afghan forces and killed 11 soldiers and wounded several others, a Press TV correspondent reported.

US supports terrorism: Turkish PM

US supports terrorism: Turkish PM 16 Oct 2010 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during his visit to Pakistan, has declared that the US administration supports "terrorism." Erdogan touched on Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed nine Turkish human rights activists on May 31 and condemned the US "double standards," noting that Washington openly "supported the Israeli state terrorism," despite its claims that it supports peace, Turkey's Milliyet newspaper reported on Saturday.

WHO: Outbreak of disfiguring tropical disease surges in Afghanistan, with thousands infected

WHO: Outbreak of disfiguring tropical disease surges in Afghanistan, with thousands infected 15 Oct 2010 An outbreak of a tropical disease caused by sand fly bites that leaves disfiguring skin sores has hit Afghanistan, with tens of thousands of people infected, health officials said Friday. Cutaneous leishmanisis is a parasitic disease transmitted by the female phlebotomine sand fly -- an insect only 2-3 millimeters long that requires the blood of humans or animals so its eggs can develop.

Paris airports pipeline cut amid protests: company

Paris airports pipeline cut amid protests: company 15 Oct 2010 The fuel pipeline to Paris' two main airports as well as depots outside the capital was cut on Friday, operator Trapil told AFP, as pension reform protests around the country hit supplies. The main Paris air hub, Charles de Gaulle, could run out of fuel as early as next week, a company spokesman said, adding that three fuel depots supplying road filling stations south of the capital would also be hit.

Australian says Guantanamo was 'six years of hell'

Australian says Guantanamo was 'six years of hell' 15 Oct 2010 Australia's former long-serving Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks Saturday broke his silence on life inside the US-run prison, saying he endured deprivation and witnessed brutality in "six years of hell". Hicks said he was in a "haze of disbelief and fear, pain and confusion" when he arrived in Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in early 2002 and was placed in a cage made of cyclone fencing. "The first two weeks of Camp X-Ray was a blur of hardships: no sleeping, no talking, no moving, no looking, no information," he writes in "Guantanamo: My Journey" released Saturday.

Cancer 'is purely man-made' say scientists

Cancer 'is purely man-made' say scientists after finding almost no trace of disease in Egyptian mummies 15 Oct 2010 Cancer is a man-made disease fuelled by the excesses of modern life [vaccines], a study of ancient remains has found. Tumours were rare until recent times when pollution and poor diet became issues, the review of mummies, fossils and classical literature found.

Obama administration blasts Calif. pot measure

Obama administration blasts Calif. pot measure 15 Oct 2010 The Obama administration has denounced Proposition 19, which would legalize personal use of marijuana in California, and promises to "vigorously enforce" the federal ban on possessing, growing or selling the drug if voters approve the ballot measure Nov. 2. The pledge came Thursday from Attorney General Eric Holder, who oversees the government's anti-narcotics operations.

US military says 77,000 Iraqis killed over 5 years

US military says 77,000 Iraqis killed over 5 years [The actual number is much higher.] 15 Oct 2010 A new U.S. military tally puts the death toll of Iraqi civilians and security forces in the bloodiest years of the war thousands below Iraqi government figures. The body count tallied deaths of almost 77,000 Iraqis between January 2004 and August 2008 -- the darkest chapter of Iraq's sectarian warfare and the U.S. troop surge to quell exploit it. But the tally falls short of the estimated 85,694 deaths of civilians and security officials between January 2004 to Oct. 31, 2008, as counted last year by the Iraqi Human Rights Ministry.

FBI was warned about key figure in Mumbai attacks: report

FBI was warned about key figure in Mumbai attacks: report 15 Oct 2010 The wife of a key figure in the 2008 Mumbai attacks warned US federal agents three years beforehand that her husband was training with a Pakistani militant group, the Washington Post reported Friday. Citing sources close to the case, the Post said the wife of David Coleman Headley warned FBI agents in August 2005 that her husband had undergone intensive training with Lashkar-e-Taiba and was in contact with extremists. ['Warned?' He was probably on their payroll!]

Strikers cut fuel pipeline to Paris

Strikers cut fuel pipeline to Paris --Nationwide strike is planned on Tuesday 15 Oct 2010 Refinery workers cut off a fuel pipeline to Paris today as protesters piled on pressure to derail French president Nicolas Sarkozy's unpopular pension reform. Police broke up blockades at fuel depots in southern France but protesters blocked a terminal at Paris's Orly airport and truckers were set to join the fray as momentum built for a day of street rallies tomorrow.

Gov't: No Increase for Social Security Next Year

Gov't: No Increase for Social Security Next Year 15 Oct 2010 Another year without an increase in Social Security retirement and disability benefits is creating a political backlash that has President Barack Obama and Democrats pushing to give a $250 bonus to each of the program's 58 million recipients. The Social Security Administration said Friday inflation has been too low since the last increase in 2009 to warrant a raise for 2011. The announcement marks only the second year without an increase since automatic adjustments for inflation were adopted in 1975.

Bill Gates Buys More News Coverage for His Seattle Foundation, Gives ABC $1.5 Million

Vaccine pimp Bill Gates buying favorable publicity: Bill Gates Buys More News Coverage for His Seattle Foundation, Gives ABC $1.5 Million 08 Oct 2010 Bill Gates is making another media investment: His foundation will help fund a project at ABC News to increase its coverage of health conditions of the poor. It further expands the billionaire's investments in the news media, which could help influence the stories they cover. For while the latest effort is a good cause, he is effectively paying ABC as he has others media outlets to report on his foundation's efforts - presumably favorably. In 2008, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation issued a $3.5 million grant to establish a TV production unit to report on global health issues for PBS' NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

Fort Hood soldier ordered to erase video of shootings

Fort Hood soldier ordered to erase video of shootings --In US civilian courts, destruction of evidence can be a crime. 15 Oct 2010 A US soldier who captured a deadly 2009 rampage at Fort Hood with his cell phone camera testified Friday that he was ordered to erase the video by his commanders. The video could have provided key evidence at the trial of Major Nidal Hasan, a US Army psychiatrist who faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder. Lead defense attorney John Galligan asked witness Private Lance Aviles if he had taken a video of the shooting with his cell phone and if he deleted the footage at the instruction of his superiors. "Yes, sir," Aviles replied.

All Things CLG

All Things CLG --Compiled by Lori Price 16 Oct 2010 Sure, you visit the Citizens for Legitimate Government website and get the CLG Newsletter, but did you know that nearly two thousand of us enjoy the relatively new CLG Facebook fansite? Or, did you know that we are on Twitter and have an RSS feed? You're thinking, 'I did not know that.' Well, here is a list of groups, feeds, and discussion boards that you can join - so you can enjoy and *share the CLG love!*

Anthem Approved For Health Rate Hikes As High As 47 Percent

Anthem Approved For Health Rate Hikes As High As 47 Percent 14 Oct 2010 The state's largest insurer has won approval to raise health premiums by as much as 47 percent for policies sold to individual buyers, the largest price hikes seen in Connecticut since the adoption of national health care reform the insurance cartel giveaway. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has received approval to raise rates on those individual market plans by at least 19 percent -- including a range of 30 to 44 percent for the brand that was most popular in 2009, Century Preferred. [See: Arming the Left: Is the time now? By Charles Southwell 21 Oct 2003.]

US soldier reveals he threw fatal grenade

US soldier reveals he threw fatal grenade --The mission was relayed on to six televisions at the command centre, yet Ms Norgrove's death was first attributed to an insurgent detonating a suicide vest - an account that was reported around the world. 15 Oct 2010 A US special forces soldier who is believed to have 'accidentally' killed the British aid worker Linda Norgrove is likely to face disciplinary action after failing to inform his commanding officers that he had used a grenade until long after the event. Sources in Kabul and London have confirmed that during the assault on the kidnappers' hideaway, the hostage broke away from her captors and lay in a foetal position to avoid harm... It has also emerged that US forces monitored the kidnappers using a network of informers and drones.

US state department defends Europe-wide terror alert

US state department defends Europe-wide terror alert 14 Oct 2010 The US state department today defended the decision to issue a terror alert covering all of Europe but admitted that it had no specific information of any plot or potential target. The alert issued on 3 October stated "current information suggests that al-Qaida and affiliated organisations continue to plan terrorist attacks". It warned American citizens to take safety measures when travelling in Europe, particularly on public transport or at tourist sites. The alarm led to consternation across Europe... anonymous criticism by European security officials, and claims by Pakistani diplomats that the US move was politically motivated.

Six killed in Iraq bomb attacks

Six killed in Iraq bomb attacks 14 Oct 2010 Six people were killed on Thursday in separate bomb attacks in Iraq, one of which targeted an official from the secular Iraqiya [CIA] bloc of former premier Iyad Allawi, an interior ministry official said. In Jurf al-Nadaf, some 10 kilometres (6 miles) southeast of Baghdad, a bomb targeting the convoy of Iraqiya official Karim Mahud killed his bodyguard and three passers-by, and wounded four other civilians.

Afghan detainees mistreated in secret U.S. jail: report

Afghan detainees mistreated in secret U.S. jail: report 14 Oct 2010 Former detainees at a secret U.S. prison in Afghanistan say jailers mistreated them by depriving them of natural light, failing to provide proper food and withholding Red Cross visits, a report said Thursday. In the report by Open Society Foundations, former Afghan detainees prisoners say they were abused at the classified detention center on Afghanistan's U.S. Bagram airbase, north of Kabul. The jail, the existence of which is not openly acknowledged by Washington, is separate from the main U.S. prison in Afghanistan, also at Bagram and now housed in a new $60 million complex.

Soldier silenced for testimony in Afghan killings probe

Soldier silenced for testimony in Afghan killings probe --The Army is doing everything it can to limit the publicity its own explosive account created. 14 Oct 2010 First, Justin Stoner blew the whistle on his platoon. Now, the Army apparently wants to silence him. In photos obtained by CNN, Stoner sports bruises and abrasions on his back, chest and near his neck -- the marks of a beating inflicted by fellow soldiers as payback for reporting their rampant hashish use, the Army said... That move, and the subsequent beating he endured for being viewed as a snitch, triggered a wide-ranging criminal investigation that has left some soldiers accused of killing innocent Afghan civilians and others accused of posing in gruesome photos with the dead or keeping body parts as war trophies.

WikiLeaks says funding blocked after government blacklisting

WikiLeaks says funding blocked after government blacklisting --Founder Julian Assange hits out at decision by Moneybookers, which collects the whistleblowing website's donations 14 Oct 2010 The whistleblowing group WikiLeaks claims that it has had its funding blocked and that it is the victim of financial warfare by the US government. Moneybookers, a British-registered internet payment company that collects WikiLeaks donations, emailed the organisation to say it had closed down its account because it had been put on an official US watchlist and on an Australian government blacklist.

New report confirms torture at Bagram

New report confirms torture at Bagram --Human rights groups say Bagram has remained a US torture center since the toppling of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan nine years ago. 14 Oct 2010 A new report reveals that American prison guards have mistreated Afghan detainees held at the notorious US-run Bagram prison camp and airbase in Afghanistan. According to the report, issued by the US-based Open Society Foundation on Thursday, former Bagram detainees say their US jailors placed prisoners in solitary confinement, abused them and prevented them from observing religious rituals.

14 US-led troops killed in Afghan war

14 US-led troops killed in Afghan war 14 Oct 2010 At least 14 US-led foreign soldiers, including six Americans have been killed in a spate of attacks across Afghanistan in the past two days. The soldiers were killed in separate incidents in different parts of the war-torn country... The latest fatalities come just a day after six American soldiers were slain in the violence-wracked country.

DHS scoured social media sites during Obama inauguration for 'items of interest'

DHS scoured social media sites during Obama inauguration for 'items of interest' --EFF documents reveal broad range of targets including Facebook, Twitter and MySpace 14 Oct 2010 An electronic rights advocacy group is expressing concern over what it contends was an overly broad surveillance of social networking sites conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the days leading up to the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) recently obtained documents pertaining to the DHS's monitoring of social networking sites through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit. The documents show that the DHS established a unit called the Social Network Monitoring Center (SNMC) last year to scour social sites for signs of potential security threats during the presidential inauguration.

U.S. to Let Insurers Raise Fees for Sick Children

U.S. to Let Insurers Raise Fees for Sick Children 14 Oct 2010 The Obama administration, aiming to encourage health insurance companies to offer child-only policies wh*ring for the insurance cartel once again, said Wednesday that they could charge higher premiums for coverage of children with serious medical problems, if state law allowed it. Insurers "can adjust their rates based on health status until 2014, to the extent state law allows," said Jay Angoff, director of the Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at the Department of Health and Human Services.

As Terror Alert Continues, NYPD Holds Drill to Prep For Mumbai-Style Attack

As Terror Alert Continues, NYPD Holds Drill to Prep For Mumbai-Style Attack --New York Terror Exercise Simulates Commando Assault On Wall Street 14 Oct 2010 As US officials proclaim an alleged European [but actually CIA-based] terror plot still active, New York City police conducted a drill Thursday that simulated a Mumbai-style attack on civilians on a crowded street in Manhattan's financial district. The drill simulated multiple bombs and shooters, including a bomb under a vehicle, and police responded with helicopters, dogs, automatic weapons and an armored car. [But, the larger question remains: Would a 'commando assault on Wall Street' really be that bad? <g>]

Fresh violence injures 11 in Iraq

Fresh violence injures 11 in Iraq 14 Oct 2010 More than 10 people have been injured in the latest string of bombings and shooting attacks in Iraq as terror continues to ride in the violence-weary country. Five policemen were wounded Wednesday morning when a bomb blast hit their patrol in central Baghdad, Aswat al-Iraq news agency reported. In a separate incident, an explosive device stuck to a civilian car detonated close to central Baghdad's Alwiya Telephone Exchange Office, leaving four people wounded.

Oregon National Guard members deploying to Iraq

Oregon National Guard members deploying to Iraq 13 Oct 2010 Eight Oregon Army National Guard members from Salem are being mobilized for deployment to Iraq. The Oregonian reports the four pilots, three crew members and one supply sergeant with Alpha Company, 641 Aviation operate the C-23 Sherpa military transport plane. A larger unit, 600 Oregon Army National Guard members now training in Mississippi, will deploy next month to Iraq.

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