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!]

US-led soldier killed in northern Afghanistan

US-led soldier killed in northern Afghanistan 18 Nov 2010 A US-led soldier has been shot dead while on patrol in northern Afghanistan, according to the British Ministry of Defense. The British soldier from 1st Battalion Irish Guards died after being ambushed in the Nahr-e Saraj area in Afghanistan's northern Helmand Province, AFP reported.

Blast kills one in N Afghanistan

Blast kills one in N Afghanistan 18 Nov 2010 A bomb blast has killed one person and injured another one in Afghanistan's northern province of Kunduz, an official says. The blast occurred in a market place on Wednesday, Xinhua quoted provincial deputy police chief, Abdul Rahman Haqtash, as saying.

US drone crashes in southern Afghanistan

US drone crashes in southern Afghanistan [What a shame!] 18 Nov 2010 An unmanned aerial vehicles operated by the US-led NATO forces has crashed in volatile southern Afghanistan without causing any casualties. The aircraft went down late on Wednesday in the Kharwar district of Logar Province, The Nation daily quoted the provincial administration spokesperson Din Mohammad Darwish as saying on Thursday.

Major spy scandal as five Scandinavian governments catch the U.S. watching their citizens

Major spy scandal as five Scandinavian governments catch the U.S. watching their citizens 15 Nov 2010 America has been accused of illegally spying on hundreds of people in Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Iceland. Officials in the five countries expressed their unhappiness at surveillance tactics that were conducted without the knowledge of the individual nations' governments. America claims officials informed the Norwegian government about the operation which was aimed at terror suspects.

German government warns of possible November terrorist attack

German government warns of possible November terrorist attack 17 Nov 2010 Berlin Germany increased security at airports and train stations Wednesday, after the government received indications a terrorist attack may be planned for the end of November. There were "concrete investigative leads," that militant Islamist groups were planning attacks on Germany, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told a news conference, but gave no details. Intelligence agents feared attacks on Christmas markets or similar popular events, media reported.

Airport fear after terror alert tip-off

Airport fear after terror alert tip-off --Extra security will remain in place until further notice 18 Nov 2010 Security at airports and railways in Germany has been increased after a tip-off that they may be targeted by terrorists later this month. Interior minister Thomas de Maiziere said secret data showed "sustained efforts" by 'Islamic extremists.'

'BuildingWhat?' Appears on 'Geraldo At Large' on FOX News

'BuildingWhat?' Appears on 'Geraldo At Large' on FOX News By BuildingWhat.org 16 Nov 2010 On November 13, Bob McIlvaine and Tony Szamboti appeared on Geraldo Rivera's show "Geraldo At Large" on Fox News to talk about the "BuildingWhat?"  TV ad campaign and World Trade Center Building 7 for a short segment. Bob McIlvaine lost his son Bobby McIlvaine on September 11, 2001. He is an active member of NYC CAN , a group which cosponsors the "BuildingWhat?" TV ad campaign. Tony Szamboti is a mechanical engineer and member of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, a group of more than 1,350 professionals [including LRP] calling for a new independent investigation into the destruction of Building 7 and the twin towers.

No MI5 prosecution over Binyam Mohamed 'torture'

No MI5 prosecution over Binyam Mohamed 'torture' 17 Nov 2010 An MI5 officer will not be prosecuted over claims he was complicit in the torture of former Guantánamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed. Scotland Yard launched an inquiry after Mr Mohamed said an employee of the Security Service was aware of his ill-treatment while he was being held in Pakistan in 2002. But director of public prosecutions Keir Starmer said there was "insufficient evidence" to prosecute the man, known as witness B, for any offence.

Nancy Pelosi elected Democrats' minority leader

Nancy Pelosi elected Democrats' minority leader 18 Nov 2010 House Democrats on Wednesday elected Speaker Nancy Pelosi to lead them in the minority. Backed by the powerful California delegation, especially the veteran Democrats who surround her San Francisco district, Pelosi quashed a challenge by conservative North Carolina Democrat and former NFL quarterback Heath Shuler. The vote was 150-43 for Pelosi, who will assume her new role in January.

Republican claims victory in close-fought Alaska poll

Republican claims victory in close-fought Alaska poll 18 Nov 2010 Republican senator Lisa Murkowski claimed victory in a bitterly-fought election in Alaska that went down to the wire as a Tea Party rival took legal action to try to swing it his way. Murkowski flew in from Washington to claim re-election in the three-way race that pitted her against Democratic opponent Scott McAdams, and Tea Party challenger -- and Republican primary winner -- Joe Miller.

Hong Kong officials meet after bird flu confirmed

Hong Kong officials meet after bird flu confirmed 17 Nov 2010 Hong Kong has confirmed its first case of human bird flu in seven years. Health Secretary York Chow said late Wednesday that a 59-year-old woman had tested positive for H5N1 bird flu after returning to Hong Kong from the Chinese mainland, and is in serious condition in a local hospital. With the announcement, the government raised the bird flu alert to "serious," meaning there is a risk of contracting the disease within the territory.

Embassy Bombing Verdict May Discourage More Civilian Trials

Because they're innocent, let's just stop trying 'em: Embassy Bombing Verdict May Discourage More Civilian Trials 18 Nov 2010 The Obama administration may want to seek other ways to prosecute Guantanamo Bay inmates following a New York jury conviction of an alleged 'al-Qaeda' bomber [Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani] on only one of 285 counts in the 1998 attacks on U.S. embassies in Africa... The Ghailani case was a test of whether such a defendant could be prosecuted in a civilian court and, while resulting in a guilty verdict, may give pause to any Justice Department effort to seek more trials, legal experts said. Rebecca Lonergan, an ex-federal prosecutor who teaches national security law at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, said the federal government should create a special "national security court" to handle such cases. ['National security courts.' Gee, that could be a lot more ominous than the TSA pat-downs. But if Republicans embrace the idea, we won't be hearing any negative chatter about it in the media. --LRP]

MI5 officer will not face prosecution over claims he aided torture of Guantanamo Bay detainee

MI5 officer will not face prosecution over claims he aided torture of Guantanamo Bay detainee 17 Nov 2010 An MI5 officer will not be prosecuted over claims he was complicit in the torture of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed. The announcement by the Crown Prosecution Service came only a day after millions of pounds of 'hush money' was earmarked for 16 terror suspects, including Mohamed. Scotland Yard launched an inquiry after Mohamed said an employee of the Security Service was aware of his ill-treatment while he was being held in Pakistan in 2002.

Hundreds of masked protesters call for George Bush to be arrested for war crimes

Hundreds of masked protesters call for George Bush to be arrested for war crimes as he opens Presidential Centre in Dallas 17 Nov 2010 Protesters called for George W. Bush to be arrested for his role in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as he opened his presidential library in Dallas. Demonstrators staked hundreds of white crosses into the ground to represent troops killed in both wars and carried banners saying 'torture is illegal' and 'arrest Bush'. It comes after controversial remarks made by Mr Bush in his memoirs Decision Points that water-boarding saved lives in Britain by preventing attacks on Heathrow and Canary Wharf.

Insurers Gave U.S. Chamber $86 Million Used to Oppose Obama's Health Law

Insurers Gave U.S. Chamber $86 Million Used to Oppose Obama's Health Law 17 Nov 2010 Health insurers last year gave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce $86.2 million that was used to oppose the health-care overhaul law, according to tax records and people familiar with the donation. The insurance lobby, whose members include Minnetonka, Minnesota-based UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Cigna Corp. of Philadelphia, gave the money to the Chamber in 2009 as Democrats increased criticism of the industry, according to a person who requested anonymity because laws don't require identifying funding sources. The Chamber got the money from the America's Health Insurance Plans as the industry urged Congress to drop a plan to create a competing government-run insurance plan.

Guantanamo Detainee Acquitted of Most Terror Charges

Guantanamo Detainee Acquitted of Most Terror Charges --Ghailani could still spend life in prison, despite acquittal 17 Nov 2010 The first Guantanamo detainee prisoner to face a civilian trial was acquitted Wednesday of most charges he helped unleash death and destruction on two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998 - an opening salvo in 'al Qaeda's' campaign to kill US citizens. A federal jury convicted Ahmed Ghailani of one count of conspiracy and acquitted him of all other counts, including murder and murder conspiracy, in the embassy bombings. Ghailani faces a statutory minimum of 20 years in prison but could also receive a life sentence, CBS News reports.

Fort Bragg: No bomb threats, just campaign calls from Haiti

Fort Bragg: No bomb threats, just campaign calls from Haiti 17 Nov 2010 Fort Bragg officials security has been tightened on post after a series of bomb threats and other calls were made today around 12:30 p.m. Buildings were evacuated and Fort Bragg first-responders conducted searches. Nothing was found that indicated any threat, spokesmen said. Telephone calls were made to different buildings around Fort Bragg and an unknown male caller speaks in an unknown foreign language. He said "bomb" in broken English in the message, post officials said.

US 'to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014'

US 'to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014' 17 Nov 2010 The US-led NATO military alliance says handing over security matters to Afghan forces could take place well beyond a 2014 target date in some areas in Afghanistan. Mark Sedwill, the top civilian NATO representative in Afghanistan, said the transition could run "to 2015 and beyond" in some areas that could still face security problems, Reuters reported. The remarks come as Afghanistan is scheduled to be among top priorities to be discussed when NATO leaders gather for an annual summit in Lisbon this week.

Sarah Palin's Daughter Uses Homophobic Slurs

Sarah Palin's Daughter Uses Homophobic Slurs 16 Nov 2010 Sarah Palin's 16-year-old daughter Willow Palin used multiple homophobic slurs -- including the word f**got -- to attack a Facebook user who criticized her mom's new reality show TMZ has learned. During the premiere of "Sarah Palin's Alaska" Sunday night -- a boy named Tre who went to school with the Palin kids wrote a status update that read, "Sarah Palin's Alaska, is failing so hard right now." The comment sparked an intense response from Willow -- who replied on the boy's wall, "Haha your so gay. I have no idea who you are, But what I've seen pictures of, your disgusting ... My sister had a kid and is still hot." Willow followed up that comment with another that read, "Tre stfu. Your such a f**got." [Gee, another unenlightened, Reichwing dirt-bag populating the Amerikan landscape. Join us: Polar Bears For Sarah Palin... For Lunch.]

UN urges full US torture investigation

UN urges full US torture investigation 17 Nov 2010 The United Nations has called on the United States to conduct a full investigation into torture under the administration of former US President [sic] George W. Bush. The UN special rapporteur on torture, Juan Ernesto Mendez, urged Washington on Tuesday to prosecute offenders as well as senior officials who ordered the abuse of prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. "The United States has a duty to investigate every act of torture. Unfortunately, we haven't seen much in the way of accountability," Mendez told Reuters.

TSA to investigate body scan resister

TSA to investigate body scan resister 15 Nov 2010 The Transportation Security Administration has opened an investigation targeting John Tyner, the Oceanside man who left Lindbergh Field under duress on Saturday morning after refusing to undertake a full body scan. Tyner recorded the half-hour long encounter on his cell phone and later posted it to his personal blog... Michael J. Aguilar, chief of the TSA office in San Diego, called a news conference at the airport Monday afternoon to announce the probe. He said the investigation could lead to prosecution and civil penalties of up to $11,000.

Israel demands written US guarantees before freeze

Israel demands written US guarantees before freeze --Official says Netanyahu will not present Cabinet with US proposal for renewal of settlement construction moratorium until he receives written security guarantees. 16 Nov 2010 Israel has demanded the United States provide written security guarantees before it votes on whether to agree to freeze Jewish settlement building in the West Bank, an Israeli political source said Tuesday. The official said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will present the offer to his Cabinet only upon receiving written guarantees which "reflect the understandings reached during his talks with Hillary Clinton in New York."

Philadelphia: A growing need for food relief

Philadelphia: A growing need for food relief --A snapshot of a region in need 16 Nov 2010 Philadelphia has the highest povery rate of any major city, with one out of four people living in poverty. One-third of that population is under 18. In September, about 70,700 Philadelphians were unemployed and looking for work. In December 2007, when most economists say the recession began, 39,500 people were unemployed. More than 900,000 residents of the Delaware Valley are at risk for chronic hunger and malnutrition.

'It's not our fault': George Bush blames allied forces for prolonged war in Afghanistan

'It's not our fault': George Bush blames allied forces for prolonged war in Afghanistan 16 Nov 2010 George Bush has laid the blame for the prolonged war in Afghanistan on NATO allies who didn't pull their weight on the battlefield. The ex-president [sic] blasted critics who claim his administration took its 'eye off the ball' and allowed the conflict to escalate during the invasion of Iraq. In an interview with CNN, Mr Bush said he assumed allied forces would take up the slack while US troops were busy toppling Saddam Hussein and coping with the ensuing insurgency. 'What happened in Afghanistan was that our NATO allies, some of them,  turned out not to be willing to fight,' he said. [He should know. Chickenhawk unsub Bush -- and his little dog, Cheney, too -- avoided Vietnam.]

Nato chief says there is no alternative to staying in Afghanistan

Nato chief says there is no alternative to staying in Afghanistan 15 Nov 2010 Nato's secretary general warned on Monday that there was "no alternative" to a prolonged frontline role in Afghanistan as the organisation prepared a phased withdrawal plan based on the US strategy in Iraq. Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that the Lisbon summit of Nato members that begins on Friday would commit the alliance to train and support Afghan troops battling the Taliban in substantial numbers through to the 2014 deadline for local forces to take over security.

Stop and search plans are 'discriminatory', watchdog warns

Stop and search plans are 'discriminatory', watchdog warns --New Home Office guidance will allow race to be taken into account when a police officer stops someone 15 Nov 2010 Government plans allowing police to stop people on the grounds of skin colour are discriminatory and amount to racial profiling, the official equalities body has warned ministers. The Equality and Human Rights Commission wants the plans dropped and has warned there is a high risk that British and European laws will be broken, in a letter seen by the Guardian.

Iran launches 'biggest' aerial drills

Iran launches 'biggest' aerial drills 16 Nov 2010 The Iranian Army has launched its biggest nationwide air defense drill to prepare against any possible attacks "on public or nuclear sites." Arial defense units from the Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) are taking part in the three-stage five-day defense maneuvers dubbed "Modafean Aseman Velayat 3," (the Guardians of Islamic Skies), Fars news agency reported on Tuesday. The nationwide air maneuvers, which kicked off early Tuesday, are being held near Iran's "nuclear and vital landmarks" and include tests of long-range anti-air missiles.

Feds expand anti-terror campaign to Los Angeles

Feds expand anti-terror campaign to Los Angeles 16 Nov 2010 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is expanding the nationwide "If you see something, say something" anti-terror campaign to Los Angeles. The federal agency launched the campaign Tuesday ahead of the holiday travel season to increase public vigilance at airports and train stations. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa likened the concept to a "21st century neighborhood watch" [police state] that encourages passengers to keep an eye out for suspicious behavior or activity.

More US households short of food

More US households short of food 15 Nov 2010 Almost 15% of US households experienced a food shortage at some point in 2009, a government report has found. US authorities say that figure is the highest they have seen since they began collecting data in the 1990s, and a slight increase over 2008 levels. Single mothers are among the hardest hit: About 3.5 million said they were at times unable to put sufficient food on the table. [No worries -- MSNBC will save us! They just posted a full screen of tips, such as coupons.com.--LRP to MDR. The only tip worth putting up is this: Revolution. --MDR]

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