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'Tittle-tattle' behind Iraq invasion

'Tittle-tattle' behind Iraq invasion 31 Jul 2010 Former British Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott says the intelligence which justified the invasion of Iraq for the government of Tony Blair was nothing more than "tittle-tattle." Speaking before the Iraq war inquiry panel, Prescott said he felt "nervous" at the time as the government was claiming that former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein could unleash deadly unconventional attacks on his desired targets within 45 minutes. Prescott attempted to justify his support for the invasion, saying he was responsible for keeping the cabinet united.

Military airstrike video leak suspect in solitary confinement

'Manning's legal future is complex.' Military airstrike video leak suspect in solitary confinement 31 Jul 2010 The Army private charged with leaking an airstrike video and downloading documents remained in solitary confinement Saturday. Military officials told CNN that Pfc. Bradley Manning is also the prime suspect in the latest leak of documents to the WikiLeaks website. Manning was routinely processed Thursday at the Quantico detention facility, a military spokesman said Friday.

Arrest warrants issued for US soldiers

Arrest warrants issued for US soldiers 30 Jul 2010 In Spain, a judge has re-issued arrest warrants for three US soldiers over the killing of a Spanish TV cameraman who died in US tank fire in Iraq in 2003. Spain's National Court announced Thursday that it has re-issued an the arrest warrants because the soldiers are implicated in an attack on Baghdad's Hotel Palestine, where Jose Couso along with dozens of other journalists were based during the Iraq war, Time reported.

Ex-Homeland Security boss joins gas drilling group

Ex-Homeland Security boss joins gas drilling group 30 Jul 2010 The nation's first Department of Homeland Security secretary has agreed to serve as strategic adviser to an industry group led by companies drilling for natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation. The group announced Friday that Tom Ridge's communications and policy groups will be paid $75,000 a month for help in such areas as public outreach, education and coalition building.

Wetlands Front Group Funded by Big Oil Wants Taxpayers to Foot Bill for BP's Gulf Destruction

Wetlands Front Group Funded by Big Oil Wants Taxpayers to Foot Bill for BP's Gulf Destruction By Brendan DeMelle and Jerry Cope 28 Jul 2010 A group of oil companies including BP, Shell, ExxonMobil, Citgo, Chevron and other polluters are using a front group called "America's WETLAND Foundation" and a Louisiana women's group called Women of the Storm to spread the message that U.S. taxpayers should pay for the damage caused by BP to Gulf Coast wetlands, and that the reckless offshore oil industry should continue drilling for the "wholesale sustainability" of the region. ...[A] click through to the "sponsors" page reveals that this effort is actually led by America's WETLAND Foundation, which is funded chiefly by the same oil companies who have ruined the Gulf and endangered the planet with their global warming emissions.

House GOP leaders: 9/11 first responders aid bill 'a massive new entitlement program'

House GOP leaders: 9/11 first responders aid bill 'a massive new entitlement program' 28 Jul 2010 House Republican leadership is advising its members to vote against a bipartisan bill that would, among other things, bolster medical support to Sept. 11 victims. The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2009, sponsored by  Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), would provide medical monitoring to those exposed to toxins at ground zero, bolster treatment at specialized centers for those afflicted by toxins on Sept. 11 and reopen a compensation fund to provide for the economic loss of victims.

SUV with American Embassy Contractors Strikes and Kills Afghans

SUV with American Embassy Contractors Strikes and Kills Afghans 31 Jul 2010 In Kabul on Friday, a crowd of hundreds of Afghans rioted after a sport utility vehicle carrying American Embassy contractors mercenaries struck a car of Afghans, killing at least three of them, the Afghan police said. The riot happened early Friday afternoon on the busy road that connects the American Embassy and military headquarters in Kabul with the city’s airport. The crowd chanted "Death to America" and "Death to foreigners." Four contractors were in the vehicle, the embassy said. An Afghan police officer on the scene said the contractors traded fire with the police, but spokeswomen from their company, DynCorp International, and the United States Embassy said that the contractors did not fire any shots. [Yeah, right! I wouldn't believe anything *DynCorp* said if their tongues came notarized. --LRP]

July is deadliest month for US forces in Afghanistan

July is deadliest month for US forces in Afghanistan 30 Jul 2010 Six US soldiers were killed in bombing and 'insurgent' attacks in Afghanistan's volatile south, making July the deadliest month of the war for American forces, officers said Friday. Three were killed on Thursday and three more on Friday, NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said... The casualties brought the death toll for US soldiers in July to 66, an all-time high that surpassed the record toll of 60 for the previous month, according to the icasualties.org website.

Memo floats immigration reforms without congressional action

Memo floats immigration reforms without congressional action 30 Jul 2010 The Obama administration is exploring a broad range of options that potentially could let thousands of illegal immigrants remain in the United States legally or apply for permanent residency if Congress continues to stall on passage of comprehensive immigration reform, according to an internal government memo obtained by The Arizona Republic.

Israel says Iran sanctions not enough

Israel says Iran sanctions not enough 30 Jul 2010 Repeating its accusations against Tehran's nuclear program, Israel says sanctions cannot stop a determined Iran from pursuing its nuclear goals. "They're determined to get nuclear military capability. We see it," Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program on Friday, AFP reported. "I don't believe that sanctions will work," he told the US-based cable news channel.

Explosion Kills 2 in L.A. Building With Tampered Gas Line

Explosion Kills 2 in L.A. Building With Tampered Gas Line 30 Jul 2010 An industrial building with a tampered gas line exploded Friday, killing a man who was hurled into the street and another who was electrocuted by a downed power line, officials said. The blast turned the front of the wooden building in South Los Angeles into a mass of downed, shattered wooden beams. The building caught fire and 100 firefighters doused the blaze in about 25 minutes, fire spokesman Erik Scott said.

Three Marines charged in crime ring

Three Marines charged in crime ring 30 Jul 2010 (NC) Deputies say they have cracked what they're calling a "major crime ring" involving three Marines based at Camp Lejeune. Charged are Jacob Lee, Joshua Anthony Mathis, and Deangelo Lebron Gearing. According to a news release from the Onslow County Sheriff's Office, $175,000 worth of stolen cars and items from home burglaries have been recovered so far. The Marines face vehicle larceny, vehicle burglary, and home burglary charges.

Obama seeks to expand arms exports by trimming approval process

His aides are now compiling the 'munitions list.' Obama seeks to expand arms exports by trimming approval process 30 Jul 2010 The United States is currently the world biggest weapons supplier -- holding 30 per cent of the market -- but the Obama administration has begun modifying export control regulations in hopes of enlarging the U.S. market share, according to U.S. officials. President Barack Obama already has taken the first steps by tucking new language into the Iran sanctions bill signed in early July. His aides are now compiling the "munitions list," which regulates the sale of military items. The administration's stated reason for the changes is to simplify the sale of weapons to U.S. allies, but potential spinoffs include generating business for the U.S. defense industry...

Paris police: Tear gas in letter for US Embassy

Paris police: Tear gas in letter for US Embassy 30 Jul 2010 Two men who work for the U.S. Embassy in Paris underwent medical tests after handling a suspicious letter Friday, the embassy said, and Paris police said it appeared they had been exposed to tear gas fumes. Both men were cleared and released after being examined at the Paris hospital Hotel Dieu, Embassy spokesman Paul Patin said. The mailroom employees identified a suspicious letter and the embassy alerted French authorities, he told The Associated Press.

Bullet hole found in Arizona lawmaker's office

Bullet hole found in Arizona lawmaker's office 29 Jul 2010 Authorities say a bullet apparently was fired into an office of a Democratic congressman who has been an outspoken opponent of the state's immigration law. The apparent bullet hole was found in a window Thursday in the Yuma office of Rep. Raul Grijalva. The discovery came on the same day that vocal immigration protests were held in Arizona. A judge a day earlier delayed most of the controversial new law from taking effect. Yuma police are investigating to determine whether the bullet discovery is related to immigration.

Al-Qaida plants flag, burns bodies in Iraq attack

Al-Qaida plants flag, burns bodies in Iraq attack 29 Jul 2010 Militants flew an al-Qaida flag over a Baghdad neighborhood Thursday after killing 16 security officials and burning some of their bodies in a brazen afternoon attack that served as a  reminder of continued insurgent strength in Iraq's capital. It was the bloodiest attack in a day that included the deaths of 23 Iraqi soldiers, policemen and other security forces across the country who were targeted by shootings and roadside bombs.

Army private transferred to Virginia amid WikiLeaks probe

Army private transferred to Virginia amid WikiLeaks probe --Pfc. Manning will remain in confinement as Army continues investigation 30 Jul 2010 An Army private suspected of leaking classified material, including videos and other documents, has been transferred from Kuwait to a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Virginia. Pfc. Bradley Manning, who served as an intelligence analyst in Iraq, was charged in June with eight violations of the U.S. Criminal Code and is the military's focus in the investigation into who leaked tens of thousands of documents to the website WikiLeaks.

Arizona sheriff launches 17th immigration sweep

Arizona sheriff launches 17th immigration sweep --Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he timed it for the day SB 1070 takes effect to send a message: that nothing is changing despite a court ruling on the law. 30 Jul 2010 With most of Arizona's new immigration law blocked by a judge, controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio launched his 17th "crime suppression" sweep in Maricopa County, pledging late Thursday afternoon to have his deputies and volunteers check the immigration status of those arrested. "We're looking for anybody who violates the law," he said. "If we find any illegal aliens, they are going to be arrested."

Gates Assails WikiLeaks Over Release of Reports

Gates Assails WikiLeaks Over Release of Reports --Justice Dept. lawyers are exploring whether Mr. Assange and WikiLeaks could be charged with inducing, or conspiring in, violations of the 1917 Espionage Act. 30 Jul 2010 Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Thursday denounced the disclosure this week of 75,000 classified documents about the Afghanistan war by the Web site WikiLeaks, asserting that the security breach had endangered lives and damaged the ability of others to trust the United States government to protect their secrets. The military has charged an intelligence analyst, Pfc. Bradley Manning, with downloading large amounts of classified information from a computer at a base in Iraq and sending it to WikiLeaks... Military officials have said that Army investigators also consider Private Manning a "person of interest" in the investigation into the Web site’s most recent disclosures.

Wikileaks Afghanistan: FBI called in to hunt those responsible

Wikileaks Afghanistan: FBI called in to hunt those responsible --The FBI has been called in to help hunt those responsible for leaking tens of thousands of secret documents about the Afghanistan war. 29 Jul 2010 Robert Gates, the US Defense Secretary, warned that sources identified in the documents now risked being "targeted for retribution" by insurgents in Afghanistan. He pledged a "thorough, aggressive investigation" to identify the leakers and said that steps were being taken to restrict access to classified documents in future. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the US military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the leakers "might already have on their hands the blood of some young soldier or that of an Afghan family". ['Hello, Pot? This is Kettle...' No one on *God's green earth* has more blood on their hands than the war criminals, sociopaths and terrorists mismanaging these illegal occupations for opium and oil. And the whole world knows it. --LRP]

WikiLeaks founder fears arrest warrant

WikiLeaks founder fears arrest warrant 29 Jul 2010 The founder of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, who is in London, says he would be arrested if he goes back to the US. "I have been advised by my lawyers and by senior US national security reporters to not enter into the United States in relation with a previous…leak we did," he said, speaking to Press TV's correspondent in London on Thursday. Assange, whose website is known for exposing the US carnage of civilians, recounted the Western media's guardianship of the Western governments. He said the mainstream media maintain a close relationship with the Western leadership. [Yup, it's one big circle jerk.]

Eight killed in Afghanistan blasts

Eight killed in Afghanistan blasts 29 Jul 2010 Two powerful blasts have killed at least eight Afghan security contractors in Afghanistan amid rising militant attacks against the foreign and government forces in the war-torn country. The contractors were killed in two separate incidents in Ghazni province. Initial reports say several others were injured in the fatal explosions.

Obama approves more funds for wars

Obama approves more funds for wars --Total cost for wars since 2001 is USD 1 trillion 30 Jul 2010 US President Barack Obama has signed a spending bill allocating USD 37 billion to the unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The new funds bring the total cost of the two US-led wars in the region to USD 1 trillion since 2001. Obama signed the measure two days after it cleared the House of Representatives.

Audit: Blackwater may have overcharged for Iraq work

The quintessential *Duh:* Audit: Blackwater may have overcharged for Iraq work 29 Jul 2010 Lax oversight by the State Department appears to have allowed Blackwater to overcharge a 'nonprofit' organization for security services in Iraq, according to a government audit released today. For five years, the Moyock, N.C.-based private military company, now known as Xe, held a no-bid contract to provide security for the Iraq operations of the International Republican Institute... Although IRI bills itself as nonpartisan, prominent Republicans occupy many of its leadership positions. Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, is chairman of the board.

Bear Raids Laconia Kitchen, Takes Stuffed Bear

Bear Raids Laconia Kitchen, Takes Stuffed Bear 29 Jul 2010 A New Hampshire mother said her two young sons learned an important lesson about leaving the outside door open after a black bear walked into their kitchen and ate two pears and a bunch of grapes and took a drink from the family fishbowl. On its way out of the Laconia house, the real bear grabbed a stuffed bear, said resident Mary Beth Parkinson. The stuffed animal was found in the family's back yard, next to a box of Goldfish crackers.

Are our oceans dying? Phytoplankton has declined 40% in 60 years as figures reveal Earth getting hotter

Are our oceans dying? Phytoplankton has declined 40% in 60 years as figures reveal Earth has been getting hotter since the Eighties 30 Jul 2010 Microscopic marine algae which form the basis of the ocean food chain are dying at a terrifying rate, scientists said today. Phytoplankton, described as the 'fuel' on which marine ecosystems run, are experiencing declines of about 1 per cent of the average total a year. According to the researchers from Dalhousie University in Canada the annual falls translate to a 40 per cent drop in phytoplankton since 1950. The research into phytoplankton comes as a separate report today offered evidence that the world has been warming for the past 30 years.

CCR Attorney Legal Observer Arrested in Arizona Immigration Protests

CCR Attorney Legal Observer Arrested in Arizona Immigration Protests (ccrjustice.org) 29 Jul 2010 This afternoon, CCR Attorney Sunita Patel was arrested as she was carrying out her legal observer duties at a protest of Arizona’s unconstitutional immigration law, SB 1070. As police began a sweep, Ms. Patel began to take down names of those being arrested and was promptly arrested herself. Witnesses say legal observers were deliberately targeted by police.

Arizona immigration protesters hit the streets

Arizona immigration protesters hit the streets --More than a dozen are arrested as demonstrators march in Phoenix, some engaging in acts of civil disobedience. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio plans 'sweep' of immigrant neighborhoods. 30 Jul 2010 More than a dozen people protesting Arizona's hard-line stance against illegal immigrants were arrested Thursday, demonstrating that a ruling by a federal judge blocking most of the state's controversial new immigration law will not quell the furious debate over the issue here. Despite Wednesday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton temporarily putting key parts of the law on hold, hundreds of demonstrators fanned out in Phoenix, arguing the state remains inhospitable to immigrants.

Arizona appeals ruling on state's immigration law

Arizona appeals ruling on state's immigration law 29 Jul 2010 Arizona lodged an appeal on Thursday seeking to lift a judge's ruling blocking key parts of the state's controversial law cracking down on illegal immigrants, the governor's spokesman said. Lawyers for Governor Jan Brewer (R) and Arizona asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to lift a preliminary injunction enjoining parts of the law, and to expedite consideration of the state's appeal, the spokesman, Paul Senseman, said.

Ethics Panel Outlines 13 Charges Against Rangel

Ethics Panel Outlines 13 Charges Against Rangel 29 Jul 2010 U.S. House ethics investigators outlined 13 allegations of wrongdoing against New York Democrat Charles Rangel, including soliciting donations from companies with business before Congress. The allegations, spelled out at a meeting of a House ethics subcommittee, say Rangel sought donations to an academic center bearing his name from companies with business before the House Ways and Means Committee.

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