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Canadian killed in Afghanistan after IED explodes

Canadian killed in Afghanistan after IED explodes 21 Jun 2010 (Sperwan Gar, Afghanistan) ...The word "comms lockdown" can only mean one thing to a Canadian soldier on the frontline: Another countryman is dead. Minutes later, the field phone again rang once. ...A Canadian was KIA near Balpeen, a combat operations post battling intense insurgent attacks, about 15 kilometres east of here. The ban on all communications would last late into the night, giving time for the sun to rise over Canada, and the military to tell Sergeant James MacNeil’s next of kin that he was gone, the 148th Canadian soldier to die in the Afghan war.

Vitter Aide Resigns After ABC News Disclosures About Past

Vitter Aide Resigns After ABC News Disclosures About Past --Knife Attack on ex-Girlfriend, Drunk Driving, Open Arrest Warrant Detailed in ABC News Report 23 Jun 2010 A trusted aide to Louisiana Sen. David Vitter resigned Wednesday morning after ABC News reported that he had been arrested for attacking his ex-girlfriend with a knife, and had an open warrant for his arrest in Baton Rouge on a drunk driving charge. The aide, Brent Furer, worked on the Republican senator's last campaign, and has spent the last five years posted in his Washington office to handle, among other things, women's issues. An ABC News investigation out this morning revealed that Furer had repeated brushes with the law dating back to the 1990s.

NORAD plans exercise flights over D.C., three states

NORAD plans exercise flights over D.C., three states 22 Jun 2010 The North American Aerospace Defense Command is conducting exercise flights over Washington, Baltimore, Richmond, and northern West Virginia to test its response to air threats. NORAD will conduct multiple exercise flights Tuesday in the early afternoon. The exercise will include fighter aircraft and general aviation aircraft contracted by the Department of Defense.

Bombs Kill 2 American Troops in Afghanistan

Bombs Kill 2 American Troops in Afghanistan 23 Jun 2010 Two American service members died following bomb attacks in southern Afghanistan, the military said Wednesday. June is on track to becoming one of the deadliest months for U.S. and international forces in the nearly nine-year Afghan war. Including the latest deaths, 69 international forces have been killed so far this month, 43 of them American.

U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Ban on Monsanto's Biotech Alfalfa

U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Ban on Monsanto's Biotech Alfalfa 22 Jun 2010 In the first Supreme Court ruling on genetically engineered crops, the high [wh*re] court Monday reversed a nationwide ban on the planting of Monsanto Inc.'s genetically modified alfalfa. The seeds are engineered to tolerate the company's Roundup Ready herbicide. In a 7-1 ruling, the justices overturned a lower court injunction that has prohibited farmers from planting Roundup Ready alfalfa for three years.

15 US-led troops killed in 2 days

15 US-led troops killed in 2 days 23 Jun 2010 At least 15 US-led troops have been killed in Afghanistan in two days amid a surge in Taliban attacks against the foreign forces in the war-torn country. NATO said in a statement on Wednesday that at least five foreign troops had lost their lives in separate incidents in Afghanistan.

McChrystal's Fate in Limbo as He Prepares to Meet Obama

McChrystal's Fate in Limbo as He Prepares to Meet Obama 23 Jun 2010 President Obama plans to decide the fate of his top commander in Afghanistan Wednesday after a firestorm over remarks the general and members of his staff made that were contemptuous of senior administration officials. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal has prepared a letter of resignation, though President Obama had not made up his mind whether to accept it when they meet Wednesday morning. "I think it's clear that the article in which he and his team appeared showed poor judgment," Mr. Obama said after a cabinet meeting Tuesday. "But I also want to make sure I talk to him directly before I make final judgment."

White House to Appeal Ruling Against Drilling Ban

White House to Appeal Ruling Against Drilling Ban 22 Jun 2010 The White House said Tuesday it will immediately appeal a federal judge's ruling against the Obama administration's moratorium on new deepwater drilling. A New Orleans judge on Tuesday blocked the six-month ban imposed in the wake of the Gulf oil spill, saying the Interior Department had failed to provide adequate reasons for it.

One dead, two hurt in Ft. Bragg training accident

One dead, two hurt in Ft. Bragg training accident --Incident called 'extremely rare occurrence' and 'under investigation' 22 Jun 2010 Military officials say a range control contractor is dead and two other people have been injured during a training accident. It happened Tuesday at Fort Bragg's Range 77... The Associated Press reported the two contractors were employees of Echota Technologies Corp., which is located in Tennessee.

Obama to confront McChrystal at White House

Obama to confront McChrystal at White House --The situation poses a tough dilemma for Obama, who faces the choice of either being seen as tolerating insubordination from the military or shaking up the chain of command at a perilous moment in the unpopular nine-year-old war. 23 Jun 2010 President Barack Obama will confront his top Afghanistan commander on Wednesday before deciding whether to fire him over inflammatory comments that have angered the White House and threatened to undermine the war effort. Summoned from Afghanistan to meet with Obama, Gen. Stanley McChrystal will be asked to explain remarks he and his aides made in a Rolling Stone magazine article that disparaged the president and mocked other senior civilian leaders.

Taliban funded by US taxes

Taliban funded by US taxes 22 Jun 2010 The US military has been giving tens of millions of American taxpayer dollars to warlords in Afghanistan, through logistics firms in the war-torn country. Investigators say as much as $4 million per week end up in the hands of the Taliban via local security companies in return for not attacking convoys carrying supplies to American troops based across Afghanistan. If the mafia-style protection payments are not made, the trucks responsible for transporting food, water, fuel and ammunition will allegedly come under attack.

Taliban attack US envoy's helicopter

Taliban attack US envoy's helicopter 23 Jun 2010 Despite increased security, gunmen greet US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, with gunfire and mortars, in Afghanistan. Afghan officials said on Tuesday that Holbrooke's helicopter, the V22 Osprey, was apparently targeted by gunfire and mortars, when it tried to land. He was on his way to visit US troops and the governor of Helmand province in Marjah.

NY law would be 1st to take DNA from all criminals

NY law would be 1st to take DNA from all criminals 22 Jun 2010 Gov. David Paterson has proposed roughly doubling New York's DNA database to include samples from even low-level offenders, making it the first in the nation to so broadly collect and use that evidence to solve crimes and exonerate people wrongly convicted. New York's law would require adding about 48,000 samples a year to a laboratory system that state officials say is capable of handling the extra work, with no current backlogs.

The Runaway General

The Runaway General --Stanley McChrystal, Obama's top commander in Afghanistan, has seized control of the war by never taking his eye off the real enemy: The wimps in the White House By Michael Hastings 22 Jun 2010 Now, flipping through printout cards of his speech in Paris, [General Stanley] McChrystal wonders aloud what Biden question he might get today, and how he should respond. "I never know what's going to pop out until I'm up there, that's the problem," he says. Then, unable to help themselves, he and his staff imagine the general dismissing the vice president with a good one-liner. "Are you asking about Vice President Biden?" McChrystal says with a laugh. "Who's that?" "Biden?" suggests a top adviser. "Did you say: Bite Me?"

Judge who overturned drilling moratorium reported owning stock in drilling companies

Judge who overturned drilling moratorium reported owning stock in drilling companies 22 Jun 2010 The federal judge who overturned Barack Obama's offshore drilling moratorium reported owning stock in numerous companies involved in the offshore oil industry - including Transocean, which leased the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig to BP prior to its April 20 explosion in the Gulf of Mexico -- according to 2008 financial disclosure reports. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman issued a preliminary injunction today barring the enforcement of the president's proposed six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling, arguing that the ban is too broad.

WikiLeaks founder drops 'mass spying' hint

WikiLeaks founder drops 'mass spying' hint 22 Jun 2010 WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has given his strongest indication yet about the next big leak from his whistleblower organisation. There has been rampant speculation about WikiLeaks' next revelation following its recent release of a top secret military video showing an attack in Baghdad which killed more than a dozen people, including two employees of the Reuters news agency.

Giving peace advice to terrorist can be illegal

Giving peace advice to terrorist can be illegal By Bob Egelko 22 Jun 2010 The government can prosecute private citizens for giving advice to a foreign organization - on how to negotiate peace or take its case to the United Nations, for example - if the group is on the U.S. terrorist list, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. In the most important foreign policy and civil liberties case of their 2009-10 term, the justices ruled 6-3 that a law prohibiting "material support" of foreign terrorist organizations can be used against people who claim to be providing only peaceful, humanitarian assistance.

General Stanley McChrystal tenders his resignation - Telegraph

General Stanley McChrystal tenders his resignation - Telegraph By Toby Harnden 22 Jun 2010 A senior Capitol Hill source tells me that General Stanley McChrystal had tendered his resignation to President Barack Obama and that the White House is actively discussing a replacement who could be quickly confirmed by the Senate. The source said that among the names being touted as possible successors are General James Mattis, the outgoing head of the US Joint Forces Command and due to retire after being passed over as US Marine Corps commander, and Lieutenant General William Caldwell, commander of Nato’s Training Mission in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: Taliban 'plotted to kill US envoy'

Afghanistan: Taliban 'plotted to kill US envoy' 22 Jun 2010 The Taliban plotted to blow up US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke during his visit to southern Helmand province on Tuesday, a spokesman for the provincial governor, Daud Ahmadi, told Pajhwok Afghan news agency. The Taliban sent three suicide bombers to a square in the lawless Marja district of Helmand, where Holbrooke was due to meet US troops on Tuesday, Ahmadi said.

2 experts resign from WHO swine flu review panel

2 experts resign from WHO swine flu review panel 22 Jun 2010 The World Health [Homicide] Organization said Tuesday that two members of an expert panel reviewing the global body's response to the swine flu outbreak have resigned over concerns about perceived conflict of interest. John MacKenzie and Tony Evans stepped down because their close association with the UN health organization during the outbreak could be seen as conflicting with the panel's ability to remain independent, WHO said.

White House's offshore-drilling moratorium blocked by judge

Judge Blocks Deep-Water Drilling Moratorium 22 Jun 2010 A federal judge in New Orleans on Tuesday blocked a six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling projects imposed in response to the massive Gulf oil spill. The White House promised an immediate appeal. President Barack Obama's administration had halted approval of any new permits for deepwater drilling and suspended drilling of 33 exploratory wells in the Gulf.

Pesticide Fears Over Bee Brain Damage

Pesticide Fears Over Bee Brain Damage 22 Jun 2010 Bees are being fitted with radio ID tags to monitor their movements over concerns pesticides could be giving insects brain disorders. Experts say three of the UK's 25 bumblebee species have gone extinct and half have suffered losses of up to 70%... The studies are also looking at declining numbers of butterflies and hoverflies.

US General's White House Orders Over Remarks

US General's White House Orders Over Remarks 22 Jun 2010 The top US commander in Afghanistan has been ordered to the White House to explain critical remarks about President Barack Obama and his administration. The summons comes a day after General Stanley McChrystal apologised for his comments denouncing a top diplomat while his aides dismissed the president and mocked some of his closest advisers. The Rolling Stone article also quoted an aide describing Gen McChrystal's "disappointment" with his initial one-on-one meeting with Mr Obama last year.

Las Vegas Law Enforcement Launch Anti-Terrorism Campaign

Las Vegas Law Enforcement Launch Anti-Terrorism Campaign 22 Jun 2010 Las Vegas law enforcement agencies are launching a new effort aimed at encouraging regular citizens to watch out for suspicious activity. The program is called "See Something, Say Something". The program is designed to make average citizens the eyes and ears of law enforcement when officers aren't around. Authorities say a prime example of how well that can work is the attempted attack on Times Square in New York City.

UK special envoy to Afghanistan who called for talks with Taliban quits

UK special envoy to Afghanistan who called for talks with Taliban quits --Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles on 'extended leave' after rocky relationship with Nato and US over tactics in conflict 21 Jun 2010 Britain's special envoy to Afghanistan, known for his scepticism about the western war effort and his support for peace talks with the Taliban, has stepped down just a month before a critical international conference in Kabul. Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles has taken "extended leave", a spokesman for the British high commission in Islamabad said today.

U.S. paying millions to insurgents, Taliban and Afghan warlords

As CLG has reported for *years,* the PentaPost *finally* observes: U.S. paying millions to insurgents, Taliban and Afghan warlords 22 Jun 2010 The U.S. military is funding a massive protection racket in Afghanistan, indirectly paying tens of millions of dollars to warlords, corrupt public officials and the Taliban to ensure safe passage of its supply convoys throughout the country, according to congressional investigators. The security arrangements, part of a $2.16 billion transport contract, violate laws on the use of private contractors terrorists, as well as Defense Department regulations, and "dramatically undermine" larger U.S. objectives of curtailing corruption and strengthening effective governance in Afghanistan, a report released late Monday said. The report describes a Defense Department that is well aware that some of the money paid to contractors winds up in the hands of warlords and insurgents. [See: The Obusha AfPak Money Pit: Unlike the 'public option,' Congress doesn't ask if funding the Taleban to blow up contractors' bridges will add to the US deficit By Lori Price 03 Oct 2009.]

In California, license plates might go electronic

In California, license plates might go electronic --In emergencies, the plates could be used to broadcast Amber Alerts or traffic information propaganda. 20 Jun 2010 As electronic highway billboards flashing neon advertisements become more prevalent, the next frontier in distracted driving is already approaching--ad-blaring license plates. The California Legislature is [insanely] considering a bill that would allow the state to begin researching the use of electronic license plates for vehicles.

Midwest Town Mandates Immigration Check for Renters

Midwest Town Mandates Immigration Check for Renters --Far from Any U.S. Border, Fremont, Nebraska, Could Set National Precedent on Immigration 21 Jun 2010 The [Fremont, NE] ordinance aims to zero in on illegal aliens in the workplace and at their temporary homes. Under the ordinance, renters would have to apply for a license, which includes a police check of the applicant's legal status. Undocumented aliens would be turned over to the federal government. Additionally, businesses would be required to check the legal status of their workers through the federal E-verify database and would face penalties for hiring undocumented citizens.

300th British soldier killed in Afghanistan war

300th British soldier killed in Afghanistan war 21 Jun 2010 As a royal marine is confirmed as the 300th British fatality in the Afghan conflict, Channel 4 News analyses Britain's military strategy in the country, and hears from a wife still mourning the loss of her soldier husband. The marine, part of 40 Commando Royal Marines operating in Sangin, died in New Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham yesterday.

NYC car bomb suspect pleads guilty, calls it 'war'

NYC car bomb suspect pleads guilty, calls it 'war' 21 Jun 2010 Calling himself a Muslim soldier, a defiant Pakistan-born U.S. citizen pleaded guilty Monday to carrying out the failed Times Square car bombing and left a sinister warning that unless the U.S. leaves Muslim lands alone, "we will be attacking U.S." Faisal Shahzad entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Manhattan just days after a federal grand jury indicted him on 10 terrorism and weapons counts, some of which carried mandatory life prison sentences. He pleaded guilty to them all.

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