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H1N1 Flu Expo Group Hosts Unmanned Aircraft Defense Summit

H1N1 Flu Expo Group Hosts Unmanned Aircraft Defense Summit By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 22 Jul 2010 Citizens For Legitimate Government has learned that New-Fields Exhibitions, the previous sponsor of the 5th Iraq Aviation & Defense Summit ('Develop a business plan for the Iraqi military market') and International Swine Flu Conferences ('Mass Fatality Management Planning'), is sponsoring an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Defense and Tactics Conference in Washington, D.C. New-Fields offers the following description of the summit, to be held 29-30 July, 2010. 'This cutting-edge conference brings together military, federal and local governments, academia and industry to discuss their plans to expand their UAS use and to address the challenges facing potential expanded use of UAS.' [Full article here.]

Two British soldiers killed in Afghanistan rescuing injured colleague

Two British soldiers killed in Afghanistan rescuing injured colleague 21 Jul 2010 Two British soldiers were shot dead in Afghanistan on Wednesday while trying to rescue an injured colleague. They were killed by small arms fire in Helmand province in the south of Afghanistan. One soldier was from The Royal Dragoon Guards and the other from 1st Battalion Scots Guards, the Ministry of Defence said.

US spy chief nominee warns of N Korea 'direct attacks'

US spy chief nominee warns of N Korea 'direct attacks' 20 July 2010 North Korea's sinking of a South Korean warship may herald a "dangerous new period", the nominee to be US director of national intelligence has warned. James Clapper told a Senate hearing that Pyongyang might seek "to advance its internal and external political goals through direct attacks". President Barack Obama chose the retired general and under-secretary of defence [and nutjob] to be the new DNI in June.

Why Republicans are taking 30 more hours

Why Republicans are taking 30 more hours By Ezra Klein 21 Jul 2010 When you take a vote on cloture -- a vote on whether the Senate can then move to a vote on passage -- there are a few odd rules you have to follow. The first is you have to wait two days between when you file for a cloture vote and take a cloture vote. The second is that the minority can take 30 hours of post-cloture debate. Usually, they don't... Today, Republicans are. The practical effect of this on the unemployed is that people whose unemployment benefits expired weeks ago will have to wait slightly longer before their benefits resume... Given that Republicans say they support unemployment benefits and just oppose increases in the deficit for things that aren't the Bush tax cuts, it's quite a cruel way for them to press their point.

WH apologizes to fired Ag worker; she mulls return

WH apologizes to fired Ag worker; she mulls return 22 Jul 2010 The White House did a sudden about-face Wednesday and begged for forgiveness from the black Agriculture Department employee whose ouster ignited an embarrassing political firestorm over race. She was offered a "unique opportunity" for a new job and said she was thinking it over. The [Reichwing-fabricated] controversy moved from Monday's forced resignation of a minor U.S. Ag official in Georgia to Tuesday's urgent discussions at the White House amid a rising public outcry and then to Wednesday's repeated apologies and pleas for Shirley Sherrod to come back.

White House sorry for Shirley Sherrod 'racism' firing

White House sorry for Shirley Sherrod 'racism' firing 21 Jul 2010 The White House has apologised to a black US official fired after a video appeared to show her making racially charged remarks about a white farmer. Agriculture department official Shirley Sherrod was exonerated in the full video, which surfaced soon after she was sacked. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the apology reflected "the feelings" of President Barack Obama.

US soldier killed by IED in Iraq

US soldier killed by IED in Iraq 21 Jul 2010 An improvised explosive device (IED) has killed a US soldier in Diyala province, north of Baghdad. "A United States Division North soldier died today [Wednesday] in Diyala province when the soldier's vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device," a US military statement said.

AP sources: No charges for '06 US attorney firings

AP sources: No charges for '06 US attorney firings 21 Jul 2010 The Justice Department has concluded its two-year investigation into the Bush administration's firing of U.S. attorneys and will file no charges, people close to the case said Wednesday. The investigation looked into whether the Bush administration dismissed the nine U.S. attorneys as a way to influence investigations. The scandal contributed to mounting criticism that the administration had politicized the Justice Department, a charge that contributed to the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. [Of course not! Barack Obama doesn't want to offend his Faux News/GOP overlords.  --LRP]

Car bomb explosion kills 30 in Iraq

Blackwater is a busy little bee! Car bomb explosion kills 30 in Iraq 21 Jul 2010 At least 30 people have been killed and 46 others have been wounded in a car bomb explosion in the central Iraqi city of Baqouba. The explosion occurred near a mosque in the predominantly Shia neighborhood of Abu Sayeeda on Wednesday. The strong blast also caused a building to collapse. Some reports, however, say that the explosion occurred near a crowded market.

'Blind terrorism begotten by US, UK'

'Blind terrorism begotten by US, UK' 21 Jul 2010 Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the intelligence services of the US, Israel and Britain were the main supporters of the recent terrorist attacks in Iran. "One of the main objectives the enemy pursued through the terrorist attack in Iran's southeastern city of Zahedan was to create division and religious dissension," Ayatollah Khamenei said on Wednesday. At least 27 people lost their lives and more than 100 others were injured after two bombs went off in quick succession outside the Zahedan Grand Mosque in Sistan-Baluchestan Province on July 15. The attack has widely been blamed on extremist Wahabis and Salafis trained by US intelligence in Pakistan.

Bell city manager is paid nearly $800,000 annually

Bell city manager is paid nearly $800,000 annually 20 Jul 2010 (CA) One of the poorest cities in Los Angeles County has come under public scrutiny for paying its top officials some of the highest salaries in the nation, including almost $800,000 annually for its city manager. The city of Bell pays Chief Administrative Officer Robert Rizzo $787,637 annually, and also pays police Chief Randy Adams $457,000 a year, about 50 percent more than Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck or Sheriff Lee Baca make, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Gov't watchdogs: mortgage program is not working

Gov't watchdogs: mortgage program is not working 21 Jul 2010 Government watchdogs told a Senate panel Wednesday that the Obama administration's effort to help homeowners avoid foreclosure isn't working and that the Treasury Department has failed to fix the program. Special inspector general for the financial bailouts Neil Barofsky said the program has not "put an appreciable dent in foreclosure filings," during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the $700 billion bank bailout. He also said the Treasury Department has ignored earlier demands that it set clearer goals for the program.

IDF destroys West Bank village after declaring it military zone

IDF destroys West Bank village after declaring it military zone --Civil Administration said declared area live fire zone and posted eviction orders for 10 families in tents on June 27 21 Jul 2010 The IDF's Civil Administration destroyed a Palestinian village Monday morning that had earlier been cleared out when its water supply was cut off. The IDF demolished about 55 structures in the West Bank village of Farasiya, including tents, tin shacks, plastic and straw huts, clay ovens, sheep pens and bathrooms. These structures served the 120 farmers, hired workers and their families who lived in the Jordan Valley village.

Agriculture Resignation to be Reconsidered

Agriculture Resignation to be Reconsidered 21 Jul 2010 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday he will reconsider the department's decision to oust a black employee over racially tinged remarks after learning more about what she said. Mr. Vilsack issued a short statement early Wednesday morning after Shirley Sherrod, who until Tuesday was the Agriculture Department's director of rural development in Georgia, said she was pressured to resign because of her comments that she didn't give a white farmer as much help as she could have 24 years ago.

Bradley Airport Getting High-Tech Scanners

Bradley Airport Getting High-Tech Scanners --Federal Stimulus Funds [!?!] Going to 28 Airports to Enhance Security 20 Jul 2010 (CT) Bradley International Airport is one of 28 airports that will receive advanced imaging technology scanners, funded with federal stimulus money, the Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday. The shipment in the next few months is part of a major deployment of the advanced screening machines across the country between now and the end of 2011.

BP sells $7 billion in oil and gas assets to Apache Corp.

BP sells $7 billion in oil and gas assets to Apache Corp. 21 Jul 2010 BP has sold oil and gas properties in the United States, Egypt and Canada to Houston-based Apache Corp. for $7 billion as part of the oil giant's effort to raise cash to cover oil spill expenses and bolster its financial position, the two companies announced Tuesday. The sale takes BP most of the way toward its goal of raising $10 billion over the next year by selling exploration and production assets.

Report: Tab for 'War on terrorism' tops $1 trillion

Report: Tab for 'War on terrorism' tops $1 trillion 20 Jul 2010 The United States has spent more than $1 trillion on wars since the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, a recently released Congressional report says. Adjusting for inflation, the outlays for conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere around the world make the "war on terrorism" second only to World War II. The report "Cost of Major U.S. Wars" by the Congressional Research Service attempts to compare war costs over a more than 230-year period... Since the 9/11 terror attacks [an inside job], the United States has spent an estimated $1.15 trillion.

Iran to West: Stop backing terrorism

Iran to West: Stop backing terrorism 20 Jul 2010 Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has called on the US and certain European countries to stop supporting terrorism... On Thursday, two bombs were detonated in quick succession in front of the Zahedan Grand Mosque in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan. At least 27 people lost their lives and more than 100 others were injured in the incident. Mehmanparast called on Western countries to provide an explanation as to why they back terrorist groups, for instance Jundallah, if they are really opposed to terrorism.

BP Kept Drilling After Report of Leak, Worker Says

BP Kept Drilling After Report of Leak, Worker Says 21 Jul 2010 Government investigators looking into the causes of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion are colliding with a frequent obstacle: witnesses canceling their scheduled testimonies. So far, nine witnesses have rejected or delayed testimony here before a panel of federal government officials. Many were top-ranking officials aboard the rig, with critical roles in decisions that may have contributed to the disaster... In Tuesday’s hearings, investigators focused on equipment failures leading up to the explosion. A BP official, Ronald Sepulvado, a well site leader, testified that BP continued drilling for oil in the days before the disaster despite internal reports of a leak on a safety device on the rig.

Congress Will Grill Gold Dealer, Glenn Beck Sponsor

Congress Will Grill Gold Dealer, Glenn Beck Sponsor --Goldline, Frequent Advertiser on Conservative Talk Shows, Faces Hearing, Lawsuit 20 Jul 2010 Congress will ask top executives from Goldline, the precious metals dealer that is a major sponsor of Glenn Beck's television and radio programs, to testify about the company's aggressive sales tactics. "My view is that these commentators are doing a disservice to their viewers," said Rep. Anthony Weiner, a New York Democrat, in an interview with ABC News. Weiner and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Illinois) announced the hearing Tuesday after an ABC News report in which some customers of Goldline described how they felt cheated by the company.

Elena Kagan approved by Senate Judiciary Committee in 13-6 vote

Elena Kagan approved by Senate Judiciary Committee in 13-6 vote 21 Jul 2010 Democratic and Republican senators alike lamented the increasingly sharp partisan divide over the Constitution and the courts Tuesday, and then divided mostly along party lines to approve Elena Kagan, President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court. The lone maverick was Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who voted to confirm Kagan because, he said, she is smart, well-qualified and of good character.

Former MI5 chief demolishes Blair's defence of the Iraq war

Former MI5 chief demolishes Blair's defence of the Iraq war 21 Jul 2010 Tony Blair's evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry that toppling Saddam Hussein helped make Britain safe from terrorists was dramatically undermined by the former head of MI5 yesterday. Giving evidence to the same inquiry, Eliza Manningham-Buller revealed that there was such a surge of warnings of home-grown terrorist threats after the invasion of Iraq that MI5 asked for - and got - a 100 per cent increase in its budget. Baroness Manningham-Buller, who was director general of MI5 in 2002-07, told the Chilcot panel that MI5 started receiving a "substantially" higher volume of reports that young British Muslims being drawn to al-Qa'ida.

I-580 gunman targeted ACLU, Tides Foundation

I-580 gunman targeted ACLU, Tides Foundation --Suspect's mother told reporters the two-strike felon was angry with left-wing politicians. 20 Jul 2010 (CA) Oakland police say I-580 shootout suspect Byron Williams was headed to San Francisco to commit mass murder when he was stopped by the California Highway Patrol. "We believe that he was on his way to San Francisco to an organization called 'Tides' and also to the ACLU for the sole purpose to kill people," said police spokesman Jeff Thomason. Authorities say Williams was armed with a number of high-powered weapons and ammunition during the shootout, which lasted 15 minutes. He and officers fired more than 150 rounds at each other.

Karzai sticks to his guns on 2014 military takeover

Karzai sticks to his guns on 2014 military takeover 21 Jul 2010 An international conference in Kabul intended as a vital stage in bringing security to Afghanistan was marked by tactical disagreements and mixed messages over the timing of the West's withdrawal from the costly and ferocious war. Western officials at the half-day summit yesterday, attended by delegates from 40 countries, highlighted President Hamid Karzai's "pledge" that Afghan troops would be responsible for military operations by 2014 -- with the interpretation that British and other Nato forces would be returning home by that date.

Two US civilians shot dead by Afghan soldier

Two US civilians shot dead by Afghan soldier --Shooting follows killing last week of three British servicemen at hands of Afghan policeman 20 Jul 2010 Two US civilians were shot dead by an Afghan soldier in northern Afghanistan today as a major international conference agreed a strategy for the withdrawal of foreign troops. The shooting, involving an Afghan Army trainer at a weapons training area near Mazar-e-Sharif, highlights the difficulties faced by foreign troops.

Iraq war radicalised generation in UK and raised terror threat, ex-MI5 boss tells Chilcot inquiry

Iraq war radicalised generation in UK and raised terror threat, ex-MI5 boss tells Chilcot inquiry 20 Jul 2010 Former Prime Minister Tony Blair was warned repeatedly by MI5 that going to war with Iraq would lead to a huge surge in the terrorist threat to the UK, the former head of MI5 said today. Giving evidence to the official inquiry into the war, Baroness Manningham-Buller said that the service had struggled to cope with the number of plots emerging in the aftermath of the invasion in 2003.

Schwarzenegger announces annual Reagan day

Schwarzenegger announces annual Reagan day 20 Jul 2010 California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced today that the US state will celebrate Ronald Reagan Day annually on February 6. Gov Schwarzenegger said the move was to acknowledge the former US president's life accomplishments [Iran-Contra, arms-for-hostages, savings & loan scandals and their bailouts, union-busting] and his contributions to California. Reagan - who was born on February 6, 1911 and died on June 5, 2004 - was governor of California from 1967-1975 before holding the office of president between 1980 and 1988. [Raygun Day: Gag me with a chainsaw *and* mega barf alert!]

Ex-USDA official insists she was told White House wanted her to quit

Ex-USDA official insists she was told White House wanted her to quit 20 Jul 2010 While officials say the White House didn't ask for Shirley Sherrod's resignation, the former black Agriculture Department employee insisted Tuesday that the push for her to step down came from the Obama administration. But Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said he asked her to resign without interacting with the White House.

NAACP retracts criticism of USDA worker

NAACP retracts criticism of USDA worker 20 Jul 1010 NAACP leaders are calling on the Obama administration to reconsider its ousting of a black Agriculture Department worker who was pushed out of her job over racially tinged remarks, reversing their previous criticism of the employee. NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous said in a statement that the group was "snookered" into believing that USDA employee Shirley Sherrod expressed racist sentiments at a local NAACP meeting in Georgia earlier this year. Jealous said conservative activist Andrew Breitbart, whose website posted [an edited] video of Sherrod's remarks, deceived millions of people by releasing only partial clips. He said the full video makes clear that Sherrod was telling a story of racial unity.

US chain store boycotts Israeli goods

US chain store boycotts Israeli goods --Olympia is hometown of Rachel Corrie 20 Jul 2010 An American chain store has boycotted sales of Israeli products to protest at the policies of the Tel Aviv's regime against Palestinians. The board of directors of the Olympia Food Co-op in Washington decided last week that no more Israeli goods will be sold at its two grocery stores in the city.

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