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US to give another $1.5 billion to Pakistan for energy, health, counterterrorism projects

The day ends in 'y,' so it's time for another big taxpayer-funded blowjob for US contractors, to bribe Pakistan to allow America to bomb civilians with killer drones in North Waziristan: US to give another $1.5 billion to Pakistan for energy, health, counterterrorism projects 18 Jul 2010 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will begin U.S.-Pakistan talks today with a major aid announcement meant to strengthen an alliance central to the Obama administration's war 'strategy' in neighboring Afghanistan... By the end of fiscal year 2010, Pakistan US contractors will have received about $6 billion in U.S. development and 'humanitarian' aid since 2001, according to a June report by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, which serves the U.S. Congress. The aid includes funds from a 2009 bill passed by the U.S. Congress that allocates $1.5 billion a year for five years. [Notice the hypocritical GOPers never complain about the deficit when the US funds *other* countries' health care and road projects? That's because they know the money goes directly to US corporaterrorists, and does not benefit the people. 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  (updated).]

Iran to file complaint over mosque attack

Iran to file complaint over mosque attack 18 Jul 2010 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday Iran will file a complaint to international bodies over the deadly mosque bombing by an insurgent group he says the U.S. supports. The twin suicide bombings of a mosque in southeast Iran killed 28 people Thursday night, in an attack claimed by the Jundallah insurgent group as revenge for the execution of its leader by Iranian authorities in June. Ahmadinejad did not specify if the complaint would be specifically against the U.S., but he did tell state TV that America supported the bombings.

Guantánamo Bay detainee says interrogation record was blanked

Guantánamo Bay detainee says interrogation record was blanked --Prisoner says his complaints about Bagram detention centre were blacked out by British security service officers 18 Jul 2010 A former Guantánamo Bay detainee [Omar Deghayes] says that key exchanges from his interrogation by British security service officers have been blacked out or deliberately omitted from the notes to hide the agents' complicity in torture. Other exchanges, he says, have been removed simply to hide evidence of spurious and potentially embarrassing lines of questioning.

Two Bronx synagogues on list to receive grant money for protection against terrorist attacks

Two Bronx synagogues on list to receive grant money for protection against terrorist attacks --The awards, which average $73,000, are scheduled to be distributed within the next three months. 18 Jul 2010 Two Bronx synagogues targeted in a bombing plot last year are among 80 high-risk groups getting cash from the Department of Homeland Security to help prevent future terrorist attempts. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn and Queens) announced Sunday that the groups will share more than $5.8 million in federal funding to fortify their buildings with features like security cameras, barricades and emergency release doors.

Ahmadinejad: US behind terror attacks

Ahmadinejad: US behind terror attacks 18 Jul 2010 Iran's president says US and NATO forces offer financial and material support to terrorists, yet US President Barack Obama, ironically enough, sends a condolence message on the recent deadly terrorist attacks in southeast Iran. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday that US troops in Afghanistan and Pakistan sponsor such acts of terror, reported IRNA. The president further called on the Iranian Foreign Ministry to follow up the terror attack through the Pakistani government.

Schwarzenegger mobilizes National Guard to border

Schwarzenegger mobilizes National Guard to border 17 Jul 2010 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) on Friday mobilized members of the California National Guard as part of a federal effort to deter drug trafficking and illegal immigration along the border with Mexico. His order supports President Barack Obama's plan to have 1,200 National Guard troops assist with federal border protection, customs and immigration agents. [Another police state tactic implemented under cover of 'border closings.' I call bullsh*t. Neither Obama or Schwarzenegger wants to stop illegal immigration. If they did, they would attack the root cause -- the US corporaterrorists who hire undocumented workers. Obama is not suing Arizona not because he gives a damn about the denial of civil liberties or racial profiling -- if he did, Guantánamo Bay and Bagram prisons would have been shuttered along with the Patriot Act, *duh.* No. Obama wants wide open borders so US corporaterrorists can continue to use undocumented workers as slave labor and drive down the wages -- and curtail benefits -- of US workers. --LRP]

Iran, Armenia to build joint oil pipeline

Iran, Armenia to build joint oil pipeline 16 Jul 2010 The governments of Iran and Armenia announced today that they will split 50-50 the cost of building a 217-mile oil pipeline between the two countries. The pipeline will carry gasoline and diesel fuel from refineries in the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz to the Armenian city of Esrakh. Iran's state-run [as opposed to corporate-run] Press TV channel reports that Armenian Minister of Oil and Natural Resources Armen Movsisyan said work on the pipeline will begin sometime this fall. [Heads up! Blackwater and USociopaths such as Joe Lieberman will be all over this one like a duck on a June bug!]

AP, DPA, Reuters journalists targeted by Israeli forces

AP, DPA, Reuters journalists targeted by Israeli forces 18 Jul 2010 Israeli forces fired percussion grenades directly at two journalists on Saturday, hitting them in the face and back during a Beit Ummar protest against continued land confiscations by a nearby Israeli settlement. A third photojournalist was physically assaulted by armed Israeli personnel, and was taken to hospital for treatment by Red Crescent Paramedics.

NY governor signs law limiting stop-frisk database

NY governor signs law limiting stop-frisk database 16 Jul 2010 Gov. David Paterson (D) signed legislation Friday that would stop New York City police from storing the names of hundreds of thousands of people who were stopped and frisked without facing charges, calling the practice "not a policy for a democracy." Last year alone, the New York Police Department stopped 575,304 people, mostly black and Hispanic men, and recorded their names, addresses and descriptions into an electronic database. The stops are based on a standard of reasonable suspicion [?], lower than the standard of probable cause needed to justify an arrest.

Insurers Push Plans Limiting Patient Choice of Doctors

Insurers Push Plans Limiting Patient Choice of Doctors 18 Jul 2010 As the Obama administration begins to enact the new national health care law insurance cartel giveaway, the country’s biggest insurers are promoting affordable plans with reduced premiums that require participants to use a narrower selection of doctors or hospitals. The plans, being tested in places like San Diego, New York and Chicago, are likely to appeal especially to small businesses that already provide insurance to their employees, but are concerned about the ever-spiraling cost of coverage.

Turkish hackers steal personal details of tens of thousands of Israeli web surfers

Turkish hackers steal personal details of tens of thousands of Israeli web surfers --In the wake the Gaza flotilla raid, hackers in Turkey have uncovered the e-mail addresses, passwords and personal details of tens of thousands of Israeli web users, an Israeli blogger has uncovered. 17 Jul 2010 Erez Wolf, an Israeli blogger who operates We-CMS, reported in a blog post on Friday that tens of thousands of e-mail addresses, passwords and personal details of Israeli web surfers are in the hands of Turkish hackers. In a Turkish hackers online forum, Wolf found a document containing the e-mail addresses and passwords of 30,000 Israeli web users.

Feds look for WikiLeaks founder at NYC hacker event

Feds look for WikiLeaks founder at NYC hacker event --A conference security staffer said that after being told they needed search warrants to enter the event, at least two agents paid the $100 admission fee to get in. [LOL! *Morons.*] 16 Jul 2010 Federal agents appeared at a hacker conference Friday morning looking for Julian Assange, the controversial figure who has become the public face of WikiLeaks, an organizer said. Eric Corley, publisher of 2600 Magazine and organizer of The Next HOPE conference in midtown Manhattan, said five Homeland Security agents appeared at the conference a day before Assange was scheduled to speak.

June was worst month for Army suicides, statistics show

June was worst month for Army suicides, statistics show 16 Jul 2010 More U.S. soldiers killed themselves last month than in recent Army history, according to Army statistics released Thursday, confounding officials trying to reverse the grim trend. The statistics show that 32 soldiers killed themselves in June, the highest number in a single month since the Vietnam era. Twenty-one of them were on active duty, while 11 were in the National Guard or Army Reserve in an inactive status.

Israel set to force all citizens to swear oath to Jewish state

Israel set to force all citizens to swear oath to Jewish state 17 Jul 2010 New Israeli citizens may soon be required to swear an oath of loyalty to a "Jewish and democratic" state, a step that has drawn harsh criticism from human rights groups. Israel's Cabinet, which meets tomorrow, is expected to approve this and extend a raft of existing measures that make it harder for Palestinians to achieve citizenship.

Gaza flotilla organizer: We'll send convoys to Gaza on land

Gaza flotilla organizer: We'll send convoys to Gaza on land --Head of IHH, Turkish activist group behind recent aid flotilla that tried to reach Gaza, promises 'surprises' to be revealed soon. 17 Jul 2010 The Turkish activist organization IHH that organized a flotilla of aid ships bound for Gaza in May announced on Saturday that the group will continue efforts to bring supplies to Gaza, not only by sea, but "land convoys will head for Gaza" as well, Channel 2 reported.

Iran to hit back 'in seconds' if attacked

Iran to hit back 'in seconds' if attacked 17 Jul 2010 Former Cuban leader has declared that any military action against Iran will trigger a full-scale war, saying that the Islamic Republic will respond to any invasion "in seconds." Cuba's 1959 revolution leader also warned of a looming nuclear conflict in the world during an appearance at the country's Foreign Ministry on Friday, Reuters reported.

2 US-led soldiers killed in Afghanistan

2 US-led soldiers killed in Afghanistan 17 Jul 2010 A bomb attack has left at least two US-led soldiers dead in southern Afghanistan, says NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). The soldiers were killed by an improvised explosive device or IED on Friday, AFP reported.

Global Warming Will Kill Hudson Bay Polar Bears Within 25 Years - Study

Global Warming Will Kill Hudson Bay Polar Bears Within 25 Years - Study --Years of low sea ice conditions has put their lives in jeopardy 15 Jul 2010 Biologists have studied and observed polar bears in Canada's western Hudson Bay for years... Researchers have answered the question regarding how long the polar bears have before global warming ends their existence. Biologist Andrew E. Derocher of the University of Alberta, along with Dr. Peter K. Molnar and other colleagues, have found that the polar bear population in western Hudson Bay could die out in approximately 25 to 30 years.

State Department warns employees about new website highlighting Top Secret facilities

State Department warns employees about new website highlighting Top Secret facilities 16 Jul 2010 The State Department is bracing for a potentially explosive new feature on the Washington Post website that would publish the names and locations of agencies and firms [mercenaries] conducting Top Secret work on behalf of the U.S. government, according to the copy of an email obtained by The Cable. The Diplomatic Security Bureau at State sent out a notice Thursday to all department employees warning them to protect classified information and reject inquiries from the press when the new web feature goes live.

Bachmann forms Tea Party Caucus

Heads up! Bachmann forms Tea Party Caucus 16 Jul 2010 Republicans have been wrangling for more than a year over how exactly to handle the tea party movement, but now Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Nutjob-Minn.) is bringing them under the big tent. The House Administration committee, which usually takes days to approve something of this nature, approved Bachmann's request to create a House Tea Party Caucus in a day.

Judge rejects pay cuts for California state workers

Judge rejects pay cuts for California state workers 17 Jul 2010 More than 200,000 state employees will receive their full wages in July and August after a state judge on Friday denied an injunction sought by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to cut their pay. The Schwarzenegger administration had asked the court to order that the employees' pay immediately be reduced to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour because there is no state budget in place.

US-born radical Muslim cleric added to American terrorism blacklist

US-born radical Muslim cleric added to American terrorism blacklist --The move comes about six months after the U.S. government put al-Awlaki on a secret list of targets to be captured or killed, according to U.S. officials. 17 Jul 2010 The US has added the American-born radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki to a terrorism blacklist, targeting him with sanctions aimed at cutting off his financial support. The US Treasury Department placed al-Awlaki -- accused by officials of helping plan the failed Christmas Day airline bombing -- on its list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists. That means any bank accounts found in the United States belonging to him are frozen, Americans are forbidden from doing business with him, and he is banned from travelling to the US.

Boehner calls for less regulation, public calls for more

Boehner calls for less regulation, public calls for more 16 Jul 2010 House Minority Leader John Boehner today called a moratorium on new federal regulations, a day after the Senate passed sweeping reforms to regulate the financial industry after the nation's 2008 financial collapse. "I think having a moratorium on new Federal regulations is a great idea," Boehner said. "[It] sends a wonderful signal to the private sector that they are going to have some breathing room." But a caution to Boehner and Republicans who agree with him: The public wants more regulation, not less.

Brief for 9 states backs Arizona immigration law

Brief for 9 states backs Arizona immigration law 15 Jul 2010 States have the authority to enforce immigration laws and protect their borders, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said Wednesday in a legal brief on behalf of nine states supporting Arizona's immigration law. Cox, one of five Republicans running for Michigan governor, said Michigan is the lead state backing Arizona in federal court and is joined by Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia, as well as the Northern Mariana Islands.

BP buys Gulf scientists for legal defense, roiling academic community

BP buys Gulf scientists for legal defense, roiling academic community 16 Jul 2010 For the last few weeks, BP has been offering signing bonuses and lucrative pay to prominent scientists from public universities around the Gulf Coast to aid its defense against spill litigation. BP PLC attempted to hire the entire marine sciences department at one Alabama university, according to scientists involved in discussions with the company's lawyers. The university declined because of confidentiality restrictions that the company sought on any research. [This is *nuts.* The petitions are not working. Recall that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Where are the 'insurgents' when you need them? They should be at BP's HQ. --LRP]

Regulators shutter six banks, tallying 96 failures so far in 2010

Regulators shutter six banks, tallying 96 failures so far in 2010 16 Jul 2010 Five more bank failures brought the total tally for the year to 96, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Friday. Commercial Bank of Alma, Mich., will assume all of the deposits of Mainstreet Savings Bank, FSB, in Hastings, Mich; and CenterState Bank of Winter Haven, Fla., will assume all of the deposits of Olde Cypress Community Bank of Clewiston, Fla. Also, NAFH National Bank of Miami will assume deposits for Miami's Metro Bank of Dade County; Turnberry Bank of Aventura, Fla.; and First National Bank of the South in Spartanburg, S.C. Earlier in the day, regulators closed Woodlands Bank in Bluffton, S.C., with Bank of the Ozarks of Little Rock, Ark., assuming all its deposits.

W.House eyes Warren for new U.S. consumer watchdog

W.House eyes Warren for new U.S. consumer watchdog 16 Jul 2010 Elizabeth Warren, an outspoken consumer rights advocate feared by Wall Street, is among top contenders to head a new financial consumer watchdog bureau, a senior White House adviser said on Friday. "There are other candidates as well. But Elizabeth is certainly a candidate to lead it," adviser David Axelrod told reporters on a conference call, calling Warren a "great champion of middle-class consumers." "She's going to be a strong voice" whether she leads it or not, Axelrod said. [LOL. Obusha is already preparing the psychological groundwork -- part of the Obusha Friday Night Bad News Dump -- for another surrender to his GOP bosses and Wall Street paymasters.]

AP: Ariz. spends $77K to defend law

AP: Ariz. spends $77K to defend law 16 Jul 2010 The state is paying approximately $77,000 to private lawyers for just the first 12 days of work defending Arizona's new immigration enforcement law, with that initial amount expected to be a small fraction of the total costs the state will ultimately face in the seven pending cases. An invoice obtained Friday by The Associated Press through a public records request says attorneys for a Phoenix law firm billed for 240.8 hours of work from May 20-31.

Last month was the hottest June recorded worldwide, figures show

Last month was the hottest June recorded worldwide, figures show --US government climate data suggests 2010 on course to be warmest year since records began 16 Jul 2010 Last month was the hottest June ever recorded worldwide and the fourth consecutive month that the combined global land and sea temperature records have been broken, according to the US government's climate data centre. The figures released last night by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) suggest that 2010 is now on course to be the warmest year since records began in 1880.

Judge Rules CIA Can Suppress Information About Torture Tapes and Memos

Judge Rules CIA Can Suppress Information About Torture Tapes and Memos --Ruling Allows CIA to Conceal Evidence of Its Own Illegal Conduct, Says ACLU 15 Jul 2010 A federal judge [Alvin K. Hellerstein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York] today ruled that the government can withhold information from the public about intelligence sources and methods, even if those sources and methods were illegal. The ruling came in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation filed by the American Civil Liberties Union for Justice Department memos that authorized torture, and for records relating to the contents of destroyed videotapes depicting the brutal interrogation of detainees at CIA black sites. The government continues to withhold key information, such as the names of detainees who were subjected to the abusive interrogation methods as well as information about the application of the interrogation techniques.

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