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Police Give 'All Clear' After Probing Suspicious Newark Car

Police Give 'All Clear' After Probing Suspicious Newark Car --Robot examining vehicle parked near overpass that serves Amtrak, NJ Transit trains 14 Jul 2010 Police in New Jersey's largest city say a car parked near a railroad overpass did not contain a bomb. The Dodge Omni was parked about six car lengths from a railroad overpass in Newark that serves Amtrak and NJ Transit trains... By 1 p.m. there were at least nine police cars on the scene. By 1:45 p.m. bomb squad technicians in full gear had backed away and two robots were examining the vehicle.

US 'world bully', 'hated by nations'

US 'world bully', 'hated by nations' 14 Jul 2010 The Islamic Revolution Leader says Iran has been at the forefront of resistance against Washington's hegemony. Addressing thousands of personnel of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on Wednesday, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei likened the United States to a 'bully' who is running an extortion racket around the world while his situation gets worse day by day. "Some (countries) pay extortion money to this world bully to keep their businesses safe", said the Leader. [*Exactly.*]

Carl Levin backs strikes inside Pakistan

Carl Levin backs strikes inside Pakistan 13 Jul 2010 A leading Democrat said the U.S. should be more aggressive in conducting airstrikes against groups inside Pakistan that threaten the mission in neighboring Afghanistan. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters Tuesday morning that the U.S. should go after groups like the Haqqani network that "directly threaten" the mission [?] in Afghanistan. [What, exactly, *is* the 'mission' in Afghanistan, besides protecting opium and gas pipelines and enriching US corporaterrorists and mercenaries?]

Twelve US-led soldiers killed in 48 hours

Twelve US-led soldiers killed in 48 hours 14 Jul 2010 Five more American soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan's volatile south, bringing to 12 the number of foreign soldiers killed over the past 48 hours. NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Wednesday that four of the soldiers lost their lives in a bomb attack, while the other one was killed in a gunfight with the Taliban in the volatile south. The latest casualties come a day after seven NATO soldiers -- four British and three American -- were killed in the war-torn country.

NAACP passes resolution blasting Tea Party racism

NAACP passes resolution blasting Tea Party racism 14 Jul 2010 The NAACP has passed a resolution that condemns what it feels is rampant racism in the Tea Party movement. Members passed the measure on Tuesday at the organization's 101st annual convention in Kansas City, Missouri.Tea Party activists have swiftly denounced the action as unfounded and unfair. The resolution pits the nation's oldest civil rights organization, with its storied history of wins on behalf of racial justice, against a grassroots conservative movement that has won some recent political races and is flexing its muscle in Republican circles.

Tea Party activists fund sign linking Obama to Hitler

Tea Party activists fund sign linking Obama to Hitler 14 Jul 2010 A billboard advert in the US state of Iowa that linked President Obama to Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Lenin was removed on Wednesday morning. The sign, which was funded by a group of local Tea Party activists, has been replaced with a community service announcement. Text on the sign had read: "Radical leaders prey on the fearful & naive." [Replace the words 'radical leaders' with 'Fox News' and you're got it. --LRP]

Abducted Iranian scientist flies home

Abducted Iranian scientist flies home 14 Jul 2010 Iranian national Shahram Amiri, who was kidnapped by Saudi and US intelligence agents last year, has left the United States for the Iranian capital, Tehran. The Iranian scholar took refuge in Iran's interest section at the Pakistani Embassy in Washington on Tuesday, demanding an "immediate return" to Iran. The embassy preserves Iran's interests in the United States, since the two countries have no diplomatic relations.

The end of Big Brother: Terror laws, stop and search and council snooping to be curbed

The end of Big Brother: Terror laws, stop and search and council snooping to be curbed 14 Jul 2010 A bonfire of draconian anti-terror laws was promised by Theresa May yesterday to reverse the 'substantial erosion of civil liberties' by Labour ministers. The Home Secretary said powers that could be scrapped or scaled back include 28- day detention without charge, control orders, stop and search and Big Brother snooping by town halls.

Pakistan: Blackwater still active in Capital

Pakistan: Blackwater still active in Capital 13 Jul 2010 On May 14 and May 26 last, the exact postal addresses of 33 houses in posh residential localities of the Federal Capital - that were confirmedly hired by US Marines and Blackwater personnel - were first published in this newspaper. Further information indicates that out of those 33 houses - either hired by US Marines in the garb of humanitarian workers of US Office of Defence Representatives to Pakistan (ODR-P) or by Blackwater mercenaries - five residences-to-offices have been relocated to alternative venues and highest possible security measures are being adopted for their protection so that no one can track them. They were previously located in the sectors F-7/3, F-8/3 and F-6/2 of the Federal Capital but now they have been moved to E-7 and G-6/4.

6 police officers charged in New Orleans Danziger Bridge shootings after Katrina

6 police officers charged in New Orleans Danziger Bridge shootings after Katrina 13 Jul 2010 Six New Orleans police officers were charged in connection with the deadly confrontation on the Danziger Bridge in the days after Hurricane Katrina left New Orleans in turmoil, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday. In the indictment unsealed on Tuesday, the government accused four officers of shooting unarmed people on the bridge. The four and two supervisors were accused of trying to cover up the incident. Two people died and four were wounded in the shootings.

Castro: US provoking war on Iran

Castro: US provoking war on Iran 13 Jul 2010 In a rare television appearance after four years, former Cuban president Fidel Castro has warned that US tension with Iran could erupt into a full-fledged war. "I think that the danger of war is growing a lot. They are playing with fire," Castro said during the 75-minute conversation on a daily Cuban talk show. Criticizing the large number of US nuclear arsenal and Washington's heavy military spending, Castro cautioned the White House that an attack on Iran would be catastrophic for it.

Libyan ship with Gaza aid arrives in Egyptian port

Libyan ship with Gaza aid arrives in Egyptian port 14 Jul 2010 A ship loaded with aid supplies for Gaza has docked in an Egyptian port, ending the latest attempt by activists to break Israel's Gaza blockade. The vessel was intercepted by Israeli naval ships off the coast of Gaza and forced to head south, the charity which chartered the ship said. The charity, headed by Col Muammar Gaddafi's son, said it wanted to reach Gaza, but would not risk violence.

Canada, U.S. work together on border security

Canada, U.S. work together on border security 13 Jul 2010 If natural disasters -- or terrorists -- disrupt cross-border infrastructure like the power grid, Canada and the United States hope to be able to tackle it together. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Tuesday the two countries will create a cross-border plan to protect and respond to disruptions to shared critical infrastructure. It builds on a plan the feds worked out with the provinces earlier this year.

British soldier killed in Afghanistan

British soldier killed in Afghanistan 13 Jul 2010 A British soldier, on foot patrol, has been killed by small arms fire in the violence-wracked Sangin district of Helmand province of southern Afghanistan. The serviceman, from 40 Commando Royal Marines, was on foot patrol with the Afghan National Army troopers when he was shot.

Israeli Navy surrounds aid vessel

Israeli Navy surrounds aid vessel 14 Jul 2010 The Israeli Navy reportedly blockades a Libyan-chartered aid vessel which has set sail for the blockaded Gaza Strip, issuing threats against the convoy. "Israeli warships are surrounding and threatening the cargo ship. There is a real threat," said Yussef Sawan, the executive director of the Tripoli-based Gaddafi International Charity and Development Association, AFP reported.

Billboard linking Obama, Hitler draws complaints

Billboard linking Obama, Hitler draws complaints 13 Jul 2010 A billboard created by an Iowa tea party group that compares President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Lenin is drawing sharp criticism -- even from fellow tea party activists who have condemned it as offensive and a waste of money. The North Iowa Tea Party began displaying the billboard in downtown Mason City last week. The sign shows large photographs of Obama, Nazi leader Hitler and communist leader Lenin beneath the labels "Democratic Socialism," "National Socialism," and "Marxist Socialism."

U.S. conservatives form new pro-Israel lobby group

U.S. conservatives form new pro-Israel lobby group 13 Jul 2010 Washington observers may feel there is no obvious shortage of pro-Israel lobbyists in the city -- but a group of leading American conservatives thinks otherwise and has set up a new campaign group to attack President Obama over his "anti-Israel" stance, U.S. website Politico reports. The Emergency Committee for Israel presents a potent combination of Republican Party neoconservatives and Evangelical Christians. The new group’s board includes Weekly Standard Editor [sociopath] William Kristol and Gary Bauer, a former Republican presidential candidate who leads the group American Values. [OMG. That's like BP-Halliburton exploding a new well in the Gulf of Mexico because not enough oil has spewed. --LRP]

Afghan soldier murders British troops

Afghan soldier murders British troops 13 Jul 2010 A rogue Afghan soldier was on the run tonight after murdering three British troops and wounding another four. The killer launched his attack on soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles at a base in Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan early this morning. He shot one dead in his sleeping quarters and killed the other two in the base's command centre using a shoulder-mounted rocket-propelled grenade launcher, sources said.

Judge permits US trial of 1st Guantanamo detainee

Judge permits US trial of 1st Guantanamo detainee 13 Jul 2010 The first Guantanamo Bay detainee prisoner to be prosecuted in a civilian court was cleared for trial Tuesday by a judge who said a two-year interrogation and five-year detention were not grounds for dismissal because they served compelling national security interests. Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani was interrogated by the CIA for important intelligence information, U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan wrote in a decision that rejected defense requests to toss out the indictment on the grounds that Ghailani was denied a speedy trial.

NAACP to Vote on Resolution Condemning Racist Elements of the Tea Party

NAACP to Vote on Resolution Condemning Racist Elements of the Tea Party 13 Jul 2010 The NAACP today is set to vote on a resolution to condemn the Tea Party movement for "explicitly racist behavior." The group's more than 2,000 voting delegates are expected to pass the resolution today at the annual NAACP convention in Kansas City, Missouri.

FCC indecency rule struck down by appeals court

FCC indecency rule struck down by appeals court 13 Jul 2010 A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down the government's longstanding prohibition against indecency on broadcast television and radio, ruling that the policy was "unconstitutionally vague" and created a "chilling effect" that violated the 1st Amendment protection of free speech. The ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York is a major victory for the broadcast TV networks, which jointly sued the Federal Communications Commission in 2006 in the wake of a tougher crackdown on indecency over the airwaves.

Gunned down as they slept: Rogue Afghan soldier shoots dead three British troops inside military compound

Gunned down as they slept: Rogue Afghan soldier shoots dead three British troops inside military compound --Attacker used grenade launcher and is now on the run 13 Jul 2010 A renegade Afghan soldier is on the run today after killing three British soldiers in southern Helmand while they slept. Another four British soldiers were wounded in the attack inside a joint patrol base near Nahr-e Saraj early this morning.

Turkey: Israeli troops committed crime

Turkey: Israeli troops committed crime 13 Jul 2010 Turkey's foreign minister says his country will keep pushing for an international inquiry into Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound ship carrying aid. The comments come a day after an IDF inquiry into the lethal raid concluded that flawed intelligence-gathering and planning led to the ill-fated operation. Ahmet Davutoglu said the Israeli commandos had committed "a crime" and said Turkey wants an international probe.

Tony Blair 'intentionally talked up WMD', Iraq inquiry told

Tony Blair 'intentionally talked up WMD', Iraq inquiry told 13 Jul 2010 Tony Blair "intentionally" exaggerated the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction, the Iraq inquiry heard yesterday. Former diplomat Carne Ross said Britain and the US went to war in 2003 despite knowing that Iraq was not a "substantial threat".

Iraq war inquiry: Blair government 'massaged' Saddam Hussein WMD threat

Iraq war inquiry: Blair government 'massaged' Saddam Hussein WMD threat --Former diplomat Carne Ross says exaggeration, accretion and editing of intelligence documents led to lies in threat assessment 12 Jul 2010 Tony Blair's government "intentionally and substantially" exaggerated assessments of Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction culminating in highly misleading statements about the threat that amounted to lies, the inquiry into the war in Iraq was told today. Carne Ross, a British diplomat to the UN who was responsible for Iraq in the runup to the invasion, said intelligence was "massaged" into "more robust and terrifying" statements about Saddam's supposed WMD.

Republican senator says he backs birther lawsuits

Republican senator says he backs birther lawsuits 13 Jul 2010 Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana says he supports conservative organizations challenging President Barack Obama's citizenship in court. Vitter, who is running for re-election, made the comments on Sunday at a town hall-style event in Metairie, La., when a constituent asked what he would do about what the questioner said was Obama's "refusal to produce a valid birth certificate." ...Vitter responded that although he doesn't personally have legal standing to bring litigation, he supports "conservative legal organizations and others who would bring that to court," according to a video of the event.

IDF preparing for forceful interception of Libya-sponsored aid ship bound for Gaza

IDF preparing for forceful interception of Libya-sponsored aid ship bound for Gaza --An internal IDF probe into May 31 Gaza flotilla incident found only professional mistakes in planning and carrying out the operation. 13 Jul 2010 The IDF is preparing for the forceful interdiction of a Libyan sponsored ship allegedly headed for the Gaza Strip, despite lingering criticism over the handling of the interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla on May 31 in which nine people were killed, military sources told Haaretz yesterday. An internal military probe into the incident released yesterday found only professional mistakes in planning and carrying out the operation against the Mavi Marmara.

Israel weighs responses to 'barrage' of international criticism

Israel weighs responses to 'barrage' of international criticism --Officials say particularly concerned over UN probe of country's court system in the wake of the Goldstone report on the Gaza war. 13 Jul 2010 Israel's diplomatic and defense establishments will hold several meetings this week on how to contend with what some officials described as a "barrage" of international investigations into Israel's conduct. The most disconcerting among them, officials said, is the United Nations committee charged with examining the credibility of Israel's court system in the wake of the Goldstone report on last winter's conflict in Gaza.

New offshore oil moratorium not focused on depth

New offshore oil moratorium not focused on depth 12 Jul 2010 The Obama administration issued a new moratorium Monday on deep-water offshore drilling that no longer bans operators by the depth of water they're operating in and stresses new evidence of safety concerns, hoping the revised ban will pass muster with the courts after the initial one was rejected. The new ban does not appear to deviate much from the original moratorium, as it still targets deep-water drilling operators while defining them in a different way.

BP puts tighter cap on leaking well

BP puts tighter cap on leaking well 13 Jul 2010 BP lowered a new, tight-fitting containment cap over its renegade well in the Gulf of Mexico late Monday, which may give the company the ability to shut off the flow of oil completely if tests show that the well is in good enough structural shape to be bottled up at the top. Live video from undersea robots showed the massive piece of machinery being lowered onto the well Monday evening, raising the possibility that after 84 days of gushing oil, the wound in the earth a mile below the gulf's surface could soon be stanched.

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