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Oil Flows Freely in Gulf as BP Readies New Cap

Oil Flows Freely in Gulf as BP Readies New Cap --Three-Day Process of Switching Caps Expected to Let as Many as 15,000 Barrels of Oil Gush into Gulf [Notice the a**wipes aka BP did this under weekend cover, when less people are paying attention?] 10 Jul 2010 On Saturday, the [phony] fight to contain the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico took one step backward with the hope of making one huge step forward. Robotic subs removed the well cap so it can be replaced with a more complete seal, CBS News reports. Oil will flow freely for at least two days until the tighter dome is put in place, which could potentially capture all the oil leaking into the ocean.

Psychology group backs CIA detainee torture claim

Psychology group backs CIA detainee torture claim --Mitchell is retired Air Force psychologist who participated in the 2002 CIA interrogation of detainee Abu Zubaydah 10 Jul 2010 Psychologists in the United States have been warned by their professional group not to take part in torturing detainees prisoners in U.S. custody. Now the American Psychological Association has taken the unprecedented step of supporting an attempt to strip the license of a psychologist accused of overseeing the torture of a CIA prisoner. The APA has told a Texas licensing board in a letter mailed July 1 that the allegations against Dr. James Mitchell represent "patently unethical" actions inconsistent with the organization's ethics guidelines.

Pentagon allows banned reporter to return to Guantánamo

Pentagon allows banned reporter to return to Guantánamo 09 Jul 2010 The Pentagon on Thursday reversed its ban on a Miami Herald reporter from covering military tribunals at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and said the reporter can return to the naval base there to cover a hearing next week. In an e-mail sent Thursday, Bryan G. Whitman, the principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, said that Carol Rosenberg "will be permitted" to attend a hearing scheduled for Monday. The decision comes a week after a coalition of major news organizations protested as unconstitutional the rules that were used in May to ban Rosenberg and three Canadian reporters from the tribunals.

BP Cuts Payments to 40,000, La. Official Says

BP Cuts Payments to 40,000, La. Official Says --State Cabinet Member Tells Federal Gov't of 'Devastating' Cuts for Thousands 10 Jul 2010 BP has decided to reduce payments to tens of thousands of people whose claim files are [allegedly] incomplete, the secretary of Louisiana's Department of Children and Family Services said. "This action is irresponsible and in complete contrast to BP's repeated promise that they will 'make things right,'" the secretary, Kristy Nichols, wrote in a letter sent Friday to federal oil spill claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg.

Armed men open fire kill 13 in E Afghanistan

Armed men open fire kill 13 in E Afghanistan 10 Jul 2010 Unknown armed men opened fire on a civilian vehicle in Paktia province east of Afghanistan killing 13 commuters on Saturday, spokesman for provincial administration Rohullah Samoon said. "The bloody incident took place in Chamkani district at 11:00 a.m. local time as a result 13 innocent civilians including two Afghans and 11 Pakistanis were martyred," Samoon told Xinhua. Three more civilians were injured in the attack.

Foreign powers involved in terrorism in Pakistan: intelligence chief

Well, knock me over with a feather: Foreign powers involved in terrorism in Pakistan: intelligence chief  09 Jul 2010 Chief of Pakistan's top intelligence agency, Inter-service Intelligence (ISI), Ahmed Shuja Pasha, said Thursday that the western powers are involved in the terror activities in the country, according to a local TV Channel Samaa report. During a briefing at the National Security Committee session chaired by Senator Raza Rabbani, the chief said "foreign powers are involved in terrorism and destabilization of the country."

IDF tracking aid ship: Any attempt to reach Gaza will be thwarted

IDF tracking aid ship: Any attempt to reach Gaza will be thwarted 10 Jul 2010 The Israeli Navy is planning to keep track of the Libyan aid ship to make certain it does not try to dock in Gaza, this despite documents indicating that the vessel's destination is the El Arish harbor in Egypt. The ship set sail from Greece on Saturday... "Any deviation from the original course, which will lead the ship to Gaza, will be blocked by the Navy," an IDF official said Saturday night. "In case those on board fail to follow our instructions to stop and allow the Navy vessels to escort them, we will not hesitate to employ other methods to stop them."

Afghans protest US killing of civilians

Afghans protest US killing of civilians 10 Jul 2010 Angry Afghans have taken to the streets of Mazar-e-Sharif to protest against the rising number of civilian casualties at the hands of US-led troops. Hundreds of protesters chanted slogans against foreign forces and Afghan President Hamid Karzai. The demonstration followed the killing of two civilians by US troops on the outskirts of the northern Afghan city on Wednesday. NATO soldiers also killed one Afghan and arrested nine others in Paktia province.

Fingerprints Required at Calif. Skate Park

Fingerprints Required at Calif. Skate Park --Skaters will have to register their fingerprints and have photo taken in advance 09 Jul 2010 (CA) A popular skate park in Poway, California, unveiled a new security measure Friday that is being met with some opposition. At the Poway Skate Park, surveillance cameras capture the every move of every visitor. Additionally, motion detectors are also present and a wrought iron fence surrounds the park. After 6 p.m., a fingerprint scan will be required in order to enter the skate park.

Blast rocks Afghan city of Kandahar

Blackwater is a busy little bee! Blast rocks Afghan city of Kandahar 10 Jul 2010 A massive bomb blast has rocked the southern Afghan city of Kandahar amid a surge in violence against civilians in the violence-wracked country. At least one civilian was killed and several others were wounded in the bombing attack which took place in a shopping center in Kandahar on Saturday. Afghan officials said the bomb was planted on a parked motorcycle.

Six US troops killed in Afghanistan

Six US troops killed in Afghanistan 10 Jul 2010 Six American soldiers have been killed in separate incidents in Afghanistan, as militants step up their attacks against the foreign forces stationed in the country. NATO said in a statement that three of the troops died in the country's east and two more were killed in the south.

1.8M acres of Alaska drilling leases go up for bid

1.8M acres of Alaska drilling leases go up for bid 09 Jul 2010 The Interior Department is offering oil and gas leases on 1.8 million acres of Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve... Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Friday that the Bureau of Land Management will offer 190 tracts, covering more than 2,800 square miles, with bids to be opened Aug. 11 in Anchorage. The sale is one of dozens, mostly in Western states, that Salazar announced in November. [Impeach Obusha *now.*]

2 US-led soldiers killed in Afghanistan

2 US-led soldiers killed in Afghanistan 10 Jul 2010 A bomb explosion has killed at least two more US-led soldiers in southern Afghanistan against a backdrop of increased violence in the war-ravaged nation. The troops were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in the province of Qandahar on Friday, NATO forces in the country have announced without disclosing the nationality of the fallen soldiers and the exact location of the explosion.

New Palin biography aimed at 9- to 12-year-olds

New Palin biography aimed at 9- to 12-year-olds [her academic peers] 09 Jul 2010 You might call it Sarah Palin's introduction to the cubs [that she wants to kill]. A biography of the former Alaska [half] governor and self-described "mama grizzly" is set for release in September by Christian book publisher Zondervan. "Speaking Up: The Sarah Palin Story," is one in a series of biographies aimed at 9- to 12-year-old readers.

UN agency says apartheid wall is illegal

UN agency says apartheid wall is illegal 09 Jul 2010 A United Nations agency says Israel's apartheid wall is illegal because it makes it difficult for Palestinians living in the West Bank to get proper healthcare. A report published by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Friday has found that thousands of Palestinians have limited access to hospitals in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) because of the apartheid wall.

Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan

Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan 10 Jul 2010 An Australian soldier has been killed and another injured in southern Afghanistan, bringing the death toll for the nation's troops to 17. The 23-year-old soldier was on foot patrol in the Chora Valley in Uruzgan province when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off shortly after midnight on Friday.

Hundreds of Fishermen Missing Checks From BP

Hundreds of Fishermen Missing Checks From BP --BP Gives No Indication of When Payments Resume 08 Jul 2010 Hundreds of fishermen from Lake Charles to Moss Point, Miss., were supposed to get checks from BP on Wednesday but didn't. Wednesday night, their lawyer wanted answers. Jeffrey Briet represents more than 500 fishermen, and he said the payment system he set up with BP required his clients to be paid every 30 days. Now that process has suddenly changed without warning, Briet said.

Riots in California after police officer who shot dead unarmed black man is cleared of murder

Riots in California after police officer who shot dead unarmed black man is cleared of murder --53 arrests as protesters furious at verdict storm the streets 09 Jul 2010 Violent protests erupted in the city of Oakland in California today after a Los Angeles jury convicted a white former transit officer of involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man. Police in riot gear watched over a crowd of protesters as emotions ran high with 500 people marching in the street and 83 people arrested. Prosecutors had wanted Johannes Mehserle to be convicted of murdering Oscar Grant.

Christie looks to privatize motor vehicle inspections, other services

Christie looks to privatize motor vehicle inspections, other services 09 Jul 2010 New Jersey would close its centralized car inspection lanes and motorists would pay for their own emissions tests under a sweeping set of recommendations set to be released by the Christie (R) administration today. State parks, psychiatric hospitals [where Christie belongs] and even turnpike toll booths could also be run by private operators, according to the 57-page report on privatization obtained by The Star-Ledger.

NORAD scrambles jets to patrol Obama's no-fly zone in Las Vegas

NORAD scrambles jets to patrol Obama's no-fly zone in Las Vegas 09 Jul 2010 Two pilots who flew afoul of a temporary no-fly zone surrounding President Obama's two-day visit to Las Vegas were given an unforgettable lesson in double-checking their flight paths this morning. Their reminder came from a pair of F-16 fighters that were scrambled by the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs to intercept the Cessna single-engine air planes. In each case, the pilots were met by authorities and interviewed, NORAD said in a written statement.

US Denies Visa to Colombian Journalist Under Patriot Act 'Terrorist Activities' Section

US Denies Visa to Colombian Journalist Under Patriot Act 'Terrorist Activities' Section --US Denies Visa to Colombian Journalist to Attend Harvard Program 09 Jul 2010 The U.S. government has denied a visa to a prominent Colombian journalist who specializes in conflict and human rights reporting to attend a prestigious fellowship at Harvard University. Hollman Morris, who produces an independent TV news program called "Contravia," has been highly critical of ties between illegal far-right militias and allies of outgoing President Alvaro Uribe, Washington's closest ally in Latin America. The curator of the Nieman Foundation at Harvard, which has offered the mid-career fellowships since 1938, said Thursday that a consular official at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota told him Morris was ruled permanently ineligible for a visa under the "Terrorist activities" section of the USA Patriot Act.

US gives 'secret guarantee' to Israel

US gives 'secret guarantee' to Israel 08 Jul 2010 The United States has secretly given a "written guarantee" to Israel that obliges Washington to sell Israel nuclear fission materials, Israeli sources say. The materials will be used to "produce electricity," Israeli Army radio, which is an official Israeli news source, reported. Washington has also vowed to "publicly announce" that Israel is a responsible entity and can "contain its capabilities."

Iraq: Suicide bomber kills 6 in Baghdad

Iraq: Suicide bomber kills 6 in Baghdad 10 Jul 2010 A suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden car into an Iraqi army check point in western Baghdad, killing six people and injuring 20 on Friday morning, officials said. Police and hospital officials said three Iraqi soldiers and three civilians were killed in the early morning attack that occurred when the bomber detonated a car bomb in the predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Ghazaliyah.

Petraeus reviews directive meant to limit Afghan civilian deaths

More US wedding party bombing war crimes on the way: Petraeus reviews directive meant to limit Afghan civilian deaths 09 Jul 2010 During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, General David Petraeus promised to "look very hard" at the rules of engagement. He has since asked Lt. Gen. David M. Rodriguez, the top operational commander in Afghanistan, to review the rules. The examination will include discussions with troops around the country, military officials said.

Oil-Damaged Pelicans Released in Pinellas County

Oil-Damaged Pelicans Released in Pinellas County 07 Jul 2010 Just a few days ago, they were oil-covered and unable to fly. But Wednesday morning, 32 rehabilitated brown pelicans took wing over Fort DeSoto Beach in Pinellas County - the largest such release in the Tampa Bay area since the spill began. The birds were caught in the oil in Louisiana and neighboring states.

Oakland protesters clash with police after verdict in BART shooting

Oakland protesters clash with police after verdict in BART shooting 09 Jul 2010 Dozens in downtown Oakland clashed with police in riot gear late Thursday, throwing rocks and bottles at officers, starting small fires in the street and breaking into area businesses. The demonstrators were angry that a Los Angeles County jury found former Bay Area Rapid Transit Officer Johannes Mehserle guilty of involuntary manslaughter in a racially charged an unprovoked shooting instead of on a more severe second-degree murder charge.

U.S. Judge Finds Defense of Marriage Act Invalid

U.S. Judge Finds Defense of Marriage Act Invalid 08 Jul 2010 A U.S. judge declared that the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines the institution as being between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Joseph L. Tauro in Boston today decided that Congress exceeded its authority in legislating the issue and that the measure infringed states’ rights to regulate marriage.

'Spy swap' under way as 10 plead guilty in US court

'Spy swap' under way as 10 plead guilty in US court --Two Obama administration sources said tonight that the Russian government would release four alleged western agents. 08 Jul 2010 Ten people accused of spying for Russia have tonight pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge, setting up what could be one of the biggest, most unusual and least secret spy swaps known to superpower espionage. The defendants, members of a deep-cover spy ring broken up last week, all told the federal judge in New York they would plead guilty. They were charged with being long term "deep cover" spies, ...but they were not accused of collecting classified information.

Appeals court denies US government's bid to keep offshore drilling moratorium

Appeals court denies US government's bid to keep offshore drilling moratorium 08 Jul 2010 A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected the federal government's effort to restore an offshore deepwater drilling moratorium, opening the door to resumed drilling in the Gulf while the legal fight continues. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled soon after an afternoon hearing in a lawsuit filed by companies that oppose the drilling ban. The moratorium was struck down June 22 by U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman. The Interior Department argued the moratorium was necessary while it studied deepwater drilling risks in the wake of the BP oil spill gusher. 

Terrorist-turned-canary Najibullah Zazi may land in witness protection program

Under cover of LeBron James and the BP-Halliburton oil volcano, a false flag goes full circle: Terrorist-turned-canary Najibullah Zazi may land in witness protection program 08 Jul 2010 The confessed subway suicide bomber [obvious al-CIAduh troll] could wind up in the federal witness protection program - living side by side with Americans he wanted dead. Najibullah Zazi's cooperation with the feds was key to a new indictment Wednesday that tied his plan to blow up subways in Times Square and Grand Central stations to a foiled plot in England. The Afghan immigrant's singing could earn him a coveted "S" visa, given only to aliens who provide critical information on terror organizations, officials revealed.

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