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Three Al Qaeda suspects arrested in Norway and Germany for plotting terrorist attack

Three Al Qaeda suspects arrested in Norway and Germany for plotting terrorist attack --The official reason for the arrest was suspicion of "preparing terror activities," police told the Associated Press. 08 Jul 2010 A day after U.S. officials said a failed suicide bomb attack on the city's subways was part of a wider 'Al Qaeda' plot, three men suspected of being part of a similar plan hatched by the terror group were arrested Thursday. Both U.S. and Norwegian officials, who had been monitoring the unidentified men for the past year, said they were devising attacks in Norway using portable bombs.

Terror Arrests: Plot Most Serious Since 9/11

Terror Arrests: Plot Most Serious Since 9/11 08 Jul 2010 Three suspected al Qaeda members have been arrested for planning "one of the most serious terrorist plots since 9/11". Two of the men were arrested in Norway after being watched for over a year by Norwegian and US officials. A third was held in Germany. It is believed the men were planning attacks similar to the one thwarted in the New York subway system last year. Prosecutors think there may be a link to a related plot in Manchester.

Suicide bombers convicted at end of Britain's biggest terrorism investigation

Suicide bombers convicted at end of Britain's biggest terrorism investigation 08 Jul 2010 Britain’s largest and longest running terrorist investigation has come to an end with the conviction of three British Muslims for planning to become suicide bombers in an al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] plot to blow up trans-Atlantic airliners. The three men Ibrahim Savant, 29, Arafat Waheed Khan, 29, Waheed Zaman, 26... were seen meeting with the central figures of the plot and entering the bomb factory in Walthamstow, East London, to make their videos during a six week surveillance operation by police and MI5.

US given access to Europeans' bank data under deal approved by EU

US given access to Europeans' bank data under deal approved by EU 08 Jul 2010 US anti-terror investigators will be able to access Europeans' bank information under a deal approved by the European Parliament on Thursday. MEPs in Strasbourg voted unanimously to endorse an agreement that gives the US access to bulk data from Swift, the Brussels-based cooperative that handles inter-bank financial payments. The parliament rejected a similar agreement in February, citing concerns that personal information could be misused by US authorities.

Terrorist suspects cannot be sent to life in jail in US, European Court rules

Terrorist suspects cannot be sent to life in jail in US, European Court rules 08 Jul 2010 Abu Hamza and three other terrorism suspects cannot be extradited to the US because they face life in jail without parole, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. The court said the sentences would breach the prohibition on inhuman or degrading treatment under Article Three of the European Convention of Human Rights. The judges have asked for further submissions on their preliminary ruling but if they maintain their stance Hamza and the other suspects will have to be released from the maximum security jails where they have been held pending extradition.

Anti-terror stop and search powers to be scrapped

Anti-terror stop and search powers to be scrapped --Police forced to abandon power to stop and search the public without reasonable suspicion after European court rules it illegal 08 Jul 2010 The police's use of controversial counterterrorism stop and search powers against individuals is to be scrapped immediately, the home secretary announced today. Under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, officers can stop and search anyone in a designated area without having to show reasonable suspicion. Interim operational guidelines to be issued to the police say that in future section 44 powers will be used only to search vehicles, and officers will have to have grounds for suspecting they are being used in connection with terrorism.

Attacks on Baghdad pilgrims kill dozens

Attacks on Baghdad pilgrims kill dozens 07 Jul 2010 At least 33 people have been killed and nearly 100 others have been wounded in a series of attacks on Shia pilgrims in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. The attacks, which occurred despite heavy security, targeted Shia pilgrims heading to the shrine of Imam Moussa al-Kadhim -- the seventh of the twelve Shia Imams.

'US training Iran-bound MKO spies'

'US training Iran-bound MKO spies' 08 Jul 2010 The US military forces in Iraq are training 150 members of a terrorist organization at a military base in the war-ravaged country, informed sources say. The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Press TV that the select group of terrorists, all longtime members of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO), has been moved from their base in Camp Ashraf near Baghdad to a US base in central Iraq. The trainings are taking place at Camp Taji, a military installation used by the coalition forces.

New bombings kill more people in Iraq

New bombings kill more people in Iraq 08 Jul 2010 Less than a day after bomb attacks killed over 50 people in Iraqi capital Baghdad, two new bombings have killed seven more people in the city. The bomb explosions on Thursday also injured 60 others in the capital city, despite intensive efforts by Iraqi security forces to foil such attacks. The bombs were set off as millions of pilgrims converged on a holy shrine in northern Baghdad.

2 US-led soldiers killed in Afghanistan

2 US-led soldiers killed in Afghanistan 08 Jul 2010 Two more U-S-led soldiers have been killed in separate incidents in Afghanistan amid a surge in militant attacks in the war-torn country. A US soldier died in a rocket attack in the eastern province of Kunar. Two more American troops were injured in the incident. The other death was caused by a bomb explosion in southern Afghanistan.

BP chief holds talks with investors in Middle East

BP chief holds talks with investors in Middle East --Shares up almost four per cent in New York 08 Jul 2010 BP boss Tony Hayward met offi-cials from an Abu Dhabi state investment fund Wednesday, the latest stop on an international quest for money to ward off takeovers and help pay the huge costs of the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Hayward, BP's chief executive, was also seen by Reuters with a senior official from another Abu Dhabi fund, and a report said Saudi investors were looking to buy 10 per cent to 15 per cent of the oil company.

National Security Agency Plans $100M 'Perfect Citizen' Domestic Surveillance Program

National Security Agency Plans $100M 'Perfect Citizen' Domestic Surveillance Program 08 Jul 2010 The federal government is launching an expansive program dubbed "Perfect Citizen" to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running such critical infrastructure as the electricity grid and nuclear-power plants, according to people familiar with the program. The surveillance by the National Security Agency, the government's chief eavesdropping agency, would rely on a set of sensors deployed in computer networks for critical infrastructure that would be triggered by unusual activity suggesting an impending cyber attack, though it wouldn't persistently monitor the whole system, these people said.

Three UN staff killed in Afghanistan

Three UN staff killed in Afghanistan 08 Jul 2010 Three staff members of the United Nations have been killed after a bomb went off in Afghanistan. A Press TV correspondent reported that the UN staff members were killed by a roadside bomb in Parwan Province on Thursday.

Six years in jail, no charge: war on terror's forgotten victim speaks

Six years in jail, no charge: war on terror's forgotten victim speaks 08 Jul 2010 Babar Ahmad, 35, is the longest-serving prisoner held without charge or trial in the UK. In his first media interview since his arrest on a US extradition warrant in 2004, Mr Ahmad tells Robert Verkaik that he is the forgotten victim of the 'war on terror'. In March 2009, he was awarded £60,000 in compensation after an admission by the UK's anti-terrorist police that they subjected him to 'grave abuse, tantamount to torture' during his first arrest in December 2003. Corresponding via email from a secure isolation unit at Long Lartin prison, he calls on the Government to charge him or release him.

'US will attack Iran if it must'

Triumvirate of sociopaths speak: 'US will attack Iran if it must' 07 Jul 2010 There is wide support in Congress for using all means to keep Iran from becoming a nuclear power, "through diplomatic and economic sanctions if we possibly can, through military actions if we must," visiting US Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Insane-CT) said Wednesday in Jerusalem. Lieberman, flanked at a Jerusalem press conference by his senate colleagues John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), used very tough language, saying the words "military action" in regards to stopping Iran’s nuclear program.

Michael Rectenwald interview - Bush policies continue under Obama

Michael Rectenwald interview - Bush policies continue under Obama --Discussion of Obama's continuation and extension of the Bush policies, practices and atrocities. 07 Jul 2010 Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D., was interviewed on 'The Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show Podcast' regarding the continuation of Bush policies under Obama, and his resignation from the Democratic Party. Listen to CLG Founder and Editorialist Michael Rectenwald share his thoughts on the 2000 stolen 'election,' Barack Obama, the history of CLG, and a whole lot more!

Louisiana authorities report oil sightings from Gulf of Mexico spill

Louisiana authorities report oil sightings from Gulf of Mexico spill 07 Jul 2010 Here is a list, released by Louisiana emergency officials, of areas where oil was sighted Wednesday. The list is not a comprehensive tally of areas affected by oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill. Jefferson Parish: Tar balls 1 mile southeast of Grand Isle --Lafourche Parish: An accumulation of tar balls 1,000 feet wide and a mile long 1.4 miles west of Northwest Island in Timbalier Bay. --Orleans Parish: Tar balls in the marsh in Goose Pond Bayou.

Owner of Exploded Rig Exploits Offshore Status

Owner of Exploded Rig Exploits Offshore Status 08 Jul 2010 Transocean is the world’s largest offshore drilling company, but until its Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in April, few Americans outside the energy business had heard of it. It is well known, however, in a number of other countries -- for testing local laws and regulations. Human rights advocates have called for an investigation into Transocean’s recent dealings in Myanmar... In Norway, Transocean is the subject of a criminal investigation into possible tax fraud. And in the United States, a federal bankruptcy judge recently found that one of Transocean’s merger partners had repeatedly abused the legal system to try to avoid potential liability in a pollution case in Louisiana. Transocean is also the target of tax inquiries in the United States and Brazil.

Ex-Congressman Accused of Ties to Terrorism Pleads Guilty to Obstruction

Ex-Congressman Accused of Ties to Terrorism Pleads Guilty to Obstruction 07 Jul 2010 A former Michigan Republican congressman accused of accepting stolen funds to lobby on behalf of a charity with alleged ties to terrorism pleaded guilty Wednesday to two charges including obstruction of justice, but prosecutors said more serious charges would likely be dropped. Former Rep. Mark Deli Siljander, who served in Congress from 1981 until 1987 and as a United Nations delegate for a year, pleaded guilty in federal court in Kansas City to obstruction and acting as an unregistered foreign agent. Charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering will likely be dismissed under the terms of Siljander's plea deal, said Don Ledford, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Western District of Missouri.

Corruption in Afghanistan - US Cuts Aid After Millions Siphoned Off to Dubai

Corruption in Afghanistan - US Cuts Aid After Millions Siphoned Off to Dubai 05 Jul 2010 Billions of dollars are being secreted out of Kabul to help well-connected Afghans buy luxury villas in Dubai. Amid concerns that the money could be the result of corruption, American politicians have temporarily cut off aid to the Afghan government. According to some estimates, since 2007, at least $3 billion (€2.4 billion) in cash has left the Afghanistan by plane in boxes and suitcases. The preferred destination for these funds is Dubai, the tax haven in the Persian Gulf.

Man arrested by terrorism police in Bristol

Man arrested by terrorism police in Bristol 07 Jul 2010 A man has been arrested at a flat in Bristol under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. Armed officers raided the property in George's Square, near Bristol Bridge, just before 0700 BST and the premises are still being searched. The man is being questioned by anti-terrorism officers at Paddington Green police station, London.

US airline 'loses Netanyahu bodyguard guns'

US airline 'loses Netanyahu bodyguard guns' 07 Jul 2010 Not even officers from Israeli security service Shin Bet can escape the scourge of lost luggage it seems. A bag belonging to agents travelling with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was mistakenly put on a flight from New York to Los Angeles, not to Washington. Alarmingly the bag contained four 9mm Glock handguns, which are now missing.

Saving the brown pelican

Saving the brown pelican --The creatures that fuel ecology -- even freedom -- get slow death by oil. A plucky few get a chance By Ken Hoffman 04 Jul 2010 Poisoned by petroleum --Oil begins its slow and painful death sentence on birds. Oil robs the birds of their natural waterproofing. A pelican's body temperature is between 103 and 105 degrees. So even in the sweltering heat and humidity of summer in the bayou, a pelican will get cold. It becomes disoriented and weak. Pelicans are constantly preening and cleaning their feathers, so oil gets into their stomachs and they get sick. If they're covered heavily in oil, they become immobile and starve to death. Or they die of hypothermia.

Birds Flushed, Cooked, Squashed During Gulf Oil Cleanup

Birds Flushed, Cooked, Squashed During Gulf Oil Cleanup --Gulf Oil Cleanup Crews Trample Nesting Birds 07 Jul 2010 Standing on a white-sand beach at Florida's Gulf Islands National Seashore Thursday, blotchy stains from the Gulf oil spill could be seen creeping past the red-lettered "keep out" signs meant to protect nesting shorebirds. And, according to conservationists, some well-meaning cleanup crews who unknowingly walk into nesting habitat may be doing more harm than the oil itself, experts say... With so many people working so close to breeding grounds, frightened adult birds are abandoning their nests, and adults and chicks are being inadvertently trampled. (See: 'Gulf Oil Spill Pictures: Ten Animals at Risk.') .

CRU climate scientists 'did not withhold data'

CRU climate scientists 'did not withhold data' --The review found nothing in the e-mails to undermine Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports. 07 Jul 2010 Climate scientists at a top UK research unit have emerged from an inquiry with their reputations for honesty intact but with a lack of openness criticised. The Independent Climate Change Email Review was set up by the University of East Anglia (UEA) after more than 1,000 e-mails were hacked from its servers. Climate "sceptics" [ExxonMobil wh*res] claimed the e-mails showed that UEA scientists manipulated and suppressed key climate data. But these accusations are largely dismissed by the report.

TSA probing harassment allegations

TSA probing harassment allegations 07 Jul 2010 Homeland Security Department investigators plan to visit Transportation Security Administration workers in Orlando and Tampa next week as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of harassment against gay, lesbian and African American workers there, according to e-mails obtained by The Federal Eye. The department's Office of Inspector General launched an investigation shortly after CNN reported in January about managers at the Orlando field office of the Federal Air Marshals Service who used a crew assignment board resembling the "Jeopardy!" game show to ridicule and keep score on women, gays and minorities.

UK troops forced to pull out: Taliban

UK troops forced to pull out: Taliban 07 Jul 2010 The reclusive leader of the Taliban has taken credit for a plan by British troops to pull out from a troubled southern district in Afghanistan, saying they were forced to withdraw by the militants. A statement attributed to Mullah Mohammad Omar said Wednesday that British forces were pulling out from the violence-wracked Sangin district of Afghanistan's Helmand Province due to pressure from militant attacks. "This is the start of the British forces' defeat in Afghanistan," a Taliban spokesman, Yousuf Ahmadi, quoted Mullah Omar as saying. "We defeated them in Sangin. They'll be defeated in the rest of the country soon," he added.

Terrorism policy flaws 'increased risk of attacks', says former police chief

Terrorism policy flaws 'increased risk of attacks', says former police chief 07 Jul 2010 Britain's fight against terrorism has been a disaster, because its "flawed, neo-conservative" direction alienated Muslims and increased the chances of terrorist attacks, a former leading counter-terrorism officer has told the Guardian. Speaking to mark today's fifth anniversary of the 7 July attacks [an inside job, six ways to Sunday] in London, Dr Robert Lambert said the atrocity had led the Labour government to launch not just the publicly declared battle against al-Qaida, but a much wider counter-subversive campaign that targeted non-violent Muslims and branded them as supporters of violence.

Gulf of Mexico awash with 27,000 abandoned wells

Gulf of Mexico awash with 27,000 abandoned wells - report 07 Jul 2010 More than 27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells lurk in the hard rock beneath the Gulf of Mexico, an environmental minefield that has been ignored for decades. No one - not industry, not government - is checking to see if they are leaking, an Associated Press investigation shows. The oldest of these wells were abandoned in the late 1940s, raising the prospect that many deteriorating sealing jobs are already failing.

US-led attack kills 6 Afghan soldiers

US-led attack kills 6 Afghan soldiers 07 Jul 2010 Six Afghan soldiers have been killed when their post was attacked by a US-led aircraft in central Afghanistan, police sources have announced. The air strike that occurred late Tuesday was originally aimed at Taliban militants in Ghazni, a province in south-central Afghanistan, Nawruz Ali Mohamoodzada, a provincial police official said Wednesday, describing the attack as "friendly fire," AFP reported.

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