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US airstrike kills 8 Afghan civilians

US airstrike kills 8 Afghan civilians 13 Aug 2010 At least eight Afghan civilians were killed in a US airstrike in the south of the country amid growing public discontent over the ever-growing number of civilian casualties. The US airstrike took place in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on Friday, a Press TV correspondent reported. The Afghan civilians were killed when foreign forces targeted a house in the suburbs of Lashgargah city.

Three US-led troops die in Afghanistan

Three US-led troops die in Afghanistan 13 Aug 2010 Three US-led soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan's south as the Taliban intensify their operations in the volatile region. On Friday, NATO said in a statement that one soldier was killed during an exchange of fire with militants in the country's south, and the British Ministry of Defenses (MoD) announced the death of two UK soldiers. The MoD said one British soldier was killed in a "helicopter incident" on Tuesday, while another one was killed by a small fire arm on Thursday.

'Bushehr plant to come online Aug 21'

'Bushehr plant to come online Aug 21' 13 Aug 2010 Iran's long-delayed first nuclear power plant in the southern city of Bushehr will come online next week, a spokesman for the Russian atomic agency says. "The fuel will be charged in the reactor on August 21. From this moment, Bushehr will be considered a nuclear installation," AFP reported Rosatom spokesman Sergei Novikov as saying on Friday. "This can be considered as the physical launch," he went on to say.

Pat Tillman's Father to Army Investigator: 'F--- You... And Yours'

Pat Tillman's Father to Army Investigator: 'F--- You... And Yours' By Sam Stein 13 Aug 2010  The Weinstein Company [backers of 'The Tillman Story,' a documentary film to be released 20 Aug.] sent the Huffington Post two previously unseen letters written by Tillman's father at the peak of frustration with the army's investigation into his son's death. The notes, penned to Brigadier General Gary M. Jones (the man spearheading the investigation) as well as the Senate Armed Services Committee (which oversaw Jones's work), paint a picture of a man increasingly convinced that a massive conspiracy was emerging around the death of his son.

Amnesty International says Omar Khadr trial should not go ahead

Amnesty International says Omar Khadr trial should not go ahead 13 Aug 2010 The rights group Amnesty International has condemned the US government for allowing the military commission trial of Omar Khadr at the Guantánamo Bay detention centre to go ahead. The group has said the trial will only prove to be another violation of human rights by the USA in the name of countering terrorism. Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen, was taken into US custody as a 15-year-old in 2002 while he was in Afghanistan.

1 Million Strong in the Professional Left

1 Million Strong in the Professional Left --Obama has out-Bushed Bush! 13 Aug 2010 This is a group established to oppose Robert Gibbs's use of the term "professional left," which is meant to suggest those who oppose Obama's corporatist, imperialist agenda are part of a narrow, special interest group with peculiar interests. No matter that Obama opposes the interests of the vast majority, whose interests are represented in the "left" opposition to Obama. But none of the real "left" can be seen or heard on TV. WE are the professional left, and we profess it boldly. --MDR

Barack Obama, Inc.

Obama signs $600m US-Mexico border bill

Obama signs $600m US-Mexico border bill 13 Aug 2010 US President Barack Obama has signed into law a $600m (£385m) bill providing increased security along the US-Mexico border. The US Senate had reconvened on Thursday during its August recess to pass the measure. The funds will mostly be directed to activities on the south-west border, such as hiring 1,000 border patrol agents. Money will also pay for surveillance technology, including unmanned drones. A further 250 immigration and customs enforcement agents will also be funded by the bill.

Leaking Sarin Rocket Discovered at Kentucky Depot

Leaking Sarin Rocket Discovered at Kentucky Depot 12 Aug 2010 The U.S. Army said Tuesday a leaking sarin nerve agent-filled rocket had been discovered during inspections of chemical weapons storage structures at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Kentucky. "The low-level agent vapor was confined to the interior of the [shipping and firing] tube and no agent vapor was detected within the igloo atmosphere," according to a press release.

As Gibbs Attacks Progressive Critics, ACLU Says Obama White House Enshrining Bush-Era Policies

As Gibbs Attacks Progressive Critics, ACLU Says Obama White House Enshrining Bush-Era Policies (Democracy Now!) 12 Aug 2010 As White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs attacks progressives for comparing President Obama’s polices to George W. Bush's, we look at a new ACLU report on how the Obama administration is permanently enshrining into law many of President Bush’s most controversial policies. The report, "Establishing a New Normal," warns: "There is a very real danger that the Obama administration will enshrine permanently within the law policies and practices that were widely considered extreme and unlawful during the Bush administration."

U.S. bailouts benefited foreign firms, report says

U.S. bailouts benefited foreign firms, report says 12 Aug 2010 The federal government's effort to stabilize the financial system turn over the US Treasury to Bush's corporaterrorist cronies in 2008 by flooding money into as many banks as possible resulted in a boon to many foreign firms and left the United States shouldering far more risk than governments that took a narrower approach, according to a new report by a panel overseeing the Treasury's $700 billion bailout fund. Members of the Congressional Oversight Panel, in a report due Thursday, note that America's broad financial rescues had more impact internationally than the narrower bailout programs of other countries had on U.S. firms.

New Hampshire Lawmaker Resigns After "Dead Palin" Comment

New Hampshire Lawmaker Resigns After "Dead Palin" Comment 12 Aug 2010 A Democratic New Hampshire state lawmaker has resigned after speculating on Facebook about Sarah Palin's death. A second New Hampshire Democrat, an activist running for the state legislature, is apologizing for the same gaffe. Responding to a thread on Facebook, New Hampshire State Rep. Timothy Horrigan reportedly posted a message Wednesday night that read, "Well a dead Palin wd be even more dangerous than a live one...she is all about her myth & if she was dead she cldn't commit any more gaffes." Today, Horrigan posted on his website a resignation letter to the New Hampshire House speaker. [Democrats don't want Sarah Palin dead. She's their greatest asset! Without the Sarah Palin, how could they threaten their disaffected voters so that they stay in line and vote for the party? After all, what do they have to offer other than that they're not the Republicans (in name, at least)? These Republican bogeys are the Democrats' best friends. --Michael Rectenwald]

'Israel could go rogue on Iran in 1 yr.'

'Israel could go rogue on Iran in 1 yr.' 12 Aug 2010 Israel could launch a military attack against Iran within a year in an attempt to stop Tehran's nuclear program, even without a green light from the US, a report says. Jeffrey Goldberg, the author of the article published in the September issue of the Atlantic magazine, writes that "a consensus emerged that there is a better than 50 per cent chance that Israel will launch a strike by next July."

Judge says gay marriages can start in Calif.; gives opponents time to appeal Prop 8 ruling

Judge says gay marriages can start in Calif.; gives opponents time to appeal Prop 8 ruling 12 Aug 2010 A San Francisco federal judge today ruled that same-sex marriages should resume immediately in California, but put his decision on hold to give an appeals court an opportunity to consider whether to allow the marriage licenses to be issued while the legal challenge to the state's gay marriage ban proceeds. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, who a week ago struck down Proposition 8 as unconstitutional, found there is no longer reason to bar same-sex couples from the equal right to wed, particularly in view of the fact that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown -- the state's top officials -- agree that the marriages should be legal right away.

Israeli held in investigation of serial stabbings

Israeli held in investigation of serial stabbings --Authorities probe 20 attacks, 5 deaths in three states since May 12 Aug 2010 A man suspected in 20 stabbings across three states that left five people dead was arrested at the Atlanta airport as he tried to board a plane bound for Israel, authorities said. Michigan officials said Thursday that Elias Abuelazam, 33, is currently charged with assault with intent to murder in a July 27 stabbing in Flint. Further charges are pending. A spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the agency's officers arrested Abuelazam, an Israeli citizen, about 10 p.m. Wednesday night at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, as he attempted to board a Delta flight for Tel Aviv. He was handed over to the FBI and Atlanta police. [And, from that point, his Langley handlers will be taking over.]

California same-sex marriages 'can resume' next week

California same-sex marriages 'can resume' next week 12 Aug 2010 A US judge who overturned California's same-sex marriage ban has ruled gay nuptials may resume on 18 August. Judge Vaughn Walker overturned the ban, known as Proposition 8, last week. Its proponents asked for a stay pending their appeal against his ruling. The measure had been passed by voters in the state in 2008.

Swine flu advisers' ties to drug firms: Five WHO experts linked with vaccine producers

Swine flu advisers' ties to drug firms: Five WHO experts linked with vaccine producers --Gov't squandered more than £1.2 billion tackling swine flu, most of it for vaccines 13 Aug 2010 A third of the experts advising the World Health Organisation about the swine flu pandemic had ties to drugs firms, it has emerged. Five of the 15 specialists who sat on the emergency committee had received funding from pharmaceutical giants, or were linked to them through their research. The revelation will prompt speculation that the 'pandemic' was wildly overestimated and largely fuelled by the drugs industry who stood to benefit from the panic.

Suspected US serial killer nabbed en route to Israel

Suspected US serial killer nabbed en route to Israel --Abuelazam was arrested carrying expired Israeli passport 12 Aug 2010 A man suspected of killing five people in a rash of 20 stabbings in three US states over three months was arrested in Atlanta as he tried to board a flight to Israel, a US official said Thursday. "He was apprehended by US Customs and Border Patrol officers and the Atlanta Police Department and arrested as he was attempting to depart on a flight to Tel Aviv," said customs spokeswoman Sandy Hasegawa. --MSNBC: Suspect lived in Virginia and had been arrested on an assault charge in Arlington, VA -- but was released.

Israel to block future Gaza flotillas

Israel to block future Gaza flotillas 12 Aug 2010 Defending Tel Aviv's deadly attack on the Gaza-bound flotilla, Israel's army chief has vowed to block future aid shipments heading toward the besieged strip. "If they come, they will be stopped by our defensive shield," Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi said in his address to the audience at the naval graduation ceremony in Haifa on Wednesday, Haaretz reported.

Report a crime and end up on a secret database

Report a crime and end up on a secret database: Police force has logged 180,000 names 12 Aug 2010 Tens of thousands of innocent members of the public who report crimes are having their personal details stored on a 'secret' police database. Those calling 999 about an incident or witnesses to crimes are routinely being asked for their ethnicity and date of birth, it has emerged. The details are being kept without their knowledge on a 'Big Brother' file  -  where thousands of suspected criminals' details are also held.

Iran digging graves for U.S. troops if they attack

Iran digging graves for U.S. troops if they attack 11 Aug 2010 Iran has dug mass graves in which to bury U.S. troops in case of any American attack on the country, a former commander of the elite Revolutionary Guard said. The digging of the graves appears to be a show of bravado after the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, said last week that the U.S. military has a contingency plan to attack Iran, although he thinks a military strike is probably a bad idea. Footage obtained by APTN showed a large number of empty, freshly dug graves in a desert region of Khuzestan. The digging of the graves was first reported earlier this week by Iran's semiofficial news agency Fars.

U.S. military tribunal sentences bin Laden cook to 14 years imprisonment

U.S. military tribunal sentences bin Laden cook to 14 years imprisonment 12 Aug 2010 A military commission jury at U. S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay on Wednesday sentenced a Sudanese man accused of being al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] mastermind Osama bin Laden's cook and driver to 14 years in prison. The man, 50-year-old Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi, pleaded guilty last month to two charges for his support to al-Qaida and for conspiring to commit terrorism from August 1996 until his capture in December 2001. According to the terms of his plea deal, Qosi agreed to a prison term that was kept secret.

President Obama signs $26 billion jobs bill to aid state payrolls

President Obama signs $26 billion jobs bill to aid state payrolls 11 Aug 2010 President Obama approved a final spurt of spending Tuesday to shore up the sluggish recovery, signing into law a $26 billion plan to save the jobs of thousands of teachers and other government workers. In a midday vote, the House approved the bill 247 to 161, with all but two Republicans voting no. The bill includes nearly $10 billion in new taxes on U.S. multinational corporations that do business abroad, and it rescinds after 2014 an increase in food stamp payments enacted in last year's $862 billion stimulus package.

'Israel set to hit Iran's N-sites within a year'

'Israel set to hit Iran's N-sites within a year' 12 Aug 2010 Israel may launch a unilateral attack on Iranian nuclear facilities within a year if the Obama administration fails to assure Tel Aviv that it is serious about foiling Tehran's atomic ambitions, a media report said. Israel will carry out the military attack without asking for Washington's famous "green light" or even give couple of false pre-attack alerts, according to Atlantic magazine's yet-to-be published story, obtained by Ha'aretz daily.

1 Million Strong to Replace Keith Olbermann with Michael Rectenwald

1 Million Strong to Replace Keith Olbermann with Michael Rectenwald --Facebook group - Join us! 12 Aug 2010 We need a host who will not act as a de facto defense attorney for the Obama Administration and who will actually report that Barack Obama has out-Bushed Bush. Michael Rectenwald -- Dr. Rec -- is that man!

Michael Rectenwald

MDR quote for Thursday: Petitioning, calling, emailing, and all manner of praying to the representatives of the ruling class amounts to asking for the indulgence of our lords and masters. Instead, ignore them completely and organize a force to overthrow them. The minute the Democrats cease getting all this attention from the activist "base," whom they routinely ignore, the sooner they'll realize that the game has changed. --MDR

MDR quote for Wednesday: Gibbs's use of the term "professional left" is meant to suggest those who oppose Obama's corporatist, imperialist agenda are part of a narrow, special interest group with peculiar interests. No matter that Obama opposes the interests of the vast majority, whose interests are represented in the "left" opposition to Obama. But none of the real "left" can be seen or heard on TV. --MDR

BP renewed insurance policy to cover its directors just ahead of rig explosion

BP renewed insurance policy to cover its directors just ahead of rig explosion --BP nears deal to continue drilling in Gulf of Mexico --BP was on Tuesday night close to safeguarding its future in the Gulf of Mexico as it neared a break-through deal aimed at smoothing relations with the Obama administration. ['Break-through deal aimed at smooting relations?' BP - and its spokeswh*re, Thad Allen -  have been in bed with Obama long before their Halliburton explosion.] 11 Aug 2010 The deal with the White House would allow BP to guarantee its $20bn (£13bn) clean-up fund against revenues from its operations in the Gulf, which account for approximately 10pc of its oil and gas business. If the deal were to be agreed -- it remains one of a number of solutions being discussed -- it would all but guarantee BP's future in the Gulf, despite efforts by certain members of the US Congress to force the company away from US shores. The negotiations continued as BP’s attempt fully to seal the Macondo well were hampered by bad weather, delaying drilling of the relief well by two to three days. The talks also came as it emerged that BP renewed its insurance policy to cover its directors just ahead of the explosion on the rig above the Macondo well on April 20. [OMG. Can you say *inside job,* six ways to Sunday?]

Sen. Michael Bennet fends off primary challenge in Colorado

Sen. Michael Bennet fends off primary challenge in Colorado 11 Aug 2010 Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Wall Street) of Colorado turned back a sharp challenge from former state House speaker Andrew Romanoff on Tuesday night on a busy day of primaries that offered fresh clues about the anti-establishment mood of voters and the strength of the "tea party" movement. Bennet's victory came after a nasty and often personal campaign between a political novice-turned-senator and a legislative-insider-turned-insurgent progressive.  His victory provided a welcome boost to President Obama, who had put his prestige and the muscle of his political organization behind Bennet's candidacy. [Notice Obama meddled to ensure that people would get stuck with the Wall Street troll?]

U.S. commander stresses importance of funding Iraq security forces

More contractor bl*wjobs we can believe in: U.S. commander stresses importance of funding Iraq security forces 10 Aug 2010 The outgoing commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said Tuesday that Iraqi security forces will continue to rely heavily on American funding as the U.S. troop drawdown accelerates, forcing them to take on more responsibility join al-CIAduh's 'resistance,' so that there's an outcry for the US (by the US) to stay. Gen. Ray Odierno and other American officials have been urging U.S. lawmakers to reconsider plans to substantially cut the amounts the military and State Department have requested for Iraq initiatives next year. In the budget for fiscal year 2011, the Pentagon requested $2 billion for initiatives to further equip and bolster the Iraqi forces. [Gee, I thought the *oil revenue* was going to fund the Iraq projects post US-invasion/occupation? See, only Iraq/Afghanistan/Pakistan can get a stimulus that hypocritical Republican dirt-bags will support. That's because the money goes to US corporaterrorists and mercenaries, NOT the people living on those nations. --LRP]

British government pays US lobbying firm to improve transatlantic relations

British government pays US lobbying firm to improve transatlantic relations --The controversial arrangement has been ordered by the Ministry of Defence, although official records show the contract is being handled by the British Embassy in Washington. 11 Aug 2010 British taxpayers are paying a secretive lobbying firm $10,000 (£6,354) a month to push American politicians to award contracts to British defence companies and to improve transatlantic relations, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. O'Brien & Associates, a Washington-based firm of lobbyists, has received more than $500,000 of British taxpayers' money over the past four years. The lobbying firm specialises in working on behalf of major defence companies in the American capital.

Blast kills 8 soldiers in central Iraq

Blast kills 8 soldiers in central Iraq 11 Aug 2010 A bomb explosion has targeted a house in the province of Diyala in central Iraq, killing eight army soldiers on their quest for militants on the run. The blast occurred at around 5:00 a.m. (0200 GMT) on Wednesday in the town of Saadiyah, 100 kilometers (65 miles) northeast of Baghdad, AFP reported.

Robert Gibbs says leftwing critics of Obama 'ought to be drug tested'

Robert Gibbs says leftwing critics of Obama 'ought to be drug tested' --White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says Obama's critics on the left are 'crazy' - and then tries to apologise 11 Aug 2010 The Obama administration's most public face, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, has tried to climb down from angry remarks he aimed at leftwing critics, calling them "crazy". In an interview with The Hill newspaper in Washington DC, Gibbs revealed frustration at attacks on the administration from liberal Democrats and others on the left, in terms likely to make relations even worse: "I hear these people saying he's like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested," Gibbs said. "I mean, it's crazy."  [That doesn't include us at the CLG because we don't compare Obama to George W. Bush -- we know that Obama has out-Bushed Bush. See: "Hope-and-Change," A Hoax By Michael Rectenwald and Lori Price.]

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