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U.S. Subpoenas Times Reporter Over Book on C.I.A.

U.S. Subpoenas Times Reporter Over Book on C.I.A. 28 Apr 2010 The Obama administration is seeking to compel a writer to testify about his confidential sources for a 2006 book about the Central Intelligence Agency, a rare step that was authorized by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. The author, James Risen, who is a reporter for The New York Times, received a subpoena on Monday requiring him to provide documents and to testify May 4 before a grand jury in Alexandria, Va., about his sources for a chapter of his book, "State of War: The Secret History of the C.I.A. and the Bush Administration." The chapter largely focuses on problems with a covert C.I.A. effort to disrupt alleged Iranian nuclear weapons research. Mr. Risen referred questions to his lawyer, Joel Kurtzberg, a partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel L.L.P., who said that Mr. Risen would not comply with the demand and would ask a judge to quash the subpoena.

Republicans Allow Debate on Financial Overhaul

Republicans Allow Debate on Financial Overhaul 28 Apr 2010  With political pressure mounting, Senate Republicans relented on Wednesday and agreed to let Democrats open debate on legislation that would impose the most far-reaching overhaul of the nation’s financial regulatory system since the aftermath of the Depression. The decision by Republicans to allow floor deliberations came after they voted three days in a row to block the bill, and it suggested that they saw political peril in being depicted as impeding tougher rules for Wall Street.

BP Gulf Oil Well Is Leaking Five Times Faster Than Estimated

BP Gulf Oil Well Is Leaking Five Times Faster Than Estimated 29 Apr 2010  damaged BP Plc oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is leaking as many as 5,000 barrels of crude a day, five times more than previously estimated, the U.S. Coast Guard said. "There’s an additional breach in the well," Coast Guard spokesman Erik Swanson said by telephone from Robert, Louisiana. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has increased its estimates of the flow of crude from 1,000 barrels a day, he said.

City workers banned from official travel to Arizona

City workers banned from official travel to Arizona 27 Apr 2010 San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced today a moratorium on official city travel to Arizona after the state enacted a controversial new immigration law that directs local police to arrest those suspected of being in the country illegally. The ban on city employee travel to Arizona takes effect immediately, although there are some exceptions, including for law enforcement officials investigating a crime, officials said.

Afghanistan: U.N. Report on Attack Cites Friendly Fire

Afghanistan: U.N. Report on Attack Cites Friendly Fire 26 Apr 2010 A United Nations investigation has found that four of the body’s staff members killed during a suicide attack on a Kabul guesthouse last October may have died because of friendly fire from Afghan security forces, United Nations officials said Monday. A final report by an outside panel suggested that four of the five staff members killed had been mistaken for Taliban insurgents.

Deport Children of Illegals: Calif. Congressman

Deport Children of Illegals: Calif. Congressman 28 Apr 2010 Representative Duncan Hunter (R) wants to deport the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants but he isn't the only one who wants to change the U.S. Constitution. Hunter, who spoke at a tea party gathering in Ramona Saturday, said he does not believe children born to illegal immigrant parents should get automatic U.S. citizenship. Hunter said he also supports a bill, House Resolution 1868, that would eliminate automatic citizenship for those children.

New Jersey: Thousands of high school students walk out to protest education cuts

New Jersey: Thousands of high school students walk out to protest education cuts By Sandy English 28 Apr 2010 Tens of thousands of students from across New Jersey left their classes Tuesday to protest $820 million in education budget cuts by Republican Governor Chris Christie. The budget cuts, averaging 11 percent across all districts, will result in the mass layoff off teachers and the destruction of arts and sports programs throughout the state.

Detainee transfer documents buried in Canadian military shipping containers

Detainee transfer documents buried in Canadian military shipping containers 27 Apr 2010 Records of Afghan detainee transfer orders showing whether Canadian military commanders took the risk of torture into account are buried in sea shipping containers and "may take years" to locate, the Military Police Complaints Commission was told Tuesday. The revelation by Maj. Denis Gagnon emerged when he was closely questioned by lawyer Paul Champ, who said the commission is on the verge of deciding whether it has to suspend public hearings, partly because of missing and delayed documents from the Defence Department. Gagnon said the documents are "all thrown together in a storage bin, a sea container" and an assessment of how long it would take to catalogue documents and identify the records requested by the commission may take years.

Proposal: All New Yorkers Become Organ Donors

Proposal: All New Yorkers Become Organ Donors --Assemblyman Introduces Bill That Would Give State Right to Decide If You Are to Give the Gift of Life 28 Apr 2010 New York State Assemblyman Richard Brodsky has  introduced a new bill in Albany that would enroll all New Yorkers as an organ donor, unless they actually opt out of organ donation. It would be the first law of its kind in the United States. Legal experts said if the law is passed, it will likely face challenges in court.

Minot AFB crews to train with Canadian soldiers

Minot AFB crews to train with Canadian soldiers 27 Apr 2010 Personnel from Minot Air Force Base and Canadian Forces Base Shilo at Brandon, Manitoba, are taking part in a training exercise in the Minot area. The training is planned for Tuesday and Wednesday. Twenty-seven members of Minot Air Force Base's 5th Bomb Wing and six members of the Canadian base are to take part.

Wildlife Group Sends Perry a Whistle

Wildlife Group Sends Perry a Whistle 28 Apr 2010 Texas Governor [sociopath] Rick Perry is getting some heat from wildlife enthusiasts over his decision to take down a coyote with his laser-sighted pistol near Austin. Perry told The Associated Press this week that a coyote came out of the brush toward his daughter's Labrador retriever puppy on a February jog, he charged it and shot it with his .380 Ruger pistol. WildEarth Guardians said Wednesday it sent the governor a plastic whistle and offered to pay for a class in assertiveness training. WildEarth Guardians also reported they sent the governor a copy of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' song, "True Men Don't Kill coyotes."

Texas gov. shoots, kills 'wily' coyote during jog

Texas gov. shoots, kills 'wily' coyote during jog 27 Apr 2010 Pistol-packing Texas Gov. Rick Perry told The Associated Press on Tuesday he needed just one shot from the laser-sighted pistol he sometimes carries while jogging to take down a coyote that menaced his puppy [?!?] during a February run near Austin.

Texas Rep Wants to Import AZ Immigration Law

Texas Rep Wants to Import AZ Immigration Law 28 Apr 2010 A Republican Texas lawmaker plans to introduce a tough immigration measure similar to the new law in Arizona, a move state Democrats say would be a mistake. Rep. Debbie Riddle of Tomball said she will push for the law in the January legislative session, according to Wednesday's editions of the San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle. Riddle introduced a similar measure in 2009 that didn't get out of committee.

Puerto Rican students occupy four universities

Puerto Rican students occupy four universities By Alphonso Santana and Rafael Azul 28 Apr 2010 Students have occupied Puerto Rico's largest university, the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras, in a suburb of San Juan. The protest is against Certification 98, a government decree, which cuts $100 million from the university budget and eliminates tuition waivers for some students. The student strikers are also demanding no increases in tuition or privatization of services. The cuts are part of the draconian austerity policies imposed by Governor Luis Fortuño on behalf of Wall Street, which included the sacking of 30,000 public sector workers in 2009.

Gates 'satisfied with anti-Iran planning'

Gates 'satisfied with anti-Iran planning' 28 Apr 2010 Amid a US-led push to impose "tough" sanctions against Iran's nuclear program, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates expresses satisfaction with the Pentagon's anti-Iran planning. Speaking in a press conference with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in Washington on Tuesday, Gates said he was pleased with Pentagon's devising plans to counter what he described as a nuclear threat posed by Iran. "I'm very satisfied with the planning process both within this building and in the inter-agency," the US official said.

Two explosions kill 3, wound 40 in Kandahar, S. Afghanistan

Two explosions kill 3, wound 40 in Kandahar, S. Afghanistan 28 Apr 2010 Two explosions occurred nearby the airport of Kandahar city, capital of Kandahar province in south Afghanistan, killing 3 persons and injuring 40 others on Tuesday, an eye witness Wasil Khan said. "Two explosions in a span of few minutes hit a private security company named Hamayon outside Kandahar city and near to Kandahar airport killing three guards of the company and wounding 40 others," Khan told Xinhua.

Hidden toll of US wars: 18 veterans commit suicide daily

Hidden toll of US wars: 18 veterans commit suicide daily By Bill Van Auken 28 Apr 2010 An average of 18 US military veterans are taking their lives every day as the Obama administration and the Pentagon grow increasingly defensive about the epidemic of suicides driven by Washington’s wars of aggression. The stunning figure was reported last week by the Army Times, citing officials in the US Veterans Affairs Department. [Suicides you can believe in. --MDR]

Associates: Crist will run as indy

Associates: Crist will run as indy 28 Apr 2010 Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has told two close associates that he will leave the Republican primary to run as a third-party candidate for the U.S. Senate, POLITICO has learned. Crist is expected to make the announcement Thursday evening at a park in St. Petersburg, his hometown, surrounded by family supporters from both parties.

Blackwater trained Canadian troops

Blackwater trained Canadian troops --Defence spent more than $6-million at controversial U.S. security firm 27 Apr 2010 The National Defence Department has spent more than $6-million having its troops trained by the controversial Blackwater security company, whose own employees have been accused of needlessly killing civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, documents show. The department sent a succession of personnel to Blackwater’s Moyock, N.C., training compound from 2005 to as recently as April2009, some of them learning tactics for working in dangerous settings, records obtained through access-to-information legislation indicate. The work continued even after the U.S. State Department cancelled its pricey security contract with the company in Iraq amid mounting criticism of Blackwater’s actions.

Oil Slick Could Become Worst In US History

Oil Slick Could Become Worst In US History 28 Apr 2010 American coastguards say the spill from the site of an oil rig collapse could become one of the worst in US history. The slick covers an area 48 miles long and 39 miles wide, close to the Mississippi Delta. The huge slick is now threatening the coast of Louisiana.

Ex-Brooklyn College Student Admits Conspiring to Help Al Qaeda

'He acknowledged that he knew that a man staying with him was planning to deliver ponchos, sleeping bags and waterproof socks to Al Qaeda.' Ex-Brooklyn College Student Admits Conspiring to Help Al Qaeda 27 Apr 2010 In a widely watched terrorism case, a former Brooklyn College student admitted in court on Tuesday that he had conspired to provide Al Qaeda with what prosecutors described as military gear. The former student, Syed Hashmi, 30, was to go on trial on Wednesday in Federal District Court in Manhattan, three years after he was extradited from Britain and accused by prosecutors of conspiring with others to provide Al Qaeda with military gear [socks] that was to be used against American forces in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: U.N. Pulls Workers

Afghanistan: U.N. Pulls Workers 27 Apr 2010 The United Nations withdrew most of its local staff members from Kandahar on Tuesday and instructed its local Afghan employees there to stay home in the coming days because of what it called the "deteriorating" security situation in the southern city, a spokeswoman said.

BBC Film Crew Accused of Animal Cruelty

'It was disgraceful - crash TV at its worst.' BBC Film Crew Accused of Animal Cruelty 27 Apr 2010 A film crew for The One Show was sent to cover the story of the bird which has become well known for attacking rowers passing his nest on the River Cam in Cambridge. Witnesses claim the crew hired a canoe to goad the swan when he failed to react on Friday. They say two men dirt-bags in the craft ended up chasing him 200 yards along the river before returning to within yards of the nest to force his mate to defend her eggs.

Oil Giant Shell Pumps Out £3.2bn Profit

Oil Giant Shell Pumps Out £3.2bn Profit 28 Apr 2010 Anglo-Dutch oil company Shell has announced profits of £3.2bn for the first quarter of 2010 - up more than 48% year on year. Shell said current cost of supply net income was £3.2bn ($4.90bn) in the quarter, up from £2.2bn ($3.30bn) in the same period last year.

29 Arrested at Anti-Police-Brutality Demonstration in Olympia

29 Arrested at Anti-Police-Brutality Demonstration in Olympia By Ringo 17 Apr 2010 (WA) Twenty-nine individuals were arrested at a demonstration against recent unjustified West Coast killings by police. Two were (falsely) charged with assault of an officer. The cops surrounded the group, beat, and pepper-balled them into a parking lot despite a quick and full compliance of orders given. No order to disperse was given and the protesters were held overnight and told they would all be charged with riot. Police also confiscated two cameras and are refusing to release them. Donations are urgently needed (over 10K) for legal advice and to help folks get a fair trial. Click the link to help.

'Torture' at secret Iraq jail in Baghdad

'In 2006, the UN's special rapporteur on torture said the situation was 'out of control' and might be worse than under Saddam Hussein.' 'Torture' at secret Iraq jail in Baghdad --Allegations of torture have regularly emerged since the US-led invasion 28 Apr 2010 Routine torture, including electric shocks and sexual abuse, was inflicted on detainees held in a secret prison in Baghdad, Human Rights Watch says. The group's findings are based on interviews with more than 40 people, including a British man who said Iraqi army interrogators were responsible... One of the prisoners, a 68-year-old man with dual British and Iraqi citizenship, said he had been harshly beaten, sodomised and had electric current passed through his genitals. [Saddam Hussein: Clearly the better deal, six ways to Sunday.]

Omar Khadr pushes to have statements, video thrown out as product of torture

Omar Khadr pushes to have statements, video thrown out as product of torture 25 Apr 2010 Omar Khadr's lawyers will press to have prosecution evidence thrown out as the latest chapter in the Canadian citizen's long-running saga in Guantanamo Bay begins this week. His American lawyers, Barry Coburn and Kobie Flowers, plan to argue in a pre-trial motion starting Wednesday that Khadr gave self-incriminating statements only after horrendous mistreatment by his American captors. "He was abused, and therefore the statements are unreliable," said Nate Whitling, one of Khadr's Canadian lawyers. "They have nothing else."

Khadr's defence talking plea deal with prosecution: Lawyer

Breaking: Khadr's defence talking plea deal with prosecution: Lawyer 27 Apr 2010 Omar Khadr's chief U.S. defence lawyer said "conversations" are under way with the prosecution about a search for plea-deal terms for the Canadian-born terror suspect. The dramatic development comes as crucial final hearings in Khadr's war crimes prosecution are set to begin Wednesday at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. "No defence lawyer could ever close that door," said Barry Coburn, who heads Khadr's civilian defence team before the military tribunals established under the Bush regime.

Mexico condemns Arizona for immigration crackdown

Mexico condemns Arizona for immigration crackdown 28 Apr 2010 The President of Mexico yesterday waded into the dispute over Arizona's tough new law cracking down on illegal immigrants, saying it will breed hatred and discrimination and cause a breakdown in cross-border diplomatic relations. Felipe Calderón... claimed that the newly-introduced measure will "open the door to intolerance, hate, and discrimination and abuse" against the Hispanic community. It gives police the power, for the first time anywhere in the US, to stop and question people they suspect of having entered the country illegally.

Napolitano, Holder Voice Concern About Arizona Immigration Law

Napolitano, Holder Voice Concern About Arizona Immigration Law 27 Apr 2010 Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told U.S. lawmakers her agency has "deep concerns," about a new immigration law in Arizona and said the U.S. should pursue a comprehensive overhaul of its immigration policies. Attorney General Eric Holder, at a news conference in Washington, said he also has concerns and said the Justice Department is considering going to court to challenge the Arizona statute. [The Obama Administration doesn't give a *damn* about civil liberties. If they did, they would close Guantanamo, Bagram and stop the Patriot Act. No, Obusha wants wide open borders so his corporaterrorist paymasters can continue to hire cheap labor, drive down the wages of US workers and force the taxpayers -- instead of their employers --  to pay for health care of undocumented workers. --LRP]

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