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Oakland protesters prevent unloading of Israeli ship

Oakland protesters prevent unloading of Israeli ship 21 Jun 2010 Hundreds of peace activists prevented the unloading of an Israeli ship at the Port of Oakland Sunday by forming a picket line. Organizers said their goal was to delay the ship's unloading for 24 hours in protest of the Israeli military's May 31 open-seas raid on a humanitarian aid flotilla that had been bringing goods to Gaza. The raid ended in the death of nine Turkish citizens.

Faisal Shahzad Pleads Guilty In Times Square Car Bomb Plot, Warns of More Attacks

Holy false flag, Batman! Faisal Shahzad Pleads Guilty In Times Square Car Bomb Plot, Warns of More Attacks --Admits Receiving Terror Training From Pakistani Taliban, Says He Wants to Plead Guilty '100 Times More' 21 Jun 2010 Faisal Shahzad pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to trying to explode a car bomb in Times Square on May 1, and to receiving terror training from the Pakistani Taliban, and warned that further attacks on the U.S. were coming. The 30-year-old naturalized American, who was born in Pakistan and lived in Connecticut, pleaded guilty to ten different terror-related federal charges, two of which carry a mandatory life sentence.

Texas GOP Wishes to Punish Straight People Who Support Gay Rights

Texas GOP Wishes to Punish Straight People Who Support Gay Rights By Ivan Garcia 19 Jun 2010 The 2010 GOP platform in Texas supports laws that criminalize sodomy and suggests that straight people who support same-sex marriage should be penalized with jail time.The GOP platform was quoted as openly stating: "We oppose the legalization of sodomy. We demand that Congress exercise its authority granted by the U.S. constitution to withhold jurisdiction from the federal courts from cases involving sodomy," the GOP platform reads.

BP oil spill: leak found in rig weeks before blast

BP oil spill: leak found in rig weeks before blast 21 Jun 2010 The Deepwater Horizon rig, which exploded causing the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, had suffered a leak in the weeks leading up to the blast, an employee has claimed. Tyrone Benton told the BBC that he identified a leak in the rig's safety equipment weeks before the explosion. He claimed that the leak was not fixed at the time. Instead, the faulty device was shut down, forcing the rig to rely on a second one.

Canadian RCMP Conducting Criminal Investigation of US, Syrian Officials for Arar's Rendition

Canadian RCMP Conducting Criminal Investigation of U.S. and Syrian Officials for Maher Arar's Rendition to Torture --Arar Reveals First Public Details of Investigation 14 Jun 2010 Today, following the announcement by the U.S. Supreme Court that it had refused to hear the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) case on behalf of Canadian citizen and rendition victim Maher Arar against U.S. officials for their role in sending him to Syria to be tortured and detained for a year, Mr. Arar made a startling announcement. According to Mr. Arar and his attorneys, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has been conducting a criminal investigation into U.S. as well as Syrian officials for their role in his rendition to torture.

Afghan opiate use doubled in last 5 years, UN says

Mission accomplished! Afghan opiate use doubled in last 5 years, UN says 21 Jun 2010 Use of opiate drugs such as heroin and opium has doubled in Afghanistan since 2005 -- with nearly 3 percent of Afghan adults now addicted, according to a U.N. report released Monday. Afghanistan supplies 90 percent of the world's opium, the main ingredient in heroin, and is the global leader in hashish production. Drug crops have helped finance 'insurgents' and encourage corruption -- particularly the opium poppy crop in the south where the Taliban CIA controls cultivation and smuggling routes.

Pentagon Snubs Leaker's Lawyers

Pentagon Snubs Leaker's Lawyers --WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange hired lawyers to represent the Army intel analyst accused of leaking State Dept. secrets. But the Pentagon sent them away. By Philip Shenon 21 Jun 2010 The secretive whisteblowing website WikiLeaks said Friday night that its founder, Julian Assange, had hired private criminal defense lawyers to represent the Army intelligence specialist accused of providing WikiLeaks with highly classified combat videos from Iraq and Afghanistan. But Birgitta Jonsdottir, a parliamentarian in Iceland who acts as a spokeswoman for the website, said in a telephone interview from Reykjavik that the Pentagon had refused this week to allow the lawyers to meet the Army intel analyst, Bradley Manning.

Lord Coe says BP is 'trusted partner' of 2012 Olympics

Lord Coe says BP is 'trusted partner' of 2012 Olympics 21 Jun 2010 London Olympics chairman Lord Coe has said the Gulf of Mexico oil spill will not harm BP's sponsorship of the 2012 Games. He said the oil giant was a "trusted partner", adding the spill "does not make a difference to us at all". Lord Coe and BP regional vice president Peter Mather were attending an event to promote the London 2012 Cultural Weekend, which takes place in July. BP is a top tier sponsor of the 2012 Games.

Gulf Oil Spill Pictures: Birds, Fish, Crabs Coated

Gulf Oil Spill Pictures: Birds, Fish, Crabs Coated --Oil Weighing Down Wildlife (National Geographic) 08 Jun 2010 Shouldering the weight of heavy oil spewed from the Gulf of Mexico's Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a brown pelican struggles in sludgy surf on East Grand Terre Island, Louisiana, Friday. Nearly 800 dead birds, sea turtles, dolphins, and other animals have been found in the Gulf and on its shores, according to federal authorities cited by the Associated Press. But the real story may be the rate at which animals are being affected by oil, which appears to have accelerated drastically in recent days.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange breaks cover but will avoid America

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange breaks cover but will avoid America --US desperate to ask hacker what he knows of classified messages about Iraq and Afghanistan wars 21 Jun 2010 The elusive founder of WikiLeaks, who is at the centre of a potential US national security sensation, has surfaced from almost a month in hiding to tell the Guardian he does not fear for his safety but is on permanent alert. Julian Assange, a renowned Australian hacker who founded the electronic whistleblowers' platform WikiLeaks, vanished when a young US intelligence analyst in Baghdad was arrested.

US, Israel Warships in Suez May Be Prelude to Faceoff with Iran

US, Israel Warships in Suez May Be Prelude to Faceoff with Iran 20 Jun 2010 Egypt allowed at least one Israeli and 11 American warships to pass through the Suez Canal as an Iranian flotilla approaches Gaza. Egypt closed the canal to protect the ships with thousands of soldiers, according to the British-based Arabic language newspaper Al Quds al-Arabi. One day prior to the report on Saturday, Voice of Israel government radio reported that the Egyptian government denied an Israeli request not to allow the Iranian flotilla to use the Suez Canal to reach Gaza, in violation of the Israeli sea embargo on the Hamas-controlled area.

Supreme Court Affirms Ban on Aiding Groups Tied to Terror

Supreme Court Affirms Ban on Aiding Groups Tied to Terror 21 Jun 2010 The Supreme Court has upheld a federal law that bars "material support" to foreign terrorist organizations, rejecting a free speech challenge from humanitarian aid groups. The court ruled 6-3 Monday that the government may prohibit all forms of aid to designated terrorist groups, even if the support consists of training and advice about entirely peaceful and legal activities.

Supreme Court upholds terrorism support law

Supreme Court upholds terrorism support law 21 Jun 2010 The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a law that bars Americans from providing support to foreign terrorist groups, rejecting arguments that it violated constitutional rights of free speech and association. The decision came in the first test to reach the Supreme Court after the September 11, 2001, attacks of a case pitting the right of U.S. citizens to speak and associate freely against the government's efforts to fight terrorism. In a victory for the Obama administration, the 'justices' voted, 6-3, to reverse a ruling by a U.S. appeals court that declared parts of the law unconstitutionally vague.

Top Vatican Priest Accused of Sexually Abusing His Own Sons

Top Vatican Priest Accused of Sexually Abusing His Own Sons --Lawsuit Claims Pope, Vatican Covered Up Sordid Life of Legion of Christ Founder 21 Jun 2010 A prominent Catholic priest, praised by Pope John Paul II as "an efficacious guide to youth," Father Marcial Maciel, sexually abused not only young seminarians under his control but also abused his own children, according to a lawsuit filed today in Connecticut by a man who claims to be Maciel's son. In an interview [with] ABC News Nightline, the priest's son, Raul Gonzalez, 30, says he thought his father worked for the CIA or an international oil company, until he saw the priest's picture in a 1997 magazine article detailing allegations of sexual abuse.

BP Succeeds at Pushing Back Against U.S. Demands

'After the high-profile meeting of administration and BP officials on Wednesday, it was in the interest of neither to discuss such details.' BP Succeeds at Pushing Back Against U.S. Demands 21 Jun 2010 BP PLC, despite being put under pressure by the U.S. government to pay for the oil-spill aftermath, has succeeded in pushing back on two White House proposals it considered unreasonable, even as it made big concessions, said officials familiar with the matter. BP last week agreed to hand over $20 billion—to cover spill victims such as fishermen and hotel workers who lost wages, and to pay for the cleanup costs... But BP successfully argued it shouldn't be liable for most of the broader economic distress caused by the president's six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

Bank failure is 83rd in '10; pace more than double last year's

Bank failure is 83rd in '10; pace more than double last year's 19 Jun 2010 Regulators on Friday shut down a Nevada bank, raising to 83 the number of U.S. bank failures this year. The 83 closures so far this year is more than double the pace set in all of 2009, which was itself a brisk year for shutdowns. By this time last year, regulators had closed 40 banks. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took over Nevada Security Bank, based in Reno, with $480.3 million in assets and $479.8 million in deposits.
 

No major US drawdown in Afghanistan

No major US drawdown in Afghanistan 21 Jun 2010 The US says it will not pull out large numbers of its troops from Afghanistan in July 2011, contradicting a promise made earlier by President Barack Obama. In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates brushed aside suggestions that Washington would, in accordance with a deadline set by Obama, begin a significant draw-down of its troops in July of 2011. "That absolutely has not been decided," Gates said.

A Texas transfer for oiled pelicans

A Texas transfer for oiled pelicans --38 brown pelicans - rescued from the oil spill - gladdened their rescuers as they quickly took to their new home 20 Jun 2010 Tentative wing-flapping led to graceful soaring and convivial preening Sunday as 38 brown pelicans rescued from the worst oil mess in U.S. history explored new digs in the blue-green waters of San Antonio Bay. "They're Texas birds right now," said Dan Alonso, project leader for the Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex and host for the largest release to date of birds rehabilitated from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the first in Texas.

Bomb blast kills 8 in north Iraq

Bomb blast kills 8 in north Iraq 21 Jun 2010 A bomb explosion has targeted a market in a town in northern Iraq, claiming the lives of eight people and leaving at least 10 others wounded. The incident came late on Sunday when a bomber blew up his explosives belt in the town of Shirqat, some 185 miles (300 kilometers) north of Baghdad, as police and civilians had gathered to inspect the site of a roadside bomb minutes earlier, Reuters reported.

'Al-Qaida' warns of new attacks deadlier than before

'Al-Qaida' warns of new attacks deadlier than before 20 Jun 2010 Al-Qaida's U.S.-born spokesman [aka al-CIAduh grandson of prominent Orange County, Calif., urologist, Carl Pearlman] warned President Barack Obama Sunday that the militant group may launch new attacks that would kill more Americans than previous ones. In a taunting, 24 minute message [likely edited in Langley, Va.] that dwelled on Obama's setbacks, including the loss of Massachusetts Senate seat to the Republicans [?], Adam Gadahn Pearlman set out al-Qaida's conditions for peace with the U.S., including cutting support for Israel and withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

Rahm Emanuel expected to quit White House

Rahm Emanuel expected to quit White House 20 Jun 2010 Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, is expected to leave his job later this year after growing tired of the "idealism" of Barack Obama's inner circle. Washington insiders say he will quit within six to eight months in frustration at their unwillingness to "bang heads together" to get policy pushed through. "I would bet he will go after the midterms," said a leading Democratic consultant in Washington.

Six US-led troops injured in Afghanistan

Six US-led troops injured in Afghanistan 20 Jun 2010 Two separate bomb blasts have wounded at least six German troops in northern Afghanistan amid escalating violence in the war-ravaged country. Three soldiers were injured when an improvised explosive device in Konduz Province struck their armored military vehicle on Sunday morning, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Gulf oil spill: BP accused of lying to Congress

Gulf oil spill: BP accused of lying to Congress --US congressman says company's worst-case assessment of leak was 20 times higher than public estimate 20 Jun 2010 BP has been accused by a senior US politician of lying to Congress to reduce its liabilities, after an internal company document showed that the oil giant's own worst-case assessment of the size of the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico was 20 times its public estimate. In the document, BP attempts to put a figure on the rate of oil spewing into the ocean. It notes that if the condition of the well bore deteriorates to the extent that crucial parts fall off, the rate could reach 100,000 barrels a day.

Document Shows BP Estimates Spill up to 100,000 Bpd

Document Shows BP Estimates Spill up to 100,000 Bpd 20 Jun 2010 An internal BP  Plc document released on Sunday by a senior U.S. congressional Democrat shows that the company estimates that a worst-case scenario rate for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill could be about 100,000 barrels of oil per day. The estimate of 100,000 barrels (4.2 million gallons/15.9 million liters) of oil per day is far higher than the current U.S. government estimate of up to 60,000 barrels (2.5 million gallons/9.5 million liters) per day gushing from the ruptured offshore well into the sea.

US, Israeli warships move to PG: Report

US, Israeli warships move to PG: Report 20 Jun 2010 An armada of more than twelve US and Israeli warships has passed through the Suez Canal toward the Red Sea and is reportedly heading to the Persian Gulf. Egypt allowed the vessels to pass through the Suez Canal to the Red Sea Friday, UPI reported on Saturday. The final destination of the fleet, which also includes an aircraft carrier, is not yet known; but some say it may be heading towards the Persian Gulf.

Gates: Iran could launch "hundreds" of missiles at Europe

Gates: Iran could launch "hundreds" of missiles at Europe 18 Jun 2010 Iran could, if it wanted, launch "scores even hundreds of missiles" into Europe, according to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, but serious questions remain as to whether the United States can create a defense against such an attack. Gates told a Senate committee Thursday that the United States is looking at a new way of defending Europe from missile attacks from countries like Iran.

At least 10 dead in Baghdad attacks, police say

At least 10 dead in Baghdad attacks, police say 19 Jun 2010 At least five people were killed and 17 were wounded in late-night attacks in Baghdad, Iraq, on Saturday, police officials confirmed to CNN. Also Saturday, police discovered the bodies of five women shot inside a house in the Zayouna neighborhood. [Five women shot dead in a house? Al-Qaeda or the Taliban wouldn't do that. War crimes, car bombs left to detonate near markets and mosques - that's a USociopath/Blackwater thing. An IDF thing, too.  --LRP]

British advances in Afghanistan have escalated conflict - UN mission chief

British advances in Afghanistan have escalated conflict - UN mission chief --MoD analysis is challenged as expert says Nato efforts to extend its control over new parts of the country increased the violence 20 Jun 2010 Attempts by British and American forces to expand their control over Afghan territory over the past 12 months have been counter-productive and led to a worsening security situation, according to the head of the United Nations monitoring mission on the Taliban. As the death toll of UK troops in the conflict reached 299 on Friday, the former UK counter-terrorism chief, Richard Barrett, told the Observer: "Most people reckon there's a deterioration."

Takeda to make H5N1 avian flu vaccines with Baxter's help - Nikkei

Heads up! Takeda to make H5N1 avian flu vaccines with Baxter's help - Nikkei [Not to mention, in all likelihood -- an avian flu pandemic itself. Be afraid... be very afraid.] 18 Jun 2010 Japan's largest drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical Co will resume production of influenza vaccines after more than a decade, using technology from U.S. firm Baxter International Inc, the Nikkei business daily reported. The company that aims to begin shipments in 2014 would invest 30 billion yen ($329.9 million) to 50 billion yen, the daily reported. The Osaka-based firm will initially develop a vaccine to immunize against H5N1 avian flu, it said. [See: Baxter: The 'Lucky Larry' of swine flu -  Baxter Vaccine 'Oddities' By Lori Price 17 Jul 2009 Baxter files swine flu vaccine patent year ahead of outbreak --Baxter can take no more H1N1 flu vaccine orders --Baxter working on vaccine to stop swine flu, though admitted sending live pandemic flu viruses to subcontractor.]

U.S. Troops, Contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan Suspected of Corruption

U.S. Troops, Contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan Suspected of Corruption --Officers Charged With Theft, Bribery in Oversees Reconstruction Projects 20 Jun 1010 Cases of suspected fraud and other wrongdoing by U.S. troops and contractors overseeing reconstruction and relief projects in Iraq and Afghanistan are up dramatically. James Burch, the Defense Department's deputy inspector general for investigations, says his agency is investigating 223 cases -- 18 percent more than a year ago. Investigators have charged an Army officer with pocketing cash meant to pay Iraqi civilian militiamen, contractors offering an Army officer $1 million for the inside track on a road project in Afghanistan, and three contractors for an alleged conspiracy to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of fuel from a U.S. base in Baghdad. [See: The Obusha AfPak Money Pit.]

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