U.S. won't use Khadr statements

U.S. won't use Khadr statements --Canadians interrogated terror suspect knowing he'd been deprived of sleep 27 Apr 1010 The United States will let Canada off the hook over statements Omar Khadr made to Canadian intelligence officers in Guantanamo Bay - because what the Canadian-born terror suspect said in the interrogations is of minimal value to the prosecution. "It's a non-issue," one senior U.S. official said about Canada's diplomatic note asking the United States to resist using anything from the 2003 interrogations as evidence in Khadr's war crimes prosecution.

Video shows airliner bomb suspect in training

Video shows airliner bomb suspect in training --It is not clear where [Langley, Virginia] and when the video was made. 26 Apr 2010 A video has surfaced showing accused Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab training with al-Qaida in Yemen. The video, obtained and broadcast Monday by "ABC World News," shows Abdulmutallab firing weapons and speaking in Arabic about his impending attack. A U.S. intelligence official said Monday that the preliminary judgment is that it is Abdulmutallab in the video and the footage is consistent with the understanding that he was in training.

CIA rolls out plan to beef up spy techniques

CIA rolls out plan to beef up spy techniques --Exact spending totals unavailable; CIA budget is classified 26 Apr 2010 The CIA will spend millions of dollars over the next five years to improve intelligence gathering, upgrade technologies and enable analysts to work more closely with spies in the field, under a new plan laid out Monday. The plan renews the agency's year-old goal to increase the number of analysts and overseas operatives fluent in another language.

Homeland security exercise in Hawaii planned for tomorrow

Homeland security exercise in Hawaii planned for tomorrow 26 Apr 2010 Federal, state and local law enforcement and firefighting departments will join the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Guard's Civil Support Teams for a homeland security exercise at Pier 19 along Honolulu Harbor starting Tuesday. The Coast Guard said today the exercise is aimed at testing existing security response plans, communication protocols, and law enforcement tactics.

NY judge: Anonymous jury will hear terrorism trial

NY judge: Anonymous jury will hear terrorism trial --Lawyers for Hashmi had argued in court papers that an anonymous jury would poison the trial's atmosphere and create the impression that their client is guilty and dangerous. 26 Apr 2010 A judge ruled Monday that an anonymous jury will hear the trial of an American student accused of lending support to al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] in Afghanistan. U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska said the seriousness of the conspiracy and material support for terrorism charges against Syed Hashmi, the allegation he has followers and high media interest make it necessary to protect jurors' identities when the trial begins Wednesday. Prosecutors had cited those factors in court papers when they requested anonymity for jurors. The government said jurors "will see in the gallery of the courtroom a significant number of the defendant's supporters, naturally leading to juror speculation that at least some of these spectators might share the defendant's [alleged] violent radical Islamic leanings." [In other words, because the defendant has tons of supporters -- and the US government has *none* (LOL), the prosecution got an anonymous jury, in violation of his rights. --LRP] 

Arizona law like 'Nazi Germany' --Congressman

Arizona law like 'Nazi Germany' --Congressman 26 Apr 2010 A Colorado Democrat says Arizona is on its way to becoming a "police state” and its new immigration law is "reminiscent" of Nazi Germany. "It is absolutely reminiscent of second class status of Jews in Germany prior to World War II when they had to have their papers with them at all times and were subject to routine inspections at the suspicion of being Jewish," Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo), who is Jewish, told POLITICO. "I fear that Arizona is headed for a police state and it really underscores the need for immigration reform at the federal level to fix our system," he said.

Poll: Two-thirds of Americans back reform

Poll: Two-thirds of Americans back reform --Most back stricter financial reform, advantage Obama [Why? Obama does not back real reform.] 26 Apr 2010 About two-thirds of Americans support stricter regulations on the way banks and other financial institutions conduct their business, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Majorities also back two main components of legislation congressional Democrats plan to bring to a vote in the Senate this week: greater federal oversight of consumer loans and a company-paid fund that would cover the costs of dismantling failed firms that put the broader economy at risk.

Obama meets with Israeli defense minister

Obama meets with Israeli defense minister 26 Apr 2010 President Barack Obama assured a top Israeli official Monday that the U.S. has an unshakable commitment to Israel's security despite recent tension over Jewish settlement construction in East Jerusalem. Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama spoke with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who was at the White House for a meeting with U.S. National Security Adviser James Jones.

G.O.P. Blocks Debate on Financial Oversight Bill

G.O.P. Blocks Debate on Financial Oversight Bill 26 Apr 2010 Senate Republicans, united in opposition to the Democrats' legislation to tighten regulation of the financial system, voted on Monday to block the start of floor debate. The vote was 57 to 41, as Democrats fell short of the 60 votes needed to cut off a filibuster of the motion to proceed to the bill. One DemocRAT, Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, sided with Republicans apparently out of concern over a provision related to tightening the rules on derivatives trading.

Senate probe: Goldman misled clients, nation -- and made billions

Senate probe: Goldman misled clients, nation -- and made billions 26 Apr 2010 Goldman Sachs reaped "billions and billions of dollars" by betting on a housing market crash in 2006 and 2007, but the secret wagers put the firm in conflict with the interests of clients who were still buying its risky mortgage securities, Senate investigators said Monday. "The evidence shows that Goldman repeatedly put its own interests and profits ahead of the interests of its clients," Michigan Democratic Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Permanent Investigations Subcommittee, told a news briefing. "I think they've been misleading to the country."

First police Tasers, now hypodermics?

First police Tasers, now hypodermics? A Police Federation article that appears to advocate the forced chemical sedation of suspects is a move into dangerous territory By Henry Porter 22 Apr 2010 (UK)  Kevin Huish, the custody specialist for the Police Federation, has returned from the conference of the Institute for the Prevention of Deaths in Custody... with a description of excited delirium syndrome and the protocols for dealing with it... Huish's tactic is clear. "The Federation is currently undertaking work to formulate a strategy which we intend to lead to recognition and acceptance of excited delirious syndrome by the British medical profession." Once this is achieved, it seems only a matter of time before officers are being issued with hypodermics as freely and thoughtlessly as they have been issued with thousands of Taser guns.

Guantanamo court to review Canadian's torture claim

Guantanamo court to review Canadian's torture claim 25 Apr 2010 A military judge presiding over the first Guantanamo tribunal of the Obama era will seek to determine this week whether U.S. forces tortured a confession from a Canadian accused of murdering an American soldier in Afghanistan. The judge will decide what evidence can be used against Omar Khadr, 23, one of six prisoners at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo in eastern Cuba that the Obama administration has designated for trial by military tribunal.

Protesters Burn 16 Fuel Tankers in Logar

Protesters Burn 16 Fuel Tankers in Logar 25 Apr 2010 Around 1,000 people Sunday poured onto the streets against the killing of three members of a family in a coalition operation in the central province of Logar, the second demonstration against US troops in two days. The angry residents, chanting slogans against the United States and the provincial administration, blocked the Logar-Gardez highway in the Nasir village near Pul-i-Alam and burnt 16 tankers carrying fuel for NATO-led forces. 

Elite U.S. Units Step Up Effort in Afghan City Before Attack

Elite U.S. Units Step Up Effort in Afghan City Before Attack 25 Apr 2010 Small bands of elite American Special Operations forces death squads have been operating with increased intensity for several weeks in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan’s largest city, picking up or picking off arresting or killing insurgent leaders to weaken the Taliban in advance of major operations, senior administration and military officials say. It will follow a first offensive, into the hamlet of Marja, that is showing mixed results a waste of time and $$$. As in Iraq, officials said, the strategy will include monetary incentives bribes in the form of economic development money US taxpayer-backed contractor bl*jobs for local leaders and tribal officials who support the government’s security efforts protection of gas and opium pipelines. [I'm really tired of the 'massaging' of the news by the New York Times.  'Monetary incentives.' Come the f*ck on. It's *bribes.*  --LRP]

Lawmakers: Military could quell Chicago violence

Lawmakers: Military could quell Chicago violence 25 Apr 2010 Two Illinois lawmakers say violence has become so rampant in Chicago that the National Guard must be called in to help. Chicago Democratic Reps. John Fritchey and LaShawn Ford made a public plea to Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday to deploy troops.

Armed man arrested at NC airport as Obama departs

Armed man arrested at NC airport as Obama departs 25 Apr 2010 An Ohio man has been charged after authorities spotted him with a gun in a North Carolina airport parking lot as Air Force One was departing Sunday afternoon. Joseph McVey, 23, is charged with going armed in terror of the public, a misdemeanor, said Asheville Regional Airport Police Capt. Kevan Smith. Airport police saw McVey get out of a car about 2 p.m. in the rental car return lot and he had a gun, Smith said. He was taken into custody immediately and was being held at the Buncombe County jail.

Man impersonating police officer charged as President Obama jets out of North Carolina

Man impersonating police officer charged as US President Barack Obama jets out of North Carolina 16 Apr 2010 North Carolina police have charged a man who allegedly impersonated a police officer at Asheville airport as US President Barack Obama departed on Air Force One. Ohio man Joseph McVey, 23, was allegedly armed when he drove a car made to look like a police vehicle with working lights and sirens to the airport at about 2pm (local time). Buncombe County jail officer Donna Player told CNN that McVey was being held on a charge of going armed to the terror of the public and his bail was set at US$100,000.

80 Afghan girls allegedly poisoned

80 Afghan girls allegedly poisoned 26 Apr 2010 Thirteen more Afghan schoolgirls have fallen ill to suspected gas poisoning in Kunduz Province, raising total number of such cases to 80 in the past week. The victims reported symptoms such as headaches, vomiting, shivering and dizziness on arrival to the area hospital, said Humayun Khamoosh, head of Central Hospital in the northern province.

The 'greening ' of al-Qaeda: More recycled al-Qaeda emerge

The 'greening ' of al-Qaeda:  More recycled al-Qaeda emerge --US Attorney General Eric Holder celebrates Earth Day with more al-Qaeda recycling: Al-Qaeda Member 'Rises From Grave' to Plan NY Subway Attack By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 26 Apr 2010 From the telegraph.co.uk: British al-Qaeda commander planned July 7-style attack on New York subway 25 Apr 2010 A British al-Qaeda commander planned to emulate the July 7 London suicide bombings with a coordinated attack on the New York subway system, it has emerged. Rashid Rauf, who also planned the transatlantic airlines plot, allegedly told three Americans to attack targets in the United States. His role in the plot emerged as a man pleaded guilty to the plot which was cracked by the FBI last September after a tip off from British intelligence. It would have been the biggest attack on US soil since September 11, according to the US Attorney General, Eric Holder... But, looky here! US kills alleged transatlantic airline plot leader, reports say --British Islamist Rashid Rauf said to have been killed by missile attack in north-west Pakistan 22 Nov 2008.

Afghan spy chief: 'I told MI5 that prisoners were being tortured'

Afghan spy chief: 'I told MI5 that prisoners were being tortured' --UK forces are accused of handing over Taliban detainees to Kandahar interrogators despite claims of ill-treatment torture 25 Apr 2010 Fresh claims have emerged that MI5 was aware of allegations that Afghan detainees were being mistreated by the country's security service during the period UK forces were handing prisoners over to the Afghan authorities. Last week the high court heard details of torture allegedly suffered by prisoners handed over to the Afghan domestic security service. A memo, seen by the Observer, reveals that the head of Afghanistan's intelligence agency indicated to UK officials in March 2007 that he was aware of ill-treatment claims involving prisoners. In the document, marked confidential, Amrullah Saleh, chief of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), admits he is "aware of allegations of mistreatment" relating to detainees prisoners in Kandahar province.

Obama Revives Rumsfeld’s Missile Scheme, Risks Nuke War

'Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld couldn't even muster that coherent of a defense.' Obama Revives Rumsfeld’s Missile Scheme, Risks Nuke War By Noah Shachtman 23 Apr 2010 The Obama administration is poised to take up one of the more dangerous and hare-brained schemes of the Rumsfeld-era Pentagon. The New York Times is reporting that the Defense Department is once again looking to equip intercontinental ballistic missiles with conventional warheads. The missiles could then, in theory, destroy fleeing targets a half a world away -- a no-notice "bolt from the blue," striking in a matter of hours. There’s just one teeny-tiny problem: the launches could very well start World War III.

NATO helicopter 'shot down'

NATO helicopter 'shot down' 25 Apr 2010 Taliban militants say they have shot down a NATO helicopter in the troubled western Afghanistan amid rising causalities aging the US-led foreign forces there. The incident took place in Farah Province on Saturday. The Taliban say at least 13 foreign soldiers were killed in the incident.

Factory mortar accident kills 5 in northern Iraq

Factory mortar accident kills 5 in northern Iraq 22 Apr 2010 An explosion in a steel factory in Iraq's northern Kurdish region killed five workers on Sunday after they accidentally tried to melt down a live mortar round, police and authorities said. The privately owned plant uses scrap metal to make steel reinforcing bars. The mill, in the southwestern suburbs of Arbil, 310 km (190 miles) north of Baghdad, is owned by Iraqis and Turkish investors, according to a factory spokesman.

Little girl died in cot after flu jab

Little girl died in cot after flu jab 26 Apr 2010 The bereaved father of a toddler who died within a day of receiving the seasonal flu vaccine said last night that he could not believe this was coincidental. David Epapara spoke out after the Queensland Coroner was called in to investigate the little girl's death, which has intensified concern at the risk of side effects from the vaccine to children under five. Two-year-old Ashley Epapara was found dead in her cot on April 9, the morning after she and her twin sister were inoculated by the family GP in Brisbane. Mr Epapara told The Australian yesterday that both children had been "perfectly fine" until they received the combined jab for seasonal flu and swine flu.

Goldman Cited 'Serious' Profit on Mortgages

Goldman Cited 'Serious' Profit on Mortgages 24 Apr 2010 In late 2007, as the mortgage crisis gained momentum and many banks were suffering losses, Goldman Sachs executives traded e-mail messages saying that they would make "some serious money" betting against the housing markets. The messages, released Saturday by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, appear to contradict statements by Goldman that left the impression that the firm lost money on mortgage-related investments. In the messages, Lloyd C. Blankfein, the bank’s chief executive, acknowledged in November 2007 that the firm had lost money initially. But it later recovered by making negative bets, known as short positions, to profit as housing prices plummeted.

10 dead in Miss. after tornado, storms hit South

10 dead in Miss. after tornado, storms hit South 25 Apr 2010 Rescuers spread out Sunday to scour neighborhoods of splintered homes and twisted debris in Mississippi, a day after a devastating tornado sliced through the state and killed 10 people, including three children. James Jackson, a deputy state fire marshal, said crews organized at first daylight to resume search and rescue operations. National Guard soldiers blocked the roads, and the occasional emergency vehicle prowled amid the rubble.

Air Force Creates Steering Group For ICBMs

Air Force Creates Steering Group For ICBMs 25 Apr 2010 The people in charge of keeping intercontinental ballistic missiles at the ready are teaming up for the first time with those responsible for extending their life. Air Force officials say the ICBM Sustainment General Officer Steering Group held its first meeting this month at Malmstrom Air Force Base. The participants included Air Force nuclear weapons and logistics commanders, plus the commanders from Malmstrom, F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming and Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.

In Army's Trauma Care Units, Feeling Warehoused

In Army's Trauma Care Units, Feeling Warehoused 24 Apr 2010 Created in the wake of the scandal in 2007 over serious shortcomings at [Bush privatized] Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Warrior Transition Units were intended to be sheltering way stations where injured soldiers could recuperate and return to duty or gently process out of the Army... But interviews with more than a dozen soldiers and health care professionals from Fort Carson’s transition unit, along with reports from other posts, suggest that the units are far from being restful sanctuaries. For many soldiers, they have become warehouses of despair, where damaged men and women are kept out of sight, fed a diet of powerful prescription pills and treated harshly by noncommissioned officers.

11 people injured in Quetta blast

11 people injured in Quetta blast 25 Apr 2010 Around 11 people were injured, five of them seriously, in a bomb blast in a confectionary shop at Masjid Road, Sibi, around 160 kilometres from Quetta, on Saturday. According to sources, an unidentified miscreant planted a remote control bomb behind the refrigerator in a confectionary shop. Later on, the bomb exploded injuring 11 people, five of them seriously. ['Unidentified miscreant.' Now that's gotta be Blackwater.]

Quetta police thrash TV journalist for 'negative' reporting

Quetta police thrash TV journalist for 'negative' reporting 24 Apr 2010 Police on Friday beat up a journalist of a private TV channel at the Brewery Police Station for reporting the police protest demanding a pay raise in a "negative way". Journalist Mustafa Tarin told a press conference that he was going home last night when policemen intercepted him and asked him to show his vehicle’s registration papers... Tarin said that when they reached the police station, the officials started beating him and tore his clothes because journalists had reported the police protest on January 25, 2010, in a "negative way".


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