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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!

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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.]

US wants noose tightened on WikiLeaks

US wants noose tightened on WikiLeaks 10 Aug 2010 Washington has called on its allies to prosecute the founder of whistleblower website WikiLeaks for declassifying secret US military documents. The administration of US President Barack Obama is pressuring Britain, Germany, Australia and its other Western allies to consider criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for his Afghan war leaks. The United States wants its allies to consider tightening the screws on Assange's international travels, informed sources say.

BP Critic Drowns In His Hot Tub

BP Critic Drowns In His Hot Tub --Simmons was critical of BP PLC's handling of the Gulf oil spill and predicted the company would file for bankruptcy. 10 Aug 2010 (ME) Matthew Simmons, an energy investment banker who espoused the peak oil theory and became an advocate for alternative energy, has died at his North Haven island home, officials said Monday. He was 67. Simmons' body was found Sunday night in his hot tub, investigators said. An autopsy by the state medical examiner's office concluded Monday that he died from accidental drowning with heart disease as a contributing factor. [Not to mention, possible help from the 'Covert Affairs' team.]

Guantanamo prisoner goes before jury

Guantanamo prisoner goes before jury 11 Aug 2010 The trial of the youngest prisoner at the Guantanamo prison, Omar Khadr, is set to resume before a jury of military officers, however, lawyers say the detainee has undergone inhumane treatment. His lawyers accuse interrogators of inhumane treatment, including indirect threats of rape and death against the defendant. Canada's High Court in Ottawa has also said that Khadr's rights were violated during interrogation. Khadr is a Canadian citizen.

Former Blackwater workers face new murder indictment

Former Blackwater workers face new murder indictment 11 Aug 2010 A federal grand jury issued a new murder indictment against two former Blackwater security workers, charging one defendant with using a machine gun but reducing an attempted murder charge against both. The grand jury didn't change the most serious charges against Christopher Drotleff and Justin Cannon. They remain charged with second-degree murder and related counts in the May 5, 2009, shooting deaths of two Afghan nationals and the wounding of a third.

White House unloads anger over criticism from 'professional left'

White House unloads anger over criticism from 'professional left' 10 Aug 2010 The White House is simmering with anger at criticism from liberals who say President Obama is more concerned with deal-making than ideological purity. During an interview with The Hill in his West Wing office, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs blasted liberal naysayers, whom he said would never regard anything the president did as good enough. "I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested," Gibbs said. "I mean, it’s crazy." [Gibbs: Go f*ck yourself. Obama is Bush incarnate. --LRP]

Alert triggered after Freon leak at Pa. nuclear plant

Alert triggered after Freon leak at Pa. nuclear plant --Affected building evacuated 10 Aug 2010 A nuclear power plant in northeastern Pennsylvania has been partially evacuated because of a non-radioactive refrigerant leak. PPL Corp. said Freon gas was detected leaking from a chiller in the Unit 1 reactor building of the Susquehanna plant in Berwick around 9 a.m. Tuesday. The Allentown-based utility said the affected building was evacuated, not the entire plant.

Former Senator Ted Stevens Is Killed in a Plane Crash

Former Senator Ted Stevens Is Killed in a Plane Crash 10 Aug 2010 Former United States Senator Ted Stevens was killed in a plane crash in southwestern Alaska on Monday night, a former member of Mr. Stevens’s Congressional staff said on Tuesday. There were nine people on board, and five were believed to have been killed in the crash, authorities said. Mr. Stevens, who had been the longest serving Republican in the United States Senate, was 86. Three survivors were airlifted to Anchorage for further medical attention.

Alert at PPL Nuclear Plant

Alert at PPL Nuclear Plant --19 municipalities involved in the Level 2 alert 10 Aug 2010 (PA) An alert has been issued at PPL's Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant near Berwick after a leak inside one of the buildings. PPL officials said no radiation was involved. PPL officials said Freon is leaking from a cooling system inside the Unit 1 reactor building. PPL said the Freon is still leaking and crews are trying to determine if it is safe for workers to stop the leak or if special teams using oxygen suits will be needed to stop the flow of Freon. The Freon supplies a cooling system in Unit 1. The alert system has four stages; four being the highest alert.

EADS North America CEO, former NASA Admin, former Sen. Ted Stevens aboard crashed plane

EADS North America CEO, former NASA Admin, former Sen. Ted Stevens aboard crashed plane 10 Aug 2010 A plane believed to be carrying eight people, including former Sen. Ted Stevens and former NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe, crashed in southwest Alaska and rescue crews were trying to reach the wreckage Tuesday morning, authorities said. Alaska National Guard spokesman Maj. Guy Hayes said there were possible fatalities. Five people were on scene early Tuesday helping the crash victims, he said. It was unclear how they reached the site. Defense contractor EADS North America said Tuesday morning that O’Keefe, the current CEO of the U.S.-based division of the European company, was a passenger on the small plane.

Former NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe in plane crash

Former NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe in plane crash --O'Keefe wrestled cost overruns in construction of International Space Station 10 Aug 2010 Sean O’Keefe, former NASA administrator and current head of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) was on board a private plane that crashed in Alaska on 9 August. The plane was carrying nine people, including former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens. O’Keefe was Administrator of NASA from 2001 to 2005, following his nomination by President [sic] George W. Bush. Among his achievements are steering the organization through the Columbia space shuttle disaster in 2003 and the extensive investigation that followed.

Former Sen. Ted Stevens, ex-NASA chief Sean O'Keefe were on crashed Alaska plane

Former Sen. Ted Stevens, ex-NASA chief Sean O'Keefe were on crashed Alaska plane --Air Force 11th Rescue Coordination Center, which is operated by the Alaska National Guardsmen, was called to the area about 20 miles north of Dillingham at about 7 p.m. Monday 10 Aug 2010 A former senator who was Congress' longest-serving Republican, along with the former head of NASA, were aboard a plane that crashed in Alaska. They were among seven other passengers, but it is unclear if they are among the dead. Officials have only said four people were killed. Stevens survived a previous plane crash in 1978, also in Alaska.

H1N1 flu pandemic officially over, WHO says

H1N1 flu pandemic officially over, WHO says 10 Aug 2010 The [lab-generated] H1N1 pandemic has officially ended, the World Health Organization declared Tuesday. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan made the declaration based on the findings of the WHO's Emergency Committee--a group of experts from around the world that has been advising the Geneva-based arm of the United Nations. Chan acknowledged that the pandemic turned out to be far less severe than officials had originally feared.

Khadr's 'torture' confessions admissible

Khadr's 'torture' confessions admissible 10 Aug 2010 Confessions made by Omar Khadr, who was captured by US troops when 15, can be used as evidence in trial despite claims they were obtained through torture. Khadr, who was charged with war crimes based on the allegation that he threw a grenade that killed an American soldier in Afghanistan in 2002, has been held in US custody with out a trial since then. The Canadian-born captive is set to be tried before a military tribunal on Tuesday.

Prisoner in Afghanistan kills two US Marines

Prisoner in Afghanistan kills two US Marines 09 Aug 2010 A prisoner killed two US Marines in southern Afghanistan after escaping a prayer room and grabbing a rifle, NATO said Monday. The alliance said the gunman was later shot dead and that the incident on Saturday was under investigation.

Hezbollah exposes Israeli hit men

Hezbollah exposes Israeli hit men 09 Aug 2010 Hezbollah leader Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah has presented evidence proving that Israel masterminded the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. At a press conference in Beirut on Monday night, the Lebanese resistance movement's secretary general presented video materials captured by Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) as well as recorded confessions by Israeli fifth columnists substantiating that the February 14, 2005, assassination of Hariri in the capital was carried out on orders from Tel Aviv.

Oil spill plugged, but more oiled birds than ever are being found

Oil spill plugged, but more oiled birds than ever are being found 08 Aug 2010 More than three weeks after BP capped its gushing oil well, skimming operations have all but stopped and federal scientists say just a quarter of the oil remains in the Gulf of Mexico. But wildlife officials are rounding up more oiled birds than ever as fledgling birds get stuck in the residual goo and rescuers make initial visits to rookeries they had avoided disturbing during nesting season...  The figures for sea turtles have climbed even higher, with more oiled turtles recovered in the past 10 days than during the spill's first three months.

NYPD pulled footage from subway surveillance cameras 2,000 times last year

NYPD pulled footage from subway surveillance cameras 2,000 times last year 09 Aug 2010 Transit police investigating subway crimes are increasingly going to the videotape to identify and arrest armed robbers, muggers and other thugs. NYPD detectives asked NYC Transit to pull footage from surveillance cameras nearly 2,000 times last year, up from 222 times in 2005, NYC Transit data show. That's because after years of delays and technical glitches, there are now more than 3,100 cameras installed - and recording - in the subways, authorities said.

3100 Cameras Installed In New York City Subway Stations

3100 Cameras Installed In New York City Subway Stations --NYPD Examining Subway Footage to 'Help Solve Crimes' 09 Aug 2010 Surveillance video from subway stations are getting closer scrutiny recently, as transit police increase efforts to identify and arrest armed robbers and other criminals, a published report said today. The NYPD asked transit police to pull footage from surveillance cameras some 2000 times last year -- ten times more often than five years ago, the Daily News reports. There are now 3100 cameras installed in city subway stations recording activities, officials said.

Guantanamo Plea Deal to Stay Secret

Guantanamo Plea Deal to Stay Secret --The Obama administration hopes to show that the latest version of the military tribunals can be run effectively and withstand judicial scrutiny. 09 Aug 2010 A former al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] cook and bodyguard, Ibrahim al-Qosi, pleaded guilty to supporting terrorism Monday, but under a plea bargain, his sentence will be kept secret by court order, a prosecution spokesman said. In a second case resuming here Monday, the Defense Department planned to begin a rare trial of a juvenile for war crimes. The military accuses Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen who was 15 years old when captured in Afghanistan in 2002, of throwing a grenade during a firefight that killed a Delta Force medic.

Russia, NORAD shadow jet in Pacific hijack drill

Russia, NORAD shadow jet in Pacific hijack drill 09 Aug 2010 A chartered jet with American, Russian and Canadian officers aboard played the role of a hijacked plane in an unprecedented drill Monday as pursuing fighter planes flew close enough to see the pilots' helmets silhouetted against the blue sky. Flying west across the Pacific starting Sunday from Alaska, the Gulfstream, code-named Fencing 1220, was shadowed first by F-22s from the North American Aerospace Defense Command and later by Russian Su-27 and MiG-31 fighters.

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CLG's Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D. and Lori Price receive the Patrick Henry Think Tank's American Hero Award 02 Nov 2005 The Patrick Henry Democratic Club --A Think Tank working to give the government back to the people. "Give me liberty or give me death!"

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