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Ore. white separatist pleads in Obama threat

Ore. white separatist pleads in Obama threat 12 Oct 2010 A white separatist has pleaded guilty to writing a letter from the Oregon State Penitentiary threatening to kill President Barack Obama. Federal prosecutors said 27-year-old David Earl Anderson had written several threatening letters from prison, including one with racial epithets directed at the president.

Petraeus Launches Afghan Air Assault; Strikes Up 172 Percent

Petraeus Launches Afghan Air Assault; Strikes Up 172 Percent By Noah Shachtman 12 Oct 2010 There’s once again a full-blown air war over Afghanistan. Last month, NATO attack planes dropped their bombs and fired their guns on 700 separate missions, according to U.S. Air Force statistics. That’s more than double the 257 attack sorties they flew in September 2009, and one of the highest single-month totals of the entire nine-year Afghan campaign.

Iraq Says It's Near Final Draft of $12 Billion Gas Contract With Shell

Mission accomplished! Iraq Says It's Near Final Draft of $12 Billion Gas Contract With Shell 13 Oct 2010 Iraq is in the final stages of agreeing on a draft of its $12 billion gas contract with Royal Dutch Shell PLC, the country's oil minister said Wednesday... Speaking upon his arrival in Vienna for a meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC, Hussein al-Shahristani also said a planned bidding round for three major gas fields would go ahead as planned on Oct. 20 after being delayed twice before.

Unauthorized US attack kills 5 Pakistanis

Unauthorized US attack kills 5 Pakistanis 13 Oct 2010 Another non-UN-sanctioned US drone attack in Pakistan has killed at least five people and wounded several others in the troubled northwestern parts of the country. Pakistani security officials said an unmanned US plane fired two missiles at a house in North Waziristan.

Afghan plane crash killed 8 crew members - army

Afghan plane crash killed 8 crew members - army 13 Oct 2010 Six Filipinos, one Indian national and a Kenyan were killed on Tuesday when a cargo plane crashed outside Afghanistan's capital Kabul, the Afghan army said on Wednesday. The U.S.-based company operating the aircraft, National Air Cargo, said the civilian cargo transport plane was en route from sprawling U.S. Bagram Air Base to Kabul when it hit a mountain 20-30 km (15-20 miles) east of Kabul.

Administration is expected to appeal 'don't ask' injunction

Administration is expected to appeal 'don't ask' injunction 14 Oct 2010 When the dust settles by the end of the year, the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy could be history - or it could remain on the books, with a new right-leaning Congress disinclined to do anything about it. The Obama administration, which is seeking a repeal of the law, nevertheless is expected to appeal a ruling by a California federal judge who declared the policy unconstitutional. The administration is also expected to seek a stay of the judge's injunction Tuesday ordering the military to immediately stop enforcing the ban worldwide.

Bomb kills 3 foreign troops in west Afghanistan

Bomb kills 3 foreign troops in west Afghanistan 14 Oct 2010 A bomb attack in western Afghanistan on Thursday killed three foreign troops from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), the alliance said. ISAF did not immediately provide further details on the nationalities of the casualties or on the attacks. Troops from the United States, Italy, Spain and Lithuania are based in western Afghanistan.

Chile Celebrates World's Longest Mine Rescue as Last Man Freed

Chile Celebrates World's Longest Mine Rescue as Last Man Freed 13 Oct 2010 Chile completed the rescue of 33 miners trapped half a mile below the Atacama Desert for more than two months, sparking celebrations at the mine site and on city streets throughout the South American country. Foreman Luis Urzua emerged from the San Jose copper mine at 8:55 p.m. New York time yesterday, the last member of the group hoisted to the surface in a four-meter long capsule. Rescuers hugged each other and sang the national anthem as the miners' relatives and friends sprayed champagne and confetti.

U.S. September home foreclosures top 100,000 for 1st time

U.S. September home foreclosures top 100,000 for 1st time 14 Oct 2010 The number of U.S. homes taken over by banks topped 100,000 for the first time in September, though foreclosures are expected to slow in coming months as lenders work through questionable paperwork, real estate data company RealtyTrac said on Thursday. Banks foreclosed on 102,134 properties in September, the first single month above the century mark, RealtyTrac said.

Iran: Five people to be tried for providing information to foreigners

Iran: Five people to be tried for providing information to foreigners 14 Oct 2010 Iran has announced that five people arrested for infiltrating into some of the country's governmental organizations and providing information to foreign entities will soon be brought to trial. These people passed information about Iran's space and cyber programs, defense capabilities, and economy to foreign entities, Tehran Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi told reporters on Wednesday.

Digger wounded in Afghanistan

Digger wounded in Afghanistan 14 Oct 2010 An Australian soldier has been shot in the leg during a battle with insurgents in Afghanistan, the Defence Department has confirmed. A statement from the department says the soldier was part of a patrol that was attacked by insurgents with a rocket-propelled grenade and small-arms fire in the Baluchi Valley region of Uruzgan.

Authorities: Army engineer built Bushkill mansion with bribes from Iraq

Authorities: Army engineer built Bushkill mansion with bribes from Iraq 13 Oct 2010 (PA) Federal authorities say a U.S. Army engineer took hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes for funneling Iraq reconstruction contracts to friends, building a $1.1 million mansion in Bushkill Township with the proceeds. John Alfy Salama Markus, 38, also known as John Salama, was arrested Wednesday at his Bushkill home and charged in New Jersey with money laundering and conspiracy to commit bribery and to defraud the United States, charges that could land him in prison for 20 years if he is convicted.

All 33 Miners Pulled to Safety in Chile

All 33 Miners Pulled to Safety in Chile 14 Oct 2010 Two months, nine days, and eight hours after their excruciating ordeal began, the last of the 33 miners trapped in an apartment-sized hole a half mile under Chile was delivered safely to the earth’s surface, capping perhaps the most dramatic survival story in mining history. With the entire nation rapt and much of the world riveted, the last miner, Luis Urzua, rose smoothly out of the small hole in the ground, prompting an eruption of applause and cheers that seemed just as heartfelt as the outpouring that followed the emergence of the first miner nearly a day earlier.

Zardari believed 'US was behind Taliban attacks in Pak' to gain access to its nukes

Zardari believed 'US was behind Taliban attacks in Pak' to gain access to its nukes 13 Oct 2010 Zalmay Khalilzad, the former US envoy to Afghanistan, once brushed off Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's claim, that the US was "arranging" the (suicide) attacks by Pakistani Taliban inside his country, as 'madness', and was of the view that both Zardari and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who believed in this US conspiracy theory, were "dysfunctional" leaders. The account of Zardari's claim about the US hand in the attacks has been elaborately reproduced by US journalist Bob Woodward, on Page 116 of his famous book 'Obama's Wars,' The News reported.

DHS, Defense Join Forces to Battle Cyber Threats

DHS, Defense Join Forces to Battle Cyber Threats --Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved S. 3480 in June. The cyber-security bill would allegedly provide Obama with an 'Internet kill switch' in the event of an emergency [false flag]. 13 Oct 2010 The Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense signed an agreement this week under which they will work together to 'defend' the country's Internet backbone. "We are building a new framework between our Departments to enhance operational coordination and joint program planning," DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and DOD Secretary Robert Gates said in a joint statement.

'Suspicious' device was smoke flare, Palo Verde plant says

'Suspicious' device was smoke flare, Palo Verde plant says --The device was 'four to six inches long with a fuse coming out of it.' 13 Oct 2010 A suspicious device removed from the grounds of Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station early Wednesday morning turned out to be a smoke flare used in firefighter training. Security personnel discovered the device during a routine inspection of a car at a check point about a mile away from the plant, located about 55 miles west of Phoenix, according to power plant officials. All vehicles entering the plant must pass through this check point.

Calif. Guard auditor blows whistle on slush fund

Calif. Guard auditor blows whistle on slush fund --$100 million handed to members of California Army National Guard subject of criminal investigation 10 Oct 2010 From 1986 until her retirement last year, Master Sgt. Toni Jaffe's job with the Guard was to give away money - the federally subsidized student-loan repayments and cash bonuses that the Guard is supposed to use to attract recruits and encourage Guard members to reenlist. Instead, according to a Guard auditor turned federal whistleblower, as much as $100 million has gone to soldiers who didn't qualify for the incentives, including some who got tens of thousands of dollars more than the program allows.

Six US-led troops killed in Afghanistan

Six US-led troops killed in Afghanistan 13 Oct 2010 NATO has confirmed the death of six more soldiers in Afghanistan, bringing the death toll of US-led foreign forces in the war-torn country to 580 so far this year. Four troopers were killed in a bomb attack in the southern parts of the country. In a separate attack in the south, another soldier died. The sixth soldier lost his life fighting militants in eastern Afghanistan.

Families, veterans call operation name on Arlington headstones propaganda move

Families, veterans call operation name on Arlington headstones propaganda move 11 Oct 2010 Along the meticulously spaced rows of graves at Arlington National Cemetery, the names of the nation's wars are clearly etched into the headstones: World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Korea, the Persian Gulf. Soon, a new inscription for troops killed in Iraq could appear: "Operation New Dawn." Some families and veterans groups say those slogans are little more than propaganda tactics, ways for politicians and the Pentagon to sanitize the wars and drum up public support.

Supreme Court won't take case of pair ejected from Bush speech

Supreme Court won't take case of pair ejected from Bush speech 12 Oct 2010 Over the objections of Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, the Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a case brought by two people who said they were barred from a speech given by President [sic] George W. Bush because they arrived in a car with a bumper sticker that read "No More Blood for Oil." The court majority gave no reason for not accepting the appeal brought by Leslie Weise and Alex Young, who say a White House aide and two volunteers violated their rights by throwing them out of Bush's 2005 speech at a Denver space museum.

Trapped 68 Days, First Chilean Miners Taste Freedom

Trapped 68 Days, First Chilean Miners Taste Freedom 13 Oct 2010 With a look of sturdy calm, the first of the 33 miners trapped nearly half a mile underground stepped out of a narrow rescue capsule and onto the surface at 12:11 a.m. on Wednesday, hugging his family, the nation’s president and the workers who helped free him before being carted away on a stretcher, giving a thumbs-up as he left. The rescue had finally begun.

Italy appeals trial of CIA kidnapping case begins

Italy appeals trial of CIA kidnapping case begins 12 Oct 2010 The appeals trial in the CIA-led kidnapping of an Egyptian terrorism suspect from the streets of Milan opened Tuesday with the prosecution seeking to incriminate Italian secret service agents acquitted in the initial trial. Twenty-three Americans and two Italians were convicted in November in the 2003 kidnapping of the Egyptian cleric -- the first legal convictions anywhere in the world involving the CIA's extraordinary renditions program.

Trial of Guantanamo detainee begins in civilian court

Trial of Guantanamo detainee begins in civilian court 13 Oct 2010 The US Tuesday charged Guantanamo detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani with conspiring to bomb its embassies in Tanzania and Kenya and to kill Americans. Ghailani was taken before a US district court in Lower Manhattan to face the first trial in a civilian court of a Guantanamo detainee prisoner since the US detention centre in Cuba opened in January 2002.

Judge Orders Injunction on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Judge Orders Injunction on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' 12 Oct 2010 A federal judge issued a worldwide injunction Tuesday stopping enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, ending the military's 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops. U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips' landmark ruling was widely cheered by gay rights organizations... U.S. Department of Justice attorneys have 60 days to appeal. Legal experts say the department is under no legal obligation to do so and could let Phillips' ruling stand.

Wall Street Pay: A Record $144 Billion

Wall Street Pay: A Record $144 Billion 11 Oct 2010 Pay on Wall Street is on pace to break a record high for a second consecutive year, according to a study conducted by The Wall Street Journal. About three dozen of the top publicly held securities and investment-services firms--which include banks, investment banks, hedge funds, money-management firms and securities exchanges--are set to pay $144 billion in compensation and benefits this year, a 4% increase from the $139 billion paid out in 2009, according to the survey.

Commonwealth Games terror threat as intelligence chiefs warn of Mumbai style attack

Commonwealth Games terror threat as intelligence chiefs warn of Mumbai style attack ahead of closing ceremony 12 Oct 2010 Indian intelligence warned today of a militant terrorist plot to attack Delhi on Thursday  during the build-up to the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. Officials said that new intelligence indicated that the Lashkar e Taiba group which carried out the commando-style attacks in Mumbai in 2008 were targeting attacks in the Indian capital on Thursday as 64,000 travel to the showpiece closure of the Games.

White House Is Lifting Ban on Deepwater Drilling

Obusha surrenders again: White House Is Lifting Ban on Deepwater Drilling 12 Oct 2010 The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that it was immediately lifting a moratorium on deepwater drilling that was imposed after the BP oil spill, as new rules are [allegedly] put in place that are intended to prevent another disaster. The administration imposed the moratorium after the blowout of a BP well in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, which led to the largest maritime oil spill in American history. Since then, the White House has come under intense pressure from the oil and gas industry and from regional officials and businesses, who have complained about the economic impact of the moratorium, which was originally set to expire on Nov. 30.

Terror threat to restaurants as Al Qaeda calls for attacks on government workers in D.C.

Terror threat to restaurants as Al Qaeda calls for attacks on government workers in D.C. 11 Oct 2010 The terror group tied to the Ft. Hood killings and the Christmas Day undies airbomber urge wannabe American jihadis to open fire on crowded restaurants in the nation's capital to massacre U.S. government workers. The advice appears in "Inspire," the latest issue of a slick propaganda publication by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula the CIA in Langley, Virginia, Osama Bin Laden's franchise in Yemen. "A random hit at a crowded restaurant in Washington, D.C., at lunch hour might end up knocking out a few government employees," Yahya Ibrahim writes in the 74-page jihadi how-to [?!?] magazine.

New wave of French strikes raises spectre of May 1968 protests

New wave of French strikes raises spectre of May 1968 protests --Battle between Sarkozy and unions over pensions enters crucial phase with workers and students expected to take to the streets [*Hopefully.*] 11 Oct 2010 The battle between President Nicolas Sarkozy and the French unions over pension reforms enters a crucial phase today with a new wave of strikes and protests across the country. Workers and students are expected to take to the streets in an escalation of industrial action against government plans to raise the official retirement age to 62, with walkouts bringing disruption to France's transport network, schools and oil refineries.

7/7 conspiracy theories 'have no basis'

7/7 conspiracy theories 'have no basis' [Right, 7/7 was an inside job. The 'conspiracy' is that 'al-Qaeda' executed the attacks. --LRP] 11 Oct 2010 Conspiracy theories about the 7/7 attacks have no basis in evidence, the hearing was told. Hugo Keith QC, counsel to the inquests, rejected claims that the four bombers were "duped" into carrying out the atrocities and that intelligence agencies allowed the plot to happen. He also said there was nothing to support theories that the explosions on the London Underground were connected to a power surge or that the bombs went off under the Tube carriages.

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