CIA moved Gitmo prisoners before Supreme Court could give them rights 06 Aug 2010
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AP: CIA moved Gitmo prisoners before Supreme Court could give them rights 06 Aug 2010 A white, unmarked Boeing 737 landed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, before dawn on a CIA mission so secretive, many in the nation's war on of terrorism were kept in the dark. Four of the nation's most highly valued terrorist prisoners were aboard. They arrived at Guantanamo on Sept. 24, 2003, years earlier than the U.S. has ever disclosed. Then, months later, they were just as quietly whisked away before the Supreme Court could give them access to lawyers. The transfer allowed the U.S. to interrogate the detainees in CIA "black sites" for two more years without allowing them to speak with attorneys or human rights observers or challenge their detention in U.S. courts.
AP: New al-Qaida leader knows US well [He should! He likely spent most of the 15 years training at 'The Farm' at Camp Peary!] 06 Aug 2010 A suspected al-Qaida operative who lived for more than 15 years in the U.S. has become chief of the terror network's global operations, the FBI says, marking the first time a leader so intimately familiar with American society has been placed in charge of planning attacks. Adnan Shukrijumah, 35, has taken over a position once held by 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was captured in 2003, Miami-based FBI counterterrorism agent Brian LeBlanc told The Associated Press. That puts him in regular contact with al-Qaida's senior leadership, including Osama bin Laden, LeBlanc said.
Senate approves Clapper nomination as intel chief 05 Aug 01 The Senate late Thursday confirmed retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper as the next director of national intelligence, voting him oversight of the nation's 16 spy agencies. A nearly empty chamber approved Clapper's nomination by voice vote as senators sought to begin their monthlong August recess. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., had questioned whether a nominee who had spent so much time at the Pentagon -- as a general and then heading the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Geospatial Agency -- could represent mostly civilian intelligence services.
Civil rights groups sue Treasury over targeting of terror suspects for killing 04 Aug 2010 Civil liberties groups sued the Treasury Department on Tuesday, alleging that its rules do not allow them to challenge the federal government's authority to target for killing Anwar al-Aulaqi, a U.S. citizen suspected of terrorism. The Center for Constitutional Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit against the department and its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in U.S. District Court in Washington. The groups say that without a change, it would be a crime for them to provide even free legal services to a citizen whom the government has designated a terrorist and is seeking to kill.
Rep. Mike Rogers: Execute WikiLeaks leaker 04 Aug 2010 Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Nutjob-Mich.) believes the death penalty should be applied in the case of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning if the accused provider of nearly 80,000 secret intelligence documents to WikiLeaks is found guilty by military tribunal. Rogers made the comments Monday during an interview with the Michigan radio station WHMI, which later posted an audio file of the interview. "The death penalty clearly should be considered here," Rogers said. "[Manning] clearly aided the enemy to what may result in the death of U.S. soldiers or those cooperating. If that is not a capital offense, I don't know what is."
Pentagon Demands WikiLeaks Site Return Classified U.S. Military Documents 05 Aug 2010 The U.S. Defense Department demanded that WikiLeaks return all classified military documents leaked to them and purge all copies from their records. "We want whatever they have returned to us and we want whatever copies they have expunged," Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell told reporters today at a news briefing. "We demand that they do the right thing," he said. "If doing the right thing is not good enough for them, then we will figure out what alternatives we have to compel them to do the right thing." [Two words for the lying sacks of sh*t at the Pentagon who want their war crimes expunged: B*** Me. But, I am thinking Julian Limited Hangout '9/11-truth annoys me' Assange will fold like a cheap suit. --LRP]
Pentagon bars staff from visiting WikiLeaks site 05 Aug 2010 The U.S. military is banning personnel from visiting the WikiLeaks website, which recently released more than 70,000 classified diplomatic and military messages on the long war in Afghanistan. "[Department of the Navy] personnel should not access the WikiLeaks website to view or download the publicized classified information," said a July 29 message to sailors from the Navy's national security litigation law division. "Doing so would introduce potentially classified information on unclassified networks."
Army probing McChrystal staff over Rolling Stone interview --Hastings banned from scheduled embed this September in Afghanistan for being 'untrustworthy' 03 Aug 2010 The U.S. Army inspector general is investigating whether aides to former Afghanistan commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal were insubordinate when they made a series of derogatory comments about top civilian leaders to a Rolling Stone reporter, McClatchy has learned. The investigation comes as the Pentagon grapples with how much access the reporter who wrote the piece, Michael Hastings, should have to troops.
Alarms sound over KBR burn pits in war zones of Afghanistan, Iraq 06 Aug 2010 Hundreds of military service members and contractor employees have fallen ill with cancer or severe breathing problems after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they say they were poisoned by thick, black smoke produced by the burning of tons of trash generated on U.S. bases. In a lawsuit in federal court in Maryland, 241 people from 42 states are suing Houston-based contractor Kellogg Brown & Root, which has operated more than two dozen so-called burn pits in the two countries.
'US trying to destabilize Iraq' 06 Aug 2010 An Iraqi cleric has accused US-led troops of attempting to extend their presence in Iraq by staging the recent terrorist attacks in the country. Sadr City's Friday Prayers Leader Seyyed Muhammad al-Musawi accused the US of trying to portray the Iraqi government and security forces as weak and incapable of providing security for the Iraqis in order to justify the country's occupation. He also accused Washington of interfering in Iraq's internal affairs and of blocking attempts to form a new government in the country.
Nine killed as Qaeda fighters plant flag in Baghdad --The flag-planting incident was the second such act in less than a week. 03 Aug 2010 Al-Qaeda fighters killed five policemen at a Baghdad checkpoint on Tuesday and planted the black flag of the terror network's front group in Iraq, an interior ministry official said. A traffic policeman and three soldiers were also killed in the capital, raising concerns that Iraq's security may be deteriorating after the government said more people died in violence in July than in any month since May 2008.
Four die in Iraq violence 05 Aug 2010 Violent incidents in northern Iraq have reportedly taken the lives of four people, including one militant and three government-allied militiamen. Unknown assailants killed three militiamen with the pro-Baghdad Sahwa (Awakening) Councils in western part of Tikrit, some 140 kilometers northwest of Baghdad, on Thursday, dpa reported.
Iraq car bomb, checkpoint attack leaves 25 dead 03 Aug 2010 Suspected Al Qaeda-linked militants killed five policemen in the second deadly attack in a week on security checkpoints, while a car bomb in a crowded market in the southern city of Kut left at least 20 people dead and dozens injured. An Iraq Interior Ministry official speaking on condition of anonymity says the five were killed at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the affluent West Baghdad neighborhood of Mansour after gunmen with silencers opened fire on the checkpoint at dawn Tuesday. He says they left the black flag of the self-declared Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) at the site of the attack on a main highway on the edge of Mansour leading to Anbar Province.
US chopper makes 'emergency landing' 05 Aug 2010 A NATO helicopter has made an emergency landing in southern Afghanistan reportedly due to technical problems, the US-led alliance says. The chopper went down in the province of Kandahar on Thursday, a Press TV correspondent reported. The US-led military alliance says the helicopter made an emergency landing due to technical failures.
Ex-Guantanamo detainee now campaigning in Afghanistan 04 Aug 2010 In a country whose young parliament is filled with warlords, suspected drug barons, one-time mujahedeen fighters and religious zealots, Izatullah Nasrat Yar can still make history. Yar has set out to become the first "enemy combatant" once held at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to become an elected Afghan lawmaker in this fall's legislative elections.
Iran questions Obama's 'change' [Oh. God. *Everyone* does.] 04 Aug 2010 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has criticized his American counterpart Barack Obama for failing to realize his campaign trail promise of "change." "They (the Americans) announced that they had pulled out part of their forces from Iraq in recent days and claimed that their move was in line with their slogan of 'change,'" Fars News Agency quoted President Ahmadinejad as saying on Wednesday. "You said you would withdraw all your troops from Iraq, why is it that some of them are still in this country? Secondly, where are you relocating your forces from Iraq?" ...At a speech in the western Hamadan Province, Ahmadinejad went on to say, "Real change means that you take your forces... and leave our region." [*Exactly.* I couldn't agree more. --LRP]
Nuclear war imminent, Castro says 05 Aug 2010 Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro is to address the country's National Assembly to warn about an imminent nuclear war involving the United States, Iran, and Israel, state media reported. Castro is expected to address the assembly on Saturday for the first time in four years to sound the warning, AFP reported on Wednesday.
U.S. Issues Travel Warning to Israel, West Bank and Gaza (U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs) 05 Aug 2010 The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of traveling to Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip, and about threats to themselves and to U.S. interests in those locations. The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to remain mindful of security factors when planning travel to Israel and the West Bank and to avoid all travel to the Gaza Strip.
'Security threat' Russians to join Canadian, U.S. forces in exercise 06 Aug 2010 Canadian and U.S. military personnel will take part in a historic exercise next week with their Russian counterparts to battle airborne terrorism [aka their own false flags], just days after Defence Minister Peter MacKay claimed that Canada was facing new security threats from Russia. ...For months Canadian and U.S. personnel at NORAD have been planning the Aug. 8 exercise, which will involve for the first time, the Russian military and NORAD co-operating in tracking and intercepting a hijacked aircraft. Critics have said that MacKay was using a routine Russian patrol flight last week, claiming it was a threat to Canada, in an attempt to sell the public on the Harper government's plan to spend $16 billion buying new fighter aircraft.
U.S. ambassador to attend Hiroshima event 05 Aug 2010 U.S. Ambassador John Roos will make a historic appearance Friday at Japan's Peace Memorial Ceremony in Hiroshima. His will be the first time in 65 years that an American ambassador has attended the ceremony, which marks the atomic bombing of the city by the United States in 1945.
Rightwing group to fight vote clearing way for NYC mosque 04 Aug 2010 Plans for an Islamic community center and mosque near ground zero moved forward as a city panel opened the way for developers to tear down a building that was struck by airplane debris on Sept. 11. Even as the project's backers celebrated the decision, a conservative advocacy group founded by the Rev. Pat Robertson announced it would challenge the panel's vote in state court Wednesday.
US charges 14 over links to Somalia's al-Shabab 05 Aug 2010 US officials have charged 14 people with providing money, personnel and services to the Somali militant group al-Shabab. The charges stem from four separate indictments in the US states of Minnesota, Alabama and California. On Wednesday, a man was charged with attempting to support al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] and al-Shabab. Prosecutors said Shaker Masri of Chicago had sought to travel to Somalia to join al-Shabab, which the US and UK consider a terrorist group.
President Obama target game gets feds' attention --Carnival attraction challenged players to 'shoot' black man holding 'Health Bill' and wearing presidential seal. 04 Aug 2010 (Our Lady of Mount Carmel Big Time Fair, Roseto, PA) The Secret Service is investigating a Hellertown amusement company's use of a target-shooting game that challenged players to hit the heart and head of an image resembling President Barack Obama. The game's target is a painting of a black man in a suit who is holding a scroll labeled "Health Bill." He sports a belt buckle fashioned after the presidential seal, antennae and a troll doll on his shoulder. Players paid $1 per shot, or $5 for six shots, to fire foam darts at targets on his head and heart.
Darts Shot At Obama Likeness In Pa. Carnival Game 05 Aug 2010 The head of an eastern Pennsylvania amusement company [Irvin Good Jr.] has yanked a carnival game in which players shot foam darts at an image resembling President Barack Obama. The game, dubbed "Alien Attack," featured a large painted image of a black man wearing a belt buckle with the presidential seal and holding a scroll labeled "Health Bill." Players could win prizes such as stuffed animals by hitting targets on the image's head and heart.
Google denies 'two-tier internet' deal --Company dismisses reports of plot to create 'two-speed' internet with faster content for those who pay 05 Aug 2010 Google has dismissed reports that the company is in talks with US telecoms operator Verizon that could bring an end to net neutrality. In an article published yesterday, the New York Times said the two companies "are nearing an agreement that could allow Verizon to speed some online content to internet users more quickly if the content's creators are willing to pay for the privilege".
Google and Verizon Near Deal on Web Pay Tiers --End of net neutrality could see continually rising bills for Internet service, much as they have for cable television. 04 Aug 2010 Google and Verizon, two leading players in Internet service and content, are nearing an agreement that could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content’s creators are willing to pay for the privilege. Such an agreement could overthrow a once-sacred tenet of Internet policy known as net neutrality, in which no form of content is favored over another. In its place, consumers could soon see a new, tiered system, which, like cable television, imposes higher costs for premium levels of service.
Feds admit storing checkpoint body scan images --TSA requires all airport body scanners it purchases to be able to store and transmit images for 'testing, training, and evaluation purposes' 04 Aug 2010 For the last few years, federal agencies have defended body scanning by insisting that all images will be discarded as soon as they're viewed. The Transportation Security Administration claimed last summer, for instance, that "scanned images cannot be stored or recorded." [But] some police agencies are storing the controversial images. The U.S. Marshals Service admitted this week that it had surreptitiously saved tens of thousands of images recorded with a millimeter wave system at the security checkpoint of a single Florida courthouse.
Outsourcing we can believe in: U.S. to Train 3,000 Offshore IT Workers --$22 million, federally-backed program aims to help outsourcers in South Asia become more fluent in areas like Java programming--and the English language. 03 Aug 2010 Despite President Obama's pledge to retain more hi-tech jobs in the U.S., a federal agency run by a hand-picked Obama appointee has launched a $22 million program to train workers, including 3,000 specialists in IT and related functions, in South Asia. Following their training, the tech workers will be placed with outsourcing vendors in the region that provide offshore IT and business services to American companies looking to take advantage of the Asian subcontinent's low labor costs. USAID [the US terrorist group that taught Latin American police how to torture political dissidents in the 1960s and 1970s] will also help the trainees brush up on their English language proficiency.
Missouri's rejection of health care mandate buoys supporters of Colorado ballot measure 05 Aug 2010 The overwhelming vote Tuesday in Missouri to oppose the new federal health care law has buoyed supporters of a similar measure that could go before Colorado voters in November. Similar ballot measures are expected to appear on the November ballots in Arizona, Oklahoma and Florida. By a nearly 3-to-1 ratio, Missouri voters approved Proposition C, which rejects the [originally, a GOP] mandate in the new federal health care law insurance cartel giveaway that all Americans purchase [overpriced] health insurance.
BP may drill again in oil spill reservoir 06 Aug 2010 BP may drill again in the same undersea oil reservoir that spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, a company official said Friday. "There's lots of oil and gas here," Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles told reporters during a news briefing. "We're going to have to think about what to do with that at some point."
Gulf disaster largest oil spill ever --In all the group estimates 206 million gallons of oil, 4.9 million barrels, gushed into the Gulf. By Tom Eley 04 Aug 2010 The BP Gulf disaster is the worst ocean oil spill in world history, according to new data compiled by a team of government-sponsored scientists. On Monday the National Incident Command’s Flow Rate Technical Group (FRTG) announced that the BP Macondo well blowout dumped between 53,000 barrels (2,226,000 gallons) and 62,000 barrels (over 2,600,000 gallons) of oil per day into the Gulf of Mexico during the nearly three months in which the well was out of control.
Biologists release Gulf turtle hatchlings in Atlantic 04 Aug 2010 The ancient ritual takes place nightly along Florida's East Coast in the late summer. Tiny sea turtle hatchlings emerge from sandy nests to scramble to the sea, with females destined to return to the same beach several decades later to lay their own eggs. This year, those hatchlings are being joined by hundreds of hatchlings that began as eggs on beaches in the Florida Panhandle and Alabama... More than 13,000 eggs have been moved from 134 nests on the Gulf Coast, with thousands more expected to be moved through September. The "unprecedented effort" was planned to boost the turtles' chances of survival because biologists feared large numbers of hatchlings would be lost to the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Polar bears face melting chemical cocktail 06 Aug 2010 Polar bears, the icon of the Arctic, are under threat from the twin challenges of climate change and chemicals that are not breaking down in the region's cold waters. Research published in the journal Science of The Total Environment shows the retreat of sea-ice in the Arctic could increase the exposure of species such as polar bears to persistent organic pollutants, which include flame-retardants and substances used to harden plastics. Scientists believe the pollutants, locked in the polar ice for decades, could be released into the ocean as the ice melts due to climate change global warming.
Senate confirms Elena Kagan as Supreme Court justice 05 Aug 2010 The Senate has confirmed Elena Kagan as the 112th justice and fourth woman to serve on the Supreme Court. The vote was 63-37 for President Barack Obama's nominee to succeed retired Justice John Paul Stevens. Five Republicans joined all but one Democrat and the Senate's two independents to support Kagan.
Judge strikes down ban on same-sex marriage 04 Aug 2010 A federal judge today struck down Proposition 8, the voter-passed November 2008 initiative that defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman. U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker found that the ban on same-sex marriage violated the constitutional due process and equal protection rights of a pair of couples who sued. The judge ordered an injunction against enforcement of Prop. 8 but issued a temporary stay until he decides whether to suspend his ruling while it is being appealed.
Russian heatwave kills 5,000 as fires rage out of control 06 Aug 2010 Russia's devastating summer heatwave has cost almost 5,000 lives, according to officials who conceded yesterday that the state was struggling to gain control over the worst wildfires in decades. Temperatures in Russia have hit records for the time of year on at least six occasions in recent weeks. Forecasters said there would be no respite from temperatures above 97F (36C) for at least another week.
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Previous lead stories: Stealthy Government Contractor Monitors U.S. Internet Providers, Worked With Wikileaks Informant 01 Aug 2010 A semi-secret government contractor that calls itself Project Vigilant surfaced at the Defcon security conference Sunday with a series of revelations: that it monitors the traffic of 12 regional Internet service providers, hands much of that information to federal agencies, and encouraged one of its "volunteers," researcher Adrian Lamo, to inform the federal government about the alleged source of a controversial video of civilian deaths in Iraq leaked to whistle-blower site Wikileaks in April. Chet Uber, the director of Fort Pierce, Fl.-based Project Vigilant, says that he personally asked Lamo to meet with federal authorities to out the source of a video published by Wikileaks showing a U.S. Apache helicopter killing several civilians and two journalists in a suburb of Baghdad, a clip that Wikileaks labeled "Collateral Murder."
Researcher detained at U.S. border, questioned about Wikileaks --The U.S. Army told him he was not under arrest but was being detained. 31 Jul 2010 Researcher detained at U.S. border, questioned about Wikileaks 31 Jul 2010 A security researcher involved with the Wikileaks Web site was detained by U.S. agents at the border for three hours and questioned about the controversial whistleblower project as he entered the country on Thursday to attend a hacker conference, sources said on Saturday. He was also approached by two FBI agents at the Defcon conference after his presentation on Saturday afternoon about the Tor Project.
U.S. Puts Oil Spill Total at Nearly 5 Million Barrels --Over four million barrels of oil gushed into Gulf of Mexico between April 20 and July 15 03 Aug 2010 Nearly five million barrels of oil have gushed from the BP's well since the Deepwater Horizon spill began on April 20, federal scientists said on Monday in announcing the most precise estimates yet of the well's flow rate. Federal science and engineering teams estimated that 53,000 barrels of oil per day were pouring from the well just before BP was able to cap it on July 15... They reported that of the roughly 4.9 million barrels that had been released from the well, about 800,000 had been captured by BP’s previous containment efforts.
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