Ex-Pakistan spy chief: FBI had 'no solid evidence' bin Laden involved in 9/11 attacks 09 Aug 2010
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Ex-Pakistan spy chief: FBI had 'no solid evidence' bin Laden involved in 9/11 attacks --Gul: Afghanistan war 'lost cause' 06 Aug 2010 The U.S.-led war in Afghanistan is a "lost cause," said a former Pakistani intelligence chief, and the United States needs to negotiate peace with Taliban leader Mullah Omar... The attacks of September 11 were a pretext to a war already under consideration, Gul said... The 2001 terrorist attacks helped win the public support for the neocon plans, he said. There was no legitimate reason for the United States to attack Afghanistan, Gul said, because the FBI had no solid evidence that Osama bin Laden was involved in the attacks on New York and Washington. "Why has not a single individual connected to 9/11 been caught in America so far, and why hasn't Osama bin Laden been charged?"
Ahmadinejad: 9/11 scenario dubious 07 Aug 2010 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Western media hyped the September 11, 2001 attacks to pave the way for the US-led invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq. "What was the story behind September 11? In the space of five to six days, and with the aid of the media, they swayed public opinion to the point of considering an attack on Afghanistan and Iraq permissible and a right [for themselves]," he said in a televised speech. "Presently, more than 110,000 people [have been killed] in Afghanistan and over one million people have been killed across Iraq. But they will not allow [the figures to be made public]. How? [By] using media and fabricated news," he was quoted by IRIB as saying.
CIA physicians 'professionalize' torture 09 Aug 2010 CIA physicians have provided guidelines to interrogators and documented the effects of the enhanced interrogation techniques, a report says. This week, The Journal of American Medical Association published a report entitled "Roles of CIA Physicians in Enhanced Interrogation and Torture of Detainees," which states that the CIA doctors, irrespective of medical ethical standards, performed on-site medical evaluations of detainees before and during interrogation. In June, Physicians for Human Rights accused the Bush administration of turning the prisoners in CIA custody into research subjects.
Top US court refuses to halt Khadr Guantanamo trial 06 Aug 2010 The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Friday to block next week's trial at Guantanamo Bay of a young Canadian who had been captured in Afghanistan. Omar Khadr, now 23, was 15 years old at the time of his 2002 capture in Afghanistan at a suspected 'al Qaeda' compound. He is scheduled to go to trial at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba on Aug. 10 on charges that include conspiring to commit terrorism and murdering a U.S. soldier. His lawyers sought to put the trial on hold while they challenge the constitutionality of the military tribunals. But the Supreme Court rejected the request in a one-line order.
'There wasn't much blood about': Detective who found weapons expert David Kelly's body raises questions over his death 08 Aug 2010 The mystery surrounding the death of Dr David Kelly deepened yesterday after the detective who found his body claimed he didn't see 'much blood'. The revelation by Detective Constable Graham Coe casts further doubt on the Hutton Report's verdict that the Ministry of Defence scientist died of blood loss after slitting his wrist. In his first interview, Mr Coe, now retired, also said that police searched Dr Kelly's home the day after his death for papers 'of a sensitive nature' about Iraq. Dr Kelly, an expert on biological and chemical weapons, was found dead in woodland near his Oxfordshire home in July 2003. A week earlier he had been exposed by the Labour government as the source of a BBC report claiming No 10 'sexed up' reports of Iraq's ability to deploy weapons of mass destruction.
Police: Man charged after referring to Conn. rampage --Man arrested after making comments 07 Aug 2010 Connecticut police say they arrested a man at a management company after he mentioned the shooting rampage across the state that killed nine people and said he understood the killer's mindset. Fifty-eight-year-old Francis Laskowski of Derby was charged with breach of peace Wednesday after making the comments while working at Fusco Management Co. in New Haven. Nine people died in the shootings Tuesday at Hartford Distributors in Manchester, including gunman Omar Thornton.
AP: WikiLeaks to publish new documents 07 Aug 2010 The online whistle-blower WikiLeaks said it will continue to publish more secret files from governments around the world despite U.S. demands to cancel plans to release classified military documents. "I can assure you that we will keep publishing documents -- that's what we do," a WikiLeaks spokesman, who says he goes by the name Daniel Schmitt in order to protect his identity, told The Associated Press in an interview Saturday.
Treasury Sued Over Terror Suspect Lawyers' License 03 Aug 2010 The American Civil Liberties Union said it sued the U.S. Treasury Department and Secretary Timothy Geithner over licensing for lawyers seeking to represent terrorism suspects including those allegedly marked for death by the CIA. The ACLU claims the Treasury Department regulation improperly inhibits the right to legal counsel for U.S. citizens accused of having terrorism ties, some of whom it said the government seeks to kill. "Targeting individuals for execution who are suspected of crimes but have not been convicted," without due process or disclosed standards, "poses the risk that the government will erroneously target the wrong people," the group said today in a statement announcing the filing.
F.B.I., Challenging Use of Seal, Gets Back a Primer on the Law 02 Aug 2010 The Federal Bureau of Investigation has taken on its... latest adversary: Wikipedia. The bureau wrote a letter in July to the Wikimedia Foundation, the parent organization of Wikipedia, demanding that it take down an image of the F.B.I. seal accompanying an article on the bureau, and threatened litigation:"Failure to comply may result in further legal action. We appreciate your timely attention to this matter." The problem, those at Wikipedia say, is that the law cited in the F.B.I.’s letter is largely about keeping people from flashing fake badges or profiting from the use of the seal, and not about posting images on noncommercial Web sites.
10 members of Christian medical team gunned down in Afghanistan Taliban said team was carrying Dari language bibles and "spying gadgets." 07 Aug 2010 They hiked for more than 10 hours over rugged mountains... to bring medical care to isolated Afghan villagers until their humanitarian mission took a tragic turn. Ten members of the Christian medical team -- six Americans, two Afghans, one German and a Briton -- were gunned down in a slaughter that the Taliban said they carried out, alleging the volunteers were spying and trying to convert Muslims to Christianity. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told the AP that they killed the foreigners because they were "spying for the Americans" and "preaching Christianity."
5 US-led troops killed in Afghanistan 08 Aug 2010 Five more US-led troops have been killed in southern Afghanistan as the foreign death toll in the war-torn country nears two thousand. According to the Western military alliance, two separate bomb attacks claimed the lives of the three US-led soldiers, while the two others were reportedly killed by militants in Helmand province.
NATO: 3 US service members killed in Afghanistan 08 Aug 2010 Three US service members were killed in recent attacks in southern Afghanistan, the military coalition said Sunday. All three died Saturday, bringing the day's death toll for NATO to five. Two of the Americans died in an insurgent attack, while the third was killed by a bomb blast, NATO said in statements.
Blasts in Iraq's Basra leave over 100 casualties 08 Aug 2010 Three explosions on Saturday ripped through a popular market in Iraq's southern city of Basra, leaving at least 16 people dead and around 116 others wounded, local police source told Xinhua. The first blast was caused by a car bomb in the market, then a generator and it's tank were also blew up, said the source, adding the blast reason of the generator and it's tank was not immediately known.
Suicide car bomber kills 8 west of Baghdad 08 Aug 2010 A suicide car bomber struck a police patrol west of Baghdad Sunday and killed eight people, most of them civilians standing in line outside a post office to collect the monthly stipend for the country's poorest, police officials said. The blast comes just a day after explosions tore through a market in the south killing 43 people.
Car bomb injures 7 in central Iraq 08 Aug 2010 A car bomb has injured several people in the central Iraqi province of al-Anbar, after earlier violent incidents in the province killed eight people. The province was rocked for the fourth time on Sunday, when the explosive-laden vehicle was set off in the village of al-Halabsa, wounding seven people, including three policemen, Aswat al-Iraq reported. The attack took place at a policed checkpoint in al-Nassaf area, causing severe damage to nearby stores.
US plans another Kyrgyzstan base 08 Aug 2010 The US is planning to construct a USD 10 million military base in the southern city of Osh, Kyrgyzstan, where more than 300 people died in deadly clashes in June. The US Defense Department says the base, called Osh Polygon, will feature a range of facilities and weapons training services, including a secure garrison compound with officers' quarters and barracks for enlisted personnel, range facilities, crew-served weapons and explosive ordnance, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.
NORAD Fighters Intercept Unauthorized Plane Near DC 07 Aug 2010 A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter, under the direction of North American Aerospace Defense Command, intercepted a Cessna 172 general aviation aircraft in the vicinity of the capital region Saturday at approximately 5:38 p.m. EST. The general aviation aircraft was not in radio communications and shortly after intercept, landed without incident at Potomac Airfield, Fort Washington, MD. The helicopter was from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Arlington, VA.
Full-body security scanners in New York airports as early next month, critics lodge privacy concerns 06 Aug 2010 Full-body scanners will land at New York-area airports as soon as next month. The high-powered machines - which produce virtually naked images of airline passengers going through security - are the latest pricey tools brought in to detect explosives or non-metal weapon under layers of clothing. The advanced-imaging technology scanners transmit low-level X-ray beams to produce an anatomically correct image of the body that's viewed by a security officer in a private room.
American VIP humiliated at airport --Prof. Shalala claims was held at Ben-Gurion Airport just because she has Arab last name 06 Aug 2010 Prof. Donna Shalala, who served as the US Secretary of Health and Human Services for eight years under President Bill Clinton and is currently the president of the University of Miami, was held for two-and-a-half hours at Ben Gurion Airport during which she underwent a humiliating security debriefing because of her Arab last name – all this despite the fact that her hosts notified the airport ahead of time that she is a VIP.
It's OK to tell police officers to 'f*ck off' --'This is language they use themselves on the job (while arresting offenders and to other officers).' 06 Aug 2010 A Queensland magistrate has ruled that it is acceptable for people to tell police officers to "f*ck off". Magistrate Peter Smid yesterday threw out the court case against Mundingburra man Bardon Kaitira, 28, who swore at a female officer outside the Consortium night club on December 20, last year at 2.40am, The Townsville Bulletin reports.
Civil contempt confinement policies should be reformed By Jayne Ressler 29 Jul 2010 Richard Fine, a 70-year-old Tarzana attorney, has been imprisoned, reportedly in solitary confinement, without trial since March 4, 2009. His "crime"? Contempt of court, based on alleged "moral turpitude." He faces imprisonment indefinitely, unless he complies with the order of Judge David Yaffe, the Los Angeles County Superior Court judge responsible for his confinement. Why the harsh treatment of Fine? Could it be in response to Fine's investigation of court cases that involved prosecution against Los Angeles County that were inexplicably dismissed? Over a period of time, Fine alleged that Los Angeles County was bribing judges, under the guise of generous "supplemental benefits" payments, in exchange for rulings in the county's favor.
Boehner: End to Birthright Citizenship 'Worth Considering' [Can we start with his?] 08 Aug 2010 House Minority Leader John Boehner on Sunday said he's open to talks on changing the U.S. Constitution -- or at least the way it's interpreted -- so that U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants are not automatically U.S. citizens. "I think it's worth considering," Boehner said. The top House Republican joined Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in calling for further study of the idea -- something that has been endorsed by prominent Republicans over the past few weeks.
Rep. Rangel says he tried to make deal to avoid ethics charges, but GOP wants trial 08 Aug 2010 Rep. Charles Rangel told Harlem leaders Saturday he signed a plea deal on ethics charges but that the GOP pushed for a trial. "He said he had signed an agreement. He was ready to go but I guess politics came into play," said Assemblyman Keith Wright (D-Manhattan), one of about 50 leaders gathered for a Harlem district meeting Saturday. Another attendee said Rangel implied, "It was Republicans that didn't want an agreement" and that he signed a deal before the ethics committee released its report last month.
Elena Kagan is sworn in as Supreme Court judge --Elena Kagan has been sworn in as the newest justice in the US Supreme Court. 07 Aug 2010 She is President Barack Obama's second appointment to the US's most powerful court and only the fourth woman to serve on the nine-member panel. The 50-year-old is the youngest judge in the court's history. She will serve alongside President Obama's first appointment, Sonia Sotomayor.
Doctors Advised to Avoid One Flu Shot Brand for Young Kids [If they're smart, they'll avoid all of them.] 07 Aug 2010 A government advisory panel is recommending that doctors avoid giving one brand of flu vaccine to young children this year after children in Australia and New Zealand who got the shot suffered from convulsions and fever. The vaccine at issue is one made by CSL Biotheraphies, an Australian company. CSL Biotheraphies is one of five manufacturers supplying the United States this fall; they will be providing 10.5 million doses.
Ice Chunk Larger Than Manhattan Breaks Off Greenland Glacier 06 Aug 2010 A chunk of ice four times the size of Manhattan has calved from Greenland's Petermann Glacier, scientists announced today. The last time the Arctic lost such a large chunk of ice was in 1962. Satellite imagery of this remote area at 81 degrees north latitude and 61 degrees west longitude, about 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) south of the North Pole, reveals that Petermann Glacier lost about one-quarter of its 43-mile- (70-km-) long floating ice-shelf.
Arctic contaminants threaten polar bears --"Once they get to the Arctic, they're hard to get rid of" 06 Aug 2010 Polar bears looking for food on the sea ice in Baffin Bay north of Clyde River may find seals to eat, but the seals will likely be loaded with the industrial poisons and pesticides still found in the Arctic air and water. Living at the top of the food chain holds unseen dangers for polar bears, because they absorb toxic substances, like pesticides and flame retardants, through their diet of seals.
Nuclear Fear As Russian Blazes Hit Chernobyl 08 Aug 2010 Fears emerged last night that fires erupting in Russia could unleash deadly nuclear pollution from the Chernobyl disaster. The Kremlin was also taking emergency action to move missiles and other munitions at risk from hundreds of blazes which have prompted a mass evacuation of Moscow. Most at risk is the Bryansk region, 230 miles south-west of the capital, hardest hit by the Chernobyl fallout in 1986, and three other regions.
Moscow wrapped in blanket of smoke as fires advance 07 Aug 2010 A shroud of thick, acrid smoke has cloaked the Russian capital in a hazy pallor as many thousands of square kilometers of wildfires continue to challenge fire fighters and rescue teams. Russia is facing some of the worst wildfires in its history, with over 10,000 firefighters deployed to fight some 600 fires, which represent 2000 square kilometers of forest ablaze, an area roughly the size of Dubai in the UAE or just under twice the size of New York City proper.
'Radioactive boars' on loose in Germany 08 Aug 2010 Radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster is still poisoning Germany's boars nearly 25 years on, with authorities fighting to keep toxic meat off the market as the wild boar population rockets. The boars feed off mushrooms, truffles and wild berries which still contain high levels of caesium-137, carried in the radioactive cloud that spread across Europe following the 1986 accident at the Ukrainian nuclear plant.
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Previous lead stories: 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.
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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."
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