U.S. citizen in CIA's cross hairs 01 Feb 2010
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U.S. citizen in CIA's cross hairs --The agency builds a case for putting Anwar al Awlaki, linked to the Ft. Hood shootings and Christmas bomb attempt, on its hit list. The complications involved are a window into a secretive process. 31 Jan 2010 The CIA sequence for a Predator strike ends with a missile but begins with a memo... The list typically contains about two dozen names, a number that expands each time a new memo is signed by CIA executives on the seventh floor at agency headquarters, and contracts as targets thousands of miles away, seem to spontaneously explode... No U.S. citizen has ever been on the CIA's target list [?], according to current and former U.S. officials. But that is expected to change as CIA analysts compile a case against a Muslim cleric [Anwar al Awlaki] who was born in New Mexico but now resides in Yemen.
CIA moonlights in corporate world 01 Feb 2010 The CIA is offering operatives a chance to peddle their expertise to private companies on the side -- a policy that gives financial firms and hedge funds access to the nation's top-level intelligence talent, POLITICO has learned. In one case, these active-duty officers moonlighted at a hedge-fund consulting firm that wanted to tap their expertise in "deception detection," the highly specialized art of telling when executives may be lying based on clues in a conversation. .
Judge suspects Italy 'complicity' in CIA rendition 01 Feb 2010 An Italian judge has questioned Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's denial of the country's involvement in the CIA kidnapping of a terror suspect in Milan seven years ago. Judge Oscar Magi is the same official, who in a landmark November 2008 ruling, sentences 23 Americans, most of them CIA agents, in absentia to up to eight years in prison over the abduction. In a 200-page document explaining the reasoning behind the decision, Magi accused Italy's spy agency on Monday of awareness if not "complicity" in the 2003 kidnapping of Egyptian-born cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr.
Obama seeks $192B as war steps up in Afghanistan --The government has already shelled out a combined $1 trillion since 2001 for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 01 Feb 2010 President Barack Obama wants $192 billion in war spending for the next year-and-a-half, a hefty sum aimed at escalating the war in Afghanistan amid waning support at home. The request reflects Obusha's recent decision to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan to 'blunt' a growing insurgency. Obama's $192 billion war budget rivals the $245 billion request made in 2007 by President [sic] George W. Bush, after announcing that more than 20,000 combat troops would be sent to Baghdad.
Secret CIA-Mossad meeting, preparation for new war? 01 Feb 2010 A secret meeting between the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Leon Panetta and Israeli officials has reportedly centered on Iran's nuclear program. In a secret flying visit to Israel on Thursday, the head of the CIA reportedly discussed Iran's nuclear issue in a sit-down with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Mossad Chief Meir Dagan. The trip, which was originally scheduled to take place in May, follows a recent wave of developments in the Middle East that strongly imply preparations for a possible new military conflict in the region.
US raises stakes on Iran by sending in ships and missiles --Pentagon says Patriot shield will deter strike on American allies in the Gulf 31 Jan 2010 Tension between the US and Iran heightened dramatically today with the disclosure that Barack Obama is deploying a missile shield to protect American allies in the Gulf [ExxonMobil, BP] from attack by Tehran. The US is dispatching Patriot defensive missiles to four countries -- Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait -- and keeping two ships in the Gulf capable of shooting down Iranian missiles. Washington is also helping Saudi Arabia develop a force to protect its oil installations.
U.S. Air-Sea Battle Plan in Strategy Review Over Perceived China, Iran Threats 01 Feb 2010 The U.S. military is drawing up a new air-sea battle plan in response to 'threats' such as China’s persistent military build-up and Iran’s possession of advanced weapons, according to the Pentagon’s latest strategy review. The Air Force and Navy are seeking more effective ways of ensuring continued access to the western Pacific and countering potential threats to American bases and personnel, according to the Quadrennial Defense Review to be released later today...
Well baby I've been here before
I've seen this room and I've walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew ya
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
And love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah
Hallelujah --Leonard Cohen, 'Hallelujah'
'The move could see Mr Blair follow former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic into a dock in The Hague.' Chilcot War Inquiry: Professor to launch 'Nuremberg' war crimes prosecution against Blair 30 Jan 2010 Plans to bring a war crimes prosecution against Tony Blair based on last week’s bombshell evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry have been launched by a leading law professor. Professor Bill Bowring says the revelation that the Government rejected Foreign Office warnings not to invade Iraq means there is a good chance Mr Blair can be 'investigated, at the very least' for war crimes. 'We now know that the Government was explicitly warned beforehand that the UK risked being prosecuted for going to war,' said Prof Bowring.
Iraq to file lawsuit against US, Britain --The report says that 2,000 tonnes of depleted uranium has been used in Iraq. 01 Feb 2010 Iraq's Ministry for Human Rights will file a lawsuit against Britain and the US over their use of depleted uranium bombs in Iraq, an Iraqi minister says. Iraq's Minister of Human Rights, Wijdan Mikhail Salim, told Assabah newspaper that the lawsuit will be launched based on reports from the Iraqi ministries of science and the environment. According to the reports, during the first year of the US and British invasion of Iraq, both countries had repeatedly used bombs containing depleted uranium.
Secret US-UK plan to oust Saddam in coup two years before invasion --Secret document signalled support for Iraqi dissidents and promised aid, oil and trade deals in return for regime change 01 Feb 2010 A secret plan to foster an internal coup against Saddam Hussein was drawn up by the Government two years before the invasion of Iraq, The Independent can reveal. Whitehall officials drafted the "contract with the Iraqi people" as a way of signalling to dissenters in Iraq that an overthrow of Saddam would be supported by Britain. It promised aid, oil contracts, debt cancellations and trade deals once the president had been removed. Tony Blair's team saw it as a way of creating regime change in Iraq even before the 9/11 attack on New York. The document, headed "confidential UK/US eyes", was finalised on 11 June 2001 and approved by ministers. It has not been published by the Iraq inquiry but a copy has been obtained by The Independent and can be revealed for the first time today. ['First the war was about WMDs. Now, the war is against Hussein and for liberation. Tell that to the children whose limbs have been blown off, or whose skulls have been exploded by shrapnel. The only WMDs are those of the so-called "coalition" forces, exploding like the evidence in search of the crime.' --Michael Rectenwald, March 30 Anti-W-ar Rally Pittsburgh Speech, 30 Mar 2003. Heads up! Look for al-CIAduh 'burrowers' to carry out a big false flag (Vancouver?) to serve as a distraction for this nugget. --LRP]
Blair testimony at Iraq Inquiry 'ludicrous' 31 Jan 2010 Two days after former British premier Tony Blair gave his evidence before the country's independent inquiry into the Iraq war, a former cabinet minister has described his testimony as "ludicrous." Clare Short told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show that it was fallacious to suggest that 'al-Qaeda' would team up with "rogue states," after the September 11 attacks.
CLG: Use the 200 Million Dollars to Try Bush-Cheney-Blair For War Crimes Instead of KSM By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 01 Feb 2010 When, oh when, are the Bush-Cheney-Blair war crimes trials going to commence? Spring the waterlogged Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and all the other patsies and use the $200 million-dollar 9/11 cover-up fund to try the *actual* 'masterminds' -- if such a moniker can be used to describe the Bush cabal -- behind the 9/11 terror attacks and the war crimes in Iraq.
Blackwater investigated over bribes after Iraq shootings 02 Feb 2010 The controversial security firm formerly known as Blackwater is under investigation by the US Justice Department to determine if it bribed Iraqi government officials after the fatal shooting of 17 civilians in Baghdad in 2007. The inquiry is the latest fallout from the deadly shooting spree by Blackwater guards in Baghdad’s Nisour Square in September 2007, which stoked outrage and bitter resentment against the US. The Justice Department’s Fraud Section is investigating if officials at Blackwater, now known as Xe Services, paid secret bribe of about $1 million to Iraqi government officials to persuade them to allow the company to keep operating in the country after the shootings, according to The New York Times.
U.S. Examines Whether Blackwater Tried Bribery 31 Jan 2010 The Justice Department is investigating whether officials of Blackwater Worldwide tried to bribe Iraqi government officials in hopes of retaining the firm’s security work in Iraq after a deadly shooting episode in 2007, according to current and former government officials. The officials said that the Justice Department’s fraud section opened the inquiry late last year to determine whether Blackwater employees violated a federal law banning American corporations from paying bribes to foreign officials.
Classified Dr Kelly medical records may now be made public 31 Jan 2010 Classified medical records relating to the death of government scientist Dr David Kelly could be made available to the public. The Ministry of Justice said a review to overturn a 70-year ban on post-mortem reports, photographs and other medical documents is under way. The move was confirmed after The Mail on Sunday revealed last weekend that Lord Hutton, the peer who chaired the controversial inquiry into the David Kelly affair in 2003, requested an embargo on the records.
Israel admits it used incendiary bombs in Gaza 01 Feb 2010 Two senior officers in the Israeli Defence Force have been reprimanded for using white phosphorus during an offensive in Gaza. While the identities of the officers or their punishments have not been made public, the admissions were made in a document answering allegations from the Goldstone report.
US drones killed 123 civilians, three al-Qaeda men in January 01 Feb 2010 Afghanistan-based US predators carried out a record number of 12 deadly missile strikes in the tribal areas of Pakistan in January 2010, of which 10 went wrong and failed to hit their targets, killing 123 innocent Pakistanis. The remaining two successful drone strikes killed three 'al-Qaeda' leaders, wanted by the Americans. The rapid increase in the US drone attacks in the Pakistani tribal areas bordering Afghanistan can be gauged from the fact that only two such strikes were carried out in January 2009, which killed 36 people.
15 killed in US drone strike in northwest Pakistan 31 Jan 2010 US drones have fired three missiles in northwest Pakistan, killing at least 15 people and injuring several others. The attack took place in the North Waziristan tribal region, Pakistani officials announced on Saturday. It is not clear whether any so-called high value target was in the area at the time of the strike.
Missile Defense Test Flops as U.S. Unveils New Strategy [What a shame!] 01 Feb 2010 Over the weekend, the Missile Defense Agency released news of another failed intercept test. And no, the interceptor didn’t fail to lift off or fly off course. This time, the tracking radar that wasn’t up to scratch. According to an military news release, a Sea-Based X-Band (SBX) radar in the middle of the Pacific Ocean was supposed track a target missile launched from Kwajalein Atoll, relaying the data to a ground-based interceptor launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. While both the target missile and interceptor launched successfully, the interceptor failed to hit the target.
Navy supervisor doctored whistle-blower's records --Fired after criticizing subpar care for Marines, a psychiatrist finds his good personnel reviews turned to bad By Mark Benjamin 31 Jan 2010 Internal documents and e-mails show that Navy officials unfavorably doctored a psychiatrist’s performance record after he blew the whistle on what he said was dangerously inept management of care for Marines suffering combat stress at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The internal correspondence, obtained by Salon, also includes an order to delete earlier records praising the work of the psychiatrist, Dr. Kernan Manion, who was fired last September after lodging his complaints. Now top Navy officials are tangled up in the blackball campaign.
Father of Terrorism Defendant Is Charged Again 01 Feb 2010 Federal prosecutors on Monday brought obstruction of justice charges against the father of the Denver airport shuttle bus driver charged last year in a Qaeda bomb plot. The father, Mohammed Wali Zazi, 55, was first arrested in September along with his son, Najibullah Zazi, 24. The elder Mr. Zazi was indicted in federal court in Colorado on charges that he lied to investigators.
'No scan, no flight' at Heathrow and Manchester 01 Feb 2010 Some passengers at Heathrow and Manchester airports will have to go through full body scanners before boarding their flights under new rules. It is now compulsory for people selected for a scan to take part, or they will not be allowed to fly. The new security rules have been introduced following the attempt to blow up a plane over Detroit on Christmas Day [false flag].
Vaccine recall prompts RI County flu clinic changes 01 Feb 2010 A weakened [?!?] batch of the H1N1 flu vaccine in the inventory of the Rock Island County Health Department has been recalled by the manufacturer, Sanofi Pasteur. That means the injectable H1N1 vaccine will not be available this week for children 6-35 months old.
Houston, we have a problem. Miscarriage prompts halt to flu jabs 29 Jan 2010 H1N1 flu vaccinations among pregnant women have been suspended after a woman who received a jab lost her baby to miscarriage a day later. The Public Health Ministry yesterday denied any link between the vaccinations and the foetal death, but as a precaution suspended flu shots among pregnant women pending an investigation into the miscarriage in the southern province of Satun. It said it would press ahead with a plan for an H1N1 vaccination campaign aimed at high risk groups despite concerns about possible side-effects.
U.S. budget 01 Feb 2010 The $3.8 trillion budget sent Monday by U.S. President Barack Obama to Congress assumes a working deficit of $1.3 trillion. The White House estimated the fiscal 2010 deficit would reach $1.6 trillion but said the Obama administration's policies would lower the amount of federal red ink in ensuing years -- provided the U.S. economy stages a strong comeback from the recent recession. However, deficits would resume increasing after 10 years.
The TARP lie: FED GAVE Banks Access to 23.7 TRILLION DOLLARS NOT $700 Billion! Posted by ComingDepression 30 Jan 2010 Video of Dylan Ratigan segment 'The problem will not go away until you [Obama] actually fix it.'
U.S. Attorney Steps Down From O'Keefe Case 01 Feb 2010 Andrew Breitbart came to James O'Keefe's defense Monday, claiming the conservative filmmaker "sat in jail for 28 hours without access to an attorney" while the prosecutor made his case to the media, the U.S. attorney involved stepped down. O'Keefe, accused of trying to tamper with the phones of Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, was "framed" by the media and the U.S. attorney's office, publisher [whackjob] Andrew Breitbart told Fox News Monday. Hours later, Jim Letten, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, recused himself from the case.
Gag me with a chainsaw! Sarah Palin Uses PAC to Buy Her Own Book --PAC Paid More than $60,000 for Copies of 'Going Rogue' in Late 2009 01 Feb 2010 Sarah Palin has been using her political action committee to buy up thousands of copies of her book, "Going Rogue," in order to mail copies of the memoir to her donors, newly filed campaign records show. The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate had her political organization spend more than $63,000 on what her reports describe as "books for fundraising donor fulfillment."
'Climate emails hacked by spies' --Interception bore hallmarks of foreign intelligence agency or possibly anti-climate change lobbyists in US, says expert 01 Feb 2010 A highly sophisticated hacking operation that led to the leaking of hundreds of emails from the Climatic Research Unit in East Anglia was probably carried out by a foreign intelligence agency, according to the Government's former chief scientist. Sir David King, who was Tony Blair's chief scientific adviser for seven years until 2007, said that the hacking and selective leaking of the unit's emails, going back 13 years, bore all the hallmarks of a co-ordinated intelligence operation... In an interview with The Independent, Sir David suggested the email leaks were deliberately designed to destabilise Copenhagen and he dismissed the idea that it was a run-of-the-mill hacking. It was carried out by a team of skilled professionals, either on behalf of a foreign government or at the behest of anti-climate change lobbyists in the United States, he said. "It was a sophisticated and expensive operation. In terms of the expense, there is the American lobby system which is a very likely source of finance. Right now, the American lobbyists are a very likely source of finance for this, so the finger must point to them," Sir David said.
Vt nuke plant leaks renew debate over aging plants 01 Feb 2010 Radioactive tritium, a carcinogen discovered in potentially dangerous levels in groundwater at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, now taints at least 27 of the nation's [deadly] 104 nuclear reactors -- raising concerns about how it is escaping from the aging nuclear plants. The leaks -- many from deteriorating underground pipes -- come as the nuclear industry is seeking and obtaining federal license renewals, casting itself as a clean-green alternative to power plants that burn fossil fuels.
Saving Tiny Toads Without a Home 01 Feb 2010 This is a story about a waterfall, the World Bank and 4,000 homeless toads. Maybe the story will have a happy ending, and the bright-golden spray toads, each so small it could easily sit on a dime, will return to the African gorge where they once lived, in the spray of a waterfall on the Kihansi River in Tanzania. The river is dammed now, courtesy of the bank. The waterfall is 10 percent of what it was. And the toads are now extinct in the wild. But 4,000 of them live in the Bronx and Toledo, Ohio, where scientists at the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Toledo Zoo are keeping them alive in hopes, somehow, of returning them to the wild.
Southwood students help endangered species --They chose to adopt a polar bear, sea turtle, tiger, wolf and penguin. 01 Feb 2010 (NC) Eighteen students in the More at Four program at Southwood Elementary School took a special interest in endangered species in the world and decided to lend a helping hand. For the month of January, the students participated in a project titled "Pennies for Wildlife." In efforts to help the endangered animals they had been studying, the students brought in mainly pennies and a few other coins from home. They donated their collection to Defenders of Wildlife.
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Previous lead stories: US boosts missile presence in Gulf as warning to Iran --Pentagon expands Patriot missile programme across Middle East after Tehran repeatedly spurns hand of diplomacy 31 Jan 2010 The Obama administration is intensifying pressure on Iran by increasing its missile defences in the Middle East to defend against potential missile strikes in the region by Tehran, it emerged today. The US military has boosted the capability of land-based Patriot defensive missiles in several Arab nations in the Gulf, and one official told the Associated Press the navy was also increasing the presence of ships capable of knocking out hostile missiles in flight.
Spending on Afghan war to rise to £5 billion a year 30 Jan 2010 The amount spent by Britain on the war in Afghanistan is to be boosted by £1.5 billion to £5 billion over the next 12 months. Government sources said the extra cash will fund more helicopters and unmanned drone aircraft for UK troops fighting the Taliban in Helmand Province as well as equipment... In a further move to shore up military spending, ministers will shortly announce that the overall annual budget for the Ministry of Defence (MoD), which is £35 billion for the current year (2009-10) will be "ring-fenced" for 2010-11. ['Fighting' the Taliban? See: The Taliban Stimulus: Nato says Afghanistan conference will raise millions to pay off Taliban --The Nato Secretary General has said the London Conference on Afghanistan will be used to raise millions of pounds to pay off bribe the Taliban leadership. 26 Jan 2010.]
Justice Official Clears Bush Lawyers in Torture Memo Probe 29 Jan 2010 An upcoming Justice Department report from its ethics-watchdog unit, the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), clears the Bush administration lawyers who authored the "torture" memos of professional-misconduct allegations. While the probe is sharply critical of the legal reasoning used to justify waterboarding and other "enhanced" interrogation techniques, NEWSWEEK has learned that a senior Justice official who did the final review of the report softened an earlier OPR finding. Previously, the report concluded that two key authors [sociopaths Jay Bybee and John Yoo] violated their professional obligations as lawyers when they crafted a crucial 2002 memo approving the use of harsh tactics, say two Justice sources who asked for anonymity discussing an internal matter. But the reviewer, David Margolis, downgraded that assessment to say they showed "poor judgment," say the sources.
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