Attempted Terror Attack Likely, Intelligence Chiefs Warn 03 Feb 2010
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03 Feb 2010
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Breaking: Iran fires satellite carrier into space 03 Feb 2010 Iran on Tuesday successfully test-fired the Kavoshgar 3 satellite carrier, sending its third explorer into space. Kavoshgar 3, which has living organisms onboard, transfers telemetric data, live pictures and flight and environmental analysis data. The Iranian Aerospace Organization (IAO) says live video transmission as well as the mini-environmental lab onboard will enable further studies on the biological capsule, as the rocket leaves Earth's atmosphere and enters space.
False flag alerts coming fast and furious: Attempted Terror Attack Likely, Intelligence Chiefs Warn 02 Feb 2010 An attempted 'al Qaeda' attack against the United States is a high possibility in the next 3 to 6 months, the nations' top intelligence chiefs testified today. "An attempted attack, the priority is certain, I would say," Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. CIA director Leon Panetta and FBI director Robert Mueller both told the committee they agreed with Blair's stark assessment, when asked by committee chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Senators push for 9/11 trials in military court 02 Feb 2010 A bipartisan group of nine U.S. senators on Tuesday offered legislation to force special military [show] trials for the accused September 11, 2001, conspirators, further complicating President Barack Obama's bid to try them in a civilian court. Mounting bipartisan opposition [has grown] to trying the suspect of the September 11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and four others in a federal criminal court in lower Manhattan.
Christmas Day bomb suspect Abdulmutallab providing intelligence, sources say 03 Feb 2010 Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the man accused of trying to blow up a jet airplane on Christmas Day, has been providing FBI interrogators with useful intelligence about his training and contacts since last week, Obama administration sources said Tuesday. Separately, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III told senators at an intelligence committee hearing that Abdulmutallab was giving information to investigators. Mueller did not elaborate.
Abdulmutallab provides 'useful intelligence' 03 Feb 2010 The Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a US airliner on Christmas Day, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, is cooperating again with US authorities and has provided "useful intelligence," a law enforcement official said yesterday. Prosecutors charged Abdulmutallab, who studied in London, with trying to blow up a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit with a bomb hidden in his underwear, drawing further criticism from some lawmakers who said he should face a special military court instead.
Metro Transit Police stage large anti-terrorism drill 03 Feb 2010 (DC) Metro Transit Police staged their largest anti-terrorism sweep ever during Tuesday morning's rush hour, as about 50 officers -- some toting M-4 rifles and others guiding bomb-sniffing dogs -- took up position in Union Station in a new initiative aimed at discouraging [?!?] attacks. In the coming months, they plan to hold similar drills for the effort, dubbed Blue TIDE (Terrorism Identification and Deterrence Effort). Metro is planning exercises this month modeled after terrorist attacks in Madrid, London and Mumbai. About 200 to 300 police officers and other emergency responders from across the region will take part in tactical exercises Feb. 12, 13 and 24 that will include simulations of the bombing of a Metrobus, an explosion in the tunnel between the Rosslyn and Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro stations, and shooters at the Friendship Heights Metro station. [OMG. These f*ckers may go live for one of them, as they did on 9/11.]
D.C. Transit Police Hold First of Several Anti-Terrorism Drills 02 Feb 2010 The Metro Transit Police held an exercise on Tuesday at its busiest station to demonstrate its capabilities to respond to terror attacks. Bomb technicians, K-9 explosives detection teams, the bicycle squad and other officers from different units of the police department participated in the morning rush hour drill at Union station. The exercise was not conducted in response to any threat, but part of a series of drills this month to strengthen the agency's response to attacks.
Lord Carlile finds 'no alternative' to control orders for terrorism suspects --Government's official counter-terrorism watchdog says abandoning system could damage UK security 01 Feb 2010 Abandoning the controversial system of control orders for terrorism suspects could damage UK security, Lord Carlile, the government's official counter-terrorism watchdog, concluded today. There is "no better means of dealing with the serious and continuing risk posed by some individuals" than control orders, which place people under virtual house arrest on the basis of secret evidence, he said, while advising that less important suspects should receive only travel bans.
Air passengers who refuse a full body scan to be barred from their flights 02 Feb 2010 Air passengers who refuse to submit to controversial full body scans will be barred from boarding their flights. The technology - which has been strongly condemned by civil liberties campaigners - began operating at Heathrow and Manchester airports yesterday. Birmingham will follow suit later this month before the anti-terror devices are rolled out nationally. The move - strongly criticised by civil liberties campaigners who say the scanners are an invasion of privacy - follows the attempted Detroit bomb attack on Christmas Day.
LAX 'millennium bomber' to be resentenced; 22 years is too lenient, court rules 02 Feb 2010 The 22-year prison sentence given to would-be Los Angeles International Airport bomber Ahmed Ressam is so lenient that it constitutes procedural error and failure by the Seattle judge who sentenced him to adequately protect the public, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. A divided three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Algerian's case transferred to a different judge for resentencing, saying that U.S. District Court Judge John C. Coughenour failed to heed federal sentencing guidelines and a U.S. Supreme Court rebuke.
Autopsy: FBI shot Muslim prayer leader 20 times 02 Feb 2010 US Muslim prayer leader Luqman Ameen Abdullah had been shot 20 times by federal agents in Detroit last year, an autopsy report confirms. The autopsy was completed last November, but released on Monday because of the ongoing investigation by the Dearborn police where the shooting took place.
Liberties oversight panel gets short shrift --Seats on board left unfilled by Obama 02 Feb 2010 President Obama is coming under pressure from Democrats and civil liberties groups for failing to fill positions on an oversight panel formed in 2004 to make sure the government does not spy improperly on U.S. citizens. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board was recommended initially by the bipartisan September 11 commission as an institutional voice for privacy inside the intelligence community... Since taking office, Mr. Obama has allowed the board to languish.
Israeli commander: 'We rewrote the rules of war for Gaza' --Civilians 'put at greater risk to save military lives' in winter attack - revelations that will pile pressure on Netanyahu to set up full inquiry 03 Feb 2010 A high-ranking officer has acknowledged for the first time that the Israeli army went beyond its previous rules of engagement on the protection of civilian lives in order to minimise military casualties during last year's Gaza war, The Independent can reveal. The officer, who served as a commander during Operation Cast Lead, made it clear that he did not regard the longstanding principle of military conduct known as "means and intentions" - whereby a targeted suspect must have a weapon and show signs of intending to use it before being fired upon - as being applicable before calling in fire from drones and helicopters in Gaza last winter.
Blair Called a Liar in Iraq Inquiry 03 Feb 2010 ...Appearing before an official inquiry into the Iraq war, Clare Short provided an electrifying counterpoint to Mr. Blair’s testimony on Friday. Ms. Short, who quit as international development minister two months after the invasion in 2003, repeatedly accused Mr. Blair of "misleading" her and other cabinet ministers about the advice he was getting from government lawyers who questioned the legality of invading Iraq. On that issue, and on her written warnings of a "humanitarian catastrophe" in the invasion’s wake, she said that Mr. Blair had effectively circumvented cabinet debate. Instead, she said, he had relied on an inner circle of "his mates" in government, having "little chats" with outsiders like herself and plying what she called a "poodle-like" relationship with the United States.
Clare Short: Blair misled us and took UK into an illegal war --Former minister says government was a 'lunatic asylum' in runup to attack with Gordon Brown also 'unhappy and marginalised' 02 Feb 2010 Tony Blair and Lord Goldsmith, his attorney general, misled parliament and the cabinet before Britain, to its "eternal shame", joined the US-led invasion of Iraq, Clare Short told the Chilcot inquiry today. During nearly three hours of testimony, the then international development secretary, who resigned soon after the March 2003 invasion as a result of what she called broken promises, described the atmosphere within the government during the runup to war. It was chaotic and fraught, she said, adding: "We were in a bit of a lunatic asylum."
Blair misled Parliament over Iraq, claims former minister Clare Short --Short: Blair lied because he thought he was right --Attorney General's legal doubts hidden from Cabinet --PM humiliated Britain by not standing up to U.S. --He 'conned' me when I wanted to quit 02 Feb 2010 Tony Blair misled Parliament over Iraq because he was convinced it was right to topple Saddam Hussein, former minister Clare Short claimed today. The former International Development Secretary accused Mr Blair of 'leaning on' the Attorney General so that he would give the invasion the green light. Appearing before the official inquiry into the conflict, she claimed both the former prime minister and Lord Goldsmith misled the Government over the legal case for war. And she said Mr Blair 'conned' her into not quitting in the final days before troops moved in by giving her empty promises.
Clare Short: Tony Blair lied and misled parliament in build-up to Iraq war --Blair 'lied' over war preparations --Attorney general 'misled' government 02 Feb 010 Clare Short, the former international development secretary, today accused Tony Blair of lying to her and misleading parliament in the build-up to the Iraq invasion. Short, giving evidence to the Chilcot inquiry into the war, also said that the 2003 conflict had put the world in greater danger of international terrorism. Declassified letters between Short and Blair released today show she believed that invading Iraq without a second UN resolution would be illegal and there was a significant risk of a humanitarian catastrophe. She told the inquiry that she had a conversation with Blair in 2002. He told her that he was not planning for war against Iraq and that the evidence has since revealed that he was not telling the truth at that point, she said.
Iraq inquiry to recall Tony Blair over possible conflicting evidence [aka lies] --Former prime minister to be questioned in public and private over evidence he gave to panel on invasion's legality 01 Feb 2010 The Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war is to summon Tony Blair back to give evidence and he will be asked to testify in both public and private, officials said last night. The former prime minister, who gave nearly six hours of evidence on Friday, is expected to be asked about intelligence reports. His second public appearance could take place before the general election.
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.
Blast kills 54 in Iraq 02 Feb 2010 A woman who veiled her explosives... struck a column of Shi’ite pilgrims on the outskirts of Baghdad yesterday in a suicide attack that Iraqi officials had predicted [?] but could not stop. Police and hospital officials said 54 people, including 18 women and 12 children, were killed and 117 were wounded, the Associated Press reported.
Ex-contractor gets 2 years for Iraq sex assault 29 Jan 2010 A former civilian defense contractor from Pearland who admitted sexually assaulting a female co-worker at an Iraqi air base was sentenced Friday to two years in prison and a lifetime of supervision. David Charles Breda Jr., 34, who pleaded guilty to one count of abusive sexual contact in October, was taken into custody by federal marshals after U.S. District Judge Gray Miller announced the sentence.
Bomb kills two US soldiers in Afghanistan: NATO 03 Feb 2010 A bomb attack killed two US soldiers in the volatile southern region of Afghanistan, pushing the death toll of foreign troops in the country to over 50 for the year so far, NATO said Wednesday. In a brief statement, NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the two soldiers were killed on Tuesday. "Two ISAF service members from the United States were killed yesterday in an IED strike in southern Afghanistan," it said, referring to an improvised explosive device.
Six killed on way to Pakistan school event 03 Feb 2010 Three foreign aid workers were among six people killed Wednesday when a roadside bomb struck a convoy on its way to a girls' school opening in northwest Pakistan. The explosion took place in Lower Dir in the North West Frontier Province, which has repeatedly come under militant attack in recent months. The blast wounded 10 others, said district Police Chief Mumtaz Zarin.
Iran 'ready to accept uranium deal' 03 Feb 2010 Iran has said it is ready to send its uranium abroad for further enrichment in exchange for nuclear fuel under a plan the West hopes will stop the material being used for atomic bombs. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced the decision in an interview with state Iranian television. He said Iran will have "no problem" giving the West its low-enriched uranium and taking it back several months later when it is enriched by 20 per cent.
Iran unveils new satellites, carrier 03 Feb 2010 Iran on Wednesday unveiled three new satellites and a satellite carrier, a year after it placed its first domestic research satellite into orbit. The three satellites -- Tolou, Mesbah 2 and Navid -- are telecommunication satellites and have been designed and produced domestically. Mesbah 2 is a low-orbit communications satellite, which will be eased in orbit 400 to 1600 miles above the earth.
Iran: US military buildup aimed to cause panic 02 Feb 2010 As the US moves to strengthen its military foothold in the Persian Gulf, an Iranian lawmaker says Washington is using the 'fear factor' to turn regional countries against Iran. In an exclusive interview with Press TV on Tuesday, the Rapporteur of the Parliament (Majlis) Committee of National Security and Foreign Policy Kazem Jalali said the US military buildup in the Persian Gulf is a far cry from the 'change' once promised by Barack Obama. "When US President Obama vowed to bring change to Washington, we took his word for it and supported his cause as long as the so-called changes were in practice, not rhetorical," said Jalali.
After test failure, US warns Iran over defensive missiles 02 Feb 2010 Amid failure of the US long-range ballistic missile test over the Pacific Ocean, the Pentagon warns Iran continue to pursue long-range ballistic missiles. The Pentagon released a report that described the intermediate and shorter-range missiles of Iran and North Korea as "threats" to US forces, allies and partners.
Ahmadinejad: West survives on sowing discord 02 Feb 2010 President Ahmadinejad warns against divisive policies that seek to destabilize the region, as reports circulate that Washington is ramping up its military hardware in the Persian Gulf,. In a Tuesday meeting with Qatar's crown prince Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani in Tehran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Western countries have always played a destabilizing role in the region. "The Westerners cannot bear the thought of security and solidarity among regional countries," said the Iranian president. "They have survived largely by sowing discord and inciting instability in the region." [*Exactly.*]
Iran president suggests exchange for jailed US hikers 02 Feb 2010 Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad suggested in a television interview Tuesday that Iran would release three jailed U.S. hikers in exchange for Iranians currently serving time in American prisons. Ahmadinejad said that talks were under way about possibly exchanging the hikers for Iranians in the United Sates.
Island residents sue U.S., saying military made them sick 02 Feb 2010 The decorated former Marine [Hermogenes Marrero] is now the star witness in a multibillion-dollar lawsuit by more than 7,000 residents of this Caribbean island -- about three-quarters of its population -- who say that what the U.S. military did on Vieques has made them sick. For nearly six decades, beginning right after World War II, Vieques was one of the Navy's largest firing ranges and weapons testing sites.
Adm. Mullen: Repealing 'Don't ask, don't tell' is the 'right thing to do' 02 Feb 2010 Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, the nation’s top military officer, on Tuesday said that they fully support President Barack Obama’s decision to end the law that prevents openly gay people from serving in the military. Mullen is the first sitting chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to support repealing the controversial law known as "Don’t ask, don’t tell."
Alexi Giannoulias, Mark Kirk set for November Senate showdown in Illinois 03 Feb 2010 Illinois state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D) and Rep. Mark Kirk (R) claimed their respective party nominations for the state's Senate seat Tuesday night, victories that ensure the Prairie State will host one of the marquee contests this fall. Giannoulias won a five-point victory over former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman with Chicago Urban League President Cheryle Jackson finishing a distant third.
AIG plans to pay about $100 million in bonuses Wednesday 02 Feb 2010 American International Group plans Wednesday to pay another round of employee bonuses worth about $100 million, said several people familiar with the matter, a year after similar payments at the bailed-out insurance giant infuriated many Americans and inflamed Washington... The company is still scheduled to pay out tens of millions of dollars more in March, mostly to former employees who did not agree to the concessions.
Fury as giant Belo Monte Amazon rainforest dam is approved by Brazil 02 Feb 2010 Brazil has approved the controversial construction of a giant hydroelectric dam in the heart of the Amazon, defying a 20-year protest by indigenous and environmental campaigners who say that the project will devastate the surrounding rainforest and threaten the survival of local tribes. The Belo Monte project on the Xingu river, an Amazon tributary, was started in the 1990s but abandoned amid widespread protests at home and abroad.
'Total later said that a swordfish had damaged a flexible loading pipe.' Swordfish attack Angolan oil pipeline 02 Feb 2010 Swordfish punctured part of an oil loading pipe in Angola, causing a three-day delay to tanker shipments of Girassol crude, traders said on Tuesday. French oil company Total, which operates the crude stream declared force majeure on shipments, but lifted it on Monday. [Go swordfish saboteurs!]
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Previous lead stories: 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.
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.
'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.
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