Expect al Qaeda attack soon: CIA 04 Feb 2010
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04 Feb 2010
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Expect al Qaeda attack soon: CIA [Ok, thanks for letting us know. Hey, Panetta: Can you schedule the attack in the late morning, so that I can update the CLG site in a timely fashion? I'm kind of a night owl. Thanks.] 04 Feb 2010 Al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] can be expected to attempt an attack on the United States in the next three to six months, senior intelligence officials told Congress yesterday. CIA Director Leon Panetta said the terror organisation was deploying operatives to the US to carry out new attacks from inside the country, including "clean" recruits with a negligible trail of terrorist contacts. Al Qaeda was also inspiring homegrown extremists [!] to trigger violence on their own, he said.
Intelligence chief acknowledges U.S. may kill Americans involved in terrorism 04 Feb 2010 Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair acknowledged Wednesday that government agencies may kill U.S. citizens abroad who are involved in terrorist activities if they are "taking action that threatens Americans." Blair told members of the House intelligence committee that he was speaking publicly about the issue to reassure Americans that intelligence agencies and the Department of Defense "follow a set of defined policy and legal procedures that are very carefully observed" in the use of lethal force against U.S. citizens.
Soldiers 'could fight terrorism on Britain's streets' 04 Feb 2010 The UK's armed forces could be used on the streets of the Britain to confront the threat of terrorism, under the terms of a strategic defence review (SDR) announced yesterday. Two of the six "key questions" to be considered by the SDR will focus on domestic threats which "cannot be separated from international security", according to a Green Paper setting out the grounds for a full scale review to start after the General Election.
Amid media blackout Congressional hearing reveals US intelligence agencies shielded Flight 253 bomber 03 Feb 2010 A January 27 hearing of the House Committee on Homeland Security established that US intelligence agencies stopped the State Department from revoking the US visa of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab... Revocation of Abdulmutallab’s visa would have prevented him from boarding the airplane... The revelation that US intelligence agencies made a deliberate decision to allow Abdulmutallab to board the commercial flight, without any special airport screening, has been buried in the media... There are a number of possible explanations for the decision to allow Abdulmutallab to board Northwest Flight 253. One possibility is that it was bound up with efforts by elements within the US intelligence apparatus to politically destabilize the Obama administration.
Afghanistan: US and British to launch biggest offensive since 2001 --Thousands of US and British forces are preparing to launch the biggest offensive in Afghanistan since the [illegal] 2001 invasion. 03 Feb 2010 American commanders gave notice on Wednesday that the assault is imminent. US, British and Afghan forces will flood into a Taliban enclave in southern Helmand province in a massive show of force intended as a decisive start to President Barack Obama's "surge" of 30,000 extra troops. The operation is expected to involve up to 15,000 personnel and could last between six and eight weeks.
Gunmen attack NATO oil tanker in Pakistan 04 Feb 2010 A NATO tanker carrying fuel for US-led international forces in war-torn Afghanistan has been targeted by gunmen in southwestern Pakistan. The gunmen attacked the tanker near Luckpas area in Tehsil Matsung, killing the driver on the spot, a local official was quoted by the Press TV correspondent late on Wednesday.
Three US soldiers killed in Pakistan bomb blast 03 Feb 2010 Three American soldiers have been killed by a roadside bomb on a politically sensitive military 'training' mission in Pakistan's turbulent border region. The soldiers, who are believed to have been special forces, died on Wednesday when their convoy was hit by a remote-controlled explosion as they drove to the opening ceremony of a girls' school newly renovated with American aid. Their deaths are the first known US military fatalities on Pakistani soil.
In Pakistan, blast kills 3 US soldiers 03 Feb 2010 Three US soldiers are among the eight people that were killed Wednesday in a powerful [Blackwater?] explosion in Pakistan's northwest. The American service members were reportedly in the region to train Pakistani troops. The explosion, which rocked the Lower Dir district, brought down the roof of a nearby school. At least three students were also killed.
Blair 'was ready to deceive to go to war' 04 Feb 2010 Tony Blair was prepared to "deceive" Parliament over Iraq and freeze out opposition within his Government, because of his unshakeable belief that it was right to topple Saddam Hussein, a former Cabinet minister has said. Clare Short, who was the International Development Secretary before resigning shortly after the March 2003 invasion, also revealed she was "jeered" at by Cabinet colleagues and told to be quiet by Blair when she attempted to dispute the legality of the war.
Call for Blair to face trial in Scotland 31 Jan 2010 Tony Blair should be tried in a Scottish court for his decision to take the country to war in Iraq, according to a group of SNP MSPs. The Crown Office, which leads prosecutions, is examining their arguments following the former prime minister's appearance at the Chilcot Inquiry last week, in which he expressed "no regrets" over deposing Saddam Hussein. A parliamentary motion calling for Blair to be prosecuted has been laid down at Holyrood and has been signed by eight MSPs.
Iran: US Patriots waging psychological warfare 04 Feb 2010 Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, the chief of staff of Iran's armed forces, says the US is trying to wage psychological warfare against Iran by deploying missiles in the Persian Gulf. Firouzabadi said on Thursday that the recently deployed Patriot missiles in the region will be rendered useless by simple countermeasures. He said the administration of US President Barack Obama encourages Persian Gulf States to buy overpriced military hardware by spreading Iranophobia in the region.
Israel threatens to 'use force' against Iran 04 Feb 2010 Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Yaalon says Israel might use force to prevent Iran from developing "nuclear weapons", a claim Iran vehemently rejects. "Iran's plan will probably be stopped by a regime change or, if there is no other choice, by recourse to force to deprive Iran of its nuclear arms production capabilities," Yaalon told a security conference in Herzliya.
Saudi jets pound Yemen, kill 14 civilians 04 Feb 2010 At least fourteen civilians have been killed and dozens more have suffered injuries as Saudi fighter jets pounded the alleged strongholds of Houthi fighters in northern parts of Yemen despite a truce offer put forth by the Shia fighters. According to a statement released by the fighters on Thursday, Saudi warplanes carried out 13 aerial attacks on al-Sha'af district in the northern Yemeni governorate of al-Jawf.
Powell Favors Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' 03 Feb 2010 Gen. Colin L. Powell, who as the nation’s top military officer in the 1990s opposed allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the military, switched gears today and threw his support behind efforts to end the "don’t ask, don’t tell" law he helped shepherd in. "I fully support the new approach presented to the Senate Armed Services Committee this week by Secretary of Defense Gates and Admiral Mullen," General Powell said in a statement issued by his office.
Siddiqui conviction triggers anti-US rallies in Pakistan 04 Feb 2010 Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Pakistan to protest against the US conviction of a Pakistani scientist. The protesters chanted anti-American slogans and burnt the US flag after a New York jury found Aafia Siddiqui guilty of attempted murder.
Questions about convicted Pakistani doctor Siddiqui 04 Feb 2010 Despite protests in Pakistan, the sentencing of Pakistani doctor Aafia Siddiqui in a US court for the attempted killing of US agents is not going to come as a surprise to anyone. Her supporters and family here have been vociferous in their protests against her trial, but even they were not hopeful about the outcome. "We were expecting this," Siddiqui's uncle, Shamsul Hasan Farooqi, told the BBC.
US missionaries in Haiti charged with child abduction, conspiracy 04 Feb 2010 Haiti has charged 10 US missionaries with child abduction and criminal conspiracy for allegedly trying to smuggle children out of the country. If convicted they face lengthy jail terms, says the BBC's Paul Adams at the court hearing in Haiti's quake-hit capital, Port-au-Prince.
Bring Back HUAC By Michael Savage 04 Feb 2010 (Part 1) Many people alive today don't remember what the House Un-American Activities Committee was. HUAC was an investigative committee of the United States House of Representatives that looked into subversion of the U.S. government. It investigated those accused of being Communists within the U.S. government. It investigated those of being Communists with the U.S. media, especially in Hollywood. And to a large extent, it was successful in exposing Communist infiltration.
Rush Limbaugh on Rahm Emanuel 'retarded' comment: Liberals are 'retards,' Where's Sarah Palin? By Neil Nagraj 04 Feb 2010 Rush Limbaugh has pounced on Rahm Emanuel's "retarded" blunder and is using the same offensive term to bludgeon his enemies on the left. On yesterday's episode of "The Rush Limbaugh Show," the right-wing icon used the firestorm surrounding Obama's chief of staff as cover to blast liberal activists as "retards," and suggest a "retard summit" is in the offing at the White House. The embattled Emanuel sat down yesterday afternoon at the White House with a group of advocates for the disabled to apologize for hurling the phrase "f---ing retarded" during a closed-door strategy session in August. The slur, reported last week, was thrust in the spotlight after [polar bear-killing terrorist] Sarah Palin called for Rahm to be fired in a Facebook post.
Obama criticised for addressing 'secretive' Christian group's prayer breakfast --US president spurns calls from ethics and gay rights groups to boycott event run by the Fellowship 04 Feb 2010 Barack Obama has drawn stinging criticism for addressing an annual National Prayer Breakfast today organised by a shadowy Christian evangelical group whose members include the Ugandan politician behind legislation to execute gay people. Obama spurned calls from ethics and gay rights groups to boycott the event run by the Fellowship, an organisation characterised by critics as a secretive, elitist group that wields influence through religious gatherings sometimes funded by defence contractors and foreign powers. The organisation is headed by Doug Coe, who critics say has praised the organising abilities of Hitler and Osama bin Laden.
Google Enlists NSA to Defend Its Data --The company is reportedly pursuing a partnership with the National Security Agency to strengthen its network security. 04 Feb 2010 ...Google is reportedly seeking guidance on cyber security from the preeminent electronic intelligence agency in the U.S., the National Security Agency (NSA). Google and the NSA are said to be hammering out an agreement to allow NSA experts to assist in the investigation of the cyber attack, according to The Washington Post. The negotiation aims to define the ways in which Google can share relevant network security information without violating privacy laws or Google policies.
Google to enlist NSA to help it ward off cyberattacks 04 Feb 2010 The world's largest Internet search company and the world's most powerful electronic surveillance organization are teaming up in the name of cybersecurity. Under an agreement that is still being finalized, the National Security Agency would help Google analyze a major corporate espionage attack that the firm said originated in China and targeted its computer networks, according to cybersecurity experts familiar with the matter.
Police want backdoor to Web users' private data 03 Feb 2010 Cybercrime investigators are pushing for the creation of a national Web interface linking police computers with those of Internet and e-mail providers so requests can be sent and received electronically. CNET has reviewed a survey scheduled to be released at a federal task force meeting on Thursday, which says that law enforcement agencies are virtually unanimous in calling for such an interface to be created. Eighty-nine percent of police surveyed, it says, want to be able to "exchange legal process requests and responses to legal process" through an encrypted, police-only "nationwide computer network."
Passengers laid bare as full body scanners are introduced at Heathrow and Manchester airports --Travellers chosen for scan must cooperate - or face flight ban 03 Feb 2010 The introduction of full body scanners at Heathrow and Manchester airports has today caused outrage among civil liberty campaigners who say that they are an invasion of privacy. Campaigners claim the scanners, which act like a mini radar device 'seeing' beneath ordinary clothing, breach privacy rules under the Human Rights Act. The exemption of under 18s from being scanned, which was in place during the trial of the machines in Manchester amid fears the scanners could breach child protection laws, has also been removed.
Man can't prove ID with ID card 04 Feb 2010 The Government's flagship ID cards scheme suffered an embarrassing setback when a bank refused to accept one as proof of identity. Darren McTeggart tried to use the £30 card to pick up a replacement credit card from a branch of Santander in Manchester, where the scheme was rolled out on a voluntary basis last year. Mr McTeggart, one of the first people to get the card, said: "They said it was not on their list of approved ID. I sent an email to the head office, but they wouldn’t budge. The government has been pushing this card on TV and elsewhere so it beggars belief why the bank won’t accept it."
Heads up! US bioterrorists are busy little bees again! Mad-cow proteins created in the lab 29 Jan 2010 Scientists have firmed up the evidence that misshapen protein are responsible for brain-wasting diseases by showing how these infectious prions are created. Researchers from the United States and China have artificially created a disease-causing prion using proteins from mice. [See: Killer flu recreated in the lab 07 Oct 2004 UK Scientists have shown that tiny changes to modern flu viruses could render them as deadly as the 1918 strain which killed millions.]
Obama suggests Republicans could have a role in health-care bill 04 Feb 2010 President Obama urged congressional Democrats on Wednesday "to finish the job on health care," but amid tentative signs of bipartisan outreach on Capitol Hill, he suggested that Republicans could be enlisted to play at least some role in negotiating a final bill. [They already *crafted* the bill, thanks to the sniveling, cowardly Wall Street troll, elected on a lie about a fantasy of 'change.' Obama was 'allowed' to win -- to serve as the friendly face for corporaterrorism and fascism. --LRP]
CLG: Aetna Announces CT Layoffs on Free Health Care Clinic Day In Hartford By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 04 Feb 2010 National Association of Free Clinics --A free health care clinic will be held in Hartford, Connecticut, on Wednesday, February 3. Guess what Aetna -- a member of the 'insurance cartel' based in the same city -- announces on the same day? 'Aetna Lays Off 100 in Connecticut.'
New York charges Bank of America, Lewis over Merrill deal 04 Feb 2010 The New York Attorney General's office said Thursday it is filing civil charges against Bank of America and its former CEO Ken Lewis, saying the bank misled investors about Merrill Lynch when it acquired the Wall Street bank in late 2008. Civil charges were also being filed against Joe Price, the bank's former chief financial officer. Price is now head of the bank's consumer banking division. At the same time New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office was filing its civil charges, the Securities and Exchange Commission also reached a settlement to resolve charges it brought against Bank of America over similar issues.
House votes to take on $1.9 trillion more national debt 04 Feb 2010 The House on Thursday voted to allow the government to go $1.9 trillion deeper in debt - or about $6,000 more for every U.S. resident. The measure, approved 217-212, would raise the cap on federal borrowing to $14.3 trillion.
Colorado Springs cuts into services considered basic by many 03 Feb 2010 This tax-averse city is about to learn what it looks and feels like when budget cuts slash services most Americans consider part of the urban fabric. More than a third of the streetlights in Colorado Springs will go dark Monday. The police helicopters are for sale on the Internet. The city is dumping firefighting jobs, a vice team, burglary investigators, beat cops -- dozens of police and fire positions will go unfilled. The parks department removed trash cans last week, replacing them with signs urging users to pack out their own litter...
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Previous lead stories: 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.
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.]
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.
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."
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