Man with fake credentials got close to U.S. vice-president 18 Feb 2010
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Man with fake credentials got close to U.S. vice-president 18 Feb 2010 A mentally ill man carrying fake credentials got within 12 rows of U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden at the Winter Olympic opening ceremony last week, the Integrated Security Unit confirmed Wednesday. Despite the incident, the Vancouver Organizing Committee insists that venue security is working well.
'His pass looked like something printed off the Internet that was laminated.' Officials scramble to explain security breach 17 Feb 2010 Nikki Yanofskyv had just finished singing O Canada at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics when a man believed to be mentally unstable with crude, fake credentials approached within 12 rows of U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden. Two plainclothes Mounties stopped the 48-year-old just as he stepped into the high-security area reserved for dignitaries at B.C. Place.
6 new suspects surface in Dubai terror case 18 Feb 2010 The probe into the terror of a senior Hamas member Mahmoud al-Mabhouh enters a new phase as Dubai officials confirm that at least six other assassins remain unaccounted for. The revelation comes shortly after Dubai police issued international arrest warrants for 11 suspects who were travelling on fake European passports and had arrived in Dubai one day before the killing of the Palestinian leader.
Death in Dubai: the plot thickens --Brown calls in police to investigate alleged identity theft by Mossad as Israeli envoy asked to explain how passports were in killers' hands. Assassination team now thought to number 18 18 Feb 2010 The international furore over the assassination of a senior Hamas official sharply escalated yesterday with claims that he had been lured to Dubai by the Israeli intelligence services. Security sources say that Mahmoud al-Mabhouh had changed his travel plans, leaving behind his bodyguards, for a "meeting" which may have been organised by Mossad, who had been tracking him for days before his death. The killers' use of European passports has led to widespread calls for investigation, and the repercussions for Israel over its alleged involvement in the murder began yesterday, with Gordon Brown announcing an inquiry to be held by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).
Israel's Passport Quiz Over Hit Squad Killing 18 Feb 2010 Israel's ambassador will head to the Foreign Office later to face questions over the use of faked British passports by assassins of a Hamas commander. Ron Prosor was summoned for talks after passports in the names of six British Israelis were among 11 European identity papers revealed by Dubai police hunting the hit squad which allegedly killed Mahmoud al Mabhouh. The ambassador will meet head of the diplomatic service Sir Peter Ricketts amid calls for Mr Prosor to be expelled from Britain if he fails to provide adequate answers. There have been claims that Israel's security service Mossad was behind the murder.
Dubai 'hit team' Irish passports had real numbers 18 Feb 2010 Irish passports used by three people believed to have been involved in killing a Hamas member had genuine numbers, the Irish government has said. Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was murdered in his hotel room in Dubai on 20 January. The Republic's Department of Foreign Affairs said the numbers on the passports corresponded to those on three real Irish passports. However, the people identified in the passports recorded in Dubai were not those in the genuine passports. Previously the department said the passport numbers were counterfeits, as they had the wrong number of digits and had no letters.
Hallmarks of a classic Israeli operation By Ben Lynfield 17 Feb 2010 Was Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency, behind the assassination in Dubai? Israel had the strongest motive to kill Mr Mabhouh, and a series of declarations by former Mossad staff yesterday admiring the '"professionalism" of the hit certainly point in that direction. Mossad, which in Hebrew stands for the Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations, is in charge of overseas espionage and covert operations.
Russia warns US against attacking Iran 17 Feb 2010 The chief of Russia's General Staff, Nikolai Makarov, has warned the US against striking Iran over the country's nuclear program. "The consequences, I believe, would be dreadful for Iran, as well as Russia, the entire Asia-Pacific community," Makarov said on Wednesday. The Russian military chief further suggested that the United States might turn its military attention on the Islamic Republic once its operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have been completed.
Five foreigners arrested in Revolution march 17 Feb 2010 Iran says five foreigners were arrested during the February 11 rallies marking the 31st anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution. Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi told the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) on Wednesday that three of the foreigners including a French national, a Russian and a Japanese reporter, were released after the charges against them were dropped.
10 killed in Ramadi bombing attack 18 Feb 2010 A car bombing has rocked Ramadi in the Western Iraqi province of al-Anbar, leaving at least 10 people, including four policemen, killed. Hospital officials said the blast hit a checkpoint on Thursday near local government offices in the city of Ramadi, 100 kilometers (62 miles) west of Baghdad, AFP reported.
UN should replace US in Haiti, says Brazil [Apparently, they're tired of the child trafficking, 20,000+ American troops, mercenaries, and the corporaterrorists.] 17 Feb 2010 The Brazilian foreign minister says the UN mission in Haiti should be the only operator in the aftermath of the crisis in the quake-ravaged country, dismissing the long stay of the US forces in the Central American nation. "Once emergency work is finished, it's best that UN forces are the only ones remaining on the ground," said Celso Amorim, referring to the United Nations mission in Haiti, or MINUSTAH. "It would be a mistake to think that the United States are resolving the Haitian crisis," Amorim told Spain's El Pais newspaper, reported AFP on Wednesday. [Yeah, letting the US in to 'help' is like letting loose forty child molesters on a playground. --LRP]
UN blames US for impeding relief efforts in Somalia 18 Feb 2010 UN humanitarian officials blame US measures 'to stop' Somali fighters for the hindering of humanitarian relief operations in the impoverished Somalia. "What we are seeing is a politicization of humanitarian issues," UN's top humanitarian official for Somalia, Mark Bowden told reporters in Nairobi, Kenya on Wednesday. The United States has reduced aid to the country on the claimed suspicions that the food and supplies get diverted to Somalia's antigovernment fighters. UN representatives, however, have rejected the allegation and have reportedly said that ordinary citizens have been suffering from 'impractical requirements' by the US government, which are purportedly meant to forestall fighters.
US drone strike kills 4 in Pakistan 17 Feb 2010 At least four people have been killed in another US drone strike at a home in northwestern Pakistan, close to the Afghan border. The residents said the Wednesday attack targeted a house in Tapi Tolkhel village, just five kilometers from the border with the Afghan province of Khost. The attack was the third since Sunday in North Waziristan district.
UN officials criticize 'militarization' of humanitarian aid in Afghanistan 17 Feb 2010 The United Nations will not be involved in NATO's reconstruction plans for Marjah, the target of an ongoing military offensive, U.N. officials said Wednesday, expressing concerns about the military's expanding role in humanitarian assistance. "We ... are not part of that process. We do not wish to be part of that process because we would not want to have the humanitarian activities we deliver to be linked with military activity," said Robert Watkins, the deputy special representative of the secretary-general.
Another US-led soldier killed in Afghanistan 17 Feb 2010 Another US-led soldier in Afghanistan has been killed in south of the country while taking part in the offensive against the Taliban. According to a Tuesday statement released by NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), the soldier was killed Tuesday by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Afghanistan's southern region.
Biden Fears Terror Hit by Individual --Veep tells CBS News he's "very concerned" about lone attacker 17 Feb 2010 Vice President Joe Biden says the Obama administration has made "progress in dismantling the hierarchy of Al-Qaeda," but he's "very concerned" about the possibility of an individual carrying out a terrorist attack in the United States. When asked about his battle across the Sunday talk shows with his predecessor [sic], Dick Cheney, Biden said he likes Cheney and doesn't question his patriotism - but that Cheney is "wrong" in repeatedly charging that the administration doesn't take terrorism seriously enough.
Sen. Graham: White House mulling indefinite detention 15 Feb 2010 The White House is considering endorsing a law that would allow the indefinite detention of some alleged terrorists without trial as part of efforts to break a logjam with Congress over President Barack Obama’s plans to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Monday. Last summer, White House officials said they had ruled out seeking a "preventive detention" statute as a way to deal with anti-terror detainees. However, speaking at a news conference in Greenville, S.C., Monday, Graham said the White House now seems open to a new law to lay out the standards for open-ended imprisonment of those alleged to be members of or fighters for Al Qaeda or the Taliban.
Khadr's lawyers challenge Ottawa's move to block evidence --Legal team says Khadr should be returned to Canada; not tried by military commission 17 Feb 2010 Political opponents blasted Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision not to seek the repatriation of Omar Khadr, saying Canada’s move to simply block tainted evidence from use at his military trial is not enough. The criticism came as Khadr’s Canadian legal team said it would challenge the federal government’s failure to seek the young man’s return from Guantanamo Bay. The decision by the Conservative government to merely ask American prosecutors to exclude tainted statements to Canadian investigators at his upcoming U.S. military trial fails to address the serious violation of Khadr’s constitutional rights that the Supreme Court of Canada identified, Khadr’s lawyers believe.
France orders 5 former Guantanamo inmates back to court 17 Feb 2010 France's highest court on Wednesday overruled a lower court's acquittal of five former inmates at the Guantanamo Bay prison and ordered an appeals court to rehear the case centering on terrorism charges. The Court of Cassation did not immediately explain its reasons for the ruling, but a copy of its decision will be available Thursday, a spokesman for the court said. A defense lawyer representing two of the men criticized the ruling, saying it amounted to a "sinister page in the history of the judicial system" and "a great cruelty on a human level."
U.S. court dismisses suit over Guantanamo 'suicides' 17 Feb 2010 A U.S. judge has dismissed a lawsuit by the families of two detainees prisoners who died at the controversial American prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in a case seeking compensation from U.S. officials. The two men, one from Saudi Arabia and the other from Yemen, were found dead in June 2006 in apparent suicides [homicides]. Their families filed a lawsuit accusing the officials of subjecting the men to torture and abuse before they died at the prison.
Ill. bill could snarl plan for terrorism suspects 17 Feb 2010 The Illinois House has passed legislation that could complicate efforts to house terrorism suspects at an unused prison in northwestern Illinois. The measure would require lawmakers to vote on any proposal to transfer ownership of state property worth $1 million or more. It passed 81-31 Wednesday and now goes to the Senate.
TSA to swab airline passengers' hands in search for explosives 17 Feb 2010 To the list of instructions you hear at airport checkpoints, add this: "Put your palms forward, please." The Transportation Security Administration soon will begin 'randomly' swabbing passengers' hands at checkpoints and airport gates to test them for traces of explosives. Under the new protocols, tests will be conducted at various locations -- including in checkpoint lines, during the screening process and at gates.
Heads up! WHO to decide new flu vaccine formula 18 Feb 2010 World 'Health' Organization advisers will announce the make-up of this coming year's seasonal flu vaccine on Thursday... The WHO advisers could potentially vote to have the pandemic H1N1 strain substitute for the current H1N1 seasonal strain. This would be good news for vaccine makers and governments that have made and stockpiled doses of H1N1 vaccine that have not been used and could become part of the seasonal flu vaccine mix. [Translation: The World Homicide Organization wants to push Baxter's mercury-laden vaccines on us again because people wisely avoided the sh*t the first time around. --LRP]
Poll: Large majority opposes Supreme Court's decision on campaign financing 17 Feb 2010 Americans of both parties overwhelmingly oppose a Supreme Court ruling that allows corporations 'and unions' to spend as much as they want on political campaigns, and most favor new limits on such spending, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Eight in 10 poll respondents say they oppose the high court's Jan. 21 decision to allow unfettered corporate political spending, with 65 percent "strongly" opposed. The poll reveals relatively little difference of opinion on the issue among Democrats (85 percent opposed to the ruling), Republicans (76 percent) and independents (81 percent).
Stimulating Hypocrisy: 111 Lawmakers Block Recovery While Taking Credit For Its Success (Think Progress) 17 Feb 2010 House Of Representatives list
217 possibly exposed to radiation at Ont. plant 16 Feb 2010 Up to 217 workers may have been exposed to nuclear radiation at a Bruce nuclear power plant near Owen Sound, Ont., says the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission in a document released Tuesday. The nuclear safety watchdog first confirmed last month that workers who were upgrading the Bruce A Unit 1 reactor may have been exposed to radiation.
Team finds subtropical waters flushing through Greenland fjord (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) 16 Feb 2010 Waters from warmer latitudes -- or subtropical waters -- are reaching Greenland's glaciers, driving melting and likely triggering an acceleration of ice loss, reports a team of researchers led by Fiamma Straneo, a physical oceanographer from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). "This is the first time we’ve seen waters this warm in any of the fjords in Greenland," says Straneo. "The subtropical waters are flowing through the fjord very quickly, so they can transport heat and drive melting at the end of the glacier."
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Previous lead stories: 'It is a big lie.' Taliban deny US report commander captured in Pakistan 16 Feb 2010 An Afghan Taliban spokesman on Tuesday denied a US report that its military commander had been arrested by US and Pakistani forces in a secret operation in Pakistan. The New York Times reported that US and Pakistani intelligence forces captured Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar several days ago and that he is currently in Pakistani custody with US officials taking part in his interrogation. "The rumours reported today on the arrest of Mullah Baradar are all untrue. It is a big lie," Yousuf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location. "He is currently in Afghanistan, where he is leading all jihadi activities... He is here with us and is in contact with us," he added.
Occupying forces send Afghan crack only to Iran 16 Feb 2010 Deadly narcotics like compact heroin, crack, is only produced, under the guidance of certain Western countries in Afghanistan, for consumption in Iran, commander of the drug squad says. "During the latest visit to neighboring countries, we found no signs of crack use. Crack is produced in Afghanistan under the guidance of western countries and sent to Iran," Commander of the drug squad General Hossein-Abadi told IRNA. "Heroin appears to constitute 80 percent of the drugs seized by the Iranian police. It seems that western countries have direct influence in drug trafficking," Hossein-Abadi noted.
Ottawa asks US not to use shared Guantanamo evidence --US forces in Afghanistan took Khadr prisoner when he was just 15 years old in July 2002. 16 Feb 2010 The Canadian government asked the United States not to use shared evidence to prosecute Canadian Guantanamo inmate Omar Khadr. Canada's Supreme Court ruled last month that Ottawa violated Khadr's rights by sharing his statements to Canadian officials with Washington. Justice Minister Rob Nicholson said Ottawa delivered a diplomatic note to Washington "seeking assurances that any evidence or statements shared with US authorities as a result of the interviews of Mr. Khadr by Canadian agents and officials in 2003 and 2004 not be used against him by US authorities in the context of proceedings before the (US) Military Commission or elsewhere."
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