Secret police blamed as peace protesters are gunned down in the siege of Cairo 03 Feb 2011
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Secret police blamed as peace protesters are gunned down in the siege of Cairo --More than 1,500 injured in overnight clashes between democracy protesters and Mubarak supporters --Rocks and concrete blocks hurled at pro-democracy demonstration 03 Feb 2011 At least three anti-government protesters in Egypt were shot dead after gunfire rained down on Cairo's Tahrir Square in violent overnight clashes. Protest organiser Mustafa el-Naggar said he saw the bodies of three dead protesters being carried towards an ambulance. More than 1,500 people were injured in the latest violence, which came before dawn, as protesters remained in the street through the night following a day of clashes between 'supporters' of President Hosni Mubarak and dissidents.
Machine guns fired into Cairo's Tahrir Square --600 reported injured, one killed in clashes; Pro-Mubarak rioters hurl Molotov Cocktails, rocks at opposition from surrounding buildings; protesters target Egyptian Museum. 02 Feb 2011 Machine gunfire was heard on Wednesday night, shortly after Egyptian state television ordered all demonstrators to evacuate Cairo's Tahrir (Liberation) Square. Al Jazeera reported that anti-government protesters remained in the square, chanting "Leave! Leave!" at Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, as ambulances were stationed in the area.
Gunfire Erupts in Cairo as Mubarak Allies Battle Protesters --Some pro-government marchers carried machetes 02 Feb 2011 Gunfire erupted in Cairo's Tahrir Square early this morning after clashes between supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and demonstrators demanding an immediate end to his autocratic 30-year reign. Four people were killed this morning, Al Arabiya television reported. The Al Jazeera network showed footage of bodies being pulled on the street. Mubarak loyalists rode horses and camels yesterday into Tahrir Square, the epicenter of anti-government protests since Jan. 25, swinging whips and clubs.
Pro-Mubarak demonstrators attack journalists 02 Feb 2011 Demonstrators who appear to support Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak are targeting journalists for attacks on the streets of Cairo. A Belgian reporter on Wednesday was arrested, beaten and accused of being a spy by men supporting the Mubarak regime in the central Cairo neighborhood of Choubra, according to one news media watchdog group. An Egyptian reporter was found severely beaten several hours after a group of men seized him in Tahrir Square, according to his news organization. Journalists from the BBC, ABC News and CNN were also attacked.
Egypt protesters defy overnight curfew 02 Feb 2011 Egyptian forces plan to curb anti-government protests in the capital by trying to enforce a ban on popular movements in Cairo's main square. The army seeks to impose an overnight curfew on Tahrir Square, the Egyptian opposition Muslim Brotherhood said on its website on Wednesday. The square is currently the scene of overwhelming demonstrations against the regime of three-decade-long President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak.
'US trying to dampen Egypt uprising' 02 Feb 2011 The Iranian foreign ministry has condemned the US attempts aimed at stifling the popular uprising underway in Egypt, warning of outrage in the Muslim world. Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast criticized on Wednesday “the efforts of the rulers of the United States to prevent the tremendous movement of Egypt's magnanimous nation," the ministry said in a statement. He also addressed Washington's recent dispatch of its former ambassador to Egypt, Frank Wisner, to Cairo, blaming the move as part of a US scheme aimed at "devising deviatory plots."
Deputy Omar Suleiman known for his brutality and CIA links 02 Feb 2011 The man named by President Hosni Mubarak as his first ever deputy, spy chief Omar Suleiman, reportedly orchestrated the brutal interrogation [torture] of terror suspects abducted by the CIA in its secret "extraordinary rendition" program. For US intelligence officials, Mr Suleiman was "the CIA's point man in Egypt for rendition - the covert program in which the CIA snatched terror suspects from around the world and returned them to Egypt and elsewhere for interrogation, often under brutal circumstances", according to Jane Mayer in a profile for The New Yorker.
Mubarak Regime Paid DC Insiders Millions 02 Feb 2011 The dramatic events in Egypt this past week have left a coterie of top Washington lobbyists quietly scurrying to respond to the unexpected developments in the nation they represent. By some estimates, Egypt spends close to $2 million dollars a year on well-connected emissaries in Washington. The political insiders they hire are formally registered with the U.S. Justice Department as "foreign agents" and they represent a little-known but lucrative niche in the world of Washington lobbying.
Israel places resources at Suleiman's disposal 'to protect the Egyptian regime' 01 Feb 2011 Well-placed Israeli sources have disclosed that Israel has offered to place "all its capabilities" at the disposal of General Omar Suleiman, the recently appointed Vice President of Egypt, for the "protection of the regime in Egypt". This offer includes the implementation of "various operations to end the popular revolution". ...Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apparently suggested the possibility of Israeli intelligence personnel undertaking various specialist operations to bring an end to the demonstrations.
New Egyptian VP Ran Mubarak's Security Team, Oversaw Torture --Omar Suleiman Offered to Chop Off Man's Arm for CIA, Says Author 01 Feb 2011 The intelligence chief tapped by Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak as his vice president and potential successor aided the U.S. with its rendition program, intelligence experts told ABC News, and oversaw the torture of an Al Qaeda suspect whose 'information' helped justify the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Ron Suskind, author of the book The One Percent Doctrine, called Suleiman the "hit man" for the Mubarak regime. He told ABC News that when the CIA asked Suleiman for a DNA sample from a relative of Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Suleiman offered the man's whole arm instead.
Looters included undercover Egyptian police, hospitals tell Human Rights Watch 01 Feb 2011 Human Rights Watch confirmed several cases of undercover police loyal to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's regime committing acts of violence and looting in an attempt to stoke fear of instability as demonstrations grew stronger Tuesday against the autocratic leader. Peter Bouckaert, the emergency director at Human Rights Watch, said hospitals confirmed that they received several wounded looters shot by the army carrying police identification cards. They also found several cases of looters and vandals in Cairo and Alexandria with police identification cards.
Brent crude tops $103 as Egypt violence escalates 02 Feb 2011 Brent crude surpassed $103 on Thursday after violent clashes in Egypt raised the prospect of further unrest across the Middle East, overshadowing the bearish effect of soaring gasoline inventories in top consumer the United States. ICE Brent crude for March rose as much as $1.03 to $103.37 a barrel, the highest intraday price since September 26, 2008, and was up 88 cents at $103.22 at 0419 GMT.
US loses another ally as Yemen's President quits [What a shame!] 03 Feb 2011 The President of Yemen, one of America's foremost allies in the "war on terror", has become the latest leader in the Middle East to announce he will be stepping down as he seeks to calm anger and stave off the street protests which have gripped Egypt and Tunisia. Ahead of a planned "day of rage", Ali Abdullah Saleh asked the opposition parties to form a coalition government after declaring that he will not seek re-election when his current term ends in two years' time.
New Jordan PM unlikely to appease protesters 01 Feb 2011 Many people in Jordan have questioned the wisdom of King Abdullah in appointing Marouf Bakhit to head the country's new government. The appointment of the ex-army general and former ambassador to Israel follows three weeks of street protests over rising prices, inflation and unemployment. Labib Kamhawi, an independent Jordanian analyst, said it showed the lack of intention on the part of the king, or ill-council by his advisers, "to initiate real substantial changes".
King Sacks Jordan Government After Protests 01 Feb 2011 King Abdullah of Jordan has sacked his entire government after thousands of people took to the streets to protest against a rise in fuel and food prices. Inspired by the action taken in Tunisia and Egypt, protesters gathered to call for the resignation of Prime Minister Samir Rafai. The demonstrations came despite Mr Rifai promising to compensate for high prices with wage increases for civil servants and the military.
Jack Straw handed Blair 'route map for regime change' in Iraq, despite publicly opposing war, inquiry hears 02 Feb 2011 Jack Straw recommended that Tony Blair should read an MI6 paper setting out a 'route map for regime change' in Iraq, the inquiry into the war heard today. The former foreign secretary said the December 2001 briefing by a senior officer from Britain's overseas intelligence agency was 'very perceptive' and sent a copy to 10 Downing Street. Mr Straw was questioned about why he promoted this document despite his frequently stated position that regime change in Baghdad was not UK policy and could not be a legal justification for attacking Iraq.
Journalists forced to pledge abstention from Gaza rallies 02 Feb 2011 Gaza government police ordered detained journalists to sign a paper pledging to "abide by law, order and conventions" following their arrest at a sit-in protest Monday showing support for Egypt rallies. Member of the Palestinian Journalists Union General Secretariat Tahseen Al-Astal said the journalists and others who were detained refused to sign the paper, saying they broke no laws, but added that the group was eventually compelled to sign a paper promising to abstain from taking part in unlicensed protests.
11 killed, 32 injured in Peshawar blast 02 Feb 2011 At least 11 people, including three children and two women, were killed and 32 injured Wednesday in a massive explosion in Peshawar, capital of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, police said. The deafening blast took place in Budha Bair area in the outskirts of this city. 'The bomb was planted in a vehicle that was destroyed completely,' a police official said.
US Embassy staff in Oslo 'armed' 01 Feb 2011 Various monitoring groups formed at the US embassies around the world could have been armed, American Foreign Service documents show. The US Embassy in Oslo's Surveillance Detection Unit (SDU), which was set up to spy on Norwegians, could have been one of these armed embassies.
Bradley Manning is UK citizen and needs protection, government told --Amnesty International asks government to intervene on behalf of soldier suspected of having passed US secrets to WikiLeaks 01 Feb 2011 The British government is under pressure to take up the case of Bradley Manning, the soldier being held in a maximum security military prison in Virginia on suspicion of having passed a massive trove of US state secrets to WikiLeaks, on the grounds that he is a UK citizen. Amnesty International called on the government to intervene on Manning's behalf and demand that the conditions of his detention, which the organisation calls "harsh and punitive", are in line with international standards.
Inside job #1: Cable casts doubt on US account of 9/11 02 Feb 2011 A U.S. State Department cable recently released by WikiLeaks supports the idea of Washington systematically covering up the 9/11 by disclosing that the U.S. government had secretly interrogated three Qatari suspects in relation with the attack. The year-old cable described three Qatari men who were under investigation for activities in the months prior to the attacks. According to the cable, which is viewable at WikiLeaks.ch, the men entered the U.S. on Aug. 15, 2001, and visited "the World Trade Center, the Statue of Liberty, the White House, and various areas in Virginia" before flying on to Los Angeles.
Inside job #2: MI5 'missed' 7/7 ringleader despite links with earlier terror plot, inquest told --Mohammad Sidique Khan 'groomed' by suspected terrorists in 2003, inquest into 7 July London bombings hears 02 Feb 2011 The security services were unable to identify the ringleader of a terrorist gang before it struck London on 7 July 2005, despite having his picture and having seen him associating with other terrorist suspects, the inquest into the 52 deaths heard today. Mohammad Sidique Khan was spotted by MI5 on the periphery of another terror plot as early as 2003, and was seen with suspected terrorists.
WikiLeaks: FBI hunts the 9/11 gang that got away 01 Feb 2011 The FBI has launched a manhunt for a previously unknown team of men suspected to be part of the 9/11 attacks, the Daily Telegraph can disclose. Secret documents reveal that the three Qatari men conducted surveillance on the targets, provided "support" to the plotters and had tickets for a flight to Washington on the eve of the atrocities. The suspected terrorists flew from London to New York on a British Airways flight three weeks before the attacks. They allegedly carried out surveillance at the World Trade Centre, the White House and in Virginia, the US state where the Pentagon and CIA headquarters are located [and where they likely picked up their paychecks].
'Al-Qaida on brink of using nuclear bomb' 01 Feb 2011 Al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] is on the verge of producing radioactive weapons after sourcing nuclear material and recruiting rogue scientists to build "dirty" bombs, according to leaked diplomatic documents. A leading atomic regulator has privately warned that the world stands on the brink of a "nuclear 9/11". Security briefings suggest that jihadi groups are also close to producing "workable and efficient" biological and chemical weapons that could kill thousands if unleashed in attacks on the West.
Islamic extremist landed job with British Airways 'in terror plot to blow up a flight to the U.S.' 01 Feb 2011 An Islamic extremist landed a job with British Airways with the aim of carrying out a 'spectacular' terrorist attack on the UK, a court heard yesterday. Computer expert Rajib Karim, 31, is accused of plotting with terror mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki to commit an atrocity that would lead to 'widespread loss of life'. The Bangladesh-born man volunteered to train as cabin crew in the hope of blowing up aircraft, it was alleged.
Greek police on alert for possible new parcel bombs 03 Feb 2011 Greek police are on alert for a possible new string of attacks with parcel bombs, after the detonation of a booby-trapped package at the Justice Ministry building in Athens on Wednesday, local media reported. According to reports, the suspicious package which was spotted and detonated by experts at the ministry building earlier on Wednesday, contained a bomb device. Police sources said the parcel was addressed to Justice Minister Haris Kastanidis and it was similar to the parcel bombs sent to a dozen foreign embassies in Athens and European leaders last November.
Parcel bomb detonated outside Greek justice ministry 02 Feb 2011 Greek counter-terrorism police detonated a suspicious parcel addressed to the ministry of justice Wednesday, amid fears that there could be a new round of terrorism attacks in Greece, local media reports said. The controlled explosion occurred at the entrance of the building at a park near a central Athens metro station.
'FBI has violated laws 40,000 times' [40,000? They must be low-balling it.] 01 Feb 2011 The FBI may have exceeded its legal authority as many as 40,000 times during the Bush regime while collecting intelligence on Americans, according to a report by the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF), a government watchdog organization. Based on actual legal violations reported to the Intelligence Oversight Board, the EFF estimated that the FBI may have broken the law tens of thousands of times from 2001-2008.
U.S. shuts down 10 streaming websites 03 Feb 2011 Just days before the Super Bowl, government authorities in New York shut down 10 streaming websites accused of illegally showing live and pay-per-view sports events. Content on popular websites such as Rojadirecta.org, Channelsurfing.net and ATDHE.net was replaced by a note saying that the domain names were seized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials through warrants obtained by the U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of New York.
EU police forces to see British passengers' personal information 02 Feb 2011 Britons flying anywhere in Europe will have sensitive personal information handed over to the police authorities in all 27 EU countries under a new air travel surveillance system. Telephone numbers, addresses, credit card numbers, email and other details of British air travellers will be available on demand for all of the EU’s police forces, including countries such as Bulgaria and Romania where corruption among law enforcement officials is widespread. The system, billed on Wednesday as an anti-terrorism measure, will track all travellers and will also allow any EU police officer access to the data on suspicion of a serious crime, including offences that are not a crime in Britain.
TSA VIPR inspection program targets truck fleets --VIPR started in the aviation sector and has been expanded into surface transportation. 31 Jan 2011 Inspectors from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are like to be more involved in roadside inspections of commercial vehicles, according to TSA officials. Involvement in roadside inspections is part of the Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) program that was developed several years ago by TSA, an agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Canada rejects U.S. senator's visa idea 02 Feb 2011 The Harper government has flatly rejected the idea raised by an influential U.S. senator of requiring Canadians to obtain visas to enter the United States following the release of an "alarming" report about security along America's northern border. Senator Joe Lieberman, the chairman of the U.S. Senate's powerful Homeland Security committee, was commenting on a report that found the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency provides an "acceptable level of security" along less than one per cent of America's 6,400-kilometre border with Canada.
Swine flu vaccine likely causes child narcolepsy: study --Institute: Young people aged four to 19 had 'manifold increased risk of falling ill with narcolepsy' if inoculated against swine flu with Pandemrix 01 Feb 2011 Children injected with the Pandemrix swine flu vaccine were nine times more likely to contract narcolepsy than those who were not vaccinated, a preliminary study by Finland's National Institute for Health and Welfare, THL, showed Tuesday. "Currently, the most likely explanation is that the increase in narcolepsy is by joint effect of the vaccine and some other factor(s)," THL said.
Swine flu jab: narcolepsy link investigated 01 Feb 2011 A possible increase in narcolepsy among children given the swine flu vaccine is being investigated by Finnish health officials. They have found evidence of an increased risk of the disorder - in which people fall asleep without warning or sleep excessively in the daytime - among those aged four to 19 given the Pandemrix vaccine. They say a preliminary study indicated there was an "observed increase in incidence of narcolepsy" among those given the vaccine.
Bill would require all S.Dakota citizens to buy a gun 31 Jan 2011 Five South Dakota lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require any adult 21 or older to buy a firearm "sufficient to provide for their ordinary self-defense." The bill, which would take effect Jan. 1, 2012, would give people six months to acquire a firearm after turning 21. The provision does not apply to people who are barred from owning a firearm. Nor does the measure specify what type of firearm. Instead, residents would pick one "suitable to their temperament, physical capacity, and preference."
GOP-backed bid to repeal health bill fails in Senate --Republicans now seek to dismantle law by piecemeal 03 Feb 2011 A united Democratic front yesterday beat back a Republican effort in the Senate to repeal last year’s sweeping health care overhaul law [insurance cartel giveaway], but GOP leaders vowed to chisel away at President Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment. By a party-line vote of 51 to 47, a Republican amendment to repeal the Affordable Care Act fell 13 votes short of the 60 needed to survive a procedural hurdle. The Republican-controlled US House approved a health care repeal last month.
Democrats Pick Charlotte for 2012 Convention 01 Feb 2011 The Democratic Party announced Tuesday that Charlotte, N.C., will be the site of its 2012 national convention, with the city winning out over St. Louis, Minneapolis and Cleveland as the place to formally [unfortunately] kick off President Obama’s re-election bid... One of the country’s most competitive United States Senate races is also taking place in Missouri, with Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, is being heavily focused on by Republicans as she seeks re-election to a second term. Ms. McCaskill, one of the president’s closest friends in the Senate, took her concerns directly to the White House, according to party leaders familiar with the selection process. She argued that her re-election could be complicated if the convention was held in St. Louis, because the Democratic gathering will almost certainly attract protesters and compete for fund-raising. [Self-serving maggot McCaskill: That's *millions* that could have been injected into the St. Louis economy.]
Amazing reports about massive Midwest storm 01 Feb 2011 NASA is calling the storm exploding over in the Midwest "one of the largest winter storms since the 1950s." Here are some Twitter reports aggregated from a variety of sources, illustrating the power, severity and danger of this historic winter storm: CNNweather: The 13.2" measured in Tulsa breaks the 1-day record, and breaks the record for most snow during the month of February, all in 1 day. TWCBreaking: An incredible 5" of snow [fell] in 90 minutes in Miami, OK JimCantore: Radar from Chicago shows intense area of 2" to 3" per hour snowfall rates about 45 minutes south of Chicago metro area [6:30 p.m. ET].
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