Pakistan orders arrest of second US consular worker 20 Feb 2011
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Pakistan orders arrest of second US consular worker 19 Feb 2011 A Pakistani court has ordered the arrest of a second US consular employee following the fatal shooting of two men in Lahore. Consular official Raymond Davis was arrested last month for shooting two men who he says were trying to rob him... Lahore politician Ejaz Chaudhry says Pakistan will never bow to US demands to release him because of his apparent diplomatic immunity. "He is a killer. He is a cold-blooded murderer and the people of Pakistan are very clear about this issue," he said. "They know Raymond is a spy. He is a terrorist here in Pakistan. And he must be penalised in Pakistan."
CIA may shut up 'Davis' by killing him: Lahore jailers --Officials: Directive issued to strictly check food provided to alleged US killer 20 Feb 2011 Islamabad has increased the security around the US national "Raymond Davis". Fearing that the high-profile prisoner may be killed, the Pakistani police, intelligence, civilian and military authorities have taken a few extraordinary security measures to protect Davis. There is apprehension about a possible attempt on "Davis's" life. Some suspect that the Americans could take "Davis" out because he knows too much. Russian agencies have him identified as part of the CIA Task Force with deep links to the terrorists.
Russia warns US against Afghan bases 19 Feb 2011 Russia has warned the US against setting up permanent military bases in Afghanistan, saying the move could undermine peacemaking efforts and anger neighbors. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has confirmed US plans to set up permanent bases in the war-torn country to enable US troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the 2014 deadline.
US troops set for longer Afghan stay 17 Feb 2011 The US surge in Afghanistan is likely to stay in place long beyond President Barack Obama’s initial plan to pull troops out in large numbers this year. Some US officials anticipate the drawdown scheduled for this year will be relatively modest - even though Mr Obama had initially intended to “push the curve to the left” in the 30,000-strong surge, accelerating both its deployment and withdrawal.
US slammed for violating Afghans rights 18 Feb 2011 A senior Afghan official says the US-led forces have long been violating basic human rights by conducting night raids and killing civilians in the war-ravaged country. Atta Mohammad Noor, the Governor of Balkh Province, says the foreign forces frequently enter residents' homes and arrest people. "These actions by foreign forces are inhumane and illegal under the Afghan law," he told reporters in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh Province on Thursday.
Afghan soldier kills 2 US-led troops 18 Feb 2011 Reports say a man wearing an Afghan national army uniform has shot and killed two US-led foreign soldiers in Afghanistan's troubled north. Afghan officials say several others were wounded in the attack in Baghlan Province, a Press TV correspondent reported on Friday. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) says the incident happened while foreign troops were carrying out maintenance on a vehicle.
Australian soldier killed in Afghan war 20 Feb 2011 A militant attack has claimed the lives of a 21-year-old Australian soldier and his Afghan interpreter in the war-ravaged Afghanistan. The Australian military says the attack occurred late on Saturday during a patrol in an area south-east of Patrol Base Wali. The site is located in the province of Uruzgan.
Iraq: Official Arrested in Connection With Bogus British Bomb Detectors 18 Feb 2011 Iraqi authorities have arrested a high-ranking police official in connection with the purchase of a British-made bomb detector that the British government says does not work, officials said Thursday. Iraq [well, US taxpayers] spent about $122 million on the devices, which are widely used by police and soldiers at security checkpoints and were meant to be a key defense against 'insurgents.'
Iraqi journalist murdered outside home: police 17 Feb 2011 An Iraqi journalist was gunned down outside his home in the restive northern city of Mosul early on Thursday, police said. Two gunmen shot dead Hilal al-Ahmadi, a father of four, as he left his home in Mithaq, an eastern district of Mosul, a police captain said, asking not to be named. Ahmadi worked for two local weeklies, Mosul Echo and Iraqiyoun.
Iran naval ships to cross Suez Canal on Monday 19 Feb 2011 Two Iranian naval ships will sail through the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean on Monday, a Suez Canal official said, in what will be the first passage of Iranian naval ships through the canal since 1979. The official said the vessels would arrive at the southern mouth of the canal in the Red Sea's Gulf of Suez on Sunday. They would enter the canal in the northern convoy on Monday morning and complete the journey to the Mediterranean by evening.
Egypt agrees to let 2 Iranian vessels transit Suez Canal 18 Feb 2011 State media on Friday said Egypt has agreed to let two Iranian naval vessels transit the Suez Canal. State-run news agency MENA said that authorities approved a request from Iranian diplomats who offered assurances that the two ships won't have weapons or nuclear or chemical material. The move had been widely expected and Iranian officials have insisted the request is in line with international regulations.
Turkey jails 3 journalists on coup allegation 19 Feb 2011 A Turkish court on Friday jailed three journalists on charges of links to what the government calls a network plotting its overthrow, in a case that critics say is part of an assault on press freedom in the country. The homes of Soner Yalcin, the owner of dissident website Oda TV, and two colleagues were raided by police earlier this week after posting a video criticizing a police investigation into the alleged coup plot. That prompted US Ambassador Francis Ricciardone to express concern about media freedom. [LOL! Notice USociopaths only 'express concern' about media freedom only when *they're* the ones behind the coups, and need the media to promote their CIA-backed revolutions and destabilization campaigns? The US government works on an Internet 'kill switch' while the same players 'expresses concern' regarding other nations' media freedom. It is riotous. The US has a credibility rating of *zero* and the whole world knows it. --LRP]
Rallies over 'despicable' Obama UN veto 20 Feb 2011 Around 3,000 Palestinians gathered in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sunday to protest the US veto that nixed a UN Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements. The crowd massed in Manara Square, a central traffic circle in the West Bank city, waving banners and shouting slogans against the US administration. "Obama, you despicable man, we want self-determination!" shouted the demonstrators, many of them members of President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party.
Barack Obama backflip looms on Guantanamo Bay closure 19 Feb 2011 Barack Obama looks set for a policy U-turn on his decision to close the Guantanamo Bay prison after US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said the prospects for closing the jail for terrorist suspects were "very, very low" because of opposition from the US congress. The Defence Secretary's comments at a Senate armed services committee hearing are the clearest sign that an executive order issued by the US President to close the Guantanamo Bay jail at the US navy base in Cuba has been effectively rescinded.
Gates defends health-care fee increase for retirees 17 Feb 2011 Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Wednesday defended his plan to increase by $5 a month the fee retired working-age military personnel pay for family health-care coverage, after a member of Congress called it a "breach of trust." Appearing before the House Armed Services Committee, Gates described it as "a modest increase" in the enrollment fee to TRICARE, the Pentagon's health-care plan.
Six killed in Yemen clashes 20 Feb 2011 At least six people have been killed in clashes between pro-democracy protesters and forces loyal to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's regime. Four people lost their lives during protests in the southern port city of Aden on Saturday, and a student was killed in the southern city of Taiz, a Press TV correspondent reported. Another student demonstrator was killed near the Sana'a University campus in the capital on the same day.
Protesters in Bahrain retake Pearl Roundabout 20 Feb 2011 Thousands of joyous Bahrainis retook a major square in the heart of the island nation's capital Saturday -- a dramatic turn of events two days after security forces ousted demonstrators from the spot in a deadly attack. The sight of citizens streaming into Pearl Roundabout came as the Bahrain royal family made moves designed to end a turbulent week of unrest capped by calls from world leaders to talk with opposition leaders with an eye to reform.
Over 50 injured as troops open fire in Bahrain 19 Feb 2011 Bahraini troops have fired on anti-government demonstrators, just a day after several people were killed when a protest camp was forcibly removed in the capital, Manama. So far, no reports of death but 50 were injured. The Bahraini King is appointing the crown prince to lead a dialogue with all parties. Blood is urgently needed at Bahrain's hospitals.
Mideast violence spreads to home port of U.S. 5th Fleet 17 Feb 2011 The toll of dead and injured from an overnight attack on peaceful protesters in Bahrain mounted Thursday, and with threats of new unrest in this strategic emirate, the United States faced a painful new foreign-policy dilemma in the home port of the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet. At least four people were confirmed dead and dozens were missing after Bahraini security forces struck at the demonstrators' encampment early Thursday using tear gas, batons and live fire, according to eyewitnesses and human rights organizations.
Libya protests death toll close to 300 20 Feb 2011 Latest figures show the death toll from clashes in Libya's massive popular uprising against long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi is nearing 300. Reports have put the number of people killed in the country's second largest city, Benghazi at more than 200 over the past days. Hospital officials, however, estimate that the countrywide death toll may be close to 300, with at least 20 protesters killed overnight.
Assange hires local lawyers 20 Feb 2011 Two prominent Sydney legal figures have agreed to be legal representatives in Australia for the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Criminal barrister Charles Waterstreet and solicitor Chris Murphy were contacted last week by Mr Assange's mother Christine. Mr Waterstreet, a Sun-Herald columnist, said yesterday that while there were no legal matters pending against Mr Assange in Australia, his mother wanted to make sure that, as an Australian citizen, her son's human rights were observed.
Technology for Autopilot Override of Pilot Control of Boeing Aircraft Developed Circa 2001 By Aidan Monaghan 03 Feb 2011 The development of the capability of an aircraft Flight Management Computer (FMC) to take control of an aircraft away from a pilot and turn over control to its autopilot system apparently was underway circa September 11, 2001. In a 2003 "Aviation Week" report, Honeywell describes an already existing "secret" disabling FMC code that can allow a GPS-guided aircraft autopilot system to take away control of an aircraft from a pilot during emergencies. Honeywell state-of-the-art Flight Management Systems (FMS) were used by the four aircraft reportedly hijacked on September 11, 2001.
US Homeland Security mistakenly takes down 84,000 websites --Just the tip of the iceberg 18 Feb 2011 US authorities 'mistakenly' took down 84,000 websites as part of its Operation Save the Children campaign. The US Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Cyber Crimes Center took control of a number of domains as part of its campaign 'against' child pornography... The websites that went down were replaced with a placeholder image informing visitors that the domain name had been seized by the Feds.
FBI: We're not demanding encryption back doors 17 Feb 2011 The FBI said today that it's not calling for restrictions on encryption without back doors for law enforcement. FBI general counsel Valerie Caproni told a congressional committee that the bureau's push for expanded Internet wiretapping authority doesn't mean giving law enforcement a master key to encrypted communications, an apparent retreat from her position last fall. Instead, she said, discussions should focus on requiring that communication providers and Web sites have legally mandated procedures to divulge unencrypted data in their possession.
FBI to announce new Net-wiretapping push 16 Feb 2011 The FBI is expected to reveal tomorrow that because of the rise of Web-based e-mail and social networks, it's "increasingly unable" to conduct certain types of surveillance that would be possible on cellular and traditional telephones. Any solution, according to a copy of FBI general counsel Valerie Caproni's prepared comments obtained by CNET, should include a way for police armed with wiretap orders to conduct surveillance of "Web-based e-mail, social networking sites, and peer-to-peer communications technology."
Protesters ready for another rally at Wis. Capitol 20 Feb 2011 Dozens of protesters are gathering in the Wisconsin Capitol before a noon rally expected to attract thousands of opponents of Gov. Scott Walker's plan to eliminate most collective bargaining rights for public employees. Protestors have been at the Capitol for six days, and nearly 70,000 turned out for Saturday's rallies for and against the bill. Some protestors are sitting in the Capitol rotunda plotting their Sunday strategy. Others are still curled up in sleeping bags throughout the building.
Tea Party Descends on Madison Protests --Corporate-Pwned Tea Baggers Are Now Weighing In on the Ongoing State Worker Protests and Exploring Measures to Recall the Missing Democratic Senators 19 Feb 2011 Wisconsin tea party activists tea baggers are now weighing in on the ongoing state worker protests, bussing in picketers to counter protest today and exploring measures to recall the Democratic senators that have fled to boycott the vote on Governor Scott Walker's budget bill. Madison police have said that they expect approximately 100,000 people to fill the square outside the capitol building Saturday as tea party members' voices will be added to the chorus of dissent as the protests enter their fifth day.
Largest crowd yet descends on Wisconsin Capitol 19 Feb 2011 A state Capitol thrown into political chaos swelled for a fifth day with nearly 70,000 protesters, as supporters of Republican efforts to scrap the union rights of state workers challenged pro-labor protesters face-to-face for the first time and GOP leaders insisted again Saturday there was no room for compromise. A few dozen police officers stood between supporters of Republican Gov. Scott Walker on the muddy east lawn of the Capitol and the much larger group of pro-labor demonstrators who surrounded them.
Nine Arrested As Capitol Protests Continue --Man Apparently Tried to Charge Into Assembly 17 Feb 2011 Nine people have been arrested in the third day of widespread protests at the state Capitol. The state Department of Administration estimated 20,000 people attended protests outside the state Capitol, while 5,000 protesters filled the rotunda and hallways. Labor supporters and activists have been protesting Republican Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to strip most public employees of all collective bargaining rights, except for limited negotiations on salary.
Madison Schools Cancel Classes Friday --District Closes Schools For Third Consecutive Day 17 Feb 2011 Madison public schools are closed again on Friday because too many teachers are taking the day off to protest Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to limit union bargaining. It's the third consecutive day the Madison Metropolitan School District has canceled classes "due to substantial concerns about staff absences." The district said it has received reports Thursday evening that there will again be significant staff absences in the district on Friday in protest of the governor's proposed changes in labor law.
Lawyers: Wisconsin Dems safe from police 18 Feb 2011 Wisconsin lawyers said out-of-state police are powerless to deal with state Senate Democrats who fled to Illinois to boycott a budget vote. Republican leaders said police are searching for the 14 truant lawmakers, but lawyers said police in Illinois, where several of the senators are believed to be during their boycott, or other locations outside of Wisconsin do not have the legal authority to detain the legislators, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday.
Report: Public employees make less, including benefits, than private workers By Steven Verburg G20 Feb 2011 Gov. Scott Walker argues that public employees can sacrifice more of their paychecks for health insurance and retirement because they pay so little for those benefits compared to workers at private companies. Walker is correct about the disparity, but a new report by the liberal Economic Policy Institute suggests that looking at benefits alone is misleading. The study looks at total compensation -- pay and benefits together -- and found that public workers earn 4.8 percent less than private sector employees with the same qualifications and traits doing similar jobs.
Public Worker Protests Spread From Wisconsin to Ohio 18 Feb 2011 In what union leaders say is becoming a national fight, protests against legislation to restrict public employees' collective-bargaining rights spread from Wisconsin to Ohio. In Madison, Wisconsin, crowds that police estimated at 25,000 engulfed the Capitol and its lawns yesterday during a third-straight day of protests as Democratic senators fled the legislative session. In Columbus, Ohio, about 3,800 state workers, teachers and other public employees came to the statehouse for a committee hearing.
U.S. House Votes to Allow Cable Providers to Throttle Internet 18 Feb 2011 House Republicans have managed to pull off a high profile rejection of a key tech-related component of the Obama administration's initiatives. In control of the House for the first time in four years, Republicans have voted to overturn so-called "net neutrality" rules proposed earlier this year by the Obama administration. The rules had previously been approved by the Democratic House, but were stalled in the Senate as Republicans awaited the prospect of regaining control of the House in the new year.
House votes to overturn FCC Internet rules 17 Feb 2011 The House of Representatives voted on Thursday to overturn proposed rules that bar Internet service providers from blocking legal content but give some discretion to ration access for bandwidth hogs. The vote -- which was spearheaded by Republican lawmakers determined to undo a range of Obama administration initiatives -- would block funds to implement rules proposed by the Federal Communications Commission in December.
GOP-led House approves battery of spending cuts --The bill, which takes aim at healthcare, social services, environmental regulation and more, gets no Democratic votes. 19 Feb 2011 The House has approved a sweeping package of budget cuts that, if enacted, would shrink the federal government's role in American life, curtailing its involvement in healthcare, social services, environmental regulation, child care and research. The bill, approved 235-189 Saturday with overwhelming Republican support and over united Democratic opposition, would reduce federal spending by more than $60 billion over the next seven months.
U.S. drops criminal probe of former Countrywide chief Angelo Mozilo --Mozilo's actions in the mortgage meltdown did not amount to criminal wrongdoing, federal prosecutors have determined. 18 Feb 2011 Federal prosecutors have shelved a criminal investigation of Angelo R. Mozilo after determining that his actions in the mortgage meltdown -- which led to $67.5-million settlement against him -- did not amount to criminal wrongdoing. As the former chairman of Countrywide Financial Corp., Mozilo helped fuel the boom in risky subprime loans that led to the crippling of the banking industry and the near-collapse of the financial system.
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