French judge wants to probe Guantanamo torture claims: Report 20 Jan 2012
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Obama's Office, CIA repeatedly accessed CLG H5N1 'secret lab' article Posted by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 17 Jan 2012 Executive Office of the President, U.S. government agencies and 'friends' such as The Boeing Co., have accessed CLG's post, "Kobe University lab creates 'novel' H5N1 in 'secret' lab" by Robert S. Finnegan. Barack Obama's Office accessed the article multiple times, according to CLG website logs.
Report: French judge wants to probe Guantánamo torture claims 17 Jan 2012 A French judge is seeking U.S. permission to visit the prison camps at Guantánamo Bay to investigate claims by former French inmates that they were tortured, the Associated Press reported from Paris on Tuesday. The AP reported that it saw a formal international request from investigating judge Sophie Clement to U.S. authorities to see the prison. Clement also seeks copies of all documents relating to the arrest and transfer of three Frenchmen who were held at Guantánamo. The men told the judge during questioning in France that they were subject to violence including torture and rape during their detention.
Guantánamo commander: Contractors read inmate lawyers' mail --It was unclear Tuesday what contracting firm precisely had the job of sifting through the mail, nor the value of the contract. 17 Jan 2012 In unprecedented war court testimony, the prison camps' commander on Tuesday defended a three-tier system of classifying lawyers' mail to alleged terrorists that sparked a defense lawyer's boycott and is threatening to stall future war crimes trials. Rear Adm. David B. Woods said he had a team of Defense Department contractors examining confidential, privileged attorney-client mail for "safety, force protection and good order." Defense lawyers argue that a system that answers to the prison camps commander, effectively the warden, violates their ethical obligations as officers of the court.
UK inquiry into rendition and torture collusion scrapped 19 Jan 2012 A controversial inquiry into allegations of wrongdoing by the UK's security services is being scrapped. Justice Secretary Ken Clarke said the inquiry into the treatment of detainees could not continue because of a new Metropolitan Police investigation. These follow fresh allegations that officials assisted the rendition of men to Libya, where they were tortured. Mr Clarke said the government was committed to holding a judge-led inquiry once these were investigated.
Two British soldiers arrested over allegations of sex abuse with 10-year-old children while they served in Afghanistan 19 Jan 2012 Two British soldiers are being investigated over claims they sexually abused two Afghan children. A sergeant and a private are alleged to have encouraged a boy and a girl aged about ten to touch them inappropriately. The uniformed servicemen were accused of filming the separate incidents before showing the footage to shocked colleagues on their laptop computers. Military police are said to have arrested the pair after complaints from their comrades.
Report: UK soldiers rape Afghan children 18 Jan 2012 Two British soldiers fighting in Afghanistan have been accused of raping two children aged ten in the war-ravaged country, a report has revealed. UK officials said on Wednesday that they are investigating allegations of "inappropriate behavior" by the soldiers, The Sun reported. According to the paper, the soldiers filmed raping a boy and a girl separately and showed the video to other servicemen who reported them.
Iraq's Maliki accused of detaining hundreds of political opponents, using torture 19 Jan 2012 Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki's security services have locked up more than 1,000 members of other political parties over the past several months, detaining many of them in secret locations with no access to legal counsel and using "brutal torture" to extract confessions, his chief political rival has charged. Ayad Allawi, the secular Shiite Muslim leader of the mainly Sunni Muslim Iraqiya bloc in parliament, who served as prime minister of the first Iraqi government after the Americans toppled Saddam Hussein, has laid out his allegations in written submissions to Iraq's supreme judicial council. [Saddam Hussein: *Clearly* the better deal.]
Military commanders stop making public number of allied troops killed by Afghan soldiers and police 17 Jan 2012 Military commanders in Afghanistan have stopped making public the number of allied troops killed by Afghan soldiers and police. The change in policy comes after at least three allied troops have been killed by the Afghan troops they trained in the past month and follows what appears to be the deadliest year of the war for NATO trainers at the hands of their Afghan counterparts.
Roadside bomb hurts 20 Afghan civilians 19 Jan 2012 At least twenty civilians have been injured after their car ran over a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's western province of Farah, Press TV reports. Mohammad Ghaus Malyar, deputy provincial police chief, told Press TV that the incident took place in Bala Buluk district of the province at around noon time on Thursday. He said that a convoy of civilian vehicles was traveling along a road in the area to attend a funeral ceremony in the nearby Daulat Abad district, when a car touched off a buried explosive device.
US-led forces kill five Afghan civilians 18 Jan 2012 US-led foreign forces have killed at least five Afghan civilians during a night raid in the eastern province of Kunar, Press TV reports. Local officials said on Wednesday that a woman and two children were among the dead, a Press TV correspondent reported. ...Other sources put the number of civilian deaths at seven.
Pakistan to reopen NATO routes to Afghanistan: Official 19 Jan 2012 Pakistan expects to [insanely] reopen supply routes to Nato forces in Afghanistan, halted after a Nato cross-border air attack killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November, but will impose tariffs, a senior security official told Reuters on Thursday. The official said the fees were designed to both express continued anger over the November 26 incident, and raise more funds for the state to fight Taliban militants. No date was given for reopening the supply routes.
Iran to release documents showing West's support for terrorists: official 17 Jan 2012 Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast has said that Iran has documents that prove certain Western countries' support for terrorists and plans to release them in the future. Mehmanparast made the remarks during his regular press briefing on Tuesday in reply to a question about the diplomatic efforts that Iran has made to pursue the issue of the assassination of Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, a graduate of Sharif university in chemical engineering and an official at the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, who was killed in Tehran on January 11.
After Nuke Scientist's Murder, Iranian Students Switch Majors to Nuclear Sciences: Official 17 Jan 2012 Approximately 1,300 Iranian university students have applied to switch their majors to the field of nuclear sciences following the assassination of a top nuclear expert in Iran, a government official reportedly said late Monday. "Three hundred talented students at Sharif University and about a thousand brilliant students at the country's universities have applied in recent days to change their major and start studying nuclear physics and nuclear engineering," Kamran Daneshjo, Iranian Minister of Science Research and Technology, said in a press conference Monday, according to Iran's Tehran Times. Daneshjo's comments came five days after the [CIA-MOSSAD] assassination of 32-year-old Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a former graduate of Sharif University and, until his death, the deputy director of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, according to Iranian media.
US, Filipino forces plan drills near disputed area 19 Jan 2012 U.S. and Philippine marines plan to hold combat drills at an oil rig in the South China Sea to bolster the defense of such sensitive facilities in a bold move that may provoke protests from China, which claims waters in or near the location. Lt. Gen. Juancho Sabban, commander of the Philippine military's Western Command, said Thursday the exercises will be held in March or April off western Palawan province and should not alarm China because these will be done within Philippine territorial waters. The drills involve U.S. Marines training their Philippine counterparts in defending and retaking oil and gas rigs captured by security threats like terrorists, Sabban said... [Once again, US tax dollars are funding 'drills' to protect corpora-terrorists' oil rigs. --LRP]
Ex-UK official: Spies did use fake rock in Moscow 19 Jan 2012 It was the spy saga that sounded too implausible to be true - British intelligence officers communicating with Russian agents using equipment hidden inside a fake rock left in a Moscow park. Now Tony Blair's ex-chief of staff Jonathan Powell has acknowledged that Russia's accusations against Britain over the 2006 affair were correct, the first official acknowledgment of the espionage plot that soured ties between London and the Kremlin. At the time, Russian state television broadcast footage which appeared to show four British officials placing or retrieving the fake rock, and exposed the sophisticated communications equipment inside the plastic boulder.
Anonymous hackers claim to have crashed Justice Department website --DoJ: 'The Department of Justice web server hosting justice.gov is currently experiencing a significant increase in activity, resulting in a degradation in service.' [LOL!] 19 Jan 2012 Anonymous, the group of activist hackers, claimed to have crashed the Justice Department website on Thursday in retaliation for prosecutors shutting down the popular file-sharing site Megaupload.com. "The government takes down Megaupload? 15 minutes later Anonymous takes down government & record label sites," the group wrote on its Twitter account. Anonymous claimed it crashed Copyright.gov, but the site seemed to be loading normally. They said FBI.gov would be "next," but the site was not yet having any problems. [*Yet.*] The group claimed that the coordinated attack was its "largest ever."
7 Charged as F.B.I. Closes a Top File-Sharing Site [And so, Anonymous needs to close the F.B.I. right back.] 20 Jan 2012 20 Jan 2012 In what the federal authorities on Thursday called one of the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought, the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized the Web site Megaupload and charged seven people connected with it with running an international enterprise based on Internet piracy. Coming just a day after civil protests in the United States over proposed antipiracy bills, the arrests were greeted almost immediately with digital Molotov cocktails. The hacker collective that calls itself Anonymous attacked the Web sites of the Justice Department and several major entertainment companies and trade groups in retaliation for Megaupload's seizure. The Justice Department's site and several others remained inaccessible for much of Thursday afternoon.
US shuts down Megaupload file-sharing site, arrests founders 19 Jan 2012 Megaupload, one of the internet's largest file-sharing sites, has been shut down by officials in the US. The site's founders have been charged with violating piracy laws. Federal prosecutors have accused it of costing copyright holders more than $500m (£320m) in lost revenue. The firm says it was diligent in responding to complaints about pirated material. The news came a day after anti-piracy law protests, but investigators said they were ordered two weeks ago.
Police Discuss Terrorism at White House 18 Jan 2012 The Obama administration is providing senior state and local police officials with its analysis of homegrown terrorism incidents, including common signs law enforcement can use to identify violent extremists. The warning signs identified for police include someone joining a group advocating violence, receiving support from a network that plans attacks or seeking out charismatic leaders who encourage violence. The analysis was conducted by the Homeland Security Department, the FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center.
White House in lockdown after smoke bomb threat 18 Jan 2012 The White House was locked down this afternoon as authorities investigated what appeared to be a smoke bomb that was tossed over the fence of the White House compound, a Secret Service spokesman said. The device was tossed over the fence at one point when about 1,000 to 1,500 "Occupy DC" protesters were demonstrating outside the White House, Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie said. He said authorities were taking "appropriate measures to clear it."
More labs close to deadly bird flu mutations: researcher 19 Jan 2012 An international debate over whether to censor new research on bird flu may soon prove academic, as other laboratories close in on similar findings showing how one of the most deadly viruses could mutate to be transmitted from one person to another. Bird flu is already one of the most deadly, though it can only be acquired through contact with infected birds. The potential for it to pass between people, through sneezes and coughs, sparks fears of a global pandemic worse than the 1918-19 Spanish flu outbreak that killed an estimated 20 million to 40 million people.
Cambodian toddler dies from bird flu: WHO 18 Jan 2012 A two-year-old Cambodian boy has died from bird flu, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, in the country's first fatality from the virus this year. The child, from northwestern Banteay Meanchey province, fell ill on January 3 and was taken to hospital where he tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza. He died on January 18, the WHO said on Thursday. "The boy is the 19th person in Cambodia to become infected with the H5N1 virus; to date, 17 of these cases have died from complications of the disease," the UN health agency said on its website.
Federal panel faults Idaho lab for radiation exposure mishap 18 Jan 2012 The radiation exposure of 16 workers at a nuclear research lab in Idaho stemmed from a failure to properly assess the risks posed by the handling of decades-old plutonium fuel cells, federal investigators concluded on Wednesday. In its report on the November 8 mishap accident at the Idaho National Laboratory, the U.S. Energy Department's Office of Health, Safety and Security also found the lab erred in not activating its emergency plan sooner after the accident, a delay that may have compromised medical treatment of the workers.
Japan to allow 60-year reactor lifespan despite Fukushima 18 Jan 2012 Japan will allow nuclear reactors to operate for up to 60 years in revised regulations on power plant operators, the government said on Wednesday... In a rare protest, a group of citizen observers delayed a hearing at the trade ministry in which experts were expected to approve the nuclear watchdog's review of stress test results from Fukui prefecture's Ohi reactors. Later, a meeting was held without any observers. Experts made final comments on the draft report on the two Ohi reactors, virtually ending the assessment process.
TransCanada open to building Keystone in segments 19 Jan 2012 TransCanada Corp may build a $2 billion southern portion of its Keystone XL oil pipeline first following the initial rejection of the full-blown project, which would mesh with one of U.S. President Barack Obama's goals but put it in direct competition with another major proposal. TransCanada had broached the idea of constructing the Gulf Coast expansion part of the Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline before as a way to help alleviate an oil glut at the Cushing, Oklahoma, storage hub and get more crude to Texas refineries, but Chief Executive Russ Girling said it has now gained in priority.
Perry Suspends Presidential Bid, Backs Gingrich for Nomination 19 Jan 2012 Texas Governor Rick Perry suspended his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination and endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. "There is no viable path forward for me in this 2012 campaign," Perry said. "I believe Newt is a visionary conservative who can transform our country." Perry, who has lagged below 10 percent in public opinion polls since the New Hampshire primary, made his announcement in South Carolina, site of the next primary election Jan. 21.
Romney Parks Millions in Cayman Islands 18 Jan 2012 Although it is not apparent on his financial disclosure form, Mitt Romney has millions of dollars of his personal wealth in investment funds set up in the Cayman Islands, a notorious Caribbean tax haven. As the race for the Republican nomination heats up, Mitt Romney is finding it increasingly difficult to maintain a shroud of secrecy around the details about his vast personal wealth, including, as ABC News has discovered, his investment in funds located offshore and his ability to pay a lower tax rate.
Wisconsin recall petition gets over 1 million signatures; Democratic challenger Falk steps forward 18 Jan 2012 Democrats and their allies in organized labor say they delivered over a million recall petition signatures against Gov. Scott Walker (R) Tuesday, far more than the 540,208 needed to spark a recall election. The filing kicks off the latest phase in a fight over collective bargaining rights that began almost as soon as Walker took office last January. Democrats also filed 845,000 signatures to trigger a recall against Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch (R) and enough to recall four Republican state senators, according to party chairman Mike Tate.
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