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Trial of 3,000 militants begin Aug 1 in Pakistan

Trial of 3,000 militants begin Aug 1 in Pakistan 09 Jun 2010 The trial will begin here Aug 1 of some 3,000 militants arrested during last year's military operations against the Taliban in Pakistan's restive northwest, a media report Wednesday said. The militants will be split into two groups, with one lot being tried in Anti-Terrorism Courts [?!?] and the other in Darul Qaza Islamic appellate courts, Online news agency reported.

American troops killed when Blackhawk helicopter shot down

American troops killed when Blackhawk helicopter shot down 09 Jun 2010 Four American military personnel have been killed in Afghanistan after their Blackhawk helicopter was shot down, it has been disclosed  The troops died when it took part in a mission to evacuate two British soldiers from the volatile town of Sangin. The casualties, who were on a second helicopter, are in a stable condition after they were evacuated from Forward Operating Base Jackson. A Nato spokesman said the four died "after their helicopter was brought down by hostile fire" in Helmand province.

White House clears way for more offshore drilling

'NOIA is headed up by Randall Luthi, formerly director of the MMS late in the administration of George W. Bush.' White House clears way for more offshore drilling By Tom Eley 09 June 2010 The Obama administration on Monday said that it would quickly issue new safety guidelines in order to expedite exploration for oil in shallow waters—even with the BP oil eruption still gushing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The new rules, to be issued by the Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS), could be put in effect today, clearing the way for dozens of new drilling operations... The administration’s decision Monday to speed up new drilling permits came only hours after the oil industry demanded it. The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), a lobbying group of 23 offshore drilling concerns, issued a letter earlier in the day asking Obama to "provide immediate interim guidance that would allow exploration and production during the rulemaking process."

BBC sabotaging Press TV broadcasts

BBC sabotaging Press TV broadcasts 09 Jun 2010 The British Broadcasting Corporation is showering Afghan cable networks with lucrative deals to cut broadcastings of Iran's English-language news channel, Press TV. The Press TV bureau in Kabul was informed on Wednesday that "a number of BBC employees have recently contacted the cable networks' union in Herat to persuade them into breaking contract with Press TV and blocking all satellite transmission of its programs."

U.N. Security Imposes New Sanctions Against Iran

U.N. Security Imposes New Sanctions Against Iran 09 Jun 2010 The UN Security Council (UNSC) has voted in favor of imposing a fourth round of sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. Of the 15 UNSC member states Brazil and Turkey voted against the new round of sanctions on Wednesday, while Lebanon abstained from vote. The fourth round of sanctions was adopted against Iran over its uranium enrichment -- which has been portrayed as a threat in the West despite repeated assurances from the IAEA on the non-diversion of nuclear material in the country.

Plumes of Oil Below Surface Raise New Concerns

Plumes of Oil Below Surface Raise New Concerns 08 Jun 2010 The government and university researchers confirmed Tuesday that plumes of dispersed oil were spreading far below the ocean surface from the leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico, raising fresh concern about the potential impact of the spill on sea life. The tests, the first detailed chemical analyses of water from the deep sea, show that some of the most toxic components of the oil are not necessarily rising to the surface where they can evaporate, as would be expected in a shallow oil leak. Instead, they are drifting through deep water in plumes or layers that stretch as far as 50 miles from the leaking well.

GOP picks NV tea party candidate in Reid battle

GOP picks NV tea party candidate in Reid battle 09 Jun 2010 Nevada Republicans Tuesday picked tea party insurgent Sharron Angle to take on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, marking the start of an epic showdown between a king of Capitol Hill and a conservative renegade who wants to turn Washington on end... Reid, 70, is the bland, sometimes prickly Democratic powerhouse who tells Nevadans, "I'm just who I am." Angle, 60, is a fiercely committed small-government, low-tax crusader [corporaterrorist], an outsider even in the GOP, who says, "I am the tea party."

Report: Israel to ease Gaza blockade in exchange for watered-down probe

Report: Israel to ease Gaza blockade in exchange for watered-down probe --Western sources: Quid pro quo deal in the offing  09 Jun 2010 Israel is prepared to accept a British plan to ease its blockade of Gaza in exchange for international acceptance of a watered-down investigation into last week's deadly raid on a Turkish ship that was headed for the Hamas-ruled territory, the Telegraph reported Wednesday.

Wealthy businesswomen win California Republican races

Wealthy businesswomen win California Republican races --Calif. governor race to set spending record 09 Jun 2010 Two powerful Silicon Valley businesswomen won Republican nominations for California governor and the U.S. Senate on Tuesday... California Republicans chose former eBay Inc chief Meg Whitman to face former Democratic governor Jerry Brown in the race to succeed Arnold Schwarzenegger. Carly Fiorina, another wealthy political novice and former chief executive of computer maker Hewlett-Packard Co, trounced her opponents to win the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in California.

British Medical Journal Report Questions Legitimacy of H1N1 Pandemic

British Medical Journal Report Questions Legitimacy of H1N1 Pandemic 08 Jun 2010 This Friday will mark the one year anniversary of the start of the H1N1 pandemic. But a new joint report from the British Medical Journal and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism questions the pandemic and alleged conflicts of interest between confidential World Health Organization advisors and their reported financial ties to pharmaceutical companies producing the vaccines. [CLG asserted same -- from the outset. See: Flu 'Oddities'.]

Sordid S.C. governor's race heads to runoff

Sordid S.C. governor's race heads to runoff --State Rep. Nikki Haley had led in polls despite allegations of affairs 08 Jun 2010 A sordid South Carolina Republican primary contest tinged by racial slurs and allegations of extramarital affairs will continue for two more weeks, with no candidates in Tuesday's election reaching the 50 percent of votes necessary to prevent a runoff. State Rep. Nikki Haley, who narrowly missed the 50 percent mark, will face U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett in a June 22 runoff election. The ultimate GOP winner will face state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, who won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination Tuesday.

Blanche Lincoln Narrowly Wins Arkansas Runoff

Blanche Lincoln Narrowly Wins Arkansas Runoff 08 Jun 2010 Moderate Democratic Sen. [corporaterrorist troll] Blanche Lincoln narrowly escaped a strong challenge from Lt. Gov. Bill Halter in a runoff election Tuesday to win the Democratic nomination for Senate in Arkansas.

G20 protesters could be hit with sonic guns

G20 protesters could be hit with sonic guns 27 May 2010 The addition of sound cannons to the arsenal available to security forces managing G20 protests comes as no surprise to groups planning to demonstrate in Toronto at next month’s summit. They say it’s just one more signal amid an unprecedented security operation that dissenting voices are being muzzled. The sound cannons are capable of emitting ear-piercing and hearing-damaging alerts, not unlike that of a smoke detector, that can be heard up to 1.5 kilometres away.

Israel asked U.S. to increase weapons supply, Haaretz learns

Israel asked U.S. to increase weapons supply, Haaretz learns --Air force seeking more JDAM bombs, and larger emergency stores held by American army. 08 Jun 2010 Israel recently approached the United States with new requests for security-related purchases, Haaretz has learned. The requests included Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM ) bombs for the Israel Air Force, as well as a significant expansion of the emergency stores held by the U.S. army in Israel. The priority list reflects the security threats the defense establishment believes Israel will face in the next few years, i.e. the eventuality of a prolonged war, which would necessitate using the IAF widely to attack many targets, along with ensuring enough spare parts and supplies.

Decorative eggs prompt Atlanta federal building evacuation

Decorative eggs prompt Atlanta federal building evacuation 08 Jun 2010 A harmless package of decorative eggs prompted a grenade scare and the evacuation of an Atlanta federal building on Tuesday, according to law enforcement officials. Thousands of workers cleared out of the Peachtree Summit Federal Building around midday after workers in a mail room spotted a suspicious package during a routine X-ray at the building, according to Atlanta police. A federal law enforcement official said the package contained a decorative, Faberge-like egg.

Hot oil is 'beginning to cook the birds'

Hot oil is 'beginning to cook the birds' 08 Jun 2010 NBC tells of a troubling phenomenon [eco-war crime] occurring on the Louisiana coast. (NBC video)

BP: 500,000 pounds of emissions released

BP: 500,000 pounds of emissions released 05 Jun 2010 At BP's Texas City refinery, more than 400 pounds a day of benzene -- 40 times the state reportable levels -- was released during a 40-day period while a subunit of the refinery’s ultracracker unit was offline, according to a company filing with the state’s environmental agency Friday. In all, BP officials said more than 500,000 pounds of pollutants and nonpollutants were released while the company increased flaring as they tried to repair a compressor on the faulty unit.

Subsea oil plumes found 142 miles from rig

Subsea oil plumes found 142 miles from rig --Crude is moving through Gulf like ash from a volcano, official says 08 Jun 2010 Clouds of oil have been found drifting underwater in the Gulf of Mexico as far as 142 miles from the wrecked Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, government officials said Tuesday. At a briefing, Jane Lubchenko, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), said that tests conducted at three sites by a University of South Florida research vessel confirmed oil as far as 3,300 feet below the surface. The oil was found 42 miles northeast of the well site and also 142 miles to the southeast.

Atlanta federal building evacuated after suspect package found

Atlanta federal building evacuated after suspect package found 08 Jun 2010 A federal building in Atlanta was evacuated on Tuesday and bomb experts were called in after officials discovered a suspicious package, local media reported, citing police officials. Workers filed out of the building, which houses a bureau of the Internal Revenue Service and other federal offices.

Federal judge blocks Alaska's wolf-kill plan

Federal judge blocks Alaska's wolf-kill plan 07 Jun 2010 A federal judge has denied the state of Alaska's request for a preliminary injunction to kill wolves, a step it [insanely] says was needed to protect a caribou herd that is a subsistence food source for a Native village. U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland ruled Monday on the state's request to conduct predator [?] control in a national wildlife refuge on Unimak Island... The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the state would have to go through a review process for a special use permit or it would be considered trespassing.

America's War in Afghanistan Now Officially Longer than Vietnam

America's War in Afghanistan Now Officially Longer than Vietnam By Bill Bradley 07 Jun 2010 As of today, June 7, 2010, the war in on Afghanistan has lasted 104 months, surpassing Vietnam as the longest war in American history. American forces invaded Afghanistan in October 2001, Kabul fell that November, and America’s attention shifted to the war in Iraq... A touchstone of Obama’s Afghanistan strategy is the drawing down of troops come summer 2011.

Obama to Reopen Oil Drilling

Obama to Reopen Oil Drilling --New Rules on Shallow-Water Exploration Expected 08 Jun 2010 The Obama administration, facing rising anger on the Gulf Coast over the loss of jobs and income from a drilling moratorium from his corporate paymasters, said Monday that it would move quickly to release new safety requirements that would allow the reopening of offshore oil and gas exploration in shallow waters. Administration officials say new rules for shallow water oil and gas drilling could be released as soon as Tuesday.

U.S. military holds soldier in classified video leak

U.S. military holds soldier in classified video leak 07 Jun 2010 A U.S. soldier has been arrested in connection with the release of a classified video showing a 2007 helicopter attack [another US war crime] that killed a dozen people in Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff, the U.S. military said on Monday. Army Specialist Bradley Manning, 22, of Potomac, Maryland, who was deployed to Baghdad, is being held in pretrial confinement in Kuwait, "for allegedly releasing classified information," according to a U.S. military statement. ...A U.S. official confirmed that the case involved a U.S. military videotape made public in April by WikiLeaks, a group that promotes the leaking of information to fight government and corporate corruption.

1 Worker Dead in Natural Gas Line Blast in Texas

1 Worker Dead in Natural Gas Line Blast in Texas --At least seven of the other 13 workers who had been working at the site went to hospitals. 08 Jun 2010 A large natural gas line in north Texas erupted Monday after utility workers accidentally hit the line, sending a massive fireball into the air and killing one worker, officials said. Authorities found the missing worker's body several hours after the explosion, once searchers could safely walk through the entire charred area.

Israel rejects international inquiry into lethal raid

Israel rejects international inquiry into lethal raid 07 Jun 2010 Israel rejected Sunday a proposal by U.N. Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon for an international investigation into its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship and said it had the right to launch its own inquiry. "We are rejecting an international commission. We are discussing with the Obama administration a way in which our inquiry will take place," Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to Washington, said on the U.S. TV program "Fox News Sunday." [Yes, I love it when war criminals, sociopaths and paranoiacs investigate *themselves.*]

Coalition ready to drop key counter-terrorism measure

Coalition ready to drop key counter-terrorism measure 07 Jun 2010 Ministers are considering dropping the 28 day limit for detaining terrorism suspects without charge, it can be disclosed. The Coalition is currently reviewing counter-terrorism legislation brought in following the September 11 and July 7 attacks by blamed on al-Qaeda. Among the controversial measures that they will consider scrapping is the extended detention before charge, brought in to give police more time to unravel plots.

US crisis panel hits Goldman Sachs with subpoenas

US crisis panel hits Goldman Sachs with subpoenas 07 Jun 2010 A high-profile panel investigating the causes of the financial crisis announced Monday it had subpoenaed Goldman Sachs for failing to cooperate with the probe. Leading members of Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission angrily accused Goldman of ignoring "multiple" requests for information and of trying to overwhelm the commission's small staff with mountains of irrelevant documents. "We did not ask them to pull up a dump truck to our offices and dump a bunch of rubbish, we asked for very specific items," said commission chair Phil Angelides, announcing the demand.

Iranian scholar confirms abduction

Iranian scholar confirms abduction 08 Jun 2010 The Iranian scholar who went missing last year while on pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia has confirmed his abduction by the US in a video message. Shahram Amiri, a researcher at Iran's Malek Ashtar University, insisted in the message released on Monday that he was kidnapped by US agents en route to Mecca in June 2009. "I am Shahram Amiri, a lecturer at Malek Ashtar University, and at the moment I am in the town of Tucson in the US state of Arizona. I was abducted on the 13th of Khordad 1388 in a joint operation by terror and kidnap teams from the US intelligence service CIA and Saudi Arabia's Istikhbarat. I was kidnapped from the holy city of Medina," Amiri said.

Reflections by a Former US Marine on the Mavi Marmara

Reflections by a Former US Marine on the Mavi Marmara: On Cowardice and Violence By Ken O'Keefe 07 Jun 2010 I knew the commandos were murdering when I removed a 9mm pistol from one of  them.  I had that gun in my hands and as an ex-US Marine with training in the use of guns it was completely within my power to  use that gun on the commando who may have been the murderer of one  of my brothers.  But that is not what I, nor any other defender of  the ship did.  I took that weapon away, removed the bullets,  proper lead bullets, separated them from the weapon and hid the  gun.  I did this in the hopes that we would repel the attack and  submit this weapon as evidence in a criminal trial against Israeli  authorities for mass murder.

BP's Deepwater Horizon costs hit $1.25bn

BP's Deepwater Horizon costs hit $1.25bn --Efforts to stop leak, clean-up costs and compensation costing tens of millions a day --BP shares rise 2.7% this morning on hopes for success and dividend pledge 07 Jun 2010 The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has now cost BP $1.25bn (£870m), as its much-criticised chief executive vows to spend "what it takes" to fix the Deepwater Horizon disaster that has caused growing anger across America... The City continues to be reassured by BP's efforts, and its refusal so far to cut its dividend. The company's shares were the biggest riser on the FTSE 100 this morning, up as much as 11p or 2.7% at 444p.

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