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BP 'can't guarantee success' in oil crisis

BP 'can't guarantee success' in oil crisis 30 May 2010 Following 41 days of consecutive failure in stopping oil form gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, BP is not optimistic about the new method it intends to employ. BP announced on Sunday that its next plan to stem the oil flow, called "lower marine riser package" operation, involves robot submarines cutting the leaking pipe, placing a cap over it and then pumping the oil to the surface. However, the British company's Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said theoretically the method will work "but obviously we can't guarantee success."

Israel stations nuclear missile subs off Iran

Israel stations nuclear missile subs off Iran 30 May 2010 Three German-built Israeli submarines equipped with nuclear cruise missiles are to be deployed in the Gulf near the Iranian coastline. The first has been sent in response to Israeli fears that ballistic missiles developed by Iran, Syria and Hezbollah, a political and military organisation in Lebanon, could hit sites in Israel, including air bases and missile launchers. The submarines of Flotilla 7 -- Dolphin, Tekuma and Leviathan -- have visited the Gulf before. But the decision has now been taken to ensure a permanent presence of at least one of the vessels.

BP and US Government 'Command Center' Guarded by Company From Afghan Embassy Hazing Scandal

BP and US Government 'Command Center' Guarded by Company From Afghan Embassy Hazing Scandal By Jeremy Scahill 28 May 2010 [Naomi Klein and her husband Avi Lewis] are traveling around the devastated US Gulf reporting on the horrific disaster caused by BP's massive oil spill. They described to me a run in that they just had with the private security company Wackenhut, which apparently has been hired to do the perimeter security for the "Deepwater Horizon Unified Command." The "Unified Command" is run jointly by BP and several US government agencies including the US Coast Guard, the Department of Defense, the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security...  Most recently, Wackenhut gained global infamy for the conduct of guards from its subsidiary Armor Group after it was revealed by whistleblowers that the company created a "Lord of the Flies environment" at the embassy...

Fla. legislator backs Arizona-style immigration law

Fla. legislator backs Arizona-style immigration law 27 May 2010 Calls for an Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigration are gaining ground in Florida... The state House's top legislator on criminal justice issues said he wants to see legislation to mirror Arizona's controversial illegal immigration law. It requires police to check the immigration status of people they stop if they reasonably suspect them to be in the state illegally. "I would absolutely, 100 percent, unequivocally support an Arizona law," said Rep. William Snyder, R-Stuart, a former police officer and chairman of the Criminal and Civil Justice Committee.

Thousands march in Phoenix to protest immigration law

Thousands march in Phoenix to protest immigration law 29 May 2010 Hoping to turn their frustration and anger into action, tens of thousands of protesters against Arizona's new immigration law marched on the state Capitol Saturday and urged the nation's leaders to hear their pleas. "We must stand together for justice, opportunity and peace," said U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz., at the midafternoon culmination of what was a peaceful demonstration on the Capitol grounds. "What we need in the United States is not scapegoating immigrants."

US to launch covert strikes on terror targets

US to launch covert strikes on terror targets --White House gives green light to clandestine Special Forces missions across Middle East 26 May 2010 The US has authorised a sweeping expansion of covert military operations in the Middle East and Africa, aimed at destroying terrorist networks in the region, and preparing the ground ahead of any presidential decision to attack Iran. According yesterday's The New York Times, a directive, called the Joint Unconventional Warfare Task Force Execute Order, was signed on 30 September by General David Petraeus, head of Central Command and in charge of US military operations in the Middle East, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. Under its provisions, units of the Navy Seals, the Army's Delta Force and other Special Forces will be able to operate both in friendly countries, and in hostile countries with which the US is not technically at war.

US military admits killing 23 Afghan civilians

US military admits killing 23 Afghan civilians 29 May 2010 The US military has admitted killing 23 civilians and has reprimanded six operators of a pilot-less drone that attacked a convoy of civilians. An investigation found that warnings that the convoy was not an attacking force were ignored and that the ground-force commander was not sure who was in the vehicles. Women and children were among the dead.

Canada to mount largest-ever security operation for G8/G20 summits

Canada to mount largest-ever security operation for G8/G20 summits By Paul Franklin 29 May 2010 Next month’s meeting of the G8 and G20 leaders in Ontario, Canada will see the largest and most expensive security operation in Canadian history. From Wednesday, June 23 to Sunday, June 27 presidents and prime ministers from the world’s largest economies will meet to discuss the ongoing crisis of global capitalism--first at the G8 summit in the resort community of Huntsville and then at the G20 in downtown Toronto... The leaders and their entourages--some over a thousand strong--will be protected by thousands of federal, provincial and metropolitan police, troops from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), and a myriad of national security-intelligence agencies.

Obama administration blocked efforts to stop BP oil drilling before explosion

Obama administration blocked efforts to stop BP oil drilling before explosion By Joe Kishore 10 May 2010 In 2009, the Obama administration intervened to support the reversal of a court order that would have halted offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Obama’s Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who has long had close ties to the industry, specifically cited BP’s Deepwater Horizon operation as one that should be allowed to go forward, according to a group involved in the court case. A Washington DC Appeals Court ruled in April 2009 that the Bush administration’s five-year plan for offshore oil and gas drilling (covering 2007 to 2012) was not based on a proper review of the environmental impact of the drilling. Only days before the ruling, the Obama administration had granted BP a "categorical exclusion," exempting it from an environmental impact study for the Deepwater Horizon project.

Congressmen Propose Pre-Paid Phone Registration to Prevent Terrorism

Congressmen Propose Pre-Paid Phone Registration to Prevent Terrorism 28 May 2010 Pre-paid phones have a lot of advantages... But they also have another benefit, anonymity, that can benefit criminals and terrorists. That's why two congressmen have proposed legislation that will require pre-paid phone users to register before purchase. [?!?] Senators Chuck Schumer of New York and John Cornyn of Texas announced their proposed legislation Wednesday, mostly in response to reports that the Times Square bomber used one to prepare and coordinate his attack.

Children draped in English flags take part in fascist protest march through Newcastle

Children draped in English flags take part in fascist protest march through Newcastle 29 May 2010 Children were thrust into racial hostilities today as the English Defence League clashed with police and anti-fascist groups in Newcastle. Shops and pubs in the city closed as up to 3,000 EDL and Unite Against Fascism members took to the streets, chanting and waving banners.
The two camps came face-to-face near the city train station before their planned marches, with UAF protesters chanting 'Off our streets, Nazi scum' in response to the EDL's chorus of 'You're not English anymore'.

BP Buses In 400 Workers During Obama's Visit

BP Buses In 400 Workers During Obama's Visit --Jefferson Parish Councilman Calls Company's Actions 'Shameful' 29 May 2010 Officials from Jefferson Parish claim BP bused 400 cleanup workers into Grand Isle on Friday in time for a visit from President Barack Obama. Jefferson Parish Councilman John Young said the workers were brought in to clean oil off Grand Isle's beaches. The extra workers were brought in for Friday only, at a rate of $12 an hour, officials told WDSU... "They must think we're all fools," he said. Roberts called BP's efforts "shameful."

BP's 'top kill' procedure fails to stop oil gusher

Notice the tarballs at BP waited until *Saturday night* to announce this (highly predictable) nugget: BP's 'top kill' procedure fails to stop oil gusher 29 May 2010 BP has failed in its latest attempt to plug the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico with mud and cement, the company said Saturday. BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said the company determined the "top kill" method had failed after studying it for three days. The method involved pumping heavy drilling mud into a crippled well 5,000 feet underwater.

We Need a President Who Catnaps on a Cot 24/7

We Need a President Who Catnaps on a Cot 24/7 By J. Speer-Williams 30 May 2010 Mr. Obama, are you going to become a real leader, or continue to be a mere passive observer of the greatest man-made catastrophe in human history? You as our president should be operating 24/7 in a Louisiana command center, catching catnaps on a cot until our Gulf disaster and its attendant problems are solved. Enough with your bored detachment - we need real leadership right now.

Israeli gunships head to sea to block flotilla

Israeli gunships head to sea to block flotilla 29 May 2010 Israeli gunships headed out to sea Friday to stop a flotilla of pro-Palestinian activists from reaching the Gaza Strip, the military said, setting the stage for what could become a dramatic showdown on the high seas. Israel's foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said the country was prepared to stop the flotilla "at any cost." He called the aid mission a provocation and urged the international community to show understanding for the tough response.

US admits killing Afghan civilians

US admits killing Afghan civilians 29 May 2010 The US military has admitted killing almost two dozen Afghan civilians in an airstrike in Uruzgan earlier this year amid growing discontent over the issue. A US air raid in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan claimed the lives of at least 23 people -- including women and children -- in February. The airstrike took place in the middle of a turbulent two-week period, when US and NATO attacks reportedly left more than 50 civilians dead.

Options studied for possible Pakistan strike

The Times Square false flag -- the gift that keeps on giving: Options studied for possible Pakistan strike 29 May 2010 The U.S. military is reviewing options for a unilateral strike in Pakistan in the event that a successful attack on American soil is traced to the country's tribal areas, according to senior military officials. Ties between the alleged Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad, and elements of the Pakistani Taliban have sharpened the Obama administration's need for retaliatory options, the officials said. They stressed that a U.S. reprisal would be contemplated only under extreme circumstances, such as a catastrophic attack that leaves President Obama convinced that the ongoing campaign of CIA drone strikes is insufficient. "Planning has been reinvigorated in the wake of Times Square," one of the officials said.

US considering attack on Pakistan

It's the 'Oh, my God' Obusha holiday weekend really, really bad news dump:  US considering attack on Pakistan 29 May 2010 The US military is reportedly weighing all possible options to attack Pakistan, in the event that it manages to link the country with a disastrous attack on the US soil... Military officials in the US have used the failed bomb attempt on New York's Times Square on May 1, to accuse Pakistan of harboring terrorists. The incident was also used to urge the Obama administration to review how it would respond to a successful attack on US soil.

British Iraq war probe quizzes Bremer, Crocker on US trip

British Iraq war probe quizzes Bremer, Crocker on US trip 28 May 2010 Britain's Iraq war inquiry questioned US diplomats Paul Bremer and Ryan Crocker among other officials during a visit to the United States last week, it said Friday. Members of the five-strong panel, which is investigating the March 2003 invasion and subsequent operations until Britain's pull-out last year, also met with the current French and Australian ambassadors in Washington. [Scr*w 'quizzing' them - arrest Bremer and Crocker-of-sh*t and charge them with war crimes. --LRP]

U.S. Senate Approves $60 Billion War-funding Bill

U.S. Senate Approves $60 Billion War-funding Bill --War Bill Approved as Afghan Conflict Tops Iraq in Cost, Troops 28 May 2010 The U.S. Senate approved a $60 billion war-funding bill last night as the conflict in Afghanistan has exceeded the Iraq war in annual cost and number of troops. Senators voted 67-28 for the measure, which goes to the House for consideration next month. Opposing the legislation were 26 Republicans and two Democrats. The vote came after lawmakers rejected a proposal to require President Barack Obama to submit a non-binding report outlining when he plans to end U.S. involvement in the almost nine-year-old Afghan conflict.

US Senate passes $349 million economic stimulus for Pakistan

US Senate passes $349 million economic stimulus for Pakistan 29 May 2010 The US Senate has passed $349 million in economic and security aid for Pakistan, as part of a $60 billion war supplemental bill to fund Afghan operations and some other projects requested by the Obama administration. The summary of the measure, passed on Thursday, said that of the $349 million assistance for Pakistan, $259 million was for social and economic support programmes and activities, including $10 million for the Pakistan Civilian Assistance Programme [instead of funding such projects in the US]. The Obama administration had requested the money in economic, law enforcement, and military assistance for Pakistan. [See: The Obusha AfPak Money Pit By Lori Price.]

CITGO Refineries Recognized with 7 Meritorious Safety and Environmental Awards

CITGO Refineries Recognized with 7 Meritorious Safety and Environmental Awards 27 May 2010 CITGO Petroleum Corporation refineries were recognized by the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (NPRA) with seven awards for their safe operations during 2009. The awards were presented at the 18th Annual Safety Awards Banquet recently held in the San Antonio, Texas area as part of NPRA’s National Safety Conference. The awards included one Gold Award, three Meritorious Safety Performance Awards and three Achievement Awards. "These awards are yet another demonstration of our commitment to safety and environmental stewardship in alignment with principles endorsed by our shareholder, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, to promote environmental protection and improve the quality of life of people," said CITGO President and CEO Alejandro Granado. [Yeah, we don't get that with the BP tarballs and dirt-bags.]

Navy's Drone Death Ray Takes Out Targets at Sea

Navy's Drone Death Ray Takes Out Targets at Sea By Nathan Hodge 28 May 2010 For years, the U.S. Navy has been pursuing a workable ray gun that could provide a leap ahead in ship self-defenses. Now, with a series of tests of a system called the Laser Weapon System, or LaWS), it may be one step closer to that goal. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), the service’s technology development arm, announced today that LaWS had "successfully tracked, engaged, and destroyed" a drone in flight, during an over-the-water engagement at San Nicholas Island, Calif.

IDF to intercept Gaza-headed flotilla

IDF to intercept Gaza-headed flotilla 27 May 2010 Navy commandos will board the nine international aid ships sailing toward Gaza City if they don’t turn back, and the commandos will be armed in case terrorists [?!?] are hiding aboard, defense officials said on Thursday. The ships are scheduled to try to break the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip on Saturday. They are carrying around 750 activists, including diplomats and journalists, as well as about 10,000 tons of supplies.

Gulf oil spill is public health risk, environmental scientists warn

Gulf oil spill is public health risk, environmental scientists warn --Pollution could do lasting damage to locals' health 28 May 2010 Prolonged exposure to crude oil and chemical dispersants is a public health danger, environmental scientists warned today as BP spent a third day trying to initiate a "top kill" operation to cap the ruptured well on the sea bed. The oil firm moved to a second stage of the procedure by injecting material such as golf balls, shredded tyres and rope into the well. But John Pack, a spokesman for BP, said it would not be clear until Sunday if it would work.

US drone attack kills 11 in Pakistan

The Obusha strategy: Fund them while killing them. US drone attack kills 11 in Pakistan 28 May 2010 A fresh US drone strike has left at least 11 people dead and several others wounded in the troubled northwestern Pakistan, intelligence officials say. A US drone fired missiles into a suspected militant hideout in North Waziristan on Friday, DPA reported. "The drone attack completely destroyed" its target, an intelligence official said on condition of anonymity.

7 Gulf oil spill cleanup workers hospitalized

7 Gulf oil spill cleanup workers hospitalized 28 May 2010 Seven workers helping to clean up the Gulf oil spill remain hospitalized after they reported dizziness, headaches and nausea while working on boats off the Louisiana coast. West Jefferson Medical Center spokeswoman Taslin Alfonso said Thursday that doctors believe the likely cause is chemical irritation and dehydration from long hours working in the heat. Alfonso said the workers told doctors they believe chemicals used to break up the oil made them sick.

Analysts question Korea torpedo incident

Analysts question Korea torpedo incident 27 May 2010 How is it that a submarine of a fifth-rate power was able to penetrate a U.S.-South Korean naval exercise and sink a ship that was designed for anti-submarine warfare? Such questions are being fueled by suggestions in the South Korean and Japanese media that the naval exercise was intended to provoke the North to attack. The resulting public outcry in the South, according to this analysis, would bolster support for a conservative government in Seoul that is opposed to reconciliation efforts. As fanciful as it may sound to Western ears, the case that Operation Foal Eagle was designed to provoke the North has been underscored by constant references in regional media to charts showing the location where the ship was sunk -- in waters close to, and claimed by, North Korea.

Lies and evasions in defense of BP

Obama press conference: Lies and evasions in defense of BP By Patrick Martin 28 May 2010 The White House press conference Thursday, the first held by President Barack Obama in nearly ten months, was devoted to presenting his administration as an active crisis manager in the Gulf oil catastrophe, rather than a handmaiden for BP, the giant oil company whose profit drive is responsible for the worst ecological disaster in US history... With the government’s passive and virtually nonexistent response now so obvious that it has become the subject of criticism from within the president’s own party, Obama focused his remarks on the claim that the federal government, not BP, was in charge of the operation to plug the Deepwater Horizon well and of the efforts to defend hundreds of miles of vulnerable coast line, now being hit by a surge of toxic crude oil.

22-mile oil plume found under Gulf surface

22-mile oil plume found under Gulf surface 28 May 2010 Marine scientists have discovered a massive new plume of what they believe to be oil deep beneath the Gulf of Mexico, stretching 22 miles from the leaking BP wellhead northeast toward an underwater canyon whose currents feed sealife in the waters off Florida. The discovery by researchers on the University of South Florida College of Marine Science's Weatherbird II vessel is the second significant undersea plume reported since the Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20.

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