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Guantanamo Spending Nears $2B

Guantanamo Spending Nears $2B 07 Jun 2010 The U.S. military has spent at least $500 million in recent years on renovations to Guantanamo Bay, including $296,000 for a go-kart track, records show. Add in spending for top-secret items and the total cost easily soars toward $2 billion, The Washington Post reported Monday in the first public accounting of spending at the base since the first suspected terror detainees arrived in January 2002. The costs do not include the $150 million a year that it takes to run the 45-square-mile base for US contractors, which the Obama administration wants to close.

Navy still searching for missing underwater vehicles

Oops! Navy still searching for missing underwater vehicles 08 Jun 2010 Four underwater unmanned vehicles went missing Sunday during training to conduct search, classify and map missions. The Navy, Coast Guard and local authorities were searching for the missing vehicles in the Thimble Shoals Channel between the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, a Navy news release said. Communication was lost with four of the 13 unmanned vehicles Sunday about 1 p.m. while the vehicles were using bottom-mapping sonar to look for mine-like contacts in the water as part of the training.

"I Don't Like Bush Either": Splitting-the-Sky trial ends favorably!

"I Don't Like Bush Either": Splitting-the-Sky trial ends favorably! Posted by Kevin Barrett 08 Jun 2010 The Calgary Herald reports: A Chase, B.C., man will not go to jail after being convicted on Monday of obstructing a peace officer while protesting former U.S. president [sic] George W. Bush's visit to Calgary last year. Provincial court Judge Manfred Delong handed a conditional discharge to John Pasquale Boncore, 58, and placed him on probation for a year. Boncore, who uses the name Splitting the Sky, must make a $1,000 donation to a charity of his choice and pay a $50 victim fine surcharge as conditions of his probation. Trial observer and Splitting-the-Sky supporter John Duddy reports: I spent the afternoon in court listening to the Splitting-the-Sky case. He won. No criminal record, he has to make a donation to his favourite charity. Ramsey Clark spoke on behalf of the defendant; the Crown did not object. Overheard the Crown lawyer in the elevator say "I don't like Bush either".

Units make history with Air Force's first homeland defense

Units make history with Air Force's first homeland defense ORI 01 Jun 2010 Three units representing each component of the Air Force made history here May 16 through 23 when they successfully completed the first homeland defense operational readiness inspection. The ORI, held at the Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center here, was administered by the Air Mobility Command Inspector General on a trial basis, but it may help pave the way for future inspections, officials said. "For the very first time, the U.S. Air Force has validated a unit's wartime capability to defend the homeland by fighting an enemy right here on U.S. soil," said Col. Greg Nelson, the commander of the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Airlift Wing, which served as the lead organization for the ORI. "That represents a major shift in the way Air Force (leaders evaluate) unit readiness, because it puts the focus in our own backyard, rather than a simulated overseas location where these evaluations are usually staged," he said.

BP eyes showdown with US govt on liability-BP source

BP eyes showdown with US govt on liability-BP source 09 Jun 2010 Oil major BP believes it may be heading for a showdown with the White House over ever- increasing demands that it cover costs related to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a BP source said on Wednesday. "At some point a line has to be drawn," the source said. [I agree. 'At some point, a line has to be drawn.']

Delisted and in danger: Gulf oil spill threatens brown pelicans months after they are dropped from endangered species list

Delisted and in danger: Gulf oil spill threatens brown pelicans months after they are dropped from endangered species list By John Platt 08 Jun 2010 Images of oil-caked brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) have hit the front pages of countless U.S. newspapers and other media in the past week, driving home the still-growing impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. So far, dozens of pelicans have been transported to rescue centers for treatment. The number is only expected to rise as the oil spill spreads and covers Louisiana's Queen Bess Island Pelican Rookery and other important breeding sites. It is quite a blow for a species that was on the endangered species list until just six months ago.

Obama offers Abbas $400m in extra aid for Gaza in flotilla aftermath

Obama offers Abbas $400m in extra aid for Gaza in flotilla aftermath 09 Jun 2010 U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday called on Israel to work with all parties to find a solution for Gaza and offered the Palestinians $400 million in new aid as Washington sought to contain the fallout from Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla. In remarks made as he met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Obama urged Israel to curb settlement activity and called on the Palestinians to prevent any actions that could incite confrontation. [That's like blaming the brown pelican for getting coated in BP's oil. Why don't you tell the IDF to stop shooting US students in the eye? --LRP]

Dozens killed in Afghan wedding

US mercenaries are busy little war crime bees! Dozens killed in Afghan wedding 10 Jun 2010 At least 39 people have been killed and 73 injured in an explosion at a wedding party in Afghanistan's southern kandahar province, officials have said. The blast occurred on Wednesday night as men gathered to celebrate had just sat down to eat. "There was an explosion at a wedding at Nangahaan in Arghandab district," Mohammad Anaas, a senior official with the city administration, said.

Lawmakers consider N.Y. government shutdown

Lawmakers consider N.Y. government shutdown 09 Jun 2010 State legislators raised the prospect of forcing a government shutdown during a public budget meeting with Gov. David Paterson (D) on Wednesday... Each Monday, legislators vote on a new, one-week spending plan. Rejection of the plan would lead to a government shutdown. Senate Republicans have said they will continue to vote in unison against the spending plans, as a way to protest the stalled and secretive budget negotiations.

Two young sea turtles treated for oil contamination

Two young sea turtles treated for oil contamination 08 Jun 2010 Two young sea turtles pulled from Alabama waters, covered with oil, have been cleaned and were recovering in Gulfport on Tuesday. The yearling sea turtles, each about six inches long, were found last week when that state was wrestling with oil threatening its shorelines. They are the first sea turtles treated in Mississippi that are confirmed victims of oil contamination. The little Loggerhead was pulled from Perdido Bay on Thursday and the Hawksbill from Gulf Shores, Ala., on Saturday.

NATO trucks attacked near Islamabad

NATO trucks attacked near Islamabad 09 Jun 2010 Pro-Taliban gunmen in Pakistan have attacked nearly 50 NATO vehicles carrying supplies for the US-led troops in neighboring Afghanistan. At least eight people were killed in the attack that took place near the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. Police officials told Press TV that NATO supply trailers, containers and fuel tankers caught fire during the attack. Trucks carrying supplies for foreign forces in Afghanistan frequently come under attack in Pakistan. [Right, and USociopaths' mercenaries, contractors and terrorists-for-hire are making a *killing* on every attack.]

British soldier killed in explosion in Afghanistan

British soldier killed in explosion in Afghanistan 09 Jun 2010 A British soldier has been killed in an explosion in southern Afghanistan. The soldier, from the 2nd Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, died in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province on Wednesday.

Detainee in Times Square probe transferred to NY

Detainee in Times Square probe transferred to NY 09 Jun 2010 A gas station attendant rounded up last month in Massachusetts during the investigation of the failed Times Square bombing now is in custody in New York, authorities said Wednesday. It was unclear when or why Aftab Khan -- who was to appear in federal court in Manhattan later Wednesday -- was brought to New York. Prosecutors said there were still no criminal charges against Khan, but declined further comment.

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.

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