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Gulf Oil 'SPILL' - What A Lie

'Currently, the oil gusher in the Gulf produces an Exxon Valdez disaster about every four days.' Gulf Oil 'SPILL' - What A Lie By J. Speer-Williams 14 May 2010 Spill? The corporate media continues to call the volcano of continuous gushing oil, in the Gulf, a spill. How insulting. A volcano that shoots out a million gallons of crude oil a week is hardly a spill. The common definition of a spill is the liquid that fell out of a container, a one time occurrence, not a massive flow that has no known end. An oil tanker can spill oil; but not Mother Earth... The definition of "gush" is to flow forth suddenly and violently. What we are faced with in the Gulf of Mexico is a continuous and monster gusher of crude oil that has no known termination point. 

Ten-mile oil plume found beneath Gulf of Mexico surface

Ten-mile oil plume found beneath Gulf of Mexico surface --Researchers report three or four large plumes of sub-surface spilled oil, at least one of which is 10 miles long and a mile wide 16 May 2010 Scientists have found huge plumes of oil beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, as BP hit a problem in its latest effort to slow down the leak from a broken undersea pipe. At least 790,000 litres of oil has gushed into the Gulf since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on 20 April and sank two days later. Eleven people were killed in the blast.

Inside the Secret Interrogation Facility at Bagram

Inside the Secret Interrogation Facility at Bagram By Marc Ambinder 14 May 2010 The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) runs a classified interrogation facility for high-value detainees inside Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, defense and administration officials said, and prisoners there are sometimes subject to tougher interrogation methods than those used elsewhere. Both the New York Times and the BBC reported that prisoners who passed through the facility reported abuse, like beatings and sexual humiliation, to the Red Cross, which is not allowed access.

Canadian commander accused of murders and sex attacks

Canadian commander accused of murders and sex attacks --One of Canada's most senior military figures has been accused of being a sexual predator responsible for up to ten murders. 14 May 2010 In a case that has shocked and transfixed the nation, British-born Colonel Russell Williams has been charged with two killings but police think they may be more. Detectives are re-examining up to eight unsolved murders and dozens of sex crimes across Canada stretching back three decades. Col Williams, 47, was the commander in charge of Canadian Forces Base Trenton, near Toronto, which is the country's largest military airbase and provides support for its operations in Afghanistan and Haiti. [Hopefully, he'll be sentenced before the Pentagon snaps him up to head US forces in Afghanistan or lead Monsanto's toxic food distribution in Haiti. --LRP]

Oil spill: BP accused of using Gulf of Mexico as 'toxic testing-ground'

Oil spill: BP accused of using Gulf of Mexico as 'toxic testing-ground' --Louisiana officials have accused BP of turning the Gulf of Mexico into a toxic testing-ground after winning permission for experimental chemical methods of fighting the oil slick. 15 May 2010 State officials are angry that federal regulators gave the company permission to try out new chemical techniques to break up and hold back the growing tide of oil. Despite registering concerns about the potential implications for the environment, marine life and human health, Governor Bobby Jindal's administration was cut out of deliberations over the use of dispersants that break up the oil, as the Environmental Protection Agency granted BP permission to release large quantities underwater.

Barack Obama sends nuclear experts to tackle BP's Gulf of Mexico oil leak

Barack Obama sends nuclear experts to tackle BP's Gulf of Mexico oil leak 14 May 2010 The US has sent a team of nuclear physicists to help BP plug the "catastrophic" flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico from its leaking Deepwater Horizon well, as the Obama administration becomes frustrated with the oil giant's inability to control the situation. The five-man team -- which includes a man who helped develop the first hydrogen bomb in the 1950s -- is the brainchild of Steven Chu, President Obama's Energy Secretary. He has charged the men with finding solutions to stop the flow of oil.

Hersh: US executes Afghan prisoners

Hersh: US executes Afghan prisoners 15 May 2010 As the Afghan occupation continues to prove troublesome for the Obama administration, a report says US-led troops torture and execute prisoners in the country. Seymour Hersh, an investigative journalist with the New Yorker, made the revelation during the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Geneva. "I'll tell you right now, one of the great tragedies of my country is that Mr. Obama is looking the other way, because equally horrible things are happening to prisoners, to those we capture in Afghanistan," Hersh said.

U.S. Still Using Illegal Private Spy Ring in Afghanistan and Pakistan

U.S. Still Using Illegal Private Spy Ring in Afghanistan and Pakistan --One company employs a CIA operative made famous for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal 15 May 2010 Top military officials have continued to rely on a secret network of private spies who operate deep inside Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to American officials and businessmen, despite concerns among some in the military about the legality of the operation. The American military is largely prohibited from operating inside Pakistan. And under Pentagon rules, the army is not allowed to hire contractors for spying. The web of private businesses working under the Lockheed Martin contract include Strategic Influence Alternatives, American International Security Corporation and International Media Ventures, a communications company based in St. Petersburg, Fla., with Czech ownership. One of the companies employs a network of Americans, Afghans and Pakistanis run by Duane Clarridge, a C.I.A. veteran who became famous for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal. [Well, it makes sense for US mercenaries to hire Iran-Contra operatives, since the same dirt-bags are still engaged in supplying terrorists (Blackwater) with arms and running the Afghan opium routes. --LRP]

US drone attack kills 13 in Pakistan

US drone attack kills 13 in Pakistan 15 May 2010 Fresh US drone strikes have left at least 13 people dead and several others wounded in the troubled northwestern Pakistan, intelligence officials say. The attack targeted the Tira valley of Khyber tribal district on Saturday. Officials and local residents said two drones fired six missiles into three compounds in the region. The death toll is expected to rise as some of the injured are said to be in critical condition.

US oil spill spreads to new coasts

US oil spill spreads to new coasts 15 May 2010 The oil spill gushing in the Gulf of Mexico has reached new locations, as renewed efforts to contain or even slow the giant leak failed to yield results again. The US Coast Guard announced on Saturday that the oil leaking from a rig in the Gulf of Mexico has spread to two new locations -- Whiskey Island, Louisiana, and Long Beach, Mississippi, AFP reported.

Fighter jets escort plane over 'potential threat'

Fighter jets escort plane over 'potential threat' 15 May 2010 Two CF-18 Hornets were scrambled from a Canadian military base Saturday to escort a Cathay Pacific Airways flight into Vancouver's airport, according to an official with the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The action was taken in response to a "potential threat" to the flight, Maj. Holly Apostoliuk of NORAD told CNN. The plane was escorted to the airport and directed to a restricted area.

Suggestion for Prepandemic Vaccine Ignites Debate

Suggestion for Prepandemic Vaccine Ignites Debate 14 May 2010 An influenza specialist who previously led the World Health Organization's (WHO's) flu program and now works for Novartis, has recommended that developing a prepandemic vaccination to get a grip on foment the next flu endemic, a thought that other experts are welcoming with concern or cynicism. Dr. Klaus Stohr, ex-Director of the WHO's Global Influenza Programme, suggests developing a vaccine including a "cocktail" of flu strains considered apt to cause the next epidemic, together with an adjuvant (immune-system stimulant). [We'll take your shot after you take ours.]

NY Judge: Torture no grounds to dismiss indictment

NY Judge: Torture no grounds to dismiss indictment 11 May 2010 A Guantanamo Bay detainee prisoner brought to the United States for trial on charges he helped the bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa while he was an aide to Osama bin Laden cannot use allegations of torture by the CIA to dismiss the indictment, a judge said Monday. U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan made the ruling in Manhattan after months of consideration of documents, much of their contents redacted, that were submitted by attorneys for Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani and the government.

Proposal Would Extend Pre-hearing Detention, Withhold Miranda Warnings in Terror Cases

It's the Obusha 'Friday Night Extra-constitutional Bad News Dump' -- so big, the dumping actually crossed into Saturday morning! Proposal Would Extend Pre-hearing Detention, Withhold Miranda Warnings in Terror Cases 14 Mar 2010 President Obama’s legal advisers are considering asking Congress to allow the government to detain terrorism suspects longer after their arrests before presenting them to a judge for an initial hearing, according to administration officials familiar with the discussions. If approved, the idea to delay hearings would be attached to broader legislation to allow interrogators to withhold Miranda warnings from terrorism suspects for lengthy periods, as Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. proposed last week. It is not clear how long of a delay the administration is considering seeking...  Anthony Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, assailed the Obama administration for considering such ideas. He noted that the administration of President [sic] George W. Bush, which was heavily criticized by civil-liberties groups, never proposed such modifications to criminal procedures.

Lisa Murkowski Received $400,000 from Oil and Gas in 8 Years

Lisa Murkowski Received $400,000 from Oil and Gas in 8 Years 14 May 2010 On Thursday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) blocked a bill that would have raised oil companies' "responsibility cap" -- the maximum amount in damages companies must pay for their accidents -- from $75 million to $10 billion. On Friday, Murkowski's office was rebutting critics who were asking whether her opposition to the measure had anything to do with the fact she is a major supporter of offshore drilling who has received $426,989 in campaign donations from the oil and gas industry over her eight-year Senate career. Murkowski is the top Republican on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Murkowski blocks oil liability bill

Murkowski blocks oil liability bill 13 May 2010 Alaska's senior senator blocked legislation Thursday that would have dramatically increased liability caps on oil companies, in the wake of one of the industry’s biggest disasters. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) objected to a voice vote request by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on the bill, which would have spiked the maximum liability for oil companies after an oil spill from $75 million to $10 billion.

U.S. Said to Allow Drilling Without Needed Permits

U.S. Said to Allow Drilling Without Needed Permits 13 May 2010 The federal Minerals Management Service gave permission to BP and dozens of other oil companies to drill in the Gulf of Mexico without first getting required permits from another agency that assesses threats to endangered species -- and despite strong warnings from that agency about the impact the drilling was likely to have on the gulf. Those approvals, federal records show, include one for the well drilled by the Deepwater Horizon rig, which exploded on April 20, killing 11 workers and resulting in thousands of barrels of oil spilling into the gulf each day.

'Obama funding Israel for new war'

'Obama funding Israel for new war' 14 May 2010 US President Barak Obama has asked Congress to pay $205 million for Israel's latest missile system, called the 'Iron dome'. Tel Aviv completed tests in January on its short-range anti-missile system which is designed to intercept short-range rockets and artillery shells. President Obama argues that Israel must have such a system.

Bomb attacks at Iraqi stadium kill 25

Bomb attacks at Iraqi stadium kill 25 14 May 2010 Two consecutive explosions during a football match at a crowded stadium in the northern Iraq kill 25 people and wound some 100 others. The blasts occurred in the town of Tal Afar, west of the violence-hit city of Mosul on Friday, AFP reported. Witnesses said some 250 people were attending the event, with no security personnel guarding the stadium.

General sees no winner in Afghan war

General sees no winner in Afghan war [That's code for 'the war has been lost, but we don't want to leave so we can still fund Blackwater and DynCorp.'] 14 May 2010 The top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, says neither coalition forces nor the Taliban are winning the war in the country. "I'd be prepared to say nobody is winning at this point," General McChrystal said in an interview with PBS radio in Washington on Thursday. In a blunt assessment of the war, General McChrystal admitted that after last year, the militants were ahead in the nine-year war.

3 NATO soldiers fall in Afghanistan

3 NATO soldiers fall in Afghanistan 14 May 2010  The war in Afghanistan has claimed the lives of three foreign soldiers amid an upsurge in attacks against the US-led troops in the country. NATO said in a statement on Friday that troops were killed in separate attacks over the past 24 hours. A Canadian trooper died in a blast while on a foot patrol in the southern province of Kandahar.

US let BP drill in Gulf without permits

US let BP drill in Gulf without permits 14 May 2010 New information on the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has come to light indicating that the US government allowed BP to drill in the area without proper permits. Federal records show that the Minerals Management Service (MMS) gave BP the green light for drilling, in violation of the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, which filed a complaint Friday to sue the MMS over its non-compliance with the laws, the Department of the Interior also has approved over 300 drilling operations, three large lease sales, and over 100 seismic surveys without the required permits. 

Dead bird in BP oil spill

Obama wants $80 bln to upgrade nuclear arms complex

Obama wants $80 bln to upgrade nuclear arms complex 13 May 2010 U.S. President Barack Obama sent a landmark arms-reduction treaty with Russia to the Senate on Thursday for ratification and called for $80 billion in nuclear funding, which could help win opposition support. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the funds, which would be spent over a decade, were needed to "rebuild and sustain America's aging nuclear stockpile."

Palin Warns "Mama Grizzlies" Will Take Back Country

Palin Warns "Mama Grizzlies" Will Take Back Country [That's right. They can start by devouring Sarah Palin, the polar bear- and wolf-killing terrorist.] 14 May 2010 Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says "mama grizzles" will punish Washington in November's midterm elections. [Mama polar bears - and their cubs - need to learn to *shoot first.*]

Size of Oil Spill Underestimated, Scientists Say

Size of Oil Spill Underestimated, Scientists Say 13 May 2010 Two weeks ago, the government put out a round estimate of the size of the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico: 5,000 barrels a day. Repeated endlessly in news reports, it has become conventional wisdom. But scientists and environmental groups are raising sharp questions about that estimate, declaring that the leak must be far larger... Ian R. MacDonald, an oceanographer at Florida State University who is an expert in the analysis of oil slicks, said he had made his own rough calculations using satellite imagery. They suggested that the leak could "easily be four or five times" the government estimate, he said.

Fungus hits Afghan opium poppies

Fungus hits Afghan opium poppies [Oh dear. The CIA must be *devastated.*] 13 May 2010 A serious disease is affecting opium poppies in Afghanistan, Antonio Maria Costa, the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has said. Mr Costa told the BBC that this year's opium production could be reduced by a quarter, compared with last year. He said the disease - a fungus - is thought to have infected about half of the country's poppy crop. Afghanistan produces 92% of the world's opium. Mr Costa said opium prices had gone up by around 50% in the region. [Oh, OK, lol. Maybe not so much.]

Unlimited Talk, Only $679 Million: Inside the No-Bid Deal for Afghan Interpreters

Unlimited Talk, Only $679 Million: Inside the No-Bid Deal for Afghan Interpreters By Noah Shactman 12 May 2010 Earlier this week, the U.S. Army handed the Columbus, Ohio, company [Mission Essential Personnel] a one-year, no-bid $679 million extension of its current contract to field a small city’s worth of translators to help out American forces in Afghanistan. Not bad for a company that’s been accused of everything from abandoning wounded employees to sending out-of-shape interpreters to the front lines. MEP vigorously rejects the charges. ...[W]ith this new "indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity with cost-plus-award fee" contract extension, MEP is guaranteed another year as the dominant player in the translation market there.

Judge Baltasar Garzón suspended over Franco investigation

Judge Baltasar Garzón suspended over Franco investigation --Move against Spanish magistrate, who pursued Pinochet over human rights abuses, seen as politically motivated 14 May 2010 The stellar career of the crusading Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón may have come to an abrupt end today after he was suspended from his post as an investigating magistrate at Madrid's national court. The higher council of judicial power, which oversees Spain's judges, temporarily suspended Garzón while the supreme court tries him on charges of distorting the law by opening an investigation into crimes against humanity carried out by the Franco regime.

Feds tell court they can decide what you eat

Udderly Ridiculous: Feds tell court they can decide what you eat --'Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish' By Bob Unruh 14 May 2010 Attorneys for the federal government have argued in a lawsuit pending in federal court in Iowa that individuals have no "fundamental right" to obtain what food they choose. The brief was filed April 26 in support of a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund over the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's ban on the interstate sale of raw milk.

Student protesters plan to take off graduation robes during Dimon's address

Commencement 2010: Student protesters plan to take off graduation robes during Dimon's address 12 May 2010 The Take Back Commencement movement has protested the choice of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon as the 2010 Syracuse University and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry commencement speaker. The students originally wanted the university to remove Dimon and choose another speaker. Realizing that wouldn't happen, they decided the best way to protest Dimon was by taking off their robes during his speech.

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