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U.S. blocks Security Council criticism of Israeli raid

U.S. blocks Security Council criticism of Israeli raid 31 May 2010 Israel faced heavy criticism in an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council on Monday in response to its deadly attack on an aid flotilla trying to breach the Gaza blockade, but attempts to issue a formal statement stalled after the United States rejected the strong condemnation sought by Turkey. Turkey proposed a statement that would condemn Israel for violating international law, demand a U.N. investigation and demand that Israel prosecute those responsible for the raid and pay compensation to the victims. It also called for the end of the blockade.

LA police expand iWatch terror program to airport

LA police expand iWatch terror program to airport --iWatchers are asked to be on the lookout for possible 'terror activities' 03 Jun 2010 Police are expanding a citizen terror watch program to include travelers at the Los Angeles International Airport. The iWatch program was launched in October for residents to alert authorities to suspicious activity [?!?] by phone or Internet. On Thursday, police and political leaders are using fliers and posters to enlist help from people at LAX.

4 LAPD officers off field duty during abuse probe

4 LAPD officers off field duty during abuse probe 03 Jun 2010 Four Los Angeles police officers have been pulled from patrol duty while internal affairs investigates last week's videotaped confrontation between officers and bicyclists riding in a Hollywood rally in protest of BP and the Gulf oil spill. The LAPD says the use-of-force investigation began after video of the Friday night incident was posted online and complaints were filed by some of the estimated 400 cyclists. A video posted on YouTube shows an officer appearing to kick at a passing bicyclist.

BP and Feds Withheld Videos Showing Massive Scope of Oil Spill

BP and Feds Withheld Videos Showing Massive Scope of Oil Spill --Coast Guard Told Public Not to 'Fixate' On Rate of Spill While Sitting On Video 03 Jun 2010  New videos show more clearly than ever how BP, with little resistance from the Coast Guard or other federal agencies, kept the public in the dark about just how bad things were beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. On May 1, 11 days after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, and nine days after oil began spilling into the Gulf, the Coast Guard had still only released a single image of oil leaking a mile beneath the surface... But inside the unified command center, where BP and federal agencies were orchestrating the spill response, video monitors had already displayed hours of footage they did not make public. The images showed a far more dire situation unfolding underwater. The footage filmed by submarines showed three separate leaks, including one that was unleashing a torrent of oil into the Gulf.

Ohio, Washington to Start Homeland Response Forces

Ohio, Washington to Start Homeland Response Forces --DoD plans to establish 10 homeland response forces, one in each of 10 FEMA regions 03 Jun 2010 Ohio and Washington have been chosen as the first states to host new National Guard homeland response forces for responding to chemical and biological attacks, Pentagon officials announced today. The response forces, called for in the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, are designed to work in collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide rapid response to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-explosive attacks.

Army Plans $100 Million Special Ops HQ in Afghanistan

Army Plans $100 Million Special Ops HQ in Afghanistan By Noah Shachtman 03 Jun 2010 The Army is looking to spend as much as $100 million to expand its Special Operations headquarters in northern Afghanistan. All around Afghanistan, from Kandahar Airfield to the Bagram jail, the U.S. military is on a building spree, spending hundreds of millions of dollars on wartime encampments. By one count, America and its allies now have 700 bases in Afghanistan. But most of the construction -- and most of the extra troops "surging" into the country -- are going to the violent south and the dangerous east. [That's so the USociopaths can pay contractors to rebuild that which they had destroyed. See also: The Obusha AfPak Money Pit By Lori Price.]

United States and France Establish Arrangement to Interdict High-Risk Travelers

United States and France Establish Arrangement to Interdict High-Risk Travelers 03 Jun 2010 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced that the United States and France have established an arrangement to implement the Immigration Advisory Program (IAP)--which allows for the identification of high-risk travelers at foreign airports before they board aircraft bound for the United States--at Paris' Charles De Gaulle International Airport. IAP allows specialized U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel posted in foreign airports to utilize current targeting and passenger analysis information and/or an assessment of passengers' documentation to identify high-risk persons bound for the United States and make "no board" recommendations to carriers and host governments.

Flotilla journalist: Soldiers' gunfire continued even after activists raised white flags

Flotilla journalist: Gunfire continued even after activists raised white flags 03 Jun 2010 A Press TV journalist detained on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla describes mistreatment of activists attacked on the aid convoy and his own ordeal in Israeli custody... Press TV correspondent Hassan Ghani said that the volunteers successfully disarmed some of the soldiers, taking away their guns with bare hands, when the Israeli side started using live bullets causing fatalities. "A man was shot right in the head," Ghani said, explaining that the murder indicated the soldiers had enough time to aim and that the decision to shoot was not made on impulse or out of fear. According to Ghani, the gunfire continued for quite some time even after the activists had raised their white flags.

Charges against activists abandoned after Turkey delivers ultimatum

Charges against activists abandoned after Turkey delivers ultimatum 03 Jun 2010 Israel bowed to heavy diplomatic pressure to deport hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists yesterday, after what Turkey said was an ultimatum that threatened Jerusalem with severe political consequences if it kept its citizens in custody. In an apparent climbdown, Benjamin Netanyahu's government began releasing and deporting more than 600 pro-Palestinian activists, including some accused of attacking Israeli commandos in the lethal operation to halt their flotilla. "We have clearly stated that we would review our ties with Israel if all Turks are not released by the end of the day," Turkey's Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said yesterday. "No one has the right to try people who were kidnapped in international waters."

UN slams US drone strikes in Pakistan

UN slams US drone strikes in Pakistan 03 Jun 2010 A senior United Nations official says the US-operated drone strikes in Pakistan pose a growing challenge to the international rule of law. Philip Alston, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, said the attacks were undermining the rules designed to protect the right of life, the BBC reported. Alston also said he feared that the drone killings by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) could develop a "playstation" mentality.

Gulf of Mexico oil slick closes in on Florida

Gulf of Mexico oil slick closes in on Florida  --221-mile Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is world's third-longest barrier reef and crucial wildlife habitat 02 Jun 2010 The Gulf of Mexico oil slick closed in on Florida, threatening a new environmental disaster... With the slick only nine miles away from the white sands of Pensacola beach on the Florida panhandle, forecasters said southerly and westerly winds meant the state would almost certainly be hit by the end of the week. While the coastline is a popular tourist destination, scientists are alarmed by the more distant threat to the fragile coral reefs of the Florida Keys off the state's south coast.

Gaza flotilla attack: British activists tell of abuse by Israelis

Gaza flotilla attack: British activists tell of abuse by Israelis 03 Jun 2010 British activists who took part in the Gaza aid flotilla have been deported from Israel, alleging they were abused, humiliated and beaten by troops after the raid on their ships... Sarah Colborne, director of campaigns and operations at the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, was also on board the Mavi Marmara. Insisting that no one on board the boat was armed, she said the attack was an act of piracy and a "massacre". At one point, she saw a man being shot dead by an Israeli commando.

$2-billion mass flu immunization program a bust, figures reveal

$2-billion mass flu immunization program a bust, figures reveal --New figures show shockingly low H1N1 vaccination rates 03 Jun 2010 A $2-billion campaign to 'protect' Canadians against an influenza pandemic failed dramatically in parts of Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta, newly obtained figures show, with one of the country’s top doctors acknowledging that public health officials neglected to properly organize a mass immunization program. Just over a third of residents in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario were inoculated against H1N1, with a vaccination rate as low as one in four for residents of Hamilton, Ont., according to local health authorities.

George Bush admits US waterboarded 9/11 mastermind

George Bush admits US waterboarded 9/11 mastermind --Former US president says Khalid Sheik Mohammed was waterboarded by US and he would do it again 'to save lives' 03 Jun 2010 George Bush admitted yesterday that Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind patsy of the 9/11 attacks, was waterboarded by the US, and said he would do it again "to save lives". "Yeah, we water-boarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed," the former president [sic] told a business audience in Grand Rapids, Michigan. "I'd do it again to save lives." Waterboarding is a simulated drowning technique that the Obama administration has said is torture. In his speech, Bush also defended the decision to go to war with Iraq in 2003. He said ousting Saddam Hussein "was the right thing to do and the world is a better place without him". [Actually, the world would have been *ten raised to the 5th power* better if Bush was gone before he had the chance to steal two elections   --LRP]

Gaza flotilla attack: UN secretary general demands blockade be lifted

Gaza flotilla attack: UN secretary general demands blockade be lifted 03 Jun 2010 Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, has demanded that Israel lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip immediately in the wake of the deadly raid on the aid flotilla. Speaking on his return from visits to Brazil, Malawi and Uganda, Mr Ban said the underlying problem behind Monday's events was the long-running, crippling Israeli siege of Gaza which he described as "counter-productive, unsustainable and wrong."

Dying, dead marine wildlife paint dark, morbid picture of Gulf Coast following oil spill

Dying, dead marine wildlife paint dark, morbid picture of Gulf Coast following oil spill 02 Jun 2010 Here's what President Obama didn't see when he visited the Gulf Coast: a dead dolphin rotting in the shore weeds. "When we found this dolphin it was filled with oil. Oil was just pouring out of it. It was the saddest darn thing to look at," said a BP contract worker who took the Daily News on a surreptitious tour of the wildlife disaster unfolding in Louisiana. His motive: simple outrage. "There is a lot of coverup for BP. They specifically informed us that they don't want these pictures of the dead animals. They know the ocean will wipe away most of the evidence. It's important to me that people know the truth about what's going on here," the contractor said.

NATO chopper downed in Afghanistan

NATO chopper downed in Afghanistan --Local Taliban leader said chopper was attacked by militants 03 Jun 2010 Another NATO chopper has been destroyed in northern Afghanistan following an emergency landing, the second helicopters lost by the US-led force in the past three days. NATO officials in Afghanistan said one of its helicopters was deliberately demolished after making an emergency landing in the northern part of the country on Wednesday, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Michigan Considers Law to License Journalists

Michigan Considers Law to License Journalists 28 May 2010 A Michigan lawmaker wants to register reporters to ensure they’re credible and have "good moral character." State Sen. Bruce Patterson (R-Whackjob) is introducing legislation that will regulate reporters much as the state regulates hairdressers, auto mechanics and plumbers. According to the bill, reporters who register will have to pay an application and registration fee and provide a "Board of Michigan Registered Reporters" with proof of: -- "Good moral character" [**** me] and demonstrate they have industry "ethics standards acceptable to the board." -- Possession of a degree in journalism or other degree substantially equivalent... -- Three or more writing samples. [LOL! I'm going to submit *my* writing to these troglodytes?  If Patterson's brain was put in a dog, the dog would go mad. --LRP]

Halliburton campaign donations spike

Halliburton campaign donations spike 02 Jun 2010 As Congress investigated its role in the doomed Deep Horizon oil rig, Halliburton donated $17,000 to candidates running for federal office, giving money to several lawmakers on committees that have launched inquiries into the massive spill. The Texas-based oil giant’s political action committee made 14 contributions during the month of May, according to a federal campaign report filed Wednesday -- 13 to Republicans and one to a Democrat.

I was 'Tasered' by Israelis, says Herald photographer

I was 'Tasered' by Israelis, says Herald photographer 03 Jun 2010 Isreal is deporting 618 international detainees, including four Australians, captured when it stormed a flotilla of ships in international waters. The deportees include the Herald's chief correspondent, Paul McGeough, who is travelling on his Irish passport, and the Herald photographer Kate Geraghty. McGeough and Geraghty are being flown to Turkey and are due to land in Istanbul about 3am local time (10am AEST).

Obama extends benefits for gay federal employees

Obama extends benefits for gay federal employees 02 Jun 2010 President Barack Obama on Wednesday expanded benefits for same-sex partners of federal employees, a move likely to be welcomed by gay rights activists who have questioned his commitment to their causes. Obama said he had directed government agencies to offer a number of new benefits to the families of gay and lesbian federal employees, including family assistance services, hardship transfers and relocation expenses.

INTERPOL hails Iran war on drugs

INTERPOL hails Iran war on drugs 02 Jun 2010 The president of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) acknowledges the comprehensive efforts made by Iran to combat drug trafficking. "World countries should learn from Iran's counter-narcotics experience," said Khoo Boon Hui in a Wednesday meeting with Iranian Police Chief Esmail Ahmadi-Moghaddam in Tehran... United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa has praised Iran for its efforts to stem the flow of drugs from Afghanistan to the West.

BP diamond-tipped saw fails to fix leak

BP diamond-tipped saw fails to fix leak 02 Jun 2010 Efforts by the British Petroleum engineers to cut the ruptured riser pipe of its blown-up well in the Gulf of Mexico and contain the gushing oil have hit a snag on day 44. The underwater robot operating a diamond-tipped saw to cut the riser pipe had to stop working Wednesday after the saw stuck in the pipe. Now BP engineers have to go on with the operation either with the snared saw or by replacing it with a new one.

U.S. to Join South Korean Military Exercise Off North Korea Coast

U.S. to Join South Korean Military Exercise Off North Korea Coast --Pentagon Sending USS George Washington to Waters Where North Sunk South Korean Vessel 02 Jun 2010 The U.S. aircraft carrier USS George Washington will participate in a joint naval exercise with South Korea next week in the Yellow Sea, the same waters west of the Korean peninsula where North Korea is accused of sinking a South Korean warship last March, ABC News has learned. Slated to begin June 8, the official said this exercise will be "separate and distinct" from an upcoming anti-submarine warfare exercise [false flag?] that Pentagon officials had said recently would be occurring "in the near future."

Not content with BP's destruction of the oceans, Obama calls for big expansion of nuclear power

Not content with BP's destruction of the oceans, Obama calls for big expansion of nuclear power By Lori Price 02 Jun 2010

Obama: Oil spill another reason for 'a clean [sic] energy future' 02 Jun 2010 ...Here are excerpts of the economic speech Obama delivered Wednesday at Carnegie Mellon University. 'The time has come, once and for all, for this nation to fully embrace a clean energy future. That means continuing our unprecedented effort to make everything from our homes and businesses to our cars and trucks more energy efficient. It means tapping into our natural gas reserves, and moving ahead with our plan to expand our nation's fleet of nuclear power plants.'

If George W. Bush made such a call, in the aftermath of the largest ecological disaster in US history, the so-called 'left' would be up in arms, would they not? Instead, under cover of a sycophantic, conciliatory media, Mr. Exelon aka Barack Obama gets oh-but-another pass.

 Barack Obama

Backward at Bagram

Backward at Bagram (The New York Times) 31 May 2010 One of the most vital jobs of the federal courts is to check excessive claims of presidential power. The courts have stepped up to the task at important times since President George W. Bush embarked on a campaign after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to create an imperial presidency. Sadly, a recent ruling by a federal appeals court on the American military prison at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan was not one of those times. What makes the ruling especially distressing is that the extravagant claim of executive power upheld by the court -- to create a law-free zone at the Bagram lockup -- was dreamed up by Mr. Bush and subsequently embraced by President Obama. The appellate court ruled that there was no right to federal court review for the detainees, who say they were captured outside of Afghanistan, far from any battlefield, and then shipped to Bagram to be held indefinitely in harsh conditions.

CIA drones claim 'licence to kill' with impunity: UN expert

CIA drones claim 'licence to kill' with impunity: UN expert 02 Jun 2010 A UN human rights expert on Wednesday urged the United States to sideline the CIA from targeted killings using drones, warning that the practice amounted to "a licence to kill without accountability". In a report to the UN Human Rights Council, Philip Alston, the special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, warned that the "prolific" US use of targeted killings, mainly by unmanned aircraft, was setting a damaging example that other countries would follow.

BP Oil Leak May Last Until Christmas

BP Oil Leak May Last Until Christmas 02 Jun 2010  BP Plc’s failure since April to plug a Gulf of Mexico oil leak has prompted forecasts the crude may continue gushing into December in what President Barack Obama has called the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history... The ultimate worst-case scenario is that the well is never successfully plugged, said Fred Aminzadeh, a research professor at the University of Southern California’s Center for Integrated Smart Oil Fields who previously worked for Unocal Corp. That would leave the well to flow for probably more than a decade, he said in a telephone interview.

Gaza flotilla attack: Israeli ambassador compares raid to Second World War

Gaza flotilla attack: Israeli ambassador compares raid to Second World War 02 Jun 2010 Israel's ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, has compared the Gaza flotilla attack with America's fight against Nazi Germany in the Second World War. In an interview with Fox News, he described the operation, in which nine people died, as "perfectly legal, perfectly humane – and very responsible". He defending the attack in open waters, saying: "Israel acted in accord with international law. Any state has the right to protect itself, certainly from a terrorist threat such as Hamas, including on the open seas. "The US acted under similar international law when it fought the Germans and the Japanese in World War Two." [In psychology, we call that 'projection.' --LRP]

Lawsuit Seeks Full Disclosure of Dispersant Impacts on Gulf's Endangered Wildlife

Lawsuit Seeks Full Disclosure of Dispersant Impacts on Gulf's Endangered Wildlife 02 Jun 2010 The Center for Biological Diversity today filed an official notice of its intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for authorizing the use of toxic dispersants without ensuring that these chemicals would not harm endangered species and their habitats. The letter requests that the agency, along with the U.S. Coast Guard, immediately study the effects of dispersants on species such as sea turtles, sperm whales, piping plovers, and corals and incorporate this knowledge into oil-spill response efforts. "The Gulf of Mexico has become Frankenstein’s laboratory for BP’s enormous, uncontrolled experiment in flooding the ocean with toxic chemicals," said Andrea Treece, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. "The fact that no one in the federal government ever required that these chemicals be proven safe for this sort of use before they were set loose on the environment is inexcusable."

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