Thursday, 21 January 2010

News For January 21, 2010

Ron Paul: After ‘CIA Coup,’ Agency ‘Runs Military

By Raw Story

US House Rep. Ron Paul says the CIA has has in effect carried out a "coup" against the US government, and the intelligence agency needs to be "taken out." Continue

Murders at Gitmo?

By Conor Friedersdorf

he official report issued by the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service called the deaths suicides, implausibly claiming that the trio simultaneously hung themselves in separate, non-adjacent cells after binding their own hands and shoving rags down their own throats. Continue

Kucinich Shreds Democrats for Betraying the Promise of Change

By Sahil Kapur

"Every area of the economy is still about taking wealth from the great mass of people and putting it into the hands of a few. If you don't have a economic democracy, you don't have a political democracy." Continue

The Terrorism Conundrum

By Philip Giraldi

Americans should no longer talk of terrorism or fear it because it is largely an empty threat. One is more likely to be eaten by a shark than killed in a terrorist attack. Continue

The Surveillance Society:

Trading Freedom For The Illusion Of Safety

By Giordano Bruno

One of the more startling consequences of a Surveillance Society is the treatment of people as not only the enemy, but also as property. Citizens become units of consumption and production, preferably producing more than they consume. Continue

Nation-Building Should Begin At Home

By Richard C. Cook

We have had our way bullying small nations. But that era has ended too. We won’t be able to do to China, Russia, and India what we did to Iraq and are trying to do to Afghanistan. Continue

Corrupt Government

Afghans Spend More Than 1/3 Of Income On Bribes

2 Minute Video

The U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction reported that 3/4 of all their active corruption investigations involved at least one Westerner. Continue

10 militants killed, 5 detained in E Afghanistan: Afghan and the NATO-led troops killed 10 militants and detained five others during two separate operations in the Afghanistan's eastern Paktika and Khost provinces, officials said Thursday.

US occupation forces kills 4 civilians in Afghanistan: On Thursday, about 500 angry demonstrators chanted slogans against the United States and the Afghan government after four people were killed in a raid the night before in a village southwest of Kabul. NATO said the four killed were insurgents but villagers insisted they were civilians.

US emergency war budget sees 9bn for Afghan occupation: The Army has called for 33 billion dollars in emergency war funding, which includes over nine billion dollars for Afghanistan, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

9 militants killed in NW Pakistan tribal area: At least nine militants including a key commander were killed as gunship helicopters pounded a militant hideout in northwest Pakistan's Mohmand Agency on Thursday, local TV channel reported.

Three killed, 20 hurt in NW Pakistan bomb blast: A roadside bomb on Thursday killed two anti-Taliban tribal elders and a woman travelling on a bus in Pakistan’s lawless northwest, officials said, adding 20 other passengers were injured.

Pakistan Rejects U.S. Call To Go After Militants: The Pakistani army said Thursday during a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates that it can't launch any new offensives against militants for six months to a year to give it time to stabilize existing gains.

US wants diplomats’ number hiked to record 749: Foreign Ministry officials told the body that the Foreign Office had extended the visas of 432 US nationals during last year. “The strength of US diplomats in India and Russia is 325 and 560 respectively,” they said.

U.S. Envisions a Continuing Civilian Presence in Afghanistan and Pakistan: The Obama administration’s ambitious civilian push in Pakistan and Afghanistan will keep thousands of Americans in those countries for years

Four killed in attacks by Iraqi militants: Four people, including a colonel in the Iraqi army, were killed in three separate attacks by armed militants, security forces confirmed on Thursday.

Bombings kill one, injure 27 in Iraq: Two attacks targeting security forces in northern Iraq killed a police officer and wounded at least 27 people, raising concerns about a surge in violence caused by heightened political tensions.

War crimninal: Jack Straw: I could have stopped Iraq war: BLACKBURN MP Jack Straw said today he could have stopped Britain joining the invasion of Iraq if he had refused to back Tony Blair's decision to go to war in support of the United States.

Iran denies rejecting UN nuclear swap offer: Iran has not rejected a UN-brokered offer to exchange enriched nuclear fuel but it wants a staged swap rather than a wholesale handover of most of its stockpile, foreign ministry officials said in comments published Thursday.

Russia: Iran nuclear plant to start up this year: Russia says the plant is purely civilian and cannot be used for any weapons program as it will come under International Atomic Energy Agency supervision. Iran will have to return all spent fuel rods to Russia.

Iran denies its minister shook hands with Israeli counterpart: Iran on Thursday denied reports a minister exchanged a rare handshake with his Israeli counterpart at a tourism fair in Spain, a state news agency said on Thursday.

Hamas accepts independent state on 1967 borders: Official: A senior Hamas leader in the West Bank said Thursday that the Islamist organization was prepared to accept 'temporarily' an independent Palestinian state in the territories occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East War.

U.S. Jew indicted as possible Israel spy: One document, titled "Proposed Operations for 2005-2006," referred to the need to carry out "a penetration of NASA," the U.S. space agency. Another document, according to the prosecution, shows Nozette attempted to obtain highly confidential material by using his high-level security clearance and infiltrating other people's computers.

Another Israeli Spy Arrested by FBI: Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested on Monday an American scientist on charges of attempting to pass classified information to Israel. The scientist is accredited for helping “discover water on the moon”.

Haiti's mass graves swell; doctors fear more death: Workers are carving out mass graves on a hillside north of Haiti's capital, using earth-movers to bury 10,000 earthquake victims in a single day while relief workers warn the death toll could increase.

Aid 'piled up' as Haiti stays hungry: I am sitting a couple of hundred metres away from the runway of Port au Prince airport and I am frustrated. I wonder if I am allowed to say that as a journalist. But, having been in Haiti for the past few days, I realise normal rules no longer apply.

Too big a task - Medics worry they can't 'heal' Haiti: The horrifying fact is there are Haitians dying from cuts that were left unattended. There are others who had no choice but to settle with the gaping holes in their bodies

Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations plane with relief aid for Haiti stranded in Caracas: Russia’s Charges d’Affaires in Venezuela Vladimir Tokmakov told Itar-Tass that the IL-76 plane was being grounded in Caracas because the U.S. air traffic controllers, who are in control of the Port –au-Prince airport, were constantly delaying permission to fly into the Haitian capital.

The myth of Haiti's lawless streets: To withhold aid because of the 'security situation' is a miserable excuse for agencies' failure to deliver desperately needed help

Haiti needs water, not occupation: The US has never wanted Haitian self-rule, and its focus on 'security concerns' has hampered the earthquake aid response

A Haiti Disaster Relief Scenario Was Envisaged by the US Military One Day Before the Earthquake: The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), which is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense (DoD), was involved in organizing these scenarios on behalf of US Southern Command.(SOUTHCOM).

Chavez says US 'weapon' caused Haiti quake: Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez Wednesday accused the United States of causing the destruction in Haiti by testing a 'tectonic weapon' to induce the catastrophic earthquake that hit the country last week.

CIA Contractor Now Flying Spy Drone Over Haiti : When last we heard from Evergreen International Aviation, the Oregon-based firm was offering to post sentries at local voting centers during the 2008 election, ”detaining troublemakers” and making sure voters “do not get out of control.” - Now, company vice president Sam White tells Aviation Week that the firm is flying at least one ScanEagle surveillance drone over Haiti. ”

Saudi deaths in fight with Yemen rebels reach 113: The Saudi army has lost 113 troops since the kingdom launched a sweeping offensive against neighboring Yemen's Shiite rebels in early November, a military commander said in comments published Thursday.

Yemen stops visas on arrival: Yemen has announced that it will stop issuing visas on arrival to foreigners in order to prevent "terrorist infiltration".

Osama's Prodigal Son:" His father tested chemical weapons on his dogs, tried to turn him into a suicide bomber and groomed him to lead Al Qaeda. The dark, twisted journey of Omar bin Laden

Honduras offers Zelaya safe passage: The incoming Honduran president has agreed to offer Manuel Zelaya, the ousted leader, safe passage to the Dominican Republic.

Inspector general cites 'egregious breakdown' in FBI oversight: FBI agents for years sought sensitive records from telephone companies through e-mails, sticky notes, sneak peeks and other "startling" methods that violated electronic privacy law and federal policy, according to a Justice Department inspector general report released Wednesday.

China's economy now the world's second: Latest official statistics show China's gross domestic product has grown by 8.7% in 2009, overtaking Japan as the world's second largest economy.

Moscow buys Canadian dollars and bonds to diversify reserves: Analysts said the move could be a sign of increased diversification of emerging market central bank assets away from the dollar and into investments denominated in other commodity-linked currencies, such as the Australian dollar.

Democrats propose $1.9T increase in debt limit: Senate Democrats on Wednesday proposed allowing the federal government to borrow an additional $1.9 trillion to pay its bills, a record increase that would permit the national debt to reach $14.3 trillion.

UnitedHealth Group's 4Q profit rises 30 percent: For the full year, profit rose to $3.82 billion, or $3.24 per share, from $2.98 billion, or $2.40 per share, in 2008. Revenue rose to $87.14 billion from $81.19 billion.

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