Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Shot In Cold Blood
Bin Laden 'Was Not Armed and Did Not Use Wife as Human Shield'

By Peter Foster

Osama bin Laden did not use one of his four wives as a human shield in his dying moments, contrary to earlier reports, as White House officials began to "clarify" early accounts of Monday's commando raids by US special forces. Continue

America Has Turned into a Moral Swamp

By Mike Whitney

The United States has sunk deeper into savagery and abandoned any commitment to conventional norms of behavior. Continue

US Responds to Questions about Killing's Legality

By Owen Bowcott

The attack had the appearance of an "extrajudicial killing without due process of the law" Continue

Osama bin Laden’s Useful Death

Paul Craig Roberts

In an immediate follow-up to the announcement that the Navy SEALs and CIA mercenaries acted in an exemplary fashion following the rules of engagement while a cowardly bin Laden hid behind a woman shield when the gunfire erupted. Continue

U.S. Refusal of 2001 Taliban Offer Gave bin Laden a Free Pass

By Gareth Porter

When George W. Bush rejected a Taliban offer to have Osama bin Laden tried by a moderate group of Islamic states in mid- October 2001, he gave up the only opportunity the United States would have to end bin Laden's terrorist career for the next nine years. Continue

Why is Libya the Target for US/NATO Missiles?

By William Blum

Are the Libyans the worst abusers of their people in the region? In actuality, Libya offers its citizens a higher standard of living. Continue

Bolivarian Revolution in Washington


“Chavez is making himself the Osama Bin Laden and the Ahmedinejad of the Western Hemisphere,” Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL) told Republicans during the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington in February 2011. Continue

Trump to China: "Listen You Motherf***ers...."


Donald Trump delivers an F-bomb laden speech in Las Vegas where he covers everything from Obama's misgivings to the middle east and China. The most shocking moment was undoubtedly his views on how to deal with China's global manufacturing monopoly. Continue

Twenty-five "fighters" killed, wounded near Afghan-Pakistan border: Twenty-five "foreign fighters" were killed and wounded by Afghan security forces after they crossed the border from Pakistan, a government official said
NATO friendly fire kills up to 10 Afghans: police: “Maybe mistaking them with insurgents NATO helicopters targeted the guards. Between eight to 10 guards have been killed,” he added. An investigation was underway, the police chief said.
Obama watched Bin Laden die on live video as shoot-out beamed to White House: President Obama was watching on a TV screen as a commando gunned down Osama bin Laden. Via a video camera fixed to the helmet of a U.S. Navy Seal, the leader of the free world saw the terror chief shot in the left eye.
White House: bin Laden photo 'gruesome': The White House says the photograph of a dead Osama bin Laden is "gruesome" and that "it could be inflammatory" if released.
Islamic scholars criticize bin Laden's sea burial: – Muslim clerics said Monday that Osama bin Laden's burial at sea was a violation of Islamic tradition that may further provoke militant calls for revenge attacks against American targets.
White House publishes Photos on Fickr taken during Osama Bin Laden Mission: Photos show Obama, Biden, Clinton in the White House Situation Room getting updates on the Mission in Pakistan.
Osama bin Laden raid yields trove of computer data: “Hundreds of people are going through it now,” an official said, adding that intelligence operatives back in Washington are very excited to find out what they have.
U.S. Concerned Pakistan Officials Would Alert Targets, Panetta Tells Time: The U.S. ruled out working with Pakistan on the mission to capture or kill Osama bin Laden because of concerns that the terrorist leader would be tipped off, CIA Director Leon Panetta told Time magazine.
Pakistan slams 'unauthorized' U.S. raid on bin Laden: Pakistan criticized the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden as an "unauthorized unilateral action," laying bare the strains the raid has put on an already rocky alliance.
Pakistan has bin Laden wife, children in custody: A senior Pakistani intelligence official said one of Osama bin Laden's daughters had seen her father being shot dead by US forces, and was one of about 10 relatives of the al Qaeda leader in custody pending interrogation.
At least 6 top Qaeda leaders in Pakistan: US lawmaker: "Of the 20 senior leaders in al-Qaeda, at least a dozen of them, we believe to be travelling around Pakistan someplace," Congressman Mike Rogers, chairman of the powerful House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told reporters at a news conference.
Raw Video: Karachi Protest Over bin Laden Raid: Several dozen demonstrators gathered in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, on Tuesday, to protest against the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in a U.S. special forces' mission a day earlier
5 Republicans who still insist torture led to bin Laden: The Associated Press reported Monday that the enhanced interrogations techniques put in place by the Bush White House did not reveal intelligence about Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, the courier that eventually led the U.S. to bin Laden.
Rumsfeld confirms: Waterboarding did not net intelligence that led to bin Laden: The torture crowd has been hard at work the past 24 hours, doing its best to push the idea that it was the torture of Khalid Sheikh Mohommed that led to the courier who eventually led U.S. intelligence to Osama bin Laden.
Twelve killed in Iraq violence: Violence in Baghdad and northern Iraq on Tuesday killed 12 people, including nine who died when a car bomb exploded near a popular market, security officials said.
Libya: Rebel spokesman says NATO air strikes hit Misrata: "The allied forces struck today," the spokesman, called Safieddin, told Reuters by telephone from the city. He also said there was fighting between rebels and Gaddafi loyalists in the southern and eastern outskirts of Misrata.
Leave Libya or we will bring you down, allies tell Berlusconi: The xenophobic coalition partner says the bombing will provoke a wave of illegal immigration from Libya to Italy's southern coast, and is demanding Mr Berlusconi set a date to end the raids.
Libyan rebels seek $2-3 bln in foreign loans: Libya's rebel leadership expects France, Italy and the United States to lend it $2 billion to $3 billion secured against frozen Libyan state assets held abroad, a rebel finance official said on Tuesday.
Demonizing Gaddafi: Switzerland: "Suspected" Gaddafi funds frozen : Switzerland has said it located the equivalent of 416 million euros of "possibly" illegal assets connected to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi
Bahrain doctors and nurses face trials: Several doctors and nurses who treated injured anti-government protesters during the months of unrest in Bahrain will be tried in a military court on charges of acting against the state, the justice minister said Tuesday.
Bahrain king is press 'predator': RSF: Media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) added Bahrain's King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa to its latest blacklist of "predators" against press freedom on Tuesday.
Syria: detainees tell of torture amid mass arrests: Amnesty International has received first-hand reports of torture and other ill-treatment from detainees held in Syria as a wave of arrests of anti-government protesters intensified over the weekend.
Abbas arrives in Cairo ahead of signing Fatah-Hamas unity deal: Hamas officials said that the Islamist militant group would honor an unofficial truce with Israel after forming a new unity government with Palestinian rivals from the West Bank.
Text (In English) of the Agreement between Fatah and Hamas : This document is currently in the process of being signed by all of Palestine’s factions and parties.
Fatah blasts Israeli PM for meddling: Head of the Fatah delegation in Cairo Azzam al-Ahmed said on Tuesday that Benjamin Netanyahu "must respect the will of the Palestinian people and stop the unacceptable interference in internal Palestinian affairs."
Bill would require suspects to be placed in military custody : A bill in the House of Representatives, sponsored by Rep. Bobby Shilling, R-Ill., would require terrorism suspects, including those arrested in the United States, to be placed in military custody unless the Defense secretary rules otherwise.
Landlords Warned to Watch Out for "Radicalized Individuals": The federal government is advising private property owners to raise their own alert level following the death of Osama bin Laden.

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