Tag Archives: terrorists

TSA violates 4th amendment and ushers in US police state

At Union Station on a recent morning, an armed squad of men and women dressed in bulletproof vests made their way through the crowds.   http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/06/us/tsa-expands-duties-beyond-airport-security.html?pagewanted=1&ref=us    The squad was not with the Washington police department or Amtrak’s police force, but was one of the Transportation Security Administration’s Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response squads — VIPR […]

Islamist prison breaks may be connected to Syrian conflict

Interpol cited prison escapes in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan, and asked its members to examine if they were connected. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23560889  In the most recent escape, 248 prisoners were sprung from a jail in north-west Pakistan. Militants used automatic weapons and bombs to break down the walls of the jail in Dera Ismail Khan on 30 […]

Civilian deaths still rising in Afganistan

The number of civilians killed or injured in Afghanistan rose by 23 percent in the first six months of 2013. From January to June, the number of civilians killed in war-related violence rose to 1,319 from 1,158 a year earlier. In the same period, 2,533 civilians were injured, compared with 1,976 in 2012. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/01/world/asia/civilian-casualties-in-afghanistan-rise-23-percent.html?ref=world&_r=0 The […]

NWO looks for win-win again with sustained conflict in Syria

A senior American intelligence official on Saturday said that the Syrian conflict could last “many, many months to multiple years,” and described a situation that would most likely worsen regardless of whether the Syrian leader, President Bashar al-Assad, fell. http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/07/21/world/middleeast/us-intelligence-official-says-syrian-war-could-last-for-years.html  “If Bashar Assad were to succeed, he will be a more ruthless leader who will […]

CIA station chief arrested for extraordinary rendition

A former C.I.A. station chief, Robert Seldon Lady, who was convicted in Italy for his role in snatching a Muslim cleric off a Milan street and turning him over to Egypt has been arrested in Panama. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/19/world/europe/ex-employee-of-cia-held-in-abduction.html?ref=world The 2003 abduction of the Egyptian-born cleric, Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, was emblematic […]

World Trade Center owners bilk insurance co. for 9/11

Owners of the World Trade Center cannot demand billions more dollars in compensation for the 9/11 attacks, a New York judge has ruled. The twin towers owners wanted more insurance money, in addition to the $5bn (£3.3bn) already claimed, from the airlines of the alleged hijacked planes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23369635 Developer Larry Silverstein and World Trade Center […]

UK internet spying requests result in faulty arrests

UK authorities increased the number of requests they made about the public’s use of texts, emails and other communications data last year, an official report has revealed.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23367751 The report also revealed that mistakes made while using the information led to six members of the public being wrongly detained or accused of a crime.  It […]

US thwarting all attempts at whistle-blower asylum

The United States is conducting a diplomatic full-court press to try to block Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive American intelligence contractor, from finding refuge in Latin America, where three left-leaning governments that make defying Washington a hallmark of their foreign policies have publicly vowed to take him in. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/world/americas/us-is-pressing-latin-americans-to-reject-snowden.html?hp&_r=0 Washington is finding that its leverage […]

Judge orders Guantanamo to stop molesting detainees

A federal judge on Thursday ordered the military to stop touching the groins of detainees at the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, when they are moved from their cells to speak with lawyers. The procedure had led some prisoners to stop meeting with or calling their lawyers. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/us/judge-halts-groin-searches-at-guantanamo-calling-them-abhorrent-to-muslims.html?ref=us  In a 35-page opinion, Judge Royce C. […]

17 journalists assassinated in Dagestan for reporting truth

A prominent journalist who had accused local authorities of persecuting and kidnapping Muslims was shot dead in an ambush in the violent Russian republic of Dagestan on Tuesday. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/10/world/europe/journalist-assassinated-in-violent-russian-republic.html?ref=world&_r=0  The journalist and deputy editor of the independent daily newspaper Novoye Delo, had already survived a January assassination attempt at the same spot just outside the […]

US et al interdict Bolivian presidential flight

Bolivia accused the United States of ordering European countries to block President Evo Morales’ flight from their airspace, and accused European governments of “aggression” by thwarting the flight. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/07/03/world/europe/ap-eu-nsa-surveillance.html?ref=world   Morales sparked speculation during a visit to Russia after he said that his country would be willing to consider granting asylum to Snowden. Snowden is believed […]

Divide and conquer working to cull Syrian populace

Syria’s widening civil war has killed more than 100,000 people in the 27-month-old conflict, with pro-government forces taking far more casualties than rebels seeking the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad, while civilians accounted for more than one-third of the overall fatalities, the biggest single category.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/27/world/middleeast/syria.html?hp&_r=0   The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is based […]

Force-feeding Guatanamo inmates considered torture

“The UN and numerous other authoritative bodies have quite explicitly stated that the force-feeding that goes on in Guantanamo is torture. Forcing someone to accept treatment which they’re competent to refuse is an assault.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/22973263  A prisoner currently on hunger strike in Guantanamo Bay has described the pain and discomfort of the force feeding regime […]

West continues to kill Afghan women and children

The United Nations reports that a coalition airstrike killed three children in eastern Afghanistan. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/06/14/world/asia/ap-as-afghanistan.html?ref=world  The United Nations Children’s Fund cited the alleged incident in a statement this week condemning a steep rise in child casualties. The statement said an aerial attack by international forces killed three children in the eastern province of Kunar this […]

The NYT split: ed board gets real, columnists not so much

The Times editorial board gets to the point on the Snowden leak while Friedman and Brooks abet the witch hunt. “The question is whether the security goals can be achieved by less-intrusive or sweeping means, without trampling on democratic freedoms and basic rights. Far too little has been said on this question by the White […]

NSA whistleblower warning, “architecture of oppression”

“If you realize that that’s the world you helped create and it is going to get worse with the next generation and the next generation and extend the capabilities of this architecture of oppression, you realize that you might be willing to accept any risks and it doesn’t matter what the outcome is,” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/10/us/former-cia-worker-says-he-leaked-surveillance-data.html?hpw The […]

TSA profiling in misguided security effort

As a result of the T.S.A.’s ineffective oversight of the program, it “cannot ensure that passengers at U.S. airports are screened objectively,” The T.S.A.’s “behavioral detection program” is supposed to rely on security officers who pull aside passengers who exhibit what are considered telltale signs of terrorists for additional screening and questioning. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/05/us/report-says-tsa-screening-program-not-objective.html?ref=us  It is […]

Afghans shot protesting deaths at US base

Soon after family members found what they believe are the bodies of the last three people still missing out of 17 Afghan men detained by an American Special Forces team in Wardak Province, another tragedy found them: they said one person was killed and another was critically wounded on Tuesday when Afghan Army troops opened […]

More bodies found outside US base

Of the 17 people from Wardak Province whom Afghan investigators said disappeared into American custody, 14 have now been found dead. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/02/world/asia/brothers-search-comes-to-grim-end-in-afghanistan.html?ref=world The spokesman for the governor of Wardak Province, confirmed that four more bodies had been uncovered and identified by their relatives as being among the missing, but he said their identities had not […]

US operative killed fighting with Syrian rebels

F.B.I. agents from Detroit’s field office showed up in Flint, Mich. with reports and images, broadcast by pro-government news media agencies in Syria, show that Nicole Lynn Mansfield, 33, and a British man were among three people killed in Syria on Wednesday during a confrontation with government forces. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/01/us/syria-fighting-touches-a-family-in-michigan.html?ref=us The state media agencies broadcast a […]