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‘Iran ready for all-out defense’

June 29, 2007
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Iran’s Majlis speaker says the nation is ready to defend its independence and territorial sovereignty against any military attack.

“The prospect of a war against Iran is very weak but it is possible that the US policy makers take such an unwise decision,” Gholam-Ali Hadad-Adel said Wednesday at a press conference.

“The Islamic Republic has never sought any confrontation (with other countries) but we are ready for an all-out defense of our independence and territorial sovereignty,” the Iranian lawmaker emphasized.

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US Congress bids to punish foreign oil firms linked to Iran

June 29, 2007
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US legislation aiming to punish foreign energy companies that do business with Iran took a step forward Tuesday as lawmakers attacked the Islamic republic’s nuclear drive and “terrorism.”The foreign affairs panel of the House of Representatives passed the proposed law by 37 votes to one, with Democrats and Republicans alike accusing Iran of using energy investment for nefarious ends.

“Foreign investment in Iran equals money for terrorism and attacks on Americans,” Democrat Gary Ackerman said.

“Investment in Iran’s petroleum sector enables that country to pursue nuclear weapons, to arm insurgents fighting American troops, and to underwrite Hezbollah and Hamas,” he said.


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Iraqi Official: US ‘behind Baghdad hotel blast’

June 29, 2007
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An Iraqi official has accused the United States of being behind the suicide bomb that killed at least 12 in a hotel in central Baghdad. Muhammad al-Saberi, Iraqi envoy for talks with tribal leaders in Jordan and Syria, on Tuesday held the Bush Administration responsible for the blast at the Mansour Hotel, where a group of Sunni tribal leaders from Iraq’s Anbar province had gathered to discuss ways and means of curbing ongoing violence in the country.

“Because the gathering [in the hotel] was supposed to be a step toward establishing national unity among Iraqi tribes, the US, through its terrorist operatives, tried to thwart the move,” IRIB quoted al- Saberi as saying.


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Vaccinated Children Two and a Half Times More Likely to Have Neurological Disorders Like ADHD and Autism, New Survey in California and Oregon Finds

June 29, 2007
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As the first trial in Vaccine Court explores the relationship between vaccines and autism, a new survey released today indicates a strong correlation between rates of neurological disorders, such as ADHD and autism, and childhood vaccinations. The survey, commissioned by Generation Rescue, compared vaccinated and unvaccinated children in nine counties in Oregon and California. Among more than 9,000 boys age 4-17, the survey found vaccinated boys were two and a half times (155%) more likely to have neurological disorders compared to their unvaccinated peers. Vaccinated boys were 224% more likely to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and 61% more likely to have autism.

For older vaccinated boys in the 11-17 age bracket, the results were even more pronounced. Vaccinated boys were 158% more likely to have a neurological disorder, 317% more likely to have ADHD, and 112% more likely to have autism. Complete survey results are available at http://www.generationrescue.org/.


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FDA says unmoved by aspartame- cancer report

June 29, 2007
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A U.S. consumer group called for an urgent Food and Drug Administration review of the safety of aspartame on Monday, but the FDA said there was no immediate need to do so despite a new study showing the sweetener may cause cancer.

Italian researchers published a new study last week that showed aspartame — widely used in soft drinks — might cause leukemia, lymphoma and breast cancer in rats.

“This is the second study by the same lab showing that aspartame causes cancer in rats,” Center for Science in the Public Interest executive director Michael Jacobson said in a telephone interview.

Aspartame is used mostly in soft drinks but is also sold in packets to use in coffee, tea or on food. “People can easily avoid products using Nutrasweet or Equal and keep these products away from kids,” Jacobson added.

Morando Soffritti of the Ramazzini Foundation in Bologna, Italy and colleagues tested aspartame in rats, which they allowed to live until they died naturally.


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Questions raised over ID cards as Gordon Brown moves in

June 27, 2007
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The government has delayed procurement for its controversial £5.3bn ID card scheme as Gordon Brown prepares to take over as prime minister.

James Hall, chief executive of the Identity and Passport Service, said a “major” procurement process for IT systems to support the scheme was set to begin, but “we’re not quite ready yet”.

Hall, speaking at Gartner’s identity management conference in London, did not say when procurement would start.

The delay could signal a rethink as the long-anticipated transfer of power from prime minister Tony Blair to his chancellor, Gordon Brown, finally takes place. Brown’s arrival in Number 10 is expected to produce shifts on some of the more contentious areas of government policy.


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Blair rejects call for EU referendum

June 27, 2007
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Holding a referendum on the EU treaty would entail “sucking the energy out of the country for months”, Tony Blair said today.

Making his final full statement as prime minister before retiring on Wednesday, the prime minister rejected outright Tory demands for a plebiscite on the weekend agreement.

In an unusual move, the prime minister was joined on the frontbench for the statement by the new Labour leader, Gordon Brown, who will have to pilot the bill through parliament this autumn.

Mr Blair repeated his principal reason for refusing to grant a referendum: that Britain’s “red lines” had not been breached by the marathon negotiations, which only came to a close at 5am on Saturday morning.
But Mr Blair conceded that the 48-hour talks had comprised “an exceptionally difficult negotiation”.


Former NSA chief doubts NKorea will give up nukes

June 27, 2007
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Former US National Security Agency director Bobby Ray Inman voiced doubt Tuesday that North Korea would give up its nuclear arms, as UN inspectors arrived in Pyongyang after a near five-year absence.
“My scepticism comes from the fact I don’t think any country that has actually got nuclear weapons has given them up,” he told reporters during a visit to Japan.

Instead, the international community may only be able to persuade North Korea not to build more nuclear weapons, the 76-year-old retired admiral said.


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Kremlin Powers May Be Split After Putin

June 27, 2007
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Two top Kremlin officials have shown up on state-controlled television regularly for months, appearing decisive and statesmanlike, inspiring speculation that they are competing for the job of President Vladimir Putin.And so they may be. But at least one prominent analyst predicts the two men will split the current presidential powers when Putin leaves office next year, with one serving in a weakened presidency and the other becoming a stronger prime minister.

Many who follow Russian politics assume Putin, barred by the constitution from seeking a third consecutive term, plans to endorse either the stern Sergei Ivanov, 54, or the boyish Dmitry Medvedev, 41, in the March presidential contest. Both are first deputy prime ministers.


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Blair set to clinch job as world’s man in the Middle East

June 27, 2007
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Tony Blair’s nomination for the post of international envoy in the Middle East is likely to be confirmed as early as today despite grumbles from Europe and last-minute wrangles over his job description.

Sources in London and Washington indicated yesterday that the announcement will be made if agreement is reached between the so-called “Quartet” of powers – America, Europe, Russia and the United Nations – which oversee the Middle East peace process.

Mr Blair’s nomination has been pushed by Condoleezza Rice, the US Secretary of State, and – to a lesser extent – the White House, in behind-the-scenes negotiations over recent months.


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Iran: US ‘biggest sponsor of terrorism’

June 27, 2007
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Iran’s defense minister has described the US neocons as the main enemies of democracy who resort to inhumane acts to crush independent nations.

Brigadier General Mostafa Mohammad Najjar made the remarks at a meeting with the families of a group of Iranian high-ranking officials who were martyred in a terrorist attack in 1981.

The US-funded terrorist rings have launched tremendous attacks against Iran, including the assassination of Iranian officials on early days after the victory of the Islamic Revolution.

He also cited the attack on an Iranian passenger plane in 1988 which killed 290 passengers and crew aboard as another example of US state-terrorism.


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Three Quarters Believe Global Warming A ‘Natural Occurrence’

June 27, 2007
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ALMOST three quarters of people believe global warming is a ‘natural occurrence’ and not a result of carbon emissions, a survey claimed today.

This goes against the views of the vast majority of scientists who believe the rise in the earth’s temperatures is due to pollution.

The online study which polled nearly 4000 votes found that a staggering 71 percent of people think that the rise in air temperature happens naturally.

And 65 percent think that scientists’ catastrophic predictions if pollution isn’t curbed are ‘far fetched’.


FDA Should Reconsider Aspartame Cancer Risk, Say Experts

June 27, 2007
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A new long-term animal test from an Italian cancer institute raises serious safety questions about the artificial sweetener aspartame, which is marketed generically as well as under the NutraSweet and Equal brand names. A dozen toxicology and epidemiology experts and the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest are calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to immediately review the study, which found increases in lymphomas, leukemias, and breast cancers in rats. If FDA concludes that aspartame does cause cancer in animals, the agency is required by law to revoke its approval for the controversial sweetener, which is used in Diet Pepsi, Diet Coke, tabletop packets, and countless other foods. The new study, conducted by the respected Ramazzini Foundation and published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, found statistically significant increases in lymphomas and leukemias in rats that were fed as little as 20 milligrams of the sweetener per kilogram of body weight—an amount that’s in the ballpark of what some people consume. The new study is superior to a similar one released in 2005 in that it began exposing the rats to aspartame before their birth.


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As Recruitment Numbers Fall, U.S. Army Looking Toward Illegals

June 23, 2007
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Fresh off the American Forces Press Service comes an item detailing the U.S. Defense Department’s attempt to pressure Congress into fast-tracking a section of the stalled immigration bill for the purpose of military recruiting.

Follow this link to the original source:Officials Hope to Rekindle Interest in Immigration Bill Provision


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EU constitution dead…for now

June 23, 2007
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Germany has proposed to EU states that they should agree to drop the idea of a constitution when they meet at a summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday. The “constitutional concept… is abandoned”, says a paper circulated by Germany, which will chair the summit.

The paper makes several concessions to EU member states opposed to key parts of the failed constitution.

But Poland and the UK are still warning they could use their vetoes if they do not get their way on a new treaty.

Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski said a veto remained “highly likely” while UK Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett said no deal was better than a bad deal.


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Spy Chief Scraps Satellite Program

June 23, 2007
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Spy chief Mike McConnell has junked a multibillion-dollar spy satellite program that engineers hoped would someday pass undetected through the space above other nations.

The move from the director of national intelligence comes after several years of congressional efforts to kill the program, known publicly as the next generation of ”Misty” satellites. The new satellite was to be a stealthy intelligence spacecraft designed to take pictures of adversaries and avoid detection.

Little is known about the nation’s classified network of satellites, which represent some of the most expensive government programs and receive almost no public oversight. Because of their multibillion-dollar price tags, sensitive missions and lengthy development schedules, spy agencies go to great pains to keep details from becoming public.

McConnell gave no reason for his recent decision. Despite the program’s secrecy, he almost dared further inquiry into it.


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US ‘fomenting discord in Palestine’

June 23, 2007
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The leading Lebanese cleric Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah has accused the US of fomenting discord and political crisis in Palestine.

He made the remark during his recent meeting with Osama Hamdan, a Hamas representative in Lebanon.

The senior Shia cleric urged a dialogue between Fatah and Hamas, calling on them to unite so that the plots hatched by the US and the Zionist Israeli regime would not destroy them.


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Lebanon declares victory in war on militants

June 23, 2007
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Lebanon declared victory on Thursday in its 33-day war against an al Qaeda-inspired militant group at a Palestinian refugee camp and said its military operation there was over.The fighting between the army and militants holed up in the Nahr al-Bared camp in north Lebanon was the worst outbreak of internal violence in the country since the end of its civil war 17 years ago and cost the lives of at least 166 people.


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Russia says relations with U.S. inspire alarm

June 23, 2007
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that relations with the United States “inspire alarm,” Itar-Tass news agency reported.


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Syria seals border with Lebanon

June 23, 2007
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Syrian authorities have closed a border crossing with northeastern Lebanon without giving a reason, amid earlier closure of two other crossings.


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Russia And Azerbaijan Confirm Readiness To Host US Anti-Missile System

June 23, 2007
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The defence chiefs of Russia and Azerbaijan confirmed Wednesday their countries’ readiness to host part of a US missile defence system at a Russian-leased radar station in Azerbaijan, Interfax news agency reported. Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said during talks with his Azeri counterpart Safar Abiyev that Russia is “ready for the joint use of the Gabala radar station either on a bilateral or trilateral basis,” Russian defence ministry advisor Ilshat Baichurin was quoted as saying.

After the meeting, Abiyev said: “We confirmed Azerbaijan’s readiness for the joint use by Russia and the United States of the radar station in Gabala and we signed the relevant protocol,” Interfax reported.


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Video Game Addiction: a New Diagnosis

June 23, 2007
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The telltale signs are ominous: teens holing up in their rooms, ignoring friends, family, even food and a shower, while grades plummet and belligerence soars.

The culprit isn’t alcohol or drugs. It’s video games, which for certain kids can be as powerfully addictive as heroin, some doctors contend.

A leading council of the nation’s largest doctors’ group wants to have this behavior officially classified as a psychiatric disorder, to raise awareness and enable sufferers to get insurance coverage for treatment.

In a report prepared for the American Medical Association’s annual policy meeting starting Saturday in Chicago, the council asks the group to lobby for the disorder to be included in a widely used mental illness manual created and published by the American Psychiatric Association. AMA delegates could vote on the proposal as early as Monday.


Read the sunspots

June 23, 2007
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The mud at the bottom of B.C. fjords reveals that solar output drives climate change – and that we should prepare now for dangerous global cooling.

Politicians and environmentalists these days convey the impression that climate-change research is an exceptionally dull field with little left to discover. We are assured by everyone from David Suzuki to Al Gore to Prime Minister Stephen Harper that “the science is settled.” At the recent G8 summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel even attempted to convince world leaders to play God by restricting carbon-dioxide emissions to a level that would magically limit the rise in world temperatures to 2C.

The fact that science is many years away from properly understanding global climate doesn’t seem to bother our leaders at all. Inviting testimony only from those who don’t question political orthodoxy on the issue, parliamentarians are charging ahead with the impossible and expensive goal of “stopping global climate change.” Liberal MP Ralph Goodale’s June 11 House of Commons assertion that Parliament should have “a real good discussion about the potential for carbon capture and sequestration in dealing with carbon dioxide, which has tremendous potential for improving the climate, not only here in Canada but around the world,” would be humorous were he, and even the current government, not deadly serious about devoting vast resources to this hopeless crusade.


Pentagon Confirms It Sought To Build A ‘Gay Bomb’

June 22, 2007
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A Berkeley watchdog organization that tracks military spending said it uncovered a strange U.S. military proposal to create a hormone bomb that could purportedly turn enemy soldiers into homosexuals and make them more interested in sex than fighting.

Pentagon officials on Friday confirmed to CBS 5 that military leaders had considered, and then subsquently rejected, building the so-called “Gay Bomb.”


Interview with Mike Ryan, a Dying 9/11 First Responder

June 22, 2007
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Mike Ryan, a former detective and first responder on 9/11 discusses his experiences after the attack, the toxic dust that engulfed New York, surveys his own medical treatment and the similar conditions amongst thousands of other first responders. He also touches upon the collapse of Building 7, which is hardly acknowledged by the government’s official account, yet appears to be a controlled demolition.

This very personal interview gives an account of one 9/11 hero amongst many left in the shadows and sometimes forgotten in the aftermath of the fateful attacks of September 11.


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Geronimo’s great-grandson wants bones returned

June 22, 2007
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Legend has it that Yale University’s ultrasecret Skull and Bones society swiped the remains of American Indian leader Geronimo nearly a century ago from an Army outpost in Oklahoma.Now, Geronimo’s great-grandson wants the remains returned.

Harlyn Geronimo, 59, of Mescalero, N.M., wants to prove the skull and bones purportedly taken from a burial plot in Fort Sill, Okla., are indeed those of his great-grandfather. They’re now said to be in a stone tomb that serves as the club’s headquarters.

If they are proven to be those of Geronimo, his great-grandson wants them buried near the Indian leader’s birthplace in southern New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness.


Ron Paul Excluded in Iowa

June 22, 2007
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Iowans for Tax Relief and Iowa Christian Alliance will host a presidential candidates forum on Saturday, June 30th in Des Moines. Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Sam Brownback, Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, Tommy Thompson, and Tom Tancredo will participate. Ron Paul, however, will not participate. Why? Because he wasn’t invited.

We heard about this forum from numerous supporters in Iowa who asked why Dr. Paul was not going to participate. Those supporters assumed that Dr. Paul was invited.


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New Study Props Up Official 9/11 Conspiracy Theory

June 22, 2007
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A new study into the collapse of the World Trade Center towers has been released that correlates with the findings of the 2005 National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) report and supports the theory that intense fires weakened the structure and initiated “global collapse”. Much like the NIST report however, it is fatally flawed.


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9/11’s Lingering Cloud

June 22, 2007
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It has been a cruel year for 5-year-old Tylerann Zadroga, and last week proved especially difficult. At her suburban New Jersey day care center, Tylerann could only watch as the other children made Father’s Day cards.

“She’s been upset the last few days,” said her grandfather, Joseph Zadroga. “She’s really been missing him.”

Tylerann’s dad, James Zadroga died last year at the age of 34. A decorated NYPD detective, the 9/11 rescue worker’s death was the first to be directly linked to exposure to the toxic air at ground zero. (Zadroga’s wife died of a heart ailment in 2005, leaving the job of raising Tylerann to her grandparents.)

Seventeen months after James Zadroga died of a respiratory disease triggered by World Trade Center toxins, doctors and politicians have gradually awakened to the ballooning health crisis stemming from the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. The debilitating — and increasingly deadly — illnesses plaguing recovery workers are now well documented.


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911 Truckload of Explosives

June 22, 2007
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This is a video of the news report of two men arrested driving a truck full of explosives and suspected of wanting to blow up the George Washington Bridge on 9-11


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Thompson Links Reid To 9/11 Conspiracy Theorists, Claims He Is ‘Encouraging Our Enemies’

June 22, 2007
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In his latest ABC News podcast, former senator Fred Thompson suggests that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) criticized outgoing Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Peter Pace last week to appeal to “fringe” anti-American elements “who think the 9/11 attacks were an inside job.”


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US, Israel finalise Iran strike plan

June 22, 2007
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Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert visited Washington yesterday and met with US President George W. Bush to finalise plans for a joint US-Israel strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

President Bush hinted that actions against Iran will form the core of their discussion.

“I’m sure that we will find some time, also, to discuss other measures, such as the danger of Iran and the threats that come from the President of Iran, who talks time and again about the liquidation of the state of Israel, something that is totally intolerable and unacceptable,” he said. “And we have to continue the measures taken in order to stop the Iranian efforts to establish unconventional weapons.”

Talking to reporters at a joint press conference Bush once again re-iterated his position on military strikes against Iran by saying “I will tell you this, that my position hasn’t changed, and that is all options are on the table.”


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Israel launches air strikes in Gaza

June 22, 2007
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Israel launched air strikes targeting Palestinian rocket launch sites in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, the first air strikes since Hamas seized control of the territory last week.

Gaza militants earlier fired at least one makeshift rocket into southern Israel, the army said.


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Schwarzenegger, Blair to Meet in London

June 22, 2007
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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is scheduled to travel to London on Sunday, two days before British Prime Minister Tony Blair leaves office, to reciprocate a visit Blair made to California.


Where were you online? Advertisers know

June 22, 2007
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Personal identity has taken on a new meaning in the digital age, where basic facts like your name, address or age are far less important to some people than the collected records of what you were looking at online.

Technologies for monitoring and interpreting Internet habits as a predictor of future behavior cropped up at the start of this century, but only now are gaining momentum as the newest gold mine for Web sites and their advertisers.

Known as behavioral targeting, the premise is to follow the sites you visit and build a picture of what products may interest you, then deliver related advertising in time for you to choose your purchase.

U.S. marketers will nearly double their spending on such advertising to $1 billion next year from $575 million in 2007, according to research firm eMarketer. By 2011, behavioral targeting will surge to nearly $3.8 billion of online ads.


Cameras May Watch You Take Tests Online

June 22, 2007
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New technology will place cameras inside students’ homes to ensure that those taking exams online don’t cheat.
This fall, Troy University in Alabama will begin rolling out the cameras for many of its approximately 11,000 online students, about a third of whom are at U.S. military installations around the world.

The device, made by Cambridge, Mass.-based Software Secure, is similar in many respects to other test-taking software. It locks down a computer while the test is being taken, preventing students from searching files or the Internet. The latest version also includes fingerprint authentication, to help ensure the person taking the test isn’t a ringer.

But the new development is a small Web cam and microphone that is set up where a student takes the exam. The camera points into a reflective ball, which allows it to capture a full 360-degree image. (The first prototype was made with a Christmas ornament.)


Carter: Stop favoring Fatah over Hamas

June 21, 2007
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The United States, Israel and the European Union must end their policy of favoring Fatah over Hamas, or they will doom the Palestinian people to deepening conflict between the rival movements, former US President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday.


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9/11 Revisited 2nd Edition

June 21, 2007
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Watch it here for free or purchase a copy from www.911revisted.com


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Bush: All options open regarding Iran

June 21, 2007
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President Bush has implied the possibility of future military action against the Islamic Republic by saying all options are on the table regarding Iran.

Speaking before a scheduled meeting with Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert, President Bush told reporters, “My position hasn’t changed and that is that all options are on the table,” a standard phrase that does not exclude the use of force, according to AFP.


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Britain to maintain presence in Afghanistan for ‘three decades’

June 21, 2007
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The UK could have presence in Afghanistan for the next thirty years according to the new British ambassador.

Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, who will head the embassy in Kabul, said that the effort to stabilise and rebuild the war-torn country was a “marathon rather than a sprint”.


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Bush ‘in envoy talks with Blair’

June 21, 2007
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President Bush has spoken to UK PM Tony Blair about his becoming a Mid-East envoy, a White House official says.

Mr Bush and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice directly discussed the idea with Mr Blair, the official said.

The president would reportedly like him to be an envoy for the quartet of the US, European Union, UN and Russia.

The official spokesman for Mr Blair said “there is a lot of speculation about the prime minister’s future and much of it is inaccurate”.


Murdoch Talking With Yahoo About Swap for MySpace

June 21, 2007
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News Corp.‘s Rupert Murdoch has been discussing a deal to swap his MySpace social-networking site with Yahoo for a one-quarter stake in the Internet-portal company, even as he pursues his $5 billion offer for Dow Jones.

The talks with Yahoo are preliminary and began before chief executive Terry S. Semel resigned Monday, said a source familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussion is ongoing. It is unclear whether the talks will move forward under Semel’s successor, Jerry Yang.

Yahoo declined to comment. The talks were reported in today’s Times of London, which is owned by News Corp.


CNN on 9/11 – Third Explosion Collapses WTC

June 21, 2007
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Kidnapped to Order (C4 Dispatches)

June 21, 2007
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Dispatches exposes a new phase in America’s dirty war on al-Qaeda: the rendition and detention of women and children. Last year, President Bush confirmed the existence of a CIA secret detention programme but he refused to give details and said it was over.

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Secret Nuremberg Notebooks

June 21, 2007
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“In 1946 several key members of Hitler’s Nazi army sat it Nuremberg jails waiting to be tried for their involvement in the Holocaust. For fear that the prisoners would conspire among themselves; each man lived in seclusion, was kept to a strict schedule and was under observation 24 hours a day. No outside visitors were allowed – except for Leon Goldensohn. An American psychiatrist, he was charged with interviewing the Nazi officials on trial. In the privacy of their cells, Goldensohn spent time with each prisoner and kept a detailed record of his conversations in a series of notebooks, which, after his premature death, were lost. Now, reunited for the first time since his passing over 20 years ago, this absorbing documentary traces the steps of Goldensohn’s exploration through his writing and takes us to the cells of four Nazi dignitaries: Herman Goring, second in command of the Third Reich; Hans Frank, Governor-General of Occupied Poland; Julius Streicher, publisher of Nazi Der Stürmer newspaper and Rudolf Hoss, commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp. With each visit Goldensohn attempted to uncover the feelings and motivations of these men. Did they feel guilt when faced with the horrors they are responsible for? Are the ordinary men who have been led astray or dangerous psychopaths? This arresting doc allows for a rare glimpse into Goldensohn’s analysis while providing precious insight into the Nuremberg Trials.”chicagodocfestival.org


The Daily Show catches Tony Snow Lying

June 20, 2007
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Where oh where is our beloved Press Corps? Jon Stewart magnificently busted Tony Snow lying and he did it in the perfect way,..Take a look…


Romney just “smells great!”

June 20, 2007
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So says Alina Cho of CNN from Monday’s “American Morning” show. John Roberts was wrapping up an interview segment with Mitt Romney when Alina chimed in with this astute observation…

“He looks great, sounds great, smells great.”


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Coming Soon to a Mall Near You: Dadullah’s “Suicide Bomber” Grads

June 20, 2007
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According to Brian Ross of the ABC “Investigative Team,” the lad pictured is a Taliban “suicide bomber” school graduate. “Large teams of newly trained suicide bombers are being sent to the United States and Europe, according to evidence contained on a new videotape obtained by the Blotter on ABCNews.com,” Ross reports, or rather reads from a Pentagon script. “Teams assigned to carry out attacks in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Germany were introduced at an al Qaeda/Taliban training camp graduation ceremony held June 9.” “These Americans, Canadians, British and Germans come here to Afghanistan from faraway places,” Taliban military commander Mansoor Dadullah avers on the videotape. “Why shouldn’t we go after them?”

 Mansoor Dadullah is the bother of the late Mullah Dadullah Lang Kakar of Baluchistan, Pakistan, a CIA-ISI useful idiot. “The fierce thirty nine year old, executioner and ‘war fighter,’ one legged Dadullah, was a product of the West’s fear of communism, and was given the opportunity and training by Pakistan’s ISI (Inter Services Intelligence), backed by the CIA, to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan,” explains the Center for Strategic Analysis. “Under [Pakistan] Prime Minister [Benazir Bhutto]’s watchful eye, and the assistance of Maj-Gen Naseerullah Barbar her Interior Minister, the one eyed Mullah Omar (Dadullah’s jihad buddy) led a tiny outfit of True Muslim Talib (students) to form the menacing Taliban in an effort to control the corrupted, decaying ‘war fighters,’ the Mujahaideen who aided by the ISI, CIA, Saudi Arabia, and [CIA asset] Osama bin-Laden, helped in the fall of the Soviet empire.” No doubt brother Mansoor is tasked with carrying out his brother’s assignment, that is to say an assignment engineered by the CIA.


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US destroying Iraq with impunity

June 20, 2007
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The United States and its allies are killing Iraqi civilians, stealing Iraq’s oil and destroying the nation’s heritage with total impunity, according to a report released jointly today by 30 NGOs which concluded that The US Coalition is the principal cause of Iraq’s current ills.


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Barclays could drop eagle logo because of ‘Nazi connotations’

June 20, 2007
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The eagle logo used by Barclays is under threat today amid fears that its Nazi connotations could offend customers of its Dutch takeover target.

The banking giant has informally agreed to ground the eagle after nearly 300 years if its £45 billion offer for ABN Amro succeeds, the Times newspaper said.


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96 members of Congress paying family members

June 20, 2007
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More than one in four members of Congress who hold top positions on committees and subcommittees or are in the House Leadership have used their position to enrich family members, according to a watchdog’s investigation.

Lawmakers employed family members on campaign committees and used campaign funds to pay family businesses or contribute to relatives among other methods that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington says warrants an investigation.


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H.R. 2755 to Abolish the Federal Reserve

June 20, 2007
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“I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is now controlled by its system of credit. We are no longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.”

 – Woodrow Wilson, 1919 (Referring to the Federal Reserve and the transition to a debt-based economy)


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9/11 Bombshell: WTC7 Security Official Details Explosions Inside Building

June 20, 2007
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The Alex Jones show today welcomed Loose Change creators Dylan Avery and Jason Burmas to discuss an exclusive interview they have conducted with an individual with high level security clearance who was inside the Office of Emergency Management in World Trade Center 7 and has descibed and detailed explosions inside the building prior to the collapse of any of the buildings at ground zero on 9/11.

The interview, to be featured in the forthcoming Final Cut of Loose Change is currently under wraps but the creators have allowed some details to leak purely to protect themselves and the individual involved who has asked to remain anonymous until the film is released.


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9/11 widows demand release of CIA’s Inspector General report

June 20, 2007
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A group composed of widows of 9/11 victims are demanding the release of a key CIA report.“The report, prepared by the CIA’s inspector general, is the only major 9/11 government review that has still not been made publicly available,” Michael Isikoff reported in January. “When it was completed in August 2005, Newsweek and other publications reported that it contained sharp criticisms of former CIA director George Tenet and other top agency officials for failing to address the threat posed by Al Qaeda, as well as other mistakes that might have prevented the attacks.”


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Laura Bush asks for cash for Bush birthday

June 20, 2007
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Birthdays are a time for celebrating and — if you are a politician — raising money.

With President Bush’s 61st birthday a little over two weeks away, first lady Laura Bush is soliciting $61 donations from supporters of the Republican National Committee.

“Please consider commemorating President Bush’s 61st birthday with a gift our entire Party can share,” Laura Bush wrote in an e-mail.


What The “Chinese Style” Internet Will Look Like

June 20, 2007
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Control freaks the world over, including most recently Tony Blair, have called for the introduction of a Chinese style Internet, where the World Wide Web is tightly regulated and free speech stifled on the whim of a government censor.

Here’s what Internet 2, the Chinese format, will look like.

Say goodbye to downloading your favorite music or videos in seconds via high-speed cable or ADSL. There is no high speed broadband Internet in China. Since every website you access has to first pass through a government approved list, even the likes of Yahoo and Google lag and stumble onto your monitor, as if you’re using dial-up.


The Plan to Disappear Canada

June 20, 2007
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If the machinations going on in this country regarding so-called “deep integration” were instead a communist conspiracy to take over the country (you will, of course, have to try hard to imagine this) the news media would be blaring the story.

Pundits would pontificate, editorialists would erupt, security forces would be unleashed.

Instead, a virtual conspiracy to make the country disappear through assimilation into the U.S. gets barely a mention.

But news of the scheme — formally called the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) — is finally breaking out of the secret chambers of the ruling elite and the federal government. This is both good news and bad. It’s good that ordinary citizens are finally getting a glimpse of the betrayal of their country. The news is bad because it reflects just how much of this scheme is already being implemented.


Blair ‘will hand powers to EU without referendum’

June 20, 2007
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Gordon Brown has pledged to hold a referendum on the European constitution if Tony Blair failed to get a good deal for Britain this week.

The Chancellor stressed that he was confident the Prime Minister would refuse to give up key powers over foreign policy and crime at his final Brussels summit. Mr Brown predicted that “we will get what we need” to protect the UK’s position.

No10 has claimed it would not hold a referendum on any amending treaty that emerged from the meeting. But Mr Brown told GMTV today he was open to the idea of a vote should Brussels win greater powers over key areas.


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Solution for Darfur Genocide: Stop Breathing

June 20, 2007
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According to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, “the slaughter in Darfur was triggered by global climate change and that more such conflicts may be on the horizon,” reports Breitbart. “The Darfur conflict began as an ecological crisis, arising at least in part from climate change…. This suggests that the drying of sub-Saharan Africa derives, to some degree, from man-made global warming…. It is no accident that the violence in Darfur erupted during the drought.” In short, 450,000 people died in Darfur not only because you drive a car and run a television and computer, but also because you have the audacity to emit carbon dioxide.

In fact, as the U.S. State Department admits, the “primary cleavage is ethnic: Arabs (GOS and militia forces) vs. non-Arab villagers belonging primarily to the Zaghawa, Massalit, and Fur ethnic groups [also the Tunjur, the Birgid, the Dajo, and others]. Both groups are predominately Muslim.”

“These people have long been politically and economically marginalized, and in recent years the National Islamic Front regime, based in Sudan’s capital of Khartoum, has refused to control increasingly violent Arab militia raids of African villages in Darfur,” writes Eric Reeves. “Competition between Arab and African tribal groups over the scarce primary resources in Darfur—arable land and water—has been exacerbated by advancing desertification throughout the Sahel region.”

Of course, there is no evidence this desertification is a result of “climate change,” but that will not stop Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations from insinuating that your daily commute to work in an air conditioned car is responsible for the murder of nearly a half million people.


TV Tripe

June 20, 2007
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The problem with television is that when the people on it are telling you one thing, they are not telling you a lot of other things.

Television is what I call a linear medium. It streams information at you one batch at a time. In contrast, a newspaper is a horizontal medium. It presents you with a variety of information in its daily package, spread out so you can pick and choose what you wish to read.

Last week, when television cable news was obsessing over the Paris Hilton non-story, it was, of course, depriving viewers of news about much more important topics, such as the goings-on in Congress, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the economy, the environment and the energy crisis. It’s hard to think of anything that is not more important than a silly heiress doing her time for violating the terms of her probation.

Then, to compound their sin of shallow-minded celebrity worship, some of the cable news people tried to blame it on Miss Hilton. That is obscenely stupid. The young woman goes places, but she has no power over the media, no way to manipulate them, no way to set their agenda. No celebrity commands the thundering herd of paparazzi and certainly does not make assignments for cable news shows.


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Olmert and Bush Discuss Ways to Strengthen Abbas

June 20, 2007
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President Bush and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel tried again today to strengthen the position of the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas of the Fatah party, describing him as a voice of moderation in the Middle East, in contrast to the rival Hamas party, which they condemned as an extremist group dedicated to violence.


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Victims of Bush

June 20, 2007
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VoB


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Feds told they need warrants for webmail

June 20, 2007
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A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court’s ruling against warrantless seizures of email. Law enforcement agents need to obtain a warrant before looking at a user’s email even if it is stored online, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal ruled on Wednesday.

For 20 years, long before the introduction of knee-jerk law enforcement powers ushered in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the Stored Communications Act (SCA) has been used by government agents to carry out secret searches and seizures of stored email, without requiring a warrant. A case brought by Steven Warshak challenged this practice.


Six Scientists Say The Earth today stands in imminent peril

June 20, 2007
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Six scientists from some of the leading scientific institutions in the United States have issued what amounts to an unambiguous warning to the world: civilisation itself is threatened by global warming.


Virtual worlds ‘could replace real relationships’

June 20, 2007
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The internet-based virtual world Second Life may have a serious impact on people’s real life relationships, one of Britain’s best-known scientists warned yesterday.Baroness Susan Greenfield, director of the Royal Institution, said she feared users of the popular simulation could abandon the messy intimacy of “real-life” human relations for two-dimensional liaisons in the virtual world.Second Life was started in San Francisco in 1999 and now has seven million players who can create their own characters, known as avatars, buy goods, throw parties and build their own homes.

However, Baroness Greenfield says the implications have not been thought through. “People who dismiss it as a game will be in for a rude awakening,” she said. “This will have a huge impact on society.

“Offering people the chance to have a permanent soap opera going on, in which they can participate, will be even more pervasive than reality TV such as Big Brother.


Michael Moore: 9/11 Could Be Inside Job

June 19, 2007
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Academy Award winner Michael Moore answered questions on 9/11 truth during a sneak peak of his new documentary, SICKO, in New York.

Our reporters were initially avoided by Moore, but he subsequently decided to approach We Are Change.org/ Infowars.com reporters for a discussion.

Moore brought up his lingering questions on 9/11, which are a clear departure from the ‘government negligence’ picture he painted in his film Fahrenheit 9/11, released some three years ago.

Moore told reporters, “I’ve had a number of firefighters tell me over the years and since Fahrenheit 9/11 that they heard these explosions– that they believe there’s MUCH more to the story than we’ve been told. I don’t think the official investigations have told us the complete truth– they haven’t even told us half the truth.”


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Suicide Bomb Teams Sent to U.S., Europe

June 19, 2007
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Large teams of newly trained suicide bombers are being sent to the United States and Europe, according to evidence contained on a new videotape obtained by the Blotter on ABCNews.com.Teams assigned to carry out attacks in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Germany were introduced at an al Qaeda/Taliban training camp graduation ceremony held June 9.

A Pakistani journalist was invited to attend and take pictures as some 300 recruits, including boys as young as 12, were supposedly sent off on their suicide missions.

COMMENT: Yet more fearmongering. If things really do start blowing up then we all know where to look first. Cui Bono?


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MP tells Blair Blame yourself for parliament’s weakness, not ‘feral’ media

June 19, 2007
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A backbencher humiliated Tony Blair when he confronted him with examples of how he had eroded the importance of Parliament during his decade in power.

In a withering attack, Tory MP Peter Luff accused Mr Blair of hypocrisy after he claimed last week that a “feral” media had damaged trust in politics.

He said it was unacceptable for the Prime Minister to blame the Press for the public’s declining respect for Parliament when there were at least nine examples of him treating it with disdain.


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Ron Paul Introduces Legislation To Abolish The Federal Reserve

June 19, 2007
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On Friday, Rep. Paul introduced H.R. 2755 To abolish the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks, to repeal the Federal Reserve Act, and for other purposes. The text of this bill is not yet available on-line but Rep. Paul introduced a similiar bill back in July of 2003 which never even made it into committee.


US group ‘plotted bloody coup in Laos’

June 19, 2007
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A group plotting to overthrow the Communist government of Laos hatched an elaborate 90-day plan to oust and possibly assassinate the country’s leaders by bombing official buildings and shooting down aircraft, according to US court documents.

The 18 pages of documents, entitled Operation Popcorn: A Comprehensive Plan of Action, disclosed that the California-based would-be revolutionaries outlined a $28 million (£14 million) budget for Stinger missiles, AK-47 rifles and local mercenaries to topple the Laos government before shutting off access to the country.

They then planned to establish martial law in the capital, Vientian, using around 1,000 security forces, before bringing democracy to the country.

The audacious plan came to light after last week’s arrest in the US of an 11th suspect, Dang Vang, 48, a member of California’s Hmong community and the author of Operation Popcorn, according to prosecutors.


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U.S. official Samarra attack may have been inside job

June 19, 2007
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Now CNN has changed the damning ‘inside job’ headline (see SCREEN SHOT) to a more disguised story that downplays significance. CNN replaced the link and effectively killed the story that this is the 2nd FALSE-FLAG bombing of the Golden mosque (see Feb 2006)– one of Iraq’s most holy places. Both were believed to have been carried out in part by Iraqi forces and directed by Western intelligence. Such self-inflicted violence is only used as a tool to enrage the opposition and further perpetuate the Iraq War. Of course, it just came out that the U.S. is arming Sunni insurgents ‘to fight al-Qaeda’– further evidence that the West seeks to extend the war. Naturally, the bombing has already led to retaliation– a desired and planned response.

CNN Inside Job


Euro Globalists: Anyone Who Resists EU Is a Terrorist

June 19, 2007
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Moves to scrap national sovereignty and amplify the power of the EU many many times over are currently in full swing while those who so much as question the centralization have been branded ‘terrorists’.

As reported in the Sunday Express yesterday, the Italian President Giorgio Napolitano told a news conference in Siena that “those who are anti EU are terrorists”.

He attacked eurosceptics who warn that the promised new EU treaty will go too far in eroding the powers of member states, saying: “It is psychological terrorism to suggest the spectre of a European superstate.”

The German President, Horst Kohler was also present with Napolitano and nodded in agreement at the Italian head of state’s comments.

President Kohler also described the tactics of eurosceptics as “populistic, demagogic campaigning”.

The words of the two men were seen by many in Germany and Italy as a thinly veiled attempt to link euroscepticism with the demagoguery and populism of the fascist regimes of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

In reality the move towards a centralized superstate in Europe that supercedes nationally elected officials on virtually all aspects of governance mirrors almost exactly Hitler’s vision for Europe in the 1930s.

So now you are a fascist if you try to resist fascism.


9/11 ‘Truthers’ uncovering disturbing anomalies

June 19, 2007
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They’re “nutcases” to Vancouver writer Terry Glavin, “gibbering idiots” to British author and Guardian columnist George Monbiot, and “conspiracy nuts” to U.S. political writer Alexander Cockburn. They’re promoting “crap,” says David Corn, Washington editor of The Nation. They’re trafficking in “pure fantasy” that is “rotting peoples brains,” says Canadian military analyst and author Gwynne Dyer. They’re opponents of the Bush administration who reject the official story on 9/11. And their most vocal critics hail not from the right, but from North America’s progressive left. Ignored by mainstream media, and vilified by the alternative press, the so-called “9/11 Truth movement” probably wouldn’t exist without the Internet. A huge online presence, with thousands of blogs and websites, has inspired the creation of films, DVDs and the organization of international conferences. The movement has chapters across North America, including in Vancouver.

According to its press release, the Vancouver 9/11 Truth Society “will host an international conference to expose the realities, myths, omissions and distortions of the official narrative of the events of Sept. 11, 2001,” from June 22 to 24 at the Vancouver Maritime Labour Centre.


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100 Professors Question The 9/11 Commission Report

June 19, 2007
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Many respected and distinguished university professors have expressed significant criticism of the 9/11 Commission Report. A number even allege government complicity in the terrorist acts of 9/11. Below are the highly revealing public statements on this vital topic of over 100 university professors with links for verification and further investigation.

The collective voices of these respected professors along with over 50 senior government officials and over 100 media professionals and stars give credibility to the claim that the 9/11 Commission Report is tragically flawed. These dedicated individuals from across the political spectrum cannot be simply dismissed as irresponsible believers in some 9/11 conspiracy theory. Their sincere concern, backed by impeccable credentials, demonstrates that criticism of the 9/11 Commission Report is not only reasonable and responsible, it is in fact a patriotic duty.


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Fingerprinting and eye scans for children as young as five

June 19, 2007
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Schools are to get the go-ahead to fingerprint pupils as young as five, in new measures to be approved by the Government. Ministers will issue guidance telling schools they have the right to collect biometric data and install fingerprint scanners.

But the decision has angered opposition MPs who say collecting fingerprints from children will be a gift to identity thieves.

The guidance will say that personal data, including fingerprints and eyeball scans, can be collected from pupils and used to monitor attendance, so long as schools consult parents first and do not share the data with outside bodies.


Big Brother arrives in Blackpool

June 19, 2007
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The first wave of talking CCTV cameras are being tested. The prospect of talking CCTV is nowhere near as fearful as the reality of hearing faceless voices being broadcast in the street.


U.K. soccer club considers new level of security cameras

June 19, 2007
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When English soccer fans take to the terraces next season, there’s every chance they won’t just be watching the game, they’ll be being watched watching the game too. In the latest addition to what civil liberties campaigners have dubbed Britain’s “surveillance society,” a British company is in talks to supply wireless closed-circuit television technology to a Premier League soccer club’s security staff.

Hidden in lapels and hats, minute cameras would allow spotters in the crowd to beam live pictures from inside the stadium back to a control room where the images could be scanned in real-time for troublemakers and hooligans.

Already trailed in city centers across Britain to cut down on crime, the technology is also used to tackle cash-in-transit theft, an increasingly common form of robbery, and to protect VIPs, according to 802 Global, the company that makes it.


Brown to allow UK to have a referendum on Europe

June 19, 2007
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Gordon Brown dramatically raised the stakes on Europe last night by threatening to let the British people have a referendum on the results of this week’s critical summit. In a clear warning to Tony Blair he offered to put the next European treaty to a popular vote if it fails to take account of Britain’s objections.

With two out of three voters declaring themselves firmly opposed to an EU super-state, a referendum would be certain to produce a resounding “No”.

Mr Brown’s willingness to deploy the “nuclear option” in the event of a British defeat in Brussels sends a clear message to other EU countries that the UK will not budge.


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Opponents of EU treaty accused of being ‘terrorists’

June 19, 2007
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Eurosceptics have been branded “terrorists” just days before Tony Blair prepares to fly to Brussels to smuggle in the new EU constitution by the back door.Critics of the EU’s secret plans to bring back the failed European constitution by stealth at this week’s summit were blasted by the Italian President, Giorgio Napolitano.

The Italian head of state told a news conference in Siena last week that “those who are anti EU are terrorists”.

And he attacked eurosceptics who warn that the promised new EU treaty will go too far in eroding the powers of member states, saying: “It is psychological terrorism to suggest the spectre of a European superstate.”


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Galloway on the Lie Ahmadinejad Called for Israel to be “Wiped Off the Map”

June 19, 2007
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George Galloway, member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow, on his talkSPORT program, broadcast over the largest commercial radio station in Britain, continues to get the truth out. Indeed, Galloway’s program, according to UTV, has pulled in record call numbers and the highest ever ratings for its weekend slots, even pulling in more than the station’s Football First program. Go George!!


Climate change behind Darfur killing: UN’s Ban

June 19, 2007
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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that the slaughter in Darfur was triggered by global climate change and that more such conflicts may be on the horizon, in an article published Saturday. “The Darfur conflict began as an ecological crisis, arising at least in part from climate change,” Ban said in a Washington Post opinion column.

UN statistics showed that rainfall declined some 40 percent over the past two decades, he said, as a rise in Indian Ocean temperatures disrupted monsoons.

“This suggests that the drying of sub-Saharan Africa derives, to some degree, from man-made global warming,” the South Korean diplomat wrote.


Environmentally Friendly New Jet Planned

June 19, 2007
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British low-cost airline easyJet has unveiled a design for a radically different-looking short-haul airliner that it says would be highly environmentally friendly and could be built by 2015.

EasyJet said its design—which it dubbed the “easyJet ecoJet”— would be 25 percent quieter and would emit 50 percent less carbon dioxide (CO2) and 75 percent less nitrous oxide (NOx) than today’s newest short-haul airliners.

“The aircraft example we have unveiled today represents the next major step forward in airframe and engine technology,” said Andy Harrison, easyJet’s chief executive.

“The lightweight structure and open-rotor engines are based on technologies that are being developed right now by the major manufacturers. The easyJet ecoJet is realistic and it is achievable,” he added.


Climate scientist says global warming stopped in 1998

June 19, 2007
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The salient facts are these. First, the accepted global average temperature statistics used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change show that no ground-based warming has occurred since 1998. Oddly, this eight-year-long temperature stasis has occurred despite an increase over the same period of 15 parts per million (or 4 per cent) in atmospheric CO2.

Second, lower atmosphere satellite-based temperature measurements, if corrected for non-greenhouse influences such as El Nino events and large volcanic eruptions, show little if any global warming since 1979, a period over which atmospheric CO2 has increased by 55 ppm (17 per cent).

Third, there are strong indications from solar studies that Earth’s current temperature stasis will be followed by climatic cooling over the next few decades.


Tommy Chong on The Colbert Report

June 14, 2007
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After his entertaining appearance on MSNBC last week, Tommy Chong comes on “The Report” to tell Stephen how he would like to punish Paris Hilton.


Iran slams terrorist attack on Samarra

June 14, 2007
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Iran’s President has slammed the terrorist attack on the holy shrines in the city of Samarra, blaming the occupiers for the ‘brutal act.’ “Unfortunately, under the aegis of the occupiers, the terrorists have once again bombed the holy shrines in Samarra and desecrated the sacred site,” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday in Semnan.


CFR – NAU & 2008 Presidential Candidates

June 14, 2007
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What Presidential Candidates are part of the CFR? What are they trying to accomplish?


Big Brother targets smokers after smoking ban

June 14, 2007
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Big Brother is watching you when the smoking ban comes into force next month by forcing bosses to spy on staff caught lighting up.

According to reports, company bosses could be fined £1,000 if they do not help investigators.

They must follow government guidance which states: “It is recommended that persons in control of smoke-free premises…keep a written record of any incident where an individual smokes on the premises in contravention of the legislation.”

The guidance also states: “Businesses should be encouraged to contact their council after any incident.”

All firms have been sent Smoking Incident Forms which record the date, name, offence and action taken.


Blair accused of sell-out as Britain signs on to EU police DNA database

June 14, 2007
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Tony Blair was accused of a European constitution “sell-out” today after the Government pooled more police co-operation to help fight cross-border crime and terrorism. A two-year-old agreement between just seven EU countries now becomes part of EU law, involving all 27 nations including the UK.

Under-secretary of state for the Home Office Joan Ryan, signing up on behalf of the UK at talks in Luxembourg, said afterwards it was an example of the EU countries working together on law enforcement to protect the public.


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Privacy chief warns EU on terror laws

June 14, 2007
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Europe’s data protection chief has warned Portuguese ministers that fundamental rights to freedom are being abused in the name of security. Portugal takes over the rotating EU Presidency on 1st July.The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has told the Portuguese ministers for justice and the interior that anti-terror laws proposed in Europe have shown a lack of understanding of human rights law and says that anti-terror laws could be written which would safeguard privacy rights.

“I fear that messages such as ‘no right to privacy until life and security are guaranteed’ are developing into a mantra suggesting that fundamental rights and freedoms are a luxury that security can not afford,” said EDPS’ Peter Hustinx. “I very much challenge that view and stress that there should be no doubt that effective anti-terror measures can be framed within the boundaries of data protection.”

The EDPS is the privacy advisor for the EU’s governing bodies and has been increasingly critical of some of the legal measures put in place and some of the activity of EU bodies in the name of anti-terrorism.


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Tony Blair has turned Britain into a land where we are all prisoners

June 14, 2007
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Even George Orwell would be shocked. He described the sinister machinations of a totalitarian police state in his novel, 1984, and laid bare the danger of eroding our basic civil liberties, including the right to freedom of speech and the right to privacy. Although he famously coined the phrase ‘Big Brother is watching you’, even Orwell cannot have foreseen just how prescient those words would prove to be.

Today, in Tony Blair’s Britain – which I naively voted into power ten years ago – we have witnessed a breath-taking erosion of civil liberties.

The truth is we are fast becoming an Orwellian state, our every movement watched, our behaviour monitored, and our freedoms curtailed.

Between May 1997 and August 2006, New Labour created 3,023 new criminal offences – taking in everything from a law against Polish potatoes (the Polish Potatoes Order 2004) to one which made the creation of a nuclear explosion in Britain officially illegal.


Missile defense games

June 13, 2007
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Beijing has deployed some 1,000 missiles targeting Taiwan and the sea-lanes surrounding the island, with 50 to 100 being added annually. But Taiwan is not worried or deterred in pursuing its own different way of life, not because its mentor and protector the U.S. provides an “impenetrable shield” against Beijing’s missiles, but because Taiwan’s people have refrained from provoking Beijing.


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House set to pass post-Virginia Tech gun bill

June 13, 2007
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Spurred by the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history, the Democratic-led House of Representatives is expected to approve a bill to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, lawmakers said on Tuesday


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Anonymous witnesses not enough on CIA jails: EU

June 13, 2007
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The word of anonymous witnesses is not enough to prove that the CIA ran secret prisons in Poland and Romania, the European Union’s top security official said in an interview.


Bush compares War on Terror to battle against totalitarian communism

June 13, 2007
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President Bush, attending the dedication of a memorial to an estimated 100 million victims of communist regimes, yesterday compared the fight against radical Islam to the Cold War battle against totalitarian communism.

In warning Americans that “evil is real and must be confronted,” Bush also equated the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon with the tyrannical rule imposed on residents of countries like China, North Korea and the former Soviet Union.

“Like the communists, the terrorists and radicals who have attacked our nation are followers of a murderous ideology that despises freedom, crushes all dissent, has expansionist ambitions and pursues totalitarian aims,” he said at the ceremony, which was held in the intersection of Massachusetts and New Jersey avenues at G Street NW.


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Iraqis Accuse U.S. Of Bombing Shrine

June 13, 2007
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Both Sunni and Shias Iraqis have accused the U.S. of being behind the bombing the al-Askari shrine in Samarra, one of the holiest Shia religious sites, in order to further incite sectarian violence between the two rival Islamic groups and provide a justification for the American surge.

Sunni Muslim leaders belonging to the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq have questioned how terrorists could get access to the site which has been heavily guarded by about 60 Federal Protection Service forces and 25 local Iraqi police and closed to the public since it was attacked last year in a bombing which many also believed to be the work of US forces.


Famous Shiite Shrine in Samarra Attacked

June 13, 2007
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Suspected al-Qaida insurgents on Wednesday destroyed the two minarets of the Askariya Shiite shrine in Samarra, authorities reported, in a repeat of a 2006 bombing that shattered its famous Golden Dome and unleashed a wave of retaliatory sectarian violence that still bloodies Iraq.

Police said the attack at about 9 a.m. involved explosives and brought down the two minarets, which had flanked the dome’s ruins. No casualties were reported.

The attack immediately stirred fears of a new explosion of Sunni-Shiite bloodshed. There are close ties between al-Qaida and some Iraqi Sunni militants. State television said Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki quickly imposed an indefinite curfew on vehicle traffic and large gatherings in Baghdad as of 3 p.m. Wednesday.


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