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After weeks of delay, BP deploys sensors to measure size of spill

After weeks of delay, BP deploys sensors to measure size of spill By Andre Damon 14 Jun 2010 BP deployed undersea sensors to measure the flow of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, as official estimates of the spill size continued to grow. Last week, a team of scientists estimated that the rate of the oil spill was between 30,000 and 50,000 barrels (1.2 million and 2.1 million gallons) per day. Scientists on the federal Flow Rate Technical Group (FRTG) have said that BP’s move to cut the riser pipe from the well likely increased the rate of flow beyond this figure, perhaps by several multiples. Until this weekend, BP and the government repeatedly stressed that they had no intention of installing equipment to measure the flow of oil, alleging that such attempts would interfere with efforts to cap the leak.

Massachusetts Senate attaches anti-immigrant measure to state budget

Massachusetts Senate attaches anti-immigrant measure to state budget By John Marion 14 Jun 2010 This year, the budget process in Massachusetts is being used to wage a two-pronged assault on workers: drastic cuts in school budgets and social services as well as a backdoor attempt to pass a draconian anti-immigrant measure through the state legislature. The anti-immigrant measure, which was attached to the Senate’s fiscal year 2011 budget proposal in the form of two amendments, passed by a wide margin in a body where only five members are Republicans. Twenty-three Democrats joined the Republicans in approving the amendments by a 28-10 margin.

Britain must prepare for casualty spike in Afghanistan, Cameron warns

Britain must prepare for casualty spike in Afghanistan, Cameron warns 15 Jun 2010 David Cameron warned yesterday that there would be more British deaths in Afghanistan this summer but said that the threat to Britain of an 'al-Qaeda' attack from the region had dropped. Delivering his first statement to Parliament on the war since taking office as Prime Minister, he pledged that British troops would not remain in Afghanistan a moment longer than was necessary.

US dumping toxic brew in Iraq

US dumping toxic brew in Iraq 15 Jun 2010 The United States will be leaving a toxic brew of hazardous waste behind when US forces withdraw from Iraq, a new report says. On Monday, The Times of London said that companies from the United States are selling local Iraqi scrap dealers a cocktail of toxic material and ordinary waste. The waste is being disposed of locally instead of being returned for treatment or shipped to Iraq-based factories which specialize in disposal. [Gee, hopefully people will put an abrupt end to all US eco-terrorism in Iraq.]

Officials say gunmen kill 2 policemen in northern Iraqi city of Mosul

Officials say gunmen kill 2 policemen in northern Iraqi city of Mosul 14 Jun 2010 Iraqi officials say gunmen have killed two policemen in the northern city of Mosul, which has been one of the hardest areas to tame since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. The attack came Sunday as Iraq's central bank in Baghdad was stormed by 'insurgents.'

Five killed in Iraq attacks

Five killed in Iraq attacks 14 Jun 2010 Attacks across Iraq claimed the lives of five people on Monday, including a police colonel who was killed by a bomb in the south of the capital, security officials said. The senior officer had been on board a police convoy targeted by a bomb in the Dura district of Baghdad. Another policeman was also killed and three more were wounded, officials in the interior ministry said.

Obama pledges clean energy policy to cut America’s dependency on oil

Obama pledges clean energy policy to cut America's dependency on oil 14 Jun 2010 President Obama likened the impact of the oil spill disaster on the nation’s psyche to the September 11 terrorist attacks as he made his first multi-state tour yesterday of the Gulf of Mexico. Facing questions about his leadership amid rising public anger 56 days after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, he sought to reassert his authority by visiting Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, the states left out of three previous trips to the region.

Arkansas flood toll rises to 20

Arkansas flood toll rises to 20 14 Jun 2010 Flash floods swept through Oklahoma City Monday, trapping people in cars and closing sections of major highways, as the death toll from last week's floods in neighboring Arkansas rose to 20. "Downtown is practically impassable. There are traffic lights out and it's very dangerous to be driving there right now," said Kristy Yager, spokeswoman for the city of Oklahoma City.

Lawmakers accuse BP of 'shortcuts'

Lawmakers accuse BP of 'shortcuts' 15 Jun 2010 To save time and drilling costs, BP took "shortcuts" that may have led to the oil rig explosion and the spill in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a letter released Monday by two House Democrats leading an investigation of the disaster. The letter, sent in advance of congressional hearings with senior oil executives this week, paints a damning picture of five decisions the lawmakers said the oil firm took "to speed finishing the well," which was running "significantly behind schedule." Marshaling e-mails, interviews and documents, the lawmakers said: "In effect, it appears that BP repeatedly chose risky procedures in order to reduce costs and save time, and made minimal efforts to contain the added risk."

Rawl to protest Greene 'victory'

Rawl to protest Greene 'victory' 14 Jun 2010 South Carolina Democratic candidate Vic Rawl announced Monday he’ll lodge a protest against the June 8 primary vote that handed the little-known [GOP troll] Alvin Greene the Democratic nomination for Senate. Citing a "cloud" hanging over the result, Rawl said his 18-percentage-point loss to Greene -- who showed few signs of running an operational campaign -- warrants further investigation in order to ensure confidence in the state’s election system.

Weapons found in SUV trying to enter MacDill, officials say

Weapons found in SUV trying to enter MacDill, officials say 14 Jun 2010 A man and a woman are in custody after officials say they tried to enter MacDill Air Force Base in a sport utility vehicle carrying weapons and military gear, base officials said. Base officials haven't heard that it was a planned attack. A News Channel 8 reporter on scene at the base saw at least 13 loaded rifle magazines and two pistol magazines in a bag. Authorities also found military clothing and other military-style equipment in the grayish blue Honda CRV driven by the suspects.

2 people detained with weapons at MacDill AFB

2 people detained with weapons at MacDill AFB 14 Jun 2010 The military says two heavily armed people are in custody after trying to enter MacDill Air Force Base outside of Tampa. Base public affairs officer Senior Airman Katherine B. Holt reports a man and woman were unable to show proper identification Monday evening, and their vehicle was searched. Security found military-style gear and weapons in the sport utility vehicle but no explosives. Holt says she didn't know how many weapons were removed but they were rifle-type.

Spanish banks teeter on brink of collapse

Spanish banks teeter on brink of collapse 15 Jun 2010 The European economy edged towards a fresh crisis yesterday, as Spain's leaders were forced to admit that credit had dried up for some of the country's banks. In a development that has echoes of the economic panic which swept the world in the wake of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Spain's finance minister and a senior banker admitted that the country's banks were being hit by a freeze on the international lending market, with cash flow at a stand-still.

Armed pair held at Central Command base

Armed pair held at Central Command base 14 Jun 2010 A heavily armed man and woman were in custody Monday after trying to enter the Air Force base that houses the headquarters for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan without authorization, an Air Force spokeswoman said. The pair were stopped at a gate at MacDill Air Force Base about 5 p.m. after they could not show proper identification, Senior Airman Katherine Holt said. A search of the vehicle after they were detained found military-style uniforms and gear and several "rifle-type" weapons, Holt said.

End the siege of Gaza now, EU says

End the siege of Gaza now, EU says 15 Jun 2010 The EU has called Israel's closure of Gaza's crossings a politically incorrect move and repeated the 27-nation bloc's call for Tel Aviv to immediately lift the blockade. At a meeting on Monday, the European Union Foreign Affairs Committee issued a statement saying, "The continued policy of closure is unacceptable and politically counterproductive," the Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post reported.

Robert Kennedy's assassin 'plotted to kill brother Edward too'

Robert Kennedy's assassin 'plotted to kill brother Edward too' 15 Jun 2010 The gunman who assassinated Robert Kennedy may have also plotted to kill his younger brother, Edward, according to FBI files published yesterday. Sirhan Sirhan allegedly offered a fellow prison inmate 'a million dollars and a car' to carry out the hit in 1977. The prisoner, whose name was redacted in the document, told agents that he knew the target was the brother of slain President John F. Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy.

Journalist faces jail over leak of Nicolas Sarkozy's rebuke for TV technician

Journalist faces jail over leak of Nicolas Sarkozy's rebuke for TV technician --Paris instructing judge confirms journalist faces up to five years in prison and 375,000 euro (£310,000) fine if found guilty 15 Jun 2010 A French journalist who leaked footage of Nicolas Sarkozy reprimanding a "rude" television studio worker is facing five years in jail. Augustin Scalbert, who works for the news website Rue89.fr, was charged with receiving stolen goods. The allegations concern off-air clips of the French president accusing a technician of not having any manners, and poking fun at another journalist.

Obama Takes a Hard Line Against Leaks to Press

Obama Takes a Hard Line Against Leaks to Press 12 Jun 2010 Though Thomas A. Drake is charged under the Espionage Act, Mr. Drake appears to be a classic whistle-blower whose goal was to strengthen the N.S.A.'s ability to catch terrorists, not undermine it. ...The Obama administration is proving more aggressive than the Bush administration in seeking to punish unauthorized leaks. In 17 months in office, President Obama has already outdone every previous president in pursuing leak prosecutions. His administration has taken actions that might have provoked sharp political criticism for his predecessor [sic], George W. Bush, who was often in public fights with the press.

Mossad photographed Rachel Corrie before it left Dundalk

Mossad photographed Rachel Corrie before it left Dundalk 13 Jun 2010 Israeli intelligence agents photographed members of the Rachel Corrie aid mission before the ship left dock in Dundalk, the first mate of the vessel has claimed. In an interview with the Sunday Tribune, Derek Graham maintained that during their time in Israeli custody they saw photographs of several members of the group clearly taken in Ireland. "They had people in Dundalk taking pictures. I would say it is standard. They would be either Mossad or IDF intelligence," he said.

Ontario: Air Operations Preparations Underway

Dept of National Defence Public Service Announcement: Air Operations Preparations Underway 14 Jun 2010 As the G-8 and G-20 Summits approach, the Canadian Forces (CF) is continuing preparations in support of the RCMP-led G8-G20 Integrated Security Unit (ISU)... Members of the public may notice CH-146 Griffon and CH-124 Sea King helicopters, CP-140 Aurora patrol aircraft, and CF-18 Hornet fighter aircraft flying during the month of June. Due to the nature of security operations, further details including aircraft numbers, specific times, points of departure and flight paths will not be provided.

B'tselem: Gaza, 95% of factories are closed, 93% of water is polluted

B'tselem: Gaza, 95% of factories are closed, 93% of water is polluted 14 Jun 2010 Most of Gaza's factories have closed and its water is polluted as a result of Israel's siege policy, according to a new report being released today by the Israeli Human Rights group – B'tselem. The siege policy has "led to economic collapse in Gaza," B'tselem noted in a 44-page report that looked at Gaza, the West Bank and east Jerusalem during the period from January 2009 to the end of April 2010.

Britain will not 'lose our nerve' on Afghanistan

Britain will not 'lose our nerve' on Afghanistan 14 Jun 2010 Britain will not lose its nerve over Afghanistan and expects to see "significant progress" [?!?] there by the end of the year, Defence Secretary Liam Fox said Monday. Fox's comments came shortly after Prime Minister David Cameron returned from his first trip to Afghanistan in the job amid questions over Britain's role in the conflict there.

FBI: Edward Kennedy, years of death threats

FBI: Edward Kennedy, years of death threats 14 Jun 2010 Sen. Edward Kennedy, lone surviving brother after the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy, was on the receiving end of death threats back to the mid-1960's, according to documents released Monday by the FBI. "Kennedy will not reach city hall tonight," came a 1965 warning to a Lynn, Massachusetts, police commander... The FBI released more than 2,200 pages of documents, covering the years 1961 to 1985, in response to a request made by ABC News under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.

Polar Bear Capital of World Could Lose Its Bears

Polar Bear Capital of World Could Lose Its Bears By Jake Richardson 13 Jun 2010 Recently a polar bear researcher from the University of Alberta said the population of polar bears around Churchill [Manitoba] could dwindle so low that it may not be able to sustain itself. Climate change [global warming] is reportedly causing there to be less and less ice for the bears to hunt seals upon. With less ice, the bears will not be able to find food, and without food their chances of reproducing become so small, they may not survive. Mr. Stirling, the researcher, said, "Missing out on only two of those meals every year is enough to cause a polar bear’s body weight to decline to the point where females produce underweight cubs or no cubs at all."

Official protests US mission in Basra

Official protests US mission in Basra 14 Jun 2010 The office of the Basra governor has protested the extension of the US mission in the province on the pretext of protecting its sea borders. "Iraqi forces are able to maintain the security of their territorial waters," the London-based newspaper Al Hayat quoted Abdulsattar al-Musawi as saying. A US military statement cited US officer Gregory Roberts as saying that the mission of US forces was extended for another six months in order to protect destroy Basra's water resources.

Security of U.S. Passports Called Into Question

Security of U.S. Passports Called Into Question --Key Components are Outsourced 14 Jun 2010 The U.S. government agency that prints passports has for years failed to resolve persistent concerns about the security risks involved in outsourcing production to foreign factories, a joint investigation by ABC News and the Center for Public Integrity has found. Despite repeated assurances they would move production to the U.S., a key government contractor has continued to assemble an electronic component of the nation's new, more sophisticated passport in Thailand.

Iran to send aid ships to Gaza

Iran to send aid ships to Gaza 14 Jun 2010 Iran's Red Crescent says two shipments of relief goods and relief workers will be sent to the besieged Gaza Strip by the end of the week. "These relief goods include food, medication and medical equipments. The ships will be sent to Gaza by the end of this week," said Red Crescent Director for International Affairs Abdul Rauf Adibzadeh, quoted by IRNA on Sunday.

FAA under pressure to open US skies to drones

FAA under pressure to open US skies to drones --The FAA has been asked to issue flying rights for a range of pilotless planes to carry out civilian and law-enforcement functions. 14 Jun 2010 Unmanned aircraft have proved their usefulness and reliability in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. Now the pressure's on to allow them in the skies over the United States. The Federal Aviation Administration has been asked to issue flying rights for a range of pilotless planes to carry out civilian and law-enforcement functions but has been hesitant to act. Homeland Security wants to expand their use along the borders of Mexico and Canada, and along coastlines... [Looks like the Jonas Brothers are going to have to watch out for even more predator drones.]

FBI followed every move of two N.J. terror suspects for years, culminating in airport arrests

FBI followed every move of two N.J. terror suspects for years, culminating in airport arrests 13 Jun 2010 Mohamed Mahmood Alessa and Carlos Eduardo Almonte became the subjects of physical surveillance, approved by the secretive U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. They were tailed and photographed. Their phones were tapped and their computer activity was monitored. Their bank records were pulled and examined, sources say. Unlike typical wiretap orders that run on 90-day cycles, the secret, national-security search warrants and surveillance orders do not have predetermined time limits... A decision was made to send in an undercover agent, the sources said.

U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan

U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan 14 Jun 2010 The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials. The previously unknown deposits -- including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium -- are so big... that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe. [Oh no! USociopaths will be all over this like a duck on a June bug! In addition to the motive of controlling the opium and gas routes, taxpayers will continue to fund the illegal occupation of Afghanistan so US corproaterrorists can reap the rewards. --LRP]

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