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Passengers disembark NH bus in handcuffs, M-16s pointed at them –Passenger: Police Tasered, handcuffed man in his 60s who refused to give police his name 07 May 2010 A tense standoff with a passenger aboard a Boston-bound Greyhound bus ended ‘peacefully’ last night when he surrendered to police, nearly 10 hours after authorities received a call about a suspicious device on board. Earlier, sixteen other adult passengers and the driver had exited the bus, which originated in Bangor, Maine and arrived in Portsmouth for a regularly scheduled stop at about 11:20 a.m. Minutes later, someone aboard the bus called 911 and reported the apparent device, police said. Authorities quickly surrounded the bus and evacuated nearby buildings… Coming just days after a failed car bombing in New York City, the threat drew an overwhelming response, with bomb squads, SWAT teams, and a sharpshooter in an armored vehicle descending on the scene… At about 2 p.m., 2 1/2 hours after arriving in Portsmouth, passengers began leaving the bus one by one, holding their hands in the air as they walked slowly past tactical teams with guns drawn. As they disembarked, some could be seen lifting up their shirts, apparently to show they were unarmed, and being quickly surrounded by authorities. Some could be seen in handcuffs. Once all the passengers got off, they were each put in handcuffs and taken to the police station, where they were questioned individually.
CIA allowed to kill terrorist suspects without identification 07 May 2010 The CIA received secret permission to attack a wider range of targets, including suspected militants whose names are not known, as part of a dramatic expansion of its campaign of drone strikes in Pakistan’s border region, current and former counter-terrorism officials say. The expanded authority, approved two years ago by the Bush regime and continued by Barack Obama, permits the agency to rely on what officials describe as “pattern-of-life” analysis, using evidence collected by surveillance cameras on the unmanned aircraft and from other sources about individuals and locations.
Interrogators had free hand to terrify detainees, Khadr hearing told –‘We could do basically anything to scare the prisoners,’ former interrogator – nicknamed ‘Monster’ – says 05 May 2010 Military interrogators at Bagram prison were under enormous pressure to extract information from detainees and had a free hand to terrify detainees into confessing, a Damien Corsetti, a former interrogator who knew Omar Khadr said Wednesday. “We could do basically anything to scare the prisoners,” he said… Mr. Corsetti, a huge man nicknamed ‘Monster’ at Bagram was the first witness called by Mr. Khadr’s defence team at the pre-trial hearings.
Guantanamo Suspect Must Submit to Strip Search 06 May 2010 The first man brought from the Guantanamo Bay military prison to face trial in U.S. civilian court must attend the opening of his trial, forcing him to submit to strip searches he has resisted, a judge ruled on Thursday. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled that Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani is competent to waive his right to be present for most court proceedings but said Ghailani must appear at least once at the start of trial… Ghailani has refused to voluntarily appear in court because doing so requires him to submit to a visual strip search that includes inspection of the rectal area. Such a search, according to expert testimony offered by his defense attorneys, triggers memories of CIA interrogations.
Times Square false flag conveniently provides cover for Obusha’s war expansion: CIA to expand drone raids in Pakistan 06 May 2010 The CIA has received authorization to target a wider range of targets in Pakistan with its drone-guided missiles, despite national discontent on growing civilian death toll. The US will expand its drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal regions, including low-level fighters whose identities may not be known, US officials said Wednesday, quoted in a Reuters report. The US drone strikes began to expand under former President [sic] George Bush and have further intensified under President Barack Obama.
U.S. officials: No credible evidence that terrorists trained Shahzad 06 May 2010 No credible evidence has been found so far that the Pakistani-American man accused in the Times Square bombing plot received any serious terrorist training from the Pakistani Taliban or another radical Islamic group, six U.S. officials said Thursday. “There is nothing that confirms that any groups have been found involved in this for certain,” one U.S. official told McClatchy. “It’s a lot of speculation at this point.”
Taleban disown Times Square ‘Idiot Bomber’ 07 May 2010 The alleged would-be Times Square terrorist was disowned by the Pakistani Taleban yesterday as American politicians called for him to be stripped of his US citizenship so he can be tried by a military tribunal. Faisal Shahzad — nicknamed the “Idiot Bomber” for a series of blunders leading to his arrest — was praised by a spokesman for the Pakistani Taleban but disowned in the same breath. “We don’t even know him,” a spokesman said. [Right, but I’m sure those in Langley, VA, *do.*]
‘There were clues in Connecticut — but only to the paranoid.’ Car bomb suspect who slipped under radar is son of air force chief 06 May 2010 There were clues in Pakistan but only to the tight handful of [CIA] minders who knew what Faisal Shahzad was planning. What is beyond doubt is that he first came to the US in 1998 as 19-year-old student, the son of an air vice-marshal of the Pakistani Air Force, Baharul Haq, who remains well known as the founder of the Sherdils, the country’s leading military aerobatics team. He acquired two degrees, in computer science and business administration, from small private colleges in Washington and Bridgeport, Connecticut. His entitlement to citizenship came courtesy of his wife, Huma Mian, the daughter of a successful oil executive.
Shahzad was questioned by U.S. immigration inspectors in early Feb. –Feds reviewing files on bombing suspect 06 May 2010 Federal authorities are conducting an internal review to determine whether officials failed to identify accused terrorist Faisal Shahzad as a potential threat before he allegedly tried to detonate a car bomb in Manhattan’s Times Square, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday. Shahzad was questioned by U.S. immigration inspectors Feb. 3 after his most recent trip to Pakistan, according to federal court records.
Shahzad’s father questioned in Times Square inquiry 06 May 2010 A high-level team of U.S. and Pakistani investigators grilled the father of the Times Square car bombing suspect and interrogated four people linked to a notorious Pakistani militant group, intelligence officials said Thursday. The interrogators questioned Bahar Ul Haq in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. The retired senior Pakistani air force officer is the father of Faisal Shahzad, the 30-year-old Pakistani-American suspect in the case.
Faisal Shahzad ‘carried out dry run’ before Times Square attack 06 May 2010 The man accused of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in Times Square carried out a dry run days before the failed attack, it has been claimed. Faisal Shahzad, who is in custody in New York on terrorism and weapons charges, drove from his home in Connecticut to the theatre district on April 28 in the vehicle that days later he would pack with explosives, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press. Mr Shahzad then returned on April 30 – the day before the attack – to drop off a black Isuzu get-away vehicle near to the target site.
Emirates Denies Negligence Over Terror Suspect’s Dubai Flight 06 May 2010 Emirates denied negligence over its failure to update a U.S. no-fly list, allowing the suspect in the attempted May 1 car bombing in New York’s Times Square to board a flight to Dubai… Faisal Shahzad was put on the federal no-fly list early on the afternoon of May 3, according to a law-enforcement official who requested anonymity. Within an hour, federal authorities sent out an electronic advisory. Airlines must update their computer systems individually with additions and Emirates didn’t do so, the official said.
The Taliban stimulus, funded by US taxpayers: Taliban leaders to be offered exile under Afghanistan peace plan –Karzai to discuss proposal that also offers reinsertion and jobs to former militants with Obama on US visit 05 May 2010 Top Taliban leaders could be offered exile outside Afghanistan if they agree to stop fighting the government of Hamid Karzai, a long-expected peace plan by the Afghan government will propose later this month. The far-reaching proposals, seen by the Guardian, also call for “deradicalisation” classes for insurgents and thousands of new manual jobs created for foot soldiers who renounce violence.
2 NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan 06 May 2010 Two more NATO soldiers have been killed in southern Afghanistan, raising to 181 the number of foreign troops killed in the war-torn country this year. The western alliance says one of the troopers was killed by a roadside bomb. It added that the other soldier was slain by small arms fire.
NATO soldier killed in Afghanistan 06 May 2010 A soldier serving with NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has been killed in an armed conflict in southern Afghanistan. The soldier lost his life in “a small-arms attack” in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, the military alliance announced Thursday.
Danish base attacked in Afghanistan 05 May 2010 The Danish army says almost a dozen of its soldiers in Afghanistan have been wounded amid escalating violence in the war-weary country. Militants attacked the Danish base in Helmand Province late on Tuesday, injuring eleven troopers and two Afghan translators, the military said on Wednesday. Nearly 30 Danish soldiers have died in the war-torn country since the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan.
Blasts leave 5 dead in Afghanistan 05 May 2010 At least five police officers and a government official have been killed in a series of explosions that rocked the southwestern Afghan province of Nimruz. The blasts took place in the provincial capital, Zaranj, on Wednesday. Five other police officers have been injured. Taliban militants have reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Israelis attack Apartheid Wall protesters 06 May 2010 Israeli forces have clashed with Palestinian demonstrators and international activists protesting the Israeli Apartheid Wall in the West Bank. The scuffles occurred on Thursday when the demonstrators sat in front of the armored bulldozers near the village of Wallaje in al-Quds (Jerusalem), trying to stop the Israeli forces, Reuters reported.
NY plane incident a “false alarm” 06 May 2010 U.S. authorities stopped an Emirates airline plane on a taxiway at New York’s JFK airport over a security scare, but the incident was a “false alarm,” a law enforcement source said on Thursday. The source told Reuters that a passenger aboard the flight to Dubai had a name similar to a person on the U.S. “no fly” list. The source said the plane had departed.
Hostages taken in bus bomb scare [Yeah, by the ‘heavily armed police’] 07 May 2010 Seventeen people have been briefly held hostage aboard a Greyhound bus in New Hampshire after an individual warned a bomb was aboard, police said. Heavily armed police, backed by armoured vehicles, swarmed around the bus in Portsmouth, New Hampshire overnight, after a phone report of a bomb and an apparent hostage-taking.
Activist spied on? Man wins settlement 05 May 2010 A 22-year-old anti-war activist from The Evergreen State College will get $169,000 as part of a settlement with the State Patrol and two other law-enforcement agencies over allegations that their officers engaged in political spying and harassment. Philip Chinn was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving by state patrol troopers in May 2007, while traveling to an anti-war protest at the Port of Grays Harbor in Aberdeen. According to court documents, Chinn was pulled over after police had broadcast an “attempt to locate” his car, which was described as containing “three known anarchists.”
Countries are risking cyber terrorism, security expert tells first world summit –Governments that fail to protect computer networks could face devastating attack, says former Pentagon director 05 May 2010 The spectre of crashing power grids, stalled air control towers… and defences left wide open was raised at the first cyber-security world summit that ended today, when politicians, officials, military leaders and industrialists warned that the US and other countries were failing to protect computer networks and were vulnerable to attacks of catastrophic proportions. Harry Raduege, former director at the Pentagon agency responsible for the computer network, said cyber attacks were growing in intensity and sophistication.
Greek protesters encircle parliament as new austerity measures approved 06 May 2010 Tens of thousands of Greek citizens marched in the center of Athens on Thursday afternoon, encircling the parliament building, while inside the bill on the new austerity measures was approved. Denouncing for one more time the further cutbacks on salaries and tax hikes that paved the way for the EU-IMF financial support, protesters raised their voices against violence that marred Wednesday’s similar demonstration, ending in the tragic death of three bank employees.
Greek parliament votes in favour of austerity measures 06 May 2010 Greece’s parliament has voted in favour of the hefty cuts and reforms proposed by the government to address the country’s financial crisis. With 172 of 300 votes in favour, one report said a second vote would have to be passed for the bill to become law. The vote comes a day after three bank workers died in a petrol bomb attack as demonstrations over the planned austerity measures turned violent.
High-Speed Trading Glitch Costs Investors Billions 06 May 2010 The glitch that sent markets tumbling Thursday was years in the making, driven by the rise of computers that transformed stock trading more in the last 20 years than in the previous 200. The old system of floor traders matching buyers and sellers has been replaced by machines that process trades automatically, speeding the flow of buy and sell orders but also sometimes facilitating the kind of unexplained volatility that roiled markets Thursday.
Thousands unable to vote as polling stations fail to cope 06 May 2010 Thousands of people were deprived of their right to vote last night as polling stations across the country were unable to cope with demand. Election chiefs told The Times that the widespread failures to deal with high voter turnout may lead to by-elections in the next few weeks, which could be critical to the outcome of the election. The Electoral Commission, the election watchdog, last night announced an investigation into the problems.
US oil regulator ‘gave in to BP’ over rig safety –Firm allowed to drill without devising plan to cope with blow-out 07 May 2010 As crude oil continued to pour out of control into the Gulf of Mexico yesterday, questions were being asked over the relationship between BP and regulators in Washington amid allegations that the company was allowed to drill the deepwater well without filing plans for how it would cope with a blow-out like the one now in hand… An investigation by the Associated Press and other media outlets seemed to show that, after lobbying by BP, the Minerals Management Service (MMS) within the Interior Department relaxed the rules so that the company could dodge filing a proper blow-out contingency plan.
Obama sheltered BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig from regulatory requirement By Tom Eley 06 May 2010 Last year the Obama administration granted oil giant BP a special exemption from a legal requirement that it produce a detailed environmental impact study on the possible effects of its Deepwater Horizon drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico, an article Wednesday in the Washington Post reveals. Federal documents show that the Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) gave BP a “categorical exclusion” on April 6, 2009 to commence drilling with Deepwater Horizon even though it had not produced the impact study required by a law known as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The report would have included probable ecological consequences in the event of a spill.
1 more Tennessee flood death confirmed; U.S. toll at 30 06 May 2010 Tennessee officials have confirmed a flood death in Memphis, bringing the state’s toll from last weekend’s storms to 20. The national toll is 30… And the worst may not be over: Rural western Kentucky was bracing for what could be its worst flooding in 200 years.
Labor unions, civil-rights groups boycott Arizona 06 May 2010 Leaders of national labor unions and civil rights groups said Thursday that they will boycott Arizona until the state’s toughest-in-the-nation immigration law is repealed, overturned by the courts or superseded by congressional passage of comprehensive reform. The vice president of the 2.2 million-member Service Employees International Union said the union will not hold major conventions, conferences or other special events involving significant travel to Arizona from outside the state.
Obama gives shout out to ‘Los Suns’ of Phoenix 05 May 2010 President Barack Obama has given a shout-out to NBA’s Phoenix Suns, who are wearing jerseys that say “Los Suns” to honor the Latino community, diversity and the state of Arizona. Obama made the remarks at the beginning of a Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Rose Garden. The president said: “I know that a lot of you would rather be watching tonight’s game — the Spurs against ‘Los Suns’ from Phoenix.”
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Previous lead stories: Joe Lieberman bill would strip citizenship 05 May 2010 Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Insane) thinks he’s found a work-around on the whole Miranda rights debate for U.S. citizens accused of terrorism: Strip their citizenship and ship them to Guantanamo. Lieberman plans to introduce a bill that would amend a decades-old law aimed at yanking citizenship from U.S. citizens who fight for a foreign military. There is one exception to the existing law: Americans are allowed to serve in the Israel Defense Forces without losing their citizenship.
Security Network Planned for Midtown 03 May 2010 The Police Department has been planning a high-tech security network for Midtown Manhattan involving surveillance cameras, license plate readers and chemical sensors… The network, patterned after one under development in Lower Manhattan, would eventually use public and private security cameras and license plate readers and would be able to record and track every vehicle moving between 34th and 59th Streets, river to river. The department secured a $24 million Department of Homeland Security grant last fall to begin building the network. Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said he was seeking more federal money to complete it.
U.S. to Send Trainers to Afghanistan as Stopgap 03 May 2010 Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has signed an order sending 850 more American military personnel to Afghanistan as a stopgap measure to fill vacancies in the high-priority effort to train local security forces [to often shoot NATO soldiers and thus create a ‘need’ to deploy *more* NATO soldiers], Pentagon officials said Monday. The 850 extra American trainers will arrive and depart before the final combat forces arrive, so the growth in American forces will not rise above the 30,000 figure approved by the president.
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