From: Brian Rayner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, Nov 28, 2010 at 5:03 PM
Subject: Fw: Artillery Heard in North Korea;U.S. Carrier Enters Yellow Sea 28 Nov 2010
Artillery Heard in North Korea; U.S. Carrier Enters Yellow Sea 28 Nov 2010 Residents of South Korea's Yeonpyeong island were ordered to bomb shelters after artillery shots were heard on the North Korean mainland and U.S. warships began naval exercises in the nearby waters of the Yellow Sea. The echo of shots rang out this morning, said a South Korean Defense Ministry official who declined to be named, citing military policy. While residents were later allowed out of shelters, the aircraft carrier USS George Washington joined South Korean vessels for four days of drills.
US, S.Korea in show of force as islanders take refuge 28 Nov 2010 The United States and South Korea staged a potent show of naval strength Sunday as residents of a border island bombarded last week by North Korea scurried for shelter for fear of a new attack. The Yellow Sea naval drill, spearheaded by the massive US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier George Washington, aims to send a message of deterrence to the North but has sparked strong criticism from Pyongyang's ally China.
North Korea readies missiles as U.S.-South Korea drill begins 27 Nov 2010 North Korea has placed surface-to-surface missiles on launch pads in the Yellow Sea, Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday, as the United States and South Korea began joint military exercises that have upset neighbor China. The agency also said North Korea had moved surface-to-air missiles to frontline areas, days after it shelled a tiny South Korean island killing four people. The North's official KCNA news agency warned of retaliatory action if its territory is violated.
Expats recalled as North Korea prepares for war --'Traders have left the kiosks and markets, workers have abandoned building sites, and North Korean secret service employees working in the region have joined them and left.' 27 Nov 2010 A mass exodus of North Korean workers from the Far East of Russia is under way, according to reports coming out of the region. As the two Koreas edged towards the brink of war this week, it appears that the workers in Russia have been called back to aid potential military operations. Vladnews agency, based in Vladivostok, reported that North Korean workers had left the town of Nakhodka en masse shortly after the escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula earlier this week.
S. Korea orders journalists off island 28 Nov 2010 The sound of new artillery fire from North Korea just hours after the U.S. and South Korea launched a round of war games in Korean waters sent residents and journalists on a front-line island scrambling for cover Sunday. None of the rounds landed on Yeonpyeong Island, military officials said, but South Korea's Defense Ministry later ordered journalists off the island.
Japan on high alert amid war games 28 Nov 2010 Japan is increasing its vigilance amid a joint military drill by the United States and South Korea in the Yellow Sea a week after an alleged North Korean attack on the Yeonpyeong Island. Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan told reporters on Friday night that the government is taking all possible measures, Japan's public broadcaster NHK reported on Saturday. Kan instructed all cabinet ministers to remain in Tokyo during the military exercises in order to prepare for any contingency.
MI6 paid hundreds of thousands of pounds to Taliban impostor: Report 26 Nov 2010 A senior Afghan official has blamed the British secret service for bringing a Taliban impostor to sensitive, high-level peace talks with the Afghan government, newspapers reported Friday. The fake Taliban commander, said to actually be a Pakistani shopkeeper, received thousands of dollars in goodwill payments from the Afghan government, British newspapers reported, and was flown on NATO aircraft. The Times of London reported that MI6, Britain's foreign spy service, paid hundreds of thousands of pounds to the impostor to keep the talks on track. The Guardian newspaper said that the faker received thousands of dollars in goodwill payments from the Afghan government, and that he was recruited into the peace talks with the approval of the former American commander in Afghanistan, Stanley McChrystal.
Think tank: NATO failing in Afghanistan 28 Nov 2010 Nine years after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, a leading international think tank says NATO's strategy to break the Taliban in the country is failing. The International Crisis Group (ICG) said on Sunday that there is little evidence that the US-led operations have disrupted Taliban's momentum. "The Taliban are more active than ever and they still enjoy sanctuary and support in Pakistan," said the ICG report.
WikiLeaks set to reveal what US really thinks of David Cameron --Website to release three million embassy cables, many of them distinctly undiplomatic 28 Nov 2010 David Cameron was bracing himself for the humiliation of public criticism from the Obama administration last night, as whistleblowers prepared to publish millions of classified cables between Washington and US embassies around the world. Almost three million confidential files detailing the US government's private views on hundreds of allies and rival states are expected to be released by the website WikiLeaks this week.
'Wikileaks documents show Turkey helped al-Qaida' --Report: Documents expected to be leaked allege that Turkey allowed citizens smuggle weapons into Iraq, US helped Kurdish terrorists. 25 Nov 2010 Wikileaks is planning to release files that show Turkey has helped al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] in Iraq, according to London-based daily Al-Hayat. The newspaper also reported that the US helped the PKK, a Kurdish rebel organization. One of the documents, a US military report, reportedly charges Turkey with failing to control its borders, because Iraqi citizens residing in Turkey provided al-Qaida with supplies to build bombs, guns and ammunition.
UK Gov issues DA notices over WikiLeaks bomb 26 Nov 2010 The UK Government has issued Defence Advisory Notices to editors of UK news outlets in an attempt to hush up the latest bombshell from whistle-blowing web site WikiLeaks. DA Notices, the last of which was issued in April 2009 after sensitive defence documents were photographed using a telephoto lens in the hand of Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick as he arrived at No 10 Downing Street for a briefing, are requests not to publish, and therefore not legally enforceable.
Saturday milestone: US, allies will have been in Afghanistan a day longer than Soviet Union 26 Nov 2010 On Saturday Nov. 27, the United States and its allies will reach a grim milestone: they will have been in Afghanistan a day longer than the Soviet Union had been when it completed its 1989 withdrawal. What's more, the U.S. announced during last weekend's NATO summit that it intends to spend at least four more years, and possibly longer, in the Hindu Kush. Even then, many Afghans -- perhaps even the president installed by the U.S. invasion -- appear to doubt that the Americans will succeed where their erstwhile Cold War nemesis failed.
Mission accomplished! Iraq to ink $12b Shell gas accord 28 Nov 2010 A multibillion-dollar final deal between Iraq and Royal Dutch Shell to capture flared gas at southern oilfields is set to be signed before the year-end, a senior Iraqi oil official said. The $12 billion deal, a venture between Iraq's South Gas Company (SGC), Shell and Japan's Mitsubishi, involves the capture of associated natural gas produced at fields near the oil hub of Basra, including Rumaila, Iraq's workhorse.
Maliki wants foreign troops out of Iraq 27 Nov 2010 Iraq's recently-reinstated prime minister has warned against any extension to the foreign presence on the strife-weary country's soil. Nouri al-Maliki, who was mandated earlier in the month to remain premier for another four years, said on Saturday, "I do not feel the need for the presence of any other international forces to help Iraqis control the security situation," the Associated Press reported.
80 from Guard company in St. Cloud heading to Iraq 26 Nov 2010 Several dozen Minnesota National Guard members based in St. Cloud will be shipped out this weekend as part of Operation New Dawn, which is the winding down [?!?] of U.S. military operations in Iraq. The 80 soldiers of Company B, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment, will head out Saturday for training in Fort Hood, Texas, and then arrive in Iraq in January.
Court asked to order probe of Guantanamo psychologist 24 Nov 2010 A court was asked Wednesday to force an investigation into whether an Army psychologist [John Leso] developed abusive interrogation torture techniques for detainees prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and should be stripped of his license. The court petition, filed by the San Francisco-based Center for Justice and Accountability and the New York Civil Liberties Union, furthers human rights advocates' efforts to spur probes of some psychologists involved in detainee interrogations. Critics argue that the psychologists' activities amount to professional misconduct and that state regulators should look into the matter.
'Iran Air hijacker linked to counter-revolutionary groups' 28 Nov 2010 The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps has issued a statement saying a man who tried to hijack an Iran Air passenger plane en route to Syria on Friday night had connections with counter-revolutionary groups. The suspect tried to create an atmosphere of fear and intimidation by saying that there was a bomb on board the flight, but no explosives were found and he was later arrested by security agents. After the incident, the Airbus plane landed safely in Damascus.
Nigeria detains 12 in Halliburton bribery case 27 Nov 2010 Nigeria's anti-corruption police have raided the offices of the U.S. oilfield services group Halliburton and arrested 12 people Thursday in a bribery case involving the former Halliburton unit KBR Inc, a spokesman said on Saturday. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it had detained 10 Halliburton staff for questioning and one senior employee each from oil services firms Saipem Contracting Nigeria Ltd and Technip Offshore Nigeria Ltd.
Homeland Security Is Seizing Internet Domains Left And Right 26 Nov 2010 The Department of Homeland Security's ICE has launched a major crackdown on websites enabling copyright infringement or selling counterfeits of trademarked goods. In just the past few days ICE has seized at least 12 domains, TorrentFreak reports. All of these domains now display the image shown here. A controversial bill that would allow the Attorney General to shut down domains on similar grounds was recently derailed (temporarily) by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden. [Seize *this.*]
Portland Mayor Sam Adams, Police Chief Mike Reese discuss return to Joint Terrorism Task Force 27 Nov 2010 Portland Mayor Sam Adams and Police Chief Mike Reese have discussed for months whether Portland should rejoin the Joint Terrorism Task Force, a multi-agency group that investigated Friday's failed plot to set off a bomb downtown. Five years ago, Portland became the first city in the nation to withdraw from the FBI-led task force. In April 2005, the City Council voted 4-1 to withdraw its two police officers from the federal task force. Then-Mayor Tom Potter cited the potential for trespasses against civil liberties and an inability to oversee Portland officers who would be deputized as federal agents... Adams did not know about the plot to detonate a bomb at the tree lighting at Pioneer Courthouse Square until after Mohamed Osman Mohamud's arrest Friday night. [Right, they purposely kept him in the dark, to exert pressure on Portland to rejoin the JTTF.]
'Dummy' explosives supplied by FBI operatives to US 'terrorist' --FBI thwarts [their own] bombing attempt at Portland holiday tree lighting 26 Nov 2010 The FBI thwarted an attempted terrorist bombing in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square before the city's annual tree-lighting Friday night, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Oregon. A Corvallis man, thinking he was going to ignite a bomb, drove a van to the corner of the square at Southwest Yamhill Street and Sixth Avenue and attempted to detonate it. However, the supposed explosive was a dummy that FBI operatives supplied to him, according to an affidavit in support of a criminal complaint signed Friday night by U.S. Magistrate Judge John V. Acosta.
US teenager held in Oregon over Christmas 'bomb plot' --Fake explosives supplied by FBI agents (as usual -- except when they supply real ones) 27 Nov 2010 A teenager has been arrested in the US state of Oregon after allegedly plotting to carry out a car bomb attack at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Somali-born Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, was arrested after reportedly making a telephone call he thought would set off the bomb in the centre of Portland. However, the bomb was a fake supplied by FBI agents in a sting operation.
Over 100,000 police searches in UK lead to zero terror arrests 26 Nov 2010 More than 100,000 people were stopped and searched by British police under counter-terrorism powers last year but none were arrested for terrorism-related offences, according to the latest Home Office figures. The statistics show that only 504 people out of the 101,248 searches were arrested for any offence - an arrest rate of 0.005%, compared with an average 10% arrest rate for street searches under normal police powers.
Actor Mark Ruffalo on terror alert watchlist 23 Nov 2010 Actor Mark Ruffalo has been placed on a terror advisory list by U.S. officials after organizing screenings for a new documentary about natural gas drilling. The "Zodiac" actor arranged showings for "GasLand" earlier this year and voiced his concerns about the practice in relation to the national water supplies. But his efforts to raise awareness and demand a stop to natural gas drilling reportedly attracted the attention of officials from Pennsylvania's Office of Homeland Security - and he recently discovered it had landed him on a terror alert watchlist.
I was just detained by the TSA By Robert Graham 23 Nov 2010 Today, I was detained by the TSA for about 30 minutes for taking pictures while going through security. Taking pictures is perfectly legal. I took pictures of the "advanced imaging" machines that see through your clothes - the machines that are the subject of so much controversy lately. I was quickly besieged by TSA agents shouting at me to stop taking pictures. I was then detained while they tried to figure out what to do with me.
BP oil spill incident commander dies in small plane crash 24 Nov 2010 Jim Black, a BP incident commander for the company's Gulf of Mexico oil spill response team, died in a small plane crash near Destin, Fla., on Tuesday night, the company confirmed. The Coast Guard said the small plane crashed Tuesday about 7:30 p.m. in Choctawhatchee Bay. Black, whose job at the oil giant was director of operations for the Gulf Coast Restoration Organization, spent a lot of his time during the past several months in and around New Orleans.
Laboratory Test Results Raise Concern Over Gulf Seafood --'Inspectors' initially tested gulf shrimp after the BP oil spill by smelling it. 22 Nov 2010 WFTV sent shrimp to be tested after scientists disagreed on whether it is safe to eat after the oil spill, and the results revealed Monday are raising a lot of red flags. WFTV put gulf shrimp to the test by ordering raw shrimp over the Internet and shipping it to a private lab... Scientists found elevated levels of Anthracene, a toxic hydrocarbon and a by-product of petroleum. The Anthracene levels were double what the FDA finds to be acceptable.
Parishes get BP money for tourism, seafood 26 Nov 2010 State officials have finalized a plan with BP to distribute $78 million to pay for seafood testing, tourism and seafood marketing after the Gulf oil spill. The parish governments of Terrebonne and Lafourche will receive $10 million each to promote and recover from tourism impacts suffered during the BP oil spill this summer. The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will also receive $30 million [in bribes] to promote Gulf seafood with the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board.
Obama Needs 12 Stitches After Getting Whacked in the Lip --President Obama Injured Today Shooting Hoops 26 Nov 2010 President Obama needed 12 stitches on his upper lip after he was inadvertently hit this morning while playing basketball with friends and family at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. The president was playing defense when Rey Decerega, an opposing player, turned into him to take a shot and his elbow hit Obama in the mouth. The president was given a local anesthetic for the procedure.
Tom DeLay Blames 'Rogue' District Attorney and Democrats, Maintains Friendship with Jack Abramoff --Former U.S. House Majority Leader Convicted of Money Laundering 26 Nov 2010 Before he was convicted this week of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering, former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay blamed a "rogue" Texas district attorney and Democrats for indicting him so that he would be removed from his powerful position in Congress. DeLay said a district attorney "shopped six grand juries...before he found a grand jury just sworn in 30 minutes to indict me" in a case where prosecutors said he illegally funneled corporate money through his political action committee to Texas candidates in 2002.
Thousands protest against Irish bank bailout, austerity plan 27 Nov 2010 More than 100,000 Irish citizens took to the streets of Dublin today to protest against the international bailout and four years of austerity. Despite overnight snow storms and freezing temperatures, huge crowds have gathered in O'Connell Street to demonstrate against the cuts aimed at driving down Ireland's colossal national debt. Among the marchers there is deep anger that most of the more than €80bn (£67bn) from the EU and the International Monetary Fund will be given to shore up Ireland's ailing banks.
Global warming brings bad news for polar bears 24 Nov 2010 Polar bears aren't suited for southern diets and their numbers are likely to dwindle as climate change forces them south, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) compared polar bears and grizzly bears because, as global warming shrinks the polar bear habitat, polar bears will be forced southward for alternative food sources, where they will be forced to compete with grizzlies. The researchers studied the skulls of polar bears to see how they compare to grizzlies and found that the northern bears aren't suited for the southern lifestyle.
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