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  • Gunman Kills 6 in Wisconsin Before Dying in Shootout

    08/05/2012 4:21:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 69 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 5, 2012 | by Steven Yaccino
    OAK CREEK, Wis. — In what the police called an act of domestic terrorism, a gunman opened fire in a Sikh temple here on Sunday, killing at least six worshipers and injuring three others before being shot and killed in the parking lot. The rampage ended in a shootout with the police. The gunman ambushed one of the first officers who arrived at the temple, shooting him several times, before another officer killed him, the authorities said Sunday afternoon. The officer remained in critical condition at a nearby hospital, along with the other two shooting victims. The police did not...
  • Gunmen slaughter guards in Sinai border attack

    08/05/2012 2:41:34 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 21 replies
    Gunmen killed at least 13 Egyptian border guards before smashing through the country's border with Israel in stolen armoured vehicles, Egyptian and Israeli officials said. The Israeli military said the gunmen crossed into Israel near the Kerem Shalom (Karm Abu Salem) crossing after killing the guards on the Egyptian side of the border. Spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Avital Leibovich said one of the vehicles was destroyed by a helicopter while the other exploded by itself. Egyptian security and medical sources said at least 13 border guards had died on their side of the border when the gunmen, dressed in Bedouin clothing,...
  • Sikh Temple shooting being treated as domestic terrorism, Oak Creek police say

    08/05/2012 3:29:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 82 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | August 5, 2012 | Staff Writers
    The shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek about 10:15 a.m. Sunday that left at least seven people dead, including the shooter, and three people injured is being treated as a domestic terrorist incident, Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said. Oak Creek police officers who responded to a 911 call about the shooting were helping a victim when the shooter ambushed one of the officers, shooting the officer multiple times. A second Oak Creek officer returned fire, killing the shooter, Edwards said. The wounded officer, described as at least a 20-year veteran of the department, was in surgery...
  • The Real Price of Middle Eastern Oil

    08/05/2012 2:47:11 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 28 replies
    Americanthinker ^ | 05AUG12 | Shoshana Bryen & Stephen D. Bryen
    American gasoline is cheap at the pump because consumers pay only for the oil, refining, and transportation to market -- plus tax. What we don't calculate is what the United States spends to defend the oil in the ground or the sea lanes that allow it to be shipped from the Middle East. We don't calculate the perversion of American principles as we coddle dictators to ensure they don't turn off the taps. Factoring those in makes the use of imported oil for transportation fuel much more expensive and distasteful. The Middle East accounts for about 30% of the world's...
  • Oil exports soar for OPEC countries

    08/05/2012 2:20:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Albawaba ^ | August 5th, 2012 | SyndiGate.info
    The total revenue of the 11 members of the Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) soared to $624.8 billion in 2011, according to the latest data. OAPEC data for the oil income generated in the year 2010 was announced as $450bn. In real terms, the combined Arab income stood at $479bn in 2011 taking into account the real dollar value and global inflation. While the nominal price of OPEC's basket of crudes stood at around $107 per barrel in 2011 its real value averaged about $88 in 1995 prices. The oil price in 2010 also averaged nearly $60 far...
  • Dozens of rockets, mortar shells explode near Gaza, southern Israel

    08/05/2012 2:12:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 8/5/12 | Gili Cohen , Yanir Yagna, Avi Issacharoff and Reuters |
    Dozens of rockets and mortar shells exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council in southern Israel on Sunday evening. Residents of Kibbutz Kerem Shalom, near the meeting point of the Egypt-Israel-Gaza borders, were told to stay in their homes, for reasons of safety. Palestinians sources in Gaza reported exchanges of fire in the area of Kerem Shalom, including shells fired from the Israeli side, and according to the report, Palestinians have been wounded. Israeli tanks reportedly fired at least 15 shells in the area near Kerem Shalom. Egyptian state television also reported that an Islamist militant group was behind the attack....
  • Victory closer, divisions deepen in Syria opposition

    08/05/2012 2:01:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sunday, August 05, 2012 | Yara Bayoumy
    ...The head of the Syrian National Council (SNC), a long-established opposition umbrella group, said talks would be held within weeks to form a transitional government. The next day the Free Syria Army, a loosely coordinated group of insurgents fighting Assad's forces, floated a separate proposal that called for the establishment of a higher defence council bringing together military and civilian figures. And the day after that, a group of exiled Syrian activists who left the SNC announced a new opposition alliance that also aimed to form a transitional government. It is neither news nor a surprise that Syria's opposition is...
  • Rumsfeld: Israel shouldn't tell the US before striking Iran

    08/05/2012 1:02:52 PM PDT · by BCrago66 · 50 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | 8/5/12 | Eli Leon and Israel Hayom Staff
    Former U.S. defense secretary tells Fox News that international sanctions have had no impact on the Iranian regime • Given leaks at White House, Rumsfeld says he would not notify U.S. of Iran plans if he were in the Israeli government.
  • Michele Bachmann Joins TMLC’s Citizens Advisory Board— Puts her Country Above Politics, Party

    08/05/2012 1:12:28 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 8 replies
    thomasmore.org ^ | 02AUG12 | Not Listed
    and Political Correctness. ANN ARBOR, MI – The Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, today announced that Congresswomen Michele Bachmann (R- MN) has agreed to serve on the Law Center’s Citizens Advisory Board. In accepting service on the Advisory Board, Congresswoman Bachmann stated, “I am pleased to join forces with the Thomas More Law Center. They are in the courts aggressively fighting the internal threat to America posed by radical Islam.” Congresswoman Bachmann is a member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. As a member of that Committee, she has...
  • Senior Palestinian Official Blasts Israel's War Rhetoric against Iran, Syria

    08/05/2012 12:32:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Fars News Agency ^ | Sunday, August 05, 2012 | unattributed agitprop shill
    Palestinian Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat deplored Israel's threats against Iran and Syria, but meantime reiterated that an Israeli aggression against either country would be unlikely. "I believe that all these remarks are empty threats and I don't think that (military action) is going to happen," Erekat said, answering to a question about Tel Aviv's continued war rhetoric against Iran and Syria. He said that the West is seeking to spark and spread Iranophobia in the region in a bid to stop its influence. "The region does not need a war or beating the drums of war. The region needs peace,"...
  • Tehran seeks help to free Iranians held in Syria [ asks Turkey and Qatar ]

    08/05/2012 12:24:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Sunday, August 05, 2012 | Reuters
    Iran has asked Turkey and Qatar to help secure the release of 48 Iranians seized by rebels in Syria on suspicion of being military personnel but who Tehran says are pilgrims. Syrian rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad accuse Iran of sending fighters from its Revolutionary Guard to help Assad's forces put down the 17-month uprising. Tehran denies the charge and says the group was on a religious pilgrimage to Syria. Iranian media said on Saturday that the 48 were abducted from a bus in Damascus, the latest in a string of kidnappings of visitors from the Islamic Republic,...
  • Eye on Iran and Syria, Israel hardens missile shield

    08/05/2012 12:12:49 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sunday, August 5, 2012 | Dan Williams
    Israel is upgrading its Arrow II ballistic missile shield in a U.S.-backed "race" against Iran, Syria and other regional enemies, a senior Israeli defense official said on Sunday. The new "Block 4" generation of guided interceptor rockets, radars and technologies for synchronizing Arrow with U.S. systems was being installed in deployed Israeli batteries, a process that would take several weeks, the official said... Long jittery about Iran's disputed nuclear program, the Israelis have more recently worried the Syrian insurgency could loosen Damascus's hold on its chemical weapons and missiles. Israel has threatened to attack preemptively in both countries, a prospect...
  • Charles Krauthammer: The media missed Romney’s overseas triumph

    08/04/2012 2:20:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The National Post ^ | August 3, 2012 | Dr. Charles Krauthammer
    At the outset of his recent foreign trip, Mitt Romney committed a gaffe. In answer to a question about the Olympics, he expressed skepticism about London’s preparations. The response confounded and agitated Romney supporters because it was such an unforced error. The question invited a simple paean to Olympic spirit and British grit, not the critical analysis of a former Olympic organizer. Soon that initial stumble was transmuted into a metaphor for everything that followed. The mainstream media decided with near unanimity that the rest of the trip amounted to a gaffe-prone disaster. Really? The Warsaw leg was a triumph....
  • Killer of American troops set to be freed, thanks to Obama

    08/05/2012 6:47:36 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 7 replies
    PowerLine ^ | August 4, 2012 | Paul Mirengoff
    An Iraqi court has rejected a request to send a Hezbollah commander to the United States for trial. Ali Mussa Daqduq, a Lebanese militant, has been held in Iraq for the 2007 killings of five American soldiers, four of whom were captured, tortured and shot execution-style. But now the Iraqi central criminal court has ordered that Daqduq be freed immediately. The Court stated: It is not possible to hand [Daqduq] over because the charges were dropped in the same case. Therefore, the court decided to reject the request to hand [him] over to the U.S. judiciary authorities, and to release...
  • French Philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy: What Was Done In Libya Can Be Done In Syria

    08/05/2012 2:37:50 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 27/7/12
    Video Interviewer: "Do you agree that both the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt worked without foreign intervention?" Bernard-Henri Lévy: "Absolutely, but Mubarak was not Qadhafi. It was not the same. It was not the same sort of dictatorship. It was not the same sort of brutality. If somebody today looks like Qadhafi, it is Bashar Al-Assad, who is really a butcher of his own people. Mubarak and Ben Ali were bad guys – corrupted, thieves, tyrants, of course – but they were not of the same sort." [...] Interviewer: "Do you think President Hollande will be as active in Syria...
  • As Syrian War Roils, Sectarian Unrest Seeps Into Turkey

    08/05/2012 12:10:39 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 4, 2012 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
    The Alawites here are worried they could become easy targets. Historically, they have been viewed with suspicion across the Middle East by mainstream Muslims and often scorned as infidels. The Alawite sect was born in the ninth century and braids together religious beliefs, including reincarnation, from different faiths. Many Alawites do not ever go to a mosque; they tend to worship at home or in Alawite temples that have been denied the same state support in Turkey that Sunni mosques get. Many Alawite women do not veil their faces or even cover their heads. The towns they dominate in eastern...
  • Petition to IOC for Moment of Silence For Israel Victims During London Olympic Closing Ceremonies

    08/04/2012 2:31:48 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 5 replies
    Jewocity.com ^ | August 4, 2012 | Miranda Flint
    New Yorker - Israeli Starts Petition to Encourage IOC to Observe Moment of Silence During Olympic Closing CeremoniesBy Miranda Flint When the International Olympics Community (IOC) refused to honor the victims of the 1972 Munich massacre with a moment of silence, during the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics, many protested against the decision. In Greater New York, JCC Rockland began a petition, hoping to gain enough signatures to convince the IOC to reconsider its decision. Joel Leyden, President of Leyden Digital PR, noticed the petition, but, he told Jewocity, “At first I didn’t think much of it.” There was...
  • Anger in Hevron Region over Sabbath Demolition

    08/04/2012 1:47:44 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/8/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Border police evicted Jews from the Mitzpeh Avichai outpost in the Hevron region on Saturday, residents of the area report. The outpost has been destroyed and rebuilt dozens of times. Homes have sometimes been destroyed in the middle of the night, and on at least one occasion, residents say, an Arab demolition crew stole valuables. However, they said Saturday night, never before have police carried out a demolition on the Sabbath. Resident Aryeh Davis accused the police of “adding insult to injury.” Davis, who has previously spoken to Arutz Sheva, said, “It’s not enough to destroy the land of Israel,...
  • Riot leaves an Egyptian village without Christians

    08/04/2012 1:15:15 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 4, 2012, 3:36 PM EDT | SARAH EL DEEB
    DAHSHOUR, Egypt (AP) -- When the angry mob was rampaging through town, storming her home and those of other Christians, the 70-year-old woman hid in her cow pen, pushing a rock against the door. There she cowered for hours, at one point passing out from tear gas being fired by police that seeped in. When Sameeha Wehba emerged just before dawn, she found she was the only Christian left in this small Egyptian village just south of Cairo. Dahshour's entire Christian community - as many as 100 families some estimate - fled to nearby towns in the violence earlier this...
  • Iran Loses $133 Million A Day On Embargo

    08/04/2012 6:43:45 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 2 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Aug 2, 2012 | Anthony DiPaola and Isaac Arnsdorf
    U.S.-led sanctions against Iran are costing OPEC’s third-largest producer $133 million a day in lost sales without raising global crude prices.Shipments from Iran have plunged by 1.2 million barrels a day, or 52 percent, since the sanctions banning the purchase, transport, financing and insuring of Iranian crude began July 1.Annualized, that would cost President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s country about $48 billion in revenue, equivalent to 10 percent of its economy.“It’s been an unqualified success,” Mike Wittner, head of oil-market research for the Americas at Societe Generale SA, said on July 25. “There were a lot of concerns sanctions could backfire by...
  • As CIA Drone War Deaths Increase, So Does Anti-U.S. Sentiment

    08/03/2012 9:40:01 PM PDT · by robowombat · 26 replies
    New American ^ | Friday, 03 August 2012 11:45 | Joe Wolverton, II
    Friday, 03 August 2012 11:45 As CIA Drone War Deaths Increase, So Does Anti-U.S. Sentiment Written by Joe Wolverton, II At a conference of top Pakistani and American officials in Aspen, Colorado, Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, criticized the Central Intelligence Agency’s drone warfare in Pakistan, describing it as having reached the point of “diminishing returns” and contributing to the growing anti-American sentiment in the country. “This adds to the pool of recruits we’re fighting against,” Rehman said at the Aspen Security Forum held July 25-28. With Pakistan’s spy chief, Lt. General Zaheerul Islam is scheduled to...
  • McCain, Graham to Newsmax: Sequestration Will Cause 'Inability to Defend Nation'

    08/03/2012 6:20:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 03 Aug 2012 12:39 PM | Paul Scicchitano and Ronald Kessler
    Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham charged in an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV Thursday that billions of dollars in automatic spending cuts scheduled to begin hitting the Defense Department next year under the so-called sequestration mechanism will lead to an “inability to defend the nation” from its enemies. “Those cuts, in the words of the secretary of defense and all our uniformed leaders, would jeopardize our national security. In fact, Secretary [of Defense Leon] Panetta said it would be devastating,” said McCain on Thursday in a joint interview with Graham “to warn the country of the devastating effects of this...
  • Some Turks call foul over Obama-Erdogan bat photo

    08/03/2012 6:15:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Aug 3, 2012 6:20pm EDT | Ece Toksabay and Alexandra Hudson
    A photograph of U.S. President Barack Obama holding a baseball bat while talking on the phone to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip ErdoÄŸan was intended to show their close relationship, a White House spokeswoman said, after the photo caused a stir in Turkey. The two leaders spoke on Monday to discuss the crisis in Syria, after which the photograph of Obama seated at his desk, talking on the phone while holding a bat autographed by black-American baseball great Hank Aaron, was released by the White House. "The photo reveals from whom our Prime Minister receives orders to rule the country," Metin...
  • “ICNA Embraces America’s Favorite Salafi Preacher”

    08/03/2012 9:26:20 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 2 replies
    globalmbreport.org ^ | 02AUG12 | GlobalMB
    The Investigative Project has published a new report on the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) titled ”ICNA Embraces America’s Favorite Salafi Preacher.” The IP report begins: IPT News August 1, 2012 Yasir Qadhi, billed by the New York Times as ‘one of the most influential conservative clerics in American Islam,’ recently told one of the nation’s largest Islamic conferences that the Quran ‘destroys’ American capitalism. ’Who amongst us would have predicted five years ago that this nation would despise and hate the very [economic] system that they used to claim was the reason for their success?’ he asked hundreds...
  • Shelby Township Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

    08/03/2012 9:16:22 AM PDT · by equaviator · 7 replies
    Shelby-Utica Patch ^ | August 3, 2012 | By Kristin Bull and Marina Cracchiolo
    A local man has been killed fighting for his country in Afghanistan. Spc. Kyle B. McClain, 25, died Wednesday in Salim Aka, Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Thursday night. McClain was assigned to 1433rd Engineer Company, 507th Engineer Battalion, 177th Military Police Brigade, Kalamazoo, Mich. His mother, Geraldine McClain, told the Detroit Free Press that her son had been in Afghanistan for about six weeks after tours in Korea and Iraq; she told the newspaper they were clearing roadways of IEDs when he was killed. Four other Michigan soldiers were injured in the explosion. “He is a hero to...
  • Disgruntled Kadima-ites Discuss Return to Likud

    08/03/2012 7:49:36 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/8/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Tzachi Hanegbi of Kadima, a former minister, announced several days ago that he plans to return to his first political home – Likud. In an event Thursday night, he started to gather disgruntled Kadima members in an attempt to bring as many party members as possible back to Likud with him. Hanegbi addressed those at the event and explained his disapproval for current Kadima head MK Shaul Mofaz, and his disagreement with Mofaz’s decision to leave the coalition. Mofaz’s hasty exit from the coalition just weeks after joining upset many of his own MKs. He made the decision to leave...
  • A Pernicious Drive Toward Secrecy

    08/03/2012 7:44:16 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 5 replies
    NY Times Op-Ed ^ | 8-2-2012
    In response to recent news media disclosures about the so-called kill list of terrorist suspects designated for drone strikes and other intelligence matters, the Senate Intelligence Committee has approved misguided legislation that would severely chill news coverage of national security issues. Drafted in secret without public hearings, the provisions are part of the intelligence authorization bill for fiscal 2013. If enacted, the bill would undermine democracy by denying Americans access to information essential to national debate on critical issues like the extent of government spying powers and the use of torture. Under the measure, only the director, deputy director and...
  • The Mega Mosques Boom

    08/03/2012 5:14:45 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 3, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Murfreesboro, a city in the heart of Tennessee, and, Marseille, France’s second-largest city and its largest city on the Mediterranean coast, have few things in common. The two cities are separated by nearly 5,000 miles, and by equally wide divisions of language and culture. And yet Murfreesboro and Marseille are connected by a common challenge. Both cities have struggled against the creeping rise of the mega mosques. The mega mosque in Marseille has been the subject of an extended legal fight going back a decade. The one in Murfreesboro had a briefer history of being on the wrong side of...
  • Michele Bachmann: Beware of radical Islam

    08/02/2012 9:06:42 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 18 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 8/1/12 | MIchele Bachmann
    I'm on the case because someone has to question Obama administration's indulgence. I am immensely aware how vitally important it is to restore confidence in our economy and create quality jobs for Minnesotans. It is also clear that life is becoming increasingly unaffordable for average Americans. And while I am working tirelessly every day to promote progrowth policies so Minnesota's small businesses will once again invest and hire new workers, I cannot ignore the national-security threats facing our nation. In a recent interview, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said "the West is asleep on the issue of Islamist extremism."...
  • Israelis Warned to Leave Sinai Now

    08/02/2012 4:30:06 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/8/12 | Elad Benari
    The National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Bureau (NSCCTBCTB) issued on Thursday a serious warning against travelling to the Sinai Peninsula, and called on Israelis vacationing in the area to leave immediately. "From information at our disposal, it arises that terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip and additional elements are actively planning to perpetrate terrorist attacks, especially abductions, against Israeli tourists in Sinai in the immediate term," the NSCCTB's warning said. "The NSCCTB reiterates its call to all Israelis in Sinai to leave the area immediately and return home. The families of Israelis in Sinai are requested to contact them and update...
  • Iran Could Have Nuclear Weapons Within a Year, Says Expert

    08/02/2012 4:18:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/8/12 | Elad Benari
    Dr. Ephraim Asculai, senior research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies, said on Thursday that he doubts the sanctions being imposed on Iran will lead its leaders to give up the country's nuclear weapons program. He predicted that Iran could have nuclear weapons within a year. Dr. Asculai told Arutz Sheva that the sanctions imposed so far on Iran, whether by the UN Security Council or by the United States and other Western countries, have yet to have a real effect. “We still do not see that the Iranians are willing to be flexible on critical matters, even...
  • White House Dismisses Reports of Aid to Syrian Rebels

    08/02/2012 3:34:04 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Voice of America ^ | Thursday, August 2, 2012 | Kent Klein
    Syrian human rights activist Ammar Abdulhamid, with the Washington-based Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, says his contacts in Syria tell him there is no evidence of a surge in aid to the rebels. "I do not really see any intensification of these efforts. I see a lot of leaks, it seems to me, that were sort of primed to show that something is being done. But the reality is, so far on the ground, we have not detected any real involvement by the U.S. in the ongoing military operations in the country," Abdulhamid said. The State Department said Wednesday...
  • Ahmadinejad: World forces must annihilate Israel

    08/02/2012 12:41:41 PM PDT · by yoe · 29 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | August 2, 2012 | JOANNA PARASZCZUK
    n a speech published on his website Thursday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the ultimate goal of world forces must be the annihilation of Israel. Speaking to ambassadors from Islamic countries ahead of 'Qods Day' ('Jerusalem Day'), an annual Iranian anti-Zionist event established in 1979 by Ayatollah Khomeini and which falls this year on August 17, Ahmadinejad said that a "horrible Zionist current" had been managing world affairs for "about 400 years." Repeating traditional anti-Semitic slurs, the Iranian president accused "Zionists" of controlling the world's media and financial systems. It was Zionists, he said, who were “behind the scene of...
  • Court Upholds Domestic Drone Use in Arrest of American Citizen

    08/02/2012 2:05:24 PM PDT · by Myrddin · 38 replies
    US News ^ | August 2, 2012 | Jason Koebler
    A North Dakota court has preliminarily upheld the first-ever use of an unmanned drone to assist in the arrest of an American citizen. A judge denied a request to dismiss charges Wednesday against Rodney Brossart, a man arrested last year after a 16-hour standoff with police at his Lakota, N.D., ranch. Brossart's lawyer argued that law enforcement's "warrantless use of [an] unmanned military-like surveillance aircraft" and "outrageous governmental conduct" warranted dismissal of the case, according to court documents obtained by U.S. News. [Photo Gallery: The Expansion of the Drone] District Judge Joel Medd wrote that "there was no improper use...
  • Obama Authorizes Secret US Support for Syrian Rebels

    08/02/2012 1:51:17 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 7 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Aug 2, 2012
    Home | Newsfront Obama Authorizes Secret US Support for Syrian Rebels Thursday, 02 Aug 2012 11:39 AM President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government, U.S. sources familiar with the matter said. Obama's order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence "finding," broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the rebels oust Assad.
  • Aug 2, 1990: Iraq invades Kuwait

    08/02/2012 6:27:21 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 3 replies
    http://www.history.com ^ | 08/02/2012 | Staff
    Aug 2, 1990: At about 2 a.m. local time, Iraqi forces invade Kuwait, Iraq's tiny, oil-rich neighbor. Kuwait's defense forces were rapidly overwhelmed, and those that were not destroyed retreated to Saudi Arabia. The emir of Kuwait, his family, and other government leaders fled to Saudi Arabia, and within hours Kuwait City had been captured and the Iraqis had established a provincial government. By annexing Kuwait, Iraq gained control of 20 percent of the world's oil reserves and, for the first time, a substantial coastline on the Persian Gulf. The same day, the United Nations Security Council unanimously denounced the...
  • Valerie Jarrett’s Bin Laden Raid Veto

    08/02/2012 5:07:13 AM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 2, 2012 | Matthew Vadum
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Valerie Jarrett’s Bin Laden Raid VetoPosted By Matthew Vadum On August 2, 2012 @ 12:59 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 5 Comments Although taking out Public Enemy Number One would seem to be the easiest of calls, President Obama allowed key public relations adviser Valerie Jarrett to nix the military operation to kill arch-terrorist Osama bin Laden on three separate occasions last year, according to an upcoming book.Although President Obama’s reelection team is loudly trumpeting the dispatch of bin Laden in May 2011, saying it shows Obama’s decisiveness, author Richard Miniter suggests in Leading...
  • Coptic-Muslim clashes erupt in Egypt

    08/01/2012 8:11:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1 August 2012 | Last updated at 18:56 ET
    At least 16 people have been wounded after Muslims attacked a church and Christian homes in a village near the Egyptian capital, Cairo, officials say. The unrest in Dahshur, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Cairo, started after a Muslim man died of wounds sustained in an earlier clash on Friday. Violence frequently flares between Egypt's Muslim majority and its Coptic Christian minority. It is the first instance since Mohammed Mursi took over as president in June. …
  • Iran Deploys Troops, Ballistic Missiles To Eritrea

    12/09/2008 10:40:57 AM PST · by Fennie · 65 replies · 3,323+ views
    The Cutting Edge ^ | December 8, 2008
    Iranian ships and submarines have deployed an undisclosed number of Iranian troops and weapons at the Eritrean port town of Assab, according to opposition groups, foreign diplomats, and NGOs in the area. The city of Assab sits at the Horn of Africa in the Arabian Sea. As such, Assab offers a strategic position as the world nervously eyes the precarious routes through which a seaborne oil traverses daily. Local sources have reported that Iran recently sent soldiers and a large number of long-range and ballistic missiles. The military basing came after Iran signed an accord with Eritrea to revamp the...
  • On Death and Palestinian Culture

    08/01/2012 5:56:03 PM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 8-1-12
    Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is taking criticism for remarks about culture in explaining Israel’s economic success compared to Palestinians’ during a speech in Jerusalem Monday. “Culture makes all the difference,” Romney said. While Romney denied on Tuesday that his reference was a criticism about Palestinian culture, Palestinian leaders immediately slammed the comment. Palestinian Authority spokesman ccalling it “a racist statement” that ignores the effect occupation has on the Palestinian economy. What makes Palestinians a unique race has not been explained. But just imagine the outcry if a sitting government official described Palestinians as developing methods “of death and death-seeking. For...
  • 2 pig heads hung outside mosque in France

    08/01/2012 4:56:27 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 67 replies
    <p>PARIS (AP) - Authorities say two pigs' heads were found hanging outside a mosque in southern France.</p> <p>The local mayor denounced what she described as "intimidation."</p> <p>Pigs are considered unclean by Muslims, who are forbidden from eating pork and are currently observing the holy month of Ramadan.</p>
  • Exclusive: Obama authorizes secret U.S. support for Syrian rebels

    08/01/2012 4:20:00 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 55 replies
    President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government, U.S. sources familiar with the matter said.
  • White House: Iran still Going for the Bomb

    08/01/2012 3:32:49 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/8/12
    White House Spokesman Jay Carney told reporters in a press briefing that Iran has not yet made the right decision to abandon its nuclear program. “We are in complete agreement with the statements of the Prime Minister of Israel by which Iran is making the wrong decision and...
  • A Russian-Saudi-Turkish-Chinese alliance to contain the Muslim Brotherhood and Obama?

    08/01/2012 9:47:00 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 19 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 7/31/'12 | David P. Goldman
    I suggested during our conference call yesterday that the only friend the Muslim Brotherhood has in high places is Barack Obama. I didn't mean that facetiously. Turkey's application to join the SIno-Russian Shanghai Cooperation Organization following Prime Minister Erdogan's July 19 pilgrimage to Russia is a diplomatic humiliation for the United States, and of the first order. Just when Washington is demanding that Russia withdraw support for the Assad regime in Syria, and when Turkey is the linch-pin for American logistics in support of the Syrian opposition, Erdogan has proposed in effect to joint the Russian-Chinese club (without being compelled...
  • Khamenei Warns Iran's Top Leaders: War In Weeks

    08/01/2012 7:22:23 AM PDT · by Fennie · 25 replies
    DEBKA ^ | August 1, 2012
    On July 27, just before Friday prayers, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei summoned top Iranian military chiefs for what he called "their last war council." "We'll be at war within weeks," he told the gathering, DEBKAfile's exclusive Iranian and intelligence sources disclose. Present were Defense Minister General Ahmad Vahidi, Khamenei's military adviser General Yahya Rahim-Safavi, Armed Forces Chief Major General Seyed Hassan Firuzabadi, Revolutionary Guards Corps commander General Mohammad Ali Jafari and Al Qods Brigades chief General Qassem Soleimani. The commanders of the air force, the navy and ground forces were also there.
  • Christian girls in Pakistan continue to be kidnapped, abducted and forcibly converted to Islam

    08/01/2012 12:43:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    CLAAS ^ | July 30, 2012.
    In the recent months there have several reports about the ongoing persecution, kidnapping and abduction of the Christian women and girls in Pakistan. a daughter of Morris Masih from Rawalpindi was kidnapped by Mohammad Abid and Tariq Ali. Morris Masih has asked the police to register a case against Abid and Ali and recover his daughter, but they have refused to register the case. In another case, in Faisalabad Christian Waris Masih’s wife was kidnapped, he has also reported it to the police, but they failed to give him any information about his wife. Also in Chunian, Punjab, the sister...
  • Somali comedian who mocked Islamists is shot dead

    08/01/2012 10:12:05 AM PDT · by mojito · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8/1/2012 | David Smith
    One of Somalia's most popular comedians, known for his parodies of Islamist militants, has been shot dead in the capital, Mogadishu. Abdi Jeylani Marshale was reportedly killed shortly after leaving a local radio station where he worked as a drama producer and performer. It is not known who carried out the murder but last year Marshale was threatened by the extremist group al-Shabaab, prompting him to go into hiding in neighbouring Somaliland for several days. Witnesses told the BBC that Marshale was shot several times in the head and chest by two men armed with pistols. The gunmen have not...
  • Pakistani Owner of Swanky Santa Monica Hotel: "Get the [expletive] Jews out of my Pool"

    08/01/2012 9:00:36 AM PDT · by Milagros · 46 replies
    JewishPress ^ | July 31, 2012
    Pakistani Owner of Swanky Santa Monica Hotel: "Get the [expletive] Jews out of my Pool" By: Lori Lowenthal Marcus Published: July 30th, 2012 Latest update: July 31st, 2012 An upscale hotel on a Santa Monica, California, beach is an odd place to be singled out from a crowd and removed because you are Jewish, but that's what happened to 18 young professionals who are telling their story to a jury in a discrimination trial taking place in Santa Monica Superior Court this week. Ari Ryan is the grandson of a Ukranian Jew who lost most of his family in the...
  • Sharp Decline in Terror Attacks After Bin Laden Death

    08/01/2012 9:11:48 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7-31-2012 | Dana Hughes
    The number of worldwide terror attacks fell to 10,283 last year, down from 11,641 in 2010 and the lowest since 2005, the State Department reported today. What’s made the difference? The State Department cites the May 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden and other top al Qaeda members killed last year including Atiyah Abd al-Rahman and Anwar al-Awlaki, who was the head of Yemen’s Al Qaeda affiliate and had ties to the underwear bomber plot in 2010. “The loss of bin Laden and these other key operatives puts the network on a path of decline that will be difficult to...
  • Panetta asks Israel for patience on Iran

    08/01/2012 6:10:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    AP via Houston Chronicle ^ | Updated 08:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 1, 2012 | ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that U.S. statements of solidarity with Israel and its assurances that military strikes are still an option aren't working to convince Iran that the West is "serious about stopping them" from developing nuclear weapons. Standing with a visiting Leon Panetta, Netanyahu dismissed the U.S. defense chief's counsel to give diplomacy more time to halt Iran's nuclear program. "Right now the Iranian regime believes that the international community does not have the will to stop its nuclear program," Netanyahu said at the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem. "This must change, and it must change...