Deaths Prompt Surge in U.S. Drone Strikes
Since the suicide bombing that took the lives of seven Americans in
Afghanistan on Dec. 30, the Central Intelligence Agency has struck back
against militants in Pakistan with the most intensive series of missile
strikes from drone aircraft since the covert program began.
overseer: The banks ‘will own all of us’ without reform The head of the Congressional Oversight Panel created
in 2008 to oversee the TARP bank bailout says that President Obama’s
proposal on Thursday to limit both the size of the major banks and the
risks in which they can engage is “very important.”
Obama: My agenda has run into a ‘buzz saw’
With Democrats still reeling from a stinging setback in the Senate,
President Barack Obama told a crowd here Friday that his health care
plan has “run into a bit of a buzz saw” but that he’ll
continue to fight.
already finding ways around Obama financial reforms
On the same day that President Barack Obama announced an ambitious plan
to reform the US financial system, bankers at the largest Wall Street
institutions indicated that they are already finding ways around the
worker plants white powder baggie on traveller as a joke
These days, joking about anything illegal while in an airport security
line will likely land you in a holding cell, and might even result in
criminal charges. But this column from the Philadelphia Inquirer has
some wondering whether that rule applies to TSA employees themselves.
Scanner Staff object to vetting
Security staff at Heathrow airport are reportedly furious at the suggestion
that any of them would ever use pics taken from the new body scanners
for lewd or lascivious purposes.
Releases Official Explanation of Gun Shows Shut Down
An APD News press release dated January 19, 2010, offers an official
explanation of the actions taken by the Austin Police and the Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to ensure the
shut down of Texas Gun Shows in central Texas.
Very American Coup
Here’s a bit of cheery news: Last week, Secretary of Defense
Robert Gates met with the nation’s top defense company executives,
including the CEOs of those mega-military-industrial combines Lockheed
Martin and Boeing, and called for a “closer partnership.”
in the sky: police plan to use military-style spy drones Police in the UK are planning to use unmanned
spy drones, controversially deployed in Afghanistan, for the ”routine”
monitoring of antisocial motorists, protesters, agricultural
thieves and fly-tippers, in a significant expansion of covert state
Terror Threat Level Raised To Severe Tax
and Spend: U.N.’s Rx for New World Medical Order A member
of a World Health Organization (WHO) panel of experts that is pondering
new global taxes on e-mails, alcohol, tobacco, airline travel and
consumer bank transactions, has charged that she was given only
selective information at group meetings, that deliberations were
rushed and that group was “manipulated” by the international
beats warrantless wiretap rap
A Federal judge has dismissed a complaint against the National Security
Agency’s (NSA) Bush-era warrantless wiretapping programme,
prompting suggestions the US government is now able to mount mass
surveillance operations unhindered by the courts or constitution.
warns against despotism, chaos in Russia
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Friday warned against the
dangers of totalitarianism and despotism but said Russia must not
adopt a similar political system to its neighbour Ukraine.
urges security review after Capitol shooting State Sen. Dan Patrick called for a review of security policies
after a 24-year-old Houston man allegedly fired several shots while
standing on the Texas Capitol’s south steps Thursday, apparently
moments after visiting the lawmaker’s office.