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Afghanistan
Marine 2-star: Battle in Marjah is over
A senior Marine general in Afghanistan on Tuesday declared the battle in the southern Taliban stronghold of Marjah "essentially over."

The declaration comes 10 months after thousands of U.S.-led NATO troops stormed the cluster of farming hamlets to oust the faceless myrmidons and cut off their income from the drug trade.

The campaign took longer than NATO officials had hoped, and underscored the complexity of trying to wrest control of an area where Taliban influence remained strong.

Maj. Gen. Richard Mills told news hounds at the Pentagon on Tuesday the enemy has been pushed to the outskirts of the area, where faceless myrmidons come in from the desert to take "the odd shot at us." In the more populated areas, Mills said Afghan police are mostly providing the security on their own.

Mills said tough fighting continues in other parts of Helmand province, including the Sangin district where Marines have taken over a bloody battle from British forces.

He vowed an "aggressive winter campaign" to blunt the potential of a revival by the Taliban next spring.

"We will move into areas we thought were unreachable by coalition forces. We will give them no rest," Mills told Pentagon news hounds via video link from Afghanistan.

Marjah has become an example of the difficulty facing the military campaign. More than 7,000 ground troops launched a massive nighttime invasion last February that NATO officials said would pave the way for the Afghan government to rush in aid and restore public services.

But the civilian component to rebuilding Marjah was painfully slow, and U.S. troops struggled against roadside kabooms and sniper attacks from an enemy that could blend in with the local population.

Mills declined to say how soon it might be before U.S. troops could be withdrawn in significant numbers from Helmand province, noting that heavy fighting
... as opposed to the more usual light or sporadic fighting...
continues in some areas outside Marjah.
Posted by: Sherry || 12/08/2010 11:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [364 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What percentage of the deaders are ISI/Pakiwakiland sourced?
Posted by: Water Modem || 12/08/2010 12:35 Comments || Top||

#2  A high percentage - the ISI has never accepted the idea that Afghanistan is its own country and not their private playground. The Taliban were created by the ISI to give them a new front against India in the ISI's terrorist assaults on the Indians. Lots of the drug gunnies are coming from Pakistan, since the heroin cartels cannot afford to lose the growing areas again.
Posted by: Shieldwolf || 12/08/2010 23:11 Comments || Top||


Catch-and-release of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan angers troops
Posted by: Mike Ramsey || 12/08/2010 06:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [270 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oh, what's the bitch? They pay good money for that release.
Posted by: Fred || 12/08/2010 9:50 Comments || Top||

#2  The second time you catch the same guy, kill him right then and there. No use sending him up the chain so you'll have to catch him a third time. I'm sure most of the Marines will quietly implement such a program, approved or not.

Karzai needs to hang in central Kabul, as a fit reminder that we're not doing this for our health, and we'll fight ALL our enemies, including those that profess to be our "allies".
Posted by: Old Patriot || 12/08/2010 13:55 Comments || Top||

#3  ..while that may be personally satisfying, the ghost of Ngo Dinh Diem, should give one pause before acting.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/08/2010 14:32 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Private Army Prepares for War in Puntland
An unnamed Muslim country is apparently funding a 1,050 man private Army in Puntland in the name of anti-piracy.
Posted by: Water Modem || 12/08/2010 01:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [365 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I remember reading something about this several months ago but I can't for the life of me remember where. Basically it was someone traveling who met one of these mercs headed down there.

I suppose it has been 3 or 4 months ago but I can't seem to put my finger on who it was or where it was published.

Posted by: crosspatch || 12/08/2010 2:12 Comments || Top||

#2  that is very interesting. Puntland's state leader Dr Farole's budget was only $15 million in 2008.

He needs money and manpower to control the piracy issue and he has tried. The international community (UN) only funds the national Transitional Federal Government - which does nothing but hoover it up at Java House, Nairobi.

So given that nature abhors a vacuum... in come the muslims.

While we waste money and time in Af=pak, Somalia is brewing to take over as jihadi central. Puntland used to be a bulwark against the al Shabaab... but who knows now? this is a bad development
Posted by: anon1 || 12/08/2010 5:02 Comments || Top||

#3  this is a bad development
Posted by anon1


No, this is actually a good development. I would encourage you to dig a bit deeper.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/08/2010 5:24 Comments || Top||

#4  AP had this to say: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101205/ap_on_re_af/af_somalia_military_force

The article mentions that a few years ago, Hart Security unsuccessfully trained a Puntland coast guard. It is believed that some of those trained later became pirates.
Posted by: Mike Ramsey || 12/08/2010 5:26 Comments || Top||

#5  thanks Besoeker, I will. You might be right. As long as it isn't the Saudis ...
Posted by: anon1 || 12/08/2010 7:04 Comments || Top||

#6  apologies besoeker, you are right. Yes i read it and it is great news! I am guilty of seeing the summary and flashing off comment before properly looking at it.

GOOD news! :)
Posted by: anon1 || 12/08/2010 8:09 Comments || Top||

#7  Puntland's Coasties have also captured a few pirates.

Rather than funding the TNG it'd make more sense to split up "Somalia" and give the pieces to recognized Puntland and Somaliland, assuming they want them, and the rest of it to Kenya or Ethiopia.
Posted by: Fred || 12/08/2010 9:53 Comments || Top||

#8  Fred yes that is brilliant.

I totally agree.

That is the best possible solution. But if you give any to Ethiopia they will probably fight over it. The Somalis hate the Ethiopians. Kenya they seem to like, Lord knows there are enough Somalis living in Eastleigh, Nairobi..
Posted by: anon1 || 12/08/2010 18:11 Comments || Top||

#9  Recognize Puntland and Somaliland, give them aid and funding, and to hell with the rest of Somalia. Make it a free-fire zone, that would just be recognizing reality anyway.
Posted by: Shieldwolf || 12/08/2010 22:55 Comments || Top||

#10  It seems that Saracen International is threatening to sue the media for saying that it has taken the contract. Its CEO says that it is Saracen Lebanon that has taken the contract, not his Uganda-based South African Special Forces-manned company as is being reported.
Posted by: Shieldwolf || 12/08/2010 23:05 Comments || Top||


Yemeni fighter killed in Mogadishu
[Iran Press TV] A Yemen-born foreign fighter has been killed in the latest heavy festivities between al-Shaboobs and Somali government troops backed by African Union forces in war-weary Mogadishu.
The jihad going on at home wasn't exciting enough for him. He wanted to die for his god somewhere foreign and exotic.
The krazed killer, identified as Rabah Abu-Qalid, lost his life when al-Shaboobs launched attacks against Somali soldiers in Mogadishu's northern districts of Shibis and Bondhere on Sunday, a Somali official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Radio Garowe on Monday.

He added that 22 other people, mostly fighters, were killed in festivities between al-Shabaab hard boyz and government-backed troops in the central Somali region of Hiran.

The International Committee of the Red Thingy (ICRC) has reported that hundreds of civilians were maimed in fighting in Somalia in recent months.

The Geneva-based humanitarian institution said that a total of 5,000 patients with war injuries, including 1,900 women and kiddies, were admitted to Mogadishu's Keysaney and Medina hospitals from January through September.

Compared to last year, it is an increase of 25 percent in the total number of war casualties and 72 percent in the number of war-maimed women and kiddies admitted to the hospitals.

Boilerplate follows...
Somalia has not had a functioning government
since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

Over the past two decades, up to one million people have bit the dust in fighting between rival factions and due to famine and disease.

There are more than 1.4 million internally displaced people (IDPs) in Somalia. Over 300,000 of the IDPs are sheltered in Mogadishu.

The United Nations, aka the Oyster Bay Chowder and Marching Society High Commissioner for Refugees reported that most of the displaced live in poor and degrading conditions on makeshift sites in southern and central Somalia.
Posted by: Fred || 12/08/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [276 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab

#1  From yesterday's news:
"Khalid is said to have replaced Abu Musab, another foreign Shabaab and al Qaeda leader who was killed during fighting in Mogadishu several months ago."
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/08/2010 8:33 Comments || Top||


South Sudan accuses north army of fresh attacks
[Emirates 24/7] South Sudan's main party accused the north of fresh bombing attacks on its territory on Monday and Tuesday, saying Khartoum was trying to take the country back to war and wreck an independence referendum.

"The government of Sudan and the (north's dominant) National Congress Party has continued bombing south Sudan especially in Western Bahr al-Ghazal from yesterday up to today and also they continue to bomb Northern Bahr al-Ghazal," the secretary general of the south's dominant Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) Pagan Amum told news hounds.

"It is clear that the National Congress Party is implementing a plan to take Sudan back to war so to avoid ... the conduct of the referendum on self-determination."

The people of Sudan's oil-producing south are just over a month away from the scheduled start of a Jan. 9 referendum on whether to declare independence or stay part of Sudan, a vote promised in a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of north-south civil war.
Posted by: Fred || 12/08/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [267 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan


Arabia
Clinton designates al-Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula operative as "global terrorist"
(KUNA) -- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
... sometimes described as the Smartest Woman in the World and at other times as Mrs. Bill...
designated on Tuesday al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula operative "Fahad Mohammad Ahmad Al-Quso" as a global terrorist.

The State Department said in a statement that Al-Quso was designated under Executive Order 13224 "which targets bully boyz and those providing support to bully boyz or acts of terrorism." Al-Quso was also added to the United Nations, aka the Oyster Bay Chowder and Marching Society (UN) 1267 Sanctions Committee's Consolidated List of individuals associated with al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

"These actions will help stem the flow of finances to, and inhibit the travel of, this dangerous operative", noted the statement.

While State Department Counterterrorism Daniel Benjamin said that the designation of Fahad Al-Quso "highlights US action against the threat posed to the United States by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula".

"Today's joint designation by the United States and the United Nations alerts the public that Fahd al-Quso is actively engaged in terrorism. These actions expose and isolate individuals like Al-Quso and results in denial of access to the global financial system", he added.

The State Department noted that prior to the formation of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Al-Quso "was associated with al-Qaeda elements in Yemen and involved in the 2000 USS Cole bombing in the Port of Aden, which killed 17 U.S. citizens" and mentioned he was added on November 2009 to the list of the FBI's most wanted terrorists.

The designation under Executive Order 13224 blocks all al-Quso's property interests subject to U.S. jurisdiction and prohibits U.S. persons from engaging in transactions for the benefit of Al-Quso.

"The actions taken against this AQAP operative demonstrate international resolve in eliminating AQAP's ability to execute violent attacks and to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat their networks. This designation represents just one phase of the US Government's response to the threat posed by AQAP", concluded the State Department.
Posted by: Fred || 12/08/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Arabia

#1  This should have come as a joint statement from State AND Treasury. It is Treasury/OFAC that will enforce the sanctions element. Guess Barry preferred giving Hillary the limelight over Tiny Tim so she could reinforce her "tough" persona...
Posted by: American Delight || 12/08/2010 2:04 Comments || Top||

#2  What's the # of executive order to send money to PLO Palestinian Authority?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/08/2010 7:06 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
11 Jamaat men held in Ctg
[Bangla Daily Star] Police nabbed 11 activists of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami
... a Pakistani catspaw remaining active in Bangla politix, loosely affiliated with the Pak religious party of the same name and closely affiliated with most of the terror organizations in Bangla. A member of the BNP's four party governing coalition....
while they were getting prepared to bring out a procession near deputy commissioner's (DC) office in Chittagong on Tuesday.

The Jamaat activists led by its metropolitan leader Shamsul Islam gathered in front of the DC office to submit a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), pressing various demands at about 11:30am after a meeting at its Dewanbazar party office, said Abul Kalam Azad, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station in the port city.

The demands include halting repression on opposition leaders across the country, releasing jugged top Jamaat leaders and checking price spiral of essential commodities, reports our staff correspondent in Chittagong.

A scuffle took place between police and the activists while they were trying to bring out the procession.

Later, police picked up 11 activists from the spot while its leader and other activists decamped the scene.
Posted by: Fred || 12/08/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [265 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-e-Islami


Britain
Wikileaks' Assange refused bail by court
(KUNA) -- Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was remanded in jug Tuesday after appearing in court here on an extradition warrant. The 39-year-old Australian is wanted by prosecutors in Sweden over claims of sexually assaulting two women.

District Judge Howard Riddle refused bail on the grounds there was a risk Assange would fail to surrender. Assange was ordered to appear again before City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on December 14.

Jemima Khan, the sister of Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith, film director Ken Loach and veteran journalist John Pilger all offered to stand as surety for Assange.

Gemma Lindfield, lawyer for the Swedish authorities, told the court that Assange was wanted in connection with four allegations. She said the first complainant, Miss A, said she was victim of "unlawful coercion" on the night of August 14 in Stockholm.

The court heard Assange is accused of using his body weight to hold her down in a sexual manner.

The second charge alleged Assange "sexually molested" Miss A by having intercourse with her. The third charge claimed Assange "deliberately molested" Miss A on August 18 "in a way designed to violate her sexual integrity".

The fourth charge accused Assange of having sex with a second woman, Miss W, on August 17 while she was asleep at her Stockholm home.

Assange, who appeared pale but calm in the dock, confirmed his name and date of birth at the request of the court clerk.

There was confusion over his address as he asked whether it was "for correspondence or for some other reason". Assange, who was accompanied by officials from the Australian High Commission, eventually gave an address in his native country.

The one-hour court hearing came just hours after Assange was jugged by appointment when he attended a central London cop shoppe.

A European Arrest Warrant issued by the Swedish authorities was received by officers at the Metropolitan Police extradition unit last night. An earlier warrant, issued last month, was not valid as officials had failed to fill in the form properly.

The court heard that the "household names" were prepared to stake their reputation by offering sureties with a total value of 180,000 pounds.
Posted by: Fred || 12/08/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [518 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ready for the anon1 tongue-bath of Assange in ....4..3..2...1..

ready for the Anon1 release of all her personal communications, grades, diaries, confidential comments in.........oooh... never?
Information craves release without judgment, right. Hypocrite!
Posted by: Frank G || 12/08/2010 0:08 Comments || Top||

#2  This guy is SO fortunate to be in the hands of the legal system of the Western Democracies that he seems to hate. His march to the gallows will be slow and deliberate. I only hope that we can rewrite the espionage law prior to his reveal on the 'insurance' password.

"Senators unite!" and get this done.
Posted by: rammer || 12/08/2010 0:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Frank G: as i responded to you in an earlier thread, the argument that you are making is not applicable to Wikileaks.

Wikileaks does not publish bank account or personal details of individuals.

It publishes stories of significance, then provides the document sources so people can see and make up their own minds.

"US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates admitted in a letter to the US congress that no sensitive intelligence sources or methods had been compromised by the Afghan war logs disclosure. The Pentagon stated there was no evidence the WikiLeaks reports had led to anyone being harmed in Afghanistan. NATO in Kabul told CNN it couldn't find a single person who needed protecting. " - Assange in today's Australian newspaper.

I think that says it all. You can independently verify each of those facts.

Rammer: Julian Assange does not appear to hate Western Democracies at all. He is defending freedom of information and the right to scrutinise and criticise our Governments - not just the US government but all governments around the world.

That's called freedom, brother.

Why don't you read what he is about he put it very well in his own words here.
Posted by: anon1 || 12/08/2010 2:57 Comments || Top||

#4  ready for the anon1 tongue-bath of Assange in ....4..3..2...1..

It's like you got psychotic powers or sumthin, Frank!
Posted by: SteveS || 12/08/2010 3:36 Comments || Top||

#5  I'm conflicted on ol' Gollum. On the one hand I'm a fan of the "sunlight is the greatest disinfectant" policy and I like the fact that diplomats who try to talk out of both sides of their mouth have been exposed. I'm tired of these hypocrites who think it's okay to say what they don't believe.

On the other hand, it is not realistic to say that no sources have been harmed. He indicts himself with his own threats of a nuclear option and encryption of his own sources and material. Is it open, or isn't it, you goofy freak? You can't have it both ways and still claim the moral high ground.

Regardless, calling him Gollum may be physically descriptive, but it's far too great of a compliment as he really isn't that high on the food chain. Dance with the Devil and expect to get screwed. He's just a spoiled mamma's boy who thinks the whole world is nice like the Western World. He thinks if he plays anarchist, everyone will smile and say, "What a cute little rebel."

Reality is a doggie's mamma.
Posted by: Martini || 12/08/2010 4:28 Comments || Top||

#6  What do you figure Frank? Ethel and Julius Rosenberg spinning in their graves at about 9000 RPM?
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/08/2010 4:35 Comments || Top||

#7  "Wikileaks does not publish bank account or personal details of individuals."

He has published names of informants and Soldiers in the war.
People have been killed because of his irresponsibility.

He is a little punk and he is not serious in his quest, whatever it may be.
Posted by: newc || 12/08/2010 6:38 Comments || Top||

#8  So Newc, you are better informed than the US Defense Secretary, Nato and the Pentagon. Riiiiight.
Posted by: anon1 || 12/08/2010 7:07 Comments || Top||

#9  US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates admitted in a letter to the US congress that no sensitive intelligence sources or methods had been compromised by the Afghan war logs disclosure.

Important sources were quietly relocated and the opsec methods were immediately changed after the extent of the disclosure became known.

The Pentagon stated there was no evidence the WikiLeaks reports had led to anyone being harmed in Afghanistan.

CYA. In order to keep the rest of the assets from panicking, Taliban's hits were tucked under regular Taliban operations.

NATO in Kabul told CNN it couldn't find a single person who needed protecting

Also "true". The assets were already relocated or in a state where any form of protection would be pointless.
Posted by: twobyfour || 12/08/2010 8:06 Comments || Top||

#10  Judge says there is no record of him legally entering Britain, he may have used a false passport.
Tim Blair has a good summary of the state of play.
Posted by: Grunter || 12/08/2010 8:30 Comments || Top||

#11  "US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates admitted in a letter to the US congress that no sensitive intelligence sources or methods had been compromised by the Afghan war logs disclosure. The Pentagon stated there was no evidence the WikiLeaks reports had led to anyone being harmed in Afghanistan. NATO in Kabul told CNN it couldn't find a single person who needed protecting. " - Assange in today's Australian newspaper.

I think that says it all. You can independently verify each of those facts.


Because the Secretary of Defence is going to openly tell the world that our informants were now walking around with their heads in shopping bags instead of on top of their necks. What he told the committee behind closed doors was no doubt something else altogether.


Wikileaks does not publish bank account or personal details of individuals.

But Mr. Assange is known to sell information privately. So you do not know what he's done -- it's his secret. This is, after all, the man who admitted he doesn't care that over 100,000 Kenyans died in riots resulting from information he chose to publish. He's like a fourteen-year old standing his rights as an almost-adult, no matter who it hurts.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/08/2010 8:48 Comments || Top||

#12  Robert Gates admitted in a letter to the US congress that no sensitive intelligence sources

So, if we really believe Asshat DID compromise our men and allies, then we are saying Gates lied to Congress. While I still believe the memos were damaging, lying to Congress is a pretty bid deal.....
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/08/2010 8:49 Comments || Top||

#13  Oh, he is a hater. His own words introducing himself to the world were how he enjoys crushing the bastards. That's the voice of the politics of hate.

Well, well. Politics ain't bean bag as they say. The bastards will return the favor, with interest, and crush this foolish man.

He thinks his hate on the powerful people inhabiting American government institutions is justified. That works for him, but of course I don't agree, because those bastards he has called out are my bastards. They are the people elected and hired by Americans to represent my interests as an American citizen; so, he can't hate on them, without hating on me.

Worse he is breaking the Westphalian rules that have evolved over centuries to keep nations at peace and advance their interests. This makes the bastards that represent my interests less able to do a good job. This costs me more money, time and effort.

There is a cell in Leavenworth where he and his hate can live. If he is fortunate, he will get there. If he is not fortunate, he will die.
Posted by: rammer || 12/08/2010 9:17 Comments || Top||

#14  Glenmore, bear in mind that the wording is from Assange. What is in the letter may have somewhat a different meaning. Trying to find it, but with the Assange meme job infesting the net, it is not easy.
Posted by: twobyfour || 12/08/2010 9:22 Comments || Top||

#15  Assange's allies have launched a DOS attack on MasterCard that was successful. They've gone beyond "journalism", if you buy that argument. This guy and his friends are waging war against the US.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 12/08/2010 10:38 Comments || Top||

#16  I'm guessing that when the "evidence" of his crime is produced next week, it will be laughed out of court.
Posted by: tipper || 12/08/2010 13:27 Comments || Top||

#17  tipper, Instapundit links to a blog that has this:

UPDATE: Linked at Dyspepsia Generation, and an e-mail from a reader:

I Googled the “Sex by Surprise” charges against Mr. Assange. He may be in jail now but these charges do not really warrant jail time in Sweden or really, anywhere else. Aparently “Sex by Surprise” is when you don’t wear a condom during sex when your partner asks you to. It carries a 5000 Kornor fine or roughly $715. Just to put this in perspective, Julian Assange went into hiding and sparked an international manhunt in order to avoid paying the equivalent of a really bad traffic fine. Either this is a really bad publicity stunt or just facepalm stupid. The best we can hope for is that the Justice Dept. asks Sweden to extradite Mr. Assange to face extradition charges here. I’m not betting on that happening.


I'd say the arrest is the purpose, given that Wikileaks seems to be falling apart, now that Mr. Assange is out of circulation.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/08/2010 15:18 Comments || Top||

#18  @tw

One charge is rape, which carries a jail term.
I think his fear is that Sweden might be more willing to extradite him to the U.S.
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/08/2010 17:19 Comments || Top||

#19  Unfortunately WL is not falling apart.
Paypal and the credit card companies just inflamed Assange's supporters to donate through other means.

The Wau Holland foundation has received 800000 Euros which they proceed to WL.
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/08/2010 17:22 Comments || Top||

#20  Unfortunately WL is not falling apart.

Perhaps not financially, European Conservative, but on the personnel side, yes, according to Wired Magazine.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/08/2010 17:34 Comments || Top||

#21  Wishful thinking.
But even if it happens, other organizations will spring up.

I'm rather amazed that the role of the press - some of the world's leading papers no less - is almost not put into question.

Most people would not bother with WL, if the press didn't serve up daily appetizers.
Posted by: European Conservative || 12/08/2010 17:57 Comments || Top||

#22  TwobyFour: that is very interesting. That sounds like the truth, that any sources thought to be compromised would be quietly moved. And good, that is competent and smart.

I have noticed in the new wikileaks documents there are XXXXs where the names have been redacted. In the case of North Korean refugees in Russian forests, all names were out.

But perhaps they are being more careful this time round than last time, as Wikileaks evolves.

NEWC: Prove your allegations. Show me the link where Wikileaks has directly killed someone in war.

TW: I do not believe Assange has been selling information. There is a massive smear campaign underway right now. I believe that about as much as I believe the ridiculous "rape" allegations.

But as for the Secretary of Defence publicly stating the assets are safe but saying something different behind closed doors: this is the problem.
Wikileaks would have been a minor embarrassment if our Governments - not just yours but mine also - had a greater respect for openness and transparency.

Instead they are lying to the public every day.

Maybe he should just begin to tell the truth. Radical concept that allows we the people to know what is going on and ensures the Government acts to reflect OUR wishes.

which is what democracy is supposed to deliver. Instead of a sham - vote for red or blue every four years to give the illusion of choice while the bureaucracy does whatever the hell it wants.

IF the Defence Secretary was lying - maybe he should have honestly declared that assets were dying. Perhaps the assets would panic and that is right for them - they would flee and save their own lives. And we would help them resettle in our countries as a matter of duty.

And perhaps that would make it harder to fight the war in Afghanistan or Iraq.

But hey it's not like it's going particularly well anyway - how long have we been there? What have we achieved? Saddam is gone but that's about the only bright thing. Other than that it looks a cess pit to me - and that was before Wikileaks released anything, so it's not Wikileaks to blame for that.

Maybe it's time to cut our losses and try a different strategy. Instead of fighting foreign wars to protect ourselves from Jihadism maybe it's time for internment camps for domestic Muslims instead.

Look at the Swiss they are going down a different path and good on them. They see a threat to their country. They ban minarets and want to deport foreign-born residents who commit a crime. Perfect.

This is the crux of the matter I feel: this issue of whether Defence Secretary Gates was lying to the public.

This is why Wikileaks is important in the first place. If our politicians tell us nothing but lies, we have no way to know what is going on or to really choose our governments.

In which case we no longer live in democracies.

I like wikileaks because it is tearing aside the veil and making it more difficult for our rulers to lie to us.

Some may say that compromises assets and results in people being killed.

I would say that people are being killed as a result of unaccountable Governments making bad decisions.

How many US and Allied soldiers lives would be saved, how many cripples still be whole, if we pulled the troops out and followed the Swiss strategy for fighting Islamofascism on our own turf?

Or at least had an honest cost-benefit analysis of what we are doing over there.

I really like Wikileaks. I think it is clear to all Assange is being attacked because he has embarrassed people in high places.

But that is the job of a fiercely free and independent media.

I support him, yet I am a patriot and I hate Islamofascists as much as anybody.
Posted by: anon1 || 12/08/2010 18:35 Comments || Top||

#23  rammer: assange is not a hater and he is not a pacifist either. He supports the concept of a just war. He just hates Governments lying to citizens about that war.

Assange notably said this: "Capable, generous men do not create victims, they nurture them."

Does that sound like a hater rapist to you?
Posted by: anon1 || 12/08/2010 18:37 Comments || Top||

#24  @ anon 1
Dude, your buttocks are affecting your eyesight.

You see nothing wrong with the theft of state secrets, and publishing them.

You do not seem to realize that governments must have secrets in order to survive and deal in the real world.

Me thinks a few years in a Russian gulag or a Chinese re-education camp might just serve to reorient you to reality and the consequences of divulging state secrets.
Posted by: Mikey Hunt || 12/08/2010 19:01 Comments || Top||

#25  Mikey, you're wasting your breath.

anon1 could care less that her crush has admitted that people got killed because of information that he leaked (Kenya). She could also care less that Assange's former business partner said he sold stuff for money.

Don't confuse her with the fact that perfect honesty occurs nowhere, not in a government, not in dealings with your neighbors, not even in a marriage. She wants to know what color the potholders in Hillary Clinton's kitchen are, dammit, and you better let her know because it's her right.

Don't point out that causing chaos just for kicks costs real people their lives, mainly because, hey....it's no one SHE knows, or ever will, so, like, who gives a rat's ass? Her right to know secrets is the most important right of all.

As long as you remember that to her, Assange is an angel and can never ever do anything wrong, you can skip her 5000 word missives and not miss a thing.
Posted by: Swamp Blondie || 12/08/2010 19:59 Comments || Top||

#26  trailing wife,
Thanks for the link. It's been a while since I read McCain. Got to say that I agree 100% with his prognosis. This "trial" has the smell of a Canadian "Yooman Rites" Commission Star Chamber hearing about it. That part that puzzles me is that both "victims" are crazy socialists, who one would assume would sacrifice themselves for the "cause". Guess they don't manufacture socialists these days like they used to.
Posted by: tipper || 12/08/2010 20:17 Comments || Top||

#27  H. I. V.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 12/08/2010 21:00 Comments || Top||

#28  Mikey and Swamp Blondie:

Wikileaks outed corruption in Kenya. The people reacted with violence then threw that Government out.

Wikileaks was responsible for informing the people but not for the violence. People make their own choice on what to do. They could have just voted but their tribal anger bubbled up.

That is their own thing to deal with.

For Kenya, Wikileaks was an amazing force for good. That country just passed a new constitution to try to ensure such terrible corruption doesn't happen again.

This will raise their standards of living, move them forward and save the lives of many more people.

So I think that you are wrong.

And no I never said everything should be out there. I agree some things should be kept secret.

But I dispute that Wikileaks has caused any serious damage to anybody but the ruling class bureaucrats. It has made them instantly more accountable to their citizens as now we know what is going on

We can demand they do what we want instead of feeding us lies and bs.

That is freedom. I like freedom.
Posted by: anon1 || 12/08/2010 21:07 Comments || Top||

#29  Interesting talk from someone who calls themselves anon1.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/08/2010 21:09 Comments || Top||

#30  Ok, anon1, leaving aside the fact that your statement "I like freedom" has the same intellectual depth as my boy's statement, "I like ice cream", and that you think 1300 dead Kenyans don't matter because they must have all been bureaucrats....I got an idea.

You've seen my country's leaked info. Let's take a look at your country's cables. After all, you are into getting past all the BS, demanding the truth from bureaucrats, etc. Surely your bureaucrats could dish it out as well, or maybe even better, than ours.

I can't wait to read your diplomats' assessments not only of Sarkozy and Berlusconi to see if they match ours, but also of your close neighbors (New Zealand, Tonga, Indonesia, to name a few). I'm sure that your diplomats have always kept it classy and never referred to them as morons, lazy twits, bloody wogs, etc.

"Caught up with the cultural affairs minister after a party at the embassy. She had more than her share of the free Aussie fighting wine on tap (Chateau Wooloomooloo, '03, a delightful rose that is the Yarra Valley's finest, IMNSHO), after an argument with her secret lover, who is employed by the British Embassy as a gardener. After a bit of small talk, Subject told me that the current president has been known since his university days as a flamboyant cross dresser in private. He is partial to French designers, with a particular weakness for Louboutin shoes. XXXXXXX has diverted some of the foreign/charitable aid we have sent to this 'preference', as she put it. Alert Canberra to have a patent leather strappy model to present to the First Lady as a 'gift' during Gillard's next state visit. Preferably in size 11."

It will help your country, honest! Why, imagine finding out later that ol' Julia could have gotten the same pair for $50 less if she had only held off on her visit for a week. This is valuable information that you, as an Aussie taxpayer, should know! (And me, too, even though I've never been there....just 'cause I'm a nosy git. But that's for another day.)

Well, yeah, it might interfere with your country's ability to get confidential information from others, and they'd be wary of working with you to solve common problems in your area of influence. They might think that you guys can't keep a secret, either, and it might complicate some business deals, give people the impression that you are all a bunch of drunken louts, etc.

But hey....I like freedom, too!

So, how about it? Let's see who has the biggest bunch of idiots in their diplomatic corps, as a percentage of the respective bureaucracies? (We can't compete on sheer numbers, sorry....we'd win that, simply because we've got like 20 times the population. That wouldn't be a fair dinkum competition now, would it?)
Posted by: Swamp Blondie || 12/08/2010 22:52 Comments || Top||

#31  Swamp Blondie wins. I don't remember though -- is your boy two, now, or three?
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/08/2010 23:22 Comments || Top||

#32  He's 4 now, tw, and has become a wonderful big brother to his baby sister. Thanks for asking. ;)

Hope the trailing daughters are both doing well with their studies, and happy belated Chanukah!
Posted by: Swamp Blondie || 12/08/2010 23:47 Comments || Top||

#33  Goodness, four years old? I remember when you were pregnant -- how time flies. It's so much fun when siblings like each other. :-) The quarter is in exam week for the trailing daughters, so we shall see. Today was the last day of Chanukkah (transliteration spelling options are so much fun!) so we're only a few hours into belatedness. Happy belated to you, too. ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/09/2010 0:05 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Tamaulipas: Mexican Army Bags 6 Bad Guys
Google Translate

A confrontation between an armed group and a detachment of the Mexican Army in Tamaulipas has left a toll of six armed suspects dead and a number of weapons, munitions and contraband seized, say Mexican press reports.

The encounter took place at 1410 hrs Monday near the border town of Gustavo Diaz Ordaz in rancho Santa Lucia where a combined air and ground patrol led the unit of the Mexican 8th Military Zone to fire on an armed group riding aboard several vehicles.

In addition to the six dead criminal suspects soldiers seized 24 rifles, one pistol, five grenades, two grenade launchers, 12 40mm grenades, two rocket launchers, and five vehicles, three of which three were armored.
Posted by: badanov || 12/08/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [256 views] Top|| File under:


More Mexican Mayhem
25 Die in Northern Mexico

A total of 25 individuals were murdered in ongoing drug and gang related crimes in northern Mexican states including a female Juarez police officer shot Sunday.
For a map, click here
  • Three unidentified men were shot to death in Juarez in two different crimes Sunday, according to the Mexican daily La Polaka. On calle 22 de Enero in the Manuel Cloutier colony two men were shot, and despite being taken to receive medical attention, died. In the Felipe Angels colony near the intersection of calles Autlan and Begonias a man was dumped who has been shot to death.

  • An unidentified man was found beaten to death in Chihuahua, Chihuahua Sunday, say Mexican news accounts. The victim was a guest at the Hotel Cortez on the corner of Calle Gomez Farias and Avenida Independencia.

  • Two unidentified young men were shot to death in Chihuahua, Chihuahua Sunday, according to Mexican news accounts. The victims were parked aboard a Nissan sedan outside a residence near the intersection of calles Belisario Dominguez and Tomochi when armed suspects riding in a Jeep Cherokee drove by and shot the pair using assault rifles.

  • Five men were shot to death and eight others wounded in two separate attacks on drug rehabilitation centers in the Aldama colony in Juarez Sunday evening. Armed suspects aboard several vehicles stopped at the Alcance Victoria Rehabilitation Center near the intersection of calles Berkelio and Mauricio Corredor. Ignacio Valdez Hernandez, 18, and Jose Luis Hernandez, 35, died at the scene. The suspects then boarded their vehicles and proceed to the Centro de Liberación de Adicciones (CDLA) near the corner of calles Aranda and Bario and shot several others, killing Thomas Rodriguez, 45, Miguel Martinez, 35 and Juan Antonio, 18. Reports say in both attacks AK-47 assault rifles, hand grenades and .50 caliber weapons were used, although the reports are unclear if the large bore weapon was a pistol or a rifle.

  • An unidentified man was found stoned to death in Juarez Monday morning, say Mexican news accounts. The find was made in the irrigation canal near the intersection of Avenida Ejercito Nacional and Camino Rubio where investigators found several bloody stones.

  • An unidentified man was shot to death in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, late Sunday night according to Mexican news reports. The victim was at a residence near the corner of calles Sosa Vera and Portales in the Villas del Real colony when armed suspects aboard several vehicles arrived and killed the victim. Reports say the victim sold pirated material, although reports were not specific.

  • An unidentified man was found shot to death Monday morning, according to Mexican news sources. The victim was found in a vacant lot at a bus stop near the intersection of Eje Vial Juan Gabriel and Oasis Revolucion in the Oasis Revolucion colony naked to the waist, gagged, hands and feet bound with gunshot wounds to the head an back.

  • An unidentified man was found shot to death in Chihuahua, Chihuahua Monday afternoon, say Mexican news reports. The victim was found on calle Mitre in the Diaz Ordaz colony and was probably a gang member.

  • A female Juarez police officer was shot to death and another was wounded in an attack in Juarez, according to Mexican news accounts. The victims were aboard a blue Dodge Ram at a traffic light near the intersection of Eje Vial Juan Gabriel and Avenida Sanders when they were attacked. One officer died at the scene while the other was transported for medical attention.

  • An employee of a liquor store was shot to death during an armed robbery near Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Monday, according to Mexican news accounts. The assault took place at Modeloramas Wines and Spirits on Kilometer 7.5 of the Cuauhtemoc-Chihuahua road. Reports say a single suspect arrived aboard a Dodge Ram pickup truck, entered the store and argued with the manager before shooting him and then fleeing towards Fresno, Chihuahua.

  • A hair salon was firebombed Monday night by presumed extortionists in Juarez Monday night, say Mexican press reports. The Bella hair Salon was burned when armed suspects carrying Molotov Cocktails attacked the business inside the Glorieta de Los Aztecas shopping center. The owner was inside the business at the time of the attack but was unharmed. Reports say a number of small businesses were being extorted, and the attack was a response to the refusal of the owner to pay protection money.

  • A prisoner being escorted to prison was shot during an attempted escape, according to Mexican press accounts. The attack took place Monday when armed suspects attacked a two vehicle police convoy transferring Ernesto Alfredo Piñón de la Cruz, alias El Neto, after attending a trial, to a state Centro de Readaptacion Social (CERESO) in a remote section of the Pan American Highway highway using assault rifles and hand grenades. Piñón de la Cruz was shot in the head in the attempt, and the rescue failed and no one else was reported hurt in the attack. Piñón de la Cruz was serving 182 years for kidnapping and murder and was imprisoned in 2009. According to reports Piñón de la Cruz was released but found moments later shot in the head. Two other prisoners were in the convoy when it was attacked. One prisoner was wounded and the other is still at large.

  • An unidentified suspect was shot to death and immolated in Juarez Monday night, according to Mexican news sources. The victim was found in the Lomas de Morelos colony where he was been shot three times and burned. A message was left on the victim stating he was an extortion victim.

  • Two men were wounded in Chihuahua, Chihuahua Monday following an abduction attempt, say Mexican news accounts. The attack took place at the Sorianna shopping mall near the corner of calles Homero and Tecnologico where armed suspects shot the two men attempting to kidnap them. Luis Carlos and Fernando Holguin Aragonez were said to be employees of a mining company in Cuauhtemoc.

  • A home was firebombed in Juarez Tuesday morning, according to Mexican news accounts. A residence on the corner of calle Rincon del Valle and Canario was totally involved when armed suspects aboard two trucks threw Molotov cocktails inside.

  • An unidentified man was shot to death aboard his SUV in Juarez Tuesday, say Mexican news accounts. The attack took place when armed suspects riding aboard a Honda sedan fired on the victim near the intersection of calles Bernardo Balbuena and Nely Campobello in the Che Guevara colony. Several .40 caliber spent shell casings were found at the scene.

  • Three men were shot to death Monday afternoon in Navojoa, Sonora, according to Mexican news accounts. The victims were inside a residence near the corner of Calle Oaxaca and Avenida Primero in the Deportiva colony. Four .38 Super spent shell casings were found at the scene. The dead are Sergio Espinoza Valenzuela, 55, Fernando Coronado Padilla, 38 and Gonzalo Gil Borbon, 26.

  • A drive by shooting in Caborca, Sonora has left one civilian wounded, say Mexican press accounts. The shooting took place between the occupants of a Nissan Altima and a Chrysler 300 near the intersection of Calle Heroico Colegio Militar and Carretera Internacional in the Ortiz colony. Jesus Manuel Fierros Quijada, 55, who was standing more than 200 meters away, was hit by a stay shot.

  • Three individuals were murdered in Tijuana, Baja California in three separate crimes, according to the Mexican daily Frontera. Daniel Ramos Legorreta, 44, was shot at a residence on privada Mani in the Villa del Campo colony in the Presa Rural delegation. Reports say the shooters fled the area aboard a Volkswagen Jetta shortly after the shooting. Reports also say several rounds from AK-47 assault rifles were found at the scene. In the El Mirador colony early Monday morning an unidentified man was shot to death in an apparent home invasion. Two other victims were wounded in the attack. Armed suspects used AK-47 assault rifles and 9mmm weapons in the crime. Finally, near the corner of calles Virgo and Yonkeros in the Reacomodo Sanchez Taboada, Tercera Seccion colony, Roman Angel Magallon, 39, was shot 13 times using a 9mm weapon.
Posted by: badanov || 12/08/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [285 views] Top|| File under:


Mexico Bleeds: A map to break your heart
Posted by: Frozen Al || 12/08/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [268 views] Top|| File under:

#1  so true.
Posted by: Martini || 12/08/2010 4:41 Comments || Top||

#2  The comment about the need to seal the border is true. But that is not enough. The USA can't tolerate this level of violence so close. We will have to provide decisive help sooner or later.

Living under the drug cartels is a nightmare for the common people. Think about the boys and girls forced into prostitution at gun point. The illegal drug users in the US and Canada are directly responsible for this mayhem.
Posted by: Mike Ramsey || 12/08/2010 6:10 Comments || Top||

#3  Linda Ellerbee doesn't seem to think it's that big a deal.

http://www.virtualvallarta.com/puertovallarta/puertovallarta/
localnews/Linda-Ellerbee-Dispels-Myths-Mexico-Vallarta.shtml

For reasons unknown to me I can't get links to show up, so if you care, cut & paste it back together.
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/08/2010 8:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Well, we have our own maps on bleeding.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/08/2010 9:16 Comments || Top||

#5  Meh.

Let's try to turn back the tide of our own slide into 3rd-world status before we worry about theirs. Start by not letting anymore of their people in to carry the 3rd-world mindset with them.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 12/08/2010 9:47 Comments || Top||

#6  Procopius,
You'll notice Chicago gets 1-3 murders a day. Juarez gets 10-30 bodies every day.

Mexico is turning into Iraq (pre-surge) X 5.
Posted by: Frozen Al || 12/08/2010 11:42 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Tax police official killed in Dagestan
[Iran Press TV] An unidentified armed man has murdered a tax police official in the Republic of Dagestan as violence continues unabated in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region.

The gunman walked into a café in Khasavyurt city, situated 1531 kilometers (951 miles) southeast of Moscow, late on Sunday and opened fire on the police official, the RIA Novosti news agency reported on Monday.

The unnamed tax police official later pegged out as he was being transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The attacker beat feet the scene in a vehicle and his whereabouts are unknown. Police have launched an investigation to establish the motive behind the incident.

Sporadic attacks and bad turban festivities are common in Russia's North Caucasus republics, especially Chechnya, Dagestan, and Ingushetia.

Russia has been fighting beturbanned goons in the North Caucasus since the mid 1990s.

Boilerplate follows...
Violence first broke out in Chechnya
in 1994, when 250,000 people were forced to flee to neighboring territories because of a war between Chechen separatists and the Russian army.

After a short-lived and unstable peace from 1996 to 1999, war resumed following actions blamed on Chechen bad turban groups. An estimated 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict and many more displaced.

Widespread unemployment, especially among young adults, is a major problem that has given a boost to the separatist bad turbans' recruitment efforts.
Posted by: Fred || 12/08/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [276 views] Top|| File under: Chechen Republic of Ichkeria


China-Japan-Koreas
S. Korean President orders fortification of islands
(KUNA) -- South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said Tuesday he wants to turn Yeonpyeong Island, recently hit by a North Korean artillery attack, and four other western border islands into "military fortresses," Yonhap News Agency reported.
That Kim Young 'Un's a military genius...
In a Cabinet meeting in Seoul, Lee instructed related ministries to "gradually push for the military fortification" of the five islands vulnerable to the North's unremitting provocation, Lee's spokeswoman Kim Hee-jung told news hounds, according to the report.

"Various ministries should also cooperate in creating jobs and other conditions for residents to continue to stay there," the president was quoted as saying.

Lee's comments came as worries grow that the five small islands near the Yellow Sea border may become "ghost lands." A growing number of residents there, mostly fishermen and their families and small restaurant owners, have been calling for government measures to help them move to other areas where there are no direct threats of North Korean military attacks.

On Nov. 23, the North launched an artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island, which has about 1,400 residents and also hosts a Marine Corps base, killing two soldiers and two construction workers. Many of the local residents decamped from the island right after the North's shelling.
Posted by: Fred || 12/08/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [254 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Home Front: WoT
Person arrested for plot to blow up military recruitment center
Authorities say an individual has been arrested in the Baltimore area for plotting to blow up a military recruitment center.

Marcia Murphy, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Baltimore, confirms to The Associated Press that an arrest has been made and says the individual will appear in court Wednesday afternoon. Murphy did not provide any further details. An FBI spokesman also confirmed the arrest.

An official who was briefed on the arrest told AP on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information that the person was given a phony bomb and was arrested after trying to detonate it.

The official says the suspect's goal was to blow up a military recruitment center. The official says the individual is a United States citizen and that the plot was carried out in Baltimore County.
No name. I'm betting Mo or Mu is in the spelling
Posted by: Beavis || 12/08/2010 12:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [259 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Antonio Martinez, a Muslim convert who called himself Muhammed Hussain, was arrested and will appear in federal court on Wednesday, Fox News confirms.
Posted by: Slolet Groluck6563 || 12/08/2010 12:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Gee, it must be a coincidence that this is a muslim. Let's just ignore that part and hope people think it is a tea partier!

/MSM
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/08/2010 12:42 Comments || Top||

#3  I wonder in which prison he converted.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 12/08/2010 12:49 Comments || Top||

#4  Technically, I wouldn't call him a "person", since he is of the "dumbass" subspecies.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 12/08/2010 17:25 Comments || Top||


Judge tosses bid to block assassination of al-Awlaki
[Yahoo/AP] A judge on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit aimed at preventing the United States from targeting anti-American holy man Anwar al-Awlaki for death, but questioned whether a president or his aides can unilaterally order a U.S. citizen assassinated for terrorist activity.
Why not if he's engaged in warfare against the U.S.? What's the diffo between al-Awlaki and Yamamoto?
U.S. District Judge John Bates said in an 83-page opinion that he does not have the authority to review the president's military decisions and al-Awlaki's father does not have the legal right to sue to stop the United States from killing his son.
"Case dismissed..." But instead he said:
But Bates also said the "unique and extraordinary case" raised vital considerations of national security and for military and foreign affairs.
Only if you go counterintuitively looking for them...
Among the "stark and perplexing questions" Bates said the case raises
"Yes, they're stark! Unrelieved white against deepest black! That's why I'm so perplexed! I can't quite make out the nuances, even though I'm sure they're there...
is why courts have authority to approve surveillance of Americans overseas but not their killing.
The courts have until recently kept their distance from the military chain of command...
And he questioned whether the president or his advisers can order the liquidation of a U.S. citizen without "any form of judicial process whatsoever, based on the mere assertion that he is a dangerous member of a terrorist organization."
Probably from the time the intended victim assumes operational control of an enemy unit he should find himself on the wax list, whether he has a lawyer or not.
"The serious issues regarding the merits of the alleged authorization of the assassination of a U.S. citizen overseas must await another day or another nonjudicial forum," wrote Bates, an appointee of President George W. Bush and an Army veteran.
Because there are some things the courts aren't in charge of.
Posted by: Fred || 12/08/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [259 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  questioned whether a president or his aides can unilaterally order a U.S. citizen assassinated for terrorist activity.

Did W rescind that old executive order against our assassinating foreign 'leaders' (definition vague)? If not, wouldn't assassinating Al-Awlaki be illegal regardless of his citizenship or the state of war? Haven't certain legal types been trying to prosecute our snipers for murder for targetting individuals - rather than the generic killing of 'enemy'?
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/08/2010 8:55 Comments || Top||

#2  APeee article. In other sources additional content includes the cite, "there are no judicially manageable standards by which courts can endeavor to assess the President's interpretation of military intelligence and his resulting decision - based on that intelligence - whether to use military force against a terrorist target overseas."
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/08/2010 9:28 Comments || Top||

#3  Sounds like Assange just got a target on his back.
Posted by: Skunky Glins**** || 12/08/2010 18:31 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Twenty injured in blast N. India - TV
(KUNA) -- Around 20 people, including four foreigners, were maimed on Tuesday in a blast in the holy town of Varanasi in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi Television (NDTV) reported.

The blast took place when evening prayers were being performed along the banks of holy river Ganga, the TV said while flashing pictures showing broken structures and articles scattered all around in an area of 150-metre radius.

The injured were admitted to a nearby hospital, even as the number of casualties, if any, could not be ascertained yet, added the TV report.

There were thousands of Hindu devotees present at the blast site "Sheetla Ghat" to perform the regular evening prayers, but fortunately most of them had dispersed minutes before the blast took place, noted the report.

It further said that the "kaboom" was kept in a container on the stairs leading to the river Ganga.

Following the blast, all the communally-sensitive areas across Uttar Pradesh state have been put on high alert and police deployment has been increase to keep a strict vigil.

Confirming the blast, the state's ADG (Law and Order) Brij Lal reportedly said that the area has been cordoned off and an investigation has been launched to find out nature of the blast. Further reports are awaited.
Posted by: Fred || 12/08/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [255 views] Top|| File under:


Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claims suicide kaboom on Balochistan chief minister
An outlawed Islamic myrmidon group grabbed credit for the suicide kaboom on Baluchistan Provinces Chief Minister in scenic provincial capital Quetta.

Outlawed Islamic myrmidon group, Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ), in a message to local media in Quetta grabbed credit for the suicide kaboom on Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani.

Meanwhile,
...back at the ranch...
in a landmine kaboom in Kohlu district of the province three persons were killed and five others were maimed. Police sources said that a small passenger van hit a landmine, planted by suspected nationalists.

The killed and maimed included women and kiddies, added the sources.
Posted by: Fred || 12/08/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [520 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi


Police confirm bomb on minister by suicide attacker
(KUNA) -- The Chief Minister of Pakistains Southwestern Baluchistan province Tuesday morning narrowly survived a life attempt on his life and police shortly later confirmed that it was "a suicide blast." Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Security talking to media confirmed that it was "a suicide kaboom." He said at least ten people including five coppers and the Chief Security officer of the CM were maimed in the attack.

The rearmost vehicle of the convoy was also badly damaged in the blast, he added.

Shortly earlier, police said at least one person was killed and nearly ten others were seriously maimed in an kaboom.

Only seconds after the convoy of Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani had passed, a huge kaboom took place on Saryab Road in Quetta, the bustling provincial capital, police sources told KUNA. Rear car of the ten-vehicle convoy took the brunt of the blast, they said. The Chief Minister survived "by an inch," they said adding, he had reached the provincial assembly safely after the futile bid on his life.

The scene of the blast was littered with the head of the suicide kaboomer, along with pieces of human flesh and charred organs.
Posted by: Fred || 12/08/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [281 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Jhangvi


Police in Karachi arrests Taliban militants, commander
(KUNA) -- Police jugged early on Tuesday morning six Talibs and a commander in Pak Southern Bloody Karachi port city and confiscated suicide jackets, ammunition and other arms in their possession.

Acting on a tip-off, the joint teams of police and law-enforcement agencies raided an office, being covertly run by outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistain (TTP), in Kanwari area of the city, police sources told KUNA.

They said forces jugged four TTP-linked bad turbans, who were running the office, along with two more TTP gunnies and a senior commander, who had arrived from Wazoo tribal region only two days ago. Sources said that the law personnel seized suicide jackets, ammunition and other arms from their possession. They added that the personnel were yet conducting the operation in the nearby areas and that more arrests were expected. The identities of the jugged TTP gunnies were not yet established but police said that they all were locals and belonged to Mehsud tribe of Wazoo tribal agency.
Posted by: Fred || 12/08/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [277 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Bail granted to two accused in Benazir case
[Dawn] Rawalpindi courts accepted the bail of former CPO Rawalpindi Saud Aziz and former SP Khurram Shahzad before their arrest in regards to the Benazir Bhutto liquidation case.

Former CPO Rawalpindi Saud Aziz and former SP Khurram Shahzad appeared before Nasir Ahmed Khan, the judge at the Anti Terrorist Court No. 3, where their bail was accepted.

In the previous hearing, the court had issued warrant of arrests and had ordered authorities to arrest the accused and present them in court.

The two were jugged on allegations that they failed to provide adequate security for former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto before her 2007 liquidation.
Posted by: Fred || 12/08/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [272 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


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Bomb blast kills 3 children in Iraq
[Iran Press TV] Three people have been killed and six others injured in the Iraqi capital and the eastern province of Diyala as police keep rounding up more suspected orcs.

A bombing attack targeted on Monday the house of a Sahwa (Awakening) tribal security fighter in the al-Sawamra neighborhood of the center of Diyala's capital, Baqouba, a local police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Three children were killed and four others, all members of the same family, were maimed in the kaboom that destroyed the building, causing damage to adjacent houses.

Meanwhile,
...back at the ranch...
two civilians were maimed in a kaboom which targeted a store in central Storied Baghdad.

An bomb attached to the car of a housing ministry employee detonated while the vehicle was parked in front of his house in the al-Siha neighborhood in Storied Baghdad's southern area of al-Dora.

Elsewhere, a roadside kaboom targeted a US convoy in the al-Shuaabiya region of the southern city of Basra's western sector, but did not leave any casualties or damage.

Basra police also nabbed five suspected snuffies during 11 security raids across the city and seized a number of light weapons.

On Monday, Iraqi army soldiers jugged seven bandidos in two separate raids in djinn-infested Mosul, the capital of the troubled province of Nineveh in the north.

Police managed to defuse an improvised bomb hidden in the middle of a garbage dump in an outdoor market of the Christian majority town of Qarat Qosh, east of Mosul.
Posted by: Fred || 12/08/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [276 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Iraq


Iraq Interior Minister Calls For Swift Trial, Execution For 39 al-Qaeda
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--Tech
Associated Press Chairman Signs Up For Righthaven, Begins Suing Bloggers
Posted by: Fred || 12/08/2010 16:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [353 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So folks, no AP stories excerpted here, no linking to them either. Don't feed the beast.
Posted by: OldSpook || 12/08/2010 18:52 Comments || Top||

#2  And lawyers wonder why we feel like we would rather kill them all than deal with the messes they create then profit from...

I am getting to be of the opinion that simply being a lawyer should be grounds for a beating on the basis of the amount of waste and stupidity they create.
Posted by: OldSpook || 12/08/2010 18:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Bite me, APes.

It's time for some public-spirited zillionaire to buy UPI back from the Moonies and give the APes and Al Reuters some competition.
Posted by: Atomic Conspiracy || 12/08/2010 20:21 Comments || Top||

#4  So who's next? NY Slimes? Does one blackmail payment grant blanket, lifetime immunity to the virus or does it just encourage additional blackmailers and added payments? 'Legal' blackmail is the same as criminal blackmail, in my book, and eventually greedy blackmailers push somebody too far and end up at room temperature.
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/08/2010 21:34 Comments || Top||

#5  Fair Use is being destroyed to preserve the old MSM and free speech is being destroyed in the process.

No more AP stories, no more links. Fuck the fascist bastards.
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/08/2010 21:48 Comments || Top||

#6  "Don't feed the beast."

But we can feed the competition! www.upi.com still works.
Posted by: crosspatch || 12/08/2010 22:40 Comments || Top||


Update on Rthvn...
I reached agreement with Righthaven the beginning of October. I've been waiting for the paperwork since then. Squire Cingold called me to see how it was going and I told him, and he called them for me to see what was up. In the course of the resulting poopstorm they said they sent me the papers by email the day I talked to them, plus a followup. Never saw any of them -- presumably eaten by Gmail's spam filters, even though I got their latest holler.

Anyway, I'm not supposed to disclose the amount of the settlement by the terms of the agreement, but it's more than is currently in the Rantburg bank (or in my checkbook after paying for a new HVAC system in October...) So if you've got spare change, please kick in. By this point it's easier to spend four digits to make it go away than to spend five digits defending it, which is what they count on.
Posted by: Fred || 12/08/2010 14:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [337 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I know you realize that by paying them, you are encouraging them. Four figures?!? They don't deserve three. I'm sorry you don't plan to fight this to the end. It doesn't have to cost anything. There is always doing it Pro Se. Or finding a lawyer to do it Pro Bono. What about the EFF? I hate the thought of you caving in to those bullies.
Posted by: Scooter McGruder || 12/08/2010 15:07 Comments || Top||

#2  I've had the miz'ries ever since this fiasco started. But I don't have the resources to travel to Nevada and fight it. I've had assistance and encouragement from two of the Burg's lawyers, but neither's licensed to practice in Nevada.

The settlement's "reasonable" in a case like this, assuming there's any "reason" to being shaken down.
Posted by: Fred || 12/08/2010 15:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Legal blackmail. These guys are scum. If they ever make it to Colorado, I hope I don't know them, otherwise they will see the back of my fist impacting the bridge of their nose. Abusive people like that deserve no mercy. They get mercy from me in that its not the back of a shovel I'd be using.
Posted by: OldSpook || 12/08/2010 16:05 Comments || Top||

#4  How about a "percent of goal" meter to tie to your tip jar? That way you don't have to say how much it is.
Posted by: gorb || 12/08/2010 17:03 Comments || Top||

#5  Fred, I know that some will say you shouldn't have reached an agreement. But your own mental health and time are worth saving. It sucks, but throwing a scrap to the vultures making your life difficult may be the best decision in the long run.

(BTW, seconding gorb's idea. Check your Paypal.)
Posted by: Swamp Blondie || 12/08/2010 17:20 Comments || Top||

#6  OS:

Check the other article here. RH is now doing business in Colorado.
Posted by: Iblis || 12/08/2010 17:35 Comments || Top||

#7  Surrender is MOST convenient for some. Been doing Pro Se for sometime on my own behalf. Never lost a case. Now that the AP entering into the one sided frey, liberty for bloggers is dead. Thanx a million, people.
Posted by: wr || 12/08/2010 18:06 Comments || Top||

#8  wr, they are deliberately picking people that cannot afford to fight in the vast majority of cases, and most of the others the settlement costs them far less than the legal fess for the fight for the big guys. RH is full of abusive scumbag lawyers who deserve to be beaten like a pinata, but that doesn't change that the law does allow them to get away with it. We need to demand that the law be fixed.

This is what happens when you let trial lawyers and the publishers make the laws (Hello Democrats and your biggest contributors, the Trial Lawyers and Media companies).
Posted by: OldSpook || 12/08/2010 18:51 Comments || Top||

#9  I've sent my $105 protection money to Big Guido and Fat Tony in the Copyright Office, so I'm hoping this is the last I see of these guys.
Posted by: Fred || 12/08/2010 18:58 Comments || Top||

#10  "Safe Haven" ought to be the default state, not needing registration in government office with a fee.
Posted by: OldSpook || 12/08/2010 19:17 Comments || Top||

#11  I would say that I was for the wholesale execution of slimeball lawyers like this, but that would be illegal so I won't.
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/08/2010 21:51 Comments || Top||


Good morning!
Posted by: Steve White || 12/08/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [249 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Happy Birthday/Daily Gam Shot

Mary Woronov aka Dyanne She-Bitch Slutface in "Prison-A-Go-Go!" aka Hanoi Hannah in "Chelsea Girls" aka Mary Bland in "Eating Raoul" (age 67)


Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 12/08/2010 1:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Hummman hummana! Dat my kind a woman!
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 12/08/2010 8:22 Comments || Top||



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