Friday, December 17, 2010
Armed forces loyal to incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo are patrolling Abidjan, where the streets are otherwise deserted and businesses closed.
Mr. Gbagbo is refusing to cede power to Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognized winner of last month's presidential election.
Mr. Ouattara called on his supporters to march through Abidjan Friday for a second attempt to seize a state broadcaster's building.
During a failed attempt to take the building Thursday, clashes between Mr. Ouattara's supporters and armed forces killed at least 20 people.
International pressure on Mr. Gbagbo mounted on Friday, when French President Nicolas Sarkozy warned him to give up power by the end of this week or face EU sanctions.
Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga said the African Union must be ready to use military force to remove Mr. Gbagbo and preserve democracy.
Meanwhile, the U.N. Refugee Agency said Friday that more than 4,200 Ivorians have fled to Liberia because of fears the political crisis will lead to violence.
The United States has also issued a new travel warning for Ivory Coast, urging citizens to avoid traveling there. The State Department has authorized non emergency personnel and some family members of embassy workers to leave the country.
By ISMAIL KHAN and SALMAN MASOOD
Published: December 17, 2010
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — The top American spy in Pakistan left the country on Thursday amid threats to his life after his name was revealed in a lawsuit over alleged American drone attacks, United States intelligence officials said Friday.
The C.I.A. station chief in Islamabad is perhaps the agency’s most important undercover assignment overseas because that person oversees its secret war in Pakistan using armed drones that target Al Qaeda and the Taliban.
The suit that named the C.I.A. station chief, who was working undercover and whose name is classified, was filed over attacks that killed at least two Pakistanis.
The breach of security comes as attacks attributed to American drones in Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas continued to intensify, with three strikes on Friday killing 26 militants.
The threats against the station chief “were of such a serious nature that it would be imprudent not to act,” according to one American intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
C.I.A. spokesman George Little would not confirm that the station chief had to leave Pakistan, but did say that “station chiefs routinely encounter major risk as they work to keep America safe,” and that “their security is obviously a top priority for the C.I.A., especially when there’s an imminent threat.”
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 2:43 PM on 15th December 2010
Ambulance bosses have told patients they will have to make to make their own way to hospital because their vehicles are too busy to attend all emergency call-outs.
North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) said it has issued the instructions to its patients after a staggering rise in emergency calls and because cases of life-threatening illnesses are up almost a third on this time last year.
NWAS covers a vast swathe of the North West, taking in Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside and says its paramedics have struggled to cope.
Overstretched: NWAS has been tied up with a huge rise in 999 calls
Self-service: Patients are being asked to make their own way to hospitals such as Blackpool Victoria by NWAS
It has meant less seriously ill patients have had to wait up to three hours for 999 crews to arrive.
Now Darren Hurrell, chief executive of the NWAS has instructed people in the NHS Trust catchment area: 'If your life is not in danger and we won’t get to you for several hours is there someone else you can call - your son-in-law, your brother - to get a lift to hospital?'
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1338829/North-West-Ambulance-Service-tells-patients-make-way-hospital.html#ixzz18O4bsNtB
Dec 17, 2010
Leading bank analyst Chris Whalen has raised the question of whether criminal charges should be brought against former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson.
Any discussion of whether Paulson committed unlawful actions as Treasury Secretary needs to start with Tarp.
As the New York Times wrote last year:
In retrospect, Congress felt bullied by Mr. Paulson last year. Many of them fervently believed they should not prop up the banks that had led us to this crisis — yet they were pushed by Mr. Paulson and Mr. Bernanke into passing the $700 billion TARP, which was then used to bail out those very banks.
Indeed, Congressmen Brad Sherman and Paul Kanjorski and Senator James Inhofe all say that the government warned of martial law if Tarp wasn’t passed:
Paul Joseph Watson
December 17, 2010
Yet another TSA worker has been exposed as a pedophile to add the the epidemic of cases that prove those who are inclined to work in jobs that allow them to sexually molest children via invasive groping measures at airports are the most unprofessional, perverted and criminally-minded individuals imaginable.
|Photo: Steve Jurvetson.|
“A former TSA employee was arraigned on child pornography charges, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone said Thursday,” reports WCVB-TV Boston.
“On Oct. 15, a search warrant was executed at Cheever’s home, where the suspected computer was registered, Leone said. As a result of the search warrant, multiple computers, hard drives and multiple pieces of external digital media were confiscated from the home, Leone said. An onsite preview of the computer and two external hard drives confirmed that Cheever was storing more than 10,000 child porn videos and images, Leone said.”
Cheever’s penchant for looking at naked pictures of children was undoubtedly a perk of the job when he applied to become a TSA screener, given the fact that body scanner images show intricate details of a person’s genitalia.
This is another alarming reminder of the fact that a statistically inflated number of people who are attracted to become TSA workers are criminally perverted.
As we previously highlighted, there is an epidemic of cases where TSA workers have been identified as rapists, sexual predators and pedophiles.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
You’ve heard of no fly and no buy lists – get ready for no work lists. Millions of workers now must apply to the DHS and prove they are not terrorists in order to be granted permission by the government to work.
On the Alex Jones Show today, a caller pointed to information posted on a union website for ironworkers spelling out details on the Department of Homeland Security’s TWIC and SWAC programs.
TWIC is short for Transportation Worker Identification Credential and SWAC stands for Secure Worker Access Consortium.
TWIC “is a biometric credential that ensures only vetted workers are eligible to enter a secure construction site, unescorted,” Ironworkers Local 361 in Ozone Park, New York, explains. “Before issuing a TWIC, TSA must conduct a security threat assessment on the TWIC applicant. An applicant who, as a result of the assessment, is determined to not pose a security threat, will be issued a TWIC card.”
In other words, construction workers in New York will need permission from the TSA and DHS in order to practice their profession and earn a living. It was much the same in the former Soviet Union and authoritarian states such as China where the government determines all aspects of an individual’s life and where even the mildly rebellious are severely punished.
SWAC is even more draconian. It is “a large-scale collaborative effort among public and private authorities, facility owners, contractors, and labor organizations who are partnering to prevent terrorist activity by creating a trusted contractor community. Over 500 organizations, including the Port Authority of NY and NJ, which manages and maintains the bridges, tunnels, bus terminals, airports, PATH, and seaports that are essential to the bi-state region’s trade and transportation capabilities, have joined this effort,” according to the union website.
SWAC also requires a background investigation by the government, so if construction, port workers, longshoremen, and truck drivers are involved in political activity frowned upon by the feds – for instance, 9/11 truth, considered dangerous and subversive by the State Department – it is likely they will have to find another line of work.
A SWAC PDF specifically mentions “treason” in an exhaustive list of crimes and misdeeds that will result in the federal government denying a person the right to earn a living.
The TWIC Disclosure and Certification form states the following: “I acknowledge that if TSA or other law enforcement agencies determine that I pose an imminent threat to national security or transportation security, my employer may be notified.”