Friday, May 13, 2011

Osama Bin Laden's Three Widows Said To Be 'Hostile' During Interview With US Officials

Osama Bin Laden's Three Widows Said To Be 'Hostile' During Interview With US Officials | World News | Sky News

8:27pm UK, Friday May 13, 2011

Robert Nisbet, US correspondent

Osama bin Laden's three widows have been described as "hostile and unhelpful" during an interview with US officials.

It was hoped the women might be able to build a picture of life in the Abbottabad compound where the al Qaeda mastermind and four others were killed last week.

A US official told Fox News that this was the first "discussion" and they hope to establish a rapport with the widows, one of whom was shot in the leg during the Navy Seals mission.

Intelligence officers did not expect the women to be immediately forthcoming, assuming they had been "coached for deception".

It is also claimed a large stash of pornography was found by the US commandos who searched the building after his death.

A Pakistani soldier and policemen stand near a compound, where locals reported a firefight took place overnight in Abbottabad.

The terror chief's wives were taken into custody after the US raid on his compound

An intelligence official told the Reuters news agency that the video collection was "extensive", but it wasn't clear whether it was acquired for bin Laden or any of the other residents.

Meanwhile, agents continue to pore over the "treasure trove" of data seized from the house, including the leader's handwritten diary.

It has emerged his focus for al Qaeda strikes remained the US mainland.

While bin Laden considered New York City to be a legitimate target he suggested al Qaeda operatives also consider smaller cities to keep US intelligence agencies guessing.

Qaddafi Says He is Hidden Where Bombs Cannot Reach Him

Qaddafi Says He is Hidden Where Bombs Cannot Reach Him -

Taunting NATO, Muammar al-Qaddafi said Friday that he is alive despite a series of airstrikes and "in a place where you can't get me." The defiant audio recording was broadcast after the Libyan government accused NATO of killing 11 Muslim clerics with an airstrike on a disputed eastern oil town.

Qaddafi had appeared on state TV but not been heard speaking since a NATO attack on his Tripoli compound two weeks ago, which officials said killed one of his sons and three grandchildren. In a brief recording played Friday on Libyan TV, Qaddafi said he wanted to assure Libyans concerned about a strike this week on his compound in Tripoli.

"I tell the coward crusaders -- I live in a place where you can't get to me," he said. "I live in the hearts of millions."

He referred to a NATO airstrike on Thursday that targeted his Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli, claiming it had killed "three innocent journalist-civilians."

Reporters on Thursday were shown the airstrike damage by Libyan officials, including one who said Qaddafi and his family had moved away from the compound some time ago. One missile appeared to have targeted some sort of underground bunker at the compound -- a sprawling complex of buildings surrounded by towering concrete blast walls

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WH: Libya mission to go on until Gadhafi stops

WH: Libya mission to go on until Gadhafi stops -

Source: Ap

WASHINGTON – The U.S. and NATO will continue military operations in Libya as long as Moammar Gadhafi keeps attacking his people, the White House said Friday as top U.S. officials met in Washington with leaders of the Libyan opposition.

President Barack Obama's national security adviser, Tom Donilon, met at the White House with a delegation from the Libyan Transitional National Council, including top representative Mahmoud Jibril. While the U.S. stopped short of recognizing the Council as Libya's legitimate government, as France and Italy have done, the White House said in a statement following the meeting that the Council is a "credible interlocutor of the Libyan people."

Obama did not meet with the opposition leaders.

The meetings come as a deadline nears on the 60-day window Obama has to keep the U.S. military involved in the Libya campaign without congressional approval. While lawmakers do not appear likely to enforce the limits outlined in the War Powers Resolution, U.S. officials said they are looking for ways to keep U.S. action in Libya in compliance.

White House spokesman Jay Carney offered no specifics Friday on how the U.S. planned to do that, only saying that officials were, "in regular communications with Congress and that will continue."

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La. spillway to open, flooding Cajun country

La. spillway to open, flooding Cajun country - Yahoo! News

LAKE PROVIDENCE, La. – In an agonizing trade-off, Army engineers said they will open a key spillway along the bulging Mississippi River as early as Saturday and inundate thousands of homes and farms in parts of Louisiana's Cajun country to avert a potentially bigger disaster in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

About 25,000 people and 11,000 structures could be in harm's way when the gates on the Morganza spillway are unlocked for the first time in 38 years.

"Protecting lives is the No. 1 priority," Army Corps of Engineers Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh said aboard a boat from the river at Vicksburg, Miss., hours before the decision was made to open the spillway.

The opening will release a torrent that could submerge about 3,000 square miles under as much as 25 feet of water in some areas but take the pressure off the downstream levees protecting New Orleans, Baton Rouge and the numerous oil refineries and chemical plants along the lower reaches of the Mississippi.

Engineers feared that weeks of pressure on the levees could cause them to fail, swamping New Orleans under as much as 20 feet of water in a disaster that would have been much worse than Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Instead, the water will flow 20 miles south into the Atchafalaya Basin. From there it will roll on to Morgan City, an oil-and-seafood hub and a community of 12,000, and then eventually into the Gulf of Mexico, flooding swamps and croplands.

The corps said it will open the gates when the river's flow rate reaches 1.5 million cubic feet per second and is predicted to keep rising, which is expected sometime Saturday. Just north of the spillway at Red River Landing, the river had reached that flow rate, according to the National Weather Service.

Some people living in the threatened stretch of countryside — an area known for small farms, fish camps and a drawling French dialect — have already started fleeing for higher ground.

Sheriffs and National Guardsmen will warn people in a door-to-door sweep through the area, Gov. Bobby Jindal said. Shelters are ready to accept up to 4,800 evacuees, the governor said.

"Now's the time to evacuate," Jindal said. "Now's the time for our people to execute their plans. That water's coming."

Lawsuit seeks release of post-mortem Osama bin Laden images

Lawsuit seeks release of post-mortem Osama bin Laden images - Political Hotsheet - CBS News

Court: No right to resist illegal cop entry into home

Yes, They Lied; Yes, a Million Died; and Yes, They Want It To Go On

Yes, They Lied; Yes, a Million Died; and Yes, They Want It To Go On -

Chris Floyd - Empire Burlesque

Why have a million innocent people been killed in Iraq by the cataclysm unleashed by the Anglo-American invasion and occupation? Here’s why:

A top military intelligence official has said the discredited dossier on Iraq’s weapons programme was drawn up “to make the case for war”, flatly contradicting persistent claims to the contrary by the Blair government, and in particular by Alastair Campbell, the former prime minister’s chief spin doctor. In hitherto secret evidence to the Chilcot inquiry, Major General Michael Laurie said: “We knew at the time that the purpose of the dossier was precisely to make a case for war, rather than setting out the available intelligence, and that to make the best out of sparse and inconclusive intelligence the wording was developed with care.”

Laurie, who was director general in the Defence Intelligence Staff, responsible for commanding and delivering raw and analysed intelligence, said: “I am writing to comment on the position taken by Alastair Campbell during his evidence to you … when he stated that the purpose of the dossier was not to make a case for war; I and those involved in its production saw it exactly as that, and that was the direction we were given.” …

Laurie said he recalled that the chief of defence intelligence, Air Marshal Sir Joe French, was “frequently inquiring whether we were missing something” and was under pressure. “We could find no evidence of planes, missiles or equipment that related to WMD [weapons of mass destruction], generally concluding that they must have been dismantled, buried or taken abroad. There has probably never been a greater detailed scrutiny of every piece of ground in any country.” …

The document is one of a number released by the Chilcot inquiry. They include top secret MI6 reports warning of the damage to British interests and the likelihood of terrorist attacks in the UK if it joined the US-led invasion of Iraq. However, a newly declassified document reveals that Sir Kevin Tebbit, then a top official at the Ministry of Defence, warned the defence secretary, Geoff Hoon, in January 2003 that the US would “feel betrayed by their partner of choice” if Britain did not go along with the invasion.

Despite its concerns, MI6 told ministers before the invasion that toppling Saddam Husseinremains a prize because it could give new security to oil supplies”.

That’s why. They caused the deaths of a million innocent people to “give new security to oil supplies” — and to gain the strategic dominance this “new security” would bring. They knew that all the rest — WMD, threat of terrorism, etc. — was absolute bullshit. They knew it from the start. They knew it all along.

And they know it now. That’s why the Peace Laureate/Holy Hit Man in the White House has his Pentagon warlord pushing and pushing to keep American troops in Iraq — forever, if possible.

They did it for the oil. They did it for the dominance. And they are doing their damnedest to keep doing it. Anyone who supports and champions the elites who seek to perpetuate this abominable gorging on innocent blood — including cool, progressive Peace Laureates — is knowingly making themselves morally complicit in this ongoing atrocity.

Here there is no shuffling. The invasion — and the occupation (or the “military presence”) — were and are based on arrant lies. Hundreds of thousands of innocent people have been murdered, slaughtered, ripped from life, sent down to darkness because of these lies. If you support those who will not call these crimes by their right name, and seek to extend them — in whatever form — then you too are a supporter of murder. If that’s what you want to be, fine; but be sure you recognize yourself for what you are.

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Court: No right to resist illegal cop entry into home

Court: No right to resist illegal cop entry into home

INDIANAPOLIS | Overturning a common law dating back to the English Magna Carta of 1215, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Hoosiers have no right to resist unlawful police entry into their homes.

In a 3-2 decision, Justice Steven David writing for the court said if a police officer wants to enter a home for any reason or no reason at all, a homeowner cannot do anything to block the officer's entry.

"We believe ... a right to resist an unlawful police entry into a home is against public policy and is incompatible with modern Fourth Amendment jurisprudence," David said. "We also find that allowing resistance unnecessarily escalates the level of violence and therefore the risk of injuries to all parties involved without preventing the arrest."

David said a person arrested following an unlawful entry by police still can be released on bail and has plenty of opportunities to protest the illegal entry through the court system.

The court's decision stems from a Vanderburgh County case in which police were called to investigate a husband and wife arguing outside their apartment.

When the couple went back inside their apartment, the husband told police they were not needed and blocked the doorway so they could not enter. When an officer entered anyway, the husband shoved the officer against a wall. A second officer then used a stun gun on the husband and arrested him.

Professor Ivan Bodensteiner, of Valparaiso University School of Law, said the court's decision is consistent with the idea of preventing violence.

"It's not surprising that they would say there's no right to beat the hell out of the officer," Bodensteiner said. "(The court is saying) we would rather opt on the side of saying if the police act wrongfully in entering your house your remedy is under law, to bring a civil action against the officer."

Justice Robert Rucker, a Gary native, and Justice Brent Dickson, a Hobart native, dissented from the ruling, saying the court's decision runs afoul of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

"In my view the majority sweeps with far too broad a brush by essentially telling Indiana citizens that government agents may now enter their homes illegally -- that is, without the necessity of a warrant, consent or exigent circumstances," Rucker said. "I disagree."

Rucker and Dickson suggested if the court had limited its permission for police entry to domestic violence situations they would have supported the ruling.

But Dickson said, "The wholesale abrogation of the historic right of a person to reasonably resist unlawful police entry into his dwelling is unwarranted and unnecessarily broad."

This is the second major Indiana Supreme Court ruling this week involving police entry into a home.

On Tuesday, the court said police serving a warrant may enter a home without knocking if officers decide circumstances justify it. Prior to that ruling, police serving a warrant would have to obtain a judge's permission to enter without knocking.

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Flood's crest delivers fresh misery in Mississippi

Flood's crest delivers fresh misery in Mississippi

(05-12) 04:00 PDT Rena Lara, Miss. --

Floodwaters from the bloated Mississippi River and its tributaries spilled across farm fields, cut off churches, washed over roads and forced people from their homes Wednesday in the Mississippi Delta, a poverty-stricken region only a generation or two removed from sharecropping days.

People used boats to navigate flooded streets as the crest rolled slowly downstream, bringing misery to poor, low-lying communities. Hundreds have left their homes in the delta in the past several days as the water rose toward some of the highest levels on record.

The flood crest is expected to push past the delta by late next week.

"It's getting scary," said Rita Harris, 43, who lives in a tiny wooden house in the shadow of the levee in the delta town of Rena Lara, population 500. "They won't let you go up there to look at the water."

Officials in the town, which has no local newspaper or TV stations, tried to reassure residents that they are doing what they can to shore up the levee and that they will warn people if they need to leave.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour urged people to get out if they think there is even a chance their homes will flood. He said there is no reason to believe a levee on the Yazoo River would fail, but if it did, 107 feet of water would flow over small towns.

The Mississippi Delta, with a population of about 465,000, is a leaf-shaped expanse of rich soil between the Mississippi and Yazoo rivers, extending about 200 miles from Memphis, Tenn., to Vicksburg, Miss. Along the way are towns whose names are familiar to Civil War buffs, aficionados of the blues and scholars of the civil rights era: Clarksdale, Greenville and Yazoo City.

While some farms in the cotton-, rice- and corn-growing delta are prosperous, there is also grinding poverty. Nine of the 11 counties that touch the Mississippi River in Mississippi have poverty rates at least double the national average of 13.5 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Now Vatican's scientists join calls for action over climate change

Now Vatican's scientists join calls for action over climate change | Mail Online


Last updated at 2:09 PM on 13th May 2011

Vatican scientists have sparked a climate change row after backing a discredited UN report that claimed ice on the Himalays could melt by 2035.

The Pontifical Academy of Science, which report directly to the Pope, said glaciers were evaporating and called for urgent action to stem damage to the environment.

But lead author, Rajendra Pachauri, based it upon his own 2007 UN climate panel report, which he later admitted had ‘poorly substantiated estimates’ following an international furore.

Concerns: The Vatican-backed scientists expressed their fears for glaciers as a result of climate change (file picture)

Concerns: The Vatican-backed scientists expressed their fears for glaciers as a result of climate change

The scientist's latest call for a reduction of carbon dioxide and methane emissions has sparked anger among climate-change sceptics.

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Man Beheads Woman in Spanish Supermarket

Man Beheads Woman in Spanish Supermarket -

Spanish regional government authorities say a man has beheaded a woman in a supermarket on the Spanish resort island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

The suspect, believed to be a homeless Bulgarian man with a police record, was detained by security guards after he ran out of the supermarket with the head in his hands.

A witness told broadcaster Cadena Ser that he saw the man drop a bloodstained woman's head on the pavement after coming out of the store.

A regional government spokeswoman said the suspect is believed to have entered the shop, stolen a knife which he then used to assault and behead the woman whose identity hasn't been released.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with department regulations.

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Obama at Hispanic Prayer Breakfast Cites Biblical Scripture to Make Case That ‘Immigration Reform Is A Moral Imperative’

Obama at Hispanic Prayer Breakfast Cites Biblical Scripture to Make Case That ‘Immigration Reform Is A Moral Imperative’ |

Washington ( - President Barack Obama, when speaking at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast and Conference Friday, quoted the Bible to make a case that passing immigration reform is a “moral imperative.”

Nevertheless, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship, suggested that proponents of immigration reform should shift the focus away from it being a “compelling moral issue” and instead argue that it is “a compelling economic necessity for America.”

“Comprehensive reform is not only an economic imperative or a security imperative, it’s also a moral imperative,” he told the attendees of the prayer breakfast that took place in Washington, D.C. on Friday. “It’s a moral imperative when kids are being denied the chance to go to college or serve their military because of the actions of their parents.

“It’s a moral imperative when millions of people live in the shadows and are made vulnerable to unscrupulous businesses or with nowhere to turn if they are wronged. It’s a moral imperative when simply enforcing the law may mean inflicting pain on families who are just trying to do the right thing by their children,” Obama added.

Teacher Told 11-Year-Old Drawing Of American Flag Would “Offend” Other Students

Teacher Told 11-Year-Old Drawing Of American Flag Would “Offend” Other Students

Friday, May 13, 2011

FLASHBACK: California Students Sent Home for Wearing U.S. Flags on Cinco de Mayo

ORANGE, Mass. (WWLP) – A civil rights controversy is brewing at an elementary school in the Town of Orange, and it all surrounds an11 year-old’s drawing of the American Flag.

The family of Frankie Girard is claiming that their son’s civil rights were violated after a teacher allegedly told him that hanging his picture of the American flag would offend another student.

The Butterfield Elementary School is at the center of controversy for the incident on Monday. According to Frankie Girard’s father, John, the boy was in art class drawing a picture.

“He was denied hanging the flag up. And, he asked if he could just even hang it on his desk, and he was told no. He could take the picture that he drew and take it home and be proud of it there,” Girard said.

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