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Archive for June 12th, 2007

U.S. Soldiers Kill 7 Afghan Police

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on June 12th, 2007 7:04 am by HL

U.S. mistakenly kills 7 Afghan police

AP
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A policeman at the remote checkpoint said police called out for the approaching U.S. forces to halt.

“I thought they were Taliban, and we shouted at them to stop, but they came closer and they opened fire,” said Khan Mohammad, one of the policemen at the post. “I’m very angry. We are here to protect the Afghan government and help serve the Afghan government, but the Americans have come to kill us”….In Nangarhar province in March — the same province of Tuesday’s police shootings — 19 civilians were killed and 50 wounded by U.S. Marines Special Operations Forces who fired on civilians while speeding away from the site of a suicide bomb attack, casualties that sparked angry protests and denunciations of the U.S. presence there.


Condi Thinks Scooter Libby Crimes No Big Deal

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on June 12th, 2007 6:59 am by HL

Condoleezza Rice, Meeting With ‘WSJ’ Editorial Board, Gives Props to Scooter Libby

Editor & Publisher
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NEW YORK Meeting with the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that Lewis “Scooter” Libby, who promoted the invasion of Iraq, disclosed the name of a cover CIA agent then was convicted of four counts of perjury and obstruction of justice, had “served the country really well.” She hinted that a presidential pardon was in order.

Asked for her views on a pardon, Rice demurred but then came to the strong defense of Libby, stating that he should be treated “in accordance” with his public service. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison last week, convicted on four felony counts, despite letters of support from many highly-placed figures ranging from Henry Kissinger to Gen. Peter Pace.


British Plot to Supply Iran With Nuclear Material

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on June 12th, 2007 6:55 am by HL

MI6 probes UK link to nuclear trade with Iran

Guardian UK
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A British company has been closed down after being caught in an apparent attempt to sell black-market weapons-grade uranium to Iran and Sudan, The Observer can reveal.
Anti-terrorist officers and MI6 are now investigating a wider British-based plot allegedly to supply Iran with material for use in a nuclear weapons programme. One person has already been charged with attempting to proliferate ‘weapons of mass destruction’.

During the 20-month investigation, which also involved MI5 and Customs and Excise, a group of Britons was tracked as they obtained weapons-grade uranium from the black market in Russia. Investigators believe it was intended for export to Sudan and on to Iran.


CIA Bungles it’s Way to Give Iran Nuke Plans

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on June 12th, 2007 6:51 am by HL

George Bush insists that Iran must not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. So why, six years ago, did the CIA give the Iranians blueprints to build a bomb?

Prison Planet
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In an extract from his explosive new book, New York Times reporter James Risen reveals the bungles and miscalculations that led to a spectacular intelligence fiasco

She had probably done this a dozen times before. Modern digital technology had made clandestine communications with overseas agents seem routine. Back in the cold war, contacting a secret agent in Moscow or Beijing was a dangerous, labour-intensive process that could take days or even weeks. But by 2004, it was possible to send high-speed, encrypted messages directly and instantaneously from CIA headquarters to agents in the field who were equipped with small, covert personal communications devices. So the officer at CIA headquarters assigned to handle communications with the agency’s spies in Iran probably didn’t think twice when she began her latest download. With a few simple commands, she sent a secret data flow to one of the Iranian agents in the CIA’s spy network. Just as she had done so many times before.