In 1978, in the USA, Phillip Garrido began a 50-year sentence for kidnap and rape. Garrido was out of jail within 11 years. There is a suspicion that Garrido has friends in high places. In 1989, in Belgium, Marc Dutroux was sentenced to 13 years in jail for kidnapping and raping young girls. He was out within 3 years.
Firefighters tried to hold back a massive wildfire from consuming thousands of homes and an essential communications center in Los Angeles County as they mourned two of their own who were killed when their vehicle was overrun by fast-moving flames and rolled down a mountain side. About 12,000 homes, as well as crucial communications and astronomy centers atop Mount Wilson, were threatened the fire. On the blaze's northwestern front, two firefighters were killed Sunday on Mount Gleason near the city of Acton. "We ask for your understanding, for your patience as we move through this difficult time, and please, prayers for the families of our two brothers that we lost," county Deputy Fire Chief Mike Bryant said through tears at a Sunday press conference. Fire Capt. Tedmund Hall, 47, of San Bernardino County, and firefighter Specialist Arnaldo "Arnie" Quinones, 35, of Palmdale, were killed in the crash, the department said in a statement. Authorities did not give a cause for the crash. Hall was a 26-year veteran, and Quinones had been a county firefighter for eight years. LA-Late: California Fires Map! You Tube: California Wildfire Nearly Contained.
Former Vice President to the Bush administration Dick Cheney has revealed that he pushed for military action against Iran's nuclear program prior to leaving office. Netanyahu calls for 'crippling sanctions' against Iran. (AFP/Google)
Dick Cheney left little on the table during a taped interview Fox News Sunday, accusing the Obama White House pursuing an "intensely partisan" investigation into the use of torture under the Bush administration. Calling the "enhanced interrogation techniques" used on terrorist suspects "absolutely essential," the former vice president deemed any decision to launch an probe into the possible illegal use of these EITs an "outrageous political act" and a "direct slap at the CIA." Special Prosecutor for CIA Interrogation Probe Described as Relentless. (Google) PressTV: Cheney wants skeleton kept in closet. WSWS: Cheney defends torture policy and CIA torturers. Uruknet: Dick Cheney, in a defiant half-hour interview Sunday on Fox New, launched into a blistering attack on the Obama administration. Rebel Reports: We Need a Special Prosecutor for Blackwater and Other CIA "Contractors". Global Research: Newly Released E-Mails Reveal Cheney Pressured DOJ to Approve Torture: Dick Cheney and his lawyer, David Addington, pressured the Department of Justice in 2005 to quickly approve a torture memo that authorized CIA interrogators to use a combination of barbaric techniques during interrogations of “high-value” detainees, despite protests from former Deputy Attorney General James Comey, according to several of his e-mails released over the weekend. One of Comey’s 2005 e-mails said then Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was “weak” and had essentially allowed Cheney and Addington to politicize the Justice Department.
It seems coverage of the Bush administration’s “war on terror” has been put back on track by the editors of the Washington Post and their “sources” who are determined to highlight the supposed successes of waterboarding and other forms of torture. EmptyWheel: There is a particularly odious op-ed spinning the CIA torture innocence position in today's New York Times by self professed novelist Joseph Finder.
Unpublished figures show thousands of ex-soldiers have sought financial help – many suffering with stress disorders.
Nearly 60% of black and African people living in Russia's capital Moscow have been physically assaulted in racially motivated attacks, says a new study. Africans working or studying in the city live in constant fear of attack, according to the report by the Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy.
The United States of America is devolving into medical fascism and Massachusetts is leading the way with the passage of a new bill, the "Pandemic Response Bill" 2028, reportedly just passed by the MA state Senate and now awaiting approval in the House. This bill suspends virtually all Constitutional rights of Massachusetts citizens and forces anyone "suspected" of being infected to submit to interrogations, "decontaminations" and vaccines. It's also sets fines up to $1,000 per day for anyone who refuses to submit to quarantines, vaccinations, decontamination efforts or to follow any other verbal order by virtually any state-licensed law enforcement or medical personnel.
■ Violation of 4th Amendment: Illegal search and seizure ■ Violation of 14th Amendment; illegal arrest without a warrant ■ Government price controls ■ "Involuntary Transportation" (also known as kidnapping) ■ $1,000 / day in fines ■ Forced vaccinations ■ Forced quarantine for those who refuse (illegal imprisonment without charge)
For some folks in Texas, the prospect of a universal health care scheme isn't just cause for protest and debate -- it's reason enough to secede from the United States altogether.
Hamid Karzai is expected in the next 48 hours to reach 50 per cent of votes cast in the Afghan elections, based on a partial count, giving him a theoretical victory in the race if the figures are reflected nationally. However, allegations of major fraud at the polls have more than doubled in the past two days to stand at 550, and these may affect the final outcome. NYT: Increasing Accounts of Fraud Cloud Afghan Vote: Afghan election officials said Sunday that the serious fraud reports that they were considering had suddenly doubled — from 270 to 550, in a development likely to stoke public outrage and perhaps even delay the official results past September.
Despite mounting international pressure on Tel Aviv, Israel has accelerated settlement activity in East Jerusalem (al-Quds) in the first half of 2009.
Last week Sweden’s largest daily newspaper published an article containing shocking material: testimony and circumstantial evidence indicating that Israelis may have been harvesting internal organs from Palestinian prisoners without consent for many years. Worse yet, some of the information reported in the article suggests that in some instances Palestinians may have been captured with this macabre purpose in mind.
The Friends of Freedom and Justice Committee in Bil’in reported that at least 40 soldiers invaded the village and broke into the house of Ashraf Mohammad Al Khatib, 29, and kidnapped him, before breaking into the house of Hamru Hisham Burnat, 24, and kidnapping him. International Peace Activists, present in the village, attempted to intervene and challenged the soldiers, but were unable to set the two kidnapped residents free.
The Israel Defense Forces officer accused of ordering a soldier under his command to shoot a bound and blindfolded Palestinian detainee failed his second polygraph test on Monday, after having passed the first test in a private institute last week. The results of Monday’s lie-detector test, held under the auspices of the military police, prove that Lieutenant colonel Omri Fruberg, commanding officer of IDF regiment 71, lied in his testimony, and suggest he did in fact give order to open fire at the Palestinian detainee.
"If he is convicted of the incredibly corrupt crimes with which he has been charged, I don't see how the court can avoid sentencing him to a long prison term," Professor Emanuel Gross told Army Radio.
New Scientist is reporting that physicists have largely figured out how to predict the end of bull markets: A team of physicists and financiers have ... successfully predict[ed] a steep fall in the Shanghai Stock Exchange.
■ Fed urges judge not to enforce order pending appeal ■ Banks say disclosure could cause loss of confidence
The US has accused Pakistan of illegally modifying US-made missiles to expand its ability to hit land-based targets, according to a report in the New York Times. The accusation, made amid growing concerns about Pakistan's increasingly rapid conventional and nuclear weapons development, triggered a new round of US-Pakistani tensions, the report says. The accusation, made amid growing concerns about Pakistan's increasingly rapid conventional and nuclear weapons development, triggered a new round of US-Pakistani tensions, the report says. "The focus of our concern is that this is a potential unauthorised modification of a maritime anti-ship defensive capability to an offensive land-attack missile," a senior administration official told the paper. "When we have concerns, we act aggressively."
Today, it is still hard for journalist or independent researcher to visit Turkmenistan. However, Elena Larina and Olga Naumov, two delicate women, Moscow-based ethnologists and PhD in History, were lucky. Last autumn they experienced extreme travel to Turkmenistan – they managed to live in remote and arduous regions of the country, Kara Kum and mountainous villages of "nohur". They shared the experience and unique pictures with Ferghana.Ru. The village of Damla is located in Kara Kum. Sixty houses in sand, no kolkhoz and no joint peasantries – each family survives independently. The local residents travel to Takhta, central villages, to pick up the gasoline coupons or to visit doctors. In October of last year, when we were in Damla, there was water crisis – two previous winters were snowless and there was almost no rain in the summer. People were saving rain water…
Japan's next leader Yukio Hatoyama, fresh from a historic election win, faced the task on Monday of forming a government to tackle challenges such as reviving the economy and steering a new course with close ally Washington.
Shuttle commander Frederick "C.J." Sturckow, forced by a leaky steering jet to use Discovery's big maneuvering thrusters instead of preferred fine-control vernier engines, deftly guided the spaceplane to a flawless docking with the International Space Station Sunday night to cap a two-day rendezvous. Approaching from directly in front of the laboratory complex as both spacecraft sailed 220 miles above the central Atlantic Ocean at 5 miles per second, the shuttle's payload bay docking port engaged its counterpart on the front end of the station's Harmony module at 7:54 p.m. CDT, about 10 minutes ahead of schedule.
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