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Archive for March 9th, 2009

Security guards stood by as gunmen killed Northern Ireland soldiers

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Someone is trying to stir the pot in Northern Ireland again. Considering the history of this conflict, there may be more here than meets the eye. MI5 has long been involved in the organization of the IRA at the top, so they may very well be behind the reactivation of the ‘Real IRA’.

Flashback: Not very cricket: Witnesses report Pakistani security abandoned convoy prior to attack | Irish Police Protest And Call The Government A Criminal Accessory | Huge protest over Irish economy, pension clawback | EU tries to isolate Irish after treaty rejection

The Times UK
March 9, 2009

Armed security guards employed to protect the military base in Northern Ireland where two soldiers were shot dead did not open fire on the terrorists, even when they stood over the injured men and fired further shots.

Two soldiers and two deliverymen were also injured in Saturday’s attack, for which the dissident republican group the Real IRA claimed responsibility. The Army and police confirmed that no shots were fired in retaliation. The Real IRA described the Domino’s Pizza deliverymen as “collaborators of British rule in Ireland”.

Army sources said that it was the first time that the Northern Ireland Security Guard Service (NISGS) had had to deal with a direct attack on a base. The service took over responsibility for security of barracks from soldiers more than ten years ago.

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Monks taken for ‘re-education’ before Tibet uprising anniversary

Monday, March 9th, 2009

This is the dead end of ‘political correctness’.

Jane Macartney, The Times
March 9, 2009

Police will take away more than 100 monks for political re-education today on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising that led to the flight of the Dalai Lama.

The rounding up of 109 monks from Lutsang monastery in Qinghai province, western China, is one of a series of extraordinary security measures being implemented to prevent restive Tibetans from commemorating the anniversary with protests against Chinese rule.

About a quarter of China’s territory, an area the size of Western Europe, has been closed off to foreigners. Thousands of troops and paramilitary police have been deployed in Tibetan-populated regions amid fears of a renewed outburst of the anti-Chinese violence that rocked the region a year ago. Winding mountain roads have been clogged for days with convoys of armoured military trucks and coaches bringing in reinforcements.

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NY Times: Mileage Tax Would ‘Track Where Motorists Have Been’

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Flashback: Global ‘Intelligent Transport’ initiative comes to your cellphone: Location data used to track traffic flow | Metrolinx Proposes Satellite Vehicle Tracking for Road Tolls

Paul Joseph Watson, PrisonPlanet.com
March 9, 2009

Authorities want to “get at” beleaguered American taxpayers with fresh assault on their wallet & privacy

A New York Times article about the different test studies being conducted as a precursor to the introduction of a CO2 or mileage tax admits that cars will contain tracking devices that will record where motorists have been.

Obama’s transportation secretary Ray LaHood recently caused controversy when he let slip that the administration was considering a “vehicles miles traveled” tax to replace the federal fuel tax. Press secretary Robert Gibbs hastily moved to offset concerns by claiming that such a tax “is not and will not be the policy of the Obama administration.”

However, as the New York Times reported in its Sunday edition, a number of different large scale beta-testing programs are currently underway to trial that exact scheme.

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Police-run gun amnesties in trouble across country

Monday, March 9th, 2009

“Free men have arms, slaves do not.” – William Blackstone

Les Perreaux, The Globe and Mail
March 9, 2009

MONTREAL – Lieutenant Raymond Neveu knew the Sept-ÃŽles police station was in big trouble when drugs disappeared from the evidence room.

Then guns strewn about the floor of the exhibit locker went missing, too.

Seven officers are now suspended and two among them, including Lt. Neveu, face criminal charges in a scandal that has exposed chaos in the northern Quebec provincial police outpost.

The case has also brought attention to problems in several police-run gun amnesties in Canada.

The programs are intended to allow citizens to hand police unwanted or illegal firearms for destruction. A growing number of police officers from Quebec to Calgary have instead faced investigations, suspensions and criminal charges for snatching guns from the scrapheap.

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