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US Hutaree Militia ‘Terror’ Case Update – Members Out on Bail, Case in Shambles

Friday, May 14th, 2010

This case has dropped right off the media radar and into the Memory Hole. The only recourse is to go to sources like Chuck Baldwin, US candidate for the ‘Constitution Party’, to catch up on the case. We learn, for example, that the judge has reprimanded the agents involved and released the notorious terrorists on bail. Another open and shut case of state provocation, intended to manufacture terror propaganda for the domestic market. Peruse this site’s Provocation category for more on the subject.

Flashback: Eight U.S. militia members enter not guilty pleas, lawyers expect ‘mega trial’ | Alt-Media Predictions Borne Out: FBI Agent Discovered at Center of Alleged Hutaree Conspiracy | Undercover agent helped in probe of Hutaree | Raid on ‘unheard of’ Hutaree militia puzzles small town | 9 Hutaree members face federal charges of conspiracy, attempting to use ‘weapons of mass destruction’ | FBI raids in Washtenaw, Lenawee counties tied to Michigan militia group | DHS Video Portrays Average Americans As Terrorists | US Police to get access to classified military intelligence | US Homeland Security: Terror fight needs public’s vigilance | DoD Training Manual Describes Protest As “Low-Level Terrorism” | UK schoolkids trained to inform on ‘extremist’ classmates by police DVD | ‘AmeriCorps’ Domestic Paramilitary Propaganda Ad | Scouts Train to Fight Terrorists, and More | Secret Homeland Security Threat Assessment Labels Gun Owners Potential Terrorists | UK Home Secretary unveils civilian anti-terrorism security force | US Urban Warfare Drills Linked To Coming Economic Rage | Army ‘Strategic Shock’ Report Says Troops May Be Needed To Quell U.S. Civil Unrest | Pentagon earmarks 20,000 additional troops for American streets | Two More U.S. Military Units Assigned For Homeland Security | US Counterinsurgency Manual Leaked, Calls for False Flag Operations, Suspension of Human Rights | ‘Lone wolf’ terror threat on rise, report warns | US Experts Can’t Agree on Whether ‘Al-Qaeda’ Poses a Threat, Look to ‘Leaderless Jihad’ in America | Fascist America, in 10 easy steps

Chuck Baldwin, ChuckBaldwinLive.com
May 14, 2010

With much media fanfare, 9 members of a Michigan militia were arrested last March and charged with “seditious conspiracy”—specifically, plotting to murder law enforcement officers. Ostensibly, this was supposed to precipitate some kind of wholesale revolt against the government. Question: Have any of you heard anyone from the propaganda press corps (national news media) tell you what has been happening with this case? No? Did you not wonder why? Well, I’ll tell you why: the case has fallen apart.

The first indication of the Feds’ case going bad was a local report in the Toledo (Ohio) Blade, dated April 28, 2010. “An FBI agent who led the investigation of nine Michigan militia members charged with trying to launch war against the federal government couldn’t recall many details of the two-year probe yesterday during questioning by defense lawyers.

“Even the judge who must decide whether to release the nine until trial was puzzled.

“‘I share the frustrations of the defense team . . . that she doesn’t know anything,’ U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts said after agent Leslie Larsen confessed she hadn’t reviewed her notes recently and couldn’t remember specific details of the case.”

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Abuses at US ‘Black Jail’ in Afghanistan confirmed

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Related: Report: Afghans in secret jail ‘made to dance’ to use bathroom | Poland releases details on CIA ‘black sites’ | US magazine claims Guantánamo inmates were killed during questioning | Rendition still happening on Obama’s watch | UK: Secrets of CIA ‘ghost flights’ to be revealed | UK: CIA ‘put pressure on Britain to cover up its use of torture’ | Guantanamo’s closure window dressing — overseas CIA ‘black sites’ to stay | Obama administration: Guantanamo detainees have ‘no constitutional rights’ | Tortured Guantanamo detainee set free| Obama backs Bush: No rights for Bagram prisoners | U.K. resident held at Gitmo alleges Canadian involvement in torture | Senior judges attack US over ‘torture evidence suppression’ | After Obama praises torture ruling, civil liberties group appalled | Obama shuts network of CIA ‘ghost prisons’ | Obama requests Guantánamo Bay tribunals suspension | Confirmed: Mexico drug plane used for CIA ‘rendition’ flights

Muriel Kane, Rawstory.com
May 14, 2010

Earlier this week, the International Red Cross confirmed the existence of a secret “Black Jail” within the Bagram prison complex in Afghanistan, where high-value detainees were held and allegedly abused. Since then, additional details have continued to emerge.

The New York Times reported last November that former prisoners and human rights researchers had described how prisoners were held at the facility for weeks at a time without being allowed outside contact. The BBC also obtained accounts from prisoners who said they had been subjected to isolation, sleep deprivation, and cold.

The American vice admiral in charge of detainees, however, continued to deny both the existence of a separate facility and the allegations of abuse until the International Red Cross confirmed the claims.

Now The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder has been able to paint a clearer picture of the facility. His sources tell him that it is run by the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Defense Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Center (DCHC), whose operatives perform the interrogations on behalf of a subunit of the”elite counter-terrorism brigade” known as Task Force 714.

Task Force 714 was formerly commanded by General Stanley McChrystal, who now leads US forces in Afghanistan. According to Ambinder, DCHC is a “relatively new organization,” which absorbed many of the previous functions and staff of the Counterintelligence Field Activity after CIFA was accused of spying on American political groups and was implicated in the Duke Cunningham scandal.

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European Council On Foreign Relations: EU Needs To Use Crisis For Greater Power

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Related: Sarkozy threatened to quit euro in showdown with Germany: Report | Hedge funds vote threatens EU-US rift | Global markets slide on debt fears | Loonie, TSX slip on euro woes | European Powerbrokers Present Proposal For New Economic And Political Order | Europe and America Morally and Financially Bankrupt | EU wants member countries to co-ordinate budgets | EU deal euphoria fizzles out | Ron Paul: Euro Bailout Will Lead To Currency Collapse | ‘Shock and awe’ euro rescue lifts global markets | Western Central Banks back Trillion Dollar European rescue plan, ECB to manage markets | Euro zone to regulate hedge funds, vows to fend off ‘wolf pack’ traders at all costs | Euro crisis goes global as leaders fail to stop the rot | Debt crisis: Panic on Wall Street, stonewalling in Europe | Greek rescue fears hit global stock markets | Greece swallows tough medicine in $150B bailout, more spending cuts announced | Greece erupts as men from IMF prepare to wield axe | Greece’s near bankruptcy won’t scuttle Canada-EU trade talks: minister | New austerity measures essential, says Greek PM | European Central Bank chief: Bank of International Settlements to Rule the Global Economy | Greek debt crisis: Europe feels shockwaves as bailout falters | Standard & Poor’s downgrade Greek credit rating to junk status | Greek bailout not limited to €45bn, Flaherty warns | IMF to move quickly on Greek request for loan | Greek PM calls for EU bailout loans | Greek civil servants strike, challenge EU/IMF talks | Soros warns Europe of disintegration | Investors rush to sell Greek bonds | IMF struggles to conceal glee at Greek deal | Greece secures joint IMF/Eurozone bailout program | Greek PM threatens to go to IMF if no EU bailout | General strike cripples Greece as protesters clash with police | Athens erupts as Greek austerity plan passes | Greece unveils radical austerity package | Athen’s coffers to run dry in two weeks, more cracks appear in Eurozone | Man who broke the Bank of England, George Soros, ‘at centre of hedge funds plot to cash in on fall of the euro’ | Goldman role in Greek crisis probed | Greek workers stage general strike | How EU Countries Cooked Books Using Derivatives | Goldman Sachs Helped Greece Obscure Debt Through Currency Swaps | Collapse of the euro is ‘inevitable’: Bailing out the Greek economy futile, says French banking chief | Euro currency union shows strains | Stimulating our way into debt crises | EU leaders reach secret Greek bailout deal | Will Greece set off ‘global debt bomb’? | EU cautions Greece about its deficit | Could Greece drag down Europe? | ‘Significant chance’ of second financial crisis, warns World Economic Forum | A world awash in debt | Secret report details Nazi plan to create a European Union | Leaked 1955 Bilderberg Docs Outline Plan For Single European Currency | Leaked Agenda: Bilderberg Group Plans Economic Depression | Bilderberg chairman: ‘Bilderberg helped create the Euro’ | Bilderberg Seeks Bank Centralization Agenda

Update (2010/05/17): Dominque Strauss-Khan is calling for a global currency issued by a global central bank again.

Steve Watson, PrisonPlanet.com
May 14, 2010

Renowned financial commentator denounces “fiscal fascism” in Telegraph

Several more autocratic international voices have added their weight behind proposals to vastly empower the EU with greater authority to govern over nation states in Europe, in the wake of the sovereign debt crisis. Meanwhile, one leading commentator has described the move as “fiscal fascism”.

Proposals tabled yesterday by the European Commission, the legislative arm of the EU, would greatly diminish the ability of nation states to set their own fiscal policies, in favour of a move toward a centralized european treasury.

“There is still a long way to go. We have opened the gate. Now we have yet to go through it,” said Ulrike Guerot, an analyst at the European Council on Foreign Relations think-tank.

“The crisis has shown us we need to animate moves toward closer political union as well as monetary union and we need a quantitative jump.” Guerot added in comments to Reuters.

“The EU has used crises in the past to make that kind of jump and this is what is needed now.” the German researcher concluded.

“This could be the fuel injection needed to put Europe on course toward closer political and economic union, the goal that drove its founding fathers and leaders a generation ago such as Germany’s Helmut Kohl, France’s Francois Mitterrand and former European Commission President Jacques Delors.” notes Reuters writer Timothy Heritage.

The European CFR is a vehemently pro-EU outfit made up of hundreds of influential corporate and political figures, perhaps most notably including George Soros. It was initiated three years ago primarily to push for an expanded role for the EU as a global superpower. Inevitably, the group is consistently vocal when it comes to the question of greater political integration in Europe.

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Transport Canada proposes aviation security revamp

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Here’s a link to the report that’s mentioned below, Flight Plan: Managing the Risks in Aviation Security. It’s based on a new regulatory framework called SeMS or Security Management Systems, and may be worth ploughing through to see what’s in the fine print. And this new three-stage alarm system: It will be interesting to see, should this go through, how often we’re informed in the future that airports are on a Level 2 ‘ increased risk of a probable incident’ alert.

Update (2010/05/15): The next day, two CF-18s scrambled from CFB Comox to escort a passenger liner from Hong Kong to the airport over some form of bomb threat the details of which are not clear at this time.

Flashback: Full-body scanners are waste of money, Israeli expert says | US Airline Security Moves to Known Threat Descriptive Profiling | Canadians to get biometric, RFID enabled passports in 2011, security experts voice concerns | USA: Fourth Amendment Trashed As Airport Tyranny Hits The Streets | Remain vigilant while travelling, Baird tells Canadians | Airport security starts in the parking lot | Obama orders ’strengthened’ no-fly list after bomb plot | US implements travel profiling: Tougher air screening for ’security-risk’ countries | The ‘Israelification’ of airports: High security, little bother | Airport restrictions denounced as ’security theatre’ | No carry-on bags for flights to U.S., RCMP assisting with screening | U.S. visitors now required to register online with Department of Homeland Security | U.S. air-security rules cause Canadian turbulence | Air Canada objects to US plans to fingerprint exiting foreigners | Ottawa Proposes Band-Aid ‘Bill of Rights’ for Airline Travellers | Pistol Pendant Causes Airport Holdup | Canada to launch no-fly list in June

Angela Gilbert, CBC News
May 14, 2010

Changes ‘long overdue’: security expert

Transport Canada is looking to implement a three-level security alert system at major airports across the country to address “higher risk” conditions, CBC News has learned.

The proposal, outlined in the Canada Gazette, the official newspaper of the Government of Canada, calls on airports to run their operations according to:

  • Level 1: normal operations.
  • Level 2: increased risk of a probable incident.
  • Level 3: an incident is imminent or underway.

Unlike the alert system in the United States, the public will not automatically be notified when threat levels change. Instead, alerting the public would be “considered on a case by case basis,” Transport Canada told CBC News.

The proposed changes were first suggested more than four years ago in a report, tabled in Parliament, which raised serious concerns about a lack of coordination between aviation security agencies.

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Sarkozy threatened to quit euro in showdown with Germany: Report

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Related: Hedge funds vote threatens EU-US rift | Global markets slide on debt fears | Loonie, TSX slip on euro woes | European Powerbrokers Present Proposal For New Economic And Political Order | Europe and America Morally and Financially Bankrupt | EU wants member countries to co-ordinate budgets | EU deal euphoria fizzles out | Ron Paul: Euro Bailout Will Lead To Currency Collapse | ‘Shock and awe’ euro rescue lifts global markets | Western Central Banks back Trillion Dollar European rescue plan, ECB to manage markets | Euro zone to regulate hedge funds, vows to fend off ‘wolf pack’ traders at all costs | Euro crisis goes global as leaders fail to stop the rot | Debt crisis: Panic on Wall Street, stonewalling in Europe | Greek rescue fears hit global stock markets | Greece swallows tough medicine in $150B bailout, more spending cuts announced | Greece erupts as men from IMF prepare to wield axe | Greece’s near bankruptcy won’t scuttle Canada-EU trade talks: minister | New austerity measures essential, says Greek PM | European Central Bank chief: Bank of International Settlements to Rule the Global Economy | Greek debt crisis: Europe feels shockwaves as bailout falters | Standard & Poor’s downgrade Greek credit rating to junk status | Greek bailout not limited to €45bn, Flaherty warns | IMF to move quickly on Greek request for loan | Greek PM calls for EU bailout loans | Greek civil servants strike, challenge EU/IMF talks | Soros warns Europe of disintegration | Investors rush to sell Greek bonds | IMF struggles to conceal glee at Greek deal | Greece secures joint IMF/Eurozone bailout program | Greek PM threatens to go to IMF if no EU bailout | General strike cripples Greece as protesters clash with police | Athens erupts as Greek austerity plan passes | Greece unveils radical austerity package | Athen’s coffers to run dry in two weeks, more cracks appear in Eurozone | Man who broke the Bank of England, George Soros, ‘at centre of hedge funds plot to cash in on fall of the euro’ | Goldman role in Greek crisis probed | Greek workers stage general strike | How EU Countries Cooked Books Using Derivatives | Goldman Sachs Helped Greece Obscure Debt Through Currency Swaps | Collapse of the euro is ‘inevitable’: Bailing out the Greek economy futile, says French banking chief | Euro currency union shows strains | Stimulating our way into debt crises | EU leaders reach secret Greek bailout deal | Will Greece set off ‘global debt bomb’? | EU cautions Greece about its deficit | Could Greece drag down Europe? | ‘Significant chance’ of second financial crisis, warns World Economic Forum | A world awash in debt | Secret report details Nazi plan to create a European Union | Leaked 1955 Bilderberg Docs Outline Plan For Single European Currency | Leaked Agenda: Bilderberg Group Plans Economic Depression | Bilderberg chairman: ‘Bilderberg helped create the Euro’ | Bilderberg Seeks Bank Centralization Agenda

AFP
May 14, 2010

France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy shake hands with well-wishers after casting their ballots at a Paris polling station in the first round of the French regional elections March 14. Surveys point to a crushing defeat for Sarkozy’s centre-right UMP party with the opposition. Eric Feferberg, REUTERS

MADRID – President Nicolas Sarkozy threatened to pull France out of the euro currency group to force Germany to help Greece with its debt crisis, El Pais newspaper reported Friday, quoting Spain’s prime minister.

Spain, France and Germany all denied the report, but it increased investors’ concerns over the euro single currency, which plunged to an 18-month low on Friday.

El Pais, which is close to Spain’s ruling Socialist Party, said Sarkozy made the threat at a Brussels summit of EU leaders last week that sealed a rescue package for Athens.

Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, has been the most reluctant euro nation to help the Greek government.

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero reported Sarkozy’s remarks to a meeting of leaders of his Socialist Party on Wednesday, El Pais said.

The French president demanded “a commitment by everyone, for everyone to help Greece, each according to his means or France would reexamine its situation in the euro,” Zapatero was quoted as saying.

“Sarkozy banged his fist on the table and threatened to withdraw from the euro, which twisted the arm of Angela Merkel,” the German chancellor, a Socialist official who heard Zapatero’s account was quoted as saying.

The Brussels summit finally sealed a 110-billion-euro (140-billion-dollar) three-year package of loans and credit guarantees for Greece, which had risked defaulting on its huge debts. (more…)

Iraq’s new al-Qaeda leader warns Shias

Friday, May 14th, 2010

The ‘al-Qaeda’ mujahideen are of the Sunni branch of Islam, and this internal dichotomy within the religion (which splits along a dispute over the legitimacy of theocratic lineage) is one of the primary weaknesses in the region that allows groups like the Sunni militants to be manipulated by Western intelligence – eg; in the US-funded Al-CIAda attacks on Shia-dominated Iran that Seymour Hersh has been covering.

As former US diplomat to Afghanistan Matthew Hoh pointed out, Afghanistan is essentially embroiled in civil war, a result of Western presence. Ditto for Pakistan. Ditto, it seems, for Iraq. One of the long-term US strategies that has been floated by the Council on Foreign Relations is to break Iraq into three parts – Sunni, Shia, and Kurd. Divide and conquer is one of the oldest tricks in the book, and the British tried the same sort of Balkanization in the region as well during the second Anglo-Afghan war.

Flashback: Arrested Terrorist Leader Exposes Extensive CIA Connections | Iraq security forces involved in bombings: PM | CIA admits Blackwater presence in Pakistan | Taliban: Blackwater to blame for Pakistan attacks | How the US Funds the Taliban | Ex-diplomat says Afghanistan in ‘civil war,’ calls for US withdrawal | Ethnic hostility is a big, maybe the biggest, part of the Afghan war | Police arrested over Iraq bombing | Taliban Chief Blames Blackwater, ISI for Peshawar Blast | Ex-CIA agent confirms US ties with Jundullah | Iranian commanders assassinated, Iran fingers Western intelligence | Madsen: CIA collusion with “Al Qaeda” financiers and attack planners | Whistleblower Who Linked “Taliban” Leader To US Intelligence Is Assassinated | Pakistani president Asif Zardari admits creating terrorist groups | Western Governments Funding Taliban & Al-Qaeda To Kill U.S. Troops, Destabilize Countries | The Main Result of the “War on Terror”: The Destabilization of Pakistan | Report: CIA runs secret bases in Pakistan | Delta Force Officer: We Weren’t Allowed to Kill Osama Bin Laden | Key Benazir Bhutto assassination witness shot dead | CIA, Pakistani ISI have long, complicated relationship | US scales up covert destabilization efforts in Iran, continues funding ‘al-Qaeda’ | Report: U.S. Gave Green Light For Taliban Prison Attack | Investigative Reporter Seymour Hersh: US Indirectly Funding Al-Qaeda Linked Sunni Groups in Move to Counter Iran | US Allowed Taliban, Al-Qaeda Airlift Evacuation

The Associated Press
May 14, 2010

Al-Qaeda’s new leader in Iraq warned Shias on Friday that “dark days soaked with blood” lie ahead and that a new campaign of attacks was under way.

Within hours of the warning, a car bomb exploded outside a Shia mosque south of Baghdad just after Friday prayers, wounding 20 worshippers as they were leaving, according to local police.

Only days before the warning, Iraq was wracked by the worst attack this year, a series of co-ordinated bombings and assassinations that killed 119 people – most of them Shias and members of the security forces – across 10 cities.

The Iraqi insurgent umbrella group, the Islamic State of Iraq, named al-Nasser Lideen Allah Abu Suleiman as its new minister of war, replacing the Egyptian Abu Ayyub al-Masri, killed in a U.S.-Iraqi military strike on a safe house in April. The ISI counts al-Qaeda as one of its member groups.

“Wait for the long gloomy nights and dark days soaked with blood,” said Abu Suleiman, addressing Iraq’s “polytheistic rejecters,” an insulting term for Shias common among extremist Sunnis. “What is happening to you nowadays is just a drizzle.” The written message was posted on militant websites Friday. [Ed. Note: So the media just runs with something posted on a forum.]

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Hedge funds vote threatens EU-US rift

Friday, May 14th, 2010

The economic takedown of Greece and its after-effects have backed Sarkozy and Merkel into a political corner. Naturally, they’re entrenching, as are European banks. The article Behind the panic: Financial warfare over the future of global bank power, written by F. William Engdahl over at Global Research in 2008, may be illuminating under the circumstances. In it, he quotes a senior European banker as saying, ‘There is an all-out war going on between the United States and the EU to define the future face of European banking.’ That was in Oct 2008.

Flashback: Global markets slide on debt fears | Loonie, TSX slip on euro woes | European Powerbrokers Present Proposal For New Economic And Political Order | Europe and America Morally and Financially Bankrupt | EU wants member countries to co-ordinate budgets | EU deal euphoria fizzles out | Ron Paul: Euro Bailout Will Lead To Currency Collapse | ‘Shock and awe’ euro rescue lifts global markets | Western Central Banks back Trillion Dollar European rescue plan, ECB to manage markets | Euro zone to regulate hedge funds, vows to fend off ‘wolf pack’ traders at all costs | Euro crisis goes global as leaders fail to stop the rot | Debt crisis: Panic on Wall Street, stonewalling in Europe | Greek rescue fears hit global stock markets | Greece swallows tough medicine in $150B bailout, more spending cuts announced | Greece erupts as men from IMF prepare to wield axe | Greece’s near bankruptcy won’t scuttle Canada-EU trade talks: minister | New austerity measures essential, says Greek PM | European Central Bank chief: Bank of International Settlements to Rule the Global Economy | Greek debt crisis: Europe feels shockwaves as bailout falters | Standard & Poor’s downgrade Greek credit rating to junk status | Greek bailout not limited to €45bn, Flaherty warns | IMF to move quickly on Greek request for loan | Greek PM calls for EU bailout loans | Greek civil servants strike, challenge EU/IMF talks | Soros warns Europe of disintegration | Investors rush to sell Greek bonds | IMF struggles to conceal glee at Greek deal | Greece secures joint IMF/Eurozone bailout program | Greek PM threatens to go to IMF if no EU bailout | General strike cripples Greece as protesters clash with police | Athens erupts as Greek austerity plan passes | Greece unveils radical austerity package | Athen’s coffers to run dry in two weeks, more cracks appear in Eurozone | Man who broke the Bank of England, George Soros, ‘at centre of hedge funds plot to cash in on fall of the euro’ | Goldman role in Greek crisis probed | Greek workers stage general strike | How EU Countries Cooked Books Using Derivatives | Goldman Sachs Helped Greece Obscure Debt Through Currency Swaps | Collapse of the euro is ‘inevitable’: Bailing out the Greek economy futile, says French banking chief | Euro currency union shows strains | Stimulating our way into debt crises | EU leaders reach secret Greek bailout deal | Will Greece set off ‘global debt bomb’? | EU cautions Greece about its deficit | Could Greece drag down Europe? | ‘Significant chance’ of second financial crisis, warns World Economic Forum | A world awash in debt | Secret report details Nazi plan to create a European Union | Leaked 1955 Bilderberg Docs Outline Plan For Single European Currency | Leaked Agenda: Bilderberg Group Plans Economic Depression | Bilderberg chairman: ‘Bilderberg helped create the Euro’ | Bilderberg Seeks Bank Centralization Agenda

Financial Times
May 14, 2010

‘There’s this overwhelming belief now in Europe that if we legislate first, then the U.S. will follow what we do.’

European countries led by France and Germany plan to push through controversial hedge fund regulations next week after turning down British pleas to defer a vote in Brussels.

The refusal by Paris and Berlin to delay a decision on the new rules, which are opposed by the U.K., has set up a bruising early confrontation with David Cameron’s new government.

“The Americans are going absolutely ape,” said a person involved in the negotiations. “There’s this overwhelming belief now in Europe that if we legislate first, then the US will follow what we do.”

British diplomats tried on Wednesday to persuade Paris and Berlin that Mr. Cameron’s coalition — including George Osborne, his chancellor of the exchequer — needed more time to prepare for Tuesday’s meeting of European Union finance ministers.

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Toronto streets get 77 more surveillance cameras for G20

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Three steps forward, two steps back is the way that surveillance cameras are being implemented in this city. They’ll leave a few more up in the Entertainment District as they remove a batch elsewhere, now you see them now you don’t, nothing up this sleeve, which neighbourhood will they be in next? As though we wouldn’t notice that the screw only turns one way:

Updated (2010/06/02): The cameras are now up – 67 new cameras is the actual tally. See a list of locations here.

Related: More police security cameras approved for Toronto | EU Plans Massive Surveillance Panopticon That Would Monitor “Abnormal Behavior” | Toronto police board challenges chief on CCTV deterrence, demands ‘phase-in’ | Police laud Toronto surveillance cameras, critics not so sure | Criminologists: CCTV schemes in city and town centres have little effect on crime | UK House of Lords warns over ’surveillance state’ | Toronto surveillance project to enter new phase pending review | CCTV doesn’t keep us safe | CBC Radio Broadcasts Expose of North American Police State | T.T.C. Starts Camera Installation On Buses & Streetcars | Toronto police seek feedback on installing security cameras | Premier Thinks Yonge St. Cameras Should Stay, John Tory Wants Them In Ent. District | Cameras To Be Installed Downtown For Holiday Shopping Season | You Are a Suspect

Jennifer Yang, Toronto Star
May 14, 2010

Police began installing 77 more closed circuit security cameras around downtown Toronto Friday in preparation for the upcoming G20 summit.

They will remain up and in use until “the completion of the event, when there’s no longer an issue of security,” said Toronto police Const. Wendy Drummond.

The cameras are “similar to other ones we’ve deployed in the past,” Drummond said. “They’re going to be very recognizable. They will be clearly marked with ‘police’ on them.”

Drummond said the installations will occur over the next few weeks, with the first cameras going up Friday along Adelaide St. The exact locations will be disclosed to the public once they are installed, Drummond said.

Police will use the CCTV cameras to record and “relay visual information about an event unfolding in a given area over time.”

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MPs reach agreement to share Afghan detainee document information

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Related: Afghan torture documents release talks get extension | Detainee documents controlled by a few top bureaucrats | Speaker orders Harper government to cough up Afghan detainee documents | Censors threaten detainee hearings | Military Police begin Afghan detainee torture investigative hearings, reporters barred | Tories table thousands more censored Afghan files | MacKay knew of Afghan detainee concerns: diplomat | Tories flood Ottawa with blacked-out documents in response to Afghan torture scandal | Opposition threatens contempt motion over Afghan torture documents | NDP tables torture-prevention bill | Ottawa anticipated Afghan torture allegations: memo | CSIS secretly interrogated Afghan prisoners | Canada wanted Afghan prisoners tortured: lawyer | Harper grilled over prorogation, Afghan detainee torture documents | MP threatens motion on Afghan documents | PM Harper downplays detainee torture scandal, prorogation | Claims troops mistreated prisoners unfounded: military police | Peter MacKay, Red Cross discussed detainees in 2006 | Canada’s troops investigated for Afghan abuse | Colvin disputes witnesses’ detainee testimony | Tories sabotage Afghan committee meeting | Canada ‘defended’ torturer | Ottawa won’t release Afghan torture documents | Top general’s Afghan detainee reversal hikes pressure for public inquiry | Richard Colvin’s Afghan torture memos reveal government concealed prisoner access issues | Torture claims unreliable, officials say, despite having found evidence of torture | MPs vote public inquiry into Afghan detainees, Tories ignore majority motion | Torture claims weren’t probed, official testified | Harper government changes tune on Afghan prisoner issue | Colvin’s testimony true: former Afghan MP | David Mulroney testifies war confused issue of torture | Hillier says he saw no credible reports of torture | Afghan torture emails reached MacKay’s office | Opposition wants documentation prior to government torture rebuttal, PM cries foul | Canadian officials discussed torture in 2006 | Canada shamed on Afghan prisoner torture | Canada ignored torture warnings: Diplomat | Military lawyer stonewalls on Afghan torture claims | Ottawa was warned Afghan detainees might be tortured | Military commission suspends torture hearings, gags witness | Torture probe delayed; Tories deny gagging witness | Federal court limits Afghan detainee torture probe | Watchdog rejects government bid to delay Afghan detainee inquiry | Ottawa moves to block Afghanistan detainee torture hearings again | Bid to Block Afghan Detainee Inquiry Slammed | What Ottawa doesn’t want you to know: Government was told detainees faced ‘extrajudicial executions, disappearances, torture and detention without trial’

Juliet O’Neill, Canwest News
May 14, 2010

OTTAWA – MPs have averted a parliamentary showdown by reaching an all-party agreement on access to uncensored Afghan detainee documents that leaves the final call on what to make public up to a panel of eminent jurists.

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson announced the agreement in the Commons after the daily question period on Friday as the clock ticked down to a 1:30 p.m. ET deadline set by Speaker Peter Milliken late last month.

The deal, lauded by all parties as a “victory” for parliamentary democracy, means MPs will not have the threat of an election hanging over their heads as they begin a week-long break. If no deal had been reached, Milliken could have found the government in contempt of Parliament, possibly triggering an election.

Nicholson praised the agreement as one that “doesn’t compromise national security” or “jeopardize” the lives of Canadian troops in Afghanistan.

He outlined details of the agreement in the Commons. The deal was sealed after more than two weeks of negotiations.

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Dublin Trilateral attendees let slip need for world govt, war with Iran, Bilderberg oversight

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Related: Tucker: Bilderberg To Meet in Spain, Prolong Global Financial Recession For Another Year | Bilderberg 2009 Intel Already Proving Accurate | Report from the 2009 Bilderberg Conference | Our man at Bilderberg: Let’s salt the slug in 2010 | Guardian reporter detained for taking picture of sea near Bilderberg conference | Geithner To Take Orders From Global Elite At Bilderberg | The rich, shadowy Bilderberg group | Bilderberg Seeks Bank Centralization Agenda | Spooks Infest Marriott Hotel As Bilderberg Begins | Complete Media Lockdown On Athens Bilderberg Meeting? | Trilateral Commission: Global Elite Gather in D.C. | Shadowy group meets amid secrecy in Ottawa | Steven Harper and the Bilderbergers Secret Meeting

James P. Tucker, American Free Press
May 12, 2010

DUBLIN, Ireland–Trilateral Commission (TC) members, angry over their failure to establish a world government and the economic crisis they generated, called for war with Iran when they gathered behind closed doors here in Dublin, Ireland May 7-10.

War plans were revealed by Mikhail Slobodovsici, a chief adviser to the Russian leadership, when he strolled off the grounds of the Four Seasons resort, where TC had hunkered down behind armed guards and locked doors. He thought he was talking to a TC colleague when speaking with Alan Keenan, who operates the web site WeAreChange.org.

“We are deciding the future of the world,” Slobodovsici said. “We need a world government,” he said, but, referring to Iran, said “we need to get rid of them.”

Clearly, it was a TC war call. Many of the TC’s billionaires and millionaires are heavily invested in manufacturing, and wars produce huge profits.

Suddenly, Slobodovsici noticed that Keenan’s nametag was different from the TC label and said: “I can’t talk–we operate under Chatham House rules.”

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