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Faisal Shahzad pleads guilty to attempting to bomb Times Square

Monday, June 21st, 2010

“I am a muslim soldier! I will kill children as required! We terrorists think killing muslims is bad!” And blurted in open court – that doesn’t sound scripted at all. A sensation in the press! Look, it’s already out in the open that Pakistani secret service, the ISI, essentially runs the Taliban. The London School of Economics just put a study out on it. And the CIA has a lot of influence over the ISI still, and runs bases in Pakistan, and has contractors running all over the country besides. The ‘Taliban’. There is no single ‘Taliban’, it’s a diverse system of tribes. And the particular outfit this guy ‘trained’ with is a confirmed CIA front. Everything’s outsourced these days! (It’s a good thing their bomb-training instructors appear to suffer from gross incompetence). If this guy isn’t an outright agent, he’s a complete moron on the order of Abdul Mutallab the crotch-bomber patsy, because the US is just itching to roll across the border and into Pakistan. We need to ‘pull out’ in 2011, after all. And for some odd reason the planned withdrawal route just happens to be through Pakistan, rather than existing airbases in the UAE. And we won’t stop until we’ve wiped out ad-hoc banking like the Hawala system and pacified the nomadic peoples. They’ve very difficult, never staying put. Not readily accepting of occupation, they were so useful against the Russians in the 80s, when we set up and financed ‘Al-Qaeda’. Now they’re in the way of certain strategic resources, so the pawns get pushed off the table in the great geopolitical game. Empires have always conducted themselves in this manner. What don’t people understand about this? The US uses proxy terrorism to accomplish political goals, there are countless documented examples. Noam Chomsky, for one, has devoted almost the entire latter half of his career to exposing this. It’s getting old. So could we please. Stop. Now.

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Tom Hays, Associated Press
June 22, 2010

NEW YORK–Calling himself a “Muslim soldier,” a defiant Pakistan-born U.S. citizen pleaded guilty Monday to carrying out the failed Times Square car bombing, saying his attack was the answer to “the U.S. terrorizing . . . Muslim people.”

Wearing a white skull cap, Faisal Shahzad entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Manhattan just days after a federal grand jury indicted him on 10 terrorism and weapons counts, some of which carried mandatory life prison sentences. He pleaded guilty to them all.

“One has to understand where I’m coming from,” Shahzad calmly told U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum, who challenged him repeatedly with questions such as whether he worried about killing children in Times Square. “I consider myself . . . a Muslim soldier.”

The 30-year-old described his effort to set off a bomb in an SUV he parked in Times Square on May 1, saying he chose the warm Saturday night because it would be crowded with people who he could injure or kill.

He revealed that he actually packed his vehicle with three separate bombs, hoping to set off a fertilizer-fuelled bomb packed in a gun cabinet, a set of propane tanks and gas canisters rigged with fireworks to explode into a fireball.

Shahzad said he expected the bombs to begin going off after he lighted a fuse and waited between 2 ½ minutes and five minutes for them to erupt.

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Patients left feeling like pawns in battle for drugs

Monday, June 21st, 2010

This all sounds rather like healthcare rationing, don’t you think? Of course, we’ve been accustomed to thinking that no such thing exists in the glorious socialized Canadian healthcare system, where all your cares are provided for. Unless you have an autistic child. Unless you need expensive unlisted medication. Unless there’s a bureaucrat deciding who will live and who will die. Unless you need to get multiple opinions from harried doctors and fight tooth and nail for your loved ones. So what’s the solution? Clearly ‘private’ (eg; public-private) insurers can be equally arbitrary and corrupt, prevaricating and denying care. We’ve all heard the horror stories from the US, which also has a socialized medical system, contrary to perception. Can we at least allow that some of the corruption and systemic apathy in healthcare might be removed from the system if we removed politics from the picture, allowed doctors to work for themselves, and had a thriving truly private system, with open competition, where you kept those wages that are now going into the black hole of public health and were instead free to make your own choices where your health care dollar was spent? Perhaps some of the effort directed towards hand-wringing today might be more effectively channeled into prosecuting fraud in the pharmaceutical industry, such as the clear case of collusion between states and the manufacturers of H1N1 vaccines. There’s still no guarantee you’d be able to afford everything under the sun. But at least the choices would be your choices. And the market would naturally move money towards solutions for the diseases killing the most people, rather than political fads.

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Johanna Weidner, The Cambridge Record
June 21, 2010

Government ‘choosing who will live and who will die’

CAMBRIDGE – The medication is Elaine Young’s last hope.

Suffering with a debilitating colon disease that made her too sick to get out of bed many days, she believed a potent drug for inflammatory disorders would help her feel better and prevent severe complications.

“That’s my last recourse before surgery,” Young said.

The combination of medications the Cambridge woman has been taking barely helped with her ulcerative colitis, a disease that causes inflammation and sores in the lining of the colon and rectum.

Drug therapy is essential to battle the disease and even then hospitalization or surgery may be necessary when symptoms become severe.

Despite the dire prognosis, Young struggled to get help from the government to pay for the costly medication. The single mother is on disability support since being laid off from a factory accounting department a few years ago.

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Experts Draft Document Critical Of ACTA: Signatures Wanted

Monday, June 21st, 2010

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Mike Masnick, Techdirt.com
June 21, 2010

With ACTA finally being officially “released” back in April, the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, at American University’s Washington College of Law, brought together a ton of actual stakeholders and experts last week to discuss what the draft actually said — and found severe problems with it. Together, they put together a draft letter for signatures, which they plan on releasing on Wednesday of this week. The current draft reads as follows:

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Anti-poverty activists occupy ESSO station during Monday G20 protest – for ten minutes

Monday, June 21st, 2010

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Jayme Poisson, Toronto Star
June 21, 2010

They were the first out of the gate, the first to occupy an Esso, and the first to disperse. Welcome to protesting G20-style.

About 100 protesters briefly occupied an Esso gas station and convenience store at Dundas and Church Sts. Monday afternoon in the first major protest of the G20 summit.

Some came with bandanas covering their faces. Others carried signs that read “Fake lake or human rights.” Most had a legal aid phone number scribbled across their forearms in case of arrest.

The main organizers, members of a Guelph-based anti-poverty group called Sense of Security, had vowed to “take a piece of property” in Toronto’s downtown core in an attempt to bring attention to lack of housing for the poor.

But their plans were stymied when a squad of about 50 police officers, many on bikes, redirected their march at Sherbourne and Dundas Sts.

While the Esso wasn’t their first choice, “we have to go with what we’ve got,” said Julian Ichim, of the on-the-fly venue change. He would not divulge what building the group had initially planned to occupy.

“Corporations like Esso have caused irreparable damage all over the world,” shouted Ichim, referring to Esso’s parent company, ExxonMobil. “There is a lack of housing. This is our housing now.”

But it wasn’t their house for long. The protesters congregated in the gas station’s convenience store for all of about 10 minutes, then began heading north along Yonge St.

“This is what democracy looks like,” they chanted. “That is what a police state looks like,” they added, pointing to a growing number of police officers surrounding them from all sides.

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Google facing multiple international probes over Street View GPS wardriving campaign

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Wardriving, for those who may not know, is the practice of going around storing Wifi network info for later exploitation – precisely what Google was doing. And the reason they give?

The company says it uses the location of Wi-Fi networks to enhance location-based services on smartphones.

It’s just to help track your cellphone for location-based services. Oh, well, that’s okay then.

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Diane Bartz, Reuters
June 21, 2010

WASHINGTON — Connecticut’s attorney general will lead a multi-state probe of whether Google Inc. broke laws when it siphoned personal data off wireless networks around the world, which the Internet search leader has said was inadvertent.

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said on Monday more than 30 states participated in a recent conference call on the issue. He said consumers have a right to know what information was collected, and whether U.S. states need to alter procedures to guard against such leaks in future.

Shares in Google slid 1.4% to US$492.81 in a relatively flat market.

In May, Google said its cars photographing streets around the world have for years accidentally collected personal data – which a security expert said at the time could have included email messages and passwords – sent by consumers over wireless networks.

“My office will lead a multi-state investigation – expected to involve a significant number of states – into Google’s deeply disturbing invasion of personal privacy,” Mr. Blumenthal said in a statement.

“Consumers have a right and a need to know what personal information – which could include emails, Web browsing and passwords – Google may have collected, how and why.”

Mr. Blumenthal said Google has cooperated but “its response so far raises as many questions as it answers.”

“Our investigation will consider whether laws may have been broken and whether changes to state and federal statutes may be necessary,” he said.

The revelation marked the latest development in a privacy controversy surrounding Google. The company already faces an informal investigation over the matter by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, a variety of probes overseas, and class action lawsuits.

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US supreme court: Human rights advice, nonviolent aid to banned groups tantamount to ‘terrorism’

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Yes, that’s right – legal rights activism is now terror. Trying to get medical aid through to Palestine? Terror. ‘Giving aid and comfort to the enemy’ by questioning anything the state does? That comes next.

Terror terror terror terror terror terror everywhere, give up all your rights. Meanwhile as Professor Noam Chomsky points out in exhausting detail across his entire body of work, the US is the chief sponsor of international terror worldwide. And he’s not the only one by any means. Had enough yet? America is a one-party state. So wake up or practice your goosestep, choose one. Choose now.

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Chris McGreal, The Guardian
June 21, 2010

Decision means people could be prosecuted for offering assistance of any kind to terrorist organisations

The US supreme court has upheld a broad-ranging law that allows Americans who offer advice to banned organisations, including legal assistance and information on conflict resolution, to be prosecuted as terrorists.

The case arose out of human rights advice given by a California group to Kurdish and Tamil organisations that are listed as terrorist groups in the US.

The supreme court upheld the Obama administration’s argument that even advice intended to be used for peaceful purposes amounted to “material support” for terrorism.

That includes a lawyer submitting a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of a banned group or helping a proscribed organisation to petition international bodies to bring an end to a violent conflict.

“The supreme court has ruled that human rights advocates, providing training and assistance in the nonviolent resolution of disputes, can be prosecuted as terrorists,” said David Cole, a Georgetown university law professor who argued the case before the court.

“In the name of fighting terrorism, the court has said that the first amendment [on free speech] permits congress to make it a crime to work for peace and human rights. That is wrong.”

The ruling is likely to further complicate the work of activists in support of controversial causes that has already seen highly contentious prosecutions over other forms of support, such as fundraising.

Palestinian activists have been prosecuted and jailed for raising cash for social groups dealing with issues such as housing and welfare that have ties to Hamas, which governs Gaza.

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Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commissioners Pleased With Outcome of First National Event

Monday, June 21st, 2010

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CBC News
June 21, 2010

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is pleased with the outcome of its first national event in Winnipeg, despite receiving a smaller number of survivor statements than hoped.

“We are deeply grateful to those who came forward to share their experiences, and to those who opened themselves up to hear those stories and show those individuals that they no longer walk alone,” said Manitoba Justice Murray Sinclair, TRC chair.

“What we have started here is a national dialogue that sheds light on a terrible chapter in our history.

“It has been a painful experience for many, but an important first step in what will be a lengthy but vital healing process for our country.”

The national event, which ran June 16 to 19 in tents at The Forks national historic site in Winnipeg, was the first of seven national events that will take place across the country.

The events are intended to be an opportunity to educate the public about the residential school system that existed in Canada for more than 100 years, and give former students, staff and others whose lives have been affected by the experience a chance to talk about it publicly.

The goal was to help survivors heal and “close the divide between aboriginal people and the rest of Canadians,” Sinclair has said.

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Toronto activists launch G20 alternative media centre

Monday, June 21st, 2010

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Kate Milberry, Toronto Media Coop
June 21, 2010

Mainstream media flock to AMC to find out about “alternative” media

The Toronto Community Mobilization Network held a press conference this morning to launch a week of themed actions against the G8/G20, and to officially open the Alternative Media Centre.

Mainstream media gathered outside the Jersey Ave. Centre to hear TCMN representatives discuss the various issues around the G8/G20. Monday is a day of resistance organized around migrant justice, income inequity, community control over resources and end to war.

“There are 289 million people globally who are unemployed and more than half the world’s population lives on $2.5 a day as a direct result of the banking and corporate policies of the G8,” said Syed Hussan of the TCMN. “This is an outrage.”

The Group of 8 comprises the heads of state of the world’s most powerful governments. It holds annual summits to discuss macro-economic policy, heavily influenced by a neoliberal approach that favours reduction of social services, environmental protection and labour rights in favour of unfettered capitalism. The Group of 20– finance ministers and central bank governors from the 20 largest economies–was formed in 2007 as a response to global economic crisis.

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US Senator: China Can Shut Down The Internet, Why Can’t We?

Monday, June 21st, 2010

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Paul Joseph Watson, PrisonPlanet.com
June 21,2010

Attempting to reassure CNN viewers that the government isn’t trying to shut down free speech on web, Senator only stokes more alarm by citing country that censors all online dissent

Senator Joe Lieberman, co-author of a bill that would give President Obama a ‘kill switch’ to shut down parts of the Internet, attempted to reassure CNN viewers yesterday that concerns about the government regulating free speech on the web were overblown, but he only stoked more alarm by citing China, a country that censors all online dissent against the state, as the model to which American should compare itself.

During an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Lieberman characterized concerns that his 197-page Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act (PDF) legislation represents an attempt to hand Obama “absolute power” over the Internet as “total misinformation,” adding that people were “intentionally peddling misinformation”.

Lieberman again invoked “cybersecurity” as the motivation behind the bill and tried to assuage the worries of critics. “So I say to my friends on the Internet, relax. Take a look at the bill. And this is something that we need to protect our country,” said the Senator.

However, Lieberman’s choice of comparison in justifying the necessity of the bill will only serve to heighten concerns that the government is going after free speech.

“Right now China, the government, can disconnect parts of its Internet in case of war and we need to have that here too,” said Lieberman.

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UN pulls foreign staff out of Afghanistan amid rising violence

Monday, June 21st, 2010

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The Associated Press
June 21, 2010

Locally hired staff, who make up 80 per cent of the UN’s 1,500 employees in Afghanistan, to stay

UN officials say are withdrawing some of their 300 international staff in Afghanistan because of increasing security threats.

UN associate spokesman Farhan Haq said Monday the plan is to move people who can do their work elsewhere – mainly clerical and administrative staff– to a more secure location.

Affected foreign staff will head to Kuwait in the next three months. There’s no plan to move any of the locally hired staff, who make up 80 per cent of the UN’s 1,500 employees in Afghanistan.

The move comes after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a report over the weekend that urged the relocations but foresaw no significant reduction in “substantive” foreign staff.

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