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South Park hater charged with trying to join Somali Shebab

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A 20-year-old US national has been arrested and charged with trying to join Somalia’s Shebab militants, the latest in a slew of homegrown extremism cases in the United States. Zachary Adam Chesser, 20, was charged Wednesday in a criminal complaint that he provided material support to Shebab,…

HUGE WASHINGTON POST EXPOSE: NSA HAS GOTTEN SO BIG, AREA AROUND IT HAS 112 ACRES OF PARKING SPACES

In yet another terrifying expose, The Washington Post continues to lift the veil on just how massive the US government’s spying operation has become. Dana Priest — whose Pulitzer prize winning journalism exposed the existence of  U.S. secret prisons abroad, continues in today’s story to show just how much money…

Report: Afghan, Iraq wars teaching US gang members military combat

Gang members in the US military are returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan armed with knowledge of military tactics, a fact that could threaten the lives of law enforcement officers in the US and worsen the gang problem, according to a new report from the Chicago Sun-Times.…

Woman denied health insurance over one-cent shortfall

‘If this is how you treat people, you need spiritual training’ A Colorado single mother of two suffering from leukemia says her health insurer discontinued her coverage because she was one cent short on her premium payment. According to local news reports, La Rosa Carrington of Colorado Springs says it…

Health expert: BP running Gulf like a ‘prison warden’

An environmental health advocate declared that the reported four hours of training given to Gulf clean-up workers are insufficient, and ripped into BP for “endangering the health of people.” “BP should not be running the Gulf region like a prison warden, and we’ve got to stop that,” said Monique Harden,…

Pakistan’s spy agency working with Taliban, study says

Pakistan’s ISI intelligence agency provides funding, training and sanctuary to the Taliban in Afghanistan, according to a study which claimed to have the strongest evidence yet of their links. However the report for the London School of Economics (LSE) was on Sunday dismissed by the Pakistani military as “malicious and…

Sen. Levin moves to block Blackwater’s $1 billion Afghanistan contract

A senior Senate Democrat said Thursday the Pentagon should consider barring Blackwater, now called Xe Services, from a new $1 billion deal to train Afghan police because of “serious questions” about the contractor’s conduct. The comments by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin suggests thinning patience in Congress for…

Fox News allows John Yoo to make excuses for torture

When you’re a former Bush administration official whose public personage has been tainted by legal memos authorizing torture, but an internal investigation recently cleared you of everything but “poor judgment” — where do you go to tell your side of the story to the public? Fox News, of course. And…

Scahill: Blackwater used shell company to defraud US government

Blackwater set up a shell company to “defraud the government” by leading it to believe it wasn’t contracting with the notorious security contractor, investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill says. “In Afghanistan, they set up this shell company, Paravant, in collaboration with mammoth war giant Raytheon, which held the prime contract” for…

China shuts down hacker training operation

BEIJING (AFP) – Police in central China have shut down a hacker training company that taught thousands of people how to launch cyberattacks and provided them with spy software, media reports said Monday. The reports come amid growing accusations of organised computer hacking originating from China that has chilled ties…

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