Posted by: Chuck | June 13, 2013

World News from Guantanamo to Pakistan


New layer of secrecy emerges at Guantanamo ‘court’

10 Jun 2013 when the war [kangaroo] court reconvenes this week, pretrial hearings in the case of an alleged al-Qaida bomber will be tackling a government motion that’s so secret the public can’t know its name. It’s listed as the 92nd court filing in the death-penalty case against a Saudi man, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who was water boarded by CIA agents. And in place of its name, the Pentagon has stamped “classified” in red. Also on the docket for discussion this week is a classified defense motion that asks the Army judge to order the government to reveal information “related to the arrest, detention and interrogation” of al-Nashiri. By the time he got to Guantanamo in 2006, according to declassified investigations, CIA agents had held him at secret overseas prisons for four years during which, according to declassified accounts, he was water boarded and interrogated at the point of a revving power drill and racked pistol.But what makes the no-name government motion so intriguing is that those who’ve read it can’t say what it’s about, and those who haven’t don’t have a clue. Not even the accused, which, unless the judge rules for the defense, is not allowed to get an unclassified explanation of it – and cannot sit in on the court session when it’s argued in secret.

US nuclear bombs ‘based in Netherlands’ – ex-Dutch PM Lubbers

10 Jun 2013 some 22 US nuclear weapons are stored on Dutch territory, says former Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers. Mr Lubbers, a centre-right prime minister from 1982-94, said they were stored underground in strong-rooms at the Volkel air base in Brabant. He made the revelation in a documentary for National Geographic – saying: “I would never have thought those silly things would still be there in 2013.” The presence of nuclear weapons on Dutch soil has long been rumored.

 Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif declares end to secret approval of U.S. drone strike

10 Jun 2013 In office for less than a week, Pakistan’s new prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, vented his anger Monday at two recent U.S. drone strikes, all but accusing his country’s overbearing military of lying to Pakistanis about its cooperation with the CIA to eliminate terrorism suspects in northwest tribal regions bordering Afghanistan. “The policy of protesting against drone strikes for public consumption, while working behind the scenes to make them happen, is not on,” Sharif said, according to an official statement issued after the first meeting of his Cabinet.

US terror drone strike kills five in north Yemen: Locals

09 Jun 2013 at least five people have been killed in an air raid carried out by a US assassination drone in north Yemen, local sources say. A tribal source said on Sunday that the strike targeted a vehicle in the Khab al-Shath area located in Yemen’s northern province of al-Jawf. According to witnesses, the first aerial attack was followed by three other raids.

Afghan Supreme Court staff killed in suicide blast

Seventeen dead in Kabul bombing claimed by Taliban as revenge attack aimed at judges 11 Jun 2013 A suicide bomber killed and injured dozens of Afghan supreme court employees when he struck commuter minibuses filling up for the afternoon drive home on Tuesday, in one of the deadliest Taliban operations this year. It was the second big assault on the capital in as many days, after seven attackers holed up on a construction site to fire rockets on Kabul airport. That group fought for hours but killed no one apart from themselves and did little damage to their target.

Taliban launch large attack on Kabul international airport

10 Jun 2013 seven Taliban insurgents including suicide bombers attacked the main airport in the Afghan capital, Kabul, early on Monday, with explosions and gunfire heard near an area that also houses major foreign military bases. The attackers took up positions inside a partially constructed building next to the international airport, interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said, and fought Afghan security forces for about four hours before the raid ended. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

 70 die in day of carnage in Iraq

11 Jun 2013 a wave of attacks has killed seventy people and injured dozens across Iraq after several days of relative calm. No group has claimed responsibility for Monday’s attacks, but officials say the main suspects are militants linked to al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh]. A triple bombing at a vegetable market in the town of Judaida al-Shat in Diyala province left at least 13 people dead and injured 50 people.

State Department memo reveals possible cover-ups, halted investigations

10 Jun 2013 CBS News has uncovered documents that show the State Department may have covered up allegations of illegal and inappropriate behavior within their ranks. The Diplomatic Security Service, or the DSS, is the State Department’s security force, charged with protecting the secretary of state and U.S. ambassadors overseas and with investigating any cases of misconduct on the part of the 70,000 State Department employees worldwide. CBS News reports that according to an internal State Department Inspector General’s memo, several recent investigations were influenced, manipulated, or simply called off.

1 wounded in shooting at US Army post in Texas

10 Jun 2013 an instructor at an Army medical training school at a military base in Texas was wounded Monday when a fellow service member shot her outside her office, authorities said. The incident took place at Fort Sam Houston’s Army Medical Department Center and School at about 2:50 p.m. The suspect is in custody at Fort Sam Houston, but authorities wouldn’t say if he’s been charged. Authorities locked down the base for about two hours while military police cleared the building where the shooting took place.

Bomb threat forces evacuations near Ga. State Capitol

11 Jun 2013 two bomb threats near the Georgia State Capitol forced the evacuation of buildings housing the state Attorney General’s office and the state Supreme Court. Employees were allowed to return to the buildings shortly before 11 a.m. Georgia Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Tracey Watson said bomb-sniffing dogs searched both buildings and did not find any explosives. The state judicial building, home of the Supreme Court and Attorney General’s office, are located across the street from the State Capitol building.

 

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