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Terrorist watch list at airports tops 1 million names The terrorist watch list was created after 9/11 to alert airport personnel to potential threats to national security. Now, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, the list has grown to over one million names.
"America's new million-record watch list is a perfect symbol for what's wrong with the administration's approach to security," said Barry Steinhardt, who heads the ACLU's technology and liberty program. "Putting a million names on a watch list is a guarantee that the list will do more harm than good by interfering with the travel of innocent people and wasting huge amounts of our limited security resources on bureaucratic wheel-spinning," (Los Angeles Times)
Congress’ approval rating? A single digit According to Rasmussen, the percentage of Democrats who give Congress positive ratings fell from 17 percent to 13 percent this month. The overall national approval rating is at 9 percent. The first time in history that the rating has fallen to a single digit. - "The percentage of voters who give Congress good or excellent ratings has fallen to single digits for the first time in Rasmussen Reports tracking history. This month, just 9% say Congress is doing a good or excellent job. Most voters (52%) say Congress is doing a poor job, which ties the record high in that dubious category." (Denver Post)
9/11 third tower mystery 'solved' The National Institute of Standards and Technology is expected to conclude in its long-awaited report this month that ordinary fires caused the building to collapse - That would make it the first and only steel skyscraper in the world to collapse because of fire (BBC)
Obama denies wavering on Iraq Amid questions, Obama restates commitment to 16-month Iraq exit - Barack Obama struggled Thursday to explain his plan to end the war in Iraq, calling a rare do-over news conference to insist that he was not softening his campaign pledge to withdraw all combat troops within 16 months of becoming president. (Los Angeles Times)
Barack Obama "We cannot continue to rely only on our military, in order to acheive the national security objectives that we set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded." Colorado Springs, CO
Homeless people die after bird flu vaccine trial in Poland Three Polish doctors and six nurses are facing criminal prosecution after a number of homeless people died following medical trials for a vaccine to the H5N1 bird-flu virus - The medical staff, from the northern town of Grudziadz, are being investigated over medical trials on as many as 350 homeless and poor people last year, which prosecutors say involved an untried vaccine to the highly-contagious virus.
Authorities claim that the alleged victims received £1-2 to be tested with what they thought was a conventional flu vaccine but, according to investigators, was actually an anti bird-flu drug. (London Telegraph)
Logan will install body scanners TSA has adjusted device to ease privacy concerns - The Boston airport is often among the first to deploy innovative technologies, a lingering effect of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in which the two hijacked planes that brought down New York's World Trade Center departed from Logan. (Boston Globe)
Iran: US guilty of downing Flight 655 An Iran Air passenger plane (Flight 655) was destroyed by the US Navy's guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes between Bandar Abbas and Dubai on Sunday July 3, 1988, over the Strait of Hormuz (Press TV)
A Record Year for the Pharmaceutical Lobby in '07 Washington's largest lobby racks up another banner year on Capitol Hill - Washington's largest lobby, the pharmaceutical industry, racked up another banner year on Capitol Hill in 2007, backed by a record $168 million lobbying effort, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of federal lobbying data (Center for Public Integrity)
Montreal 9/11 Truth Fights City Hall tells city hall that by giving the deal for it's subway's security to Verint, the same company that provided security in London during the highly suspicious 7/7 bombings, that they had better make sure nothing happens in Montreal and if something does and it gets blamed on Al Qaeda we will not believe them (9/11 Truth)
Security and Prosperity Partnership Of North America home page (archive) Joint Statement
Prime Minister Harper, President Bush and President Calderón North American Leaders’ Summit
April 22, 2008
The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) was launched in March of 2005 as a trilateral effort to increase security and enhance prosperity among the United States, Canada and Mexico through greater cooperation and information sharing.
This trilateral initiative is premised on our security and our economic prosperity being mutually reinforcing. The SPP recognizes that our three great nations are bound by a shared belief in freedom, economic opportunity, and strong democratic institutions.
The SPP provides the framework to ensure that North America is the safest and best place to live and do business. It includes ambitious security and prosperity programs to keep our borders closed to terrorism yet open to trade.
The SPP builds upon, but is separate from, our long-standing trade and economic relationships. It energizes other aspects of our cooperative relations, such as the protection of our environment, our food supply, and our public health.
Key Accomplishments Since August 2007
April 22, 2008 (Security And Prosperity Partnership Of North America)
Urgent: House Democrats call for nationalization of refineries House Democrats responded to President's Bush's call for Congress to lift the moratorium on offshore drilling. This was at an on-camera press conference fed back live. Among other things, the Democrats called for the government to own refineries so it could better control the flow of the oil supply. (FOX)
Court Installs New Security System $250,000 Machine Takes 3-D Images - “It doesn’t take a picture of the individual -- it’s actually a 3-D holographic image, more of a silhouette of a person,” said Hanavan. (ABC)
Media report: Rice to sign radar treaties in Prague in early July U.S. Secretary of State of Condoleezza Rice has confirmed she will fly to Prague in early July to sign two U.S.-Czech treaties on the installation of a radar base on the Czech soil, the Czech daily Pravo said Tuesday. - 'The date of the treaties' signature will be determined later this week,' Pravo quoted Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg as saying. According to the paper, Rice confirmed her plan to Schwarzenberg at the Bilderberg conference in Chantilly, Virginia, last week. (People's Daily)
Group Forms To Head Off War on Iran Representatives of Left and Right Seek To Push America Into Talks With Tehran - "The current rumor here in Washington is that Bush will attack after the November elections so it won't hurt the Republican nominee politically. Many around him say he feels he has to do something before he leaves office," a campaign organizer, Carah Ong of the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation, said. "Part of this is to raise the fact that a military attack is likely and it needs to be prevented." (NY Sun)
Israel launches 'Iran Command' for war set up an 'Iran Command' within its air force as part of preparations for a possible war against Iran - Earlier this week, Israeli deputy prime minister Shaoul Mofaz accused Iran of running a nuclear weapons program and threatened to launch a military strike on Iran with the help of US if Tehran continues with its nuclear program. (Press TV)
Iran will 'burn' Tel Aviv and US shipping in Gulf if nuclear programme attacked Iran has said that it would retaliate against any pre-emptive attack on its nuclear facilities by “burning” the Israeli city of Tel Aviv and American shipping in the Persian Gulf.
In rhetoric which further raises the temperature in the Islamic Republic's stand-off with the West, an aide to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader, today emphasised that his country would not hesitate to spark off a regional war if any state tried to destroy its programme.
Israel has vowed to deny Iran any atomic technology which gives it bomb-making potential, and last month carried out a military exercise over Greece that was widely interpreted as a coded warning to Iran to halt its programme or face the consequences.
The comments today by Ali Shirazi, Ayatollah Khamenei’s representative to the Revolutionary Guard, will intensify the war of words between Iran and the West and increase fears of military confrontation, which has helped to boost world oil prices to record highs in recent weeks.
Preparing the Battlefield The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran - Late last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources (The New Yorker)
Hillary & Barack’s Very Special Date Night Guess who had a very private talky-talk in (maybe) romantic Northern Virginia tonight, probably at the Bilderberg Group meeting in Chantilly? Your Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton! They really met and talked, in private, Thursday night. And really, it sounds like they did this at that creepy Bilderberg Group meeting, which is happening now, and which is so secret that nobody will admit they’re going, even though everybody who is anybody goes to Bilderberg. After all, there is golf! (Wonkette)
Obama, Clinton Ditch Press for Secret Meeting Another Prominent Clinton Backer Calls for So-Called 'Dream Ticket' Unity - In a rare joint statement Thursday night, the two Democrats said only, "Senator Clinton and Senator Obama met tonight and had a productive discussion about the important work that needs to be done to succeed in November." (ABC)
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