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Propaganda Alert! US: Terrorist-turned-informant says Pakistan ISI worked closely with terror group

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David Coleman Headley, shown in a courtroom sketch, testifies in federal court Monday in Chicago.
A Pakistani intelligence officer worked closely with top operatives of one of that country's leading terrorist groups to select the targets for the deadly November 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India, a former member of the terror organization testified on Monday.

The testimony of David Coleman Headley, a confessed American-born terrorist who once ran a popular bar in Philadelphia, is likely to further inflame U.S.-Pakistani relations, which are already strained because of the U.S. killing of Osama Bin Laden.

Headley testified as the federal prosecutors' lead-off witness in the trial of Tahawwur Rana, a Chicago businessman accused of aiding the Mumbai attacks. Headley described a close working relationship between Pakistan's ISI intelligence service and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET), the anti-India militant group that is believed to have been behind the assault.

"They coordinated with each other and ISI provided assistance to Lashkar," Headley testified when asked by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dan Collins about the relationship between Lashkar and the Pakistani intelligence service.

Comment: The truth of the matter is that David Coleman Headley has already been exposed as CIA agent. So when Headley points the finger at a "Pakistani intelligence officer" who "worked closely with top operatives of one of that country's leading terrorist groups", he is essentially talking about himself and the fact that the CIA were the masterminds behind the Mumbai attacks and have been controlling, through intermediaries, many "terrorist" groups.


France: Internet Needs Government Role to Avoid 'Anarchy,' Sarkozy Says

Sarkozy G-20
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The Internet needs government involvement to reach its full potential of linking people and boosting economic growth, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said.

"Now that the Internet is an integral part of most people's lives, it would be contradictory to exclude governments," Sarkozy today said at a Paris forum of Internet companies. "Nobody should forget that these governments are the only legitimate representatives of the will of the people in our democracies. To forget this is to risk democratic chaos and hence anarchy."

In his speech to 1,500 delegates at the e-G8 Forum, which is being held before a summit of Group of Eight leaders this week in Deauville, France, Sarkozy said rules were needed to protect copyrights, prevent monopolies and keep harmful material out of the hands of children.


European Union Will Sanction Iran-Owned Bank

European Union foreign ministers agreed to sanction an Iranian-owned bank based in Hamburg that the U.S. says has been at the center of Tehran's efforts to expand its nuclear program, European officials said.

The decision Monday to freeze banking activity at the European-Iranian Trade Bank came as part of a broader effort by the EU to sharpen its sanctions against Iran.

In addition to imposing strict controls on EIH, as the bank is known under its German acronym, the EU ministers agreed to sanction more than 100 people and entities with suspected ties to Iran's nuclear program, including the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line and Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, according to a European Commission spokeswoman. The full list of designated entities and individuals will be published Tuesday, the spokeswoman said.

A person who answered the phone at the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line, declined to comment. A spokesman for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, could not be reached.


Obama Readies for Royal Reception in London

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U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama step off Air Force One as they arrive at London's Stansted Airport, Monday, May 23, 2011.
President Barack Obama is trading in small-town Irish charm for the pomp and pageantry of Buckingham Palace during a two-day state visit to Britain at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Obama arrived Monday night in London, a bit ahead of schedule, because of safety concerns over a volcanic ash cloud being blown toward Britain from Iceland. The shifting path of the ash forced the president to make a hasty departure from Dublin.

While Obama will tackle prickly foreign policy matters in the coming days, the opening rounds of his four-country European tour are all about the personal politics that made him so beloved on this continent as a presidential candidate and in the early days of his term in office.

While in Ireland, Obama embraced the touch of Irish in his family history, drinking a pint of Guinness with a distant cousin in the hamlet of Moneygall and delivering a rousing speech on the ties between the U.S. and Ireland before tens of thousands crammed into the center of Dublin.

In London, the president and his wife, Michelle, will embrace the tradition and history of Britain's royal family, which is experiencing a resurgence in popularity following the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, now known as Princess Catherine.

War Whore

NATO airstrikes rattle Tripoli

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Smoke rises above buildings in Tripoli early on Tuesday after numerous heavy explosions, reportedly from NATO airstrikes, were heard in the Libyan capital.
Tripoli, Libya - NATO warplanes bombarded targets in Tripoli with more than 20 airstrikes early Tuesday, striking around Moammar Gadhafi's residential compound in what appeared to be the heaviest night of bombing of the Libyan capital since the Western alliance launched its air campaign against his forces.

The rapid string of strikes, all within less than half an hour, set off thunderous booms that rattled windows, sent heavy, acrid-smelling plumes of smoke over the city, including from an area close to Gadhafi's sprawling Bab al-Aziziya compound.

Government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said at least three people were killed and dozens wounded in NATO strikes that targeted what he described as buildings used by volunteer units of the Libyan army.

NATO said in a statement that a number of the strikes hit a vehicle storage facility adjacent to Bab al-Aziziya that has been used in supplying regime forces "conducting attacks on civilians." It was not immediately clear if the facility was the only target hit in the barrage. Bab al-Aziziya, which includes a number of military facilities, has been pounded repeatedly by NATO strikes.


DNA Matches Strauss-Kahn in Sex Attack

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Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn, second left, stands with his attorneys William Taylor, left, and Marc Agnifico, second from right, after his bail hearing in New York State Supreme Court, Thursday, May 19, 2011.
New tests have found that the DNA of former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn matches material found on the shirt of a Manhattan hotel maid who says he attacked her, two people familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press.

The two people said that the tests were returned Monday afternoon. They were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

They said DNA found on the maid's shirt matched to a sample of DNA from Strauss-Kahn, once a French presidential contender.

Staff at the Sofitel Hotel also told authorities that he had made passes at them, including flirting with a clerk and calling another employee to ask her up to his room, according to a third person with direct knowledge of investigators' interviews with staff.

That person also wasn't authorized to speak publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

Strauss-Kahn attorney Benjamin Brafman declined to comment on Monday.


Obama Stands by Vision for Mideast Peace

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Speaking to the most powerful pro-Israel body in the United States on Sunday, President Barack Obama laid bare his appeal for a Middle East peace deal which uses the 1967 borders as a beginning point for negotiations, saying his initial mention of those terms, which drew Israeli anger and stirred media controversy, had been misrepresented.
US President Barack Obama on Sunday stood his ground to defend his vision of an Israel-Palestinian peace deal following an unprecedented public lambasting from Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu.

Obama took his message to some 10,000 of Israel's staunchest supporters, warning Washington's pro-Israel lobby that the results of a continued stalemate in the Middle East peace process could be dire for the Jewish state.

And after twice dismissing Obama's views as "based on illusions," it was Prime Minister Netanyahu who appeared to be backing away from further confrontation, now saying he shared Obama's vision for peace.

The crux of the dispute was over Obama's call to see the borders that existed before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war form the basis of a future Palestinian state.

Netanyahu summarily rejected this, interpreting it as a call to return to the actual border lines and saying they were militarily "indefensible."

But on Sunday, Obama told delegates at the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee that this "misrepresented" his position because it ignored his call for mutually agreed adjustments to the border.

Bad Guys

A tale of two rape charges

With the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, then Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, New York City has abruptly become the scene of two very different official approaches to investigating sex-crime cases, one traditional and one new. The new approach so far appears to be reserved for Strauss-Kahn alone.

Consider the first case: the ongoing trial of two police officers, Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata, charged in the rape of a 27-year-old Manhattan woman. She was drunk, and, after helping her to enter her apartment, Moreno and Mata allegedly made a false emergency call so that they could return to her. At that point, the woman says, she woke periodically out of her intoxicated state to find herself being raped, face down, by Moreno, as Mata stood guard.

The alleged rape of a citizen by a police officer - and the alleged collusion of another officer - is surely a serious matter. But the charges and trial have followed an often-seen pattern: the men's supporters have vociferously defended their innocence (the presumption of which has been scrupulously upheld in the press); the victim's pink bra has been the subject of salacious speculation, and her intoxication has been used to undermine her credibility. As the wheels of justice grind unglamorously forward, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made no public statement supporting the victim's side.

Black Cat

Mumbai terror attack trial: American psychopath David Headley called as star witness

Psychopath: CIA/DEA/ISI heroin mule and terrorist recruiter David Headley
Star witness David Headley set to claim ISI helped Lashkar-e-Taiba extremists carry out 2008 Mumbai massacre

Allegations that Pakistan's intelligence service was involved in the Mumbai terror attacks will be scrutinised in an American court case starting on Monday when the man who helped plan the 2008 strikes testifies against his alleged accomplice.

David Headley, a Pakistani-American businessman who has confessed to his involvement in the attacks, will be the star witness in the trial of Tahawwur Rana, his childhood friend, in Chicago.

Rana is charged with providing material support for terrorism in the assaults, which killed 166 people, as well as a plot in Denmark that was never carried out. Opening arguments in the case, based on the deaths of six Americans in Mumbai, will begin on Monday.

Comment: Ah, the obscenely materialistic joys of being a psychopath protected by other psychopaths and sheep-dipped so many times that no one knows anymore which "side" you're on. Let's be perfectly clear about what this author did not have the guts to say but which everyone knows: the ISI is the CIA. Headley was working for the psychopaths in power against humans everywhere, first sent on one errand, then another, in order to recruit susceptible, angry young Muslims and to make the war on terror seem real.

Heart - Black

The Black Widower: Malcolm Webster's wife reveals her escape from certain death

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felicity drumm wife of killer malcolm webster
The surviving wife of conman killer Malcolm Webster yesterday relived the terrifying moments when he tried to burn her alive in a deserted forest.

Felicity Drumm told how she escaped with only minutes to spare after the murderer - nicknamed the Black Widower - drugged her in a murderous plot to collect her £1million life insurance.

Four years earlier, he had killed his first wife Claire Morris in an identical attack after sedating her, crashing their car then setting it alight in Aberdeenshire.

Cancer nurse Felicity, 51, said: "That moment in the forest I know for sure was meant to be my last. I was going the same way as Claire."

Felicity bravely travelled around the world to give evidence against Webster, now 54 - and her testimony was crucial in securing his conviction at the High Court in Glasgow on Thursday after one of Scotland's longest criminal trials.