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Greek Voters Prepare for Key Election Amid Austerity Crisis

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© Agence France-Presse/Getty ImagesGreek voters are expected to use the elections to 'punish' mainstream parties for the country's economic crisis.
Athens, Greece - Voters in Greece prepared Saturday to take part in parliamentary elections, with wide uncertainty over what government will emerge from Sunday's vote and how it will handle the austerity crisis gripping the nation.

No party is expected to win a majority of the vote, meaning a coalition will again have to be formed.

The outgoing coalition government pushed through a series of painful austerity measures in order to secure emergency bailout funding for Greece, which is at the center of the eurozone debt crisis.

The two main parties which formed that coalition in November, PASOK and New Democracy, are expected to lose votes to a raft of smaller parties, as people express their unhappiness at their country's economic plight.

Campaigning came to a close on Friday.

Evangelos Venizelos, leader of the left-leaning PASOK party, declared "everything is at stake Sunday," as he addressed a final campaign rally in the capital's central Syntagma Square, scene of many anti-austerity protests.

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Bush Torture Lawyer Granted Immunity From Padilla Lawsuit

Bush Torture Lawyer Granted Immunity From Padilla Lawsuit
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John Yoo, a former Department of Justice attorney who crafted legal memos authorizing the Bush administration's notorious torture programs, will not have to face a lawsuit filed by Jose Padilla, an American citizen accused of terrorism who claims he was tortured while in U.S. military custody.

In a unanimous decision (PDF) Wednesday, three judges with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Yoo should be granted immunity because torture law was not fully settled in 2001-2003, when Yoo wrote the memos.

"[Although] it has been clearly established for decades that torture of an American citizen violates the Constitution, and we assume without deciding that Padilla's alleged treatment rose to the level of torture, that such treatment was torture was not clearly established in 2001-03," Judge Raymond C. Fisher wrote.

"For several years, Padilla and his attorneys have been harassing the government officials he believes to have been responsible for his detention and ultimately conviction as a terrorist," Yoo told The Associated Press. "He has now lost before two separate courts of appeals, and will need to find a new hobby for his remaining time in prison."

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Best of the Web: "If I Wanted America To Be A Dictatorship"

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If you want America to remain a dictatorship, don't share this video.


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UK Police Services Up For Bid - Guantanamo Bay Contractor Interested

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© John Moore/Getty ImagesUS Pentagon contractor Kellogg Brown & Root, which helped build the Guantánamo camp, is bidding for a £1.5bn privatisation contract to run policing services in Surrey and the West Midlands.
US firm KBR, which helped build detention camp, among consortiums bidding to run police services in West Midlands and Surrey


A US Pentagon contractor that was involved in building Guantánamo Bay is on a shortlist of private consortiums bidding for a £1.5bn contract to run key policing services in the West Midlands and Surrey.

The Texas-based Kellogg Brown & Root, which was sold off by the controversial Halliburton corporation in 2007, is part of a consortium which has made it to the final shortlist for a contract that will see large-scale involvement of the private sector in British policing for the first time.

When KBR was still part of Halliburton it won a large share of Pentagon contracts to build and manage US military bases in Iraq after the 2003 invasion. Its former chief executive, Dick Cheney, was US vice-president.

The Guardian has learned that 15 groups of companies and individual firms have made it on to the most recent shortlist. More than 200 firms initially expressed an interest at a "bidders' conference" held in March.

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Twin Blasts in Southwestern Russia Kill 12, Injure Dozens

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© Agence France-Presse/Abdula MagomedovThe attacks appeared to bear the hallmarks of bombings by radical militants fighting to establish an Islamist state
Makhachkala, Russia - Two car bomb attacks hit a police post in the North Caucasus republic of Dagestan on late Thursday evening, killing at least twelve people and injuring more than 25 others, local media reported.

The first attack happened at around 10:10 p.m. local time when a suspected suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden vehicle at a police field post on the outskirts of Makhachkala, the capital of Russia's Dagestan.

As emergency teams arrived at the scene to attend to the victims, about ten minutes after the initial attack, a second blast followed. Police said the second blast was likely caused by an explosive device planted in a van near the police post, according to the Itar-Tass news agency.

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Perception Management: Prosecutor at Gitmo - I must deliver justice

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© Getty ImagesMark Martins: The defense is going to tear down the system, but that's their job
It is a year since America successfully concluded its unfinished business with Osama bin Laden, delivering a measure of closure both to the US nation and to the friends and families of the 2,819 people who died on September 11 2001. Tomorrow morning, in a purpose-built hangar on the old airstrip in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, the next stage of that process begins when Khaled Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators in the attacks on the Twin Towers are arraigned for what is already being billed as the "trial of the century".

But as the five men register their pleas in front of a specially designed military war crimes tribunal, it is already clear that it will not just be them on trial. Also in the dock will be the Obama administration, the US Congress, the CIA, the US military and, indeed, the very values of freedom and democracy that America has professed to defend in its decade-long "war on terror".

Even before it starts, opponents of the process have dismissed the tribunal as a legal sham and "second-tier" justice: the kind of unconstitutional kangaroo court that if it were put on in China or North Korea would be dismissed as a "show trial" whose outcome - the execution of the accused - has been predetermined from the start.

Comment: Where does one begin to dissect the heart string pulling, rhetoric and blatant deception in such articles? There are so many things the media puts forward as fact when the opposite has been proven to be questionable or a lie.

9/11 - inside job, known, preplanned..

Osama Bin Laden - A created boogey man.

Al-Qaeda - a group created by US Intelligence during the Soviet Unions war in Afghanistan.

Guantanamo Prisoners - Victims of the US (Western World) pursuit of Empire.. who somehow, miraculously, were not killed on the field or drown during torture.

And the KSM farce marches forward..


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Hysteria Alert! NATO Summit: Chicago Hospitals perform Radioactive Dirty Bomb Attack Drills

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© Fox ChicagoTall stories from tall Fox News reporters assisting the scaremongering propaganda campaigns
Chicago hospitals perform dirty bomb response drills ahead of NATO summit.


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Propaganda Buildup: Russia Threatens Pre-Emptive Strike On NATO Missile Defense Shields

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© AP Photo/Sergey PonomarevChief of General Staff Nikolay Makarov speaks at Russian Ministry of Defense’s Conference on Missile Defense in Moscow.
Russia's top military officer has threatened to carry out a pre-emptive strike on U.S.-led NATO missile defense facilities in Eastern Europe if Washington goes ahead with its controversial plan to build a missile shield.

President Dmitry Medvedev said last year that Russia will retaliate militarily if it does not reach an agreement with the United States and NATO on the missile defense system.

Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov went even further Thursday. "A decision to use destructive force pre-emptively will be taken if the situation worsens," he said at an international conference attended by senior U.S. and NATO officials.

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Propaganda Buildup: Pentagon encircles Iran, 'Victory would take 3 weeks'

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© AFP Photo / US NAVY / Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Karolina A. MartinezNimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) transits through the Arabian Sea
As the US beefs up its military presence in the Persian Gulf region, Pentagon strategists estimate that they would need less than a month to defeat Iranian forces should a military conflict take place.

US Central Command (CENTCOM) believes it can destroy or significantly degrade Iran's conventional armed forces in about three weeks using air and sea strikes, a defense source told The Washington Post.

"We plan for any eventuality we can and provide options to the president," Army Lt. Col. T.G. Taylor, a spokesman at CENTCOM told the newspaper. "We take our guidance from the secretary of defense and from our civilian bosses in [Washington] DC. So any kind of guidance they give us, that's what we go off of [sic]."

Comment: Hubris knows no bounds. While this is undoubtedly propaganda, should anyone actually believe it, they need only look to the claims made through history at the outset other 'wars' to expose the truth: That psychopathic warmongers always peddle lies to sell their aims.


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Gulag Gaza: 'No one responsible' for deaths of 21 Palestinian civilians says Israeli military

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© AFP Photo / Mahmud HamsPalestinian men pull a man injured in the Zeitun district of Gaza City following Israeli strikes on January 12, 2009.

Israel's military has closed an investigation into the deaths of 21 Palestinian civilians in Gaza in 2009, finding no one responsible for the shelling. It also ruled the accident was not a war crime and the civilians were not targeted deliberately.

­The Military Advocate General wrote to the country's Human Rights Group B'Tselem on Tuesday that the Military Police had closed the long-lasting probe.

"The investigation completely disproved any claim about deliberate harm to civilians, as well as haste and recklessness about possible harm to civilians, or criminal negligence," Israeli media quoted Major Dorit Tuval as writing.

Comment: It comes as no surprise. Israel acts with impunity and is hardly likely to self police as it spews US tax dollars in the form of bombs onto civilians living in Gulag Gaza. The aim of war is death, destruction, fear and misery, these aims were achieved, where would any observer expect Israel to find a fault in this?