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British activists plan Scotland Yard blockade to expose undercover cops who used sexual tactics

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Activists are expected at Scotland Yard in London today to protest over surveillance methods on women and state-endorsed sexual predation.
Women activists are to blockade Scotland Yard today, intending to demand to know the identity of any undercover police who have infiltrated their organisations.

As evidence continued to emerge of police officers having had sexual relations with people they were monitoring, the women said they wanted to know if they had been "abused" by police.

Though senior police insisted that sleeping with activists during such operations was banned, a former agent claimed such "promiscuity" routinely had the blessing of commanders.

The activists' concerns follow the revelation that the undercover PC Mark Kennedy had sexual relationships with several women during the seven years he spent infiltrating environmental activists' groups. Last week the Guardian identified more officers who had sex with the protesters they were sent to spy on. One officer, Jim Boyling, married an activist and had two children with her.

Phoenix

US: Man Burned Alive in Mysterious Phoenix Car Fire. Dead Dog Found in Trunk

An unidentified man is dead after he was seen engulfed in flames on a Phoenix street Saturday morning. The man's car was also on fire when police responded to the scene, and authorities want to know what happened.

Phoenix police and fire officials responded to a call about 10:30 a.m. Saturday regarding a man on fire near 2800 South 7th Avenue. The man was still alive when authorities arrived on the scene and found him aflame outside of his vehicle.

The victim was taken to the Maricopa County Burn Unit where he died several hours later.

Bad Guys

US: Utah trooper strikes woman in head after traffic stop

A Utah Highway Patrol trooper is under investigation after a video showed him punching a woman several times during a traffic stop, a spokesman for the Utah Department of Public Safety said.

A dashboard camera captured footage of Sgt. Andrew Davenport punching 53-year-old Darla Wright in August.


Davenport is on paid administrative leave, said Brian Hyer, spokesman for the Utah Department of Public Safety.

Wright was speeding in Ogden when officers tried to pull her over, authorities said late Saturday. According to an incident report, the driver evaded police, and a chase ensued. Authorities stopped the woman by trapping her car between two vehicles.

"The suspect was still trying to escape, she had the accelerator floored and engine revving in an attempt to push our vehicles out of the way," Davenport wrote in an incident report.

Bell

A Letter From Gulf Coast Activist Cherri Foytlin to The People

To the people of the United States of America:

For those of you who are reading this and do not know me. Let me introduce myself, my name is Cherri Foytlin, I am a mother of 6, and a wife to one devoted husband. We live in the Gulf of Mexico, and my husband is an offshore oil worker who has been home for 8 months now, due to the moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf. We are still not working, I am sad to report, and yet the over a billion dollars sent to Mexico and South America to drill in the Gulf by our country, and the money China has invested in Cuba to drill, is in preparation, if not full operations.

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Cherri Foytlin
But the bypassing of the American worker is not why I have written this, nor is the continuing impact of an oil catastrophe you are being told is over. While fresh and weathered oil, and dead wildlife, invade our shores daily; and our countrymen are battling illness from the effects; and our fishermen and citizens try to seek justice from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility that has been so incompetent in addressing their needs; and our waters and marshes wither and die; I come to you today to talk about life - yours and mine.

The American Dream, for some, began with those who came here to escape nightmares in their homelands. Some, found their nightmares here. Our forefathers are an odd mix: they were here before - living righteously on the earth, they came by boat and over mountains in search of a voice for their children, they came in chains that they broke themselves over years of steady pressure on the link. Whatever the background of our genes, you are the children of survivors, and they are in us all.

Bomb

Terror Blast: At least 31 killed in Moscow's Domodedovo airport explosion

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At least 31 people have been killed by a terrorist explosion at Moscow's busiest Airport, Domodedovo. Around one hundred and thirty others have been hurt by the blast in the luggage collection area of the international arrivals hall. Police say one, or several suicide bombers could be to blame.


Light Sabers

Moscow blast at Domodedovo airport: The search begins for who's responsible

Experts say the explosion, which killed at least 35, will likely be traced to Russia's volatile north Caucasus region, where political murders, bombings, and kidnappings occur almost daily.

A huge blast, reportedly triggered by a suicide bomber, hit Moscow's busiest airport Monday afternoon, killing at least 35 people and injuring over 130.

The bomb, which Russian news agencies said was equivalent to seven kilograms (15.4 pounds) of TNT, went off just after 3 p.m. in the crowded arrivals area of Domodedovo airport. Domodedovo is used as a Russia gateway by British Airways, Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific, El Al, and many airlines of former Soviet countries.

The domestic section of Domodedovo is the main arrival point for flights from Russia's troubled southern regions, including the north Cacasus.

Attention

Private Plane, Public Menace: Another reason Why Airport Security Doesn't Work

Wealthy travelers routinely bypass the TSA by flying on private jets. How long until al-Qaeda does the same?

Teterboro Airport, situated in the New Jersey Meadowlands, a short distance from the Lincoln Tunnel, is the LAX of the American plutocracy. It is an airport given over entirely to "general" aviation - general being a euphemism for "private." There are many different types of "general aviation" aircraft. A majority are very small, four- or six-seat propeller planes. A minority are much larger corporate jets of the sort found in great numbers on the Teterboro tarmac.

I do not ordinarily have access to corporate-aviation flights, but a few of my friends do, and I feel very warmly toward these friends when they ask me to join them aboard their planes, which is not often enough. Such an invitation came recently while I was in New York City for an appearance on The Colbert Report, during which I discussed our country's ludicrous aviation-security system. A friend let me know he was flying back to Washington that night on a private plane. Count me in, I said.

Ambulance

Update: Explosion kills 31 at Moscow airport

An explosion ripped through the international arrivals hall at Moscow's busiest airport on Monday, killing 31 people and wounding about 130, officials said. The Russian president called it a terror attack.

The state RIA Novosti news agency, citing law enforcement sources, said the mid-afternoon explosion at Domodedovo Airport may have been caused by a suicide bomber.

Bomb

Domodedovo blast: Explosion rocks Moscow's main airport

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Moscow's Domodedovo airport - the busiest in the Russian capital - has been rocked by an explosion that has reportedly killed at least 23 people.

More than 100 more are thought to have been injured in the blast, which reports suggest may have been the work of a suicide bomber.

Russia's chief investigator said the explosion was the work of terrorists.

The airport is 40km (25 miles) south-east of the city centre, and is popular with foreign workers and tourists.

Emergency services are on the scene and tending to the wounded.

Early local reports suggested the blast hit the baggage reclaim area of the international arrivals hall.

A RIA Novosti news agency correspondent at the scene reported that a lot of smoke could be seen in the area, and there was a smell of burning.

Dollar

Disadvantaged turn to disobedience in US

Caught in the eye of the financial crisis, underprivileged Americans have begun seeking ways to subvert system inequality by turning to the new tactic of economic disobedience.

Researchers and activists are documenting that wages in the US have been dropping while benefits and pensions are being cut. In the face of this, some have turned to a different form of protest that does not entail carrying placards or statement-making arrests. This form of resistance is happening in places hardly visible.

In poor neighborhoods in New York City, some residents organize to raise a little money to buy subway cards offering unlimited rides, and swipe as many people in as they can to give them a free ride.

For Ollie, one of the activists who organizes this form of disobedience, most importantly it is a response to an economic system that he sees as unfair.

"Taxes are cut for wealthy people and there are bailouts for banks and none of it reaches people in this neighborhood, and we think that is wrong," Ollie said.