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URUK Net 11 July, 2009 Part 2

Last updated: Monday, July 13, 2009 8:46

Video Free Gaza Live from Spirit
Free Gaza Movement
The following video is the last footage taken onboard the Spirit Of Humanity before its voyage, to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza, was prematurely halted by Isreali special forces. It shows the atmosphere inside the cabin as the crew try to negotiate with the Isreali ship via radio…

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Report: Taliban captures district in E Afghanistan
Taliban militants have captured a district in Nuristan province in east Afghanistan, a local newspaper reported Saturday. “Taliban fighters overrun Bargimatal district on Thursday night after days of fierce clashes with police force there,” said a Saturday’s report on the Daily Rah-e-Nejat. The report quoted provincial governor Jamaludin Badar as saying that the district fell to Taliban insurgents after three days of fighting and the government’s negligence…

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Escalation Scam: Troops in Afghanistan
by Norman Solomon
The president has set a limit on the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. For now. That’s how escalation works. Ceilings become floors. Gradually. A few times since last fall, the Obama team has floated rising numbers for how many additional U.S. soldiers will be sent to Afghanistan. Now, deployment of 21,000 more is a done deal, with a new total cap of 68,000 U.S. troops in that country…

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Pentagon Report Verified Detainee Torture
Written by Thomas R. Eddlem
The picture that emerges from 51 pages of recently declassified documents about detention at Guantanamo is one of persistent torture approved directly by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, combined with administrative incompetence on the ground at Guantanamo and a flagrant White House betrayal of military brass in charge of interrogations…

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Pervasive Surveillance Continuing Under Obama. New DHS-NSA-AT&T “Cybersecurity” Partnership
Tom Burghardt, Antifascist Calling…
Under the rubric of cybersecurity, the Obama administration is moving forward with a Bush regime program to screen state computer traffic on private-sector networks, including those connecting people to the Internet, The Washington Post revealed July 3. That project, code-named “Einstein,” may very well be related to the much-larger, ongoing and highly illegal National Security Agency (NSA) communications intercept program known as “Stellar Wind,” disclosed in 2005 by The New York Times…

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Studies center: Suffering of Palestinian prisoners doubles in summer
Palestinian Information Center
The prisoners’ center for studies has said that the suffering of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation authority (IOA) jails is doubled during the summer season as a result of soaring heat and humidity, and poor ventilation. The center in a press release on Saturday said that insects spread during the summer season into wards and cells in the Negev desert prison, the Damon jail and old prisons such as Ramle-Nitzan and the old Sheba prison, Nafha and Shatta. Many prisoners told the center that they could not sleep or be at ease in their cells due to the presence of a big number of rats especially in the old wards in Sheba and Ramle prisons…

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Yoo Gave Bush White House Retroactive Legal Cover to Spy on Americans
Jason Leopold
A sweeping investigation into the Bush administration’s domestic surveillance program has concluded that former Justice Department attorney John Yoo provided the White with retroactive legal cover for covert intelligence activities and that the legal opinion he drafted authorizing the program failed to cite an historic Supreme Court case on the “distribution of government powers.” A 38-page declassified report prepared by inspectors general of the CIA, National Security Agency, Department of Justice, the Department of Defense, and the Office of National Intelligence released Friday said that the first legal opinion “explicitly addressing the legality of the [President’s Surveillance Program] was not drafted [by Yoo] until [Nov. 2, 2001] after the program had been formally authorized by President Bush in October 2001" by executive order…

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Video: Sewage water taints Gaza’s beaches
AlJazeeraEnglish
Going to the beach in the Gaza Strip is the only recreational area available for local inhabitants, but most are severely polluted with sewage water. People in Gaza largely blame the problem on Israel’s crippling two-year embargo of the Strip. But they continue to brave the poisoned stretch of coastline for their “fun in the sun”…

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The new Report on illegal spying is not a real investigation
Glenn Greenwald
The Bush-era torture regime might have been that administration’s most flamboyant act of criminality, but its illegal NSA warrantless eavesdropping program (and other still-unknown surveillance programs) has always been the clearest. We had a law in place for 30 years that made it a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for each offense to do exactly that which Bush got caught doing: eavesdropping on the communications of American citizens without warrants from the FISA court. The Inspectors General report (.pdf) on Bush’s NSA activities released on Friday afternoon — one that was mandated by the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 in lieu of a real investigation — highlights how rampant and blatant was the lawlessness that pervaded the Bush administration. Nonetheless, because the Obama administration is actively blocking any real investigation — Obama opposes all Congressional investigations into Bush-era crimes and, worse, is engaged in extraordinary efforts to block courts from adjudicating the legality of Bush’s surveillance activities by claiming that even long-obsolete and clearly criminal programs are “state secrets” — it is quite likely, despite how blatant is the lawbreaking, that there will be no consequences for any of it…

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IRAN: Mehdi Karroubi warns of ‘unimaginable consequences’
Los Angeles Times
Iranian presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi (at right), a prominent reformist who served twice as speaker of Iran’s parliament, issued a scathing letter about the June 12 presidential election and subsequent crackdown on protesters that was featured today on the front page of his newspaper, Etemad-e-Melli. ..

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