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Daily Archives: November 29, 2010

Pakistani man threatens to sue CIA if not compensated for relatives’ deaths

Washington Post
November 29, 2010
By Karin Brulliard and Shaiq Hussain

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN – A Pakistani man who said two of his relatives were killed in a U.S. drone strike said Monday that he planned to sue the CIA in Pakistani courts for “wrongful death” if he is not compensated within two weeks, a move that could renew debate over the legality of the covert program.

Kareem Khan, a journalist from the semi-autonomous Pakistani tribal area of North Waziristan, said he was seeking $500 million in damages from U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, CIA director Leon Panetta and the CIA station chief in this capital city. Khan said the strike killed his brother, his son and another man.
He said that they were not connected to Taliban and al-Qaeda militants who are based in the region and are the targets of regular CIA drone strikes.


The U.S. carries out unmanned drone strikes in the tribal areas with the cooperation of the Pakistani government, but neither nation publicly acknowledges the clandestine program, and it is unlikely U.S. officials would cooperate with a court case. The attacks have increased sharply this year, and the vast majority have targeted militants in North Waziristan.

The drone strikes are highly controversial in Pakistan, where they are frequently blamed for civilian casualties and characterized as a violation of national sovereignty. But victims rarely come forward with their accounts or photographic evidence, and danger and government travel restrictions in the tribal belt make it all but impossible to investigate such claims independently.

Speaking anonymously, U.S. and many Pakistani officials insist the strikes are precise.

Legal experts and human rights activists are divided on the legality of unmanned drone strikes, but some say that those involved could be held responsible in court for errant attacks. In congressional testimony in April, Loyola Law School professor David Glazier said CIA drone pilots could be “liable to prosecution under the law of any jurisdiction where attacks occur for any injuries, deaths or property damage they cause.”

Full Article Here – http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/29/AR2010112903499.html?hpid=topnews

Exclusive: WikiLeaks Will Unveil Major Bank Scandal (Bank of America)

Forbes
November 29, 2010
By Andy Greenberg

First WikiLeaks spilled the guts of government. Next up: The private sector, starting with one major American bank.
In an exclusive interview earlier this month, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told Forbes that his whistleblower site will release tens of thousands of documents from a major U.S. financial firm in early 2011.

Assange wouldn’t say exactly what date, what bank, or what documents, but he compared the coming release to the emails that emerged in the Enron trial, a comprehensive look at a corporation’s bad behavior.


“It will give a true and representative insight into how banks behave at the executive level in a way that will stimulate investigations and reforms, I presume,” he told me.

Read Forbes’ full interview with Assange and our cover story on what he and WikiLeaks means for business here.

“You could call it the ecosystem of corruption,” Assange added. “But it’s also all the regular decision making that turns a blind eye to and supports unethical practices: the oversight that’s not done, the priorities of executives, how they think they’re fulfilling their own self-interest.”

WikiLeaks recent priority has clearly been the publication of hundreds of thousands of government documents: 76,000 classified documents from the war in Afghanistan, another 392,000 from Iraq, and on Sunday, the first piece of an ongoing exposure of what will likely be millions of diplomatic messages sent between the U.S. State Department and its embassies.

But that government focus doesn’t mean WikiLeaks won’t embarass corporations, too. Since October, WikiLeaks has closed its submissions channel; Assange says the site was receiving more documents than it could find resources to publish. And half those unpublished submissions, Assange says, relate to the private sector. He confirmed that WikiLeaks has damaging, unpublished material from pharmaceutical companies, finance firms (aside from the upcoming bank release), and energy companies, just to name a few industries.

Whether and when those secrets come out is solely a matter of Assange’s discretion. “We’re in a position where we have to prioritize our resources so that the biggest impact stuff gets released first.”

Full Article Here – http://blogs.forbes.com/andygreenberg/2010/11/29/exclusive-wikileaks-will-unveil-major-bank-scandal/

Mark Ruffalo ‘added to terrorism watchlist’ over Gasland

Guardian
November 29, 2010
By Ben Child

Actor Mark Ruffalo has reportedly been placed on a US terror advisory list after campaigning in support of a documentary highlighting the alleged dangers of natural gas drilling.

Ruffalo attracted the attention of Pennsylvania’s Office of Homeland Security when he organised screenings for Gasland, which won the special jury prize at this year’s Sundance film festival, and said he was concerned about the impact of drilling on water supplies. The actor has addressed the subject in the latest edition of American GQ.

Gasland, directed by Josh Fox, follows the film-maker as he visits communities in Pennsylvania where natural gas has been drilled. Fox decided to document his trip after a natural gas company wrote to him in 2008 offering to lease his family’s land in Milanville, Pennsylvania for $100,000 (£64,000).

The documentary attracted attention for a particular scene in which a local man shows that he is able to set his tapwater on fire (see 2.25 of video, above). Others claim they are suffering from numerous health issues due – they believe – to their water having been contaminated.

Full Article Here – http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/nov/29/mark-ruffalo-terrorism-watchlist-gasland

Policeman to face misconduct charge over G20 death

AFP
November 29, 2010

LONDON (AFP) – A riot squad officer who struck a man and pushed him to the ground during last year’s London G20 protests was on Monday served with gross misconduct allegations by the police over his death.

Ian Tomlinson, 47, was filmed being hit with a baton and being pushed over by Police Constable Simon Harwood as he walked through demonstrations in the City of London financial district on April 1.

Thousands of anti-capitalist protesters had gathered ahead of the Group of 20 summit in London, attended by world leaders, but it turned violent and riot police were sent in.

Tomlinson, a newspaper seller who had a history of alcohol problems, collapsed and died minutes after being struck.

Prosecutors said in July this year they did not have enough evidence to bring criminal charges over the death, sparking outrage from Tomlinson’s family.

Full Article Here – http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/101129/world/britain_g20_protest_police

Climate change could cut clean water to three billion people: report

Raw Story
November 28, 2010
By Nathan Diebenow

Almost half of humanity could lose clean water access due to climate change, according to a British report to be released tomorrow ahead of an international climate change conference in Mexico.

“The main message is that the closer we get to a four-degree rise, the harder it will be to deal with the consequences,” Dr. Mark New, a climate expert at Oxford University, told The Observer.

The report will assume that global temperatures will rise 2 degree Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit)  this century even if nations agree to curb carbon emissions this year.

Climate change scientists believe that a mass global movement to “decarbonize” human activity in order to stay below this temperature is virtually impossible, especially after the UN climate talks in Copenhagen failed last December.


Still, nearly 200 countries will take part in the 12-day conference in the Mexican resort of Cancun.

Instead of grappling for an overarching treaty, negotiators are being asked to notch up progress on half a dozen issues to help revive faith in the UN climate arena.

The European Union’s chief negotiator, Artur Runge-Metzger, said there was “no guarantee” the talks under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) would follow this new, pragmatic, incremental path.

“But what I can hear very clearly over the last weeks and months (is) that all parties want to make headway here in Cancun,” he told a press conference.

“They want to show the world that this process can deliver, it can move the international climate agenda forward.”

Full Article Here – http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/climate-change-cut-clean-water-billion-people-report/

Canadians handed children over to notorious Afghan security, CBC reports

Globe and Mail Update 
November 28, 2010


The Canadian Forces in Afghanistan have for at least four years captured children accused of co-operating with the Taliban and transferred them to a local security unit suspected of torture, according to CBC News.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay was alerted to the issue by a secret briefing note, which the CBC obtained through access-to-information laws.

Dated March 30, 2010, the document is marked secret (for Canadian eyes only) and explains the pending addition of a fifth facility, this time for children, to the public list of prisons where Canadian-transferred detainees might be held.

It says the Canadian Forces have been arresting Afghan children since at least 2006 and that some of those children were transferred to Afghan custody. The number of juveniles detained and transferred and the number eventually released have all been blacked out.

“This may draw attention to the role of juveniles in the Afghan conflict,” the briefing note warns.
Parliament was consumed last fall with allegations that Canadian soldiers had picked up suspected Afghan militants and handed them over to Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security, a unit accused of torturing prisoners.

Full Article Here – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canadians-handed-children-over-to-notorious-afghan-security-cbc-reports/article1816750/

Army private accused of murder in Afghan prisoner’s death

LA Times
November 28, 2010
By Tony Perry

The military equivalent of a preliminary hearing is set for Monday at Ft. Carson, Colo., for an Army private accused of premeditated murder in the shooting death of a senior Taliban commander being held prisoner in Afghanistan.

Pfc. David W. Lawrence, 20, is accused of shooting Mullah Mohebullah in the head on Oct. 17 while assigned to guard duty at a detention center in the Arghandab district of Kandahar province.

Under military law, premeditated murder can carry the death penalty.

The death was announced by an angry Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who vowed to launch his own investigation. Karzai has repeatedly criticized NATO forces for what he has termed a wanton use of deadly force.

The case sits at the intersection of two of the more controversial aspects of the war: the testy relationship between the U.S. and Karzai, and the military’s treatment of soldiers who show signs of mental instability while in the war zone.


In the days before the shooting, Lawrence had been seen by medical personnel at Kandahar and given drugs for depression and sleeplessness, his attorneys said. Shortly afterward, Lawrence was assigned to guard duty, a task for which he had no training.

Lawrence’s parents, Brett and Wendy Lawrence, said that their son had told them repeatedly in e-mail messages and phone calls that he was hearing voices, including one that told him how to avoid the buried roadside bombs that are the top killer of NATO and Afghan troops.

“He said those voices were guiding him and telling him what to do,” Wendy Lawrence said.

The stress and danger of Kandahar, a major battleground between the U.S. and Taliban fighters, was causing Lawrence’s mental state to deteriorate, his parents said.

“He said it was the worst place on earth,” said Brett Lawrence, a hospital employee in Lawrenceburg, Ind.

Wendy Lawrence said several of her relatives had mental illnesses including paranoia and schizophrenia. David is her son from a previous marriage.

The Army has ordered a sanity board investigation. Lawrence’s civilian lawyer, James Culp, was denied a request to delay the preliminary hearing, called an Article 32, until the sanity board reached its conclusions.

“We are going to an Article 32 for a kid who is hearing voices,” Culp said. He said he was concerned the Army might be rushing the case to court-martial to appease Karzai.

Full Article Here – http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-soldier-hearing-20101129,0,2728495.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fnews%2Fnationworld%2Fnation+%28L.A.+Times+-+National+News%29