Posted on 2010 December 11 by BBVM
Republicans passed over Rep. Jerry Lewis in favor of a veteran Kentucky lawmaker Wednesday to chair the powerful House Appropriations Committee.
The party’s steering committee rejected Lewis’s request to waive term limits that bar him from reclaiming the post he held when Republicans last held the majority.
The decision deprives Lewis of a position that would have given him control over the federal government’s purse strings and a heightened ability to direct millions of dollars to his home district, which includes some of the Pass area.
See also: CREW’s Most Corrupt: Rep. Jerry Lewis
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Posted on 2010 April 28 by BBVM
A former Central Intelligence Agency official, who is accused of raping two women, was arrested Monday at a motel in Virginia. A warrant was issued for 42-year-old Andrew M. Warren after he failed to show up for a hearing last week.
Warren was the CIA’s Station Chief in Algeria. According to court papers, two Algerian women claim Warren drugged them, then raped them when they were unconscious. A grand jury in Washington, D.C. indicted Warren last year on one count of sexual deviance. The charge carries the possibility of life in prison if convicted.
Warren was arrested without incident at the motel in Norfolk. Police say he had a handgun, which was recovered and turned over to federal authorities. It was unclear why Warren skipped the hearing and why he was staying at the motel in his hometown.
“We look forward to the opportunity to speak with Andrew, and we’re just glad he’s safe,” said Billy Martin, one of Warren’s attorneys.
The CIA ordered Warren home in October 2008, a month after the women made their claims.
Filed under: Civil Liberties, Military Industrial Complex | Tagged: Algeria, Andrew M. Warren, Billy Martin, Central Intelligence Agency, rape, sexual assault, women | Leave a comment »
Posted on 2010 April 26 by BBVM
Almost every day, the NATO occupation of our country continues to kill innocent people. Each time, it seems, military officials try to claim that only insurgents are killed, or they completely deny and cover up their crimes. The work of a few courageous journalists is the only thing that brings some of these atrocities to light.
For instance, it was only after the reporting of Jerome Starkey of the Times of London that officials admitted to the brutal Feb. 12 murder of two pregnant women, a teenage girl, and several young men in a night raid at a home where a family was celebrating the birth of a child.
Night raids, air raid “mistakes,” firing on civilian buses and cars at checkpoints — the occupation finds many ways of killing the people of Afghanistan. The excuses and lies for these deaths are like salt in our wounds, and it is no wonder that protests against the U.S. military are growing. The Afghan people have had enough.
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Posted on 2010 April 25 by BBVM
The details of up to one thousand Muslim students at University College London (UCL) have been made available to the Central Intelligence Agency jointly by the university and the Students Union. The move represents a grave attack on democratic rights and another step towards tighter controls over academic institutions in the UK.
An article appeared in the Independent on April 1 confirming that the Metropolitan Police Service had, on behalf of the CIA, approached UCL’s Islamic Society for details of its members between 2005 and 2008. The request was in connection with the investigations into the failed Detroit bomb plot on Christmas day last year. After being told by police that the data of the entire membership would be kept on file for at least seven years, the Islamic Society president Mojeed Adams-Mogaji refused to disclose the information.
The police then approached the Students Union, which provided names and email addresses of all members of the Islamic Society at the university between September 2005 and summer 2009. Subsequently after discussions, the university’s registry divulged the home addresses and telephone numbers of these individuals to the police, which were then passed to the CIA.
Filed under: Civil Liberties, Education Industrial Complex, Free Speech, Information, Military Industrial Complex, Prison Industrial Complex, Privacy, Religion Industrial Complex | Tagged: Central Intelligence Agency, Gareth Peirce, Islamic Society, Jean Charles de Menezes, Metropolitan Police, Mojeed Adams-Mogaji, Muslim, Sayyida Mehrali, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, University College London, University of Dundee | Leave a comment »
Posted on 2010 April 22 by BBVM
The United States has ordered the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki, a Yemeni cleric, over alleged links to a failed Christmas airline bombing in Detroit, a report says.
Citing unnamed US officials, The Washington Post reported Wednesday that US President Barack Obama’s administration has authorized the Central Intelligence Agency to capture and kill Awlaki.
Al-Awlaki, 38, was born in New Mexico and spent years as an imam in Virginia, before moving to Yemen.
The report claims he has moved from the category of being militant preacher to becoming an operational figure in al-Qaeda in Yemen.
Al-Awlaki is charged with ties to an alleged failed attack on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day.
Filed under: Civil Liberties, Military Industrial Complex | Tagged: Al-Qaeda, Anwar al-Awlaki, assassination, Central Intelligence Agency, murder, Yemen | Leave a comment »