Wednesday April 1st, 2009
|Death squad leader 'was top CIA agent'
posted 04/01/2009, 5:55 PM (Sunday Herald)|
THE LATE President Milosevic's secret police chief and organiser of Serb death squads during the genocidal ethnic cleansing of disintegrating Yugoslavia was the United States' top CIA agent in Belgrade, according to the independent Belgrade Radio B92.
The claim that from 1992 until the end of the decade, Jovica Stanisic, head of Serbia's murderous DB Secret Police, was regularly informing his CIA handlers of the thinking in Milosevic's inner circle has shocked the region.
Stanisic is said to have loyally served his two masters for eight years. He is facing war crimes charges at the International Criminal Court at The Hague.
In the terrifying years of Yugoslavia's internecine wars, he acted as the willing "muscle" behind Milosevic's genocidal campaigns in Croatia, Kosovo and Bosnia, including Sebrenica.
According to the charges he faces, Stanisic was "part of a joint criminal enterprise that included former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic and other Serbian politicians".
Dermot Groome, The Hague's chief prosecutor, has specifically accused him of sending in the Serb Scorpion and Red Beret death squads into the states seeking independence from Belgrade. Stanisic has pleaded not guilty.
Like in a Cold War spy thriller, Serbia's secret police chief met his CIA handlers in safe houses, parks and boats on the river Sava to betray his master's action plans. He provided, it is claimed, information on the whereabouts of Nato hostages, aided CIA operatives in their search for Muslim mass graves and helped the US set up secret bases in Bosnia to monitor the implementation of the 1995 Dayton peace accord.
This has raised awkward questions for Washington. With Stanisic providing chapter and verse of the genocidal slaughter of Croats, Bosnians and Albanians from the early 1990s, should President Clinton have cut a deal with Milosevic at Dayton, Ohio, ending the Bosnian war... (more)
|The Criminalization Of Everyday Life
posted 04/01/2009, 5:55 PM (CityLimits.org)|
I spent 24 hours in the slammer the other day. My crime? Well, the police couldn’t tell me when they locked me up. The prosecutor and judge couldn’t either, when I was arraigned the following day. I found out for myself when I researched the matter a few days after being released: I had been cited for walking my dog off the leash – once, six years ago.
Welcome to the ugly underside of the zero-tolerance era, where insignificant rule violations get inflated into criminal infraction... (more)
|Mexico's Fox touts EU-like integration for the Americas
posted 04/01/2009, 5:54 PM (Express-News)|
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox was in San Antonio Friday, delivering a wide-ranging address about U.S.-Mexico relations that touched on trade, the drug war, comprehensive immigration reform and the United States' “mammoth” financial crisis that has spread worldwide.
Fox also delivered a message of hope — hope that someday Canada, the United States and Mexico, indeed the rest of Latin America, would function like the European Union.
“It's an extremely successfu... (more)
|Police Invade High School in Mass Drug Raid -- Find One Piece of Paraphernalia
posted 04/01/2009, 5:52 PM (WTNH)|
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Wethersfield (WTNH) - Officers from numerous police departments charged into Wethersfield High School Thursday to hunt for drugs.
Armed with police dogs, officers from Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, Manchester and New Britain raided the high school at 411 Wolcott Hill Road.
Locker by locker and room by room, police and their dogs sniffed around to send the school district's message that drugs will not be taken lightly.
Police also searched more than 100 ca... (more)
|Family terrified by anti-terror police who strip-searched man in street
posted 04/01/2009, 5:52 PM (WalesOnline)|
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
A TRAUMATISED South Wales family are asking why they were wrongly targeted in a major anti-terror operation.
Jazz musician Victor Frederick, 63, was arrested and strip-searched by police officers armed with machine guns yards from his Cardiff home.
Just moments before, his partner Andrea Heath and, briefly, the couple’s 12-year-old daughter, had up to five infra-red sights trained at them and were told: “Stay where you are or you will be shot”.
No cha... (more)
|Homeless 'tagged' at Tent City: 'It feels like a concentration camp'
posted 04/01/2009, 5:51 PM (Los Angeles Times)|
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Tent City residents gather as the city of Ontario starts the process of sorting out who may stay and who must leave. The city issued wristbands – blue for Ontario residents, who may stay, orange for people who need to provide more documentation, and white for those who must leave. The aim is to reduce the number of people living there from over 400 to 170. Image: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times
Dozens of Ontario police and code enforcement officers descended upon the homele... (more)
|UN panel touts new global currency reserve system
posted 04/01/2009, 5:51 PM (AFP)|
A UN panel of expert economists pressed Thursday for a new global currency reserve scheme to replace the volatile, dollar-based system and for coordinated steps by rich countries to stimulate their economies.
"A new Global Reserve System -- what may be viewed as a greatly expanded SDR (Special Drawing Rights), with regular or cyclically adjusted emissions calibrated to the size of reserve accumulations, could contribute to global stability, economic strength and global equity," th... (more)
Note how this Stiglitz character is playing both sides. - IL
|Geithner Plan Will Rob US Taxpayers: Stiglitz
posted 04/01/2009, 5:51 PM (Reuters)|
The U.S. government plan to rid banks of toxic assets will rob American taxpayers by exposing them to too much risk and is unlikely to work as long as the economy remains weak, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said on Tuesday.
"The Geithner plan is very badly flawed," Stiglitz told Reuters in an interview during a Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference in Hong Kong.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's plan to wipe up to US$1 trillion in bad de... (more)
|Woman Receives Brain Simulation Implant To Lose Weight
posted 04/01/2009, 5:51 PM (WPXI Pittsburgh)|
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Local doctors inserted an implant in a patient that will stimulate her brain, regulate her metabolism and hopefully help her lose weight.
Pamela Beach is the first patient to receive the brain stimulating implant. She said it was a last resort after trying to lose weight most of her life.
“It was very scary, but when you deal with a chronic illness all the time, I think you just reach out for any kind of hope,” said Beach.
Dr. Don... (more)
|UK population must fall to 30m, says Porritt
posted 04/01/2009, 5:51 PM (The Times)|
[Category: Brave New World]
JONATHON PORRITT, one of Gordon Brown’s leading green advisers, is to warn that Britain must drastically reduce its population if it is to build a sustainable society.
Porritt’s call will come at this week’s annual conference of the Optimum Population Trust (OPT), of which he is patron.
The trust will release research suggesting UK population must be cut to 30m if the country wants to feed itself sustainably.
Porritt said: “Population growth, plus eco... (more)
|Vaccine scare threatens health in Ukraine
posted 04/01/2009, 5:50 PM (Associated Press)|
KIEV, Ukraine – A widespread scare about vaccine side effects in Ukraine has led to a sharp drop in immunizations that could result in disease outbreaks spreading beyond the former Soviet republic, international and local health officials say.
Hundreds of thousands of fearful Ukrainians have refused vaccines for diseases such as diphtheria, mumps, polio, hepatitis B, tuberculosis, whooping cough and others this year, according to official estimates. Authorities have canceled a U.N... (more)
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