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      *Obama Marks End of U.S. Combat Mission in Iraq, Salutes
      Bush*<http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/08/31/obama-combat-mission-iraq-ended/>31
      Aug 2010 President Obama praised President [sic] Bush's commitment to
      U.S. troops Tuesday as he announced a close to combat operations in Iraq
      that he said cost America a "huge price." While not explicitly crediting
      Bush for shepherding the 2007 troop surge... Obama highlighted Bush's
      commitment to U.S. security. "It's well known that he and I disagreed about
      the war from its outset," Obama said. "Yet no one could doubt President
      Bush's support for our troops, or *his love of country and commitment to our
      security [except when Dick Cheney ordered NORAD to stand down on 9/11 and
      had anthrax sent from Fort Detrick so the Patriot Act would sail through
      Congress]*. As I have said, there were patriots who supported this war, and
      patriots who opposed it..." [*As a member of the 'professional left,' my
      sincere hope is that the Birthers find or fabricate evidence that Obama
      wasn't born in the US so that he can't run for re-election in 2012. --LRP*]

      *Obama addresses nation, declares 'Operation Iraqi Freedom is
      over'*<http://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/iraq/obama-addresses-nation-declares-operation-iraqi-freedom-is-over-1.116612>
      * [No sh*t. It ended the day the US invaded.]* 31 Aug 2010 President Barack
      Obama declared the official end of U.S. combat operations in Iraq on Tuesday
      night, despite plans to leave 50,000 U.S. troops stationed there for now and
      questions surrounding the stability in the years to come. "Operation Iraqi
      Freedom is over, and the Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the
      security of their country," he said. The Oval Office address -- only the
      second one Obama has delivered from that chamber -- followed a day of
      ceremonies and speeches designed to mark the official end of the U.S. combat
      mission in Iraq.

      *'I think having 20,000 or 10,000 security personnel on the Iraqi ground is
      a serious violation of the Iraqi sovereignty.' **US embassy shadow govt. in
      Iraq?* <http://www.presstv.ir/detail/140790.html>* --The most infamous among
      contractors is private security contractor Blackwater, currently known as Xe
      Services, LLC*. 01 Sep 2010 US plans to fortify its embassy in Iraq have
      raised new suspicion about the diplomatic outpost's purpose in the
      politically-gridlocked country. The White House has reduced the number of
      its troops in Iraq to around 50,000 and said it would take all its forces
      out of the country by the next year. But Washington has also announced plans
      to increase the number of American security contractors, tasked with
      securing American diplomats and diplomatic facilities.

      *CBO: US war in Iraq costs
      $709bn*<http://www.presstv.ir/detail/140723.html>31 Aug 2010 Figures
      released by the US Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
      show the cost of the US-led war stands at $709 billion in the past 8 years.
      The cost, published in the CBO's Budget and Economic Outlook, comprises of
      military expenditure, including training of Iraqi forces and diplomatic
      operations. According to the CBO, 2008 was the most expensive year for the
      war in Iraq, with $140 billion spent that year alone.

      *Oregon veterans suit against KBR can
      continue*<http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hnmSaO7RipcZi7JoFgw79f93XFdQD9HUBQ501>31
      Aug 2010 A federal magistrate has ruled that a lawsuit by Oregon Army
      National Guard veterans against contractor [terrorist group] Kellogg Brown &
      Root can continue. U.S. District Magistrate Paul Papak denied KBR's second
      motion to dismiss the suit on Monday. In 2009, 26 Oregon Guard veterans sued
      KBR, saying its managers downplayed or dismissed the presence of a toxic
      chemical.

      *Afghanistan bomb attacks kill twenty-one US soldiers in 48
      hours*<http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/7972863/Afghanistan-bomb-attacks-kill-twenty-one-US-soldiers-in-48-hours.html>31
      Aug 2010 Twenty-one American troops have been killed in Afghanistan
      since
      Friday in one of the bloodiest periods of the summer. A series of bomb
      attacks have badly hit US troops in eastern and southern Afghanistan in the
      past 48 hours. The death toll among in the Nato-led coalition has reached
      484 this year and is predicted to far surpass 2009's total of 521.

      *NATO reports 8th casualty in a
      day*<http://www.presstv.ir/detail/140674.html>31 Aug 2010 NATO has
      announced the death of an eighth soldier in a day of
      concentrated violence in war-torn Afghanistan. NATO's International Security
      Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement on Tuesday that an eighth
      soldier was killed on Monday in a bomb attack in southern Afghanistan. The
      soldier was killed in a day that seven US troops lost their lives in two
      separate bomb attacks in the south.

      *More US-led troops die in Afghan war*<http://www.presstv.ir/detail/140757.html>
      * --Deaths bring number of American troops killed in Afghanistan since
      Friday to 22* 31 Aug 2010 At least six more US-led soldiers have lost their
      lives in separate incidents in the troubled eastern and southern areas of
      Afghanistan. NATO issued a statement on Tuesday, announcing that four
      American soldiers were killed in a bombing attack in eastern parts of
      Afghanistan. In a separate incident, a fifth US soldier died in a militant
      attack in southern Afghanistan.

      *7 foreign troops killed by IED in S.
      Afghanistan*<http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2010-08/30/c_13470010.htm>30
      Aug 2010 Seven International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
      servicemembers were killed in two separate improvised explosive device (IED)
      attacks in southern Afghanistan Monday. A press release issued by the ISAF
      confirmed the casualties, noting that five of the victims died in the first
      attack and two others in another.
      *NATO fuel tankers torched in
      Pakistan*<http://www.presstv.ir/detail/140682.html>31 Aug 2010 Unknown
      militants in southwestern Pakistan have destroyed two
      fuel tankers destined for NATO and US forces in Afghanistan amid rising
      violence in the country. Police officials told Press TV that militants set
      the tankers on fire in Mastung and Khuzdar towns in the Baluchistan Province
      on Monday.

      *Gunmen attack Pakistan govt.
      buildings*<http://www.presstv.ir/detail/140312.html>28 Aug 2010 Gunmen
      have launched an attack on Pakistani government buildings
      near the US consulate in the country's northwestern city of Peshawar, police
      say. Police officials say a group of gunmen tried to break into the
      buildings early Saturday. The officials told Press TV that the militants
      actually succeeded in entering one of the buildings located in the
      cantonment area of Peshawar, near the US consulate.

      *Civil liberties groups sue over U.S. effort to kill U.S. citizens suspected
      of terrorism*<http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/30/AR2010083003469.html>--
      *'The United States cannot simply execute people, including its own
      citizens, anywhere in the world based on its own say-so.' *30 Aug 2010 The
      American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights
      filed a federal lawsuit Monday challenging the U.S. government's authority
      to target and kill U.S. citizens outside of war zones when they are
      suspected of involvement in terrorism. The civil liberties groups brought
      suit in U.S. District Court in Washington after being retained by the father
      of Anwar al-Aulaqi, a U.S.-born cleric who is in hiding in Yemen. The CIA
      placed Aulaqi on its list of suspected terrorists it is authorized to kill
      earlier this year; the cleric had previously been on a separate list of
      individuals targeted by the Joint Special Operations Command.

      *Guantanamo trial of Canadian to resume in
      October*<http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5htt0zOv1jpUs6icSR531aEL6vx3wD9HULEL80>31
      Aug 2010 The trial of the youngest
      detainee prisoner at Guantanamo Bay will resume in October following a
      two-month delay caused by the sudden illness of his attorney, a Pentagon
      spokeswoman said Tuesday. The same jury panel of seven U.S. military
      officers will return to the U.S. Navy base in southeastern Cuba to pick up
      the proceedings against Omar Khadr on Oct. 18, according to Army Maj. Tanya
      Bradsher, the spokeswoman.

      *Israelis killed in West Bank attack on eve of peace
      talks*<http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israelis-killed-in-west-bank-attack-on-eve-of-peace-talks-2067132.html>01
      Sep 2010 Four Israelis were killed last night in a West Bank shooting
      presumed to be the work of Palestinian militants little more than 24 hours
      before President Barack Obama hosts a dinner summit to start the first
      direct peace negotiations for 20 months. The attack near the Jewish
      settlement of Kiryat Arba, outside the Palestinian city of Hebron, followed
      a lengthy period of relative calm.
      *Israel gave 'licence to kill' on Gaza ship: Israeli Arab
      MP*<http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jyceUnR-4-dcM58DbwD_5vfpFmuA>31
      Aug 2010 Outspoken Arab Israeli MP Haneen Zuabi on Tuesday told a UN
      human rights inquiry into Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla
      that its commandos had a "licence to kill." "I told the UN investigators in
      Amman that the Israeli attack was violent from the start and that the
      Israelis had a clear licence to kill, and they did not even try to avoid the
      bloodshed," Zuabi told AFP. She was a passenger on the *Mavi Marmara* ferry
      trying to bust Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip when nine Turkish
      activists were killed on May 31 in an Israeli commando raid.

      *Israeli Arab MK Zuabi: IDF boarded Gaza flotilla ships with intent to
      kill*<http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israeli-arab-mk-zuabi-idf-boarded-gaza-flotilla-ships-with-intent-to-kill-1.311287>31
      Aug 2010 Israeli Arab MK Hanin Zuabi testified before a United Nations
      panel probing Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May,
      telling the panel that commandos who boarded the ships intended to kill,
      Army Radio reported on Tuesday. A UN inquiry team began hearings on
      Monday<http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/un-team-begins-gaza-flotilla-probe-in-jordan-1.311086>with
      Jordanian activists about the May 31 Israeli raid on a Turkish ship
      trying to break an Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. Nine Turkish
      activists were killed in the raid. *"It was evident from the beginning that
      the commandoes viewed all of us activists as terrorists,"* Zuabi told The
      Associated Press after her testimony before a three-member UN team headed by
      Karl Hudson-Phillips, former judge of the International Criminal Court in
      The Hague.

      *Authorities Were on High Alert for Possible Hijack
      Attempt*<http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/high-alert-plane-hijacking/story?id=11522991>
      * --Air Marshals On Board Suspects' Flight to Amsterdam* 31 Aug 2010 The
      arrests of two men in Amsterdam for questioning in a terrorism investigation
      comes at a time U.S. law enforcement officials have been on a heightened
      state of alert to a possible hijacking of U.S. carrier flights from the
      Middle East, according to one senior U.S. official. In response, in the past
      several weeks, authorities have greatly ramped up the number of Federal air
      marshals on overseas flights, especially to Dubai, the official said. As a
      result, air marshals were onboard a Chicago-Amsterdam flight yesterday
      and *kept
      a close watch on two suspicious passengers who had triggered security
      alarms, but were allowed to travel for "investigative purposes,"* law
      enforcement sources told ABC News. [*In other words, there's a whiff of
      'false flag' in the air. --LRP*]

      *Airline Passengers Held on Fears of Terrorist
      Plot*<http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/01/world/europe/01plane.html>01
      Sep 2010 Two United States residents of Yemeni descent who flew from
      Chicago to Amsterdam on Sunday night were detained by the Dutch police after
      landing on Monday in a bizarre episode that American officials feared might
      be a dry run for a terrorist plot. The Dutch National Prosecutor�s office
      said in a statement on Tuesday that the men were being held on suspicion of
      conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism and that prosecutors would decide "in
      a few days" whether to charge them or not.

      *Fire and Gunshots at Tennessee Mosque Site Called
      'Terrorism'*<http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/30/fear-spreads-after-fire-at-tennessee-mosque-site/>30
      Aug 2010 On Sunday, one day after a fire at the site of a planned
      Islamic
      center and mosque in the Nashville suburb of Murfreesboro, Muslim community
      members reported hearing gunshots as they inspected the damage. Saleh
      Sbenaty, an engineering professor at Middle Tennessee State University who
      is on the Islamic center�s planning committee,
      told<http://www.dnj.com/article/20100830/NEWS01/8300304/Shots+report+checked+at+site>
      *The Daily News Journal* of Murfreesboro that nine shots, in two volleys,
      were fired near the property while he and female family members looked at
      construction equipment burned in the fire.

      *U.S. files new suit on Ariz. immigration
      issue*<http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/30/AR2010083004923.html>31
      Aug 2010 The Justice Department filed another lawsuit against
      immigration
      practices by Arizona authorities, saying Monday that a network of community
      colleges acted illegally in requiring noncitizens to provide their green
      cards before they could be hired for jobs. The suit against the Phoenix area
      Maricopa Community Colleges was filed less than two months after the Justice
      Department sued Arizona and Gov. Jan Brewer (R) over the state's new
      immigration law...

      *CMU Robot Census 2010* <http://www.legitgov.org/CMU-Robot-Census-2010-0>*--
      First Ever CMU Robot Census*--The CMU Robot Census Committee Posted by Lori
      Price 30 Aug 2010 This is the official
      form<http://www.legitgov.org/CMUrobotcenus01_300810.pdf>for all the
      Robots at this Address. It is quick and easy, and your answers
      are protected by Asimov's Laws.

      *John Cusack Calls for 'Satanic Death' of Fox News, GOP
      Leaders*<http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2010/08/31/actor-john-cusack-calls-satanic-death-fox-news-gop-leaders/>31
      Aug 2010 Actor John Cusack went on a caustic Twitter rampage Sunday
      evening, attacking former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, former House
      Speaker Newt Gingrich and Fox News. "I AM FOR A SATANIC DEATH CULT CENTER AT
      FOX NEWS HQ AND OUTSIDE THE OFFICES ORDICK ARMEYAND NEWT GINGRICH-and all
      the GOP WELFARE FREAKS," Cusack tweeted.

      *GOP Takes Unprecedented 10-Point Lead on Generic
      Ballot*<http://www.gallup.com/poll/142718/GOP-Unprecedented-Lead-Generic-Ballot.aspx>
      * --Republicans also maintain wide gap in enthusiasm about voting* 30 Aug
      2010 Republicans lead by 51% to 41% among registered voters in Gallup weekly
      tracking of 2010 congressional voting preferences. The 10-percentage-point
      lead is the GOP's largest so far this year and is its largest in Gallup's
      history of tracking the midterm generic ballot for Congress. [*Thanks,
      Obusha, for completely destroying the Democratic Party via constant
      conciliation and abject surrender to your Wall Street paymasters and GOP
      overlords. And no, **I don't need to be
      'drug-tested.'*<http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=150399438304904>
      * *See: *"Hope-and-Change," A
      Hoax*<http://www.legitgov.org/Hope-and-Change-Hoax>By Michael
      Rectenwald and Lori Price 27 May 2010.]
      *Murkowski concedes GOP Senate race in
      Alaska*<http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38939808/ns/politics-decision_2010/>31
      Aug 2010 Sen. Lisa Murkowski conceded her hard-fought race against
      Republican [Teabagger] challenger Joe Miller in Alaska's GOP primary,
      telling supporters late Tuesday that she did not see a path to victory in
      the vote count. Her concession to the Fairbanks attorney came as the state
      reached roughly the halfway point in counting thousands of outstanding
      ballots in the state's GOP primary.

      *With Neighbors Unaware, Toxic Spill at a BP
      Plant*<http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/30/us/30bprefinery.html>
      * *30 Aug 2010 (Texas City, TX) While the world was focused on the oil spill
      in the Gulf of Mexico, a BP refinery here released huge amounts of toxic
      chemicals into the air that went unnoticed by residents until many saw their
      children come down with respiratory problems. For 40 days after a piece of
      equipment critical to the refinery�s operation broke down, a total of
      538,000 pounds of toxic chemicals, including the carcinogen benzene, poured
      out of the refinery. *Rather than taking the costly step of shutting down
      the refinery to make
      repairs*<http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=119889211380531>
      *, the engineers at the plant diverted gases to a smokestack and tried to
      burn them off*, but hundreds of thousands of pounds still escaped into the
      air, according to state environmental officials.

      *Greenpeace 'shuts down' Arctic oil
      rig*<http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/aug/31/greenpeace-oil-rig-arctic>
      * --Environmental campaigners slip through security boats to scale Cairn
      Energy oil rig in dawn raid *31 Aug 2010 Greenpeace claims to have shut down
      offshore drilling by a British oil company at a controversial site in the
      Arctic after four climbers began an occupation of the rig just after dawn.
      The environment campaigners said the four protesters evaded a small flotilla
      of armed Danish navy and police boats which have been guarding the rigs in
      Baffin Bay off Greenland since the Greenpeace protest ship Esperanza arrived
      last week.

      *U.S. Braces for Hurricane
      Earl*<http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/02/us/02hurricane.html>01 Sep
      2010 Hurricane Earl churned through the Caribbean Tuesday evening on
      a path toward the United States, prompting people along the Atlantic coast
      to brace for the powerful storm�s expected impact later this week. The
      storm, which grew into a category 4 on Monday, was headed past Grand Turk
      island on a northwest track on Tuesday with maximum sustained winds of 135
      miles an hour.

      *East Coast Should Prepare for Hurricane Earl:
      FEMA*<http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/healthday/642653.html>
      * --Feds advise residents to shore up homes, store water and food, and
      monitor radio, TV for info on risks and evacuation*. 31 Aug 2010 Residents
      of the U.S. East Coast need to take steps to prepare for Hurricane Earl, say
      Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials. Puerto Rico and
      northeast Caribbean islands were lashed with winds, rain and waves Monday
      and the hurricane, now a powerful Category 4 storm, is on a projected path
      to the East Coast.

      *It All Adds Up: This Was New York�s Hottest
      Summer*<http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/01/nyregion/01summer.html>01
      Sep 2010 With one final, fitting blast of 96-degree heat on Tuesday,
      the
      summer of 2010 went down in the National Weather Service�s record books as
      the hottest ever in New York City. Hotter than the previous high of 77.3
      degrees set in 1966, when more than 1,100 deaths were attributed to heat
      that repeatedly exceeded 100 degrees... In this record-breaking season --
      defined by the Weather Service as June through August -- the temperature
      averaged 77.8 degrees.

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      Previous lead stories: *U.S. military wants to exert influence over private
      cyber infrastructure*<http://www.businessweek.com/idg/2010-08-26/u-s-military-wants-to-exert-influence-over-private-cyber-infrastructure.html>
      * --The Pentagon is urging that its defense expertise be put in play beyond
      the .mil domain to include .gov and .com and wants policy makers to figure
      out how best to do that*. 26 Aug 2010 The U.S. military wants to exert more
      influence over the protection of power grids, transportation networks and
      financial network systems, a Pentagon official says in a broad-ranging essay
      published in *Foreign Affairs*. The reasons are that the military relies on
      these networks to deal with suppliers and that these networks could become
      military targets, says William J. Lynn III, undersecretary of defense, in
      the essay called "Defending a New
      Domain<http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/66552/william-j-lynn-iii/defending-a-new-domain>
      ."
      *'The facts are that bad things were done by the Americans after 2002 and
      they didn't tell anyone else.' **Miliband: Britain was slow to act against
      US torture*<http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/exclusive-miliband-britain-was-slow-to-act-against-us-torture-2064949.html>
      * --Critics of Labour leadership frontrunner accuse him of 'burying his head
      in the sand' over abuses* 29 Aug 2010 The United States did "bad things" to
      terror suspects in the wake of 9/11 which Britain was too slow to realise,
      David Miliband acknowledges today as he brandishes his record as Foreign
      Secretary to bolster his Labour leadership ambitions. In an exclusive
      interview with *The Independent on Sunday*, the contest's frontrunner speaks
      bluntly about both the behaviour of Britain's closest intelligence ally and
      the failings of his predecessors at the Foreign Office in not recognising
      sooner the US's unacceptable treatment of detainees prisoners.

      *U.S. wasted billions in rebuilding
      Iraq*<http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38903955/ns/world_news-mideastn_africa/>
      * --Hundreds of infrastructure projects are incomplete or abandoned* 29 Aug
      2010 As the U.S. draws down in Iraq, it is leaving behind hundreds of
      abandoned or incomplete projects. More than $5 billion in American taxpayer
      funds has been wasted -- more than 10 percent of the some $50 billion the
      U.S. has spent on reconstruction in Iraq, according to audits from a U.S.
      watchdog agency. That amount is likely an underestimate, based on an
      analysis of more than 300 reports by auditors with the special inspector
      general for Iraq reconstruction. And it does not take into account security
      costs, which have run almost 17 percent for some projects.

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