'Muslims' Movie Producer Was Federal Informant --'I decide to cooperate with the government.' 14 Sep 2012 Before he was involved in the making of a noxious video that provided an excuse for anti-American riots in the Middle East, and before he was convicted of federal bank fraud, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was arrested on charges relating to the making of phencyclidine (PCP). In recent days, we've learned that Nakoula used 14 different aliases in a complex check kiting scheme. We've learned that Nakoula was sentenced to 21 months in federal custody for the affair. According to The Smoking Gun, Nakoula was released from the United States Penitentiary in Lompoc, California in September, 2010... The punishment was relatively gentle, even though it wasn't Nakoula's first encounter with the law. That's because Nakoula had decided to become a federal informant.
Anti-Islam Film Producer Wrote Script in Prison: Authorities 13 Sep 2012 The controversial "Innocence of Muslims" was written, produced and directed by a convicted drug manufacturer and scam artist, who has told authorities he actually wrote the script in federal prison and began production two months after his June 2011 release from custody. Authorities say Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, of Cerritos, California, admitted his role in the film, after seeking help from law enforcement in dealing with death threats he has received since the release of the film.
Armada of British naval power massing in the Gulf as Israel prepares an Iran strike 15 Sep 2012 An armada of US and British naval power is massing in the Persian Gulf in the belief that Israel is considering a pre-emptive strike against Iran's 'covert nuclear weapons programme.' Battleships, aircraft carriers, minesweepers and submarines from 25 nations are converging on the strategically important Strait of Hormuz in an unprecedented show of force as Israel and Iran move towards the brink of war... In preparation for any pre-emptive or retaliatory action by Iran, warships from more than 25 countries, including the United States, Britain, France, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, will today begin an annual 12-day exercise.
They don't 'hate us for our freedoms.' They hate us because we're sociopaths. Nato airstrike 'kills eight women and girls' in Afghanistan --Seven victims in hospital as villagers take bodies to provincial governor's office after women gathering firewood are hit 16 Sep 2012 Eight women and girls gathering firewood were killed by a Nato airstrike in Afghanistan early on Sunday, according to Afghan officials. The coalition says it believes only insurgents were hit. But villagers from Alingar district in the remote Laghman province, east of Kabul, brought the bodies to the governor's office in the provincial capital, said Sarhadi Zewak, a spokesman for the provincial government. "They were shouting 'death to America' They were condemning the attack," Zewak said. Seven females were taken to area hospitals, some as young as 10, said provincial health director Latif Qayumi.
24 Afghans killed in US-led airstrikes 16 Sep 2012 At least 24 people, including eight women, have been killed in two US-led airstrikes on the eastern provinces of Kunar and Laghman in Afghanistan. Local witnesses said on Sunday that at least eight women died and several others were wounded in an overnight attack in Laghman.
Afghanistan: Six killed by insiders, insurgents blow up $180m in jets --Green-on-blue attacks in Afghanistan have killed at least 51 international troops this year. 16 Sep 2012 At least six coalition soldiers were killed in Afghanistan this weekend in two separate incidents where members of the Afghan security forces turned their weapons against international forces. In Afghanistan's southern Zabul province, four coalition soldiers were reportedly killed by a group of Afghan police who turned their weapons on international troops. The other incident occurred on Saturday and left two British soldiers dead. News of the latest so-called "green-on-blue" killings adds to what has become a serious and lethal trend confronting international forces here.
Afghan police forces kill 4 US-led soldiers 16 Sep 2012 At least four US-led soldiers have been killed by Afghan police forces in southern Afghanistan, as attacks on foreign troopers rage on in the war-ravaged country. NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the latest insider attacks on the foreign soldiers were carried out on Sunday. On Saturday, an Afghan soldier killed two US-led soldiers in the southern province of Helmand.
Karzai slams US for failing to transfer of Bagram inmates to Afghanistan 16 Sep 2012 Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has criticized the US for failing to transfer the control of hundreds of inmates at the Bagram Detention Center to Afghan authorities. Karzai slammed Washington for not transferring some 600 inmates over to Afghan control, about a week after the prison was handed over to Afghanistan. "Delay in the handing over of prisoners after September 9th is a serious violation of the agreement signed between Afghanistan and the United States," the Afghan president said in a statement on Sunday.
Sudan rejects addition of Marines at US Embassy 15 Sep 2012 Sudan has rejected a U.S. request to send a platoon of Marines to bolster security at the U.S. embassy outside Khartoum, the state news agency SUNA said on Saturday. Earlier Saturday, a U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to disclose details on the troop movement, said Sudan's objection held up the deployment of 50 Marines. A U.S. official said the Marines had already set off for Khartoum but had been called back pending further discussions with Sudan.
U.S. orders embassy staff to leave Tunis, Khartoum 15 Sep 2012 The United States ordered non-essential staff to leave its embassies in Tunisia and Sudan on Saturday after both diplomatic posts were attacked and Khartoum rejected a U.S. request to send a platoon of Marines to bolster security at its mission there. "Given the security situation in Tunis and Khartoum, the U.S. State Department has ordered the departure of all family members and non-emergency personnel from both posts, and issued parallel travel warnings to American citizens," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement. The U.S. embassies in Tunis and Khartoum were attacked on Friday by protesters infuriated by a widely disseminated anti-Islamic film, made in the United States, that insults the Prophet Mohammad.
Anti-U.S. fury widens in Muslim world as protests rage in many countries 15 Sep 2012 From Tunis to Cairo to Jakarta, Indonesia, the Muslim world erupted in protests aimed at the United States on Friday as anger over a video that mocks the prophet Muhammad [and US imperialism that kills, maims and displaces millions while claiming contracts on their oil] boiled over into assaults on embassies or demonstrations in nearly two dozen countries.
FBI arrest suspect over 'bomb plot' --The device he planted was provided to him by undercover federal agents [as usual]. 16 Sep 2012 An 18-year-old man has been arrested in Chicago on suspicion of plotting a bomb attack. Adel Daoud, said to be a US citizen of Arab descent, was caught in an FBI sting operation. Agents allege he was attempting to detonate what he thought was a car bomb outside a city centre bar. He has been charged with trying to use a weapon of mass destruction and trying to blow up a building, though the device that he planted was a bogus provided to him by undercover federal agents posing as extremists.
FBI Clears Halliburton Crew in Loss of Radioactive Tool --Austin National Guard team joins FBI, locals in hunt for radioactive drilling rod 14 Sep 2012 Halliburton Co. crew members who lost a radioactive rod used in drilling wells in West Texas weren't guilty of criminal conduct, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said as a hunt for the tool entered a fourth day. FBI officials working with the Texas Department of Transportation questioned three employees who were unable to locate the device this week after it went missing on a 130-mile (209-kilometer) route from Pecos to Odessa, according to a Nuclear Regulatory Commission incident report today. A National Guard unit based in Austin sent a three-person team with detection gear yesterday to assist local officials, said Amy Cook, a spokeswoman for the Guard.
Poll: Obama up by 11 in Pennsylvania 16 Sep 2012 More evidence that President Obama has a big lead in the key state of Pennsylvania. A new Philadelphia Inquirer Pennsylvania Poll puts Obama ahead of Republican Mitt Romney by 50%-39%, putting the incumbent in position for a sixth straight Democratic win in the Keystone State. The Inquirer reports that "the Romney camp clearly has signaled doubts about Pennsylvania by slashing TV ads and candidate appearances. Obama, too, has cut back, and the state lags behind Ohio, Florida, and other swing states as targets for the most intensive campaigning."
Mayor Rahm Emanuel to striking Chicago teachers: See you in court 16 Sep 2012 The Chicago teachers strike may not end the way they want it to: Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans Sunday evening to sue the union and force what he called an illegal strike to end immediately. After little over two hours of reportedly contentious deliberation on Sunday afternoon, 800 teachers union delegates voted against ending the strike after negotiators from the district and the union had reached a tentative deal. Emanuel's office said it had told the city's legal counsel to work with the school district's attorneys to file an injunction in court to return students to their classrooms "immediately."
Chicago teachers union to continue strike 16 Sep 2012 The Chicago teachers union will continue its week-old strike in the nation's third-largest city, keeping thousands of students out of class. The union was considering a proposed contract giving teachers annual raises over three years and offering some laid-off teachers a first shot at jobs at other schools. Officials from the union and school district met until late Saturday to work out the exact language of a contract after announcing Friday that they had reached the "framework" of an agreement that could return 350,000 students to the classroom.
Without final contract, Chicago Teachers Union pushes for end to strike 15 Sep 2012 The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is pushing for a rapid end to the strike of 36,000 teachers along lines dictated by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Even though a contract has not yet been finalized, the CTU has indicated it is hoping to send teachers back to work on Monday. The union is seeking to end the strike even though the teachers have won widespread support from workers in Chicago and throughout the country. A rally planned for Saturday is expected to attract tens of thousands of people, with buses arriving from other states...In other words, the CTU has agreed to massive concessions but does not want to reveal them without carefully packaging them together with supposed "victories."
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