Monday, August 31, 2009


Distinguished American actor and producer Sam Wanamaker
was watched by MI5 for several years for his alleged communist
sympathies, it has emerged.

Files released by the National Archives show Mr Wanamaker,
father of actress Zoe, would have been interned had the UK been
attacked in the mid-1950s.


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Aug. 24 (Bloomberg) -- The Obama administration placed new
controls on interrogating terrorism detainees to prevent the
kinds of abuses that allegedly occurred when the CIA captured
and questioned suspected al-Qaeda operatives.

A special unit of interrogators housed at the Federal
Bureau of Investigation
will be established to question so-
called high-value detainees, administration officials in
Washington said today. The multiagency group’s deputy will be
drawn from the intelligence community, the officials said.

The special unit will stick to existing procedures outlined
in the U.S. Army Field Manual, with oversight from the White
House National Security Council.

The new controls were set in motion by President Barack
Obama two days after taking office in response to international
criticism over practices by the Central Intelligence Agency that
included waterboarding, which simulates drowning. The CIA said
earlier this year it had closed its detention facilities and
suspended interrogations, pending the administration review.


NJ Town Wants to Block Gadhafi From Staying There

Englewood, N.J. (AP) -- Officials are trying to prevent Libyan
leader Moammar Gadhafi from staying in northern New Jersey
when he visits the United States next month.


Swine Flu May Infect Half of U.S., Kill 90,000, Report Says


Monday, August 17, 2009

Osama's Ex-Driver Now a Yemen cabbie

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Osama bin Laden's former chauffeur
says he is back to driving for a living following his return to
his native Yemen. Salim Ahmed Hamdan told the Toronto Star
business is difficult given the lack of tourism in the
capital of Sanaa.

But Hamdan says his life is a lot better than it was for seven
years when he was locked up at the U.S. detention center
at Guantanamo Bay.

Sure, but only because he's not driving a cab in New York.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Webb Wins Release for American in Myanmar

Seth Mydans reports that Sen. Jim Webb has gotten a commitment from the government of Myanmar to release the American who swam out to Aung San Suu Kyi, who Webb also got to meet with. Swimming out to her house may not have been the brightest idea, but it's another win for the Obama administration.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Saturday, August 01, 2009

NSA HQ Will House 11,000

The National Security Agency could be adding thousands of jobs as it revs up plans to build a new complex near its Anne Arundel County headquarters.

The secretive agency, which did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday afternoon, wants to build 5.8 million square feet over 20 years on Fort Meade land. NSA detailed the plans in a notice published in the Federal Register this month, reported today by The Baltimore Business Journal.

NSA said in the notice that the new space would house as many as 11,000 employees. But it did not say how many of the jobs would be newly created as opposed to moved from older buildings.