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From CNN, Your Most Trusted News Source:
The October Surprise
Anonymous NATO Spokesperson Upgrades Osama Bin Laden From Cave To House in Pakistan, Getting a Jump on the Latest Wikileaks Which Will Show He’s Working at al- Zawahiri’s International House of Naancakes
Kabul, Afghanistan, CNN, Monday, October 18, 2010
Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri are believed to be hiding close to each other in houses in northwest Pakistan, but are not together, a senior NATO official said.
“Nobody in al Qaeda is living in a cave,” said the official, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the intelligence matters involved.
The official would not discuss how the coalition has come to know any of this information, but he has access to some of the most sensitive information in the NATO alliance.
Wikileaks Donation Site Shut Down
CNN, Friday October 15, 2010
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claims the U.S. government was behind the decision by Moneybookers to shut down the account, an allegation denied by American officials.
According to e-mails provided to CNN by Assange, Moneybookers informed WikiLeaks of its decision in August, shortly after the Pentagon demanded WikiLeaks return all of the military documents and remove them from its website. WikiLeaks refused to do so and is expected to release hundreds of thousands of additional Pentagon papers later this month.
The first e-mail from Moneybookers that notified WikiLeaks of its decision indicated one of the potential grounds for termination was “to comply with money laundering or other investigations conducted by government authorities, agencies or commissions.”
When Assange asked for a further explanation, he received another e-mail from the company saying the account was initially suspended “due to being accessed from a blacklisted IP address. However following recent publicity and the subsequently addition of the WikiLeaks entity to blacklists in Australia and watch lists in the USA, we have terminated the business relationship.”
Department of Defense Concludes Leaked Documents Didn’t Reveal Key Intel, Gates Writes to Senate Armed Services Committee
Washington, CNN, Sunday October 17, 2010
“The initial assessment in no way discounts the risk to national security,” Gates wrote. “However, the review to date has not revealed any sensitive intelligence sources and methods compromised by the disclosure.”
“We assess this risk as likely to cause significant harm or damage to national security interests of the United States and are examining mitigation options,” Gates wrote in the letter. “We are working closely with our allies to determine what risks our mission partners may face as a result of the disclosure.”
But a senior NATO official in Kabul told CNN that there has not been a single case of Afghans needing protection or to be moved because of the leak.
Additionally, WikiLeaks is expected to publish as early as next week about 400,000 military documents from the Iraq war that were leaked to the site.
Senior al Queda Leader Killed by Drone in Pakistan October 7
Sunday, October 10, 2010
A senior figure in Al-Qaeda has been killed after a suspected US drone strike in Pakistan last week.
Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, who had a $1 million bounty on his head was killed when a drone fired missiles at a vehicle in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan. North Waziristan, which borders Afghanistan is a hotbed of insurgent activity and it is believed that Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden frequents the area. The attack is believed to have killed four people.
German press agency dpa quotes a local intelligence officer as saying :” We have received reports that al-Qaeda leader Atiya Abd al-Rahman has been killed in the October 07 drone attack. Together with him another low-ranking al-Qaeda operative Khalid Mohammad Abbas al- Harabi also died”. Al-Rahman is reported to have worked closely with Bin Laden on recruiting for Al-Qaeda as well as forging links with other terror cells.
Ahead of the Curve, the Next 7 Days, CNN
With midterm elections about two weeks away, high-profile surrogates such as President Obama and Sarah Palin are getting ready to pump up voters and boost allies’ coffers. On Monday, Palin will be in Reno, Nevada, to help kick off a Tea Party Express tour of the country. On Thursday and Friday, Obama will make his last major West Coast swing before the midterms, attending events for three Democratic senators in tough re-election campaigns – Patty Murray of Washington, Barbara Boxer of California, and Harry Reid of Nevada.
And about that other war another President wants to keep going…..
CNN: Ruben Navarrette Jr, October 14, 2010
As for the drug war, I defer to the expert — the person who has put his life and the lives of his family in danger to take the fight to drug traffickers: Mexican President Felipe Calderon.
He has strongly condemned Proposition 19, saying that it reflects lax attitudes toward drug consumption in the United States, which is the life’s blood of the drug trade.
Calling the growing acceptance of marijuana use by the American public absurd, Calderon warns that should the measure be adopted. it would only drive up demand and undercut joint efforts by the United States and Mexico to combat the drug cartels. It’s a subject he knows well.
“Drugs kill in production,” Calderon said. “Drugs kill in distribution, as is the case in the violence in Mexico, and drugs kill in consumption.”
Navarette’s first sentence mentioned California wine…. exports. He neglected to mention that Prop 19 would make CA self sufficient, so no more importation would be necessary, killing the demand the illegal cartels feed off of, and he out right lied about the different physical effects of marijuana compared to legal alcohol. He wrongly says this will now end medical patients being able to obtain marijuana for their needs. And he neglected to mention that ex DEA and current Homeland Security contractor Robert Bonner was down in Mexico that week while telling the news media he wants the Attorney General to sue the state of California if the prop 19 passes.
The United States of NATO does not target nor make illegal the growing of Opium poppies in Afghanistan, there a legal, addictive opiate narcotic in a small, impoverished, and rural country which the military craves the occupation of. Afghanistan produces most of the world’s supply and it is, of course, the #1 cash crop because so much of the standard agriculture has been destroyed by war and landmines. The President of Afghanistan’s brother has hired an American attorney to chase down rumors that he’s the local drug warlord. http://motherjones.com/politic…
The real October surprise is that four years after the Democratic Party took over the majority of the House of Representatives, these are the sorts of fuzzy, illogical arguments being made in order to elect… more Democrats.