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Obama Sold Israel Bunker-Buster Bombs

September 23, 2011—While publicly pressuring Israel to make deeper concessions to the Palestinians, President Obama has secretly authorized significant new aid to the Israeli military that includes the sale of 55 deep-penetrating bombs known as bunker busters, Newsweek has learned. U.S. and Israeli officials tell Newsweek that the GBU-28 Hard Target Penetrators—potentially useful in any future military strike against Iranian nuclear sites—were delivered to Israel in 2009, just several months after Obama took office. The military sale was arranged behind the scenes as Obama’s demands for Israel to stop building settlements in disputed territories were fraying political relations between the two countries in public.

U.S. sold bunker-busting bombs to Israel: report

Newsweek: Citing unnamed U.S. and Israeli officials, Israel has developed its own bunker-buster technology, but that it was cheaper to buy the U.S. weapons.

September 23, 2011—President Barack Obama secretly authorized the sale of 55 powerful bunker-busting bombs to Israel, Newsweek magazine reported Friday. Israel first asked to buy deep-penetrating GBU-28 bombs in 2005, but were rebuffed by then-president [sic] George W. Bush. However in 2007 Bush informed then-Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert that the bombs would be ready for delivery in 2009 or 2010, even though the Israelis wanted them immediately. Obama released the bombs in 2009, the magazine reports, citing unnamed officials familiar with the still-secret decision.

HPV Vaccine Fact Check: Perry Misstated Relationship With Dying Woman

September 22, 2011—Although Rick Perry said at a debate on Thursday that he was “lobbied” by a 31-year-old woman suffering from cervical cancer to require young girls to receive the HPV vaccine, he did not meet the cancer patient until after he had already issued his executive order mandating the vaccine. The woman Rick Perry mentioned in the Republican debate Thursday was Heather Burcham, a thirty one year old woman dying from cervical cancer. But what Perry left out in his answer was that he met her after he issued his executive order.

GE Oil & Gas to supply water re-injection related equipment to BP Iraq

September 23, 2011—GE Oil & Gas has announced that it is supplying an integrated package of pumps, gas engines and additional equipment to BP Iraq-N.V. for produced water re-injection operations to increase production in the Rumaila oil field of southern Iraq. To fulfill the customer’s diverse technology requirements, GE Oil & Gas called upon other GE Energy resources including Waukesha gas engines and Bently Nevada’s condition monitoring product lines, the company said.

U.S. drone kills 11 in southern Somalia

September 23, 2011—A U.S. drone has fired missiles in southern districts of Somalia killing at least eleven people and injuring dozens of others, Press TV reported.

Turkey voices readiness for Israel war

September 22, 2011—Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has voiced his country’s readiness to engage in a conflict with Israel, in the case it becomes “necessary.” In an interview, when Erdogan was asked if he saw the Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound flotilla that killed nine Turkish nationals as “a cause of war,”—as the premier had earlier said—Erdogan said “we will do that too if it becomes necessary,” Turkey’s Vatan newspaper reported on Thursday. “As you know, Israel attacked three ships, one of which carried over 400 people from 33 countries, in international waters from sea and air. Such an attack in international waters is against international law,” Erdogan noted.

Inside the CIA’s secret Thai prison

—Prisoner allegedly “hung,” “injected,” and “refrigerated” with ice

September 22, 2011—The United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) appears to have used Bangkok’s former Don Muang International Airport as a secret prison to torture a suspected Muslim terrorist, the first time a specific location has ever been described within Thailand, according to statements by the Libyan who was allegedly held there. It was impossible to immediately confirm Abdel Hakim Belhaj’s allegations of being “hung,” “injected,” and refrigerated with “ice” at the airport, but if true it is the first description of any site in Thailand pinpointed by a prisoner held by the CIA.

Three more charged in Anonymous hack spree probe

—Trans-Atlantic sweep continues

September 22, 2011—Federal prosecutors filed charges against three men accused of carrying out website attacks as part of an extended campaign linked to the Anonymous hacking crew. Cody Kretsinger, 23, of Phoenix was accused of participating in a hack of the Sony Pictures website… He was arrested Thursday morning on charges of conspiracy and the unauthorized impairment of a protected computer. Kretsinger’s arrest came the same day that federal officials charged two men [Christoper Doyon and Joshua John Covelli] with participating in distributed denial-of-service attacks on websites belonging to the County of Santa Cruz.


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  Tom Engelhardt: Scamming Washington: Exclusive Letters from the ScamiLeaks Archives: Who knew that the highest officials in Washington receive scam “Nigerian” letters as well? More
  Joel Whitney: Over-Educated?:The generation just out of college has done some cool stuff, but it hasn’t cured cancer. More
  Genevieve Walker: Lost In Translation: Pace Gallery’s “Social Media” exhibit explores the way social media provides a peek at the new ways people can connect with each other. More

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