Revealed: Hundreds of words to avoid using online if you don't want the government spying on you 26 May 2012 The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S. The intriguing the list includes obvious choices such as 'attack', 'Al Qaeda', 'terrorism' and 'dirty bomb' alongside dozens of seemingly innocent words like 'smart', 'cloud', 'blizzard' and 'Mexico'. Released under a freedom of information request, the information sheds new light on how government analysts are instructed to patrol the internet searching for domestic and external threats. The words
are included in the department's 2011 'Analyst's Desktop Binder' used by workers at their National Operations Center which instructs workers to identify 'media reports that reflect adversely on DHS and response activities'.
Bradley Manning defence team says US military is withholding key evidence 27 May 2012 Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of being behind the biggest leak of state secrets in US history, is being denied a fair trial because the army is withholding from him crucial information that might prove his innocence or reduce his sentence, his defence team is arguing. With Manning's court-martial approaching in September, his legal team has released details of what they claim is a shocking lack of diligence on the part of the military prosecutors in affording him his basic constitutional rights. The stakes are high, with Manning facing possible life imprisonment for a raft of charges that include "aiding the enemy". Manning's main civilian lawyer, David
Coombs, has filed a motion with the military court in Fort Meade, Maryland, that sets out a catalogue of delays and inconsistencies in the army's handling of the case.
General restricts war-zone photography 24 May 2012 Marine commanders in Afghanistan have cracked down on war-zone photography in the wake of two international scandals [war crimes] this year in which U.S. troops were depicted posing with dead Taliban fighters. Rank-and-file personnel assigned to Regional Command Southwest, headquartered here in Helmand province, have been ordered to take photographs only for official purposes while outside the wire, said Maj. Gen. Charles Gurganus, head of I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).
US assassination drones kill 8 in northwestern Pakistan 27 May 2012 A US assassination drone strike has killed eight people and injured several others in the northwestern Pakistan tribal region near the Afghan border, early Monday. The attack took place in the Hassokhel town, 25 kilometers east of Miranshah, the main town of the North Waziristan area, Pakistani TV channel Dunya News reported. A Pakistani security official said US drones had fired four more missiles at a compound in the town. He added that the exact number of the drones that participated in the airstrike was not immediately known.
Afghan president orders investigation into deadly US-led airstrike 27 May 2012 Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered an investigation into the recent US-led airstrike which claimed the lives of eight civilians. A statement released by Karzai's office on Sunday said that he has dispatched a delegation to investigate the incident. On Saturday, a man, his wife and six of their children were killed in a US-led airstrike in the village of Suri Khail in the Gurda Saria district of Paktia Province.
3 US-led troops killed in E Afghanistan 27 May 2012 Separate bomb attacks in eastern Afghanistan have killed three US-led foreign forces enlisted by the NATO military alliance, Press TV reports. US-led military officials in the Afghan capital Kabul confirmed the deaths in a statement, saying a first explosion killed one trooper earlier in the day before another claimed the lives of two others. The recent deaths took the total number of the US-led troops killed in Afghanistan since Saturday to seven.
Amnesty International: Israel frequently uses excessive force against Palestinians 24 May 2012 The Amnesty International 2012 annual report was released on Wednesday. The report is highly critical of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians, charging that the Israel Defense Forces frequently uses excessive, sometimes lethal, force against demonstrators in the West Bank and civilians in Gaza. The IDF this year has killed 55 civilians in the West Bank and Gaza, including 11 children, the report said. The report charges that Israeli authorities were prolonging the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip with the continued implementation of blockade.
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