Ukraine promises to suspend ‘active phase of anti-terrorist operation’ as Kremlin defends buildup of troops at border
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19 Apr 2014: Ukraine promises to suspend ‘active phase of anti-terrorist operation’ as Kremlin defends buildup of troops at border
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Kieran Suckling: Cliven Bundy’s standoff with the BLM is over a paltry monthly grazing fee. But it’s also over more – the idea of the public interest
FBI director nominee James Comey oversees a growing part of the US surveillance state. Photograph: Gary Cameron/Reuter
Trevor Timm: People forget that the FBI is the NSA’s primary partner in domestic spying, which allows them to work in secret
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U. S. Casualties Total To Date:Killed: 2317
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Spc. Kerry M. G. Danyluk, 27, of Cuero, Texas, died April 15 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, of injuries sustained April 12 when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire in Pul-e-Alam, Logar province, Afghanistan
.Capt. James E. Chaffin III, 27, of West Columbia, S.C., died April 1, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C
.Master Sgt. David L. Poirier, 52, of North Smithfield, R.I., died Feb. 28, from a non-combat related incident currently under investigation. He was assigned to the 157th Operations Support Squadron, Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H
.Lance Cpl. Caleb L. Erickson, 20, of Waseca, Minn., died Feb. 28, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Master Sgt. Aaron C. Torian, 36, of Paducah, Ky., died Feb. 15, while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune,N.C.
Sgt. First Class Roberto C. Skelt, 41, of York, Fla…assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C….died Feb. 12, in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when they were struck by enemy small arms fire.
Spc. John A. Pelham, 22, of Portland, Ore…assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C….died Feb. 12, in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when they were struck by enemy small arms fire.
Spc. Christopher A. Landis, 27, of Independence, Ky., died Feb. 10, on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, from wounds received when the enemy attacked his dismounted patrol with a rocket propelled grenade in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C
Pfc. Joshua A. Gray, 21, of Van Lear, Ky.,died Feb. 10, in Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident currently under investigation.
Iraq Occupation Casualties, Exclusive of Civilians
U. S. Casualties Total To Date:Killed: 4486
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• James Mitchell ‘highly skeptical’ of Senate report on CIA torture
• ‘It was not illegal based on the law at the time’
• Mitchell said to have waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
Mitchell insists the torture techniques he developed had produced results, and is dismissive of critics of the CIA program. Photograph: US Department of Defense/AP
The psychologist regarded as the architect of the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program has broken a seven-year silence to defend the use of torture techniques against al-Qaida terror suspects in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
In an uncompromising and wide-ranging interview with the Guardian, his first public remarks since he was linked to the program in 2007, James Mitchell was dismissive of a Senate intelligence committee report on CIA torture in which he features, and which is currently at the heart of an intense row between legislators and the agency…………………..
City’s chief rabbi states pamphlet is fake, claiming it’s meant to discredit pro-Russian protesters or Jewish community
- Alec Luhn in Donetsk
The barricades outside the Donetsk regional administration building are plastered with anti-fascist posters. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images
The barricades that mark the entrance to the “Donetsk People’s Republic” are plastered with anti-fascist posters, including an American flag with a swastika in place of the stars. The pro-Russian protesters who have set up their own government in the occupied administration building see the new Kiev regime as dominated by intolerant Ukrainian nationalists, which is why it was ironic when an antisemitic flier appeared on Wednesday ordering Jews to register with these new authorities.
• Southern Poverty Law Center singles out Stormfront.org
• Report says users disproportionately linked to major killings
- Amanda Holpuch in New York
Frazier Glenn Cross appears at his arraignment murder charges in Kansas after three people were killed at a Jewish centre. Photograph: Reuters
People charged with the murders of almost 100 people can be linked to a single far-right website, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
The White Nationalist web forum Stormfront.org says it promotes values of “the embattled white minority,” and its users include Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in a 2011 massacre in Norway, and Wade Michael Page, who shot and killed six people at a Sikh temple in
Occupations of public buildings across eastern Ukraine continue as pro-Russian separatists accuse Kiev of violating Geneva deal
- Luke Harding in Donetsk
A masked pro-Russian activist inside a building seized in Donetsk, Ukraine. Photograph: Sergei Grits/AP
Pro-Russian groups in eastern Ukraine have accused the authorities in Kiev of violating an agreement to defuse tensions across the country, adding that they have no intention of leaving buildings they have occupied.
Edward Snowden: I questioned the Russian president live on TV to get his answer on the record, not to whitewash him
On Thursday, I questioned Russia’s involvement in mass surveillance on live television. I asked Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, a question that cannot credibly be answered in the negative by any leader who runs a modern, intrusive surveillance program: “Does [your country] intercept, analyse or store millions of individuals’ communications?”
I went on to challenge whether, even if such a mass surveillance program were effective and technically legal, it could ever be morally justified.
The question was intended to mirror the now infamous exchange in US Senate intelligence committee hearings between senator Ron Wyden and the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, about whether the NSA collected records on millions of Americans, and to invite either an important concession or a clear evasion. (See a side-by-side comparison of Wyden’s question and mine here.)
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