Category Archives: international

French troops had bin Laden in sights: Documentary

PARIS (Reuters) – A documentary says French special forces had Osama bin Laden in their sights twice about three years ago but their U.S. superiors never ordered them to fire.  The French military, however, said that the incidents never happened and the report was “erroneous information.”

“In 2003 and 2004 we had bin Laden in our sights. The sniper said ‘I have bin Laden’,” an anonymous French soldier is quoted as saying.


…the soldier told them it took roughly two hours for the request to reach the U.S. officers who could authorize it but the anonymous man is also quoted in the documentary as saying: “There was a hesitation in command.”

Story via Yahoo!News

Private Security Forces in Iraq implicated in Jailbreak!

BAGHDAD — A once-prominent Iraqi American, jailed on corruption charges, was sprung from a Green Zone prison this weekend by U.S. security contractors he had hired, several Iraqi officials said. A Sunni Arab who claimed ties to the insurgency, Sameraei was arrested in August of this year and charged with a dozen counts of misallocating millions of dollars in Iraqi government money. He was sentenced in October to two years’ imprisonment.

A U.S. Embassy spokesman confirmed Monday that Sameraei was no longer in prison. He said U.S. officials scrambled into the evening to locate him.

Story via LATimes

Documents allegedly show that Tony Blair lied about Iraqi-WMD

Call it the Downing Street Memo, part deux.

A devastating attack on Mr Blair’s justification for military action by Carne Ross, Britain’s key negotiator at the UN, has been kept under wraps until now because he was threatened with being charged with breaching the Official Secrets Act.

In the testimony revealed today Mr Ross, 40, who helped negotiate several UN security resolutions on Iraq, makes it clear that Mr Blair must have known Saddam Hussein possessed no weapons of mass destruction. He said that during his posting to the UN, “at no time did HMG [Her Majesty's Government] assess that Iraq’s WMD (or any other capability) posed a threat to the UK or its interests.”

via The Independent (UK)

DoD Posts Entire Counterinsurgency Manual Online

The Pentagon has posted the entirety of its 282 page counterinsurgency manual on the Web, for all to read. Considering that the insurgents in Iraq have demonstrated time and time again that they are indeed internet-savvy, this sounds like a wonderful idea. Sure it doesn’t contain classified information, but knowing the methodology and military tactics your opponent embraces has to certainly be helpful. Another genius move from the Department of Defense, don’t you think?
Here is the Manual if you want to check it out.

Via IraqSlogger

Mandated Carbon Neutrality for all new homes in the UK in 2016?

If only American politicians would propose ideas like this. Here’s an excerpt from the BBC article:

All new homes in England will have to be carbon neutral by 2016, under proposals announced by Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly. The scheme includes tightening building and planning rules, and a star rating system that reveals a property’s energy efficiency to potential home buyers. The UK’s 21 million homes are responsible for 27% of CO2 emissions.

The government hopes that the measures will help it meet the target of cutting CO2 emissions by at least 60% by 2050.”

Story via BBC News

The Brits & ‘Big Brother’ (not the TV show)

MNP has already reported on the ubiquitous surveillance cameras in the UK, which can even record conversations. (And let’s not forget the large number of cameras to catch speeding motorists either) Well now, a senior police official in the UK has suggested creating a DNA database to help combat crime, starting with taking and catalogging DNA samples from every baby born in the country.

Sounds eerily reminiscent of Gattaca doesnt it? (which was based on Brave New World of course)

Story via the BBC