Posted tagged ‘Al Queda’

“Flawed” Wiretaps Began Immediately Following 9/11

July 10, 2009

According to a report compiled by the inspectors general of the nation’s top intelligence agencies, the highly controversial no-warrant surveillance program initiated immediately after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States relied on a “factually flawed” legal analysis.

From CNN:

The report, mandated by Congress, provides fresh context to information previously leaked in press accounts and buttressed by both congressional testimony and books written by former officials involved in the surveillance effort.

The 38-page unclassified version of the document reaches a cautious conclusion, stating that any use of the information collected under the surveillance program “should be carefully monitored.”

The program, launched by President Bush in the weeks after the September 11 attacks, allowed for — without court approval — the interception of communications into and out of the United States if there was a “reasonable basis” that one of the parties was a terrorist.

The report, though not critical of the program’s objectives, sharply criticizes the legal advice provided to the White House by the Justice Department.

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Suicide Bomber Kills 12

May 7, 2009

A suicide bomber killed 12 civilians in southern Afghanistan, as police fired on a crowd of protesters in the west who were angry about civilian deaths they blame on American bombing runs.

From the Associated Press:

U.S. and Afghan investigators were examining the site of the alleged bombing deaths, but it was unclear how soon they would have a report.

In southern Helmand province, a suicide attacker on a motorbike set off his explosives Thursday near an international military vehicle in a market area of Gereshk district. The explosion killed 12 people and wounded at least 32 more, said Daud Ahmadi, a spokesman for the governor.

Ahmadi said he did not have information on whether there were any casualties among the international troops in the vehicle. A spokesman for NATO forces confirmed the incident but said he did not yet have any information on whether there were troop casualties.

In the capital of western Farah province, a protest erupted into a melee outside the governor’s office. One protester was wounded by a bullet and five more suffered other injuries after they tried to storm the main government building there, said Gul Ahmad Ayubi, a health department official in the province.

The crowd of about 150 people were protesting the deaths of civilians in the villages of Ganjabad and Gerani, said Belqis Roshan, a provincial council member. The international Red Cross and local officials said the people were killed by American bombs, though the U.S. military said that may not have been the case.

Mohammad Nieem Qadderdan, a former district chief of Bala Buluk who visited the site of Monday’s battle, said 100 to 120 people were killed. If 100 civilians died in the fight, it would be deadliest case of civilian casualties since the 2001 U.S.