Posts tagged ‘Barack Obama’

May 31, 2011

US Patriot Act extended to 2015 and gives government direct access to 300 million mobiles

[Boris Karliss, US News Contributor]

RT.com:  A buoyant President Obama and the US Congress successfully collaborated to continue America’s controversial ‘war on terror‘ with the extension of the US Patriot Act until 2015.  This means that the police and secret service will have blanket authority to spy on all Americans, whether they are involved in terror activities or not, for four more years when the Act is likely to be extended again.

Compulsory Internal Digital Examinations for Travellers

This event coupled with rumours abounding of a move by the US government to authorise internal digital examination for all travellers through US airports, US human rights activists are saying that the wide range of spying methods authorised to be employed against law-abiding citizens are being used by the Obama administration as fear tools for political advantage.

US Governments Latest Spy Tool Against Americans

With the collaboration of the major US wireless operators, the US government now has achieved a direct link to each and every hand held device in the USA. This will enable it with an alert system whereby the president and government agencies can send direct messages to each American with a handheld device warning of terror threats, weather disasters, etc. As this is just the start of the scheme many are fearing that it will soon become far more intrusive.

The system is due to become operative by the end of the year and will be fully nationwide by the middle of 2012.

May 29, 2011

Racist Irish celebrity hairdresser, James Brown, calls TV present Ben Douglas, ‘Nigger’ 7 times at BAFTA awards

[Petra Jones, Celebrities Contributor]

Popular TV presenter, Ben Douglas, was at a BAFTA event last week at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, where he had been invited to attend the awards.

Apparently, after spotting him with his white companion, James Brown, an Irish celebrity hairdresser and friend of the model Kate Moss, accused Mr. Douglas’s companion of being a ‘nigger‘s bitch’ and then went on to call Mr. Douglas ‘nigger’, not less than 7 times.

A shocked Mr. Douglas confronted Mr. Brown who did not apologise, but repeated the insults.

No one at the party came to the support of Mr. Douglas who remains hurt and shocked by the incident.

May 27, 2011

President Obama’s sinister ‘special relationship’ with the United Kingdom

[Dominic Chatrell, Politics Contributor]

The UK Telegraph’s Peter Oborne writes a telling commentary on the circus surrounding President’s Obama’s recent visit to the United Kingdom. He describes the ‘special relationship’ between the two countries as nothing more than sinister and here’s why.

According to Mr. Osborne, this week’s visit by Barack Obama to the United Kingdom was nothing short of a national embarrassment especially as the mainstream media attention was more devoted to hype, rather than substance. In context, the President’s visit to the British Houses of Parliament in Westminster was certainly pop-starish with an adulating crowd of sycophantic politicians in ‘Mecca-like’ herds rushing to shake the hand of the man who since power has accomplished nothing significantly good and who has perpetrated the wars started by his precedessor, G.W Bush.
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The President’s impeccable rhetoric when speaking to the British Parliament pronounced:  “ [we] stand squarely on the side of those who want to be free….longing for human dignity is universal”.  But, not much commenting from listeners there, no hard questions for a President of a country which has departed from the rule of law taking into account the relatively insignificant, in matters of world affairs, but significant in terms of the ‘special relationship’, £5.2 million of outstanding congestion charge fines accumulated by US diplomats in central London.

Amidst the hand shaking and ‘high fives’, no one thought to ask Obama, why, in breach of his election promise he said recently that the illegal prison of Guantánamo Bay and America’s policy of having secret prisons in European countries are to be continued.

No one thought to ask this President of contradictory acts, words and broken promises, why he supports the suppression of the Shia population in Bahrain, as actively assisted by Saudi Arabia. And, why, the most undemocratic country in the middle east – Saudi Arabia – where women are treated like sub-human chattels and are not even allowed to drive in the Kingdom just because they are women, is on his ‘best friend’ list.

Again, no one thought to ask the ‘high-fiving’ President about the USA‘s use of the USA’s depleted uranium ordinance in Iraq and Afganistan, now proved to cause countless deformities and cancers in children in those countries and why he supports the use of torture to extract confessions when the overwhelming evidence is that it does not work. Again, no questions about why he deliberately blocked enquiries from the British judiciary recently regarding the unlawful killing of British forces in the conflict zones in the middle east, by US ‘friendly fire’.

Furthermore, this is a President who has so little regard for human rights and the due process of law that he has publicly stated that the Wikileaks suspect, Bradley Manning, ‘has broken the law’ – even when Mr. Manning has yet to be tried for his alleged crime by a military tribunal in respect to which Mr. Obama is Commander in Chief of the USA armed forces.

Despite all that, UK leaders were falling over themselves in standing ovations and glittering parties to celebrate a ‘special relationship’ which in substance has nothing special about it and in fact committed the UK to a war in Iraq that was not only illegal and costly, but has killed many serving British soldiers.

A special relationship it seems built on the personal ambitions of politicians, not citizens, on both sides of the Atlantic.

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May 27, 2011

Duke of Edinburgh salutes Obama, hmmmmnnnn..?

[Tom Geraint, Celebrities News Contributor]

A photo depicting Prince Philip, the Queen of England‘s husband, saluting President Obama is going viral on the Internet. Is it real, or a mock up from one of the many photos of the president’s highly successful visit to the United Kingdom recently. Have a look and judge for yourself.

May 25, 2011

Free invitation to prestige UK cloud computing event hosted by Microsoft and Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk: Cloud computing has gone viral – that’s official!

To celebrate the advancing technology’s arriving, the Telegraph is offering free invitations to a gala event to be held at London’s landmark ‘Gerkin’ building on June 22nd 2011.

The event is being hosted by the Daily Telegraph and Microsoft and will include speakers from both companies and the government and is proving very attractive as a networking venue for those interested in the latest IT phenomenon.

As from today, there are only 50 places left, so if you are an IT boss in a company employing more than 250 people, apply with good reasons for you to be at the event and you should get in. If you get in, remember to tell the Telegraph that iToD Daily tipped you off!

To apply for a place, click on this link, or the picture above.

Good luck!

May 24, 2011

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s state visit to UK a big hit

Picture source MailOnline – beautiful First Lady, Michelle Obama, in near miss wardrobe malfunction

[Selma Thomson, UK News Contributor]

MailOnline:  The Obamas‘ state visit to the UK seemed to be a big hit with all from the meetings with UK Prime Minister, David Cameron to that with the British royal family at Buckingham Palace.

Discussions between the politicians were reported to be warm and constructive with every hint of the ‘elusive’ special relationship in the air.

It is reported that points discussed covered how to induce ‘a sense of optimism and national mission’, whilst attending to declining living standards and the re-establishment of economies severely damaged by the financial crisis. Climate change, foreign policy challenges in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya also were featured in the discussions.

May 17, 2011

“Mummy, I want to be a Navy SEAL” – after Bin Laden’s execution SEAL mania grips the USA

[Health and Fitness Contributor, John Jezic]

Huffington Post: SEAL-mania is gripping American 6-pack wannabees and is the hottest craze since the Bondesque and superfit SEALs despatched a startled Osama Bin Ladin to a watery grave recently.

For a predominantly obese US population, this is good news.

The video says it all.

May 13, 2011

Telegraph.co.uk’s damming news report, Obama’s lied about Bin Laden kill facts

[Patsy Trembledon, Asia News Contributor]

Telegraph.co.uk: It seems that the photo showing President Obama and a shocked Hillary Clinton observing the killing of Bin Laden, was totally staged according to a damming report in today’s Telegraph.

In fact, as Leon Panetta current CIA head confirmed, there was a 25 minute blackout when the live feed from cameras on the helmets of the US special forces was cut off.

He told PBS “Once those teams went into the compound I can tell you that there was a time period of almost 20 or 25 minutes where we really didn’t know just exactly what was going on. And there were some very tense moments as we were waiting for information..we had some observation of the approach there, but we did not have direct flow of information as to the actual conduct of the operation itself as they were going through the compound”.

Furthermore, the  so-called ‘new’ tapes released of Bin Laden watching videos of himself are exactly on all fours with footage first published by the USA in 2007.  To add to all this, the official version of what happened last Sunday when Bin Laden was disposed off by the SEALS has changed so much that even Mr. Obama is having difficulty in telling anyone what the correct version is.

Disturbing news for the credibility of the Obama administration at a time when it needs it most.

May 12, 2011

“We will hunt you down and kill you wherever you are”, President Obama authorises international death squads

[Kim Treadweather, Political Contributor]

BBC:  President Obama, in his defence of  his assassination of Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan recently, has sent a clear message to those who cause trouble for the USA, their associates and those perceived to be connected with them: “Wherever you are, we will hunt you down and kill you”. 

The president’s message effectively legalises the USA’s right to perpetrate extra-judicial killings on foreign soil. In particular, having declared that ‘justice has been done’, upon hearing the news of  Bin Laden’s assassination by Navy SEALS in Pakistan, the president had commented that the execution had been: “Within the bounds of our customs and traditions”.

Although, the death of the man who had been widely held to have been the architect of the the 11 September 2001 attacks on the USA which killed around 3000 people, was welcome news for most worldwide, questions are starting to emerge about the legality of the assassination.

BBC World Service said that according to Benjamin Ferencz, an ex Nuremburg trials prosecutor: “The issue here is whether what was done was an act of legitimate self-defence.. it would have been better to capture Bin Laden and send him to a court….killing a captive who poses no immediate threat is a crime under military law as well as all other law….”.  Adding to this, British law professor, Phillipe Sands QC told the BBC:  “As a matter of international law, one country is not free to enter another country apparently without the authorisation of that country, and intervene, whether to kidnap or kill a national of a third state”.

This concern has also been tabled by the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns as well as the special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Martin Scheinin. They said:-

“In certain exceptional cases, use of deadly force may be permissible as a measure of last resort… including in operations against terrorists …however, the norm should be that terrorists be dealt with as criminals, through legal processes of arrest, trial and judicially decided punishment …actions taken by states in combating terrorism, especially in high profile cases, set precedents for the way in which the right to life will be treated in future instances”.

Following from this, international law analysts are saying that if the USA situation is recognised as legal, there is nothing to stop other countries, with total impunity, as in the case of Bin Laden’s assassination by the USA, authorising their own death squads to hunt down and kill in foreign countries those they perceive to be their enemies, or who have committed acts of terror, or those who are perceived to be assisting them.

That, they say will create a world whereby the rights of  all for criminal justice before a court, will disappear entirely and encourage regimes to summarily dispose of anyone perceived to be a threat to them, or their interests.

In that regard, it is important, they are saying, that the USA is made to account before an international tribunal for its assassination of Bin Laden, who by all accounts was unarmed man and had offered no resistance to the SEALS who had killed him and who had subsequently disposed of his body without the order of any court, effectively preventing a post-mortem examination as to the circumstances of his death.

May 11, 2011

Son of Bin Laden, Hamza the ‘Crown Prince of Terror’ beckons good fortune for President Obama’s 2012 re-election bid

[US Politics & WOT Analyst, Jenni Kymi]

Next year will be a good year for America’s new superhero – President Barack Obama.

Having by all accounts despatched the elusive Osama bin Laden to a watery grave and now with a Bin Laden, Part II panning out in the shape of news that Mr. Laden’s youngest son and closest confidante, Hamza (aka ‘Crown Prince of Terror’), may have escaped capture at the Abbottabad incident is good news indeed for the president.

That is because, Mr. Obama will be presented with the opportunity, as 2012 looms, to show the American people true resolve in bringing total closure to the Al Queada menace by tracking down and nutralizing Hamza and the remaining Al Queada network, now presumably in Pakistan. In addition, why not a ‘war on terror‘ kind-of -thing with Pakistan? After all they seem to have kept Bin Laden secretly in their bosom for more than 10 years whilst he was being watched by US officials with the assistance of Pakistani intelligence, or the Pakistani government, or both of them (Sounds strange?  Well that’s how the facts are emerging). All that certainly wouldn’t go amiss as it would fit in very well with the innate conservatism of Americans when the USA is at war – never get rid of the incumbent president as it sounds like defeat. Worked for George W Bush with Iraq and by gum, it will work for Mr. Obama.