Still remains to be found in New York

Navy says explosive device is missing in water off San Diego

SAN DIEGO — The Navy says an explosive device that malfunctioned during a training exercise is missing in the ocean near the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego and could pose a danger should it wash up on the beach.

The device is a time-delay demolition charge used to blow up enemy mines.

They Navy says it was attached to a fake mine in an explosives drill 300 yards off the coast on Friday. The primary charge exploded as intended, but did not trigger a complete detonation.

Officials say it would take great pressure and an ignition source to explode, but anyone who comes across the device on a beach is asked to leave it alone and call 911.

Pentagon considers moving ‘surge’ architect out of Iraq: report

The US Department of Defense is considering moving the main architect of a troop “surge” strategy, General David Petraeus, out of Iraq and giving him a top NATO command job, The New York Times reported on its website late Sunday.

Citing an unnamed senior Pentagon official, the newspaper said the department was weighing “a next assignment for Petraeus,” now the top US military commander in Iraq, and that the job of NATO supreme commander was a possibility.

“He deserves one and that has also always been a highly prestigious position,” the report quotes the official as saying. “So he is a candidate for that job, but there have been no final decisions and nothing on the timing.”

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Email missing from Cheney’s office on day White House told to preserve documents in CIA leak

New report shows archives gone on several key days in Plame investigation

Among the sixteen days for which email are missing from Vice President Cheney’s office is Sept. 30, 2003, the same day the day the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced they were investigating who outed former CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson.

That morning, then-White House counsel Alberto Gonzales ordered the president and the vice president’s staff to “preserve all materials that might be relevant” to an inchoate Justice Department probe.

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War pimp alert: 4th Russian fuel shipment reaches Iran

A fourth Russian shipment of nuclear fuel arrived in Iran on Sunday, destined for a power plant being constructed in the southern Iranian port of Bushehr, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

The nuclear power station in Bushehr.
Photo: AP

The report said 11 tons of fuel arrived at the Bushehr power plant, just two days after Iran received its third Russian shipment on Friday.

Russia has reportedly pledged to give Iran a total of 85 tons of fuel for the plant.

The remainder of the fuel, about 40 tons, was scheduled to arrive in four separate shipments in the coming months, the report said.

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War pimp alert: Bolton: US intelligence has become politicized

Straight from the loony bin, I give you Bolton on the NIE rapport.

The 2007 US National Intelligence Estimate, as well as the skewed reporting around it, is a sign of the “illegitimate politicization” of the American intelligence establishment, according to former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton.

Bolton at a book-signing in Tel Aviv.
Photo: Sivan Farag

The document reportedly said Iran stopped its nuclear weapons production program in 2003.

While “Iran’s nuclear program is continuing and expanding,” Bolton told The Jerusalem Post at a book-signing in a Tel Aviv Steimatzky on Sunday, “the NIE has had a devastating impact on our global efforts to try and get in to war with¬†constrain Iran.”

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War pimp alert:U.S. says Iran still training Iraqi militias

By Ross Colvin

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The U.S. military said on Sunday there had been a dramatic drop in the number of Iranian weapons being smuggled into Iraq but no let-up in Tehran’s training and financing of Iraqi militias.

Washington has accused Tehran of supplying Shi’ite militias with sophisticated weapons, including deadly armor-piercing bombs known as explosively formed penetrators (EFPs), to attack American troops. Tehran denies the charge.

“We do believe that the number of signature weapons that have come from Iran … are down dramatically. We do not think levels of training have been reduced at all. We don’t believe levels of financing are reduced,” U.S. military spokesman Rear Admiral Greg Smith told reporters in Baghdad.

His comments come at a time of heightened tensions between Iran and the United States after Washington said its warships were threatened by Iranian craft in the Strait of Hormuz earlier this month. The two countries are already at odds over Iran’s determination to pursue a nuclear program.

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