28 June 2015
Same-Sex Marriage Is a Right, Supreme Court Rules, 5-4 | 26 June 2015 | In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in the 5 to 4 decision. He was joined by the court's four more liberal justices. The decision, the culmination of decades of litigation and activism, came against the backdrop of fast-moving changes in public opinion, with polls indicating that most Americans now approve of same-sex marriage.
Republican presidential candidates condemn gay-marriage ruling | 26 June 2015 | The Supreme Court on Friday ruled 5-4 that same-sex couples nationwide have the constitutional right to marry, splitting the 2016 candidates sharply along partisan lines. While Democratic candidates all hailed the decision as another marker for equality, the Republican response was more varied, with some expressing their objection more forcefully than others...All the GOP hopefuls noted their personal objection to same-sex marriage and their belief that marriage should be left to the states.
More Than a Dozen Landmarks You Won't Believe Were Turned Rainbow | 27 June 2015 | Here's a photo roundup of what Twitter users have so far found being illuminated in rainbow spirit after Friday's marriage ruling.
CIA photos of black sites, naked prisoners during transfer could complicate Guantanamo 'trials' --Classified pictures include images of naked detainees during transport and psychologists [war criminals] Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell, architects of the CIA's torture program | 27 June 2015 | Military prosecutors earlier this year learned about a massive cache of CIA photographs of its former overseas "black sites" while reviewing material collected for the Senate investigation of the agency's interrogation torture program, according to U.S. officials. The existence of the approximately 14,000 photographs will probably cause yet another delay in the military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as attorneys for the defendants demand that all of the images be turned over and the government wades through the material to decide what it 'thinks is relevant' to the proceedings. Defense attorneys said they have not yet been informed about the photographs and said it is unacceptable that they should come to light only now, more than three years after the arraignment of Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four other defendants accused of planning the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks [when the Bush regime actually did it].
Guantánamo prisoner on nine-year hunger strike will be released --Shalabi had never been charged with a crime | 26 June 2015 | A prisoner who has been on a nine-year hunger strike to protest against his confinement at the US base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, can now return to his native Saudi Arabia, a government review board said on Friday. The Periodic Review Board, which has been re-evaluating dozens of Guantánamo prisoners previously deemed too dangerous to release, said in a statement published on its website that Abdul Rahman Shalabi can be released to take part in a Saudi government rehabilitation program for militants and would be subject to monitoring afterward. Shalabi, 39, was among the first prisoners taken to Guantánamo in January 2002.
Two Tunisians interrogated at CIA black site in Afghanistan secretly flown home | 26 June 2015 | The Pentagon secretly repatriated two Tunisians who were interrogated at a CIA black site in Afghanistan and imprisoned by the U.S. military in that country for more than a decade, U.S. officials said. A U.S. military cargo plane flew Lutfi al-Arabi al-Gharisi and Ridha Ahmad al-Najjar from Afghanistan to Tunisia on June 15, according to U.S. officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a detainee transfer that had not been made public. The Pentagon on Friday confirmed the transfer of the two men who were being held in Afghan government custody prior to their repatriation by the U.S. military, which said the flight was done in support of the Afghan government.
David Cameron: Britain to stand with France and Tunisia against terrorism | 26 June 2015 | Britain will stand alongside Tunisia and France and fight the "evil of terrorism", David Cameron has said as he warned that "we all face this threat". The Prime Minister said that the terror attacks could have happened "anywhere" as he vowed to fight the "poisoning death cult" of Islamic extremism with "everything we have". Speaking at a Brussels summit, Mr Cameron also urged Europe to do more to "co-ordinate and build our capacity on counter-terrorism". It comes amid growing concern in Britain over Europe's failure to share passenger data to try to help stop terrorists. [?!?]
Explosions hit US-owned Air Products chemical factory in France; terrorist probe opened | 26 June 2015 |Like the three homegrown terrorists who staged multiple assaults in and around Paris in January, Yassin Salhi, a 35-year-old deliveryman who staged an audacious attack Friday at an American-owned chemical factory [Air Products] in southeast France, was well known to French intelligence...On Friday, Salhi, a father of three, drove a delivery truck onto the grounds of a chemical plant, left the severed head of his employer on a gate and then sought to spark a chain of explosions before being seized by firefighters. French authorities said two flags bearing Arabic inscriptions were found at the scene beside the severed head.
Headless body, scrawled with Arabic, found at French blast site | 26 June 2015 | A decapitated body daubed with Arabic writing was found at a U.S.-owned factory in southeast France on Friday after an assailant rammed a delivery van into gas containers at the site, triggering an explosion. A source close to the investigation said the victim was the boss of the suspect, a delivery man. The two had gone to the company to make a delivery but the assailant killed and beheaded his 50-year-old manager before entering the secured site in the vehicle. The attacker was injured in the blast and arrested on the site.
Tunisia attack on Sousse beach 'kills 37' | 26 June 2015 | At least 37 people, mostly foreigners, have been killed and 36 injured in an attack on a beach in the Tunisian resort town of Sousse, according to the health ministry. Video footage showed the body of a suspected gunman lying in a street. Tunisians, Britons, Germans and Belgians and at least one Irish citizen are among the dead. At least five Britons are confirmed dead, UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said, adding "we must expect more reports of fatalities".
Gulf states share shock of terror attack on mosque in Kuwait | 27 June 2015 | The aftermath of the attack on a Shia mosque in Kuwait has resonated well beyond its borders into neighbouring Gulf countries, which have long shared both its worldview and its fears that Islamic State is stalking them. On Saturday, Kuwaiti officials announced arrests linked to the Friday blast at the Imam al-Sadiq mosque, which killed 27 and maimed 200 more, as security at places of worship from Sharjah to Doha was tightened and rhetoric against the group intensified across the region. Officials in Kuwait had long said an attack of the type carried out during Friday prayers would be very difficult to stop.
Woman removes Confederate flag in front of SC statehouse | 28 June 2015 | The two people arrested for removing the Confederate flag from the front of the South Carolina Statehouse have been released from jail in the state capital. Officer L. Tucker of the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center said 30-year-old Bree Newsome and 30-year-old James Ian Tyson were released from jailSaturday after posting bond. Both Newsome and Tyson are from Charlotte.
Obama sings 'Amazing Grace' after delivering eulogy for slain pastor | 26 June 2015 | President Barack Obama broke into the spiritual after delivering the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, the slain South Carolina state senator and former pastor of Emanuel A.M.E. Church. (Video)
In Charleston, Pinckney's funeral brings long lines and words of hope | 26 June 2015 | Blacks and whites gathered by the thousands on the streets of Charleston on Friday to pay their last respects to state Sen. Clementa Pinckney and eight other parishioners who were slain by a white gunman last week at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The mood was somber as the long line of mourners -- many dressed in black in the sweltering heat -- began lining up at dawn to enter the College of Charleston's TD Arena, just a block away from the historic African American church where the nine parishioners were shot to death June 17...Above the crowd loomed a statue of John C. Calhoun, the United States' seventh vice president and a staunch defender of slavery.
Drones Flying Over Huge California Fire Hindered Firefighters: Officials | 26 June 2015 | Two incidents involving drones hindered aerial firefighting this week as emergency responders continued to battle a raging 23,199-acre wildfire in California's San Bernardino mountains, officials said. The drones flew into the airspace over the blaze, and fire officials immediately grounded firefighting aircraft to ensure pilot safety, according to a statement from Southern California Interagency Incident Management. "Losing the ability to utilize these aircraft has a serious impact on the success of the firefighters on the ground," said the incident team, which has been fighting the massive fire since it was reported June 17.
1,200 Officers Searching for Escaped Prisoner David Sweat | 27 June 2015 | More than 1,000 law enforcement officers are combing through a 22-square-mile area in upstate New York as they look for convicted killer David Sweat. Saturday's search for Sweat involves about 1,200 federal, state and local law enforcement members, the New York State Police said. The search comes three weeks after Sweat and fellow inmate Richard Matt escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, 50 miles away fromSaturday's search area. Matt was shot and killed by authorities in the nearby town of Elephant's Head Friday afternoon.
Richard Matt, Escaped Prisoner in New York Manhunt, Is Fatally Shot | 26 June 2015 | Richard W. Matt, one of the two convicted murderers who engineered an elaborate escape from New York's largest prison, was shot and killed on Friday by a federal agent, the authorities said, ending one prong of a three-week manhunt that spread over large stretches of the state's northern terrain. A team of agents from the federal Customs and Border Protection agency found Mr. Matt in the woods in Malone, N.Y., after he fired a shot at the back of a camping trailer, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said at a news conference. Officers heard him cough as he fled on foot, and a federal agent killed him when Mr. Matt, still armed with a 20-gauge shotgun, refused orders to put up his hands, the authorities said.
San Francisco police responding to shooting at Civic Center/UN Plaza, near Pride festivities | 27 June 2015 | San Francisco police are responding to a shooting at the Civic Center/UN Plaza Station near Pride festivities this afternoon. Officials say at least one person was injured and transported to the hospital.
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