By Alan Beattie and Geoff Dyer, FT.com
quinta-feira, 10 de junho de 2010
By Terry Frieden, CNN Justice Producer
MARK COLVIN: The ABC Four Corners journalist Chris Masters is embedded with Australian forces in Afghanistan and he heard the roadside bomb that killed the two Australian soldiers on Monday.
He was also present at a memorial service for the soldiers in Tarin Kowt in Afghanistan.
Chris Masters spoke to the ABC’s Stephanie Kennedy a short time ago.
CHRIS MASTERS: The memorial service has just been completed as I speak. About 400 people gathered in an aircraft hangar here at the multinational base at Tarin Kowt and we saw that mixture of coalition uniforms, dominated by the Australians in the green and the desert camouflage; the green being the uniform that was worn by Sappers Smith and Moerland.
There were of course Dutch soldiers, Afghan National Army soldiers, Euro soldiers as well. There was a small number of civilians from AusAid. The blue of the Australian Federal Police was present. The SOTG, the special operations people, were there in the background and also present were the explosive detection dogs, Tank, Harry, Bundy, who, like the now deceased Herbie, are considered soldiers too.
STEPHANIE KENNEDY: And this was a farewell ceremony for the bodies of Sappers Smith and Moerland?
CHRIS MASTERS: That’s right. A number of soldiers spoke. Lieutenant Colonel Blain, the officer commanding Mentoring Task Force 1 said that these two men exemplified the spirit of the soldier to put service before self. He expressed a common sentiment that I have heard from many of these young soldiers; that this sacrifice should not be in vain.
Major General John Cantwell, who commands the whole operation here was there. He spoke very movingly. I had spoken with him before and he told me how impressed he was with the physical and mental endurance of the men, because when you see them in the field, carrying this extraordinary gear for hours and hours upon end in 50 degree heat at the same time risking their lives, it’s hard not to be impressed.
Some of the mates spoke as well. Sapper Michael Clarke spoke of his good mate Snowy, who’s Sapper Jacob Moerland. I don’t think anybody knew what Jacob Moerland’s real name was, he was just known as Snowy and he was one of those unforgettable characters. And Sapper Clarke spoke of Snowy’s larrikin spirit and said that he and his mates would never be above or below him but always beside him.
Corporal Craig Turnbull spoke of Smithy, Sapper Darren Smith, explaining that he’d only just been married, he got married last December between the mission rehearsal exercise and the actual deployment. So he has a very new wife Angela now in mourning and a two-and-a-half year old son Mason and probably the most moving part of the ceremony was when he gave the last word to two-and-a-half years old Mason, who’d sent across a message with the Lest We Forget insignia and the words "to my daddy, Mason".
STEPHANIE KENNEDY: Can you describe the mood now amongst the soldiers?
CHRIS MASTERS: Look it was very hot in that hangar. It’s 50 degree heat around here and I can say that there was a lot of sweat but sweat mingled with tears. These are men not given to silence and a lot of sentiment but this has cut very, very deeply into this tight knit unit. The second engineers feel this deeply. They, if this conflict has a frontline, these are the people who are likely to find it.
MARK COLVIN: Chris Masters, the veteran ABC journalist embedded for Four Corners with Australian forces in Afghanistan, speaking to Stephanie Kennedy.
Big Brother housemate Sunshine was left all on her lonesome in the garden today after her fellow contestants ate their lunch at an elevated table
To celebrate the housemates' first day in the Big Brother house, Big Brother treated them to a special three-course lunch - on a crane.
In the garden a dinner table was hoisted up with all the housemates seated around it - but only after one of them had volunteered to stay behind.
Sunshine took one for the team and stayed in the garden, and as part of the task after lunch she was required to paint five pictures on a giant pad in the garden from numbered clues.
The other housemates then had to guess who she was drawing from the five clues, which were 'Big Boobed Babe', 'Squatter', 'Boring Old One', 'Hunky Trio', and 'Wannabes'.
For each correct answer they bagged £100 for the shopping budget, and despite getting three right because Sunshine gestured for one of them they only got £200.
The full results were:
1. Big Boobed Babe - which they failed to identify.
2. Squatter - which they identified correctly
3. Boring Old One - they correctly identified, but Sunshine gestured to the housemates which was against the rules
4. Hunky Trio - which they failed to identify
5. Wannabes - which they identified correctly
Polish authorities want to question a second Swede, millionaire Lars-Göran Wahlström, about the theft of the "Arbeit macht frei" sign at the concentration camp.
The news was reported by daily , quoting news agency . According to the newspaper, Wahlström has a Nazi past.
Wahlström currently has power of attorney over the affairs of , who in early April was extradited to on suspicion of being the brains behind the theft. He has since been in custody in awaiting trial.
During questioning, is thought to have accused commissioning him and several Polish men to steal the sign. Wahlström has long denied the charges, including in an interview with newspaper Aftonbladet in January, when he said that he would be happy to be questioned by Polish police.
- By Kevin Poulsen and Kim Zetter
On his last full day of freedom before Army CID investigators took him into custody, 22-year-old Bradley Manning pondered what would happen if his secret life as a self-described Wikileaks “hacktivist” were ever exposed.
“What would you do if your role [with] Wikileaks seemed in danger of being blown?” was the question posed by ex-hacker Adrian Lamo, who’d been chatting with Manning online for about five days.
“Try and figure out how I could get my side of the story out, before everything was twisted around to make me look like Nidal Hassan,” wrote back Manning.
Manning, an Army intelligence analyst at Forward Operating Base Hammer in Iraq, doubtless thought it was a hypothetical question. But by that time, May 25, the 29-year-old Lamo had already tipped off FBI and Army investigators, and the former hacker was at that moment working to get more information for the government, which would result in Manning’s arrest the next day.
From Esprit Smith, CNN
Deported from the U.S., a former Long Beach gang member makes a name break dancing in Cambodia and becomes a role model
By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Phnom Penh, Cambodia —His arms and chest coated with gangland-style tattoos, his eyebrow pierced, Tuy "K.K." Sobil sits in a cafe in Phnom Penh beside his 5-year-old son, Unique, adopted from drug dealer parents who couldn't cope.
"I'm trying to get him to eat his vegetables," he said. "He gets his bad habits from me."
K.K., short for "Krazy Kat," knows all about bad habits: The onetime member of the Long Beach Crips served eight years in prison for armed robbery before being deported in 2004 to Cambodia, his parents' homeland.
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Doug Kimsey, Naval War College Public Affairs
NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- The secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) shared his vision of a greener Navy and Marine Corps team, one that is more energy independent, but still remaining the greatest maritime force in the world, during a keynote address at the Naval War College's 61st Current Strategy Forum in Newport, R.I., June 9.
"It's a matter of energy independence, it's a matter of our security," said SECNAV Ray Mabus of the need for the Navy and Marine Corps to reduce dependence on foreign fossil fuels.
Attended by more than 1,200 participants, the 2010 conference explored the theme of "The Global System in Transition" by examining U.S. foreign policy in the emerging global order, the strategic leadership opportunities for the United States and the role of the maritime services in supporting the nation's key objectives. The two-day forum is hosted annually by SECNAV.
"It's a matter of making sure that when we need those ships at sea, when we need those aircraft in the air, when we need the Marines on the ground, we have the energy produced right here in the United States to do that," said Mabus.
Mabus, a former governor of Mississippi, U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and surface warfare officer, gave examples of efforts to become less dependent on foreign fossil fuels.
"In April (2010), we flew the Green Hornet, an F-18 Hornet. The Green Hornet, a regular off-the-shelf F-18, supersonic, flew on a mixture of regular gasoline and biofuel, biofuel made from camelina," said Mabus.
Camelina is a small mustard seed that has the potential to be grown in rotation with wheat in every state.
Becoming greener serves tremendous tactical imperatives as well, said Mabus.
by Staff Sgt. Austin M. May
100th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
6/10/2010 - NORMANDY, France (AFNS) -- The sky above Normandy billowed to life June 5 as hundreds of parachutes slowly descended on a field just outside St. Mere Eglise, a town near Utah Beach.
Beneath the chutes was a mix of American, English, French and German paratroopers, all landing in the field known as the "Iron Mike" drop zone, with the same mission: to commemorate the 66th anniversary of Operation Overlord, the D-Day landings of World War II.
Among the jumpers were members of Royal Air Force Mildenhall's 321st Special Tactics Squadron, which has participated in the D-Day commemoration almost every year since the mid 1990s. Five 321st STS Airmen jumped from a static line, where their parachute is deployed automatically upon exiting the aircraft, while another 14 performed a high-altitude, low-opening jump.
Capt. Steven Cooper was one of the Airmen who made the static-line jump, but with a twist -- he and the other four were delivered to the drop zone by a German aircraft.