Protests In Bangladesh Turn Violent As Filthy Muslims Clash With Police – Cabinet Minister Offers $100,000 Reward, Which He Said He’ll Pay Himself, For Killing US Filmmaker Over Video About Pedophile Islamic Prophet Muhammad – Urges Taliban And Al-Qaida To Preform The “Sacred Duty” Of Locating And Killing Filmmaker

September 22, 2012

DHAKA, BANGLADESH — Scores of people were injured Saturday in a clash in Bangladesh’s capital between police and hundreds of demonstrators, as protests continued in the Muslim world against a film produced in the United States that denigrates Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

In Pakistan, where more than 20 people died Friday in clashes with police in cities throughout the country, a Cabinet minister offered a $100,000 reward for the death of the filmmaker.

Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Balor told The Associated Press that he would pay the reward out of his own pocket. He urged the Taliban and al-Qaida to perform the “sacred duty” of helping locate and kill the filmmaker.

The film has sparked violent protests throughout the Muslim world that resulted in the deaths of dozens, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

In Bangladesh, police fired tear gas and used batons on Saturday to disperse the stone-throwing protesters, who were from about a dozen Islamic groups.

The protesters burned several vehicles, including a police van, witnesses said.

Dozens of protesters were arrested at the demonstration and inside the nearby National Press Club, where participants took refuge, a Dhaka Metropolitan Police official said on condition of anonymity in line with police policy. Police and witnesses said scores of people were injured.

The clash erupted when authorities attempted to halt the demonstration, police said. Authorities have banned all protests near the city’s main Baitul Mokarram mosque since Friday, when more than 2,000 people marched and burned an effigy of President Barack Obama.

The protesters announced a nationwide general strike on Sunday to protest the police action.

In Pakistan, protests continued Saturday, with more than 1,500 people, including women and children, rallying in Pakistan’s capital. The crowd was peaceful but angry over the release of the video called “Innocence of Muslims,” which portrays Prophet Muhammad as a fraud, a womanizer and a child molester.

The protesters — from the Minhaj-ul-Quran religious group — marched through Islamabad’s streets and then gathered near Parliament, chanting slogans against the filmmaker and demanding stern punishment for him.

Thousands of people also protested Saturday in Nigeria’s largest city, Kano. The crowd marched from a mosque to the palace of the Emir of Kano, the region’s top spiritual leader for Muslims.

About 200 students in Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir, chanted “Down with America” and “Long live Islam” in a peaceful protest. Some carried a placard that read, “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger.”

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12 Mexican Police Officers In Custody After Attack On US Embassy Car

August 28, 2012

MEXICO – A Mexican judge ordered 12 federal police officers held for 40 days on Monday as prosecutors mull charges against them for shooting at a US embassy car and wounding two US government employees.

The officers are being treated as suspects over Friday’s incident, when a sport-utility vehicle with diplomatic plates was chased by four cars south of Mexico City and hit by a hail of bullets.

“We will continue to deepen the investigation,” Attorney General Marisela Morales Ibanez told reporters. “Right now we have an abuse of power.”

“We are cooperating with all national and international authorities that we must collaborate with to clarify the events,” Morales added.

She did not indicate what other charges the officers could face apart from abuse of power over the shooting, which the US embassy has described as an ambush. The judge must decide the degree of responsibility of each suspect.

“No crime and no investigative leads are being ruled out at the moment,” she said. “This is why we asked for provisional detention, so we have the time we need to carry out an exhaustive investigation.”

The officers will be transferred from the attorney general’s regional office in Cuernavaca, the capital of the state of Morelos, to a provisional detention center in Mexico City.

Relatives of the officers protested outside the federal prosecutor’s office in Cuernavaca, holding signs saying “Deprived of their freedom for doing their jobs” and “Mr. President, we ask for your support and justice.”

The Mexican navy and public security ministry say the officers were hunting for criminals south of the capital when they shot at the diplomatic car. A Mexican navy captain traveling with the US employees was slightly injured.

The US government employees and the Mexican navy captain were heading to a military facility when a carload of gunmen chased and fired at them on a dirt road, the navy and public security ministry said in a statement.

When the US vehicle veered back onto a highway, three more cars joined the chase and shot at the SUV, which was riddled with bullets near Tres Marias, a town 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of the capital.

The US embassy has not identified the two wounded employees or the nature of their work in Mexico, which is in the throes of a drug war that has left some 50,000 people dead since 2006.

Mexico’s ombudsman, Raul Plascencia, said the shooting was an “extremely serious mistake by the officers, which could be an orchestrated action.”

“There is no justification for such an excessive use of force,” the head of the National Human Rights Commission told a news conference.

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Gunmen In Mexican Federal Police Vehicle Opened Fire On US Diplomatic Vehicle In Mexico

August 24, 2012

MEXICO – Unknown gunmen attacked an American diplomatic vehicle south of Mexico City, injuring three people, a Mexican military official told CNN Mexico.

The motive behind the attack on the U.S. vehicle, which was on a diplomatic mission, was not immediately known.

Gunmen inside what was described as a Mexican federal police vehicle fired upon a U.S. Embassy vehicle, said the official, who declined to be named for security reasons.

The Mexican official said three Mexican marines were injured in the shooting. However, there were conflicting reports. Some Mexican reports stated that two of the injured were Americans.

The injured passengers were transported to a hospital in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

The Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed that a U.S. diplomatic vehicle was “shot up” in Mexico, but said no DEA officers were involved in the incident.

The U.S. State Department said it was aware of the reports, but had no immediate comment.

The U.S. vehicle was attacked on a highway between Mexico City and Cuernavaca, near the town of Tres Marias.

Mexico’s federal police said that its personnel were not involved in the shooting. Their forces appeared at the scene only after the shooting to secure the perimeter, police said.

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U.S. Government Deported U.S. Citizen To Guatemala – 4 Year Old Girl Sent To Third World Hellhole

March 23, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – The feds deported a 4-year-old Long Island girl – who is a U.S. citizen – after officials detained her grandfather while he was bringing her back from a visit to Guatemala.

“I’m just shocked,” the family’s lawyer, David Sperling, said Tuesday.

“I think it’s an outrage that Customs and Border Protection didn’t do anything to reunite her with her parents….She is a U.S. citizen and she has every right to come to the U.S.”

Emily Samantha Ruiz and her grandfather, who had a work visa allowing him to travel, were returning from seeing relatives March 11 when their New York-bound plane was diverted to Washington.

Officials at Dulles Airport noticed an illegal entry from the 1990s on grandpa’s record and took him into custody, Sperling said.

He suffered what Sperling believes was a panic attack and was sent to the hospital. The lawyer declined to name the grandfather.

Emily was in federal custody for nearly a day in the airport while her parents in Brentwood wondered why the pair hadn’t arrived home as planned.

When her father figured out what happened and spoke to a border control agent, the lawyer says, he was told he had two choices: Emily could be held at a juvenile facility in Virginia or return to Guatemala with her grandfather.

Worried she would be put up for adoption, he chose the latter option and has been trying to get her back ever since.

A Customs and Border Protection spokesman confirmed Emily was sent back but would not comment on her case further.

He said agents are instructed to tell parents in similar cases they can pick up their child, have the child turned over to child protective services or have the kid sent back to the country they left.

“We take every effort to reunite minors with their parents,” said Steve Sapp. “The parents need to make the decision.”

But he conceded undocumented parents like Emily’s risk being detained if they show up. “They do have to face consequences,” he said.

Rep. Steve Israel (D-L.I.) is asking Homeland Security to conduct a review.

“This bureaucratic overreach and utter failure of common sense has left a little girl – a U.S. citizen no less – stranded thousands of miles from her parents,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sperling plans to have a staffer go to Guatemala and retrieve Emily.

“We hope there’s a happy ending to this story,” he said.

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Town’s Entire Police Force Quits After Machine Gun And Grenade Attack On New Headquarters

October 30, 2010

LOS RAMONES, MEXICO – The entire police force in a small Mexican town abruptly resigned Tuesday after its new headquarters was viciously attacked by suspected drug cartel gunmen.

All 14 police officers in Los Ramones, a rural town in northern Mexico, fled the force in terror after gunmen fired more than 1,000 bullets and flung six grenades at their headquarters on Monday night.

No one was injured in the attack. Mayor Santos Salinas Garza told local media that the officers resigned because of the incident.

The gunmen’s 20-minute shooting spree destroyed six police vehicles and left the white and orange police station pocked with bullet holes, the Financial Times reported.

The station had been inaugurated just three days earlier.

The attack was the second in less than a week against police forces in Nuevo Leon. Last week, thugs threw two grenades at police in Sabinas Hidalgo, according to newspaper Noroeste.

Los Ramones is in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, which has been a war zone of turf violence between two of the country’s fiercest drug gangs, the Zetas and the Gulf cartel.

Police have blamed members of both cartels for attacks on several police stations throughout the area. Several mayors in the region have been assassinated.

Mexico’s municipal police forces often quit out of fear after being attacked by cartels.

About 90% of forces have less than 100 officers, and 61% of cops earn less than $322 a month, according to the Finanical Times.

Mexico’s intelligence chief said this summer that nearly 30,000 people have died in drug related crimes since 2006.

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20 Year Old Girl, The Only Candidate, Appointed Police Chief In Violent Mexican Town – Criminology Student

October 20, 2010

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - A 20-year-old criminology student, the only candidate for the position, was designated as police chief in the violence-plagued town of Guadalupe Distrito Bravo, Mexican media reported Tuesday.

Marisol Valles Garcia took charge on Monday of security in the town, population 10,000, on the US border. The community is around 80 km east of Ciudad Juarez, itself regarded as the most violent city in Mexico.

The former mayor of Guadalupe Distrito Bravos, Jesus Manuel Lara Rodriguez, was killed on June 19 at his home in Ciudad Juarez, after receiving death threats.

Valles Garcia said she will not have to fight the drug gangs, which is the responsibility of other law enforcement agencies. Instead, she will pursue preventive programmes in neighbourhoods and schools, and she will be in charge of reclaiming public spaces for the community.

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Stimulus Spending Cost US Taxpayers Over $800,000 For Third World Hellhole Penis Washing Study

September 14, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), spent $823,200 of economic stimulus funds in 2009 on a study by a UCLA research team to teach uncircumcised African men how to wash their genitals after having sex.

The genitalia-washing program is part of a larger $12-million UCLA study examining how to better encourage Africans to undergo voluntary HIV testing and counseling – however, only the penis-washing study received money from the 2009 economic stimulus law. The washing portion of the study is set to end in 2011.

“NIH Announces the Availability of Recovery Act Funds for Competitive Revision Applications,” the grant abstract states. “We propose to evaluate the feasibility of a post-coital genital hygiene study among men unwilling to be circumcised in Orange Farm, South Africa.”

Because AIDS researchers have been unsuccessful in convincing most adult African men to undergo circumcision, the UCLA study proposes to determine whether researchers can develop an after-sex genitalia-washing regimen that they can then convince uncircumcised African men to follow.

“The aim of the proposed feasibility study is to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of a post-coital male genital hygiene procedure, which participants will be asked to practice immediately post-coitus or at least 12 hours after,” reads the abstract.

Entitled “Community-Based HIV VCT: South Africa,” the name of the broader umbrella project, the program plans to test how well received the penis-washing regimen is among South African men.

If most of the men in the study wash their genitals after sex, are willing to do so after the study ends, and report that their partners accept the regimen, the researchers will develop another study to see if the “penile cleansing procedure” actually works to prevent HIV infections.

“If we find that men are able to practice consistent washing practices after sex, we will plan to test whether this might protect men from becoming HIV infected in a later study,” the grant says.

The study’s lead investigator Dr. Thomas J. Coates was the fourth highest-funded researcher in the country in 2002 and is currently conducting HIV research on three continents. asked both Coates and NIMH the following question: “The Census Bureau says the median household income in the United States is $52,000. How would you explain to the average American mom and dad — who make $52,000 per year — that taxing them to pay for this grant was justified?”

Coates, who was unavailable for comment, directed to ask grant-related questions of his assistant, Darya Freedman, who did not respond.

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85 Prisoners, Mostly Drug Cartel Members, Climbed Mexican Jail Fence And Went Home

September 10, 2010

MONTERREY, MEXICO – Eighty-five prisoners escaped from a jail near the U.S. border on Friday, authorities and media said, the latest prison break underscoring the challenges Mexico faces as it battles powerful drug cartels.

The prisoners, mainly cartel members, climbed over a prison fence in the border city of Reynosa, across from McAllen, Texas, in the early hours of Friday morning, local radio and newspapers reported, saying 85 men escaped.

A spokesman for Mexico’s attorney general’s office in Reynosa confirmed the jailbreak but declined to give details.

Police arrested more than 40 prison guards and staff who were on duty when the men escaped, and two prison guards are missing, local radio and newspaper El Norte said.

The jailbreak follows a scandal in July, when authorities discovered that prison officials had allowed convicts out of a prison in northwestern Durango state to carry out revenge attacks before returning to cells for the night.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon, who sent thousands of troops across the country to fight drug gangs, has vowed to clean up prisons that in the past have allowed jailed drug lords to live in luxury or escape when they please.

But the conservative leader has struggled to contain corruption and lawlessness in the Mexican prison system.

Officials say rising drug violence across Mexico is a sign the army is weakening powerful cartels, but Calderon is under enormous pressure to stop escalating drug violence that has killed over 28,000 people since late 2006.

The murders of 25 people by suspected hitmen in Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas, on Thursday was the bloodiest day in almost three years in an area gripped by an escalating drug war, officials said on Friday.

Gunmen burst into several houses in Ciudad Juarez and shot people accused of working for rival drug gangs, a spokesman for the Chihuahua state attorney general’s office said on Friday.

Four bystanders were also killed on Thursday as a convoy of hitmen shot its way out of traffic in Ciudad Juarez, local newspaper El Diario said. Police declined to confirm that report, but said 25 people had died in drug violence, in the worst single day of killings in Ciudad Juarez since January 2008, when recent drug murders began.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton raised concerns this week about drug cartels in the region and said Mexico was starting to resemble Colombia 20 years ago, when drug traffickers controlled certain parts of that nation.

President Barack Obama rejected the comparison.

Mounting insecurity in Mexico could eventually pose a threat to efforts to pull Latin America’s second-largest economy out of its worst recession since 1932. Export-driven cities like Ciudad Juarez, which lost 75,000 manufacturing jobs last year, have suffered particularly during the downturn.

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Law Enforcement Officials And Witnesses Drop Like Flys Amid Investigation Into Mexican Massacre Of 72 Migrants

September 8, 2010

MEXICO CITY — The criminal gang behind the slaying of 72 migrants late last month is suspected of killing those close to the case in an attempt to shut down further investigation.

Officials said late Tuesday that they thought two bodies recovered earlier in the week are of a prosecutor and a local investigator looking into the massacre, which was discovered on Aug. 24.

The bodies contained ID cards identifying them as state prosecutor Roberto Jaime Suarez Vazquez and Juan Carlos Suarez Sanchez, a local security official. Both had been assigned to probe the massacre, the attorney general’s office of Tamaulipas state said in a statement. Officials are conducting DNA tests to confirm the identities.

They’re the latest, but not the only, people slain in the aftermath of the killings of the 58 men and 14 women, whose bound bodies were found slumped against a wall at a remote ranch in San Fernando, near the Texas border.

Also this week, police discovered the bodies of three of the alleged gunmen who carried out the massacre, a sign that the criminal gang behind the migrant abduction and murders may be systematically eliminating those who carried out the massacre and might be potential witnesses.

Alejandro Poire, a spokesman for President Felipe Calderon on security issues, said an anonymous caller helped authorities find the three bodies on a road in Abasola, a town in northeast Tamaulipas state, and were later identified by a survivor as among the gunmen in the massacre.

Poire said Wednesday that Mexican marines had arrested seven more members of the Los Zetas drug and crime syndicate in Tamaulipas thought to have been involved in the migrant killings. “These arrests will plainly help clarify what happened in San Fernando,” he said.

The slayings of the 72 migrants – who arrived from Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – drew diplomatic protests from around the hemisphere, and the fallout continues.

El Salvador President Mauricio Funes is scheduled to arrive in Mexico City on Friday for discussions about organized crime and the safety of migrants who cross Mexico on their way to the United States.

Word of the massacre first emerged after an Ecuadorean migrant who’d been shot through the neck walked through the night and notified Mexican marines. Since then, Honduras has confirmed that one of its citizens survived the massacre and is under the protection of Mexican authorities. El Salvador said a migrant from that country also survived and is in hiding in the United States.

“The scale of the massacre is without precedent, although the kidnapping and killing of migrants happens frequently,” said Rupert Knox, a London-based researcher on Mexico for Amnesty International.

Knox called on Mexico’s national human rights commission to review the investigation by the State Attorney’s Office to ensure that links between corrupt authorities and criminal gangs that extort migrants are fully investigated.

The 18-year-old Ecuadorean migrant who survived the slayings later told a television network that the gunmen said they were from Los Zetas, a notoriously violent drug and crime syndicate. The other confirmed survivors haven’t spoken publicly.

“There’s an awful lot that’s not known” about the case, Knox said, referring to who in the criminal gang structure gave orders to slay the migrants. He added that the discovery of the three bodies of the alleged gunmen shouldn’t preclude deeper investigation.

“We hope that that doesn’t result in closure of the case,” he said.

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Islamist’s Attack On Third World Prison Frees 700 Prisoners As Guards Flee Scene

September 8, 2010

DAKAR, SENEGAL — More than 700 inmates in the northern Nigeria city of Bauchi were freed Tuesday night in a daring raid by well-armed attackers on a prison where members of an Islamist sect were being held, authorities and witnesses said Wednesday.

A “substantial” number of those freed in the prison attack belonged to the sect, a police spokesman in Bauchi said. The attack came just over a year after the bloody suppression of an uprising by the Islamist sect Boko Haram left more than 800 dead in the region, and suggested that the sect was still active.

“Before we got to the area, they succeeded in freeing 721 inmates,” a police spokesman, Mohammed Barau, said Wednesday. “They went there with sophisticated rifles, and they attacked the prison,” Mr. Barau said. He said one police officer was shot dead, and a total of four people were killed in the attack, including bystanders.

Witnesses Wednesday described a brazen assault by well-armed assailants, largely unhindered by security forces. One witness, Lifidin Bauchi, the local director of Jama’atu Nasril Islam, a national Muslim service organization, said police did not arrive in substantial numbers until hundreds had already fled from the prison and into the streets of the town.

Mr. Bauchi said the attackers were wearing “traditional gowns,” and were “using big, big guns.” He said he had just finished evening prayers in the central mosque, next to the prison, when he heard gunshots.

“I saw two men with big guns shooting directly to the door of the prison,” Mr. Bauchi said. “They surrounded the whole prison. I saw them firing.”

He quoted the assailants as saying they “had not come to kill us, just to collect their followers.” He also said the shooting lasted up to an hour and that the attackers broke down the door of the prison and set fire to cars in the prison yard.

“They were many, and they were well-armed,” he said. “Immediately when they left, the policemen started coming. The police arrived when they had already gone,” Mr. Bauchi said.

Last year’s unrest began in Bauchi, when members of the sect attacked a police station, and 39 were killed. Over a week in late July, police and army forces struck back, concentrating their retaliation on the nearby city of Maiduguri, where Boko Haram was headquartered and where its members lived a life of strict observance. Among the scores killed were Boko Haram’s leader, Mohammed Yusuf, in still-unexplained circumstances while he was in police custody.

The group, whose name is a Hausa expression indicating disgust with Western education, is known to have been angry over the failure to fully apply Islamic law in this predominantly Muslim region of Nigeria.

The state Police Commissioner, Alhaji Danlami Yar’Adua, told reporters in Bauchi late Wednesday that five people in all had been killed, including a soldier, a policeman, two prison warders and a civilian.

One witnesses reported seeing security officers fleeing upon spotting the well-armed attackers.

”They mounted their machine guns in front of the prison yard with impunity, and asked traders around the premises of the prison not to panic,” said Malam Zubairu Abdullahi.

Wednesday, Mr. Barau, the police spokesman, said relative calm had returned to the area, and police had made some arrests.

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Mexico Demands Investigation After US Border Patrol Agent Shoots And Kills 14 Year Old Boy

June 9, 2010

EL PASO, TEXAS – Mexico has demanded a full investigation after a Mexican boy died after apparently being shot by a US border patrol agent.

Mexican police said the youth was killed close to the bridge linking the border cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez.

The US border patrol said one of its agents had fired his weapon after stones were thrown at him.

The FBI says it is investigating the incident.
‘Disproportionate force’

“We energetically condemn the death of a minor near the international border crossing in Ciudad Juarez”, the Mexican foreign ministry said in a statement.

“Using firearms to respond to an attack with rocks is a disproportionate use of force, particularly coming from a officials that are specially trained,” it said.

“A worrying increase in the use of excessive force” showed the need for greater cooperation on border security, it added.

The FBI said the agent opened fire during a confrontation with a group of suspected illegal aliens trying to enter the US.

It said two people were arrested but the others retreated into Mexico, throwing rocks.

“The subjects surrounded the agent and continued to throw rocks at him. The agent then fired his service weapon several times, striking one subject who later died.”

The boy has been identified as 14-year-old Sergio Adrian Hernandez.

Photographs show his body lying on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande.

His mother, Guadelupe Huereca, denied reports he had been trying to cross the border.

“He was not going to cross to El Paso, it is not true, he was here in Mexico. They killed him in Mexico,” she said.

The issue of illegal migration, and the treatment of Mexicans on the border, is a source of abiding tension between the United States and Mexico.

Last week Mexico made similar protests over the death of a Mexican migrant after he was given electric shocks by US agents who were trying to deport him.

There has also been anger in Mexico over a new law in the US state of Arizona, which requires police to question people about their immigration status, if officers suspect they are in the US illegally, and if they have stopped them for a legitimate reason.

But in the US, there’s substantial political support for stronger measures to stop the flow of illegal migrants across the Mexican border.

Mexicans make up three-quarters of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants living in the US.

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100′s Of Millions Of US Taxpayer Dollars Wasted On Bush’s Tortue Prisons And Guantanamo Bay Base

June 6, 2010

GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA — At the U.S. naval station here, a handsome electronic sign hangs between two concrete pillars. In yellow enamel against a blue metal backdrop is a map of Cuba, the “Pearl of the Antilles,” above flashing time and temperature readings.

“Welcome Aboard,” the sign says.

The cost of the marquee, along with a smaller sign positioned near the airfield: $188,000. Among other odd legacies from war-on-terror spending since 2001 for the troops at Guantanamo Bay: an abandoned volleyball court for $249,000, an unused go-kart track for $296,000 and $3.5 million for 27 playgrounds that are often vacant.

The Pentagon also spent $683,000 to renovate a cafe that sells ice cream and Starbucks coffee, and $773,000 to remodel a cinder-block building to house a KFC/Taco Bell restaurant.

The spending is part of at least $500 million that has transformed what was once a sun-beaten and forgotten Caribbean base into one of the most secure military and prison installations in the world. That does not include construction bonuses, which typically run into the millions.

Also not included are annual operating costs of $150 million — double the amount for a comparable U.S. prison, according to the White House. Add in clandestine black-budget items, such as the top-secret Camp 7 prison for high-value detainees, aptly nicknamed Camp Platinum, and the post-Sept. 11, 2001, bill for the 45-square-mile base easily soars toward $2 billion.

The Obama administration wants to close the detention operation and relocate it to a prison in Illinois, but the prospect of seeing the final detainees depart seems increasingly like a long-term project. If the president does succeed, the Pentagon will leave behind a newly remodeled military encampment, along with numerous questions about whether the cost of creating what then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld once called the “least worst place” for suspected terrorists was worth the price.

In the first public accounting of how much has been spent on the base since the first detainees arrived in January 2002, The Washington Post obtained from the military a line-by-line breakdown of capital expenditures, ranging from the mundane to the exotic.

Overall, the prison camp operation that hugs the Caribbean coastline cost about $220 million to build over several years, a price that does not include Camp 7, which holds 16 of the most notorious detainees, including Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks. And $13 million was spent to construct a courthouse complex that appears custom-designed for Mohammed and his four co-defendants.

But as spending accelerated over the years, and more and more construction and renovation contracts were awarded, the number of detainees steadily declined, from a peak of 680 in May 2003 to 181 now.

Many of the projects itemized in the breakdown are reminders of suburban America — familiar settings re-created in a Caribbean hothouse to comfort the military personnel and contractors who run detainee operations.

Millions went to build artificial-turf football and baseball fields that professional players would envy, surrounded by a cluster of facilities, including a running track, a skate park, an outdoor roller hockey rink and batting cages.

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50 Dumbass Israeli Police Officers Injured By Officers Playing Militant Jewish Settlers And Palestinians

December 19, 2008

ISRAEL – About 50 Israeli police officers have been injured by fellow officers during a training exercise in riot control.

The police suffered the minor injuries in a drill in which officers played militant Jewish settlers and Palestinians throwing stones.

The officers used tennis balls rather than real stones. Reports that some suffered broken bones were denied.

Seven-thousand police were involved in the exercise, which took place at an army base in southern Israel.

Micky Rosenfeld, a spokesman for the Israeli police, described it as “a huge police training exercise to prepare for riot control and to deal with different scenarios”.

Mr Rosenfeld said that the injuries were sustained during scuffling, and were mostly bruising. No-one had needed hospital treatment, he said.

A further five policemen were injured in a traffic accident en route to the training exercise, when a police van overturned, he added.

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50 Dumbass Israeli Police Officers Injured By Officers Playing Militant Jewish Settlers And Palestinians

December 19, 2008

ISRAEL – About 50 Israeli police officers have been injured by fellow officers during a training exercise in riot control.

The police suffered the minor injuries in a drill in which officers played militant Jewish settlers and Palestinians throwing stones.

The officers used tennis balls rather than real stones. Reports that some suffered broken bones were denied.

Seven-thousand police were involved in the exercise, which took place at an army base in southern Israel.

Micky Rosenfeld, a spokesman for the Israeli police, described it as “a huge police training exercise to prepare for riot control and to deal with different scenarios”.

Mr Rosenfeld said that the injuries were sustained during scuffling, and were mostly bruising. No-one had needed hospital treatment, he said.

A further five policemen were injured in a traffic accident en route to the training exercise, when a police van overturned, he added.

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