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FRINFORMSUM 10/7/2010

October 7, 2010

Let It Be? (See below.)

Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has consistently denied that his country is sending explosives and armaments to rebel groups in Iraq and Afghanistan. In another example of these illegal acts, CNN reports that authorities on the Afghanistan-Iran border have seized 19 tons of Iranian explosives being transported in a 40-foot shipping container.

Update in the Ghailani Trial

Judge Lewis Kaplan has barred the testimony of a critical witness Hussein Abebe. It was Abebe who sold Ahmed Ghailani the explosives used in the 1998 Tanzanian and Kenyan Embassy bombings.  Kaplan has blocked Abebe from testifying on the grounds that Abebe was discovered during Ghailani’s interrogation, at which time he was under duress from “enhanced interrogation.”

Israel – traditionally reluctant to declassify state records – it has now released minutes and other previously classified documents from the 1973 Yom Kippur War. The documents provide insight into the inner circle of Prime Minister Golda Meir. Notably, the dox recount why the Meir administration decided not to engage in a pre-emptive strike against Egyptian and Syrian forces as they prepared to cross the Suez Canal to commence armed hostilities.

A Freedom of Information Act query sent to the FBI by Salon reveals that Former football star, GOP Congressman, and Vice-Presidential candidate Jack Kemp was investigated over a period of years over rumors that he was homosexual. The allegations against Kemp were never confirmed, but the rumors were so prevalent that they were one of the main reasons Ronald Reagan selected George H. W. Bush over Kemp for the 1980 Vice-Presidential nomination.  Tax dollars at work.

Space shuttle on hiatus?  No problem.  Check out these awesome pics of a Russian Soyuz space capsule.

And poor John Lennon.  The FBI still won’t leave him alone.  (They subpoenaed his finger prints from a memorabilia store yesterday.)

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