1.Six Soldiers Who Served with Bergdahl Speak Out • Kelly File • 6/5/14 •
Twin suicide bombings targeting Iraq’s Shabak minority and fighting between security forces and militants killed 36 people in the northern province of Nineveh on Friday, officials said.
Provincial capital Mosul is one of Iraq’s most dangerous cities, with well-entrenched militant groups carrying out almost daily attacks.
The two suicide bombers blew up vehicles in the Shabak village of Al-Muwaffaqiyah, east of the city, killing four people and wounding 45, police and medical officials said.
Most of Iraq’s 30,000 Shabaks follow a blend of Shia Islam and local beliefs viewed as heretical by Sunni extremists, and they have been periodically targeted for attack.
(WARNING: Gruesome video of the aftermath of religious muslims practicing their faith)
3. Vodaphone allows direct warant-less wiretaps by governments to its customers. If you use this company, you may want to think carefully about whether or not you accept the loss of your privacy no matter what you think about the nature of your private conversations. Remember, if the US government can use the IRS to attack people who have pre-revisionist, pre-Obama views about the nature of law and the USA, then some other government can use the same machinery to attack you for yours, no matter how mainstream they may be now.
(CNN) — A suicide bombing “mastermind” in the Pakistan Taliban has been gunned down and killed in the country’s northeastern tribal region, just days after a major faction in the militant group announced it was breaking away over ideological differences.
(I wonder what ideological differences they might have? What size rocks to use when stoning an adulteress? What size wall to throw on gay people?)
Thank you Wrath of Khan, Don L, M, and all. More to come. Sorry about that.