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Live Post: Breaking News: Shooting at Fort Hood

12 people are dead and 31 injured after gunmen opened fire at the U.S. military base Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas at approximately 1:30 pm CST this afternoon. One gunman is dead and two others are said to be in custody. Fort Hood is currently on lockdown.

Live Updates (most recent will appear at top):

  • The two soldiers who had initially thought to have been involved in the shooting have been released. Another soldier is in custody and is cooperating with authorities.
  • MSNBC says that the man identified as the primary shooter, Nidal Malik Hasan, was set to be deployed to Iraq on November 28. Sources say that Hasan was an Army psychiatrist and specialized in post traumatic stress disorder. Hasan was born in Virginia and attended Virginia Tech, MSNBC.
  • CNN says that Fort Hood has had the most suicides among service members since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq started.
  • The AP has a list of mass shootings in the United States in the past 18 years, Associated Press.
  • Fort Hood has lost more soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq than any other U.S. base. The Times Online has a gripping account of the emotional toll war takes on soldiers and their families at Fort Hood.
  • Past instances of violence at Fort Hood, Fox News.
  • CNN says all the victims are adults. 25,000 are on the military base any given day, inc. families and children.
  • Jake Tapper of ABC reports that the main suspect in the shooting (presumably the suspect who was killed) is Major Malik Nadal Hasan.
  • US Army requesting all Fort Hood Soldiers to text family to let them know they are ok. Pass It On #FortHood #FtHood (via MishaRN)
  • The Red Cross provides a Safe and Well List during disasters. People can add themselves to the list which is searchable.
  • Press Conference with Fort Hood’s Commanding General: Shooter entered soldier readiness center where soldiers are processed before being deployed overseas. 12 dead and 31 wounded. Primary shooter was a soldier. Two other possibly involved soldiers are under suspicion and are being held. The gunmen were wearing military uniforms and were soldiers.

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Live Post: Large Protest in Tehran

Reports are surfacing from Tehran, Iran that thousands of people are taking to the streets on this 30th anniversary of the storming of the U.S. Embassy. Protests have been occurring since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s reelection in June, with hundreds arrested since then. Dozens have been killed, including Neda Agha-Soltan, who was shot in the chest by police on June 2o as she was watching the protests. Neda subsequently became the face of the Green movement.

Right now, twitterers are reporting that shots have been fired, but it is not clear if they were fired in the air or into the crowd. Several Metro stations (Hafte Tir, Taleghani, Davazdeh Davlat and Ferdowsi) have been closed to thwart more people from joining the crowds, which are apparently growing by the minute.

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Live Post: Unrest in Honduras

The unrest in Honduras is getting worse. At this moment, President Zelaya is trying to find a place to land because the airport has been closed. His plane attempted to land moments ago, but was not able to due to a military blockade. There are large groups outside the airport and reports say two young people have been killed in clashes with soldiers. Continue reading

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Live Post: Riots and Protests in Iran in Wake of Ahmadinejad Win

A lot has happened since voting ended in Iran’s presidential election last night. Despite Ahmadinejad being named the winner with 62% of the vote, supporters of his main rival, Mir Hossein Mousavi suspect fraud and claim that he was the rightful winner. Social networks such as Facebook are blocked in Iran and text messaging is down in Iran. Twitter updates are still coming in. Twitter searches: #iranelection, Tehran.

Unconfirmed reports have surfaced that Mousavi has been arrested, DailyKos.

A Flickr user in Tehran is updating live with pictures of the violence: mousavi1388. StopAhmadi is tweeting live from Tehran. You can also check out Mousavi’s official website.

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Live Post: 7.1 Earthquake Off Coast of Honduras

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck around 3:30am local time in the Caribbean, 80 miles off the coast of Honduras, USGS. Tsunami warnings had been issued for Honduras, Belize, and Guatemala, but have since been canceled. Damage has been reported in the area. Live updates under the cut: Continue reading

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Live Post: President Obama’s Remarks on the Closing of Guantanamo Bay

11:44 EDT TPM has a better live blog of Cheney’s remarks due to Joshua Micah Marshall’s superior ability to actually listen to what Cheney says. And a good commentary on Obama’s speech by Andrew Sullivan.

11:40 EDT Oh, I thought the speech was over, but Cheney just had to pause for a drink of water. It will be interesting to see how the media plays this and who they say won the “debate”.

11:30 EDT “So we’re left to draw one of two conclusions – and here is the great dividing line in our current debate over national security. You can look at the facts and conclude that the comprehensive strategy has worked, and therefore need to be continued as vigilantly as ever. Or you can look at the same set of facts and conclude that 9/11 was a one-off event – coordinated, devastating, but also unique and not sufficient to justify a sustained wartime effort. Whichever conclusion you arrive at, it will shape your entire view of the last seven years, and of the policies necessary to protect America for years to come.” [no! there are not only two conclusions to draw from this! seriously, how can you argue with someone who thinks like this?]

11:25 EDT “Everyone expected a follow-on attack, and our job was to stop it. We didn’t know what was coming next, but everything we did know in that autumn of 2001 looked bad. This was the world in which al-Qaeda was seeking nuclear technology, and A. Q. Khan was selling nuclear technology on the black market. We had the anthrax attack from an unknown source. We had the training camps of Afghanistan, and dictators like Saddam Hussein with known ties to Mideast terrorists.” [wow. Cheney is still push the Saddam Hussein link to terrorism. How can anyone have an argument with this guy when he just makes stuff up?]

11:22 EDT Cheney starts speech at AEI with unclassy “joke” about how long Obama’s speech took.

11:18 EDT Wrapping Up. “The terrorists can only succeed if they swell their ranks and alienate America from our allies, and they will never be able to do that if we stay true to who we are; if we forge tough and durable approaches to fighting terrorism that are anchored in our timeless ideals.”

11:10 EDT Will apply stricter test to “State Secrets” privilege. Still opposes creation of an independent commission- Congress is investigating and has authority to investigate [I agree with this- after rolling over during the Bush years, Congress needs to exercise some of its Constitutional powers.].

11:06 EDT Washington Independent has text of Cheney’s AEI speech that he will give immediately following Obama’s speech. I’ll be interested to see if he makes any changes.

11:05 EDT Security and Transparency: Defends release of Bush administration torture memos b/c practices in those memos are banned and defends blocking release of torture photos b/c they would inflame anti-American opinion- it would endanger the troops. [It’s almost like we are so not used to dealing with thoughtful judgment that we can’t understand the difference between these too cases.]

11:00 EDT Strategy for dealing with detainees: 1) will try detainees in US courts if they’ve violated US laws. 2) will use military courts if necessary. George Washington used military courts. Military courts will follow rule of law- evidence obtained by use of torture is offlimits. 3) 21 detainees have already been ordered released by the courts. 19 before Obama took office. 4) 50 detainees are approved to be transferred to other countries. 5) detainees we have no evidence on but that we think are a danger to US- still not sure what to do with them. “I will not release individuals who are a danger to the American people”.

10:50 EDT Obama is squarely placing blame for this situation on Bush administration. Cheney was supposed to begin speaking at the American Enterprise Institute at 10:45. It was reported earlier that he said he would wait until the President had finished. Obama is about halfway through his speech. Washington Post reports that the audience at AEI is listening to Obama’s speech.

10:45 EDT Guantanamo only resulted in three convictions. Previous administration already released 2/3 of prisoners. Guantanamo is symbol that creates more terrorists- makes America weaker. 240 prisoners are still in Guantanamo. We are cleaning up something that is – quite simply – a mess; a misguided experiment that has left in its wake a flood of legal challenges that my Administration is forced to deal with on a constant basis, and that consumes the time of government officials whose time should be spent on better protecting our country.”

10:40 EDT Obama categorically rejects use of ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’- says they do not work and they undermine rule of law. Pres. quotes McCain: “As Senator McCain once said, torture ‘serves as a great propaganda tool for those who recruit people to fight against us.'”

10:36 EDT Advance text of Obama’s speech, New York Times.

10:35 EDT Most important responsibility is to keep people safe, etc. Documents in Archives are not just aging parchment. Must not turn back on principles of Constitution.

10:28 EDT Obama takes podium. The speech is at the National Archives and I can’t think of a better place to give this kind of speech. He is standing directly in front of the Constitution. What a change from the previous administration. It will be interesting to see what Cheney’s response is. If you ever get a chance to go to the Archives, don’t miss it.

10:25 EDT President Obama is expected to begin speaking shortly. He will be answering criticism by former Vice President Dick Cheney, among others, who say that closing the prison will not keep Americans safe and that the Obama administration does not have a plan for closing the prison. Watch live on CNN. Audio of the remarks at Whitehouse.gov/live.

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Live Blog: Ottawa Tamil Protest

Protesters line Wellington Street in front of Parliament

Protesters line Wellington Street in front of Parliament

10:14 EDT: Protesters are slowly trickling in to Ottawa to line up along Wellington Street in front of Parliament. They are facing inward to the road where their signs point mostly to passing cars. However, with reports of up to 25,000 protesters, many drivers are avoiding the downtown area. I’ve been in Ottawa for two months now and have started to get a sense of normal security procedures for protests and other events on the Hill. Normal security is in place. The crowd is small so far- I’ve seen more people at the weekend protests, but we will keep you updated throughout the day. I am glad to see that the protesters have replaced the Tamil Tiger flag that they had been waving at previous protests. Solid black flags and Canadian flags are now in use.

Ottawa Tamil Protest from the Peace Tower

Ottawa Tamil Protest from the Peace Tower

12:45 EDT The crowd has grown by the thousands since I last reported two hours ago. The crowd now covers a good portion of the lawn in front of Parliament. Barricades keep the crowd from moving up to Parliament Hill. The demonstrators were successful in discontinuing use of the Tamil Tiger flag- I have not seen the flag at all this morning. There is a break in the crowd all along the center walkway where a demonstrator with a megaphone paces, shouting slogans. Chants include “Genocide” and “UN Ceasefire.” I’ve not yet seen any speeches. MP’s are considering an emergency debate in the House to discuss the issue.

View of Protest from Wellington Street

View of Protest from Wellington Street

Tamil Protesters in Ottawa Urge Canada to Call for Ceasefire

Tamil Protesters in Ottawa Urge Canada to Call for Ceasefire

4:22 EDT: The protest is beginning to wind down. I spoke to some of the protesters and got a little more background on the conflict than has been reported. The conflict really goes back to colonialism and what happened when the British left the area in 1948. In school my history classes pretty much started at the American Revolution (and, in Georgia, sometimes ended with the Civil War), so there is a lot to catch up on. The Tamil protesters advocate a two-state solution, but for the Tamils to be recognized as an independent state with its own borders, someone, the UN?, would have to step in.

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Live Post: Tea Parties in the United States

Today, on the U.S. tax deadline, right-wing protesters have organized tea parties to protest the Obama administration’s wish to raise taxes on those who make over $250,000 a year. Fox News is sending 4 of their anchors to tea parties in different cities, including Atlanta, where your editor will be only 60 miles from Sean Hannity (blergh). Here’s the AJC’s article on today’s events.

Leading liberals have commented on the right’s movement of sending tea bags to politicians, including President Obama, and have hilariously labeled them “teabaggers,” but I don’t think most Republicans understand why that’s so funny (this is why Urban Dictionary was created). Continue reading

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