I am thankful for each of you, my American 'family.' Every single day.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY, America!
[Yes, a re-post because these truths remain the same - always]
U.K. government's sweeping new counterterrorism bill unveiled today
26 November 2014
The U.K. government unveils today (Wednesday) sweeping new measures to combat extremism and terrorism, and tackle radicalization, in the United Kingdom. Among other measures, the new counterterrorism bill will require schools and universities to exclude radical speakers from their campuses, and give the home secretary the powers to deny entry (or re-entry) to the United Kingdom to U.K. British citizens suspected of involvement in terrorism-related activity abroad. These citizens’ travel documents will be cancelled and their names placed on no-fly lists for up to two years. Home Secretary Theresa May said: “We are engaged in a struggle that is fought on many fronts and in many forms. It is a struggle that will go on for many years. And the threat we face right now is perhaps greater than it ever has been. We must have the powers we need to defend ourselves.”
The home secretary, Theresa May, said the bill will also impose a statutory requirement on schools, colleges, prisons, and local councils to help prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
“The organizations subject to the duty [to prevent extremist from speaking on campuses] will have to take into account guidance issued by the home secretary. Where organizations consistently fail, ministers will be able to issue directions to them which will be enforceable by court orders,” May announced....
Concerns about plans to exclude people from the UK if they go abroad to fight with extremist groups have been raised by the UK's reviewer of terror laws.
David Anderson QC said his "central concern" about the proposals first unveiled by David Cameron in early September was: "Where are the courts?"
Temporary Exclusion Orders are one of the measures in the counter terrorism bill published by Theresa May.
It also includes tougher powers to stop people going abroad to fight.
It will include plans to stop some British citizens returning to the UK, and others from leaving the country.
The new Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill includes:
- Counter-radicalisation measures - requirements that schools, colleges and probation providers help prevent people being radicalised
- Changes to TPIMs - Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures - to allow the authorities to force suspects to move to another part of the country and restrict their movement outside a certain area
- Raising the burden of proof for imposing TPIMs from "reasonable belief" to "balance of probabilities"
- Greater powers to stop people heading abroad to fight - includingcancelling passports at the border for up to 30 days
- Statutory temporary exclusion orders to control return to the UK of British citizens suspected of terrorist activity
- Tighter aviation security - requiring airlines to provide passenger data more quickly and effectively, with penalties for those failing to comply
- A ban on insurance companies from covering ransoms
- Forcing firms to hand details to police identifying who was using a computer or mobile phone at a given time...
Members of the public gathered to welcome back more than 200 military medics from Afghanistan as they paraded through York and attended a Thanksgiving Service in York Minster on Saturday. In the picture, soldiers from 34 Field Hospital on parade in Duncombe Place, York city centre. [Picture: Sergeant Si Longworth RLC, Crown copyright]
Former British wartime spy, 93, is finally recognised for her part in liberating France from Nazi occupation after decades spent keeping her wartime service a secret
By Stephanie Linning
23 November 2014
A former British wartime spy will this week be recognised for her part in liberating France from Nazi occupation - 70 years after she was parachuted behind enemy lines.
Phyllis Latour Doyle spent years gathering information on German positions and risked her life to send 135 coded messages back to Britain before the country's 1944 liberation.
For decades, the 93-year-old kept her heroic actions secret - only telling her four children about her wartime service 15 years ago.
But Mrs Doyle, who now lives quietly in New Zealand, will be publicly recognised for her service when she receives the Legion of Honour, France's highest decoration, on Tuesday.
It will be presented but the French ambassador to New Zealand as part of the commemorations for the 70th anniversary of the battle of Normandy....
Release No: NR-589-14
November 24, 2014
Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
To the men and women of the Department of Defense:
I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that this morning, President Obama accepted my letter of resignation. I have agreed to continue to serve as Secretary of Defense until my successor is confirmed by the United States Senate.
You should know I did not make this decision lightly. But after much discussion, the President and I agreed that now was the right time for new leadership here at the Pentagon.
I want you to know that I am immensely proud of what we have accomplished together. We have prepared ourselves, our Allies and the Afghan National Security Forces for a successful transition in Afghanistan. We have taken the fight to ISIL and, with our Iraqi and coalition partners, have blunted the momentum of this barbaric enemy. We have come to the aid of millions of people around the world who have suffered the ravages of natural disaster and of disease. We have worked tirelessly to sustain our all-volunteer force that has given so much during 13 years of war. And we have bolstered enduring alliances and strengthened emerging partnerships, all the while setting in motion important reforms that will prepare this institution for the challenges facing us in the decades to come.
Most importantly, we have helped keep this country and our fellow citizens safe. We have sustained the blessings of liberty our ancestors secured and upheld the oath we took.
That work will continue. It must continue. The world is still too dangerous, the threats too numerous, for us to lose focus. And even as I promised the President my full support going forward, so, too, do I promise that I will work hard to support you right up until my last day in office. I owe you that.
There will be time later to say farewell. For now, please know how much I respect and admire your service and that of your families. As I gather with my own family this Thanksgiving holiday -- a luxury I realize not all of you will enjoy -- it will be the privilege of having worked with you these last two years for which I will be most grateful.
Kyle Sinclair died in 'freak accident' at CFB PetawawaCraftsman Kyle Sinclair, 27, of Barrie, Ont., worked at CFB Petawawa since July
24 November 2014
Craftsman Kyle Sinclair died after a "freak accident" while doing routine mechanical work on an armoured vehicle at Garrison Petawawa, CBC News learned Sunday.
His section commander told CBC News Sinclair, 27, was working on the armoured vehicle, called Coyote, in a building hangar when a "very rare, freak accident" happened. There was not an explosion and nothing fell on Sinclair, the section commander added.
Other soldiers, who are trained in CPR, rushed to help him but were unable to regain a pulse, DND confirmed. Sinclair died in hospital late Friday night.
The section commander said a private parade would be held on Monday in Sinclair's honour....