The Obama administration should renew its commitment to transparency and accountability

first_imgReuters filed a FOIA request in for the video back in 2007 but it was never released.According to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), all agencies of the U.S. Government are required to disclose records upon receiving a written request, except those records that are protected from disclosure pursuant to nine exemptions and three exclusions.”We support Wikileaks decision to post the video because the administration did not live up to its responsibilities in this case,” said Reporters Without Borders. “We urge the Pentagon to be more transparent and call on the Obama administration to show its committing to justice by reconsidering the request and officially releasing the video and other elements that would help the investigation”.”By not granting this FOIA request, the Obama administration would once again be ignoring its promises of more transparency and accountability” said the press freedom organization. “It would be a blow to freedom of the press and to the principle that it is not up to the government to define what is newsworthy.”According to the AFP, A US military official did not dispute the authenticity of the video but said it “doesn’t give new information, it just gives footage. “Since 2007, we acknowledged everything that’s in the video,” the official said. “We acknowledged that the strike took place and that there were two Reuters employees (killed).” “We had insurgents and reporters in an area where US forces were about to be ambushed. At the time we weren’t able to discern whether (the Reuters employees) were carrying cameras or weapons,” the official said.In July 2007, photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, and his driver, Saeed Chmagh, 40, were killed in east Baghdad by gunfire of unclear origin. Witnesses said a rocket was fired from a US helicopter. But other sources told Reuters they could have been killed by a mortar shell fired by Iraqi militia members. At the time Reporters Without Borders called on both the US army and the Iraqi police to investigate their deaths.Since the beginning of the Iraq war, at least 221 journalists have been killed, making it the deadliest war for reporters.On December 31, 2007, George W. Bush signed amendments to the FOIA into law, improving public access to information about federal government activity. However, at that time, 92 videos related to interrogations of Guantanamo Bay prisoners were destroyed and never made public despite a request from the ACLU. On April 15th, 2010, the CIA will have to release documents detailing meetings between Nancy Pelosi and her aide Michael Sheeny on matters relating to “enhanced interrogation techniques”. Reporters Without Borders deeply hope that the US agency will keep its word this time. RSF_en Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Organisation to go further WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists United StatesAmericas April 6, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The Obama administration should renew its commitment to transparency and accountability United StatesAmericas News News News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Reporters Without Borders is asking the US government for increased transparency after the whistleblower website WikiLeaks released a video on April 5th, 2010, of a US military Apache helicopter strike in Baghdad three years ago which killed two Reuters employees and several other people. Wikileaks said that it had obtained the video “from a number of military whistleblowers” and posted it at collateralmurder.org. June 3, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on United States News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs saylast_img read more

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Linear Air to serve three Vermont airports

first_imgLinear Air Now Providing Vermont Business and Leisure Travelers an Alternative to Commercial Air TravelOn Demand Air Travel Company Servicing Vermont Regional AirportsConcord, Mass., September 15, 2008 – The cutback of airline routes and increased fares are fueling travelers search for viable options to traditional travel offerings. Linear Air, a provider of point-to-point air service from the mid-Atlantic region through eastern Canada, makes the travel experience easier and more enjoyable for those traveling to and from Vermont by leaving from and arriving at regional airports.This fall, there will be an estimated 20 million fewer seats on U.S. domestic flights, according to the Official Airline Guide. While the cutbacks are global, the U.S. appears to be bearing the brunt of the downturn, with a 7% decline in September and continued declines in both October and November. In the U.S., 32 airports will lose scheduled air service altogether. Riding on the wave of change in the commercial airline industry, Linear Air is actively promoting its services to Burlington International Airport, Edward F. Knapp State Airport (Barre/Montpelier) and Rutland Regional Airport.”Travelers around the country are rethinking how to get from point A to point B in an efficient way that allows them to maximize their business or vacation schedules,” said Linear Air CEO Bill Herp. “Linear Air recognizes the tremendous opportunity to serve Vermont travelers and ultimately save them frustration and missed business or vacation time resulting from inconvenient travel schedules. We fly where they need to, when they need to, right from a nearby airport.Linear Air serves 10 times more airports than the traditional commercial airlines serve and can provide direct and on-demand service for customers, saving the time, headache and expense of commercial airports. Trips are tailored to meet the needs of business and leisure travelers. Arrival and departure times are based on the customer’s schedule, eliminating time spent waiting in airports and preventing additional hotel costs for overnight stays. Flights are pay-as-you-go and all inclusive, with no baggage or fuel surcharges.About Linear AirBased in Concord, Massachusetts, Linear Air provides point-to-point air taxi service with unprecedented service to more than 750 cities in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic and eastern Canada. The Linear Air fleet includes three-passenger Eclipse E500 business jets and eight-passenger Cessna Grand Caravan turboprops. Linear Air is a FAA-certified part 135 charter operator that maintains a Gold safety rating from ARG/US, the leading independent safety auditor in the aviation industry. For more information, visit www.linearair.com(link is external) or call 1-877-2-LINEAR.last_img read more

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Zwennes elected new GBA president

first_imgFormer vice chairman of the Ghana Boxing Authority(GBA) ,Lawyer Peter Zwennes Jnr. has been elected as the new GBA president at the Media Centre of the Accra Stadium Thursday.The Forty eight-year-old legal practitioner polled 56 votes as 35 by hot favourite, Henry Manly-Spain, while businessman Francis Decland obtained four votes.No sooner had Zwennes been adjudged the winner than motley supporters besieged him, spraying powder on him and tying a white calico around his neck.In the vice-presidential race, another shocker saw 58-year-old Reginald Nii Hansen Thompson polling 40 votes to defeat Emmanuel Seth Yoofi Boham who polled 35 votes, while Ahene Truly got 21 votes. Rabbon Dodoo became the second vice-president after being returned unopposed.Zwennes promised to bring all on board to make the GBA a formidable force to regain its position as a top sporting discipline in the country.He was sworn into office together with the other executive members by the Acting Director General, Mrs Alice Attipoe, after reading the oath of office. The two losing presidential candidates conceded defeat and pledged their unflinching support for Zwennes and his administration.Stakeholders trooped to the election centre quite early and before midday the inner rooms and forecourts of the Media Centre was jammed with delegates and supporters of the various candidates.Prior to the election, former GBA president Moses Foh-Amoaning, who supervised the voting, enjoined members to adopt and accept the GBA draft constitution after a brief scrutiny.He entreated all contestants to accept the outcome of the election, while Mrs Alice Attipoe charged members to witness the day’s activity as a watershed in the history of the profession in the country.Other winners on the day included Frederick Ghartey, treasurer, who was returned unopposed; medical practitioner Dr Samuel Armah Quaye, Isaac Kweku Grantson, a boxing administrator from Cape Coast, and boxing promoter, Alhaji Tofik Muritala, all executive members.last_img read more

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At The Finish Line…Where Only the Truth Matters

first_imgBILL NEALOkay, for all the do-gooders out there who want to suggest that the Steelers made the bed they have to lie in, I will tell you they’re just as wrong as the no call in the S.D./K.C. game. Regardless of your record and how good it should be, the rules say if you win you’re in. The Steelers are not in the playoffs because the refs blew not one, but two calls, not because of the same record they had with six other teams that qualified!Hey Chuck, John, Gary and the rest of the Savoy basket weaving . . . I mean basketball team, Myron Brown just had knee surgery and he said, and I quote, “Neal, I put it on them with one leg. Just think if I had both legs how bad it would have been!”Do yourself a favor and find the DVD “Ali” Through the Eyes of the World and be reminded of his greatness. I’ve got them all and this is “the greatest” one of all.Go see American Hustle. Just go see it! One of the top five movies of the year. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.The wind chill in Green Bay is going to be 17 below zero Sunday. I wouldn’t go to that game if Vince Lombardi himself was coaching and I am a football man . . . man!A big shout out to good brother Will Anderson for stepping up with his donation for our Toys for Tots program. Could not have done it without you. Everybody reading this vote for him.  He’s a good man!YOU HAVE NOW CROSSED OVER THE FINISH LINElast_img read more

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