‘ Senate Vote 93-4 To Extend Terrorism Insurance Program ‘

#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – July 17 – The Senate voted 93-4 Thursday to extend a terrorism insurance program that business groups say provides a critical backstop in the event of a catastrophic attack.

The bill would extend the program, which was created in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, for seven years.

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` Remains of Those Killed in 911 Attack are Moved Amid Family Protests ‘

#AceGuestNews – NEW YORK –  The unidentified remains of those killed in the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Centre in New York City were moved into a repository at the bedrock level of Ground Zero on Saturday after a procession through Manhattan streets.

The 7,930 fragmentary remains in sealed containers were escorted by fire, police and Port Authority vehicles with flashing lights and no sirens from a Manhattan forensics lab to the repository at the site of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

The repository will be under the care of the city’s chief medical examiner, whose office will continue trying to match the fragments to the more than 1,000 victims of the attacks that have yet to have had any remains identified.

The repository is sealed off from exhibition areas by a wall and will only be accessible to the medical examiner’s staff and family members of the victims, who will be able to visit the space even when the museum is closed, the city has said.

Some family members of those killed in the attacks protested the move, saying it was wrong to store the remains at what is essentially a tourist site, adding that the underground repository could be subject to flooding.

They put black bands over their mouths in a silent protest as the procession rolled past.

“The human remains repository is most certainly a part of the museum,” Jim Riches, the chairman of the 9/11 Parents & Families of Firefighters and WTC Victims group, said in a statement.

Other family members have supported the move.

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(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Jonathan Allen and Tom Heneghan)

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#Poland : ” Allegation’s of `Secret Prison’ for `Terror Suspects’ and that the `CIA Paid $15 Million’ to Keep it Open”

#AceNewsServices say `Polish People‘ to investigate report of $15mn cash payment for secret `CIA‘prison

Published time: January 24, 2014 14:04
An aerial view shows a watch tower of an airport in Szymany, close to Szczytno in northeastern Poland (Reuters / Kacper Pempel)An aerial view shows a watch tower of an airport in Szymany, close to Szczytno in northeastern Poland (Reuters / Kacper Pempel)
Polish prosecutors dealing with the allegations that CIA operated a secret prison for terror suspects in Poland pledge a probe into a report that the spy agency paid $15 million in cash to open the black site.

Human rights activists and lawyers accuse Warsaw of striking a secret deal with Washington, under which the CIA allegedly took over an intelligence training academy and used it to secretly detain prisoners as part of the War on Terror. The suspected site is one of dozens allegedly hosted by countries, including Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Romania.

Polish authorities have investigated the allegations since 2008.

On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that CIA paid $15 million to Polish intelligence in 2003 for use of the site, handing over the cash flown from Germany via diplomatic pouch. The money was hauled in two cardboard boxes and delivered to Colonel Andrzej Derlatka, deputy chief of the intelligence service, the report said citing former CIA agents.

The newspaper report may contain evidence relating to the Polish investigation, Piotr Kosmaty, spokesman for prosecutors in the Polish city of Krakow, who are dealing with the black site case, said Friday.

“In the course of the investigation that is underway, we will analyze this Washington Post article and will include it in our investigation,” Kosmaty told Reuters.

The CIA program involving extra-judicial arrests and detention of terrorism suspects was launched after the 9/11 attacks, according to numerous media reports. Human rights activists allege that prisoners of the secret black sites were subjected to torture there.

Polish authorities deny that their country ever hosted a CIA black site. Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski on Friday declined to comment on the report, calling it “speculation.”

Other accounts cited by the newspaper include an episode, in which two interrogators were pulled out of Poland after it was revealed that they had staged a mock execution of a prisoner.

It also cited former CIA officials saying that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, accused of masterminding the September 11, 2001, attacks, was subjected to waterboarding at the Polish facility.

 

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