News from North America, 21st January 2013

The Guardian: At least one American was killed in the hostage situation in Algeria, according to reports.

Salon: “Potshots, indeed, are flying at III Arms Co. and its sister land development company, Citadel Land Development, the firms behind a proposed 2,000- to 3,000-acre III Citadel complex for as many as 7,000 “Patriot” families near St. Maries, in Idaho’s sparsely populated Benewah County. The criticism is sparked by the fact that one of the key players linked to the unlikely-sounding venture is three-time convicted felon Christian Allen Kerodin, a Maryland contractor who has apparently used various aliases and whose birth name was Christian Hyman.”

The Atlantic: Some conservatives have taken umbrage at the Combatting Terrorism Center’s Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right report.

North Jersey: “Two ex-CIA officers, a retired brigadier general and a Muslim cleric are part of a team of defense experts who could help a federal judge decide the punishment for a pair of North Jersey men convicted of conspiring to join a terrorist group to commit murder and mayhem overseas. The list of advisers includes psychiatrists and psychologists, among them a consultant on the government’s side who figured prominently in the cases of a would-be presidential assassin and the only person tried and convicted in a U.S. court on charges of involvement in the Sept. 11 attacks.”

Washington Post: “The Obama administration is nearing completion of a detailed counterterrorism manual that is designed to establish clear rules for targeted-killing operations but leaves open a major exemption for the CIA’s campaign of drone strikes in Pakistan, U.S. officials said.”

KOAT 7 ABC: “Two adults and three children were killed in a shooting involving what police said appeared to be an assault rifle in Albuquerque’s South Valley on Saturday night. Police said a male juvenile was arrested and charged with two counts of murder and three counts of child abuse resulting in death.”


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