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S.F. officials locked out of computer network

A disgruntled city computer engineer has virtually commandeered San Francisco’s new multimillion-dollar computer network, altering it to deny access to top administrators even as he sits in jail on $5 million bail, authorities said Monday.

Somali Pirates Shift to Gulf of Aden
Canadian warships hunt modern-day pirates

Erik Prince exclusive interview: Blackwater CEO responds to firm’s controversial reputation, place in military operations
And here’s what Wikipedia has to say about the guy.

Skopje raises diplomatic stakes: FYROM premier calls for recognition of ‘Macedonian minority’ and rights for ‘refugees’ in letter to Karamanlis

Russia, US hold rival war games in restive Caucasus: officials

The United States and Russia held rival war games Tuesday on either side of the Caucasus mountains amid simmering tensions over the fate of two rebel regions in ex-Soviet Georgia.

And speaking of Georgia, here’s two different takes on the same story:
A War The West Must Stop | A war waiting to happen

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  1. On May 22, 2009 Michael H. Scott says:

    As a veteran and member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, I applaud the actions of Blackwater. It is an American right to pick up arms against our Republican ideals. I share many things in commons with Mr. Prince in both influence and affluence. I think he has shown the true capitalist spirit in launching a company that can be profitable and serve our administration’s (Bush, not Obama) interests.

    I have personally spent nearly a half a million dollars equipping the Department of Homeland Security with patrol boats to keep our Lake Michigan shores safe from hostile terrorist acts. At the same time, these boats have relieved the Coast Guard of many patrol duties, enabling them to apprehend intoxicated boaters, board countless vessels for no-notice safety checks and take many recreational boaters off of our waterways, making them safe for the rest of us.

    There should be more Americans like Prince and myself.

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