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Emails are first public disclosure of about the al Qaida leader’s death

Emails are first public disclosure of about the al Qaida leader’s death

Secret internal emails reveal Osama bin Laden was washed, wrapped in a sheet and slid into the sea for his burial in accordance with Islamic burial tradition – and no sailors saw it.

The heavily blacked out emails sent between U.S. military officers were obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and are the first public disclosure of government information about the al Qaida leader’s death.

Bin Laden was killed on May 1, 2011, by a U.S. Navy SEAL team that attacked his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

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Leon Watson | Daily Mail | 22nd November 2012

The UK Border Agency must end this culture of disbelief

The UK Border Agency has come under fire in a report from the independent chief inspector of borders and immigration, John Vine, for allowing a huge backlog of asylum cases to build up and for misleading parliament about how it has dealt with this backlog. The report focuses on 147,000 legacy cases – asylum seekers who made a claim before March 2007 – and says that this group has spent an average of seven years waiting for a decision.

Both Labour and Conservative politicians have expressed concern about the failure to remove those asylum seekers whose cases have been refused more swiftly. Booting out asylum seekers quickly and efficiently plays out well with middle England voters. However, this tale of bureaucracy and incompetence overlooks a tragic human toll for the asylum seekers suspended in the UKBA twilight zone.

A recent freedom of information request to UKBA revealed that between October 2009 and July 2012, there were 1,596 complaints about lost immigration and asylum documents. As not all parts of UKBA use the centralised complaints system, and not everyone whose documents are lost makes a complaint, this is likely not to be the total figure. Read more.

Diane Taylor | The Guardian | 22nd November 2012

Cost of enforcement exceeds fines

The issuing of parking tickets in East Devon could lose £3.6million of taxpayers’ cash over four years.

A recent Freedom of Information (FOI) request by the Journal has revealed the financial cost of traffic wardens, since parking enforcement was transferred from the police to the district council in spring 2008.

But East Devon District Council (EDDC) bosses insist that parking enforcement is not seen as a ‘cash cow’, and is vital to avoid parking chaos.

Last week’s Journal revealed that EDDC’s Civil Enforcement Officers spend almost half the week in Exmouth. Read more.

Dave Beasley | Exmouth Journal | November 22 2012


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