Monday, May 24, 2010

The world is full of ugly shit and here's some of it.

An elderly Melbourne man has been found guilty of the murder of his wife. Peter and Rosa Caruso had been married for half a century when he attacked her with a hatchet at their Templestowe house in July 2008.

Caruso then tried to cover up the crime by claiming his wife was attacked by an intruder.It took a jury just over four hours to find him guilty of murder. The 76-year-old sat silently next to an interpreter in the dock as the verdict was read out. His lawyer told the court it was an "inexplicable act" from an old man of previously good character who continued to visit his wife's grave. He said Caruso now faced the grim reality of dying in prison.

An American woman will spend life in prison for killing a pregnant teenager she lured to her apartment, drugging her and cutting the child from the womb before trying to pass off the baby as her own. Andrea Curry-Demus, 40, was sentenced on Monday after a judge found the Pittsburgh-area woman guilty but mentally ill of second-degree murder in March. That carries the mandatory life sentence imposed formally on Monday.

The judge also tacked on 20 years for kidnapping.At her sentencing, Curry-Demus briefly turned around and apologised to the family of 18-year-old Kia Johnson, of McKeesport. Curry-Demus had been telling her family she was pregnant and killed Johnson and took her baby in July 2008 in an effort to continue the ruse. In finding Curry-Demus not guilty of first-degree murder in January, the judge said he wasn't satisfied that her psychotic delusions allowed her to form the intent to kill.

Radical Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi urged all Muslims serving in the US army to follow the example of Major Nidal Hasan who stands accused of killing 13 comrades, in an internet video posted on Sunday.

'What Nidal Hasan did was heroic and I call on all Muslims serving in the US army to follow his path,' Awlaqi said in a video posted by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) on jihadist websites, the US monitoring group SITE reported. 'Nidal Hasan is one of my students and I am honoured by that,' he said in the video, whose authenticity could not immediately be verified.

Hasan, a US army psychiatrist, is accused of opening fire in November on colleagues at Fort Hood, Texas, killing 13 people in what Awlaqi described as 'wonderful' action. Hasan, who is of Palestinian origin, was 'defending his nation' and killed American soldiers on their way to Afghanistan and Iraq, the cleric said.

The United States said on Sunday it was seeking Awlaqi. 'We are actively trying to find him and many others throughout the world that seek to do our country and to do our interests great harm,' White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said. 'He has an agenda just like al-Qaeda to strike targets in Yemen, throughout the world including here in the United States,' Gibbs said on CBS's Face the Nation program.

Awlaqi also defended Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian student accused of a failed attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound passenger plane with explosives last Christmas. The operation 'was very successful even though it did not even kill anyone,' he said. 'Those who were to be killed in the plane are nothing compared to a million women and children in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan,' whom he accused the US military of having killed. 'We must treat them the same way and attack them just like they've attacked us.'

The US-born cleric in his late 30s said targeting American civilians was justified in that they 'participated in the war because they have elected this (American) government.'

US President Barack Obama's administration has authorised the targeted killing of Awlaqi, and Yemen's defence ministry said in April the authorities were tracking him for his alleged links to al-Qaeda and 'terrorist activities.'

However, Awlaqi insisted he was safe in Yemen. 'It's not true that I'm being targeted I am moving around between members of my tribe and in other parts of Yemen,' he said. 'The Yemeni people hate Americans.' To al-Qaeda, he said: 'You in al-Qaeda, your speech is that of dignity.'

During the 45-minute video, Awlaqi also accused Sanaa of collaborating with Washington to attack Yemenis. 'Yemen is not occupied by the United States. Unfortunately, the situation is worse than that,' he said. 'The Yemeni government is now telling Americans: you occupy the air and seas and we will... provide the spies on ground who spy on Yemeni Muslims.'

However, the preacher said: 'Americans cannot launch a third campaign, after Iraq and Afghanistan, because if they enter Yemen, their soldiers will be killed in our mountains, valleys and deserts.'

The Abyan region in former South Yemen has become a regrouping area for Islamist militants, including Arab veterans of the 1980s war in Afghanistan against Soviet occupation. Yemen has intensified operations against the local al-Qaeda franchise since December, with air strikes killing 34 suspected AQAP members on December 17 in an attack on an alleged training camp in Abyan.

The same number of militants were reportedly killed in another strike on December 24 which targeted a meeting of AQAP militants in Shabwa. Yemen - the ancestral homeland of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden - has been the scene of several attacks claimed by the group on foreign missions, tourist sites and oil installations.


  1. Damn! Very NCIS-esque and SVU-esque! There's no hope for us, is there? Fuck World Peace, it'll never happen. *upset*


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