BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – A Kyrgyz official said the United States and Kyrgyzstan have reached a deal for use of the Kyrgyz airport to transport U.S. military supplies to Afghanistan.
The official says the deal was reached Monday to make the Manas air base a “center of transit shipments.” The Central Asian country’s parliament will discuss the agreement today.
Kyrgyzstan’s president stunned Washington in February when he announced that his country would be evicting U.S. forces from the Manas airbase.
Crews from Fairchild Air Force Base regularly operate out of Manas, and Fairchild personnel helped set up operations there in 2001.
Spy satellite use on U.S. to end
WASHINGTON – A government official said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano plans to kill a controversial program begun by the Bush administration to use U.S. spy satellites for domestic security and law enforcement.
The program was announced in 2007 and was to have been run by Homeland Security. It has been delayed because of privacy and civil liberty concerns. The official said lawmakers who objected to the program, known as the National Applications Office, will be notified about the decision today.
Craigslist suspect pleads not guilty
BOSTON – A former Boston medical student pleaded not guilty Monday to charges he lured a masseuse he met through Craigslist to a Boston hotel, then bound, beat and shot her to death with a gun authorities say he later stashed in a hollowed-out medical textbook.
Philip Markoff is charged in the April 14 shooting of Julissa Brisman, 25, of New York City, and the April 10 armed robbery of Trisha Leffler, a 29-year-old Las Vegas prostitute, at another posh Boston hotel.
Authorities say he used anonymous e-mail addresses and prepaid cell phones to set up meetings with the women he met through Craigslist, where they had advertised in its “erotic services” category.
Prosecutors say Markoff left a trail linking him to the attacks including his fingerprints on the ties allegedly used to bind the women.