1997 DoD Briefing: 'Others' can set off earthquakes, volcanoes using electromagnetic waves 28 Feb 2010
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1997 DoD Briefing: 'Others' can set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely using electromagnetic waves By Lori Price 28 Feb 2010 Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, 28 April 1997: 'There are some reports, for example, that some countries have been trying to construct something like an Ebola Virus [OMG! Who would do such a thing?], and that would be a very dangerous phenomenon, to say the least. Alvin Toeffler has written about this in terms of some scientists in their laboratories trying to devise certain types of pathogens that would be ethnic specific so that they could just eliminate certain ethnic groups and races; and others [LOL] are designing some sort of engineering, some sort of insects that can destroy specific crops. Others are engaging even in an eco- type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves.' --Just switch 'yours,' 'others' and 'they' with 'U.S.,' 'U.S.' and 'U.S.' This was in 1997. Imagine, after eight years of George W. Bush turbo-funding these lunatics, what they can do now.
Cybersecurity bill to give president new emergency powers 26 Feb 2010 According to an aide familiar with the proposal, the bill includes a mandate for federal agencies to prepare emergency response plans in the event of a massive, nationwide cyberattack. The president would then have the ability to initiate those network contingency plans... the aide said. When early reports predicted the cybersecurity measure would allow the president to "declare a cybersecurity emergency," online privacy groups said they felt that would endow the White House with overly ambiguous and far-reaching powers to regulate the Internet. The bill will still contain most of those powers, and a "vast majority" of its other components "remain unchanged," an aide with knowledge of the legislation told The Hill.
More Change We Can Deceive In: Obama signs one-year extension of Patriot Act 27 Feb 2010 President Barack Obama has signed a one-year extension of several provisions in the nation's main counterterrorism law, the Patriot Act. Provisions in the measure would have expired on Sunday without Obama's signature Saturday. The act, which was adopted in the weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, expands the government's ability to monitor Americans in the name of national security.
Government fury as judges attack security services --Ministers back MI5 after highly critical verdict on secret service involvement in Binyam Mohamed case 27 Feb 2010 The government has launched a co-ordinated counter-attack against three of the country's most senior judges who defied ministerial pressure today to publish a highly critical verdict on secret service involvement in the alleged torture of the Guantánamo detainee Binyam Mohamed. In spite of concerted attempts to keep criticisms of MI5 and MI6 secret, Lord Neuberger, the master of the rolls, made unprecedented public criticisms of the methods and ethics employed by the UK's secret services, stating that officials had a "dubious record" of involvement in Mohamed's mistreatment.
Gordon Brown: Britain is not involved in torture 26 Feb 2010 Gordon Brown has defended MI5 after the security service was strongly criticised by a senior judge over its role in the case of Binyam Mohamed, the former Guantanamo Bay detainee prisoner. The Prime Minister's statement came after Lord Neuberger, the Master of the Rolls, said some members of MI5 have a "dubious record" on human rights and torture, and the service has "an interest in the suppression" of information about the treatment of former terrorism suspects. Lord Neuberger said there was evidence that Binyam Mohamed had been "mistreated" by US officials, and the Security Service had not been "frank" about their involvement.
'The assassins used this method so that it would seem that his death was natural. There were no signs of resistance shown by the victim.' Mahmoud al-Mabhouh kept 'conscious but unable to struggle' as he was suffocated 28 Feb 2010 The Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was injected with a strong sedative before being suffocated in his hotel room by suspected Mossad agents, Dubai police have revealed. The results of a toxicology report released today show that the Hamas commander was paralysed by an injection of succinylcholine, a fast-acting muscle relaxant. He was then suffocated with a pillow. The drug does not induce loss of consciousness or anaesthesia, meaning that al-Mabhouh would have been conscious but unable to struggle as he was suffocated.
Police recover DNA of Dubai hitmen 26 Feb 2010 Dubai police say they have recovered the DNA of assassins who killed a senior Hamas commander in January. "We have DNA evidence... from the crime scene. The DNA of the criminals is there," police chief Dhahi Khalfan said on Friday on the Arab satellite television Al-Arabiya. On January 20, the body of Mahmud al-Mabhouh was found in his hotel room with Israel's intelligence service, Mossad, being widely suspected to be behind the hit.
Iraq rejects US remarks about delay in withdrawal 28 Feb 2010 Iraq has rejected outright remarks by a top US military commander over postponing the withdrawal of combat troops in case the country faces serious political conditions after the parliamentary elections. Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh told Press TV that Baghdad is resolved to take security responsibilities from the United States and that the US forces must leave the country as planned. He rejected remarks made by Army Gen. Ray Odierno that US forces would remain after the planned withdrawal date if the country faced political unrest or widespread [Blackwater] violence after parliamentary elections in March. [See: US as 'Facehugger' By Lori Price I've come to the conclusion that the US government most resembles the 'facehugger,' a stage in the life cycle of an alien, the 'primary antagonist' of the film series 'Alien.' 19 Jan 2010]
In Helmand, blast kills 11 Afghan civilians 28 Feb 2010 A roadside bomb explosion has killed at least 11 civilians in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand. Daud Ahmadi, the Helmand governor's spokesman, blamed the attack on the Taliban and said two women and two children were among the dead. Ahmadi told journalists on Sunday that "a civilian car struck a roadside bomb in Nawzad district" in the north of the province.
US unveils Bagram handover plan 27 Feb 2010 Afghan officers will begin to take charge of the prison facility at Bagram, currently run by the US military, from next week. Addressing a news conference at the jail near the capital Kabul on Saturday, US and Afghan officials said the handover of the prison would be gradual over the coming year as Afghan officers still require 'training.' "This is the start of the process," Mohammad Qaseem Hashimzai, Afghanistan's deputy justice minister, told reporters.
Canada, U.S. may extend security measures past Games --Permanent joint maritime policing legislation proposed 26 Feb 2010 Canada and U.S. authorities are talking about extending cross-border security measures that were implemented for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and were to end with the closing of the Winter Games. The RCMP and the U.S. Coast Guard have jointly patrolled the waters off Vancouver since the beginning of the month, boarding nearly 200 vessels and interviewing about 500 people in their efforts to maintain security, RCMP Sergeant Duncan Pound of the border integrity program said in an interview. The joint patrols will end with the Paralympics but spokesmen from the two agencies said yesterday legislation that would allow joint maritime policing on a permanent basis is on the agenda of both the U.S. and Canadian governments.
Secret Service Computers Only Work at 60 Percent Capacity; Agency Uses 1980s Mainframe --System Is 'Fragile' and Cannot Sustain Tempo of Current or Future Operational 'Missions' 27 Feb 2010 A classified review of the United States Secret Service's computer technology found that the agency's computers were fully operational only 60 percent of the time because of outdated systems and a reliance on a computer mainframe that dates to the 1980s, according to Sen. Joe Lieberman, 'R'-Conn. Sources tell ABC News that the Secret Service was so plagued by computer problems that the agency invited the National Security Agency to formally review its information technology systems.
Supreme Court scales back 'Miranda,' eases rules for questioning suspects 25 Feb 2010 The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that investigators may resume questioning a suspect who invoked his Miranda right to a lawyer after the suspect has been out of police custody for 14 days. The 7-2 decision scales back a 1981 high-court decision intended to protect suspects from repeated police badgering to talk and to safeguard the rights established in the 1966 Miranda v. Arizona ruling.
Chilean quake toll jumps to 708 28 Feb 2010 The number of people confirmed dead after Chile's earthquake has increased to 708 and is expected to rise further, President Michelle Bachelet has said. Previously about 300 people had been reported to have been killed in Saturday's 8.8 magnitude quake - one of the most powerful recorded. Massive damage is hampering rescue teams as they struggle to reach those still buried in the rubble. The Chilean government has declared a curfew in two of the worst-hit areas.
Death toll rises after Chile earthquake --The death toll from Saturday's devastating earthquake in Chile rose to more than 700 as rescue workers fanned out across a 600km-long stretch of the country 28 Feb 2010 The death toll from Saturday's devastating earthquake in Chile rose to more than 700 tonight as rescue workers fanned out across a 600km-long stretch of the country searching for bodies and survivors. President Michelle Bachelet directed rescue operations and toured heavily hit areas in a race to provide basic supplies to entire cities that remained without water, electricity or basic communications. She said two million people were affected by the 8.8-magnitude quake, adding that it would take several days to evaluate the "enormous quantity of damage".
90-centimeter tsunami waves hit Japan 28 Feb 2010 Japan put its eastern coastline on alert for a "major" tsunami, as initial waves triggered by Chile's 8.8-magnitude earthquake reached its northern Pacific coast. A 90 centimeter (35 inch) tsunami hit Japan's northern Pacific coast on Sunday. The tsunami was recorded in the town of Kuji, about 500 km (310 miles) northeast of Tokyo, national broadcaster NHK reported.
High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program 27 Feb 2010 The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) is an ionospheric research program jointly funded by the US Air Force, the US Navy, the University of Alaska and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Its purpose is to analyze the ionosphere and investigate the potential for developing ionospheric enhancement technology for radio communications and surveillance purposes (such as missile detection). The HAARP program operates a major Arctic facility, known as the HAARP Research Station, on an Air Force owned site near Gakona, Alaska... As of 2008, HAARP had incurred around $250 million in tax-funded construction and operating costs.
Latin America creates bloc sans US 23 Feb 2010 Latin America and Caribbean leaders united Tuesday to create a regional bloc excluding Canada and the United States... Bolivian President Evo Morales, one of Hugo Chavez's strongest allies, suggested that Colombian President Alvaro Uribe was a U.S. agent sent to sabotage the bloc. "What's my conclusion?" Morales said. "Since we are debating a new organization without the United States, the agents of the United States have come to bog this down to make this event fail."
MoD to destroy future UFO reports 28 Feb 2010 The Ministry of Defence will destroy all future UFO reports it receives so it does not have to make them public, a previously secret memo reveals. Britain's official UFO investigation unit and hotline were closed down at the start of December. Since then reports of strange sights in the skies sent to the MoD have been kept for 30 days before being thrown out, the newly released policy document shows.
Decision Could Allow Anonymous Political Contributions by Corporations 27 Feb 2010 The Supreme Court decision last month allowing corporations to spend unlimited money on behalf of political candidates left a loophole that campaign finance lawyers say could allow companies to pay for extensive political advertising while avoiding the disclosure requirements the court appeared to leave intact... For the first time, as a result of the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling, corporations will be able to spend unlimited amounts of money on advertisements expressly advocating for a candidate’s election or defeat. The ruling also clears the way, for the first time, for corporations to donate money to nonprofit groups that place advocacy advertisements.
US banks veto 'socialist pay' in secret talks 28 Feb 2010 America's top bankers quashed attempts by their British counterparts to persuade the industry to bring down salaries in response to public outrage after the world's governments spent billions rescuing the system. Chief executives from the world's banks discussed the plans at a secret dinner held at Claridge's, the London hotel, last October, at which several leading British bankers are said to have suggested that the sector should take greater responsibility for its part in the crash, and do more to reduce the vast bonuses paid to staff.
FDIC Shuts Down Banks in Nevada and Washington --Regulators shut down banks in Nevada and Washington; putting US bank failures at 22 for year 27 Feb 2010 Regulators shut down banks in Nevada and Washington on Friday, marking the 21st and 22nd failures this year of federally insured banks. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was appointed receiver of Carson River Community Bank, based in Carson City, Nev. and Rainier Pacific Bank in Tacoma, Wash. Carson River Community Bank had $51.1 million in assets and $50 million in deposits as of Dec. 31. Rainier Pacific Bank had $717.8 million in assets and $446.2 million in deposits as of Dec. 31.
D.C. hospital fires 11 nurses, 5 staffers for snowstorm absences 28 Feb 2010 The District's largest private hospital has fired 11 nurses and five support staff members who failed to make it to work during the back-to-back snowstorms that paralyzed the region earlier this month. Dozens of staff members at Washington Hospital Center face internal investigations, union representatives say, and it is unclear how many employees will lose their jobs. On Friday, the nurses union, Nurses United of the National Capital Region, filed a class-action grievance with the hospital
Coffee hit by global warming say growers --Producers meeting in Guatemala this week are in a state of panic over the impact of warming on their livelihoods. 27 Feb 2010 Coffee producers say they are getting hammered by global warming, with higher temperatures forcing growers to move to prized higher ground, putting the cash crop at risk. "There is already evidence of important changes" said Nestor Osorio, head of the International Coffee Organization (ICO), which represents 77 countries that export or import the beans. "In the last 25 years the temperature has risen half a degree in coffee producing countries, five times more than in the 25 years before," he said.
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Previous lead stories: Democrats pull provision on penalizing intel personnel for interrogation methods 26 Feb 2010 The House approved an intelligence agency bill Friday after Democratic leaders hastily removed a provision that would have imposed prison sentences for personnel using "cruel, inhuman and degrading" interrogation techniques. The provision would have subjected intelligence officers to up 15 years in prison for interrogations that violate existing anti-torture laws, including the use of extreme temperatures, acts causing sexual humiliation or depriving a prisoner of food, sleep or medical care. Republicans strongly protested the measure when the bill came to the floor Thursday, forcing Democrats to pull the bill in order to avoid an unwanted debate on torture that could threaten passage of the legislation surrender. It was reintroduced Friday with the interrogation provision removed. The bill, passed 235-168, sets policy and classified funding levels for 16 federal intelligence agencies.
Inquiry into missing e-mails written by Bush lawyers is demanded 26 Feb 2010 Senior Democrats and watchdog groups demanded Friday that the Justice Department investigate the disappearance of e-mail messages by Bush lawyers who drafted memos blessing harsh interrogation tactics torture, saying their absence cast doubt on an ethics report that cleared the lawyers of professional misconduct. The 'lost' e-mails cover a critical period in 2002 when Justice Department attorneys labored under heavy pressure on a memo that gave the CIA a green light to use simulated drowning [waterboarding], sleep deprivation and other since-repudiated interrogation techniques against al-Qaeda suspects.
MI5 record on ex-Guantanamo detainee Mohamed 'dubious' 26 Feb 2010 MI5 officers have been accused by a senior judge of having a "dubious record" over the treatment of former Guantanamo Bay detainee prisoner Binyam Mohamed. Lord Neuberger said some officers had been less than frank about what they knew about Mr Mohamed's ill-treatment. His criticism was made public after an exceptionally unusual court decision to publish his draft legal opinion on MI5's respect for human rights.
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