Friday, October 31, 2014

David Swanson: DAVE LINDORFF ON UKRAINE & WHY THIS CAN'T BE HAPPENING! @ Talk Nation Radio

Frequent RFK Guest Ray McGovern: FORMER C.I.A. ANALYST ARRESTED WHILE TRYING TO ATTEND GEN. PETRAEUS N.Y.C. EVENT @ FireDogLake

John Grant: THOMAS FRIEDMAN COMES IN FROM THE COLD WAR @ This Can't Be Happening!

Thomas Friedman, "love bombed by Vietnamese." Modern-day Ho Chi Minh City, formerly "Saigon."

Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has discovered that the Vietnam War was not really about stopping communism. That was an emotional delusion. The Vietnam War, he writes, was about anti-colonial nationalism, what the Vietnamese called liberation from a French/American military yoke. When the Vietnamese beat the French, its patron, the United States of America, took up that militarist yoke. Then it took the Vietnamese 21 more years of terrible slaughter before the Americans gave it up.

That’s the narrative Friedman has recognized. The pathetic irony is that the Vietnamese admired America and loved the Americans they fought with during World War Two against the Japanese. The 1945 decision to turn against our WWII ally has to be one of the saddest betrayals in world history.

I’m a Vietnam veteran. I was a young radio direction finder in the military operations in the mountains west of Pleiku along the Cambodian border. My job was to locate radio operators so our forces could use all available means of mechanized death to destroy entire Vietnamese units and anyone else who got in the way. I didn’t discover what Friedman has discovered until the late seventies, after maturing and reading a host of highly respected books of history. Before that, I had been a good American and had dutifully accepted the national narrative lie that the evil North Vietnamese had without provocation invaded the innocent nation of South Vietnam.

As a good, pliant soldier I learned to hate the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong guerrillas. We called them gooks, dinks, zips and slopes. We treated all Vietnamese like dogs. We killed them up close and in great numbers. We killed between two and three million of them. They managed to kill 58,000 of us. More on both sides were maimed; families were destroyed; and in Vietnam many thousands simply went missing, doomed to wander as improperly buried ghosts. We destroyed without a thought; we ecologically poisoned much of the land. The legacy is horrible.

While it took me a while to come to this realization, the American and International Peace Movement had figured out the anti-colonial meta-narrative long before all the killing began. Some say President Franklin Roosevelt was inclined to support the anti-colonial, nationalist impulse Friedman has recognized. Thanks to a cerebral hemorrhage, we’ll never know what FDR might have done. Harry Truman, the senator from Missouri put on the ticket to replace the controversial left-leaning VP Henry Wallace, had little sympathy for these anti-colonial, nationalist impulses. He was influenced by the rising Cold War fears. The decision in 1945 to support French re-colonization turned out to be a choice for 30 years of the cruelest sort of war on the Vietnamese. As Friedman’s revelation suggests, it didn’t have to happen.

For the rest of this article by JOHN GRANT in ThisCantBeHappening!, the new independent, uncompromised five-time Project Censored Award-winning online alternative newspaper, please go to: www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/2526

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Mark Binelli: THE GREAT KANSAS TEA PARTY DISASTER @ Rolling Stone Magazine


[Excerpt]  ...  In 1996, after Brownback won the Senate seat vacated by Dole, he quickly turned his position on the Judiciary Committee into "a platform for a high-profile war against gay marriage, porn and abortion," wrote Jeff Sharlet in the 2006 Rolling Stone profile. But while his willingness to deny evolution and hold up drawings by seven-year-olds of embryos during debates about stem-cell research tended to attract the most attention from reporters, it also proved a handy distraction.

From the beginning, Brownback, who married into one of the most prominent families in Kansas, had received support not just from "values voters" but also from the moneyed, quasi-libertarian side of the conservative movement – in particular, Wichita-based Koch Industries. A Koch-linked firm called Triad Management Services pumped $400,000 into his campaign for senator, helping him defeat former Lt. Gov. Sheila Frahm, a pro-choice moderate backed by the Kansas GOP establishment. Since then, no one has donated more to Brownback than the Koch brothers, and Koch-backed groups like Americans for Prosperity provided vociferous endorsements of his tax plan.

Once Brownback was elected governor in 2010, the biggest obstacle to his fiscal agenda turned out, surprisingly, to be a group of senators from his own party, who recoiled from the most extreme of Brownback's proposals. The tax plan he had worked up eliminated most state income taxes on nearly 200,000 businesses and sharply reduced taxes on the wealthy.  ... [End of Excerpt]

Read more at Rolling Stone Magazine.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Post-Apocalypse Halloween Curb Party


Jen Hayden: WORST SoS IN NATION WASTING MORE Ks TAX $$$$ @ Daily Kos

Naming names. [Excerpt]

When the Democratic nominee, Chad Taylor, withdrew his name from the race for U.S. Senate in Kansas, Kris Kobach—the worst secretary of state in the nation—interfered in the race by trying to prevent Taylor from withdrawing and then trying to force Democrats to name a new nominee. After numerous court challenges, he was eventually forced to raise the white flag and butt out of the race. Now the state of Kansas has revealed that his partisan legal sideshow cost taxpayers $34,627 in fees paid to an outside law firm. Kris Kobach hired Bradley Schlozman of the Hinkle Law Firm, a Wichita-based attorney. Bradley Schlozman himself is no stranger to controversy. He was appointed by the Department of Justice by George W. Bush and was investigated for discriminating against so-called "liberal applicants":

[End of Excerpt]

Read other names and dollars at Daily Kos.

Michael Mahoney (Video): RAND PAUL CAMPAIGNS KANSAS FOR BROWNBACK, ROBERTS @ KMBC

Roxana Hegeman: THIRD LOAN TO BROWNBACK'S CAMPAIGN HAS RUNNING MATE QUIET @ Wichita Eagle

Bill Wilson: GEORGE ABLAH DIES, WICHITA ELITE MOURNS @ Wichita Business Journal

Tanya H. Lee: STOLEN INDIAN MONEY USED BY KOCH BROS. AGAINST INDIANS @ Indian Country Today Media Network News

Monday, October 27, 2014

Dave Lindorff: Expert traces outbreak to US bio-weapons lab: Why’s This Ebola Pandemic in West Africa so Virulent and Hard to Contain? @ This Can't Be Happening!


International law professor Francis Boyle is not just an expert on germ warfare. He wrote the book on it (Biowarfare and Terrorism, Clarity Press, 2005). But Boyle also drafted the US Biological Weapons and Anti-Terrorism Act, passed unanimously by both houses of Congress and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1989. That's important, because as Boyle tells Dave Lindorff, host of the Progressive Radio Network program "This Can't Be Happening!" associated with this news site, the Ebola epidemic that is wracking countries in west Africa, is a product of US three BSL-4 level bio-weapons labs that operate in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Boyle says that his research shows that the Pentagon, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have for years been developing weaponized Ebola virus variants and other dread diseases, using genetic modification techniques -- including even merging Ebola germs with the virus for the common cold!. He also says that the initial outbreak of Ebola in west Africa occurred in the environs of one of those US bio-weapons labs located in Kenema, Sierra Leone, a situation which led the government of that country to actually shut down the US-owned facility...

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The Constantine Report: Anti-Fascist Newsletter & Encyclopedia

October 26, 2014


GOP Candidate for Arizona Governor has Family Ties to Organized Crime

Doug Ducey, the Republican candidate for governor of Arizona in November’s election, hails from a family that for two generations was involved in organized crime in Toledo, Ohio, according to a report by The Center for Investigative Reporting and Phoenix New Times. The politician’s relatives ran after-hours gambling clubs and participated in bookmaking, numbers running, loan sharking and […]


CRIMINAL IS THE NEW GOP BRAND — ALABAMA HOUSE SPEAKER INDICTED

Speaker of Alabama’s House of Representatives Mike Hubbard was indicted by a grand jury and has been charged with 23 class B felony counts, including using his office for personal gain and soliciting things of value, AL.com reported.. If convicted, Hubbard, a powerful player in the state’s GOP, faces a “maximum penalty of two to 20 years […]



Eli Lilly Sued Over Marketing of Testosterone Drug

A suit filed in federal court in Newark claims Eli Lilly put users at risk by aggressively marketing testosterone replacement drug Axiron while failing to adequately warn about the risk of heart attack and stroke. Lilly markets Axiron to men by describing “symptoms” of “Low T,” such as decreased sexual desire, erectile dysfunction, fatigue and […]


Bircher Nelson Bunker Hunt, Second Son of Legendary Wildcatter H.L. Hunt, Dies

“… Many noted that his personal spending habits were as conservative as his politics, which included a leadership role in the John Birch Society. …” October 21, 2014 Related: Photos: The life and times of Nelson Bunker Hunt Nelson Bunker Hunt, the wildcatter who surpassed the legacy of his father, H.L. Hunt, died Tuesday of congestive […]


Scott Walker is the Kochs’ Model Governor

Also see: “Secret audio nails Scott Walker! A humiliating suck-up to the Koch brothers,” Salon, Aug. 28, 2014 “… Walker has, since his 2010 gubernatorial run, been a top recipient of campaign contributions from the Kochs. …” Scott Walker is a model governor. Not in every sense, as critics of the Wisconsin Republican’s anti-labor extremism, ethical lapses […]


Lawmakers Propose Bill Denying Social Security Benefits to Nazi Emigres

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to stop suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits will be introduced soon, the latest response to an Associated Press investigation that revealed millions of dollars have been paid to former Nazis who were forced out of the United States. Reps. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, will […]

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Thomas Witt: MARRIAGE IN KANSAS - WHERE WE STAND @ Kansas Equality Coalition

"We seek to ensure the dignity, safety and legal equality of all Kansans"

As of this writing on the morning of October 23, the marriage issue here in Kansas remains unsettled.

On Monday, October 6, the United States Supreme Court upheld the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals rulings in two cases overturning state bans on marriage equality: Utah and Oklahoma. Both states in the past twelve months had their bans overturned by Federal district courts. You may remember the scenes almost a year ago in Utah of happy couples rushing to get marriage licenses before being blocked by an appeal from their state's Attorney General. Both states lost their appeals to the 10th Circuit - in June, Utah's ban was again ruled unconstitutional, followed by Oklahoma's a couple of weeks later.

Those victories for marriage equality did not mean that people in Utah and Oklahoma could start marrying, as the 10th Circuit wrote "stays" into their rulings pending further appeals to the US Supreme Court. Both states, of course, continued their appeals.

On October 6, the US Supreme Court issued an order allowing to stand, without comment, the appeals coming from the 10th Circuit, which covers Kansas, Utah, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. At the same time, they also let stand appeals from the 4th and 7th Circuits, which involved unconstitutional bans in Indiana, Wisconsin, and Virginia.

The stays written into the appellate rulings were automatically lifted, and states involved in the October 6 Supreme Court orders began issuing marriage licenses.

Even though Kansas did not have a case before a Federal court at the time of the 10th Circuit ruling and the subsequent Supreme Court action, the fact that we are part of the 10th Circuit means their rulings on similar cases in other states applies here. The Utah ban, in fact, is very similar to the Kansas ban. The 10th Circuit was clear: "similar statutory enactments do not withstand constitutional scrutiny."

There are some who believe the US Supreme Court, by denying the appeals of the three Appellate rulings, has refused to weigh in on the subject of marriage equality. We at Equality Kansas don't all take that view. The majority opinion in last year's "DOMA" case (US v Windsor) was quite clear: Same-sex marriages must be recognized by the Federal government. Local Federal district judges across the nation have almost unanimously agreed, and have applied Federal recognition to the state cases brought before them.

All of the Appeals courts have agreed with the lower courts, and have issued opinions that are quite direct and clear: State bans on marriage equality are unconstitutional. The Supreme Court typically only takes cases where there is a conflict between the Circuit courts, or where there is a conflict with previous Supreme Court precedent. In the marriage cases, all of the Circuit courts are in agreement, and none of those decisions conflict with Windsor. In one sense, the Supreme Court has already spoken on this matter, the lower courts are following that original ruling, and there is no point in hearing appeals where there is no conflict between the courts.

Equality Kansas had been preparing for exactly this scenario since the Utah and Oklahoma cases were appealed to the 10th Circuit over a year ago. We knew that, if the 10th decided in favor of marriage equality in those states, Kansas would ultimately be included in that decision. We were ready in June, when the Utah case was decided, to have our members go to local courthouses and demand marriage licenses. What stopped us then was the stay of the ruling pending disposition by the US Supreme Court. On October 6, that stay was lifted, and we immediately began contacting our members and letting them know the time for marriage equality had come.

That Monday, Equality Kansas members began going to local county courthouses across the state, applying for marriage licenses. By Tuesday, the trickle had turned into a flood, as dozens - perhaps hundreds - of couples around the state answered our call to action.

The results were mixed. Confusion reigned. Court clerks and county judges were unsure of what to do. Some allowed couples to complete their marriage license applications, pending the three-day waiting period. Others were quickly turned away without being allowed to complete an application. In many cases, applications were accepted but then denied within hours.

In an attempt to get some control over the situation, on Tuesday, October 7, the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration issued a guidance letter to the county courts around the state: Accept marriage license applications, but don't issue the actual marriage license at the end of the three-day waiting period. Some counties followed that guidance, some chose their own path.

On Wednesday, October 8, Johnson County Chief Judge Kevin Moriarty made a bold decision. The only couple to successfully apply in Johnson County for a marriage license the previous day could come back at the end of the three days on Friday, October 10, pick up their license and legally marry. His order to the other Johnson County judges and to the court clerks was to accept applications and issue licenses.

That Thursday, nearly 60 more same-sex couples applied for marriage licenses in Johnson County. Other couples across the state continued the campaign to press the issue with their local county courthouses. No other judges took the same step as Judge Moriarty, but with the long Columbus Day weekend coming in the middle of the three-day waiting period, there was a "wait and see what happens next" undercurrent to many conversations.

When the Johnson County Courthouse opened Friday morning, October 10, the first same-sex couple to be granted a marriage license were married within minutes (no other applications accepted in Johnson County on Tuesday, so the earliest any other weddings could take place would be the following Tuesday, October 14). By 11am, the Kansas Attorney General filed an action with the Kansas Supreme Court demanding that no more applications be accepted and no more marriage licenses be issued.

Late Friday afternoon, the Kansas Supreme Court issued an order stopping the issuance of marriage licenses. However, they also ordered district courts to continue to accept applications. They have set a hearing for Thursday, November 6, where they have demanded that Attorney General Derek Schmidt explain why he believes the Kansas ban should be left in place given the 10th Circuit rulings in the Utah and Oklahoma cases. From Equality Kansas' point of view, this ruling can be viewed as favorable to our cause. The Kansas Supreme Court could have stopped the issuance of applications, and they could have been far less direct on the matter of the 10th Circuit ruling.

Also late on Friday the 10th, the ACLU of Kansas filed a lawsuit in Federal district court directly challenging the Kansas marriage ban. With Equality Kansas members as plaintiffs, there has been a hearing set for Friday, October 24, at 10am before Federal district judge Daniel D. Crabtree. As of this writing, there are questions whether the hearing will happen, and if so, whether it will be in Topeka or in Kansas City, Kansas. The speed with which the case was assigned and scheduled has made the hearing time, date, all up in the air as other cases were already on the docket.

What will happen at the hearing on Friday, October 24th? We don't know the answer to that. We are hoping Judge Crabtree issues an immediate injunction, blocking Kansas from continuing to enforce its unconstitutional marriage ban. He may or may not do that, as Governor Brownback and Attorney General Scmidt have made it clear they intend to fight to preserve this vestige of bigotry as far as they can. If we are unsuccessful in Federal court in the short term, that could leave it to the Kansas Supreme Court, at the hearing November 6, to find the Kansas ban unconstitutional.

We shall see.

In the meantime:

Yes, you may continue to apply for your marriage license, but you will not yet be given a license at the end of the three-day waiting period. The applications are good for six months, and since we hope and expect this to be resolved well before then, Equality Kansas encourages couples who wish to legally marry to complete their application at their earliest opportunity.

If you are already legally married out of state, you will continue to have trouble updating your drivers license with your married name, and doing all the other things married couples get to do. That shouldn't stop you from trying, however. As with marriage license applications, we encourage LGBT couples around the state to try to force the issue with local officials. Whatever your outcome, please let us know if you've succeeded or not in asserting your rights. If you meet with refusals, keep the names of the people with whom you speak.

While the marriage fight is almost over, the fight for protection from legalized discrimination will be heating back up. Kansas has seen four years in a row - 2011 through 2014 - of radical right legislation that seeks to permanently enshrine legalized anti-LGBT discrimination in our state laws. That fight will continue.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

antecedents $ consequences


Obama Promised a "World Without Nuclear Weapons," But May Now Spend $1 Trillion on Upgrades

Passed along by a friend in Kansas.

HEAVEN AND HELL
Walking down the street one day, a corrupt senator is hit by a car and dies.

His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

"Welcome to heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you."

"No problem, just let me in," says the Senator.

"Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from the higher ups. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity."

"Really?, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven," says the Senator.

"I'm sorry, but we have our rules."

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.

The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.

Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.

They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and the finest champagne.

Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who is having a good time dancing and telling jokes.

They are all having such a good time that before the Senator realizes it, it is time to go.

Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises.

The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens in heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him, "Now it's time to visit heaven...”

So, 24 hours pass with the Senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.

"Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity."

The Senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: "Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell."

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell...

The doors of the elevator open. He's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. All his friends, dressed in rags, are picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.

The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulders.

"I don't understand," stammers the Senator. "Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?"

The devil smiles at him and says.........

"Yesterday we were campaigning. Today, you voted."
[The friend who passed this along concluded with this:
+++ For Heaven's sake, vote wisely November 2014, whomever the Hell you vote for.]

Friday, October 24, 2014

News Updates from Citizens for Legitimate Government, 23 October 2014


http://www.legitgov.org/
All links are here:
http://www.legitgov.org/#breaking_news

Previous edition: 'Combat aircraft over Canada after shooting events; Canadian, US officials in 'constant contact'.' See: Google Filter Instructions for CLG Newsletter.

Patient Placed in Isolation for Ebola Testing at Bellevue Hospital 23 Oct 2014 A doctor in New York City who recently returned from West Africa was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center on Thursday and placed in isolation while doctors await the return of tests to determine whether he has the Ebola virus. While the results of the tests will not be known until late Thursday, the health authorities are concerned enough about the possibility that he has the virus to have started to identify and contact anyone who might have come into contact with the man, identified by city officials as Dr. Craig Spencer.

Ebola panic in Brooklyn: Doctor who treated patients in West Africa visited hip bowling hotspot ONE DAY before he was rushed to the hospital with 103F fever 23 Oct 2014 Ebola panic has struck New York City and the fear may already have spread from suspected infected doctor Craig Spencer's home of Manhattan to nearby Brooklyn, where the Doctors Without Borders physician visited a hip bowling hotspot one day before he was rushed to the hospital with a 103F fever. Instead of steering clear of crowds after his recent return from Guinea, the 33-year-old took an Uber car to Williamsburg where he visited the one of the trendy neighborhood's bowling alleys--either Brooklyn Bowl or The Gutter--according to Free Williamsburg. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said on Thursday: 'EMS HAZ-TAC Units transported a patient to Bellevue Hospital who presented a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms...'

Plane passengers hospitalized due to Ebola concerns 22 Oct 2014 An airline passenger was being evaluated at a hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Tuesday due to Ebola concerns, reports CBS New York. Two others were hospitalized after getting off planes into Chicago. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesperson Carol Crawford said the Newark passenger was "identified as reporting symptoms or having a potential exposure to Ebola" during the enhanced screening process for those arriving in the U.S. from three West African nations.

Ebola: US to Monitor All West Africa Travellers --CDC: Programme will start in six states: New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Georgia 22 Oct 2014 The United States has mandated a 21-day monitoring period for all travellers entering the US from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa. People whose travel originated in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea will be given kits to help them track their temperature and told to provide daily updates to US health officials. The mandate affects all travellers, including visitors, aid workers, journalists and other Americans returning from the infected region.

West Haven Family Quarantined, Complies With Emergency Order Issued in Connecticut 22 Oct 2014 A family of six from West Haven has been quarantined after returning from West Africa, according to Mayor Edward O'Brien. They do not have any symptoms, the mayor said. The quarantine is precautionary and complies with an emergency order Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) issued earlier this month to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in the state of Connecticut. On. Oct. 7, Malloy signed an order that gives the Commissioner the Department of Public Health the ability to quarantine anyone who might have been exposed to the Ebola virus.

Ebola Study Projects Spread of Virus on Overseas Flights 20 Oct 2014 Up to three Ebola-infected people could embark on overseas flights every month from the three most-affected African countries, according to a new study that projected travel patterns based on infection rates and recent flight schedules. The findings, published Monday in the journal Lancet, suggest that Ebola cases could be spread overseas by unwitting travelers from the worst-hit countries...The upshot is "that controlling the outbreak at the source is the most important thing that needs to happen" to prevent the international spread of the virus, said Kamran Khan, an infectious disease physician at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto and lead author of the study.
ISIS shows off new weapons allegedly airdropped by US 21 Oct 2014 Islamic State has published a new video in which a jihadist shows off brand-new American hardware, which was purportedly intended for the Kurds they are fighting in the Syrian border town of Kobani. The undated video, posted by the unofficial IS mouthpiece "a3maq news", sees a jihadist showing several boxes of munitions with English-language markings, with a parachute spread out on the ground beside. Although it is unclear what was the bundle shown in the video, the militant explains that "this is some of the military equipment that was dropped by American forces." [LOL! US tax dollars at work: Feeding I-CIA-SIS is a top priority. Keep shuttin' off Detroit's water, though! Start reading.]

US jury convicts Blackwater guards in 2007 killing of Iraqi civilians 22 Oct 2014 Three security guards working for the private US contractor mercenary firm Blackwater have been found guilty of the manslaughter of a group of unarmed civilians at a crowded Baghdad traffic junction in one of the darkest incidents of the Iraq war. A fourth, Nicholas Slatten, was found guilty of one charge of first-degree murder. All face the likelihood of lengthy prison sentences after unanimous verdicts on separate weapons charges related to the incident. The Nisour Square massacre in 2007 left 17 people dead and 20 seriously injured after the guards working for the US State Department fired heavy machine guns and grenade launchers from their armoured convoy in the mistaken belief lie that they were under attack by insurgents.

NATO, Swedish fighters scrambled to intercept Russian plane 22 Oct 2014 NATO and Swedish fighter jets were scrambled to intercept a Russian intelligence-gathering plane that briefly entered Estonian airspace on Tuesday, the alliance said on Wednesday. The Estonian Foreign Ministry called the Russian ambassador to the ministry and gave him a protest note over the incursion, the Estonian defense forces said. Fighters from Denmark as well as Portuguese F-16s from NATO's air policing mission in the Baltics took off after radar detected an unidentified aircraft flying close to NATO airspace in the Baltic Sea, NATO said.

NATO jets intercept Russian fighters twice in 2 days over Baltic Sea 21 Oct 2014 A senior National Defence official says the Harper government has been given a series of options to maintain Canada's support for jittery allies in eastern Europe, but the contribution to NATO's air policing mission over the Baltics will come to an end by the new year as scheduled. Maj.-Gen. Michael Hood testified before a House of Commons committee on Tuesday just as reports emerged that the North Atlantic alliance scrambled fighter jets -- including two Canadian F-18s -- twice in two days to intercept Russian military aircraft in the vicinity.

Man arrested after jumping White House fence, causing lockdown 22 Oct 2014 A man jumped the White House fence on Wednesday and was attacked by Secret Service dogs before being arrested, a Secret Service spokesman said. "Dogs got him," the spokesman said, referring to the intruder. Video showed Secret Service agents surrounding the man on the north lawn of the White House, which was put on lockdown. The man dramatically punched one of the dogs that attacked him, as seen in the video.

Hatchet-wielding man attacks NYPD officers 23 Oct 2014 A New York City police officer is in critical condition after a man with a hatchet attacked four officers on the street in Queens, New York on Thursday, officials said. Two officers opened fire on the man, killing him and accidentally striking a nearby woman, who was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Police Commissioner William Bratton said it was unclear what provoked the attack, NBC New York reports, but law enforcement agencies nationwide have been on high alert following fatal terrorism-linked attacks on uniformed soldiers in Canada on Wednesday and another on Monday.

U.S. weighs passport, border changes in wake of Ottawa attack 23 Oct 2014 U.S. officials are debating whether to tighten controls on the border with Canada and make it easier to revoke the passports of suspected militants, steps that could gain traction following two attacks in Canada this week. The officials cautioned on Thursday that the discussions are in preliminary stages and that no immediate action appeared likely by either U.S. President Barack Obama's administration or Congress. While there was no specific evidence of a new threat in the United States, federal and state authorities were on a heightened state of alert following a gunman's attack in Ottawa on Wednesday and another by an assailant in Quebec on Monday.

Canada's domestic terror threat quietly elevated days before attack --CSIS quietly raised the terror threat level just days before the attack in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. 21 Oct 2014 Just days before a deadly attack on Quebec soldiers, Canada's domestic terrorism threat level was quietly elevated from unlikely to "could occur" for the first time in four years, Global News has learned. Last Friday, the terrorism threat level in Canada rose from low to medium for the first time since Aug. 13, 2010, according to an internal document obtained by Global News. The document was distributed within Canada's intelligence community and is attributed to the Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre (ITAC), a team of security intelligence organizations from across Canada. "Intelligence indicates that an individual or group within Canada or abroad has the intent and capability to commit an act of terrorism. ITAC assesses that a violent act of terrorism could occur,' the document says."

Canada Parliament gunman had planned to travel to Syria: police 23 Oct 2014 The gunman in Wednesday's attack on Canada's capital had a criminal record and recently applied for a passport, planning to travel to Syria after undergoing a "radicalization process," police said on Thursday. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, was a Canadian who may also have held Libyan citizenship, said Bob Paulson, commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). He said the suspect had no apparent links to another Canadian who killed a soldier in Quebec earlier in the week.

Canadian Michael Zehaf-Bibeau thought to be the gunman in Ottawa shooting 23 Oct 2014 The man behind the Ottawa shootings is a Canadian convert to Islam whose passport had been seized by authorities, federal sources say. While police have not confirmed the man's identity, sources have told Canada's Globe And Mail, Reuters and Associated Press that the main suspect was Michael Zehaf-Bibeau...The suspected gunman, Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, was reportedly born Michael Joseph Hall but changed his name, sources said.

Obligatory 'hero narrative' emerges in Canada false flag: Ottawa shooting: Kevin Vickers hailed as hero who took down attacker --'Thank God for Sgt at Arms Kevin Vickers' - tweet by Justice Minister Peter MacKay 22 Oct 2014 The man reported to have shot an assailant on Parliament Hill today is a former police officer with a background in providing security services for dignitaries, including members of the Royal Family. Kevin Vickers, 58, a native of Miramichi, N.B., became the sergeant-at-arms in the House of Commons eight years ago after a varied career in security. He spent 29 years with the RCMP and rose to the rank of chief superintendent, often serving as the face of the national police force in New Brunswick. Before his appointment as sergeant-of-arms, Vickers was director of security operations for the House of Commons. [Wow! Vickers's entire profile/narrative is already available and in print, even though buildings are still under lockdown! --LRP]

Toronto Maple Leafs on lockdown in Ottawa 22 Oct 2014 A terrifying situation in Canada's capital city of Ottawa has resulted in Wednesday night's game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Senators being postponed. A Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the country's capital was shot to death Wednesday, and gunfire then erupted inside Parliament, authorities said. One gunman was killed, and police said they were searching for as many as two others in what Gilles Michaud, assistant commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, called a "dynamic, unfolding situation." The Ottawa police, via its official Twitter account, warned the public to stay away from that area while it investigated.

House Intelligence Committee chair Mike Rogers says he would charge 'traitor' Edward Snowden with MURDER 22 Oct 2014 House Intelligence Committee Chairman [Grade 'A' sociopath] Mike Rogers made no attempt to hide his disdain for NSA leaker Edward Snowden on Tuesday at a meeting in the House of Commons on Tuesday evening in London. Rogers told his Members of Parliament that Snowden is a 'traitor' and is likely responsible for the deaths of both British and U.S. soldiers. "The [US] government has pressed charges on Mr. Snowden. We are treating him, as I would argue, the traitor that he is," Rogers said, according to the Huffington Post. "And by the way, and this is important, I would charge him for murder," Rogers added.

Christie says GOP gubernatorial candidates need to win so they control 'voting mechanisms' 22 Oct 2014 Governor Christie pushed further into the contentious debate over voting rights than ever before, saying Tuesday that Republicans need to win gubernatorial races this year so that they’re the ones controlling "voting mechanisms" [!?!] going into the next presidential election. Republican governors are facing intense fights in the courts over laws they pushed that require specific identification in order to vote and that reduce early voting opportunities. Critics say those laws sharply curtail the numbers of poor and minority voters, who would likely vote for Democrats. Christie stressed the need to keep Republicans in charge of states -- and overseeing state-level voting regulations -- ahead of the next presidential election.

North Carolina Academic Fraud Went on for Years Amid Lax Oversight, Report Finds 22 Oct 2014 Academic fraud that allegedly went on for years within a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill department frequented by athletes was carried out largely by two administrators, but thrived amid lax oversight and silence, according to a report released on Wednesday. The report from former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein, who was hired by the university, examined how students--many of them top-tier athletes--were able to take no-show courses in the school's African and Afro-American studies department, earning passing grades and helping to ensure their academic eligibility to compete.

Dallas man's Halloween decor inspired by Ebola 23 Oct 2014 A Dallas-area man has taken inspiration from the fear of Ebola for the Halloween decorations at his town house. James Faulk stacked up barrels marked "biohazard," surrounded his yard in University Park, with yellow caution tape and crossed his door and windows with white tape marked "quarantine," re-enacting a scene that's played out at three Dallas apartments. Speaking to reporters, Faulk wore a protective suit with the label "CDC Trainee" and a face shield.
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