Snowden docs contain NSA 'blueprint' - Greenwald 14 Jul 2013 Edward Snowden has very sensitive "blueprints" detailing how the National Security Agency operates that would allow someone who read them to evade or even duplicate NSA surveillance, a journalist close to the intelligence leaker said Sunday. Glenn Greenwald, a columnist with The Guardian newspaper who closely communicates with Snowden and first reported on his intelligence leaks, told The Associated Press that the former NSA systems analyst has "literally thousands of documents" that constitute "basically the instruction manual for how the NSA is built." "In order to take documents with him that proved that what he was saying was true he had to take ones that included very sensitive, detailed blueprints of how the NSA does what they do," Greenwald said in Brazil, adding that the interview was taking place about four hours after his last interaction with Snowden.
Snowden has information that could be the US's 'worst nightmare,' journalist says 13 Jul 2013 Former CIA contractor and self-declared leaker Edward Snowden possesses information that could badly damage the United States if revealed, the journalist who first published the leaked documents said in a newspaper interview. "Snowden has enough information to cause more harm to the U.S. government in a single minute than any other person has ever had in the history of the United States," Guardian blogger and columnist Glenn Greenwald told the Argentinean daily La Nacion in an interview published Saturday. "But that is not his objective." He told the newspaper that Snowden has already distributed thousands of documents and has made sure several people around the world have all the files he possesses. "If anything were to happen to him, those documents would be made public," Greenwald said. "That's his insurance policy."
Judge to rule on dismissing most serious charge in U.S. WikiLeaks trial 15 Jul 2013 A military judge trying the soldier accused of the biggest leak of classified material in U.S. history heard arguments on Monday over two defense motions that could result in the most serious charge against him - aiding the enemy - being dropped. U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, 25, is charged with disclosing more than 700,000 classified files, combat videos and State Department cables to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. Manning, who served as an intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2009 and 2010, could face life in prison without parole if convicted of aiding the enemy, the most serious of 21 charges he faces.
Syrian army finds chemical materials belonging to militants in Joubar 14 Jul 2013 The Syrian army has found toxic chemical agents after seizing a factory operated by foreign-backed militants fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad. The army says the chemical materials were found at the factory in the town of Joubar, which was used by militants before Syrian forces gained control of the area. The Syrian army also claims that the materials were intended to be used for making mortar shells.
RT source: Israeli strike on Syria was carried out from Turkish base 15 Jul 2013 Israel used a Turkish military base to launch one of its recent airstrikes against Syria from the sea, a reliable source told RT. Israel has been under scrutiny since last week, when it was reported to be responsible for a July 5 depot attack in Latakia. News that Turkey assisted Israel in attacking another Muslim state could result in serious turmoil for Ankara, once the information is confirmed. "Our source is telling us that Israeli planes left a military base inside Turkey and approached Latakia from the sea to make sure that they stayed out of Syrian airspace so that they cannot become a legitimate target for the Syrian air force," RT reports.
Pentagon denies US is about to 'invade' Egypt 14 Jul 2013 The Pentagon and the US Embassy in Cairo have denied reports in the Egyptian media that an American task force in the Red Sea is preparing to "invade Egypt." Pentagon Press Secretary George Little took to Twitter on Saturday to say that such reports are "absolutely wrong," ABC NEWS reported. The Egyptian Embassy in Cairo issued a statement denying the reports.
U.S. Military wastes $34m on lavish HQ on an Afghan base that will NEVER BE USED --A two-story facility was built on Camp Leatherneck in southern Afghanistan in spite of official warnings that it was unnecessary --Building is too costly for the Afghan army to maintain, and the outlets won't even work for their equipment because they are American plugs --Just one of a handful of similar expensive projects that were laid to waste 10 Jul 2013 The U.S. military has spent *34million building a state-of-the-art building on a base in southern Afghanistan that no American soldiers will ever use. Military officials warned that the proposed building was an example of wasteful spending three years ago when the construction began but their warnings went unheeded and the contractors [corpora-terrorists] built the expansive two-story facility anyway. Now a special inspector general who is reviewing spending in Afghanistan has written a scathing letter to the Secretary of Defense saying that the building, which is in the compound of Camp Leatherneck, is symbolic of the overwhelming bureaucracy in the region.
Suicide kills more British soldiers and veterans than Afghan war 15 Jul 2013 The UK's Ministry of Defence has confirmed more British soldiers and veterans committed suicide last year than died while fighting in Afghanistan. Last year seven serving British soldiers killed themselves, while a further 14 died in suspected suicides, not yet confirmed by inquest. The British government does not keep a record of suicides by former military personnel, but an investigation by the BBC's Panorama program found at least 29 veterans also committed suicide in 2012.
Dozens killed in coordinated bomb attacks in Iraq 14 Jul 2013 Violence including an apparently coordinated series of bombings that struck central and southern Iraq on Sunday killed 33 people, bringing the July death toll to more than 370. More than 2,600 people have died in a surge in unrest so far this year, according to AFP figures based on security and medical sources. Iraq has faced years of attacks by militants, but analysts say widespread discontent among members of its Sunni Arab minority, which the Shiite-led government has failed to address, has driven the spike in unrest this year.
U.S. Repeals Propaganda Ban, Spreads Government-Made News to Americans 14 Jul 2013 For decades, a so-called anti-propaganda law prevented the U.S. government's mammoth broadcasting arm from delivering programming to American audiences. But on July 2, that came silently to an end with the implementation of a new reform [sic] passed in January. The result: an unleashing of thousands of hours per week of government-funded radio and TV programs for domestic U.S. consumption in a reform initially criticized as a green light for U.S. domestic propaganda efforts. So what just happened? Until this month, a vast ocean of U.S. programming produced by the Broadcasting Board of Governors such as Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks could only be viewed or listened to at broadcast quality in foreign countries. ...And so with that we have the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012, which passed as part of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, and went into effect this month.
9/11 could be insurance fraud as trial of conspiring duo begins in New York --Silverstein's bizarre double-indemnity claim was approved in 2004. 15 Jul 2013 Is this the world's worst case of insurance fraud...ever? At issue: billions of d*llars in loot from the demolition of the World Trade Center complex on September 11th, 2001. World Trade Center owner Larry Silverstein - who confessed on national television to "pulling" World Trade Center Building 7 - will appear in the courtroom of Judge Alvin Hellerstein at 500 Pearl St. in New York City. The non-jury trial, which is expected to last three days, will decide whether Silverstein is entitled to recover *3.5 billion from airlines and airport-related companies, in addition to the *4.9 billion he has already received for his "losses" on September 11th. [See also: 'Lucky Larry' still makes a killing on the 9/11 terror attacks: Dream job: $21.5M - to do nothing at all --Port Authority paying Larry Silverstein *21.5 million but has yet to seek 'development' tips 14 Apr 2009 The Port Authority is paying Larry Silverstein *21.5 million to develop the Freedom Tower - even though he has absolutely no role in building the 1,776-foot icon, the Daily News has learned. See also: 'Lucky' Larry: 'the smartest thing to do is pull it'.]
'Radioactivity found in Swiss lake' near nuclear plant --Discovery raises concerns about safety practices and lack of transparency at Muehleberg nuclear plant in northwestern Switzerland 14 Jul 2013 Scientists have discovered a radioactive substance in sediment under a Swiss lake used for drinking water and situated near a nuclear plant, the Le Matin Dimanche weekly reported Sunday. The plant is believed to have caused a spike in cesium 137 found in the sediment of Lake Biel and dating back to 2000 through the discharge of contaminated waste water into the Aar river that feeds into the lake, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) downstream, the weekly reported.
Security probe launched after activists break into French nuclear power plant 15 Jul 2013 Around 30 Greenpeace activists climbed fences to break into a nuclear power plant in southern France at dawn on Monday, saying they wanted to expose security flaws and demand its closure. The activists, dressed in red, said they reached the walls of two reactors at the Tricastin plant, one of France's oldest. Interior Minister Manuel Valls called for an investigation into the intrusion which raised questions about the security of France's 19 nuclear plants and 58 reactors.
Chicago police start using facial-recognition software to arrest suspects 15 Jul 2013 Police officers in Chicago, Illinois can remotely access video shot from any of the city’s 24,000 closed-circuit television cameras, and they are already using that ability to nab suspects who thought they could outsmart surveillance. According to a recent Chicago Sun-Time article, police officers in the Windy City recently issued their first arrest stemming from the use of space-age facial-recognition technology coupled with thousands of cameras that collect live video in real-time at all hours of the day. The Transportation Security Administration has given the Chicago Transit Authority a $5.4 million grant to aid with the program, and that money has been used to update an already impressive arsenal of city-licensed surveillance cameras to run in tandem with [NEC Corporation of America's] NeoFace [NeoFascism], a high-tech analysis program used by various governments and law enforcement agencies around the globe to grab biometric data off of an image and match it to another.
Obama calls for calm in wake of George Zimmerman verdict [Right, you drone eight-year-olds into the Stone Age -- just don't riot. --LRP] 14 Jul 2013 After a jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin on Saturday evening, reaction from political figures and interest groups poured in on Sunday, with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) pushing for the Department of Justice to open a federal civil rights probe to examine the racial undertones of the incident, and political figures on both sides of the aisle offering their two cents on a case that has captured the nation's attention. President Obama issued a statement on Sunday calling the case a "tragedy." "I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher," he said. "But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son." [The corrupt, violent state that allows Trayvon Martin-style shootings brainwashes the corrupt, violent media which in turn brainwashes the people to *never* resort to violence as a tactic --and, therefore, perpetuates what the state does. See how it works? That way, nothing ever changes. --LRP]
Attorney General Holder calls shooting of Trayvon Martin 'unnecessary' 15 Jul 2013 U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday called the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin "unnecessary," raising questions about whether he believed the shooter, George Zimmerman, acted in self-defense. A jury in Sanford, Florida, found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter after a three-week trial in which defense lawyers argued that Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, shot Martin in self-defense.
'No Justice': Thousands March for Trayvon Martin --Protesters speak out against Zimmerman 'not guilty' verdict, from Sanford, Florida to Times Square 15 Jul 2013 In cities around the country, people took their outrage to the streets. In Los Angeles, protesters temporarily blocked a highway, carrying posters bearing a now-familiar image of Martin's face with a hoodie pulled over his head. The LAPD issued a city-wide tactical alert and deployed cops in riot gear; the police claimed batteries and bottles were thrown at officers [Yeah, right!] and responded by firing non-lethal rounds. Six people were arrested at an "unlawful assembly" in Hollywood's CNN building. In Oakland, fires were set in garbage bins. Following the peaceful gathering in Times Square, the NYPD arrested 12 people on a splinter march bound for Harlem. But despite the raw emotions involved, the vast majority of the demonstrators – in San Francisco, Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Milwaukee, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Miami and even Sanford, Florida, where Martin was killed - were overwhelmingly peaceful.
Demonstrators gather in LA's Leimert Park to protest Zimmerman verdict 13 Jul 2013 People began gathering in Leimert Park on Saturday night to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, according to police and social media reports. "We are getting reports that people are starting to gather," said LAPD Officer Phillip Ahn. "It's in its infancy." Ahn said police units have been dispatched to the scene "to stand by."
Group gathers in Baltimore to protest Zimmerman verdict 14 Jul 2013 A group of speakers in Baltimore expressed outrage Sunday morning at the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, saying the finding of the Florida jurors sent a message that young black men fail to get fairness from the judicial system. Members of the Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly spoke at McKeldin Square in the Inner Harbor as a kickoff to what they say would begin two more events, rallies at 5 p.m. Sunday and another at the same time Monday. About a dozen people attended the 9 a.m. gathering -- which was overseen at a distance by a group of city police officers with their vehicles.
Zimmerman acquittal sparks protests across US 14 Jul 2013 Americans angry at the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of black teen Trayvon Martin marched in US cities overnight, with reports Sunday of sporadic violence. Spontaneous marches of varying sizes took place in cities including San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, Atlanta and Philadelphia. A jury in Sanford, Florida, late Saturday found Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watchman, not guilty in the death of Martin.
Zimmerman trial juror drops plan to write a book 16 Jul 2013 One of the six jurors in the George Zimmerman trial has abandoned her plans to write a book explaining why she found him not guilty of murder in the shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, her literary agent said on Monday. The jury's decision triggered protests across the United States by activists who said Martin was targeted because he was black. Unidentified juror B37 had signed with Martin Literary Management, an agency based in Mercer Island, Washington, the firm's president, Sharlene Martin, said in a statement on Monday.
Zimmerman Is Acquitted of Murder and Manslaughter 13 Jul 2013 George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, igniting a national debate on racial profiling and civil rights, was found not guilty on Saturday of the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin. He also was acquitted of manslaughter, a lesser charge. After three weeks of testimony, the six-woman jury rejected the prosecution's contention that Mr. Zimmerman had deliberately pursued Mr. Martin because he viewed the hoodie-clad teenager as a criminal and instigated the fight that led to his death.
Zimmerman acquitted on all charges in Trayvon Martin case --Case sparked national debate on issues including race and profiling 13 Jul 2013 George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges on Saturday for the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in this central Florida town in February of last year. If he had been convicted, the 29-year-old former neighbourhood watch volunteer, who claimed he acted in self-defence, could have been sentenced to life in prison for second-degree murder or up to 30 years for manslaughter.
U.S. senators fail to cut deal, head for showdown on filibuster 15 Jul 2013 U.S. senators failed to reach a deal on Monday to avert a showdown over President Barack Obama's executive-branch nominees and threats by Democrats to strip Republicans of their power to block such nominations with procedural hurdles known as filibusters. Emerging from a meeting of all 100 senators that lasted more than three hours, Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said talks would go on. But it was unclear if the two sides would find common ground before Tuesday's scheduled votes on seven nominees.
Trial to measure lawfulness of Pa. voter ID law 14 Jul 2013 A trial set to begin Monday on the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's voter identification law represents a major step toward a judicial ruling on whether the photo requirement should be enforced at polling places statewide or thrown out as unconstitutional. Nine days are set aside for the trial in Harrisburg in Commonwealth Court. Civil libertarians challenging the law and state officials defending it say they expect the state Supreme Court will ultimately decide the case. At issue is a voter ID law that would be one of the strictest in the nation if it is upheld but has never been enforced.
UK fraud prosecutor charges 2 brokers in Libor probe 15 Jul 2013 Britain's fraud prosecutor charged two former brokers at interdealer broker RP Martin with conspiracy to defraud, related to its investigation into the rigging of Libor global interest rates. The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) said it charged Terry Farr, 41, and James Gilmour, 48, on Monday. They will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court at a later date, it said. The pair were arrested on Dec. 11, 2012, along with former UBS and Citigroup trader Tom Hayes.
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