Monday, April 30, 2012

Ron Paul continues adding convention delegates

Ron Paul continues playing tortoise and hare with Mitt Romney. Over the weekend, Paul shook up the pundits by a victory in the Louisiana caucus. The Texas Congressman picked up 111 of 150 delegates and 61 of 72 alternate delegates for the Louisiana state convention.

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Video: Alaska senator endorses Romney; delegates boo, then chant Ron Paul!

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NSI instructional video: Public photography is terrorism

As part of an ongoing effort to create a Stasi-like surveillance grid in America, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, in association with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, has produced a video to assist in the training of officers as they go about detecting what the federal government considers to be suspicious activity. It is part of the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI).

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Trail of death: Breitbart coroner turns up dead, arsenic poisoning suspected

Veteran Los Angeles coroner forensic technican Michael Cormier had died, apparently due to arsenic poisoning. The 61 year old Cormier was discovered dead on April 20th - the same day the city officials had released their preliminary autopsy report on the death of conservative media powerhouse Andrew Breitbart.

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Authorities refuse to disclose details of Chicago evacuation plan

City and federal authorities have reacted bizarrely to the revelation that the Red Cross has been ordered to prepare for the possible evacuation of Chicago during next month’s NATO summit by refusing to acknowledge that the directive came from them.

As we reported last week, Red Cross volunteers in the Milwaukee area were sent an email instructing them that, “The American Red Cross in southeastern Wisconsin has been asked to place a number of shelters on standby in the event of evacuation of Chicago.”

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New Mexico: State shuts off water, sewer for nonpayment of traffic ticket

With more and more vehicle owners simply deciding refuse to pay red light camera and speed camera tickets, private, for-profit companies and municipalities are growing increasingly desperate. America's second-largest city shut down its photo ticketing program last year largely because residents who could not afford the $500 citations did not pay them. On Monday, Las Cruces, New Mexico announced it would shut off the utilities of city residents who refused to pay Redflex Traffic Systems, the Australian company that owns and operates the cameras.

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Obama has held more re-election fundraisers than previous five Presidents combined as he visits key swing states on 'permanent campaign'

Barack Obama has already held more re-election fundraising events than every elected president since Richard Nixon combined, according to figures to be published in a new book.

Obama is also the only president in the past 35 years to visit every electoral battleground state in his first year of office.

The figures, contained a in a new book called The Rise of the President’s Permanent Campaign by Brendan J. Doherty, due to be published by University Press of Kansas in July, give statistical backing to the notion that Obama is more preoccupied with being re-elected than any other commander-in-chief of modern times.

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'Gay' anti-bully activist 'savages' Chrisitans

Homosexual activist Dan Savage, recently invited to be the keynote speaker at a high school anti-bullying conference in Seattle, Wash., promptly used his podium to bash Christians so severely, droves of the students fled the auditorium, some say victims of bullying themselves.

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Israel begins building wall on Lebanese border

Israel began building a wall on Monday along a 1-km (0.6 mile) -stretch of its border with Lebanon, saying the barrier was necessary to boost security for an Israeli frontier town across from a Lebanese village.

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Kleptocrats launching spring offensive

The Trilateral Commission (TC) held its annual meeting April 21-22 at the Hotel Okura in the heart of the business district in downtown Tokyo. Some 400 were in attendance. Over the course of the weekend gathering, the globalist group sought to advance its goal of world government, in spite of righteous populist anger directed at international banking elites for bringing about the collapse of economies around the world.

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Top EPA official resigns over 'crucify' comment

The Obama administration's top environmental official in the oil-rich South and Southwest region has resigned after Republicans targeted him over remarks made two years ago when he used the word "crucify" to describe his approach to enforcement.

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FLASHBACK: EPA official's philosophy on oil companies: Crucify them - just as Romans crucified conquered citizens

War on Terror not a political tool: Obama campaign marks Bin Laden raid anniversary with Romney attack ad

Barack Obama is marking the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death with a campaign suggesting that his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, lacks the guts to have ordered the raid that killed the al-Qaida leader.

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Google cars snooping on WiFi users not an accident

Google bosses were informed their Street View cars would collect e-mails, names, addresses and other personal data from Wi-Fi users around the world, a government report shows. But the company insists the message didn’t get through.

Neither a mistake nor the work of an unauthorized engineer was behind Google's massive harvesting of Wi-Fi communications that included e-mails, passwords and other sensitive personal information across three continents in 2007-2010, indicates the recent report filed by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

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Domestic production of Iran-140 plane proves ineffectiveness of sanctions - DM

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi hailed the country's engineers and experts for building a new model of Iran-140 planes for sea patrolling, and said the progress proves that the western sanctions against Tehran have been ineffective.

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Iran: Deployment of US F-22 Raptors in UAE "harms" regional security

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi cautioned that the basing of the US Raptor strike aircraft in the United Arab Emirates is detrimental to regional security.

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Russia orders more S-300 SAM missiles

The Russian Defense Ministry has resumed large-scale procurements of modernized S-300V surface-to-air missile systems, the manufacturer said on Saturday.

“The State Defense Order through 2020 provides for significant volumes of procurement of modernized S-300V air defense systems,” Almaz-Antei’s general director Vladislav Menshchikov said.

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Nobel Peace Prize - US special forces on the ground, helping hunt for Kony

Deep in the jungle, this small, remote Central African village is farther from the coast than any point on the continent. It's also where three international armies have zeroed in on Joseph Kony, one of the world's most wanted warlords.

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Israel joins UN list of states limiting human rights organizations

A senior UN official in Geneva last week listed Israel among the countries that she says are restricting the activities of human rights groups.

The statement, issued on Wednesday by UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay, lists Israel along with countries such as Belarus, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Ethiopia and Venezuela.

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Israel must be prepared for future confrontation with Egypt, says ex-Defense Minister

In the summer of 2005, Israeli-Egyptian relations were rosy. Sitting around a conference table one day were executives from the Israel Electric Corporation and the Egyptian-Israeli East Mediterranean Gas Company. Sitting across from them were Egypt's petroleum minister and his Israeli counterpart, fresh from their meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Facing the cameras, which captured their visible excitement, the two signed off on the agreement that would bring Egyptian natural gas flowing into Israel.

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Chief: Drones 'certainly' coming to skies over Beltway

Look up. Drones are "certainly" coming to the skies over the Beltway in the next few years, one area police chief says.

The use of drones in the D.C. area became public information last week, after the Federal Aviation Administration released a list of agencies currently or previously permitted to use the unmanned aerial vehicles. It included many federal departments, such as Agriculture, Homeland Security and Energy as well as local organizations such as Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech.

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Video: Dog-eating jokes are the main course at press dinner


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Gaddafi put up 50m euro for Sarkozy's presidential bid - report

Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had agreed to fund French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 election campaign - to the tune of 50 million euro, a new report says.

The Paris-based investigative website Mediapart published “documentary evidence” that Gaddafi was ready to stump up tens of millions of dollars to help Sarkozy win the French presidential race.

Mediapart claimed Saturday that the 2006 document was provided by "former senior [Libyan] officials, who are now in hiding." They further claim the document came “from the archives of the secret service,” and was signed by Gaddafi’s former intelligence chief and later foreign minister, Moussa Koussa.

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New World Order is Obama's goal

Why the liberals want to destroy the Constitution:

This single document created the framework for the greatest nation in the world and responsible for more than 224 years of freedom, liberty and prosperity. Yet many liberals see it as an obstacle to the New World Order.

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Despite third place finish Ron Paul looking like a winner in Alaska

Despite a disappointing third place finish in the March 6 Alaska caucuses, Ron Paul is looking like a winner there: A Paul supporter was voted in as the new GOP chairman Saturday at the state convention.

It's more evidence of the political maturation of the Paul forces, who are beginning to seize the levers of powers from within state parties.

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Ron Paul wins Louisiana caucus

Supporters of 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul won yesterday's Louisiana caucus, securing an overwhelming majority of winnable delegates to the June Republican state convention that will affect the weight of the Paul delegation to the August Republican National Convention in Tampa.

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Ron Paul wins majority of Washington delegates to convention, other states expected to follow

Ron Paul's 2012 campaign has won the majority of Washington's delegates to the Republican National Convention, and a number of other states are expected to follow suit, pointing to a hectic convention in which Mitt Romney's path to the nomination may face a major insurgent opponent.

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Ron Paul beat Mitt Romney in 10 states!

Ron Paul fell short in the vote count, but he has edged out Mitt Romney in campaign contributions in at least 10 states - and counting. From the start, the GOP 'money primary' has been a two-man race.

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21 year battle to recover £3m from failed Band of Credit and Commerce International ends in success

THE long running battle by Lisburn Council to recover the millions of pounds it lost when the Bank of Credit and Commerce International sensationally crashed in July 1991 has finally ended in success.

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The New World Order's money scam

It is not easy for the average person to make much sense out of the current international monetary system. It works something like a poker game. Everyone at the table has some chips. The green ones are supposed to be exchangeable at a ratio of 35 to one with the yellow chips. About half way into the game, the other players notice that the host has a machine at his feet that keeps popping out green chips every few minutes. Apparently the yellow chips can’t be cranked out this way, but the green ones can. So the host keeps on betting on every hand - deuces, fives, anything - and he keeps offering green chips to pay for staying in the game.

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No such thing as 'state capitalism' in China

Certain Western officials and scholars have repeatedly criticized China forimplementing “state capitalism,” claiming that China encourages its state-ownedenterprises (SOEs) to monopolize resources and stifle the growth of foreigninvestment. Based on what they believe to be unfair competition practices, they havecalled for restrictions on overseas investment by Chinese SOEs. However, their claimis totally untenable.

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Iranian official warns UAE of damaging repercussions of hostile remarks

An Iranian military official warned the UAE authorities against careless remarks and positions on the ownership of the three Iranian islands in the Persian Gulf, saying that in case a war breaks out, the UAE will sustain serious damages.

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EU fiscal pact not up for review - Merkel

"There will be no new negotiations on the budget pact. Twenty-five heads of government have signed it," Merkel said, referring to an accord for member countries to keep annual budget deficits within EU targets or face sanctions.

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn: NY sex scandal orchestrated by political opponents

The former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has accused political enemies linked to Nicolas Sarkozy and his ruling UMP party of destroying his bid for the French presidency by choreographing the scandal that erupted last year when he was accused of assaulting a New York hotel maid.

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France seizes Berezovsky asstest

Russia’s Prosecutor General’s Office on Saturday said that on its request France has seized property belonging to London-based tycoon Boris Berezovsky worth 13 billion euros.

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Ex-Israeli spy boss attacks Netanyahu and Barak over Iran

Russian prosecutors find numerous election violations

Russia’s Prosecutor General’s Office in a report issued on Saturday said it has exposed about 3,000 violations committed during the recent parliamentary and presidential polls.

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Former Shin Bet chief: Netanyahu not interested in peace talks

Yuval Diskin, who was quoted earlier as saying he didn't trust PM, Barak on Iran, says Netanyahu knows that if he makes the slightest move forward, his coalition will 'fall apart.'

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US deploys fighter jets to base near Iran

US Air Force deploys several F22s to UAE base, Fox News reports; Officials deny deployment linked to potential Iran strike.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Ron Paul attracts more than 6,000 supporters to Austin, Texas

On Thursday, thousands in Texas gathered to see Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul speak. The grassy knoll in Austin at the University of Texas slowly filled as supporters prepared to see Ron Paul. The 12-term congressman from Texas had announced a few days prior that his campaign team would be focusing in Texas, his home state, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Dr. Paul's campaign events consistently pack the house, flood the streets, and fill stadiums.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Election-year stunts from the media

Is Social Security really "exhausted?" Not at all

It's rare to see a federal official publicly beg reporters to get a story right, but the commissioner of the Social Security Administration seemed ready to get down on his hands and knees at a Monday press briefing. Michael Astrue was cautioning journalists not to scare the public about the meaning of the word "exhaustion."

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Gas Prices Seen Headed Lower at the Pump

A surge in gasoline prices earlier this year sparked talk of $5 a gallon by this summer, but prices at the pump have been ticking lower in April, and it appears they'll continue falling as the driving season approaches.

This rosy scenario is prompted by the fact that the price for one of the most common types of gasoline futures traded in New York has dropped 30 cents, going from over $3.40 a gallon at the beginning of April to $3.10 a gallon Wednesday.

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Fed forecast: More growth, lower unemployment

The Federal Reserve has boosted its outlook for U.S. economic growth this year and is slightly more optimistic about the unemployment rate, reflecting improvements in recent months.

In an updated forecast Wednesday, the Fed predicted that the economy will grow between 2.4 percent and 2.9 percent in 2012. That compares with its forecast in January, when it estimated growth this year between 2.2 percent and 2.7 percent.

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Fed upgrades economic outlook

The Federal Reserve upgraded its outlook for the economy, predicting the unemployment rate would fall to as low as 7.8% in the fourth quarter — a drop that could have a significant effect on the presidential election.

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'Godzillus' fossil stumps experts

The 150-pound fossil recovered last year in northern Kentucky is more than 6 feet long and 3 feet wide. To the untrained eye, it looks like a bunch of rocks or a concrete blob. Experts are trying to determine whether it was an animal, mineral or a form of plant life from a time when the Cincinnati region was underwater.

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CISPA could allow DHS to spy on Congress, Supreme Court

A new proposal by Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee threatens to give the Department of Homeland Security the power to spy on Congress and the Judicial Branch.

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Florida judge blocks drug tests for state workers

A federal judge in Miami has tossed out an executive order from Florida Governor Rick Scott requiring drug testing of state employees, saying it violated the constitutional prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures.

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Brzezinski sketches "strategic vision" for Putin's KGB-run media

For the past several months, Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Adviser to President Jimmy Carter and architect of David Rockefeller’s Trilateral Commission, has been hawking his umpteenth book, Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power. As usual, Dr. Brzezinski can count on the establishment press to sell plenty of copies and keep the royalties rolling in with favorable reviews and lots of face time. The New York Times' reviewer opined that in Strategic Vision Brzezinski “provides a clear-eyed, sharp-tongued assessment of this hinge moment in time, when the world’s center of gravity is shifting ‘from the West to the East.’”

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Council on Foreign Relations releases 'The New Global Health Agenda'

The field of global health is witnessing a shift in focus from disease-driven initiatives to projects aimed at increasing the sustainability and strengthening of health systems. A crucial component to this is universal health coverage (UHC), which seeks to address financing schemes for health, separate from efforts to provide both adequate numbers of health workers and structures for health-care delivery.

Slutgate: Secret Service investigating reports of second prostitution scandal

The secret service is investigating news reports of other trips in which employees allegedly engaged the services of prostitutes while travelling abroad in advance of the president, an agency official said.

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Israeli left-wing activists held indoors by police during Independence Day event

Members of the leftist organization Zochrot were attempting to distribute flyers containing the names of Palestinian villages that were evacuated or destroyed in 1948, when they were held indoors by Tel Aviv police for almost four hours.

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EPA official's philosophy on oil companies: Crucify them - just as Romans crucified conquered citizens

A top EPA official siad the EPA’s “philosophy” is to “crucify” and “make examples” of oil and gas companies - just as the Romans crucified random citizens in areas they conquered to ensure obedience.

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Black on white beating labeled 'dispute' despite racial slurs

Mobile Police made their first arrest in the mob beating of Matthew Owens. 44-year-old Terry Rawls surrendered Wednesday on assault charges.

"This here is an ongoing dispute with neighbors, that's what this is," explained Corporal Chris Levy with the Mobile Police Department.

"... and there was a series of racial slurs exchanged, and there was a fight."

Witnesses claim one of those attackers screamed, "That's justice for Trayvon" as she drove away.

"I can tell you without a doubt 100 percent that the Trayvon Martin case was not the motivating factor, said Levy. "That 100 percent, it is an ongoing incident between people that have been fighting for a few years now."

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Brazilian ex-prostitute to sue US embassy,

A Brazilian former prostitute plans to sue the US embassy and five of its personnel for injuries sustained outside a strip club late last year.

The incident occurred on 29 December when an embassy driver was dispatched to the club to pick up three marines and one civilian staffer.

Few additional details from the incident have been provided by US officials, including the nature of an unresolved offer Ferreira's lawyers say was made by the embassy to compensate her in exchange for a non-disclosure agreement.

Ferreira said she was forced out of the van by one of the men when she attempted to join some of her colleagues, who had already entered the vehicle. She said she panicked when the man grabbed her, so she attempted to hold on to the van, but fell to the ground, hit her head and lost consciousness.

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Post-2014 U.S. military presence in Afghanistan 'needs clarification'

The terms and goals of the projected U.S. presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014 need to be clarified, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Thursday.

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Obama approves new authority allowing CIA to kill unidentified enemy, expands Yemen war

The United States has begun launching drone strikes against suspected al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen under new authority approved by President Obama that allows the CIA and the military to fire even when the identity of those who could be killed is not known, U.S. officials said.

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Surge of the 'Second World'

THE OLD Order no longer qualifies as an order. The term “world order” denotes a stable distribution of power across the world. But power concentration today is in a state of tremendous flux, characterized by rapid diffusion and entropy toward a broad set of emerging powers that now share the regional and global stage. Western-centered multilateralism represents at best a partial component of a world system that is increasingly fragmented.

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The end of pax America: How Western decline became inevitable

When great powers begin to experience erosion in their global standing, their leaders inevitably strike a pose of denial. At the dawn of the twentieth century, as British leaders dimly discerned such an erosion in their country's global dominance, the great diplomat Lord Salisbury issued a gloomy rumination that captured at once both the inevitability of decline and the denial of it. "Whatever happens will be for the worse," he declared. "Therefore it is our interest that as little should happen as possible." Of course, one element of decline was the country's diminishing ability to influence how much or how little actually happened.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Our men in Iran? How the US trained terrorists in Nevada

From the air, the terrain of the Department of Energy’s Nevada National Security Site, with its arid high plains and remote mountain peaks, has the look of northwest Iran. The site, some sixty-five miles northwest of Las Vegas, was once used for nuclear testing, and now includes a counterintelligence training facility and a private airport capable of handling Boeing 737 aircraft. It’s a restricted area, and inhospitable—in certain sections, the curious are warned that the site’s security personnel are authorized to use deadly force, if necessary, against intruders.

It was here that the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) conducted training, beginning in 2005, for members of the Mujahideen-e-Khalq, a dissident Iranian opposition group known in the West as the M.E.K. The M.E.K. had its beginnings as a Marxist-Islamist student-led group and, in the nineteen-seventies, it was linked to the assassination of six American citizens.

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Report discloses training of MKO terrorists by West

"MKO fighters have also been trained at secret Middle-East sites by special forces teams from Britain, the US and Israel and have been supplied at US taxpayer expense with state-of-the-art weaponry and surveillance gear. In particular, the terror cells planning the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists were taught to use small explosive packages normally reserved for American and Israeli special forces," the report said.

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The United States, Canada, Iraq and Iran have designated the MEK a terrorist organization. 

U.S. Department of State Foreign Terrorist Organizations List

US-Philippine drills 'obviously a provocation'

Joint US-Philippine military drills have kicked off in the South China Sea, near an island claimed by both the Philippines and China. The controversial exercises are seen by many as a provocation that could lead to a real military conflict.

Last week China announced that the drills in the area would raise the risk of confrontation. The southwestern island of Palawan is situated in energy-rich waters said to hold extensive gas and oil reserves.

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United Nations to investigate human rights, living conditions of U.S. Native Americans

For the first time in its history, the United Nations is investigating the United States to ensure it is living up to standards set forth in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

"This will be the first mission to the US by an independent expert designated by the UN human rights council to report on the rights of the indigenous peoples," a UN statement said.

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TSA screeners allegedly let drug-filled luggage through LAX for cash

Four current and former Transportation Security Administration screeners have been arrested and face charges of taking bribes and looking the other way while suitcases filled with cocaine, methamphetamine or marijuana passed through X-ray machines at Los Angeles International Airport, federal authorities announced Wednesday.

The TSA screeners, who were arrested Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, allegedly received up to $2,400 in cash bribes in exchange for allowing large drug shipments to pass through checkpoints in what the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles called a “significant breakdown” of security.

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Appointed agency offers cash to end 4th of July fireworks shows

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is offering communities cash incentives to forgo their yearly Fourth of July fireworks shows and replace them with laser light shows instead.

On Thursday, the district approved a pilot program that will allocate $30,000 in grants, according to spokesman Anthony Presto.

"You don't have to create a lot of pollution in order to be patriotic," Presto said.

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What is the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District? 

The Valley Air District is governed by an fifteen member Governing Board consisting of representatives from the Board of Supervisors of all eight counties, one Health and Science member, appointed by the Governor, one Physician, appointed by the Governor and five Valley city representatives.

Russian and American airborne forces to hold joint drill in the U.S.

“This is the first time such an event is being held,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Aleksandr Kucherenko stressed, announcing the plan. “The Russian airborne will contribute a special task group that will exercise with US special service weapons.”

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Pakistan tests nuclear-capable ballistic missile

Pakistan successfully tested a nuclear-capable ballistic missile on Wednesday. The launch comes less than a week after Islamabad’s main adversary India tested a long-range ballistic missile of its own.

Pakistan’s missile Shaheen-1A was reportedly shot southward to the Indian Ocean and managed to cover some 4,000-4,500 kilometers. This is enough to target any object on Indian territory.

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US taxpayers shelling out billions for faulty weapons

The Pentagon has frittered away billions in taxpayer cash on not fully tested arms, a government watchdog report says. While the policy grants the military access to cutting-edge technology, the public can be left footing the bill for faulty weapons.

A report issued by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Friday shed light on the controversial policy of“concurrency” which approves untested weapons for production and use.

“While some concurrency is understandable, committing to product development before requirements are understood and technologies mature, or committing to production and fielding before development is complete, is a high-risk strategy that often results in performance shortfalls, unexpected cost increases, schedule delays and test problems,”said the report.

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Warm ocean driving Antarctic ice loss

The researchers used a satellite laser to measure the thinning occurring on ice shelves - the floating tongues of ice that jut out from the land.

The team's analysis found the shelves' shrinkage could not be attributed simply to warmer air temperatures.

Rather, it is warm water getting under the floating ice to melt it from below.

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Israeli army chief says he doubts Iran will build a nuclear weapon

It's springtime and a young man's fancy turns, yet again, toward thoughts of war with Iran.

But the normally reticent boss of the Israel Defense Forces has just poured cold water on this eventuality. Lt. Gen. Benny Grantz told Israeli newspaper Haaretz in an interview marking that nation's independence day that he doubts Iran is currently seeking a nuclear weapon or that they will eventually decide to pursue one.

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King County GOP leader boots caucus outside after Ron Paul backers elect new chair

Over the weekend, Republicans in the 37th Legislative District gathered to choose delegates to the state GOP convention.

The caucus started out Saturday morning inside Dimmitt Middle School. But it didn't end inside the building.

After supporters of Texas Congressman Ron Paul elected one of their own to chair of the meeting, the gathering was booted to an outside basketball court by King County Republican Party Chairman Lori Sotelo.

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Voters choose Ron Paul as the true conservative in 2012

Even while Romney inches closer to achieving the total number of delegates he needs to win the Republican nomination, Paul’s prominence in the primaries thus far has accentuated the ideological differences between the two candidates. Paul’s success in 2012 demonstrates the growing appeal of truly limited government and devotion to the protection of individual rights, which distinguish Paul’s libertarianism from Romney’s more traditional Republican conservatism.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Video: Bahranian police killing civilians by drive-by shooting

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Ron Paul wins Iowa & Minnesota delegates

Ron Paul has won a majority of Iowa and Minnesota delegates long after their primaries ended, demonstrating a possible path to the White House for the Texas Congressman and providing a boost to a campaign many political observers have tried to declare over.

The news that Ron Paul's 2012 campaign is getting a breath of fresh air from Iowa, the state that kicked off the whole primary season months ago, is proving the resiliency of his candidacy, and confounding prognosticators who thought Rick Santorum had both states locked up.

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Green activists trash park on Earth Day

Happy Earth Day, everybody! Just when we thought our faith in the drunkards had been restored, we spotted this disaster area left behind after throngs of Marina District revelers took their overconsumption outdoors yesterday afternoon. After a brief stop at the Marina Dateway, where the neighborhood grocery store was experiencing a run on domestic beer and ladies were overheard discussing the caloric content of various vodkas, we found this scene on the grass at Fort Mason around 7 p.m. Saturday evening.

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Obama officially ineligible as lawyers representing him admit fake document

A crushing situation is emerging for, not only Barack Obama, but also for the American people as a landmark statement has been made by the Obama administration that is going to turn the entire 2012 Presidential race and potentially much more on its head.

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Flashback: A fake certificate? Obama Certificate of Live Birth doctored

Update: The original article at Examiner.com has been removed. Here is another source to the story. 

How can you make war on terror when you are actually the terrorist?

America’s 2003 assault on Iraq, already devastated by thirteen years of sanctions, infrastructure destruction consequently unrepaired from the 1991 bombing was, in the ridiculous annals of names the US military gives to their slaughter-fests, entitled: “Shock and Awe.”

This approach to nation destruction is technically known as: “rapid dominance”, the concept based on use of “overwhelming power.” It was devised by two arguably psychologically challenged military strategists, Harlan K. Ullman and James P. Wade, in 1996.(i)

Their days devising Machiavellian “shock” in destroying all means of: "communication, transportation, food production, water supply, and other aspects of infrastructure must (cause) the threat and fear of action that may shut down all or part of … society (rendering) ability to fight useless short of complete physical destruction."

Further: "Shutting the country down would entail both the physical destruction of appropriate infrastructure … so rapidly as to achieve a level of national shock akin to the effect that dropping nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki had on the Japanese.”

In an interview with CBS Ullman stated: "You're sitting in Baghdad and all of a sudden you're the general and thirty of your division headquarters have been wiped out.

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BBC to air live abortion program on radio

In a first, the BBC will broadcast on radio a live programme from an abortion clinic that will feature interviews with women undergoing terminations.

The two-hour-long radio show is due to air next month, the Telegraph reported. Pro-life campaigners have criticised the move, saying it amounted to "free advertising" for abortion.

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US congressman, outspoken opponent of Karzai, refused entry into Afghanistan

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Republican chairman of the House foreign affairs subcommittee on oversight and investigation, has been an outspoken opponent of Karzai. Rohrabacher has engaged with other Afghan leaders about a more decentralised form of government for Afghanistan and called for a US probe into alleged corruption. He had been leading a team to Afghanistan but was stopped in Dubai on Friday.

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United Nations calls for 'global solution' to crime

``We need to recognize that the problem requires a global solution,'' Fedotov, the head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, told reporters outside an international conference focused on preventing the exploitation of illegal migrants and other crimes linked to human trafficking. ``No country can handle this problem alone.''

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2nd Amendment sneak attack, Bill 1813

It looks like the power of the IRS to revoke passports is merely a drop in the tyrannical bucket.

The Senate has voted to approve Bill 1813, which is now on its way to the House. The insidious bill has so many attacks on freedom that the most serious one has been largely overlooked.

There are two attacks on gun ownership in this bill. The text of the bill, all 1676 pages of it, can be found HERE.

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Jailed for $280: The return of debtors' prisons

How did breast cancer survivor Lisa Lindsay end up behind bars? She didn't pay a medical bill -- one the Herrin, Ill., teaching assistant was told she didn't owe. "She got a $280 medical bill in error and was told she didn't have to pay it," The Associated Press reports. "But the bill was turned over to a collection agency, and eventually state troopers showed up at her home and took her to jail in handcuffs."

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Ex-spy chief sees need for bugging Facebook and Twitter

Snooping powers of the UK Government should be widened to cover social media sites. The former head of the UK's intelligence gathering centre GCHQ, Sir David Ormand has put forward the suggestion.

Websites like Twitter and Facebook are being used by criminals, terrorists and pedophiles as a "secret space" in which to communicate, according to Sir David.

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Ron Paul's Minnesota delegate blowout prompts Romney 'panic'

Minnesota will send 40 delegates to the Republican National Convention. Twenty of the 24 delegates based on congressional districts were awarded to Texas Rep. Ron Paul in selection processes that concluded this weekend.

Thirteen Minnesota delegates will be allocated based on the results of a statewide convention in May, according to Paul campaign senior adviser Doug Wead.

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Ron Paul yard signs dot Pennsylvania primary landscape

Sure, there were the typical negative ads by politicians on cable TV, telling anyone willing to listen why this candidate wasn't conservative enough or why this candidate had voted to destroy Medicare and Social Security.

But, try to find a campaign sign that doesn't read “Ron Paul.” Find a TV or radio ad by a candidate for the Senate or the House giving you reasons to vote for them. Or better yet, ask a friend whom they are backing in the election and you wouldn't know there was a primary occurring today.

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John Edwards used funds to hide affair

As the opposing legal teams made their opening statements on Monday, his defence asked jurors to "follow the money", saying that the nearly $1m in illegal campaign funds he is accused of secretly accepting as he sought the 2008 Democratic nomination instead went to a former campaign aide, who used it to help pay for his $1.5m house.

However, prosecutors say Edwards was aware of the payments from the wealthy donors, and that the money was intended to influence the federal election. Had it been publicly revealed Edwards had had an affair with a campaign worker, who became pregnant, Edwards knew his presidential candidacy and marriage would be doomed, prosecutor David Harbach said.
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Bradley Manning lawyer says case 'mishandled' as hearing continue

Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of secret state documents to WikiLeaks, will face his military detractors again this morning at the start of up to three more days of procedural hearings ahead of a full court martial.

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The journalist: Homeland Security's top terrorist?

If you want to know what the US Department of Homeland Security has been working hard at lately, leave it to a multimedia journalist from Miami, Florida to lay it out for you: they’ve been busy on Facebook.

Freelance journalist Carlos Miller was documenting a law enforcement raid on the southern Florida’s Occupy Wall Street offshoot, Occupy Miami, when he was arrested earlier in 2012 while filming police — for the third time in just a few years. After investigating why authorities in Miami may have singled him out during the ordeal (in which, he claims, he was only filming the event), Miller stumbled upon some evidence that exposes just why he was targeted by the local branch of the Department of Homeland Security.

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Self-appointed world dictator to sanction countries that block Internet for protesters

United States President Barack Obama announced plans on Monday to impose sanctions on foreign governments that use modern technology to tackle anti-government protesters.

Speaking from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in the nation’s capital early Monday, President Obama said America would soon be taking measures against foreign governments that rely on the latest advancements of the digital age to fight dissidents. The president made his remarks in response to authoritarian regimes in locales such as Syria and Iran, where those countries’ governments have been accused of implementing modern tools involving the Internet and mobile phone technology to keep track of protesters and block them from advancing their anti-national messages to others through social media.

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Weeping four-year-old girl accused of carrying a gun by TSA after she hugged her grandmother while passing though security

Of all the many complaints about airport security and the TSA, one of the most common is that they make little distinction between plausible security threats and passengers unlikely to be doing anything wrong.

And a recent incident in Wichita, Kansas has reinforced that argument, as a four-year-old girl was apparently subjected to a humiliating ordeal after she hugged her grandmother while she was waiting in line.

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NJ father records teachers bullying his autistic child

A New Jersey father says he was so desperate to save his autistic son from he calls the bullying of teachers that he sent him to school with a hidden tape recorder.

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Obama's lawyer clears WH in prostitution scandal

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced that White House legal counsel has concluded no White House staff engaged in any "misconduct" in Cartagena.

"The decision to conduct a review here, internally, was simply done out of due diligence," Carney said. "There is no indication of any misconduct by any member of the White House advance team or staff."

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Man beaten by mob in revenge for Trayvon Martin

According to police, Owens fussed at some kids playing basketball in the middle of Delmar Drive about 8:30 Saturday night. They say the kids left and a group of adults returned, armed with everything but the kitchen sink.

What Parker says happened next could make the fallout from the brutal beating even worse. As the attackers walked away, leaving Owen bleeding on the ground, Parker says one of them said "Now thats justice for Trayvon."

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TSA leaves not telling passenger to "go to hell"

New Yorker Ross Berenson can burn for ever in eternal damnation as far as the TSA are concerned, following his attempts to find out why his luggage had been broken into and tampered with during a flight from LAX to JFK.

“Everyone was very helpful and nice. I didn’t realize the form said ‘Go to hell’ until I got on the subway.” Berenson said. ”

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Study: 22 million Chinese seek immigration to US

Analysts have called for more measures to stop the outflow of talents and wealth aftera US study claimed that about 22 million people in China want to leave for the USpermanently.

The findings by Gallup showed that about 13 percent of the world's adults - or morethan 640 million people - say they would like to leave their country permanently.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Wikileaks: Obama team stole election, bribed Jesse Jackson, took Russian money in 2008

An Email dated November 7, 2008 under the subject line “ Insight - The Dems & Dirty Tricks ** Internal Use Only - Pls Do Not Forward **,” was sent by Fred Burton, Stratfor’s V.P. of Intelligence. It said in part, The black Dems were caught stuffing the ballot boxes in Philly and Ohio as reported the night of the election and Sen. McCain chose not to fight. The matter is not dead inside the party. It now becomes a matter of sequence now as to how and when to “out”.

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From: Fred Burton [mailto:burton@stratfor.com]
Sent: Friday, November 07, 2008 7:41 AM
To: secure@stratfor.com
Subject: Insight - The Dems & Dirty Tricks ** Internal Use Only - Pls Do
Not Forward **
** Internal Use Only - Pls Do Not Forward **

1) The black Dems were caught stuffing the ballot boxes in Philly and Ohio
as reported the night of the election and Sen. McCain chose not to
fight. The matter is not dead inside the party. It now becomes a matter
of sequence now as to how and when to "out".

2) It appears the Dems "made a donation" to Rev. Jesse (no, they would
never do that!) to keep his yap shut after his diatribe about the Jews and
Israel. A little bird told me it was a "nice six-figure donation". This
also becomes a matter of how and when to out.

3) The hunt is on for the sleezy Russian money into O-mans coffers. A
smoking gun has already been found. Will get more on this when the time
is right. My source was too giddy to continue. Can you say Clinton and
ChiCom funny money? This also becomes a matter of how and when to out.

Department of Homeland Security buying up enough ammo to wage seven-year war against the American people

As we recently reported, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), an agency that says its main purpose now is to thwart "homegrown terrorism," has awarded a contract to ammunition manufacturer ATK for acquiring450 million roundsof .40 caliber hollow point ammo.

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Whistleblower: The NSA is lying - U.S. government has copies of most of your emails

National Security Agency whistleblower William Binney reveals he believes domestic surveillance has become more expansive under President Obama than President George W. Bush. He estimates the NSA has assembled 20 trillion "transactions" — phone calls, emails and other forms of data — from Americans. This likely includes copies of almost all of the emails sent and received from most people living in the United States. Binney talks about Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and challenges NSA Director Keith Alexander’s assertion that the NSA is not intercepting information about U.S. citizens. This interview is part of a 4-part special. Click here to see segment 1, 2, and 4. [includes rush transcript]

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New government satellite to "hunt down" carbon criminals

Labeled CarbonSat, the satellite system will have the ability to differentiate between natural carbon emissions and man-made CO2 releases. Earlier this month, the ESA announced that it had contracted space company Astrium to develop the satellite, which will be ready for deployment by 2017.

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Israeli journalist says received threats after publishing recording of violent IDF officer

Or Heller, the military correspondent of Channel 10 News, revealed on Sunday that he received life threats in the past few days after he published a recording of Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner criticizing the chief of staff, Benny Gantz.

Eisner was dismissed from his position as as deputy brigade commander after being filmed beating a Danish peace activist last week.

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Detroit fire boss: Let some vacant buildings burn

Executive Fire Commissioner Donald Austin said his is creating three proposals for Mayor Dave Bing to consider when making deep reductions to the 2012-13 budget, likely to be below this fiscal year's $183 million. Detroit is going through a state-monitored budget overhaul under a deal reached between Gov. Rick Snyder and city officials, an alternative to a state-appointed emergency manager.

"I'll give (Bing) every penny I can without cutting people," said Austin, a former Los Angeles assistant fire chief who became head of Detroit fire operations last May.

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Government Motors to add 600 dealers in China

GM CEO Dan Akerson said on Monday that the company would expand its dealership network in China this year by about 600.

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Homeland Security raids flea market

Vendors at the Patapsco Flea Market have a history of allegedly selling counterfeit and pirated merchandise, according to an affidavit, which outlined the latest accusation that resulted in a raid Sunday by federal Homeland Security intellectual property agents.

Capping a 2 1/2-year-long investigation into counterfeit apparel and accessories as well as pirated DVDs and musical recordings, federal investigators confiscated numerous items being sold there.

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Ron Paul still in the race with millions in funding and zero debt

Republican Party presidential hopeful Ron Paul is still polling strong among many demographics and shows no sign of slowing down. At least if his bank records have anything to do with it. The candidate’s camp announced on Friday that so far in 2012 his campaign has managed to bring in almost $10.4 million in contributions from donors determined to keep the congressman in the GOP race.

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Russian warships arrive in China for joint drills

A Russian naval task group arrived at the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao on Saturday for joint exercises with the Chinese navy, a captain said.

"Each vessel was welcomed individually," Captain Roman Martov told RIA Novosti.

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Envoy: Iran's documents prove Israeli spies running activity in Azerbaijan

Speaking to Azeri daily Yeni Musavat, Bahrami underlined the terrorist nature of the Zionist regime of Israel, and stated, "The Quds occupying regime is a cancerous tumor. It is a reality that the regime disturbs security wherever it goes since its nature is intermingled with terrorism and espionage."

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Pentagon has 'successful plan' with hundreds of Tomahawks deployed near Iran

“We are prepared with all options on the table if we have to respond,” Panetta said, adding that “there are plans” to deal with Iran if the country does not give up its nuclear ambitions.

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Pentagon wants spies sneaking though offices around the globe

The US Department of Defense has asked Congress to approve a change in intelligence outlines which would permit America’s undercover units to send spies into the offices of foreign military contractors. It would involve infiltrating factories and businesses building warheads for competing nations, essentially establishing the businessman as America’s next mold for a spy rather than the more-recognized James Bond-type. Critics say that doing so might be big for America’s intel gathering operations, but it could also signal the start of a slippery slope with potentially catastrophic consequences.

The Inside Defense website first reported the story on Friday, publishing an article acknowledging that the Pentagon pushed a package of legislative proposals to the US Congress a week earlier. Those requests largely expand the Defense Department’s existing authority in spy operations, the website reports, including such calls to let the DoD increase its authority with intelligence gathering so the Pentagon can “conduct revenue-generating commercial activities to protect such operations and would provide an important safeguard for US military forces conducting hazardous operations abroad.”

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Republicans seek to provide Israel with $680 million of your tax dollars for Iron Dome

The United States would spend an additional $680 million through 2015 to strengthen Israel's short-range rocket shield under a plan crafted by Republicans from the House of Representatives, two congressional staff members disclosed on Friday.

The figure could put election-year pressure on President Barack Obama's administration to spell out what it deems suitable support for the "Iron Dome," which has played an increasingly important role in Israeli security.

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New video shows IDF officer striking several activists



Days after Israel Defense Forces chief Benny Gantz opted to dismiss Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner for striking a foreign left-wing protester, new video evidence released by an Israeli NGO pertains to prove the Israeli officer employed brute force unprovoked.

Netanyahu demands speed-up of anti-monopoly legislation

The cabinet will discuss reducing economic concentration and increasing competition at its Sunday meeting, following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pledge to speed up enactment of recommendations for reform.

Netanyahu asked Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz and Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman to bring legislative proposals to the cabinet as soon as possible so they can go to the Knesset for approval.

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Democrats push for Constitutional amendment to roll back First Amendment

“My ‘People’s Rights Amendment’ is simple and straightforward,” he told the Congressional Summit on Overturning Citizens United. “It would make clear that all corporate entities — for-profit and non-profit alike — are not people with constitutional rights. It treats all corporations, including incorporated unions and non-profits, in the same way: as artificial creatures of the state that we the people govern, not the other way around.”

If you think this amendment will only be used to shut down large corporations during national elections, think again. Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats have waged a relentless battle against the First Amendment for years.

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Climate alarmist calls for burning down skeptics' homes

Writing for Forbes Magazine, climate change alarmist Steve Zwick calls for skeptics of man-made global warming to be tracked, hunted down and have their homes burned to the ground, yet another shocking illustration of how eco-fascism is rife within the environmentalist lobby.

“We know who the active denialists are - not the people who buy the lies, mind you, but the people who create the lies. Let’s start keeping track of them now, and when the famines come, let’s make them pay. Let’s let their houses burn. Let’s swap their safe land for submerged islands. Let’s force them to bear the cost of rising food prices,” writes Zwick, adding, “They broke the climate. Why should the rest of us have to pay for it?”

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Newspaper probing Pentagon alleges online harassment

The newspaper USA Today said Friday an editor and reporter probing Pentagon propaganda efforts have been targeted by an online "misinformation campaign."

Fake Twitter and Facebook accounts have been created under the names of the reporter and editor with postings denigrating their professional reputations, according to the daily.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Bilderberg: Mandatory birth control for the "unfit"

In an episode of the television program Zembla that aired last week on Dutch national television, Pieter van Vollenhoven- queen Beatrix’s brother-in-law- called for forced birth control for people with drug addiction, psychiatric patients and other people deemed unfit to reproduce.

“People will accuse me of going too far. But to be honest, that’s an easy thing to say if you do not know the facts. My eyes have been opened by seeing these problems. They came as a shock. You can see that these parents need help, since they’ve no control over their own lives. When it’s clear that’s the case, perhaps contraception would be the best step.”

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Rats on cocaine love Miles Davis, paid for with tax dollars

Taxpayers may feel kind of blue when they discover their dollars went to fund a study to determine rats like to bop to the music of Miles Davis while hopped up on cocaine.

The study, which was performed at Albany Medical College, drew jeers from the animal rights group In Defense of Animals and landed it on its top ten list of Real Ridiculous Research.

The research found that sober rats don’t really like music that much. After the silence, the rats liked Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” more than Miles Davis’s iconic jazz tune “Four.”

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Worker injured during sex gets compensation payout

In the Federal Court today Justice John Nicholas ruled that the woman was injured during her “course of employment”.

The woman’s barrister argued that sex was an “ordinary incident of life” in a hotel room, much like showering and sleeping.

The Judge ruled that “if the applicant had been injured while playing a game of cards in her motel room she would be entitled to compensation” and the fact that the woman was engaged in sexual activity rather than some other lawful recreational activity while in her hotel room does not lead to any different result.

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Bernanke defends Fed response to financial crisis

Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday that the Federal Reserve was left with few good options when it stepped in to shore up the largest U.S. financial institutions during the 2008 crisis.

Bernanke defended the central bank's actions to support insurance giant American International Group and help with the sale of investment bank Bear Stearns, during a speech to a New York conference examining the crisis.

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Congressman Ron Paul is one of Time Magazine's '100 Most Influential People'

Time Magazine, in preparation for their 100 most influential people of 2012, had a poll. In this poll, you could vote for the person you considered most influential person in the world. Ron Paul was the highest rated 2012 presidential candidate in this poll, and in fact had tens of thousands more votes than Mitt Romney. Presidential candidate Ron Paul received more votes than President Obama.

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Gingrich Secret Service detail still costing taxpayers

Gingrich reportedly requested Secret Service protection in February and was granted a detail in early March. In April 2008, Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan told the Homeland Security Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee that it was then costing the agency roughly $38,000 a day to service each candidate receiving protection, which was then just Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

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Legal debate stirs over basis for US or Israeli attack on Iran

Amid the sabre-rattling and bluster over Iran, a furious if little-noticed debate is boiling over the legal basis for a US or Israeli attack on Tehran's nuclear programme.

The threat of a military strike hangs over this weekend's talks in Istanbul between the major powers and Iran.

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Teacher refuses to let kindergartner us bathroom, makes her sit in own excrement

A mother is upset over over a classroom incident that left her kindergartner embarrassed. A 6-year-old girl had an accident in her classroom, and her parents are pushing for policy changes.

"They told me that the teacher had asked her to go to the restroom before testing time," said mother Lisa Skidmore.

Skidmore says asking a young child to go to the bathroom on demand is next to impossible.

"You can't do that to a 6-year-old."

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Russian military orders missile early warning satellites

The Russian Defense Ministry has signed contracts on the development and construction of satellites capable of detecting launches of ballistic missiles, First Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Sukhorukov said on Thursday.

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Russia's foreign minister concerned over U.S. plans to keep Afghan bases

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed concerns on Thursday over U.S. plans to keep its military contingent in Afghanistan after the pullout of international troops in 2014.

“We … do not understand such [U.S.] plans to maintain a presence …, we have questions and we would like to get answers,” Lavrov told a news conference following the foreign ministerial meeting of the Russia-NATO Council in Brussels.

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