August 10, 2013 at 5:50 pm #8199August 10, 2013 at 5:52 pm #8200August 10, 2013 at 5:56 pm #8201August 10, 2013 at 6:01 pm #8202August 10, 2013 at 6:18 pm #8203August 10, 2013 at 6:28 pm #8204
Gustl Mollath was forcibly committed to psychiatric care in 2006 after a court rejected his claims that bank staff, including his wife, were smuggling millions into Swiss accountsAugust 10, 2013 at 7:34 pm #8205
827 people have died during or following police contact since 2004. Families have struggled hard for justice, encountering multiple failures and police collusion from the IPCC. Why is police accountability failing in this most serious of issues?August 10, 2013 at 11:08 pm #8216
Egyptians are furious over reports about the designation of the US former ambassador to Syria Robert S. Ford as the next American envoy as he allegedly ran “death squads” in Iraq.August 11, 2013 at 11:38 am #8247August 11, 2013 at 12:53 pm #8255
TEMPORA – British program including recordings of telephone calls, the content of email messages, Facebook entries and the personal internet history of users. Shares this with the NSA.
CCDP – The Communications Capabilities Development Programme is a UK government initiative to create a ubiquitous mass surveillance scheme for the United Kingdom. It would involve the logging of every telephone call, email and text message between every inhabitant of the UK
Lockheed Martin is not a telecommunications service provider as such, and therefore not part of the American NSA’s Prism programme, but in the light of revelations it might felt important to reconsider their involvement in the UK census of 2011, and the present government’s assurances on the matter.
Lockheed Martin plans to set up a technology development center in Israel, underlining the defense ties between the Jewish state and its strategic ally.
The move follows an April agreement under which state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries, flagship of the country’s defense sector, will build the wings for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Israel’s business daily, Globes, said Lockheed Martin will collaborate with Israel’s Bynet Data Communications to build the Israeli military’s Intelligence Corps center in the Negev Desert, south of Tel Aviv, a program known as Project 5/9, worth $210.6 million.
“The intention is to establish a local branch of Lockheed Martin in Israel in the field of information systems,” said Lockheed Martin’s Vice President for Global Solutions, Robert Eastman.
Lockheed Martin Hosts Cyber Defense Exercise Supporting NSA for 11th YearAugust 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm #8263
President Obama is nominating his top fund raiser, Penny Pritzker, to be Secretary of Commerce.August 13, 2013 at 8:49 am #8280August 13, 2013 at 9:44 am #8281
I don’t often post stuff about cruelty to animals, that’s not because I’m not aware of it, or don’t care, it’s because it upsets me too much and is too depressing when I read it, it is a struggle to get over the impact and regain my composure, there’s only so much I can take… I end up avoiding the experience.
Fucking Big Pharma, Fucking Big Ag, and then people eat the meat with that crap in eat.
At a beef industry conference in Denver last week, the animal health auditor for meat producer JBS USA presented a video showing short clips of cows struggling to walk and displaying other signs of distress. The animals appeared to step gingerly, as if on hot metal, and showed signs of lameness, according to four people who saw the video.
The people in attendance said the video was presented by Dr Lily Edwards-Callaway, the head of animal welfare at JBS USA, as part of a panel discussion on the pros and cons of using a class of drugs known as beta-agonists – the additives fed to cattle in the weeks before slaughter to add up to 30 pounds to bodyweight and reduce fat content in the meat.
Edwards-Callaway told the audience the cattle had been fed a beta-agonist, but did not identify which brand. She also said various factors – including heat, transportation, and animal health – may have contributed to the behavior seen on the video, according to JBS spokesman Cameron Bruett. He said the video showed cattle were “reluctant to move,” and told Reuters JBS wanted feedback from animal welfare experts, who were among those attending, on what JBS’s own staff had been seeing.August 13, 2013 at 11:12 am #8282
It seems that the information the US shared with its partners in the intelligence special relationship before Iraq was worse than useless – in fact, functionally defined, it was disinformation. Its recipients were less informed after receiving it than they were before. Even a small increase in independent capability might have the useful effect of keeping both parties more honest.August 14, 2013 at 6:42 am #8298August 14, 2013 at 6:45 am #8299
The United States has reportedly carried out nine drone attacks in the last few weeks in Yemen, generating headlines about the targeting and killing of suspected Al-Qaeda militants in the impoverished country.
But how can media know for sure who is being killed?August 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm #8305
CIA DIRECTOR BRENNAN CONFIRMED AS REPORTER MICHAEL HASTINGS NEXT TARGETAugust 17, 2013 at 4:20 pm #8380
5 Companies That Make Money By Keeping Americans Terrified of Terror AttacksAugust 17, 2013 at 7:43 pm #8384
First time ever,india’s MSM acknowledges CIA and india’s intelligence bureau lost plutonium powered batteries at foothills of nandadevi peak in 1962.
The device contains 4 kilotons of nuclear material and river ganga flows from this peak.
He talked about how the operation was planned, how Indian climbers — all intelligence people, as no civilians were to be involved — went to Alaska to train with the CIA’s climbers and experts, how the CIA first wanted to plant the device on Kanchenjunga and what it took him to persuade them that it would be impossible to reach that summit with so much load and to then be able to have the time and energy to fabricate the device from its components. “I told them I had attempted that summit and there was in any case only a one in four chance that you would succeed,” he says. The device, he says, had seven plutonium batteries, packing about half of the fissile material in the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. He suggested Nanda Kot instead. The CIA said it won’t be high enough and insisted on Nanda Devi. The climb began towards the tail-end of the season in 1965, and was hit by a blizzard just around the base camp. The team left the packages containing the pieces of the device and when they returned the next year, they had disappeared, maybe swept by a massive avalanche, never to be found again.
http://www.indianexpress.com/news/national-interest-once-upon-a-spooky-time/1156328/0August 18, 2013 at 8:51 am #8387
“We’ve looked into this particular issue from all angles and we’re very comfortable,” said Major Gen. Franklin J. “Judd” Blaisdell, deputy chief of staff for air and space operations at Air Force headquarters in Washington. “Our biggest concern is that of localized heavy metal contamination.” :-/
“a newly declassified 1966 congressional testimony of W.J. Howard, then assistant secretary of defense, describes the Tybee Island bomb as a “complete weapon, a bomb with a nuclear capsule.” Howard said that the Tybee Island bomb was one of two weapons lost up to that time that contained a plutonium trigger.
Recently declassified documents show that the jettisoned bomb was an “Mk-15, Mod O” hydrogen bomb, weighing four tons and packing more than 100 times the explosive punch of the one that incinerated Hiroshima. This was the first thermonuclear weapon deployed by the Air Force and featured the relatively primitive design created by that evil genius Edward Teller.”
“The bomb is also charged with 400 pounds of TNT, designed to cause the plutonium trigger to implode and thus start the nuclear explosion. As the years go by, those high explosives are becoming flaky, brittle and sensitive. The bomb is most likely now buried in 5 to 15 feet of sand and slowly leaking radioactivity into the rich crabbing grounds of the Warsaw Sound.”August 18, 2013 at 3:00 pm #8390August 19, 2013 at 1:16 am #8393August 20, 2013 at 12:24 am #8404
“A little over two months ago I was contacted by a very senior government official claiming to represent the views of the prime minister. There followed two meetings in which he demanded the return or destruction of all the material we were working on. The tone was steely, if cordial, but there was an implicit threat that others within government and Whitehall favoured a far more draconian approach.
The mood toughened just over a month ago, when I received a phone call from the centre of government telling me: “You’ve had your fun. Now we want the stuff back.” There followed further meetings with shadowy Whitehall figures. The demand was the same: hand the Snowden material back or destroy it. I explained that we could not research and report on this subject if we complied with this request. The man from Whitehall looked mystified. “You’ve had your debate. There’s no need to write any more.” and:
” one of the more bizarre moments in the Guardian’s long history occurred – with two GCHQ security experts overseeing the destruction of hard drives in the Guardian’s basement”August 20, 2013 at 12:28 am #8405
Saudi Arabia’s ‘CPVPV’ unit aggressively persecutes ‘magical crimes’—often giving the death sentence –August 20, 2013 at 12:02 pm #8414August 20, 2013 at 5:55 pm #8416
One would have expected that other British media would be up in arms over such an attack. The German media are. The news of British agents destroying Guardian harddrives is front page news in Germany and other countries. It is currently top news of Der Spiegel (screenshot), Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (screenshot) and Sueddeutsche Zeitung (screenshot). It is front page covered at Bild (screenshot) and other German media.
But in the United Kingdom there is nothing like that. There is nothing about the attack on the Guardian on the front pages of the London Times (screenshot), the Independent (screenshot), the Telegraph (screenshot), the Daily Mail (screenshot) and the BBC (screenshot). (All screenshots were taken during the last half hour.)
“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes” – “Who watches the guardians” is given a whole new meaning here. The British press in its 4th estate role should scrutinize the actions of the British governments. But it is not even able to watch out for one for its own.
How can this be? How come that the British media are not covering this attack on their freedom while the German media have all out coverage of it? Why is this censored and by whom? Why is the Guardian editor blogging this issue on the Guardians “Comment is free” section and not reporting it as general news? Why and how is this censored in the UK and by whom?August 20, 2013 at 10:27 pm #8418August 21, 2013 at 10:00 am #8423
So it looks like it’s official, the police state thing, and the stupidity thing come straight from the top..
David Cameron told Cabinet Secretary to get Guardian to hand over Edward Snowden documentsAugust 21, 2013 at 11:22 am #8428
If you think America is a corporate free fire zone now, wait until the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) passes. The trade deal is essentially the kill shot for what remains of legal democratic accountability in the United States and will allow the rootless global elite and their transnational corporations to dictate the daily lives and laws of the American people.August 23, 2013 at 4:49 am #8447
These people should ALL be in prison. Why aren’t they ?
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