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26 Aug 2013
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26 Aug 2013
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Navy ready to launch first strike on Syria 25 Aug 2013 Britain is planning to join forces with America and launch military action against Syria within days in response to the gas attack believed to have been carried out by President Bashar al-Assad's forces against his own people [but, in actuality, was carried out by the CIA-backed 'rebels' in this most recent false flag for the Exxon Mobil-BP cabal]. Royal Navy vessels are being readied to take part in a possible series of cruise missile strikes, alongside the United States, as military commanders finalise a list of potential targets. Government sources said talks between the Prime Minister and international leaders, including Barack Obama, would continue, but that any military action that was agreed could begin within the next week. [And, the so-called anti-war Left -- asleep since the conclusion of the George W. Sociopath regime because a 'liberal' was elected President -- will say and do absof*ckinglutely nothing. --LRP]
Syria: Cameron and Obama move west closer to intervention 24 Aug 2013 David Cameron and Barack Obama moved the west closer to military intervention in Syria on Saturday as they agreed that last week's alleged chemical weapon attacks by the Assad regime CIA-backed sociopaths aka 'rebels' had taken the crisis into a new phase that merited a "serious response". In a phone call that lasted 40 minutes, the two leaders are understood to have concluded that the regime of Bashar al-Assad was almost certainly responsible for the assault that is believed to have killed as many as 1,400 people in Damascus in the middle of last week.
U.S. preps for possible cruise missile attack on Syrian gov't forces 23 Aug 2013 CBS News has learned that the Pentagon is making the initial preparations for a cruise missile attack on Syrian government forces. We say "initial preparations" because such an attack won't happen until the president gives the green light. And it was clear during an interview on CNN Friday that he is not there yet. "If the U.S. goes in and attacks another country, without a U.N. mandate and without clear evidence that can be presented," the president told CNN, "then there are questions in terms of whether international law supports it -- 'do we have the coalition to make it work?' Those are considerations that we have to take into account."
Syria lets U.N. inspect gas attack site, Washington says 'too late' [Right, can't let a big fat false flag get in the way of the facts now, can we? Everyone knows the CIA-backed 'rebels' used the poison gas, as predicted in leaked emails from Britam Defence.] 25 Aug 2013 Syria agreed to let the United Nations inspect the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack from Monday but a U.S. official said any such offer would be "too late to be credible" and there was little doubt the government was to blame. The United Nations said Damascus had agreed to a ceasefire while a U.N. team of experts are at the site for inspections which will begin on Monday. Syria confirmed it had agreed to allow the inspections. [See: US 'backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria, blame it on Assad govt': Report.]
Syrian 'rebels' use toxic chemicals against govt troops near Damascus - state media 24 Aug 2013 [US-funded] Syrian 'rebels' have used chemical weapons against regime forces in the Damascus suburb of Jobar, where soldiers discovered stockpiles of toxic poisoning antidotes, state media reports. According to SANA citing "an official source" suffocation cases among army soldiers have been reported. The source told the agency that army unit pushed into the area, where soldiers were attacked, and seized a warehouse containing material labeled 'Made in KSA' as well as a large number of protective masks. In addition, the army discovered a stockpile of chemical poisoning antidotes with 'The Qatari-German Company for Pharmaceutical Industries' label on them.
British MP: Israel gave chemicals to Syria 'rebels' 23 Aug 2013 A British parliamentarian says Israel has been giving out chemical arms to the anti-Syria militants. George Galloway, Britain's Respect Party for Bradford West, said Israel provided terrorist groups linked to al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] with chemical weapons. "If there's been any use of nerve gas, it's the rebels that used it... If there has been use of chemical weapons, it was Al Qaeda who used the chemical weapons", Galloway said. "Who gave al-Qaeda the chemical weapons? Here's my theory: Israel gave them the chemical weapons", Galloway MP added.
UN accuses Syrian 'rebels' of chemical weapons use 06 May 2013 Syrian 'rebels' have made use of the deadly nerve agent sarin in their war-torn country's conflict, UN human rights investigator Carla del Ponte has said. "According to the testimonies we have gathered, the rebels have used chemical weapons, making use of sarin gas," del Ponte, a former war crimes prosecutor, said in an interview with Swiss radio late on Sunday. "We still have to deepen our investigation, verify and confirm (the findings) through new witness testimony, but according to what we have established so far, it is at the moment opponents of the regime who are using sarin gas," she added.
Bombs, shootings kill 50 people in Iraq 25 Aug 2013 Car bombs, roadside bombs and shootings in Iraq has killed at least 50 people and injured dozens more, according to Iraqi security and hospital sources. All of the deadly incidents occurred on Sunday. The biggest attack took place in the city of Baqubah where a car bomb exploded near a housing complex, killing 11 people and injuring 34.
US military removes commander of nuclear weapons unit over loss of confidence 26 Aug 2013 The US Air Force has removed the commander of a major nuclear weapons unit at a base in the US state of Montana over a failed security inspection earlier this month. Colonel David Lynch, commander of Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana, will transition into retirement due to a loss of confidence following a failed safety and security inspection which was reported by the Associated Press on August 13, said military leaders. The unit under the command of Lynch failed to review its adherence to rules ensuring the safety of its nuclear missiles. Lynch's command included the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, which operates 150 Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missiles or one third of Washington's land-based nuclear missiles.
'Back to the 19th century': Mysterious techno breakdown hits Gitmo 9/11 tribunal [Yeah, it's called *censorship.*] 24 Aug 2013 Defense lawyers for Guantanamo detainees asked the judge in the military tribunal on Friday to suspend pretrial hearings as mysterious computer glitches are just the latest technological setbacks to complicate the legal proceedings. Defense lawyers for Guantanamo detainees asked the military tribunal judge to suspend pretrial hearings as mysterious computer glitches have made their job a 'hot mess' forcing some of them to draft motions with pen and paper. "We're basically put back in the 19th century," Army Major Jason Wright, who represents the alleged mastermind of the terrorist attacks, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, said on Friday, as quoted by Reuters. "It takes about five to 10 times what it would normally take to do defense functions."
NSA spied on UN, German report says 25 Aug 2013 The UN headquarters were being wiretapped by American intelligence agency NSA, according to German news magazine Der Spiegel. If confirmed, it would be against a long-standing agreement between the US and the UN. Germany's Der Spiegel claims to have analyzed secret NSA documents that show that, last summer, the US intelligence agency managed to get access to the video conferencing system used at the United Nations headquarters in New York, leading to "a dramatic improvement of data on video conferencing and our ability to decode that data," according to the document.
NSA Officers Sometimes Spy on Love Interests 23 Aug 2013 National Security Agency officers on several occasions have channeled their agency's enormous eavesdropping power to spy on love interests, U.S. officials said. The practice isn't frequent... [Yeah, right!] but it’s common enough to garner its own spycraft label: LOVEINT. Spy agencies often refer to their various types of intelligence collection with the suffix of "INT," such as "SIGINT" for collecting signals intelligence, or communications; and "HUMINT" for human intelligence, or spying.
ACLU Reveals FBI Hacking Contractors 20 Aug 2013 James Bimen Associates of Virginia and Harris Corporation of Florida have contracts with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to hack into computers and phones of surveillance targets, according to Chris Soghoian, principal technologist at American Civil Liberties Union's Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. "Bimen and Harris employees actively hack into target computers for the FBI," Soghoian told CorpWatch. The agency "hires people who have hacking skill, and they purchase tools that are capable of doing these things," a former official in the FBI's cyber division told the Wall Street Journal recently.
Police under fire over arbitrary terror arrests at UK borders --IPCC investigating 25 complaints about Schedule 7 detentions at borders as Scotland Yard given ultimatum after refusing to hand over evidence 24 Aug 2013 Scotland Yard faces legal action over its use of wide-ranging terrorism laws to question people at airports, after refusing to hand over the results of investigations into the alleged misuse of these powers by its officers. Britain's biggest force has been given a seven-day ultimatum by the police watchdog to hand over its findings for some of the 18 outstanding complaints against the force about its use of the tactic - following its "consistent refusal" to investigate. The two organisations have been at loggerheads for months after police refused to reveal the reasons why some passengers were stopped by officers using a tactic that rights organisations have claimed indiscriminately targets ethnic groups.
Expect more armed security at schools after Newtown shootings 24 Aug 2013 Students returning to school this fall are being greeted not only by their teachers and principal. At a growing number of schools, they're also meeting the armed 'school resource officer' who will be stationed permanently on campus. Local officials in many areas have decided to place security officers at schools this year, after a gunman last year killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. The National Conference of State Legislatures says lawmakers in every state introduced school safety legislation this year and in at least 20 states the proposals became law.
Order sought for Newtown gunman's school records 24 Aug 2013 Connecticut's attorney general wants a judge to order Newtown school officials to release the records of the [*alleged*] gunman who killed 26 people at an elementary school, including 20 first-grade students. Attorney General George Jepsen wants Adam Lanza's school records to be released to the state child advocate office so its Child Fatality Review Panel can examine the Dec. 14 attack. The panel reviews unexpected and unexplained child fatalities.
Tepco's tank leaks blamed on seals, reassembly 25 Aug 2013 The huge radioactive water leak discovered at a storage tank last week at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant was likely caused by deteriorating rubber seams and distortions that emerged after the tank was reassembled, Tokyo Electric Power Co. says. Tepco said Saturday that the temporary tank, which held water used to cool the melted fuel in three of the plant's shattered reactors, was moved and reassembled after it began sinking two years ago amid subsidence at the site. On Aug. 19, Tepco revealed that 300 tons of the tainted radioactive water had vanished from the tank, marking the fifth and worst leak there since events in March 2011 triggered the man-made disaster.
Tepco Raises Alarm on Fukushima Nuclear Crisis 24 Aug 2013 The operator of Japan's wrecked nuclear power plant sounded the alarm on the gravity of the deepening crisis of containment at the coastal site on Friday, saying that there are more than 200,000 tons of radioactive water in makeshift tanks vulnerable to leaks, with no reliable way to check on them or anywhere to transfer the water. Tepco has built nearly 1,000 tanks at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex to store as many as 335,000 tons of contaminated radioactive water, the product of coolant pumped into the reactors to keep their cores from overheating, and groundwater pouring into their breached basements at a rate of 400 tons a day. This week, Tepco said one tank had sprung a huge leak. On Friday, Tepco presented an even starker view of the situation, acknowledging that as much as 220,000 tons of that water is stored in makeshift steel tanks similar to the one that is leaking.
NJ Nuclear Reactor Back Up After Radioactive Leak Repaired 24 Aug 2013 A nuclear reactor in Salem County, New Jersey, resumed operations Saturday after crews repaired a radioactive leak in the containment building that was discovered two days earlier. PSEG Nuclear says about 4,800 gallons of slightly radioactive water leaked out, and the water went through the plant's drain system as designed. The Salem Unit 1 in Lower Alloways Creek Township was manually shut down around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, after the water was discovered leaking at a rate of 4 gallons per minute.
NJ Nuclear Plant Shutdown After Radioactive Water Leak 23 Aug 2013 The Salem Unit-One nuclear plant in South Jersey remains shut down, after radioactive water leaked in a containment building Thursday night. Salem's Unit-One nuclear plant was shut down around 7:30 p.m., when radioactive water started to leak, says Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokeswoman Diane Screnci. The leak was measured at four gallons a minute -- above the one gallon per minute threshold to force a shutdown.
Exelon wants 20 more years of Byron nuclear power 23 Aug 2013 (IL) Exelon Generation Co. has started the process to renew the operating license of its [failed] Byron nuclear plant even though the current operating licenses don't run out for 11 and 13 years. On May 29, Exelon filed an application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to renew the licenses of its two generating stations by 20 years. The current license for unit 1 expires in 2024 and unit 2's license runs out in 2026.
Global warming-induced fires threaten 'oldest living things on earth': Officials try to protect giant sequoias from California wildfire 25 Aug 2013 Officials are clearing brush and setting sprinklers to protect two groves of giant sequoias as a week-old wildfire rages along the remote northwest edge of Yosemite National Park. The iconic trees can resist fire, but dry conditions and heavy brush are forcing park officials to take extra precautions in the Tuolumne and Merced groves. About three dozen of the giant trees are affected. The trees grow naturally only on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada and are among the largest and oldest living things on earth.
State of emergency in San Francisco as huge wildfire moves into Yosemite 24 Aug 2013 A huge wildfire raging on the western boundary of Yosemite National Park was gaining strength on Saturday and led California's governor, Jerry Brown, to declare a state of emergency 150 miles away in San Francisco. Officials fear the blaze could threaten the city's water and power supply. The week-long fire on the slopes of the western Sierra Nevada mountains is burning across nearly 200 sq miles, threatens 5,500 homes and could push deeper into Yosemite -- one of the country's most treasured national parks as well as one of California's most popular tourist destinations. Sprinklers were set up to protect two groves of giant sequoias, the park's symbol and among the largest and oldest living on earth.
Victims hit cervical cancer vaccines --Paralyzed teens, parents demand subsidized shots be eradicated 24 Aug 2013 (Japan) Teenagers injured or disabled by cervical cancer vaccines are stepping up efforts to permanently end the government's subsidy program for injections of Cervarix and Gardasil [aka Gardakill]. On Friday, eight teens, accompanied by their parents, called out health minister Norihisa Tamura over the issue. The schoolgirls, aged from 14 to 18 -- including four in wheelchairs -- and their parents are members of the Nationwide Liaison Association of Cervical Cancer Vaccine Victims and Parents.
Flu shot required for North Carolina health care workers 23 Aug 2013 State officials said Friday they are implementing a new policy that requires mandatory flu vaccinations for 10,000 employees and volunteers who work in state-run health care facilities across North Carolina. The vaccinations, aimed at curbing the spread of flu and protecting vulnerable patients, must be done by Dec. 1, under the policy. A person must have documentation from their church to qualify for the religious exemption. If an employee does not meet the exemptions and refuses to get a vaccination, that person can be dismissed. [Yes, the Tea Party and Republicans just *love* small government and personal liberty... except when they don't.]
Thousands march on Washington to remember Martin Luther King's dream 24 Aug 2013 The silhouettes of marching crowds appeared as soon as dawn broke over the Lincoln memorial on Saturday. By the time the sun cast its first shadow over the Washington monument's obelisk, thousands of people had lined the sides of the reflective pool. The 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington, which culminated, in 1963, with Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech, had taken over the city. There were concerts, exhibitions, seminars, town hall rallies and church services. "This is not the time for nostalgic commemoration," said Martin Luther King III, the oldest son of the civil rights leader. "Nor is this the time for self-congratulatory celebration. The task is not done. The journey is not complete. We can and we must do more."