Posted by: Chuck | May 3, 2013

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suspects’ uncle was married to CIA officer’s daughter and even shared a home with the agent 28 Apr 2013 An uncle of the Boston bombers was previously married to a CIA officer’s daughter for three years, it emerged today. Russian Tsarni, who publicly denounced his two terrorist nephews’ actions and called them ‘Losers’, even lived with his father-in-law agent Graham Fuller in his Maryland home for a year. ‘Samantha was married to Russian Tsarnaev (Tsarni) for 3-4 years, and they lived in Bishkek for one year where Samantha was working for Price Waterhouse on privatization projects,’ Mr. Fuller told Al-Monitor… ‘I, ofcourse, retired from CIA in 1987 and had moved on to working as a senior political scientist for RAND.

C.I.A. delivers ‘tens of millions of dollars’ to Afghan drug lords, Taliban 29 Apr 2013 For more than a decade, wads of American dollars packed into suitcases, backpacks and, on occasion, plastic shopping bags have been dropped off every month or so at the offices of Afghanistan’s president — courtesy of the Central Intelligence Agency. All told, tens of millions of dollars have flowed from the C.I.A. to the office of President Hamid Karzai, according to current and former advisers to the Afghan leader. “We called it ‘ghost money,'” said Khalil Roman, who served as Mr. Karzai’s chief of staff from 2002 until 2005. “It came in secret, and it left in secret.” Much of the C.I.A.’s money goes to paying off warlords and politicians, many of whom have ties to the drug trade and, in some cases, the Taliban.

More doctors sent to address Guantanamo hunger strike 30 Apr 2013 Extra medical staff have been sent to the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay to help address a hunger strike that has spread to nearly two-thirds of the detainees. With the strike now entering its 12th week, President Barack Obama has faced fresh calls to honor his promise to close the prison at the US base in Cuba, which holds 166 individuals captured as part of the “War on [*puke*] Terror.” Some 40 US Navy medical personnel, including nurses and specialists, arrived over the weekend, said Lieutenant Colonel Samuel House, a military spokesman at Guantanamo.

Seven killed in US cargo plane crash at Afghan baseThe Taliban was quick to claim responsibility, telling the Pakistan-based Afghan Islam Press they shot down the plane. 29 Apr 2013 A US civilian cargo plane has crashed at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan, killing its seven crew, officials say. The plane came down shortly after take-off and crashed within the boundaries of the huge US-run airbase, said a NATO spokesperson at the base. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the crash, but their involvement was denied by NATO.

Gunmen attack NATO tankers in Pakistan 29 Apr 2013 Unknown gunmen have attacked two NATO oil tankers in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal area of Khyber Agency, Press TV reports. Officials and local sources told Press TV that armed men opened fire on the oil tankers in the areas of Shahkas and Wazirdand of Jamrud Tehsil in Khyber on Sunday. The drivers of the vehicles were killed in the attack. One of the tankers was also damaged.

Iraq suspends 10 TV channels for ‘sectarianism’ 28 Apr 2013 Iraq suspended the licenses of 10 satellite television channels, including Qatar-based Al-Jazeera, for ‘promoting violence and sectarianism,’ an official from the country’s media regulator said Sunday. “We took a decision to suspend the license of some satellite channels that adopted language encouraging violence and sectarianism,” Mujahid Abu al-Hail, a top official from the Communications and Media Commission, told AFP. “It means stopping their work in Iraq and their activities, so they cannot cover events in Iraq or move around,” he said. The suspended channels included pan-Arab network Al-Jazeera and Sharqiya, a leading Iraqi station.

Iraqi army losing hold on north to Sunni and Kurdish forces as troops desert 28 Apr 2013 Soldiers are deserting a beleaguered Iraqi army as it struggles to keep its hold on the northern half of Iraq in the face of escalating hostility from Sunni Arabs and Kurds who dominate in the region. Around the oil city of Kirkuk Kurdish troops have advanced south to take over military positions abandoned by the army, while in Baghdad senior Iraqi politicians say that for the first time there is talk of partitioning the country… In the last four months Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki has done little to conciliate the Sunni Arabs who have been conducting a peaceful campaign demanding civil and political rights.

Loony Tunes trying to trigger World War III: ‘Missiles fired at’ Russian plane with 159 passengers onboard flying over Syria 29 Apr 2013 Two missiles were reportedly fired at a Russian plane with at least 159 passengers on board that was flying over Syrian territory. Russian aviation authorities admit the jet ‘faced danger’, but are not talking of a targeted attack. The news broke in on Monday as Interfax, citing “an informed source in Moscow,” reported that a Russian passenger plane was attacked. “Syrian [officials] informed us that on Monday morning, unidentified forces launched two ground-to-air missiles which exploded in the air very close to a civilian aircraft belonging to a Russian airline,” the source told the Russian agency.

‘Iran already past nuclear red line,’ expert saysFormer IDF Intel chief says Tehran will be able to break out to the bomb this summer; calls for drastic increase in sanctions 23 Apr 2013 Iran has essentially crossed the “red line” set by Israel for its nuclear activity, and the coming few months will be a crucial period, Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin, a former head of IDF Military Intelligence, said on Tuesday. Speaking at a security conference in Tel Aviv, Yadlin said that “for all intents and purposes, Iran has crossed Israel’s red line… in the summer, Iran will be a month or two away from deciding about a bomb.”

NORAD conducting training exercise in DC area 29 Apr 2013 The North American Aerospace Defense Command is conducting a training exercise over the Washington area. NORAD says area residents can expect flights from late Monday until 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. The exercise called “Falcon Virgo” is designed to test NORAD’s intercept and identification operations. Civil Air Patrol aircraft and a U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter will participate in the exercise.

NRC warns nuclear plants to watch for water damage 28 Apr 2013 Federal authorities are warning nuclear power plants that store spent fuel in dry casks to watch for water damage, citing two incidents at central Pennsylvania plants. The York Daily Record says the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued an information notice last week detailing how moisture can degrade structures and components associated with spent fuel storage. The notice cited two separate instances involving water damage to containers holding spent fuel from the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station in York County and Three Mile Island in Dauphin County.

Boy, 4, infected with H7N9 bird flu after father 29 Apr 2013 Chinese health officials say the 4-year-old son of a man infected with a new strain of bird flu has also caught the virus. Shandong province’s health department says there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission, and that the boy is in stable condition at a hospital. The Jinan Times newspaper says the boy’s 36-year-old father had no direct contact with poultry, but that the family lives near a market that sells live poultry.

US health leader warns of human-to-human H7N9 bird flu 28 Apr 2013 There is no evidencethat the deadly H7N9 bird flu has yet spread between humans in China but health authorities must be ready for the virus to mutate at any time, a top US virologist has warned. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), cautioned that authorities needed to be ready for the possibility of the virus mutating and spreading between humans. Researchers are already developing a diagnostic test to identify H7N9, along with a vaccine, with clinical trials due in July or August.

‘Police State’ Registry System Being Set Up to Track Your Vaccination Status 26 Apr 2013 The Centers for Disease Control has been quietly rolling out a nationwide program called the Immunization Information Systems (IIS), registering your vaccine information into a database. This effort has been run in parallel with state vaccine registry implementations… The Centers for Disease Control’s goal is to get 95% or greater vaccine compliance. One function of the CDC’s Immunization Information System is to “forecast” vaccines due, past due, or coming due. When these tactics don’t work or are ignored, expect more a more confrontational strategy. Keep in mind what happened on Christmas Eve 2009. The U.S. Senate passed H.R. 3590. The bill eventually became Public Law No. 111-148, which gives the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorization to create “vaccination squads” in local communities and seek out unvaccinated children. The “vaccine squads” are called the Community Preventive Services Task Force.

Top death penalty lawyer joins Boston bombing suspect’s defense team 29 Apr 2013 Prominent death penalty lawyer Judy Clarke is joining the team representing the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. The appointment of Clarke, based in San Diego, Calif., was approved Monday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler. Bowler denied a request from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s public defender to appoint a second death penalty lawyer. Bowler says Tsarnaev’s lawyers could renew their motion to appoint another death penalty expert if Tsarnaev is indicted. The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction during the April 15 marathon.

Female DNA Found on Bomb in Boston Attack 29 Apr 2013 Investigators have found female DNA on at least one of the bombs used in the Boston Marathon attacks, though they haven’t determined whose DNA it is or whether that means a woman helped the two suspects carry out the attacks, according to U.S. officials briefed on the probe. The officials familiar with the case cautioned that there could be multiple explanations for why the DNA of someone other than the two bombing suspects–Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother, Dzhokhar–could have been found on remnants of the exploded devices. The genetic material could have come, for example, from a store clerk who handled materials used in the bombs or a stray hair that ended up in the bomb.

Cherry Hill East Evacuated, Police Out in Force‘It all seemed like a lockdown drill, until that lockdown turned into an evacuation past police and bomb-sniffing dogs’Students and staff cleared out following the threat early Monday afternoon 29 Apr 2013 It all seemed like a lockdown drill to Cherry Hill East students, until that lockdown turned into an evacuation past police and bomb-sniffing dogs, after a threatening message was left in a bathroom at the high school Monday. Rumors of a possible bomb threat–school officials didn’t elaborate on the nature of the threat, only that it had been written in a bathroom–circulated by text and on Twitter almost immediately after the lockdown happened around 1:30 p.m., but students said it didn’t seem real until they started streaming out of the building to find eight police and sheriff’s cars and SUVs parked on the sidewalk, dogs growling from darkened interiors.

 DMV evacuated over letter threatening anthrax 29 Apr 2013 About 1,100 people have been evacuated from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles office in Tallahassee after the DMV received a threatening letter mentioning “anthrax” and containing a suspicious powder. Hazmat crews at the scene said they have begun investigating the powder, which was not immediately identified. “Following standard protocol, local, state and federal authorities were notified, and the building was temporarily evacuated until the area is deemed safe to return,” said Florida Highway Patrol Capt. Nancy Rasmussen.

NAACP protest at legislature ends in arrests 29 Apr 2013 A protest of Republican policies in the North Carolina General Assembly ended with the arrests of 17 activists and civil rights leaders Monday. Members of the state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and other activists surrendered to North Carolina General Assembly police outside the Senate chambers after an hour of prayer and song directed at what protesters called a regressive Republican agenda. General Assembly Police Chief Jeff Weaver said the protesters will be charged. Alleged violations could include breaking building rules, second-degree trespassing, disorderly conduct and failure to disperse.

 

30 arrested at Hancock base during rally against drones 29 Apr 2013 (NY) Thirty people protesting against unmanned aerial drones outside Hancock Field Air Force National Guard Base have been arrested. The Post-Standard reports that the arrests Sunday came after a series of rallies and workshops held in Syracuse over the weekend by the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars. A group of people lying on the base’s driveway were arrested. Charges include disorderly conduct, obstructing governmental administration and loitering. About 250 people had marched to the gates, some pounding drums and chanting.

35 arrested in Winona frac sand protests 29 Apr 2013 (MN) Thirty-five people were arrested for trespassing during a large protest on Monday morning staged at two separate locations in Winona. The Winona Police Department arrested 19 people at the city’s commercial dock, after they were asked multiple times to leave the private property. Officers than responded to a frac sand processing plant on Winona’s west end, where they arrested another 16 people for trespassing there. Protesters said their goal was to halt business operations at each site.

UW-Madison students are occupying Chancellor’s offic by Claire Hintz, Student Labor Action Coalition, a United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) affiliate —Call David Ward at 1-888-843-7835 and tell him that you stand with the students calling for an end to sweatshop pizza on campus.(usas.org, wisconsinwave.org) 29 Apr 2013 Moments ago, 12 students, including me, occupied University of Wisconsin Chancellor David Ward’s office, demanding that he cut the university’s contract with union-busting frozen pizza company Palermo’s. Workers at Palermo’s have been on strike for 11 months, and for over 200 days, we’ve been asking David Ward to uphold our code of conduct by cutting UW’s contract. But he refuses to act, preferring instead to sit on his hands and count the days until retirement. Now, we’re sending David Ward a message he can’t ignore, and we need your support to make sure he can’t just pretend we don’t exist. As a proud Badger, I’m ashamed that my school is still doing business with a company like that. We’re prepared to stay here as long as it takes.

Poll: Pa. Gov. Corbett trails three Democrats 29 Apr 2013 There is nothing but bad news for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett: A new poll shows the Republican trailing three Democrats. Former congressman Joe Sestak and U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz both lead Corbett by double digits in the Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, while state Treasurer Rob McCord has a 9-point advantage over the embattled governor. Corbett has been beset by low approval ratings for months over his handling of the state’s economy. He was also criticized for his handling of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal. 

Breaking a sports barrier, NBA’s Jason Collins comes out as gay 29 Apr 2013 Veteran basketball player Jason Collins announced on Monday that he was gay, smashing through one of the final frontiers in U.S. sports with a frank personal statement and winning warm praise as a groundbreaker. Collins, a 12-year player in the National Basketball Association (NBA), became the first active athlete from any of the four major U.S. men’s professional sports leagues to come out publicly as gay. He was quickly enveloped in a wave of support from the White House to tennis player Martina Navratilova, a pioneer for gay athletes in sport.


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