Posted by: Chuck | May 24, 2013

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September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City: V...

September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City: View of the World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty. (Image: US National Park Service ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Breaking:Anthony Weiner declares he’s running for NYC mayor

22 May 2013, former congressman Anthony Weiner (D) officially jumped into the race for New York City mayor, ending weeks of speculation by declaring his political comeback bid in a video posted late Tuesday on YouTube. “I am running for mayor because I have been fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it my entire life, and I hope I get a second chance to work for you,” Weiner said.

Anthrax drug brings $334 million to Pentagon adviser’s biotech firmThe U.S. government remains the only customer, at a cost to date of about $5,100 per dose.

19 May 2013, over the last decade, former Navy Secretary Richard J. Danzig, a prominent lawyer, presidential advisor and bio-warfare consultant to the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security, has urged the government to counter what he called a major threat to national security. Terrorists, he warned, could easily engineer a devastating killer germ: a form of anthrax resistant to common antibiotics… Danzig has energetically promoted the threat — and prodded the government to stockpile a new type of drug to defend against it. Danzig did this while serving as a director of a biotech startup that won $334 million in federal contracts to supply just such a drug, a Los Angeles Times investigation found.

Report: Assad preparing missile strike against Tel Aviv in case attacked again

19 May 2013, Syria is making preparations to strike Tel Aviv in case Israel launches another attack on its territory, The Sunday Times reported on Sunday. The Syrian army has begun deploying advanced surface-to-surface missiles, the report said, adding that it has received orders to strike central Israel in case additional attacks against Syria are carried out. The Sunday Times said that the information was obtained by reconnaissance satellites that were tracking the Syrian forces. According to the report, Syria was deploying advanced Tishreen missiles which are capable of carrying a half-ton warhead.

Iran hangs two men claimed to have acted as spies for Mossad and CIA

20 May 2013, Iran’s state radio says authorities have executed two men convicted of spying for Israel’s Mossad and the American CIA intelligence agency. The report says Mohammad Heidari, who was accused of providing Mossad with classified information in return for money, and Kourosh Ahmadi, who allegedly gave the CIA intelligence on Iran, was hanged at dawn.

Appeals court won’t release Osama Bin Laden photos

21 May 2013, a federal appeals court has ruled that the Central Intelligence Agency is under no legal obligation to release photos of Osama bin Laden taken after he was ‘killed by U.S. commandos at a hideout in Pakistan in 2011.’ The unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said the photos were properly classified “TOP SECRET” and therefore exempt from the Freedom of Information Act. “The CIA’s declarations [filed in the case] give reason to believe that releasing images of American military personnel burying the founder and leader of al Qaeda could cause exceptionally grave harm,” the appeals court wrote in an opinion filed Tuesday. (See: News of Bin Laden’s Death and Funeral – December 2001.)

Pentagon to take over some CIA drone operations: sources

20 May 2013, President Barack Obama’s administration has decided to give the Pentagon control of some drone operations against terrorism suspects overseas that are currently run by the CIA, several U.S. government sources said on Monday. Obama has pledged more transparency on controversial counterterrorism programs, and giving the Pentagon the responsibility for part of the drone program could open it to greater congressional oversight. Obama will make a speech on Thursday at the National Defense University in Washington that will include discussion of the government’s use of drones as a terrorism tool.

Guantanamo Bay shuts down Internet, blocks social media over online hacking threats 

20 May 2013, the U.S. military has shut down wireless Internet service at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba because of ‘online hacking threats.’ A spokesman for the Guantanamo Bay prison says that officials have also blocked access to social networks such as Facebook and Twitter through military computer networks because of censorship. Army Lt. Col. Samuel House says the precautions were taken because of online threats to disrupt activities at the base allegedly made by the international hacking group Anonymous.

Guatemala’s top court annuls Rios Montt genocide conviction

21 May 2013, Guatemala’s highest court on Monday overturned a genocide conviction against former dictator [Reagan crony] Efrain Rios Montt and reset his trial back to when a dispute broke out a month ago over who should hear the case. Rios Montt was found guilty on May 10 of overseeing the killings by the armed forces of at least 1,771 members of the Maya Ixil population during his 1982-83 rule. He was sentenced to 80 years in prison. However, in a ruling on Monday, the country’s Constitutional Court ordered that all the proceedings be voided going back to April 19, when one of the presiding judges suspended the trial because of a dispute with another judge over who should hear it.



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