Posted by: Chuck | July 9, 2013

BREAKING NEWS – Trouble at nuclear plant


Tritium soaring in water at Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant 07 Jul 2013 Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Sunday that 600,000 becquerels per liter of tritium has been detected in groundwater at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. The water, sampled Friday, came from an observation well about 6 meters west of the plant’s port. On Wednesday, the tritium level in the same well was 510,000 becquerels per liter, Tepco said. The utility also said it had measured, on Wednesday, a seawater tritium level of 2,300 becquerels per liter — the highest so far — near the water intakes of reactors 1 to 4.

Crash survivor says everyone on plane had to be interviewed by FBI before they could be allowed to leave 06 Jul 2013 Moments after Asiana Airlines flight 214 stopped its violent crash landing, a voice came over the plane’s intercom to say it had landed safely and everyone should stay in their seats, a passenger told ABC News. Within minutes, however, flames could be seen outside the plane’s windows and smoke was seeping into the cabin… The ordeal didn’t end after their evacuation. Lee Jang Hyung said he was somewhere in the airport, but he didn’t know where. They were told that everyone on the plane had to be interviewed by the FBI before they could be allowed to leave.

Bin Laden raid files reportedly purged from Pentagon computers, sent to CIA 08 Jul 2013 The nation’s top special operations commander ordered military files about the Navy SEAL raid on ‘Usama bin Laden’s’ hideout to be purged from Defense Department computers and sent to the CIA, where they could be more easily shielded from ever being made public. The secret move, described briefly in a draft report by the Pentagon’s inspector general, set off no alarms within the Obama administration even though it appears to have sidestepped federal rules and perhaps also the Freedom of Information Act. An acknowledgement by Adm. William McRaven of his actions was quietly removed from the final version of an inspector general’s report published weeks ago. The CIA, noting that the ‘bin Laden’ mission was overseen by then-CIA Director Leon Panetta before he became defense secretary, said that the SEALs were effectively assigned to work temporarily for the CIA, which has presidential authority to conduct covert operations. [Right, and here’s why nearly every SEAL connected to the so-called bin Laden raid has mysteriously died: News of Bin Laden’s Death and Funeral – December 2001.]

In Secret, Court Vastly Broadens Powers of N.S.A. 07 Jul 2013 In more than a dozen classified rulings, the nation’s surveillance court has created a secret body of law giving the National Security Agency the power to amass vast collections of data on Americans while pursuing not only terrorism suspects, but also people possibly involved in nuclear proliferation, espionage and cyber attacks, officials say. The rulings, some nearly 100 pages long, reveal that the court has taken on a much more expansive role by regularly assessing broad constitutional questions and establishing important judicial precedents, with almost no public scrutiny, according to current and former officials familiar with the court’s classified decisions. The 11-member Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as the FISA court, was once mostly focused on approving case-by-case wiretapping orders. But since major changes in legislation and greater judicial oversight of intelligence operations were instituted six years ago, it has quietly become almost a parallel Supreme Court, serving as the ultimate arbiter on surveillance issues and delivering opinions that will most likely shape intelligence practices for years to come, the officials said.

Agreements with private companies protect U.S. access to cables’ data for surveillance 06 Jul 2013 The U.S. government had a problem: Spying in the digital age required access to the fiber-optic cables traversing the world’s oceans, carrying torrents of data at the speed of light. And one of the biggest operators of those cables was being sold to an Asian firm, potentially complicating American surveillance efforts. Enter “Team Telecom.” This “Network Security Agreement,” signed in September 2003 by Global Crossing, became a model for other deals over the past decade as foreign investors increasingly acquired pieces of the world’s telecommunications infrastructure.

The NSA’s mass and indiscriminate spying on Brazilians 07 Jul 2013 I’ve [Glenn Greenwald] [co-]written an article on NSA surveillance for the Sunday edition of O Globo, the Brazilian newspaper based in Rio de Janeiro. The article is headlined (translated) “US spied on millions of emails and calls of Brazilians”, and I co-wrote it with Globo reporters Roberto Kaz and Jose Casado. The rough translation of the article into English is here.

Snowden Claims: NSA Ties Put German Intelligence in Tight Spot 07 Jul 2013 The German foreign intelligence service knew more about the activities of the NSA in Germany than previously known. 

Israeli doctors to advise US on Guantanamo hunger strikers 08 Jul 2013 Officials from the Israeli Medical Association have been invited to the U.S. to present policy makers there with their methods of handling hunger strikers, as the U.S. administration comes under fire for its own practice of force-feeding of Guantanamo Bay detention camp prisoners who refuse to eat. The invitation followed the officials remarks on the matter at a convention at Johns Hopkins.’

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