Bush, Blair Found Guilty of War Crimes 23 Nov 2011 A War Crimes Tribunal in Malaysia has found former US President [sic] George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair guilty of war crimes for their roles in the Iraq war, Press TV reports. The five-panel Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal decided that Bush and Blair committed genocide and crimes against humanity by leading the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a Press TV correspondent reported on Tuesday. The Malaysian tribunal judges ruled that the decision to wage war against Iraq by the two former heads of government was a flagrant abuse of law and an act of aggression that led to large-scale massacres of the Iraqi people.
'Banksters are destroying America!': Obama heckled as Occupy protesters drown out President in New Hampshire--President paused as 'Mic check!' echoed through crowd 23 Nov 2011 President Barack Obama was heckled today as he gave a speech in New Hampshire about the state of the U.S. economy. Mr Obama, trailed by Occupy Wall Street protesters, dashed into the state for his speaking event at Central High School in Manchester. There, he stood face-to-face with those calling themselves 'the 99 per cent' fighting economic inequality. But as he began, activists drowned out his remarks, chanting: 'Over 4,000 peaceful protesters have been arrested while "banksters" continue to destroy the American economy.'
Lt John Pike Pepper Spray Attack Prompts UC Davis General Strike Monday 22 Nov 2011 The Lt John Pike pepper spray attack has now prompted a General Strike Monday November 28, 2011. The Lt John Pike pepper spray attack has been the subject of multiple UC Davis demonstrations, pleas, denouncement letters, and other protests since last weekend. But now a general strike for November 28 has been called. [General Strike: November 28, 2011! --The only thing we have left is our labor. This is what we must withhold. Posted by www.legitgov.org Extend your Thanksgiving weekend by refusing the austerity measures to be imposed on the vast majority by the corporate, military and financial oligarchy! General Strike, Monday, November 28, 2011! Join us on Facebook and Twitter!]
Hacker group Anonymous targets pepper-spraying UC Davis cop 22 Nov 2011 The UC Davis police officer filmed casually pepper-spraying passive student protesters is the latest target of the computer hacking collective Anonymous. A new 10-minute video attributed to the "hacktivist" group threatens the officer directly and makes public his personal contact information - including his cell phone number and an alleged home address. "Dear Officer John Pike, we are Anonymous. Your information is now public domain," a computer-generated voice narrating the Anonymous video states. "Expect our full wrath," the voice continues as viral video of the Friday incident plays in the background. "Anonymous seeks to avenge all protesters…We are going to make you squeal like a pig."
Pepper spray cop was involved in anti-gay slur lawsuit which ended in $240,000 settlement 23 Nov 2011 Video footage of Lt. John Pike and another officer clad in riot gear casually spraying an orange cloud at the heads of University of California, Davis, protesters who were sitting peacefully on the ground has sparked national outrage since it began circulating online Friday night. An alleged anti-gay slur by Pike, a retired Marine sergeant, figured in a racial and sexual discrimination lawsuit a former police officer filed against the department, which ended in a $240,000 settlement in 2008. Officer Calvin Chang's 2003 discrimination complaint against the university's police chief and the UC Board of Regents alleged he was systematically marginalized as the result of anti-gay and racist attitudes on the force, and he specifically claimed Pike described him using a profane anti-gay epithet.
University to pay medical bills of pepper spray victims 23 Nov 2011 University of California officials said Tuesday they will pay the medical expenses of students who were pepper sprayed during an Occupy Davis protest last week. Authorities have also decided to drop charges against 10 people who were arrested during the Friday protest on the campus of UC Davis. The university system has also created an advisory panel to look into the incident, University of California President Mark Yudof said.
Outrage mounting of UC police treatment of protesters 21 Nov 2011 As the University of California faces national condemnation over its handling of student demonstrations, on Monday UC-Davis' chancellor offered a personal apology, while UC's president instructed chancellors to protect the rights of peaceful protest. Images of students being doused with pepper spray at UC Davis and jabbed with batons at UC Berkeley sent shudders through the nation's educational community, which asserted that students and faculty must be free to engage in political dissent without fear of bodily harm.
UC president hosts system meeting on use-of-force 21 Nov 2011 The president of the University of California has followed through with his pledge to convene a discussion with the system's 10 chancellors about ensuring police officers do not use excessive force against students engaged in non-violent protests. UC President Mark Yudof said he told the chancellors during a teleconference Monday that they must do everything possible to protect the rights of student, faculty and staff protesters.
Lobbyists Offer An 'Occupy Wall Street' Smear Campaign For Just $850,000 21 Nov 2011 MSNBC's "Up w/Chris Hayes" got its hands on a memo to the American Bankers Association from lobbying firm Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford that outlines a plan to take down OWS... The lobbying firm offered to run the "Occupy Wall Street Response" for $850,000. The American Bankers Association confirmed to MSNBC that it got the memo but that it was unsolicited and that they haven't acted on it.
US to spend $101 billion in FY 2011 to fund international soldiers' salaries, military hardware in Afghanistan 23 Nov 2011 Although the United States has spent $444 billion in Afghanistan since it invaded the country in late 2001 after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks [inside job], and plans to spend $101 billion in fiscal 2011, most of that money "does not reach Afghanistan because it primarily funds salaries of international soldiers, purchases of military hardware, and the like," the World Bank said. The United States alone already paid $22 billion in 2010 and 2011 to train and equip the Afghans protect CIA opium and gas pipelines.
Iraq, Afghanistan Casualties Approach 5,000 Mark 23 Nov 2011 The number of Americans killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan is approaching the 5,000 mark, putting new weight on President Barack Obama's exit strategy and the foreign policies of the Republican presidential candidates. As of Nov. 22, the number of Americans killed in action in both wars came to 4,984, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
US to install new Bahraini king: Report 23 Nov 2011 The US [Nosey Parker] administration is reportedly planning to replace the Bahraini ruler, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, over his failure to end months of protests in the country. According to a report published by Islam Times, Washington has urged King Hamad to restore peace and stability to the country by end of 2011 even at the price of his resignation. The report also says that Washington wants to replace King Hamad with a Sunni ruler upon agreement with Saudi Arabia.
US Dept of Defense - Senate Committee Considers Special Operations Nominee 21 Nov 2011 The Senate Armed Services Committee met yesterday to consider President Barack Obama's nominee for assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low intensity conflict. If confirmed by the Senate, Michael R. Sheehan will advise the defense secretary on special operations and low-intensity conflict matters. He also will be responsible for overall supervision of special operations and low-intensity conflict policy, resources and activities including counterterrorism, unconventional warfare, direct action, special reconnaissance, foreign internal defense, civil affairs, information and psychological operations, and counter-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
PFC Bradley Manning to get military court hearing on Dec. 16 22 Nov 2011 PFC Bradley Manning, accused of leaking sensitive US government documents to Wikileaks, will have his first chance before a military court on December 16, when an Article 32 hearing will begin at Fort Meade, Maryland. The Article 32 hearing is expected to last approximately five days and will be open to the public except for limited times during classified information discussions.
Guantanamo authorities reading attorney-client mail, lawyers say 01 Nov 2011 Lawyers representing detaineesprisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, say authorities at the military base have begun reading privileged attorney-client communication - in a sharp break with past practice. Legal mail is the principal means of communication between detainees charged in military tribunals and their military defense attorneys,who are based in the Washington area. In a letter Tuesday, nine of the attorneys wrote to William K. Lietzau, deputy assistant secretary of defense for rule of law and detainee policy, to object to authorities reading their mail to clients at the detention center. They asked that the commander at Guantanamo Bay be ordered to "cease and desist the seizure, opening, translating, reading and reviewing of attorney-client privileged communications."
CIA intelligence fiasco in Lebanon 21 Nov 2011 Hezbollah has dealt a heavy blow to CIA operations in Lebanon, forcing the intelligence agency to curtail its espionage activities in the country, US officials say. According to current and former US officials, CIA operations in Lebanon have been badly damaged after the resistance movement identified and captured a number of US spies this year, AP reported. They have also said that CIA officials have secretly been scrambling in recent months to protect their remaining spies, foreign assets or agents working for the agency, before Hezbollah finds them.
CIA forced to curb spying in Lebanon --Source: up to one dozen CIA informants had been compromised 20 Nov 2011 The CIA was forced to curtail its spying in Lebanon, where U.S. operatives and their agents collect crucial intelligence on Syria, terrorist groups and other targets, after the arrests of several CIA informants in Beirut this year, according to U.S. officials and other sources. "Beirut station is out of business," a source said, using the CIA term for its post there. [What a shame!]
Military police try to halt Cairo skirmishes 23 Nov 2011 Military police poured into Cairo's Tahrir Square on Wednesday in hopes of stopping clashes between protesters and police, as the Egyptian government said a truce had been declared through a group of clerics. The truce lasted about three hours. CNN saw military police lined up, separating protesters from the police. But after a period of calm, some protesters began throwing rocks at soldiers. Riot police responded with tear gas.
Oops! The false flag begins to unravel at breakneck speed, as usual: Informer's Active Role in Terror Case Is Said to Have Deterred F.B.I. 22 Nov 2011 A confidential informer provided companionship and a staging area so Jose Pimentel could build three pipe bombs while the Intelligence Division of the New York Police Department built its case. But it was the informer's role, and that of his police handlers, that have now been cited as among the reasons the F.B.I., which had its own parallel investigation of Mr. Pimentel, did not pursue the case, which was announced on Sunday night in a news conference at City Hall. Terrorism cases are generally handled by federal authorities. There was concern that the informer might have played too active a role in helping Mr. Pimentel, said several people who were briefed on the case, who all spoke on the condition of anonymity, either because of the tense relations between the Intelligence Division and the F.B.I. or because the case was continuing.
DHS denies report of water utility hack 22 Nov 2011 The Department of Homeland Security and FBI today dismissed the conclusions of a report that a cyber intrusion caused a pump at an Illinois water utility to burn out. But the statement doesn't explain why an Illinois state terrorism intelligence center would say it was a hacker when it wasn't. In the meantime, the DHS is investigating a claim by a hacker who goes by "pr0f" who claimed to have compromised a Texas water utility last week.
Hacker says he breached Texas water plant network 21 Nov 2011 A hacker says he penetrated the network of a South Houston, Texas, water-treatment plant to expose the inherent vulnerabilities in critical industrial control facilities and prove how easily they can be compromised. Going by the online name "pr0f," the hacker wrote on Pastebin Nov. 18 that he tapped into the software used to manage several of South Houston's water plants. He included links to pictures showing the privileged access he was able to gain to Supervisory Acquisition and Data Control (SCADA) software, used to automate operations on many industrial-control facilities; pr0f did not tamper with the software or any of the machines controlled by it, he said.
TSA officer charged with sexual assault 22 Nov 2011 A federal airport screener has been charged with sexual assault after he allegedly assaulted a woman near his home in Manassas, Virginia, police said Tuesday. Police said Harold Glenn Rodman was wearing a uniform and displayed a badge at the time of the attack. Rodman is a Transportation Security Administration officer at Dulles International Airport, the TSA confirmed. He has been removed from security operations pending the investigation.
License plate readers: Tool for police comes with privacy concerns 19 Nov 2011 Scores of cameras across Washington, DC, capture 1,800 images a minute and download the information into a rapidly expanding archive that can pinpoint people's movements all over town. More than 250 cameras in the District and its suburbs scan license plates in real time, helping police. With virtually no public debate, police agencies have begun storing the information from the cameras, building databases that document the travels of millions of vehicles. Nowhere is that more prevalent than in the District, which has more than one plate-reader per square mile, the highest concentration in the nation.
5.9 earthquake hits near Fukushima nuclear plant 23 Nov 2011 A strong earthquake struck Thursday morning near the Japan nuclear power plant hit by an earthquake earlier this year. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-5.9 quake struck shortly before 4:30 a.m. local time. It hit 62 miles east of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. The quake struck at a depth of 23 miles. The quake struck 151 miles northeast of Tokyo. [HAARP is a busy little bee!]
Flu Fascism: Ariz. Hospital Requires Staff to Get Flu Shot --Workers that have no medical exemptions and refuse the vaccine will lose their jobs. 21 Nov 2011 Most hospitals ask their employees to get a flu shot voluntarily -- about 50 percent comply. Not enough for Ironwood Medical Center. Dr. Mike O'Conner wants everyone to get the shot by December 1. It's mandatory. If employees cannot get the shot for medical reasons, they will have to wear a medical mask. Workers that have no medical exemptions and refuse the vaccine will lose their jobs. [Outrageous. *We'll take your shot after you take ours.*]
BPA levels soar after eating canned soup: Study 23 Nov 2011 A new study shows that the urine of people who consume canned soup can contain surprisingly high levels of bisphenol A (BPA), a hormone-disrupting compound linked to health problems including heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. People who consumed one serving of canned soup a day for five days had a more than 1,000 percent increase in urinary BPA over people who consumed fresh soup for five days, the study showed.
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